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Friday Find: Fantasmic! Media Book & Button

One of my favorite Disneyland night time shows is Fantasmic! It has been dark for a long time as the Rivers of America prepared for the new Star Wars themed land, Galaxy's Edge. I was there when it first premiered in 1992. I remember thinking, "WOW! That is some Disneyland show!" as it took over the Rivers of America space and immersed its audience in music, fireworks, characters, and the magic of Disney storytelling. It was captivating. 

So I am super excited that Fantasmic! made its appearance this past Monday, July 17th, on Disneyland's birthday. I actually got a sneak peek at a special showing last Saturday and it was fantastic! It's been updated technologically and has some minor adjustments but overall, I am happy that it was returned. 

I found a couple Fantasmic! items in my Disneyland stash. I do have a Cast Member exclusive watch that I featured back in this post. Here is a big sized- button that I have. I should have taken the picture with a coin beside the button so you can see how big it is. It might be a 3-inch size button. 

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Next is this media or press book that I have. The guts are very similar to this other media book that I have that I wrote about here. They just added a Fantasmic! section and updated some dates, milestones, and characters. 

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"Dream of fantasmic dreams!"

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Wednesday Words Brought to you Walt Disney

I found this postcard in my Disney box and thought it would be a fun one to share with you this week since it is Disneyland's birthday week. It was distributed to Disneyland Cast Members during the 45th Anniversary year (2000). 

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"The era we are living in today is a dream coming true." - Walt Disney

 

Music Monday: Music from the Park

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its doors to the public. Sixty-two years later, the magic continues. 

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I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite Disney CDs, Music from the Park. It is a great compilation of songs from Disney Park attractions and shows sung by well known singers/celebrities. One of my favorite numbers is "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the Haunted Mansion performed by the Barenaked Ladies. It's really fun to listen to different interpretations of some classic songs. 

If you have some favorite songs from a Disneyland attraction, check out this CD. It is out of print but the secondary market is not bad. 

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

-Daisy

 

Friday Find: Sampling of Cosplay at D23 Expo 2017

One of the most fun things to do at the D23 Expo is to people watch. Sure it's a great time to wear you favorite Disney shirt and ears but it's also the time to put on your best Disney themed costume. The Disney universe also encompasses the Star Wars and Marvel worlds. There are some people who wear traditional clothes of familiar Disney characters and there are some who create some entertaining interpretations of Disney characters. You'll also find people who are dressed as well-known Disney Park attractions or icons. Other go deep catalogue and create costumes from supporting or lesser known characters from a specific movie. 

Here are a few photos that my husband, MacSparky, and I took today. 

You can also search social media under the hashtag #D23expo and you'll find lots of photos of people at the expo all dressed up in their favorite Disney clothes/costumes. 

Happy (belated) Friday! 

-Daisy

What to pack for D23 Expo 2017

The time is has come. The D23 Expo has arrived and I am getting ready for so much Disney! Here are my thoughts about how and what to pack plus some things that I carry around. The main thing is to pack for yourself in regards to knowing what you will need to make it through the day and also what would be comfortable to carry around. 

Think like you are packing for a day trip to Disneyland or any other type of outing. Or have you ever been to a trade show, conference or any other type of expo? Think about the things that you might pick up from different vendors, booths, or Disney friends. Also consider what would be most comfortable for you to lug around all day. 

Here are some of my things that I am packing. 

My credentials (ticket) and lanyard. Can't forget my D23 card or any other membership cards. 

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I usually pack a little notebook to write stuff down in, pens, and sharpies. I also bring a file folder or something that I can put paper items that I don't want smashed or wrinkled. I bring a little plastic zipbag to put small items that vendors/booths might give away or for those little things that I might pick up. 

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Gotta keep hyrdated and charged. Here is my water bottle...I love my S'well bottle. Keeps water super cold all day. I also have my portable charger (by Anker) for my device. There is word going around to bring you light up magic item so I am packing my paint brush. 

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I pack some snacks because you'll get hungry and sometimes, you don't have time to sit and eat. I also have some toiletries that I like to bring in my personal bag. My favorite is this little mister bottle so I can give a little mist to feel refreshed. Don't forget some mints or gum. I picked up some fun pins to trade with some Disney friends. There is always some sort of pin trading going on.

Don't forget to pack business cards so you can stay in contact with people you meet. These are fun ones that I had ordered from Moo Prints. I was able to use my personal photos to be the front of the card. 

Sending pixie dust filled wishes your way!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Lilo & Stitch Soundtrack

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I still have Hawaii on the brain as we are just getting back from our family vacation. I was listening to the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack. I was reminded that the character of Lilo, is a big Elvis fan, so that is why there are some classic Elvis tunes (Hound Dog and Heartbreak Hotel) in the movie. As a whole, the soundtrack makes for a really great summer party playlist. 

Mahalo!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Hidden Mickey at Disney's Aulani

Aloha! Just wanted to share a some of the fun Hidden Mickey's that can be found around Disney's Aulani resort. Some are "not so hidden" and some are little more creative. 

These first set of photos are some things that were found in our room. 

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These next set of photos are of things located within the Aulani Resort. 

There are a handful of Mickey Mouse shaped food items that you purchase around the Aulani. The shave ice is a favorite. You have to specifically order this size if you want the ears. 

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Mahalo!

-Daisy

Music Monday: You're Welcome (Moana)

I am on vacation in Hawaii and it made me think of Disney's Moana. One of the most fun songs from the movie is the song that the character, Maui, sings called "You're Welcome". Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the song really captures Maui's character and how he sees himself as the demi-god that provides for his people. The musical number in the movie is very upbeat and lively. 

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When I heard that there was a cover and video featuring Miranda himself and pop-star Jordan Fisher, I was immediately intrigued. To my delight, their duet takes on a very different tone and style of "You're Welcome". I really love the way the video was filmed. I confess, I am a huge Miranda fan due to my obsession with Hamilton, The Musical. I actually saw Fisher in Hamilton on Broadway back in January. So the following video was something I really enjoyed for a variety of reasons. 

Happy Music Monday! 

and...You're Welcome!

-Daisy

View of Disney's Aulani (2017)

View of Disney's Aulani (2017)

Music Monday: Miracles Happen (Princess Diaries)

My kids started summer vacation and that means some downtime watching some of their favorite "childhood" movies. My kids are funny as they reference anything related to before their teen years as their "childhood". One of the Disney movies that had a lot of screentime at my house was Princess Diaries (2001). My kids actually watched it first on DVD and then watched it over, and over and over.

There is a very upbeat and fun song associated with this Disney movie. "Miracles Happen" (Eliot Kennedy and Pam Sheyne) was sung by pop singer Myra

The song is will make you want to dance and put a smile on your face. "Miracles happen...when you believe!"

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: On the Open Road (Goofy Movie, 1995)

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!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Name Tag Cloisonne Pins

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). 

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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. 

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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.

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Once Upon a Time in New York City (Oliver & Co)

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

The song was sung by 80s pop star Huey Lewis. The music was written by Barry Mann and lyrics by Howard Ashman.  Fun fact: newly crowned Tony winner, Bette Midler, voiced the character of Georgette in this movie. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Comparing PHOTO vs PORTRAIT Mode (iPhone photos)

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.

Regular photo mode

Regular photo 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. 

Portrait mode. 

Portrait mode. 

Here is another more example so you to compare. Look carefully how blurring the background can affect the image that you want featured. 

Photo mode. 

Photo mode. 

Portrait mode. 

Portrait mode. 

Photo Mode.

Photo Mode.

Portrait Mode. 

Portrait Mode. 

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. 

Thanks, Apple!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song)

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!

-Daisy