Hello Dear Readers! Have you been to see Star Tours yet? Mermaid? Soundsational? Eaten at Tangaroa Terrace? My goodness, I can’t remember a time in recent Disneyland history that’s been so jam-packed with Disney of such first-rate quality. It just makes this girl beam with happiness. It certainly is refreshing and is definitely a reason to come to the Disneyland Resort.
Now, let’s get to today’s subjects, shall we?
Disney DVR Alert • Hot Potato • Father of the Year
• Green • Dressing The Part • D23 & Cars Cross Country
Ever wished your yard had the lush plantings of a Disney park, decorated with Disney panache? Well set your DVRs and get ready for inspiration. HGTV is launching My Yard Goes Disney and it’s all about adding that special touch of Disney magic to the home landscape:
In each episode of My Yard Goes Disney, lucky homeowners get a jaw-dropping makeover inspired by Disney Parks that's worthy of major family playtime. My Yard Goes Disney: Premieres Monday, June 6 at 8/7c
For more information visit this link. And while you’re perusing the HGTV site, don’t forget to enter the HGTV Disney Inspiration Vacation sweepstakes at this link — someone’s got to win that grand prize of a five days/four nights trip to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland, and I think it should be a MiceAge reader!
He’s been around since 1952. He originally cost $0.98, and came with hands, feet, ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and eight felt pieces resembling facial hair but alas, he did not come with a “body.” He’s been a star of three Pixar films. HE hangs out at Disney California Adventure. He’s also been a Rock star, a Fire Fighter, a Construction Worker, a ghost, Santa Claus, a Police Officer and among many other things, Darth Vader.
I guess by now you’ve figured out I’m talking about Mr. Potato Head that great, classic, childhood toy. Oh heck, what am I talking about, childhood? I’m way past that but I still have a soft spot for the old spud and I bet you do too. Tator-lovers rejoice, just down the road from Disneyland, the Discovery Science Center is celebrating all things Potato Head with their newly opened exhibit, The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head:
Don't miss The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head, a new interactive exhibit coming to Discovery Science Center May 28 through September 11. The fun begins with an awe-inspiring collection of Mr. Potato Head parts and accessories as well as an anthology to depict the character’s wild adventures. The much-loved Mr. Potato Head character will lead young visitors and parents on a number of fun and educational adventures. From trips to outer space to jungle safaris and archeological digs, each activity will provide children with engaging learning experiences.
The Discovery Science Center is located off the 5 freeway, just south of Disneyland at 2500 North Main Street in Santa Ana, CA For more information, call: 714-542-2823 or visit this link.
And while we’re talking spuds, I thought I’d throw this in ... Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver has a dandy & tasty recipe for French fries that, rather than being fried, are baked, making them just as delicious but healthier. The recipe’s pretty yummy (sorry Mr. Potato Head, but you know, potatoes are good eats!). You’ll find it here at this link.
I was perusing the Internet the other day and came across an Esquire article entitled Father of the Year, about John Lasseter. If you haven’t already, may I suggest you take a look-see? It’s a terrific read about John, who sounds like my kind of person — a grown-up who still possesses the inner child. He’s quite a guy and to my mind, in addition to all his great Pixar work, there’s no denying he’s done wonders bringing back magic to the Disneyland resort:
People are worried about the state of boys in America. For almost twenty years, though, John Lasseter and Pixar have been helping boys grow into good men. Everything is going to be fine.
My favorite quote from the article describes John as “Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3, without the abandonment issues.” You’ll find the complete Esquire article here at this link.
What is it Kermit sings, “It’s not easy bein’ green” ... the TreePeople would like to prove Kermit wrong and show you just how easy it actually is to be just that. This weekend they’re holding the first annual Green City Fair:
A day of fun, food, and activitie,s hosted by TreePeople and our favorite environmental guru, Ed Begley, Jr., and best of all — admission is free. The Green City Fair will provide you with the resources to make healthy, sustainable changes. Free sustainable workshops will be held throughout the day. The fair takes place Saturday, June 4th, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Coldwater Canyon Park at 12601 Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.
Please take note that if you plan to attend there will be a shuttle service to the event from two nearby parking lots as there is no parking at the event site. For more information about the fair and where to park, visit this link.
Here in the Disneyland area, we are blessed with some of the most amazing museums. One such museum is the Getty Center. You may recall in a past column I mentioned their Paris: Life and Luxury exhibit, and they’ve just opened another exhibit of note, Fashion in the Middle Ages. But that’s not what I want to tell you about. What I want you to know is related to those two exhibits, a free program the Getty is offering this coming Sunday entitled, Dressing the Part: Historical Costume in Film:
Two exhibitions at the Getty Museum offer glimpses of fashion from bygone eras: Paris: Life and Luxury evokes the rich material ambiance of Paris during the mid-18th century; and Fashion in the Middle Ages (opening May 31) reveals how manuscript illuminators depicted the dress of figures ranging from kings and popes to tradesmen and peasants.
This special program begins with an introduction to medieval and 18th-century fashion history by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell. Against this historical backdrop, designers James Acheson and Deborah Landis discuss how they create costumes for various historical periods in films. The designers describe the research and constraints involved in creating historical costume for the screen, and explain how the demands of film are frequently driven more by a sense of visual authenticity than historical accuracy.
Dressing The Part takes place at the Getty Center on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 at 3:00 PM in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Admission is free, but reservations for the program are recommended. Making a reservation is easy, just call 310-440-7300. The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, CA, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit this link.
Cars fan? D23 member? Live in either Chicago, San Francisco, or Washington DC? This one’s for you:
Ka-chow! D23 is thrilled to offer D23 Members the opportunity to see Cars 2 in eye-popping Disney Digital 3D the weekend the movie races into theaters. Members in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC are invited to bring a pal to see the high-octane sequel on Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 AM.
Tickets for the screenings will be available starting Tuesday, June 7th at 10: AM Pacific Standard Time. The cost is $10 for two people to attend. For more information, visit this link.
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