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    Sept 18 at the Disneyland Hotel-BIG Animatronics Event

    Walt Disney’s Marvelous Mechanized Magic Kingdom

    This September 18th 2010, Ape Pen Publishing and the 1313 Club will host an event celebrating the incredible mechanical story of Disneyland—beginning with simple motorized figures and leading to the development of Audio-Animatronics. Unique in the world of themed entertainment for its design and production of hundreds of mechanical devices for the revolutionary theme park, Disney’s creative efforts led from simple animated humans and animals to ride systems, vehicles, special effects, and some of today’s most striking lifelike animatronic characters. The event will illustrate Disney’s incredible mechanical achievements by spotlighting attractions, characters, and memorable devices created by the Disney Studios and, later, the MAPO arm of WED Imagineering. Using rare images, video, and authentic props and animatronics, guests will gain insight into the fascinating MAPO division as never before. Disney Legends Bob Gurr, Alice Davis, Rolly Crump, Xavier Atencio, Garner Holt, (plus many more!) will shed light on this little known but highly intriguing aspect of Disney history—plus performances by Disneyland entertainers and the World premiere of the world’s most advanced animatronic figure.
    This once-in-a-lifetime evening will honor Disneyland as one of the world’s great storytelling environments, with special emphasis on its technological wonders. Combining history, entertainment, and lots of surprises, it’s an event not to be missed by any Disneyland Fan.
    http://www.the1313club.com/Events.html

    Special guest appearance: The Doom Buggies, Kirk Wall, The Can Can Girls and many others to be announced in the up coming months.

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    New press release -more details!

    Marvelous Mechanized Magic Kingdom
A Once-in-a-lifetime event will celebrate animatronics mechanical magic, from the shores of the jungle cruise to monorail beams, pirate ships, and beyond!

This September 18th 2010, Ape Pen Publishing and the 1313 Club will host an event celebrating the marvelous mechanical story of the animated figures which populate such beloved places as The Disneyland Resort and themed venues around the world.
    Beginning with simple motorized figures and leading to the development of Audio-Animatronics that revolutionized the industry, this event will celebrate these marvels and the history of their development. We’ll present the Walt Disney Company’s incredible mechanical achievements by spotlighting attractions, characters, and memorable devices created for their theme parks worldwide.
    Disney Legends Bob Gurr, Alice Davis, and Xavier Atencio, some of whom worked at the innovative MAPO division of WED (later called Walt Disney Imagineering) will be on hand to share their stories. Presenting rare images, video, and authentic props and animatronics, guests will gain insight into the fascinating MAPO division and world of animatronics as never before. Renowned animatronics creator Garner Holt of Garner Holt Productions will shed light on this little known but highly intriguing aspect of theme park history as he shares some of the most advanced AA figures in the world today.
    
This once-in-a-lifetime evening will honor the Disneyland Resort as one of the world’s premiere storytelling environments, with special emphasis on its technological wonders. Combining history, entertainment, and lots of surprises, it’s an event not to be missed by any Disney and theme park fan. 

    Special guest appearances: Disney voice artist Bill Farmer, animator Floyd Norman,Imagineer Bob Gurr who worked on the memorable Flying Saucers attraction in Tomorrowland, the antique cars and double-decker buses of Main Street, Ford Motor Company's Magic Skyway, which premiered at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair,the Viewliner, The Monorail, and more. Bob also helped design the mechanical workings of Disney's first Audio-Animatronic figure - Abraham Lincoln featured in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Kirk Wall & The Can Can Girls from the Golden Horseshoe Review and many others to be announced in the coming months. Doom Buggies, Joseph ~ windows to sky,
    Plus special performances by Disneyland Resort entertainers and the public premiere of the world’s most advanced animatronic figure!
    For more information: Events

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