A Personal Film Festival

Another blogger over at The Animation Commendation tagged me in a post to create my own personal film festival – basically, a list of my favorite films from each year that I’ve been alive.  I’ll try to pass along the fun by tagging some other bloggers as well!  You’ll see a lot of Disney movies on this list, but maybe a few others as well.  I did some honorable mentions too since I have such a love of Disney, but enjoy other films too!   I talk about Disney a lot on here (obviously), but this will also give you a glimpse into other things I enjoy.

1988:  Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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1989:  The Little Mermaid

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Honorable Mention:  Dead Poets Society

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Art of Animation review

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On my last trip to Disney World, I was lucky enough to stay in the newest resort – the Art of Animation.  This is classified as a “value” resort, but unlike many of the other values, they consist of mostly suites.  If you’re not familiar with the resort, it’s broken up into four sections: Cars, the Lion King, Finding Nemo, and the Little Mermaid.  Cars, Lion King, and Nemo are all family suites that sleep up to six people, while the Little Mermaid is your standard value room sleeping up to 4.

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My husband and I stayed in a Lion King suite with another couple.  When you first come into the room, there is a small area with a table and chairs.  This table actually unfolds into one of the three beds in the suite.  A little further in is the living room, which has a couch that also unfolds into a bed.  There is a bathroom off of here as well.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Songs from Disney Animated Films

There are so many Disney songs. Seriously. How am I supposed to pick just one to marry, one to kill, and one to refurb?  Heck, even picking a whole soundtrack for this will be difficult!  I’m sure there will be ones that I’ve forgotten about, and I’ll read what others have done and say, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that!”  But these are the ones that come to my mind.

Kill: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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There aren’t really many Disney songs that come on where I go, “Ugh, I wish this would stop.”  I’m sure there are some that I’m not remembering, but since I don’t like them I don’t listen to them!  However, this one came to mind because it’s on one of the Disney collection CDs I have.  It’s cute and all with the short, but the song on its own?  No thanks.  It’s just annoying and one of those songs that gets stuck in your head all day!

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Kill, Refurb, Marry – Air Conditioned Attractions

I don’t really keep tabs on which attractions are air conditioned and which are not… I’m going to assume for this that almost any indoor attraction is air conditioned.  However, I decided not to count any of the super fast indoor rides (like Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, etc.).  While those might be air conditioned there’s too much going on for it to really make a difference.  For my choices I focused more on shows and that sort of thing.

Kill: Captain EO

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Why is this attraction still here?  It did replace Honey I Shrunk the Audience, which I also disliked, but I thought it was only coming back for a limited time in a tribute to Michael Jackson’s death.  But now it’s just been sitting there.  Maybe this was exciting back in the 80’s, but it’s so outdated now that it’s pretty much just laughable.  The storyline and the humor is outdated and the technology is outdated.  This is a space that they could do so much more with.

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Wordless Wednesday: Disney in the Details

One of the things that truly makes Disney World so special is their amazing attention to details.  There are so many great things in the parks, but today I’m going to share just a few with you:

Splash Mountain is one of my favorite rides in WDW because there are so many little details on it.  I think I see something new every time I ride!

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If you’ve never gotten the chance to go inside Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, you might appreciate this picture.  The stained glass in the windows is just beautiful, and perfect for a fairy tale wedding:

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Wordless Wednesday: March Calendar Shot

I’m hoping now that March is here, it’s a sign that spring really is coming soon!  Certainly doesn’t feel like it yet, but it has to come eventually!  I was lucky enough to be able to be in the warmth down in Orlando last week, so I figured for my March calendar shots sharing some of my favorites from our trip would be appropriate!

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Spotlight on Disney Couples

Okay, so it might be the day after Valentine’s Day, but it’s still Valentine’s Day weekend!  Love is in the air, and I wanted to do a spotlight on some Disney couples.  They’re not exactly the “top three” or anything, but just some fun ones I wanted to feature!

The Beast and Belle

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This is one of my personal favorite couples.  I know some people claim “Stockholm Syndrome,” but personally I think it goes beyond that.  Their relationship is beautiful because it’s about more than just appearances.  And not only does it go above appearances, but Belle is willing to get to know the Beast despite the fact that his attitude is pretty poor in the beginning too.  They were persistent in getting their relationship to work, and unlike a lot of other Disney couples, it wasn’t “love at first sight” for them and getting married after they barely knew each other.  Given what they’ve been through, you know there’s no problems they can’t handle as a couple.

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Kill, Refurb, Marry: Live Performances

One of my favorite topics of all – live Disney musicals!  I love musicals.  I’m a theater person, so I enjoy performing in them and watching them, especially when they’re Disney related.  So I knew this was going to be a tough one to decide.

Kill:  The American Idol Experience

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It’s fine, but I have no strong desire to go back and see it.  I liked Who Wants to be a Millionaire better, so I was sad to see that go.  And I feel like American Idol has reached its peak and is now on the decline, so I’m guessing it won’t be too long before it feels outdated and irrelevant.

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