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Monday
Mar282011

WDW Fan Boys Podcast [Part 3]

Check out WDW Fanboys Podcast Episode #68 "Story Time with Lilly and Mitch"

We're happy to present our latest appearance on the WDW Fan Boys Podcast. Lilly and Mitch talk with the guys about favorite experiences including exploring backstage Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Carousel of Progress. Also discussed... the question of "if you had no limitations, what would you do with the Walt Disney World property?".

Check it out.

 

Related posts:

WDW Fan Boys Podcast [Part 1]
WDW Fan Boys Podcast [Part 2]
A Look at the Progress City Model- Then and Now
The Haunted Mansion Like You've Never Seen It
Why the Decline in Park Maintenance?

 

Saturday
Dec042010

Little Box of Treasures

While working with animatronics and props I would find myself emptying the pockets of my work clothes at the end of the day to find scraps of that day's work.  I decided to keep some of this stuff in a box so years later I could remember the variety of materials I once used.


Humor me as I share what might look like a pile of garbage.  For me, this garbage represents a whole lot of theme park ingenuity and memories of getting my hands dirty early, early in the morning...

Pieces of Brer Frog's pipe stem made of surgical tubing, covered in fabric tape and painted to look like bamboo.  Good ol' Brer Frog had the habit of smacking himself in the face with his previous, unforgiving, rigid pipe.  Speaking of smacks... Doesn't Brer Frog look a lot like the Sugar Smacks frog??

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea plants.  We would find these in the dirt after they filled in the lagoon.  I imagine there are still colorful plastic plants like this out there today.  Thank goodness they tore out that "too-expensive-to-keep-alive" ride.  << I'll explain my theory one day on how this is NOT so accurate.  Sometimes at night after they closed 20K I'd walk the catwalks in the caves only to pee my pants (figuratively) ever time.  So dark and damp and drippy- not to mention all the sea creatures sticking out of the dirty, half-drained water.

A genuine real piece of Walt Disney's backyard Carolwood Pacific train tracks! Given to me by a man who worked on site at Walt's Holmby Hill home in Los Angeles.  I like it because Walt himself played around with this stuff-- unlike a lot of park props.

Butyrate, skin, etc. from Pirate animatronics.

Coins from the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade.  Some coins were thrown out during a rehab we worked on.  Why is the Genie from Aladdin on them??  Don't ask me.  Fortunately the character artwork on the coins is not visible to guests, right?  It's Frontierland after all. 

A piece of George Washington's Hall of Presidents hands.  We'd pull a rough hand skin from the mold, "butter" it up (trim and add detail with a flat metal tip on the end of a torch), paint, and install.  Always enjoyed that.

We would remove hair and beards from Haunted Mansion ballroom ghosts once they lost their bright white shine.  Darker hair is much harder to see from the Doom Buggies.  I'll leave it to you to figure that one out.

Skin-like rubbery old paint would come off in large pieces.  Head skins too needed to be bright in color for the illusion to work.  The green rubber came from the old attic bride, I believe.

Madame Leota and Little Leota share similar projected effects.  Old portions of film would be thrown out when worn.  Above you see film from both Leotas.

In the Carousel of Progress 8mm film runs footage of a boxing match- projected from the basement below.  Remember the grandma exclaiming “Give’m a left you big lug!”

How in the world did a Mad Hatter nose end up in the box?  Don't ask me.  I believe the smelly thing was given to me for some reason.  Still stinks all these years later.

Spectro Magic lights.  Remember when Main Street Electrical Parade retired "forever" the first time and they sold light bulbs for $35??  Well these ain't those.  Am I the only one who never loved Spectro but always loved the Main Street Electrical Parade?

 

Related posts:

Carousel of Progress Like You’ve Never Seen It
The Haunted Mansion Like You've Never Seen It
Pirates of the Caribbean Like You've Never Seen It
Surviving Pieces of Journey Into Imagination
Audio Animatronics 101
  
What Disney Characters Love 

 

Sunday
Nov072010

WDW Fan Boys Podcast

Check out WDW Fanboys Podcast Episode #48 "Behind the Scenes with Mitch"- that's me!

So a few months ago I discovered this hilarious podcast series starring Tim, Paul, and Brett (pictured above*). Then lo and behold a few weeks ago Brett emails me asking if I'd be on their show.  Jeepers, I'd love to.

We recorded earlier this week and talked about who-knows-what but mostly about the way things are at the Disney parks nowadays.  We learn a bit about my past and how I started (and ended) my creative career at Disney--- this includes a never-before-publicly-shared ride concept I pitched to WDI only to get DENIED. Yep.

Listen here:  Episode #48 "Behind the Scenes with Mitch"

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Other episodes you might enjoy from the Fan Boys:

Episode #47 "The Haunted Mansion"
Episode #46 "Times of Change 1988-1989" with guest Jim Hill
Episode #39 "Live in Florida"
Episode #35 "Disco Yeti"
Episode #30 "Responding to Harry Potter" with guest Jim Hill
Episode #26 "Disneyland vs. Disney World"
Episode #23 "Favorite Moments in Attractions"
Episode #22 "Our Favorite Animatronics"


Really the only other two podcasts I faithfully follow are Wedway Radio and The Progress City Radio Hour. You best be subscribing to them too.


Thanks, fellas for a fun conversation. Hope you all enjoy the recording.

 

*Image may not be the actual WDW Fan Boys. Photo credit: Duke Yearlook