Performer Spotlight: Flynn Rider @ Mickey and the Magical Map

I’ll admit that Mickey and the Magical Map is not one of my most regular shows to visit at the Disneyland Resort as I’ve had other favorites take precedence over it.  However, I have seen it a LOT due to my favorite Mapmaker (sadly, no longer a regular there) and because the show is a top choice of a family member. And happily, there are still plenty of talented singers and dancers to be found there including one of the absolute greatest vocalists in the park:

As if he walked right out of a movie screen…

When Flynn Rider steps out on to the stage and this guy starts to sing, you can’t help but listen wide-eyed and open-mouthed at the exalted notes emanating from him.

Every single time I hear him perform a song, I feel transported to the glorious days of Technicolor movie musicals – it’s like hearing a Gordon MacRae or Nelson Eddy singing live in front of you. He’s got this amazing classic throwback sound to him that’s simply enchanting to hear – just an overpowering unreal beautiful boundless baritone that sweeps you up in it every time he sings.  Continue reading


Performer Spotlight: Noel @ Main Street Ragtime Piano

Forget about your worries and your strife…”

Noel is always smiling and happy to say hello!

I am LONG overdue for this spotlight, as this wonderful guy has been at the Ragtime Piano on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park for about a year now! Where has the time gone?!

One can find Noel tickling the ivories at Coke Corner multiple days a week to the absolute delight of everyone who gets to see and hear him. His repertoire – which is constantly growing – consists of timely jazzy ragtime standards and simply a ton of Disney classics!

On any given day I’ve gone to see him – and I do try to stop and see him as often as possible – I’ve heard him play anything from “The Bare Necessities” to “It’s a Small World” to “You Can Fly” to a fun ragtime version of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. Continue reading

Performer Spotlight: Thor @ Heroic Encounter: Thor and Loki

Disclaimer: Please note that the following feature should not be taken in any way as an endorsement of Thor over his brother. As a fully and forever committed member of Team Loki, I would never shift my allegiance or devotion. I merely make observation of what I have experienced in my repeated dealings with this fellow as well.

The best of brothers!

As I have mentioned previously, Meet & Greets were never a top priority for me at the parks until a few months ago, when we were blessed with the presence of the glorious God of Mischief, Loki at Disney California Adventure, and I have ever since his arrival pledged my unwavering support to him. Repeatedly. I just can’t imagine what could top meeting with him on a beautiful park day.

However, part of his Heroic Encounter Meet & Greet is also seeing his brother, Thor. Now, I’m sure Thor is great and all (God of Thunder ooh), but really, I knew, Loki knew and Thor knew that I wasn’t there to see him. Because it’s all about that Loki.

With that said, it might be easy to get petty or sulky or throw godly temper tantrums because you’re not the center of attention that your more popular and brilliant brother is.

Thor waiting patiently while I talk to Loki.

But a truly impressive being could step up to the challenge and instead of getting upset or jealous, he might, as this fellow did, instead repeatedly work to be as utterly charming and completely delightful as possible and as a result may have somewhat pulled some small but appreciative attention away from this devout Team Loki member.

Because really, there’s only so much charm offensive one guest can take before you must succumb – just a little itsy bit – to someone who is being aThorable beyond all words.

I mean seriously – some days I cannot even handle how precious and engaging and amiable this one is. I must admit, that even on the best days with Loki… this fellow makes my heart swell a little extra by being there, too. Continue reading

Performer Spotlight: Loki @ Heroic Encounter: Thor and Loki

To no one’s surprise who has read this site during the past few months, a major highlight for me of going to the Disneyland Resort is getting to visit to the Heroic Encounter: Thor and Loki Meet & Greet at the Hollywood Backlot in Disney California Adventure. And while I have had a delightful time with these divine brothers whenever I go, my best moments are those I’ve spent talking with this fellow with his ever-so-dulcet tones:

Hello, Loki!

Now, I will readily admit that Loki is my very favorite in all the Marvel Universe. I love his multi-facets and his depth – he is a shining diamond to me, beautiful and cut from a strong compressed core. I love that he’s a tragic trickster with many guises and that you can experience various aspects of this when you go visit him at Disney California Adventure. Some days he’s strong, others sweet, others sassy.

But my favorite times are experiencing the irresistible charm and attentiveness of this fellow who makes you feel like you’re the only person in the world and the most fascinating one to him at that. It’s this tremendously bewitching and beguiling ability of his that would have me happily follow him to the farthest reaches of the Nine Realms and beyond if he merely asked it of his humble Midgard servant.

The stage is his to command – as are we!

In my opportunities to speak with him, it has been so special to me that he has taken the time to discuss topics ranging from the Disney clothing I wear to my pin collecting to his perceptions of the other Marvel characters (though especially hilarious is the constant badgering from his brother, Thor, who is always quite irritated by my devoted attention to Loki, which of course pleases Loki further!).  Yet I think there’s an even longer-reaching effect for me in having met him, as my interactions with him are opening up a whole new world for me at the parks that I had never really considered before. Continue reading

Performer Spotlight: Gamora @ Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!

“You all totally rock.”

The totally awesome Gamora!

There are three reasons I absolutely love the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off! show at Disney California Adventure:

First, the music and dancing are super fun!

Second, Star-Lord. No, but really, Star-Lord.

And last but definitely not least, this girl.

Again, sometimes you just get ridiculously lucky and find exactly the right person in exactly the right show – and along with Star-Lord, this girl is it.

Everything about her is on point – from her look to her ‘tude. She’s tough, intimidating, confident, cool. And she certainly would never dance.

Well… Continue reading

Performer Spotlight: Star-Lord @ Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!

“Fox on the run…”

Okay, yeah, I’ve been singing the praises of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off show a LOT during the Summer of Heroes event at Disney California Adventure these past few months. But when a show is particularly great, I tend to say so. And when a performer is particularly great, I tend to shout it from the rooftops. Or at least from the blog!

So this guy…


Pretty much owned me as a fan from the first second I saw him walking through the onlookers while talking snark to Gamora. He’s got an ease and effortless nonchalance that’s utterly appealing and immediately puts the audience into an appropriately amused and upbeat mood for the show.

He’s funny, he can dance, he’s terrific when improvising and engaging with the crowd and he utterly melted my heart last week when he dropped down on his knees to interact with a little special needs girl in the crowd who he brought up to dance with him. Talented and a gentle soul/big heart? Winner! Continue reading

Performers Spotlight: Dapper Ken and Dapper Wesley and Dapper David and Bonus Dapper Frank @ The Dapper Dans of Disneyland

“Laughter on the levee, no one’s heart is heavy…”

In this patriotic week, I realized that I am long overdue to spotlight several of our bass-singing Dapper Dans of Disneyland – those staples of Main Street, U.S.A.!

These talented low-vocal red-and-white-costumed fellows provide much of the levity and comedy in the Dapper Dan routines, so I wanted to give a quick shout-out to a few more of these talented guys!

First up is Dapper Ken – Ken is a jovial gentleman for whom Dappering seems to be not just second nature, but first! Some people just seem so right in their roles and Ken is one of them! He’s got a lovely warm voice and an equally warm personality to go with it – with just a hint (okay, maybe more than a hint) of mischief in his eyes as well. He’s particularly fun to watch during the Halloween Dapper sets.  I always wind up grinning when Ken is performing!

Dapper Ken

Next up is Dapper Wesley – Wesley is simply the one of the most perfect period performers at the park! He is the epitome of mid-century middle America and every time I watch him I keep thinking it’s like he stepped right out of “Leave it To Beaver” or a Jimmy Stewart film and into 1955 Disneyland Park. Watching Wesley is a total time warp for me and a great atmospheric addition whenever he’s there.

Dapper Wesley

On certain occasions, Wesley has also been known to sing baritone – such as one day when he was found in that blue-striped role while another bass, Dapper Frank (a returned but still rare to spot longtime Dapper Dan), was in red! Continue reading