Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
This royal wedding snowglobe features Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Snow White along wwith their escorts. They all dance as the globe plays "So THis Is Love" Retail is $85 at Walt Disney World. This globe really wowed me when I first saw it, I believe it's been available for at least a couple of years.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
On to the movie, we drove our car instead of taking the bus figuring we'd be one of the first in line and get a good seat. Disney had one of the parking lots closed even though the signs on the road were prompting that it was open and available. The one by amc was full so we had to park around back of House of Blues. By the time we got to the theatre the line stretched through the building to the other side of the theatre. We waited an hour. We were supposed to be the first ones to see the movie until Disney in their lust to beat Spider-Man's weekend opening decided to change the starting time to 8pm. Now we had to wait an hour. Finally got seated and had to wait so long that some members of the audience started chanting Pirates! Pirates! Pirates! When it did finally start (again about 15 minutes after it was supposed to) I was disapointed in it. Maybe it was the late time, maybe it was that I spent 400 to get mistreated all day. To be fair, I should see it again when I'm in a better mood. But I wont. SPOILER WARNING: I've tried very hard to write the following without giving anything away. I think you can read it safely. Most of the Johnny Depp scenes where he is by himself should have been cut from the film and saved for the dvd release. They did nothing to further the story and weren't entertaining. The only way you could like those scenes is if you loved Johnny Depp just for being Johnny Depp. They obviously didn't have anything for him to do until later in the movie and they were there because they thought they needed him to entertain the audience. The acting seemed to me to not even be close to as good as the other two films both of which I enjoyed tremendously. It felt like everyone just kind of went through the lines and didn't try very hard. The fantastic/mythological elements of the film I thought were out of place. Davy Jones was as far as I was willing to go with that element of things and I was expecting a pirate movie. Instead I got a fantasy/mythological movie trying to be one of the old Voyage of Sinbad movies. If they had cut out the previously mentioned Johnny Depp scenes and rewrote the Calypso scenes so they were more of a supernatural mystery element the movie would have worked for me. I did like the end and where everyone ended up. It's not a bad movie, just not a particularly good one, in my opinion which seems to be in the minority.
Thje parting gift was a replica of Davy Jones chest with some coins and gems in it. It is very nice.
Oh, also Lee Arenberg, the actor who plays Pintel ("Allo Poppet") showed up at the dinner and said a few words of thanks to the fans. That was a nice surprise. He also showed up at the movie and pretty much said the same thing again.
Anyway, I hadn't been to a Disney event in a few years and I'll probably never go to another one again. Disney has been doing these events for years, its the same complaints every time they have an event and they have done nothing to try and get it right. Unless your one of the folks who can actually afford to bid at the live auctions, save your money and go to public day. There's bound to be stuff left over as less and less people go to these things. After all, the pirates event didn't sell out and they were even advertising it to cast members to try and get them to go. Mouse Surplus allready has leftover bags and shirts up on ebay. I can't think of what they could do that would be more popular then this theme and it didn't sell out. Wake up, Disney! Your doing something wrong!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I'm always a bit confused by the snowglobes offered by the Outlet section. Where do they come from? I thought the Outlet section was for closeouts, but I never seen these globes offered elsewhere. If they are created especially for the Outlet section, why? Wouldn't it make more sense to put them in the regular shopping section and move the sale globes to the outlet section?
One last question: Why create a Happy Birthday globe if its not going to play "Happy Birthday"?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Both of these Pixar globes, one from Finding Nemo and one from the Incredibles are $15 at The Disney-MGM Studios which rumor has it may someday soon be rechristened Disney-Pixar Studios. These are mini's but not quite as small as the $12 globes mentioned in another post today.
Hmmm. Maybe I should start a mini globe of the month club. For $20 a month I'll send you a mini globe from WDW postage paid. That way I can get the pictures I need for my book. Anybody want to join?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The new annual passholder pin is a nice looking creation with Mickey standing in front of the castle as fireworks go off overhead. It is available to Annual passholders only and is a limited edition of 6000. $12.95.
These 3 pins are the promotional pins you can get for $1 each. You can get one for every $35 you spend.
Tinker Bell and If You Had Wings continues the expensive but very nice looking Remember When series. I think we used to go on this ride just about every visit for the same reason we go on Peoplemover (sorry Tomorrowland Transit Authority)... NO LINE!!! Limited to 750 pins at $15 each.
And today's best dressed pin award goes to Figment and his Journey Into Imagination pin. The best looking pin in the Remember When series so far. Congratulations to whoever designed it. Hey, remember when this was the most charming ride at EPCOT instead of the pile of $#%@* it is today? Lets hope the rumors are true and Tony Baxter is hard at work on a suitable replacement. I had to get seven of these for the Ohana, despite the price it is going to be a very popular pin.
Tune in next time for another exciting episode of Pins I Purchased.
Monday, May 14, 2007
It appears that Pirate mania has even invaded the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh & his pals play pirate using an old bathtub as a ship. Retails for $65.00 at WDW. All the bees on this snowglobe are on springs so they bobble. It has the blower feature to keep the glitter moving inside the globe and when wound Roo rocks back and forth on the log. Plays "Winnie the Pooh" which was the only disappointment. Almost all the Pooh globes play "Winnie the Pooh". It would have been fun if it played a pirate song.
This is the current version of the Cinderella Castle snowglobe at Walt Disney World. The green/blue specks you see is the actual color of the glitter. The glitter is very small and there is a lot of it, when shaken it really does give the globe a fascinating cascade of color swirling around the castle. If I remember correctly it was $45.00 and it did play music.
Tinker Bell Goes Large
When I was seeing this one on ebay, I always thought it was a miniature. It is done in a style that is similar to many of the mini's from the Disney Store. It is a fairly large figurine, though.
Unfortunately, I dont' recall any details about it. According to ebay listings it is musical and its retail price is $45.00.
Mickey and the Four Parks
The opposite happened with this one, when I saw it selling on ebay for well over $100, I assumed it was a large deluxe globe. I don't recall what it sells for but I'm guessing around $45.00. The icons outside of the globe sucha s the monorail and Minnie's safari hat are all on bobble springs.
I realize I'm being a little sketchy on the details, I will get better as time goes on. I'm going to need pictures of all Disney snowglobes for my book as well as accurate measurements and details. I'm hoping that if I can develop a decent size readership of this blog, I will be able to find people who want the globes and I can then go and buy them for them, take pics, measurements and notes of the details and then send it on to the person who I bought it for at cost. If you see something you are interested in but don't want to get ripped off on ebay, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, when I was looking at ebay auctions I realized that the people overpaying were the ones using the buy it now feature. So my ebay tip for the day is dont use buy it now unless you know what the actual price of the item is in the store. Personally, I've decided to stop using ebay as my first auction choice and intend on checking hibidder.com first. It's an auction site that is similar to ebay. Not a lot of action on there yet but it is new and over time it looks like it will grow. If I do get to the point I'm buying snowglobes that is probably where I will be reselling them at.
Wow. They don't make snowglobes smaller then this little guy. The detail, however is amazing. No special features, just a good old fashioned snowglobe. I think the "snow" was gold colored. Retails for $15, which seems to be the lowest price you can spend on a WDW snowglobe.
Tomorrow, I'll start posting some of the pics I took of snowglobes currently available at WDW.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
ORP refers to the Original Retail Price followed by the years the snowglobe was available.
Source will list where the snowglobe could be purchased or in some cases it will list a manufacturer like Enesco.
Music: “It’s A Small World”
Snow type: glitter; multi-colored Mickey heads.
Source: Disney Catalog; WDW.
ORP: 35.00 (1997)
Friday, May 11, 2007
A few weeks ago, I started documenting the closed ebay auctions for Disney snowglobes, when I finally got caught up to present auctions, I had over 350 pages of snowglobes, averaging 3 on a page. Over 1000 snowglobes and I was still finding new ones I hadn't seen yet every week!
But I had a few problems, if I wanted to actually get to the point where I could publish my work. I was stealing people's pics off of ebay (never intending to use them publicly) for identification purposes and the ebay research was taking up all the time I had for the project. I realized about half way through the pages I was creating that ebay should have been my last stop and I should have started with my own collection and gone through my old Disney catalogs etc.
Then I did something stupid. I was saving the document to a flash drive, got distracted and unplugged the flash drive before it was finished. The next day when I opened the document, I found I had lost about half my pictures and I couldn't retrieve them. Without the pictures for identification, it was impossible for me to match the data up with the snowglobe and since the value data I had would now be incomplete, I came to the conclusion that I was better off starting completely over. So, this past week, I spent some time organizing all my old Disney catalogs by date issued and have started scanning the pages with snowglobes. The oldest one I have is from 1995 and has a few snowglobes in it. They seem to have gotten popular quite fast, as I have the 1996 catalogs done and have done a couple from 1997, and I'm allready up to a 27 page document covering 76 globes. Oh, I almost forgot, that number also include the current snowglobes available on Disneyshopping.com. I did those before I started scanning.
Tomorrow, I will post a sample entry from my document so you can see what I'm talking about.