Musical Monday- Go the Distance

 

Today’s Musical Monday goes all the way back to 1997 with the movie Hercules.  I’ve always been a fan of the this classic Disney film.  In fact, it comes in as #5 on My Top 10 Disney Animated Films list.  As I mention in that previous blog post, Hercules has made the top 10 list for 2 reasons; 1) my love of greek mythology, and 2) for the music!!!! My absolute favorite song from the movie (and quite possibly one of my favorite Disney songs ever) is “Go the Distance.”  This stunning arrangement features two pianos and the talents of Shawn Hook and Kurt Hugo Schneider.  Enjoy this week’s Musical Monday!

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Happy Anniversary Snow White

On this day in 1938 the classic Disney film Snow White hit the big screens across America.  It premiered in Hollywood with much success in December of 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theater.  Here are some fun facts you may not know about the film-

  • This was the first full length animated feature in English and Technicolor

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  • The film grossed $8 million which was unheard of during the great depression and was the highest grossing film at that time.
    • It held the title of highest grossing film for a year until Gone with the Wind was released.
  • The original film budget was $250,000.  It ended up costing $1.5 million and Walt Disney had to mortgage his home to fund the film’s production.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first film to ever release a motion picture soundtrack
    • In fact the composers (Frank Churchill and Larry Morey) wrote 25 songs for the film, with 7 making the final cut into the movie

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  • To animate the film it took 750 artists creating 2,000,000 sketches, and 240,000 separate final drawings.
  • During production there were live animals in the studio for the animators to use as reference.

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  • Lucille La Verne voiced the Evil Queen and the witch.  To achieve the unique voice of the witch she removed her front dentures.
  • Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Academy Award for the film.  The Academy discussed nominating it for Best Picture, but opted to award a special Oscar for the film’s unique contribution to film history.  The award has one large traditional oscar, and then 7 smaller oscars on a staircase to represent all of the title characters.

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  • Snow White has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Happy 80th Anniversary Snow White… and Doc, Happy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, and Dopey as well.

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Tuesday’s Tip- Take Advantage of Disney’s Magical Express

Did you know that Disney has a fleet of comfortable motor coaches that transport guests from Orlando International back and forth from the Disney resort daily?  The best part is that this service is included as part of your Disney Vacation Package!

Using Disney’s Magical Express is simple and saves you from the expense and hassle of a rental car.  When you book your trip be sure to add “ground transportation.”  You can add this option even if you haven’t booked your flights yet, just adding the flight information at a later date.

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Mouskaholic’s official perks of using Disney’s Magical Express

  1. It’s FREE!!!
  2. No need for a rental car, you can take it to and from the airport, and use additional Disney transportation while on property.
  3. No need to stop at baggage claim, they provide magic tags that let them know that your luggage should be delivered right to your resort!!
  4. Motor coach drivers will assist you with loading your carryon items and unload them for you at the resorts.
  5. No worrying about navigating Disney’s massive property, the motor coach takes you right to your resort and drops you off at the guest check in location!
  6. They are modern and very comfortable motor coaches.
  7. The ride can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) BUT they have videos playing for entertainment!  It’s a fun mix of information about the parks, resorts, and Disney cartoons 🙂

One more amazing perk that can make your vacation even more hassle-free is booking with a Disney Travel Professional!  Ashley at Charming Travels LLC can help you plan your trip, assist with booking fast passes, dining reservations AND get you set up with Disney’s Magical Express.  Her services are also FREE of charge!  Contact her today for your free no-obligation quote- ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

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Musical Monday- Nick Pitera “How Far I’ll Go”

I’ll admit, I was late to the Moana obsession.  I didn’t watch the movie until it was out on DVD, but when I watched it I absolutely adored it!  Not only is the music exceptional, some of it was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, (composer of the Tony Award Winning musical- Hamilton) who I am completely enamored with.  In all honesty, I listened to the soundtrack for about 2 weeks straight because I enjoyed it so much! While there are many catchy tunes from the movie (You’re Welcome and Shiny are the two that stick out in my mind) the song most central to the story of Moana’s journey is “How Far I’ll Go.”  So for today’s Musical Monday I present Nick Pitera’s cover of the song.

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Musical Monday- Remember Me – Acapella

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Today’s “Musical Monday” comes from the Pixar movie Coco.  I saw this movie over Christmas break with my two Godsons and I was absolutely hooked!  Coco is definitely one of my new favorites!  Of course the storyline and music were fantastic, but to me the music was absolutely stirring!  I stumbled across this acapella cover of the movie’s central song- “Remember Me” and fell in love with it!  Enjoy

 

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Words of Walt- Success and Failure

“To some people, I am kind of a Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances, but rarely makes mistakes.  I’ve made some bad ones, but fortunately, the successes have come along fast enough to cover up the mistakes.  When you to go bat as many times as I do, you’re bound to get a good average.  That’s why I keep my projects diversified.”

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For me I find great inspiration in the life and words of Walt Disney.  I find his failures just as fascinating as his successes. The risks he took were incredible, but the payout was even more incredible.

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Musical Monday- Disney Halloween Mashup (featuring Voctave)

Okay, I ran across this little gem back in June and have been saving it for a Monday in October!

Jon Cozart is a YouTuber, gaining fame from his video “After Ever After” (a Disney parody) on his YouTube channel “Paint.”  For this video he combined his already stunning vocal talents with the seasoned vocal talents of Voctave!  For this Halloween mashup they combined “Grim Grinning Ghosts” (written by the Buddy Baker) from the Haunted Mansion and “This is Halloween” (written by Danny Elfman) from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Enjoy this fabulous mash up from some of my all time favorite YouTubers 🙂

 

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Fun Fact Friday- Beauty and the Beast

Here is a fun fact related to a Disney Park AND and treasured Disney Movie!

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage opened at “Theater of the Stars” along Sunset Boulevard at MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) on November 22, 1991.  Okay so I get it, you’re thinking what is the big deal… well the unique piece of trivia is that November 22, 1991 was the exact same day that the movie Beauty and the Beast opened in theaters across the United States.  This was the first time ever that a stage show opened the same day as the movie that inspired it.

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The 25 minute stage show has been running multiple shows daily for nearly 26 years now!  If you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan be sure to check out the show next time you’re at Hollywood Studios.

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Words of Walt- Progress

“The age we’re living in is the most extraordinary the world has ever seen.  There are whole new concepts of things, and we now have the tools to change these concepts into realities. We’re moving forward.  In terms of my work, I believe people want to know about this universe that keeps unfolding before them.  But let’s be clear about one thing-  I’m not trying to teach anything to anybody.   I want to entertain the public.”

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What is mind boggling to me is how much the world and technology has changed since Walt’s passing in 1966.  51 years later I think the world would be unrecognizable to Walt, yet Disney continues to push the boundaries with technology and entertainment.  I like to think that in that regard Walt would be happy.

 

Words of Walt- Adversity

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me.”

While the name Walt Disney is a household name these days, he didn’t have the easiest start.  He grew up with a harsh father, was fired from several of his early jobs, struggled financially in his early business years, and had just as many failures as he did successes; but Walt never gave up.  From each of his failures he learned and moved on.  When one thinks of Walt Disney we often don’t think of his failures, but his successes and the empire that he laid the base for.

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