>>I'm still waiting for Bernard, Bianca and Orville to make a comeback. The last time I saw the mice used was during the opening of Toontown in 1992, and even then the costumes were pretty well worn.<<
Yeah, they were definiely still around at Disneyland during the Rescuers Down Under period, but I don't remember them since.
Jaq and Gus used to be around all the time in former years too (in their normal clothes) - now just the ball versions used in the Electrical Parade are to be found. For some reason the generic girl mice took their place at meet and greets with Cinderella... sort of a strange choice.
Thumper and Flower were also DL regulars, now MIA.
I suggested on another website to have a photgraphic history of how the costumed characters have changed over the years.
Such as during the early '70s when mickey and mostly all of the other characters had gray eyes and slowly transformed into the black and white. If you look through valerie childs' books on Disneyland and Disney World you can clearly see the progression.
It makes perfect sense to me of how over the years how Mickey's and Minnie's eyes have looked the way they do. The fact that Bill Justice desgned most of them...his sketches and drawings have always made their distinction with their pupil placement.
The Disney on Parade pics are great....any chance of seeing the enitre program?
And also......what could have ever happened to the gurgi costume?
I sure would love to see more pics of the Gurgi costume! I've only ever seen it on the "Gold Classics" DVD of the Black Cauldron. I'm sure it was only used in limited instances, but I'd still love to see it.