Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trips to the parks on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 and Saturday, July 12, 2012.
Let's begin at Disney California Adventure!
A new Buena Vista Bugle is out this month.
There were a lot of guests moving around but it did not feel over crowded.
Only the Ice Cream Cone had a long wait this comfortable afternoon (highs were in the mid 70s)
The flavors at the PopCone stand.
At Elias & Co was the Music of Cars Land CD.
The front cover
Next stop Disneyland. Main Street was not too busy this mid-afternoon.
The All American College Band performing their 2:30 set in front of the Castle.
A check in on the Plaza Gardens status.
Things seem to be moving slowly.
Time for the Billies over in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree
Saw Goofy coloring for a while.
Aladdin's Oasis is now open during the day. It provides some extra seating as well as a place for a Meet and Greet with Jasmine and Aladdin.
The College Band performs a set at 3:25pm at the Hollywood Backlot Theater in Disney California Adventure. It was not listed on any of the park schedules and not really promoted. I found out the time by asking a tech who was setting up earlier when I walked by.
A video clip from their performance.
I still need to go for a ride on the Red Car Trolley. Seems every time they are running so am I to somewhere else then when I have free time they are not running...
Time for the Voices of Liberty. They perform a brief song outside then head into the main theater.
They sang a different set of songs this time around. Here is a clip from one.
They did an armed forces medley then concluded with the Star Spangled Banner. Here is a video of the medley.
The Dapper Dans were decked out for the 4th of July.
In Downtown Disney there is not much visible progress on the Earl of Sandwich shop.
A look into the candy store window..
Back to DCA to watch the neon turning on in Radiator Springs, then stuck around and saw some of DJ's Dance and Drive.
Found a spot for World of Color. Cast Members going around selling Glow with the Show Ears. Not that many takers though. Wonder if regular guests do not know about them or if the price point is too high for them?
World of Color had a 4th of July preshow running from July 1-4 again this year. (It appeared to be the same as last year. If you're curious I have the video clip posted on Youtube and also embedded in a blog posting: http://blog.disneygeek.com/2012/07/04/disneyland-resort-4th-of-july-shows/ )
There was a full moon that evening.
Here are some photos from a visit to DCA on Saturday, July 14. We had a couple of first-timers with us (one of whom was celebrating his birthday), and since he wanted more than anything to ride Radiator Springs Racers we braved the two hour wait.
Looking back at the entrance sign from the queue.
The spring was not running today...
One of the many great vistas from the queue.
I do not think this was the original intent of this planter/area. It has turned into a kids' play/waiting area as well as a location for the vendors to hawk their treats.
Guests had managed to move some of the rocks that covered the lights. One group was actually picking one up for pictures. Amazing what people will do.
We eventually made it onto the attraction and rejoined those who did not about 3 hours after leaving them. After dinner it was back to Cars Land to catch the lights coming on.
The cone souvenir cups are back in stock and sales were brisk.
Decided to go for a spin on Maters since it was a posted 15 minute wait. Notice the hidden Mickey.
A closer look.
The Bugs Theater blends in fairly well in the background.
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 Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.
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