Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tell-No-Tales Thursdays: Treasure Map & Princess and The Frog
Just before you exit the attraction, your boat takes you by this treasure map of the Island of Tesoro.
Here’s an overview shot of the approach to the Treasure Map/Treasure scene at the end of the attraction. I do miss the changing color lights that spelled out Pirates of the Caribbean that were in this area before the Jack Sparrow remodel.
This is what the exit treasure area looked like when the attraction first opened back in the 1960’s.
As a Thanksgiving Bonus, I am presenting photos from last night’s D23 premiere of “The Princess and The Frog.”
And yes, it is worth seeing...FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC. Two thumbs up. The hand-drawn animation is beautiful; here’s hoping the success of this movie helps bring it back to the forefront. Anika Noni Rose shines as the voice of Tiana. And even though I am not a fan of Randy Newman’s music, the songs are excellent...definitely memorable in a good way (as opposed to the "small world" way).
After a quick "snack" at Denny’s in Burbank, Mar-Mar and I headed to the studio which was decked out for the evening. If you weren’t sure where to go, you just needed to follow the frog-feet!
The Welcome Center was inside of Sound Stage 2, which had plenty of fun props and models to peruse while waiting in line for the movie.
As always, Disney pulls through with the themed popcorn buckets! Mar-Mar could barely wait to open hers and eat it once I bathed it in more butter!
“Toy Story 3” posters adorned the path to the theater.
And what a fantastic theater; the outside was themed to the movie, and the inside was roomy, comfortable, and excellent quality sound/picture. What an excellent way to watch the movie! Co-directors Ron Clements & John Musker spoke before the movie and gave a few tips of fun things to look for during the movie (many homages to classic Disney).
Favorite scene: the Art Deco drawing of “Tiana’s Place” coming to life in a fantastic stylized musical number, “Almost There.” Wow.
Cameras weren’t allowed in the theater, so the next photos I was able to take were of the attraction itself, which was a soundstage decked out with Princess, props, and fun bayou-themed games. This evening alone made D23 membership worth it (not counting the lithograph, cd sampler, and other parting gifts!).
From the archives:
Of course we had to pose with Tiana:
I’m wishing now that I’d bought some of the special cupcakes!
As one would expect from Disney, it was a well-run and magical evening. Now get off your armchairs, snap out of the Thanksgiving food coma, and go see "The Princess and The Frog"—SUPPORT HAND-DRAWN ANIMATION!
See more D23 Walt Disney Studio “Princess and the Frog” photos at my website.