First, let's address the elephant in the room...
Yes, my last post is gone. The reason you're guessing why is probably the reason. Aaand that's all I should say. :(
I still have pretty windows to show you guys. So come. LET US GAWK, TOGEZZAH.
The windows in question are on the World of Disney shop (though "shop" is too small a word to describe this behemoth of a store) in Disney Springs here in Orlando. I was so impressed with the pretties that John and I made a special trip back last week *just* so I could take better pictures. Well, and also to do a reader meet-up. But the windows were a priority, promise.
Enough waiting, let's dive in with the one that first caught my eye and made me squeal:
You might remember this shot from my Instagram some weeks back.
This lively library features a 3D pirate ship emerging from the shelves (and printed with text from Treasure Island!), flying books, and two larger-than-life copies of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
Check out all the gems and gold detailing on this cover!
(Not to mention those amaaaazing [fake] books in the background. I want to cover every wall in my house with those.)
Cinderella's cover is more like an embossed leather.
Close-up of that amazing pirate ship.
And one more shot from a distance:
Though it's hard to see with the glare, each window has a fantastic Walt quote on the glass off to one side. This one reads, "There is more treasure in a book than there is loot on Treasure Island."
Next is the "Down The Rabbit Hole" window, which features a crazy fun assortment of Disney doors. That's right, DOORS:
(That window glare meant I had to take these shots at night, and often at wonky angles, too. You can see it's still dusk here, so there's more glare than most of my other shots. Sorry!)
See the opening of the rabbit hole at the top? Love that forced perspective!
Now let's see if you Dizgeeks can ID all 8 doors. I'll be honest: I'm a little iffy on one or two of them, but I'm pretty sure they're all from park rides and attractions.
Another appropriate Walt quote:
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors."
Here's a relatively simple window, though still packed with charm:
"I believe in being an innovator."
Each retro TV is playing a different Disney cartoon or show, and the shelving is stocked with a mix of new and antique Disneyana.
Next a sweet attic vignette, though the chocolate shop across the way kind of spoils the mirror effect:
I'm guessing Disney never envisioned using Pepper's Ghost Effect for a floating backwards "Ghiradelli's." :D
Here's a better angle to avoid the sign:
I really love this concept: a woman finds her old dress in the attic, and sees herself as a child again in the mirror. Complementing this, the Walt quote reads, "Everyone in the world was once a child."
Round the other side of the building, a sparkly fairy garden:
The fairy house serving as tea table is lit from within, plus there are at least 3 more tiny fairy houses tucked around the edges of the garden.
The overhead twinkle lights really give it a magical glow:
Gah, I should have set up the tripod and done some HDR shots. :/ Still, I hope you get the idea: IT'S PURDY.
And finally, John's favorite window, which is the only one with moving elements:
It's also incredibly hard to photograph, since the inner clock face is one huge light panel!
The Walt quote on the left reads, "I'm just very curious. Got to see what makes things tick." (LOVE.)
Down below and on the sides you can see just about every clock-related character or element Disney has, from Tick-Tock the croc to the Haunted Mansion grandfather clock to Mickey & Donald in Clock Cleaners!
Close up of Cogsworth and the White Rabbit.
Several of the gears rotate, and the demon tail pendulum on the Haunted Mansion clock swings. Trust me, it's awesome.
K, that does it for me! Those aren't ALL the World of Disney windows, of course, but they are the best ones. ;) Hope you guys enjoyed the virtual visit!
Oh, and before you go, here are two shots from inside the WoD, waaaay up high:
Mostly because I just love grumpy Donald.