Hey guys...as of this moment we're in Disneyland! Yay! Quick details....4 nights at Grand Californian, 1 night at Paradise Pier. Reservations at Blue Bayou, Storytellers, Cafe Orleans, Big Thunder Ranch, and Wine Country. We'll be back next week....but if you want live thoughts about our first trip to Disneyland please follow us on Twitter, @Disneyhipsters
Here is a silly video we made as a place holder:
On the lower level of the main house at Kidani Village, near Sanaa, we find these gorgeous terra cotta pots! The Nupe people of Nigeria use these to store a variety of food and liquids. Terrific. I'm also a huge fan of the inlets in the walls (throughout the lodge) used for displaying these awesome artifacts.
I really really hate to quote Virginia Wolf, but she said it best with, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." I have a feeling that if she was a Disney Parks fan (and alive) she might have altered that statement to read, "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, tour well, if one has not dined well"
Where am I??
We love to set goals when touring the parks and this includes eating. We do this for 3 reasons:
1. Planning our trips is a huge part of the experience and creating a game or challenge expands the planning.
2. We like to miss as little as possible. Making a game around it helps us identify everything we could possible be interested in doing.
3. Checking things off our list really satisfies the Disney OCD in us!
For the last few weeks I've been mildly obsessed with Donald Duck and his relations. As of late, the obsession has fallen upon Ludwig Von Drake. As a nutty lecturer and expert on all things useful, Ludwig actually comes off as the most real of the duck clan. (as crazy as that sounds.) I could see him being someones actual uncle.
A 1962 episode of The Wonderful World of Color finds Ludwig discussing music of the early 20th century and the importance he played in it. A Symposium on Popular Songs includes Paul Frees at his bumbling best (he would voice Von Drake until the mid eighties), a wonderful musical score by in house great Tutti Camarata, and of course a smattering of Sherman brothers songs.
Here is a terrific diagram concerning the output of the Walt Disney studio in the early years of the company. Originally found in Robert D. Feild's The Art of Walt Disney in 1942, this is an amazing piece of art in its own right. The colors are bright and reflect the style of the time, while still having purpose.
This would make a terrific fine matted print, yeah? It would look particularly smashing above a desk.
Here we are again with another audio playlist, documenting a fun day in the parks! Today we're jumping into the Magic Kingdom!
Like we've pointed out in the previous two entries, this playlist goes in (mostly) chronological order with what a typical "rope drop" would be like for us...and carries you into the rest of the day. So here is whats on the agenda for our wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom!
- Queue up at the rope, before the park opens. (the left side is the best!)
- Walk, don't run, down Main Street toward Fantasyland.
- Be the first on Dumbo for the day. (no audio. sad.)
- Enjoy Peter Pans Flight...
- Enjoy Winnie The Pooh
- Enjoy Snow White
- Enjoy Mad Tea Party
Here we are! A week out from our long delayed FIRST TRIP TO DISNEYLAND! (not counting early childhood, on both our parts.) Our anxiety has only grown over the last few weeks...regardless of the fact that I could probably give a tour of Disneyland, based on my obsession with looking at maps and google satellite images.
Here are some fun Disney related reads from the past few weeks.
We don't have to tell you how much we love Sanaa, especially for lunch. Wonderful wonderful food, very inexpensive (for the quality) and amazing staff. We're happy to say, that despite living in New Jersey, the waiters there have recognized us on our last few visits. Aka, we visit Sanaa at least twice each trip, which equates to eight times last year alone. Holy moley...thats a lot of hummus.
On our most recent visit we were able to snap some photos before the place had too many people in it.
I think Sanaa has one of the prettiest / coziest bars on property. Further evidence that you could spend your whole vacation at this resort, and be happy as a clam. :)
In researching our upcoming (less than two weeks!) trip to Disneyland, Adam and I have become perplexed by many things. First of all, why do people sit in single file line on Splash Mountain and side by side on Space Mountain?? This is genuinely freaking me out. Also, the parade doesn't go through Frontierland???!!!! What is that??!! The level of our anxiety is incredible. We both have been having nightmares about alternate reality Walt Disney World.
So, I've been trying to become more familiar with Disneyland in little ways here and there. While planning all the stuff we want to eat, we started mulling over the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.
Today my friend, we salute you, Hayley Mills. I wouldn't be able to calculate the amount of insane/crazy/stalker joy you bring me! For your birthday, lets look at a couple of songs that you helped popularize (in my head, they are popular.).
Not only an under rater Haley song...but also an under rater Sherman Brothers song.
This song is legit insane.
Anyway, I know I'm a big creep. My life, vocabulary, mannerisms, and turn of phrase would be completely altered if it weren't for Hayley. Girl totally kills it.
I've been making fun of Disney fan boys, and their obsession with really esoteric and obscure Disney weirdness. Yes, I kind of get it. But you guys are all still big dorks.
Anyway, D23 just released this charming video...and they won me over on the orange bird. :(
Now I'm pretty much in love with him. (her?) (it?)
I'm in the middle of reading Donald Duck: 50 Years of Happy Frustration. This book, published in 1984 for Donald's 50th birthday, recalls said ducks origins. There are a few wonderfully descriptive passages about Donald's dynamic moves.
Today we already explored the A-side of the How Will I Know My Love single, from Annette. The B-side of the single is Jimmie Dodd singing a song called Annette....a little confusing, right? Anyway, the song is super charming and Jimmie wrote it himself.
I love, love, love this video. I had no idea that Jimmie wrote so many songs for the show. This includes the shows famous theme song and closing. Terrific.
Today we are delving into the fun worlds of 45 RPM singles! I picked up this wonderful piece of vinyl at a massive flea market/antique fair in NYC a few weeks ago, along with a few Little Golden Books. I've always loved this song, and was happy to find out the story behind it!
We knew going into this blog back in August that it would be a commitment. At the time we really weren't sure what the content of the sight would be. News? No, probably not. Seeing that we don't live in the Orlando area....and if we weren't going to be the first to break it, why even bother? Should we write long winded and well researched articles examining the history of the company? That's not really our style either. (plus, there are plenty of amazing websites that already do BOTH those things.)
The one thing we knew we DID NOT want to do was re-hash the same blog posts as everyone else. We've noticed over the years that things tend to get reported on each and (almost) every Disney related sight. (things have gotten significantly better in recent years...) So, in addition to critiquing the aesthetic choices of the disney company on a day to day basis, we also wanted to bring our readers original content. Both of us have backgrounds in art and music, and thought we could use them to help round out our little baby blog. Nine months later, and 200 blog posts, I'm pretty happy to say that we've pretty much stuck with that initial manifesto.
So, starting with three new pieces, here is a re-cap of Disney Hipster Original Content:
We write a lot about background music here on the blog. Our favorites tend to be "park themes" that are written specifically for the park, with the melody drifting in and out of our consciousness. Epcot is the best and most obvious example. Their music loops weave common themes, as well as altered attraction melodies into several cohesive loops. Wonderful.
While other parks still maintain this level of superb soundscaping, often times attractions go a different route. The Jungle Cruise has a wonderful loop of of jazzy and exotic songs from the 1930's and 1940's. The caveat here is that atop these songs is the whimsical banter of radio host Albert Awol.
Though Mr. Awol's antics are really amusing, and the jokes fit wonderfully with the attraction it is fun to listen to the songs on their own terms. It's the kind of music that accidentally creeps into your subconscious, until you hear it again out of context. "Hey! That's Jungle Cruise music!" Here are a couple favorites on the theme of the moon:
I'm always astounded by the lengths the animators and story developers would travel in designing a character. The Disney difference has always (in my mind) been the desire for perfection. Walt would settle for nothing less.
This is never more evident than the studio's first feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The idea for the project had been mulling in Walt's head for years before the initial concepts started to appear. By the time 1934 rolled around...and artwork began to appear, Walt already had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to achieve.
Yay! I was so happy to get all the positive feedback surrounding the very fun/silly Epcot playlist I made. I based that playlist on actual Disney Hipster "rope drop" strategy. So, if we go on Soarin first, that is the music you hear first. Got it?
Because I have nothing better to do on this lovely Easter evening (Adam is cleaning the huge mess we made in the kitchen....cooking for 12! Yikes!) I decided to make another similar playlist, this time taking you to Animal Kingdom.
As noted previously, we like to make a LOT of small talk with Disney meet and greet characters...yes, even the fur characters who aren't able to return the conversation. When you have these lengthy conversations the photopass photographer often keeps snapping pictures. Much to our delight, this often portrays the aura of the moment much better than posed pictures. Here is a nice conversation with Belle.
Lets file this away in Extracurricular Activities! While on vacation it is a lot of fun to make random secret memories. Whether it's using a specific restroom (I love the one at Sanaa, for instance) or sitting on your favorite bench in Adventureland...it's nice to take home those little memories. In doing so we're filling up our "Disney reservoir," which helps get us through until our next trip.
One of my favorite ways to make little memories is to take screen shots of my current/favorite location! In doing so, you can use the image taken as your phone/computers wallpaper! Every time you look at the image you will be reminded of how happy you were at that moment. Remember friends, you're next trip is always just around the corner!
This is from our trip in October. I'm about to 'rope drop' Epcot. Notice the time...I'm a good boy.
For those of you who don't know, the blue dot represents my place, using gps.
more after the jump...
Relaxing by the pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge!
Closer shot, of said relaxation.
Another fun thing about making Disney World screen shots is that you don't actually have to be there. You can look up your favorite park or resort any day....and remember all the fun you've had!
Close up of the hub...
MK parking lot....sometimes the most random things are the most fun! (maybe not this though...)
The Epcot image has been my wallpaper since October, and I still find myself staring at it, thinking about how much fun it is to be the first in the park! These are the kind of things that get me through the day. Hope everyone enjoyed! :)
We have recently come into a wealth of awesome old Disney parks merch, as well as some really terrific old books. One of the notable things we acquired is Big Albert Moves In.
This is a very curious book. It was published by Whitman Books, Tell-a-Tale series for the opening of Walt Disney World, to promote the new Country Bear Jamboree attraction. Besides the fact that this is essentially an advertisement for the park/attraction, there are only minor problems with this.
This illustration is fantastic, but why is Henry in it twice?
I'm not a huge graffiti fan, like most hipsters. Sure, if its done right, and improves the aesthetic value of the of space that it lives...maybe I can get behind it. Here is some fun disney graffiti. Do I support these? Umm...
As a Walt Disney World fanboy, who turned 21 just prior to becoming obsessed with Disney theme parks, I unfortunately missed the greatest Disney right of passage. Say it out loud folks...drinking, around, the, world.
Young families new to WDW, and Epcot junkies alike will all agree in the magical whimsy of getting (gently) sauced while strolling the promenade of world showcase lagoon. Whether you start with a margarita in Mexico, or a Labatt Blue beer in Canada...it all equals one thing, fun.
Baby beer during food and wine. Yes, my hair is supposed to look like that...