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After a short hiatus, we are back with an all-new episode of Dateline Jiminy Crickets! In this episode we explore many varying flights of fantasy, with a truly "uplifting" Disney top 10, then honor the legendary Disney Imagineer, Rolly Crump, and interview Disneyland's longest-flying Tinkerbell, Gina Rock!
Gina would come in for a hard crash landing at the end of her flight. The mattress at the end was held by two Cast Members, referred to as spots. You can see Gina coming in hard in this footage from Jim Moore circa the mid-1980s. The radio chatter is the Cast Members and the countdown voice you hear is Jack Wagner, "The Voice of Disneyland."
Disneyland opened its New Fantasyland in 1983, and with that came a new zipline for Tinker Bell to fly down for the nightly fireworks. The cable had to be tested with sandbags before Tinker Bell could be attached to it. This rare daytime video was uncovered by Cast Member Jim Moore. Jim was a part of the Tink Crew that helped Tinker Bell with her nightly flight. The first Tinker Bell to use this line was Gina.
The history of the flying Tinker Bells as told by Disney Dan.
Gina appears at the 6:30 part of the video.
Gina Rock created and ran Worldwide Acts talent agency from 1989-2009. It was a variety artist talent agency that included a SAG franchise, actors/actresses, headliners, variety talent, bands, musicians, comedians, Mc's, circus acts, dancers, singers, magicians, and speakers. She also booked talent for Disney Resorts, Queen Mary/Long Beach, corporations, chambers of commerce, private clubs, nonprofit organizations, and comedy clubs.
In 2022, Gina Rock talked with Nathan Stein from The Mums (see Worldwide Acts video) and he told her that he had footage of her flying in Circus Circus in Reno from 1981. It is a little difficult to see her because it was shot with 8mm film 42 years ago.
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