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Archive for April, 2009

The Friar’s Nook

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 30, 2009

The Friar's NookThe Friar’s Nook is new to replace The Village Fry Shoppe in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.  The Friar’s Nook leaves little guess work to the quick services’ meal options.  In the revamped counter service, the “Fry”er has taken on a much different job description then this previous role in Disney’s Robin Hood.


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The Circle of Life

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 30, 2009

A sneak peak at Kidani Village in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Kidani Village Bathroom Tile

Some very familiar characters from Disney’s The Lion King.

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Having a Magical Time

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 28, 2009

Disney ClothiersOne of my clock finds that I got really excited about is inside the Disney Clothiers on Main Street U.S.A. I enjoy the clocks inside stores that are meant as decoration yet operate properly. As you can see here, I ducked into the store just after the three o’clock parade.
Disney Clothiers Clock

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“This is Alien…

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 27, 2009

…You are with Sigourney Weaver aboard the spaceship Nostromo. Something has gone wrong. One by one, the crew has vanished, and somewhere in the ship, a terrifying creature waits to claim its next victim.”

As your ride vehicle passes through the Alien scene in The Great Movie Ride look to your left and you will see computer screens.  Upon closer inspection you will find the roles that Imagineers played during its construction.

These include…

  • Intergalactic Goo Analyst
  • Outer Space Planner
  • Shirt Supervising Officer
  • Still Programming the Witch

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Posted by Ashley Rae on April 26, 2009

Kidani Village over at the Animal Kingdom Lodge opens May 1, 2009 with its Phase 1 rooms. Kidani Village includes a new shop, restaurant, feature pool, and savanna. Sanaa

The new restaurant Sanaa, with almost 200 seats, means artwork in Swahili. Inside pillars symbolize beads while you sit beneath a forest campy.Sanaa

Some of the items you might find on the menu include Dum Biryani, New York Strip, Spice-crusted Cornish Game Hen, and Banana Leaf-wrapped Sustainable Fish. The items on the menu are meant to reflect a combination of Indian and African flavors.

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Launch Delayed

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 24, 2009

Entrance to Tomorrowland

Entrance to Tomorrowland

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Earth Day ’09

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 23, 2009

In remembrance of passed Earth Days celebrated within the Disney Parks, I will showcase a few of the buttons I have acquired.

Earth Day Buttons

Earth Day Buttons

Unfortunately when I visited Animal Kingdom today on its eleventh anniversary, they were not handing out commemorative buttons.

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Pirate’s League Construction

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 22, 2009

Outside of Magic Kingdom’s Pirate’s of the Caribbean exit, walls have been put up acknowledging a refurbishment. This is the location of the old House of Treasures.  This seems to indicate that The Pirate’s League seems to be well into its voyage.

Here is a link to my previous post about this new add-on experience.

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An Ant’s Story

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 21, 2009

According to the locals on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life is a great symbol of perseverance and courage.

The legend reads that there was once a very lonely ant. There were no other animals around for the ant to interact with so it tried to busy its time with scavenging. One day, the ant found a single seed, and with that seed it began its long journey to Discovery Island.   The ant planted the seed into the ground and the Tree of Life began to bloom. The tree encouraged other animals to migrate to Discovery Island and the ant was no longer alone.

When the ant died, its spirit was the first to be carved into the trunk of the Tree of Life.  As the animals began to pass away, their images also appeared to be carved within the trunk and roots of the tree.  This was meant to thank the ant for his brave journey and the life he brought to Discovery Island.

It is unknown how old the Tree of Life is, but if the story is true, a T-Rex skulls appears within the roots of the tree, making it over 65 million years old.

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Mementos Left Behind

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 21, 2009

As a couple ate their dinner at The Hollywood Tower, the lightning struck the elevator shafts, and the couple left unharmed.  During their quick departure, the woman left her gloves and bag, but both people had enough time to turn their forks over to symbolize the bad service they recieved that night.

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