Happy Pooh Bear Day!

Guess what?!  Today, January 18, is Pooh Bear Day!


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The day commemorates the book’s author A.A. Milne who was born on January 18, 1882. His son and the toys he played with were the inspiration behind the books.

Photograph of  A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne, and Pooh Bear


(National Portrait Gallery, Howard Coster)

I absolutely love Winnie the Pooh! I have the books, many items with Pooh and friends on them, and stuffed versions.

Here is a small bit of my collection:


The largest Pooh I have is pictured here – he is around 3 feet tall and came from the Disney Store. The medium Pooh was available at toy stores when I was a kid. The smallest one came from a store at Disney World, and is the same as the ones first pictured in this post.

I have also been to visit the original Pooh (and Christopher’s other stuffed friends) at the New York Public Library. I did not know that is where they are kept, and it was a pleasant surprise to find them!


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If you are a Pooh Bear lover I encourage you to celebrate the day by reading one of the books or watching one of the movies!

Finally, in the spirit of celebration here is an adorable puppy dressed as Pooh Bear:


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Lion King in 3D

The Lion King is now playing in theaters in 3D!

I loved this movie as a kid and I have ever since. The use of 3D is not overwhelming and is incorporated very well to add depth. The movie will only be out for two weeks so see it while you can.

This re-release corresponds to the Diamond Edition release of the movie onto Blu-Ray combo pack, Blu-Ray 3D, and movie download on October 4.

See the official site at Disney.com.

Halloween at Disney

As of yesterday Disney World is now featuring its celebration of Halloween at the Magic Kingdom through decorations and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

I had not gone to one before, but when I found out that last night was the first party of the season I decided to attend. It was very cute and designed not to be too scary to little kids. Some things will probably scare them, but it is really tame. There are trick-or-treating stations throughout the park which I say provide a very decent amount of candy. On top of this there are special pictures spots, charater meet and greets, shows, a parade, and fireworks. Yesterday the event ran from 7pm to 12am, and I would think that other nights will be close to the same. It runs through the rest of Sepember and October.

My favorite parts of the event include being able to see the Disney characters dressed up in costumes, seeing all the visitors dressed up, and getting to see the unique features of the Halloween specific events.

My favorite part- they have a real horse leading the parade being ridden by the headless horsemen!

I would suggest this event if you are looking for a safe trick-or-treating alternative or just a fun Halloween event!

If you are interested in finding out more please visit Disney’s website.

This was my candy from the evening (well mostly, I had eaten and given away some of it), along with the back side of the bag provided which features the new movie Spooky Buddies:

Winnie the Pooh or Harry Potter?

Two very different movies open today: Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Will you be seeing either or both?

Disney knows they are not going to win in box office numbers or theater attendence given the phenomena that is Harry Potter. Take a look at this video from Disney Animation:

They also posted this video:

A very cute response as only Disney can look on this in regard to how overshadowed their movie is as it comes out the same day as the last Harry Potter movie.

I will be going to see Winnie the Pooh this weekend. Will I be seeing Harry Potter? Probably…but maybe not this weekend.

I am of the Harry Potter generation, I grew up reading the books as they came out and even waited in line for midnight releases of the books. Interestingly, or maybe not, the movies failed to capture me as a fan. I have seen all the previous movies up to this point, and even went to some midnight releases.  After I read the final book it did not fulfull my expectations after reading, and waiting for, the series over so many years. I enjoyed the series because of the delay in books and the expectations/desire that created, but disliked the series resolution because I had higher expectations due to all the build up. Oh well, that is how it goes – I know many who feel very differently about Harry Potter.

Hope you guys enjoy this crazy movie weekend!

Enchanted Tiki Room

I love Disney World, and one of my favorite attractions as a child was the Tiki Room – called at the time Tropical Serenade. It had a lot of history, being open since the park opened in 1971. It was based on the Disney Land attration The Enchanted Tiki Room, fro 1963. It took Disney 10 years to be able to create the show and it was the first attration to feature audio-anamatronic figures.

Unfortunately, in 1998 Disney felt that the ride was outdated and needed to have actual characters added to it. The Enchanted Tiki Room (under new management) was okay, but the show lost a lot of interest to me.  Iago (from Alladin) and Zazu (from the Lion King) simply appear and interupt the whole thing, with the most entertaining part being what was actually left over/inspired by the tiki room’s original occupants.

Last year the Enchanted Tiki Room (under new management) caught on fire, which was contained to the attic area of the attraction but which closed the show completely. Come to find out the most damage apparently happened to the new anamatronics added to the show. Disney is now re-imagining the attraction, and it will feature a show akin to the original! I do not know if this means the new birds are completely gone, but I am very excited to see the new show which will open later this summer. The attraction will now simply be called The Enchanted Tiki Room.

To read more see the Disney Blog.

Happy Earth Day!

I hope that you are all having a good Earth Day!

Opening in movie theatres today is Disney’s African Cats.

The movie tells the story of two families of big cats, the cheetah family and the lion family. The cubs are so cute! Proceeds from the first week will go towards saving the Savanna.  To see clips and read more, see Disneynature African Cats.

I saw the movie earlier today, and I highly recommend it. Disney manages to tell a good story about the trials and triumphs of these cats, while still leaving the film appropriate for younger viewers. I do warn you though, there are hunting scenes in which the big cats catch their prey. They are fairly artful without blood, but there is a scene of the lions eating in which they have blood on their mouths. I am totally fine with this truth of nature, but some of the parents with little kids at the movie were a bit upset – so I figured I would put that information out there.

Winnie the Pooh Duplos

Did you play with Duplo blocks when you were little? Duplos are the younger child version of Legos, designed for ages 1 and a half to 5 years, and they have teamed up with Disney to offer sets with Pooh and friends.

These would make excellent Easter gifts for younger children. If I had little kids I would probably buy these for them because I love Pooh and building toys.

Winnie the Pooh’s Picnic: $9.99

Winnie the Pooh’s House: $29.99

Features Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet

Tigger’s Expedition: $19.99

And if you like the idea of Duplo, but not Pooh, the brand also offers other cute sets like these:

Baby Zoo

World People Set

Toy Story 3 – Jessie’s Round Up

Through the Years: Pooh Bear at Disney

I found an awesome article on Jim Hill Media which shows pictures of the costumes of Disney Characters at the parks used throughout the years. I suggest taking a look at his whole article at jimhillmedia.com, but here I can show you the progression for Winnie the Pooh.

Here is a photo of Pooh and Eyore from Disneyland in 1966:

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Pooh is kind of scary, and I am not sure I understand the purpose of the honey pot on his head. Eyore is okay, I think.

Pooh’s costume received a slight redesign, but did not really change until the 1980s:

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This costume is better, but now the eyes and face seem really off to me. I do appreciate the lack of head wear.

Pooh received another redesign and this is what he looks like now in the parks:

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Now he looks a lot like the most recent incarnations of the character in the animated tv shows and movies.

Take a look at the full article here to see other characters’ progressions.

Platypus Day

Disney celebrated Platypus Day on March 5th, in celebration of Perry the Platypus and the new season of Phineas and Ferb.

The show logo:

Logo for Platypus Day:

Phineas and Ferb is an amazing animated show on the Disney channel. Phineas and Ferb are two brothers who try to make the most of every day of summer vacation by having ridiculous adventures. Their sister Candice trys unsuccessfully to tell their mom of her brother’s exploits. Perry is their pet platypus who is actually a secret agent. I think that this cartoon is far better than spongebob – if you want something to compare it to.   The show is funny and very entertaining, I suggest checking out a few episodes.

Perry – as a regular Platypus

Perry as a secret agent

Whether or not you enjoy Phineas and Ferb, I think that we should all pay tribute to the amazing Platypus. I mean, what is not cool about a mammal that lays eggs and looks like a cross between a beaver, an otter, and a duck?

Photo from National Geographic

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