Madame Leota: Imagineer Leota Toombs Thomas

The late Leota Toombs Thomas, longtime Walter Elias Disney (WED—now Walt Disney Imagineering) employee, model builder, costumer, and Imagineer, is best known as the disembodied spirit of Madame Leota in Disneyland’s and Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion attraction. Not long ago, I chatted with her former sister-in-law and my very dear friend, Joann Loughlin, who graciously shared her memories of this special relative.Leota began working for Walt Disney at a very young age, perhaps around … [Read more...]

Wednesday with Walt: Master of Sneakiness

With my youngest child graduating last week, I have been on an emotional roller coaster. I feel rather like Marlin in “Finding Nemo” or James in “College Road Trip” in that both of these dads had to learn lessons in letting go and letting their children grow up. Being a very hands-on mom I often find myself struggling with what I know in my mind versus what my heart says. Josh being the baby has magnified this battle of wills. I think it is important for young adults to figure out things for … [Read more...]

Disney Versus: Animation Studios

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In 1937 the world of animation changed. A man named Walt Disney launched an 84 minute ‘cartoon’ called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and in so doing, started a war that continues to this day!Of course, the war took some time to really get going. For decades, no other studio was able to compete with Disney’s level of character animation and artistic execution. Many tried, but I challenge you to remember any of the earliest efforts!It looked like the medium of feature-length animation … [Read more...]

Disney Data Center Coming to NC

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Interesting news for us Disney Bloggers here in NC. This news story broke on the Shelby Star. According to the deed, Disney is already on its way to Kings Mountain in the form of a data center near U.S. 74.On Tuesday, city council agreed seeking two grants, totaling $60,000, to help make Project Roosevelt a reality.Some say Project Roosevelt, which city and county officials have said is a data center project, is in fact an alias for the Disney data center.The two grants seek … [Read more...]

Treasures Of The Walt Disney Archives Returns To The D23 Expo, Showcasing More Than 80 Years Of Disney History


D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives are proud to announce the return of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit to the D23 Expo. During the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 19-21, 2011, the 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which has doubled in size since the 2009 Expo, will give fans unprecedented access and insight into more than eight decades of Disney history.The expansive exhibit will showcase the crown jewels of the Walt Disney Archives … [Read more...]