Sunday, September 30, 2007

Haunted Mansion T-shirts?

Note: We now have 2008 Haunted Mansion T-shirts! Click the link to see them.

A strange phenomenon has been occurring recently. I blog about things, and then they change. Now, I know there's no connection (or if there is, it's more along the lines of a company searching for reactions to their products and procedures), but my husband is a little superstitious.

So here's what I'm supposed to change. Our last trip to Walt Disney World was in December of 2006. The Haunted Mansion is hubby's favorite ride (and my 3rd fave after Dinosaur! and Pirates of the Caribbean) and he loves getting t-shirts while at the World. But there weren't any!

We thought that we were just missing them. Ok, not at the park, but surely at the big Disney store at Downtown Disney, right? Nope. We looked everywhere. We went back to the Magic Kingdom (I think we were there 3 times that trip), and finally asked the lady manning the cart outside the Haunted Mansion- you know, the one full of Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise. She not only said that there were no HM t-shirts, but that she's asked that question all day, every day.

And now we hear that the rumored Haunted Mansion store is non-existent. We thought that after the renovation there would surely be a shop with t-shirts and such. Right? Wrong. I've heard very little in the way of merchandise and absolutely nothing about t-shirts. What's up with that? How wrong can that be? The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular rides in the world, and there's no shirts? My husband has threatened to not go back to WDW if they don't have HM t-shirts. I know he won't hold to that, but isn't it a bit ridiculous?

I promise that I won't rant much on this blog since it's actually devoted to my love of all things Walt Disney World. But just in case hubby's right... We want t-shirts!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mickey's Toon Town

Exhibit A
It's been a long time since I posted, I know. Part of it is because I had a lot of pictures on another computer and only just now got them downloaded to this one. Another part is that I have 5 or 6 active blogs and trying to keep them all updated is exhausting.

Anyway. A few days ago Mickey's house in Mickey's Toon Town Faire popped into my head. I have some brilliant shots, but my husband is in most of them, and he hates being posted online. While Mickey's house has a lot more in the way of theming (particularly his garage), you can't touch as much. In Minnie's house you can touch everything! The microwave makes popcorn, the oven bakes a cake, and you can sit in her big comfy chair.

Exhibit A is taken from Mickey's garden. I was tickled by all of the cactus characters they had there! Goofy (obviously), Mickey, I believe Donald and some others. He also had a bunch of tomato plants shaped like classic Mickey's.

Exhibit B
But Exhibit B is one of my favorite shots from Toon Town, and it came from Minnie Mouse's house. Can you guess what it is?











It's a "palm tree"!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

2007 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video

I ordered a copy of the 2007 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video a few months ago. I won't watch something like that for the first time without my husband, who in the meantime was avoiding any mention of Disney because of homesickness.

Tonight, as a result of a complete lack of decent television programming, hubby gave in and we watched it. Well, part of it.

Usually everything Walt Disney World puts out sends us into paroxysms of joy- we're weird that way. But this one.... ew. Seriously. If I'd never been to WDW before and was ordering the video to see if I'd be interested in it? That DVD would have hit the trash can after the first 5 minutes. I like the bits with Cast Members discussing dreams come true at the parks, and the basic "gee look at the neat rides/shows" part of the video was averagely good. What royally sucked was all of the people and kids talking about "I dreamed I was a pirate!" and "I dreamt that a dinosaur attacked my school". It's the kind of thing that has potential to be cool and emotional, but it fell flat. Horribly flat.

The other thing that we hated was that we couldn't rewind. I was looking down as something supposedly interesting flashed on screen. My husband gallantly volunteered to rewind it so that I could see it only to find that it couldn't be rewound! We either had to watch the "main show" straight through or not at all! Rediculous! It could be paused, but that was it.

All in all, if you're actually going to use the video for planning or to try enticing someone else to go to the World, try to get a 2005 or 2006 video. Those were packed with information and had really great hosts. A bit cheesy, but good.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Another Disney Blog

I saw this blog while checking out a new neighbor (via blog catalog)- I Love Walt Disney World. If you're like me, you probably already have certain sites that you use to see WDW updates- but you still have to look at this blog. The design is completely droolworthy to Mickeyheads like me.