Monday, January 23, 2017

The Outside of Serka Zong Bazaar At Disney's Animal Kingdom

   It's been almost three years since we last visited Serka Zong Bazaar on this blog...which is crazy, since it remains one of the most beautifully themed stores at walt disney world period.  Last time we focussed on the theming inside, but today lets look at the facade of this Annandapurian mainstay.

   One of the reasons I always pull out my phone to snap pictures here is the sign.  Five seconds off of Expedition Everest and I HAVE TO take a picture of the ram's head sign.  The design of this ram's head is absolute aesthetic perfection.  Hey, since I was already taking pictures, might as well hold up the rest of my traveling party...


   Where most of Annandapur has the classic paper graffiti signs all over,  the importance of which cannot be overstated, Serka Zong has metal signs. This is a classy joint.  I think I'll stop inside for some yeti items. 

   I'm also pretty obsessed with these directional signs.  Both functional and beautiful.  We have become more an more dependent on the Expedition Everest single rider line in recent years.  The exterior pain of Serka Zong Bazaar is an exercise in restraint and subtlety.  Who ever is responsible is my hero, and a true artist at their craft. 

   I'd hate to overlook the intricate wooden details found here.  Not as eye catching as the signage, you have to actually take the time to appreciate them close up.  The rockwork here really gives the structure an impermanence, which is necessary given the storyline of the area.  One bad earthquake and its all gone. 

   I wonder if this entrance was brought over from Asia during the Imagineer's initial development trips? It seems awfully authentic.  Thousands of people pass underneath this gorgeous entrance point every day and hardly notice. 

   I hate to end on a really bad photo, but I've never been able to get a good photo of this spooky fellow! He is ALWAYS sun dappled.  Anyway, I look at him as the decided foe of the glorious ram's head just around the corner.  Something about him is so ominous! 

  The outside of Serka Zong Bazaar is just as detailed and beautiful as the interior!  Next time you're coming off of Expedition Everest, of just perusing "yeti things" make sure to take the time and appreciate the work that went into creating the feel of this area.  


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