Welcome back to Da Mouse at Destination D! Day one brought some incredible tales and footage and I fully expect Day 2 to be all the better. So sit back relax (and please click the refresh button) as the updates will roll on the entire day long! Time for Disney fun as we Celebrate Walt Disney’s 40th Birthday!
8:40AM Destination D’s has a line that stretches quite far…pic in a second.
9:03AM And that my friends is a quick tour of the Disney Archives exhibit at this event…
9:23 We are under 10 mins to go…we will be getting going shortly. The crowd seems a little smaller than yesterday when they were about 1,000 D23 members and guests.
9:32 Disney’s Ambassador Team is out!
9:33 Going to see an all new animatronic!
9:42 Steven Clark Is on stage…and we have an Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament!
9:58 Someone brought his A game to the party…contestant number 4 is on fire!
10:00AM winner is automatically entered into semi-final round of ultimate Disney contest to be held at the Disney expo where the ultimate winner wins a vacation package aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.
10:07 Disney Imagineers are out..
10:16AM Giving a really neat rundown of the thinking that goes into Imagineering!
10:22 the key is to make attractions not real but believable.
10:33 Talking about the details on Disney crates…numbers often refer to Movie release dates…
10:37 World Showcase most detailed area in Disney…
10:50AM in Pirates League near Pirates of the Caribbean attraction they needed to make a wider arch for practical purposes but didn’t like the look of a huge archway so they created a blasted away wall to add the the “archway” without hurting the aesthetics. Just neat.
“You are not getting wall carpet at six flags pal” line of the day so far.
Imagineers truly proud of the detail in Mickey’s new meet and greet on Main Street USA…
11:23AM Disney D-Tales is through…Fantasyland expansion and Star Tours talk now!
11:26AM blue sky team…big thinkers of the imagineering team.
11:29 going through a rough overview of the imagineering process…from blue sky to test and adjust.
6 hours of ride time to complete 54 different rides possibilities at star tours the adventures continue!!!!
…Disney animation resort next…
11:49 Cosy Cone Motel Coming Soon!
11:55AM talking fantasyland expansion now. More details about snow white’s mine train ride coming!
Tiki room announcement coming soon as audio played out of turn!!!!
12:06 Wardrobe from beauty and the Beast will be an animatronic character at enchanted tales with Belle.
New Attraction Announcement! The Enchanted Tiki Room is coming back to a Magic Kingdom near you! The version is said to play close homage to the original version with more details coming soon.
Exciting Day as I imagined it would be now time for lunch see you guys back here real soon!
2:05 And we are back folks…sitting in the front row side again…same seats as earlier today. I do realize some of the quality of these photos aren’t the greatest but I will do a full recap of the D23 event this week with higher quality images. For now though I hope you have enjoyed the updates and stay tuned for a great evening of Disney Magic resuming in just 5 minutes.
2:22 Reading a Miami Herald article about the purchased land in Florida that eventually would be become Walt Disney World!
1962 Project X comes into being when a study was undertaken to examine possible areas of expansion for Disney on the East Coast.
2:33PM “You never said no to Walt.” Marty Skylar
2:37 “I wonder if the people of Orlando know what we are going to do to them…” Bob Gurr after taking 20 mins to fly over the purchased lands for Walt Disney World!
2:54 Placed a big yellow X where Cinderella’s Castle will be.
2:58 only 7 people new about Project X at it’s inception…
3:04 Marty Skylar said Roy Disney really poured his life into Walt Disney World.
3:10PM This not an “I” organization, it’s a “we” organization.
3:18PM Most everything had to be shipped to Orlando including the concrete beams for the Monorails from Tacoma, Washington!
3:27PM The imagineers are talking about what Walt would think if he saw Walt Disney World.
Jack Linquist used to have water gun shootouts in Disneyland…
3:55PM Disappointing opening day for Walt Disney World only 10,000 people attended.
4:06PM Walt Disney World was the largest construction job in the US.
4:08PM the attendance worries vanished the weekend after Thanksgiving when cars were backed up all the way down I-92. The park had to close due to capacity…first time a Disney theme park had experienced such a thing.
4:17 Will be leaving Destination D to attend and cover Pixar Weekend at Epcot. So stay tuned because I will be posting updates from the Pixar speaker session at 6PM and then return to Destination D for Magic Journeys.
The flags are half mast at the Contemporary for Peace Corp Memorial Day
7:18PM On the way back from Pixar Weekends for the Final Session at Destination D…should be amazing. stay tuned and please click refresh to see the updates as they pour in.
8:37 Original Main Street Philharmonic treating us to a very special performance of your favorite classic Disney Tunes…
8:42 “Be our guest…be our guest..”
Marry Poppins, Winnie The Pooh, just some of the songwriting list of the Sherman Brothers.
It’s A Small World which just became part of our culture.
8:43 Richard M. Sherman is on stage…they just let us in that he received a Window on Main Street USA recently.
Just sung a snippet of “Let’s Get Together” from the Parent Trap.
9:09 Just heard the incredible music from the Jungle Book with monkey grunts and all.
9:16 A spoonful of sugar and supercalifragilistic from the Master…Sherman! What can I say other than I’m speechless.
Sherman Talking about how “Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag)” was Walt’s favorite song from Marry Poppins…
9:27 Walt showed Sherman an early mock-up
Carousel of Progress…there is nothing this man hasn’t created for Walt.
EPCOT’s World Showcase March!
9:43PM listening to “New Horizons” a song by Sherman that never made it into the final attraction. Kinda neat.
Listening to “Magic Journeys”…
One little spark! With Dreamfinder and Figment on stage! Every Disney fan’s Dream! Well that and bring the original back!!!
Over 600 Million guests served by Walt Disney World!
Disney’s Dream encapsulated the American Dream…
Cast Member Symphony & Choir performing Tomorrow’s Child…this has truly been a magical event.
That’s all ladies and gents have a good night and see ya real soon…