I'm a 5th grade teacher with a soft spot for all things Disney, especially Mickey and Stitch. My daughter (flukefan) and I love escaping to the parks often. I love Indy,
Mickey ice cream bars, and getting teary-eyed at the park that Walt built.
Fun Fact that we learned last night while waiting for the (eventually cancelled) fireworks display: The CM keeping the walkway clear in front of the castle (CMJim?) shared that there are three different narrations heard during the castle lighting/snowfall ceremonies. There is one at 7:30, a different version at 8:30, and a combination of the two during the 9:30 event. Keep your ears open!
Paging @suuzinoc I have classroom prizes for the rest of the year and then some! Teacher even got a new jacket, and Rachel scored some Mad T merchandise, too. Thank you, again, for this incredible RAK and the chance to stock up on smile makers!
A question for the Mouse Wait community: In July, 2012 (15 months ago), I started a never-ending RAK by handing off a book called The Windows of Main Street U.S.A. I haven't seen it change hands in a while, so I'm wondering if the current holder of the book is still with us. If so, it would be wonderful to see all the signatures of the MW friends who have used it, like maybe at the birthday bash. More...
So, this happened last night. It was a lot of fun to be escorted about by a Plaid. We visited both parks, yelled "Trick or treat!" inside Trolley Treats (and were rewarded with delicious candy), and snuck in the exits of some major attractions to experience thrills, all while being told some spooky, seasonal stories. Gracie joined us for the fun before turning in for the night, back at the Haunted More...
My daughter, Rachel (known here as flukefan) captured some ridiculous photos at this past weekend's Mad T Party - Deadman's Party. If you missed T, don't miss another chance to go! A virus slowly takes over the band, and when the fourth and final set begins, brace yourself for the awesomeness of it all! Metallica, Evanesence, INXS, & "The Time Warp" are but some of the songs the Underland zombies More...
Ok, pin traders. I bought a lanyard and a couple of pins for trading. Now comes the trading part, right? Ugh! How do you do it? I'm not even attached to these pins, yet I want to keep them! What's the secret? Does it get easier as you go along? Do you focus on collecting a set, or do you seek the pins/characters that you love? Maybe someone should hold my hand as I do this. S.O.S!
We tried to go to the OC Fair today, but the 91 West was a parking lot! It took an hour to go a mile and a quarter! So, what do we do? We shifted gears and changed our plans, et voila! It's T time! Hmm, our third spot of T since Saturday. I'd say it's habit forming.
Check out the new music video "RPM" by Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family, a Disney company). The song was produced by the musically talented Dan Franklin, aka Mad T Party's Dormouse and Sockhead Syd of NOS's pirate band, The Bootstrappers! Dan also produced the video and can be seen rockin' on guitar in the video. Well done, Dan! https://tinyurl.com/maondy3
From Friday: My daughter, Flukefan (aka Rachel), took any and every opportunity to study for the two final exams she had the next day (Saturday). Tonight, she's moving to San Diego because she landed a job a Sea World, something she's been working toward since 3rd grade. She starts job training Monday, and has to come back home for her final final on Thursday, with job training concluding next wee More...
Mickey and the Magical Map Compass Quest, part of the Limited Time Magic events. After the show, pick up a map, which sends you on quests around DL. You have three choices when answering, so choose wisely. You redeem your map at the Plaza Hub for your prize!
Issue: Our family plans for Mother's Day just fell apart. Instead of all of us celebrating, it looks like Flukefan and I get my mom (her grandma) to ourselves. She doesn't have an AP, so going into the parks isn't an option. What's happening in DTD or the hotel restaurants (fingers crossed I can grab a last minute reservation)? Any suggestions are welcomed! Thanks!
An innovator in the field of stop-motion cinematography passed away today at age 92. Fans of Monsters Inc. will recognize his name as THE place to see and be seen in Monstropolis (not to mention dine on their famous sushi). RIP Ray Harryhausen. Schmoopsypoo and Googlybear salute you!
Paging @lisaw (and @Witchie77, who added my name to this RAK and won!) - This was delivered a few days ago, but life sideswiped me shortly after. However, it's here, and it's wonderful! I haven't been able to stop turning the pages. I can't wait to get my class involved in this as a read-aloud to wrap up the school year! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It's awesome!
Mr. Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. He was the fourth born Disney son. He was named after his parents pastor and friend Walter Parr, a preacher at St. Paul Congregational Church. The pastor, in turn, will later name his son Elias, after Walt's father.
Most of Walt's childhood was spent on a farm in Marceline, Missouri, where he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. In 1911, the family moved to Kansas City, where his love for trains really developed. His Uncle, Mike Martin, was a train Engineer who worked on the route between Fort Madison, Iowa, and Marceline. Walt would later work a summer job with the railroad, selling newspapers and snacks to the travelers. To read more about Walts love for trains
Video: Walt riding the Lilly Belle at the Studio. Video courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum.
To watch a short biography of Walts life:
Walt and Lillian Disney with unnamed friend, London, 1935.
Walt Disney in my opinion, is a wonderful example of the American dream! He represents: imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in the American tradition. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past, it is certain, Walt Disney was a great man! He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world! Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon characters we all love to watch today. :) He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of the magical playgrounds that ties us all together, Disneyland and Disney World. Had he been alive today he would be 112 years old! Happy birthday Walt! Thank you so much for believing in your dreams! You are a true inspiration.
In honor of today, it would be fun if we all mentioned our favorite quote from Mr. Disney. I'll go first, I have many, but this one always sticks out:
"I've always been interested in the past and history and I think it's vital."
Thanks for reading and watching! Hope you all have a terrific Thursday!