• Juxtapositions!

    by Published on 12-30-2011 10:00 AM
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    A new year is on the horizon and for DCA it's a whole new park is just around the corner, too! With most expansion construction slated to end in 2012, it will be a new era for the California themed park. As part of the changes, the PT Flea pin shop is now but a distant memory. Currently it sits near Goofy's Sky School as an overflow dining area for Paradise Garden Grill. But just a few years ago, PT Flea's was itself a remnant of a former existence. The building formerly housed Santa Rosa Seed and Supply selling gardening supplies.

    When "a bugs land" opened in 2002, the location became known as PT Flea's, selling pins and pin accessories. Although over-sized elements were placed inside the shop to help it fit into the bug-sized world, many of the thematic elements remained untouched from its former incarnation. This is when a bit of creative perspective allowed for an interesting juxtaposition.

    Today's image features a bird house at PT Flea's with Tower of Terror off in the distance poking up above the farmland of Bountiful Valley Farm.
    by Published on 12-23-2011 02:00 PM
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    Christmas may literally be just around the corner but yesterday was actually the first day of winter. To say farewell to the fall, we send off with this image showing the final falling tree leaves in... Fantasyland. Yes, Fantasyland!

    Although Space Mountain and the Astro Orbitor are the most prominent elements in the photo, closer inspections reveals a snow-capped spire of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the more obvious Mr. Crocodile weather vane atop the Peter Pan's Flight attraction.

    Fantasyland is a well-protected little pocket of Disneyland from the thematic sense with its castle walls surrounding it and some of the tallest trees in the park at it's northern end. But from just the right perspectives, you can catch a glimpse at some blink-and-miss them visual intrusions. In this case, we stand on the exit platform of Casey Jr. Circus Train for a look across Tomorrowland!
    by Published on 12-16-2011 02:00 PM
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    In the fast-paced world of today with instant messages and text messaging it's hard to believe that not very long ago communication wasn't always so free and easy. In the old west, the best way you could hope to send a message to someone far away was to pay high-priced telegraph or maybe wait weeks for a Pony Express or passing train to deliver the mail!

    Today's Juxtaposition is a fun one, as it's a sight that could only be envisioned on the wild Frontier by the most imaginative of cowboys or perhaps those well-versed in the tomes of Jules Verne.

    In New Orleans Square, if you take just the right perspective from just behind the churro cart in front of the Haunted Mansion, you'll see what looks to be a mighty fancy communication system set-up on the roof of the Stage Door Cafe, the frontier's very first internet-ready cafe!
    by Published on 12-09-2011 10:00 AM
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    Today's juxtaposition is a common sight to anyone staying at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This specific perspective is one that guests staying in the three-bedroom Grand Villa of the DVC wing of the hotel are able to enjoy.

    Hollywood may be quite a ways away from the woodsy forests of Northern California but in this photo you can see the lift-ramp for Grizzly River Run leading right up to what appears to be an entrance into the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
    by Published on 12-02-2011 01:00 PM
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    HalloweenTime and the Holidays are two of the most popular seasons at the Disneyland Resort. Halloween decorations pop up in September and Holiday decorations usually start appearing a week or two before Halloween. Come November 1, though Halloween is usually all but disappeared so that the rest of the Holiday decorations can make their way into the park.

    It's in the brief week between the end of Halloween and the start of the holidays that you can see a brief co-existence in the park of both the holidays represented. While bright orange pumpkins line Main Street, snow soon finds itself rested upon the spires of Sleeping Beauty castle and that's when you can take a different perspective on the holidays.

    Today's image was taken from the Main Street train station with a view down the street where you can see the Mickey Jack-O-Lantern with a snow-covered castle backdrop.
    by Published on 11-25-2011 11:00 AM
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    Now that Thanksgiving has past, we can officially kick off the winter holidays without guilt. At Disney Parks just about anything is possible and that includes snow. Nightly during the holiday season, it snows to bring an extra bit of holiday cheer to the Merriest Place on Earth. But year-round, you can see snow in a place where it shouldn't be, right in the deserts of Frontierland!

    Imagineers were careful to construct the desert landscapes and surrounding areas of the Big Thunder Mountain area to resemble the Utah red rock desert. There's only so much that can be done to hide other elements in the park and if you look carefully, that's when you find some juxtapositions!

    If you look from just the right perspective in the queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can get a glimpse of the snowy peak of the Matterhorn! An odd back-drop to the little frontier village town.
    by Published on 11-18-2011 06:30 AM
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    In taking pictures around the parks from week to week, you come to see the same perspectives over and over again. Same old construction shots of the newest attraction being built, same old construction walls around attractions in refurbishment.

    Sometimes in the search for something new, you come across something you've never really noticed before and that's when you get something truly interesting. With this new series, we hope to bring every week a different look at Disneyland through various juxtapositions.
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