Toto on stage at the Yamaha NAMM 2015 concert
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I was lucky enough to get to attend Yamaha’s NAMM 2015 Concert. It was held in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Friday night, January 23rd. The line-up of musical talent was very impressive with the three and a half hour concert emceed by Sinbad. The first act was “The Piano Guys.” What the […]

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Tim Strauch II on his first day as a Disneyland character. Here he is dressed as Br'er Fox. Used by permission.
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Some teachers in school are real characters. In Tim Strauch II’s case, he was one—a Disneyland character that is. Actually Tim, 44, played several Disneyland characters during his time as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department from November 1996 to January 2001, including Pluto, Buzz Lightyear, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Eeyore, Rafiki, Geppetto, […]

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John Waite once worked as a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland. This photo was taken in 1958.
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“I have always loved amusement parks,” John Waite told me. It’s a love affair that started when he was a kid growing up in Cleveland and stuck with him while studying theater at nearby Allegheny College—so much so that he worked at Euclid Beach Park (an amusement park on the southern shore of Lake Erie […]

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Recognize this Red Car? You might have seen it in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." It is on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA.
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Do you recognize this Pacific Electric Red Car? If you’re a Disney fan you should. It was used in the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” It also still runs many weekends at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. That same Red Car and many others are housed at the outdoor museum, and were […]

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One train rolls out the cave from the final lift, while another climbs the hill on the second lift on Big Thunder at Disneyland. The theme park was running the attraction for cast members after a long refurbishment that saw most of the track replaced, and new effects installed.
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As many of you know, I am now writing about Disneyland and other theme parks for Insidethemagic.net. Here are links to some recent articles. This first is a link to a story, including video and photos, about the newly refurbished Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The second is about the opening of the new Starbucks in […]

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If you’re wondering why you don’t see much in the way of stories about Disney here, it’s because I am writing about Disney and other theme parks for Inside the Magic.net. Its owner, Ricky Brigante, and I have become pretty good friends over the past few years. When I was laid off by the Orange […]

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