Seminars: Sunday, April 14

Location: Soho Room
All Ages

The Birth of Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise

David Marley is a Cal-State history professor by day, stand up comedian by night. Marley is also a former Jungle Cruise skipper and author of Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle and its brand new sequel, More Skipper Stories, is the first oral history of a Disneyland attraction. In this seminar Marley will share stories around the birth and construction of the Jungle Cruise and Adventureland, how Tiki culture played into the creation of the ride and also snippets from never before shared interviews from Jungle Cruise Skippers from the 1950s!

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley is a former Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skipper and currently teaches history at California State University, Fullerton. He is the creator of the first ever college class on the History of Disneyland. His books, Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise, and its brand new sequel, More Skipper Stories, is the first oral history of a Disneyland attraction. A former stand up comic, Marley is the creator and producer of the popular Jungle Cruise based stand up comedy show The Skipper Show. He is a member of the Hyperion Historical Alliance, a group of scholars who work with the Walt Disney Company. Marley is also an artist who makes Disney and Tiki inspired creations, available at his ETSY store. I Website

11am – 12noon
Valley Ho Room
All Ages

Where Cantilever Meets Coyote: Postwar Architecture in Phoenix w/ Alison King

Explosive growth of Phoenix in the postwar era made the central desert of Arizona a fertile palette for experimentation by some of the nation’s greatest modern architects – including the giant of them all, Frank Lloyd Wright. Alison’s richly illustrated and lively talk is packed with vintage imagery, legends and design philosophies of architects Al Beadle, Blaine Drake AIA, Ralph Haver AIA, Jimmie Nunn FAIA, Ed Varney FAIA, Paolo Soleri and Fred Guirey FAIA. All were contemporaries of Wright. For those with an already strong understanding of the time period and its designers, the intertwining of their professional lives and current events in their lifetime will be described in a way that helps knit their stories together.

Alison King is a professor of design history and the driving force behind, the go-to source for mid-century modern design in Arizona. Since 2003, Modern Phoenix has published in-depth biographies, neighborhood reports, photo archives, vintage drawings, ads, and photography and graphic design galleries spotlighting Arizona’s mid-century heritage. Alison wrote the authorized biography of architect Ralph Haver, AIA, and is working closely with the Beadle family to preserve Al Beadle’s legacy. I Website

Hotel Lobby
Free Event

Arizona Tiki Oasis Book Signing

Authors include: Sven Kirsten, Otto von Stroheim, Bosko Hrnjak, SHAG, Shannon Mustipher. Tony Marsico (Martini Kings), CJ Cook, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Trader Brandon, Andy Cruz/House Industries, and Martin Cate!


1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Sands

This seminar is 21+

Arizona Tiki Oasis Bartender Battle

The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in Arizona against each other in a no-holds-barred, head- to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only ONE can win the title of Arizona Tiki Oasis Bartender Battle Champ 2019!

Location: Valley Ho

Applying the P.U.N.C.H to Mocktail

Sure, we all know what makes a great punch. It’s five components. Dating back to the seventeenth century, a simple ratio was created to make a punch. Something strong, something sweet, something sour, something weak. This traditional method can apply to many things, cocktails of course…but what about the mocktail? In this seminar, you’ll learn how to take these ideas and plug it into any sort of beverage whether it be a cocktail or mocktail. Mocktails don’t have to be boring. Let’s give them some depth and complexity. At the end of the day, it’s just punch. Please Understand Nothing (bad) Can Happen.

This seminar presented by owners of Iconic Cocktail Co Matt Farrow & Kaylee Nedley. Iconic Cocktail Co creates small-batch handcrafted cocktail mixers for the home bar. Iconic mixers are designed to just be the flavor component to a cocktail or soda. Their focus is on flavor and real ingredients. They cut back on sugar and never use artificial flavoring. I Website