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  • This year is almost over. 2020 next and time flies fast when you get older.

    I look back to when I moved to North Hollywood back in June of 1999 and becoming an annual pass holder to Disneyland for 10 years.  I do miss going there but for my income, the annual pass is hard to get.  Yes, I have been a premium pass holder and I could get a lesser pass but for frequency when I would go and doing a podcast it would not work. I am trying to bring the podcast back but my mixer board has a hum in it and I take care of my equipment. I don’t make as much as I used to but I do miss going to DL and seeing my friends there and missing FOTM Friends Of The Magic events that Paul Barrie and I created. I would love to upgrade to a 4k camera to bring better-looking content to the site.   I have set up a Patreon page to help with the plans I want to do with the podcast etc. I do plan on going to other parks to bring you the content you expect.  I also have here a supporter section that has the content you can’t get on the normal feed.  it is exclusive to our site and you once you become a supporter.

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  • Working on a Patreon Page

    I am working on a Patreon page. Let’s see how this goes but I am working on trying to get to other parks as I figure out how to get back to Disneyland with out breaking my bank. 😉 Yes I could get a lower level pass but then I do love being able to go when I want. I do also wish Disney would teach their security the difference between consumer and pro video camera as well. Just wanted to say hi. My main computer I do all my editing is down and I am trying to get it back up and then work on building an 8k editing machine. So that is where I am at the moment.

  • Grand Opening: DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda

    On June 15, (my birthday) get ready for another level of awesomeness at the all-new DreamWorks Theatre Featuring

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    Discover the brand-new multi-sensory attraction using state-of-the-art visual effects and cutting-edge technology to engulf you in a world of adventure. Join Master Po on a thrilling journey of awesomeness destined to stimulate your senses, exercise your wit and unlock the hero within through the power of kung fu.


  • I’m back 50% huh?

    Yes I am back in a small way but back.  A very generous person donated to me a gold pass at Universal Studios Hollywood.  I have not been there since Nov 2013 and got the pass this month.  Almost 4 year by a couple weeks.  So I will let you know when I will be there on my twitter @atfpodcast.  I am happy I can go to there at least until I figure how to afford a dl ap.

    Will be editing some cool stuff for you soon.

  • Disneyland’s longest employed worker Chef Oscar Martinez retires after 60 years


    ANAHEIM — Chef Oscar Martinez, the longest tenured employee at Disneyland Resort, retired Wednesday, Sept. 27.

    The 81-year-old has worked at the theme park for 60 years. He’s been a chef at Main Street, U.S.A.’s Carnation Café since 1967.

    A Disneyland spokeswoman said Martinez “looks forward to traveling, visiting family and hopes to find time to relax.”

    Martinez could not be reached, he was at a private party being held for him on Main Street, U.S.A.

    Martinez is known as the chef of Disneyland’s popular breakfast, “Oscar’s Choice,” served with his signature potatoes, and in recent years as the ambassador of the Carnation Café.

    Most mornings the enthusiastic Martinez, wearing his signature white chef hat, could be seen greeting and engaging visitors with a warm smile, a handshake and asking a series of questions about how their day was or if they were having a good time.

    Video featuring Oscar from 2016

    Disneyland’s oldest employee Oscar Martinez celebrates 60 years of service on Thursday

    Born in Brownsville, Texas, and raised in Arkansas, Martinez moved to California with his late wife, Shelly Anne.

    With no formal cooking experience, Martinez started his career as a busboy at Disneyland’s Fantasy 1 restaurant in 1956, the year after the Anaheim park opened. Though he never personally spoke to his boss, he previously has said his fondest memory was watching Walt Disney walk up and down Main Street, U.S.A. taking meticulous notes about the theme park.

    Over the years, Martinez worked in several roles including teaching employees the “Disney Way” of dressing – at the time, men had short haircuts, no mustaches, shiny shoes and black socks, and there was no makeup for the girls. He later trained employees how to cook on a grill.

    In 1967, a manager noticed Martinez’s speed and efficiency and tried him out on the cooking grill at the Carnation Café.

    It’s at the cafe where Martinez left his most indelible mark.

    Disney executives noticed Martinez’s flavorful breakfast potatoes, cooked with butter and green and red peppers, and later put it on the café’s menu.

    In 2011, he was the first employee to receive an award for working 55 years at Disneyland.

  • Legendary Disney Animator & Imagineer Francis Xavier “X” Atencio Passes Away at Age 98



    Legendary Disney Animator and Imagineer Francis Xavier “X” Atencio Passes Away at Age 98

    Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passed away on September 10 at the age of 98. X was responsible for helping bring to life a number of beloved Disney parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia.

    Born on September 4, 1919, in Walsenburg, Colorado, X—whose friends shortened his name from Francis Xavier to simply “X”—moved to Los Angeles in 1937 to attend the Chouinard Art Institute. X thought a job at Disney was out of his reach, but the then-18-year-old artist’s instructors prodded him to submit his portfolio. In 1938, when he got the good news from Disney, X ran from the original Hyperion Avenue studio to his aunt’s house shouting, “I got a job at Disney! I got a job at Disney!”

    X first saw his work on screen at the 1940 premiere of Pinocchio, and as he watched, he was incredibly moved by seeing the audience’s reaction. That year, he was promoted to assistant animator for Fantasia but left temporarily to join the Army Air Corps in the war effort.

    Upon his return in 1945, he picked up where he left off, returning to the studio and working for the next eight years on animated short subjects. His first on-screen credit was for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom in 1953, an Oscar®-winning film that took audiences through the history of music. Other films X contributed to during this time included Noahs Ark (1959) and A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962), both Academy Award® nominees, as well as Jack and Old Mac (1956). He worked on the “I’m No Fool” series for the original Mickey Mouse Club, and in the 1960s, X provided memorable stop-motion sequences for Disney feature films The Parent Trap (1961), Babes in Toyland (1961), and Mary Poppins (1964).

    At the request of Walt Disney, X transferred to WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1965 to work on the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. At first, X was unsure of the move to WED: “I went over there reluctantly because I didn’t know what I was getting into, and nobody there knew what I was supposed to do either,” he recalled. “About a month later I got a phone call from Walt. He told me ‘I want you to do the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean.’” From that point on, X cemented his legacy at WED, playing a key role in the development of music and dialogue for the attraction, including co-writing the iconic song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” For the Haunted Mansion, he wrote the attraction’s dialogue and co-wrote the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” For Walt Disney World, he contributed to If You Had Wings and Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, as well as Spaceship Earth, World of Motion, and the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. Throughout his career, X always said that his reward, as it was in the days of Pinocchio, “is still the audience’s reactions.”

    “X was an enormous talent who helped define so many of our best experiences around the world,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Some may not know that when he wrote the lyrics for ‘Yo Ho’ he had never actually written a song before. He simply proposed the idea of a tune for Pirates of the Caribbean, and Walt told him to go and do it. That was how X worked—with an enthusiastic, collaborative attitude, along with a great sense of humor. His brilliant work continues to inspire Imagineers and bring joy to millions of guests every year.”

    X retired from Disney in 1984, but continued working as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering for many years, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; his children Tori McCullough, Judianne, and Joe; his stepchildren Brian Sheedy, Kevin Sheedy, and Eileen Haubeil; sons-in-law Mike McCullough and Chris Haubeil; daughters-in-law Kathy Atencio, Trish Sheedy, and Beth Sheedy; and eight grandchildren.