Fun Fact Friday #176 – Happy Birthday Disney… and ME!

Yes, it’s true. The fact that the Walt Disney Company was established on this day in 1923, combined with the fact that I was born on this day in 1986, has awarded me with the perfect, logically excuse as to why I am so obsessed with all things Disney! It’s written in the stars!

Normally on Friday’s I post a Fun Fact, but since today is my birthday, I’m going to serve up 5 juicy facts all about me+disney! Enjoy 🙂

1.) When I was two-years old, I went to Disney World for the first time. The best memory from this was when Baloo chased me around the yard! My parents still laugh about it today.

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2.) I have a room in my house dedicated to all things Disney. The point of this was to keep my obsession contained… but, alas, the Den just couldn’t hold all of my love and so some of it has spilled over into my kitchen cabinets. And, possibly, my bedroom. Oh, and in my car… *yikes*

3.) I don’t know how many times I have been to Walt Disney World, but my best guess would be at least 10 times! I’ve also been to Disneyland twice, and have recently made last-minute plans to go back in November of this year!

4.) For the past three-years or so, I have kept this pin on my desk. My office is decorated professionally, and this it literally the only “fun” or “whimsical” item I have on display. I feel like it represents me, because I work int he construction industry, but I’m a Disney-Girl at heart! I love this pin!

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5.) The last time I was in Walt Disney World with my family was in 2011. It was a different trip, because we are all so much older now. We stayed at the All-Star Music hotel for a week. My greatest all star musicmemory, as cheesy as it may sound, was when the hotel did an outdoor movie by the pool. They were playing Beauty and the Beast, one of my all-time favorite movies. We had gone out to pick up a pizza at Giordano’s and sat outside, watching the movie, and just being together.

Since then, a lot has changed. My siblings and I have moved in and out of my parent’s home, every one is working different hours, and we all have our own friends/significant others/etc… that are threaded through our lives. Sometimes it saddens me to think that it will never be “the five of us” again. But thankfully, I have such wonderful memories to look back on, and Disney is a huge part of that.

 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Walt Disney: Part 1 Airs Tonight at 9pm

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It’s finally here! American Experience has created a two-part documentary on the man himself, and it is premiering tonight at 9:00pm on PBS! Set your recording for this, it looks like it will be epic!

Here’s a small description of what’s in store for us!

Coming to American Experience September 14 & 15 is the unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers – Walt Disney. Featuring rarely seen footage from the Disney archive, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers, animators and artists who worked on his early films, as well as the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality, this two-night, four-hour film reveals the makings of the man who would leave an indelible mark on our nation’s cultural history.

Check out the teaser trailer, too, and be sure to come back and let me know what you thought about it!

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Not My Favorite Post

I love writing this blog. I’ve been doing it for a while, and it has become like a form of therapy. But, for the past couple of weeks, I have not been able to sit down and create cute, happy posts, because I was in the middle of a very difficult time. My amazing grandfather was ill and in the hospital. He tried so hard to pull through, and was looking forward to doing so many things still, but unfortunately he passed on July 31st at the age of eighty-five.

My world has been darker, and it’s been difficult for me to really accomplish anything. There are so many things around that remind me of him. I keep wanting to talk to him.

My grandfather was always very proud of me. No matter what I did, he was supportive. I can’t believe I never realized how extraordinary he was until it was too late. He took the time to make every single person he met feel special. He was always laughing, always happy, and always telling stories. He loved every single day that he was alive. His lessons will stay with me. Hopefully I can try and honor him in that way, by taking what he taught me and apply it.

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That’s why this is not my favorite post. I couldn’t just come back without mentioning him, because that felt like I was trying to brush him aside. But I know that it’s important to get back to living, and so I’m starting to pick up the pieces today.

While I was going through pictures of him with my family last week, I came across this one. It’s a little blurry and probably 20 years old, but it’s appropriate for here.

For now, I’m going to allow myself to mourn at my own time. I already feel better just by writing it down and sharing his memory with all of you.

I never took the time to tell him about my blog, and I wish I had. I know he would have thought it was so cool, because he was interested in anything I did. But I won’t focus on those regrets. I will be thankful that I was able to have him in my life as long as I did.

Rest easy, Papa. xoxo

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People and Places: Disneyland U.S.A

To keep the festivities going in honor of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, I thought this video would be the perfect thing to share. I stumbled upon this on Disney Avenue‘s blog, and it’s amazing!

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The Disneyland, U.S.A video was recorded in 1956, a year after the park had opened. It is a featurette that is part of a series called People and Places that Walt Disney Productions produced. Now, it has become a wonderful time capsule for us all to enjoy. Take a look how people dressed, and notice the lack of selfie-sticks and duck faces (he he). Experience the vintage feel of the park while the narrator takes you through the attractions. The 42-minute video allows us to take a leisurely stroll through the way the “World” looked through Disney’s eyes. Fabulous!

Disney Avenue explains that this video is on the Walt Disney Treasures – Disneyland: Secrets, Stories & Magic DVD set. Guess I’ll be ordering that next! 🙂

 

Fun Fact Friday! #169

Time to celebrate Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary!!!

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That’s right, folks! On this day 60 years ago, the gates opened for the first time at Walt Disney’s beloved amusement park, Disneyland!

History was certainly made that day. ABC was there to broadcast the festivities live, and so many people tuned in to see what was happening inside this magical place, that it became the biggest live telecast at the time!

Walt Disney, after being gracefully introduced by Ronald Reagan (famous for his career as an actor at the time), delivered this infamous speech as he welcomed the first guests in:

“To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

While the park opened on July 17, 1955, it was invitation only. These invitations were given to the workers who had helped build the park, as well as sponsors and reporters. Surprisingly (or, maybe not so much), these coveted tickets were counterfeit, and so the park saw over 28,000 people through its gate.

This caused opening day to be dubbed by Disneyland employees as “Black Sunday”, because due to the overwhelming attendance, plus the normal mishaps that newly-opened businesses all suffer, the first day at Disneyland was chaotic to say the least.

There was a shortage of food, a gas leak (yikes!), crazy traffic jams around Anaheim, and who knows what else. But, they pulled through, and in less than 2 months from opening day, Disneyland welcomed over 1-million guests to the happiest place on earth!

Way to go, Disneyland! Let me celebrate by sharing some photos I took from my first trip there back in 2012. Enjoy!

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Amazing train ride! I suggest jumping on it first thing and riding it to the back of the park. You’ll be able to waltz right on to “It’s A Small World” while everyone else floods Main Street! See, I’m always looking out for you. 😉

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Just to prove that I made it. After a 6.5 hour flight (eeek) and driving the crazy highways of California, I finally made it!

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This horse and I had a moment. He totally posed for the camera! Show off.

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The obligatory castle shot, with the statue at the forefront.

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Loved the New Orleans influence in Disneyland. Did someone say beignets?!?! Mmmmm

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Gotta say, if I were a bird, this is where I would make my landing. 🙂

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So serene, sitting by the water. #ImInHeaven

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Toontown! How I miss the Toontown at WDW. This land included an awesome Roger Rabbit ride!