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waltdisneydoingfunnythings:

Good Morning! 
Here’s Walt Disney and Fess Parker playing cowboy on Disneyland’s opening day. 
#WaltDisneyDoingFunnyThings 

waltdisneydoingfunnythings:

Good Morning! 

Here’s Walt Disney and Fess Parker playing cowboy on Disneyland’s opening day. 

#WaltDisneyDoingFunnyThings 

thedisneyfiles:

epcotexplorer:

Hello, all! 

While my duties in graduate school have kept me from my Disney writing, I HAVE had time to podcast for the first time! My foray into the world of internet radio has me with my good friends @EPCOT_Prime, @DisneyProject, and jeffheimbuch discussing (and laughing over) the controversial independent film “Escape From Tomorrow” which was shot in Walt Disney World and Disneyland unbeknownst to The Walt Disney Company. Our discussion centers around the (attempts to) analyze and explicate narrative of the film, the film’s impact on the Disney community, and honestly, just what we all thought of this interesting and controversial bit of independent cinema. I had an absolute BLAST recording this… give it a listen! I certainly hope and think it’ll be entertaining. 

EE 

If you don’t plan to watch the movie but want to hear about the movie from people who watched it (and knowing that I am in agreement with their conclusions, so you can pretend that I’m in the podcast saying “I agree” a lot if you want), give the podcast a listen but don’t get discouraged if you have trouble following the events of the movie via the podcast. It’s not really any easier to follow when you watch the actual movie.

It’s worth listening to just for Epcot Explorer’s theory on what happens when you die at the Contemporary Resort.

My thoughts below the cut.

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Hello, all! 

While my duties in graduate school have kept me from my Disney writing, I HAVE had time to podcast for the first time! My foray into the world of internet radio has me with my good friends @EPCOT_Prime, @DisneyProject, and jeffheimbuch discussing (and laughing over) the controversial independent film “Escape From Tomorrow” which was shot in Walt Disney World and Disneyland unbeknownst to The Walt Disney Company. Our discussion centers around the (attempts to) analyze and explicate narrative of the film, the film’s impact on the Disney community, and honestly, just what we all thought of this interesting and controversial bit of independent cinema. I had an absolute BLAST recording this… give it a listen! I certainly hope and think it’ll be entertaining. 

EE 

epcotexplorer:

Maritime Morocco: Morocco’s Lost Boat House 

Although the Morocco pavilion is perhaps EPCOT’s best example of showcasing environment and culture in World Showcase, WED originally planned to add another layer of realism to the pavilion.

Early concept models reveal that a magnificent boat house would have served as the pavilion’s terminus by fully enclosing Morocco’s tangerine lined courtyard. The boat house would have also been functional, and served as a port for the Friendships that offer transportation around World Showcase Lagoon. 

Further, this addition would have expanded the scope of World Showcase’s only Middle Eastern nation. With a nod to the rich and diverse maritime history of Morocco, the locals and subjects expressed in the pavilion could cover the storied history of Casablanca and the Straights of Gibraltar. 

Given that Morocco is already a fantastic example of believable, realistic, and thoughtful design choice for simply exposing culture, it’s hard to believe that one small omission, such as this boat house, could even improve upon the final product. 

waltdisneydoingfunnythings:

Oh, nothing, just Walt Disney cavorting around with some kids on Disneyland’s opening day… 
#WaltDisneyDoingFunnyThings 
Thanks to Jason Grandt (@43Squaremiles) for the heads up on this one! 

waltdisneydoingfunnythings:

Oh, nothing, just Walt Disney cavorting around with some kids on Disneyland’s opening day… 

#WaltDisneyDoingFunnyThings 

Thanks to Jason Grandt (@43Squaremiles) for the heads up on this one! 

Star Spangled Spectacular
This fantastic press image illustrates the Bicentennial iteration of Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant. This version of the show boasted a unique hot air balloon and put in place the patriotic finale that still plays out nightly on the Seven Seas Lagoon. 
Before this, however, The Electrical Water Pageant had begun a tradition of nightly spectaculars with many important implications for entertainment at the Vacation Kingdom. Essentially the first large entertainment spectacular in Disney World, the show illustrates how different the early Vacation Kingdom presented itself to guests. With the Magic Kingdom closing early in the evening, often at 6 PM, it was expected that guests (most of them staying on Disney property) would retire to their hotels and resorts and would find entertainment there. Both the Polynesian and the Contemporary hosted large venues with music and dancing, and many forms of recreation were held on the Seven Seas Lagoon. But the unifying event of the evening was the Electrical Water Pageant, a spectacle unlike any other. Synthesized music, glittering, animated floats, all set against the bucolic beauty of the Seven Seas Lagoon and The Magic Kingdom at night served as what was designed to keep guests active and engaged at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Florida endeavor was designed to be a fully encompassing vacation destination, often meaning that the Magic Kingdom was not always the singular focus for patrons. By emphasizing differentiated activities and diversions, Disney World defined itself against Disneyland’s image of being theme park centric. Today, this allure of the Vacation Kingdom is still very much alive, though often overshadowed by the theme parks, which have blossomed and thrived, as expected.
But as a cornerstone for Disney’s entertainment history, the Electrical Water Pageant is one of the largely unique pieces of Walt Disney World heritage that defines the Florida venture as wholly its own. What began as a nightly spectacle has receded into the texture and sinew of what Walt Disney World means to the rest of Disney’s properties, but still sparkles and shines with a unique light and meaning, all its own. 
Image graciously provided by Dan Cunningham (@HonuDan) 

Star Spangled Spectacular

This fantastic press image illustrates the Bicentennial iteration of Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant. This version of the show boasted a unique hot air balloon and put in place the patriotic finale that still plays out nightly on the Seven Seas Lagoon. 

Before this, however, The Electrical Water Pageant had begun a tradition of nightly spectaculars with many important implications for entertainment at the Vacation Kingdom. Essentially the first large entertainment spectacular in Disney World, the show illustrates how different the early Vacation Kingdom presented itself to guests. With the Magic Kingdom closing early in the evening, often at 6 PM, it was expected that guests (most of them staying on Disney property) would retire to their hotels and resorts and would find entertainment there. Both the Polynesian and the Contemporary hosted large venues with music and dancing, and many forms of recreation were held on the Seven Seas Lagoon. But the unifying event of the evening was the Electrical Water Pageant, a spectacle unlike any other. Synthesized music, glittering, animated floats, all set against the bucolic beauty of the Seven Seas Lagoon and The Magic Kingdom at night served as what was designed to keep guests active and engaged at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Florida endeavor was designed to be a fully encompassing vacation destination, often meaning that the Magic Kingdom was not always the singular focus for patrons. By emphasizing differentiated activities and diversions, Disney World defined itself against Disneyland’s image of being theme park centric. Today, this allure of the Vacation Kingdom is still very much alive, though often overshadowed by the theme parks, which have blossomed and thrived, as expected.

But as a cornerstone for Disney’s entertainment history, the Electrical Water Pageant is one of the largely unique pieces of Walt Disney World heritage that defines the Florida venture as wholly its own. What began as a nightly spectacle has receded into the texture and sinew of what Walt Disney World means to the rest of Disney’s properties, but still sparkles and shines with a unique light and meaning, all its own. 

Image graciously provided by Dan Cunningham (@HonuDan) 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Wishing you all PROGRESS in 2014!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wishing you all PROGRESS in 2014!