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Orange Bird Returns to Sunshine Tree Terrace D23 Event, Vintage Props from Horizons, Original Journey Into Imagination, Mr. Toad and More – Photos and Video

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The Orange Bird has landed back at the Magic Kingdom! We signed up for the D23 event, where the unveiling of the Orange Bird was met with enthusiasm. There are new posters under the Main Street Train Station featuring the Sunshine Tree Terrace (below, left). The Orange Bird is now visible above the sign at the Terrace as well (below, right).

 

This is the original Orange Bird figure who sits above a crate of oranges (below, left), with a sign on the crate which says “Sunshine Tree Terrace” and that it was packed by WED Enterprises, Inc. (below, right). We love that Disney often goes the extra mile for the fans! The Orange Bird was sitting safely in a desk in Glendale, and was touched up before being placed in the Sunshine Tree Terrace.

 

David Hoffman, Art Director at Walt Disney Imagineering (below, left), spoke about bringing the Orange Bird back – but also about the extensive Sunshine Tree refurbishment. Jason Grandt (below, right), was instrumental in bringing the Orange Bird back to the Magic Kingdom, riding the current wave of nostalgia.

 

Monty Maldovan, from the Disney Design Group, holds up a new, popular Orange Bird Sippy Cup (below, left). The Orange Bird has also made it’s way onto a lithograph (below, right) that is the same design as the train station poster.

 

Casey Jones, Senior Artist with the Disney Design Group, shares a pair of Orange Bird ears that will eventually be for sale to guests (below, left). I tried on a pair of ears and posed with Casey – wearing a Dole Whip shirt created by Richard Terpstra (below, right).

 

Two new shirts were unveiled at the event, both bearing the Orange Bird and the old Walt Disney World logo (below, left). The brownish shirt has the logo on the back. Denise and I both now own the retro green shirt and enjoyed samples of Citrus Swirl after the event (below, right).

 

Here is a close-up of the Orange Bird (below, left). We received a few goodies, including this Citra Sipper – I used to have one as a kid at Walt Disney World – and a fun Orange Bird button (below, right).

 

Video – D23 Orange Bird Returns Event 4/17/12 Sunshine Tree Terrace, Magic Kingdom, Imagineering – D23 had a special event at the Sunshine Tree Terrace in the Magic Kingdom to welcome back the Orange Bird after almost 25 years! This is the complete presentation with talks from Imagineering, Merchandising, D23 and those responsible for returning the Orange Bird to his proper home! Also includes a preview of more upcoming Orange Bird merchandise and the new attraction posters that feature our little orange friend!

After the event, I received a call from a friend at Theme Park Connection to let us know they just received some highly rare props from vintage Epcot Center, and the former Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride from the Magic Kingdom. Before we ever even got in the door, I noticed this sub harvester from my favorite classic Epcot Center attraction, Horizons (below, left). Here is a photo from my archives of the sub harvester as it sat in Horizons (below, right).

 

The first thing we were shown was Mr. Toad and the Devil from the Mr. Toad attraction, along with another prop from the ride (below left and right). Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride closed at the Magic Kingdom in 1998.

 

Denise holds an original Journey Into Imagination sign (below, left), which was displayed at the entrance to the queue. It was very exciting to see and hold the sign as I never thought I would see it again!

 

Next, things got even more interesting when this was handed to me – I recognized it right away and started to get goosebumps. It is the original Jules Verne bullet-shaped rocket from the Looking Back at Tomorrow scene from Horizons (below, left). This is one of my photos of the actual scene in Horizons! (below, right)

 

The space woman below is also from the Looking Back at Tomorrow scene and I was excited to have my photo taken with her!  I am just sharing her photo, sans me (below, left).  I was shown the ship below and recognized it as the desert hovercraft in Mesa Verde also from Horizons! (below, right)

 

It is quite heavy in person and very detailed (below, left) – the hover fans actually turn. This is a photo from my archives of  the full size Mesa Verde desert hovercraft in the classic ride scene. (below, right).  All of these items I’ve shown are now for sale at Theme Park Connection in Winter Garden, Florida. I am just happy to have been able to document these historic items before they are gone!

 

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2011:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2011.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 09, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

Latest Release – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Remember Christmas: Holiday Treat 2011 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2011 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2011)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, The Memories and You! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Br’er Rabbit’s Laughin’ Place Candy Patch, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

All New Summer Releases – Disneyland Summertime 2011 and Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Summertime 2011

Join Jeff Lange as he brings the magic of Disneyland into your home with “Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Summertime 2011″!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean with Blackbeard, The Magic, The Memories and You! plus BONUS: “Magical” A Fireworks Spectacular!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plus BONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular !

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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