Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weekend Photos from Anaheim!

I spent a few days down in Anaheim for Disney's first ever D23 Expo. The event featured special seminars, displays for upcoming attractions, screenings, and celebrity guests. On the first day I attended the annual Disney Legends awards. Some of the special guests in attendance over the course of the expo included Robin Williams, Betty White, Art Linkletter, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis, Miley Cirus, and Jerry Bruckheimer.
They had the original animatronic Lincoln from the 1964-65 World's Fair. This was the prototype for the Lincoln figure that opened in Disneyland.
Here I am with actress/singer Mary Costa. She was the voice of Princess Aurora in Disney's 1959 classic, "Sleeping Beauty".

Mary during the production of Sleeping Beauty.
Here's Mary with animator Marc Davis.
This display model shows the upcoming Cars Land, which will be opening at Disney's California Adventure in 2012.

I spent a little time in the parks.

The Enchanted Tiki Room.

Over in California Adventure, they're installing all the equipment for their new water show called "World of Color", premiering next spring. The show takes it's inspiration from Walt Disney's 1960's television show, "The Wonderful World of Color".
The show will be the size of a football field and feature animation projected against water, much like Fantasmic over in Disneyland. But the mist screens will be four times the size that you see in Fantasmic.
In this scene, the cats head will be projected against the mist screen, but the body will be made of water.