Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Do you have any idea how hard that is to spell? Let’s just acronym-ize to BBB. Look! I made up a word!

Anyway, the BBB is like the ultimate thing for princessy girls. It’s a makeover studio where you can get all princess-ized (I’m making up words all over the place!). It’s located in Fantasyland right at the entrance to the castle. You can’t miss it because you run into this cart:

Hi! I'm at the entrance to Fantasyland!

You can see the BBB sign in the back. There’s a lovely display window giving you a taste of what you’re about to enter:

Child-sized Cinderella dress

And the BBB itself looks like a castle, right behind the castle. Or in front depending on which side of the castle you’re standing on.

Come in and get your hair done

Inside it’s like a regular store with princess overload. All kinds of princess dresses and accessories

And bored customers

Plus a few seasonal items

Still Halloweentime

But of course, the main thing at the BBB is the makeover. There are a few packages you can get, which involve a new hairstyle for your little princess, nails done, various accessories, and at the top level they’ll throw in a princess dress. The back area is a salon

For said makeovers

You can take as many pictures as you want, provided it’s your child who is being made over. Otherwise they kind of give you a weird look and you have to move along.

The packages are pricey, starting at around $50 up to $200, and the up-dos are pretty elaborate. Also you can get a sash.

There's not even a talent competition!

This is the kind of thing that makes me glad that Theo isn’t into princesses. It is very cute, but kind of a lot of money. The little girls all seem to love it though. They do have a package for boys that’s just like hair glitter. Oh, also they have the Photopass photographers there documenting everything in case you want the professional Disney pictures. It’s quite an interesting little place.

All the Pretty Little Ponies and General Thoughts

Hey everyone! Back when I posted about King Arthur Carrousel, which was actually one of my earliest MYWTM posts, I mentioned that all of the horses have names. Or maybe someone else mentioned it. Or something. Anyway, it was mentioned. Well I finally swung by City Hall and got the list. I was a bit disappointed with said list because I was expecting, I don’t know, some sort of way to tell each horse from the other, but hey, you work with what you got.

All the pretty little ponies

Because my cell phone picture is such high quality and the picture is sideways, I went ahead and re-created the list here just for you. I did it in a table and then posted it from Word, so if it’s all jacked up, then blame WordPress.

Alma Arabian Knight Avanti Baby
Belle Bruce Centurion Checkers
Checkers Jr. Champion Chodis Cinch
Copper Crown Jewel Crusader Dagger
Daisy Dante Duke Eagle Scout
Elinor Elroy Emerald Fern
Flourish Frenchy Galaxy Gypsy
Hal Ivy Jester Jingles
Kaleidoscope King Richard Lance Leprechaun
Lucifer’s Rose Lunatic National Velvet Patches
Pegasus Penny Queenie Rally
Red Devil Renaissance Sapphire Saxon
Screaming Eagle Sea Biscuit Sir Lancelot St. Patrick
Steamer Tartan Tassel Testy Pat
Thistle Tiny Topaz Tulip

Some of these names don’t sound very Disney to me–Red Devil? Lucifer’s Rose? Hal? Just kidding about Hal, by the way. And I did a Google search on “Chodis” and let me tell you, that was NOT what I was expecting (search result is rated R, parental consent is advised). But now if you’ve been burning with the questions of what the carrousel horses’ names are, there ya go.

UPDATE: Thank goodness for my sharp-eyed readers! Jamie says, “I think you may have received a typo on the list, I think the adult sounding horse is claudius. Check them out http://findingmickey.squarespace.com/king-arthurs-carrousel-horses.” And my god, I can’t TELL you how relieved I am that “Chodis” is incorrect. But then it makes me wonder, who would make that kind of typo? On purpose? Hmmm. Anyway, Claudius. Phew.

It’s been busy over here at Chez MYWTM. I have finally finished my critical thesis for my Master’s program and am just waiting for the final sign-off from my advisor before I can print and submit. Which cannot come a moment too soon. I have also been consuming mass quantities of Oreos (Oreos: The Official Snack Food of Shelby’s Thesis) and my waistline is probably going to be pretty happy that that’s over.

It’s holiday time at Disneyland–one of my favorite times of the year. I can’t wait to get into the park to start photographing all of the holiday decorations and attractions. Did I mention I love holiday time at Disneyland? Because I do. The “snow” after the fireworks show gets me choked up every time. However, the holidays also may mean a bit fewer posts here at MYWTM. Best thing to do is head over there —-> and subscribe to MYWTM with your email address. You’ll get a lovely little message every time I update and you can easily click on over to see all that MYWTM has to offer. Alternatively, or both, you can follow me on Facebook. I always update Facebook when there’s a new post.

I’m also a bit depressed to mention that I’m not going to make my initial goal of Doing Everything by the end of the year. I forgot to go on Splash Mountain when it was warm out and I’m not doing a water ride in the Fall/Winter, so…sorry. I also neglected to document the pre-holiday Haunted Mansion, and I’m sure there are other things I managed to miss along the way that I can’t do now.

There is some good news though–we have decided to renew our passes for another year, so MYWTM lives on!!! Next year I believe I will start reporting on the Mouse-Next-Door as well, so there will be lots of fun content in the upcoming months.

I hope all of you are getting ready for the joyous holiday season! Happy Turkey Day and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice, and of course, Festivus for the rest of us! Okay, I know the holiday greetings are a little premature, but I don’t want to forget them.

Mr. Lincoln, the Aftershow

So once you’re done being either inspired or creeped out by Mr. Lincoln, you go through a couple of rooms I like to call the aftershow. Artwork adorns the walls with plaques reading “Spirit of [admirable quality]”

Henry Ford and some other guys

The most odd and definitely egregious was the “Spirit of Celebration”

Celebration?

Yes Ladies and Gentlemice, that’s Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Hanna Montana. I mean I know Hannah Montana is a very popular and successful Disney product, but SERIOUSLY??? You can’t think of some other musician or musical group to celebrate? Like The Beatles? Or something?

Their candidate selection was clearly a little baffling.

Achievement

Spirit of Achievement: Einstein, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Sonya Sotomayor.

Over in the Spirit of Giving side I realized I took a picture of the wrong thing. Here’s what I took a picture of:

Bob Hope

But in that picture on the upper right, it’s a school in Africa and Oprah Winfrey is there. Now I know that Oprah gives to a lot of charities, but whenever I think about Oprah giving something away, I just think “EVERYBODY GETS A CAR! EVERYBODY GETS A CAR!!!!!”

Nobody got a car here.

Over in the Spirit of Perseverance, you have Jackie Robinson, Michelle Kwan, and Bruce Lee

All three are people of color, but only one is actually IN color

And I was very happy to see Michelle Kwan in there because honestly, I think she was robbed of the Olympic gold metal in 1998. Totally robbed.

Over on the Spirit of Tolerance side,

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Helen Keller

And not that Helen Keller was intolerant or something, but I think I might have put her over in the Spirit of Perseverance or the Spirit of Inspiration section.

Or the Spirit of Celebration. To replace Hannah Montana.

Speaking of the Spirit of Inspiration, there’s Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and some guy on top of a mountain.

Rosa, Amelia, and ???

I’m sure someone out there knows who that guy is, but I honestly can’t remember. Guess I didn’t find him very inspiring.

On the Spirit of Something I Didn’t Write Down wall, you have two true geniuses, Jim Henson and Mary Blair.

GENIUS

And of course, the man and the mouse behind it all

Spirit of Awesome

Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln

So talk about an attraction I haven’t done in the last 3 decades, it’s Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

And I mean GREAT moments!

To be fair, this particular incarnation has only been around since 2009. Immediately prior to that was “Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years,” a movie made for the 50th anniversary staring Steve Martin and Donald, the duck who wears no pants.

Apparently Walt just loved Lincoln and this was created for a World’s Fair before being built at Disneyland. The audio-animatronic human was the first of its kind.

But before you get to see Mr. Lincoln, you start by checking out Great Moments in Disneyland. It’s a whole display of things like scale versions and pictures and a ticket book collection.

Splash Mountain

You’re treated to picture collages, a tribute to Imagineers past

The originals

and present

Imagineers: The Next Generation

And exciting

I AM AN AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER!!!

You entertain yourself there for a few minutes before the next showing of Great Moments.

There’s this entrance to the stage doorway area

In case you forgot why you were there

There’s also a completely scale model of the Capitol

It's very white

I think it’s made out of marble or something but I didn’t get a closeup of the plaque and I can’t remember now. At any rate, it’s a little weird since Mr. Lincoln himself didn’t see this version of the Capitol. But it’s there.

Behind the Capitol is a screen that shows both an explanation of the Disney version of Mr. Lincoln along with some footage of the Disney version of Mr. Lincoln.

Kind of weird

There’s even a whole thing about the actor who played Mr. Lincoln and why he was a perfect Mr. Lincoln, and also a bit about the creation of the fake Mr. Lincoln from a mold of the real Mr. Lincoln’s face. Which is a little unsettling, in my opinion.

Finally the theater doors open and you are all ushered in in a “grab any seat” fashion. I suspect at one point all seats were filled, but there were only about 10 of us there.

It's the image of Mr. Lincoln

And that’s where they tell you to put the cameras away. I don’t know why–is animated Mr. Lincoln some kind of trade secret they’re trying to protect? First off you get a movie screen and it shows this rather extensive history lesson of Mr. Lincoln (who apparently had about 1 year of formal school before he went to law school) and the civil war. This gets kind of boring but just when you’re ready to bug out, the crimson curtains rise and there’s Mr. Lincoln himself, sitting on a chair.

I think it’s supposed to look like Mr. Lincoln is alive, but that’s not really the effect. One the not-quite-Mr. Lincoln sits there for a minute or so, he stands up. Except he doesn’t stand up like a real person would. It looks like he kind of levitates on two very, very skinny legs. Then he gives this speech that’s apparently an amalgam of several speeches. His face is supposed to reflect emotion but it just ends up looking flat.

I mean basically my friend summed it up at the end when she turned to me and said, “that was kind of creepy.”

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