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Disappear! Disappear!

I am sharing this, one of my very first blog posts, in honor of the fact that the Maelstrom will soon be closed forever and refurbished as a Frozen attraction at the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. Farewell, old friend!

Disappear! Disappear!.

Wisdom From a Ninety Year Old Disney Fan

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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.
44. Yield.
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….On Stage!

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.

A nationwide search was put on for a newcomer to play Snow White.

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.

The official program for the show’s tour stop in Chicago.

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.

The Castle: the pre-show curtain.

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 Queen discovers Snow White’s beauty.

The music included:

  • Overture
  • “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.

The Crone tempts Snow White with the apple.
“Someday My Prince Will Come”
“Will I Ever See Her Again?”
“I shall go myself…in disguise!”
“I’m Wishing”
“Heigh-Ho”
The Dwarfs Cottage.
Bring Back Her Heart!!!!

Disappear! Disappear!

Having visited Walt Disney World and EPCOT several times, one of my favorite attractions is the Maelstrom in Norway.

  

This enchanting boat ride begins by taking visitors back in time to a mythological and idealist version of the days of the Vikings.

Passing through scenes of the various sailors and Vikings, passengers suddenly find themselves in an enchanted swamp and are confronted by angry trolls. 

“Disappear! Disappear!” the Trolls yell, and then things really get strange as the boat is turned backwards in the current and sent plunging (still backward) down a waterfall. Passengers catch a look at some polar bears and living trees before coming to a near stop upon the very edge of yet another waterfall. This is especially interesting because it allows a glimpse of the main entrance to the Norway area. I recommend riding this at night just for the effect. The boat then rotates and passengers are reassured and back in a forward facing position, but only for a moment, for the boats plunge into the very stormy North Sea.  Passing dangerously close to an oil rig, things then calm down and the ride ends in a calm and peaceful harbor town where passengers disembark from the boats at the dock. There is then an option to watch a 6 minute film that highlights the history and rich folklore of Norway.

  

The next time you visit EPCOT and the Maelstrom, be sure to look for Hidden Mickeys on the attraction. 

  • In the ride’s loading area, the enormous mural includes many people and elements from Norway’s history. Hidden in this painting is a Viking whose helmet has Mickey Mouse ears, and another figure wearing a Mickey Mouse watch.
  • Inside the stave church, King Olaf II has a small Mickey embroidered on his tunic, near his right thigh.

During the development of this attraction, the representatives from Norway’s sponsors made it clear that it was not to be a troll-centric concept. That is to say, they wanted all aspects of Norway to be represented, not just the troll rich folklore, for Disney’s Imagineers wanted it to be focused more on the trolls initially.

What do you think?