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Entertainment at Disneyland

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Yesterday a friend and I went to watch The Pixarmonic Orchestra in California Adventure because today will be their last day of shows. Although I’ve walked by this band during their performances, I’ve never actually stopped to watch them play their set. Now that they’re leaving I do admit I regret not seeing them before.

As the band played Pixar songs, performed their antics and got me singing along to great songs I began to realize how fun this show was and how sad that the next day would be their last day.

Whenever I visit the park with friends, we always do the main stuff: Ride the mountain attractions, ride the iconic attractions and watch the main entertainment which would be the pyro/projection show, the parade and Fantasmic. As much as I enjoy those things and the park, I will admit it becomes to be a little stale.

Watching the orchestra at the Pixar Promenade felt different. Not just because I had never seen it before but there were small moments that I’m sure never happen at every show. With such a small audience and small stage, the performance felt very lively and fresh.

If you frequent the parks here’s some advice: attend the smaller shows. Big Thunder Mountain will always be there, Fantasmic will be going on at least twice a week.

Ub Iwerks

 

Ub Iwerks’ career was tied closely to Walt Disney’s almost as much as Roy Disney. Iwerks and Disney worked alongside creating the company’s most iconic material and characters including Mickey Mouse. Iwerks began as an animator and after having left and returned he worked for Disney as a special effects engineer.

Born 1901 in Missouri and past on 1971 in California, Iwerks list of accomplishments are mostly for the Disney company — Iwerks touched both the filmography and Disneyland. With Iwerks help, Disney’s animation company help take off and standout during its time. He also helped engineer well-known animatronics throughout Disneyland.

Ub Iwerks, born Ubbe Ert Iwwerks, met Disney in their early adult life. Iwerks was known to be a fast cartoonist, allegedly able to produce 700 sketches DAILY. Together, Iwerks and Disney created the first successful sound synchronized and the most popular cartoon in its time, Steamboat Willie (1928), officially debuting Mickey and Minnie Mouse. After Charles Mintz took the rights of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, co-created by Disney and Iwerks, the two began works on creating new characters.

Disney drew preliminary sketches in which Iwerks solidified, bringing to life one of the most recognized cartoon character ever — Mortimer…err, Mickey Mouse. The rest of that story can be a post on it’s own, but after Steamboat Willie brought financial success and a distributer, the two began to really crank out amazing work.

Iwerks left the Disney company but returned, not as an animator but an engineer in the special effects department. Walt had Iwerks work on perfecting the combination method of live-action and animation as seen on Mary Poppins (1964). Iwerks also had a hand in the animatronics in Disneyland having worked on “it’s a small world” and the Mr. Lincoln animatronic in the Opera House on Main Street. AND, Iwerks helped design some stuff for Disney World, although he didn’t live to see its grand opening.

Overall Ub Iwerks contributed so much to Disney and his company and, ultimately, to the history of the company we admire so much. So thank you, Iwerks, for your hard work, we love it.

Stroller Shop has Free Package Holding

 

There’s a double-edge sword effect when it comes to purchasing souvenirs at Disneyland: Buy it early and you have to carry it all day — buy it later and risk the item selling out. Perhaps you’ll want to leave it on your stroller at its designated parking spot outside an attraction — unfortunately even the happiest place on earth isn’t protected from thievery. And how many arguments have tainted friendships from having to send one person all the way back to the car to store items? I still haven’t spoken to my mother. (Kidding)

Anyway! Here’s the tip: the Stroller Shop holds Disneyland Resort packages for as long as you need (until closing) and for free! It’s conveniently located at the Esplanade by the exit gates of Disneyland.

Of course there’s limitations:

  • items must be from purchased from Disneyland, California Adventure and/or World of Disney or other Disney-owned stores from Downtown Disney

  • no personal items

  • no food, perishables

Visit the Disneyland website for their full policies, or stop by and ask your questions at the shop.