Guest Speakers for 2016 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Announced

The 2016 PNW Mouse Meet Guest Speakers have been Announced! The speakers include:

Bob Gurr

Bob Gurr

Disney Legend and former Imagineer Bob Gurr has always been a man on the move. And for nearly 40 years, he’s helped move many a happy Disney theme park guests aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he has often quipped, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.” And he certainly has, developing more than 100 designs for attractions ranging from Autopia to the Matterhorn Bobsleds to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails, and more.

Born in Los Angeles, young Bob was fascinated with tools, mechanical devices and cars. He often crawled through a hole in the fence of nearby Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale to sneak into the cockpits of transport airplanes, while at school he decorated his test papers with sketches of automobiles.

Later, he attended Art Center College of Design, then in Los Angeles, on a General Motors scholarship, where he studied industrial design. Upon graduation in 1952, he was hired by the Ford Motor Company, but soon purchased a rubber stamp marked “R.H. Gurr Industrial Design” and went into business for himself.

Soon after, WED (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises, today known as Walt Disney Imagineering, hired Bob to consult on design of the mini cars for Autopia. Walt Disney was so impressed with Bob’s knowledge and skill that he invited him to join his Imagineering family, which then was solely dedicated to the design and construction of Disneyland.

Over the next nearly four decades, Bob worked transportation magic developing the Disneyland Monorail Trains, the memorable Flying Saucers attraction in Tomorrowland, as well as the antique cars and double-decker buses of Main Street, Ford Motor Company’s Magic Skyway, which premiered at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, and more. Bob also designed the mechanical workings of Disney’s first Audio-Animatronics figure – Abraham Lincoln featured in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

In 1981, Bob retired early from Imagineering in order to launch GurrDesign, Inc., and three years later, joined creative forces with two former Imagineers to form Sequoia Creative, Inc. The firm, which specialized in “leisure-time spectaculars” and “fantastical beasts,” developed King Kong and Conan’s serpent featured at Universal Studios, Hollywood. 

Among his other mechanical feats, Bob was instrumental in creating the mysterious UFO that soared over the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. He also consulted on the T-Rex animated figure featured in Steven Spielberg’s motion picture Jurassic Park.

In 1999, he was honored with the Themed Entertainment Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (THEA). And The Walt Disney Company honored him in 2004 as a Disney Legend, again honored in 2008 with a Disneyland Window on Main Street. Bob Gurr practices a favorite life philosophy as quoted in the words of Malcolm Forbes: “While alive, live!”

Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar began his Disney career at Disneyland in June, 1955 — one month before Disneyland opened.  He was hired to create The Disneyland News, a tabloid newspaper sold on Main Street for 10 cents during Disneyland’s first summer.  Two weeks after he started — at age 21 — Marty had to present the newspaper concept to Walt Disney.  Fortunately, Walt liked it — and Marty says that’s why his career at Disney lasted 54 years.

• After completing his last year at UCLA, where he served as Editor of The Daily Bruin, Marty returned to Disneyland’s publicity and public relations group in 1956, and worked for the Walt Disney Company continuously until his retirement on Disneyland’s 54th birthday, July 17, 2009.  On that day, Disney paid tribute to Marty with the ultimate Parks & Resorts honor: dedicating a window in his name on Disneyland’s City Hall. 

• He moved to WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1961 to work on shows for the New York World’s Fair 1964-65.  For 10 years, until Walt Disney’s death in December, 1966, Marty wrote personal material for Walt, including his messages in the Annual Report and a 25-minute film that expressed Walt’s vision for Walt Disney World and Epcot.

• Starting in 1974, for 30 years, Marty was the creative leader of Imagineering as Vice President, President and Vice Chairman & Principal Creative Executive before retiring as Exec. Vice President, Imagineering Ambassador.

• He is the only Disney cast member to participate in the opening of all 11 Disney Parks around the world, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2001.  He has also received the Lifetime Achievement award from TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions).  In 2007, Marty received the prestigious Professional Achievement Award from UCLA.  Starting in 2008, he served a two year term on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Alumni Association.

• Marty’s community service includes two terms as an elected member of the Anaheim City School District Board of Education.  Twenty-six years ago, the Sklars were among six founders of Ryman Arts, a non-profit foundation providing teaching and mentoring for talented young high school artists. The    free weekend program has served over 6,000 students in Southern California.

Following his retirement from Disney, Marty formed Marty Sklar Creative ”to answer all the requests I receive for concept development, speaking engagements, writing and advice about leadership”. Disney Editions has published two of Marty’s books: “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms” in 2013; and “One Little Spark! – The Road to Imagineering” in 2015.

Stacia Martin

Stacia Martin

When asked to describe her job, Stacia Martin is likely to smile and reply, “How much time do you have?”

Stacia, who in 2016 celebrates her 38th year with The Walt Disney Company, is based out of Disneyland in California, but spends much of her time on special projects for diverse Disney groups including Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney Records, Disney Destinations, Disney Cruise Line, The Walt Disney Archives, the Disney Legends program, D23, Disney Interactive, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Disney Entertainment Productions and the ABC Cable Networks Group.

An early predilection for art led Stacia to focus her professional goals at age seven during a third grade “career day.” Self-trained “with refinements” (Illustration Studies at California State University), Stacia began her Disney job a week and a day after her high school graduation.

At first, it was not strictly art or the tricky “quick sketch” skills that occupied her time; as an avid Disney fan and collector, Stacia first found her niche in the original Disneyana Shop on Main Street in Disneyland. There, and later when opening The Disney Gallery in New Orleans Square, she enjoyed spending time with Park Guests whose specialized questions were well met by her knowledge of Disney lore. Today Stacia continues to share this history as a writer, creating and presenting illustrated lectures, and with appearances in Disney video documentaries.

Alongside art assignments, Stacia has enjoyed an array of duties: being an “Audio Art Director” for Walt Disney Imagineering’s New Fantasyland attractions at Disneyland, an “Audio Archeologist” for the innovative Disneyland Forever digital system, and spearheading the restoration of one of her favorite films, Walt Disney’s 1967 musical The Happiest Millionaire.

Since 1985, Stacia has traveled extensively for Disney. In 2001 she opened the preview center for Hong Kong Disneyland, and exotic locales such as Australia, Indonesia, Scotland and Singapore have shared her calendar with trips throughout the USA.

Recent assignments have continued in their variety: illustrating books, designing collectibles, creating specialty art, and enjoying a multimedia presence across radio, television and podcasts. Favorite writing projects include The Sounds of Disneyland, the elegant book accompanying Walt Disney Records’ 50th Anniversary CD box set A Musical History of Disneyland, and Walt Disney and the 1964 World’s Fair, included in a 5 CD celebration one of the most innovative periods in Disney history. Stacia was also tapped to write the historic liner notes for The Walt Disney Legacy Collection’s 2015 CD release honoring the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.

Stacia says that some of her favorite moments are the simplest ones… particularly the time spent drawing for children. “To watch a child’s face light up when three circles suddenly become Mickey Mouse before their eyes, and then to show them that this is something they can learn to do, too–their reactions, to me, are the true definition of Disney’s magic.”

She is particularly proud to have been named to the inaugural “classes” of both Walt Disney Legacy and Disney “Archives Angels” award recipients. “Being able to carry on the legacy of Walt Disney and his original staff…to create images for people that will mean as much to them as their predecessors have to me…it’s not a job, it’s a privilege.”

2016 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Date Announced

2016 PNW Mouse Meet

Stay tuned for Guest Speaker Announcements and Tickets sales coming in March 2016!

Guest Speakers Announced for 2015 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet

PNW Mouse Meet

The special guest speakers that will be appearing at the 2015 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet have been announced.  The event will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, Washington on Saturday July 11th.

Pete Renaday

PETE RENADAY
Actor/Voice Actor

Pete Renaday is an American actor and voice actor who has done many voice-over and acting roles for Disney films, TV shows, attractions and record albums. His most well-known voice roles in the parks are those of Henry and Max in Country Bear Jamboree.

Other attractions that he has lent his voice to over the years include Walt Disney World’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (as Captain Nemo), The Hall of Presidents (as Abraham Lincoln from 1994-2008), the Disneyland version of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (as the narrator), The Walt Disney Story (as the narrator), the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Adventure Thru Inner Space and Disneyland’s Mark Twain Riverboat.

His Disney film credits include The Aristocats (as the Milkman and Le Petit Cafe Chef) and The Rescuers (as the American delegate). He also portrayed Eddie Valiant in early screen tests for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Renaday is also famous for providing the voice of the Ghost Host on the Disneyland Records album Story and Song from The Haunted Mansion (Renaday was also an early choice for that role in the attraction, which eventually went to Paul Frees). He also voiced Mickey Mouse on several albums in the 1980s, such as Splash dance and Yankee Doodle Mickey.

Outside Disney, he has done acting and voice roles in numerous TV shows, films and video games, such as the 1987 incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as Master Splinter) and Defenders of the Earth (as Mandrake the Magician).

Margaret Kerry

MARGARET KERRY
Actor, Author, Reference Model

Author, Keynote Speaker, Live action reference model and alter ego of Walt Disney’s Tinker Bell.

Margaret started work in show business at the age of 4. Appeared in dozens of TV shows including Little Rascals, Let There Be Stars and The Charlie Ruggles Show where America watched her grow up over the years.

Walt Disney was searching for a nimble mime/dancer/actor to be filmed performing live-action work for the tiny Tinker Bell. Margaret won the role and became the alter ego of the three-inch sprite. The great designer/animator/director, Marc Davis, drew Tinker Bell’s antics based on her acting.

Margaret is now an accomplished speaker, storyteller and humorist. Her new book, Tinker Bell Talks: Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life will be released soon.

You can learn more about Margaret by visiting her website at:
www.tinkerbelltalks.com.

Mark Silverman

MARK SILVERMAN
Voice Actor

Growing up in Southern California Mark Silverman soon became fascinated with Disneyland.  As a teenager Mark would bring a small tape recorder into Disneyland just to record all the voices and sounds from the many rides and attractions.  Mark would practice all the voices from his favorite rides.  Years later Mark would become a professional voice actor and in 1994 his dream came true as he landed the job narrating an actual Disney ride called The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which is now considered a Disney Classic!

Since then Mark has used his voice for many other Disney projects including being the voice of Friend Owl for many Bambi DVD’s and toys.  His voice can also be heard in Disney parks around the world including Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom where he can be heard as several pirates in the interactive game “Treasure of the Seven Seas.”  One of Mark’s favorite Disney jobs was getting to do the voice of Fred MacMurray for the restoration of “The Happiest Millionaire” which was the last movie personally supervised by Walt Disney.

Mark is also very proud to voice the role of the King in the Disney dub of the Academy Award nominated Miyazaki film, “Howl’s Moving Castle.”  Mark still loves going to Disneyland and looks forward to using his voice for many upcoming Disney projects.

Kevin Kern-Kristin Rodack

D23 Presents: “On The Road to the EXPO”

Walt Disney Archivist Kevin Kern and D23’s Director of Marketing, Kristin Rodack, present a sneak peek at: “Walt Disney Archives Presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit”.

This collection of more than 300 pieces will be the largest exhibit the Walt Disney Archives has ever presented at the D23 EXPO, and guests at the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet will be among the very first to get a glance inside the exhibit.

Kevin and Kristin will be on hand with artifacts from Disneyland’s rich 60-year history, along with a preview of the creation of the exhibit and revealing stories about several of the pieces that will be on display. In addition, the duo will give you a look inside Disney’s official fan club and what to expect from this year’s D23 EXPO, coming August 14-16 to the Anaheim Convention Center.

As the director of marketing for D23, Kristin oversees the day-to-day operations of Disney’s official fan club, developing engaging ways to create a two-way dialogue with Disney fans around the world. From marketing initiatives such as D23’s “When Did It Start For You?” campaign—which encourages celebrities, Disney cast members, and fans to share their stories, to the development of advertising, brand, and event strategies—including D23 EXPO 2015, the largest Disney fan event in the world.

Before joining the D23 Team, Kristin, a lifelong Disney fan, worked at Disney Interactive overseeing all digital campaigns for Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior. Prior to her time at Disney, Kristin was the Vice President of Business Development with the brand marketing and digital agency Fanscape, where she worked with such clients as GameStop, Frito Lay, and Toyota. Originally from Connecticut, Kristin attended Emerson College in Boston, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Shane, and son Eli (whose favorite character is Figment).

Kevin Martin Kern is an Archivist with the Walt Disney Archives at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

He is a member of the Archives’ research team, and predominantly works with the department’s collection of historical documents, artwork and books. Additionally, he helps to conduct historical interviews for the group’s oral history program and often assists with the development and installation of the Archives’ historical and museum exhibitions. Along with acknowledgements in several recent Disney history books, Kevin’s writing has been featured in Disney twenty-three magazine, Disney Newsreel, Club 33’s Royal Street Review, and on D23.com.

Proudly from Oswego, New York, Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University and will forever be a student of all things Disney.

Claire Keane

CLAIRE KEANE
Artist

Claire Keane is known for her work as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she made significant contributions to recent hits Tangled and Frozen. She studied graphic design at the Ecole Superieure D’Arts Graphiques in Paris, France. Claire now lives in Venice Beach, California, with her husband and kids.

Joe Herrington

Joe Herrington
Principal Media Designer
Disney Imagineering (WDI)

Joe Herrington has been with The Walt Disney Company for 28 years after joining in 1981 as a Sound Designer creating soundtracks for numerous EPCOT attractions. For the past 15 years, he has created the soundtracks for Disney’s theme parks and attractions nationally and internationally.

Most recently Joe worked on Radiator Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure where he rode the attractions over 800 times through construction, hot sun, rain storms and more to ensure all the sounds guests hear are just right. He is also known as one of the top Cowboy Poets in the country!

Joe will be giving a presentation called, “The Sound of Magic!”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go here.

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