Book Review – Disney Trivia from the Vault

Author: Dave Smith
ISBN: 1423153707

On Sale: 06/26/2012
Price: $9.99 US / $10.99 CAN
Ages: 12 and up

Imprint: Disney Editions

Description: Beginning with the July 1983 issue of Disney Channel Magazine, Dave Smith began answering Disney trivia questions from viewers of the Disney Channel. “Ask Dave” questions have come from Disney enthusiasts the world over, and have covered topics ranging from Cinderella’s last name (Tremaine) to the number of triangles covering the surface of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth (11,324 facets comprising 954 triangles.) Over 1,100 questions have been fielded by Dave Smith, the now-retired Chief Archivist of The Walt Disney Company, and this book is a compendium of the most interesting and revealing of those queries.
Review: The book starts with a one-page introduction by Dave Smith himself. He talks about the early beginnings of his connection with our Disney questions as the Chief Archivist of the Walt Disney Archives. He drifted from one publication to another until finally resting on the Internet on the D23 Web site, we he can be found now.
But many books have come out of Dave’s congenial willingness to answer an unending stream of Disney questions! The latest of which is this one: Disney Trivia from the Vault.After this brief introduction, Dave just dives right in with the first question, and doesn’t stop until the last page. There are no pictures in this book and no appendix, but the book is divided into 8 sections. I’ll list them for you, with one teaser for each:

Animated Features – Did Richard Chamberlain have anything to do with the Little Mermaid? Animated Shorts – Did Walt Disney ever draw Mickey Mouse for the screen? Disneyland – How many babies have been born at Disneyland? Live-Action Films – Were the Nannies in the street in Mary Poppins women or men? Publications – What year did Scrooge McDuck first appear in a Disney comic? Television – What was the movie in which Kurt Russell starred as a young rebel soldier? Walt Disney World – Pluto belonged to two other owners before Mickey. Who were they? Walt Disney – Is it true that ‘Disney’ is a changed version of Walt’s family’s original name?

I hope these 8 teasers have whet your appetite for this book!

I’d give this book a 3.5 stars out of 5 for the serious Disney fan, just because many of the facts given have been available before. But for casual or new Disney fans I would raise the score to a 4. The book is a treasure trove from the man who knows all, so should be on the bookshelf and in the hands of anyone who has ever asked a Disney question!
I’d like to thank Disney Publishing Worldwide for sending me this preview copy.

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – The Tree of Life!

My Dreams of Disney, Tree of Life, Animal Kingdom

Hello, and welcome back to Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, Tree of Life edition!  This weekly series is put on in conjunction with my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and Jenn from Disney Babies Blog!  I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, welcoming you to our site!  At the end of the post you will find links to the other sites, why not click on them and hop right on over to see what their trivia is for this week!

My trivia for this week comes from the book “Disney Trivia from the Vault” by Dave Smith — the Chief Archivist Emeritus of The Walt Disney Archives!

Thumbing through the book, I found a question from Kaitlyn from Mount Holly, NJ, who asked:

“Is there a list somewhere of all the animals carved into the Tree of Life? I’ve searched high and low and can’t seem to find one.”

Did you know, the Tree of Life…

contains 325 animals carved into the tree!  While Disney has not released a list of all of the animals located on the tree (they want guests to have as much fun as possible finding the animals) — they certainly did take a great amount of time and effort into putting so many carvings into the structure!

That wraps things up for me this week!  Thank you all for stopping by and seeing the trivia that I have for you this week!  If you have a blog, and want to write your own Trivia post, please feel free to do so and link it up with all of ours!  Thanks everyone, and have a great one!  If I don’t hear from you, I hope that you and your family have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving, and that all the blessings you so richly deserve are yours to be had!  Be safe, everyone!



Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

Welcome back to another Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia everyone! Along with my pals Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, I’m Mike from My Dreams of Disney, here to share some fun little Disney Trivia!

We love creating these posts for you, but we also love reading the trivia that you all come up with!  Last week we had some great contributions to the collection, so keep the momentum going this week, and thanks!  This week, we are pulling from two resources for some great Disney trivia.  The first is This Day in Disney History.

Did You Know: That on October 15, 2010, Disney Legend Dave Smith, the founder and head of the Disney Archives, puts in his final day of work at the Burbank studio. Smith started the archives after being approached by Walt Disney’s family, including Roy O. Disney four years after Walt’s death in 1966, to preserve the history of the company. “I will take a lot of memories with me.” -Dave Smith

Now that you have seen that little Did You Know segment, let’s also dive into the book that Mr. Smith wrote, Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered, and get a second trivia tidbit for you!  It’s a ROGO (Read One, Get One) sale!

Did You Know: That there have actually been three babies born at Disneyland?!  The last time that happened was in April, 2002.  Can you imagine being born at Disneyland or Walt Disney World?!  How crazy would that be, but for the child, imagine that story to tell your friends!


Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: Carousel of Progress!

Welcome to the second week of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia — the weekly post that gives you a little bit of Disney Trivia!  Founded by my friend Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, I am joined also by my friend Jenn from Disney Babies Blog and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Each of us is writing a post, so check out the information below to see all of the entries!

My trivia for this week comes once again from the book Disney Trivia from the Vault by Dave Smith.  If you are interested in owning this incredible book, click on the title to head on over to Amazon.

One person wrote in about the Carousel of Progress, and about whether Walt Disney is one of the voices we hear singing “It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” during the show, and also inquiring whose voice is used for the father.

Did you know that Walt Disney actually did record a version of It’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow with the Sherman Brothers?  However, his voice is not heard during the show.  In a special treat, though, you can view it here by clicking on the YouTube video below!

Now, about the voice of the father. According to the book, the voice of the father is Rex Allen, although if you look on WikiPedia, you’ll see that Rex Allen is listed as the Grandfather, and the father is listed as Jean Shepherd.  Either way, some of the other names in that cast are quite intriguing, including Mel Blanc as Cousin Orville and his son Noel in some of the radio personalities.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look into one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World!  Now, click on the links below to head on over to some of the other Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia entries!


Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia: The Origins of Pluto!

Welcome to my original Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post!  Special thanks goes to my great friend Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, the Disney site where you learn that Disney IS school!  She asked her readers what they wanted to see on Tuesdays, and they had a resounding “Trivia!” answer for her!  I don’t know a whole lot of trivia, Disney or otherwise, but I do have two incredibly cool Disney Trivia books that I will reference for these posts!  The first one is “Disney Trivia from the Vault” by Dave Smith, and the other book is “The Walt Disney World Trivia, Volume Two“, by Lou Mongello.  So, on to today’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

I have always thought of Pluto as Mickey’s dog; I always thought this because Pluto’s dog house was at Mickey’s Country House in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  Did you know, though, that when Pluto made his debut in the cartoon The Chain Gang, he didn’t belong to anyone.  He was a bloodhound that was searching for Mickey Mouse, who had escaped from prison!

In his second cartoon, called The Picnic, Pluto actually belonged to Minnie Mouse!  However, he was known in this cartoon as Rover, not Pluto.

Finally, in his third cartoon, The Moose Hunt, Pluto was the dog of Mickey Mouse, and he has been ever since.

This information is from Dave Smith’s book, Disney Trivia from the Vault.

Here is a YouTube video of The Moose Hunt.  Enjoy!

Finally, don’t forget to check in over at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to see the rest of the entries for Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  Just click on the button below, and thanks for stopping by!

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