Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Everybody has a laughin' place

The entrance sign to Splash Mountain goes above and beyond - look at it - the lantern, the big three dimension building, Brer Rabbit, etc. Talk about a nicely made sign.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kayak time

On the river near the bridge between Asia and Discovery Island are boats and this very colorful kayak. I don't know about you but I wouldn't mind hijacking that kayak and taking it for a spin around the park.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Desktop: Happy New Year

New Orleans Square is always in a festive mood and their holiday decor always seems like a cross between Christmas and a huge New Year's party. So this week's desktop pays a visit to both holidays - enjoy your New Year's celebrations!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The globe - made of metal...

... and floating on water. The globe barge (the technical term escapes me) sits outside the American Adventure in this photo. Lately when I've been to Epcot it often seems like it can be found here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hopefully Santa delivered everything and more to you, your family, and friends this holiday season. And whether you had a huge meal or got delivery from the China Bowl I hope your holiday festivities were merry and bright!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa's on his way

With four dinosaur reindeer and and an old runner sled it might be safer to hide under the bed!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chimney fire!

This, kids, is why you always make sure your chimney is clean. The gingerbread house seems to have a perennial issue with ridiculous amounts of smoke blasting out of the chimney, which tends to also bring ridiculous amounts of snickering from the crowds it seems!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gate 1 - Wreath? Check.

Even the studio guard shacks around MGM get into the holiday spirit!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Desktop: Winter wonderland

It is time for Christmas at the Magic Kingdom and it is a wintery wonderland at the castle. The stage is set for a royal celebration, the trees are frosty, and everything feels ready for the holidays...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jack the funeral director

The David Davies funeral home has a rather interesting decoration out front. Jack Skellington makes a rather cool ornament...

Cartoon trees

Mickey's house is home to a rather cartoonish tree, perfect for the Toontown atmosphere. The plastic snow doesn't look nearly as cold as the real stuff we have here!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Santa Cop

Looks like Santa is on parking duty these days, hopefully he's still Mr. Jolly-Old-Elf when he's reading meters!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Extreme icicle lights

Once again this year Cinderella's castle is decked out in icicle lights - they certainly are more impressive than your average neighborhood icicle lights! The snowy look adds yet another nice nightly touch...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Hanukkah

What better way to celebrate Hanukkah then in MGM? After all it is the Festival of Lights and there are more than a few lights to go around at the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tropical wreath

Back at the Caribbean Beach the wreathes in the Customs House are all tropical with colorful flowers, fish, and more. Considering it is a toasty -3F where I am right now anything tropical looks great!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Desktop: Light up the night

How can you go wrong with an Osbourne Lights desktop? I know you all are going to decorate your houses like this...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A north woods holiday

It's a north woods style Christmas at the Wilderness Lodge. With lots of lumberjack style plaid and natural decorations (featuring pine cones, etc.) it is a peaceful and comfortable look. Nothing too fancy or wild here...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Reindeer Roundup

Meet Santa and his reindeer at the Reindeer Roundup! The Big Thunder Ranch turns into a festive holiday playground with all sorts of attractions and distractions. This is just one of the cartoonish, retro-style signs that were used there last year.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A tropical holiday season

The decorations around the Caribbean Beach resort all revolve around, well, the beach. And the ocean has provided some cool new characters for your garland - how about sea turtles and sea horses?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Beware: Festive heffalumps and woozles

Heffalumps and woozles at work? Seems to be that way in Critter Country where the decorations are being hung, complete with some extra beehives and honey for a certain bear...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Merry Christmas from the China Bowl

A more subtle Christmas cheer from the China Bowl in MGM, at least during the day...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas in the Big Easy

Nothing says a New Orleans style Christmas like a wreath with a jester...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snowmen in NYC

Lounging in the back alleys of NYC is a snowman and sled, they are year-round residents I believe thanks to It's a Wonderful Shop being right next door...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let there be light

There are Christmas tree lights and then there are Christmas tree Lights! Putting your tree on a streetlight might take that concept to the extreme but this is Tinseltown where there is no such thing as extreme!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Small World Holiday - London edition

Last year there were many great wreathes near it's a small world decorated for various countries and cities. This one is obviously Big Ben. If you look close he appears to have a minor issue with telling time...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rudolph the Red Nosed Triceritops

Ok, so maybe he's not red nosed but he does fly and in Dinoland it is Christmas time. So enjoy the cheesy trees and decorations...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Desktop: Christmas in the city...

Toontown that is... This cool wreath adorns many of the lights around Toontown, marking the holiday season. I could dig one of these for the front door...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Street of Good Fortune

The variety of great street signs around the World Showcase is always a treat, especially when you find a sign you haven't seen before. In China you can find Xing Fu Jie, better known as Street of Good Fortune...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Refurbishing never ends

This refurbishment sign could be found around Frontierland - one of the variety of refurb signs around the parks that more and more are being made to fit in to their surrounding area.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bulletin boards

Be sure to read the notices on the bulletin boards as you approach Everest - there are lots of good tidbits and references and warnings all wrapped up into one...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Best bellbottoms

Continuing our look at the county fair over in Toontown we have the award for the best bellbottoms, going to Clarabelle Cow. Note the, ahem, cowbells in the jeans...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Desktop: Blue Bayou

Today's desktop - a classy sign right next door to a classic address in New Orleans Square...

Refreshment Coolpost

Time for a stop at the Refreshment Outpost, sorry, Coolpost on the World Showcase. One of the Coke branded locations around the parks, this one is known for its colorful coolers from around the world. So is that water tower filled with Coke? And if there were an earthquake and it started shaking would it have the same effect as shaking a can of Coke? Hmm...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cargo Control Center

With the reopening of Space Mountain today's photo is from their exit queue - designed as a cargo shipping adventure (following the cargo being beamed across the galaxies) when FedEx sponsored the attraction it still (at least before the rehab) was virtually the same minus the FedEx logos...

Saturday, November 21, 2009


The photo exhibit at the fair doubles as a photo pickup location. Be sure to smile and look goofy for the camera!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Guarding the mountain

You've been warned - a number of times actually - by the time you get to the platform at the station on your way up Everest....

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just around the corner... Christmas! In honor of all those radio stations that start playing Christmas music earlier and earlier every year here is a look at the Christmas corner in Germany...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Authentic Chinese, even as takeout...

The sign outside the Lotus Blossom Cafe - the gateway to good Chinese fast food in Epcot...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Butterflies take flight

Another one of the colorful murals at the Pizzafari - this one full of butterflies. Look close, you can find smaller butterflies in the wing patterns of the larger ones...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A used bench

As in seriously used. Look near the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and you'll find planters and benches made from parts from the shipwreck!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Italian doorway

Next time you are wandering around the Italy pavilion spend a couple extra minutes at the Doge Palace (modeled after the real deal in Venice), the architecture and details are terrific. Look at the door, columns, light, etc. here on the back entrance alone...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Be Happy

May all beings be happy - this sage advise can be found on the stickers on the wall near the Yak and Yeti...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nifty knitting

At Mickey's Toontown Fair the tent is full of county fair entries, including knit items. Like the sweater for Toby Tortise who appears to be set for winter with the whole shell covered for warmth.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Desktop: Staring at the ceiling...

...And staring at the ceiling for good reason I might add! The Temple of Heaven in China is beautiful inside and out, look up as you enter for this masterpiece of art and architecture...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Donkey cart

This little donkey and colorful cart can be found near Italy. I believe they sell refreshments from it when the weather permits, however they haven't been serving when I've been around.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Busy as a beaver

This beaver is just one of the many creatures you will find in the Creature Comforts store, this guy is hard at work framing up a picture that would appear to be made of wood. Go figure.

Sailing, Sailing...

Just a few of the details in one of the many nooks around the Columbia Harbour House. Model ships, rope and tackle, and so much more. No matter where you sit you are sure to have a lot to look at when you are there...