Donald Duck Meets the Partridge Family

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Actually, he really only meets Danny (Danny Bonaduce) from the family, and two hoods set on putting the fear of a mob boss into our little protagonist. This week’s entry comes from the first season of the Partridge Family in episode 7 entitled Danny and the Mob (1970 airdate).

And here comes Danny now:

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This is a great old Donald Duck inflatable that Danny wears during the scene. As you can see, Danny seems pretty care free at the moment, but Donald… not so much!

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And now I guess we can see why. While trying to intimidate Danny, the two hoods end up elbowing Donald in the face! Ouch.

Upon closer inspection of the inflatable, you can see that other Disney characters are depicted on the ring:

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You can just make out Mickey and Donald, but I can’t quite tell who the others are. Maybe Eeyore in the front right corner? I also spotted a copyright name on Donald’s neck, as you can see below:

Copyrighted Duck

Again, it’s hard to make out, but I’m pretty sure it says ‘Walt Disney Productions’ under his name, which makes this a pre-1987 product. As the production company probably would have picked up props like this as new items, then it is probably from 1970, the date of the episode.

Quack!

The Lands of Disneyland: Fantasyland!

Sleeping Beauty Castle beckons you to Fantasyland!

Sleeping Beauty Castle beckons you to Fantasyland!

Here is a land of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star your dreams do come true.

Walt Disney ~ July 17, 1955

With those immortal words, Disneyland was dedicated, and a whole new theme park was born.  Gone were the days where your kids would ride the rides and you would wait for them; now, parents and their kids ride them together, and have fun doing so!

Today, in our Lands of Disneyland series, we are turning our attention to Fantasyland, arguably the most important land in any Disney park!  There is so much to discover, I’m sure that I won’t get to it all, but I do plan on touching on all of the things that I liked the best, and hopefully explain why I liked it so much.  So sit back, relax, and please enjoy our walk around Fantasyland at Disneyland Park!

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

While the Castle isn’t very imposing, the Walkthrough is perhaps the coolest thing you’ll find in a Disney Castle!

The attraction that I’m really interested in and thoroughly enjoyed at Disneyland was the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough.  This special attraction takes you on a journey of the book Sleeping Beauty, and guides you through the story by way of corridors inside the castle!  How cool is that!

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is a great attraction that is needed back at WDW!

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a great attraction that is needed back at WDW!

Ah, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride — what a great attraction.  Why Disney ever decided to close it and put Winnie the Pooh in it’s place at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, I’ll never know.  Sure, go ahead and put in Winnie the Pooh — I see the point in that — but relocate Mr. Toad to a great spot — and seeing as how he has a marker at the Haunted Mansion, I think an attraction over there in Liberty Square — or maybe, tucked back in the UK at Epcot’s World Showcase — would be an ideal spot for the return of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!

Mickey and the Magical Map

When you can, see this show.  It's incredible!

When you can, see this show. It’s incredible!

Perhaps the single biggest surprise in our trip to Disneyland was the incredible show Mickey and the Magical Map.  I had read just a little bit about this show, and I wanted to see it, but it wasn’t until I actually saw it that I realized just how incredible the show really is!  It was so cool, in fact, that I wrote this blog post about it!

It’s a Small World

Even though the music is the same, this attraction is perhaps night and day different from WDW!

While the music is the same, this attraction is night and day different from WDW!

You know, I had heard a lot about “It’s a Small World” and how different it was at Disneyland from it’s counterpart in the Magic Kingdom, so I wasn’t all that surprised by the differences.  You know what, though?  I think the way the attraction is laid out at Disneyland is really great for that setting, and the way it is laid out at Walt Disney World is great for that setting! It was a refreshing change at Disneyland, and I loved some of the special characters inside the ride that you don’t see at the Magic Kingdom.

Casey Jr. Circus Train

The Casey Jr. Circus Train is just a fun little ride!

The Casey Jr. Circus Train is just a fun little ride!

You know, one of the things I really like about Disneyland is the way they work such a small scale into an attraction and make it look so realistic!  Case in point: the Casey Jr. Circus Train.  Riding that train, seeing the “far off” buildings that are so small because of the distance you are away from them, crossing over the Storybook Land Canal Boats attraction, and working it all seamlessly, so there isn’t any semblance of anything being out of place — now that’s what really makes Disney Imagineering special, and they prove it every day at Disneyland Park!

Storybook Land Canal Boats

The Storybook Land Canal Boats are woven together like a tapestry with the Casey Jr. Circus Train!

The Storybook Land Canal Boats are woven together like a tapestry with the Casey Jr. Circus Train!

Another great attraction that I really liked — and one that goes hand in hand with the Casey Jr. Circus Train attraction — is the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride, since they often overlap one another, and often share some of the same scenery.  I have come to the conclusion that the Imagineers at Disneyland have to work extra hard to make sure that they can integrate two attractions so closely together, and they have refined their skill perhaps because they don’t have the luxury of space that Walt Disney World does. What do you think?

Matterhorn Bobsleds

The Matterhorn Bobsleds tower over you at Fantasyland.

The Matterhorn Bobsleds tower over you at Fantasyland.

A lot of people told me how much they like the Matterhorn Bobsleds, so we rode them.  To be honest, though, I thought it was not a very good attraction.  I thought it was so slow, and it really threw us around, and just wasn’t all that much fun.  Still, it is a part of Fantasyland, so we’re including it here.  To each his own, right?

In addition to all of these attractions, you’ve also got quite a number of them that I haven’t even mentioned!  They include the following (with my recommendation):

So, as you can see, there is an incredible amount of fun to be had at Fantasyland in Disneyland Park!  Tell me, what is your favorite attraction at Fantasyland?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Mickey Mouse Mash Up App Review

Mickey Mouse Mash Up app

I don’t claim to be the most tech savvy person on the planet, but I do enjoy a little electronic diversion from time to time. And if I can combine my love of Disney with that play time, it’s all good! But there is something that I insist on: Whatever the game or app is, it must be simple. Yup. Just get me to the fun!

The Mickey Mouse Mash Up App does just that. This review was done on an iPhone 5c.

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This activity-based App works around the Short entitled No Service that you may have seen on the Internet lately. It’s a great little Short, and it was a lot of fun to play with it, adding my own touches.

It begins with Mickey welcoming you and asking for your help. He asks you to draw something big that you would find on a beach, and something small as well. Here is my attempt at a beach ball:

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This will appear in the Short later on. After drawing a small seashell and a pair of glasses for Mickey to wear, the Short begins. But it’s not long before Mickey needs help and I was asked to draw a food item for a sign that appears in the Short:

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I hate Turkey Legs at the Parks, but it was the simplest thing I could think of to draw. And here it is in the Short:

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No Shirt. No shoes. No Food (or Turkey Leg, as the case may be!) OK, the Short continues with many activities along the way. You get to draw things to hide Mickey, help him land on the beach (long story) and other fun things. Perhaps my favorite thing to do was play a joke on Donald. Note as he tries to use my ID at the diner:

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Yup, I drew the picture on the ID and it does look kind of like me. Unfortunately. But moving on, I’d say this App was a pleasant little diversion. Kids especially will get a kick out of helping Mickey by drawing and coloring pictures which they will then see in the Short itself. If I’m not mistaken, you can do six different mash-ups of the same Short.

Adding new Shorts will be a good thing that I hope is in the works! You can play the activities at any time from a main menu. Other than that, though, that seems to be all that the App offers.

The App sells for $3.99 and is a good deal for that, although more value could be added with more Shorts later. So, have you used the Mickey Mouse Mash Up App yet? If not, why not give it a try? And while you’re thinking about that, here is one last picture of my masterpiece:

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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:

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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:

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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!

Disney Favorite Character Dining Restaurant?

Disney Dining Review

 

Hello everyone!  I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and are tackling your leftovers with gusto!  Since much of America was focused on dining this past week, I thought it would be fun to explore the different dining options at Walt Disney World to try and figure out what my favorite is — and for you to figure out what your favorite is also!  So, without further ado, let’s get cracking on it!

Here is the list of all of the character dining restaurants that I and my family have eaten at for Walt Disney World:

*Liberty Tree Tavern used to be a character dining restaurant — but isn’t anymore.

In order for me to determine my favorite — if I can, I might add, I fall back to some of the pictures I have of the dining experiences we’ve had at the restaurant, so let’s take a look at each of these with a favorite picture.

Favorite Character Dining Restaurants — the Resort Restaurants

Chef Mickey’s

The look on Sophie's face is priceless in this trip to Chef Mickey's in 2007!

The look on Sophie’s face is priceless in this trip to Chef Mickey’s in 2007!

We’ve eaten at Chef Mickey’s twice — this time in 2007 for dinner, and in 2012 for breakfast.  I totally think that breakfast is a better time to eat here, but I’ve got to say, when I came across this picture of Sophie watching Mickey sign her autograph book, the look on her face said it all.  That look of adoration towards Mickey is just priceless!

‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast

Sophie is pleasantly surprised by Stitch at 'Ohana Best Friends Breakfast!

Sophie is pleasantly surprised by Stitch at ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast!

We have eaten at ‘Ohana just one time — but it was a lot of fun!  We had breakfast there in August 2009, and we traveled to the Polynesian Resort by way of Water Taxi from the Magic Kingdom, and loved our trip over.  The food was incredible, Lilo and Stitch were fun, as were Mickey and Pluto, where were there that day, and we will definitely eat there again!

1900 Park Fare

Sophie poses with Cinderella for a picture at 1900 Park Fare!

Sophie poses with Cinderella for a picture at 1900 Park Fare!

Of all our character dining experiences, probably our least favorite was 1900 Park Fare. Sophie liked meeting Cinderella, and enjoyed seeing her and the Prince dancing, but she most definitely did not like the stepmother and stepsisters!

Cape May Cafe

Stephanie and Sophie hugging Goofy at the Cape May Cafe in 2010!

Stephanie and Sophie hugging Goofy at the Cape May Cafe in 2010!

Cape May Cafe was another of our character dining restaurants — this time, we went in 2010.  We really enjoyed it, with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy entertaining us!  We will definitely eat there again!

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Over at Mickey's Backyard BBQ, Sophie gets her picture taken with Mickey & Minnie!

Over at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, Sophie gets her picture taken with Mickey & Minnie!

We ate at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in 2010.  I thought the food was just okay, but I really enjoyed the show and seeing Mickey & Minnie and the other characters all decked out in their western garb!  I think next time we need to see about the Hoop Dee Doo Revue!

Favorite Character Dining – Magic Kingdom

Liberty Tree Tavern

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If the Liberty Tree Tavern was still a character dining restaurant, it would probably rank up there right at the top of my list — but it was discontinued as a character dining restaurant not long after we ate there in 2008 for Sophie’s birthday with her best friend Riley.  I loved the period clothing, and love the food too, but miss that it isn’t a character dining restaurant anymore.

Crystal Palace

Sophie at the Crystal Palace, loving on Winnie the Pooh.

Sophie at the Crystal Palace, loving on Winnie the Pooh.

I love this shot of Sophie hugging Winnie the Pooh at the Crystal Palace.  We have never been here for breakfast (yet), but I have never had a problem with the food at the buffet for either lunch or dinner.  As you can see, this restaurant features the characters of Winnie the Pooh, so you’ll meet Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore when you eat here.  This picture was also taken in 2007.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Mary at Cinderella's Royal Table

Mary at Cinderella’s Royal Table

We’ve eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table a few times, and have enjoyed it.  I thought I would share a not often seen photo of Mary from Cinderella.

Favorite Character Dining – Epcot and Hollywood Studios

The Garden Grill Restaurant

Here are Mickey and Sophie at the Garden Grill Restaurant!

Here are Mickey and Sophie at the Garden Grill Restaurant!

The Garden Grill Restaurant is a great character dining restaurant.  Hosted by Chip and Dale, you will often find Mickey and Pluto here too.  What makes this restaurant cool is that is spins in a slow moving circle, and you can see the different seasons from the Living with the Land ride below.  I really enjoy this character dining restaurant!

Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Here are Sophie, Stephanie, and Cinderella at Princess Storybook Dining

Here are Sophie, Stephanie, and Cinderella at Princess Storybook Dining

We often visit Princess Storybook Dining, it is such a good location to enjoy great food — and it has Princess appeal that ranks up there with Cinderella’s Royal Table!  This one is definitely high on our list of character dining restaurants!

Play and Dine at the Hollywood and Vine

Sophie whispers to June at the Play and Dine breakfast

Sophie whispers to June at the Play and Dine breakfast

The breakfast here is like a normal Disney breakfast, so the food is good.  We enjoyed our time here the one time we ate here, but Sophie has outgrown this now, so it’s not one that we have been back to.  If you have young ones, I would recommend it once for them — and the characters have been updated to also include Jake, Handy Manny, and Special Agent Oso.

So, after all of this, what is my favorite Character Dining restaurant?  Well, I think that I have more than one favorite.  Truly, it really comes down to the memories for me, so, because of that, almost all of them are favorites because of the different memories that they invoke from the times we ate there.  Do you have a favorite?  Well, how about picking one from our poll below, and thanks!