Add More Mouse To Your Holiday Season: Advent Calendars!

While we here at Add More Mouse do not advocate for any particular religious beliefs or celebrations, our household celebrates Christmas. Over the past decade it has become a month-long calendar of traditions for us. We visit certain spots for Christmas light viewing, for ice skating (and an annual Christmas hamstring injury), tree festivals, ornament shopping and Santa hangouts.  

In the world of Disney, Christmas celebrations have been integral since the beginning – in fact, Christmas decorations and celebrations have been a fixture of the Disney parks since 1955, the very first year of Disneyland’s existence and the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade has been broadcast on national television every year since 1983.  

(For a fantastic history of Disneyland’s first Christmas, check out this post from the Disney History Institute!)

So what we’re saying is, Christmas and The Mouse go together like eggnog and…whatever eggnog is supposed to be paired with.

One of the holiday traditions I’ve loved since I was a kid has been keeping an Advent Calendar beginning on December 1st.  As an avid Disney freak and a lover of all things Christmas, there is a lot for me to be excited about this year – Disney makes an array of Advent Calendars featuring some pretty great stuff you can collect yourself or share with your kids (and steal back from them when they lose interest, a time-honored parental tradition).  We at Add More Mouse only own one of the following, but if I was allowed to have 15 Advent Calendars hanging from the walls of AMM headquarters, these are the ones for me (but by no means the only ones out there).

Disney Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar

I’m starting off with my favorite: the Plush Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar!

Do you know what a Tsum Tsum is?  Pronounced “soom soom,” they’re stacking toys originally from Japan (their name roughly translates to “stack stack”).  They do two things: 1) they do indeed stack, and 2) they appeal to kids (and me) because they’re super squashy versions of Disney and Pixar characters.  They come in 2 styles: plush and plastic. As a bonus, they’re both well-made and relatively inexpensive to collect. The calendar pictured above is of the plush variety, though they do make a much less expensive one with the plastic figures as well that looks plenty fun (click here to see that one).

Since you’ll be getting 25 stuffed Tsum Tsums with this Advent Calendar, it’s the most expensive one on this list, especially since they seem to have sold out everywhere, so if you want one you’ll have to pay top dollar for it.  Still, if I had the cash this is the one for me. If you feel like gifting one to me, please email me for shipping info.

Disney Socks Advent Calendars

I think one of the reasons why people dig Disney so much is because the iconography is so rich. Not only are the legacy characters like Mickey and Donald embedded into the very fiber of American pop culture for most kids of the world, but now that Marvel, the Muppets and Star Wars all fall under the Disney umbrella, they’ve basically cornered the market on 90% of the entertainment that people like me consumed as kids and still enjoy. Because of the immensity of Disney’s stable of characters now, people can zero in on the ones they feel represent them. One of my favorite things to see at the Disney parks is what characters people choose to wear. Sure, anyone can wear a Mickey shirt, but it takes a certain kind of person to rock some Ursula or Quasimodo gear.

I work in an office and wear business attire most days, so I’ve come to acquire a sock collection that adds some life to my wardrobe.  I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I get such a kick out of dressing for a meeting and including a pair of Darth Vader socks with a suit and tie.  I think I dig this for two reasons: 1) I love Star Wars, that’s a given, and 2) When I think of Star Wars, I think of all the time I spent with my dad and friends throughout my life enjoying those films and toys together.  A simple Darth Vader face on my socks can trigger one of a million thoughts that make my day go by faster. I think a love of pop culture can say more than just “I like a certain film”. By expressing your appreciation for a given character or storyline you’re telling the world about something that resonates with you.  (I currently own as many thrash metal shirts as I do Disney ones, so if you figure that one out please let me know).

ANYWAY – We are featuring advent calendars with 12 pairs of socks throughout the month of December!  For 2018 they come in a few different styles: Mickey’s 90th Birthday Celebration (technically for women), Princesses (also labeled as for women), Marvel (for men and women), Star Wars (for men and women).  Go get some socks and wear them to work so I’m not the only weirdo doing it please.

Star Wars Lego Advent

When I was a kid, Legos were one of my all-time favorite toys. I had a gigantic bucket that would get dumped out once a week and ruin my parents’ feet for days.  Back then, Lego didn’t have licensing deals with anyone, so when I wanted to make a Lego X-wing fighter I had to cobble one together as best I could, and it took an entire day.

Nowadays Lego has gone all in on nostalgia and licensed everything from Ghostbusters and Back to the Future to Harry Potter and Ninja Turtles. I believe Star Wars may have been their first licensed line, and I like to take a nice leisurely stroll through the Lego aisle at Target and plan for my kids’ eventual collection.

So this is an Advent Calendar with Lego Star Wars figures for each day of the month.  They look extra cool because they’re pretty minimal in design. I would like one. Maybe next year.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Advent Calendar

This is a great option if you have kids who like Frozen (that was a joke, all kids love Frozen – all of them).  Throughout the month of December you can unlock an entire plastic Frozen playset, which curiously involves eight different Olaf’s hanging out together…so I guess be prepared to make up a story to explain that one.  Maybe he learned to clone himself? Did Elsa make him a bunch of twin brothers for company? 

Incredibles 2 Advent Calendar

And lastly, just in time for the home video release of Incredibles 2 comes an Advent Calendar featuring the whole fam (strangely, Jack-Jack isn’t pictured on the front though it seems like his face is plastered on the actual candy).  Oh yeah, that’s right – this thing is full of candy, and pretty affordable as well (usually under $7). Warning: your kid will not understand why you can’t just open all the days at once and get all the candy.  I mean, technically you can, so do whatever you want! Eat all that candy on December 1st if you feel like it!

The countdown to the winter holidays is on. We hope you’ll keep sharing it with Add More Mouse this year.  See ya real soon!

-Dave

Disney Holiday Giving: 5 Must Haves to Start a Disney Book Collection

One of my favorite things about being a Disney obsessive is the volume of literature written about all aspects regarding the company’s history and the people who have contributed to it. There will never be another person in the entertainment world like Walt Disney. There will also never be another company like Disney was and is, especially in its earliest years. In addition to taking animation farther than it had ever been before, Disney – both the man and the business – were at the forefront and birth of art forms and techniques. This includes documentary and nature filmmaking, the use of color in tv and motion pictures, audio animatronics, theme park design, urban planning…the list goes on.  The great thing for a Disney fanatic is there are shelves of books devoted to each of these topics, but the difficult part for a Disney beginner is finding the books that start from square one, where the reader doesn’t already need to know a lot about Disney history to understand the first page.

If you yourself are new to Disney history and hungry for information, or you’re looking for holiday gifts for someone in the same situation, I’ve picked 5 great books just for you. These are books that really start from ground zero. Books that give the reader a great overview of Walt Disney the man and/or the Disney parks and films. Consider each of these books a diving board that can toss you into the deep end (and let’s face it – if you’re reading this, you’re either in the deep end already or it’s just a matter of time).

At some point I’ll follow-up this post with a few book/gift ideas for people with some Disney knowledge under their belts. For now, I hope this helps to steer you in the right direction for yourself or someone you like enough to buy holiday presents for!  

#1 Walt Disney: An American Original

By Bob Thomas

For someone brand-new to the world of Disney, this is where it all begins.  

There are quite a few biographies of Walt Disney, some of which have come out more recently than when this one was published. I’ve read them all and I’m sure I’ll cover some others later-on for this blog and podcast, but for my money this is my favorite of the bunch. It gives the reader a great synopsis of the upbringing of Walt and his brother Roy, chronicles their early failures in creating animation studios, their multiple near bankruptcies and everything from the creation of Mickey Mouse through the construction of The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Center. It’s the book that really started me down the Disney rabbit hole and it’s the perfect starting point for everyone dipping their toe in Disney history.

The only knock against this book I’ve heard is it’s the only Walt Disney biography that was authorized by the Disney family and the Disney company, which is why it paints a fairly flattering picture of him as a man and entrepreneur (in other words, some people don’t think they’re getting the full story). However, author Bob Thomas has stated in interviews that he wrote the book he wanted to and never felt pressured to change anything (except for removing the info that Walt’s youngest daughter was adopted – times were different then and it’s been changed back since it was originally published). I read this book before my first adult trip to Walt Disney World and it greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the parks…I’ve since reread it countless times.  

This is the perfect book for someone who is about to go to the Disney parks and wants some reading to help them get psyched for it, or for someone who has been to the parks and wants to know how this whole crazy thing started. Or for anyone interested in learning about a singular personality who helped shaped the entertainment industry (and quite frankly, the world) we have today. Walt is basically The Beatles of the film industry – the world will never have the right conditions for a man to have such a huge and lasting impact on the world in the ways he did.

(Note: I highly recommend the hardcover, unabridged version. The paperback version is drastically shorter, which is not great when you’re hungry for info).

#2: Since The World Began: Walt Disney World – The First 25 Years

By Jeff Kurtti

If you’re new to the world of Disney literature, get used to seeing the name Jeff Kurtti; the guy has written over 30 books covering all aspects of Disney history, from the theme parks to the cruise lines to the individual films.  

Since The World Began is a fantastic book to get for a reader who is interested in learning the nitty-gritty details of how The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT Center and Hollywood Studios were thought up, designed and built.  This book is absolutely loaded with great pictures that help illustrate how many of the classic rides in these parks were constructed (my personal favorite is seeing how the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse was built). Mr. Kurtti finds a great balance between describing the technical wizardry inherent in these parks while also connecting them to their place in Disney’s history, both to the man and the films. I simply can’t recommend this one enough.

Note: when this book came out, Animal Kingdom was only in the planning stages…this is actually really cool because it contains a ton of conceptual artwork for what they were planning Animal Kingdom to eventually be – most of which never happened. For the reader whose favorite park is Animal Kingdom this is a great bit of history, but not super enlightening regarding the park we know and love today. The next book on this list will help round it out though.

#3: The Making of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

By Melody Malmberg

If you decide to give the Jeff Kurtti book as a gift, consider giving this one as well. A bonus this one is out of print, so you’ll have to pick up a used version which is SUPER cheap on Amazon!  As you can probably guess from the title, this one is a deep dive into the planning and construction of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and it’s full of great pictures and info. A great gift for anyone who loves this park. 

#4: Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making MORE Magic Real

By The Imagineers

This book is actually a sequel to an equally wonderful book (Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real), and I highly recommend both as gifts for people looking to learn about the inner workings of the Disney parks. They are both classics, but this second book is an absolutely gorgeous presentation: fold-out pages, transparent blueprint pages that fit over certain attractions to show their complex interiors. It has beautiful photos on every page. It’s come down a bit in price for a brand-new copy as well, which is cool.

You don’t need to read the first Imagineering guide to enjoy the second (I actually read them in reverse order myself). I only recommend the second one here because of just how unbelievably fancy it is – it’s a great present for any Disney lover. It’s also more up-to-date and features great chapters on the newer Disney parks like Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea.  Worth the price!

#5: The Vault of Walt, Vol. 1

By Jim Korkis

Along with Jeff Kurtti, Jim Korkis deserves to be on the Mount Rushmore of Disney historians.  A former Disney employee, Mr. Korkis has written an unbelievable number of books about all things Disney.  I have a bunch of them and quite honestly they’re all interesting, though some are better for beginners and some are a bit more narrow in their focus and probably better for people with some Disney knowledge under their belts.

Now up to 7 volumes (including a Christmas edition), his Vault of Walt series is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of all things Disney. The stories are well-told, and the book is perfect for someone who has limited time for reading – each chapter is a self-contained tidbit about either Walt the person or the Disney parks. You can read the chapters out of order and it’s easy to pick up and put down for long periods of time.

Reading about Disney is one my absolute favorite ways to add more mouse to my every day life. Whether I’m on a lunch break at work, in bed before turning in, on the couch when the weather is crummy outside. Disney history books are a great way to fill your time between visits to the parks. Every new book I finish about Walt Disney World makes me more excited to make my next trip armed with more knowledge regarding how special the place is.  

If you’re looking for some added suggestions for the Disney fan in your life, let us know in the comments section or contact us on Facebook!

See ya real soon! – Dave

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Disney+: What We Know and What We Want

Disney has been pretty mum about their impending streaming service ever since announcing it waaaaay back in early August of 2017. Drips and drabs have snuck out every once in a while, and I think most of us Disney freaks sort of assumed this new channel would end up being the home for most things Disney/Marvel/Star Wars and Muppets (and probably a bunch of other properties I’m forgetting that they own).  Here at Add More Mouse, Disney home entertainment is basically the first and foremost way to add some mouse to your house, so we’ve been pretty pumped for this streaming service ever since it was confirmed. Unfortunately, Disney basically went to radio silence on this thing right after they announced it.

Well, as the due date (sometime in late 2019) draws closer we’re starting to get some concrete details regarding what is going to be available on this thing, including what it’s actually called: Disney+. Thanks to a Disney Press Release on November 8th 2018 we have plenty of other details to be excited for as well, so I figure now is a good time to break down what we know we’re getting, as well as things the Add More Mouse household would love (nay, demands!) to see as part of this new Disney endeavor.

What We Know

  • Not one, but TWO separate live action Star Wars tv series. We already knew that John Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book remake) was working on a “wester-nish” Star Wars show called The Mandalorian, but now we know we’re also getting a series featuring the character Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) from the film Rogue One  (which makes it…a prequel to a midquel?) As someone who has loved Star Wars since before they could eat solid food, I’m jazzed for both of these. I personally think Disney has handled the Star Wars universe pretty well since taking it over, though I know some people disagree (they’re wrong).

  • Tom Hiddleston is apparently signed for a Loki tv series…which is interesting since (SPOILER ALERT – SERIOUSLY, THIS IS A SPOILER ALERT FOR AVENGERS INFINITY WAR) Loki seems pretty…incapacitated in the last Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War. No word on whether this is a prequel or if the ol’ god of mischief faked his death, but color us curious.

  • Monsters, Inc series!  I personally didn’t have high hopes for Monster’s University  and ended up loving it, so I’m excited to give it a shot. It would be amazing to see John Goodman and Billy Crystal come back for this, which seems like a long shot until you consider that all the OG voices came back for both direct-to-tv Toy Story specials (Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot). Here’s hoping they can get the band back together for this.

  • More reboots than you can shake a stick at (3 Men and A Baby, High Fidelity, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, High School Musical).  I’m far less interested in reboots and live-action retellings than I am in original content, but hey, whatever Disney, you do you.

  • A NEW MUPPET SHOW?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Look, I agree that the last Muppet’s TV show (ABC’s The Muppets) wasn’t what you would call…great…but I am pretty happy they haven’t given up on this franchise. Kids love Muppets, adults love Muppets, GIVE US MORE MUPPETS.  Much like baseball, bad Muppets is better than no Muppets. If you have not watched the original Muppets Show I strongly suggest you do so, it’s wonderful. Do it now.

Now…

WHAT WE WANT

  • Walt Disney Treasures collections – Back in the early 2000’s Disney put out a great series of now discontinued tin-encased DVD’s called Walt Disney Treasures.  From 2001 to 2009 these box sets present all of the original Oswald, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck cartoons, the Davy Crockett films, Disneyland tv specials, and later shows like Zorro and something called Elfego Baca and the Swamp Fox (look, I’m a Disney expert but I don’t know WHAT this is). While copies of this are not exactly hard to come by online, the asking price from third party sellers can really get up there (as of this writing, someone wants $150 on Amazon for The Complete Goofy– which is only two discs long!).  You can see most of these cartoons in crummy quality on YouTube, but Disney can kill two birds with one stone by making remastered versions available for the masses on Disney+.

  • The original primetime Walt Disney tv shows!  Back in the days when there were only 3 channels to watch at night, Walt Disney was a familiar face to millions of families across the country every week.  Walt hosted quite a few of episodes of the shows Walt Disney’s Disneyland, Walt Disney Presents, and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Check out Your Host, Walt Disney: TV Memories to get a taste of this. Many of these shows were presentations of Disney movies that were either edited down to a shorter time or broken up into pieces to be shown over multiple nights (with intros and outros done by Walt himself) – most of which are either widely available now or would be covered by re-releasing those Walt Disney Treasures box sets I mentioned above.  However, if you take a look at the episode guides for these shows – there’s a TON of stuff that is either long out of print or never saw a home video release of any kind. Personally, as an amateur Disney historian, I just want all that footage of Walt hosting in one place.

  • Blu-Ray Quality releases of classic films – In its 9 decades of existence as an animation and film studio, The Walt Disney Company has put out a LOT of content. We can imagine it’s a daunting task trying to figure out what to prioritize for special treatment, but this streaming service is a perfect chance to finally get some Blu-Ray quality versions of Disney classics like 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Black Hole , The Black Cauldron, Make Mine Music and Melody Time; and those are just scratching the surface!  (If you haven’t seen 20,000 Leagues Under the Seaclick here now and rectify that ASAP!)

  • And finally – The Disney Afternoon tv shows from the 1990’s!  As a child of the 90’s I grew up on these after school and having them all in one place to more easily force upon my own children would be so much more preferable than hunting down all the various box sets for The Gummi Bears Duck Tails,  Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin…even Bonkers and Goof Troop Gargoyles?).  And yes, I am using my children as my reason for wanting these included in Disney+ even though you and I both know I’d be watching these primarily by myself late at night. This is what children are for.

We obviously have some time before this thing comes online – so what do you hope to see included at some point with your Disney+ subscription?  Let us know in the comments.

See ya real soon!!

-Dave

Decorating with Disney For the Holidays

For many people, decorating for the Holidays means unpacking not only boxes of decorations but also boxes of memories and moments in time associated with certain items. In our home many of these decorations have a special Disney moment either from a trip to a park or a special item a family member chose for us. There are some really wonderful Disney items out there this Holiday season and we hope some of the following items can make it into your memories as a special item for you, a gift for a fellow Disney-enthusiast or even give you a chance to create a handmade Disney ornament for your tree or others!

  1. Personalized Mickey Mouse Christmas Ornament. These are super affordable, super cute and come in over 20 colors. A great way to add some simple Mickey magic to any Christmas tree!

2. Mickey Christmas Wreath– Available through Etsy with 5 choices in ribbon color and two sizes, this is a simple, classic Mickey Design 

3. Personalized Disney Christmas Tree Skirt– This is a really special Christmas item for a Disney loving family. Personalize with family name and each individual family member’s initial.

4. Disney Welcome Mat–  Comes in peppermint print and a Mickey Santa silhouette. Such a cute simple pattern to add some Mouse to your entranceway

5. Disney Themed Fleece Blanket– Available in three different sizes from infant to adult, and over 20 different colors. A great way to add a soft and warm Disney item to your decorations, or would be a great gift for a kiddo in your life, or adult!

6. Mickey and Minnie Felt Christmas Ornaments– If you are looking for a fun, simple craft you can complete with your kids (or alone….they are super cute!) this is a great option to add some homemade Disney Magic to your decorations. Also a perfect gift for a Disney loving family member or friend!.

We hope these Disney themed decorating ideas bring you a little more Mouse today and to your Holiday! See ya real soon!

-Kim

Two New Toy Story 4 Trailers?!

Full disclosure: when Disney/Pixar first announced that they were all-in on making Toy Story 4 I was equal parts excited and wary; sequels are always dicey propositions regardless of the property, and for a series I find to be nearly perfect, I didn’t want them going back to the well just to hit the bottom.

That being said, I’ve loved the two direct-to-tv specials that have come out in the past few years (2013’s Halloween season release Toy Story of Terror and 2014’s Christmas-y Toy Story That Time Forgot.  Both were able to deliver the jokes and heart the Toy Story franchise is beloved for, only in bite-sized chunks that my son has made me watch approximately 1,000 times each.  But movies are obviously a lot different than 22-minute shorts made for commercials.

Not to mention that Toy Story 3 has such a wonderful, wistful and perfect ending that it seemed like a perfect way to top that series off.  At the ripe old age of 37 I still can’t watch it around other people without having to pretend I’m having an allergy attack to explain my eyes watering all over my face. I only mention this because in a recent Interview on The Talk, Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear, I know you know that) was quoted as saying:

“Yes, I gotta resist getting emotional, I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story. It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big,” he said. “The idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled. I couldn’t even get through the last scene.”

Hoo boy.

So without further ado, here are the two Toy Story 4 teaser trailers in the order they were released.

Toy Story 4 comes out June 21st, 2019 which conveniently happens to be smack dab in the middle of peak allergy season for yours truly. 

-Dave

Mickey’s 90th Birthday Roundup

Excuse us if you already know this, but 2018 is our namesake’s 90th birthday!  That’s right – the mouse, the myth, the legend – Mickey – made his first appearance on the silver screen 90 years ago this November.

Just think – Walt Disney’s little black and white drawing of a mouse, created quickly by Walt Disney in 1928 during a cross-country train ride, became an icon that has transcended multiple generations as an instantly recognizable symbol of happy-go-lucky perseverance, can-do spirit, happiness, family-friendly entertainment and occasional mischief making. Even non Disney fans have probably owned more than a few items in their life that carried his face – diapers, toothbrushes, clothing, comic books, lamps, fishing rods – seriously, he has been plastered on everything at some point.

As ever-present Mickey products have been for the past 9 decades, this year is positively nuts when it comes to items bearing our main mouse’s likeness. Disney has gone all out in 2018 with commemorative items for their number one character, including some truly bonkers items that we personally can’t afford, but hey, maybe you can and then we can live vicariously through you.

What follows is a quick breakdown of five 90th birthday commemorative items that caught our eye the past few weeks.

First up: Ok, maybe they don’t classify as action figures since they don’t exactly move. In fact, they’re more like inaction figures since all they do is stand there…but man, they look great!

There are three main few sets that have been popping up all over our area (Northeast Ohio) in places like Target and JCPenney and they’re readily available online.  Interestingly, there’s apparently also a secret 4th set that we’ve seen (and purchased).  We’ll get to that one at the endAbove is the Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Metal Figurine 5 Pack stemming from Mickey’s Steamboat Willie cartoon: Mickey, Minnie, Captain (Pegleg) Pete, a cow and a parrot.  Unlike the other sets, these are made from die-cast metal instead of plastic.  Very sturdy and cool.Next up is a set of five Mickey’s stemming from different era’s: Steamboat Willie Mickey is here again, joined by Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, Clubhouse Mickey, something called “Technicolor Mickey,” and the Mickey from the current shorts being aired on the Disney Channel.  We picked these up and the quality is great.  The plastic isn’t cheap and they look fantastic hanging out in your office, bedroom or wherever else you need to add some mouse to your life.

This set has been the easiest to find in our neck of the woods: a Collectable Deluxe Figure 10 Pack Set that expands upon the previous 5 -piece set we just mentioned. Steamboat Willie seems to be a repeat model here but the other repeats are in different poses at least: Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mick is here, as is Clubhouse and current Mickey. Those are joined by another black-and-white Mickey from the Plane Crazy short (his true first cartoon), pie-eye mickey, comic book mickey, bandleader Mickey and a special all-gold figure. These are the same quality as the 5-piece and if you’re a sucker like me you’ll justify buying the repeats simply because their hands are pointed in different directions.

And then – there’s this 5-piece set.  I saw this in the wild at a local Walgreen’s in Akron, and I can NOT find evidence of its existence anywhere online. They had two sets so I snagged one and took a picture of the other.  The extra weird part is that these contain versions of Mickeys from the previous two-color sets, but they’re all in slightly different poses – you get Sorcerer’s Mickey again, as well as a different Steamboat Willie, Bandleader, current shorts and Clubhouse Mickey. I wish I had a link for ya, but I seriously can’t find these anywhere, even on the Walgreen’s website.  But they’re out there apparently!  If you find them online let us know and we’ll post a link.  Unless they only made 2 in the whole world, in which case maybe I can retire after I put it on eBay.

Now we come to one of the items we here at Add More Mouse cannot  afford but would love to own if we could: Mickey Mouse Through The Years Cuckoo Clock. Yeah, it’s a little pricey, but you get 8 different Mickeys repped here, with a 9th one appearing as the “cuckoo” piece.  Every hour on the hour this thing lights up and plays a piece of the “Mickey Mouse March,” so factor in your tolerance for hearing that tune 24 times a day before you purchase this.

We looked online to find a video of this clock in action and nothing seems to be uploaded yet. Either this is so new no one has had a chance or people are buying it and don’t have the guts to admit it.  Did you buy one?  Email us and tell us what you think (and send a video for us to post!)

Trains have been a crucial aspect of both Walt Disney the man and the parks that bear his name since the very beginning.  Walt was fascinated with trains as a kid and a perimeter train was a part of Disneyland’s plans from the very first moment Walt began imagining it.  Walt famously even had a small-scale train in his backyard (named the Carolwood Pacific) that he would take guests on when they came over. Walt’s train obsession is so well-documented there’s a whole book about it! Click on the the following link for more info about All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains.

Lionel is the biggest name in model trains and they’ve been making trains featuring Mickey’s likeness since the 1930’s (when the Mickey and Minnie push car saved Lionel Trains from bankruptcy), so it only makes sense that for Mick’s birthday they would put out a 90th Anniversary Ready to Run Train to celebrate him.

Look – we here at Add More Mouse don’t know a ton about model trains. We know people get very into them, which we applaud wholeheartedly. That said, this set seems to be a good one for beginners in that it has everything someone would need to make it run (it claims to be an “all-in-one” set).  Just like the cuckoo clock featured above, there don’t seem to be any videos online of this thing in action yet, so if you have this let us know how it is and send us a video to feature!

And lastly: Pez.  It’s Pez!

Pez dispensers have a long history of incorporating Disney characters over the past 4 decades (expect regular updates about new Pez sets as they arrive – we’re collectors), and they regularly release collectible sets for various Disney properties, whether it’s Disney Princesses, Star Wars or Mickey and his pals. This PEZ Mickey Twin Pack 90th is not as cool as the set they made for Mickey’s 80th birthday but it’s a simple and straightforward tribute to the mouse of the hour and it’s pretty cheap and easy to display.  It’s also super easy to get a hold of.  And it’s Pez!  Everyone likes Pez!

Thanks for reading our lengthy post about Mickey’s Birthday stuff to spend your money on.The holiday season is officially upon us, so expect an obnoxious level of Disney holiday magic to be splashed across this blog for the next 30 days.

See ya real soon!

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Evolution of Mickey in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

One of my Thanksgiving traditions is not terribly original: every year since I was a kid I get up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from beginning to end. It’s one of those things that helps to ring in the Christmas season and nothing is more autumnal than seeing thousands of people on TV layered up in the frigid cold trying to convince themselves it was totally worth the wait.

But if I’m being candid, I’m a little baffled about why I continue this tradition; is it the young, anonymous pop stars the record companies try to force on us?  Is it watching Broadway companies lip-sync their way through musical numbers? Is it because I’m a maniac who enjoys seeing things like this horrific live action Shrek singing a Smash Mouth song?  The answer to all these questions is: probably.

If you are not yet familiar with Disney Dan’s YouTube Channel, be warned: there are rabbit holes a-plenty there.  I regularly go there to watch one video and suddenly I’ve plowed through 15 in a row with no real idea of how much time has passed.

Dan’s channel regularly cranks out some truly great Disney history videos, full of archival footage from the parks and elsewhere and his hard work (available for free!) is evidence that the internet can actually be used for good sometimes.

In keeping with our Thanksgiving theme here on Add More Mouse, please enjoy this amazing video by Disney Dan detailing the Evolution of Mickey Mouse Balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade..  From the early pointy-snout days of the 1930’s to the more modern, round-featured version we know and love today, Dan has footage of them all and it’s well worth your time.

If you have a chance check out the Disney Dan Patreon page and consider supporting him so he can continue making these great videos.

See ya real soon!

-Dave

Disney-fy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving is a time to slow down,  spend time with loved ones and be thankful for the good things we have in life, both big and small. Here at Add More Mouse it’s also an opportunity to incorporate as many Disney and Mickey related items into the festivities to help manage the stress that comes with the Holidays. If you’re on the “food prep team” in your house you can add a whole bunch of Disney-themed kitchen items to your work station this year to help you along the way.

First  is this amazing Disney Themed Slow Cooker. This 5 quart cooker also comes with a Mickey-branded dipper for appetizers and desserts, both having glass lids and removable stoneware interiors to help with cleaning.  Let Mickey bring a smile to your face as you sweat it out in the kitchen while your extended family watches football in the next room.

While we’re talking kitchen, let’s talk about these great Decorative Disney Thanksgiving Kitchen Towels. These are such festive colors and have fun Disney images. Let Mickey and his pals help keep the kitchen tidy and help dry the piles of pots and pans you’ll have to wash by hand this Thanksgiving.

We know what you’re thinking: “These items are great for the kitchen, but how to force some Disney magic onto my loved ones this Thanksgiving?”  Fear not, the items below will all deliver more Mouse to your tabletop and throughout your Holiday.

There have been so many Disney-themed salt and pepper shakers on the market over the years that collecting them can be a whole hobby unto itself.  However, an exhaustive search turns up only a few sets of Thanksgiving-specific sets, with only one currently available at the time of this post. Check out these Disney Mickey and Minnie Thanksgiving Salt and Pepper Shakers. Here at Add More Mouse we actually have one of these sets and can verify, they work!

We think this next item is super fun: Tsum Tsum Thanksgiving Collection- Disney Planner Stickers. Although advertised as stickers to be used in a planner, you can use these stickers to enhance any and all items that need some Disney-ing.  You can get a great selection of stickers for just a few dollars or nab the whole set for less than $20. Perfect for decorating all your non Mickey items to add even more mouse to your Holiday.

Last but not least, we’re featuring images and links to a time honored collectible from the Disney Parks; pins!  And not just any pins, THANKSGIVING PINS.

 

There is a great site, Pin Pics ,that has compiled a expansive list of Disney Thanksgiving Pins in production over the past 25 plus years. They provide info regarding production volume, current interest and can link you to potential sellers. There have been some really special pins made over the years, a few of our favorites we’ve featured above.  If you’re a  Disney pin enthusiast there is a vast selection of pins floating around on the internet AS I TYPE THIS. Happy hunting! 

And so we’ve come to the conclusion not only our first Thanksgiving post on Add More Mouse but also our first post ever!  We hope you’ll keep coming back to check out our regular blog posts and podcast (also called Add More Mouse) for ongoing ways to infuse your daily life with Disney magic.  See ya real soon!!

-Dave