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As you may know, a few months ago, my husband and I moved to a new apartment. The apartment we live in now is much bigger than the old one, ...

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The Disney Gifts That I Received.

Well, I promised that I would make a post about all of the Disney gifts that I received for Christmas, so let's get started.

Well, you already know about my Disney Hallmark figure, so I will not write about them here.


Above you can see that I received Frozen Uno, from my cousin, and there is a slip of paper inside that says she owes me one Disney shirt of my choosing. Mum gave me the Mickey Mouse PEZ dispenser, and Cinderella and Aurora, which came from Kinder Surprises. My sister gave me the snowglobe and little rubber Randal thing.



My friend Michelle gave my husband and I a calendar each. Aren't they cute?



My aunt gave me a JB Hifi giftcard, so I went and bought the above DVDs with it!

I would love to see what others received for Christmas!

Becky.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Disney Hallmark Decorations

Well, Christmas is over now, and I promised that I would share some posts about the Disney gifts that I received.

We will start with these!


I had wanted these Disney Hallmark decorations as soon as I found out about them, but being $20 each, and right before Christmas, I couldn't afford them. 

My sister knew how much I wanted them though, and also knew that my favourite design was Goofy, so she got him for me for Christmas!!!

Right after Christmas I tried to find the others, but I could not at my local Coles. The Coles where my mum works didn't have any left either. But, my sister managed to find me one at her local Coles, and bought Donald for me : )

One day I would love to complete the set of five, but for now I am pretty happy with what I have!

In the next post, I will show you the rest of the Disney gifts I received!!!

Becky.

Friday, 26 December 2014

Merry Christmas!!!



Merry Christmas everybody! I hope that everyone has had/will have an amazing day surrounded by loved ones, and Disney : )

Yesterday, which was Christmas Day in Australia, I went to my parents house for the day. We ate a lot of food, and when everyone had arrived, we opened our gifts. It was a lot of fun, and everyone was happy.

I did receive a few Disney gifts, which I will share with you a little later. But, everything that I received was very much appreciated. Though, it was the time with my family, with no stress and no worry, that I really enjoyed.

Today is Boxing Day, and Luke and I are having some people over. Two of these people have been a part of my life for over eight years (and for Luke, even longer) so they are truly like family to me. I love seeing them at Christmas, and I am glad that even though they both have girlfriends now, they still decided to join us.

So, keep an eye out for a post showing you all of the gorgeous Disney goodies I received : )  

Becky.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Tokyo Disney Resort Sweets

While I was at Tokyo Disney Resort, I decided to buy some sweets, because I like sweet things, and I liked the tin and bag that they came in!


In Japan, as in many places in the world, it is customary to purchase souvenirs for friends, family and even co-workers when you go on a trip. In Japan, the easiest way to purchase a nice souvenir for people, that usually doesn't cost too much money (as you often have to buy a lot of them) is to buy a food that can only be bought where you visited. A local speciality.

So, food intended for souvenirs often comes in gorgeous packaging, and generally will state where it was purchased either on the label, or the packaging itself. So, my chocolate tin actually states where it is from on the front, and so did the tag on the Minnie bag (and the individual wrapping on the candies too)!

By the way, the Japanese word for souvenir is お土産 (omiyage). 
The in the word is an honorific that is used in the Japanese language to demonstrate respect. You can see it at the beginning of many words!

お金 (okane) Money
お父さん (otousan) Father
お母さん (okaasan) Mother
お酒 (osake) Alcohol

So, don't forget to buy some お土産 for your friends and family when you go on holidays!!!

Becky!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Disney Fact Friday

It is time once again for Disney Fact Friday, so here we go!

Did you know that at Tokyo Disney Resort there is a CM dressed in a custodial uniform, who in fact does little mime acts to amuse crowds?

Here is a video of him, filmed and posted by 土本基子   Tsuchimoto Motoko !


Becky!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Learn Japanese with Mickey and Friends!

A while back I posted that I was interested in creating a series of posts dedicated to teaching you all a little bit of Japanese, and today I would like to introduce you to the first post in Learn Japanese with Mickey and Friends!


You see, in Japanese there are a few different alphabets. 



  1. Romaji- this is used to write out Japanese words in the English alphabet. I will be using that here to help people who cannot read the other alphabets!
  2. Hiragana- this is the phonetic alphabet of Japanese writing. Technically, you can write pretty much everything in hiragana, but that will be very difficult to read, even for native Japanese.
  3. Katakana- this is the alphabet used for loan words, ie. words that have been adapted into Japanese from other languages. In regards to Disney, you will see these a lot!
  4. Kanji- this is the symbolic alphabet of Japanese, and the most complicated. There are over 2000 common kanji used by most native Japanese. Unlike hiragana, this is not a phonetic based alphabet.
Below you will find a hiragana and a katakana chart. Don't be put off by how complicated it looks! With practice, you will learn. And, if you are purely interested in learning how to speak Japanese, then I will be using romaji in my posts, so don't you worry!

Hiragana Chart- start from the right in the bold box, and read down.
Katakana Chart- start from the right, and read down.
So, how about I teach you a phrase that you will need a lot as a Disney fan!


私はディズニーが大好きです!
watashiwadizuni-gadaisukidesu!
I love Disney!


Let's look at the vocabulary used in this sentence!

私 (watashi) is the Japanese word for I. This sentence works just as well without this, because in Japanese, sentence meaning is determined through context.

は (wa) is the subject marking particle. This is used to show what the sentence is about (in this case, it is about "I", the person saying the sentence). Even though this is the hirigana for ha, when it is used as a particle, it is always pronounced wa!

ディズニー (dizuni-) is the Japanese way of writing Disney. This word is written in katakana, as it is borrowed from English (though remember that not all katakana is for words borrowed from English- it is for words borrowed from any language other than Japanese).

大好き(daisuki) means to really like, or love something. When you are expressing whether or not you like or dislike something, you place the particle が (ga) in between the thing that you like, and the word for like. A particle is something used in Japanese language that doesn't really have an English equivalent (though, some of the particles have actual meanings that can be translated. We will look at these a little bit later).


です (desu) often goes at the end of a sentence when you are talking politely, and is called a copula verb. It translates as it is. If you wish to sound polite as you talk, then you should put this at the end your sentence (though there are exceptions, like when your sentence ends with a verb. We will see this later). If you are talking with people you are very familiar with, then you may not need to be as polite, so it can be dropped, or replaced with another version of the copula verb.


So there you go! You can now tell people that you love Disney in Japanese! Good job!



Now, I want you to remember that I myself am not fluent, and am still learning. So, this is a good opportunity to share what I have learned, and to ensure that I remember it. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them, and if I cannot, then I will ask my tutor for you : )

Please, if you are interested in this segment, let me know if this format worked for you, or if you would prefer a different layout!

Next time, you will be learning how to introduce yourselves!

Becky!



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Darling Disney Duds

Well, hello there everyone! And welcome to Darling Disney Duds! Today, we will be looking at the Christmas 2014 Hong Kong Disneyland outfits of our favourite dogs, Goofy and Pluto!


Yuka's Disney Life, Tumblr

Goofy is dressed head to toe in very typical Christmas attire, isn't he? He is wearing a Santa hat, a snowflake jumper, and red pants. Of course, he is Goofy, so the pants have had a rip in them, and have had to be repaired!

I love the way Disney does Pluto's special outfits. He doesn't really wear clothes, so usually his seasonal outfits consist of a special hat, or a change to his collar. In this case, it is the latter. His collar tag looks very much like a home made Christmas ornament. It is a red circular tag, with his name and a cute border drawn on in white!

How much do you love these outfits!? 

And remember, click on the link in the caption to see the source! The owner has many wonderful Disney photos that I am sure you will enjoy!

Becky!

Monday, 15 December 2014

The 48th Anniversary of Walt Disney's Death

I know that we have only just celebrated the birthday of Walt Disney, but now it is the 48th anniversary of his death. So, I wanted to make a special post to commemorate this.



Walt Disney was only 65 when he died, of lung cancer, on the 15th of December, 1966. I can only imagine how the world must have reacted to the news. I am sure that many people, people he had never met, but still affected, mourned him.

He left an amazing legacy. People all over the world can quote his movies, can sing his songs, and I am sure that everyone has at least one character from a Disney movie that they absolutely adore.

I know that my life would be very different without Mickey Mouse and all of his friends. Whenever I am feeling anxious, depressed, ill, or I am in pain, Mickey always helps to put a smile on my face. What would be my happy place if I didn't have Disney?

And, let us not forget about all of the happy family memories of the Disney parks! I went when I was a child, with my family, and I went to the Tokyo Disney Resort with my husband this year, and I will always treasure the memories!

What is your favourite memory that surrounds Disney? Do you think that Walt would be proud of his legacy? Please, let me know!

Becky.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Disney Christmas Ornament

My mum popped by today to give me a random Christmas gift, so I made a quick video to show you all. I hope that you will enjoy it!



今日、私の母は私にクリスマスギフトを買いてくれました。私はとてもうれしかったです。
ディズニーオーナメントですね。
オーナメントの中にバッタチョコチップクーキーがあります!食べたい!

ベッキー。
Becky.

Scrump's Dizception Sunday

Well, due to being very busy this week with work and social obligations, I was unable to post on Disney Fact Friday. So, let us jump straight back into the usual routine with Scrump's Dizception Sunday!

I am sure that many of you have seen Finding Nemo. Well, there are a few appearances in Finding Nemo that you may have missed. Especially the following, if you don't like sitting through the credits!


What is he doing there?

Becky!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Disney Drawings

Lately I have been practising drawing Disney characters, and I think that I am starting to get decent at it!

Here is my drawing of Stitch!


Becky.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My Disney Merchandise: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Bottle Holder

Hello everyone!

I have decided to make a video series showcasing my Disney merchandise! Some of the videos will feature only one item, and some more, depending on what I believe would be best!

So, here we go!

Today's video is about the bottle holder that I bought at Tokyo DisneySea, during the Disney Resort's 30th anniversary!



The reason I have decided to only showcase one (or a few) items per video is so that they aren't too long. I think that maybe shorter videos may be more interesting to some people : )

Becky!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Darling Disney Duds Introduction

Hello everyone! I am sure that there are people out there that love the different outfits of Disney characters just as much as I do, so I have decided to start a new segment called Darling Disney Duds.

Here, I will showcase all sorts of different Disney outfits, whether they be from the movies, cartoons or even at the parks!

Unfortunately, I cannot access the parks, as I am Australian (next trip to TDR in 2016- I can't wait). So, I will be using photos that other people have taken, and then link you to the source. That way, maybe you can even make some new Disney friends! Just click the photo caption!

Since I was there during this celebration, perhaps I will start with the TDR 30th anniversary outfits of the two cutest couples!


Click here for photo source!

So, as you can see, their outfits were almost completely gold, with some silver and red accents!

Mickey Mouse wore a dashing gold suit, with red vest and silver bow tie, and of course his gorgeous top hat!

Minnie Mouse wore a dress that greatly resembled her common red polka dot dress, only the dress itself is gold, and the polka dots are silver, with a red waist band. Her bow matches the dress quite beautifully.

Donald, still in his sailor inspired attire, wears a gold shirt with silver stripes and red bow, and a gold sailor hat, with red and silver around the rim.

Daisy can be seen wearing a gold dress herself, quite ruffled around the bottom, underneath her red band.The dress is accented with silver patterns, with ruffles on the sleeves. Like Minnie, her bow matches her dress perfectly.

I think that these outfits were beautifully designed, and elegant enough to help celebrate such a huge milestone for Tokyo Disney Resort. 

I got to see Mickey out and about wearing this outfit, but unfortunately the line to meet him was over three hours long! 

Becky.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Minnie Mouse at Tokyo Disney

During my trip to Tokyo Disney in February this year, Luke and I met a lot of characters, one of which was Minnie Mouse. 

We met her at her Tokyo DisneySea meeting point, in the Lost River Delta, so this is the outfit that she wears there! I think she looks very cute!




While there, I was wearing my Disneyland 40th jumper under my ski jacket, so I decided to unzip that (and it was cold, so that was a demonstration of my love for Disney), to show Minnie and her attendant. They both really liked it!

If you would like, please show me your photos with Minnie Mouse in the comments section!

この写真は私とルークがミニーマウスを会いました。ミニーはとてもかわいいですね。ディズニーシーに会いました。

私はあなたのミニーマウスの写真を見たいですよ!
ベッキー。

Becky.

Scrump's Dizception Sunday

We are going back to Lilo and Stitch today!

If you look closely in Lilo's bedroom (which is really adorable by the way), you may notice someone familiar!



Becky.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Walt Disney

Well, yesterday was Walt Disney's birthday. He was born on the 5th of December in 1901! This year marks his 113th birthday.



Now, I wish to invite you to imagine a world without Walt Disney. What would our childhoods have been like without his movies? Without his characters? Without his parks? Without his belief that anything could happen? I cannot even imagine it!

Walt Disney inspired millions of people, young and old, all over the world. He encouraged their imaginations. He encouraged their curiosity. He encouraged their sense of wonder. And, he encouraged them to chase their dreams. 


So, instead of writing out facts about Walt's life today (which many of you probably already know), I want to encourage you to follow your dreams, just as Walt did. And remember, you can start with the most humble of beginnings, but that does not mean that you cannot achieve amazing things! That is a lesson I definitely learned from Walt Disney.

Happy birthday Mr. Disney!
Becky.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Disney Fact Friday

Did you know that once, Walt Disney accidentaly kidnapped US president Richard Nixon?

Walt wanted to take him on the monorail, and did so, but the president's body guards were unable to get on. Technically, that constitutes kidnap.

Whoops!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

YouTube Channel- 土本基子   Tsuchimoto Motoko

I recently found another YouTube channel about Tokyo Disney Resort that I absolutely love! It is called 土本基子 Tsuchimoto Motoko

The videos on this channel are very interesting, and very cute! The lady who runs the channel seems to visit  TDR frequently (man, I wish that I could too...) and, I have to say that she is very lovely! Even though my Japanese is no where near perfect, she has been maintaining a very nice conversation with me on Google+, which I really appreciate!!! Thank you!

Here is one of her videos, just so that you can get an idea of the sort of thing she posts : ) 




Please enjoy, and if you like the video, please, consider subscribing to her!!!

土本基子さんありがとうございます!私はあなたのチャネルが大好きですよ!

ベッキー。
Becky.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Kingdom Hearts 2.5

Today I was finally able to pick up my Kingdom Hearts 2.5 preorder! YAY!!!



Kingdom Hearts is my favourite video game series, because I love Disney so much! 

Because I love it so much, I ordered the limited edition, which came with a really nice official Disney collectors pin, never before released! That is very exciting for me, as I now have my first Disney pin. Getting them in Australia is quite expensive, because of shipping mostly.


And, while I was picking up the game, I decided to buy myself a glow in the dark Olaf POP vinyl figure. I am looking forward to seeing that working later, when it is a little darker.

I have already played a little bit of Birth by Sleep, and I have to say that the HD update is very nice. Being able to play it on my TV rather than my PSP is definitely a bonus.

Becky.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Disney Frozen Candy Collection Egg

Hey everybody! The other day, I bought a Frozen Candy Collection Egg, because I was really curious about it!


Becky!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Have a Merry Disney Christmas

Well, as it is the 1st of December, I thought that I would share with you some of my new Christmas Disney merchandise that I intend to use for decorating (and in the next few days, maybe I will show you all my Christmas tree).


Here we have a Mickey Mouse plushie, dressed up like Santa Claus, and Minnie Mouse dressed as a snowman! Tomorrow I plan on buying one of Donald Duck dressed as a Christmas tree, because why wouldn't I?

One of the reasons I decided to buy these plushies was as a reward for myself, for getting a 90 out of 100 for my essay on Kingdom Hearts! If I do well at uni, I tend to reward myself with Disney.

The Disney Princess advent calendar was purchased for me by my mum. Every year she buys my siblings and I a calendar each. Unfortunately it does not have my favourite Princess on it (Belle), but oh well. I still really like it!

Are you guys planning on incorporating some Disney magic into your holiday season? Please, let me know!!!

Becky.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Scrump's Dizception Sunday

Well, why don't we take a little look at Jim Hawkins' room in Treasure Planet, for just a moment?



What is that there? On his shelf? Could that be our favourite blue alien? I think so!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

New Fan Magazines

Well, on Monday my new Disney Fan Magazines arrived. I was at work though, so I had to pick them up on Tuesday, but that is OK : ) It took just over a week for them to arrive after they shipped them, and there was just two weeks between me ordering them, and them arriving. YesAsia so far has not disappointed me!



I am very excited about the Disney Wedding Guidebook. I bet that it is really nice. When I have opened it, and had time to try to read as much of it as I can, I will write a little bit about what it is like, in case anyone else is considering buying one too : )

I am already married, but I absolutely love the Disney Wedding segment in the magazines themselves, so I decided to buy the book! There are a few others I want to get. I am thinking with my next order I will get the Unibearsity book!

Becky.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Disney Fact Friday

Did you know that in the short cartoon 'Get a Horse' (which was played before Frozen in cinemas), Mickey Mouse was 100% voiced by Walt Disney?


The WDAS staff went through all of the cartoons where Mickey was voiced by Walt, and gathered all of the dialogue they needed from there. The only word that they couldn't find was 'red', so they took the sounds needed for the word from other words that Walt voiced.

Perhaps not a big deal for a lot of people, but for big Disney fans, that is really exciting!

Becky.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Cinderella Live Action Movie Trailer

Hello everyone!

I am a little ashamed to say that sometimes Disney news travels slowly in Australia. Especially when you haven't had a lot of access to your computer.

So, it may be a little late, but for anyone interested in watching it, find below the trailer for Disney's live action Cinderella, to be released in 2015.


Becky.

Scrump's Dizception Sunday

We are back for another round of Dizception Sunday!

Today, let's look at a more recent example of Dizception, from Frozen.

Just before Elsa's coronation, when the gates to the castle are opened, we see Anna run past two very familiar looking people!


This has actually sparked a great deal of theorising in the world of Disney fandom. Are Frozen and Tangled intertwined somehow?

Many people say that Elsa and Anna's parents were on the way to Rapunzel and Flynn's wedding when they were killed at sea. Some even like to believe that when they were shipwrecked, their parents managed to survive, with their newborn, as Tarzan's human parents.

Rapunzel and Flynn's appearance could just be a fun little easter egg though. So, believe what you will, and have fun!

Beck.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Disney Fact Friday

Did you know that Dorritos were invented at Disneyland using left over tortilla chips?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Well everybody, today is the 86th birthday of Mickey Mouse, one of the most beloved cartoon characters ever created!

Walt Disney had just lost the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which was very upsetting to him. But, more than that, if he wanted to keep his company going, he needed another character. He came up with Mickey Mouse on a train, with his wife. Originally titled Mortimer Mouse, Lillian Disney suggested that Mortimer was a bit too snooty, and Mickey came to be.

Mickey debuted on the 18th of November, 1928, in 'Steamboat Willie', so this date is his birthday. 


Steamboat Willie was the first animation with integrated sound, and in fact was not Mickey's first cartoon. Two other Mickey Mouse cartoons were created before this one, but Walt Disney delayed them when he learned about integrated sound technology. So, these two other cartoons were actually
 released to the public after Steamboat Willie.


So, if you would please join me in wishing Mickey a happy birthday...

One...

Two...

Three...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY MOUSE!!!

Becky.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Scrump's Dizception Sunday

Welcome to a new post, Scrump's Dizception Sunday. Here I will share with you Disney references that I have found in other Disney movies (because, even Disney loves Disney!).

It is only fitting that the first post here be from Lilo and Stitch.

There are several Disney nods in Lilo and Stitch. But, for today, I will show you this one!



Do you see it? On the postcard stand, there is a postcard that says 'Orlando' on it, with a picture of a castle! That can only be a postcard for Walt Disney World!

Oh, I found the picture to use on a website dedicated to finding Hidden Mickey's and other Hidden Disney things. Check them out if you are interested!

Becky.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Disney Fact Friday

Did you know that Walt Disney designed the rubbish bin with a flap because he did not want rubbish to be visible at Disneyland?


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Disney Fan Magazine

My most recent Disney Fan order
The Disney Fan Magazine is a Japanese magazine dedicated to all things Disney, and has been in print since the early 90's. This magazine contains information about Tokyo Disney Resort, the overseas parks, Disney history and films as well.

The magazine also reveals new shows, menus, attraction and goods too! Very often this magazine comes with a poster and postcards to pull out. Sometimes it also comes with stickers, pull out maps and guide books.

Sometimes there will be special guide books released by Disney Fan, such as the Disney Wedding guide book (which I have finally ordered, and which should be arriving in two weeks-perhaps I can do a post about it), the Fun with Kids guide book, yearly guide books to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, and so on.

Disneyland and DisneySea Perfect Guide Books
This magazine is in Japanese of course, and aimed primarily at young women. I quite enjoy that it is a Disney magazine aimed at an older audience. All of the other Disney magazines I have come across have been written for kids, so aside from posters, there is little for me to gain by reading them.

The first Disney Fan magazine I bought was the January 2013 issue. I bought it from Kinokuniya in Sydney. I could barely understand any of the writing, but I still really enjoyed looking at it. The pages are, for the most part, glossy and full colour. The magazine is filled with gorgeous pictures!


When I was in Japan earlier this year, I bought another issue (a lot cheaper in Japan too), and since then, I have been buying them online! At the moment, I am buying them from YesAsia, as they do a good offer with free shipping! Check them out if you are interested in buying them too : )

When I look at these magazines, I feel so happy. They remind me of my honeymoon. And, if you are like me and are studying Japanese, these magazines are perfect for practice. When I bought my first one, I could barely read it. I am still no where near fluent, but I am understanding a lot more than I used to. Reading them keeps me motivated to keep trying!

Which has prompted me to consider doing a 'Learn Disney with Mickey and Friends' segment. So, if you are interested, please keep an eye out for that!

Becky.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Duffy Channel

I would like to tell you all a little bit about my favourite Disney YouTube channel, DuffyChannel.

Firstly, it is a very cute channel. The owners of the channel go to Tokyo Disney very often, so they often update their channel with amazing new videos. These videos cover everything from the shows, attractions, character greetings, seasonal decorations and more! Some of my favourite videos of theirs are probably the ones of the characters coming out to greet the guests in the mornings before the park opens. Those videos are always quite cute and fun to watch!

Now, I should tell you that a majority of their videos are in Japanese, as the owners are native Japanese speakers, and they are filming in the Japanese Disney parks. That being said, they do subtitle some of their videos in English, and even have an English version of their channel. They also have a sister channel, the ShellieMayChannel.

Please, check them out if you are interested! Even if you do not speak Japanese at all, I am sure that you will still be able to enjoy their videos! And, if you need a little more convincing, why don't you watch their wedding video!


Friday, 7 November 2014

Disney Fact Friday

Hey everyone, I have decided to create Disney Fact Friday. So, here we go!



Did you know that it took 32,000 bags of cement to do the initial construction for Disneyland?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Merry Christmas!


With Halloween over, Christmas is just around the corner. Yesterday, mum gave me the blue and pink pens in the photo (I bought the green one myself last year).

These pens are a lot of fun, because they are also stamps (the stamps look like the rubber figures on the top), and because they also contain bubble mixture in the shafts, so you can have some fun with that too!

Disney and Christmas just seem to go together, and at Christmas time I can post a photo of my Christmas tree, as it usually hosts a number of Disney characters!

Becky.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Expansions at Tokyo Disney Resort!

According to the amazing Disney website, D23.com, the Oriental Land Company (who owns the Tokyo Disney Resort), has announced plans to expand both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea!

Planned improvements include expanding Fantasyland to approximately double the size that it is now, adding a new themed Port at DisneySea, and adding new attractions, shops and restaurants. It seems that the Oriental Land Company is also keen on improving the overall atmosphere. To do this, they plan on addressing issues such as congestion and areas designed to protect guests from the heat or the cold (and trust me, it is cold in Japan in Winter)!

I am excited by this announcement I think. That means that when I go back in 2016, there will be new things to explore, and that is always exciting! Hopefully they will have the majority completed by the time I get there!

I will write a little bit about the history of Tokyo Disney Resort in a later post, for those who are interested!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Meeting Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disneyland

Meeting Mickey Mouse was definitely something that I had to do while I was at Tokyo Disney Resort, as I remember meeting him when I was a child. I came across a few chances to do so. For example, Mickey was standing at the entrance to Disney Sea in his 30th anniversary attire. But, the line to meet him was over three hours long.

Instead, we met Mickey the old fashioned way, in his house in Toon Town. We lined up to meet him when the line was only about 30 minutes long as the parade was happening at the time. So, in to Mickey's house we went. 

Mickey's House and Meet Mickey
 While we were lined up we were able to look at a lot of old Mickey Mouse memorabilia that had been set up in his home, sort of like a museum. That made the wait much shorter.

A vintage Mickey Mouse toy on display in his home
Then, just before we were to meet him, we ended up in Mickey's Movie Barn, a room with a big cinema screen in it. They were playing reviews of old Mickey cartoons, such as Steamboat Willie and Thru the Mirror. I filmed some of this.


We got to watch some others meet Mickey in front of us, and the children that were in front of us seemed so excited! It was fun to watch them. And then it was our turn.

I had my 30th anniversary Mickey Mouse plushie out so that he could be in the photo, and Mickey was very excited to see it. He kept pointing to it, and then himself! And, he hugged me, and Luke (though Luke was a little bit awkward, so I got most of the attention as I was obviously the one that wanted to be there). We had the photo taken, and then we were on our way.

Meeting Mickey Mouse was a fun experience!
It was an amazing time, and I am so glad that I got to experience it!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights

Tokyo at night is absolutely beautiful, and the same can also be said for Tokyo Disney Resort. Just because the sun has gone down does not mean that the fun must stop!

One sundown activity at Disneyland that is a must at least once is the Electrical Parade Dream Lights, which I believe is also in existence in America (though I am not sure if the floats are the same). Luckily for those who may not have the opportunity to see this, I was able to get a video of the whole thing!

About half an hour before the parade started, Luke and I went to find somewhere to view the parade. We found it at the end of the parade route, right outside of the Gag Factory. We were able to sit right at the front, and I set my camera up on a mini tripod to film the parade. 


Please enjoy!

Becky.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Meeting Bill Farmer!

Earlier this year, in September, I was lucky enough to be able to attend Sydney Oz Comic-con. The entire purpose of my attendance? To meet Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy.

I decided to cosplay as Goofy, as I figured it would be a simple and comfortable cosplay. So, I made a Goofy hat headband, and wore an orange turtleneck, black vest and blue pants. And, I wore my hair up in double pony tails, with black ribbons tied around them to be his ears.

My day started early. My mum, sister and I arrived at the venue at about 7:30am, to wait to get in at 9am. Then, once we were in, my sister and I headed straight over to the token booth. She bought lots of tokens, for lots of different celebrities that were there, but I only bought one. A photo token for Bill Farmer.

Before the time slot for this photo though, he had an autograph session. So, I went and lined up with the item I wanted him to sign- my Goofy signature from Tokyo Disney Resort! He was wearing a t-shirt with Goofy snorkling on it, and over the top was an open Disney themed Hawaiian shirt. 

He loved my cosplay! He said that in the Goofy voice. And, we had a small conversation about Disneybounding. His wife asked to take my photo, and of course I agreed! Bill Farmer was very excited to be signing a Goofy signature!

My Goofy and Bill Farmer signatures
After getting his signature, I also got a signature from Jim Cummings, AKA Winnie the Pooh. He told me to stay as sweet as honey.

This might sound weird, but after that entire experience I was deliriously happy. My mum and sister just thought that the whole thing was adorable. I have difficulty visually expressing excitement and happiness sometimes, so I think that they were just happy to see me smiling like an idiot.

There were a few hours between signatures and the photograph, so my sister (when she wasn't getting her own photos and signatures), mum and I wandered around the dealer's floor for the purpose of spending ridiculous amounts of money. This was easily achieved.

My purchases for the day- a Sorcerer Mickey plushie, Disney Traditions figure, Cheshire Cat and comic, 'Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot'
Then came photo time! I lined up, still really excited, and when it was my turn, Bill Farmer remembered me! I suppose because I was dressed up as his character. While I was getting my photo taken, his wife took photos of us together too. I felt so happy and flattered that they appreciated my effort so much.

Bill Farmer, he was so nice!
All in all, the day was exhausting and amazing, all at once!

Becky.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Meeting Pluto at Tokyo Disney Sea


My entire trip to Tokyo Disney Resort was amazing, and I will write about it in greater detail in later posts.

This post is specifically about meeting Pluto. A CM took photos for us, and Luke even managed to get video (I really wish  that I had been able to get video of all of them. Next time I suppose) as he wasn't too busy (the line to meet Daisy was insane- she is very popular in Japan). So, enjoy!


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Scrump!

The other day, I went into Sydney with my friend Amy, and we did something that has become a bit of a traditional activity on our city outings. We went to our favourite arcade. I can never remember it's name, but I can tell you that it is quite close to Haymarket, in China Town.

This particular arcade often has Disney prizes, so I enjoy trying to win those. And, on my last visit, I successfully won...

Halloween Scrump!

Scrump is the doll that Lilo makes herself in the movie Lilo and Stitch. As you can probably tell, I really like Stitch, and adding Scrump to the collection is something that I have wanted to do in a while.

Anyway, winning it was slightly difficult, and competition fuelled. I took two tries to attempt to win it, and managed to get it to the very edge of the drop hatch. But, I couldn't topple it over, so I decided to look around the rest of the arcade and then come back if nothing else took my fancy. I noticed not long after that some girls were checking out that machine, specifically the Scrump that I had managed to position. But, they didn't go for it either, probably thinking the same thing I did (check around first, then go back). 

They prompted me to go back and try again. In two more tries, I got it! While I was going back over to my friend, I saw the girls returning, complaining that I got it. I felt victorious! And, I only spent $4 to get it!

But wait a minute. Did you win the big Scrump too? Well, no, I didn't. Across from the arcade is a cute store called 'Kare Bear'. Amy and I always check that store too. I came across the big Scrump, on sale, so I decided to buy it. It was about $30.

So there you have it. Not only did I add my first Scrump to the collection, but I added two, all on the same day!

Becky.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Disney Story

I thought that maybe I could tell you all a little bit about my Disney history.

I have loved Disney since, and this is going to sound cliché, before I can remember. I always loved the movies. And, when I was five years old, I got the opportunity to visit Disneyland, California with my family!

My Dad and I in my Disney Nursery
I remember a lot about the trip, despite how young I was. My favourite memory though would be of meeting Mickey Mouse. I loved him very much, and I was the only one out of my siblings and I who wasn't scared of him. So, up I went, and gave him a big eskimo kiss (you know, when you rub your noses together?). 

When we were there, it was Christmas time, so there were special decorations and costumes and parades. It was very cold, but I was having too much fun to notice I think.

Throughout my childhood and teen years I continued to love Disney. But, not as much as I do now. I went through a lot of difficulty during this time. I was bullied and ostracised at school, and developed depression. Watching Disney movies always cheered me up.

I met my husband when I was 16. Life started to look up. I was still struggling with my depression, but he made it so much easier.

One birthday, because I enjoyed Disney so much, Luke bought me Kingdom Hearts. I had a lot of fun playing it, and I think that this is about the time my love of Disney really started to grow. I even managed to win a game of trivia for my group thanks to a question about Donald Duck.
Luke as the Mad Hatter, and me as Alice, at our wedding

Luke and I got married on the 5th of October, 2013. We had an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding (I would have loved to have a wedding at Disney, but living in Australia, that is quite difficult). It was beautiful, and a lot of fun. Our celebrant even wore rabbit ears (as she was the White Rabbit).

In February, 2014, Luke and I went to Tokyo for two weeks for our honeymoon. I study Japanese language and culture, and really wanted to visit. Four days out of that two weeks, we were at Tokyo Disney Resort (alas, we could not afford to stay on property). I had an amazing time there. I think, that if I had known more Japanese, I probably could have made some good friends there!

While watching the Electrical Lights Parade on our first night at Disneyland, we managed to get a spot to sit right at the front, outside the Gag Factory, at the end of the parade route. We got the perfect view! But, the girl next to me was amazing! She was sitting on a Disney mat, she had a Disney lanyard on her massive camera, she had Disney straps and plushies all over her bag, and she had one of those light up Mickey wands. When she wasn't taking photos and waving at her favourite characters, she was clapping along to the entire parade! I think we probably have a lot in common!

We were there in Winter, and it was freezing. But, just like when I was a kid, I was having way too much fun to even notice (though, I did have to wear long johns and extra thick socks in my ugg boots). While we were at Tokyo Disney Resort, they were celebrating their 30th anniversary too! So, we got to see lots of exclusive decorations, costumes, menus and merchandise! It was really exciting.

Back in Australia, by my 24th birthday I was diagnosed with arrhythmia, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, Shermann's disease, and hypermobility. I had suffered from these for years, but finally learned what was going on. 

Luke is very supportive of me, as is my family, but on days when I just need a little bit extra to get by, Disney provides it for me. 

I will make more posts in the future about my Disney trips, and also about meeting Bill Farmer at Sydney Comic Con this year! I hope that you continue to experience the Disney magic!!!

Becky.

Monday, 20 October 2014

New Disney DVDs

Today I went to JB Hi Fi, because my husband, Luke, said that there was supposed to be a sale. Well, I came out $20 poorer, but I was very happy with my purchases!

I bought Treasure Planet, Princess Diaries, and Saludos Amigos.

I am especially excited by Saludos Amigos! It is the 6th animated Disney film, and I have been very interested lately in classic Disney! Plus, I really love Goofy. Seeing him in another movie should be fun.

At some point, I will post a list of all of the Disney movies that I own.

Becky.