Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Belle Vue Lounge at the BoardWalk is a quiet place to sit and talk, as well as play a nice game or two. To help set the mood, the walls are filled with shelves containing all sorts of antique books, games, and other interesting objects. An old radio, a Chinese Checkers board, and a stereoscope are just some of the fun things to look at in the lounge.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Twiga Travels

The Twiga Travel Agency provides some of the best safaris in Africa, and for a reasonable price too! It makes sense that this faux Harambe company uses the giraffe on its advertising, considering that twiga is Swahili for giraffe.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Quiet on Set

Superstar Television may be lost to the past, but its memory still lives on with this casting call sign. It is still in public view, for a few more days at least, in the entrance to the Comedy Warehouse.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Include Quinine

Travelling the jungle rivers is no easy task, especially when dealing with a wide array of dangerous illnesses and creatures. The queue for the Jungle Cruise is filled with photos, maps, and other paraphernalia including a certain poster warning about the risks of contracting malaria. Quinine was an often-used treatment for malaria up until the 1940s, and so was an important thing to pack for any jungle adventure.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Something's Fishy

Ariel's at the Beach Club is a special area normally reserved for private parties, and features a colorful decor of bright, tropical colors and lots and lots of fish. Everything from the colorful chandeliers to the whimsical carpet reflects the beauty of the ocean.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Crate Comedy

The Comedy Warehouse is just full of wonderful artifacts from Disney parks throughout the years. It also has a nice collection of interesting crates, containing everything from Dalmatian spots to poison apples.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back When I Feel Like It...

Rizzo's painting in progress of Miss Piggy has been deliberately sabotaged, but when you take a long lunch break it's probably to be expected!

Friday, August 15, 2008

More Where-Speak

As the Year of a Million Dreams reaches its last couple months, it seems appropriate for another Where-speak menu. This time the Old Key West Resort:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mickey at the Races

Mickey must be a horse-racing fan, as his famous ears can be found in the clouds above in this gate by the Grandstands pool at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Keel Haul

The Mike Fink Keel Boats may be a long lost memory in the history of Disney attractions, but the legacy of the legendary race between Davy Crockett and Mike Fink lives on at the Trail's End Buffet at Fort Wilderness.

A model of the Gully Pitts vessel sits in a handsome display case.

A piece of Mike Fink's own boat, the Gully Whumper, hangs on the wall. The Gully Whumper was one of the actual keel boats that navigated around Tom Sawyer Island until 1997.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Travel Through Time

The backstory regarding McDonald's as the overarching sponsor of Dinoland, USA is given at the entrance to the Boneyard, in a small glass-fronted bulletin board. A letter from Dr. Helen Marsh announces the generous grant given to the Institute to allow for time travel to be possible - convincing us forever that the future is truly in the past.

Friday, August 1, 2008


What would be a trip to France without some souvenirs? This handy pop-up display contains everything you might want to remember your trip: paintings, photographs, books, and of course, the quintessential mini Eiffel Tower.

A camera also stands at the ready, waiting to take your photo with the scenic City of Light in the background.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trinkets Galore

A variety of turn of the century items lines an ornate bookshelf in one of the main hallways of Disney's BoardWalk Inn.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Please Proceed

The reception desk to Kilimanjaro Safaris may currently be devoid of people, but that does not mean it is any less filled with details.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Knock Knock

This ornate doorknocker can be found gracing the front of one of houses that comprises the Hall of Presidents show building facade. Its handcrafted patriotic design is a perfect accent to the surrounding area.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hop to the Music

This colorful hopscotch board can be found in the back of the 8TRAX night club. It serves as the perfect entrance to the quirky club.

Nearby, a relic of the building's original tenant can be found on the wall:

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Family Crest

The Pirates queue is full of intricate details that create excitement over what soon awaits. A large fireplace adorns a corner in the left side of the queue, with a family crest hanging above. It is a nice subdued area that serves as a reminder of the pillaging that is taking place all around.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Meet the Toys

The new Meet and Greet area of Pixar Place is the perfect way to meet the characters from Toy Story. It also features a fun and interactive queue to entertain while you wait. The floor features a game board-esque pattern for guests to follow in the footprints of Woody and Buzz, complete with Andy's name).

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of our country's birthday, here is a video I took earlier this week of the Magic Kingdom's brand new fireworks show, Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. (Make sure you look for the Mickeys at the very end)

I hope everyone has a very happy, and safe, Fourth of July!

And make sure you stop by Passamaquoddy for some more Fourth fun, with Doc Terminus' 4th of July Cookout!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Slip and Fall

Tucked away in the front of the MuppetVision 3D preshow theatre is a bright yellow drum full of banana puree (Chiquita bananas, to be exact). One can only help but wonder what might be their intended use.

Behind that drum is an amusing crate whose inscription reads "Mikey's TV Rental, It fell off the truck -- if it works, good luck!"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wishing Well

Cinderella's Wishing Well is a little hidden detail in itself, set off the beaten path. It provides a quiet spot to escape from the craziness of a busy day at the Magic Kingdom and make a small wish. The Wishing Well is beautifully decorated from top to bottom, but it is the bottom that deserves the most attention.

The basin is surrounded by the bluebirds, carrying a ribbon that stretches around the entire circumference. The birds are sculpted in lively poses that are unique to each individual.

Around the base, we find Jaq, Gus, and the other mice trying their hardest to steal a strand of pearls from under Lucifer's watchful eye. It's a wonderful sculpture, that begs the viewer to walk all the way around to get the full story.