We have a special note for you today from Richard Kraft,
announcing the winners of the FIND YOUR WAY TO KRAFTLAND
contest. Everyone here at MiceAge/MiceChat would like thank Richard along
with all who submitted their entries. What a delightful project this has
Finding your way...
FINDING KRAFTLAND is the true story of Nicky
and Richard Kraft.
I dread making choices. And like with most things in my life, it all
started with Disneyland.
As a kid I would agonize over those Ticket Books. No matter how much my
brother and I plotted and planned, there were never enough of those cursed
colored stubs to get us on everything we wanted to cram into a day. A trip to the
Happiest Place on Earth™ was also a journey to the Most Frustrating Place, too.
Who could decide? Was it better to splatter in a train wreck on Mr. Toad or
risk regurgitation on the Tea Cups? Better to explore Innerspace, liquid space
or Space Mountain? Haunted Mansion vs. Matterhorn?? Peter Pan vs. Snow White? To
B ticket or not to B Ticket? That was the question. And the answers were never
easy. Sort of like Sophie's Choice with PeopleMovers and Skyway Buckets.
The only part of a trip to Disneyland that did not require Solomon-like
wisdom was deciding what to do with your A tickets. That was never a problem
since every option was pretty lame (how many times could you feign interest in a
scratchy print of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Main Street Cinema?)
Besides, there was always a drawer's-worth of A Tickets left over from your last
trip. I swear, those A tickets would breed in my chest of drawers just to taunt
me with how plentiful they were and how those magnificent E Tickets were truly
The elusive E Ticket promised the exotic and
I mention all of this because I was just faced with such a dilemma in trying
to chose the winner for the FIND YOUR WAY TO KRAFTLAND essay contest on
MiceAge/MiceChat. Every day I would fire up my computer in anticipation. There
were dozens and dozens of wonderful postings from dozens and dozens of complete
strangers, all sharing tales of their own Disneyana Holy Grails. Some made me
smile, some pulled at my heart. But they were all so unique and terrific in
their own special way.
Yikes! I was going have to chose my ten favorite local and my ten favorite out-of town-entries. It was that freakin' Ticket Book all over again! No! It
wasn't fair. I didn't want to choose. How could I pick favorites after reading
so many cool things?
A Kraftland welcome.
There's Dcs287 forever paddling around the Rivers of America
with his dad and family in a Davy Crockett Canoe. There is the joy of
discovering the peak of the Matterhorn with my fellow mountaineer Mr.Snappy.
Or how about reading the the plaque welcoming Threviewer and
Superstacie (and Yoda-Dland) into the World of Yesterday, Tomorrow
And then there's AKComic who wants the whole entry tunnel to escape
his real world of cat hairs and unwashed dishes! How could I chose between
Daliseurat and DoppeeIV proudly displaying Herb Ryman's original
Disneyland painting and Guaghey finally getting his drawing of Lil' Toot.
Artist PirateMunkee is making peace with his father. It is a small world
for Neverlandtink, Xclipse129, and BFJen and even smaller
for Pezzlightyear and Ed43bauhaus in their Atomobiles. Pop Goes
the Weasel for PixieChick and her America Sings figures.
The birds sing words and the flowers croon for Thsawrp's
grandmother in the eternal and enchanted Tiki Room. Up at Club 33 Dizneyfan
and her family are sharing a meal with Walt, thanking him for all those
wonderful memories. Netenyahoo soars over Fantasyland along with Dumbo
joined by Pratt55, Nunz, SoulRebel and SharonDC
floating above London in their Peter Pan Pirate Ships. The poet, Skyfirescar,
glides through the night on the Skyway to Fantasyland.
Dumbo hovers over Kraftland.
Over at the Haunted Mansion there is TheJoshualee who never
follows directions and allows Gus, the hitchhiking ghost to follow him home
while Nojarama is hanging with the Hatbox Ghost. Down in the ballroom,
Mission Seagull witnesses life's eternal duel. Is that Frogberto
gazing into Madame Leota's crystal ball? DisneyNancies#41 is hangin' with
the hanging ghost. Checking it all out is GrimGrinningDan cruising by in
his trusty Doombuggie.
I was so touched by R1hert2 discovering the magic of meeting
new friends on a park bench in the hub along with fellow benchers Disney1978
and Peoplemovermisser. It's a jolly holiday every time Mufasa'sboy
flies with Mary Poppins' practically perfect umbrella. Musiken never
needs to share the steering wheel touring in a private Mr. Toad car.
RalphatUAL is behind the wheel again of his magnificent keel boat.
ScottDisneyFan is over at the Castle drawbridge down on one knee proposing
to his tired and freezing girlfriend Kelly knowing they would magically be
The Hoedown never ends for Mouseinphilly, LukeManning
and the Country Bears. Just ask Melvin, Max and Buff and their close
friend Yensid70. That's Saturday97 shrieking every time she hears
Blood on the Saddle. Sometimes an orange juicer is just a machine, or
sometimes it is a symbol of a wonderful man like DisneyIPresumes' uncle.
Rixter's dad is cashing checks over on Main Street. And did you know the
path through Adventureland is 15 feet wide because of Wec's cousin? Gigi
leaves the glee club to join Sophie832 in the Tiki Room's exclusive
bathroom. The Tiki Room itself is now run and programmed by its new owner,
Kraftland visitor Richard Sherman takes a spin
in the library.
For some reason, RickNStuff wants a Rocket Rod. And even
stranger, Ersatzrainfactory enjoys an endless loop of Captain EO.
Circarama and Tigerlilly survived Grad Night to become the proud
owners of Submarine Voyage dueling lobsters. Mattato finds the missing
Treasure Island ticket given to him by his grandmother. And ScotHoly
finds the heart of Disneyland at the marker in front of the castle. That's
Totrider16 climbing up the castle to look out over the spire. You can't run
away from trouble because Lafitte has the Splash Mountain sign.
Fantasmico gets into even big trouble down with her lil' devil pals from Mr.
There are familiar and beloved sounds everywhere. The clang of the
bell from the C.K. Holliday for both Suaspont and Yendorb and the
motor putt-putt-putt of A-Goofy's beloved fire engine as she rides along
Main Street with Walt. Vistaboy92084 catches a ride back with Mr. Disney as
they travel together on the street car. If you haven't seen Yoyoflamingo
for a while, it's because he's in Town Square jammin' to his collection of every
sound from Disneyland. Heading on up Main Street are BDBopper and the Tin
Soldiers as they parade past JiminyCricketFan sitting in the Carnation
Delivery Truck. Magical experiences is what JimFromEastPA collects. So
does Whamo who was there on opening day using his First Day ticket.
small world that Tomorrowland.
Life is fickle... Chesirecat wants The Red Head while
TheRedhead wanted the disembodied head of Madame Leota. No1Here would
be happy just owning Honest Abe. A plush Mickey is still inspiring
Disneyphile as is the glassblower's Castle for MollyTrolly. Guiding
travelers through Storybook seas is MRBboy2005's light house. Equally
bright is the Light Magic sign mounted on the back of KpKenny warning
everyone of how easy it is to slip from Magic to Tragic. SosaiX becomes
an honorary cast member with his massive collection of Cast Name Tags. And
Princess626 has the whole Kingdom in her control as she surveys her diorama
of the park while Schnebs oversees the glittering model of Progress City.
AnimatornickB and his fiance share a love that lasts as long as
that petrified wood out in Frontierland. The number 18 Skyway Bucket carries
Chasengel as he proposes to his wife and discovers that missing Kodak camera
that captured it all. LinweElensar finally gets a good parking space
under her Bambi parking lot sign. Nursemelis374 in saluting Captain
Blackbeard. Forever young in their silhouette portraits are the sons of
There are magical train rides on the Lilly Belle for
MisterDisneyland, Sadwina, and Janfrederick as well as
monorail journeys for Club3. BugsBunny, Abe22222222 and
Sbk1234 choose to chug along in their PeopleMover. They reserve a special seat
for MaryAnninWndrland's mother who is in perfect health. WVnative
and daughter spin endlessly in that Purple Tea Cup while Snowflakey lives
forever in the great big beautiful House of the Future.
FINDING KRAFTLAND host Stacey Aswad and
co-director Adam Shell find film festivals fun.
So many wonderful essays. How could I possibly chose when JohnSquad
sums it up so well; that it is the memories that mean the most to us. It never
ceases to amaze me how Disney has touched so many different people in so many
And as I read the final posting I gasped with that horrible realization that
I was going to have to start picking favorites. It was back to the days of the
Ticket Books and those lousy, limited options. Back to choosing between
"either"/"or" when what I really wanted was "this"
After reading about so many great people and their Disney wishes I decided to
make one, too... I wanted them all to win! Then, I realized that they got rid of
those stinkin' Ticket Books a longtime ago. You can now take a Jeep (oh, excuse
me... a personal transport vehicle) through Indiana Jones a gazillion times if
you so desire. You can conquer all the dark rides in Fantasyland and still
explore all of Frontierland. You really can have it all. If there was now
unlimited access to all of Disneyland, why not swing open the gates and do the
same for Kraftland?
So, this past midnight I wished upon a star and decided to make my dream come
true. Last night I decided to make everyone a winner! Every person who took the
time to share their fantasies in the FIND YOUR WAY TO KRAFTLAND
has really found it. Today everybody wins!
Kraftland may need an Emporium.
Every local who submitted an essay gets a pair of tickets to the Los
Angeles premiere of FINDING KRAFTLAND at the Cinema City
International Film Festival at Universal Studios City Walk at 5pm on Sunday,
September 30th. Every local gets a pair of V.I.P. After Party invitations.
Every local gets a KRAFTLAND swag bag full of cool collectibles,
including a limited edition, promo KRAFTLAND bobble-head. Every non-local
gets the KRAFTLAND swag bag with the limited edition bobble-head, too.
Sure, it's not Oprah giving away cars, but it sure beats a drawer full of A
Tickets. And as a fellow dreamer, I wish to thank everyone who participated.
- Richard Kraft
Winners will be contacted via e-mail about claiming their prizes. Any
questions may be directed to
To discuss the contest (and provide winners a place to post their thanks),
this MiceChat thread has been set up.
To read all the winning postings on MiceChat,
| To read the original MiceAge page announcing the FIND YOUR WAY TO KRAFTLAND
contest, with background information on the film (and the list of official
rules) CLICK HERE. | Werner Weiss interviewed
Richard Kraft for MiceAge, to read his article
Tickets for the Universal City 9/30 screening may still be available; for purchasing
information CLICK HERE | The official
FINDING KRAFTLAND website can be accessed if you, yes,
Al Lutz & DustySage, along with all the staff and crew behind
MiceAge & MiceChat would like to thank Richard Kraft for his kind
efforts, suggestions and assistance in putting together this project. Of course
our thanks also go out to all who participated; the outstanding quality of your
efforts inspired and enriched everyone involved. Congratulations to all the
© 2007 Richard Kraft / MiceAge.com / MiceChat.com