The Arabian Roof

Nothing makes me feel more like being in a foreign place than having the ceiling being entirely composed of cloth fluttering in the breeze.

Well, I am pretty sure that is what the Disney Imagineers intended when they designed this place. This was an Arabian-style restaurant right in the middle of Disney World, which has to be one of the coolest places in the world for photography. One of the problems there, frankly, is that there is so much to see that it is simply overwhelming. I think, now that I have been there multiple times, you just have to force yourself to drink in the details slowly over time. Wouldn’t being a Disney Imagnieer be just about the coolest job in the world?

My other piece of advice for parents (although, may Disney veterans already know this), plan a nap into the day. There is just no other way to do it with kids. Do the morning and lunch in one place… then maybe one ride on the way back to the hotel for nap time. Get a nice 2-hour nap in, then head out to different park for the evening. It will decrease stress levels by a factor of pi, and, besides, we adults are the ones that really like the naps, right? It’s a vacation, after all.

The Arabian Roof (by Stuck in Customs)

  • casusan

    Oh wow – cool shot Trey! Yes, we do like our naps – good for the kiddos too!

  • Beautiful, and fantastic idea for a photo!

  • I won’t make it to Disney World, but appreciate the pictures you are sharing. It looks like a spectacular place for kids and their parents. Maybe even older couples like us 😉 . And naps are great for everyone, very refreshing. Great job, Trey. Thanks for the interesting information that you post with your pictures!!

  • Facebook User

    Love the gold and white striped material. I think the photo may have been better if the “roof” could have been grounded by something, though. There would also have been some perspective. While the picture itself is nice, it doesn’t say anything, and your explanation was necessary to tell us what this is.

    This reminds me of the zillion times I’ve taken pictures straight up through tree branches. It looks so cool to the eye, but the photos always seem to come out blah for some reason. Your ceiling pic isn’t blah, but it probably doesn’t convey how very cool this place was. Adding a side wall or diner’s heads or something might have been just the ticket. -Fenraven

  • We did the nap thing at our first trip to Disneyland last year (which is considerably smaller) and booked our hotel directly across the street from the main gate. I was the one who needed to nap the most! Lovely shot. It would be fun to do a whole photo album of shots from either Disney park that have no identifiable Disney element to them. Next time!

  • That’s a very neat “roof”. We’re planning a trip sometime in the next 3-5 years with the kids to Disneyworld, so thanks for the tip!

  • odditty

    Beautiful colors Trey, reminds me of Aladin’s escape scene a bit =)

  • Thanks yall

  • Lorien

    I’ve been to Disneyworld about a thousand times and yet have no idea where this “Arabian” restaurant is! Is it the Tusker House? I would love to see this!

  • Lorien

    Dangit, totally left out that I think these photos are incredible!

  • Kayleigh

    Gorgeous photograph of the hangings at Tusker House. I’ve got an almost identical photograph from 2009 – but yours is much much much better!

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