Friday, August 29, 2014

Awesome Dance Moves From Tokyo Disneyland's Halloween Parade

   I know its still August.  I know the first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is still a couple of days away.  I also know that we don't normally post random videos and pass them off as blog posts (oh wait, we do that all the time actually...) However, I really feel like everyone needs to watch these videos.
   I'm pretty sure they're dance training videos for the Tokyo Disneyland Halloween parade...and it basically looks insane.  If the parade is half as good as these videos I might need to book my trip asap.

   Can we also talk about how amazing the parade song is for a moment?  Is there someone out there that can translate the lyrics for me?  Because this needs to be my anthem for the Halloween season, for obvious reasons. 

   Are you as excited about Halloween time as I am?  Are you going to a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?  Lets hear about it! Reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why Do Little Changes At WDW Get Us So Upset?

   Things come and go at Disney World all the time...and someone always gets upset regardless of the magnitude of change.  It could be as simple as a recipe changing, or something more grand, like the closure of Snow White's Scary Adventure.
   A lot of folks in the Disney community worry themselves into a tizzy at the thought of change, while the other side of the spectrum practically scolds those worriers. "The parks are supposed to constantly be changing! Blah! Screech! Meh!"   I'm pretty sure there is a fine middle ground somewhere in there.

I really miss Marie in Epcot. :(

   Is it wrong to become emotionally attached to even the silliest of things? No, of course not.  These tiny contributions are what fill in the gaps of our vacation and fully round out the sensory aspect of our memories.  Likewise, I understand that nothing in a theme park lasts forever.  Even opening day attractions go through many extensive refurbishments throughout the decades, many are mere shadows of what they once were.  To keep the parks  interesting they have to evolve and meet new guests expectations of what a Disney park should be.

The old Club Cool flavors...sigh. :(

   Even though we might consider most change in the parks 99% bad, the fact is...its not bad, its just not what were used to.  We have to evolve with the parks, and create new memories to latch on to. Who knows, maybe I'll grow to love the black bean burger at Restaurantosaurus more than our beloved veggie-sub-o-saurus...but thats not very likely.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's A Small World: Planning The Total Scene

   One of my favorite things is the It's A Small World (A Disneyland Pictorial Souvenir) which I received last year as a birthday gift.  Towards the end of the book, after our whimsical tour of the attraction has ended, there are a few behind the scenes pages describing the making of the famous ride.  These pages are full of terrific colorful photos, including some of our favorite Imagineers! Lets take a look at one of those pages...

 Individual animated scenes must be carefully planned in relationship to one another in a particular area. On the opposite page, two designers "direct" the action in a miniature set of Africa, planned exactly as guests will view it from the boats. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reader Created Disney Hipster Art...

   Today is Disney Hipster Blog's third anniversary. Yay! I'm super appreciative of everyone who reads the blog everyday (and listens to the podcast every week...) since it gives me a reason to keep updating it on a regular basis.
   Reading the blog alone, and interacting with us on Twitter is enough to make me super happy. But occasionally we receive the ultimate thanks from a reader, in the form of artwork...and I wanted to share a few of my favorites today.

Check out more from Kittenpillar....

We've featured the wonderful work of Lauren before...

 And I literally can't believe this design from Phil Howell...

   Thanks so much for caring enough about Disney Hipster Blog to create something wonderful...I don't think anyone understands how great these make me feel.  Here's to another busy year at Disney Hipster Headquarters.