Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

I remember being up early on a Saturday morning watching cartoons and seeing a trailer for a movie with Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors.  I ran upstairs and woke my mom up.  I told her there was this great movie coming out called Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and asked if we could see it.  Without any hesitation she said no.

I was really confused by her answer, until a few days later when I saw the trailer again and pointed it out to her.  Turns out she thought I had said Honey, I Shot the Kids.

After the movie was released my Saturday morning cartoons were interrupted by short segments about Disney's newest theme park, MGM Studios.  One of these segments showed the backlot tour and how the "bee scene" from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was done.

In 1991 my family visited MGM Studios and while on the backlot tour my sister and I were picked to ride the bee from the film to show the rest of the tour how the effect was done.  A Cast Member came up and asked my parents if my sister and I wanted to be part of the show.  We said yes, obviously. They took us off the tour and onto a sound stage, and there it was, the bee!  Until we saw the bee we had no idea what we had volunteered for.  Having seen that special a few years earlier, I knew what we were going to do.  The rest of the tour caught up with us while Katie and I walked up a ladder and onto the bee.  From there fans were blown on us and we were told to act scared, but I remember just doing a lot of waving.  When it was over we were able to watch the video of us flying on the bee, then return back to the tour.



Does anyone know what happened to the bee?


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tales from The College Program: 10 Years Later

Wow, This week 10 years ago my friend Ralf and I were loading up his tiny car and heading off to Orlando for our jobs in the Walt Disney World College Program. It really does not seem that long ago but since I was 20 at the time and 30 now...I guess it was.

I've decided that todays post will mostly just be pictures from the year and a half I lived in Florida working for Disney.  Let's see what has changed.

First of all, I don't think I could get away with this hair at 30.  This is also the shirt I wore when trying to meet Hilary Duff.


I was also a big fan of wearing my Thriller jacket everywhere.


but as you can see, it no longer fits


Back then I would collect Fast Passes off the benches in the locker room.  Waiting in line was for the tourists.  Unfortunately, you cant even use an hour old Fast Pass now, forget about one that's been expired for a year.


My workplace, The Missing Link Sausage Company has been torn down.


Here's Dan cheesing it up (maybe for Road Dog)


My beloved manager John is still working for Disney, if you see him in the parks, give him a big hug for me!


One time the dude in the middle told me the chick from Evanescence was a "Horses Ass"


Remember the 75 Mickey's?  Here is one painted like Kim Possible.


Speaking of Kim Possible, does anyone know how I can get in touch with Christy Romano?


If you thought my Thriller jacket was my most outrageous article of clothing you were wrong.  Also, my roommate was a pretty tough looking dude.


Can you still buy guns at Walmart?  How did this photo even happen?


I was really skinny back then, even though my diet was all Disney food, ice cream and pizza...lots of pizza


Most of my time was spent with this fool.
My phone can take and send a better photo than this in half the time!


When Disney wasn't paying us enough we became professional guinea pigs.


When I was not busy dying my hair, we were at the Magic Kingdom.


Now we are both married, and Dan has a kid.

Adults..Pfff