Hi everyone. For those of us who live in Seattle its a rare treat when something Disney related comes our way. At the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center they jsut opened the Music Behind the Magic exhibit. This exhibit is all about Disney Records history and the history of Disney music.
I caught an early ferry from Bremerton to Seattle.
I took the bus out to Seattle Center since the Monorails are not running. I had a half hour before meet at 11am, so I decided to take a few pictures.
Here is our Monorails sitting in the station. To quote Stitch, "It may be little and broken, but its still good."
Not only do we have a monorail, but we have other attractions, just like Disneyland! Here are some pictures.
and Space Mountain.
Tokyo Disneyland eat your heart out.
Anyways, here is a picture of the EMP building by Frank Gehry. (well part of it).
And here is a shot of the Space Needle.
And lookie here a banner for the exhibit
I headed inside the EMP to look around. They had a bunch of Disney cds and DVDS, but they also had several exclusive shirts and an exclusive pin. Here is a pciture of it.
In the Sky Church they had some cool projections on the wall of disney scenes, kind of like what they have at the Animation Building in DCA.
Beauty and the Beast
So after getting these shots and buying pins it was time for the meet in front of the EMP. So I waited a few minutes and no one showed. I decided to run in and get my ticket, while I waited. I came back and still no one. So I waited a few more minutes until 11:20 and then decided its time to hit the exhibit.
I should point out that photography is not permitted in the exhibit, so I don't have any pictures to show.
The exhibit has several costumes from live action movies, like Bert and Micheal's Jolly Holiday outfits from MAry Poppins, Annette Funicello's red coat from Babes in Toyland, one of Belle's provincial dresses from B&B on Boradway, as well as several Lion King costumes. There were several sketches and storyboards from Pinocchio and Snow White, as well as from the Mickey Mouse cartoon Karnival Kid. There are collectibles and records from nuermous filsm and TV shows like the Mickey MOuse CLub and Davy Crockett. There are also several interactive exhibits. My favorite is the Trivia game where up to 4 people can play a multiple choice trivia game.
ALso there is a neat display where you can listen to POTC Yo-ho and can isolate individual tracks. I liked the original attraction art they had for POTC, HM, ETR and IASW. I had not seen the pieces for HM, ISAW, and ETR before. There are several screens with short documentaries about different time periods in Disney Music History, like the early movies, the period of Menken and Ashman, as well as one just on MAry Poppins.
I was watching one of these when out of the blue I heard "excuse me, but are you Melonballer?" Sure enough, A fellow micechatter did make it. It was peoplemover1. She had been there for a while and we talked about Disneyland and Micechat while we retoured the exhibit and some of the non-disney exhibits. We played a couple rounds of the Trivia game and my bizarre knowledge of "High School Musical" allowed me to have a come from behind victory. Using her mad skills from the "Master Gracey School of Ninja Secret Photography" she had taken many pictures from the exhibit, which she has promised to post. After another hour or so she had to move on and meet with her friend. While we waited to get my jacket from the coat check I saw my bus take off. Without missing a beat peoplemover1 lived up to her name and offered me a ride to Downtown Seattle. The funny thing is the whole time we referred to each other by our screennames. After I got home this evening I found a PM from her asking for my real name. I had been thinking the same thing right before. Peoplemover1 was great and I am glad I got to spend that time with her. It was a small meet, but I can now say I have met another Micechatter! Hurrah.
Overall the exhibit is pretty neat. It is a bit small, and I would have prefered a little more on the music from the themeparks. However, seeing the original art and costumes is really something. Also if you are a Jimi Hendrix fan the EMP has an excellent Hendrix exhibit.