Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vintage and Rare Disneyland Poster at Auction

This spectacular Golden Horseshoe Revue attraction poster is being auctioned on April 24, 2014 at Swann Auction Galleries.

Information About the Attraction Poster
Lot 142
53 3/4x35 3/4 inches, 136 1/2x90 3/4 cm. Walt Disney Productions. 
Condition A: minor creases at edges. Silkscreen. 
Little biographical information exists about Aronson, but he was one of the major designers of Disney posters throughout the 1950s and 60s. This poster, depicting "Slue Foot Sue's dance hall girls," is one of two variations; the other says "Frontierland" across the bottom. It is one of the few early Disney posters with a prominent cross marketing pitch. Pepsi was an official sponsor of Disneyland from the opening day in 1955 through 1990. Disney Parks p. 58 (var). 
Estimate $700 - 1,000 
Regarding bidding: If you cannot attend the sale in-person, you may place bids in advance via telephone, fax, mail, or e-mail, and Swann’s staff will bid on your behalf. You may also make advance arrangements to bid live by telephone during the auction. To make bidding arrangements, contact Swann Galleries at: 212-254-4710. Live online bidding is available via Invaluable. Click on the Invaluable link on the homepage.
This is a wonderful poster that is sure to draw a lot of attention.

Did you ever pick up a copy of the Poster Art of the Disney Parks?

The full press release for the auction is reprinted below.


New York—Swann Galleries’ April 24 auction of Modernist Posters is filled with eye-grabbing examples of cutting-edge design, including a strong selection of Russian constructivist works, which includes seminal pieces by the great artists of the genre.
Among the best examples of these are Alexander Rodchenko’s 1923 design for Dobrolet, the Russian Society of Volunteer Air Fleet, with a message that translates to, “Golden ruble makes everyone a shareholder” (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); Gustav Klutsis’s photomontageBuilding Socialism Under the Banner of Lenin, 1930, his first poster depicting Stalin, and In the Storm of the Third Year of the Five-Year Plan, 1930 ($10,000 to $15,000 each); and Valentina Kulagina’s—who was also Klutsis’s wife—International Working Women's Day / Is the Fighting Day of the Proletariat, 1931 ($3,000 to $4,000).
There are envelope-pushing images from around the world including one by Dutch painter, architect and graphic designer Bart Van der Leck, De Ruiter, a poster for an exhibition of his work, in his signature minimalist and fragmented style, 1919 ($7,000 to $10,000); a group of 10 rare propaganda posters from Mexico, circa 1938, designed by artists from the print collective Taller Grafica Popular for a series of anti-Nazi lectures held in Mexico City ($3,000 to $4,000); and Xanti Schawinsky’s Illy Caffe, 1934, with a bold, post-Cubist face of a woman in shades of blue and pink drinking coffee ($12,000 to $18,000).
Classic Art Deco design is seen in Robert Bonfils’s poster for the exhibition that created the very term, Exposition Internationale Des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which comes with a proof before lettering, 1925 ($4,000 to $6,000); Jean Dupas’s elegant department store advertisement for Arnold Constable, Paris, 1928 ($3,000 to $4,000); Paul Colin’s dynamic Le Bal Fleuri. which captured the spirit of the roaring 20s via two dancers, 1927 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Noel Fontanet’s 7me. Salon International De L'automobile Et Du Cycle / Geneve, which evokes Mercury's winged helmet emerging from the front end of a speeding car, 1930 (each $4,000 to $6,000).
Additional Machine Age-inspired transportation images are A.M. Cassandre’s Chemin de Fer du Nord, with a stylized compass needle, 1929; and Sam Hyde Harris’s scarce Southern Pacific's New Daylight, 1937 ($3,000 to $4,000).
Typography highlights range from Bertold Löffler’s Kunstschau Wien, an exhibition poster that displays the intersection of the heavy, abstract ornamentation of the Vienna Secession and the cleaner, linear designs of the Wiener Werkstätte, 1908 ($20,000 to $30,000); to a collage maquette attributed to Walter Dexel, Neue Wege der Photographie. 1928 ($4,000 to $6,000); Walter Ballmer’s Basel school-inspired Stile Olivetti, 1961 ($800 to $1,200); and Paul Rand’s memorably playful reimagining of the IBM logo, 1991 ($3,000 to $4,000).
A selection of elusive ephemera related to Andy Warhol—Andy Warhol-iana if you will—includes mid-1960s New York film broadsides announcing his films and appearances with The Velvet Underground ($1,500 to $2,000 each) and his celebrated design for the 1967 Lincoln Center Film Festival (also $1,500 to $2,000).
There are three early and important works by renowned Japanese designer Tadanori Yokoo: The City and Design, The Wonders of Life on Earth, 1966, promoting a book by Isamu Kurita, for which Yokoo also did the illustrations ($8,000 to $12,000); Word & Image, the famous poster for his 1968 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and a film poster for Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar, 1968, which employs a symmetrical layout using cartouches and vignettes, reminiscent of old musical posters ($3,000 to $4,000 each).
The sale offers music posters as well, mostly from the psychedelic era, with examples by Martin Sharp and other prominent artists of the 1960s.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pixar Easter Egg Hunt!

Disney released the following video to tease us with their new Disney Movie Anywhere service. It's a cute clip that offers quite a few Easter Eggs from Pixar films. As Lee Unkrich mentions, there are even nods to films before they're released.
The clip below is from the Pixar Easter Egg Hunt found exclusively in the Discover section on Disney Movies Anywhere. Disney Movies Anywhere is Disney's all-new, cloud-based digital movie service.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Art of the Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki

If you're a fan of Hayao Miyazaki and films by Studio Ghibli, then you'll be very interested in picking up The Art of the Wind Rises.

The film saw limited release in the United States and dues to the timing, there wasn't a lot of attention heaped onto the film. The film is gorgeous and I urge you to seek it out when it's released on Blu-ray. The book is a great addition to your library and if full of pre-production art and text about the creation of the film.

Films from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki are particularly stunning and true modern masterpieces. Disney owned the United States theatrical and home video release rights and spent a lot of time, money and effort to provide an amazing English translation and overdub work. My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Ponyo are usually regarded as the most spectacular, although you can't go wrong with any of the other Blu-ray and DVD releases that Disney had a hand in.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Press Release: Carowinds In Bloom

Carowinds has some pretty cool stuff planned for this spring and summer. The Carowinds In Bloom is a new week-long festival set to debut on April 11. It looks like it's a not to be missed event!

Charlotte, NC- Carowinds debuts a new festival this year featuring food, thousands of flowers, bluegrass, and special activities for kids. “Carowinds In Bloom” takes place in the Carolina Showplace area of the park from April 11-20. Admission to the festival is included with park admission.

“It’s been a cold winter we‘re ready to celebrate Spring and what better way to do that than with the music, flowers, food, wine and craft beer of the Carolinas. All that plus our coasters and other attractions our guests will have so much to enjoy, “said Bart Kinzel, Carowinds general manager, adding “we look forward to making “In Bloom” an annual event.”

Carowinds In Bloom Special Events 

  • Topiary Tasting Garden - A Taste of the Carolinas- Sample some of the areas finest craft brews, in the topiary tasting garden. Sunshine, open air, and a beverage handcrafted in the Carolinas, there’s no better way to enjoy Spring. 
  • Johnson and Wales Cooking Demonstrations- Culinary masters from Charlotte's own Johnson and Wales University impress and educate during daily cooking demonstrations. 
  • West End String Band- What's a Spring festival without some good, toe-tapping' bluegrass? The West End String Band is sure to capture your heart, put a smile on your face, and get you moving with just a little bit more of a spring in your step! 
  • Kids Flower Planting Zone- Sponsored by Home Depot, The Kids Flower Planting Zone captures the essence of Spring getting your hands into the dirt to help make the world a little prettier. The Planting Zone will also feature a Kids Scavenger Hunt with great prizes from The Home Depot. Come on kids let’s get to work and have some Spring fun! 
  • A Never-ending Shower of Spring Celebrations- With a steady stream of springtime celebrities - like the Easter Bunny and Snoopy, the Easter Beagle - along with jugglers, acrobats, magicians and more, the fun will never stop. Kids can also create Spring magic at the Easter Coloring Wall and the Easter Basket Creation Station. 

There's a little something for everyone this year at Carowinds In Bloom!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Press Release: Disney Legends And Luminaries Celebrate Theme Park Favorites Of Yesteryear At D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind

Now that we have more details about the event in November, I'm pretty excited! This looks like the type of event that Walt Disney World fans have been clamoring for and won't be disappointed. I'm very excited about the Archives presentation and getting to see and hear Bill Cotter discuss the New York World's Fair!

Are you planning on attending?



BURBANK, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Pluswill take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like it’s a small world andCarousel of Progress.

Presenters and panelists include Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley—and more to be announced.

During the weekend, guests will be able to explore a special exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

The weekend will end with an exciting evening event—Pleasure Island: Rewind. This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include areas dedicated to the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax. And of course there will be a “New Year’s Eve” celebration to cap the night.

Plus, for the first time, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, will set up a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. The shop will also carry a special line from H2O Plus, whose products are featured at Disney Resort Hotels. 

Highlights of D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus will include*:
  • Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: A look at how Disney became a part of the landmark event
  • Lost on the Way to the Fair: Pavilion concepts for the World’s Fair that never came to be
  • Retro Rewind References: Nods to favorites of the past in current Disney Parks attractions
  • That Was Entertainment: Revisiting beloved theme park parades, shows, and spectacles

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets, availableWednesday, April 16, are $190 each and available exclusively to D23 Gold and Silver Members for a limited time. Any remaining tickets will be made available to D23 Free Members on May 28 for $250 per ticket. All guests will receive a special gift in honor of Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York City. A limited number of “Top of the World” tickets will be available featuring reserved seating, early shopping on November 21, an exclusive dinner reception, special collectibles, gifts from H2O Plus and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and more.

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at Additional schedule announcements will be made in the coming months.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In My Backyard: Mr. Barbecue Review

I know, there's no obvious Disney connection and there won't be. Just wanted to highlight some things that are closer to home, so to speak, and I'll be using the In My Backyard tag. So, if you do find yourself near the Piedmont, Triad area of North Carolina, give me a shout out and maybe we can have a Disney meetup.

After almost 30 years, we decided to try Mr. Barbecue in Winston-Salem. This local eatery has been in business since 1962. The restaurant is actually called Mr. Barbecue and Miss Fried Chicken and there are always cars parked out front. Honestly, I've never stopped by simply because we're always heading somewhere else. With the fifteen year-old's growing obsession with pulled pork barbecue, I wanted to try it out.

There's ample parking that should more than cover the inside seating. I imagine that if the parking lot is full, your best option is takeout. You know it's going to be good if you can smell the barbecue smoke from the parking lot.

You order at the counter which is soon as you enter the door. During peak times, especially during our Saturday lunch, there was a small crowd of people waiting by the doors to order. The menu is pretty simple; you can use the order board of a paper menu. Once you place your order, it's called into the back and you pay. The cashier advised my family to sit at a booth while I waited for the food which came relatively quick. My wife and youngest son ordered a hot dog (with chili and cheese) and a cheeseburger, respectively. It did take longer for their food to be prepared.

There are two seating areas (not including the outdoor dining) and it felt like Mr. Barbeque could hold about 60 people. There are booths and tables with a mixture of two- and four-people seating. It seemed like the restaurant had been updated within the past ten years.

I ordered the chopped plate (usually, I will get the tray since it's less food and more manageable) which comes with BBQ slaw, fries and hushpuppies. I substituted green beans for fries. When my ordered was ready, I noticed that I was missing the barbecue slaw and I had fries. The hostess was very apologetic and ordered slaw for me immediately. It was ready very quickly and she didn't charge me for the accident.

It's a bit browner than I'm used to for Lexington Style (I'm also very partial to Eastern Style) so I was a little apprehensive at first. Sadly, my wife dug into mine before I had a chance and she proclaimed that it was spectacular. It was a bit sweeter than expected, but it was very moist and the pork separated very easily. I'm assuming they use molasses or a brown sugar, but I'm not sure. I was extremely impressed with the sauce since it wasn't as spicy as normal Lexington Style. It was a great alternative to standard barbecue that you see in the Piedmont and the taste was more than enough to bring me back for more.

The hushpuppies were a pleasant surprise. They were well-breaded and had a touch of sweetness. The barbecue slaw was another great addition. Growing up in Ohio, I never had pulled pork or barbecue slaw until I moved down here as a teen. I'd had regular cole slaw and I've loved the barbecue slaw the moment I first tasted it.

I included a shot of the chili and cheese hot dog that my wife ordered. She gave the chili two thumbs up. It had a little bit of spice to it and had a great overall taste. Not quite Skyline chili, but a close second for North Carolina.

Mr. Barbecue
1381 Peters Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Monday, March 24, 2014

Press Release: Destination D: Attraction Rewind DATE CHANGE

Destination D: Attraction Rewind

I posted a press release from February about an amazing event happening at Walt Disney World this summer. Shortly after the release, D23 announced a date change.

I attended the last Destination D that celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World and it was not to be missed. I have a feeling this one will be just as spectacular.

Are you planning on going?

Today D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced the date of Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O plus at Walt Disney World Resort will shift to November 22 and 23. Check-in and exclusive shopping opportunities will begin on Friday, November 21.

In addition to this news, D23 is thrilled to announce Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr and other popular Disney Legends who worked on the Walt Disney shows for the New York World’s Fair will be taking part in the event this fall.

Additional ticketing information—including discounted hotel and park ticket rates for guests attending the event—will be posted later this spring on

About Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O plus:
Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions and entertainment of yesteryear. Destination D: Attraction RewindNovember 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort, will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and revealing stories. In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

All D23 events, dates, and talent are subject to change.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Press Release: The Muppets Take Disney Club Penguin

Do you play Disney Club Penguin? My kids played it briefly before moving onto other sites and before they started playing MineCraft. Being a huge Muppet fan, I thought this was a great way to promote the film and bring the characters to a younger audience.

The Muppets Take Disney Club Penguin

The Muppets World Tour comes to Club Penguin Island March 20 through April 1

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, March 20– The Muppets are taking over Disney Club Penguin, the #1 virtual world for kids, for a two-week event where members will be able to dress up like and perform with their some of their favorite Muppets to celebrate the all-new, big-screen adventure Muppets Most Wanted, in theaters March 21. In the movie, the entire Muppets gang takes off on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. And now, penguin players can make their own international performance debuts alongside the Muppets in exotic locations like Paris, Mexico, India, and Germany. Club Penguin members will even get to dress up like the Muppets, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Swedish Chef and more.

Starting on March 20, players will embark on quests, traveling across the island to take the stage and perform alongside the Muppets. Players will have to master performances like singing a duet with Miss Piggy in Great Britain or throwing cream pies with Fozzie in Germany. Along the way, penguins will earn exclusive rewards for their quests. On March 28, penguins will unite for a Grand Finale performance at the Muppets Theater hosted by Kermit the Frog.

During the Muppets World Tour on Club Penguin:

  • Members can leave the dressing room in style with exclusive character costumes including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and more.
  • Members can fill their igloos with the Club Penguin Airliner, Air Pilot’s Seat, Check-in Terminal, Stage Curtain, and Grand Stage Arch to prepare for the Muppets World Tour.
  • Members can collect exclusive items like a floral shirt, tourist camera and straw hat.
  • With the one-of-a-kind Muppet Maker, members can create customized Muppet costumes for their penguins to wear on the island.

Catch the show at

Friday, March 21, 2014

Press Release: Oh My Disney and Mondo Present "Nothing's Impossible" Gallery Celebrating Disney Films’s pop culture blog, Oh My Disney, partnered with Mondo, the collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, to unveil "Nothing's Impossible," a gallery event at this year's South by Southwest Festival that celebrated classic and contemporary Disney films with more than 30 original and fresh posters.

Oh My Disney brings classic and current Disney characters to life for digital audiences through humorous and heartfelt original artwork, stories, articles and videos. 

I chose just a few to share but you're welcome to follow the link and check out the rest of the posters. They are quite spectacular!

Which poster would you like to have on your wall?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kristin Bell Weekly

So, we went ahead and changed our beloved Communicore Weekly to Kristin Bell Weekly. Make sure to check out the new theme songs and Kristin Bell references!

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We discuss the history of Frozen and look back the changes the film went through over the years.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Very Important Post: Foxxfur and the Polynesian Village Resort

Hunting down the lost and forgotten parts of Walt Disney World history is a singular passion. Surprisingly, there are still some elusive areas, like the locations of certain shops and restaurants at the Contemporary, Polynesian and Golf resorts. I took an unofficial tour with a friend who worked at Walt Disney World in the 1970s and he was able to point out where all of the lounges and shops were.

I've taken several tours with Foxxfur from Passport to Dreams (which is incredible, by the way) but we always had questions about the layout of the Polynesian.

Foxxfur recently acquired an employee notebook from the Polynesian Village opening that had floor plans!

Check out her post and make sure to leave her a comment. Seriously, it might be one of the best posts of the year.

Want to start learning about Walt Disney world history? Check out Jeff Kurtti's great look at the first 25 years with Since the World Began.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Last Standing Magic Kingdom Ticket Booth

From the beginnings of Disneyland, you had to purchase tickets in order to experience an attraction (some attractions were sponsored by corporations and were free, like Adventures Through Inner Space). The seminal term for an amazing experience, an E-Ticket, was coined based on the 1959 additions to Disneyland. When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, tickets were used as well. It wasn't until the late 1970s, when Disney experimented with a multi-day passport and eventually shuttered the ticket system when EPCOT Center opened. One of the reasons was that every attraction that debuted at EPCOT Center was considered an E-Ticket.

At the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, we're down to one free-standing ticket booth. The previous one was located outside of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh but was removed when the tree from Pooh's Playful Spot was relocated to directly in front of the Pooh show building. The last ticket booth is currently being used as a Disney Vacation Club information kiosk. I have had a question about a remaining booth that was in or near the Yankee Trader. Any thoughts?

It's also used as a landing pad?

Fitting with the inter-galactic theme of Tomorrowland, Disney Vacation Club welcomes visitors to earth with a few choice images. Including one the local population being stabilized, apparently.

I'll end with a few random shots.

It looks like the door hasn't changed much over the years.

Check out my Mice Chat article on the differences between a 1975 Walt Disney World vacation (with ticket books) and a 2014 vacation.

How often have you walked past this piece of Magic Kingdom history?

 Looking for a great title on the first 25 years of Walt Disney world? Check out Jeff Kurtti's Since the World Began.