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October Florida Recap: NFFC Convention, Adventurers Club Dinner, New Releases and more

Hi everyone!

I had a great trip to central Florida last week, and accomplished all I set out to do. Below are the highlights of the trip:

2008 NFFC Florida Canvention:

This years NFFC Florida Convention was excellent as expected! Highlights included author David Koenig, who gave a highly informative and entertaining presentation on Epcot’s World Showcase concepts that were never realized. Animation Legend Joe Hale (below right) gave an interesting and candid talk about working at the Disney Studios. His recollections included memories of Walt Disney and dealing with Jeffrey Katzenburg, Michael Eisner and more!

Another highlight was Ike Eisenmann (below left), who spoke about his work on the original Witch Mountain movies. He segued into his involvement with the upcoming “Race to Witch Mountain” film and his own animation company. A very special tribute to Disney Legend Ralph Kent featured emotional memories from Gary Sohmers and a panel of Ralphs friend and co-workers. This was followed by a spirited auction where some of Ralph’s memorabilia was auctioned off by Mr Sohmers to benifit Ralph’s estate.

The convention also included a tour of the Walt Disney World Merchandise Warehouse, the induction of three new NFFC legends: Hank Dains, Jess Rubio, Phil Smith and Gretta Verity. A very detailed talk about the history of the Adventurers Club from Disney historian Jim Korkis rounded out the convention and got everyone ready for the special event that followed!

The Adventurers Club Dinner:

When Pleasure Island opened in 1989, I was 22 years old. It was the perfect age to enjoy all that P.I. offered! That included the Comedy Warehouse, a variety of nightclubs – and the mysterious Adventurers Club. I enjoyed the Island on my frequent Disney trips, but was especially enamored with the interactive characters and atmosphere of the AC. When I found out about Pleasure Island’s closing, I was especially saddened as I would not be able to visit the final night. Fortunately, I was given another chance to say goodbye with the NFFC during a wonderful evening as part of the Florida Convention.

I enjoyed a special evening with other NFFC members, who’d waited excitedly to enjoy the Club one last time. All the characters were in attendance, and even more interactive than usual due to the absence of the library shows.

We were treated to a hilarious New Member Induction Ceremony poking fun at all the “Disney Fanatics” in the room plus two Mask Room shows and two Treasure Room shows!

The actors seemed genuinely happy to host our group, and talked out of character a little more than usual at the end of the evening. Jim Korkis ended the eventful night with a final tribute to the Club and the performers (photo below of the cast posting for us).

It was an unforgettable evening, and I will truly miss this unique Disney experience. I hope it returns in some form in the future. For more photos of this very special event, please visit partner site MouseSteps.

New Releases:

I recently spent 3 days recording footage at Disney’s Polynesian Resort for an upcoming DVD and screensaver release! Please feel free to email suggestions for a future resort title to: suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.

Available Now:

Be sure to check out my latest release: Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 5 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2008).

As a special thank you to those that order Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 5 direct from this site, I am including the guide above as a free bonus while supplies last. This was the Boo! What? Where? When? Party Guide Map given out at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It makes an ideal companion to the new DVD.

For more details on purchasing this title, 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.

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JeffLangeDVD Travel Update, Epcot's 26th Anniversary, NFFC Florida Convention, Halloween at Walt Disney World and more.

Hi Everyone!

This week I will be traveling back to Walt Disney World for a very busy week of activities. Highlights include the NFFC Florida Convention which will also include the NFFC World Chapter Meeting and a special Adventurers Club event as well as Epcot’s 26th Anniversary and maybe some Halloween fun!

Epcot’s 26th Anniversary:

I will start my trip by visiting Epcot for it’s 26th anniversary on October 1st! It will be interesting to contrast what will be a low-key day this year to the 25th celebration from one year ago. I had a great time last year reminiscing about Epcot’s past and enjoying an unforgettable day!

Epcot’s 25th Anniversary DVDs – Available Now:

Celebrate Epcot’s 26th Anniversary with these great Epcot DVD Titles!

Click HERE for more information or to purchase any of these Epcot’s 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition DVDs.

NFFC Florida Convention:

Look here next week for an update on the NFFC event, including the Adventurers Club dinner! The NFFC Florida Convention will be held at the Regal Sun Resort from October 3rd – 8th, 2008. If you are attending the show and sale on October 8th, please stop by and say hello (click HERE for a flyer with a $1.00 off coupon). I look forward to meeting everyone! For more information about the NFFC please click HERE.

Halloween at Walt Disney World:

I hope to conclude this visit to central Florida with some Halloween fun. If I have the time, I would like to attend another Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and record more of the holiday decor around the parks and resorts. Be sure to check out my latest release: Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 5 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2008).

As always, while I am traveling you will still receive the same level of quality service and guarenteed 24 hr shipping you have come to expect from JeffLangeDVD. 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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