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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. 

Image from Disney Style

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

Music Monday: CELEBRATION USA Parade (Disneyland, 1991)

Here's a flashback to a parade that ran at Disneyland in 1991. It's pure Disneyland entertainment at its best that brought all the 1990s fashion, music and style to celebrate the USA...Disney style! 

I remember how upbeat and catchy (and also kitschy) this parade was. It definitely had its time but oh it's so good to good watch on this Independence Day.

Souvenir Disneyand button

Souvenir Disneyand button

Happy Music Monday! Wishing you a safe and happy July 4th, too!

-Daisy SPARKS

Friday Find: Aladdin's Oasis Grand Opening (Dinner Show) 1993

I was going through some of my Disneyland mementos and came across this ribbon. As a Cast Member, we would adhere this to our name tag.

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It happens to be 23 years today that Disney's Aladdin's Oasis opened. It took over the location that used to house the Tahitian Terrace. It originally opened as a meal + show that was offered for lunch or dinner. 

I found this other card in my Disneyland memento box to help me remember what this short-lived offering was about. This card was given to Cast Members so you could have some quick facts and figures to share with Guests who had questions. It was just good to carry with you and is a fun souvenir. It opened up to reveal lots of information by land that included highlights about the attractions, shops and restaurants.

front of card

front of card

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In the photo below, you can see how Aladdin's Oasis is described as a "new dining and entertainment experience." Aladdin came out in 1992, so this location was a way to keep up with the movie's popularity. 

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I couldn't find my photos from my dining experience but here is dining card reservation.

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I can't remember too much about the show itself but I did find this old post from the LA Times that had a good synopsis and review. I do remember that there were "magic lamps" at each table. Towards the end of the show, the lamp would spew out magic smoke and dessert would arrive...of course as your own mini magic lamp that was pure chocolate. 

Here is the back of the reservations card. Always fun to see how much things cost 20 plus years ago. Roughly around $25.00 per adult for a dinner show at Disneyland was still a treat for my fiancee and I in 1993. 

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Today, the location is still known as Aladdin's Oasis but now it offers dining packages for the Paint the Night Parade or Fantasmic! (when it returns). If the location itself could come up with its history to tell. That would be worth watching. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Disney California Story Tour at DCA (Final Call)

This is the last weekend that you can try take the Disney California Story Tour over at Disney California Adventure. It will not be offered anymore after July 4th. 

Button and Collectible Pin for tour participants.

Button and Collectible Pin for tour participants.

I was able to take the tour last weekend and learned a couple things that I didn't know about Walt Disney when he arrived in California in 1924. I'll have another post about my tour and some fun things I learned not only about Walt Disney, but how his early years influenced the decor and theme of Disney California Adventure.  

Sending you some pixie dust!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Zero to Hero (Hercules)

OH MY DISNEY posted this behind the scenes music video to celebration Hercules 19th anniversary. It features the song, ZERO TO HERO which was written by Alan Menken (music) and David Zippel (lyrics).  Loved reading some great backstory about this particular song, too.

Clever lyrics set to upbeat music to really get the story started. You'll be clapping along and cheering the hero.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Ticket Book (1980)

I grew up in Southern California and lived about 20 miles north of Disneyland. We always had relatives visit and stay with us and we would take them to Disneyland. My parents always had a stash of Disneyland ticket books with a variety of tickets that were unused. I found this Disneyland Ticket Book intact. It was from Disneyland's 25th Birthday (1980). 

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The actual front of the ticket book was torn off as that was the Entrance Admission. Read closely as it states that "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was complimentary with the purchase of this ticket book.

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Here is a closer look at each individual ticket. It's fun to see what attractions were considered A, B, C, D, and the famous E-ticket.

Disneyland E-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland E-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland D-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland D-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland C-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland C-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland B-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland B-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland A-Ticket (1980)

Disneyland A-Ticket (1980)

It's always fun to see what admission prices were in different years. One of the reasons my parents had some of these intact books was because they would buy several books but would just one or two of the books for the entire party. Each person needed a lettered ticket so it didn't matter which book it came from. 

Back of Ticket Book

Back of Ticket Book

I scoured the internet to see what the asterisk on certain attractions meant. I came upon this website that provided all kinds of information and also more examples of Disneyland tickets. This coupon-type book slowly began to get phased out as Disneyland offered unlimited ticket options. By 1982, tickets books were eliminated in favor of single-price admission. 

My sweet daughter made me this "Mother's Day Card" this year. She was clever and did a job copying the Disneyland ticket book. She personalized each section with some heartfelt notes.

My Mother's Day card (2016)

My Mother's Day card (2016)

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Big Blue World (Finding Nemo, the Musical)

Did you know that there is a musical production based on Pixar's, Finding Nemo? It's about a 35 minute show that is can be seen at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The stage production has everything you could want in a Disney produced show that includes a talented cast of performers, creative costumes, innovative sets and music.

Finding Nemo, The Musical (Animal Kingdom)

Finding Nemo, The Musical (Animal Kingdom)

In 2006, Disney reached out to the writing team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Today this duo is known for their award winning songs for the Disney movie, Frozen. The Lopez' wrote original music and lyrics for Finding Nemo, The Musical. They were inspired by some of the lines from the movie. One of the songs that I love is Big Blue World. It is sung by Nemo and Marlin at the beginning of the show. The song has a pretty melody and captures Nemo's curiosity of what the ocean world could offer.  

Can you believe there are so many things?
In the big blue world
I'm gonna go explore
In the big blue world
That I've never seen before
So many creatures
Swimming 'round the sea
In the big blue world
And all of them are waiting for me!

There is a soundtrack available for this exclusive Disney Parks show on both Amazon and iTunes. You can also download the single. There are many YouTube videos of just this song being performed that people have shared. 

If you ever get a chance to to to Disney's Animal Kingdom, put this show on your list. Plus, the large theater is a great way to get out of the heat. It is time well spent listening to original Disney music set to a fabulous Disney production. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Opening Day Country Bear Jamboree Poster & Coin

My father-in-law used to work for a large lumber yard that was responsible for providing the wood needed to build Country Bear Jamboree at Disneyland. He was given the following poster and commemorative coin for its opening back in March 1972. 

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The poster or flyer is fun for a several reasons. One, it features the main band that is known as "The Five Bear Rugs" made up of Zeke (banjo), Ted (cornjug), Fred (mouthharp), Zeb (fiddle) and Tennessee (bass). Two, much beloved Teddi Berra has a prominent placement on the poster. third, there is mention of the now defunct "Magic Kingdom Club"(MKC) on the top of the poster. MKC was created back in 1957 to be marketing tool to help create a loyal membership program that offered discounts and benefits to its members. 

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Here is the commemorative coin that features the narrator/host, Henry. I like that the back of the coin has the words "Walt Disney Productions" which was last used in 1986.

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If you want to know more about Disneyland's Country Bear Jamboree history and life, check out this post from Yesterland website

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Scenes from a Disneyland Park - June 10, 2016

Just sharing some photos from my visit to Disneyland Park this past Friday.It had been cloudy and cool most of the day, June Gloom has been persistent lately. The sun finally came out about 1pm. I went to Disney California Adventure a little after 7pm.

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I wanted to get some photos from Paradise Pier but the blue skies and clouds above the Carthay Circle Restaurant was a pretty site. 

I headed over to Disneyland and decided to climb Tarzan's Treehouse and see what the view was like. The sun was going down pretty fast but I was able to get some of these fun photos. I only had my iPhone 6 to take these photos of the colorful sky. 

Watching the sky change and seeing all the colors as evening falls on Disneyland always makes for a fun Friday evening. 

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Wishing you pixie dust today!

-Daisy