Sunday, November 23, 2014

Finding Snow White in Magic Kingdom

With the recent changes in Fantasyland, Snow White has a whole new presence in the Magic Kingdom.  Of course, I'm talking about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!  I love this ride.  The imagineers did such a great job combining the fun of a roller coaster with the classic dark ride.

It is totally worth the wait!
This was the only picture I took on the attraction.  I recommend just enjoying the ride!
 Other than this headline attraction, where else can you find Snow White references?  
* The Emporium has classic Disney windows.  Be sure to check out the Snow White window.  
* If you visit Fairy Tale Hall in Fantasyland, be sure to find Snow White's portrait and book.  
* When watching wishes, listen for Snow White's wish.  
* At one time there was a photo op in exposition hall on main street, but I do not believe it is still there.

The last places to find Snow White is Sir Mickey's and the Emporium for...pennies!  

Penny in Sir Mickey's in Fantasyland

Quarter in the Emporium on Main Street

Finding Snow White in Epcot

Snow White has found a home in Germany's pavilion in Walt Disney World's Epcot.  There are several things that can be found throughout the pavilion:
Here is the wishing well where Snow White does the meet and greet.  This is located at the edge of the pavilion coming from China.

This stein is one of the few things I found in terms of merchandise that can not be bought anywhere else.  (same for the two t-shirts).  All from Stein Haus.

This great piece will set you back over $200

This is the display in Der TeddyBar.  Lots of generic Snow White merchandise available, but nothing exclusive to Disney World.
 The only other Snow White references that I could find in Epcot was the chocolate sculpture for the Food and Wine Festival and a smashed penny.

Trying to collect all seven dwarfs in Disney World smashed pennies is a challenge, they are spread out all over.  Doc is located in the land pavilion by the Garden Grill.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Throwback photo: Disney Store Plush

I recently ran across this photo and just had to share:

Years ago, the Disney Store sold giant dwarfs - all seven of them.  I knew I had to have them!  One of my dad's co-workers had one of those magic Disney cast member discount cards (her husband worked for the company) and she was my father's go to for getting any must have materials for his dear daughter.  Apparently she went out to the Disney Store on her lunch break looking for the giant dwarfs, not realizing how very giant they were.  After several trips to her car, she had gotten all seven for me.  Then she made several more trips and brought them all upstairs in their office conference room and set them up.  When the team got together for their next meeting, there was already one in progress!  My dad snapped the picture to show me.  Note that Bashful is running the show.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Finding Snow White at the Food and Wine Festival

Last month I was fortunate enough to explore the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.  Inside the festival center, Ghirardelli has a chocolate experience.  Inside the area were several chocolate sculptures including one of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  These sculptures are amazing!  It is hard to believe they are made out of chocolate!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Last weekend I went the Descanso Gardens for The Rise of the Jack O Lanterns.  It was an amazing way to get into the Halloween spirit.  There were so many awesome sculptures and I was surprised by how many Disney themed pumpkins were there.  My camera isn't that fancy and it was hard to capture the details on the pumpkins, but enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What I learned from my Disney World Trip

I just got home from my much anticipated Disney World trip (see packing, planning binder, 15 step guide) and I learned a thing or two while I was there.

First, Snow White related thoughts:

I'm in love with the Seven Dwarf Mine train.  The attraction is fantastic!  I thought that I would miss the older attraction, but the combination of roller coaster and dark ride was so great that I didn't.  I also enjoyed having my photos (2) and the video appear right in my Disney photopass account with the magic band.  This worked wonderfully for me (I didn't have the same luck with another attraction-see number 3 below).

Speaking of magic band, currently there is only one Snow White related magic band item available.  You can find the evil queen in a pack with two other villains.

I was disappointed to learn that there was only one piece of merchandise related to the mine train.  It was a pin that I found in the Winnie the Pooh exit store.

Penny hunting for all the dwarfs is a real pain and a huge time killer unless you have a car.  The pennies are so spread out and taking Disney transportation is great, but it is a whole lot of transferring.  And the pennies are just about the only thing I found that are Snow White centric and exclusive to Disney World.

At Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party, I got in the line to meet the dwarfs at 6pm and waited until about 730 to meet them.  I had read that the lines for the dwarfs never get shorter, but I found that later there were not nearly as long as the first crush.  I think I would do that differently.  I also was disappointed in the picture.  It was hard to find me among the dwarfs because I went in the back, I should have gone in the front.  Also, because the line was so long, they were really just snapping a couple and sending you on your way.  Later that night I got my picture with the hag and those turned out much better, more interaction and the photographer was able to take many more pictures.

Some other non-Snow White related thoughts:
1.  There are mug washing stations in some of the resorts.  No soap though.
It wasn't until the last day of my trip that I saw there was a sink among the soda machines in our resort food court.  Much easier than using the room sink.

2. Wild Africa Trek is worth the money twice over!
This was such an amazing experience!  I love Animal Kingdom and to get to go into backstage area?...awesome!  I loved being able to wave at the safari trucks as we stood in the hippo enclosure.  Having a chance to  sit on the savannah, also totally worth it.

3.  Memory Maker is totally worth it if you love pictures as much as me. 
Some photopass photographers go way above and beyond, others just snap photos.  Watch them interact and wait in line for ones that go all out!  Take pictures of all the ride photos.  You'll need the date and time to find missing photos.  If they are still lost they can try to find the number.  I had to call the number to try to find my Buzz Lightyear attraction photo and even with the number they were not able to find my picture.

4.  If Disney research stops you - talk to them!  You never know what they may ask or give you.
I got stopped near the end of our trip and for talking to them for an hour, I got $100 gift card!

5.  Resort hopping is a great way to dine.
I enjoyed taking a break, sitting down, and truly enjoying a meal.  When i go to sit down restaurants in park, I always feel a sense of hurry.  Like I need to eat and then get out in the park and ride more!  At the resorts, it takes that sense away and makes you relax more.

6.  If you don't use all your quick service meals, you can redeem them for snacks, but not in the gift shops.
We were there on free dinning plan.  On our last day we had three counter service meals left.  We used one for our lunch and another for sandwiches to take on the plane.  We did not get the drinks with the sandwiches(can't take them in the airport) and we found out we could get another dessert.  Upon realizing we still had one meal left, the cast member said we could redeem it for two snacks and a drink.  She said we could do that in the hotel gift shop.  However, the gift shop couldn't do it unless we went to guest service and had our meal plan changed.  The cafe in the resort, however, could do it without having to wait in the guest service line.

I will be working on Finding Snow White articles in the coming months, so stayed tuned!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Finding Snow White at Walt Disney's Barn

It took me a long time, but I finally made the trip to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California to see Walt Disney's Barn.  I was surprised to find so many things inside the barn, there is a lot to look at, and even two Snow White trinkets in the barn itself, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Here is a photo tour of my day at the barn:

Be on the lookout for the sign. They are open the third Sunday of the month.

No cost, but they encourage donations

The barn is located at the back of the Los Angeles Live Steamers area.  You'll see people riding around during your visit.

You cross the tracks a few times to get into the beautiful park-like area.

There is the barn and the combine that they are restoring.

Gift Shop

Flag pole honoring Michale and Sharon Broggie

Even the trash cans look like ones you would find in the theme parks.

Photo of it's original location at Walt Disney's home

They had lots of things lying around the barn to look at. LOTS of things.

That sink has seen lots of work!

One of Walt's Hats

Walt Disney's railroad pass

Snow White sighting one - Happy on brochure for Disneyland

Firehouse five helmet

Ollie Johnston's Tool Box

Disney Legends Award

Roger Broggie's Tool Box

Quite the good crowd that day

A model that represents Walt's Live Steam Engine

Track plan for the Carolwood estate

Walt used a broom stick to make a place for his work overalls

Snow White sighting number two - on a toy train

Walt's Workbench

Walt used this phone to communicate between the barn and main house

They are working on restoring this combine from Disneyland

This was part of Ollie Johnson's garden layout

Side of the barn

other side

Weather vain

The back of the barn.

If your in the Los Angeles area on the third Sunday of the month, stop and check out Walt's Barn.  It's an interesting afternoon and there are often Disney legends that stop by.  The gift shop sells quite a few autographed books too.