Category Archives: Disney

Instrumental Music on YouTube: Disney Princess Medley

Music – OK. I know this isn’t an instrumental piece, but I wanted to share it anyway. My son suggested that I take a look at this group. I have four granddaughters and at one time or another, each and every one of them wanted to be a Disney Princess. This video was posted to YouTube in August of 2017 by Voctave. From their website:

Voctave is an 11-member a cappella group from the Central Florida area. Formed in the winter of 2015, the voices that bring their artistic arrangements to life represent a wealth of diverse backgrounds and musical experiences. Group members have professional roots with Walt Disney World entertainment, but their range does not stop there. From gospel music to musical theater, contemporary Christian to barbershop, pop music to choral specialists, Voctave voices have covered it all both in and out of the a cappella realm. Members of Voctave have performed all over the world and can be heard on countless recordings. The group has performed with Grammy, Dove and American Music Award recipients including Sandi Patty, Kirstin Maldonado, Mark Lowry, David Phelps & Jody McBrayer. With multiple #1 songs and albums on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify, Voctave has also ranked in the top 25 on Billboard Magazine’s charts. Between Facebook and YouTube, they have received more than 100 million views on their videos. Voctave currently has 4 albums that are digitally available on all platforms.

If you have some “Disney Princesses” in your life, regardless of age, this will be music they want to hear.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney

 

Star Wars – Set to open in 2019 at both Disneyland and Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will immerse you in the Star Wars Universe. I glimpsed some of the construction early this year when I was at Disney World. You couldn’t see much, but what I did see was impressive. This ‘Trailer’ was released by Disney on December 25, 2018, to give us a peek at what we will be seeing.

I am looking forward to visiting Disney again after the Star Wars park expansion opens in 2019. Galaxy’s Edge is set to open next summer at Disneyland and later in the fall at Walt Disney World.

Disney Wallpapers for the Holidays

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Disney – If you like Disney and want to bring the spirit of the Holiday Season to your computer or mobile device, the official Disney Parks Blog has just what you need. You can see a sample of these in the montage above. The site has 24 different images available, most in both desktop and mobile formats. You can even pick the size of your wallpaper.

If you have a Mac, it is easy to set up these wallpaper images to randomly appear as your desktop.

More Disney Nose Art

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WWII – I saw this example of Disney nose art in a Twitter post by @PSNavyMuseum. I think a lot of Disney art has appeared recently due to November 18, 2018, being the 90th birthday of Mickey Mouse.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

WWII Disney Inspired Nose Art

WWII – I posted recently about posters supporting the war effort in Disney Went to War. I saw this video in a Twitter post from War History Online (@WarHistoryOL). It was posted to YouTube in November of 2018. As they say in their YouTube post:

From the quick-tempered Donald Duck to the loveable Dumbo, Walt Disney Productions created some 1,200 designs during World War II. Such recognizable characters were used for aircraft nose art, flight jacket patches, pins and other memorabilia for American and allied military units.

I thought that this was an interesting story. I wish they had shown more of the artwork though. I did find these Pinterest sites (site 1 & site 2) that do have more Disney WWII art.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

 

Disney Went to War

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WWII – Yesterday, I saw the two images I have included here in Twitter posts by @WW2HistoryGal.

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I think it is very interesting to see how Disney, and so many other companies, openly and enthusiastically expressed their support for the military during World War II.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

Star Wars Reads – October 2018

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Reading – I think that this is a great post for my third #Blogtober post. For the seventh year, Star Wars (and Disney) are celebrating Star Wars Reads all month long.

Activities are being held across the country at libraries and bookstores. There are also posters you can download and print on the website. You may also want to follow their Facebook page. That page lists a number of events that are scheduled for October.

This is a great way for young and old to get involved with reading through everyone’s favorite Universe.

Star Wars TV Series Coming

Star Wars – Star Wars Episode VIII, “The Last Jedi“, came out December of 2017, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” came out in May of 2018, and Episode IX is due in 2019. It looks like these will be followed sometime in 2019 with a TV series set in the Star Wars Universe. This series is being developed by Disney for the streaming service it plans to to start.

Not a lot is known about the proposed series other than it is being developed by director Jon Favreau and that the first 10 episodes have a $100 million budget. That is a significant budget for TV, so we should expect to be impressed.

Sadly, it appears that the only way we will have to view the new series is to subscribe to the Disney streaming service. Disney has already begun withdrawing programming from other channels such as Netflix in preparation for their streaming service.

Disney Autonomous Animatronics

Robots – I have always liked the animatronics that Disney has placed in their parks. Now they are headed in a new direction with some new self-contained, autonomous animatronic characters – the Vyloo. I read about these today in the article “Disney has begun populating its parks with autonomous, personality-driven robots“.

These creatures have embedded cameras and sensors as well as the control electronics to make them come to life. These little robotic figures are programmed with actions and motions, but what makes them unique is the way they can sense their audience and interact with them.

I look forward to seeing these little guys and even more advanced versions in the years ahead. I can easily see where autonomous robots like these are going to be key to establishing the immersive experience that Disney wants to offer their visitors.