Before there was a D23 Expo, before there was even a popular internet, the fine folks at the Disneyana Fan Club (formerly NFFC) were holding an annual Disney convention in Anaheim which showcases Disney personalities and collectible merchandise. It's an amazing event not to be missed. This year's convention will be held July 16th through 2oth, and will feature many of MiceChat's finest in speaking roles (Sam Gennawey, Jeff Heimbuch, Keith Gluck, Eric Lynxwiler, Monorail Man, and Dusty Sage).
Among the cavalcade of Disney stars, Imagineers, Mouseketeers and authors is Robbie Sherman, son of Sherman Brother Robert Sherman. Robbie will speak and perform at the event, highlighting songs that were written by his dad and his uncle.
Here is the schedule for the annual DisneyanaMania 2014 Convention in July.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Welcoming Reception / Ryman Arts Dinner and Fundraiser Auction (open to all DFC members)
The Ryman Arts Dinner and Fundraiser Auction supports the Ryman Arts program at CalArts, named after Disney artist Hebbie Ryman. This program assists underprivileged and disadvantage kids to attend college by providing scholarships and school art supplies. These extremely, talent kids are usually the first ones in their families to ever attend college and the Disneyana Fan Club is proud to host this event every year.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
"30 yEARs of EARS" Special Event Luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Disneyana Fan Club. (Does not require convention admission, separate fee)
Mouseketeers roll call... Bobby Burgess, Cubby O'Brien, Doreen Tracey, Karen Pendleton, Paul Petersen, Sharon Baird, Sherry Alberoni, and Tommy Cole
and also featuring... Beverly Washburn (Old Yeller), Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), Dr. Jeanne Russell (Dennis the Menace)
This event is a separate ticketed event from the DisneyanaMania Convention and everybody is invited to attend. Tickets to this event is NOT included in any DisneyanaMania Convention packages.
This luncheon fundraiser and auction supports Paul Petersen's "A Minor Consideration" organization which helps child actors and young performers of the past, present and future with guidance and support.
Tickets are $79.00 each. To register or for more information, Celebrating 30 yEARs of EARS - Our 30th Anniversary Celebration! | Disneyana Fan Club
Friday, July 18, 2014
9:15 to 10:45 a.m.
"Buzz Price: Walt's 'Yes, If...' Man" - Sam Gennawey
Sam Gennawey, author and historian, will speak about Disneyana Fan Club's 1998 Legend, Harrison "Buzz" Price. Buzz, a research economist, was hired to help Walt hand pick the optimum locations for Disneyland in 1953 and for Walt Disney World in 1963. Over the years, Buzz worked with Walt on dozens of other projects, including the never-built Mineral King ski resort. A month prior to Walt's death in 1966, Walt personally appointed Price to care for one of his most prized projects, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Buzz was instrumental in making CalArts a reality, and served on its board for many years.
10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
"The Disneyland Story: A Very Different View" - Sam Gennawey
Sam will give us a different look at how we see Disneyland with some funny stories about the development and creation of the Happiest Place on Earth. Sam is a featured web columnist on the MiceChat.com website and wrote two books based on EPCOT and Disneyland, "Walt and the Promise of Progress City" and "The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream".
12 Noon to 2:30 p.m.
Disneyana Fan Club's Luncheon with a Disney Legend
Come join us with Disneyana Fan Club's Legends from the past coming together to honor this year's recipients of the Disneyana Fan Club's Legend Award. Please help us in thanking all our legends from the past and the future for their parts in Creating the Magic for all of us to enjoy!
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
"South of the Border With Walt Disney" - Jeff Heimbuch and Keith Gluck
Jeff Heimbuch and Keith Gluck are two longtime web columnists onMiceChat.com, bloggers and fans of Disney. They will be taking us South of the Border to the year, 1941, when Walt, Lillian and a group of Disney artists went on a 10-week tour of South America. Jeff and Keith will give us an insight into the reasons behind the trip, highlights during the trip and the ideas that were created, resulting in the films, "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros."
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
"An Artist's Journey - My Life With Disney" - Joseph Yakovetic
"My film paintings are like "comfort food" for the soul - I hope to capture a moment in the time that forever defined the heart of the film for the viewer." Joe Yakovetic is an award winning set and costume designer, who has been capturing many famous Disney films in gorgeous, amazing paintings for years. Joe will talk about his journey in becoming an artist and how Disney has influenced that journey.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Local Chapters' Reception (open to all DFC members)
We invited all members to join us as we thank all of our local chapters for their support over the past year, highlight a few of them and announce the 2014 Local Chapters' Member of the Year recipients.
7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Disney Auction: The Magical World of Disney - Blacksparrow Auctions (open to the public)
Blacksparrow Auctions will be holding a live and online Disney Auction at our DisneyanaMania Convention. If you have an item that you would like to consign to the auction, you may contact them at http://blacksparrowauctions.comPlease mentioned the Disneyana Fan Club and the club will receive a small commission from the selling price.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
"Lloyd Beebe - A True Life Adventure" - Ken Stigen
Lloyd Beebe and his wife, Catherine, ran the Olympic Game Farm (also known as "Disney's Wild Animal Ranch") in Sequim, Washington (near Seattle). Lloyd was a cinematographer and animal trainer, who was raising animal stars for both film and television. Walt Disney hired Lloyd for a 18-month filming project in Antarctica to document an expedition led by Admiral Richard Byrd. Lloyd also worked with Disney as a cinematographer and providing the animal stars for many Disney films, including "Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar", "The Vanishing Prairie", and "The Incredible Journey". Both Lloyd and Catherine past away in 2011.
Ken Stigen, a member of the MountainEARS chapter of the DFC and a Disney vinyl records enthusiast, will highlight Lloyd's contribution to the True Life Adventures series and the Olympic Game Farm, which you can still visit today.
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
"Knotts and Disney" - Eric Lynxweller
Walter and Cordelia Knott started with a Boysenberry farm and started selling jams, jellies, baked pies, hot biscuits, sandwiches and fried chicken dinners on the side of the road in Buena Park. Soon after, as the popularity of the restaurant grew (as well as the waiting time), Walter built a ghost town to entertain folks and created America's first theme park.
Eric, author of "Knotts Preserved", will talk about the history of Walter and Cordelia and the exchange of ideas with another Walter... Walt Disney. Find out, just like how Walt Disney did, on how innovated and ground-breaking Walter Knott was in expanding his ghost town into the Knott's Berry Farm of today.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
"Match Game Disney Style" - Dusty Sage & Monorail Man
Dusty Sage and Monorail Man, from MiceChat.com, brings to our stage one of MiceChat's famous trivia games and activities. We will see how savvy and knowledgeable our conventionEARS are regarding all things Disney.
3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
"Where Dreams Come True: Disneyland as a Source of Inspiration" - Matthew Hansen, Michaela Hansen and Kevin Crone from "Tours Departing Daily.com"
Four years ago, Matthew, Michaela and Kevin decided to combine their love of Disneyland and their creativity with photography to start a series of eye-popping, colorful, unique photographs of the park using a technique called HDR or High-Dynamic-Range imaging. Using the tools of the photographer and the skills of the computer graphic designer, find out how they were able to create these spectacular photographs despite the crowds, the weather, the lighting, and even the gum on the sidewalks.
6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Celebration Banquet and Costume Contest
This year's Banquet theme will be the 50th anniversary of "Mary Poppins". You can come dressed up as your favorite character from the movie and possibly win a prize!
We will have Robbie Sherman as our guest during our Celebration Banquet!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Disneyana Fan Club's Disneyana Collectible Expo
The Collectible Expo is open to the General Public from 11am until 5pm. DFC members and "ConventionEARS" can gain access as early as 9am.
Come and see the largest mix of Disney collectibles and products, new and old, anywhere on the planet.We'll also have special guests, artists, and Disney celebrities that you may meet at the expo, too!
Sign up for this amazing expo, meet your MiceChat favorites, and have fun learning more about Disney. LEARN MORE: Disneyana Fan Club's Disneyana Collectible Expo - July 20, 2014 | Disneyana Fan Club
LEARN MORE Disneyana Fan Club's Disneyana Collectible Expo - July 20, 2014 | Disneyana Fan Club