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Character of the week: Alice

One of my favorite authors has blogged about one of my favorite Disney characters – Alice In Wonderland 🙂 I was kind of surprised, because Paulo Coelho’s Character of the Week is usually one of his own characters from one of his own books. But this week, he chose Alice – and he’s got a few choice quotes from her in his post as well!

Character of the week: Alice « Paulo Coelho’s Blog.

He reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of Disney art work, which is hanging in my “long-ass hallway” (a ridiculously long, empty, bowling alley of a hallway in my home). It’s a series of Disney first day covers, issued by the US Postal Service in 2005. Here’s the part that features Alice. You can tell it was a long time ago by the price of the stamp! I don’t think Disney could have made her any sweeter or prettier, do you?

Alice first day cover

(You can also see the reflection of my fingers on the camera, right around the Anaheim, CA postmark LOL)

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Last spring, Alice In Wonderland merchandise was a big presence in Walt Disney World, probably due to the imminent release of the updated version with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. There were all these “flatsy” versions of Alice and her strange pals, including this version of the Cheshire Cat (above).

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On a subsequent trip, I ended up purchasing the more conventional Cheshire Cat. He fit quite nicely in my toy chest with the rest of the gang I’ve assembled over the years.

Someone has a sense of humor

And finally – only a few short weeks ago, I was in Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney and caught this comical little scene. Someone had posed a leering Cheshire Cat on the arm of the huge Duffy bear that stands in an alcove in that store. Meanwhile, Duffy appears to be placidly unaware that a demented maniac has commandeered his limb. This is the cleverest thing I’ve seen in Disney since the Canadian mystery shoes 😉
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Lost post from 2009 – my notes from Disney’s UP!

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Notes about Disney’s UP! (one year late)

I was in Walt Disney World on June 14th 2009; I’d taken a professional certification exam the day before in Orlando and stayed the weekend to browse the parks. Well, it was so hell hot, I decided to cool off by taking myself to the AMC theaters in Downtown Disney. Pixar’s UP! was playing there, and I loved it. I made notes of my favorite parts and quotes… and then promptly lost the post! For some reason, I dated it June 14th 2010 instead of 2009, so it’s been sitting all this time waiting to auto-post. Anyhow, other than this little introduction, I’m not altering the post – however it was written, that’s how it was written!

I would, however, love to hear YOUR impressions of the film one year later – comments, please!

  • Ellie had a book called “My Adventures”.  I have a website called “My Adventures
  • “It’s like America – only, south!”
  • Females are drawn like the females in BOLT – in this way, animators create “cousins” across films.  Check the females in The Incredibles too.  Check animators of various films, who was in charge of which characters.
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    “Adventure is out there!”

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  • Amused by use of Bizet’s “Habanera” when he was coming down the stairs in his elevator chair
  • Second time in 24 hours I saw someone make a “w” with their fingers.  Saw Cameron Diaz do it in “The Sweetest Thing” the night before
  • Little touches, like when the bad guy in the suit puts his hand possessively on the picket fence post
  • Finally, seeing Disney's UP

  • Stuff I’m going to do “someday” was on these pages – sometimes, you get a big, fat NO from the Universe.
  • I heard the Miss Gulch bicycle music in my head as the house was tossed about by the storm
  • Another Wizard of Oz parallel – “it was in my own backyard at one point but I didn’t realize it at the time” – dreams of “someday” – sometimes you don’t realize it, but “someday” is NOW.
  • There’s no place like home – Ellie IS home, the physical location is irrelevant.
  • Little kid stuff – knee, elbow, another of the little touches.
  • “I do I do I do ever so want the ball.”
  • “Tents are HARD!”
  • “I like you temporarily.”
  • “I will stop the dogs – stop, you dogs!”
  • “It is funny because the squirrel gets dead.”
  • “I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most… I like that curb.”
  • Clinging to the dream can be the wrong priority.  But how to know if let go or hold on?  LOOK FOR SIGNS.
  • Dogs playing poker – great pop culture iconic reference 🙂
  • Old creaky warriors – flying dentures – make me bust up laughing 🙂
  • House disappears into the ether – home just alive in memories now (but Ellie made sure it landed where it was supposed to land)
  • HAPPY ENDING 🙂  I wish!

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What “storybook” theme would YOU like to experience in your Disney resort room?

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IMG_0050-Port-Orleans-French-Quarter-bedspread🙂 First, they built a luxury suite right INSIDE of Cinderella’s Castle. Then, just when we thought things couldn’t get any cooler, they let a family stay overnight in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion (I wonder what THAT was like? I bet there were lots of things going bump in THAT night!). Now, The Daily Disney (Orlando Sentinel) reports that Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed hotel rooms have been such a raging success, there are plans underway to renovate more space across Walt Disney World into resort accommodations with “storybook” themes.

IMG_0819-WDW-Yacht-Club-ShipwreckLet’s see – what other films could Disney use to create themed rooms?

  1. The Princess and the Frog – imagine a Princess Tiana section at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. Let’s have Mardi Gras, every day! They could give the restaurant a make-over, transforming it into the one that Tiana built. They could even arrange to deliver you to your resort via river boat (no I am not suggesting they bring the Empress Lily out of retirement LOL).
  2. The Swiss Family Robinson – do up the Treehouse Villas a la Swiss Family Robinson. Hammocks for beds! A shipwreck in the canal for the kids to play on! Wait, we’ve got one of those already – it’s part of Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Club. Well, on the other hand, we won’t find dangerous, machete-wielding natives anywhere else but the Polynesian (have you ever seen what they use to cut the meat at Ohana?). Ok, clearly I need to think about this one a little more…. maybe the Swiss Family resort package includes resort hopping – yeah, that’s the ticket! 😉
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  4. The Incredibles – we need a futuristic environment for this. Therefore, I think they should create an Incredibles-themed block of rooms at the Contemporary (remember Mrs Incredible dangling from the “monorail” tracks?)
  5. Song of the South – the countrified whimsy of Splash Mountain, where the critters from Song of the South live, would fit in nicely at Port Orleans Riverside. Part of the resort package could be a free, length-of-stay FastPass to for that attraction. Can you imagine how popular that would be, especially in the heat of the summer?

OK, your turn – What “storybook” theme would YOU like to experience in your Disney resort room?

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