Film clip taken in 1977. 3 minute version available at DLDHistory****. Voices: Henry - Pete Renoudet, Big Al - Tex Ritter, Teddi Barra - Jean Shepard, Wendel - Bill Cole, Trixie - Cheryl Poole (voice), Wanda Jackson (singing), Liver Lips McGrowl - Van Stoneman, Ernest - Van Stoneman, Bunny, Bubbles, Beulah - Loulie Jean Norman, Peggy Clark, Jackie Ward, Terrence - Van Stoneman, Zeke - Dal McKennon, Sammy - Bill Cole, Melvin - Bill Lee, Max - Pete Renoudet, Buff - Thurl Ravenscroft
The dragon has an unofficial nickname given to it by the cast and crew of the show. Its nickname: Bucky.
Original name for Fantasmic was Imagination but was changed since Disney could not copyright the name.
This was the first show in the US to use the new French water screens. In addition to being used for back projection, they can completely hide Tom Sawyer Island for set changes.
Film images are projected onto three massive mist screens which appear on the River. Each screen is 50 feet wide, 30 feet high, and 6 inches thick.
Features include lasers, fog effects, water fountains, fireworks, and fiber-optics technology.
Maleficent, the Sleeping Beauty sorceress, is transformed into a 45-foot dragon which breathes fire and ignites the surface of the River.
Five water barges are the means by which a 20-foot-tall Ursula and a 25-foot-long Crocodile move about the river.
Length of Presentation: 22 minutes
Stage: For the most part, Fantasmic! takes place on the water. The remainder of the production occurs on the new "rest area" in front of the Cider Mill on Tom Sawyer Island. While guests may visit here during the day, at night it is a performance space including a 20-foot by 20-foot trap door.
Crew: 50 per performance
Costumes: 341 costumes are necessary to operate seven nights a week.
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On Friday, September 5, 2003, at approximately 12:03 p.m., the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Permanent Amusement Ride Unit, Anaheim District Office (The Division) received a phone call from Disneyland Resort , reporting that a serious accident and possible fatality had occurred on Friday, September 5, 2003 at approximately 11:18 a.m. The accident was reported to have occurred on an attraction known as the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located at Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Publicity department claimed that this was the first paddle wheeler built in the United States in 50 years.
The 105-foot-long hull was built at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California. The superstructure was constructed in a soundstage at the Disney Studio in Burbank.
The boat weighs 125 tons and designed to carry 390 passengers. Overall length 105 ft.; Height (keel to pilot house 28 ft; Draft 2 ft 3 inches; Beam 26 ft., 6 inches
Morgan Evans designed the landscape for this attraction
Irene Dunne christened the Mark Twain
Clip and info of Disneyland's Mark Twain Riverboat-courtesy of DLDHistory****
A Very good reverse Pov of Thunder Mountain at the disneyland resort
From the audiobook "Fascinating Walt Disney". Available at Barnes and Noble Stores, Amazon, Apple iTunes, or toll free 24 hours at 1-800-431-1579.
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My first job at Walt Disney World, was back in the spring of 1971, when the Magic Kingdom was still under construction and had yet to open to the public. I was hired as a construction worker and my assigned work areas were in Frontierland, Liberty Square and the Rivers of America, with Buena Vista Construction Company out of California.In June of 1971, knowing that construction was almost complete, I made application thru the former Preview Center in Lake Buena Vista, to become a real 'cast member'.I continued to work my construction job in the Magic Kingdom until August, when I received a phone call from the Disney Employment Division, telling me that I had been selected to be one of the very first Walt Disney World employees. By the middle of August, I had quit my construction job and began 6 weeks of intensive training. I had been selected to be a "Lodging Host" at the Contemporary Resort Hotel.Around the first of September, 1971, I received a letter in the mail from Joe Fowler, inviting all former construction workers (& their families) who had participated in the building of the park, to a free day in the new Magic Kingdom.The photos in this short video are from this visit in September, 1971, before the park was ever opened to the public. We were the first guests to ever visit and even tho many things were not yet open or completed, it was a great visit and one that I have always treasured.When watching the video, be sure to search carefully in each photo for signs of construction still going on. Some photos show obvious construction, but if you really look at some of the other photos, you will still see ladders, scaffolding, etc., that are still visible around and on some of the attractions. Other NO-NO's you may see, are some of the characters conversing with supervisors while 'on stage' - something you will never see at the magic Kingdom.All photos were taken with a very old Kodak Instamatic camera. These old cameras, tho reliable, took barely satisfactory pictures by the standards of today's new digital cameras. After each exposure, you had to manually wind the film to the next exposure and flash bulbs had to be inserted into the camera for indoor shots. Oh well, just glad that I was able to save this first visit on film of any kind!
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For the 2013 Limited Time Magic promotion, Disneyland brought back the Golden Horseshoe Revue to Frontierland in a salute to the original show that debuted with the park in 1955. The limited run version of the show pays tribute to the original in a shorter version, around 20 minutes long, featuring a sampling of entertainment from the past. This is its debut performance on January 10, 2013 at 11:30am.
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Big news this week includes details of Walt Disney World's announcement of MyMagic+ and the upcoming MagicBand as well as changes in leadership at Disney Parks on both United States coasts. Ricky reviews Frankenweenie on Blu-ray 3D. Then Jeremiah Daws takes us to Frontierland at Disneyland for the Golden Horseshoe Revue salute, part of Limited Time Magic.
NOTE: Technical difficulties made portions of this week's podcast record in the incorrect aspect ratio, appearing squished vertically. This will be fixed next week.