The Little Mermaid Hand Carved Crystal Vase

Viczan is a professional glass engraver who does work for Disney Resorts. This hand carved and engraved crystal vase featuring The Little Mermaid is (he says) one of his best pieces. It's certainly quite stunning. The work was done during his time at the Tokyo Disney Resort but it sounds as though he is moving/has moved to Hong Kong Disneyland Source: DeviantArt - The Little Mermaid

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Unleashes The Villains For A Special Event

Disney have thought up yet another way to part you from your money while you visit Walt Disney World. This time out, it's Disney's Hollywood Studios (usually considered the runt of the park litter) that will be getting the attention. Disney have announced a new ticketed party called Villains Unleashed for one day only (August 23rd). The party will feature 50 Disney villains in one form or another plus some special events like Hades Hangout & Dance Party, Oogie Boogie's Variety Show, A Star Wars villain zone, a fireworks show and an extra pre-show to Fantasmic. Of course there will also be special food (I'm betting on at least a …Read more  »

Photos From The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train In The Magic Kingdom

So the final element in Disney's New Fantasyland expansion for The Magic Kingdom is finally open and now everyone (or at least everyone with $100 for a park ticket) can try out the new family coaster/dark ride The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It's been pretty extensively covered everywhere so I'm sure you've seen the promotional photos and the video footage. It's not a thrill ride by most people's standards and comparison's to Diagon Alley over at Universal when it opens may be unfavorable. But the photos shot by Disney Photography Blog show just how beautiful the theming on this ride really is. Source: Disney Photography Blog - Seven Dwarfs Mine …Read more  »

Looking At The Design And Technology Of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

So today is the day that The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opens in the Magic Kingdom. A cause for great excitement amongst Disney Theme Park fans and marking the final completion of the New Fantasyland project after approximately 1 billion years (it's possible I'm exaggerating slightly). All of which is pretty cool in itself. But if, like me, you find the behind the scenes of making these rides interesting then you should check out the article by Jim Hill on some of the technology and design choices behind the animatronic elements of the ride. I think it's possible that Disney may have managed to build a roller-coaster that even …Read more  »

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — A First Look At Some Of The Animatronics

It shouldn't be much longer now until the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney Wold opens and completes the New Fantasyland expansion. They haven't officially announced a date, but some time in May is what everyone seems to be expecting. We've see plenty of shots of the outside and some concept art of the inside, but this video released by Disney shows us a bit more about the dark ride portion of this rollercoaster. Disney has experimented with this sort of animatronics before, but there aren't many examples of it in The Magic Kingdom. As well as the traditional animatronic elements, they're able to animate …Read more  »

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Photos

The big new thing at Walt Disney World this year is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which is the final element of New Fantasyland (the rest of which opened some time ago). By the standards of modern coasters this is a tame ride. It's intended for families and aimed somewhere between the Barnstormer "kiddie" coaster and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. All of which translates to... I might just about be persuaded to get on this one... maybe. And only then because the theming looks to be really cool. It's set up so you go in and out of the seven dwarfs mine. These latest photos show the drop as you …Read more  »

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The only part of the New Fantasyland expansion in The Magic Kingdom that isn't complete yet is the dark ride/roller coaster The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but as this photo shows construction is well under way. The train itself is now on the rails and has undergone its first drop test (where it runs under its own gravity on the rails). By the standards of modern roller coasters this is considered a tame ride but not only does it combine indoor scenes it also has cars that sway from side to side which should make a pretty unique experience.

Dawn At Disney’s Beach Club Resort

There's a nice little beach area outside the Beach Club Villas. It's a lovely relaxing area, particularly early in the morning when most people aren't up yet. In this panorama stitched from several photos I'm looking out across the water at the Disney's Boardwalk area. Over on the right you can see the Swan and Dolphin hotels. One of the nice things about the Beach Club villas is they are right between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Its easy walking distance to Epcot's international gate on the left and if you hop on a boat (at that little lighthouse you can see) then it will motor off to the right and …Read more  »

Things You Didn’t Notice When You Visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom

[embed][/embed] The amount of detail and small touches revealed in this video is amazing. I've been to the Animal Kingdom twice and it's actually probably my favorite park, but I hadn't noticed most of these theming details. Of course Disney is highly praised for it's theming in general, but at least in the case of this park, I think people are missing a lot.