"Believe you can, then you will." - Mulan (Princess Stories)
Looking for some Disney love songs for your Valentine's week. Check out THIS playlist available on iTunes. You probably have some of these and can create your own but these are good suggestions for you Disney-loving Valentine.
Happy Music Monday!
"LOVE is putting someone else's needs before yours." -OLAF (Frozen)
“Even miracles take a little while.” - Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)
Last week, Toontown (Disneyland), celebrated its 25th anniversary. When it opened, one of it's most high profile residents was Roger Rabbit. Back then, you could find this character roaming around and available for photo ops in Toontown. He was made famous with the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The soundtrack that accompanied the film was composed by Alan Silvestri. The music has a jazz vibe to it that compliments the era that the movie is set in. The score was performed by the London Symphonic Orchestra. You can find this soundtrack on Amazon and iTunes.
Happy Music Monday!
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland. I found this special ticket that was made available to Cast Members as a special purchase. It came in a special enevelope.
It is a very long ticket and measures 13.5 inches in length. The artwork is very fun and colorful. It features Toontown's most famous resident, Roger Rabbit
Here is back of the ticket. Yes, in January of 1996, a one day ticket was $30.00. My ticket is still good and would be honored today for general admission for Disneyland but I think I will just keep it as is and say "Happy 25th, Toontown!."
"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be." - Winnie the Pooh
Congratulations, Minnie's Mouse! You are a super star! No one can rock a bow or dots like Minnie!
Happy Music Monday!
One of my favorite Christmas gifts that I received was this beautiful nightlight. My family knows me so well. I have to ask my sister-in-law where she got it and get more info.
I love that it is the Disneyland castle. The fireworks make it even more magical. Gotta love the added detail of the Mickey head firework.
It kind of looks like ceramic but feels like some kind of sturdy paper mache. It is very lightweight. Here is a front and back view.
Sorry for no posts the past couple of weeks. I was on a crazy family vacation which I will write some posts soon.
While my family was in London, my daughter introduced me to a popular chain of stores called, Primark. It's like a mixture of H&M and Forever 21. They had some official Disney merchandise exclusive to their chain.
Check out these fun pajamas for women.
They even had an area where you could buy personalized Disney t-shirts. How cool is that?
There were a lot of really cute and unique bags.
Here are my Primark buys. I couldn't pass up the quirky Chip backpack. I can't wait to use it for my Disneyland trips. I also found some keychains and cheap jewelry pieces which I will tear apart and use as scrapbook elements.
Primark stores are everywhere in London. There are some Primark stores in the US but most of them are located in the East Coast. You can go online to learn more about Primark.
Every year when I put out my Christmas decorations, there are of course some very special pieces that brings reminds me of cherished memories. That is part of the point of Christmas decorating, right? Here is a special musical figurine that I bought when for my daughter's first Christmas (1996).
It is a very traditional musical figurine with a wind-up mechanism that plays a music box. Baby Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse go up and down on their teeter-totter while Santa looks on. The music box tune is "Here Comes Santa Claus."
I remember purchasing this at Disneyland. It is not a fancy musical figurine but there are a lot of years of special memories attached to it. Both my kids loved to just wind it up, listen to "Here Comes Santa Claus" and watch Baby Mickey and Minnie go up and down. Do you have any special Christmas decorations that reminds you of special memories?
Over the years, there has been a variety of Disney buildings made for a Christmas village. Department 56 has created several Disney Christmas village collections. My family has never been partial to one particular series or vendor. Our Christmas village is a collection of buildings and accessories that represent what we like. Here are a couple buildings that are in our Christmas village.
The first building on the left of this photo is a replica of the Disneyland Firehouse (Department 56) and the other is of the Disneyland Emporium (Disney Parks Merchandise). These two buildings in particular are my favorite because they remind me of the time when I used to work on Main Street USA and I did work in The Emporium during my time as a Disneyland Castmember. We place these two buildings just like you would find them at Disneyland.
Looks like Minnie Mouse has done her Christmas shopping. Only 10 more days until the big day!
Wishing you a great weekend!
"If you look hard enough you can see how much we're all alike"
- Princess Jasmine (Aladdin)
There are many places on the Web and many books devoted to quotes by Walt Disney. One that I go to is KeepInspiringMe.Com. They have lots of sections and other pages to browse that will provide you with some inspiration.
Christmas time is here! One of the most iconic sounds of Christmas has to do with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
A couple years ago, D23 had a great write-up about the Nutcracker Suite segment in Disney's Fantasia. It is worth the read so check out the article, "5 Facsinating Facts About Fantasia's Nutcracker Suite" HERE.
Happy Music Monday!
A couple weeks ago, Mickey Mouse celebrated his birthday. This quote from Walt Disney helps to remind us why we love this iconic character.
There are so many animated Disney movies that have premiered in the month of November, especially during Thanksgiving week. One of those is A Bug's Life (1998). During the end credits, you hear the main song that is most associated with this movie, "The Time of Your Life."
Written and sung by Randy Newman, A Bug's Life, earned a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.
So if you are looking for a Disney movie to watch this holiday week, something you might not have seen or don't remember well, check out A Bug's Life. Don't forget that this movie is billed as a "Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Film" because this was before Pixar officially became part of the Walt Disney Company.