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22

Apr

mechinaries:

i imagine both steve and bucky like to come up with different ways to poke fun at sam every time they pass him during jogging

because they are shitheads

(the first one is a print you can get here)

epcotexplorer:

50 YEARS OF PROGRESS 

Today, 50 years ago, the New York World’s Fair of 1964 opened its gates and dazzled the world with an array of experiences and exhibits that encapsulated not only the zenith for themed exhibitions, but the frenetic culture of America in the 1960s. 

Imbued with a sense of optimism, technical artistry, and corporate might, the 1964 World’s Fair remains as a watershed moment for pinpointing our place in the 20th century’s politics and scientific achievements. 

There is a sense of history about the fair for the story of Disney, too. Four Disney designed attractions debuted on April 22: it’s a small world, GE’s Progressland pavilion, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and Ford’s Magic SkyWay. 

it’s a small world has enjoyed 50 years of operation, at all 5 Disney resorts around the world. Mary Blair’s iconic style is now synonymous with Disney’s name and is a hallmark of the warm and evocative spirit that Disney seeks to further. The Sherman brother’s prayer for peace is now an anthem sung around the world.

The Carousel of Progress still spins on in the Magic Kingdom, a touchstone for the values and mainstays of Walt Disney’s personal touch and legacy. The Carousel of Progress’ influence in EPCOT’s Future World remains readily apparent and relevant. 

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln enjoys a place of prominence on Disneyland’s Main Street, USA, boasting patriotic pathos and a tie to both the thematic and the historical past of the United States. 

And, the Magic SkyWay, though not totally intact, still has vestiges of its grandeur in the Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad and EPCOT’s Universe of Energy. 

But, what is really remarkable about the New York World’s Fair is how much it altered things for Walt Disney and WED Enterprises. It was at the 1964 Fair that Walt Disney began to see the possibility for an ‘East Coast Disneyland’, sparking the development of what would become Walt Disney World. And in turn, EPCOT City, the centerpiece of the Florida Project was borne out of the corporate and industrial alliances that the Disney organization made at the World’s Fair.  Beyond the expansion of property and venue, though, the technology at the World’s Fair advanced Disney’s thematic prowess. Full size Audio Animatronics came into prominence in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Carousel of Progress. The flume used in it’s a small world was seen as a viable conveyance for use in Pirates of the Caribbean. And Ford’s SkyWay was the precursor to the Peoplemover and the Omnimover systems.  In the course of two to three years, Disney’s involvement in the New York World’s Fair had set them on an astronomical trajectory to new heights of art and illusion. 

Happy 50th, New York World’s Fair. 

Throughout the day, I’ll be reblogging and uploading some of my favorite posts on the NYWF and it’s accomplishments. Stay tuned. 

       

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Apr

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15

Apr

acquaintedwithrask:

strampunkgear:

foreverdisneynerd:

For Atlantis, Disney needed a new language for the Atlantean people. To do this, Disney hired Mark Okrand, the man who also created the famous Klingon and Vulcan for the Star Trek series. In the Atlantean language, Mark Okrand’s main source for it’s roots and stems of its words are Proto-Indo-European,but as Okrand also described it as being the “tower of babel” or “root dialect” for all languages in the world, he also used ancient Chinese, Latin, Greek, Biblical Hebrew, along with many other ancient languages or their reconstructions. As such, you can actually learn to write and speak the language!

This film is so underrated it hurts.

ah this explains how they understood french and english so well almost instantly… better than the magical wind in Pocahontas that’s for sure

acquaintedwithrask:

strampunkgear:

foreverdisneynerd:

For Atlantis, Disney needed a new language for the Atlantean people. To do this, Disney hired Mark Okrand, the man who also created the famous Klingon and Vulcan for the Star Trek series. In the Atlantean language, Mark Okrand’s main source for it’s roots and stems of its words are Proto-Indo-European,but as Okrand also described it as being the “tower of babel” or “root dialect” for all languages in the world, he also used ancient Chinese, Latin, Greek, Biblical Hebrew, along with many other ancient languages or their reconstructions. As such, you can actually learn to write and speak the language!

This film is so underrated it hurts.

ah this explains how they understood french and english so well almost instantly… better than the magical wind in Pocahontas that’s for sure

kehinki:

steve, if I keep picking you up you’re never gonna walk on your own

Disney Theatrical Productions

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epcotexplorer:

Minutia of Maui: Uti, Rolly Crump, and the Enchanted Tiki Garden

She’s a ubiquitous fixture of The Polynesian Village. She stands on nearly every walking trail, glaring at guests, holding her torch aloft, and carrying a speared fish on a triton. If you’ve been to the Polynesian, you’ve seen her, perhaps without realizing it. This is almost to be expected, considering the believable illusion that the Polynesian Village paints; one tiki statue shouldn’t draw attention, but should mesh with the environment of the tropics you’ve been fortunate enough to visit.  What you might not realize, however, is the interesting history behind Uti, The Goddess of Fishing, and that her original purpose WAS to draw attention and be part of the face of one of Disney’s most iconic attractions.

It can be argued that each of Disney’s attractions are the work of a collective. Each artist working on a project adds style, texture and their own unique aesthetic to the final form, which usually creates a milieu of sensibilities and details. Although the most convincing environments created are dictated by an overriding and coherent thematic illusion of believability, distinct textures and details are really what is memorable and even comforting about Disney’s brand of thematic environments. In this case, Rolly Crump’s involvement on the Enchanted Tiki Room is a shining example of personal style crafting an iconic aesthetic, and here, a character in Disney’s pantheon.

After John Hench’s rendering for a ‘Tahitian Tiki Restaurant’ had been approved for development, Imagineer Rolly Crump was tasked with the physical aspects of the new show planned for Adventureland. Formally an “in-betweener” in the animation department, who worked on making animation as fluid and as lifelike as possible, Crump’s new position would allow him to craft characters under his purview and with his own unique style. By the time the Enchanted Tiki Room had evolved out of being a restaurant and into a full fledged E-Ticket experience, Crump carved and painted nearly all of the tikis inside and outside of the attraction.

Here’s where Uti comes in: The Enchanted Tiki Room’s waiting area was given nearly the same amount of care and attention to detail that the interior show was to receive. Although not strictly lashed to the musical show within, the preshow venue boasts its own tropical interlude and features the deities of Polynesia all bellowing forth their island mythos. There are currently eight tiki gods in the tiki garden, but Uti used to be the ninth.  While the tiki gods aren’t anthropologically correct, they are based on Rolly Crump’s knowledge of South Seas culture. Crump was heavily influenced by Katherine Luomala’s cultural study “Voices on the Wind: Polynesian Myths and Chants” and the artistic contributions of Oceanic Arts, a purveyor of the tiki culture that was sweeping mid century America as Disneyland was building the Enchanted Tiki Room. Thus, Uti’s design was influenced by the Hawaiian practice of night fishing, in which villagers would attract fish with torches and catch them with spears.

Rolly Crump hard at work installing his tiki deities in the Enchanted Garden, 1963

Where all the other tiki gods stood inside the tiki garden and had a speaking roll about their mythological role and backstory in tiki apocrypha, Uti was the silent sentinel that stood over the gateway entrance to the Enchanted Tiki Room. Situated high in a outrigger canoe, she was equipped with a working gas torch and enjoyed a place of prominence next to the attraction’s marquee and Juan, the Tiki Room’s ‘barker bird’, as voiced by Wally Boag. Thus, Uti was the face of Disneyland’s Tiki Room for nearly 40 years.

Uti’s silent and imposing reign over Adventureland only came to an end in the early 2000s, when falling maintenance standards allowed for her torch to go dark and mold to claim her perch above the entrance. The tiki hut that supported the Uti statue collapsed and was rebuilt without the iconic deity.

 As sad as this short story might be, Uti does live on at the Polynesian Village in Walt Disney World in multiple forms, along the lush landscaping and winding paths of the resort’s grounds. While more humble than originally intended, Uti’s inclusion at the Polynesian is a tacit and quiet nod to Rolly Crump’s work and Disney’s long history of tropical island thematics. And in more recent developments, Uti was lovingly crafted by Disney Design Group artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily as a keepsake figurine for The Enchanted Tiki Room’s 50th anniversary, earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, the Uti figurine was one of the merchandise line’s most popular pieces and had to be restocked repetitively.

So, the next time you’re wandering the Polynesian and the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, pay heed to the glaring tiki goddess lifting her spear and torch aloft. Uti is now just another detail along the path, but her long history and story warrant reflection and recognition for her ties to one of Disney’s pioneering imagineers and seminal Disneyland attractions.

13

Apr

babbleon:

Someone should write a story based on these photos, is all I’m saying.

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