Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow – My Famous Disney Couple and an {American Tourister Giveaway}!

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When you think of famous Disney Couples, most people think of Mickey & Minnie, or Donald and Daisy, or even Cinderella and Prince Charming.  But how often do you think of Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow when you think of Famous Disney Couples?

Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow

Clarabelle Cow, Sophie, and Horace Horsecollar posing for the camera!

Well, I’ve got one of those odd brains that thinks about the unusual at the weirdest times, so when I heard that the theme for our giveaway was going to be Famous Disney Couple, I almost immediately though of Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow.  I’m not really sure why that is — I mean, it’s not every day that you think of them.  Maybe it’s because one of my favorite photos was of them with my daughter Sophie in the Magic Kingdom (in Town Square) from 2007, and honestly, you don’t see them around much — at least, I don’t.  Or maybe I thought of them because I had just seen the movie Frozen prior to seeing the topic for our giveaway, and they were on my mind.  I honestly don’t know, but what I do know is this: Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow, especially in the picture above, are really stylish characters, and I could see Clarabelle really sporting that Minnie Mouse luggage from American Tourister quite nicely!  Same goes for Horace and the Mickey luggage!  Also, take a look at that romantic Horace as he shares a special moment with Clarabelle!

Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow

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The Disney Couple Giveaway Question!

Of course, I’m not just here to talk about my famous Disney couple!  We are also having a giveaway, and one of the entries will be your answer to the following question:

The Disney Couple Giveaway Question is this: What is the name of the cartoon short prior to the start of the Disney movie Frozen that Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow were in?

If you are like me, you’ve got that short running on YouTube every day, and you keep going back to the theater to see the movie!  Pretty simple, right?  Just leave your answer in the giveaway widget below, and thanks!

Now, we’ve got a little legal to cover, so please read carefully:

Enter to win a Disney inspired D23 2-piece luggage set.  No purchase necessary to enter.  Just read about a famous Disney couple and answer the question in the post.  There will be a new blogger posting daily through February 7th so keep checking back for additional chances to enter.

There will be two winners in the giveaway. Each winner will receive a Disney Inspired D23 2-piece luggage set valued at $100.  Design winner receives will be chosen at random.  Contest begins Jan 27th 2014 and ends February 14th 2014 at midnight EST and is only open to U.S. legal residents 18 years and older with valid email address.  

Visiting Disney’s Town of Celebration in Florida

Recently my wife and I spent three weeks in not-so sunny Florida (from December 25th to January 12th). While our friends and family were enjoying record cold temperatures and ice storms back in Canada, we were NOT enjoying unseasonably cold and rainy weather in The Sunshine State!

But we made the most of it, feeling that a change is as good as a cure and so went about exploring parts of Florida and places we hadn’t seen before. And one of those places just happened to be:

These t-shirts were in a shop window and made a nice welcome to the community. Michael Eisner made this his pet project back in the 1990’s and although Disney has long since sold off its interests in the project, you can still feel the Disney Spirit everywhere!

 

 

These are just some of the interesting buildings that Disney had designed for the town. Each one was done by a different and/or famous architect or firm. Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

Subsequent to founding Celebration, Disney followed its plans to divest most of its control of the town. Several Disney business units continue to occupy the town’s office buildings, and two utility companies, Smart City Telecom and Reedy Creek Energy Services, both operated from Walt Disney World, provide services to the town. The town itself remains directly connected to the Walt Disney World resorts via one of its primary streets, World Drive, which begins near the Magic Kingdom.

Downtown Celebration’s post office was designed by Michael Graves, the adjacent Welcome Center is by Philip Johnson and the Celebration Health building by Robert A. M. Stern. Other nearby buildings are designed by well known architects including: Charles Moore (Preview Center), Graham Gund (Bohemian Hotel), Cesar Pelli (movie theatre), Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (SunTrust Bank).

As you travel down World Drive from The Magic Kingdom you can look for this distinctive water tower that stands on the lot of a large strip mall that also serves as an entrance into the town of Celebration. It’s hard to miss!

But if you want to blend in with the natives, you may wish to buy and drive a NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) from the local NEVrland store. You’ll find these driving around and parked all over the town! I want one.

I’ve intended to visit this town that Disney built for years but for some reason never got around to it. I’m glad I did during this visit as it was something different to add to my Disney experiences! Remember, Walt wanted Epcot to be a community, not a theme park, and the town of Celebration is meant to be an extension of that dream. Any Disney fan should make a pilgrimage! And if you do, maybe you could stay at this hotel:

I purchased a great book about the town and how it started. I’ll be doing a review at a later time.

So have you ever visited the town of Celebration? If so, what did you think? Here is what Wikipedia says about the different views held by some:

Response to Celebration has been mixed, some feeling it is creepy, one resident even admitting it is “Stepford Wife-like”, to those who see Celebration as an example of new urbanism with its safe, walkable community.

Which view best represents your first impression?