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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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cool year 2013 was:

 Looking back at all the fun, memories and good times 2013 was,well let's see:

I have two wonderful daughters and one has already given me a amazing grand-daughter,"Averie" and she will be 4 in March. Having moved to Pleasant Hill, California in 07 to be with my then girlfriend and her two outstanding kids,I continue to live there and grow daily in all that Northern California has to offer.

Traveling between Southern and Northern California a few times each month,my car knows the Interstate 5 freeway well. In my travels, I have made some truly great friends along the way. Thru fog in Bakersfield and rain and snow over the grapevine, it's never the same.

This past year there were two movies that I liked, first was the "Lone Ranger"(Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer) and then there was "Saving Mr. Banks"(Tom Hanks as Walt Disney).

My favorite time at the Disneyland Resort is the holiday season, from Friday the 13th, the 13th year of Haunted Mansion Holiday, Mickey's Halloween Party, Candlelight Ceremony & Processional ( I sang for 5 years in Candlelight,mid 90s) to Happy New Year and all those amazing fireworks, WOW!!!!

So on to 2014,let's see what it will bring. To everyone who reads this, thank you!!!

Dr Lee.......Later

Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013,a look back;

  2013 Disneyland , What will you remember????

 With 2013 in the rear view, it's time to remember what happened at the Disneyland Resort,from January to December.

 Fantasy Faire gave the princesses a new place to call home, and through a Magical Map, good ol` Mickey did roam.

 VoluntEARS marked 30 years of giving that's second to none, and Haunted Mansion Holiday scared up 13 years of frightful fun.

"Unleash the Villains" meant plenty of screams, While Olaf from "Frozen" warmed up "Winter Dreams."

So sit back and enjoy the year in review....

Jan.10...Golden Horseshoe Revue, Miss Lily and her Saloon Girls starred in "A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue"- a Limited Time Magic musical variety shoe inspired by the world-famous Frontierland shoe.

Jan.16...Third-shift Celebration, The hard work of more than 1,100 third-shift Cast Members was celebrated at the Disneyland Hotel.

Jan. 20...Tinker Bell Half Marathon...nearly 200 Cast Members were among the 12,000 runners who went the 13.1-mile distance.

Feb.2...CHOC Tower, The new CHOC Childern's Hospital tower was unveiled, featuring a "Finding Nemo"-inspired lobby and Trutle Talk with Crush show. The project was partially funded by a $5 million contribution from the Disneyland Resort.

Feb.8-13...Lunar New Year, Year of the Snake was celebrated in the traditions of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures at Disney California Adventure Park.

Feb.12...Nearly 600 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Cast, Crew and Imagineers worldwide were notified that they were recipients of the prestigious Walt Disney Legacy Award. The award dinner was held May 7.

Feb. 28...Minnie Moonlit Madness... The night belonged to 1,400 Cast Members and their families and friends during a frenzied, music-themed trivia hunt during the annual event.

March 5-6...15 years of Flashback...The musical Cast production raised $30,000 for charity while celebrating its 15th anniversary with production of its "greatest hits" including "I Love the 80s" and "Gold Rush."

March 6...Heroes work here, The Walt Disney Company announced it surpassed its goal to provide 1,000 career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over a three-year period by hiring more than 1,300 veterans in one year. The new goal: hire 1,000 more veterans over the next two years.

March 12...Fantasy Faire, The new Fantasy Faire, an extension of Fantasyland, officially opened. It features the Royal Hall, where Disney princesses welcome Guests, and the Royal Theatre, where the tales of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tangled" are presened with vaudeville flair.

March 22...New `Disney Junior- Live on Stage!`,Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First join the popular Hollywood Land show.

April 9...Buzz Price gets a window,Disney Legend and economist Harrison "Buzz" Price, who helped Walt Disney determine the site for Disneyland, was honored posthumously with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A.

April 13...Something new to marvel, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries opens to Guests at Innoventions in Disneyland Park.

April 22...Earth Day,Get Outside Challenge, Cast Members were encouraged to explore the great outdoors for Earth Month and share their photos for the Get Outside 10K Challenge.

May 1...Disney VoluntEARS mark anniversary, Cast Members celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program.

May 24...Monstrous Summer all-nighter. Cast Members scared up some fun during a 24-hour party at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks to celebrate the release of "Monsters University."

May 25...Mickey & the Magical Map` premieres. A refurbished Fantasyland Theatre welcomed Guests to a new, 22-minute live stage show that features Mickey Mouse and a magical map that comes to life and takes him on a musical adventure he'll never forget.

`Opa! A Celebration of Greece. The Citizens of Greece philosophized with Guests- and trained with Hercules-during `Opa! A Celebration of Greece,"a two-day festival at Disney California Adventure Park.

June 22...`The Lone Ranger` premiere. The stars came out for the premiere of "The Lone Ranger" at Disney California Adventure Park, the park's first-ever movie world premiere. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer walked the red carpet down Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Boulevard-and even the Lone Ranger's faithful horse,Silver, made an appearance.

June 23...The birds are still singing. Walt Disney Enchanted Tiki Room celebreated 50 years of making magic for Guests.

July 1...Disney Gallery and Disnyana get new homes. The Disney Gallery moved to a new space inside The Disneyland Story presenting "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," and Disneyana moved to a spot next door, which now includes a space for artists from the Ink & Paint program.

July 2...Sofia the First debuts. Sofia the First, the princess from storybook world of Enchancia, began greeting fans in Disney California Adventure Park.

July12...Magic outside the berm.  The iconic C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters that welcomed Guests to Disney California Adventure Park for 10 years found a new home at the California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

July 17...Disneyland Resort celebrates its anniversary. Disneyland Resort Cast Members celebrated 58 years of "The Happiest Place on Earth."

July 15-21...The "original" boy band. The Dapper Dans share their take on popular boy band songs from "NSYNC to One Direction.

Aug.7...Canoe Races final. After weeks of practice and qualifying rounds, D.C. Anchor Ladies (women's), OARlords (men) and United (coed) were declared winners of the 50th anniversary Disneyland Resort Canoe Races.

Aug. 9-11...D23 Expo. Disney fans descended upon the Anahiem Convention Center for the three-day D23 Expo.

Aug.14...Don't look into the eyes. A new curse was unleashed in the Indiana Jones Adventure. Guests will never look at the eyes of Mara the same way again!

Sept. 1...Disneyland Half Marathon. Approximately 17,500 runners registered for the race through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Angel Stadium and the streets of  Anahiem.

Sept. 8-14...International Housekeeping Week. Housekeepers across the Disneyland Resort celebrated their hard work with a full week of events, including a banquet at Disney's Grand California Hotel & Spa.

Sept. 12...Service Celebration...Cast Members celebrating a milestone anniversary of 10 years or more were treated to a party just for them in Adventureland, Frontierland and New Orleans Square.

Sept.13...Spookiest time of the year. The Unleash the Villains event kicked off the first day of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, appropriately, on Friday the 13 continued during the 13th year of Haunted Mansion Holiday (which contained a Gingerbread House with 13 Jack Skellington heads) and at the 13 dates for Mickey's Halloween Party.

Sept. 27...Market House reopens. The second Starbucks location at the Disneyland Resort opened in a reimagined Market House on Main Street, U.S.A..

Oct. 9...Little Monsters. Cast Members and their Guests enjoyed some frightful fun at the Little Monsters event in Disneyland Park.

Oct.13...CHOC Walk...This year's Disney VoluntEARS team, comprised of nearly 500 walkers, worked together to raise almost $200,000. In all, this year's CHOC walkers raised $2 million for Childern's Hospital of Orange County.

Oct.19-20. MS 150, This year, 115 Disney VoluntEARS biked 150 miles from Orange County to San Diego in the annual Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour, raising $100,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Nov.1...Tony Baxter gets a window. Disney Legend Tony Baxter, who helped create iconic attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure during his 43 years at WDI, was presented with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A.

Nov.9...Disney VoluntEARS Adventure. Thirty Disney VoluntEars from across the company, including 4 from the Disneyland Resort, spent a week building a classroom in Ecuador as part of Disney;s first Global Service Project.

Nov. 15...The most magical time of the year. The holiday season kicked off with longtime favorites and new celebrations, including "World of Color-Winter Dreams," "Disney Viva Navidad!, Jingle Cruise and a "Frozen"-inspired skating rink in the Downtown Disney District.

Nov.18...`The View` broadcasts live.  "The View" broadcasted live shows all week in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Nov.21...ACT Anahiem. The Disneyland Resort teamed up with Angels Baseball and the Anahiem Ducks to launch Accelerate Change Together for Anahiem,or ACT Anahiem, a grant program to support underserved Anahiem youth.

Dec.4...CHOC Holiday Party...Sixty VoluntEARS brought holiday cheer to almost 400 childern and their families in the annual CHOC Holiday party at CHOC Childern's Hospital, a Food and Beverage team tradition since 2001.

Dec. 7-8   Candlelight Ceremony & Processional. Cast and guest choirs formed the annual "living Christmas tree" at the entrance to the Main Street Train Station, singing beloved holiday music as celebrity narrators Blair Underwood and Kurt Russell read the story of the first Christmas.

Dec 13...Friday the 13th. On Friday the 13th, Front Desk Cast Members at Disney's Paradise Pier upgrade one family to room 1313 for a "spooktacular" experience.

Dec. 20..."Saving Mr. Banks"...Cast Members were among the extras who made it into the final cut of the Walt Disney Studio's film, inspired by the true story of how Walt Disney persuaded P.L. Travers to allow him to turn her book, "Mary Poppins" into one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

What a great year...Dr Lee

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Disneyland goes back in time for Saving Mr. Banks:

 In addition to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, the stars of the soon-to-be released "Saving Mr. Banks," there's a supporting role that shares the film's spotlight- Disneyland.

 The movie about Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his mission to persuade "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) to allow him to turn his daughters' favorite book into a movie includes scenes filmed at Disneyland over two days in early November 2012. But it was no easy task to transform modern-day Disneyland into the young park of the early 1960s for the Walt Disney Studios' film. Cast and Imagineers recreated costumes, poster art, balloons-even the Floral Mickey-to ensure the movie would capture the period detail of 1961 Disneyland.

 Resort Enhancement played a critical part in recreating window displays that were representative of 1961 Disneyland. Even attraction posters were recreated like those that lined the fence in front of the floral Mickey in 1961.

Resort Enhancement played a critical part in recreating window displays that were representative of 1961 Disneyland. In the 1960s, the Emporium  was a lease shop and a bronze castle hung under the Elias Disney window on Main street, U.S.A., and Resort Enhancement had the task of sourcing historically accurate props to use in the window displays.

 Cast Members were among the hundreds of extras who came out during filming at Disneyland,portraying both Cast Members and Guests. The making of Mary Poppins, which was released in 1964 and won five of its 13 Academy Awards nominations-an unsurpassed record for the Walt Disney Studios.It was amazing to see-to actually think that Tom Hanks,who remained in character,even between takes and looked and spoke just like Walt Disney to all those involved, will be a day remembered for decades.

Let's go to the movies...popcorn...Dr Lee

Inspired by real events:

 When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book. P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise- one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his guest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly,uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. When Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles, Walt pulls out all the stops, including imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman Brothers. But the prickly author doesn't budge-until Walt reaches into his own childhood and discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers. Together, they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Chill with the penquins:

 From December 16-22, Guests have the opportunity to meet Mary Poppins, Bert and chill with some penquins in front of Disney Animation at Disney California Adventure Park. As Guests exit the location, they will receive a "Saving Mr. Banks" movie poster.

Did You Know:

P.L. Travers' father was the inspiration for the story's patriarch, Mr. Banks.

P.L.Travers visited Disneyland with Disney story department head Bill Dover on Easter Sunday, 1961, just before the "Mary Poppins" story meetings. They had access to Walt's apartment and made use of Walt's special electric car at the park.

"Mary Poppins" won Oscars for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song ("Chim-Chim-Cher-ee" by Richard and Robert Sherman).

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cool new makeovers:

 A winter chill has descended on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland, prompting the creation of two new transformations inspired by Disney's new animated movie, "Frozen."

 For a limited time, Guests may choose from Anna or Elsa wigs, shimmering makeup,face gems, nail polish, a Princess sash and cinch bag. For an additional fee, Guests can purchase the Anna or Elsa costume and crown plus imaging package. The offer ends January 3,2014, or while supplies lasts.

 After the transformation, Guests can visit Anna and Elsa in their new location between Village Haus and Pinocchio's Daring Journey in Fantasyland.

Reservations are available at 714-781-7895.

next year, taking my 4 year old granddaughter, "Averie", to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique...Dr Lee"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Making movies in Disneyland:

Only a handful of films include scenes filmed in Disneyland, among them the 1962 comedy "40 Pounds of trouble" with Tony Curtis and 1996's "That Thing You Do," which was written and directed by Tom Hanks. Coincidentally, the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," which also has scenes shot in Disneyland, stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

 "40 Pounds of Trouble" was the first film allowed to shoot inside Disneyland. In it, Tony Curtis plays a Nevada casino manager who must take care of a cute but mischievous 8-year-old girl (played by Claire Wilcox) and winds up on a wild chase through Disneyland. In "That Thing You Do,"the bass player of a small-town band that hits the big time in 1964 runs off to join the Marines. As the band frantically searches for him, the scene cuts to him fulfilling his last wish: riding the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Waiting for Saving Mr Banks...Dr Lee

Friday, December 6, 2013

Diane Disney Miller, 1933-2013

 Diane Disney Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt Disney and co-founder of a museum dedicated to preserving his legacy, passed away November 19,2013 in Napa, California at the age of 79.

 Diane Disney Miller, co-founded The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in 2009. At the time of her passing, she was president of the board of directors of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the museum.

 She was well known for her extensive philanthropic work and played a key role in the completion of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She and her husband, former Disney CEO Ronald W. Miller, owned the Silverado Vineyards in Napa Valley.

 Diane Disney Miller paid a rare visit to the Disneyland Resort June 8, 2012, days before the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure Park, and posed with the Storytellers statue of her father at Carthay Circle.

Diane Disney Miller and her younger sister, Sharon, who passed away in 1993, have long been recognized as Walt's inspiration for building Disneyland.

So much history ...Dr Lee

Company D celebrates 25 years:

 On December 2,1988, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, credit cards in hand, were among the first Cast Members at the ribbon-cutting for Company D, the exclusive Cast Member store featuring unique and authentic Disney theme park merchandise at discounted prices. The store's original location was in a trailer at Harbor Pointe: after a couple of temporary moves, in 1996, it moved into a trailer at the Katella Cast Member Lot, and then into a business park on Anahiem Boulevard before moving to its current warehouse at 1601 E. Cerritos Ave. in Anahiem in 2008.

 Those who have visited know that Company D is home to a plethora of offerings, including graphic apparel, attraction and character-inspired merchandise, art, collectibles, accessories, seasonal merchandise, timepieces, Vinylmation, Disney pins and more-all at deeply discounted prices. Its current location also includes grocery items, as well as visual displays, props and other unique items from around the resort, offered by Property Control.

Lots of items have been sold, from a banana to a minivan, everything sells!!!!

 All that is required for entry is a valid Company ID.

Amazing things I have seen there and bought...Dr Lee

Friday, November 22, 2013

HAPPY 85th, Mickey Mouse:

 He's a familiar friend, a corporate icon and the leader of the club that's made for you and me. He has appeared in hundreds of animated shorts, feature films and TV shows, and serves as the official host of Disney theme parks around the globe. He's more recognizable than Santa Claus and represents the timeless spirit of Walt Disney. And as the world's most famous mouse marks 85 years of delighting the young and the young-at-heart, he's still as lively, playful and beloved as ever.

 Mickey Mouse owes his existence to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the star of several successful Disney cartoons in the late 1920s. After falling out with his distributor, Walt lost not only his rights to Oswald but most of his animation staff as well. Down but not out, he began imagining a new character and used his wife, Lillian, as a sounding board. He described a mischievous yet charming mouse, and everyman who finds himself in scrape after scrape but always pulls himself out at the end. The legend goes that Lillian liked everything but the name-Mortimer-and suggested the more genial "Mickey" instead.

 Working with close collaborator Ub Iwerks, one of the few animators who hadn't deserted him, Walt continued to develop his idea until Mickey Mouse, along with Minnie Mouse, made their public debut in "Steamboat Willie" on November 18,1928. The short- also the first-ever synchronized sound animation-was an instant hit, and a series of Mickey cartoons soon followed. By the 1930s Mickey was a genuine phenomenon, with his amiable grin appearing in cinemas across the country as well as on dozens of products such as toys, books and watches. In the decades that followed, he experienced myriad cosmetic and wardrobe changes but rarely strayed from his core traits: a cheerful disposition, an intrepid spirit  and a calming voice of reason in often chaotic surroundings.

 Of the hundreds of memorable and well-loved characters Disney has introduced to the world, none ever held the same place in Walt's heart as Mickey. The man and the mouse are inextricably linked: not only did Walt dream up his little friend and imbue him with much his own personality, he also provided Mickey's voice for many years. Sculptures of the pair grace Disney theme parks around the world, including the Partners statue in Disneyland Park (celebrating its 20th anniversary on November 18,2013), and the Storytellers statue in Disney California Adventure Park.

 Reminiscing on his longtime "partner" who helped him create a global entertainment empire from scratch, Walt once said: "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, that it all was started by mouse".

Not bad for 85 years young...Dr Lee

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Are those sleigh bells jingling?

 It's almost that time of the year: On November 12,2013, the Disneyland Resort will transform into a winter wonderland with special attractions, entertainment, d├ęcor, food and beverage and merchandise, making this "The Merriest Place on Earth."

 New this year in Disney California Adventure Park, Guests will bask in the holiday glow of "World of Color-Winter Dreams" (beginning November 15), hosted by Olaf the snowman from the upcoming animated feature "Frozen." Plus, the new Disney Viva Navidad! celebration, also beginning November 15, will bring the joyous spirit of the Latino culture to Paradise Gardens with festive entertainment, holiday cuisine special Three Kings Day celebration January 3-6 2014.

 At Disneyland Park, Guests will enjoy the dazzling "Believe...in Holiday Magic" fireworks show and the sparkling lights of Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, both ending in majestic snowfall. Other returning favorites include "A Christmas Fantasy Parade," "it's a small world" Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Love the Disneyland Resort at Christmas...Dr Lee

Monday, October 28, 2013

13 things you didn't know about Haunted Mansion Holiday

1... Every night, more than 100 jack-o-lanterns shine their ghoulish light.

2... The character pyramid seen while borading was originally designed as an Advent calendar that revealed a new magical box for each of the 13 weeks.

3...The model for Madame Leota in the original Haunted Mansion was Imagineer Leota Toombs, and in Haunted Mansion Holiday, the model is Imagineer Kim Irvine, her daughter.

4...Each year, "Sandy Claws" covers the graveyard with 7,500 square feet of ghostly white snow.

5...It takes "boo"-kets of ultraviolet paint (over 20 gallons) to enhance the snow's eerie glow.

6...In the graveyard, the trees are decked with 1,000 frightfully festive tiny orange lights.

7...There are more than 70 pumpkins covering the snow mountain in the graveyard.

8...Each season, thousands of feet of "black gnarly" garland is draped and hung...here and there.

9...Jack's faithful dog Zero gathered more than 200 bones to use as decor, garland and presents.

10... More the 2 dozen additional animated figures " marterialize" during Haunted Mansion Holiday.

11...The list of names that drops out of the gaint snake's mouth in the attic (second from left) represents the names of Cast Members involved with Haunted Mansion Holiday.

12...Creepy cobwebs are artistically kept (not swept) year-round to make the Jack Skellington and 999 happy haunts feel right at home.

13...Every year, Madame Leota celebrates the 13 days of Christmas with 13 fortune cards.

very cool...Dr Lee

History and Heritage:

 Tim Burton's  "The Nightmare Before Christmas," which was released 20 years ago on Oct. 29,1993, began with a poem Burton wrote a decade earlier. The story was initially considered for short film or 30-minute television speacial, but Disney released the film, directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton , as a full-length, stop-motion animated feature (originally under the Touchstone Pictures label)>

 It tells story of Pumpkin King Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon) and his obsession with bringing Christmas to Halloween Town. More than 227 puppets were used to represent the characters in the movie, which included Sally (voiced by Catherine O'Hara), and Ken Page voicing the villainous Oogie Boogie. Even two decades later, the film's strong visuals, dark comedy and original music (composed by Danny Elfman) continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences worldwide.

 The 20th anniversary edition of the movie is now available in Blu-Ray and DVD. In addition, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood will host a 20th anniversary "scare-edration" with showing of the movie in Disney Digital 3-D (with 4-D sensory effects) now through Nov. 3,2013.

FUN FACT: Composer Danny Elfman also voiced Jack's singing voice as well as Barrel and the "Clown with the Tear-Away Face."

Great movie....Dr Lee

Monday, October 7, 2013

Saving Mr Banks, Xmas time:

 Last night,October 6th, saw the movie "Gravity", good one, however, also saw the trailer to the up coming movie "Saving Mr. Banks".
 Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, with Emma Thompson, the making of Mary Poppins, this looks to be great. Sometime around Xmas this will be in the theatres,a feel good movie for the Xmas Holidays.
Mary Poppins receive 13 Academy Award nominations, and brought home 5 Oscars.

Line starts here....Dr Lee

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Disneyland Hotel opens:

In 1954, Walt Disney approached Texas oilman and television pioneer Jack Wrather with the idea of building an upsacle]hotel for Guests to Walt's planned theme park. An agreement was reached to place the hotel on 60 acres of leased land near the exit of what would be the Disneyland parking lot. The Disneyland Hotel welcomed its first Guests on Oct. 5,1955, nearly three months after Disneyland opened. Just seven of the hotel's 104 rooms were ready for occupancy the first day.

 Expansion began almost immediately and would continue for decades. In the early 60's, a helicopter landing pad and 40-acre golf center were added. In 1961, the extended monorail opened, connecting the hotel directly to Disneyland. By 1978, the hotel had grown to a complex of three towers with more than 1,400 rooms, a marina and convention center.

 In 1988, The Walt Disney Company purchased the Disneyland hotel, and in 1999, the last remaining original buildings were removed in preparation for the expansion of the Disneyland Resort. In 2011, the hotel's latest renovation was completed, including the transformation of the three towers and 975 Guests rooms, lobby,convention center, pools and the addition of Tangaroa Terrace restaurant and Traders Sam's-Enchanted Tiki Bar.

To cool...Dr Lee

Friday, September 20, 2013

You're invited to:

 Mickey's Halloween Party:


 Sept. 27, Oct. 1,4,8,11,15,18,21,23,25,28,30 &31


Disneyland Park...


 Mickey Mouse is pulling out all the stops for a frightfully fantastic private Halloween bash in the ultimate Disney neighborhood, Disneyland Park. With the purchase of a Mickey's Halloween Party passport, Guests may dress in their Halloween best to enjoy 15 frightfully fun treat trails, exclusive entertainment, photo locations and special appearances by the Disney villains.

 This year, Mickey has a few new tricks up his sleeve. Before Mickey's Halloween Party begins, Guests may trick-or-treat with their favorite Toontown characters in the "tooniest neighborhood of all" during the all-new Mickey's Toontown Pre-Party. Plus, everyone's invited to get spooky with it at the Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland Terrace with everyone's favorite monsters, Mike and Sclley.

 Returning for an encore performance, Guest's won't want to miss the dearly departed boy band, the Cadaver Dans, on the murky, fog-filled Rivers of America.

only at the Disneyland Resort,spooky Halloween,enjoy...Dr Lee

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

This is Halloween Time:

 The Happiest Place on Earth is about to get spookier with oodles of ghoulish delights when Halloween Time begins on Friday, Sept. 13, through Oct.31 this year:

 Guests will enjoy an array of tricks and treats at Disneyland Park, including frightfully fun Disney villains, Mickey Mouse and friends in Halloween costumes, a Dia de los Muertos celebration and seasonal tranformations of Space mountain: Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Plus, starting Sept. 27, Guests may dress in their Halloween best when Mickey's Halloween Party returns for 13 spooktacular nights.

 At Disney California Adventure Park, Mad T Party stirs in the right amount of Halloween spice for a devilishly delicious "All Hallows Eve T." Guests will go mad as a hatter at this party with new music, new dances and a few ghoulish surprises. Guests can also "drop" in at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Halloween at the Resort....ghoulish isn't it....Dr Lee

Monday, September 16, 2013

Unleashing the Villains:

Friday the 13th is regarded as a strange date on the calendar, a date when extra mischief lurks in the air. Who better to celebrate mischief than our Disney Villains? On Friday, Sept.13, after dusk, the Disneyland Resort will fall under the power of some villainous friends who will party until the 13th hour during Limited Time Magic's "Unleash the Villains" event.

 The event was first announced in October 2012 in New York City. Since the announcement, our Disney Enterainment team has been cooking up all sorts of amusing trouble for our Guests and their infamous hosts. "Sometimes the most wicked Disney Characters are the most fun when the time comes to party," and, this event is built completely around the villains, giving everyone a great opportunity to have a different kind of fun, according to Disneyland Resort.

 Whether our visiting villains are traveling from the underworld, Wonderland or Never Land, they will be bringing their dancing shoes. Guests will be greeted at a transformed train station, covered in cobwebs and spooky lighting. DJs hosting the event will announce our guests of honor at 13 minutes past each hour, leaving them to dance and cavort throughout the party. Town Square, New Orleans Square, Hollywood Land...all will be swallowed pu in spooky fun with a great collection of devious friends set to entertain right up to the 13th hour(1a.m.)

This event is designed to bring a little chill up the spine...one night of malevolent mischief, all part of Limited Time Magic.


1...The fear of Friday the 13th is known as "paraskavedekatriaphobia"

2...Several Hotels and Hospitals skip the 13th floor out of superstition

3...It's not clear when or why Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck. One theory is that 13 suffers from coming after the more pleasing number 12, which gets to number of months, the days of Christmas and even the eggs in a dozen

4...The longest period that can occur without a Friday the 13th is 14 months

5...In some Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th is considered a day of bad luck

6...Author Mark Twain was once the 13th guest at a dinner party. Friends warned him not to go, saying it was bad luck. He went anyway and later reported they only had enough food for 12

creepy...Dr Lee

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Arrr, Matey!

Pirates League comes ashore, again:

 For those of you who made the Pirates League part of  your Halloween Time experience last year, good news- it's back!!!! For a limited time begining Sept. 13,2013, the Pirates League will come ashore, taking over part of Big Thunder Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland Park.

 Landlubbers will be transformed into the most swashbuckling of pirates, receive a sea-worthy name, train with some of the league's most veteran Pirate Masters, take the official Pirates League Oath and learn the ways of the scurvy sea dogs as they apply yer buccaneer beard, scars, earrings and eye patches.

Available packages include Jake and the Never Land Pirates, the First Mate, and Empree (for all the pirate princesses). Packages range from $29.95-$34.95.

Special tip: Landlubbers beware!!!!! Reservations on Mickey's Halloween Party nights will book fast, so call 714-781-STYLE, or you may have to walk the plank.

Love this time of year at the Disneyland Resort....Dr Lee

History & Heritage:

 Welcome to "Mickey Mouse Park":

 Just seven years before Disneyland opened, Walt Disney was already imagining the possibilities a theme park of his own might hold. After traveling to the Chicago Railroad Fair and Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in Dearborn,Mich., with animator Ward Kimball, an important document was sent to production designer Dick Kelsey on August 31, 1948, detailing Walt Disney's vision for a "Mickey Mouse Park" to be located across the street from the studio lot in Burbank.

 This document foreshadowed many of the attractions and areas Disneyland would later contain when it opened on July 17,1955, including a main street, frontier town, Indian village, horse-drawn street cars, and of course, a train. "The Main Village," an area that echoes what we know today as Town Square in Disneyland.

"The Main Village, which included the Railroad Station is built around a villaga green or informal park. In the park will be benches, a bandstand, drinking fountain, trees and shrubs. It will be a place for people to sit and rest,mothers and grandmothers can watch over small childern at play. I want it to be very relaxing, cool and inviting."

Walt Disney

amazing...Dr Lee

Saturday, September 7, 2013

First Masai giraffe born at Disney's Animal Kingdom:

The first Masai baby giraffe born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Florida was recently named in an online poll on the Disney Parks Blog. The male calf was named Mosi, which means "first." The giraffe, born last spring, explored the Kilimanjaro Safris savanna for the first time July 30,2013.

There are two types of giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park_Masai giraffes, which have dark brown, jagged patches on a cream-colored coat, and reticulated giraffes, which have orange-brown, strictly defined patches separated by bright white lines.

so cute...Dr Lee

AT&T named official wireless provider at U.S. Disney Parks:

 AT&T is now the official wireless provider for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. ATT&T is expanding its network across the resorts and will work with Disney to enhance the experience for the growing number of Guests using smart phones and tablets during their visits. Through the agreement, announced July 24,2013, Disney will also join AT&T to educate Cast Members and Guests about "It Can Wait," AT&T's groundbreaking initiative to educate consumers about the dangers of ""TEXTING"" while ""DRIVING"".

I have a personnal License Plate that reads....Txt L8TR           Dr Lee

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

10 Laws of Bartending:

1...No one orders a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri when your slow.

2...The person who wins the fight over the check is the worst tipper.

3...Last call is always given twice.

4...No one has ever been drunk before.

5...All guests at the bar can get you a better job.

6...No one's at a bar when their spouse calls.

7...All Guests at the bar knows the owner better than you.

8...Anyone who wants to buy you a drink never offers you the money.

9... Everyone leaves their proof of age at home.

10...The owner always has relatives that can bartend.


A thoroughly-married man managed to elude his wife and slip off to a neighborhood emporium, where he promptly asked for a pitcher of martinis. "You mean a glass ,don't you??" the bartender asked! The guest looked enraged: "Now you're beginning to sound like my wife!!"

"Wine is bottled poetry."  Robert Louis Stevenson

"Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life."   George Bernard Shaw

'We don't stop laughing because we grow old: we grow old because we stop laughing."   Anonymous

Just something fun,enjoy...Dr Lee

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Try this,amazing:

Garlic Shrimp with Tomatoes,Lemon and Broccoli Rabe:

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Walt Disney World Resort, Sept.27-Nov.11,2013:

 Serves 8:


24 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon coarse salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tablespoon chili powder

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons oil from sun-deried tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

3/4 pound broccoli rabe, cut into thirds

Juice and zest of 1 lemon


1...Season shrimp with salt, pepper, and chili power.

2...Heat olive oil and sun-dried tomatoe oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.

3...Add shrimp and cook for about two minutes, tossing once or twice. Add garlic,tomatoes,and broccoli rabe; cook another two or three minutes, tossing once or twice.

Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

yummy...Dr Lee

Friday, August 23, 2013


 Coming to Downtown Disney:

 This winter, Starbucks lovers will be happy to find their favorite coffee offered in two locations in the Disneyland Resort's Downtown Disney District- the first, in front of the west entrance to World of Disney and the second, at a kiosk location.

 These new locations join  two Disneyland Resort cafes offering Starbucks products: the popular Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure Park, and Market House, which will reopen in September in Disneyland Park.

 The Downtown Disney locations will be operated by Staebucks,while the in-park locations will continue to be operated by Disney.

Like the tea drinks...Dr Lee     p.s.  Have not drank coffee since I was honorable discharged from the Army,1972/1977, Chaplin Asst.

History and Heritage:

 Ring the bell!!! Main St. Fire Engine turns 55:

 The Disneyland Resort has a very real fire department keeping it safe, but there's a smaller fire department protecting Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park. When the park first opened, Guests could take a ride down Main Street aboard a horse-drawn fire wagon, which exited service in 1960 and remains parked inside the Main Street Fire Station, next to City Hall.

 But in 1958, the last of the Main Street Vehicles debuted, and the department's firefighting equipment got a turn-of-the-20th-century makeover. The Main Street Fire Engine is based on a 1916 American LaFrance fire engine, rolling at the blazing speed of 5 miles per hour. It was designed by Imagineer and Disney Legend Bob Gurr, as were the other Main Street Vehicles, and it was built at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. When the fire engine was ready for delivery, Bob took the wheel and drove it down to Disneyland himself.

The fire engine was a favorite vehicle of Walt Disney, who frequently drove it around the park in the mornings prior to opening: his last official picture at the park was taken aborad it in 1966. In the early 1990s,the fire engine was converted to run on clean-burning natural gas.

Sweet...Dr Lee

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Interesting statement:

 Don't Judge Me. I was born to be amazing, not perfect.

Hummmmm...Dr Lee

Friday, August 9, 2013

Parques Disney:

 Parques Disney, the first official YouTube channel offered by Disney in Spanish, was launched this summer to provide insightful and engaging content to Disney's Latino audience.

 Spanish-speaking Disney fans now can learn about the theme parks, hotels and attractions; get travel tips and planning advice; cook scrumptions Disney recipes at home following step-by-step instructions; listen to renowned Latino celebrities share their most cherished Disney memornies; and get behind-the-scenes information about the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. To discover all Parques Disney has to offer, go to youtube.com/ParquesDisney.com.

sounds good to me...Dr Lee

Thursday, August 8, 2013

World of Color to add holiday magic:

 A new holiday version of "World of Color" will debut at Disney California Adventure Park on Nov. 15, combining new animation with classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney films as "Bambi," "Fantasia" and "Toy Story."

 The new World of Color-Winter Dreams"show will be hosted by Olaf the snowman from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature "Frozen" and will include new special effects and new methods for utilizing the massive "stage" of water,color and light on which "World of Color" is presented.

"World of Color-Winter Dreams" will run through the hoilday season at the Disneyland Resort, which will also welcome the return of "A Christmas Fantasy" parade, Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, "it's a small world" Holiday, "Believe...in Holiday Magic" fireworks-and, of course, appearances by Santa Clus.

I love the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort...Dr Lee

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Some bartender wisdom:

"What matters the most is how well you walk through the fire!!!"

interesting thought.....Dr Lee

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Disney Fairies-themed 10 takes wing:

It took a little faith, trust and pixie dust, but the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort is expanding to include the inaugural Tinker Bell 10K in 2014. The new Disney Fairies-themed 10K will be held Saturday, January 18, and builds on the massive popularity of the runDisney series.

 Finishers of the race will receive a new fairy-themed medal. In it's third year,the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend-among the largest women-specific running events in the country-is scheduled for January 16-19,2014.

 A Disneyland 10K has also been added to the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, which is held August 30-September 1. The event will also include the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, a 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, that includes the Disneyland 10K, followed by the Disneyland Half Marathron the next day.

tie up those runnung shoes...Dr Lee

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Disney Gallery Presents Tiki,Tiki,Tiki Realms- Celebrating 50 Years of Enchantment:

 How many of you have already had the chance to swing by the new Disney Gallery location inside The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland Park?

Gracing the walls of the new location are conceptual and definitive works of art themed to the new exhibit titled Tiki,Tiki,Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment.

 The Enchanted Tiki Room attraction began with a bird. During a trip to New Orleans, Walt Disney came upon a mechanical singing bird in a collectibles shop. He brought it home and with the help of his Imagineers, set about figuring out how it worked and how he could improve it.

 While his Imagineers worked on building a better bird, Walt began developing an idea for a table service resturant in Adventureland called the Tiki Room. Here guests would watch these mechanical birds perform as part of a dinner show. That idea evolved into the Enchanted Tiki Room, the beloved Disneyland show that introduced the world to a new kind of storytelling technology: Audio-Animatronics figures.

 Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Enchanted Tiki Room still charms and delights divese audiences of all ages with its simple story,clever jokes and catchy songs performed by more than 200 Audio-Animatronics birds,tiki figures,tiki masks and flowers. Now, The Walt Disney Story welcomes you to enjoy the art, stories and bits of enchantment that have brought Polynesian paradises to life at Disney Parks around the world.

As the Walt Disney Imagineering team explained, legendary Imagineer John Hench once recalled using visualization to design the interior of the Enchanted Tiki Room. He had envisioned a single Auto-Animatronics bird singing in a central space, followed by other birds, flowers and craved tiki figures joining in on a lively jam session that filled the room.

 With the help of dedicated Imagineers, that vision first came to life at Disneyland. Since it debut, the Enchanted Tiki Room went on to inspire other attractions which featured Audio-Animatronics figures, such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Pirates of the Caribbean. The innovative did more than push Imagineers to futher develop an exciting technology: it has inspired a new generation of artists to reinterpret favorite characters and moments from the groundbreaking show.

One of the orginals from day one...Dr Lee

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Today, Disneyland turned 58 years old. Wow,Disneyland will never be finished as long as there is imagination in the world.

 Was only 3 years old when Disneyland opened, but remember my parents taking us there as kids.Never though I would retire from Disneyland in 2007 as bartender of Club 33.

 So here is to another 58 years and let's all go watch those nightly fireworks over  Sleeping Beauty Castle....Dr Lee

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"CALIFORNIA" letters:

Iconic 'CALIFORNIA' Letters Dedicated at 160th California State Fair.

 The iconic C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters that previously stood at the entrance of Disney California Adventure Park for a decade will welcome tens of thousands of guests to the California State Fair tomorrow on it's opening day! The letters were dedicated in a ceremony today at the site of their new home, the California State Fair's Main Gate.

 You may remember that the Disneyland Resort donated the letters in May 2012 to Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition &State Fair (Cal Expo) in Sacramento. Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other events annually.

The letters, which stand 11 feet, 8 inches tall and weight 5,000 to 13,000 pounds each were popular with millions of Disneyland Resort guests.

Disneyland with never be finished....Dr Lee

Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Disneyland:

July 17,1955 or 58 years ago.Disneyland opened to the public.I was only 3 years old and remember watching the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights.

 After an amazing career as bartender of Walt's private Club 33, I still look forward to my next visit to the Disneyland Resort.

 So to everyone who reads this, "Happy Birthday Disneyland" and wishing you many more.

 Dr Lee

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Windows on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park: Chuck Boyajian

 "When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, 'But why do you want to build an amusement park? They're so dirty. 'I told her that was just the point-mine wouldn't be."- Walt Disney

Walt Disney was committed to making Disneyland stand apart from other amusements enterprises, and as a result, Disney Parks are known not only for providing safe, quality family entertainment, but they are also the cleanest parks in the world. In 1955, Walt personally chose Charles "Chuck" Boyajian to lead the janitorial team, and charged him with the somewhat daunting task of keeping his Magic Kingdom "as clean as you can keep it."

 Chuck was originally a foreman for American Building Maintenance (ABM), the company Walt contracted to clean the park. Walt soon realized that he needed his own staff  in order to achieve his vision of hospitality that included superior cleanliness. After hiring Chuck, Walt spent a great deal of time mentoring him so that Chuck understood exactly what he wanted. Walt explained that it was not just about cleaning, it was about providing a great guest experience. He taught Chuck about the quality of service provided on a luxury ocean liner or at a top notch hotel-and that was the experience he wanted for his guests at Disneyland. Walt wanted sparkling restrooms, no visible trash and clean facilities-all to be delivered by helpful and friendly custodians.

As the very first manager of what is now called Custodial Guest Services, Chuck spent 25 years establishing a reputation of cleanliness and efficiency that never been seen beforwe in an outdoor entertainment venue. From the beginning, Chuck was innovative in his approach to cleaning the grounds and structures of Disneyland. Specifically, he had the challenge of keeping Disneyland clean while guests were present. This meant never closing restrooms or allowing the function of cleaning to detract from the guest experience. The concept of cleaning throughout the day was a departure from industry standards of the 1950's, as it was customary for faclities to be cleaned only after closing.

Chuch trained a "Disney Dynasty" of Custodial host and hostesses, who are proud to say decades later that they are members of "The Team that Chuck Built." Like Walt, Chuck believed that "cleanliness breeds cleanliness," and working with longtime friends and creative colleagues such as Tom Roppa, Roy Young, Ray Sidejas,Wayne Culver, and Mike Sweeney, Chuck and his team were able to achieve Walt's vision of maintaining the cleanest parks in the world. Chuck once commented on his team stating, "The men and women of our Custodial operations have set the industry standards for cleanliness. The pride of our cast members is unsurpassed."

Chuck also brought his expertise to the establishment of the custodial functions for the opening of Walt Disney World Resort in 1971, and for Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. When a nervous new cast member sweeper once asked for guidance, Chuck replied, "How spic do I want the area? Well, I"ll tell you, son. No less than span!"

Chuck retired in 1981, however, he remains a legend among his professional successors, who continue the traditions established by Chuck at Disneyland more than 50 years ago. to this day, almost 58 years after the opening of Disneyland, only four individuals, including Chuck, have had the great responsibility and honor of leading the custodial operation. Chuck received a window on Main Street, U.S.A.,in 1981. The window, which is located above the Market House, is aptly inscribed: Royal Care Co."We Keep Your Castle Shining," Chuck Boyajian, Prop.

Chuck passed away on August 1,2004. He was named a Disney Legend in 2005.

amazing cast member...Dr Lee

Disney,Lucasfilm bringing "Star Wars" to D23 Expo:

 Instead of bringing Star Wars to Comic-Con, Disney and Lucasfilm are touting the anticipated rebot at the D23 Expo.

The bi-annual event, taking place Aug. 9-11 at the Anahiem Convention Center, will feature a strong Star Wars presence, with Disney planning events like Darth Vader: the Evolution of a Villain, showing the development of the villain, to Crash Course in the Fourse: Star Wars saga 101.

Insiders say some Star Wars actors may be making appearances during the D23 Expo, confirming their participation in the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel trilogy-which is expectede to hit theaters in 2015. (Filming is expected to begin in early 2014 in the U.K.)

 remember the first Star Wars, was dating Jan and she love the movie and me...Dr Lee

Monday, July 8, 2013

What every true Western hero needs:

Celebrate "The Lone Ranger" with youth size T-shirts and a Tonto-inspired headdress and wig featuring a faux suede headband, breaded braids, real feathers and a crow topper. These items, as well as others, are now available in Bonanza Outfitters in Frontierland.

 And, for those who need to water their horses or wet their whistles, The Golden Horseshoe will feature a root beer float served in a souvenir boot mug. the Stage Door Cafe will also offer the mug with any soft drink purchase.

see "The Lone Ranger", seen it twice....Dr Lee

Sunday, July 7, 2013

June 14, 1958:

 Alice in Wonderland debuts:

 Disneyland Guests embarked on a journey down the rabbit hole-just like the one Alice experiences in the Disney film "Alice in Wonderland"- when the attraction of the same name debuted June 14, 1958.

 Walt Disney was on hand to proclaim the Alice in Wonderland attraction officially open, seven years after the premiere of his animated movie, based on Lewis Carroll's classic novels "Alice Adventure in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." The attraction closed during Fantasyland's expansion in 1983-84, during which time its show scenes were changed and the voice of Kathryn Beaumont (who voiced Alice in the movie) was added as narration.

 In 2010, director Tim Burton put his own spin on the classic characters in a live-action "Alice in Wonderland," followed by opening of Mad T Party last year in Disney California Adventure Park, which took inspiration from the movie. And the new T.V. series, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland;" will air Thursday nights this fall on ABC.

Did you know.....

 The towering mushroom near the queue is a former ticket booth that dates back to when Guests purchased individual tickets for each attraction. This system was used from opening day July 17,1955,until 1982. When Alice in Wonderland opened, it was a "D" ticket attraction, setting Guests back a whopping 35 cents.

one of the best...Dr Lee

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lone Ranger:

If you want to see Disney at it's best, see the new movie "Lone Ranger." Saw it last night ,July 5th and I was amazed.
 It's a little long, however, lots of action, funny little lines and the special effects are wonderful. The last 30 minutes are intense and fast.

 It's worth seeing twice....Dr Lee

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sailing Ship Columbia debuts -55 years ago:

In 1787, the Columbia Rediviva set sail from Boston, Mass., and when returned three years later, it became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. When Walt Disney asked Joe Fowler, the construction supervisor of Disneyland and a former Naval admiral, to suggest a second ship that could accompany the Mark Twain Steamboat on the Rivers of America, it was the Columbia Rediviva he recommended.

 Working with architect Ray Wallace, Fowler consulted maritime museums and the Libaray of Congress to design a historically accurate replica of the ship, which was a typical 18th century merchant vessel. Portions of the 110-foot ship were pre-built in San Perdo, Ca. then delivered to the dry dock harbor on the Rivers of America for assembly. Armed with 10 cannons and two deck-mounted swivel guns, the ship is suitably armed to ward off any pirates it might encounter during its 15-minute voyage.

 The Sailing Ship Columbia set sail for the first time on June 14, 1958. In 1964, the crew quarters were added below decks, giving Guests a chance to see how sailors of the 1790s lived while on the open sea. The dry dock, where refurbishments on the "big boats" is completed and the Columbia makes port when not in use, became known as Fowler's Harbor.

On my first day as a Cast Member, 12-12-81, the Mark Twain was my attraction as skipper...Dr Lee

Friday, June 21, 2013

Meet the Disney Team: Calvin the Cop:

 Have you had a chance to meet the Citizens of Buena Vista Street? As we mark the one year anniversary of the transformation of Disney California Adventure Park, I was able to to speak to one of the colorful characters who -along with Donna the Dog Lady, Molly the Messenger and PhiPhi the Photographer- rollout the welcome wagon each day to delighted Guests.

Dr Lee:
 Tell us where you're from and a little about your family.

 Calvin The Cop: I'm from Buena Vista Street, born and raised. My whole family works on the police force and, oh boy, I just love it! I was assigned to the special officers force, which means that I reinforce good behavior.

Dr Lee:

 I see, because there's not much crime on Buena Vista Street,right!

Calvin the Cop: Not much crime at all! You're welcome!

Dr Lee:

 Tell us what you do to reinforce good behavior.

 Calvin the Cop: I try my best to show infectious municipal optimism, which is, if fact, one of the laws on Buena Vista Street. I also try to smile and try to wave-and there is a technique. It's a very difficult job, but someone's got to do it.

Dr Lee:

 What happens if you see someone not modeling the best behavior?

 Calvin the Cop: I give them a fix-it ticket. I have a little box that i check and I say 'do you promise to behave?' They tend to agree because they can't let old Officer Blue down.

Dr Lee:

 Are you friends with the other local Citizens of Buena Vista Street?

 Calvin the Cop: Sure!! There is Donna, the unofficial mayor of Buena Vista Street, and her lovely dog, Lady. There's PhiPhi, the world-famous photographer who is somewhat of a bohemian on our street. Then there is Molly, the cutest messenger gal on Buena Vista Street.( you'll cut this part out, right?)

Dr Lee:

Sounds like there's something between you and Molly?

Calvin the Cop: Just the street-she is on one side,and I'm on the other. And sometimes the fountain is bewteen us. But not much else.

Dr Lee:

 Any memorable moments you have had with a Guest?

 Calvin the Cop: There was Megan, who is four. She was sharing a moment with her grandmother and she actually gave me some love advice. She helped me write a poem for a special gal that I got my four eyes on. (You are going to cut this part out, right?)

Dr Lee:

 Any wisdom you would like to share with everyone?

Calvin the Cop: Always remember to be safe. Look both ways. Don't take any wooden nickels from no one. And stay on the sunny side of the street.

That was fun....Dr Lee

Thursday, June 20, 2013

61 years old today:

Yes, that's right, Yours truly is another year smarter and wiser, HaHa!!!

 Born this day 61 years ago at Travis Air Force Base, California, coming into this world at about 9 pounds.

I have two daughters, 29 and 27, and one granddaughter, 3 years old.

So here is to everyone that reads this, life is good after 60, not bad.....Dr Lee

Safety education draws on the power of animation:

 The culture of safety at The Walt Disney Company can be traced back to the 1940s, when the Walt Disney Studios began producing public service announcements and training films for the government. Films such as "Four Methods of Flush Riveting" were used in the production of aircraft during World War II, and "Environmental Sanitation" and "Water, Friend or Emeny" helped our troops stay healthy.

 Walt Disney realized that animation was an effective medium to convey complex topics in a way that was easily understandable. After the war ended, the studios made training films for General Motors (ABC of Hand Tools") and Firestone ("Building A Tire"), among others. In the 1950s, Disney created safety films starring Jimmy Cricket, covering such topics as fire, water and electrical safety. The studios continued to produce films from the 1960s through the 1990s, with such titles as "Freewayphobia," "Donald's Fire Survival Plan," "Understanding Alcohol Use and Abuse" and "Fitness and Me: How to Exercise."

The tradition continues today with the award-winning series "Wild About Safety: Timon & ;Pumbaa Safety Smart." The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide Standards and Auditing group started the program 10 years ago with a variety of Guest communications, including a set of safety tips cards. Under the guidance of Disney Chief Safety Officer Greg Hale, and in association with Disney Educational Productions and the Underwriters Laboratories, the program has blossomed into a series of safety films. It has been dubbed into about 20 languages and seen by more than 120 million Cast Members and Guests worldwide.

Safety is a good thing...Dr Lee

Monday, June 3, 2013

Interesting Web Page:

 A few days ago, on my AOL account, there was this article about Nara,Dreamland Japan. Disneyland opened in July 1955 and this was pretty much a carbon copy that opened in 1961. Dreamland is now closed, however, if you Google "Nara,Dreamland" there are about 65 photos of this place. Very interesting read.

Just thought you would like to now...Dr Lee

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bartender thoughts and humor:

1...Aspire to inspire before you expire!!!!

odd bar humor....

2...what is the best wood in California????


ok,ok, HaHa......Dr Lee

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Disney Magic offers Guests brand-new experiences and reimagined spaces:

 There's an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic, when Disney Cruise Line vessel relaunches with new spaces, reimagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family. Guests will experience new adventures from stem to stern throughout their journey on the Cruise ship that set the standard for oceangoing majesty and family fun.

 Enhancements include a redesigned atrium lobby, the addition of Disney*Pixar and Marvel characters to the kids area, a three-story water slide on the ship's upper deck, a new restaurant and much more.To learn more about Disney Cruise Line: visit www.disneycruise.com

let me tell you, back in April/May 08, I went on the Disney Cruise ship" Magic," Wow and amazing. If you want to lose the kids for a few hours, no problem, so much to do for all age groups. My girlfriend went to the spa,her two kids all day long were having fun and learning something new at all the different kid clubs. Those nightly stage shows, fireworks at sea, the Guest service,the food,wonderful!!!!! The only concern I had, there was no food service between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m (for two hours, I had to starve)., haha....Dr Lee

24 hours of monstrous magic:

 The summer kicks off in Disney style with a 24-hour all nighter at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks from 6 a.m. May 24 to 6 a.m. May 25 as our favorite "scare students" Mike and Sulley drop in from the upcoming Disney*Pixar film, "Monsters University," to scare up some school spirit.

 Guests at Disney California Adventure Park will find monstrously fun photo opportunities at the new "dorms" in Hollywood Land near the Hyperion Theater and a new "Monsters University" float leading the "Pixar Play Parade." The new 24-hour event will also take place at the same time in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with Mike and Sulley as grand marshals of the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" day parade.

The events on both coasts will feature characters in pajamas, dance party fun and photo opportunities. For Guests looking to bring home a tangible memory or get a taste of this Limited Time experience, specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings will be available.

 This event will be an amazing opportunity for our Guests to make even more memories with their family and friends, and for some, 24 consecutive hours worth.

Remember, a day off is only a phone call away...Dr Lee

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's a beneficial bug's life:

 Guests staying at the Disneyland Resort Hotels got into the spirit of Earth Month by releasing hundreds of thousands of ladybugs into hotel flower beds at three separate events in April. Ladybugs help keep plants healthy and reduce the need for pesticide by eating destructive insects.

This is the third year the Resort District Programs team in partnership with Horticulture, conducted the ladybug release. About 75,000 ladybugs were released at each of the three events at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, for a total off approximately 225,000 ladybugs. Guests staying at all three hotels were invited.

Ladybugs are cute....Dr Lee

Jokes and Quotes:

A..."Drink and dance and laugh and lie. Love the reeling midnight through. For tomorrow we shall die! 

(But,alas, we never do.)    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) U.S. author, poet, journalist, humorist.

B..."Eat and drink measuredly, and defy the mediciners." - Proverb

C...A man with a penchant for alcoholic refreshment took a prescription from his doctor to his favorite bartender,(Dr Lee, haha).

 "What made you think I could fill this? asked Dr Lee, "Well," was the answer, "I want it in the GIN-eric form.....

Just some bartender humor...Dr Lee

Monday, May 13, 2013

The future is now at Innoventions:

 With the opening of "Iron Man 3" in theatres May 3,2013,Guests and Cast Members have been getting their own personal preview as they virtually "suit up" in Iron Man armor at Innoventions` latest exhibit, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries, a new limited-time exhibit at Innoventions. in Tomorrowland.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is Tony Stark's Hall of Armor, featuring Iron Man suits Mark I-VII, as well as his latest creation, the Mark XLII suit from the new movie. Through simulation technology, Guests can virtually try on the suit and see if they have what it takes to be a superhero. Tony Stark's computer walks novice heroes through the augmented reality experience of Stark Industries simulation module and lets them see firsthand what it would be like to be Iron Man.

I like the movie.....Dr Lee


Why does it not "Tickle" when you "Tickle " yourself!!!!!!

interesting.....Dr Lee

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

'Disney's Planes' reveals full voice cast:

 Audiences worldwide are fastening their seatbelts as "Disney's Planes" prepares to take off this summer. Joining Dane Cook, who provides the voice of Dusty, are Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett,Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer,Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazrequi, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe and Brent Musburger.

Adding some high-flying flair from the classic feature film are Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.

 Inspired by the world of "Cars" and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall ("King of the Hill," "The Simpsons"), "Disney's Planes " is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty's dream of competing as a high-flying air racer- and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9.

all abroad...Dr Lee

Friday, April 26, 2013

Main Street is all a "Buzz"...

 Imagine being asked by Walt Disney to select the best location to build "The Happiest Place on Earth." As your mind begins to fill with thoughts of traffic patterns, climate, tourism trends and revenue streams, you ask what he thinks. Walt responds only by saying, "You tell me."

 Luckily, Walt handpicked someone who was able to do just that.

 And on April 9,2013, economist Harrison "Buzz" Price was honored posthumously with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., for his ability to look at a horizon of orange groves and visualize the perfect location for Walt's new concept in outdoor entertainment- Disneyland.

 "Buzz", who was with the Stanford Research Institute when Walt approached him, embarked on a mission with an impossible timeline- the park was set to debut to the world just two years later. But like so many who worked with Walt, Buzz made the impossible a reality.

Buzz's impressive work on the Disneyland land acquisition promted Walt to encourage him to form his own consulting company. In 1958, Buzz founded Economics Research Associates, and the company went on to conduct more than 100 studies for Walt and his brother, Roy. When they asked Buzz in 1963 to recommend a site for what would become Walt Disney World, "most people thought it would be Miami, but Buzz said that the Orlando area was the key- it was where tourists crisscrossed the state by car and passed through on their way south to Miami area.

 Years later, Buzz assisted with the site for the Tokyo Disneyland project.

Outside of the company, Walt personally entrusted Buzz to help manage the future of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Buzz remained a loyal trustee for the institute for many years. In 1994, he received a lifetime achievement- an award that has since been renamed the Buzz Price Thea Award. In 2003, Buzz was named a Disney Legend. He passed away Aug.15,2010.

very cool indeed...Dr Lee

One Hundred & One Tips on Being a great Bartender...


2...Say Thank You

3...Introduce yourself

4...Use premium brands

5...Replace each drink with a clean napkin

6...Use a clean glass with new drink

7...Suggest drink specials

8...Use new dollar bills

9...Have a flashlight

10...Do not push drinks

11...Keep abreast of new drinks

12...Read newspaper everyday

13...Have taxi cab numbers available

14...Make eye contact with Guests and fellow Cast Members


16...Have local phone book available

17...Have two bartender guides

18...Keep a sports almanac

19...Have note pads

20...Never argue with the Guests

21...Remember Guests drinks

22...Address Guests by their first names

23...Present and offer bar snacks or bar menu

24...Have coffee/tea available

25...Have mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks) available

26...Keep hands and fingernails clean

27...Do not touch ice with hands

28...Do not touch rim of glass

29...Keep beer glasses cold

30...Hair neat and groomed

31...Have extra costume available

32...Costume clean and pressed

33...Have a Disneyland Guide book

34...Give last call 1/2 hour before

35...Last call is last call


37...Present check to Guest

38...Know current Disneyland Resort hours

39...Don't spend to much time with one Guest

40...Have current Disneyland Resort  entertainment schedule

41...Don't talk about other Guests business

42...Don't talk about money

43...Don't talk about religion

44...Don't talk politics

45...Do not settle arguments

46...Know at least two clean jokes

47...Don't use foul language


49...Do not make fun of Guests

50...Do not talk about other Cast Members

51...Do not talk down about current management

52...Do not take or place bets

53...Say "Goodnight" or "Good Bye"

54...Invite Guests back,soon

55...Replace spilled drinks free

56...Do not eat behind the bar

57...Keep bar surface clean and dry

58...Do not yell


60...Do not argue with fellow Cast Members

61...Congratulate Guests on birthdays/special occasions

62...Do not mix business with pleasure

63...Do not drink behind the bar

64...Do not over-serve Guests


66...Do not borrow money from Guests

67...Be active in local charities

68...Work fast and neat

69...Leave personal problems at home

70...Have local map available

71...Keep back bar clean

72...Make drinks in front of Guest when possible

73...Keep bottles clean/capped with pourers

74...Do not use slang words

75...Do not criticize other Guests

76...Use correct measurements

77...Keep fruit and garnish fresh

78...The correct glass for the correct cocktail

79...Serve the lady first

80...Keep the bar snacks full

81...Do not over-extend your break

82...Wear a watch

83...Avoid cutting corners

84...Create your own signature cocktail

85...Don't complain about tips

86...Have a calender available

87...Take a class on alcohol awareness

88...Listen to information from salemen and distributors

89...Keep extra reading glasses behind bar

90...Be on time

91...Put things back were they belong

92...Have bottled water available

93...Keep toothpicks out of your month

94...Keep toothpicks behind bar for Guests

95...If your not sure, check I.D.

96...Make phone calls brief

97...Count change back to Guests

98...Do not count tips in front of Guests or other Cast Members

99...Keep undated suppliers list

100..Have working pens behind bar

101...Work and make it a career, then retire like Dr Lee..........

That's all for now...Dr Lee

Friday, April 12, 2013

Did you know?????

1...The Disneyland Resort is home to approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs.

2...Approximately 1 million annuals are planted each year.

3...A young Cottonwood tree that was started as a seeding on the Disney family farm in Marceline, Mo., is planted along the Rivers of America.

4...The Mickey Mouse flower "portrait" at the Disneyland  Park main entrance is planted up to nine times a year with 10,000 bedding plants.

5...The Jungle Cruise attraction hosts plants from four continents.

6...Drip irrigation can use as much as 20 to 50 percent less water than a conventional water system. Since Disneyland Resort started using drip irrigation, there is over 25 miles of tubes around the resort.

Pretty cool stuff,huh......Dr Lee

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Disneyana to relocate to make room for Starbucks:

 As it prepares for the debut of Starbucks products in the fall, Market house will close April 14 to begin expansion into the adjacent space now occupied by Disneyana in Disneyland Park.

 Market house will reopen this fall, still themed as a turn-of-the-century general store, serving Starbucks coffee,espresso and specialty beverages, artisan breakfast sandwiches and a selection of Disney pastries.

 Disneyana, which sells Disney collectibles and artwork, will move down Main Street, U.S.A., into the Bank of Main Street building, now home to the Disney Gallery. The new location will be called Disneyana and will continue to offer the gallery's rotating exhibits and select art and collectibles.

Disneyana is very cool ... Dr Lee

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Disney Junior "Live on Stage":

 Part of the fun of visiting the Disneyland Resort is getting to experience some of the newest Disney characters and stories alongside beloved classics. On March 22,2013, new characters from Disney Junior hit shows will join the cast of "Disney Junior-Live on Stage!" at Disney California Adventure Park, ready to delight the preschool audience- and their families.

 Joining the lineup are characters from "Doc McStuffins" and "Sofia the first," top animated shows on Disney Junior , the 24-hour channel and morning block on Disney Channel.

 "Sofia the First" revolves around a little girl who suddenly becomes a princess when her mom marries the king. In that segment of the live stage production, Sofia, Disney's first preschool princess, is learning the royal ropes and needs some help making things magical for a ball hosted by her new stepdad, King Roland II. Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, Sofia is also joined by her new step-siblings, Amber and James.

 One of the most magical things that happens during that segment of the show is that it snows inside this venue. It's really cool to watch the children's reactions but even more amazing when you see the adults looking around in awe and amazement.

 Later in the show, Guests meet "Doc McStuffins," a 6-year-old girl who wants to be a doctor, just like her mom. When she puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens: toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with them. In the stage production, "Doc" heals her toys with a little help from her stuffed animal friends, Stuffy the blue dragon, Hallie the hippo,Lambie the lamb and Chilly the snowman.

 Celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, the show originally opened as "Playhouse Disney- Live on Stage!" and has been updated over the years to incorporate the newest, most popular shows kids love to watch on Disney Channel. In 2011, the show was renamed "Disney Junior-Live on Stage!" to coincide with the launch of the Disney Junior programming block and added characters from "Jake and the Neverland Pirates." The live host, Casey, interacts with all of the characters  in the various segments, bridging the gap between the puppets and young viewers.


 Twin brothers James and Scott Silson share more than the same parents- and the same birth date. The brothers also are working side by side on the same stage for the relaunch of "Disney Junior- Live Stage !" at Disney California Adventure Park and at the Walt Disney World Resort.

  James and Scott are both puppet masters with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entrainment, although James, who is also show director, is based at the Walt Disney World resort and Scott is based at the Disneyland Resort. Together,they are working to blend the characters from Disney Junior 's hit shows "Doc McStuffins" and "Sofia the First" into popular stage production aimed at preschoolers.

 But it certainly isn't the first time the brothers have worked together. For most of their childhood, they traveled the country performing with their parents,who are professional musicians,and their three younger siblings. "We were like "The Partridge Family- we even had a VW bus," laughs James. "It was an unorthodox way of growing up, but it kept us firmly ensconced in entertainment-driven from a very young age.."

 By the time the twins were teenagers, they were talented musicians and songwriters ready to launch their own band. By then, the family had settled in Florida and the twins needed a "day job" while they performed locally. In 1998, they saw an audition at the Walt Disney World resort for puppeteers and figured they'd give it a try, despite the fact that they hadn't worked with puppets before. They were both hired for the "Pocahontas and her Forest Friends" show for opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

 The brothers took to puppeteering so quickly, in less than a year they were training others,"Sometimes you choose your career and other times your career chooses you," said James. "This was one of the times when our career chose us."

 James became a puppet specialist and then puppet master, traveling to Hong Kong and Paris, and he is now on the show director team. Scott also became a puppet specialist in Florida and was promoted to the puppet master role at the Disney Resort last summer.

 Although they are now based on opposite coasts, they fall right back into a routine when working together, as they have with the "Disney Junior-Live on Stage" relaunch, which debuts on March 22,2013.

"We probably know each other better as work partners than as brothers," Scott said. "We sang together, we rehearsed together, wrote songs together, did outside theater together- we were even mimes together."

Although the brothers are fraternal twins, they look practically identical , which has led to some interesting mix-ups."People confuse us every day," Scott said with a laugh. "When James became puppet master and joined the Creative team, he was allowed to were jeans and grow a beard. I used to get feedback about wearing jeans and having facial hair and I"d have to ask, "Was my brother here."

Only one Dr Lee,that's enough don't you think, HaHa...Dr Lee

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Grand Canyon diorama debuts on the Disneyland Railroad:

 All aboard for the Grand Canyon:

 On March 31,1958, Guests riding the rails of the Disneyland Railroad first marveled at this "grand" new attraction to the Grand Circle Tour of Disneyland Park, located between the Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. stations.

 The diorama recreates the view from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, depicting native animals like deer, skunks, wild turkeys and mountain lions living among aspen and pine trees. Stretching 306 feet wide and 34 feet tall, the diorama features a seamless canvas backdrop painted by Delmer Yoakum, an artist and motion picture scenic designer, who used 300 gallons of paint to recreate the canyon's colors under weather phenomena like snowfall, sunsets and rainbows. The trek is set to composer Ferde Grofe's "On the Trail" from his "Grand Canyon Suite."

Later in 1958, Disney released the documentary featurette "Grand Canyon," which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Live Action). In 1966, the grand Canyon diorama was bookended by the dinosaurs of Primeval World, relocated from the Magic Skyway attraction of the 1964 World's Fair.

Love riding the rails at  Disneyland...Dr Lee

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fastasy Faire:

 Once upon a time, fairy tale Princesses were in search of a Royal Gathering place to receive Guests of the Kingdom. This Royal Hall should be surrounded by Enchantment in the form of a Royal Theatre brimming with Music, dancing and Merriment. Henceforth, this wondrous place shall be known as Fantasy Faire.


 Since 1955, Sleeping Beauty Castle has been the heart of Disneyland Park, an iconic symbol of "The Happiest Place on Earth," where dreams come true every day. And on March 12- nearly 58 years later-Fantasy Faire continues that legacy. A natural extension of the castle and Fantasyland, Guests will be invited into a charming European village inspired by their favorite Disney stories and meet beloved Disney princesses in a new setting befitting royalty.

 Located in the former Carnation Plaza Gardens, Fantasy Faire's architecture was designed to blend seamlessly with Fantasyland, with turrets and a castle wall adding that royal touch.

 Like Fantasyland, Fantasy Faire is filled with unique Disney touches and hidden details for Guests to explore and discover. However, the true magic of Fantasy Faire lies within the characters and Cast Members who populate the area, bringing the story to life for every Guest.


 Reminiscent of the medieval faire theme of the original Fantasyland, the Royal Theatre is an open-air venue where the lively Renaissance storytellers Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones will present the tales of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tangled" - with vaudeville flair-each day, to the musical accompaniment of Sir Samuel of Morocco.
 However, Guests won't have to use their imaginations for every character, as Belle, Lumiere, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will join in on the fun. After each performance, Guests can greet the shows respective princess.


 Get twisted with Maurice's treats, a gypsy wagon that has been transformed into a food "invention" cart concocted by Belle's lovable (and slightly discombobulated)father. Guests can choose between flaky strawberry or chocolate twists, or savory cheddar garlic bagel twists that pair perfectly with the new Boysen Apple Freeze drink, topped with passion fruit foam.


 Just above a facade that adorns the passage to Frontierland is a crest with three carnations and the letters "CPG." That's a tribute to Carnation Plaza Gardens, which occupied the site from 1956 to 2012.


Within this new merchandise location, young Guests create their own happily ever after with princess costumes,accessories, toys and more. Look closely and you may discover a hidden acorn within the treasure chest on the shop sign. A nod to the friendly woodland creatures from such classics as "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella" squirrels admiring their acorn "treasures" can be seen throughout the shop.


 Once Guests step into the Gothic-inspired interior of the Royal Hall, they will travel from room to room, meeting some of their favorite Disney princesses, including Ariel, Aurora and Cinderella, each in their own area of the hall beneath crown-inspired chandeliers. Its like seeing the princesses living inside their castle and you're a part of their world.


 In the middle of the square is a 16-foot-high stone sculpture of Rapunzel's tower from "Tangled." At the top, Rapunzel peeks through the window and every so often, Mother Gothel's song plays, bringing Rapunzel's hair to life. At night, something magical will happen, and every now and then her hair will glow. Her hair is twisted around the column, so twinkling lights will surround the whole column.


 If you peek up into the windows of Fantasy Faire, you may catch Figaro, Geppetto's cat from Pinocchio,sleeping on a window balcony next to a bird cage. The bird whistles melodies from several classic Disney tunes, which sometimes wakes Figaro, causing him to meow and interact with his feathered friend.


 Come one, come all to Topsy Turvy Day in Clopin's Music Box. With one turn of the crank, Guests will set a scene in motion featuring Clopin, the leader of the gypsies in"The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Once the music begins to play, the whole scene comes to life.

This an amazing attraction,everyone should see...Dr Lee

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Beautifully Disney cosmetics:

 Beautifully Disney, a new character-inspired cosmetics collection created especially for Disney parks, is now available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Wickedly Beautiful, the first of many collections from Beautifully Disney, takes Guests into a world of good versus evil, with villain-and princess-inspired lacquer creme, shimmer and glitter nail polish, lip gloss and eye shadow.

Beautifully Disney was developed for Guests of all ages that love to experiment with colorful makeup and the latest trends. Available now at Disney Vault 28 and other select locations.

I am to good looking for makeup,ha ha.....Dr Lee

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bring the magic of TV home at Property Control sale:

 For the first time, Property Control is giving  Cast Members an opportunity to shop for props and costumes from favorite TV shows and movies through a new partnership with Disney/ABC Television Group.

 On March 23-24, the first Disney/ABC Television Group Property Control Sale will take place at Company D in Anaheim, as well as through a special online auction. Cast Members will have the opportunity to buy designer clothing and accessories worn as costumes in favorite Disney/ABC shows and movies, including "High School Musical," "Lemonade Mouth," "Camp Rock" and "Hannah Montana." A wide variety of props from these shows will also be available at liquidation prices.

What you need to know...

Date: March 23 (costumes)-March 24(props)

Location: Company D, 1601 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim

Time: 9a.m.-430p.Online Auction: March 25-29

Website: www.CastAuction.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Just a thought:

"Laughter is the best cosmetic...so grin and wear it!

Dr Lee

Closing days at Mr Stox...

Only days remain for Mr Stox in Anaheim,California. Closing March 15,2013 (approx 8 business days,closed Sun/Mon).....

 So many sad faces are seen in the bar and throughout the restaurant,and with the closing just days away,it's only going to get sadder!!!

 Opened since 1968 and owned by the Marshall family since 1977, this has been a land mark here in Anaheim. Fine dining, a wine list that is like a small novel and staff to complete your experience, not many of these old school restaurants are still around.

 So if possible, do stop by before those last words are spoken, ""THE BAR IS NOW CLOSED.""

it has been a fun ride...Dr Lee

Monday, February 25, 2013

Elton John makes music history at Hyperion Theatre:

 Music superstar and Disney Legend Elton John played pianos across 11 countries on January 25,2013 for the 125th anniversary of Yamaha- and he did it all from the stage of the Hyperion Theatre at Disney California Adventure Park. The famed musician used Yamaha's groundbreaking Disklavier piano, powered by RemoteLive technology. The new technology developed by Yamaha, the resort's official music instrument provider,makes it possible to stream visual, audio and other information related to performances via the Internet.

 Other music stars participating in the special private concert included Amy Grant, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Michael McDonald and Sarah McLachlan.

Disneyland Park Guests can experience Yamaha's Disklavier technology every day at the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland.

ever changing technology, don't you just love it...Dr Lee

Snow White-An Enchanting Musical opens at Disneyland Park:

 February 24,2004:

 The Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland Park will revive its tradition of live stage performances with the debut of "Mickey and the Magical Map" this summer. That tradition dates back to 1985, when the open-air venue opened as Videopolis. Future Broadway stars like Stephanie J. Block and Eden Espinosa, plus musical acts spanning from New Kids on the Block to Oingo Boingo, have performed on the Fantasyland Theatre stage over the years.

 The last stage production at this venue was "Snow White-An Enchanting Musical," which opened February 23,2004. This 28-minute adaptation of Walt Disney's first animated feature film transformed the Fantasyland Theatre into a lush forest, flanked by an imposing, gargoyle-topped castle tower for the Evil Queen to peer down from. The seven dwarfs entered through the audience, singing the classic refrain of "Heigh-Ho," and their 30-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall cottage rotated to let audiences see inside.

 A unique element of the production was the Magic Mirror, voiced by Patrick Stewart, Developed by Michael Curry-who went on to design the puppets for "the Lion King" on Broadway-the Magic Mirror's animated face was created from shifting fragments of specially lit, back-painted Lexan plastic.

2004,wow times moves on...Dr Lee

Friday, February 15, 2013

A sign of the times:

 Instead of telling passers-by about it's products, Ganahl Lumber offers fun sayings and words of wisdom.

 Motorists traveling the busy streets of Anaheim, California are bombarded with signs advertising fast-food meal deals, clothing sales and constantly fluctuating gas prices.

 For years, those passing by Ganahl Lumber's headquarters on Ball road(about 1 mile from Disneyland) have seen a different sign: 12-inch-tall white plastic letters that form a message not to get to your wallet but, instead, to appeal to your mind.

 "A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well," or another: "He who buys what he does not need steals from himself."

 Not what you might expect to see in front of a company-in business, after all, of making money. "The idea is to bring inspiration, a smile or create a lighthearted moment in people's day," saided Peter Ganahl, CEO of lumberyard  and hardware store company, family owned since 1884.

 The 24-foot-long by 8-foot-high sign has been the same since 1978, when Ganahl moved to 1220 E. Ball Road( approx. 3/4 of a mile from Mr Stox), also the home to the company headquarters.

 Ganahl considered up-dating the sign to an electronic version when the store was remodeled a few years ago, but city officials said no deal. Turns out the sign no longer conforms to city standards- too big: but it's been grandfathered in because it predates current codes. Any changes to the sign and it would have to come down for a smaller one.

 Of the lumber company's nine locations around Southern California, Anaheim is the only site to maintain a reader board.

 Every two weeks, the message is changed, usually on Fridays. From customers to employee's to on line searches, even bumper stickers, this is were those sayings come to be. The only other messages that go up now are to notify the public of the rare "closed for inventory'" days or periodic blood drives. No messages have ever been repeated.

 Often the messages are themed for holidays or events around town- the start of Angels baseball (Angel stadium is approx. 2 miles) ,or to motivate marathon runners on a course winding by Ganahl Lumber.

Ganahl Lumber had a message," Knowledge talks, Wisdom listens."

 In closing, the one message I really liked was for New Year's Day....."Drive hammered. Get nailed!!!"

Driving to work at Club 33 or Mr Stox,I would drive by Ganahl Lumber and read their messages...Dr Lee

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Flying high:

 More than 12,000 runners took flight in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at 5 a.m. on Sunday ,January 20,2013. Hosted by Disneyland Resort and the city of Anahiem,the race led runners through a character-filled 13.1-mile course at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, as well as by several Anahiem landmarks. At the finish, runners received a commemorative Tinker Bell "wings" medal.

 Angela Escay, who was running her first race in three years following ankle surgery, set a course record of 1:24:10 in the second annual women-focused event. Approximately 180 Disney Cast Members and family members were among the participants, who came from 15 countries and all 50 states.

5 a.m.,interesting,reminds me of my Army days in bootcamp,(Fort Ord,California)...Dr Lee

Friday, February 8, 2013

Peter Pan:

 Sixty years ago,Febuary 5,1953,"Peter Pan" was adapted from the play by English anthor James M. Barrie.

 From the second star to the right and straight on `til morning, a boy who refuses to grow up flies through the window of a London home, where a girl is hanging on to her childhood. With a touch of pixie dust, Peter Pan takes Wendy and her two brothers soaring into a fantasy world of Indians, mermaids and Lost Boys. But to return from Neverland, they must outwit the nefarious pirate Captain Hook, who's occasionally unnerved by hungry crocodiles and being called a codfish.

 Walt Disney had hoped to make it one of his earliest animated films, starting the planning in 1935. Rising young star Bobby Driscoll played Peter Pan and Kathryn Beaumont, who had just voiced "Alice in Wonderland," played the part of Wendy. Actress Margaret Kerry was the live-action reference model for Tinker Bell- not Marilyn Monroe, as an urban legend incorrectly suggests.

 At Disneyland Park, Peter Pan's Flight has soared through Fantasyland since opening day in 1955. Guests can also meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends at Pixie Hollow.

Peter Pan and childhood, they go together...Dr Lee

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hats off to third shift:

 Before the last Guest head to the park exits at the end of the evening,third-shift  Cast Members are already busy preparing the resort for the next day. From custodians and scuba divers to security hosts and horticulturists, nearly 1,500 Cast Members work through the night in a variety of roles.

 "Each and every thrid-shift Cast Member is vital to ensuring our Guests have a safe and memorable visit," said Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis. "From the Main Street flower arrangements to all of our safe-running attractions to the overall cleanliness of the parks, their work helps create happiness for millions of Guests each year."

 On January16,2013, before the sun came up, the hard work of third-shift Cast Members was celebrated at the Disneyland Hotel during the annual third-shift celebration, this year with a Disney/Pixar "Monsters University" theme and hosted by resort executives.

 A role that never sleeps...

 Unlike in the theme parks, hotel Cast Members interact with Guests 24 hours a day.Third-shift Cast Members are reponsible for checking in Disneyland Hotel Guests-regardless of what time they arrive. It is peaceful at night allowing Cast Members to close up for the night and set up for the next day.

Keeping the lights bright...

 A stroll down Main Street,U.S.A., is full of delights any time,but one of the most magical sights to see is how the street is transformed with lights at dark. But who replaces all those light bulbs when they burn out? The answer, third-shift Utilities Support Services Cast Members, that support the resorts electrical needs. With the park empty, these Cast Members can get their work done without the Guests seeing them at work. With the start of a new day, and Guests arriving, these Cast Members are heading home to relax and sleep,ZZZZZZZZZ.

Keep the party going...

 Guests have been traveling down the rabbit hole to enter Mad T Party since May 2012. Keeping the party fresh is the responsibility of the Stage Technicians. This team of Cast Members focuses on preventive maintenance and repairing light fixtures and set pieces. Safety is really important here,so when working with lifts, we always have spotters everywhere, regardless of where we are. With other departments working in the same area, it is very important to keep all Cast Members safe.

Think green...

 With approximately 16,000 trees beautify the landscape of the Disneyland Resort, there is a department with only 3 Cast Members who sole job is to maintain these trees. Meet the Horticulture department, and they all have a "Green" thumb, just note all those wonderful trees throughout the resort.

Show ready...

 Like all Cast Members, third-shift Custodial is responsible for following The Four Keys. Most of the roles require safety equipment, such as protective glasses and safety vests. But another key that third-shift Cast Members are able to perfect overnight is Show as they deep clean the resort from top to bottom-literally.
 From high pressure washing of Main Street, U.S.A., to gently cleaning the top of the Red Car Trolley, everything is cleaned. Every restroom,trashcan,even the bar at Club 33 is cleaned by third-shift Custodial. Sometimes working the evening dinner shift at Club 33 as the bartender,closing up, I would interact with third-shift Cast Members. I would be going home and these Cast Members were just starting, how would  you like lunch at 3:30 a.m..
 Walking to my locker at 1:00 a.m. , I would see trucks driving on Main Street, U.S.A., not Guests,notice Third-shift repairing a roof , Cast Members in lifts,trimming trees, painting a wall, on and on. Why, because here at the Disneyland Resort, when the sun comes up on a new day, Guests will feel like it's their day to explore and feel that magic.

proud to be a Cast member...Dr lee