Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baby Pumpkins at the Main Street Bakery...

Main Street is full of pumpkins for Halloween! In the bakery make sure to sign your name on one of the baby pumpkins provided for your Halloween pleasure...

Halloween Wednesday: Animal Kingdom Lodge Pumpkins

So, I'm writing this on my phone... Which I never do. We're at the tail end of an AMAZING two week stay at Disney World.
One of the fun things going on right now at Animal Kingdom Lodge is this fun pumpkin decorating contest! :)

Which is your favorite??

Friday, October 26, 2012

Up Concept Color Script

   One of the preliminary design concepts to form during Pixar's creative process is a 'color script.'  The color script helps set the emotional tone of the film.  Besides the fact that these help int he development of story, and emotional investment from the audience, they just look pretty darn cool.  Here are a few choice favorites.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Wednesday: Disney Channel '94

   Ok. This is maybe the greatest thing in the world...and it totally makes me feel like a little kid.  I still make a point of watching Hocus Pocus and The Worst Witch every October.

   What are your favorite Disney Halloween movies?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lets Go To Walt Disney World...

   Remember about a month ago when we made our Disney World countdown chain?  Well, we decided to document the countdown in celebration of our trip....also, don't forget about the official Disney Hipster meet up.  We will see you there! :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Jambo House Seating

   I'm really looking forward to spending eleven days at Jambo house.  If I get to chilly outside by the fire, I'll take my beer inside and sit on one of these lovely seats. Maybe by the indoor fire? many fire options.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Wednesday: Random Villain Covers

   Disney's Halloween mascots have always been the animated classic villains. A brand within themselves, this is a good fit.  In addition to all the Mickey pumpkins and watered down spookiness, these guys are usually pretty badass.  Apparently its like, a thing, to dress up as your favorite villain and sing.  Here are some fun covers of villains songs:

She wins for costume...

She wins for believable mall-goth realness...

I want to be this guys best friend...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Animal Kingdom Desktop Wallpaper

   I had so much fun making the vintage bambi desktop wallpaper from the inside cover of an old Bambi picture book, that I wanted to make another.  This time I wanted to make it parks related...and no better park than Animal Kingdom if you ask me.
   This is made from the inside book cover from The Making Of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park book...and also the insignia found throughout the park, dragon and all.
    Click the image for a high quality version...and THEN set as your desktop wallpaper. :)

From Random Disney Stuff

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Importance of View...

   A lot has been written and discussed when it comes to room views at Walt Disney World.  There are many different (and random) classifications as far as view is concerned. Pool view, garden view, lagoon view, theme park view, standard keeps going and can get quite confusing.  But how important is your room view in the context of your entire vacation?  Its not like your going to spend much of your time there anyhow.... WRONG.
our Grand Californian view...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Quickie: Adam and Brer Rabbit

   Adam is totally obsessed with Brer Rabbit...and most rabbits for that matter.  Here is a few photos from the Frontierland hoedown, where you can meet characters before and after the massive dance off. Wonderful.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Goodbye Jambo House

   So, almost as quickly as it comes, a stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge is gone.  In a blink of an eye your whole experience is over...the only thing left is memories.  I take hundreds and hundreds of pictures while at Walt Disney World, both for the blog and to secure these memories.
   On the last day of our trip in January, as we're leaving the lodge for the last time, walking out to our rental car, I turned and took one last picture.  My beloved lodge is barely visible above the oasis-like canopy that greets you at the entrance.  Part of the perfect theming is the ability of this resort to feel completely separated from everything else.  Even though I get terribly sad and homesick for my resort (pretty much as soon as I get in the car...) the great thing about this picture is that it could also be a "Hello Animal Kingdom Lodge" picture as well.  See you soon buddy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Disneyland's Le Bat En Rouge Awesome/Spooky Theming

   Tucked away in Disneyland's New Orleans Square (and right next to Club 33) is a spooky little merchandise location, Le Bat En Rouge.  Where most basic Disney theme parks stores are content with light theming, Le Bat goes above and beyond to create the eerie atmosphere their merchandise requires.
   I'm not talking about the standard Jack Skelington /villains motive that most "goth" Disney stores usually deliver. This store is rather unique in the fact that their theming is detailed, textured, unique and downright creepy. (see the bird girl below....yikes!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Swiss Family: Outdoor Adventure Book

   Continuing down the proverbial Disney fan boy rabbit hole, I've started to amass a small bounty of Disney children's books. We've already looked at the amazing Toby Tyler illustrations, plus the random awesomeness that is Big Al Moves In.  The illustrations in these two books are vastly different than that of todays book, The Outdoor Adventure Book. 
   This obscure 1977 book is a combination of the Swiss Family Robinson story, plus practical information!  There are sections on backpacking tips, pirates, ostriches, and "how to get unlost."  Yes that is some random nonsense right there. Today I'll share the images from the Swiss Family section.
   The illustrations are in the same painterly style as a vast majority of Disney's print media output at the time. Very iconic of the 1970's, and though this would normally be a turn off for me, something about these have always grabbed my attention. The small details found within these images are whimsical treasures.  Because people are represented in this painterly style it often makes facial expressions hard to read. (note: fun.) Is mother Robinson excited or upset? (or pooping?)

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Importance of Main Street Vehicles

   Disney theme parks hold a high standard of well themed, clean, and beautiful environments that hold within them innovative and nostalgic forces of nature...that we all know as E-Tickets.  An E-Ticket attraction is the highest level of theming, atmosphere, and technology and often times thrill is a factor as well.  Though the standards have shifted more towards the thrill end of the spectrum lately, the general emphasis is on theme.
   The inherent problem with the old ticket system of attraction classification is that for every E-Ticket there has to be a C-Ticket...and so on down the line. When we finally get down to the most basic of ticketed attractions, the A-Tickets
    That is not to say that these attractions are any less themed. On the contrary some attractions, say the Main Street Vehicles are so intrinsic to the atmosphere of the turn of the century theme that one cannot imagine Main Street USA without them.  Its core redeeming undeniable value is theme.

this horse is worth his weight in theming...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Disney Blog Roundup: 10/6/12

   O.M.Goodness.  Our Disney Countdown Chain is getting very, very short!  The anticipation on our end is getting ridiculous. Honestly, I wish I could pack two weeks out. :/

   What we were up to this week:

      - Lots of Epcot love on this weeks podcast! Have you subscribed/rated us on iTunes?

      - We made a fun vintage Bambi desktop wallpaper! Came out nice, right??

      - Podcast member Jamie made the delicious Black Cherry Twist from the old standard bar menu!

      - We took a look at some fun signage at Animal Kingdom's Maharajah Jungle Trek.

      - Have you entered to win our Haunted Mansion giveaway??!!

   What our friends are up to:

      - Estelle at This Happy Place Blog bought an amazing piece of Epcot randomness... so amazing.

      - Main Street Gazette's Ryan has some Epcot love as well...from 1986! Love the map design...

      - What? More Epcot? Yes indeed.  Sarah from Eating WDW made a stop at the new Terra booth at Food and Wine.  I'm very interested to try it myself...

      - Go read this amazing blog about the wonderful theming in Storybook Circus from Passport To Dreams.

      - Futureprobe investigates some alternatives to Epcots horrible logo...

Haunted Mansion October Giveaway!

   Yay! We had so much fun giving away Big Al a few months ago, that we're compelled to give away another one of a kind fun Disney painting!  This time Adam takes the creative duties, and designed this wonderful painting after the Haunted Mansion attraction poster...with a little Mary Blair/Its A Small World mixed in there as well.  The drawing will be held on November 1st! :)
   Details on how to win this fun treasure are at the bottom of the page...good luck!

There are a few ways to enter:

    - On twitter simply tweet:  Haunted Mansion Halloween Giveaway from @Disneyhipsters!

    - Follow us over on Tumblr: Disney Hipster Tumblr!

    - Follow us on Youtube: Disney Hipsters Youtube.

    - "Like" our Facebook page: Disney Hipsters Facebook!

Enter all four times to increase your chances of winning!  Good luck everyone!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Maharajah Jungle Trek Animal Signage

  Among the most extensive themed lands in any Disney park is Animal Kingdom's Asia.  Set in the town of Anandapur (there is, an actual Anandapur in India...) Asia's back story is as rich and detailed as any Disney has to offer. (remember, story first...) Be it the prayer flags found throughout, or the exquisite detail in the Expedition Everest queue, a visiter could easily spend the day exploring this area.
   One of the unnecessary, by any other standard, details is found in the Maharajah Jungle Trek.  This delightful walk takes us through some of the most elaborately detailed, well executed animal enclosures in the world. In addition to more standard animal signage and hosts, there are also beautifully painted signs as text is needed. Just simple and effective characters all done up in bright swaths of color.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Disney Drinks: Black Cherry Twist!

   So, we're getting pretty obsessed with making Disney food at home. Between Norways School Bread, and The Polynesians Tonga Toast we're starting to have our cult food bases covered.
   Today Jamie, from the Disney Hipster Podcast is starting her own series based on cocktails that you can find in Walt Disney World!  Today's drink is the Black Cherry Twist...which I find ridiculously refreshing! Enjoy.

Black Cherry Twist:

   -Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon
   -cranberry juice
   -sour mix

   - Mix one part of each ingredient in a highball glass, and serve over ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.  Or mix one cup of each ingredient in a pitcher, to make four drinks. Enjoy friends.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vintage Bambi Desktop Wallpaper

   I am deeply and morbidly obsessed with the inside covers of old Disney books.  Some of the most creative design often appears here and, coincidentally, not in the content itself.  Such is the case of Bambi Grows Up.  The inside of this children's book is ripe with wonderfulness. The green leaves are out of this world amazing, and the general concept of the animals peaking through is just stinking adorable.
   Here I scanned the two sides (complete with someone's scribbles!) put them in a collage, and lightly aged them.  It is my current desktop wallpaper, and I encourage you to do the same...that is, if you want to smile while working. :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Epcot Haiku.

geodesic sphere
triangles make me smile
beyond your dome, world

Waxing Poetic About Spaceship Earth Since Day One...

   It's amazing to think about how enthusiastic attraction sponsor AT&T was about the opening of Epcot Center and Spaceship Earth.  Though the attraction has evolved over time and grown into one of the most nostalgic and iconic at Disney World, the initial version was somewhat dull and forgettable.
   Being a truly dedicated sponsor meant AT&T putting their full support and enthusiasm behind their investment. Boy did they deliver!  This is one of my favorite vintage Epcot promo videos.