Saturday, December 1, 2012

Facts about Walt

  1. Disney" is actually a changed version of Walt's family's original name. The original name was D'Isigny. It was around the year 1044. Originally from France, Isigny-Sur-Mer was the area that Walt's relatives came from. Can you imagine planning a trip to D'Isignyland?
  2. When Walt was younger he was hired to work at the Kansas City Star newspaper. He was later fired from the paper because of lack of creativity. Years later The Disney Company bought ABC which owned The Kansas City Star. How strange that he was fired because he was not creative enough and years later you own them because of your creativness.
  3. According to All About Community Colleges, Walt Disney attended Metropolitan Junior College, MO. For other famous people who attended community colleges, see the alumni page.
  4. Walt Disney produced a series of cartoons entitled "Alice in Cartoonland", which combined live action and animation. These cartoons were long before Mickey.
  5. In 1945 Walt Disney designed the insignia for Fighter Squadron VF-84 while the squad was getting ready for the attack on Japan. 
  6. My grandmother served as a Women's Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) in WWII, and she has many items bearing the picture of "Fifinella", a cartoon character created by Disney. My grandmother told me she was a lucky charm of sorts for the women pilots.
  7. While stationed at the US Navy submarine base in New London, CT, a fellow sailor who worked at the USS Nautilus museum relayed an interesting piece of information to me. There had been some recent thefts at the museum. Some older submarine insignias that were made of gold were removed along with other stuff. I commented that they must have been worth a lot of money due to gold and their age. The other sailor informed me that the thieves had no idea what they had passed up though. In one of the offices (The head honcho's, I believe) is an original drawing of the design for the insignia of the USS Nautilus. It shows a submarine reared up on its tail with a nuclear symbol and some other navy stuff. The kicker of it all is that it was designed by and signed by Walt Disney himself!!! 
  8. How far apart are the trash cans? Walt Disney ate a hot dog in Disneyland and counted how many steps it took to finish it. It took him 17 steps (I think), which is the spacing used in every Disney park today.
  9. There are many hidden Mickey's if you go to Walt Disney's former home in Beverly Hills. The iron gate to the mansion seems to have a curly design in the ironwork...but tilt your head slightly and notice that these curls are Mickey's head.
  10. As I heard from a Cast Member, Goofy was Walt's favorite character.
  11. Disney in the late 60's put out some educational films. I only know about two of them. One was describing a female's monthly cycle. The other was about syphillis, and gonorrhea. The one about syphillis and gonarrhea had both "VDs" grouped together like an army unit. They had oval bodies with berets on. Syphillis were red and they wore red berets and had an S somewhere on them. Gonorrhea were green and they wore green berets, they had a G somewhere on them too.
  12. Walt Disney was so passionate about trains that he built a 1/8-scale railroad running through his backyard and the rose gardens of his Holmby Hills home, much to his wife's dismay. Because of his love of trains, Walt Disney built an eighth scale railroad at his home. He took the Carolwood Pacific name from the street the house was located on, Carolwood Drive. This authentic steam railroad, which Walt himself helped to build, served as the inspiration for the larger steam trains at Disneyland. The engine that Walt built was No. 173 Lilly Belle. This 4-4-0 engine was named after his wife, Lillian. It is now on display, along with the caboose, inside Disneyland's Main Street Station. For more information on the Carolwood Pacific, visit the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society. STR
  13. Many, such as myself, have wondered about the symbol on Walt Disney's tie shown during the Rocket Rods queue narration. It also appears on the bronze statue of Disney in the center of Disneyland. It looks like an Asian language character, but I recently found out that it is actually a compound of the letters S T R, which apparently stands for Disney's "Smoke Tree Ranch."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney buying Lucasfilms

So Disney has bought Lucasfilms for $4 billion in stocks and cash. I was rather excited for the fact that they would actually start making really good movies with the production part of Lucasfilms. But after reading that they will be making Star Wars parts 7, 8, and 9 I am rather disappointed in the fact that they want to dig the Star Wars movies into the ground some more after Lucas doing all his non-sense with the movies. Parts 1, 2, and 3 were not all that great to start with, 4, 5, and 6 had amazing story lines and were rather interesting to watch. What more is there to tell in this saga?

I totally understand the buying of Lucasfilms from George Lucas. Don't really think that Disney would want to keep spending their money on licensing on products and having Star Wars weekend in Walt Disney World, Star Tours, and also the little Star Wars show in Disneyland. So it was good that they bought the company but not the greatest idea to make three more Star Wars movies.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

45 fun and interesting facts about Disneyland.

1. Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, with 18 major attractions. Today, there are more than 60 adventures and attractions.

2. When Disneyland opened, Anaheim, Calif., had five hotels and two motels with a total of 87 rooms, and there were 34 restaurants  in the city. Today, Anaheim boasts approximately 150 hotels and motels  with more than 18,000 rooms, and well over 450 restaurants.

3. From groundbreaking to opening day, Disneyland was built in just 365 days.

4. Well over 600 million guests have passed through the gates of Disneyland since opening day, including seven U.S. presidents and many other prominent 20th century dignitaries and celebrities.

5. Having fun is hungry and thirsty work. Every year, guests at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park consume an estimated 3 million hamburgers, 2 million hot dogs, 6.5 million orders of french fries, 1.6 million servings of popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9 million gallons of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros.

6. Disneyland Park does not sell chewing gum, because Walt Disney wanted to keep the park clean and prevent guests from being inconvenienced by stepping in a gooey mess.

7. Disneyland creator Walt Disney, who pioneered animated filmmaking, was the voice of Mickey Mouse for two decades and won more Oscars (32) than anyone else in history, attended only one year of high school.

8. When Disneyland was under construction, Walt Disney had a private apartment installed over the historic fire station on Main Street, U.S.A. so he could supervise. After the park was built, he and his family continued to use it frequently. Everyone in the park knew when Disney was there because he left a light burning in the window. Since Disney's death in 1966, the light has been left on to honor his memory and to show that his spirit will always be a part of Disneyland.

9. A fireman's pole connected Disney's private apartment to the bottom floor of the firehouse. Walt Disney was usually eager to start his work day and often would slide down the pole. The hole at the top of the pole was sealed up after an enthusiastic guest climbed up the pole one day and introduced himself to the Disney family.

10. Approximately 21,000 "cast members" work at the Disneyland Resort. Collectively, they contribute more than 500 arts, crafts, professions and other skills to the operation.

11. Every Disneyland Cast Member wears a name tag, even the draft horses that pull the trolleys up and down Main Street, U.S.A.

12. Some Disney cast members have gone on to international fame. From the age of 10 to 18, comedian Steve Martin worked at the park after  school, on weekends, and during summer vacations. He started by selling guide books at the gate, and then moved on to selling souvenir spinning lassos in Frontierland. Martin later demonstrated and sold packaged magic tricks and joke novelties at the old Merlin's Magic Shop in Fantasyland, where he became an accomplished magician. He learned to juggle from Disneyland Court Jester, Christopher Fair, and modeled his trademark, "Well, excuuuuuse me," phrase on the exasperated outbursts of a woman he worked with at the park.

13. The Disneyland Resort Operational Costume Division has a costume inventory of roughly 800,000 pieces and stocks 500,000 yards of material in 900 different fabrics. Approximately 150,000 individual pieces and 300,000 buttons are replaced each year.

14. The Disneyland Resort issues, maintains and cleans costumes for more than 15,000 cast members, who exchange more than 20,000 garments for cleaning each week during the summer.

15. In addition to dressing thousands of human cast members, Disneyland Resort also maintains costumes for more than 650 Audio-Animatronics® figures.

16. The Disneyland Band has logged more than 3,500 marching miles and more than 90,000 performances since opening day in 1955 and draws from a repertoire of more than 400 musical numbers.

17. Keeping Disneyland Park clean is no small task. Workers use 1,000 brooms, 500 dust pans and 3,000 mops a year to keep the park looking its  best, and collect approximately 30 tons of trash during a busy day—about 12 million pounds annually. The streets of Disneyland are washed and steam-cleaned  after closing each day.

18. Not all of the refuse collected in the park goes to the landfill. Every year, Disneyland Park recycles approximately 4.1 million pounds of cardboard; 1.3 million pounds of green waste; 370,000 pounds of office paper; 361,260 pounds of glass bottles; 274,280 pounds of plastic bottles; and 17,240  pounds of aluminum cans.

19. More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to keep Disneyland looking fresh and better-than-new.

20. Disneyland has 10 bodies of water, which hold nearly 20 million gallons of water.

21. Disneyland uses more than 100,000 light bulbs, including 11,000 "rim lights" that outline the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A.

22. The  landscaping at the Disneyland Resort includes more than 800 species of plants  from more than 40 nations—including roughly 17,000 trees and 100,000  shrubs—which makes it one of the most extensive and diverse botanical collections in the western United States.

23. The trees at Disneyland Park range in size from one-foot dwarf spruce in Storybook Land to 80-foot high eucalyptus trees and towering evergreens along the Rivers of America.

24. Each year, about 1 million colorful annuals are planted at Disneyland. The Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” at the Disneyland Main Entrance is replanted six  times a year.

25. Maintaining the acres of flowers and greenery at Disneyland requires a horticulture staff of 100. More than 60,000 drip emitters and sprinkler heads keep the grounds watered.

26. More than 30 different languages are spoken by Disneyland Resort cast members, including Russian, Hindi and Portuguese.

27. Sleeping Beauty Castle features a real working drawbridge, but it’s only been lowered  twice—on opening day in 1955, and to celebrate the newly remodeled Fantasyland in 1983.

28. The King Arthur Carrousel has 68 horses. No two are alike and they all move.

29. When the Disneyland Monorail debuted in 1959, it was the first daily monorail operating in the Western hemisphere.

30. It cost $17 million to build Disneyland in 1955, more than $138 million in today’s  dollars, although the price of the real estate has probably increased  considerably over the past 55 years.

31. Mickey Mouse not the original choice for a name, originally he was to be named Mortimer. 

32. Disney’s California Adventure Land was built on what used to be the parking lot for Disneyland.

33. The statue of Walt Disney in the hub at the top of main street was made 1 inch taller than he was.

34. The buildings along Main Street USA are built to create the effect of a longer street when entering the park and a shorter street when going back to your car.

35. It was so hot on opening day that the high heals that the lady guests were wearing sank into the newly paved Main Street USA.

36. A plumbing strike caused Walt Disney to decide between water to drink or water to flush toilets. He was accused of trying to make money by not having water to drink.

37. The 1,000,000th guest was welcomed into the park within a month of the park opening.

38. To ensure his employees that he was working as hard as them when the park was being built, Walt Disney kept a light on in the window of the apartment he had built over the Fire Station. Since his death, it is kept on 24/7 as a reminder of Walt Disney's dedication and hard work. 

39. Walt Disney did not allow his male employees to have mustaches.

40. When the moat around Sleeping Beauty’s castle was dredged, all the money recovered was given to charity. 

41. Richard Nixon’s famous “I am not a crook” speech was given at Disneyland. He and Walt Disney were good friends. 

42. Club 33 is a secret club inside Disneyland. Walt Disney had it built so he could entertain guests. The members-only club has a 3 year wait list and boast membership fees from $9,000 - $25,000 with yearly dues of $3,000 - $6,000. 

43. ABC once owned shares in Disneyland very early on, now Disney owns ABC. 

44. The Burbank Studio is held up on the hands of statues of the seven dwarfs. The studio was built with the proceeds from Snow White. 

45. Matterhorn Mountain is exactly 100 times shorter than the real thing at 147 feet

Bob Lambert passes at age 55

This past Friday (Sept 8,2012) Bob Lambert who was the Walt Disney Executive passed away. He introduced digital media into the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lambert worked in the entertainment firm for almost 25 years.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Brave

Saw Brave Tuesday of this week. I wasn't excited at all about seeing this movie because I have had this movie shoved down my throat every time that I turned around. Kept hearing about how Merida was the first female lead in a Pixar movie lead.

It was a interesting movie but I feel like the premise has been done so many times before in movies like Freaky Friday. It was the same premise as Freaky Friday where as the daughter and mother don't get along and they both say that the other doesn't understand them. There is always a spell that happens and they always switch lives with each other or in the case of Brave the mom turns into the bear that had eaten her father's leg when she was little.

The animation on the other hand was amazing. I did notice that one of the clan's leader name is Lord McIntosih in honor of Steve Jobs who had bought shares of Pixar and also the biggest supporter of Pixar. At the end credits in they have a little "In Memory Of" for Steve Jobs. That was a very special touch towards anyone who loves Apple or knows of the relation between Pixar and Apple.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Carsland and Buena Vista grand opening.

So today is the grand re-opening of Disney's California Adventure to celebrate Carsland and Buena Vista street. I wasn't able to make it there today but I hope that everyone that has gone today to see the new areas truly enjoy it. I was at Disneyland on Wednesday and all of the employees were truly excited for the grand opening of Carsland and kept giving me and my sister tips of things to do.

Tip #1: Check out Sally's Cozy Cone Motel
Tip #2: Go to Flo's
Tip #3: In the original movie Fillmore and Sarge are staring at the blinking yellow stop light and Fillmore goes "I'm tellin' you, man, every third blink is slower" then Sarge goes "The '60s weren't good to you, were they?" Well I got a tip from a cast member saying that the imagineers made the third blink slower.

On Buena Vista Street there will be a Starbucks located, I believe, where the old train use to be on the right hand side when you enter the park.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Disney bans junk food on channel

First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger annoyed that starting in 2015 Disney will ban junk-food advertising on the television channel and also their radio programs.

When they do feature food products, according to the regulations, the products will have to meet the nutritional guidelines. So that means the cartoon characters and also those live actors will not be allowed to be seen eating junk food because it would be giving those that watch the shows the wrong thought about food.

By the time 2012 is over any kind of food product that will be sold in the parks and resorts will have the Mickey Check seal of approval which means that the food that are in the resorts and parks have passed the nutrition standards.

CarsLand and DCA opening

In a week there is a grand re-opening of Disney's California Adventure and also Cars Land. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Disney raises prices

Well Disney has done it again: They have raised their prices. I was going to be getting the premium season pass this year so that I can go on my birthday (summer baby). but I am not able to nor willing to pay the $649 for the pass.

I did the math for two people that want to buy the southern california pass it would be around $700 for them to go. That is way to hard for them to be spending that much money for them to be spending. It is even harder for a family of 5.

Yes it is to get money back from the creation of Carsland, Buena Vista Street (when you first enter Disney's California Adventure) and the entire refurb of the Matterhorn in Disneyland.

For Southern California Resident:
SoCal Resident 2-day 1 park per day Ticket Ages 3 to 9 $99 Ages 10 and up $99
SoCal Resident 2 Day Park Hopper Ticket Ages 3 to 9 $114 Ages 10 and Up $114
Socal Resident 3 Day 1 Park per day Ages 3 to 9 $129 Ages 10 and up $129
SoCal Resident 3 Day Park Hopper Ages 3 to 9 $144 Ages 10 and up $144
Sothern California Annual Passport Ages 3 to 9 $329 Ages 10 and up $329
Southern California Select Annual Passport Ages 3 to 9 $269 Ages 10 and up $269

1 Day theme park tickets
1 Day 1 park ticket Ages 3 to 9 $81 Ages 10 and up $87
1 Day park hopper ticket Ages 3 to 9 $119 Ages 10 and up $125

2 Day Theme Park Tickets
2 Day 1 park per day ticket Ages 3 to 9 $158 Ages 10 and up $170
2 Day Park Hopper Ticket Ages 3 to 9 $188 Ages 10 and up $200

3 Day Theme Park Tickets
3 Day 1 park per day ticket with magic morning Ages 3 to 9 $205 Ages 10 and up $220
3 day park hopper ticket with magic morning Ages 3 to 9 $235 Ages 10 and up $250

4 day theme park tickets
4 Day 1 park per day ticket with magic morning ages 3 to 9 $225 Ages 10 and up $245
4 day park Hopper Ticket with magic morning ages 3 to 9 $255 Ages 10 and up $275

5 Day theme park tickets
5 day 1 park per day ticket with magic morning Ages 3 to 9 $240 Ages 10 and up $260
5 day park hopper ticket with magic morning Ages 3 to 9 $270 Ages 10 and up $290

2012 Southern California City Pass Ages 3 to 9 $239 Ages 10 and up $279

Premium Annual Passport Ages 3 to 9 $649 Ages 10 and up $649

Deluxe Annual Passport Ages 3 to 9 $469 Ages 10 and up $469

Disney Premier Passport Ages 3 to 9 $849 Ages 10 and up $849

World of Color Picnics with Viewing Area Ticket Ages 3 to 9 $15.99 Ages 10 and up $15.99

Theme Park Parking Cars and Motorcycles $15

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy birthday to Goofy.

Today is Goofy's birthday today (May 25, 2012). He is 79 years young today.

Keira Knightley is engaged

Keira Knightley is engaged to musician James Righton. Keira is most known for being in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The two have been dating for the last fifteen months and they have not released any kind of details about the proposal or when they will be getting married. 

Good luck to the two of them. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Finding Nemo in 3D

The latest news that has come from Pixar is that they will be releasing Finding Nemo in 3D. They announced last fall that they would be releasing it in 3D. I have very mixed feelings about them releasing movies that have been out for awhile in 3D. They don't always make the movies all that much better.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


To those reading my blog what is your fond memory of going to any of the Disney parks?

I have so many fond memories of being at Disneyland. Skipping school to go run around Disneyland, running around the parks when I was 18 for the first time, seeing the Christmas and 50th fireworks, going there with my now fiancé, my fiancé proposing to me in front of the castle on valentines day and so many more.

Just even talking about anything Disney is a memory because people get to see my love for Disney and truly see just how magical it is. When they hear about the little details about the parks they love it. They are always asking about what is going on there and why is new.

So please some of your fond memories in the comments.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room - Original Show

Back in the 60's this was the most awesome thing that people had ever seen. It is still currently in Disneyland in Adventureland. 

World of Color

For me personally I have always been amazed by Fantasmic because I have grown up with that water show/live action. So when I heard that California Adventure was getting their own water show I had very mixed emotions about World of Color. I am still not amazed by WOC it may take many years for me to fully appreciate this water show. I have seen this water show. My Fiancé and I were standing front row and almost to the center. I was by far more enthralled by the mechanics of the show then I was paying attention to the show.  

Walt Disney World's "Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!" Street Party

I love high energy parades. I really do. Sadly Disneyland doesn't have any more of the high energy parades. Only Walt Disney World have them. 

ElecTRONica reaches the end of the line.

It is very sad that ElecTRONica has ended. This by far was one of the reasons why I went into California Adventure at night. It was a perfect mix of two of my favorite things: Tron: Legacy and dance music. It will be sad to see it go but will also be exciting the next thing that they will do to replace. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Disney Dreams! Disneyland Paris Opening Night 20th Anniversary

This is in my top three favorite favorite firework shows that Disney has done.

Beauty and the Beast Live stage production.

Ever since I was a little girl I have always adored Beauty and the Beast and everything about the story. When I found this I cried so hard with joy that there was such a well done production of the story let alone done by Disney. It was by far the best 24 minutes and 39 seconds of my life. 

Dream Along with Mickey.

Since I live on the West coast with the original Disneyland I resort to YouTube to see the different shows that happen at Walt Disney World. This show that they do in front of the Castle is pretty magical. 

Please enjoy. 

A look at Cars Land

I am super excited for Cars Land I can't even explain it. This video that Disney has put together to show the different things that will be in Cars land. I love The Blue Sky Celler because they show the guests all the cool and different things that they will be putting into California Adventure. 

Also included in this post is of the neon signs that will light up the night sky when Cars Land. 

Please enjoy this short video and leave comments if you would like to know more. 

Star Tours Commercials

When Star Tours 2.0 was going to open I was excited about the changes and all the different destinations that were part of it. But when I saw this commercial I was overjoyed with excitement that I couldn't stand the wait. I was lucky enough to go on Star Tours 2.0 a week before it officially opened and I couldn't believe the changes. Yes I am going to miss Rex but I know he is in a good place in the line as one of the visuals that you can see. So he is still part of the line. 

I am glad that the updated Star Tours because it was so outdated like the old video film. Yes it is rather tacky with the 3D because most people can't do 3D but it does add nice effects to the ride. The best part is the line just to see the updates to it. Yes they did change the star crusier so that it doesn't have the meteor dents in it anymore (favorite part) but when you get into the next room they are now doing luggage checks instead of the robot fixing the same robot after all these years. When you do get into that room in the busy time of the day make sure you watch the video. It is pretty cool what shows up on the screen. A cool interesting fact is that the robot that does the luggage checks and also was fixing the robot is a stripped down chicken from The Country Bear Jamboree. Only this time around he is even more stripped down. 

Goofy's vacation Guide.

Many people think that you can do everything at Disneyland in just a day.  If you go during the super slow season then there might be a chance. When you take a vacation with little ones there is no chance of seeing everything because your kids may be too little to ride some of the big rides. If the kids want to meet the characters there goes most of your day trying to find them and also waiting in those long lines just to get a photo and say hi to them for thirty seconds. 

Here is a guide that Goofy is part of to show you how to plan for your vacation to any of the Disney parks. 


Creating magical memories.

It is people like Barbra to create such magical, long lasting memories to those who have seen her. I found a video that someone had recorded of her during this parade and I fell in love with her. After that I loved watching videos of her and wished that more of the Disney employees had this much joy and energy that they bring.