Friday, December 11, 2009

The Princess and the Frog Hits Theatres Nationwide

Today is the day Disney returns to traditionaly 2D animation, after a five year hiatus, with its 49th animated feature, The Princess and the Frog. In 2004, Disney bid farewell to its bread and butter 2D animation with the less than spectacular release of Home on the Range in favor of the new flavor of animation, CGI.

This will also be the first African-American princess for Disney named Tiana voiced by Anik Noni Rose, whom I did a post on a few weeks ago. Some of the other notable voices are Keith David (Goliath from Gargoyles), John Goodman (Sully from Monsters, Inc.), and the ubiquitous Oprah Winfrey. It is directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. This duo has directed several Disney features together over the past 20 years including The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. Likewise, they have been involved in many others.

Ever since I heard about this new animated feature about two years ago, I have been excited for the return of hand drawn Disney. I hope like me, you are planning to take the family to see this show. Remember, if this show is successful, then more hand drawn features will surely follow. If not, then, the future might get a little murky. So, here's hoping to a big weekend and big holiday season for Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Guide to WDW Pages 26 - 30

Well, I'm going to go ahead and put up the last five pages of the 1979 Walt Disney World guide. I think I've beaten this topic to death. And, I think I've learned my lesson too. For future guides that I post on here, I'll do the entire guide in one day. If it is a guide like this, maybe I'll just hit some highlights, but post the entire guide. Anyway, on to the last five pages.

Pages 26 and 27 showcase the Lake Buena Vista resort area focusing on the WDW Village, LBV Club, WD Travel Co, LBV Office Plaza, and LBV Hotel Plaza.

Page 28 is the last page featuring activities at the WDW Resort. The Vacation, Treehouse, and Fairway Villas get the last page. Page 29 is the inside of the back cover and is a simple advertisement for three Disney movies hitting theatres in the summer. They include the re-release of 101 Dalmations, as well as a sequel in The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, and finally the Unidentified Flying Oddball.

And, finally, page 30, which is the back cover. Of course, it is an advertisement for Polaroid, the sponsor of the guide. But, this is actually a pretty cool add for guests. Polaroid is letting you borrow their camera at WDW for free. All you have to do is pay for the film. What a great marketing idea--let guests try out your state of the art camera for free while they are making memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

Well, this concludes the 1979 Walt Disney World guide. I hope you enjoyed browsing the guide and catching a glimpse of how Walt Disney World looked at the end of its first decade of operation.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Walt Disney

Today is Walt Disney's 108th birthday. The image above, which I found somewhere on the Internet, is how I most remember him, granted, I wasn't alive when he was, but, this is how I always picture him, with a giant, warm, inviting smile on his face. I'm not going to write a long entry of all his accomplishments because I'm sure there will be many on the blogosphere today. He was a big part of my childhood, my adulthood, and now my families life. We love the animation and theme parks and everything in between. So, with a giant THANK YOU Walt, I wish you a very Happy Birthday!!!