Dr. Lee Returning Home To Dine At Club 33

After working 28 years at Club 33, it was so wonderful to return, but this time I was the guest!
Mickey and Pluto seemed happy to see me and I was sure happy to see them. Honestly, I miss Club 33, being there felt like home.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Bartender Wisdom:

With the new year just a day away, here is some wisdom from Dr Lee,retired bartender from Club 33 Disneyland:

1...Plan your evening with family/friends.

2...If you are staying out late,dress warm.

3...If you are walking some were, travel in groups, not alone.(flashlights are a good thing)

4...Bring your camera to photo the new year.

5...Eat all the sweets or junk food you want, because in the new year (at least for a few weeks)you shall diet,ha-ha.

6...However,most of all, if you wish to drink and bring in the new year drinking,remember, "DO NOT,UNDER ANY CONDITIONS,DRIVE",PERIOD END OF STORY!!!! THANK YOU

7...In closing, just be safe,enjoy and I will throughout the new year, update weekly this blog for all to enjoy,,,,,happy new year..Dr lee

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas to everyone:

This time of year is great?

As we look back at a very busy year, I would like to thank all those who take time out of their busy day to enjoy this Disney web site. I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and safe New Year.

Looking forward to the new year in 2012, Carsland,Sweet!,Ghirardelli"s, Aulani,a Disney Resort & Spa,Shanghai Disney Resort (opening in 2015)and so much more. Oh yes, one more thing new for 2012,starting Dec.20,2011, Adventures by Disney will launch a one - day itinerary that puts the magic of moviemaking and the glamor of Hollywood into an unforgettable package. Tour the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, including lunch at the Studio Commissary. From there, take a behind-the-scenes tour of either the Kodak Theatre or Grauman's Chinese Theatre (depending on time of year) in Hollywood. Explore Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame and then Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. The day conludes with a private sunset reception at Gladstones in Malibu. Roundtrip transportation via luxury coach from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is included. Book your tour by calling The Walt Disney Travel Company at 800-363-4763. Looking forward to the new year and will up - date this web site several times a week.
Again, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and Thanks for the support.

Dr Lee...Signing off for 2011.......Bar is open!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bar Joke:

Did you hear about the terrible accident???

Yes,the little snail was run over by the turtle...

While the snail was in the hospital talking to his snail family, he told them that he does not remember a thing,because it all "happened" so fast!!!

Happy holidays...Dr Lee

Computer humor?

Once you completely understand your computer......It's probably obsolete!!!

Don't you just love technology...Dr Lee

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Matterhorn at Disneyland Park:

Winter is here, and some of you may be hearing the swish-swish of skis sliding down a snow-covered mountain-even if only in your head. At the Disneyland Park,there is a mountain range,it's called the Matterhorn!

Here are some things you might not know about this monument to Alpine adventure:

1...A Disneyland icon since 1959, the Matterhorn was part of the first major expansion to take place at Disneyland Park since the park's debut in 1955. The Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction opened on June 14, 1959, along with the Disneyland Monorail and the Submarine Voyage.

2...The Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first roller coaster in the world to employ a tubular steel track and an electronic dispatch system which enabled more than one car at a time to be on the track.

3...The Disneyland Matterhorn was built to 1/100th scale of the original Matterhorn, or 147 feet versus the 14,700 feet of the original.

4...The Matterhorn has been the highest point in Disneyland Park since 1959. It is the second highest point in the Disneyland Resort, behind the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which stands at 183 feet tall.(California Adventure Park)

5...The attraction was inspired by the live-action Disney adventure film, "Third Man on the Mountain," which starred James MacArthur and Michael Rennie as mountaineers. The movie was filmed in Switzerland, on and around the real Matterhorn.

6...Guests who look quickly while whizzing through the Matterhorn caverns may spot mountaineering supplies and other evidence of the "Wells Expedition." These scenic details are a tribute to the late Frank Wells, who was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Walt Disney Company from 1984 until his death in 1994. Wells was an experienced mountain climber and skier.

7...There is a half court for basketball inside the Matterhorn. For cast members only!

One of the best attractions at the Disneyland Resort...Dr Lee

Side note...I have two daughters, both were cast members, my oldest, Kimberly,now 28,was an attraction hostess on "it's a small world"(trainer),Storybook,guest controll on parades and Matterhorn.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ghirardelli shop in Disney California Adventure :

Chocolate samples will replace free tortillas when a new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate shop opens in Disney California Adventure.
The Ghirardelli venue will go where Mission Tortilla Factory previously ran. The chocolate shop is set to open in late spring. The California chocolate shop is designed to be similar to another Ghirardelli location at Florida Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World.
Mission Tortilla Factory closed May 31,2011 after a 10 years in the park's Pacific Wharf area.Guests could get a free,warm,freshly made tortillas after a tour at the attraction.
Ghirardelli, a company that started in 1852 at the historic Ghirardelli Square in San Franscisco, plans to retain the San Francisco feel of the Pacific Wharf area of the park. This new shop will hand out free Ghirardelli Squares chocolate samples, as well as selling products. The fountain will feature popular sundaes topped with fresh hot fudge that is made daily. This park shop is the only Ghirardelli location in Orange Coounty. Another soda fountain and shop runs in San Diego, California while an outlet is in Ontario,California.

Living in the east bay, (San Franscisco is about 12 miles from my house,just get on the "BART" and travel under the water for about 10 minutes),been to Ghirardelli Square, the """chocolate sundaes topped with hot fudge"""...yummy...Dr Lee

History and Heritage:

Just in time to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Walt Disney's birthday on Dec.5, the Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A. has opened a new exhibit showcasing one of Walt's favorite things- trains.

"All Aboard...A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney," which debuted Nov.12,2011 and runs through June 2012,showcases the artwork and inspiration for Disney railroads, trains and train attractions.

Walt was always fascinated with trains, begining with his early childhood in Marceline, Mo. As a teenager, he worked on a railroad selling fruit, drinks and newspapers, and his fascination grew while working with Studio cast members who were also railroad enthusiasts. This passion culminated in the construction of a 1/8th-scale "live steamer" at his home in Holmby Hills.

Even in his earliest drawings of Disneyland, Walt always surrounded the park with a train. Today, trains continue to be the focal point at Disney parks worldwide.

All Aboard...Dr lee

Trivia...Which two Disney resorts named a steam train after Walt Dismney???

answer...The Walt Disney World Resort and the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort are the only two Disney resorts with steam trains named afteer Walt Disney.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jake is newest character at Disneyland Resort:

A new pirate showed up at the Disneyland Resort over the weekend, this time at Disney California Adventure.

Jake from the Disney Channel's animated series "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," is on board as the newest walk-around character.

In the show, Jake heads up a three-character band of child-like pirates who look for hidden treasure. The show takes place in Neverland, as featured in the Disney animated film "Peter Pan." Three characters from the film also appear in the show: Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tic-Tock the Crocodile; Captain Hook attempts to get treasure at the expense of Jake and his crew.

The cartoon series is part of the Disney Junior line-up of television programming aimed at childern ages 2-7.

As a child, I liked Peter Pan...Dr Lee

Christmas at Disney California Adventure:

Disney California Adventure gets a taste of Christmas as the Christmas Tree reaches for the sky near Ariel's Grotto in the Paradise Pier.
There aren't as many holiday decorations at Disney California Adventure as there are at Disneyland Park, but one of the most significant is the Christmas tree that sits outside Ariel's Grotto. The tree, along with decorations at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and other areas, are put up at the same time as those placed at the Disneyland Park. Next to the tree,at the base, sits a small town-square-like holiday setting where Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters visit to give guests a chance to take pictures with them.

I like the holidays at the Disneyland Resort...Dr Lee

Cars Land Mountains :

The Cadillac Mountains Range that serves as the backdrop for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure appears to be nearing completion.
Cars Land's Cadillac Mountain Range is nearing completion as the fictional town of Radiator Springs "springs up" in the foreground at Disney California Adventure. The land is based on the Disney/Pixar film "Cars." For the last two years,scaffolding was all you could see, and most of the scaffolding is gone.
In the foreground,the structures that will form part of the town of Radiator Springs are also taking shape. Most buildings will house either restaurants or souvenir shops.
The land, based on the Disney/Pixar film "Cars," will be home to three attractions. One is called "Radiator Springs Racers," visitors will travel into and around Cadillac Mountain Range.
At 12 acres, the land is the largest expansion of the theme park at the Disneyland Resort and is expected to open in 2012.

Summer of 2012 is going to be great...Dr Lee

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Restaurant Changes on Main Street, U.S.A.,at Disneyland Park:

We love it when our favorite spots expand,and there are some big changes coming for Main Street, U.S.A.,in 2012. Here's what you can look for:

The Blue Ribbon Bakery is moving and getting a new name:Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, from the "Mary Poppins" song, "Oh, it's a jolly holiday with Mary..."The bakery moves to the Plaza Pavilion (at the top of Main Street, U.S.A.) with plans to open in early January. In addition to the bakery and espresso offerings, the new menu has some delicious new tastes, such as an Angus roast beef salad with blue cheese, a Caprese sandwich with tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella, basil, butter lettuce and garlic aioli on toasted focaccia bread, and a classic pastrami reuben on rye.

Carnation Cafe is expanding with more indoor seating- the Blue Ribbon Bakery move is part of that expansion plan, as Carnation Cafe spreads out to take over the space and offer more air-conditioned seating. Work starts in January, and they'll have a new menu that will showcase longtime favorities (and we've heard it inculdes milkshakes).

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor is getting a little makeover, too, and adding root beer, Coca-Cola and orange cream floats to the menu. And the block makeover wraps up at Resfreshment Corner-construction starts early next year.

Disenyland will never be complete...Dr Lee

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving at the Disneyland Resort:

Drumsticks,stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravey-we're already dreaming of a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without turning on the stove. And Disneyland Resort has more than a dozen spots for turkey day.
"A Disney Family Thanksgiving Feast" is a cornucopia of delectable tastes, served from noon to 6p.m. on Thursday, Nov.24,2011 in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel. The ballroom will be transformed for the harvest, with Chip & Dale and other Disney friends joining the fun-don't forget your camera!!

From roast breast of turkey and prime rib to stuffing,sweet potato souffle,fresh cranberry orange relish and smashed potatoes and gravy, you'll be transported to your mom's table. Add fancy fresh salads, artisan cheeses,smoked salmon and poached shrimp, and you've got something for everyone. Save room for pumpkin and pecan pies,tarts,cookies and other sweet endings.

Kids get their own buffet with favorites such as pizza,mac and cheese,chicken and fresh corn.

Cost is $71.99 ages 10 and up, $20.99 ages 3 to 9, free under 3 (tax and gratuity extra). Four-hour complimentary parking included ($6 per hour after four hours).

In the parks, there's everything from turkey and trimming at Ariel's Grotto, Wine Country Trattoria and Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill at Disney California Adventure park to traditional goodies at Cafe Orleans, French Market, Carnation Cafe,Plaza Inn and Blue Bayou in Disneyland park.

In the resorts,head to Steakhouse 55 or Goofy's Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel, Napa Rose and Storyteller's Cafe at Disney's grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and Disney's PCH Grill at Disney's Paradise Pier Hoyel.Guests love the roasted butternut squash soup with creme fraiche at Steakhouse 55.

I am full just typing this,yummy...Dr Lee

Snow White's house for sale:

The home of Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Snow White from Walt Disney's first half full-length animated feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," is for sale.

Caselotti designed and built the Larchmont Village home where she and her husband J. Dana Costigan lived. The Los Angeles community is near the Wilshire Country Club.

The home was built in 1976 and is now on the market for $995,000. It was originally put on the market nearly a year ago at $1.5 million, according to Kirk Gerou of Prudential Realty.

Gerou said he took over the listing two months ago and the price was reduced.

The two bedroom home is built primarily of cedar wood and has a definite Asian influence outside, including a wishing well in the Japanese Tea Garden styled exterior.

A tropical themed painting by Disney artist R. Mitchell is inside the living room and will stay with the house.

The classic film came out in 1938. Caselotti died in 1997. Gerou said her heirs decided to sell the house.

A part of disney history...Dr Lee

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins November 14,2011..

Now that all the ghosts and ghouls are heading back inside the Haunted Mansion, it's time to get ready for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort!!
From November 14 thru January 8,2012 the Disneyland Resort transforms into a winter wonderland, with twinkling lights, fireworks and even snow!! Here's a peek at some of the holiday festivtites we're getting ready for this year.

Mickey's Toontown will debut an 18-foot cartoon-style Christmas tree in front of Toontown City Hall, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse will each have their own Christmas trees at their homes.

At The Disney Gallery on Main Street,U.S.A., "All Aboard for A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney!" will display vintage and new art celebrating Walt Disney's love of trains.

In Disney California Adventure Park, a holiday addition to the "World of Color" nightime water spectacular will feature Lanny and Wayne, Santa's techno-savvy elves from the "Prep & Landing" holiday specials.

Phineas and Ferb will be throwing a rockin', rollin' holiday party on the streets of Disney California Adventure Park, inviting guests to join the fun.

Along with all the new and exciting touches, guests favorites like "A Christmas Fantasy" parade, the nightly snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., "it's a small world"Holiday, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle will also be returning this year.

Love Chistmas at The Disneyland Resort...Dr lee P.S. Happy Holidays

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Vault 28 celebrates 5-year anniversary:

Since opening on Nov.12,2006, Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District has offered shoppers a wide variety of trendy clothing and gifts- with an upscale Disney edge. The "28" in the name of the contemporary style boutique gives a nod to 1928, when Mickey Mouse first came to life. The eclectic store is themed as an abandoned bank that was converted into a boutique. It features an ever-changing mix of clothing and accessories for men and women as well as a select range of gifts and home accessory items.

Like shopping at the Downtown Disney District...Dr Lee

Monday, November 7, 2011

Guide books:

When visiting the Disneyland Resort and if you are not flunt in English, no worries. Here at the Disneyland Resort, guide books come in different languages.

1...Deutsch * German

2...Portugues * Portuguese

3...Espanol * Spanish


5...Francais * French



8...Italiano * Italian

9...and of course, English.

So were ever you call home, your stay at the Disneyland Resort will make memories for a life time. From the start of your day and throughout all that you decide to see,ride,explore,smell,taste,drink,share with those with you,"Your Guide Book" will inform you about all that is there for you to enjoy.
However, if at any time you need something, stop any Cast Member you happen to see and ask them for more information. Remember, City Hall is located on Main Street U.S.A. and is always ready to assist our Guests.

Bar is open...Dr Lee retired, June 20, 2007 5:30 p.m. age 55th birthday

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's official: we have a new princess!!

By proclamation of the powers of Disney, Rapunzel, star of "Tangled," is now an official Disney princess.

In a London celebration hosted at Kensington Palace on Oct.2 2011, Rapunzel was crowned the 10th Disney princess joining Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana.

Since the November 2010 release of the movie, Disney's 50th full-length feature animated film has become one of the top 10 grossing Disney movies of all time, ahead of "Toy Story," "Beauty and the Beast," "Cars," and "Toy Store 2." Due to the overwhelming popularity of the film, it's no surprise that the No.1 sellling Disney princess costume this season at the Disneyland Resort is Rapunzel.

What a great movie...DR LEE

Monday, October 24, 2011

Disney's haunting Halloween history:

Today we know it as Mickey's Halloween Party- the only opportunity for guests of any age to dress up in halloween costumes at the Disneyland Resort. However, the popular after-hours trick-or-treat party was called Mickey's Halloween Treat! when it debuted in 1995. It ran for two years and then resurfaced at Disney California Adventure Park in 2005 as Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party. The party moved back to Disneyland Park in 2010 and adopted its current name: Mickey's Halloween Party.

The Walt Disney World Resort has been hosting a similar event since 1995, called Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. What started as a one-night event at the Magic Kingdom quickly grew in popularity, transforming into multiple-night party that includes a pre-parade ride of the Headless Horseman from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." As the sounds of the horse's clip-clops echo down Main Street, U.S.A.,Guests anxiously await a glimpse of the beheaded ghost as he searches for his head.

Disney villains:

Ursula: Villain? Little ol' me? Preposterous! Certainly I've been called some very unflattering names-"nasty,"-"witch"- but really, I'm simply misunderstood. I want what every merperson wants-happiness. Oh, and of course Triton's kingdom, too, but I'm worth it, aren't I?

Hit Film..."The Little Mermaid" (1989)
Likes...eels,the color purple,the perfect spell
Dislikes...Mermaids, singing fish and crabs

Maleficent:the Mistress of All Evil, I am without equal or peer.

Hit Film..."Sleeping Beauty" (1959)
Dislikes...heroic mice,knights on white horses

Queen of Hearts..."Your Highness of Hissy Fits" for being the "overlord of outbursts" and the "ruler of rage." You should be warned my dear, "if I lose my temper, you should lose your head!!!!! Understood?

Hit Film: "Alice in Wonderland" (1951)
Dislikes...people,spades, diamonds and clubs

Love the Disneyland Resort during the hoilday season...DR LEE

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Disneyland Mine Train:

Before there was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a roller coaster that hustles about, there was a battery-powered mine train that rolled along in that same stretch of Disneyland, an attraction that its former cast members fondly remember. Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland was the first major attraction added at the park following its summer 1955 opening.
"Walt's choice was, right after Disneyland's first summer, "What do we do next? We'll do a railroad. They're easy to design and build."
The train took guests on a journey through Rainbow Caverns; it eventually was expanded to include a trip through Nature's Wonderland including visits to Beaver Valley, Bear Country and the Painted Desert. The landscape was barren desert with large boulders; there were geysers, a wooden bridge over the water and large bears, one in the water with a fish in it's mouth. The men who worked the attraction as attraction hosts formed a club, the Order of the Red Handkerchiefs. Part of their costumes were red handkerchiefs, worn around the neck, then that costume was changed,and then this red handkerchief were carryed in their pockets. At first, the attraction hosts did live spiels, that was changed to a recording and the attraction hosts would focus on driving the trains.
This was Walt's Disney favorite park attraction: When he brought guests to Disneyland, he would take them to the Golden Horseshoe to watch the live show then have the guests take a mine-train ride.
Disney also used to walk the track to keep an eye on the auto-animatronic animals that populated the attraction.There are still signs of the long-gone attraction. Along the banks of The Rivers of America are some of the original tracks, coming out of two tunnels. Along the trail next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sits the pond that was home to Bear Country, along with the other side of the two tunnels.
Many of the buildings around the waiting line for Big Thunder are the same ones from the mine Train. That area is still referred to as the town of Rainbow Ridge, like it was for the original Mine Train attraction.
The attraction closed in 1977, because of the attraction's limited capacity and the park's desire for an attraction with more thrills. Also, there was rarely a line for Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland during its last years.
Once a year, cast members gather for dinner and to swap stories about working on the attraction. Because of the cast members dwindling numbers, it now allows anyone who worked on the west side of the park while the Mine train was opened to join. Early next month, in an Anahiem hotel, the stories will fly again.

I remember as a kid, riding this attraction...DR LEE RETIRED, BARTENDER

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gingerbread House:

Each year, Entertainment designers create one of the most anticipated Halloween Time decorations-the gingerbread house in the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction. And this year is no exception.
Every year is a new challenge to outdo last years creation. This year, something new was added,gumdrops that light up...taking our guests into the eerie world of Jack Skellington. The foundation of the 6-foot house is made of wood and wired for animation. It then goes to the Disneyland Resort Central Bakery, where it is meticulously adorned with 500 pounds of gingerbread, 10 yards of fondant and miles of frosting and oversized candies.
To commemorate the 11th season of the holiday overlay based on Tim Burton's "the Nightmare Before Christmas," a new line of pins are now avaiable. These pins are replicas of each gingerbread display from the past decade. The Haunted Mansion Hoilday Gingerbread Mystery Collection will debut Oct.8,2011.

Love Halloween/Christmas time at the Disneyland Resort...DR LEE

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hawaii Disney Cruise:

Due to an overwhelming response to its first Hawaiian itinerary, Disney Cruise Line is adding a second Hawaiian cruise from Los Angeles to its 2012 schedule. The Disney Wonder will sail through the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian islands, where Guests can experience the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu, see the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui, take in the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai and, on the Big Island, explore the natural wonders of the world's most active volcano.

The 15-night Hawaiian itinerary, which includes nine days at sea, departs April 29,2012. The newly added 14-night Hawaiian itinerary, with eight days at sea,departs Oct. 14,2012.

Disney Cruise Line offers an array of itineraries departing from the West Coast, including cruises to the Mexican Rivera,Pacific Coast and Alaska.

sounds amazing.....brings back memories from my cruise on the Disney Magic, April/May 2008?? DR LEE

P.S. Oct. cruise sounds nice??

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Walt Disney World Resort celebrates 40 years:

On Oct. 1,1971, Walt Disney World Resort welcomed its first Guests, fulfilling Walt Disney's dream for a built-from-scratch, all-encompassing family vacation destination. Adventureland, Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Tomorrowland all gleamed that fall morning as the first Guests streamed into Magic Kingdom Park and its two hotels.
The resort, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary throughout the month of October, today has grown to include four theme parks, two water parks,four championship golf courses and a shopping and dining district. Its Cast Member population has soared from 6,000 to 62,000.
To celebrate this milestone, Magic Kingdom Park is rolling out special anniversary merchandise and memorabilia(much of it adorned with the famous Flordia Orange Bird), a special fireworks show and a character cavalcade culminating in a celebration at Cinderella Castle on October 1,2011-complete with a sing along.

Disney World is fun...DR LEE

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween Time :

No tricks-only treats...

Halloween Time is back at the Disneyland Resort through Oct. 31, featuring specialty food, drink and merchandise offerings that are scary good.

Just Desserts:
Resort bakeries are serving pumpkin-spice Halloween Time cupcakes- a perfect treat to reward yourself after riding Ghost Galaxy. If gingerbread is more your taste, head to Cafe Orleans for Haunted Mansion Holiday beignets. At select table service restaurants, delicacies come served in a ghoulish Donald Duck demitasse (that's a fancy French word for "half cup").

Spooky Snacking:
A coffin, Jack says, makes a fine popcorn bucket! Find them in New Orleans Square and Frontierland, or Ghost Mickey popcorn buckets throughout both parks.

Runaway Brain:
Oh,no! A monstrous Mickey Mouse has jumped out of his classic 1995 animated short, joined by Minnie, Donald,Goofy and Tinker Bell sporting villainously cool costumes. Find them on coffee mugs,pens,yard flags and more.

Pumpkin Mickey:
Bring home Mickey's gourdesque likeness in ornament form, or on a unique candle votive. Specialty merchandise is available at Disney Showcase,Pioneer Mercantile,Off the Page and World of Disney.

The Disneyland Resort takes Halloween to a new level of family fun and memories....Dr Lee

Friday, September 16, 2011

Embarking on a new fantasy:

The D23 Expo at the Anahiem Convention Center, held Aug. 19-21 was bigger and better than ever this year, featuring new merchandise and opportunities to meet popular Disney artists. There were plenty of surprises, too. One of the biggest came when Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that the boundaries of Fantasyland at Disneyland Park will be expanded with a new experience called Fantasy Faire.
The project will transform Carnation Plaza Gardens Stage into a storybook village where Guests will be immersed into the stories of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Tangled." Surrounded by fairytale cottages and pavilions, Guests will travel to the heart of the village square-Tangled Tower. The village will come alive with activities and entertainment, including a Royal Ribbon Parade where Guests can dance and interact with their favorite Disney princesses. And at night, the Fantasy Fairs Stage will feature the classic music and dancing offerings that Guests have loved for years.

Disney is all about change...DR LEE

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halloween Time ,Disneyland Resort:

Halloween Time returns to the Disneyland Resort from Sept.16 through Oct. 31, 2011, and villainous surprises await Guests at both parks. Here's your briefing on all things bewitching.

Seasonal decor and entertainment:
Both parks will be spookily adorned, with special atmosphere entertainment along Main Street, U.S.A. and at Big thunder Ranch Barbecue. Classic Disney villains will make appearances at Disneyland Park along with other favorites dressed in their spooky best.

Food,beverage and merchandise:
Did someone say pumpkin spice latte? They're back along with seasonal treats from the resort's bakeries and candy kitchens. Fact: they're enjoyed more while wearing a Halloween-inspired Mickey ear hat.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy:
The green glowing exterior should be your first clue something's amiss. Creepy creatures are haunting Space Station 77- prepare for a close encounter like no other.

Haunted Mansion Holiday:
This is Jack Skellington's 11th year of decking the mansion halls. If the first 10 were any indication, one thing's certain: the goblin king's cooking up a mean gingerbread house.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror:
You know this "tall" tale happened on Halloween night in 1939, right? "Drop in" and refresh your memory.

Micky's Halloween Party:
On select nights, Sept. 30 through Oct.31, everyone's invited to scare up a costume and trick-or-treat across Disneyland Park. It's the exclusive place to see the boo-tiful Halloween Screams fireworks.

My costume this year will be, A Bartenter,Ha-Ha...DR LEE

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Walt and Mickey Mouse Statue unveiled:

During the D23 Expo, Imagineers unveiled a small model of a statue of Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse, which will greet Guests at Disney California Adventure Park when Buena Vista Street opens next summer. The statue will depict a youthful Walt Disney just arriving from Kansas City to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams, along with his pal, a young Mickey Mouse. The maquette will be on display in the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure Park.

Disneyland Resort will never be finished...DR LEE

History and Heritage:

The day: Sept. 8,1986

The man: Captain EO

His mission: to change the world

Twenty-five years ago, at the height of his career, Michael Jackson collaborated with "Star Wars" Producer George Lucas and "The Godfather" Director Francis Ford Coppola on a 3D space epic. Michael Jackson played the leader of an intergalactic brigade, who is captured after crash landing on a strange planet and forced to confront an evil spider-like queen(played by Anjelica Huston). Captain EO uses the power of music to subdue the queen's subjects and change their world for the better.

Michael Jackson contributed two songs for the feature, "We Are Here to Change the World" and "Another Part of Me." The film enjoyed an 11-year run in Tomorrowland, closing in 1997 to make way for "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience."

Trivia: When did Captain EO return to the Disneyland Resort, giving Disney guests one more chance to watch the "King of Pop" light up the screen?

amazing how time fly's, 25 years ago...DR LEE

answer to Trivia...Captain EO returned to Disneyland Park on Feb. 23,2010.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Where were you on the morning of 9-11:

Most everyone that I have talked with has a story to tell about the morning of 9-11! Where they were,their feelings, their thoughts.

For myself,at approx. 10:30 a.m. New York time, those towers were falling.
Living in Southern California and going to work at Disneyland Club 33, we are 3 hours behind: 7:30 a.m. west coast time.
I was on the 7:21 a.m. metro link(commuter-train)from Riverside,California to Disneyland. Riding this metro-link many times,I was getting ready to take my morning nap. On any other day, commuters are checking e-mails, small talk,relaxing before a busy day,enjoying the moment!
As we were picking up commuters in Corona, California,approx. 7:45 a.m., there was this energy inside the train as we traveled through the Santa Ana Canyon. I was not aware of anything that morning,so I asked a fellow commuter what was going on. He told me, "that the twin towers in New York were falling down," and I asked ,"what movie are you talking about?"
I was informed by several other commuters and was speechless!!
Now as I arrived for work, my fellow commuters and I were stopped at the cast member entrance and told to return home."Disneyland" was closed!!!!
The out-bound train to Riverside normally has only a few commuters on it for most are at work. Not this day. It was standing room only,and I mean, like sardines. I stood for approx. 55 minutes all the way home. I was thinking, how was this train able to move with so many commuters on it?
Returning home, I turned on the TV and then got my American Flag and stood on a very busy corner waving old glory(started with just me,then grew to approx. 40 strangers standing with me). I served in the Army from 1971-1977, chaplin-asst.,and if needed,was ready to serve again.

Tell me what you were doing on that day, in the comment section at the bottom of this article... thanks,DR LEE

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Philosophy of Wine:

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, without a word, he picked up a very large jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, each about two inches in diameter. He then asked the class if the jar was full. They all agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the class again if the jar was full. They all agreed it was.

The professor picked up a bag of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled in between the pebbles.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous...yes!

The professor then produced a bottle of red wine from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty spaces bewteen the sand.

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks being the important things,your family, your health and your childern-things that if everything else were lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else...the small stuff.

If you put the sand in the jar first there would be no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Take care of the rocks first,the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented.

The professor smiled,"I'm glad you asked. It goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a good bottle of wine.

Nice...DR LEE aka tigger

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vinylmation Robots:

The robots are coming! The robots are coming! Disney Store recently announced the launch of its exclusive Vinylmation Robots series invading Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com. Designed by Disney Store artists who were inspired by vintage wind-up robot toys of the 1950's, the new Vinylmation Robots are also featured in a never-before-seen video on DisneyStore.com/Vinylmation and on the 2,000-square-foot digital billboard above Disney Store in Times Square.

Disney Store also revealed its first limited-edition Disney POP! Vinyl by Funko. The POP! Vinyls are Funko's creative take on Disney characters and the limited-edition designs were on sale in July at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Fall lineup at ABC:

Summer is winding down, but ABC's new primetime shows are heating things up. Many favorites are back with new surprises, including "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Dancing with the Stars," and they're being paired with brand new series. ABC's "Pan Am," takes flight Sunday, Sept.,25, and stars Christina Ricci. "Once Upon a Time" joins the ABC schedule Sunday Oct. 23. In this modern day fairytale, the words of fantasy and reality collide in an epic battle between good and evil. Tim Allen returns to primetime Oct. 11 in ABC's "Last Man Standing" and an all new "Charlie's Angels" takes over Miami begining Sept. 22.

Sounds great...DR LEE

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The windows on Main Street, U.S.A.

Have you ever wondered about the names of the fictional business owners you see on the windows above the ground floor on Main Street, U.S.A.? It was a tradition started by Walt Disney when Disneyland opened on July 17,1955, to pay tribute to the men and women who were instrumental in the initial planning, design, construction and operation of the park.

The honor continues today for those who have made significant contributions to Disneyland Resort as Imagineers or Cast Members.

For the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Park, a window was dedicated to those who have helped keep alive Walt's vision for Disneyland.

Trivia: Who was the most recent recipient(s) to receive a window on Main Street, U.S.A.??

Wonder what my window would say, "Bartender to the stars"...DR LEE

ANSWNER:The Sherman Brothers, who wrote "it's a small world," were the most recent reipients of a window on Main Street, U.S.A., on March 10, 2010.

Say this 3 or 4 times fast,ha-ha...

Remember "Mary Poppins"...


have fun and enjoy...DR LEE

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Disneyland Tips :

Having worked/retired from the Disneyland Resort, I have learned a few tips to make your stay a little better.

Free Commemorative Buttons...Go to City Hall on Main Street U.S.A., near the entrance, and if it is your birthday,first time or if you are celebrating something,ask the cast member there to give you a button. Now as you travel throughout the Disneyland Resort, other cast members and some guests will take note of your button.

Land by Land...When I play inside the Disneyland Resort, I plan what attractions I want to experience land by land. I usually start my day at Disneyland. Adventureland, then New Orleans Square, then Critter Country so on and so on. I try real hard not to spent my day walking from one land only to return because I forgot a attraction. I like to walk and stay fit, but I hate wasting time!!!

Wake Jose at the Tiki Room...If you arrive a few minutes early before the next show at the Tiki Room,you can ask the cast member there if your child can wake Jose to begin the show. Your child will be part of the show and given the opportunity to wake up the birds. This is always cute and fun.

Watch your Receipts...When I play at the Disneyland Resort, I always ask for my receipts after I have bought something. This is because, at the bottom of these receipts,certain stores offer discounts at certain times up to 25% off items. You never know what might be printed and what times these discounts apply.

Single Rider...While the fast pass is a great way to save time and plan your day, I have discovered a better way than the fast pass. Single Rider pass is available on a few attractions at the Disneyland Resort. Indian Jones and Splash Mountain are in Disneyland Park and Grizzly River Run,SCREAMIN and Soarin are located in Disney's California Adventure Park.Just a quick note here, check daily with City Hall about any changes. Simply walk up and ask for a single rider pass,do not stand in line. After this pass is given to you, the cast member for that attraction will show you were to stand. There is always a need for single riders.

Toy Story Parking,the Blue Bus...When I again play at the Disneyland Resort, I always like to park at the Toy Story Parking. Located near the corners of Harbor and Katilla,across the street from the Hilton on Katilla, these buses are air-conditioned/heated and are every few minutes when arriving/departing.

Eat a "Big Breakfast" before entering the Disneyland Resort...I like to have a bowl of oatmeal,honey, banana and orange juice before I play at the Disneyland Resort.
I have found, that eating a large breakfast, gives me energy through-out my stay and I can drink water and likely skip lunch all together. About 4p.m. I like to buy a nice dinner,like in Downtown Disney(Naples, pizza,yummy), Ariel's Grotto, Blue Bayou,French Market or Redd Rockett's Pizza Port.
I have enjoyed dinner at Club 33, however, my money tree isn't that big!

Fireworks at 9:30p.m....Most will agree, that the Disneyland Resort by far has the best fireworks at 9:30p.m. over Sleeping Beauty's Castle. And most will agree, that standing in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle is a great place to see this show. However, that being saided, would you like to know were I like to see this show and you can also. Stand near "it's a small world" attraction(near Micky's ToonTown entrance). Here, you still can hear "SOME" of the soundtrack, but what you will feel is the energy, noise and power of this show. It's amazing...

Hope this will help you on your next visit...Dr Lee aka

Friday, August 26, 2011

Buena Vista Street:

Disney California Adventure Park is reaching another major milestone in the on going expansion. On Monday, August 29, 2011, the Sunshine Plaza area will close to allow crews to start the transformation of the current park entry into Buena Vista Street, reminiscent of what Walt Disney encountered when he first arrived in California in the 1920's.
While the shops will close to make way for Buena Vista Street, guests will continue to enter the park through the new Pan-Pacific Auditorium-inspired turnstiles and follow a temporary walkway which will feature renderings of the future Disney California Adventure Park and connect the turnstiles with the Condor Flats area. This area will be the temporary entrance and exit for guests during the transformation of the former main entrance stores to Buena Vista Street.
This entry and exit location will remain in place until Buena Vista Street opens in 2012.

sounds great...DR LEE

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cast Members Canoe Races:

The annual Cast Canoe Races at Disneyland began in 1963 when employees, who Walt Disney calls cast members, challenged one another to a race.

Nearly 50 years later, the event has evolved into a gathering with more than 600 Disney cast members,on 72 teams rowing around the Rivers of America in canoes from Davy Crochett's Explorer Canoes.

At dawn on Wednesdays, before the park opens, 12 teams in 3 divisions competed for bragging rights and medals in front of a crowd of 250 family members and friends.

The 4 finalist teams in each division-men, women and coed- were comprised of 8 to 10 rowers per canoe. The teams started and finished at the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes dock, one at a time, rowing the quarter-mile lap around Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. The teams were timed.

Cast members of the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes swept the divisions, taking first in the men's,women's and coed divisions. The men's team won it's 12th title by circling the course in 4 minutes,6.72 seconds; the women finished in 4 minutes,38.09 seconds, while the coed winners won in 4 minutes, 21.20 seconds.

Teams practice before the park opens to guests.

Having worked at Club 33, I would sit and watch all this from Club 33,a birds eye view...DR LEE

Best Buy, Gadget Magic:

If you've ever gone on vacation and realized you forgot some critical gadget or cord, Best Buy aims to help you.
The next time you stroll Downtown Disney you might spot two new installations-a pair of Best Buy vending machines selling various device chargers,headphones and even iPods.
The kiosks, which have the moniker "Gadget Magic," carry a hodgepodge of goodies vacationing families might want, need or forgot at home, from the new "New Super Mario Bros." game for the Nintendo DS to every kind of iPod and various headphones, earbuds or iPhone cases. There is even a 3G moblie hotspot out of contract available through the kiosks.
The new self-service kiosks went up in June and put Downtown Disney among 150 locations where the Best Buy kiosks have been installed in the last three years, including college campuses, train stations and airports. Kiosk prices are the same as at Best Buy stores and Downtown Disney is among 22 locations in California.

just another great service item for guests while at the Disneyland Resort...DR LEE

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Disney California Adventure:

Another remnant of the original concept of Disneyland California Adventure has been removed as part of the theme park's $1-billion makeover.
The classic passenger train, on the west side of Sunshine Plaza near Condor Falls, was recently removed with the aid of a 90-ton crane.
The California Zephyr was removed overnight on August 5,2011, put on a flat bed truck and donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California.
Part of California Adventure Park since the theme park opened in 2001, the train operated as an ice cream shop and a bakery. Walt Disney's love of trains made this donation a perfect fit.
While the train cars were replicas, the cab used to be an operational locomotive that was part of the famous train line that originally ran from 1949 to 1970. The train line was 2,438 miles long and ran from Chicago to Emeryville, California.
The number on the cab of the locomotive was 804-A, a nod to the last locomotive to lead a westbound California Zephyr into Oakland, California on March 20, 1970.

I love trains also, how about you????? DR LEE

side note...The Golden Gate Bridge that was at the entrance has also been removed, and those famous letters out front of the entrance to Disney California Adventure that spelled "CALIFORNIA" are now history.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Story behind Fantasyland's Crowning Jewel:

"It's a world of laughter,a world of tears,it's a world of hopes and a world of fears..." These lyrics bring to mind one of the world's best-loved Theme Park attractions-and this years's 45th anniversary celebration of Disneyland's "it's a small world" attraction is in full swing with colorful commemorative pins, brand-new books, and one very special art exhibit.

Originally, Walt Disney was approached by Pepsi to create the attraction in honor of UNICEF for the 1964 World's Fair-one of several attractions tested at the Fair and later reconstructed at Disneyland Park. Walt Disney thought it was a great idea and told the Imagineers they had apporximately six months to built it, which was a very short timeframe for the work. After several art directors took a shot at what it might look like, Walt Disney gave Mary Blair a call. Her chirldern's books from the early 1940s were perfect for this. She came out and did all the concept renderings. [Imagineer] Rolly Crump and a few other model builders were tapped to interpret her artwork into this immersive 3D world...it was very important that the set pieces looked exactly as she designed them.

Everyone on the team had a hand in this project-including her mother, Leota Toombs,aka, the Haunted Mansion's Madame Leota. Leota and Harriet Burns were very involved in building the models and Joyce Carlson was the lead on painting the dolls, toys, and fun little patterns. They used a paper-mache finish on the pieces so they looked very childlike-like a pinata. Imagineer/animator Marc Davis created many of the character vignettes, while his wife, Alice Davis,supervised the costume design and was meticulous in making sure each costume was accurate and detailed while maintaining the same quality as Mary's work.

When the attraction was rebuilt at Disneyland,it exceeded the size of its World Fair counterpart. Rolly added, expanded, and moved various scenes out of order-like the rain forest in South America. Walt Disney tasked him with designing a Rube Goldberg-style facade for the exterior (not previously in the New York World's Fair) because he [Rolly] loved making whirlgigs and mobiles. The Tower of the Four Winds(a focal point in the New York attraction)was replaced by Rolly's smiling-faced clock tower, which blended perfectly with Mary's whimsical designs.

"it's a small world" opened in Disneyland on May 28,1966, and continues to delight Guests on what Walt Disney used to call-Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort,Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris,and Hong Kong Disneyland. It's a true symbol of international unity with a positive message of peace...and that childern worldwide have so much in common. The adult appeal lies in the color palette and style of Mary's work-it's contemporary yet joyful and childlike. She has such a distinctive way of doing that.It really appeals to everyone.

Now through October 31,2011 at Disneyland Resort, guests can experience the timeless magic of Mary's work at the Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A. The show features 45 pieces and includes a cross-section of Mary's art for Studio,movie shorts, and WED [Imagineering]

Those with special "small world" memories can collect the limited-edition, commemorative pin featuring the childern of the world as a spinner element(to be released at the D23 Expo, August 19,2011) and several new childern's books that include art inspired by the attraction, a song CD, and more.

Fun Facts You Might Not Know About "it's a small world"...

1...The attraction features over 300 Audio-Animatronics figures of international childern, with more than 250 toys and 80 animated props.

2...New to the attraction are 29 popular Disney and Disney-Pixar characters(as costumed dolls) in the countries or regions where their stories take place. They include: Woody and Jessie(Spirit of America), Aladdin and Jasmine(Middle East), Mulan and Mushu(Asia), Ariel and Flounder(Pacific Islands), Alice and the White Rabbit(Great Britain), Lilo and Stitch(Pacific Islands/Hawaii), and Donald Duck,Panchito,and Jose Carioca(South America).

3...Imagineers carefully integrated the newly added characters to reflect the same bold,childlike designs of Mary Blair, the art director responsible for designing the look and feel of the original attraction.

4...To reflect the lyrics"There is just one moon and one golden sun", Imagineers designed a stylized sun or moon within each country's scene.

5...The Sherman Brothers' hit song was originally written as a slow ballad-until Walt Disney insisted they speed it up and make it "pepper."

so true, "it's Really a small world after all" ...DR LEE

Friday, August 19, 2011

A taste of Hawai`i:

Tropical fruit, fresh seafood and delicious frozen drinks-if that's your vision of island bliss, then Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is sure to tingle your taste buds.

Whether you prefer upscale beachside dining, quick-service choices or character dining in the buffet, Aulani offers something to please every palate.

Makahiki...will bring the story of the islands` annual harvest festival to life. Families can dine buffet-style withy beloved Disney characters visiting them right at their table. And, similar to the Enchanted Garden restaurant on the Disney Dream cruise ship, the interior of Makahiki will transition from day to night with the help of a little lighting and some Disney magic.

'AMA'AMA...overlooks the sparkling waters and white sand beaches of a protected lagoon. Named after a local mullet fish, 'AMA'AMA will feature locally harvested seafood.

The 'Olelo Room...is all about ka `oledo Hawai`i-the Hawaiian language. To encourage conversation, everything in this lounge is labeled with its Hawaiian term. For example, want to learn the Hawaiian word for floor? Just look down and you'll see "papahele."

'Ahi Poke...

Contemporary Island Cooking
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


1 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons yuzu juice

Juice of one lime

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus additional for garnish

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon wasabi powder

1/8 teaspoon sugar

2 pounds fresh sushi-grade tuna,cubed

Freshly ground black peper, to taste

Favorite prepared seaweed salad, for serving


1...Whisk together soy sauce,garlic,sesame oil, yuzu juice,lime juice,garlic,sesame seeds, vinegar,wasabi powder, and sugar in a large bowl.

2...Add tuna to mixture and toss to coat. Season with pepper,to taste. Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes.

3...Place a bit of seaweed salad in the bottom of a small dish. Top with tuna and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

4...Chef's note...Yuza is a sour Japanese citrus fruit you can purchase in some supermarkets and in Asian grocery stores. If you can't find it, substitute 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon orange juice.

sounds wonderful...DR LEE

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room opens at Disneyland Park:

"Let's all sing like the birdies sing!"
Who can resist the guilty pleasure of singing along with the hosts of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room: Jose, Fritz, Pierre and Michael (even if it's quietly so no one can hear you). Walt's celebration of Polynesian culture features a menagerie of about 150 singing, talking and dancing birds, flowers, tiki gods, drummers and a magical fountain. This attraction opened on June 23, 1963, and was the first to feature the now-famous technology of Audio-Animatronics figures, bringing the talented entertainers of the attraction to life in a way never before seen.

Trivia: Dole Whip is a refreshing pineapple treat served outside the Enchanted Tiki Room at the Tiki Juice Bar. The treat is also served at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort and on one island in Hawai`i. On which island can you fing Dole Whip???

Love Hawai`i, been there six times...DR LEE

ANSWER...Dole Whip is also served at the Dole Plantation on O`ahu, just a 30-minute scenic drive from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Taste of Disney:

Portobello Mushroom Flatbread Pizza;

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta:
Disneyland California Adventure Park-Paradise Pier

From lemon-oregano chicken kabobs to five-cheese ravioli, there is no shortage of delicious menu items at the new restaurants at Paradise Pier. Here is one of the most popular dishes at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta:

1... one (6x11 inch) flatbread

2...1/2 cup grated mozzarella chesse

3...Handful fresh spinach leaves

4...one Portobello mushroom, thinly sliced

5...two or three marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced

6...two Tbsp. prepared basil pesto


1...Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place crust on a lightly greased baking sheet.

2...Spread marinara evenly on crust. Sprinkle cheese over marinara. Top with spinach, mushroom and artichokes.

3...Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and edges are golden brown.

4...Dollop with pesto before serving.

sounds great,lunch/dinner served...DR LEE

Saturday, August 6, 2011

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' sails to billion-dollar mark:

Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" crossed the $1 billion mark in global box office tickets sales on July 2,2011, making it the 8th film in history to reach this threshold. This is The Walt Disney Studio's 4th title to earn a place in this exclusive list, with no other studio achieving more than one. Five of the 10 biggest films of all time are now from The Walt Disney Studios.

great movie...DR LEE

Friday, August 5, 2011

Keep our animal guests healthy and happy:

Treat our visiting ducks, cats, squirrels and other animal guests with the same world-class service as our human guests. To keep them healthy and happy, please avoid giving them food, picking them up or approaching them. Designated feeding stations have been set up with healthy food for the animals, and they are each receiving veternarian checkups, vaccinations, and spay/neuter procedures. By not feeding the animals additional food, you can do your part to protect our furry and feathered friends.

Rivers of America is a great place to see many of these "guests."...DR LEE

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The sweet scent of new Orleans:

Can you smell something sweet in the air in New Orleans Square? No, it's not the Monte Cristo sandwiches or the mint juleps. That fragrant aroma is wafting from the recently opened Mlle.Antoinette's Parfumerie. The store is filled with fragrances for men and women from many of today's top designers, including Givenchy, Guerlain, Christian Dior, Acqua di Parma and Emilio Pucci. Three scents are Disney-exclusive and can only be found at Disney parks.

What's old is new again:

The store may be new, but its history dates back to the opening of New Orleans Square. When the store first opened in 1966-under the same name-guests were able to create their own unique scents in a glass bottle with the shop's name on it. The store closed in 1996 and became Jewel of Orleans, an estate jewelry shop.
Many of the original fixtures are still in place, including a grand chandelier that was discovered by Lillian Disney, Walt Disney's wife. during one of her antique shopping excursions. The mirrors behind the counter are the original mirrors that were hand painted by Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond. The images of birds and flowers were reverse painted, a technique in which the design is painted onto the back of the glass and affixed to the mirror.

remember looking from Club 33 and seeing so many nice things inside this shop...DR LEE

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ImagiNations; Dream, Design,Diversify...

Future Imagineers in the making...

Walt Disney Imagineering's 2011 ImagiNations Design has come to a close. Now in it's 20th year, ImagiNations provides a showcase for students with a talent for integrating innovative and diverse ideas combined with a passion for Disney. Selected from schools and institutions throughout the United States, participants use their technical, artistic and creative skills to propose a Disney attraction,resort hotel, restaurant or entirely new experience or product. Top honors were announced June 17,2011 with $3,000 awarded to first-place winners from the University of Southern California for their jungle-themed thrill attraction. Second place went to North Carolina State University students for their interactive concert attraction, and third place to San Diego State University students for their haunted-mine themed attraction. Several finalists have accepted summer internships at WDI,where they will work alongside Imagineers.

so much future talent...DR LEE

Thought of the day:

"Reflect on your present blessings,of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

Charles Dickens, English Novelist

interesting...DR LEE

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wilderness Explorer Camp:

Disney California Adventure Park welcomes new friends to the neighborhood this summer. Russell,the aspiring Wilderness Explorer, and Dug, the talkative golden retriever from the Disney/Pixar animated feature "Up," are welcoming guests to the new Wilderness Explorer Camp at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. As guests enter the trail they will have an opportunity to meet Dug. Kids will be given a map and can earn Widerness Explorer Badges by completing a series of activities. A Wilderness Explorer Guide will lead a special ceremony in the Ahwahnee Camp Circle with Russell, in which young guests engage in activities, allowing them to become official Senior Wilderness Explorers.

sounds fun...DR LEE

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bartender Wisdom, by DR LEE:

1... "A smile is a passport that will take you anywhere you want to go."

2..."I never drink water. Look at the way it rusts pipes."
-W.C. Fields

3..."It takes time to be a woman."

and finally...

4...customer... I say bartender, isn't it a lovely day?

bartender... Have you come here to drink or just talk?

Enjoy your day...DR LEE

D23/Disney Expo:

The D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans, is right around the corner. Scheduled August 19-21 at the Anahiem Convention Center, the Expo will feature a first look at the next generation of Disney theme parks and attractions, exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Disney films and ABC and Disney Channel television shows, and eye popping collection of never-before-displayed items in the Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives exhibit.

Friday, August 19,2011...
The event opens with the 2011 Disney Legends Ceremony. The newest inductees to receive the highest honor of The Walt Disney Company include Regis Philbin; Jim Henson; Disney Princeeses Jodi Benson, Paige O'Hara, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin and Anika Noni Rose; Bo Boyd; Jack and Bonita Wrather; Guy williams; and Ray Watson. Guests will also get a behind-the-scenes look at projects in the works for Disney parks around the globe.

Saturday, August 20,2011...
Guests will get a preview of upcoming films from The Walt Disney Studios, including exclusive video clips, live performances, filmmaker discussions and star appearances. At 6p.m., an advanced screening of "The Lion King" in Disney Digital 3D will be shown.

Sunday, August 21, 2011...
Joe Quesada, Marvel's cheif creative officer, will share the evolution of Marval beginning with its first comic book in 1939. Then, Disney Channel fans will get the chance to experience a live performance, featuring stars of the hit series "Shake It Up."

See you there...DR LEE

Friday, July 29, 2011

History and Heritage:

Celebrating 45 years New Orleans-style:

Walt Disney and New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro dedicated New Orleans Square on July 24, 1966, making it the only part of Disneyland Park to be designed after an actual city. Walt was quite fond of New Orleans and even found the windup mechanical bird that would be the inspiration for Audio-Animatronics figures during his travels to the Southern city. Walt passed away before his plans for an apartment above New Orleans Square materialized, and the space was later turned into The Disney Gallery. In 2008, Walt's original vision was realized with the opening of the Disneyland Dream Suite.

Trivia: New Orleans Square is home to Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, two famous Disneyland Park attractions. Neither attraction debuted when the land opened in 1966. Which attraction opened first and on what day ??

answer to Trivia question...Pirates of the Caribbean opened first on March 18, 1967, followed by Haunted Mansion on August 9, 1969.

Sad Note...Golden Gate at Disney's California Adventure is missing!!!!!!!
For the past approx. 10 years, since the opening of Disney's California Adventure,when entering,guests would past under the Golden Gate Bridge. No more,as of last week,the Golden Gate Bridge was taken down. Those letters that spelled " California," they have entered the history books.
At Disney's California Adventure, there is a new entrance and the remodling contuines! Next week,that train that was near the entrance, it will be removed to Northern California.
As Walt Disney stated, " As long as there is imagnation left in the world, Disneyland will never be completed."

No worries, I live in the East Bay, (San Franisco), and that Golen Gate is amazing to view from Berkeley...DR LEE so many Redwood Trees!

Monday, July 18, 2011

`Cars 2` showing at White House and Miramar:

To support military families while their loved ones are serving our country,The Walt Disney Company held a special screening of Disney/Pixar's "Cars 2" at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on June 25. The event,which was held in a 1,500-seat theater, was hosted by Disney Ambassador Rene Torrico. On June 15, President Obama welcomed military families to the White House for a pre-release screening of the movie "Cars 2." Director John Lasseter and Roshon Fegan of Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!" spoke to the gathering. Screenings also were held June 24-25 at militiary bases in Virginia Beach, Va. Fort Hood, Texas, and Tampa, Fla.

I was in the U.S. Army from Oct.2,1971 to Oct.2,1977, Chaplin Asst., Fort Ord, California ...DR LEE

A fond farewell to Betty and Wally:

Cast members who worked with Disney Legends Wally Boag and Betty Taylor during their nearly 30 years and 40,000 performances of the Golden Horseshoe Revue At Disneyland Park have fond memories of the two dedicated entertainers who passed away just one day apart on June 3-4.
Betty, who played Sluefoot Sue-the charming, spunky leader of a troupe of western dance hall girls-performed in nearly 45,000 productions of the revue, beginning in 1956 until her retirement in 1987.
Wally, who retired in 1982, played her character's sweetheart, Pecos Bill. He also later appeared on such television shows as the original "Mickey Mouse Club" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," as well as movies, including "The Absent-Minded Professor" and "The Love Bug." Betty was 91 when she passed away, Wally was 90.
After winning the role of Pecos Bill, Wally quickly became one of Walt Disney's favorite comedic actors.
It's been more than 25 years since their final curtain,however, their legacy will live on.

FUN FACT: Wally Boag provided the voice of the Audio-Animatronics parrot Jose in Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.

I remember watching them as a kid/young adult...DR LEE

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Disneyland, 56 years,how do you stay so young?

Today is Disneyland 56th Birthday,I was only 3 years and 27 days old when the park opened.
A dedication speech by Walt Disney at the grand opening of the Park,

"To all who come to this happy place...welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past...and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America...with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."

Walt Disney, July 17, 1955

p.s. Where in Disneyland Park can you find this speech on a plaque?

answer...The Disneyland Park opening speech can be found in Town Square at the base of the flagpole.

See you at the Resort...DR LEE

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bar Humor:

life is about balance, like a clean suit and a dirty martini...

For those who do not understand what a "Dirty Martini" is, let me explain. Having been the bartender of Club 33 and at Mr Stox (Anahiem,Ca. check out their web page,mrstox.com)it is usually either gin or vodka,shaken or stirred in a shaker with lots of ice cubes. Martini is poured into a martini glass which has been chilled. Once in the martini glass,this drink is clear and very cold.
To make it "dirty," the bartender now pours olive juice into this martini. Some guests want their martini little dirty, while others want "extra dirty, more olive juice. Now the bartender will add one or two green olives to this martini and is now served to the guests.

bar is open...DR LEE

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Disney's Friends for Change premieres song on Radio Disney:

"We Can Change the World," the inspiring new pop/rock anthem for Disney's Friends for Change-performed and co-written by 18-year-old actress and Hollywood Records astist Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie, Lemonade Mouth) premiered June 10 on Radio Disney and Disney Channel. The song is available on Disney.com/ProjectGreen and the music Video will be available on iTunes. Coinciding with its Premiere, Disney will donate $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund benefiting global charities. "We Can Change the World" is the third Disney's Change anthem. Previous songs have helped raise more than $800,000 for conservation projects around the globe.

sounds fun...DR LEE

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fun Fact Answers:

1...Jungle Cruise

2...Enchanted Tiki Room

3...Jungle Cruise

4...Jungle Cruise

5...Jungle Cruise

6...Tiki Room

7...Tiki Room

Bar is open...DR LEE

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fun Fact:

Select drinks at Trader Sam's generate effects in the bar, but you will have to go there to discover this yourself. Some drinks are even themed after iconic Disneyland Park attractions. Can you guess which attraction each drink is themed?


2...Rosita's Margarita

3...Schweitzer Falls

4...Piranha Pool

5...Ginger's Pear-adise

6...Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum

7...Krakatoa Punch

Tomorrow,Saturday, July 9th, I shall give the answers to the above questions. The bar is open...DR LEE

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Trader Sam's sets up shop:

The moment you step foot into Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar and hear the bartender yell "Shipwreck" you instantly realize this isn't just any ordinary bar.
After many years as a successful "witch doctor," word of Sam's exotic elixirs spread and he decided there was enough demand to open up a bar that would be convenient for weary travelers. He selected the lush jungle area of the Disneyland Hotel to set up shop.
Sam hired retired and off-duty Jungle Cruise skippers-known for their "skipper humor"-to maintain his bar, and Sam will pay tribute to them by selecting a Skipper of the Year. This year's honoree is Gerry York.
Personal photographs of Trader Sam along with mementos from his travels line the walls of the intimate space. Many of the artifacts were inspired by Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room,Indiana Jones Adventure, the Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea and the 1954 Disney film classic, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
While the Polynesian drinks and menu items, such as the Kahlua Pork Flatbread and the Pu Pu Platter are delightful, it's the small details that bring the bar to life. Some artifacts have found their way from the now-closed Adventure's Club at the Walt Disney World resort, such as the ship in the glass bottle. Other artifacts include a photo of Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian,on a trip south of the border and another show former Jungle Cruise Skipper John Lasseter.

Know before you go:
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar is open 11:30a.m.-1:30a.m. After 8p.m., only guests ages 21 years and above are allowed inside the bar area.There is live entertainment on the patio from 6 p.m.- 10p.m. nightly.

I was once a Jungle Cruise Skipper, before Club 33...DR LEE

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


" Your every action (and mine also) is a direct reflection of our entire organization. So, it's vitally important all of us thoroughly understand our responsibilities...particularly our responsibility for guest relations and safety."

Walt Disney
Welcome letter to cast members, May 15, 1962

almost 10 years old when this was written...DR LEE

History & Heritage:

A primeval journey from New York World's Fair to Disneyland Park.

After its display at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, The Primeval World Diorama opened in 1966 at Disneyland park. At the time of its debut, it was heralded as the world's longest diorama, and it was the only portion of the Ford Magic Skyway attraction from the fair to survive. Walt Disney had plans to transfer the entire attraction, but Ford didn't want to sponsor it beyond the fair. Walt thought the dinosaurs had too much potential to simply get rid of the attraction and decided to transfer them to Disneyland. The question was: where to put them?

Meanwhile, the growth of Disneyland staff necessitated the building of a new administration building. Walt was initially hesitant as he was focused on enhancing his park for the guests. Walt saw the opportunity to accomplish two goals at once. The dinosaurs would have a home, and the new administration building would benefit guests by doubling as the show building for the Primeval World.

as a child, I remember this attraction...DR LEE

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Seaside Souvenirs:

A treasure trove of offerings will line the shelves of a new 1930s-inspired seaside souvenir stand, from classic Disney headwear to a spectrum of World of Color merchandise. If it's a "watchamacallit" or "thing-a-mabob" you seek, check out the array of merchandise for The Little Mermaid-Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Seaside Souvenirs is located in California Adventure.

Paradise Pier restaurants add casual dining locations:

The Disney California Adventure guest experience soon will include a trip to the new quick-service restaurants in Paradise Pier, including the opportunity to relax in the stunning new 900 seat outdoor dining area. Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill are nearing completion to be joined by the return of Corn Dog Castle.

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta... At Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, guests will find Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chicken Pasta in a Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce and Five Chesse Ravioli. Additionally, Pepperoni, Chesse, BBQ Chicken or Portobello Mushroom and Spinach Flatbread Pizzas will be available, and an array of tempting salads.

Paradise Garden Grill...At Paradise Garden Grill, a savory Mediterranean menu with a variety of shewers and kabobs is in order, along with refreshing Greek Salad served with Grilled Pita Bread. Guests also will find shewers and kabobs on the kids' menus, and delicious Baklava for dessert.

are you hungry??? DR LEE

Monday, July 4, 2011

Goofy's Sky School:

Prepare for take-off, Goofy's Sky School is set to take flight. For those who are not "chicken", there will be plenty of chickens...and wacky antics...aboard Goofy's Sky School. And with Goofy as the flight instructor, this crazy coaster should live up to its billing. The attraction is inspired by Disney's "How To" cartoons series of the 1940s and 1950s.
Guests staying at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will have a birds-eye view of Goofy's Sky School as the attraction sits just south of the hotel in Paradise Pier. Goofy's Sky School is set in the location of the former Mulholland Madness which originally opened in 2001 during the premiere of Disney California Adventure Park.

Goofy is so funny...DR LEE

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Little Mermaid, Ariel's Undersea Adventure:

This Disney California Adventure Park major attraction not only is a new spectacular jewel in the transformation of Paradise Pier, but it will be one of the most heartwarming attractions ever to sing its way into guest's hearts-another great reason why this will be a "soundsational" summer at the Disneyland Resort.
From the moment guests enter the queue, they will be serenaded by a medley of songs from the 1989 blockbuster," The Little Mermaid," one of the most beloved Disney films of all time.
Scuttle, the seagull, will greet guests as they pass throuh the broken hull of a shipwreck before they enter Ariel's Grotto and go under the sea to become part of Ariel's world on the ocean floor. Imagineers are especially proud of Ariel's hair as her mane has been animated to appear underwater, suspended and floating, similar to how her hair is always in motion in the film.
Ursula, the evil sea witch, plays a big role in the story. Ursula's Audio-Animatronics figure is 12 feet wide and 7.5 feet tall. She is designed with a squash and stretch function in her torso so that she can bounce along with the music, making her even more bewitching.
Innovative technological advancements and clever special effects help bring this new attraction to life. It is immersive, involved and full of characters from the film. The experience is about fun and the hope is that guests will exit the attraction with huge smiles on their faces...or tears of joy.

Some Facts:

...The attraction experience is approximately 5 1/2 minutes from the time guests load the clam shell to the time they exit the clam shell

...If King Triton looks familiar atop the attraction's main archway, it's because this is the same Triton who once appeared near "The Little Mermaid" meet-and-greet area in Fantasyland

...This attraction also will be included in the new Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort where it will be called "Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid," opening at a later date

...There are 184 Audio-Animatronics characters in the attraction, including the spinning starfish

This is an "amazing" attraction,it's worth the wait...DR LEE

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Historic enhancements for an iconic hotel:

The Disneyland Hotel has a storied history, from the original 87 hotel rooms to the vast lodging and entertainment experience that it is today. Guests now can stay in one of 969 rooms and suites-more than 10 times the number of rooms available on the hotel's opening day. The renovation that begin in 2010 will be complete in 2012.
The grand footprint in the center of the hotel is the courtyard area where guests will enjoy a new, immersive pool and water play area, restaurant and tiki bar.


The Disneyland Hotel towers and rooms have been undergoing a major renovation since 2010, which includes the renaming of the towers to the Adventure, Frontier and Fantasy towers. The rooms feature a stunning new headboard with an artistically carved representation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, including fiber optics on the headboard to create a magical skyline with fireworks.

the Disneyland Hotel courtyard has a new look and two new food and beverage locations which have opened on May 25,2011. Inspired by Adventurelands from Disney parks worldwide, Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's will immerse guests in a tropical setting with tiki torches and themed music.

Tangaroa Terrace is named after one of the tiki gods at the Enchanted Tiki Room in Disneyland Park and the new highly-themed bar, Trader Sam's, is named after the infamous Jungle Cruise "head" salesman and may present a few surprises for guests during their visit. The Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's outdoor dining area will offer a beautiful view of the newly designed Disneyland Hotel courtyard.

Tangaroa Terrace:


...Grilled Cinnamon-spiced Oatmeal Cakes with Island Fruit Compote

All Day:

...Angus 1/3 lb. Hawaiian Teriyaki Chesseburger

...Kalua Pork Flatbread with Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce, Red Onion and Cilantro


...A different Island Plate Dinner served each evening such as Miso-crust ed Salmon, Tamarind-glazed Island Pork Shanks or Panko-crusted Chicken prepared "Katsu"-style. All served with Jasmine Rice, Panko-crusted Long Beans and green Papaya Slaw.

Plus Grab "n" Go items.

Trader Sam's:

Enchanted Tiki Bar

...Classic vinage island cocktails, beer and wine in fun tiki-inspired glassware

...Panko-crusted Long Beans with Sriracha Mayonnaise

...Tamarind-glazed Pork Shanks

...Chicken Lettuce Wraps

...Ahi Poke- Wasabi-Yuzu Marinated Ahi Tuna

sounds nice...DR LEE

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Celebrate All Year!

Apply the price of today's ticket toward the purchase of an Annual Passport at any Main Entrance Ticket Booth during your visit.`

Use the Disney Gift Card instead of carrying cash. It's easy and can be used throughout the Resort. Start with any amount ranging from $5 to $1,500, and reload it at any time. Available for purchase throughout the Disneyland Resort.

Disney Dollars the official currency of the Disneyland Resort. Disney Dollars are available in various denominations and feature limited-edition designs. Great for Disney collectors or giving as gifts.Purchase yours at select locations.

Here Are 4 Good Ways To Safer Days at the Disneyland Resort!

1...No stampeding (Don't Run)

2...Keep your arms, hooves, tusks and tails inside attraction vehicles. (and your hands, feet and legs)

3...On attractions, stay seated with your tail down (you get this one, right?)

4...Keep your paws behind the yellow line. (Don't cross the yellow safety lines at attractions)

Supervise childern at all times! For your safety while on attractions, remain seated with hands, arms, feet and legs inside the vehicle. Childern under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Physical considerations on designated attractions: For Safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure,heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

Courtesy: We work hard to offer a comforable, safe and enjoyable experience for all our Guests. Please assist us by showing common courtesy to fellow Park Guests. Please be respectful of others. Do not use profanity or engage in unsafe, illegal or offensive behavior. Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times.

See you at the Disneyland Resort...DR LEE

A Magical APP for a Magical Vacation!

Get attraction wait times and FASTPASS return times for the park you're in. And find out where Characters are with GPS-enable Park maps. Explore dining options, watch videos, access Park hours and more.

Verizon Wireless subscribers, text MAGIC to 2777 to purchase the application for $1.99. Not a Verizon Wireless subscriber? You can still use your moblie phone to access select information at m.disneyland.com on your moblie web browser.

Amazing the things we can do with our phones. As a kid growing up in the mid- sixty's,a phone was just that, a phone...DR LEE


Capturing the magic is as easy as 1, 2,3.

1...Get a Disney's PHOTOPASS Card from and Disney Photographer.

2...Give your card to photographers all over the Park and load it up with pics.

3...Visit DisneyPhotoPass.com to view,share and order your Disney's PhotoPass photos. You can even create fun keepsakes! Photo pickup and Express Photo Upload are also available at Main Street Photo Supply Co. * Photo's available online for 30 days. Online registration required.

Sounds like fun...DR LEE

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Disney FASTPASS,cut the wait time in 3 easy steps:

FP...(fast pass)Check your TIMES GUIDE for a list of Disney FASTPASS attractions.

Ready to use the FASTPASS service on another attraction? Look at the bottom of your current FASTPASS ticket to find out when you can get another.

1...Each member of your party inserts his or her Park ticket into the FASTPASS kiosk.

2...You'll receive a FASTPASS ticket with a return time so you can go play in the Park instead of waiting in line.

3...Come back during your return time and hop on the attraction with little or no waiting.

4...FASTPASS attractions for Disneyland...Autopia, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Space Mountain, Star Tours.

5...FASTPASS attractions for California Adventure...California Screamin`, Soarin` Over California, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disny SOUNDsational SUMMER!!

June 3-September 5,2011

1...Star Tours-The Adventures Continue, Tomorrowland, take a journey to the farthest reaches of a galaxy far, far,away-with new destinations and new adventures in 3-D! Minimum height 40''/102 cm

2...Mickey's Soundsational Parade! The beat is rockin' the street in this gaint jam session-led by drummer extraordinaire Micky Moouse.This all new experience comes alive with musicians, dancers,Disney Characters and nine newly-designed float units, each telling their own story. Daily: 4:00, 6:30 p.m. Parade Route

3...Magical, A Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Honda! Skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle. Bursts of vivid color and brilliant effects dance in the sky while beloved Disney songs fill the air! Approx. 9:30 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

1...The Little Mermaid-Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Paradise Pier. Visit Ariel's world beneath the waves-an enchanted place filled with songs and Characters from the animated classic!

See you at the Disneyland Resort...DR LEE

The Walt Disney Company recognized for diversity:

DiversityBusiness.com named The Walt Disney Company one of the top 50 businesses leading the way in diverse and multicultural business practices. The list was determined by a survey of more than 750,000 diversity business owners.

In addition, DiversityInc recognized The Walt Disney Company on its list of Top 25 Noteworthy Companies. The company was selected for its emphasis on multicultural marketing as it continues to try to connect with the changing consumer base.

The Westside Center for Independent Living recently presented the Full Life Award to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for providing numerous services for guests with disabilities-including wheelchair-accessible attractions, audio description service and sign language programs. The center is dedicated to helping people with disabilities maintain self-sufficient, productive lives.

way cool, DR LEE

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Downtown Disney Shops:

Fashion boutique Apricot Lane and unique footwear retailer Sanuk are the latest additions to the Downtown Disney District.
Featuring celebrity-inspired trends, Apricot Lane specializes in unique items and brand names that included Miss Me, Free People, Vintage Havana, Chaser and Good Works Make a Difference. In addition to apparel, Apricot Lane also carries jewelry, handbags and accessories.
Also opening in June is Sanuk, a footwear shop offering flip flops, surf sandals, and other beach footwear. Sanuk ( from the Thai word for "fun") first joined Downtown Disney in 2010, opening its first retail store in a temporary location and paving the way for the new flagship location.

I need new flip flops........DR LEE

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cute thought for this day:

" God creates twins whenever he makes a face he really likes."


Friday, June 17, 2011

Disneyland Grad Nite:

On June 15, 1961, Walt Disney threw the original Grad Nite party at Disneyland Park for 8,500 high school seniors from Los Angeles and Orange counties. Fifty years later, Grad Nite has grown into a Southern California tradition, continuing over seven nights this May and June. Although the formal dress code of the early years-suits and ties for gentlemen, dresses and skirts for ladies- has given way to more casual attire, Disneyland Grad Nite remains the ultimate all-night graduation party, with more than 5 million enthusiastic high school seniors celebrating their accomplishments over the past half century in Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom.

I was at Grad Night 1970, Riverside Poly High School, Riverside, California...DR LEE

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seeing stARRRs:

Hollywood came to Disneyland for the " pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" world Premiere. On Saturday, May 7,2011, Disneyland Resort rolled out the "black carpet" and teamed up with The Walt Disney Studios to host the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
The charity benefitted the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which received all proceeds from event ticket sales plus a matching donation from The Walt Disney Company for a total $ 1 million contribution. All four " pirates of the Caribbean" films have premiered along the Rivers of America at Disneyland Park, in front of the beloved Disney parks attraction that inspired them.

A pirates life for me...DR LEE

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

TRON: Legacy' hits the $400 million mark;

Walt Disney Studios' "TRON: Legacy" reached a new milestone recently when it crossed the $400 million worldwide box office threshold, becoming the only one of nine live-action releases from 2010 to do so and the thirteenth live-action Disney film to accomplish this feat. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Records' "TRON: Legacy RECONFIGURED,"featuring remixes of the Daft Punk score, entered the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 16 and landed in the No.1 spot on Billboard's Electronica chart. With the film's recent Blu-ray and DVD release- "TRON: Legacy" is now the No. 1 live-action Blue-ray 3D title of all time.

See you at the movies...DR LEE

Monday, June 6, 2011

Broadcast Services:

While watching " Extreme Makeover Home Edition" you realize that the family featured is enjoying themselves at Disneyland while their dream home is being built. Or perhaps you see a commercial promoting Star Tours-The Adventures Continue at Disneyland or listening to Mark & Kristin of KOST 103.5 FM broadcast live from Sleeping Beauty Castle. Perhaps your family watches the TV special, Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Ever wonder who is behind the scenes of those projects? That team is Broadcast Services and they are right in our backyard.
Broadcast Services provides a specialized service for our Disney partners. From initial project request to the completion of the final product, this team of cast members plan project logistics for any professional camera crew that comes to shoot at the Disneyland Resort. Whether it's staying on budget, hiring a jib camera operator or handling talent, this team manages all of the preplanning work.
Once a project is accepted, it is assign to a production manager that determines a shooting schedule and works closely with a Broadcast logistics manager. Together, they set up all the shooting elements in our theme parks, always keeping our guests in mind. Broadcast Services want to create minimal impact on these guests and their stay in the theme parks.
Once a project is planned, a crew tapes all required shots, whether it's a commercial, a scripted TV segment, live-to-tape TV special or B-ROLL ( footage used to complete an edited piece). With every detail already planned out, the team is perpared to capture the moments that soon air on TV. And those billboards or magazine ads? Those logistics are arranged by this team as well.
Broadcast Services also deals with the lighting and technical expertise needed to support all projects. Anything you see that takes place at the resort comes through this team. That could be a 'Dancing with the Stars' segment, a live weather hit on ABC or the video updates at Blue Sky Cellar. Without this teams help,these projects would not become reality.
After the footage has been utilized, what Happens then? Much of it is edited and downloaded into Media Asset Management Systems. Staff Editor and Department Archivist teams keep track of all department footage which traces back to the construction of Disneyland itself. Then, when clients are producing a project and need additional footage to tell the story, they request specific footage to insert as a background to a voiceover or to enhance a specific message.
So whether it's for TV production or radio remotes, Broadcast Services plays an important role in the success of thousands of projects a year used to market the Resort. It takes a lot of planning, but to them,it's just show business!


Broadcast Services manages, coordinates, shoots, edits and executes projects for 34 different clients including Public Relations, Promotions, Marketing Special Events, Original Programming, WDPRO, Entertainment, Sales, and synergy partners such as ABC-TV, WDI, the Disney Channel,ESPN, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and Buena Vista Marketing.

Amazing group of cast members...DR LEE

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Disneyland and Guest Service,taking it to the next level:

New guide for guests with disabilities.

This month, a new guide was made available to cast members- the Services for Guests with Disabilities Guide. This tool helps us to provide the best service possible to all guests, no matter how they experience the Disneyland Resort. Cast Members can use this guide to educate themselves on disability etiquette, details about guest with service animals, and tips on how to best assist guests with mobility, hearing and visual disabilities.

Having been part of the magic at the Disneyland Resort, I have seen first hand how Guests enjoy their stay. From a small child seeing Micky Mouse for the first time in person, to young adults having fun without parents to parents on a "date night" enjoying their time together. So no matter what shape you are in, chances are good your stay, at the Disneyland Resort will be amazing.

See you at the Park...Dr Lee A.K.A. Tigger

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hawaiian culture and traditions:

This August, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa located in Ko Olina on the island of O'ahu, will open its doors to the public. In anticipation of the opening, here are a few facts about Hawaii.

Lei greetings of aloha:

Lei is a Hawaiian word for garland or wreath and one of the most recognizable symbols of aloha. To the islanders, the lei is more than a string of flowers- it represents a deep and abiding part of the Hawaiian culture.
During the "Boat Days" of the early 1900s, lei vendors lined the pier at Aloha Tower to welcome visitors to the islands. It is saided that departing visitors would throw their lei into the sea in hopes that, like the lei, they too would return to the islands again someday.
A lei is created to be given to another for a special reason and as a sign of affection. It is a tradition to present a lei to greet, honor, celebrate, congratulate and express love to others for many occasions including birthdays, anniversaries,retirement, graduations or weddings. Different lei material have different uses and significance in Hawaiian culture. A hula dancer may wear a lei bearing symbolism for the story or the island for which the song was written. For expectant mothers, only open lei are appropriate. Never present a pregnant woman with a closed lei.
Lei may be maded of fresh flowers and foliage such as ti leaves, ferns,vines or seeds. More permanent and long lasting lei may be created fron shells, kukui nuts, feathers or even paper and silk.
When being presented a lei, the receiver should acknowledge the presenter by standing still and bending slightly if needed so the person can easily place the lei over the neck. The proper way to wear a lei is draped over the neck and shoulders, hanging in front and back. Should the lei prove too fragrant for the recipient, it is acceptable to place it nicely in an area where it may be more appreciated from a distance.
Wearers should be mindful when discarding a lei as it should never be discarded casually or in the trash. If not kept as a keepsake, traditionally, florals or foliage should be returned to the earth after removing the string.

Common Hawaiian words and phrases:

Aloha- greetings, hello,goodbye, affection, love

Aloha kakahiaka- good morning

Aloha 'auinala- good afternoon

Aloha ahiahi- good evening

Plural word for lei: lei (same as singular)

Aloha, see you in Hawaii...DR LEE

May 28,1966- 'it's a small world' opens at Disneyland Park:

Walt Disney's vision of brotherhood and friendship was brought to life by Disney Legend Mary Blair for the 1964 New York World's Fair. When the attraction was moved to Disneyland Park in 1966, Mary also designed the fanciful external facade. The soundtrack "it's a small world" was written by Richard and Robert Sherman from Walt's clear instructions-that the song represent childern as the light of the future, worldwide. The song may be the catchiest Disney attraction theme song of all time, also enjoyed by visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Let's all sing... "it's a small world after all,"...........DR LEE

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thought for the day:

It takes alot of courage to tell others about your "Dreams."

Cheers...DR LEE

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Disney's Alaskan "True Life Adventures":

When the Disney Wonder began cruising to Alaska on May 3, 2011, it wasn't the first time Disney has had a presence in the state.
There are several movies, documentaries and made-for-TV shows that Disney has made about or set in Alaska.

Most prominent are "Seal Lsland" (1948) and "The Alaskan Eskimo" (1953), both crafted from footage taken by Disney Legends Alfred and Elma Milotte, a husband-and-wife team of nature photographers.

"Seal Island" was the first "True-Life Adventure" and won the Academy Award for Best Two-Reel Documentery Short Subject of 1948. When Walt Disney saw the Milottes' Alasken wildlife footage, he commissioned them to film more, which they did over a year's time in 1947. Walt even traveled to Alaska in August 1947 with his daughter, Sharon, to check in on the Milottes' filming. Captivated by the footage of fur seals off the Alaskan coast, Walt used it to create the 27-minute "Seal Island."

"The Alaskan Eskimo" was the first of many People and Places featurettes and also was developed from the Milotte footage of 1947. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentery Short Subject of 1953.

"A Salute to Alaska"-1967

" A Salute to Alaska" marked Walt Disney's final introduction as the host of his Wonderful World of Color TV series. " A Salute to Alaska" was narrated by Ludwig von Drake and featured figures from Alaska's history including Czarina Anna Ivanovna, Peter the Great, Vitus Bering, and William Seward, all animated by Ward Kimball. Three 16mm films were released in 1973 from footage in " A Salute to Alaska': How Alaska Joined the World, Alaska's Bush Pilot Heritage, and The Alaskan Gold Rush.

Never been to Alaska,sounds nice...DR LEE

Thursday, May 5, 2011

How many Disney Theme Parks and Disney Cruise Ships:

There are 11 Disney theme parks located within 5 Disney Resorts around the world! However,approx. 5 years from now, there will be a 6th Disney Resort when Shanghai Disney Resort opens.

Let's take a look at these 11 theme parks:

1...Disneyland Resort:

a...Disneyland Park, opens 1955,the 1st.
b...Disney's California Adventure Park, opens 2001.

2...Walt Disney World Resort:

a...Magic Kindgom, 1971.
b...Epcot, 1981.
c...Disney's Hollywood Studio's, 1989, formely Disney- MGM Studios.
d...Disney's Animal Kingdom, 1998.

3...Tokyo Disneyland Resort

a...Tokyo Disneyland, 1983.
b...Tokyo DisneySEA, 2001.

4...Disneyland Resort Paris.

a...Disneyland Park, 1992. Formely Euro Disneyland
b...Walt Disney Studios Paris, 2002.

5...Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, 2005.

a...Hong Kong Disneyland 2005.

About 5 years from now...

6...Shanghai Disney Resort.

Disney Cruise Ships, currently there are 3,with the fourth setting sail 2012.

1...Disney Magic, July 30,1998.
2...Disney Wonder, Augest 15,1999.
3...Disney Dream, January 26,2011.
4...Disney Fantasy, 2012.

Some fun facts:

Disney Wonder and Disney Magic have 900 staterooms and can have up to 2,400 guests on each cruise. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy both have 1,400 staterooms and can have also up to 4,000 guests on every cruise.
Disney Ships horns play the opening seven-notes from " When you wish upon a star," from Disney's Pinocchio, also Disney ships have the traditional horn. There are no casinos on any Disney Cruise ships, and all ships are built to accommodate parents and kids. When The Disney Fantasy sets sail in 2012, Disney has the option on two more " Dream Class" ships.
Disney has a island located in the Bahamas, "Castaway Cay," used exclusively for Disney Cruise Ships.

cheers...DR lee