Photo by J. Jeff Kober

Monsters Inc Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With much of the backlot being demolished, I thought it well to pay tribute to a very cute set of props that made up the Open House queue at the Monsters Inc meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A few may remember that prior to being used for this meet ‘n’ greet, the location was … Read more

Backside of water at Jungle Cruise in Tokyo Disneyland. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Service With a Flair

We shared earlier an experience where Walt Disney himself demonstrated to Dick Nunis what a great trip on the Jungle Cruise was supposed to look like. That trip required slowing down in places where there was something to see, and speeding up in places where there was little to look at. One of those places involves … Read more

Original mural in Guest Relations at Disney California Adventure.

Happy 15th Disney California Adventure!

Happy 15th Anniversary, Disney California Adventure! It’s been a rough 15 years, but hey–they don’t call it an adventure for nothing! Here’s my photo essay on what I love most about Disney California Adventure. If you haven’t been to Disney California Adventure, it is a must. It is a park completely unique to itself, and … Read more

This painting helped to excite the world to a new Disney park in Paris. Painting by Frank Armitage.

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Website Disney and More reported last week that Disney Legend, painter and imagineer Frank Armitage passed away. The author offers a great overview of his life and artistic contribution. But one famous painting of his stands out above others in my mind: I have visited every Disney castle around the world, and I look forward … Read more

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Tower of Terror, Water, and Temperance

The Tower of Terror at Tokyo Disney Sea is an incredible structure, dripping with details, and worthy of study in its own right. Unlike other Disney tower drops worldwide, this one has nothing to do with the Twilight Zone television series. Rather, it is something of a moralist fable in which the wealthy collector, Harrison … Read more

An artistic interpretation of Cinderella being carried away happily ever after. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Attention to Disney Mosaic Tiles

Anyone who has been aboard the Disney Cruise Line knows the attention to a myriad of details is what makes that experience so incredible. The furnishings are exquisite, from lighting to railings to flooring. Our focus today is on just one small part of the total experience–mosaic tiles. Mosaic tiling is an often used in … Read more

Canaries and Birch Balls

As you exit to one side of Big Thunder Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll notice a little canary in a cage. In earlier days of coal mining, there was a concern about ventilation. Methane and carbon monoxide gases were a poison that could take the life of a miner before it was too late. … Read more

Creative Costuming at Walt Disney World

On the Disney Hollywood Studios Backstage Tour you past through the Creative Costuming Workroom. Most are fascinated by the costumes themselves, so they rarely listen of the details of what makes that happen. Here are just some of them: There are over 2,500 costume designs that make up the near 2 million piece wardrobe. At … Read more