Monday, April 27, 2015

Breakfast at Royal Court on the Disney Fantasy

   It may seem totally unlikely, but after a few days on a Disney Cruise you may start to get sick of the endless buffet offerings at Cabanas. That establishment touts an enormous variety...most of which is pretty good. However, you end up losing out on some of the niceties of a sit down restaurant.  
   Luckily, there is always an "included with cruise" sit down option for every meal.  These offerings are held in the rotational dinner restaurants, and usually have a shorter window of opportunity than Cabanas.  In our case, we were getting pretty sick of buffet food and decided to enjoy a slower pace on a day at sea toward the end of our trip. 


   Royal Court is the "fancy" (i.e. less in your face) of the three rotational dining restaurants.  It is by no means actual real life fancy, but is nice none the less.  The atmosphere is very warm, especially for breakfast when the sun is still filtering in.  The beige and gold color scheme isn't usually my color choice, but works well enough here.  Don't forget to check out the princess mosaics covering the walls! 


   The whole point of eating here for breakfast as opposed to Cabanas is for table service...so take advantage of this time and relax.  Servers here will probably not be your team from dinner, though they are comprised of the same pool of servers. Rest assured you will be waited on hand and foot, often by a few different people. 
   The tables are dressed in their nice dinner linens, with real dishes.  After a week of cruising it is a real simple pleasure to drink out of a nice coffee cup with saucer. I'm not sure how the doughnut ended up on my table.  I'm pretty sure I just casually mentioned a doughnut and moments later it appeared. This is the kind of service you get. Doughnuts as far as the eye can see. 


Friday, April 24, 2015

Marc Davis Haunted Mansion Concept Art

   Its hard to figure out how certain pieces of Disney concept art become well known, while others less so.  I don't fancy myself an expert on any subject, let alone Disney history, but I do spend a inappropriate amount of time trolling Tumblr looking at Disney parks concept art.  It tends to be a lot of the same images, usually showcasing the most classic scenes in an attraction.  Often times these concepts show an illustrated version of something very similar to what was actually produced.  Maybe the familiarity is what drives people to continue sharing these images, which shows a lack of real interest in the actual history of an attraction. This is maddening because the process is the most interesting part of the finished attraction in many cases.  Anyway, I'm just typing to type at this point. Stop overthinking Andy.
   I find this to be the case a lot with Marc Davis.  While reading Marc Davis Walt Disney's Renaissance Man I was in awe of how many concept pieces I was unfamiliar with.  Here are just three gorgeous concepts for the Haunted Mansion.  Yes, I understand others ARE indeed familiar...but heck, I'm sure they're new so some of you.

Why would the attic bride have a dog? What? 

I heart this bat.


   I hope that you enjoyed these as much as I do. Walt Disney's Renaissance Man is seriously a wonderful resource into Marc Davis's background and process, and just stunning to look at.  I couldn't recommend it more. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BGM Of The Week: Grand Californian

   In preparation for our Disneyland trip, which is just over a week away, I've been scouring Youtube for background music loops specific to the Disneyland Resort.
   Boy was I happy to find what is apparently the loop from the Grand Californian. (where we're staying...)  I say apparently because, though I've stayed at this hotel before, I'm not as intimately familiar with this music as say...Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I do tend to trust the source, aka Superhotlarry...who has never steered me off wrong before.


   This loop is similar to the Wilderness Lodge loop in the fact that it is mostly composed of epic movie scores.  Among them, Dances With Wolves...which makes tons of sense really.  Enjoy.


   I'm getting seriously excited and nervous about this trip.  I feel like there is a million and a half things I need to get done before the trip...but I just don't care.  I'm going to DISNEYLAND.  This loop in particular is getting me amped up for what is sure to be an amazing adventure. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Vista Cafe on the Disney Fantasy

   Sometimes the most random things will surprise you. This is kind of what drives our lives really.  Often you will go into a situation with high expectations that will inevitably let you down, while other times the underdog in your mind will exceed those expectations.  This is the case with sweet little Vista Cafe on the Disney Fantasy. 


   Vista Cafe is located on deck four directly overlooking the ships gorgeous atrium.  This tiny cafe only features a few stools at the bar and few high top tables.  There are super comfy sofas just beyond the "official perimeter" of Vista, so feel free to use those. 
   Like the rest of the ship this space is all gussied up in her art nouveau finest. (think art deco...plus nature.)  The warm color scheme of the ships atrium, and Vista Cafe, really is pleasant and provides a lovely backdrop for endless snacking. 


   Vista Cafe is one of three locations on the ship with a case "grab and go" goodies.  These aren't necessarily meant to be whole meals, merely supplement your hunger between meals...but listen, there is nothing wrong with gorging on the offerings found here.
   During morning hours the case is well stocked with pastries, muffins, danishes, and coffee cake.  Since Vista also has an extensive coffee menu this is a great place to start your morning.  The pastries are DISNEY STANDARD, so don't get too excited.  They're fine for what they are.