#DisneyMovieMonday – Steamboat Willie

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Image ©TheWaltDisneyCompany.com

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special #DisneyMusicMonday.  Today also happens to be the 4th anniversary of when I started My Dreams of Disney, so on this day, I’m sharing with you a video that really was the start of it all for so many of us in this business.

On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse stars in Steamboat Willie, the first commercially successful animated cartoon to use synchronized sound. Disney’s third Mickey short (but the first with sound) debuts as a sneak preview at Universal’s Colony Theatre – located at Broadway & 53rd Street in New York City. It is shown before the feature film Gang War. Steamboat Willie is co-directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and features the first appearance of Minnie Mouse. It is animated by Ub Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson and Dick Lundy. The short also features the work of inbetween artist Les Clark (who will go on to be one of “Walt’s Nine Old Men”). Walt himself supplies the voices for all the characters – although there isn’t any real spoken dialogue just whistling, grunts, laughter and other vocal sounds. Walt sits nervously at the rear of the theater to gage the audience’s reaction. To his delight, the Colony echoes with laughs and giggles throughout the short! Steamboat Willie will be shown every night for 2 weeks. (Despite the fact that this is not the first Mickey cartoon made or released, it is still considered Mickey Mouse’s true debut … and birthday!)

It’s not every day that we celebrate an anniversary for our blog, and I never imagined that my little blog would grow into the site that it is — or that it would even be still around after four years!  Our first post (and posts) were written as recaps of the memories that I have from my original visits to Walt Disney World, but as the months went by, our posts became more about reviews, and lists of favorites, dining reviews, and so on.  It’s crazy to imagine that we have published 1,513 posts now (with this being number 1,513)!  Well, enough about the blog — today is #DisneyMusicMonday, and I’ve got two videos to share with you — the first is the intro music for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the second is the actual Steamboat Willie cartoon.  I hope you have time to enjoy both of them, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts below.  Also, special thanks as always to my friend Tim from Dad for Disney for co-hosting with me!

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10 Days til Disneyland – Space Mountain!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Space Mountain at Disneyland is a uniquely different ride from the one at Walt Disney World.  Sophie doesn’t like the Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, but I’m hoping that she will at least give it a try at Disneyland Park because the biggest difference is that the space vehicles have side-by-side seating, not one after another.  With this in mind, Sophie has told me that she is going to try the roller coaster out — because, as she puts it, “If I’m terrified, I can grab onto someone!”

We are sitting at an even 10 days until our trip to Disneyland, and each day is one day closer to a fantastic trip!  Some of the readers of My Dreams of Disney have told me that they are going to be there also, so we’ll see if we happen to come across them in our travels!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  Also, my buddy Denny has told me that I need to be his eyes and ears over there since he won’t be there, and I have to report back all that I experience!

Have you ridden the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of Space Mountain?  If so, which version did you like better?  Why not take a moment and answer our poll below, and thanks for stopping by!


Stephanie’s top 10 restaurants at Walt Disney World

My niece Stephanie has come with us to Walt Disney World for our last three trips, so I decided that I would poke her brain a bit and find out what her favorite restaurants were.  After trying to work out our schedules, and locking her in our living room (where she is visiting us this weekend) I got her to write her list.  So, without further ado, here is my niece Stephanie, and her review, which she calls…

“There’s a party in my tummy…so yummy, so yummy” :)

 

Almost a month later here I am finally doing what my uncle asked me to do, write this blog! My intention is to tell you all about my Top Ten favorite places to eat in Disney and in the process tell you why (after all, that is the part that counts!)  When he first asked me to write this I figured it would be easy, ha… that was a joke.  Everything that Disney World has to offer is all fantastic so it simply comes down to a personal opinion.  So, after putting a lot of thought into my ten choices, I finally came up with this list. Enjoy!

Stephanie’s Top Ten

1. Captain’s Grille
 Two years ago I found myself sitting in this restaurant with my uncle, aunt and cousin.  Being the loving and generous family they are, I was given the opportunity to tag along on their trip.  As a way to show me what Disney really is, they wanted me to eat at the fancy schmancy places.  Given that fact, Captain’s Grille is my top choice because this is where my experience began… where my little girl dream of feeling the Disney wonder came true all because my aunt and uncle were willing to bring someone like me along with them.    
This one is a no brainer…. Tigger is there!! Duh!
Again, another no brainer, PRINCESSES!  The food offered here is also fantastic.  You may be thinking that it won’t taste as good because it’s not American, but you will be pleasantly surprised as soon as you take your first bite.  
WARNING: Make sure you are not wet prior to going inside because you WILL freeze (and you won’t be as pretty for your princess picture).
Also, if you are married/dating… beware because your prince may be admiring all the princesses instead of you, the true princess. 
4. Main Street Bakery
Despite the occasional long line trying to get in, it is worth it if you love a GOOD cinnamon bun!
Everyone will love this place… Not only is the food served family style, but the actual restaurant rotates at a slow but noticeable speed… now that’s “totally wicked!”.
I highly recommend this place to eat for breakfast.  When we went, I remember waking up fairly early to make it here for the reservation.  For those of you that don’t know me, I love my sleep (especially since I was in college at the time, sleep is a college kid’s best friend) but this place got me motivated to get up.  Not only does a morning reservation give you motivation, it also starts your day off right because the Disney magic starts early.
 
I must admit, I really liked this place because of their entertainment.  While you are eating in a well decorated place, there are four men playing cowbells, something that you can’t see everyday at McDonald’s.
Now tell me, what American doesn’t like a place that serves good BBQ?  Not only do they offer BBQ but you and your family have the chance to dance with some of Disney’s characters!
9. Columbia Harbour House
In case this list is intimidating because I have mainly listed table service restaurants (places that might cost a little more ;)), I figured I’d throw in a counter service one.  If you are on the go and want a quick bite to eat, Columbia Harbour House would be my top pick.  I have eaten here more than once and each time have had great service and great food.
  
10. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Ice Cream! Ice Cream! Ice Cream! While watching the night parade and fireworks, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor makes for a tasty, cool-down, treat!

Pictures in the Park — Disney’s Animal Kingdom ‘Fixer Upper!’

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