Park Secrets Archives - Inside the Magic https://insidethemagic.net/category/park-secrets/ Walt Disney World, Disneyland and more! Sun, 20 Nov 2022 06:14:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 Special Hidden Mickey Makes Annual Appearance on His Birthday at Disney World https://insidethemagic.net/2022/11/hidden-mickey-annual-appearance-on-his-birthday-at-walt-disney-world/ https://insidethemagic.net/2022/11/hidden-mickey-annual-appearance-on-his-birthday-at-walt-disney-world/comments/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 16:04:54 +0000 http://www.insidethemagic.net/?p=75313 Hidden Mickeys have become very popular throughout the Walt Disney World Resort over the past decade. Typically formed with three circles (one for the head and two smaller ones for the ears), these “Mickeys” are hidden all around the parks and even in the Resort hotels. Mickey Mouse was introduced to the world on November […]

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Hidden Mickeys have become very popular throughout the Walt Disney World Resort over the past decade. Typically formed with three circles (one for the head and two smaller ones for the ears), these “Mickeys” are hidden all around the parks and even in the Resort hotels.

Mickey Mouse was introduced to the world on November 18th, 1928 in the animated short “Steamboat Willie.” November 18th is also the day when one of the best Hidden Mickeys appears for a few minutes each year.

This amazingly unique Hidden Mickey can only be seen each year on Mickey Mouse’s birthday at exactly noon. Disney’s Imagineers decided to pay tribute to the famous mouse at the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

As visitors to the attraction know the ride’s queue takes Guests on a winding path across waterways and through caverns.

Under the Sea caverns at Journey of the Little Mermaid

Caverns at Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

The Imagineers carved part of the rock formation in the queue to allow the sun to shine through onto the base of a wall. The sun’s rays are at the perfect angle on this day at noon to form Mickey’s head.

 

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Hidden "Birthday" Mickey

Related: The seven most unique Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

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Whether you can see, it is entirely dependent on cloud cover.

 

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Related: 12 Hidden Mickeys to hunt for at Shanghai Disney Resort

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Hidden Mickey on the cave wall

More on Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid

Once the annual show is over, hop aboard a clamshell to experience Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid; the official Walt Disney World description reads:

Ariel at entrance to under the sea

Revisit the classic “tail” of how one lucky little mermaid found true love… and legs.

Your underwater adventure takes you below the waves on a tour of Ariel’s gadget-filled grotto. Immersive special effects and hand-drawn animation sequences recreate each unforgettable scene. Watch Sebastian the crab conduct every singing, dancing fish in the sea. Skulk past a sinister eel-infested lair, and then cheer as Prince Eric kisses the girl.

Spot Ariel’s friends Flounder and Scuttle, her father King Triton—and Ursula the sea witch, who looms 7.5 feet tall and 12 feet wide!

Emerge from the ocean’s depths in time to celebrate Ariel’s happily ever after in a spectacular fairytale finale.

What is your favorite Hidden Mickey? Share your favorite in the comments below.

 Special thanks to WDW Guided Tours for the pictures.

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Disney Scraps Exciting New Attraction, Citing Massive Challenges for Guests & Cast Members https://insidethemagic.net/2022/11/enchanted-tiki-room-restaurant-for-lillian-disney-bb1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2022/11/enchanted-tiki-room-restaurant-for-lillian-disney-bb1/comments/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:17:59 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=490734 Disney scrapped a brand-new park attraction after Walt Disney Imagineers were unable to solve a problem it presented for Guests. Since Disney Parks reopened following closures around the globe that resulted from the growing coronavirus pandemic, the parks have seen growth in attendance numbers, and that’s despite the changes brought about by the cursed Park […]

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Disney scrapped a brand-new park attraction after Walt Disney Imagineers were unable to solve a problem it presented for Guests.

Since Disney Parks reopened following closures around the globe that resulted from the growing coronavirus pandemic, the parks have seen growth in attendance numbers, and that’s despite the changes brought about by the cursed Park Pass Reservation System, as well as the cessation of the sale of annual passes.

And while fans are thrilled that the parks are once again open and operational, save for the closures due to Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, they have been extremely vocal about their frustrations related to the massive crowds in the parks, to say nothing of the “insane” long wait times in the queues for attractions and dining venues.

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And despite what Disney execs want them to think, many Guests feel that the introduction of Genie+ and Lightning Lane in the parks has been fruitless in diffusing those long lines.

RELATED: The Lines at Disney World are INSANE, and It’s All Your Fault!

But heavy crowds at Disney Parks aren’t a new problem. In fact, one Disney Park had such a problem with crowds that Walt Disney himself ultimately decided to scrap a new attraction that was near and dear to his heart.

In Glendale, California, the home of the Walt Disney Imagineering offices, magic takes place every day. Artists, graphic designers, animators, engineers, artists, and other talented professionals work together to design and develop the next exciting attractions and rides for Guests.

Every single Guest-favorite attraction at a Disney Park was first born in the minds of Walt Disney’s Imagineers and then grown, cultivated, expounded upon, added to, and detracted from. But not everything dreamed up by Imagineers finds its way inside the gates of a Disney Park.

Such was the experience of Imagineers years ago when Walt Disney shared with them an exceptional idea for a beautiful new restaurant at Disneyland–one that he wanted to build in honor of his wife Lillian.

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Imagineer Rolly Crump was one of the younger Imagineers, but his talents caught Walt Disney’s eye early on. Crump was called on to lend his creativity and artistic skill to a number of Disney attractions. He worked alongside Walt Disney to create the “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland and assisted Walt on his projects for the GE Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

Working toward what would ultimately become the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland, Crump also designed the Museum of the Weird. So it makes sense that Crump was Walt’s first choice when he needed an Imagineer to head up his project for Lillian.

RELATED: Meet Rolly Crump, the Only Surviving Imagineer who Worked on Disney’s Haunted Mansion Attraction

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Walt wanted to design a restaurant for his wife–one that would be located along Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland. Walt Disney wanted to create a restaurant for his wife, Lillian, and originally, his plans for the eatery included being located on Main Street, U.S.A. Walt also wanted the restaurant to feature a show.

“Eventually, it evolved beyond that,” Crump explains in his memoir, It’s Kind of a Cute Story, “and it was decided that it would be moved over to Adventureland since they were redesigning it.”

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“It’s Kind of a Cute Story” by Rolly Crump/Credit: Rolly Crump

By Crump’s own account, it was at this point that Walt’s beloved tea room for Lillian became, instead, a tiki room, one in which Guests could enjoy dinner and a show with music. But Crump says in his memoir that beyond that, none of the Imagineers really knew much more about the new attraction.

Imagineer John Hench was responsible for creating the original sketches of the dining room. His drawings depicted a room with tables scattered throughout a large open dining space with cages of live birds suspended overhead. Hench, like Crump, had been instrumental in the development of a number of attractions at Disneyland.

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But Disney had a huge problem with that. “We can’t have birds in there,” Walt said to Hench and Crump, “They’ll poop on the food.”

And with that, Crump, Hench, Disney, and other Imagineers began the business of creating and re-creating–something Imagineers today refer to as “reimagining.” Ideas were cast into the proverbial arena and included stuffed birds and mechanical, robotic birds, a show with a cast of audio-animatronic birds, and everything in between.

In his book, It’s Kind of a Cute Story, Rolly Crump writes, “That was part of the beauty of these sessions: ideas would come out and just flow and evolve into these wonderful things that would eventually make their way into Disneyland.”

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Imagineer Rolly Crump with a Tiki Statue/Credit: Los Angeles Magazine

When all was finally decided, it was Rolly Crump who was assigned the part of developing a pre-show area in which Guests would wait for their tables when they first arrived at the restaurant. And Walt gave specific instructions that the pre-show area was to be entertaining for Guests who waited there.

“I remember Walt turning to me and saying, ‘Rolly, you better do your homework and find out all about tiki,’ because it was around that,” Rolly explained in his memoir. “So I did.”

“We’re going to have this preshow area for people who are waiting to get into the restaurant,” Crump recounted Walt telling him during their conversations. “I want to have some Tikis out there, and I want them to tell stories. I want you to design them.”

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So Crump got to work, doing that “homework,” as Walt had told him, and he ultimately used the Hawaiian gods Pele and Maui as the inspiration for the tiki statues he designed. But the talented Imagineer not only designed the statues; he also carved them by hand, using clay so firm and so hard that it had to be heated up to become malleable.

And he did all of the work without any modern conveniences like special tools or machinery. Instead, he worked in the Walt Disney Studios parking lot in Burbank, California, allowing the sun to warm the clay and carving the tikis with nothing more than a plastic fork.

“You may think that people [who] are sculpting for Disney have got these gorgeous temperature-controlled rooms, filled with north light, to better aid their work,” Crump writes in his book, “But no, they have a parking lot! I always thought that was kind of funny.”

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Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California/Credit: D23

After months of planning and creating, and imagining–all in the name of bringing Walt’s dream of a restaurant for his beloved wife to fruition–the potential problem of birds pooping in Guests’ food was solved. But as soon as the resolution for one problem was found, yet another problem was found with Lillian’s restaurant, and this time, the problem was an unsolvable one—one that would ultimately kill the idea altogether, or so it seemed.

Walt noticed a huge problem with the new space that had been designed inside Adventureland (instead of on Main Street) at Disneyland Park. But if Disney and his Imagineers had to have a problem, they had a good one–one that was awful for Lillian’s restaurant but great for business.

Walt could foresee the new tiki room restaurant presenting significant challenges for Cast Members and Guests alike, all because the attraction would be far too popular with visitors to Walt’s park.

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Sadly, it became apparent to the Disney visionary that he and his team simply couldn’t move forward with a restaurant in Adventureland at which Guests could enjoy dinner and a show hosted by animatronic aviary characters. But he wasn’t about to let all that creativity and hard work go down the proverbial drain. So, Mr. Disney proposed a brilliant switcheroo.

In fact, Walt took the very problem with which he and his team were faced and used it as motivation to create something even better.

“There are going to be too many people for a restaurant,” Rolly Crump remembers Walt saying, “so we’ll make it an attraction.”

Walt realized that the space in which the tiki room restaurant would be located was simply too small for “that many people.” The location was landlocked, so to speak, and there simply was no room to expand it.

Tables were removed from the room inspired by an enchanted tiki bar, and Lillian’s restaurant instead became the Enchanted Tiki Room that Guests enjoy today at Disneyland, just after (or before) enjoying a Dole Whip. For many Guests, no Disney Park pilgrimage is complete without a visit to the spot “where the birds sing words and the flowers croon.”

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Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room as seen in 1963/Credit: D23

“It is an attraction that really deserves a lot of credit because it was the first all-animatronic show that was ever designed and built anywhere in the world,” Crump notes in his memoir. “It was a first for Disneyland and a first for the rest of the world, so that is a pretty big deal.”

And incidentally, in all the decades in which the tiki-tiki-tiki-room has been open to visitors, not a single Guest has ever had to worry about finding bird poop in his or her food.

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The Haunted Mansion, Its Museum, and the Secret Society https://insidethemagic.net/2022/10/the-haunted-mansion-its-museum-and-the-secret-society-tb1mmb/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 18:01:03 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=482161 The Haunted Mansion was almost the Museum of the Weird- a museum of paranormal oddities in a fantastical setting. It was an idea by Imagineer Rolly Crump. After showing his sketches to Walt, the concept of an actual museum came to life. This vision was an unbuilt walkthrough attraction as a companion piece for Disneyland’s […]

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The Haunted Mansion was almost the Museum of the Weird- a museum of paranormal oddities in a fantastical setting. It was an idea by Imagineer Rolly Crump. After showing his sketches to Walt, the concept of an actual museum came to life.

This vision was an unbuilt walkthrough attraction as a companion piece for Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square.

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There were two films that inspired Rolly to make creations that were more surreal, like in those movies- La Belle et la Bete (1946) and Juliet of the Spirits (1965).

During the development of the Haunted Mansion and the varying discussions over what creative direction the project should go into, Rolly wanted to go beyond the typical haunted house approach. His work for the Mansion was decidedly more surrealistic and occultic compared to the rest of the work being produced.

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Such oddities would include Romani and Voodoo artifacts, an appearing and disappearing organist, a melting candle man, a chair that stood up and talked to guests, and many other trinkets and items.

Sadly, the attraction would never be fully developed.

However, in January of 2014, a new comic book series came out by Marvel Comics. It was a five issue comic book series called Seekers of the Weird. They were based off of Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey’s unused concepts and ideas from the Museum of the Weird.

“The story is about two teenagers Maxwell and Melody Keep. With the help of their strange Uncle Roland, they have to brave the dangers of the Museum of the Weird. It is a repository for the most dangerous, mythical artifacts on earth. The kids have seven days to find one artifact in particular. If they don’t find it in time, there will be dire consequences.”

Oddities Did Actually Make it into Disney Parks

Several items did make it into the finished Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, as well as sprinkled throughout the park. Items and mentions of the Museum of the Weird also made its way to different Disney parks around the world.

The Talking Chair

You can see the Talking Chair, which became the Donald armchair, near the Endless Hallway.

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The Seance Room

The Seance room is used as a big scene in the Haunted Mansion attraction. However, it takes on a very different design.

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Romani’s Caravan

Romani’s Wagon was eventually reworked and for what is now Madame Leota’s Cart that sits outside of the Haunted Mansion.

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  • The iconic wallpaper was created to resemble some of Rolly’s different creatures.
  • The arm sconces that he got inspiration from Beauty and the Beast can be seen when you walk through the exit crypt.
  • The appearing and disappearing organist can be seen in the grand ballroom scene.

The Man-Eating Plants

The Man-eating plants can be seen inside Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland.

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The Grandfather Coffin Clock

The Grandfather Coffin Clock can be seen at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion inside the long hallway.

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During one of the planning meetings, all the Imagineers had their sketches and models out for Walt to see. Rolly’s table caught his eye. The next morning, he found Walt sitting at his desk wearing the same clothes from the previous day. Walt told Rolly that he had been up all night thinking about all the weird stuff he had seen and felt that it needed its own showcase.

That is how the Museum of the Weird came to life.

Sadly, Walt’s death led to the entire project being scrapped.

Inside the Magic got a chance to interview Rolly Crump himself about the Museum of the Weird!

There were still many other concepts and ideas that didn’t make it into any of the parks.

  • A Melting Candle Man who would melt in front of guests eyes.
  • A Mistress of All Evil who would fly overtop of guests while on fire and cackling.
  • Anthropomorphic mushrooms gathered by a fireplace.
  • More furniture inspired by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bete composed of human limbs.
  • Taxidermy creatures like a bird and a Mothman.
  • An aquarium filled with skeleton fish that would transform into living fish and back.
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Throughout all the parks, there are hidden Easter-eggs that give homage to this masterpiece.

On Main Street U.S.A, in Disneyland, there is a reference to the Museum of the Weird. The theme is that of a fortune-teller’s business. There is a window display reading “Fargo’s Palm Parlor; Predictions that will haunt you; Bazaar, whimsical, and Weird. Designs to die for. Roland F. Crump assistant to the Palm Reader.” On the window, concept art made by Crump appears- including the Coffin Clock, a tower from it’s a small world in Fantasyland, and Maui from the Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Inside Mystic Manor, in Hong Kong Disneyland, it features many strange and unusual artifacts from around the world that come to life.

The original Ghost Relations Department placed outside of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland mentioned the mansion having a “Museum of the Supernatural” located within it.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World has an easter-egg hidden in its queue relating to the Museum of the Weird. S.E.A Leader Jason Chandler mentions consulting with the museum about a supernatural occurrence within Big Thunder Mountain.

He also mentions the museum being run by one Madame Zarkov.

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S.E.A- The Society of Explorers and Adventurers

The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, also known as S.E.A, is a secret society in the Disney Parks which connects to both the Haunted Mansion and Mystic Manor. It also connects several other Disney attractions and properties.

S.E.A was first integrated for the walkthrough attraction, Fortress Explorations at Tokyo DisneySea. It was inspired by the Adventurers Club and Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney.

Related: Ryan Reynolds Directing S.E.A Movie

So much of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers methods and background are shrouded in secrecy. The society has always been invite-only, and only welcomes the most innovative, bold, and clever into its circle.

S.E.A bases itself around four core values: Discovery, Innovation, Romance, and Adventure.

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Over the decades the Society of Explorers and Adventurers has amassed a very large array of different members from around the world.

  • Jason Chandler– The leader of SEA’s 19th century incarnation. Chandler was a man of innovation and science. He specialized in strange and unusual technologies. Chandler also created much of the technology used by the Big Thunder Mining Company.
  • Lord Henry Mystic– A British Lord who moved to Papa New Guinea where he turned his Mystic Manor into a Museum of Antiquities.
  • Barnabus T. Bullion– An old friend of Jason Chandlers. He owned and operated the Big Thunder Mining Company at Big Thunder Mountain which occasionally suffered from ‘accidents’ caused by the Spirit of Big Thunder.
  • Harrison Hightower III– A wealthy adventurer and antiquities collector who owned the Hotel Hightower. He died due to his possession of a cursed relic.
  • Dr. Albert Falls– Noted explorer and humanitarian, Dr. Falls founded the Jungle Cruise Navigation Company. The company carried passengers along the rivers of Cambodia, Africa, and the Amazon.
  • Frank Wolff– Frank “Skipper” Wolff (born Francisco Lopez de Heredia) was an immortal con artist boatsman for the Jungle Cruise Navigation Company.
  • Madame Vidalia Onionski Zarkov– Vidalia Onionski Zarkov was a Romani mystic who ran The Museum of the Weird. She was also a contact to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers President Jason Chandler.

Connections All Around Disney

Madame Zarkov was contacted by S.E.A President Jason Chandler to assist fellow member, Mr. Bullion. He was encountering paranormal disasters in his mining company- Big Thunder Mountain. Zarkov advised Chandler to urge Bullion to abandon everything due to a vengeful spirit.

Zarkov was a character created for Walt Disney World. She would later be intertwined into the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom with additional allusions to the Museum of the Weird and S.E.A.

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The Society of Explorers and Adventurers, and their members, have ties to every Disney Park, and even especially to the Museum of the Weird.

At the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, inside the Skippers Canteen, there is a small library featuring several books. One of the books is titled, “Myths of the Supernatural” and the authors name is Gracey.

Melanie Ravenswood (the bride in Phantom Manor) had a deceased suitor named Captain Rowan D. Falls. His ancestor was S.E.A member Dr. Albert Falls. The Thunder Mesa Daily Messenger, a local newspaper, also mentioned several “explorers and adventurers” having explored Ravenswood Manor, only to be terrorized by the spirits within.

Lord Henry Mystic opened part of his manor to showcase his personal collection antiquities to the public. His home was filled with portraits of S.E.A members and homages to the society itself.

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If you look close enough, all around every Disney Park across the globe, there is some connection to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers; as well as to the Museum of the Weird.

Were Disney Imagineers just that creative with intertwining backstories that much? Or did these people actually exist?

If you could see one thing from the Museum of Weird come to life, what would it be? Let us know in the comments!

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Your Complete Guide to the Walls of Disney https://insidethemagic.net/2020/11/walls-of-disney-lt1/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:25:40 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=328115 Do you want Disney photos that look different from your classic annual Cinderella Castle Instagram picture? Not only do Disney Parks have some of the world’s most photographed locations, they also have some great places to take photos that are not Spaceship Earth or the Tree of Life. Disney Parks shine with beauty, even including […]

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Do you want Disney photos that look different from your classic annual Cinderella Castle Instagram picture? Not only do Disney Parks have some of the world’s most photographed locations, they also have some great places to take photos that are not Spaceship Earth or the Tree of Life. Disney Parks shine with beauty, even including the walls. No, really. The walls! In fact, the walls of Disney are hot photo spots.

What are the Instagrammable walls of Disney?

If you are unfamiliar with the walls of Disney, the trend started as an Instagram craze. The purple wall (which we will have a picture of for you) started the wallflower fashion within Disney theme parks. The idea behind the Walls of Disney is that you can make any location into your newest profile picture because Disney is just that beautiful.

Don’t believe me? We’ll show you why. Let’s look first at some of the classic walls of Disney, then we will show you some of our favorite hidden gems. There are walls here from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and even one from the Cruise Line. These walls are so colorful and fun; we can’t wait to share them with you!

Classic: The Purple Wall

Purple Wall
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This Disney wall is in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. As I said, this original purple wall started the Insta-worthy trend and has become a Disney park classic.. It is a great basic background to your photos that makes colors (especially pastels) pop!

Classic: Galaxy Wall

Galaxy wall
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As Disney noticed the popularity of the purple wall, they transformed a portion of it for variety: the Galaxy Wall. This geometric wall is a beautiful upgrade to a classic.

Classic: Bubblegum Wall

Bubblegum Wall
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This wall can be found as you exit Spaceship Earth. The blue and pink give serious Sleeping Beauty vibes. It’s as peppy as can be!

Classic: Toothpaste Wall

Toothpaste wall
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This Disney wall can be found outside The Seas with Nemo and Friends at EPCOT. I like the cool colors that flow like the water inside this pavilion.

Classic: Animal Kingdom Walls

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Africa wall
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Moss wall
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Many walls are in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, specifically in the Harambe Marketplace area. The “You are Most Beautiful” wall is tucked near a cast member entrance so you’ll need to hunt for it within the outdoor dining area in the Harambe Market. The Moss Wall is in Pandora!

Classic: Toy Story Land Walls

Popsicle wall
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Woody wall
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Buzz wall
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These are a new classic, but they are classic all the same! You can find these walls in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land. You’ve got a friend in these walls, that’s for sure! My personal favorite is the Popsicle Stick Wall, on the exit path from Toy Story Mania!

Classic: The Incredibles Wall

Incredibles Wall
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Also in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are a few walls in the Incredibles area on your way over to Toy Story Land. Feel incredible in your wall photo taken in this super area.

Classic: it’s a small world Walls

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Small world blue wall
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Do not despair Disneyland Resort guests! We have walls for you too! These are just a couple of the walls outside the it’s a small world attraction. Each Small World wall looks beautiful and dapper with bold colors or sweet Disney tees!

Hidden Gem: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Walls

Batuu wall
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This photo was taken from Walt Disney World’s incarnation of Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but these walls are at Disneyland as well. The wall pictured isn’t the only stately wall within the area either. Many great walls await you, filled with The Force… and Instagram likes.

Hidden Gem: Pixar Pier Wall

Pixar Pier wall
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This wall is quite prominent, but due to the lighting, it might be passed up. However, if you have some quality filters and a good flash, this wall can be photography gold! You can find this wall inside Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland Resort.

Hidden Gem: Cars Land Wall

Cars land wall
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This wall is big enough that it shouldn’t be a hidden gem, but so many people just walk right past it. Don’t walk past this rustic billboard; feature it in your vacation album for years to come!

Hidden Gem: Jock Lindsey Wall

Jock Lindsey wall
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Don’t have a theme park ticket? That’s ok! Disney Springs has some walls as well, including this Jock Lindsey wall outside Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.  This wall teems with adventure.

Hidden Gem: Guardians Construction Wall

Guardians wall
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Guardians wall 2
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This wall is a gem that’s only available until the completion of the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster at EPCOT. The best part: Different sections of this wall have different color schemes, ready to match any outfit. This construction wall is lovely, and makes for some photos that are out of this world!

Hidden Gem: Figment Wall

Figment Wall
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While you’re at EPCOT, wander over to Journey into Imagination and take a picture with this Figment wall. It looks like Figment mischievously sneaked along it’s surface, making it an adorable photo-op.

Hidden Gem: Costuming Wall

Costuming wall
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This wall is such a hidden gem that few guests actually get to see it! You can only take a photo with this wall if you go on a tour at EPCOT: Future World. Capture your inner cast member with a photo at this secret wall.

Hidden Gem: Pirates Wall

Pirates Wall
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If you will be going on a Disney Cruise, check out this awesome wall aboard the Disney Dream! If you love Pirates of the Caribbean, show off your fandom on the seven seas! Arrrgh you ready to get a photo at this wall?

Hidden Gem: Flower Power Wall

Flower Power Wall
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Even the Disney hotels have fantastic wall backdrops. If you visit Pop Century at Walt Disney World Resort, take a moment to take a groovy snapshot with this beauty!

Want to see even more Disney walls? Check out our article for top Walt Disney World Instagram Photo Spots!

Which Wall of Disney is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Ways The Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror Are Tied Together https://insidethemagic.net/2020/05/haunted-mansion-tower-of-terror-mg1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/05/haunted-mansion-tower-of-terror-mg1/comments/ Mon, 11 May 2020 12:09:32 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=278382 As far as well-executed (pun intended) scary attractions go, Disney’s Haunted Mansion and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror top the list of well themed paranormal powered experiences. Both bring the boo with well-timed thrills and enjoy E-ticket style starring roles in their respective parks. Fun Read: Haunted Mansion Empties as all 999 Happy Haunts Leave for […]

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As far as well-executed (pun intended) scary attractions go, Disney’s Haunted Mansion and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror top the list of well themed paranormal powered experiences. Both bring the boo with well-timed thrills and enjoy E-ticket style starring roles in their respective parks.

Fun Read: Haunted Mansion Empties as all 999 Happy Haunts Leave for a Much-Deserved Vacation

Peer beyond the veil of creepy coolness and it seems these two dark delights are actually tied together in several ways.  From simple similarities to one whopper of a relationship revelation, below we’ll explore the connections between these two infamous attractions.

Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror DL Mansion

Haunted house attractions owe much to Disney. From the creepy-cool cartoons to a haunting host of delightfully dark rides, the Walt Disney Company set the theme park bar for boo.

Two giants in this apparent after-life arena not only manage to thrill visitors, but they are also eternally bound together via several similarities and relations.

Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror foggy morning

How the Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror are tied together

Disney’s Haunted Mansion appears in all but one of the company’s theme parks.  Each incarnation looms over a different land at their respective Disney park.  Though the Mystic Manor version in Hong Kong Disneyland relies on a much different storyline. The same can be said for Tokyo DisneySEA’s version of Tower of Terror – The attraction located there is better known as Hotel Hightower, built by one Harrison Hightower III. (Remember that name?)

“Snile don’t Smarl!” That obscure comment erupted from Phyllis Diller when The Mike Douglas Show was airing several episodes from Florida’s Magic Kingdom.  In this case, the retort was directed at one of the grim-looking butlers a Liberty Square’s Haunted Mansion.

Rarely does one of the Mansion’s butlers or maids crack a smile. Of note, and not as sinister as her sister attraction, Tower of Terror’s bellhops rarely smile either. Thus, grim grin-less attraction hosts/hostesses establish the second entry in this conjoined comparison.

Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror Snile dont Smarl

Whereas the (barely?) living attraction attendants keep their smiles on the inside, both attractions host several grim grinning ghosts.

Each with its own eerie environment, Mansion and Tower both appear to be very haunted. From the pale blue, ill-fated hotel guests vanishing and reappearing in the hotel’s service elevator to the 999 happy haunts at a particular ghostly retirement home – spirits spell out the third element of togetherness.

Tower ghosts

A familiar voice of one spirit, in particular, belongs to the same person. Kat Cressida (Jessie/Toy Story) gave her very distinct and young voice to the Little Lost Girl haunting the Tower of Terror thrill ride.

Seen clutching a misdated stuffed Mickey Mouse her haunting rendition of “It’s raining, its pouring” echo through the attraction. Not to be outdone, the Haunted Mansion’s resident attic bride, also relies on the same actress for her ominous comments at several of the ride’s locations.

Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror HM Bride

Our last look into the eerie elements bringing the Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror together is a bit more focused.   For this curious case, only Japan’s version – Hotel Hightower – shares the link. Or rather, should we say, relationship?

For this relationship revelation, we have Ian “Right Guard” Janosko to thank.  His quick detective work prompted perfect questions when the spirit of Constance Hatchaway (while she was greeting guests from the lawn of the Liberty Square Haunted Mansion – see video below).

Ian, a cast member at Walt Disney World, explains it like this:

Gracey Mansion was at one time owned by George Hightower who unfortunately became entangled with Constance Hatchaway, who of course did away with her previous husbands and George as well. Geroge, according to Constance herself when I spoke to her at a Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic Event, confirmed that George Hightower was related to Harrison Hightower III, hotel mogul and adventurer who built Hightower Hotel, using his family’s mansion as its base, in New York City. Harrison seemed to have just about as much luck as George, since he vanished on New Year’s Eve 1899 having insulted Shiriki Utundu, an African Idol he stole from the Mtundu Tribe, which caused the elevator to his personal penthouse on the top floor of Hotel Hightower, to crash and Harrison to disappear from the Earth!

Ian

Tower and Mansion Memories

Big thanks to Right Guard for sharing his brilliant detective work and spawning this collection of coincidences.  One of Ian’s adventures included time as a butler at the aforementioned Mansion.  His exploits can be found at The Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A) Facebook page and on his YouTube page.

On a personal note, as a former Tower of Terror bellhop, this particular topic shakes the cobwebs of what passes for my mind bringing forth hauntingly happy terror attraction memories of time spent at the Hollywood Tower Hotel (as well as a brief Grad Night stint at the Mansion in 1985).

S.E.A. Crest

What do you think? Are these two terror-ific attractions tied together on purpose or is this just a Twilight Zone inspired coincidence?

Source and images: Ian Janosko, Michael Gavin

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Three Disney’s Abandoned Projects You May Not Know About https://insidethemagic.net/2020/05/disney-abandoned-projects-cb1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/05/disney-abandoned-projects-cb1/comments/ Mon, 04 May 2020 13:52:29 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=276536 Such a big company like The Walt Disney Company surely had some failed projects here and there throughout its history. Which is normal. But it is still interesting to know what failed and why. Here we bring you three projects proposed by The Disney Company throughout the years, that for one reason or another were […]

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Such a big company like The Walt Disney Company surely had some failed projects here and there throughout its history. Which is normal. But it is still interesting to know what failed and why. Here we bring you three projects proposed by The Disney Company throughout the years, that for one reason or another were abandoned.

River Country

Disney’s River Country opened in 1976 as Walt Disney World’s first water park. It was built along Bay Lake, about one mile away from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The water park followed the theme of an old fashioned rustic swimming hole, being the first themed water park in the world. The park had two huge pools, with one of the pools, Bay Cove, being half an acre with about 23.6 million gallons of water.

River Country map
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The park which was a success with the public, prompting Disney to invest in a new water park in 1989, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

However, the expansion and construction of Disney properties and parks did not benefit River Country. As the Disney property spread out, access to River Country became difficult, leading guests to avoid River Country. The easy access to the newer water parks and Disney resorts, lead to the plummet of visitors to the first water park.

Also, in 1980, an 8-year-old boy was killed at River Country due to the bacterial infection from the Bay Cove pool water. The bacteria is very common in Florida waters, but even though Bay Cove pool used water from Bay Lake, the water was filtered to ensure guest’s safety. This was the only incident of that bacterial infection in the park’s history.

The park was closed in 2001 for routine maintenance that happened during December, but this time, the park never reopened. And in 2005, Disney Company announced that River Country would be closed permanently.

Related: Do You Miss River Country? Experience Its Last Remnant at Walt Disney World

The bad location, lack of guest interest, and some accidents in the park cumulated for the park’s permanent closure, and the property was forgotten.

River Country
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In May 2018, Walt Disney Company announced that they would be starting construction of a new deluxe nature theme resort called Reflection – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. The new resort is set to open in 2022, and it is set to feature iconic characters from movies like Bambi, The Fox and the Hound, Brother Bear and Pocahontas.

Pop Century Resort

The Pop Century Resort
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If you ever stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Art of Animation resort you might have seen some similarities between the two resorts. Coincidence, absolutely not!

The original idea for the Pop Century resort had two sections to it; the “Classic Years” and the “Legendary Years” parts of the resort separated by a bridge named the “Generation Gap.” The Classic Years would have buildings representing the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, while the Legendary Years would have buildings representing the first half of the century, 1900s, 1910s, 20s, 30s and 40s.

The resort was set to open in 2001, but with some of the construction delayed, the opening of the resort was pushed to 2002. However, 9/11 happened and plummet the tourism industry in the country. This postponed the opening of the resort since there was no demand for more hotel rooms. Yet, construction continued in the Classic Years side until its opening in 2003. But, the Legendary Years side was left untouched since 2001.

Legendary Years abandoned
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In 2006, Disney announced that they would restart construction on the abandoned side of the resort, but construction didn’t restart and no reason was given.

Legendary Years abandoned
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In 2010, ten years of finished building pilling dust, it was announced that a new resort would take its place. Yes, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. However, the original buildings designed for the Legendary Years side of the Pop Century resort still stand. The Little Mermaid section of the resort now houses two of those original buildings. This explains why The Little Mermaid section has standard rooms, compared to the rest of the resort that has family-style suits.

Related: Operations Update: Disney World Hotels, Disney Springs, Downtown Disney Closing

Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square

If you know a little about Walt Disney’s childhood, you know that he was raised in Missouri. This would show to be an important fact in early 1963 when Walt Disney and St. Louis’ mayor of that time met and the plans for a new Disney park come to light. Yes, St. Louis, Missouri was supposed to host Disney’s second park after Disneyland in California.

The plans were to build the new theme park in the riverfront area of St. Louis. In 1963, the riverfront area was already undergoing major redevelopment for the city’s bicentennial celebration. The new park, named Riverfront Square, would have stood in two city blocks north of Busch Memorial Stadium.

Walt Disney's Riverfront Square Blueprint

Walt Disney's Riverfront Square

Walt Disney's Riverfront Square Blueprint

River Square would have resemblances to Disneyland with the entrance of the park being similar to Disneyland’s Main Street; one side of the street based on Old St. Louis and the other based on Old New Orleans. The park had some featured attractions planned for construction that are very known to us today; Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and the Western Riverboat ride (its design was later incorporated into Big Thunder Mountain Railroad).

Other attractions included:

  • Lewis & Clark Adventure; based on the adventures lived by Lewis & Clark
  • Rides based on folk legend Mike Fink, and another based on Davy Crockett
  • An attraction based on the Meramec Caverns of Missouri
  • Two Circarama theaters
  • An aviary-type exhibit
  • An explorable pirate ship
  • An opera house
  • Dark rides based on Peter Pan, Snow White, and Pinocchio; today all found at Disneyland
  • A wishing well

Plans for the park fell through in 1965 for several reasons, but the most known reason was due to financing and ownership of the park. But, not all was lost. Because of the fall through of that project, Disney focused his attentions on Florida to what would become the Walt Disney World we know today.

So, did you know any of these stories? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stunning Pictures Of The Empty Disney Parks Radiates Magic https://insidethemagic.net/2020/04/stunning-empty-disney-parks-photos-cb1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/04/stunning-empty-disney-parks-photos-cb1/comments/ Sat, 25 Apr 2020 12:20:28 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=274666 Have you wondered what Disney World Orlando parks look like when no one is watching? Not even Cast Members around. Lights on, castle lit, not one Disney character, but the Disney Parks empty. Well, the professional photographer Mark Walter knows very well what the happiest place on earth looks like when no one is around. […]

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Have you wondered what Disney World Orlando parks look like when no one is watching? Not even Cast Members around. Lights on, castle lit, not one Disney character, but the Disney Parks empty.

Well, the professional photographer Mark Walter knows very well what the happiest place on earth looks like when no one is around.

Related: Disney At Home: Make the Cutest Wall Art Using Your Disney Parks Maps!

 

Disney EPCOT
Credit: Mark Walter

The YouTube page ResortTV1 created a video showing a compilation of images of how Magic Kingdom is looking with the theme Park closed.

According to ResortTV1, the channel reached out to Mark Walter and received permission to use the photographer’s images in the video.

Related: These Vintage Disney Attraction Posters Transform a House into a Magic Kingdom

 

The YouTube channel condensed in one sentence what you might be thinking when watching the photography:

“The parks are both hauntingly beautiful and a bit lonely simultaneously.”

Disney Magic Kingdom
Credit: Mark Walter

The colorful lights and amazingly designed buildings make the parks almost look like something entirely fictional. As if you were looking at several pictures of empty movie sets. However, it still shows the viewer that magic is classic to anything Disney.

Related: Fairytales Do Come True! Photographer Transforms Into Disney Princesses (and Villains!)

Disney EPCOT
Credit: Mark Walter

Walter’s photography brings that magic from the empty Magic Kingdom Park into your heart. And if you are interested in looking at more of his works or even more magical Disney Park photography, you can take a look at Walter’s Flickr page.

And, if looking at that great photography through your computer screen isn’t enough, you can purchase some Mark Walter photography over at his website. Walter sells his photographs printed as wall art, phone cases, coffee mugs, stationeries, and more. And to top it all off, the price is reasonable for high-quality Disney Park photography in your house.

To see those images in person would be a Disney fan dream!

What did you think of this Disney Park photography? How did the empty Disney Park photography make you feel? Let us know in the comments.

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Recipe: Make Seuss Landing’s Green Eggs and Ham at Home https://insidethemagic.net/2020/04/green-eggs-ham-recipe-mg1/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:53:57 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=273982 We barely had time to enjoy a revamped restaurant at Islands of Adventure before current events caused theme parks ‘round the globe to close for safety.  Fortunately, the F&B team at Universal Orlando Resort released a recipe to make Seuss Landing’s Green Eggs and Ham at home! This tasty tater-tot treat is much more than […]

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We barely had time to enjoy a revamped restaurant at Islands of Adventure before current events caused theme parks ‘round the globe to close for safety.  Fortunately, the F&B team at Universal Orlando Resort released a recipe to make Seuss Landing’s Green Eggs and Ham at home!

This tasty tater-tot treat is much more than meets the eye.  If you think the “green” in this egg-citing Dr. Seuss inspired snack comes from food coloring, you’d be mistaken.

Green Eggs and Ham IOA

Perhaps younger you read the classic children’s book? Maybe even enjoyed the new animated series on Netflix? Either way, almost any who who’s who in Whoville, and anyone familiar with the family fables from Dr. Seuss has heard of Green Eggs and Ham.

Thanks to inventive minds at Islands of Adventure theme park, you may have even had a chance to savor the flavor of this favorite children’s book inspired treat. Don’t worry if you haven’t. Just because we aren’t currently visiting Seuss Landing, along with the rest of Universal Orlando Resort (UOR), doesn’t mean this whimsical, delicious dish can’t be recreated!

Learn how to make this delightful dish

UOR loves its fans!  As proof one has only to peruse the informative and equally entertaining Discover Universal Blog.  In fact, a recently released recipe is sure to not only prove that aforementioned admiration for fans, but also unleash a few happy childhood memories too!

Now, no longer a secret – directions on how to make Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham at home can deliver this delight into family kitchens far and wide.

You like them in the parks

The flavor causes sparks

Don’t feel sad or grouse

Because NOW you can make them in your house!

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Main ingredients include tater tots, and, of course diced ham (2 tablespoons worth) and eggs. In order to attain the infamous viridescent variation (green colouring) of this standard dairy delight, special pesto preparations must take place. Green food coloring is straight out!

Instead the namesake ingredient takes its hue from a sort of vegetable omelet. Italian parsley, basil leaves and spinach combine with a bit of oil, grated Parmesan cheese (and, the eggs, of course), transforming this egg mixture into its Seuss-like counterpart.

Green Eggs and Ham

Full directions and a complete ingredient list reside on the Discover Universal Blog.  One important note, take the author’s warning into consideration, this tasty treat will demand doubling if not quadrupling the volume to feed kids of all ages at home.

I will not wait, as I must fill the plate with Green Eggs and Ham

We understand that missing your favorite food from the theme parks is a bummer. However, with recipes like this (and the many others, like Butterbeer, Wizarding World of Harry Potter snacks, and even adult Potter-powered potions) found on the ITM website, a bit of patience and prep time easily assuages that hunger for these must have munchies!

Source and images: Discover Universal Blog, Universal Orlando website, ITM Archives

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3 Popular Disney Drink Recipes That You Can DIY! https://insidethemagic.net/2020/04/diy-disney-drinkin-cove-bar-hr1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/04/diy-disney-drinkin-cove-bar-hr1/comments/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:21:02 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=269442 Now is the perfect time to take up a hobby and learn some new skills! If you’ve ever thought that it would be fun to learn how to be a mixologist but didn’t know where to start, the Disney Parks Mixology School on YouTube is for you. Through this mini-series, Cast Members walk you through how […]

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Now is the perfect time to take up a hobby and learn some new skills! If you’ve ever thought that it would be fun to learn how to be a mixologist but didn’t know where to start, the Disney Parks Mixology School on YouTube is for you.

Through this mini-series, Cast Members walk you through how to make some of the most popular Disney drinks, step by step. 

Try out Some of Disney’s Cove Bar Drink Recipes Yourself!

The following three specialty drink recipes are specifically from Disney’s California Adventure Cove Bar menu, and are taught by the Cast Members who mix drinks there! 

Now, keep in mind that The Cove Bar has since closed but these specialty drinks are currently being served on a “secret menu” in different parts of Disney’s California Adventure park — Check out Lamplight Lounge or at the AP Lounge located at Wine Country Trattoria for some of The Cove Bar’s famous drinks.

The Cove’s Fun Wheel

 

To make this drink, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 3oz Sweet and sour
  • 1oz Fusion liqueur
  • 0.5oz Vodka
  • 0.5oz Rum
  • Soda water
  • Blue curacao float
  • Lemon-lime whipped cream

Directions:

First, fill your glass with ice, then pour in the sweet and sour. Next, add in the fusion liqueur then pour the rum and vodka in at the same time. Top it off with soda water and blue curacao spraying the top of the drink with lemon-lime whipped cream. If you pour the drink carefully and in the right order, you should be able to maintain the beautiful separation of bright colors! 

The Cove’s Coconut Elixir

To make this drink, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 0.5oz Cranberry Juice
  • 3.5oz Coconut Water
  • 2oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Pump Coconut Syrup
  • Pineapple
  • Mint 

Directions:

First, fill a cocktail shaker with one pump of coconut syrup and the pineapple juice. Then add in the coconut water and cranberry juice. Shake the drink mixture well. Pour it into the cup and decorate the glass with a wedge of pineapple and a mint leaf! 

The Cove’s Black Pearl 

 

To make this drink, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 0.5oz Rum
  • 0.5oz Vodka
  • 0.5oz Gin
  • Sweet and Sour
  • Black Raspberry Liqueur 
  • Lemon Slice

Directions:

First, fill the glass to the top with ice and pour in the vodka and rum. Then add in the gin, the sweet and sour, and the black raspberry liqueur, in that order. Finish the drink by garnishing the glass with a slice of lemon! 

Which of the three drink recipes is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Achieve Your Best Toy Story Mania Score With These Tips! https://insidethemagic.net/2020/02/toy-story-mania-high-score-bt1/ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/02/toy-story-mania-high-score-bt1/comments/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:25:48 +0000 https://insidethemagic.net/?p=260624 Do you want to score the coveted, “Best of Hour”, “Best of Week”, or even, “Best of Month” titles at Disney‘s Toy Story Mania attraction? We’ve got some fun tips and tricks that can help you achieve your best score! Related: How to Get a High Score on Test Track! Many guests are unaware of […]

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Do you want to score the coveted, “Best of Hour”, “Best of Week”, or even, “Best of Month” titles at Disney‘s Toy Story Mania attraction? We’ve got some fun tips and tricks that can help you achieve your best score!

Related: How to Get a High Score on Test Track!

Many guests are unaware of the easter eggs in the attraction that are worth points when cued. These cues often require teamwork between both guests in order to be achieved. Next time you grab your best shootin’ partner to ride the attraction, remember these cues to maximize your score:

Game 1: Hamm and Eggs

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The theme of this game is animals on a farm, and the most important point to focus on is the fence and hen house near the bottom left corner of the screen. Shoot the fox in that corner and it will release two hens, each worth more points than any other target during this game. A cat worth 1000 points will also pop up right behind the hen house at certain moments that is worth hitting. Repeatedly shoot these targets, and you can score above 50,000 points.

Game 2: Dino Darts

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This game involves activating multiple cues in order to score the most amount of points. The main focus is near the top of the screen and the volcano. Immediately shoot the lava balloon at the top of the volcano worth 500 points. Two more lava balloons worth 500 points will appear in its place—shoot them as soon as they appear. Finally, three more 500 point lava balloons will appear—shoot them, and the volcano will erupt with balloons worth many points: shoot as many as possible!
Next, two meteors will appear in the top left and right corners. Both riders should shoot both three times, after which meteors of balloons worth many points will begin to hurl down onto the screen. Shoot as many as those balloons as possible before your time is up.

Game 3: Shoot Camp

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The key to this game is simple: in the top left and right corners of the screen, two 2000 point plates fly into the air. Hit both plates and the rocks will lift to reveal a tank that shoots plates worth 3000 points!

Game 4: Flying Tossers

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Timing is key in this ring toss game. The area to focus on is the aliens in the rocket. When you hit the aliens, they go down into the rocket briefly. The key is to toss rings on all of them quickly enough that they all go down at once. Once you do, the rocket reveals a robot. The robot will open its mouth in different intervals—shoot into the mouth of the robot. Each time the robot opens, it is worth more points, upwards to 5000 points each hoop if done quick enough.

Game 5: Shooting Gallery

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This section is simple but requires accuracy. Simply shoot every target on the screen. Once every target is hit, new targets worth more points take their places. Keep this up all the way to the mine section, continuously hitting every target that appears.

Conclusion:

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These tips apply at the Toy Story Mania attraction in any of the parks, from Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, to California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort. It may take some practice, so grab a fast pass and keep at it!

Do you have more tips? Share your tips and secrets to getting the best Toy Story Mania score in the comments below!

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