Photo Tour: Animal Kingdom Treat Carts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is definitely one of my favorite theme parks. First of all, it’s gorgeous, and second, it’s fun to just walk around even if you don’t end up doing any of the main attractions. The themeing is out of this world, and it continues right down to the smallest detail…like the ice cream and soda-pop carts!

I’ve been collecting pics of the carts for a year or so, and I finally got them all into a post together. Let’s check ‘em out…

Discovery Island

All trails lead to Discovery Island, the hub of the Animal Kingdom park.

The carts here reflect the bright colors and chunky design style of the Island’s merchandise locations. But they also carry a secret theme — the “Circle of Life!”

Splurge here and you’ll get a breathtaking view of the Tree of Life.

Discovery Island Ice Cream Cart

Dino Institute

While contemplating a trip back to the Cretaceous period, the Dino Institute’s cart is the place to fortify before escaping the hungry grips of a big ol’ dino (Look Out!!!).

Din Land's Dino Institute Ice Cream Cart

Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama

This one is, hands down, my favorite.

The corny Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama area will test your skills on midway games, but it will also pack in some seriously fun, cheeky humor to your day at Animal Kingdom…you just have to know where to [Read more…]

Blue Sky Wine

Once again, Disneyland pulls through with another themeing creation that brings me back to “original” Disney Parks perfection.

With puns like this, you’ll think you’re in line for Muppets 3D, but, in fact, you’re in Disney California Adventure’s Blue Sky Cellar, formerly the Golden Vine Winery — Seasons of the Vine. This location is now themed to represent an old winery that the Disneyland Imagineers have taken over as an impromptu office. Guests are free to roam about, sneaking peeks at models and blueprints for upcoming attractions, taking video screen quizzes, watching a film about the upcoming changes to Disney California Adventure, etc.

To your left as you walk in you’ll see a big sign — labeled “reference center” — draped over a full wall of “resting” wine barrels. Video screens that offer fun quizzes and trivia are set within some of the wine barrels, but the others seem pretty plain. Until you look more closely. [Read more…]

Have You Ever Been to the Sunset Room?

You’ve probably walked past the grand old Sunset Room restaurant many times, but you’ve never stayed for dinner. Too bad, as they have a delicious-looking menu… from October 31, 1939.

You see, the Sunset Room is a chic restaurant in the Hollywood Tower Hotel — a place to see and be seen.

Hollywood Tower of Terror

Hollywood Tower of Terror's Sunset Room Restaurant

Hollywood Tower of Terror's Sunset Room Restaurant

At least…it was a chic restaurant. Today, there’s not much left but dust, locked doors, and that menu, still posted with the specials of the day, which you can read yourself on the way to the hotel’s gift shop. I wonder whatever happened to that old place…

Sunset Room Menu

Sunset Room Menu