Friday, October 31, 2014

Autumn On Main Street USA...

   I've been absolutely overrun with obligation since returning to real life after our lengthy Disney World vacation...I've hardly had enough time to appreciate the gorgeous autumn that we're having up here.  It seems like everything changed during the time we were in Florida, which is ironic considering the autumn season at Disney World is about to change over to Christmastime.  Though I really love Christmas in the Magic Kingdom, there is an inexplicable charm to the fall decorations. I only wished they lasted longer in the ACTUAL season.
   Here are some shots I took last week while stopping to smell the roses on Main Street favorite place in the world.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

And We're Back...

   Disney vacations come go so quickly.  It seems like the months of planning have all disappeared into the ether, and here we are again lost in the sadness of post Disney depression.  Fortunately we had one of the greatest vacations ever, filled with new experiences (hotels, restaurants, attractions...) and plenty of great friends both old and new.  I'm so incredibly humbled by everyone who came out to our Crescent Lake bar crawl meet up...76+ people in total, and to those who went out of their way to say hi in the parks.  You guys make everything we do worth it...and I'll say it again, Disney Hipster Blog/Podcast fans are the most attractive bunch.   For those of you who followed along via Twitter or Instagram, thank you so much...half the fun of these trips are sharing the fun with you. :)

   As far as the "work" part of the trip, rest assured that I indeed found time to fill my reservoir of Disney goodness. Be it photos, videos, or blog/podcast ideas...we should have plenty to get us through our next trip.  In the realm of creative projects, I have a few fun things brewing, even though they might take a bit longer than some of my other ventures.  (no, the sequel to Lets Move To Disney World is NOT on the horizon quite yet...)   I seriously can't wait to get started...and to start planning our next trip! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Quickie: Random Shots From The Disney Magic...

   We are in the midst of a (supposedly) glorious Walt Disney World vacation!  And this has me thinking a lot about our NEXT Disney adventure...a four night Disney cruise in January.  To help get me in the mood I've been perusing our photos from our first cruise on the Disney Magic this past January.   Here are some random shots that make my heart smile...

I have a love/hate relationship with Frozen...but my heart is weak for Olaf. This photo op in the 
terminal is fantastic. 

We loved exploring the ship before it was completely crowded with people. Though the
food was meh I loved the atmosphere of Animator's Palate. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Design: The Terror Of The Evil Queen

   It's been quite a while since we last visited the Design volume of The Archive Series, even though this is probably my favorite in the series. Remember the awesome metamorphosis of Ursula?!?!  The process of developing an animated film is what draws me in.
   The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is actually a fantastic example of fully well rounded character, the vision of which is straight forward from the beginning.  Her motive (to be fairest one of all...) drove the look of the character since conception.  She had to be beautiful of course, but in a completely opposite way than our heroine.   The stark lines, tall and slender harsh features directly oppose Snow Whites.

   Of course the real terror in this film comes during the Queen's own metamorphosis into the frightening old hag.  The actual process of brewing the potion and subsequent change is legitimately one of the scariest moments in animated history.  The queen's true self is actually represented in this form.