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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair in Disneyland! Part Three - Progressland

So far we have seen dinosaurs and Walt's Mr. Lincoln, now we are off to a spinning building that was a showcase for progress. Hmmm the Guide Book and the actual building seem to differ once again. Let's head inside and see what kind of tributes we can find.
Tribute to Monsanto's House of The Future.
There is a tribute to the World clock that was once the Tomorrowland entrance icon.
Probably one of my favorite tributes inside the building, this one to America Sings, with Sam the Eagle and the unnamed owl who was known as Ollie in some circles.
The only tribute I could find to the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The only part of the General Electric's Progressland to make it to Disneyland was the Carousel of Progress, which became America Sings and is now currently home to Innoventions.
The Disney Legends that signed this book are as follows, starting at the top:

Robert Henry (Bob) Gurr - designer who worked on all four Disney produced World's Fair shows including working on the ride systems for both Small World and Ford's Magic Skyway as well as the internal mechanisms for the Lincoln figure

Richard Sherman - songwriter who along with his brother Robert wrote the iconic song "it's a small world" but also my personal favorite, "It's A Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow" for the Carousel of Progress which was part of Progressland

Rolly Crump - best known for creating the stunning Tower of The Four Winds in front of the "it's a small world" at the World's Fair but was the designer for Ford's Magic Skyway and also the art director for it's a small world

Alice Davis - costume designer who created all the costumes for the figures for "it's a small world."

Blaine Gibson - sculpted all four shows including his most famous creation, Abraham Lincoln for the Illinois Pavilion.

Marty Sklar - writer of concepts, narrations and publications for the Ford, G.E. and Small World shows.
Now we are off to the most famous of the four shows that Disney created for the 1964 New York World's Fair. The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed...

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair in Disneyland! Part Two - The Illinois Pavillion

So, after seeing a few dinosaurs in Part One, the next place I headed to was Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln which looks nothing like the Illinois Pavilion in my guide book.
This was one of the crowning achievements by Disney and forever changed the landscape of their attractions. Could you imagine Pirates of the Caribbean or the Haunted Mansion with figures that just stood there with no movement of any kind? It's hard to believe there was a time without audio-animatronic figures and Lincoln was the first.
This doesn't look like the right place.
Inside you will fine this beautiful replica of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
This is a replica of the original 1964 sculpt of Lincoln's head created by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson.
Conceptual art created for the 1964 New York World's Fair by Disney Legend Sam McKim.
"The Burden of War" by John DeCuir.
The Disney Legends that signed this book are as follows, starting at the top:

Robert Henry (Bob) Gurr - designer who worked on all four Disney produced World's Fair shows including working on the ride systems for both Small World and Ford's Magic Skyway as well as the internal mechanisms for the Lincoln figure

Richard Sherman - songwriter who along with his brother Robert wrote the iconic song "it's a small world" but also my personal favorite, "It's A Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow" for the Carousel of Progress which was part of Progressland

Rolly Crump - best known for creating the stunning Tower of The Four Winds in front of the "it's a small world" at the World's Fair but was the designer for Ford's Magic Skyway and also the art director for it's a small world

Alice Davis - costume designer who created all the costumes for the figures for "it's a small world."

Blaine Gibson - sculpted all four shows including his most famous creation, Abraham Lincoln for the Illinois Pavilion.

Marty Sklar - writer of concepts, narrations and publications for the Ford, G.E. and Small World shows
The same Disney Legends also signed the 1964 New York World's Fair Souvenir Map.

Now we are off to visit a spinning building...



Craft Time: Chewbacca Sock Puppet

Make this awesome Chewie Sock Puppet!


What you'll need

  • Fake brown craft fur
  • Brown sock
  • Scissors
  • Needle and brown thread
  • Black button
  • Chenille stems/pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Brown and grey felt
  • Fabric glue

How to make it

  1. Step 1
    Take an old sock and fold the fake fur over the heel and toe of the sock so that the edges of the fur align with the edges of the top of the sock.
  2. Step 2
    Sew into place, but don't sew the sock closed. Put your hand inside the sock so that your fingers are in the toe area and your thumb is in the heel -- making this the mouth area. Glue the eyes in place. Sew the button nose down, but be careful not to sew the sock shut -- you should still be able to place your fingers inside.
     
  3. Step 3
    To make the arms, cut two strips of fake fur. Roll each strip around a few chenille stems, and sew the edges and ends together. Sew the arms to the sides of the puppet.
  4. Step 4
    Last, cut out a long rectangle strip of brown felt, and sew the ends together to make Chewie's bandolier. Cut out seven small rectangles of gray felt and glue to the bandolier. Cut a thin strip of brown felt and glue it to the middle of the bandolier. Place over Chewie's head so it sits on his body like a sash.

Craft Time: Draw the Other Half of Darth Vader’s Face

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Craft Time: Yoda Face Maze Activity Page

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Craft Time: R2-D2 and C-3PO Coloring Page

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Elsa and Anna from Frozen get a visit from Shoes By Smiley!

Amanda from Shoes By Smiley took her Frozen shoes to meet two very important ladies! Here is Amanda with both Elsa and Anna as they each hold their respective shoe!
Here is Elsa and Anna with the shoes once again! The didn't want to let either one of the shoes go!
Here is a closer look at the shoes!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Disneyland Merchandise Video Update (April 26th, 2014) - Trash Can Salt & Pepper Shakers!





Time to finally start up videos again! Here is the first of many new videos! Please comment below and let me know if you like the video and if you want to see more!


The Flowers of The Disneyland Resort - Spring Is Here (April 26th, 2014)

Come along with me to check out the variety of flowers that you can find in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!






















I hope you enjoyed a look at some of the beautiful flowers you can find throughout both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure! If you know some of the names of the flowers please let me know. I hope to bring you more flower photo updates throughout the year.
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