Friday, April 18, 2014

The Art of Walt Disney Division Pages

   I was given a copy of The Art Of Walt Disney for my birthday this past year, but was unable to delve into it until recently.  Thank goodness I finally did!  The 1975 art book is full of amazing colorful stills, as well as concept art, layout pieces, and incredible photos from the early days of Walt Disney World!  
   The stylized graphic illustrations in the book are what caught my eye initially.  The simple layout of the cover (I assume there was a book cover at one point…) is just perfect.

   I'm very excited to get into this book, and eventually share some of the cool images with you!  But I was so compelled to share the section division pages that I couldn't wait any longer.  Check out that Mary Poppins. Could she be any more perfect?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Theming At Animal Kingdom's Serka Zong Bazaar

   A subsection of the Asia area of Disney's Animal Kingdom is the town of Serka Zong, which is located at the base of Expedition Everest.  This mountain town, and its theming, are subtly different than the village of Anandapur…located just down the road.  Here you will find the Serka Zong Bazaar…more commonly referred to as the "Everest Shop."

   As we have discussed before, the town of Serka Zong has a strong belief in, and reverence toward, the yeti.  This theme pops up throughout the area, but is up front and center inside the store.

   One of the displays features this gorgeous representation of the beast.  Made mostly of strands of cloth and an elaborate mask, it actually reminds me of traditional African dance costumes.  The level of detail featured in the display is unlike anything I've ever seen in a Disney park store before.  And it continues throughout the shop as well...

   These masks are located around/behind the giant yeti.  Because of their placement they actually look like they're for sale, but alas, you can't take them home.  


   Various masks and prayer idols (like the ones seen on the actual attraction) flank the walls, adding a lot of texture to the room. In addition to the more decorative pieces there are also more utilitarian objects, like pots and pans. The dusty nature of these knick knacks is so appropriate, that it would seem weird if everything was perfectly organized and "clean."

   Even though the merchandise is pretty terrible, this is a must do store for me.  I love to poke around the theming and see if I can find something interesting and new, which I almost always can.  There is so much to look at and explore, if you only take an extra minute to do so.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Six Things I DON'T Hate About The Italy Pavilion At Epcot

   The Italy pavilion at Epcot is not my favorite. In fact, it is probably pretty close to the bottom.  If you've ever listened to the Disney Hipster Podcast you may have heard us harp on how blah the pavilion is, and how there is generally nothing to do there. We do like Tutto Gusto and Via Napoli…but besides that the area is kind of, well…ugly.
   I understand that the space is supposed to represent different architectural elements from throughout Italy…which makes it vast and disjointed. However, this technique has been applied far better in the other pavilions.  (Germany and Norway are both terrific examples.)
   But guess what?! I'm not here to be negative nancy today…I'll save that for another time. At the tail end of our long October trip to Walt Disney World I went out of my way to find a few decorative elements in the Italy pavilion that didn't piss me off…and here they are.

Hey, I know its just a doorknob…but heck, at least its something. 
It's nice flourishes like this that I've never noticed in the pavilion... 

It's not that I like the sign for La Gemma Elegante so much…but I LOVE
the detail at the top. 

Closeup…this guy is awesome.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BGM Of The Week: Epcot Entrance Loop

   So, we're in the middle of Epcot's Flower And Garden Festival, which is both a blessing and a curse.  Yes, there are the fabulous food booths flanking World Showcase lagoon…and the topiaries are pretty…but during this entire time the wonderful Epcot entrance music loop is replaced by vintage pop music. (lots of Beach Boys…) These songs basically ruin the grandiose feeling of the entrance to the
park. (plus, Leave a Legacy doesn't help either…)

   Luckily for us the festival is only a few months, and the traditional music loop will return. This intricate piece of background music is composed of an over arching theme, with musical pieces from around the park weaved in as well.   It's always fun to hear Bruce Broughton's Ellen's Energy Adventure score come on as we're entering the park. So epic.
   Here it is in all its glory:

   I should also mention that I listen to this loop almost every morning, as part of my waking up routine. There is nothing better than Epcot entrance music, coffee, and gobs of social media to catch up on.