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Now Showing: Design Course Creations March 31, 2010

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This magazine spread was created in Adobe InDesign for my Design for Journalists class at Temple. “inside the magic” is intended for guests visiting the Disney Theme Parks. This spread features the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This is the cover layout to “inside the magic,” a magazine created in Adobe Photoshop for the same course.

For the design course, we were required to create an infographic, using Adobe Photoshop, that could run next to a story in print or on the Web. This infographic shows consumption of home-brewed coffee brands by annual sales.

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Phanatics Around Town March 29, 2010

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A new Philly public arts project is one that Philadelphians can go phanatic over. The Philadelphia Phillies and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation have teamed up to create a unique campaign featuring baseball’s most beloved mascot.

Twenty, five feet, special edition Phillie Phanatic statues will take over the city as part of the “Phanatic Around Town” promotion through this fall. The statues, which were molded from fiberglass and weigh in at 100 pounds, were all painted by local artists.

Want to check out the Phanatics around town? Click here to see where the statues will be in the city, they’ll be around until September 2010.

Buble Croons to the City of Brotherly Love March 24, 2010

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Michael Buble and his “Crazy Love” Tour made a stop in Philadelphia at a packed Wachovia Center. Buble’s personality and crooner voice filled the arena to the rafters and kept the audience entertained, as if his show was at a small club. He sang the standards for his crowd, such as “Feeling Good,” “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “Crazy Love,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Home,” “World on a String,” “Everything,” and the emotional closer “Song for You.”

However, this time around, the 34-year-old Canadian told his story of becoming a singer and what inspired him. It’s typical for Buble to chat with the crowd and include fans in his show, but this time he took the concert’s energy to a whole new level. Buble claims Michael Jackson and the film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” were his inspiration for wanting to become a performer; so what better way to honor the two than with a “Billie Jean” impersonation and a “Twist and Shout” rendition that mimicked Bueller’s parade party through Chicago.

For the second time seeing Michael on tour, he surely does not disappoint. Two years ago, I watched him perform at the Giant Center in Hershey, and it was no different. Michael Buble kills in concert.

The Most Magical Place on Earth March 23, 2010

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Spring Break was nothing short of a magical time at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The trip was my first visit to the Wonderful World of Disney in a decade. The Sunshine State provided us with sunshine every day and warm temperatures for March, which was a nice change from the chilly weather in Pennsylvania. Take a look below and explore my adventure through Disney.

Day One: EPCOT

EPCOT is a blast into the future and different cultures from around the world. Future World is home to great attractions like Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, The Land, Test Track, Mission: SPACE, and The Seas with Nemo and Friends. These attractions are definitely worth the wait! Disney also works their magic in the World Showcase, which spotlights various cultures and nations in 11 pavilions. You can take a journey through Norway on Maelstrom or wander through Mexico on the Grand Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros in the World Showcase.

The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Show added to the day at the theme park, as the Disney character topiaries brought the gardens of the park to life.

Day Two: Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the epitome of the Disney experience, melting you down to feel like a kid again. As you board the ferry or monorail to travel across the Seven Seas Lagoon, to reach the Magic Kingdom, the first time you see Cinderella Castle, you know you’re about to get the greatest Disney experience imaginable.

The Magic Kingdom is made up of seven whimsical lands: Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Mickey’s Toontown Fair. We didn’t wait in line to ride the Dumbo ride, to ensure the transformation back to childhood, but we did experience many other attractions. Space Mountain, Pirates of the Carribean, The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, WDW Railroad and Splash Mountain are a must! By the second day, it’s important to master the Fastpass system Disney utilizes for advanced attraction ticketing.

Day Three: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s Lights! Cameras! Action! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park will make everyone feel like a star and just might make your stomach drop out, too! Get ready for the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and The Great Movie Ride. Unfortunately, the classic Studio Backlot Tour was being refurbished, so we didn’t get to get a sneak peek at what goes on behind-the-scenes. As you can see below, we thoroughly enjoyed the high-energy roller coaster ride with Aerosmith and the drop-out on Tower of Terror.

Looking for the old Matt Wargo Experience? March 22, 2010

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Hey!? What’s with this new blog? Well, I’ve done a major overhaul of “The Matt Wargo Experience.” What’s different on the blog? A lot! The retired blog is still around but you will have to click here or type <www.phanaticphorphilly.wordpress.com> in your browser to access it.

I hope you will continue to follow me on this exciting new blog!

-Matt