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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

They Made the Magic: Izzy Klein

Isadore "Izzy" Klein was born on October 12,1897 in Newark, New Jersey.  he attended the national Academy of New York and the Art Students League.  By 1916 he had joined Wiliam Randolph Hearst international Film Service as an animator.  There he met Grim Natwick, Jack King, and Burt Gillett.  In 1918, Klein went to work for Barre-Bowers Studios working on the Mutt and Jeff cartoons.  In 1925, Klen went to work as a free-lance cartoonist but by 1934 he returned to animation working at the Van Geuren Studio.  When the studio close he went to work for Columbia Pictures.  It was in 1936 that Klein joined Disney.  Klen related that when he made the decision to work for Disney he talked to Ted Sears.  Sears set the ground work so when Klein called, he got an appointment to talk with Walt Disney.

At Disney Klein worked as an animator and storyman.  He worked on shorts such as Mother Goose Goes Hollywood and Lonsesome Ghosts just to name a few.

He left Disney in 1939 to work for Mintz and then later Paul Terry.  He penned the cartoon Might Mouse.  In the late 40's he went to work for Paramaount to work on Casper, Little Audrey, Little Lulu, and Popeye.  He retired from animation in the 1960's.  Klein is credited as I. Klein, Izzy Dlein, and I. Klien.  He died in 1986.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Packing for Disney World...Snow White Style

If you follow my blog, you know that I am planning a trip to Disney World soon.  I have shared my tips for planning and my Disney World planning binder.  Now onto the final stage....what does every Snow White fan need to pack for a Disney Theme Park trip?

Snow White custom Mickey Ears! See previous post on how to make these.

Snow White makeup from ELF, Evil Queen from MAC, and chap stick too!  You must look your best for all those photographs!

The bag on the left is for theme park touring that I bought at a craft fair, the middle bag is to hold all that make-up, and the right bag by LoungeFly for my carry on and a trick or treat bag for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

My Snow White Disney Bounding outfit for the Halloween Party.

A close up of the accessories...isn't the bird ring perfect!

An assortment of Snow White shirts to wear around the parks.

Dopey lanyard for pin trading.

A handy list of all the locations of smashed pins (I like pressed coins site)

The list of where to meet Snow White (I use Kenny the Pirate's site to make sure my list is up to date)

Of course, there are a few other items that are needed to take on a Disney World trip that may not be Snow White related.  Here are a few of my must brings:

 * Cardboard mailer: I bring this to put any paper souvenirs (post cards, park maps...) in.  This way they don't get bent!

* External Battery Charger: I looooove mine!  Keep connected all day without having to find a recharge station.

* Pennies and quarters: for the machine!

* Power Strip: I got one that takes one plug and converts it into three plugs with addition usb slots.

* Glow Sticks: I love the old fashion glow sticks - they don't even sell this style anymore in parks.  At Walmart a pack of five bracelets is 97 cents!

*Tablet: besides the usual functions, I keep a master excel spreadsheet in Google Drive that lists my collection and photos of each item.  This becomes so helpful when I look at a souvenir and I have that?  I find myself wondering that often about the postcards and small buttons in the theme parks.

Naturally there are the regular items to travel with too that you'd take on any trip.  The most important item?  The empty bag to bring home souvenirs in!