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Monday, May 21, 2018

Mickey Mondays: Meet Mickey!

Most guests to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom want to get a picture with the big cheese- Mickey Mouse himself! Most of the time when Mickey is out and about in the park, he’s wearing his customary tuxedo.

However, if you visit him in his Toontown house, he can be dressed like he was in his first cartoon Steamboat Willie.

Or like in his feature film debut, Fantasia.

Or even the classic short The Band Concert.

When you enter Mickey’s movie barn, you’ll never know what he’ll be dressed like. It’s like Magic, right? Well, Mickey’s House in Toontown was designed to solve the biggest complaint received in DISNEYLAND- that the guests didn’t get to see Mickey Mouse. Mickey would ALWAYS be ready for pictures in his house. Disney Imagineers wanted to make the experience a special one by switching up which version a guest might see on any given visit. The big secret is that there are multiple Mickeys available for pictures in his house. Whenever different guests are brought into his movie barn, they see just one door leading to Mickey’s dressing room. In between each group, cast members slide walls in front of the other doors to hide them to keep up the illusion that there’s just one entrance- and just one Mickey Mouse. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

May the Fourth Be With You!

Sad Disney: “Coco”

For the conclusion of “Sad Disney” week, we present the saddest scene of all. When Miguel sings to his great grandmother Coco to try to get her to remember something important, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The scene was worth millions to Disney. China normally doesn’t allow films portraying the afterlife, as Coco does quite extensively earlier in the film. The scene with Mama Coco brought tears to the eyes of the Chinese censors who overwhelmingly approved the film for release. The movie made more money in China than all of the previous Disney-Pixar films combined. And brought tears to the eyes of millions.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Sad Disney: “Toy Story 2”

Think you can’t be brought to tears by the struggles of a toy? Toy Story 2 would prove you wrong. Jessie is a bit annoying up until she tells us her backstory during the song When She Loved Me. You will feel sad about the plight of an abandoned toy!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sad Disney: “Dumbo”

Even though Dumbo is a character who never speaks, the Disney animators still make us sympathize with his plight. A child who must fend for himself after his mother is unjustly locked up by the Circus, Dumbo’s “prison” visit with his mother is a sad sequence that often makes audiences cry. While the song Baby Mine is often used as a sweet lullaby, the film introduces it in one of its sadder scenes. Illustrating the bond between mother and child makes the characters seem more human.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sad Disney: “Pinocchio”

In the Disney film Pinocchio, we are presented with a flawed, yet loveable wooden boy who must prove himself in order to become real. Things are further complicated by the fact that it is Gepetto’s wish and not his, though he truly wants to do right by his “father.”

Since we’re there from the beginning when Gepetto makes his wish and we see how nice and kind he is, we are invested in seeing his wish come true. Therefore the scene in which Gepetto believes his ‘little wooden head’ has died packs a huge wallop.