New Disney Video Series is dedicated to the company’s biggest fans

New Disney Video Series is dedicated to the company’s biggest fans

The Oh My Disney brand has released a trailer for a new online video series titled “Disney People” that will focus on Disney fans and how they came to their fandom. Some collect pins, some live in Disney themed homes, and others love to Disney Bound. The show plans to cover the gamut of fans.

Watch the trailer for the new series here:

“Real people, real stories. Disney People is a new series by Oh My Disney that highlights individuals and families who have transformed their Disney fandom into cultures, communities, and lifestyles,” says Disney in its description for the show. .

The first episode will debut November 12. Catch “Disney People” on the Oh My Disney YouTube channel or on Facebook Watch.

Do you know any Disney fans who should appear on future episodes of the series?

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5-year old Claire Ryann Crosby sings every Disney Princess Song at Walt Disney World

5-year old Claire Ryann Crosby, who we’ve profiled before in her younger more halcyon days of yore, recently partnered with Walt Disney World to sing a medley of every Disney Princess song. Adding to the cuteness, Crosby is in costume in various locations around the Magic Kingdom and other Disney theme parks.

OMG the cuteness, I am dead of the cuteness!

It takes a village to make a princess and Crosby’s video was produced by her father, with hair and wardrobe by her mom, they even brought in an orchestra from Boone High School in Orlando.

We think Claire’s song is magical and hope she keeps that sparkle in her eye for years to come.

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Let’s get together – The Disney Blog meetup December 1 – 2

The holidays are almost here and that means time for family and friends to go out and celebrate that great American tradition… a trip to Walt Disney World. Nothing makes Walt Disney World sparkle with pixie dust quite like the holiday season. That’s why, every year around this time the folks who listen to and enjoy the MouseChat podcast have a gathering at Walt Disney World. This year readers of The Disney Blog are invited too.

I’ve been writing The Disney Blog since June of 2004 and only rarely have I done any in person meetups. Which is odd, since I really enjoy meeting fellow Disney fans, whether they’re readers of The Disney Blog or not. Back when I wrote for LaughingPlace.com they had a series of very successful meetups at Disneyland and I met several people I still consider friends to this day. I’ve been to Disney Moms Panel meetups and made some great friends, I’ve even attended previous MouseChat meetups and came to know some great people.

So I’m happy to have this chance to partner with MouseChat for weekend of fun. There are three different gatherings for Disney fans who enjoy MouseChat or The Disney Blog to meet up. All you need to do is RSVP, so we can have a headcount.

Find details and how to RSVP on the event website

We kick off the weekend with a breakfast and podcast recording at The Wave on the morning of Saturday, December 1 at 8:30AM. We are doing a live podcast recording at the Wave breakfast buffet. Everyone needs to eat right? This breakfast does have a charge because Disney charges us for the room and food. You also get to be a part of our podcast recording! We promise to be done early enough for you to have time in the parks if that’s what you want.

There are two events on Sunday, December 2.

If you want some friendly completion, join us in the morning for the Winter Summerland mini golf tournament. You just need to pay at Disney’s mini golf window for yourself and anyone you bring. Disney’s mini golf prices are very reasonable. Hey, we will be giving out prizes too.

Then in the early afternoon, we’ll make our way to EPCOT to enjoy the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. The EPCOT event is free. You just have to have an EPCOT admission ticket and bring some money for snacks. We will be strolling around EPCOT and enjoying the Fall weather while snacking around World Showcase.

Drop your RSVP today (or reserve your breakfast ticket) and we will see you on December 1st and 2nd!

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland recreated in incredible detail in a basement

There are Disney fans who decorate their house with tons of nick-knacks and posters they bought when they visited Disneyland or Disney World and there are those who go even further with themed rooms dedicated to movies or theme park attractions. This may even be you. However, I don’t think too many fans have gone as far as this Disney fan who has turned their basement into a detailed recreation of iconic buildings from Disneyland’s Fantasyland.

In his first YouTube video, Travis has a brief tour of his amazing achievement. With building facades that recreate attractions like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or restaurants like Pinocchio’s Village Haus, what’s really impressive is the level of detail involved in the project. There’s a ton of detail in the woodwork, glass work, and event faux rock that looks to be lifted right out of the park.

The facade for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is so close to the real thing, it’s unbelievable. We talked to Travis about the project. As you might expect, a lot of time and effort went into recreating Fantasyland in a basement.

Travis is a railroad engineer, so he’s constantly traveling, but also has long periods of time that he can dedicate to a big project like this. He moved into his home in 2005 and new the basement could be made into something special.

“I drew a scale plan of what space I had to work with then laid out walls where I felt would work,” said Travis. “Upon going through photos I took at Disneyland, I noticed that several of my wall plans lined up with the Fantasyland exteriors in my pictures. It must have been a subconscious inspiration.”

Although he started the project in 2006 and worked on it from time to time, he began to get serious about completing it in 2015. He created a lot of the specialty pieces himself to get an accurate recreation of the exteriors.

“I have many thousands of reference pictures collected from the internet, taken my me or by friends at my request for images of certain items or from certain angles,” said Travis. “From those I have tried to, within reason, faithfully reproduce those exteriors.”

He hand made a lot of the details like this copper lamp. Everything was hand made except the glass to be a scaled down version of the original. Travis deliberately made sloppy welds to match the original and he’ll weather the copper before he installs it.

To build Village Haus, he used foam blocks cut to shape and then did a hard coating before covering it in mortar and then painting it to resemble weathered rock.

We think he did a terrific job. When he turns on lighting or adds a bit more decoration, it’s easy to forget the low ceiling and imagine yourself in Fantasyland itself.

Travis plans to do more videos on his YouTube channel and we plan to follow this project. All I can think about is how cool it would be to have a party here or cosplay photoshoot.

Do you know anyone who has a Disney obsession that’s Imagineer level fantastic?


(Photos courtesy Travis, except real Village Haus which is courtesy Loren Javier via Flickr cc-nd-20 license)

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Walt’s Frozen Head film finally debuting at film festival, then in Orlando

There’s a strange dark sense of humor that runs through Disney fandom. One of the long running ghoulish jokes is that Walt Disney didn’t actually die, but rather had his head cryogenically frozen in hopes of being revived in the future and that occasionally theme park managers consult Walt’s head for how to run the park. It’s not true, of course, but it is the conceit behind a quirky comedy – “The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head.”

Although the movie was filmed back around 2015, the movie is just having its film festival premiere next month in Santa Cruz followed shortly by a premiere in Orlando on October 13. Post-production took a bit longer than the film’s producers originally envisioned. But it’s worth it to get it right.

You can watch the original trailer here:

The filmmakers made this film without the knowledge or permission of the Walt Disney Company, including filming inside Disney’s theme parks.

The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head is a quirky comedy about the unlikely friendship between the frozen head of Walt and Peter, a low level theme park employee. During his yearly dethaw to oversee the direction of his company and guard his creative legacy, Walt demands to be finally allowed up to see his final dream, Walt Disney World. When management scoffs, he recruits Peter, a low level cast member, to kidnap him for a day in the Magic Kingdom.

The film stars Ron Schneider as Walt and Daniel Cooksley as Peter. Schneider is known for his long history performing and writing for theme parks across America, including Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando, and EPCOT Center, where he originated the strolling character of Dreamfinder for the much beloved Journey into Imagination pavilion.

“I’ve been a passionate fan of Walt Disney’s since the 1950s, I never could have imagined I could have been a part of anything like this,” says Schneider. “It’s a wild story told with respect, humor and a lot of love.”

The film’s world premiere will be held at the Santa Cruz Film Festival a week earlier on October 4 at 9:15pm, with an additional screening at the festival on October 6 at 2:30pm. The film’s producers will be on hand for a Q&A at both screenings. Tickets are available on their website: www.santacruzfilmfestival.org.

A week later, the film will screen in Orlando at the Marshall Ellis Theater on October 13 at 7pm. Many of the cast and crew are expected to attend. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and cast. Tickets are available at waltsfrozenheadscreening.eventbrite.com.

The producers are anticipating announcing more screenings at film festivals across the country soon.

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Facebook page run by Disney historian forced to change name

We recently heard from Leo Holzer, friend of this blog, Disney historian, and organizer of the fan group that was formerly known as “Friends of the Walt Disney Family Museum,” over a bit of a rough spot they found themselves in after Facebook delisted their page following a report.

As with a lot of interactions small organizations find themselves having with Facebook, there isn’t a lot of explanation behind why the page was delisted. As far as Holzer can tell, a report was made and it was determined that placing “Friends of” before the institution’s name and the disclosure in the “about us” tab that they were an independent page administered by Disney historians, authors, and students of Disney history wasn’t enough to stop confusion with the official page.

Therefore, “after operating on Facebook for nearly a decade and organically growing an audience which expressed more than 18,600 likes, we find ourselves back at the starting point” said Holzer.

The new page is called “It All Started with Walt Disney” and Holzer hopes that some of previous page’s fans are readers of The Disney Blog who will return to like the new page.

Here’s more from Holzer on the mission of his page:

“It All Started With Walt Disney” is an independently operated page for people who study the life, legacy and history of Walt Disney and his team with a bit of timely topical Disney Company news.

Other than the new name, not much will change. We’ll continue to support nonfiction books and documentary films by historians like David Lesjak, Jeff Kurtti, Jim Korkis, Didier Ghez, Dave Bossert, Mindy Johnson, JB Kaufman, Michael Barrier, Don Hahn, Leslie Iwerks, Ted Thomas and others.

We will continue to promote institutions with public events encouraging the study of Disney history, including Diane Disney Miller’s “living book” — The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco — as well as others like Walt’s Hometown Museum in Marceline, Mo.; Carolwood Pacific Historic Society and Walt’s Barn at Griffith Park in Los Angeles; Walt’s Birthplace in Chicago; the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco; Thank You Walt Disney in Kansas City; and, the Ben Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga.

We’ll make note of anniversaries and significant dates in the history of the Disney family and the people who played important roles in the success of The Walt Disney Company, including those who worked at the studios or the theme parks.

We’d like to thank you for joining us in this time of transition and letting your Disney-loving friends know that we’re back because “Walt had a dream and that was the start.”

Please help us rebuild by spreading the word, sharing with old friends and inviting new ones to be our guests. Visit, enjoy, and contribute to telling and preserving the story and legacy of Walt Disney.

If you work at Facebook and can help Holzer recover the page, merge the old page with the new name, or even just recover content from the previous page, I’m sure your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Toy Story 3 – fans create live action shot-for-shot recreation

Using a combination of live-action and stop motion, two fans, brothers Morgan and Mason McGrew, have working on a shot-for-shot recreation of Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The project started in 2011 and, with the help of their family and friends, they built sets, borrowed props (like a garbage truck), and spent hundreds and hundreds of hours shooting stop motion footage.

A statement on their YouTube channel says:

“This project has been an incredible undertaking, and we’ve made the decision to have this complete by 2019. At this time, I’m not quite sure what a release will look like, but I do know that this has to be done by next year. We’re both pursuing college and full-time careers right now, and it’s time to wrap this side-project up.”

You can watch the first trailer for the film below!

We think it looks great! A faithful recreation made possible by a lot of Imagination and Disney’s propensity to make so many toys from the Toy Story franchise that you can actually create faces with different emotions.

The brothers were quite young when they started the project (around 11 and 14). You can track their progress on the project’s Facebook page.

We haven’t heard much about Pixar’s Toy Story 4, but it is still on the release calendar for June 21, 2019.

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Disney World Salons add Disney Couture Character Makeovers for all ages

It’s been a trend ever since the idea of DisneyBounding took off. Disney fans of all ages were going to the parks dressed with Disney character inspired outfits and often with character-inspired makeup to boot. As the trend grew, the salons at Walt Disney World found themselves taking requests for more elaborate character makeovers from guests who wanted that special Disney look for a day in the park or perhaps even a big event, like a wedding. New ‘Character Couture’ makeover packages make this a permanent offering on Disney’s salon menu.

From Ursula and Ariel to Cinderella and Maleficent, you can now indulging in an array of custom character-inspired makeovers at salons across Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s new Character Couture packages offer sophisticated hairstyles, as well as detailed makeup and nail designs inspired by Disney characters.

We were given an look at what your Disney Character Couture Makeover may look like as this model was being transformed into Ariel.

“This is all about creating a stylish, new way for guests to have fun and be creative,” said Joseph Motowidlak, guest experience manager at Walt Disney World Spas. “Our makeover experts consult with guests to create a character-inspired look that captures their personality and Disney style. It’s a salon experience only Disney could create.”

Makeovers are available for guests ages four and up. And with a little pixie dust, style options are limitless at a Disney salon. An out-of-this-world galactic transformation inspired by Star Wars characters, a regal style befitting a Disney Princess, or a spooky-yet-glamorous look inspired by a Disney Villain are just a few of the possibilities.

Packages and Locations

Whatever look you choose, you get to step into the stories of your favorite characters with these transformative makeovers. That starts with choosing from three makeover options. Storybook Style features a character-inspired hairstyle, including fancy up-do. Magical Makeover compliments the hairstyle with intricate makeup. Rounding out the options, the Timeless Transformation includes hairstyle, makeup and nails.

Services are available at salons at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels including Ivy Trellis at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, La Vida Salon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Salon by the Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Experiencing a Character Couture makeover can be a fun day out for best friends, a great way to get dolled up before a birthday or anniversary celebration, or a unique way to express a guest’s individual style while on vacation.

Packages start at $50 for kids and $75 for adults and go up to $150 for the full couture makeover.

Appointments are strongly recommended. To make a reservation, guests can call (407) WDW-SPAS, or (407) 939-7727.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  3. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  4. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Run The Race 5K -Christian Fun Run & Walk

    November 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am UTC+0
  6. Day of Thanks – Community Food Give Away

    November 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  7. Xtreme Sports Festival

    November 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  8. SWFLORIDA CON

    November 17 @ 10:00 am - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  9. DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts 2018

    November 17 @ 10:00 am - November 18 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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    November 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0

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  2. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  3. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  4. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Run The Race 5K -Christian Fun Run & Walk

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  8. SWFLORIDA CON

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  9. DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts 2018

    November 17 @ 10:00 am - November 18 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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    November 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0