Podcast No. 0015: An Evening at Bob Gurr's House
This month on Dispodopolis we discuss our evening with Bob Gurr at his house in Tujunga. His house is beautifully tucked away along the edge of the Angeles National Forest. It is just north of Burbank and Griffith Park, but it is worth the drive to spend a night at Bob Gurr’s house.
The evening was advertised as Bob Gurr’s Yesterland House Party BBQ. It was definitely reminiscence of The Big Thunder Ranch with bar-b-que, all the fixings, peach cobbler and Tex Tumbleweed to entertain us. Bob donned a red cowboy hat, red cowboy boots and plaid shirt. About half of the guests had dressed up in special dresses from the Disney Dress Shop at Disneyland.
The evening was relaxed, as guests mingled through the backyard that had been transferred into a xeriscape oasis with a touch of the Tiki Room. There was seating outside for the meal, but you were invited to visit Bob Gurr’s living space, as long as you stayed within the living room, dining room and kitchen. There was a self-guided tour of some of Bob Gurr’s most favored memories. The tour included Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride original ride vehicle from 1955 and a life size blue print of the animatronic of Abraham Lincoln.
We had a lovely dinner of bar-b-que chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. The sides included beans and macaroni and cheese. For dessert there was a lovely peach cobbler. While we partook of dinner, Tex Tumbleweed performed numerous numbers from his days at The Big Thunder Ranch. He slipped in a few songs that would not have been played in Frontierland, but every Disney aficionado knows.
After dinner we all made our way to the edge of the cliff, at the back of Bob’s property. As the sun set, we were serenaded by the theme song from Wishes. Hard to imagine he gets to enjoy this view and moment every night. As the sky darkened, we had no idea the best was yet to come.
Fiona made a new friend that night. She and Tex had quite a few lovely conversations about Disney music and talent. Tex was quite impressed with Fiona’s vast knowledge of Disney trivia. Near the end of the evening, Fiona was fascinated by the north star and commented on how we should make a wish. Tex took that cue and sang Fiona a special song just for her. It was ably named, “Fiona’s Wishing Star.” It was the best end to a beautiful evening with family and friends.
Before we jump into our discussion of Bob Gurr’s Yesterland House Party BBQ, we ask ourselves the question, “What attraction should they reimagine and plus-up next?” We are focusing on Disneyland for this question and we all just happen to choose the same type of attraction. Let’s just say we are waiting for some big changes to some rides that need some love.
Next we discuss our amazing lunch at the Lamplight Lounge in the private room dubbed “The Office.” We were so excited to be chosen to have our lunch in “The Office.” Sometimes when you travel with 12 people, things work out beautifully. This was one of the highlights of our dining experiences at Disneyland. It was a great way for us to relax, regroup and get ready for the rest of our day.
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