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May the Ship Be With You – UPDATE

May the Ship Be With You – UPDATED 2/7/12

TONIGHT 9:30 PM ET MouseSurplus to be featured on the 

Season Finale of A&E Series “Shipping Wars” 

Shipping Star Wars AT AT Walker and X-Wing Fighter

 

Kissimmee, FL — Tonight, February 7, 2012, at 9:30 PM ET MouseSurplus, the premiere Orlando based Disney Collectible clearinghouse, will be featured on the season finale of the hit A&E series “Shipping Wars”. Watch as  2 one of a kind Star Wars props, a 25 foot tall Star Wars AT AT Walker and an 8×6 foot X-Wing Fighter, are shipped to a customer in Utah.

The segment was filmed on location at the MouseSurplus store front in Kissimmee, Florida. The episode, “May the Ship Be With You”, is the season finale of the series and premieres tonight, February 7, 2012 on A&E at 9:30 PM ET.

The AT AT Walker and X-Wing fighter are shipped from Kissimmee, Florida to Orem, Utah by one of the stars of the series, Roy Garber. Although Roy is a Star Wars fan and is excited about the job, it doesn’t come easy, as noted on the “Shipping Wars” website: “Roy lands the shipment of his dreams when he gets to haul some large one-of-a-kind props from his favorite sci-fi movie. But when he is cut-off by another trucker on the highway, he’s afraid it may have damaged these priceless movie artifacts.”

The Star Wars AT AT Walker and X-Wing Fighter replicas featured in tonight’s episode were custom made for the FAO Schwartz at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The replica pieces were sold to MouseSurplus when the store closed in January, 2004. The AT AT Walker replica measures 25 feet tall, weighs over 2,000 pounds and took over a dozen people and close to 80 man hours to assemble at the MouseSurplus headquarters.

About “Shipping Wars”:

From www.aetv.com: “A&E presents the new original real-life series “Shipping Wars,” which follows six independent shippers who have discovered that fortunes can be made transporting items that traditional carriers won’t touch.” “Shipping Wars” is produced by Megalomedia for A&E Network and averaged 3 million viewers during its double header series premiere on January 10, 2012.

“Shipping Wars” airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET on A&E. Please check your local listings.

Located just 10 minutes from Walt Disney World in sunny Orlando, Florida, MouseSurplus is the nations most popular clearinghouse of memorabilia, artifacts, signage and one-of-a-kind collectibles from the famed theme parks, resorts, and cruise lines millions have come to love. Only MouseSurplus can give you that true feeling of nostalgia when you finally own a piece of your past and can hold on to it for your future.

May the Ship Be With You

May the Ship Be With You

Star Wars AT AT Walker and X-Wing Fighter from 

MouseSurplus to be featured on Hit A&E Series “Shipping Wars”

Episode Premieres February 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM ET

Kissimmee, FL — Orlando based Disney Collectible clearinghouse, MouseSurplus, to be featured on the hit A&E series “Shipping Wars” shipping one of a kind Star Wars props: a 25 foot tall Star Wars AT AT Walker and 8×6 foot X-Wing Fighter to a customer in Utah.

The segment was filmed on location at the MouseSurplus store front in Kissimmee, Florida. The episode, “May the Ship Be With You”, is the 10th episode of the series and premieres February 7, 2012 on A&E at 9:00 PM ET.

The AT AT Walker and X-Wing fighter are shipped from Kissimmee, Florida to Orem, Utah by one of the stars of the series, Roy Garber. Although Roy is a Star Wars fan and is excited about the job, it doesn’t come easy, as noted on the “Shipping Wars” website: “Roy lands the shipment of his dreams when he gets to haul some large one-of-a-kind props from his favorite sci-fi movie. But when he is cut-off by another trucker on the highway, he’s afraid it may have damaged these priceless movie artifacts.”

The Star Wars AT AT Walker and X-Wing Fighter replicas featured in the episode were custom made for the FAO Schwartz at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The replica pieces were sold to MouseSurplus when the store closed in January, 2004. The AT AT Walker replica measures 25 feet tall, weighs over 2,000 pounds and took over a dozen people and close to 80 man hours to assemble at the MouseSurplus headquarters.

About “Shipping Wars”:

From www.aetv.com: “A&E presents the new original real-life series “Shipping Wars,” which follows six independent shippers who have discovered that fortunes can be made transporting items that traditional carriers won’t touch.” “Shipping Wars” is produced by Megalomedia for A&E Network and averaged 3 million viewers during its double header series premiere on January 10, 2012.

“Shipping Wars” airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET on A&E. Please check your local listings.

Located just 10 minutes from Walt Disney World in sunny Orlando, Florida, MouseSurplus is the nations most popular clearinghouse of memorabilia, artifacts, signage and one-of-a-kind collectibles from the famed theme parks, resorts, and cruise lines millions have come to love. Only Mousesurplus can give you that true feeling of nostalgia when you finally own a piece of your past and can hold on to it for your future.

Chasing Away the Disney Blues

By: Jennifer Romano

When the Magic Kingdom is far, far away, and you cannot seem to stop pining for the smell of freshly made popcorn or just one more ride on the Peoplemover or the Haunted Mansion, there are some activities that can give you that Disney fix, even if you are hundreds of miles away from Florida.

First, you can look through your DVDs and choose a classic Disney animated feature to view.  This activity won’t transport you back to the parks, but it will help to dull the sting of having to leave all the magic.  Next, you could start compiling a list of Disney trivia questions to quiz yourself or your family on car rides or walks around the neighborhood.  Lou Mongello has some excellent books of Disney trivia, and he even has an iphone app as well. You could also read Disney blogs or follow fellow Disneyphiles on twitter.  Many people post pictures of their vacations, and you could live vicariously through them while they are on their trips.  You could also listen to Disney podcasts.  These types of broadcasts usually contain Disney news or history or just come Disney related chatting that will help put you in a zip-a-dee-do-dah spirit.

If you like to cook, you could make some of the recipes that appear in Disney cookbooks that can be purchased online or in the parks.  You can also ask for a recipe at any Disney restaurant.  We enjoyed the rice at the Spirit of Aloha Show, so we asked for the recipe.  We were given the recipe on a piece of cardstock that we could take home.  If you are not a master of the culinary arts, you could create a countdown chart until it is time for your next Disney vacation.  You could staple links of paper together to do this or simply use a whiteboard.  You could even make a tear off calendar for your Disney countdown chart.  This would be a fun activity for the whole family, and you would feel the accomplishment of making it yet another day closer to your next trip.

For crafty folks out there, you could create a scrapbook of a previous trip by using maps, pictures, or any other paper products from the parks.  You could also organize Disney pins or Vinylmation if you are a collector of either of these items.  If you enjoy writing, you could start your own blog chronicling your love for Disney or just as a way to share photos or pass the time until your next vacation.  Now, this last suggestion is not for the faint of heart.  If you have visited Epcot, you have probably visited the UK area in the World Showcase.  Do you remember those red phone booths?  You can actually call those phone booths, and hopefully someone will answer.  I have called the booths, and I have connected with another Disney fan.  It was fun, but I don’t think I would call everyday!  Here are the phone numbers if you are feeling adventurous: (407) 827-9861; (407) 827-9862; (407) 827-9863.

All of these options are sure to help stave off the Disney blues until it is time for you to make your way down to the happiest place on earth again for another magical escape!  Until next time, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!

Leave a comment and let us know how you get your Disney fix!

Magic Kingdom 40th Anniversary: Remembering the Magic

By: Jennifer Romano

Where were you on October 1st, 2011? I visited the Vacation Kingdom of the World on this date.  Where is this Vacation Kingdom, you may ask?  Walt Disney World!!!! Specifically, the Magic Kingdom was my destination last Saturday.  Come with me as I relate our adventure about meeting fellow Disney aficionados and spending time in the happiest place on Earth.

Our journey began Friday morning as I packed our luggage and prepared myself for a day of teaching.  It was hard to stay focused on the tasks at hand when Disney World is just a mere ten hours away.  After work, my husband picked me up, and I jumped into the car.  He did slow down just a little so that I could safely hop in!  Then, we were off to begin our weekend of excitement.  Friday evening was filled with driving, and we eventually stopped at a hotel near Tallahassee, Florida.   Our challenge was to wake up early enough to drive the four hours remaining to Orlando so that we could make it to the Magic Kingdom for at least an hour before rope drop. Now, to accomplish this goal, we had to leave our hotel at 3:00 am.  It was very difficult to wake up this early, but the 40th anniversary was at stake, so we were able to drag ourselves out of bed, re-pack the car, and commence with the rest of our journey.

Finally, we arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 7:45 am, parked the car, and made our way over to the turnstiles.  Since this was the 40th anniversary, we anticipated a crowd, especially since Disney had created so much limited edition merchandise for this celebration.   There were people everywhere, so we knew that our chance of getting this limited edition merchandise was not going to be very high.  However, as Disney fans, we are a hopeful sort, so our day wasn’t tarnished in the least by this revelation.

After making it through the turnstiles, we waited with much anticipation as the time neared for the welcome show to begin.  The Mayor exited the Train Station, and he greeted all of us as the dancers told us Good Morning!  They were dressed in their patriotic outfits, and a 40th anniversary banner was tied to the railing outside of the Train Station.  After the welcome show, the usual controlled chaos began as we all tried to jockey for position to enter the Magic Kingdom.  As we entered, castmembers gave us each a pin-on button that commemorated the 40th anniversary.  In addition, we each received maps that had both a retro-design as well as the current map of the Magic Kingdom.  I have included a picture of the button and the map below!

Vintage Art Work - Park Map Cover

Vintage Art Work - Park Map Inside

 

40th Anniversary Commemorative Button

After we walked down the middle of Main Street U.S.A, we decided to find our spots for the presentation that was going to take place on the Cinderella Castle stage.  This presentation began with some music from the Main Street Philharmonic, followed by a procession of characters, balloons, and signs representing Magic Kingdom anniversaries of the past.  The Tencennial, 15 Years of Magic, Mickey Mania, and Remember the Magic were all represented.  In addition to signs representing these time periods, the music from each one of these former celebrations played in a medley during the character cavalcade.  After all the characters danced down Main Street, many of them made their way onto the Castle stage, where the Disney World Ambassadors and Meg Crofton, the President of the Walt Disney World Resort, shared some of their own memories about the Magic Kingdom.  Meg Crofton mentioned that even though Walt Disney did not ever step foot in this Magic Kingdom, he walked it many times in his imagination.  All of the speakers reflected on the importance of the Magic Kingdom and how much it has grown and changed over the years from just one park and three resorts to a true vacation destination.

The Fairy Godmother in front of Cinderella Castle

All the Characters on Stage at the 40th Anniversary Presentation

As the presentation concluded, the Dapper Dans sang “When you wish upon a Star, “ and then I started to tear up.  This is such an emotional song for me, and I just couldn’t help but get emotional when the Dapper Dans sang as the Fab Five, all of the Disney Princesses, and the Fairy Godmother shared the stage with them.  After the song, fireworks erupted from behind the castle, streamers shot out of air cannons, and pixie dust spread over the crowd.  The presentation was well worth the wait, and I am glad that I woke up at 3 am to make it to the park to enjoy it.

During the day at the Magic Kingdom, we tried to ride as many original 1971 attractions as we could, and we saw many people who decided to dress in their 1970’s best to celebrate this anniversary.  At 5:30 p.m., we visited the Sunshine Tree Terrace to participate in a meet up for Retro Day at WDW.  Travis Munson sponsored this event, and throughout the day, we met some fellow Disney fans as well as some Internet celebrities, including Lou Mongello from the WDW Radio Show Podcast, Tom and Sarah Bricker from the Disney Tourist Blog, and the Peterman family from the Relocated Tourist Blog.   It was wonderful to meet these folks in person because we so enjoy reading about their adventures on their respective websites.

After a quick dole whip and a viewing of the Tiki Room with our retro group, we visited the Plaza for dinner and then found a spot to watch Wishes. This was no ordinary fireworks show because it included some extra special pyrotechnics in honor of the 40th anniversary.  The perimeter fireworks were just amazing, and they lit up the night sky as only Disney can.  After a very long, exhausting day of celebrating, it was finally time to call it a night and return to Pop Century to sleep for a few hours before we would have to travel all the way home the next day.  Basically, we drove 20 hours to spend about 15 hours in the Magic Kingdom, and it was definitely worth it.  I can’t wait until Epcot’s 30th anniversary next year so that we can do it all over again.  Enjoy all the pictures that I have attached!  Until next time, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!

Cinderella Castle

Snow White & Prince Charming

Characters holding signs representing Celebrations through the years

Magical Disney Souvenirs and Collectibles!

By: Jennifer Romano

Who can resist cute Mickey plush or a super limited edition Disney pin?  I know that I cannot.  I live to collect various and assorted Disney paraphernalia.  Specifically, I try to find the items that seem special in some way or limited in their edition size.  In this article, let’s take a look at the various Disney collectibles that you can fill your suitcases with as you bid farewell to the World and start your journey back home!

First, no Disney trip is complete without some sort of headgear.  You need a hat to shade you from the unforgiving Florida sun as well as look stylish as you tour the World.  There are many types of hats, but everyone knows that the quintessential Disney hat is a pair of mouse ears.  As the years have gone by, Disney has expanded its selection of mouse ears.  If you are a pirate, a princess, a fan of a certain movie or character, you can probably find mouse ears to match.  My favorite place to purchase mouse ears is the Chapeau, which can be found on Main Street right as you enter the Magic Kingdom.  As you enter, look to the right of the flagpole, you will see this small store.  In addition to purchasing your mouse ears, it is necessary for you to have your name embroidered on the back of the hat.  There are many options for such embroidery; many more than previously existed when I was a child.  You can choose your font, color, and placement of your name on your ears. There are even some ears that you can create yourself if you are interested.  In the center of the store, there is a table that contains patches and hat bases.  After you make some selections, then you can choose the types of ears that you would like.  I have made two different hats of this type.  One of mine has glow in the dark ears, which was very exciting to me!  In addition to mouse ears, the Chapeau (as well as many other stores) sells different types of Disney themed hats.  There are so many different hat styles and colors and shapes that you will find one that you like.  After you have purchased your headgear, then it is time to figure out which other treasures will be going home with you.

On every trip, I like to buy the same collectible, just with a different year.  For example, we always buy a magnet that showcases the year of the trip.  These magnets are colorful and fun, and they are a great reminder of your trip.  In addition, I also purchase a little glass figurine of Mickey holding up the year.  I have one from every year dating back to 2006.  The design changes a little bit over time, but they are very nice showpieces and great conversation starters that you can put in a prominent place in your home.  With regard to collectibles, I always purchase a small silver charm that I can add to my charm bracelet after each trip.  I wear this bracelet, and it reminds me of all of the fun that we experienced on our magical vacation.  Disney sells many different types of charms, and these charms do change over the years.

I would be remiss in my discussion of souvenirs if I did not mention two highly collectible items that have become Disney obsessions to many people.  The first is pin trading.  Now, I became interested in pin trading back in 1998, when I was a junior in high school.  I don’t think that the trading aspect of pins was in operation at this time, but Disney did sell pins way back then.  Every since this trip, I have accumulated over 400 Disney pins.  You may think that this is a large number, but serious pin traders have thousands of pins to their credit.  Pin trading is fun because you can purchase pins to commemorate an event or a year or just simply to remind you of your trip.  When you visit Disney World, you can proudly display your pins on a pin lanyard and trade with any castmember who is wearing a lanyard.  Castmembers with black lanyards will trade with anyone; whereas, castmembers with a green lanyard will only trade with children.  The castmembers have to trade with you, and they truly enjoy the guest interaction.  Usually, before I go on a trip, I go online and purchase a group of pins from a website like eBay, where the pins are very inexpensive.  I bring these pins and trade with anyone who is interested.  I always have a great time doing this activity in the parks.

In addition to pins, there is one other highly collectible item that has gained popularity in the parks, and that is Vinylmation.  These little Mickey Mouse figures are works of art that can be found in most Disney merchandise stores throughout all of the parks.  These figures represent rides or characters or just fun pieces of pop culture.  They are also tradable, just like pins.  If you approach a register at most stores, there will be a large black box with numbers on each section of the front of the box.  The way this game works like this: The castmember asks you to pick a number, and then the castmember shows you the Vinylmation that is in that section of the box.  Usually, the castmembers will allow you to choose two different numbers.  You can choose to take one of these Vinylmations, or you can choose to keep your own.  This is another fun way to interact with castmembers and just have a good time!

When you are in the parks, take your time and decide what you will spend your hard-earned cash on because you can usually find similar offerings at all the parks.  With that in mind, here are a few stores that are excellent for your merchandise hunts, the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom, Mousegears in EPCOT, Island Mercantile in Animal Kingdom, and the World of Disney in Downtown Disney.  All of these stores have an excellent assortment of items, and the castmembers will be more than willing to help you find whatever you may be seeking.

Obviously, I could go on and on about all the Disney souvenirs out there in the World, but that would take several hundred pages.  It is safe to say that Disney will have a souvenir item for you, whether it is a t-shirt, a collectible, a hat, a pin, or anything you can conjure up in your imagination.  Until next time, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!

Disney Souvenirs that Won’t Empty Your Wallet!

By: Jennifer Romano

When you make a visit to the World, you just cannot leave without some sort of remembrance of your trip.  The stores on Main Street beckon to you to purchase something, anything with Mickey Mouse stamped prominently on it.  I, of course, being as Disney obsessed as I am, find it very hard to make it through one of these tantalizing stores without purchasing something.   Disney knows what they are doing with product placement and every cute collectible that lines the shelves in the many stores that populate The World.  However, you do not have to spend all of your hard-earned vacation money on all of those souvenirs if you know how to opt for some inexpensive and sometimes free items of which everyone is not aware.  In this article, let’s take a look at the free items that you can collect as you tour WDW.

First, many people grab a park map as they enter the Magic Kingdom or one of the other parks.  These maps are not only useful for helping you navigate your journey; they are also great keepsakes from your trip.  On your last day, grab a few maps and save them in an envelope so that they stay unwrinkled.  When you get home, you can decorate with them, or you can use them for scrapbooking.  In addition, if you are a collector, you can keep maps in folders labeled by date, and then as you go on many trips through the years, you can see how the parks have changed as time has gone on.  Also, you can see how the maps themselves have changed.  Another great resource for collectible maps is the Disney World website.  You can order personalized maps for your family, and they are free!  They make an excellent keepsake as well.

Another free souvenir idea involves the pin on buttons that Disney distributes to guests who are celebrating something.  These buttons are free and they can be picked up throughout the parks.  In the Magic Kingdom, you can find them at City hall, and the rest of the parks usually have these buttons at Guest Relations.  You can even get them when you first check into your resort if you stay on property.  These buttons offer you the chance to tell everyone in The World that it is your birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, or that you are just celebrating in general.  If you proudly wear you buttons, every castmember will go out of their way to make you feel special.  For example, my husband and I were celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary, and we ate at the Plaza Restaurant on Main Street.  Our server saw our buttons and brought us bride and groom Mickey ears for us to wear.  Not only did we get to enjoy a special dessert as well, we got to keep the Mickey ears!  Needless to say, we enjoyed this little instance of Disney magic.

After you procure your celebrating button, you are probably going to want to experience some rides.  There are some rides, namely the Speedway in Tomorrowland that will give you a little remembrance of your time in the parks.  The castmembers will give a young driver a Tomorrowland Driver’s License.  This is exciting for these little mouseketeers, and it also makes a wonderful keepsake.  Don’t worry adults; you can get your driver’s license too if you just kindly ask a castmember!

In WDW, you can even collect stickers.  If you ride watercraft, take a survey, or just wander down Main Street after park opening, you can collect some fantastic, special stickers.  I have some stickers from the Disney Watercraft and from the folks who ask you to answer questions for surveys.  I have seen the fire chief hand out really special stickers on Main Street as well.  If you trek over to EPCOT and meet Duffy, you can also receive a sticker that says you just hugged Duffy the Disney Bear.  These are only a few of the stickers that are available.  I have seen prince and princess stickers, Beauty and Beast stickers, as well as many others.

Lastly, this souvenir does not even require you to ride a ride or hunt for anything.  Every time you visit WDW, pick a special spot in the park and take a family photo.  Whenever you return to The World, take the picture again in the exact same spot.  If you do this for a number of years, you will see how your family has changed over the years as well as how the park has grown and changed over the years.  When you get home, you can print these pictures and frame them or scrapbook with them.  This is a wonderful way to celebrate your vacations!

Overall, there are many collectible items and special moments that you can find in The World that will not cost you anything.  These items are fun, and they provide you with a reminder of all of the fun that you had on your trip.  With this in mind, I cannot deny that I like to spend money on collectibles.  Next time, we’ll explore some other souvenirs that you may want to purchase so that you can take a little more of the Disney magic home with you.  Till then, have a magical day, and keep moving forward!

The Most Magical Coca-Cola Machine on Earth

 By: Jennifer Romano

Okay, so I know that this is just a Coke machine, but look closer.  What do you see?  I see the most magical Coke machine on Earth because this Coke machine just happens to reside at the Pop Century Resort.  Something so mundane as a Coke machine is even magical at Walt Disney World.  Notice the quote on the machine, “where magic is real.”  I wholeheartedly believe this statement.  In the World, the magic is palpable; it is REAL!  Anywhere that can cause people to forget their troubles even if just for a little while as well as encourage people to feel like being just a little bit nicer, a little bit happier is definitely worth the trip.  Disney World offers visitors a chance to exit the real world and enter the land of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.  How many other vacation destinations offer you this opportunity?  For me, the magic is definitely alive in Disney World; it exists in the cast members, the guests, and the characters that populate this land.

The Coke machine pictured above lets me know that I am not just on vacation; I am entering a different place, a place that allows you to fly in a pirate ship, take a trip into outer space, and even see some country bears perform some excellent musical numbers.  For me, Disney World represents all that can be embodied in the most vivid imagination possible; the World brings imagination to life through the resorts and the parks.  So, when you take a trip to WDW, and you see something so trivial as a Coke machine, you can think of all of the magic that you are going to encounter in the Vacation Kingdom of the World!

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