Friday, March 21, 2014

Coming soon a Chat with Disney Legend Artist Floyd Norman

Last night I had the pleasure to chat with Disney Artist/ Disney Legend Floyd Norman. 
We will be setting up a interview with him in the near future.

Global Sing-A-Long Celebrates with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir “it’s a small world” 50th Anniversay

As Thomas Smith just announced, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the debut of “it’s a small world” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. This, of course, means a trip to the archives! We found historical footage from both the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the attraction’s opening day here at the Disneyland Resort, two years later on May 28, 1966. Imagineer Kim Irvine takes us down memory lane, along with co-composer of the attraction’s unforgettable theme song, Richard Sherman. You’ll even hear from Walt Disney himself, as he shows off the plans for “it’s a small world” in a clip from the “Wonderful World of Color” television show. I hope you enjoy this trip back in time, and make sure to join the celebration at!

 As you may have just heard on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, you’re invited to join a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” – the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to UNICEF’s work for children around the world at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
We’ll be celebrating the anniversary on April 10 but we’ve already kicked off the worldwide celebration. People from more than 25 countries, including bagpipers in Scotland, Bollywood movie actors in India, a firefighter in New York City, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, came together to create a first worldwide “it’s a small world” video.

You can participate in this historic celebration by recording and sharing an online video of yourself singing “it’s a small world” on our new global online hub At the site, you can also create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to share with your friends. The Walt Disney Company will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” plus $1 for every sing-along video recorded on and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
On April 10, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will come together to sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”
Go share your online video at and keep checking the Disney Parks Blog as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”

I got my picture with Richard Sherman
as reported by the Disney Parks Blogs

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

R.I.P. Actress Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Dies at 85

Date of Birth23 April 1928Santa Monica, California, USA
Date of Death10 February 2014Woodside, California, USA
Birth NameShirley Jane Temple

 Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.

Her publicist, Cheryl Kagan, confirmed her death.
Mrs. Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years, when in 23 motion pictures her sparkling personality and sunny optimism lifted spirits and made her famous. From 1935 to 1939 she was the most popular movie star in America, with Clark Gable a distant second. She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The little girl with 56 perfect blonde ringlets and an air of relentless determination was so assured that the usually unflappable Adolphe Menjou, her co-star in her first big hit, “Little Miss Marker,” described her as “an Ethel Barrymore at 6” and said she was “making a stooge out of me.”

She presented Walt Disney with his special Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). It was a standard-sized Oscar with seven little Oscars.
 "Academy Awards: 9th Annual," Walt Disney and Shirley Temple.

 She was elected to the board of directors of Walt Disney Productions in May, 1974.

When she turned from a magical child into a teenager, audience interest slackened, and she retired from the screen at 22. But instead of retreating into nostalgia, she created a successful second career for herself.
After marrying Charles Alden Black in 1950, she became a prominent Republican fund-raiser. She was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon in 1969. She went on to win wide respect as the United States ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, was President Gerald R. Ford’s chief of protocol in 1976 and 1977, and became President George H. W. Bush’s ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989, serving there during the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
After winning an honorary Academy Award at the age of 6 and earning $3 million before puberty, Shirley Temple grew up to be a level-headed adult. When her cancerous left breast was removed in 1972, at a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she held a news conference in her hospital room to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.” She is widely credited with helping to make it acceptable to talk about breast cancer.
Shirley Jane Temple was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 23, 1928. From the beginning, she and her mother, Gertrude, were a team (“I was absolutely bathed in love,” she remembered); her movie career was their joint invention. Her success was due to both her own charm and her mother’s persistence.
In “Child Star,” her 1988 autobiography, Mrs. Black said her mother had made a “calculated decision” to turn her only daughter into a professional dancer. At a fee of 50 cents a week, Mrs. Temple enrolled 3-year-old Shirley in Mrs. Meglin’s Dance Studio.
In 1932, Shirley was spotted by an agent from Educational Pictures and chosen to appear in “Baby Burlesks,” a series of sexually suggestive one-reel shorts in which children played all the roles. The 4- and 5-year-old children wore fancy adult costumes that ended at the waist. Below the waist, they wore diapers with oversize safety pins. In these heavy-handed parodies of well-known films like “The Front Page” (“The Runt Page”) and “What Price Glory” (“War Babies”), Shirley imitated Marlene Dietrich, Mae West and — wearing an off-the-shoulder blouse and satin garter as a hard-boiled French bar girl in “War Babies” — Dolores Del Rio.
When any of the two dozen children in “Baby Burlesks” misbehaved, they were locked in a windowless sound box with only a block of ice on which to sit. “So far as I can tell, the black box did no lasting damage to my psyche,” Mrs. Black wrote in “Child Star.” “Its lesson of life, however, was profound and unforgettable. Time is money. Wasted time means wasted money means trouble."
“Baby Burlesks” was followed by five two-reel comedies and a year of casting calls and bit-part auditions, which garnered young Shirley half a dozen small roles. By Thanksgiving 1933 she was growing older. She was 5½, and in the previous two years she had earned a total of $702.50. Her mother did the sensible thing: she shaved a year off her daughter’s age. Shirley would be shocked to discover, at a party for her 12th birthday in April 1941, that she was actually 13.
Her career began in earnest in 1934, when she was picked to play James Dunn’s daughter in the Fox fantasy “Stand Up and Cheer,” one of many films made during the Depression in which music chases away unhappy reality. She was signed to a two-week contract at $150 a week and told to provide her own tap shoes.
Within an hour of completing her song-and-dance number “Baby, Take a Bow,” she was formally placed under contract to Fox for a year at $150 a week. The studio had an option for seven more years and would pay Gertrude Temple an additional $25 each week to take care of her daughter.

Friday, January 24, 2014

February Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney District

Are you planning a trip to Disneyland Resort this February? If so, here are a few merchandise events you should plan on checking out. But before we head into February, here are details on one last event taking place in January.
January 25: Meet Yakovetic and be among the first to pick up his newest piece titled, “Mickey’s Dreamsuite.” Yakovetic will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 9 – 11a.m. at Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. Learn more here.

Now on we go…

February 1 – 2: Join us for the launch of “Castle Coffee Break,” the third in a series from the “Happiest Hipster on Earth” collection by artist Jerrod Maruyama. This new piece captures Hipster Mickey and Hipster Minnie as they break for coffee and pose for “selfies” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Jerrod will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 2 – 5 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of “Castle Coffee Break.” Also, we will be releasing two other pieces titled “A Small World of Cute” and “Life Lessons from Princesses.” Learn more here.

posted on January 24t4, 2014 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort

February 7 – 9: So sweet! Be sure to stop by and meet Precious Moments doll maker Linda Rick who will be appearing throughout the weekend from 12 – 10 p.m. at China Closet in Disneyland park as we celebrate the release of her Valentine’s day collection. Learn more here.

February 8: Mini-Makeovers, or should I say “Minnie”-Makeovers, will be taking place from 1 – 5 p.m. at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District to celebrate the release of the Pop of Minnie collection from Beautifully Disney! Learn more here.
February 15: Stop in to check out the latest release from the HARVEYS for Disney Couture collection, featuring none other than Tinker Bell. Available in some of HARVEYS most popular silhouettes, this pixie-inspired collection is an essential for any Tinker Bell fan or Disney fashionista. So make plans to pick up a sassy new handbag at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District and meet the creators Dana and Melanie Harvey from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Learn more here.
February 15 – 16: Meet local artist Katie Kelly from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Off the Page in Disney California Adventure park. Her newest piece features Alice so make sure you stop by and take a look at this ‘wonder’ful work currently in progress. Learn more here.
February 22: Join us as we celebrate the launch of the newest exhibit to line the walls of The Disney Gallery in Disneyland park inspired by Steampunk. Keep an eye out for more details on this new exhibit to be released shortly on the Disney Parks Blog, but until then make sure to mark your calendar for a special artist signings at Disneyana as we celebrate the release of artwork and collectibles inspired by turn of the century inventors and writers, as well as artwork inspired by Disney attractions, icons and innovations that have been cultivated from this view of the future from the past.
February 22 – 23: Stop in and check out the latest releases from artist M. Andonia from 1 – 4 p.m. each day at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District. Learn more here.

Scheduled to appear as the Artist in Residence at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District throughout February is artist Liana Hee. Look for special artist showcases on the following dates: January 31 and February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 from 5 – 9 p.m.

                                      Hope you can join us!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lets bring the follow count up to 50 this year, Only 27 more to go. Please follow to keep up on Disney

This Blog is about All things Disney Related, Including Marvel and Star Wars and now Indiana Jones.
Please follow us this year to keep up on the new rides Opening this year at Walt Disney World and Restored rides Re-opening at Disneyland.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Going to Disneyland today? May want to change plans due to Fire

If you are heading out to Disneyland today, you may want to go another day if you have health issues due to poor air quality. The Glendora Fire ( Colby Fire ) is producing a large amount of Smoke, Ash and Embers. On the news they have showed the smoke cloud spread as far south as Long Beach. Please check with the California Quality air website for conditions.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Dream Comes True and a Promise Kept. Artist Lisa DeMond is a Disney Fine Artist 01/17/2014.

A self-taught artist and proud stay-at-home mother, Lisa DeMond fulfills her promise of becoming a professional artist for Disney to her late father.
Introduced to the colorful art and imagery of Disney and at an early age, Lisa was profoundly inspired by what she saw - enough to sharpen and develop her artistic skill with a burning desire to become a Disney Artist.
When Lisa was 8 years old, her father, a long time marketeer for a printing and advertising company in Salt Lake City, Utah developed an infection that attacked his heart and rendered him disabled and sick for nearly 10 years.  It was during this time, whether sitting in ER waiting rooms or right by her bed-ridden father’s side, Lisa would find refuge and comfort from the painful reality of her father’s persistently worsening condition by drawing and sketching Disney characters.
The death of her father took an emotional toll that led her to take a break from her artistic endeavors for almost ten years. In the meantime, Lisa welcomed new joys and beginnings in her life with a successful marriage and the addition of two beautiful daughters all the while never forgetting the promise she made to her father of becoming a Disney artist.
After the birth of her second daughter, Lisa soon felt the rekindling of her long lost desire to pursue her artistic dream and with a new found passion made the decision to try something new. Taking the next inevitable step beyond drawing and sketching by way of picking up a paint brush instead of a pencil, Lisa leaped head-first into the realm of oil painting, something she had wanted to do since she was a child.
Starting fresh in a new medium as an artist while being a mother of two young girls, Lisa’s first “art studio” was sensibly placed – where else but on an island counter in her home kitchen where everything she needed was within arm’s reach.  Under these less than ideal conditions, Lisa restarted her artistic journey of constant self-imposed challenges. Developing and honing her style and skill, Lisa almost immediately found she had a knack and propensity for painting in a photorealistic fashion; capturing moments - not just the imagery - all the while adhering to the prolific tradition of fine art artist legends before her. To Lisa, each work of art is richly composed and filled with a balance of character integrity and meticulous detail. Vibrant color and lighting also help to create the captivating illusion of depth in every one of her paintings.
Paying homage while living up to the mastery, energy and magic of some of the finest artists to ever grace the Disney brand, Lisa DeMond’s work puts on dazzling display the magic of each individual Disney character and the world’s they live in - whether they be real life people, scene-scape`s, or animations - capturing them in their most memorable moments, with all of the intended essence, emotion, interactivity and personality.
“My goal is to capture the magic of Disney films we have all grown to love and cherish.”
Lisa DeMond’s classical painting technique and impeccable attention to detail not only brilliantly captures the magic and integrity of Disney but also promises to become a truly timeless and much sought after addition to the wonderful world of Disney Fine Art
I met Lisa DeMond online tonight for the 1st time, She is a Vary kind and caring woman, we talked about some of the artwork she has done and how she liked some of my Disney paintings. But This is a Special Blog I am writing tonight for Lisa. As we were chatting I had asked if she knew a few ot the othe Disney Fine artists like James C. Mulligan she said yes he is very nice.
  "The Delightful Apprentice" 12x24 by Lisa DeMond
 "They've Got a Dream" 18x24 by Lisa DeMond
Oil on Canvas

These are two of her paintings that were released today out of four of her amazing Hyper-realism Oil paintings. Go check out the other two.

 I met James Mulligan at D23 last August in Anaheim along with Heather Theurer who just recently became a Disney Fine Artist too.

I cannot wait to see what other amazing oil painting`s Lisa has done and I wish her the best in the future.