Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy 100th Birthday, Mary Blair!

Mary Blair did not live to see her 100th birthday, but her unbelievable art certainly has. Mary Blair was, quite simply, one of the best Disney artists of all times, IMO.

I had intended this post to be about the Disney Gallery, which used to be above Pirates of the Caribbean but is now attached to the former bank building, but then got caught up with the amazing Mary Blair exhibit.

The entrance

The exhibitions at the Disney Gallery change, so I was thrilled to see Mary Blair included.

If you know know who she is, she’s the one who designed Small World. Which is pretty darned amazing.

Concept art for Small World

The display calls for a brief introduction to Blair’s work:

All about Mary Blair in one rather small sign

Small World was a huge acheivement

Check this out!

Is this gorgeous or what?

But many people don’t know she did art for other subjects

Like this one

Most notably, Alice in Wonderland.

Simply beautiful

You can buy Mary Blair swag at the Gallery store

Awesome

And here’s a picture of Blair with Walt Disney himself.

A strip of pictures, actually

Seriously folks, Mary Blair’s brilliant art and inspiration can be found in the park and in the spirit of Disneyland.

Happy birthday, Mary! Thank you for all you’ve given us!

Snow White’s Seriously Scary Adventure

I’ve been avoiding Snow White for a while because I had remembered it being scary and after the scary Pinocchio disaster with poor Theo, I knew I’d have to do Snow White alone.

Which turned out to be a good call because it WAS scary.

The entrance kinda looks like Pinocchio, actually

And again, much like Pinocchio, I had basically very fuzzy memories of the story. My memory went like this:

An evil witch hates Snow White and there’s a magic mirror in there. Snow White ends up in the woods. There are bird. Also dwarves–seven of them to be exact. She goes to live with them and they mine diamonds and tend to whistle while they work. Then the witch has this apple she wants to give Snow White which will kill her (remember, this is my memory here) and the witch turns herself into a hag, Snow White eats the apple, somehow the hag dies, then Snow White is out in the woods again until Prince Whoever comes along. Also there’s some sort of glass coffin. The end.

All things considered, I think I remembered the story better than Pinocchio, albeit with a few gaps there. Anyway, the exterior of Snow White has a little fun thing–

If you watch this window closely, the evil witch appears

Couldn’t really get a good picture of it.

Anyway, the line is generally pretty short, much like (wait for it, wait for it) Pinocchio.

A couple of switchbacks but otherwise pretty straightforward

Oh, another thing you should know is that Snow White is one of the original Disneyland attractions, there on opening day in 1955. How about that?

In the line there’s the first page of the story, but it’s all in brass or whatever so you can’t really read it.

Or at least you can't read past the first two pages

Before you get on the ride there are some more cute details, like the Dwarves’ cabin, or at least what I assume to be the Dwarves’ cabin.

Whistle while you guess what this is

And then another story explanation.

Which does not in the least bit prepare you for the scary part except for the skull on the table

Then you hope on your ride vehicle, which is like a log kind of thing named after the dwarves.

So basically a DwarfMobile

You pull down your safety bar, which basically is your signal that all of your pictures will turn out like this:

I AM AN AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER!

So I gotta say, I put away the camera at that point because taking more pictures would have been fruitless.

Anyway, you’re supposed to BE Snow White in the ride which is why Snow White herself never appears. Some of the scenes are scary, but there’s this one where the evil witch who looks all witchy but pretty and human is looking at herself in the mirror, and then she turns and she’s this old hag with the apple all of a sudden and I’ll admit it, I screamed a bit.

The old hag, who manages to be pretty scary in all of her scenes, comes up in most scenes, which makes it scary. And then the ride ends. Which is like, whaaaa? Because it’s totally truncated. And they left off the most important part which is Prince Whoever’s kiss. And really, since you’re supposed to BE Snow White, I mean how would they simulate that. Whatever it would be, it would most likely be scary.

I know I’m harping on the scary. Why is that? You don’t have a whale eating you like Pinocchio (god, what is UP with my obsession with that ride?) but I think it’s more of the psychological scary. Yeah, the hag looks scary and menacing for sure, but the fairy tales like Snow White touch on a deeper fear–abandonment, eating a poisoned apple, death threats from a stepparent, twisted sense of beauty and what we’ll do to attain it, coming close to death (calling Bruno Betelheim!), and the ride taps into that as well. Plus there’s no happy ending. It just…ends. It’s weird.

And here’s my question and maybe one of my sharp-eyed readers can tell me the answer: why haven’t they ever finished off this ride? Is it because of space? Is it because they don’t want to tamper with a true original? Who know. It’s weird.

And scary.

Keychain Giveaway!

This post is dedicated to the keys that I lost at Disneyland that were turned in and I got back the next day! 🙂

We had so much fun on our Disney Cruise that I bought 3 items for giveaways. Well, actually buying the items had no impact on whether or not I enjoyed our Disney Cruise, which we very much did. Also I bought stuff. And we enjoyed the giveaways…

Okay, now I’ve just confused myself.

But for those of you who aren’t pin collectors or if you’re anyone who carries around a key, here is this adorable Disney Cruise Line keychain!

Thank you for sailing with us! You're welcome!

It’s a positively adorable faux-cruise ticket. And really, if the regular tickets looked like this that would be awesome too. Alas…

But still, this keychain CAN BE YOURS!!!

Here's the back

I know the picture makes it look huge without a reference, but seriously the keychain is only a couple of inches and well within most people’s keychain limits. Except for guys who seem to always want more manly keychains.

Nah, real men carry Disney keychains, am I right???

Here’s how to enter

So easy this time, folks. I’d like to bring in some new people to share the MYWTM love so here’s how to win:

1) Leave a comment saying “I have keys!”

2) Have a friend leave a comment using your name.

Now feel free to take this opportunity to invite your friends to explore this fabulously amazing blog (I’m referring to MYWTM here) and hey, just give them a chance to swing on by.

And there ya go! Contest ends 11:59 PST on Thursday October 20th. Good luck!

Where in the Land at Disneyland

Let’s play a little game. It’s called “Where in the Land at Disneyland?” Yes, I know that sounds a bit awkward, but “where in the world” made me think of the Mouse-in-Law and even worse, Matt Lauer. Yikes.

So here’s how it goes. I post pictures and you identify where they are. Some are easy, some are more obscure. I will put the answers at the bottom of the post, and if you’d like to make a comment, you can say how many you got right. But don’t post the answers. Because I’m posting the answers and that kind of defeats the purpose, you know?

Here goes:

Photo #1

 

Photo #2

 

Photo #3

 

Photo #4

 

Photo #5

 

This part is what is called Spoilervision. That is, the answer is actually in white and you just highlight the space in order to see it.

 

Photo #1 –> Splash Mountain

Photo #2 –> Pooh Corner Store

Photo #3 –> Frontierland train station

Photo #4 –> Tiki Room

Photo #5 –> On the path between Tomorrowland and the castle, near Pixie Hollow

Hope you had fun!

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