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Friday Find: Indiana Jones Commemorative Passport (1995)

The Indiana Jones™ Adventure ride debuted at Disneyland on March 3, 1995. I was a Cast Member back then as a Main Street Merchandise Host. I remember those first couple weeks that as soon as the park opened, many made a beeline for the Indiana Jones ride. The lines would get to several hours long. That first week, the lines would be so long that it would spill out of the Indiana Jones queue, wind through Adventureland and sometimes go down Main Street. 

My husband, MacSparky, was an Indiana Jones fan from the very beginning of the movie series. I bought this Indiana Jones commemorative passport (ticket) for his birthday.  

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This item was a Cast Member exclusive that you could only purchase at Company D (the Cast Member store). I did purchase it unframed. I can't remember how much I paid for it but I know it initially cost me more to frame it than the actual ticket. In 1995, the price of Disneyland admission was $33.00. 

We have this fun piece of Disneyland and Indiana Jones history hanging in our hallway. It always brings back lots of memories of working at Disneyland and reflects my husband's love of the Indiana Jones franchise. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

PS: Check out THIS fun post to read about some fun facts about the Indiana Jones attraction.

Music Monday: How Far I'll Go (Moana)

Did you catch the wonderful performance of Lin-Manual Miranda and Auli'I Cravalho on the Oscar show last night? They sang "How Far I'll Go" from Moana, Disney's 56th animated movie. It was nominated for Best Original Song for the 89th Academy Awards. Miranda and Cravalho (who vis the voice of Moana) were invited to sing the song on the broadcast. Miranda composed and performed a rap to set the stage for the song and then Cravalho had a flawless live performance. 

It was Miranda's first Oscar nomination. I am sure there will be more in the future and he'll eventually get become an EGOT member. If you want to see some of Miranda's thought process to writing this particular song, check out this post from Oh My Disney and also this Genius entry.

The song is something that most of us can relate to. We know that the world is big out there and it would be fun to see what is out there...but how far do we push ourselves and our loved ones to allow us to seek that adventure? What do we risk by going or not going? 

"See the line where the sky meets the sea? It call me.

And no one know how far it goes. 

If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me,

One day I'll know

How far I'll go...."

Happy Music Monday,

Daisy

PS: The Moana DVD is being release March 7th. I am sure there are more fun behind the scenes and stories that will be included.

Friday Find: Mickey Mouse Paper Punch & Rubber Stamp = Fun Cards

I have a lot of paper crafting supplies so when I need something for a project, I eventually find other treasures. I found this Mickey Mouse head paper punch and decided to play with it and make some cards for my Disney loving friends. I think it was made by EK Success paper punch. I am going to have to make some kind of template with the negative punched image. I'll share that project another time.

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This was my starting point. I knew I wanted to use this iconic shape for my friend cards. I used to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so I have plenty of inks, stamps, cardstock and so much more. Here are a couple cards I made using some of my stamps from Stampin' Up! stash.

I wrote "Trust, and Pixie Dust" on the inside.

I wrote "Trust, and Pixie Dust" on the inside.

Yellow splatter stamped image from COLOR ME HAPPY stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

Yellow splatter stamped image from COLOR ME HAPPY stamp set by Reverse Confetti.

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Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Happy Everything

Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Happy Everything

I have boxes of plain patterned cards that I buy at TJ Maxx and they make for easy card making. I usually stamp my images on white cardstock and then adhere them on these blank cards. These next cards were made from a wooden rubber stamp that I found on eBay and a stamp set from Reverse Confetti called, Color Me Happy.

I used some markers to color in Mickey's pants and shoes.

I used some markers to color in Mickey's pants and shoes.

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Off to make more fun Disney-themed cards for my friends. If you want me to send you one, leave me a comment about why you like HAPPY MAIL and I will choose a couple recipients. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Disney Concept Art of Disney Couples

Happy LOVE Day! Hope you have some plans throughout the day to celebrate with those you love. Loving someone is a constant adventure, but the rewards are worth it...right?

Just wanted to share this post that OH MY DISNEY shared today. It features 25 pieces of concept art depicting Disney couples in various stages of love. I really enjoyed looking through them and seeing who drew them. Here's my favorite one. 

Concept art by Glen Keane

Concept art by Glen Keane

Here's hoping lots of love finds you all year long. 

-Daisy

Music Monday: True Love's Kiss (Enchanted)

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In 2007, Disney released Enchanted, which was a live-action animated musical fantasy romantic film. The movie was both a homage and self-parody to Disney animated classics. Alan Menken (composer) and Stephen Schwartz (lyrics) wrote the music for Enchanted. They had previously worked on Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

One of the most memorable songs from Enchanted is "True Love's Kiss". It's the first song you hear and captures that moment where we are introduced to a Disney princess, Giselle, who sings about her hopes and dreams. It's her "I want" song.

"I’ve been dreaming of a true love’s kiss
And a prince, I’m hoping, comes with this
That’s what brings ever-aftering so happy
That’s the reason we need lips so much
For lips are the only things that touch
So to spend a life of endless bliss
Just find who you love through true love’s kiss.”

There's a little hopeless romantic in all of us, right? 

Happy Music Monday,

Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Buttons (unofficial)

Disney buttons are simply fun. It's fun to wear one when you visit the Disney Parks; it's fun to wear a celebration button (birthday, graduation, 1st visit); it's fun to wear to express your Disney character. Although Disney Parks has a handful of buttons that they give to Guests, there really are no "official" buttons to buy. Some Disney fans have come to fill this hole and now there are many online vendors who create and sell some really great "Disney" buttons. You'd never know that they weren't "official" Disney merchandise. 

One Disney button vendor that I have discovered is PARKBOUND BUTTONS. I think that some of the phrases on the buttons are fun and clever to compliment the image.  I am obsessed with all thing Hamilton, An American Musical so when I saw this mashup, I had to have this set. 

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I went to a D23 Tangled Event last weekend so I it was fun to wear my Rapunzel/Hamilton mashup button. Gonna wear the Belle/Hamilton button when I go see Beauty and the Beast Live action. 

Here is the Christmas button set I bought from Parkbound. 

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The thing I love about small business owners is that they can personalize their packages and make it feel personal. 

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Disney buttons are great to put on your tote bags. They are fun to give as gifts, too. There are many Etsy vendors who sell Disney "unofficial" buttons so you can look at even more options. But I am one of those loyal buyers and I also know what it is like to also be a small business owner so I want to support this business. Check out Parkbound Buttons for some special Disney buttons.  

Happy Friday,

Daisy

Music Monday: I See The Light (Tangled)

Over the weekend, I went to a special Tangled screening event hosted by D23. More to come on that tomorrow. Tangled (2010) is Disney's 50th animated classic movie. One of the most memorable moments from this movie is the "lantern sequence" where Flynn rows Rapunzel out onto the water so she can get the best view of the floating lanterns that commemorate the birthday of the lost Princess of Corona. The song, "I See the Light" accompanies the visually stunning moment. 

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"I See the Light" was written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The song received both an Oscar and Golden Globe nod for original song in 2011. The original voice actors who portrayed Flynn (Zachary Levi) and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) were asked to perform the song at the 2011 Oscar Show. Alan Menken was also present for the performance and accompanied Levi and Moore on piano. You can see parts of this Oscar performance in the following video. 

"I See the Light" is a very pretty song to put on your Valentine's playlist. It's also a pretty popular karaoke choice, especially if you want to sing a duet. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disney Blank Greeting Cards (Disney Gallery)

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I love all kinds of stationary, especially cards. I am a little sad to see that cards aren't such a big deal anymore with the rise of email. I think kids don't even learn how to write letters or a little note anymore either. It's up to us to teach them and a good place to start is finding a great card to send a thank you note to someone. Gratitude is a good thing. 

Anyways, I digress. All this card writing made me think of this box of Disney cards that I have been hoarding. You have be Disney card worthy to get one of these from me. It's the perfect card to send to my Disney friends. 

Back in the 1990s, The Disney Store at the Main Place mall (Santa Ana) used to house a section in their store that was referred to as "The Disney Gallery," There were high-end, collectible, and "gallery-worthy Disney products available. One of the items they used to carry is an assortment of Disney themed blank cards. I would usually buy two boxes and load up when they went on sale. That is why I still have some. They were blank on the inside so they were the perfect card to write a note to one of my Cast Members or fellow Disney colleagues back when I was still working at Disneyland. 

I usually saved one of each card so I have a little album with all the different stationary cards that I bought during this time period. They are all great Disney art. 

Stationary/Card boxes 

Stationary/Card boxes 

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Here is a really classy yet simple card featuring Tinkerbell. I used to give this particular card to any of my Cast Members who received a Guest Compliment or some recognition of a milestone like years of service. 

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Probably one of my favorite cards is this set that features all the different Disney characters in a Broadway setting. Remember this is back in the early or mid-1990s. It's way before Disney began to make a big presence on the Great White Way. 

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This next one of my last cards with this particular design. So fun to see the Disney characters heading for their own vacation. I really need to frame this card and hang it next to a couple of my Hawaiian themed Disney prints. 

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Happy Friday! 

-Daisy

Music Monday: Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down

The past week has been a rainy one for Southern California. It always makes big news simply because it is not normal for us. Yesterday was especially wet with the constant rain throughout the day. Just to give you an idea of the severity of the Southern California storm, Disneyland ended up closing early yesterday. The weekends usually mean a midnight closing time but due to the heavy rain and some flooding in certain areas, Disneyland closed at 8pm. 

The song, "Rain, Rain, Rain Came Down, Down, Down" is a segment from the short, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968). The song was written by Richard and Robert Sherman. I thought the song was perfect to describe the past week of Southern California weather. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Why Should I Worry (Oliver & Company)

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Sorry I was away last week. My daughter and I took a trip back east and had a fun adventure in New York City. My trip made me think of the 27th Disney animated movie , Oliver and Company, (1988) which is set in New York. It was inspired by the Charles Dickens story, Oliver Twist

The most famous song in the movie is "Why Should I Worry?" It was written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight. The song received a Golden Globe Nomination. It is sung by Billy Joel, who provides the voice to the character of "Dodger" who is a Jack Russell Terrier that befriends the title character, Oliver. Dodger considers himself to have "street-savior-faire" to get around and survive in the streets of New York City.  "Why Should I Worry" is Dodger's mantra that he shares with young Oliver. 

It's a fun upbeat song. It wouldn't be a bad idea to channel some of Dodger's attitude to get through some tough days. Don't sweat the small stuff, right? 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney Music Emporium

The beginning of the year is a great way take inventory of your Disney Music library. One place to peruse if the Disney Music Emporium (DME). According to its website, "Disney Music Emporium is THE online destination for all things collectible and limited edition from the legendary Disney Music catalog."

They have some great collectibles and collections. You can also get Disney vinyl here. They have some special offers with particular CDs. Disney, Marvel and Star Wars music is available at the DME. One of my favorite things about the site is that you can view and purchase from the Legacy Collection. The artwork (by Disney artist Lorelay Bove) for the various titles within the Legacy Collection can also be purchased separately. 

Additional CD art by Lorelay Bove

Additional CD art by Lorelay Bove

Add some new and classic Disney music to your catalog. Check out the Disney Music Emporium.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy