Dress- Target two or three years ago,
The night of November 29th my family and I got to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity that kicked off our Holiday season. For the first time ever the general public was invited onto the Disney Animation Studio for an advance screening of The Princess and the Frog.
The movie was wonderful! Even if you aren't an animated film kind of person, it is totally worth seeing. The story was charming and sweet and classically Disney. The characters were loveable and interesting. The music could have been better, but that is a personal beef. But the aniamation! Some of the scenes of New Orleans were breathtaking! Absolutly breathtaking! Bri and Chel have both been to New Orleans and they were super excited to see places they recognized. The colours of the movie were incredibly beautiful, very rich colours mixed with some softer shades. It really was just beautiful. Beyond that the story was really cute as well! It's set in the 1920's Jazz age, so there is some (not as much as I'd have liked to hear) Jazz music and lots of adorable flappers. Definatly try and see it! it really was incredibly wonderful!
After the movie there was a event held in Stage Three where you could go and meet Princess Tiana as well as all the other Princesses. Grace was so excited she just ran in circles (I'm not even joking. She was on little-girl-who-thinks-she's-a-princess crack). She got to meet and take pictures with ALL the Princess's including Ariel, who she is convinced is actually herself grown up. She's a "redhaired fishy-girl" so she and Ariel must be one right? (Grace learned how to swim before she could walk and swimming is her favourite activity. She is only four and does cannon balls in the deep end of our pool. The girl thinks she's actually a Mermaid.) Along with the meet-and-greet there was also interactive games for the kids like a Voodoo Darts game and some crazy bayou obstacle course/rope swing thing. They had an artist teaching how to draw some of the characters, and place to decorate your own Princess crown, various items from Disney live action films, and cupcakes. The cupcakes were all I really cared about, but I'll get to those later.
When we went to the little event thingy my mom discovered that they were giving short walking tours of the studio. My family are Disney freaks. Seriously. So they all jummped at the opportunity. Well the tour was actually incredible. We got to go through the animation building, the one where, oh a little film I like to call Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was drawn. They had stills and story boards and original drawings of many, if not most, Disney films hanging on the walls. We got to see the room where they hold the Disney Archives (Chelsea tried to break in, but our tour guide was less than happy that we were a little overly enthusiastic about the tour, and not her spiel. She kept making snide comments about how we brought up the rear and "insisted" on taking pictures.) as well as a collection of Disney hats (Mary Poppins!!), and the original multi-plane camera. The Court Yard of Legends was Spectacular! When you walk out of the Animation building you see these huge Dwarfs holding up the building. of course the arcitecture might have been my favourite aspect. I love Art Deco and there was pleanty of it around to make me a very happy girl. I've always loved looking at old pictures of the Disney studio in the 1920's because of the beautiful architecture (and the clothes of course) and it was very exciting to get to actually see the places first hand.
We went back to the event thing after the tour and feasted on cupcakes (omg. Cupcakes. Best. Things. Ever. if you can't tell I really love cupcakes.) and coffee, and took pictures with Princess Tiana. By that time it was time for us to leave. Then my dad stole a little plastic green frog footprint leading you to the event. (they were stuck on the ground and a sort of path indicator.) Overall it was an incredibly wonderful night and I highly reccomend seeing the movie!
My dad insisted on the photo on the left, and as for the right photo, my family is incapable of taking a picture where we're all actually looking at the camera or not looking like freaks. There are about seven of these, I ended up going with the one I look best in (hey this is my blog.).
I hope all of you have a very merry and safe New Year's Eve, a happy New Year! See you in 2010!