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TRON {easter eggs}

We sat down to watch the original TRON released in 1982. To our surprise there is a Hidden Mickey in the film!


About 3/4 into the movie when the Solar Sailor is gliding across the grid, look for Mickey in the landscape!


An added surprise! On the bridge of Sark's battle cruiser there is a diagram. On the right you'll see and hear Pac-Man, "womp womp!" ;)


The Little Mermaid {Easter Eggs}

Summer is here, and we generally avoid the heat and crowds of Disneyland Resort. To pass the time we've been introducing our boys to our Disney movie collection. While they are enjoying the films, I am easter egg hunting!

Let's take a look at The Little Mermaid, one of my favorite Disney movies!

I'm not going to mention this...

or what may or may not be the minister's knee (which Snopes.com has proven false btw). I did, however, discover a few really good hidden gems with the help of Eeggs.com!

In the beginning of the movie when King Triton makes his grand entrance into the concert hall look for fab three -- Mickey, Donald and Goofy all in a row! They are to the left of King Triton, closer to the left corner of your screen. On the right side of Triton, closer to the right corner of your screen, you can find a merperson wearing Mickey ears!

Fab three to the left, Mickey ears to the right

Close-up of fab three -- Mickey, Donald and GoofyClose-up of merperson wearing Mickey ears

This next egg can only be seen in slow mo. When Ariel gives up her voice to Ursula she signs a contract to seal the deal. At first you see the top of the scroll, then it quickly drops down to the bottom. Slow it down you'll see in the middle of the scroll inbetween some writing is a Mickey head!

Mickey head on scroll

I hope you enjoyed these as much as we did! Happy hunting! ºoº


The Princess and the Frog {Easter Eggs}

As most Disney fans know, the Princess and the Frog was released on Disney DVD and Blu-ray, Tuesday, March 16th. It's also offered in a three disc Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo - available at Amazon!

Since Easter is just around the corner we thought we'd share some "Easter Eggs" or hidden secrets in the movie with you!

  • A bit after the movie begins (while the title song "Down in New Orleans" is playing), look for the Magic Carpet from Aladdin being shaken out on a balcony.
  • As Mama Odie is digging through some objects (while singing "Dig a Little Deeper") the magic lamp from Aladdin is one of the items tossed aside.
  • During the Mardi Gras parade scene, look for a float with a head that looks like King Triton from The Little Mermaid.
  • Riding on the King Triton Mardi Gras parade float are caricatured versions of John Musker and Ron Clements, the directors of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.
  • Towards the end of the movie, the jazz band Louis is playing with at Tiana's restaurant is named "The Firefly Five plus Lou." This is a nod to the "Firehouse Five Plus Two" ragtime band from the 40's and 50's made up of Disney Animation employees -- including Disney Legends Harper Goff, Ward Kimball and Frank Thomas! Though most of the original members have passed, the band is still active and continues to play at Disneyland.

Firehouse Five Plus Two taken at Disneyland 01.10.08

And finally here is a picture of Louis with swap grass on his head. A pose that pays homage to the marvelous Madame Mim from The Sword in the Stone!


If you've found any other secrets in this film please feel free to share them in the comments below! ºoº


D23 Expo: Walt Disney Studios Events Program





Burbank, California – August 19, 2009-- The Walt Disney Studios is jumping on the D23 Expo bandwagon with four days (September 10-13) of exciting programming that includes major overviews of upcoming films by Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook and Disney-Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, plus a full schedule of events spotlighting new releases and newly restored digital versions of classic favorites.


Cook will present exclusive sneak peeks at such highly anticipated Disney features as “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Old Dogs” (with Robin Williams and John Travolta), “Prince of Persia” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (both from producer Jerry Bruckheimer), “Tron: Legacy,” plus updates on many more exciting projects. Lasseter will discuss and show materials from such upcoming Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ motion pictures as “The Princess and the Frog,” “Rapunzel,” “Toy Story 3,” etc. Both presentations will be held at The Anaheim Convention Center in a 4000-seat arena.


All other film screenings and programs will take place in The Walt Disney Studios Theater (at the Anaheim Convention Center), a custom-built state-of-the-art venue with 3D capability, located within the Convention Center.All Disney Digital 3D™ presentations will be shown in RealD 3D, the world's most widely used 3D cinema technology. Among the U.S. premieres at the D23 Expo will be new Disney Digital 3D™ versions of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” the digital conversion of the original “Tron,” and a newly restored digital version of the Walt Disney classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Expo guests will get an exclusive look at all things Muppets, as well as meet the filmmakers and see exclusive presentations for such highly anticipated new Disney features as “The Princess and the Frog,” “Toy Story 3” (from Disney-Pixar), “Tron: Legacy,” “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” (from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment), and the new ABC-TV holiday animated special, “Prep and Landing.”


The Expo will also debut selected scenes from the upcoming Disney Digital 3D™ version of the Studio’s 1991 modern classic, “Beauty and the Beast.” Other highlights of the four-day event include a program devoted to the music from “The Lion King,” a panel discussion and screening of “Sleeping Beauty,” and the first U.S. screening of “Trail of the Panda” (Disney’s second co-production with China). There will also be presentations on two recent documentaries – “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story” and “Walt & El Grupo.”


A special screening series, “Fifty and Fabulous,” will unspool at 10:00 pm in the Studio Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights spotlighting films that are celebrating their 50thanniversary – “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” “The Shaggy Dog,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”









1:00 PM “Beauty and the Beast” panel discussion; and screening of selected scenes in Disney Digital 3D™


4:00 PM “The Lion King” music program


7:00 PM “the boys: the sherman brothers story” panel discussion/ screening


10:00 PM “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” screening





11:00 AM Dick Cook / Walt Disney Studios presentation (in the Arena)


1:00 PM Screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Disney Digital 3D™ plus Tim Burton shorts, “Frankenweenie” and “Vincent”


4:00 PM “Tron”/ “Tron: Legacy” presentation; Digital debut screening of original “Tron”


7:30 PM “Walt & El Grupo” presentation; Followed by screening of “Saludos Amigos”


10:00 PM “The Shaggy Dog” screening






10:00 AM Disneynature presentation


12:00 PM “Snow White” panel discussion; Followed by screening of Restored Print


3:00 PM “Princess and the Frog” presentation


5:30 PM “Prep and Landing” presentation


7:30 PM “Trail of the Panda” screening


10:00 PM “Sleeping Beauty” screening





11:00 AM John Lasseter / Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios presentation (in the Arena)


1:00 PM “Muppets” presentation


4:00 PM “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” screening


6:30 PM “Toy Story 3” presentation;


7:00 PM “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” debuts in Disney Digital 3D™



Tickets to the D23 EXPOare available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPOand can be purchased for single days or for the full four days of festivities. Admission is $37 for a one-day adult ticket and $27 for children 3-12. Four-day passes are $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.


Special vacation packages including Disneyland Resort hotel accommodations, D23 EXPO tickets and theme park admission are available at the D23 EXPO website. Packages are available from both the Walt Disney Travel Company and the Anaheim/ Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, which is offering a limited number of area hotel rooms at special rates to those attending the D23 EXPO.


Many more details about D23 EXPO entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by following “Disney D23” at Twitter and on Facebook.


NEWS: Food & Wine Fun Facts

20 April 2009
Disney's California Food & Wine Festival Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Tantalizing taste buds with authentic, international flavors, Disneyland Resort celebrates its fourth annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, with a six-week “World Celebration” featuring celebrity chefs, signature and complimentary experiences and winemaker dinners with themes from around the globe. 

Southern California Restaurant Writers recently awarded Disneyland Resort 15 new awards for its restaurants and chefs – just in time as it prepares to launch the 2009 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival.  

NEW in 2009

Where can you find “Bad Boy” of the Food Network, Guy Fieri, along withcelebrity chefs and nearly 100 Disneyland Resort chefs?

  • Whipping up cooking demonstrations for guests to discover new twists on timeless classics, daily at Disney’s California Adventure.

Passport handy?

  • Embark on a Festival Wine Walk and get the flavor of France, Italy, Spain and Germany, or experience the California wine country featuring 89 American Viticulture Areas – without ever leaving the Food & Wine Festival!

Celebrities on your mind?

  • Go Behind the Scenes with…stars of the Food Network!  Trade kitchen secrets, ask culinary questions and capture a photo. Curious about becoming a winemaker? Meet baseball legend, Tommy Lasorda (Lasorda Wines) and get “direction” from the guru of Pixar films John Lasseter, along with his wife Nancy (Lasseter Family Winery).

Who’s the SWEETEST of them all?

  • Learn the magic of creating a pastry masterpiece from the highly-skilled chefs of Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., San Diego, and Cake Monkey Bakery, Los Angeles, during Sweet Sundays.

Dream of becoming a MASTER Wine Connoisseur?

  • Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, of the award winning Napa Rose restaurant hosts a six-hour Advanced Wine Course featuring an in-depth look at international wine regions, various growing and harvesting techniques, wine laws and governances – a perfect recipe for wine expertise. Or, try his introductory course for another immersive experience.

It’s a Whole New World…

  • Experience an exciting menu every week during World Celebrations Dinners – featuring the aromas and flavors of Italy, Spain, France, Korea and Japan as well as the wines of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).


For additional information, please visit www.disneyland.com/foodandwine