Friday, December 31, 2010

Warning: 1st Visit May Cause Sleepiness

Disney's Human Element - Warning: 1st Visit May Cause Sleepiness

... And yet, it will bring a lifetime of memories
... It will be a dream fulfilled
... It will be the fabulous end-result of continuous planning
... It will be the joy of meeting all of your favorite characters
... It will be fun and adventure around every corner
... It will be the discovery of real-life magic
... It will be.... A thousand ways to catch a nap ;)

"Endless" Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

It has been such a great year, photography-wise and life-wise. Personally, I feel like I've had some active progression when it comes to shooting and post-processing. It's been great getting to know (and eventually meet) some of the amazing people here on Flickr. And as far as my home life, well..... most of you know the main part of that story. ;)

Have A Wonderful New Year Everyone!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Love In The Limelight... And Redlight... And Bluelight...

Disney's Human Element - Love In The Limelight

More than any other time of the year, Christmas brings with it a spirit that can't be beat. It's full of the spirit of love... the spirit of giving... the spirit of cherishing all that is dear to you. And what better place than Disney to celebrate this spirit explosion. [No pun intended; as a major cheerleading competition is also held at this park every year] ;)

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Disney's Human Element - "Oh Santa!"

Mariah Carey - "Oh Santa!" ..... Disney Christmas Parade Taping

Since 1983, early December has brought the filming of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Shot in Walt Disney World, as well as Disneyland; this event showcases some of the top musical acts around today. Seen on ABC, viewers have been treated to performances by Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, The Jonas Brothers, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, and Menudo (just trying to show a little diversity there); as well as countless other musicians.

And as a bonus treat for attendees like myself; you get to stand around for hours listening to the same beautiful Christmas song over and over.... all while trying to not get crushed by the Jonas lovin' teens. ;)

Mariah Carey singing "Oh Santa!" at Disney's Christmas Parade Taping.

.... and yes, she was clearly showing!!!! :)

2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Taping
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Friday, November 5, 2010

Weary Travelers

Disney's Human Element - Weary Travelers

With Everest looming in the distance, travelers rest-up for the long journey ahead of them; while adventurers from the previous expedition return to base camp in utter disappointment. The quest for the Yeti forever continues.

Expedition Everest
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Disney's Human Element - Meanness

To always play to its nice side, Disney allows all guests to equally be involved in the meanness.

Kali River Rapids
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Friday, September 17, 2010

Biotechnology Lab

Disney's Human Element - Biotechnology Lab

"Biotechnology Lab - Attached to the Creative Greenhouse, the Biotechnology Lab is a sterile research environment. Several USDA scientists are on-site at The Land, performing research on crop improvement. The Land also produces a product called "Mickey's Mini Gardens" in the Biotechnology Lab, which are available for purchase in several locations in Epcot."

- Wikipedia

You can also see more information in this July 1996 Article on the USDA website.

Biotechnology Lab
Living With The Land
The Land Pavilion
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Taking A Ride On The Roy O.

Disney's Human Element - Taking A Ride On The Roy O.

"I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train."
- Walt Disney

Taking a ride on the Walt Disney Railroad is one of the most peaceful experiences at the park. And not only is it a mode of transportation to give from one area to another; but you'll also get the chance to see views of the Magic Kingdom that would otherwise be totally hidden.

The Roy O. Disney
Walt Disney World Railroad
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Fear Factor

Disney's Human Element - The Fear Factor

'The unknown' can be a great nemesis when it comes to you trying to conquer your fears. Many people have been fearful of the Tower of Terror just by its name alone. And any descriptions of the ride, or actually seeing it in person, don't help to calm someone's apprehension. From the moment you set foot on this haunted property, you are already enveloped in the experience. Nothing you encounter upon your journey will help to ease this fear..... not the outside 'gardens'.... not the hotel personnel..... not the 'glorious' lobby..... not the teenage girls screaming for no reason.... and definitely not the pre-show. If you're fearful going in, you'll be fearful until the end.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Disney's Human Element - Tradition (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Japanese Drumline (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Traditions, no matter how big or how small, can be hard to maintain. As generations go by, individuals' circumstances will change; and it can sometimes be difficult to celebrate the ways of the past. But it's a special experience when an old tradition for someone else can become a new tradition for you. At Epcot's World Showcase, guests have an opportunity to witness pieces of heritage from all over the world. From the kumi-daiko in Japan, to Oktoberfest in Germany, to the celebrated street performers of Italy; this display of cultural customs can spark a newfound love for the old ways.

Japan Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bringing In The 4th

Disney's Human Element - Bringing In The 4th

Every year at the Magic Kingdom, Disney puts on a SPECTACULAR fireworks display; with 360 degrees of pure goodiness!!!!!! And if you don't want to brave the crowds on the 4th, you can even check out the same show on the 3rd (as I did here). ;)

As this was my first visit to the Magic Kingdom for this event, I'll admit that I was being a little pouty as we were moving further and further from the castle as the fireworks were about to begin. As you can see, we didn't end up in the greatest of spots, but the show took an amazing turn; and fireworks were going off all around us. So we were still able to really enjoy this magnificent display.

4th of July Fireworks, on July 3rd ;)
Main Street, U.S.A.
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Saturday, June 26, 2010

View The World

Disney's Human Element - View The World (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Epcot's World Showcase. A beautiful place to just relax and take it easy. Although crowds can get somewhat insane here; it's always easy find a nice spot to temporarily escape the hustle and bustle. And where else can you sit and just enjoy the view of 11.5 countries??? (I don't know what to call that sad showing of Africa)

Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Art of Disney

Disney's Human Element - The Art of Disney (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Imagine Bud Light's "Real Men of Genius" Commercials:

Disney Presents... Real Men of Genius
"Real Men of Genius"
Today we salute you, Mr. Water Artist

When Disney needs save a few bucks
You're the one for the job
Animatronics???? .... No Way
Fancy Lights??? ... Don't Even Think About It
Just water and a bag; and you're the Picaso of the Parks
"Artsy Fartsy!!!!!"

Who cares if you're blocking sidewalks
Hey kid!!! Move that foot. You wouldn't step on a painting would you?
"This Ain't A Twister Board!!!!!"
You're supplying smiles with your cool style
So keep working on that Ground Gallery Mr. Water Artist
You show that low tech, is simply cool as heck

"Mr. Disney World Water Artist!!!!!!"

P.S. I am in NO WAY trying to mock what they do. I think it is absolutely amazing. And I was totally surprised the first time I saw this. I actually felt bad that most people weren't stopping to admire the kid's work. It was at Downtown Disney during a crowded night though. So you could barely see what was going on.

Water Art
Liberty Square
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Behind the Phenomenon

Disney's Human Element - Behind The Phenomenon (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Ever since the first installment of this series hit the scene, fans have been enamored with its presence at the parks. Whether not being able to turn around without seeing High School Musical merchandise, or constantly seeing this show (which seemed like every hour), or having "What time is is!?!?!" or "We're all in this together!!!!" unfortunately stuck in our heads; you can't deny that this is a force to be reckoned with.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now!
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Traditional Magic

Disney's Human Element - Traditional Magic

Animation drawings were once hand-inked or photocopied onto clear pieces of celluloid - or cels - and then hand-painted. Today, using computer technology, character and effects drawings are inked and painted digitially. Here in our Ink and Paint department, Disney artists carry on the tradition by creating hand-painted limited editions.
- The Signage Above This Area ;)

Theodora DeLaney
Ink and Paint Department
The Magic of Disney Animation
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Geeked For Geekdom

Disney's Human Element - Geeked For Geekdom (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

I can't help but to be reminded of the hilarious meeting of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog & Star Wars Nerds ;)

For almost every year since 1997, the Star Wars faithful have traveled to Disney's Hollywood/MGM Studios to celebrate their love for that glorious franchise. Only the craziest of craziest (and me) get there before the break of day, for the chance to acquire exclusive merchandise, or those highly sought after autographs.

You are looking at the early arrivals for the merchandise line. This was taken at 5:24 AM, from my 4:00 AM arriving spot in the Temuera Morrison autograph line. Hey... I gotta get it all out before the baby comes. ;) .... excuses, excuses

Star Wars Weekends 2010
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Familiar Strangers

Disney's Human Element - Familiar Strangers (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Disney is the new Center of the Universe!!!! HA HA!!!!

Where else in the World do familiar strangers actually plan trips to meet in person!?!?! .... Or just plan to meet after already booking their vacation!?!?! It's Florida... It's Fun... It's Sun... It's Fun IN the Sun... It's finally meeting others who share the same passion as you. Whether at a Disney park, or on a Disney Cruise (Go B.O.B.'ers!!!), strangers from all over will congregate for the Love of Disney!!!!

Flickrite Photowalk ....... with the coolest people EVER!!!!
Sunset Blvd.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Game Face

Disney's Human Element - Game Face (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

"Terrified... mortified... petrified... stupefied... by you."
- Russell Crowe as John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind"

As happy-go-lucky as most Cast Members are, they definitely know when to bring out their game face. When it comes to crowd control, safety, or other serious situations; the job is no laughing matter. >:-[

Josh here, is blocking off traffic before the Flag Retreat ceremony starts.

Flag Retreat
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Flag Retreat

Disney's Human Element - Flag Retreat (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

The Flag Retreat is performed daily at 5:00 PM, at the Magic Kingdom. This ceremony includes members of Disney Security, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet.... and of course, a park guest!!!!!! Anyone can sign-up to participate, but Veterans are definitely preferred.

This was the first time I've ever witnessed this ceremony. And I must say, Disney does a spectacular job; and they take this very seriously. So if you're anywhere near Main Street at 5:00, I'd suggest you check it out. :)

Flag Retreat
Town Square
Main Street, U.S.A.
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Man Behind The Magic

Disney's Human Element - The Man Behind The Magic (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Where else on Earth can a garbage can be so much fun!?!?!?!?! Nowhere else.... that's where. ;)

And yes, please still walk by and throw their trash in there. Even though it's moving around and saying 'Thanks'.

Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Monday, April 26, 2010

Safety First... Lifeguard On Duty

Lifeguard On Duty (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

As much emphasis as Disney places on giving its guests a great experience, they also never take shortcuts when it comes to guests' safety.

Everywhere you go on Disney property, the wardrobe/'costumes' of its Cast Members varies; depending on the theme. One thing that is completely traditional, is the dress of its lifeguards. The red and white (not seen here ;) ) is like the International color scheme of safety. You have no question as to who is "On Duty".

Blizzard Beach Water Park
Walt Disney World Resort, FL

Monday, April 19, 2010

Last Visit With Mr. Sanders

Disney's Human Element - Last Visit With Mr Sanders (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))


Memories of your first visit.

Memories of seeing the castle for the first time.

Memories of meeting your favorite character.

Memories of the thrill and the magic.

Memories of what Disney used to be.

Memories of your last visit with Mr. Sanders.

Pooh's Playful Spot
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

P.S. And I know that Pooh isn't Mr. Sanders. ;)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hiding In Plain Sight

Disney's Human Element - Hiding In Plain Sight (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Everyday, somewhere in "The World"; guests get so drawn into the atmosphere, that many Cast Members probably get overlooked.

In some cases, I guess it's not actually that bad; considering that Disney goes all out to immerse its guests in that experience.

Mexico Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Desperate Times.... Desperate Measures

Disney's Human Element - Desperate Times... Desperate Measures (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

... A little more stretch, and she could've gotten the whole wall in there. Oh well, maybe next time. ;)

We've all been in this scenario; we want a picture of us "being there", but no one's around to take the pic. I know it doesn't seem right for me to say that... seeing as how I'm taking a picture of her taking her own picture; but I'm really not that mean (there were quite a few people near her, and I even started to walk over before she eventually moved). Although most of these shots don't turn out the best (is that an iPhone??? Maybe she has a specially designed UUUUWA on there), but when they're well executed, the perspective can add a beautiful element to the shot.

But when you're at Disney, and you feel like you have to rely on taking your own picture... just ask somebody!!!! Most people are very willing to help. And if you see someone trying to take these self-portraits, don't stop and take a picture of them struggling. Stop whatever you're doing, and help them out. ;)

Morocco Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Expressing Congrats

One of special aspects about being a part of the Disney community, is the happiness people express for others' accomplishments. Whether it's booking a trip, buying a "new toy", getting married.... just WHATEVER; someone always seems to be there to at least express a simple 'Congrats'.

Most recently, a book entitled The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World was released; and I'm proud to say that a few of my Flickr contacts have been spotlighted in the book. And now their work is out there for the world to see. It's definitely a travel guide; but their amazing Disney pictures help guide guests all over "The World".

So to Matt, Tom, Joe, Tim, Jeff, Cory, Vanessa, Cody, Gary, Josh, and everyone else.... Congrats!!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"To Me, MC Means Move the Crowd"

Disney's Human Element - "To Me, MC Means Move the Crowd" (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

What better way to interact at Disney than to be THE center of attention.... and THE one to help bring the "Disney" experience to others.

"The Lions" ..... as you can tell by someone in the crowd. ;)
Festival of the Lion King
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Disney Tattoo Guy... George Reiger

Disney Tattoo Guy....George Reiger

When I initially set out to start this photo blog, I wanted all my shots to be "fresh". I didn't want to go to the archives for anything. I have some older "Human Element" type of shots; but I know they're scenes I can capture again in some form..... except this one.

Talk about LOVE of Disney!!!!! His body is literally covered with Disney tattoos (he even had a Mickey shaved into the back of his head, this day). And the Cast Members in the backgroud!?!?!?! Totally a nice surprise when I looked at this picture later on. It's great to see Disney employees enjoying "the view". ;)

P.S. Although he looks intimidating here, I heard he's actually a very nice guy.

Epcot 25th Anniversary Celebration
Walt Disney World, FL

Friday, March 26, 2010

Big In Japan

Disney's Human Element - Big In Japan (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Everyday, guests from all over the world visit Disney, and display their own sense of style. Whether it's celebratory, or just normal attire, the approach to dressing is completely varied.

When it comes to really doing-it-up, the Japanese have such an impeccable sense of style. It's not everyday that you see a group successfully pull this off.

Sunset Boulevard
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Monday, March 22, 2010

Charm The Pants Off The Crowd

Disney's Human Element - Charm The Pants Off The Crowd (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

One of the great things that Disney does, is to make the ordinary experience extraordinary!!!

In Japan's Pick-A-Pearl area, there is already a bit of excitement in what kind of jewel you'll discover (of course you'll get a pearl... but there's also size and color to consider). But to really make you feel like you've come across the "Crème de la Crème", the Cast Member plays a little ditty to celebrate your accomplishment.

Yuka from Aichi, Japan
Japan Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Art With Character

Disney's Human Element - Art With Character (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Watching caricature artists, and other artisans at Disney; it's amazing how "in the zone" these people are. Not only do they have to focus on doing such fabulous work; but there are constant crowds about, kids crying, grumpy dads crying, and crazy photographers taking endless pictures.

France Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Getting In Touch With Nature

Disney's Human Element - Getting In Touch With Nature (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

One of the great attractions during Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival is the butterfly tent; where guests can witness the evolution of butterflies.

This girl had a butterfly on her sweatshirt for quite some time, before this young lad decided to help her out. :)

Fawn's Butterfly House
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2010
Walt Disney World, FL

Saturday, March 6, 2010

We're All PhotoPass Photographers

When visiting Disney, one of the small rewarding experiences you can have is to take family pictures for people. I'm sure some people feel like they might be inconveniencing other guests, but most people will gladly help out. We've all been in a situation where we want the entire group in a shot, but someone always gets left out. Or we have desperate situations where we'll just sit our camera on a wall, set the timer, and hope for the best (God forbid the wind is strong, and it knocks your camera on the ground.... UGH!!!).

I was recently at Epcot, and saw a family resting the camera on the wall and setting the timer. I was the only other person even near them, so I couldn't NOT help out. And to make it even better, they were just completely grateful!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For The Love Of Sports

Disney's Human Element - For The Love Of Sports (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Every year, sports fans worldwide embark on the excursion of a lifetime. Destination: Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is when the Worldwide Leader makes a visit to the Resort; and the two sides do what they do best. Guests can't help but to walk away with an experience that is unmatched.

.... Alright, that might be a little overzealous; but it sounds good. ;)

ESPN The Weekend 2010
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oh Mickey, Where Art Thou

Disney's Human Element - Oh Mickey, Where Art Thou (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Taking guests around the world (or other worlds) is what Disney does best. Whether it's Italy, Japan, Africa, or Happily Ever After; you can't help but to get immersed in an experience.

To do this, the details have to be perfect.... and yes, they usually are. The fact that this viewfinder looks like it might've been owned by a New World explorer, makes its use a little more authentic.

.... and no, I did not know this girl.

Looking Across To The Italy Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Disney's Human Element - Mesmerized (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

If you ever want to take a few minutes out of your visit, to be totally mesmerized by an artist at work.... be sure to check out these guys!!!!!

La Princesa de Cristal by Arribas Brothers
Mexico Pavilion
Epcot World Showcase

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Navigator

Disney's Human Element - The Navigator (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

.... and we're going on this .... and we're going on that .... and we're gonna eat there .... and getting souvenirs here .... and meeting Mickey at this place .... and meeting Winnie at that place .... and watching the parade from here ..... and not moving, so we can see the fireworks from the same spot ... no no no, no bathroom break, you'll lose your spot, and I'm not holding it for you .... bathrooms are here, btw...............

Disney's Ticket & Transportation Center
Magic Kingdom

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Kayla, Earning Her Ears / Pin Trading

Disney's Human Elements - Kayla, Earning Her Ears / Pin Trading (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

I cheated on this one.

When I first set out to do this “Disney’s Human Element” project, getting a shot of Pin Trading was one of the musts. I also wanted every single shot to be totally candid (we’ll see what happens with the Streetmosphere performers though).

For starters, this wasn’t the composition I was going for. I saw the perfect opportunity when a woman approached this Cast Member to try to do a pin trade. When I tried to move into position, my sleeve got caught up on a hanger. After finally raising the camera, the pin trade was already under execution; and the woman’s hand was too much a part of the shot. I was pretty disappointed, because I really like the colors of the CM’s uniform; and her co-worker was standing next to her, giving even more color to the shot. So I stood around the area, like a creepy weirdo, to see if anyone else would walk up. After spending 2 or 3 minutes looking at kiddie toys (WAAAAAYY too long if you really have no interest in buying them), I finally decided to just ask her to do a pin trading pose. If it wasn’t for her complete enthusiasm, and definite willingness to help me get a good shot; I probably wouldn’t have used this. But because of her graciousness, I couldn’t NOT use this shot. Then again, I was quite please how this turned out. The nice smile really helped this out too. :)

Kayla definitely Earned Her Ears. ;)

Pixar Place
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lord of the Rings

Disney's Human Element - Lord Of The Rings (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

♫ Lord of the Rings Intro ♪
The world is changed
I feel it in the water
I feel it in the earth
I smell it in the air
Much that once was, is lost
For none now live who remember it
-The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring

….. Don’t let this happen to our “World”.

Ever stop to admire the work and talent displayed at this stand??? I admit that I never have, until I took this picture. Other artisans around the parks, might be more of the superstars (glass blowers…. Caricature artists); but Claudio (from Guanajuato, Mexico) is one of the many unsung heroes that also help make Disney what it is.

Customized Ring Stand
Near Pirates of the Caribbean
Adventureland - Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Thousand Ways To Catch A Nap

Disney's Human Element - A Thousand Ways To Catch A Nap (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

”Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.”
-Winnie the Pooh

For the frequent visitor, this is definitely a part of the Disney lifestyle. And everyone has their own idea on what makes a great nap location. But with all of the hustle and bustle going on, you take ‘em where you can get ‘em.

You can use a wall, or a bench. Or visit rides and attractions, such as; the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents (or any of the indoor shows), Spaceship Earth (I’m partial to this one, myself), and the back of Town Square Exposition Hall (I think this would be the ultimate nap location, due to the fact there’s no time limit). You can even make a splash in The Seas With Nemo & Friends; where you’ll be forced into a nap, even if you didn’t plan on taking one.

Town Square
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wait For It... Wait For It...

Disney's Human Element - Wait For It... Wait For It... (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

….. the Official Slogan of Photographers Worldwide.

Wait for the coaster to get here…
Wait for the coaster with your family on it to get here…
“Wait… why aren’t you guys on the ride? I didn’t see you come down.”
Wait for the people to move out the frame…
Wait for the people to come into the frame…
Wait for the camera to focus…
Wait to see how long it takes you before you realize everything’s black because you left the lens cap on… (Guilty!)

All we seem to do is wait.
What are some of the things you wait for???????????

Expedition Everest
Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Monday, January 18, 2010

Reaching Out

Disney's Human Element - Reaching Out (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

In being a part of the Disney community, you realize the part that Disney can play in people's lives. And when interacting with others, you feel the comfort and welcoming that you won't get anywhere else.

Every once in a while, you'll see someone asking for a Disney related favor. The skeptical part of you makes you hesitate to get involved; but the "Disney" part of you takes over, and you gladly see what you can do. Last year, a chance encounter allowed me to reach out to a grieving mother..... the skeptical part never kicked it.

In April of 2009, Jennifer Dooley lost her son Michael. It would have been his 10th birthday that July; and a June trip to Star Wars Weekends was in order. Unfortunately, he was unable to make that trip. Fortunately for Jenn, a great friend of hers was eagerly waiting to help. Her friend made a post on the Star Wars message boards; asking for some assistance in a very special endeavor. The night before Star Wars Weekends began; I was visiting these boards one last time, to make sure no unexpected events were occurring. That’s when I came upon the posting. I immediately started to think how I could help…. and contribute to the Michael’s Name Project. So I made the sign that’s pictured, and had a few of the Star Wars Characters (the Disney ones) sign it. I e-mailed the pictures to Jenn’s friend, who then mailed them to Jenn herself. I thought I’d just get a nice simple e-mail saying thanks. But I received an e-mail from Jenn, and another from a relative of hers, expressing their deepest heartfelt gratitude. All in all, it was a true pleasure being able to bring any amount of happiness to this family. I am so glad I decided to reach out.

May the Disney Force Be With Us All.

Michael’s Name Project Flickr Group
Jennifer’s “I Love You Best” Blog for Michael

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bon Appetit!!!

Disney's Human Element - Bon Appetit!!!

I'll let Anthony Bourdain take the reins for this one.... (visualize soft French music)

Why the French don't suck!

Sure, the French are renowned for their culinary technique and invention. But even more crucial, more precious, is the sensual point of view behind it. That drives not only their cuisine, but their entire existence. It may just save the world.

The most important thing to do the instant you arrive is Paris, is stop. Find someplace inviting, and slip comfortably into the Parisian pace of life.

... This gets right to the kernel of what distinguishes the French. What are the French famous for? Perfume that smells good. Sense of smell. Food that tastes good. Sense of taste. Art, architecture. Visual sense. Ok, there's really no explanation for their crap pop music. But, you know, 3 out of 4 is not bad. These are all matters of the senses. It's their attitude towards pleasure, and sensuality. And food, in general, being the best example.

... Eating is, and should be, a joyous occasion. As should the use of all your senses. So America, perhaps you should try it. Maybe duck out of the office when the boss isn't looking. Or call in sick for that boring meeting. Pull up a chair in a local joint. Grab a tasty beverage, and eat a ham sandwich. REALLY eat a ham sandwich. You just may find you not only love the French again; but you may also love life.... and ultimately... the world.

- No Reservations - Season 1, Episode 1 ..... Netflix ROCKS btw. ;)

Friday, January 8, 2010

♫ Oh, How I Want To Be In That Number ♪

Disney's Human Element - ♫ Oh, How I Want To Be In That Number ♪ (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

These impromptu musical performances are a treat that shouldn't be missed. Whether it's this Fantasyland Band, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, The Notorious Banjo Brothers and Bob, or Jim; I highly advise taking a few minutes out of your day to enjoy these wonderful performers. They will be a small highlight to your unforgettable trip.

This kid and his brother were just great!!! It was nice to see them having such a great time. You could tell, for them, that this truly was the 'Happiest Place On Earth'.

Fantasyland Band
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Inspirational Shots

It' amazing to see other people's perspective on things you see all the time. Although these shots are completely unique, because of the people in them; they are still very much "everyday Disney". Here are just a few Disney pics that have provided inspiration.

Disney's Human Element Gallery

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Chosen Few

Disney's Human Element - The Chosen Few (by Scott Smith (SRisonS))

Although there are many rides and attractions at Disney, it seems that a lot of guests include these street performance/participation scenes into their itinerary. Besides this Pirates of the Caribbean theme, the Jedi Training Academy has become quite the hit. I kinda wish they'd do one for adults. It'd be pretty cool to get in a lightsaber fight with Darth Maul.

Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Best Seat In The House

Sometimes, this can be a nuisance to people in the immediate vicinity. But to the child, it is literally the Best Seat In The House. It's like you're the only one in the theater of a thousand people.

Dream Along With Mickey Show
Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World, FL

Disney Is Not Just Mickey Mouse and Fairy Tales

There is a lot that makes Disney what it is. But to me, Disney's Human Element is what makes it's "world" unique. I'm gonna do my best to showcase the real people of Disney; i.e..... regular Cast Members, guests, and street performers. But NO pictures of Disney characters (this will be mainly a photo blog, btw); only with the exception of them not being the main focus.

I hope you enjoy!!!!! ;)