Monday, December 6, 2010

The Art of Serka Zong Bazaar

This is the store at the end of the Expedition Everest ride.
Local: Asia / Disney's Animal Kingdom


To see "The Merchandise of Serka Zong Bazaar", Click Here!
 

 
One of the great adventures involving Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom, is the one embarked upon by merchandise designers. Their thrill was conjuring the look and attitude of the yeti, a star attraction of Expedition Everest and a creature whose existence is one of legends rather than physical encounters.

 
Working in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering (responsible for the overall development of the attraction), the Disney merchandise design group sought to bring to the shelves of Serka Zong Bazaar -- the gift shop located at the exit of the attraction -- a line of goods with an authentic feel and theme . . . yet with recognition that no one knows what the creature would really be like.
 

 
"Not knowing what the yeti's total personality would be like made this a project that was a lot of fun for the design group," said Megan Kachur, the Disney's Animal Kingdom merchandise product developer. "Is the yeti purely one-dimensional -- the legendary protector of the sacred mountain? Maybe. But maybe not.
 

 
"Aaron Babcock, the product developer who was involved in the initial design work, decided to explore that possibility -- what the creature might be like if there were more to it than ferocity."

That design adventure has produced a profile of the yeti as everything from a critter that you don't want to mess with . . . to a furry friend to cuddle with. And in between: a cool dude who just likes to chill out.




The "cutesy yeti," as Kachur describes the furry-friend persona, is a playful yeti portrayed in a snowball fight on pastel-colored fitted T-shirts for girls. "He's smaller, baby-like, round, very harmless."

"Elevate Your Fear," it says on merchandise that depicts the "cool dude," extreme sports yeti snowboarding across jerseys and hats. "He's broad-shouldered, muscular, athletic in build and shape," Kachur said. "He has no fear." (And if that's not the way the yeti makes you feel, you can opt for a shirt that simply proclaims, "Scream Like A Girl.")




 
And then there is the merchandise -- photo holders to shirts to drink mugs to beach blankets -- depicting versions of the protector yeti. There are fuzzy white slippers and a plush backpack with arms and legs -- "actually an extension of a doll." And there's a fluffy hat that suggests the yeti is munching the wearer's head. Also yeti binoculars that provide the user a yeti's-eye view of the world.
 



The shop showcases not just the yeti but the Expedition Everest story and drama in well over 100 items ranging upward from a logo post card ($1) ... to a smartly styled nylon jacket featuring a mountain-climbing logo at the peak of the merchandise line (about $75). In between there are patches and key chains, headwear and backpacks that celebrate the theme of mountaineering.


 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Complete List of Disney Films

1. 1937 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (G)
2. 1940 - Pinocchio (G)
3. 1940 - Fantasia (G)
4. 1941 - The Reluctant Dragon
5. 1941 - Dumbo (G)
6. 1942 - Bambi (G)
7. 1943 - Saludos Amigos
8. 1943 - Victory Through Air Power
9. 1945 - The Three Caballeros (G)
10. 1946 - Make Mine Music
11. 1946 - Song of the South (G)
12. 1947 - Fun and Fancy Free
13. 1948 - Melody Time
14. 1949 - So Dear to My Heart (G)
15. 1949 - The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (G)
16. 1950 - Cinderella (G)
17. 1950 - Treasure Island (PG)
18. 1951 - Alice in Wonderland (G)
19. 1952 - The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (PG)
20. 1953 - Peter Pan (G)
21. 1953 - The Sword and the Rose (PG)
22. 1953 - The Living Desert
23. 1954 - Rob Roy - The Highland Rogue
24. 1954 - The Vanishing Prairie
25. 1954 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (G)
26. 1955 - Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (PG)
27. 1955 - Lady and the Tramp (G)
28. 1955 - The African Lion
29. 1955 - The Littlest Outlaw
30. 1956 - The Great Locomotive Chase
31. 1956 - Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
32. 1956 - Secrets of Life
33. 1956 - Westward Ho the Wagons!
34. 1957 - Johnny Tremain
35. 1957 - Perri (G)
36. 1957 - Old Yeller (G)
37. 1958 - The Light in the Forest
38. 1958 - White Wilderness
39. 1958 - Tonka
40. 1959 - Sleeping Beauty (G)
41. 1959 - The Shaggy Dog (G)
42. 1959 - Darby O'Gill and the Little People (G)
43. 1959 - Third Man on the Mountain (G)
44. 1960 - Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus (G)
45. 1960 - Kidnapped
46. 1960 - Pollyanna (G)
47. 1960 - The Sign of Zorro
48. 1960 - Ten Who Dared
49. 1960 - Jungle Cat
50. 1960 - Swiss Family Robinson (G)
51. 1961 - 101 Dalmatians (G)
52. 1961 - The Absent-Minded Professor (G)
53. 1961 - The Parent Trap
54. 1961 - Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (G)
55. 1961 - Greyfriars Bobby
56. 1961 - Babes in Toyland
57. 1962 - Moon Pilot
58. 1962 - Bon Voyage
59. 1962 - Big Red
60. 1962 - Almost Angels
61. 1962 - The Legend of Lobo (G)
62. 1962 - In Search of the Castaways (G)
63. 1963 - Son of Flubber (G)
64. 1963 - Miracle of the White Stallions
65. 1963 - Savage Sam
66. 1963 - Summer Magic
67. 1963 - The Incredible Journey (G)
68. 1963 - The Sword in the Stone (G)
69. 1963 - The Three Lives of Thomasina (PG)
70. 1964 - The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (G)
71. 1964 - A Tiger Walks
72. 1964 - The Moon-Spinners (PG)
73. 1964 - Mary Poppins (G)
74. 1964 - Emil and the Detectives
75. 1965 - Those Calloways (PG)
76. 1965 - The Monkey's Uncle
77. 1965 - That Darn Cat (G)
78. 1966 - The Ugly Dachshund
79. 1966 - Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N. (G)
80. 1966 - The Fighting Prince of Donegal
81. 1966 - Follow Me, Boys! (G)
82. 1967 - Monkeys, Go Home
83. 1967 - The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
84. 1967 - The Happiest Millionaire (G)
85. 1967 - The Gnome-Mobile (G)
86. 1967 - The Jungle Book (G)
87. 1967 - Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar
88. 1968 - Blackbeard's Ghost (G)
89. 1968 - The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
90. 1968 - Never a Dull Moment (G)
91. 1968 - The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
92. 1969 - The Love Bug (G)
93. 1969 - Smith!
94. 1969 - Rascal
95. 1969 - The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
96. 1970 - King of the Grizzlies (G)
97. 1970 - The Boatniks (G)
98. 1970 - The Aristocats (G)
99. 1971 - The Wild Country (G)
100. 1971 - The Barefoot Executive (G)
101. 1971 - Scandalous John (G)
102. 1971 - The Million Dollar Duck (G)
103. 1971 - Bedknobs and Broomsticks (G)
104. 1972 - The Biscuit Eater (G)
105. 1972 - Napoleon and Samantha (G)
106. 1972 - Now You See Him, Now You Don't (G)
107. 1972 - Run, Cougar, Run (G)
108. 1972 - Snowball Express (G)
109. 1973 - The World's Greatest Athlete (G)
110. 1973 - Charley and the Angel (G)
111. 1973 - One Little Indian (G)
112. 1973 - Robin Hood (G)
113. 1973 - Superdad (G)
114. 1974 - Herbie Rides Again (G)
115. 1974 - The Bears and I (G)
116. 1974 - The Castaway Cowboy (G)
117. 1974 - The Island at the Top of the World (G)
118. 1975 - The Strongest Man in the World (G)
119. 1975 - Escape to Witch Mountain (G)
120. 1975 - The Apple Dumpling Gang (G)
121. 1975 - One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (G)
122. 1975 - The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures (G)
123. 1976 - Ride a Wild Pony (G)
124. 1976 - No Deposit, No Return (G)
125. 1976 - Gus (G)
126. 1976 - Treasure of Matecumbe (G)
127. 1976 - The Shaggy D.A. (G)
128. 1977 - Freaky Friday (G)
129. 1977 - The Littlest Horse Thieves (G)
130. 1977 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (G)
131. 1977 - The Rescuers (G)
132. 1977 - Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (G)
133. 1977 - Pete's Dragon (G)
134. 1978 - Candleshoe (G)
135. 1978 - Return From Witch Mountain (G)
136. 1978 - The Cat From Outer Space (G)
137. 1978 - Hot Lead and Cold Feet (G)
138. 1979 - The North Avenue Irregulars (G)
139. 1979 - The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (G)
140. 1979 - Unidentified Flying Oddball (G)
141. 1979 - The Black Hole (PG)
142. 1980 - Midnight Madness (PG)
143. 1980 - The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (G)
144. 1980 - Herbie Goes Bananas (G)
145. 1981 - The Devil and Max Devlin (PG)
146. 1981 - Amy (G)
147. 1981 - The Fox and the Hound (G)
148. 1981 - Condorman (PG)
149. 1981 - The Watcher in the Woods (PG)
150. 1982 - Night Crossing (PG)
151. 1982 - Tron (PG)
152. 1982 - Tex (PG)
153. 1983 - Trenchcoat (PG)
154. 1983 - Something Wicked This Way Comes (PG)
155. 1983 - Never Cry Wolf (PG)
156. 1984 - Splash (Touchstone) (PG)
157. 1984 - Tiger Town (G)
158. 1984 - Country (Touchstone) (PG)
159. 1985 - Baby...Secret of the Lost Legend (Touchstone) (PG)
160. 1985 - Return to Oz (PG)
161. 1985 - The Black Cauldron (PG)
162. 1985 - My Science Project (Touchstone) (PG)
163. 1985 - The Journey of Natty Gann (PG)
164. 1985 - One Magic Christmas (G)
165. 1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Touchstone) (R)
166. 1986 - Off Beat (Touchstone) (R)
167. 1986 - Ruthless People (Touchstone) (R)
168. 1986 - The Great Mouse Detective (G)
169. 1986 - Flight of the Navigator (PG)
170. 1986 - Tough Guys (Touchstone) (PG)
171. 1986 - The Color of Money (Touchstone) (R)
172. 1987 - Outrageous Fortune (Touchstone) (R)
173. 1987 - Tin Men (Touchstone) (R)
174. 1987 - Ernest Goes to Camp (Touchstone) (PG)
175. 1987 - Benji the Hunted (G)
176. 1987 - Adventures in Babysitting (Touchstone) (PG-13)
177. 1987 - Stakeout (Touchstone) (R)
178. 1987 - Can't Buy Me Love (Touchstone) (PG-13)
179. 1987 - Hello Again (Touchstone) (PG)
180. 1987 - Three Men and a Baby (Touchstone) (PG)
181. 1987 - Good Morning, Vietnam (Touchstone) (R)
182. 1988 - Shoot to Kill (Touchstone) (R)
183. 1988 - D.O.A. (Touchstone) (R)
184. 1988 - Return to Snowy River (PG)
185. 1988 - Big Business (Touchstone) (PG)
186. 1988 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Touchstone) (PG)
187. 1988 - Cocktail (Touchstone) (R)
188. 1988 - The Rescue (Touchstone) (PG)
189. 1988 - Heartbreak Hotel (Touchstone) (PG-13)
190. 1988 - The Good Mother (Touchstone) (R)
191. 1988 - Ernest Saves Christmas (Touchstone) (PG)
192. 1988 - Oliver & Company (G)
193. 1988 - Beaches (Touchstone) (PG-13)
194. 1989 - Three Fugitives (Touchstone) (PG-13)
195. 1989 - New York Stories (Touchstone) (PG)
196. 1989 - Disorganized Crime (Touchstone) (R)
197. 1989 - Dead Poets Society (Touchstone) (PG)
198. 1989 - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG)
199. 1989 - Turner & Hooch (Touchstone) (PG)
200. 1989 - Cheetah (G)
201. 1989 - An Innocent Man (Touchstone) (R)
202. 1989 - Gross Anatomy (Touchstone) (PG-13)
203. 1989 - The Little Mermaid (G)
204. 1989 - Blaze (Touchstone) (R)
205. 1990 - Stella (Touchstone) (PG-13)
206. 1990 - Where the Heart Is (Touchstone) (R)
207. 1990 - Pretty Woman (Touchstone) (R)
208. 1990 - Ernest Goes to Jail (Touchstone) (PG)
209. 1990 - Spaced Invaders (Touchstone) (PG)
210. 1990 - Fire Birds (Touchstone) (PG-13)
211. 1990 - Dick Tracy (Touchstone) (PG)
212. 1990 - Betsy's Wedding (Touchstone) (R)
213. 1990 - Arachnophobia (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
214. 1990 - DuckTales: the Movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp (Disney Movietoons) (G)
215. 1990 - Taking Care of Business (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
216. 1990 - Mr. Destiny (Touchstone) (PG-13)
217. 1990 - The Rescuers Down Under (G)
218. 1990 - Three Men and a Little Lady (Touchstone) (PG)
219. 1990 - Green Card (Touchstone) (PG-13)
220. 1991 - White Fang (PG)
221. 1991 - Run (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
222. 1991 - Scenes From a Mall (Touchstone) (R)
223. 1991 - Shipwrecked (PG)
224. 1991 - The Marrying Man (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
225. 1991 - Oscar (Touchstone) (PG)
226. 1991 - One Good Cop (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
227. 1991 - What About Bob? (Touchstone) (PG)
228. 1991 - Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (G)
229. 1991 - The Rocketeer (PG)
230. 1991 - The Doctor (Touchstone) (PG-13)
231. 1991 - V. I. Warshawski (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
232. 1991 - True Identity (Touchstone) (R)
233. 1991 - Paradise (Touchstone) (PG-13)
234. 1991 - Deceived (Touchstone) (PG-13)
235. 1991 - Ernest Scared Stupid (Touchstone) (PG)
236. 1991 - Billy Bathgate (Touchstone) (R)
237. 1991 - Beauty and the Beast (G)
238. 1991 - Father of the Bride (Touchstone) (PG)
239. 1992 - The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
240. 1992 - Medicine Man (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
241. 1992 - Blame It On The Bellboy (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
242. 1992 - Noises Off (Touchstone) (PG-13)
243. 1992 - Straight Talk (Hollywood Pictures) (PG)
244. 1992 - Newsies (PG)
245. 1992 - Passed Away (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
246. 1992 - Encino Man (Hollywood Pictures) (PG)
247. 1992 - Sister Act (Touchstone) (PG)
248. 1992 - Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (PG)
249. 1992 - A Stranger Among Us (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
250. 1992 - 3 Ninjas (Touchstone) (PG)
251. 1992 - The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (Touchstone) (PG-13)
252. 1992 - Crossing the Bridge (Touchstone) (R)
253. 1992 - Sarafina! (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
254. 1992 - Captain Ron (Touchstone) (PG-13)
255. 1992 - The Mighty Ducks (PG)
256. 1992 - Consenting Adults (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
257. 1992 - Aladdin (G)
258. 1992 - The Distinguished Gentleman (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
259. 1992 - The Muppet Christmas Carol (G)
260. 1993 - Alive (Touchstone Pictures) (R)
261. 1993 - Aspen Extreme (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
262. 1993 - The Cemetery Club (Touchstone) (PG-13)
263. 1993 - Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (G)
264. 1993 - Swing Kids (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
265. 1993 - A Far Off Place (PG)
266. 1993 - Born Yesterday (Hollywood Pictures) (PG)
267. 1993 - Adventures of Huck Finn (PG)
268. 1993 - Indian Summer (Touchstone) (PG-13)
269. 1993 - Bound By Honor (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
270. 1993 - Super Mario Bros. (Hollywood Pictures) (PG)
271. 1993 - Guilty As Sin (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
272. 1993 - Life with Mikey (Touchstone) (PG)
273. 1993 - What's Love Got To Do With It (Touchstone) (R)
274. 1993 - Son-In-Law (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
275. 1993 - Hocus Pocus (PG)
276. 1993 - Another Stakeout (Touchstone) (PG-13)
277. 1993 - My Boyfriend's Back (Touchstone) (PG-13)
278. 1993 - Father Hood (Hollywood Pictures) (PG-13)
279. 1993 - The Joy Luck Club (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
280. 1993 - Money For Nothing (Hollywood Pictures) (R)
281. 1993 - The Program (Touchstone) (R)
282. 1993 - Cool Runnings (PG)
283. 1993 - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Touchstone) (PG)
284. 1993 - The Three Musketeers (PG)
285. 1993 - Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (Touchstone) (PG)
286. 1993 - Tombstone (Hollywood) (R)
287. 1994 - Cabin Boy (Touchstone) (PG-13)
288. 1994 - The Air Up There (Hollywood) (PG)
289. 1994 - Iron Will (PG)
290. 1994 - My Father the Hero (Touchstone) (PG)
291. 1994 - Blank Check (PG)
292. 1994 - Angie (Hollywood) (R)
293. 1994 - The Ref (Touchstone) (R)
294. 1994 - D2: The Mighty Ducks (PG)
295. 1994 - Holy Matrimony (Hollywood) (PG-13)
296. 1994 - White Fang 2: The Myth of the White Wolf (PG)
297. 1994 - The Inkwell (Touchstone) (R)
298. 1994 - When A Man Loves A Woman (Touchstone) (R)
299. 1994 - Renaissance Man (Touchstone) (PG-13)
300. 1994 - The Lion King (G)
301. 1994 - I Love Trouble (Touchstone) (PG)
302. 1994 - Angels in the Outfield (PG)
303. 1994 - In The Army Now (Hollywood) (PG)
304. 1994 - Color Of Night (Hollywood) (R)
305. 1994 - It's Pat (Touchstone) (PG-13)
306. 1994 - Camp Nowhere (Hollywood) (PG)
307. 1994 - A Simple Twist of Fate (Touchstone) (PG-13)
308. 1994 - Quiz Show (Hollywood) (PG-13)
309. 1994 - Terminal Velocity (Hollywood) (PG-13)
310. 1994 - Ed Wood (Touchstone) (R)
311. 1994 - Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters (Hollywood) (R)
312. 1994 - Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (PG)
313. 1994 - The Santa Clause (PG)
314. 1994 - A Low Down Dirty Shame (Hollywood) (R)
315. 1994 - Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (PG)
316. 1995 - Houseguest (Hollywood) (PG)
317. 1995 - Bad Company (Touchstone) (R)
318. 1995 - Miami Rhapsody (Hollywood) (PG-13)
319. 1995 - Jerky Boys (Caravan) (R)
320. 1995 - Heavyweights (PG)
321. 1995 - Man of the House (PG)
322. 1995 - Roommates (Hollywood) PG
323. 1995 - Tall Tale (PG)
324. 1995 - Funny Bones (Hollywood) (R)
325. 1995 - Jefferson in Paris (Touchstone) (PG-13)
326. 1995 - A Goofy Movie (G)
327. 1995 - While You Were Sleeping (Hollywood) (PG)
328. 1995 - A Pyromaniac's Love Story (Hollywood) (PG)
329. 1995 - Crimson Tide (Hollywood) (R)
330. 1995 - Mad Love (Touchstone) (PG-13)
331. 1995 - Pocahontas (G)
332. 1995 - Judge Dredd (Hollywood) (R)
333. 1995 - Operation Dumbo Drop (PG)
334. 1995 - Dangerous Minds (Hollywood) (R)
335. 1995 - A Kid in King Arthur's Court (PG)
336. 1995 - The Tie That Binds (Hollywood) (R)
337. 1995 - Unstrung Heroes (Hollywood) (PG)
338. 1995 - The Big Green (PG)
339. 1995 - Dead Presidents (Hollywood) (R)
340. 1995 - Feast of July (Touchstone) (R)
341. 1995 - The Scarlet Letter (Hollywood) (R)
342. 1995 - Frank and Ollie (PG)
343. 1995 - Powder (Hollywood) (PG-13)
344. 1995 - Toy Story (G)
345. 1995 - Father of the Bride Part II (Touchstone) (PG)
346. 1995 - Nixon (Hollywood) (R)
347. 1995 - Tom and Huck (PG)
348. 1996 - Mr. Holland's Opus (Hollywood) (PG)
349. 1996 - White Squall (Hollywood) (PG)
350. 1996 - Mr. Wrong (Touchstone) (PG-13)
351. 1996 - Muppet Treasure Island (G)
352. 1996 - Before and After (Hollywood) (PG-13)
353. 1996 - Up Close and Personal (Touchstone) (PG-13)
354. 1996 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (G)
355. 1996 - Two Much (Touchstone) (PG-13)
356. 1996 - Little Indian, Big City (Touchstone) (PG)
357. 1996 - James and the Giant Peach (G)
358. 1996 - Celtic Pride (Hollywood) (PG-13)
359. 1996 - Last Dance (Touchstone) (R)
360. 1996 - Boys (Touchstone) (PG-13)
361. 1996 - Spy Hard (Hollywood) (PG-13)
362. 1996 - Eddie (Hollywood) (PG-13)
363. 1996 - Rock, The (Hollywood) (R)
364. 1996 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (G)
365. 1996 - Phenomenon (Touchstone) (PG)
366. 1996 - Kazaam (Touchstone) (PG)
367. 1996 - Jack (Hollywood) (PG-13)
368. 1996 - First Kid (PG)
369. 1996 - The Rich Man's Wife (Hollywood) (R)
370. 1996 - D3: The Mighty Ducks (PG)
371. 1996 - The Associate (Hollywood) (PG-13)
372. 1996 - Ransom (Touchstone) (R)
373. 1996 - The War At Home (Touchstone) (R)
374. 1996 - 101 Dalmatians (Live) (G)
375. 1996 - The Preacher's Wife (Touchstone) (PG)
376. 1996 - Evita (Hollywood) (PG)
377. 1997 - Metro (Touchstone) (R)
378. 1997 - Prefontaine (Hollywood) (PG-13)
379. 1997 - Shadow Conspiracy (Hollywood) (R)
380. 1997 - That Darn Cat (PG)
381. 1997 - Jungle 2 Jungle (PG)
382. 1997 - The Sixth Man (Touchstone) (PG-13)
383. 1997 - Grosse Pointe Blank (Hollywood) (R)
384. 1997 - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (Touchstone) (R)
385. 1997 - Gone Fishin' (Hollywood) (PG)
386. 1997 - Con Air (Touchstone) (R)
387. 1997 - Hercules (G)
388. 1997 - George of the Jungle (PG)
389. 1997 - Nothing to Lose (Touchstone) (R)
390. 1997 - Air Bud (PG)
391. 1997 - G.I. Jane (Hollywood) (R)
392. 1997 - A Thousand Acres (Touchstone) (R)
393. 1997 - Washington Square (Hollywood) (PG)
394. 1997 - Rocket Man (PG)
395. 1997 - Playing God (Touchstone) (R)
396. 1997 - Flubber (PG)
397. 1997 - An American Werewolf in Paris (Hollywood) (R)
398. 1997 - Mr. Magoo (PG)
399. 1997 - Kundun (Touchstone) (PG-13)
400. 1998 - Deep Rising (Hollywood) (R)
401. 1998 - An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (Hollywood) (R)
402. 1998 - Krippendorf's Tribe (Touchstone) (PG-13)
403. 1998 - Meet the Deedles (PG)
404. 1998 - He Got Game (Touchstone) (R)
405. 1998 - The Horse Whisperer (Touchstone) (PG-13)
406. 1998 - Six Days, Seven Nights (Touchstone) (PG-13)
407. 1998 - Mulan (G)
408. 1998 - Armageddon (Touchstone) (PG-13)
409. 1998 - Jane Austin's Mafia! (Touchstone) (PG-13)
410. 1998 - The Parent Trap (PG)
411. 1998 - Firelight (Hollywood) (R)
412. 1998 - Simon Birch (Hollywood) (PG)
413. 1998 - Holy Man (Touchstone) (PG)
414. 1998 - Beloved (Touchstone) (R)
415. 1998 - The Water Boy (Touchstone) (PG-13)
416. 1998 - I'll Be Home for Christmas (PG)
417. 1998 - Enemy of the State (Touchstone) (R)
418. 1998 - A Bug's Life (G)
419. 1998 - Rushmore (Touchstone) (R)
420. 1998 - Mighty Joe Young (PG)
421. 1999 - A Civil Action (Touchstone) (PG-13)
422. 1999 - My Favorite Martian (PG)
423. 1999 - The Other Sister (Touchstone) (PG-13)
424. 1999 - Doug's 1st Movie (G)
425. 1999 - 10 Things I Hate About You (Touchstone) (PG-13)
426. 1999 - Endurance (G)
427. 1999 - Instinct (Touchstone) (R)
428. 1999 - Tarzan (G)
429. 1999 - Summer of Sam (Touchstone) (R)
430. 1999 - Inspector Gadget (PG)
431. 1999 - The Sixth Sense (Hollywood) (PG-13)
432. 1999 - The 13th Warrior (Touchstone) (R)
433. 1999 - Breakfast of Champions (Hollywood) (R)
434. 1999 - Mumford (Touchstone) (R)
435. 1999 - Mystery, Alaska (Hollywood) (R)
436. 1999 - The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (G)
437. 1999 - The Straight Story (G)
438. 1999 - The Insider (Touchstone) (R)
439. 1999 - Toy Story 2 (G)
440. 1999 - Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (Touchstone) (R)
441. 1999 - Cradle Will Rock (Touchstone) (R)
442. 1999 - Bicentennial Man (Touchstone) (PG)
443. 2000 - Fantasia/2000 (IMAX) (G)
444. 2000 - Play It To The Bone (Touchstone) (R)
445. 2000 - Gun Shy (Hollywood) (R)
446. 2000 - The Tigger Movie (G)
447. 2000 - Mission to Mars (Touchstone) (PG)
448. 2000 - Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (G)
449. 2000 - High Fidelity (Touchstone) (R)
450. 2000 - Keeping the Faith (Touchstone) (PG-13)
451. 2000 - Dinosaur (PG)
452. 2000 - Shanghai Noon (Touchstone) (PG-13)
453. 2000 - Gone in 60 Seconds (Touchstone) (PG-13)
454. 2000 - Disney's The Kid (PG)
455. 2000 - Coyote Ugly (Touchstone) (PG-13)
456. 2000 - The Crew (Touchstone) (PG-13)
457. 2000 - Duets (Hollywood) (R)
458. 2000 - Remember the Titans (PG)
459. 2000 - Playing Mona Lisa (no label) (R)
460. 2000 - Unbreakable (Touchstone) (PG-13)
461. 2000 - 102 Dalmatians (G)
462. 2000 - The Emperor's New Groove (G)
463. 2000 - O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Touchstone) (PG-13)
464. 2001 - Double Take (Touchstone) (PG-13)
465. 2001 - Recess: School's Out (G)
466. 2001 - Just Visiting (Hollywood) (PG-13)
467. 2001 - Pearl Harbor (Touchstone) (PG-13)
468. 2001 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire (PG)
469. 2001 - crazy/beautiful (Touchstone) (PG-13)
470. 2001 - The Princess Diaries (G)
471. 2001 - Bubble Boy (Touchstone) (PG-13)
472. 2001 - New Port South (Touchstone) (PG-13)
473. 2001 - Max Keeble's Big Move (PG)
474. 2001 - Corky Romano (Touchstone) (PG-13)
475. 2001 - High Heels and Low Lifes (Touchstone) (R)
476. 2001 - Monsters, Inc. (G)
477. 2001 - Out Cold (Touchstone) (PG-13)
478. 2001 - The Royal Tenenbaums (Touchstone) (R)
479. 2002 - Snow Dogs (PG)
480. 2002 - The Count of Monte Cristo (Touchstone) (PG-13)
481. 2002 - Return to Never Land (G)
482. 2002 - Sorority Boys (Touchstone) (R)
483. 2002 - The Rookie (G)
484. 2002 - Big Trouble (Touchstone) (PG-13)
485. 2002 - Frank McKlusky, C.I. (Touchstone) (PG-13)
486. 2002 - ESPN's Ultimate X - The Movie (Touchstone) (PG)
487. 2002 - Bad Company (Touchstone) (PG-13)
488. 2002 - Lilo & Stitch (PG)
489. 2002 - Reign of Fire (Touchstone) (PG-13)
490. 2002 - The Country Bears (G)
491. 2002 - Signs (Touchstone) (PG-13)
492. 2002 - Spirited Away (Walt Disney Studios Presents) (PG)
493. 2002 - Moonlight Mile (Touchstone) (PG-13)
494. 2002 - Sweet Home Alabama (Touchstone) (PG-13)
495. 2002 - Tuck Everlasting (PG)
496. 2002 - Santa Clause 2 (G)
497. 2002 - Treasure Planet (PG)
498. 2002 - The Hot Chick (Touchstone) (PG-13)
499. 2002 - The 25th Hour (Touchstone) (R)
500. 2003 - The Recruit (Touchstone) (PG-13)
501. 2003 - Shanghai Knights (Touchstone) (PG-13)
502. 2003 - The Jungle Book 2 (G)
503. 2003 - Bringing Down the House (Touchstone) (PG-13)
504. 2003 - Piglet's Big Movie (G)
505. 2003 - Ghosts of the Abyss (G)
506. 2003 - Holes (PG)
507. 2003 - The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG)
508. 2003 - Finding Nemo (G)
509. 2003 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)
510. 2003 - Freaky Friday (PG)
511. 2003 - Open Range (Touchstone) (R)
512. 2003 - Hope Springs (Touchstone) (PG-13)
513. 2003 - Cold Creek Manor (Touchstone) (R)
514. 2003 - Under the Tuscan Sun (Touchstone) (PG-13)
515. 2003 - Veronica Guerin (Touchstone) (R)
516. 2003 - Brother Bear (G)
517. 2003 - The Haunted Mansion (PG)
518. 2003 - Calendar Girls (Touchstone) (PG-13)
519. 2003 - The Young Black Stallion (G)
520. 2004 - Disney's Teacher's Pet (PG)
521. 2004 - Miracle (PG)
522. 2004 - Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (PG)
523. 2004 - Hidalgo (Touchstone) (PG-13)
524. 2004 - The Ladykillers (Touchstone) (R)
525. 2004 - Home on the Range (PG)
526. 2004 - The Alamo (Touchstone) (PG-13)
527. 2004 - Sacred Planet (G)
528. 2004 - Raising Helen (Touchstone) (PG-13)
529. 2004 - Around the World in 80 Days (PG)
530. 2004 - America's Heart and Soul (PG)
531. 2004 - King Arthur (Touchstone) (PG-13)
532. 2004 - The Village (Touchstone) (PG-13)
533. 2004 - The Princess Diaries 2 (G)
534. 2004 - Mr. 3000 (Touchstone) (PG-13)
535. 2004 - The Last Shot (Touchstone) (R)
536. 2004 - Ladder 49 (Touchstone) (PG-13)
537. 2004 - The Incredibles (PG)
538. 2004 - National Treasure (PG)
539. 2004 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Touchstone) (R)
540. 2005 - Aliens of the Deep (G)
541. 2005 - Pooh's Heffalump Movie (G)
542. 2005 - The Pacifier (PG)
543. 2005 - Ice Princess (G)
544. 2005 - A Lot Like Love (Touchstone) (PG-13)
545. 2005 - The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy (Touchstone) (PG)
546. 2005 - Howl's Moving Castle (PG)
547. 2005 - Herbie: Fully Loaded (G)
548. 2005 - Dark Water (Touchstone) (PG-13)
549. 2005 - Sky High (PG)
550. 2005 - Valiant (G)
551. 2005 - Flightplan (Touchstone) (PG-13)
552. 2005 - The Greatest Game Ever Played (PG)
553. 2005 - Shopgirl (R) (Touchstone)
554. 2005 - Chicken Little (G)
555. 2005 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (PG)
556. 2005 - Casanova (R)
557. 2006 - Glory Road (PG)
558. 2006 - Annapolis (Touchstone) (PG-13)
559. 2006 - Roving Mars (G)
560. 2006 - Eight Below (PG)
561. 2006 - The Shaggy Dog (PG)
562. 2006 - Stay Alive (Hollywood) (PG13)
563. 2006 - The Wild (G)
564. 2006 - Stick It (Touchstone) (PG-13)
565. 2006 - Goal! The dream begins (Touchstone) (PG)
566. 2006 - Cars (G)
567. 2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (PG-13)
568. 2006 - Step Up (Touchstone) (PG-13)
569. 2006 - Invincible (PG)
570. 2006 - The Guardian (Touchstone) (PG-13)
571. 2006 - The Prestige (Touchstone) (PG-13)
572. 2006 - The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (G)
573. 2006 - Déjà Vu (Touchstone) (PG13)
574. 2006 - Apocalypto (Touchstone) (R)
575. 2007 - Primeval (Hollywood) (R)
576. 2007 - Bridge to Terabithia (PG)
577. 2007 - Wild Hogs (Touchstone) (PG-13)
578. 2007 - Meet the Robinsons (G)
579. 2007 - The Invisible (Hollywood) (PG-13)
580. 2007 - Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13)
581. 2007 - Ratatouille (G)
582. 2007 - Underdog (PG)
583. 2007 - The Game Plan (PG)
584. 2007 - Dan in Real Life (PG-13)
585. 2007 - Enchanted (PG)
586. 2007 - National Treasure: Book of Secrets (PG)
587. 2008 - Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both World Concert (G)
588. 2008 - Step Up 2 The Streets (Touchstone) (PG-13)
589. 2008 - College Road Trip (G)
590. 2008 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)
591. 2008 - WALL·E (G)
592. 2008 - Swing Vote (Touchstone) (PG-13)
593. 2008 - Tinker Bell
594. 2008 - Miracle at St. Anna (Touchstone) (PG-13)
595. 2008 - Beverly Hills Chihuahua (PG)
596. 2008 - Morning Light (PG)
597. 2008 - High School Musical 3: Senior Year
598. 2008 - Roadside Romeo (PG)
599. 2008 - Bolt (PG)
600. 2008 - Bedtime Stories (PG)
601. 2009 - Confessions of a Shopaholic (Touchstone) (PG)
602. 2009 - Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (Touchstone) (G)
603. 2009 - Race to Witch Mountain (PG)
604. 2009 - Hannah Montana: The Movie (Touchstone) (G)
605. 2009 - Earth (Disneynature) (G)
606. 2009 - the boys: the sherman brothers' story (PG)
607. 2009 - Up (G)
608. 2009 - The Proposal (Touchstone) (PG-13)
609. 2009 - G-Force (PG)
610. 2009 - Surrogates (Touchstone) (PG-13)
611. 2009 - A Christmas Carol (PG)
612. 2009 - Old Dogs (PG)
613. 2009 - The Princess and the Frog (PG)
614. 2010 - When in Rome (Touchstone) (PG)
615. 2010 - Alice in Wonderland (PG)
616. 2010 - Waking Sleeping Beauty (PG)
617. 2010 - The Last Song (Touchstone) (PG)
618. 2010 - Oceans (Disneynature) (G)
619. 2010 - Iron Man 2 (Marvel) (PG-13)
620. 2010 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG)
621. 2010 - Tangled

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cultural Ambassadors Reunite After 10 Years


Approximately 150 of the original 600 cultural ambassadors who worked at Millennium Village (now named World ShowPlace Pavilion) in 2000 reunited at Epcot this past October. A decade later, these cultural ambassadors returned to reminisce and once again celebrate the future hand-in-hand at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

The event became emotional for many in attendance, such as former cultural ambassador Mike Sentany from Banbung, Indonesia, who cried when recanting the experience. "I wouldn't trade it for the world," he said. "I learned that it's not about politics or government. None of it mattered, because we were friends, family. I saw that we're all just people and there's good in everybody." 

The Millennium Village was a 60,000-square-foot pavilion between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions that opened its doors to the public Oct. 1, 1999, as the epicenter of Disney's Millennium Celebration. The building housed exhibit areas for more than 50 countries from around the world and included interactive games and an international food court. 

Over the course of the celebration, the cultural ambassadors were brought here to work side-by-side. They shared their culture and history with each other and the many Guests who made their way to Millennium Village.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Disney Parks - "Tell Them" Holiday

Know the famous "We're going to Disneyworld"? Well, real families telling their kids on Christmas day that they are going to Disney- What a great Christmas gift! A fantastic vacation the whole family will enjoy. Let the Memories Begin!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Everything about Disney's Christmas 2010


From a sparkling ice castle and symphony of dazzling lights … to legendary international customs and wondrous displays … to magical entertainment and musical delights, Walt Disney World Resort unwraps an enchanting celebration of the holiday season in 2010.

Electrifying fireworks, charming parades and all the sounds of the season help transform the 40-square-mile resort into a winter wonderland where holiday fun begins as early as Nov. 8.  Guests who believe “there’s no place like home for the holidays” can enjoy the merriment at Disney and still curl up in a cozy place at home for Christmas ... while other guests can spend the holidays at Mickey’s place, since many seasonal happenings continue through Jan. 3, 2011.



Disney’s stocking full of cheer includes:


Magic Kingdom



Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – On 19 magical nights between Nov. 8 and Dec. 19, holiday revelers can sip cocoa, catch a “snowflake” on a fingertip and catch the spirit of the season through enchanting entertainment that includes live shows, fireworks, carolers and special character meet and greets.




Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which kicks off at 7 p.m. on select evenings (after regular Magic Kingdom closing), is pure, time-honored Disney magic:

Dancing gingerbread, marching soldiers and Santa’s sleigh parade down Main Street, U.S.A. to seasonal melodies during the twice-nightly “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” … Cinderella Castle is draped radiantly with 200,000 glistening white lights … and “Holiday Wishes, Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks lights the night sky during a pyrotechnics show orchestrated to holiday melodies.

The night wouldn’t be complete without the forecasted flurry of snowflakes along Main Street, U.S.A. and a warming cup of cocoa in hand.  Party-goers also enjoy complimentary cookies and apple slices and enjoy unlimited admission to favorite attractions.



This after-hours family-friendly outing takes place Nov. 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, 30 and Dec. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 and 19.  The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. and continues until midnight.  Day-of-party ticket pricing is $59.95 ($53.95 for ages 3-9).  Advance tickets are available with $6 savings for most dates.  Guests can visit Disneyworld.com/christmasparty or call 407/W-DISNEY.


Castle Dream Lights – When daylight has passed during the holiday season, Magic Kingdom guests can behold a breathtaking transformation during the Castle Dream Lights ceremony.  Each evening Nov. 8, 2010, through Jan. 3, 2011, Cinderella and favorite characters decked out in holiday garb take to the stage and magically transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace aglow with 200,000 white lights – a perfect centerpiece to a park all decked out with wreaths, bows, garland and towering Christmas trees.





Disney’s Hollywood Studios








Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Millions of brilliant bulbs blanket the backlot with dancing lights and animated displays synchronized to high-energy holiday tunes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 8, 2010, through Jan. 3, 2011.


Colorful wreaths, twirling carousels, flying angels and Santa and his reindeer bedazzle park-goers amid swirling snow flurries during The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, a megawatt, multi-colored spectacle that Show Director John Phelan calls “the ultimate Americana Holiday lights display.”

“Imagine it,” Phelan said.  “One private citizen (Jennings Osborne), overwhelmed by the spirit of the season, created his own ‘Holiday Wonderland,’ complete with a giant rotating globe with ‘Peace on Earth’ above it and a massive canopy of red lights that people could walk under.  He said he wanted the people to feel like they were inside the lights, looking out.  Only in America!”

In fact, originally it was only in Little Rock, at the home of Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne.  The rich tradition began some 20 years ago when he strung 1,000 lights as a Christmas gift to his daughter.  After the exhibit grew larger and brighter – into millions of lights – it was transported to Walt Disney World Resort in 1995, where the light display now delights guests from all over the world each year.






Epcot



Holidays Around the World Throughout World Showcase, storytellers share customs and lore from their heritage from Nov. 26-Dec. 30.  Strolling around the promenade during the Holidays Around the World celebration may put you face-to-face with the good-hearted witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children’s shoes with treats, or the jolly gift-bearer  Father Christmas in the United Kingdom.  There are meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in The American Adventure, plus other legendary icons who share messages of goodwill.  The celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are showcased as well.

The evening is capped by the visual splendor of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” the mesmerizing Epcot spectacular featuring fireworks, laser and water – all spruced up for the season with a spirited holiday finale.


Candlelight Processional – The poignant story of Christmas unfolds during this renowned event featuring celebrity narrators, a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra at America Gardens Theatre.  On Nov. 26, Isabella Rossellini is scheduled to lead off the star-studded celebrity lineup that later in the season is scheduled to include Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Benson among others (lineup of narrators is subject to change without notice).  To ensure a seat for this joyous favorite, Candlelight Dinner packages are available with dinner at select Epcot restaurants, a special spot for fireworks viewing and guaranteed seating for the heartfelt Candlelight Processional.  For bookings call 407/WDW-DINE.






Disney's Animal Kingdom



Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade – The wild side of Animal Kingdom blends with a playful spirit of the holidays during “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.”  Mickey and pals present seasonal melodies with a world beat twist during a whimsical cavalcade throughout the park.  The high-energy afternoon parade runs daily from Nov. 26, 2010, through Jan. 3, 2011.

Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village is adorned with festive décor and perfectly trimmed Christmas trees and crooning carolers.  And Santa Goofy and spirited friends greet guests for photo opportunities.






Downtown Disney




Festival of the Seasons – Santa Claus is coming to town – to Downtown Disney, that is – and he’ll be meeting kids, listening to wishes and posing for pictures daily from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24 at Santa’s Chalet.






Santa is at the center of Festival of the Seasons, during which school choirs and bands often perform at the dock stage to help ring in the season … and shoppers can enjoy holiday gift buying every day.

With dozens of shops from boutiques to gigantic toy stores, there is something for every style and budget.  Tren-D has hip fashions and accessories, D Street offers all the latest Vinylmations, the World of Disney store showcases character, princess and pirate merchandise, and lots more.  And you could fill Santa’s sleigh with all the games and goodies at Once Upon a Toy.  There’s also Ghirardelli chocolates, Basin (soaps and bath products), LEGO Imagination Center and much more.




Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mickey's Not So Scary Main Street USA

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This was taken about 30 minutes after MNSSHP ended. The crowds were very light to begin with so before midnight Main Street was already empty.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Disney's Time-Lapse & Tilt-Shift Videos



Today, we'll show you a lot of time-lapse videos from Disney and an interview with Todd Heiden, International PR. Director, Disney Destinations LLC.

The first video is the newest one: A Model Vacation on Disney Cruise Line [Tilt-Shift Video]





The next video is the most famous and the one I like the most!!! It shows a day at the Magic Kingdom and also uses a technique called Tilt-Shift.




You've seen the Magic Kingdom in tilt-shift photography. Now see Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida from a whole new perspective. The exclusive video first featured on The Disney Parks Blog was created from a series of photos snapped inside the park. Our celebration begins at Spaceship Earth and after a brief trip through Future World, shifts to some of out favorite World Showcase areas. There's another special ending with Mickey too. Oh, and this time there's fireworks as well. Enjoy!






Another Tilt-Shift video: Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade 2009



Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model.

Altering the focus of the photography in Photoshop (or similar program) simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is.

In addition to focus manipulation, the tilt-shift photography effect is improved by increasing color saturation and contrast, to simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.

Most faked tilt-shift photographs are taken from a high angle to further simulate the effect of looking down on a miniature. The technique is particularly effective on buildings, cars, trains and people.

Tilt-Shift photography is all about changing the angle of the camera to give a different perspective and to make something look bigger or smaller. Like when you play poker and your chips are stacked and all lined up, from on top they don’t look like much but if you look from the bottom they could look huge.

To learn more about the technique to do videos and photos using this technique, visit:

Tilt-Shift Wikipedia

An Introduction to Canon’s New Tilt-Shift Lenses

Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial

Tilt-Shift Online Generator

50 Amazing Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography

75+ Stunning Tiltshift Photography Collection

Making of Magic Kingdom Park Tilt-Shift Video



When we posted last week’s Magic Kingdom tilt-shift video, the hope was that a few of you would enjoy the experiment. But oh my…were we surprised. Response was overwhelming.

Some Disney Parks Blog commenters said they were moved to tears. Others cheered and described it as a mini vacation. And yes, we heard those of you who asked for more. So, we immediately found the creative “eye” and champion of the project — David Roark, manager of creative photography for Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. David sat down with us and shared how he did it.

Tilt-Shift Still Frame



Thomas Smith: This type of project has never been attempted at Disney Parks. How’d you make it work?
David Roark: It was a lot of trial and error. My first two or three trips out of the box I was like, ‘This is not going to work.’ It’s a combination of your height on the scene and in the Magic Kingdom Park there’s just not a lot of fixed platforms where you can lock a camera off for five minutes without it moving. But there’s also lightning and consistency of exposure. We started this in the middle of summer and if you start a sequence and a little cloud comes by, you need to start it over again because the clouds darken the scene so much. So, it was very trial and error. This was on the job training for me.

TS: Was it difficult to find the perfect shots?
DR: In the case of this one, nobody really knew what we were doing. (I said) “just trust me and work with me here, this will all make sense.”

Making of Tilt-Shift


 TS: What lenses did you use?
DR: Nikon makes three tilt-shift lenses, they’re basically architectural lenses and we’re using them in a diametrically opposed application than what they’re built for. They’re built to actually allow you to increase the focal plane in a scene and make everything in focus. For tilt-shift, we turn them the opposite way and back tilt the focal plane so that hardly anything is in focus. And that creates that miniaturation effect.

TS: What was on your mind while putting this together?
DR: For me, it became as much a transportation story – the story of getting to the park and all the things that happen because that activity of parking your car and coming through the toll plaza. I had to think about what scenes have that kind of repetitive motion. It was a lot of fun and it’s different. For me it became a little bit of an escape.

TS: Did you notice Guests wanted to see Wishes Nighttime Spectacular?
DR: Everyone wants Wishes, but Wishes is so bright and because we shoot one frame a second, there were just too many flash frames in it. But, Epcot and Illuminations, I’ll make work. We’ll get the fireworks.





More Time-Lapse videos from Disney Parks

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.




This one shows the look of the Mickey Floral in front of the Magic Kingdom changing from Halloween to Christmas.

You'll see 2 nights of work in just one minute.

Art Director: David Hartmann







This video shows the decoration for Christmas on Main Street U.S.A, inside the Magic Kingdom.





Interview with Todd Heiden, International PR Director, Disney Destinations LLC.


Chad Emerson: Which of Disney’s tilt shift videos has been the most popular so far?

Todd Heiden
: “A Model Day at Magic Kingdom” has by far been the most popular for many different reasons.  First, the park resonates very well with the target audience; when you think of Disney Parks, the first of our parks that springs to mind is the Magic Kingdom. Second, the video launched simultaneously with our Disney Parks Blog, which has turned out to be a huge success for us in terms of having an official Parks voice with which to engage our fans within the social media realm. Lastly, the video itself received key references and embeds from influential external sites that helped drive the views up significantly.

Emerson
: Please explain how the idea of using the tilt-shift technique came to mind and why you thought it would fit well with Disney theme parks.

Heiden
: I was first introduced to tilt-shift by my sister-in-law who is an avid photographer. She shared an example of a video by a gentleman in Australia and I was mesmerized by the effect. Tilt-shift is first and foremost a photographic technique, but when the individual images are stitched together the resulting video works particularly well with motion and people. I thought, since so many of our ideas start out as models, how fun would it be to revert to a model-like look and incorporate both motion (trains, monorails, busses, boats, etc.) and moving people?

Emerson
: What about the technology creates that miniature effect?

Heiden
: I’m sure I won’t do the technology any justice with this explanation but here’s a try. Tilt-shift lenses do exactly what they advertise: tilt and shift. Whereas a traditional lens is mounted on a camera body in a straightforward affixed position, a tilt-shift lens allows for the movement of the lens relative to the image plane – namely left-right (tilt) and up-down (shift). The ability to do this allows for selective focus and precise control of the perspective. When you take a camera with a traditional lens and point it down or up at a subject (e.g. a building), you either only capture the base of the building or affect the perspective in the resulting image (a building that slowly converges near the top). Shifting the lens upwards on the camera body allows you to capture the entire subject, which is important when trying to tell the whole story. Tilting the lens produces a narrow region of sharpness with a blurring effect top and bottom in the image. Combining these two effects - and punching the color saturation up a bit in post-edit – can give the impression of a miniature.
Results are best when photographed from above or at a distance with a wide angle of view. In certain instances we chose to go with a zoom lens as the resulting image helped move the somewhat loose narrative along.

Emerson
: You’ve really focused on the theme parks to date. What are some other types of settings in which you could imagine this technique would also work well?

Heiden
: We’re about to drop our next video, which will feature the Disney Cruise Lines and in particular their ship the Disney Wonder. Seeing a massive 90 million pound cruise line bobbing about on the water like a toy ship in a bathtub is a really cool effect. Beyond the cruise line we have our 24 resorts on property, our two water parks and our shopping district, as well as unique perspective shots that we can consider for smaller POV segments.

Emerson: What type of feedback have you received back from guests regarding the videos? What has been the most surprising response?

Heiden
: The response has been overwhelmingly positive and “more” is what we’re being asked for. Everyone has their favorite park so obviously, if we haven’t featured their park yet, the expectation has now been set that it will be coming.

David Roark, our photographer who shoots all the images, has had guests approach him in the parks and comment on the videos. It really is a labor of love on his part given all the different locations he needs to lug his equipment around to so the recognition is a pleasant surprise for him. 

Probably the most amusing responses have been to the music selections. I wanted something that wasn’t standard Disney, something that would challenge people to “experience” Disney differently rather than hearing the music and automatically saying to themselves – “Disney.” The Magic Kingdom music is an overwhelming favorite, with Epcot’s music being a little more polarizing – they love it or hate it.  Either way, the videos generate a healthy trail of comments that are fun to follow.



More Time-Lapse Videos from Disney




If you’re building a “dream playground” then who better to go to for design advice than the experts – the children who’ll be using it. Drawings from the imaginations of kids in the community were incorporated into the newest Disney VoluntEARS-built playground at the Walt Disney World Clubhouse of Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. The play area was constructed in hours by more than 250 volunteers but here’s a look at the effort condensed into seconds:


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Disney's Dream Makers

Disney Picture of the Day

Vinylmation of the Day

Disney Tales [5 Weekly tales]

The Disney History

Marcio Disney Blog

Disney Pin of the Day

Marcio Disney Digital Media

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dave Smith's Final Day of Work


T H I S   D A Y   I N   D I S N E Y   H I S T O R Y

October 15, 2010

Disney Legend Dave Smith, the founder and head of the Disney Archives, puts in his final day of work at the Burbank studio. Smith started the archives after being approached by Walt Disney’s family, including Roy O. Disney four years after Walt’s death in 1966, to preserve the history  of the company.


The Marcio Disney Network has an entire blog  dedicated to him! It's called The Disney Archives and Mysteries: http://tinyurl.com/DisneyArchives


In the video below, Dave Smith, receives the Disney Legends award, 10/10/2007:









Dave Smith (Archives)
Inducted 2007
Walt Disney Archives founder and chief archivist David R. Smith officially joined The Walt Disney Company on June 22, 1970, but his Disney roots are even deeper.

A fan of Disney films throughout his youth, Dave adds, "I grew up in Southern California, and so my appreciation of Disneyland began as a child." In 1967, he had become interested in compiling an extensive bibliography on Walt Disney. With approval from the Disney organization, he spent more than a year researching all Disney publications and productions. 

When the Disney family and Studio management decided to attempt to preserve Walt Disney's papers, awards and memorabilia, it was natural for them to contact Dave to do a study, and make a recommendation which established the guidelines and objectives of the Archives. Dave was selected as archivist, and in the years since the Archives was established, it has come to be recognized as a model among corporate archives in the country?and Dave is regarded as the final authority on matters of Disney history. 



Born on October 13, 1940, and raised in Pasadena, Dave graduated as valedictorian from both Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College. He earned his B.A. in history at the University of California at Berkeley. While in school, Dave worked part-time for six years in the Manuscript Department of the Huntington Library in San Marino. 

Upon receiving his Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of California in June 1963, he was selected as one of seven outstanding graduates of library schools throughout the country to participate in an internship program at the Library of Congress in Washington. 

He returned to California where he served for five years as a reference librarian at the UCLA Research Library. While there, Dave authored several articles and had bibliographies published on the Monitor and the Merrimac Civil War warships, and on Jack Benny. 

Of his Disney role, Dave said, "The thing I like best is the tremendous variety in our work. We never know when we come to work in the morning what we'll be doing that day. It keeps the job interesting when you're not doing the same thing day in and day out." 

Dave has written extensively on Disney history, with a regular column in The Disney Channel Magazine, Disney Magazine, Disney Newsreel, and numerous articles in such publications as Starlog, Manuscripts, Millimeter, American Archivist, and California Historical Quarterly. He is the author of the official Disney encyclopedia Disney A to Z (now in its third edition), with Kevin Neary he co-authored four volumes of The Ultimate Disney Trivia Book, with Steven Clark he co-wrote Disney: The First 100 Years, and he edited The Quotable Walt Disney. Dave has written introductions to a number of other Disney books. 



"My greatest reward has been getting to know the many people who have come to use the Archives over the years. I have been especially proud to be a guide and mentor to so many young people who have gone on to exceptional careers in the Disney organization." Dave says humbly. 

"I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with Dave Smith for nearly 35 years," author and animator John Canemaker says, "and, to me, he has always been legendary. For his steady building of the Disney Archives over the years into one of the greatest, most invaluable, world-class resources for studying American animation?and for his kindness and generosity to all researchers." 

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