Thursday, June 8, 2018
Disneyana is one of our favourite annual events. It has
something for each of us to enjoy . . . collectibles and trading for
Carol and seminars - entertaining and knowledgeable Disney
speakers for me!
This year we already know all of the speakers, Disney artists Mike
and Patty Peraza, Bill Farmer - the voice of Goofy and Pluto and
Disney Historian Jim Hill who acts as Emcee during the dinners and
seminars. They are all terrific speakers!
It's a 652 mile drive from our home in Canada
to Dayton Ohio but, as always, we were anxious to head to Dayton for
our sixth visit in six years!
decided to spread the drive to Dayton over two days, then when the
event was over make a mad dash home!
goodbye to the dogs at about 10:30 a.m. and made our way to the 1000
Islands Bridge, about 25 miles east of our home. Once across
the US border we followed I-81 south to Syracuse New York and then
turned onto I-90 westbound, across the southern shore of Lake
Ontario, through Buffalo New York and finally across the south shore
of Lake Erie to Erie Pennsylvania where we stopped for the night.
I grew up
in a small village, Port Dover, on the north shore of Lake Erie.
Most summers during my childhood we would venture across the 50-mile
wide lake and enjoy a weekend docked at the Presque Isle Yacht Club
in Erie, PA. As we drove toward Erie I told Carol a few tales
about those family boating trips all those years ago. When we arrived
and got settled in our hotel room Carol said, "Why don't we go down
by the yacht club where you used to tie-up and have dinner somewhere
nearby?" That was a plan I couldn't resist, so off we went!
I didn't recognize a thing!
a huge observation tower at the end of the State Dock . . . it was
built in the mid 1990's.
immediately west of the State Dock used to be home to a small fleet
of commercial fishing tugs and a replica of the USS Niagara,
which was the flagship of Oliver Hazard Perry, commander of the
American fleet on Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
all of that stuff was gone . . . replaced by a Sheraton Hotel and a
huge Convention Center. The yacht club is still there, but
it's hard to spot, tucked away in a far-off corner behind the
smirked and asked, "You say that it's all changed; when was the last
time you were here?"
back . . . my father passed away in 1991 . . . they sold the boat a
few years before that . . . "It was probably between 1983 and 1985."
I told her.
can sure change in 35 years!
We had a
nice dinner at Smuggler's Wharf, a pretty little restaurant beside
the State Dock then headed back toward the hotel. After a bit
of shopping and some TV we crashed for the night.
following morning we were back on the road by 8:30 a.m. and
continued west on I-90 toward Cleveland where we skirted the city
and followed I-271 and I-71 southwest to Columbus, then I-70 to
weekend event is at a new venue this year, the Hope Hotel and the
adjoining Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, located just
inside the main gate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The
Hope Hotel is named to honour Bob Hope who supported American
military forces around the world!
were some familiar signs to greet us as we pulled into the hotel.
were registered and settled in our room we went exploring!
Coordinator Anita Schaengold and her group of hard-working
volunteers were busily getting ready for a wide variety of
activities and an all-time record number of vendors were converting
that big empty auditorium pictured on the right into a shopping
for Disney fans!
We had a
quick bite of lunch at Packy's, the hotel's in-house restaurant and
sports bar. It's named for Bob Hope; in his boxing days he was known as 'Packy'.
lunch we strolled through the Vendor's room and renewed
acquaintances with some of the folks we've gotten to know over the
vendor tables were sold out months ago, but the hall still had
plenty of empty tables in the middle of the afternoon.
vendors had arrived early and were already well organized.
Diana and Tom, from TD Collectibles (above) travelled all the way
from Kissimmee Florida with a load of merchandise.
Carol is pictured on the left talking
with Bob; he and his wife Latosha, from Mentor
Ohio, had a huge display of Disney goods.
Gary & Gary Collectibles hail from Ozark Missouri and always have
some unique collectibles for sale!
Yes, that's a Centaurette from Fantasia. You don't see many of
That Jim Shore figurine of Mickey
Mouse to the right is about two feet tall!
The monorail . . . under
to describe the variety of merchandise available each year in
Dayton. There are movies, movie posters, movie props, comic
books, coloring books, catalogs, figurines, statues, jewellery,
toys, puzzles, clothing, original art, framed prints, Disney pins,
Vinylmations and so much more!
very excited, she couldn't wait to get shopping the next day!
Carol cried as she walked down one of the aisles, "Look at this!"
holding the issue of Life Magazine from October 15 1971 featuring
an article on the opening of Walt Disney World.
magazine has been on her 'Wants List' for years. She bought it
on the spot and said, "This just made my entire weekend!"
(Don't tell Anita that the vendors were selling on
Friday - I think that's a no-no)
picture on the left? That's a very happy Disney fan!
paid $10.00 for the magazine . . . it was a bargain. There are
copies of that same issue for sale on E-Bay for as much as $70.00
and it's trending at $25.00 That's typical at
Dayton Disneyana . . . things are priced fairly, there are no
Even the event is reasonably priced, $10 for a
1-day pass, $15 for a 2-day pass and kids under 18 are free!
the lobby a display was set up for Pirate Packs, the charity that
benefits from all of Dayton Disneyana's fundraising activities.
the weekend event in Dayton raised almost $3,000 for Pirate Packs.
they are hoping to contribute more, and there were several big blue
drums set up so we could donate non-perishable food products.
Packs picks up where traditional school food programs leave off.
Most schools offer meals for needy children, but plenty of
underprivileged kids go hungry on the weekend.
where Pirate Packs comes in . . . they send kids home Friday night
with a backpack filled with enough food to last them until Monday
weekend there were a number of fundraising activities, all for the
benefit of Pirate Packs and the kids they help.
The first of the fundraisers was a quarter auction
that took place Friday night. Neither Carol nor I knew what a
quarter auction was, but we took along plenty of quarters just to be
Coordinator Anita Schaengold, pictured on the left, is directing us
to the light dinner donated for the occasion by her personal
After we had all enjoyed cheese and crackers, salad, veggies and
dips, chips and cookies we were ready for the auction!
Quarters were for sale at the registration desk.
process was quite simple. In order to bid you had to buy at
least one paddle for $1.00. Carol picked up a paddle for each
of us, but some people had a whole handful of paddles in order to
increase their chances.
auctioneer held up the item being auctioned and, if you wanted to
bid on that item you put a quarter in a plastic cup at the end of
your aisle . . . one quarter for each paddle you intended to hold up
for the bid.
As soon as
the quarters had been collected the auctioneer began drawing paddle
numbers at random. If you had paid a quarter for that paddle
you won the item. If you hadn't paid, you called out "No Bid'
and another number was drawn.
It was an
interesting process and a fun-filled evening.
When the auction was over
most of the crowd stayed for a gift exchange. Everyone stood
in a circle holding the gift the brought along, then Anita said,
"Pass the gifts three people to the right." Then we passed two
more to the right, one to the left, five to the right, etc., etc.
After about a half-dozen passes we were instructed to open the gifts
we were holding. Carol's gift bag contained a number of small
Disney toys and figures. Most of them were characters from The Lion
King. My bag contained two Mickey Mouse ball caps and each cap
was decorated with five Disney pins. My ball caps immediately
disappeared into Carol's bag and I haven't seen them since!
It was almost 10:00 p.m.
when Carol and I headed off to Packy's for a late (and light) bite of dinner.
Ooops! The kitchen had closed by the time we arrived. It
all worked out, we weren't really hungry after the snack we enjoyed
at the auction, so I ordered a cold beer and visited with a few
friends in the sports bar.
Carol scurried back to
the room, picked up her pin trading bag and headed off to the
It wasn't long before I
called it quits and headed back to the room. I was just about
to crawl into bed at 11:00 p.m. when Carol came back; we were
both tired after a busy day!
Saturday, June 10, 2018
I woke up at 6:15, rolled over and picked my
tablet up from the night table. When I opened Facebook the
first thing I saw was our friend Paul from Hamilton Ontario.
The caption under the selfie he posted said, "Well just like me,
being the first in line to register for the Disneyana convention in
There were fourteen Canadian Disney fans in
Dayton, but none were quite as keen as Paul who was there for the
package offered by the hotel included a voucher for free breakfast at Packy's.
It was a typical breakfast buffet, juices, scrambled eggs, bacon,
sausage, toast, muffins, porridge, yoghurt, etc. Oh yes, it
also included a bottomless cup of coffee. That's important to
me in the morning!
As soon as breakfast was over Carol joined the
'Early Bird' line. Sure enough, there was Paul in 'Pole
Position', ready to lead
These Early Birds, 75 of them, paid $35 to enter the hall at 8:30
and shop for 90 minutes before the 'official opening'
Carol loves to take advantage of this head
start every year!
long before we were all registered for the event and had our goody
bags filled with gifts from a few of the event sponsors.
everyone was registered the line moved from the main lobby to the
hallway in front of the Vendors area.
I headed inside to get a few pictures before those rabid shoppers
The room had really filled up since the previous afternoon.
There were gadgets and gizmos aplenty. There were whoosits and
whatsits galore. Thingamabobs? About twenty . . .
The monorail was complete!
There was even free Tim Horton's coffee and donuts!
went out of their way to make our group of Canadians feel right at
opened the doors at 8:30 Paul was nothing but a blur! He had
'scoped out' the room the previous afternoon and he knew exactly
what he was looking for. He was a man with a plan!
the day I saw Paul again and again, carrying armloads of Disney
collectibles back to his room. I hope he was able to fit it
all in his van for the trip back to Hamilton!
Carol was about half-way back in the 'Early Bird' line and the first
thirty or forty shoppers had spread out around the room by the time
she came through the door.
She had a plan too . . . over the years Carol has gotten to know
several of the vendors quite well, so in order to conserve time and
cover the entire room in the 90 minutes of early bird shopping she
picked out her merchandise and asked the vendors to put it aside and
add up the bill which she would settle up later.
By the time she went back, an hour or two later her goodies were all
bagged or boxed and ready to take back to the room.
As usual, most of her shopping was done by 10:00 a.m.
before 10:00 a.m. they began the raffle draws for prizes that each
vendor donated for the early birds. For the first time Carol
did not win an early bird draw!
Meanwhile, out in the hall the 10:00 a.m. crowd was registering and
the shoppers were getting anxious!
doors opened at 10:00 it quickly got crowded in the auditorium, but
not nearly as congested as it has been in previous years. The
new venue is much larger and there is a lot more room between the
rows of tables!
right our friend Gwenn from Montreal, part of our 'Canadian Eh! Team'
is searching for pins.
Eric, a member of the Dayton Disneyana club, was really pleased with
the Narnia figurine he picked up!
Anita is photo-bombing Cheryl and her
friends who are all making the Wilderness Explorers call.
Ca-Caw Ca-Caw! RAAAWRRR!
At 11:00 a.m. Jim Hill was scheduled to speak about Bob Hope and his
connection to Walt Disney but his plans changed at the last minute.
The Disney Corporation had announced the evening before that John
Lassiter would no longer be associated with Disney in any way.
Mr. Lassiter, Disney's Chief Creative Officer and the head of
Animation, took a six month leave last November after accusations
surfaced as part of the "Me Too" movement.
Jim spent a few hours in the early morning putting together a
totally new presentation. He told us of Lassiter's early
years, his success with Pixar Studios and, since 2006 and his role in
the Disney Corporation. Although Jim put it together very
quickly, it was an insightful and detailed look at the life of a
very successful and highly creative man who gave us so much.
Carol took a break from the Pin Trading room and we enjoyed a quick
lunch at Packy's before she went back to trading and I headed to the
1:00 p.m. seminar.
This time we listened to Mike Peraza and Bill Farmer talk about two
of the projects they worked together on, A Goofy Movie and Goof
Troop. Mike is credited as Creator, Art Director, Concept
Artist & Character Design for Goof Troop, and Bill has been the
voice actor for all productions involving Goofy since 1986.
It quickly became obvious that the two men became good friends when
they worked together. Mike used the overhead projector to show
some pictures from their flight to Dayton. The two couples
travelled together and in one picture Mike's wife and fellow Disney
Artist Patty can be seen sitting outside on the wing of the
In the next picture she is clinging for dear life
from the engine cowl on the wing. It was made even funnier
when Goofy joined in with Mike to give us some of the color
Once the two entertainers managed to focus on their original topic
Mike described how the story line developed and how the movie was
animated. Bill chimed in with all sorts of comments using
various voices and perspectives. Sometimes it was Goofy,
sometimes Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam or Walter Brennan.
Once we even heard from Pat Buttram (do you remember Mr. Haney from
the Green Acres Show?)
What a great session, I really enjoy listening to people who have
worked so close to the heartbeat of Disney . . . and these are
certainly two of them!
seminar of the day featured Disney Artist and Animator Patty Peraza.
She told us the unusual story of how she became a Disney Artist.
Her graphic design professor at University of Delaware asked her if she was interested in
going to CalArts (The California Institute of Art, originally
founded by Walt Disney). Patty replied, "That would be
wonderful, but I could never afford CalArts." The
professor came back a few days later and asked, "If you had a
full scholarship would you go to CalArts?" She accepted in
a heartbeat and a few years later she became the first woman hired
by Disney from the CalArts program.
Years later she
discovered that her scholarship was funded by Walt Disney’s wife
Patty's first project at Disney was Tron, she designed and animated
those motorcycles! Over the years she has worked on an amazing
variety of Disney movies and her description of day-to-day life in
the Disney Studio as well as her 'inside stories' from the animation
and effects group held us spellbound for more than an hour!
At 5:00 p.m. we all gathered for the first ever
running of the Goof-a-Thon. It was described as a gruelling .02½
marathon. An anxious crowd gathered outside the hotel lobby,
under the porte-cochère, and listened to the rumbling sky.
Dark clouds, ominous thunder and flashes of lightning threatened
Fortunately Obi-Wan Kenobi was there and he
used The Force to hold the weather at bay until the race was
Some Jedi Knights held the racers in formation until the official
starter, Bill Farmer dropped the checkered flag, and the Goof-a-Thon
was underway. Eric, in his TIE Fighter was the official Pace
Car for the event!
It was a hard fought race, once around the
porte-cochère, in the front door and 10 yards down the hall to the
finish line. Eric and the TIE Fighter won with an elapsed time
of 1 minute 12.19 seconds!
Each participant received a fabulous gold medal . . . and the $15.00
entry fee that each racer paid went directly to Pirate Packs.
After the race most runners went to the lobby for a free training
session with some Jedi Masters!
dining room opened at 6:30 and we were welcomed to Dayton by Gary
and Anita Schaengold.
It was a
Goofy Barbecue; fried chicken, BBQ ribs, mac & cheese and all the
fixin's. Boy Howdy it was good!
Disney form, there was
even Dole Whip for dessert!
dinner Jim Hill told us the story he had planned to talk about in
the morning, Bob Hope's connection to Walt Disney.
was back in the early 1950's; Walt was building Disneyland and cash
was running low. Very low! The banks had no more money to
give, so Walt turned to some successful Hollywood icons. The
first one he approached was Bob Hope who was reportedly worth about
$800 Million at the time. Mr. Hope briefly considered the
request and then said no. That's right, he said NO to Walt
bit like the blunder Decca Records made in 1962 when they refused to
sign The Beatles to a recording contract!
Walt eventually got the extra millions he needed; the theme park was a huge
success, and those who had backed him in his hour of need saw their
fortunes grow at astonishing rates.
he was asked, Bob Hope was quick to agree that he had made a huge
Jim Hill was also emcee for the evening and he
asked our three special guests to come up to the podium and share a
funny story from their Disney career.
stories they told were hilarious, we were in stitches!
not going to share those stories with you . . . if you want to hear
this sort of thing you'll just have to come to Dayton.
suggestion though; If you are Goofy . . . do not hang Christmas lights
near rose bushes! Gwarsh!
Then it was time for the live auction. There were some
fabulous items available, everything from Disney themed furniture to
sketches and prints drawn by Mike and Patty Peraza.
The first item up for auction was this hand-crafted bench seat
upholstered in a black and white Mickey Mouse print. The first
bidder called out, "I'll bid $20.00 if Bill Farmer will sit on
it." and the crowd roared with laughter.
That sort of set the tone for the evening though! Bill/Goofy
sat on some very unusual items that night, much to our delight!
the last items in the auction was the Mickey Mouse Lamp Post seen on
the left. I make a lamp to donate for the auction each year.
(In case you're wondering, Bill did not sit on it)
Polly, the young lady standing beside the lamp, is from Cincinnati
Ohio and she desperately wanted to take Mickey home with her. The
bidding finally narrowed down to her family from Cincy and another
family from Cleveland. Polly was bidding aggressively and then
giving the Cleveland folks the evil-eye . . . daring them to outbid
Well, her evil-eye mojo seemed to work. The Mickey lamp raised $220
for Pirate Packs and is now happily settled in Cincinnati! As for
the Cleveland family . . . they bought another lamp I had brought
along to Dayton, so everyone went home happy.
Carol bought a Minnie Mouse sketch that Patty Peraza had donated and
Patty was happy to personalize it for her!
high bidder on a
signed print by Mike Peraza. In the picture I'm showing the
back of the frame where Mike sketched Pluto and signed the sketch.
Then he passed it around and Patty, Jim Hill and Bill Farmer also
hang this one I'm not sure which side should face the wall!
auction was a lot of fun and also a financial success. It
raised over $1,800.00 for Pirate Packs!
The dinner/auction festivities wrapped up about 10:30. I
headed back to the room to relax while Carol dashed off for some pin
trading. On my way back to our room I spotted a large group
from the Chicago chapter of the Disneyana Fan Club, they were
relaxing in a lounge just off the hotel lobby. I sat and
chatted with them for a few minutes,
I had only been settled in that little lounge for a few minutes
when Carol joined us. She had decided that she was too tired
to play with her pin pals so we made an early night of it!
morning the Vendor's area didn't open until 10:00 a.m. so we took
advantage of the opportunity to sleep in until about 8:00 a.m.
breakfast at Packy's we headed into the vendor's room to look around
that every time you walk down one of the aisles you spot something
you missed the last eighteen times through. And on Sunday the
vendors always seem to be a bit more flexible with their pricing.
Perhaps they'd rather sell it than pack it back up and take it home!
spent the morning carousing the vendor's room and the pin trading
rooms while I enjoyed the seminars. We usually leave by noon
on Sunday since we have such a long drive home, but this year we hung
around, almost to the bitter end! I really wanted to hear Mike
and Patty talk about their trip to Marceline Missouri where Walt
Disney grew up.
speaker of the day was Jim Hill who told us the fascinating, and
often hilarious story of how Who Framed Roger Rabbit was made.
As the movie developed the animators grappled with some unique
challenges. How far could they go with Jessica Rabbit? How
much cleavage was too much cleavage? Somehow they rose to the
challenge and created a voluptuous Jessica while keeping the movie's
Farmer took over the stage at noon and told us about the life of a
voice actor. He used video clips of himself and other voice
actors in the recording studio to show us how the film's director
leads them through their lines to get the proper tone and inflection
for each scene.
see the finished product it's hard to imagine that all the dialogue
is recorded with only one person in the room. Each voice
artist works alone, with the director giving them cues, then the
sound editors put it all together.
a lot of help explaining all of this to us, he was joined onstage by
Goofy, John Wayne, Robin Williams, Dan Ackroyd and plenty of other
The last seminar of the day began at 1:00 p.m. and it was the one I
had been waiting for. Mike and Patty talking about Marceline.
A trip to Marceline has been on my Bucket List for a few years and
after hearing Mike and Patty's story I'm even more determined to get
Before they talked about that trip to Missouri Patty talked a bit
about her role as Production Manager on Beauty and The Beast back in
She explained that the creative people were having trouble
developing the basic story line. The original Beauty and The
Beast story, a French fairy tale published in 1740, had a very dark
and gloomy plot. If the animators followed the original plot
lines the feature would have some frightening scenes, like those in
Snow White, that would really terrify young children. They
were stalled . . . they knew they needed to take a new approach . . . but how?
They had a contest! The management team asked the creative
people to go off and create a short animated clip that portrayed their
'vision' for the film. Patty and Mike got busy on their home
computer and created a short they titled "Bubble Boogie".
They played the clip for us . . . my memory may not be 100%
accurate, but here's what I recall.
It started with a dark screen, then the music started,
Splash, I Was Takin' A Bath ♪♫ . . . the classic old
1950's tune by Bobby
Darin. Then the screen lightens and a dishwasher drawer comes
into focus, with bubbles constantly rising in the foreground.
Dinner plates are standing on end, in rows, facing the viewer, with
knives and forks alongside. Slowly the plates rise from the
rack then begin to spin and sway in time with the music. Then
the knives and forks rise to join them, twirling and swaying . . .
wait - was that a Do-Si-Do?
Patty paused the video at this point and said, "Remember, this
was before Mrs. Pots had been imagined."
When she started the film again two teapots danced and swayed their
way to the foreground and then one dipped it's spout as the other
doffed it's lid as if it was a hat.
WOW! Mike and Patty's little clip won the contest back in 1989
and sent the Beauty and The Beast movie in a whole new direction.
Suddenly it was a musical!
Let's stop and
think for just a minute . . . without Mike and Patty’s short
animated clip there would be no Mrs. Potts, no Chip, no Lumiere, no
Cogsworth. WOW! That short clip had an astounding impact!
What about Marceline? Well, it was worth the wait. Mike
and Patty visited the home where Walt grew up, they visited downtown
Marceline which, according to Disney lore, had a big influence on
Main Street USA. They visited the Walt Disney Hometown Museum
housed in the former Marceline Train Station. They planted a
seed from Walt's 'Dreaming Tree'. Patty was the Grand Marshall
in a parade down Main Street and was awarded a plaque containing a
piece from Walt's original 'Dreaming Tree'.
Do I still want to go to Marceline? Oh Yeah!
seminar we said a few very quick goodbyes and hit the road. It
was just after 2:00 p.m. when we began the 652 mile trip back home.
It was a marathon drive, with only a few pit stops along the way.
There were consistent rain showers and a few very heavy downpours
during the first couple of hours but the weather cleared a bit
before we passed through northern Pennsylvania. We had a very
quick bite of dinner in Erie PA then continued to make good time on
through Canadian Customs at the 1000 Islands Bridge at 12:30 a.m.
and came to a stop in our driveway at 1:00 a.m. Three tails
were wagging vigorously when we walked in the house! Jak, Blue
and Jake were very happy to see us!
minutes we had emptied the car, tossed all of our stuff in a corner
and fallen into bed, exhausted after a wonderfully tiring weekend!
Carol bring home?
These are Carol's new pins,
some she bought, others she traded for.
All this stuff was in the Early Bird Goody
Purchases, plates, figurines, buttons, collector coins
and that wonderful 1971 issue of
Carol has always had a soft spot for Lady &
She just had to buy this print!
Gifts and Draw Prizes
Carol's Minnie Mouse sketch from
My Mike Peraza print from the
auction - Mike is surrounded by some of the characters he's animated!
I don't know which side to display!
Yes, both Carol and I
both survived another year at
Dayton Disneyana . . . but just barely!
It was actually quite a difficult weekend for us; it was our first
trip to Dayton without our son Rob. We lost Rob after a tragic
accident last autumn and over the weekend in Dayton we found
ourselves doing a lot of reflection. His annual trip to Dayton
was always the highlight of Rob's year so Carol and I shared some
bittersweet memories during the event.
Rob had always
been Carol's 'spotter' - he understood her tastes and was
always finding just the right items for her to add to her
collection. Alas, that's a talent I just don't have.
We both agreed that Rob would have liked the new venue and the
larger area for vendors.
Shortly after they got home Mike and Patty Peraza posted a sweet
little 'Thank You' picture on the Dayton Disneyana Facebook page.
Carol and I would like to join with Mike and Patty and give sincere
thanks to Anita Schaengold and all of the Dayton Disneyana members
who helped her organize and deliver this wonderful event!
We have been there for six consecutive years and it just keeps
getting better each year!
In 2019 Dayton Disneyana will be in the same place, the
Hope Hotel and the Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center at
10823 Chitlaw Road, Dayton Ohio.
Mark the dates on your calendar - June 8 - 9, 2019 - You
will definitely want to be there!
Special Guests and speakers at the event will be:
Kaye is Director of the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline
Missouri. She has served as a Board Member since the museum
was founded and she lives in Walt's childhood home.
hired by Walt Disney himself, to portray Tom Sawyer shortly after
Disneyland opened in 1955. He soon outgrew that role, but
remained with the Disney Corporation his entire working live.
In the late 1960's Tom and his family moved to Florida where he
supervised the construction of the monorail. When Tom retired
in 2003, after 48 years with Disney, he was responsible for all
Distribution and Warehousing Services at Walt Disney World. Tom is a
Disney Legend and has a window on Main Street dedicated in his
Alex is a
gifted artist who joined the Disney Corporation in 1993. You
will find his art, sketches, prints and sculptures as well as pins
he designs, in shops
throughout the Disney Parks. Alex also refers to himself as 'the
world's biggest fan of Walt Disney' and you will understand exactly
what he means as he describes the many trips he has taken over the
years as he follows Walt's life story. Alex has truly 'walked
in Walt's footsteps' and he loves sharing stories from his journey.
I hope to see you in Dayton in 2019!
It's a 652 mile drive for us, but Oh-So worth it!