Minnie and I

Minnie and I

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rod & Nicky Replicas

I've recently finished a Rod replica from Avenue Q. I'm currently working on Nicky; and eventually on Princeton, Kate and Lucy. Here are the pics. Enjoy.

Finished Rod

 Rod's foam head

His finished hair. I styled using water and glue for gel.

Rod and an old Nicky head from 2010.

Nicky's blank head

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Epcot & Animal Kingdom, April 2017

On Earth Day, I was able to travel to Disney World. Like the previous trip, I mainly focused on character hunting than the rides or attractions. On my last trip I met 17 characters, which 5 of them were repeats. This time I met 20 characters and only 3 were repeats. I started at Animal Kingdom then transferred over to Epcot.

At the moment I only have videos of the characters. I'm having some issues downloading the pictures from PhotoPass. Also, some of the videos I recorded using an old phone and the quality of the audio might not be the best.

On Animal Kingdom, I first met Russell from the movie Up and later went to see Mickey and Minnie. I was very exited because I was going to meet both of them at the same time. They look really good in there safari outfits. After that, I went and saw Baloo and King Louie. I was surprised to see how HUGE those costumes were. Baloo had huge hips. As I was hugging Baloo, I could feel the rings inside the costume giving him his shape. They were super soft! There was an awkward moment while talking to them, were I said "It was the Queen of England's birthday yesterday" and they both looked at me confused. I mentioned it because King Louie was royalty and I thought he might know her. I guess not. After meeting them, my face was covered with fur. Lastly, I went to Dinoland and met with Goofy and Pluto. Let me just say that Dinoland wasn't very "Disney" themed at all. It looked like something from Coney Island. The line to meet Goofy and Pluto was about a 30 minute wait. Goofy gave me big, strong, long hug, which I enjoyed. The only downside from this visit was that being Earth Day, Jiminy Cricket appeared. I found out about this when I was at the bus stop to Epcot. It was too late by them to go and see him. Oh well, there's always next year.

Meeting the Animal Kingdom characters, video link

After waiting a long 30 minutes for the bus to Epcot, I finally made it! I'll briefly describe my interaction with each character and include the videos so you can see for yourself.

Daisy: Asked Daisy if she could teach me how to pose like a fashion diva and she did. Also, I was playing "touchy-feely" with Daisy's dress and bracelet. I wanted to know how they felt like. And I also pointed out her shoes.

Mickey: Asked him if we could pose like he does at Fantasmic when he's shooting fireworks out of his fingers and if he could wiggle his nose. He did and it was the cutest thing!

Mickey wiggling his nose! video link

Goofy: I asked him "Where's Max?" and told me he was skateboarding.

Minnie: Asked her if she could wiggle her nose, like Mickey, and she playfully replied "no." Even though she couldn't wiggle her nose, I noticed the performer tried to make the nose wiggle but couldn't. At least she tried. But, I've seen a video of Minnie in Disneyland Paris wiggling her nose at a kid; so...

Alice: Asked her if she's seen the White Rabbit and she replied "He turned into an egg." Very curious conversation.

Aurora: Told her that I come from the Kingdom of Texas and that Merryweather turned my shirt blue.

Belle: Talked about flying machines (airplanes.)

Snow White: Talked about gooseberry and green apple pies and how the Prince gets lost in the meadows. 

Anna: This Anna rocks! This was the best character I met that day! She was very interactive and asked me many questions related to the movie. Some of the questions she asked was if I was an ice harvester, if I knew how to speak reindeer and if I liked chocolate covered carrots. She kept me on my toes.

Anna and I speaking reindeer

Elsa: Told her how pretty she looked in her amazing dress.

Baymax, Joy & Sadness: The line of Baymax was super short and the line for Joy and Sadness was super long. Forgot to record Baymax. While in line for meet Joy and Sadness, I heard a dad tell his kid "This is the line to meet the Simpsons."

Mickey, Goofy & Minnie (2nd time): Got in line again, at the end of the day, to meet them one last time and say goodbye. I re-recorded my greet with Mickey because I was unsatisfied with the first video; because the first one was vertical. Goofy recognized me from earlier that day.

Meeting the Epcot characters. video link

Meeting the Epcot face characters, video link

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Disney Character Memes

I would like to share some Disney memes, created by me. Sometimes when I'm connecting with friends through text or social media I use memes. Looking through my Disney pictures, I noticed that some pictures look good enough for memes. I'll be including some captioned ones and the original picture. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daisy Shoes

In the past year, Disney has made numerous changes and alterations to many character costumes. Like an articulated version of Pluto and Clarabelle Cow, a new Beast costume and new versions of Mickey and Minnie. The costume department also made a major change involving Minnie's and Clarice's shoes. These ladies now share the same shoe style as Daisy Duck.

Daisy debuted her own shoe style in 1995, when her costume got redesigned. Prior to this, she wore the same shoes as Minnie's. Daisy's shoes are larger and more rounded compared to Minnie's. I think one reason why they gave Daisy larger shoes than Minnie is because, in theory, Daisy has webbed feet and webbed feet are larger than a mouse's; but in the cartoons, Daisy and Minnie share the same shoe model. In '95, the shoes were yellow and had orange padding at the opening of the shoe to simulate Daisy's webbed feet. Later in 2002, Daisy's costume, once again, got redesigned and her shoes become pink with no orange padding. Now the performer wears orange leggings/stockings with a ring of corset boning at the leg openings. The boning stretches the fabric into the shoe opening creating a seamless look between the character's legs and feet. As of 2017, Daisy has been using her own shoe style for 22 years.

90's Daisy promoting Hong Kong Disneyland, 2005. credit

Current Daisy at Hong Kong Disneyland, 2017. credit

Size comparison of Daisy's shoes 

Clarice debuted in 2005, with her own style of shoes. Her shoes are unique to her, they are long, flat and curvy. What makes her shoes special is their interesting design. Her shoes were designed to look like feet. In the cartoon version, Clarice has no shoes or heels, she spots bare feet with pointed toes. Her shoes resemble that with indentations in the front to give the appearance of toes. In 2016 at Tokyo Disneyland, Clarice started to wear Daisy shoes and became part of her wardrobe, retiring her style of shoes. Clarice now has airbrushed details on her shoes instead of indentations. Clarice used her style of shoes for 11 years.

Clarice wearing Daisy's shoes at Tokyo Disneyland, 2017. credit

Minnie started wearing wearing mascot style heels in 1978. Since then, Minnie has rarely worn Daisy shoes since their debut. On two formal occasions has Minnie worn Daisy shoes. One time at Disney on Ice and another at Disneyland Paris. The same goes to Daisy, sometimes she would wear Minnie shoes. In 2016, Minnie gets redesigned and trades her iconic faux heel shoes for Daisy's. Minnie now wears Daisy shoes, but they have a different finish to them. The sole is thicker and painted black, instead of the sole matching the shoe color. The added red bows hide the curve indentation on the shoes. This style of shoe makes Minnie appear more like her animated counterpart since they have a bigger opening than the previous one. Plus Daisy shoes look more cartoony than Minnie's. I believe Minnie shoes will no longer be manufactured, but she will still wear her iconic shoes on special occasions. She will wear them when wearing a previously worn outfit, since character shoes are stored with the matching outfit. Old Minnie shoes are still in circulation and, as of 2017, she has used them shoe for 39 years.

90's Minnie wearing Daisy shoes at Disneyland Paris, 2010. credit

90's Minnie wearing Daisy's shoes at Disney on Ice, circa 1999

Current Minnie with her new shoes at Hong Kong Disneyland, 2017. credit

Current Minnie wearing her 50th Disneyland Anniversary dress, with old shoes, 2016. credit

Size comparison of Minnie's shoes

A vintage pair of Minnie shoes sold on eBay, 2013

The reasoning behind Disney changing Minnie's and Clarice's shoes to Daisy's must be the following: it's easier for the costume department to build, distribute and maintain one style of shoes. It's cost effective to keep track of three separate shoes styles. Now they have one style in which they can modify and customize for each individual female character. Minnie and Clarice now have to use the same style of leggings/stockings as Daisy to wear the shoes, with each one wearing the appropriate colored leggings for their character. Not to mention, the costume departments have to keep track of dozens of character shoes and this simplifies their job.

In my opinion, the girls look well sharing the same shoe style, but I much prefer the individual ones. That way each character is unique. Minnie looks great with Daisy shoes, but I'll truly miss her old style of shoes. With Clarice, I always thought the "toe" shoes looked weird, but she doesn't look quite right with Daisy shoes. Which shoe style do you prefer?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Donald's Body & Project

I'm going to start a new project involving Donald Duck. Recently I purchased a vintage Donald body. It's in great condition, minor wear around the leg area. It only came with outside body, not the inner body that gives it's shape.

Front view

Side view

To see how the body looked when stuffed, I stuffed it with stuffing, a pillow and foam pieces. I'm going to trace the body's pattern and build a inner body for Donald. The will be a tedious project.

I also want to recreate 80's Daisy pink sating dress. Recreating that dress should be simple, I'll use Minnie's dress as a guide. 

Minnie's dress on Donald/Daisy's body