Monday, November 30, 2015

Let's Visit The Writers Stop...

   This is a now...or maybe never kind of post.  The fate of ANYTHING on this side of Disneys Hollywood Studios is totally unclear at this point, considering the massive overhaul about to take place.  My guess is that the Writer's Stop will close sooner than later. So heck, lets take a look around and submit this to the archives.

   Writer's Stop is located on the Streets Of America in the back of DHS.  The location is not terrific, to be honest, and if you're not familiar with the odd park layout it can be hard to find.  But for those of us who have been subjected to this park for years it was was our stop for coffee prior to the opening of Starbucks along Hollywood Boulevard. 

   The interior is old school Hollywood Studios, exposed industrial lights and all.  I don't know how this isn't annoying, but it isn't. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lunch At Epcot's Nine Dragons

   We have a running list of restaurants at Walt Disney World that we have never been to.  Over the course over the last eight years that list has dwindled down to ABSOLUTELY LAST RESORT kind of places.  We have managed to avoid many restaurants strictly based on bad word of mouth from the Disney community.  This community however tends to be wrong about basically everything.
   Nine Dragons at the China pavilion at Epcot is one of these restaurants. It has garnered some of the fiercest most vocal opinions in the WDW hemisphere.  And, like most of those types of restaurants...we kind of really liked it.

   Whether you have eaten at Nine Dragons or not, you have seen it.  Nestled right on the promenade of World Showcase this place takes up some serious property in the China pavilion. It's enormous.  There are plenty of huge windows along the walkway as well, allowing passerby's a good glimpse inside. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Quickie: Sunset At The Magic Kingdom

   This is just a collection of photos documenting a very pretty low light situation in The Magic Kingdom...or better yet, a short walk.  Sometimes the soft Florida dusk inspires me to pull out the old iPhone and be rather annoying to those I'm with. Whatever.  I want this moment in the bank. 
   This particular evening was this past September.  The day was unbearably hot, so the sun going down was carrying a little more weight than usual, and held the promise of a lovely evening full of adventure.

   There is literally nothing prettier in the entire world than Big Thunder Mountain in the evening.  Something about the already muted tones of the area just works, and I am addicted to taking photos here, even if I already have a similar setup. 

    Equally pretty are the Rivers Of America.  There so many times where I'm stuck, transfixed by this waterway, just happy to be at Disney World.  The boardwalk along the river is my favorite place in Frontierland, and I insist on taking that route when venturing to Liberty Square.

   As we were ending our short walk from Big Thunder Mountain to wherever the hell we were going I specifically remember thinking how pretty Cinderella Castle was behind you KNOW I WAS DRUNK OFF OF THE SUNSET.  Yes, I'll admit that the castle can be pretty in certain situations...just not most. 

   I know this was a random silly post, but this group of photos from our last trip really caught my eye as I scrolled through my disastrous Magic Kingdom folder.   So YAY I found another use for this crazy melange!  Have a terrific weekend.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

A Visit To The New York World's Fair

   We spent this Saturday morning like we often do.  Hopping from one estate sale to the next, scouring the homes of North Jersey to supplement our real life Adventurers Clubhouse.  Among the things we purchased this week: A raccoon skull (yes, another one...),  a very heavy iron cauldron,  a vintage AM radio, a piece of poetry of ambiguous origin, and a vintage toy go with our already existing vintage toy eskimo.  HOWEVER my favorite buy this week was A Visit To The New York World's Fair. 

   As a Disney parks fan I'm sure that your know the history of the 1964 world's fair, and the influence that Walt Disney had on it.  Not to mention the huge impact these projects had on the parks and the future direction of the company.  Here is just a random quick link to catch up...but there is so much more to read elsewhere. 
   This charming children's book follows a set of twins as they explore the fair.  They take turns choosing which pavilion to visit.  

   Peter gets to pick first...and Peter is a boy, and boys love cars.  First stop?  The Ford Magic Skyway! This attraction is the hardest to picture, mainly because it didn't make it back to Disneyland in the same capacity as Carousel of Progress and Its A Small World did...although we find still find some dinosaurs from the attraction during the grand circle tour via the Disneyland Railroad. 
   Here is some video footage of that attraction in case you're interested...starts at 3:53

   The majority of this book takes place outside the real of Disney...but seeing that this is a children's book it wouldn't be complete without a trip around the world via It's A Small World.  This might be naive of me, but were the original vehicles really swan boats?  Someone please enlighten me. 

   There are many phenomenal illustrations in this book, covering a vast majority of the highlights of the fair.  However two images really struck my fancy.

   Such a shame that the author didn't think to cover any other Disney contributions! I would have especially loved to see the Tower of the Four Winds in this style, but heck, I'll take what I can get.  I'm happy to add this to our expanding children's library. 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Beautiful Disney Watercolors By Alexander Roussel

   So, its not too often that we feature other artists on Disney Hipster Blog. We are intrinsically very pygmalion in that regard and are not ashamed of it.  However, when we see something we like, we will not deny it.  Thus is the case of Alexander Roussel, and his amazing Disney park themed water color series.
   Alex first caught our eye with a gorgeous portrait of yours truly, doing my famous "Disney Hipster Andrew" pose in front of Rolly Crump's leaky tikis...

   Not only was I super flattered by the homage, but also very intrigued.  I LOVED the stylization of this water color, and couldn't wait to see more!  Luckily, Alex is very prolific indeed and did not disappoint. 

   His love of Disney parks traverses all corners, but leans towards the nostalgic.  Everything from It's A Small World, and Carousel Of Progress to the Dapper Dans and Electrical Light Parade...if it gives you the feels Alex probably has it covered. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Underrated Awesome: Petes Silly Sideshow

   Welcome to another edition of Underrated Awesome in which we look at various things around Walt Disney World that are totally amazing, but for some reason don't get all the love they deserve.
   Today we're traversing to the back of the Magic Kingdom to visit Pete's Silly Sideshow.   This meet and greet areas opened up as part of the massive New Fantasyland expansion in 2012. (wow! It opened three years ago!?!?!)  And while the area is a terrific success and brings much needed space and amenities to the park, Pete's doesn't demand the lines that it really should.

   The facade of Pete's is an enhanced version of what it was in the old Toontown area which Storybook Circus took over as part of the expansion.   The circus tent makes a lot more sense in the new area, and doesn't look half as thrown together as it did  under the old theme.  True to the name of the attraction Pete's visage greets you outside of the attraction in the form of a two dimensional barker urging you to come inside.  Here you find Pete again,  as you walk through his gaping mouth.  
   The interior is dim, muted, and absolutely perfect.  You will choose to either go left, where you will visit Donald and Goofy, or right, where you can meet Daisy and Minnie.  The girls tend to demand the longer wait times for whatever reason. However, we have never waited more than a few minutes on either side.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BGM Of The Week: Epcot's Canada Pavilion

   Did something ever get stuck in your head for days at a time?  I'm not talking about music, although music plays a part in it.  I'm talking about an idea, or just a thought even.  Lately I've been fantasizing about spending entire days in specific areas of Walt Disney World and completely soaking up that particular areas ambiance.  First it started with the idea of spending the entire day on Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom (because lord knows I've basically already spent the day in Harambe...) but then I thought, Heck...why not in other less loved areas?

   That got me to thinking about how little of my time I spend in the Canada pavilion compared to the others.  Nine out of ten times I walk the CORRECT WAY AROUND WORLD SHOWCASE aka Mexico to by the end I'm pretty beat.  And even then the pavilion doesn't have exactly when I'm looking for.  However, today starts a new leaf of love around here, starting with Canada's relaxing, charming, adult-contempo background music loop.  This screams World Showcase to me.


   Isn't that a great music loop to put on while cleaning the house, or getting work done on the computer?  Not all music at Disney World needs to be super upbeat, and this is a great example of that.  I'd love to sit in the beautifully manicured gardens with a delicious Canadian beer and waste the day away.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

When Disney Photography Goes Bad...

   As I was scrolling through pictures from our September trip I noticed a few things about the various folders that contain them.  First of all, I didn't take nearly as many photos as normal.  If you're a regular reader of this blog you will know that the various minutae of Disney World has been covered ad it makes sense that I would have less and less to photograph. This makes me incredibly sad actually, as in the past I have always really enjoyed drunkenly wandering around and snapping pictures as Adam does his own thing.
    I also noticed decidedly less focused folders.  Under normal circumstances I would say to myself Hey! Maybe go take a series of photos of this...or that...or whatever. Thus making a blog post semi-easy and organized.  Apparently I was super distracted on this particular trip, because MY PHOTOS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.  And this manic photo taking holds true in every folder...the Magic Kingdom folder is a straight up disaster area.
   So I'm going to pick one photograph from each folder that I would put in the What the heck was I going to do with this? category.

from the Animal Kingdom Lodge folder...

   The above is a picture of three hands...specifically the hands of my aunt Pam, myself, and my sister.  BUT WHY?  I know this picture was taken at Victoria Falls, because obvi.  However I do not know the reason behind it.  Were we comparing finger size? Was I documenting what my hand might look like in my 60's  40's?  I've consulted with my sister and she too has no idea what this is. 

From the Epcot folder...