Disney Daze delights young and old alike with memorabilia and guest speakers

September 17, 2013 

It was a day filled with a Mickey pancake breakfast, inspiring Disney music, Disney memorabilia, and wonderful guest speakers — It was Disney Daze held Sept. 14 at the Oakhurst Masonic Temple, sponsored by the 49Ears Disney Club.

On display at the entrance to the show was a replica of the Disneyland monorail and a large collection of historic Disney pins.

There were many silent auction Disney baskets and a raffle with the larger prizes being two Disneyland one-day park hopper passes; a one of a kind sign made from old license plates by Tanya Good (one of the club members); two Foster Farms toy chickens donated by guest speaker Terri Hardin, and a book by author Don Ballard on the history of the Disneyland Hotel.

The Children's Museum of the Sierra – Oakhurst had an area set up where the children could go and do activities, or you could just sit and watch movies including Pinocchio, Captain EO or Donald Duck cartoons.

Guest speakers included sculptor/actress Hardin — designer of the Foster Farms Chickens seen in television commercials and voice of one of the chickens. Hardin also played in Caption EO.

Carolyn Carroll, the wife of Eddie Carroll who was the voice of Jiminy Cricket, shared stories from the early days of Disney — Ballard shared footage and history of the building of the Disneyland Hotel and opening day of Disneyland — and returning this year was Margaret Kerry – who, as a teenager, was the model for Tinkerbell.

"We are having a great time," said Janelle Garetig who visited Disney Daze with her two small children.

Garetig, a Disney enthusiast, was pleased with all of the great Disney collectibles to choose from and to be able to hear stories from people who were so connected with Disney.

The event benefits the 49Ears Club by raising funds for scholarships, Toys for Tots, and Ryman Arts.

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