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RIP John Glenn

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (110)

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 Ohio from 1974-1999.

Among the first people to ride Disneyland's Space Mountain after it first opening in 1977 were the first Americans in space, NASA’s Mercury Astronauts, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton.

Kirk Douglas' 100th Birthday

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on December 9, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (70)

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 episodes. This upset Kirk causing him to write a letter to Walt about exploiting his children and to never show the film footage again. Walt sent an apology letter back. Two months later, the tv studio aired a rerun and showed the footage again without Walt's knowledge. Kirk attempted to sue Walt but failed. This is why Kirk never appeared in anymore Disney films after 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954).

Kirk Douglas and Walt Disney posing for a promo picture.

Kirk Douglas and Walt Disney on the Disney lot.

Walt Disney on the set of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with Kirk Douglas.

Kik Douglas and his family (with 12 year old Michael Douglas) at Walt's home in early 1956 riding the Carolwood Pacific.

Mr. Toad and Sherlock

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 10, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (54)

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 Mr. Toad segment of The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (1949). He was also the inspiration behind the character Basil Of Baker Street in The Great Mouse Detective (1986), and you can hear his voice in that film as Sherlock living above Basil Of Baker Street's home.

Disney Fonts Part 1

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on September 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (260)

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.



"Gracey's Curse"



Finding Dory Easter Egg: Darla

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on June 22, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (79)

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 (66)

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 (60)

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 speculated that it was the spirit of the late Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686-1726) who died in the estate from smallpox. Prior to her death, she was confined to her home by her husband, Charles Townshend, because he caught her having an affair. After that she remained in the dwelling until her death, and even after that. In Ken’s original concept art, the bride would have been down a corridor leading up some stairs, much like the candelabra in the Endless Hallway. She ended up in the attic, and with a much more skeletal look than she has today. (the one in the picture is an artists rendition based on photographic evidence of the past)


Haunted Mansion: The String Of Pearls On Constance

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 28, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (98)

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 each husband. Also take note that she wears the same wedding dress at each of her weddings.

Interview With Retired Tinker Bell Gina Rock

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on May 2, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (52)

Gina Rock: The Longest Running Tinker Bell in Disneyland History

By Joshua C. Shaffer

Edited by Gina Rock


Tinker Bell is one of the most iconic characters that Disney has ever created. She made her first Disney appearance in the 1953 animated feature Peter Pan, as pantomimed by Margaret Kerry. Disney then used her to promote the upcoming theme park, Disneyland. Since the opening of the park in 1955, Walt thought the night-time fireworks show lacked something spectacular. Walt introduced crowds of visitors to the first live version of Tinker Bell in 1961 when he had the 71 year old 4 foot 10 inch tall Tiny Kline zip across the castle from atop the Matterhorn. Her appearance was welcomed by all who saw her. After her retirement in 1964, Tiny passed on the “wand” to Mimi Zerbini, who only flew for one summer, then passed the wand to Judy Kaye, and then on to Gina Rock.


Gina became Tinker Bell on May 31, 1983. She amazed the children nightly during the fireworks for 21 years until her retirement. Chances are if you saw the fireworks between 1984 and 2005, you probably saw her. Gina holds the record for the longest run as the popular pixie. After all that time, what would Tinker Bell do after she retires? Well, I had the pleasure of speaking with Gina on the subject. Tinker Bell goes on to help those in need. Gina joined an engineering firm that retains the Individual Household Programs contract for Presidential declared disasters.

DTMK: What got you interested in doing aerialist work as Tinker Bell?

GINA: I was always interested in gymnastics and took ballet for eight years. I loved athletics from a very early age. I had a curiosity about circus performing and stunts starting at the age of 11. I was discovered by Bob Yerkes (stunt man in Back To The Future I & III; Honey, I Shrunk The Kids; Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and as Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi) at a gymnastics practice during my senior year in high school. Bob started training me before I left for Texas to join the circus as an aerialist. I eventually went on to join Ringling Brothers and Circus Circus. I had also traveled to Taiwan, as a flying trapeze performer with an act that was hired by Judy Kaye’s ex-husband, Paul Kaye Circus. Judy was Tinker Bell in the park at that time. I remembered seeing Tinker Bell fly over the castle at Disneyland when I was at the resort for Grad Night. I stated to my date: “Oh, I would love that job!” I asked Paul how Judy got the job at Disneyland. He said he didn’t remember how she acquired the job seven years before, but that she was going to try and do it again after the Fantasyland makeover. So I was given the heads up about the Tinker Bell spot by Judy’s husband. After almost ten years of circus performing, I returned to San Fernando Valley. Fantasyland was just refurbished, so in 1983 I visited the Park and visited Card Corner to inquire about the position if they were going to hire a new Tink. As luck would have it, they said they were going to put her back in six months. Talk about perfect timing! I auditioned and acquired the job. My first flight from the castle was in 1983 when I was 28 years old, and found out two weeks later that I was pregnant with my first child, “My favorite pixie magic.” A few years later I was pregnant with my second child and flew that summer as well, barely three months along.

DTMK: What was it like during your nightly routine?


GINA: To be Tink, I was escorted through the park and up the inside of the Matterhorn where I was tied to the cable 160 ft. in the air. At a specific time during the fireworks, I would take off and zip across the castle and crash into a giant mattress at the end. Cast members would come from all over the park just to watch me crash into that mattress. After I was detached from my harness, I would be taken back out of the park. (Gina holds the longest run as the popular pixie, as well as Patty Rock, her ex-sister-in-law that Gina had recommended initially as her substitute in 1985, but then later filled the position for half the time in 1995. Most importantly, the Tinker Bell crew that stayed with Gina and Patty throughout their tenure were not only vital to their safety and security but became like family.) The Tink crew would ready the equipment and then carry it across the park to the mountain, prepare the rigging, strap me in, and send me off. Trusting your crew was of the utmost importance.


DTMK: Did you do anything else for Disney besides flying as Tink?

GINA: Oh yes. I was only Tinker Bell for about twenty seconds a night. My mother used to joke and say I only worked twelve minutes a year. At the time I wanted to raise my children myself. I didn’t want them being raised by a babysitter or a nanny. So, in 1986, I created my own talent agency called World Wide Acts. In the early 90’s, when Disney owned The Queen Mary, I provided fifty variety performers for the album release party of Innuendo which was released for the band Queen with my company at Disney’s request. At one point I booked thirty performers for a corporate event when Aladdin came out with Robin Williams in 1992. I also booked special entertainers for the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye media event. Basically, I did some booking for large media and corporate events and brought on jugglers, stilt walkers, contortionists, fire eaters, balancing acts, sword swallowers, as well as aerial circus performers. Besides Disney, I booked and promoted headliner rock acts such as Motorhead, and showcased musical talent for solicitation for record labels. For a while I was a booking agent for FM Station Live and a promoter for Filthy McNasty’s Saloon. I procured openers, middle, and headliner comics around the country for over ten years. I was certified as a Personal Trainer by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and have worked with athletes on their health and physical fitness issues. I also teamed up with a holistic doctor on speaking tours, lecturing on health and fitness issues, and visited many pediatric wards of hospitals to keep up the spirits of the patients.


DTMK: What were some of your favorite acts that you have booked?


GINA: All of them were fun. But I loved how diverse everyone was. But my favorite was booking the comedians. I myself am a comedic person. I love to laugh and make other people laugh.


DTMK: So having your own company at home made it possible to be Tinker Bell and raise a family?

GINA: Yes. It worked out well. I was married in 1984 and had my daughter, Jennifer, shortly after. She is now a video editor, and then later I had my son, Austin, who is a reality show technician. Working from home made it possible to be there for my children and continue doing what I love.


DTMK: Why did you stop portraying Tinker Bell?

GINA: In 2005, Disney upgraded the Tinker Bell portion of the show which was called “Remember... Dreams Come True,” narrated by Julie Andrews. Tinker Bell was now going to be flying back and forth, up and down. At the end of 2004, I think around September, Disney began casting auditions and had me train other aerialists for the new flight sequence, and that’s when I decided I had a fabulous run--I was ready to retire. I wanted to pursue other interests. So, after 21 years of flight and at the age of 50, I decided to hang up my wings. I officially retired as Tink on March 28, 2005.

DTMK: What did you do after you left Disney?

GINA: I trained to work with an engineering firm that assessed residential damages after a natural disaster. I am a Disaster Housing Inspector for Parsons Brinckerhoff/WSP/Alltech, Engineering. When people register for individual assistance, they have their houses inspected for damages, medical needs assessed, and damages on vehicles evaluated. I was sitting in a college class in August 2005 when I was paged to go out and respond to my first post disaster. It was for the Historic “Hurricane Katrina” in Louisiana.

DTMK: What made you want to pursue a career in that field?

GINA: I met a friend of a mutual friend who had been doing the job for 28 years. I had just started college in 2003 when I met him. I was intrigued by what he was telling me about the job: helping folks after a crisis, and traveling. He stated that after I retire from playing Tinker Bell, I should take classes as an independent contractor for this engineering firm. My mother was altruistic, and I gained that attribute from her. My dad was a nuclear physicist, which is where I get my engineering interest from.

DTMK: How long are you at a single site? Does this job have you travel a lot?

GINA: Yes, it has me traveling everywhere. I have been stationed in twenty-seven states, post disaster. While positioned in the disaster zones, I spend from three weeks to six months at one site.

DTMK: What do you do when there are no disaster zones to report to?

GINA: For the first few years it was pretty slow for me. I would only go out for three to four months at a time. In that time, I still kept up with my talent agency World Wide Acts. I owned a SAG franchise for eight years, but wasn’t thrilled with it so I discontinued it. My niche is for procuring talent for live shows and events with those who have spent years honing their skills. I was also a project manager for a new pizza restaurant for a year in 2009, responsible for ordering building material, remodeling, and researching the recipe for homemade signature pizza dough. And from 2008-2009 I was hired as a circus director and project manager for a pilot program: Circus Arts at Los Angeles Gymnastics.

DTMK: It sounds like you have experience everywhere. What else have you done?

GINA: For a ten year span I was a personal training educator and taught vitamin therapy remedies until 2004, and continue to provide this vital service for the rest of my years. I was a Circus of the Stars trainer from 1978-1982. Along with that I was a flying trapeze artist, master of ceremonies, performed comedy juggling with a partner, and aerial ballet from 1979-1982. What inspired me to work in recovery was when I was a candy striper from the age of 14, from 1971-1973.

DTMK: I hear you are trying to publish a book. What is your book about, and why did you start writing it?

GINA: About four years ago I was at an inspection and started to interact with a little boy of about the age of seven. I asked him if he had any crayons and paper. When he returned with the art supplies, I asked him if he would like to draw a picture of his house being flooded and how his experiences made him feel. The boy was all excited and drew his interpretation of the flooding for me. I was thrilled and impressed with how his drawing turned out. I started asking children to draw pictures for me of their experiences with the disasters. The children varied in age from four to twelve. Right now I have four books full of about 250 of these children’s drawings of their experiences. I call the collection of hand drawn pictures Post Disaster Art Therapy, which is at the U.S. Copyright Office right now. My job sites and collected pictures with children cover six different states. One of my favorite sketches was drawn by a little boy in 2013 of a helicopter scooping his family up in a basket to take them away from their flooded home in the mountains of Colorado. Another favorite is one drawn also in 2013. I was in Alabama in an area where the kids didn’t have any crayons to color with, so they used pencil. These pictures turned out to be more amazing because of the detail. All these pictures inspired me to create and share a book about my experiences with the children drawing their depicted experiences in post disaster situations. It is my hope that these sketches will help children express their feelings and cope with difficult times. Every child has a story, and I want people to see that story and have a way to heal. My book is called Children’s Art Therapy: Creations from Post-Disasters and my target publication time is summer 2016 when I hope to gain approval from the government contracting office for FEMA. I will be honored to share these creations produced by children affected by natural disasters.

DTMK: That is just an amazing story. Are you planning on doing disaster housing inspecting until you retire?

GINA: I graduated recently with my BS in Public Safety and Emergency Management, and I was just accepted for the Graduate program at USC for Geospatial Intelligence. I am also working on two books: If I could Live 400 Years, which will discuss what to do with your life if one could live to be 400, and the other is a fun motivational book about how fat cells run our lives. It teaches you how to stop them from demanding food. 
As you can see I have already lived a varied life with many wonderful vocations I loved, but the experience and the magic will always be the role of the pixie, “Tinker Bell.”

Any questions or comments for Gina can be emailed to Joshua, Gina's Public Relations Manager, at

References for Gina Rock Bio/2016


(G. Rock Personal, personal communication, December 4, 2015 and April 20, 2016)

(M Kerry, personal communication, September 15, 2013)

Disney Blog, The. (2016). Finding Tiny Kline. Retrieved March 26, 2016, from

Orange County Register, The. (2013). Gina Rock, Tinker Bell, Bob Yerkes. Retrieved February 12, 2016, from,

Sampson, W. (2007). Tinker Bell Tales, Tiny Kline. Retrieved March 20, 2016, from

Sampson, W. (2005). Wednesdays with Wade: Pregnant pixie buzzes, Sleeping Beauty Castle Retrieved March 12, 2016 from

World Wide Acts Productions. (2015). About Us: Gina R. Retrieved January 2016, from


Lego Disney Mini Figures

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 28, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (3)

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 ruler in the store with you, and maybe a flashlight. I posted a little ruler in the picture so you can see the distance between bumps. The lines are there for locational purposes. Good luck on your collecting.


Stitch Mr. Incredible Pixar Disney Lego Peter Pan Syndrome Alice In Wonderland Ariel Little Mermaid Donald Duck Daisy Buzz Lightyear Cheshire Cat Captain Hook Aladdin Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse Genie Alien Little Green Men Maleficent Ursula

Disney Pin Types

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 16, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (132)

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.

* Chaser Pin: These pins are rare and induce a “chase” to find them. They look like a pin from a set of pins but it isn’t colored in. It is just metal. (see photo)

* Dangle Pin: A pin with extra metal elements dangling from the pin by one or more loops or chains. (see photo)

* Embedded Pin: These pins generaly have jewels or hard plastic pieces, like a rose that Belle holds.

* F.R.E.E.-D Pin: Free-D stands for “Fastened Rubber Element for Extra Dimension.” A pins that feature Free-D elements sometimes have discoloring issues and extra precautions should be taken to make sure that the Free-D element is not dirtied.

* Glow Pin: These pins will glow in the dark after being exposed to light or blacklight.

* Hidden Mickey Pin: These pins have a little Mickey Head somewhere on them. They are usually part of a set and will say 1 of 6, 2 of 5, etc. Generally they are sold through “Mystery Packs,” but can then be found through trading with other park guests, Cast Members, or on online auctions. (see photo)

* Hinge Pin: This pin has an element on it that has a little hinge to open the whole face, or just part of the pin. (see photo)

* Jumbo Pin: These pins are very large in comparison to the other pins. They can be three to six big.

* Lenticular Pin: This pin has two or more images that can change when it is tilted back and forth. (see photo)

* Light-Up Pin: A pin featuring one or more flashing LED elements activated via a small button.

* Limited Edition Pin: A special pin produced only in limited amounts. The amount and pin number will usually be printed on the back. Generally they will limit you to a certain amount while perchasing.

* Musical Pin: A pin with a button or switch-activated musical element.

* Mystery Pack Pin: A new series of pins whereby the only way to purchase the limited releases is through special 'Mystery Pack' boxes or bags. Guests do not know which pin they will receive. Duplicate pins can then be worn on lanyards to trade. Some mystery pins are only available to purchase with another purchase of $30, or similar value.

* Open Edition Pin: A standard pin with no limited edition value.

* Piece Of Disney Movie: This pin frames a cut of film strip from a peticular movie.

* Piece Of History Pin: At Walt Disney World a series of pins were produced featuring an attraction along with a piece of the attraction, that was removed either during refurbishment or when the attraction was dismantled. The piece of the attraction (which could be a splinter, cut of fabric, crushed plastic, or something else) is secured in a little bubble on the front of the pin. (see photo)

* Pin-on-Pin: A pin with an additional layer, or layers, of metal design on top of the main backing piece, used for 3D effect. (see photo)

* Rack Pin: This is another name for the “Open Edition” pins.

* Slider Pin: A pin with a moveable element that can slide back and forth or pivot across the pin. (see photo)

* Spinner Pin: A pin with an additional element that can be rotated 360°. (see photo)

* Spring Pin: This pin has an element on it that is like a “pin-on-pin” except it is attached with a tiny spring which causes the attached part to bounce around with movement. (see photo)

* Surprise/Mystery Pin: A pin released without first being announced on the official release schedules. Some are part of a special 'Mystery Pins' series, released periodically throughout the year.

* Vinylmation Pins: The Vinylmation pins are designed after the Vinylmation figures that you can purchase in the parks. Most of them are like the regular metal pins, some of them are raised with the vinylmation figures mounted on the front to give them the 3D appearance. They are generally released in a collection series. There are over 600 different designs so far. (see photo)


Buzz Lightyear was Lunar Larry

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on April 5, 2016 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (74)

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 (1)
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 (73)

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 (89)

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 (46)

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 (6)

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 (73)

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 oysters, Dormouse, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland (1951), the Dwarfs (deleted scenes) and the Vultures in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Bacchus and his pet unicorn donkey in Fantasia (1940), the Dragon and the Birds in The Reluctant Dragon (1941), Pedro in Saludos Amigos (1942), Donald Duck, José Carioca, Panchito in The Three Caballeros (1944), Band in Casey At The Bat, Peter, Sasha, Sonia, Ivan, the Wolf and the Hunters In Peter And The Wolf, Willie the Whale in Make Mine Music (1946), Jiminy Cricket and Lumpjaw in Fun and Fancy Free (1947), Singing Masks, Hoedown Caller, Hoedown Dancers, Indians, and Hoedown Band in Johnny Appleseed, Donald Duck, José Carioca, Aracuan Bird, and the Butterflies in Blame It On The Samba, Pecos Bill and his Horse, Coyote pups, Various animals, Rabbit, Rattlesnake, Vultures, Townspeople, Cattle, Rustlers, and Painted Indians in Pecos Bill in Melody Time (1948), train chase sequence and Ichabod Crane and his horse in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), Indian Chief, Squaw and her baby, Girl, Brave, Mother-In-Law, John Darling, Captain Hook in Peter Pan (1953), Ludwig Von Drake in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961), and the Pearly Band in Mary Poppins (1964). His work was often more 'wild' than the other Disney animators and was unique. Ward actually modeled Lucifer after his own cat. You can see an animated depiction of Ward in the animated short The Nifty Nineties (1941) alongside fellow animator Fred Moore. He became a Disney Legend in 1989. Disneyland dedicated its newly acquired Disneyland Railroad engine number 5 to him in 2005.

Imagineer Leota Toombs

Posted by Joshua Shaffer on February 27, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (572)

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.