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This Day in Disney History

Hi everybody, it is good news that more and more things are opening up and everywhere is returning back to normal. It would be good to get back to having a normal routine without all these restrictions, but saying that does not mean I don’t have my own concerns about walking around with no masks on, especially when their still is so many different variants out there…

Today’s post is about what happened on This Day in Disney History, No matter who you are, young or old, you just can’t help but take Disney to your heart. It just becomes part of all our lives, which starts from a very young age. Eventually, you go on to enjoy it with your own family and get to relive it through your child’s eyes. Over the years they have released some spectacular films and amazing animations for you to enjoy, time and time again.

What Happened in Disney History?

1909:

Ken Darby was born in Hebron, Nebraska and is a man with many talents He was a lyricist, composer, vocal arranger, conductor, and Grammy Award-winner. Ken is best known for his works on Porgy and Bess, The King and I, and Flower Drum Song. Darby worked as a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios. In 1946 he was a choral and vocal director on one of Disney’s classic films the Song of the South and wrote music for some short movies like Casey at the Bat, Once Upon a Wintertime and The Brave Engineer.

1924:

Bernard E. McEveety is an American film and Tv director, he was born in New Rochelle, New York. His Disney film credits include One Little Indian, Napoleon and Samantha (directing Jodie Foster in her debut film), and Disneyland’s Donovan’s Kid. He is more known for his tv work in tv, McEveety directed 31 episodes of the classic series Combat as well as various tv episodes of Air Wolf, Knight Rider, The Incredible Hulk, The Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team and so much more…

1933

Disney’s popular cartoon character Mickey Mouse is in The Mail Pilot, which was directed by David Hand, is released. When Mickey and the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money, he must overcome some obstacles as he battle his way through rain, snow, and bandit Pete, who has a plane that is equipped with a harpoon cannon and a machine gun…

1935:

Animator, film director, screenwriter, and producer Burnett “Burny” Mattinson is born in San Francisco, California. His earliest credits go back to the 1955 Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, in which he was an “inbetweener” (It is Someone who draws pictures to fill up the keyframe). Burny has worked as an assistant on One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword and the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. He then went on to become a character animator on Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh, as well as a storyboard artist for The Rescuers. Burny also produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. In 1994 Mattinson was awarded the Winsor McCay Award, and in 2008 he was also awarded the Disney Legends Award.

1939:

Born in Brooklyn, New York on this day was Hollywood Actor and producer Harvey Keitel. To his credits, he has Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax films amongst others to his repertoire, which include Sister Act, National Treasure, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

1942:

Disney’s animated feature film Pinocchio is about a wooden boy, who wants to be a real boy was released in Switzerland.

1949:

A Dixieland Jazz band consists of the Firehouse Five Plus Two, which is made up of Disney Studio employees, started recording their very first album. The recording session takes place at Radio Engineers famous Studio B, in Hollywood, California with engineer Lowell Frank at the controls.

1971:

A man with so much flair and unbelievable talent is singer-songwriter Elton John who visited Disneyland for the very first time during his second U.S tour. He is to also perform across the way at the neighbouring Anaheim Convention Centre the following day.

1979:

Walt Disney’s wonderful world of colour aired the episode “Sky Trap,” which was directed by Jerome Courtland. A plane carrying a cargo of illegal narcotics crashes and leads to the disappearance of an infamous drug smuggler called “The Hawk.”

1993:

Debby Ryan is an actress and singer and was born in Huntsville, Alabama, she is best known for her role on Disney Channels Original Series the Suite Life on Deck. She then went onto play a nanny on another Disney Original Series Jessie between 2011-2015. Her other television credits include Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Austin & Ally, and Girl Meets World. Her movie credits include 16 Wishes, The Suite Life Movie, the live-action Muppets Most Wanted and the animated Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings as the voice of Spike.

1997:

London’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered at the Dominion Theatre…

2000:

Original Disney Channel Movie Miracle in Lane Two, featuring Frankie Muniz and Patrick Levis (Who will win the Young Artist Award for his performance), aired

2001:

The Wonderful World of Disney aired one of the world’s most famous and iconic Child Stars of its time. Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story.

2002:

Walt Disney World no longer allows its guests to bring water coolers into the water parks, for security reasons.

2005:

The Herbie VW Volkswagen goes on Tour in the US, to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the release of Herbie: Fully Loaded, it begins at Santa Monica Pier in California and stops over at a dozen states.

2008:

Kerry Butler who is currently the star of Broadways Xanadu releases her debut album called Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, it features 12 Disney tracks, (Butler has also played the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway). On the same day she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a leading actress in a musical.

Disney press publishes Camp Rock: The Junior Novel by Lucy Ruggles, the novel is based on the Disney Channel movie.

2009:

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival starts off with its newest Disney Pixar 3D movie Up.

Theatre, film and television actor, Frank Aletter passes away aged 83 in California. His Disney films include A Tiger Walks, Now You See Him, Now You Don’t and Run, Cougar, Run.

2010:

Disney and ABC Television Group receives a whopping 59 nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy* Awards, was announced live from New York City.  Among the nominations are 4 for Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and 4 for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

2012:

Desperate Housewife’s final episode “Finishing the Hat” aired on ABC. It was promoted as Kiss Them Goodbye; this was the end of season 8 and their final season of the award-winning series.

2021:

Disneyland begins to offer its cast members, who are both furloughed, along with their families, the single-shot Johnson and Johnson or the two-shot Pfizer vaccination (which is due to the current situation of the pandemic). The vaccine clinic is being offered at the Disneyland hotel through May and June.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you all next week.

Nature’s Way

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying getting out and about. Make the most of everyday and each other, show the ones you love that you care, Enjoy nature at its finest, and keep its beauty everlasting.

I found this beautiful poem that i thought I must share with you all

Upon a nice mid-spring day,
Let’s take a look at Nature’s way.
Breathe the scent of nice fresh air,
Feel the breeze within your hair.

The grass will poke between your toes,
Smell the flowers with your nose.
Clouds form shapes within the skies,
And light will glisten from your eyes.

Hear the buzzing of the bees,
Climb the tallest willow trees.
Look across the meadow way,
And you shall see a young deer play.

Pick the daisies as they grow,
Watch a gentle cold stream flow.
Know the sounds of water splash,
Catch its glimmer in a flash.

When altogether all seems sound,
Lay yourself upon the ground.
Take a moment to inhale,
And listen to Nature tell her tale…

By Heidi Campbell

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy life, family, pets nature and so much more. See you next week!

Beautiful Forests Around The World

This week’s blog is about the beautiful forests around the world, that look so peaceful and serene and most of all very inviting, a place to go to escape from all the stress. I don’t know about you, but it is sometimes good to get away from all the electronics, so you can switch off and focus on what is important to you, not only for yourself, but to re-connect with your family, as well as nature. We have all had it hard for the past year, and taking time out for loved ones, is more crucial than ever.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, as one of the most beautifullest of settings, I think that was why it became the inspiration for the movie Avatar, with its deep ravines, subtropical forest and along with its towering sandstone buttes. This gives you the impression of a magical place that can hypnotise you into forgetting about everything outside of its bubble.  This peaceful and mesmerizing place is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Wulingyuan District of South-Central China’s Hunan Province, which is home to some rare species like the ginkgo biloba tree that is also known by ginkgo or gingko, along with some unusual primates and birds. This park offers some beautiful and thrilling ways to explore its landscape, including its glass walkway and cable cars that gets you up close and personal too the beauty of its forest offering you a bird’s eye view. This is an absolute must for an avid photographer with its out of this world scenery.

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

The majestic Daintree Rainforest is thought to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world by being around 135 million years old. It is protected by UNESCO and it is home to a vast amount of rare and threatened plants and animal species, which includes these types of plants that are rare, endangered, and exotic the blue tassel fern, Coopers Creek Walnut, the Rare Russell River Lime. The animals included are the Spotted Tiger Quoll, Musky Rat-Kangaroo, and Southern Cassowary. A prehistoric predator, called the saltwater crocodile can also be found lurking in the rivers and creeks. If you go up to, he forests Discovery Centre’s walkway it allows you to get high up in the trees, after dark a guided walk is a great time to see the forest come alive at night. Daintree is the world’s most stunning of rainforest and is worth a visit.

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont, USA

Green Mountain National Park as a stunningly picturesque setting, with its beautiful mountain backdrop, and below it is surrounded by its native sugar maple trees to add to its effect. The forest is scenic all through the year, but especially around autumn time which brings out an array of colours, red, orange and gold, making it look so majestic, it gives you a perfect place to go, no matter what time of year. The Green Mountain’s in central and southwest of Vermont, which is good for its many hiking trails, perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and gives you a panoramic view at the top of the mountain.

Otzarreta Forest, Spain

The Otzarreta Forest can be found in the northern part of Spain’s Gorbea Natural Park and is well-known to its Basque mountaineers. The forest is surrounded by beechwood trees, and its settings offer many stories in Basque mythology, making it quite romantic. Gorbea Natural Park is in the Basque Country and is known for its tenuous forests, such as Hayedo de Otzarreta. It is said to be especially charming in autumn and is an absolute must place to stop at, for any thrill seeker that loves an exciting adventure.

The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest spans over eight South American countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, making it undoubtedly the most famous rainforest that contains a small part of the planet’s known species that spans its 1.4 billion acres of tropical forest and winding river that covers over 4,100 miles. The Amazon contains several million species of different insects, birds, plants, with many still unrecorded. The main wildlife includes animals such as jaguars, tapirs, capybaras, manatees, and other rodents, and several types of monkeys. The Amazon Rainforest looks so serene, but it is at risk, not only with the climate changes but also with it being destroyed, as the forest as over the years decreased in size to what it once was.

Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Thailand

The Pom Khlong Song Nam means “two-water canal” and is a wondrous of wonders. It as spectacular mangrove trees with luminous fluorescent blue water, a colour that only happens when the seawater comes together with freshwater at certain points of the cycle of the tide. The Umbra Forest green area is Gargano, which is home to trees like oaks, holm oak, and beech. This is a place for you to study and learn about all the plants growing both in and out of water and soil, and the stream is as clear as glass. Its visitors can take a nature walk and take in all its beauty.  It is an enchanting and mythical place to visit for the adventurous wonderer.

Tongass National Forest, Alaska, USA

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is approximately 17 million acres making it the largest national forest in America, encompassing the majority of the Alaska Panhandle in southeast Alaska. and is home to some of the country’s picturesque natural beauty with a selection of diverse and unique wildlife, Tongass consists of some of the largest bears’, wolves, mountain goats, black tailed deer, bald eagles’, beavers, fish, humpback whale. orca whales, and otters, and it as one of the best coastal towns in America. This National Forest is both big and beautiful and worth a visit.

Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a very enticing and alluring place that is tucked against the edges of the Tibetan Plateau and is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and world biosphere reserve. There is no mistaking that it is undeniably beautiful with its magnificent blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, snow covered peaks, unique wildlife, and forests, it can be found in the Min Shan mountain, making it a perfect excursion break to enjoy, as well as getting to know its nature and wildlife.  it is also home to both endangered plants and animal species which includes the giant panda, the Sichuan takin, Sichuan golden monkey, and 220 bird species, along with numerous orchids and rhododendrons. This place is so much more than its Jiuzhaigou Valley, it is also home to nine Tibetan Villages.

Nuuksio National Park, Espoo, Finland

Nuuksio Natural Park is just outside of Helsinki the capital of Finland, but it’s not to near that it takes away the very essence of the place that captures its beauty, a place where you can go to and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and escape into its wild settings and enjoy the beautiful Finnish scenery, with its rugged crags, green forests, and blue lakes. Pack your backpack for a picnic or campout to create a memorable experience for you, your friends and family, giving you a memorable day, so you can explore its heartlands, and enjoy discovering its wildlife. Nearby is Haltia The Finnish Nature Centre shows you the best of Finland’s natural treasures from across the country. There is a selection of trails you can take that are signposted throughout. This National Park offers a wide range of animals such as the herbivore moose, lynx, Siberian flying squirrel, nocturnal mammals and so much more.

Glen Affric, Scotland

Glen Affric is a somewhere, that offers a place for you go to retreat and reflect, a place that is both peaceful, and calm, and it is there you can find your inner peace and be able to start to heal from the inside out. It as a stunningly majestic forest, that can be easily forgotten that it is in Scotland and not in Canada. With its glistening lochs, snow-topped mountains, and dense forests with its native pinewoods. There will be times you may come across otters basking in its lake, red squirrels scurrying around their natural habitat as they leap between the trees, and you may even get a treat as the golden eagle comes soaring above as well as other wildlife animals like the roe deer, the midge, pine marten, pearl bordered fritillary, scotch argus, crested tit, black grouse, Scottish crossbill. Glen Affric is not short on hiking trails and inviting waterfalls, along with its jagged canyons one of many great examples of Scotland’s majestic wilderness and it is a great way to connect with nature.

Foresta Umbra, Italy

Foresta Umbra the “Forest of Shadows” it is an exquisite and enchanting place, that as a designated picnic area, and thickets of tall, epic trees. This is the last essence of Puglia’s ancient forests that is home to yews, beech, oaks, and Aleppo Pines trees, that is hidden in its hilly terrain, there are more than 65 million different types of orchids that have been discovered here, and the wildlife includes the likes of foxes, wild boar, the roe deer, mouflons, squirrels, woodpeckers, goshawk, the peregrine falcon, and an increasingly rare wild cat, and fallow deer. You will also find that walkers and mountain bikers will find exceptionally well-marked trails within the forest. The Umbra Forest has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017 and is situated in the heart of Gargano, which is in the province of Foggia, which makes it a perfect place for an exciting autumn break.

Mont Blanc Forest, France

Mount Blanc is Europe’s highest peak and is one of the most known destination for its winter and ski sports. But before we get to the summit, there is a lot of wonderful sites to see, from its captivating forest to its mountainous snow-covered peaks, that gives you an alluring backdrop. The forest is worth visiting and seeing its natural landscape at its best. When hikers come to Mont Blanc Forest, they like to know what kind of wildlife they might run into along the way, as wildlife is always so exciting to see, here is some of the animal species you will get to meet along the way are, an Ibex that is on a mountain cliff, Red foxes, Wild boars, European badger, weasels Alpine, Chamois, Red deer, Roe deer, Alpine marmots, and red squirrels. There are numerous plant species that are among the rare which is the beautiful Slipper Orchid, Aquilegia Alpina, and the Martagon Lily, this just gives you a mere insight into what the forest as to offer.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you back here next week!

8 Futuristic Museums

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping okay. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there, but I would like to especially welcome my own daughter to her very first Mother’s Day, as she became a mother herself this year to a beautiful baby boy, but my heart does break that I have not been able to see him or my daughter in person, I didn’t even get to see her through her pregnancy, but I am looking forward to the day that I can get to hug them without this pandemic hanging over our heads.

Anyways on with this week post. Today I am doing about futuristic museums that consists of contemporary art from around the world, this post involves everything that I love all wrapped nicely together, such as museums, art, all tied together by the beautiful and unusual architecture. I love going to museums, art galleries and have become such a fanatic where beautiful and extremely different architecture is concerned, it could be, where the artist in me comes out

8 Futuristic Museums of Contemporary Art around the World

Each museum is special in their own way, whether it’s through their architectural exterior or their unique Interior to even what they house, but whatever it is they are admired by many experts, and people alike, from all around the world. These stunning museums offer you both cultural and architectural experience. Gone are the everyday buildings and now you have the more up to date museums that are more advanced than the run of the mill ones. I am not knocking the older ones as if it were not for them I would not of got my thirst for art and its history..

Famous architects of our generation come out to compete, so they can get to design futuristic architects and standout one of a kind architecture museum, from the likes of Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Nouvel, MVRDV, Santiago Calatrava, these are just a few of the names that had contributed to bringing you out of this world architecture.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Niterói Contemporary Museum is in the city of Niterói and has stunning views that look across Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. There is a wide access area that takes you up into the lobby of the museum and into the Hall of Expositions and has a capacity for sixty people to be in there at one time, whilst in there why not explore the works of art by Jorge Duarte, Lygia Clark, and so many more. There are two doors that lead to the viewing gallery, where you can see the Guanabara Bay. The design of this structure has a futuristic feat which was designed by none other than their very own Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This building was designed in the shape of a saucer that is likened to a UFO and is set on the cliffside overlooking the Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. that gives it a more stunning look.

Louvre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Louvre Museum is designed by Jean Nouvel, features a stainless-steel aluminium dome that is surrounded by water. giving it an idyllic setting on the island of Saadivat and is inspired by the Arab architectural culture designed as “a city museum on the sea” that includes 50 buildings. When the sun beams down onto the dome, light beams through the dome in the form of a star shaped pattern. This took eight years to construct and is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. The Louvre Abu Dhabi promotes the Western art spread throughout 23 galleries that are either owned by or on loan to the UAE that includes an 1877 self-portrait of Van Gogh, Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps on a white horse, 1877 Monet’s painting of the Saint-Lazare railroad station, and 1922 Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black.

Comic and Animation Museum, Hangzhou, China

When you first look at the museum it looks like a cluster of oversized eggs that is speckled in red, but it is so much more to what it appears to be, it is a fitting masterpiece, for housing the Comic and Animation Museum. This was designed to represent speech bubbles for its eight interconnected parts which fulfils every comic book lovers’ fantasy. Children’s comics have grown to be a more sophisticated art form, and this is every artist dream as everyone tries to compete to be the best and more artistic, in bringing their work to life. Each speech bubble has a specific entrance; education, cinemas/theatre, a massive comic book library, and an interactive exhibition area. This museum was created by MVRDV.

Museum of the Future, Dubai, UAE

This museum is adding a unique architectural structure to the Dubai skyline that was designed by architect Shaun Killa as it has now joined the ranks of the likes of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Frame with its seven floors of exhibitions, that as a calligraphy style steel frame. This museum takes it to a whole other level as parts of this building was created by robots, which gives you an insight into what the future will look like. Visitors will get to experience the technologies from the future and get a glance at what will be the next big technology of the 21st century. This museum explores the future of science and technology.

Museu do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu do Amanha or the “Museum of Tomorrow” is a magnificent and captivating architecture and is one that entices you to come and have a look around its beautiful structure was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated at the far side of the Praça Maua’ near the harbour. This museum is a cultural place housing exhibition that addresses the future of the planet. Its unusual architectural design with a cantilevering roof gives you the impression of wings on either end, but it is influenced by the local Brazilian culture along with Calatrava’s reference point, which is the biology of birds. The museum gives you panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Sao Bento Monastery. This museum is over two levels while retaining as much space as possible and houses’ both short-term and long-term exhibits, with the permanent being on the upper floor.

National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

The National Museum was designed by Jean Nouvel resembles a bunch of flying saucers that as crashed to the ground all in the same spot, they are made up of interlocking discs, that offers its international visitors a look into its dialogue of rapid change and modernization. Its visitors have been at the heart and centre of this museums’ vision and its development. Everyone who visits the National Museum of Qatar are given an all-round and captivating experience, it doesn’t matter what age you are, the experience is still the same, delving into knowledge of their nation’s history and its people. The story will unfold across eleven compelling galleries as it tells their stories.

Soumaya Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

The Soumaya Museum was created by architectural firm FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) which is now one of Mexico City’s most striking landmark, with a magnificent eclectic collection of nearly 70,000 objects ranging from the 15th to the mid-20th century that is housed over its nine floors. A skin of 16,000 hexagonal tiles of mirrored steel, that reference the colonial ceramic tiled structure, which gives the museum its diverse appearance. Soumaya was designed by Fernando Romero an architect that is renowned for his stunning designs. This museum contains exhibition spaces, a library, a bookshop, storage areas, offices, a café/restaurant, and a 320-seat auditorium. All spaces that are dedicated to the public will be connected by a spiral ramp which begins as soon as you enter the lobby that goes all the way up to the open floor gallery which sees daylight coming through. The collection consists of European old masters, Auguste Rodin and European sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries, Mesoamerican art, 19th century Mexican portrait painting, Mexican art of the 20th century, and Impressionism and avant-garde art, there is also, miniature jewellery, coins. Including notable works from the likes of Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the list is endless

Coming Soon…

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, US

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was founded by Philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson.  The Lucas museum will inspire all generation through its Universal Visual storytelling. This museum when completed is scheduled to open in 2023 which will present itself in exhibitions that will bring visual storytelling to its fullest richness and complexity. It will give you learning opportunities and will enable all ages to explore diverse forms of narrative art. This is designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and is under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. This museum will feature galleries that will showcase the 10,000-piece collection of George Lucas’ memorabilia, which will include The Star Wars Franchise and it will also have state of the art cinematic theatre’s,

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and enjoy the rest of your day and have a good weekend. See you next week.