Friday, August 29, 2014

Awesome Dance Moves From Tokyo Disneyland's Halloween Parade

   I know its still August.  I know the first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is still a couple of days away.  I also know that we don't normally post random videos and pass them off as blog posts (oh wait, we do that all the time actually...) However, I really feel like everyone needs to watch these videos.
   I'm pretty sure they're dance training videos for the Tokyo Disneyland Halloween parade...and it basically looks insane.  If the parade is half as good as these videos I might need to book my trip asap.

   Can we also talk about how amazing the parade song is for a moment?  Is there someone out there that can translate the lyrics for me?  Because this needs to be my anthem for the Halloween season, for obvious reasons. 

   Are you as excited about Halloween time as I am?  Are you going to a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?  Lets hear about it! Reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why Do Little Changes At WDW Get Us So Upset?

   Things come and go at Disney World all the time...and someone always gets upset regardless of the magnitude of change.  It could be as simple as a recipe changing, or something more grand, like the closure of Snow White's Scary Adventure.
   A lot of folks in the Disney community worry themselves into a tizzy at the thought of change, while the other side of the spectrum practically scolds those worriers. "The parks are supposed to constantly be changing! Blah! Screech! Meh!"   I'm pretty sure there is a fine middle ground somewhere in there.

I really miss Marie in Epcot. :(

   Is it wrong to become emotionally attached to even the silliest of things? No, of course not.  These tiny contributions are what fill in the gaps of our vacation and fully round out the sensory aspect of our memories.  Likewise, I understand that nothing in a theme park lasts forever.  Even opening day attractions go through many extensive refurbishments throughout the decades, many are mere shadows of what they once were.  To keep the parks  interesting they have to evolve and meet new guests expectations of what a Disney park should be.

The old Club Cool flavors...sigh. :(

   Even though we might consider most change in the parks 99% bad, the fact is...its not bad, its just not what were used to.  We have to evolve with the parks, and create new memories to latch on to. Who knows, maybe I'll grow to love the black bean burger at Restaurantosaurus more than our beloved veggie-sub-o-saurus...but thats not very likely.

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's A Small World: Planning The Total Scene

   One of my favorite things is the It's A Small World (A Disneyland Pictorial Souvenir) which I received last year as a birthday gift.  Towards the end of the book, after our whimsical tour of the attraction has ended, there are a few behind the scenes pages describing the making of the famous ride.  These pages are full of terrific colorful photos, including some of our favorite Imagineers! Lets take a look at one of those pages...

 Individual animated scenes must be carefully planned in relationship to one another in a particular area. On the opposite page, two designers "direct" the action in a miniature set of Africa, planned exactly as guests will view it from the boats. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reader Created Disney Hipster Art...

   Today is Disney Hipster Blog's third anniversary. Yay! I'm super appreciative of everyone who reads the blog everyday (and listens to the podcast every week...) since it gives me a reason to keep updating it on a regular basis.
   Reading the blog alone, and interacting with us on Twitter is enough to make me super happy. But occasionally we receive the ultimate thanks from a reader, in the form of artwork...and I wanted to share a few of my favorites today.

Check out more from Kittenpillar....

We've featured the wonderful work of Lauren before...

 And I literally can't believe this design from Phil Howell...

   Thanks so much for caring enough about Disney Hipster Blog to create something wonderful...I don't think anyone understands how great these make me feel.  Here's to another busy year at Disney Hipster Headquarters.  


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Things I Love: Sing Along Songs: Disneyland

   I've been perusing Youtube in search of childhood videos, mostly Disney in nature.  Despite being 30 years old, I still have a crazy tolerance for "kids shows," especially if I grew up watching them.  Among the gems that I've been watching is the Disneyland version of Disney's Sing A Long Songs...

   With this video you not only get all the snappy tunes, but you also get to tour around Disneyland.  Not for nothing, if the music is a turn off for you the images alone are quite a bit of fun.  (The fab five cleaning Main Street!?!?! What??) 

   Which song is your favorite?  Did you grow up watching Sing A Long Songs?  Let us know over on Twitter or Facebook...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Do Something New At Disney World

   After several years and dozens of Disney World trips, the likelihood of experiencing almost everything that the vacation kingdom has to offer is high.  In fact, some attraction can become old hat, and downright boring, after a while.
   We are intense planners when it comes to our Disney trips...complete with spreadsheets and immensely planned agendas.  Towards the end of our vacation things change a bit though.  The last few days are always left with no dining reservations, and no real planned park days.
   It was on one of these relaxed touring days that Adam and I had an idea.  What if we spent the whole day experiencing things that we've NEVER DONE before.  Sounds fun right?

   We started our day at the Magic Kingdom to meet Merida in her (at the time...) recently opened meet and greet area next to the castle.  We never got around to meeting with Rapunzel or Belle who both previously occupied this space, and I hated the idea of missing Merida. The princess herself was as lively and fun as expected.  Her backdrop is gorgeous and detailed, but I do miss the little bear brothers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Lion Mask from Burkina Faso

   You know those epic Florida afternoon thunderstorms...the kind where there is no hope of park hopping lest you spend the day in soaking wet clothes?  I actually love those kind of days, especially when I'm "trapped" at my beloved Animal Kingdom Lodge.  There is nothing like exploring my favorite resort while the rain continues to pour...and I had just one of these days this past May.

One of the pretties sights, the Sunset Savanna in the rain...

   During these storms I like to traverse the resort in search of new African artifacts and artwork to feature on the blog.  Here is one of my favorites from this particular rainy day...

   This beautiful lion mask was made by the Bobo people of Burkina Faso.  This landlocked country of Western Africa is full of diverse groups of people and has a rich history of whimsical masks.  This lion is a terrific example...implementing painted wood and raffia.

   I wish I had documented this magical day more thoroughly.  I have the most wonderful memories of rainy days at Walt Disney World, and I love the sweet nuggets that I find while taking cover.  I consider this lion my rainy day partner in crime. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kill, Refurb, Marry: Songs From Animated Films...

   I'm so excited to be a part of another round of Kill, Refurb, Marry! At this point I don't think I need to explain the premise of this blog series, but if you don't get it initially, I'm sure you will catch on quickly!
   Today's round is dedicated to songs from animated films!  Talk about a hard decision.  Volume alone makes this one rough...but lets take a whack at it shall we?

   KILL: Who Will Rescue Me? (The Rescuers)

   Sorry.  I know this song has its fans, but this is no way to open a film.  When I was a kid I'd avoid this movie entirely because I knew I would have to sit through the opening credits and this schmaltzy song.  Yuck, I'm getting shivers up my spine just thinking about it. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thanks For Buying Let's Move To Disney World!!!

  You guys! Remember my vlog??? The one I NEVER EVER UPDATE?  Well, this deserved some coverage, as I'm incredibly grateful right now for the support of my album Let's Move To Disney World.  Take a peek...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Unexpected Disney Loves: Gazebos...

We're so thrilled to welcome back our friend and Disney explorer Q! Today he's exploring one of his more unexpected Disney obsessions.  Take it away Q...
  Our love for Disney Parks and the details in them can manifest itself in many unexpected ways and new obsessions. From newfound appreciation of Park Audio and Background loops (something I had never even considered 5 years ago), to collecting artifacts to create an Adventurers Club themed bedroom (*cough Adam and Andrew cough*), paying attention to tikis and theming details we may have never even noticed before, to randomly falling in love with garden gazebos. Today I will be sharing my appreciation of some of my favourite Disney gazebos. I love them. How random.

   Let’s start where it all began. The magnificent and unique entry statement of Disneyland Paris – Fantasia Gardens. Truly the most beautiful entry statement forecourt of any Disney Park worldwide, Fantasia Gardens is an incredibly designed botanical masterpiece. Around a central pond there are elevated terraces and staircases to bring you down between meticulous gardens and a veritable forest of trees. The Floral Mickey for Disneyland Park can be found here and some topiaries. But also bubbling streams down rocky creeks, ornate lighting, stone bridges, meandering pathways, fountains and the romantic elegance of the gazebos where you can steal away quiet time, or meet up with your touring party. All of this is located meters from the entrance to Europe’s most visited tourist attraction, every guest entering the main entrance to Disneyland Paris has to pass through here, and yet there are places in Fantasia Gardens where not a soul will bother you. It’s incredible.

   The Fantasia Gardens Gazebos match the Victorian Elegance, and colour palette, of the Disneyland Hotel at the park entrance side of the gardens. Rose coloured with green shingle roofs, and popcorn lights for nighttime the four gazebos throughout Fantasia Gardens offer park bench seating with a variety of views, elevated and overlooking the main pond and entrance route, or hidden away amongst trees and hedges. There are two pairs of designs. One design with an ornate multi-gabled roof, or the other design with a simpler roof structure. These gazebos have fueled my desire for a decent sized backyard of my own so that I can plant some trees around my own wooden gazebo.

Friday, August 8, 2014

BGM Of The Week: Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

   After the initial run of our Background Music of the Week series a few months ago we decided to take a small break from sharing music loops of the Disney parks.  Well friends, this is a state of emergency, and I had to share this loop as soon as possible.  A few weeks ago the background music loop from Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar popped up on Youtube via our favorite Disney music librarian MrThemeParksAudios.

   Trader Sam's is without a doubt a highlight of any trip to Disneyland.  The drinks are strong, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere literally cannot be beat.  Part of the charm of that kitschy/mysterious atmosphere is the outstanding background music loop.
   Well friends, here is two hours of pure goodness.  I'm going to be listening to this on repeat until our Disneyland trip in May...

   Well?  What did I tell you? Phenomenal.  Do you have a favorite Disneyland background music loop that I haven't shared before?  Let us know over on Twitter! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Annoying Habits: Ride Vehicle Portaits...

   I'm always looking for new photo opportunities at Disney parks, and I always count bonus points if I can annoy people in the process.  One of the easiest ways to accomplish both of these things are ride vehicle photos!
   Not only will you be able to hold up the attraction for all the other paying guests, but you will inevitably annoy the cast member who will "gladly" take the photo for you!

   All joking aside, I really do love taking photos in ride vehicles.  The only time we actually ask a cast member to do this is if its first thing in the morning and there is no existing line of people waiting to board.  Spinners are great examples of how awesome these photos can be! I especially love the brights colors of Triceratop Spin! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Animal Kingdom's Harambe Fruit Market

   One of the better additions to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks are the various fruit/healthy-ish food stands.  Whether your looking for a cold drink or a light snack between meals, these stands are wonderful options for you no matter what park you're in.  My favorite of these kiosks is located in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom...

   The Harambe Fruit Market is located near the entrance of Kilimanjaro Safari in the back of Harambe.  The structure is open air, like most of these snack stands.  The theming is appropriately aged.  Ragged wood beams, thick gorgeous thatched roof, and rusty metal flourishes all add to the atmosphere of the space.  It fits right it with the surroundings.

Friday, August 1, 2014

DHB Third Anniversary Giveaway!

   Yay! Disney Hipster Blog has managed to survive another year! Sure, we have our share of haters, but for the most part we have the best most charming readers ever. You may remember our previous two anniversary giveaways, year one's Big Al painting and year two's Tiki Drum painting.  To show our deep appreciation of our readers this year the giveaway tradition continues.

   Pictured above are sculpted miniature Adventureland tiki drums.  I am in the process of making silicone molds and casting them in resin.  I am making 25 sets, each of which will be hand painted and numbered by myself. The winner of the  giveaway will receive the VERY FIRST copied set as thanks for reading our blog!

   I know its hard to picture what these little guys are going to look like when finished, but I assure you they're going to be amazing.  I'm expecting the other 24 sets to sell for around $125. Once finished with the giveaway I'll have an Etsy shop set up for orders.

   SO, you might be thinking, How do I enter this giveaway!?!?! Well, there are a few ways:

      - Tweet the following birthday message: Happy third blog birthday @disneyhipsters! 

      - Tweet a picture of yourself/family with the real life Adventureland Tiki Drums...if you  don't have one, a BAD PHOTOSHOP JOB is totally encouraged. 

      - Post a birthday message on our Facebook wall! 

   The contest will end at 8PM on August 20th and the winner will be announce the following day...which is our actual blog anniversary.  If you have any questions please email us at Good luck to everyone.