A Salute To All Animals But Mainly

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Friday 9 February 2018

Discovering a Discovery Island Restroom window.

Holding up the bones in the boneyard.

Entrance to DinoLand

A big thumbs up for Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama.

Talented triceratops.

Triceratops Spin

This is the famous dino of a different color.

Different because this is how she used to look.

And what she’s reduced to now.


Thank you, Mr Imagination.


Dino-Rama diorama

Smilodon sez have a nice day

Where aren’t fossils the way of life?

Welcome to Diggs County

To be fair, parking has been going up everywhere.

Dino-Rama parking used to be just 50 cents

Meanwhile, in Anandapur…


Lalita Guest Lodge

A peak and prayer flags.

Expedition Everest - Are we there yeti?

Don’t even think about it. But enjoy your tea.

Please don't try to sleep here

just a boat

Discounted lunch is at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, featuring the meerkat moods of Timon.

Timon on the wall

And where someday there may be a Skyliner station.

but it's still under construction

Back at the Animal Kingdom, storks discuss the pros and cons of saddled bills.

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A Sheepish Ghost’s Adventure

Lambert, the Sheepish Lionreleased 8 February 1952

little Lambert

large Lambert

in italiano

en français

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Blackbeard's Ghostreleased 8 February 1968

two different reactions

doing time

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Disney's California Adventureopened 8 February 2001

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Lunch at the Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios - 6 Feb 2018

Arrival is just after 9 a.m. It doesn’t take long to spot the first heart-wrenching display from the Items Observed On Top of Trash Cans Department.

wrench on a trash can

Please keep our city clean.

In the Echo Lake area, a good dose of cinematic references. I came here for the waters… I was misinformed.

shipment to Rick's Café Américan

One day we walked along the sand
One day in early spring
You held a piper in your hand
To mend its broken wing
Now I’ll remember many a day
And many a lonely trek
The echo of a piper’s song
The shadow of a neck.

shadow of Gertie

Seldom open, but still here…

Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction

The view across the lake toward Sunset Boulevard:

On my way to my FastPass+ rendezvous with Star Tours when — uh-oh! Here’s another one.

another Item Observed On Top Of A Trash Can

Disney Princes bow or pin or something

Somewhere a princess wanders without proper ID.

Tour droids! Sheesh!

Grand Avenue continues to lead to a Third Encounter of the Goofy Kind and to what may one day be the Edge of the Galaxy.

I prepare to turn left at Hollywood and Sunset to check in at my favorite hotel…

You know which one that is.

In Tower Hotel Gifts following my drops, I meet a sassy bellhop with whom I bet nobody is going to mess.

Hollywood Golden Age posing:

a mannequin and her faded rose

Where I learned all the latest movie techniques.

Max's Classic Directing Academy

In the forest of misleading umbrellas, uninformed guests wander in search of coffee and restrooms.

Starring Rolls Café

There is no Starring Rolls Café anymore.

In Keystone Clothiers, a holdup is in progress.

Minnie's UltimatumSo what’s it gonna be?

Today’s third FastPass+ is for Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage.

When the Bonjour number ended I went to pause my camera and discovered that I had not been recording anything all that time. Not knowing what the hell I’m doing with that video camera is why here we have only Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast, the finale, and the curtain call.

3:05 is my late lunch time. You know where.

The Hollywood Brown Derby

The best lunch is two appetizers.

First, the Blue Lump Crab Crispy Wonton: Crispy Rice Noodles, Lolla Rosa, Cucumber, Tomato, Ponzu Vinaigrette, Wasabi Aïoli, Piquillo Pepper Sauce

Then, the Famous Cobb Salad with Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing.

Back to Mickey Stage, Row 17, the farthest spot from the tram drop-off point, and the drive home.

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A Friday in the Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom, Friday 2 February 2018the best way to arrive is by ferry

Entrance - Main Street Railroad Station

At 8:39 a.m., only the Main Street USA area is open. Most people are gathering in the hub waiting for “rope drop” at 9 to rush recklessly to their first destination.

Main Street Square

A second-story Emporium window.

George Bruns

Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto are music lovers of the Emporium.

Walt Disney World is littered with skulls.

My first FastPass+ is for the Jungle Cruise. But something not very magical is underway there so I use my Disney-offered alternate at Pirates of the Caribbean.

“Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride.” Human trafficking is just part of the fun.

A glimpse of booty before we disembark.

How grisly is this?

Country Bear Jamboree

In Rapunzel’s Potty Plaza,

I have never seen him perform, although he is prominently advertised.

"because he insisted"“because he insisted”

In spite of the clouds, there’s a nice view from the terrace at Pinocchio’s Village Haus.

a view from the terrace

Little towers of Fantasyland

Somewhere a child wanders unpacified.

pacifier on a trash can

In the Move It Shake It But Don’t Break It Street Party, Mickey exhorts the crowd to “scream and shout–let it all out.”

some mouse or other

“You know what? I don’t think we need a window here after all.”

there is no window here

Sometimes this is as close as you get to Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

seen through the foliage from afar

At the Fantasyland Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad, a look back at where we’ve been.


He wants me to have lunch at Columbia Harbour House. So I do.

what the hell is he holding up?

You mess with the hat, you get blown away.

Donald Duck

The bookend you need but cannot buy for your upside-down books at Bonjour! Village Gifts.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is not to be confused with Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Guess who’s been barnstorming again.

I'll bet it's Goofy

Everyone at Chick-a-Pin Hill knows that Critter-a-Lene is the best laundry soap.

Brer Soap

When in Fussell Springs, you must not fail to sample

Muskrat Moonshine

Look who still gets his milk delivered.

I bet it's B'rer Bear

“How to Catch a Rabbit”

a best-selling how-to

Following the plunge into the Briar Patch, the drive home.

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Olive-pickin’ simians

Monkeys Go Home!released 2 February 1967

Dean Jones & monkey

Yvette Mimieux & monkeys


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Mwisho wa Januari

at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Wednesday 31 January 2018

Following Giraffe Row 49 to Everest

Giraffe Row 49

Following Mr Toad’s Wild Tram Ride, the approach to the bag check:

approach the entrance

Oasis ibis:

ibis at the Oasis

Been eating shrimp?


Pretty Perch

perching macaws

No-one may enter the Animal Kingdom without photographing the Tree of Life.

Tree of Life

Pandora flora in the Valley of Mo’ara

Pandora flora


closer to the flora

You must be this enthusiastic to inhabit Pandora.


Meanwhile, in Harambe behind bars…

a grate view

You bet your Aspro it’s really true medicine.

Aspro is really true medicine

Anything to declare?

Customs & Clearance

It’s artistic because it’s tilted.

leaning tower of Harambe

But don’t even think about parking your livestock in front of this wall.

hakuna ruhusa ya kufunga mifugo mbele ya ukuta huu

Booking Office of the Harambe Train Station. No booking required or possible.

Window Closed x 2

But we can board the

Eastern Star Railway

At the Conservation Station station

Cut it out, gator.

cut-out croc

“This way to my Planet Watch”


They’ve been waiting for us.

at Conservation Station


Home of the Flying Tricycle

airborne with 3 wheels

Back at Harambe, you may need to use the station facilities. Just pick a door and test your pot luck.

vyombo vya stesheni

Just post no bills.

hakuna matangazo

Over in Asia…

the Caravan Stage, former home of Flights of Wonder, is being refurbished for our future enjoyment.

Caravan Stage

Now he’s the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle VIP

King Louie

He really doesn’t wanna be like me, though.

The ever-visible ToL and the Harambe bridge seen from the Asia bridge.

a view from a bridge

I didn’t really feel that much like octopus anyway.

Sorry, not serving at this time

The birds who hang out at Flame Tree BBQ are at their most lovable when you are not trying to eat there.


No-one may visit Flame Tree BBQ without photographing Expedition Everest across the water.

across the water: Expedition Everest

The only thing better than macaws is more macaws.

Scarlet Macaws

Somewhere a wallaby is waiting.


And he can sit there motionless longer than you can stand there waiting for him to do something.

An excellent conclusion to an Animal Kingdom afternoon is a Lamu Libation (Starr African Rum, Cruzan Banana Rum, Guava Purée, with Orange, Lime, and Pineapple Juices topped with Gosling’s 151 Rum) in the Nomad Lounge.

Lamu Libation

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Tired and Sleepy

Donald's Tire Troublereleased 29 January 1943

looks like four flats

Donald lets it get him down

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Sleeping Beautyreleased 29 January 1959

Briar Rose and birds

color controversy

one prince, bound and gagged

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Wondrous to see! Glorious to hear!

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