Saving Mr. Banks Practically Perfect Preview
I always get so excited when the Disney Parks Blog has a meet-up and when I saw their announcement for the “Saving Mr. Banks Practically Perfect Preview” – I wanted to be a part of it so badly!! Needless to say, our RSVP for the event was accepted and the preview was this past weekend! We checked in at the front entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios promptly at 8:00 p.m. and headed straight for the Premiere Theater. I didn’t even know there was a theater back there! So special! Magic is always popping up where you’d least expect it at Walt Disney World!
We arrived just a bit early and got all checked in with time to stop and take in all the glory of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. If you haven’t seen this epic display of twinkling and sparkling lights, well…you’ve just got to do it! It’s the most breathtaking display of Christmas lights you’ll probably ever see!
Anywhoo…I have been ridiculously excited to see “Saving Mr. Banks” since I first saw the previews for it months ago. I absolutely love movies that tell the back stories of other movies. Think how “Monster’s University” told the back story of “Monster’s, Inc.” – just love it! Mary Poppins happens to be one of my all-time favorite childhood movies. So excited!!
As we entered the theater, I saw some familiar faces of the Disney Parks Blog and took a few moments to catch up with them. It’s always so fun that everyone is so personable and friendly! There were cute little red and white striped boxes of popcorn and drinks available, so we all grabbed some and took our seats.
Until now, the back story of how P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins” made it to the big screen has been untold. Emma Thompson did a fantastic job of portraying the uncompromising author of her beloved, magical nanny with absolutely no intention of releasing the rights to her story.
As Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, pulls out all the stops to woo Travers to grant him the rights to her story, she becomes increasingly unwilling to budge. She even stated that “Mary Poppins DOES NOT SING” as the Sherman Brothers come up with catchy tunes to tell the story and present them to her. We watched quietly and got teary-eyed, over and over as this remarkable story was told. What I found especially enjoyable was watching Walt as he studied Travers and ultimately figured out a way to reach her. He was an amazing man, as we all know, and if you are a fan of Walt Disney, you will absolutely love this movie as I did.
We had a big treat waiting for us after the preview, in Disney Parks Blog meet-up style! There were two fabulous photo opportunities where we could take pictures with Mary Poppins and one of the beloved penguins and a second with Bert and a couple of the chimney sweeps! The Characters mingled with us as we waited in line to see them keeping us entertained all the while. My daughter even danced with a penguin!
Even though I want to tell you ALL the details about this incredible film, I’m not going to spoil it for you. You simply must go see “Saving Mr. Banks” for yourself on December 20, 2013 when it opens in theaters everywhere! You’ll just love it!
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