Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Annie Leibovitz’s Rapunzel

Just today, the Disney Parks Blog released the newest portrait for the “Disney Parks‘ ongoing Disney Dream Portrait series” (the Disney Parks Blog post).  In short, this series is of different Disney characters portrayed by familiar celebrities for Disney Parks ads (e.g., I found one in an issue of O, The Oprah Magazine).  The portraits are all taken by the spectacularly-skilled photographer Annie Leibovitz.  I’m hoping to eventually get a post out of all the portraits, probably as soon as the series is over (will that happen?).

Note how I said “portrayed by familiar celebrities.”  Usually these celebrities are well-known actors and actresses.  But it seems Disney has decided to include singers.

You’ll see what I’m getting at.

Friday, January 18, 2013

When Can I See You Again?

One of my absolute favorite artists is Owl City.  He (“He” being Adam Young, the man behind the Owl City) is actually from Minnesota like me and crazy thing, goes to my friend’s church!  Jealous!

(Funny thing, as I write this, I’m listening to his new CD The Midsummer Station.)

Anyway, several months ago, I received his email newsletter, being on the mailing list.  In it he included a link to the music video for the song “When Can I See You Again?” which Owl City performs on the Wreck-it Ralph soundtrack.

Of course I checked it out!

And of course, as expected from either Owl City or Disney (but put them both together!), it was amazing!  Probably one of my new favorite songs.

Video from YouTube.

I really enjoy the style of the video, keeping with the arcade world of Ralph and his friends.

And yes, I’m hoping to get to a post on Wreck-it Ralph, probably in time for the DVD release.  I’m still forming my opinions about that latest Disney flick.

See you all real soon!

Thank you again for being part of the Blog’s first year with me!  And if you're new, welcome and thanks in advance for being part of year two!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Today’s the Day!

Today, January 14, The Disney Freak’s Blog (aka the Blog you are reading this very minute) celebrates its first blogoversary!

Screen capture of the bottom of the Blog -- showing
today being my blogoversary with my special widget!
Please do not remove watermark.

I just wanted to take a minute to thank all my fans, followers, likers, etc.!  You are all amazing and have each placed a wonderful smile on my face, making me feel just lovely every time!  This blog really wouldn't have been possible without you -- because I write FOR you, my dear friends.  And it has touched me very much to know people are interested to hear what I have to say.

In honor of this one year mark, I thought I’d share with you my current numbers of fellow Mickey fans!

Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day, and I love you all!  Here’s to another Disney-filled year!

Cheers, and I'll see you all really soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Motto to Live By

One of my college friends has probably the most amazing pillow ever.

SNE 2012 Disney Items
That's our motto!
What's a motto?
Nothin', what's the motto with you?
Gets me every time.  Geez.
Picture taken by THE Disney Freak; do not
remove watermark.

Now that’s a motto to live by!  (And sleep on.)

What’s your favorite Disney quote?  Do you have it stitched, painted, written somewhere?  Tell me in the comments below!

See ya all real soon!

Is This Enough Room for You?

I shared with you about how my Grandma/Fairy Grandmother gave me the Disney Princess Fairy Tale Songs CD for Christmas.  On the way home from her house (a 3 hour drive), I listened to it on my computer, earphones plugged in, and planned to at least write up some posts, since I didn’t have Internet access as we were driving.

Well, someone (whom you’ve met before) decided he wanted to take a nap, and I moved my computer to give him room.

Why, hello Riley!
Kind of a confusing picture, I know.  I'm siting
straight, that's the car bench in front of me,
and the computer is sitting so that the screen
is pointing towards my tummy :)
Makes more sense?
Picture taken by THE Disney Freak;
do not remove watermark.

Sleep tight my beautiful puppy!
Picture taken by THE Disney Freak; do not remove watermark.

So much for working on some post drafts!

And yes, that’s my Disney Princess bag by my leg, one of my Disney items I’m planning to get to soon enough.


Check back really soon for The Disney Freak Blog’s first blogoversary!  That’s right, and just 5 days away!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Just a Heads-up

Sunday afternoon, MMM is driving me back down to Kansas, back to school.  And what does that mean?  Well, I can’t promise anything, but probably with my classes and work (both my previous job and in the Theatre department for my major), I’m guessing there will be less posting as before. Not another hiatus, but I can’t promise posting twice a week.

I’m keeping a notebook with important Disney-related events so that I can remember to post for those events and other such things.  For example, I’m hoping to post on the new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful when it comes out in March.  Or Merida’s coronation in July.

So don’t say goodbye quite yet!

And speaking of school (and the Theatre department), here’s random little story.  Okay, not so random.

Last semester, I took the Intro to Theatre class.  Before I left for college, my books arrived.  Interested in at least glancing through them, I picked up the Theatre book.  And just what did I happen to turn to?

The Lion King
A picture of Disney's The Lion King Broadway musical!
Picture taken by THE Disney Freak.

Mere coincidence?  I think not!

See ya all real soon!

False Alarm: Phew!

If you’ve liked the Blog’s Facebook page, then you’re probably aware of a status I shared from I Love Disney’s Facebook pageThe status from I Love Disney read:

**Breaking News**
3 Grenades found at WDW Downtown Disney
Bomb Squad is on site. More information coming as soon as I get some. :(
Personally frightened, I decided to look further into the matter.  I didn’t have to look too far to see I Love Disney posted a link to this article right afterwards.
According to the article, a cast member found what looked like hand grenades and “alerted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”  Officials seized the material but they were hollow inside.  They declared the area safe.


It’s sad to know that some people would still have the nerve to try something like this.  Please don’t ruin the magic for the rest of us.


It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No it’s a…!

At first rumors speculated it would be used in Animal Kingdom, for the upcoming Avatar-themed land.  But then Gary Buchanan at The Disney Parks Blog hinted at it appearing at New Fantasyland, complete with his own tumblr speculating just when it would appear.

On the night before New Fantasyland’s opening, at an all-media event, the clues matched up and it appeared.

A flying dragon.

Video from YouTube. Note the opening words!

My thoughts: Yes, it looks very real – because it is, right?  But realistic?  Disney could have worked on it better.  Dragons are one of my favorite things being a fantasy writer, so I’m picky about their portrayal in movies and other entertainment.  Add a few spikes and maybe a different color.  Then we’d get a much better looking dragon instead of what looks like a flying lizard overall.

Secondly, Disney has given the impression that this was the dragon’s one and only appearance.  Sure, there are maintenance problems, understandable, but if that was it’s only appearance, why show it at a media-only event?  Instead of the next day when all the Park guests were there?  A poorly made decision on Disney’s part.

It has been mentioned that the dragon is a wild dragon, so while no one can schedule him into appearing, he may show up every once and awhile.  There may be hope.  Maybe.

I suppose I should have referred to the dragon as “he” as Gary revealed he’s a male.  Whoops.

Interesting to note, the dragon is not linked to Disney Imagineering.


Mickey Squared

So ya’'ll have known for awhile about my special graduation Mickey Mouse plush. (He will get his own post soon!)

Well about my third week of college life or so, I got a package slip in my mail box.  I asked (okay, texted) MMM if she’d sent me something, but she hadn’t.  As the slip gave me no indication of the sender (it only had my name), I was extremely curious.
But doesn’t curiosity killed the cat?

(Where does that come from, anyway?)

Oops, rabbit trail!

As soon as I was done with classes for the day, I headed to the library to retrieve my package.  Lo and behold, it was from Fairy Grandmother.  And that made me more curious.

Not just a card but a package?