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Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005


FYI Steve Jobs was a member of the Disney Board of Directors and will be very missed

Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company on Steve Jobs’ Passing

BURBANK, Calif., Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) —

The following is a statement from Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company on Steve Jobs’ passing:

Steve Jobs was a great friend as well as a trusted advisor. His legacy will extend far beyond the products he created or the businesses he built. It will be the millions of people he inspired, the lives he changed, and the culture he defined. Steve was such an “original,” with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time.

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company


A Day In The Life Of John Lasseter


Artists For 2011 Eat To The Beat Concert Series Announced (from Disney.com)

Eat to the Beat! Concert Series

(during Epcot’s Food  and Wine Festival)

Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat! concert series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk hit-makers!

Location: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase
Show Times: Daily at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Please note that Epcot Theme Park theme park admission is required. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. All songs listed below are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the playlist.

Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne

Dates: September 30 – October 2, 2011
“Tell It To My Heart”

38 Special

.38 Special

Dates: October 3—5, 2011
“Hold on Loosely”

Jon Secada

Jon Secada

Dates: October 6 & 7, 2011
“Just Another Day”

Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp

Roger Hodgson (Formerly of Supertramp)

Dates: October 8 & 9, 2011
“Give A Little Bit”

Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean

Dates: October 10—12, 2011
“Caribbean Queen”


Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Dates: October 13—16, 2011
“We Built This City”

Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray

Dates: October 17—19, 2011

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – NEW!

Dates: October 20 & 21, 2011
“Don’t Bring Me Down”

Howard Jones

Howard Jones

Dates: October 22 & 23, 2011
“No One Is To Blame”

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

Dates: October 24—26, 2011
“End of the Road”

Gin Blossoms

Gin Blossoms – NEW!

Dates: October 27 & 28, 2011
“Hey Jealousy”

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Dates: October 29 & 30, 2011
“All For You”



Dates: October 31 & November 1, 2011
“Give a Little”

Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters – NEW!

Dates: November 2 & 3, 2011
“He’s So Shy”

Night Ranger

Night Ranger

Dates: November 4—6, 2011
“Sister Christian”

Air Supply

Air Supply

Dates: November 7 & 8, 2011
“Lost in Love”

Richard Marx

Richard Marx

Dates: November 9 & 10, 2011
“Right Here Waiting”

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dates: November 11—13, 2011
“Go Daddy-O”

The Muppet Movie Trailer 8(:-D

Happy Star Wars Day!!!

MAY the FOURTH be with you!!!!

Take a Flight Back in Time with ‘The Mouse’ « Disney Parks Blog

Take a Flight Back in Time with ‘The Mouse’ « Disney Parks Blog.

posted on May 3rd, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

If you’ve ever experienced The Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, chances are you’ve seen “The Mouse” – a white airplane with a Mickey Mouse icon on its tail. As the tour says, this airplane was used to fly Walt Disney on secret scouting missions over Central Florida when he was looking for the perfect spot to build a second theme park.

The Mouse' Airplane at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I’ve always been intrigued by this airplane and the important role it had in Disney history. After digging through our archives, it turns out the story behind this aircraft is actually much bigger than I ever thought.

Interior of 'The Mouse' Airplane

Walt purchased the Grumman Gulfstream 1 (G1) in 1964, and worked with his wife, Lillian, to select the plane’s interior design and color scheme. (Remember, this was 1960s fashion!). The plane seated 15 and featured a galley, two couches and a desk. Walt even designed his own special seat in the plane, which was in the rear left cabin. The seat was equipped with a special altimeter and air-speed gauge, which Walt added to satisfy his endless curiosity about flying.

Walt Disney Surveying Land in Central Florida

The plane’s first trips took Walt and his Imagineers to and from California and New York to oversee the final preparations for Disney’s contributions to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Later that year, Walt (pictured above, center) began surveying land in Central Florida, considering the site a possibility for his second theme park.

The plane also led Walt (literally) to find inspiration for the look of one classic Disney attraction. According to Mark Malone, son of Pilot Chuck Malone, Walt spotted El Morro fortress while flying over San Juan, Puerto Rico, and remarked that it would be the perfect look for his new Pirates of the Caribbean, which at the time was still in the planning phase.

'The Mouse' Airplane

In addition to taking Walt on his secret trips, the plane also took Disney characters on goodwill tours and visits to children’s hospitals around the United States. An estimated 83,000 passengers have flown aboard the plane, including Disney animators and several famous faces, including former Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as well as Disney Legends Julie Andrews and Annette Funicello.

'The Mouse' Airplane Touches Down on World Drive

The airplane’s last flight took place Oct. 8, 1992, when it touched down on World Drive, west of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and was added to The Backlot Tour for all to enjoy.

Moxie Taste Tests at DDL/IMP Meet Up on March 5, 2011

Moxie is a carbonated beverage that is very interesting to drink. 8(:-D Below are two videos taken at the Disney Driven Life/Inner Mouse Podcast Meet up at Animal Kingdom on March 5, 2011.

The first video features JL(NDM1) founder of The Disney Driven Life and one of the hosts of the Inner Mouse Podcast 8(:-D

This second video features another host from the Inner Mouse Podcast 8(:-D

For more information about MOXIE ck out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moxie

Happy St Patrick’s Day!!! 8(:-D


SHERMAN BROTHERS… DISNEY’S MUSIC MAKERS | The Disney Driven Life. (from Disney Driven Life)


No person has given the world more memorable entertainment than Walt Disney. From Mickey Mouse to classic feature animation movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Disney Theme parks, he has left an indelible mark on the world.  But for many, his unforgettable music has been his biggest gift. Who can forget such classics as “Chim Chim Cher-ee” or “Feed the Birds” (Walt Disney’s personal favorite) from Mary Poppins.  Then there’s the most played song in the world: “It’s a Small World after All”

Sherman Brothers

One of Walt’s many keys to success was always hiring the best talent for his company, and that certainly was true when he acquired the services of the Sherman Brothers. This team of Robert and Richard Sherman wrote more musical song scores for motion pictures than anyone else in history. Their story is magic in itself. They were sons of Russian-Jewish immigrants; their father Al Sherman was an established “Tin Pan Alley” songwriter during the 20s, 30s and 40s. In fact, he wrote the famous song “You got to be a Football Hero.”  Richard Sherman stated that he “Got the bug to be a songwriter in College,” and wrote for many college shows. His brother Robert wanted to be a writer.

Richard said that it all started after college. Both brothers lived in a small apartment where brother Bob was writing a novel and Richard was writing the “Great American Musical” when a challenge from their father got them started as a team. He bet them “they couldn’t write a popular song a kid would give up his lunch money for.” This challenged them to work as a team and pool their knowledge. He continues, “A good song has a story, a hook. That is what attracted Walt Disney to us.” Walt Disney was perhaps the greatest storyteller of all time. Their relationship with Walt began in 1958 when teenager Annette Funicello sang a song written by the boys called “Tall Paul.”  It became a hit tune in 1959, and the publishers at the Disney Company asked if they could write more songs for her which they did. Walt wanted to put Annette in a movie, and he wanted to meet the team that was writing all those songs for her. “That’s how we first met Walt Disney” Richard said.

The Sherman brothers began working at the Disney Studios in May of 1960. They wrote for Walt during the last six years of his life, and in that time some of their most memorable pieces were written. Their first major picture for Walt was 1961’s The Parent Trap starring Haley Mills. They wrote the musical numbers “Let’s Get Together” and “For Now, For Always” in addition to the title song “The Parent Trap.” This was the start of their remarkable and productive career with the Disney company where they wrote not only memorable scores for motion pictures but also pieces for stage musicals and, of course, those theme parks songs we all know by heart.

Their first Theme Park song was for the Enchanted Tiki Room. The story goes like this…Walt had invited the brothers along with five other people to a sound stage. They all sat down in a darkened room. When Walt turned on the lights, they were in a tropical room surrounded by flowers that started to sing songs and by birds that came down from the ceiling and started singing. This was the yet-unknown Enchanted Tiki Room, the first audioanimatronic show. One of the men asked, “What the devil is this, Walt? ” and Walt said to the brothers, “You guys are going to write a song to explain what this is all about.”  Brother Bob suggested that they include a parrot for lyrics, and Walt came up with the idea to use four parrots, plussing the idea further.  It was then the brothers suggested a tropical rhythm, like a Calypso beat. The Sherman’s came up with the word “Tiki” and that’s how the attraction and song got its name.

Sherman Brothers, 1964

Perhaps their best known and most loved song is “It’s a Small World After All,” which was written for Disney’s 1964-65 World’s Fair attraction, It’s a Small World. The Attraction was originally called “Children of the World” and the original idea was that each country’s children would sing their national anthem. The outcome was disastrous, so Walt decided that he needed one simple song that could be translated easily into many languages, and the rest is history. It is claimed that “It’s a Small World After All” is the most played song on earth.

The Sherman’s won two Academy Awards in 1965 for their work in the iconic Mary Poppins with memorable tunes like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and Walt Disney’s favorite: “Feed the Birds.”

And we cannot forget all the theme park Songs. Like all of the Brothers music, songs for the theme parks told a story, setting the mood and involving the guests almost interactively with the attraction. Guest favorites from Winnie the Pooh include “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Wonderful thing about Tiggers” as well as “One Little Spark” from EPCOT’S Journey into the Imagination and a personal favorite of mine, “It’s a Great big Beautiful Tomorrow” from Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, also from the 64-65 World’s Fair. That attraction actually had two songs, both by the Sherman Brothers. After the attraction moved from Disneyland to Walt Disney World in 1974, its sponsor General Electric wanted an updated tune for the move and “The Best Time of Your Life” sung by Andrew Duggan was used. In 1994 during Tomorrowland’s refurbishment, the original “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” was reinstated.

Some of the brother’s best memories of Walt Disney were his kindness and his insistence on the best quality of the product. He was also very generous. When Albert R. Broccoli (Of James Bond Fame) wanted to co-produce a movie with Walt Disney and have the Sherman’s write for the movie (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968), Walt was too busy at the time He did, however, give the brothers a leave from their Disney contract to do the film. This kindness led to their third Academy Award nomination.

The “Boys”

The awards that this prolific team has won are nothing short of magic. They have been nominated for seven Academy awards and won two. They have two Grammy nominations and were awarded one for Mary Poppins. In 1976 they got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003 they won Best Musical for an adaptation ofChitty Chitty Bang Bang. They were also nominated for five Golden Globe awards. They were named “Disney Legends” in 1990 and received perhaps one of Disney’s most coveted honors, a window on Main St. USA in Disneyland honoring the Brothers contributions to the theme parks. They have won or been nominated for awards from Laurel, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Moscow Film Festival, Annie Awards, the Christopher Award, BAFTA Awards, and, in 2008, President George W. Bush awarded them the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the US government can give an artist. The lists go on, but think of just how different the songs of Disney would be if not for the genius and dedication of the Sherman Brothers, Disney’s Music Makers.

Contributed by: Bill Iadonisi (NDH#35) Bill is the DDL History Blogger.

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