disneyworldsisters:

Second floor of the Journey into Imagination building

So we will be doing a full review of the Undiscovered Future World Tour soon but we wanted to just post these for everyone to see. They’ve been heavily watermarked and please do not repost them on tumblr or any other social media site.

Now technically guests are no longer taken up there as part of the tour. However our tour guide, who shall remain nameless, was extremely generous and took us up there. (We think probably because we were a very small group, just us three sisters and another couple, and all were obvious EPCOT nerds. Plus our guide had worked at the pavilion for a long time and had obvious love for it that we shared.)

Just a few things our guide let us know about the pavilion: 

  • We weren’t allowed to go into the exhibits area as that is not “show ready” in any form. It’s mostly used for storage but we could still see some of the original ImageWorks exhibits set up.
  • The other reason guests are generally no longer taken up there is because there are structural issues. Apparently a manager fell through the floor while walking around up there recently.
  • As of this time there are no plans to make any changes to the pavilion. According to our guide no changes can take place unless there is a dedicated “partner” for the pavilion. 
  • Our guide also let us know that Disney won’t be able to put Dreamfinder back in the ride until they can buy him back from Kodak. Disney bought Figment back a few years ago but Kodak still owns the rights to Dreamfinder. Our guide did say that there are many imagineers who do want to get Dreamfinder back though so maybe one day it’ll happen. (I think it’s even more likely given that Kodak is allowing for Dreamfinder’s use in the Figment comic.)

Dreamfinder/Figment being Kodak owned is a common myth/misconception and in fact, I’ve heard variations of the story being the reverse (Figment is Kodak, which might have something to do with his sweater, Dreamfinder is DIsney).

Think about it, wouldn’t there be way more legalese on the merchandise they keep cranking out, much less the comic book? It’s cheaper to just sell a bunch of merchandising of an old character with a ton of nostalgia surrounding him then put him back. Just look at the Hatbox Ghost.

Additionally, I think the execs just think of Dreamfinder as an outdated, possibly even creepy character (because you can’t trust a jolly bearded man that isn’t Santa Claus these days). The comic introducing a younger Dreamfinder that can engage the Doctor Who or Johnny Depp audiences is probably indicative of how Dreamfinder would be brought back for this generation if he gets brought back at all.

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Martin Smith’s shiny new HD Phantom Manor tribute. Essentially the HD remake of his older “Story of Phantom Manor” video.

knockturnalleywitch:

Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center Advertisement (by NateNewton)
This is one of the best things at MK’s Tomorrowland, purely from a standpoint of unneeded theming and eccentric designs.

knockturnalleywitch:

Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center Advertisement (by NateNewton)

This is one of the best things at MK’s Tomorrowland, purely from a standpoint of unneeded theming and eccentric designs.

pixartimes:

FIRST LOOK: ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Poster Is Epic.
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pixartimes:

FIRST LOOK: ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ Poster Is Epic.

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the-disney-elite:

"In the mythical world of unicorns, dragons and other magical creatures, guests will come face to face with make-believe animals from legends, fairy tales and storybooks — all of which play an important role in the circle of life because of their powerful hold on our imagination. The creatures will come to life through Disney’s creative storytelling."

Since The World Began's description of Beastly Kingdom, a proposed land at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. Sadly, Beastly Kingdom would never be built.

(Shown above: Six pieces of concept art for Beastly Kingdom)

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lostcot:

Beastly Kingdomme Concept Art
I didn’t find this in the limited Tumblr posts about Beastly Kingdome, so I thought I’d add this into the mix. I’m fairly certain this is the ENTIRE Beastly Kingdome, but I just can’t seem to place the original boat ride. The Fantasia maze, however, and what looks to be the Dragon’s Tower in the far back look very beautifully colored and out of a Fairy Tale book. Also, there appears to be a bridge over the entrance, as well as dips under a peer on the far right, so I suppose that the maze was HUGE. 
Also, is it just me, or does the front-most maze look like an abstract dragon’s head. Coincidence or some really interesting artistic license. Either way, I just love the concept of Beastly Kingdomme, would have made me want to go to Animal Kingdom more as a kid.

Actually that’s all Labyrinth of the Unicorn. The main area would have been a village square with a path to the good forest with the Unicorn and Fantasia ride, and the bad side with a sinister castle looming over the land.

lostcot:

Beastly Kingdomme Concept Art

I didn’t find this in the limited Tumblr posts about Beastly Kingdome, so I thought I’d add this into the mix. I’m fairly certain this is the ENTIRE Beastly Kingdome, but I just can’t seem to place the original boat ride. The Fantasia maze, however, and what looks to be the Dragon’s Tower in the far back look very beautifully colored and out of a Fairy Tale book. Also, there appears to be a bridge over the entrance, as well as dips under a peer on the far right, so I suppose that the maze was HUGE. 

Also, is it just me, or does the front-most maze look like an abstract dragon’s head. Coincidence or some really interesting artistic license. Either way, I just love the concept of Beastly Kingdomme, would have made me want to go to Animal Kingdom more as a kid.

Actually that’s all Labyrinth of the Unicorn. The main area would have been a village square with a path to the good forest with the Unicorn and Fantasia ride, and the bad side with a sinister castle looming over the land.

hecallsmepineappleprincess:

gameraboy:

Welcome to Mickey’s Toontown! The area opened in Disneyland in 1993, with the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin opening in 1994. These are the commemorative tickets and press photos for those premieres. Via Vintage Disneyland Tickets.

So can we talk about how I never saw WDW’s toontown?
I did my cp right after they started construction on new fantasyland .
So the fact that I can finally see it at Disneyland makes me so happy cuz damn it I wanna go to Mickey’s house!

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Visual Development from It’s A Small World by Mary Blair

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mrgeef:

jimsguts:

fuckyeahvictoriakaye:

gameraboy:

Selections from the castmember guide to Disney’s California Adventure from 2001. Via Vintage Disneyland Tickets.

Let’s play spot the difference!  

I was actually thinking about this on our last visit. With the exception of the anchor attractions (Screamin’, Grizzle, and Soarin’) are there any other originals left?

Several, actually. A couple have been re-themed but are still the exact same ride (I won’t count exhibits/walkthroughs like the Boudin Bakery Tour or Redwood Challenge Trail).

  • MuppetVision 3D
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Goofy’s Sky School (rethemed)
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Silly Symphony Swings (rethemed)
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel (rethemed)
  • King Triton’s Carousel

Visuals of the differences in the rethemed attractions below a cut, because this post is already a little long.

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Took me years to realize it, but did anybody else realize that when you turn the old DCA layout on its side, it actually looks like California?