It’s been a long time since I’ve done an official roundup of notable links and stories from around the web. This is mostly due to the fact that I can now easily post links of note in Ye Olde Twitter Feed, but also due to my general tonal A.D.D. as I constantly drift the blog from one field of interest to another. But there are a couple of nifty things that I wanted to point out tonight.
First is the latest post by Foxx at Passport to Dreams, which examines the textures and colors of Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. Rigorous exegesis, indeed! I’ve drifted from the theme parks lately because when I’m too busy elsewhere I get neurotic that my story research is getting too cursory, but Foxx is totally who I want to be when I grow up. Now I just want high-res pictures of Adventureland tile for backgrounds and desktops!
Judging by the number of times I see other sites link to its stories, you’re probably already aware of Sam Gennawey’s SamLand blog. If not, you should subscribe to its RSS feed immediately. Sam’s blog is probably the most exciting original-content site to open in the time since I started Progress City. Some of his stories of choice include an excellent multi-part series on WESTCOT and the early plans for the Anaheim resort, which I endorse despite the fact that I’m totally bitter that he scooped my years-long attempt to get a copy of the Anaheim expansion proposal. But whatever!
I wanted to mention another story because it has perhaps the most amusing high-concept of any Disney blog post I’ve seen. Sam is an urban planner, which of course is a subject near and dear to those of us at the Progress City Council. With that in mind, he wrote a two-part analysis of Disneyland’s Toontown from a planning perspective. If you ever wondered what the zoning makeup of Toontown might be – and frankly, who hasn’t? – check it out.
Ok, geez. Peer pressure now. What am I going to write about…