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He's the Mickey to my Minnie
Join Date: Sep 2006
ABD California Backstage Magic Tour - DAY THREE (April 15, 2010)
The Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Studios is a working studio and not open for public tours like the others (Warner Bros & Universal). Once past the security shack, the bus dropped us off and we followed our ABD Guides to the Frank G. Wells Building.
Frank G. Wells Building
This building is home to the Disney Archives. When entering the lobby, you are greeted with large display cases filled with Disney “stuff”. One case displayed hats worn in Disney movies. Another had Disney memorabilia. There were also some with costumes from some recent movie like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Hannah Montana Movie. These were nice teasers to what was inside the Disney Archives room.
The display cases in the foyer of the building.
My favorite hat on display.
Soon the doors opened to the Walt Disney Archives and we all squeezed into the room ...
There were items in display cases from the first Mickey watch to orange juice cans. The bookshelves were filled with hundreds of books. The room was shock full of items.
We were suppose to meet with Disney Legend Dave Smith. He created the Disney Archives. But, we took too long at Mickeys of Glendale. He left about ten minutes before we arrived. That was a shame because we really wanted to meet him.
Check out Dave Smith's Disney Legends statue on the shelf.
A curator brought out this Audio Animatronic bird in a cage that inspired Walt Disney to create Audio Animatronic figures like the ones in Pirates of the Caribbean and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
The bird that inspired Walt.
We were lucky enough to see the first Disneyland ticket and parking pass.
First Disneyland park ticket.
A highlight for me is when we got to hold an Oscar and take a picture. I know why people on the Academy Awards are shocked when they hold it for the first time. It was heavy!
Bill and I accepting our award. (in our dreams!!!!)
Walt Disney holds the records for number of Academy Award nominations (with fifty-nine) and number of awarded Oscars (twenty-six, below). Four of his Oscars were special awards, and one, his last, was granted posthumously.
• 1932: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Flowers and Trees (1932)
• 1932: Honorary Award for: creation of Mickey Mouse.
• 1934: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Three Little Pigs (1933)
• 1935: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: The Tortoise and the Hare (1934)
• 1936: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Three Orphan Kittens (1935)
• 1937: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: The Country Cousin (1936)
• 1938: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: The Old Mill (1937)
• 1939: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Ferdinand the Bull (1938)
• 1939: Honorary Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) The citation read: "For Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field" (the award was one statuette and seven miniature statuettes)
• 1940: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Ugly Duckling (1939)
• 1941: Honorary Award for: Fantasia (1940), shared with: William E. Garity and J.N.A. Hawkins. The citation for the certificate of merit read: "For their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia"
• 1942: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Lend a Paw (1941)
• 1943: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)
• 1949: Best Short Subject, Two-reel for: Seal Island (1948)
• 1949: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
• 1951: Best Short Subject, Two-reel for: Beaver Valley (1950)
• 1952: Best Short Subject, Two-reel for: Nature's Half Acre (1951)
• 1953: Best Short Subject, Two-reel for: Water Birds (1952)
• 1954: Best Documentary, Features for: The Living Desert (1953)
• 1954: Best Documentary, Short Subjects for: The Alaskan Eskimo (1953)
• 1954: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953)
• 1954: Best Short Subject, Two-reel for: Bear Country (1953)
• 1955: Best Documentary, Features for: The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
• 1956: Best Documentary, Short Subjects for: Men Against the Arctic
• 1959: Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects for: Grand Canyon
• 1969: Best Short Subject, Cartoons for: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
(The above information was obtained from wikipedia.com)
In the hallway, was the multiplane camera used to create Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and many other Disney Classics. I had seen a special when I was younger on how they layered the images to create a cartoon. I was shocked at the size of the multiplane camera.
(Bill is 6'5". This picture can give you an idea of how tall the multiplane camera is.)
After the group browsed and everyone got their picture with the Oscar, we made our way to the Walt Disney Studios Grille for lunch. We were each given a voucher for a drink, appetizer, main course and dessert. The commissary was set up like a food court at the mall. They had a pizza/pasta station, fresh sandwiches/paninis and burgers to order, Chinese take-out and pre-packaged sandwiches and salads. Bill headed towards the pizza area and I headed for the Chinese take-out. I got orange chicken with steamed white rice and Dibs (ice cream) for dessert. The food was edible. It was on par with a mall's food court Chinese food (Panda Express). Bill and I had a nice quiet lunch together.
Bill enjoying his lunch.
There were five clocks in the dining area for all the Disney parks around the world.
After lunch, we met back outside. We followed the familiar ABD sign to the corner of Mickey Avenue and Dopey Drive. This corner is also known as Pluto’s Corner. Notice the paw prints in the cement. There are only three!
A.K.A. Pluto's Corner
Jennifer DH (DisneyTaylors) DS13 DD11 DS8 DIScat (Minnie) DISdog (Pluto)
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