Disneyland Monorail Watch with Original Case

“Please stand clear of the doors” From the Highway in the Sky to the Monorail Watch on your wrist, along comes a once-in-a-lifetime find! I love it when something like this pops up when I’m not expecting it. I was at a junky flea market the other day, and in the back of a lonely display case, was this:
Walt Disney Signature Series (?)
Leatherette case
Mint condition with plastic still on crystal and back
The Disneyland Monorail Watch
Genuine Leather band
A trip through time and the Mark series of Monorails
Monorails were around in the late 1800’s, but Disneyland didn’t get one until 1959 when Walt Disney decided to completely renovate Tomorrowland. So along with the Matterhorn and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea came North America’s first functioning Monorail system.
Artwork created by a Disney Artist, but it doesn’t indicate which
Hidden Mickey clasp
I’ve both Googled and searched eBay for this watch without success. So I can’t, as yet, provide any more information about it.
But what a find! For this Monorail enthusiast, this is the Holy Grail of watch finds. So far, I’ve left it in its original case and haven’t worn it. I’m saving that thrill for a special occasion!
Now please be seated or hold onto the rails. This post will be leaving shortly for a tour around the Magic Kingdom… of fandom!

Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary!

Last Saturday my family was one of the thousands of other families that were able to make it over to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.  The weather was absolutely incredible, the atmosphere in the park was phenomenal, and the excitement built for us from the moment we got up in the morning, continued through the day, and didn’t wane until our heads hit our pillows sometime at 1:15 AM the next morning.

I had never been part of such a great day, and one of the things that I did was to record as much video as I could with my little iPod Touch.  This video is of the morning celebration that took place around 10:00 AM.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Yardsellr

Image via CrunchBaseHave you ever purchased anything off of Yardsellr before?  If not, then this deal is for you.  Yardsellr is a special website where people can post items that they want to sell.  You can access it on their website, or you can access it through Facebook as well.  I have found several things and purchased them off of Yardsellr, and I have not had any issues at all with the delivery of my items.  The site is safe and secure, and is great for small purchases that you want to make.

If you are interested in trying them out, I have a link here that will automatically provide you with $5 free to spend, so what have you got to lose?

Some of the items that I have purchased through Yardsellr include these gems:

Daisy Duck Schmid

 

Earning My Ears Mickey Mouse

 

Adventureland Daisy Duck

If you are interested, click the link above to get started.  Have fun!  By the way, the Adventureland pin was purchased with a free gift like the one that they are offering to you with the link, and only cost me $1.00!

Magic Kingdom — Mickey’s Toontown Fair

Magic Kingdom -- Mickey's Toontown Fair

Mickey’s Toontown Fair is the newest of the Magic Kingdom lands, and unfortunately, it is also the first of the lands to be closed.  Toontown Fair is the unfortunate casualty of the expansion of Fantasyland, and as a result, much of the land is going to be disappearing, if it hasn’t been closed already.  Because of this, if you are able to go, and haven’t been yet, now might be the best time to get down to see Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

The Fair was opened in, I believe, 1988 to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.  Originally, the fair was called “Mickey’s Birthdayland”, and was slated to be a short running expansion.  However, the guests loved it, and flocked to it in such numbers that it was decided to continue the fun, but with a few tweaks made along the way.

Some of the best things in all of the Magic Kingdom can be found in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  For us, the best of the attractions are the following:

Since the Toontown Fair is the smallest of the lands, there isn’t as much to do here, however, the land has it’s own unique traits that give the “Fairgoer” a good time, and a lot to see.

The real beauty of Mickey’s Toontown Fair is in the details, and the story behind the land.  As I understand it, you won’t always find Mickey in the Toontown Fair, even though it would be a reasonable expectation to think that he would be there.  However, the thing that you need to keep in mind is that Mickey and Minnie’s full time homes are actually in Disneyland, not Disney World.  The homes that are in Mickey’s Toontown Fair are actually Mickey and Minnie’s vacation homes, so for this reason, when they aren’t on vacation, you won’t see them in their homes.

Additionally, although this is the smallest of the lands, the landmarks that are in the the land have an incredible amount of detail to them.  For example, did you know that Minnie’s Country House has he following things for you and your kids to enjoy:

  • You can sit on the couch or chair for pictures
  • You can press the play button on the answering machine to hear the messages left for Minnie — and there are a lot of messages!
  • You can bake the cake in the oven.
  • You can open the refrigerator to see all the selections of cheese that Minnie has.
  • You can pop popcorn in the microwave.

The details in the houses — both Minnie’s and Mickey’s — are incredible.  Mickey’s doesn’t have many things to do, it is more of a walk through museum type view, but despite that, there are a lot of things to see.  Take a moment to check out the kitchen that Goofy and Donald are working on, and take a look at all of the tools that there are in the garage!

Goofy’s Barnstormer roller coaster, which is how we as a family think of Goofy’s roller coaster, was Sophie’s first roller coaster at Disney World.  We rode it once, back in 2005, and Sophie was hooked!  We got off of it, and rode it again — and again — and again.  You get the picture.  In all, we rode it at least four times in a row, and we have ridden nearly every year since.  Now, though, our daring nine year old has progressed to Big Thunder Mountain, the Rock and Roller Coaster with Aerosmith, and other hi-intensity rides.

As a land, Mickey’s Toontown Fair is definitely the smallest, and some people think that it isn’t any big deal that it is being absorbed into the Fantasyland expansion.  However, to me, some of the biggest things that the Fair has going for it are the little things.  Being able to relax, to savor each part of the land, to just stroll like you would stroll through your own county fair at home.  Those are the things that make Mickey’s Toontown Fair special, and it won’t soon be forgotten.

I have no doubts that somewhere in the future we will see Mickey and Minnie’s homes.  Where they will be I’m not sure, but something will be done with them I believe.

Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos now and let me know what you think in the comments!

Mickey’s Closet

 

Mickey’s Bed

 

 

Mickey’s Country House
The back of Mickey’s House, with the garage
Mickey’s disaster of a kitchen renovation!
Minnie’s Country House

 

 

 

Goofy needs to take flying lessons!

 

Sophie and her Meemaw!

 

“The Thinker”

 

Mickey’s Kitchen

 

Pluto’s Doghouse

 

Mickey’s Garden

 

Sophie and Mickey

In the end, with Toontown Fair about to close, I’m going to miss it, and so are Cindy and Sophie.  I really think it will be worth it in the end, but it still is a bittersweet thing to go through.  That makes the pictures we have and memories we have all the more important, so thank you for reading.