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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maelstrom Fishing Village Exit Queue Chronicled By The Dis...

   The Dis has never been a blog that we have any contact with.  They seem relatively disconnected from smaller Disney blogs, (like the one you're reading now...) and hence I can't have an informed opinion. However, they do provide a lot of useful information for people visiting the parks, especially those visiting for the first time.
   One of the favorite extracurricular services they have been providing comes via their Youtube!  The Dis posts these wonderful "atmosphere" videos.  In these clips the camera is simply left to record for five minutes, gathering a particular feel.  I find myself watching these pretty often, especially when I'm particularly homesick for Disney World.
   After the recent closure of Maelstrom I found myself increasingly upset about the fishing village exit of the attraction. This was arguably the best theming in the attraction, and one of the best "faux dusk" inside/outside environments created by Disney.  It was perfect.  You can imagine how happy I was, while trolling Youtube this morning, to discover that The Dis had chronicled this area with not one BUT THREE atmosphere videos.   Here they are:

   Thanks a lot to The Dis for providing these awesome videos.  I'm really glad someone took the time  not only to document this space, but actually gather videos that articulate the feel of it.  I'll miss you fishing village. :(

Friday, October 17, 2014

Disney Hipster Blog WDW Meet Up Tomorrow!

   Yay! We're at Walt Disney World, and would like to remind everyone that we're having a meet and greet / bar crawl!  All four members of the Disney Hipster Podcast will be there, drinking and talking about Disney! Plus, we will have Disney Hipster buttons to give away!  Here is all the valid info...