Sunday, May 31, 2009

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad, Wolf?

In 1933, Walt Disney and Company released it's first short film in color. It was a much discussed move from the black and white shorts and the cost at first seemed prohibitive. Along with adding color to this short, Walt also wanted to set it to music. Frank Churchill was brought in to write a song to move the story along. It was a risky move and one that Disney hoped would pay off. It didn't take long, for the Three Little Pigs to take off and become a huge success.

In 1934, it won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject, and the title song, "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf" became a best selling single, and kind of became an anthem for the Depression-weary Americans. It was voted one of the top 50 Greatest Cartoons, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress because it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," and to this day is considered the most successful animated short ever made.

Although a very popular short (even more so over the years), this film became one that Disney would reference as his inspiration not to ride along on its success, but to continue to press on with ground-breaking, risk-taking ideas that were bigger and better than the last. The saying, "You can't top pigs with pigs!" became one of Walt's favorite slogans.

It's no wonder that when Disneyland opened in 1955 and began offering photo opportunities, that the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf were among them. Here is a picture of them in the early days of the park.

Imagine our surprise last October when we came around the end of Hollywood Boulevard in DCA and found the Big Bad Wolf posing for photos. His costume is practically the same as it was back in the 1950's. I have a copy here in black and white so you can compare.

We were thrilled to get this picture with Mr. Wolf as it was kind of like getting a picture with an icon of Disney history. So if you are ever wandering around Disneyland, DCA or WDW, and you see Mr. Wolf or any of the Little Pigs, be sure to stop and take a picture with them. They were an important and influential part of making the Disney Corporation what it is today.

If you have never had the opportunity to watch the Three Little Pigs, here is a link:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Boudin Bakery - DCA Pacific Wharf

When you go to the park as often as we do, the food becomes pretty monotonous. So, even though we have our favorites, we try and switch it up as often as we can. There are and will always be those places you frequent and never return to again, and then there are those that you keep in the line-up and this is one of them!

First of all, they bake fresh bread in the shape of Mickey heads! How great is that?

If you rent a locker, this bread is really good and if definitely worth taking home, buy if you don't have a locker, you don't want to have to haul it around the park for the next 10 hours.

The small rounds of bread are for the soup and salad bowls. This is why we eat here!!!
I love the broccoli cheese soup in the bread bowl and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.

My sister on the other hand loves the tuna salad with calamata olives and green beans and a Mickey Rice Krispy treat for dessert.

The food at the bakery is definitely a winner and I highly recommend it!

Monday, May 18, 2009

The New Face of Paradise Pier

We were surprised to find the Mickey's Fun Wheel and the new center of California Screamin' completed when we were at DCA last night. I snapped a few shots of them. The pond is still under construction for the new amphitheater and night time water show, so you can see that in the foreground of the photos.


The Sun Wheel (with the Maliboomer in the background)

California Screamin' (note the small Paradise Pier sign below)

The Sun Wheel and Screamin' at night.

Imagineer's concept art of the new face of Paradise Pier:

(notice the Hidden Mickey in this picture?)

AFTER: Tada! The new face of Paradise Pier:

The Orange Stinger hasn't begun it's transformation into Mickey's Silly Symphony yet, but it is scheduled to begin in June.