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KSC Trip Report: Dec 26   Leave a comment

It’s Holidays in Space! Kennedy Space Center, that is. Welcome to an exciting new trip report, this time from Cape Canaveral. I was among the first to see the Center’s new entrance area. Granted, I had no idea it had¬†officially¬†opened earlier this week until I came home today. KSC needs to do a better job promoting this kind of thing. But anyway, let’s rocket off into this thing:

Christmas is in the air!

The entire Center is covered in garland and lights

The tree is shaped like a flight capsule. ūüėČ

Two new concept flight vehicles are on display

Atlantis’ new display building is coming together. Looks very nice. It’s all set to open Summer 2013.

Now then, to all the new stuff.

The new entrance area is set up much better than it was before. Instead of a huge mess of crowds at the will call and ticket windows, the areas have been split up and moved to the very front, out of the way.¬†A beautiful new marble(?) fountain and NASA Globe take up what was once the¬†original¬†ticket stands. Because of this, you no longer enter into the white building. New security checkpoint and turnstiles have been built off to the left, emptying directly into the Rocket Gardens.¬†Still confused? I know, it’a a lot. Let’s break it down with some Google Earth overlays:

Red is the new ticket stands, orange is a new gift shop, teal are the new turnstiles, blue is the new fountain and globe, green is the cafe, yellow is walking direction.

Got it?

The fountain features a quote and picture of the Center’s namesake, JFK.

Overview

‘EXPLORE’ These are the new turnstiles

And here’s the backside.

In addition to the new entrance, a brand new cafe (with an attached patio dining area) has been added. Rocket Garden Cafe is a 1960’s themed¬†restaurant¬†serving a wide range of very unique food items. Unlike the burgers and hot dogs you can get at every other cafeteria at the Center, this one offers a wide range of¬†cuisine¬†I don’t think I’ve ever seen a theme park serve in one place.

Quick look at just some of the menu. See what I’m talking about? There’s a lot of interesting options, some of which fit the 1960’s theme.

Lots of 60’s styling! Funky lime green and orange table sets, stonework floors, wooden walls, and loads of pictures from the Apollo launches complete the theme.

We tried the sampler.¬†¬†Chicken Empandas were very crispy, and pretty yummy.¬†Could have¬†used more chicken though. The Conch Fritters (I think?) were not my thing. Too fishy- and this is coming from a guy who loves fish. The freshly made potato chips were fresh and warm. Super crunchy!¬†But the star had to have been this weird fried roll thing. It looked like an egg roll, but it was filled with beef and mashed potato! That was amazing. Although we didn’t get it,¬†the grilled cheese and soup looked very tasty.
I liked this new establishment. I hope KCS gives more of it’s¬†restaurants¬†a unique menu. All of them have the same type of burger foods, it seems. And when there are at least 3 quick service locations in the main plaza alone, they need varied menus.

I’m very happy with where¬†Kennedy¬†Space Center is going. Between this newly opened work and the new Atlantis display, they’re really keeping it fresh and new. I like how the new areas are looking, and I hope the older areas can get some¬†renovation¬†to keep up.

I leave you with a shot of Launch Complex 39

Find me on Facebook and Twitter. Find Kennedy Space Center at @ExploreSpaceKSC 

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Posted December 29, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in News, Uncategorized

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Three Cheers for Imagineer2017!   Leave a comment

To My Loyal Readers,

Thanks for sticking up with me over the last three years! I know we’ve had our ups and downs, times of no activity, and times of whatever else. So much has happened over the course of this blog. Plethora of Disney trips, a Cruise, a Podcast, Twitter and Facebook, writing here and there, pictures and art, everything that’s been going on in the parks, Expansions, etc.

Where are we going in the future? I’ve just begun writing for Disney Dose, so expect new articles posted there!¬†No worries though, this blog won’t be forgotten! I may begin focusing this blog on trip reports and the very occasional ‘my opinions’ post.

Again, thanks for sticking with me over the years. I hope to keep on writing!

-Alex

Posted December 13, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in News, Uncategorized

A ‘Buena Vista’, Indeed   Leave a comment

On June 15th, 2012, Disney California Adventure completed it’s 5-year billion dollar expansion, and officially¬†re-opened. The re-branded park is wonderful (expect¬†for Hollywood Land. They need some help)!
Cars Land is a marvel to look at. It’s incredible detail¬†¬†is unrivaled. Radiator Springs Racers is not only huge¬†, but it contains what may be some of the best animatronics I’ve seen. The ride technology- allowing the cars to¬†split¬†off and experience two¬†separate¬†scenes, and then race side by side- is awesome.
Buena¬†Vista Street makes the Sunshine Plaza that was there before look even worse. The Street is filled with so much life and homages to Walt. My favourite thing may be the Red Car Trolleys. It’s such a simple little attraction that doesn’t do anything more than add a layer of realism. I love how they look.¬†I’m a sucker for anything 1920’s and trains/streetcars, so this street is an instant winner for me.

Today, I’m sharing my Buena Vista Street inspired graphics. These poster-like images will fit your iPhone’s screen.

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**As with anything I design, I ask that you give credit to me if and when you use it. Thank you.**

That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoy my work (and spread them around, too. I’m looking into graphic design as a career, and need exposure!). You can follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. Thanks for reading!

Posted June 17, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in Uncategorized

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Quick Update   Leave a comment

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything new. Sorry about that.
As the school year winds down, ¬†things become a little hectic. I haven’t found the time to sit down and write. Not to worry though, I have a lot of things planned and started.
If you really want to see whatever I have to say on things, I suggest you follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I post rather often there.
So again, sorry about the lack of posts. I haven’t forgotten about everyone!

Posted May 20, 2012 by Imagineer2017 in Uncategorized

Merry Christmas!   Leave a comment

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you’re all having a great holiday season, wherever you are!

My parents got us a trip on the Dream for Christmas. We leave tomorrow! Thanks guys!

Don’t forget to watch the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, airing at 10 AM EST on ABC (make sure to mute the TV when Justin Beiber performs)!

Hope you have the happiest holiday in the wilderness!...or wherever you are.

Posted December 25, 2011 by Imagineer2017 in Uncategorized

Celebrating One Year on the Web!   Leave a comment

This past week, Imagineer2017.wordpress.com turned one year old! I can’t belive that it’s already been a whole year!

When I started this blog, I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t think it would be easy to manage or keep up with. And while at times, my posting has slipped up, I’ve always been working to get a post out. And now -one year later- I’m still here for news, reports, and opinions.

I think that this blog has even more potential for the coming year. Who knows what we’ll see? Maybe stories, or a continuing series of things? More in-park posting? What do you guys want to see?

Thanks for those of you who have followed me since the start. And huge thanks to everyone who reads! Without you, I’d just be typing into nothingness. You guys are the best!

Don’t forget that you can also follow me on the web for shorter more brief news and opinions on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks again everyone!

Posted December 17, 2011 by Imagineer2017 in Uncategorized

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Musical Epcots   3 comments

The Change of Music in Epcot

Music. It’s a huge part of any Theme Park, especially Epcot.
Music brings us another cultural difference in World Showcase. You can’t eat or see music, but it is a huge part of a country. Imagine the United States without the Star-Spangled Banner. That’s like not having hot dogs. The music around even the International Gateway plays a significant roll; it previews the different lands guests will visit with the various music types. It’s like a sampler appetizer, you get some of everything, and it gives you an idea of how good the food ahead will taste (jeez, I’m comparing music to food. Must be hungry).
In Future World, we have the famous Innoventions Loop, and the Entrance Loop, ‘Legacy’. But you can’t exactly preview technology and future with music, like they can do with World Showcase.
Instead, Legacy includes mixes of pavilion theme songs, and the Innoventions Loop is original, insparational music that just says Epcot (Strangely enough, doesn’t even play inside Innoventions! Go figure).¬† The piece is entitled “Papillon, On The Wings Of The Butterfly” by David Arkenstone, followed by some original music.

The Innoventions loop has never lives up to it’s fullest, and Legacy has received some changes.

Legacy

"Legacy" gets it's name from the infamous Leave A Legacy

Legacy, the current entrance loop, includes songs like “One Little Spark” (Which is played on the buses entering Epcot), “HISTA Theme”,¬† “Golden Dream”, and even “The Living Seas Theme”.
Over the years, new attractions have joined Epcot’s line-up. And with the addition of new attractions has come the addition of new songs: the Soarin’ and Mission:SPACE themes. They are a little jarring, and unoriginal-because it is audio strait from the attractions.
This audio for Soarin’ and Mission Space not only stands out because it has no gradual fade in, like the others, but because it is not the same instrumental version as Legacy. Rather, they are source audio strait from the attraction pasted in whenever there is a transition between the songs in the original loop. Soarin’s theme in the loop bugs me a bit, because the whole attraction is the music. The music blasts in, and you can’t not hear it. Mission Space, on the other hand, has dialogue spoken over the music. Yes, the other attraction themes in there are also blasted in there attractions.But they sound different in the attraction than in the loop. Still, with all these changes, “The Living Seas Theme” still plays. Very odd, but we don’t complain.

The Innoventions Loop

The 'whirly-gigs' were added in the 1994 Innoventions make-over, and were removed early this year.

It’s great and all, but when you are eating in the Electric Umbrella, the 20 minute loop can play a few times too many. I’ve been in there and heard the whole loop twice.
It was originally about 52 minutes. That’s about 2 and a half times longer!¬† Though never used in the parks, the loop contained songs from attractions, such as “Future World Past” (a mix of “The Living Seas Theme”, “Fun To Be Free”), pieces of the current loop, and even some songs were not from attractions, like “World on the Move”, a re-mix of the classic Disneyland attraction theme. So why was this song cut?¬† Unlike the others, it had nothing to do with EPCOT Center anyway! Then again, most of the loop didn’t. The only songs that were strait from attractions were “Future World Past” and “(We Used To) Listen to the Land”.¬† Some of the best pieces, like “Fiber Optics”, were beautiful! I was very very happy to hear one of the tunes playing on the bus to Epcot one time. I can’t understand why they wouldn’t use the full 52 minutes, and only 20 instead. I believe it is one of the shortest land loop, in fact. Future World is huge, and you’ll probably hear the whole thing in a day. Still, the loop is amazing and iconic. People still love it. I was at the Electric Umbrella one time, and noticed something was missing: The music. As we were about to get up, the music turned on, and everyone begin to cheer. It was kinda funny.

Wanna hear me talking about the history of the Innoventions loop, and even the full 52 minute track? Check out this episode of the D-History Podcast!

Well, that’s this week’s post. Hope you enjoyed!¬† Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted November 13, 2011 by Imagineer2017 in Parks, Uncategorized

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