Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack

If you can’t wait until March 17th for “Beauty and the Beast” to release then you can listen to the full soundtrack now! It’s available for purchase on iTunes (regular edition or deluxe edition) and available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. You can also listen to the entire soundtrack on Disney Music’s VEVO channel on YouTube here.

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I only listened to a couple tracks off of the soundtrack but so far what I’ve heard, it is absolutely beautiful! I am saving the rest until after I see the movie. The renditions of the familiar classic songs such as “Belle“, “Be Our Guest“, and “Gaston” are great. Emma Watson has a gorgeous voice, she is the perfect fit as Belle. I must say I love the Overture which is the opening track. Alan Menken is a Disney God! Another song I like is a new original “How Does a Moment Last Forever” by Celine Dion. There’s no words to describe it but simply beautiful. I am very excited to listen to the rest of the album.. I am a huge lover of movie music, especially scores! Watch my tweets when I do tweet about the rest of the soundtrack.

If you are huge lover of the music to the original Beauty and the Beast, I’m sure that this soundtrack will not disappoint! Now I’m REALLY ready for the movie now!

Also, if you haven’t seen Ariana Grande and John Legend’s music video for “Beauty and the Beast” which premiered on Freeform earlier this week, watch it down below. I think it is an absolute gorgeous modern rendition. The music video is visually stunning and we also get a glimpse of what the classic ballroom scene will look like.

What are your thoughts on the soundtrack and/or music video?

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Disney Parks Castles

The Walt Disney Company has six parks around the world. Each park has a special themed castle that are similar but at the same time very unique.  In this post, I’ll be explaining about each of the Disney parks castles:

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  1. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland – Anaheim): Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the original Disney park, Disneyland in Anaheim is special because it’s the only one Walt Disney got to fully work on and experience. This castle stands at 77 ft tall. It has a drawbridge in the front that has only been used twice: when Disneyland officially opened in 1955 and when the new Fantasyland opened in 1983. Another thing that people may not know if that there’s a Sleeping Beauty walk through in which you get to experience the story in a unique way. You get to read through the story as you watch different animated scenes in the walk through. And the music is just absolutely beautiful. The location of Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a popular location to watch Disneyland firework shows. Because this castle is the original, just like the park itself, I find it the most special.cinderellacastle2(Photo: more-sky.com)
  2. Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom – Orlando): At the end of Main Street at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom stands Cinderella’s Castle which stands 183 ft tall. The construction of the castle finished in July of 1971, the park opened on October 1, 1971. Some of the castle’s look was inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France. You can dine at Cinderella’s Royal table, with so many choices of delicious food and dessert.. you might want to try the Chocolate Slipper dessert, either with white or dark chocolate with icing inside.. amazing! And you never know when your favorite Disney princess might stop by. There is also a dream suite located in Cinderella’s Castle. which was built in 2006. A couple more facts; the castle has 3 elevators, the drawbridge does not raise, and the stage in front of the castle is used for shows and holiday events.tdl002155large(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)
  3. Cinderella Castle (Tokyo Disneyland): The Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland is not as tall as the one in Walt Disney World, it still stands at an impressive 168 ft tall. The castle has Cinderella’s Fairy Tale hall, where you can walk the castle and see beautiful paintings and artwork that follow her story.hongkong(Photo: thedlandinsider.blogspot.com)
  4. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Hong Kong Disneyland): This castle is Disneyland castle’s twin. It pretty much is spot on. This castle stands at 77 ft as well with less trees surrounding it’s view. However, beginning in 2018 Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting an all new castle. From the looks on the artwork on the Disney Parks Blog, the castle will still have familiar features from the original Disneyland castle but will be expanded into a much larger castle. Besides the expansion of the castle, Hong Kong Disneyland plan on bringing in two new themed areas based on Frozen and Marvel.n024777_2023oct25_le-chateau-de-la-belle-au-bois-dormant_16-9(Photo: disneylandparis.co.uk)
  5. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Paris): Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris measures at 160 ft tall. It also has a gorgeous walk through that takes you into the story of Sleeping Beauty. What makes this castle unique is Dragon Lair which is located underneath the castle. Inside you’ll find a life size animatronic dragon!shdr-att-enchanted-storybook-castle-hero-new(Photo: shanghaidisneyresort.com)
  6. Enchanted Storybook Castle (Shanghai Disneyland): Last but not least, the latest Disney Parks castle is Enchanted Storybook Castle. It’s the tallest out of all of the Disney Parks castles measuring almost at 197 ft tall. The castle is not themed after one princess but represents all of them. You’ll find the restaurant Royal Banquet Hall inside. Also, there are 2 attractions: ‘Once Upon a Time’  Adventure which is a unique Snow White walk through with interactive scenes with impressive technology. The other attraction in the castle is Voyage to the Crystal Grotto. It’s a boat ride that starts outside of the castle then moves beneath the castle and takes you through different Disney movies such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and so much more. This ride is similar to Storybook Land Canal at Disneyland but much more upgraded.

I hope you enjoyed this post on the Disney Parks castles around the world! Which castle is your favorite or which ones have you visited?

Main Street USA: Windows

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There is nothing like walking under the tunnel when you first enter Disneyland and finding yourself right in Main Street USA. Before entering either one of the tunnels, you’ll see a plaque above that reads, “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” And that’s what exactly happens when you enter Main Street. Main Street is the entrance to all of Disneyland and welcomes guests to another place and time. When I take in all of the sights, sounds, smells, and hear that classic Main Street music, it makes me feel like I’m home.

Have you ever paid attention to the details on Main Street? There’s so much history that lies within Main Street. The focus on this post is the windows. If you’ve ever looked up at some of the windows on Main Street, you may have recognized a few names. This was a way that Walt Disney could honor his Imagineers, as well as his friends and family. I’ll list a few.

If you’re standing at the Fire Department and Walt’s apartment, you’ll see Carriage Place Clothing Company to the right. Looking up, you’ll see a window with the name of an important lady in Disney history, Harriet Burns. Harriet Burns was the first female WED Imagineer. Disney Imagineering was first known as WED Enterprises in 1952. WED stood for Walt Elias Disney. On February 20, 1986, the name changed to Disney Imagineering. Imagineer is imagination and engineering combined. Harriet Burns designed and feathered the birds of the Enchanted Tiki Room and sculpted models for Storybook Land. She also contributed to many of the classic Disney attractions we all know and adore, such as the Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, and the Haunted Mansion.

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Walt Disney, Julie Reems (Disneyland Ambassador) and Harriet Burns)

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Renie Bardeau‘s window is located right above the Main Street Photo Supply. He was a Disneyland photographer from 1958 to 1998. He has taken many photos for Disneyland and of Walt Disney. At first, Bardeau was just looking for a summer time job. Bardeau was sent to see Charlie Nichols, who was then Disneyland’s Chief photographer. He was hired shortly after a quick interview, not realizing this summer job would become a life long career. Nichols retired in 1968 and Bardeau took his place as the Chief photographer of Disneyland.

He took this photo below in 1964, one of the most iconic photos of Walt Disney at his Magic Kingdom. It’s a candid shot of Walt walking through Sleeping Beauty’s castle one early Saturday morning before the park opened. It’s known as the “Footsteps” photo.

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This picture is one of my favorite pictures taken of Walt Disney, in 1966, by Bardeau. But at the same time, it’s a sad one because it was the last picture taken of Walt Disney at Disneyland.

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Elias and Flora Disney

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If you look above the Emporium shop, you’ll see a window dedicated to Elias Disney. Elias was the father of Walt Disney. He and his wife, Flora Call, had 5 children: Herbert Arthur Disney, Raymond Arnold Disney, Roy Oliver Disney, Walter Elias Disney & Ruth Flora Disney. Elias’ name was featured on the window on the opening day of the park, July 17, 1955. His window reads: “Elias Disney, Contractor, Est. 1895.” 1895 represents the year he began working as a contractor.

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Ken Anderson‘s window can be spotted above the Market House. Anderson was a part of the WED Enterprises and was one of the first to work on Disneyland. He was the primary designer for Fantasyland and worked on the attractions such as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Prior to Disneyland, he worked on the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He built little models of the Dwarfs’ cottages and even created the idea of Dopey wiggling his ears (because he was able to do it himself). He also worked on the Sleeping Beauty film then in 1957 worked on the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through. He also created the characters Shere Khan from The Jungle Book and Elliot from Pete’s Dragon.

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Blaine Gibson was a sculptor and animator. His window is located above the Mad Hatter. He is the creator of the “Partners” statue that is located at the hub at Disneyland. It was revealed on November 18, 1993. Here’s a photo I took of the statue below in 2009.

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X. Atencio was another Disney Imagineer. The X in his name stands for Xavier. Some of his work include the dialogue and music for Adventures Thru Inner Space and he helped animate Fantasia. He co-wrote “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from the Haunted Mansion and wrote “Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me” from the Pirates of the Caribbean.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Next time you’re at Disneyland visiting Main Street, please take the time to check out these names on the windows. I only wrote on just a handful of them. There are many more people involved in Disney history that have windows dedicated to them. I may do another post on more of them and most likely in the future, I’ll be doing a post on more of the history on beautiful Main Street USA!

Buena Vista Street at DCA

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Just yesterday, I wrote about one of my favorite lands at Disneyland and that would be Fantasyland.. you can read it here! Now, I thought I would write about another one of my favorite lands at Disney California Adventure and that would be Buena Vista Street. Buena Vista Street is indeed special because you walk right back into the year of 1923, when Walt first arrived in California to pursue his dream of animation and filmmaking. In this post, I’ll be showing you guys where my favorite spots are and tell you about some things you might of not known about Buena Vista Street.

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A little shop I like visiting is Oswald’s. It’s a cute little vintage shop that you see right as you walk into the park on the left side. Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character. Unfortunately, Walt lost Oswald to Charles Mintz of Universal. Losing Oswald led to the creation of Mickey Mouse. Disney regained the rights back to Oswald in 2006. This shop sells lots of Oswald merchandise such as plushes, ears, shirts, and more.


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Across from Oswald’s Tires is the Kingswell Camera Shop. Kingswell Avenue is the street where Walt first moved to LA. He first lived with his Uncle and worked in his garage. At this shop, you’re able to purchase your pictures taken by the Disney Parks photographers. You can also find camera equipment and photo essentials. Here’s what the sign to the store looks like above.


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Mortimer’s Market is a place to find some healthier snack choices such as fruits, veggies, and trail mix . There’s also a selection of beverages such as lemonade, juice, and tea. Here’s a little back story on the name of the market – Mortimer was originally Mickey’s first name. It’s been said that Walt’s wife, Lillian, thought that Mickey was a better name choice. So, Mickey it was.. Mortimer did in fact become a character and appeared in some Mickey Mouse shorts such as “Mickey’s Rival”. He was an enemy of Mickey Mouse.


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If you see this sign on Buena Vista Street above that reads Holymont Property Associates, it refers to Holly Vermont’s Realty. This is where Walt and Roy (Walt’s younger brother) rented office space, supposedly for $10 a month.


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You might have seen this sign right above that reads 2719 Buena Vista Street. The 2719 refers to the address of the Hyperion Studio (2719 Hyperion Avenue) after outgrowing their space on Kingswell. 2719 Hyperion was the location of Walt’s first major studio.


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Speaking of addresses, if you look at the addresses on Buena Vista Street, there is a significance to the numbers. The first two digits of the addresses (26 or 27) refer to two of the years that the Walt Disney Studios were located on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles. The last two numbers represent early Disney history (not always though). For example, the address of  Los Feliz Five & Dime store is 2628 Buena Vista St. The 28 represents the year Mickey made his debut in the 1928 cartoon “Steamboat Willie.” Los Feliz is located near the Silver Lake neighborhood, where Walt Disney moved his cartoon studio after outgrowing its original Los Angeles location on Kingswell Avenue. This shop is one of my favorite shops at Disney California. Souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, accessories and more can be found here.

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Here’s another shop to check out: Elias & Company. Elias was not only Walt’s middle name but also his Father’s name. Elias Disney was born in Ontario in Canada. He then moved to America and Walt was born in Chicago.


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Trolley Treats is a candy shop full of sweet goodness! Here you’ll find treats such as cake pops and caramel apples. They’re even decorated as your favorite Disney characters and for the holiday seasons! The shop is named Trolley Treats to pay tribute to the Red Car Trolleys.

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You can catch the Red Car Trolleys during your visit to Disney California. You could also catch the newsboys making a stop near you and performing with Mickey. You could see the trolleys tracks around Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land. But have you noticed the cables that they supposedly run on if you look above you? They actually don’t function on those cables, they’re just used as an illusion that they run on those. The trolleys run automatically.

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And of course, you can’t miss the Carthay Circle Restaurant. This is modeled after the building of the Carthay Circle Theater. I took this photo above when it was still decked out for the Diamond Celebration. It’s an important theater to note because that’s where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs first premiered in 1937. It was the first full length animated film. The original Carthay Circle Theater does not exist today, it was removed in 1969. There is a smaller version of the Carthay Circle that resides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. 

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I love seeing the ‘Storytellers’ Statue. It really does tell a story of when Walt first came to California to pursue his dream! Here you’ll see a younger Walt casually dressed with a fedora and a suitcase, with a younger Mickey too. The plaque to the left of that statue reads:

“It was July 1923. I packed all of my worldly goods – a pair of trousers, a checkered coat, a lot of drawing materials and the last of the fairy tale reels we had made – in a kind of frayed cardboard suitcase. And with that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just forty dollars. It was a big day the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy!”

If you examine the suitcase, the design of the suitcase represents the original business card of Walt Disney. He first started his journey as a cartoonist before creating his own company. You’ll also see the luggage tag on the front of the suitcase that has the railroad that Walt took to Los Angeles. This shows that Walt has just stepped off the train from Kansas City to Los Angeles. You’ll also see “Laugh-O-Grams” which is the studio he ran when he lived in Kansas City. On the right of the statue, a plaque reads “We’re just getting started“.. and the rest is history!

Hope you enjoyed this post! What’s your favorite place on Buena Vista Street or in DCA?

The Walt Disney Family Museum


Hi everyone! On Monday, September 5th, I got the opportunity to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA. Besides it being my birthday, it was also a way to celebrate the last day of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. Anyone who is a fan of Disney, wants to learn more about the life of Walt Disney or how the Walt Disney company came about needs to make a visit here a priority! The museum was founded by Diane Disney Miller, who was the daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney. It opened on October 1, 2009. The museum not only has hundreds of memorabilia of Walt but also tells a story of his life as you walk in each of the galleries. I recorded the video above on some highlights of the museum. I also took some photos that I’d like to share:

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At the entrance of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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A model of the kind of ambulance Walt Disney drove when he was an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in World War 1.

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Here’s a look at many of the early Mickey Mouse merchandise.

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created by Walt Disney and Ub lwerks. Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character. In 1928, Walt unfortunately lost Oswald to another company. Losing Oswald inspired Walt to create Mickey Mouse in 1928. Luckily, The Walt Disney Company gained the rights back of Oswald in 2006. Today, you’ll find many Oswald merchandise at Disney Parks around the world and maybe even catch him around the parks.

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I know it’s been said that “it all started with a mouse“, in fact it all started with this drawing right here! This is the earliest drawing of Mickey Mouse back in 1928.

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Possibly my favorite feature at The Walt Disney Family Museum! Being a lifelong fan of Disneyland, this work of art captures my heart! This model is “The Disneyland of Walt’s Imagination.” It represents the park from opening day up until the end of Walt’s life. Including attractions that were present or in development, nothing beyond that. This model has so much detail, it’s crazy beautiful!

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Here’s a closer look at the entrance of Disneyland and a look down Main Street. You’ll have to spend hours looking at the model to get every detail. You may even spot Walt entering Fantasyland or riding on one of the Autopia cars 😉

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 Something else you should pay attention to is the numerous footage shown around the model and around the Disneyland & Beyond gallery. You’ll see clips from Disneyland and also clips from Walt’s TV show “The Wonderful World of Color”.

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An original Autopia car!

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Standing in front of Walt Disney’s Oscar Awards!

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Walt Disney’s furniture from his apartment at Disneyland. His apartment was located at the top of the Fire Department right on Main Street.

“World of Color” and “Fantasy in the Sky” returning to the Disneyland Resort

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Announced yesterday, the original “World of Color” will be returning to Disney California Adventure Park! Sadly, the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration is coming to an end on September 5th (My birthday!!!) and “World of Color” will be returning September 6th.

I’m sure a lot of people are EXCITED! The original “World of Color” is amazing.. nothing can compare to it. I’m not sure as to why I’ve seen a lot of negative things on “World of Color – Celebrate”. I thought it was great and got me very emotional. I think because it was more of a documentary than going through a journey on each Disney film, people thought that was upsetting. But nonetheless, I think it was a great way to celebrate the legacy of Walt Disney and Disneyland. However, the original “World of Color” is a must see. You’ll get to experience a whole bunch of different films such as Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and so much more.

“Fantasy in the Sky” will also be returning to Disneyland on September 9th and will run from Friday to Sunday evenings. You’ll be able to see this firework spectacular above Sleeping Beauty Castle. I wrote more about “Fantasy in the Sky” in a previous post, you can read it here. For more updates on the parks, stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog.