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This past weekend, Jeremy and I went to Griffith Park to see the Merry-Go-Round.



Got our tickets!

This is not just ANY carousel, either. It is a gorgeous, vintage, pretty gigantic, carousel. The organ that accompanies it is one of the oldest of its kind, and has one of the widest ranges of music — over 100 songs!


They're in the middle of refurbishing the ride


It’s surrounded by playgrounds, and picnic areas in a still-secluded-feeling area of the Park.


The Griffith Park Carousel is ALSO the place where Walt Disney used to take his two daughters on the weekend — and the place where he sat on a bench and dreamed up the idea for a place that had more rides, was cleaner, and that parents could enjoy too…DISNEYLAND!


I'm blinking...but the Disney bench picture HAD to be included!

I’m a huge fan of carousels in general — I love the craftsmanship that goes into a lot of the older ones, and they just have a great sense of nostalgia surrounding them. Though I’m not exactly discriminatory in my carousel-riding — whether it’s horses, giraffes, whales or dinos, if it spins in a circle and plays tinkly organ music I. AM. THERE.


A simple, classic, fun way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon!

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A couple weekends ago, Sherman Oaks opened their own weekly farmers market.

I’d been to the big, permanent farmers market at The Grove roughly a billion times since I’ve moved out here, but I’ve never gone to one of the weekly ones that are so prevalent in LA before — each one is open different days of the week, and at different times, and I’m always forgetting to go until I see a sign pointing out that I JUST missed one.

This time, though, I’d left myself enough reminders to know that come 9 AM Saturday morning, it was time to get up and get my little butt over to the farmers market!

I was definitely delighted at their first efforts — a good selection of fresh flowers, and a fairly wide range of fresh (and often organic) fruit, vegetables and nuts. Prices were pretty on-par with what I normally pay too, so stopping by weekly isn’t going to break the bank.



You could also find some bakery options, and local restaurants with stands to provide breakfast. (Eggs or breakfast burritos, anyone?)

There was even some live entertainment (I have no idea if this is a typical farmers market thing, but it was really enjoyable!)


It was a little smaller than I thought it would be, but it was just the first week. This is also the first Sherman Oaks sponsored one, meaning it’s SUPER close to me — definite bonus points! I’m definitely looking forward to early Saturday morning trips for the foreseeable future!

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And by that I mean that, thanks to the glorious folks at D23, I found myself at the Walt Disney Studios a few weekends back walking through the animation building and trying to sneak into a sneak peak of Tangled. I’m mostly kidding on that last part.

The tour had two main parts — a knowledgable guide took us around the lot, and then let us loose for a few minutes near the end in the Archives, under the watchful eye of the recently retired chief archivist Dave Smith. I’ve been on the lot a few times before, and everyone who knows me would not be surprised that I knew a few of the stories they told, but it was a really fun tour all around.

We started out at Pluto’s Corner:


Near the front of the lot were some buildings that they had actually brought with them from their old location — they actually carefully tore down each building and then rebuilt the same buildings on the new lot. When I was younger I used to think it’d be cool if you could just take your house with you when you moved…and it seems Disney had the same idea!

We then went down to where the Animation building, and Ink & Paint buildings are. No pictures were allowed inside the  buildings, but the walls are lined with art from their animated films with plaques that explain the film process. There’s also a somewhat-secret passage (just in the fact that they don’t really use it anymore) that connects the Animation building with the Ink & Paint building underground. It was made so that the clear cels wouldn’t get dust on them, or rained on.


We also walked by the ginormous sound stages, and the small piece of “backlot” (the area that looks like building fronts) that remains from years past. There used to be a neighborhood street, as well as the whole town where Zorro was set.

Next up we headed to the Archives — the place where Disney records all of their film/park/you-name-it history, and stores memorabilia they deem necessary to preserving the legacy. They actually have huge warehouses elsewhere (the room we were in was MUCH too small for parts of the plane from the LOST set!) but they did have some cool things lying about:


Me, in the Archives

The  main room is mostly filled with books, and clay models for the animated characters. They brought out this shiny gem for us to see though:


I'd like to thank the Academy...

And Dave Smith was there to answer any questions anyone might have. He essentially came up with the idea of the Archives and started them from scratch when he was younger (in the mid60s)


After the Archives, we spent some time in Legends Plaza outside of the 7 Dwarfs building (aka the Team Disney Building aka The Place that Michael Eisner Built):


This definitely rivaled the Warner Brothers Studio tour I did with my mom when I first moved out here. Unlike that tour though, Disney doesn’t usually do studio tours, so it was an extra special experience. I’m slowly making my way around all the studio lots 🙂

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