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Friday Find: Disney Christmas Village Buildings

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. 

Disneyland Firehouse and Disneyland Emporium

Disneyland Firehouse and Disneyland Emporium

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. 

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Looks like Minnie Mouse has done her Christmas shopping. Only 10 more days until the big day!

Wishing you a great weekend!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Fantasia's Nutcracker Suite

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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!

-Daisy

Music Monday: The Time of Your Life (A Bug's Life)

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

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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. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Richard Sherman Holds Masterclass for Local High School Students

A couple weeks ago, I referenced a visit by Disney Legend, Richard Sherman, to my daughter's high school. I have to admit that I was a bit jealous of my daughter but happy that she was given the opportunity for such a unique experience at her school. The website, Disney Examiner, was also in attendance and they put together a short video to give you some highlights. It's about 20 minutes long but it is was fun to hear some of the of students talk about this visit and also to hear some of the advice that Sherman shared with these high school student. 

You can view the video on YouTube HERE

image from Orange County School of the Arts

image from Orange County School of the Arts

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Get ready for Disney Pixar's COCO soundtrack

I am very excited about the new Disney Pixar movie release, COCO. Disney Music Emporium today made available the COCO soundtrack with a special offer with pre-order. 

image from Disney Music Emporium

image from Disney Music Emporium

Know that COCO is not a traditional Disney musical movie. While music is a big part of the story but specific songs are not woven in to tell its story.  You can listen to some music clips at THIS POST. One of the prominent songs from the movie is called "Remember Me" which was composed by Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Michael Giacchino (Inside Out, Star Trek, Rouge One) is credited for providing the score to this new movie. 

I am excited for the movie and soundtrack. The music in most Disney movies are just as iconic and important to the story. All pre-orders ship on November 8th which is well ahead of the November 22nd movie release date. Plus, you'll have a special ornament for your tree this year. 

Off to shop....Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy 

Music Monday: The Whimsy Works by Richard Sherman

Today, October 16, marks the anniversary of the Walt Disney Studio. It's the day recognized when the Disney Brothers (Walt and Roy) opened up their Los Angeles studio on Kingswell Ave in 1923. After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, they would move their studio to Burbank where it grew and still stands today. 

Disney Legend, Richard Sherman, wrote a song called "The Whimsy Works" that is about Walt and what is was like working on the Walt Disney Studio lot. It was actually written for a 2016 show called "L.A. Now and Then - A Musical Review." If you watch this D23 video at 2:37, you can watch Sherman talk about this particular song and hear him play it on the actual piano in Walt Disney's office. 

Here is a the actual song number from the musical review. It's kind of fun to hear this original and new-ish song from Sherman after all the years that have passed when he used to write for Walt Disney.

Coincidently, my youngest daughter was able to attend a special lecture class at her high school last week where Sherman spoke to the students about song composition and his long career. My daughter said he shared many Disney stories, too. Sherman did talk about "The Whimsy Works" and he closed their session with a rendition of "it's a small world." You can read about Sherman's visit to my daughter's high school in this article

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Mickey Mouse Pins c. 2000

I found this fun Cast Exclusive Mickey Mouse pin that says it all....

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back of pin

back of pin

This particular pin was a Cast Exclusive as noted in the back. I have a feeling that it may have been something that was available at the time around the opening of Disney California Adventure since one of the images is of the bear icon of Grizzly River Run. 

I think the next pin was probably something that I also bought around the same time. I love that the pin is of the famous phrase that you see before going under the train tunnels as you enter Main Street U.S.A. It is a mini replica of the plaque. It also has a hanging piece with the dates 1995 to 2000. It could be to celebrate the millennium and/orDisneyland's 45 year anniversary. 

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These next two pins are interesting. I know the one with Walt Disney and Mickey is from my Disney employee credit union which is called, "PARTNERS." The other is just a fun classic image of Mickey Mouse. These two pins do not have a traditional pin back like you are used to seeing these days. 

I am going through my Disney pins and sorting them out. I figured that these all kind of go together. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

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Friday Find: Disney Magic Holidays at Lowe's - 2017

There is less than 80 days until Christmas. The Halloween season means that you also start seeing Christmas stuff popping up in many stores. I love Christmas so I get excited to see all the new merry offerings. 

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I went to Lowe's the other day to pick something up and saw that they had all their Christmas lights and decorations out. Last year, there were a lot of fun Disney themed lights. This year, there are even more. (You can click each image for a larger view)

I went ahead and bought the Mickey Mouse LE Lighted Wreath. It came well packaged as it is fairly large. I'll let you know how it looks outside when the time comes to decorate outdoors. 

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Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Disneyland Parks Halloween Eats Chart & Checklist - 2017

UPDATED: Oct 5th. Fixed a typo. Thanks for letting me know :)

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WOW! The Disneyland Resort has really outdone themselves with the Halloween food offerings this year. I think it is the most and most varied that I have seen. There are sweet treats, spicy stuff, and all kinds of libations (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). There are also several themed food containers that are available from various vendor carts and locations. 

I made this chart and checklist based off of this Disney Parks Blog post. You are welcome to download the PDF, print and share. 

Happy Eats!

-Daisy

Preview of printable checklist - disneydaze.com

Preview of printable checklist - disneydaze.com

Music Monday: Disney EPCOT Soundtrack - Tapestry of Dreams

Yesterday, EPCOT celebrated it's 35th birthday. I remember when this CD made its debut and immediately became a fan favorite. 

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This CD, EPCOT, Tapestry of Dreams was released around 1999. Just in time to celebrate the Millennium Celebration that took place at EPCOT. It contains the music from the Tapestry of Dreams parade that occurred at World Showcase. The most famous tune would be"Reflections of Earth" which you would hear at the IllumiNations night time show in the World Showcase area. Also included was "Promise" which is the song that played when you exited Epcot. 

The soundtrack is no longer available at the Parks but you can find copies on the secondary markets. 

Happy 35th, EPCOT!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Mini Plush - Halloween

With October right around the corner, I started to pull out my Halloween decorations. I came upon these fun Disney mini-plush. I usually scatter them around the house to add some Halloween decor.

Queen of Hearts and her Card Guards (Alice in Wonderland)

Queen of Hearts and her Card Guards (Alice in Wonderland)

Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and Cruella Di Vil (101 Dalmations)

Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and Cruella Di Vil (101 Dalmations)

These mini Disney plush came out about the same time when the Beanie Baby craze hit back in the early 1990s. I find that they are the perfect size to help me decorate around the house for the Halloween season. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy