[Castle Show Preview] Cinderella Castle Projection Test - Magic Kingdom

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Magic Worlds of Walt Disney

Monday, September 27, 2010
The August 1963 issue of National Geographic featured "The Magic Worlds of Walt Disney," a 49-page article by Robert De Roos. It also featured a rare photo (taken by Thomas Nebbia) of Walt, his wife and their grandchildren in the Disneyland Fire Station apartment ... a photography first!

Pretty Petite Pocket Calendars for 2011

I am happy to be organised this year and have my 2011 pocket calendars in the shop before the holidays!

Perfect little credit card size calendars for wallets and purses, they make wonderful stocking stuffer gifts.

A small selection of designs available, more may be added later.

Marie Antoinette, "Le Secret", petite pocket calendar from Mulberry Muse

"Keep Calm and Drink Tea" a good reminder to keep in your purse!

Disneyland's Helicopter Passenger Service

Saturday, September 25, 2010
From the late 1950s to 1968 Los Angeles Airways provided regularly scheduled helicopter passenger service between Disneyland and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other cities in the area. The helicopters first operated from Anaheim/Disneyland Heliport, located behind Tomorrowland. Service later moved, in 1960, to a new heliport north of the Disneyland Hotel. Arriving guests were then transported to the Disneyland Hotel via tram.

English: Los Angeles Airways Sikorsky S-61L helicopter,
lifting off from the Disneyland Heliport, 1963.
This is the same aircraft that crashed—killing all on board
in August, 1968. Note the Matterhorn Mountain in the background.

The service ended after two fatal crashes in 1968: The crash in Paramount, California, on May 22, 1968 killed 23 (the worst helicopter accident in aviation history at that time). The second crash in Compton, California on August 14, 1968, killed 21

John Stamos & Disneyland Sign

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Actor & Disney fan John Stamos was the winning Ebay bidder for the galvanized steel Disneyland sign that stood in front of the park from 1989 to 1999. He paid $30,700 for the marquee.

Let the Memories Begin

posted at the Official Disney Parks Blog on September 23rd, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

As you just learned during our live coverage out of New York City, Disney Parks has officially launched “Let the Memories Begin” – our special celebration of family vacations and magical memories. And yes, you’re going to be the star. For the first time, your home videos and snapshots will be featured in Disney television ads and other print and online communications.

Let the Memories Begin

To kick things off, we’ve launched DisneyParks.com/Memories. It’s a new destination where you can upload your Disney vacation memories captured in photos and videos and share with the world. And getting started is easy:
Simple, right? So, what should you submit? Your favorite memories – whether it was a first meeting with a Disney princess, a laugh-filled Splash Mountain ride or a magical moment around a holiday fireplace when mom and dad surprised everyone with a “We’re Going to Disney!” announcement – We’re looking for videos and photos that capture your never-to-be-forgotten experiences. Take a look:

And there’s more – beginning in January of 2011, you’ll also become the star of a nightly spectacular at Disney Parks. Photos of magical memories made in the park during the day will be projected that night on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World and “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Resort. Pretty cool, huh?

In both locations, Disney PhotoPass photographers will provide images of guests shot during the day to be shared on the icons. While we’re still working on the show details, producers estimate as many as 500 photos will be shown in each location every day.

So, let us know about your favorite Disney memory and share it at DisneyParks.com/Memories.

1st Disneyland's Fireworks

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Disneyland premiered its first fireworks presentation in 1956. The show was actually created by hand - with employees touching off the fuses with a flare! (A few years later, technology enabled fireworks to be launched electronically and synchronized with a soundtrack.)

  • The pyrotechnic devices are fully choreographed to “Magical’s” musical soundtrack, using 750 discreet digital control channels.
  • Guests see the burst of fireworks before hearing it because light travels roughly a million times faster than sound.
  • The Disney Air Launch system installed in 2004 creates less ground level smoke than the former system that used black powder.
  • Disney is recognized as the world’s largest producer of fixed-base fireworks shows, at its parks in the United States, France, Japan and China.
  • Disneyland opened to the public in July 1955. There was no fireworks show that year.
  • In 1956, after seeing fireworks tests in the Disneyland parking lot when the park was closed, Walt Disney said, “Let’s give it a try.”
  • Mickey Aronson, who worked in Disneyland Resort Entertainment for more than 50 years (originally as an outside fireworks consultant), began “shooting” Disneyland fireworks the summer of 1956. In those days, Aronson fired the show by hand, touching off the fuses with a flare.
  • Beginning in the late 1960s, Disneyland Entertainment developed a system for firing the shells electronically, synchronized to a musical soundtrack.
  • During this period, the fireworks “choreography” was storyboarded like an animated cartoon. At one time, the storyboard artist was Roy Williams, the “Big Mooseketeer” from “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
  • The current system, with its multiple fireworks launch sites, special lighting and lasers, and high-tech marriage of music and choreographed pyrotechnics, was first installed for the 2000 Bicentennial/Disneyland 45th Anniversary show, “Believe…There’s Magic in the Stars.”

Elaborate fireworks shows synchronized with Disney songs and often have appearances from Tinker Bell or Dumbo, flying in the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. Since 2000, presentations have become more elaborate, featuring new pyrotechnics, launch techniques and story lines. In 2004, Disneyland introduced a new air launch pyrotechnics system, reducing ground level smoke and noise and decreasing negative environmental impacts. At the time the technology debuted, Disney announced it would donate the patents to a non-profit organization for use throughout the industry.

    * Regular Fireworks Show:
          o 1958–1999 Fantasy in the Sky
          o 2000–2004 Believe... There's Magic in the Stars
          o 2004–2005 Imagine... A Fantasy in the Sky
          o 2005–2010 Remember... Dreams Come True

    * Special Fireworks Show:
          o June 12, 2009 – September 20, 2009 Magical: An Exploding Celebration In The Sky
          o September 25, 2009 – November 1, 2009 Halloween Screams
          o November 13, 2009 – January 3, 2010 Believe... In Holiday Magic

Since 2009, Disneyland has moved to a rotating repertoire of firework spectaculars.

    * Yearly Fireworks Repertoire
          o Winter – Spring Remember... Dreams Come True
          o Summer Magical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations
          o Independence Day Week Disney's Celebrate America: A 4th of July Concert in the Sky
          o Halloweentime Halloween Screams
          o Holiday Believe... In Holiday Magic

During the Holiday Season, there is a special fireworks presentation called Believe... In Holiday Magic which has been running since 2000, except for a short hiatus in 2005 during the park's 50th Celebration.

Scheduling of fireworks shows depend on the time of year, during the slower off-season periods, the fireworks are only offered on weekends. During the busier times, Disney does offer additional nights, such as an extra night for a 3 day holiday. Also, Disney does offer Fireworks nightly during its busy periods, which includes Easter/Spring Break, Summer and Christmas time.
The show is normally offered at 9:25 PM if the park is scheduled to close at 10 PM or later, but shows have started as early as 5:45 PM. Also, a major consideration is weather/winds, especially at higher elevations, which can force the cancellation of the show. Disney usually waits an additional time (15 minutes) to see if the winds die down. Shows, with a few minor exceptions, such as July 4 and New Year's Eve, must finish by 10 PM due to the conditions of the permit issued by the City of Anaheim.

Jack Wagner - The Voice in the Monorails

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Most of Jack Wagner's Disney recordings were made at his own house where he had a recording studio (which was installed by Disney in the 1970s).

A voiceover booth in his home was connected to Studio D at Disneyland in Anaheim.

At the time, Jack's home in Southern California was one of the first to use a direct audio link from a remote recording studio!

Statement made by Jack Bohannan on Hidden Mickeys

I would like to set the record straight on the voice. Throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's the voice heard on all Disney monorails, as well as most all the voiceover work for all the parks was the legendary "Voice of Disney", Jack Wagner.
I have had the privilege of working with him many times through the years.
One interesting side note is that Jack's home in Southern California was one of the first uses for a direct audio link from a remote recording studio. It was put in by Disney in the 70's and connected a voiceover booth in his home to Studio D at Disneyland in Anaheim. He frequently would receive last minute calls for special events and was able to just walk over to the booth and "beam" it directly to the park. Anyhow, with the amount of work that Florida was generating after Epcot and the Studios opened, plus the fact that Jack wanted to head towards retiring sometime, other voice talent was sought out locally in Florida.
There have been several people used in voiceover work since then, one of them being Kevin Miles, who is one of the original members of the Voices of Liberty at Epcot, and can still be heard there daily. Kevin recorded the monorail voiceovers after the Grand Floridian was built, and his voice was still there until the 25th Anniversary rolled around, when it was updated by one of the new voiceover talents.
The amount of voiceover work at the parks now is astronomical, and it is shared by a couple of people who have "the voice", including Kevin. Interestingly enough, though, Jack's voice can still be heard welcoming everyone to Orlando on the monorails at the airport terminals.

Indiana Jones vs Darth Vader - Star Wars 2010 - Last Tour to Endor

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Deer Park" A Jane Austen inspired collage.

Monday, September 13, 2010
In the rush and bustle and noise of the world it is so lovely to take time for tea.  A Jane Austen inspired "Deer park" collage.
Sweet Miss Elizabeth Bennet taking tea in the park.

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."
Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Print available from Cafe Baudelaire

Miami Fashion Blog Interview!

Miami Fashion Blog write Pamela Wasabi caught up with me to ask a few questions about my personal style, my work and band. It was a bit weird for me considering that I'm not much of a "fashionista" but the questions were fun and the feature is indeed, cool.

Check it out!


The Ultimate Epic Mickey

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Terribly Girly featured on Wasabi Fashion Kult!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Many thanks to the adorable Pamela for featuring Terribly Girly on her Wasabi Fashion Kult site! Check out the link below to check out the feature and while you're there soak in all that is Wasabi Fashion Kult...awesome stuff! xo

Follow the link and read on!
Read Wasabi Fashion Kult "Love Affair" here!

The Best Camp Rock 2 Sneak Peak

This is It, Guys!

Take a look at Camp Rock 2 with interview, live performances and more :)

Terribly Girly does Halloween !

Terribly Girly does Halloween!

Halloween is getting close and it's time to get into the spirit of things before it's too late!

This year the Terribly Girly crew wants to pin you up in classic, fun and sexy pin-up styles in light of Halloween!

Think classic beauty meets kitsch with themes that include: Wickedly Witchy Pin-Up, Naughty Kitty-Cat Pin-Up….meeooww and Red-hot Devil Pin-Up Girl.

As always, you will be guided throughout the shoot and my all-gal crew will help you feel/look your best! 

Shoot Details:

Location: Terribly Girly Photo Studio in Midtown Miami, FL

Sessions Include: Themed sets including props, Professional makeup artistry and hairstyling, Wardrobe (if needed), CD with your final 5 retouched images and one gift print.

Wardrobe: You may bring your own wardrobe if you have the perfect thing to wear. If you'd rather have the full experience then you can have our fabulous wardrobe stylist dress you from head to toe for a small fee of $30.00 and you don't have to worry about a single thing!

Shoot Cost:

Deposit: A deposit of $100.00 is required to secure your booking. The day of the shoot this amount will be deducted from the shoot cost.

Shoot Dates: Now through October 17th

Please contact booking@terriblygirly.com directly for booking info! for more details and get in on the fun!
Wendy Paula Patterson
Designer and Illustrator


Greeting Cards

Collage Prints

Kaka at Walt Disney World

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This visit happened a few days after the World Cup ends!

Brazilian Soccer Star Kaka and Mickey

Brazilian Soccer Star Kaka at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Pictures: Diana Zalucky

Second Star to the Right & Beyond the Laughing Sky

Monday, September 6, 2010
Both are the same song, just different lyrics. The 1st one is from Peter Pan and the 2nd one, was made first for Alice in Wonderland but never used.

Click Here for all the Details, lyrics and more!

Alice in Wonderland inspired "Alice Dear"

After many weeks of work drawing and redrawing and working digitally I have finally completed a new addition to my "Alice" collection.

Prints and cards are now available from Cafe Baudelaire and Mulberry Muse.

[MP3 DOWNLOAD] Almost Alice + Alice in Wonderland 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010



120 MB Download

Alice in Wonderland 

24 songs by Danny Elfman
112 MB download

Click on the links to go to the website.

Almost Alice: $12.99

The Magic Continues

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Bruce, 48, San Jose, CA

Classic Disney Characters

My parents first took the four of us kids to Disneyland about 35 years ago. We'd arrive almost an hour before the Park opened and wait with excited anticipation as we were usually first in line those days.

The doors would open and we'd scamper in. First thing we'd hear would be the familiar low voice of the conductor, "Your attention please ... the Disneyland Limited is now approaching Main Street Station." Proceeding through the tunnel always made us smile and that first look at Main Street was always incredible – the cleanliness, architecture, and lights were magical. We visited the Penny Arcade and played the old Soccer Game, which was actually there until a few years ago. We even watched all of the old silent movies for a penny!

Then we'd wait behind the rope until a recording of the late, great Walt Disney himself announced, "Disneyland is your land. To all who come to this happy place ... welcome." We would walk fast and quickly went on all of the rides over and over again. It was incredible. We stayed until midnight and were barely able to walk to the shuttles that drove us to where our car was parked.

My wife and I have been taking our kids to Disneyland since they were three years old. A few years ago, I was sitting next to my then 13-year-old daughter on a bench in New Orleans Square when she admitted that the 'magic' wasn't the same as it had been when she was younger. I told her that even though I understood, I felt there was always MAGIC in Disneyland ... even after 47 years! The memories that our family has shared at the "Happiest Place on Earth" are magical and will remain in our hearts always.