Monday, November 26, 2007

Birds of a Feather

World of Disney is full of wonderful murals featuring characters both familiar and obscure in fun settings. The next time you are shopping for men's apparel, make sure you look up and check out the scene taking place above you.

The first corner features mainly characters from The Three Caballeros, with Jose and Panchito, the two toucans (who can never stand beak to beak), the scissor bird still getting his tail in trouble, and of course, the infamous Aracuan bird. Spike the bee also makes an appearance, this time without bubble gum.

Moving on, one can catch a glimpse of such characters as Grandmother Willow, Orville, Bernard, Bianca, Friend Owl, and Archimedes.

The next corner features the crows from Dumbo, the vultures from The Jungle Book, the colorful birds and owl from Sleeping Beauty, the squirrel and chipmunk from Bambi, and little Perla from Cinderella.

The final corner includes some a squirrel and some chipmunks from Sleeping Beauty, Zazu and some other savanna birds from The Lion King, the blue birds from Cinderella, Chicken Little (the original), and even the Grasshopper and some of the ants from the 1934 short.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Outdoor Seating

On the second level of Prime Time Cafe there are a few tables set up for imaginary diners who prefer dining alfresco. It provides a nice added detail to the area, as well as good product placement for the Coca-Cola company.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have ever driven around Disney property, perhaps you have caught a glimpse of some of the animals that call Disney World home. I thought it was only appropriate to have some wild turkeys featured in today's post.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Las Cajas

Who says crates have to be unilingual? The Mexico pavilion provides another great example for the CAS to enjoy.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Yakking it Up

Yak and Yeti has been open for almost a week now, so I feel that it would be a great time to highlight some of the area's decorative features. I had the pleasure of eating there on its first official day of operation, and had a very nice meal.

The exterior features ornate carvings and decorative embellishments, with the sit-down restaurant's entrance painted a rich purple.

The area is filled with themed props to set the storyline.

These paintings line the way to the restrooms and backstage area.

There is also a nice reference to nearby Kali River Rapids.

But perhaps the best detail of all is the container that the food from the quick service side comes in - a personalized version of a Chinese take-out box.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Mickey and Minnie turn 79 today, so I thought it was only fitting to devote today's post to the mice that started it all.

The Carthay Circle Theatre store in Disney-MGM Studios is filled with wonderful Disney memoribilia from years past - here are just a few of the many displays. See if you have any of these pieces in your own collection.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Taking Out the Trash

To finish up my very brief Disneyland detail report, I thought it was only appropriate to focus on one of my favorite details: trash cans. And yes, I did have to stop and take a photo of every one I saw!

This one pretty much says it all, so it's a good place to start. Located in the entrance plaza, it features the Disneyland resort logo with Sleeping Beauty Castle and Grizzly Peak.

it's a small world gets its very own trash can design, taking inspiration from the wonderful style of Mary Blair.

The Indiana Jones trash can features a great excavation themed design, and has a grungy finish similar to what is used on the Tower of Terror trash cans at MGM.

This design is used exclusively for the Halloween season, in the entrance to California Adventure, where candy corn grows everywhere.

The Tower of Terror at California Adventure gets a design with the hotel's logo on it. While it looks great, it doesn't really fit in with the "run down" image like MGM's version does.

One interesting thing to note is the plethora of recycling trash cans around the parks. It seems like every other trash can is paired with one for bottles and cans, which is a really nice touch. Florida could take a lesson from this!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Take a Spin

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is a great dark ride in Mickey's Toontown whose queue may just be as interesting and fun as the ride itself. Every twist and turn leads to a new set and new things to see.

Of course, the Dip makes an appearance (apparently the cans are actual props from the movie) with a recipe should you desire to make your own.

Message boards are littered with references to not only Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but other animated movies as well.

And of course, no queue is complete without a great crate to enjoy!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Job Openings

Main Street USA is famous for its windows bearing tribute to those who have made their mark on the Disney legacy. One of the more recent additions is one to honor all of the Cast Members who create the magic on a daily basis. Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have one, but the latter has an extra little detail that begs to be noticed: a Now Hiring page full of wonderful job listings.

Many of them make reference to beloved extinct attractions (such as Rocket to the Moon, Adventures Through Inner Space, and the Submarine Voyage), but they are all cleverly written and full of the wit that you would expect from such a hidden detail.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bathroom Break

Cleverly themed bathroom signs are nothing new with Disney, but here are three of my favorites from the west coast.

Aliens are people too in Tomorrowland.

Condor Flats (home to Soarin' Over California) gets pilot-themed signs.

These signs can be found in the Pacific Wharf area of Disney's California Adventure.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Where's Nemo?

In the spirit of the new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the Imagineers cleverly hid Nemo's likeness in the surrounding area.