Wednesday, April 30, 2008

From Here to There

Disney's Vero Beach Resort may be a couple hours away from its fellow Vacation Club locations, but that doesn't mean guests should feel lost while they are visiting. This sign post will help point you in the right direction, whether you are heading to the beach, Hilton Head, or the Wilderness Lodge.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Getaway From it All

The Frontierland Disney Vacation Club kiosk takes on the persona of the headquarters for the Getaway Stagecoach Line. Before boarding your coach for a trip out west, you may want to read the posted disclaimer, which only gets more outrageous as the point size decreases.

The final paragraph reads, "We will not accept responsibility for acts by highwaymen, savages, being broken down or any unforeseen conditions that may result in being delayed or not arriving to your destination. We cannot be expected to notify next of kin in the event of a catastrophic occurrence or unexpected fatality."

Friday, April 25, 2008

Indian River

Vero Beach sits in Indian River County, so named for the lagoon that runs through it. The area is world famous for its citrus which makes up a large share of the industry. Disney's Vero Beach Resort embraces the history of the surrounding area, and locally-inspired details can be found in almost every corner of the property. Even the tables in the lobby are created to look like citrus packing crates, printed with the Indian River name. As many of the local citrus growers donated material for Disney to use, the Orchid label is most likely the Orchid Island Growers Inc. company, which is located in Wabasso.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Decade of Wild Places

As Animal Kingdom's tenth anniversary draws to a close, here are a few shots of the small area tucked around the corner of Mombasa Marketplace.

Happy Anniversary Animal Kingdom, and here's to many more years filled with adventure!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Day at the Beach

While Disney's Vero Beach Resort might lie a couple hours away from Walt Disney World, it's nice to see it has those familiar Disney touches, even down to those wonderful trash cans.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


This framed photo found in the Germany pavilion shows Franz Goebel and Walt Disney posing with a Goofy figurine back in 1955, less than three decades prior to the opening of Epcot's own Germany pavilion.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Along the Walt Disney World Railroad tracks heading into Frontierland, you'll find this Outpost 792 - Desperation.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


These gorgeous baskets are found near the restrooms and telephones outside Jiko and Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Handcrafted from old telephone wire, these creations are a beautiful tradition in South Africa, linking the past with a more modern weaving material. With their bold colors and intricate designs, the baskets move away from functional items and become artwork for the walls. The Lodge is full of museum-quality pieces direct from Africa, and these baskets are no exception.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hop To It

This pattern in the concrete near the entrance plaza to Muppet*Vision 3D takes on the appearance of a famous frill from that green frog we all know and love.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Lightning Strikes

Zeus and Hephaestus look down upon the guests as they enter the Fantasia Gardens miniature golf courses - perhaps serving as a warning to not have too much fun.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

A Hidden Gem

Tucked in the entrance way to Pleasure Island's Comedy Warehouse is this beloved relic from the past - the original Magic Journeys sign from Journey Into Imagination.

This nearby plaque recalls the original use of this building as part of Pleasure Island's history - noting that once the Walt Disney Company "took over" the building, it became a warehouse for all sorts of items, including pieces from "aging attractions."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Little Ride Lost

One of The Twilight Zone's most well-known episodes, "Little Girl Lost," is given a nod in the Tower of Terror as you exit the elevator after the ride. Although in this case, the portal to the new dimension is against a brick wall in a service corridor and not under a child's bed, the markings are unmistakeably clear.