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#185398 - 12/15/10 03:41 AM D23 Disney and Dickens Event was great!!
Karen W2 Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 05/11/99
Posts: 6233
Loc: Paradise - San Diego, USA!
Last Wednesday, we went to the D23 Disney and Dickens Event. Tickets were limited for this event, and sold out very quickly, so we were very happy I was able to score 2 tickets for this! It started with a time for shopping at the CM-only stores at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Though their Christmas things weren't on sale for us, like they were at the Mickey's of Glendale special shopping event we went to, they had the best selection of Disney orns I've seen yet!

After shopping, we were escorted to the Legends Plaza, where we had hot cider and cookies, while being serenaded by a group of carolers. This was a fun time of talking with other D23 members, as well as event staffers and time for all who wanted to take photos in the area to do so. Everyone had their photo taken by their professional photographer with the Partners Statue there and received their photos before we left the area. There was also time here for some big group shot photos, as well as video with us all, for their website and we each received 2 group photos via email, a couple of days after the event. One was the "serious" group shot and the other was the "fun" group shot.

From our time in Legends Plaza, we were escorted to the Animation Building, where we got to see various places in the building that were used during Walt's time, as well as now, like one of the "sweatbox" screening rooms, with seating for about 24 people. It was one of the rooms used for viewing film "dailies" and other things. One of our other stops was to Walt's private screening room that seats about 70 people. Here we watched the following rarely seen shorts and featurettes:

Santa's Workshop (1932) - a Silly Symphony about Santa and his elves preparing everything for his annual delivery.

Mickey's Good Deed (1932) - Mickey is an out of work street singer, who makes a tough choice to sell Pluto (to a rich man with a spoiled brat who wants Pluto), so he can give the money to a poor family who can't afford a Christmas. Pluto is mistreated by the family and he escapes to get back to Mickey. Mickey's voice in this short was done by Walt Disney himself!

Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952) - the tree Mickey cuts down in the forest to bring home for Christmas and decorate turns out to be Chip and Dale's home and Pluto tries to get them out!

The Small One (1978) - done by Don Bluth, when he worked for Disney (after leaving, he made The Secret of NIMH, An American Tale, etc.). An animated musical, it tells the story of a young boy in ancient Israel, who is forced by his father to sell his pet donkey, because they can't afford to keep him. The donkey is small (hence the name), so the boy isn't able to sell him in the market, where the sellers make fun of the dear little donkey, but as he is leaving, he meets a kind young man named Joseph, who is looking for a gentle donkey to carry his wife Mary to Bethlehem. The rest is history!!

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) - an animated take on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Mickey and his friends.

After watching these gems, we departed the studios for our Christmas feast, at the nearby Tam O' Shanter restaurant, Walt's favorite, that was nicknamed the "Studio Commissary", since it was within walking distance from the Studios' original location. Walt's favorite table is here, along with several art pieces done by Studio artists for the restaurant.

The Tam is a quaint restaurant, one of our favorites when we're in the area, designed to look like a cozy Scottish inn and it was expertly decorated for Christmas! We had our own private dining room and at each place setting were our gifts for the evening - a D23 exclusive Disney and Dickens embroidered patch to commemorate the event, a split of "White Wine", festively wrapped, with a special label reading, "D23 Presents Disney & Dickens 2010" and a beautiful large filigree metal Mickey head-shaped orn with "jewels" in it.

We were entertained by strolling Dickens Carolers, in Victorian garb, who entertained our requests, in addition to their own selections. I was very happy to see they had quite a large repertoire (as well as a large notebook of sheet music), so I was able to request and hear several of my favorites from my experience of singing with Master Chorales, Madrigals, Chamber Singers and other singing groups over the years. Not surprisingly, they were happy to have a chance to do those requests, in addition to the usual holiday songs.

Our dinner included the following: choice of beverages (including white, red and rose wines, as well as soft drinks), the Tam O' Shanter Salad served with their 2 yummy breads - Sourdough and Swedish Limpa (a type of brown bread) with butter.

After salad, we had our choice of the following entrees:

Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed spinach and horseradish (on the side). Lawry's owns the Tam and they're famous for their Prime Rib.

Fresh Fish of the Day (we didn't notice what it was, since we didn't choose fish) with seasonal accompaniments.

English Goose with chestnut, sausage and mushroom stuffing, bourbon sage gravy and mashed potatoes. Both of us chose this, as they don't have goose on a regular basis.

Seasonal Vegetables and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with pomodoro marinara sauce, sauteed spinach and parmigiano-reggiano cheese.

For dessert, we had our choice of Tradional English Trifle or Decadent Chocolate Cake.

Coffee and tea were also included at the end of the meal.

We had a great time, with a great meal and left soon after we finished it, since my hubby had to work the next day and we had a 2.5 hour drive home.

If you'd like to see some of the photos we took during the event, let me know and I'll post a link to them. This event was a great end to a great year of membership in the D23 club and we look forward to going to the events they have planned in 2011!

If you'd like to read some info on the event, you can read it here on the D23 website: http://d23.disney.go.com/expo/120810_EE_DisneyandDickens.html .
Karen W2 - Paradise - San Diego, USA!

"If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?!"

#191098 - 01/30/11 04:24 AM Re: D23 Disney and Dickens Event was great!! [Re: Karen W2]
Karen W2 Offline
Santa's Helper

Registered: 05/11/99
Posts: 6233
Loc: Paradise - San Diego, USA!
Here's a link to some of the photos we took during the Disney & Dickens Event:

Karen W2 - Paradise - San Diego, USA!

"If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?!"


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