Disney Colors Photo Challenge – 30 – See Ya Real Soon

 

 

This was another tricky one for me. Mr. A Squared noticed a few of these when I was hunting for It’s a Small World pictures and mentioned that they were kind of cute. Eventually we landed on this one for the good variety of goodbyes. Contrast is a little rough, but I also appreciate the plethora of ‘so longs.’ It is also kind of unique as a final picture because it is the ultimate picture of this challenge. Aside from the last few pictures, this challenge was mostly on time and quite fun for me. This has been a challenge for me on other levels as well because it is often hard for me to share pieces. It isn’t so much that I am afraid of critique, but more so to do with my self-confidence. Writing through these posts everyday and putting these photos out there is thoroughly refreshing and also makes me excited to share future posts and photos.

Here’s to the creative struggle of us all – and sometimes personal fear as well – may it slowly be forced back into the shadows as we find and guide our light into the future.

Because that wasn’t weird at all.

-A

Disney Colors Photo Challenge – 29 – Haunted Mansion

 

Huzzah! A happy shot of a haunted mansion! I think my favorite part about this picture is the weather vane ^.^

There were some WDI Disney pins that depicted weather vanes and haunted mansion is one of them, so this was a key point in this shot. It may not be the focus but it definitely ads to it. I also have a fondess for all of the detail of the rails and edging. Old mansions like this just warm my heart… even if they are slightly creepy.

 

-A

Disney Colors Photo Challenge – 27 – Donald

 

 

 

Who’s the number one duck?!?! Alright, that is an easy one. This is… yet again, SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE! Sense a pattern here? Do you know where I am going with this? So, if you haven’t guessed or read, Soundational Parade is one of my favorites! This was perfect timing – I think someone may have yelled Donald, the float was just about to enter the gates at the end and shebam: number one duck!

-A

Disney Colors Photo Challenge – 25 – Magical Moment

 

 

Well…dropped the ball a bit with these scheduled posts – apologies!

Day 25 is/was Magical Moment. One of my favorite recent memories is the first time I went to Disneyland as a part of the magic. Soundsational parade is one of my favorite parades of all time so I made sure to get a great spot during this visit. I spoke with a few of the CMs and talked about the work and the location, made sure I was in an area that was acceptable, the usual things you do to make sure everyone is sound. I even scootched over a bit to make sure that there was room for some kids on the curb next to me. When the music started I couldn’t help myself (T.T) and I just started singing and dancing and taking pictures. Eventually the end was around the corner and here was this CM just belting it out and having a good time. I like to think we were having a singing jam or a duet of sorts. When the verses had ended he practically clapped for me – I think he was so excited someone new all the words, but I was just excited to have shared the moment. He made it feel like I was a part of the parade even though I wasn’t and that is what magical moments are all about – when you feel enveloped by the magic around you.

Thank you Chimney Sweep CM! You are amazing.

-A

Disney Colors Photo Challenge – 22 – Iconic

 

 

When I visit a Disney Park there are a few things that are mandatory to-do’s while I am there, but one of the most important is Walt Disney’s The Enchanted Tiki Room. There is something about experiencing an attraction that is so classic and iconic like this that just makes you feel like Walt himself is there. It is almost an empowering and uplifting feeling that something like The Enchanted Tiki Room can last as long as it has with the way the younger generations are gearing more and more toward newer technology. Of course I am a part of one of the generations that grew up in this “digital age,” but  honoring The Enchanted Tiki Room and the Imagineers with their audio-animatronics is a key in my experience. That said, I don’t visit José, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz just because they are integral part of the Walt Disney family – I visit them because I think they are the greatest. It may have started with a Mouse, but it expanded into a ton of birds who can tempt the Hawaiian gods and teach anyone to sing. I don’t know how anyone can not love the concept of how audio-animatronics evolved, let alone the fact that there are four amazingly life-like (especially for the time) macaw hosts with histories and backgrounds of their own. Now we just need to see a little bit more of the barker bird and we are set – of course there is a replica at The Walt Disney Family Museum, but they did have one of the originals on display at DLR a few years back that I got to see… and freak out about!

 

-A

Disney Colors Photo Challenge – 21 – Tigger

 

 

Alright – this one is a story and a half, but I will do my best to whittle it down.

My middle sister, K, and I both graduated in 2013 so we decided to go to Disneyland as a celebration. When we got there I of course went straight to the graduation ears and got them all stitched. Tigger was immediately drawn to this as a unique way to interact with me, but I…. let’s just say I didn’t have a frosty clue what was going on. For almost ten minutes (probably an exaggeration) I thought he was playing tug of war with my autograph book – hence my face. After much frustration from Tigger, who unfortunately can’t speak outside of his world of The Hundred Acre Wood, he started to mime a bit more and the character handler stepped up with an AHA! moment. She explained that Tigger was trying to pass my autograph book to me like it was a diploma… wow… Tigger – 1, Amy – 0. I felt so bad for holding up the line and being so silly T.T I thought for sure we were having a friendly game of Tug of war!

-A