Roast Bob Gurr Event
This was such a fun and funny Day!
VIPs Include: Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, Christopher Crump, Garner Holt, Jeff Heimbuch, Eric Johnston. MC John Eaden, Host Carlene Thie.
Location: Holiday Inn 1240 S. Walnut St, Anaheim Ca 92802.
Date: Saturday, June 13th 2015
Time: 6:30 to 10 Pm
The Marvelous Mechanized Disney Magic Kingdom Event
The Marvelous Mechanized Magic Kingdom Event
Past Event / September 8th 2010
Location at The Disneyland Hotel
VIPS Include Host Patrick Neil Harris, Disney Legend Bob Gurr, Micheal Broggie, Josh Shipley, Larry Nikolai Ethan Reed, Rogger Broggie Jr, Alice Davis, Floyd Norman, Corky Wilds, Kathryn Beaumont, Disney Legend Xavier Atencio, Darrin Huges, Animatronic Designer Garner Holt, Rudy Pena, Butch Borcherding, Michel Campbell, R2D2, C3Po, The Can Can Girls, Michel Campbell, Announcer Brian Sommer, and event coordinator and event creator Carlene Thie.
Many Thanks to all those who helped in aking this event happen, It couldnt of been done with out you, including the help and suport of my husband John Thie and my daughter Rachel Sontag.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Monorail, Matterhorn & Submarines
Past Event / June 6th 2009
VIPS Include Bob Gurr, Jack Lindquist, Ron Dominguez, Keith Murdoch who was the 1955 Anaheim City Manager, Disney Legend Bob Gurr, Animatronic designer Garner Holt & Host Carlene Thie.
Disneyland Yippy Days!
On August 6th, 1970, Disneyland, "The Happiest Place on Earth" was'nt so happy.Disneyland was invaded by a group of long haired, pot smoking radicals known as Yippies.Heading
These three Attractions were dedicated on June 14, 1959, in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Theme Park. Never in Disneyland history had three attractions dedicated on the same day, and never has been repeated.
First was a tubular steel roller coaster The Matterhorn. Disney Legend Bob Gurr played a roll in designing, not just the track design, also the Bobsleds as well.
The Monorail was the first transprotaion system of its kind in America. Which was based on the Alweg Company. Bob Gurr also played a large roll in desging.
Bob also had went to visit this system after Walt Disney visit to Germany. Of course we all know Bob Gurr also played a roale in the Monorail desgin. Which all these stories can been heard on the "Meet Bob Gurr" dvd .
The Disneyland Submarines also was dedicated on this day. Which during these dedication, a national televised audience listed to the host Art Link Letter on ABC shareing this major expansion of Disneyland. Those present were of course Walt Disney, Vice President Richard Nixon, and photographer Mell Kilpatrick took the famous well known image of Walt & Nixon next to the Monorail.
Disneyland Golden Horseshoe Event
It's a lonely business, being the devoted fan of a theme park show that closed 22 years ago.
Or so I thought until last Saturday's Golden Horseshoe Revue Dinner Show and Celebration, presented by the grand folks of Ape Pen Publishing and The Magic Makers.
The evening grew out of the friendship of Ape Pen's founder, Caroline Thie, and the children of GHS star Wally Boag. They felt it was time for a tribute to the people and traditions of Frontierland's Golden Horseshoe ... and they created something as much fun and as touching as the show itself.
Plans for the event were changing right up to the last minute, so I didn't know what to expect when I arrived at the Anaheim Sheraton – maybe a few dozen former Disneylanders; and indeed, I spotted some familiar faces. But mainly there were 300+ people I'd never seen before. They had come from all over America out of affection for the Original Golden Horseshoe Revue.
There's something about Disney events and anniversaries that you have to experience, like finding a connection with your past. I first learned this in 1980 at Disneyland's 25th Anniversary, surrounded by thousands of people like me who simply wouldn't have thought of missing the party. You can strike up a conversation with anybody, because you're all living with the same passion for one crazy corner of the world.
The folks at Disneyland Entertainment sent over the Dapper Dans to warm up the crowd with tunes we all heard growing up. Then the show started with a video tribute to Horseshoe History – a collection of vintage clips punctuated by bursts of applause as each beloved performer appeared on screen. Of course, the loudest ovations were inspired by the first sightings of Wally Boag, Fulton Burley and Betty Taylor at work. Then the Golden Horseshoe girls... and I mean THE Golden Horseshoe Girls: Deedee Bozikis, Arlene Dragon, Janice Gilmore and Georgeen Whitney... took the stage in costume, singing and dancing 'Welcome to the Golden Horseshoe' just as they did when I worked there back in the '80s. Apparently dancers never age.The current headliners of the Horseshoe stage – Billy Hill & the Hillbillies – were represented by emcee (and fan favorite) John Eaden and Kirk Wall's outrageous Elvis medley. It's nice to know that Frontierland's comic tradition is in such silly, capable hands.At my table I was delighted to be reunited with Jim Adams, Wally's long-standing sub and co-star. We swapped stories of the old days of working with Fulton and the Band. Jim had to laugh while watching video of he and Wally rehearsing for a 1980 TV Special, because he had no memory of doing it.-Memories came flooding back quickly, though, when Jim took the stage with GHS mascot Claude Dog and his puppet pals. One adorable clown had trouble remembering his own name... until Jim revealed it was 'Wally'; he'd been named years ago in tribute to the evening's guest of honor.Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Charles Boyer reminisced about Wally and the Horseshoe and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar took us back even further to before the park's opening in '55, when Wally was hired under a 2 week contract.Wally's son, Lawrence, shared stories of his youth and being raised by his mischievous dad. His sister, Heather, gave us a taste of what it was like to have all of Disneyland as a playground and second home. It was touching to watch Wally taking it all in, his lovely wife Ellen proudly at his side. - See more atCongratulations were read from Disney Legend Art Linkletter. Then author Gene Sands, who has been collaborating with Wally on his autobiography, announced that their book, "The Clown Prince of Disneyland," would see release by Fall, 2008.As part of the personal tributes, Jim Adams told the crowd he'd been a star struck kid when – on a break from his Disney job – he knocked on Wally's dressing room door in a pair of monkey feet and asked to meet his hero. He said that Wally opening that door and taking him in was a blessing he'd always remember. “I wanted to BE Wally Boag.”Dana Daniels, star of the 'Golden Horseshoe Talent Show', brought the house down with his comedy magic, ably upstaged by his partner – Luigi, the Psychic Parrot. Dana told the story of his first visit to Wally's room... also on a break from work, but wearing clown shoes. “I ALSO wanted to be Wally Boag!
Folks who work in themed entertainment may not make the big bucks, and we may toil in relative obscurity – known only as the characters we portray – but we make up for it in volume... the sheer numbers of people whose lives we touch on a daily basis.
The people who were there that night… and millions around the world… have had a Disney day brightened by seeing Wally perform. But for Jim and Dana and Dick Hardwick and myself, Wally Boag was an inspiration.
So by the time it was my turn to speak, the only thing I could open with was, “Stop me if you've heard this before... “
I chose to reminisce about my days as a fan of the Horseshoe, when I would run to the GHS reservations podium, hoping that Wally, Fulton & Betty would be performing that day. I spoke on behalf of all of us who had wanted to 'be Wally Boag', thanking him for his kindness and generosity; and for giving each of us a start in our lives as performers:
“Some of us are here tonight... All of us are here in spirit. And we are so grateful to have been a part of this legacy, and proud of what we brought to this wonderful show created by Walt and Wally.
But it must be said that when it came to Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe – nobody could touch Betty Taylor. And nobody could touch Fulton Burley. And no one can touch Wally Boag.” Written by Ron Scheider
The Golden Horshoe Revue Event
Past Event / March 29, 2008
VIPS Include Disney Legend Wally Boag, Marty Sklar, Dana Daniels, The Can Can Girls, Kirk Wall, Jim Adams, The Dapper Dans from Disneyland, MC John Eaden, Host Carlene Thie, Annoucer Brain Sommer.
The 2015 D23 Event
Was Awesome! It was so nice to have so many of you visit. Here is one of those guest who made a point to come by and visit. Disney Legend Marty Sklar and a dear friend Al.Veneza. I will soon put a link to some of the photos taken at Disneyland's D23 event 2015. Thanks Carlene