Thursday, January 31, 2008

Where-speak Part 2

Continuing the look at examples of Where-speak on Disney World menus, here are the ones found in Epcot:

Coral Reef

Le Cellier Steakhouse

Rose & Crown Pub

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Fire Safety

The Firehouse is an often-overlooked location on Main Street USA. While it serves as a shopping destination for firefighter and pet-related gifts, it also features some wonderful turn-of-the-century details in the back of the building.

Even the penny press machine is themed wonderfully to the area.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


With the creation of the Year of a Million Dreams (now pluralized in its second year), the creatives at Disney came up with a new language: Where-speak. It has popped up in the commercials, merchandise, tickets - practically any opportunity that presents itself. It provides a fun, unique way to tie different entities together - and takes a refreshing look at existing venues. Examples includes Mickey standing in front of a paparazzi-style crowd that reads "Where everyone screams at the sight of a mouse" or Tinkerbell flying above Cinderella Castle with a burst of fireworks with a caption of "Where the night is as bright as the day."

This fun theming extends in the full-service restaurants as well, where individual locations are given their own personal message on their menus.

Here's a look at the menus from Disney's Hollywood Studios, with more to come in the future:

Mama Melrose's

Sci-Fi Drive-In

50's Prime Time Cafe

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Set in Stone

The next time you enjoy a Dole Whip, make sure you take a closer look at the rock work that surrounds the area. The theming from the nearby Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse spills into this area, and that includes the benches across from the Aloha Isle.

At first glance, it is apparent that the makeshift benches have been fashioned together using flotsam from the Robinson's ship. You can easily see hints of crates, windows, and masts set amongst the stone walls.

Yet an even closer look will reveal intriguing carvings in the rocks, almost prehistoric in nature. The images are simple and the subject matter includes animals such as fish and turtles, people, objects such as boats and the sun, and geometric shapes. The origin of these images is never revealed, creating to a fascinating mystery. Perhaps they were created by the native people that lived on the Robinson's island, or they might stand alone as their own - disconnected from any ties to a pre-existing story.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Pun in the Sun

These clever bathroom signs can be found near the Shark Reef snorkeling area at Typhoon Lagoon. Reading them out loud can give you quite an interesting accent.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


This sign can be found in the Chinatown section of the Streets of America. It's a message from the San Francisco Police Department (as evidenced by the "S.F.P.D." at the bottom), but other than that, I'm at a complete loss as to what it says. Apparently the dog feels the same way...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Around the World

The Disney Vacation Club Office at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is beautifully decorated to make interested parties feel welcome. These elaborate murals decorate the walls of the waiting room and nicely show how Disney magic can be found around the globe.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Tip Your Hat

While Disney chose to recreate the Hollywood Brown Derby, instead of the original bowler hat-shaped Wilshire Brown Derby, the infamous head wear can still be seen inside the restaurant as a clever light fixture.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

In With the Tide

Lowtide Lou's at Typhoon Lagoon offers towel rentals and quick snacks, but it also has some excellent signage that features barnacle-covered wood and the backside of a boat. It evokes the feeling of wreckage tossed about during the infamous storm that created the water park.

And speaking of Lou...

Congratulations to Lou and Deanna for completing this year's WDW 1/2 marathon - and under 3 hours too!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Say Goodbye to Hollywood...

Today marked the official name change from Disney/MGM Studios to the new Disney's Hollywood Studios. I must admit it is a tad bittersweet, but it gives the rare opportunity to watch an entire park wide transformation. While the signage switch will last into the next couple of months, Disney cast members were hard at work last night to make some important changes, both big and small.

Of course, the main entrance signage was given the new treatment and unveiled for the first time this morning.

Some of the changes were a bit more subtle, such as this switch on the security guardhouse by the ABC Commissary.

Farewell, Disney/MGM Studios, and welcome, Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Nowhere in Particular

This "Door to Nowhere" can be found right around the corner from Mama Melrose's at the Studios, near the meet and greet area for the Toy Story characters. I particularly like the decaying door frame and rusted light switch.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Where the Wild Things Are

The Villas at Wilderness Lodge spare no detail when it comes to creating a comfortable rustic setting. These various creatures can be found above your head as you enter into the main area, giving the illusion that the building itself is alive and full of spirit.