Peter Pan's Flight

Your #DisneyMemory of Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

What is your favorite #DisneyMemory of Peter Pan’s Flight?

When asked, I imagine that most people would say that the main reason for going to Walt Disney World or Disneyland is to generate and remember some incredible memories.  For many of us, going to Disney invokes some great memories from when we were kids, and it also helps us to create new memories of our family, maybe our child and wife and things like that.  So today we are looking for your favorite #DisneyMemory from one of the most popular attractions at Disney: Peter Pan’s Flight.

For me, my favorite #DisneyMemory from this ride revolves around my wife and I.  As our daughter Sophie has gotten older, she has been able to experience parts of Disney with friends.  In 2014, Sophie went to one of the water parks with some friends of ours while Cindy and I enjoyed the Magic Kingdom on our own.  We had a great time, we rode Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the first time, we explored, we ate incredible cinnamon rolls from Gaston’s Tavern, and we rode Peter Pan’s Flight, just the two of us.  Of course it was a lot of fun.  What I like most about the attraction is the feeling like you really are leaving London behind as you fly off to Neverland.  I also like that you are actually hanging from the track, and that you get to explore so much of the island and see so many of the scenes from the movie.  That was a lot of fun, and I’m glad that Cindy and I are able to enjoy some of those things together as our daughter starts to get more independent and is able to do things on her own.

So tell me, what is your favorite #DisneyMemory from Peter Pan’s Flight?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  Go out, and have a great Disney Day!

Coming Soon: Remembering your #DisneyMemory

 

#DisneyMemory

When is comes to Disney, we all have memories if you’ve gone. What is your #DisneyMemory?

Coming Soon: Remembering your #DisneyMemory

Disney Memories.  Certainly not a new topic here at My Dreams of Disney — but it isn’t one that we focus on as much as we used to.  Well, my friends, that is about to change.  Starting on Monday, we’re going to be taking a look at a special something at Disney, and I’m going to share with you my #DisneyMemory in that post.  It could be a picture of an attraction, a resort, some food, whatever strikes me on that day, but it will have a Disney focus.  Better yet, though, I’d love for my post to trigger your own Memory — your own #DisneyMemory — that you would share with all of us.  That’s the purpose of this blog, you know — to take My Dreams of Disney and to help you make them Your Dreams of Disney.  So who’s up for the challenge?  Who’s ready to get started? Come join in the fun, and follow along online with the hashtag #DisneyMemory!  I’ll see you online, and I’ll see you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram too!

Our first memory comes to us from the Walt Disney World sign on World Drive.  I remember as a punky 11 year old kid in 1979 riding to the Magic Kingdom with my grandparents and my Mom and Sister and seeing that sign.  Back then, the only park was the Magic Kingdom, so when you saw the sign, you still drove for about 3 miles until you actually got near the Transportation and Ticketing Center, and to this 11 year old, that drive felt like driving out of Florida and into an entirely new world.  That, of course, is exactly what Disney wanted — for you to leave your life behind, even for just a short while, and to remember what it was like to be a kid again.  I’ll touch on this theme a bit more in future posts, but for me, on that summer day in 1979, seeing that incredible sign was just the first #DisneyMemory.  Tell us about your first Disney Memory online here in the comments, or on any of our social media platforms!  Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting!

Kathryn Beaumont’s Pre-Disney Live-Action Film

Thinking of females who popped up fairly often in the world of Disney, we might list Kathryn Beaumont or Mary Costa, but they only appeared as voice artists in animation.

Well, that may have been true of Ms. Beaumont’s time with Disney, but before Disney she appeared live

MGM – 1948

Kathryn Beaumont (born 27 June 1938) is an English actress who is best known for providing the voices of both Alice in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Wendy in Disney’s Peter Pan (1953). Walt Disney personally cast Beaumont after seeing the film On an Island with You, in which child actress Beaumont had a small role as Penelope Peabody:

My favorite line of hers from the film occurs when her mother is trying to get her a part in a film (being made within the film) from Mr. Buckley (Jimmy Durante). Beaumont recites ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ to be included in a wedding scene. Buckley puts them off by telling the pair that Penelope is ‘too British!’ Penelope looks up at her movie mother and says: “Mummy, what’s wrong with being too British?”

Priceless! Obviously, Walt thought so too. Would you like to see how she looked in this role? Here is a frame from the movie:

Here, she is reciting the wedding rhyme

Beaumont with Jimmy Durante

For interest sake, Beaumont was 10 years old in On an Island With You, 13 when she did Alice, and 15 when she was Wendy in Peter Pan.

In 2005, Beaumont retired as the voice of Alice and Wendy, and her role as these two characters was taken over by Hynden Walch.

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.

Season 3 of Once Upon a Time starts tonight!

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Season 3 of Once Upon a Time starts tonight!  Get ready to stop what you are doing and watch it!  There’s been so much that has gone on — and honestly, I fell out of it during Season 2, so I’m totally lost about what is going on right now — but I’m excited to see what I’ve been missing!

From what I’ve seen on Facebook, Season 3 opens with six of the characters working together to save Henry.  Can they do it?  We’ll have to find out, won’t we?  Until tonight, though, here’s the sneak peak that you can watch to get ready for tonight’s show!

So tell me, do you watch Once Upon a Time?  Is it something that you look forward to, and are now glad it’s back on?  Have you been chomping at the bit for new episodes to come on?  Well, your time is almost up…your wait is almost over…in just a few hours, Once Upon a Time will be back with a brand new episode.

Tell me, what do you think will happen?  Will they save Henry?  What will ultimately happen to Rumpelstiltskin?  Why don’t you tell us in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!