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Photo Memories: Epcot Center Pre-Opening Monorail Preview, JeffLangeDVD Travel and Production Updates.

Hello everyone and welcome back for another Photo Memories
update. As we are about a month away from
Epcot’s 25th Anniversary
, I have decided to feature some vintage
pre-opening photos. On October 1, 1979
Epcot Center
had it’s official groundbreaking and begun construction. As
the official Oct 1st 1982 Grand Opening approached, a free Epcot Center
Monorail Preview was offered to Florida residents and
Walt Disney World
resort guests.


My family was staying at the
Polynesian Village Resort
and were notified upon check-in about this
complimentary preview. We acquired our tickets at the Magic Kingdom (in
the Epcot Center Preview Center located where the Walt Disney Story was
usually shown). I remember boarding a monorail at the Ticket and
Transportation Center and circling
World Showcase
for the first time. I was amazed by what I saw next!

It was truly awesome to see the huge
Epcot Center
layout and the massive construction going on as we slowly
glided to our destination, the Epcot Monorail Station. We were then able
to disembark the train and view displays and concept art of this
exciting and inspiring new type of theme park! Disney cast members where
stationed on the platform answering questions and explaining what the
park would be like when it opened! We were also allowed to take photos
from the platform of the finishing touches being made to
Future World
.


 

The shot above shows
Spaceship Earth
before the installation of the mirrors on the base. Also
note in the foreground the entrance fountain can be seen without the
Epcot logo acrylic centerpiece.


My entire family was very excited by this sneak peek and we would return
later that year soon after
Epcot Center
opened on October 1st, 1982! The Opening Day Dedication was
as follows:

"To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome."

"Epcot Center is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative genius. Here, human
achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of
enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting
benefits for all."

"May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it
instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a
world that offers hope to people everywhere."’

E. Cardon Walker

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Walt Disney Productions

Oct. 24, 1982

I look forward to being there again twenty five years later as part of ‘
The Epcot Thing
‘ 25th Anniversary fan event! I will have much more
information on this great event plus announce some special guests in the
coming weeks!

JeffLangeDVD Travel Update: I am once again traveling to
Walt Disney World
this week to record video footage for future projects
and assist in the final planning of the ‘
Epcot Thing
‘ event. As always, while I am traveling you will still receive
the same level of quality service and guaranteed 24 hr shipping you have
come to expect from JeffLangeDVD.

JeffLangeDVD Production Update: I am currently working on my
Epcot’s 25th Anniversary
series with ‘Communicore & The Living Seas
, ‘World Showcase and ‘Epcot’s Millennium Celebration. I will
also be continuing my ‘Class
of
‘ series with ‘Walt Disney World: Class of 1971′. Check back soon
for a ‘Special Collectors Edition’ of a very popular retired attraction
that will include an actual piece of the ride and a vintage photo
suitable for framing. For more details and release information please
check JeffLangeDVD.com. I have included a subtle hint below.


Please remember, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory
topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

Buy It Now – Jeff Lange Presents: Disneyland Class of 1959.

Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1959.

21 August 2007

Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955 Released Today. To purchase this new JeffLangeDVD title, see below or click This LINK.

Windsor, Conn. (August 21st, 2007) -Today, JeffLangeDVD have released their latest theme park title, Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1959.

Jeff Lange brings you a new series of DVDs featuring special years at the theme parks. This second volume features the classic attractions from Disneyland’s first major expansion in 1959. All the attractions that are still in operation are presented as they exist today.

Disneyland Class of 1959 Contains the following complete attractions:

Matterhorn Bobsleds – Fantasyland Track

The first tubular steel roller coaster in the world, the Matterhorn Bobsleds opened on June 14, 1959. This front row run on the Fantasyland track features high speed encounters with an Audio-Animatronic Abominable Snowman!

Matterhorn Bobsleds – Tomorrowland Track

A high speed bobsled run thru the majestic Matterhorn mountain on the Tomorrowland track.

Disneyland Monorail

The Disneyland-ALWEG Monorail System opened on June 14, 1959. Step into the front cab of the current Mark V Disneyland Monorail and glide over Disney’s California Adventure, Downtown Disney, Fantasyland and back to Tomorrowland.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – Port Side

The Original Submarine Voyage opened on June 6, 1959 and closed September 9, 1998. Now the subs are back in this all new E-Ticket attraction! We have recorded six complete ride thru’s (three on each side) and seamlessly edited all the best scenes together. This is the ultimate presentation of this instant Disneyland classic!

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – Starboard Side

Enjoy your favorite show scenes from the Starboard side of the Submarine. This ride thru provides an alternate perspective of the all new subs.

Matterhorn Bobsleds – Night

Come face to face with the Yeti on this bobsled run after dark. This is the Matterhorn like you have never seen it before with slow motion effects and special lighting!

Experience the excitement and charm of these classic attractions that still capture our imaginations after almost fifty years of operation with ‘Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1959‘.

Running Time: 57 Min

For more details on purchasing this title, see below or click HERE.

For more information on this or other titles please contact jeff@jefflangedvd.com or visit JeffLangeDVD.

$14.95





Buy It Now – Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955.

Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955.

14 August 2007

Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955 Released Today.

To purchase this new JeffLangeDVD title, see below or click This LINK.

Windsor, Conn. (August 14th, 2007) -Today, JeffLangeDVD have released their latest theme park title, Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955.

Jeff Lange brings you a new series of DVDs featuring special years at the theme parks. This first volume features Walt
Disney’s original vision of Disneyland in 1955 (it’s opening year). All the attractions that are still in operation are presented as they exist today.

Disneyland Class of 1955 contains the following complete attractions:

Main Street USA

Horse Drawn Surreys

Adventureland

Jungle Cruise

Frontierland

Mark Twain Riverboat

Fantasyland

Canal Boats of the World (Storybook Land)

King Arthur Carrousel

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride*

Peter Pan’s Flight*

Mad Tea Party

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Snow White’s Adventurers*

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Tomorrowland

Autopia

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Railroad

Experience the excitement and charm of these classic attractions that still capture our imaginations after over fifty years of operation with ‘Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955‘.

* Dark rides recorded with advanced low light video technology.

Running Time: 75 Min

For more details on purchasing this title, see below or click HERE.

For more information on this or other titles please contact jeff@jefflangedvd.com or visit JeffLangeDVD.

$14.95





Production Update & DVD Cover Sneak Preview – Disneyland Class of 1955 and Disneyland Class of 1959 Featuring The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

JeffLangeDVD Production Update: I am working very hard on my new
series of DVDs featuring the attractions from special years at the theme
parks. The first of these titles will be
Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1955
. This will feature all
the attractions that are still in operation from Disneyland’s opening
year as they exist today. This has been a very fun and exciting project
for me. I love the concept of seeing how Walt’s vision of Disneyland
in 1955 holds up today over fifty years later!

I am also in production of
Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland Class of 1959
. This will feature the
e-ticket attractions from Disneyland’s first major addition in 1959. The
major attractions to the park that year were the ‘Matterhorn Bobsleds
‘, ‘The Disneyland Monorail’ and the ‘Submarine Voyage‘. As
most of you already know, at Disneyland this year the subs are back as a
brand new attraction Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage‘! I
have just returned from two weeks at Disneyland where I recorded six
complete Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride thru’s plus full exterior
coverage and detailed photography. I hope the result will be the very
best representation of this great new attraction possible!

Below is a sneak preview
of the DVD covers for these new projects. I hope to have the first title
Jeff Lange Presents
Disneyland Class of 1955
‘ ready to release very soon. Please check
back at the beginning of the week for release information and more
details
.


 

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic
or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com
.

Photo Memories: Epcot Center's The Land Pavilion Featuring Kitchen Kabaret Plus Epcot's 25th Anniversary Display At The Walt Disney Archives.

Hello everyone.  Welcome back for more photo memories featuring Epcot’s The Land Pavilion and the great new Epcot 25th Anniversary display at the Walt Disney Archives.

The above shot is a vintage photo from the late 1980’s before the landscape had fully grown in. Note the name of the revolving resturant in the above image. It was originally known as ‘The Good Turn Restaurant‘ (October 1, 1982 – May 1, 1986) before the name was changed to ‘The Land Grille Room‘ (May 2, 1986 – November 15, 1993). In late 1993 it finally changed to the current name ‘The Garden Grill‘.

Above are some great vintage images of the Epcot Center opening day audio-animatronic show The Kitchen Kabaret. The above photos are from the following numbers: ‘Chase Those (Meal
Time) Blues Away
‘ by Bonnie Appetite and the Kitchen Krackpots and ‘The Stars of the Milky Way‘ by Dairy Goods and his Stars of the Milky Way.

Probably the most memorable segment from the show was ‘Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit‘ (above) performed by Colander Combo and the Fiesta Fruit. I remember I always got a laugh out of the way the broccoli singer would raise his glasses to emphasise the cha cha cha at the end of the chorus! Here he is (above right) on display at the Walt Disney Archives in Burbank California. The Kitchen Kabaret closed January 3, 1994.

The archives have added a fantastic new display to the entrance lobby commemorating Epcot’s 25th anniversary including these great early concept sculptures of Hamm (from Hamm & Eggz) and the Boogie Woogie Bakery Boy also from the Kitchen Kaberet show. Please keep checking back for more photos from this great display.

Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s The Land Pavilion 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition is available now featuring the original ‘Listen to the Land‘, ‘Kitchen Kabaret Revue‘, Farmer’s Market scenes, ‘Food Rocks‘, ‘Living with the Land‘ and more. For more information or to order the DVD please click HERE.

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

Buy it Now – Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s The Land Pavilion 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition 2-DVD Set.

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to celebrate Epcot’s 25th Anniversary. This sixth in a series, features the Future World classic The Land Pavilion.

Disc One:

The Land Pavilion Walking Tour (1991-1993)

A walking tour of the original Land Pavilion presented by Kraft. Features the Pavilion’s exterior and tile display, The interior balloons with earth tone colors, Listen to the Land, Kitchen Kabaret and Harvest Theater exteriors, Farmers Market food court and the soothing white water fountain.

Listen to the Land Boat Ride Presented by Kraft (1993)

This incredible video was recorded with an audio mixer and two microphones to capture the main narration plus the sounds of the background audio effects. Features full coverage of the exterior, que & load area plus all your favorite ride scenes including the original opening scene ‘Symphony of the Seed’.

The Kitchen Kabaret Presented by Kraft (1993)

Enjoy this musical review and comedy act showcasing four food groups: Meat, Dairy, Cereal, and Fruits/Vegetables. Your host, Bonnie Appetite introduces the following musical numbers: ‘Meal Time Blues’ by Bonnie Appetite, ‘Chase Those (Meal Time) Blues Away’ by Bonnie Appetite and the Kitchen Krackpots, ‘The Stars of the Milky Way ’ by Dairy Goods and his Stars of the Milky Way, ‘Boogie Woogie Bakery Boy’ by The Cereal Sisters, ‘Meat Ditties’ by Hamm & Eggz, ‘Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit’ by Colander Combo and the Fiesta Fruit and ‘Kabaret Finale’ by Bonnie Appetite and cast.

Listen to the Land Boat Ride Presented by Kraft (1991)

This nighttime ride thru is the earliest recording available. Enjoy the original score featuring the song ‘Listen to the Land’ and alternate close up coverage of the ‘Symphony of the Seed’ opening scene.

The Kitchen Kabaret Front Row (1992)

This up close and personal recording from front row center offers an alternate perspective of this original Epcot Center audio-animatronic show.

Photo Slideshow (1983-2007)

A photo montage of over seventy vintage images spanning over two decade of memories. The slideshow features the entire pavilion and all the changes that have occurred in it’s twenty five years of existence.

Disc Two:

Living with the Land Boat Ride Presented by Nestle – Live Narration (2005)

This was my final recording of the updated Nestle version of the attraction that featured a live host in the boat.

Food Rocks Presented by Nestle (1994)

Attend a benefit concert for good nutrition hosted by Fud Wrapper. Also featuring the Excess, a junk food heavy metal band that detests nutrition. A musical stage show featuring audio-animatronic figures with music based on popular songs by well-known performers.

Photo Slideshow – Food Rocks (1994-2006)

Over forty Images featuring the show itself and the audio-animatrinic figures and props.

Living with the Land Boat Ride – Right Side (2006)

The latest version of the attraction featuring the exhibits and displays as seen from the right side of the boat. This features pre-recorded narration on the entire ride.

Living with the Land Boat Ride – Left Side (2006)

An alternate ride thru showcasing the exhibits and displays as seen from the left side of the boat. This also features pre-recorded narration.

Celebrate Epcot’s 25th Anniversary year after year or experience the magic for the first time by purchasing “Jeff Lange Remembers Epcot’s The Land Pavilion.

Total Running Time: 134 Min

This item qualifies for free shipping on your entire order.

I strive to provide my customers with superior customer service.

All orders shipped within 24 business hours guaranteed!

$27.95





California Recap, NFFC Convention, Disneyland Resort, The Walt Disney Studios, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage & More.

Hi everyone!

I have finally returned after two crazy but fun weeks in California. The trip was very productive producing over 10 hrs of video footage (including 6 complete Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride throughs) and almost 3000 photo images! I was also able to visit the Walt Disney Studios Lot, Walt Disney Imagineering & the IRC Art Corner exhibit, Club 33, Disney historical sites around Hollywood & Burbank and more.

The first big event was the annual N.F.F.C. National Convention. This was a great week of Disneyana overload. A special thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat at the Show & Sale on Sunday. I  really enjoyed meeting many of you who I have exchanged emails with this past year and I appreciate the feedback and suggestions for my upcoming projects!

Another highlight was meeting the very friendly Martin Klebba (Marty, the dwarf pirate from all three Pirates of the Caribbean films).

More NFFC highlights were Neal Gabler’s excellent talk on his new book, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. I really enjoyed hearing how he sort of became Walt Disney like after spending so much time in Walt’s head during the research for the book. Another fantastic presentation was the character voice panel. Below from left are:


Eddie Carroll
(Jiminy Cricket),
Susanne Blakeslee
(Cruella De Ville, Maleficent),
Bill Farmer
(Goofy), Suzy Lum,
Corey Burton
(Ludwig Von Drake),
Tony Anselmo
(Donald Duck),
Russi Taylor
(Minnie Mouse) &
Wayne Allwine
(Mickey Mouse).

This was a historic event to have all this top voice talent in the same room and I could have listened to their stories for hours.

I was especially impressed with the decor and mood of the Haunted Mansion themed banquet on Friday the 13th. Great food and the comedy of Dana Daniels made for a spooky fun evening.

In an upcoming photo update I will showcase the great new Epcot display at the Walt Disney Archives. Below are some teaser photos of this wonderful exhibit.

Production Update:

I am still working on Epcot’s The Land Featuring the original ‘Listen to the Land’, The ‘Kitchen Kabaret Revue’, Farmer’s Market scenes, ‘Food Rocks’, ‘Living with the Land’ and more. I will also be debuting a new series of Titles featuring the attractions from special years at the parks. The first of these titles will be Jeff Lange Presents Disneyland’s Class of 1955. This will feature all the attractions that are still in operation from  Disneyland’s opening year as the exist presently. Finally, be sure to check out my latest release Disneyland’s 45th Anniversary available now. Click HERE for more information or to order this great new title.

As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

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