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Spanish Village

The Spanish Village was originally built in 1935 for the second California Pacific International Exposition. In 1937, the Village reopened as an art destination by a group of dedicated artists.

Today the Village continues to be a thriving community of over 200 local artisans. Independently juried local painters, sculptors, metalsmiths, jewelry designers, clay artists, gourd artists, photographers, printmakers, fiber artists, basket makers, mixed-media artists, glass artists, enamel artists and many more can be found here, showcasing their art.

A map of the village.

Many art leagues take up residence here, like the Southwestern Artists Association.

The San Diego Mineral and Gem Society

A display case inside the Mineral and Gem building.

The Art Glass Guild

The Potter's Guild

Hand-made pottery is on display (and sold) here.

There are all sorts of nooks and alleyways to explore.

Entrance to the Sculptor's Guild.

More artist's studios.

Daniel's Coffee serves hot coffee, iced coffee, smoothies, lemonade, hot chocolate, and other assorted beverages.

This gazebo in the central courtyard provides a great place for guests to sit and relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.

Embarcadero Gifts

Across from the Little Mermaid attraction is a row of San Franciscan-style Victorian houses...which adds even more confusion to the theme of this land. But once again, these are leftover from the early days when this was the Bay Area District of the Golden State land.

Back then, the Golden Dreams show with Whoopie Goldberg played where the Little Mermaid now resides. The round building is based on the Palace of the Fine Arts in San Francisco, and remains here today, serving as the entrance to the Little Mermaid attraction.

Anyway, back to our row of Victorian buildings. On the far left is the restrooms.

The center building is the Sausalito Maritime Bank, although it's strictly a facade.

And on the far right is Embarcadero Gifts.

Embarcadero Gifts is a small shop mainly featuring women's apparel and Disney trading pins.

At one time, Little Mermaid merchandise was the main staple here, but that has since been replaced with general Disneyland Resort gifts and apparel.

And lots of Minnie Mouse gifts.

Disney trading pins

I'm trying to figure out the mural on the brick wall. I think the mural was painted onto the smooth wall first and then fake brick (maybe a half-inch thick) was overlaid around it?
I'm pretty sure you're right, although in all honesty, I didn't really pay all that much attention to how it was done when I photographed it. But the Legoland people have come up with some very creative wall murals all throughout the hotel.

Wait a minute. At first I was thinking, does PlanCo have a trolly ride that I don't know about? It's just perfect and looks just as good as any of the vehicles made by Frontier. Really excellent job!!

Disneyland Resort / Disney California Adventure - Trolly Treats
« on: September 19, 2018, 05:00 PM »
Trolly Treats

Trolly Treats is a candy shop that offers everything from chocolates & fudge, to caramel apples, toffee, flavored popcorn, and many other delights to tempt your sweet tooth.

A beautiful and ornate bas relief of honey bears tops the entrance to the shop.

Trolly Treats perfectly captures the feel and charm of an old-fashioned candy store.

Lion King treats

Popcorn in many flavors.

More popcorn

Lots of lollipops.

Display cases show off some especially mouth-watering treats available here.

Did I mention they sell lots of candy here?


Colorful stained glass lollipops add some nice touches to the decor.

You can view the candy makers at work from windows outside on the street.

Colorful display windows lit up at night.

From inside the shop, you can see the back of Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Big Rock Candy Mountain was originally designed as an addition to Casey Jr. Circus Train in Fantasyland, across the way at Disneyland. But it never came to be.

As a homage to that idea, Rock Candy Mountain was designed to be a window display at Trolly Treats.

Here it is, on display outside the shop.

A working trolley traverses the tracks around and through the candy mountain.

Brick's Family Restaurant

Brick's Family Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, buffet style.

The dinner buffet features homemade soups, fresh salad bar, carved meats sliced to order, a variety of hot and cold entrees, side dishes, desserts and sweets. Breakfast is complimentary for hotel guests and features fresh fruit, smoothies, omelet station, bacon, sausage, hot and cold cereals and more.

The Kids' Station features hot dogs, pizza, french fries, and other kids' favorites, served at a lower level that kids can easily reach.

Of course, the dining room is decorated with colorful murals and Lego characters everywhere you look.

There are also creepy looking Lego characters around for "meet and greets".

This colorful outdoor dining patio is used on days when the restaurant gets busy.

Cable Car Kitchen

Back in 1955, Knott's Berry Farm operated a line of authentic cable cars acquired from San Francisco. Back in the day, the line ran directly past the Cable Car Kitchen. In 1979, the cable cars were removed and sent back to SF in order to make room for the new Camp Snoopy. Over the years, the Cable Car Kitchen has remained, although the menu has changed several times and the building was once rented out to Pink's Hot Dogs. Well, Pink's was booted out and in 2014, the building got it's original name back.

Knott's still can't decide what to do with this eatery, as it originally re-opened as a sandwich shop. But today, it only sells funnel cakes and ice cream.

Old photos of the original cable cars, and other memorabilia hang on the shop's walls.

The old cable car attraction sign hangs behind the counter.

A funnel cake, in all its big-screen glory.

SeaWorld Rescue Photos

SeaWorld Rescue offers their rescue-themed merchandise and the opportunity to get a photo of yourself riding an official SeaWorld rescue boat.

It's a small shop with just a few shelves of merchandise.

In the back of the shop is one of the park's rescue boats in front of a green screen.

There you are, riding across the ocean, dodging sea lions and dolphins. ;)

The side of the building offers a nice place to sit. :)

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Reptile Mesa
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:21 PM »
Reptile Mesa

Reptile Mesa is behind the Reptile House in the Discovery Outpost section, and features some of the larger reptiles housed at the zoo. I'm not even sure if the zoo calls this area Reptile Mesa anymore, but that is what it was called in the early days before the zoo began to give new names to the various areas based on the types of animals and habitats on display there.

A pair of European Pond Turtles, found in ponds, lakes, and streams from Europe to Iran.

Marginated Tortoise, from Greece. So what is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Turtles are aquatic, living in the water and land. Tortoises are strictly land dwellers.

The Scheltopusik, found in Greece and the Ukraine, is not a snake. It's a legless lizard!

Radiated Tortoise, from southern Madagascar.

Yellow-throated Plated Lizard, found in southern Africa.

Western Great Plated Lizard, from the Central African Republic to Somalia.

Southern Leopard Tortoise, from eastern and southern Africa.

Brown Tortoise, from southern Asia.

Anegada Ground Iguana, from Anegada Island in the Caribbean.

Cuban Iguana, found in the dry, coastal areas of Cuba.

Black-throated Monitor, from eastern Africa.

A pair of Black-throated Monitors getting "friendly".

African Spurred Tortoise, found all across Africa.

A fossil replica of a crocodile from the Jurassic period.

The skeleton of a Gharial, a descendant of the prehistoric croc.

Gharial sign

At quick glance, there doesn't appear to be much to see in this lagoon. Upon closer inspection, you'll find numerous aquatic turtles and several Gharials lounging around on the banks.

This must be a popular turtle hangout.

Malaysian Giant Turtle, from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle, from India.

River Terrapin, found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

A pair of Gharials, sunning themselves on the bank.

The Gharial is from India and Nepal. Luckily they are fish-eaters, and not turtle-eaters.

A Gharial taking a swim.

Gharial and friend.


The Bat House is home to the critically endangered Rodrigues Fruit Bat.

A popular photo spot outside the Bat House.

Insides, guests can get great views of the bats in this temperature controlled habitat.

The Rodrigues Fruit Bat can only be found on Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean. Great efforts are being made by the park to ensure its survival.

Sticking its tongue out at the camera. :P

Disneyland Resort / Re: DCA - Paradise Gardens Park
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:48 PM »
Bayside Brews

Bayside Brews sells pretzels, assorted beverages, and yes, heaven forbid/Walt is rolling over in his grave...BEER. Yes, DCA sells alcoholic beverages! Actually, I don't know if any of the other Disney parks sell alcohol, but Disneyland has never sold it. And from what I've heard...may actually start to in the near future. Oh, the horror.

Gotta have pretzels with beer.

the menu

Disneyland Resort / Re: DCA - Paradise Gardens Park
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:42 PM »
Sunglass Hut

The Sunglass Hut has also gone through its own identity change.

Back when this area was known as the "Route 66" section, the Sunglass Shack was the shape of a big brontosaurus, as a homage to the roadside, tourist trap type attractions you'll find along Route 66.

As you can see, it's been scaled down quite a bit, to a small kiosk to fit the Paradise Pier/Gardens seaside theme.

The old shop had a larger selection of merchandise. This one just sells sunglasses...expensive sunglasses.

Disneyland Resort / DCA - Paradise Gardens Park (Embarcadero Gifts)
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:36 PM »
Paradise Gardens Park

Paradise Gardens Park is a land in the midst of an identity crisis. It used to be a part of Paradise Pier. But when the land was refurbished and became Pixar Pier, the leftover parts that didn't fit that theme became known as Paradise Gardens. So just what exactly is the theme of this land? I'm really not sure. It's got two attractions based on the Little Mermaid, a Goofy-themed roller coaster, a vintage swing ride, and a large food court featuring Italian and Mexican food. It still has that "seaside attraction" theme running through it, and there's hardly any barrier between it and Pixar Pier. So the area still feels like one big land. But this is a leftover problem from when the park first opened. It featured so many mini lands, and they all seemed to blend into one another. You never knew when you were leaving one land and entering another.

The Paradise Park lighthouse lit up at night.

The Churro stand definitely has that old-fashioned seaside look.

Whatever the theme, it's still looks pretty all lit up at night.

Kalahari Cupboard

The Kalahari Cupboard is a small snack stand featuring hot dogs, fresh Belgian waffles, ice cream, and assorted beverages.


Southern California Attractions / Re: San Diego Zoo - Reptile House
« on: September 17, 2018, 01:58 PM »
Here are a couple of new residents at the Reptile House.

Catalina Island Rattlesnake, from Isla Santa Catalina in the Gulf of California, Mexico.

Rowley's Palm Pit Viper, found in the forests of Mexico.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:00 PM »
I think the attraction was developed cause guests wanted some way to get up in the castle, even though it wasn't really designed for it, hence all the narrow corridors and such.
I pretty sure you're right. I don't believe a walkthrough attraction was originally planned. They did the best they could with the small spaces that they had.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:11 AM »
Wow, what a great picture series! It's rare to find such a good insight look, which is pointing out the details on that walkhrough. And the video is pure pleasure! :)
Thank you. Your comments keep me inspired. :)

Clarabelle's Ice Cream

Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is named after Clarabelle Cow, a cartoon character who debuted in the 1928 short “Plane Crazy”.

Dreyers ice cream is served here. You can also get triple-scooped sundaes & hand-dipped ice cream bars, along with assorted beverages.

Stained glass windows with an ice cream cone motif over the front entrance.

Obligatory chandelier shot.

The menus...

Disneyland Resort / Re: Downtown Disney - Shops & Fast Food (Pandora)
« on: September 15, 2018, 03:13 PM »

Pandora is an international Danish jewelry manufacturer and retailer founded in 1982. The company started as a family-run jewelry shop in Copenhagen.

Pandora is known for its customizable charm bracelets, designer rings, and necklaces. The shop in Downtown Disney looks especially stylish and elegant.

Cool lights.

Pandora offers its Disney collection.

Skyline Cafe

The Skyline Cafe offers a variety of delicious appetizers, lunch and dinner menu items, as well as a wide variety of tap beers, wines and spirits.

The Skyline Cafe is a very modern, colorful, and hip place to dine and just hang out.

This Lego waitress is happy to serve you.

A full service bar supplies a wide selection of beers, wines, and specialty cocktails.

The outdoor patio service window.

Interesting and unique wall decor is all around.

The cafe offers a great "penthouse" view of the Lego skyline "below".

Challenge #6 Winners

1st Place - JPAlmighT - 35 pts

2nd Place - Bullethead - 29 pts

3rd Place - FCP-Rug - 23 pts

Scoring was done a little different this challenge. All entries were automatically awarded 5 pts just for making it to the finish. Also, there was only one runner-up chosen per judge due to the low amount of entries.

Scores for Challenge #5
JPAlmighT - 35 pts
Bullethead - 29 pts
FCP-Rug - 23 pts
PhDisney - 17 pts
Graystripedkitty - 11 pts
Forgath - 11 pts

SGW Summer Competition 2018 Winner

1st Place - JPAlmighT - 159 pts

Congratulations to JPAlmighT, the winner of the SGW Summer Competition 2018!

Final Total Scores
JPAlmighT - 159 pts
Bullethead - 118 pts
PhDisney - 94 pts
FCP-Rug - 90 pts
champ01 - 62 pts
Forgath - 42 pts
Neitsab - 39 pts
DragsterDan1987 - 35 pts
Graystripedkitty - 29 pts

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:43 PM »
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

Two years after Disneyland's grand opening, the inside of Sleeping Beauty Castle was opened up to the guests.

Inside, guests traverse narrow passageways and staircases, as they pass dioramas depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. Surprisingly, the animated movie wasn't to be released for another two years. But great care was made to ensure that the dioramas  would match the art and style of the movie.

The walkthrough would be updated twice over its lifetime. Once, in 1977, the look of the art was changed throughout the exhibit. But then in 2001, the attraction was closed, apparently permanently, due to handicapped accessibility issues with the narrow walkways and stairs.

But in 2008, the attraction re-opened with a ground-floor viewing room for guests with disabilities. This allowed guests to once again access the colorful dioramas, which had been refurbished with new artwork, animation, music and sound effects.

Guests who are unable to access the narrow hallways and stairs can now view the entire experience in the viewing room.

This display case inside the viewing room showcases beautiful works of art and characters from the story of Sleeping Beauty.

The Three Fairies

Colorful illustrated books with their ornate calligraphy, tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, as guests delve deeper into the castle.

There are ten, colorful, low-lit dioramas that tell the story of Sleeping Beauty...some animated and with special lighting effects.

Burning the spinning wheels.

Aurora pricks her finger.

The kingdom is put to sleep.

Aurora, asleep in the tower.

A spooky chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

The Corridor of Goons is actually the walkway that crosses over the main castle entrance to Fantasyland below.

Goon 1

Goon 2!

Maleficent summons demons to stop Prince Phillip from reaching the castle.

Maleficent turns herself into a mighty dragon.

Love concurs all.


And now you can take a tour of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough from the comfort of your own home.

Your Theme Park Photography / Re: Random WDW pics from that last year
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:06 PM »
Wow! Postcard perfect.

Block of Fame

The Block of Fame is a meandering path leading out of Miniland, lined with busts of famous people, created with Lego bricks of course.

Abraham Lincoln

Albert Einstein

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Elvis Presley

George Washington

Luciano Pavarotti

Marilyn Monroe

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Salvador Dali

Queen Elizabeth II

William Shakespeare

Winston Churchill

Legoland California Resort / Re: Legoland - Las Vegas
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:39 PM »

There appears to be some sort of UFO invasion outside the Vegas Strip.

Southern California Attractions / Re: San Diego Zoo - Reptile Walk
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:08 PM »

The final exhibit in the Reptile Walk is the Turtles.

Before we get to the turtles, we pass the Chinese Alligator, an extremely endangered reptile. Only a few are left in the wild, with most of today's population living in breeding centers.

An informative sign at the Turtle Exhibit.

Most of the turtles here are aquatic, which made photographing them extremely challenging. But I did my best.

Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, from southern China and northern Vietnam.

Fly River Turtle, from northern Australia and New Guinea.

Malayan Snail-eating Turtle, found in the wetlands of southeast Asia.

Red-headed River Turtle, from South America.

Roti Island Snake-headed Turtle, from Indonesia.

A pair of young West African Dwarf Crocodiles are here, the first crocodile species ever hatched at the San Diego Zoo. They were born in October of 2017. Perhaps there was nowhere to house them and the turtles graciously offered them a spot in their enclosure. ;)

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Disney Gallery
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:19 AM »
Shyguy, again a pleasure to read and look at! All those pics are soo beautiful! Thanks for those fantastic posts. :)
Thank you. So glad you're enjoying these posts. :)


They're hot and spicy rolled tortilla snacks. I've never tried them myself.

Disneyland Resort / Re: Disneyland - Main Street Town Square
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:32 PM »
It's nice to see they found a place to display some attraction posters. They used to have them out in front of the main entrance. (They don't do that anymore, do they?)
The only other place the attraction posters are displayed (that I recall) are in the tunnels below the railroad tracks leading into Main Street.

The Dock House

Open mainly during busy days, The Dock House features Italian sausage, hot dogs, assorted beverages, beer, and chips.

There is a small seating area in the back.

The Dock House has a small, but tasty menu.

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