Seventy-two years ago today, Walt Disney received a special Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. On February 23, 1939, a precious little girl named Shirley Temple presented Walt with the award consisting of one full-size Oscar and seven smaller Oscars on a specially-built wooden pedestal. The Academy recognized Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment.
This weekend, I watched that endearing film in 3D on my new 3D television. I was thinking to myself that, although he obviously didn’t create the film in 3D, he did use Technicolor for the first time to create a full-length color, talking animated movie. I am always in awe of the creative genius of Walt Disney. He could see things so clearly – things that were not even there yet.
Walt had a vision of what he wanted to create and there was no stopping him. He was so sure of his idea that he even paid to send all of his animators back to art school so they could learn to draw the life-like characters. Against everyone’s advice, including his brother, Roy, and his wife, Lillian, Walt bet everything on his dream of this full-length feature film. He even had to mortgage his home in order to get more financing. Production ended up costing 1.5 million dollars, and that was back in the 1930s. After the December, 1937 premier of Snow White, all the “Hollywood brass” stood up and gave the film a standing ovation. It was then released to the general public on February 4, 1938 and, as we all know, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the most successful film of 1938!
Walt Disney has received more Oscar nominations than anyone else; receiving a total of 64 nominations during his career, the last of which he won in 1969 (3 years after his death). He still holds the record for Most Oscar Nominations in the Guinness Book of World Records.
After Shirley Temple presented the award, she said, “Isn’t it bright and shiny? Aren’t you proud of it Mr. Disney?” Walt replied, “I’m so proud I think I’ll bust.” We are all very proud of his accomplishments and we are also thankful to him for all the joy he has brought to us and to our families. Congratulations once again, Mr. Disney!
- Guide to WDW: Snow White’s Scary Adventures (chipandco.com)
In one of my previous blogs, I talked about how we must adjust our Walt Disney World touring plans as our kids get older. I believe that the things they love about WDW change in direct proportion to the increases in their heights. Each year, I try to incorporate new activities into our trips to replace the special things we did when they were younger.
One of the family favorites I began doing a few years ago is the “Monorail Mania Meal.” Being from an Italian family, much of our quality time has been shared around the kitchen table, so I guess it is no stretch of the imagination that I began this tradition in the same way. We have incorporated our Monorail Mania Meals into our “budget” trips but have not done it for the past couple of visits due to the free dining promotion as using all of our credits for the day at one long meal would not be the best use of them. Since we have been very blessed to be able to take advantage of free dining for two years in a row, I will assume that our upcoming trip in December will not include this offer. So, I am looking forward to doing our MMM again this year.
When I developed our Monorail Mania Meal, I decided to start with drinks at the Grand Floridian then monorail over to the Polynesian Resort for dinner and then to the Contemporary Resort for dessert. We liked it just that way the first time, so we continued it that way for future trips. We do this during the evening and into late night, but a family with young children could easily do it at any time of the day. This could even serve as a great rainy day activity.
Here is the way we do it:
We take the bus from whichever park we are enjoying to the Grand Floridian. No, you do not have to be a guest of the resort to take the bus from the park. Once at the GF, we head to the Beach Pool Bar. My husband and I usually get the Orange Creamsicle blended drink and the kids usually have either the Sour Apple Freeze or the Lava Smoothie (non-alcoholic specialties). They also have sodas, beer, wine and bottled water. Then we head over to the lounge chairs on the beach, veg out and enjoy the view. We talk about what has been best about the trip so far and what we are most looking forward to during the rest of the trip. When our drinks are gone, we head back to the monorail to go to the Polynesian Resort. You can also walk along the beach to the Polynesian. We like riding the monorail because it has to travel all the way around to get back to the Poly so we enjoy the ride and the view.
Once we arrive at the Polynesian, we proceed to Captain Cook’s (as I said this is during our budget trip so we try to keep the cost down somewhat). We usually order a combination of Caesar Salads, pizzas and burgers. We get our food and drinks and then head outside to sit at a table overlooking the lagoon and pool area. If you can’t tell yet, we love being outside and since we visit in the Fall it is usually comfortable outside. We enjoy our dinner and then take a stroll around the grounds, as they are so beautiful, before heading back to the monorail station on our way to the Contemporary Resort.
Once we arrive at the Contemporary Resort, we usually have about 45 minutes to spare before the Electrical Water Pageant begins. We head to the Contempo Café and order our choice of dessert, and there are many choices whether you are a chocoholic like me or not; then we grab a coffee, milk, juice, etc. and either eat there before the EWP begins or head on out to the marina to enjoy our dessert outdoors and await the pageantry. The EWP doesn’t usually begin at the Contemporary until around 10:10 pm so this has been a great thing to do with older kids. After the EWP, we usually walk to our resort bus at the Magic Kingdom, or grab a bus to the park open latest and then board the one for our resort.
If you have young children and prefer trying this idea earlier in the day, there are other things to enjoy during that time, such as poolside games in early afternoon and evening outdoor movies at around 7:30 pm. You do not have to be a guest of the resort to enjoy these activities; they are open to all Walt Disney World Resort guests.
There are so many fun activities you can tailor around your family; this is just one idea. There are even numerous versions one could come up with for the Monorail Mania Meal, being that each of these resorts has several location choices for drinks, meals and desserts. Tailor it to fit your needs. Practically any idea can be personalized for your family – it just takes a little planning. Have fun with it!
- Tuesday Disney Tips: Monorail Mania Meal (theaffordablemouse.com)
- Oldies But Goodies…More Than Buses Part 1 (chipandco.com)
For many years I have really enjoyed the live entertainment at the Disney parks. Whether it was an act that is no longer in the parks, such as the living statues in Italy at Epcot, or the current entertainment offerings, I have always found them to be so unique. My family and I experienced one of the best examples of this during our day at the Animal Kingdom this past November.
We were on our way to our favorite ride at the park, Expedition Everest, when all of a sudden my husband started scrambling for the camera. He said, “Oh my gosh, look at that!” I couldn’t believe it. It was DiVine and I hadn’t seen her at the park for the last couple of trips. This time we got lucky again. When we were there a few years ago, she was in the middle of the walkway but this year she was in great camouflage with her surroundings and she was moving ever so gently behind the fenced area toward Asia.
She is mesmerizing to watch. She moves in a strange but graceful way and I can’t seem to stop staring at this unique artistry. I did some research on DiVine for this blog and found out that she is a performance artist named Priscilla Blight who has travelled all around the globe and has now brought her expressive talents to the Animal Kingdom for an exclusive engagement. She now makes her home on the pathways between Africa and Asia.
You must look carefully or you will walk right past her, as I guess I have done for the past couple of years. This time, she was easier to spot and even if we had not seen her right away, she caused such a crowd that we certainly would have caught on. We all had our cameras out and we were all following her around like paparazzi. If you are lucky enough to spot her, take a moment to enjoy this unique 10-foot tall plant girl.
- Thrifty Thursday: A DiVine Sight (theaffordablemouse.com)
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The one ride I MUST ride (chipandco.com)
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