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This past Thursday (the 5th of February) my cousin Nick and I went to Disneyland and got to ride the new (and improved?) “it’s a small world”.  Sadly, I did not have my camera, and so I was only able to get pics on my cell phone…and they didn’t turn out very well, sorry.  But I still remember it oh so clearly! 

 I know there were a lot of rumors going around about what all would change, but first I’d like to say that the new paint and revamp sound system (not the song itself, I’ll get to that in a second) are great!  Everything looks so clean and bright and it sounds like they just recorded the song a few days ago, rather than over 40 years ago.  And, maybe I’m remembering incorrectly, but it sounded like there were richer harmonies in the finale room (where all the children of the world get together and paaaartay).  Yes, I know I’m a dork for even wondering about the harmonies, but they very well could have added it in after the fact with all the new-fangled sound editing these days.  The boats were also nicer (with a smaller seating capacity!) and flowed through the attraction much better. 

Now, let’s get going on the more noticeable changes….such as the addition of Disney characters and music into the ride…
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2009, pt. 2

This month I’ve been moving.  Thusly, not much time.  Now the place where my bed and food and internet and phone and whatnot are is not the place where all my miscellaneous crap is.  Also, moving takes about 4 hours a day, plus looking for a job, plus other general life things.  Long story short…I’m falling a little short on this months goals.  (see post on that here) But I will have it completed by the end of February.

This post was mostly for me, to keep myself accountable.

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget about me!

2009

Well I know it’s been quite some time.  Holidays, personal life, etc.  I’m not gonna go into the gory details here (although feel free to find out if you’re curious over at my personal blog) but I just want you all to know (all two of you) that I have been working on the show, and I have some structured goals for the show for this year.

This month I plan to:

  • Finish up a story outline
  • Get a general cast of characters sorted out

Within the next 6 months:

  • Finish a rough draft
  • Share it with a few people for editing and input

By the end of 2009:

  • Have a few drafts under my belt, altho not necessarily a final (the addition of music may cause the need for tweaking)
  • Get some more people involved and committed
  • Start writing the music! (Like I said, story first.)

Well, I have this other blog with my roommate/best friend.  And on it we try to be funny.  I figure it’s good practice for when I have to be funny while writing the musical.  Since I intend for it to be funny.  This is an example of something from that blog [which is linked on the sidebar as The Froomies].  It’s one of the few times I’ve actually sat down and thought out/written something with the intent of being funny.  It’s not Disney-related…it’s actually Harry Potter related.  But I’m posting it here to let you see how much I suck at pre-meditated humor so you realize how tough it’s gonna be for me to write a whole show that is chuckle worthy.  Ha.

‘We all know Draco Malfoy as the snivelling douche (pardon my French) who prides himself on being a Slytherin-shaped stain on the parchment that is Harry Potter’s life. (that analogy was way too long, sorry).  But did you know he has a theme song?  Of course you didn’t.  For one, this post is titled things you didn’t know about Harry Potter.  And secondly, the theme song is never heard by anyone but Malfoy.  It’s a personal theme song, you see.  But luckily in an exclusive Froomies interview, I was able to weedle the information out of him.  Following is an excerpt of that very interview.

Froomies: Mr. Malfoy, earlier in our conversation you mentioned the importance of confidence and self-esteem when making the jump from classic school bully to villain.  What do you find helps you most when it comes to self-confidence?

Draco Malfoy: Well, you insisting on calling me Mr. Malfoy certainly helps.  (chuckles)  Aside from that though, there are a few little tricks that I use regularly in my own life, and they are still helfpful to this day even though I’m no longer on the path of villainy.  One thing that I do is try to avoid negative thinking.  Whenever I catch myself thinking myself down or beating myself up, I refute myself with a hearty ‘Yeah, right!’.  For example, before a job interview or first date, which as well all know is very much like an interview, you might think something along the lines of ‘I’m going to say something foolish and they’ll think I’m daft.’  When I find myself thinking this way, I simply say to myself, ‘Nonsense!  I’m the most debonair smooth-talker this side of Trowbridge [the county seat of Wiltshire, where Malfoy manor is located] and I’m going to blow them away!’  It works every time. And then of course there are a few little charms and things to take away anxiety, but those are to be used with caution and since I’m talking to a Muggle I suppose that advice would be pointless.

TF:  Haha, well I would have to agree with you there.  The other tip, however, was very helpful.  But I know I do things within my head or on a personal level to help me out from time to time, when I’m scared or what have you.  Do you have anything like that to share with us?

DM:  Well, I do.  But as far as sharing goes I’m not so sure.  (brief pause) Well, fine.  But I’m going to have to hear your secret too.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait till we’re off the record.  My little trick that I use quite often, in fact I used it today for this very interview, which as we know is more like a first date, is…embarrassing to say the least.  Here goes though!  I have a theme song.  No, I won’t hum it for you, so don’t bother asking.  I will tell you this:  It highly resembles the theme song from the old Smurfs television show.  I just kinda hum it to myself…not even out loud.  I hum it in my head …not even out loud. I hum it in my head, if that makes any sense. I hope it does, I can’t think of how else to explain it. At any rate, it exists. And I use it to give myself a bit of a musical pep talk, if you will. Every time I’m facing a situation that makes me nervous or doubtful I kinda play it in my head to give myself a boost. It’s a bit silly, but it is quite helpful.

Well, there you have it! And keep in mind, that was just an excerpt. Later I’ll post the rest of the interview, in which Draco talks candidly about his Voldemort-assigned task, his feelings about Harry Potter, life at home, and a secret relationship! Sorry fanfic writers, I can assure you it was not with Hermione. So stay tuned kids! And thank you for chilling with the Froomies.’

Happy Birthday Walt!

That’s right folks. Today is Walt Disney’s birthday. Or maybe I should say was, since the day is just about over. I know I was thinking of him a lot today, and also thinking of my best friend Kristin (and how jealous I am that she has the same birthday as Walt!). I hope everyone had a happy Friday!

Disney Blog: Re-Imagineering

I bring you another Disney Blog to feast your eyes and minds upon whilst I work on some real content for you all.  This time it’s a blog titled Re-Imagineering, and it is delightful.  This blog consists of a series of posts by real live people who work or have worked for Disney and/or Pixar.  It’s a little bit cynical at times about the current state of Disney, but I I think that’s just fine.  The posts can get a little long, but they are always chock full of history and information, and usually some pictures for those of us with a shorter attention span.  I thoroughly enjoy this site, and spent a good few hours browsing it’s archives.  Definitely check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope it’s a great day full of fabulosity!  Remember to be thankful for all that you have and all that you take for granted, including Disney magic!  I know I am thankful for lots this year, and one of those things is the support that I get on this blog in the form of views and (sometimes) feedback.  So here’s a fun Turkey Day (or Tofurkey Day if you are so inclined) video for you!

Love,
Lissa