This weekend, I partook of two Disney classics from the 1960s: The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and Bon Voyage (1962). Both star Fred MacMurray. The latter also stars the S.S. United States, upon which the fictional Willard family of Terre Haute travels to France! There’s a cute scene during which MacMurray’s character remarks about five carefree days at sea, which spurred this immediate response from me: “But she could do it in three-and-a-half!”
Speaking of the Big U, the SSUS Conservancy blog linked us for linking them. 😀
But I digress!
According to Disneyland lore, some of the stained glass from the “Let’s Have a Drink on It” set of Millionaire found its way into Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square. This makes sense, as the film and the cafe opened around the same time. Further, the glass in situ at Cafe O appears to be a match!
For the sake of completeness, I should also mention that Mr. Drexel Biddle’s home phone booth – also featured in the film – is now located in Club 33. If it’s not the original from the Millionaire set, then it’s a very good copy!
I’m not a news service, but as I learn stuff, I post it. Right now, there are several Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary merchandise events planned for Disneyland in 2009. There’s a June pin event, an August cocktail event and product signing with Shag, and a September “Wedding”-themed merch event.
Plan your involvement soon; the September anniversary event begins registering on January 20. It appears to borrow the general format (and pricing philosophy, puke) of the old Haunted Mansion Holiday dinner weekends (snooze) and plays to the new Constance/black widow bride angle (snooze-puke-choke). It falls on 9/9, a month after the actual anniversary, and on a thursday freaking night to boot. Boo.
The Josh Agle cocktail events occur on the real 40th anniversary weekend.
More information at DisneyGallery.com.
The big news of the moment: I’m writing an article on fashion in the Northanger Abbey adaptations for my friend Laurel Ann’s “Go Gothic” festival at Austenprose Blog. It’s set to publish on October 15. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, you’ll really enjoy her blog!
Now for the boring stuff:
Kali enjoys simplifying her internet life. Kali also has trouble letting go of past projects that have outstripped their usefulness. This means that Kali has trouble making decisions as to what to update and what to delete.
I’m in the process of redesigning and otherwise generally cleaning up Better Haunts & Graveyards. The current design is something like six years old, and it looks it. Once that’s out of the way, Halloween-tree.com and Livadia.org are going to have their days of reckoning.
Right now, I’m thinking I’ll just merge the Halloween site with Better Haunts; there isn’t enough left to justify its continued independent existence. As for the Romanov site, I’m torn. On one hand, it looks old and we just don’t have the time or interest to update it anymore. Further, all it seems to do in its current limbo state is invite image-ganking bandwidth thieves and freaky Russian spam. On the other hand, it would sincerely suck to see all of our hard work on the scrapbooks and such go down the crapper. As usual, I’m the queen of indecision.
In other news, Strawberry Canyon and Desire are closing up shop. The current plan per Marsha and myself is to open up a new, joint writing workshop with no sim and a broader focus. I think most of us were bored with the figure skating premise.
When will it debut? Not a clue. Probably sometime before Christmas.