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September 27, 2008

The Real Wilderness Lodge

We recently returned from a week at Yellowstone National Park - an
Adventure by Laura as opposed to an Adventure by Disney. :-) It
was a terrific trip - all of you going on the Adventures by Disney trip with
Deb Wills next August will have a great time, I'm sure!

One of the places we stayed was Old Faithful Inn...and while I'd read
that the design of Disney's Wilderness Lodge was inspired
by Old Faithful Inn, I wasn't quite prepared for the reality! It
was really uncanny in a lot of ways. (Though I might have felt
more like I was in Florida if the high outside hadn't been 45
degrees!)

Here's an exterior view of both hotels:

The Real Wilderness Lodge

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And the lobby:

The Real Wilderness Lodge

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The Real Wilderness Lodge

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Artist Point restaurant and the Old Faithful Inn dining room:

The Real Wilderness Lodge

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The Old Faithful Inn was beautiful and had a lot of atmosphere, but Wilderness Lodge is a WHOLE lot more comfortable. We were staying in the original part of the Old Faithful Inn (called "Old House") and our room was small and dark, and had only two small (and very dim) overhead lights. It was almost impossible to read in there. We had a sink but no bathroom - those were across the hall. No TV or phone either, and what's even worse - no internet! :-)

(If you're interested in seeing more photos from our Yellowstone trip,
I've put an on-line photo album HERE.
Just click the "View Slideshow" button. It was an incredible place!)

September 30, 2008

It's Halloweeeeeeen Tiiiiiiiime....

Disney's HalloweenTime, that is! The resort-wide celebration returns for its third year. I was there for the official first day on Friday.

It's one of my favorite times of year - I love all of the decorations all over both of the parks, with all of the pumpkins and colorful autumn flowers and foliage. And they also have lots of special holiday food treats, like pumpkin muffins, white-chocolate covered ghost marshmallows on a stick, and caramel apples decorated like jack-o-lanterns.

The huge character pumpkin heads are back over the park entrance, as are the candy corn "A's" in DCA's "CALIFORNIA".

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Main Street is decorated with garlands in fall colors, and jack-o-lanterns peer from rooftops and windows.

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It wouldn't be Halloween at Disneyland without Haunted Mansion Holiday!. Jack Skellington and the Halloweentown gang have again decorated the Haunted Mansion with their own "nightmarish" version of Christmas. I didn't like the movie but I really love what they do with the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay on the Haunted Mansion.

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Sometimes there are a few changes in the decorations, but I didn't notice anything new this year.

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Zocalo Plaza in Frontierland once again has the colorful Dia de los Muertos decorations.

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And Woody, Jessie and Bullseye have returned to Woody's Halloween Roundup in the Big Thunder Ranch area. And even the goats in the petting corral have gotten into the Halloween "spirit", and were all wearing Halloween-themed bandanas.

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Over at Disney's California Adventure the Candy Corn theme is back, with large kernels hanging from the bridge at the park entrance.

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And Goofy's Candy Corn Acres returns to Sunshine Plaza, with all of the various candy corn varieties, like candy corn tomatoes, candy corn grapes, and even candy corn cactus.

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Heimlich pops up from time to time, as he apparently attempts to eat his way through the blue ribbon winning candy corn kernel.

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Disney's HalloweenTime runs through November 2. Haunted Mansion Holiday will remain in place until sometime in January.

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