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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

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The Mermaids On Peter Pan

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When you fly over the mermaid lagoon one of the mermaids resembles Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989). She was not intended to look like Ariel, this is a myth that one hopes to be true. Since this attraction was built in 1955 and refurbished in 1983, the film did not yet exist. On the other hand, the mermaid in the mermaid lagoon in Magic Kingdom was made to resemble Ariel....

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Blaine Gibson - Imagineer, artist, sculptor

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am sorry it took me so long to write up this post, but I wanted it to be as perfect as I could get it. Disney lost a great man and artist last week and I wanted this to do him justice.

Gibson, Blaine – Born February ...

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Disney Concept Art

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (2)


When creating an animated Disney film, Disney animators draw concept art to see if they like the look of a character before settling on the one that they end up using. Here are a few examples;

Aladdin

Beast...

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Barbara Luddy and her Disney Voice Work

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 25, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)


FUN FACT: Barbara Luddy (1908-1979) is best known for her roll as Lady from Lady and the Tramp (1955). But she had many other rolls she played for Disney;

Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Mother Church Mouse from Robin Hood (1973)

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Princess Aurora Has Almost No Dialogue

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 23, 2015 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

FUN FACT: Princess Aurora, from Sleeping Beauty (1959), has fewer lines of dialogue than any other main character in the other Disney movies.

She has a total of 28 lines. All of the speaking she does, she does as Briar Rose. Once she finds out she is Aurora, she doesn’t speak again.

Here are all of her lines;

1. Well, and wh...

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Who Is Behind It All

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 17, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Everyone is always focusing on Walt, or Mickey Mouse, the attractions, the shows, the princesses, the shows, the smells, and the way they feel when they are in the park.

Most people out there don’t know WHO created and put together all the aspects of the things that we love to see and do when we visit Disneyland. There were hundreds of Imagineers, painters, sculptors, ...

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20 Disneyland Fun Facts You Don't Know

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (2)

I have seen lots of blogs written titled “Things You Didn’t Know About Disneyland” or something similar. People would post them on my wall or tag me in the posts so I could read through them. The problem is I knew them all already, or they were very common Fun Facts like “Walt&...

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Met Justin Forsett at my book signing 7/13/12

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on July 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I was at a book signing at The Travis Exchange in Travis Air Force Base in California when I met Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett. He recently just signed with the Houston Texans. He wanted to know about the Disneyland Fun Facts so I gave him a copy of my book Discovering The Magic Kingdom. In return he gave me a signed autograph. He’s a great guy.

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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on February 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)


 There are 6.3 million gallons of water on the attraction.

 

Peter Pan's Flight - Fun Fact

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on February 10, 2012 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Wendy in her nightgown is the only character wearing real clothing on the whole attraction.

Jumpin' Jellyfish - Fun Facts

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


This attraction is titled after the catch phrase "Jumpin' Jellyfish" used by Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (1989).

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The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh - Fun Facts

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


This attraction was originally supposed to go in Toontown where the attraction Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin is now located.

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Splash Mountain - Fun Facts

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)


On Splash Mountain, they can run 50 to 54 logs at a time.

Mickey's First Words

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Mickey Mouse spoke his first words in the black & white short "The Karnival Kid" in 1929. That was the first time Walt Disney did the voice for Mickey Mouse. His first words were "Hot Dogs."

Happy New Year

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on January 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year from Discovering The Magic Kingdom.

Time for an all new year of Disneyland trips.

Gotta visit the new Cars Land this year.

Happy 2012!

The Voice Of Peter Cullen

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Peter Cullen, better known as Optimus Prime from Transformers the movies and the 80's TVseries, is currently the voice of Eeyore in all the Winnie The Pooh movies and TV series since 1989 (except in ’95 when it was Jim Cummings).

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Merry Christmas from

Discovering The Magic Kingdom

For those of you who I know are in the park today, have a great time and a Merry Christmas.

Fun Facts - Disneyland Railroad

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


(Frontierland Station 1960's)
The Station Master’s Office for the Frontierland train station, in New Orleans Square, is modeled after the station in the Walt Disney film So Dear To My Heart (1949).

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Fun Facts - Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


The band organ that provides background music was built in 1915 and has the capability of being heard up to a mile away. It is rumored to be designed by Gavioli, but that company ceased its production of organs in 1912. It was originally purchased by some Am...

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