Sunday, May 30, 2010

Walt Disney: One Man's Dream Virtual Tour

December 15, 1966 - Walter Elias Disney passes away

Almost spiritually, a phenomenon occurred at Walt's park that evening. That was the night that the Christmas Parade stepped off for the first time. Don Payne, a former cast member said: "we were standing back behind where Walt's apartment was and it started snowing! In the work lights, you could see flakes of snow drifting down. They never hit the ground, but we were all looking, thinking, 'How freaky is this? It doesn't snow in Anaheim!' It was cold and it was snowing."

Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is a multimedia gallery attraction with 400-plus artifacts where you can take a self-guided tour through the exhibits of photographs, audio interviews and memorabilia that tell the story of Walt Disney.

Today, my tribute is this Virtual Tour through the One Man's Dream.

Over the years, D23's Scott Wolf has spoken to many Cast Members who were with the Company at that time. They all remember that day vividly. Disney Legend X Atencio remembered: "December 15 was traditionally when I bought my Christmas tree. When I got home here and got to thinking about it and sat, I just bawled my eyes out." Disney Legend Harriet Burns remembered that as soon as she heard the news, "tears squirted out of my eyes… we knew he had gone back to St. Joseph's Hospital but he had been there back and forth from time to time and had little things done. This was only 10 days after he'd been in for a meeting."

Connie Swanson Lane, who was the Disneyland Ambassador at the time, recalled: "It was like losing a family member. Very difficult. Most of us stayed at work because that's what Walt would have wanted us to do. The flag was lowered at half mast. It was very, very hard, and I stood at Town Square for the retreat that night until the flag was totally lowered. It was my way of saying goodbye."

Walt Disney Passport

Walt E. Disney Timeline

1901 – Walt Elias Disney is born in Chicago, IL on december 5.
1906 – The Disneys move to Marceline, MO to live on a farm.
1910 – Elias has to sell the farm.
1911 – They move to Chicago. Walts draws pictures for the Mckinley High School Newspaper and attends evening classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
1918 – Walt lies about his age to be accepted into the American Ambulance Corps and serves in France following the end of World War I.
1919 – Walt moves to Kansas City and gets a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio for $50 a month.
1920 – Walt meets Ub Iwerks and forms Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists but it fails after one month. Walt creates Newman Laugh-O-gram, which produces advertising and topical shorts and story cartoons.
1922 – Walt incorporates Laugh-O-gram, with $15,000.
1923 – Laugh-O-gram goes bankrupt. Walt moves to Hollywood. He establishes the Disney Brothers Studio with Roy Disney and lands a contract for the “Alice Comedies” where a girl filmed in live action interacts with animated characters.
1924 – Walts hires animators, including Iwerks.
1925 – Walt and Lilian get marries.
1926 – They rename the studio Walt Disney Studios and move to a new building on Hyperion Avenue, the birthplace of some of Disney’s greatest films.
1927 – Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is created.
1928 – Walt creates Mickey Mouse and produces Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon to synchronizes sound and animation.
1929 – Mickey becomes a national sensation and Walt launches Silly Symphonies.
1930 – Mickey related merchandise is launch.
1931 – Membership in the Mickey Mouse Club passes one million people.
1932 – Walt acquires exclusive use of three-strip Technicolor for cartoons and incorporate the technology in his films.
1933 – Three Little Pigs, the 36th “Silly Symphony” is distributed. “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?” becomes a national anthem for the Great Depression. Lilian Disney gives birth to Diane Disney.
1936 – Lilian and Walt adopt Sharon Disney.
1937 – Disney Studios develops the Multiplane Camera.
1938 – Disney Studios acquires a 50-acre lot in Burbank, CA for a new studio. Walt’s mother, Flora, dies.
1940 – Pinocchio and Fantasia.
1941 – Dumbo. Walt goes to South America and his father dies.
1942 – Bambi and Saludos Amigos.
1946 – Song of the South.
1948 – Seal Islands premieres. The first of the “True-Life Adventures”.
1950 – Cinderella.
1953 – Disney creates the Buena Vista Film Distribution Company.
1954 – Walt buys 244 acres of land near Anaheim, CA to be site for Disneyland.
1955 – Lady and the Tramp – The first widescreen animated film. Disneyland opens with more than 1 million guests in 2 months.
1964 – Mary Poppins.
1965 – Walt Disney Studios purchases land in Orlando, FL for EPCOT which leads to the creation of Walt Disney World.
1966 – Walt dies on december 15.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Disneyland Brazil MAY BE a reality in less than 10 years

To avoid breaking the hotel network in Rio de Janeiro after the "fever" caused by the Olympics in 2016, a group of economists from BNDES (National Economic and Social Development) and an advisor to the mayor of the capital will present the idea of create a Disney theme park in the city during the 22nd edition of the National Forum.

The project was presented at the event, which took place last Thursday (20),  at the BNDES in Rio. 

According to one of the authors, the economist Fabio Giambiagi, also menthor of 'market risk' at BNDES, the official article has 35 pages about the Olympics and its legacy, and two entire pages defending the idea of the Disney theme park.

- We cannot have the Olympics and leave the city without a goal after that. Following this event the city has to reinvent itself. A great example is Barcelona, where the Olympics were held in 1992.

Giambiagi said that the Rio hotel network must improve quality and increase the amount of beds for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. To be able to survive after that, the city needs to be able to attract tourists on a larger scale. For this, an investment like a Disney theme park would be the best choice .

The economist argues that it can be done because Disney is experiencing a trend of expansion.  In addition to parks in the U.S., there’s also Disney Parks in Europe and its last installation outside the American continent was in Asia.

- Hopefully in ten years, Disney will put its foot in Latin America and will not be in Mexico because it has no meaning because of the proximity to the USA. A natural choice would be Brazil especially with the growing economy.

According to Giambiagi, there won’t be a place with such suitable conditions to overcome Rio de Janeiro, with potential for tourism and attracting people from all over Brazil and South America.

-It’s very hard for a person who lives in Argentina to go to Miami. But if there is an air conection to Rio de Janeiro, it is possible that people can come to Disney two or three times in their lives.

Giambiagi made it clear that the idea of creating the theme park is a project that is still in development aprocess and that there are no negotiations with Disney yet.

It was said because of the recent rumors about a large Disney World for 2011 in the south of Brazil.
The false statement says construction is scheduled for August 2011 and has duration of five years. 

The blogger slanderer even invents the area as the "DisneyLand Brazil” would be built about 25 km ², kept secret that also rely on its complex to DisneyArea 'city' to house all the developments in media of the famous American group through the creation of The Brazil Walt Disney Company, an independent arm of Disney Latin America. "

On Tuesday (May 23), A Disney’s spokesperson denied all the information related to the Construction of the theme park and also said the company does not plan any investment in Brazil. The office will issue an official statement next week.

Thanks to Leandro Solari from Argentina for all the work and colaboration!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Disney Pins News - Piece of Disney History II | Star Wars and MORE!

May 22, 2010


R2-MK meet R2-MK, the pin.

In other news, we now have a date for the Disney Trading Night in June at Walt Disney World® Resort. It will be held on Friday, June 25, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Ballroom of the Americas. Admission is free and Guests of all ages are welcome to attend.


May 21, 2010

It's that time of year again! Star Wars™ Weekends 2010 officially starts today at Disney's Hollywood Studios™. The theme of this year's event pays tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. We still recall seeing the film on opening day exactly 30 years ago today.

We have created a collection of Disney Pins for the event this year. You may recall first reading about them on the Disney Parks Blog back in April. We also created an event page featuring this year's collection on

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, we thought we'd offer a behind the scenes look at the evolution of the Disney Vacation Club Member exclusive pin. You may recall this image was once in the running for the main logo for Star Wars™ Weekends 2010. This year is the first time we have ever offered a Disney Vacation Club Member Exclusive pin.

First Logo

This was one of the first attempts at creating artwork featuring the Wampa and Tauntauns. You'll notice that Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were featured in this original concept.

Adding Character

Disney artist Garrett Webb revised the early concept and added Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He also added the Star Wars™ Weekends 2010 logo. This was Garrett's rough pencil sketch.

Clean Up

The rough concept that Garrett created was then cleaned up.

Final Artwork

This became the final artwork for the pin complete with color fills.

The Final Pin

The final pin that will be sold only to Disney Vacation Club Members who present a valid DVC Membership ID. This pin won't be available via mail order; it will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at Disney's Hollywood Studios™.

One final note. We can't decide. Do you have a favorite from the image below?

Coming Soon


May 20, 2010

Paradise Pier Hotel

Caribbean Beach Resort

The Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort Do Not Disturb collections have been delayed for one week and will make their appearance on May 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


May 19, 2010

The Disney Parks Blog just put up a great article which previews some unique upcoming open edition pins. Check it out to get a look behind-the-scenes of the creative process for pins.

We'd like to present a closer look at some of the items part of our Dateline: Disneyland - Pin-Vited Press Event:

Dateline Disneyland Bag

The inside of Item #1 - Dateline Disneyland®: 1955 - Trading Bag is equally colorful as the outside.

Dateline Disneyland Bag

The inside pages can be removed to allow the bag to be used as a regular carrying bag.

Icons Boxed Set

Item #20 - Pin Set - Disneyland® Park Retro Icons is sold in a box featuring a quotation of the opening day dedication and a photograph of Walt Disney.

Tomorrowland Diorama

Item #52 - Rocket to the Moon Diorama features three pins in a special box which allows them to be displayed like a diorama.

Purchase with Purchase

Finally, a look at the Purchase with Purchase limited edition pin collection.

For more information, or to register for the event click here.

May 18, 2010

We thought we would provide an update about Piece of Disney History II as we are approach the half-way point of 2010. Below is an image of several upcoming pins followed by a list of the release months. We are still finalizing the months of October through December but stay tuned.

Pieces of Disney History

  • June 2010 - Mark Twain Riverboat - Piece of the Paddle Wheel

  • July 2010 - Rivers Of America Dock

  • August 2010 - Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror - Piece of asphalt from queue area

  • September 2010 - A Bug's Land - Piece of the rock wall


    May 15, 2010

    We've had a few requests for these documents for anyone attending the upcoming hard ticket pin events in Califorina or Florida.

    What is the Random Selection Process (RSP)?

    Random Selection Process - Frequently Asked Questions?

    Speaking of documents, Steven posted a rather lengthy follow up to the recent live chat on that was held on April 29, 2010. You can CLICK HERE to read the "After The Chat" transcript.

    Armed Forces Day

    Finally .... two words: "Thank you."


    May 12, 2010

    We just got this sample for the fantastic new Disney Alice in Wonderland pin created for the DVD release.


    and curiouser!

    As you can see, the "DVD" slides in an out and we just can't stop playing with it! Between this and the Spaceship Earth image over on the Disney Parks Blog, we're driving ourselves mad! Thankfully, we've been told the best people are indeed mad.


    May 10, 2010

    Happy 10th of May! We just received some yummy news that we thought we would post. For those Guests attending the Breakfast or Dessert Receptions for Disney Pin Celebration 2010, here are the menus:

    August 27, 2010 - The Chamber of Commerce Breakfast:

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Some Merchandise for The Black Cauldron

    The Black Cauldron is a 1985 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Pictures and originally released to theatres on July 24, 1985. It was the first to use the APT process in a film, which replaced Xerography. It was the most expensive animated feature made as of its release. It cost $25 million to produce.

    For all of our hand-drawn animation fans, here is a look at a special limited edition Vinylmation™ collection that commemorates the 25th anniversary of Disney's The Black Cauldron

    Munchies and crunchies!

    The 9" figure represents the villainous Horned King, while the 3" features the loveable sidekick Gurgi. The original artwork for both of the Vinylmation™ figures were designed by Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan. The figures will be sold together and will be released soon. 

    Click Here to see the Original Post

    Click Here to follow @VinylConnection

    Limited-Edition The Horned King Mini Bust


    Tremble at the fearsome visage of The Horned King Mini-Bust. Erupting from the depths of The Black Cauldron, this despot of decay casts a dark shadow upon all who dwell in the kingdom of Prydain. Capture his power and fury in our polystone bust!

    Tremble at the fearsome visage of The Horned King Mini-Bust. Erupting from the depths of The Black Cauldron, this despot of decay casts a dark shadow upon all who dwell in the kingdom of Prydain. Capture his power and fury in our polystone bust!

  • Designed and sculpted by Disney animator Ruben Procopio

  • Hand painted, sculpted stone resin

  • 10 1/2'' H x 8 1/2'' W x 5 3/4'' D

  • Imported

  • Part of the Disney Bust Collection by Grand Jester Studios from Enesco

  • Individually numbered Limited Edition of 1000

  • Name:
    "Disney's The Black Cauldron - 20th Anniversary"

    Release Date:

    Walt Disney World® Resort



    Edition Size:

    Disney's The Black Cauldron celebrates its 20th anniversary on July 24, 2005. This Limited Edition pin pays tribute to this Disney animated film. The pin also features a dangle.

    Did you know?

    This film was 12 years in the making - 5 of those years were spent in actual production. The film featured a technolgical breakthrough - the Animation Photo Transfer (APT) process. It was the first major change in the Studio's method of transferring the artist's drawings to a cel since photocopying replaced hand inking 20 years earlier. Overall, the APT greatly improved the quality of the animator's art.

    "The Black Cauldron Villain Collection - The Horned King"

    Release Date:

    Disneyland® Resort



    Edition Size:

    This Limited Edition pin with flocking features the Horned King from Disney's The Black Cauldron. This pin is part of a collection of pins featuring different villains which continue to be released each Tuesday.

    "The Black Cauldron Villain Collection - The Three Witches"

    Release Date:

    Disneyland® Resort



    Edition Size:

    This Limited Edition pin-on-pin features the Three Witches from Disney's The Black Cauldron. This pin is part of a collection of pins featuring different villains which continue to be released each Tuesday.

    Disney 2010 Hidden Mickey HM Taran and Eilonwy Black Cauldron pin


    Friday, May 14, 2010

    New Special Pin for Alice's DVD Release

    We just got this sample for the fantastic new Disney Alice in Wonderland pin created for the DVD release.


    and curiouser!

    As you can see, the "DVD" slides in an out and we just can't stop playing with it! Between this and the Spaceship Earth image over on the Marcio Disney Digital Media, we're driving ourselves mad! Thankfully, we've been told the best people are indeed mad.

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    Pins and Vinylmation News - 1st week of May

    Orac 1 at your service

    We couldn't let the anniversary of the perennial Disney Park fan favorite, the Wedway People Mover (now known as Tomorrowland Transit Authority) go by without honoring it with a special limited edition pin. Alex Maher created this cute artwork of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse riding this iconic Magic Kingdom® Attraction. Look for it in July, just in time for the anniversary!
    Now you'll have to excuse us, as we're being paged that our party from Saturn has arrived.



    Online wristband registration is open for the Piece of Disney History - Golden Dreams and Disney Trading Night - Mickey at Pirates of the Caribbean Attractions pins. To register online click here.

    June Gloom

    Poor Eeyore, it looks like he is going to have another gloomy June this year. This limited edition pin will be released at the Disneyland® Resort in (you guessed it) June.

    We love how Vinylmation™ encourages all of our fans to get creative and invent their own imaginative figures. We've received quite a few designs from some of our biggest fans, our own Disney Cast Members. As a special treat, we'd like to present this awesome Adventureland® Area design created by Stephen, a Sales Coordinator at the Disney Planning Center at the Walt Disney World® Resort.


    While there are no plans to make this into a Vinylmation™ figure sold in our stores, we thought all of our Vinylmation™ fans would appreciate the fantastic design.

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    Vinylmation - One-of-a-Kind Collection

    11 figures created by the Disney Design Group Artists as special one-of-a-kind pieces. This is my preferred one, the Big TOPiary by Dan Howard.

    The little figures are loose and can be moved if you desire but as they sit in the pictures is as the artist Dan Howard portrayed them. This Figure is in the shape of Mickey Mouse like the others but is covered in a mosslike grass from head to toe and on the base itself which is removable...there are little people on the figure and base like workers.

     One is Mowing the grass, another raking, another shoveling and one shaping up the Topiary itself. It looks like one of the figures disney creates at their parks out of trees and in the shape of the characters!!! Said to be the most sought after of the 1/1 Editions out by many!! Really an awesome conversation / Collector Piece!

    This figure will NEVER be produced ever again! 

    Other Vinylmations of this Collection

      Not a Flying Toy

    Comic Strip

    Split Personality

    Coffe Shop

    Bling Bling


    Sweet Treat


     Dark Chocolate Mouse

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