Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
Walt Disney Classics Collection Event, Super Soap Weekends

Fans of TV soap operas and the Walt Disney Classics Collection alike have a reason to look forward to April. Details of the ABC Super Soap Weekends, and the Celebration of Walt Disney Classics Collection events are provided below.

Time is running out, so be sure to double-check the reservation deadlines!


"Who wants to be a soap star?" For three weekends in April, that will be a more pressing question than Regis Philbin's trademark phrase, as the popular "ABC Super Soap Weekends" move from Disney-MGM Studios to Disney's California Adventure park. [Read about the 2001 event in this MousePlanet column.]


Cynthia Harris, Mickey, Minnie and a host of ABC Soap Stars announce the event Promo photo © Disney

A different ABC soap will be featured at each of the three weekend celebrations. All My Children kicks off the event on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, One Life to Live runs through April 13 and 14, while General Hospital and Port Charles close the event on April 20 and 21. See the sidebar (right) for a partial list of stars scheduled to attend.

In the style of true soap- opera intrigue, a breaking storyline in Port Charles (the death of a major character) prohibits Disney from announcing the names of the show's cast who are scheduled to appear.

The public has a host of opportunities to meet and greet their favorite stars throughout the events. Walt Willey from All My Children hosts "Casting Call," where lucky fans win the opportunity to read a scene live with an ABC soap star. Linda Dano from One Life to Live moderates a question- and- answer session, where fans can get a behind- the-scenes glimpse into the lives of their favorite actors. During a special edition of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Play It," stars compete to win prizes for their "cheering section" in the audience.

Of course, no event would be complete without merchandise. While details are very hush hush, look for shirts, pins, hats, and even props from actual shows.

True-blue fans might want to treat themselves to a full weekend experience by booking one of the "ABC Super Soap Weekends" packages. These includes a one-night hotel stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel, a two-day DCA ticket, a special buffet breakfast with the stars at ABC Soap Opera Bistro (a true character breakfast!), and an ABC soap opera commemorative gift. Packages are limited to just 200 people, giving you a special opportunity to meet the stars.

Packages range from $240 at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel to $295 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel single occupancy; call for additional rates. Annual Passholders save about $40 if they do not need park admission. For more event information or to make your reservations, call (800) 450-4002.


The fourth "Celebration of Walt Disney Classics Collection" makes its first visit to the West Coast April 19 through 21. The annual event draws collectors from around the world. If you are at all curious about bigger events like the Official Disneyana Conventions, this weekend should give you a good taste of what the collectors' events are all about.

"Behind the Camera" LE 500, $295 Promo photo © Disney
"Behind the Camera" LE 500, $295 Promo photo © Disney

The Walt Disney Classics Collection is a collection of sculptures based on Disney film animation. In the press release announcing the move to California, the managing director of the Walt Disney Classics Collection explained:

Beginning in 1923 the "Golden State" has been the home of The Walt Disney Company and ever since has been the source of all things Disney - from films, TV productions, theme parks, etc. and this is why "Made in California" is the logical choice for the theme of our 2002 event.

Highlights of the three-day event include the opportunity to purchase limited edition collectibles and art, as well as event- logo merchandise. Most of these pieces were created especially for this event, or have special event backstamps. As with recent events, the limited edition merchandise will be allocated using the Random Selection Process, to reduce the time you stand in line.

There will be presentations by guests like Imagineer Tony Baxter and artist Sam Mc Kim, plus a hands-on look at how your art classic is painted. Guests will participate in a first- of- its- kind tour of the Walt Disney Studios, followed by a presentation by entertainment legend Leonard Maltin and a barbecue at the Disney Studio Commissary. Unlike some conventions where participants must choose between events, everyone gets to attend every session. And the opening and closing night parties are not to be missed, when you can rub elbows with Disney artists and celebrities.

Full details of the event as well as photos of some of the offerings are listed below. Although information about the "Disneyana Mystery" mini- convention scheduled for August at Walt Disney World are not yet available, its planners may be hard-pressed to top the excitement of this Walt Disney Classics Collection event.

Disney fans who have never even heard of the Walt Disney Classics Collection should find the presentations, classes and events alone worth the cost of admission. If you regretted skipping the 2001 Official Disneyana Convention, the April Walt Disney Classics Collection event may be your chance to make it up to yourself.

Tickets to the event are $495, and include all events and sessions. You must act fast, especially if you are interested in the limited edition merchandise. To be eligible for the first Random Selection Process drawing, your form must be faxed by Friday, March 15. For questions, or to make reservations, contact Walt Disney Event Services at (407) 827-7600. I'll see you there!


Walt Disney Classics Collection Press Release

IT'S "CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME!" FOR COLLECTORS OF THE WALT DISNEY CLASSICS COLLECTION

2002 celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics event celebrates all things Disney "Made in California"

LIMITED EDITION COLLECTIBLES AND ART:

"Behind the Camera" -- A charming and finely detailed recreation of Mickey Mouse as the cameraman from the animated "Newsreel" segment of the classic TV series The Mickey Mouse Club. Produced in authentic tones of black and white, this beguiling sculpture has been created by master Disney sculptor Patrick Romandy- Simmons in a numbered limited edition of only 500.

"Behind the Camera" (Height: 8”") is the first Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture derived from the "club that's made for you and me" and features an exclusive event backstamp along with such unique "plussing" elements as a metal tail, camera accents and camera legs. Suggested Retail Price: $295

"Where the Magic Begins" LE 500, $160 Promo art © Disney
"Where the Magic Begins" LE 500, $160 Promo art © Disney

"Where the Magic Begins" - Walt Disney Feature Animation Building -- The California home of Walt Disney Feature Animation is wonderfully captured in this incredibly detailed resin sculpture inspired by the famed Disney Studio building designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern, complete with its signature Sorcerer Mickey hat. Produced in a numbered limited edition of only 500, the sculpture designed by noted Disney Imagineer Larry Nikolai stands 3" high and features an exclusive event backstamp.
Suggested Retail Price: $160

* PLEASE NOTE: "Behind the Camera" and "Where the Magic Begins" represent the lowest numbered limited edition sizes ever offered for a new Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture release (excluding special backstamp pieces and different color versions).

Walt Disney Feature Animation Building Concept Drawing Signed Lithograph - - This lithographic reproduction of the conceptual design drawings by Disney Imagineer Larry Nikolai used to create the "Where the Magic Begins" Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture is offered in a limited edition of 100. The perfect accompaniment to the sculpture, the lithograph is signed by the artist (13" x 34"). Suggested Retail Price: $125

Toy Story 2 Walt Disney Classics Collection Special Backstamp Sculptures -- 150 sets of the popular March 2002 open edition release of Toy Story 2 sculptures from the Walt Disney Classics Collection will be available to convention guests in a special event backstamp version. The first Classics Collection releases based on characters from Toy Story 2, the sculptures include "Yeee-ha!" (Jessie the Cowgirl / Height: 7 Ł") and "Ride Like the Wind!" (Bullseye / Height: 7 Ł") in porcelain along with the Record-Player Base in resin. All three special event backstamp sculptures are offered only as a set. Toy Story 2 Opening Title Plaque sold separately (SRP $29) without the special event backstamp. Set Suggested Retail Price: $345

PLEASE NOTE: Guests who pre-order "Behind the Camera," "Where the Magic Begins," along with "Yeee-ha!" (Jessie the Cowgirl), "Ride Like the Wind!" (Bullseye) and the Record-Player Base special backstamp version have the opportunity to purchase these sculptures pre-signed by the artist subject to availability and deadline dates.

100 Years of Magic Sericel LE 1,000, $1250 Promo art © Disney
100 Years of Magic Sericel LE 1,000, $1250 Promo art © Disney

100 Years of Magic Sericel - - Making its retail premiere at our "Made in California" event is a truly an incredible piece of art conceived and created right here in Hollywood, entitled 100 Years of Magic. This impressive sericel of Walt Disney Animation Art has been produced as a hand numbered limited edition of 1,000 and celebrates the centennial of Walt Disney's birth.

Registered event guests will have the opportunity to purchase the first 75 sequentially hand-numbered pieces in the edition. This striking oversized sericel features 64 beloved Disney characters and 63 vibrant colors on cel surrounding a lithographic background of Walt Disney walking through the world famous Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland¨ in Southern California. Available framed only (44" x 30"). Suggested Retail Price: $1,250

EVENT LOGO MERCHANDISE:

Includes pins, polo shirt, denim jacket, T-shirt, key chain, button, clapboard frame, watch, plush and a specially-designed Hawaiian shirt featuring the event logo

ENTERTAINING "BEHIND- THe-MAGIC" PRESENTATIONS, ACTIVITIES AND TOURS:

Exclusive Tour of The Walt Disney Studios - - The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank was built in 1940 with the profits from the enormous success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In this exclusive, never- before-offered tour guests will visit various key locales "on the lot" including Mickey Avenue / Dopey Drive, Ink & Paint, Team Disney Building, Walt Disney Archives, MultiPlane Camera, Frank G. Wells Building, Backlot, Commissary, Soundstages, etc.

Virtually all of the classic Disney films and TV shows of the past 60 years have been produced at the Studio, in addition to being the site where most of Disneyland was originally planned and constructed in the early 1950s.

Imagineering a Collection with Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter - - Since 1965 Tony has been conjuring up all kinds of Disney magic, starting as an ice cream scooper on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland. Tony has since become a senior vice president of Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering where he conceived and / or oversaw the creation of such famous Disney Theme Park attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Journey Into Imagination, Star Tours, Indiana Jonesú Adventure and Tarzan'sú Treehouse. Additionally, Tony was the overall creative executive responsible for Disneyland Paris.

In this fun and insightful presentation Tony will share with guests not only his amazing career achievements but also his passion for collecting the Walt Disney Classics Collection, Disneyana and rare Hollywood memorabilia.

Sam McKim: A Disney Legend "Made in California" - - Famed Disney Legend and Imagineer Sam McKim began his own "California Adventure" as a child star, growing up in the "Golden Age" of Hollywood. In 1954 he began a distinguished career working with Walt Disney as one of his original team of Imagineers.

Through the years Sam contributed his considerable artistic talents to such famous Disney Theme Park attractions as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, it's a small world, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland Monorail, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carousel of Progress, The Hall of Presidents, Universe of Energy and early concept designs for the Disney-MGM Studios.

Guests will join Sam and his son Matt (also a Walt Disney Imagineering veteran) as they recount Sam's many career accomplishments "Made in California."

Adventures in Paint in Three-Dimensions - - Join "art instructor" Craig Hodgkins as he and a team of painters from the Walt Disney Studios'famed Ink & Paint Department give everyone a hands-on demonstration in the art of making each sculpture in the Walt Disney Classics Collection a true one-of-a-kind painted "masterpiece."

In this unique "class" you will learn the difficulties in "painting in three dimensions," along with gaining a renewed appreciation for the artistry of the skilled painters who lend their talents to the Walt Disney Classics Collection. So put on your beret, painter's smock and loosen- up your brushstrokes for a fun and humorous look at the intricacies of painting Disney personalities in porcelain.

The Disney Films with Leonard Maltin - - From the popular long-running TV series Entertainment Tonight and the new syndicated show Hot Ticket America's favorite movie reviewer and historian will share his thoughts on the incredible film career of Walt Disney with insights into some of his favorite Disney films and TV shows. This special presentation will also include a question and answer opportunity with the audience.

An Evening of Discovering Disney's California Gold - - Like the famed 49'ers of California lore, guests will discover an evening of food, fun, adventure and prizes as they search for the "mother lode" of "Disney's California Gold" hidden throughout Disney's California Adventure.

ARTIST SIGNINGS, RECEPTIONS & SPECIAL SURPRISES:

  • Walt Disney Classics Collection Sculpture Unveiling and Retirement Ceremony
  • Be a Disney "Star"-gazer - - you never know who will make a surprise appearance!
  • Special Appearances by such noted WDAC Artists and Sculptors such as David Pacheco, Patrick Romandy- Simmons and Bruce Lau.
  • A special Walt Disney Classics Collection 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring a fun- filled retrospective, sculpture unveiling, special announcement and an exciting "raffle" finale.

Check back next week for details of the 2002 Official Disneyana Mystery Convention...


California Adventures

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR

All My Children
April 6 & 7

Julia Barr
(Brooke English)
Rebecca Budig
(Greenlee Smythe)
John Callahan
(Edmund Grey)
Amelia Heinle
(Mia Saunders)
Elizabeth Hendrickson
(Maggie Stone)
Finola Hughes
(Anna Devane)
Vincent Irizarry
(David Hayward)
Terri Ivens
(Simone Torres)
Jill Larson
(Opal Cortlandt)
Alicia Minshew
(Kendall Hart)
J. Eddie Peck
(Jake Martin)
Eden Riegel
(Bianca Montgomery)
Marcy Walker
(Liza Chandler)
Jack Scalia
(Chris Stamp)

One Life to Live
April 13 & 14

Melissa Archer
(Natalie Buchanan)
Phil Carey
(Asa Buchanan)
Kamar de los Reyes
(Antonio Vega)
Catherine Hickland
(Lindsay Rappaport)
Laurence Lau

(Sam Rappaport)
Nathaniel Marston
(Al Buchanan)
Jessica Morris
(Jennifer Rappaport)
Nathan Purdee

(Hank Gannon)
Brandon Routh
(Seth Anderson)
Sheri Saum
(Keri Reynolds)
Hillary B. Smith
(Nora Buchanan)
Robert S. Woods
(Bo Buchanan)

General Hospital &
Port Charles
April 20 & 21

General Hospital:

Chad Brannon
(Zander Smith)
Stuart Damon
(Alan Quartermaine)
Rebecca Herbst
(Liz Webber)
John Ingle
(Edward Quartermaine)
Wally Kurth
(Ned Ashton)
Sarah Laine
(Sarah Webber)
Jaime Ray Newman
(Kristina Cassadine)
Marisa Ramirez
(Gia Campbell)
Coltin Scott
(Nikolas Cassadine)
Billy Warlock
(A J Quartermaine)
Alicia Lee Willis
(Courtney Matthews)
Jacklyn Zeman
(Bobbie Spencer)

Port Charles:

The names of the cast from "Port Charles" over this same weekend will be announced at a later date due to a confidential breaking storyline.


ABOUT THE EDITOR

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.

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