Archive for November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday – Character Bus at Epcot

 

Today’s throwback takes us to Epcot circa March 1991.*   And that is all I really remember about the picture.  I remember the trip with my best friend but I can’t for the life of me remember this event.

 

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After doing some internet sleuthing it appears that Epcot had Character Buses that came out loaded with characters at certain times of the day.  Signs on the side of the bus read “Characters on Holiday.”  It was really the first chance for character meet and greets at Epcot.  But the pictures of those buses don’t look like my picture.   See for yourself:

So, I am not really sure if this pre-dates the “Characters on Holiday” bus or if this is something totally different.  Either way, it is fun to see Roger Rabbit getting some love.

If you know anything about this picture, please leave a comment.  I would love to find out more about it.

 

 

You have to remember to forgive the photography.  This one is a little better than the older pictures since it was taken in the 90’s.

 

Diane Disney Miller dies at 79

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Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney, died Tuesday at her home in Napa, California after suffering a recent fall.  She was 79 and is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ron W. Miller, former CEO of the Walt Disney Co. until 1984, and seven surviving children.

Miller was the only biological daughter of Disney and his wife, Lillian Bounds Disney. Her sister, Sharon Mae Disney, who was adopted by the Disneys at birth in 1936, died in 1993.

Miller was the founder and head of the Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in 2009 in San Francisco’s Presidio, as a tribute to her family’s legacy and co-owner of Silverado Vineyards with her husband.

She was instrumental in keeping Frank Gehry on the job to complete the well underway Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Many believed Gehry’s firm was too inexperienced to execute the drawings for the hall’s all-curves design and wanted another company to complete the plans. Miller, however, said the $20 million left from her mother’s original gift could not be used unless Gehry’s firm remained in charge.

“She was the turning point, definitely,” Gehry told the Los Angeles Times in September. “I was devastated. I had left the project, and in the next day or two, I got the call” that Miller had made the crucial decision not to go forward without him. “She’s an amazing lady and continues to be — for the project, for classical music and for the arts.”

““I wanted something that would bear my father’s name, that would come from his wealth but not be commercial,” Miller told the Times. “That would be just a wonderful thing for the city, for the spirit, for the soul. I think we achieved that. When I say we — Frank has achieved that.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller, and our thoughts are with her family during his difficult time,” Disney president and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

“As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of the Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Disney and Miller families during their time of loss.

Merchandise Monday on Saturday – LeSportsac Sale

It may be Saturday but Merchandise Monday just couldn’t wait!!!

LeSportsac.com is having a weekend sale with 25% off some styles and 40% off others.

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Some of the others happen to be a few of the remaining Disney It’s a Small World Collection pieces!!

Don’t pass up this opportunity to snag a piece of the Disney It’s a Small World Collection because the final collection is already out and it won’t be long until it is all gone.

I have a few of the Disney It’s a Small World Collection by LeSportsac and I love them!!!  So don’t hesitate!!

Rectangular Cosmetic with Charm in Floating Dreams Embroidery $28.80 (40% off $48.00 with SAVE40 code at LeSportsac.com)

Picture Tote with Charm in Time to Share $100.80 (40% off $168.00 with SAVE40 code at LeSportsac.com)

Picture Tote with Charm in Mary’s Tote Embroidery $100.80 (40% off $168.00 with SAVE40 code at LeSportsac.com)

Classic Hobo with Charm in Share Your Hope Embroidery $64.80 (40% off $108.00 with SAVE40 code at LeSportsac.com)

Basic Backpack with Charm in World of Laughter Embroidery $94.80 (40% off $158.00 with SAVE40 code at LeSportsac.com)

 

Happy Shopping!!!

Disney’s Maleficent Trailer Released

The official trailer for Disney’s Maleficent was released and it looks fabulous!

The film, to be released in theatres in May 2014 and based on the villainess from the 1959 Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.

The Disney Insider gave us a little tip:  while you’re watching the teaser trailer, pay special attention to the little girl running at the beginning (she’s young Princess Aurora and she’s played by Angelina Jolie’s daughter, Vivienne)

 

 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to open in Harrods

Little girls have been getting dolled up at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Fantasy ship for some time now.  But with a recent announcement, children across the Pond will be able to be transformed into their favorite princesses or knights at Harrods in the U.K.

The boutique opens on November 25, and reservations begin the middle of the month, for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the luxury Knightsbridge Harrods store.

Not only will the Boutique be opening but a new Disney Store and a refurbished Disney Café will complete the experience.

This is the first time that any part of the Disney Parks and Resorts has been recreated in the U.K.

 

The Walt Disney Company’s vice president for the UK and Ireland Anna Hill said: Our partnership with Harrods will bring Disney magic to an iconic British store in a completely unique way.

The boutique is set in a “fairytale castle” where children aged between three and 12 “can learn the qualities needed to become princesses or knights while enjoying the ultimate fantasy makeover.

The boutique lets children step into the world of classic Disney characters, celebrate the qualities like kindness and bravery that make them true heroes and heroines and be transformed as Cinderella was in the famous Fairy Godmother scene from the movie.

We hope the experience will create memories that families can enjoy for a lifetime.

 

Harrods store director Mark Briggs said: There’s only one Harrods and there’s only one Disney but this partnership shows what can be achieved when two iconic brands work together.

Disney at Harrods will create a magical day out in itself, shopping for exclusive products at Disney Store, enjoying a meal together with added imagination at the themed cafe and experiencing a royal transformation in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We can’t wait to start welcoming guests.

Let the glittering begin!!!

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