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!
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.
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.
One of the fun things about shopping on Amazon is that it will make other suggestions for you that are related to your purchases. One fun item came up that made me smile as I remember this particular CD when it came out in the early 90's.
All the artists on this compilation CD is pretty interesting. I love the variety of the artists and the songs that they sing. Each artist also did a music video which was released in the video version of Simply Mad About The Mouse.
Happy Music Monday!
One of the best things that happen when Disney Parks opens something new is all the other stuff that surrounds a new attraction/area. Last weekend, Disneyland shed some construction walls and re-opened some classic attractions like the Disneyland Railroad, the Mark Twain and Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes. I had a chance to walk around some of the new trails that will eventually lead to the new area, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Walt Disney Imagineers ("WDI") are known for their attention to detail. I was excited to see that WDI put many fun elements in these new walkways.
One of the new walkways that can be found is the area where Big Thunder Ranch BBQ used to occupy. There is this wagon that looks like it got stuck there. If you look closely at the wagon and it's content, there is a clue as to where it may have been going and who the contents belong to. There is a trunk on top and it has a tag that reads "Jason Chandler."
Whenever you read names on at Disney Parks, there is usually something to it. WDI would not just put a generic or made up name on small details like this tag. Sometimes names are of the people who may have been involved in the attraction (eg. license plates on all Autopia cars). In this case, it just take the internet to discover that "Jason Chandler" is a fictional character that goes way back to when WDI drew up plans for an area that is known as Discovery Bay. Big Thunder Mountain was the main attraction of the never built Discovery Bay. There was a back story created by WDI Legend Tony Baxter that introduced the character of Jason Chandler as the founder of Discovery Bay. Chandler was to have found gold deep within Big Thunder Mountain.
For some reason, the Wilderness Expeditions and Delivery Service was never able to deliver the trunk to Jason Chandler. It might have contained much need supplies, important tools or clothes that Chandler might have ordered or someone was sending to him.
It is so fun to learn about some Disney Park history and stories. I love that WDI always includes things like this red wagon to pay tribute to things that might have happened in a Disney Park or retired attractions. Next time you walk through these new walk areas in the Frontierland area, pay attention all all the props that are scattered throughout the landscape. Everything is intentional. The super-hyper attention to detail is what makes DIsney, Disney.
NOTE: The character of Jason Chandler lives on in a series of books called Disney Kingdoms.
With the passing of Disney Legend, Mary Sklar, I am reminded about his love for this phrase, the song and what it stand for..."One Little Spark." Sklar talked about it in his many appearances. His final book was even titled One Little Spark: Mickey's Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering.
The song, "One Little Spark," was written by Disney Legends, Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman. It was Sklar who contacted the Sherman Brothers to begin collaborating with Disney Imagineers on a project for Epcot. "One Little Spark" not only became the song for the attraction Journey Into Imagination, but has become kind of a theme song of Disney Imagineers.
Here's a fun 'behind the story' about this song (video from DAPsMagic)
Sklar was a big advocate of creating original songs. He has spoken of how one song can play a key role for a Disney ride, a Disney movie, a Disney parade and Disney theatrical show. to prove his point, he brings up "it's a small world" as an example and all the various songs that one relates with a particular movie. A song like "Under the Sea" or "I Wanna Be Like You" are immediately associated with their perceptive movie.
For many, not just Disney Imagineers, it can take just "One Little Spark" to build on anything that you can imagine.
Happy Music Monday!
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!
I am one of those that love all things Christmas. I enjoy just about everything about the Christmas season. I even got married exactly one week before Christmas; even Santa dropped by our reception.
Anyways, one of my favorite things about getting ready for Christmas is collecting ornaments throughout the year. As I attend events or make trips throughout the year, I usually try to find a Christmas ornament as my souvenir to commemorate my excursion. While there are usually many choices, I try to find one that 1) I can pack easily so as not to break and not too bulky; 2) one that will fit on my tree; and 3) one that has a good design that really exemplifies the trip/event. If there is one that I really "need to have" and is very fragile, I have been known to use their mail service...and it has arrived in great condition.
I was able to visit Walt Disney World over Spring Break and got to experience the Flower & Garden Festival. It has the colors and designs that were on some of the banners during the event. Here are a couple photos that show the front and back or this ceramic ornament.
This year, I was able to be at Disneyland on May 4th and there was some special merchandise to celebrate the un-official but fan favorite Star Wars Day. I was excited to see this glass ornament.
We just came back from a summer vacation at the Aulani and found this ceramic ornament. I actually have several Aulani ornaments from our past visits but I like this one because it was a DVC Member exclusive and it has the current logo that the Aulani is using for some of their merchandise. Here is the front and back of this ornament.
My daughter and I spent my birthday back in January in NYC and we took in a show and enjoyed the Guggenheim so I found these fun ornaments.
Buying a souvenir to remember your park visit doesn't have to break the bank nor does it have to take up space. Looking for a special holiday ornament to remember your trip is one of the best Disney souvenirs you can buy. It is timeless and sometime, priceless. When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, my family really enjoys pulling out various ornaments from our family vacations and reminiscing about our trip and fun moments.
Happy Christmas in July!
One of the fun things to be able to do at the D23 Expo is to meet a variety of Disney-type celebs from Imagineers, historians, actors, singers and composers. My kids have grown up with the music of Michael Giacchino ("juh-key-no") who has contributed much to the Pixar music catalog. So when we found out he had a signing scheduled, we immediately put that on our schedule as a priority.
Disney Music Emporium has been a popular fixture at the D23 Expo. With the popularity of vinyl, their booth has become more popular. We were able to choose our record and each get a wristband for the signing. I was appreciative that we could do this the day before the signing.
My youngest daughter loves the score from Inside Out and her favorite character is Sadness. There was a special 45 RPM that was being individually sold. You could buy the character's music/record. So that is what I bought to get signed. You could choose to have your actual viynl and/or art cover signed
Giacchino was genuinely nice and did take a minute to greet and talk with each person who approached him. I thanked him being the soundtrack of my kids' childhood. The cast members at the booth were super nice and even took our cameras to capture the moment. I was thankful that they weren't too pushy and did not rush people through the organized line.
My older daughter and husband, MacSparky, both chose a Star Wars record, Rouge One. My daughter would have choose Ratatouille and MacSparky would have reached for The Incredibles but those weren't available at the booth. But they were both happy to have the opportunity and purchase such a great soundtrack. MacSparky actually told Giacchino how excited he was when he heard that he (Giacchino) had gotten the opportunity to write music for the Star Wars franchise.
Happy Music Monday!
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.
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.
"Dream of fantasmic dreams!"
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
On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its doors to the public. Sixty-two years later, the magic continues.
I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite Disney CDs, Music from the Park. It is a great compilation of songs from Disney Park attractions and shows sung by well known singers/celebrities. One of my favorite numbers is "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from the Haunted Mansion performed by the Barenaked Ladies. It's really fun to listen to different interpretations of some classic songs.
If you have some favorite songs from a Disneyland attraction, check out this CD. It is out of print but the secondary market is not bad.
Happy Birthday, Disneyland!
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!
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!
I still have Hawaii on the brain as we are just getting back from our family vacation. I was listening to the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack. I was reminded that the character of Lilo, is a big Elvis fan, so that is why there are some classic Elvis tunes (Hound Dog and Heartbreak Hotel) in the movie. As a whole, the soundtrack makes for a really great summer party playlist.
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.
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.
"I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happines and funniness." - Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)