Thursday, December 29, 2011

Goofy About Health...

   The first stop on our tour of The Wonders Of Life pavilion is Goofy About Health.  Though classified justly as a small "distraction" type attraction, Goofy About Health was a charming little exhibit.  Situated within close walking distance to the massive Universe of Energy and World of Motion this little guy could easily get left out of the shuffle.
   Set up as an "come and go" style tent theater, the Goofy show was essentially seven big television screens playing clips from many Goofy short cartoons.  When spun together they loosely tell a story.
   Get this...Goofy is living an unhealthy lifestyle. Bad eating habits, not exercising, good Goofy!  He quickly learns, through the presentation of clips, how to lead a more healthy life.  Not the most challenging of stories.

more after the jump...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hipster Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

   I'm in the middle of doing a 30 Day Drawing Challenge over on my art blog.  My challenge last night was to draw my favorite animated character.  Have you ever had to think about the gravity of that question?!?!  Its a tough one.
   I bounced around for a bit.  Lady and the Tramp is my favorite animated movie, but Lady kind of annoys me.  The same could be said for Peter Pan, though I was very close to choosing Captain Hook.  In the end I picked Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty, and decided to include her fairy sisters.  Yes, I'm a big cheater.  Here is the outcome.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I Wish I Had This Wishing Well...

   Things like this get me through my evening with a smile...

Speaking of Bodies...

   In the last 48 hours I've eaten enough to keep an entire village happy for years.  Cake and pie? Yes.  Giant Italian feast?  Sure.  Enough candy to kill a small horse?  Probably.   I just kept shoving it in.   Its around this time of year, just after Christmas, that Adam and I both start talking about eating better foods.  We've slowly fallen away from our mostly whole foods/nothing processed rule that we abide by most of the year and just gone with our gut. (pun intended)
   I just wish there was a pavilion in Epcot that could help me learn about how my body works, and ways to stay in shape!  Oh...wait a second.

  The Wonders of Life Pavilion opened at Epcot to great fanfare in 1989...the last big pavilion to open at Epcot.   It featured one major attraction, two big attractions and smaller exhibits.  It had both a shop and a restaurant as all good pavilions do.  It is now, well, closed.

   The above video is a charming little walk through the pavilion toward the end of its days.   The sad fact of the matter is that I've never experienced any of these attractions.  My first visit to Epcot was in 2007...and we probably wouldn't have gone even if it WAS open. 
   The longer I sit on the fact that this pavilion is basically closed for no reason, the more upset I get.  Epcot could really use the love.  Sure, there is NO capacity problem at the can in fact seem quite empty at times.  But there is a general lack of attractions throughout the park.
   Over the next few weeks I'll be taking a closer look at this pavilion and the enclosed attractions and history.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

And to all a good night.

   Merry Christmas all!  I hope everyone finds themselves safe and happy.  Like I said earlier in the week, I have very little time to blog right now...because the salon is super duper busy, and I'm crazy tired.  But I did want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has been diligently reading my bad writing for the last few months. So, thank you.  :)
   Now, even if you've seen it a million times, bask in the wonderful Mary Blair goodness:

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday Quickie: More Disney Christmas.

  Enjoy a few more photos from our December 2010 trip!  We had a total blast, despite the fact that it was FREEZING!!!!!

Epcot at Christmas is really magical...

and the Osbourne lights are WAY better than we expected.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Animation Appreciation: The Night Before Christmas.

   In 1933 Walt Disney released The Night Before Christmas...a mere cog in the giant wheel of Silly Symphonies?  No, this short cartoon defines Christmas splendor for me, and many others.
   There are gags a plenty to keep us (and santa) laughing for the entire run.  The Christmas tree coming out of the bag and being open up like an umbrella, for instance, enters the lexicon of wonderful holiday images.

more after the jump...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Burgermeister Meisterburger.

   Last night Adam and I were watching perennial holiday favorite Santa Claus is Comin To of the wonderful Rankin-Bass stop motion Christmas specials.  One of the most charming things about these Rankin-Bass movies are the voice talents used...among them Disney Legend Paul Frees.
   I won't go into the extensive work Frees did for Disney...because if you read this blog you probably already know all about it.  Frees had the uncanny ability to change his voice to suit whatever project he was working on.  But that my friends, is not what we are talking about here. 
   Arguably, Ludwig Von Drake is Frees's most famous and endearing character.

more after the jump...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Telephone Wire Baskets.

 These wonderful baskets are made out of telephone wire!  Crazy, right?  From far enough away they look like intricate bead work.  These are located above the pay phones in the Boma waiting area...get it?  Telephone wire baskets?  Above the telephones?  That is extensive themeing my friend.  Enjoy.

    It is a very busy time of year at the salon, and I'll be working more than normal, so the blog posts around here might be somewhat scarce until the new year.  Hope you can forgive me.  :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wishful Thinking: Disney Announcements.

   Each new year we get an onslaught of new Disney World announcements. They have it down to a science lately.  Every year, (or two sometimes) they announce the new Let The Year of a (million/magical/memories)Begin type of promotion.  They also announce new restaurant changes every year....and every OTHER year or so they announce new attractions.   I find myself crossing my fingers every year during "announcement season," hoping for something less lame than the previous year. (they have, seemingly been getting progressively lame.)   Here are my suggestions for this years upcoming announcements.

   Yearly Promotion: Let's Look Back. 

  Funny thing about this is, I kind of like all the yearly promotions that the company comes up with.  Year of A Million Dreams, Let The Memories Begin, Give A Day, Get A Day...they're all fun, and help break up the years from each other.  No, I don't have good name for it...but I think that a promotion based in nostalgia would be great.
   With all the "throw back" merchandise being offered (and eaten up) these days, the company seems ripe to embrace a nostalgia promotion.  We could have a parade with floats dedicated to extinct attractions (imagine a 20,000 Leagues Submarine float!!!!), a new castle projection show celebrating old Disney movie classic, in Casey's Corner they could show a film about the early development of Disney World.   Just some thoughts.

Imagine a world where Frozone is actually Mr. Toad.
more after the jump...

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Bathing Ape: Disney Plush.

   Licensing Disney characters is old hat. The company has been doing it since the success of Steamboat Willie....and there have been some really wonderful/silly/bad items made.  Luckily today we're looking at one of the more awesome plush toys.
   A few years ago whimsical Japanese clothing company A Bathing Ape (or BAPE if you're a cool kid) released these amazing high end plush dolls.

   I love how perfectly old school they are...but also covered in camo/graffiti.  Terrific.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Quickie: WDW Christmas.

   Last year was our first time at WDW during the holidays.  Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of that amazing and freezing cold trip.  BOOOO.  Here are some Christmassy photos.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

That's Waldo, My 3-D Friend...

     I hate waldo, like, with a burning passion.  If it wasn't for my love of Muppet Vision 3-D, and my weird infatuation with Miss Piggy I would never look at Waldo again.  The fact of the matter is...something that not everyone wants to say, but everyone thinks...Waldo looks horrible.   He has perhaps the worst character design ever.  Why does the "spirit of 3-D" have to be so zany?
   Sorry...I'm ranting.  This wasn't supposed to be negative.  In fact, I find the below video clip to be quite charming, and it helps me appreciate Waldo a little bit.   I had NO IDEA that Waldo existed outside of the  Muppet Vision attraction.  This clip is from the Jim Henson Hour from 1989. Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cool Mary Blair Video.

   I'm so amazed and astounded by all the well deserved and long overdue attention that Mary Blair has been getting these days.  Starting with the release of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair by John Canemaker, the buzz and value of this amazing Disney artist has reached a fever pitch.
   The recent love and interest bestowed upon Blair has given us some awesome new stuff to gander at:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Inspiration: The Jungle Cruise.

   Devout readers of this blog are familiar with our taste in attractions.  We will fight for the underdog until we are blue in the face.  I can, for instance, spout Tiki Bird history at the drop of a hat.  But ask me about Soarin, Big Thunder, of Tower of Terror...and I got nothin.
   This will bring me to today's topic:  The World Famous Jungle Cruise.  This classic attraction falls in neither category.  It isn't a headliner like it used to be, but it hasn't fallen by the way side either.  It still draws a crowd, and even utilizes its Fast Pass option most of the year...but ask most people how they feel about "the cruise"....meh. 

more after the jump...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Disney Blog Roundup: 12/4/11

   We are busy here in beautiful north Jersey getting ready for our housewarming party next week.   Lots of cheese and wine and merriment to be had...and also stress.  Lots and lots of stress.  Enjoy these blog posts from the Disney community.  They helped me calm down a little bit.

   - Meet The World continue the most extensive photo tours we've ever seen with Tom Sawyer Island.

   - Some wonderful images of vintage Disney characters from christmas... via A Snow White Sanctum. 

   - Progress City USA looks at one of the more "interesting" aspects of early Epcot.... the creepy giant doll head characters that totally want to eat your children.  

   - Good ol' Main Street Gazette examines the awesome dinosaur murals from one of my favorite attractions!  Yay!

   - Can you imagine being in Disneyland on this day!?!?!  Oh god, the crowds!  via Gorillas Don't Blog. 

   - Matt at Studios Central investigates the awesome new addition to the Osbourne lights!

Sunday Quickie: Lotso @ Hollywood Studios.

 Lotso is ridiculously fun.

Andrew had to scratch and sniff his belly.  He was happy to oblige.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Genius Casting: Peggy Lee.

   Disney has historically made a few inspired casting choices.  Utilizing pop culture icons from the time to emphasis a certain character, and give them some depth, and presumably at the time, relevance.   Sometimes this is wonderful whimsical fun...Helen Reddy in Petes Dragon!  Other times, kind of, well, really really stupid. (think Eddie Murphy in Haunted Mansion, or Eddie Murphy in anything at all.)
   The best example of this however is Peggy Lee.  For the 1955 animated classic Lady And The Tramp Lee was brought in to write songs for the film, as well as voice some of the more memorable characters.

Kill it Peggy. 
more after the jump...