Friday, July 25, 2014

"Bill Farmer" The Man Behind the many voices (A Sneak Peek)

We will soon be doing a interview with a multi talented man.
But you probably wont recognize his face.
"Bill Farmer" Better known as the voice of "Goofy".
Bill Farmer at the Disneyana Expo 2014 July

We will be posting  it soon within the next day or two, So please follow this blog to learn more about William Farmer.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Haunted Mansion Attraction Inspires Spooky Animated Special

Disney Television Animation is in development on “Haunted Mansion,” a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD, inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (“Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes”) is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of Phineas and Ferb.
The television animation studio continues to add to its deep roster of world-class artists and creators with three pilots and a new short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg, Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen, and Ryan Quincy, all currently in production for Disney XD. The studio has also extended an overall deal with Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects. Recently nominated for its ninth Emmy Award, “Phineas and Ferb” currently airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD with the television special Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars set to debut later this month.
The news was announced today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
Coleman said, “Over the past few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation the home for the strongest talent in the business. We have steadily built our roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that the Disney animation legacy is known for.”
From his Twitter account, here is an example of Gris Grimly’s art style, which should be a perfect fit for this creepy-yet-cute subject matter:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Please Help if you can, I have reward levels Thanks
Please if you can help me, I do not like asking for hand outs. But to continue my job search I need to get my car repaired asap. and pay my back rent.
I would really appreciate any amount you can afford. my Campaign  amount goal is $7000.00 , I know it sounds steep. But I do have reward levels where I will give you something in return.

I want to keep sharing my knowledge with all of you about anything new and old happening with Disney.
But at the moment I may not have a place to share this or even a phone to continue to search for a new job.

Thank You.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Club 33 Re-Opens Today on Disneyland's 59th Birthday

Club 33 was a secret club that Walt Disney had designed to meet with his friends, Movie stars, presidents and other high society people. It is located in New Orleans Square adress 33 Royal street. Just above the ride attraction Pirates of the Caribbean and the Blue Bayou.
There is two dinning area's the trophy room and the room that overlooks the Rivers of America.
Walt's apartment was located just across the way, So he could slip away without being seen by the guest's in the park. I'm not sure of he ever got to use his Club before he passed away, but he had it decorated in a Victorian fashion. He bought a antique Harpsichord for his wife Lillian. Only the best Chefs serve their finest creations there.
I have had the pleasure of visiting the club three times in the past fourteen years. You have to be a member to go to the club or know someone who is that can get you in.
I was sad to hear  they closed it down for a refurb.last year. They took out the trophy room and expanded the kitchen in there, they opened a new much larger dinning room, and moved the entrance down to the Court of Angels on the other side of the street.
I chatted with a friend last night who is a member. He got to do a walk thru.he said it is Amazing!! He also said photos were not allowed to be taken, so I have no photo's to post this time. Dinner service starts on July 18th. But the club re-opens today for members and their friends.
This Address is in the stained glass above the New entrance door, where the Court of Angels was.
The Elevator entrance is no longer used.

Happy Birthday To Walt Disney's Original Theme Park

Happy 59th Anniversary to the Rides that Started Disneyland, July 17th 1955

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy 59th Anniversary to the Rides that Started Disneyland, July 17th 1955

Let`s take you on a trip back in time, Walt Disney would take his little girls (Sharon & Diane) to a park,
A shot of the Disney Family on their way to England Lillian, Diane, Sharon and Walt Disney 1949.
He would sit on the park bench and watch his girls ride the carousel while he ate a bag of roasted peanuts. But he just doesn't like the surroundings. there is trash hanging out of the trash cans,it`s not a safe clean area. Although his daughter`s are having fun. Walt isn't.

He then comes up with a vision, he decides to build an Amusement park, but not like the parks he has taken his children to before in the past. Something totally different, Nothing like the world has ever seen before. A themed Amusement park with different lands. most of the rides will be based on his cartoons and Animated films, His love for steam trains will be at the front gates and will circle the park behind the berm. this is to keep guests attention on what is happening on the inside of the park, and to keep the outside everyday thoughts outside.
Walt Disney Riding his Train at Carol-wood.

He wanted to promote the idea to his audience through Television which he already had a show on ABC. his new show would be called Disneyland (1953).

Each week Walt would take you to a new land. like Adventureland, Tours through the Jungle and so forth,
  Frontierland The Wild West like Mark Twain riverboat circling Tom Sawyer Island,
 Fantasyland, This land would feature most of Walt Disney`s classic films like Sleeping Beauty, her Castle. Mr Toads Wild Ride,
Jerry Lewis on Opening day

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
, Peter Pan
, King Arthur's Carousel
, Storybook Canal boats,
Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party Tea Cups
, Yes Even Walt himself rode them, and Tomorrowland, This land would take a look into the future with Freeways  where no matter what age you are, you don't need a driver`s license on the Autopia,

Once you enter under the Disneyland Railroad tunnels
Walt Disney with his Mickey Mouse Mascot.
  you leave the outside world behind and travel back in time on Main Street U.S.A., where everyday there is a parade. with marching bands, horse drawn trollies, Omnibus, and firetrucks with Dixieland bands.

So now Walt had his TV show to promote his idea, and he got some backers to help pay to build this park, But where to build it?
Build it in Burbank near the Animation studios?
He wanted it to be centrally located, so he chose a Orange grove in Orange County. a place called Anaheim, Ca.
Everyone thought he was Crazy, Nobody wanted to believe in him Not even Lillian.
He said This will work.
They broke ground in 1954 and one year later Disneyland opened to the press and guests on Sunday ( Black Sunday as it would be called ) July 17th 1955.
I wonder if Disneyland`s crowds today are even as bad as they were that first day.

We all know and most of us have seen the DVD of Opening Ceremonies of that fateful day. where women's high heels sank into the street from the extremely hot day.

This Blog is to celebrate the 11 rides that started it all and are still at Disneyland to this day 59 years later.

Happy 59th Birthday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Special look through D23 on The Dish on Ratatouille: The Adventure at Disneyland Paris

Imagine, if you will, running over the rooftops of Paris, France, seeing the sights of one of the world’s most famous (and most beautiful) cities! Everyone’s favorite culinary-genius rat, Remy, did just that in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille—and it’s the premise behind Disneyland Paris’ latest and greatest attraction.

 Ratatouille: The Adventure—or, for those Francophiles among you, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy—manages to bring visitors right into the film itself! Complete with brand-new animation and state-of-the-art 3D and 4D technology, the ride shrinks you down to the size of Remy and his rat pals before whisking you away on a delicious journey through Paris… all before dropping you off at Remy’s very own restaurant, where he delights in cooking you a wonderful meal! It really is a “mini-land” all of its own, right in the middle of the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disney’s Parisian outpost. was lucky enough to get behind-the-scenes dish from the folks at Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar Animation Studios who brought this new attraction to life. Read on for what they had to say, s’il vous plaît?

D23: How did the idea for a Ratatouille-themed mini-land come about?
Tom Fitzgerald, Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI): The phenomenal success of the film Ratatouille in France was what got us initially thinking that we had to do something special with this property at Disneyland Paris. As always with our projects, it would be many years before the idea would become reality.
Chrissie Allen, Executive Producer, WDI: A Ratatouille experience always seemed like a perfect fit for Disneyland Paris. The movie is a lovely valentine to the food of France and the restaurants of Paris. The scene where Remy tries to awaken Emile’s taste senses is so perfect. Who wouldn’t want to eat at Remy’s own restaurant when they visit Disneyland Paris?

 D23: Was there any pressure with regards to designing a Parisian-themed mini-land that would actually live inside a Paris-based theme park?
Roger Gould, Creative Director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios: The fun thing about Ratatouille, the movie, is when we were making the film with Pixar, we felt it was a love letter to Paris and all things French. But of course, it’s also caricature. Honestly, we didn’t know how it would be received in France. The film came out and it was huge in America and it was an even bigger hit in France and throughout Europe. They loved it. They embraced it so fully. In fact, a month after it came out, a French animator was visiting Pixar and we were chatting, and he said, “You know Ratatouille?” And I said, “Yes.” [He says,] “There’s one thing that I hate about it.” I’m like, “Uh-oh, what did we get wrong?” He said, “That it was not made in France!” So, when Tom Fitzgerald, who’s our director of this whole project and an amazing Imagineer, said “Let’s bring Ratatouille to Paris,” I was thrilled. It was just the perfect thing to do.

 D23: What were the challenges surrounding “shrinking” guests in order to bring them completely into little Remy’s world?
Tom: There’s something really fun about doing scale-change rides, where guests get to experience the world in an entirely different way than they normally do. In Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris, the oversized toy scale is introduced immediately at the front of the land, with a giant Buzz Lightyear figure that you literally can walk under. For our Ratatouille mini-land, we decided that the exterior of the land would be human scale, and it would only be as you moved into the attraction and restaurant that the scale would change. For the restaurant, you enter a lobby at human scale, but then move through a corridor where wallpaper and floor patterns grow. When you turn the corner, you have entered Remy’s restaurant, where everything is at the scale it would be if you were the size of a rat. In the attraction, you enter a typical Parisian theater, and gradually move from a Paris at human scale to a Paris of rat scale.

 Roger: [We all spent quite a lot of time discussing,] how can we join Remy on the adventure he went through in the film? There was quite a bit of exploration that was done to explain what it would mean to build a giant physical version of Gusteau’s kitchen, and with giant physical moving chefs and these giant feet about to step on him and so on. The question all along was, how do we deliver that to the guest? How do we make you feel that you are the size of a rat in this cavernous, giant, dangerous place? So, that became [the] evolution… how can we use physical, dimensional giant sets and absolutely state-of-the-art, original, extremely hi-res stereo animation to extend those worlds and really bring them to life?

 Chrissie: I think the guests will be delighted by the scale changes they experience. When they approach La Place de Remy, they will be at human scale. They might get to meet Linguini as he arrives for work. Everything about the arrival is human scale. Once inside the attraction, we need to be resized as rats to take this amazing trip with Remy. It occurs very naturally but also, the reveal is stunning. If you look closely at the movie, you will see the world from Remy’s point of view. That’s what we want our guests to experience in the attraction.

D23: Speaking of Remy, can you talk a bit about his new restaurant and its shrunken décor? What do you hope visitors will get out of dining there?
Chrissie: From the outside, the restaurant looks like a classic bistro [in] Paris. As the host or hostess guides you to your table, you realize that the décor is Remy-sized. The team had a blast using things you would find in a kitchen to decorate the restaurant. And like the Blue Bayou at Disneyland, the restaurant is part of the overall story; it is where you were headed all along. There are many surprises to be found!

Tom: When we began work on this project, we knew we had to do something special with food, as it’s so core to the film and Remy’s passion. While the first thought may have been to do Gusteau’s restaurant, we felt that it would be far more fun to do Remy’s restaurant, the one briefly seen at the end of the film, so that Remy could be your chef, and you could dine in an over-scaled fantasy environment unlike anything you could find in Paris. This is something that could only happen at Disneyland Paris, and that was our goal. While the scene in the film was very brief and very sparse, we knew we had to create real-world objects (tables, chairs, etc.) that would work for real people! The fun for the design team was imagining—and creating—tables, chairs, carpets, wallpaper, lights and props that were over-sized, yet functional.

D23: What do you think is the coolest moment in the ride itself?
Tom: There are many scenes in the ride that are cool—but one of my favorites, which is literally cool, is the pantry/refrigerator from the film. Imagine being the size of Remy inside the refrigerator, where everything is enormous—from the crates of oranges (which you will smell), to gigantic bottles, cans, a huge ham, fish, and the dessert refrigerator at the end. It’s a scene that just makes you smile.

 D23: What was it like working together on this project?
Liz Gazzano, Executive Producer, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios: Imagineering was so open to bringing this world to life, and they did it in such an amazing way. By bringing in the filmmakers—we brought in our production designer from the film, Harley Jessup—that actually helped with the mini-land and what we call ‘crookedizing’ all of the buildings so that you really do feel—even when you’re walking through the land, not even on the attraction, that you’re part of this world. There was such a passion at Imagineering to work with us to bring this film to life that it was a great experience, and so I think as a result, you have one of the coolest attractions that I’ve had the honor of producing.

 Chrissie: I’ve worked on a few projects with [Pixar], and it is always inspiring and always different. We all enjoyed the time we got to spend with Brad Bird. I think this is the first attraction where he has been involved. He liked the first pitch and then continued to help plus it along the way. We also got to work with Michael Giacchino on the attraction-specific score and other little surprises.

 Roger: We always say that making a movie at Pixar is a team sport, because hundreds and hundreds of people are involved and working together to create this singular result. The theme parks only multiply that. There are thousands of people. We’re building physical buildings. We’re building brand-new ride systems, trackless ride systems. We’re creating original animation building giant sets. So, an enormous number of people have to work together to bring a single vision to life. And having Tom Fitzgerald give the creative vision to that and the passion to rally these hundreds and hundreds of people together is really the joy of doing it. It’s really the environment that Walt Disney himself set up. His vision to create entertainment that would appeal to people of all ages, to use technology in ways that had never been done to tell stories in ways that people have never experienced. Not just for ‘opening weekend,’ but to build something that can last for generations.

 D23: Do you have a favorite memory from working on this project? Something from the process that you’ll never forget?
Tom: The first mock-up we did was to prove whether we could make guests feel like they were falling from the skylight of Gusteau’s kitchen down to the floor, as Remy did in the film. We built an enormous screen—so big that we had to build it in one of Disneyland’s storage warehouses miles away from Imagineering—so that we could test the illusion. Pixar created special 3D animation of the test for us, and we built a mock-up vehicle so that we could test moves to accompany the footage. The first time we put it all together, we were literally screaming with how realistic—and fun—the effect was! It was a fantastic early step, but it convinced us that we could pull off the illusions of our story.

 Chrissie: There [were] so many moments over the course of the project. There is one that only a few people got to experience. The “ratmobiles” were choreographed and staged in Detroit. On a cold winter’s night, we walked into a warehouse the size of the attraction and saw all of the rats going through their paces. There was no scenery, no walls; it was just wide open. Each one has a slight grin on its face. It kinda cracked me up a bit. I thought many things. What I can share is how magical it seemed. I knew then it was going to be special. And it is!

 Liz: I think one of the best memories and working experiences was in the very beginning when we were developing story with Imagineering and with our story people here at Pixar, it just really set the stage for working together down the line. We all got together and sat at a table with storyboards, and just storyboarded out the whole ride. We took the better part of a year doing that, honestly. Getting it into really great shape.

 D23: Is there anything else you’d like Disney fans to know about the mini-land and all its accompanying features?
Roger: First off, it’s always fun to be small. So, it’s really fun to shrink down to the size of a rat and find yourself on the gigantic rooftops of Paris. That’s the load area, where you’re going to get aboard your ratmobile, which is this incredibly charming graphic version of a rat. So, what I think people are going to walk away with after they’ve been on Ratatouille: The Adventure [is that] if Remy spoke directly to them, that relationship that they built in their mind from watching the movie is finally fulfilled. Remy talks to them and welcomes them and says, “I want to cook for you. Come join me in my restaurant.” Then we go on this crazy adventure with him where he’s trying to protect us and make sure that we stay safe so that he can finally make us a delicious meal. I hope that people come off saying, “Oh my gosh, I got to spend time with this good friend of mine, Remy, [and] of course Emile and Linguini and Colette—all of his great pals. And I got to be in that world in a way that when I watch the movie, I only dreamed of.” I think it’s fantastic that we get to do that, to give people the opportunity to make wonderful, happy memories together.
 My thoughts, I hope they bring this new ride to Disney California Adventure someday.
There was a ride in the late 1960`s that Walt Disney shrank his guests. Adventure thru Inner Space. at Disneyland.

Doombuggies were used on this ride before Haunted Mansion Was finished.