Sunday, March 28, 2010


Hey everyone! It's been a while since I actually made a blog post about something dealing with the college program. There's not really much to say about it because I'm basically waiting until it's time to go. But, I'll give you a whole bunch of little updates until the times comes.

I booked my flight a couple weeks ago as well as a one night stay in Pop Century the night before check-in! I'm going to be rooming with my future roomie, Lyanne, the night before and then we'll head over to Vista together in the morning. Exciting!

I saw my advisor again, since it's necessary for all education majors to be advised prior to scheduling. We just talked about the couple classes I'll be taking at Disney and the couple online classes I'll also be taking so I can be considered a full-time student and stay on my health insurance. She eased some of my worries and now I can't wait to get down there and begin classes!

Also, I finally sent in an email requesting locations to work! I debated whether or not to do that, because I do like surprises, but I don't want to work in a waterpark or resort. I requested highly themed quick service places like Pecos Bill and Toy Story Pizza Planet. I also put down that I'd like to maybe work at one of the outdoor food carts. Though I know I would be really hot some days, I think I'd have fun there because you get a lot more guest interaction. I pretty much just want to be put in one of the four main parks. :)

Quick formspring question!

Flounder or Sebastian???

Aww man, tough choice! Flounder is so cute and funny but I'm going to have to go with Sebastian because he has that awesome Jamaican accent!


Finally, what this entire post was going to be about! I had auditions for character performer on Friday. We had to fill out a simple form and then stand in line to get our number, picture, and height. I was measured at 5'4" something, I couldn't quite hear the rest of it. There were all sorts of outfits that people were wearing to the audition. Some people were in full-blown dance outfits while others looked like they just came straight from school. I guess I was somewhere in between. I thought I wouldn't know anybody but I actually found someone I went to high school with so I was happy that I didn't have to go through it alone. There were over 120 people at the audition (Yikes!) so they decided to make 2 cuts. We first learned a simple dance that had 2 counts of 8. Then they broke everyone up into groups of 4 according to our numbers and we did the dance across the floor. All that literally took only 10 minutes, from learning the dance to actually performing it for the judges, so you have to pick up moves quickly! After that, the first cut was made. Unfortunately, I happened to be in that cut. At least half were cut, maybe more. I didn't feel too bad because, since it was an open audition, there were people there who were trying for full time, so a lot of them had years of training. I had a great time though! It was fabulous and I have no regrets for going. Now I have QSFB to look forward to!

Until next time,


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me (F/G)

2 more letters today! Here’s hoping I continue this 2-letter trend!

F –

Fantasia (1940)

I love this movie because of the fact that it is animation molded to pre-existing music. Besides the fact that it is comprised of many beautiful and classical music pieces, it was one of the most innovative and creative movies of its time, even if it wasn’t received well at first. To me, this is so much more than a movie. It was a breakthrough for the animation and sound industries alike. Furthermore, I’ve always admired the hard work that everyone put into matching up the animation with the music so seamlessly; that could NOT have been easy. Plus, it’s where the iconic Sorcerer Mickey made his first appearance!

Fun Facts:

During production, the animators were given no instructions for coloring. Walt Disney instructed them to use any colors they wanted, a first.

The animators secretly modeled elements of the Sorcerer in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" on their boss, Walt Disney. The raised eyebrow was regarded as a dead giveaway.

This is the only Disney animated feature film to date that reaches the two hour mark.

Fun quotes:

What’s interesting about this movie, more than what’s mentioned above, is the fact that there is no dialogue aside from the narrator! So I thought I’d just put in the interaction between the conductor and Mickey. :)

Mickey Mouse: [Pulling on Stokowski's coat] Mr. Stokowski! Mr. Stokowski!
[Mickey whistles to get Stokowski's attention]
Mickey Mouse: My congratulations, sir!
Leopold Stokowski: [shaking hands with Mickey] Congratulations to you, Mickey!
Mickey Mouse: Gee, thanks! He, he! Well, so long! I'll be seeing ya!
Leopold Stokowski: Goodbye!

Flubber (1997)

I haven’t seen this movie in so long! I should go watch it again because I remember watching it a lot when I was younger. It’s really a hilarious movie about a professor (played by Robin Williams who provides the voice of Genie in Aladdin) who invents a substance that can mold into anything and bounces everywhere, it even seems to have a personality of its own. The professor called it flying rubber, or flubber. And I didn’t know this before, but Jodi Benson (The voice of Ariel) also provides the voice of Weebo.

Fun Facts:

Sound designer 'Andrew M. Somers' created the sound of Flubber by using a rubber balloon filled with water, Metamucil, and air. The Metamucil became "gloopy" and in the balloon, it helped make a rubbery, gurgly sound. The voice of Flubber was performed by Scott Martin Gershin, and was processed to raise the pitch to sound small and squeaky.

According to Wil Wheaton, in the scenes that he was in with Robin Williams, they would film a take the way it was supposed to be filmed. After that take, Williams would often want to improvise scenes differently than the script, just for fun. Those scenes were not added to the actual film, but there were enough scenes to make an entirely different movie.

Fun Quotes:

Phillip Brainard: Weebo - - I've just solved all our problems!
Weebo: [showing an image of Dumbo on her display screen] I'm all ears.

Rutland Coach: Hey, are you blind? They're doin' something illegal out there.
Referee: Coach, nowhere in the rule book does it say anything about jumpin' too high. Now sit down!

G –

A Goofy Movie (1995)

This is one of the best movies ever. It’s so adorable and everyone I’m sure can relate to a parent constantly humiliating you or at least once in a while, right? It’s got a ton of catchy songs (Helllooooo Powerline!) and it’s a wonderful movie no matter what your age is. This movie is basically, for lack of a better word, goofy. :P

Fun Facts:

During the Powerline Concert, Mickey Mouse can be spotted in the crowd in the lower left portion of the crowd shot immediately after the Stage manager is thrown into the DiamondVision screen.

During the song "On The Open Road" Goofy's key chain has the famous Walt Disney's logo "D" on it.

In the second scene before Goofy walks in, Max has a Mickey Mouse phone on his dresser.

Fun Quotes:

[Goofy enters Max's room]
Goofy: Mornin', son!
Max: [in his underwear] Dad!
Goofy: Whoops. I forgot.
[exits, knocks then re-enters]
Goofy: Mornin', son!

Max: My life's a living...
Lester: Hello, little buddy!
[a man in a Lester Possum costume comes up to Max. Max turns his back on him and tries to ignore him. Lester comes around to Max's front]
Lester: Who's your favorite possum?
Max: Don't touch me!
Lester: Aw, why such a long face? You're so sad! Boo hoo hoo! I know! You need a big hug from Lester!
Max: Don't even think about IIIIIITTT...
[Lester gives Max a giant hug]
Lester: See? Now you feel all good inside!
Max: [Max slaps Lester which turns his false head backwards] BEAT IT, Doofus!

Goofy: Hey, Maxie. Let's play a game. You think of someone and I'll try to guess who it is. Man or woman?
Max: Aw, man.
Goofy: Man? Hmm... That's a toughy... let's see... Walt Disney!
Max: Right.
Goofy: Boy, I'm good at this! Now I'll think of one.

George of the Jungle (1997)

This movie is really funny (the narrator is a riot!) and especially heartwarming. One of the funniest/ most interesting aspects of the entire movie to me is how intelligent Ape is and how….not so intelligent George is, even though Ape raised him from infancy. It’s kind of ironic. Anyway, Brendan Fraser plays George and I think he does a wonderful job at it. You honestly can’t help but love him; he’s too charming not to.

Fun Facts:

When George is cornering the horses at Ursula's parents' party, the woman that makes a comment about finding a man like that is Brendan Fraser's wife, Afton Smith. So she did find a man like that.

The ground in the jungle was made out of mashed potatoes.

The production designers added an automatic juicer, elevator, love seat swing, comfy hammocks and running water in George's tree house.

Fun Quotes:

Narrator: And so, onward and upward the tired trekkers trudged on feverished footsies over perilous paths. When they beheld the mighty Ape Mountain, they reacted with awe.
Group: Awwww...
Narrator: I said, "Awe." A-W-E.
Group: Ooh...
Narrator: That's better.

[After taking his first shower]
George: Bad waterfall. First water get hot, then George slip on this strange yellow rock.

Narrator: Don't worry. Nobody dies in this story. They just get really big boo-boos.

Quick update in the world of the Disney College Program (I know, I’ve been neglecting my college program updates as of late): I have my character auditions tomorrow! So, I’ll probably be posting as much about that experience as I’m allowed in my next post. Here’s hoping all goes well!

Until next time,


Sunday, March 21, 2010

The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me (D/E)

I'm feeling motivated today so I'm going to do TWO letters!

D -

Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)

I used to watch this movie all the time, too. This movie used to be all the rage when I was younger, but it was beat out eventually by all the new Disney movies coming out (I'm not complaining though! :)) It's chock full of adventure, fantasy, and humor so who wouldn't enjoy it? Some favorite characters in this movie include Scrooge McDuck, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie as well as some fun, new characters.

Fun Facts:

This was the first Disney animated movie to be spun off from a TV series.

When the triplets (Huey, Dewey, and Louie) and Webby are breaking into the Bin to get back the lamp, the code they use to enter in the "back door" is CASH.

Webby is based on Daisy Duck's nieces April, May, and June.

Fun Quotes:

Scrooge McDuck: Launchpad, is this a stunt you learned in flight school?
Launchpad: Flight school?
Scrooge McDuck: You mean you *never* took flying lessons?
Launchpad: [lunkishly] Well, I took a crash course.
Scrooge McDuck: Now he tells me.

Huey: Wait a second. What about our wishes?
Genie: Wishes? Do I look like a birthday cake?
Huey: Oh, come on! You can't fool us! A genie is supposed to grant wishes.
Webby: That's three wishes for every master.
Genie: Oh, geez! Everyone remembers that part.

Huey: You read the whole encyclopedia?
Genie: Cover to cover to cover... what's this? Baseball? Bowling ball? Cinderella's ball?
Huey: No, it's a globe of the Earth.
Genie: Get back. You mean the Earth isn't flat? I must have missed that part.
Louie: Boy, he HAS been in that lamp for a long time!

E - (There are SO many good E movies!)

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

This is one of my favorite Disney movies ever. It is absolutely hilarious and the characters are so loveable, even the one that is scary beyond all reason :) There really is never a dull moment in the entire movie; David Spade (Emperor Kuzco) makes sure of it!

Fun Facts:

There are two inside jokes. When Yzma pours the "drink" into the cactus plant, after Kuzco's neck transforms, the cactus turns into the shape of a llama. When Kronk is trying to hide in the background with Kuzco in the bag, when the scene pulls back, the painting is of two figures pointing at Kronk.

Like many other Disney films, this one contains a number of hidden Mickey Mouse images. One is in the bushes when Kuzco gets pulled from the water and another is Yzma's head and earrings (upside down).

To keep the animation team together as a crew during the production hiatus, former Disney animator Eric Goldberg was allowed to borrow the animation crew to help produce his independent film Rhapsody in Blue (2000), which Disney ended up inserting into Fantasia/2000 (1999) as one of the musical segments.

Fun Quotes: (There are WAY too many good quotes from this movie!)

[Kuzco and Pacha are tied to a tree branch floating in a river]
Pacha: Uh-oh.
Kuzco: Don't tell me. We're about to go over a huge waterfall.
Pacha: Yep.
Kuzco: Sharp rocks at the bottom?
Pacha: Most likely.
Kuzco: Bring it on.

[plotting ways to kill Kuzco]
Yzma: Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I'll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I'll put that flea in a box, and then I'll put that box inside of another box, and then I'll mail that box to myself, and when it arrives...
Yzma: ...I'll smash it with a hammer! It's brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!
[knocks over bottle of poison on flower, which shrivels up and dies]
Yzma: Or, to save on postage, I'll just poison him with this.

[Kronk's Shoulder Angel and Devil debate saving Kuzco]
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Listen up, big guy. I got three good reasons why you should just walk away. Number one. Look at that guy! He's got that sissy stringy music thing.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: We've been through this. It's a harp, and you know it.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Oh, right. That's a harp, and that's a dress.
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: Robe!
Kronk's Shoulder Devil: Reason number two. Look what I can do. Ha-ha, ha!
[does one-armed handstand]
Kronk: But what does that have to do with anything?
Kronk's Shoulder Angel: No, no. He's got a point.
Kronk: Listen, you guys. You're sort of confusing me, so, uh, begone... or, uh, y'know, however I get rid of you guys.
Kronk's Shoulder Devil, Kronk's Shoulder Angel: That'll work.
[Angel and devil disappear]

Enchanted (2007)

I'm a big fan of this movie as well. It's another one of those movies that incorporates both animation and real life action and it's done brilliantly. This movie shows the classic fairytale with a twist: being thrust into the real world, but not just any place, New York City. I really love the music in this movie; thank you, Alan Menken! Enchanted also features an amazing cast: Idina Menzel (Elphaba from the musical Wicked), Susan Sarandon, and newcomer Amy Adams. Not to mention cuties Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden! :)Enchanted is a wonderful movie and is great if you want a little pick-me-up.

Fun Facts: (There are tons of Disney references in this movie!)

The actresses who provided the voices for three previous animated Disney princesses make appearances in the film: Jodi Benson (‘Ariel’ in The Little Mermaid (1989)), Paige O'Hara (‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast (1991)), and Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas (1995)). Also, Julie Andrews, who starred as the title character in Disney's live-action Mary Poppins (1964), provides her voice here as the Narrator.

During the scene in which Robert and Giselle take the elevator to his upstairs apartment, there is a brief moment where the camera zooms in on the elevator floor display, which bares a startling resemblance to the elevator floor display at the Tower of Terror Attraction in the Disney Theme parks. It even goes from floors 1 through 12.

According to director Kevin Lima, "thousands" of references are made to past and future works of Disney in Enchanted, which serve as both a parody of and a "giant love letter to Disney classics". As Lima worked with Bill Kelly, the writer, to inject Disney references to the plot, it became "an obsession"; he derived the name of every character as well as anything that needed a name from past Disney films to bring in more Disney references.

(SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE!)At the beginning, Giselle is creating a mannequin of her 'true love'. The outfit it is wearing is never worn by the prince - but it is worn by Robert at the ball, near the end of the film. The dress Giselle is wearing during this scene is same color and design as the dress she wears at the ball.

Fun Quotes:

Prince Edward: [holds sword in front of construction worker's neck, trying to find Giselle] I seek a beautiful girl. My life partner, my one coquette, the answer to my love's duet.
Arty: [stuttering] I-I'd like to find one of them too, you know?

Giselle: Now if only I can find a place to rest my head for the night.
Robert Philip: What kind of place?
Giselle: I don't know. Maybe a nearby meadow or a hollow tree.
Robert Philip: A hollow tree?
Giselle: Or a house full of dwarves. I hear they're very hospitable.

Robert: [tries to stop Nancy from leaving] What... what about taking Morgan to school, you know, for some grown-up girl bonding time?
Nancy Tremaine: What, so you can have some grown-up girl bonding time?
Nancy Tremaine: [glares pointedly at Giselle]
Nancy Tremaine: I don't think so.

Until next time,


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me (C)

Another post, another letter! Short one today, though. Not many "C" Disney movies I found out.

C -

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

I like this movie personally because I, for one, used to always imagine there was a secret passage into a wonderful world in my house from my downstairs closet. I used to hide in there all the time. Yup, I'm pretty sure I thought there was a doorway from my house into a secret land like Narnia. This brings back all those fun memories and I especially love seeing the whole experience through Lucy's eyes, the look of complete amazement and awe. Plus, the actors are British! Gotta love the accents!

Fun Facts:

Georgie Henley's reaction to Mr. Tumnus at the lamppost is genuine. She had not seen her cast mate James McAvoy in his costume before the scene was filmed, so her screams and reaction were real. Georgie's first reaction to the snowy world of Narnia is also genuine - she was carried into the set blindfolded to make her first entrance, and her wide-eyed, delighted reactions to it all are entirely her own.

The movie was mostly shot in chronological order. The final scene where the Pevensie's fall out of the wardrobe was shot before all the outdoor shots so the kids would still be pale and look like they had in the beginning of the film.

In the movie Edmund asks if the White Witch can make him taller. In fact, Skandar Keynes grew six and a half inches during the filming of this movie.

Fun Quotes:

Mr. Tumnus, the Faun: And what about you? You must be some kind of beardless dwarf?
Lucy Pevensie: I'm not a dwarf! I'm a girl. And actually, I'm tallest in my class.
Mr. Tumnus, the Faun: You mean to say that you're a daughter of Eve?
Lucy Pevensie: [confused] Well, my mum's name is Helen...
Mr. Tumnus, the Faun: Y-Yes, but, you are in fact... human?

Lucy Pevensie: It's all right! I'm back! I'm all right!
Edmund Pevensie: Shut up! He's coming!
Peter Pevensie: You know, I'm not sure you two have quite got the idea of this game.
Lucy Pevensie: Weren't you wondering where I was?
Edmund Pevensie: That's the point. That was why he was seeking you!
Susan Pevensie: Does this mean I win?
Peter Pevensie: I don't think Lucy wants to play anymore.

[Peter hands Edmund a fur coat]
Edmund Pevensie: But that's a girl's coat!
Peter Pevensie: [nods] I know.

Until next time,


Thursday, March 11, 2010

The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me (B)

Hello again everyone! On to the next letter!

B -

The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

I remember watching this movie ALL the time when I was younger. I wore out the tape, I watched it so much. The movie is about a few common household appliances and their exciting and sometimes even dangerous journey to find their "master", who has recently left for college. It is just so adorable and heartwarming.

Fun Facts:

Rob (The Master) and his mother's apartment number is A113, which is also the a room number of a classroom used by animation students at CalArt, the Alma mater of John Lasseter'. A113 also shows up in Toy Story (1995) and A Bug's Life (1998), which he directed.

Two weeks after recording their dialogue, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman joined "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

Though this movie was in fact produced as an independent film, the film was eventually bought by Disney, shown on the Disney Channel and soon became a cult hit.

Fun Quotes:

[Radio points at the sun]
The Radio: Look, Lampy, from here you can see the really BIG lamp.
Lampy: WOW! I wonder where his switch is?

Lampy: Hey, I've got an idea! We can all get on top of the bed, and Kirby can push us!... No, no, no... Hey! What about the master's pogo stick?... No, no, no... Hey! Why don't we get the refrigerator on a skateboard, and Kirby can pull?... No, no, no... Hey!
The Radio: Shut up! Shut up!
Toaster, Kirby: SHUT UP!
The Radio: Let somebody else try for a change!
[makes everyone stand on top of Blanky]
The Radio: Arise, Hassan, arise, 'O' magic carpet...

Blanky: He's not home.
Toaster: We'll have to wait.
The Radio: No. Let's wait inside!
Lampy: But it's locked.
The Radio: Luckily, my war training included inter-appliance codes. I will simply render the secret appliance knock, and we'll be welcomed by the native machinery. Stand aside, my meager companion!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This movie is so much fun! It's one of the first Disney movies to incorporate real-life with animation (Who Framed Roger Rabbit is another!). I really like this movie because of that fact because it makes it seem even more real for normal people to be involved in magic...if that makes sense :D I also love Angela Lansbury, who plays Eglentine Price in this movie as well as providing the voice of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, another fabulous "B" movie!

Fun Facts:

The song The Beautiful Briny Sea was originally written for a sequence in Mary Poppins (1964) that was ultimately dropped.

The infamous Goofy holler is heard during the soccer game when the king kicks the hyena.

Fun Quotes:

[as all of Miss Price's belongings come alive thanks to a magic incantation]
Miss Price: That's my nightgown.
Mr. Browne: [dancing with it] Is it really, my dear?
Miss Price: Yes, and I'm not responsible for its behaviour.
Mr. Browne: Obviously not, my dear.

Charlie Rawlins: [reading a container, disgustedly] Poisoned Dragon's Liver?
Eglentine Price: [repeating matter-of-factly] Poisoned Dragon Liver.
Paul Rawlins: You mean you poison the dragon, or just the liver?

Until next time,


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Calling 6/7 arrivals!

2 posts in one day???? I'm on a roll!

Anyway, is your check-in day for the WDW College Program June 7th, are you going to be in wellness housing, and are you looking for some roommates? Look no further! My awesome roomie, Lyanne, and I are looking for some more girls to room with us in hopefully a 3-bedroom apartment at Chatham!

NAME: Jennifer
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, PA
MAJOR/MINOR: Elementary Education with a minor in Music

ROLE AT DISNEY: Quick Service Food & Beverage
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DATE: June 7 /January 03

NUMBER OF ROOMS/ROOMMATES: 3 bedrooms, 5 roommates.
I COULD NOT LIVE WITH A ROOMMATE THAT... isn't considerate of the other roommates, isn't responsible, or smokes.

DO YOU LIKE TO PARTY? My kinds of parties are board game and movie nights! Disney scene-it anyone? :)
MESSY OR TIDY? It's a little bit of both. I have sort of an organized chaos in my own room, but in rooms I share with others, I keep them spotless. It's strange really.
DO YOU LIKE TO COOK? It is fun but I'm always afraid it's not going to turn out right and I would have wasted the food so I don't do it too often. Normally, it all turns out fine though.
NIGHT PERSON OR MORNING PERSON? Is it possible to be both? Haha, I'm probably more of a morning person.

FAVORITE CHORE? I like vacuuming and just picking things up and putting them where they should go.
LEAST FAVORITE CHORE? Cleaning the dishes. Not fun. I'll clean my own though.
DO YOU SNORE? Not unless I'm sick and even then I don't think I snore that much.
WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY GO TO BED? Normally around 11-12 but that's most likely going to change in Disney.
WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP ON FREE DAYS? On free days in Disney? I'll probably be up by 9 am...yup, definitely a morning person.
I PREFER TO SLEEP IN A ROOM THAT... has some sort of light noise (like a tv or a fan) and a little bit of light in case I need to get up.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU: Friendly, goofy, hard-working.
ONE GOOD QUALITY: I'm understanding
ONE BAD QUALITY: I tend to be soft-spoken
FAVORITE FOOD: Italian food is my favorite. Pasta to be specific. Delish!
5 FAVORITE BANDS: Sorry, this is going to be random. I'm a fan of the Beatles. Other interests: Country and musicals. I also like Josh Groban, Celtic Thunder (really awesome Irish group), Disney music of course, The Cab, Lady Gaga, Boys Like Girls, and so much more. My music spectrum goes all over really. :)
5 FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Friends, Chuck, House, The Nanny, America's Next Top Model
5 FAVORITE MOVIES: Phantom of the Opera, basically every Disney movie, Harry Potter movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future (all 3). I know I cheated with Harry Potter and Back to the Future...let's just overlook that :)
5 FAVORITE BOOKS: Harry Potter Series, Twilight Saga, The Scarlet Letter, the Amelia books by Marissa Moss, The Uglies Series.
HOBBIES: Singing, reading, playing games (video and board), watching movies, hanging out with friends, acting like a goof :P, physical activities like sports (even if I'm terrible at them!), browsing stores (not so much the spending tons of money part :P)

FAVORITE MOVIE: Hercules, The Lion King
FAVORITE PRINCESS: Ariel again. I also like Aurora and Belle.
FAVORITE PARK: Magic Kingdom. Just barely beat out EPCOT though.
FAVORITE SHOW: Festival of the Lion King
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I LOVE 50's Prime Time Cafe! The interaction is fabulous!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AT DISNEY? The whole experience, like meeting everyone, and living my dream!

Be sure to check out Lyanne's latest post as it contains her survey as well! If you think you may want to join our room, please contact either Lyanne or myself!

Until next time,


The ABC's of Disney movies, as told by me

Hey everyone! So I thought I'd start something a little different with my posts. Because I thought it would be fun, I'm going to do the ABC's of Disney movies my way. Meaning, I'm going to choose one or two of my favorite Disney movies for each letter (granted there is one for the letter) and I'll tell you a few facts about them as well as why I like them. Also, I hope to incorporate some of the lesser known Disney movies. For example, we all know the movie Aladdin and, although I do like it, I will not use it for 'A'.

So without further ado, let us begin!

A -

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

This is one of those movies that I could watch over and over and not get bored with it. It has a funny, quirky element to it as well as that air of mystery. Also, I love when there's a strong female main character in a movie and that aspect is perfectly embodied in Kida. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Michael J. Fox provides the voice for Milo. :)

Fun facts:

It was reported in 2002 that when the "Submarine Voyage" attraction was closed down in Disneyland, it was to reopen with the theme of this film. However, due to negative feedback from some critics, the idea was scrapped.

The spiral "Atlantis" symbol can be found hidden in many places in the movie.

The written Atlantean language is to be read left to right, drop down a line, and read right to left, continuing this cycle. It was done to create a flowing, water-like movement reminiscent of the Atlantean culture.

fun quotes:

Milo: I'm home. Fluffy? Here, kitty.
Helga: Milo James Thatch?
Milo: Who, who are you? H-How did you get in here?
Helga: I came down the chimney, ho ho ho.

Princess Kida: You do swim, do you not?
Milo: Oh, I swim pretty girl... Pr-Pretty *good*, pretty good. Sw... Good. Swim good. Pretty good. I swim pretty good.

Milo: Will you look at the size of this? It's gotta be half a mile high, at least. It-It must have taken hundred- No, thousands of years to carve this thing.
[Vinny blows it up, and it falls down over a chasm]
Vinny: Hey, look, I made a bridge. It only took me like, what? Ten seconds? Eleven, tops.

Angels in the Outfield (1994)

This is one of those movies that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you tear up. It makes you believe that even when something doesn't seem possible, like a baseball team that was in last place in it's division winning the championships, you just need to have faith and believe that it isn't impossible. As J.P says, "it could happen." This is a great movie to watch with the whole family and has a great cast including Christopher Lloyd, Danny, Glover, and Tony Danza.

fun facts:

The movie centers around the then-California Angels in Anaheim, but was filmed at the Oakland Coliseum due to the fact that the NFL season was taking place and the then-Los Angeles Rams were using the stadium in Anaheim. The Coliseum was not being used as the Raiders had not yet returned to Oakland.

The film's tagline, "Ya Gotta Believe" (also alluded to in the film), was coined by pitcher Tug McGraw. During the 1974 season, McGraw used the phrase to encourage his fellow New York Mets, who successfully turned around an underdog season to go to the World Series.

fun quotes:

Roger Bomman: God... if there is a God... if you're a man or a woman... if you're listening, I'd really, really like a family. My dad says that will only happen if the Angels win the pennant. The baseball team, I mean. So, maybe you can help them win a little. Amen. Oh, A-woman, too.

Al the Boss Angel: Even though you can't see us, we're always watching.

Until next time,


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Health Insurance on the CP!

Hello everyone! Another week has come and gone and you know what that means! New post from me! I know this is just the highlight of everyone's week! - crickets chirping - Yeah, anyway...

I've gotten in touch with the education department at Disney about of the of classes I wanted to take. As I mentioned in some previous posts, I wanted to sign up for Creativity & Innovations: Gaining the Edge and Experiential Learning because my college was going to to give me credit for both! I was very excited when I heard this news because I would still be taking classes related to my major so I wouldn't be too far behind when I got back in the spring. What had recently been brought to my attention however, is the small fact about health insurance. -insert blinding lightning, resounding thunderclap, and small girlish squeal here - To remain under my current health insurance, I have to be a full-time student in the fall. (Summer's a freebie thank goodness!) Full-time for most colleges is 12 credits, I believe. I would be getting 3 credits for each of the Disney classes so I would need to take 2 online classes from back home. Sounds easy enough, right? I wasn't sure, though, when Disney's classes actually took place. I didn't know if they were only offered at certain times during the year so I was a little worried. If they took place in the summer, I would have to take 2 additional online classes in the fall to get back up to my 12 credit minimum to be eligible for my health insurance. I didn't know how I would handle all those classes in addition to the workload I'd have at Disney. So I emailed someone in the Disney education department to hopefully ease my despair. She was very prompt and helpful in her response and told me that I was able to sign up for the summer OR fall classes since I chose fall advantage! That came as such a relief to me because I did not want to pay a ton of money for health insurance! So I'll sign up for my Disney classes when all the fall people arrive!

Also a little tidbit about health insurance: It's different depending on which state you live in. I read somewhere that in Maryland or Massachusetts (sorry, I'm pretty sure it's an 'M' state!), you're under your parents' health insurance up to age 26! So make sure you check with your state laws before worrying about it!

Are you planning on taking a Disney class that your school has already agreed to give you credit for but aren't sure if there will be any more room in the class available for you?

Don't worry! She also told me that as long as you bring a letter from your college or university stating which class(es) you will take at Disney as well as the fact that you will be receiving credit with you to check-in, you'll be GUARANTEED a spot, no matter how full the class is! Nice, huh?

A few random notes:

1. Don't forget to ask me questions via formspring! I love answering them :)
2. About 3 weeks to go until my character performer audition! I'm starting to get a little anxious now. Time to brush up on my dancing!
3. Roommate Notifications are up and running for people doing Fall Advantage 2010! If you're looking for a roommate or have already found one and want to guarantee them as your roommate, log in to the roommate notification!

Until next time,