Walt Disney in Technicolor

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I love all-things fanciful, and so my tastes often wander from Disney to other great movie and animation franchises. Robin Hood is one of my favorite literary characters (who has been brought to life by Disney in both live-action and animation) and so with a little time to kill I started watching the extras on my two disc special edition DVD copy of The Adventures of Robin Hood. This version stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland and is undoubtedly one of the finest adaptations!

But as always, I caught a Disney moment:

Young Walt

Actually… Walt Disney himself! One of the documentaries on the DVD was entitled Glorious Technicolor narrated by none other than Angela Lansbury (Ms. Price/Mrs. Potts, so that was another Disney ‘sighting’). It contained a chapter entitled Independent Spirits and the title card featured Walt, as seen above.

The chapter highlighted how Walt saw the value of Technicolor early on and used it in his animated cartoons. Most notably in the Academy Award-winning Short Flowers and Trees. But I also found this iconic item featured in the archival footage used to show the Disney Studio:

WDS Water Tower

Although I’ve seen this tower in pictures like the one above before, it was cool to see it on film with the trees waving in the breeze! Yes, I’m that much of a geek.

But I know this series of articles is supposed to feature Disney as found in non-Disney places, so to keep with that theme, I give you:

Technicolor Newspaper Article

This issue of The Hollywood Reporter was pictured to show that the Technicolor process was going to move forward in technology and scope, but I noticed our Disney friend adult Simba in the upper left corner. I believe the words of the article read: “When ‘The Lion King’ roars he will do so in 26 languages. As… Internationally this summer, Walt Disney Pictures intends to dub its theatrical animated blockbuster into languages ranging from Icelandic to Zulu. That… domestically in limited release today. As staggering as the number of foreign languages… is… believed… that… in theaters…” Sorry, but that’s the best I can do!

But anyway, it just goes to show that you just can’t tell when a Disney star will appear!

Mickey Visits the Partridge Family

{Editor’s Note:  Today we introduce a great friend of mine, Lee, who is from North of the Border and is one that I used to write with at Chip & Company.  In doing so, we are also delving into the realm of Television, and looking at different shows that have had a Disney influence on them!  We hope you enjoy, please give Lee a warm welcome!}

My wife and I love to watch old TV shows. We find the 70’s and 80’s, while they delivered horrible fashion and car design, at least gave us great sitcoms! Recently I was able to pick up the complete series of The Partridge Family on DVD for only $30 at Wal-Mart and we are making our way through the first season.

Imagine our surprise when a famous mouse appeared in the episode entitled My Son, The Feminist (episode 12). See if you can spot Mickey in this picture:

Partridge Family Mickey 1

Time’s a wastin’, found him yet?

If you said the vintage Mickey Alarm Clock over Shirley Jones’ left shoulder, you have a good eye! But just so you can see it a bit better, here is a bigger image:

Partridge Family Mickey 2

Not very clear, but a definite confirmation of a Mickey sighting!

Please check back from time to time as I will be sharing other Disney celebrity sightings from The Partridge Family as well as The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, and others.

Say, have you ever spotted a Disney Celeb hiding out in your favorite sitcom? If so, let us know in the comments below!

Walt Disney World Vacation Planning DVD

So you decided to visit Disney World, you’ve read the guide books and maybe even contacted a Disney World vacation planning specialist (like Mike here on this blog, using a Disney planner doesn’t cost you anything and often will save you time and stress during your planning process; if you haven’t reserved your vacation details, you really should reach out to Mike). However, I think that in order to envision the whole vacation, the Walt Disney World vacation planning DVD is one of the best tools available to you. The DVD brings life to the ride descriptions in a way a guide book never could.

I have been to Disney World 17 times and yet I order a vacation planning DVD every year. I love seeing everything that’s new at Disney World since my last visit. It also helps excite me for the upcoming visit (and is a great way to show younger kids some of the things to expect to see and do on your next vacation).

The DVD is broken up by theme park but it also covers the hotels, water parks, restaurants and other recreational activities. The basic feel of the DVD is fairly consistent year to year but how the information is presented usually changes regularly. For example, recently there were 4 people on the DVD. There was a mother that addressed the best Disney experiences for families, there was the “thrill seeker” who covered the thrill rides at Disney World, there was the “calm and relaxed” guy who shows you have best to rest and relax on your vacation and there was the general tips woman (she was also the host of the DVD) who covered anything else.

The DVD comes with written information as well which is a valuable planning tool as you can refer back to it. As everyone is different, it’s a good idea to have at least a basic understanding of what you want to see and do at Disney World as you go through the vacation planning process. Even the best vacation planner will be able to better assist you if you have an idea of the type of things you wish to see and do during your trip. So, make sure you get your copy of the Disney World planning DVD and help planning!

Magical Blogorail Teal: Disney for Christmas!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I am very excited to be filling in on the Teal line this month!  Thanks to Dave and Mary for letting me join in as they have some regular team members that aren’t able to make it this month!  The topic this month is “Getting or Giving Disney for Christmas!  Now what?”

This is a huge topic for me because, as fate would have it, my wife and I are planning on surprising our daughter with the announcement of a trip to Disneyland for Christmas!  We have never been to Disneyland before, so this will be a huge deal for us as we take our Disney passion across the country and have a one week gig in Anaheim, California at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa!

My plans for the announcement are that we are going to wrap a box with some essential items, this is some of what I had in mind:

  1. Birnbaum’s Guide to Disneyland — they have one for kids for Walt Disney World, I’m looking to see if they make a similar one for Disneyland.  My daughter Sophie loves it!
  2. The Disneyland Planning DVD — an absolute must for any family planning a trip to Disney, especially for the first time like we are this time.
  3. Printouts of the maps of the resorts
  4. A printout of our reservation confirmation email from DVC!

We likely won’t be buying our tickets until later on, as well as our airplane tickets, so those will wait a bit.  I think there will be some other things, as I see something that strikes my mind, but if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments!

Now, after the announcement, there is still some things that we need to take care of.  This includes the following:

  1. Determining what we are doing with regards to dining.
  2. Look in more detail at all of the things that we are going to see, and prioritize our ride choices.
  3. Purchase our airline tickets.
  4. Purchase our park tickets.

This will be a fun trip, and I can’t wait until Christmas morning!  For the record, on December 25, 2012, we will have exactly 177 days until our trip!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A Disney Mom’s Thoughts.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ YourFirstVisit.net
2nd Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
3rd Stop ~  My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts