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RIP John Glenn

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

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 (1)

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.


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Finding Dory Easter Egg: Darla

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on June 22, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (1)

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 (4)

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 (3)

Gina Rock: The Longest Running Tinker Bell in Disneyland History

By Joshua C. Shaffer

Edited by Gina Rock


Tinker B...

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Lego Disney Mini Figures

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 28, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (1)

This week Lego released the Disney character collection in mystery packs. 

Want to know what you will be getting in the packs?

Flip the pack over and look at the bottom where it is sealed. There are little dimples, or bumps. Each character has its own pattern of bumps. Take a r...

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Disney Pin Types

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 16, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

There are many different types of pins. Each pin is valued differently. Try to do your research online before making a trade to find the value of a pin. These are the most common types of pins.

* Cast Exclusive Pin / Cast Lanyard: Cast Exclusive pins are only available for Cast Members to purchase backstage, whilst Cast Lanyard pins are given to Cast Members to place on their lanyards to trade with guests.

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Buzz Lightyear was Lunar Larry

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 5, 2016 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

FUN FACT: Originally, Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear was going to be named Lunar Larry.

Same Clothing Color As Br'er Rabbit & Br'er Fox

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 19, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)
After Judy returns to the city to solve the case, she is wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans. Nick is wearing a green shirt and pants. They are both wearing the same clothing color combination as Br’er Fox and Br’er Rabbit in Song of the South (1946).

Zootopia Poster With Hidden Mickey

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 19, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

HIDDEN MICKEY: In the Zootopia poster, you can actually see a young zebra holding a Mickey Mouse doll.

Bootleg Movies In Zootopia

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 19, 2016 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (1)

In Zootopia, Duke Weaselton is selling bootleg movies with titles like Pig Hero 6 (Big Hero 6), Wrangled (Tangled), and Wreck-It Rhino (Wreck-It Ralph). All are nods to past Disney films. There are also nods at future films like Meowana (Moana), Giraffic (Gigantic), and Floatzen 2 (Frozen 2).

A Bug's Life Easter Egg

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In a bug's life, you can see the Lion King: On Broadway poster on the side of one of the boxes in the bug city.

Rich Moore was the director of Zootopia and Wreck-It Ralph

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 6, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Rich Moore was the director of Zootopia and Wreck-It Ralph. He provided the voice for Doug the Ram, Sour Bill, and Zangief.

Alan Tudyk's Many Voices

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on March 6, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Alan Tudyk was the voice of Duke Weaselton in Zootopia (2016), which was a play on the character the Duke of Weselton in Frozen (2013), who was referred to as the Duke of Weaselton. He was also the voice of King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6 (2014).

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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Imagineer Leota Toombs

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on February 27, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Disney Imagineer Leota Toombs provided the face for Madam Leota in The Haunted Mansion. Before working on The Haunted Mansion project, she worked on The Enchanted Tiki Room. This photo was from National Geographic around 1963.