Jessie Snubbed Again in Magic Kingdom Character Switch

For the past eight months, I’ve been putting up quite a fight for Jessie, whose meet and greet in the Magic Kingdom fell victim to apparent budget cuts last September.  Besides a steady stream of social media posts, countless emails have been sent to Walt Disney World, by both myself and other fans; conversations have been shared via phone and in-person; and a petition and Facebook page have even been created, all in an attempt to get Jessie’s presence reinstated in the Disney Parks.  But sadly, once again, another character change-up has only lengthened Jessie’s absence.

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Toy Story News Roundup: Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land, and a Petition for Jessie at Walt Disney World

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I’ll admit it; I know I’ve let this blog slide for the past few months.  It’s not for a lack of love for Toy Story, though – if anything, it’s because Jessie’s cut from the Walt Disney World parks and Toy Story 4‘s second delay kind of put me in a fangirl tailspin.  Since my last post, my family and I made a trip to Walt Disney World (which, by the way, isn’t all that magical when your favorite character is missing), and I’ve been focusing my efforts on fighting to get Jessie reinstated.  But there have been a few little snippets of Toy Story news since then, so I thought I’d catch up and share what’s been going on since November…

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Why I’m a Toy Story Fangirl… and Why Jessie Matters

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I received confirmation a couple days ago that Jessie is in fact slated to be cut from meet and greets at Walt Disney World, and needless to say it hit me like a punch in the gut.  But since Jessie never gives up, and I’m going to continue to fight to keep her as a meetable character in the parks, I thought this would be as good a time as any to write something more personal, and share just why this character and her fictional world mean so much to me.  Although I’ve written before about why Jessie is important as a character in the Toy Story series of films, these are my own reasons why she matters, to me…

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Toy Story at WDW: Construction Begins, Characters Face Cuts

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I really want to write a strictly happy blog post – you have no idea how much I would love to write a gushing report about exciting news or some thrilling new development in the Toy Story world!  Unfortunately, that has not been the case so much lately.  I’ve been meaning to post an update on Toy Story Land construction for the past several weeks, but I just wasn’t able to find the time.  Since then, however, another upsetting bit of news has come out of Walt Disney World – and I’m going to need your help on this one, if there’s any chance of making things right…

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Toy Story Throwback: Toy Story of TERROR!

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With this week being Halloween, I thought I’d look back at all of two years ago, when
Toy Story of TERROR! made its debut on national TV.  Even though I own the special on Blu-ray – which I bought, of course, the morning it came out, and rushed home to devour all the bonus features – every time it’s shown on television, I can’t help but watch.  It takes me back to October 2013 and the anticipation surrounding its first broadcast.

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Toy Story Enchanted Window Debuts at Disneyland

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Back in May, the Disney Parks Blog announced that six new Enchanted Windows would be added to Main Street, USA at Disneyland, as part of the park’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. Elaborate, moving displays, showcasing popular animated films in the windows of the Emporium, have been a long-standing tradition, and the latest additions were set to include Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Princess and the Frog, Frozen, Aladdin, and Toy Story.  Several of the windows have been in place for a while, but just yesterday, the new Toy Story window was unveiled!  Although I haven’t seen it in person, I was able to find a fantastic video of it, as well as a few photos.

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My ‘Toy Story 4’ Plea: Don’t Forget Jessie

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Ever since the Toy Story 4 announcements at the D23 Expo this past August, my excitement has been tempered with a little bit of fear.  What could possibly scare me about Toy Story?  Well, it’s the fact that in everything I’ve heard about the plot of the movie, only Woody and Buzz Lightyear are mentioned as going on the quest to find Bo Peep.  From statements made by John Lasseter over the course of the Expo weekend, to articles about Pixar President Jim Morris’s presentation in Australia, only those two characters are consistently listed as heading out on the film’s epic journey.

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Toy Story Throwback: Award-Winning Cowgirl

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In last week’s throwback post, I shared some images and clips of Jessie in a sequin-and-glitter-encrusted outfit for the 2000 Oscars.  But that wasn’t the only occasion my favorite cowgirl got dressed up for that year.  Did you know that, also in 2000, Jessie was honored with the Patsy Montana Entertainer Award by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame?  According to the museum’s website, the award was named for Patsy Montana – an entertainer and “yodeling cowgirl” herself – and it recognizes those whose work in the entertainment field continues the tradition of the cowgirl.  Jessie is even listed on the site as a recipient!

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Toy Story Throwback: Toy Story at the Oscars

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Even though the next Academy Awards are still a while away, I thought that – with the Emmys this weekend and all – it might be a good time to revisit some of my very favorite archival material relating to the Toy Story films.  I usually don’t make a big fuss over awards shows myself, unless there’s a movie (or a television show, or a musical performer) that I care especially about – needless to say, anything Toy Story would definitely get me to watch!  And I’m no film critic or analyst, by any means, so don’t expect any discussion of the merits of nominations or statistical facts from me here.  With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at the toys’ presence at the Oscars back in 1996, 2000, and 2011…

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Toy Story Throwback: ‘Toy Story 2’ Cast Interviews

Toy Story 2Although Toy Story 4 news has been scarce since D23, it won’t be long before we’ll be seeing lots of new promotional material – commercials, merchandise, posters, stock images, and social media/website content, just to name a part of what we have to look forward to.  In fact, the promo stuff is one of the things I remember most fondly from Toy Story 3 days.  It was exciting to randomly catch the toys in commercials, not only for their movie but for other things as well (a Target commercial comes to mind, and one for the U.S. Postal Service), or to walk into a store and find Toy Story-themed items in practically every aisle.  I’m still hoarding Band-Aids, shampoo bottles, and macaroni and cheese (I’ll never eat it!) that are no longer available.  By this time next year, we should be starting to receive a steady supply of ads and info, but until then, we have to make do with the few-and-far-between details we’ve been getting since last November.

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