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Friday Find: Mickey Mouse Pins c. 2000

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

back of pin

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.

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!


Friday Find: Disneyland Souvenir Book written by Marty Sklar

I was saddened to hear the passing of Disney Legend, Marty Sklar. He was fresh out of college when he started his career at Disneyland about one month before it opened. He retired after 53 years but he was an active "Disney Ambassador" and fan favorite. He is one of the few who had been present at every Disney Park opening (Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai). I always tried to attend any local event that he spoke at because there is just something about hearing from a person who was an actual witness and participant to Disney history. Marty had a lot of stories to tell and he was always willing to share them. 

Digging through my Disney library, I remembered that I had gotten this old Disneyland book. With a publication year of 1969.

The book is loaded with great vintage photos and stories. According to the inside cover, this Disneyland souvenir book was written by Marty Sklar.

I love that he has his formal name on the book. It makes sense that Marty would have been the one to write such book. Before Marty was hired at Disneyland, he was the student editor for the UCLA Bruins. Then he was the one to create The Disneyland News which was a Main Street tabloid style newspaper. Marty was pretty much Disneyland's first Marketing and Publicity employee. Digital cameras and computers were not a thing yet. There are a lot of words in this book so it has been a really great read. The book is loaded with information about each land with accompanying photos. There is history about how Disneyland came to be and all that it was up against. It tells Disneyland's story in those first 15 years. 

Here is one of my favorite pages from this souvenir book. It is an introduction by Walt Disney.

According the introduction page, the first DIsneyland souvenir book was published in 1964. Walt died in 1966. I have to believe that this particular souvenir book, was not only written by Marty, but also had Walt's input and approval during its creation. 

Luckily, with the technology there are lots of video clips and interviews that you can find on the internet so you can hear Marty's stories and passion for all things Disney. Just as good, grab one of his books, One Little Spark: Mickey's The Commandments and the Road to Imagineering and Dream It! Do It!: My Half Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms. You'll get to read about Marty's personal stories, learn about Disney history and enjoy lots of anecdotes. 

Thanks for the magic, Marty! 


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).

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


Friday Find: The Walt Disney Story VHS Video

I found the following video in one of my boxes: The Walt Disney Story presented by Walt Disney Attractions. 

 Front Cover

Front Cover

 VHS -  The Walt Disney Story

VHS - The Walt Disney Story

 Back of video box

Back of video box

After watching the video (yes, I still have a television with a VHS player), I think pieces of this video were seen in the former One Man's Dream attraction at Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World). Mickey Mouse is scene in the opening of this video and he introduces Walt Disney and his story. You hear Walt Disney's voice as he shares his story through pictures and old film footage. 

My other find in the box was an old paperback copy of Walt Disney, An American Original by Bob Thomas. My copy is pretty old but this is the ultimate biography of Walt Disney. There is currently an updated version of the book

 1976 version -  Walt Disney, An American Original

1976 version - Walt Disney, An American Original

Happy Friday!

- Daisy

Music Monday: "Steamboat Bill" from Steamboat Willie

Today marks Walt Disney's birth date (Dec 5, 1901). I thought it would be fun to look at the music from Steamboat Willie (1928), which introduces the world to Mickey Mouse and was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound. In the cartoon, we hear Mickey Mouse whistling a tune and it is called "Steamboat Bill." Written by Ben Shields (lyrics) and the Leighton Bros (music), it was a song popularized before the Steamboat Willie cartoon came out. There are words to the song and it was made popular by singer, Arthur Collins

I think most of us are familiar with the iconic scene where "Steamboat Mickey" is at the helm of his steamship whistling this tune. I think one of the most underrated attractions at Disneyland is the Main Street Cinema on Main Street USA. You can go inside and watch Steamboat Willie and other cartoons that launched Mickey's career and the Walt Disney Studios.

It is fun to think of how these early Disney cartoons were considered a "game changer" in the late 1920s. Thank goodness for MIckey Mouse's success. Did you know that Walt Disney was the Mickey Mouse until 1947? 

Happy Music Monday!

Happy Birthday, Walt!