Like mountain homes of the Himalayas, the rustic rammed-earth and stacked-stone buildings of mythical Serka Zong sag and buckle under the weight of time. But time cannot erase the beauty of the structures’ intricately carved window frames nor the significance of the symbolic earth-based colors layered upon walls to protect against perceived dark forces.
Though situated on the Florida flatlands at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the mountain village anchoring the Expedition Everest attraction welcomes Walt Disney World guests with such architectural authenticity that those who’ve been to Nepal or Tibet can only nod in wonder.
From tropical jungles and verdant forests to barren rock and frozen tundra, the mighty Himalayas reveal dramatic variations in climate and landscape. Disney Imagineers were challenged to re-create such a scene when designing Expedition Everest, the mountain attraction with coaster-like thrills opening in April at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort.
During a 43-year Hollywood career, which spanned the development of the motion picture medium as a modern American art, Walter Elias Disney, a modern Aesop, established himself and his product as a genuine part of Americana. David Low, the late British political cartoonist, called Disney “the most significant figure in graphic arts since Leonardo.” A …
“Flash flooding” takes on a whole new meaning for Walt Disney World guests when they experience Crush ‘n’ Gusher, a new white-knuckle “water coaster” thrill ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park.
Walt Disney World guests find themselves immersed in a dense tropical jungle amid the towering remains — rusted-out and dilapidated — of a fruit exporting plant. The once-landlocked packing plant known as Tropical Amity now sits on the shores of Hideaway Bay, a body of water left in the wake of a torrential storm.
Be on the look-out for Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkins, cucumbers and more! LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Behind the brightly colored, mosaic façade of The Land pavilion at Epcot, greenhouse magic takes place. Horticulture and entertainment blend to create some of the most visually interesting fruits and vegetables and innovative cultivation methods found under …
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A true slice of Ireland has come to Walt Disney World Resort with the opening of Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island. Owned and operated by an Irish company, Raglan Road features the very best of authentic Irish food, drink, heritage and live entertainment. The …
The bowling pins are six stories high, a colossal yo-yo pokes above the roofline of a four-story building. Eye-catching, out-sized icons are everywhere, from silhouettes of sock hop dancers and Pac-Man on balcony railings to gargantuan cans of Play Doh next to the Hippy Dippy Pool. Guests at Disney’s Pop Century Resort smile and point as they stroll past architectural detail rendered literally on 10 lodge buildings.
Fans of Walt Disney Pictures’ animated comedy “Lilo & Stitch” know him as a cuddly but destructive alien prone to hilarious fits of havoc. But what was Stitch like before the movie? Walt Disney World guests find out when they come face to face with the mischievous character in a new Magic Kingdom attraction — Stitch’s Great Escape!
A fish named Flounder and a crazy crab called Sebastian join Ariel and the rest of the cast under the sea in “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” a unique show spectacular at Disney-MGM Studios.
Featuring dazzling special effects, the show combines live performers with giant puppets and favorite clips from the film to tell the delightful story of Ariel.