Friday, July 31, 2015

Flashback Fridays: 15 Years of Magic Parade


Happy Friday! This week for Flashback Friday we Have some Photos my Grandfather took during the 15 Years of Magic Parade which celebrated ... You guessed it Disney Worlds 15 Anniversary. The Parade ran from October of 1986 till September of 1987. I was there too but i was also 3 and believe it or not did not have my first camera yet. Also below is a link to the newest video uploaded to the Manifesting the Magic YouTube page. It's the theme song to this very parade.






Bonus Flashback: Take a look at the Diamond Horseshoe back then so bright and welcoming. Then look at it now. One of the most under utilized spaces in the Magic Kingdom. Hope the show comes back one day.





Thursday, July 30, 2015

On Canvas: Resort Series, The Contemporary Polynesian and The Fort

This is a new series of oil painting effect Photoshop images that I have created. This series is all the resorts of Walt Disney World. There are 22 images in this collection. Over the next several weeks I will release them in the order the resorts were constructed. If anyone is interested in getting a print of any of these, please let me know in the comments below and i will make them available in the Manifesting the Magic store on what ever type of media you prefer.

#1 in the Resort Series. The Contemporary Resort

#2 in the Resort Series. The Polynesian Village Resort

#3 in the Resort Series. Fort Wilderness Campground

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rock n' Roller Coaster is old enough to drive!


Happy sweet sixteen to Rock n' Roller Coaster. opened on July 29th 1999 this thrilling indoor roller coaster takes guest on a ride in a limo threw the street of L.A. on the way to a performance by Areosmith. Wow that sounded corny huh? Well that's what it is a fun corny experience and there's nothing wrong with that. To celebrate I composed a list of facts that are fun i call them fun fact. Hope you enjoy them.


Fun Facts:
  • The attraction is 1 minute and 20 seconds long.
  • The launch at the beginning of the attraction take riders from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds
  • It has three inversions
  • Each train has 120 on board speakers playing the sweet sounds of Aerosmith as you ride.
  • Top speed is 57 mph
  • Ride has 5 trains each identified by its license plate, they are: 1QKLIMO, UGOBABE, BUHBYE, H8TRAFFIC, AND 2FAST4U.
  • There is a 6th limo it comes out when another needs to be refurbished. However it has no plate instead maintenance will swap the plate of the train coming off.
  • In the pre show on screen Joe Perry ask Chris to grab his black Les Paul. In the early years of the attraction they would position a Cast Member in that room just for that line. Then they would grab the guitar take it off stage and after the guest left would bring it back for the next show .
  • This attraction has many Hidden Mickeys one however is a physical effect. in the pre show on the ground a coil of cables makes this Hidden Mickey.

Took this photo with the lights on one day when the attraction 
went down and guest were evacuated. We were at the launch 
but instead of walking us back to the load area we got to walk
through the attraction and leave at the exit.

Food and Wine Festival Update: The 2015 Menus Part 2


As promised part two of the 2015 Food and Wine Festival menus. I don't know about you but part one really had my mouth watering. Lets see what else is on its way this fall at EPCOT. Also look forward to the the next update that will feature the performers for this years Eat to the Beat Concert Series.


Greece
To eat:
–Vegetarian moussaka with Gardein™ sausage crumbles
–Greek salad in a cone
–Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce
–Spanakopita

To drink:
–Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
–Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
–Alpha Estate Axia Syrah Xinomavro
–Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS® Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Hawai’i
To eat:
–Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise*
–Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips

To drink:
–Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave® Golden Ale
–Kona Brewing Company, Pipeline Porter
–Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine
–Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Hops & Barley
To eat:
–New England Lobster Roll
–Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese
–Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

To drink:
–SweetWater Take Two Pils
–Goose Island® Honkers Ale
–Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
–Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA
–La Crema® Chardonnay
–Cambria Estate Winery Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
–Beer Flight (Includes 4, 4 oz. servings)
–SweetWater Take Two Pils
–Goose Island® Honkers Ale
–Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
–Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA

Intermissions Cafe
To eat:
–Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
–Southwest Chicken Wrap
–Tuna Salad with Pita
–Cucumber and Tomato Salad
–Crudité of Carrots, Celery and Broccoli with Creamy Pepper Relish
–Fruit & Cheese Plate
–Side Salad
–Grapes
–Key Lime Pie
–Brownie

To drink:
–Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
–Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
–MARTINI® Prosecco
–Caposaldo Peach Moscato Sweet Sparkling Wine
–Iron Horse Vineyards “Fairy Tale Cuvée” Sparkling Wine
–Presidente Pilsner Beer
–Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
–Assorted soft drinks
–Dasani Water


Ireland
To eat:
–Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie
–Kerrygold® cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig
–Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

To drink:
–Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
–Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
–Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen
–Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur

Italy
To eat:
–Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
–Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread
–Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit

To drink:
–Moretti Lager Beer
–Moretti La Rossa Beer
–Pinot Grigio, Placido
–Corbinello, Montegrande
–Chianti Classico, Placido
–Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
–Prosecco, Bosco del Merlo
–Frozen margarita with limoncello and tequila

Japan
To eat:
–Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce
–Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce
–Miso Udon: steamed shrimp, vegetables, and noodles in a spicy broth

To drink:
–Kirin Draft Beer
–Pineapple Fuzed Sake
–Sake – Komatsu Tateaki Samurai
–Sake – Suigei Drunken Whale

Mexico
To eat:
–Tacos de camarón: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise
–Chilaquiles de pollo: Corn chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream and cilantro
–Pastel de elote con queso: sweet corn cheesecake

To drink:
–Dos Equis Lager Beer with Floater
–Mexican sangria
–Tequila Flight
–Guava margarita


Morocco
To eat:
–Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket
–Harissa chicken roll
–Baklava

To drink:
–Casa Beer
–Guerouane White
–Sangria
–Mimosa Royale

New Zealand
To eat:
–Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs
–Seared venison loin with wild mushroom marsala sauce and kumara dumpling
–Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney

To drink:
–Kim Crawford Pinot Gris
–Brancott Estate® Flight Song™ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
–Kim Crawford Chardonnay
–Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir

Odyssey Coffee Cart
To drink:
–Tropical Delight Mango Smoothie with Coconut Syrup and Grey Goose Vodka

Patagonia
To eat:
–Beef empanada
–Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée
–Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

To drink:
–Undurraga Sparkling Wine Brut
–Calle Ocho Chardonnay
–Kaiken Torrontés
–Terrazas Reserva Malbec


Poland
To eat:
–Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream
–Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash

To drink:
–Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
–Donausonne® Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine
–Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Refreshment Port
To eat:
–Croissant doughnut with cinnamon and sugar
–Dole fruit bowl: choice of pineapple tidbits or mandarin slices
–Fried chicken chunks with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
–Pineapple Dole® Whip soft-serve ice cream
–Pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve ice cream with Bacardí® Coconut Rum

To drink:
–Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

Refreshment Cool Post
To eat:
–spicy hot dogs with kimchi slaw and korean mustard

To drink:
–Mango Star featuring African Starr Rum t
–frozen “Brown Elephant.”

Scotland
To eat:
–Haggis with neeps and tatties: Traditional Haggis with rutabaga and mashed potatoes
–Fresh potato pancake with Scottish smoked salmon and herb sour cream
–Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon
–The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats

To drink:
–Innis & Gunn® CASK OAK Aged Beer*
–Brew Dog Punk Ale
–Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin
–Glenfiddich® Single Malt 12-Year Scotch
–Glenfiddich® Single Malt 15-Year Scotch
–Glenfiddich® Single Malt 18-Year Scotch
–Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch flight (12-, 15- and 18-year)

Showcase Coffee Cart
–Hot, Iced, or Frozen Chai Latte with Grey Goose Vodka or Bailey’s topped with cinnamon and whipped cream

South Korea
To eat:
–Korean Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi
–Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw

To drink:
–iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew
–Myungjak Bokbunja Raspberry Wine
–Soju Banana Milkshake featuring The Ginger People® Ginger Soother®

Sustainable Chew — NEW!
To eat:
–Pork Spareribs with red wine, fennel, and cheesy mascarpone grits
–Ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce
–Vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle

To drink:
–Founders Spectra Trifecta (Chamomile Kolsch)
–Frozen Chew-tini
–Beso Del Sol White Sangria

Test Track Coffee Cart
–Iced Coffee Dream: bold roast coffee, chilled and iced, with light cream, topped with Bailey’s Irish Crème® and whipped cream. Also available hot.

Wine Studio — NEW! 
To eat:
–Trio of artisan cheese
–Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey
–La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin® bread
–Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with berry port compote

To drink:
–Avviato Pinot Grigio, Oregon
–14 Hands Chardonnay, Washington
–Franciscan Equilibrium White Wine, California
–Acacia Pinot Noir, California
–Dry Creek Zinfandel, California
–Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
–Clayhouse Malbec, California
–Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, California


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Food and Wine Festival Update: The 2015 Menus Part 1


It's that time of year again. Time to dust off the bib and do a little dieting cause Food and Wine is just around the corner. This week the menus have been released and guess what they are right here for you to see. The list is so big i'm splitting it into to post so look for part two tomorrow. The new additions are marked and looks like they are all the new Future World stands that are coming this year. They include the Chew Lab and Sustainable Chew. Also the new Wine Studio and Cheese Studio. Let me know what your favorite stand is in the comments below, and happy eating this fall. I'll see you at EPCOT.

Africa
To eat:
–Berbere-style beef tenderloin tips with onions, jalapeños, tomato and pap
–Buttered chicken with micro cilantro and naan bread

To drink:
–Indaba Chenin Blanc
–DeMorgenzon DMZ Cabernet Róse
–Fairview Pinotage
–Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

American Adventure Coffee Cart
To Drink:
–Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset: Frozen Strawberry and lemon, topped with Grey Goose Vodka®


Australia
To eat:
–Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions, and snap peas
–Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies
–Lamington: Yellow cake dipped in chocolate and shredded coconut

To drink:
–Coopers Brewery Extra Strong Vintage Ale
–Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling
–Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay
–Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz

Belgium
To eat:
–Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream
–Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream
–Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream
To drink:
–Hoegaarden®
–Leffe® Blonde
–Palm Spéciale Belge Ale
–Stella Artois® Cidre
–Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
–Beer flight: Hoegaarden®, Palm Amber Ale, Leffe® Blonde and Stella Artois® Cidre

Block & Hans
–Champagne Enchantée Brut, Champagne
–Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
–GoGi Goldie Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills
–Lasseter Family Winery Enjoué Rosé, Sonoma Valley
–Fess Parker Frontier Red, Santa Barbara County
–Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
–Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Brazil
To eat:
–Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One”: layered meat pie with mashed yucca
–Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato
–Pão de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
–Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy

To drink:
–Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
–Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
–Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Brewers Collection
–Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
–Norbertus Special Hefeweizen
–BraufactuM Progusta IPA
–Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix

Bier Flight:
–Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
–Norbertus Special Hefeweizen
–BraufactuM Progusta IPA
–Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix


Canada
To eat:
–Canadian cheddar cheese soup
–Chicken sausage with creamy polenta and Minus 8 onion jam
–“Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce

To drink:
–Moosehead® Lager
–Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine
–Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
–Tawse Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Cheese Studio — NEW! 
To eat:
–Trio of artisan cheese
–Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey
–La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin® bread
–Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with berry port compote
–Sweet goat cheese panna cotta with guava gellé
–Cheese fondue with sourdough bread

To drink:
–Robert Mondavi FuméBlanc
–Still River Winery Apfel Eis (apple ice wine)
–Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Chew Lab — NEW!
To eat:
–Olive oil poached salmon with fresh corn, bacon and pepper jam
–New York strip, parsnip silk, balsamic glaze and arugula foam
–Liquid nitro chocolate almond truffle with warm whiskey caramel

To drink:
–Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
–Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
–Smoking Hibiscus featuring Montelobos® Mezcal Joven


China
To eat:
–Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce
–Gaoli beef slider
–Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles
–Chicken pot stickers

To drink:
–TSINGTAO Beer
–Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
–Ritzy Lychee with cognac and vodka
–Happy Peach with peach liqueur and dark rum
–Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec
–Mango jasmine tea with popping bubbles

Craft Beers
To drink:
–Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
–Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
–Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
–Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
–3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
–Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL
–Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter, Oakland Park, FL
–Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Clearwater, FL

Flight #1: Florida Harvest
–Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
–Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
–Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
–Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL

Flight #2: Craft Beer Lovers
–3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
–Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL
–Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter, Oakland Park, FL
–Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Clearwater, FL

To eat:
–Craft beer snack mix: sweet and savory blend of nuts, fruits, and crackers
–Charcuterie plate: Country pâté, cured meats, and crostini
–Pimento cheese dip with pretzel crisps
–Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail

Desserts & Champagne
To eat:
–Chocolate cherry explosion
–Strawberry-basil champagne “toast”
–Guylian® Belgian chocolate seashell truffles

To drink:
–Nicholas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs
–Möet & Chandon Impérial
–Veuve Clicquot® Ponsardin “Yellow Label”
–Dom Pérignon
–Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial
–Orange Blossom Brewery Toasted Coconut Porter float with caramel ice cream
–Cream soda float with caramel ice cream
–Frozen S’mores featuring Monin® Toasted Marshmallow Syrup


Dominican Republic — Gone Since 2007!
To eat:
–Lechón asado: Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onion and avocado
–Soufflé de yuca: Yuca soufflé topped with griddled cheese
–Pescado con coco: Seared grouper, pigeon peas and rice with coconut sauce
–Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple

To drink:
–Presidente Pilsner Beer
–Frozen Dominican piña colada featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum
–Frozen sugar cane cocktail featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum

Farm Fresh
To eat:
–Loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions
–Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens

To drink:
–Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
–Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
–Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
–ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider
–Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen Wine
–Tom Gore Chardonnay
–Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

Hard cider flight:
–Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
–Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
–Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
–ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider

Fife & Drum Tavern
–Ghirardelli Ice Cream Sundae
–Mmmmhops Pale Ale

France
To eat:
–Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley
–Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes
–Crème brûlée vanille chocolat: Vanilla & chocolate crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar

To drink:
–Beer, Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
–Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, Vielles Vignes Mommessin
–Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
–Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
–Ice Pop Pomme: Apple juice, vodka, and St. Germain liqueur
–La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice


Germany
To eat:
–Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese
–Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll
–Apple strudel with vanilla sauce

To drink:
–J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
–Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
–J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
–Kallstadter Kobnert Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Spätlese Dry

German Riesling flight:
–J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
–Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
–J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese

Monday, July 27, 2015

Electricians Closet: The Wilderness Lodge



Today on the third installment of Electricians Closet we head to the shores of Bay Lake to take a close look at some of the lighting of the Wilderness Lodge. One of the most highly detailed and themed resorts at Walt Disney World, The Lodge resembles the great lodges of the American National Parks. This includes the Old Faithful Inn, where most of  the exterior and lobby get its inspiration. The look will defiantly put you in a place where you wouldn't be shocked to spot a buffalo roaming near the pine trails. But its the lighting that really delivers the final punch to full immersion. 

Animal hide is a recurring theme it makes great lamp shades. Below we see some great examples. From top left going clockwise we have: A hard to spot Chandler in the Wilderness Mercantile shop just off the lobby. Next a floor lamp in a side room off the villa's entryway. One of many wall sconces along the halls of the main building, most have unique paintings on them. And lastly in the lower left we have famous Tepee Chandlers. The sad thing is this is also an example of what the folks at Disney like to call bad show. if you look close enough you'll see that the first tepee's top half is not illuminated... and that makes me sad.



The next example or set of examples of themed lighting I want to show off is the integration of stained glass. It gives almost the same look as hide or canvas but changes it up just enough to add some Art Deco nods of class. Below from left to right: Chandler in Villas hallway, below that a wall sconce in the main guest hallways. The middle we have the Marquee for Artist Point restaurant. And on the right top a lantern from the hall by Artist Point leading to Roaring Fork. Below that a sconce at the Old Faithful Club on the concierge floor.



This next photo shows two more examples of stained glass but here we see how they work to light the room and set the mood. On the left the main room of Artist Point. On the right the seating area in the Golden Spike Room at the Villas.



And lastly today we are going to look at the lighting of the night. All that external lighting that not only helps you see where your going but again sets the mood. This time it sets a mood of relaxation and calming. Taking the pool and courtyard areas from loud and sometimes crazy spaces to one of serenity and even romance.  Below from top left going clockwise: Path lights leading to the small pool, The front of the Lodge. The back of the lodge. Path Lighting on the trail that leads to Fort Wilderness Campground.




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sing Along: Carousel of Progress

Today we have a double dose. both themes from the Carousel of Progress. Great big Beautiful Tomorrow   (the original and current theme) and Best Time of Your Life (the theme from 74 till 94). Best Time of Your Life was added to the attraction on a Request by General Electric. The Sherman Brothers were not to thrilled about it but I'll save that story for another post. Below the lyrics is a link to the Manifesting the Magic YouTube page where I have posted the famous video of the Sherman's and Walt singing Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.



Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow's just a dream away

Man has a dream and that's the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
It's a dream come true for you and me

So there's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away


Best Time of Your Life

Now is the time.  
Now is the best time.  
Now is the best time of your life.

Life is a prize, live every minute.
Open your eyes and watch how you win it.
Yesterday's memories may sparkle and gleam,
tomorrow is still but a dream.
Right here and now,
you've got it made.
The world's forward marching and you're in the parade!

Now is the time.
Now is the best time.
Be it a time of joy or strife.
There's so much to cheer for, be glad you're here.
For it's the best time of your life.




Saturday, July 25, 2015

Photoshop Fun: Some Contemporary Tilt Shift

From the balcony of the forth floor of
the Contemporary Resort.

The Magic Kingdom in the distance.

The Grand Canyon Concourse, 
always bustling with activity.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Making Memories: Goofy About Sports


If your ever Goofing around the All Star
Movies Resort, look for this Star goalie
in the Mighty Ducks area.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Art's Archives: Experimental Prototype Vinyl of Tomorrow



In my Disney collection almost from the day i was born this LP has had hundreds if not thousands of plays over the years. It has even been transferred to cassette tape so I could hear it on my Sony Walkman. And more recently it has been made digital and now rest on my phone. But the original vinyl still gets plenty of play at home.



Side 1

Main Entrance Medley 
(instrumental)

Golden Dream
from The American Adventure in the World Showcase

The Computer Song
from EPCOT Computer Central

Magic Journeys
from Journey into Imagination

Canada (You're A Lifetime Journey)
from Canada in the World Showcase

Side 2

Universe of Energy
from Universe of Energy

Listen To The Land
from The Land

One Little Spark
from Journey into Imagination

It's Fun To Be Free
from World of Motion

Makin' Memories
from Journey into Imagination

Kitchen Kabaret Medley
- Boogi Woogie Bakery Boy - Meat Ditties - Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit
from The Land



Monday, July 20, 2015

We chose to go to the Moon!



46 years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the moon. This moment in history can be argued as the most defining event of the 1960's and maybe the 20th century. More people around the world watched the landing live then any other event. They even watched from Disneyland. 
The crowd watches Neil's "one small step".

Mickey and Neil in Tomorrowland

Mickey and Buzz (not Lightyear)

Space travel in the future complete with mini skirts.


Ye Old Sign Shop: Signs for Sale!


On a recent trip to Downtown Disney we strolled into the Marketplace Co-op. This newer addition to the Marketplace has several mini shops in it that will rotate what they sell frequently. On this visit as we entered they had several well produced signs. They are based on attractions and other places in the parks, both here and in Anaheim. Below are a few that I took photos of and touched up. Enjoy.







If you click on the Adventures Club sign and look closely you 
can see the official logo of the club was used in the background.
 A nice tribute I think.