Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Get to Know a Disney Dad: Marlin

Name and Claim to Fame
Marlin, from Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo & Finding Nemo the Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Father to Nemo, widower, husband to Coral

Guaranteed to Make Him Smile
Marlin begins as a lighthearted, proud papa clown fish in both the film by Disney-Pixar and in the musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He lights up at his own idea of naming most of his and Coral's hatchlings "Marlin, Jr.", but acquiesces to Coral's idea of naming one "Nemo."

There's nothing more powerful than naming a child, and when all that Marlin holds dear is taken away from him in a blink of an eye by a shark, he clings on tightly to the only thing he has left: his sole remaining hatching, his son, and he names him Nemo. From that moment on, Marlin puts his whole heart into caring and protecting for the one little fish with the one little fin that's slightly smaller than the other. He calls it Nemo's lucky fin.

Nothing makes clown fish Marlin smile wider than being together with his son and looking out for him with the best of fatherly intentions.

Signature Fatherly Moment
Marlin's over protectiveness was an influence in Nemo venturing out and getting captured by dentist P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. After being reunited with his son, Marlin shows incredible learning and growth as a father by not bringing in the reigns, but rather letting go. As Dory is caught in a fishermen's net, Nemo holds the solution to helping her break free. Marlin's fatherly instincts shift from protectiveness to confidence in his son.

From the musical:
Marlin: Nemo, you get back here.
Nemo: I know what to do. We have to save Dory.
Marlin: I have to think of you.
Nemo: I know I can do this. Dad, I have a plan.
Marlin: You think that you can do these but... I know you can!

Achieving a Work/Life Balance
Marlin could very well be a stay-at-home dad. If not, he has one heck of a generous and understanding employer, considering the immediacy of his need to take time off and length of time for which to do so while searching the big blue world for his son. Whatever the case may be, Marlin has his priorities in the right place as he turns on a dime and puts his family first.

Best Fatherly Advice
"We go out, then back in. And then we go out, and then back in. And one more time - out and then back in. And sometimes, if you want to do it four times..."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Get to Know a Disney Dad: James

Name and Location
James, from Disney's The Princess and the Frog

Father to Tiana, husband to Eudora.

Guaranteed to Make Him Smile
Seeing his daughter at the end of a long, exhausting day and lighting up instantaneously.

Signature Fatherly Moment
Sharing stories, aspirations and values with his wife and daughter while getting Tiana tucked in for the night.

Achieving a Work/Life Balance
Works long hours to make ends meet, carves out time for Tiana's nightly bedtime ritual, places importance on eating meals as a family and encourages community throughout the neighborhood.

Best Fatherly Advice
"That old star can take you only part of the way. You have to help it out with hard work of your own."

Friday, December 11, 2009

Park Music at Christmastime

The 2010 Walt Disney World Moms Panel training was the first time I experienced the parks at Christmastime. And we didn't just dabble in a few aspects of the seasonal spirit. We. Did. Everything, which included Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the Candlelight Processional with Anika Noni Rose, an Illuminations dessert party with the holiday finale; and, perhaps my personal favorite, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue in a deck-the-halls Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness.

With the parks decked out in holiday decorations, it's only appropriate that the area music follows its queue (queue, get it?!) Eh. And while some of the music isn't distinctly Disney 100 percent of the time, there's no denying that it triumphs over any other arrangement of the yuletide classics thanks to the way it is applied and complimentary to an area or attraction.

How to Get It

MouseWorld Radio
Right now, MouseWorld Radio has a stream dedicated to holiday programming. It rocks, and can be accessed via Shoutcast or the MWR iPhone app.

Disney Tunes Radio Network
Holiday park music is part of the year-round rotation in the streams available through the Disney Tunes Radio Network. If you find you especially need to hear a certain holiday song from the parks, say, Holiday Wishes, you can request it to be played on the "Mickey" stream. You can also browse around the other streams to see what else is on while you're waiting.

Magical Mouse Radio
During select times and days, Magical Mouse Radio plays hours of park music in row. Check its
forum page for the most up-to-date information.

If you listen to Pandora internet via your iPhone, Droid or online, there is a station called Disney Holiday. It usually starts up with a Disney holiday song from a film or animated short, then plays a few traditional songs, then a Disney song, then a couple... you get it.

Have a different go-to source for your audio?
Post a comment so we can all benefit from beaucoup de music!