Saturday, March 28, 2009
This is the outside of the front of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida. This Resort is also home to another Resort, the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge, which is a Disney Vacation Club Resort. Check in for both Resorts is at the main reception area of the Wilderness Lodge. This is my favorite Resort at Walt Disney World- it's so beautiful. The Villas are way better than staying at the Inn- the rooms are bigger, even in a Studio accommodation. It's such a woodsy feeling when you stay at this Resort. You can take the free buses that they have to any of the Disney theme parks, or you can use their boat service to go to the Magic Kingdom or to any of the other nearby Resort Hotels (Contemporary Resort or the Fort Wilderness Campground). Behind this Resort is a lake and a very cool pool area, which has waterfalls, whirlpools, and even an geyser -"Old Unfaithful".
This is a photograph of the Snow White Grotto at Disneyland. The Grotto is located on the right side of the Sleeping Beauty Castle (if looking at the Sleeping Beauty Castle from Main Street). The statues were given to Walt Disney years ago as a gift, and he decided to put them in the park. There was one challenge- the dwarfs and Snow White were made the same size. When the statues were installed, they placed Snow White higher up, and used "forced perspective" to make it seem like she was higher up than she really is. You can also hear Snow White singing, "I'm Wishing" every few minutes (and you can hear her echo in the Wishing Well, which sits just across from the Grotto).
This is a Junior Passport to Disneyland, circa 1979. This Passport was a 1-day pass into Disneyland, and included unlimited use of all Disneyland adventures and attractions (expect the shooting galleries). This type of pass was available for purchase to members of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom Club. The Passport was good for use only on the day it was stamped (your Passport got stamped as you entered Disneyland by a ticket taker).
This is a ticket to "Family Fun Night" at Disneyland. This ticket was for CBS employees. Notice that this event was held on February 11, 1978, and that it lasted from 8:30PM til 1:30AM. This ticket was from the era when Disneyland had ticket books. However, when Disneyland closed down for special "Family Fun Nights", you only needed one of these event tickets to ride all the attractions. Notice that the price on this ticket is $5.75- really cheap by today's standards.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This is one of four Disneyland Hotel Retro Greetings Cards that were created with designs by popular artist Shag. These cards were created for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. The styling shown here is reminiscent of some of the old Disneyland attractions posters. Notice the lady sitting by the pool, with her cocktail next to her, and the kids coming down the slide in the background, and Tinker Bell flying above. Of course, there's that famous "Disneyland Hotel" logo.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
These are some Disneyland ticket book back covers from years ago. Notice the prices on the ticket books. Disneyland used to sell and use "Ticket Books", which contained tickets that you used to go on individual rides. In later years, the "Passport" was developed, which were one-day unlimited tickets that let you ride all the rides with no tickets. Don't there ticket books look cool?
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is the first pin from D23- the new official fan club of The Walt Disney Company. This new club launched on March 10, 2009, and information about it officially debuted at The Walt Disney Company's Annual Shareholders Meeting, which was held in Oakland, California at the Paramount Theater. Bob Iger, CEO and President of The Walt Disney Company, revealed the new club to the world at the meeting. Shareholders had the opportunity to sign up for the new club online at the meeting, and were given this official Charter Year 2009 Pin that you see here. This pin was exclusively given to shareholders who attended the meeting (I took Amtrak from Los Angeles to Oakland on Monday, March 9, in order to attend this meeting. I had an awesome trip!) By the way, the meeting was great, and Disney is a great company to invest in!
Friday, March 6, 2009
This is a framed picture of Grumpy from Walt Disney's classic animated feature film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". This picture, which is watercolor on canvas, was produced by a company called Artisto, Inc. and is part of a set of all 7 dwarfs plus Snow White. It was produced in 1938 and was licensed by Walt Disney Productions.
Monday, March 2, 2009
This is a mug based on the Walt Disney classic film, "Lady and the Tramp". This mug is cool, because it features all of the dogs in the film which had speaking parts- they all have such personality- and, of course, Lady's puppies. Even Nutsy, the dog who took the walk to his doom at the dog pound, is featured here- somehow, he made it! This mug is great- look at the colors! Also featured are the siamese cats, Si and Am. Notice the Christmas gift box, the carpet, and the wallpaper in the details here.