DisneyanaMania 2016 is coming!

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DisneyanaMania 2016 is coming!

DisneyanaMania 2016, our annual convention on July 13th through July 16th, is approaching. We're planning another great convention where we will be celebrating some of the most beloved attractions, movies and park anniversaries with a stellar line-up of speakers and presentations. 
Here is the preliminary schedule for our convention week
(subject to change):
Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016
6:00 to 10:00 p.m. 
Welcome Dinner:  Celebrating Ryman Arts
You will have the opportunity to meet many special guests at your table as we celebrate the Ryman Arts program. The Ryman Arts program provides scholarships and art supplies to help foster young artists for years to come. Our Welcome Dinner and auction help to raise funds for this worthy cause. More details at http://DisneyanaFanClub.org/Ryman
Thursday Morning, July 14, 2016
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
"Passing The Torch"
How Classic Disney Inspired The
Modern Animation at Pixar
Mark Walsh
Mark was an animator and director at Pixar Animation Studios. He began his career at Pixar in August 1997 working on A Bug's Life. He also did storyboard work on Toy Story 2. He also worked on Monsters, Inc. and then became the directing animator of Finding Nemo. He worked a short while on The Incredibles before moving to Ratatouille as supervising animator. Walsh also worked on the DVD and Promo Production for Up and Toy Story 3. Walsh also directed Tom Hanks in recording sessions for a number of Toy Story Toons episodes. Most recently, he directed the short film Partysaurus Rex, where he voiced Drips the Whale. He left Pixar in 2015 and is now a director at Motional Entertainment, working on a VR short film called Gary the Gull.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Authors' Panel
Lynn Barron & Ken Pellman 
"Cleaning The Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt's Dream Spotless" 
Kelly Comras
"Ruth Shellhorn (Masters of Modern Landscape Design Ser.)" 
Greg Triggs
"The Next Happiest Place on Earth"
Thursday Afternoon, July 14, 2016
12:00 Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Disneyana Fan Club's Legends Luncheon
Please join us, as we once again honor the men and women
who made lifetime contributions to the Disney Legacy.
Meet the magic makers and the newest members to our DFC's Disney Legends,
as they share their stories, talk about their work
and take us behind the scenes of Disney magic.
Garner Holt
2016 Disneyana Fan Club's Disney Legend
Founder of Garner Holt Productions in 1977, when he was still in high school.  Starting in his parents’ garage—with his mother acting as secretary!— to a giant production facility, studio and mockup space where they operate today with the help of nearly a hundred talented employees.
In Garner's own words, here's a description of the company that he created at the age of 17.
"With a mission to inform, educate, and entertain, I believe our work and our creations have a lasting impact on our audience. This company is my main focus, my pride and joy, and, if I may brag a little, the most unique and talented group in the world. We’ve built nearly 500 Chuck E. Cheese animatronic shows for restaurants all over the planet. We were the first outside company to create an animatronic character for a classic Disney attraction--we now have more than 400 figures in Disney parks throughout the world. In our more than three decades of work, we’ve built more animatronics and other unusual and amazing creations than any organization on the planet."
Thursday Afternoon, July 14, 2016
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Friz Freleng and the Early Days of Animation

Hope Freleng Shaw


Hope will talk about her father, Friz Freleng, and his early work with Walt (in Kansas City and on "Steamboat Willie" and about his work running animation at Warner Brothers. She'll also share some artwork and photos of Walt from the early days.


Friz was born Isadore Freleng on August 21, 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri. With no formal training in drawing, his first job as an animator was with United Film Advancement Services in 1924 at the age of 17. The first work Friz is credited with was for Disney Studios where he worked as an animator on the "Alice" series in 1927. 

Thursday Evening, July 14, 2016
5:15 to 7:00 p.m.
Local Chapter Reception
Gary Des Combes, Vice President of Chapters
At this reception, which is open to ALL Disneyana Fan Club members, we honor our local chapters' "Member of the Year" and highlight how our chapters has been celebrating Walt's legacy for the past 31 years.
Friday morning and afternoon, July 15, 2016
9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
The Disneyland Hotel:
A Visual Presentation and Discussion
Don Ballard, Author - "History of The Disneyland Hotel"
Al Nicholson, Architect of the Disneyland Hotel
Michael Bullis, President - Disneyland Hotel (1980-1988)
Mike Wrather
Join Don, Al, Michael and Mike, as they take us on the old parking lot tram, across sections Donald and Eeyore, thru the 100 Acres Parking Lot and back to the early days of the Disneyland Hotel. With early photographs and video clips, we will go travel memory lane with the original architect, one of the past presidents of the hotel and one of the Wrather family member!
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Growing Up in Disneyland:
From The Opening Day Parade to
Don DeFore's Silver Banjo Barbecue
David and Ron DeFore
Don DeFore (their dad) is best known for his work in television. Beginning in 1952, DeFore had a recurring role as the Nelsons' friendly neighbor, "Thorny", on the ABC sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1955, DeFore was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor in a Regular Series Primetime Emmy Award for his work on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. From 1954 to 1955, he served as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was instrumental in arranging for the Emmy Awards to be broadcast on national television for the first time on March 7, 1955. He also served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild. But, did you know about Don's connection to Disneyland during the late 1950's? Please join us and the DeFore Brothers, as they tell us stories of growing up in the early days of Disneyland and the Silver Banjo Barbecue.
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams Into Reality
Bob Gurr
Christopher Crump
Garner Holt
Carlene Thie

For our presentation, we are excited have the World Premiere of the documentary, Bob Gurr: Turning Dreams into Reality. This documentary tells the story of one of Walt Disney's earliest 1954 Imagineering Legends, Bob Gurr. Bob's career, spanning over 45 years, designed and created over 250 projects with Disney and beyond. 

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Freedomland, USA
Jeff Heimbuch

Jeff will talk about "The World's Largest Entertainment Center," which was located in the Baychester area of New York City. This short-lived amusement park has deep Disney ties that Jeff will describe at his presentation.


When asked, this is how Jeff would introduce himself... "Brooklyn born and currently California living. For years, I have written about various topics in theme park history for a variety of publications, including several fan sites and magazines. I also write a lot of fiction and non-fiction, as well, for various places. Mostly for myself. I do write some screenplays as well, and do a bit of acting. Trust me, nothing exciting. I currently write and produce Return Home, a serialized audio drama, and co-host  Communicore Weekly, a popular theme park podcast. I also think Animal Kingdom is a full day park. I usually have 15 different projects going on at once."


3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Who, What & Warehouse PI Alums

PI Alums


The Disneyana Fan Club is proud to host a reunion of the "Warehouse PI Alums." If you're not sure who this group is, don't worry... you'll be laughing too much to care. The reunion will featured an improv comedy routine, taking ideas from the audience and turning them into hilarious sketches right before your eyes. Whether the alums are asking for your input into a sketch or using you as the butt of the joke, everybody will always have a lively time.


6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Our Celebration Banquet
You are cordially invited to an Unbirthday Party and banquet,
as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland (Released 1951).
Also, we'll have a costume contest, entertainment, and a great time
as we conclude our DisneyanaMania 2016 Convention!
Saturday July 16, 2016
Disneyana Colectibles Show and Sale
And, you can try to follow the White Rabbit, search for the Cheshire Cat or find that special Disney items
at our "All Disneyana Collectibles Show and Sale" with the largest collection of Disneyana memorabilia available from our huge gathering of vendors. 
It’s all happening at the Wyndham Hotel - Anaheim / Garden Grove, located at 12021 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
You now have the EXTENDED opportunity to register for DisneyanaMania 2016 at the early registration current price using the links on our website for either purchasing on-line or to download the mail-in registration form located in the links below. 
The full package, which includes all meal events (including the Ryman Arts Fundraiser Dinner, Lunch with a Disney Legend and the Celebration Banquet), all seminars and early admission to the Disneyana Collectible Show and Sale, will be $340.00 for Disneyana Fan Club members. This special price will be available via U.S. Mail registration and online.
If you are unable to join us for all three days of our convention, we will also have the "single-day" ticket available to all seminars and meals for Thursday or Friday. The special tickets will be available at a flat rate of $150.00 per day/per ticket. If you would like to join us for the Ryman Arts Dinner and Fundraiser Auction on Wednesday, July 13th, tickets for this event will be available for $99.00.
We can't guarantee that the extended early registration pricing will stay the same after June 30th and the price could go up on July 1st.
To register online, please go to
Eventbrite will add a service fee to all online transactions.
For example: the "DFC Member's Full Package" will have an additional $19.69 in Eventbrite service fee.
You may use any major credit card or e-check to pay on the Eventbrite website. 
To register by mail,
please click on the "Pay By U.S. Mail" icon or go to click here to download a registration form.
If you are registering by mail, you do not need to pay any additional service fees.
Registration Details and fine print:
When purchasing the "Big Package", you will be asked for your meal options during registration. You do not need to "ADD" meals. All meals are included with the "Big Package."
The Ryman Arts Fundraising Dinner and Auction is also available as a single ticketed item, which is open to all, including non-conventioneers.
Requests for refund must be received no later than June 30, 2016.
If you are purchasing tickets at the membership pricing, you must have a current Disneyana Fan Club's National Membership ending no sooner than July 31, 2016. You may renew or purchase a membership either by mail or online. All memberships will be verified.
Non Disneyana Fan Club Members may purchase DisneyanaMania tickets and register using the "Non-Member" option. All Non-Member's DisneyanaMania tickets include a $25.00 surcharge.
So, don't miss out on the fun and please register! Prices will go up as we get closer to the convention!