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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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


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My Top 10 Disney Animated Films

Bear in mind as you read this, it is merely my opinion of my 10 ten favorites!  Feel free to disagree!  This list will also exclude Pixar.  It’s not that I don’t LOVE Pixar (let’s be honest, I’m a mouskaholic, so DUH I love Pixar!).  So here it is, my top 10 favorite animated Disney films.


10. Oliver and Company

I’m going with this one because I remember it being one of my favorites as a kid.  I remember the little Chihuahua “Tito” smoking a cigar and saying “If this is torture, chain me to the wall”.  It always made me laugh, and I loved the Billy Joel song “Why Should I Worry.”  I would sing a long at the top of my lungs as a kid!

9. The Lion King

The only reason this one is towards the end of the list is because gosh darn it, it’s sad!  I know everything ends up happy and Simba becomes who he is supposed to be because of the adversity, but yikes, can we say Shakespearean tragedy?!?!

The Lion King

The Lion King

8. The Little Mermaid

Of course this is in my top 10!!!  What little girl growing up in the 90’s didn’t swim around her pool pretending to be a mermaid after seeing this movie!

7. Beauty and the Beast

I remember being just stunned with the beautiful animation in this film!  Even though the plat may have various holes (like why would an enchantress punish a 10 year old boy for not letting a stranger into the house, and um where were his parents?!?!)  Anyway, still a favorite.  Plus Gaston is just one of those villains that I love to hate!

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

6. Wreck it Ralph

While this one is rather new to the Disney library of animated features, it in my mind is an instant classic!!!  I loved the story line, the magnificent animation, and the heartwarming nature of this one.  I thought the entire thing was clever, and the voice actors were simply brilliant!

5. Hercules

This one takes the number 5 spot for two reasons.  I grew up with a slight obsession with learning about Greek Mythology (yes I know that this is a cartoon movie and that not all the myths are necessarily correct), and the song “Go the Distance”  (The movie version, NOT the Michael Bolton version) This sticks with Disney’s rich tradition of musicals and I love love love the music in this film!

4. Emperor’s New Groove

I think this is one of my favorites just because it’s quirky, quotable, and just funny!  So many great parts of this movie!

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3. Tangled

This like Wreck it Ralph to me was an INSTANT classic!  I loved to see Disney returning to it’s musical roots.  I know that I may be speaking blasphemy but I honest to goodness feel that Tangled is WAY better than that movie about the two icy sisters… If you disagree, just let it go!  This was another Disney film that gave us a new unique princess who wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands!  She knew what she wanted and she pursued it!  I love it all!  (Oh and hello… the smolder!!!)

Rapunzel and Flynn during the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon

Rapunzel and Flynn during the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon

2. Mulan

Okay, I’m pretty sure that Mulan might be the most kick butt heroine that Disney has ever put out there.  She loved her family, and stood up to protect them, knowing full well that if she was caught she would be put to death.  She made a huge sacrifice, and not only saved her family, but her entire nation.  Oh and the music is great, and the comedic value is pretty spectacular as well!


1. Lilo and Stitch

I cannot say enough good things about this movie.  I love that it’s quotable, I love that it’s funny, and I love the incredible story line.  Even though it’s a story of a struggle of a broken family, it shows the importance of sticking together.  And even though I’m not a young orphan, I relate to Lilo.  Somehow we both have a slightly twisted sense of humor!



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Fun Fact Friday- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Fun Fact- Did you know that the Sorcerer in the Fantasia clip- “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” had a name?  His name is Yen Sid.  This may seem like a peculiar name, but if you look closely it is Disney spelled backwards!  Yen Sid was not named in the film, but he was named by the animators as a tribute to Walt.  Yen Sid can be seen in both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, as well as the Kingdom Hearts video game.

Yen Sid

Yen Sid



Words of Walt- Family

It’s Thursday again which means more “Words of Walt.”  I so enjoy hearing his quotes and learning about him!  He created such a magical place, and had amazing sense of adventure and wasn’t afraid to take risks.  At the same time he knew the importance of family.

“We try it in everything we do here, you know… for the family.  We don’t actually make films for children.  But we make films that children can enjoy along with their parents.”

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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Fun Fact Friday- Monster’s Inc

Today’s fun fact does not come from the Disney Parks, but rather from the Disney film Monster’s Inc.

Fun Fact- Boo’s real name is Mary.  We know that Boo’s name is Mary because she shows Sully a drawing she did in crayon and her name is at the top of the page.  The animators gave her the name Mary after the young girl, Mary Gibbs, who did the voice of Boo.

Boo's real name is Mary.

Boo’s real name is Mary.





New Disney Movie- Coming to Theaters, January 2015

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

I normally will be writing about Disney parks, but I’m so stoked about the upcoming release of a new movie that I couldn’t resist!

Over the weekend the I got to see the trailer for a new Disney Movie that will be hitting theaters in January 2015.  Into the Woods was a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and premiered on Broadway in 1987.  In it’s premier year it took the Tony Award for best book, best score, and Best Actress in a Musical.  I had a revival on Broadway in 2002, and I actually got to see it live!  It was wonderful, which makes me even more excited!

This is a fractured fairy tale featuring beloved characters like Jack, Cinderella, Rapunzel, the Witch, and the Wolf.  The Disney adaptation will feature big names like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine.

If you plan to go see this movie keep in mind it’s not going to be like the TV series “Once Upon A Time,” and it is a musical so there will be song and dance numbers!  If you’re not a big fan of musicals you may want to avoid this flick!

Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure!



Welcome to Confessions of a Mouskaholic


My name is Ashley, and I am a self proclaimed “Mouskaholic.”  I love all things Disney.  I love Disney movies, Disney songs, and most of all Disney Parks.  One of my favorite things in the world is planning a Disney vacation! (By day I am a choir teacher, but I may have missed my calling as a Disney travel agent!)

My hope is that through this blog I can help share my knowledge and passion for the Disney experience, because that is what it is, an experience.  I hope you join me on this journey as I confess what I’ve learned over the years!



Me with Minnie Mouse

Disneyland- September 2012