Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tell-No-Tales Thursdays: Attraction Building, Dec. 1968 & Shaun Cassidy
Here are two views of the attraction building exterior from December, 1968, when the ride was about 9 months old. A pirate band plays from the balcony above in shot one, and in shot two you can see how the entrance looked before the “trench” was dug in front.
As an extra bonus for today, I have a little anecdote from a Daveland reader. On a recent Disney Studio Tour in Burbank, the guide mentioned that Shaun Cassidy now occupies Walt’s old office. Shaun Cassidy? Seemed a little odd, but Daveland reader Maverick pulled through on this one! Here is his personal story:
“While I was visiting a friend of mine who works at Hollywood Records, we heard from a page that for some reason, Walt Disney's old office was actually unlocked and no one was around. So we ran up there, and sure enough, we got in with no one to stop us. It was completely empty, with a coat of fresh new paint. It looked like someone was going to be moving into the office. So I started taking photos with my cell phone when I heard a voice from behind me. "Hi, how are ya?" I turned around, and it was Shaun Cassidy."Oh hi, Shaun! I'm Maverick from LIVE 1055 in Ventura (a radio station I was programming at the time)." "Great, nice to meet you," Shaun said as he shook my hand. "I'm a huge Disney fan, so I was just taking photos. What brings you here?" "Oh...this is my new office."
Apparently Shaun Cassidy has a production company at the Walt Disney studios, and needed a bigger place. When the studio said, "Well the only available office we have big enough for you is Walt's old office," Shaun thought, no way…this should be a museum! The studio said, take it or leave it. So Cassidy took it. He told me that one wall would be devoted to old photos of Walt in the office. We talked for a while and he even invited me back when the office was finished.
Finally I asked if I could get a photo of the two of us together. He was kind enough to do so, and we were on our way.”
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