Disney Daze returns to Oakhurst 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday at the Oakhurst Masonic Lodge on Highway 49.
The one-day event will feature Disney memorabilia, Tinker Bell and two authors of Disneyland history.
The event is sponsored by 49 EARS, the Mountain Area chapter of the National Disneyland Fan Club.
Breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m. for $10 per person, which includes admission to the show and early opportunity to purchase prized memorabilia from vendors.
According to Marshall Allen, a member of 49 EARS, vendors will have many Disney collectibles available for purchase.
Margaret Kerry (Tinker Belle)
Actress and motivational speaker Margaret Kerry, 83, will attend Disney Daze to sign photos. At the age of 23, she was the live model for the saucy pixie Tinker Bell in the animated feature 'Peter Pan.' Using footage of Kerry's live-action work as a reference, Marc Davis and his team of animators brought the little sprite to life and into the hearts of people everywhere.
Davis also created Bambi, Thumper, Cinderella and Cruella de Vil.
Disney Studios released 'Peter Pan' at the time Marilyn Monroe began to make an impact in the entertainment world and an urban legend falsely attributes the Tinker Bell role to her.
The 5-foot-2 Kerry also served as the model and voice for the red-haired mermaid in the 'Neverland' lagoon scenes.
Prior to her association with Disney, Kerry was in three 'Our Gang' comedy shorts. She attracted the attention of Eddie Cantor, who cast her in the role of his teenaged daughter in the film 'If You Knew Susie' and appeared in three episodes of 'The Andy Griffith Show.'
A successful voice-over career ensured, using her 21 different dialects and 48 character voices in more than 600 animated shows. Her voice was used on 52 episodes of the children's television show 'Clutch Cargo,' including characters Paddlefoot and Spinner.
In addition to signing photos at Disney Daze, Kerry will be taking orders for her new book that will published soon. Details: tinkerbelltalks.com
Don Ballard, author of 'Disneyland Hotel 1954-1959: The Little Motel in the Middle of the Orange Grove,' and 'Disneyland Hotel: The Early Years 1954-1988, will be at the show.
The first book is devoted to the details surrounding the initial talks with Walt and Roy Disney and Jack Wrather to the many additions and expansions to the building of the Disneyland Hotel in its pre-tower configuration. The book is filled with more than 300 photographs and designed with 50s period graphics and design.
The idea for the project was born when Wrather and Walt Disney got together for lunch in 1954. A year later, the Hotel came into being.
A pacesetter in its field, the Disneyland Hotel was designed with the family in mind a special place where parents could relax and enjoy life with their children. So all rooms were built in spacious family size to accommodate four.
An economical coffee shop with particular appeal for families was included in the complex of restaurants. And recreational facilities in abundance Olympic size pool, wading pool, playground, miniature and three-par golf courses, 50-position driving range, shuffleboard and large screen televisions. For even more excitement and convenience, the Monorail was extended to connect the Hotel with Disneyland.
What the hotel set out to do in 1955 was to live up to the Disneyland name by providing each guest with a unique and pleasurable experience.
Ballard now lives in Fremont. Details: magicalhotel.com.
Nancy Temple Rodrique
In addition to Kerry and Ballard, author Nancy Temple Rodrique will attend the event.
Rodrique has written four books in the 'Hidden Mickey Mystery' series of action adventure books.
Writing about Disney parks comes easy for Rodrique as she has been an avid Disney fan ever since she was 6 years old and visited Disneyland for the first time. He books reflect her admiration and respect for the man who started it all - Walt Disney. Details: hiddenmickeybook.com.
'Anyone that is a fan of Disneyland and Disneyland merchandise will love Disney Daze,' Allen said. 'We will also have a silent auction featuring Disney memorabilia.'
Proceeds from the event will benefit Toys for Tots, Yosemite High School scholarships, Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst and the Herb Ryman Arts Foundation.
Contact: Marshall Allen, (559) 683-4295.