Dave    
 13820.4 #4 (DL Qual #4

Mar 14, 2013 9:41 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
I ran into Tony Baxter tonight and ended up having the most amazing conversation for 45 mins about the old Carnation Gardens from one Former CM to another to all sorts of amazing stuff we went back and forth about in regards to Journey into imagination and Epcot that I would loved to have have audio about but what a special moment for me

So Tony was by himself and I have talked to him a lot over the years but never anything like tonight....I was going over to Fantasy Fair after dinner at Napa and of course I recognized him and just went up and started talking and said...Its strange that when I remember coming here as a kid watching my grandparents dance this was a hamburger stand...he goes THAT WAS MY FIRST JOB AT THE PARKS EVER, then it just took off and was an unreal ride...He was telling me how cool it was that he saw Louie Armstrong play while he was working there and how Benny Goodman would come and play but at that time he had no idea how cool it really was...Then we started talking about a lot of the old people and how they were the ones who kept this place around and how big swing got again in the mid 90s and how they hope to still keep it there but he said he does not think that will happen. Then it was cool when we were talking about some of the back stage struggles in that area since I knew what was right behind and I found some of that to be the most interesting thing about the whole situation since I knew what he was talking about and he knew I did also but the couple people who were standing around waiting for a pic and autograph from him were clueless about...Then I went into my fav topic that I have never talked to him about which was Journey Into Imagination and old school Epcot,,,I talked a little about my childhood and love for Figment and the attraction and how its gone so far away from what it was supposed to be and then it was like I got zapped into a story by Tony all about Figment after I was telling him as a little kid the first thing I wanted to do was meet Figment and The Dreamfinder and then how when I grew up I always thought of the figures of Epcot were Figment and Epcot and not Mickey and Minnie........Then he told me a story about a family who came to the parks in the mid 80s and it was a make a wish child and when he met them it was the first time he had smiled in a few years...Seeing what happened they were so happy that Kodak who sponsored the attraction use to fly figment and the dreamfinder around to meet this kid until he passed away a few years later....Well this family was such a big deal to Disney and Kodak that they made them part of the pre show that was for kodak that had a song called Making Memories done by the Sherman brothers and Tony told me that everytime he would go into the attraction and the song and video would come on he would get choked up like no other....We talked for a long time and it was not like somebody asking questions it was just natural and we had an awesome conversation between two Disney fans and I will never forget it.. - Dave  13820.4 #4 10:58PM
Oh how cool that must have been. I would love to sit down with him and just listen. Did you at least ask him if he was enjoying his retirement. Man what a treat to have been able to have a conversation like that with a true legend. - pirate5150  10.4 #11157 12:19AM
Magical. Thanks for sharing. - PrincessDuckie  921.9 #205 12:30AM
Wow! That is such an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing. - aprilinjune4  483.5 #463 6:43AM
That sounds so amazing Dave! Thanks for sharing. - erinten  539.9 #406 7:18AM
Now that would be a podcast. - Westcoast  174.9 #2381 10:07PM
worth listening to - toph  2418.2 #65 10:58PM
Amen Lace - vincentchase1  672.9 #317 3:00AM
That would be an awesome podcast!!! - Jacqueline  580.0 #370 3:16AM
I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation! - HasAnyoneSeenMyGlassSlipper  690.9 #302 9:56PM
How awesome!!! What a difference a day makes, yesterday My Little Pony, now this! πŸ˜‚ - MissMolly  1386.7 #134 10:46PM
πŸ˜‚ - Darlingwendi  1228.1 #149 10:47PM
HEY, your lil mini is the best, I love hanging out with her - Dave   13820.4 #4 10:59PM
I barely understood 1/12 th of what you were talking about, but after hanging out last night I can picture this conversation in my head perfectly clear! I'm sure you were both in heaven! - MissMolly  1386.7 #134 11:19PM
done with you guys - Dave   13820.4 #4 11:55PM
That's great I'm glad you had a great convo and love this picture. - HanLostLeia  1098.3 #175 9:43PM
Very cool! I know you have a lot of knowledge on Disney and can already picture you guys chatting. I met him briefly on Monday and he was a really nice guy. - RickChavez  3672.1 #43 9:45PM
That's awesome. - ScubaSteve028  835.5 #229 9:51PM
That's rad! I'm sure you were like a kid in a candy store excited! - toph  2418.2 #65 9:53PM
That's pretty awesome - KissDclown  1089.2 #177 9:54PM
That's super cool! - arielchica  256.2 #1341 9:54PM
That's awesome!! So did he mention anything about bringing the CPG dancing back? - caramiapoohluvsbb8  4485.5 #33 9:55PM
They talked about that tonight. They said its something being discussed. The original flooring is still there and the seating isn't permanent so space can easily be made. That's all they said at the discussion. - RickChavez  3672.1 #43 9:59PM
Yayyy for caramia, at least the original floor is still there!! I hope it comes back soon!!:) - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 10:04PM
its not happening and you know why? They get bigger crowds outside the parks because they don't have to pay for it and those are the only people at this point who would dance there... - Dave   13820.4 #4 11:03PM
That's a great point Dave - RickChavez  3672.1 #43 11:05PM
Dude that's waaaay cool! - Linzee  1383.6 #136 9:55PM
Awesome! 😊 - MinnieMousewife  916.7 #210 9:55PM
Awesome experience! - LilSterner  5828.4 #23 9:58PM
So cool! He seems like such an awesome person. - CadaverousPallor  268.4 #1236 9:59PM
Coolness indeed Dave...a serendipitous moment indeed for you...this was meant to happen :-) - uscdisneyteacher  8506.6 #10 10:00PM
congrats on such a great night, I just wish we could all have had been there listening in!! So amazing!! (You do all the cool stuff!!) - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 10:01PM
One of life's great conversations for you. Happy for you. - DisneyGrandma  881.5 #216 10:06PM
When. I get home ill tell you in depth what we talked about - Dave  13820.4 #4 10:06PM
I can't wait to hear what he said about the history of CPG!!! - caramiapoohluvsbb8  4485.5 #33 10:10PM
Good idea, it's good to document while its still fresh. You'll want to remember that conversation. πŸ‘ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.7 #35 10:10PM
What a great experience!! Happy for you! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ - Sweet_Irish_Cream  4409.7 #35 10:09PM
You should have dressed up as Dreamfinder - BaseballMickey  7967.1 #11 10:22PM
How cool! - Alicewhoareyou  2724.2 #55 10:30PM
That is awesome - I'd love to have been a "fly on the wall" so-to-speak. Thank you for sharing! - Lola027  452.7 #509 10:33PM
How nice! - MeridaFan  4244.2 #37 10:39PM
Beyond awesome!! Glad you had such a wonderful experience! - Armenda  1173.6 #161 10:39PM
Oh WOW! That is truly epic!!! - adisneyfamily  1004.0 #196 11:00PM
When I see long posts or comments I usually start reading and halfway through it I'm thinking about a pb&j sandwich and keep scrolling. I actually read the whole thing and enjoyed it. I'm glad you experienced this, it's pretty cool - phillip...  1369.0 #137 11:19PM
Truly, an awesome moment!! - Willierose  2351.5 #72 11:20PM
That sounds so cool! - JR  22.0 #7271 11:21PM
Very cool! - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz  1191.2 #156 11:23PM
Thanks for sharing Dave! - pinkmonkeys  543.4 #402 11:24PM
He didn't accidently mention anything about coming in to work Tomorrow, did he? - NotSoDapperDan  323.9 #815 12:03AM
This is very cool. Talk about a once in a lifetime event -wow! - Plumiegirl  10336.7 #9 12:31AM
Awesome post Dave...although it made me feel like one of the old people you talked about! My boyfriend in high school was a jazz musician and we used to go to the park (paying General Admission to get in) just to hear Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. Great times...(his brother has been a full time musician at DL for 20 years!) - msdizmaui  759.8 #264 12:50AM
I met him tonight too!! Incredible man! I thanked him for everything he has done for Disney :) - MagicalLand  414.2 #560 1:04AM
That's awesome Dave!!! - MozPrincess  582.4 #368 1:42AM
Of course you did. 😊 - bluefairy  643.8 #330 1:44AM
What an awsome experience Dave! - irmouse  243.7 #1484 4:04AM
"Close Encounter of the Disney Kind!" Great encounter, thanks for sharing. - jacdanfan  12153.9 #6 4:40AM
So glad you were able to have this experience. Thanks for sharing with us! - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 6:11AM
That is awesome. Great pic too - dimplesdanie  1236.9 #147 6:15AM
Loved hearing about this Dave! - snowwannab  759.0 #265 7:17AM
Great experience, good to know that he's a nice, approachable guy.✌❀🐭 - Hop-Low  634.5 #336 8:33AM
Thanks for sharing this. What a wonderful memory this will be for the years to come! - arielchica  256.2 #1341 8:44AM
I got a chance to met him in WDW for Epcot's 30th birthday, he is an amazing guy to talk to - DisneyTrueLove  8.1 #13226 9:06AM
I'm glad you got to experience this man! - madsdad  1868.2 #98 9:34AM
What an incredible experience Dave. Thank you so much for sharing this refreshing and quality post. Mr. Baxter seems like a genuinely nice guy. - NickDoubleyew  1094.1 #176 9:56AM

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I just called them to price out our potential trip in June. Chris was so nice and the MW savings are phenomenal! Still waiting on work vacation approval to reserve the room!  - HNL2SFO  296.3 #981 1:26PM
What percentage saving are we looking at for being MouseWaiters? Is it better than a AAA discount.  - MoChuck  159.1 #2634 3:57PM
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Our new Walt Disney World App for iOS is here! MagicSearch, upNEXT, new Lounge, and tons of other upgrades. Go get it here. You can see all of the new features and how tos here

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#Breaking news 🚨  This needs to be updated! - MadameLeota  4592.2 #32 3:40PM
Just a little...;) - ShariRenee  10365.2 #8 4:44PM
Okay, a little bit! Lol - MadameLeota  4592.2 #32 10:56PM

See what Kate can do for you, and experience Disneyland like a VIP! Get your own Virtual Plaid in the App Store today, it's FREE! http://apple.co/1WL7y9I

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 Cutest Plaid ever at your service! - Ilovegoofy  77.3 #4102 6:36PM
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Deadliest Cast Member Season One & Two + VOYAGEERS Multiplaner & Great Storyteller are both available to read on Kindle Unlimited! You can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Kindle Unlimited and read all four books at no charge! Go here to access the books on Amazon. Thanks for your support! 

We want more books - sctoaonk75  293.4 #1000 7:42PM
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We want more books - sctoaonk75  293.4 #1000 7:42PM
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Here are the upcoming MouseWait Events. You can post your event on mobile here, and on the web here. Thanks!

1. #MWMEETUP ONE LAST TIME
Aug 06, 2016 12:00pm

MouseWait Meetups 2016
what is happening for one last time on aug 6? - MsTikiMermadam  1332.9 #139 12:31AM
It was January 8 I think but I left it as I think it's funnyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'll have to delete it😭😭 - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 7:55PM
ok,  last time for btr....  πŸ˜Ή - MsTikiMermadam  1332.9 #139 6:03AM
It looks like we need to get more official meet-ups happening in the parks.  πŸ˜„ - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 9:38AM
I do one a week but we need more! We were saying last week to add an Astro blaster to Friday maybe? We could do a monorail or BRMRR sweeper tooπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Plus I'm trying to post a few ahead of time so people can plan. Next week the meetup we do for MW  had to be Friday again but hopefully Tuesday  the next week! We have two very cool ones coming up next month! It's a secret😎😎😎😎 - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 9:47PM
Your Tuesday night meet up is great but I'm just remembering all the meetups we used to have.  I wonder what the meet ups are next month..... I'll be there with my  - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 10:30PM
i keep ending up with tues classes,  and missing the tues meetups.  so glad i have made a few of them! - MsTikiMermadam  1332.9 #139 6:05AM
I'll post the ones I know about, I'm switching some to weekends too. And maybe get a few others too! 😊 - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 8:49PM
Next #MWMEETUP is Friday, June 24 at 6pm at Rancho Zocalo, DL. I'll post shortly.   - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 2:27PM
It looks like I can make this. *marks on calendar* - grumpypapa  7306.4 #15 9:33PM
I might make it. Hoping the heat isn't unbearable.  - Taunton  1467.0 #124 9:18AM
The next meetup is Friday, July 1, at Rancho zocalo at 6pm. - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 3:25PM
Think I'll be there, unless I have more travel troubles! - redsoxcarlos  3344.2 #46 4:58AM

Easily manage the social side of MouseWait for Disneyland and Disney World with our new mousetopia app for iOS. Post to the DL or WDW side, use your Stickers, and utilize our new MouseWait Messenger. Optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6! See what's new here


What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  7306.4 #15 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  19.6 #7710 10:32PM
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DISNEYLAND PARK:

Big Thunder Ranch and Barbecue CLOSED permanently
Fantasmic! Jan 10-TBA
Disneyland Railroad Jan 10-TBA
Mark Twain Riverboat Jan 10-TBA
Sailing Ship Columbia Jan 10-TBA
Davey Crocket Explorer Canoes Jan 10-TBA
Tom Sawyer Island Jan 10-TBA

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Silly Symphony Swings closed -- TBA



 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  20.3 #7551 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm  350.7 #702 8:33AM
Any idea when Autotopia will re-open?  - CentralCoastAuntVon  107.6 #3542 9:51PM
hopefully never - Dave   13820.4 #4 9:27PM
Bully - secretagentangel  6922.6 #17 1:57PM
My Kids enjoy Autopia - E-Ticket  1476.9 #120 8:29PM
Haha we do enjoy Autopia also!! My niece is very concerned about all the construction going on but knows it will be much better!  - CentralCoastAuntVon  107.6 #3542 1:17PM
Dave be nice!!! My sister is mentally handicapped and only loves autotopia and teacups... But the fumes make her faint. lol! Dave I hear you!  - verofern  138.6 #2979 1:56AM
Will Indiana jones reopen on the 3 or will it reopen on the 4 - Disneylandgirl1955  45.3 #5130 5:52AM
It was open today - AngieC  238.3 #1548 10:58PM

Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the month of June 2016
Last month (May) seemed to be quieter than last year, probably because the 60th Celebration began last May, making last summer a lot busier. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), crowds averaged in the mid 80s (approx 85% capacity) for the first two weeks of June, then it quieted down in the last two weeks of the month. We are estimating smaller crowds than last summer because the 60th Celebration is over a year old, and there are still a lot of attractions being refurbished. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Jun 3, 2016 12:07PM



We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  643.2 #331 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  20.6 #7488 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  442.1 #520 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  177.0 #2346 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  288.1 #1032 5:04PM
6 of us going Sunday 11 6 year have use that annual pass - jmmm  0.6 #75946 12:12PM
Have Saturdays been less busy then Tuesdays or Wednesdays recently? - TiDoubleGuhErr  0.3 #88590 12:07AM


 
Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is here! Find out what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Twenty-four hours or real-time action, authentic Disneyland history, and a finale that you'll never forget. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Download it to any device from Amazon here.

Will there be a Season 3??  Please??? - YoPirate  1824.1 #99 8:03PM
Will there be a 3 and when? - menifeemom  224.9 #1720 7:31PM
@Admin  HOPE you are working on #3!  - Dianat710  64.3 #4427 5:41PM
I really enjoyed reading them. I think I need to do a re read of them plus the Voyagers series. - arianwenmcb  242.0 #1507 12:45PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  2766.8 #54 6:41PM
Yes, 1 question every 24 hrs was difficult to stick with.  - DisneyMom13  318.8 #844 6:28PM
Oh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ just realized that post was 2+ years oldπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ well people are still taking turns very slowly. Maybe it's the app, not the players.  - DisneyMom13  318.8 #844 6:34PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  2849.6 #51 6:30PM
Still waiting. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  4244.2 #37 12:59PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #68701 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  433.2 #531 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  1603.3 #113 2:20PM

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