Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Animal Kingdom's Birthday

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Animal Kingdom! 


Disney's Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day in 1998.  Last year, I highlighted a few of my favorite features of the park on Animal Kingdom's 15th anniversary. This year, I want to shine a little spotlight on one of my favorite Animal Kingdom blogs.

My appreciation for this park has been steadily growing over the years, but my recent resurgence of appreciation has been in large part due to finding and following the fine folks at Jambo Everyone, a website dedicated to all things Animal Kingdom. If you haven't checked out their blog, do yourself a favor and spend some time there. They are true devotees to Animal Kingdom, and they're knowledgeable about not only the park itself, but also about animals and conservation in general. In addition to their blog, they launched a fantastic podcast last year- Radio Harambe is on my regular rotation list, and it's consistently one of the most interesting and entertaining podcasts around! Give it a listen.

Happy Birthday Animal Kingdom! Here's to the next 16 years...

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Hidden Mickey in Disney's Polynesian Resort Great Ceremonial House

Sometimes, you see a design and you just know there has to be a Hidden Mickey in there somewhere. Such was the case when I ascended the staircase between the lower & upper floors of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney's Polynesian Resort...

Lots of these combinations might "pass" to some people, but the proportions have to be right for me in order to accept something as a true Hidden Mickey. This one fits the bill... 

Have you found any Hidden Mickeys at The Poly? Are you a stickler when it comes to Hidden Mickeys, or are you lenient in your interpretation? Tell us about it in the comments.....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Attraction Spotlight: "it's a small world"

Happy 50th Anniversary "it's a small world"! It was 50 years ago when the attraction made its debut at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. In the years since, the "happiest cruise that ever sailed" has been an attraction mainstay (not to mention the crowned champion of all earworms). 

One of my favorite parts of this attraction has always been the intricate costumes on every doll. 

Did you know there's an Audio- Animatronic Costume Workroom? The short video below gives a glimpse into this specialized area of the costuming department. Original Kodak snapshots of each doll's costume are used for reference, to maintain the original detail of each part of the costuming. Every doll (all 289 of them!) in the attraction has two costumes- the one they're currently wearing, and a back-up in case of an unexpected fashion emergency. 

Fascinating! The next time you visit this iconic attraction, make sure to pay special attention to these tiny, beautiful  costumes. 

What are your thoughts on the classic it's a small world attraction? Share them with us in the comments!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Retro


Thanks to Deb @ Focused on the Magic  for hosting 
the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! 

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