We’ve had several months to get over the shock of the complete reimagination of the World of Disney shop at Disney Springs. Yes, many of us feel that a bit of our childhood is gone with the absence of so many of our favorite characters in this huge shopping oasis. I, myself, had to take a picture of the Genie dressed as a tourist, every time we were shopping. Take heart. All is not lost. Yet again, Disney has showed us their infinite wisdom in this new streamlined design. It doesn’t feel as crowded or as overstimulating. Items are easier to find and it feels like guest traffic flow is better.
Our favorite characters are back, but not at neck-breaking heights as they were before. So many wonderful digital and artful touches that make you feel like you, yourself have stepped into a Disney animated production. You see art supplies, paint colors, pencil sketches, posters and more.
My absolute favorite part of this reimagined space, is at the checkout. As you head to finalize your purchases, you feel as if you just stepped into the Walt Disney Studios, back in the days when hand drawn animation was king. I love seeing all of the sketches, the counters that are made to look like the animator’s desks, the filing drawers, the photos, display art and much more.
Disney Imagineers and designers did an amazing job paying tribute to those who brought us so many of our favorite characters many years ago. Above, you can see the filing drawers labeled with the names of films created by Disney’s Nine Old Men. It’s truly a joy to look around and see all of the special touches that might have been missed by those in a hurry, or those simply unaware of who these animation giants were.
This unassuming bulletin board, pays homage to Disney’s Nine Old Men. I have to admit that I became very excited and giddy when I first spotted it. Who are they? Well, I’m glad you asked… here’s a bit of Disney history…
Disney’s Nine Old Men, were Walt Disney Production’s core group of animators. The play on words here is that many of them were in their twenties when they first were hired and Walt still called them old men. This eclectic group, worked during the golden era of the studios on animated features from Steamboat Willie (Les Clark was the only one of the Nine Old Men to work with Ub Iwerks on the origins of Mickey, himself) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs all the way to The Rescuers! That’s almost 40 years of animation!
Disney’s Nine Old Men were… Les Clark, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsberry and Wolfgang Reitherman.
Sadly, all nine of these talented animators are now deceased. They sure left us with some amazing memories with all of the productions they worked on. I applaud Disney for taking us back to their roots and showcasing some of the art of this talented group.
Here are a few more examples, at check out, of the sketches, that were most likely ready for their pencil test, back in the day.
During your next Disney vacation, where it be at Walt Disney World, Disneyland or even one of Disney’s Beach Resorts, always keep your eyes open for Disney magic. If you need an experienced Travel Planner to make sure you don’t miss little surprises like these, contact us today! The Good Vibe Travel Girls have been booking Disney vacations for 12 years. 🌟 That’s a lot of Disney trips and experience!
Wishing you Good Vibes and Disney Rides, Darcie
We’re in the Endgame now.
The time has come. The end is upon us. Will the universe be left ripped in half by the snap of a mad Titan or will it be avenged?
Marvel fans Assemble!!! The movie we have been waiting on is upon us! The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 is complete! 22 films to tell the twisted tale of a mad Titan’s dream and the mighty heroes destined to stop him. Last month, I challenged each you to take up your shield and hammer and forge forward with me on a quest to watch all 21 movies in 30 days! How many of you made it? I can proudly say, I DID IT! Granted I had the help of some unexpected downtime, thanks to a bout with the flu and a stomach virus…(not sure it was worth it?!?!) As I’ve stated in my previous blog posts, I always do my best to go into a movie without any expectations. I won’t lie, I failed miserably on this one! There has been so much hype about this film, from commercials, teasers, trailers, talk show hosts (if you haven’t seen the amazing We Didn’t Start the Fire by the Avengers from Jimmy Fallon, you are missing out!) and within my own mind. I can honestly say, I’ve never been so excited to see a movie. Now, I’ve been a Star Wars fan for almost my entire life, but it doesn’t compare to this. There have been several EPIC tales told through movies and television (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and I’ll even throw in Harry Potter) None of them come close to the level that Marvel and Disney has done with the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). So I am going to forgive myself and allow the expectation to blossom and grow in anticipation of this movie. I think the story deserves it. I think the fans deserve it.
And did they deliver? Absolutely!!! I was utterly and completely blown away. This movie exceeded all expectations and was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. A friend of ours, who is not a Marvel fan, walked out of the movie theater talking about how awesome it was!
So here is my **NO SPOILER REVIEW**
From the opening scenes to the closing credits, you could feel the emotion put forth by the actors, the writers, and the director. The movie had an overall feel that is hard to express in words. I laughed and I cried. There was such a wide range of emotion while watching the movie. The buildup of a scene, the significance of an event, and the raw passion from everyone involved could be felt throughout. I went into the movie spoiler free. I avoided a lot of social media to keep some idiotic keyboard cowboy from performing an act of cyber-bullying and getting their kicks off by ruining the movie. It was hard, but it was worth it! Luckily a friend of ours shot me a text message to let me know the 1pm showing was sold out. We were going to the 4pm show. I rushed to the Study of our house and got on the laptop. YES! There were still tickets available online. It was 12:45. Literally 5 mins after I had purchased our tickets, I opened ths website back up and the 4pm show was sold out. With our 9 tickets in hand (Thank you ONLINE Sales!) I still got the theater an hour early, just in case there was a line. I prepared for this movie. Let’s not fool ourselves, the older we get the harder it is to go 3 hours without a bathroom break. I actually stopped drinking any fluids 4 hours before going into the movie so I could make the full run time. I am pleased to say I made it! There are several articles out explaining (mostly spoiler free) times to make a bathroom run. I must disagree with them. To me, this film needs to be watched in its entirety. Every scene has meaning. It may not be a direct plot supporter or a moment of significance explaining the meaning of something, but it has value. Every scene has something. The majority of people in the audience could sense it as well. As I said the viewing we attended was a sold out show. The theater was packed. There were moments you could hear a pin drop. For almost 3 hours, a room full of strangers were on a journey together. A journey masterly conceived, well written, well directed, and acted out to perfection. I hope there was a showing in Heaven and Stan Lee had a front row seat. Thank you Stan.
Did you know that deep in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland there is a well-loved alien lounge singer? Yes! Sonny Eclipse, an Audio-Animatronic, corny-joke telling, Astro Organ playing Lounge Lizard, performs at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe everyday (and night)!
Sonny Eclipse performs 8 out-of-this-world original songs during his 25 minute sets in the Starlight Lounge room in the back of Cosmic Ray’s quick service restaurant. This is a great place to have a quick lunch or a quick dinner and enjoy some downtime.
We’ve had some great burgers here (the angus bacon cheeseburger, to be specific) great pulled pork sandwich, delicious macaroni and cheese and an amazing toppings bar. It’s a favorite among our family, not only for the burgers, but for Sonny’s show! We may know it by heart, but it’s still a must-do for us on every trip.
You can order via mobile ordering which helps during busy times. They also work very well with those of us who have food allergies. Check out Disney’s website for more info.
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