When was the last time you looked at a billboard ? I mean really looked? Ever spot a facet of one that you missed at first glance? Something that made it pop? When it comes to Disney theme park billboards, bet you didn?t realize all that?s entailed into making them so exceptional, filled with sly references and artfully hidden gems. Well, those creative whizzes at Disney?s Yellow Shoes Creative Group know how to ensure they don?t just look amazing and enticing, but also tell a story. But why go the extra mile? ?We hope to remind guests of how much fun they had on the attractions or that they create a sense of anticipation to want to go on them if they haven?t,? explains Yellow Shoes Senior Art Director Steve Carsella. ?Having all the details in the billboards is in line with a Disney theme park experience by adding something special wherever you look.?
For instance, on one of the latest Expedition Everest billboards, subtle yet oh-so-clever tidbits include the Yeti?s footprints in what looks like random texture in the snow, an authentic Tibetan carving embedded in the ?T? in the word ?EVEREST? and the Yeti?s shadow disguised as a rock cropping. Meanwhile, a new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror board includes a falling brick that is actually an read old-timey radio that?s a prop from the attraction?s queue and a Hidden Mickey stamped on another brick. When designing and implementing billboards, there are general creative tenets that are taken into consideration, of course. Does it accurately depict the attraction? Is it readable? Does it feel cinematic? Are there strong details that don?t impede the message? But it takes that Disney magic of adding just enough originality and ingenuity that assures they are always surprising, dynamic and uncommon. ?I think it follows in the steps of Walt himself to pay attention to the details and to offer our guests something out of the ordinary,? Steve says. So now that you know, maybe next time you?ll take the time to appreciate all the thought and effort that go into Disney billboards. Just wait until it?s safe to check them out! Disney Billboards: More than Meets the Eye by Russ J. Stacey: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog<br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Disney Billboards: More than Meets the Eye
Disney Appoints New Asia Head Paul Candland | Animation World Network
With more than 1,000 items, players can hone their design skills to create hundreds of personalised Disney-themed outfits, accessories and furniture. Aspiring restaurateurs can design a cafe from its decor to its menu. As they foster its success through careful management, players can earn valuable in-game coins and even pique the interest of favourite Disney characters to stop by for a meal. The personal "My Room" retreat above the cafe offers another customisable opportunity with even more items and furniture. For players looking for a dose of adventure, Disney Magical World features many exciting quests and unique collectibles. By collecting and using magic wands with different skill sets, players can battle through ghost-filled forests and dungeons. Players also can help various Disney characters retrieve missing hard-to-find items on these action-filled excursions. With Disney Magical World players can connect with friends and showcase their creativity to one another. By connecting a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system via Local Play, they can check out the towns and cafes of friends and even exchange cherished items. Adding to the adventure, a full world based on Pirates of the Caribbean can be purchased as add-on content from November 2014, where there will be new quests and characters, including Captain Jack Sparrow. Meanwhile from launch, look out for a number of unique free items, including new costumes, recipes and cafe items, which will become available via Nintendo Zone hotspots across Europe. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Europe says 'be our guest' to Disney Magical World | Joystiq
10 reasons why you still need a travel agent | Fox News
Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just cant get online and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior. Here are 10 reasons why they're still useful: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in a way that provides you with the best vacation possible for you and your hard-earned investment. They have access to the personal feedback from hundreds of clients, and their own personal travel agent network, to provide insights you cant get on TripAdvisor or other social media sites. 2) They Have Clout Many travel agents develop personal relationships with individuals at the companies they sell. They leverage these relationships to get you things you cant get on your own. That sold out room or the connecting rooms you want for your extended family trip when the online sites say they arent available. They also have exclusive entree to experiences you might not know are available to you. 3) The Fixer In addition to getting you more on any particular trip, they can step in and fix things when your trip goes awry. The average consumer books one or two trips per year, typically with different travel suppliers, so they have little or no leverage when things go wrong. The travel agent is constantly selling a particular supplier and has the leverage to fix things, even when the supplier isnt directly at fault. Travel suppliers value the travel agents business much more than any individual traveler. They will step up to make things right or simply to make sure that traveler, and their travel agent, are happy. 4) Cost-Savings The best travel agents have unique access to benefits that can save you a lot of money and provide you with a better experience:free room upgrades, spa credits, food and beverage credits are just a few of the things that agents can get, that you cant. Add in hard-to-get restaurant reservations, exclusive or priority access to attractions, added amenities, and you will have a lot more value for your travel dollar. (Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin universal studios orlando vacation next to yours got champagne and you didn't? They probably used a travel agent) 5) Time-Savings Instead of searching blindly on the Internet for hours, days, or even weeks depending on the complexity of the travel plans you can have an expert do the research for you, with your personal needs in mind. They do it for every component of the tripand very often do it at no cost to you. 6) Safety Net If anything should go wrong during your trip, you can rely on them to assist you. A travel agent will suggest and arrange alternate travel arrangements , help you to deal with any travel emergency you may have, and put you in touch with the right local people to answer your needs. 7) On the Cutting Edge They are on the cutting edge of what's new: Travel agents are the first to know about a new resort, cruise ship or tour. They have relationships with their best travel partners who keep them informed as to the latest and greatest offerings they have. So if you want to travel on the latest and greatest, agents are the way to go! 8) You Pay the Same Anyway! More than 98 percent of hotels are parity priced. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit 10 reasons why you still need a travel agent | Fox News
Candland worked at Pepsi-Cola Co. for more than 10 years. In 1994 he was named president of Okinawa Pepsi-Cola, and subsequently served as the Japan representative for Pepsi-Cola International. Mr. Candland holds a bachelors degree in finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. In announcing the promotions of Mr. Cheung and Mr. Kang in Greater China, Mr. Bird pointed to the rapid growth of Disneys business in the region. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Disney Appoints New Asia Head Paul Candland | Animation World Network
This photo of Swan Boats was snapped at Magic Kingdom universal studios vacation packages Park in the 1970s. Sure looks like this swan is admiring Cinderella Castle . nullWhat?s on her mind? You tell us. Go ahead and ? Caption This ? image in our Comments section. Caption This: A Swan?s Song at Magic Kingdom Park by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog<br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Caption This: A Swan?s Song at Magic Kingdom Park
Disney and USAA Offer ?Veterans Institute? Workshop in San Antonio to Encourage Hiring of Military Veterans - Yahoo Finance
Freddie Prinze, Jr., right, is pictured in a March 2014 episode of "Bones." Anthony Harvey, FOX/Getty Images Freddie Prinze Jr. was a can't-miss movie star in the late 1990's with hits like "She's All That" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer." The 38-year-old father of two grew into different roles on TV and film until he co-starred in "24" alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 2010 -- a role that almost led him to quit acting, Prinze told ABC News. "I did '24,' it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze said. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that." He continued, "I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped." Prinze, who was at San Diego Comic-Con while promoting his new Disney XD series "Star Wars Rebels," dropped off the map for a while and even ventured into other projects. "I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ's sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer," he said. "But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Why Working with Kiefer Sutherland Made Freddie Prinze Jr. Want to Quit Acting - ABC News
Iger said. Were always eager to share what weve learned from our successful Heroes Work Here program with other companies looking to hire highly qualified veterans. In addition to serving the military communitys financial needs, USAA is also a leader in veteran and military spouse hiring. Named the Victory Media No. 1 Military Friendly Employer for 2013 and 2014, and the No. 1 Military Times Best for Vets: Employer 2012-2014, USAA hired 1,414 veterans and military spouses in 2013, nearly 31 percent of all of the organizations new hires. We have hired more than 8,700 veterans and military spouses from 2006 through June 2014. They have brought valuable skills and experience, mission focus and a deep dedication to serve, said retired Army Maj. Gen. Joe Robles Jr., USAAs CEO. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Disney and USAA Offer ?Veterans Institute? Workshop in San Antonio to Encourage Hiring of Military Veterans - Yahoo Finance
Prayer vigil held for Cottontown woman battling cancer - WKRN News 2
- A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night for the young Cottontown woman battling brain cancer. Morgan Hutcherson was diagnosed with a brain tumor on March 31, 2013. Doctors were able to successfully remove 98% of the tangerine-sized tumor days later, but the tiny remains left behind have spread at an alarming rate. Doctors then gave her 12 to 18 months to live. Morgan created a bucket list, and has already marked several items off, including a trip to Disney World with the help of a Nashville businessman and going skydiving . Due to her declining health, Morgan is currently bedridden. The vigil was held at the White House Municipal Park on Highway 76 at 8 p.m. in White House, Tennessee. For those who wish they have participated but were unable to attend, organizers said to light a candle at home and say a prayer for Morgan. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Prayer vigil held for Cottontown woman battling cancer - WKRN News 2
Take a look at the latest Disney Springs construction photos from Walt Disney World Written by Robert Niles
Published: July 20, 2014 at 8:26 PM Reader Mitchell Botwin just sent along some wonderful aerial photos of the construction on the new "Disney Springs" shopping and dining development at the current Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort.
That's the new parking facility under construction. Mitchell took these pictures from the Characters in Flight balloon that rises above Downtown Disney, allowing a wide view of what's happening behind the construction walls that line so many of the pathways through the old Pleasure Island section.
If you would like to see higher-resolution versions of these photos, we've just posted them to a board on our Pinterest page . Thanks to Mitchell for the great photos! Previously: From 188.8.131.52 on July 21, http://marvincilk.bloghi.com 2014 at 1:43 AM When is the whole thing supposed to be done From Nick McKaig on July 21, 2014 at 6:37 AM What exactly will be going into the new spaces besides the garage? From 184.108.40.206 on July 21, 2014 at 7:13 AM So downtown Disney is becoming Citywalk without clubs From Robert Niles on July 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM Construction is supposed to be finished by 2016. In our original article, we noted that the concept art showed locations that sure looked like an American Girl Place and a World of Coca-Cola, however, neither has been confirmed yet. Scott Joseph, in his linked post, attached some restaurants to the new development, including Morimoto, The Edison, and STK. Previous article: The Week Ahead: Disney and Universal schedules for July 21-27, 2014 Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Insider's Pick: Don't try to do Disney without the ever-entertaining and informative Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2014 . Save time and money with these tested tips and strategies for getting the most from a Disney World vacation. It's a great investment in happiness for you and your family.<br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Take a look at the latest Disney Springs construction photos from Walt Disney World