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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.