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Friday Find: The "E" Ticket Magazine

When I worked on Main Street USA, sometimes I would get a shift to work the Disneyana shop. In the 1990s, Disneyana was located where the Starbucks seating area is now. Anyways, I remember that the store used to carry an unofficial Disney publication called  The "E" Ticket (1986-2009). 

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The magazine is loaded with first-hand stories, interviews and photos of all things Disneyland. It's a great resource for any Disneyland aficionado. 

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If you want to read all about who was behind The "E" Ticket and what happened to it, go to this post and it will give you lots of answers.  Luckily, some issues are available through The Walt Disney Family Museum. You can even purchase a several CDs if you want the first 24 issues from this fabulous treasure trove of stories and people behind the Disneyland magic.

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There are also issues available on eBay from a variety of sellers. If you are ever at a Disneyana Fan Club Event, you can also find some copies at many of the merchant booths.  

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Into the Open Air (Brave)

Last week I was listening to my daughter practice one of her songs for her weekly vocal lessons. It was very pretty and I asked her what it was. She told me it was a Disney song. It is called "Into the Open Air" from the movie Brave

She had to tell me about where the song was in the movie since I just couldn't remember it. You hear it during a scene that features the main character, Merida and her mother, Elinor when they are out on their own in the woods. The song reflects the change in their mother-daughter relationship. 

When family relationships have to evolve due to circumstances, the love towards a parent remain the center of how one responds to that change. The opposite is true, too; a parent's love for their child dictate the responses to any changes in the relationship. There is dependence on each other yet an interdependent relationship can happen, too. In any relationship, we all take on different roles depending on the situation. Parents usually take on that caregiver role with their child but sometimes, the child takes on caring for the parent due to circumstances. It takes courage and compassion to take the next steps in any relationship. 

I love the styling of the song that fits with the movie. The song is sung by Julie Fowlis who is a Scottish folksinger. Into the Open Air was written by Alex Mandel (music and lyrics). 

As a mother of two girls, the movie really speaks to me in regards to the mother-daughter relationship. My daughters are in the young adult phases and it's definitely been a learning process. I am a big believer in "let go, let grow" but growing pains can be intense. My heart bursts with love and pride as I witness my two girls evolve into two courageous, confident and compassionate women ready to claim their fate.

Go watch BRAVE sometime this week. The family story will warm your heart. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Magic Holiday (Cmas Lights at Lowe's)

The other day, Disney Fashionista (they are a great source for all things Disney products) posted information about some new Disney Christmas lights. I knew immediately that I needed some of them...okay most of them. 

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The DISNEY MAGIC HOLIDAY Christmas light collection is only available at Lowe's. It was really hard to decide which ones to get. I started to view what was available online and the ordered them for pick-up. I figured that this was the best way to make sure I got them. I figured that if I didn't like them, then I could return them. Here are the ones I decided on. 

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I shot a very quick video and posted HERE is you want to see the Mickey Mouse head projection light and also the firework projection light (below). 

Front of box - Projection light

Front of box - Projection light

This firework projection light is kind of fun. I figured that I can use for parties or just when I feel like I need some Disney magic. You can adjust the projection size/image with distance. So, depending on how large or small you want the projections, you move it far or closer to wherever you want to project the image. There is also a fireworks sound with the firework projection machine. You can control the volume or simply turn in all the way down.

Back of Box - Projection Light

Back of Box - Projection Light

This Mickey Mouse Christmas pole is next on my list. I LOVE Christmas! I was married a week before Christmas. I am one of those people who love Christmas in July and happily starts holiday shopping. So when I saw these new Disney Christmas lights, it was an easy decisions. 

The Disney Magic Holiday is only available at Lowe's. These will go fast. If you are thinking about them, run to your nearest Lowe's soon. Don't forget that you can order them online. You can also go online to see which Lowe's in your area have them in stock. If you definitely know that you want a particular set or light, you can order it for pick up, then go into the store and check out the entire collection (if they have them). I've tested the items I purchased and ran them for an evening and they will work great with my holiday decorations. A little Disney holiday magic is always a good thing. 

Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Beauty & The Beast sung by Angela Lansbury

I've written about the Beauty & the Beast song before on a Music Monday HERE.  With the release of the 25th anniversary DVD tomorrow and LIVE action coming next year, there has been a lot of B&B news lately. It includes this fabulous video that was shared yesterday from the 25th anniversary screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Angela Lansbury & Alan Menken at Beauty & the Beast 25th Anniversary Screening (New York)

Angela Lansbury & Alan Menken at Beauty & the Beast 25th Anniversary Screening (New York)

Angela Lansbury is Mrs. Potts. The special 25th anniversary DVD that will be released tomorrow is supposed to full of some behind the scenes and special stories about one of the most beloved Disney movies. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: SADNESS CANstruction Design

It's that time of year at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa) where you can view some very creative designs that are all made out of food cans. The 9th Annual CANstruction® Orange County Design/Build Competition is on display. I found this entry by the Disneyland Resort. 

CANSstruction entry by Disneyland Resort (2016)

CANSstruction entry by Disneyland Resort (2016)

It's Called "Together We CAN Turn Hunger Inside Out!" Clever, right? It's always interesting to see what materials are used to create the display. 

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Here are some other photos so you can get an idea of how they used the particular food items to create things like the memory orbs and the facial features. 

Face made with sardine cans and hair made from Licorice Ropes.

Face made with sardine cans and hair made from Licorice Ropes.

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Memory Orb made with Dole Fruit Bowls

Memory Orb made with Dole Fruit Bowls

Memory Orb made from Dole Pineapple Cups.

Memory Orb made from Dole Pineapple Cups.

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Here are some other CANstruction entries.  

Ewing Cole: Lose Hunger. Find Dory! (Dory Character) – 5,036 cans

Photo from CANStruction OC Facebook page

Photo from CANStruction OC Facebook page

Withee Malcolm Architects: Fighting Hunger Madders (Mad Hatter) –  6,000 cans

Photo from CANStruction OC Facebook page

Photo from CANStruction OC Facebook page

JRMA: BB-ATE (BB-8 from Star Wars) – 3,008 cans

Photo from CANStruction OC Facebook page

Photo from CANStruction OC Facebook page

BB-8 is actually on display at the ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Corridor). Voting ends September 22nd. You can go to to this LINK to view each entry and more info. This annual event benefits the Food Bank of Orange County. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Wednesday Words from Roald Dahl

Yesterday marked the 100th birthday of author Roald Dahl. My kids have loved reading his stories and they enjoyed seeing movie versions like Charlie the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. My youngest was cast in The Witches this past spring and that was as Roald Dahl story that was a little unfamiliar to me. 

I thought it would be fun to share this Roald Dahl quote:

Music Monday: I Won't Say I'm In Love (Hercules)

One of my favorite Disney movie soundtrack is Hercules (1997). The music was written by Alan Menken and David Zippel. I really like the variety of the music. Most of the characters has a song and it really highlights their personalities in both the song style and specific lyrics. One such song is "I Won't Say I'm In Love" which is sung by the character, Meg

The song is reminiscent of a girl group style like The Supremes. It has a doo-wop feel to tell the story of Meg's romantic woes. Susan Egan, who voiced Meg, has a great voice that perfectly matched this song style. The addition of the Muses as the back-up singers completes the song number. 

Go-Go's lead singer, Belinda Carlisle, recorded a pop version of this song but it was only released with the film soundtrack in France and Germany. The Cheetah Girls covered the song for DisneyMania 3 (2008).

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

My Disney Books: Lovely: Ladies of Animation

I am going to start a new series today. I have a built up a collection of Disney related books. I have them for a variety of reasons that include learning about Disneyland history, Disney art, and just having some beautiful Disney hard copy books. I am going to call this new series, "MY DISNEY BOOKS," so I can share from my personal book collection. 

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Back in December last year, I was able to get to a book signing at Disneyland. I had been eyeing this book, Lovely: Ladies of Animation, and to have all the contributors there to sign a book was worth my trip.

The book's history is kind of interesting. It actually started off as a Kickstarter campaign in October 2013 (it had some really great pledge gifts). The ladies in this book are all talented artists with different styles. They have all contributed to Disney animation in some way. The book has a chapter featuring for each artist. Each artist shares some of her work as it relates to a word that may have inspired a particular art piece or gives insight behind some of the art work, 

Page featuring Brittney Lee

Page featuring Brittney Lee

Page featuring Lorelay Bove

Page featuring Lorelay Bove

It's really a lovely book by some very lovely ladies of animation. You're probably seen some of their work in all kinds of Disney animation so now stop to appreciate the hands that created them. I like that the book gives a little insight into their personality through their art. It page-filled with beautiful drawings and paintings. 

It was fun to meet each of the artists and ask them a question or two. It's always interesting to hear what mediums they prefer to work with and how much they do with a computer vs. hand drawing. They were kind enough to personalize my copy. It's kinda of a fun page to turn to.

My personalized copy

My personalized copy

There is a Foreward by John Lasseter and Introduction by Glen Keane. In the back of the book, there is a short bio and contact info of each artist.

If you are looking for a book to add to your collection, a gift for a Disney fan, or to learn about some talented artists and view their work, pick up a copy of Lovely: Ladies of Animation by Design Studio Press

Happy reading!

-Daisy

Dear Disneyland, Thanks for a great party!

Disneyland 60th - The party's over....almost!

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The final days of the Disneyland Diamond Celebration are here. This is the last weekend to experience the decor, entertainment and special food offerings. The celebration started late May 2015 and Disneyland has been a great party host. Here are some of my favorite things during Disneyland's 60th birthday celebration.

1. Diamond Celebration Decor

Sleeping Beauty Castle got the royal treatment was all decked including some sparkly jewels and even was outfitted with a special 60th medallion. Main Street USA was dressed up with blue and white bunting. The stores and restaurants also received some special Diamond Celebration adornments. 

There was also Disneyland Diamond decor outside of Disneyland Park that included the ticket booths, the Disneyland Hotel and also inside Disney California Adventure.

2. Disneyland Characters in Diamond Celebration Couture

It's been fun to enter Disneyland and see Mickey and Friends in dressed in their party outfits. Of course my favorite is Daisy Duck. I think the Disneyland characters have enjoyed getting all dressed up and meeting their Guests. Don't ever be shy to interact with the characters. They love being complimented on their fun outfits, film roles, and personalities.  

3. Diamond Celebration Evening Entertainment

Disneyland really went all out for their Diamond Celebration night time offering.

DISNEYLAND FOREVER - Fireworks show

Disneyland Forever celebrates the story of Disneyland with projections of favorite Disney movies through song and fireworks. This show was able to view either on Main Street USA, in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle or in front of "it's a small world." The fun projections, especially on Main Street USA, really immersed you in the show. The new fireworks music choreographed to the fireworks is always Disney signature awesome! 

image from Disney Parks Blog

image from Disney Parks Blog

Check out this high quality video from Inside the Magic. You can get a good feel of what it is like to watch this particular fireworks show from Main Street USA and also get a glimpse of the castle view. 

PAINT THE NIGHT - Parade

I have to admit that Paint the Night is now my favorite Disneyland parade. The music is so fun, the performers are amazing, the floats are technologically cool, and there is parade segment for every kind of Disney fan. The Disneyland Entertainment team really outdid themselves with Paint the Night

Again, check out this video from Inside the Magic. It is 15 minutes of so much Disneyland night fun. My family and I have watched this parade many times and in different locations. It's always a good time. Interacting with the Paint the Night performers is probably one of the highlights for this parade. 

WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR - DCA

It was fun to see some Diamond Celebration offerings extended to Disney California Adventure. The official title of this night time show offering is "World of Color - Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney."  What I loved about this particular show is that it really tells the story of Walt Disney through the success of his movies, building Disneyland, and his legacy through the films of the Disney Company today. If you are a big Walt Disney fan or love vintage Disneyland, you would love this version of World of Color. Just like a film that has credits, you can hear a rendition of two songs, "Forever Young" and "Disneyland" that play to close the show. If you leave immediately after the show, you would miss these two additional songs.

4. Diamond Celebration Merchandise

Who doesn't love some exclusive and dated Disneyland stuff. The Disney Parks merchandise team really outdid themselves with such a vast offering. There was something for everyone with any kind of budget. My favorite was the 60th Mickey Mouse silver ears and a couple ornaments so I can remember the celebration. 

5. Disneyland's 60th Birthday Celebration - July 17, 2015

One of my favorite Diamond Celebration memories was visiting Disneyland on it's actual 60th birthday last year with my girlfriends. We got dressed up in our best 1955-ish outfits and spent the day at The Happiest Place on Earth. You can read about our special day and see photos in my previous post HERE

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So, the party is really coming to an end. A fun time was had by all and I've experienced many memorable Diamond Celebration with my family and friends. I am looking forward to new Disneyland adventures that are on the horizon. We always enjoy all the seasonal offerings like the new Halloween parade exclusive to Mickey's Halloween Party. It will be nice to see all the Disneyland Christmas decor and fireworks show back this year.  My family is very excited about the Star Wars themed land and Guardians of the Galaxy taking over Tower of Terror.

Like Walt said: "Disneyland will never be completed" and that is probably one of the things that makes visiting Disneyland a special adventure no matter how many times I have gone. I love Disneyland for the nostalgia and the familiarity but also for the constant changes in attractions and entertainment. 

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Disneyland, thanks for the grand party. I had a fabulous time! 

-Daisy

Music Monday: Two Worlds (Tarzan)

On of my daughter's favorite song from a Disney movie is from Tarzan (1999). TWO WORLDS was written by Phil Collins and serves as the opening scene for  the movie.  This particular song helps to tell the story of baby Tarzan and how he arrived at his jungle home. The melody, words, and Collin's vocals in TWO WORLDS help to capture adventure, sadness and even hope in the first several minutes of the movie. 

As a mother of two, this song always touches my heart. I have one kid that started high school and another beginning her 3rd year in college. This song reminds me that at some point, my kids won't always be with me and my kids won't always have me around. It's been exciting to see them coming into their own people and becoming part of other people's worlds. In the parenting season that I am in, I can see that the emotional tools that my husband and I have equipped them with are what gives them the confidence to make life choices. 

Somewhere something is calling for you
Two worlds, one family
Trust your heart
Let fate decide
To guide these lives we see

Happy Music Monday!

Daisy

Music Monday: Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)

In the 1994 Disney animated movie, The Lion King, the characters of Pumbaa and Timon, live by the phrase "HAKUNA MATATA." It actually is a Swahili phrase that roughly translates to mean "no worries." 

The song, "Hakuna Matata" became an instant hit. Written by Elton John (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), it went on to be nominated for Best Original Song for the 1995 Academy Awards. It is pretty catchy and just a really fun song. The song also serves as a clever transition from young Simba to adult Simba. 

As summer ends and a new school year begins, think HAKUNA MATATA and embrace this "problem free philosophy" to get you through the next several week.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

 

Friday Find: Disney/Mary Engelbreit TEA for THREE Lithograph

In 1998, artist Mary Engelbreit and the Walt Disney Company got together to create some very pretty offerings. The collaboration was to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of Mickey and Minnie.  It was fun to see Mickey and Minnie live within the Mary Engelbreit world.

I bought the following lithograph from the Disney Store Catalog (when they had one). I loved everything about this print. It is called "Tea for Three." It features one of Mary Englebreit's famous characters, Ann Estelle, enjoying a tea party with two of her friends. It just so sweet. I love the ear hat that Ann Estelle wears. I think that the Mickey and Minnie depicted as vintage plush is perfect for the occasion. The flower and cherry boarders are trademark Mary Englebreit. 

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The lithograph came already framed. It is a small edition and I have 233/500. It is a signed piece, too. 

Information on the back of frame.

Information on the back of frame.

I just thought it was the perfect collaboration of two brands that stand for fun and whimsy. I liked the square size, the bright colors against the white matte and black frame. It sits in my kitchen so it adds lots of cheerfulness to a place where I spend a lot of time. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Music Emporium

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My youngest got into vinyl records a couple years ago. She loves the "warm sound" that you only get from this medium. The other fun element of vinyl is the packaging, liner notes, and art that might be included in the purchase. It is a premium but it can be a fun adventure. 

If you are looking for Disney music in vinyl form or even just some Disney music collections, visit Disney Music Emporium. You can get a glance of all official Disney music that is available and what is coming out. (Note that Disney Parks music is not available on the site). You can purchase directly from the site or at least use it a resource. Collectible CDs, vinyl, Marvel and even Star Wars music is available for purchase. 

Bookmark the site. The holidays are coming soon and there are lots of fun gift ideas for your favorite Disney music fan. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy