Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Davy...Davy Crockett!

My blog was featured in this weeks Geek-End Update over at Imaginerding!  What an Honor!

Alright, well this post is going to switch gears from our most recent adventures though Marceline.  I'm going to discuss one of my other past times, writing letters to Disney Legends.

Back in 2003 I was a cast member at Walt Disney World as part of the WDW College Program.  I worked at The Missing Link Sausage Company on Pleasure Island (very glamorous).  The job wasn't that bad because my hours were from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. which meant I could wake up as late as I wanted and still go to the Magic Kingdom before work.  Most of the time that is....

One week I had to work The Festival of the Masters which meant my schedule was now 7 a.m. to 7p.m.  This wouldn't have been bad at all if it wasn't for Fess Parker, Disney's Davy Crockett being at Epcot at the same time.  Fess owns a winery and was speaking at the Food and Wine Festival about his brand.  The closest I was getting to Fess that day was selling his wine at a tent in Down Town Disney.



It was then that I decided I was going to contact Fess Parker by mail and hope that he would write me back.  I contacted some people though his wines website and they gave me an address where I could write to Fess.  A few weeks later guess what came for me in the mail......




How great is that!  What a swell guy!

Since then I have written many Disney Legends and most have been kind enough to write me back.  So every once in a while i'll share some of the letters they have been kind enough to send me.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Midget Autopia

When I visited Marceline I thought I knew of all the Walt Disney landmarks scattered around town, but I was wrong.  When the Midget Autopia closed in Disneyland Walt had the entire ride shipped to Marceline.  Unfortunately Walt and Roy were not able to make it to the dedication ceremony so the attraction was opened by Marceline's Mayor.



Sadly because of the constant maintenance needed for the little cars the attraction did not last very long in Marceline, but if you think they tore the track down then you've got another thing coming.  The track is still there and so is the queue. (They just threw some tables under it and made it into a picnic area).  It was raining pretty heavily but that didn't stop me from doing a few laps and taking some pictures.



In the back right of the above picture you can see the swimming pool that Walt dedicated to the town.




There's a few more pictures of the Autopia track on my Flickr site as well.....