Sunday, 6 September 2020

331 News, Disney History and Favourite WDW Rides

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 331, for Sunday 6th September 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or any good podcast catching apps.

So this show has quite a bit of news in it and then we moved on to a history segment before finishing off the show talking a little bit about our favourite Disney attractions. 

Felix Salten
Disney used stories from the likes of Hans Christian Anderson and P L Travers to create his versions in the media of film. But if I mention Felix Salten to you - would you be able to guess the book he wrote that so many of us hold dear to our hearts?
Photo Credit - Wien Museum

On 6th September in 1869 in Austria-Hungary, Felix Salten was born and the family shortly after relocated to Vienna. Around the age of 16, he began work for an insurance agency but also wrote reviews and poems. He became known within the 'Young Vienna' movement and some of his stories were published. 
In 1923 Bambi was published (being translated into English in 1928). Five years later he sold the rights for $1000 to American director Sidney Franklin, who in turn eventually sold them to the Walt Disney Studios. 

Theme Park Closures
16th March 2020, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris closed. This got me thinking to when else the park had closed. I was surprised that Disneyland had close on three prior occasions (Day of Mourning after the assassination of JFK, Northridge Earthquake, and September 11th).  
Disneyland Closed due to 9/11 Photo Credit

However, I hadn't realised what Walt Disney World had closed so many times and that these closures were mainly due to Hurricanes (Floyd in September 1999; Charley, Frances, and Jeanne in August/September 2004; Matthew in October 2016; Irma in 2017 and Dorian in 2019). Additionally, Walt Disney World closed due to September 11th. 

Some Disney News
Olu Mel character takes to the stage in Shanghai Disneyland for A Month with Duffy and Friends. 
Photo Credit WDW News Today
Super cool foam beverage cups, designed by Jeff Granito have arrived in the parks. 

The start of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railroad has begun in Disneyland with the fixing of massive steel beams. 

Nighttime offerings will be starting in Tokyo Disneyland.

Favourite Things
We then got down to discussing favourite attractions and why they pulled so much on our heartstrings - especially when there's so much choice! Jayne shared three of her favourites and the reasons why she loves them so much.

That is about it for this week and we hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as well as listening to the podcast. You can find us @DisDreamGirls on Instagram and Twitter. We have the Disney Dream Girls page on Facebook as well as the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Family.  

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That's it for this week, thank you for reading and listening to our Disney musings. 
Lots of love 
Michelle and Jayne xxx

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