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Monster Feet

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 25, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Upon entering Dream Productions in Inside Out, you can spot two large monster feet. This is a nod to Ted, the monster whose legs we can see when Mike and Sulley are crossing the street in Monsters, Inc.


Vintage Ride Posters in Monsters, Inc.

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 24, 2018 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

There are a total of 6 Disneyland poster hidden throughout Monsters, Inc. in the background.

1. When Boo is hitting Randall on the head with a bat, you can see a vintage Disneyland Frontierland poster hanging on the wall above the dresser. It has the Stage Coach Ride, Mine Train Ride, and Mule Pack Ride on it.


2. When Boo starts beating Randall and when Sulley grabs Randall my the neck after Boo beats him, you can see a vintage Disneyland poster on the wall above the bed for the Flying Saucers in Tomorrowland.


3. To the right of the Flying Saucers poster is the vintage poster for the Tomorrowland Submarine Voyage.


4. When Mike is telling jokes in the kid’s room at the end, you can see a vintage Astro Jets Tomorrowland poster above his bed.


5. In the same scene when Mike is leaving the kids room you can see a Sailing Ship Columbia vintage poster on the wall.


6. When Mike and Sulley are walking to work, they pass Hidden City Café. In the window next to it is Monstro the Whale on the Storybook Land Canal Boats poster from Disneyland.


BONUS FUN FACT: Hidden City Café was to pay homage to the now-closed café in Richmond, CA. This was the café used for “The Lunch” meeting with the creative team when they came up with the movies A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, and WALL•E.

The Redhead on Pirates of the Caribbean has a voice

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 23, 2018 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)


The Auctioneer scene on Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic scenes in all of Disneyland. This scene was also the only completed scene that Walt Disney was able to experience before his death, and the last attraction he worked on. To the happiness of thousands and the sadness of millions, Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction just reopened with the icon scene drastically altered. The former redheaded prostitute known to fans as Redd, is now a gun-wielding pirate. The entire scene is no longer the “Take a wench for a bride” scene. It was transformed into the “Auction” scene. Redd was to become a pirate in the original attraction anyway. She is depicted in a painting behind the drinking skeletons. This just puts her in the position of power now, rather than in the future. The Auctioneer is now auctioning off stolen goods and animals. What caught my attention is that Redd now has dialogue! But who is the voice of this redheaded beauty? It is voice actress Grey DeLisle. She has over 500 film, tv, and video game credits to her name.

The new scene was added to Disneyland Paris in July 2017, now the Magic Kingdom, and soon to be Disneyland.



Grand Moff Tarkin Wore Slippers

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 20, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

#59. Peter Cushing, the actor who portrayed Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, has twelve-inch feet. Costuming didn’t have time to custom make the boots for his costume so they hurt his feet on the first day of shooting. On the second day, he asked George if they could shoot him from the waist up because his feet were hurting and he needed different shoes. For the rest of the filming he wore carpet slippers on his feet and he was filmed from the waist up or he was partially blocked by objects, like the large table. He had the slippers on in the scenes when he was the most menacing, like when he blew up Alderaan in front of Princess Leia.


Freddy Kreuger Gave Us Luke Skywalker

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 18, 2018 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (1)

#49. Robert Englund, who became Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street films, was down at the studio to audition for Apocalypse Now (1979) in the late 70’s for the production company American Zoetrope. American Zoetrope was founded by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas had used the company when he made his films THX 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) before he made Lucasfilm a substantial company when he came out with Star Wars (1977) (although he did use Lucasfilm for American Graffiti as well). After Robert auditioned for Apocalypse Now, the production company sent him across the hall to audition for the role of Han Solo. They took a Polaroid photo of him and sent him on his way. The role ended up going to Harrison Ford, who also got a role in Apocalypse Now. When Robert was leaving the casting office he noticed the signs for the auditioning of Luke Skywalker. He went home and found his roommate laying on the couch watching the Mary Tyler Moore show. Robert told his couch-surfing friend about the role and that he should audition for it. His friend called up his agent and set up the audition. The friend on his couch was Mark Hamill.


Mark Hamill's Kids in Star Wars

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 18, 2018 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

#2169. Mark Hamill’s kids made appearances in the Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). His oldest son, Nathan Hamill (born June 25, 1979), portrayed Saile Minnau. His second born son, Griffin Hamill (born March 4, 1983), portrayed Salaka Kuchimba, and his daughter, Chelsea Hamill (born July 27, 1988), portrayed Koo Millham. All three of them were part of the Resistance and survived all the attacks by The First Order and ended up on Crait for the final battle.


Ben Burtt was Darth Vader's Breathing

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 29, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Ben Burtt was working with the sound department. He recorded himself breathing in a scuba respirator to get the iconic breathing sounds for Vader.

Burtt also recorded the beeps and boops for R2-D2 and did the sound mixing to get the sounds we hear from C-3PO.

The voice of Chewie was created by Burtt mixing the sounds from bears, walruses, lions, sick animals, and badgers. Mayhew would either speak English lines or just yell/scream before the voice tracks were overlaid.

Ben Burtt is also credited with providing the voice of WALL·E and M-O in WALL·E (2008). In Return of the Jedi (1983), he has a guest appearance as Colonel Dyer in the Death Star’s shield generator bunker on Endor. He is the one that says “Freeze!” to Han Solo before getting a tool box thrown at him. We hear the Wilhelm Scream when he goes over the railing. In The Phantom Menace (1999), he plays Ebenn Q3 Baobab and appears in the background near the end when Amidala congratulates Palpatine. In Attack of the Clones (2002), he provided the voice for Wat Tambor by saying “The techno union army is at your disposal, Count.” In Revenge of the Sith (2005), he was the voice of the Neimoidia Lushros Dofine. He is in the scene when we first get to see General Grievous. He says “Two Jedi have landed in the main hangar bay. We’re tracking them.


Pirates of the Caribbean CGI

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Check out these photos from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. They show what the scenes looked like before and after the CGI (Computer Graphics) were added in.

Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Captain Salazar, Geoffrey Rush, Captain Hector Barbossa, fun facts, disney history, behind the scenes, Kaya Scodelario, Carina Smyth, Henry Turner, Brenton Thwaites, Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Swann, Orlando Bloom, Will Turner



R.I.P. June Foray - An Amazing Voice Actress

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 29, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (2)

"Don't tell heem, Carlos. Don't be cheekin." That most notable line from Disneyland's Pirates of The Caribbean was spoken by well known voice actress June Foray. June passed away at the age of 99.

Here is the bio I wrote about her in my new book.

June Foray – (Born September 18, 1917, in Springfield, Massachusetts-July 26, 2017). There have been times when Mel Blanc was referred to as the male version of June Foray. June’s most notable voice role was that of Granny in the Looney Toons Sylvester and Tweety cartoons and Tiny Toons. Her career with Disney started with her role as Lucifer in Cinderella (1950). She then went on to voice the brunette mermaid (and modeled for it) and squaw in Peter Pan (1953), Mrs. Sheep in Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952), Witch Hazel in Trick or Treat (1952), Knothead and Splinter in the Woody Woodpecker cartoons, Witch Hazel in the Looney Toons cartoons, Rocky Squirrel and Natasha in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Dorothy Gale in Off to See the Wizard (1967), Raggedy Ann in 1978 & 1979, Aunt May Parker in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981), Jokey Smurf in Smurfs (1981-1986), Wheezy and Lena Hyena in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Ma Beagle, Mrs. Featherby, & Magica De Spell in DuckTales (1987-1990), Grammi Gimmi in Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991), Norman's Aunt in Marsupilami (1992), Grandmother Fa in Mulan I (1998) & Mulan II (2004), and so many others. In Disneyland, you can hear her on Pirates of the Caribbean as Carlos’ wife shouting out the window “Don’t tell heem, Carlos. Don't be cheekin.” She also reprised her role as Wheezy the weasel for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.


My 2nd Edision Is Now Available

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (2)


My 2nd edition is now available for purchase as we celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Disneyland.
Enjoy 700 pages full of Disneyland information.
There are now over 3,700 fun facts for the parks and for the Disney movies.
There are also over 750 photos contained within.
Here is a quick look inside.
Click here to purchase BUY A COPY



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