Visiting the Merry-Go-Round Where Walt Disney Dreamed

 

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Did you know that Walt Disney had a very important job each Saturday?

In the Disney household, Saturday was known as Daddy’s Day.  When Walt’s daughters, Diane and Sharon, were young their father would often take them to a nearby park known as Griffith Park.  The girls would ride on the park’s exquisite Merry-Go-Round, as Walt would sit upon a park bench watching them.  It’s at that time that Walt said he began dreaming of a park where parents and their children could “have fun together.”

During a recent trip to California, I was thrilled to discover that this iconic Merry-Go-Round is still in operation today!

The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, built in 1926, found its home in the park in 1937 and has been there ever since.  Being a huge Disney fan, having my children ride on the carousel during our family vacation was something I planned into our itinerary long before we boarded the plane in Pennsylvania.  However, all the planning I had done didn’t prepare me for the experience we had while visiting the park and ultimately taking a ride on this breathtaking attraction.

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Beautifully settled within Park Center, walking the path leading up to the carousel felt as if our family was stepping back into another time. The fantastic trees engulfing the walkway, played a role as curtains concealing and then unveiling the park’s hidden gem of nostalgia.

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Following the path to the right, a friendly clown greets visitors at its vintage ticket booth.

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To ride one of the 68 hand-carved jumpers the fare is $2.00 per rider.

Honestly, it was a bit of a shocker to only pay that much, after getting accustomed to paying Disneyland prices. The cost alone made me feel like I stepped back into a different era!

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The carousel boasts dramatically detailed horses with flowing free tails, two chariots and a Stinson 1650 Military Band Organ, rumored to be the largest carousel organ on the West Coast.

Attached to the carousel hung this simple plaque, reminding visitor of times that have passed and that Griffith Park’s carousel has positively stood the test of time.

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

 Sincerely, it was the most magical ride I’ve ever ridden.

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During your family’s next trip to Disneyland, I’d highly recommend a side trip to Griffith Park- complete with a trip to its Merry-Go-Round. You’ll never forget it!

The carousel is open every weekend throughout the year, with extended hours during the summer and some major holidays. For additional information regarding the carousel, please call:  (323) 665-3051.

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Have a Magical day!

“Miles from Tomorrowland” News

MERC, LORETTA, LEO, MILES, PHEOBE

Do you have a “Miles from Tomorrowland” fan living in your home?  Well I have a sneak peek for you to share!

Disney Junior is ready to blast off three new episodes of “Miles from Tomorrowland” this Friday, March 20th!  The episodes will air back to back starting at 9:00 am ET/PT on Disney Channel as part of Disney Junior’s exciting “Triple Play Friday” event taking place each Friday throughout the month of March.

Below is the information provided to me to share with you courtesy of Disney Junior!

“Happy Captain’s Day / Planet of the Plants” premieres at 9:00 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel. This episode will kick off the special Friday “Miles from Tomorrowland” event! Here’s a sneak peek of the episode!

In an effort to give Captain Phoebe a wonderful Captain’s Day, Miles, Loretta and Leo embark on a nearly impossible space-task. Then, during a mission to Antheia, a planet completely covered with orange plants, the Callistos discover something stranger than the plants.

Here’s another peak at the Captain’s Day special episode!

The second episode in the “Miles from Tomorrowland” line up is “Ride of the Quarkons / Downsized.” It premieres at 9:25 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel.

MILES, LORETTA

The Callistos encounter a pod of Quarkons blocking the Photon Superhighway. Then, when the Callisto family is accidently shrunken down by the Tomorrowland Mail-alien, the tiny family must work together to help Merc save an off-course starship.

The last episode “To the Goldilocks Zone / Hiccup in the Plan” premieres at 9:50 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel.

LORETTA, MILES

Miles helps scout out the perfect planet for his Earth friend Haruna to live on. Then, the Callistos must figure out how to escape when a giant Sporjot alien swallows the Stellosphere.

Thank you again to Disney Channel Media Relations for supplying me with the great video clips and content I was able to share with you today!

Have a ‘blastastic’ weekend everyone and I hope your kids enjoy the shows!

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Mickey and Minnie Mouse St Patty Craft

 Looking for a simple St. Patrick’s Day themed craft to make with your little Mouseketeer?

This week I made these Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired over-sized magnets with a great group of 1st and 2nd grade students. The kids proudly constructed their projects in just over a half hour and I’m thrilled to report that their was little clean up left behind! With the use of glue dots and adhesive-backed foam, there were no sticky tables, fingers or clothing!

Today I’ll share with you the simple craft tutorial, including a list of supplies and a printable template for you to use with your children.

Craft Supplies

Supplies:

  • One 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of black craft foam (This will be enough for two sets of Mickey and Minnie magnets.)
  • One 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of green craft foam (You’ll only us about a quarter of this sheet.)
  • One sheet of adhesive-backed white craft foam (the smallest size sheet you can find will work)
  • Glue Dots Adhesives (I purchased the above package for the class to use and each child used one sheet to make the two magnets.)
  • Hole Punch
  • Four 1/2″ self adhesive round magnets (two for each mouse)
  • Template ~ Here’s a PDF of the template I made for the kids to use.  It was drawn quickly by an unsteady hand, so no judging people.

 St. Patrick’s Mickey and Minnie Template

  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Tutorial

Mickey Mouse St. Patricks craft template

  1. Print out the template on card stock.
  2. Cut the four images out
  3. On the black foam, trace the rectangular image once and the Mickey image twice, then cut them out.
  4. On the green foam, trace the bow and hat image and cut them out.
  5. Using a standard hole punch, punch approximately 15 pieces of the white foam.
  6. To create the Mickey inspired magnet, attach the hat onto the Mickey by using a few of the glue dots.
  7. Add the black rectangular piece to the green hat with two glue dots.
  8. To create the Minnie inspired magnet, stick the fifteen white foam punches onto the green bow simply by peeling the backing off of the white foam.  Don’t you love self adhesive!
  9. Secure Minnie’s bow onto her black foam head with the use of a few glue dots.
  10. Flip Mickey and Minnie over and add a magnet to each ear. Again, just peel the paper off and stick them to the foam.

That’s it! Throw away the peeled away paper and you’re done cleaning up!

Mickey and Minnie St. Patrick's Day Craft

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Craft Time with Preschool and Early Elementary Age Disney Fans

Bottle cap necklaces

During the next three weeks I will be sharing some simple and inexpensive Disney – inspired craft ideas that are perfect for preschool and early elementary age children. I completed each of these crafts with a fun group of 1st and 2nd grade students and they’ve proved that the projects can be completed in less than an hour!

Today’s craft is Bottle Cap Jewelry.

My Supplies:

  • White card stock
  • Glue Stick
  • 1 inch circle hole punch
  • 1 inch Bottle caps with loop (I used Darice brand- note, that the size of the loop was not consistent and some of the loops broke, so I’d recommend purchasing from a craft store so you can inspect them before purchase.)
  • 1 inch Epoxy stickers (I used Beadaholic brand.)
  • Silkies brand necklaces and bracelets (The simplicity in using these necklaces with young children was wonderful!)
  • Craft beads (If you choose to use Silkies brand necklaces and bracelets, purchase craft beads with a wide opening to fit over the end.)

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Tutorial:  (I’d recommend completing steps 1 & 2 before starting the project with the kids.)

  1. Google images of your child’s favorite Disney characters, for example “Disney’s Frozen characters.” Pick out a clear image of the characters faces and save them to your computer. (Note: The images are most likely copyrighted images from Disney so make sure you are using them for personal use only.)
  2. Import the image into Microsoft Publisher and resize the character image so that the face is no larger than 1 inch. Print your images out on card stock.
  3. Using a 1 inch circle hold punch, create the circle images for the inside of the bottle caps by punching the images from the printed card stock.
  4.  Apply glue to the back of the 1 inch circle card stock with the character image.
  5. Center the image on the bottle cap using the loop as the top of the image.
  6. Place an epoxy sticker on top of the image.
  7. String the beads and bottle caps onto the necklace or bracelet.

That’s it!  I worked on this project today with 17 little ones and I was shocked at how quiet the room got when the kids were stringing their beads.  This was serious business people!!

Now it’s your turn ~ make a bottle cap necklace or bracelet with your little Mousketeers!

Simple Mickey and Minnie Mouse Inspired Valentine Garland Craft

 Mickey and Minnie Valentine Garland by MouseEarsMom.com

Get out the paper, glue sticks, scissors, ribbon, and cookie cutters, it’s time to beat the snowed-in boredom!

We’ve had quite a few snow days lately. If you have children, then you know that playing in the snow doesn’t fill an entire day for our little Mouseketeers.  The kids and I have been occupying that time with some fun Valentine crafts. Today I’m sharing how we made our Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired valentine garland.

Supplies:

  • red cardstock
  • black cardstock
  • white card stock
  • standard hole punch
  • 1″ hole punch
  • two different size heart cookie cutters
  • glue stick
  • pencil
  • ribbon

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Now start tracing and cutting out your hearts from the red and black cardstock.

Both Mickey and Minnie Mouse hearts are made by cutting off the top half of a black heart and gluing the black piece onto the top half of a red heart. The Mickey Mouse inspired hearts have his two white buttons and the Minnie hearts have her polka dots.  For Mickey’s buttons, punch two 1″ circles from the white card stock and glue the circles onto the red bottom half of a heart. For Minnie’s polka dots, we used a stand hole punch on white card stock and punched out 10 miniature circles.  (Remember to empty your hole punch before making Minnie’s polka dots.  It’ll save you from the clean up when your son dumps a hundred punches all over the table….experience has taught me.)

Once your hearts are glued and dried, use the standard hole punch to create holes on both sides of each heart. Connect the hearts together with some cute ribbons. Now you and your Mousketeers have made the cutest little Mickey and Minnie Valentine Garland in town!

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Have you made any Disney-inspired Valentine’s Day decorations this year? I’d love for you to share them with me! Post a photo of your project on the Mouse Ears Mom Facebook page or if you’re a blogger and you have a tutorial, great!  Share the link in the comments!

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