Friday, October 31, 2014

Disquieting Metamorphosis

By: Danielle Ernest

The skipper in me feels that this is appropriate spiel to start this post: 

"Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this boat actually leaving the dock? Or is it your imagination? And consider this dismaying observation: this boat is completely surrounded with water, and I'm you skipper. Which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course you could always swim away!!!" 

Hoping this photo brings you spooky delight on this Halloween. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Street

As we say goodbye to October, Disneyland will quickly become Christmas. In fact, many holiday decorations are in the park. I wanted to pay a small tribute to the pumpkins and decorations on Main Street. It does not feel like fall until I have walked down Main Street and looked at all the pumpkins. Every pumpkin on Main Street is different and has a certain charm. Below are some of my favorites that always make me smile

By: Danielle Ernest

By: Danielle Ernest

By: Danielle Ernest

By: Danielle Ernest

Make sure to check back tomorrow for a Haunted Mansion post! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Still in Operation

By: Danielle Ernest

"This, as you may recognize, is a maintenance service elevator, still in operation, waiting for you. We invite you, if you dare, to step aboard because in tonight's episode you are the star."

As I finish up my posts dedicated to the Tower of Terror, I can't tell you what fun it has been learning about this attraction. Aside from binge watching the Twilight Zone on Netflix (a Halloween tradition), I have grown to appreciate all of the little details in this attraction. I encourage you to explore the building next time you check-in. 

A friendly word of warning, something you won't find in any guidebook: the next time you check into a deserted hotel on the dark side of Hollywood, make sure you know just what kind of vacancy you're filling, or you may find yourself a permanent resident . . . of The Twilight Zone.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dead Wrong

By: Danielle Ernest

"It's easy enough to be pleasant, when life hums along like a song. But the man worth while is the man who can smile when everything goes dead wrong."
This quote is a perfect hint of things yet to come as you board the elevator at the Tower of Terror. This plaque hangs on the fence in front of this small work space. It offers some wise advice to anyone trying to get through the "ups and downs" of life. (see what I did there?) 

The Hollywood Tower and the tragic event that happen on October 31, 1939, is the basis for this story. However, ten years earlier the real fate of Hollywood and the rest of the country came on October 29, 1929. This day became known as "Black Tuesday", when the stock market collapsed. Money was lost, banks went under and this was the start to the Great Depression. By 1933, nearly nearly half of America was facing unemployment. 

Within the Disney Company, Roy Disney spoke of that time and his own fears saying, “When the banks were closed in 1933, of course I was frantic–what are we gonna do for money? So I was stewing and worrying and Walt was impatient with me. He said, ‘Quit worrying about it. People aren't going to stop living just because the banks are closed. What the hell, we’ll make potatoes the medium of exchange. We’ll pay everybody in potatoes.’” 

I find so interesting that when you leave from the Tower of Terror, you face in the direction of the Carthay Circle theater and Buena Vista Street. Both of these things hold such promise to the Disney company and are important. In fact, it reminds me of a "man who can smile when everything goes dead wrong". In 1937, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle and became a sign of hope to many. This can be certain when things do go "dead wrong", one must be relentless in pursuing the future and even in the face of adversity, continue to make your dreams come true. 

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