Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Entering A Tokyo Disney Wonderland

Of all the Disney Resorts throughout the world, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is truly one of the most beautiful. A star in its own, unique way.

Just entering the hotel, you can see that this is going to be somewhere special to visit.
 As you can see, this is the staircase in the grand entryway, and we have Alice in Wonderland welcoming us to Tokyo's impressive tribute to Victorian Britain architecture. Or maybe they just like Alice herself!

Monday, 30 July 2012

A Double Of Animation

We take another visit to the Art of Animation area of Walt Disney Studios, to have a look at work by two European Disney Animators: Ferdinand Huszti Horvath and Albert Hurter.

Ferdinand Huszti Horvath (1891-1973 Hungary)
As background painter:
The Old Mill (short, 1937)
The Band Concert (short, 1935)
The Cookie Carnival (short, 1934)

As an inspirational artist (partial list)
The Practical Pig (short, 1939)
The Moth and the Flame (short, 1938)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Clock Cleaners (short, 1937)
Woodland Cafe (short, 1936)
Thru the Mirror (short, 1936)
Three Mousketeers (short, 1936)
Mickey's Circus (short, 1936)
Mickey's Garden (short, 1935)
Old King Cole (short, 1935)
Father Noah's Ark (short, 1933)

Albert Hurter (1883-1942 Switzerland)
As inspirational artist (partial list)
Lady and the Tramp (1955, release posthumously)
Peter Pan (1953, release posthumously)
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Dumbo (1941)
Fantasia (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Water Babies (short, 1935)
Music Land (short, 1935)
Peculiar Penguins (short, 1934)
Goddess of Spring (short, 1934)
Three Little Pigs (short, 1933)
Building a Building (short, 1933)
Babes in the Woods (short, 1933)


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Enjoying a Moment...Spinning Round

Sunday is usually a day of rest and relaxation. However, today, we're going to go to the Teacups at Tokyo Disneyland and get ready to spin! Hold on tight.

Ready to Spin? (TDL)

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Postcards of the Thirties

No, the title doesn't mean that we're going to look at postcards from the 1930s, but rather Tokyo Disneyland celebrating it's 29th birthday - ready for their thirtieth year!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Look Across the River

Tokyo Disneyland's Western River Railroad provides some great viewpoints as we travel along.

Don't forget to take time to enjoy everything as you travel along!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Crate Around

As we wander around Adventureland in Tokyo Disneyland, we may see some crates and barrells waiting to be taken away by the Western River Railroad.

As we can see, these crates are ready to go to the Great Northern Steel Works, and another to Congo Safari. As that one is marked fragile - and another 'Do Not Drop!' - one can only imagine what is inside.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sweet Exit

Just spending time in the Candy Store, over at Disneyland, is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

And signs like this just make me want to take some home!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lost In Translation

It looks like The Enchanted Tiki Room in Tokyo Disneyland has an unexpected visitor.

From the looks of this space-shuttle crashed out front, perhaps the visitor is from outerspace. I have heard rumblings of Experiment 626 being on the loose somewhere in Hawaii. Maybe he popped over to Japan?

And from these signs pinned onto the Tiki Gods' artifacts, I think Stitch is lost!

But from the looks of this graffitied sign, perhaps Stitch is actually here...

Monday, 23 July 2012

Welcome to the World

On July 12th, 2012, Disneyland Paris welcomed their newest store to the Disney Village. World of Disney opened its doors to the public, welcoming one and all to a beautiful new store, filled to the brims with Disneyland Paris merchandise!

As you can see, the exterior of the building is beautifull Art Deco themed, with font and design to match.We will take the time to explore inside the store in a future blog.

The Royal Family were lucky enough to visit the World of Disney on opening day - when a very wet red carpet was ready for Disney Cast Members and press to visit.

And for the Disney Geek in us, those of you who have visited the now-departed World of Disney 5th Avenue in New York City may recognise the Mickey and Minnie at the front of the store. These figures were 'saved' from the original store in New York!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Enjoying a Moment...With A Spot of Tea

It's time for a nice cup of tea, over at the France Pavilion in Epcot! Is it one lump or two?

Tea In France? (WDW)

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Postcards of Japan

The merchandising from the Tokyo Disney Resort is almost as impressive as the Resort itself. And where there are celebrations, or new merchandise, there are postcards!

Let's travel back in time, to last July, and have a look at some of the postcards released.

Including this one for the opening of Jasmine's Flying Carpets, July 18th 2011!

And, of course, we have their Christmas celebrations, too!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Lighting Up Cars

Looking at some of the attention to detail throughout the Disney theme parks, the lighting fixtures are some of the best treasures!

Take a look at Cars Land, for example, over in Disney's California Adventure. Notice anything fun about these lighting fixtures?

Are they flowers, are they lights, or are they bulbs from the taillights? Excellent Imagineering!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Neilsen of Animation

The world of Disney animation has plenty of European animators who have played major parts in Walt Disney movies over the years. We look at another animator featured in the Art of Animation in Disneyland Paris today.

Kay Neilsen (1886-1957) was a Danish animator who worked as an 'inspirational sketch artist'.

Some of her featured work includes The Little Mermaid (1989, released posthumously), as well as Fantasia sequences:

Fantasia Second Edition "Ride of the Valkyries" and "Swan of Tuonela" sequences (unproduced)
Fantasia "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence (1940)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Hopping on the Rails

Back over at the Western River Railroad, Tokyo Disneyland, we can see that there is a handy station at Stillwater Junction where we can buy our tickets.

Although the office looks quite empty, it appears we can even pay to send our telegraphs from here!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Welcome to Tokyo

The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, at the Tokyo Disney Resort, is the newest addition to their already existing hotels. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful Disney hotels, opening on the 8th July 2008 and offering at least 700 guest rooms.

To celebrate - albeit slightly belatedly - it's 4th birthday, DF'82 is taking a small journey over to Japan to have a look at this hotel in person.

Just look at the beauty of this hotel, with it's Victorian-theming, keeping in line with the Disneyland Hotel in Paris.

We even have a doorman waiting to greet us!

And remember to check below your feet, for even more Disney details.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Time For More Candy

I don't know about you, DF'82 readers, but I'm feeling like some candy! But seeing as there isn't any around, we can pop back into the Candy Store over at Disneyland.

Uh-oh - this artwork of chocolate is not helping my candy cravings.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Pit Stop

Phew, what a fun week having a look around some of Radiator Springs, over in California. Today we'll have a small pit stop and have a look at some more interesting detailing.

Be sure to keep Radiator Springs clean!

Have you all noticed this week's post titles have something in common? Top marks for any of you who know how they all link!

Friday, 13 July 2012


It looks like Cars Land is going to be just as rich a place for signs as Main Street U.S.A.. Take, for example, this fine sign near Luigi's Flying Tires.


The All-New
Cuscino D'Aria

Like riding on air

Great piece of marketing for some new tyres - I wonder how much it costs to advertise in Radiator Springs?

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Race Your Own Way

Continuing our tyre-themed week here at DF'82, we find further detailing in Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure to hint to the fact that Luigi loves his tyres.

Although these wheel trims look a little, um, naked without Luigi's help!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

You Buy One Tyre, I Give You Seven Snow Tyres For Free

Hopefully you are enjoying this brief exploration of Cars Land over at Disney's California Adventure as much as the Royal Family are!

Further details from the Luigi's Flying Tires attractions shows that even the shrubbery is of a cars-theme.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

They Say Look At Me, Here I Am

As you would expect from Luigi's Flying Tires, the entire queue area is themed around tyres.

Take these plant 'pots' for example. Notice anything different about them?

As Luigi would say, you don't want the black walls, you want the white-walls!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Luigi Follow Only The Ferraris

If there is one place that this Princess cannot wait to explore, it is Cars Land, over at Disney's California Adventure. But to wet our appetite for all that the Land offers, Chuck from The Disneyland Gazette has been doing some exploring for us...

One of the newest attractions in the 'Adventure is Luigi's Flying Tires, which just happens to be located at Luigi's Casa Della Tires.

And if you are lucky enough to visit this area, be sure to check out the lighting fixtures in the queue area. They are modelled after everything Casa Della Tires has to offer!

Remember how we say to Always Look Up? Another example of Disney Imagineering at its finest.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Enjoying a Moment...Yo-Yo!

Today's moment takes us to Pop Century Resort in Walt Disney World. Enjoy the colourful experience of the great detailing of this resort!

Duncan Imperial (WDW)