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August 7, 2015

Disneyland Bound!

Deb's Digest Blog

Hello Everyone! Today I am leaving on a jet plane to sunny California where much Disney is going on! I plan to spend the first few days in the parks soaking up all the Disneyland 60th celebration, meet with some dear friends and make new ones!

Later in the week I will be at the D23 Expo! Do say hello if you see me or anyone on the AllEars Team, Jeanine Yama, Deb Koma, Kristin Ford. We have new All Ears Trading Cards for you!

I will be tweeting and periscoping... Leave a comment below what photos or live video you'd like to see.

And here's a sneak peak at our new trading cards!

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August 17, 2011

Heading to Disneyland and the D23 Expo

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Today I am heading to the west coast for a week in Disneyland. Even though I was just there for 2 nights in April (before the Disney Cruise west coast re-positioning cruise), much has changed since my visit!

At Disneyland, the new Star Tours is open - yes, I know just like WDW. But the Mickey's Soundsational Parade also has debuted and getting very positive reviews. I love a good parade and look forward to seeing this one!

Mickey's Soundsational Parade

Over at the Disneyland Hotel, where I wandered in a maze of construction walls on my last visit, the pool and 2 new eateries have opened! Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar are now open. In fact, I'll be having a meet and greet at the Tangaroa Terrace on Thursday morning at 9:30am!


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Disneyland Hotel


But the most changes have occurred over the Disney California Adventure. The new entrance (which I hear makes you think you are at Disney's Hollywood Studios) has opened.

The first photo is from my April trip and then you'll see how it looks now. Quite a difference.

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Disney California Adventure

...as has The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure. I'm excited to be seeing the Little Mermaid attraction as it will be opening in WDW next year!

Ariel's Undersea Adventure

Also, the Paradise Pier area has many new areas open including Goofy's Fly School and several eateries.

Goofy's Fly School


WOW -- there is a LOT that is new since just a few months ago. I hope I can see it all.

The reason I'm not sure is because much of my time will be over at the D23 Expo.

The pre-opening festivities include an invitation only special tribute in honor of Betty Taylor & Wally Boag at Disneyland. Plus a media reception that takes place inside the "Carousel of Projects," the spectacular pavilion created to celebrate all the magic on the horizon for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. We will also get to preview the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.

And, I have a few other things I'll be doing on thursday that I hope to be able to tweet photos and update you on.

The Expo kicks off officially on Friday for 3 days. The AllEars team (Deb Koma, Laura, Lee and Jeanine) will be there covering as many events as we can with a jammed packed schedule.


Here is a list of the celebrities who are supposed to be there over the course of the three days:
Celebrities from both current and classic Disney projects (both on screen and behind the scenes) will be on hand throughout the Expo, and are currently scheduled to include: Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Willem Dafoe, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Michael Giacchino, Tony Baxter, Tom Bergeron, Regis Philbin, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin, Paige O'Hara, Anika Noni Rose, David Arquette, Jason Dolley, Hayley Keyoko, Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Kelly MacDonald, Kevin McKidd, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, Wilmer Valderrama, Sean Astin, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin, Chelsea Kane, Kyle Massey, cast members from Marvel's The Avengers and many more.

Many things I want to see overlap, so hard choices will have to be made. Here are just a few of the events I hope to be at

Friday

2011 Disney Legends Ceremony, 11 a.m. D23 Expo kicks off the first day by honoring the latest recipients in Disney's 24-year tradition.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, 3:30 p.m. Glimpse into some of the exciting projects currently underway at Disney's parks and resorts.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix, 8:15 p.m. Hear songs from Dick Van Dyke's varied entertainment career and various Disney classic songs.

Saturday

The Walt Disney Studios, 10:30 a.m. Exclusive video clips, live performances, filmmaker discussions, star appearances, and more!

Michael Giacchino's Music of Pixar, 1:00 p.m. In this musical presentation, Michael Giacchino provides an earful of tunes and tales about his early influences for Pixar's modern-day classic scores.

Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering, 4:30 p.m. Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of Imagineering careers and accomplishments.

Sunday

Imagineering the Dream and the Fantasy Ceremony (D23 Members Only), 9:00 a.m. Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bob Zalk talk about the design of Disney's latest cruise ships.

Radiator Springs Reality, 1:30 p.m. Pixar's John Lasseter and Roger Gould join Imagineers for a sneak peek look at Cars Land.

MORE of The Wonderful World of Vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World, 5:15 p.m. Film preservationist Ed Hobelman and Imagineer Tony Baxter look back at vintage footage. Stage 23

Stay turned.

I will be twittering http://twitter.com/#!/allearsdeb and my twitter feeds to my facebook page.

Deb Koma will be twittering via the http://twitter.com/#!/allearsnet.

The Team will be blogging as time permits.

April 27, 2011

Disney 'Round the USA and Canada - Monday & Tuesday, April 25-26, 2011

Deb Wills is off on another adventure -- this time starting at Disneyland in California, then taking the Disney Wonder to Canada (Vancouver), followed by the first Disney cruise to Alaska! She'll be sending photos via Twitter along the way (you can follow her @AllEarsDeb) as much as she is able to -- but for those of you who don't use Twitter, I'll (that's me, Deb Koma) will be reposting the photos here in her blog so you can follow the journey.

Here are the photos she shared on her departure day, Monday, April 25 and Day 1, Tuesday, April 26:

Excited to see World of Color again. :)
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Love this DL Plaque
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Entrance to DCA a bit of a challenge during new entrance construction
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AllEars Meet at Disneyland
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Beautiful morning in Downtown Disney Disneyland
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Morning at Grand California DL
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Themed desserts at Marceline's Confectionery DL Downtown Disney
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I really enjoy DL's Downtown Disney!
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Love this photo of Walt - where would you find it?
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Old posters on construction walls - nice touch
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Room is ready! Yipeee at Disneyland
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April 18, 2011

My Next Disney Journey

One week from today, I'll be on a plane headed for the West Coast, to start a three-week Disney journey that will take me coast to coast on land and sea and into Canada and Alaska!

First stop is Disneyland for 2 nights -- gotta get used to the time change before I really get started!

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We'll be having a Meet and Greet on April 26th at 9:00am. Meet at the La Brea Bakery Express in Downtown Disney! We have a new AllEars trading card to debut, too! Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook Event Page to receive a special gift when you arrive :)

On April 27th I head over to the Port of LA to embark on the first ever Disney Cruise Line Re-positioning cruise from LA to Vancouver! The 6-night cruise will bring the Disney Wonder ship to Canada for the start of the Alaska cruise season! Joining me will be AllEars® team member Laura Gilbreath (who will be blogging).

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I have some fun excursions planned including a Napa Valley Tour, a visit to Muir Woods and Sausalito, and then a visit to Butchart Gardens (check that off the "bucket list")

While on board we will have a Walk to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer on May 1 at 8:00am.

I love being on board when a Disney ship visits a port of call for the very first time. You never know what surprises will greet the ship. The Wonder will be visiting San Francisco, then Victoria and Vancouver, Canada.

Once in Vancouver, several of us will be disembarking and then embarking on the Disney Wonder for the first ever Disney cruise in Alaska! I am excited to be hosting a great group of folks on the AllEars® Alaskan Adventure! In addition to visiting four fantastic parts of Alaska, we have some special events and surprises!

Check out this great logo that Picture This! Photo Blogger Barrie Brewer designed:

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We will stop at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway plus tour the glacier bay area of Tracy Arm! I really love visiting Alaska! It will be my third visit to Ketchikan and Juneau and second visit to Skagway. Each of the ports is very different and there is tons to do.

Last visit to Skagway we wandered about on our own, took the one-hour National Park Service walking tour and did a self-guided town tour. It's a quaint place that takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. This trip I will be doing the White Pass Scenic Railway.

Juneau is one of the ports I could stay in for several days. On my first trip we took a helicopter over four glaciers (unbelievable surreal experience), then landed on a glacier and did dog sledding! We went over to the Mendenhall Glacier on our own. Did you know that Mendenhall is the most accessible glacier in Alaska and the only one accessible via road? It's a must-see if you visit Juneau.

My next trip to Juneau I did a Photo Safari that included a Whale Watching trip and a hike around the Mendenhall Glacier. This time, I will be taking the Deluxe Tour of Juneau, which includes a bus tour of the city, a visit to Mendenhall, a visit to the Glacier Gardens Rainforest, and finally an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery!

In Ketchikan we have toured the Alaskan Rainforest, which included some amazing animal (bear) sightings and we've also done the float plane and boat trip of Misty Fiords. This time I will be taking the Lighthouses, Totems and Eagles excursion. This excursion includes a boat ride to see Eagles, a visit to Totem Bight State Park and finally a visit to the Guard Island Lighthouse.

And after the amazing 13 nights on the Disney Wonder I will be flying to Orlando for two jammed packed days of D23's Destination D.

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whew.....


You can be sure I will be twittering and posting on Facebook during my trip.

And remember, Laura will be blogging during the two cruises!

So, for those who can't join us, be sure to follow our journey!

September 23, 2010

Halloween Treats down Main Street USA Disneyland

Check out my latest blog at Laura and Jeanine's Salute to All things Disney but Mostly Disneyland

Disneyland Halloween Treets

June 12, 2010

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.



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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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 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 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!

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 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!

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And Reader Reviews for the hotels and dining?

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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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October 8, 2009

Disneyland - Here I Come!

Wow! It's time to hit the road again. This time, I am headed back to Disneyland and then off to the Advenures by Disney Backstage Magic tour!

In addition to being excited about the Adventure, I am also very exciting to be going with AllEars team mate Cathy Bock for her first trip to California and Disneyland. You may not immediately recognize Cathy's name as a member of AllEars because she works mostly "backstage". Backstage is how we make the magic happen and how we keep things running smoothly. Cathy works very hard and puts in long hours as the primary moderator on the Rate and Review section, she puts together the monthly Wandering Around the World and Magical Moments as well as lots of other behind the scenes work to make AllEars spring to life! Cathy is valued member of the team and I can't wait to see her joy as she experiences Disneyland and our Adventure by Disney!!!!

Cathy Bock


We will get to see Disneyland all decked out for Halloween, and hopefully ride the Haunted Mansion Holiday as well as Space Mountain's Ghost Galaxy light show. We even have a reservation for the Fantasmic Dessert Party so we can see the new dragon!

Disneyland Decorated for Halloween

We also have our very first official AllEars Meet in Disneyland! AllEars® Team members Deb Wills, Laura Gilbreath, Lisa Berton and Cathy Bock invite you to come by and say "Hello!" at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at the Disneyland Plaza Garden Stage. Hope to see you there!

Disneyland Plaza Gardens


And all this is before we even begin our Adventure by Disney Backstage Magic on Tuesday October 13th.

I'll be posting photos and tweeting again so you can follow us around the parks and during the Adventure. This Saturday it'll be time to head to the airport and fly west to Disneyland!

September 9, 2009

Disneyland Pre-D23 Expo - Wednesday

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. As she roams the parks, she's posting photos to Twitter. This is a compilation of all those photos.

These photos are from Wednesday, September 9:


Last am on Grand Californian balcony - changing hotels today
Morning on the balcony


Lots of signage at Convention Center
Convention Center signs


Cool Benches at DL - look like bookends
DL benches


Disneyland Railroad
Railroad sign


@touringplans meet at Hungry Bear @allyp @jeff318 @cedriccscfl
@touringplans meet


Cedric Marc and Shaili @touringplans meet at DL
Cedric Marc and Shaili


@touringplans meet This is Henry, Deb and @dcdeb_allears
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@marcmantoo has amazing Spreadsheets for D23
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@otisney @rick_howard @jeff318 @touringplans meet in Critter Country
Critter Country meet


Greg Ehrbar From Annette to Miley @D23 Expo Sunday 3:30pm
Greg Ehrbar

September 8, 2009

Disneyland Pre-D23 Expo - Tuesday

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. As she roams the parks, she's posting photos to Twitter. This is a compilation of all those photos.

These photos are from Tuesday, September 8:


Waking and Working on the balcony
Working on the balcony


In line for DL resort guest Magic Morning!
DL Magic Morning


Beautiful DD DL morning
DD DL Morning


Good morning folks at DL
Good morning


Herreeeee we go to Neverland at DL
Peter Pan's Flight


Ever popular Dumbo DL
Dumbo


Where is the white rabbit??
white rabbit?


Lunch at Pacific Wharf at DCA
Lunch at Pacific Wharf


Cool photo op at DCA's Pacific Wharf area
Photo op at Pacific Wharf


DCA construction for World of Color well underway
construction for World of Color


Dinner at Storytellers in Grand Californian
Storytellers


Grand Californian Lobby
Grand Californian Lobby


Awesome pianist in GC lobby
GC pianist

September 7, 2009

Disneyland/Pre-D23 Expo - Monday

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. As she roams the parks, she's posting photos to Twitter. This is a compilation of all those photos.

These photos are from Monday, September 7:

Good Morning California Adventure
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Time for breakfast at Grand Californian
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A+ Biscuit Breakfast Sand - 2 fried eggs 3 bacon cheese and Xtra Large Biscuit $7! Yummy! White Water Snacks
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Linda LOVED her first Indy Jones ride!
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AllEars guest blogger Cedric with Deb at DL
Deb and Cedric


Cedric and Linda in DL ToonTown
Linda and Cedric


Having a Blast in Toon Town - Here's my new car
Toon Town Fun

Great lunch w/ great friends at DL-DD Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Lunch with Friends


Just Beautiful. DCA at night
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Enjoying the evening on our balcony with this view :)
Evening on the balcony

September 6, 2009

Disneyland/Pre-D23 Expo - Sunday

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. She's roaming the parks and posting photos to Twitter. This is a compilation of all those photos.

Today's photos are from Sunday.


Disneyland half marathon runners
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Cheering on DL runners
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Congrats to every single person who began the half marathon!!!!
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Runners still going strong!
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AllEars GuestBlogger Cedric and Sis Cindy with Medals!!
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Deb cheering the DL 1/2 marathon runners!
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Lori in the home stretch DL Half Marathon
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More Disney friends Scott and Lynn
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Congrats AllEars DL expert Laura and Lee
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Standing at DCA entrance looking at DL! They really are that close.
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Main Street USA is packed !!!!
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Waiting in the masses for DL fireworks show.
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September 5, 2009

Disneyland Pre-D23 - Saturday

Deb Wills is visiting Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. She's roaming the parks and posting photos to Twitter. This is a compilation of all those photos.

Today's photos are from Saturday.


Tower of Terror and DCA wake up
DLR at dawn

Pressed Pennies Everywhere
Pressed Pennies

Happy Birthday from Stitch!! Wow!
Stitch & Deb

Disneyland Now Open
Disneyland Now Open

Love this ride!!
Love this ride

Great snack at new Lucky Fortune Cookery at DCA
Lucky Fortune Cookery snack

In line for Aladdin
In line for Aladdin

The Mariachi Divas were awesome!!
Deb and the Mariachi Divas

Tonight's Dinner
Napa Rose

Linda ponders the Napa Rose selections
Linda looks over menu

Our awesome server at Napa Rose, Becca
Becca and Deb

A final Happy Birthday Wish from Napa Rose
Happy Birthday plate

June 18, 2008

Disneyland - Day 18 Trip Conclusion

I ended my last blog with a photo of us being silly!

Group photo in Disney's California Adventure

Ok, where was I?

We composed ourselves and headed over to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area. It's time to go see Monster's Inc! It was one of the few "must sees" I had on my list for California Adventure.

I loved everything about this attraction. The themeing at the entrance was awesome!

Monster's Inc in Disney's California Adventure


Ann decided to do her impersonation of Roz... what do you think?

Monster's Inc in Disney's California Adventure

Plus, there was a great photo op there as well!

Monster's Inc in Disney's California Adventure

I think there is something to say about not reading much about attractions before you go on them. I honestly don't know if or what I had read about Monsters, Inc, but let me say it was awesome! The themeing was SO well done, kudos to the Imagineers who worked on this attraction. The attention to detail was ever present, the ride followed the storyline fairly well an it was one of my favorite parts of my Disneyland Resort experience!

Monster's Inc. in Disney's California Adventure

After our ride with Mike, Sully, and Boo, LindaMac wanted to ride California Screaming! It had been down earlier in the day but she spotted it running. So off she went!

LindaMac California Screaming  in Disney's California Adventure

She was SO excited when she got off the ride. We gave her a huge round of applause for being... er braver.. yea, that's it, braver than the rest of us!


LindaMac California Screaming in Disney's California Adventure

We walked past the Golden Vine Winery and well, had to relax with good friends and a glass of wine.

Golden Vine Winery  in Disney's California Adventure

Golden Vine Winery in Disney's California Adventure

After a brief rest, we soon found ourselves at the west coast Tower of Terror.

Tower of Terror in Disney's California Adventure

Since we were in the Hollywood Section and the park would be closing in about an hour, we decided to revist the friendly monsters....

 Monsters Inc in Disney's California Adventure

We had two fantastic rides and really turned into children. The attraction was pretty empty so we quickly exited and got right back on the ride.

We were headed out of the park and found ourselves inside the amazing Disney Animation Building. We had missed the final showing of the day of Turtle Talk but found plenty to amuse ourselves with. We practically had the whole place to ourselves.

I couldn't really get a good photo of the main area that you walk into....but there are several very large movie screens with Disney animated features playing.

Soon, we were face to face with the Mirror!!!

 Disney Animation Building in Disney's California Adventure

Next Beast's Library where Lumiere helped us discover what Disney character LindaMac is!

Beast's Library  Disney Animation Building in Disney's California Adventure

Beast's Library Disney Animation Building in Disney's California Adventure

One final glimpse of Disney's Calfornia Adventure!

 Disney's California Adventure


Across the way, Disneyland was still open. Being my last night, I wanted to see everything I could so in we went. We rode Indiana Jones one last time...a favorite of all of us. And soon, Disneyland was going to close too.

Walt and Mickey said "See You Real Soon"

Walt and Mickey in Disneyland

As we headed back to the Grand Californian, we all knew this wonderful day was coming to a close. Raleigh and I recalled some of the days highlights.

Deb and Raliegh

All good things must come to an end and my trip was quickly coming to a close.

I said goodbye to my dear friends Mari and Raleigh and hoped I'd see them again soon.

My ride to the airport was picking me up at 9:30, so LindaMac, George, Ann and I decided to have one last breakfast together - the character meal at Storytellers!

Characters were fun and there were lots of them. Chip and Dale, Timon, Terk, Brother Bear, Meeko.

We had barely sat down when Meeko came running over to me with an Autograph Book. I wasn't sure at first what was going on and then realized he, umm, borrowed it from a young girl at a nearby table! Soon as I realized what he had done, I got right into the fun and gave him a hard time for taking away her shiney book!

Storytellers Character Breakfast in Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort

The food was super..best omelet of my whole vacation I think!!!!

Storytellers Character Breakfast in Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort

 Storytellers Character Breakfast in Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort

Storytellers Character Breakfast in Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort

Storytellers Character Breakfast in Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort

We had an incredible server who was always at the table getting something or refilling something. She was great fun too!

Overall a great experience! I highly recommend!


Storytellers Character Breakfast in Grand Californian at the Disneyland Resort

As I rode to the airport I reflected back on the last 3 weeks. A trip that began by flying out of Maryland and into Orlando. I visited several countries, crossed the Panama Canal, and docked in Los Angeles. What an amazing amazing experience. How fortunate I am to experience so many incredible adventures. I never dreamed, even 10 years ago, I would travel to the places I have visited.

To all of you who have followed my blog of this journey through the Panama Canal. Thank you. I hope that you enjoyed my narration and the photos. I enjoyed sharing it with you!

To all the people I met along the way, including those I traveled with, thank you for making this another amazing journey of discovery, imagination, wonder and friendship. I look forward to future adventures.

Til next time.....

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June 12, 2008

Disneyland Resort - Day 18 Part 2

May 27, 2008
Disneyland Resort
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 70s

Part 2

When I left you last blog, we were headed out of Disneyland down Main Street and found my good friend Steve Barrett's Hidden Mickeys Disneyland book in a Main Street Shop window!

Steve's Hidden Mickey book on Main Street in Disneyland

I'll pick it up from there.....

Mari and Raliegh had texted to say they were over at Disney's California Adventure. They found a good counter service place, Pacific Wharf Cafe, that was still serving breakfast. None of us really ate that morning as we were in the park for Magic Morning so.....off we went.

We hadn't seen Mari and Raleigh since, well, 2 nights earlier...that mediocre dinner at Napa Rose where we attempted to celebrate their anniversary (I know, I still need to write the review).

Anyway...Raleigh wasn't too interested in having his photo taken, so here is Mari :)

Mari in California Adventure

Here is the YUMMY breakfast croissant I had from the Pacific Wharf Cafe. I only ate a small piece of the pastry but I can tell you this was better than any breakfast sandwich I've had from WDW counter service. YUMMMMMM

Breakfast Sandwich - Pacific Wharf Cafe

We all quickly rediscovered our Childish Delight and had just a wonderful day. Here is our first photo op. Somehow our curiosity got us captured in a large fish net!

Fish Net

 in Disney's California Adventure


Someone suggested we stroll by Toy Story Mania in case of a soft opening..but alas, no Cast Members in sight...

Toy Story Mania

We approached Golden Dreams, a movie about the history of California, with a little Disney imagineering included. Most of us had never seen it before. LindaMac had a couple days earlier and decided to pass on this showing. Mari told us it was probably going to close soon, so we decided to do it.

The movie was good and I learned a few things. There is a great montage at the end (think American Adventure in Epcot) but I didn't recognize a lot of the folks. We also had a special visit from Whoopi, in the true spirit of Disney imagineering.


Golden Dreams in Disney's California Adventure

Golden Dreams in Disney's California Adventure

Somewhere along the way, we returned to the Pacific Wharf Cafe for lunch. Again, the food was realy really good. There was plenty of it even if you didn't eat the bread bowl!!

Next, another new experience for us East Coaster's -- A Bugs Land! We loved this land and took our time exploring all the nooks and crannys!

A Bug's Land Signage in Disney's California Adventure

While we were checking out the Hopper figure.....

Hopper in A Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure

.... who should appear, but Flick!!! We enjoyed a few minutes playing with him.


Flick in A Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure

A Bug's Land is really designed for the little ones and it was really cute to see some of the seating along the paths. That said, our merry band of adults really had a great time.


A Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure

If we had the luxury of time, we would have gone on more of the attractions here. But, we opted to enjoy Heimlich's Chew Chew Train. What fun we had!!!!!!

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train in A Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train in A Bug's Land in Disney's California Adventure


We continued to wander, kind of aimlessly and found ourselves at the Boudin Bakery Tour. Short, informative and we got a small slice of Sourdough Bread too!

Boudin Bakery Tour in Disney's California Adventure


Then we really started getting silly!!!

Group photo in Disney's California Adventure

Whew... ok, that's it for today.

Stay tuned!!!!

I'll finish my trip blog next time!!


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June 9, 2008

Disneyland Resort - Panama Canal Trip - Day 18 Part 1

May 27, 2008
Disneyland Resort
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 70s

My last day of the trip. I can't believe how quickly time has gone by. A week ago the Disney Magic was in Puerto Vallarta and I was horseback riding. Now, I have one final day at Disneyland before heading home in the morning.

Many of you who have sent blog emails to me have asked for even MORE photos. So, for my last day in Disneyland, I'll be filing several blogs. I hope you enjoy the photos!

It was Magic Morning at Disneyland which meant resort guests could enter 1 hour early. As we neared the entrance to the parks, we noticed California Adventure was very empty (not opening until 10am). So we took the opportunity for photos! This entrance will be totally changed with the new expansion project!

California Adventure Park Entrance

Deb at the California Adventure Park Entrance

California Adventure Park Entrance

We thought our resort room key was all we needed to get into the park but we were wrong. Turned out we also needed our resort charge card. Now, for those of you WDW folks, you know one plastic key does it all, tickets, room key, etc. But in Disneyland, you have one plastic key for your door lock and then a paper card for charging privledges. I don't care for that system, but what can you do.

Fortunately, I had my charge card with me and the Cast Member let us all in. Thing was, I intentionally went to Guest Services at Paradise Pier before leaving for the park and specifically asked what we needed to get into Magic Morning. I was told our Resort Room Key. So, a word to the wise, bring the charge card paper!

We strolled down a fairly empty Main Street.

Main Street Disneyland

Main Street Disneyland

Our original plan had us getting to the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, but when we arrived there was already a one hour wait. We decided to not stand in line. LindaMac went to check out the line for the Matterhorn Bobsleds and I went to Space Mountain. While not a real coaster fan, I had read great things about the Space Mountain version at Disneyland and wanted to try it out.

Two Thumbs Up from me!!!!

Deb Loves Space Mountain Disneyland

The priority this morning was to see attractions that were not at Walt Disney World. Later, our friends Mari and Raleigh were going to join us for a day at the parks.

First up, Storybook Land Canal Boats. A very gentle boat ride with lots of storybook villages to look at. Simple yet very enjoyable.

Storybook Land Canal Boats Disneyland

Storybook Land Canal Boats Disneyland

Storybook Land Canal Boats Disneyland

Our next attraction was Casey Junior Circus Train. The train circled the same area as the Storybook boats just from a different view point. It was cute and we had a great time.

Casey Junior Circus Train Disneyland

Casey Junior Circus Train Disneyland

We even spotted our friends Gary and Karen down below taking photos of us.

Casey Junior Circus Train Disneyland


Gary and Karen were heading to the airport in a few hours, but they wanted to say "goodbye" and maybe get a couple attractions in. We decided to visit Mr. Toad's WIld Ride!


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Disneyland

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Disneyland

Next up, Pinocchio's Daring Adventure.

About this time I was getting text message from Mari letting me know they are on Disney property and would be meeting us at California Adventure. I asked her to pick out a good counter service place and we'd meet there.

We slowly made our way out of the park. In the Hub we stopped for a photo of Ann, George and LindaMac.

Ann, George and LindaMac at the Castle in Disneyland


The Barbershop Quartet bicycled by as we strolled down Main Street:

Barbershop Quartet in Disneyland

As we headed out of the park we window shopped down Main Street. Lo and behold, I found my good friend Steve Barrett's Hidden Mickeys Disneyland book in a Main Street Shop window!

Steve's Hidden Mickey book on Main Street in Disneyland


Next blog, Part 2 of my last day - on to Disney's California Adventure.

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June 3, 2008

Disneyland Resort - Panama Canal Trip - Day 17

May 26, 2008
Disneyland Resort
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 60s.

The alarm went off bright and early. As I reached for my glasses, they weren't there. Huh? I hesitated for a moment and then I realized I wasn't on the ship anymore. 15 nights in one place will do that to you. I opened my eyes and found my glasses, LOL.

I showered and found my way to the Paradise Pier concierge lounge for some early morning coffee. The lounge is huge, very spacious and inviting. I found some "Hidden Mickeys" on part of the floor in the lounge too! There was a nice selection of fresh fruit and pastries along with cereal and bagels. The strawberries were outstanding!

Paradise Pier Concierge Lounge

Hidden Mickey Paradise Pier Concierge Lounge


Ann, George, Linda Mac and I all had a fun time at the Lilo and Stitch Character Breakfast at the PCH Grill in Paradise Pier. Since it was fairly early, the restaurant was pretty empty and the characters spent lots of time with us. We probably saw each one twice. On the other hand, the service was mediocre at best. We were in the process of actually sitting in the chairs the first time when the server came over to find out if we were doing buffet or menu. Umm.. can we sit down first and see the menu and buffet? Also, refills were slow as was the clearing of plates. In addition, we noticed lots of folks with Hawaiian leis and Lilo and Stitch buttons, we received neither.

Food is buffet style and very good. Made to order eggs, all kinds of fresh fruits, pastries, breakfast items and more.

This first one of Goofy is for Masayo.

Lilo and Stitch Character Breakfast Paradise Pier

Lilo, LindaMac, Deb, Stitch, and Ann at the Lilo and Stitch Character Breakfast Paradise Pier


Next port of call -- Disneyland! One of the things I planned to do was search for Hidden Mickeys. My good friend Steve Barrett has published several editions of a WDW Hidden Mickey Hunt Book and also one for Disneyland.

Deb and  Hidden Mickeys at Disneyland

We oogled at the Main Street Vehicles and made our way to Adventureland to get FastPasses for the Indiana Jones Adventure.

Adventureland at Disneyland


While waiting for the Fast Pass time we took in two great classic attractions - first the Enchanted Tiki Birds.

Tiki Birds in Adventureland at Disneyland


Tiki Birds in Adventureland at Disneyland

-- then the Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise in Adventureland at Disneyland

There was a huge promo going on regarding the new Indiana Jones movie. It includes many fun thing to do and see including Random Acts of Indy. Laura blogged about it.
While I didn't see any random acts of Indy, I was part of a very quick, hmmm "Act of Jack Attack" LOL.

We found Jane at her meet and greet just on the other side of Tarzans' Treehouse. As I began talking with her, Jack Sparrow snuck up behind and startled her. It all happened so fast, not one of us got a photo. Special Kudos to LindaMac for trying.

Jane in Adventureland at Disneyland

Then it was time for Indiana Jones!!

Indiana Jones in Adventureland at Disneyland

For lunch we'd be joining Laura Gilbreath (All Ears Disneyland Reporter) and her husband Lee, along with Beci and Chris at Blue Bayou.

While we waited for the place to open, Ann and George had a Magical Moment and received First Time Visitor Buttons!

Ann and George getting First Time Buttons at Disneyland

LindaMac, Laura and I posed on the New Orleans Square steps for a photo op.

Laura, LindaMac and Deb in New Orleans Square at Disneyland

Next up Pirates of the Caribbean (much better than MK counterpart).

Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland at Disneyland


At this point, Laura and Lee left us and went over to tour the DVC exhibit at Paradise Pier.

Next stop, Haunted Mansion . The recent enhancements in the Florida Attraction really give that one the edge in terms of our favorite.

Haunted Mansion  at Disneyland

Haunted Mansion  at Disneyland

Haunted Mansion  at Disneyland

Everyone enjoyed Winnie the Pooh. Unlike WDW, the DL version begins outside.

The Canoes still operate in Disneyland and I love the nostalgic feeling of them.

Canoes at Disneyland

Over to Tomorrowland for Buzz AstroBlasters. Again, enjoyed this much better than WDW especially since you can remove the laser gun to maneuver it easier. Another cool feature is that you can email yourself the photo taken during the ride!

Buzz AstroBlasters at Disneyland

Buzz AstroBlasters at Disneyland

Buzz Astroblaster E-PostCard  at Disneyland

On the way to ToonTown we saw Narnia's Prince Caspian riding by. The "construction" covering behind him is at Its a Small World.


Prince Caspian at Disneyland


I had never been to Disneyland's ToonTown and it was a most pleasant surprise. We all LOVED the theming and spent a great deal of time wandering around. We rode Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin and Beci did a good job keeping the taxi from spinning! We then spent time touring Mickey and Minnie's home. Goofy even has a place here too! Lots of fun scenery, lots of gadget to play with.

Toon Town at Disneyland

Toon Town at Disneyland

Toon Town at Disneyland

Toon Town at Disneyland

I was starting to get really tired and needed to go back to the room for a short rest. Linda Mac and I left the park and ended up stopping at the La Brea Bakery for a late lunch. It was quite good and helped to recharge our batteries!

After my rest, I met Linda Mac and attended the special DVC Member Gathering! Linda has reported on it already. I met some great Cast Members and learned a few things in the process. Linda has already blogged about the event.

I also forgot to mention in yesterday's blog, that I got a tour of the new Grand Californian Studio and One-bedroom villas. No photos allowed, but I really like the new layout. The dining table is larger than current one bedrooms, there are 2 full bathrooms, and the living area has a floor to ceiling window for more light. The balcony is accessible via a side door or from the master bedrooms.

A full and delightful day has come to an end. Tomorrow my last day in California so we plan to spend time at both parks.

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June 1, 2008

Disney Magic Cruise - Port of Los Angeles and Disneyland - Panama Canal Trip - Day 16

May 25, 2008
Port of Call: Los Angeles -- Disneyland Resort

Much as we wanted to sleep in, Linda had to disembark by 7:30am so we were up early. While she got ready, I went up on Deck 10 to watch the Disney Magic come into Port.

The sun was just coming up which made for a pretty sky. It was a beautiful sunrise on the starboard side.


Port of Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles

We were escorted in by a boat shooting water fountains.
And greeted by a group of folks waving Mickey Hands and a Welcome Back banner.

Port of Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles

Back in the cabin I looked at the report from the bridge and wowed at where we traveled the last 2 weeks. Follow the white line from north of Miami Florida to LA California.

Panama Canal Cruise

It was quickly time for Linda to head to customs and Los Angeles Airport. She had a 1pm flight home. I was heading to Disneyland.

Breakfast on Disembarkation morning is at the restaurant you dined at the night before. So, minus Linda and Sharon, the rest of us gathered. For some, it was hugs and teary goodbyes (until we meet again), for others we were headed to Disneyland.

As we were getting our belongings ready to depart, I received quite an amazing surprise! Disney Magic Captain Thord, who I had not met, came up to me and called me by name! WOW! That was an incredible magical moment and I was very honored.

Disney Magic Captain and Deb

Clearing customs was a lengthy process, but we were ready for that. It is quite different from Port Canaveral, so those used to that process will need to adjust. You leave the ship by group (character stickers are provided) and then clear customs withOUT your luggage. Once you are passed customs, you go down to the luggage area. A porter will be available to take your bags outside.

Although this photo doesn't show it, the outside area is small and conjested so keep your group together.

Port of Los Angeles

Before long we were on our van and our way to Disneyland!

Ann, George and I got off first at the Paradise Pier, Beci and Chris went onto the Disneyland Hotel. I had quite a difference experience this time at the Paradise Pier. It was packed in the lobby, the check in area is small, luggage service was SO backed up and the room was not ready. Ok, I wasn't expecting the room to be ready but....

I was staying concierge and the experience is QUITE different than concierge at a WDW resort. For those of you contimplating a concierge stay at Paradise Pier, I would advise you to think again.

First, there was no pre-arrival contact from the resort. At WDW, you either receive a phone call or a letter from the itinerary planning department to assist in pre-arrival dining reservations etc.

Next, there was no separate concierge check in. At WDW, you tell Bell Services you are concierge and are escorted to the club lounge to check in and get some refreshments. Also, if your room is not ready you then have a quieter place to wait and decide what to do next.

At Paradise Pier, there was no such experience and the Cast Member at the front desk actually seemed put out when I asked questions.

Ann and George's room was not ready either, so we decided to head over to the parks. While we didn't plan to go inside, I wanted to show them just how close the hotel was to Downtown Disney as well as the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park.

Tired as we were, we meandered to the park entrance. It was neat to see their expressions as it was their very first vist. Here they are near the mural of California Adventure. From what I understand, the mural will be going away as part of the extensive rehab scheduled for the park.

California Adventure

When we returned to the Grand Californian, we wandered over to Napa Rose. Dinner tonight was here to celebrate friend's anniversary.

Soon it was time for lunch at Storyteller's Cafe in the Grand Californian Hotel. This is perhaps my favorite sit down restaurant at Disneyland for all 3 meals.

We met back up with Beci and Chris and AllEars team member Linda Mac (who arrived in town several days earlier).

LindaMac and Deb at Storyteller's Cafe in Disneyland's Grand Californian

Also at lunch, the table next to us had 2 AllEars Fans, Walt and Liz, who also happened to be on the Panama Canal cruise!

Walt, Liz and Deb at Storyteller's Cafe in Disneyland's Grand Californian

We hung out more after lunch and then about 3:20 our rooms were ready! YEA!

Paradise Pier Room

It was supposed to be an upgraded room. Ann and George thought it looked the same size as their room, but mine had a make up mirror in the bathroom. It was on the third floor (335) but a patio room. It would have been very convenient for a family who used the pool. My preference is not to have a room on the ground level as I like to keep the curtains open for light and the door open at night for fresh air. If I wasn't so tired, I would have asked to move.

I took a quick 20 minute power nap, showered and was met my friends at the Grand Californian Lobby: Mari, Raleigh, Allison and Lauren. Linda and I had met Raleigh and Mari in 2005 on the Mexican Riveria Disney Magic Cruise. Last year, all four of them were our tablemates for the 11 night Mediterrean Disney Magic Cruise.

Gary and Karen were also part of dinner (as well as Ann, George, Beci and Chris) and also were on the cruise last year.

Allison, Lauren and Mari

Gary and Karen


Our experience at the Napa Rose was VERY disappointing. The food was spectacular the service bordered on horrible. I'll be writing a separate review on our dinner.

After dinner, everyone went their separate ways. We'd be enjoying Disneyland in the morning!

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