Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This is a button from the Storyteller's Cafe at Disney's Grand Californian Resort and Spa. As you can see, the button features Walt Disney's Chip and Dale dancing in the woods. Of course, the Storyteller's Cafe logo is on the button.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The musical soundtrack to the film, "America the Beautiful", the Circle Vision 360 film that used to be at Disneyland from the late sixties til the early eighties, can be found on this fantastic album from Disney: "A Musical History of Disneyland". This music, typical of music in any Disney venture, really can set some atmosphere. I'm listening to this music as I type this now! The music is from regions all over the United States. If you've seen this movie a zillion times, like I did when I was a teenager, you can't help but have visions of what's going on as you listen to it. This particular track in the set is almost 18 minutes long! This music set is one of the best that I have in my fantastic, magical collection of Disneyana!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This is a rare, exclusive and very nice watch that I received when I was working at The Disney Store in the Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills Mall in Los Angeles back in 1994. All of the Cast Members at our store won the watch because our team made 424% of the goal set by the Company for sales of the video, "The Return of Jafar", which was the direct-to-video sequel to Disney's "Aladdin" animated feature. We worked very hard at our store to promote this video by simply spreading awareness. With some creativity and ingenuity (and the free poster that you got when you purchased the video, along with the $5 gift certificate), we created excitement for our store guests. All the while, our excellent Store Managers (including Ted, Maricela, David and Stephanie) set our goal high from the start, and made us believe that we could do it! We finished Number 1 in the Disney Store 1994 Challenge for "The Return of Jafar"! The fruits of our labor: this watch, featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, all in a 50's cool convertible car. Wow! In addition, each Cast Member also got an excellent jacket with this same design (to be seen on this blog at a later date) and a party at the now-defunct Ed Debevick's diner in Beverly Hills! Our Store, Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills #471, got a plaque saying that we were #1! Those were the good 'ole days at The Disney Store!
If you would like to purchase this extremely rare Disney watch, I am willing to part with it for $700 plus shipping.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This is the pin that was given to D23 guests at their special screening of the Disney/Pixar movie "Up" at the El Capitain Theater in Hollywood, California. The screening was held on the eve of the film's national release. The film was shown in 3-D, and all guests were able to get a free popcorn and a free drink. This was a fun night, and this pin commemorates it! The film was great. This event was the first official event for members of D23. In addition to the pin, all the guests who attended also received a balloon upon their exit. It was a colorful bunch of people crossing the street with their balloons after the film was over!
I am a member of D23, the Official Community of Disney Fans. I just tried to register for the tour of the Disney Studio and the Archives, and I was unable to make a reservation (I was able to get on the waiting list, though). I swear, in less than 2 minutes, the waiting list filled up for both dates that they had available! Unbelieveable! I hope that I can get in for one of the two dates on the wait list....They should have more than just those 2 dates!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
These are photos from the "Carnation Cafe" at Disneyland. I like to eat at Carnation Cafe, especially for breakfast. It's outdoors, it's old-fashioned, and it's the perfect place to have breakfast at Disneyland (their lunch is pretty good, too). As a matter of fact, I think that it's the only place inside Disneyland Park that has a breakfast menu. Carnation used to be a big Ice Cream company with sponsorship at Disneyland. Today you don't see any Carnation products anywhere- but Disneyland still uses the name for this cafe. The red and white colors used in the cafe were the signature colors for the old ice cream company.