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Show Number  140 - Tony Baxter Interview


In this episode we are very happy and luck to have such an amazing guest. He is former Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, he is Tony Baxter. Tony is responsible for such attractions as Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and much more. In this interview we try to ask him questions you may not have heard him talk about on other podcasts. Enjoy this rare interview with Tony Baxter.














Disneyland Resort Current Events


The Original Splashtranauts - by Ken Pellman and Bob Barber write about how Tony Baxter and Splash Mountain Show Producer, the late Bruce Gordon, gave them the first ride on the not-yet-opened attraction in June 1989 (Laughing Place)  

On Tony Baxter and His Window Dedication - by Ken Pellman (Kenversations)
 
Current Events 

​It's still Halloween season at Disneyland as we recorded the episode and soon enough it will be Christmas season. Appropriate for Halloween, John Frost of The Disney Blog has requested the restoration of a tribute tombstone at the Haunted Mansion. (The Disney Blog)

Imagineer Vic Greene was a grandfather to John, essentially the head architect of the Haunted Mansion, and John writes: 

I don’t know when the grave marker was removed from Disneyland, but what I was told was that after he died in 1972 from cancer, his widow asked that it be removed to lessen the pain the family felt. I totally understand and respect that.It has now been 42 years and a new generation of Vic’s descendants are enjoying the parks. I think they should get to see his credit restored to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland…  

According to the Disney Parks Blog, Anna & Elsa's Boutique at Downtown Disney will give you the chills. (The Disney Parks Blog)
 
A new Disney Kingdtom Series (comic books) will be featuring Big Thunger Mountain Railroad. Look for it in the Spring of 2015. (The Disney Parks Blog)

MiceChat reports: 

The on again off again plan to add the Hatbox Ghost to Haunted Mansion is on again with a budget carved out from the 60th funds, and the regular January refurbishment of Haunted Mansion will include prep work to prepare for the Hatbox Ghost to be installed at the last minute next May. 
(Mice Chat Hat Box Report)

MiceChat is also reporting:

The new backstage crowd control alleys behind Main Street will be done by Halloween, and should be pressed into service a few hours each day by the operations team in November. While the alleys were designed to improve crowd control during the 60th night parade, they’ll come in handy this holiday season for the Christmas parade and snowy fireworks that have always caused headaches on Main Street for Cast Members and visitors alike 

Be sure to read more at MiceChat.com


You can listen to show 140 on iTunes or go to our  Libsyn service here.

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