Thursday, October 06, 2011

In Disney News...

...Disney Legend Jack Lindquist, the first President of Disneyland, will be giving a talk at the next meeting of the Orange County Historical Society in Orange on Thursday, October 13th.

The speech is free and open to the public. Jack will also be signing his book IN SERVICE TO THE MOUSE.

The Orange County History Roundup has more details, and an informational flyer is also available.

I'm not yet certain of my schedule, but I'm hoping to attend. Thanks to my friend Glenn for the info!

...The 3D rerelease of THE LION KING (1994) has been a huge financial success; it was due to pass the $80 million mark earlier this week. Consequently we're going to be seeing several more Disney films reissued in the 3D format.

Disney announced this week that BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) will be released in 3D on January 13, 2012.

That will be followed by Pixar's FINDING NEMO (2003) on September 14th next year. In 2013, Pixar's MONSTERS, INC. (2001) will be out on January 18th, with THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) due in theaters on September 13, 2013.

...MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, the prequel to MONSTERS, INC., hits theaters on June 21, 2013.

...The D23 website pays tribute to Walt Disney World's magical Electrical Water Pageant, which I wrote about briefly after my last trip to Florida in 2008.

...Jim Korkis posted a nice story on THE SHAGGY DOG (1959) at MousePlanet, with more to come in the future.

...At Laughing Place, Ken Pellman -- a longtime reader here at this blog -- has a great story on Ray Sidejas, who just retired after 46 years of service at the Disneyland Resort. Ray was the second man to head Custodial Services at Disneyland. Ken covers Ray's retirement party, which included some amazing gifts!

...As always, Dateline Disneyland has great photos of the current decorations and goings on at Disneyland and California Adventure. For the very latest, visit the September 26th and October 3rd columns for outstanding photos of the park.

...At the Disney Food Blog, Heather reviews the new Paradise Garden Grill at Disney's California Adventure.

...The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the many ways the late Steve Jobs influenced Disney. I hadn't known that it was Jobs who dissuaded Disney from selling its cruise line and licensing the name a few years ago, telling Disney it needed to control its brand.

...When Jobs passed away yesterday, I mentioned he was somewhat similar to Walt Disney, insofar as both men were visionaries who had a huge worldwide cultural impact.

Apple's cofounder, Steve Wozniak, made the same comparison today. In likening Jobs to Disney, Wozniak said Disney brought "a lot of enjoyment... People just loved everything that Walt Disney stood for." He went on to say "It’s unbelievable that one business person could ever touch that many people."

Walt Disney passed on when I was very young. I'm certainly hard-pressed to think of two people alive in my lifetime who have had more far-reaching worldwide impact than Walt Disney and Steve Jobs.


Blogger Irene said...

thanks for the head's up on Jack L. I've been wanting to meet and hear him (and buy his book) for some time now. I'm also going to try and make this though I did volunteer for a school related event that goes from 4 to 6. Hope to see you there :)

7:23 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That's great, Irene! Glad to pass on the news, and I hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

4:47 PM  
Blogger SimpleGifts said...

Hi, Laura - Abigail Disney, Roy's granddaughter, made a documentary series that will be shown on PBS starting on Tuesday. It's called WOMEN, WAR AND PEACE and is about women's roles in bringing peace to war torn countries. It features Leymah Gbowee who was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Abigail and actress Gina Davis, the film's narrator, will discuss the film on October 13 at UC Irvine. The event is co-sponsored by UCI and the Center for Living Peace (my daughter works at the center.)

1:47 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Jane, thanks so much for sharing that information about the work of Roy's granddaughter, I had no idea. I appreciate all the information about both the PBS documentary and the UCI event!

Best wishes,

10:16 PM  

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