Disney Celebrates DisneyBy Bonnie Fuson
This time they really did it right. Both the U. S. Postal Service and Disney threw a great philatelic party June 30th at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, marking the issuance of four new Disney stamps, the second set in a series of three. The stamps, with the theme "The Art of Celebration," show Mickey and Pluto, Ariel and Flounder, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and Snow White and Dopey whooping it up in individual party scenes.
Stamps went on sale at 8 a.m. under a special tent just outside Disneyland's main gate, along with a variety of related materials — cacheted envelopes, key chains, canvass totes, postcards, Disney Dollars, T-shirts, whatever. Pre-cancelled items could be purchased with the First Day cancel in color. An adjacent tent housed cancellers servicing the needs of the stamp-buying public. A similar facility, sans the USPS products, operated inside the park in the area formerly devoted to the sale of Carnation ice cream.
According to a former postal employee, most of the Southern California PO divisions were represented in the support staff, including employees from Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, West Covina and Van Nuys. Four cancellors (two at each station) were from headquarters in Kansas City. Many in postal management circles were in attendance.
At 10 a.m. a lively and musical First Day Ceremony took off on a stage set up in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. VIP guests (seated in rows of white chairs), invited guests (standing on sides and behind chairs facing the stage) and interested park visitors (peeking over the heads of the aforementioned attendees) gathered for the entertainment. Presentation of Colors was conducted by the Southern California Regional Military Color Guard and Disneyland Resort Representatives. (Last year's Michael Eisner was conspicuous by his absence.) The National Anthem was enthusiastically performed by the Disneyland Orchestra and the Celebration Singers. 2005 Disneyland Resort Ambassador to the World Andrae Rivas (yes, that's his title), welcomed guests and introduced Matt Ouimet, Disneyland Resort president, and Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer Patrick R. Donahoe (yes, that's his title), who described Walt Disney's longtime connection to the postal service.
To reveal the design of each stamp, the Disney characters illustrated were revealed in their stamp poses one by one, coming to life on stage with music and happy dancing. Donahoe then introduced three honored guests who created the stamps-David Pacheco, Creative Director of Disney Consumer Products, senior character artist who served as creative director of the stamps; Peter Emmerich, New York artist and former Disney illustrator; and Terrance (Terry) McCaffrey, Manager, Stamp Development and Art Director, USPS, who was art director of the project.
Stamp sales and canceling continued all day in the park and into the early evening. Umbrella tables and chairs accommodated collectors and cachet makers adjacent to the Carnation site. It was a great party!
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