Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Nov. 21, 2011, 9:44 pm
Hi, welcome to Disney Echo, I'm the wife of Site Administrator Rich Koster.
There is a non-profit fan club for those who collect Disney memorabilia, years ago when Rich and I were members of it it was called the National Fantasy Fan Club, The Club for Disneyana Enthusiasts or NFFC for short. It underwent a name change and is now called more simply the Disneyana Fan Club. It is not affiliated with D23, it pre-existed for several years long before D23 ever came about. This club mostly has chapters in the US, especially in Southern California and one big one in Orlando FL but has a few in foreign countries as well.
From my experiences with the NFFC it's a class act, non-profit social club of like-minded Disney fans who collect things. Collecting items of music and theme park related music and videos would certainly qualify, even if they are in digital form and digital files (or in some box in someone's home on a CD or DVD-R or VHS tape or an audio cassette) and not physically something that was sold at one time in a store or shop like other traditional Disney collectibles are. It's still "a collection" and "the hobby of collecting", so this is the most logical category and group of people I can think of to match what you're looking for.
People preserve these WDW hotel channel videos or the audios of the channels to bring home the Magic and keep the feeling of staying on-site alive even when home from vacation, so you and the website operators you described are probably very like minded in collecting the old hotel channel video and aural programming.... it's just a matter of networking around enough to find someone else in the Disney fan-collector community with an archive like what you want or a memory of those websites.
Mostly our fan site Disney Echo is "slowing down" in this age of social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. A few people come back to visit, but it's not like it was a few years ago. Consequently, to be honest, the likelihood of someone coming by to knowledgeably answer your questions with specifics is slim. Anything is possible, but knowing the current state of the activity level on this site, I'd try networking with some of the ideas below while keeping a feeler out over here.
My best sense of direction for you to find some success and find a pool of like-minded people who can at least network around and further refer you to fellow collectors would be the Disneyana Fan Club.
Here's their URL :
There's an annual membership dues, but it's a low amount of money. There are several chapters around the US. On their website I believe might be a directory for how to contact various chapters. Just contact the various chapters (the one closest to Disneyland in California is Chapter at the Park, the one in Orlando is called the World Chapter (playing on Disney "World" name), but knowledgable members are in every chapter.
They have two annual conventions and shows-and sales, both in Anaheim CA, in case you ever want to come in person and network around with others about your particular interests: A mini-convention and Disneyana memorabilia exchange-sale in early to mid-January, and their big annual convention in July always coinciding with the July 17 anniversary of the opening of Disneyland. Details are on their website, and are sent to members every year.
The Disneyana Fan Club is also on Facebook.
You can also write to Disney Archives at the corporate headquarters of The Walt Disney Company in Glendale CA to ask if they can help you. And also write to D23 club to ask what they might know as well. If what you're referring to are fan sites, though, the Archives and D23 are officially owned Disney operations, so knowing about the content of fan sites might not quite be in their expertise, but it never hurts to ask.
There is a nice man, very Disney knowledgable named Paul Anderson who for awhile used to publish a wonderful Disney fan magazine called Persistence of Vision (now defunct). Paul's done a lot of interviews with Disney legends and knows a great deal about Disney history. He lives, last time I knew for sure, in Salt Lake City UT. If you can Google around, maybe you can find contact information for Paul and then ask him.
Last is the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio area of San Francisco, opened and planned by Walt Disney's surviving daughter Diane Disney Miller just a couple of years ago, still relatively new. You can write to them and ask if they might have any details about what you are looking for, they are also findable on The Walt Disney Company website and on Facebook. Someone who likes the Museum might happen to know of those sites or what happened to the sound files on those. Never hurts to network around in the online Disney fan community.
Deb Wills operates AllEarsNet.com, a fan site filled with travel planning information about WDW, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. I think there are ways to interact with the website, and I know Deb has a presence on Facebook both as Deb Wills and as AllEarsNet.com. Worth a try to ask her or her community on the site itself and Facebook if they know or remember anything about the sites you're asking about.
Some other Disney fan sites you might want to network with include MousePlanet, LaughingPlace, MiceAge (particularly their WDW writer Kevin Yee) or The DIS Boards or the chat forums of the travel guidebooks about Disney parks and Cruise Line Passporter
I hope at least a little of this points you towards some knowledgable people who can help, Mike. Try networking first with the Disneyana Fan Club, then branch out to any of the other suggestions that might seem promising to you. Take what you need, leave the rest.
I also invite any Disney Echo Members who happen to stop by for a visit to get in touch with you in case they can help.
Good luck !