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Music Monday: Two Worlds (Tarzan)

On of my daughter's favorite song from a Disney movie is from Tarzan (1999). TWO WORLDS was written by Phil Collins and serves as the opening scene for  the movie.  This particular song helps to tell the story of baby Tarzan and how he arrived at his jungle home. The melody, words, and Collin's vocals in TWO WORLDS help to capture adventure, sadness and even hope in the first several minutes of the movie. 

As a mother of two, this song always touches my heart. I have one kid that started high school and another beginning her 3rd year in college. This song reminds me that at some point, my kids won't always be with me and my kids won't always have me around. It's been exciting to see them coming into their own people and becoming part of other people's worlds. In the parenting season that I am in, I can see that the emotional tools that my husband and I have equipped them with are what gives them the confidence to make life choices. 

Somewhere something is calling for you
Two worlds, one family
Trust your heart
Let fate decide
To guide these lives we see

Happy Music Monday!

Daisy

Music Monday: Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)

In the 1994 Disney animated movie, The Lion King, the characters of Pumbaa and Timon, live by the phrase "HAKUNA MATATA." It actually is a Swahili phrase that roughly translates to mean "no worries." 

The song, "Hakuna Matata" became an instant hit. Written by Elton John (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), it went on to be nominated for Best Original Song for the 1995 Academy Awards. It is pretty catchy and just a really fun song. The song also serves as a clever transition from young Simba to adult Simba. 

As summer ends and a new school year begins, think HAKUNA MATATA and embrace this "problem free philosophy" to get you through the next several week.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

 

Friday Find: Disney/Mary Engelbreit TEA for THREE Lithograph

In 1998, artist Mary Engelbreit and the Walt Disney Company got together to create some very pretty offerings. The collaboration was to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of Mickey and Minnie.  It was fun to see Mickey and Minnie live within the Mary Engelbreit world.

I bought the following lithograph from the Disney Store Catalog (when they had one). I loved everything about this print. It is called "Tea for Three." It features one of Mary Englebreit's famous characters, Ann Estelle, enjoying a tea party with two of her friends. It just so sweet. I love the ear hat that Ann Estelle wears. I think that the Mickey and Minnie depicted as vintage plush is perfect for the occasion. The flower and cherry boarders are trademark Mary Englebreit. 

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The lithograph came already framed. It is a small edition and I have 233/500. It is a signed piece, too. 

Information on the back of frame.

Information on the back of frame.

I just thought it was the perfect collaboration of two brands that stand for fun and whimsy. I liked the square size, the bright colors against the white matte and black frame. It sits in my kitchen so it adds lots of cheerfulness to a place where I spend a lot of time. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Music Emporium

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My youngest got into vinyl records a couple years ago. She loves the "warm sound" that you only get from this medium. The other fun element of vinyl is the packaging, liner notes, and art that might be included in the purchase. It is a premium but it can be a fun adventure. 

If you are looking for Disney music in vinyl form or even just some Disney music collections, visit Disney Music Emporium. You can get a glance of all official Disney music that is available and what is coming out. (Note that Disney Parks music is not available on the site). You can purchase directly from the site or at least use it a resource. Collectible CDs, vinyl, Marvel and even Star Wars music is available for purchase. 

Bookmark the site. The holidays are coming soon and there are lots of fun gift ideas for your favorite Disney music fan. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Copper Mickey & Minnie Molds

One of my favorite things in my kitchen is this set of Mickey Mouse and Minnie House Copper molds. I remember buying these at the Disneyland Market House (now Starbucks). In the mid-90s, the Market House use to carry a variety of Disney kitchenware that including decorative items like these copper molds.  

Mickey Mouse Copper Head

Mickey Mouse Copper Head

Minnie Mouse Copper Head

Minnie Mouse Copper Head

They were sold individually. They are purely decorative as opposed to real copper molds that one might use to make cakes. They are hollow on the back and it came with the decorative ring element so you could hand on the wall. 

It's fun to have these simple yet classic pieces adorn my kitchen. Mickey & Minnie keep me company while I make some yummy eats in the kitchen. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Disney-Inspired Coloring Pages for National Coloring Book Day

Disney Style shared some great Disney-inspired coloring pages today. After all, it's "National Coloring Book Day." You can download the pages and have some fun with you favorite crayons, pens, paints, and markers. 

I love the Mickey Mouse coloring page but I think this one is my favorite. 

Image from Disney Style

Image from Disney Style

If you want more Disney coloring pages, check these out. 

Happy Coloring!

-Daisy

Music Monday: He Mele No Lilo

Happy August! 

Summer always reminds me of Hawaii which brings to mind Disney's 42nd Animated Classic  movie, Lilo and Stitch.  Released in the summer of 2002, the story begins in the Galactic Federation with an introduction to Experiment 626 (aka Stitch) who somehow ends up on the island of Kauai. The movie has a little bit of science fiction, adventure, comedy and drama, too. The other main character, Lilo, has a love of Elvis and those songs make up a big part of the movie. However, there are two original songs that were written for the movie. 

One of them is "He Mele No Lilo" which translates to "A song for Lilo." Written by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu, this song is played during the opening credits of the movie. It should be noted that "opening credits" of the movie actually happen after the entire Galactic Federation -outer space sequence plays out. The song begins to play as Stitch finds himself on the island. The song is also our first introduction to Lilo.

One of my favorite things about this song is not only the traditional Hawaiian sounds but that the children who are singing are from the The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus. It's also the voice of Hoʻomalu that you hear singing this opening song.

Hope you have some time to make some summer memories this week!

Aloha!

-Daisy

Music Monday: It's Not Easy (Pete's Dragon)

The newest Disney Live-Action film coming soon is Pete's Dragon. I had to tell me kids a little about the original movie release from 1977 with Helen Reddy who sang the songs from Pete's Dragon like Candle on the Water and It's Not Easy

Written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, It's Not Easy, is a sweet song sung by the characters of Nora and Pete. Nora wants to know about the dragon and Pete tries to tell her. Nora does not try to chide Pete about his imaginary friend, but comforts him about having someone you care for so you can get through life adventures. 

Real or not, you need to know that you have a friend to get you through some life moments that are not always easy.

'Cause it's not easy, to find someone who cares, it's not easy, to find magic in pairs, I'm glad I found him, I won't let him get away....

...It's not easy to share somebody's dream. It gets easy when you work as a team, you've got to tend it, fan it, that's what I plan to do...

Happy Music Monday!

Daisy

Friday Find: "Disney Dream Room" at Chapman University

About a month ago, I was at Chapman University and found my way to the Leatherby Libraries. Thanks to Disney Periscope who let me know about it and how to find it. 

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I made my way to the the upper floor to discover the Jack and Belle Lindquist Dream Room. Some now refer to this location as the "Disney Dream Room". It features some of the personal collection of Disney Legend Jack Lindquist.

Lindquist is best known as being the first "President of Disneyland" and also the marketing genius behind the creation of Disney Dollars.  He is one of the first Cast Members who hired into Disneyland in 1955. After his retirement in 1993, he became an active trustee member at Chapman University. In 2013, he donated some of his special Disneyland mementos to the university. This past March, this Dream Room area was made available to the public. 

Here are my photos of the large cases filled with some of Lindquist's personal items he was given during his long Disneyland career.

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I think my personal favorite item that I got a kick of was the actual handle that was part of Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Dream Machine that was located in The Hub. I worked at Disneyland during that time so I remember this particular anniversary well and the excitement of the Dream Machine. 

The Leatherby Library is open to the public. Chapman University is not far from Disneyland and is easy to find. It is close to Old Town Orange which is also fun to visit for all the good eats and interesting small stores.

If you want to learn more about Jack Lindquist, check out my friend's podcast over at on Disney Avenue. It's always interesting to hear Disneyland stories from the original source. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Shop Disney: Character Socks

During the summer at Disneyland, there is no better place to seek refuge from the heat than all the fun stores at the Park. Here are some fun new character socks (adult size) that have been popping up. 

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There are also more shoes with a character theme that I've been seeing. Here is one that I saw at The Disney Vault 28 at Downtown Disney.

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I was on the SHOP DISNEY PARKS app and saw more. It's never too early to start thinking of Christmas presents. Or just get some to add lots of character to your feet. 

Happy Shopping!

-Daisy

Star Wars Land Progress - Concept Art & Vertical Movement

Last week, Disney Parks Blog released some new concept art for the upcoming Star Wars themed land. I had to check out the actual art. It's located in the Big Thunder Trail area. 

Macsparky is getting up close to check out details.

Macsparky is getting up close to check out details.

It's a little anti-climatic but if you're a Star Wars fan, you'll love it. You'll want to spend some time looking at it. The good news is that if you can't see it in person, you can view it online and even view a larger image here

Concept art located on fence. 

Concept art located on fence. 

It's fun to see some details that are drawn in the concept art. One of my favorites is this Mink Fink Keel Boat which ended its Disneyland run in 2003. 

Details are always fun to see.

Details are always fun to see.

One more fun detail that is located on the frame is this Hidden Mickey.

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A view from the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure reveals lots of movement in the Star Wars themed area. Things are going up and looks like the first thing are these retaining walls.  

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Here's a view, courtesy of a silt through the Big Thunder Trail fence, from the other side.  

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May the Force Be With You!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Star Wars - Disney Mash-Up Art by James Hance

Last summer, I was introduced to some art by James Hance by a friend of mine. When I found his website and Facebook page, I learned more about the artist and was able to view more of his creative offerings. 

I decided to buy this print, A Most Bold Adventure. It was family approved. How can you not smile when you see this. 

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It also went with this wall in my house where we decided to put our Star Wars themed artwork. 

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I did buy the Wookie and the Chew book. I am going to get the cute plush for my daughter for her birthday. Hance a ton of different kinds of mash-ups that he offers. Subscribe to his website or follow him through social media to stay up to date with his art offerings. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Wednesday Words: So This Is Love (Cinderella)

On July 13, 1955, just a few days before Opening Day at Disneyland, Walt & Lillian Disney celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at Disneyland. How special is that? It was a memorable event filled with their family, friends, and fun a-la-Disney style. 

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If you want to read more about this particular event, check out this D23 post that is filled with photos from that night. I thought this post that includes an excerpt from an interview with Lillian Disney about being married to Walt Disney was interesting. You might also want to read this post from the Walt Disney Family Museum  that also talks about highlights from the anniversary party that was held at the Golden Horseshoe.

What a treat for all the invited guests to be one of the first to step into Walt's imagination come to life. Only Walt would think of celebrating a milestone with his bride at Disneyland. 

Sending some pixie dust your way!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Cruella de Ville

It's a classic Disney song about one of the most memorable Disney Villains 'Cruella de Ville' was written by Mel Leven for the 1961 animated movie, 101 Dalmatians. Other than The Big Bad Wolf, there aren't many villains who have a song written about them. 

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Image from Disney Style

In the movie, the main character, Roger, is a struggling composer who is stuck with a melody of a song. Anita, Roger's wife, is a friend of Cruella's. When Cruella visits Anita, Roger becomes inspired by her flamboyant personality to complete his song. 

My favorite lyrics of the song are as follows. It is such a vivid description of the "she-devil" that is Cruella. 

The vampire bat, this inhuman beast

she ought to be locked up and never released.

The world was a wholesome place until

Cruella, Cruella de Ville. 

One interesting piece of trivia I read about this song was that Bill Lee was the singing voice for Roger. Lee would go on to be the singing voice for Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music. Plummer would eventually provide the voice of the villain character, Charles Muntz, in the Disney Pixar movie, Up. I love all kinds of interesting Disney connections that come full circle. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Media Book (1988)

I was digging through some of my books and came upon this Disneyland book.

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It is a Disneyland spiral bound book that is filled with Disneyland and Disney fun facts and general information. It was distributed as a media handout that coincided with the opening of the Splash Mountain in the summer of 1989. You have to appreciate the graphics and style of this book.

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Here are some samples of the graphic in the main tabs. 

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So 1980s Mickey Mouse

So 1980s Mickey Mouse

There was only one hotel associated with Disneyland in 1989.

There was only one hotel associated with Disneyland in 1989.

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Here is one of favorites, a handout of how to interact with Disneyland characters. It was an additional piece that was inserted into the book. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Wednesday Words: Elie Wiesel on Disneyland

The other day, famed film critic Leonard Maltin had post entitled: "Elie Wiesel's Trip to Disneyland."  I had to click through a link he provided to read the actual article that featured the thoughts and words from Elie Wiesel (author, political activist and Nobel Laureate). It was really a good read. I learned that Wiesel actually interviewed Walt Disney in his (Wiesel) early journalist career. It looks like Wiesel had a chance to visit Disneyland in 1957 and here is what he said:

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Wiesel's simple statement says it all for most of us.

Happy Wednesday!

-Daisy