Friday, June 26, 2015

Disney BGM Of The Week: Paradise Park

   We have proclaimed our love of Disney California Adventure many times over the years...specifically that of Paradise Pier.  But there is a little area of Paradise Pier that we have ignored thus far.  The gorgeous Paradise Park.


   This area is little more than a manicured tiered garden directly across from the hustle and bustle of the "pier." Complete with its own whimsical vaguely bygone era music loop, Paradise Park is a lovely place to relax at DCA.  That is until nightfall when it is inundated with folks waiting for World Of Color to begin. 
   Enjoy this loop (provided via Superhotlarry's youtube page.) as you go about your business. 


   Isn't that loop absolutely delightful?  I find it super relaxing as I'm getting my chores done around the house, or if I have people over.  Its lively without being obnoxious.  Have a wonderful weekend friends. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Disney Nacho Cheese Sauce: A Pictorial Love Story

   The Disney internet community was not quiet this week. There was a lot of random stuff going on, as usual, but the thing that had me most upset was cheese.  Or, actually...the lack of cheese.  The liquid melty delicious nacho cheese found at various toppings bars has been discontinued...at least in the "serve yourself" capacity that we have come to know and love. 
   In all seriousness, I am pretty torn up about this.  It is just one of those random things that brought a little bit of joy into my habitual tourism.   Instead of dwelling on my sadness, I decided to share my feelings in form of a poem...and pictures. 

Liquid Nacho Cheese At Disney World: Forever In Our Hearts


Oh nacho cheese sauce,
From Pecos Bill,
You've made our journey,
a culinary thrill.


This one must be old,
look at the blue cups!
By the look of the picture,
you made me throw up. 


Coming back the next year,
Theres a red cup I see!
Since the first time we met,
it was just you and me...


We nearly forgot you,
      On Halloween night, 
But look what I see here,
      just there to the right...


Divine on a potato,
                     Who would have thought?
Everyone knows,
                      You're the best thing I got.


Here is a picture,
Of you and your mother,
Nearby are some french fries,
for you to smother. 


On Tom Sawyer Island, 
Where outdoors we dined,
For the last dozen years,
Our lives intertwined, 


And I never did skip you, 
      no, not even once.
Over dozens of trips, 
                  you still were a must...do.

   Rest in peace self serve nacho cheese.  You were a true friend, who was always there for me in time of need. I'll miss the way you adorned my french fries, and the way you made a impromptu salad dressing in a pinch.  I'll miss the way you always look disgusting in a photo, despite your obvious otherworldly deliciousness.  But we will always have our memories, and Pecos. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Lunch At The Lucky Fortune Cookery At DCA

   When Adam and I go on any Disney vacation we make a list of different food items that we want to try, in an attempt to organize our trips even further than they already are. When we visit Disneyland our list tends to be longer, since we don't make it to the West coast as often.  One of the things that we were excited to try was the tofu rice bowls at Lucky Fortune Cookery...


   This counter service restaurant is found at Disney California Adventure, in the Pacific Wharf food court  area.  The layout of Lucky Fortune is familiar to any Disney parks fan, including tables that are shared by the other surrounding restaurants. (think of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios...) The design includes a gorgeous neon dragon sign, paper lanterns, and faux jade inlay...which is incorporated into the decaying industrial theme of Pacific Wharf. 



   The menu here is all about rice bowls. First you pick a protein (chicken, beef, tofu), then pick a sauce (mandarin orange, spicy korean, thai coconut curry, and teriyaki).  Your selection is mixed with asian veggies and served over rice.


Monday, June 15, 2015

BGM of the Week: Spaceship Earth

   After spending the majority of our time since January obsessing over Disneyland, we're starting to get back to our regular scheduled program.  Beside a short ten hours at Walt Disney World, we haven't spent any REAL time at the resort since an amazing trip back in October.  Well friends, we've finally crossed the allowable excitement threshold.  Yes, we still have a long Summer ahead of us, but WDW will be here before we know it.
   I've finally allowed myself to start casually listening to WDW parks music again, as opposed to Disneyland music or (gasp) non-Disney parks music.  Sometimes taking a break from your hobbies makes them all the more fun when you return.


   I know this segment is usually dedicated to background music loops specifically.  However, the narration free Spaceship Earth score is among my favorite things to listen to at home...in the background.  Yes, I know its a stretch, but I really want to share this score because it has me feeling all kinds of emotions today. :)


   This wonderful score is by Bruce Broughton, who is also responsible for the gorgeous bombastic score of Ellen's Energy Adventure, among other things.  What an epic piece of music for one of my favorite attractions. Huzzah. 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Disneyland Photopass Photos...

   One of my favorite post trip traditions is finally uploading all of our Photopass photos!  We tend to wait a couple of weeks to do this.  First of all, its a hassle and takes a while to get them on our cloud in an organized folder...but more importantly its a lot of fun to relive the trip in a different perspective.  These are photos we haven't seen, and a few that I don't even remember taking.
   Here are a few of my favorites from our recent trip to Disneyland.


     We took an abnormal amount of photos in Carsland.  There are Photopass photographers available at every good photo opportunity, and I get easily lured in.  I mean, this land is practically made for good photos.  

Adam is super in love with Red.  We met him a few times, with plenty of pictures. 

Flo's at night is beyond charming. 


   The wonderful thing about Photopass at Disneyland is the randomness of it all.  We would often times find photographers in less traversed walkways, or nooks and crannies that make Disneyland so quaint and perfect.   My favorite random placement this trip was next to the teacups at night.  There was literally NO ONE taking pictures with this photographer.


   We have a million pictures from the few times that we went to the Spring Time Roundup.  We were lucky enough to meet Thumper and Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, both of which were new characters for us.  The show itself was so great. 


   Fun right?!  We didn't take quite as many Photopass photos as we would have on a Walt Disney World vacation, but considering how much smaller the Disneyland Resort is I think we did pretty good.  And the variety compared to WDW is pretty amazing.  Thanks a lot Photopass Photographers for being awesome and indulging my childishness. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Coverland: Baby Mine

   Whoa.  How long has it been since we've had a Coverland featured on Disney Hipster Blog???!!! Literally ages.  So for those who have joined us in recent months, Coverland is basically a melange of cover versions of well know Disney songs that I find trolling Youtube.
    I never really had a huge appreciation for Baby Mine from the animated classic Dumbo until recently.  In preparation for our Disneyland trip I was listening to their long running Magical! fireworks soundtrack almost every night, in which a highpoint of the show features Baby Mine.  And over time it kind of grew on me.
   Despite being nominated for an Academy Award upon its release, this is not among the most popular in the Disney cannon. However, there are a few notable covers.

Because its a very slow lullaby, it can be pretty hard to vary the sound of the original...but
Brian Wilson makes his pretty fun, as he is apt to do.



Meh. Pretty but not much too it.