Touch the Sky

The Power of a Disney Song: Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky

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When it comes to Disney, one of the things that strikes deep into the core of why I love all things Disney so much is the music. As I’ve written about before, often the Disney music is the strongest part of the Disney experience. Today, I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the song Touch the Sky from the Disney/Pixar film Brave.

For me, the song Touch the Sky is one of the most powerful of all the Disney songs of any movie.  Take a look at just some of the power in these lyrics:

I will ride, I will fly, Chase the wind and touch the sky

then, later on…

Take hold of my own dream, be as strong as the seas are stormy,

and proud as an Eagle’s scream!

Lastly, one last reminder for us all…

Chase the Wind,

Touch the Sky.

This song in my opinion transcends beyond just a movie, beyond Disney, for that matter.  This song can become a mantra for each and every one of us!  How, you might ask?  Well, let’s explore that a bit.

With the start of 2017, a new year often brings about a new sense of optimism, a new hope for what we can accomplish in our lives.  At this moment, we have this hope to remind us that we can be better in this year than perhaps we were in the last year.  The lyrics from Touch the Sky can empower us, and give us the passion, the drive, the energy to embrace who we are, what we do, and what we want to become, and, as the song says, take hold of our own dreams!

It won’t happen overnight, necessarily, but it may very well happen, if you remember these key components:

  1. Chase the wind, reach for and touch the sky.
  2. Take charge of your dream, but remember to stand strong against any adversity.
  3. Be proud of your accomplishments, and build off of them to even greater success!

Who’s with me?  Who’s ready to chase the wind and touch the sky of their dream for 2017? Let me know in the comments, and enjoy the incredible music from our friends at Disney/Pixar!

Stocking Stuffer

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway by Disney in Your Day!

Stocking Stuffer

Hello everyone!  My friend Becky is the creator of the website Disney in Your Day, and she has got a great giveaway for you!  Becky is giving away a stocking stuffer full of great Disney goodies, and it could be yours for the taking if you are the lucky winner!

If you like Disney, and you like giveaways, then this is a win-win for you!  Take a look at the picture below to get an idea on what you’ll receive if you win.

Stocking Stuffer

Here’s some descriptive text for you to wet your whistle about what you’ll receive:

  • Disney Store Sketchbook Ornament – ornaments are a great stocking stuffer for all ages, and the Disney Store has some of the best ones!
  • Art supplies – whether it’s a kid who likes to create or an adult who scrapbooks, there are lots of Disney-related art goodies.  This stocking has stickers, coloring sheets, and a Finding Dory watercolor paint set!
  • Tsum tsums – these stackable plushes are hugely popular right now with kids and adults.  They are inexpensive and fun so perfect for a stocking!  You can get the newest ones at the Disney Store and some of the older ones at Target.
  • POP Vinyl – lots of people collect these, and even if you don’t it’s still fun to have one or two! An Ariel one is included in this giveaway.
  • Star Wars toys – for Star Wars fans there are lots of fun little goodies.  I’ve included an R2-D2 toy in this stocking.
  • Playing cards – another easy thing to throw in a stocking, I’ve got Pirates of the Caribbean cards.
  • Keychain – A great theme park souvenir is a keychain, and they’re small enough to fit in a stocking!
  • Notebook – As a kid I always got small blank notebooks in my stocking.  They are handy to have around at any age and you can find some cute Disney ones all over the place (check the Dollar Store and Target bargain bins, though this one comes from Walt Disney World!)
  • Watch – if you like to include something a little more upscale in your stockings, consider a Disney watch.  Kohl’s is a great place to find them, but the one I’m giving away is from Disneyland!
  • Plush – small plushes are great for stockings and I love how it looks with them just peeking out of the stocking on Christmas morning!

With a stocking stuffer prize like that, your Christmas shopping for your little one — or maybe for yourself? — would be all done!  I have it from Becky that everything you see in that picture is included in the prize!  So what’s next you ask?  Well, how about entering?  You can do so using the Rafflecopter entries below, or you can go to Becky’s site at Disney in Your Day to enter there — either way, it’s the same code so the same giveaway!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Easter Egg: Finding Dory Swims with Herbie

Disney/Pixar animators love to add little inside jokes to all of their theatrical releases and Finding Dory is no exception. Each of these inside jokes are called an ‘easter egg’ because you have to really look to find them!

So somewhere near the beginning of the movie and in the end credits of Finding Dory we see a little white Volkswagen who could be no other than the famous Herbie the Love Bug himself. First, we see him with Dory just while she is trying to find someone to help her:

And then we see Herbie being test driven by Hank:

But how did Herbie get there? If you remember the film Herbie Goes Bananas you’ll recall that Herbie is punished by the Captain of The Sun Princess cruise ship by being made to ‘walk the plank’, or in reality, by being tipped overboard. Re-live the sad moment by watching the video below:

FUN FACT: The car that “walks the plank” in the movie was never recovered from the sea. It was tossed overboard from the SS Cozumel ferry ship. The car is somewhere between La Paz and Baja California. The car thrown overboard was not a proper car and had many wooden parts.

But for the purpose of this easter egg, we’re saying it is actually Herbie himself chillin’ at the bottom of The Big Blue. And although his trademark stripes and number 54 are worn off by years under the sea, he looks like he is still ready for one last drive with Hank:

So is the initial pass in the night with Dory and this chance meeting between Hank the septapus and Herbie the Love Bug really possible? Would they end up in the same part of the Ocean? Well, consider the following map:

In Finding Dory, she, along with Marlin and Nemo, once again leave the Great Barrier Reef and would again need to use the East Australian Current (EAC, dude) as a highway. This time they would need to travel across the entire Pacific Ocean to a point just off the North-West tip of Africa where the EAC completes its circle and heads back to Australia. From there, they would have to swim up to California where the Marine Life Institute is located, in a picturesque Bay.

Now in the film, it is claimed that they simply use the California Current to make the entire trip, but this current doesn’t start over near Australia. And… it also flows South, so it would be going the wrong way to carry our characters up to California. But hey, it’s a movie, so lighten up!

As mentioned earlier, the cruise ship The Sun Princess dumped Herbie somewhere between La Paz and Baja California. So Hank and Herbie could definitely end up in the same part of the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of California.

Hypothesis: Proven! At least in my mind.