Friday, February 27, 2009
This is the Disneyland Records album, "Disney's Merriest Songs", a long-playing vinyl record from 1968. This was the very first Disneyland Records record that my parents bought me. I remember when my Dad bought it, and I remember where- at a Gulf gas station, that used to be right off the 10 freeway exit at Crenshaw Blvd (there's now a car wash where that gas station used to be, and there are NO Gulf gas stations in Los Angeles anymore!) This album had inside (I'm sure) a postcard that allowed you to join a club where records would come in the mail automatically and you would pay for them- that's how I got such a large collection of Disneyland Records records when I was a kid. I was 4 years old when I got this one- the one that started the Disney madness for me.
This particular album in the picture was something that I bought a few months ago on Ebay. Although it's an old album, this one is unopened and in mint condition ( man, the things you can find on Ebay!) I still have the original record album that my Dad bought, too- but it has a lot of scratches on it.
This album is cool because it has songs from all kinds of Disney movies- some from soundtracks, others are Disney songs sung by contemporary artists of the time. As you can see from the photo of the back of the album cover, you can see some of the stars featured- Julie Andrews, Louis Armstrong, Phil Harris, Burl Ives, Mary Martin, Louis Prima, Dick Van Dyke, and Ed Wynn. I'm going to buy a record player soon, and relive some warm, melodic memories that only vinyl records can offer!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This is a button celebrating Walt Disney World's 15th Anniversary. I got this button from some friends of mine, Eric and Barbara Roque,who collect a whole lot of Disney stuff, and who had so much that they were giving stuff away, so this is one of the cool things that I got. Walt Disney World has a very interesting history- it's something that Walt Disney himself was involved in planning, and something that he really looked forward to building and operating.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
These are pictures taken from outside Marceline's Confectionery at Disneyland Resort's Downtown Disney area. This picture was taken on January 2nd at about 1AM (that's why nobody's there). Notice the carmeled and candied apples inside the store, and the Christmas decorations. I always buy a carmeled apple with peanuts when I go there. Sometimes I buy some rocky road fudge, and some milk to go with it. I also like the dark chocolate-covered marshmallows with carmel. While all of this stuff tastes good, you should try to wait until you have a toothbrush and toothpaste for afterward, if you can.
Friday, February 6, 2009
This is a Pinocchio Snowglobe that I bought at Walt Disney World. It features Pinocchio, Figaro the cat, and Jiminy Cricket, as they sit around listening to the wind-up music box play. This snowglobe actually has a wind-up music box built right into it- and the conductor inside moves back and forth as the music plays. The tune played is "Brahm's Waltz" This piece is incredibly detailed!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This is a piece from the Walt Disney Classics Collection, featuring Donald Duck. Here, Donald Duck is hopping, fighting mad. I like it when Donald gets mad, so that's why I bought this piece 2 years ago when I was visiting the (then) Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida. This was a perfect momento of my trip!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This is a small framed picture of Bashful from Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". This picture is one of 8 pictures in a set that was produced between 1938 and 1939. I got this as a gift from my grandmother- it was in her house when she moved there in 1955. It looks like watercolor on canvas. This was produced by Artisto, Inc. I asked Dave Smith at the Disney Archives about these prints, and he sent me a letter, telling me about them- who made them and when, and how much Disney Archives paid for theirs back in 1986 (they got a deal!)
I am willing to sell the whole set of these watercolor on canvas prints from Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" for $8,000.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This is the book, "Aladdin - The Making of an Animated Film by John Culhane", published by Hyperion. This book covers the filmmaking process of Disney's "Aladdin" It aims to answer this question: "How did they do it?" It shows early sketches of the characters, some of the voice actors, some of the actual animated drawings that led to the final produced film that we can see today on DVD or Blu-Ray. It shows how each of the main characters was developed and produced. This book is 120 pages, and it's hardcover. Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney films. A few years ago Disneyland produced a spectacular show at Disney's California Adventure based on this film, inside the (coincidentally?) Hyperion Theater.