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Friday
Jul062012

Hidden Disney Details - Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Batteries

Imagineers have been hiding secrets and inside jokes since Disneyland construction began on July 21, 1954. There are several interesting Disney details hidden inside Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, including a few Hidden Mickeys, nods to the Toy Story animated features, an old sun & moon from Circle-Vision and specially Imagineered batteries.

Throughout the attraction, there are several batteries that have been labeled Made in Glendale, California, USA, Earth, Gamma Quadrant.

Glendale, California is about 35 miles away from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. It is home to Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) and the Imagineers who design, develop, conceive and construct everything for the Walt Disney Company and its theme parks. The batteries are a hidden tribute to the Imagineers who brought Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters to Tomorrowland.

The Gamma Quadrant refers to Pixar's Toy Story (1995) and Buzz Lightyear's official Space Ranger assignment. He tells the other toys that he has been assigned to the Gamma Quadrant Section 4, a sector in space which presumably includes the planet Earth.

Wednesday
Jul042012

Remembering America Sings on the 4th of July

As we celebrate the 4th of July, let's look back and remember America Sings. America Sings was Disneyland attraction inspired by the upcoming United States Bicentennial in 1976. It originally opened on June 29, 1974 replacing the General Electric sponsored Carousel of Progress. The quirky concept art for America Sings was created by Disney Legend Marc Davis, one of Walt's Nine Old Men. These drawings were published in the summer 1974 issue of Disneyland Vacationland magazine.

Thanks to scottof83 on YouTube for the following videos! His father taped the America Sings farewell performance in 1988. After America Sings closed most of the audio-animatronics were used in Splash Mountain which opened a year later on July 17, 1989.

Ten years later Carousel Theater welcomed Innoventions, an attraction featuring the inventions of tomorrow. The Carousel Theater inner hallway mural currently includes a Sam & Ollie hidden Disney detail, a nod to America Sings.

Monday
Jul022012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Clarabelle's Hidden Mickeys - Buena Vista Street & Toontown

 

Clarabelle the Cow - Plane Crazy (1928)In 1928, Clarabelle the Cow made her first appearance, as a dairy cow, in Mickey Mouse's Plane Crazy. She soon evolved into more of an anthropomorphic character, appearing regularly in Disney cartoons until 1943, then becoming one of the Walt Disney Studios forgetten characters.

After almost 40 years of neglect, Clarabelle made cameos in Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988). Lately, she's enjoyed a modern resurgence in popularity, making regular appearances in the Disney Channel's animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Clarabelle was also part of the popular Epic Mickey (2010) video game, playing one of the forgotten characters from the past.

Clarabelle Cow - Disneyland's Family Fun Days - January 2011

Clarabelle the Cow is no longer a shadow from Disney's forgotten past, having been made a part of the revamped Disney California Adventure Park. Clarabelle's Ice Cream Shop has opened on the re-themed Buena Vista Street, complete with hand scooped ice cream and Hidden Mickeys.

A keen eye will be needed to spot the new Mickeys at Clarabelle's. Check for the Clarabelle's Dairy milk bottles, displayed on shelves behind the counter. Each of the bottles features Classic Mickeys hidden on the logo as cow spots.

Milk Bottles from Clarabelle's Ice Cream Shop - Buena Vista Street - DCA

Clarabelle's Dairy Bottle Hidden Mickey - Buena Vista Street - DCA

Close-up of Clarabelle's Dairy Bottle Hidden Mickey - Buena Vista Street - DCA

Not in the mood for ice cream? If you're craving frozen yogurt and more Hidden Mickeys, head back to Disneyland's Toontown to find another cartoon cow-themed dessert shop, Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt. This Clarabelle's Hidden Mickey is much easier to find, although this cow spot is only visible when the yogurt shop is closed.

Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt - Toontown - Disneyland

Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt Hidden Mickey - Toontown - Disneyland

Actually, both of these Disneyland Resort cow spot Mickeys lead back to Orlando, Florida and the famous Minnie Moo. Born in Edgerton, Minnesota in 1984, she was originally owned by dairy farmer Melvin Brockberg and his family. In 1988, Brockberg's niece, Jody Kline, began sending pictures of the specially spotted cow to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

AP Photo - As published in The Victoria Advocate (11OCT1990)

Photo © TOM BURTON - ORLANDO SENTINEL (01AUG1992)In 1990, the Disney Company purchased Minnie Moo and brought her to Walt Disney World. Thousands of WDW guests visited her at various venues over the years, including the petting zoo, Grandma Duck's Farm, Starland and Fort Wilderness. Minnie Moo, the black & white Holstein cow with a Classic tri-circle Mickey spot on its left side lived the Florida theme park until she died in 2001. Although she's left for greener pastures, photographs of Minnie Moo's Mickey have been hidden at several Walt Disney World Resort locations.

Monday
Jul022012

San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Disney Programming Schedule

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THURS, JULY 12

2:05-3:05 Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and Wreck-it Ralph  Walt Disney Studios hosts a Q&A panel featuring the imaginative director of FrankenweenieTim Burton (Alice in Wonderland); a special look at the world of Oz The Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy); and the illustrious voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), and director Rich Moore (Futurama). Hall H 

FRI, JULY 13

2:15-3:15 Tron: Uprising  Disney XD is bringing the Grid to Comic-Con! Join the noteworthy voice cast Elijah Wood (Beck), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Paige) and Tricia Helfer (The Grid), along with executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a Time, LOST), to see exclusive footage and find out everything you want to know about this ground-breaking animated series. The panel will also feature never-before-seen clips of Disney XD's turbo-charged original series Motorcity and a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. The panel will be moderated by Daily Variety film editor Josh DickeyRoom 6A 

3:00-4:00 Walt Disney Animation Studios: Wreck-it Ralph: The Art of Story — Join Walt Disney Animation Studios story artists Josie Trinidad (Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), Raymond Persi (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons), Leo Matsuda (Wreck-It Ralph, Princess and the Frog), Nancy Kruse (Wreck-It Ralph, The Simpsons) and writer Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph) as they discuss the art of story for the upcoming feature Wreck-It Ralph, in theaters November 2nd. Room 6DE

SAT, JULY 14

10:30-11:30 Marvel Television Presents — Marvel's head of TV, Jeph Loeb, brings the scoop on season 2 of the hit animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, along with a never-before-seen episode...and a glimpse of the other heroes joining Marvel Universe on Disney XD! Plus, get the update on other hot Marvel Animation Studios projects, including Marvel Knights Animation, Marvel anime-and more surprises from Marvel Television. Room 6BCF 

12:30-1:30 Phineas and Ferb  Witty and imaginative stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb and their secret agent pet platypus Agent P are at it again! Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, along with voice talent Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris), Alyson Stoner (Camp Rock), and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad), fill you in on the latest scoop on Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning, music-filled, animated comedy series for kids, tweens, and families. See exclusive content, including a sneak peek at this summer's epic two-part cliffhanger episode "Where's Perry?" Room 6A 

3:30-4:30 Disney Channel Television Animation — See exclusive footage and clips from upcoming episodes of Disney Channel's award-winning series Fish Hooks and its newest mystery adventure series Gravity Falls, plus a sneak peek at the upcoming series Wander Over Yonder. Panelists include Fish Hooks creator Noah Z. Jones (Almost Naked Animals) and executive producer Maxwell Atoms (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch (Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack), voice talent from both series, and Wander Over Yonder creator Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) and co-producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic). Moderated by Eric Coleman, senior vice president, original series, Disney Television Animation. Room 5AB 

SUN, JULY 15

1:00-2:00 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — Warren Spector (Disney Epic Mickey), Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths), and Peter David (The Incredible Hulk) discuss the highly anticipated Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two video game set for release November 18. The panel will explore how the team mapped out the story for this innovative new title, as well as unveil the first details surrounding the Disney Epic Mickey 2graphic novel, releasing exclusively in Europe in conjunction with the game's arrival in stores. The panel will also present a special never-before-seen sequence from the upcoming release. Additionally, Becky Cline (director, archives for The Walt Disney Company) will be on hand to discuss the reemergence and historical significance of Walt Disney's very first cartoon star, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, who is prominently featured in the game. Join Warren, Marv, Peter, and Becky for this session. Room 25ABC

Saturday
Jun302012

Hidden Disney·Pixar Details - A Knick Knack in the Cars Land Curio Shop

Several knick knacks on display in Radiator Springs Curios.

The Knick Knack snow globe on display in Radiator Springs Curios

Six years before Toy Story (1995), Pixar Studios released an acclaimed computer animated short titled Knick Knack (1989). At the time, Pixar was more computer company than animation studio. Written and directed by John Lasseter, the great reception to Knick Knack spurred Lasseter & Pixar to eventually create a full-length computer animated feature.

The short stars Frosty the Snowman's cousin, Knick, who tries desperately to get out of his Home Sweet Nome snow globe and over to a bikini clad beauty in a Sunny Miami knick knack. With each failing attempt, Knick's troubles snowball comedically to a smooth jazz track provided by Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin.

Years after its intial premiere, Pixar Studios remade Knick Knack as a theater preview for Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003). During its re-creation, several character changes were made to make the short more family friendly. The cool little cartoon was then revamped as a 3-D version, which was released as a companion to the Disney Digitial 3D re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) in 2006.

Pixar fans visiting Cars Land can head over to Lizzie's Radiator Springs Curios, where the Knick Knack snow globe has been hidden atop one of the sales displays.