Animal Kingdom – 8 January 2019

on this day in 1936

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Some World Showcase Briefly

Torii gate, Japan Pavilion

Il tempo a Venezia: nuvoloso e ombroso.

make-believe Venice

The best pyramid in the World.

Don’t try this at home.

Zé Carioca being reckless with his guitar

Panchito: «¡Donald, dónde estás?»

Panchito: "Donald, where are you?"

Aboard the search serape.

airborne, looking for Donald

A Donald le gustan los sombreros.

trying on sombreros

La búsqueda continúa.

the search continues

Donald prepares to ascend

Winged wonders.

Ángel de la Independencia

Fiesta, pero ¿Cuándo?

Fiesta ¡HOY!

¿Tiene caramelos en el trasero?

does he have candy in his butt?

Este no es el pato que están buscando.

not the duck they're looking for

Nos despedimos de México.

We say goodbye to Mexico.

One day there may be a Disney Skyliner station at Epcot’s International Gateway.

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Monday 22 October 2018

at Walt Disney World

the approach on the ferry

A beautiful day. Dare we say that fall has begun in Central Florida?

Main Street Square

City Hall

Cinderella Castle

Entrance to Adventureland

If you lived in Adventureland, you’d be home now.

In the words of Franz Robinson…

Treehouse of the Swiss Family Robinson

The organ in the parlor is stuck on the Swisskapolka.

Swiss Family Treeparlor

But there is a fine view of Space Mountain from here.

Perhaps more congruently, from mom and pop’s bedroom,

…the view is more of a Tiki thing.

The Crow's Nest: Fritz, Ernst, Francis - their room

Three crows, two hammocks. Two slept while the third kept watch, of course.

Watch over Splash Mountain, that is.

The library, which every treehouse has these days.

"Our kitchen and dining room"

Be amazed by the Swiss family system for running water.

The organ survived the wreck intact but not, alas, the dishes…

After ascending to the top and descending back down to the bottom, have a seat and a grape.

the Disney movie on the IMDb • Johann David Wyss • the novel on Project Gutenberg
UndercoverTourist “Secret History”

Faces of Adventureland.

Leave us take a boat over to Bay Lake

( on the way therepassing the Contemporary )

where wilderness welcomes us.

Welcome to Fort Wilderness

From there, leave us hit the trail.

walking, waddling, whatever

At the end of which are flowers.


Wilderness Lodge

In a window of Wilderness Mercantile, Donald says it with flowers.

Donald & Daisy

Once inside the lobby, therapy is available.

in the form of a rocking chair

Lunch at Roaring Fork. Wilderness Salad, of course.

Then on to the obligatory lobby photos.

Ancestor of Sam Eagle.

Fireplace and rocking chairs

and beyond.

Swimming pool and no-swimming pool (Bay Lake)

cascading waters

Leave us now take a bus to Disney Springs, to tour the recently reimagined

World of Disney

which is pretty much the same as the earlier World of Disney minus the charm and whimsy of the décor.

Although there is some covetable merchandise.

Haunted Mansion bookends

Leave us now take a bus to Disney’s Grandiose Floridian Resort and Spa, where a reservation is rarely necessary at the Café.

Grand Floridian Café

Negroni + Appetizer A (Shrimp Cocktail) + Appetizer B (Mushroom Soup) = Dinner.

Leave us now take the boat from the Grand Floridian back to the Magic Kingdom (with a stop at the Polynesian). On the way, this cycle’s final waxing gibbous shines on the Contemporary.

Main Street Railroad Station at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom

The clogging of Main Street USA as seen from the railroad station.

I have been pretty peripatetic today, so after some wandering around and a grand circle tour of Tomorrowland on the PeopleMover, (you know the drill)

[…] take the ferry back to the Transportation and Ticket Center where the automobile awaits the drive home. During the voyage, a look back at where we have been.


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On Friday We Go to the World

at Disney's Animal Kingdom

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”


Shade is good.

Reeves's Muntjac

Morning of the iguana.

Yes, iguana.

Ducks of the Oasis

That's right. Ducks.

click here for video

Hard to believe that it’s been twenty years already…

20 Years of the Animal Kingdom

A marsupial moment.


click here for kangaroo clip

“My bill has a yellow saddle.”

Saddle-Billed Stork

Padded river.

African Crested Porcupine

Quill you have a drink with me?

sippin' rodent

click here for porcupine clip

Giant Galápagos Tortoise


Click here for galloping galápagos.

More river padding.


A bird and a bug. On the Tree of Life.

Vermilingua, a profile.

that's an anteater, to you

Imagineer Joe Rohde: “In the beginning. The Tree of Life would sit about right here. From a site walk in 1991. Happy Birthday to Animal Kingdom.”

The Tree of Life

Click here for Tree of Life and falling water.

A bridge to Africa.

Yes, a bridge. Between Discovery Island and Africa.

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Trying to cut back on the fire-breathing thing.

Komodo Dragon

Macaca silenus.

macaque with arms up

“I’m the Tree Monitor. I’ll need to see your tree pass.”

I really am the Tree Monitor.

Click here if you want to monitor him.

Save Our Bats

Fruit Bat

Here's what you can do

Fruit Bat, another

“Where is my cylinder?”

when there's a tiger at the window

“Found it.”

everybody but tigers out of the pool

“On Friday we wear stripes.”

how do they get their stripes?

Click here for the chin rub. And here for the walkabout.

it's a bird

Rock that crown, Victoria.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Lunch at Sebastian's Bistro

The resort has recently undergone a major overhaul. The restaurant has been open just about a week.

Crab Cake. With Watercress Salad and Herb Mayonnaise.

What I said. A crab cake.

Jerk Chicken Salad. With Black Beans and Rice and Marinated Vegetable Ribbons.

As indicated above.

at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

The view of what will eventually be Disney’s Riviera Resort is currently quite unlovely.

you know what this is

Here’s what will eventually be the Disney Skyliner Station.

a look at Disney Skyliner

Take aim, fire at will, down a gondola and win a prize!

fire a cannon at a gondola, win a prize

The official flag of the resort, naturally.

it's a jolly roger

In case of actual Skyliner opening, just peel for directions.

I am here; which way to the Skyliner?

Last one.

is that a lighthouse?

at the Magic Kingdom

and I say to myself, “it’s a wonderful time not to be in the standby queue for Splash Mountain.”

how do you get in a standby line?

Given the opportunity, I will never not photograph Beacon Joe.

at Alligator Swamp

Click here for teepees.

When your trunk runs into your peanuts.

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station

Don’t even try to get in there and drive that locomotive yourself.

Casey Jr Circus Train

I’ll be in my trailer.

Clowns: the trailer

It has its devotees, obviously, but the Tomorrowland Speedway remains firmly in place as my least favorite Walt Disney World distraction. Of course, all those people in line for it are people who are not in line in front of me at an attraction I like, so… speed on, people! (While the speeding is good)

Another in the Articles-of-Clothing-That-Should-Be-Available-in-Adult-Sizes-But-Aren’t series:

Welcome, foolish mortals

Why is there a bust of Maurice Chevalier on display in the Emporium?

a bust on display in the Emporium

Maurice Chevalier

that's all - time to go home

Click here to take the monorail out of here.

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Hours That Are After

After Hours at the Magic Kingdom - 30 Aug 2018

Thank goodness I am not too late to see some Halloween shop window décor.

Minnie in a Jack-O-Lantern

Stitch's Loyal Jack-O-Lantern

Uptown Jeweler balloons

Tilted, ergo artistic.

Cinderella Castle

Tomorrowland by day:

Tomorrowland After Hours:

Currently Tomorrowland is all about the Incredibles.

Stitch has greatly escaped, presumably to the same galaxy where Chairman Clench, S.I.R.Skippy, the Mars Missionaries and the To the Moon Fliers  are exiled.

Former home of XS Tech

Astro Orbiter

Some Happily Ever After viewed from off to the (west) side:

Not gonna stand in one spot for an hour or more in order to get the full frontal symmetrical view.

Shall I whirl ’til I hurl? (Note that the fellow in the green T-shirt and his daughter rode once while I was watching from the sidelines and again when I took my place in a tea cup. And he was making sure they had a very swirling good time.)

As I pause in the almost non-existent queue for the Haunted Mansion, I gaze out on the river where the Liberty Belle is not currently plying the waters because said river has been drained.

They put up dams in order to drain the river in sections. Running through the middle there is the I-beam that “steers” the paddle steamer. This refurbishment project has been going on since January and no completion date has been announced. The Liberty Square Riverboat is one of my favorites and I hope I live long enough to experience it once again…

Later, I have a boat all to myself as I set off to discover that the world is still small after all. No-one will judge you if you decide to join me on the happiest cruise that ever sailed. Or if you decide not to either.

All photos taken on Peter Pan’s Flight tonight are a blur. But I do talk to the Croc as I exit.

But you never smile at a crocodile.

I like the back of Cinderella Castle as much as the front.

Last look at the front thereof before exiting the park.

This took place several minutes past the official end of After Hours at midnight. The monorail had already turned back into a pumpkin. Fortunately, the Richard Irvine ferry boat back to the Transportation and Ticket Center had not.

Behold Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and Contemporary Resort beneath a waning gibbous as seen from the upper deck.

P.S.: On this date in 1946, Dumb Bell of the Yukon was released!

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Wichi Zoo To Go To

A Visit to the Sedgwick County ZooTuesday 21 August 2018

Zoo Entrance

This is a flamboyance:

a flamboyance of flamingos

This is public transport:

Tram Stop

Alas, we have lost our Marbles.


Marbles (obit)

But others carry on carrying on…


…all the way to the top.

atop a pole

top o' the world, Ma

Apes are artistic.

Ape Art 1

In that abstract kind of way.


Madonna and Child

You found your niche, now lie in it.

reclining on the sill

This way to Down Under

Australia and South America

After all-the-ants-you-care-to-eat time.

napping anteater

There’s usually one napping at the end of a trench at Disney’s Animal Kingdom also.


it's a pink flower

“I’m just resting my eyes…”

it's a zygodactyl

“Wait–did you hear a noise?”

open-eyed member of the Psittacidae family

Heaven, I’m in heaven,
And the cares that hang around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler’s lucky streak
When we’re out together dancing, beak to beak.

These are the tail feathers you’re looking for.

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris.

it's a capybara

They need no introduction.

they're ducks

Further flora.

it's a flower

It’s an anapsid.

this one is a turtle

Further flora some more.

this time they're red

“Color me colorful.”

well, it's another parrot

“Not everyone notices me.”

you only noticed because I posted a close-up

Two, four, six, eight — everyone reticulate!

giraffa reticulata

Two, four, six, eight, everybody pollinate!

bee attentive!

“I have the same number of vertebrae in my neck as you do.”

you're looking at our necks, aren't you?

Further flora some more again.

they're pink and red flowers

That’s all. We didn’t see all of the zoo by any means. But although it was cool and nice when we got there, it got hot and sweaty so we left. Through the gift shop, as signs directed us. Sorry, no merchandise photos this time. Perhaps on my next Wichita expedition.

Sedgwick County Zoo websitezoo map • Location


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Plowin’ and Rymin’ for Double the Trouble

Disney Legend
Herb Ryman

Herb Ryman28 June 1910 – 10 February 1989


imaginating World Showcase

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The Plowboyreleased 28 June 1929

Horace Horsecollar

Mickey in drag

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Bone Troublereleased 28 June 1940

Butch, bone, and Pluto

reflections of intimidation

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Donald’s Double Trouble

Donald's Double Troublereleased 28 June 1946

someone doesn't like what she's hearing

it's not what you think--or is it?

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