You may not realize it, but for Disney Imagineers, the back story to each attraction and even many eateries or places around the parks are vital to the theme of that attraction or area. Many times the back story isn't evident at all from a first glance, but when you start looking carefully at decor, signs, and other details included in the area, you start to piece together the back story.
Sometimes back story is pretty obvious, especially if an area or attraction is based on a Disney movie or animation, but I find the lesser-known back stories to be far more fascinating. The ones that take work to understand. Places like DCA's Buena Vista Street, or Animal Kingdom.
As an aside, if you are on Instagram and love detailed back story, Imagineer Joe Rhode is one you should follow. He is a unique character, and usually loses me with his posts delving deeply into an art piece. Not because it's boring, just because it's over my head! :-). But he posts photos of things from Aulani or Animal Kingdom, or AK Lodge, and then he explains the back story and why they included that detail. Really fascinating!
In the same way, our photos usually have a back story as well. A quick photo snapped shows a moment in time, but the story behind that moment is often much more involved.
This challenge is to tell us the back story to a photo. You can do this through visible or hidden journaling, but tell us more than just what the picture tells us.
My sample is still in progress but this is it so far and the back story is this:
My sample looks like just a happy photo with Cinderella. What you don't see is just what the title (When your HEART is grieving, just keep on believing) hints at, my heart was grieving. It was a Girl's Day at Disneyland with my sister and Mom. We were there to meet a friend of my mom's who was on her make a wish trip with her family and she had stage 4 breast cancer. Just a couple of weeks before, we had gotten CT test results back on my sister that her breast cancer had spread to her lungs. We were devastated to say the least, but were waiting on definitive biopsy results. You can imagine with both of those, it was a tough day to smile. Although it was such a difficult time, as always we did our very best to try and live in the moment, enjoy our time together at Disneyland and to keep on believing that God is always good and always in control.
this is great for me as I really am bad about adding journaling. Your page looks super sweet so far
Here is one of the interesting back story posts by Imagineer Joe Rohde regarding Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom.
I really just love Disney stuff like this: https://instagram.com/p/79NfYhwRKq/
Tami, the waiter told me if I didn't eat my green beans he was going to put them in my pancakes!!! I forgot all about that until you mentioned green beans!!!
Natalie, this is a perfect layout for this challenge. It explains a memory that isn't apparent from the photos and I love that! It's such a pretty layout as well.
Natalie Gibbons said:
So glad you documented this Wendy! I had heard of Camp Minnie Mickey but didn't know anything about it other than the adorable pictures I had seen from people. It sounds like it would have fit better as a Safari Campground or in DCA's Grizzly Peak area.
Wendy Mitchell said:
Great idea Kristin! Kinda let them be silly so you can get the shot you want.
Kristin Fougeron said:
To be honest... Camp Minnie Mickey really wasn't much. It was a big character meet and greet area plus the Festival of the Lion King was there. I like where they have the Lion King now better because its easier to get to and really makes more sense in Africa. I did enjoy listening to Guitar Dan. I don't know if he's still there. OOOOO--I just checked and he's now at Rafiki's Planet Watch!!! I'll have to check that out in April!
Tami - Disneyland Diva said:
So glad you documented this Wendy!