Disney Animator Dave Michener Dead at Age 85

Animator and story artist Dave Michener, who worked at Walt Disney Studios for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 85.  His wife Donna said he died at his Los Angeles home on February 15 from complications due to a virus.

Michener co-directed “The Great Mouse Detective” alongside John Musker and Ron Clements.

Michener starting with Disney in 1956, right out of college, and worked there until his retirement in 1987.  He contributed to classics like “Sleeping Beauty,” “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day,” “The Aristocats,” “Robin Hood,” “The Rescuers” and “The Fox and the Hound.”

He was hired by Walt Disney himself, who had seen one of his art exhibits at the Chouinard Art Institute. Michener also produced and directed character animation for Epcot Center in the 1980s, followed by similar duties at Tokyo Disneyland’s “Meet the World” attraction and the pre-show PSA on the history of aviation at Disneyland.

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Holiday Brunch Returning to 1900 Park Fare

The Holiday Brunch will be returning to 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will be offering a character meal again.

The brunch is a prix fixe meal and will cost $37 for adults, and $22 for children ages 3-9.  It is on the Disney Dining Plan.

The days that the Holiday Brunch will be offered are:

  • November 20-26 2016: 12:45 – 2:10pm
  • December 18 2016 to January 1 2017: 12:45 – 2:10pm

The menu will include an all-you-care-to-enjoy brunch buffet with custom-made omelets, carved meat stations, Mickey waffles and more.

Characters from Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland will be meeting guests as part of the experience.

You can make reservations now at 407-WDW-DINE.