I am not shy at all to admit that I am in love with a mouse. I have always adored Mickey and millions of other around the world have as well — so much so that he has become instantly recognizable in every corner of the globe and a part of many cultures. But how did our hero rise from his humble beginnings as a replacement for Walt Disney’s lost character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the superstar he is now? Today’s inforgraphic traces his history and evolution from his “birth” in 1928 to present. [VIA]
Our latest edition to our World Secrets Series is taking us to Jellyrolls! This adult-oriented facility provides a noisy – yet very FUN retreat for the 21 and up crowd. Jellyrolls isnamed after Jelly Roll Morton, a legendary jazz pianist, not a desssert. His real name was Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe – but that probably wouldn’t fit on the marquee quite as well.
Depending on where you start out on Disney property, you can get to Jellyrolls Piano Bar by boat, a bus, or even on foot. More on that later.
So what’s Jellyrolls like? Well, it reminded me of Howl at the Moon, which is a similar piano bar located here in Orlando, and in 15 other locations across the country. What makes this different is it is at Disney, perhaps the only place in the world where you will hear a gritty-voiced piano man sing a song…
The original tale of Pinocchio, the wooden boy whose adventures are familiar from the Walt Disney film, was censored in the same way as translations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Today’s audiences are less sensitive, so can we look forward to a no-holds-barred portrayal of the badly behaved puppet?
For me, one of the most exciting displays was the three prop storybooks that open at the beginning of “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snow White” and “Cinderella” to introduce each of the films. They’re so iconic, it was a thrill to see them in person.
Also impressive was the re-creation of Walt’s formal office at the Burbank studios, including his actual desk and personal items like Norman Rockwell sketches of his daughters.
According to the information card, songwriter Richard Sherman — co-composer of “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” with his brother Robert B. Sherman — would often play “Feed the Birds” (Walt’s favorite song from…
My family took a trip to Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving, and we took advantage of Disney’s new PhotoPass+ services. I have been using the regular PhotoPass for years, and was excited to try out the upgrade.
For those that are unfamiliar, the new PhotoPass+ product includes select dining and attraction photos. I thought we would wind up with a few more attraction photos than we did, but my little guy was pretty stuck on Buzz Lightyear and we wound up only riding a handful of attractions that take photos. A summer trip would probably warrant more attraction photos, so I look forward to taking full advantage in the future. The restaurant photos were actually printed and given to us, rather than being loaded to the PhotoPass+ card. I’m not sure if this was the way it was supposed to go down, as the Cast Member in charge of pictures…
I wanted to share some photos of the home game portion included in the booster packs. Here you’ll find all four gameboards, rules, spell card checklist, key card & game tokens. I have yet to soak in all the knowledge that is the home game. So for now you’ll simply have to enjoy the photos! We’ll be back Monday with a recap of today’s events and a more in depth look at the booster packs and home game!
Liberty Tree Tavern is a one table-service credit restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan, and reservations for this restaurant are recommended. When we last ate at the Liberty Tree Tavern, it was way back on Sophie’s birthday, June 19, 2008, and it was a character dining location. Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip & Dale came to meet us, and it was a wonderful setting for a character meal.
Liberty Tree Tavern is no longer a character meal, but I’m betting that the food is as delicious as ever! Themed much like the land that is occupies, Liberty Square, the food is based on what you would find during the Colonial Days, when the United States was in it’s infancy. Here is the dinner menu, the kids menu, and the lunch menu for you to peruse at your leisure.
The dinner menu is served family style, with wonderful dishes, I…
Every once in awhile you get lucky when you talk to someone and the conversation becomes truly poignant. This is the case more often than not when speaking with mouse fans who are “young at heart”. Check the list below and see if you agree with these pearls of wisdom from a 90 year old Disney fan.
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with yourself. You can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. People love you because of who you are, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
42. The best is yet to come …
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
What do you think? Will you think about these as you traverse through life’s daily trials? I will.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs holds a very special place in every Disney fan’s heart, but it is often forgotten that this endearing tale of romance was once a stage production with as much acclaim as today’s Lion King or Beauty and the Beast demands.
As a smaller production, Snow White was presented to the public at New York’s Little Theater on West 44th Street, New York City, on October 31, 1912. This version of the tale was based on the stories by the Brothers Grimm. It was written under the pseudonym of “Jessie Graham White” who was really producer Winthrop Ames. He did it justice, as the play was met with favorable reviews. If you are interested in obtaining a script for your own school or community production, click HERE and check it out.
Few people know that the first major stage production of Snow White as a musical debuted in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1969. The show was highly successful, but due to financial constraints and conflicts, it did not make it’s debut in New York until October 18, 1979 at Radio City Music Hall. The original production opened there and closed November 18, 1979 after 38 performances so Radio City could put on their famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Snow White reopened on January 11, 1980, and closed after 68 performances on March 9, 1980, a total of 106 performances. A video recording of one of the shows was briefly available on VHS and Betamax (remember that?) from Walt Disney Home Video in 1981.
Sources say that the show was directed and choreographed by Frank Wagner, produced by Robert F. Jani, executive musical director Donald Pippin, scenery by John William Keck, costumes by Frank Spencer, lighting by Ken Billington, conducted by Don Smith, orchestrations by Philip J. Lang, Queen’s presentation music arrangement by Ronald Melrose, masks and animal costumes by Joe Stephen, choral arrangements Jay Blackton, Don Pippen, production stage manager Jeff Hamlin, stage manager Neil Miller, and press by Gifford/Wallace, Deborah Morgenthal.
The music included:
“Welcome To The Kingdom” – Company
“Queen’s Presentation” – Company
“I’m Wishing” – Snow White, Greta, Villagers
“One Song” – Prince Charming
“With a Smile and a Song” – Snow White, Animals
“Whistle While You Work” – Snow White, Animals
“Heigh-Ho” – Seven Dwarfs
“Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum (The Washing Song)” – Seven Dwarfs
“Will I Ever See Her Again” – Prince Charming
“The Dwarfs’ Yodel Song (The Silly Song)” – Snow White, Seven Dwarfs, Animals
“Some Day My Prince Will Come” – Snow White
“Heigh-Ho (Reprise)” – Seven Dwarfs
“Here’s The Happy Ending” – Company”I’m Wishing”
Would you like to see the revival of this Disney classic return to the stage? Have you seen Snow White on stage before? Share your comments.