Hallmark stores are almost becoming as good as, or better than, The Disney Store for offering great Disney treasures! I kid you not.
Take a look at what we just picked up recently:
15″ W x 15″ H x 1 1/2″ D
This great reproduction of the Hundred Acre Wood map can stand or be hung, which is what we have done with it. It features all of your favorite characters from the A. A. Milne’s classic Pooh stories. Here are closer looks at each corner of the piece:
The houses of Rabbit, Kanga, and Owl
Christopher Robin’s house
Notice that the compass has the letters spelling out Pooh’s name instead of the cardinal points of North, East, South, and West.
Winnie the Pooh’s house (or Mr. Sander’s, depending on who you ask)
Eeyore’s gloomy place… er, house
The only omission is Piglet’s house. Poor little guy! But he shouldn’t feel too bad as Tigger is missing altogether! Most of the other main attractions of the Hundred Acre Wood are represented here.
In conclusion, kudos to Hallmark for offering such wonderful things. And to Christopher Robin we say: Work on your spelling!
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing vintage Disney attractions and entertainment and a little Disney history.
Cinderella Castle stands watch over the Magic Kingdom!
Original Magic Kingdom Attractions
Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today as we explore some vintage Disney on the Magical Blogorail Orange Loop! In my post today, I’m writing about my favorite Original Magic Kingdom Attractions. Have a look at my list, and let me know how my list compares with your list!
1) Peter Pan’s Flight
At the top of our favorite Original Attractions is Peter Pan’s Flight!
Our family loves Peter Pan’s Flight! It’s such a fun journey; as I said in a different post, when you enter the Magic Kingdom, it’s like you leave Florida, but when you enter Peter Pan’s Flight, it’s like you have totally left the Magic Kingdom behind. It’s that immersive. With Disney’s incredible use of forced perspective, you really do feel like you are traveling above the streets of London, and that you have left Wendy’s bedroom behind.
2) Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is one of Mike’s Favorites!
Another of my favorite Magic Kingdom Original Attractions is the Haunted Mansion. Like Peter Pan’s Flight, this attraction makes use of an Omnimover system for loading and unloading Guests into the attraction. There are some subtle (and also not so subtle) differences between the version in Liberty Square and the one located in Disneyland at New Orlean’s Square, but the premise is the same; who wants to be that 1,000th Happy Haunt? On a former post, we talked about where we would like to spend the night at the Magic Kingdom; for my wife, it was in the Haunted Mansion.
3) it’s a small world
Located across the path from Peter Pan’s Flight, it’s a small world makes our list!
As many of you already know, I’m sure, part of what makes “it’s a small world” special is the fact that it was originally on display at the 1964 World Fair in New York City. In addition, this attraction is just one of those attractions that I love because it automatically makes me happy. I sing the song, over and over again, I look at the decorations, I take pictures of hundreds of things, and I wave at the Cast Member who starts us on our journey. When I was a kid, I remember my Grandpa and I sitting in Pinocchio Village Haus by the windows that overlook the attraction, waving at boat after boat, and having them wave back at us. That’s a memory that I will never forget.
4) The Walt Disney World Railroad
The Roger E. Broggie is just one of the locomotives on the Walt Disney World Railroad!
Perhaps as a surprise to some of you (or perhaps not to my long term readers), the Walt Disney World Railroad is number 4 in our list of favorite Original Magic Kingdom Attractions. I’ve had a fascination with trains my entire life, starting with my first train layout I was given for Christmas as a child, and continuing on to now with the trains I have here at the house. What makes the Walt Disney World Railroad so special to me, though, is the nostalgia of it all; the ability to just travel through time to when railroad travel was much more common, and to be able to see a side of Disney that one doesn’t often see.
5) The Jungle Cruise
The Gorillas have taken over the Jungle Cruise!
Rounding out our top five is The Jungle Cruise, that one of a kind attraction that has a cult following. What I love about the Jungle Cruise is how corny the jokes are! Also, I love the history of the attraction, more so from the Disneyland perspective than the Walt Disney World perspective, but I like the history at the Magic Kingdom nonetheless.
So there you have it, my top five Magic Kingdom original attractions! Where does my list stack up against your list? Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by today! Now, go check out the rest of the great posts my friends on the Blogorail have written for you!
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I had all but given up on Value Village (a Canadian charity shop) for finding Disney treasures. Either people weren’t parting with the stuff as much anymore or more Disneyana fans had caught on to the great deals!
But now that I have moved to a different part of Ontario, I have access to new Value Village stores with new donated treasures. And so I am again finding a Disney treasure or two. Like these:
In the North American parks, this would be called Main Street USA. But even though the name has been changed, the attractions are mostly the same with lots of eateries and shopping opportunities.
Mickey and Minnie seem to be enjoying a fall day in dapper style!
I love the Jungle Cruise setting for this hunting expedition, but I think our three intrepid hunters have picked the wrong prey in Sher Khan!
Kudos to Goofy for shooting with a camera.
The back side of plate
Unlike the North American products where the merchandise is stamped with both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland gets to issue these all on its own.
I wonder if there were plates for the other lands? Those being Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown, and Tomorrowland. Also, the 7 areas of Tokyo DisneySea could also have a plate each. The Internet yielded up no pictures to prove the existence of such plates.
Again, I am pleased as punch to again find Disney treasure on the cheap ($5.99 CAN each).
Thinking of females who popped up fairly often in the world of Disney, we might list Kathryn Beaumont or Mary Costa, but they only appeared as voice artists in animation.
Well, that may have been true of Ms. Beaumont’s time with Disney, but before Disney she appeared live
MGM – 1948
Kathryn Beaumont (born 27 June 1938) is an English actress who is best known for providing the voices of both Alice in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Wendy in Disney’s Peter Pan (1953). Walt Disney personally cast Beaumont after seeing the film On an Island with You, in which child actress Beaumont had a small role as Penelope Peabody:
My favorite line of hers from the film occurs when her mother is trying to get her a part in a film (being made within the film) from Mr. Buckley (Jimmy Durante). Beaumont recites ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ to be included in a wedding scene. Buckley puts them off by telling the pair that Penelope is ‘too British!’ Penelope looks up at her movie mother and says: “Mummy, what’s wrong with being too British?”
Priceless! Obviously, Walt thought so too. Would you like to see how she looked in this role? Here is a frame from the movie:
Here, she is reciting the wedding rhyme
Beaumont with Jimmy Durante
For interest sake, Beaumont was 10 years old in On an Island With You, 13 when she did Alice, and 15 when she was Wendy in Peter Pan.
In 2005, Beaumont retired as the voice of Alice and Wendy, and her role as these two characters was taken over by Hynden Walch.
Picture this: Bing Crosby is in a cherry picker (a bucket on a hydraulic boom) being lifted up to and past huge pictures of the faces of famous personalities from yesteryear. As they say, you can’t make this stuff up, folks!
This could only happen on a TV special in 1968. Bing was joined by Bob Hope and the Supremes, among others, for what could only be described as… OK, just weird. Here is a still from the show:
Supremes in Western leather, Bing… in?
But now let’s have a look at the moment when things got really weird:
Bing in a bucket 40 feet in the air!
I wish I had been fast enough to grab the camera to get a picture of the long-shot of Bing and the complete machine. It was… again, weird!
And what did he see?
Bing was singing about famous faces so I guess the mouse was bound to be included.
You know, I don’t see any other sites covering things like this. I’m beginning to worry about my sanity. Maybe I’m not really seeing this stuff. Bing in a bucket singing about the face of a fictional mouse? Nah, couldn’t have happened! Could it?