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A Look Back: Behind the Scenes of the Re-imagined “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Park « Disney Parks Blog


A Look Back: Behind the Scenes of the Re-imagined “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Park « Disney Parks Blog.


This is a great behind the scenes look at the refurbishment of Small World 5 years ago.


DbM Interludes | Disney by Mark’s Video Interludes


DbM Interludes | Disney by Mark’s Video Interludes.

This is one of my favorite Disney websites, especially during work. You would need a second monitor of course but having these going takes a little of the stress of the day away. Almost like being there!



Disneyland Photos – 1968


These next Disneyland photos are from a trip in the summer of 1968 (I am pretty sure).  The first one is in Tomorrowland and I love how you can see the Peoplemover cars with their tops up, ready to load another group of lucky people. I sure wish they would bring this back but according to Tony Baxter (he was at the PNW Mouse Meet last year and this was one of the first questions asked!) this is NOT going to happen. It is too bad, this is one of my favorites at Disney World and seems to be very popular there.


The second photo was taken in New Orleans Square in front of the Le Gourmet shop.  Of course this was summer so it was pretty busy. I found a 1968 Guidebook of Disneyland that is really wonderful. It is fun to see the shops and rides that were open then. (Edit: I was watching a Disneyland Walk Through today and saw this building. Today it is “Le Bat En Rouge“, a shop filled with Jack Skellington, Pirate and Villain merchandise. The date on the walk through is June 2013.

New Orleans Square

The third photo is of the wonderful topiary in from of It’s a Small World. They seem much more detailed today but I like these too.

PICT0001So far the photos I have been posting are from my family but I also have some from trips that Kevin’s family took. Most of these are a little later (early 1970 – 1980’s) and I will be scanning those soon.  My Grandmother lived in Arcadia, CA and we visited her almost every summer and went to Disneyland one day during those trips. I understand that my Grandfather was very excited about Disneyland opening and being able to take us. I must have gotten my love of Disney from him! I am hoping to find pictures of him at Disneyland but so far I haven’t.


Favorite Podcasts This Week


I love podcasts! I work at home so I have the perfect opportunity to be able to listen to quiet a few each week. I thought maybe some people might be interested in some of my favorites and maybe they will become your favorites too! If you find you like…

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Favorite Podcasts This Week


I love podcasts! I work at home so I have the perfect opportunity to be able to listen to quiet a few each week. I thought maybe some people might be interested in some of my favorites and maybe they will become your favorites too! If you find you like these, you can go back and listen to all the older shows too.

Inside the Magic

This is the one I always listen to first on Monday. Aside from a really great podcast, Ricky Brigante also has a fantastic website with articles, photos and videos. The podcast deals mostly with Disney but he also talks about Universal Orlando.  He often has guests on his show too. Really great podcast.

WDW Radio

Most people who love Disney have probably heard of Lou Mongello. If not then this will be a good introduction to his podcast and all that he does. He also has a website with tons of information about Disney and forums so you can talk to other Disney geeks!

Once – Once Upon a Time

There are a lot of podcasts that talk about each show of Once Upon a Time (and I listen to most of them)  but I like this one the best. They have forums on their website so fans can chat about the show and their theories about what will happen. They did a show this week but usually they only do shows when Once Upon a Time is playing the first run shows.


This podcast is about the Harry Potter books. They started a little over a year ago with the first book and discuss a few chapters during each podcast (they just started on Goblet of Fire).  Even though I have read all the books (and watched all the movies more times than I can count) it is really interesting to hear other peoples take on them. This has really been interesting. Their website, Mugglenet.com, has been active for much longer than the podcast and has forums and news about all things Harry Potter (including fan fiction…don’t get me started, I love most of it)

The Season Pass: The Essential Theme Park Podcast

I just started listening to this one (today I listened to the show about Carsland) and I really like it. They are very professional.

Well, there are 5 to get you going. If you have never listened to a podcast, you are in for a treat. And if you don’t like ones about Disney, there is a podcast for anything you might be interested in; just Google the topic and the word “podcast”. Some are certainly better than others but I’m sure you can find something that is interesting.


Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet


This last Saturday we went to the 5th annual Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet! It is held at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA. We have gone every year and every year it gets bigger and better.

This is the Lynnwood Convention Center

This is the Lynnwood Convention Center













The PNW Mouse Meet was started in 2009 by Don Morin and his elite team of volunteers. Every year they put together an amazing show for Disney fans and they do it all with volunteers that put in untold hours throughout the year.  The event includes guest speakers, Disneyana vendors, two dole whip machines (yum!), pin trading and celebrity meet and greets (including being able to get autographs). There are also displays by fans. Every year these are different and it is always so wonderful to see what other people collect. I’m not sure why (except that I was having so much fun) but I didn’t get around and take pictures of these displays…..I expect that there will soon be lots of photos on the PNW Mouse Meet website.

Part of the crowd waiting to get in

Part of the crowd waiting to get in


And of course there must be some crowd control!!

And of course there must be some crowd control!!



This is just part of the room. Everyone is having a great time!

This is just part of the room. Everyone is having a great time!

One of the reasons (there are many many of course) we keep coming back every year is because it is a room full of Disney fans just like us. There is never anyone that says “why are you going to Disneyland or Disney World AGAIN” or “Disney is just for kids” or “you collect WHAT!!”  We all feel the same way about our favorite place or our favorite thing to collect. And the interest in Disney can be different for everyone; some like the parks, some like the movies, and some like the collectibles but we all love Disney and that is a very comforting place to be. We all “get it”.

This year, one of the vendors that I was most looking forward to seeing was David Lesjak. He was at previous Mouse Meets as a speaker and did a wonderful presentation on the early Disney Studios history. It was wonderful and Kevin and I got to talk to him before one of his talks. He is passionate about Disney history and the role the Disney Studios played during World War II. He has 2 blogs: Toons at War and Vintage Disney Collectibles.  He also has a new e-book out (available at amazon.com) called: “Service With Character The Disney Studio and World War II”. I am reading it now and I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in history and / or Disney.  I hope he can come back to a future Mouse Meet as a speaker again!!

David Lesjak’s Websites http://vintagedisneymemorabilia.blogspot.com/ and http://toonsatwar.blogspot.com/

David Lesjak’s Book http://www.amazon.com/Service-Character-Disney-Studio-ebook/dp/B00DKS61TS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372809089&sr=8-1&keywords=David+Lesjak

The following people were speakers at the event. While I have read much about these people and could have written about their history with the company, the folks at PNW Mouse Meet did a really good job of this so I am including a link to each page and will let them explain who they are.

The first speaker of the day was Dave Smith. He is the former chief archivist at the Walt Disney Archives and joined the company on June 22, 1970. He has a new book out that he was signing that day called: “Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered”

His presentation was stories and photos from the archives and it was wonderful to see and hear about things that are not often seen by the average person. You could tell he had a real passion about Disney history and preserving and adding to the archives. Having read his books and columns for years, it was wonderful to see him in person!

Dave Smith’s Book http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Trivia-Vault-Questions-ebook/dp/B008DM2MXA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372809438&sr=1-1&keywords=Dave+Smith

The second speaker was Kevin Rafferty. He is a Senior Concept Writer, Creative Director with Walt Disney Imagineering. He has been with the company since 1974.  In addition to the link above, I also found this blog post and a really beautiful video that explains his career and his love of Disney. His presentation was about Carsland and it was great hearing about the beginning of the concept to the finished product. He also had many photos of the planning and building of this wonderful new area in Disney California Adventure.



For the third presentation, they had both Tony Anselmo and Bill Farmer on a panel with Jeff Kurtti interviewing them. It was fascinating to hear how they both got into the business.

Tony Anselmo is both an animator, working on Little Mermaid and Lion King among others and a voice actor. He does the voice of Donald Duck mainly but also does Donald’s nephews. Tony was actually trained by the original voice of Donald Duck, Clarence Nash. He was named a Disney Legend in 2009.

Bill Farmer is the voice of Goofy and Pluto. He has also done other voices such as Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn and many others. He was named a Disney Legend in 2009.

Leading the interview (and providing stories of his own) was Jeff Kurtti . Jeff has been involved with PNW Mouse Meet since the beginning. He is a Disney author and historian and worked with the Disney family on The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.


Website for PNW mouse meet http://www.pnwmousemeet.com/Home.php

Dave Smith http://www.pnwmousemeet.com/Dave_Smith.html

Kevin Rafferty http://www.pnwmousemeet.com/Kevin_Rafferty.html

Tony Anselmo http://www.pnwmousemeet.com/Tony_Anselmo.html

Bill Farmer http://www.pnwmousemeet.com/Bill_Farmer.html

Jeff Kurtti  http://www.pnwmousemeet.com/Jeff_Kurtti.html

I’m Back!


IMG_2791First off, this post is a test of posting on my phone. I have a bluetooth keyboard for my iPhone and have been wanting to try this out for a long time. I am sitting in the line for the Edmonds ferry with a tray on my lap. It seems to be working pretty well. I have used this keyboard before, on a train trip my daughter, to California. I love it, very useful to have!

So, the reason I have been gone is that my brother-in-law died suddenly and we had to go to California. We were there a little over a week taking care of all the business one has to take care of in such situations. By the time we got back, we were pretty far behind with wiork and house stuff. My brother in law had a bird, a Double Yellow Headed Amazon Conure. We were lucky enough to be able to bring her home!! The biggest problem we had was how to get her cage home.. We went to Petsmart and got a travel cage but the big cage is 5 feet all, 3 feet wide an d2 feet deep. Fortunately if broke down and we were able to get it into my car (a 92 Camaro with very little room in side) We almost had to ship it but Kevin was able to get it in and all the other stuff too (well, we did ship hoe 3 large totes). The birds name is Toby and she is settling in just fine. We also have a cockatiel and I thought they might chatter back and forth but they don’t seem very interested in each other. Toby does like to watch the fish that are on a counter behind her cage. She ignores the cats and may have laughed at the chihuahua.

I will try to insert a photo I took on the way home but this wordpress app doesn’t seem to want to do that. (Edit: I was able to add the photo above after I got home)

So aside from work and all the other busyness I haven’t found time to get a blog post up but I have tons of ideas so I a going to set up my laptop everyday and do the blog on that. I can set it up on my husbands desk (I work from home) and roll over there when I have an idea. We are planning a trip to Disney World in the middle of November and I am working on a list of things review and report on from there. I will have a years worth of blog material by the time I get back!

I also have a new camera, a Cannon Rebel T3i, that I am learning how to use so I will have lots of photos soon.

Speaking of photos, another thing I am going to start posting are some wonderful 1960’s to 1980’s photos from Disneyland (we got them when we were going through stuff from storage)!! Disney geeks love this kind of thing so I hope there are some out there.

Well, I guess that is it for now. This app worked pretty well, except for the adding-a-photo-thing. I will work on that.


Unearthing Hidden Treasures: A Review of “Epcot:: The First Thirty Years” (All Ears® Guest Blog)


Another test, this time to see if a link to my blog is posting to Facebook. So many settings to learn.

Unearthing Hidden Treasures: A Review of “Epcot:: The First Thirty Years” (All Ears® Guest Blog).

My Nail Polish and Some Disney Stuff


I woke up to a very gray, gloomy and foggy morning. Perfect day for soup, pea soup because that’s what it looks like outside..haha. I guess fall is here finally.

Yesterday I received a package from my sister in law (they had gone to Disneyland a few weeks ago). In it was one of those super cute cones from Cars Land, the kind you get drinks in. I am beyond thrilled and will be drinking out of it as soon as I find a straw tall enough. She also sent me a really cute Oswald pin (we collect the pins in a big way). Also included in the box were gifts for the rest of the family, issue 3 of the “Buena Vista Bugle” (the newspaper they give out on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure (DCA)), a menu from Flo’s, a Walt and Mickey postage stamp, maps and brochures from their hotel and and a HUGE stack of maps from both Disneyland and DCA.

I had asked her to send me some because I am going to make a back splash with them in my bathroom, around the sink area and probably on the counter too. I am going to make a collage on a thin board, add 3-4 coats of a product called Helmsman (it is used on boats to waterproof) and then we will screw them to the wall and I will patch the screw holes after it is up. I am super excited to get started on this project! I have enough maps that I might be able to make a back slash for the kitchen too. Still thinking about that. For those who know us, it comes as no surprise that our whole house will be decorated in Disney. We have been working on getting the house finished for a long long time and I hope we get it done this winter. I am tired of living in a project. I am especially looking forward to finally getting the units built that will house the Disney figure collection. It is going to be 2 units, about 6 feet tall and 30” – 32” wide with glass shelves and lighting. We have other collectibles that will go in them but it is mainly for the Disney stuff.

One project that we did get finished is the shelves for my nail polish (see blog post below). I painted it white this weekend and Kevin put it up last night. Below is a picture of the finished project! I couldn’t get it all in so this is a section, there are 4 just like it. I was hoping for a little room for growth but most of the shelves are 2 deep…there may be a message there….







Kevin also built a shelf for the coffee pot to sit up on so we can store things underneath. We live in a very small house (950 square feet) which we love but it does make you build in storage where ever you can find it. I haven’t finished painting that one.

So, that is my week so far. It is nice to get something accomplished. This weekend I hope we will be able to go see Nemo in 3D before it leaves the theaters.