I was absolutely shocked to hear that one of my kid's favorite chips was INVENTED at Disneyland! How amazing is that?
The story goes that a restaurant had a ton of stale tortillas they had thrown out. A salesman suggested that they fry them and sell them as chips instead of just tossing them. The staff repurposed those throw aways, and the result became so popular, it was eventually snapped up by Frito Lays!
You can click here to read the whole story while I head to the kitchen to snack on some Disney magic!
There have been some great (and some not as great) movies and documentaries made about Walt Disney. Some are a little harder to find, others, you don't need to look farther than Amazon Prime!
Here's a list! Have you seen any of these?
Walt Before Mickey
Thought not rated very highly, I actually really liked Walt Before Mickey. It's a good length for children to watch and get his story, and while yes, so many details are left out, and it's not perfect, its a good, heart warming movie. The actors were really good, you knew who to cheer for, and who to boo. A perfect starting movie for a young Disney fan, and I think that's huge, since many times, especially with children, things are too complicated for them to understand.
Walt Disney: The American Experience
If you want quality, you KNOW PBS is the place to deliver. A bit too long for a movie night, or for the younger kids, but with so much goodness stuffed in, this might be the absolute best documentary about Walt Disney.
Walt The Man Behind The Myth
With Dick Van Dyke narrating, even if you are feeling Disney's out (wait...is that even a thing?!) This is a great one to watch!
Saving Mr. Banks
I know...this isn't technically a movie about Walt, and it's not 100% true, but it's still a really good movie. It gives you some glimpses into how this movie was created, with Walt, the Sherman Brothers and spot on scenes of Walt's office.
As Dreamers Do: The Amazing Life of Walt Disney
Rated the lowest of all, I can't give my own opinion yet, because I havn't seen this one. It's in my queue, but since my kids want to watch it with me, it's been tough to find a time where we can. Have you seen this one ?
I'm sure we are missing a few...what else have you found? There are loads of documentaries, that Walt is part of, but you know what I'd really like to see? A documentary about Roy, because he was so instrumental to Walt's success! Do you agree?
Amazon and Disney have joined forces! Every month in 2020, Amazon is going to have an exclusive Mickey plush for sale! Additionally, they have a few other only on Amazon items! This is all part of the celebration of the Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Mouse (technically it's year of the rat)
Reminiscent of the Disney Store Exclusive plush last year, these dolls are (so far) at a price point of $29.99. Each plush comes boxed, and it about 16 inches high. These aren't the only things Mickey, there is much more to look at by clicking here.
I went to buy a few Disney gift cards for our upcoming trip. We enjoy having a few different cards, the kids each have a different design, then we have a different design for food, then one for souvenirs, etc. Well, those days might be gone.
Disney no longer offers the huge collection of gift card designs. They have two to pick from now. Two. Standard Mickey, and Frozen 2.
Disappointed, I wrote, asking what happened and "To improve efficiency and an overall better experience, we recently updated our gift card vendor, which did result in the decline in available designs. "
I'm not sure how it improves anyone's experience to no longer have dozens of card designs to pick from, but I suppose it does improve the efficiency, on their end.
RIP Gift card designs! And if you are lucky enough to still have some of your old cards, might want to save them!
We love Disney gift cards! We've talked before how to get free money to spend on Disney gift cards, but do you know all of the ways that you can use your Disney gift cards? We've got a list for you! This isn't a complete list, but I'll bet there's a few ways to use them you might not have known!
1. Disney Resorts, includng those like Aulani and Hilton Head
2. Food anywhere on Disney Property, even some non owned Disney Spring locations
3. Souvenirs and shopping at Disney and Disney Springs
4. Parking at the Theme Parks
5. Theme park tickets
6. Spa services
7. Disney Cruises
8. Adventures by Disney
9. DVC dues or fees
10. Memory Maker
So what can't you use these gift cards on? Balloon vendors are cash only, and a few of the nightime carts with light up toys can't take these. You can't use these (yet) for Minnie Vans, RunDisney fees, pressed pennies, laundry services and a few other small things. It's also a good idea to have a little cash as a backup, there have been times we've been in Epcot and all credit card readers have gone down, and the only way to get that Mickey Pretzel was with cash!
Once you get your gift cards, you can combine them up to $1000 each, check balances or even buy specialty looking cards, through Disney's gift card website.
There's very little these card's can't buy, and with so many fun designs, they are perfect gifts too! If you haven't read our article on how in less than 10 seconds how to make sure your child (or you!) doesn't lose their gift card, you might want to check it out by clicking here. It's quick, easy, and fun!