Friday, September 19, 2014

WDW Countdown Chain: 20-18

   Two years ago in anticipation of our annual October trip to Walt Disney World, Adam and I created a countdown chain to get us hyped up about our trip.  At the time we recorded each thing on the list as it was taken off the chain... this year I wanted to do a similar countdown of things that I'm looking forward to.  Some of the things on my list are things that I enjoy every trip to Disney World, while others are completely new experiences!  So lets jump right into the countdown...

   20: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


   I had to start this list off with a bang! If you follow Disney Hipsters on Twitter you know my excitement for the party is off the charts.  Mickey's Not So Scary is honestly my favorite night of the year.  Between the costumes, music, amazing fireworks and parade I absolutely adore this party. This year Adam and I have topped our previous costumes, and CANT WAIT to share.  If you have never been to Not So Scary make sure you read our tips for fully enjoying it. 

   19: Being Able To Pig Out...


   I know, this one seems a little weird because in theory I could indulge in whatever food I want while going about my day to day life here in New Jersey. (I'M AN ADULT!) However, being the kind of (maybe?) health conscious guy that I am, I tend to shy away for indulgent food.  Sure, I have days where I eat a little more than I should, but at Disney World the proverbial gloves come off.  This is vacation, and the last thing I want to be doing is counting calories. In fact, I have a running list of foods that I REQUIRE on my trip.  I'm looking at you vegetable torte...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Five Charming Things That Still Exist In The Norway Pavilion

   Unless you've been living under a rock...you too have been shaken by the official announcement of the closure of one of my favorite attractions, Maelstrom.  Whether you love this attraction or not, its hard to not classify it as charming.  Everything from ascending toward Odin's eye, to the oddly shaped polar bear...this attraction is like the weird cousin at a family reunion.  When the time comes for Maelstrom's closure (in a few short weeks...) we will be in mourning.  But for the moment lets appreciate five random things in the Norway pavilion that we can still love. (for now, I guess...seeing that NOTHING IS SACRED.)


   This three faced king is located above an entrance to The Puffin's Roost store.  While I don't really know the significance of this handsome fella, aesthetically he's very pleasing.  Anyone know what he is?  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hong Kong Disneyland Adventureland Statues

I'm so pleased to welcome back good friend of the blog, Q, as he continues his extensive tour of the overseas Disney Parks! Today he's looking at a great detail from Hong Kong's Adventureland...take it away Q!


   The meandering pathways through the true tropics of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Adventureland is not only full of stunning jungle overgrowth, the sounds of drums, gorgeous tikis, and some gorgeous relics from Adventures long ago, but hidden in plain sight are some quite amazing pieces of rock art.
      Located in a small area of Adventureland around a play space of traditional music instruments and drums for small (and big!) kids to play on, these statues are reminiscent of Animal Kingdom rock art.


   I had probably walked past these a number of times before I realized that these weren’t just rocks, but rock carvings and statues of animals! (I do have that common affliction known as "Boys Eyes" though, where we often can’t see things right in front of our faces).


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kill, Refurb, Marry: WDW Transportation

   I'm happy to take part in another round of Kill, Refurb, Marry as part of the wonderful network of blogs brought together by Mouse On The Mind, and This Happy Place!  Today we're tackling the topic of TRANSPORTATION AT DISNEY WORLD!

Kill: The Magic Kingdom Ferry...

Obviously I don't have any pictures of the ferry...or of the lagoon for that matter, 
but here is a random shot of Adam at the Poly OVERLOOKING the lagoon. Duh. 

   I understand that this is the most efficient way to get to the Magic Kingdom from the Ticket and Transportation Center, especially given the current state of the monorail,  I also think that the view is genuinely amazing.  However,  five years of commuting on the Staten Island Ferry has given me a horrible association with ferryboats. And guess what? The announcement of the Magic Kingdom ferry mentions the Staten Island Ferry by name, and that just sends shivers up my spine.  Sorry. I'm killing the ferry.

Refurb: The Monorail


   Is there anyone reading this who wouldn't have the monorail on their refurb list?  This thing is nearly as iconic as Cinderella Castle, but has been in horrible disrepair for several years.  It's a rare treat to take the monorail without it stalling or breaking down completely. Time for a new fleet Disney World!

Marry: My feet. 

The only reason I use this old photo, is because I know for a fact I was about 
to walk to the Studios through international gateway...

   I know this is sort of cheating, but there is no better way to get from certain points at Disney World than your own two feet. (in particular, MY feet...you see, I walk pretty fast.)  The walk from Hollywood Studios to Epcot is seriously one of the most pleasant walks you may ever take, and a fun way to break the monotony of busses/boats.  Perhaps the most charming walk of all is between the Contemporary and The Magic Kingdom, at dusk...and on your way to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Thank you feet, you're amazing.