Weekend Update for July 19, 2008
by, 07-18-2008 at 10:07 PM
It's Weekend Update time again already! SummerInFL takes us on a tour of two exhibits in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Also this week, guest correspondent pussnboots takes us on a whimsical photo tour of the trashy side of Disneyland Paris, sir clinksalot shows us inside the Animation building at Disney's California Adventure and TDLFAN has prepared a historical tour of some memorable moments in Disney parks around the world. Our "Summer Vacation" report this week comes from MiceChatter SusieP. who shares some photos of her big adventure in London, England.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
This week SummerInFL takes us on a photo tour of two exhibits at Disney's Hollywood Studios. First up, The American Film Institute Showcase at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Right now their current exhibit is "Villains: Movie Characters You Love to Hate".
It's a walkthrough attraction that people see at the end of the Backlot Tour. If you want to skip the tour, just walk in through the gift shop that is near the Monster's Inc. meet and greet.
Recently added costumes from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:
The recently refurbished Davy Jones organ.
They also had Queen Narissa's (played by Susan Sarandon) dress from Enchanted.
And her sidekick Nathaniel's costume, played by Timothy Spall.
100 Years of Film.
The Chronicles of Narnia exhibit has been freshened to reflect the latest installment of the series, "Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian".
You first watch a short video presentation by the director, Andrew Adamson.
Then you enter the chamber where they show a short video clip summarizing the film.
As you exit they have various items and costumes from the film to peruse.
This clever photo essay was sent to us by MiceChatter pussnboots. This may be the most comprehensive photo study ever done of the trash cans of Disneyland Paris.
pussnboots' complete Disneyland Paris trip report, "Strikes, Indian Bankers and Trash Cans: a Week at Disneyland Paris" can be found here. It's worth a look-see. He does take photos of things other than trash cans and he has an engaging writing style, too.
Disney's California Adventure
sir clinksalot shares this interesting series of photos taken in the Disney Animation building in Disney's California Adventure. The central lobby features a dizzying 360° array of rear projection movie screens showing clips from Disney animated features.
How many of your favorite Disney movies can you count in the following photos?
MiceChatter SusieP. recently had a big adventure across the sea in London and shares some of the high points with us.
Summer time at Windsor Castle.
The London Eye and Aquarium, as taken from Westminster Bridge
Westminster Abbey. Jeremy Irons is the voice on the English audio guide and I had no idea that church history could be so sexy! Alas, no photos are allowed inside.
Tower of London.
This is where the moat used to be. You can see the water line on the stone wall. Up the hill is where they would have the public executions; more high profile people would be executed behind the castle walls.
This is Traitor's Gate, where the prisoners would arrive by boat via the Thames outside. This way it was harder for them to be rescued by their supporters at the last minute - very smart. Pretty much everyone came through the Tower at some point or another, including Elizabeth I, as everyone was trying to make power plays for the throne. One of the first famous people to be executed here was William "Braveheart" Wallace.
A chopping block! Anne Boleyn was beheaded here, but they did her with a sword instead of an axe, and I can't imagine that was a very easy task. Hopefully she had a very delicate neck.
This is a very cool display in the armory, inside the White Tower, which is the middle building at the Tower of London. This represented each king's horse and his choice of weapons and armor that he used. You can read the names on the banners above each horse.
The Tower Bridge (not the London Bridge, because that one is quite regular and boring).
Inside the British Museum (which is free, by the way!)
We picked up a kids' backpack that led us through an educational scavenger hunt, that came with a read-aloud guide and activities to do. This was also a free service and very cool. Our backpack theme was mummies.
And mummy alligator!
This is called the Tree of Life and was made in Mozambique. After their 15 year civil war, there was concern about the amount of left over weapons still lying around, so they did this art project and used gun pieces to create this sculpture.
Finally, a Rosetta Stone that I can touch!
All of these people were standing in the rain in their fancy dress to go here...
...and have tea with the Queen! (Buckingham Palace)
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag, at St. Paul's Cathedral.
TDLFAN will take a hiatus from the Weekend Update next week as he prepares to bring you photos of Tokyo Disneyland Resort's new offerings for this summer season... but in the meantime, he has reached back into his photo archives and takes us westbound around the world on a trip through memorable moments at Disney's Lands on Earth.
Let's begin in Anaheim, CA during Disneyland's 50th anniversary (2005)
4th of July... DL's way (2005)
Let's go across the pacific to Tokyo JP and TDL as they celebrate "Cinderellabration" (2005)
It's a night full of Blazing Rhythms during TDL's 20th anniversary (2003)
Pirate Nights light up the sky at TDL, and gets guests soaked to the bone in the process... (2007)
Let's go south to Hong Kong as HKDL celebrates Chinese New Year's Disney style (2007)
Mickey's Waterworks Parade gets guests wet in excitement! (2007)
Let's go west and land in the city of lights... Paris, as DLP lights up the castle for Christmas (2007)
"Wishes" makes it's Paris debut! (2005)
Finally... we fly across the atlantic and end up in sunny Florida... and WDW's MK lights up the sky during the Princess and Pirates Party (2007)
We finish our 'Round the World tour' in grand style as the MK proudly presents... Xmas Castle Dreamlights! (2007)
We're taking some time off from the Eye Spy feature while we evaluate its place in the Weekend Update column.
Here's your Eye Spy Answer from last week:
Photo prop inside Tokyo Disneyland's Disney and Co. gift shop in World Bazaar.
And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:
Jack Hollywood 1939 Wixom
Denise nbodyhome Preskitt
A very special thank you to our wonderful guest photographers pussnboots and SusieP. for sharing their vision with us.
Your Editor - Rixter
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