March 5, 2014

Dumbo the Flying Elephant - Treasured Photo + Classic Ride


3x4 card from Project Mouse: Fantasy by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio
book page from Disney Animal Friends: Happy to Help by Liane Onish
Design E Photo Pocket Pages - Project Life by Becky Higgins


original photo scanned at 600 dpi and edited in Picasa


Playfair Display font for title, Georgia font for text
8.5x11 Vertical Page Protectors - Project Life by Becky Higgins


journaling
I don't know about most people, but when I think of the quintessential childhood theme park ride, I think of Dumbo. I guess it has to do with the collective images in my mind over the years thanks to Disney's marketing of the theme parks (which often features Dumbo); the ride's original location in the Magic Kingdom (in the heart of the park, with a view of the castle); its appeal to the youngest children (and the young at heart); and how it represents an animated Disney classic (beautiful animation and music). The attraction itself is original to Disneyland from 1955. Perhaps I love the fact that there is a picture of me as a young child riding it – during my first ever visit to a Disney park. As a young adult and even with the kids as they got older, I would pass on riding it when we were in the parks. It tends to have long wait times for what really comes down to a ride you can get at a carnival. But for the little ones, it really is a special experience.

We made it a point to ride Dumbo in 2011, when we took Henry as a three year old for his first visit to the Magic Kingdom. He rode it with me, and Oscar and Elizabeth (then nine years old) attempted to video the experience as they rode the elephant in front of us. We also have video of the kids riding the new double Dumbo attraction in 2012 after an impressive re-working of the original ride. Although the raw footage might induce some nausea for all the up-and-down that was going on during the ride, there are some priceless glimpses of Henry's expression as he flew through the air on that flying baby elephant.

Now we will be visiting Disneyland since we have moved to California, so I will have to be sure to check out Dumbo on my next trip. Revisiting the photos I have from the attraction in the Magic Kingdom and watching the original movie recently has made me appreciate it all the more. For a midway-style ride, it has a lot of charm. I have no real memory of that one day in 1977 when I was a two year old, sitting in Grandmother’s lap with my aunt and cousin next to me, but I cherish the idea that the little-girl-me probably had a wonderful time that day with family, and I get to have that little connection through the photos. Not a lot has changed for Dumbo – parents and small children still smile for the camera before, during, and after the flight. I am thankful for the memories of the flying elephant.
Journaling – February 2014


3x4 card from Project Mouse: Fantasy by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio
book page from Disney's Wonderful World of Reading - Walt Disney's Dumbo
8.5x11 Vertical Page Protectors - Project Life by Becky Higgins


small white stars made from hole punching patterned paper scraps


3x4 journal card used to list dates of the photos used in this story
more dates can be added if more photos are added to the story


left image is the front side, right image is the reverse side
Design I Photo Pocket Pages - Project Life by Becky Higgins
book page from Disney's Wonderful World of Reading - Walt Disney's Dumbo


photo captured from video footage, and then edited, in Picasa


4x6 journal card and 3x4 card from from Project Mouse: Fantasy by Britt-ish Designs and Sahlin Studio
image of Timothy Q. Mouse from Disney's Wonderful World of Reading - Walt Disney's Dumbo
12x12 Horizontal Photo Page Protector by American Crafts


Project Mouse journaling card edited in PicMonkey
the dropper tool was used to match text color with card
Playfair font used in PicMonkey


  image of Timothy Q. Mouse from Disney's Wonderful World of Reading -
Walt Disney's Dumbo photographed and converted to watercolor in 
Waterlogue (Waterlogue App for iOS 7 and greater)
red glitter added for sparkle


pages as they appear in album




story concept

What is one of your earliest Disney memories?
What photo or item do you have from your childhood that reminds you of a more recent experience?


Pull originals or copies of those photos together and write down the thoughts that come to your head. These thoughts don't have to be mind blowing or detailed, unless that is how it comes to you. You could easily jot down a list of descriptive words that express your impressions and feelings as you look at the pictures. As I wrote in my journaling, the photo of me in 1977 represents an event I have no real memory of, but the photo still tells me a story. The significance of that photo for me today is the connection I have between my toddler self and my own children, as we experience the exact same attraction. Kind of reminds me of the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This is certainly true for an old stand-by ride like Dumbo.


resources

I collected a variety of scrapbook layouts, themed kits, and font inspiration on a Dumbo memory keeping Pinterest board, so go check it out for more ideas! Dumbo Pinterest Board


How have you documented multiple experiences with the same ride or attraction from the Disney parks? Do you have any Disney photos from your childhood that have some connection to your Disney experiences as an adult? Any favorite Dumbo or circus themed products that inspire you? Please share below in the comments!



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