Hope everyone made some fun Father's Day memories with your favorite dad or dads. I was reminding that the Disney character, Goofy, is a dad. We learned about about this Disney fact when A Goofy Movie was release in 1995. Goofy has a son named Max.
One of the most memorable scenes in A Goofy Movie was when Max and his dad, Goofy, are in their car ready to start their road trip.
Warning: This song may stick in your head
If you need a fun summer movie to watch, a movie about father and son, or just a fun Disney movie, check out A GOOFY MOVIE.
Happy music Monday!
I found a small box in one of my drawers and opened it to find these two fun Disneyland cloisonne pins. I do remember purchasing these at Company D (Cast Member store).
The one with "MICKEY" commemorates Disneyland 45th Anniversary (2000) and the theme being "45 Years of Magic." The larger one, "MINNIE" is in the likeness of the new 2001 nametags that celebrated the opening of Disney California Adventure.
I have a Cast Member nametag from these periods so here they are placed side by side with the cloisonne pins so you can get an idea of how small (and cute) they are.
I don't know why but I've always loved
the idea of summer,
and sun, and all things hot.
- Olaf (Frozen)
After watching The Tony awards last night, I remembered that there was a song from a Disney movie that talks about New York City. "Once Upon a Time in New York City" from the Disney's 1988 animated movie, Oliver & Company.
I admit, the biggest reason why I upgraded to iPhone 7 Plus was to get access to the new iPhone camera feature, PORTRAIT. According to the Apple website, the Portrait mode is described as follows:
It's easy to take stunning portraits with your iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait mode uses the dual cameras on your iPhone 7 Plus to form a depth-of-field effect. This lets you compose a photo that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background.
It does take some practice to figure out how to use the Portrait mode and what subject or objects are best photographed in this particular mode. Here are some photos to give you a better idea of what the difference is between photos captured in regular camera mode vs Portrait mode.
In the following photo, shot in portrait mode, you can see how the background is blurred. But you can also see how the camera crudely blurs to closely crop to the subject that you are focused on.
Here is another more example so you to compare. Look carefully how blurring the background can affect the image that you want featured.
One of the best uses for portrait mode is shooting photos of people. The following photo is one of my daughter. We needed to attach a photo to one of her applications so we went outside to take advantage of the natural light and I used the Portrait mode to capture her smile.
I hardly ever carry a camera around anymore. I have my iPhone and it has a great camera that fits my needs and my amatuer photography skills.
We still have a couple more weeks of school left so we're really feeling that final push to get through to the last day. It makes me think that song from The Jungle Book, Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song). Written by Disney Legends Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, this song provides a lighthearted moment in the movie.
The cadence of this song is perfect for elephants marching through the jungle. Who can't smile when you see the youngest in the herd so proud to march and trying to keep up.
"Step it up, two, three, four....!"
Happy Music Monday!
I was cleaning out a drawer and found these two books. They are Disneyland new-hire Cast Member handbooks.
The top one (white cover) of the photo is probably mid-1990s while the other one (grey cover) is early 1990s. The one that has the name tag, DAVID, actually belongs to my husband. He began working at Disneyland sometime in 1990. My brother worked at Disneyland very briefly so I am guessing that the white cover handbook belonged to him,
It was fun looking through these two books to see differences and similarities, especially in terms of content and photos/graphics. Viewing them side by side made for an interesting read.
The older handbook (grey cover, 'Disneyland & David') is dated 1990. That was the 35th anniversary year of Disneyland. When you opened the flap to this particular handbook, it explains that this version has "reprinted guidlines from the original 1955 Orientation handbook."
Instead of photos, there is more artwork to give the book the flavor of 1955.
In 1955, the training manual stated that the "Four Keys to Guest Happiness" was "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Capacity". The Four Keys eventually evolved to "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Efficifency."
These are my two favorite pages from the 1990 handbook.
Here are two interesting pages from the other handbook.
Comparing these two welcome pages was fun. It is notable that it comes from Dick Nunis who was President of Walt Disney Attractions at this point. Nunis actually worked with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating the Disneyland Orientation and Training program. Nunis would go on to have a 44 year career with the Walt Disney Company and retired in 1999.
Being a Disneyland Cast Member back in the 1990s was magical. It was a different time and era. There were lots of Cast Members, both salaried and hourly, who were there when Walt Disney was around and could tell you lots of fun stories. You got a lot of training and direction that were directly influenced from people who were there on Opening Day. Don't forget that there was only one Disneyland Park since Disney California Adventure did not open until 2001.
If you need some fun tunes for your summer, for your workout/run, or some throwback, check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. If you loved the first one, then you need to add it to your collection. You're bound to find one or two songs that will end up on the top of your playlist.
Happy Music Monday!
With all the new Disney Parks happening this week, it makes me think of all the hard work, creative minds and pixie dust that all comes together to create those magical experiences. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, an entire new land and world welcomes Guest this weekend. Pandora - The World of Avatar is an immersive world created by Walt Disney Imagineering under the direction of Portfolio Creative Executive, Joe Rohde in collaboration with Avatar's writer/producer, James Cameron. Disney California Adventure debuts a new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
There's really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward - opening up new doors and doing new things - because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We're always exploring and experimenting. We call it IMAGINEERING - the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.
I was really excited about the latest DISNEY PARKS BLOG post. They shared that a new CD from the Disney Aulani is now available. Titled "Mele from Aunty’s Beach House Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa," it features some classic Disney songs in Hawaiian style. Besides being played at Aunty's Beach House, the music can also be heard in the elevators and through different areas of the Aulani resort. It is different than the songs that you hear in the main lobby (Maka'ala).
The CD is available on iTunes. All the titles are in Hawaiian so it's kind of fun to listen to each song and discover what it is. My favorite is “Ke Noi Aku I Kahi Hōkū” with "Pēlā Nō E ʻIke Ai" a close second. All songs are also available as a single purchase.
My kids are really good at being like parrots so they can sing it back the way they hear the songs. The Hawaiian language only has 8 consonants and 5 vowels. You are suppose to pronounce every letter/vowel.
Add the “Mele from Aunty’s Beach House” to your Disney playlist or to your luau playlist. It's really a treat for any Disney fan.
I was looking for a particular recipe for a weekend dish and came upon these two Disney cookbooks.
Both cookbooks feature signature and most asked for recipes from Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The red spiral book titled "Cooking with Mickey Around Our World" is a book that was available at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the 1990s. The way that it is organized reminds of those old school cookbooks that you would buy at church fundraisers or find in you mom or grandmother's cookbook collections. There are no photos of the dishes.
The artwork under each tab is so fun. Very 1980s early 1990s Mickey Mouse look. Here are several examples.
My favorite things about this book is seeing restaurants that are no longer around due to all the changes and growth in the Disney Parks. It's equally fun to see how long some resturant favorites have been around.
The more recent of my Disney cookbook has a 2004 publish date on it. This one is titled "Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs". It includes recipes from the DIsney California Adventure, DIsney Animal Kingdom and Disney Cruise Line. However, there are also no photos of the dishes in this book.
There have been several more current editions since 2004. You can find find them at the Disney Parks, Amazon or other book sellers. With the popularity of cooking, rise of celebrity chefs, and food blogs, there are now a lot of Disney official and unofficial cookbooks out there. There are specific ones, too, that focus on Disney desserts, Disney copycat recipes and more.
Here are more photos of my visit to the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Over at the United Kingdom area, there are two specific garden areas to wander through.
English Tea Garden
Presented by Twinings of London, the English Tea Garden is a self-guided tour. It was fun to read about the different teas and presented in these gigantic tea cups. It was interesting to see what the particular plants and leaves look like in their natural state before they become part of your tea flavor.
If you wanted more info, there are complimentary Guided Tour and premium Royal Tea Garden Tour available during the festival.
According to the official Disneyworld website, the Shakespeare Garden is described as follows: "Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion."
Visiting all the different pavilions in the World Showcase area at Epcot is always fun. The Festival allows the host countries to bring more atmosphere and dimension by telling stories through their landscape designs. The topiaries that can be found in this area is Tinkerbell and Peter Pan since their story originates in London.
I couldn't resist taking this photo. The red British mailbox is an iconic image next to the call box or phone booth. I just thought that the red with the yellow flowers behind it was a pretty background to frame the mailbox.
Wishes, the fireworks spectacular that preceded the new show, lasted 14 years. I am sure that "Happily Ever After" will also become another classic. Disney Parks immediately released the title song on iTunes so fans could enjoy it and also have something to remember their Disney memories.
Happy Music Monday!
In 1990, Disney Afternoon debuted on Disney syndicated channels. It was a two-hour block of Disney animated shows like Duck Tales and Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers. There were even new Disney characters that debuted like Gummi Bears and Darkwing Duck.
Disney Afternoon was a hit and in the summer of 1991, Disneyland temporarily transformed the "it's a small world" mall area to Disney Afternoon Avenue. This is the area near the Matterhorn up to Small World. At this point, Toontown was not around yet.
I think these maps were an insert included in the Disneyland Park map.
The following is an image of the Disney Afternoon map when open. There were blank spots fo you could get a stamp when you found the characters. It is fun to see some of the Disney Afternoon characters but it's even more fun to the Motor Boat Cruise on the map. This now retired attraction was transformed into Motor Boat to Gummi Glen in a nod to the Gummi Bears. It was an interactive map to discover new characters.
Of course it wasn't just a map, but also marketing poster to help you remember to watch Disney Afternoon. There were actually costumed characters that you can visit with and get a photo with at Disney Afternoon Avenue.
If you are a child of the 1990s, Disney Afternoon was something that probably that you watched. If you are a fan of Disney Afternoon, then you'll be happy to know that a major reboot of Duck Tales is coming soon...woo-hoo!
I don't remember too much about Disney Afternoon Avenue. In summer of 1991, I worked on Main Street as a Merchandise Host so I rarely went up towards Fantasyland since there was no reason to. You also never went anywhere in costume if you didn't belong in that area. I have friends who worked as Disney Afternoon characters and they had some good times.
Visiting Epcot during the Flower & Garden Festival was something that was on my Disney Bucket List. I got a chance to see some of the beautiful character themed topiaries up close when I was in Orlando a couple weeks ago. While my time was brief, I did manage to see most of them but not all. Here are some of my photos to share with you.
There is a complimentary Garden Passport that is available to help you navigate your way around all that the Festival has to offer.
It's really a great Epcot event to visit. There is simply lots of color and beautiful scenes to see.
You can find more information about all the happenings of this event on the official Disneyworld website. There is a lot to see. There are also numerous food booths that offer special event yummy bites. You can go to the Disney Food Blog (unofficial) to see what is offered.
I really enjoyed seeing all the Disney topiaries. I definitely needed more time to see more of the Festival and sample of the food. Oh well, I guess I will have to go back someday.