Friday, July 25, 2014

Shake To Randomize: Epcot's France

   Sorry about skipping last weeks Shake To Randomize.  We were having major computer problems which is pretty much the worst.   However, today we will continue our tour around World Showcase.    
   Do you know about the shake to randomize feature of the Hipstamatic camera filter app?  This nifty feature randomly selects combinations of lenses, films, and flashes...each with DOZENS in their respective categories.  Sometimes you get a great set, other times, well...not so much.  Lets head on over to the beautiful France pavilion and see what comes up.


   Looks like we struck gold with this filter combination.  Literally no film border present, although with this app that doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't change the look of the photos.  The lens casts a pretty strong beige/pink light over everything...which looks PHENOMENAL against France's green accents. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Things I Love: The Royal Majesty Makers

   Random roaming entertainment used to be rampant at Walt Disney World.  Each park had its share of music, characters, and sometimes bizarre streetmosphere.  For the most part these distractions have gone by the wayside, which stinks because they were a wonderful way to spend time between attractions.
   There are a few strongholds in the random happenings family that manage to survive, among my favorites are the Royal Majesty Makers.  If you're ever in the Magic Kingdom's  Fantasyland around rope drop time you are probably pretty familiar with these jokesters.


   These characters have pretty loose leash as far as interactions are concerned...and they usually cater their performance to the audience.  Though they would never be inappropriate, they can get a little, um...feisty.
   If you ever see them in line for Prince Charming Regal Carousel, do yourself the favor and jump in line immediately.  Play along with whatever title they might bestow upon you. My name was Sir Andrew De Tipplebottom.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Hong Kong Disneyland's Adventurland...

  It is such an honor to have one of our favorite readers/friends, Q, contribute to Disney Hipster Blog!  (make sure to follow him on Twitter...) Not only is he an amazing, very well traveled person, but he is incredibly generous to share so many wonderful pictures and details about Hong Kong Disneyland!  This is the first post in a series, which I'm going to spread out over a few weeks.  Welcome Q...

    Hong Kong Disneyland’s Adventureland is a strange tropical beast. Entry through the main gateway off the central hub, the land was originally the entire left side of the Park, and bordering Fantasyland at its top. Now it is also surrounded by Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point and Toy Story Land all behind it.



   The Jungle River Cruise is the largest body of water in Hong Kong Disneyland (there are no Riverboats cruising Rivers of America here!), and surrounds an island on which Tarzan’s Treehouse towers above, affording spectacular views across the  from its heights across the Park, from Big Grizzly Mountain to Space Mountain (yes I’m ignoring you ugly Toy Soldier Parachute Drop). Other than the tour boats of the Jungle River Cruise, the rafts that take you across to Tarzan’s Treehouse Island also ply the murky waters.





   It is definitely one of the most detailed of the Lands throughout the Park. Countless hidden treasures wait to be discovered, some obvious, others not so much. An unrivaled atmosphere of Adventure and tropical imagination is conjured from the sounds, the music, the true tropical wildlife and charming details.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Shopping at House Of Good Fortune In The China Pavilion

   We used to despise the China pavilion at Epcot, but over the years its subtle awesomeness has slowly won us over. No, it isn't one of our favorite pavilions, but there are plenty of things to keep you occupied.  The Tomb Warriors exhibit, Reflections of China (my personal favorite WS film…) and lets not forget to grab a TIPSY DUCKS IN LOVE!!!
   Something that has yet to really win us over is the ubiquitous large department style store, House of Good Fortune. But lets take a look around and try and find something we like...


   Like I said the store is large, maybe not Mitsukoshi large, but it does take up a large footprint in the China pavilion. The exterior is lovely, with bright red details, and plenty of intricate designs.  This building fits right in next to the Temple Of Heaven.