Category Archives: Memoir

35 – Representin’

Being the only EPCOT Center characters (that weren’t wired to the floor), it fell to us to make the rounds of press and public events before and during opening. We were usually accompanied by a Kodak Representative, but when it … Continue reading

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32 – Defining Themed Entertainment

Here’s the thing about themed entertainment: We deal creatively with operational reality. We have to embrace all the challenges and problems and limitations and use them to create magic. Today I’m going to tell you a story of how I … Continue reading

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29 – A Little Help from My Friends

Immediately following Tony’s presentation at Disney University I head up to Wally’s Dressing Room and call WED Enterprises. An old friend from my Magic Mountain days, Ken Lisi, is in charge of the WED Recording Studio and I ask if … Continue reading

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28 – A Window Opens

On my next visit to the Golden Horseshoe I find out that Wally has decided to retire. As sad as this news is to the fan in me, it also means that I could get 2 days a week steady … Continue reading

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25 – Womphopper’s Wagon Works 1

The Golden Horseshoe runs 10 shows a day all Summer of 1980, but with the Fall comes shorter hours and fewer late shows. I move out of my Anaheim apartment, find a place down the hill from Universal City Studios … Continue reading

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24 – Disneyland 1980: What I Did That Summer

After a two more days of practice and observation Wally tells me, “Your costume is up in my room. Tomorrow I’ll do the first two shows, then you’re going on while I go to the track.” That night I sit … Continue reading

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22 – Training for the Shoe

The first thing I do after I hang up the phone is shave off the beard. Next morning I’m in the audience at the Golden Horseshoe Revue. After the show, the house clears and cast members start preparing for the … Continue reading

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