Testing Cotton at the Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom: Monday 14 May 2018

You have to get here early to see Main Street Square like this.

feels crowded on the square

If you open City Hall, the uninformed will come, eventually.

City Hall

At 8:10 a.m. people head up Main Street USA to be held at the hub until official opening at 9.

Main Street USA

While waiting for the Harmony Barber Shop to open at 9, I wander through
The Emporium

which is domed.

Emporium Indoor Décorium:

first set of three shelvessecond set of three shelves

Emporium Outdoor Décorium (display windows, that is):

The brain that is divided into several parts will display its hand thusly

4 queens and a ?

Books, rope, ring… You figure it out.

Sailing to Sønderjylland.


it's perfectly paranormal

Chips ‘n’ Dales on the Steinmouse.

yes, it'a a genuine Steinmouse

Always visit the
Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad.

And enjoy the northward view.

Even though there is never anyone in the ticket office.

If there were I guess they’d have to be able to slip in through this door…

But it’s okay because you don’t need a ticket to ride. If you did it might have to be stamped.

Have they paid any bills since August of 1856? Have you?

Frayed wires on phones are a thing on Main Street USA.

Hello! Hello? Speak up, I can't hear you!

Looking eastward in the waiting room, waiting for crowds of passengers.

Looking westward.

Turn-of-the-crank turn-of-the-century entertainment. Parental Guidance suggested.


Casey’s Corner: Hot Dogs, Corn Dog Nuggets, Soda Pop and other equally healthy treats.

There are no longer any bleachers whereupon you could watch the game and try to balance your dog and fries on your lap as you ate. Now there are tables and chairs, indoors and out.


Who indeed?

Who will manage the Pirates in 1916?

Go Mudville!

Speaking of the Corner’s outdoor seating, it obviously isn’t lunch time yet. On a rainy day.

You know you want to ride.

double decker

For whatever reason, there are some guests who just refuse to purchase the lovely nine-dollar Disney rain ponchos.

cheapskates, like me

Cinderella Castle
Frame it in soft focus with flowers.

Cinderella Castle

Or frame it in wrought iron. Or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Liberty Square
On the way in…

the Haunted Mansion

…and on the way out. Rest in Pieces.

in spiritual repose

The cascading waters adjacent to Rapunzel’s tower remind you how close you are to an Opportunity for Relief.

The reason you can’t see through these windows is that if you could, you would be peeping into the Tangled Toilets.

This here’s the rootin-tootin-wildest-testin’in’est ride in the wilderness!

Pimîhkân: it’s what’s for dinner.

Uh-oh. Man is in the forest.

The trees of tomorrow are here today.

That moment when you ride off the rail on the Speedway.

the noisiest ride in the World

And just about time for me to mosey on back to Aladdin row 205 for the drive back home with stop at Publix so the rain will subside…

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Studious Tuesday

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Tuesday 17 April 2018

The Disney Skyliner continues to pile on pylons.

Skyliner pylons

A beautiful morning on Hollywood Boulevard.

Art Deco goodness of Hollywoodland.

And the Spanish Revivalism of same.

Mickey's of Hollywood

Pluto’s Toy Palace.

Undeserved side-eyes and scowls for the Hollywood Police Department.

At 10:37 a.m., I am 23 minutes too early to tune in.

Tune-In Lounge

Backlot Express Restaurant

Refreshing hot towels are distributed in business class only.

After getting your food, you can pick up your hammers and chisels at the condiment station.

Grand Avenue

It is indeed grand.

Tempting you with inedible delicacies.

Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge

I don’t know what this has to do with it, but it adorns the gateway to the adventure we’re all hoping to live long enough to live.

above the entrance to Star Wars Land

Back on Grand Avenue

When I’m not riding my girl’s bike up and down the avenue, it’s parked on the fire escape.

Muppet Courtyard

A tamed-down fountain

duck in said fountain

and a theatre with a new name.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Or a FastPass+®. Beyond it is a third dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of what kind of foolishness would you like to see? You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas, of pigs and frogs. You’ve just crossed over into the Muppet Zone.

Romance on the high walls.

Piggy and Kermit

At the Happiness Hotel, there’s no one staying or working to disturb.

The rooms are narrow, but the hotel does offer facilities for the drying of your hand-washables. And life preservers if you should fall overboard.

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Our vines have tender, strategically placed grapes.

It’s always a good time for it to feel like 75ºF.

Kermit the Clock

All heckling has been temporarily suspended.

The Chinese Theatre

where memories of the Great Movie Ride will linger even as we eventually ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad.


I didn’t sail today, but I do like this show.

Coming June 30, 2019

and hoping there will be a Passholder Preview!

Toy Story Land

From expert to beginner, everyone’s a winner! Especially if they’ve just been through the two-hour standby queue.

Toy Story Mania!

A rocket and a match? I’m in!

monkeys from a barrel

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

All aboard the merchandise train!

Minnie & Mickey on a handcar

The Rise of Disney Marketing

Circus Dining Car

back on Sunset Boulevard

The Hollywood Brown Derby

As I looked over from my Famous Cobb Salad, I observed Cast Member Ethan expertly crafting a sparkly surprise welcome for some guests.

hidden mickey in plain sight

The Beverly Sunset

The Sweet Spells candy shop has been closed to make room for TonkaTruckloads of Toy Story merchandise in anticipation of the new land. I still wax nostalgic for its glory days as Villains in Vogue.

just out on the street…

trolley car stop

…a streetcar named Sunset Blvd.

How did I not know (or how had I forgotten) that Fantasmic! was sponsored by Pop Secret™?

What I am trying to achieve:

Victory with Vegetables

Once Upon a Time there was the Carthay Circle.

back on Hollywood Boulevard, Keystone Clothiers

Winning the coveted Blue Sphere for Best Floral Gown.

porcelain (I presume) fashion model

On a scarf.

Minnie Mouse, that is

That moment when you realize you’ve used too much product.

ill-fitting hat

In a window at Mickey’s of Hollywood

Admit one to the Roxy Theatre.

Daisy Duck's Box Office

This is where we came in. And where we go out.

Crossroads of the World


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Not the Fruit-Flavored Drink

Epcot • Animal Kingdom Lodge
Friday 13 April 2018

Flowery & Gardeny Feels

Donald & Nephews Topiaries

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

You knew that fish live in igloos, right?


The fish the astronauts took with them into space:

Yellow Tang

Elsewhere in Future World

Profiles in ducks and chipmunks.

Daisy, Chip, Dale

“The glass pyramids are the gateway to your Journey Into Imagination.”

Ever since he planted flowers on his roof, Jock receives many more visitors than he used to.


Concrete Block Planters

World Showcase


When a slipper becomes self-conscious about its figure.


He used to be in the Bijutsu-Kan Gallery where the Kawaii exhibit is currently located. Now he looms over the new picnic area by Katsura Grill, silently judging your food choices.


Ja, es war zwanzig nach zwei, als ich dieses Foto machte.

Sharply accessorized Ritter in glänzender Rüstung.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

From out on the savannah, I receive a reminder of my own upcoming feeding time at Boma: Flavors of Africa.


Shrimp, Salad, Asparagus

and Omega.

Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Melon, Pineapple, Grapes

…and Good Night, Animal Kingdom Lodge!

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Sunny and Comfy in the Magic Kingdom

Wednesday 11 April 2018
the high today: 76ºF

Splash Mountain Menace

Brers Fox & Bear

Happy Conclusion


Expansion of outdoor seating at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café continues.

for your future enjoyment

On display and for sale in Memento Mori:

Haunted Mansion + Big-Ass Moon

Harbour gear lying around outside Columbia Harbour House.

This young man is about to dispatch us right into the small world.

These are the saucy soubrettes you’ve been looking for.

Curly-toed slippers.

Adjacent to Sir Mickey’s in Fantasyland.

It’s pretty exclusive.

Pathetic Smee ONLY

How does Tink do it?

Wrong-Way Smee

How we trudge.

Princess Aurora has shopping suggestions for you at Uptown Jewelers.

You can place a call, I suppose, in Le Chapeau, but you may not like what you don’t hear.

In the Main Street Railroad Station, the orchestrion is also out of order.

Resting and lying around the Haunted Mansion.


Prepare for Soarin’ Over Adventureland.

Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Adventurous décor in the Zanzibar Bazaar.

In the Emporium. It’s not yet time to spend $39.99.

Quarter til six

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Thursday’s Buffet

Thursday 29 March 2018
Epcot • Cape May Café

at 4:28 pm, 92ºF feels like 95ºF

Fountain of Nations

Thistle into Imagination

Just a figment of your monorail

Monorail into Imagination

The wonderful thing about him is he is the only one.

Tigger topiary

Always stop for the view of Morocco on your way to the International Gateway.

The area where the tram station used to be is all enclosed with We-Are-Refurbishing-This-Area-For-Your-Future-Enjoyment walls. Artist’s conceptions of what will one day be in this spot:

Skyliner Station

also the Skyliner Station

Skyliner Routes

On the way to the Yacht Club

Crescent Lake, Swolphin

At the Yacht Club

Of course my living room is equipped with a hand sanitizer dispenser.

Yacht Club Lobby

EasTinker Bell

Tink in an Easter Egg

Once upon a time, there was a restaurant known as Ariel’s.

At the Beach Club. Yes, he has a sand castle too.

Mickey at the ramparts

Beach Club Orchids

Whimsical Display of Easter Eggs

Neverland in an egg

Remember when you used to write them and put them in one of these?

Letter Box

Sofa so good

Entrance to Beach Club Lobby

Dinner this evening is at

Cape May Café

This is just the beginning. I’ll spare you the rest.

it's just food

Back at the UK Pavilion, inimical topiaries.

Captain Hook & Peter Pan

Goodnight, Epcot

Flower & Garden Festival 2018

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Dinner at Grandma Flo’s

Tuesday 27 March 2018
Magic Kingdom • Grand Floridian

At 12:47 p.m., the Kingdom feels deserted.

Main Street Square

Tiki tops ‘n’ tower.


Arboreal Abode.

Swiss Family Treehouse

Memo from the Commander.

Contact me immediately

Howdy, Big Al!

Country Bear Big Al

His woman ain’t pretty, but she don’t swear none.

Liver Lips McGraw

To keep your mind off the recently vermin-infested Hall of Presidents, there are muppets in the area.

Great Moments in American History

Sam is ready for his close-up.

Same Eagle


Three muppets at windows

Welcome, foolish mortals…

Haunted Mansion

…beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

Three who want a ride

Signs along the Main Street Bypass

Lucky's Livery & Boarding

Blue Ribbon Ice Company

River Excursions

Festival of Fantasy – Favorite Float

Peter & Wendy aboard the Jolly Roger

At Grandma Flo’s Grandiose Resort

Grand Floridian

Macchina aerostatica di F. Carmine – 1788

Have a swingin’ Easter!

grandiose egg

Everybody wants to be a cat.

aristocatic egg

At the Grand Floridian Café: Appetizer 1 + Appetizer 2 = Dinner. Pear Salad, Shrimp Cocktail.


Back at the Magic Kingdom… Tumbleweed: Dried Out.

the little town of Tumbleweed

Splash Mountain is for the birds.


Prepare to lose your traction on a slippery surface.

Slippin' Falls

Gone for good.

Brer Rabbit ready to head out

Well,  not really for good…

Welcome Home, Brer Rabbit

Ladies of Zip-A-Dee

Zip-A-Dee Lady

Good night, Magic Kingdom

Main Street Railroad Station

Electrical Water Pageant


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Two-Park Hop

Thursday 22 March 2018 • Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Black Swan

Roseate Spoonbill


Some of the flora in the Valley of Mo’ara is decidedly terrestrial.

Pandora flora

Mobile-ordered lunch at Satu’li Canteen:  Panko Breaded Sustainable Fish topped with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Boba Balls served here with Hearty Salad and Green Onion Vinaigrette.

Sustainable Fish Bowl

On the path from Africa to Asia, the obligatory Tree of Life shot.

Tree of Life

I don’t know if it will still be called the Caravan Stage. But re-imaginating on it continues, and it will look quite different from how it did when it housed Flights of Wonder.

Caravan Stage

UP! A Great Bird Adventure is scheduled to open here on 22 April 2018.

also Caravan Stage


on an Asian cart

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Without apprehension.

Please apprehend

Monkeys don’t always turn their backs to me, but when they do, it’s because I’m taking a picture of them.

cheeky monkey

How to monitor a tree.

Tree Monitor

The assurances continue.

You will be very safe.

For sale by owner.

real estate in hand

The quick and the merely napping.

do not disturb

Don’t look too close.

because Junior is urinating

Table for two.

Victoria Crowned Pigeons

Leaves of modesty.

bird at foot of statue

is it just me or is it yellow up here?


Are we there yeti?

colorful boat

Basically where we are these days.

Chester & Hester's

DinoRama! Welcome!

American Crocodile

Thursday 22 March 2018 • Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain with work lights on.

roller coaster in the dark without the dark

What’s going on inside that thing?

at the Tomorrowland Salon


inside that thing

At 5:00 p.m. is the flag retreat. Then the Main Street Philharmonic retreats.

a marching band, marching

At the Contemporary to see some pirates. One in his corruptible, mortal state…

Pirate of the Contemporary

…and one that has already morted and corrupted.

Skeletal Pirate of the Contemporary

Taking the next bus to the Animal Kingdom. Because that’s where I’m parked.

Next Bus Board

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