Who grew up watching Disney Afternoon in the 90’s?! WE SURE DID! We were transported back into our awesome childhood at the D23 Disney Afternoon on the Walt Disney Studios Lot last Sunday and it was nothing short of amazing. We spent about 3 hours in the theater on the lot learning all the details behind the making of a few classic 90’s cartoons like Gummi Bears, Tale Spin and Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, and Goof Troop. We were treated to an episode of Gummi Bears, Tale Spin and Darkwing Duck, and even heard from some of the voices behind a few of the characters from these shows!
After our time in the theater (which ended with a sing-a-long to some of our favorite Disney Afternoon theme songs!), we were all directed outside to an after party full of Disney Afternoon cartoon photo spots, character meet and greets with the Rescue Rangers and Launchpad McQuack, an amazing spread of afternoon snacks like Mickey-shaped PB & J’s, pizza bagels, macaroni and cheese bites, cookies and Capri Suns (all the eats we would have had at home when we were 7 years old), and a DJ spinning all our favorite 90’s tunes – pretty much the greatest thing ever.
Check out more photos and details below!
When we checked in for the event, we were given this awesome placemat!
The backside of the placemat – LOVE!
We were also gifted this D23 popcorn bucket full of popcorn!
We were welcomed by Michael Vargo, the Vice President of D23!
Anytime someone mentioned “Duck Tales,” the crowd responded “WOO-OO!”
We heard from Producers and Directors Jymn Magon (producer and writer on DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Gummi Bears, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Tale Spin), Tad Stones (writer and producer for Darkwing Duck, Gummi Bears and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers), Mike Peraza (artist and concept layout for Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Tale Spin and Goof Troop) and Frank Angones (co-producer of Duck Tales on Disney XD). It was so interesting to hear how these shows came about and evolved before they eventually became all the 90’s shows we know and loved on Disney Afternoon!
Concept art for Goof Troop. This was at the top of our Disney Afternoon list – loved this show so much! The art in the bottom left corner of this display board shows Goofy hugging his son Max. We were told that Max had pitched a game with a score of 96-0 (poor Maxy!), but Goofy meets him on the pitcher’s mound after the game to give him a big hug and tell him, “I still love you, Max.” HEART MELT.
Pitch art for “Double-O-Duck” eventually renamed “Darkwing Duck.”
Duck Tales Christmas Comic
This was definitely a highlight of the afternoon – we heard from Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy), Katie Leigh (the voice of Sunni Gummi and Honker Muddlefoot on Darkwing Duck) and Jim Cummings (has voiced so many characters, but a few of our favorites include Pete, Darkwing Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Fat Cat, Monty, and the list goes ON AND ON!).
You can never go wrong with classic Little Golden Books – love these!
Figurines were where it was at! We had so many Disney figurines as kids.
A walk down memory lane! Anyone have any of these plush toys?!
Classic Gummi Bears comics!
Any Gargoyle’s fans out there?!
Darkwing Duck merch!
Okay, why were cereal box toys SO much better back in the day?! Bring these back, Kellogg’s!
Um, can someone in the cereal world PLEASE bring back “hip pouches” as a cereal box prize!?
Disney author and historian, Jim Fanning shared all about the time that Disney Afternoon was brought to life for eight months at Disneyland in 1991! See below for some photos of “Afternoon Avenue” in Fantasyland.
The entrance to what is now Toontown! This area was where guests could meet Baloo in his dressing room!
Autopia had a Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers overlay called “Rescue Rangers Raceway!” The Motor Boat Cruise was also transformed into a Gummi Bears themed cruise to visit “Gummi Glen!”
This is a photo of what is now the Fantasyland Theatre across from it’s a small world. In 1991, the theater was known as “Videopolis” and featured a show called “Plane Crazy.”
More from the “Plane Crazy” show!
We learned all about the making of the DuckTales Reboot on Disney XD. Who watched the one-hour special on August 12, 2017?!
Duck Tales – WOO-OO!
Mickey-shaped Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches!
We felt like kids all afternoon! The best feeling!
Oh hey, Launchpad! A little video of Launchpad making his grand entrance to meet excited fans!
Our #mkmdancingatdisney fun with the Rescue Rangers – of course we had to dance to the “Disney Afternoon” theme song!
SUCH a fun day! If you’re interested in D23 events, be sure to join the club at D23.com (it’s free for a general membership)! A lot of the best events are exclusively for D23 Gold Members – we think it’s TOTALLY worth becoming a Gold Member for a fee if you want in on some seriously awesome Disney fan perks!