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
8647.7 #2 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 7.4 #7940 12:19AM
My family knows that I love Disneyland, but I don't think they know the extent. BC of MW, I have a deeper appreciation for the history of Disneyland and the small details. Yesterday my mom was over when OhanaFamily's RAK arrived. I was SOO excited by the packaging, penmanship, and the cute balloon that she painted. My mom could NOT get over the generosity of This RAK. I went around and showed her More...
**UPDATE** Our family was not going to be returning to the parks until April, 2013. After talking to Mr about this post...LilChurro, BabyChurro and I are TAKING GRANDMA to DISNEYLAND IN NOVEMBER!! I feel like I won the lottery!!! Thanks SO very much, everyone!! ❤❤❤ *hunts for hotels* - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint
1799.3 #42 6:30PM
Yes! This is so awesome. Your mother will love it. Oh, and try the HoJo - ScooterMike 1959.8 #35 6:33PM
Yay! Soooooo happy for you! We must do a meetup! - MrsSchnooks 574.3 #191 6:34PM
::crying happy tears:: this is so amazing!!!!' - Duchess_SMK 3291.2 #11 6:34PM
This made me so happy!!!! - madsdad 1125.8 #73 6:38PM
Very awesome!! Can't think of a better person whom I have never met who deserves to go so soon! lol. Have a great time with grandma and the kids! And what a great Mr. Churro you've got! - meridafan 1036.5 #83 6:40PM
This is sooooo awesome!!! It is going to be such a memorable experience for you and your mom!!! I am so happy for you!!! *time to go shopping for the perfect gift for my mother-in-law* 👯😘 - caramiapoohAKAface 1449.2 #54 8:34PM
YAY!!!!! *happy dance* I think I got just as excited for your trip as you did! Hahaha I'll be helping my friend at the MW craft fair so I'll be there at least one day. I better run into you!!! (Hopefully not literally, but I AM pretty clumsy, so we'll see haha) - SPandEvLover 782.7 #122 8:53PM
I seriously did a happy dance when I saw the dates 😊 I really do hope I get to meet you this time! - SPandEvLover 782.7 #122 9:04PM
I want to make reservations at HoJo, but have to wait til Mon for in-house, right? - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint 1799.3 #42 9:38PM
My heart is bursting for you that you get to share all this with your mom! Happy Disney planning! - MoonWillow 371.9 #372 9:40PM
You better find that plaid vest then! Have fun :D - JRDrummer_CM 792.7 #119 11:09AM
Did you get ahold of in house yet? - LaPearleNoir 573.7 #192 11:30AM
HoJo was booked- just had one room left with one King. I made reservations at the Anabella :) - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint 1799.3 #42 11:52AM
The anabella is great too. I little bit longer walk, but you get to go through the Grand every day. - Mouse4life 1080.5 #78 1:49PM
I'm so excited for you!!! - SUUZinOC 715.3 #140 2:18PM
*re-assembling self a-la T2 after being blown away by your awesomeness* it’s a good thing david and i were shooting a wedding yesterday when we read this. our teary faces blended right in with everyone else at the wedding :) we are so so happy for your ohana! david just made those necklaces for a little something fun. we had no idea they would be any part of such an amazing family moment. being at disneyland is awesome. (stipulated). being at disneyland with someone on their 1st visit is pretty rad, but there’s nothing quite like being there with a family member on their 1st visit. it’s a precious thing. sadly, after losing my dad to cancer last year, we will never get another family disney day with him :_( we treasure every trip we got to take with him. but enough of the sad faces. it’s happy time for swiss family churinson! senorita churita, your comments and posts always make us giggle. your tot avi is still our all time fav! hopefully we’ll get to meet you someday. if/when we do, we’ll treat you to an awesome dole whip...no, wait...a turkey leg... nope. what was it? think mcfly, think. oh yeah... a churro! :)
*showers you and your mom with churros* (the warm, snuggly, fresh, disney ones) - OhanaPhoto
1414.3 #56 11:12PM
oh goodness. THAT was hard to read thru my tears. Thank you so much. I wore the necklace to our MW SF meet-up yesterday :) It's just amazing how we never know just how we touch each others lives. thank you, thank you for all these wonderful words and I am so glad that you joined the MW Ohana ❤❤I hope to meet you one day xoxo - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint 1799.3 #42 11:21AM
@handmeachurroimmafaint i need to stop reading these comments! it reminds me of the modern family episode when phil starts crying in the car and haley says, "if you cry then i'm going to cry" then they all started crying. *off to go cry in the car* - OhanaPhoto 1414.3 #56 12:35AM
Trying to get some special churro treats to you while you are here!!! - RoyannaF
376.6 #363 11:29AM
DAPPER DAY MEETUP: It's time to put on your most fashionable attire and meet in front on the Main Street Train station at 1pm to meet other MouseWaiters and take a grand circle train ride around the park before the Dapper Day festivities happen at 3pm on the Mark Twain. If we have time for other attractions we will decide the day of. I'm encouraging MouseWaiters who are not dressing up to join us More...
i'm banned from Dapper Day. last time i went, i walked in wearing a giant pair of Depends...i mis-read the flyer. - littleoysterz
210.4 #1486 10:54PM
Have fun all! Don't think I'll be able to make it. Dad wants me to watch the kitty - MayBie 1864.2 #40 1:40PM
I posted this question earlier, but no one has commented. Is this the first time Disneyland hosts Dapper Day? - OynnhoJ
92.5 #3113 4:14PM
Dapper Day is independently organized and not associated with the Walt Disney Company. I believe it is the second annual Dapper Day for all Disney parks, but there is also one in the fall for Disneyland only. - Geekery 227.1 #1281 8:57PM
Dapper Day is independently organized and not associated with the Walt Disney Company. I believe it is the second annual Dapper Day for all Disney parks, but there is also one in the fall for Disneyland only. - Geekery
227.1 #1281 8:57PM
One of my daughter turns 21 in may and wanted to go to Vegas for her birthday,she loves Disney but all her friends are telling her Vegas, I'd like to show her a fun time at DLR so where (besides the parks) is good place to take her for her 21st and do I need reservations?
Cove bar is fun for 21. House of blues in DTD. But it's always better to take your daughter to Vegas before her friends do...😁 - PrincessTianaCM
213.1 #1444 7:57PM
Sorry just saw outside the parks....no cove bar lol - PrincessTianaCM 213.1 #1444 8:00PM
Oh they aren't!!! that's the trade off I said Vegas is so cliche we are a Disney family lets go there, u can have a blast on ur 21st there. We go to Vegas for sports so she knows what it's all about so I didn't have to twist that arm to hard - lisaw 96.3 #3074 8:02PM
I wanted to spend my 21 birthday at the parks too! - ruhkel 173.2 #1950 8:22PM
Hey there...I was just wondering if there was a place that has discounts on Disneyland tickets. We are surprising my daughters friend and were Looking for somewhere with lower prices on tickets. Thanks!
If you know anyone that works for Los Angeles city they get discounts on tickets. It's through la city employees club. Also Disneyland is offering military discounts right now. - LizzzyBelle
20.8 #4980 8:49PM
Sometimes Costco has special packages... You can call and ask :) but other than that I've never heard of anyone selling discount Disney tickets :/ - RickeyCalifornia
157.0 #2191 8:45PM
You can get parkhopper tickets for like $86 at USC if you're a student - KylaShea
533.2 #214 9:38PM
And you don't have to be a USC student, either. - KylaShea 533.2 #214 9:38PM
And you don't have to be a USC student, either. - KylaShea
533.2 #214 9:38PM
ATTN: MEET UP HAS BEEN CANCELED. Due to many people un-able to attend, myself included, I'm rescheduling to January/February. lisaw will be helping to plan. Stay tuned!!
ATTN NorCal MWers (sacto area) there will be a holiday meetup Dec 17th at 12:30pm at Buca di Beppo in Sacramento (Arden area) we will also be doing an elephant gift game too 😁 post here to RSVP and txt me your email as well. More...
I want to go but can't confirm my RSVP till closer to the date - lisaw
96.3 #3074 7:37PM
Awesome! We missed ya last time 😄 - minnieMisty 215.8 #1402 9:46PM
Who else would like to come? 😁 - minnieMisty
215.8 #1402 4:22PM
As sad as this is; I'm happy that I will be able to attend the further event!! - Cricket
224.1 #1307 1:08PM
Just a reminder: THIS HAS BEEN CANCELED new date TBD thanks!!! - minnieMisty
215.8 #1402 7:40PM
Next up are the mouse ears only problem with me making cookies is I eat them as I go there were 2 other cookies done before I broke down and got to them my sister really needs to stop me. Lol Hope everyone is having a great day!
Well thanks everybody and they taste as good as they look sadly that was the last batch I was allowed to make tonight soon after I was kicked out of the kitchen for sampling the goods a little too much.... - GoofyFace
18.0 #5279 10:07PM
How to make a Mickey ornament. Buy plastic ornaments, one large and two smaller. Instructions top to bottom: 1) Measure and mark on each side the same distance that looks good for ear placement. I marked at 1" down. Remove the hook caps from the two smaller ornaments. 2) Use a high temp glue gun tip to press into the ornament to form a hole big enough for the top of the smaller balls. 3) Add some hot glue to the top of the smaller ball and then press inside the hole. Hold until secure. Repeat on other side 4) Done! You can glue other embellishments on it as well. - DesperateMousewife
873.8 #104 6:14PM
Just downloaded new ringtones for my phone! Woohoo!
If you have songs in your library there are several apps to make your own ringtones/alert tones. I'm not paying $.99 per tone or more. Save money and make your own pay $.99 for an app to make as many as you like! It's super easy too! - Wizard
81.6 #3259 9:02AM
How cool!! Do you have an iPhone? I would love to have Disney ringtones! - TangledNdisneY
321.5 #13 6:17PM
Thank you so much Lovee!! I have downloaded like 6 so far including Mahna Mahna from the muppets. Now the problem is I won't answer the phone because I'll be too busy listening to the ring tones - Nettenutt
325.9 #493 9:08AM
Alright everyone! It's time for the Christmas Gift Exchange! You get a gift for someone and someone else gets a gift for you. There are a few steps to this because it's kinda complicated to organize. There are 2 different groups of gift exchangers. When you add your name to the list, please state which you want to be part of. MU(Meet Up) or TM(Through Mail). As of right now, the meet up will most More...
I'm so in. Sign me up for TM please. - mickeyboo
65.3 #3485 11:26PM
I would love to sign up for the by mail gift exchange if it's alright to do so! :) - tinkerdoll
178.9 #1878 12:31PM
Of course it's alright I want everyone to join.
-Jordan - tonyjord3 202.6 #1592 1:07PM
So we are dying to surprise the kids with a Disney trip but we can't afford the normal ones we do. I need advice on the best hotel for the best rate. We usually do the Staybridge but that's not very cheap we just love the kitchens in the room and awesome free breakfast. Thank you in advance :)
My aunt rents out four houses around the corner from Disneyland! I stay in them all the time! They are so nice with a pool spa steam shower. One sleeps 11, the others sleep more! Full Kitchen with everything you need and games and a pool table and stuff. I don't know the rates but it will sve you a lot of money cause you can cook! Plus, if you had another friend with a family you guys could get one together. I think one house sleeps like 20 people. So if you and another family payed half each it would be pretty cheap! :) - kaleighmungo
189.9 #1751 2:55PM
I think it might be just myself, hubby, and 3 little ones but I will keep that in mind if we get a big group! Thank you - ❤MellieKay❤
130.4 #2585 2:59PM
Go to resourcesthen tips and updates, then check out jamiz's priceline tips. Very good info! - connielu
672.2 #153 7:04PM
We've stayed at the candy cane inn several times... Nice place super close to front gate and last time it was $100 for room taxes and everything! Love it! - LoveDland
300.7 #609 7:28PM
*MEETUP* ok for everyone that requested it, SINGLE RIDERS MEETUP #2, this time it's a little different. Sunday June 12th, 1:00pm at coaster corner, EVERYONE is invited this time. If you usually go to the parks by yourself or are new to MW, this is the oppurtunity too meet other people that share the love of Disney as much as you do. Last time we had it everyone had a great time and a lot of new fr More...
SAVE THIS DATE! ***UPDATE: This hotel rate is SOLD OUT PLEASE DON'T EMAIL SHANGZ about it! You can still come to the birthday party though! We will be celebrating MouseWait's Second Birthday on October 23! Shangz has already secured a crazy rate at the Grand Californian for only $189 per night! Join us as we take over the Grand and have a blast. If you've never stayed at the GCH, this is your chan More...
Wow! That's an amazing deal! If we didn't live down the street I'd be there in a heartbeat! Maybe I can create a flash flood in our apt that weekend... Hmmmm - bellapistola
156.2 #2207 11:11PM
D23 - The Official Disney Fan Club - was nice enough to get us some D23 items for the raffle on Sunday! Be sure to check out the D23 page here http://bit.ly/leMjtp for more info on how you can join the club. This is a special link generated for MouseWait so email it to your friends, post it on facebook, twitter, and spread the news about D23! The page shows you everything you get with the Gold or More...