Orange County

Orange County in Florida announces Stay at Home Order

The Mayor of Orange County Florida, in which the vast majority of the Walt Disney World Resort is located, has issued a stay at home order that will prevent residents from non-essential travel through at least April 9th. This pushes back any potential reopening date… Read More »Orange County in Florida announces Stay at Home Order

Disneyland VoluntEARS build Woody Food Sculpture at Canstruction

Woody from Pixar’s Toy Story movies, but built out of food? That’s the amazing accomplishment by the Disneyland Resort Design & Engineering team. It took more than 7,000 food cans to built the sculpture, which is on display at the 2019 CANstruction Orange County design-build… Read More »Disneyland VoluntEARS build Woody Food Sculpture at Canstruction

Disneyland Cast makes giant Jack-Jack out of canned goods for a good cause

Disneyland Design and Engineering Cast Members showcase their own super powers to fight hunger by transforming 8,900 canned goods into a towering 10-foot Jack-Jack sculpture and his cookie num nums. This scene from Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” was created for the 11th annual CANstruction Orange County,… Read More »Disneyland Cast makes giant Jack-Jack out of canned goods for a good cause

Welcome to the Magic – Fan Made Disneyland Timelapse Video

Welcome to the Magic is a Disneyland Timelapse by Matt Givot and Dan Douglas, both Orange County based photographers. They took over 20,000 images to showcase Disneyland and Disney California Adventure using timelapse photography. I love the way it captures crowds, lights, and the unique… Read More »Welcome to the Magic – Fan Made Disneyland Timelapse Video

Junk Metal: Inside the California Disney Pin Counterfeiting Bust

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A Note on Sources

The following article is based primarily on documents on file with the Superior Court of California, County of Orange in the case of The People of The State of California vs. Larry James Allred and Robert Edward Smyrak, 11NF1191.

My research in these was supplemented by telephone interviews with the defense attorneys involved (I thank them for taking the time to speak with me); law enforcement press releases; public record searches; and, in a few instances, previous media reports from reputable news-gathering organizations such as the Los Angeles Times.—Mike Bastoli

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eptember 29, 2011 was not a good day for Robert Edward Smyrak. At 8:00 AM in Courtroom N3 of the North Justice Center in Fullerton, California, the 52-year-old Anaheim man appeared before Judge Nicholas Thompson of the Superior Court of California, Orange County to receive his sentence.

Smyrak, who goes by Bob, was pleading guilty to one count of felony trademark infringement. The penalty, at least as paper, would be one year in jail, three years probation, plus restitution. In truth, because of overcrowding in California’s prisons, he would serve out his sentence entirely at home, through supervised house arrest. But it was still, to be sure, an unfortunate turn of events for the IT operations manager whose most serious prior conviction was for using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Smyrak’s journey into California’s madhouse corrections system had begun, at least in earnest, in the early days of 2010, with a little help from a friend, Larry James Allred, then aged 56 and a resident of nearby Walnut.

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Disneyland CREATE Grants Program Available for Teachers in Orange County

For over 16 years the Disneyland Resort has been helping local teachers offer improved arts education through a series of grants. A new version of that grand program debuted this year and the Disneyland Resort is now accepting applications from kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in all Orange County school districts for enhanced Disneyland CREATE (Creative Resources Enabling Arts through Education) Grants.

Formerly known as Disneyland Resort Enabling Grants, the CREATE program provides classroom teachers with needed funds for projects, programs and materials that directly support student involvement in the visual and performing arts.

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