At 10:01 a.m. on Wednesday 10 May 2017, at the Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom…
…I am wishing that jackasses wouldn’t leave dirty diapers lying around just a few feet away from restrooms with trash receptacles and changing tables.
What the hell is wrong with these people? *Sigh*
Over on Main Street, the horse-drawn trolley leads a protest march against diaper litter.
And what kind of Emporium would it be if it weren’t hiding behind scrim?
Main Street Confectionery confections–for illustrative purposes only, of course.
In Main Street’s Uptown Jewelers, I presume that this is the original proprietress of the establishment.
And I doubt she would have approved of the Pandora takeover.
Flora just outside Crystal Arts.
This is apparently an obligatory photo stop for me on the way from Main Street to Tomorrowland via the Tomorrowland Terrace.
It’s not getting any cooler at 11:00 a.m. as we enter the sharp pointy place that is Tomorrowland.
The appeal of Rabbit‘s produce in the standby queue for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland.
í Éire domhan beag — you know it’s true.
“ellos son gigantes; y si tienes miedo quítate de ahí, y ponte en oración en el espacio que yo voy a entrar con ellos en fiera y desigual batalla”
The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,
Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes.
From a window in Columbia Harbour House (where I indulge in my favorite shrimp platter with green beans because they have no broccoli), a glimpse of Big Thunder Mountain.
“We have nine hundred ninety-nine happy haunts here, but there’s room for a thousand. Any volunteers?”
Disney’s Pretentious Floridian Resort & Spa is a fine place to relax and recharge one’s phone in conditioned air when theme park temperatures reach the Fahrenheit Nineties.
They’ve got your bath salts if you can fit into the tub.
At Commander Porter’s: for the discerning gentleman with thirty-seven dollars burning a hole in his pocket, Disney’s
offers this Wildest Ride in the Wilderness t-shirt. So wild you’re liable to lose your head, it would seem.
There’s something goofy about photographing the Floridian Floors.
But really, the best thing this joint has going for it…
…is these guys.
Coming or going, I don’t remember.
Okay, one reason I am in the Magic Kingdom today besides the haircut is to bid farewell to that “magical gathering of Disney dreams,” Wishes. Actually tomorrow the 11th of May is the date of its final performance, but I figure crowds will be even worse then.
There’s commemorative merch, of course,
but I remain immune to its appeal.
I’ve seen Wishes many times over the years, but it’s been quite a while since the last time. Speaking of time, by the time I return to the Magic Kingdom after my break at Grandma Flo’s and a margarita at the Contemporary’s Outer Rim, the front of the park is a complete fustercluck. So I withdraw to Tomorrowland, whence I have often viewed the fireworks. There’s even a comfy chair for me so I don’t have to stand through the whole spasm.
My iPhone is really not very good at fireworks:
So I leave you with this video that someone with a better spot and a better camera has posted…
…and this reminder that on Friday 12 May 2017 is the scheduled debut of Wishes’ replacement, Happily Ever After.
Adriana Caselotti, 6 May 1916 – 18 January 1997
Adriana Caselotti never lost her sense of fun and enthusiasm for the Disney character she played in 1937—Snow White. At the drop of a hat, Disney’s first ingenue of the animated screen would burst into a chorus of the songs that made her famous: “I’m Wishing,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” and “Whistle While You Work.” At home in Los Angeles, she proudly displayed a “wishing well” on her front lawn. Reportedly, Adriana remembered every line, verse, and nuance of her most famous role.
As she recalled in 1987, “I’d never worked in show business before (Snow White). I feel very blessed. Not everyone gets the chance to be part of a genuine classic like Snow White.”
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on May 6, 1916, Adriana was born into a musical family and began to sing almost before she could talk. Her father, Guido, taught music in New York, while her mother, Maria, had performed at the Royal Opera in London. Her sister, Louise, was a famous opera singer and teacher of Maria Callas.
Adriana was educated at an Italian convent, San Getulio, near Rome, while her mother performed in the Opera. After returning to the United States, she studied singing with her father. She was 18 when her father received a phone call from a Disney casting director, inquiring if any of his students might have a suitable voice for the lead female role in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. More than 150 girls had already auditioned for the part, including Deanna Durbin, but Walt Disney still had not found the right voice.
After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Adriana went on to make radio guest appearances in New York and Hollywood. She played bit parts in several movies, including The Wizard of Oz, and later authored a “how-to” book, “Do You Like to Sing?”
Over the years and many reissues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including its 50th Anniversary re-release in 1987, Adriana actively participated in publicity events and television specials celebrating the famous film. Infinitely proud of her contribution to Disney’s legacy, she told a reporter in 1995, “I know that my voice will never die.”
aired on The Magical World of Disney on 6 May 1990
View the program on DailyMotion.com in 6 parts.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 9:12 a.m. on Thursday 4 May 2017
“The Finest Property in Southern California” in Central Florida…
Dream Homes in Dream Land
For the first time ever, I enter the Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the former home of The Magic of Disney Animation.
Although I do recognize the Millennium Falcon…
I’m pretty ignorant of things Star Wars past the first three original movies, so I basically have no idea what I’m looking at in the Gallery.
While I am wandering around I nearly get arrested for being so ignorant.
This must belong to a galactic biker.
Outer space drama…
…followed by under the sea drama.
Mouse About Town on Sunset Boulevard.
Too early for a hot fudge sundae, but behold the Scooper of Hollywood.
At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you hop out of bed in the morning and rush to the window to have a look at the World and–oh, hello.
On the way to Epcot’s International Gateway therefrom, the obligatory look over a trash can across the beach and Crescent Lake at the Walt Disney World Swan.
Epcot on Thursday afternoon 4 May 2017
Being a child of the Year of the Dragon, I name this my favorite of China’s Flower and Garden Festival topiaries.
I don’t know if this is a leftover from the Easter egg hunt or part of some Flower & Garden Festival scavenging thing.
Anyway, by 1:49 p.m. it’s way too hot under the black t-shirt I have so cleverly chosen to wear today
as I take the final photo of the day admiring floating flowers and imaginative pyramids.