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.



   Next up, the even more ornate bandstand gazebo in the center of Disneyland Paris Town Square. Sharing a few design elements of the Fantasia Gardens gazebos, and others from surrounding Main Street buildings, this blue/green shingle roof, white and dark wood banister elevated construction often plays parts in meet and greets, shows and special events, and makes an elegant feature upon your immediate entry into Disneyland Park from underneath the Disneyland Railroad, Main Street Station. Perfectly complementing the breathtaking Main Street USA buildings that surround it. Stunning.


   Over in the incredibly themed Cottonwood Creek Ranch part of Disneyland Paris amazing Frontierland (my favourite land in the whole Park), stands an aged red bandstand gazebo. Simple in structure, and is adorned with simple brass balls on its low pointed shingle roof and the four corners, with brass lanterns hung on the support pillars. I can imagine a great little banjo band playing here, or a prize being awarded for best pig in show and the steam train rolling past on the nearby railroad!
While walking around the Disneyland Paris Resort Hotels, I stumbled across this rough beauty up on a hill amongst the trees outside of the stunning Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. A simple and natural looking structure, with shaved tree trunks holding up a tall green tin roof, not to take any attention away from the natural beauty surrounding it.



   Let’s leave Disneyland Paris now, and head south. Way south. Like 9584km/5955mi south, to Hong Kong Disneyland for the last few Disney gazebos I’ll share with you. In the beautifully manicured gardens overlooking the ocean at the Victorian themed, Grand Floridian inspired, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel stands a gazebo to celebrate all things Love.  Enter the path under a heart shaped topiary archway and ‘walk down the aisle’ to this cream coloured beauty.


   The red roof, and white gingerbread detailing perfectly matching the opulent waterfront beauty of the Disneyland Hotel, with love heart tiles in the center of the paved floor, and a love heart compass weathervane crowing the top. I’m sure there’s been many a romantic vow pledged here under this Disney shade giver!


   Last up, also at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort are the large gazebos found along the tropical Park Promenade, scattered from near the gorgeous, but not used Disneyland Resort Pier on the ocean front, right up to the entry gates of Hong Kong Disneyland. These functional structures of green metal construction not only provide shade along the walk from the resort hotels to the Park, but also cool air too as they are fitted out with electric fans! Definitely the most practical of the gazebos I’ve shown you today, they serve their purpose well in the hot Hong Kong sunshine, yet maintain the elegance and inspiration of the garden gazebos that inspired me in the first place.


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