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June 3, 2010

Countdown to Disneyland

This time next week I will be waking up at the Disneyland Resort! This should be quite an exciting trip highlighted by the Grand Opening of the World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Speaking of Disney California Adventure, a new logo (minus the apostrophe) was introduced last week:

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If you haven't paid much attention to the goings on at the Disneyland Resort, there is certainly lots to talk about! Back in 2007 a huge expansion to Disney California Adventure was announced. Some of the attractions, like Toy Story Mania have been open for some time now, but what's coming........ will be amazing! For instance there is the new Little Mermaid attraction, a whole new addition called Carsland (coming 2012), a new entrance to Disney California Adventure and more.

But for now, I'm excited about the World of Color which officially opens on June 11th. All Ears will be on hand for the Press Debut as well as the official opening. We'll be bringing you live coverage via Twitter, Facebook and this blog!

I have also booked a World of Color Dinner Package and will share the ins and outs of that experience (and if it is worth the money).


Even with this extremely anticipated show, there is so much I want to see that has changed since last year! My "todo" list includes seeing Captain EO, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and Disneyland's own version of Summer Nightastic!

Summer Nightastic not only includes the World of Color, but also "Magical" a special fireworks show at Disneyland, the new Toy Story 3 characters in Toy Story Mania, Dance the Night away in Tomorrowland, and Glow Fest!

"Glow Fest begins with the sound of drums and powerful rhythms that will draw you to Sunshine Plaza. An electric energy fills the evening air. As the sun goes down, colors burst to life and music starts to play from a brightly-lit stage that seems to glow. Dancers and world music performers create a fun vibe that you will only find at Disney California Adventure park. During Summer Nightastic! the daily experience takes center stage in Sun Plaza from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continues in the Hollywood Backlot until Park closing."

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What else is on my list?

Don't forget to come to the All Ears Meet and Greet on June 11, 2010 at 9:30am
LaBrea Bakery Express - Downtown Disney. Laura Gilbreath and myself will be co-hosting!

I've also signed up for a Segway tour of Disney California Adventure, will check out some Disneyland dining experiences and check out what else is happening at the Disneyland Resort.

So stay tuned for a week of fun, excitement, crowds and photos beginning June 8th!

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June 6, 2010

Disneyland Resort Breakfast Options - Your Recommendations

In preparation for my upcoming week long trip to the Disneyland Resort, I've been asking for meal recommendations.

First up, Breakfast!

Thanks to everyone on Twitter and Facebook for posting Breakfast at Disneyland Suggestions.

Here is what you recommended:

Storytellers in the Grand Californian Hotel:

disneykarene: Gotta do Storyteller. Buffet is pricey but great. We split omelet off menu wt extra toast. Yummy!

blabbermouse79: Storytellers Cafe in GCH. Great variety and fresh Mickey Waffles!

attrievel: Storytellers Chip & Dale - no Chip, only Dale, weak char selection - Brother Bear & Tarzan. Food ok

Disney_trooper: Storytellers Cafe at Grand Cali for bfast. Excellent buffet with made to order omelets!! its a forest animal character meal too

Barry: Storytellers' Cafe at the Grand Californian has a buffet and an a la carte menu. The food is good value for the resort (they have their own version of banana stuffed French toast). it is a character breakfast led by Chip and Dale.


Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel

gabriellyn: Goofy's Kitchen was great! Went for my 40th in Feb. Great interaction with lots of characters & food was fab too!

Jodie: Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel has a super fun character breakfast. It's fairly loud and rambunctious, but for the kid at heart it's a blast.

Plaza Inn:

Famactivities06: Plaza Inn - Good - Variety of Chars, Interaction after bfast time. Bad - Cafeteria-ish. I don't get that feeling at Crystal Plc and La Brea Bakery - Large portions, eat outside, relatively quick. Not too impressed w/Storytellers or Plaza Inn vs WDW char bfasts

sk8iesh: I enjoyed the Plaza Inn character breakfast. It had just totally random characters, which was pretty fun

Carnation Plaza

BeccaG: Minnie and friends at carnation plaza! BC you can seen so many characters in a very short time. We got pix w/10 in under 1:30!

Ray: We really like Carnation Cafe on Main St. They have great food and you can't beat the atmosphere of an outside sit down Main St and watching all the people rushing to start their day. I also second the Riverbell Terrace. Enjoy, wish we could be there! :)

AJ: Definitely Carnation Cafe for TS breakfast -- the cinnamon roll french toast is incredible. Also, Goofy's Kitchen is a nice brunch with lots of different characters. For counter service, I'll go along with the River Belle Terrace group! People are still locked into Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in the morning, so New Orleans Square is quiet. (I don't recommend Minnie's Breakfast at the plaza -- bad crowd flow, but the mix of characters is fun)

Becca: I agree with carnation cafe..my fave spot! Riverbelle is great too..so peaceful in the morning.

River belle Terrace

Jill: Just breakfast (I have opinions about other meals too:) ...RiverBelle Terrace. Absolutely lovely and perfect atmosphere on the patio. The food is decent, but sitting out on the patio along the river, in the shade of trees watching the people walk by was my favorite, by far.

Lisa: River Belle in Disneyland for pancakes, eggs, fruit, potatoes, giant cinammon rolls and those infamous Mickey pancakes. Please ship me one Mickey pancake along with a mint julep from New Orleans Square.

Pam: I also vote for the River Belle Terrace. If you go there first thing in the morning, there's hardly anyone there and it's so nice sitting out by the Rivers of America watching the Mark Twain go by. Also, the coffee shop at the Disneyland Hotel is a nice little spot, and they have the best bearclaws!

Pam: The birds at River Belle Terrace. LOL They definitely are NOT afraid of you. The last time I was there I had a duck standing beside me the whole time, and little birds kept landing on my tray and would even hop up to my plate. I kinda felt like Snow White. lol

Shelly: River Belle Terrace, Club 33 brunch, Storyteller's, and of course, you can't beat those ginormous cinnamon rolls from Main Street!

Thanks again everyone for your wonderful ideas!!!! Lunch and Dinner soon to follow!

Did you know AllEars has an entire area on Disneyland?

With menus for all the eateries?

And Reader Reviews for the hotels and dining?

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June 7, 2010

Disneyland Resort Lunch Options - Your Recommendations

In preparation for my upcoming week long trip to the Disneyland Resort, I've been asking for meal recommendations.

Yesterday I shared your Breakfast Suggestions.

Today is LUNCH!

Thanks to everyone on Twitter and Facebook for posting lunch at Disneyland Suggestions.

Here is what you recommended:

Blue Bayou

Barb: Blue Bayou is our favorite all the way around. Great food and absolutely fantastic atmosphere!

Tracy: I have to say my all time favorite lunch restaurant is The Blue Bayou. It's not as crowded as the night and we always request a table by the water. It is cool and dark and far enough away from the crowds that it feels like you're somewhere else for the hour or two you're at lunch. It's very relaxing and quiet. Plus, you really can't beat the atmosphere!


White Water Snacks - Grand Californian Hotel

mjcollin: The counter service at the Grand California (White Water Snacks, name?) has a Chicken Nacho that is so awesome. Get it to-go


Cocina Cucamonga - DCA

petricat666: cocina cucamonga in DCA. Huge amount of food for a really good price.


Pizza Port

BeccaG: for something more substantial r family loves 2 split salad & chicken fuzilli at pizza port. It's quick serv at near table quality.

Bengel BBQ - Disneyland

BeccaG: if u want something smallish Bengal BBQ is great with some of the more unique flavors in the park.

Don: Bengal BBQ is amazing in Adventureland right across from Indy. Get the Bacon Wrapped Asparagus or the spicy chix skewers... Sit at table near the river and watch the river traffic go by.

Carnation Cafe

disneykarene: Carnation Cafe on Main Street.

Lisa: Carnation Cafe - loaded baked potato soup because it is awesome. Pacific Wharf - apple & chicken salad in a sourdough bread bowl.

Boudin Bakery - DCA

MaryJean: Boudon Bakery, if it's still at DCA, has excellent salads and soups available in bread bowls.

Don: In DCA go to Boudin's Bakery and get a soup OR chinese Chix salad in a sourdough bowl! Grab a table by the water and feed the ducks with your bread top.


Multiple Recommendations:

Laura: Cafe Orleans is our favorite. Pommes Frites are wonderful and we like to share this part! Anything is great to eat for lunch. French onion soup is delicious! And, the mickey beignets....yuuuuummmmmmm!!!! Fresh out-of-the-oven. (Also love Carnation Cafe for that loaded baked potato soup! Creamy/delicious!)


Don: Storytellers Cafe in the Grand Californian hotel. Excellent salads and the Club Sandwich is excellent. And one of my favorite I have to do every trip, Grab a Corndog from the Corndog Truck at the end of Main Street. Sit at a table in the Plaza Inn to people watch and views of the hub, castle and tomorrowland

Becca: Carnation cafe is good for lunch too! But my fave place is the mexican place in frontierland! Best burritos! Plaza has really good fried chx....and for a light lunch try a bread bowl near splash mtn (much shorter line than the soup place in new orleans square)


disneyfolly: I love the gumbo at Royal St veranda for lunch. And swing over to Bengal Bbq for skewers! Blue Bayou is a must.

MaryJean: I agree with Blue Bayou as best place for lunch. I also have had a good experience at Carnation Cafe.

Mary: There's a secluded little place by Rivers of America just past the tables of the Hungry Bear. no chairs, but you can sit on the cement planter edge...hard but roomy.

Don't Bother with:

disneykarene: Tortilla Joes, not very good Mexican food

Thanks again everyone for your wonderful ideas!!!! Dinner soon to follow!

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With menus for all the eateries?

And Reader Reviews for the hotels and dining?

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June 9, 2010

Disneyland/World of Color Debut: Day 1

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland this week in advance of the debut of the new World of Color nighttime show. While she's away, she's sending home some photos via Twitter -- if you don't follow her there, you can follow along here in this blog, where we'll be reposting some of the pictures.


California Adventure wakes up
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World of Color Banners at DCA
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Getting ready for DCA Segway Tour
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Mari begins Segway practice
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Breaktime to say hey to Lightning McQueen
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DCA Segway tour Rocks!
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Rafiki!
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Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln:
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Mystery Photo:
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June 10, 2010

Disneyland/World of Color Debut: Day 2

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland this week in advance of the debut of the new World of Color nighttime show. While she's away, she's sending home some photos via Twitter -- if you don't follow her there, you can follow along here in this blog, where we'll be reposting some of the pictures.

NOTE: Watch the World of Color Premiere LIVE on ustream at 8:45 p.m. PACIFIC time! HERE!

***Deb's "Blue Carpet" interviews with Disney execs Bob Iger, Tom Staggs and George Kalogridis, also a talk with singer Jodi Benson, coming soon!***

Gotta love this guy
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Grand Californian to Toy Story we were sent the LONG way around Pier :(
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Lots of #disneywoc signage all around Paradise Pier
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Blue Carpet all set for #disneywoc
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Minnie is ready to fly at Condor Flats Air Tours
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"Brunch" at Pacific Wharf Cafe Disney California Adventure
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Preparations for the World of Color debut


Love seeing characters in different costumes than WDW
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Got our spot on the Blue Carpet for World of Color event!
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Robert Sherman on the Blue Carpet
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World of Color program
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#disneywoc lake
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#Disneywoc Vinalmation
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#disneywoc Blue Carpet Bachelor Celebs
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#disneywoc
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June 11, 2010

World of Color Premiere Blue Carpet at Disney's California Adventure

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Deb Wills and Laura Gilbreath get ready for the parade of celebrities
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Sarye and Steven - Show Directors World of Color
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Sky Puppets part of World of Color "preshow"
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Richard Sherman - Disney Legend
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Chelsi Hightower - Dancing with the Stars
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Jason Segel- How I Met Your Mother
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Cameron Mathison - All My Children
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Sky Puppets part of World of Color "preshow"
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Sky Puppets part of World of Color "preshow"
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Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis
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Mary Niven, Vice President of Disney's California Adventure
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Nolan Gould - Modern Family
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Sarah Hyland - Modern Family
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Phineas and Ferb Star
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Jamie Lee Curtis
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Tom Staggs - Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
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Bob Iger - President and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company
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John Stamos
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Rob Morrow - The Whole Truth
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Wayne Brady - Host Lets Make a Deal
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Jodi Benson - The Little Mermaid
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Pepe Aguilar - Mexican Singer/Composer
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June 12, 2010

Disneyland/World of Color Debut: Day 3

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland this week for the debut of the new World of Color nighttime show. While she's away, she's sending home some photos via Twitter -- if you don't follow her there, you can follow along here in this blog, where we'll be reposting some of the pictures.


Jeffery from D23 says 2 new events will be announced very soon! At DL and WDW
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Getting ready for What's New What's Next at Disneyland
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Jodi Benson sings medley from Little Mermaid
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Enjoying Fantasmic dessert seating thanks to @beci_mousefan
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Disneyland's Magical Fireworks
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Disneyland's Pixie Hallow Water Light show
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Glow Fest Disney's California Adventure
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Glow Fest Dance Interactive Imagery
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World of Color Premier Interviews

At the premier of World of Color on June 10, 2010, Deb Wills had the opportunity to interview several Disney executives, Imagineers, cast members and others.

In the following video, she talks with World of Color Show Producer Sayre Wiseman about developing the show.

Deb also had the chance to talk to Disneyland Resort Ambassador Quinn Shurian about Summer Nightastic! events and about his term as a Disneyland ambassador.



June 13, 2010

World of Color Blue Carpet Interviews with Bob Iger, Tom Staggs, and Others

AllEars.Net's Deb Wills had the opportunity to chat briefly with a number of Disney notables as they walked the "Blue Carpet" at the
premiere of Disney's California Adventure's World of Color on June 10, 2010.

Among those she spoke with, featured in the following video:

1. Richard Sherman, composer of many famous classic Disney tunes, including the World of Color theme.

2. George Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort

3. Robert A. Iger, president and chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company

4. Thomas O. Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

5. Jodi Benson, singer and voice of Ariel, the Little Mermaid

June 14, 2010

World of Color Dining Package - Wine Country Trattoria - Disney's California Adventure

Wine Country Trattoria


Disney is offering three different dining packages for reserved viewing space at the World of Color nighttime spectacular.

The least expensive, and perhaps best option for the money, are the Picnic Boxes. Jeanine shares her experience here.

Last night Beci, Jeanine and I dined at the Wine Country Trattoria in Disney's California Adventure. As soon as I heard dining packages were available I called and reserved this. The cost is $39.99 plus gratuity, which enables you to receive a Disney Dining Preferred Viewing pass for the World of Color show.

The Trattoria has just reopened after a rehab and menu change. I had never eaten here before, so have nothing to compare it to. Also, keep in mind as you read this, everyone's tastes are unique and you may have a totally different experience with the food.

We checked in and were asked to go upstairs (where it appeared all dining package guests were directed) for our table. A Cast Member brought us to a lovely table, in the shade, under a ceiling fan with a cool breeze. While not a stifling hot day, it was a nice respite from the sun and crowds.

The Dining Package Prix Fixe Menu offered choices for entrees while everyone had the same salad and desserts. Our server, Tammy, was friendly with a great smile and did her best to accommodate all of our requests.

Fresh bread, two herbed rolls and two plain rolls, along with cruets of balsamic vinegar and oil were placed on the table. We enjoyed our own small plate of olive oil for dipping the yummy bread.

Salad - arugula fennel, red onion, spiced walnuts, and goat cheese with a fig-balsamic dressing.

We all asked for our salads without the onions and Beci asked for no goat cheese. Our server was happy to oblige. The dressing was tasty, but was an over pour for me, I'll ask for it on the side in the future. The greens were fresh and the two figs were good, however the fennel had been soaking in dressing way too long and didn't have the crunch I enjoy with fennel. Overall we gave the salad good marks; it was a nice way to begin the meal.


Wine Country Trattoria Salad

We were in no hurry so did not order our entrees until we had our salads. Our server was happy to allow us a relaxed pace. She did explain that depending on how busy the kitchen was, it could take as much as 25 minutes for our entrees to come out.

Seafood Pasta - Spaghetti tossed with Sauteed Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops with garlic and herbs in a light Pomodoro Sauce.

The entree was as described and Jeanine said it was good, she would order it again. It came with a side of fresh grated cheese.

Wine Country Trattoria Seafood Pasta


Roast New York - Seasoned and slow-roasted to medium rare, topped with Salsa Verde served with Gorgonzola potatoes and sauteed green beans.

Although a friend recommended the steak, Beci found it very disappointing. As you can see from the photo, there were very few green beans. The potatoes were basic breakfast potatoes with a couple small chunks of gorgonzola, and the steak was tough. We spoke with folks later who share Beci's disappointment in the entree.

Wine Country Trattoria Roast New York

Herb-Roasted Chicken Breast - served with broccolini, caramelized onions, red peppers and tagliatelle pasta with a white wine garlic sauce.

I asked for no onions, no pasta and extra broccolini with my chicken. This was a good solid entree. The chicken was ever so lightly coated with a tasty herb mix and was moist. Since I opted out of the pasta, I was expecting more vegetables, so my guess is with the pasta, you just get a small taste of broccolini and peppers. I enjoyed my chicken and would certainly order it again.

Wine Country Trattoria Herb-roasted Chicken

Dessert Plate - Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Seasonal Berries, and Chocolate Espresso Tart with Caramel Sauce.

We were all anticipating dessert as a great way to finish off our meal. Panna Cotta, light and creamy -- yummmm, fresh seasonal berries (my fave) and for chocolate lovers, a Chocolate Tart. Unfortunately, we were all disappointed. In concept the dessert plate is a great idea. Everyone gets to taste small portions of three different desserts. This is a great alternative to a huge heavy dessert to follow a meal.

I requested simply a serving of the fresh berries. The server said she would just ask for extra berries on our plate, that works. When dessert arrived and we all just stared at it. For us, the menu description and what was presented didn't match, but we were eager to taste.

The berries, while fresh, came drenched in a balsamic sauce that was overly sweet. We each had a small taste and none of us cared for it. I asked the server if I could have simply fresh berries with no sauce and she was happy to oblige. The Panna Cotta was, well, we weren't sure what. There were three layers and some sort of lemon gel sauce, the panna cotta, and then a berry layer. Neither Jeanine nor Beci liked the panna cotta and told me not to bother with a taste. About this time my berries arrived and I happily dug in. The chocolate tart was a small round graham cracker crust and inside the liquid espresso chocolate. This really fell short of our expectations as well. Each of us felt the desserts at the Fantasmic Dessert offering were far superior.

Wine Country Trattoria Dessert Plate

Despite not being thrilled with the food, we were all full and ready to find our World of Color Viewing area.

With the check we received our World of Color Preferred Viewing Passes.

Wine Country Trattoria Dessert Plate

We headed over to the viewing area and were directed to an area for Preferred Dining seating. We were VERY happy with the area we had. It was second level center in front of the Mickey Wheel. This was what we paid for, preferred viewing, and it was indeed!

We arrived about 7:20 and folks were being allowed in the area so we went in to find some space. It will be important for the first show to arrive early... late-comers will still be in the preferred section but will be several people back.

We sat down, met a nice family sitting near us and enjoyed the beautiful night air until the pre-show began at 8:30. You'll have to wait for another blog about the very cool pre-show entertainment.

Perhaps it is an age thing, but I am not real good about waiting in long lines and being part of a large, well, extremely large, group of folks trying for general seating.

Therefore, I recommend getting one of the dining packages. While it is still crowded and you still wait, I liked the preferred viewing area very much. And with the passes, it didn't feel quite so crazy trying to scope out a place to watch the show.

Tonight we are trying the other sit-down dinner package at Ariel's. Look for that blog soon!

Oh, and if you haven't read my comments about the World of Color show, it is NOT to be missed!


Disneyland/World of Color Debut - Day 6

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland for the debut of the new World of Color nighttime show. While she's away, she's sending home some photos via Twitter -- if you don't follow her there, you can follow along here in this blog, where we'll be reposting some of the pictures.

View of the Disneyland Hotel Towers - another beautiful day!
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Great breakfast and super table at LaBrea in DL Downtown Disney
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Just spent over an hour in the Disneyland Disney Gallery
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WorldofColor Fastpass line 45min wait to machines Currently FP for 2nd show
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Time for High School Musical 3 at Disney California Adventure
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