Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cruising into the Sunset

(This is part of a series about cruising on the Disney Magic. Click here if you want to go back to the start of the tour).

I hope you've enjoyed our
tour of Disney's Castaway Cay.

Castaway Cay - Post Office 12 (crop)

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and so we must bid a fond farewell to the island, and set sail once again for the mainland:

Castaway Cay - Family Beach Area 20

Castaway Cay - Casting Off (16)

But even after we get home, there's still one more thing to look forward to.Do you remember the Castaway Cay post office?

Castaway Cay - Post Office 01 Castaway Cay - Post Office 04

We dropped a post card in the mail while we were there - which (eventually) found it's way back home to North Carolina:

Castaway Cay postcard

... complete with the Castaway Cay postmark:

Castaway Cay - Postmark

This concludes my recap of touring on the Disney Cruise Line. Thanks for coming along.

If you joined us in the middle, you might want to go back to the beginning of the series here.

"See 'ya real soon"
- Chris

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Details - The Last Weekend in November...

Walt Disney World's "Value Resorts" have their limitations, but they also offer solid value for the money and have a strong fan following in their own right.

Although clearly not WDI's best work, I do enjoy their festive, over-the-top exterior theming. The value resorts also contain a nice selection of Disney details.

As we reach the end of November, I am reminded of
one of my favorite of Disney details, which can be found at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort:

Gridiron Rivalry

Here we have a colorful tribute to the pageantry of American football, with two larger-than-life helmets facing each from their respective sidelines at mid-field.

This location always reminds me of the classic Goofy short "How to Play Football".

But this scene contains at least one additional layer of detail. Take a look at the color schemes on the two helmets:

Showdown at the 50-yard line
Are the helmet colors a co-incidence? I think not.

The fact that "Orange and Blue" is facing off against "Garnet and Gold" seems to me to be no mere co-incidence, as these are the colors of Florida's largest two universities -- two schools that annually face each other on the gridiron in the last weekend of November (by mandate of the state legislature). Many similar in-state rivalry games take place all across the United States near the end of each November.