Sunday, May 29, 2022

Happy Birthday Up!

It's been a long week friends.  I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed about everything that has been happening... so today, I thought I'd try to lighten the mood a little bit.  In an effort to try and cheer myself up, I wanted to swing by with a fun, light-hearted post.

Today is actually the 13th birthday of Disney Pixar's Up!  I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  Pixar movies are the best and Up is definitely one of my top favorites!  I love the storyline, the imagery, the icons, the music and the characters.

Thus, my love of the movie Up has created another personal weakness of mine... Up merchandise.  I've got my hands on as much home decor, clothing and accessories as possible.  I have quite a collection of Pixar Up Loungefly bags.  (At one point, I actually had almost all of the ones that the've made.  But since they keep churning Up bags out, I've toned it down... though I still have a pretty big collection.)  Plus, I've got another post scheduled for tomorrow with a few of my other treasures!

There are a few in park experiences available at Walt Disney World for Up.  My favorite is the Russell and Dug meet and greet at Animal Kingdom.  Eliot and I have done that a few times and it always puts a giant grin on my face!

If you're lucky, you might also run into Kevin while wandering around the park!

There used to be statues of Dug and Russell outside the bird show at Animal Kingdom, but I think they closed that experience.  I'm not sure if the statues are still there or not!

The most interactive Up activity at the parks is where you become a Wilderness Explorer and earn badges.  There are up to 25 badges that you can earn in the park! 

Unfortunately, Disneyland doesn't offer much love to Up at the moment.  You can see the characters on the Pixar Pal Around (ferris wheel) and there are a limited amount of Up products available to purchase in the stores, but that's pretty much all Eliot and I saw last trip.  (I was sad that I couldn't even get the Russell cake pop I wanted.)

Eliot and I have a few Up items in both of our shops.  Happily Ever Hatter has our Wilderness Explorer mouse ears as well as Grape Soda ears.  Then, Eliot translated both of those ear designs into trinket trays for Snowblade Creations.  I've got a few other ideas up my sleeves, so hopefully we'll have more Up inspired items soon!

I'm really hoping that we can get the Up section of our living room decorated at some point sooner rather than later.  I just love this movie so much!  I've got a few other fun and creative ideas to do in the future too... so stay tuned!!!

One thing is certain, my love for Pixar's Up isn't going to fade anytime soon!

Happy 13th Anniversary Up!  °o°

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