Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Disneyland`s Sister park ( Disney California Adventure), Gets hit with another cancellation

I am sorry to report that The Phineas and Ferb  show will be going away, as it has been announced that the last shows will be on November 3rd.
I am sure that they will be replacing it with a updated show soon. Who knows maybe they will replace it with a 7D show or something.

So get on down to California Adventure Park to catch these last shows.


This info was sent to me by a trusted source, all photo`s were taken by me 2 years ago.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I knew when I went to the new Disney California Adventure, Cars Land preview that this re-make was a flop. Luigi`s Flying Tires ride. just as it was back in 1955 when Disneyland had the Flying Saucers. They did not last.
this article was just announced on Extinct Attraction.
Also we went to our local Goodwill in Upland, Calif. and picked up the Luigi`s Flying tires hats new in plastic bags. for $2.99 each. they sold at the parks for $24.95 each.
I have been selling them on eBay.. I think I will hold on to them now. as a collectible.

WDI has had to walk carefully around some powerful Imagineers to get out of the starting gates. The result is that Luigi’s Flying Tires is now slated to close on Sunday, January 11th to be remade into an all new ride, in the shortest amount of time possible.
John Lassetter continued to put his considerable influence behind the Flying Tires attraction, even though Mary Niven’s operations team at DCA felt the ride was a real turkey. In that previous 2013 update we told you how DCA Cast Members leaving their shifts were surprised to find Imagineers at Luigi’s after the park closed testing remote controlled Guido characters. The remote controlled Guido forklifts acted as battering rams who would bash into the tires and help move them around the attraction. That idea continued to morph artistically at WDI, while the Operations team in Anaheim schemed to do away with the ride permanently due to the low customer-satisfaction scores it receives and the unfortunate track record of injuries from people tripping while they try to climb into the cumbersome vehicles. John Lassetter’s dream of reinventing the Flying Saucers from his youth never quite worked well, and everyone in Anaheim and a growing group in Glendale knew it but didn’t have the guts to tell Lassetter.
But after lots of political footsie with Imagineers, TDA has now gotten their wish and the original Luigi’s attraction is planned to close just after Christmas. The current plan is to replace the Flying Tires and the oddball and easily overlooked “Festival of the Flying Tires” backstory with a new attraction that removes the need for the riders to steer their own vehicles. A fleet of 1950’s Fiat cars, ostensibly Luigi’s extended family visiting from the old country, will spin and twirl around the floor in a choreographed musical production number in the new ride tentatively called “Luigi’s Festival of the Dance”.
The new ride will keep the existing tire showroom building and indoor queue, and use a version of the WiFi controlled system that guides autonomous vehicles through the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. The massive fans and deep basement that powered the Flying Tires ride system will be put into mothballs, while the new ride is built literally on its grave. If the aggressive schedule from WDI pans out, the new ride could be up and running by the Christmas season of 2015, just under a year from the time the Flying Tires closed.
There’s no word yet whether they might get Fiat to sponsor the Luigi’s Festival of the Dance ride, although that would probably upset the bigwigs at General Motors who have been in recent talks with TDA to once again sponsor at least one attraction in each Anaheim park. When the Star Wars Tomorrowland plan was officially dead and buried earlier this year, WDI began contemplating an updated version of Autopia that would fit perfectly with a GM sponsorship. Autopia and/or a GM sponsorship of Radiator Springs Racers, with those soaring Cadillac tailfins, are on Disney’s wish list of corporate agreements now that GM has exited its dark bankruptcy era and has money to spend.
6 brand new  Flying tires hats.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Rare look inside Walt Disney's first Castle

Most of the world is familiar with Disney's castles, but few know about Walt Disney's first castle.
A Rare look inside Walt Disney Family's Los Feliz, Los Angeles Home.

"This is Walt Disney's sort of small castle-like cottage".  Says Paula Sigman Lowery, Disney historian. The home is smack dab in the middle of Los Feliz.

"Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, on a lovely piece of property, But its really Built in a fairly modest style", said Paula Sigman Lowery.

She gave
News a rare look inside the home where where Walt Disney raised his family from 1932 - 1950. the private home is flush with tradmark Disney touches.

"the outdoor has a architecture has a French 
Norman, European fairy tale feel. 
And this is where Walt 
Disney concieved his ideas for creating his animated fairy tales". 
Sigman Lowery says.

"When you are walking down these stairs, you can imagine 
Walt and Lily and his family running up and down, going to bed said
". said 
Don Hahn.

Han is the executive producer of Maleficent, 
Disneys latest homage to Sleeping 
Beauty. When he walks through the old 
Disney haunt, he sees how revolutionary Disney was.

"Thats what was so great about 
Walt Disney, he was always reinventing, constantly Throwing out the old, trying new things, and you feel that in the walls of this house. Because it all happened here.
" he said.

Disney's former home is now privately owned. and the once 5-acre compound has beed considerably been whittled down, but the people who've lived here have kept the place as Disney original as possible. 
Including the Walt 
Disney commisioned murals. "
He actualy hired a gentalman who had gone to Vienna school of
Fine Arts who painted murals on the ceilings, which are still there.
"Hahn said.

Its a glimpse inside of the family home of a entertainment icon, perhaps a glimpe of the icon himself.

"People like 
Einstein would come to the Disney 
Painters it was a magnet to the people on arts and in the sciences as well. Thats all still in this house, it's the spirit of Walt Disney. said 
Sigman Lowery.

this was a interview done for the Local 

Eyewitness News. 

C7 is the parent company of Walt 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Disneyland Takes the Magic out of Sleeping Beauty's Castle

This past week Disney TDA excutive decided it wasn't safe to have seating (remember these seating alcoves have been on the bridge for 60 years) on the entrance bridge anymore, as someone might fall in the moat.
C'mon Really?? So many magical moments and memories were made on that bridge.
And to top it off they rebuilt the drawbridge, so it may never open and close again.
Putting a ugly iron railing across it with a wooden fence. Removing Walt Disney's vision of a working castle Draw bridge. They also removed the metal shields. You don't know if you are entering Fantasyland or Frontierland. Because it all looks the same.
Not sure if this was a OSHA move or Disney.
But there are plenty of people who are not happy with this new addition.
I know I am not.
They should change the name of the park to, "Safetyland" where we are afraid we will get sued for anything.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Man!.. The Dwarf! .. The "Goofy" A Interview with Talented Voice actor Bill Farmer.

We went to the Disneyana Expo last month in Garden Grove, while we were there we got to meet the Man who does many voices for cartoons, such as Foghorn Leghorn, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and his two famous voices, Pluto and Goofy among many others. He has been doing Goofy's voice for over 25 years.

I told Bill about our Disney Blog and asked if he would like to do a phone interview. He is such a nice guy in his best Goofy voice he said "yes! That would be great."
Which brings us to today August 18th 2014, where Bill is busy as ever.
Lets call this interview 11 Questions for Bill Farmer:

Q.  How did you get started in doing voice work?
A.  I grew up in Pratt, Kansas. I loved going to the movies as a kid and dreaming about Hollywood. I started doing voices like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Sylvester the cat. when I was older I got into radio in college and later I moved to Texas and tried stand up comedy. I got a agent and played several clubs around Texas. My agent suggested I try Hollywood Ca., so We got an apartment out here and I got a call from Disney, I was chosen to do Goofy`s voice out of 1200 people. That was in 1986.
I was also a reporter in the 1st Robocop movie.
Q.  Did you like doing voices/or did you other movies?
A.  I did commercials and TV shows, but enjoy doing voice acting. My first Disney TV show was DTV "Doggone Valentine", where I first voiced Goofy. Films are a long and drawn out process for one scene.
In Animation you go in, wear what you want and lay down the voices.
Sometimes you do solo work, or sometimes you record as ensemble, and that is fun too.

Q. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
A.  I have one older sister, she has now retired from teaching.

Q. What are your favorite Attractions at Disneyland or Walt Disney World?
A.  I love the vintage rides at Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, The more current rides I like are Indy, Space Mountain and Star Tours.
At Walt Disney World my favorites are Tower of Terror and Rockin' Rollercoaster. Also I like at the Animal Kingdom Safari and Expedition Everest.

Q.  Of all the Seven Dwarfs, How did you get the roll of Doc?
A.  I went to a Open audition for Doc, (7D) version, I had done the voice of Sleepy from the Snow White In the classic style I like how the sow is written smartly, I love the stories.

Q.  I know you sing in the new Mickey Mouse Club, But do you play any musical Instruments?
A. I used to play saxophone in school, But my Son and Wife got all the musical talent.


Q.  What sparked your interest in painting?
A. It was done as a request. Disney Art Classics asked
"What would it be like If Goofy drew Goofy?"
It`s lots of fun and challenging. I hope to do more. (he has done three so far.)
Q. What tips do you have for someone interested in Voice-Over work?
A.  Have a steady income. It`s a secondary career. Get some acting classes and stage work, live In front of people. What helped me was doing stand up comedy. It is very competitive only 7-8000 jobs a week with many more Actors. Learn how to write and timing, And how to play to the Audience.
I told Bill I watched the new Disney XD The 7D and Doc looks like he is the leader of the group, He said yes he holds them together, there is no Snow White in this new version, taking place several years before. He and the other 6 Dwarfs work together. The show will be coming soon to the Disney Channel.
Doc (Bill Farmer) is in the middle.

Q. Where can your Fans find you next? As we know you are a busy man.
A.  This weekend I will be in Atlanta for DragonCon August 28th-31st. and then I am off to Australia to do 2 shows in Brisbane Sept. 6th-7th & Sydney Sept.13th-14th for Oz-Comic-Con.
I asked Bill, Can we see you next year in Anaheim for D23Expo in August?
he said Planning on it!
Bill met his wife Jennifer at a Sunday school class in Dallas, they were Married in 1984. he said there were 20 plus marriages out of that class.
Bill and his Wife and Son (Austin) work together at His company. Toonhouse Inc.
where he teaches Voice Actors Via Skype, His Son Austin Does Recording-Develops Demos for voice actors.
I would like to Thank Bill and his wife Jennifer for setting up this great interview and cant wait to see him again next year.
Bill has done all the Goofy, Horace Horsecollar and Pluto voices in the Disney Games, Pixar Movies & Kingdom Hearts Games.