Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pirates of the Polynesian!

During a recent research trip, the Imaginerding staff was treated to a special tour of the Magic Kingdom by Foxxfur of Passport to Dreams and 2719 Hyperion.

As we exited Pirates of the Caribbean and made our way through the gift shop, Foxxfur stopped and pointed out some interesting items that were hanging from a net on the ceiling.

Any thoughts?

The first clue should be the Tiki Guy from the first photo. (See Foxxfur's post entitled Iconography for more of the Tiki Guy.)

It looks like one of two things: the Imagineers borrowed a few items from the Polynesian Resort during a recent remodel or the Pirates Plundered Polynesia!

Either way, it is a fantastic way to reuse material.

Don't forget to look up!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Very, Merry Unbirthday!

Disneystrology: What Your Disney Persona Says About You by Lisa Finander

This is actually a fun, little paperback book that lists 366 different Disney characters and matches them with a specific date of the year. Ms. Finander also lists character personalities and other pertinent information about each one.  I've listed the two birthdays of the Imaginerds and the one for a very special friend who is celebrating today! (Scott, this puts me at 321 Disney-related books...catching up!)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Geek-End Update, Saturday, August 28, 2010

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010

    76-Foot Trombones Led the Parade!

    At Imaginerding, we love ephemera about the Disney Parks. This includes maps, napkins, brochures, buttons...you name it! The following is a1977 map from World Magazine of the Walt Disney World Resort. World Magazine was more of a travel brochure that you would pick up at a hotel lobby or request from a visitor's bureau. You can see a similar post at 2719 Hyperion featuring another volume of the magazine.

    So, what do you think of the gigantic Walt Disney World Marching Band that is about to invade Fantasyland?

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    An Occasional Bald Eagle

    In an earlier post, I scanned the first pages from a guidebook about the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course that I found in the Pro Shop.

    This image is a complete view of the LBV Golf Course. Notice the Clubhouse? I posted about the pool that no longer exists next to the Clubhouse.

    Hole One
    An occasional Bald Eagle can be seen searching the lake to the left of the fairrway. A natural wetland borders both side of the hole.
    The artwork for the guide is really fantastic considering the $4.00 price tag. I may be a professional duffer, but I can still appreciate the beauty and the design of this course!

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Geek-End Update, Saturday, August 21, 2010

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Do Not Feed Wild Animals

    I picked up this fantastic, little, notebook-style golf course description booklet at the Lake Buena Vista Pro Shop. I am not a golfer, by any means, but I can't pass up any ephemera about the Walt Disney World Resort.

    The booklet a simple 10 pages with a map of the entire course and a description and map of each hole on the succeeding pages. Disney describes the natural layout of each tee and special attributes, such as natural waterways and wildlife areas. Also included are tips for the novice golfer.

    Audubon Intemational has certified Disney's Lake Buena Vista Course as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This certification recognizes the efforts we have made in environmental stewardship through participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Under this program, we continually strive toward best management practices in environmental planning: wildlife and habitat management; chemical use reduction and safety; water conservation; water quality management; and outreach and education.
    • Water Hazards DefĂ®ned by Yellow Stakes.
    • Lateral Hazards Defined bg Red Stakes.
    • Out of Bounds Defined bg White Stakes and inside edge of paved roads.
    • Nonmetal Spikes Required. 
    • Rake Bankers.
    • Keep Carts on Path Near Tees and Greens.
    • Proper Golf Attire Required.
    • No Private Coolers. 
    • Do Not Feed Wild Animals. 
    When Using This Book: Sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green and are indicated throughout with a black dot ( ). Distances to hazards are measured from the back cut of the numbered tee box to the indicated point.

    Walt Disney World Resort has a rich reputation for creating magical experiences for all guests and their gold facilities are no exception. The Walt Disney World Resort has received GOLF MAGAZINE'S prestigious Gold Medal award as one of America's Best Golf Course Resorts.
    Each hole is an immaculate masterpiece distinguished by lush green fairways and tournament-ready putting surfaces framed with magnificent pines, magnolias, palms and waterways.
    Osprey Ridge, designed by Tom Fazio, offers rolling fairways among majestic pines and pristine wilderness among the dunes.
    Disney's Magnolia and Disney's Palm, host to PGA TOUR's Disney Golf Classic since 1971, were desiqned by renowned architect Joe Lee. The feature beautiful Florida woodlands and stately Magnolia trees.
    Another one of Joe Lee‘s designs is Disney's Lake Buena Vista, which winds through pastel villas and flowing canals. 
    For a quick nine, try Oak Trail, a picturesque nine-hole, par 36 walking course along nature trails, which is ideal for golfers of all ages.

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    Mid-Geek Update...

    Yes, a special mid-week Geek-End Update since I was at Walt Disney World last week and was not able to peruse any blog postings. When I logged in on Monday, I had 2000 postings to sift through.

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Passage to Frontierland!

    Two of my favorite Land signs in all of Walt Disney World.
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    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Take Your Best Shot!

    We love Picture Spots at Imaginerding. We found this beauty behind Chester and Hester's...
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    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Stupid Guest Tricks

    We took the Behind the Seeds Tour today. It was the first time for both of us. What was interesting was the guest behavior on one of the many boats that passed by us during the tour. In the "red room" with the fishes and baby crocodiles, a guest stood on the edge of the boat with one hand on the canopy and one on her camera. Simply to get a picture of the baby crocs.

    I wondered what she did on Soarin' or Test Track...
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    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    One Man's Dream

    Some fantastic artwork from the attraction at the Disney's Hollywood Studio.
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    One of the Last Vestiges...

    Found this last night in a remote corner of Pleasure Island.

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    Friday, August 6, 2010

    Geek-End Update, Saturday, August, 7, 2010

    The Imaginerding Editorial Staff will be at Walt Disney World this week doing some research. If you run into us, be sure to say hi!

    Chief Imaginerd and Cub Imaginerd!

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Book Update

    I finally picked up a copy of Volume 7 of Dider Ghez's wonderful Walt's People series.

    The Disney Treasures boxed set contains ephemera and an audio CD. I received his Mickey Mouse Treasures in 2008

    The Disney Treasures by Robert Tieman
    Contents of The Disney Treasures

    This is a rather unique book from 1974 with over 10 simple projects that anyone can make with regular household material.

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Dump Your Kids on Us!

    --From the October, 1978 WDW News.

    The graphic caught my eye first. Then, I noticed the amazing hours at the Contemporary! You can drop off your toilet trained kids at the Contemporary Resort child-care all day, while you enjoy the Magic Kingdom, Treasure Island and the World Cruise . While you're at it, be sure to visit the Top of the World or any of the fine dining at the Disney Village. If you leave the kids at the Polynesian Village Resort, you can partake of the atmosphere of Captian Cook's Hideaway!

    And not to be too sexist, but it does say "trained child-care hostesses." Nothing screams 1970s like female-only child-care!

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    Why Don't Skeletons Play Music in Church?

    Fresh on the heels of Disney's release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is James and the Giant Peach, a spectacular stop-motion-animated film based on the book by Roald Dahl.

    I am not sure what qualifies a release as a Special Edition any longer. I am assuming that being released on Blu-ray constitutes the status of Special Edition, since there aren't many extra features that are different from the earlier DVD release. Regardless, the film is a wonderful visual treat on Blu-ray.

    It is an excellent addition to any burgeoning Blu-ray collection!
    In an all-new special edition from Tim Burton, the acclaimed director of Alice In Wonderland, comes the astounding film that captured the hearts of fans and critics all across the world. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, Burton, Denise Di Novi and director Henry Selick combine a fascinating mix of live-action, stop-motion animation and computer-generated special effects to create a world beyond your imagination in James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.
    After the daring rescue of a spider, a young boy named James gains possession of some magic crocodile tongues. When James spills them in the garden, out sprouts an enormous peach! Climbing inside, he meets an astonishing cast of characters and embarks on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure. Voiced by an all-star cast, including legendary actors Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Simon Callow and Jane Leeves, and featuring the celebrated music of Randy Newman, this classic story is delicious entertainment for the whole family!
    Blu-ray Bonus Features
    • Spike the Aunts Interactive Game – New BD Exclusive! Inspired by the game that plays after the end movie credits, try your hand at spiking the evil aunts with the rhino and ring up major points!
    • Production Featurette – A look at the making of the film.
    • “Good News” Music Video performed by Randy Newman
    • Still Frame Gallery
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    Why don't skeletons play music in church?
    Because they got no organs.