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Community Chat / Which SGW member do you miss?
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:59 PM »
We've lost a lot of great members over the years. What member do you miss the most and why?
(And if you're reading this, what can we do to get you back?;))

Community Chat / SGW October Poll (Please vote)
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:56 PM »
Do you frequently look at the front page to see view the Recent Posts list? Vote in the poll. Feel free to post any comments you have as well.

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Hummingbird Aviary
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:08 PM »
Hummingbird Aviary

One of the often missed exhibits at the zoo is the Hummingbird Aviary. It's a modest little exhibit that is off the beaten path. But it's a favorite spot for photographers as it offers a challenge to capture these tiny and elusive birds.

Upon entering the aviary, you'll notice the dense growth of tropical plants, making it even harder to find the birds hiding here.

Colorful signage gives a little info on the "Amazing Hummingbirds".

A small waterfall spills into a little stream at the base of the exhibit.

In truth, there are only two species of hummingbird in the aviary. The rest are tanagers and other small birds. Costa's Hummingbird is from the U.S. I'm not entirely sure which species this one is, as it resembles Anna's Hummingbird, the other species here.

I'm pretty sure this is the female Anna's Hummingbird, which is found in a range from Arizona to British Columbia, Canada.

This is the more colorful male Anna's Hummingbird.

Blue-necked Tanager, ranges from central Colombia to northern Peru.

Golden-collared Manakin, ranges from Panama to Colombia.

Golden-fronted Leafbird, found in southeast Asia.

Rufous-crowned Tanager, found in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.

Swallow Tanager, from northern South America.

Turquoise Tanager, found in the Guianas.

Violaceous Euphonia, from eastern South America. How's that for a name?

This special treat of fresh, yummy bugs is always available to the birds.

Besides the birds, tropical plant and flower lovers will find a lot to look at here.

A few native species will occasionally find their way into the enclosure.

Outside the aviary, are a pair of bird enclosures. One is the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, from Ecuador and Colombia.

The other is the Guianan Toucanet, from the forests of Venezuela to Brazil.

Community Chat / SGW Halloween Theme
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:03 PM »
This year, we will not be automatically changing the forums to the Halloween theme. The new responsive, mobile theme is the forum's default theme, and there is no Halloween version. So changing the theme to the old Halloween theme for all members would cause problems for those who use mobile devices to view the forums.

But fear not, you can change to the Halloween theme manually. Simply go to the front page of the forums and you can choose the Halloween theme via the theme changer at the top of the left column. You can switch themes any time you like via the theme changer. The Halloween theme will be offered only through the end of October. It will be removed from the list, and you'll need to switch to the theme of your choice. Or you can keep the Halloween theme year round if you don't make the change. But once you do switch to another theme after October, you won't have the option to go back to the Halloween theme.

Also, I encourage all members to give their avatars a Halloween "costume" for the season.

Happy Halloween  :witch-smiley:

Carriage Place Clothing Co.

The Carriage Place Clothing Company is probably considered to be more of an extension to the Emporium than a separate shop of its own.

The Carriage Place opened its doors in 1993 as part of an expansion to the Emporium.

Before that, this was home to the Main Street Storage Lockers.

This string of storefronts replaced the old locker building.

The store offers a large selection of Disney apparel, earning its title as "Clothiers of Distinction".

This handsome, ornate sign hangs inside the shop.

Obligatory chandelier photo.

You'll find a large selection of Mickey Mouse themed apparel.

Not to be left out, Minnie gets her own section.

The display window at night.

The Carriage Place and Emporium.

Disneyland Resort / DCA - Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:40 PM »
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

Rarely do I add a lot of commentary to these articles. I show some photos and add some tidbits of info. But I must be honest here and state that I don't know what they were thinking when they designed this shop. First of all is the name...Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. It just rolls off the tongue. Who's going to even remember that?

The name actually comes from the Disney short, "The Three Little Pigs". There was the Fiddler Pig, the Fifer Pig, and the Practical Pig. Really? I'm not sure how many people are going to get that connection, and there are absolutely no references to the little pigs anywhere inside the restaurant.

And I'd hardly call this a bakery. Plain and simple, it's a Starbucks with a few extras. And I'm not a proponent to Starbucks' invasion into the theme park industry.

It's a nice, albeit somewhat unremarkable-looking building, with Starbucks signs and logos plastered all over it.

The architecture is Spanish Colonial with touch of Art Deco.

There's a nice, shaded patio for dining outside the cafe.

The establishment is big and airy inside, with a theme that doesn't fit the name nor even seems remotely "Disney".

The fictional back story is that a trio of singers known as the Silver Lake Sisters, opened the cafe.

Each sister plays a musical instrument, in the same way the Three Little Pigs played an instrument. Thus the tie-in. :wacko:

Posters and photos of the Silver Lake Sisters are spewed all over the walls.

Starbucks coffee is the main staple of the menu. There is a fairly nice breakfast menu, though. But if you want anything else, its mostly pre-prepared sandwiches, salads, and the like.

There are some nice touches to the decor, like these stained glass mosaics over the service counter.

Stained glass instruments decorating the booth dividers is a really nice touch.

Vintage coffee displays are nice.

You can also purchase Disney/Starbucks drinkware. (For exorbitant prices.)

The menu is standard Starbucks fare.

The breakfast menu does look decent, although I've not tried anything myself.

So there's my somewhat jaded review of the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. I hope I have not offended any Starbucks lovers, musicians, or little pigs.

Legoland California Resort / Legoland - Southern California
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:22 PM »
Southern California

The Southern California exhibit recreates famous landmarks and areas throughout Southern California, including this fictional Mini Legoland amusement park and mini golf.

The entrance to Lego Miniland.

The "Friends" ferris wheel dominates the amusement area. Honestly, I think they could do something better with this part. The Southern California exhibit changes every few years and this is not one of their more impressive displays.

An RV park and race track in the background.

The harbor area of the exhibit is based on the Oceanside Harbor, one city to the north of Legoland's home town of Carlsbad.

I immediately recognized this string of shops and lighthouse as I visited the real spot many times when I lived in Oceanside.

Back side of the harbor shops.

Tiki Bar

A typical So. California beach and surf shop.

This looks like a coast guard patrol boat.

Boat Filling Station

The pier is loosely modeled after the actual Oceanside Pier.

A pair of whales in the harbor.

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. (Been there many times.  ;))

This Legowood sign is a take off on the famous Hollywood sign as we move up to the Hollywood/L.A. section of the exhibit.

The famous Mann's Chinese Theatre.

The Hollywood Bowl. Accompanying this exhibit is an original musical "symphony" written by Danish composer Steen Gjerulff.

The Griffith Park Observatory in the Hollywood hills above Los Angeles.

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Main Street Hub
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:19 PM »
Main Street Hub

The Hub, also known as the Plaza Hub or Central Plaza, is situated at the end of Main Street. It is the approximate center of the park, and like spokes on a wheel, pathways lead from the center of the hub into each of the various realms of the park.

In the center of the Hub is a round park, landscaped with trees and flowers, and lined with park benches. It's a great place to sit and people watch. The Main Street vehicles board here for trips back to Town Square. And this is a prime location to watch the parades and nighttime fireworks shows.

You'll find functional, old fashioned mailboxes here. Mail is picked up here by the staff and sent to the Anaheim post office for delivery. In this day and age of cell phones and email, I wonder just how often these actually get used.

In the center of the park is the Partners Statue, depicting Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Designed by Blaine Gibson and first unveiled in 1993, this is a prime photo spot, especially with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.

The plaque below the statue.

The Partners Statue was rededicated in 2001 on Walt's 100th birthday.

Surrounding the statue are eight pedestals with small statuettes of many of the most famous Disney characters. Here's Chip and Dale.

Donald Duck



Minnie Mouse

Pinocchio with Jiminy


White Rabbit

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Galapagos Tortoises
« on: September 25, 2018, 01:30 PM »
Galapagos Tortoises

The biggest exhibit in Reptile Mesa is the Galapagos Tortoises.

A bronze tortoise on display makes for a great photo spot for park guests.

A map of the Galapagos Islands, the only place in the world where the Galapagos Tortoises are found.

An impressive cactus garden borders the exhibit.

An informative sign about the Galapagos Tortoise.

The San Diego Zoo has done a great deal for this endangered species.

Signs tell of the plight of the tortoises and the zoo's role in helping these gentle giants to thrive again in the wild.

Zoo trainers and specialists make sure the tortoises are healthy and eating properly.

This guy looks a little grumpy today.

The tortoise is engaged in one of its favorite pastimes...eating. I can't mention its other favorite pastime, which it engages in frequently, as this is a family website. ;)

Meal Time

Somebody please pass the napkins.

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Emporium
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:09 PM »

The biggest, and most well-known shop in all of Disneyland is the Emporium. With its prominent spot on Main Street and over 4,000 square feet of souvenirs, gifts, hats, clothing, jewelry, and much more, it is most shopped store in the park.

The Emporium has been around since opening day in 1955. And every new Disney park built since with a Main Street has included its own version of the Emporium.

One of the Emporium's annex buildings.

Elias Disney, Walt's father, gets his own window here.

The main entrance into the Emporium.

Several balconies up near the ceiling present vintage scenes using figures and old-fashioned artifacts.

Antique displays and vintage wall paintings, like this tromp l'oeil, can be seen all around the store.

Even the cashier signs are finely crafted with detailed, ornate woodwork.

"I want to swing on the chandelier, on the chandelier..."

The store offers a huge variety of mugs.



Dish towels

Kitchen stuff

Disney Trading Pins



To celebrate this spooky time of the year, create a Halloween scene in Planet Coaster in the form of a postcard. It can be theme park related, or simply a landscape or scene that best captures the Halloween spirit. You may use Photoshop or any image editing software to add a title or border, add spooky effects, or anything else. Submit your entries in this thread beginning October 1st through October 15th. Winners will be chosen by community vote via a poll that will be up from Oct. 16th - Oct. 21st. Winners will be announced on the 22nd, and displayed on the SGW front page as well as SGW social media pages.

Members aren't limited to only one entry. A maximum of two entries per member will be accepted in the Planet Coaster competition. You may also enter the RCT3 version of the competition, which is posted on the RCT Community Board. There will be a separate vote to choose the RCT3 winner. You may also enter up to 2 entries in that competition in addition to the Planet Coaster competition.
Good luck and have fun.  :smiley_Halloween:

Feel free to post any questions you may have here.

Rules Clarification
The entry cannot be a screenshot from an existing theme park you've made in the past. It must be an original creation. The deadline is Oct 15th. Anyone who has submitted an entry that does not meet these specifications is welcome to re-submit an entry. All entries that do not meet these specifications will be disqualified.

RCT Community Board / SGW Halloween Competition 2018 (Results posted)
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:50 PM »

To celebrate this spooky time of the year, create a Halloween scene in RCT3 in the form of a postcard. It can be theme park related, or simply a landscape or scene that best captures the Halloween spirit. You may use Photoshop or any image editing software to add a title or border, add spooky effects, or anything else. Submit your entries in this thread beginning October 1st through October 15th. Winners will be chosen by community vote via a poll that will be up from Oct. 16th - Oct. 21st. Winners will be announced on the 22nd, and displayed on the SGW front page as well as SGW social media pages.

Members aren't limited to only one entry. A maximum of two entries per member will be accepted in the RCT3 competition. You may also enter the Planet Coaster version of the competition, which is posted on the PC Community Board. There will be a separate vote to choose the Planet Coaster  winner. You may also enter up to 2 entries in that competition in addition to the RCT3 competition.
Good luck and have fun.  :smiley_Halloween:

Feel free to post any questions you may have here.

Rules Clarification
The entry cannot be a screenshot from an existing theme park you've made in the past. It must be an original creation. The deadline is Oct 15th. Anyone who has submitted an entry that does not meet these specifications is welcome to re-submit an entry. All entries that do not meet these specifications will be disqualified.

Disneyland Resort / DCA - 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.

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.

Disneyland Resort / DCA - Paradise Gardens Park (Paradise Garden Grill)
« 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.

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.

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Disney Gallery
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:29 PM »
Disney Gallery

The Disney Gallery hosts seasonal exhibits showcasing works of art that depict many of the  attractions and icons from Disney parks around the world. It originally opened in 1987, in the space above the Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square. In 2009, it moved to Main Street and took up residence in the old Bank of America building. And then recently, it was booted out of that space to make room for the new Disneyana Shop. It now resides in a corner of the Opera House lobby and has been down-sized quite a bit to fit in the much smaller space.

The current exhibit is "Disney's Steam Trains", which focuses on the trains of the Disneyland Railroad, and the history of Walt's passion for trains in general.

The Disney Gallery now shares the Opera House lobby with the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show.

The exhibit features prints and renderings of the Disneyland trains, as well as memorabilia shown in the two display cases.

Many say that it was Walt's passion for railroads that was the catalyst for his creation of Disneyland.

The Disneyland Railroad is comprised of 5 different locomotives. Two were custom built by WED Enterprises, and the other three were authentic locomotives that were refurbished for the park.

This is an artist's rendering of the Fred Gurley locomotive, drawn by Sam McKim.

Various framed prints of the Disney trains, from the various Disney parks are showcased on the walls of the gallery.

These locomotives are from the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Locomotives from the Paris and Tokyo parks.

The trains of Disneyland.

Vintage postcards and a menu from the Disneyland Hotel.

This thread will continue to be updated as the exhibits change over time.

Disneyland Resort / Downtown Disney - Shops & Fast Food (Curl Surf)
« on: September 10, 2018, 05:14 PM »

Downtown Disney is the shopping and dining district at the Disneyland Resort. At the  present, is it undergoing major changes and construction. Several major shops and restaurants have been vacated due to these changes, including the Rainforest Cafe, AMC Theaters, and ESPN Zone. New shops and restaurants have already begun to appear.

This thread will feature some of the retail shops and fast food spots. These too may not be permanent, as Downtown Disney is always changing. I expect this thread to be updated frequently as these changes take place. The major stores and restaurants in the district will get their own threads.


Sephora is a multinational chain of personal care and beauty stores founded in Paris in 1969. Featuring nearly 300 brands, along with its own private label, Sephora offers beauty products including cosmetics, skincare, body, fragrance, nail color, and haircare.

Sephora has been a mainstay at Disney Downtown for many years, so I expect it to stick around for quite awhile. It's a huge store with aisles and aisles of beauty products.

Gotta love those chandeliers.

Virginia's Gift Shop

Located outside the park in the Marketplace section, is Virginia's Gift...the oldest souvenir shop at the park.

Back in 1938, Virginia, Walter Knott's oldest daughter, set up a small gift shop with a few items on a card table at the north end of the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The shop eventually got its own building, where it sold a large selection of trinkets and treasures, like costume jewelry, perfumes, ceramics, glass items, figurines, and mementos from the Old West.

The shop has come a long way since then. Virginia's Gift Shop is now one of the largest shops in the park.

A colorful fountain can be found at the back entrance to the shop.

There are several large and colorful display windows showcasing the vast amount of gifts and merchandise available within.

In 2015, the whole shop was completely remodeled. The old stained ceilings and floors were well overdo for a refurb, and the kitschy items that the shop was filled with needed to be replaced with more respectable (and more sellable) souvenirs. Part of the remodel included these park timeline murals.

A pair of timeline murals show how Knott's has grown and changed since it was just a little berry stand back in 1923.

Another mural shows many off the park's attractions featured over the years.

A map of the park as it looked in the 1970s.

A painting of a farm worker carrying a crate of boysenberries. (This could be one of the Knott's daughters.)

Another painting of the original berry fields.

Knott's famous preserves are for sale here.

Sitting in the center of the store is this life-size bear, although its relevance escapes me.

Ghost Town souvenirs

Peanuts t-shirts

Snoopy souvenirs

Tie dye is back in style.

You can still find a bit of the kitsch leftover from the old shop.

Big Foot is here to represent the park's Big Foot Rapids ride.

Big Foot souvenirs

A locomotive filled with souvenirs.

TY plush toys

Disneyland Resort / DCA - Atwater Ink & Paint
« on: September 09, 2018, 04:14 PM »
Atwater Ink & Paint

Atwater Ink & Paint is located on Buena Vista Street, next door to Julius Katz & Sons.

Atwater refers to the Atwater Village district of Los Angeles, a regular hangout of animators in the early days of the Walt Disney Studio.

2719 is the street number of the Walt Disney Studio when it was on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles.

“Ink & Paint” was the name of the Disney animation department that once hand-traced the outlines and hand-painted the colors for all Disney films and cartoons.

Upstairs is the Atwater School of Art & Animation.

Although, the fictional backstory of this shop is that it sells art supplies, in reality, the shop sells mugs, kitchenware, trading pins, and other Disney souvenirs.

The shop has a large selection of mugs.

...A very large selection.

This display mixes the "art supply" theme with the mugs.

Disney-themed dish towels.

Trading pins are big at the Disney parks, and you'll find a nice selection here.

Legoland California Resort / Legoland Resort Hotel - Shops & Food
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:47 AM »
Lego Store

The Lego Store is located right off the hotel lobby, next to the registration desk.

This little gift shop offers a small selection of Legoland souvenirs.

In addition, you find various sundries for hotel guest, like batteries, skin car products, and toiletries.

Soft drinks, bottled water, other assorted drinks and sun glasses.


More to come...

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Reptile Walk
« on: September 08, 2018, 05:34 PM »
Reptile Walk

The Reptile Walk opened in 2012 and features three new reptile areas for turtles, amphibians, and Southern California's native reptile and amphibian populations.

A short walk through a densely landscaped area takes us to the exhibits.

The first on our agenda is the Amphibian Exhibit.

There are quite a few different species of exotic frogs and amphibians here. The hard part is sometimes finding them, as they love to hide within the foliage in their tanks.

Informative signage can be seen above the enclosures.

We'll begin with the Black-breasted Leaf Turtle, from southeast Asia. I'm not sure what he's doing here, as turtles are reptiles. I suppose "friends of amphibians" are allowed in this exhibit as well. ;)

Black-legged Poison Frog, from the forests of Colombia.

A whole bunch of Black-legged Poison Frogs.

Bornean Eared Frog, from Borneo.

Bumble Bee Poison Frog, from the rain forests of northern South America.

Dyeing Poison Frog, found in the rain forests of the Guianas to Brazil.

Green and Black Poison Frog, found in the forests from Nicaragua to northern Columbia.

Kaiser Newt, found in Iran's Zagros Mountains.

Milky Tree Frog, from northern South America.

A Milky Tree Frog chillin'.

Mossy Frog, found in northern Vietnam.

Panamanian Golden Frog, from southeastern Panama.

Sambava Tomato Frog, from eastern Madagascar.

Splash Black Poison Frog, from the rain forests of Brazil.

A pair of Splendid Tree Frogs, from the northwestern coast of Australia.

Next, the Southern California Species exhibit...

Nairobi Village

The Nairobi Village is the heart of the Safari Park, featuring the picturesque Mombasa Lagoon, fishing village, animal exhibits, and a host of Africa-themed eateries.

The clock tower rises above Nairobi Village.

The misters come on during the hot summer months along the covered walkways that take guests through the center of the village.

The remnants of an old tree trunk, ravaged by termites I presume.

The Common Warthog, from Africa.

Remember that beauty is only skin deep.

Crested Guineafowl, found in east Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Palm-nut Vulture, found in forests of Gambia to Kenya.

Legoland California Resort / Legoland - Ferndale
« on: September 05, 2018, 01:22 PM »

This historic landmark town is a representation of the ways things were 100 years ago.

Ferndale is located in Humboldt County, 265 miles north of San Francisco. It is situated on the edge of the Coast Redwood forest, and known for its dozens of well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. This is a photo of downtown Ferndale.

And this is downtown Ferndale in Legoland.

Lumber and farming are among its major industries.

Cycling is a major pastime.

The rodeo has come to town.

Ferndale suburbia

The town was established in 1852 by European and Canadian immigrants. The population of Ferndale is 1382, as of its last census.

Ferndale's Church of the Assumption.

Disneyland Resort / DCA - Julius Katz & Sons
« on: September 03, 2018, 02:28 PM »
Julius Katz & Sons

As we head underneath the Hyperion Bridge, on the right side of the street is Julius Katz & Sons.

All the Buena Vista St. shops have fictional backstories, and this one begins with Julius Katz, who opened up a small radio and watch repair shop. This window display shows Julius Katz, at work.

As the story continues, Julius Katz's sons soon joined him and expanded the business.

Disney historians will be interested to know that Julius Katz actually refers to Julius the Cat, an animated cat who accompanied the live-action Alice character in Disney’s silent “Alice in Cartoonland” shorts of the 1920s. (Julius is the one holding the cake.)

Inside, you'll find a large selection of merchandise comprised mostly of home décor, kitchen gadgets, dinnerware, towels & aprons, and seasonal items and gifts.

Antique radios and time pieces are on display...leftovers from the radio repair days.

The check out counter.

Antique telephones on display behind the counter.

In contrast, there's a huge selection of iPhone covers to choose from.

A Penny Souvenir machine.


Disney towels

Little Mermaid themed merchandise.

I'm always fascinated by the vast array of chandelier styles found in Disney shops and restaurants.

Southern California Attractions / S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Nairobi Nursery
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:14 AM »
Nairobi Nursery

The Nairobi Nursery is a small yard where the young antelopes, gazelles, and other hoofed animals are cared for until they are old enough to be out on their own in the wide open safari section of the park.

This antelope seems a bit old to be here. It may be recovering from some illness, or perhaps it's the nursemaid on duty. ;)

Addra Gazelle, from northern Africa.

East African Sitatunga is on the right. The little one that looks like Bambi is an African Southern Steenbok.

From left to right...Grant's Gazelle, from east Africa, and a Nile Lechwe, from Africa as well.

This "Who's Who" sign is helpful in identifying the animals.

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland Resort: Questions, Tips, or Advice?
« on: September 02, 2018, 01:41 PM »
If you're planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort and have any questions or need some tips or advice, post here, as I know the resort like the back of my hand. Even if you're not planning a trip, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Wegeforth Bowl
« on: August 27, 2018, 12:54 PM »
Wegeforth Bowl

Wegeforth Bowl, the zoo's amphitheater, was built in 1936 and named after founder, Harry M. Wegeforth. Many types of entertainment have been presented here over the years, including the original seal shows, live concerts, and even theatrical plays.

Currently playing at the amphitheater is "Wild About Animals", a tribute to the zoo's 100+ years and featuring many of the zoo's animal ambassadors.

Bordering Wegeforth Bowl is a large mural highlighting milestone events over the zoo's 100+ years.

A pair of animal sculptures provide a great photo spot for guests.

A little pre-show entertainment is presented before the show.

There are several video presentations during the show on the large video screen above the stage.

Throughout the show, guests are introduced to the many animal ambassadors, like this Scarlet Macaw.


Andean Condor

Striped Hyena

Eurasian Owl

Grey Wolf

Kona is a companion dog to Koda, the Grey Wolf. The zoo teams up domestic dogs with some of its ambassador animals, like the wolves and cheetahs. This teaming gives the animals security and confidence and creates close bonds between the animals.

Kona and Koda

Before the "Wild About Animals" show began its run, the more humorous "Camp Critters" entertained guests. Like the current show, "Camp Critters" featured the zoo's ambassador animals performing for the audience. You'll notice that a much needed shade cover has been added to the amphitheater since then.


Final Challenge

It's time to get your park ready to show off to the judges. Finish up any goals you may not have had time to complete in previous challenges. Add any finishing touches to your park. If you have time, you are free to add anything else you like to the park.

~Get your park ready for the judges.
~Submit one aerial photo of your park.
~Submit a link to your park on Steam as well as links to any images or media files that you have used, if any.
~Good luck!

The deadline for this Challenge is Monday, September 10th.

Post any questions here. Good luck to all the entrants.

Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Disneyana Shop
« on: August 26, 2018, 04:21 PM »
Disneyana Shop

Greeting guests at the east side of Main Street is the Disneyana Shop. This shop is a favorite of Disney collectors, featuring a huge selection of Disney collectables (some rare) and limited edition prints.

The Disneyana Shop was not always in this location. In fact, it has moved around Main Street a couple times before recently taking up residence here. Originally, this building was the Disneyland Bank of America, which housed a working bank featuring all the services you'd expect from any real world bank.

The Bank of America operated seven days a week, including holidays, and occupied this location from 1955 -1992. After that, the site offered multiple services, including currency exchange, ATM access, the annual passport headquarters, and in 2009, housed the Disney Gallery, which had moved from its previous location in New Orleans Square. The Disneyana Shop moved in during 2013 due to the expansion of the Market House, it's then next door neighbor.

The nostalgic mural on the south side of the building has been preserved and is still here today.

The Disneyana Shop's new home is a perfect fit for the shop, giving it more space than it has ever had.

You can still see remnants of the old Bank of America inside the shop.

Teller station #5 is still intact. It's just serving a different purpose.

The bank's old vault is still here as well.

It now houses rare and valuable collectibles, like these antique items.

You can order from a huge selection of prints and choose the moulding to frame it with.

There's a great selection of Disney figurines for sale.

Figurines by Jim Shore.

Mickey and Minnie

A selection of Disney-themed oil paintings.

Here are Disneyland attraction themed paintings.

Beauty and the Beast

Jack Skellington

Haunted Mansion Busts

The Gallery of Lights collection features lit mini framed scenes.

There are two more galleries behind the front section of the shop.

In the front gallery is a reproduction of an artist's studio.

Your typical cluttered artist's station.

The back gallery features walls covered with Disney art and paintings.

During certain times of the day, you can watch a Disney artist at work.

Coming next, a view of the many paintings and art pieces on display in the galleries.

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