But I’m Indecent: Sewing the Carousel of Progress

In 2014 D23 held the second Destination D at Walt Disney World and included in the events was a look back at Alice Davis’ work on the costumes for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair attractions. I’ve long admired Mrs. Davis’ costuming for providing so much rich character detail for her auto-animatronic actors. You would be familiar with her work if you have ever ridden Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world, or the Carousel of Progress. The latter of these has had a particular draw for me, and to honor her work I decided to recreate one of her iconic costumes. Continue reading “But I’m Indecent: Sewing the Carousel of Progress”

Where’s my Popcorn: How to make Walt’s Ostrich Hat

For D23 Destination D in 2016 I knew I wanted to make something fun to wear that only deep fans of Disney history would get. For a few years I have been marveling over the odd phenomenon of the ever present ostrich feather fedora hat seen in tourist pictures and on Walt Disney himself from the 1960s – 1970s. Being a fairly easy craft I … Continue reading Where’s my Popcorn: How to make Walt’s Ostrich Hat

ABD Backstage Magic: Pre-Tour (Part 2) and Day 1

A quick catch up on our trip…we arrived. Well, you could have guessed that, but we chose to arrive a day in advance of the prescribed schedule (what rebels). That gave us time to settle into our hotel and the whole of the “check in” day to explore.

Catch up with our Planning and  Pre-Tour (Part 1).

This was our one big day in California and we were raring to get going. Mostly, that was coming from the Central Time Zone, so Mom and myself were out the door by 8am. Our big plan for the day was to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, drive the coast, and hopefully squeeze in a stop in Santa Monica before the real tour started with the kick-off dinner at 5pm. Continue reading “ABD Backstage Magic: Pre-Tour (Part 2) and Day 1”