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Friday Find: Disney Magic Holidays at Lowe's - 2017

There is less than 80 days until Christmas. The Halloween season means that you also start seeing Christmas stuff popping up in many stores. I love Christmas so I get excited to see all the new merry offerings. 

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I went to Lowe's the other day to pick something up and saw that they had all their Christmas lights and decorations out. Last year, there were a lot of fun Disney themed lights. This year, there are even more. (You can click each image for a larger view)

I went ahead and bought the Mickey Mouse LE Lighted Wreath. It came well packaged as it is fairly large. I'll let you know how it looks outside when the time comes to decorate outdoors. 

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Happy Holidays!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disney EPCOT Soundtrack - Tapestry of Dreams

Yesterday, EPCOT celebrated it's 35th birthday. I remember when this CD made its debut and immediately became a fan favorite. 

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This CD, EPCOT, Tapestry of Dreams was released around 1999. Just in time to celebrate the Millennium Celebration that took place at EPCOT. It contains the music from the Tapestry of Dreams parade that occurred at World Showcase. The most famous tune would be"Reflections of Earth" which you would hear at the IllumiNations night time show in the World Showcase area. Also included was "Promise" which is the song that played when you exited Epcot. 

The soundtrack is no longer available at the Parks but you can find copies on the secondary markets. 

Happy 35th, EPCOT!

-Daisy

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

Music Monday: If I Never Knew You (Pocohantas)

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In 1995, Disney released its 33rd animated classic, Pocohantas. I remember that there was a huge movie premiere at New York's Central Park. It had to follow already Disney hits such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. At this point, songs were big part of Disney animated movies and the Pocohantas music was once again written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

There was one song that Menken and Schwartz had written that did not make it into the theatrical release and it is called "If I Never Knew You". It is a duet sung by John Smith (Mel Gibson) and Pocohantas (singing voice, Judy Khun). You actually hear a pop version of this song as during the credits. The pop version was sung by Jon Secada and Shanice. Both versions are available on most music streaming services. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set

I found this Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set in one of my boxes that I was cleaning out. It was a Cast Member exclusive. I love that it celebrates the lands of Disneyland. The designs show off a recognizable image or icon as it relates to the themed land. The pins are very flat on the front surface. Remember, this is 1990 and it's just before Disney figured out their "pin" brand.

 Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set - Cast Member Exclusive

Disneyland 35th Anniversary Pin Set - Cast Member Exclusive

Here is an image of the back of one of the pins. It reads "Company D at Disneyland" which the name of the Cast Member store. 

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Disneyland's 35th anniversary was my first big celebration and event that I was able to experience as a Cast Member. I have a lot of great Disneyland memories associated with 1990. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Disney Themed CANstruction Displays 2017

Every September, the CANstruction event happens at South Coast Plaza. This year marks the 10th Annual Design-Build Competition that benefits the Orange County Food Bank. This year, the number of displays/participants were smaller at the 3 designated locations that houses these creative structures. 

I was only able to visit Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza and saw these Disney themed displays. Remember that these are all mainly constructed by cans of food and other food packages. 

The following is called "CANtasmic! Don't Let Hunger Drag On!" and it was created by the Disneyland Resort (Design & Engineering). My favorite thing about this display is how they used the Fire Cheetos to create the dragon's fire breath. 

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The next one I discovered is called "Stack Up on Tsum-Thing to Fight Hunger" by WATG & Oltmans. 

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This last one that I came upon is called "May the Fork Be With You" by AECOM Orange. It was too hard to capture on a photo but they had lights set up this display to mimic the tie fighter shooting at the wall. There are designs on the back of the main wall. 

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The participating teams are so creative. Specific cans, food packages, and placement of the canned goods all help to create a design. When you stand far away, you can see the image that they are trying to convey. When you get close to the sculptures, you really see how clever they were with their use of canned goods and the intentional placement of items. 

There are a total of 13 CANstruction displays this year that can be seen in 3 different Orange County locations. The bulk of them are at South Coast Plaza while several are actually at the John Wayne Airport. There is one structure at the ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermediate Corridor). You can vote for your favorite sculpture and donate to the OC Food Bank HERE. The event ends September 24, 2017.

Cheers!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disco Mickey Mouse

Last week a friend of mine shared that she found this album at her local thrift store.

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I as a child that grew up in the late 1970's. I remember having this album, Mickey Mouse Disco and playing it on my record player. There were some songs that were a Disney version of popular disco tunes like "Macho Duck" inspired by "Macho Man".  I love that there were also disco version of classic Disney tunes like "it's a small world" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee." 

 Album cover

Album cover

There are lots of videos and remixes on YouTube. While the album is no longer in print, I was happy to find out that the album was available to download on Apple Music. Off to listen to some interesting Disney tunes while i get ready to sit in SoCal traffic. It will remind me of some fun childhood memories, too. 

Happy Music Monday!

-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 ?

 Disney Villains

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

Music Monday: Best of Friends (Fox and the Hound)

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My younger brother and sister grew up with Fox and the Hound as their childhood Disney movie. One of them had the Fox (Tod) and the other had the Hound (Cooper) plush. I just remember Fox and the Hound being the Disney movie that was a big part of their childhood. 

One of the songs from this Disney classic is "Best of Friends". Written by Stan Fidel  (lyrics) and Richard Johnston (music), the song celebrates the sweet friendship between two young canines, a fox and hound. The characters just see themselves as two young pups who want to have fun exploring the woods together. They are unaware that they should be enemies. The song is sung by Big Mama (owl) who is voiced by Pearl Bailey

 

Fox and the Hound was Disney's 24th animated classic that was released in 1981. It's one of those Disney movies that fly under the radar. Put it on your watch list. It's a touching movie about friendship between as told by Disney artists. It would be the last film that some of the Nine Old Men would be involved (Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas). To complete this movie, Disney would rely on a new and young group of animators that included John Lasseter, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Tim Burton, Brad Bird

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disneyland Music Website

 image from DisneyChris.com

image from DisneyChris.com

I discovered a fun website that is a great source for many Disneyland songs and tracks that are featured in past and present attractions, parades, and much more. If you ever wanted to know all the different parade music over the decades, you can find it on this website. I also found that there is a lot of additional information about each track that is a great read. You can discover a lot of Disneyland's history through the range of songs that you can listen to on this website. It is like an audio tour of Disneyland through the years. Go check out DisneyChris.com.

Happy Music Monday!

-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

Music Monday: DuckTales

WOO-HOO!

Over the weekend, Disney XD premiered a reboot of the fan favorite animated series, DuckTales

One of the most iconic things about this show was the original theme song. It is a classic, very 80s tune. There was a great article in Vanity Fair, "The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History's Catchiest Single Minute of Music." The author has a great history and run-down of how this song came to be and be part of pop culture. 

Happy Music Monday!

-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 Lladró 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