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March 4, 2012

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos featuring a look around the Road to Cars Land which opened this past week in the Blue Sky Cellar. This exhibit features models, concept art, and more showing some of the work that went into bringing Cars Land to life. If you would like to see more pictures or higher resolution be sure to visit his March 2 update at disneygeek.com.

A sign near the walkway leading to the Blue Sky Cellar, with a much more period look.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

A larger sign on the cellar itself.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The new banner over the entrance.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The videos just inside the entrance have been swapped.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Inside there is plenty to look at, with the usual assortment of concept art plus several models.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The first board has the new attraction posters.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Next up is Luigi's Flying Tires.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Instructions on how to drive your tire.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Moving on the next area featured Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


The next board is for Radiator Springs Racers.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


Next up Flo's V8 Cafe.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


And the Cozy Cones

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


The aerial photo has been updated to one from January.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Also in the display case are some Matterhorn sled drawings.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


There is a new video playing in the Screening Room too.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Now a look around the center of the room.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The shovel used in the Cars Land ground breaking ceremony.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


The first desk features the Radiator Springs Racers. Here is a picture of the sign. Notice it has the Fastpass clock and standby line. I like the 120 minutes..

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


The other station features a look at some of the layout of Cars Land.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar



One of the cases holds a series of models and maquettes. Some interesting notes, from left to right: A ride vehicle maquette 1:10 scale. The left side of this model shows the EPCOT Test Track vehicle so you can see the difference. Luigi from the Racers. This is a 1:10 scale model. Interesting here is the left side is machine-carved and the right is detailed by hand. A Piston Cup Maquette from Flo's/Doc's. This is full scale. A ride vehicle from the Flying Tires maquette at 1:5 scale.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


A model of Mater's Jukebox is also in the case. Its scale is 3 inches = 1 foot scale

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


There is a large model in the center of the room.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Back to the large model.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar


Above the two artists' desks are signs that you will see in Cars Land.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

The board by the exit features Buena Vista Street.

The Road to Cars Land - Blue Sky Cellar

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com



March 5, 2012

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 2, 2012.

They are still working on one of the stairwells at the garage. The wind had ripped the mesh.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

More scaffolding is down and Buena Vista Street is looking great.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Another look at some of the Buena Vista Street facades.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Walls up around where the Red Car stop will be.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Still no roof tiles on the Carthay.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

All the scaffolding and mesh is now down and you can see the iron work for the marquee.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


Is that a hidden Mickey in the iron work (look right in the middle at the top).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Some details of the Elias and Company facade are now visible.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


A look through the gap in the wall, the monorail bridge looks to be framed. No bricks yet around the Red Car rails.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


Fillmore's shell has been installed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Work continues on the Wharf bridge and tidal basin.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Touching up the rock work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The walls are down from the parade route work in front of the Little Mermaid.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The work on the Paradise Pier shops looks to be done. What a difference a little wood siding and removal of the giant clown makes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

They have altered the Fun Wheel exit area a bit. There is a new gate up between the non swinging and swinging gondolas and when you exit the non swinging one now you are directed up the ramp and to use the same gate as the swinging one to exit. This speeds up the boarding of the next group to the non swinging.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

An overview of Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Most of the scaffolding is down, just one more story to go.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The roof is going on Sarge's.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

As well as around the walkway from Fliks. You can barely see it from this angle/distance now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Looks like all the scaffolding is gone from around the radiator cap (wouldn't it be fun to walk the track like those two right now!)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


I kind of like it (Pacific Wharf bridge) with no sign up, the Cadillac Range looks great.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

A wood frame has been installed over the steel at the entrance to Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The Minnie's Fly Girls show was going on in Condor Flats.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

A wide shot of the area. As you can see it does not really impact traffic that much.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Moving on.. work continues around GRR.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Repainting going on, do not worry the shop remained open.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


Some work going on in the Studios Backlot.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Plenty of painting projects are underway.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Finally made it over to Disneyland. Some work going on with the seating/planters on Main Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Due to the winds the tarps were up so we could see the progress of the work here.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Coke Corner has re-opened.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

A look inside.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The Matthorn work is progressing quickly. The scaffolding is already being taken down as the painting proceeds. The new color scheme looks much darker to me.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Wait times around 1:50pm

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Still working on the Tomorrowland Train Station.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

An area in front of the Opera House was roped off for some Modern Family filming.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


Spring has arrived, or at least the plants and trees believe so.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

After sunset headed back to DCA. This week noticed all the street lights on the left were on.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

A look at the Midway shops after dark.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

A bright light on Tower of Terror made for an interesting picture.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Turns out they were setting up for some filming in front.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

At ElecTRONica hey added some kinects units around the DJ area. I read they were using them to capture images and project on Monsters. I did not see this in the brief time I was there.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The street in front of Award Wieners was cleared and set up for some disc games.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

A video of the event...

There was a brief performance before the games.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


More walls in Downtown Disney near Vault 28, appears to be work on the lights against the buildings like all the others.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Work continues where the topiaries were.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Inside the Disneyland Hotel I was happy to see the old photos have returned. They are now on the wall that faces the elevators in the Fantasy Tower.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


The other side of the wall is out from behind the curtains too and features a great map of Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


Wait times around 7:50pm

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

The Rumble Kings on the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12


Fantasmic! has returned, so I caught the 9pm show. Did you realize Fantasmic! turns 20 this year?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/02/12

Since the Mark Twain is being worked on the characters were on the Island for the Finale. Here is a brief video clip of the finale to conclude this update.



Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com



March 25, 2012

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Instead of parking in the Mickey and Friends garage I was directed out to the Toy Story Lot, which meant it took a good half hour from the freeway exit till I was in the lot. The Toy Story lot is located off of Harbor Blvd past Katella. There is a pin trading board by the bus stops to occupy you while you wait for the shuttle bus.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

But this afternoon no waits at all.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


First stop of the day, DCA. Buena Vista Street continues to emerge and is looking great, with more building details visible on every visit.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


A lot of people walking through Condor Flats this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

They are working on the tile roof for the Carthay.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Ready for the sign. This will be the Cafe/Bakery sign.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


The Elias & Company storefront.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

A look down Route 66 today. Quite a bit of activity as more landscaping is going in and they work on the interiors.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

A closer look at Filmores

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The sign for Sarge's Surplus (I went back in the evening and it was not turned on yet)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Speakers are back along the parade route but no lights yet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The rock work overlooking the Paradise Pier area is complete and it looks great!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The Cove Bar is closed for some work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


Screamin' was down and there was a crew working on something near the launch area. (it reopened later in the day).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The Little Mermaid was also closed temporarily.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The water play area in Paradise Park was open for business though.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

ElecTRONica removal has started. Most of the equipment on the main street has been removed and I am guessing this will be gone in the next few days. (Mad T Party is scheduled to open on June 15.)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Another look at the recently repainted facade at the end of Hollywood Blvd.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

It appears to look the same, just new again.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The cab is gone. And the Monsters facade is under wraps for some paint.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


With the ElecTRONica gear removed we can get a clear look up the street to see how it will blend with Buena Vista Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Next up Disneyland. One of the two benches is out from behind the wall. No drastic changes, guessing they were working on the sound equipment in the base.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Mickey was out in Town Square for pictures.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Work is moving along on Main Street, much of the scaffolding is removed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


The Matterhorn work is also moving along. The scaffolding is continuing to be taken down (as is the tarp/wrap around it.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The wait times around 3pm

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


Another shot of the Matterhorn

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Now a look from the monorail. First up: Buena Vista Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Working on the brick work for the Red Car track

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Spring has arrived. What a nice afternoon it turned out to be.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

A look in on the Matterhorn load/unload area.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Heading around again.. this time looking North. The central square.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


The Lego store work is moving along. There were several models under wraps out front.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The Big Thunder Ranch is decked out for Spring.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


New Orleans Square has returned to normal now that the Bayou Bash is over.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

There was a good crowd in the park this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Headed over to DCA and the Pacific Wharf Cafe for dinner. There was a new featured dessert item.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The sign has not returned to the bridge. Guessing one will eventually since the lights are still there.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Another great sign in Cars Land near Maters entrance.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

A closer look at the electrical poles. Transformers are now installed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Back over the Disneyland. The poles that usually reside near the benches as you approach the castle are gone and these large covers are on them, which means no leg room for the seats right now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Spotted what looks to be a time lapse camera for the Matterhorn project.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Elvis, Scot Bruce at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


Back to DCA. Nothing too interesting going on at Cars Land, most of the lights were not on tonight.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

This was odd to me. The projectors and lights for ElecTRONica are all gone, but they still had the lights off and were playing the background sounds.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

And of course the bar was still open.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Found a spot for the Tron City Dance Crew Challenge and the first show started late then crashed. Looks like the system for the lights and screen was having some problems. Always a bad sign when you see Unix/Linux commands popping up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Here is a video of the event. The lighting was odd but you can get the drift of the performances.

After a several minute delay they started the show but the lighting was all messed up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

The first group to perform was Team Millennia

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


Followed by Kaba Modern.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12


At the end you could cast your vote. After the two nights the winner will move on to the next round.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

With the Monsters Facade covered up the projections were a little easier to see.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/23/12

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com



March 27, 2012

April in Paris (that's Disneyland Paris.)

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So now that we've all recovered (finally) from staying up all night with Disney's One More Day event last month, it's time to saddle up for our next Disney excursion.

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Disneyland Paris, née EuroDisney, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The park, born April 12, 1992, had a rocky beginning--local reception was mixed, with some labeling it a "cultural Chernobyl." Employees protested the stringent appearance code; and attendance was underwhelming, possibly due to a widespread recession at the time. By 1995 however, the park's prospects had turned around with a new name and the opening of Space Mountain (and possibly the initiation of liquor sales within the park,) and by 2008 it was said to be the most visited attraction in Paris.

Along with a new parade, the spearhead of the 20th Anniversary activities looks to be a new nighttime water/light extravaganza currently being created by Steve Davison (World of Color, TDS's Fantasmic!) called Disney Dreams. A link is here: http://20th-anniversary.disneylandparis.co.uk/#disney-dreams-nighttime-show showing an introduction and some clips from the show's creators.

So with all this in addition to the novelty of it being my first visit to this resort, it looks to be an exciting trip. For more information on Disneyland Paris, I encourage anyone to check out Jack Spence's comprehensive blogs (http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/disneyland_paris/) on the topic.

Jusqu'à la prochaine fois!


March 29, 2012

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com attended the Annual Passholder Merchandise Sneak Peek on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. In addition to photos from the event he has some photos and video of cars on the Radiator Springs Racers attraction.

There is a Honda display at the Mickey and Friends tram stop (This is what happens when you do not pay attention and the camera is still set for some night time photos from last trip! )

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing


Luckily I noticed I had the wrong settings after only a couple of pictures! Here are some of the banners in the tram stop area.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Along the tram route plenty of banners too. Honda has a "Wish List Sweepstakes" contest going on - prizes include a CRV and a trip to Disneyland.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Inside DCA there are signs directing you to the merchandise showcase.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Time to head to check out the merchandise preview, which is in Stage 17, the site of the former "Who Wants to be a Millionaire - Play It" attraction.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

The event is for Annual Passholders only. After showing your annual pass and getting a wristband you could enter.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Outside there was a queue are set up as well as much of the merchandise on display. (There was no line at all but I stopped for pictures).

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Inside Stage 17. To the left cash registers. To the right some displays and straight ahead/slightly left the merchandise.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Looking left. No line to check out right now.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

To the right a kiosk to buy/renew your annual pass.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

First up the Buena Vista Street CM costumes.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Next a display of Mad T Party merchandise and concept art.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

For those who do not know the Mad T Party is replacing ElecTRONica. It starts June 15th.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

The far corner had a food/beverage location with some of the new offerings. Such as the dill flavored popcorn. You could get a small sample or purchase a regular size order.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

The pricing/choices.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing


Back to Mad T Party.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Mater and Lightning McQueen were out for photos.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

A Cars Land CM costume.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing


Now some photos of the merchandise. Most speaks for itself.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

The one item I purchased. The attraction poster pin set. By the way you could get your Annual Pass discount.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Monorail vinlymation.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing


In the corner was a table where you could pick up the limited merchandise.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing


A look at each of the posters of the Mad T Party.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

The concept art had all been released on the Parks Blog already I think.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Time for a spin on the Fun Wheel (30 minute wait!) As we were just about to move out of view spotted two cars on the Radiator Springs Racers.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing


On the second time around we stopped and as luck would have it a handful more cars cycled by.

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

DCA Merchandise Showcase Event and Radiator Springs Racers Testing

Here's a brief video clip and some additional still images of the Radiator Springs Racer testing.


For additional photos and details from this trip, including more construction photos and a look around Disneyland and Downtown Disney, you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com



March 30, 2012

Disney Fantasy Maiden Voyage - Preview

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Lee and I will be on board the new Disney Fantasy cruise ship on her Maiden Voyage March 31 - April 7! We're very excited. The Fantasy will be traveling to the Western Caribbean, and our scheduled ports are Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Castaway Cay. We'll have two days at sea.

I hope you've all seen some of Deb Wills' and Deb Koma's reports from the Fantasy Preview cruise (thanks to that four-letter word that starts with "w" and ends with "k", I was not able to go this time). Here's links to a few of them:

Photos from Day 1
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Preview Cruise Day 2
Preview Cruise Day 3

The ship looks just beautiful and I'm looking forward to having a whole week to get to know her!

Just in case you haven't heard, here are some things that are new on the Fantasy:

  • The Case of the Stolen Show is the new "Enchanted Art" interactive whodunnit game - starring...The Muppets!!!. I love the Muppets and I can't wait to try this.
  • Animator's Palate offers a totally new dining show experience, where guests get to be the animators. I'm really interested in seeing how this works.
  • New shows! There are two new Broadway-style shows on the Fantasy: Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular, and Disney Wishes. Aladdin is largely based on the long-running show at Disney California Adventure, and it will be interesting to see how they have adapted it to a cruise ship.
  • Europa is the new Adult District, with new themed areas like The Tube, O'Gill's Pub, and Ooh La La. The Disney Fantasy version of Skyline features European cities: Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens, and St. Petersburg.
  • Royal Court - In the spirit of Lumiere's, Triton's, and Royal Palace, Royal Court is the most elegant of the three rotational dining restaurants on the Fantasy, and offers Continental and French cuisine.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique comes to a Disney cruise ship! Princesses can receive magical makeovers, and on Pirate Night, wannabe pirates of all ages can be transformed into swashbuckling scurvy scum and initiated into The Pirate's League. (I think we're going to do this!)
  • AquaLab - an interactive squirting and spurting waterplay area on Deck 12.
  • Satellite Falls- a new adult-only sunny deck area with a splash pool and rain curtain fountain.

I'm planning to blog each day, if I have internet connectivity - always a big if. If not, we'll post the blogs after the cruise. And yes, I'll post food blogs, too!

You can also follow me on Twitter: @AllEarsLaura


March 31, 2012

Disney Fantasy Maiden Voyage - Day 0

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Our Fantasy Maiden Voyage trip actually starts with a short trip to Walt Disney World...if we have to fly all the way across country we might as well visit the parks!

This time we are staying at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village, in a savanna view studio. We figure what's the point of staying at Animal Kingdom if you don't have a savanna view? We are overlooking the Sunset Savanna, though these next few photos were taken from the Sunset Savanna Overlook outside Sanaa.

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The Sunset Savanna has zebras, and they are bullies. This ostrich is all riled up because the zebra on the left had just charged at it, even though the ostrich was minding its own business and not bothering the zebra.

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We had dinner at Sanaa. It was really a wonderful dinner, and our server, Rico, was really good, and we had a lot of fun with him.

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The towel animal in our room was a butterfly, and the card says: "A family is like a forest, when you are outside, it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place." Yeah, I have family members like that... ;-)

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Despite the three hour time difference we managed to go to bed and get to sleep at a reasonable time, and were up this morning in plenty of time to make it to Animal Kingdom a little before it opened at 9:00. We got Fastpasses for the Safari - knowing that now that the rules have changed, we would actually have to be back BEFORE our Fastpass window expired. We did a quick ride on Expedition Everest - that'll give you an adrenaline rush and wake you up in the morning!

We usually have breakfast at Pizzafari, but this time we tried Tamu Tamu instead. Lee had the breakfast flatbread, with egg, cheese, and ham, and I had the yogurt parfait. The flatbread was not what we expected - instead of flat and baked, it was folded in half like a sandwich, and the contents were only barely warm. It tasted ok, but I think we'll go back to Pizzafari. The yogurt parfait was about what I expected, except that I was hoping for fresh berries and got strawberries in syrup - ick. Mushy and way too sweet.

Once we got on the Safari we had a LOT of delays...we'd move a bit, then stop and wait and then move some more. What normally takes 20 minutes took about 40 minutes. We think some of it was because of animals on the road - this giraffe was right next to the road, and was checking out all of the trucks as they drove by. Gave us a really good look at him/her, though!

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But the delays had really affected the lines - the Fastpass line was all the way back to the entrance and then into Harambe! And the Standby line was way out into Harambe, also, and was at least an hour.

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We went looking for animals - no otters in sight and the lemurs and cotton-top tamarins weren't cooperative. Got this view of the Tree of Life, though - there are lots of different animals depicted in this section!

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On the Maharajah Jungle Trek we saw this unusual bird - the Bar Headed Goose. It can survive at higher altitude than any other animal on the planet - it migrates over the Himalayas and flies at altitudes of 30,000'!!! Climbers on Mt Everest have reported seeing them - and in this case seeing a flying goose was not just a symptom of oxygen deprivation...

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I don't remember what kind of deer these were, but there was quite a herd of them on the Jungle Trek - there were 4-6 others that aren't in this photo.

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The main thing I wanted to see today was the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot - we used to get to that almost yearly, but we haven't been in quite a while now.

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So from Animal Kingdom we took a bus to the Epcot Resorts, and went into Epcot via the International Gateway - which brought us in right at the UK. The topiaries of the characters from Winnie the Pooh were right there.

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As was the very colorful Twinings Tea Garden.

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For lunch we had Fish and Chips. This squirrel really wanted to help us with some of our lunch...he was cute, but we didn't feed him. :-)

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The Canada Pavilion has the Victoria Gardens, "inspired by the spectacular Butchart Gardens". Inspired yes, but as I was just there last May, right before our Disney Alaska cruise, I can tell you that this just doesn't compare with the real thing.

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It was a picture-perfect day at Epcot - sunny and in the 80s, but not really humid, and there was a nice breeze most of the time. Really nice to be outside most of the time.

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I'm not going to show you pictures of all of the topiaries, but will share some of them. I guess this is American Gothic Mickey?

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The Mexico pavilion had their traditional, but always lovely, orchid display. These were so pretty! I took lots of pictures - there were so many beautiful colors and patterns! But I'm only going to share a couple of them here.

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And there were several "orchid trees" that had been beautifully decorated with orchids.

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I thought this field of flowers outside Akershus was very pretty and colorful.

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And the topiary pandas at China were really cute!

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This topiary dragon was very impressive. The spines on its back are pineapple plants with pink pineapples...the Festival had several displays with pineapples that were unusual colors.

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The German train village was decorated for the Flower and Garden Festival and it had some miniature topiaries...and some zombie villagers. :-) (I hope when the Agent P adventure replaces Kim Possible that they don't remove the zombie villagers!)

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We had a chance to catch a set of the Voices of Liberty. They sang one song I hadn't heard before: Strike up the Band. Their closing number was a really moving version of You'll Never Walk Alone, which I've only heard once or twice before.

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Alongside the American Adventure was the Toy Story Alphabet Garden. I really enjoyed this.

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A large Lotso topiary was in the center.

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Around the rest of the area were pots with letters in them, and in the pots were plants whose names began with that letter. (I though they kinda cheated on Q and X, though.) M was marigold and milkweed.

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There were a couple of lizards hanging out on the sign. :-)

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The Lightning McQueen and Mater topiaries were in front of Japan, which I thought was an odd place for them. I guess it ties in with Cars 2, though.

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The Giant Apostle's Iris was very popular this year, and we saw it in lots of different places.

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Cinderella and Prince Charming were in front of France.

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The second time we went past Canada, Off Kilter was performing. Though Jamie, the bagpiper was missing, and they had a violinist instead. They still sounded good, but it wasn't quite the same.

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Bambi, Flower, and Thumper are in Bambi's Butterfly Garden. This is much bigger than it used to be, though it didn't seem like there were as many butterflies. Or maybe they just weren't as concentrated since it was a larger area.

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Lots of beautiful flower beds!

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We also went through the Pixie Garden. This is Fawn and her animal friends - there's a deer, a bear, and a cougar in this photo. (And in the background is a balloon that Tinker Bell built. But since pixies can fly, why would she need a balloon?)

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My camera battery went dead at that point, so I don't have any photos from the Festival Center or the front of Epcot. It was about 5:00 when we caught the bus back to Kidani - we actually had good luck with buses today, and pretty short waits.

For dinner we walked over to Mara at Jambo House. It's not really that far - less than 1/2 mile. After dinner we went to the Arusha Savanna Overlook. There were a LOT of animals out there - we saw oryx, wildebeest, waterbuck, crowned cranes, a giraffe, and this Patterson's eland came over to where we could get a good look at her.

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And tomorrow we'll be on the Disney Fantasy for her Maiden Voyage! You can be sure that @AllEarsDeb and I (@AllEarsLaura) will be tweeting from the ship while we are in port...Let the Fantasy begin!


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