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NEW! FM Book Store

We have just launched the Finding Mickey Book Store powered by Amazon.com. A handpicked list of Disney related books, movies and products that we enjoy and hope you will too!

A couple new books we just bought:

The Quotable Disney compiled by Dave Smith.

The Quotable Walt Disney is filled with the genius and insight of the founder of The Walt Disney Company. The quotations range from the well-known to the obscure, but all are assured to entertain, enlighten and inspire. The Quotable Walt Disney holds anecdotes that not only offer lessons on life, work and creativity but also illuminate the philosophy of one of America's greatest creative geniuses. Its convenient, best-selling format makes it a perfect fit -- whether in a backpackor on a coffee table -- and a delightful gift.

The Third Edition of Disney A-Z: The Official Encyclopedia by Dave Smith.

The Third Edition of Disney A-Z: The Official Encyclopedia updates the most comprehensive guide to all things Disney with almost 1,000 new entries and more than 1,250 changes to existing entries, as well as all-new images. With new theme parks throughout the world, stage shows, a second cruise ship, 144 new feature films, 77 television shows, and celebrations including the Millennium, the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, and the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, a lot has been happening!

Both good books -- we are enjoying them very much! ºoº


My Disney Birthday! ºoº

We spent march 3-4 at disneyland in early celebration of my birthday!

my birthday cupcake! ºoº

happy bday to me! ºoº

You can see the whole photo set here:

And read my trip report here:



Two new Hidden Mickeys have been posted [see Critter Country and Toontown]!

I'm still working on the Disneyland Characters section, but I should have it up soon! I'm trying to list where you might find each character, but organizing the section is giving me a headache!

On Valentine's Day I met Lunar New Year Mickey! He was so full of energy...coming right up to my camera and then giving me a cute kick pose! It was a really memorable meeting!


Neil, Noah and I will be at Disneyland March 3 & 4 to celebrate my birthday! We will be spending the night at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and eating breakfast with Chip & Dale! I plan on taking LOTS of pictures...so check back for those!



Year of the Mouse

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(January 29, 2008) For the first time in 10 years, the Disneyland Resort is commemorating the Lunar New Year The Year of the Mouse. In honor of this special occasion, a special photo location will be available on Main Street, U.S.A. from February 5 29 where Mickey and Minnie will be on hand wearing Asian attire. Also available will be signage in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean featuring highlights of the Lunar New Year. In addition, Mickey Mouse will appear in the 2008 Golden Dragon Parade on February 9 in Los Angeles Chinatown. The annual event draws more than 110,000 spectators and has become a community favorite over the past 20 years.

"Marking the year is especially meaningful as the Year of the Mouse occurs only once every 12 years," said Xiomara Wiley, Vice President, Disneyland Resort Marketing and Multicultural Marketing. "We are excited to pay tribute to this momentous occasion with Mickey and Minnie and Disneyland Resort Guests from around the world."

Hong Kong Disneyland will commemorate the Lunar New Year in a grand fashion by combining the best Chinese New Year traditions with Disney's unique style of entertainment, dcor and food offerings.

Article from www.laughingplace.com


Disney's California Food & Wine Festival 2008


ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 25, 2008 — Disney's California Food and Wine Festival presents the magic of cooking and the artistry of fine wine at the Disneyland Resort this spring, part of the Resort's celebration of the “Year of a Million Dreams.”

Now in its third year, Disney's California Food and Wine Festival will be held April 11 through May 5, 2008, with daily complimentary demonstrations and premiere ticketed events. The four-week festival will include the popular "Taste of California" Marketplace at Disney's California Adventure park, along with exclusive cooking courses at the Napa Rose restaurant and expert wine instruction from a master sommelier.

Nearly 100 Disneyland Resort chefs will present cooking demonstrations and guests can learn more about their favorite beverages at the wine, beer and spirit tasting programs held throughout the festival. Culinary demonstrations and seminars are included with admission to Disney's California Adventure park. Guests can also experience a dash of magic at these Disney's California Food and Wine Festival events:

  • Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, of the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant, will share his passion for wine in the “Taste Wine Like an Expert” class that introduces guests to the joys of wine tasting. For a fee and with advanced registration, each class will offer a basic training in the different types, varietals and blends, taste, structure, and characteristics found in wine servings.
  • “Festival Wine Receptions” will offer guests an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset and evening under the stars on the patio of the Golden Vine Winery inside Disney’s California Adventure. While sampling from a variety of selected wines and enjoying hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, guests will also be treated to a sparkling way to end the evening – a special viewing of Disney’s Electrical Parade.
  • Disneyland Resort chefs will partner with premiere California Winemakers to prepare outstanding culinary delights at the exclusive “Winemaker Dinners.” Each chef will prepare a Festival meal and pair it with award-winning vintages.
  • Executive Chef Andrew Sutton will lead the hands-on “Napa Rose Cooking School.” Each class will create a themed meal paired with wines, and at the conclusion of the course, each guest will receive a Napa Rose Cooking School chef coat to commemorate the experience. Tickets for the cooking school and other signature events are limited and go on sale beginning Feb. 15, at www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.
  • At the “Taste of California Marketplace,” guests will enjoy festival foods created especially for the event. Delicious tapas-sized tastings, along with expertly paired wines and beers, will be available in the Pacific Wharf area.
  • The new “Sparkling Bar,” located in the upper terrace of Golden Vine Winery, will feature champagne and sparkling wines by the glass, paired with wine country tapas.
  • The Festival’s grand finale, “Taste – Food, Wine, Life,” will be held Saturday, May 3, offering guests a delicious celebration of the culinary talents of numerous chefs. “Taste” will also feature specially selected beer, wine, and spirits, along with entertainment throughout the evening.

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival is part of Disneyland Resort’s “Year of a Million Dreams” celebration. The Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney’s California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s three guest-welcoming hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the “day-at-the-beach” fun of the 489-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. For information on new attractions, the Year of a Million Dreams celebration and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call 866-60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. For more information about Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival, visit www.disneyland.com/foodandwine.

I found this same article on several Disney related websites. If you know the original source please let me know so I can give proper credit. Thank you! ºoº