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Friday Find: Unique Personalized Disney & Star Wars Totes

My husband, MacSparky, received this really cool tote as a Christmas gift. He uses it to put his water bottle and other items that he wants to carry downstairs and back up. It is a nice little size to also throw things in when you have to bring a handful of essentials to the car. 

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It comes from an online company, APOLIS. They offer a variety of sizes and design options. They make other products like apparel. I think these bags (lunch size) make perfect gifts for any occasion. The photo below if the view from the other side of the canvas bag. 

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It is very well made and I like the look of it. The leather handles add an extra nice touch. I had to have one, too, and it was fun trying to think what I wanted on mine. You could have up to three personalized lines. I liked the way MacSparky's looked so that was my starting point. The rest was easy. 

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I really love the way mine came out. Ordering was super easy and it shipped within the time period I was given. It actually came within a week. I do use it to carry my lunch, iPad and some other things back and forth to work. That's my S'well bottle that is peaking in the photo. This smaller size is not too big or too small so that it is easy to carry around. It is pretty sturdy. Visit APOLIS to get one for yourself. 

Happy Friday Find!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Commemorative Toontown Ticket - 1996

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland. I found this special ticket that was made available to Cast Members as a special purchase. It came in a special enevelope. 

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It is a very long ticket and measures 13.5 inches in length. The artwork is very fun and colorful. It features Toontown's most famous resident, Roger Rabbit 

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Here is back of the ticket. Yes, in January of 1996, a one day ticket was $30.00. My ticket is still good and would be honored today for general admission for Disneyland but I think I will just keep it as is and say "Happy 25th, Toontown!."

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: DIsneyland Castle Night Light

One of my favorite Christmas gifts that I received was this beautiful nightlight. My family knows me so well. I have to ask my sister-in-law where she got it and get more info.  

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I love that it is the Disneyland castle. The fireworks make it even more magical. Gotta love the added detail of the Mickey head firework.

It kind of looks like ceramic but feels like some kind of sturdy paper mache. It is very lightweight. Here is a front and back view. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Santa with Disney Babies Musical Figurine

Every year when I put out my Christmas decorations, there are of course some very special pieces that brings reminds me of cherished memories. That is part of the point of Christmas decorating, right? Here is a special musical figurine that I bought when for my daughter's first Christmas (1996). 

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It is a very traditional musical figurine with a wind-up mechanism that plays a music box. Baby Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse go up and down on their teeter-totter while Santa looks on. The music box tune is "Here Comes Santa Claus." 

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I remember purchasing this at Disneyland. It is not a fancy musical figurine but there are a lot of years of special memories attached to it. Both my kids loved to just wind it up, listen to "Here Comes Santa Claus" and watch Baby Mickey and Minnie go up and down. Do you have any special Christmas decorations that reminds you of special memories?

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

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

Friday Find: Mickey Mouse Pins c. 2000

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

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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 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

Friday Find: Large Disneyland Postcards from the 1990s

With the rise of technology, specifically social media and email, sending vacation postcards to friends and family has slowly become a thing of the past. It's pretty rare to receive fun snail mail in the form of a personal letter or postcard these days. Most people will just post their vacation in real time on their social media accounts. So, finding postcards at the Disney Parks has become increasingly difficult due to the lack of demand of people wanting them. 

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I dug through a box I had and found some postcards that I purchased at Disneyland. Most of these measure 5 by 6.75 inches. I remember selling these in the early 1990s. I always had to tell Guests that these bigger postcards required regular postage vs. postcard postage. 

I bought this postcard to remember my first Christmas working at Disneyland. The back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting from 1939."

 he back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting fro 1939."

he back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting fro 1939."

The back of the following postcards reads: "Jimney Cricket Finds that even the littlest guy can have a giant appetite for the taste sweets offered in the candy shop at Main street, U.S.A.

 Extraordinary Confectionary

Extraordinary Confectionary

This next postcard featuring Disney villains. Remember these postcards are from the early 1990s so that is before movies like The Little Mermaid, Lion King or any of the Pixar movies came out. These are Disney villains from the 1930's-1980s. Can you name them and what movies they are from ?

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Disney Villains

 Postcard from Walt Disney World, 1999.

Postcard from Walt Disney World, 1999.

The following postcards are probably several of my favorites. They used to to offer a special cancellation stamp on Disneyland's actual birthday, July 17th. The US Post Office would actually be available and offer commemorative postmarks. There would be postcards to purchase and then the US Post Office would be there so you could purchase stamps and get these special postal marks. You could mail these to special Disney friends. 

 Disneyland postcard for Disneyland's 35th annivsersary. 

Disneyland postcard for Disneyland's 35th annivsersary. 

 Back image of 35th anniversary postcard, 1990.

Back image of 35th anniversary postcard, 1990.

This postcard of Walt Disney is really interesting. The Disney characters on this postcard would have been the ones that existed during Walt's lifetime. Mickey Mouse is the sweetest cuddling up to the image of Walt. 

 The back reads: "I only hope that we never lost sight of one things - that it was all started by the mouse."

The back reads: "I only hope that we never lost sight of one things - that it was all started by the mouse."

 Special cancellation for Disneyland's 40th birthday, June 17, 1995. 

Special cancellation for Disneyland's 40th birthday, June 17, 1995. 

Finally, this last postcard is traditional postcard size. There used to be a college football series called Pigskin Classic that took place in Anaheim from 1990 - 1994. There was a cancellation stamp available for this event.  I thought this simple postcard of Mickey Mouse in front of the castle was appropriate for this postage mark. 

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I think it is intersting how the orientation of the back of this particular postcard is different from the image that is on the front. 

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When I travel with my family for vacation, I usually try to find a postcard and send it from that location to our home. It's kind of fun to receive fun snail mail and it reminds us of our fun trip and memories. It's also great to get a postmark from somewhere far. 

If you are at one of the Disney Parks and find a postcard, get one and send it to yourself, your kids or other Disney friends. Bring your own postage and find a mailbox located in the Parks. The Parks do not have their own location specific cancellation stamp. For example, when you from Disneyland Park, it will just be postmarked "ANAHEIM". If you want to have extra fun, get a character to sign your postcard and then put it in the mail.

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: 40th Anniversary Cast Member Letter & Trading Card

I was going through some of my files and came upon this fun letter that was sent to all Disneyland Cast Members in the summer during Disneyland's 40th Anniversary (1995). I love looking at official Disneyland stationary and letterhead. It's also fun to see who was in charge of Disneyland in certain years. 

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The Indiana Jones Adventure attraction debuted in 1995 so Disneyland embraced the theme and incorporated its style into the 40th Anniversary theme. Trading cards used be a big deal and the fact that these cards were made by a famous trading card company, Skybox, was a big deal. This card was also special because it was the "41st" in the series. They would give out trading cards at the turnstile so you could collect them. So there were a total of 40 trading cards for the 30th anniversary with this Cast Member exclusive card as the extra special card. 

 Back of trading card. 

Back of trading card. 

There was also this fun decoder card that I found in my file that relates to the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. They used to distribute these decoder cards at the ride. You can still see words and phrases around the Indiana Jones attraction/queue area today. 

 Front of decoder card. 

Front of decoder card. 

 Note that AT&T was the official sponsor of the attraction when it opened and remained as a sponsor until 2002. 

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Hope you find some kind of adventure this weekend! 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Minnie Mouse Ear Headband Holder

There are so many different styles of Minnie Mouse ear headbands. There are sparkly headbands, themed headbands, and location or event specific headbands, too. One must have options, right?

 Minnie Mouse headbands from various Disney Parks.

Minnie Mouse headbands from various Disney Parks.

The Disney Parks sell a variety of styles. There are even more headbands available on Etsy through many individual Etsy stores/sellers. That just means that now I have a lot of Minnie Mouse ear headbands. These are some of my favorites. I also have two kids so we usually share and enjoy these together. 

 Minnie Mouse ear headbands from various Etsy sellers. 

Minnie Mouse ear headbands from various Etsy sellers. 

I found this perfect fixture from an Etsy store (DisplayYourMouseEars)  to hold and display some of my Minnie Mouse ear headbands.

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I like the design and look of this specific display that serves a purpose. I had enough to fill it up very quickly. I probably should have bought another but I figured I would just rotate what I put on here according to the seasons. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Store Business Cards

When I worked (Main Street Merch) at Disneyland back in the early 1990's, all the stores had business cards available to give to Guests. I remember giving them out when someone was interested in a particular size, style or merchandise item. 

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Remember, this was before the internet was a thing. Many of the stores at Disneyland had some very specific items and very different merchandise than today. For example, the China Closet sold LladrĂ³ and Snowbabies collectibles. 

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This last business card is really fun. By the time Marian was my supervisor, she had been there awhile. I think she had started in the early 1970s and worked her way up. I think this particular business card was one of her older cards as proof of the colors and castle design. The blue and gold remind of "it's a small world."

It's always fun to look through Disneyland business ephemera. I love looking through the design and logo changes. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

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

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

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

Friday Find: Disneyland New-Hire Cast Member Handbook c.1990s

I was cleaning out a drawer and found these two books. They are Disneyland new-hire Cast Member handbooks. 

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The top one (white cover) of the photo is probably mid-1990s while the other one (grey cover) is early 1990s. The one that has the name tag, DAVID, actually belongs to my husband. He began working at Disneyland sometime in 1990. My brother worked at Disneyland very briefly so I am guessing that the white cover handbook belonged to him,

It was fun looking through these two books to see differences and similarities, especially in terms of content and photos/graphics. Viewing them side by side made for an interesting read. 

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The older handbook (grey cover, 'Disneyland & David') is dated 1990. That was the 35th anniversary year of Disneyland. When you opened the flap to this particular handbook, it explains that this version has "reprinted guidlines from the original 1955 Orientation handbook."

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Instead of photos, there is more artwork to give the book the flavor of 1955. 

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In 1955, the training manual stated that the "Four Keys to Guest Happiness" was "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Capacity". The Four Keys eventually evolved to "Safety, Show, Courtesy and Efficifency."

 Top book is 1990 handbook; bottom book is c. early 1990s

Top book is 1990 handbook; bottom book is c. early 1990s

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These are my two favorite pages from the 1990 handbook.

 This is a replica page that was included in the 1955 Orientation handbook. 

This is a replica page that was included in the 1955 Orientation handbook. 

 This is the last page of the 1990 handbook. 

This is the last page of the 1990 handbook. 

Here are two interesting pages from the other handbook. 

 Interesting photo of salon dancer from Golden Horseshoe show.

Interesting photo of salon dancer from Golden Horseshoe show.

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Comparing these two welcome pages was fun. It is notable that it comes from Dick Nunis who was President of Walt Disney Attractions at this point. Nunis actually worked with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating the Disneyland Orientation and Training program. Nunis would go on to have a 44 year career with the Walt Disney Company and retired in 1999. 

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Being a Disneyland Cast Member back in the 1990s was magical. It was a different time and era. There were lots of Cast Members, both salaried and hourly, who were there when Walt Disney was around and could tell you lots of fun stories. You got a lot of training and direction that were directly influenced from people who were there on Opening Day. Don't forget that there was only one Disneyland Park since Disney California Adventure did not open until 2001. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Cookbooks (c. 1990 & 2004)

I was looking for a particular recipe for a weekend dish and came upon these two Disney cookbooks. 

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Both cookbooks feature signature and most asked for recipes from Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The red spiral book titled "Cooking with Mickey Around Our World" is a book that was available at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the 1990s. The way that it is organized reminds of those old school cookbooks that you would buy at church fundraisers or find in you mom or grandmother's cookbook collections. There are no photos of the dishes. 

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The artwork under each tab is so fun. Very 1980s early 1990s Mickey Mouse look. Here are several examples. 

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My favorite things about this book is seeing restaurants that are no longer around due to all the changes and growth in the Disney Parks. It's equally fun to see how long some resturant favorites have been around. 

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The more recent of my Disney cookbook has a 2004 publish date on it. This one is titled "Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs". It includes recipes from the DIsney California Adventure, DIsney Animal Kingdom and Disney Cruise Line. However, there are also no photos of the dishes in this book. 

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There have been several more current editions since 2004. You can find find them at the Disney Parks, Amazon or other book sellers. With the popularity of cooking, rise of celebrity chefs, and food blogs, there are now a lot of Disney official and unofficial cookbooks out there. There are specific ones, too, that focus on Disney desserts, Disney copycat recipes and more. 

 Page from "Cooking with Mickey Around the World" book (red spiral).

Page from "Cooking with Mickey Around the World" book (red spiral).

Happy Eats!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Trivia Books

I was re-organizing my bookshelf and came upon this set of Disney books. These are all paperback books. 

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I do remember getting the first book (the blue on on the top left) at a book signing at Disneyland. Both Kevin Neary and Dave Smith were present and signed my copy with the following inscription. 

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Perusing through my books, I noticed the changes in the way Mickey Mouse was drawn in books 1 and 2; and then Mickey was no more in books 3 and 4. 

 Inside cover of Book 1. 

Inside cover of Book 1. 

 Inside cover of Book 2.

Inside cover of Book 2.

One interesting image I found was the following Mickey Mouse. I went searching the internet to figure out what the greek letters were to figure out that it stood for the Phi Beta Kappa Society. I went through the internet rabbit hole and found this post to confirm the image.  

 MIckey Mouse with Phi Beta Kappa society symbol

MIckey Mouse with Phi Beta Kappa society symbol

Dave Smith has come out with a fabulous new book called, "Disney A to Z, The Official Encyclopedia." It is a really nice hardcover book that includes the new worlds of Marvel and Star Wars that have joined the Disney family. 

So much Disney, so little time, but so much fun!

Happy Friday!

-Daisy