Holiday Planner – Part Four

Recreation and Pleasure Island
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Golf. The only four letter word allowed on WDW property! And there is a lot of it. The Holiday Planner video picks up with a look at the various courses available.
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Then we move on to other conveniences, like Water Parks:
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The defunct River Country caught my eye
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Buy a suit if you forgot yours, or lost yours on a slide
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Another defunct area of WDW: Pleasure Island
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Who knows when or if Hyperion Wharf will rise from the ashes of this pleasure area, but until then, only empty buildings remain. But back in 1996:
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This Glam Girl was hip to tell you all about the happening spots!
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Holy 80’s Batman!

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Next we will be treated to a brief overview of the main Resorts to be found all around Walt Disney World. So be sure to come back tomorrow at 6AM!
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Holiday Planner – Part Three

EPCOT
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The experimental prototype community of tomorrow is one of my favorite Parks! It’s always made me wonder why the Simpsons declared it the most boring. But then, what do you expect from fictional rude people?
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The word ‘EPCOT’ flew in from the bottom left to land on the passport
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Beautiful establishing shot of EPCOT
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3 anamatics of Test Track
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This anamatic only lasted about 10 seconds, but was a wonderful previsualization of the ride that was to become Test Track. Anytime we can get a peek behind the scenes of Imagineering is a real treat!
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So remember: Line up for parades 30 minutes early, not 2 hours!
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Couldn’t resist including this great shot of the Contemporary Resort

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Our next visit to WDW via the 1996 Holiday Planner video will introduce us to recreational opportunities and Pleasure Island. See you at 1PM.
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Holiday Planner – Part Two

The Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
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Each section of this video is introduced with a ‘title card’ of sorts. As you will see, a lot of the design style is more rooted in the 1980’s than 1996 when the video was released.
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Let’s begin with The Magic Kingdom:
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Somewhere between Mickey’s Birthdayland and Mickey’s Toon Town Fair
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Many of the attractions in this video have changed over the years, with new ones coming and old ones leaving. This Land changed many times and then, just recently, vanished for all time to make way for the expanded Fantasyland.
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The dreaded Castle Float and Cake Castle
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The Castle Float started here, but has been reused in almost every WDW parade since. By simply changing the banner, or by adding some new trinket, the old Castle Float is ‘new’ again. And again. And again!
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The Cake Castle also has its detractors. I just wish I had have seen it for myself to judge whether it was really that bad.
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Hot Tips
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Each section has one or two Hot Tip cards, like this one. A Cast Member gives you interesting tips on the Park being covered, which are spelled out for you on the right of the screen. The most interesting tip here is to tour the Park in a clockwise direction. It probably would decrease congestion if we all did that!
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Great anamatic of the Tower of Terror
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You can’t have too many Hot Tips!

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So be sure to return tomorrow at 6AM as our 1996 tour continues with EPCOT.
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Holiday Planner – Part One

25 Years: Walt Disney World

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I found this old VHS copy of the 1996 WDW holiday planning video at a flea market a while back. It only runs about 25 minutes long, but is filled with cool features. These old Holiday Planners become snap shots in time of the Parks, and make great nostalgic viewing!
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Contents included, with the video, 2 advertisements
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Goofy makes ‘Hillbilly’ look good!
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This was one of the opening, or establishing, shots for the video. It was followed by a brief overview of what would be found during the rest of the program.
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The infamous Anniversary Cake Castle
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Huge Sorcerer Mickey in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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After these introductory images and remarks, the video was divided into sections: The Magic Kingdom; Disney Studios; EPCOT; Recreation; Pleasure Island; and Resorts.
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It concluded with a look at the other attractions that could be found in Orlando. ‘Return To Your Senses In Florida’ was the theme of this last portion.
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So get ready for the rest of this 6-part series commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World! We’ll post the series two a day until it concludes on Saturday.
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Big Al Patch

From Frontierland

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The Country Bear Jamboree is still alive and well at Walt Disney World, and I for one am grateful. I always take in the show during each and every visit to The Magic Kingdom!
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But whether you like the corny jokes and hokey singing or not, I’m almost certain that you get a kick out of Big Al:
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“There was… BLOOD  on the saddle… and …”
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D23 Member Exclusive
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Not sure how one goes about getting the other patches
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Each issue of D23 Magazine is sent to members with an exclusive gift inside. The patch above was my first one, and with the latest issue, I got a set of vintage Christmas cards.
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I also got this offer
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I’m sorry, but nearly $50.00 for a binder that holds 4 magazines seems a bit steep to me! It’s a great idea, but hard to justify financially.
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Another D23 Member Exclusive
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I’ve always thought that most of the special perks extended to D23 Members are for the rich among us, and this Limited Edition Cel Replica does nothing to dispel that thought at $995.00 US!
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Even if I had a thousand dollars to drop on a reproduction, I would be hard pressed to see the value in such a purchase. But I’m sure many will send in their orders!
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As for me, I’ll settle for my free patches and await my little surprise every 3 months.
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Cap It Off

Your Noggin
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It’s time for another look at a piece of merchandise that almost everyone who visits Walt Disney World buys before leaving. But usually the first day! A Hat. But not just any hat: A character hat; A Disney-themed baseball cap; Mickey Ears…
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There’s no end to the variations, but here are just three:
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A wink from Pluto
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This next hat is a baseball cap with the familiar ‘M’ and Mickey face logo. It is found on a complete line of clothes and merchandise:
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My wife has claimed this one
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Goofy’s Hat Company
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This next hat is a cloth cap that features Minnie Mouse in her original costume from the 1930’s, but without the pie-eye look:
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EPCOT flags from the World Showcase
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Canadian flag is most prominent
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I wonder if these caps were sold with each of the World Showcase countries having a version with their flag in the front. If so, then this one would have been purchased at the Canada Pavilion. I’m guessing it may have come from the time when EPCOT was known as the Epcot Center, or just slightly after the renaming.
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So my hat collection grows, and if I’m going to wear every one that I have, I’m going to have to grow an extra head… or two.
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CD Review: Music of Disney – Legacy in Song

I bought this amazing CD box set back in 1992. It features music from Disney milestones such as “Turkey in the Straw” from “Steamboat Willie”, and “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from “Three Little Pigs” to “Beauty and the Beast”, with animated movies, shorts, TV shows, live action movies, and even music from the theme parks represented.
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If that wasn’t enough, this set includes a terrific book focusing on each section.
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The play list, courtesy of Amazon:
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Disc: 1
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1. Turkey In the Straw: Steamboat Willie (1928) – Traditional
2. Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?: Three Little Pigs (1933) – Pinto Colvig/Mary Moder/Dorothy Compton/Billy Bletcher
3. Heigh-Ho: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) – The Dwarf Chorus
4. Whistle While You Work: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) – Adriana Caselotti
5. Someday My Prince Will come: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) – Adriana Caselotti
6. When You Wish Upon A Star: Pinocchio (1940) – Cliff Edwards
7. Give A Little Whistle: Pinocchio (1940) – Cliff Edwards/Dickie Jones
8. Dance Of The Reed Flutes: Fantasia (1940) – The Philadelphia Orch/Leopold Stokowski
9. Baby Mine: Dumbo (1941) – Betty Noyes
10. Love Is A Song: Bambi (1942) – Donald Novis
11. Little April Shower: Bambi (1942) – Amy Lou Barnes/Sally Mueller/Mary Moder/Alice Sizer/Betty Bruce
12. Saludos Amigos: Saludos Amigos (1943) – Disney Studio Chorus
13. You Belong To My Heart: The Three Caballeros (1944) – Dora Luz
14. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: Song Of The South (1946) – James Baskett
15. Ev’rybody Has A Laughing Place: Song Of The South (1946) – James Baskett/Jesse Cryor/Johnny Lee/Nicodemus Stewart
16. The Lord Is Good To Me: Melody Time (1946) – Dennis Day
17. Lavender Blue (Dilly, Dilly): So Dear To My Heart (1946) – Burl Ives
18. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes: Cinderella (1950) – Ilene Woods
19. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: Cinderella (1950) – Verna Felton/Ilene Woods/James McDonald
20. I’m Late: Alice In Wonderland (1951) – Bill Thompson/Kathryn Beaumont
21. The Unbirthday Song: Alice In Wonderland (1951) – Jerry Colonna/Ed Wynn/Kathryn Beaumont
22. The Second Star To The Right: Peter Pan (1953) – The Jud Conlon Chor
23. You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!: Peter Pan (1953) – Bobby Driscoll/Kathryn Beaumont/Paul Collins/Tommy Luske
24. Bella Notte: Lady And The Tramp (1955) – Bill Hamlin/Oliver Wallace
25. Once Upon A Dream: Sleeping Beauty (1959) – Mary Costa/Bill Shirley
26. Cruella De Vil: 101 Dalmatians (1961) – Bill Lee/Lisa Davis/Ben Wright
27. Higitus Figitus: The Sword In The Stone (1963) – Karl Swenson/Ricky Sorenson
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Disc: 2
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1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins (1964) – Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke/The Pearlie Chorus
2. A Spoonful Of Sugar: Mary Poppins (1964) – Julie Andrews
3. Chim Chim Cher-ee: Mary Poppins (1964) – Dick Van Dyke/Julie Andrews/Karen Dotrice/Matthew Garber
4. Winnie The Pooh: Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree (1966) – Disney Studio Chorus
5. The Bare Necessities: The Jungle Book (1967) – Phil Harris/Bruce Reitherman
6. I Wan’na Be Like You: The Jungle Book (1967) – Louis Prima/Phil Harris/Bruce Reitherman
7. The Aristocats: The Aristocats (1970) – Maurice Chavelier
8. Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat: The Aristocats (1970) – Phil Harris/Scatman Crothers/Thurl Ravenscroft/Liz English
9. The Age Of Not Believing: Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) – Angela Landsbury
10. Nobody’s Problems: Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) – Angela Landsbury
11. Oo-De-Lally: Robin Hood (1973) – Roger Miller
12. Someone’s Waiting For You: The Rescuers (1977) – Shelby Flint
13. Candle On The Water: Pete’s Dragon (1977) – Helen Reddy
14. Best Of Friends: The Fox And The Hound (1981) – Pearl Bailey
15. Perfect Isn’t Easy: Oliver & Company (1988) – Bette Midler
16. Part Of Your World: The Little Mermaid (1989) – Jodi Benson
17. Under The Sea: The Little Mermaid (1989) – Samuel E. Wright
18. Kiss The Girl: The Little Mermaid (1989) – Samuel E. Wright
19. Be Our Guest: Beauty And The Beast (1991) – Jerry Orbach/Angela Landsbury
20. Beauty And The Beast: Beauty And The Beast (1991) – Angela Landsbury
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Disc: 3
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1. A Whale Of A Tale: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) – Kirk Douglas
2. Old Yeller: Old Yeller (1957) – Jerome Courtland
3. Pretty Irish Girl: Darby O’Gill And The Little People (1959) – Sean Connery
4. The Parent Trap: The Parent Trap (1961) – Tommy Sands/Annette Funicello
5. Castle In Spain: Babes In Toyland (1961) – Ray Bolger
6. Enjoy It: In Search Of The Castaways (1962) – Maurice Chevalier/Hayley Mills
7. On The Front Porch: Summer Magic (1963) – Burl Ives
8. The Monkey’s Uncle: The Monkey’s Uncle (1965) – Annette Funicello
9. That Darn Cat: That Darn Cat (1965) – Bobby Troup
10. Fortuosity: The Happiest Millionaire (1967) – Tommy Steele
11. Mickey Mouse Club March: The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) – The Mouseketeers
12. I’m No Fool: The Mickey Mouse Club (1956) – Cliff Edwards
13. You, The Human Animal: The Mickey Mouse Club (1956) – Cliff Edwards
14. Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater: The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) – The Mouseketeers/Jimmie Dodd
15. Wonderful World Of Color (Main Title): Walt Disney’s Wonderful World Of Color (1961) – The Wellingtons
16. The Spectrum Song: Walt Disney’s Wonderful World Of Color (1961) – Paul Frees
17. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett: Davy Crockett (1955) – The Mellomen
18. The Swamp Fox: The Swamp Fox (1959) – Leslie Nielsen
19. The Wonderful World Of Disney (Main Tittle): The Wonderful World Of Disney (1968) – George Burns
20. Zorro: Zorro (1957) – The Mellomen
21. Strummin’ Song: Walt Disney’s Wonderful World Of Color (1961) – Annette Funicello
22. Mister Piano Man: The Golden Horseshoe Review (1962) – Annette Funicello
23. Duck Tales Theme: Duck Tales (1990) – Jeff Pescetto
24. Tale Spin Theme: Tail Spin (1990) – Jim Gilstrap
25. Meet Me Down On Main Street: Disneyland (1956) – The Mellomen
26. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room: Disneyland (1963) – Wally Boag/Fulton Burley/Thurl Ravenscroft/The Mellomen
27. It’s A Small World (After All): New York World’s Fair (1964) – The Disneyland Chorus
28. Yo, Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me): Disneyland (1967) – The Mellomen
29. There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: New York World’s Fair (1964) – Rex Allen
30. Golden Dream: EPCOT Center (1982) – Richard Page/Marti McCall
31. Main Street Electrical Parade: Disneyland (1979) – Jean Jacques Perrey/Gershon Kingsley
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My next post will showcase a character I rediscovered via this box set.
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Disneyland Monorail Watch

Please stand clear of the doors
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From the Highway in the Sky to the watch on your wrist, along comes a once-in-a-lifetime find! I love it when something like this pops up when I’m not expecting it. I was at a junky flea market the other day, and in the back of a lonely display case, was this:
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Walt Disney Signature Series (?)
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Leatherette case
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Mint condition with plastic still on crystal and back
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The Disneyland Monorail Watch
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Genuine Leather band
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A trip through time and the Mark series of Monorails
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Monorails were around in the late 1800’s, but Disneyland didn’t get one until 1959 when Walt Disney decided to completely renovate Tomorrowland. So along with the Matterhorn and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea came North America’s first functioning Monorail system.
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Artwork created by a Disney Artist, but it doesn’t indicate which
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Hidden Mickey clasp
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I’ve both Googled and searched eBay for this watch without success. So I can’t, as yet, provide any more information about it.
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But what a find! For this Monorail enthusiast, this is the Holy Grail of watch finds. So far, I’ve left it in its original case and haven’t worn it. I’m saving that thrill for a special occasion!
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Now please be seated or hold onto the rails. This post will be leaving shortly for a tour around the Magic Kingdom… of Disleelandia!
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Grumpy, Name That Tune

I have a a fair amount of Grumpy Disneyana. The prize of my collection is an actual production drawing from Snow White by animator Bill Tytla. That will be spotlighted in the future.
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(In “the business”, we call that a “tease”.)
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This post is about this Grumpy Schmid musical figurine, from the 1990’s.
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What made me look at this more closely was a post by Lee from September 28th, 2011, entitled Grump Har-rumph! about a Schmid Grumpy figure in his collection.
As I’ve mentioned several times, what’s so great about this blog, is it prompts me to re-examine my collection.
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This Grumpy plays the song “Children’s Marching Song”.
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What song is that?
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I wind it up and hear what I know as “Knick, Knack, Paddy Whack”. Also known as “This Old Man”.
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Who knew? Apparently it was adapted for the 1958 film “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” by composer Malcom Arnold as “The Children’s Marching Song”, which led to hit singles for Cyril Stapleton and Mitch Miller.
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Disleelandia: Like Epcot, it’s edutainment!
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Split Personality Lunch Box

I love a majority of this 1980 metal lunchbox and thermos. It features wonderful graphics of classic characters enjoying classic rides at Walt Disney World.
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Is Donald standing up on the boat in Pirates of the Caribbean?
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Did Goofy fall out of his Jungle Cruise boat?
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Has Mickey abandoned his Doom Buggy in the Haunted Mansion?
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The top gets a little rough, with a lot of rust and a tape name tag, but you can still see that there was an incident on Space Mountain.
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Open it up, and interestingly, the thermos is not held in with a clip.
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It instead offers a diagram for proper thermos placement.
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Then, this lovely box takes an odd turn. It decides to advertise World on Ice.
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Now, I have nothing against World on Ice. It brings the Disney magic to many people’s hometowns. But, as a somewhat obsessive person, this throws me completely off, and as a kid, I would have had to pass if confronted with this as a lunch conveyance device.
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Luckily, it is displayed on a shelf, and the World on Ice side is hidden, and only brought out as a conversation piece. Okay, that has never actually happened, but if you are ever at my house, please feel free to bring it up.
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