November 13, 2011

Our first ever film and labor of love is finally finished. Inspired by the grandeur of the Disneyland Railroad, some amazing DLRR Cast Members and Walt's love of trains, we set out to create a film to pay the grand circle tour of Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom tribute. We set the goal of premiering it this weekend to coincide with the opening of the new Disneyland Railroad art exhibit in the Disney Gallery. We hope that this film will cause you to see the iron horses that transport guests around Disneyland and the Cast Members that operate and maintain them in a new light. Our own appreciation has grown with every passing weekend of gathering and editing footage. We've learned a lot, made some new friends and found ourselves blessed beyond measure in our endeavor. Thank you for joining us. We are now boarding on track number one…




by Michaela Hansen, Matthew Hansen and Kevin Crone

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Comments (19)

On November 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous said...

You all are simply, extraordinary. Incredibly well done

 
On November 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Delvin Harbour said...

What a great tribute to Walt's trains!! Awesome job Tour Guides!! I love your photos and videos!!

 
On November 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM , Anonymous said...

This is absolutely wonderful! You all are spectacular. The train means so much to me and your video with the words and choice of music made my day. Thank you for all your hard work. What a tribute to Walt.the train and the Park!

 
On November 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM , Brad said...

!!!!!! I can't believe you got access to "Lily Belle" (that is the Victorian coach, isn't it? I always get it confused with the VIP caboose. I had complete flutters in my stomach and such an emotionally, warm response to this. Thank you, so much!
Brad Day

 
On November 13, 2011 at 10:29 AM , Wanda said...

I don't have lot of words to describe how much your work is amazing, wonderful.
It brought tears into my eyes (tears of happiness, of course).

Walt will be proud of how people like you see and pay tribute to his dream.
(I think)

 
On November 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM , Tim Strauch II said...

This is one of the BEST feature videos/tributes to the Disneyland Railroad I've ever seen! Awesome...GREAT GREAT job!

 
On November 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM , LynneAnne said...

Beautiful, nicely done. Thank You for sharing this with us!!!

 
On November 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM , Kevin Crossman said...

This epic video is incredible. I would never, ever want the Steve Martin movie to be removed from Disney Gallery but if they replaced it with this film I don't think I'd have any grounds to complain. This emotional tribute to one of Walt's greatest passions is put together as good as anything I've ever seen from Disney.

If I was going to gripe, a bit, I'd say the use of the generic Apple loop was distracting (for me, familiar with that loop...). I'd also suggest including the URL for your site in the video - and maybe a short credits sequence so that everyone who worked so hard on this could be acknowledged.

Congratulations on an amazing video.

 
On November 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM , Terry said...

This was certainly worth the wait. The train trip around the Magic Kingdom is one of my favorites. It is timeless and never loses it's appeal. Thanks for the experience. I'm sure Walt is smiling down on his Three Amigos.

 
On November 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Garron said...

Great job guys! This is an amazing video! It was definitely worth the wait. The cinematography was stunning and I could tell that you guys worked really, really hard on this movie. My favorite part was the Lilly Belle sequence—it was beautiful! I cannot wait for your next movie....but I WILL wait because I know it will stunning as well! Thank you guys so much!

 
On November 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM , Michaela Hansen said...

Thank you everyone so much for your amazing comments! We're overwhelmed by all the feedback and feel very blessed to have such amazing people to share our work with. You guys are the best!

 
On November 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM , Cait said...

Definitely something to be proud of! This video was spectacular. I love how it all flowed so seamlessly from one stop to another, and how it really felt that we the viewers were on the train taking the ride ourselves!

It really inspires me that you take the time (and have the courage to ask, haha) to get up close and personal with the staff to give us those special vantage points. It really brings us into the world of Disneyland, and reminds me of why I love it the way I do.

You all did such a great job, I am very impressed. The editing was phenomenal. This video definitely made me smile more than once! I have to say, I think my favorite part was the dinosaurs at the end :P

Keep up the GREAT work!!

 
On November 14, 2011 at 3:18 AM , Anonymous said...

Outstanding.

 
On November 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM , Kerry said...

I had a big grin on my face watching this. And a big lump in my throat during the Lily Belle part. The transitions into that segment were lovely, by the way - the lamps and shadows!
Thank you for what you three do. Your whole website is a labor of love, and it shows!

 
On November 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM , Laota said...

I finally got to finish the video. It was lovely, much better than anything I've seen done for television. The part near the end with the Lilly Bell and the piano instrumental of Walt's beloved "Feed The Birds" made me tear up.

I was worried for a while there would be no Grand Canyon and resigned myself to it by the end, so I got such a thrill when it came on last. (Dinosaurs!) This was really special, and if you guys ever have it in you to do more videos, please do.

 
On November 16, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Unknown said...

Simply spectacular, thank you! I'm now late starting off to work this morning, and it was worth every minute.

 
On November 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM , dlpr said...

you guys are amazing!!

 
On November 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM , Russell said...

Fantastic! I loved every minute of this mini-masterpiece. You made me feel like I was right back at the park. It is interesting to notice how much of Walt's life was connected to and inspired by trains. I'm hoping that the three of you will consider filming segments based on each of the distinct lands of Disneyland. I would love a personal tour of the deepest jungles of Adventureland or the backwoods of Critter Country. Everything you do is spectacular. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

 
On November 24, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Savanna Rodriguez said...

I LOVED IT! I thought you did a wonderful job, and loved the views from the train drivers perspective. At the end I was really nervous that you weren't going to include the beautiful diorama, so I'm really glad it wasn't neglected.

Also, I'd be interested to hear about where you got some of your music & authentic sound affects. I'm a Disneyland buff, and own much of it, but unfortunately the diorama soundtrack is missing from my collection.