Monday, October 26, 2015
Walking through the arch of Sleeping Beauty Castle, you would find yourself in a courtyard with nicely-detailed buildings on either side of you. I loved the stylized, budget-conscious façades elsewhere in Fantasyland, but the fairy tale look of Tinker Bell's Toyshop (which would be behind us) and Merlin's Magic Shop (that's it, right in front of us!) are pretty great.
SO... Merlin's magic shop was quite a place. Not only could you buy magician's paraphernalia, you could also watch close-up magic tricks performed by the cast members in the store. As I have mentioned before, I coveted all of the Don Post rubber monster masks on display, and might have wished for some of the Adams products (joy buzzers, fake barf, ice cubes with flies, etc) too.
The park was busy on this sunny August day; notice the square Skyway buckets, and the cloth shades draped across parts of Fantasyland in an attempt to spare guests some of the direct sunlight. The orange sweater and yellow-green shirt are so late1960's!
After I initially wrote this post, I wondered if it would be possible to merge both of today's photos into a single image. Without much hope, I did the Photoshop "photo merge" thing, and in a matter of seconds, got a surprisingly great result! I could have cropped off the black shape in the upper right, but didn't want to lose all of the detail at the top of the photo.