Walt Disney Family Museum Presents – Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

Marc Davis - Malificent

The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (1913–2000). Davis, who was named a Disney Legend in 1989, was assigned and executed some of the most difficult animation for Walt Disney’s leading ladies and femmes fatales from classics such as Peter Pan(1953), Sleeping Beauty (1956), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It was Davis’ mastery of the human form and authority on anatomy and movement that brought these iconic female characters to life and made them believable.

Although his work and accomplishments could fill a much larger gallery, selected artworks mainly from Davis’ personal collection, Walt Disney Imagineering, several private collectors, and the Walt Disney Family Foundation’s collection, intend to focus on a part of Davis’ life and career with his mastery of the human form. Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis’ female characters in film—such as Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty’s title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil—as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis.

“If you can’t draw it, you can’t animate it,” Marc Davis once told an interviewer. He was proud of his drawing ability and had all the reasons for being so. Basically a self-taught artist, he honed his skills through a lonely childhood, and from his life experience he developed a keen sense of observation and ultimately became an excellent draftsman. Davis’ gift for dramatic storytelling coupled with his ability to inject humanity, humor, and emotion into his drawings is what made him stand out.

Marc Davis - Haunted Mansion

“Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there. He’s my Renaissance Man,” said Walt Disney of Davis.

Davis’ sense of style and ability commanded admiration and respect. Employed at The Walt Disney Studio for forty-three years, Marc Davis was a master whose skills proved essential to a wide variety of projects both in film and live entertainment. As one of Walt’s renowned “Nine Old Men,” Davis was the only of the nine whom Walt asked to help in the planning of attractions at Disneyland the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. His creative contributions include attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbeanit’s a small world, and the Haunted Mansion, to name a few.

“Marc Davis became the most prolific Imagineer of his time in developing ideas and drawings for Disney Park attractions. There is a treasury of some of the world’s best-known and most humorous characters,” said Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar.

In 1947, Alice Estes—a promising artist from Long Beach, California—received a scholarship to the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute—a training ground for many Disney artists. With Alice’s goals of becoming an animator crushed because of the male-dominance in the field at that time, Mrs. Chouinard herself assigned Alice to become a costume designer, and gave her the added task of assisting the new animation teacher, Marc Davis.

Marc Davis:Alice Davis

After her graduation, Alice married Davis, eventually working with him at The Walt Disney Studios and becoming one of the first female Imagineers. She designed costumes for a number of Disneyland attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Carousel of Progress—many based on her husband’s whimsical drawings.

Both Alice and Marc worked with a team of Disney artists and engineers to design and dress the Audio-Animatronics® figures for it’s a small world, including famed artist Mary Blair, one of Walt’s most recognizable leading ladies.

The exhibition is aptly timed with MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair, on view from March 13 through September 7, 2014 in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.

Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum.

HOURS

10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

TICKETS:

$20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17.
Admission is free for members.
Admission to this exhibition is free with paid museum admission or for members.

WHERE:

The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

CONTACT:

415-345-6800

Tokyo Disney Resort Celebrates 600 Millionth Guest

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The Tokyo Disney Resort amusement park complex near Tokyo received its 600 millionth guest Saturday, according to Oriental Land Company.

Yumi Sakai, a 39-year-old nurse from Nagoya who was visiting with her husband and two daughters, was greeted by Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters as she became the milestone figure.

“I can’t believe it,” she said. “I want to come here with my kids again and make wonderful memories.”

The resort which opened as Tokyo Disneyland in April 1983 with Tokyo DisneySea added in 2001, marked 100 million visitors in May 1991 and 500 million in August 2010.

Located in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture, the park logged a record-high 31.3 million visitors in fiscal 2013, which ended in March, due to events commemorating its 30th anniversary and a pickup in the Japanese economy.

Epcot Introduces After Hours Wind Down

Epcot Wind Down

Are you looking to extend your Epcot day beyond normal closing? ‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down,’ might just be what you are looking for.

Starting April 17 until September 15 2014, guests can choose to spend time in one of four World Showcase lounges, from the conclusion of IllumiNations through to 11pm. Participating locations will be:

  • La Cava del Tequila – Mexico
  • Rose & Crown Pub – United Kingdom
  • Spice Road Table – Morocco
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy

Each location will offer a beverage sampling and selection of small bites.

‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down’ is available Thursday through Sunday, from the conclusion of IllumiNations through to 11pm, at a  cost of $35 per lounge ,per person (adults and children are priced equally), excluding tax and tip. Park admission is required, along with a reservation. Upon arrival at the lounge a wristband will be issued to provide access.

Reservations can be made at http://www.DisneyWorld.com/Spring or calling 407-WDW-DINE. ‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down’ does not offer any discounts, nor is it available on the Disney Dining Plan.

Peter Pan Meet & Greet Being Moved During Easter

Peter Pan Meet & Greet

According to WDWMagic.com….

The Peter Pan and Wendy meet and greet will be temporarily moving to Adventureland April 12-20.  Peter and Wendy currently meet guests in the queue are of Peter Pan’s Flight.

In order to reduce some of the congestion in Fantasyland, the meet and greet will take place on the bridge at the entrance to Adventureland.

Disney Offers $1 million if You Can Pitch Like a Star

Million Dollar Arm

This may be one of Hollywood’s biggest pitches yet.

For a feel-good sports film called Million Dollar Arm, Disney hatched a publicity event that could land the average Joe a cool $1 million bucks.

It just depends how hard you can hurl.

The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest will launch April 25 at Disneyland and Disney World and on April 26 in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood for amateur baseball enthusiasts who think they can pitch like a MLB pitcher.

The stunt is in the spirit of the sports flick (in theaters May 16), which chronicles hard-on-his-luck sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) and his American Idol-style attempt to discover the next great MLB pitcher among young cricket players in India. The film is based on a true story.

So here’s how the Disney contest works (official rules here): Any U.S. residents 18 or older can compete in preliminary pitching rounds at Disney World in Orlando, Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., or Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival.

The three hardest-throwing contestants from each location will win tickets to Million Dollar Arm‘s May 6 Hollywood premiere, and on the big night, all nine will have a chance to nab a cool $1 million — provided he or she can land a smokin’ 100 mph strike.

Even when the pros cross the 100 mph threshold, it’s remarkable. In 1974, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan made the Guinness Book of World Records when his fastball clocked in at 100.9 mph. In 2011, Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman threw the hardest pitch ever recorded, a rocking 105.1-mph fastball.

Could a mere mortal be next to win big out of left field? In two words: Start throwing.

 

NFL Superstars Join Drew Brees Passing Academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney

Mickey:Drew Brees

This year’s Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7 on 7 Tournament is getting a lot of extra firepower. NFL megastars Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles are joining the Saints’ Pro Bowl QB for the three-day event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fitzgerald (Cardinals WR), Revis (Patriots DB) and Sproles (Eagles RB) will help coach the prep football camp participants along with Brees. Fitzgerald will work with the receivers; Revis will train the defensive backs; and Sproles will guide the running backs during the event which includes one day of position training and two days of 7 on 7 action from June 26-28, 2014 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where NFL pros such as Falcons WR Devin Hester, Jets WR Santonio Holmes and Steelers CB Ike Taylor train year-round under noted trainer Tom Shaw.

The Brees camp will also feature a position-by-position skills competition, 1 on 1 passing competitions and a panel discussion featuring Brees, Fitzgerald, Revis, Sproles and other NFL personnel.

The camp is open to only 24 high school football teams across the country (15-20 players per team). The camp costs $1,500 per team. Teams can register and get additional information at

www.DrewBreesPassingAcademy.com.

For more information about ESPN Wide World of Sports, visit http://www.espnwwos.com.

Disney Junior Now Available to DISH Network Customers

Disney Junior

Following the recent announcement of the groundbreaking, multi-year distribution deal between DISH Network Corp. and The Walt Disney Company, Disney Junior, the popular 24-hour channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, is now available to DISH Network subscribers on channel 168. Disney Junior is available in DISH programming packages including America’s Top 200, America‘s Top 250 and America’s Everything Pak.

Disney Junior is a global, multiplatform brand expressly for kids aged 2-7. Disney Junior invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for young children. Original series include the Annie Award-winning “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” the Emmy-nominated “Doc McStuffins” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Henry Hugglemonster” and “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” as well as the upcoming “Miles From Tomorrowland” and the first Disney Junior Original Movie “Lucky Duck.” Original short-form series include “Minnie’s Bow-Toons,” which follows Minnie Mouse and her pal Daisy as they run Minnie’s Bow-Tique, a specialty shop stocked only with colorful bows and bowties, and “The Doc Files,” an extension of the acclaimed “Doc McStuffins” series, which offers young viewers a glimpse into Doc’s keen deductive skills as she shares an in-depth look at specific cases and diagnoses after the clinic doors close for the day.

Since publicly reporting ratings in April 2013, the 24-hour Disney Junior channel has been the number one preschool-dedicated TV network each week in total viewers, kids aged 2-5 and boys aged 2-5. In January 2014, the channel was home to the top three series across preschooler TV networks with “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” “Sofia the First” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

The addition of Disney Junior to DISH’s offerings follows last week’s announcement of the availability of WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH DisneyXD and Watch ESPN, enabling DISH’s 14 million video subscribers to access live and on-demand news, entertainment and sports programming on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and other connected devices. Authenticated access to WATCH Disney Junior, SEC ESPN Network and Longhorn Network will launch later this year.

 

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny at the Magic Kingdom

Disney Easter Bunnies

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will begin their Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom this Sunday, April 13.

Guests will be able to find them in the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street USA April 13-19 from 9 AM until 5 PM.

D-Tech Me Experience Returns for Star Wars Weekends

D-Tech Me

A very popular activity for Star Wars Weekends is returning this year. The D-Tech Me experience is where guests can have their faces cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.

This year, there will be four exciting new options for attendees to choose from. The options include two returnees: the Carbon-Freeze Me mold (similar to what happens to Han Solo in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back) and the Stormtrooper mold.  New this year are molds of the Alderaan Princess and the X-Wing Pilot.

During the process guests will take part in a 3D face scan. From, there, the scan will be sent to a 3D printer. Once the figurine is created, it will be mailed to guests in approximately 7-8 weeks. (International shipping may take a bit longer.)

The experience will take place in Darth’s Mall, a special merchandise location only available during Star Wars Weekends.  This year Darth’s Mall will be located on Soundstage 1, between Toy Story Mania and the Studio Backlot Tour.

Guests will be able to purchase either a 7-inch figurine for $99.95 (plus tax and shipping) or a new 16-inch figurine for a whopping $1,499.95 (plus tax and shipping.)

To book the experience, please call (407) WDW-TECH. A credit card number will be required to hold the reservation, and cancellation fees may apply. This opportunity will only take place during Star Wars Weekends. Keep in mind that theme park admission is required to enter the park.

Star Wars Weekends are scheduled for May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-8, and June 13-15.

For Star Wars fans, this is a can’t pass up, absolutely unique souvenir.

Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Guest List Announced…Tickets Now for Sale

PNW Mouse Meet

The special guests have been announced for the 2014 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet.  They are:

Glenn Barker

MAGINEER GLENN BARKER
PRINCIPAL MEDIA DESIGNER – WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Tony Baxter

DISNEY LEGEND TONY BAXTER
CREATIVE ADVISER TO WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING

Don Hahn

DON HAHN
PRODUCER – DIRECTOR – AUTHOR

2014 PNW Mouse Meet Tickets are Now On Sale and going fast!  Reportedly well over 50% of tickets have already been sold! Get yours before they are gone…

TICKET PRICES:

GENERAL ADMISSION – $46.99
CHILD (9 & Under) – $24.99

Get tickets HERE