Okay, so I am still a columnist for Disney Dispatch. I don't even remember the last time I posted a link to my column on this site but, that is for good reason. There has been a change in ownership and Don Rogers has taken the lead. Today I am linking my last two posts from my column Because I Stinkin' Love Disney World! Take a look and see what you think!
My sister has told me for a while that I should do a post on Disney merchandise that makes for a stylish look. I love buying t-shirts and accessories from the parks and online and making them my own. Today I am featuring a recent purchase. I don't actually own any of the other items but, I thought they made for a cute look. You'll notice a subtle theme throughout apple earrings, poisoned candy apple red skull flats, true love bracelet...and the center piece of it all a tee featuring Snow White! At home, out, or even at Disney these outfits are fashionable and fun!
I have a fabulous dream of an idea. It is going to take some doing but...I am willing to give it a try. Being a kindergarten teacher by trade, I have come across many a good book. One of these fabulous books that I actually missed out on is called Flat Stanley. I found out about Flat Stanley like any average Joe. I was sitting in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Adventure (packed in so close to the strangers on the left and right of me that I could scarcely move...no doubt). And lo and behold one of the women selected to join the show from the audience goes wielding a paper man. She holds the man up once she secures her tape marked x on the stage floor and her husband eagerly snaps a shot. What in the world? That woman has got a strange pose in mind but hey, who am I to judge? Apparently the host of the stunt show wanted more info as well and so the woman goes on to unfold the story of Flat Stanley. The basic idea is that a teacher who read the Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown thought up the idea of sending around Flat Stanley's (paper doll type thing) to different students and teachers who could share their time with Stanley via journal. He calls it the Flat Stanley Project and you can read more about it here. Brilliant...authentic...and fun all wrapped into literacy. I love it! And then my brain had a magical pop of an idea. Maybe someone else has had this same thought but, no fear...on little spark is all it takes to get something going and maybe this spark of an idea will inspire Disney fans the world over to take part in a little love for Duffy...Duffy the Bear. See, last time I visited Epcot I decided to do the Kidcot activity (color a cardboard (ahh hemmm FLAT) Duffy) and take it around World Showcase. So I did just that I colored him up cute and proceeded on a romp around the world. Originally I did this entire thing because I was going to take back the paper Duffy as a souvenir that I could share with my class of kindergartners. But after posing for a couple of photos with my cute little Duffy I made a connection. A Flat Stanley connection. What if...I took pictures of Duffy in the style of Stanley at each of the pavilions in World Showcase and then spread that idea over the world. What if we got some Flat Stanley photos up on the blog from the world over. So that is just it! Today we begin our journey with Duffy...Flat Duffy! For the next few months our little friend Duffy is going to be making appearances throughout World Showcase in Epcot. These photos were snapped by yours truly, I'll start off the process and then we will work on your mission. So...h ere is your mission: If you are about to go to Disney World and are planning on going to Epcot then...you need to create your own Flat Duffy. Now, you might be thinking "but Ashley, isn't that just for kids?" Well, I am here to tell you that if you don't ask you'll never know. I asked the attendant last time before I created my Duffy and she was more than thrilled to give me the "go ahead!". Maybe you already have a flat Duffy...you can totally use that one! Make him cute and then snap some so photos of him in action. I want to have a lot of fun with this and I want you all to as well. We will talk more soon! Until then... Here's the first of our photo installments...check out Duffy posing in the Mexico Pavilion.