30 March 2012

Flashback Friday ~ Playhouse Disney

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This week's FLASHBACK Is from PlayHouse Disney. This show was located in Disney-MGM Studios. It was a collection of some of the kid shows on the Disney Channel like Bear in the Big Blue House, Rollie Pollie Ollie, PB and J Otter, Stanley, Winnie The Pooh, Mickey and Friends and Jo-Jo's Circus. These pics were taken in 2006.

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28 March 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Panda Bears At Epcot

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Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday. I'm very happy that Spring is here and this week's theme centers around it  ~~ April Flowers!!! Well mine is really Topiaries from the Flower And Garden Show. These pics were taken in April of 2006 right in front of China.. This is one of the best times to visit Epcot, I'm sure everyone would agree with me.

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You'll find more than 100 topiaries throughout Epcot theme park—including more than 75 Disney character topiaries! Highlights include character topiaries representing Buzz, Woody and Lotso from the Disney•Pixar film Toy Story 3, Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Disney•Pixar film Cars 2, and other classic favorites. For More Info Please check out the Link Below :-)


Have a Magical Day and Leave me a comment Especially if you have been there before.

What is your favorite Character Topiary???

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26 March 2012

D23 and Turner Classic Movies Present 2 Disney Classic Movies


TCM Classic Film Festival and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club to Present Two Groundbreaking Disney Classics 

Events Include 75th Anniversary Screening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) And Live Appearance by Kirk Douglas Introducing a New Restoration of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

This is the Original Poster of the movie
For the second consecutive year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will celebrate the legacy of The Walt Disney Studios. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in collaboration with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will present a 75th anniversary screening of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Disney's first hand-drawn feature-length animated film. In addition, legendary actor Kirk Douglas will present the first general public screening of the newly restored (from original camera negatives) live-action adventure, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). 

On Saturday, April 14, Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will screen at Grauman's Chinese Theatre at 1 p.m. This film revolutionized the art of animation with its cutting edge technique, design and storytelling – setting animation in pursuit of an ever more realistic look. Moreover, it demonstrated animation's viability as a legitimate cinematic art form. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed a special Academy Award® on Walt Disney, recognizing Snow White as "a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field." The unique Oscar® trophy consisted of one full-sized statuette standing next to seven miniature versions. The film also earned an Oscar® nomination for Leigh Harline's memorable score. 

In 1997, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was named one of the 100 Greatest Films of All Time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The following year, the AFI named it the greatest American animated film of all time. 

The Original Snow White Movie Poster

On Friday, April 13, at 2:45 p.m., Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas will be present at Grauman's Chinese Theatre for the first public screening of the newly restored 1954 adventure film epic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the first live-action feature film shot at Walt Disney's Burbank studios. Disney recruited an A-list cast including Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Paul Lukas, and a set budget of $9 million, the largest in Hollywood history at that time.

Walt Disney had originally planned to turn Jules Verne's tale of Captain Nemo's battle to wipe out warfare into an animated feature. But when he saw designer Harper Goff's preliminary sketches, he decided to make the switch to live action. To film the massive production – the studio's first in CinemaScope – Disney added a water tank and a third soundstage to his studio, rented additional space from 20th Century-Fox and Universal, and sent cast and crew to the Caribbean for underwater shooting. His technicians also had to develop new equipment for the film's many underwater scenes and create a giant, two-ton squid for the film's most impressive sequence. 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea went on to earn two Oscars®, one for the eye-popping visual effects and one for John Meehan and Emile Kuri's art direction and set decoration. The film earned a third nomination for Elmo Williams' editing. 

Operation Undersea, an episode of the Disneyland TV series highlighting the creation of the film, won Emmys® for Best Individual Program of the Year (1955) and Best Television Film Editing. 

About D23: The Official Disney Fan Club ~~Just in case you wanted to join us.... Here's the 411
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive benefits, including a quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at http://www.D23.com; a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as exclusive events created especially for its members.
Disney fans can join the world's only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting http://www.D23.com, or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and http://www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow “DisneyD23” on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. 

About the TCM Classic Film Festival
Each April, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to welcome thousands of movie lovers, filmmakers and legendary stars from around the globe for the TCM Classic Film Festival. Marking its third year, the TCM Classic Film Festival is the place to experience classic movies as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in some of the world's most iconic venues, with the people who made them. The four-day festival, which takes place Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, features a wide range of screenings, events and appearances starting early in the morning and going into the late evening.
TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz also introducing several events. Among the highlights of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival: a gala opening-night screening of the newly restored Cabaret (1972), with a live appearance by Oscar® winners Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey*; a multi-tiered celebration of Kim Novak, including the taping of a TCM special, a hand and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater and a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo (1958); a tribute to director and choreographer Stanley Donen; live appearances by Debbie Reynolds at anniversary screenings of the newly restored Singin' in the Rain (1952) and the western epic How the West Was Won (1962), the latter presented in all its Cinerama glory; introductions by Dick Van Dyke, Shirley Jones, Angie Dickinson, Robert Wagner and others; a multi-tiered look at Style in the Movies; a salute to Paramount, featuring an appearance by Oscar-winning producer Robert Evans; the U.S. premiere of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2010), with live appearances by "Baby Peggy" Diana Serra Cary and filmmaker Vera Iwerebor; newly restored editions of such landmark films as Wings (1927), Casablanca (1942) and Grand Illusion (1937); and much more.
The third-annual TCM Classic Film Festival is produced by TCM. Since launching in spring 2010, the TCM Classic Film Festival has quickly established itself as a destination event for film lovers, drawing more than 25,000 attendees from around the country and around the globe in 2011. Festival passes are on sale now at http://www.tcm.com/festival. 

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the
site of the first Oscars® ceremony, will serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for passholders. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and, for the first time this year, Arclight Cinema's Cinerama Dome and The Avalon.
* Schedule permitting
About TCM
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award‐winning network that presents great films, uncut
and commercial‐free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 86 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials on its website, http://www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. 

Thanks and Enjoy!!!

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23 March 2012

Flashback Friday ~ Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends

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Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends

Welcome to this week's Friday Flashback, I wanted to continue with my theme from last week; Pocahontas. When I started looking at this series of pictures I remembered how much I loved this show. So since it's no longer at Disney's Animal Kingdom this really is a flashback for me.

What I loved about the this Show was the idea of conservation and treating all of the Earth's creatures with kindness.

Pocahontas told a story very similar to the movie about how everything on the earth has a life and should be respected. She would speak to Grandmother Willow just like in the movie.

The show included many live animals and for the audience this was extra special. The Cast Members would ask that the children get in the first couple of rows in the front of theatre so they could get a close up of the all the action. For my kids seeing the live animals was very exciting. And when it was all over confetti would explode out into the audience, a souvenir reminder of what we had learned at the show.

"Pocahontas and her Forest Friends" was performed at Disney's Animal Kingdom from 1998 until 2008.

If you did see this show what did you think of it? Do you think it should still be at Animal Kingdom?

Thank you for joining me today on this FlashBack and Have a Magical Day ....

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21 March 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Mt.Rustmore @ Castaway Cay

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Welcome to This week's (ALMOST) Wordless Wednesday and this week we are celebrating .....


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These are true Disney Icons
 Mickey, Pluto, Donald and Goofy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a very Magical Day!!

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19 March 2012

Dole Whip T-Shirts

 I thought when I saw the Turkey Leg Shirts in Frontierland this past January on our trip to the Happy Place, that that was awesome. But, now a Dole Whip shirt too. I think Disney has definitely seen the light and realizes that people love their snacks and they have become a big part of what people look forward to when they come to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. I know my family loves the Mickey Ice Cream bars and we have bets on who can eat the most. We dream of finding them right in our local food store in the freezer section but, no luck. We will have to eat as many as possible to get use through till we get there again, lol.

And the same can be said for the Mighty Dole Whip. When we first tasted it, wow!! is all I can say.. Cool and refreshing and I loved all the tropical flavors. I think my favorite was the Pineapple but, I change my mind often when it comes to snacks at Disney. The Turkey Leg too is another favorite. The lines for all these treats are always one sign that they are loved by many.

Check out the Shirts Below....

The Dole Whip and Churro Shirts at Disney Parks

I’ve had a long time obsession with the Dole Whip. I’ve enjoyed many of them while visiting Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. I know I’m not the only one who loves a Dole Whip (or pineapple float or the amazing citrus swirl). I spoke with Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones about a newly released shirt featuring this heavenly treat.
“I think everyone I know loves a Dole Whip including me,” exclaimed Casey. “That is probably why I’m excited to see the release of [the Dole Whip] shirt. We used the success of the turkey leg shirt released last year as inspiration for a new collection of retro-style shirts.”
Besides the awesome Dole Whip, the softlines team also created a shirt based on another Disney Parks favorite – churros. Casey enlisted the help of the talented artist Richard Terpstra to design both shirts.
“Richard has a great eye for retro design,” said Casey. “I let him run with both the Dole Whip and churros designs. He actually created a few different versions of Dole Whip shirts including one that had a tiki drummer. The design for the churros shirt was based off a poster from the Casa de Fritos restaurant that opened in 1955 at Disneyland park. I love how Richard captured a cool retro vibe!”

Retro-Style T-Shirts at Disney Parks
Two other shirts were inspired by 1960s newspaper advertisements for Disneyland. These shirts feature specially designed characters that were inspired by the four theme parks found at Walt Disney World Resort and the various themed lands found in Disneyland park. I think my new favorite word is “friendlyable.” Disney Design Group Artist Doug Strayer and Richard Terpstra assisted with the designs.
Turkey Leg T-Shirt at Disney Parks
Casey told me that a video shown at the D23 Expo last September inspired a new turkey leg shirt.
“There was a video shown at the D23 Expo featuring Tom Staggs, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts,” said Casey. “In the video, Tom worked as a cast member in many different roles including someone who sold turkey legs. As he presented the camera with a turkey leg, he said, ‘Nice and juicy.’ We immediately knew we found our tagline.”
Tiki Room ‘Glee Club’ T-Shirt at Disney Parks

 Info courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog @http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/03/finally-the-dole-whip-shirt-has-arrived-at-disney-parks/

What's your Favorite Disney Treat? 
And would you wear the T-Shirt to show It??

Have a Awesome Magical Monday !!!!!

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16 March 2012

Flashback Friday ~ Pocahontas @ Animal Kingdom

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It's another  FlashBack Friday. I want to thank Our hostess Deb and please join us @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/


At Animal Kingdom
 The Pocahontas show at Animal Kingdom has since been cancelled. It was a highlight to our trip and we saw it every year. Our children loved seeing all the animals and the tricks they would do. We were very sad to see it go. If you did get the chance to see, what are your thoughts on it's closing. It was right next to Festival of the The Lion King in Camp Minnie-Mickey....

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15 March 2012

Mickey's Shamrock Cookie Shorts

 With St.Patrick's Day almost here I thought some cookies would be the best treat to make in our house. This is so adorable, I just love the shape. The kids can definitely help with decorating this St Patty's Day cookie, with lots of green icing... My favorite part are the white chocolate morsels are the shamrocks..

Mickey's Shamrock Shorts Cookies
Mickey Mouse

Mickey's Shamrock Shorts Cookies

When it comes to Mickey's wardrobe, red is the color of choice any day of the week -- save one! Come Saint Patrick's Day, even the Mouse will be wearing green. Decorated with white chocolate shamrock buttons, these festive cookies are a perfect fit for a holiday party or classroom treat.

You'll need:
  • Template for Mickey's Shamrock Shorts Cookies
  • Scissors
  • Batch of sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought)*
  • Rolling pin
  • Flour
  • Wax paper
  • Kitchen knife
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling rack
  • Green cookie icing (the kind that hardens when it sets up)
  • White chocolate chips
  • Small microwavable mixing bowl
* Note: If the store-bought brand of dough you use is too soft to hold the cookie shapes while baking, you can knead in a little extra flour to stiffen it before rolling it out.

1. Print and cut out the Mickey's Shamrock Shorts Cookies template.
2. Heat the oven. Working on a flour-dusted sheet of wax paper, roll out the chilled dough to ¼-inch thickness. Use the template piece and a kitchen knife to cut Mickey short shapes from the dough. Bake the cookies according to the recipe directions and then let them cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, melt a small handful of white chocolate chips in the microwave according to the package directions. Spread the melted candy on wax paper and set it aside for a few minutes to harden. Once it's ready, cut the candy into thin slivers to use for the shamrock stems, and set them aside for now.
4. Working with one cookie at a time, spread the tops with green cookie icing. Before the icing sets, add two shamrock buttons. For each, press three white chocolate chips (tips down) into the icing, and add a tiny candy stem.
5. Set the decorated cookies aside for the icing to harden (four hours or so) before serving.


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