While visiting Disney World in May for our ‘Familymoon’, we found ourselves in the midst of the new construction for the highly anticipated Fantasyland renovations. Disney announced that they would be phasing in new attractions, restaurants and shops, including the addition of The Beast’s Castle (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Prince Eric’s Castle (“Little Mermaid”) through 2014. Just past the construction barriers, you can see the beginnings of Belle’s stomping grounds.
A closer view of The Beast’s Castle under construction at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
(Photograph taken May 2012)
In a very Disney-esque style of forced perspective that is seen throughout all of their parks, the scale of the castle gives the impression of great distance. The actual size of the castle can be better realized alongside the construction workers, in some terrific photos that I found online at: Inside the Magic (click here).
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What are these?!
“Little Mermaid” animation by Glen Keane.
Where do I even begin?… I am a devout Disney animation fan, and Glen Keane was one of the talented illustrators who worked at Disney Animation Studios for 38 years. He brought characters to life in Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and most recently in one our favorites, Tangled. We have Keane (among others) to thank for his contribution to the evolution of animation over the last few decades. He announced his departure from Disney in March 2012 in pursuit of further animated exploration, so I am eager to see where his talents may take us in days ahead.
Heading over to my “Web Candy” page will take you to the link for Disney Animation Studios where you can learn more about the amazing work going on in ground-breaking technological advances to animation. This brings me to the next project that I am on the edge of my seat to see… BRAVE! Pixar developed their own software to bring a whole new meaning to textures in the animation of hair, fur, clothing and water. Just watching the trailers brings a lump to my throat! A few months ago, while visiting Disney World on our familymoon, we spent a day at Hollywood Studios. Much to my delight, the current exhibit included props and photographs that inspired some of the sketches of characters in the movie. It was AWESOME!!! Six days and counting!!!…
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All thumbs up on the animation! I was mesmerized, and that was just the 2-D version!!! As a protective parent, I was somewhat disappointed by some of the graphic nature of scenes that were embarrassing with some bare bums to a few of our children, along with a few references that hopefully went over most of their heads. We had 7 kids in tow that day, ranging in ages from 4 to 11. Shame on me for not considering the PG rating… However, if Shrek-type movies don’t bother you or your children, you should have no worries about this one… a delightful storyline nonetheless.