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Disney Themed CANstruction Displays 2017

Every September, the CANstruction event happens at South Coast Plaza. This year marks the 10th Annual Design-Build Competition that benefits the Orange County Food Bank. This year, the number of displays/participants were smaller at the 3 designated locations that houses these creative structures. 

I was only able to visit Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza and saw these Disney themed displays. Remember that these are all mainly constructed by cans of food and other food packages. 

The following is called "CANtasmic! Don't Let Hunger Drag On!" and it was created by the Disneyland Resort (Design & Engineering). My favorite thing about this display is how they used the Fire Cheetos to create the dragon's fire breath. 

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The next one I discovered is called "Stack Up on Tsum-Thing to Fight Hunger" by WATG & Oltmans. 

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This last one that I came upon is called "May the Fork Be With You" by AECOM Orange. It was too hard to capture on a photo but they had lights set up this display to mimic the tie fighter shooting at the wall. There are designs on the back of the main wall. 

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The participating teams are so creative. Specific cans, food packages, and placement of the canned goods all help to create a design. When you stand far away, you can see the image that they are trying to convey. When you get close to the sculptures, you really see how clever they were with their use of canned goods and the intentional placement of items. 

There are a total of 13 CANstruction displays this year that can be seen in 3 different Orange County locations. The bulk of them are at South Coast Plaza while several are actually at the John Wayne Airport. There is one structure at the ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermediate Corridor). You can vote for your favorite sculpture and donate to the OC Food Bank HERE. The event ends September 24, 2017.

Cheers!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disco Mickey Mouse

Last week a friend of mine shared that she found this album at her local thrift store.

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I as a child that grew up in the late 1970's. I remember having this album, Mickey Mouse Disco and playing it on my record player. There were some songs that were a Disney version of popular disco tunes like "Macho Duck" inspired by "Macho Man".  I love that there were also disco version of classic Disney tunes like "it's a small world" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee." 

Album cover

Album cover

There are lots of videos and remixes on YouTube. While the album is no longer in print, I was happy to find out that the album was available to download on Apple Music. Off to listen to some interesting Disney tunes while i get ready to sit in SoCal traffic. It will remind me of some fun childhood memories, too. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

 

Friday Find: Large Disneyland Postcards from the 1990s

With the rise of technology, specifically social media and email, sending vacation postcards to friends and family has slowly become a thing of the past. It's pretty rare to receive fun snail mail in the form of a personal letter or postcard these days. Most people will just post their vacation in real time on their social media accounts. So, finding postcards at the Disney Parks has become increasingly difficult due to the lack of demand of people wanting them. 

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I dug through a box I had and found some postcards that I purchased at Disneyland. Most of these measure 5 by 6.75 inches. I remember selling these in the early 1990s. I always had to tell Guests that these bigger postcards required regular postage vs. postcard postage. 

I bought this postcard to remember my first Christmas working at Disneyland. The back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting from 1939."

he back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting fro 1939."

he back reads: "This artwork was inspired by Walt Disney's Christmas Greeting fro 1939."

The back of the following postcards reads: "Jimney Cricket Finds that even the littlest guy can have a giant appetite for the taste sweets offered in the candy shop at Main street, U.S.A.

Extraordinary Confectionary

Extraordinary Confectionary

This next postcard featuring Disney villains. Remember these postcards are from the early 1990s so that is before movies like The Little Mermaid, Lion King or any of the Pixar movies came out. These are Disney villains from the 1930's-1980s. Can you name them and what movies they are from ?

Disney Villains

Disney Villains

Postcard from Walt Disney World, 1999.

Postcard from Walt Disney World, 1999.

The following postcards are probably several of my favorites. They used to to offer a special cancellation stamp on Disneyland's actual birthday, July 17th. The US Post Office would actually be available and offer commemorative postmarks. There would be postcards to purchase and then the US Post Office would be there so you could purchase stamps and get these special postal marks. You could mail these to special Disney friends. 

Disneyland postcard for Disneyland's 35th annivsersary. 

Disneyland postcard for Disneyland's 35th annivsersary. 

Back image of 35th anniversary postcard, 1990.

Back image of 35th anniversary postcard, 1990.

This postcard of Walt Disney is really interesting. The Disney characters on this postcard would have been the ones that existed during Walt's lifetime. Mickey Mouse is the sweetest cuddling up to the image of Walt. 

The back reads: "I only hope that we never lost sight of one things - that it was all started by the mouse."

The back reads: "I only hope that we never lost sight of one things - that it was all started by the mouse."

Special cancellation for Disneyland's 40th birthday, June 17, 1995. 

Special cancellation for Disneyland's 40th birthday, June 17, 1995. 

Finally, this last postcard is traditional postcard size. There used to be a college football series called Pigskin Classic that took place in Anaheim from 1990 - 1994. There was a cancellation stamp available for this event.  I thought this simple postcard of Mickey Mouse in front of the castle was appropriate for this postage mark. 

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I think it is intersting how the orientation of the back of this particular postcard is different from the image that is on the front. 

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When I travel with my family for vacation, I usually try to find a postcard and send it from that location to our home. It's kind of fun to receive fun snail mail and it reminds us of our fun trip and memories. It's also great to get a postmark from somewhere far. 

If you are at one of the Disney Parks and find a postcard, get one and send it to yourself, your kids or other Disney friends. Bring your own postage and find a mailbox located in the Parks. The Parks do not have their own location specific cancellation stamp. For example, when you from Disneyland Park, it will just be postmarked "ANAHEIM". If you want to have extra fun, get a character to sign your postcard and then put it in the mail.

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Aulani Trip Part 1: Preparing & Getting to Aulani

Deciding to go to Aulani is the easy part, right? Now figuring out how to get there will require some thought and homework. Your budget will influence your options and choices in regards to airfare and then transportation once you arrive in Hawaii.

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Flying to Hawaii

For most, going to Hawaii requires one to fly there. It will definitely be one of the items that will eat into your budget. Supply and demand will affect the cost. You will want to fly into Honolulu (Daniel K. Inouye International Airport - HNL). Here are a couple of my tips:

  1. Use an app like Hopper or Kayak to help you look for flights. Enable your notifications so you can get up to date alerts.  If you have other accounts like Hipmunk or Expedia, set your flight preferences and get notifications about airfare rates for your trip dates. Everyone seems to have their preferred method of looking for and booking flights so use what has worked for you. 
  2. Try to get a non-stop flight. Your time is worth getting there the fastest way so you enjoy paradise. There is a big time difference if you are coming from the East coast. The long plane ride is always a good place to try to get some sleep. Remember that Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time.) There is no daylight savings time.) Hawaii Time runs two hours behind Pacific Standard Time and five hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
  3. If you can travel on a weekday or non-peak travel seasons (summer and holidays), airfare won't be as a much as a shock to you. If you have to travel during a busy season, consider flying out either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

During the past trip, we went over for the July 4th holiday. I knew that airfare was already going to be pricey. We ended up flying out of LAX on a Wednesday an it saved us about $250 per person. For my family of 4, that was a big savings. 

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Transportation to Aulani & Car Rental

There are no Magic Shuttles or any other Disney official transportation system from the Honolulu airport to Aulani. The resort is about 25 miles west from the airport. We have always rented a car during our vacation for some of the following reasons:

Image from Google

Image from Google

  • Having a rental car makes it easier to take some day trips to see all that Hawaii has to offer.
  • It is cost effective for my family. When you factor the cost of a rental vs. what it costs for a round-trip ticket on a shuttle service, sometimes the car rental is a better deal and more convenient. We are also able to have more control of our time as we are not reliant on a shuttle schedule where sometimes you might have to be picked up so many hours in advance. 
  • My husband is perfectly happy to stay at Aulani for most of time but my kids and I like to go shop. Yes, there is some fun shopping in Hawaii (that will be another post). So, we can leave him by the beach and my kids and I have the freedom to explore the island to sight-see, shop, and find some great food locations.
  • We have a DVC unit (has a kitchen) so it is easy for us to go to get groceries at the nearby Target and Costco. 
  • I usually go with ALAMO rental because there is a ALAMO office right on Aulani. On this visit, the on-site car rental came in handy because the car that I had rented had its oil-check light come on halfway into our vacation. I went the on-site ALAMO office and they were able to make arrangements to easily get me another car. It was seamless. 

I should give you a heads up that if you do get a car rental, there is a self-parking fee at Aulani. It's pretty steep at $37 per day if you are a Guest. If you are a DVC member staying on your points, there is no charge for up to 2 vehicles. 

Finally, don't forget to look into bundling your flight and car rental. Sometimes I have done that and it works out to be a good deal. Do some online comparisons to see where the car rental deals are. Don't forget that Costco or Triple AAA memberships sometimes have deals on car rentals. Sign-up for some of the rental car companies and see what kind of coupons are available for your trip.

Driving around Hawaii is easy. The roads can be a little narrow and there are lots of two lane highways. You'll notice that the speed limits can be much slower than what you may be used to on the mainland. Just embrace your inner "aloha" and go with the flow.  

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There are no cute official Disney signs to help you find your way to the resort. In fact you won't see direct signs that say "Aulani". You'll want to follow the signs that say "Ko'Olina". Finding Aulani once you arrive in the area is pretty easy. Just look for the most beautiful and interesting structure in this area and you'll be at Aulani. 

Street view of Aulani

Street view of Aulani

Aloha!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Best of Friends (Fox and the Hound)

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My younger brother and sister grew up with Fox and the Hound as their childhood Disney movie. One of them had the Fox (Tod) and the other had the Hound (Cooper) plush. I just remember Fox and the Hound being the Disney movie that was a big part of their childhood. 

One of the songs from this Disney classic is "Best of Friends". Written by Stan Fidel  (lyrics) and Richard Johnston (music), the song celebrates the sweet friendship between two young canines, a fox and hound. The characters just see themselves as two young pups who want to have fun exploring the woods together. They are unaware that they should be enemies. The song is sung by Big Mama (owl) who is voiced by Pearl Bailey

 

Fox and the Hound was Disney's 24th animated classic that was released in 1981. It's one of those Disney movies that fly under the radar. Put it on your watch list. It's a touching movie about friendship between as told by Disney artists. It would be the last film that some of the Nine Old Men would be involved (Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas). To complete this movie, Disney would rely on a new and young group of animators that included John Lasseter, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Tim Burton, Brad Bird

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: 40th Anniversary Cast Member Letter & Trading Card

I was going through some of my files and came upon this fun letter that was sent to all Disneyland Cast Members in the summer during Disneyland's 40th Anniversary (1995). I love looking at official Disneyland stationary and letterhead. It's also fun to see who was in charge of Disneyland in certain years. 

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The Indiana Jones Adventure attraction debuted in 1995 so Disneyland embraced the theme and incorporated its style into the 40th Anniversary theme. Trading cards used be a big deal and the fact that these cards were made by a famous trading card company, Skybox, was a big deal. This card was also special because it was the "41st" in the series. They would give out trading cards at the turnstile so you could collect them. So there were a total of 40 trading cards for the 30th anniversary with this Cast Member exclusive card as the extra special card. 

Back of trading card. 

Back of trading card. 

There was also this fun decoder card that I found in my file that relates to the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. They used to distribute these decoder cards at the ride. You can still see words and phrases around the Indiana Jones attraction/queue area today. 

Front of decoder card. 

Front of decoder card. 

 Note that AT&T was the official sponsor of the attraction when it opened and remained as a sponsor until 2002. 

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Hope you find some kind of adventure this weekend! 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Why My Family Loves Aulani

We love Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It's one of the reasons my family decided to take the plunge to become DVC Members and make Aulani our home resort. We've been there three times now and are happily planning to go back through our DVC points. 

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Let me preface by letting you know that I live in Southern California and live close to the Disneyland Resort. My family is fortunate enough to have Disneyland Annual Passes so we can enjoy family time and all thing Disney. We've been lucky to also vacation in Hawaii before the Aulani was there so the state was already a favorite vacation destination for us. Being able to buy into a DVC membership with Aulani as our home resort made sense for my family. We are always going to go to Hawaii and we love Disney.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is small "d" Disney and Big "H" Hawaiian.

The one big reason we love going to Aulani is because it's a whole lot Hawaiian and very subtle Disney. The Hawaiian culture is definitely the star of the Aulani as told by Disney. All the Disney touches help to highlight the Hawaiian people, their history, and their lifestyle. 
 

Quilt highlights popular Hawaiian motiff with hidden Mickey design. 

Quilt highlights popular Hawaiian motiff with hidden Mickey design. 

Cast Members epitomize the Hawaiian people.

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Most of the Cast Members are native Hawaiian and are happy to share their culture with guests. The Hawaiian culture prides itself on its hospitality. Its people are very friendly so when you have that personality and you add Disney pixie dust to that, the Aulani Cast Members are all engaging, helpful, and endearing. They all know they live in paradise, work for Mickey, and love their job. 
 

Aulani decor and aesthetic celebrates the Hawaii culture.

Aulani was designed by Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde who grew up in Hawaii. There is a thoughtful amount of details at Aulani to tell the story of the Hawaiian people and culture. Like any Disney resort, the overall design has a lot of intention. It would have been easy to create a resort in Hawaii and decorate it with all things Hawaiian, but Aulani strives to tell the story of the Hawaiian people through the architecture, the layout of the resort, decor and sounds through the resort. You won't find posters or statues of Disney characters. You'll find patterns, designs, and materials that have a Hawaiian style. 

Door detail 

Door detail 

The ‘Ōlelo Room

The ‘Ōlelo Room

The Lobby, Maka'ala

The Lobby, Maka'ala

Disney Characters are on vacation, too. 

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All of that said, Aulani is also still a Disney resort. One of the things that is so charming at Aulani is that the Disney characters are on vacation, too. They are dressed in their Hawaiian attire and they want to have some fun, too. You'll find them poolside or in the Waikolohe Valley taking vacation photos with everyone.

Here are a couple favorite photos that captured some fun moments. Stitch has his "aloha" on with his cool hat and lei. One monring I was sitting outside my room and Mickey happened to be walking by. I gave him a shout and he took the time to send me a greeting back.

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Aulani is centrally located to enjoy Oahu.

You can really enjoy leisure time to relax on the lazy river, at the beach or at the Laniwai Spa. You can experience a beautiful luau (Ka'Wa'a) or a character breakfast. Aulani is centrally located in Ko Olina so it is easy to rent a car if you want to take some day trips to explore all the Oahu has to offer (eg. The North Shore, Pearl Harbor, snorkeling). During our last trip we went off property to do some zip lining, scuba, and my daughter even went skydiving. We also took day trips to go shopping and find some good eats. 

Ziplining (Climbworks) on The Northshore

Ziplining (Climbworks) on The Northshore

While taking advantage of all Oahu has to offer was fun, returning "home" to Aulani every time was great.

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I'll have more posts in the next couple days to detail our latest trip to Aulani so stay tuned,

Mahalo!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Disneyland Music Website

image from DisneyChris.com

image from DisneyChris.com

I discovered a fun website that is a great source for many Disneyland songs and tracks that are featured in past and present attractions, parades, and much more. If you ever wanted to know all the different parade music over the decades, you can find it on this website. I also found that there is a lot of additional information about each track that is a great read. You can discover a lot of Disneyland's history through the range of songs that you can listen to on this website. It is like an audio tour of Disneyland through the years. Go check out DisneyChris.com.

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Minnie Mouse Ear Headband Holder

There are so many different styles of Minnie Mouse ear headbands. There are sparkly headbands, themed headbands, and location or event specific headbands, too. One must have options, right?

Minnie Mouse headbands from various Disney Parks.

Minnie Mouse headbands from various Disney Parks.

The Disney Parks sell a variety of styles. There are even more headbands available on Etsy through many individual Etsy stores/sellers. That just means that now I have a lot of Minnie Mouse ear headbands. These are some of my favorites. I also have two kids so we usually share and enjoy these together. 

Minnie Mouse ear headbands from various Etsy sellers. 

Minnie Mouse ear headbands from various Etsy sellers. 

I found this perfect fixture from an Etsy store (DisplayYourMouseEars)  to hold and display some of my Minnie Mouse ear headbands.

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I like the design and look of this specific display that serves a purpose. I had enough to fill it up very quickly. I probably should have bought another but I figured I would just rotate what I put on here according to the seasons. 

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Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: La Luna by Michael Giacchino

I hope you had a chance to get a glimpse of the solar event today. My sister-in-law drove to Idaho Falls to witness the moment and she said it was very moving and simply awesome! I might have to make plans to travel in 2024 to experience TOTALITY. 

Image from Disney

Image from Disney

Today made me think of one of my favorite Pixar shorts, La Luna. It's description reads: "La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances." There are no words in the short but the beautiful images are accompanied by music written by Michael Giacchino (Up, Ratatouille, The Incredibles)

If you can't get enough of the Solar Eclipse 2017, there are plenty of images and videos all online. If you just need more solar fun and something fun to watch, view the Pixar short, La Luna

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: DuckTales

WOO-HOO!

Over the weekend, Disney XD premiered a reboot of the fan favorite animated series, DuckTales

One of the most iconic things about this show was the original theme song. It is a classic, very 80s tune. There was a great article in Vanity Fair, "The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History's Catchiest Single Minute of Music." The author has a great history and run-down of how this song came to be and be part of pop culture. 

Happy Music Monday!

-Daisy

Friday Find: Disneyland Store Business Cards

When I worked (Main Street Merch) at Disneyland back in the early 1990's, all the stores had business cards available to give to Guests. I remember giving them out when someone was interested in a particular size, style or merchandise item. 

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Remember, this was before the internet was a thing. Many of the stores at Disneyland had some very specific items and very different merchandise than today. For example, the China Closet sold Lladró and Snowbabies collectibles. 

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This last business card is really fun. By the time Marian was my supervisor, she had been there awhile. I think she had started in the early 1970s and worked her way up. I think this particular business card was one of her older cards as proof of the colors and castle design. The blue and gold remind of "it's a small world."

It's always fun to look through Disneyland business ephemera. I love looking through the design and logo changes. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy

Music Monday: Simply Mad About the Mouse (1991)

One of the fun things about shopping on Amazon is that it will make other suggestions for you that are related to your purchases. One fun item came up that made me smile as I remember this particular CD when it came out in the early 90's.

All the artists on this compilation CD is pretty interesting. I love the variety of the artists and the songs that they sing. Each artist also did a music video which was released in the video version of Simply Mad About The Mouse

Happy Music Monday!

- Daisy