Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In the "World" Wednesday

A thought: Am I the only one who kind of wishes Disney would open up another theme park so the Beast's Castle could be as big and beautiful as Cinderella's? (New Jersey could use a Disneyland! ;-)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Salute to All #Disney Blogs...

But MOSTLY the Dragyn's Lair!

This is my 200th blog post!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! I can't believe I have posted that many. And I'd like to thank you all for reading. You make this possible.  

Well guys and dolls I guess my question for you is "where do we go from here?" What do you want to see in the Lair? What have you liked in the past? Anyone you want to see guest posts from? Anyone you want me to interview? 

So here's to the future! I hope I keep writing for as long as I possibly can. (And I hope you'll keep reading.) Thank you again for helping me make it this far.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Crazy #Disney Fan Girl

Hey guys and dolls! Ever feel like you wanted to go Crazy Fan Girl (Guy) on some of you biggest Disney heroes but were afraid they'd be creeped out by the fandimonium? Well I know JUST how you feel.

I am trying my hardest not to go all FAN GIRL on an artist I recently discovered who does Disney art work. In fact he does some of the most beautiful Disney art this little Dragyn has ever seen.

His name is Noah aka @noahfineart on twitter.(BTW I nearly LOST it when he followed me back on twitter! Shh don't tell! ;-)

I totally own this!
I am such a geektastically huge fan of his work. Portraits of Walt, villains on t shirts and some really awesome vinylmations. It doesn't help that Noah created a vinylmation with the painted image as Maleficent as a Dragyn!!! But don't let my fan girl craziness fool you. Noah's art is amazing. You should check it out for yourself!

No I do not own this $650 vinyl art!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fresh Blog Sunday!

I know what you're thinking... "Hey where are my blogging leftovers?!" Well this week guys and dolls I decided to do something a bit different and link to some of my favorite blogs and sites. So in no particular order...

  1. WDW Fan Zone - Yes I write for them but it is really one of the best sites for a fresh Disney fan perspective.
  2. DisneyFoodBlog- Disney... Food... Blog... Do you have to ask?!
  3. WDW Dads -Male perspective on WDW... Yawn. lol Actually it's a great site and the guys are nice.
  4. Touring Plans- But more specifically posts by Todd
  5. On the Go in MCO - Shelley is one of the sweetest people I know and her adventures are awesome!
  6. The Dis Dads Podcast -These guys tell it like it is and have Manlaws to go with it!
  7. Disney on Wheels -Great info about Disney accessibility and a fun Disney site by a sweetie!
  8. Starbucks Melody (not Disney but AWESOME!)
  9. T-Town Tiffany-The adventures of Tiffany and her DD will make you smile.
That's it for this week. Tell them DragynAlly sent you and if you have a site you love (or write) please tell me about it so I can include you!

Blogging Left Over Sunday w/ #Muppets!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Silly Saturday: #Disney Quotes

The quotes may not be silly. But the fact that I'm posting them without telling you who said them is! Feel free to leave all guesses in the comments. :-)

  1. I got myself a notion. And one I know that you'll understand. We set the world in motion by reaching out for each other's hand.
  2. And for once it might be grand to have someone understand, I want so much more than they've got planned.
  3. If you want to cross the bridge, my sweet, you've got to pay the toll.
  4. The streets are lined with little creatures laughing. Everybody seems so happy. Have I possibly gone daffy?
  5. My head is screaming "get a grip girl, unless you're dying to cry your heart out".
  6. This is my family. It's little and broken but still good.
  7. We'll have food. Lot's of food. We repeat. Endless meat!
  8. These guys don't appreciate I'm broke!
  9. A lady needn't fear when you are near. Your sweet gentility is crystal clear.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fashion Friday!

You guys remember my last Fashion Friday don't you?  Well if not check it out but come back! ;-)

Oh good you're back...

Well today I'm doing it again with a whole new outfit!  (Yay clothes!) Although instead of the last time when I told you who the character who inspired the outfit was I am going to show you the pieces and I want you to guess (don't worry. I'll leave hints under the pics). If I did my job styling this right you should be able to figure it out. If not it's back to the fashion drawing board. So without further ado...

Seeing red

Parrot feathers?



Like a feather in my hat

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thank the Phoenicians!

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. located guys and dolls! (And happy Thursday to everyone else! ;-)

For today's special HoliDaze post I decided to thank the Phoenicians. I know most other blogs are thankful for their friends, family, or readers but if you all don't know how much I am truly gratefully for you then I have failed you and I apologize!

For those of you who don't know who (or what) the Phoenicians are they are the people who invented the alphabet. The created this so they could trade with countries that spoke different languages. What does this have to do with Disney you might ask... In Spaceship Earth there is a point when Judi Dench says "Remember how easy it was to learn your ABCs? Thank the Phoenicians."  And she says it with such an upbeat and cheery tone. And yes I have more often than not yelled out "thank you Phoenicians!"

A year ago I didn't know any of that. And now I feel like a bit of a Disney expert (although I am FAR from it!)

Any who... It has become tradition for me to go to Epcot every trip, ride Spaceship Earth, and thank the Phoenicians. In fact it doesn't feel like a trip without doing so. It's my way of being thankful for my Disney experiences and the joy that comes with them.

Because I am thanking the Phoenicians all of my thanks will be Disney related.

So I thank the Phoenicians for...
  1. The amazing Disney trips I have been able to go on.
  2. My first cruise ever!
  3. Experiencing my first food and wine.
  4. Experiencing my first flower and garden.
  5. Destination D.
  6. My first Star Wars Weekend.
  7. Disney on my BIRTHDAY!!!
  8. The great friends I've made over the past year (I love you!)
  9. Disney... My happy place. 

What are your Disney traditions? How about Thanksgiving? Who do you want to thank?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy National #MUPPETS Day!!! YAY!!!

I think all Muppets fans can agree when I say "We declare today National Muppets Day!" And now that it is an official fan HoliDaze what do you plan to do to celebrate?

Since the movie is out RIGHT NOW you could celebrate by going to see it. (Just don't tweet spoilers.) Or you could wear your favorite Muppet shirt.

 Today the Lair is celebrating by posting pictures from one of my most favorite attractions. I have loved this since my first Disney trip and will love it forever!

 Like the every aspect of the Muppets' universe it is so happy and wonderful and most intricately detailed. I think I see something new every time I visit it. So take some time and check out the pretty pictures. (Ok some aren't that pretty but I'm not a photographer.)

After you're done checking out the pics I have some questions for you...

  1. Who's your favorite Muppet?
  2. Which Muppet is directing the water fountain scene in the above pics?
  3. What is the proper response to "Mahna Mahna"?
  4. Who's face is on the balloon outside Muppet-vision?
  5. What day are you planning on seeing the movie?
  6. What is the name of the monster with the paddle ball?
  7. Do you have a Muppet tshirt yet?
  8. What aren't we supposed to touch that's dripping down the wall?
  9. What are the names of the men in the balcony?
  10. How many things can you name from the Muppet-vision prop room pic?
  11. Kermit and Miss Piggy? Hot or not?
  12. What is the name of the new Muppet in the blue suit?
  13. What time is it on the Muppet show tonight?
  14. Who is the 9th Muppet in the tshirt pic above the monopoly game?
  15. Have you bought the Green album or soundtrack yet?
  16. Can you guess what the last tshirt says?
  17. What will the lovers and dreamers find?
  18. How are you celebrating National Muppets Day?!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

#Muppets- Felt Good to Me by: @inturnaround

The Muppets are not human. But they do have more humanity than perhaps any other fictional characters than I have ever seen and this is probably why I've loved them since I was a child.

"The Muppets", the first new theatrical Muppets film since 1999's "Muppets From Space", is not lacking this humanity. For all the fears that fans have had that there would be something missing, I found this to not be the case. 

In the film, brothers Gary and Walter (along with Gary's girlfriend Mary) visit the Muppet Studios in Los Angeles and find it to be abandoned. They stumble across an oil baron's evil scheme to knock down the studios in order to get the oil beneath it. They track down Kermit the Frog, a lonely frog living alone in a mansion from the 80s, and convince him to get the group back together in order to put on one last show to raise the money and buy the studio back. 

It hits very close to reality, reflecting the Muppets diminishing status in pop culture since the death of Jim Henson, that their gentle anarchy doesn't match with reality shows like "Bad Girls Club" and "The Real Housewives of Some Random City". But it also makes the case for their continued existence, that you can be moved by ping pong balls and some fleece.

The script is an obvious love letter to the Muppets from writers Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller, bringing back some obscure Muppets that haven't been seen from "The Muppet Show" era like Uncle Deadly and Wayne & Wanda. The humans (played by Segal and Amy Adams) never overshadow the real stars of the film- the Muppets themselves. It also has the same sense of anarchy and sense of humor that are so closely identified with them.

The music, often the most memorable part of a Muppet film, does not disappoint here. From the opening number "Life's a Happy Song" to the end, you'll see the obvious influence of Brett McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a number of cameos, a staple of the Muppet movies since the first (which had people like Mel Brooks, Steve Martin and Orson Welles) and the nods to the long history of the Muppets.

 Thank you Joe for the review! You can find Joe on twitter @inturnaround.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Style Yourself #Disney!

Hey Guys and Dolls! This is a series of posts I have wanted to do for a while. Back when I was combing the interwebs looking for Ursula costume ideas I keep stumbling on to sites that had really cool fashions based on Disney characters.

I call this Ursula!

I kept looking and I realized something. Even though someone had styled these outfits no one has really worn them or taken the time to find the pieces and put the look together. In fact when I did the math on some of the outfits it would cost hundreds to look like one Disney character let alone several.

So I decided I would try to make my own Disney inspired outfits out of my own wardrobe and a few new fashion finds. My hope is that I can give you guys tips and tricks to make every day Disney stylish! Here are a few tips I've com up with already. Let me know what you think.

  1. Look in you closet first! You'd be surprised what you already have and what can be re-purposed to create a Disney style look.
  2. This is NOT about making a costume. You don't want to look exactly like a character. You want to look like yourself with some character inspiration.
  3. Go to the sales rack or the bargain bin. The cheaper the stuff the more looks you can make!
  4. Find character overlap. Turns out Ursula, the evil Queen, and Maleficent all like black and purple.
  5. Make sure it still matches your own style. If you don't wear heels normally don't wear heals when you style yourself like Jessica Rabbit. 
  6. Think about where you are going to wear your Disney styles. An Ariel style mini dress might be great for a party but not so great for a hike. ;-)
  7. Make up goes a LONG way. Think of Ursula. You might want to tone it down a bit for everyday wear but her makeup is unmistakeable.
  8. Use this as an excuse to experiment with your look. Who knows? You might dress like Jafar and realize you look really good in red.
  9. Accessorize! I can not stress this one enough. You can turn a plain little black dress into a lot of different Disney characters if you have the right jewelry or handbag. Even a fabulous cloak can turn LBD into DeVil.
  10. Have fun! Do what you want with it. Fashion has no rules. Just fun!