Fun Fast Food Toys featuring Disney Characters

Once upon a time, in a marketing deal long long ago, two big companies decided to team up to give the world some of the greatest little toys in the history of promotional giveaways. Disney and McDonald’s restaurants no longer work together, but what they left behind still brings joy to perusers of yard sale tables and collectible shops alike!

As an example, I bring you seven Character Viewers based on Disneyland attractions and shows:

Blurry because I had a little too much grog before taking the picture

This slide shows a staged scene from a show that had live actors portraying a battle between Captain Hook and his pirates and Peter Pan. You can see a short snippet of it in this YouTube video.

King Louie as a Captain on the Jungle Cruise. Nuff said.

The Lion King Celebration was a parade based on the animated film The Lion King. It was designed to tell the story of Simba as if it were a tale passed down in Africa for generations. Its parade featured six floats designed around different aspects of Africa, dancers dressed in animal costumes and a Pride Rock float featuring Simba. The parade ran at Disneyland from June 1, 1994 to June 1, 1997, after which four of the floats were moved to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Festival of the Lion King show.

This slide likely shows a staged segment of the parade that wasn’t necessarily in the actual procession. This parade replaced the Aladdin’s Royal Caravan and then was itself replaced by Hercules’ Victory Parade.

Mickey and Space Mountain: Great Combination!

When I first saw Winnie the Pooh riding a train, I was expecting a slide showing the Disneyland Railroad. But instead I was treated to this great shot of The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! So… did Pooh move from the 100-acre wood to the wildest mountain range of the old west?

The ultimate Toontown!

Now that Walt Disney World’s Toontown is gone, will Disneyland’s version soon suffer the same fate? As changes continue to come and expansion space becomes harder to find, it may be a good idea to visit this great area as soon as possible! Here is a link to Disney Dose that covers the attractions and postulates on the future of Toontown.

And now I’ve left my favorite to the last:

Splash Mountain

This slide shows the original configuration for the logs, with side-by-side seating. Interestingly, Br’er Bear seems to have thought ahead and predicted the change to a one-behind-the-other configuration. Here are Karen and I ‘enjoying’ our first plummet down the mountain:

So although we can’t go to our favorite Fast Food place and walk out with a Disney toy anymore, with the tens of thousands of Disney-related toys produced between 1988 and 2007, we can always check out eBay for those must-haves!

Check out the link for everything you didn’t want to know about the McDonald’s Happy Meal and the toys that came with them.

Festival of the Lion King

A Special Circle of Life

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My wife loves Giraffes, and I think this set piece is great in the Festival of the Lion King!

Hi Guys it’s me, Sophie, and is it a coincidence that the inspiration for this post again came from my band class? I’m guessing that my school is a Disney loving Cougar Nation. So, this time I’m showing you a video that, with the help of Coach Snarey and Kevin (the band’s future drum player), my class created. It’s an imitation our version of the “Circle of Life” song from The Lion King. We made it because my band teacher, Mrs. Rackley, was planning on going to Disney World to “hunt down” all the musical attractions but The Festival of The Lion King was closed so when it reopened she announced it to the class and somehow Coach Snarey started recording something that eventually evolved into an imitation of the “Circle of Life”.

Funny huh? The reason you didn’t see me in there was because I was “behind the scenes”. I played the sun/very-dim-glow-that-didn’t-even-shine-on-kevin/simba-very-well. You could see me in there a few times. I was the girl in the lime green shirt around the edges of the video. I give a shout-out to all of my band-mates!!! You Rock! Well that does it for me have an Awesome Summer Vacation and I can’t wait to find something else to write about!

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11 Days: Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

The Festival of the Lion King is back, and it’s our choice for #Day11 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

It’s back!  After a closure of many months to move it from it’s old location to a new location because of Avatarland, the Festival of the Lion King is back!  It was re-opened on June 1st, according to the Disney Parks Blog, and I for one can not wait to see it again!  When it comes to shows at Walt Disney World, in my opinion there are three big ones — Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, and Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage.  They are all so good, I really have a hard time deciding which one I like best!

Festival of the Lion King can now be seen in the brand new Harambe Theater, which is located in the Africa section of the park.  While I don’t know yet what, if anything, will be different about the show, I do have fond memories of the old show, so I hope that things are just as good with the new show!  Here are some pictures I had taken previously:

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My wife loves Giraffes, and I think this set piece is great in the Festival of the Lion King!

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The acrobatics at the Festival of the Lion King show were great! Who doesn’t love the Tumble Monkeys?!

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I wonder how much like the original show the new Festival of the Lion King will look like!

Now I’ve got a couple of questions for you.  For starters, do you like the Festival of the Lion King show, or do you skip it?  Second, do you think the show will be much different, or about the same as before?  And third, when do you think you’ll be able to see it next?  Thanks for stopping by, and please leave your comments for me in our comments section!

98 Days: Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic is one of my favorite shows at Disney!

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of my favorite shows at Disney!

When it comes to shows, and incredibly cool ones at that, not too many rank higher than today’s choice for our #DisneyWorldCountdown.  We are at day 98 in our countdown, and today we are taking a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic — that incredible show that combines great music, incredible scenes from some of your favorite Disney movies, wonderful smells, and Donald Duck!  Located in Fantasyland next door to Peter Pan’s Flight, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a great way to get in out of the Florida summer and cool off, relax your feet for a while, and take in all the music you love from such movies as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and many more!

One of the columns just to the right of the movie screen.

One of the columns just to the right of the movie screen.

When it comes to great music, incredible movie scenes, and wonderful smells, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is right up my alley.  Tell me, what do you think of it?  Is it your kind of show, or do you skip by it?  Let me know in the comments below, please, and thanks for stopping by My Dreams of Disney, where we strive to turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!



Walt Disney in Technicolor


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!