Sunday, June 17, 2018

Typo Celebrates Snow White's 80th

I went in my first Typo store in the Spectrum Center in Irvine, California and I fell in love!  At the time, they had an adorable Mickey Mouse line and the To-Do list pad I bought is still a staple at work for me.

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I love this to-do list!  I bought four notepads to last me four years at work!

I was thrilled to get an email announcing that Typo is releasing another Disney line - featuring Snow White!  Check out my favorite items but be sure to check out the whole line!


Notepad Set

Hair Brush


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Dark Fairy Tale

There have been so many designers who have teamed up with Disney in the last few years.  Coach has done a few Mickey and Minnie themed lines and has now released a line called "A Dark Fairy Tale."  The line features iconic images from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs like the posion apple:


However the line also features a less iconic imagine: what Coach is calling "Spooky Eyes."  These eyes show up as Snow White is fleeing from the forest.

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It turns out that these eyes are really just the forest animals checking out the frightened Snow White, but they sure do look spooky!

The line also features this image:

 The crow ends up falling into the skull after being frightened in the Queen's dungeon:
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Check out the collection here.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Supra and Snow White's 80th

Supra Footwear company has released a line to celebrate Snow White's 80th anniversary.  It was an extremely difficult choice, but I decided to get the pair that featured all seven dwarfs!
This is the box!  It's amazing!

The wood grain print that mimics the dwarfs cottage is an amazing touch.

Even the tissue paper has the seven dwarfs on it!

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There are 11 different shoe styles to choose from
Seven Dwarfs
Snow White
Poison Apple

Additionally they have a shirt and a skate deck (those are all sold out)  to go with each pair of shoes.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

I recently received a beautiful hard cover book that I had been looking forward to for some time.  The cover features Snow White and the six dwarfs. 

The back is where you will find Dopey running away terrified of the evil queen.  Read the back cover...

It all sounds interesting, doesn't it?  An eighth dwarf?  I can assure you that you aren't prepared for the craziness featured in these pages.

This is the English-language debut of Romano Scarpa's Snow White tales for Disney Comics written throughout the 30s and 40s.  It features the return of the Queen (named Grimhilde), new witches, a Three-Caballeros inspired character, and much more zany antics.  You get the sense that story continuity was not important.

I read the first of the four series right away, and it does not disappoint.  It is absolutely crazy and leaves you thinking, who approved this anyway?

All I can say is enjoy!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snow White Shirt from Germany, Epcot's Germany that is

While on my recent trip to Disney World, I saw a new Snow Whit shirt I hadn't seen in the very back of one of the stores in the German pavilion in Epcot.  I actually was going to pass it by when I noticed that it said Snow White, in German!

The front

A cute touch to the back of the shirt

Not headed to Disney World any time soon?  It's on the Shop Disney Parks App!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

I went to Disney World during the busiest time of year...and had a great time!

Upon returning from my family vacation in Florida, I've done some reflecting.  One thing I kept noticing was how much arguing I was seeing among families, especially as it got into late evening.  My family and I commented on how we were having a great time with no augments to be had!   It is completely understandable to find yourself in sour mood when you are at the happiest place on Earth on a 10 out of 10 crowd day!  So, how did my family do it?  Here are my top tips for managing a theme park on a crowded day.

1.  Manage expectations. 
You are not going to ride it all.  You are not going to see it all.  Decide what you must do and then be prepared to wait for it.  Going in knowing that you may only ride three rides the entire day will really help you manage your exceptions on truly crowded days.

2.  Use FastPass Plus
I booked our trip well into the Fast Pass plus window so by the time I logged in, I was unable to get Flight of Passage Fast passes.  However, I was able to get every other attraction we really wanted.  And we went in with the expectation that those might be the only rides we get on that day - and that was okay with us.  While we wanted to ride Flight of Passage, our family would not wait over three hours to do so.  It will just have to wait until next time.

3.  Use Mobile Ordering
On our Magic Kingdom day, Pinocchio's Village Haus was the spot chosen for Lunch.  The line was well out the door on onto the walk way.  There were cast members posted at every entrance to make sure people weren't going in the wrong way and weren't getting tables without food.  Luckily, my family had placed our order on my phone while waiting in line earlier that day the meet Donald and Goofy.  As we walked to the restaurant, I submitted our order.  By the time we arrived it was ready for pick-up.  I was directed to one of the exit doors where I showed the mobile order to the cast member and she sent me right in and directly to the counter where my food was ready to pick up!  I asked for a few glasses of water and we were ready to eat.  Guests in line still had a thirty minute wait to get to the counter!
We used the mobile ordering every day, and by the end of the trip, we only ate at places where we could mobile order.  Use it!

4.  Use the in park 'quests'
Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom all have what I like to call 'quests'.  In Magic Kingdom there is the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Game.  In Epcot the Agent P's World Showcase Adventure.  In Animal Kingdom the Wilderness Explorer program.  All of these are free programs that the whole family can do!  This was my seventh trip to Disney World and I have never done any of these before.  But with lines longer that we were willing to wait, these alternative activities are great!
We had a blast in the Magic Kingdom - start at the fire station to get a card pack and start your game.  From there you are directed to different locations to start your quest.  We started playing this game around seven pm and there were no lines at the locations!  In fact, others who were tiredly milling about were surprised to see the windows come to life!
In Epcot we participated in the Chip and Dale ornament spree rather than Agent P's adventure.  Epcot has a variety of hunts throughout the year - usually tied to a festival - where you search for things located in each country.  This activity does have a fee - 6.99 for ours - and you get a 'prize' at the redemption location at the end.
Wilderness Explorer program in Animal Kingdom has the added benefit of helping you learn about the things you see.  Keep in mind this program does not run all day - it ends before dusk.

5.  Allow extra time for transportation
On peak days, buses get full.  If you have a fast pass you can't miss or a dinner reservation, be sure to give ample time to arrive at your park.  Keep in mind there is a 15 minute grace period after your fast pass ends, but then you are out of luck.

6.  Use a crowd calendar
I picked our parks based on Touring Plans crowd calendar.  On Christmas Day we were in Epcot.  The most popular park that day, Magic Kingdom, closed for a while because it was at capacity.  When I start planning a trip, I pick my park days based on which one is the lowest crowd prediction.  This may or may not be the park with extra magic hours!  If you have a park hopper, use it to get out when crowds get bad.

7.  Don't push it
One of the hardest things for me is that I want to maximize time in the parks.  After all, I've traveled all this way!  However, going from park open to close on busiest days is a fast way to wear on your nerves.  When you are tired, call it a night!  Getting sleep is important for your body and your mind on peak days.

8.  It is a resort - not just theme parks
One of the best things we did this trip was go to Winter Summerland and miniature golf!  We arrived at opening and had so much fun, we did two rounds!  There are so many things to do all around the resort and at the hotels - take advantage of them!

9.  Don't wait to go
By go, I mean to the bathroom!  The parks were so busy, there was always a line at the women's restroom.  You can really get yourself in a pickle if you wait until you're 'full' and then have to wait ten minutes.

10.  Compliment
Finally, keep a list of cast members who make a difference during your trip.  If you are feeling grumpy because of the crowds, imagine what it's like for the cast.  I keep a memo in my phone and when a cast member went above and beyond - help us carry a lunch tray, a custodial staff in the restroom pointing out open stalls, and a photopass photographer who explained the app.  Write down the name on the name tag, the date, location, and time.  You can of course, thank them in person, but an even better way is to get them an official thanks.  When you get home, send an email to:
I sent mine yesterday and got a lovely reply that same day.  The cast members will get recognition in their file and their leadership will be told.  It really is a great way to end your trip!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!