Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lilo & Stitch: A Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride

I was excited to see the Magical Blogorail's American Tourister giveaway (by the way, if you didn't see it the first time check out my American Tourister review) would focus on Disney couples and knew exactly who I wanted to choose as soon as I found out! While they may not be your average Disney couple, Lilo & Stitch will always hold a special place in my heart.  There is something about the magic of friendship that warms my heart like no other.  And for all intensive purposes, there are few friendships that compare to a girl and her "dog".  One of the best thing about celebrating friendships around Valentine's Day is how it helps us remember that the best husbands & wives start out as the best friends.

My husband and I have met Lilo and Stitch on all six of our Disney trips together (and strangely neither of us have encountered these characters on trips we've taken without one another)! My favorite place to meet them is at their Best Friends Breakfast at the Polynesian Resort.  I love the food and that they are rockin leis and bring along some other Disney favorites just in their Poly best.  You can also catch Stitch out and about posing in the parks.

I still remember the first time I saw Lilo and Stitch on the big screen and funny enough people sometimes mistake me for being Hawaiian because my ethnicity is hard to tell when you look at me (I am actually a bit of a mutt- Irish, German, Italian, and Native American) and I had recently become smitten with Elvis.  I remember my first year teaching when I had an Elvis war poster up in my classroom and kids starting calling me Lilo. :) The soundtrack is one of my very favorite and one of the few I have on my phone even now.  I love Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride! And I love Hawaiian music so the whole thing is very appealing to me!

There are tons of fun facts that I didn't see the first time I watched (but of course have found in time).
Check out some little hidden gems and fun facts from Lilo & Stitch:

 In the scene where Lilo is eating a snowcone one of the postcards features "Orlando, Florida" and has a picture of none other than Walt Disney World Resort

 At the end the tracking image Captain Gantu uses when searching for Stitch is a symbol used for Spaceship Earth in Epcot

 Many liscence plates in the film shar ethe number A113 which can also be found in Toy Story and Cars 

 When Stitch licks the councilwoman towards the start of the film his saliva makes a momentary Disney "D". 

 In one scene Lilo throws her doll Scrump on the ground.  When she runs back and picks her up the doll begins to smile. 

 Lilo and Nani's parents died in a rainstorm.  There is a reference made that at first seems random. When Lilo wants to feed the fish Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, she insists it is important because Pudge controls the weather. 

 Lilo means "generous one" and Nani means "beautiful"

 It was originally set in Kansas before being switched to Hawaii, the 1st Disney film to be set here. 

Now, here's a trivia question for you! 
The Disney Couple Giveaway Questions is...  What storybook does Stitch read in the film?

Enter to win a Disney inspired D23 2-piece luggage set. No purchase necessary to enter. Just read about a famous Disney couple and answer the question in the post. There will be a new post daily through February 7 so keep checking back for additional chances to enter. There will be two winners in the giveaway. Each winner will receive a Disney Inspired D23 2-piece luggage set valued at $100. Design winner receives will be chosen at random. Contest begins Jan 27th 2014 and ends February 14th 2014 at midnight EST and is only open to U.S. legal residents 18 years and older with valid email address.

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