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The Last Moments Surrounding Walt Disney's Death

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 15, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest men of our time, Walt Disney. He lost a battle to lung cancer from his chain smoking on December 15, 1966, at 9:30 am.

Here is some information you may not have known about Walt’s last days.

1. The last time Walt was ...

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RIP John Glenn

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday we lost a true American, Astronaut John Glenn. He was a part of the first manned mission into outer space and was the first to orbit the earth in 1962. He returned to space in 1998 to become the oldest astronaut to go into space at the age of 77. He received many honors when he served in the US Navy and Marine Corps spanning World War II and the Korean War. He was also a US Senator for Ohi...

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Kirk Douglas' 100th Birthday

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy 100th birthday Kirk Douglas!!!

He was born 15 years after Walt Disney on December 9, 1916.

The photo on the bottom right is of Kirk and his family on a visit to Walt's home in 1956. You can see a 12 year old Michael Douglas sitting in the back of Walt's train, the Carolwood Pacific. Walt had used the footage on one of his Disneyland TV ep...

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Mr. Toad and Sherlock

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 10, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)


FUN FACT: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: When you drive through the town square, there is a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes in a second floor window. This pays homage to Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) who portrayed the detective Sherlock Holmes in 16 Sherlock Holmes films between 1939 and 1953. Basil Rathbone was the narrator for Wind in the Willows (1949), the ...

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Disney Fonts Part 1

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm going to try to do a series of these.

Here are the Disney (or similar) fonts I use for my posts and other documents. You can use these as a guide for finding and installing new fonts into your computer.

"Dalmatian" http://fontzone.net/font-details/dalmatian

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Finding Dory Easter Egg: Darla

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on June 22, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Findying Dory: In the scene when Dory meets Hank in quarantine, you can see a photo of Darla on the wall in the background. This is a nod to the bratty niece of the dentist from Finding Nemo (2003) who killed fish.


Luigi's License Plate

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on June 11, 2016 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


In Cars 2, Luigi’s back license plate says “44.5-10.8.” This is the longitude and latitude location for the Ferrari plant located in Maranello, Italy.

Haunted Mansion: The Brown Lady Of Raynham Hall

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on June 9, 2016 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It is said that Ken Anderson’s inspiration for the bride in The Haunted Mansion was the photo of the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall.” The Brown Lady, or Ghost of Raynham Hall, was the title of a photo taken in 1936 by Country Life magazine. It is a photo of the staircase in Raynham Hall that has a ghostly woman in the middle of it appearing to be dressed as a bride. It is ...

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Haunted Mansion: The String Of Pearls On Constance

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 28, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)


While riding in the DoomBuggies on The Haunted Mansion, you may notice something peculiar about the portraits of Constance with her different husbands in the attic. Her first husband is dressed simply while the following husbands increase in their wealth. Along with her increase of wealth, Constance Hatchaway, the "Black Widow Bride," gains a new string of pearls with e...

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Interview With Retired Tinker Bell Gina Rock

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 2, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)


Gina Rock: The Longest Running Tinker Bell in Disneyland History

By Joshua C. Shaffer

Edited by Gina Rock

 

Tinker B...

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