#DisneyMovieMonday – Steamboat Willie

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Image ©TheWaltDisneyCompany.com

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special #DisneyMusicMonday.  Today also happens to be the 4th anniversary of when I started My Dreams of Disney, so on this day, I’m sharing with you a video that really was the start of it all for so many of us in this business.

On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse stars in Steamboat Willie, the first commercially successful animated cartoon to use synchronized sound. Disney’s third Mickey short (but the first with sound) debuts as a sneak preview at Universal’s Colony Theatre – located at Broadway & 53rd Street in New York City. It is shown before the feature film Gang War. Steamboat Willie is co-directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and features the first appearance of Minnie Mouse. It is animated by Ub Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson and Dick Lundy. The short also features the work of inbetween artist Les Clark (who will go on to be one of “Walt’s Nine Old Men”). Walt himself supplies the voices for all the characters – although there isn’t any real spoken dialogue just whistling, grunts, laughter and other vocal sounds. Walt sits nervously at the rear of the theater to gage the audience’s reaction. To his delight, the Colony echoes with laughs and giggles throughout the short! Steamboat Willie will be shown every night for 2 weeks. (Despite the fact that this is not the first Mickey cartoon made or released, it is still considered Mickey Mouse’s true debut … and birthday!)

It’s not every day that we celebrate an anniversary for our blog, and I never imagined that my little blog would grow into the site that it is — or that it would even be still around after four years!  Our first post (and posts) were written as recaps of the memories that I have from my original visits to Walt Disney World, but as the months went by, our posts became more about reviews, and lists of favorites, dining reviews, and so on.  It’s crazy to imagine that we have published 1,513 posts now (with this being number 1,513)!  Well, enough about the blog — today is #DisneyMusicMonday, and I’ve got two videos to share with you — the first is the intro music for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the second is the actual Steamboat Willie cartoon.  I hope you have time to enjoy both of them, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts below.  Also, special thanks as always to my friend Tim from Dad for Disney for co-hosting with me!

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Grim Grinning Ghosts

Disney Music Monday – Grim Grinning Ghosts

Grim Grinning Ghosts

Grim Grinning Ghosts is our selection for this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post!  This week, we’re taking a look at one of the songs for the Haunted Mansion, located at many different Disney parks across the world.  The picture above, of course, is the Haunted Mansion located at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  Before I get to far, let me welcome my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney!  It’s great having you Tim, I can’t wait to read your post later today!

When I think of the Haunted Mansion, the one song that most comes to my mind is that classic hit, Grim Grinning Ghosts. It’s a great song to sing to in the car, and it’s a great song to sing to when you come to the cemetery scene with the ghost busts singing the song. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to close out a great attraction!

Now, it’s time for a great Monday video — our #DisneyMusicMonday video of Grim Grinning Ghosts, performed in this case by the Hitchhiking Ghosts!  Enjoy!

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Disney Music Monday – Whistle While You Work

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post! I’m joined today by my friend Tim from Dad for Disney.  Since today is the first day of school for my daughter and many other children across the country, I hope this post will cheer them up as they start their “work” at school! For you teachers, too, I hope this helps kick off a great week of school!

I thought a while about what sort of back to school video I could share that was Disney related, but in the end, I thought that “Whistle While You Work” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a great way to show how much can be accomplished if we all team up and work together!  For Sophie and all the rest of the students, if you remember this, you’ll find that the year will go by much faster and you’ll do better also!

Now, enjoy Snow White singing “Whistle While You Work” and have a great day!

Another option I have for you to enjoy your first days of school comes from Finding Nemo — the song sung by Mr. Ray!  Have a look, and enjoy!

Now, check out the rest of the entries, and if you have a blog, add your post into our list as well!  Thanks everyone, have a great day!

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#DMM – Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

Disney Music Monday

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post!  I’m joined by my buddy Tim from Dad for Disney, and each Monday we bring you a special post that helps you get through the blahs that Monday’s can bring to us sometimes.  Well, I don’t want to brag, but I think I have got the PERFECT song to put a smile on your face.  I like this song so much that I’m actually putting two videos of the song in it — so go ahead, hit that play button twice, and enjoy!

I came across this gem from the Disney Modern Classics soundtrack that I bought on iTunes.  Of course, the song Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride is from Lilo & Stitch, and also Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.  What I love about this song is the upbeat melody, the rhythm that just flows, and the feeling, despite just listening to the song, as if you have been transported out to Hawaii and are on that surfboard yourself!  I hope you enjoy these YouTube videos as much as I do — the first one is the original song as performed by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu and The Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus.

This next version of the song was performed by the band Jump 5 and is full of energy and pep.  Here is the video:

So tell me, which one did you like better? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today on our #DisneyMusicMonday sing along!

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small world

#DisneyMusicMonday – it’s a small world!

small world

In today’s #DisneyMusicMonday, we’re hitting it’s a small world!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post!  I’m joined as always by my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney, and I hope you are enjoying these posts!  What better way to kick off the work week than by listening to a little Disney song to put you in a great mood!

With today’s post, I hope you smile when you hear the video, because today we are focusing on perhaps the most polar opposite of attractions at Walt Disney World or any other Disney park.  Today, my friends, we are taking a journey “on it’s a small world”!

I’m pretty sure that I’ve said this before, but I love to ride on “it’s a small world”!  This ride is just a fun attraction that puts a smile on my face each and every time I ride on it.  However, not everyone is like that, which definitely makes this attraction a love it or hate it type of attraction.  Where do you stand in the spectrum?  Love it and ride it multiple times, or hate it and can’t be paid to ride it?  Let me know in the comments!  Today’s video is an actual point of view video of the ride at Walt Disney World, so click on it and enjoy!

Now, I know that many of you reading are Disney bloggers like Tim and I are, so I urge you to join in the fun!  Just write up a post and then link it in to our link-up.  Each week we start a new one, so join in the fun, and thanks for stopping by!

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