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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 (2)

Gina Rock: The Longest Running Tinker Bell in Disneyland History

By Joshua C. Shaffer

Edited by Gina Rock


Tinker B...

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Ward Kimball: Animator and one of Walt's Nine Old Men

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ward Kimball (March 4, 1914 – July 8, 2002) joined Disney in 1934 in the animation department. His works includes Lucifer, Jaq, Gus and the other mice in Cinderella (1950), the Crows, Dumbo and Timothy Mouse in Dumbo (1941), Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio (1940), the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, March Hare, Walrus and the Carpenter, the oy...

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20 MORE Disneyland Fun Facts You Don't Know

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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’s apartment above the firehouse,” “the basketball cou...

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Oswald's First Appearance

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 7, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Where did Oswald come from? From 1923 to 1927 Walt and his fellow animator Ub Iwerks were animating a series called Alice Comedies for Winkler Pictures, which was run by Margaret Winkler (the first woman to produce animated films, and was the producer for the animated series of Felix The Cat) ...

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Dumbo Opened Late

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dumbo The Flying Elephant opened almost 1 month after Disneyland opened. It was originally located over by Village Haus Restaurant, but was relocated to it's present location in 1983. It replaced The Chicken Of The Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant.

Margaret Kerry Was The Voice Of The Mermaid

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on August 3, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

FUN FACT: Peter Pan: The voice of the red-haired mermaid when she says "We were only trying to drown her" was provided by Margaret Kerry. She spent 6 months with the animators for Peter Pan pantomiming out the movements for our favorite pixie, TinkerBell.

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 (0)

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;



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