Monday, November 4, 2013

Tony Baxter's Window and Pat Carroll, Part Two, in the MCL

Tony Baxter
The Mouse Castle congratulates Imagineer Tony Baxter for receiving his own window on Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. The popular Disney Legend, best known for his designs of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the Indiana Jones Adventure, was honored in a ceremony Friday at the Happiest Place on Earth.

In The Mouse Castle Lounge today, I've got sound clips from the event featuring Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and, of course, Tony himself, who talks about his 40-plus years of work at Walt Disney Imagineering and his humble beginnings scooping ice cream on Main Street as an eager-to-learn 17-year old. There were many adventures on Tony's career journey, including stints at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, but the original Magic Kingdom is where Tony will always be connected, and where he is now immortalized over the Main Street Magic Shop.

Also in the Lounge, I have part two of my conversation with actress/comedienne Pat Carroll. In part one, we talked about her iconic role as the voice of Ursula in The Little Mermaid as well as her work with some of the legends of early television like Sid Caesar, Steve Allen and Danny Thomas. Continuing on that theme, Pat reminisces about the great Red Skelton and talks about her award-winning stage work in roles ranging from Gertrude Stein to Shakespeare's John Falstaff (no, really). It's a delightful chat with a smart and talented woman who's spent over 60 years in show business. Enjoy!

Pat Carroll and me at this year's D23 Expo in Anaheim
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