Destino

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY on August 20, 2019 by disneychronicles

If you consider yourself a serious (hardcore) Disney fan you may have heard of Destino, maybe even watched it! No? Check YouTube. If you are a Salvador Dali enthusiast I bet you have heard of it also!

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Well I am a fan of both so here you go..

What is it you ask?

The quick answer….A short film that the Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí began working on with Walt Disney in the Forties. WHAT??? Salvador and Walt?? YUP! It’s true.

Destino is an animated film released in 2003. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion in 2003!

Dalí and Disney came up with the idea of collaborating on the “Destino” short. Dalí began working on the film in 1946, creating 22 paintings and more than 135 storyboards, drawings, and sketches. Disney’s studio then generated about 20 seconds of original animation based on these ideas.

However, financial pressures caused by World War II and other commitments forced the studio to stop producing “Destino” and it was secured in the Disney vault for decades. In 1999, Roy E. Disney decided to finish the studio’s work on “Destino” while completing the production of “Fantasia 2000.”

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Gran Destino Tower takes its name from the Disney film “Destino,” Disney said “the tower is a whimsical, magnificent visual feast, diverse in its design and execution.”

I liked it as soon as I saw it! Has a very international feel… think Spain.

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The Gran Destino offers 545 modern guest rooms (including 50 suites and club-level services), a grand two-story lobby, new meeting venues, new lounges and a rooftop restaurant with spectacular views. The distinctive tower is the stylish new gateway to the 2,385-room resort.

Even though Dalí and Disney weren’t around to see it in person, their once-abandoned film was warmly received and even earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film when it was finally released in 2003.

The Edison at Disney Springs.

Posted in DISNEY DINING, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on December 2, 2018 by disneychronicles

We dropped into The Edison for lunch on our visit to Disney Springs.

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The Edison is set in an abandoned power plant and has an industrial, gothic steampunk theme.  The multilevel restaurant is big and yet still has a cozy feel, with three bars, entertainment area, and various seating configurations. The hostesses are dressed in flapper dresses and the male servers are dressed in 1920’s style attire with suspenders and bow ties.

At lunch time the vibe is mellow, providing a great family dining experience, but after 10 pm it transforms into an Adult-only venue focused on craft cocktails and Cabernet entertainment. 

The menu consists of contemporary American fare, with a selection of sandwiches, salads and entrees; plus a focus on artfully crafted cocktails.  

 

 

We chose the Edison Burger -Signature Beef Blend of Sirloin, Short Rib, and Brisket topped with Cabot Cloth Bound Cheddar, crispy Onions, Smoked Bacon, House-made Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato, and Special Sauce served with Fries. It was AWESOME!

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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich-Spicy-fried Buffalo-style Chicken Breast Sandwich topped with Blue Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickles, with French Fries. Great also but VERY spicy.

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Chop Salad-Napa Cabbage, Greens, Grilled Chicken, Apple, Jicama, Pineapple, Pepper, Carrot, Spicy Cashews, and Sesame-Ginger. Good and especially enjoyed the sesame ginger.

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Overall a fun restaurant with very detailed theming! 

Would love to return for a date night.

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Posted in DISNEY'S MAGIC KINGDOM, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , , , , on October 31, 2017 by disneychronicles

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! and one of my favorite events at Disney! I have to add that I was worried my boys would grow out of it but really who grows out of all that CANDY!

This is a separate ticketed event that runs August to Early November. Magic Kingdom will close to all other guests and the party will go from 7pm to Midnight.


Don’t miss your chance to collect so MUCH candy, sweets and frightfully delightful treats–all while the park hosts grim grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. Well sort of…since the tone of this event is “not-so-scary,” that means children of every age can enjoy the fun!

Many special events will entertain you thorough the night including…

One of my favorites? The Boo To You Parade! Make sure you line up early to see the Headless Horseman!

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Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Hallowishes, Character Meet and Greets (Yes, In their Halloween best!)

 

Photo Ops, Exclusive Merchandise and did I mention shorter lines for the rides! It’s true!

If you missed it let’s plan a trip for next year! 😉

Not the Hollywood Studios you remember..

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS with tags , , , on June 27, 2017 by disneychronicles

Have you seen the map of Hollywood Studios recently? If so you may be saying…WHAAAAT?!
Changes? OH YES! and plenty of them!

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To make room for the 14 acre Star Wars and 11 acre Toy Story lands, a number of attractions and areas have closed. Starting with the removal of the Earffel tower.
It’s gone.

Walking around you will see most of the park is under construction. Walls are up almost everywhere.

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Among other casualties: The Writer’s Stop, a place I loved! It will be remembered for being the perfect corner stop to get away from it all, have a quiet moment with a steamy cappuccino and the famous carrot cake cookie! Gone. UGH.

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Streets of America, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set….All Gone!

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Disney has also discontinued two seasonal events — the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Star Wars Weekends.

I think the biggest shock for me was the Osborne Lights!! Why OH Why!!
I cannot even think of anything that comes close to that Holiday Light perfection!

Can you tell…I don’t do CHANGE well!

Moving on..

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom used to be considered the half-day park. As Animal Kingdom has debuted new attractions and extended hours, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is starting to take on that reputation.

In my opinion it will have a different feel & flair once complete and a majority of it will focus on Star Wars which does not have as much appeal for me as it does for others.

What can I say it’s just not my thing! but I have a feeling they will do just fine! 😉

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