This is a guest post by Kristi Marcelle
The Disney Cruise Line team is a hard working crew. With the launch of the Disney Dream in 2011 and the Disney Fantasy in 2012 you might think that it’s time for a break but the excitement and surprises continue as Pixar makes a guest appearance.
For the first time ever, DCL will offer Pixar themed cruises along the California Coast on the Disney Wonder. These seven-night sailings will only be offered between September 16 – October 14, 2012.
What’s new? Guests will see new characters mixing with their Disney favorites - Buzz, Woody and Remy to name a few. There will be Pixar presentations and sneak peeks with Pixar artists and animators, a display of Pixar art and a Pixar film fest available in the on-board theaters or stateroom televisions. The cruise leaves from Los Angeles and ports of call include San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. Visit Disney Cruise Line for current pricing.
Cruise timing not perfect for school-age kids but Pixar message is a homerun for families
The timing of the cruises with the start of the school year is not ideal but the Pixar presentations are interesting, inspiring and positive for school-age and older kids as well as adults – they’ll learn more than you think.
Last summer I attended the D23 Disney fan expo in Anaheim, California. D23 (D for Disney, 23 for 1923, the year that Walt Disney founded what became the Walt Disney Company) is Disney’s official fan club. The expo showcases new and old Disney memorabilia, entertainment from Disney television and movies and presentations and panel discussions about all things Disney, including Disney-owned Pixar, the studio that brought us iconic films like Toy Story, Cars and Finding Nemo.
I attended three Pixar presentations and panel discussions. At the end of the day I felt like I had gotten a sneak peek into Pixar and I felt completely energized by the enthusiasm and excitement that these very talented guys convey. These presentations are not meant to be motivational speeches but they are all that plus funny and interesting. The Pixar team has won 29 Academy Awards since 1986 – they have a formula that works.
Why Pixar’s coolness works…especially for tweens and teens
When my kids are older I will make an effort to take them to a Pixar presentation. Why? Because underneath the Pixar team’s coolness lie great messages: team work, hard work, passion for your work and appreciation for the support and breaks that you encounter along the way.
Team work is key
Listening to the Pixar creative team you repeatedly hear how they feel like they’ve found their niche, found the group of people that are “their kind”. Many of these guys grew up reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Michael Giacchino, acclaimed music composer who worked on Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2 said “making movies is about the pride you feel in making something with a group of people.” Mark Andrews, director of Brave, agreed and said “the collaborative effort is palpable”.
If you’ve ever worked at a start-up, Pixar sounds similar. Long hours, great satisfaction and pride in the final product with a good bit of goofing off and pranks mixed in with a bonus of decent food too. Michael Giacchino readily admitted that his kids like to come to the studio to eat the brownies not really to see him work.
Passion for your work
Dream big, do what you love. This is another phrase that came out of Michael Giacchino’s presentation. While we can’t all have our “dream job” all the time it’s inspiring to see people having fun doing what they love, especially when that passion keeps cranking out great family films for the rest of us.
Support and luck
During one presentation an audience member asked the guys (there were no women on the panels) how they balanced family life with the long hours of work. The answer: extremely supportive spouses. And when asked why they thought the Pixar team was so successful – sheepish answers of the right timing and a bit of luck.
Oh and they’re modest too
Kristi Marcelle is a Spanish-speaking Wisconsin native living the good life in the OC. She loves planning travel adventures with her family, a good glass of wine and the Green Bay Packers. She’s a regular contributor at Ciao Bambino.
Kristi received complimentary admission to D23 but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own. She was not compensated for this post.