Category: Disney

Disney Legend Rolly Crump

Disney imagineer and animator Rolly Crump was born on February 27, 1930 in Alhambra, California. Inspired at the young age of three by the Disney Silly Symphony short, Three Little Pigs, Crump began drawing in 1933. He started working with Disney in 1952, doing “inbetweening” or “tweening” to provide the illusion of smooth movements between film frames. …

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Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning

“There it is, Wendy! Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” Peter Pan Today is the birthday of the Disney classic, Peter Pan, released February 5th, 1953. The movie was based on the work Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. Barrie’s Peter Pan was first released …

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Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

Today is the birthday of Disney artist and designer Mary Blair, born on this day October 21, 1911 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Blair was an integral part of Disney, designing incredibly beautiful, unique concept art for a variety of Disney attractions and animated films, including her most well known work on the “It’s a Small World” …

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¡Buenos Días, Señorita! Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Opened On this Day in 1963

“Buenos días, señorita. My siestas are getting shorter and shorter.” -José Tiki On June 23rd, 1963, Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was opened to the public at Disney parks.  It was an amazing event that featured the first Audio-Animatronic show. The new technology was brought about by Walt Disney’s love of animation, and his desire to …

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Disneyland Hotel Reopens July 2 with Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Disneyland fans take heart, the Disneyland Resort is opening in phases and the Disneyland Hotel will soon be reopened with fantastic renovations, including corridor flooring featuring new patterns inspired by the art of Mary Blair, who was the Small World artist and concept artist for several Disney animations including Peter Pan and Cinderella. During the …

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Tiki Tuesday: The Art of Jeff Granito

Meet tiki designer and freelance artist Jeff Granito. Jeff Granito designs colorful art prints and a wide variety of tiki products true to the style of the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Granito is no stranger to the paradisal world of Disney. He works from his home studio in Southern California and has created a number …

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Wonders, Soda Fountains, Hot Springs, and Kitsch on Route 66

Some of the best places to see on the long Rt. 66 stretch between Tulsa and Los Angeles This summer my daughter, her boyfriend, and I took our longest Route 66 road trip yet: from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Los Angeles, California, tracing the route that many Oklahomans took in the ’30’s, as fictionalized in The …

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Moana Brings Tiki to the Young

Disney’s Moana brought the world of Tiki and Polynesia to the screen with music, laughter, and tears, to delight both the young and young at heart! The phrase “art imitates real life” holds true with this film. This piece of cinematic art holds true to the Tiki culture, and the stories of the Polynesian people, …

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