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3 May


Judy Wills

Back in August of 2016, I started a mini-series of blogs, about “My Love Affair with Disney.”  I wrote several “episodes” in that series that told about how Fred and I enjoy Disney World so much, and what of Disney stuff we have around the house.

One thing I mentioned and described I would like to rephrase here:

Our youngest daughter, Janet, worked at a Disney Store once upon a time, and she supplied us with quite a bit of Disney stuff.  One of my favorite things she gave us, were figurines of some of the characters from Disney’s 1939 original Fantasia.  I enjoyed them so much, that I had a friend (who is a wood worker by trade), fashion a shadow box for them.  That box and those figurines now grace a wall in our house.  I think they are adorable!  Unfortunately, I have broken one of the pieces, but have substituted another Mickey in its place.  And another friend who worked for Disney, presented us with “Mickey’s House” snowglobe that rests upon the top of the shadow box.  

What I did NOT do with that is take a picture of the shadow box, so my readers could see what I have, so here it is:

On another Disney note, our oldest daughter, Karen and her husband, Brian, gave us a BIG book for Christmas titled One Day at Disney – Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe.  It’s a beautiful book, and with pictures of some of the people who work the Disney magic at all the Disney facilities around the world.  And that includes ABC, that Disney owns.  Fascinating book!  

But one entry in the book had me laughing out loud, and I would like to share it with you, now.  It is the story of Joseph Hernandez, who is a captain of the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland in California.  He tells the story…well, let me quote the story:

“The actual maiden voyage for the Mark Twain was a couple days prior to the park’s opening, for Walt and Lillian Disney’s anniversary that year…..Envisioned by Walt himself, the Mark Twain was an opening-day attraction, one of many park features overseen during construction by retired Admiral Joe Fowler.

“Admiral Joe Fowler had come down to do an inspection of the Mark Twain prior to departure, and he found Lillian Disney on the main deck, making sure everything was neat and tidy….As soon as he stepped foot on the boat, she handed him a broom.”

Now the part that had me laughing out loud was that last part!  I suspect that Admiral Fowler hadn’t swabbed a deck since he was a mid-shipman!  And Lillian Disney handed him a BROOM? That’s hilarious!!  Well, it’s hilarious to me, anyway.

Mark Twain Riverboat - Tokyo Disneyland
Credit Google Search and Disney.com

Just thought I would pass along those little tidbits of Disneyana.  Hope you enjoyed them both!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

My Love Affair with Disney~Part 4

11 Sep


Judy Wills




Just a few more Disney items to share with you this time. As you can tell from the previous musings, we really like all things Disney!

During the time our daughter worked at a Disney store, she purchased and gave to us a cell of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He is my absolute favorite Mickey character! And this cell is just the thing for us to enjoy. He hangs proudly on our wall.




And this picture just caught my attention the first time I saw it. Walt Disney had such a wonderful imagination, and this picture, superimposed on another of Walt himself, is the ultimate in his imagination. He is walking through Florida dirt and sand, but picturing Cinderella’s castle in his mind – where it would go, and what it would look like. This, to me, is imagination at its best.




After September 11, 2001, and the terrorist attack on our country, Disney’s animators came out with a couple of figurines that spoke to me. I’ve only purchased one, but I treasure this one. It represents Mickey Mouse honoring and thanking the firefighters from that horrendous day. The other one represents the same, but for the police officers that worked so hard that day. Beautiful.




There are a few other things – especially Disney t-shirts, but I didn’t think that would be of interest to many people. But they are fun to wear!

I hope you have enjoyed this little jaunt through our Disney memorabilia – as much as I have enjoyed writing it. All things Disney are fun things for us – to have and to do.



Credit Disney World website


NOTE: My apologies for the reflections in the pictures above. I just didn’t want to capture my own image in the pictures, and therefore, the pictures I took are a bit skewed. But perhaps you can see the main focus anyway.



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