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Music Monday: March Madness with Disney Songs

It's not too late to check out this fun Disney style March Madness bracket over on the D23 website.  It's called March Hare Mania. 


They also have a March Hare Spotify list that you can peruse, listen or download. Than visit the D23 website each week to vote and play along. Download and print out the bracket so you can keep track of your Disney song choices. 


Happy Music Monday!


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! 


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.

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.

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.

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!


Music Monday: Wind in My Hair (Tangled: The Series)

The Disney Channel premiered a new series last Friday, Tangled: The Series. According to this recent D23 post, "Rapunzel’s story picks up “between the kisses” that come at the end of Tangled and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After, which saw the happy couple say their “I do’s,” and follows the princess as she reacquaints herself with her parents and the kingdom of Corona." 

There is a new song in the Tangled: The Series called, "Wind in My Hair." Disney tapped original Tangled composer, Alan Menken, to write this music for this new Tangled production. Glenn Slater also returned to provide the lyrics. It's fun to hear Mandy Moore voice the character of Rapunzel. 

Before Tangled: The Series, there was actually a made for TV movie, Tangled: Before Ever After. It helped to set up the story in preparation for the TV series. Here's a short clip. 

At the end of the movie, Tangled, we see Rapunzel with short brown hair. In the new series, she has her golden locks again. You'll have to watch the new tv series to find out how this happens.

Happy Music Monday!


My Tour of Walt Disney's Office Suite Part 2 (Working Office)


Welcome to Part 2 of My Tour of Walt Disney's Office Suite.

This post highlights what I was able to see in Walt's Informal Office. This space is considered more of Walt's working office where he would meet with his Imagineers to discuss things in production. The furniture including the drapes are all original.

In the photo above you can see Walt's Irving G. Thalberg Award that he received in 1941. Next to the award is a tiny deer that you might mistake as Bambi. The Disney Archivist giving our tour mentioned that the deer was carved by Walt Disney himself.

You can see this space was more informal with the work table to hold several people. It was designed this height so that plans could be rolled out on top of the table and people could easily carry on a discussion.

All the furniture, papers, and knick knacks are original items. 

One of the most interesting things is the hidden kitchenette that was part of the informal office. The wood panel would slide open to reveal a very modern kitchen of that time period. It was usually stocked with favorite items like Walt's favorite cans of chili.

I did ask about the cans that were in the cupboards as shown in the photo. They are not the original. The Disney Archives went through the effort of the reproduce items that would have been on the shelf during Walt's time. The labels were are also reproduced to be accurate for the time period.

One of the interesting items in this informal office is this map of Disneyland. The small red plaques meant projects that were completed and the yellow ones highlighted of things to come to Disneyland.

This yellow note was interesting as it pointed to 1001 Future Ghosts of the Haunted Mansion. When the Haunted Mansion opened in 1969, all Disneyland press materials spoke of 999 Happy Haunts that resided in the mansion.

One last interesting item in Walt's informal office was this photo of actor Ed Wynn. According to the placard by the photo, not only was he a good friend but sort of a good luck charm for Walt.

We spent maybe a 30 minutes touring the suite. It was really exciting to be in the actual place where Walt Disney worked and created Disney magic. I wanted to try to take everything  in but I was also feeling a little overwhelmed at the history and significance of Walt's office suite. As we left through this hallway, I was trying to look at all the different photos of Walt. We were a little rushed at this point so I didn't have time to look at each framed photo but I could tell that they were various photos of Walt in a working environment.

D23 did a great job to resorting Walt Disney's Office Suite known as "3H". They do hope to offer more tours but it is a premium opportunity. Even just to walk onto the Walt Disney Studio lot was great.

If you missed Part 1  of My Tour of Walt Disney's Office Suite (Formal Office), you can go back HERE to catch up. There is one more post for this series that I am working on. There was one more area located in the location that was part of the suite. I've also have some closing notes about my tour.

Stay Tuned,