Sunday, October 4, 2009
This is the original Abraham Lincoln from Walt Disney's "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln", which debuted at the New York World's Fair of 1964 and was later brought to Disneyland in 1966. Walt Disney Imagineering had a show area at the D23 Expo where they had some really cool stuff on display, including this section about Audio-Animatronics. There were also previews of the new Disney/Pixar "Cars" attraction, new additions to Hong Kong Disneyland, and the new Disney Vacation Club Resort in Hawaii, called the "Disney Resort at Ko Olina".
These are photos that I took at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, which took place in early September. This was a cool Disney Convention! At this part of the convention, ABC Television (which is a part of the Walt Disney Company) was showing previews of their upcoming TV shows. As part of the entertainment, Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough from "Dancing With The Stars" came out and danced for the crowd. Wow! I must say that it is much more exciting seeing them dancing live than it is on TV. Afterwards, both Cheryl and Derek signed autographs for the fans! The fans went crazy, and were really excited to see these stars. The only complaint that I ran across is that Disney really did not give all the fans who wanted autographs enough time to get them, not just from Cheryl and Derek, but for other artists as well. Overall, D23 was a cool idea, but they needed to keep certain areas open longer. Perhaps they can learn from their Theme Park experience, like at EPCOT, and open a certain part of the Expo floor earlier, and have the other section open later, and leave one section open throughout. Both of these photos copyright David Ransom.