To the Cast Members of Disneyland

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Walt’s park, we thank the cast members for creating magic every day. Danny Kaye gave a lovely tribute to the “family” that is the Disneyland cast during the 1980 TV special, Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary. Today, his parting words still ring true.

A Tribute to the Disneyland Cast Members

Watch the entire special here!

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Decorating Disney

I recently started a photography project that has me publishing one photo per day on my personal Tumblr.  Today, I’m catching up on some personal projects in our home office.  This is one of my favorite places to be as I find it both cozy and stimulating.  These Alice in Wonderland plush that sit beside me are my photo inspiration for today.

Tea Party

I never intentionally picked themed pieces for this room, but I’m definitely attracted to the colorful and whimsical.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books, and the 1951 Alice in Wonderland is my favorite Disney animated feature.  The chair that these little guys sit on is more than a little Mad Tea Party, which is probably at least part of what attracted me to it.  The same goes for our bookcases, which I backed with flamingo wallpaper.

Flamingo Bookcases

Do you have any Disney touches in your home, be they subtle allusions or overt splashes like mine?


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Hyperion Papers Thanks Our Troops

We here at Hyperion Papers would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the soldiers who are serving, have served or have fallen in service to the United States of America and elsewhere in the world on this Veteran’s/Remembrance Day.   Continue reading

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by | November 11, 2014 · 3:11 PM

Disney Beer Review: Kona Brewing Company’s Castaway IPA

This week’s entry into the Hyperion Papers beer review series is courtesy of The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival booth’s very own Kona Brewing Co. in the form of their Castaway India Pale Ale. But first, a little bit about the brewery itself. Continue reading

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Disney Beer Review: Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

Editor’s note: As we prepare for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, we’re sampling some of the beverages that will be offered at this year’s festival at home.  Our main focus will be on the beers more commonly found in the western United States, as they may not be as familiar to the Walt Disney World fans on the East Coast.

Shiner as the brewery is colloquially known actually is produced by the Spoetzl Brewery out of Shiner, TX. Their Shiner Bock is pretty much the official beer of Texas. It’s as ubiquitous as any beer is with pretty much any region in the country. This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival has included their Wild Hare Pale Ale in the offerings at the the Craft Beers kiosk.
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2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Menus

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  That is, it’s planning season for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  The Festival Marketplace menus were announced yesterday, and we want to take a look at what’s new, what’s returning, and what’s off the menu for 2014.  We’ll also share our opinions, because such things surely must matter.

Culinary Demonstration with Chef Phillip Ponticelli: Pan-Seared Florida Shrimp with Tomato Egg Fettuccini and Tomato Basil Water

Culinary Demonstration with Chef Phillip Ponticelli: Pan-Seared Florida Shrimp with Tomato Egg Fettuccini and Tomato Basil Water

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Rest in peace, Bob Hoskins.


Tonight, I’m going to have a scotch on the rocks (and I mean ice), and watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  Thanks for giving me my favorite movie, Bob.

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Celebrate Easter with Funny Little Bunnies

A few years ago, I endeavored to watch all of Walt Disney’s 75 Silly Symphonies cartoons in chronological order of release.  It was a fun and enriching project for me, and I came out of it with several favorites.  Among them was Funny Little Bunnies (1934).  I thought watching it again today would be a great way to celebrate Easter.

Funny Little Bunnies (1934)

Funny Little Bunnies (1934)

This is a cartoon that inspires mixed reviews from animation fans.  Some say that it’s saccharine and devoid of plot, while others say that it is, in fact, a very subtle political cartoon exploring Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.  Whether you think it’s either of those things, I hope you can delight in the animation and cartoon humor.  I particularly love the patterned cans of paint.



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Star Wars characters get “Happy”


Star Wars Characters Dancing Along To Pharrell’s “Happy”.

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by | March 9, 2014 · 4:27 PM

Muppets: I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face

“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” was a song originally written for the play My Fair Lady.  It’s a song I like quite a lot, particularly the Dean Martin version.  However, a close second is Kermit’s bizarre lip-synching of Rosemary Clooney’s rendition.

I shared this video on Twitter a couple weeks ago, but thought I would post about it some more, because it’s just so darn funny.  Kermit would often perform this song in drag in the 1950s and 60s, back in the days when he was more reptilian than amphibian, to Yorick, who was in need of a snack.  This rendition was filmed at Henson Alternative’s live Stuffed and Unstrung variety show.  There is no watching this video and telling me that puppets (especially Muppets) are just for kids.

Note: I scheduled the below post last week, before John Henson’s untimely passing due to a massive heart attack.  It seems even more appropriate to share it now, as this was a piece originated by his father, but one that he brought back to life for both the D23 Expo and Stuffed and Unstrung.  Rest in peace, Mr. Henson.

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