Just got this title in today. It looks stunning and absolutely amazing. Full of concept art, sketches and paintings of animation and characters never produced.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
On Minnie's bulletin board, we find notes, advertisements and postcards. Daisy has sent her BFF two postcards about her recent trip.
Having a wonderful time.
I bought lots of lipstick on the trip.
Wait until Donald sees my bill!
Don't forget to keep your eyes open the next time you find yourself at a Disney theme park. Also, don't tell Donald about the bill!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I haven't had the fortune of experiencing the attraction, yet, but I know a lot of people that have (Jessica? Lou? Ray? Glenn? Jeff?). Plus, I know that a lot of the Imaginerdlings out there have ridden it and know more about the ins and outs of the traffic.
I'm heading to Disney World for a week in August, and I was wondering how the opening of Toy Story Mania changed your park route. Generally I head straight to Tower of Terror and Rockin' Rollercoaster and fast pass one while I wait on line for the other. Should I try to get over to Toy Story Mania first and work my way towards the front of the park now? How is the line for the new attraction?So, now I ask you, what should she do? Head to TSMM first and get a FastPass and then head to Tower and Rock'n'Roller? Or is there a better plan for seeing the park and the big three attractions?
Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!
Friday, July 25, 2008
- Daveland shares some images from the new Mark VII Monorail at Disneyland (scroll down the post to see those images--they are after the Swiss Family Treehouse).
- Princess Fee at DF'82 takes us on a trip around the Rivers of the Far West at Parc Disneyland in Paris.
- Chris at OC History Roundup shares two pictures of Walt and two kings.
- Richard from Photos From the Park posts a few great Splash Mountain queue details.
- Vintage Disneyland Tickets shares a scan of a cool 1975 Walt Disney World brochure. He also does an incredible Then and Now post where he compares shots from 1975 and 2008.
- The Ghost Relations Department Blog posts a very hidden detail of Constance's.
- David at Vintage Disney Collectibles asks if you want to join the Mickey Mouse Club? Hot Dog!
- Ryan at Main St. Gazette has a great pictorial from the Animal Kingdom.
- Michael Sporn posts some amazing artwork from the Sleeping Beauty DVD.
- Worried about the content in your language? So was Disney! Thanks to Jerry at Cartoon Brew for the scan.
- Jessica from If We Can Dream It has some great details from Pleasure Island!
- Hans at A Film L.A. shares the patent for Walt and Ub about the Circarama/Circle Vision system. Check out the drawing of the car!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Naturally, Walt has called on his greatest illustrators/designers to visualize the concepts: John Hench, Sam McKim and Herb Ryman. John was the master of the "specifically vague" technique that allowed viewers (and potential sponsors!) to imagine their identification without committing to anything; Sam was the master of detail, where nothing was left to chance or misinterpretation; and Herb--he was simply THE MASTER. Name the Disney Park project from the first illustration of Disneyland in 1953 to the first visualization of Walt Disney World in 1968 to the first depiction of Epcot in 1979 to the first designs for Tokyo Disneyland in 1980 to some of the earliest concepts for Disneyland Paris in 1989; the public's first view of each came from the pencil, pen or brush of Herbert Dickens Ryman.
--p. 8, A Brush with Disney : An Artist's Journey, Told through the words and works of Herbert Dickens Ryman
Concept art for the never built Ford Magic Theater in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Dave obliged. You can see the beautiful stained-glass sign announcing the COURT des ANGES. It is located on the left side of the picture above, near the blue balcony with the striped awning.
On the wall near the stained-glass sign is a plaque that reads:
Musique Des Anges
Mme. Sally McWhirter
Sally began her career with Disney in the Disney Stores, Inc. in Indiana. Sally was promoted to District Manager before coming to work in Disneyland. Here she was named director of store operations in 1995 until her untimely death in 1997. She died at 40 as a result of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Sally sang with her church choir, which explains the plaque reference to music of angels and voice lessons. Her tribute is near this heavenly stairway, in the Court of Angels.
--p. 91, The Disneyland Detective by Kendra Trahan.
Another small detail that proves a tribute can be more than just a Window on Main Street.
Thanks to Dave for letting me borrow the photos. His site is amazing.
Don't forget that Andy and I will be at the Eva Perry Regional Library (in Apex, North Carolina) next Tuesday evening (July 29) at 7:00 pm. We will be discussing those little details that make a Disney trip so much fun. Hopefully, we will have a few Disney Geeks-in-Training in attendance that we can enroll in our Master's Degree level program.
Spaces are filling up fast and you have to sign up since space is limited. As of this writing, less than 16 slots are available!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Donald Ballard is a historian and author that fell in love with the Disneyland Hotel in the 1970's. Donald started collecting material about the hotel in 1998 and amassed newspaper clippings, magazine articles, older photographs and brochures. His intent was to write a travel article. Fortunately for us, we have this great reference guide to the Disneyland Hotel.
Bottom Line: If you had the opportunity to stay at the Disneyland Hotel during its first 35 years, this book is made for you. It is also a one-of-a kind resource for Disneyland historians--you won't find a better historical source anywhere else. In my opinion, though, it is too narrowly dedicated to offer the casual Disney fan a reason to purchase. If you are a completist, though, I would buy the book now. Mr. Ballard has confirmed that there are not many copies left.
You can purchase the book directly from Mr. Ballard.
Friday, July 18, 2008
- Lou at Louminations! presents a pretty cool audio-animatronics timeline.
- Ryan at Main St. Gazette posts an article about the France Pavilion in honor of Bastille Day. He also shares some of his Disneyland photos for the 53rd Anniversary of the park.
- Imagine a 25-hour party at Disneyland. Check out Vintage Disneyland Tickets to learn more!
- Happy 700 Dave! Join us in congratulating Daveland for 700 posts.
- Jessica from If We Can Dream It shares a family crest detail.
- JedBlau at Vintage Disneyland Goodies shares a scan of The E-Ticket #1. If you don't know about The E-Ticket, you should.
- Chris at the OC History Roundup Blog has some great photos and info about the construction and testing of the Autopia cars. Chris also posts a picture of Primeval World at Disneyland and a picture from a library!
- Foxxfur at Passport To Dreams analyzes The Country Bear Jamboree and its influences.
- Kurtis from Covering The Mouse posts about three of my favorite things: The Haunted Mansion, Club 33 and Disney music.
- Matt at Vintage Disney Alice shares a few color pictures of the Alice in Wonderland ride.
- Mr. Fun has a great shot of Walt on a rooftop with a gun. Priceless!
- Jennifer at Broke Hoedown hips us to the Save Totoro Forest Campaign. What...you've NEVER seen My Neighbor Totoro? For shame!
- Alain at Disney and More shares some great hi-res scans of Disneyland original 1955 Guide book.
- Didier at the Disney History Blog posts info from about the Alweg monorail that might go against current literature.
- Bearride at Videblog shares an absolutely incredible and stupendous model of Tomorrowland that he did.
- Ed at The Blog Wore Tennis Shoes posts about a Little Golden Book featuring Mickey's trip to Walt Disney World.
- Michael Sporn shares another scan of an early (1937) Disney book from John Canemaker's collection.
- Jack Spence starts his tour of Tokyo Disneyland. Wow. The bus is unbelievable.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The Dream Team Project (http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/Dream-Team-2008-Auction.html) raises money to help send seriously ill children and their families to Walt Disney World through The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America. Their annual silent auction at MagicMeets raised $9000 last year, and this year they hope to do even more to bring smiles to the faces of children who need it most.
WDW Today podcast will be broadcasting live during MagicMeets. Co-host Mike Newell (Mouse World Radio) came up with a great idea to include a tie in to the Dream Team Charity Auction during the MagicMeets Live Show.
Any donations made to the FirstGiving web page for the DWT Dream Team between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on July 19th will be announced on the WDW Today live show podcast. The FirstGiving website, http://www.firstgiving.com/dwtdreamteam allows guests to make donations securely using a credit card.
Check out the WDW Today podcast website, http://www.wdwtoday.com/ for details on how to join them for this and all their live shows. They will have a chat room going during the broadcast, which is always lots of fun, and sometimes have a live video feed direct from MagicMeets.
For people attending MagicMeets, or those who want to see what they will be missing, check out the DWT Dream Team Blog, http://www.disneyworldtrivia.com/Dream-Team-Blog/ for some previews and behind-the-scenes peeks. Starting on July 1st, previews of all the auction lots will be available on the DisneyWorldTrivia.com forums.
The Dream Team Project is really looking forward to this event and would like to thank Mike Newell for the great idea and WDW Today's help implementing it. Together we can spread some Disney magic and make a difference in the lives of seriously ill children.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Lou has just released the second volume of his Audio Guide to Walt Disney World. This time, he hooks a left from Main St. USA and enters Adventureland.
Here is adventure. Here is romance. Here is mystery.Adventureland is my favorite place in all of Walt Disney World. It is usually the first land we visit from the hub (unless we are going to Splash Mountain first), so I was excited to download the digital version of the Audio Guide. The download was seamless and quick; I was listening within minutes.
--Walt Disney (describing Adventureland at Disneyland)
Like his first Audio Guide of Main St. USA, Lou takes us on an audio tour of the sights and sounds of Adventureland. When I was thinking about what to write about the Adventureland Audio Guide, I was struck by the amount of information and hidden details that Lou shares. He takes us from the hub, through Adventureland and into the fringes of Frontierland. Lou describes every shop, attraction, eatery and significant point along the way.
I really enjoyed the details that Lou provided about the shops and restaurants that are no longer there. In some cases, the building remains but is being used for something different. In one segment, Lou does an incredible job of describing the Adventureland Veranda--he spells out the sights and the experience that existed many years ago. I started researching the Veranda to find photos and really see what Lou was describing. Once again, he made me wish that I had been able to visit and document the Adventureland Veranda. Lou also talks about several other areas that no longer serve their original purpose.
The strength of this guide is in the attention to detail that Lou provides. History, trivia and current information is mixed and mingled in a way that leaves you longing for a visit to Adventureland. I have a few new shops and areas to check out on my next visit.
We listened to the Guide in the car and my nine-year old enjoyed this title as much as the Main St. USA one. He laughed at some of the in-jokes and he had specific questions about the attractions. I know he is looking forward to our next trip so he can show of his new found knowledge. His one complaint: the dog fell asleep halfway through it!
Lou is passionate about Walt Disney World and it shows with this Audio Guide. It is well-recorded, well-produced and well-narrated. He digs deep to share information that is not readily available in one source. I am already looking forward to the next volume.
Bottom Line: If you enjoy the Trivia books and the WDW Radio podcast, then you will love the Audio Guide to Adventureland. It is great for getting a quick fix or for re-living your last vacation. This Guide, like all of Lou's products, is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by everyone. Ideally, you could use the Guide on your next trip down to Walt Disney World.
You can purchase the Audio Guide here.
You can also read my review of the Main St. USA Audio Guide here.
Kudos to Jeff Pepper for designing the logo and custom artwork for the project.
Friday, July 11, 2008
- Jerry at CartoonBrew! shares an Oswald cameo in the Wall-E picture book.
- Dave from Daveland posts a few pictures of a rather different walk-around character from 1965. Kind of scary!
- Michael Sporn posts some great concept art for Sleeping Beauty.
- Ed at The Blog Wore Tennis Shoes posts a scan of a 1991 article about Ward Kimball.
- Maz at the Maz Disney blog posts a great article about Miss Joyce, Disney Legend.
- Foxx at Passport 2 Dreams reviews a new 5-book Souvenir set. Awesome...
- Andy at The Backside of Water shares a Main Street sign detail from Disneyland.
- Didier at Disney History links to the amazing John Hench article entitled, Disneyland Is Good For You.
- Major Pepperidge at Gorilla's Don't Blog posts some great shots of the infamous Flying Saucers at Disneyland.
- Richard at Photos From the Parks posts some great pictures and info about Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.
- Didier at Disney History shares info about the new imagineering book coming out next month and presents a great mini-interview with the author Jeff Kurtti. This title looks like it might be one of the more important books published about the Imagineers.
- Over at the Ghost Relations Dept. blog, they disect the attic scene and post images of references to the attraction before the re-do. Very awesome!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Can you tell me what Disney and libraries have in common? What about libraries inside of Disney Parks?
Being a librarian, I am always intrigued by different libraries. I have visited many during family vacations--except during Disney vacations, of course.
Or have I?
For me, what could be better than finding a library at Disney!
At Disney's Hollywood Studios, they have a great urban Public Library setting. Thanks to Jessica for pointing it out. You can see the other library set on her post, too.
It has been awhile since we've done a book update. We added these two great titles to our collection:
- The Mickey Mouse Treasures by Robert Tieman
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
You can see more of the Cresting Details on the roof lines of the Mansion.
The Chandelier from the entry way is particularly full of details. Sticky details, though.
Andrew caught this great detail from the fireplace in the entry hall. He also wrote a great post about the design and development of the spooky effects.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
This week, on the WDW Radio Show, Lou and I discuss three books that look at design, architecture and Disney.
You can download the show here.
- Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance by Karal Ann Marling
- Building a Dream: The Art of Disney Architecture by Beth Dunlop
- Designing Disney by John Hench
I reviewed Designing Disney almost a year ago. You can see the review here.
Don't forget to e-mail Lou and tell him how awesome I am on his show!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
- Jessica at If We Can Dream It posts some great images of the Rustic Ranchos.
- Kevin Kidney shares more amazing illustrations from a 1955 newspaper layout. This time it is the Red Wagon Inn, Swift Market House and the Chicken Plantation.
- Richard at Photos From the Parks posts an essay about Harper Goff and his relation to Disneyland. Great article!
- Jedblau at Vintage Disneyland Goodies shares a Press Ghost Pass for the Haunted Mansion opening.
- Dave from Davleand posts some great shots of the Chicken Plantation.
- WOW! Cory at Boing Boing shares a link to build your own Jungle Cruise playhouse!
- The Outlet Appreciation Society is back! Lisa at My Life on the WDW-d List shares seven more outlets for our in-the-park tech needs!
- Jim at Tulgy Wood shares a new collectible from one of my favorite package films.
- Matt at Vintage Disney Alice posts a picture of Walt signing the voice of Alice.
- Didier at the Disney History blog shares news and an interview with the author of an upcoming book.
- Jeff from 2719 posts some of his articles about Pleasure Island from his archives. Great reads, as always.
- Dave, at his Haunted Mansion blog, shares some really great shots of the stretching portraits.
- FoxFurr from Passport 2 Dreams is back with a look at some early Hollywood film connections.
- Matterhorn1959 from Stuff from the Park posts a pre-opening lessee information sheet from Disneyland.
Don't forget to check out the 4th of July cookout at Passamaquoddy.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
In order to offer a larger view of the map, I uploaded it to my Flickr account. If you can't view it, click here.
Happy 4th of July!
To all of our international visitors, please enjoy today's post.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Here is a close-up of the advertisements on the side of the Omnibus.