Kelcie and Larry get married at Disneyland

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Kelcie and Larry are high school sweethearts that just got married at Disneyland. That story is not unusual, but Larry was struck by a drunk driver and severely injured in an accident just one day before he was going to propose to Kelcie. The injury left him brain damaged and requiring the use of a wheelchair.

The couple decided to have their dream wedding anyway and launched a kickstarter campaign to make it happen. That fundraiser went viral and they were able to have their ceremony, and thanks to Disney, their honeymoon at the Happiest Place on Earth just last week.

So if you’re looking for a feel good story of the week, this is it. Check out the ABC News Story and their wedding photography page. Finally check out Disney’s blog post about how cast members united together to make their Cinderella Carriage accessible and safe for Kelcie and Larry. Best of luck to Kelcie and Larry for a long life together.

My wife and I were also were struck by a drunk driver. We had just finished planning our wedding with Disneyland’s fairytale wedding team and were driving home when we were hit by some jerk who only made it 50 feet from the bar before ramming into us at 40 MPH. We were fortunate enough to escape merely with lifelong back injuries and some nerve damage due to the size of the vehicle we were driving. If we had been in a smaller car the injuries would have been much worse or fatal.

It makes me sad and angry that this is still happening. Please don’t drink and drive.

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Frozen Coming Home to EPCOT’s Norway Pavilion

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Remember the long lines for the Princess Plass meet and greet with Disney “Frozen” sisters Elsa and Anna in EPCOT’s Norway  pavilion? At times the queue was 5+ hours long to see Disney’s latest stars. Have you explored the “Norsk Kultur: inspiration for Disney Frozen” exhibit inside the Stave Church? It’s not much, but it’s the perfect exhibit to show how the movie and the pavilion are inextricably linked.

The movie obviously drew a lot of its inspiration from Norway, but was set in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Fictional, because that’s what fairytales do, they use fantasy to shine a light on reality.

With Friday’s announcement, it’s official; Disney is planning to replace Maelstrom with a Disney Frozen themed attraction. The issue, has sharply divided fans. While Norway pavilion wasn’t my first choice for a Frozen attraction (I think it would fit better in Magic Kingdom with the other animated princesses), I’m not opposed to a movie that is so obviously Nordic inspired being placed in Norway.

One of the arguments I’m hearing against adding Frozen to the World Showcase is that cartoons aren’t realistic enough for a theme park that is supposed to represent various nations. The whole cartoons ruin EPCOT World Showcase thing just hasn’t shown to be true. The world didn’t end when Donald and pals appeared in Mexico and having Belle & Aurora walk-arounds hasn’t destroyed France. In fact, I’m pretty sure that if this announcement was for a Ratatouille attraction, like just opened in Disney Studios France, the fans would be 90% in favor of it.

Stories are central to a nation’s culture. Disney has always been famous for incorporating those stories into its animation litany. Maelstrom, as it exists today, incorporates many of that nation’s myths. So too will the Frozen attraction, just one lens removed. The Disney lens, but you can still see Norway through it.

Here’s the best reason for the change, worse than France or Mexico, the country of Norway has not been paying for pavilion maintenance or upgrades for some time. It does not have a strong restaurant to anchor it (it’s filled with other Disney princesses) and frankly, when is the last time you stopped and watched that 7 minute movie at the end of Maelstrom. They don’t even bother to close the doors any more.

“Frozen” will bring life back to a pavilion that has been neglected to the point where the only thing that still resembled Norway were the Lefse in the bakery. I realize this is not a popular position. It if turns Disney’s attention back to rest of the World Showcase and maybe gets us a new country or a Ratatouille attraction in France, then it’s a terrific move. EPCOT hasn’t been living up to its potential and it’s time to move forward with new ideas and new life for the park.

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Save 50% on Disney Frozen Wall Decals, Plus Many More

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Now through September 18, you can save 50% off some of the best Disney wall decals to decorate your child’s room, or any room, with fantastic images from your favorite Disney movies, such as Frozen, Tangled, Toy Story or Finding Nemo.

Fathead makes officially licensed decals that will cling safely to your walls. They’re all safe for walls, removable, and reusable. From life size images to smaller stickers, you can find something that represents your passion.

Right now, Fathead is having their End of Summer sale where hundreds of items are 50% off. Your purchase will help support The Disney Blog. Thank you.

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New Disneyland Resort Halloween Commercial & Entertainment Details

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Even though Walt Disney World has four themeparks, two water parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports, if you want to celebrate Halloween, you’ll have to visit the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to do so. Disneyland, on the other hand, has spread the season out over both its theme parks. Of course, Disneyland has its own ticketed event (on 14 nights this year), but there is plenty to do during regular park hours too

I love this commercial released by Disneyland to entice guests to visit during the season. It features animated classic villains enjoying the parks in their own special way:

The Halloween season at Disneyland runs through October 31st. And includes special transformations of the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, dance with the Mad T Party band, and a chance meet Mickey Mouse and his friends in Halloween costumes. New this year are special experiences at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch and more mysterious fun joining the Astounding Cauldron of Magic.

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Instapic: Lady & the Tramp topiary

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I didn’t realize how great this Lady & the Tramp topiary was until seeing it off the ground like it is currently presented on the Marketplace side of Downtown Disney. It is usually seen in Italy during Flower & Garden festival, and is a very popular photo spot, but it works so much better when on top of a flower bed like it is in Downtown Disney.

Do you have a favorite Disney topiary?

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