Thursday, July 27, 2017

SAD NEWS DISNEY LEGEND MARTY SKLAR PASSED AWAY TODAY AT 83 YEARS OLD

This is sad shocking news, my wife found this on the D23EXPO page tonight.

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Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies At 83

JULY 27, 2017

Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday. He was 83. During an illustrious career spanning 54 years, Marty worked closely with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating, enhancing and expanding Disney’s creative vision. Named a Disney Legend in 2001, he is best remembered and revered by fans around the world for his work bringing Disney’s theme parks to life.

“Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we’ll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit.”

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., on February 6, 1934, Marty was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Walt’s new theme park in 1955. After graduating in 1956, he joined Disney full-time, and would go on to serve as Walt’s right-hand man—scripting speeches, marketing materials, and a film showcasing Walt’s vision for Walt Disney World and Epcot. During this period, he also joined WED Enterprises, the forerunner of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he would later become the creative leader of Imagineering, leading the development of Disney theme parks and attractions for the next three decades. He retired as Executive Vice President and Imagineering Ambassador on July 17, 2009, Disneyland’s 54th birthday. Disney marked the occasion by paying tribute to Marty with the highest Parks and Resorts recognition, dedicating a window in his name on Disneyland’s City Hall.

“Marty was the ultimate Disney Imagineer and Cast Member. From his days working as an intern with Walt to just two weeks ago engaging with fans at D23 Expo, Marty left an indelible mark on Disney Parks around the globe and on all of the guests who make memories every day with us,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “He was one of the few people that was fortunate to attend the opening of every single Disney park in the world, from Anaheim in 1955 to Shanghai just last year. We will dearly miss Marty’s passion, skill and imaginative spark that inspired generations of Cast, Crew and Imagineers.”

Bob Weis was one of those Imagineers. “Marty was one of Walt’s most trusted advisors and helped turn his most ambitious dreams into reality. For us, it’s hard to imagine a world without Marty, because Marty is synonymous with Imagineering,” said Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering. “His influence can be seen around the world, in every Disney park, and in the creative and imaginative work of almost every professional in the themed entertainment industry.”

Marty’s impact and achievements were recognized with a number of prestigious awards and accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement award from TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), induction into the Hall of Fame of IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), and the prestigious Professional Achievement Award from UCLA.

He also authored several books about his experiences and adventures at Disney: Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms (2013), and One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering (2015).

Marty is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leah; son Howard and his wife, Katriina Koski-Sklar; grandchildren Gabriel and Hannah; daughter Leslie; and grandchildren Rachel and Jacob.

Marty and Leah were two of the founders of the Ryman Program for Young Artists, a project of Ryman Arts, a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to teach and mentor “traditional” drawing and painting skills to talented young artists in Southern California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marty’s name to Ryman Arts at www.rymanarts.org.

We were at the D23EXPO almost Two weeks ago, when I bumped into Michael Smyth, he took me to meet Marty Sklar, when we got to the booth Bob Gurr was there , but Marty had stepped away, for lunch. So I never got to meet him.
I cannot believe he just passed away.
Rest In Peace.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

COSPLAYERS UNITE AT THIS YEARS D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center


E Ticket to Tomorrowland went to the D23Expo on Friday and Saturday July 14th/15th. We were amazed at how much hard work and effort these Cosplay people put into making their costumes.
I wonder if the urge begins when we are children. getting to be your favorite Super Hero or a Ghost , maybe a witch for Halloween.

As we were going in we were greeted by a Female Storm trooper and Luke Skywalker.

Sorry I accidentally cut their heads off.
Then we got inside and there was Princess Tiana. I mean look at all the work she put into making her dress.
There were so many people that were in the Mousequarade , #Summer sat down at our lunch table, she was exhausted But She won 1st place for being Te Fiti from Moana.

There was Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Video Game cos-players  and they are all so nice. I know that they were tired Hot and worn out, But They did not complain.
If you see your picture here on our blog, Please comment.
Sorry if the pictures are blurry, I had a new phone and wasn't used to the camera.
I want to thank All the cosplay people and wow Congratulations and the excellent work you did making your costumes.

Atlantis

Maleficent

Gamora and Star Lord
Jasmine

Hook

Princess Leia

I think he was Lumier

Carla and the nicest Blue Fairy

Milo and Kida

TRON Legacy Siren, Gem and Quorra

I'm sorry are you two Beauty and the Beast?

A Pirate and a Belle

Yes even I did a semi Cosplay. I was wearing part of my Jack Sparrow costume.

 

Cassie as Mary Poppins with Peter Pan

Aurora and Ariel


Look at the detail in her OUAT Fa Mulan costume.

Jack Skellington

I'm Sorry I cannot remember who you said you were Cloud?, But I do remember her character was from Kingdom Hearts 1.
Hades

The Rocketeer

surrounded by Princess's 
OUAT Captain Hook and Carla

Peter Pan's Captain Hook

If you are a Cosplay person, and would like to be interviewed on our Disney blog, Please let us know. Thank you for allowing us to take pictures of you.
Until the next event signing off.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Good Captain Hook Sings Live on stage at this years D23 Expo, A Must See for all you Oncer Fans


Moderator,  Jeffery Epstein asks Colin O'Donoghue if he could sing that song from the Once Upon a Time Season Finally. and of course he said Sure!
So I will let you see the video of this. Hook Live on the D23 Expo Arena.
https://youtu.be/YzhxrO5N2U8
We cannot wait until 2019 to see what is in store for the next D23 Expo, Remember Star Wars land will be open then.
Be sure to follow our blog as we will be posting all the Cosplay costumes Like This Mulan from the show. from last D23's Expo.




2017 July 15th at the Anaheim Convention Center D23 Expo Q&A with Colin O'Donoghue A.K.A. HOOK from ABCTV OUAT


We had the honor to attend this years D23 Expo. We were lucky enough to go to the Once  Upon a Time Panel with guest host Colin O'Donoghue, who plays Hook  Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis the creators of the show, who had also created Tron and the TV show Lost. D23's Moderator Jeffery Epstein was asking the questions. in this video  Hook talks about how his son ,Who knows who his dad is, and how a Fan made his son an exact copy of "Hooks" leather jacket.
https://youtu.be/aLj8ucELR7M


Sunday, July 16, 2017

First Mickey-Themed Ride-Through Attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A new attraction featuring international icon Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort! Details for our first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, were just unveiled during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017 – and we think you’re going to love it.

On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before. The attraction will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.
The attraction is inspired by the Mickey Shorts that you can see on the Disney Channel. And the people who bring you the shorts at Disney Television Animation are partnering with us to help bring the attraction to life.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience we’re calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”

“This is one of the boldest…most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an Imagineer. And you know what? That’s what I love about it. Well, that, and Mickey,” Kevin said. “This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.”

As you plan ahead, we also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare the new home of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, August 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. Until August 13, you can still relive some of the greatest movie moments in history on the Great Movie Ride attraction.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for future updates on the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

I want to thank Disney Parks Blog for the announcements from the D23EXPO, as we couldn't get into that venue, do to we were in the Once Upon a Time Panel with Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis with guest Colin O'Donoghue (Hook)
We will be posting this later, so please make sure to follow us here, Facebook, Google plus, Twitter and our newest Instagram page.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

AMAZING COSPLAY COSTUMES AT D23EXPO 2017

We were Lucky enough to score a two day pass to this year's D23EXPO. We have a new # Instagram page, you can catch all those amazing people, who spent hours creating such cool Disney/Marvel/Pixar and Star Wars #Cosplay characters.
Check out our Instagram page: etickettotomorrowland . I want to thank all those friendly people.
To see more pictures, go to our Instagram and follow us, if you see your picture, be sure to comment.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rumor might be Confirmed TRON lightcycle rollercoaster to replace WDW Tomorrowland Speedway.

In October of 2016, we told you that Walt Disney World was eyeing the addition of the popular TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction from Shanghai Disneyland, and in April 2017 we updated our rumor when preliminary budgeting teams from Florida were sent out to Shanghai to take a look at the attraction. Well, with the D23 Expo just days away, it now seems certain that the attraction will be announced on Saturday, July 15th.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run, already one of the most popular attractions in Shanghai Disneyland

TRON Lightcycle Power Run will open at the Magic Kingdom just before the park’s 50th birthday (probably 2020/21), replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway attraction which opened in 1971 as the Grand Prix Raceway. The Speedway will likely close sometime in 2018 to make way for this construction.

We feel fairly confident about calling this announcement “confirmed” since several unrelated sources within the Walt Disney Company are now providing this information.

This info was posted originally from WDW News Today.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

THE ULTIMATE DISNEYFANEXPO STARTS IN JUST FOUR DAYS. ARE YOU READY? FOR THE D23 EXPO

In just four days the Ultimate Disney-fan expo will be opening at the Anaheim Convention center. That is right D23 Expo returns starting on Thursday for D23 Gold Members and Friday thru Sunday for the public.  Will you be ready to see all the exciting new events?
The D23 Expo App is up and running, You can either download the Android App on Google Chrome: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.d23expo_goo   or the Official D23 Expo Mobile on iTunes: https: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/d23-expo-2017-official-mobile-app/id658929476?mt=8


D23 Expo 2017 is the Ultimate Disney Fan Event, and the D23 Expo 2017 Official Mobile App will help you navigate all the entertainment, presentations, shopping, photo opportunities, and magic that Disney has in store.

• Maps will help you navigate your way through D23 Expo 2017 and find everything you need from stages and stores to photo spots and more.
• See the full schedule of presentations and entertainment, and get up-to-the-minute information on Stage Pass availability.
• Personalize a schedule that keeps you on track to see and do everything you’re dreaming about, find out who’s available for autograph sessions and where to find them, and learn about special guests.

• Locate exclusive D23 Expo and Disney products.
• Go ahead and download the D23 Expo 2017 Official Mobile App today and discover the wonder and excitement of Disney, all under one roof. Updates will be made throughout D23 Expo 2017.
So I am hoping we will get to see you there on Friday and Saturday, You can find us ( "E" Ticket to Tomorrowland. blogspot ) rolling along the Hall floors just look for my better 1/2, She will be in her TRON Decked out Wheelchair. Stop us and say hello. We would be glad to meet you. Just look for the blue lighted wheels.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stan Lee's Wife Joan Dies At 93

I would like to thank the website Comicbook/Marvel and the Hollywood Reporter for this sad news  today.
Sad new has just broke that Stan Lee's wife Joan has passed away at age 93. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the tragic news moments ago.

"I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family," a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family told The Hollywood Reporter. "The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time."

According to sources, Joan Lee suffered a stroke earlier this week and was hospitalized. The former British model married Stan Lee back in December 1947. Reports say the pair instantly fell in love, and they had two children together. J.C (Joan Celia) was born in 1950 while Jan was born in 1953. Sadly, their second child passed away shortly after being born.

Last year, Stan Lee spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and recounted how he met his wife. Joan moved to New York during World War II after marrying an American soldier after her childhood sweetheart wed someone else. Joan was unhappy with her new situation, and Lee said his cousin wanted to try and set him up with someone. The family member had a model named Betty in mind, but Lee wound up meeting Joan instead.

"When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, 'Stan, there's this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d like her. She might like you. Why don’t you go over and ask her to lunch.' Blah, blah, blah.

"So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents! She said, 'May I help you?' And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, 'I love you.' I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to [Joan] at lunch.”

Joan was able to get a divorce from her current husband by moving to Nevada. At that time, the state was more lenient with divorce grants, but Joan was able to pursue her love for Stan Lee. An hour after being granted a divorce, Joan and Stan married. The couple then returned to New York where Stan continued his work with Timely/Atlas Comics, and Joan continued to be an avid supporter of her husband’s work in the coming decades.
In fact, Joan appears to have been Stan’s inspiration for the Fantastic Four. The writer credits his wife with giving him the motivation to write when he was almost determined to quit the business. "Before you quit," Joan told him, "why don’t you write one comic you are proud of?" And, as Marvel fans now know, the Fantastic Four were brought to life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Stan Lee and his family at this time.