EMuck--Ron Schneider (WDW Dreamfinder/Figment Originator) Invited Talk Transcript

This is a transcript of a special invited talk with Mr. Ron Schneider, Walt Disney World's original stroll-around Dreamfinder and Figment characters. The chat occurred on Saturday 9 August 1997 at 10 PM U.S. CDT (GMT -0500) at the Arbordale Auditorium on AmberThree Productions' EntertainMuck EntertainMuck.

This transcript logs only the questions asked to Mr. Schneider (RonSchneider), comments from moderator Rich "Mickey" Koster, and assorted opening and closing comments. Audience comments during the talk are not generally included. Ron Schneider can be reached at (omitted).

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While Ron Schneider has affiliations with The Walt Disney Company he is not visiting this chat as an Official Representative of TWDC. Any and all comments stated here are solely the opinions and experiences of Mr. Schneider and does not necessarily reflect the policies of TWDC or any other corporate entity.
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ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) We're just a few minutes away from the chat in the
Arbordale Auditorium with Ron Schneider, WDW's original Dreamfinder.
Come over and join us now!  Enter  'welcome' then 'chat' then 'a' to get
here, or just 'run welcome;chat;a'!
ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) The chat will be starting shortly with Ron Schneider,
the original Dreamfinder & Figment stroll-around characters at Walt
Disney World. Come join us now!  Enter 'run welcome;chat;a' to get here.

>< RonSchneider waves
>< Mickey scratches RonSchneider's nose for him.
>< Mickey says, "Okay, folks!  Settle down and we'll start"
>< Mickey says, "AmberThree Productions and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club are
proud to present the fifth in our series of Special Invited Talks with our
special guest, Mr. Ron Schneider."
>< Mickey says, "Ron created the original strolling Dreamfinder and Figment at
the "Journey Into Imagination" EPCOT pavillion at Walt Disney World."
>< Mickey says, "He worked with the lil' purple lizard for 5 years, while
writing, voicing, consulting and performing a wide variety of roles for WDW
Creative Entertainment and Imagineering."
>< Mickey says, "Ron also used his talents when that Epcot pavillion was being
created, ultimately replacing Chuck McCann as the Company's official voice of
the Dreamfinder."
>< Mickey says, "The day after Disneyland was opened, Ron was there.  He's
been a lifelong fan of Disneyland history and live themed entertainment. "
>< RonSchneider says, "Wow..."
>< Mickey says, "Ron has seen it from both sides: from the standpoint of a
Guest as well as a performer."
>< Mickey says, "He was lucky to understudy Wally Boag in Disneyland's
ORIGINAL "Golden Horseshoe  Revue" for 2 1/2 years starting in 1980."
>< RonSchneider says, "If anyone REMEMBERS that great show..."
>< Mickey says, "At that time he was working with Disney Legends Fulton Burley
and Betty Taylor."
>< Mickey says, "In addition, Ron has worked as a tour guide, performer,
writer and supervisor for Universal Studios L.A. & Orlando,including helping
to creating the USFla Look-Alike program.  "
>< Mickey says, "And he did time as a ride-op/performer/animal handler over 6
years at Six Flags' Magic Mountain."
>< Mickey says, "He created the original Fort Liberty Themed Dinner Show for
Orlando Entertains, as well as several other themed dinner attractions and
live shows for special events and conventions. "
>< Mickey says, "Ron is also writing a book tentatively titled "Zen and the
Art of Themed Entertainment"."

>< RonSchneider says, "I'm exhausted just READING all of that"
>< Mickey says, "Ron, thanks for joining us this evening!"
>< RonSchneider says, "You are most welcome!"
>< Mickey says, "I'd also like to give a big note of thanks to my friend Ed
Sterrett for helping Ron get online with us tonight."
>< RonSchneider says, "Ed sez 'Hey!'"
>< Mickey says, "And to all of you out there in the Arbordale Auditorium,
thank you all for joining us, too.  "
>< Mickey says, "Let's give a big EMuck welcome to Ron Schneider!"
>< RonSchneider says, "Thank ewes!"
>< Mickey says, "Now, we can't hear you while we're up on stage at the podium,
so that is why there is the REQUEST feature in the auditorium..."
>< Mickey says, "...To leave a question, just enter the word REQUEST and
you'll then be prompted to enter one line for your question."
>< Mickey says, "Note, it is possible to enter a question that is longer than
80 characters, in this way:"
>< Mickey says, "If your question is longer than one line, just keep typing
before you hit your <Return> key."
>< Mickey says, "Also, we'll present the questions in the order they were left
in the  REQUEST queue, so please be patient.""
>< Mickey says, "If there is a need for a follow-up question to an answer just
do PAGE MICKEY=MyMessageHere and I'll pass it on to Ron Schneider."
>< Mickey says, "Transcripts of tonight's chat will be available at EMuck's
web site and ftp site in a few days.  We'll announce when the transcripts are
>< Mickey says, "We have a lot of questions lined up, so let's get right to
the first one...""

>< First question:
>< (Minnie) If you are the first Dreamfinder, you must have worked with the
Imagineers  to create the characterization of that Epcot attraction.  What was
it like to be the first such character?  What goes into creating a character?

>< RonSchneider says, "Dreamfinder was already created as a robotic figure in
the Imagination ride, so I had to adapt him to live as a walk-around"
>< RonSchneider says, "The great thing was that he's the Spirit of Creativity,
and so could be ANYTHING he wanted to be..."
>< RonSchneider says, "I started by researching the creative process and
>< RonSchneider says, "but when I got out there with the public, I had to work
creatively with what they gave me, so it was a learning experience"
>< RonSchneider says, "I wound up treating the guests as curiousities that I
and Figment were investigsating"
>< Mickey grins

>< Next question:
>< (Minnie) What was your first day like on the job being the new Epcot Future
World face character?

>< RonSchneider says, "On my very first day as Dreamfinder, I appeared in the
opening TV Special with Danny Kaye and Drew Barrymore, and THEN I was
interviewed LIVE on the Today Show... No pressure there!"
>< Mickey grins

>< Next question:
>< (Minnie) Do you have any amusing stories to tell of meeting young kids,
some "darndest things kids say" sort of anecdotes?

>< RonSchneider says, "Oh boy, do I... My FAVE story is the little black child
of four who cried and waved as I walked away, saying, 'Goodbye, Jesus!"
>< Mickey says, "Heh-heh!"
>< RonSchneider says, "I also got a kick out of all the kids who would come to
the park in homemade Figment costumes"
>< Mickey says, "How many hats do you think Figmemt grabbed off of kid's and
adult's heads while you were around him?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Did he do that to YOU, too?  I'm frightfully sorry!
>< Mickey says, "Yup!"
>< RonSchneider says, "I'll never forget the day he and I saw the very first
Figment hat!  He freaked!!"

>< Next question:
>< (Minnie) Do you have any amusing stories to tell of meeting adults, as in
"the darndest things adults do/say"? ;-)

>< RonSchneider says, "The King of India said, "That's Not your real beard!",
and I responded, "It's real... it's just not mine!""
>< Mickey giggles
>< Mickey says, "Maligs wonders what it was like being Dreamfinder, and Minnie
has these questions:"

>< Next question:
>< (Minnie) Some people think it would be quite fun to be a walk-around face
character at WDW.  What tips would you offer to someone who wants such a job? 
Are there unexpected hazards or unexpected "downsides" to being such a
character?  Does it require acting skills (as in formal training of any kind)?
Does it pay very well?  How does one apply, or what is Disney looking for
when they are seeking such a person for employment?

>< Mickey says, "Minnie sure has a lot of questions!"
>< RonSchneider says, "Being Dreamfinder was thrilling, as a child who grew
up at Disneyland, it was awesome to be on the receiving end of all that love
and admiration that I had for the characters as a child..."
>< RonSchneider says, "Walk-arounds is TOUGH work....Physically challenging. 
You practically have to manufacture your own pixie dust to keep your spirits
up in that heat and through those hours..."
>< RonSchneider says, "The way to start as a character is to get in on a
seasonal basis..."
>< RonSchneider says, "And then be good enough that they keep asking you back"
>< RonSchneider says, "The face characters (like Dreamfinder, Alice, etc.) do
require a lot of acting and improv experience"
>< RonSchneider says, "Disney requirements are basically good stamina and the
right kind of temperament"
>< Mickey says, "Your outfit was a bit hot, I'd imagine, in those Orlando
summer temperatures. Would you recommend against wearing a beard at Epcot?"
>< RonSchneider says, "A Fake beard, yes... I wound up having to shave my
real beard to wear the fake one for 5 years... but that freed me to play other
characters for special events and convention shows"
>< Mickey says, "Why did you have to shave...for the other characters, or
did yours not seem like Dreamfinder's?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Of course, there's the ever-popular Disney Grooming
policy... but when you think about it, I'd have had to sleep with my beard in
curlers every night so it would look like the Dreamfinder's beard the next
>< Mickey says, "Good point."
>< Mickey says, "Was Figment always at your left side?"
>< RonSchneider says, "The way it worked out, by beard, wig and moustache were
prepared for me and I just slapped them on each morning"
>< RonSchneider says, "Figment was always on my left... and today I have
terrible arthritis on my left arm from operating him... Figment was NOT well
designed at all <G>"
>< RonSchneider says, "I had one suit made without figment, with a REAL left
sleeve, but I only got to wear it once for a film shoot"
>< Mickey says, "How about carpal tunnel syndrome?"
>< RonSchneider says, "The current Dreamfinder is in the hospital, as a matter
of fact, after 15 years of Dragon handling... he's got CTS real bad"
>< Mickey says, "So you did it for 5 years, and got arthritis, then the next
one did it for 15 and got CTS?"
>< RonSchneider says, "That's the size of it"

>< Next question:
>< (g.Figaro) so what are you up to now (workwise that is)

>< Mickey says, "By the way, CrazyHakim left the same question for you as this
one from g.Figaro."
>< RonSchneider says, "I'm a freelance writer/voice actor/actor/director
in OrBlando..."
>< RonSchneider says, "And I still do contract work and voices for WDW... I'm
the narrator on the Magic Kingdom Steam Trains"
>< RonSchneider says, "After leaving Disney, I was head writer and creative
supervisor for Universal Studios Florida's Look Alikes"
>< RonSchneider says, "I have an office at Disney=MGM Studios with a friend's
production company... when I need the space"
>< Mickey says, "Follow up from Rufus..."
>< Mickey says, "How often is the train narration changed?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Whenever new elements are added along the track, I get
called in for a recording session."
>< RonSchneider says, "It is NOT steady work, as you can imagine"

>< Mickey says, "In the next question, put "What" in front of it..."
>< Next question:
>< (JudgeDoom) do you think of the current Walk-arounds?

>< RonSchneider says, "Some are outstanding..."
>< RonSchneider says, "Some are less than outstanding <G>"
>< RonSchneider says, "Each WDW park has it's own
approach/philosophy/standards where the characters are concerned... my
current faves are the Disney-MGM Studios Characters"
>< RonSchneider says, "I think the Disney Character Program has far greater
potential... and we'll see some interesting developments in the future..."
>< RonSchneider says, "I hope!"
>< Mickey says, "Gusto follows-up: Do you mean the costumes, or the CMs, or
>< RonSchneider says, "I meant the CMs..."
>< Mickey says, "Ron, you're the perfect person to answer this question of
>< Mickey says, "On the Usenet newsgroups like rec.arts.disney.* we've been
referring to characters like Dreamfinder as "Walk-Arounds"..."
>< Mickey says, "I know that some are called "face" characters, too..."
>< Mickey says, "Is "Walk-Arounds" what y'all call them, or do you have a
different name at Disney?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Oh, we got LOTSA names for them <G>"
>< Mickey grins
>< RonSchneider says, "Face characters are the characters with their REAL
faces showing, of course"
>< RonSchneider says, "We HAVE to smile"
>< Mickey says, "How about if you see Mickey strolling around..."
>< Mickey says, "What is he referred to as, what type of character?"
>< Mickey says, "Walk-Around", "stroll around", or something else?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Fur-bearin' critters, for one"
>< Mickey says, "What's the term used there at Disney?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Actually if you see Mickey walking around, it's
THERE'S MICKEY... no other explanation necessary"
>< Mickey says, "Well, you know what I mean!"
>< RonSchneider says, "Non-Faces are just called characters, ackshully"
>< Mickey says, "Thanks! I was wonderin'"

>< Next question:
>< (JudgeDoom) how hard is it to get a "real job" with Disney?

>< RonSchneider says, "I assume you mean other than selling popcorn or
carrying the dragon..."
>< Mickey says, "I think that's what he means, but carrying the dragon as
Dreamfinder would be a 'real job' too, I think he means!"
>< Mickey says, "JudgeDoom, page me if you mean something else."
>< RonSchneider says, "There are two routes I recommend... one is getting the
popcorn vendor job and then networking from within..."
>< RonSchneider says, "The other is to major in your field of interest and
use your school position to get an internship into the Company"
>< RonSchneider says, "I got the Dreamfinder job because I was a
performer/comic at Disneyland, and heard about the new charsacters for
EPCOT..., I pursued the job from within Live Entertainment"
>< RonSchneider says, "The prep work I did, researching the character and
learning the voice, made me the natural choice when it came time to cast the
>< Mickey says, "g.Figaro has a question about your arthritis..."

>< Next question:
>< (g.Figaro) How's your hand doing? I understand that Figment puts quite a
strain on one.

>< RonSchneider says, "The puppet was NOT well designed... In order for it to
look like he's really sitting upright in your arm, you have to scrunch your
arm up into a weird postion..."
>< RonSchneider says, "The arm only pains me on cold daze... Don't get a lot
of those in OrBlando"
>< Mickey says, "Has he been redesigned in all these years?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Nopers...no redesign... none of the other Dreamfinder's
have really mastered the right way to hold and animate him, IMO... so it isn't
>< Mickey says, "Double_D wonders how Figment is doing after all these years!"
>< RonSchneider says, "Figment is eternally happy, and curious.  Consarn it!"
a problem,,  I guess"

>< Next question:
>< (Double_D) What is/was your favorite part of the Journey Into Imagination

>< RonSchneider says, "My fave part of Imagination?  Has to be the turntable
scene that introduces DF & F... That's a masterpiece of design and
programming.  The first time I saw it run was on a soundstage in Burbank...
really AWESOME"

>< Next question:
>< (g.Figaro) What was it like to work with Wally Boag and the gang?

>< RonSchneider says, "Doing the Golden Horseshoe Was THE BEST TIME... The
only sad part was that, since I was understudy to Wally, I never got to see
him do the show <G>"
>< RonSchneider says, "Fulton Burley was the wildest, funniest person I'd
ever met... and Betty was... Betty <G>"
>< Mickey says, "Did Wally ever give you any tips?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Wally taught me everything BEFORE I got the job...
>< RonSchneider says, "I had studied his style for 10 years, so when I
auditioned, I was just what he was looking for"
>< Mickey says, "So, you did all his bits when you filled in for him, like the
dropping of the gunbelt (and other things!), and spitting out teeth?"
>< RonSchneider says, "I'm too fat to do the gunbelt...thanks for bringing
that up... I did my own traveling salesman stuff with a LOT of Wally's gags
thrown in..."
>< RonSchneider says, "But I did learn the 'Bean Routine' and developed quite
an ability to get them down the front of girls' blouses when they were sitting
>< RonSchneider says, "I used to practice spitting the beans at passing cars
as I walked to work in the morning"
>< Mickey says, "Did he make you shave your head and wear a toupee?  ;-)"
>< Mickey giggles
>< RonSchneider says, "I'm not THAT dedicated <G>"
>< RonSchneider says, "But I really woulda done it for that job"
>< Mickey says, "What era were you there, after Walt?"
>< RonSchneider says, "I started at the Shoe in April of 1980... but I had a
brief stint in Costume Issue with the 1970 Fantasy on Parade... "
>< RonSchneider says, "Though I was all over DL as I was growing up I never got
to see Walt...I saw Roy once, though, when I was attending Calif. Institute
of the Arts"
>< Mickey says, "By the way, please stop spitting beans at the audience in the
Arbordale Auditorium?..."
>< Mickey winks
>< RonSchneider says, "<singing> Nobody sleeps while I'm on!"
>< Mickey says, "Follow up from Rufus: What character did you portray in 
Fantasy on Parade?"
>< RonSchneider says, "I was in Character Costume Issue... Not in the
parade...but it gave me an opportunity to sneak around backstage at DL and
get into all kinds of mischief"

>< Next question:
>< (CrazyHakim) Ron, whose voice is used at the Dreamfinder Attraction?

>< RonSchneider says, "Chuck McCann does most of the ride...I do one line in
the Science section, and I'm the Dreamfinder on the camera crane at the end"
>< RonSchneider says, "I'm also upstairs in the Image works at the balloon
race display"
>< RonSchneider tries to remove his hair to get a cheap laff
>< Mickey exclaims, "Huh-hah!!!"
>< Mickey asks, "Why wasn't Chuck McCann used in the entire attraction?"
>< RonSchneider says, "Chuck is a big time voice talent, with an attitude to
match... he threw a mega-tantrum in one session, and the Imagineers decided
to find someone to match what he'd done.  I was already working on the voice
for the character and they heard me on my phone answering machine"
>< RonSchneider says, "That's how I got the job"
>< Mickey says, "Figment never said anything while you and he were out
strolling around the park.  Why was that?"
>< RonSchneider says, "WED tried a talking Figment (ventriloquism) before
EPCOT opened and found that the high-pitched voice really scared the
young-uns... So when I worked with him, he'd talk to me and I'd translate..."
>< Mickey says, "That's why I clam up when I'm out with the kids, too, ya
>< Mickey smiles
>< RonSchneider says, "He'd sniff a child, then turn to me and move his
mouth... then I'd tell him, 'No, she's not spoiled... they ALL taste like
>< Mickey giggles

>< Next question:
>< (Cindy) ask Ron..are there perks in working for Disney?

>< RonSchneider says, "Lotsa perks, lotsa challenges... the best part is being
a part of creating that magic.  When I was in 110 degree heat, sweating under
the wig & beard, all I had to do was look on the kids' faces and there were
my perks.  Corny, but DEFINITELY true"
>< Mickey claps.
>< Mickey says, "We have one more question, and then we'd like you to join us
for a short get-together out in the auditorium with the others..."

>< Next question:
>< (g.Figaro) Are you involved in the rumored refurbishment of the Imagination

>< RonSchneider says, "Not so far... but I know that there are some dialogue
patches in there that Tony Baxter was not satisfied with, so I might get a
day's work on it somewhere down the road"
>< Mickey says, "Ron, thank you so much for joining us tonight!"
>< RonSchneider says, "Thank YOU... this was a blast!"
>< Mickey says, "Now, let's get off the stage and down into the crowd, okay?"

RonSchneider leaves the podium and heads through the door to the Arbordale 
Mickey leaves the podium and heads through the door to the Arbordale Auditorium.
You leave the podium and head through the door to the...

The Arbordale Auditorium
This large auditorium has room for everyone on EMuck and is where special chat
events with celebrity guests take place.
Current Topic:          Dreamfinder & Figment at Walt Disney World's EPCOT
Current Moderator:      Mickey
Current Guest Speaker:  RonSchneider(Dreamfinder)
Chat with Ron Schneider, creator of the first strolling Dreamfinder & Figment
at Walt Disney World's EPCOT, Saturday, August 9th, starting at 10 pm Central
and alia time.
To ask a question of anyone at the podium, enter 'request' (without quotes) and
your question will be stored in line with the other questions to be answered.
Anyone at the podium will not hear what is said in this room, so use 'request'.
 Doorway to the [Podium], Mickey's Cyber Diner [MCD], Arbordale [C]enter
 JudgeDoom, g.Figaro, Double_D, Gusto, Cindy, Alice, Rufus, RonSchneider,
JudgeDoom sings "Imagination! Imagination!"
Cindy says, "Hi Rufus...you are soooo nice" 
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Let's have a big EMuck round of
applause for Ron Schneider!" 
Rufus bows and blushes.
Alice waves to Mickey and curtseys a warm welcome to Ron Schneider!
Double_D waves his "Figment 3:16" sign again.
Mickey scampers over to Alice, bows gallantly, then tenderly huggles her
RonSchneider exclaims, "One early morning I saw a kid running through the
pavilion alone shouting "Imajulation! Imajulation!  Really broke me up" 
RonSchneider says, "LOL DD" 
JudgeDoom claps madly and sends dip from his gloves flying everywhere!
RonSchneider bows deeply
Rufus exclaims, "Close enough!" 
Double_D says, "watch it there..." 
Gusto grins.
Gusto lunges at JudgeDoom and
Gusto ******  *  *  *   ****   *****    **** 
Gusto *       *  *  *  *    *  *    *  *     
Gusto ******  *  *  *  ******  *****    **** 
Gusto *       *  *  *  *    *  *            *
Gusto *        ** **   *    *  *        **** 
RonSchneider's pants split
Gusto says, "Be careful with that stuff..." 
Alice asks, "Ron, thank you so much (so muck?) for coming to chat with us
Gusto nods in agreement.
JudgeDoom says, "Sorry... just got done with a... um... case before this...
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Yes, and thank you, Ed Sterrett,
for helping Ron get online with us!" 
Double_D says, "thanks Ed, wherever you are..." 
...said Jimmy Durante
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "He's right there, next to Ron!" 
Rufus says, "Yeah, those of us who remember your work on stage appreciate this
chance to catch up and say 'thanks' in person." 
Cindy says, "it was a wonderful chat, thank you Ron." 
RonSchneider says, "Twas my pleasure... If any of you ever get onto Prodigy,
I'm a regular Event Host in the Disney Fans Chat Area, and I host a TOUGH
Disney Trivia show on alternate Sunday nights" 
Alice says, "oooooooooooooooooh" 
Gusto used to be on *P*...
Alice exclaims, "A Challenge!" 
Mickey says, "I've seen some of his questions... he's not kidding about them
being TOUGH!" 
Rufus exclaims, "Yeah, you should come try *our* Friday night trivia fests!" 
Gusto nods and seconds that welcome.
Gusto says, "Er... invitation." 
RonSchneider says, "That's the show, Disney Trivia Challenge... Next show is a
week from this Sunday, 9 - 11 pm Eastern" 
Rufus asks, "Worse than my Daily Quadruple, Mickey?" 
Mickey says, "Very much so, Rufus" 
Alice watches Rufus pull up his furry sleeves!
Double_D says, "plug..plug..plug" 
Mickey asks, "Ron, when is your book coming out?" 
Gusto says, "www.plug.com/~plug/plug/plug.html" 
Rufus says, "DD, you really should upgrade your computer. Patch panels are so
RonSchneider says, "I have to finish it, first... It keeps evolving" 
Alice asks, "Book?" 
Double_D says, "i should just get a new computer..." 
Rufus the former library cat perks up his ears.
RonSchneider says, "I'm writing a book about the philosophy behind great
Themed Entertainment..." 
Rufus nodnods.
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "I'm looking forward to seeing
that book!" 
RonSchneider says, "For performers, producers & writers" 
Gusto says, "And anyone else with an interest..." 
Rufus says, "I'll buy one. I'm working on an essay about the Disneyland
Railroad and the American Dream..." 
Double_D asks, "what's that title again?" 
RonSchneider asks, "I'm sick of shows whose only plot is 'Where's Mickey?'" 
Mickey fwaps RonSchneider, gently.
JudgeDoom petz his whining Dogz and says "Shhhhh..."
Double_D says, "he's in all of us..." 
RonSchneider says, "The current title is 'Zen and the Art of Themed
Gusto holds Mickey back.  "Be nice to the guest..."
Alice says, "Sounds very interesting, Rob.  It would be great to get back to
the basics, no matter how trite that may sound." 
RonSchneider says, "I stand fwapped" 
Gusto stage-whispers to Ron, "I'll take care of him later..."
Gusto gestures at the mouse.
Mickey says, "Gusto, I heard that... I'm all ears!!! Huh-hah!" 
RonSchneider says, "LOL" 
Gusto phbbbpts at Mickey.
Rufus says, "Hey, if it worked for motorcycles..." 
Double_D says, "lol" 
Mickey says, "Geesh, first it was beans from Ron, and now phbbbpts from
RonSchneider says, "Pholks, I must hit the road, but I'll definitely try to
come back and play again... You've been great" 
Gusto could start throwing SD45s at you, Mickey, if you'd prefer those.
Rufus says, "Please do come back. There's a lot of territory here to see." 
RonSchneider says, "Thanks Rich for the invite..." 
Double_D says, "come back anytime..." 
Alice curtseys to Ron and thanks him again!
JudgeDoom exclaims, "Get a character here Ron!!! Pulleeze!" 
Gusto waves at Ron.  "It was great chatting with you... come back anytime!"
Rufus rubs against Ron's legs and purrs.
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Thanks so much, Ron!  E-mail me
if you'd like tips on coming back! We'll keep a light on for you, and your
characters are yours to keep!" 
RonSchneider says, "And if you got more Qs, just send them to
Cindy says, "goodnight Ron..thank you again." 
JudgeDoom fwaps himself for sounding like his enemy.
g.Figaro (pm05-138.chattanooga.cdc.net) yawns in Ron's face and goes back to
Gusto grins, seeing that *P* still has its old ID system.
RonSchneider exclaims, "Night All!" 
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Night, Ron & Ed!" 
RonSchneider has left.
Double_D says, "i had fun tonight..." 
Rufus says, "Um, that *is* the general idea, DD." 
Alice wonders whether Ron is on the east coast...
Rufus says, "Yes, Alice. He lives in Orblando." 
Alice says, "...hence his early departure..." 
JudgeDoom exclaims, "now Ron's gotta get a Perm Char here!!!" 
Mickey says, "The RonSchneider character is his to keep, a regular player
account.. and he also has, guess what?" 
Alice asks, "What?" 
Alice nods to Rufus
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "No one else had taken
Dreamfinder, so that's him too!" 
JudgeDoom asks, "DF?" 
Rufus says, "I should hope *so*." 
Mickey smiles
Alice asks, "How 'bout Figment?" 
Wedge comes in from Mickey's Cyber Diner and takes a seat near you.
Rufus says, "Already got one." 
Mickey says, "Yes, already was a Figment" 
Jeff says, "hi hi hello" 
Gusto hopes he stays around to play DF.  After all, he's the expert.
Mickey says, "But, of course, he is welcome to get another account here, if he
wants to be anonymous." 
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "I agree, Gusto!" 
Rufus says, "Haven't seen Figment in a coon's age." 
Alice rehearses in the Figment Cafe at Dis On Line for Choir rehearsals!
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Kewl, Alice!" 
Rufus asks, "Alice, your group reherses *on-line*?" 
Alice says, "Um..." 
Rufus exclaims, "Mondo kewl!" 
Mickey says, "Real Audio? ;-)"
Rufus says, "Surreal Audio, on the DaliNet." 
Alice says, "...sorry, Ruf...sorry, Mickey....no.  Just in the Figment Cafe. 
that is, the commisary of DOL." 
Alice exclaims, "Nothing too good for us! hawr" 
Mickey says, "Is it themed to Figment?"
Rufus says, "I like it better before you explained it, Alice." 
Alice says, "yes, Mickey -- and all of Imagineering's stuff, since it used to
belong to WDI." 
Alice exclaims, "It's very cute there!" 
Mickey says, "Kewl! Ron will see this in the transcript. Maybe he can go by
there sometime when he's out in California."
Alice jumps up and down with excitement!
Mickey says, "Hey Ron, ask for "Alice"!  Huh-hah!"
Alice grins
Gusto grins at the mention of WDI.
Alice nods at Gusto!
Gusto grins more toothily.
Rufus wonders how hilly one has to be in order to toot.
JudgeDoom has to to to bed... Cast meeting at TDS at 8:30 am
Mickey says, "Just eat beans, Rufus"
Rufus exclaims, "Nite, yerhonor!" 
Gusto fwaps Mickey
Jeff asks, "TDS?" 
Mickey says, "OW!"
Gusto waves at JudgeDoom.  "Say Hi to everyone for us."
Mickey says, "G'nite, JudgeDoom!"
Rufus asks, "Eat beans? After Ron spit them down Alice's blouse?" 
Jeff says, "Bye" 
Gusto fwaps Rufus.  "Be nice..."
Alice looks agast
Mickey rolls his eyes
Rufus exclaims, "Ow!" 
JudgeDoom says, "The Disney Store Jeff" 
Alice rolls 'em back to Mickey
Jeff says, "Ahh..." 
Gusto rolls them back to Mickey.
JudgeDoom exclaims, "bye!!! see you later!" 
Alice lowfives Gusto!
Gusto low-fours Alice
Mickey bows to Alice, while bending over to pick them up
Double_D says, "one eye each.." 
JudgeDoom has left.
Alice exclaims, "Nite, Judge!" 
Jeff says, "Too bad I left my DL-44 in the apartment" 
Alice says, "I'm always late with my goodbyes..." 
Gusto hands Jeff a DL-109 to use instead.
Mickey hums, "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date..."
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "No time to say Hello! Goodbye!
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!" 
Rufus notes that while Amazon.com has the upcoming Disney Railroad book on
pre-release, 'Zen' hasn't made it yet.
Cindy stuffs her feet back into the glass slippers and quietly leaves
Jeff asks, "Um, DL-109?" 
Cindy says, "night all" 
Gusto says, "Big ugly ALCO locomotive." 
Mickey says, "No, Rufus, he said he was still working on it." 
Jeff says, "Bye" 
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Bye bye, Cindy!" 
Rufus says, "... honorary steam locomotives they were!" 
Cindy has left.
Gusto says, "Popular on T-shirts around here... in Rock Island colors." 
Alice just watched 'Cinderella' last night
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Rufus, I'm sure your ears perked
up when you heard Ron does the voice on the Magic Kindom railroad now!" 
Double_D asks, "on video or on TV?" 
Alice exclaims, "WOW!" 
Gusto's ears perked up as well, Mickey. :P
g.Figaro (pm05-138.chattanooga.cdc.net) gets up, yawns enormously, and stomps
off without saying a word.
g.Figaro vanishes in a puff of smoke to the Welcome Center Lounge.
Mickey nod at Gusto!
All Aboooooooaaaaaaaaaaad!
Mickey thanks g.Figaro for keeping a log, just missing him before his exit.
Rufus exclaims, "I listen to that recording a lot!" 
Gusto still thinks it's funny though... diesel-fired steam locmotives...
Alice says, "Hey, it could happen." 
Mickey says, "No, if they used Flubber... now *that* would be funny!" 
Mickey says, "Huh-ha!  Ha-ha!!"
Jeff says, "Flying Loco..." 
Rufus asks, "Gusto, have you ever seen one of those Alcos try to accellerate?" 
Double_D says, "lol" 
Mickey says, "I need to head off to bed, folks." 
Mickey wiggles his nose and loudly exclaims, "Thanks for coming!" 
Alice says, "" 
Jeff says, "Bye" 
Gusto says, "Heh... If you think you have engine knock now...  If you used
Rufus exclaims, "G'nite, Mickey!" 
Double_D exclaims, "Good night, Mickey!" 
Alice exclaims, "'Nite Mick!" 
Mickey picks up the sleepy lil' Meecelet, and carries him off to bed.