Happy Birthday, Donald Duck!
“Donald Duck made his debut in this fable about a mother hen who needs help planting corn and harvesting it. When Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, sole members of the Idle Hour Club, refuse, she does it herself with the help of her chicks. When all is finished, and various types of corn delicacies are on the table, Donald and Peter, now interested, are not invited.” (D23)
Rémy is coming to France.
C’est paisible au Canada.
Skyliner is coming to International Gateway.
Printemps en France.
Primavera en México.
Boa de plumas rojas.
Fajín rojo para él.
Amarillo rico, suave…
En la Tienda Encantada:
Almira Gulch en regiones mas allá?
You’re telling me…
Before leaving Epcot for a while, I enjoy a lunch of Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken in the Liberty Inn adjacent to the American Adventure.
What I do not enjoy so much is the sight of the lady at the table next to mine flossing her teeth. No photograph of that. You’re welcome.
The Friendships are serving only Epcot and the hotels currently, not the Studios, since one of the bridges is being worked on…
…so my plan is to walk to the BoardWalk
and take the bus across the street from there to the Studios.
But it’s hot, so first a trip upstairs for a cool Belle Vue break in the lounge of that name.
Did I mention it’s hot? That’s why I am photographing the flora from inside.
Refreshed in the lounge and relieved in the restroom, I proceed to the bus stop. During that stroll I witness another one of my least favorite sights: the child picking his nose and eating his findings. No photograph of that, either. You’re welcome.
Skyliner is coming to the Studios.
I don’t spend a lot of time here; the 90-plus temps are getting to me and I don’t want to exacerbate my dermatitis-ridden cheekbones any more than I have to.
On the monorail back to Epcot, where I am parked in
we observe that Ellen’s replacements are coming to Future World.
A light rain has begun when I board the parking lot tram. Seconds after I get in the car, the downpour escalates to Level Bodacious and stays there for about a third of my drive home.
All is dry for the remainder of the journey, but mere seconds after I am safely within the apartment, the second wave arrives and this is how it looks out my window:
You have to get here early to see Main Street Square like this.
If you open City Hall, the uninformed will come, eventually.
At 8:10 a.m. people head up Main Street USA to be held at the hub until official opening at 9.
While waiting for the Harmony Barber Shop to open at 9, I wander through
which is domed.
Emporium Indoor Décorium:
Emporium Outdoor Décorium (display windows, that is):
The brain that is divided into several parts will display its hand thusly
Books, rope, ring… You figure it out.
Sailing to Sønderjylland.
Chips ‘n’ Dales on the 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.
Looking eastward in the waiting room, waiting for crowds of passengers.
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.
Speaking of the Corner’s outdoor seating, it obviously isn’t lunch time yet. On a rainy day.
You know you want to ride.
For whatever reason, there are some guests who just refuse to purchase the lovely nine-dollar Disney rain ponchos.
Frame it in soft focus with flowers.
Or frame it in wrought iron. Or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
On the way in…
…and on the way out. Rest in Pieces.
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.
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…
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Tuesday 17 April 2018
The Disney Skyliner continues to pile on pylons.
A beautiful morning on Hollywood Boulevard.
Art Deco goodness of Hollywoodland.
And the Spanish Revivalism of same.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tamed-down 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.
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.
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.
and hoping there will be a Passholder Preview!
From expert to beginner, everyone’s a winner! Especially if they’ve just been through the two-hour standby queue.
A rocket and a match? I’m in!
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream
All aboard the merchandise train!
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.
The Beverly Sunset
just out on the street…
…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:
Once Upon a Time there was the Carthay Circle.
back on Hollywood Boulevard, Keystone Clothiers
Winning the coveted Blue Sphere for Best Floral Gown.
On a scarf.
That moment when you realize you’ve used too much product.
In a window at Mickey’s of Hollywood
Admit one to the Roxy Theatre.
This is where we came in. And where we go out.
Epcot • Animal Kingdom Lodge
Friday 13 April 2018
Flowery & Gardeny Feels
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
You knew that fish live in igloos, right?
The fish the astronauts took with them into space:
Elsewhere in Future World
Profiles in ducks and chipmunks.
“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.
When a slipper becomes self-conscious about its figure.
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.
…and Good Night, Animal Kingdom Lodge!