September 13, 2010

Tie Dye 60 At Disney's Pop Century Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van September 13, 2010

If you've ever been to Pop Century, you're familiar with the huge icons at the front of the resort representing the decades of the "Classic Years." Here's a link to an earlier post to refresh your memory.

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But you may not have noticed that the back of the main resort building, Classic Hall, also has huge icons representing the decades including this tie dye 60. You would think that something this big and colorful would be hard to miss but I noticed it for the first time today...and the purple van is at Pop Century at least once every day! There's just a lot to see at this resort.

To check this out, exit the lobby from the rear and head to the main pool and then turn around...as you face the rear of Classic Hall, it will be on your left...
john

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September 12, 2010

Carved Wooden Horse At Disney's Coronado Springs Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van September 12, 2010

It seems like I'm always going on about what a hidden gem Coronado Springs is. This carved wooden horse is just one more reason to put this resort on your list.

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This horse it on your immediate left as you enter the main El Centro building at Coronado Springs. It's about five feet tall. But, there are so many things that catch your eye in this lobby that it's easy to miss something as big as this horse. In fact, it's a lot easier to see going out of the lobby than it is coming in.

So often, we're so anxious to get to our room or to a park that a lobby is just a place to dash in and dash out of. I think the lobbies at the Disney resorts are destinations worth a visit and this is just one more reason to slow down and enjoy the atmosphere the imagineers have created. You don't need a park pass and there's never a line to get in...
john

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September 10, 2010

Hawaiian Holiday At Disney's Polynesian Resort: the Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van September 10, 2010

This is a hand painted cartoon cel that hangs in the lobby of the Polynesian.

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There's a brass plaque beneath it that reads, "This xerographic-line, hand painted cel has been recreated from Scene 1 of the 1937 Mickey Mouse cartoon short Hawaiian Holiday: Mickey strums a steel guitar as he watches Minnie dance the hula. Limited Edition of 500 1991"

You can find the Hawaiian Holiday cel on the ground floor of the Polynesian in the right rear of the lobby, between the elevators...
john

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September 9, 2010

"When The Saints Go Marching In..." At Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van September 9, 2010

This is part of the check-in desk at Port Orleans French Quarter. The building is called the Mint and the check-in area is designed to look like bank teller windows.

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But, look closely at the railings between the windows...
......they form a five line musical staff...
...and the notes?
...the opening bars to "When the Saints Go Marching In"...of course...
john

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September 8, 2010

Chairs In The Lobby Of Disney's Contemporary Resort: The Everyday Adventures Of The Purple Van September 8, 2010

In case you haven't guessed already, there are a few hints which can help you figure out which resort has these chairs in the lobby. There's the modern rug for one. I think there are only two resort lobbies with marble floors (and these chairs aren't in the Grand Floridian...



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And there's only one resort that has an escalator in the lobby...
...yep, it's the Contemporary and these neat chairs are right across from the check-in desk...
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