Friday, May 6, 2011

Get your fried food!

The Friar's Nook in Fantasyland has changed its menu recently to serving fresh potato chips - still a fried treat of course, as approved by Friar Tuck.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


The tiki gods have been pleased with Pizza and Coca-Cola! Sadly they are no more but for a few years Pizza Oom Mow Mow was a humorous place to grab a slice...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Crystal Arts

Crystal Arts offers a neat look at glass art, the kiln in the shop lets artists create their work right in front of you...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Catch a wave

This view is from the now-historic entry plaza tile murals at the California Adventure. Whether you catch a wave or float through the sky in hot air balloons there is a lot to do on the sunny west coast.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sausalito Surplus

I'm back! After a few weeks hiatus we're back in action and today we're exploring the alleys of the Streets of America. On the San Francisco side there is a sign for Sausalito Surplus - all things surplus from the Navy. Just look for them by the shipyards.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rescue Time

When you leave Monsters Inc. be sure to look at the rear of the fascade/set wall...

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Time never really affects Main Street - even the watch shop has a truely timeless feel to it...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Customer Parking Only

Yeung Wo Ginseng Co. is one popular place and in a crowded neighborhood so you better watch that signage for your parking or your car might not be around when you come back to the Streets of America.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Note how the Jewelry store sign looks like it is a piece of Tiffany glass work - just one more subliminal touch of elegance...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Catapult of Doom

Gonzo knows how to entertain and there is no way you'll want to miss his next stunt - the Catapult of Doom!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dream Builders

"Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done, and done right"
For a while there were some really great quotes around the construction walls at the Magic Kingdom, like this one about how to tackle your dreams and make them reality...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Music time

Back to Pizza Oom Mow Mow - this classic woody is stocked with surf boards and jams while on it's way to the beach. If you look it is actually a faux garage door this is painted on...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In Crust We Trust

I couldn't say it better myself! This used to be in Pizza Oom Mow Mow - soon to be reopening in the re-imagined Paradise Pier...

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Castle

These little banners can sometimes be found hanging from the chains and ropes around the Magic Kingdom. Every home needs one, let's see, if they are just attached by Velcro or something like that then...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Right this way

Once again the Muppets find all sorts of ways to get your attention. This sign across from the ABC Commissary was one of my favorites. Sadly it was replaced by billboard style ads for ABC shows. The new signs come no where near the creative level of this one, hopefully it is in storage somewhere and will make a return appearance some day...

As a side note - somehow I've made it to 1,000 posts. Thanks for joining the journey so far!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Survey Marker

Most likely you've seen these around the parks in sidewalks, curbs, and other permanent structures. They are permanent markers for survey crews - this way they know that their location is accurate when they are doing surveys or staking construction sites for, say, improvements to the next big attraction.

Want to learn more?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pisces 7

Go and explore the Coral Moons of Pisces 7! This travel ad is just part of the exit queue in Space Mountain...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Standard Transgalatic Delivery

Exported from Earth and containing high levels of taste! These shipping crates are ready to travel the universe with deliveries of Coca-Cola. But you can find them in Tomorrowland while they wait for their next flight...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tropical waste disposal

The trash and recycling cans around Adventureland are all decorated to fit that tropical theme, they fit in perfect with the local artwork!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gotta have a map

Lost? Here's your guide to Tom Sawyer Island - now hope on that raft and get started on exploring!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The fanciest fast food...

The Plaza Inn at Disneyland is hands down the fanciest place to eat a meal that isn't table service... We've taken looks at it from time to time, today it is their old fashioned sign out front...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


If you have an emergency just pull the alarm at the corner fire box in the Streets of America... After all, cell phones are still a few decades into the future...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

This huge eatery in Tomorrowland is home to Cosmic Ray, the misplaced lounge lizard, er, alien who spends most of his day crooning to the dining public.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blockbuster Weekend!

Extra! Extra! Yes, it looks like Hollywood had another great weekend according to The Examiner. It would appear UP was debuting at the time... If you look close at the San Fransisco flat in the Streets of America you'll find this newspaper bin, usually with the latest animated release in the headlines.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pasta or Chicken?

The Plaza Inn at Disneyland is the gold standard for fast food, just look at the ornate serving areas for some of the dishes!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Now approaching...

...Mickey's Star Traders, where they'll be glad to Rocket Ship to anywhere in the galaxy...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dino Country

If you go back past Chester and Hester's you'll find an overgrown billboard. While it is sort of fitting for the whole Rt. 66 thing to have a forgotten billboad I find it a pretty interesting artifact into the early days of Animal Kingdom...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fun times

Flik's Fun Fair has all sorts of reused materials, including these leaves that are now part of the welcoming banner...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

California Zephyr

Western Pacific 804-A is ready to haul the Cal Zephyr out of the station. Actually an identical locomotive from Canada, it represents the locomotives that hauled one of California's iconic passenger trains into the 70's...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Yep, it's soft

A creative ad placement in Dinoland - rough and scaley this tissue is not...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Outbound Departure

Waiting for the bus? How about waiting for your Red Line Rocket to take off instead? The TTA Red Line is just another of the fine TTA services to keep you moving around Tomorrowland...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns adorn the queue area for the Lucky Fortune Cookery, one more reason not to forget to look up around the parks!

Monday, January 24, 2011

When in Florida

Sound advice if you ask me - you came all this way, no need to skip such a landmark! Look for these signs overhead at Chester and Hester's shop...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Recycling in the recreation area

While we are in the Grizzly Peak area let's take a quick look at other things. Like themed trash cans. The Jiminy Cricket Environmentality logo still was in use recently and the recreation area logo's subtle pine cone logo adorns the other can...

Friday, January 21, 2011


After a few days on the road we're back in action again and tonight we're getting ready to get soaked on the Grizzly River Run! This big bruin is waiting for you to join him on a rafting adventure...

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Meet the Golf-o-saurus, a strange multi-headed dinosaur that lived in sand traps and rough, scrub-brush like terrain...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Souvenirs for the Road

Back when Paradise Pier had a partial Route 66 theme the Souvenir 66 stand was the place to go for all sorts of small items to remind you of your trip down the ill-fated lanes of California Adventure. The new theming is well underway and the stand was in the way, and so, much like the rest of Route 66, the stand quietly faded into history.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oil and Tobacco

There is a good amount of streetside clutter in Frontierland, including this cart with various barrels, propped up by a crate of Davis Tobacco and some Oil barrels.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

You may get...soaked

These elephants greet you at the end of your journey on the Kali River Rapids. They also squirt water - so if you weren't wet enough after the adventure you'll be sure to have one last chance at cooling off before you get back to land.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tropical Imports

Serving all your import needs in Adventureland! True to any good operation dealing with various loads of goods, the lighting is made up of mismatched lamps, there are various crates laying around, frieght left behind or damaged in transit, etc.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

The Games of the Boardwalk are a much need improvement to the old games on Paradise Pier. They are now Disney/Pixar themed and the remodeling done a year or two ago certainly did wonders to the formerly cheesy games - if you are going to have games in a theme park this the way to do it!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Expedition Time

Over the past few years the prayer flags have faded into the landscape - just like they do in real life. On an overcast day it almost makes the mountain and surrounding area feel more ominous...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Golden Age of travel

The is the marker from the California Zephyr - one of the classic streamlined passenger trains that ran to California on the Western Pacific Railroad. The neon works great and at night the warm glow makes on the stainless steel rail cars makes you want to skip the airport and head to the train station.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Geckos spying

Spying your food that is - at the Flame Tree Barbecue no less. So hold on to that rack of ribs and you pass these hungry monsters...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

So it is 2011 now, did you have a robot butler at your New Year's Eve party last night? It can't be that much farther into the future can it? Till then, enjoy seeing this one in the Space Mountain tribute to the Horizons robot butler...