This week we have our first post from our new contributor – Mother Of Figments. This talented lady is not only a runner, an accomplished knitter, and incredible singer/performer, but she is also our very own Disneybounding Expert! Here you will find the first post in her new series where she’ll not only introduce newbies to “Bounding” but will also be sharing her tips and resources for those who also want to get in on the fun.
My very first ‘Disneybound’ was completely by accident. As a fan of Once Upon A Time, I heard that there was a storefront at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park that was meant to be the storefront of Mr. Gold’s/Rumplestiltskin’s shop from the tv show. To show my love for the character, I bought gold eyeshadow and gold shimmer lipstick and wore my Loki t-shirt (because Gold/Rumple and Loki share much in common, in my mind). I had no idea that what I was doing was a ‘thing’ and that it was becoming more popular by the moment!
Around that time I started seeing people walking around the park in green, mermaid-scale leggings and purple tank-tops, obvious homages to Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’. It was later in that trip that I realized that what they were doing, and indeed, what I was doing with my Mr. Gold/Rumple homage and my ‘Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party’ costume had a name: Disneybounding.
Buzzfeed defines Disneybounding as: ‘When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters. It’s basically closet cosplay at its finest.’
A question that often gets asked is ‘What is the difference between Disneybounding and Cosplay?’ The members of the ‘Disneybounders Unite’ Facebook page generally say that when a costume is built to be an exact copy and wigs/prosthetics are involved, then it’s ‘Cosplay’. Otherwise, it’s considered “Bounding” (there can be other types of Bounding…I’ve seen Pokemon, Star Trek, Harry Potter, DC Comics, Dr. Seuss, Elfquest etc. represented!).
Bounding came about because of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland rule that “Costumes may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older; however, some costumes may be permitted during select special events.” Adult guests, however, wanted to show their love for certain characters so the idea of representing them in more contemporary ways came about. Google ‘Disneybound ideas’ and there are pages upon pages of images and Pinterest Boards devoted to outfits for almost any Disney character that anyone could think of.
As someone who loves dressing up and loves the idea of costumes as a whole, this idea fascinated me. The next time I attempted Disneybounding’was during Dapper Days, an unofficial celebration of all things Vintage at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. Everything that I wore that weekend came from my closet as I used the ideas of color and pattern to convey the characters I chose.
The Disneybounding Bug had bitten me! I started going through my closet, putting together outfits that, maybe with an accessory or two, would create a Disneybound for another character…or seven. I started collecting clothing items that could work as a ‘Bound’. Amazingly, there are quite a few retailers that have embraced and encouraged this trend, such as Hot Topic, Torrid, BoxLunch, Etsy, Unique Vintage, and even The Disney Store itself.
My favorite way to find items, however, is to first dive into my closet and pull up basics such as solid-color shorts or skirts and solid-color tops. I then see what color combinations might inspire a character for me. All it takes is a black shirt and a pair of red bottoms and voila! It’s Mickey Mouse! Then I think about what accessories might enhance the outfit. I’m a fan of enamel pins (that could be a whole other post!) and other jewelry bits that give a little hint. Sometimes those are a special purchase or can be easily made if you’re crafty (or know crafty friends).
If I’m missing something of a specific color or style, I then tend to look through consignment/thrift shops to see if anything might work if it’s not something I would normally add to my closet. There’s no need to buy something crazy if you’re only going to wear it once! That $8 purple t-shirt from a craft store or thrift shop is just as good as one from The Disney Store if you’re only going to Ariel-Bound once! It’s also a lot of fun to make pins or hair accessories from Fimo (molding clay) from a craft store.
For my trip in February 2019 for the Princess Half-Marathon weekend, I’m planning to Disneybound every day. Thus far I have Casual Snow White (t-shirt purchased from Etsy), The Genie (belt purchased from Pin Up Girl and t-shirt to be determined), The Mermaid Lagoon from Peter Pan, and Joy from Inside Out (dress purchased from Poshmark). All other items not specifically mentioned, have been pulled from my own clothing collection.
Budget is super-important to me, especially as the trips to the parks themselves are so expensive, but there is also no rule that says you can’t collect pieces as you come across them! I will also be the first to admit that I have put together an Evangeline (The Princess and the Frog) Disneybound that I’m quite proud of…even though every piece was purchased specifically for it. Disneybounding also isn’t just for the parks! I’ve worn some outfits to work that I have either accidentally or purposefully curated for Bounding purposes.
There are some great resources on Disneybounding on the internet including videos, Pinterest boards, and Facebook pages. In my next post, I’ll go into a little more detail about Closet Shopping and figuring out character color-blocking.
Anyone can Disneybound; all it takes is a little faith, trust, and Pixie Dust.
The new year has arrived, bringing with it the usual vows of self-improvement, opportunity for fresh starts, and hope that the coming twelve months will be better than the previous. It’s a traditional time for optimism.
Unfortunately, New Year’s Day 2018 doesn’t find me full of anticipation for the new year. Aside from the bigger problems of the world that haven’t disappeared with the 2017 calendars, my husband and I are both sick. We’re also still recovering from the emotional drain of the holidays. And temperatures aren’t venturing above 30 degrees. Don’t get me wrong; my life is good and I’m still grateful for what I do have.
Still, it can be tough to find enthusiasm for the new year when I’m more inclined to curl up in a blanket with my dogs to stay warm. However, I’d like to feel that sense of a fresh start and anticipating the new. So I am focusing on something I am definitely looking forward to in 2018. I’ve asked the other Ladies what they are looking forward to as well so click through to find out what we can’t wait for. Continue reading
Need a new animated show to check out? Here’s what I’ve been watching lately. Two are TV series, one is a direct to home market movie. Two are recommended and one is…well, read on and see. Continue reading
This is probably the last post I’ll write before I go to see Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast, which comes out on March 17th. As a huge fan of the original film, I look forward to the remake with a mix of excitement (Emma Watson is perfect casting), worry (still not loving the computer animated enchanted objects), and the knowledge that the quality of the new film does nothing to change the first one and the way I feel about it. The impending premiere also has me revisiting some of the interesting details I’ve learned about the original movie and its creation. This includes a few answers (or near answers) to some of the Internet’s burning questions, which is what I’m going to share with you today.
We usually highlight comics characters you might want to know more about when a new movie or TV series puts a little known character in the spotlight. Disney is currently ramping up promotion for a new DuckTales series due out next year, making this the perfect time to get to know the richest duck in the world.
2016 has already had more than its fair share of notable deaths, from legends of the music world to beloved actors to genius comics artists who left us far too soon. But there’s one passing I’d like to recognize here. On May 19 at the impressive age of 96, actor Alan Young died of natural causes. Most of the obituaries I’ve seen focus on his time playing the straight man to a certain talking horse. But to Disney fans, he was and ever shall be the voice of Scrooge McDuck.
One of our faithful readers recently brought our attention to a massive list of Disney songs ranked from worst to best via our Facebook page. Guess which Lady with insomnia read the entire thing in one sitting and has opinions?
Before I dive into those opinions, let me make a few things clear. The sheer volume of Disney music means that just getting through such an undertaking is an accomplishment to be praised. Allison Shoemaker and Dominick Suzanne-Mayer have done an admirable job, even if I don’t agree with all of their choices. Lists on the Internet are just about the most subjective things out there. There is no scientific formula for determining if one Disney song is better than another. They’ve listed their opinions, many of which I think are spot on. This is (mostly) a list of the ones I don’t agree with.
This weekend, Cartoon Sara and I returned from another trip to Walt Disney World. This didn’t leave a lot of time for gaming with The Boy, so this week I wanted to talk about our recent trip.
Mickey’s Not So Scary (Oh, how I hate the name) Halloween Party is a special ticketed event held on select nights in September and October, plus the first night of November. The Magic Kingdom closes to most of the public 7pm and those who purchase party tickets are treated to a night of special shows, parades, fireworks, character greets, and even more additional pay events. The fan following for this event can be pretty enthusiastic, but when an adult ticket is going to cost you around $70, you can’t help but start to wonder if this event is really worth the cold hard cash.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about attending either as an adult or with your family:
You can wear costumes, even adults.
It is possible that you have always dreamed of running around the Magic Kingdom in full costume. The trouble is that if you are an adult, Disney doesn’t really encourage such things. In fact, people have been booted out of the park for wearing a costume that might be easily confused with that of an actual paid character performer. Disney spends a lot of money training their walk-around characters and they don’t want some Tinkerbell impostor interacting with the guests without the Disney seal of approval. I know for some people this feels a little extreme, but it makes a lot of sense. You get two Tinkerbells crossing paths and the whole illusion can be ruined for a little one. And once you see how genuine and real those little kids are with the Disney characters, you won’t want anyone ruining things for them either.
During the Halloween Party however, all bets are off when it comes to costumes. People and families must plan all year because rarely has the people watching been so good when I have been at the park. And don’t even get me started on how sweet it can be to see Mom and Dad as Jasmine and Aladdin carting around a baby dressed as Abu.
Candy, Candy, Candy
During the Halloween party, everyone gets a bag and is welcome to visit the candy stations. You don’t even have to say “Trick or Treat” before a cast member starts shoveling candy into your bag. The good news is that the candy is good stuff, and one stop at the treat station had us sugared up for the rest of the night. So that is certainly a plus. If you put this into the perspective of your $70 ticket, it becomes a lot less impressive because the candy lines can also get very long. And while I stood there, negotiating trades for The Boy’s Now and Laters, it certainly crossed my mind that I could buy an awful lot of candy with $70.
Special Things – Shows, Parades, and Rides
I feel that this is where you can see the real value of your party ticket. Disney has exclusive shows, fireworks, and a parade that can only be seen during the party. For me, this turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag. Though Disney will only sell a certain amount of tickets for the party event, the place was still really crowded and I am not a fan of getting dirty looks from parents when I find myself standing in front of their children (even if I have been there for 15 mins already and they are only coming up behind me a few minutes before the show is supposed to start). Also, I am not a huge fan of the shows that happen in front of the castle as they are often too cheesy even for me. The thing is that this year’s show has a return of the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus and they are just SOOOOOOOO amazing. No really, feel free to spoil yourself by watching the video below. I thought my face was going to snap off from all the smiling and nostalgic glee.
Beyond that though, I am not that into character greets and fireworks. Also, they only keep certain rides open, so it is possible that you were trying to get to something earlier in the day that you still won’t be able to get to at night. Happily, most of the popular things are still running and the lines stay manageable since there are no fast passes are available, putting everyone essentially in the same spooky boat.
You gotta give it to Disney when it comes setting the stage. As soon as the party starts, all the lights change in the park and even the cast members have changed into their party clothes. I was really quite impressed. So much that I even grabbed The Boy and Cartoon Sara at the Haunted Mansion to sneak a peek at a cast member who had eerily positioned herself in one of the hallways, staring at guests as they walked by. Oh, and she had skeletal make-up and cobwebs in her hair. Very cool. But $70 cool?
More chances to spend all your money!
The parks is just full of party “exclusives” to spend your money on. T-shirts, $15 pins, mugs… It’s true that you can find some of these elsewhere and later, but it can be very hard to resist that lemonade slush filled poison apple mug when you are trying to stay up for an 11pm parade. Disney is a business and their business is making money. Don’t you ever forget that. And in case you were wondering, of course I bought that mug.
While I don’t have any serious regrets about going, I will say that attending this event is something that I would certainly plan better going forward. With the high prices, this party can get insanely expensive before you even enter the park. The idea here is to decide what is important to you. Want a night when you can see as many Disney villain as possible? Love parades and fireworks to an insatiable but healthy degree? This party might be your dream come true. But if you have already been at the park all day, there is a very good chance you have done all the rides and are feeling tired, this leaves getting your money’s worth feeling more like a chore than a fun challenge. Don’t quite love the cutesy shows and literally bubble-gum scent parade floats? An evening at Trader Sam’s Grotto might be more up your alley instead. As much as I enjoyed myself, I couldn’t help but tally things in my head and think about what other things The Boy and I might have been able to do for $140. Especially since the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is happening at the same time. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I might have seriously enjoyed this event more with a beer, or a shot of rum in my Dole Whip. 😉 Sadly, that kind of thing is impossible to come by in the Magic Kingdom.
If I were to attend this event again, I would not bother buying a ticket for the day. Instead, I would just buy a pass that with one less day and just use the event ticket to attend in the evening. I could then spend the day relaxing and getting ready. Otherwise, I would just leave the park at 7pm, avoid the party completely and find a quiet lounge to wind down in. Maybe destroy some poor unsuspecting but well-meaning families at Disney pub trivia. Now that my friends, is something I can say without a doubt is a good time.
Sounds like a good time? Ever been to the event yourself and want a chance to chime in? You know what to do! Get all up in that comments section below!
As they have in so many fields, ladies have long struggled for the respect and recognition they’re due in the world of animation. The nature of animation means few creators get the spotlight to begin with, but the less in-depth histories of the art form don’t tend to include a lot of women’s names. Women have certainly been part of the history of animation from its earliest days, but their contributions are given far too little attention.
Fortunately, there have been efforts to correct this. One recent highlight was the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which made women in animation one of its themes for the year. Evidence of the theme could be seen in the very first all-women jury for the festival and the following series of shorts promoting both the festival and the work of five ladies who made major contributions to the art form. These beautiful shorts were created by students at the internationally renowned Gobelins school in France and depict fanciful versions of these amazing women’s lives and careers. Since these gorgeous shorts are more fantasy than biography and the few lines at the end only provide a bit of background (for those of you who can read French), I’ve added short bios of the ladies featured in the shorts should you want to learn more.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and Disney (never one to miss a promotional opportunity) has decided to start the party early rather than wait an additional 5 years for the Golden Jubilee. The internet is filled with all sorts of news about new merchandise, a tv special, and a delicious teaser for a new movie. All this can be pretty hard to navigate for some, but for those of us who feel that the Haunted Mansion is quite possibly the greatest ride the parks have ever created, it’s a fine time to once again join the 999 happy haunts and celebrate.
In order to start things off right, I have compiled a guide bursting with spooky goodness and ideas for all levels of Haunted Mansion fans – from the tech buffs to the all out Disney-phile. So hop in your doom buggy, relax, and just make sure you keep an eye out for unwanted hitchhikers.