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Sights & Sounds at Disney Parks: For Your Consideration – ‘The Oswalds’

Greg Ehrbar

by , Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group

If there were an Oscar for Best Actor in a Disney Parks Leading or Featured Role—let’s call it the “Oswald”—this year’s award would likely go to our own dashing Dennis Marsico, a familiar face to guests as a host of the Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Action Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, appearances on numerous TV series and commercials, as well as a chameleonic Streetmosphere actor.

With so much of this year’s biggest Oscar buzz surrounding the silent masterpiece The Artist, we’d like you to laugh along with us and watch Major Dennis, an affectionate tribute from our pals at runDisney that showcases Disney’s Princess Half Marathon.

Our winner for the Best Actress “Oswald” goes to the lovely and talented Sheila Smith-Ward, who co-starred with Dennis in the first two videos in our unabashedly wacky comedy series, Little Timmy Goes to Magic Kingdom and Little Timmy Goes to Epcot, the latter highlighted by Dennis’ intense devotion to Duffy the Disney Bear. Both videos can be seen on the Disneyworld.com news page.

Since we just now made up “the Oswalds,” to whom would you award them? Let’s face it—they might as well have just as much gravitas as do so many other awards, perhaps more so…?


  • Hi Greg, I belong to the NFFC and have seen you speak at our meetings numerous times. It has been very enjoyable. I would like to see the 2 Little Timmy videos that you talked about as I know Dennis Marsico personally. I can’t seem to figure out how to get the videos to work. I get to the spot on the news page where it shows a pic of Dennis and his costar but can’t see the video. Any idea what I need to do to view the videos? Thanks.

    • Hi Rosemary — you may want to check to see if you have the current version of Flash player. Does that work?

  • I liked Hugo as well, Eric. Do you remember what Disney Park attraction contained a representation of perhaps the most famous image in the films of George Mélies?

  • Okay, if The Artist is well-known enough to be joked about here, I guess I can stop hoping for Hugo to take Best Picture at the last minute instead.
    Couldn’t, for equal time, we have a little YouTube film about a boy who discovers a key on the floor at One Man’s Dream, leading him to reactivate a disused Animatronic figure from Epcot Horizons that draws a strange picture of a lucky rabbit? 😉

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