Wow it’s been awhile…..


I’m sorry for the major delay in posts on this blog, I’ve just been so crazy busy all summer.

I just wanted to give you a quick update….

This summer we saw a couple amazing movies, celebrated my birthday, I learned basic cake decorating, and we ordered a new video game! Not super eventful, but we had fun!

We saw Inside Out, & Ant Man!

Inside Out was fantastic! In my opinion one of the best Disney/Pixar movies! I didn’t love it at first and it really has warmed up to me! Wasn’t the short at the beginning just fabulous!

Check out these awesome fantasy pins my friends sent me for my inside out collection!

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Ant Man was hilarious and quirky! It was a fun super hero movie and Paul Rudd did a fantastic job! Did you see it yet?

To to celebrate my birthday I had an amazing cake made by my friend Kristal!

Her page on FB is Panda Cakes by Kristal.

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Isn’t that amazing!

I’ve also been learning the basics of cake decorating and made this Hippie Mickey cake!

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It was a blast to decorate and I had so much fun making little Mickey heads and flowers!

Do you have any Disney games, toys, or movies you are excited for?

My family is anxiously awaiting the new Disney Infinity 3.0! We are huge Star Wars fans and just ordered this!

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Do you play Disney Infinity? Who is your fave character?

Then a most recent development has me mostly stuck in bed this week with ice on my tendon. Not sure why but my  achilles tendon has a lump on it and hurts when I put weight on it and walk.

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Ouch! So I’ve been staying in bed with ice on it and trying to let it heal. Hopefully I can use this time to do more regular posts.

So that’s been my summer, what have you been up to?

I hope you have a Magical Tuesday & a fantastic rest of your week!

°o° -Chelsea

My Review for Disney’s Tomorrowland

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Last night I took my Mini to a special screening of Tomorrowland in IMAX!

My Mickey rating would be: 3.5/ 5 °o°

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Tomorrowland is rated PG and I think it would be an ok movie for ages 10+

They use the words damn and hell few times in the movie and there are quite a few action/ fight scenes. There are quite a few human looking robots (called animatronic androids) that get killed or maimed, but because they are robots there is no blood and gore. This might however frighten small children.

The story in my opinion took a very long time to get to the point. I felt like the whole movie was building up for the last 30 minutes. It dragged on a bit to long. There is also a bit of a political agenda ie global warming & over population. So if this might bother you, you might avoid this movie. Many times the main character asks how can we fix these problems and a good solution was never given.

If you are hoping for a large amount of Disney nostalgia this is not your movie. Other than the very brief scene on the It’s a small world ride and the actual Tomorrowland looking similar to the theme park area. These parts are not long at all.

It it was a cute story with a pretty good cast that just fell flat. I’m glad that I didn’t pay full price to see it!

Now the one really good thing I can say is that the visual effects are very well done, and in IMAX it was very enjoyable.

I had hoped to really enjoy this movie, but it’s not in my opinion a big blockbuster. It was a cute movie that would be a good summer rental! Pay the $2-$3 dollars to rent it instead of $7-$14  to see it in theaters.

There is a very quick scene at the end of the credits, but it’s not worth waiting for.

I hope this review helps you and I look forward to reviewing Inside Out next month!

°o° -Chelsea

My Interview with Producer/Writer of Walt Before Mickey: Arthur L. Bernstein By: Chelsea Pulver

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Walt Before Mickey is a movie based on a book of the same name by Timothy S. Susanin. It’s the only movie approved by the Disney family and even has a forward by Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller! It tells the story of Walter (Walt) Elias Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928, from his days in Kansas City, MO, at Laugh-O-Gram Studios to Los Angeles, CA, and Disney Brothers Studios, now known as Walt Disney Studios or the Walt Disney Company. The tentative release date is April 18 or 19, 2015.

Walt Before Mickey is directed by Khoa Le, was produced and written by Armando Gutierrez and Arthur L. Bernstein, and has a pretty stellar cast for being a low-budget independent film. Some of the cast includes Thomas Ian Nicolas (American Pie) as Walt, John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as Roy Disney, David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place) as Rudy Ising, and Jodie Sweetin (Full House) as Charlotte Disney!
I started this interview by telling Arthur that I had a laundry list of fan questions for him, and after two long, late-night conversations, this is what he had to say.

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C: How many months did this movie take to shoot?

Arthur: 18 days! It took from December 17 till December 23, 2014. Then we took a break, had a conference, and when we came back to finish the remaining 11 days, we came back with a new director and a new direction for the movie. Shooting resumed January 18, 2015.

C: Where was the movie filmed?

Arthur: We filmed the movie in Deland and Sanford, FL, and actually put the actors in an allegedly haunted hotel called the Artisan Inn! (Side Note: I didn’t ask if any ghosts were seen.)

C: Will this be a family friendly movie? I know Walt had a hard childhood.

Arthur: Yes! The whole family will love it! It’s definitely geared more toward older children and adults, but there are no curse words.

C: Were you a big Disney fan before this movie?

Arthur: Yes, of the man, a big fan of Walt! Not so much of the company. Walt was such an amazing man with so much to offer.

C: What was something new you learned about Walt that you didn’t know before doing this movie?

Arthur: Walt was the first to do live-action with animated characters. He wasn’t a very good business man, but became one with the help of his brother Roy! He was great at taking things apart and figuring out how they are made.

C: What made you decide to do this movie?

Arthur: No one had ever done a movie about Walt’s early years. We wanted to show the man behind all the magic! We want people to see that he is more than the movies and theme parks. He was a man who came from meager beginnings and truly lived the American Dream, and he built a kingdom from that dream.

Thomas Ian Nicholas as Walt Disney (Left) John Heder as Roy Disney (Right)

Thomas Ian Nicholas as Walt Disney (Left)
John Heder as Roy Disney (Right)

C: Let’s talk about the amazing cast you got for this project! Do you think Thomas Ian Nicholas did a good job portraying Walt?

Arthur: Thomas did a fantastic job. He was the last actor we hired. He got sick with a really bad cold and never took off work. He worked like a dog! He came prepared every day and even carried a copy of the book around and frequently read it so he could be as true to the character as possible. Thomas is going to really shine in this role.

Conor Dubin, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Flora Bonfanti, Frank Licari, Jon Heder, Alexander Leaty, and Arthur L. Bernstein on set of Walt Before Mickey

Conor Dubin, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Flora Bonfanti, Frank Licari, Jon Heder, Alexander Leaty, and Arthur L. Bernstein on set of Walt Before Mickey

C: What about John Heder? We are used to seeing him in comedy. Tell me more about him and his portrayal of Roy Disney?

Arthur: John did a great job portraying Roy, and he was perfect for this role! He was the first actor we hired for the film. John is a very low-key person, very family oriented, and very driven. He and Thomas randomly sat next to each other on the flight from California to Florida and bonded on the flight! By the time they landed, they were very good friends, which made shooting so much better!
C: You play Frank L. Newman in the film. What made you decide to play this particular character?

Arthur: I was originally going to play Charles Mintz, but we decided I resembled Newman the most out of our cast. He was the first to give Disney the opportunity to present his animation on the big screen through his theater and film studio Newman Laugh-O-Gram Films.
Arthur: Honestly, we had a fantastic cast! It was a pleasure to work with all these former child stars such as Jodie Sweetin, David Henrie, Ayla Kell, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Hunter Gomez, & Taylor Gray. There was a lot of synergy on set.

My wife and father have small roles. Armando (executive producer) and I are in it. It was truly a family affair and everyone did a great job!

Arthur L. Bernstein as Frank L. Newman

Arthur L. Bernstein as Frank L. Newman

C: I know I am looking forward to this movie, and to seeing the man who built a kingdom come to life! Thank you for your time, Arthur!

Here are 5 facts about Walt Before Mickey, the movie and its cast:
1. Both executive producers play small roles in the film.
2. Actor John Heder is into geocaching.
3. There are 8 child actors in the film.
4. The original title was The Dreamer, but then they got the rights to use the book title.
5. Diane Disney Miller was actively involved with the process until her death, and they are planning to dedicate the movie to her memory.

From left to right: Director Khoa Le, Actors Thomas Ian Nicholas, & John Heder, and Executive Producers Arthur L. Bernstein, & Armando Gutierrez.

From left to right:
Director Khoa Le, Actors Thomas Ian Nicholas, & John Heder, and Executive Producers Arthur L. Bernstein, & Armando Gutierrez.

Walt Before Mickey should release sometime in April 2015.
Here is a trailer for the film:

Visit the official site at:
http://waltbeforemickey.com/

Here are some set pictures that Arthur wanted me to share with you!

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Associate Producer Max Nunziata with Karla Bernstein and Derek Packer

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I’d like to do a shout out to all the people who made this interview happen and who helped me along the way!

First, let me thank Arthur for taking the time to talk with me and give me so much information! You can find more info about Arthur and his future projects on his website: www.arthurlbernstein.com.

Thanks to my amazing husband Wyatt for all his input and advice!

Thanks to Jodi Whisenhunt from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse for supporting me and editing this article. Jodi went through this with a fine-toothed comb and I couldn’t have done this without her!

Thanks to Terri Miller from WDW Hints for all her help promoting and supporting me and this project!

And finally, thank you to all these other amazing blogs, Facebook pages, and people for their support:

Jeannifer- Peace Love Disney
Becca- Love Our Disney
Michaelyn- Mousekatools
Anna- Beyond Cute Boutique
Josh- Discovering the Magic Kingdom
Tabitha- “Mouse”cation
Mike- My Dreams of Disney
Jessica- RecyclEARS
Krista- Disneyways & Disney Parks Podcast
Jason- Sasaki Time
Amy- Mouse Ears Mom
Stefne- Stefne Miller Author
Megan- Big Ears Adventures Travel Agency
Janice- The Adult Side of Disney
Kimberly- Disney Runner Mom
Lisa & James- Home is Where the Mouse is

April- Pixie Dust Savings
Deb- Focused on the Magic
Diane- Can Do It Mom
Becky- Disney in your Day
Amanda- Great big beautiful blog/living with the Magic Vacations
Shawn- Disney Pinholics
Lauren- Focus on the Mouse

Jenny- My Disney Cloud

Tony- Disney Parks Podcast

Christopher- Walt Disney World by GrumpyMickey

Stacy- C & S Designs

Arthur and his Wife Karla

Arthur and his Wife Karla

Arthur asked me to give special thanks to all the great people and companies who made this project happen.

Special Thanks to

City of Deland

Ed Arenas

Stetson University

Casey’s Corner

Wells Fargo

Athens Theater

City of Sanford

State of Florida

Walt Disney Museum of San Francisco

Robert Murray Miller

Michael J. Napoleone

Richman Greer

Sheila Wentzel

Tampa Comic Con

Palm Beach Student Showcase

Lynn University

Chelsea Pulver-Started with a Mouse

Terri Miller- WDW Hints

Anna Farris- Beyond Cutie Boutique

Jodi Whisenhunt- Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

David Frankel

Mark Shuttlesworth

Stella Alex

Savage Agency

Al Packer Ford

Boston CoffeeHouse

JJ Mcdowell

Trent Hays

David Munguia

Tony Orlando

Sharon Wead

Clarion Hotels

Artisan Hotel

Rachel Winters

Deland Police Department

University of Miami

Peter Groverman

Bret Jones PA

Main Street Deland

Subway

Richard Bernstein & Associates Inc.

Wendy Libby

City of Tavares

Robert Apgar

Jeff Triplett

Derek Packer

Robert Mccain

Murray Miller

Sheila Wentzel

Creative Artist Agency

Ted Harbert

Chris Harbert

Creative Ideas Advertising

Central Florida Railroad Museum

Tavares Historical Museum

Orange Blossom Cannonball

Pioneer Settlement

Alexander Bernstein

Carlos Bernstein

Anne Robbins

Marshall Rosenbach PA

Special Thanks to:

Executive Producer Michele Packer for her hard work and belief in this project. Thank you Michele.

From left to right: Armando Gutierrez, Christian Vogeler, Arthur L. Bernstein, and Christoper Dosen

From left to right:
Armando Gutierrez, Christian Vogeler, Arthur L. Bernstein, and Christoper Dosen

EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS

Timothy Susanin & Diane Disney Miller

I would like to give an additional shout out to Associate Producer Max Nunziata. I’m sorry for the loss of his father, Jerry Nunziata.

Hope you enjoyed this interview and I’d love if you would follow my blog and share it with your friends!

-Chelsea

I’m back!

Alright SWAM fans I’m back!

I took a long hiatus for the holidays and such… I’ve been getting so discouraged with the blog and fb page.

It’s hard for a blogger to not have a lot of followers. I know fb has changed its settings making it harder for people to see pages. So with all of these changes and the lack of blog views I’m just trying to decide if it’s worth the effort anymore.

Basically I’m writing this post to get your opinions and feedback!

Do you enjoy my blog and fb content? What would you like to see?
Please let me know!

I hope you have a magical day!

-C

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New Blog Post….. Finally!

Wow guys I’m a horrible blogger!

I had the best intentions when starting this blog and then life got in the way!

So we have been to Disney and are back again! Trip was magical and tons of chaotic fun!

I hadn’t been in 8 years so it was as if I was going for the first time all over again! Squirt and Belle loved the trip! Belle is quite the little thrill seeker, and Squirt stayed back with me and people watched.

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The hubby and I were celebrating our Anniversary so we made sure to wear our “Happy Anniversary” buttons. If you happen to go and are celebrating something be sure to wear your celebratory button! You will get tons of greetings and little pixies! I can’t count how many times cast members and guests said Happy Anniversary! We also got yummy cake, cookies, and the grey stuff at various restaurants!

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If you have the opportunity to go to Be Our Guest be sure to take it!! It was by far my favorite table service restaurant in the whole park! Food was amazing, atmosphere is the best, and you get the meet the Beast!

Per my request upon entry we were sat in the West Wing! I was told outside that if we requested it our wait could be an additional hour, thankfully that was not the case.

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The Ballroom is absolutely gorgeous as well!

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My hubby and Belle rode the 7 Dwarfs Mine train and said it was a blast! Belle loved the interactive parts in the queue. Squirt got to meet his idol Woody! He even got his Woody ears signed! Belle got to meet everyone’s favorite Ice Queen and Queen Elsa kissed her forehead!

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The Frozen Sing-a-long is not to be missed! We waited 20 mins in the Fastpass line, but it was totally worth it.

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Well I could talk about our Disney trip all day long, but I’m sure you all would get tired of reading about it… So I will leave you with these pictures…

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Have a Magical day!

-Chelsea