Welcome back for another update! I have been working hard on a yet-to-be
announced release that I’m very excited about – keep checking back for
more details. In the meantime, here is some information on upcoming
Disney events that I plan to take part in!
Upcoming Disney Fan Events:
The first event is from WDWCelebrations (the folks who put
together the big
Epcot 25th Anniversary fan event). I will be attending this event with my
good friend Jim Hill (he also
has an article about it
HERE). I look forward to it as we were both in attendance on opening day
and have many interesting memories about this unique Disney park. If you
are thinking of attending please note that as of last week there were
only 30 spots left for the event! More information is below.
A Wild Decade:
WDWCelebrations is pleased
to announce its first Commemorative Event, "A Wild Decade,"
in honor of Animal Kingdom’s 10th Anniversary on April 22, 2008.
Building on the success of Celebration 25, "A Wild Decade" will focus on
unique experiences, including group rides, photos, meals, and other
special events designed to bring Disney fans together to celebrate and
enjoy each other’s company. For more information be sure to visit the
Official WDW Celebrations homepage.
Another great event I look forward to each year is the
National Fantasy Fan Club Disneyana Convention. Some preliminary
information has just been released (see below).
First Look at the NFFC 2008 California Convention Event Schedule:
The 2008 California Convention is still a few months away, but the
Special Events Committee (SEC) is already busy getting things ready for
what promises to be an exciting few days.
Here’s what we can tell you so far. The dates of the California
Convention are July 15th through July 20th. However, just before the
Convention begins on Sunday July 13th, we have an event that is open to
all NFFC members – the "Disneyland Tour of Downtown Los Angeles" with
our good friend Charles Phoenix. For a more detailed description
of this event and links to pictures and a video, check out
this link. You will find the registration form
here and in the February issue of the Fantasyline Express. Remember, seats
are limited to the first 50 people who send in their registration.
As always, our meal events promise to be a highlight of the Convention.
On Tuesday evening, July 15th, we will kick things off with our
Welcoming Reception. This year, the entertainment will be provided by
our own members, as we bring back an event from a few years ago: "
Puttin’ on the Disney Hits". This is where you get to lip sync to your
favorite Disney songs or pay homage to a Disney Park attraction. (Who
could forget the Electrical Parade tribute and of course our own Eric
Roque and his special presentation of "Great Moments with Mr.
Lincoln"?). Get your "act" together and plan to be a part of the show!
For further information, please contact Eric Roque at
The Collectors Breakfast will start our day on Wednesday, July 16th. At
this event we will be celebrating "85 Years of Disney Magic
". 2008 marks the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the Walt Disney
Company; since we are a group of collectors and enthusiasts, we are
encouraging people to bring along a special piece from their collection,
share a picture, or tell a story of something special you have or
remember from the company founded by Walt Disney.
Thursday, July 17th marks the 53rd birthday of "The Happiest
Place on Earth", Disneyland. We will take the day off from regular
convention activities to enjoy the day just being a kid again and riding
all of our favorite attractions.
Friday evening, July 18th, we’ll hold the Celebration Banquet. Our theme
for this event will be a celebration of the 80th birthday of the little
guy and gal that started it all — Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This year’s
entertainment will be Dick Hardwick, an alumnus of the Golden Horseshoe
Revue; with Dick providing the entertainment, the Banquet promises to be
an evening filled with a lot of laughs. Dust off those ears and get
ready for a great event! For more information on Dick Hardwick,
check out his website at
Our Luncheon with a Disney Legend will be held on Saturday, July 19th.
Then, on Sunday, July 20th, we will wrap things up with the biggest
Disneyana Show and Sale in the country.
The SEC is hard at work confirming speakers and seminar topics for the
California Convention; we’ll have more details for you as speakers and
seminars are confirmed.
So, there you are — a little taste of what’s in store for you during
the 2008 California Convention. Start making your plans now to
join us in California in July!
Production Update and Poll:
As I mentioned above I am working on a new project and doing preliminary
work on a few upcoming titles including: ‘Disneyland Classics 4’, ‘WDW’s
Tomorrowland Classics’ and ‘Walt Disney World’s Class of 1971’. I’m also
considering doing a DVD on Epcot’s Flower & Garden festival. I am
curious to know if there is any interest in such a project and what you
would expect to see on the disc. If anyone would like to share any
thoughts please email me at
Suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com. I appreciate all input and really would like
to hear from you (and any ideas on what you would like to see on the
Disneyland Classics 4 or WDW Tomorrowland Classics as well).
As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic
or comment on anything, just drop me a line at