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Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s Villains/Princess coffee mug was seen at WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland.  It retails for $12.95.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

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Disney Legend Tony Baxter to be at D23 Destination D

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For those that are attending or thinking about attending D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind, more details about the event has been released.  Below is the official press release.

BURBANK, Calif. – September 4, 2014 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has unveiled more of the experiences in store for members at what is sure to be the can’t-miss Disney event of the year—D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus. Taking place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort, the event will bring Disney Legends, archivists, Imagineers, and luminaries together to celebrate fan-favorite attractions of years past, including Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with rarely seen concept art and images, vintage video clips, and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations showcasing Disney’s contributions to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

Tomorrowland supervising art director Ramsey Avery (Star Trek Into Darkness, Minority Report) will give members a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of the upcoming release from Walt Disney Pictures. Avery will detail how the production team reconstructed elements of the World’s Fair for the upcoming film, which stars George Clooney. “I had a great experience working on Tomorrowland and recreating some of the very iconic environments from the 1964 World’s Fair, especially it’s a small world, and am excited to share some of that behind-the-scenes process with Disney fans,” says Avery.

During the panel “Rediscovering Discovery Bay,” Disney Legend Tony Baxter will take guests on an in-depth tour of the never-built themed expansion for Disneyland through rarely seen concept artwork and models that he worked on during his time at Walt Disney Imagineering. Discovery Bay, as an early press release stated, was intended to “bring to life a time and place that climaxed an age of discovery and expansion.”

Additional panels have just been announced.* More information may be found at D23.com/Events.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22

·        Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: Historian Bill Cotter looks at Disney’s massive influence on the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.

·        A World’s Fair of Disney Legends: Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr discuss their contributions to the Fair.

·        Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Historian Michael Kelley and Disney Legend Bob Matheison take a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking attraction.

·        Ford’s Magic Skyway: Bill Cotter and Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Bill Sullivan reveal some of the secrets behind one of the Fair’s most innovative attractions.

·        Carousel of Progress: Disney Legend Marty Sklar and Imagineer Gary Landrum talk about the creation of this one-of-a-kind show.

·        it’s a small world: Disney Legend Alice Davis discusses working on the beloved attraction with her husband Marc and artist Mary Blair.

·        Lost on the Way to the World’s Fair: Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline reveals some of the proposed creations that didn’t make it to New York.

·        A Sneak Peek at Disney’s Tomorrowland (see above).

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23

·        Widen Your World: Tony Baxter, Imagineer Jason Grandt, and Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway revisit popular attractions from the early years of Walt Disney World.

·        Disneyland: Fond Memories of the Past: Becky Cline and historian Stacia Martin journey through some of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions of yesteryear.

·        Retro Rewind References: Imagineers Wyatt Winter and Jason Grandt reveal some of the hidden references to past attractions in today’s theme park creations.

·        Rediscovering Discovery Bay: (see above).

·        An Evolution of Make Believe Made Real: Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins detail the creation of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and explore its roots, which began in 1937.

·        That Was Entertainment!: Disney Legend Ron Logan lifts the curtain on some of the most fondly remembered events and entertainment from Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Plus, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, is setting up a pop-up shop, which will open Friday, November 21 and run through the weekend, offering a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. Mickey’s of Glendale will also carry an exclusive collection of items themed to Pleasure Island, including pins, pin sets, T-shirts, and glassware.

In addition to more than a dozen panels and presentations, the weekend will include:

·        A special weeklong exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

·        Pleasure Island: Rewind presented by Twinings of London, a closing-night celebration themed around the former Downtown Disney nightlife district.

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets are currently available to all D23 Members, and D23 Gold and Silver Members receive special ticket pricing. All guests will receive a gift created just for the event.

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events.

* Events, panel order, and talent are subject to change.

Photo Credit: D23

Photo Credit: D23

These Brown Legs Went Coast to Coast

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On August 31, 2014, a goal of mine was reached.  Well two goals I should say.  I participated in my first runDisney Half Marathon at Disneyland and earned my first Coast-to-Coast medal.

How do you earn a Coast-to-Coast medal?  Per runDisney.com, “If you complete a runDisney half marathon or marathon at the Walt Disney World® Resort and a half marathon at the Disneyland® Resort in the same calendar year, then you will receive a Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal commemorating your achievement”.  The eligible races can be found at here. I completed the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon and 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge.

I was very nervous about this race due to it being a new course for me.  I also did not train like I should have which added to the nervousness.  I lacked the motivation to train as well as work getting in the way.  I vowed if I got through the Disneyland Half, I would train to set a PR for the 2015 Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January.

I arrived in Anaheim on August 29th, checked in to the Hilton Anaheim, and went to the expo being held at the Disneyland Hotel.

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I overheard several people talk about how much better the expo was as far as crowd control and organization.  After I obtained my bib and wristband, I walked around the expo a little and then strolled around Downtown Disney.

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This was my fourth time being at Disneyland. My last visit was in 2013 for the D23 Expo.

On the 30th, Sara and I went to Disneyland and had some pre-race fun.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle and she hung out us for a while.

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My pre-race routine is to lay out my race gear to be ready for race morning.

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I was in the bed by 8pm.  However, I kept waking up because I feared my phone alarm not going off.  Around 2:30am, the alarm went off and I got dressed.  Sara and I used Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) due to it being free for the race weekend.  We were dropped off near the entrances of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  I wish the walk to the corals were included in the 13.1 miles I had to complete.  I said good-bye to Sara, who was in Corral H. Shaene and Jim were also in Corral H.  I was in Corral I.  I was trying to come up with something clever for “I” like “Imagination”, “Imagine Yourself Winning”, and “Iago”. At some point it turned to “whose Idea was this”.

Who else besides me hates waiting for the race to start?  About 30 minutes after the first wave had left, it was time for Corral I to be turned loose.  I am not one to stop to post with characters.  However, due to this being my first Disneyland Half Marathon, I did stop to take pictures.

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Because Disneyland is small, the race course did go through the city of Anaheim.  This part of course included hills and a dirt road. At one point I wanted to scream and yell “I am over this” but I kept pushing through.  I was receiving texts, messages on Facebook, and direct messages telling me how well I was doing and to keep up the good work.  I could not respond to everyone while on the course due to my phone going dead.

Running through Angel Stadium was very exciting with a crowd chEARing us on.  I felt a boost and started moving a little faster.

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Before I knew it, I could see the Finish Line.  I felt good getting the Disneyland Half Marathon medal around my neck and then walking to get my Coast to Coast medal.

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So what do you do after you completed 13.1 miles? You eat all you can and enjoy the parks with your medals around your neck!!!

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Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s guest coffee mug is from Beth of anyhappylittlethoughts.com . Beth stated “the Magic Kingdom is my favorite park, and I am a child of the ’70s and love retro styles, so buying this special cup was a no-brainer. It is a pretty hefty piece of drinkware (and it’s breakable), so I like to use it for cold drinks. Adding slices of orange to my ice water takes me back to that Florida sunshine and great memories of time spent at the Magic Kingdom.”  She also stated the mug retailed for $14.95 and she ordered it from DisneyStore.com in 2013. The mug is no longer available on the website.

Beth can be followed on Twitter ( @AnyHappyLittle  ) and Instagram at @kriebelbeth and @anyhappylittlethoughts.

Photo Credit: anyhappylittlethoughts.com

Photo Credit: Beth

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Photo Credit: Beth

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Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s coffee mug is from Heather ( @DisneyBigSis ) . It was seen at WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland. As you can see it represents that famous attraction and song we love, It’s A Small World.   The mug retails for $12.95.

Photo credit: @DisneyBigSis

Photo credit: @DisneyBigSis

Photo credit: @DisneyBigSis

Photo credit: @DisneyBigSis

Photo credit: @DisneyBigSis

Photo credit: @DisneyBigSis

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Tickets for the 2015 D23 Expo on Sale August 14th

d23-expo-2015-logo-01[1]I am very excited to attend my fourth D23 Expo in 2015.  Below is the official press release of prices and what the Sorcerer Package will be including this expo.

BURBANK, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – On Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 14–16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2015 marks the fourth bi-annual event held in Anaheim.

More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. D23 Expo 2015 marks the return of fan favorites including the Disney Legends Awards, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which spotlights costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history. 

As in previous Expos, D23 Expo 2015 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2013, celebrity appearances included Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, with performances by Idina Menzel, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, and a once-in-a-lifetime concert with Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 14–December 31, 2014, tickets are $61 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $52 for a one-day adult admission and $37 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $268 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, an extremely limited number of D23 VIP Sorcerer Packages will once again be available. Based on fan feedback, even more benefits have been added this year including exclusive opportunities in the Walt Disney Imagineering pavilion and Mickey’s of Glendale.

The SORCERER PACKAGE includes:

·         Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential

·         Reserved seating at all presentations in the main hall, Stage 23, and Stage 28

·         Limited-edition D23 American Tourister boarding bag

·         Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit

·         Special tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion

·         Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale

·         Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public

·         Welcome Reception on Thursday evening

·         Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning

·         A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist

·         Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company

·         Saturday morning Meet and Greet Coffee with a special Disney guest

·         “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo

·         Plus, access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge and other benefits

Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both Gold and Silver D23 Members at $2,000 per ticket. Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and benefits are highlighted at D23Expo.com.

D23 Gold and Silver Members are entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge.

Visit D23Expo.com to relive some of the extraordinary experiences from the first three Expo events and get a peek at what’s to come in 2015.