This whimsical guy can be found on the King Arthur Carrousel, basking in its glow and innate charm. He made me think of the beautifully detailed architecture you might find in places like Italy or France. He reminds me just how refined Disneyland is. Sure Disneyland has cartoon characters and fantasy around every corner but it’s also one of the most elegant places around. And it’s filled with works of art.
A World of Hope
I remember exactly where I was ten years ago when I first heard what was happening in New York. I’m sure you do as well. I was at home getting ready for school. It was the strangest school day I ever had. The dean made an early announcement that we were all to go about the day in a normal fashion. Of course no one listened. Teachers all had their televisions on in an attempt to cure the desperately confused state we all found ourselves in.
My first thought for a picture today was to do something patriotic. Something saturated with red, white and blue. But I couldn’t get It’s a Small World out of my mind. A World’s Fair exhibit turned Disneyland attraction that was a call for world peace through the understanding that we are not that very different from one another. Above all, what unites us across the globe is love for our children, the hope of tomorrow.
At the D23 Expo, there was a Small World panel where Richard Sherman shared some history about the song that he and his brother Robert wrote. They were given the task to come up with a song for the World’s Fair exhibit by Walt, with very little time to get it done. The sentiment they came up with was simple enough, “let’s not kill each other”, but not very singable. What the two gifted men came up with is the song we all love or hate. Either way, we know it. Either way, its words ring true.
“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears. There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all.”
The part that has resounded with me today is the part about hope. We need it. It’s the anchor of the soul. If we remember that and embrace hope, fear cannot shake us. Though the world is full of fears, hope can overcome them all. Hope gives us the strength and the courage to pursue our dreams. If you’re like me, you’re dreaming of a better tomorrow, a better future for the generations to come. That’s something we all share because it really is a small world after all. So let’s make it a world of hope… together.
The Many Adventures of a Fantasyland Bunny
The little details in Disneyland make it so complete. The little statues of woodland creatures around Sleeping Beauty Castle are adorable and you really can’t help but smile and reflect once upon a dream. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to hang out by the Castle all day everyday? Can you imagine all the moments these bunnies could share? Proposals, first trips, first pictures in front of the Castle. All rites of passage in a society enamored with the ideals Disneyland is dedicated to. We hope you enjoy our perspectives of these lucky little guys.
The Castle Corridor
Upon entering the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through, you are greeted by this magical, mysterious staircase. Curiosity is certainly sparked and climbing the steps is an inevitability. Exploring castle corridors is a thrill you wouldn’t expect in Southern California either. Thank goodness for Disneyland!
A Night at the Matterhorn
I’ve had this shot for a few months now. It’s one of those that I wanted to wait on and it just so happens that after a wonderful evening at Disneyland yesterday, I found myself strongly inspired to go for it. I have always found this pathway to the Matterhorn intoxicating, with the luminous lamps bathing the walkway. The waterfall glistens faintly at night like a silk ribbon dancing in the whimsical night air. With all the warm, gentle glowing, the Matterhorn itself majestically stands, with all the confidence the first Disneyland peak ought to have.
Mary Costa the Sleeping Beauty
Crazy things happen on Twitter some times. Crazy, unexpected, amazing things. We recently had the pleasant surprise and pleasure of such a thing. We were given the opportunity by a friend on Twitter to ask Mary Costa a question. If her name isn’t familiar to you, her voice certainly is, in the role of Sleeping Beauty. We were thrilled at the opportunity and gave it sincere thought. We decided on asking what the most challenging thing was to overcome in playing Aurora. We felt that it might not be a typical question for her and stories of overcoming are always inspiring. We were certainly not disappointed with her answer and hope that it moves you the way it did us. Here’s the e-mail we received from our friend:
“Hi! Mary said that she thought your question was a great one. Matter of fact, she had to think a moment. She then told me of how she and her father use to play around doing funny accents when she was growing up. She lived in Knoxville up until she about 15 (I think that was the age). Anyway, she had quite the southern accent in her normal speak. So, when she was on the sound stage rehearsing for Sleeping Beauty, she started doing the roll with her normal voice (thus with her regular southern accent). Marc Davis came out of the sound booth one of the first days and was asking her about her accent. She could tell that he and the other Disney people seemed concerned. He asked her if she had ever heard someone speak with a British accent and she responded perfectly in a British accent. And he looked amazed. He asked her how she did that and she told him how she and her dad use to play around doing different accents when she was growing up. Mr. Davis left momentarily and when he returned he asked her if there was anyway she continue to do that British accent for an extended bit. And it went from there. She continued to do the roll as Aurora with the British accent until it was complete.
So, the answer to your question was overcoming her southern accent was the biggest obstacle she faced in playing the roll of Aurora. She said that she had to remind herself during production of Vivian Lee. If a British actress could play a southern lady in Gone With the Wind, then surely she could do the opposite.”