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Milford Hutsell

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:35

Episode 113 A Very Melanie Vacation

On this episode Melanie recaps her most recent trip to The World and RJ briefly talks about his hockey trip to Stockholm, Sweden. We hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening

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It’s a Marvel-ous day, Marvel Studios fans! Get ready to soar higher, farther, and faster because Captain Marvel is out now! In honor of release day, we thought we’d share a very special sit-down with the one and only Pinar Toprak! Not only is Pinar the composer of Captain Marvel, but also the first woman ever to score a Marvel Cinematic Universe feature film! Check out the Captain Marvel score here!

Pinar’s official involvement with the film began in August when she wrote three major suites for the movie: the Captain Marvel suite, the Kree suite, and the Scrolls suite. When it came to crafting the Captain Marvel suite, Toprak wanted to strike a balance between powerful yet also emotional to match the dualities in the character as well. “[Captain Marvel]’s super fun and really witty and I’m a huge fan of witty. Her character is beautiful in every way.”

Building a memorable suite for the Captain was incredibly important. “I wanted to make a theme that’s hopefully recognizable from the first two notes, since you don’t always have time, especially later in the movie, to fully go into it.”

The ‘90s decade and ‘90s action scores also played a big role in the compositions of the suites. “Back then, action movie scores were a lot more note-y. Very dynamic with a lot of things going on. If you listen closely, we pay a lot of homage to ‘90s action movies throughout the songs.”

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For Pinar, getting to work on Captain Marvel was the culmination of a life’s goal. Ever since her childhood in Turkey in the mid-‘90s, Toprak dreamed of one day getting to compose for the big screen. “All throughout elementary and high school, I was in love with films. I loved the art of writing music for films and telling a story through music.”

She started playing the violin at 5 at a conservatory and studied music full-time through grade school, eventually making her way to America for college. The path was not an easy one. When she first moved to America, she didn’t know any English and had no means of going to college. But with hard work, she made it possible, graduating college in two years, getting her start with legendary composer Hans Zimmer, and getting involved with more and more projects (including Disney•Pixar’s recently released Spark Short, Purl!) till eventually landing Captain Marvel.

When reflecting on her own journey, Pinar hopes that it can serve as inspiration and hope for anyone in the world. “They can look up and know that a Turkish woman was able to accomplish this and hopefully it can provide some inspiration that it’s attainable.”

Consider us #inspired!

You can listen to Pinar’s gorgeous score in the action-packed, totally awesome Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, out now! Find the soundtrack here and get your tickets here.

The post Captain Marvel Composer, Pinar Toprak, Is Living Her Dream! appeared first on Oh My Disney.

We’re all so excited to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe get its first female superhero lead in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel movie, in Australian cinemas now.

But there’s another character everyone just can’t stop purring about and that’s Goose the Cat!


It’s about time for all the other cats of the internet to step aside because Captain Marvel’s loyal sidekick has stolen hearts across the universe. Whether you’re a fan or a future fan, you’ve got to admit Goose is pretty cute, right? Look at those big kitty eyes!



Take this quiz to see how much you relate to everyone’s new favourite feline, Goose the Cat.


We’ll get to see how Captain Marvel (and we like to think Goose) saves our world on 7 March. Get tickets to Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel now.


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Transport yourself to Hollywood in the 1930’s with a dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park! Inspired by Carthay Circle Theatre — the Los Angeles movie theater that premiered Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937—enjoy a fine dining experience surrounded by the glitz and glamour of the cinematic Golden Age. Stardust lingers in the air with an homage to Hollywood and rich architectural details, but what hidden gems of information can we dig up? Say “Heigh-Ho!” and let’s look closer.

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is located in a lively central location off Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Boulevard, serving a similar purpose to the Central Plaza at Disneyland park. In a sense, it’s the “castle-like” hub of Disney California Adventure park.

Lounge of Cathay Circle, Disney California Adventure park

When you enter the front doors, you are placed back in time at a sophisticated lounge. The look of the two-story space draws on the dramatic interior styling of the original Carthay Circle Theatre, which featured designs inspired by Mission Revival, Art Deco, Baroque and Western American art. Many of the design details in the Carthay Circle Lounge were inspired by the few interior photos of the Carthay Circle Theatre that still exist. Also, the designs of the lights and other fixtures are authentic and were manufactured by some of the same companies that produced the originals back in 1926.

Main room dining area, Cathay Circle at Disney California Adventure park

Once you travel to the second floor, a star-studded hallway transports you into the main dining room area. The mural above the centerpiece of the room is a replica of Snow White’s forbidden forest. Try not to get lost in it!

Semi-privare dining area, Cathay Circle at Disney California Adventure park

Adjacent to the main dining room, there are three semi‐private dining areas: the five-seat Hyperion and Buena Vista rooms, named for the streets on which two of Walt Disney’s studios have been located, and the 12-seat Premiere Room where Snow White is also paid homage to. In the Premiere Room, there is a chandelier dangling above the table. These crown-like fixtures were designed to represent the evil queen’s reign over the castle. An apple-shaped applique pierces the center of the chandelier to represent the poison apple from the story.

Photo of Audrey Hepburn

There are two solarium dining areas and dining terraces as well. You can see photographs of stars and producers from the 1930’s all the way to the 2000’s with Oscars in hand, including Walt himself! One special photo is of Audrey Hepburn congratulating Julie Andrews on her Oscar win for Best Actress in “Mary Poppins.”

Here’s an interesting fact: Audrey Hepburn secured the role as Eliza Doolittle in the film adaptation of “My Fair Lady” after Julie Andrews’ run on Broadway as the character. Although she was disappointed to have not been cast for the film version, Andrews was free to play the role of Mary Poppins. For her amazing performance, she won the Oscar for Best Actress next to her Broadway counterpart Rex Harrison for the Best Actor award in the “My Fair Lady” movie.

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For Walt’s work on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” he received an honorary Academy Award in 1939—one full-size Oscar along with seven “dwarf” statuettes. Shirley Temple is pictured next to him with this special award.

Photo of Walt and Roy Disney with Margie Gay

There is another little girl in a photograph after you get off of the elevator, but it is not Shirley Temple. Do you know who she is? That little girl with Walt and Roy Disney is Margie Gay — one of the actresses that played Alice in the Alice Comedies from 1925 to 1927. Thanks to Walt’s persistence, the Alice Comedies secured his ability to keep animating in California.

While we may have looked closer at the details about Walt and his movie legacy in Hollywood, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge has a wealth of history and nostalgia for all ages, not to mention exceptional cuisine. Next time you dine at this favorite spot, be sure to take time for a closer look....

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More than 56,000 princesses and princes alike descended upon Walt Disney World Resort this past weekend for the 2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Filled with royal memories and fairy-tale finishes, runners celebrated some of the classic Disney Princesses in a weekend of exciting events. Take a look at a few of our favorite highlights from throughout the weekend:

2019 Disney Princess 5K photo collage

Runners set off on an adventure with their familia during the Disney Princess 5K, which celebrated the beautiful la princesa, Elena of Avalor! Participants danced their way through an exciting 3.1 miles of fun.

2019 Disney Princess Enchanted 10K photo collage

It was a race worth finishing for during the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K featuring Mulan. Warriors courageously took on the 6.2-mile course swiftly during the weekend’s second event.

2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon photo collage

2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon finish line photos: Jackie Pirtle-Hall and Bethany Evans crossing the finish line

Full of grace and beauty, runners finished the dreamy weekend with a run through Walt Disney World Resort during the Disney Princess Half Marathon, celebrating Princess Aurora. Capturing her first runDisney event win, Jackie Pirtle-Hall met her fairy-tale ending in first place with a time of 1:18:30. Also celebrating a royal win, Bethany Evans captured the overall Female Wheelchair Division, posting a time of 1:25:13.

Disney Fairy Tale Challenge participant with medals

A big congratulations to those runners who dazzled and went the extra miles to complete the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge, finishing 19.3 miles over the magical weekend! Thank you to all who joined us this during the 2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Be sure to share out your event photos using #PrincessHalf!

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In the past, you may have heard us share that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest single-themed land expansion at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and that they are opening this summer and fall, respectively. We have previously shared that while the land is epic in size, every detail in the land has been designed to have an authentic Star Wars feel. You hopefully have also seen the teasers of our two anchor attractions – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where you will find yourself in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which allows you and your flight crew to take the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy on a special mission. We have also said that Oga’s Cantina is a great place for guests to grab a beverage, catch up on the latest gossip while R-3X, formerly the Starspeeder pilot on the original Star Tours, DJ’s a collection of new music.

Today I’d like to introduce a new series on the Disney Parks Blog called “Building Batuu.” Batuu, as you may know, is the home of Black Spire Outpost, the location you will visit when you arrive at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Over the next several months, we will be providing you with more details about this entire new land, the offerings and attractions and how you can live your own Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away.

We will show you how you can dive deeper into Star Wars storytelling by engaging with the land through the Play Disney Parks app, if you desire a deeper level of immersion. But there is also plenty to see and do (and taste!) throughout Black Spire Outpost that we haven’t previously shared.

While we’re on the subject of taste, there will be several locations in our land to satisfy the appetites of most rogue adventurers:

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has traveled throughout the galaxy following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavors and unusual dishes to his traveling diner “Tuggs’ Grub.”

Ronto Roasters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare.

Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.

Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (sweet and salty popcorn snack with a hint of spice).

For those looking to purchase in-story Star Wars merchandise and rare finds from across the galaxy, you need to look no further than our many different Outpost stores and market stalls.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras.

Savi's Workshop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.

Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.

First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.

Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.

There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:

  • Toydarian Toymaker (toys)
  • Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you)
  • Black Spire Outfitters (clothing)
  • The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure)

I look forward to sharing additional details about these and much more through our “Building Batuu” series with some additional news coming later today on some of the food and beverage offerings that will be served in Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and how the Disney cast members’ costumes will play a big part in bringing the inhabitants of this outpost to life....

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Grab your passports, cameras and sunscreen and be ready to eat some baklava, because Disney Cruise Line is returning to Greece! That’s right – after five years, the Disney Magic is making a long-awaited return to Greece in the summer of 2020. In addition to these nine- and 12-night Greek Isles voyages, our European season is packed with a plethora of new ports, while adventures will continue across the fleet with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Athens, Greece

European Explorations
If Europe is on your bucket list, the summer of 2020 is the time to go! Three special Mediterranean cruises from Rome offer a selection of destinations in Greece, combined with visits to other notable cities in the region. Stops in Piraeus, the gateway to Athens; Katakolon, near ancient Olympia; and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete highlight these itineraries. Two of the sailings give you the opportunity to visit Sicily, where you can visit landmarks such as Mount Etna, the highest and most active volcano in Europe, or the Piazza del Duomo, the city’s historic center. The third cruise features a return to the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Disney Cruise Line in Europe

The Mediterranean cruises aren’t the only European itineraries with new ports of call. The Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe in the summer of 2020 includes new stops in Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium, offering you new ways to see the Baltic, British Isles and Norwegian fjords.

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Alaska

Alaskan Adventures
In 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, opening up a world of breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife. These seven-night itineraries depart from Vancouver, Canada, with visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier. Each sailing features fun and adventure both in port and on the ship, from stunning scenery and one-of-a-kind Port Adventures in each destination to special touches that bring the splendor and spirit of Alaska to life onboard.

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Alaska

Tropical Travel to the Caribbean and Bahamas
The Disney Fantasy will be sailing a variety of new itineraries in the summer of 2020, allowing you to experience this ship in both Bahamian and Caribbean locales! In addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will embark on five- and nine-night Caribbean sailings, along with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, three of which feature two stops at our private island, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream will provide even more opportunities for you to visit Castaway Cay in the summer of 2020 with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, including a series of cruises with two calls on the private island paradise.

The Disney Dream docks at Castaway Cay

Bookings open to the public on March 7, 2019. More details can be found on the Summer 2020 Itineraries page of

Whether your bucket list calls for a European adventure, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Alaska or a visit to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas and Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line has many opportunities for your family to see the world next summer. Let the vacation planning begin!...

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Today, Disney Cruise Line announced an amazing lineup of itineraries for summer 2020, including all the ways guests can enrich their cruise vacation with a variety of add-on experiences from Adventures by Disney! Whether it’s a premium cruise upgrade complete with curated port excursions or an immersive city escape before the ship sets sail, these expertly tailored Adventures by Disney packages are the perfect way to create an unforgettable land-and-sea Disney cruise vacation.

Want to know more? Keep reading to discover how you can take your Disney Cruise Line vacation to the next level with Adventures by Disney.

The Disney Magic at Sea Family visiting the Colosseum in Rome

Premium Cruise Packages in Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean
Guests sailing on select Disney Cruise Line itineraries can book an Adventures by Disney overlay to maximize port time, enhance onboard experiences and streamline logistics – it’s like an “easy button” for your vacation!

Throughout the voyage, knowledgeable Adventure Guides provide dedicated service both onboard and in port, as they lead guests on specially curated excursions, interactive activities and extraordinary adventures. Onboard the ship, guests enjoy unique experiences and premium amenities exclusive to Adventures by Disney, such as an intimate talkback session with Walt Disney Theatre cast members followed by a behind-the-scenes costume and prop activity.

Disney's Castaway Cay Family riding bikes on Disney's Castaway Cay

For the first time ever, Adventures by Disney packages can be booked for Caribbean cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy in summer 2020. These all-new offerings provide the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation with exclusive receptions and entertainment onboard and privately guided excursions in St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and more.

Best of all, Adventures by Disney guests on these special Caribbean sailings will enjoy enhanced recreation and entertainment, plus all-inclusive premium food and drinks, at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Other highlights in 2020 include a return to Alaska and popular packages in northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with the addition of experiences in the Greek Isles.

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Pre-Cruise Escapes in Europe
Adventures by Disney also offers pre-cruise vacations in Rome; London; Barcelona, Spain; and Copenhagen, Denmark. These two- to three-night Escapes feature unforgettable experiences in iconic cities, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Plus, activities like flamenco dancing, mosaic making and preparing local cuisine immerse families in the culture of each region.

Bookings for these Disney Cruise Line sailings and Adventures by Disney add-on packages open to the public on March 7, 2019.

For more information or to book your next Disney vacation, visit, call 888-272-0571 or contact a travel agent....

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The most spectacular example of Membership Magic meets the most requested Member Cruise itinerary when the Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise returns to Alaska in 2020!

Sailing from beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada (I can already taste the poutine I didn’t eat enough of when we sailed to Alaska in 2015) on Aug. 24, 2020, this made-for-Members voyage aboard the Disney Wonder will feature a stunning sea day along the majestic Dawes Glacier, and port stops in the historic Alaskan mining and fishing towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan before returning to Vancouver (for more poutine!) on Aug. 31, 2020.

Disney Wonder in Alaska

Like all Member Cruise voyages, the 2020 sailing will elevate the already spectacular Disney Cruise Line experience with custom décor, commemorative in-room gifts and exclusive entertainment celebrating the past, present and future of Disney.

Eligible Members may begin booking staterooms through Member Services beginning April 6, 2019. Learn more in the meantime online at (Did I mention the poutine?)

As a part of Membership Extras, an incidental benefit, these member benefits are subject to change, availability or termination and may require a fee. Membership Extras are available with eligible ownership interests. Visit for more information....

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The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will return to the park next week, kicking off 90 days of beautiful floral fun on March 6. And today, we’re sharing a sneak peek at some of the exclusive merchandise that Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can pick up during their visit.

First up, Passholders can add two new event-specific magnets* to their collection: a Pluto magnet will be available March 6-April 10, and Daisy will be available April 11-June 3 (both available while supplies last). This is the first time both of these characters will be featured on complimentary Passholder magnets. To pick yours up, stop into Mouse Gear or Port of Entry and show your valid annual pass card and photo ID.

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There will also be Passholder-exclusive merchandise released throughout the festival. Starting March 6, Passholders can find a Figment t-shirt, Tervis tumbler, mug and limited-edition MagicBand as well as two trading pins, a Pandora charm, a Donald and Spike mug and a Dooney & Bourke Tassel Tote. Then, on April 11, Passholders can return to find a Tervis stem glass, Minnie mug, ladies tank top and baseball cap as well as a Goofy mug, t-shirt and baseball cap. Passholders can present their annual pass card to receive a 20% discount. Merchandise available while supplies last.

Passholders can also purchase an exclusive Pluto cookie at Taste Track on March 6, or an exclusive Daisy cookie for purchase at Taste Track on April 11 (both while supplies last).

Make the most of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival experience by booking a Garden Rocks Concert Series dining package**, which includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant, plus guaranteed seating at a Garden Rocks concert. This year’s concert lineup has added more than 20 new artists, plus returning favorites! And better yet, Passholders can enjoy a 10% discount for these dining packages by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

*Not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged magnets. Limit one Pluto magnet and one Daisy magnet per Passholder. Available while supplies last. Must visit designated pickup location to receive the magnet. Must show your valid annual pass card and photo ID to receive the magnet.

**Discount applies to the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) during available breakfast, lunch and dinner meal periods. Valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) Guests. Not valid for special events and may not be combined with any other discount or offer....

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