Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered

Overview

Beginning with the July 1983 issue of Disney Channel Magazine, Dave Smith began answering Disney trivia questions from viewers of the Disney Channel. In the ensuing thirty years, his column has continued through multiple publications, including Disney Magazine, the on-line "Disney Insider," and most recently the D23 website. "Ask Dave" questions have come from Disney enthusiasts the world over, and have covered topics ranging from Cinderella's last name (Tremaine) to the number of triangles covering the surface ...

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Overview

Beginning with the July 1983 issue of Disney Channel Magazine, Dave Smith began answering Disney trivia questions from viewers of the Disney Channel. In the ensuing thirty years, his column has continued through multiple publications, including Disney Magazine, the on-line "Disney Insider," and most recently the D23 website. "Ask Dave" questions have come from Disney enthusiasts the world over, and have covered topics ranging from Cinderella's last name (Tremaine) to the number of triangles covering the surface of Epcot's Spaceship Earth (11,324 facets comprising 954 triangles.)

Over 1,100 questions have been fielded by Dave Smith, the now-retired Chief Archivist of The Walt Disney Company, and this book is a compendium of the most interesting and revealing of those queries. The book is divided into chapters that each cover an aspect of Disney history, including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney films, Disney television, and Disney characters. Many of the questions bring up interesting information that has not been published elsewhere, and readers will delight in discovering some of the secrets behind their favorite movies and theme parks. "Did the same actress provide the voice of Maleficent, as well as the voice of Madame Leota, the head in the crystal ball in The Haunted Mansion?" "Who was the first athelete to say 'I'm going to Disneyland!'?" Only Dave knows the answers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Mr. Smith is the Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives and as such holds the keys to all manner of trivia having to do with Walt Disney industries. Doesn't float my boat, but for those of you who are big fans, this book is a treasure trove of information. Section one has answers to questions about Animated Features such as what is the significance of A113 as a directive in WALL-E and a license plate in Toy Story 3? The animation classroom at CalArts, where many Pixar animators studied, has that number. It shows up in many Pixar movies. Questions about recording voices in earlier films and who sang what songs also can be found in this section. Information about Animated Shorts fills the second section with answers to whether Mickey ever had any siblings or children. No, is the answer, because they were not needed for the plot line. But the comic books had larger families for the main characters. Section 3 is all about Disneyland, including when certain attractions started and ended or who designed them. The section describing live-action films gives away many secrets, such as filming the Genovia scenes in the Princess Diaries on tricked-up sites and sound stages in Southern California. The Publications section answers questions about Disney books. Television-related questions have a section all to themselves as do questions and answers relating to Disney World. The final section features Walt Disney himself. For instance, Walt's family originally emigrated from Ireland to Canada and only moved to the U.S. in 1878. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423153702
  • Publisher: Disney Editions
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 166,890
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to founding the Disney Archives in 1970 and serving as chief archivist for over thirty years, Dave Smith has been a featured speaker at many Disney events. He has also co-authored all volumes of The Ultimate Disney Trivia Book 1-4 and Disney: The First 100 Years (and its update.) He compiled The Quotable Walt Disney as well as three editions of the encyclopedia Disney A to Z.

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