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April 8, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 5, 2013.

The spring break season is wrapping up this weekend and the parks were fairly crowded but not insane. Upon entering the park spotted a new popcorn bucket offering, you can now purchase Dumbo buckets for $12. The two carts on Main Street and the one in the Small World Mall had them.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The Big Thunder project continues to roll along. You can see some holes cut into the mountain now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Rainbow Ridge has really taken shape. The plywood is up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Spring has arrived at the Big Thunder Ranch and Jamboree.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The Jamboree was quiet since it was between performances.

Some Rodeo Games are now out. Next week it will not be so peaceful out here since Long Lost Friends week will be using the Jamboree for character Meet and Greets as part of the Limited Time Magic Promotion.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The photo backdrop has been decked out for Spring too.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13


Cowboy Mickey was roaming around (as was Minnie). If you are looking for quiet character photos try stopping by the Ranch. More times than not it is not crowded and characters are roaming around looking for guest interaction.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13


Vending carts have encircled the old Kodak Information kiosk near Small World.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Walked back toward the hub by way of Tomorrowland, not much happening there, just guests everywhere. Here is a peaceful garden shot near the entrance.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Noticed there was no stroller parking set up along the hub. So guess Fantasy Faire is holding its own ok now. The wait at the Royal Hall was posted at 60 minutes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Coke Corner/Refreshment Corner now has a new arch and sign (it says Corner Cafe on it).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

One last look at Town Square and Main Street before heading over to DCA.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

At DCA the Spring Issue of the Buena Vista Bugle is on news stands. Be sure to pick up a copy if you are in the park, its a fun read!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The Oz preview is gone from the Hollywood Backlot and the Muppets have returned to their theater.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Fastpasses gone for the day and 65 minute wait. The Spring Break crowds do enjoy Tower.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Out in Cars Land there is a Limited Time Magic offering, Cozy Cone Hats ($24.95) available at Sarge's Surplus.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

If you really want to go crazy buy both hats and make a "Flying Tires" game out of it.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13


Had to share at least one picture of Ornament Valley this afternoon

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

DJ rolling out for a Dance Party.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Goofy walking out for an Instant Concert.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The swings have returned and the line was using the extended queue underneath.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Walked through the Grand Californian, noticed they still have the plain carpet. Wonder if the other carpet is ever coming back.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Spring break! Life guards in warm clothes... the temps topped out about 70 today with a breeze. It was cooler by this point of the afternoon. The pools themselves had a fair number of guests in them.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Out in Downtown Disney the work has wrapped up and a new, more permanent stage is set up near ESPN.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Downtown Disney had a lot of guests roaming around.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The window ads at the Grand Californian on the way to Downtown Disney have been updated recently. One is DVC, another D23, and then this one Carthay Circle/Napa Rose.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Walked through the World of Disney on my way back to the parks. Some Spring Break shirts.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Due to the later sunsets the Mad T Party kicks off in the daylight now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Returned to Disneyland for Mickey's Soundsational Parade

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13


Elvis, Scot Bruce, was performing at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13


Some scaffolding up on the exterior of the Alice in Wonderland building. Looked like facade work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Buena Vista Street. The Carthay with Mickey in front.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

The Mad T Party is more impressive at night. The lights make a big difference.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Tower of Terror was up to an 80-minute wait now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Finally seeing Remember...Dreams Come True (been trying to see it since it returned in January but between cancellations, fog, and other distractions I have missed it till tonight). I made it to Main Street with only about a minute to spare, thanks to only four turnstiles being open to enter Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

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.



April 10, 2013

Disneyland Resort - Buzz Price Window Dedication

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos of the window dedication ceremony at Disneyland on April 9, 2013 honoring Harrison (Buzz) Price with a window on Main Street USA. One of his key contributions to the Walt Disney Company was doing the site survey and identifying the location where Disneyland sits today.

The ceremony started just past 9:00am as the park opened. The west (left) tunnel was blocked off for the ceremony. The window is located on the left side of City Hall.

The new window is covered and ready to be unveiled.

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Jack Lindquist (former president of Disneyland, left), Marty Sklar (former Imagineer, sun glasses), and Tony Baxter (former Imagineer, back to us) were on hand for the dedication.

Buzz Price Window Dedication


A full video of the ceremony.


The Dapper Dans of Disneyland kick off the Celebration.

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Michael Colglazier, President of the Disneyland Resort.

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Mickey Mouse arrives.

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Michael does the honors with Mickey.

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Buzz Price Window Dedication

A closer look at the window. It reads:

Founded 1955 Price Is Right Land Company Call on our numbers man for the best price Harrison "Buzz" Price Founder & Finder We never say "No" "Yes" makes more cents!
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Buzz Price Window Dedication


David Price, Buzz son, spoke on behalf of the family.

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Mickey unveils a replica for the family to wrap up the ceremony.

Buzz Price Window Dedication

Hope you enjoyed this special Disneyland event. For additional photos and details from this trip and others (including a full look at all the Windows on Main Street USA in the by request section) on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



April 11, 2013

The Dopey Challenge - Walt Disney World Marathon

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First it was the Goofy Challenge, then the Coast-to-Coast Challenge and the Dumbo Double Dare. Now the evil geniuses at runDisney have developed a new series to tempt their loyal running fan(atics): The Dopey Challenge.

runDisney is introducing a new 10K race into the 2014 Walt Disney World marathon weekend lineup. And they are convinced that there are plenty of runners who are, well, Dopey enough to want to run the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon and earn the Dopey medal to go along with the 5K, Minnie (10K), Donald (half), Mickey (marathon), and Goofy medals.

Yes, that's right - six medals for four races. If you're a bling junkie like me, how can you pass that up? :-) And I couldn't. Lee and I are both signed up to run the Inaugural Dopey Challenge next January. "Are you insane?" is the question I most often hear when I tell people that. :-)

I loved the observation one of my fellow Team AllEars members made - that at various points during this challenge we would probably feel like all of the Seven Dwarfs...definitely Grumpy and Sleepy! (I hope not to have much experience of Doc and Sneezy, though...)

And speaking of Sleepy...to be honest, the thing Lee and I are most concerned about is not the distance (48.6 miles over four days), it's having to get up really early four mornings in a row. It starts with the 5K on Thursday, January 9 and finishes with the marathon on Sunday, January 12. Followed by a really long nap...

Bring on the Dopey Challenge!

The Dopey Challenge

Registration for all of the events during Marathon weekend opened on April 9. For more information, visit http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/.

And Team AllEars 2014 is now open to new and returning members. Lee and I are back for what I'm sure will be a memorable year - it's the final year for Team AllEars. See http://land.allears.net/blogs/teamallears/ for more information.


April 16, 2013

Long Lost Friends Week - Disneyland Limited Time Magic

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Long Lost Friends Week

Disney's Limited Time Magic offering at Disneyland for the week of April 8-14 was Long Lost Friends Week. Prior to the event guests were able to participate in an online poll to select the characters that would appear at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. It included characters from both classic and more contemporary Disney animated cartoons and features.

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Disneyland has done these sorts of character events in the past, and this followed the same sort of format. There were five backdrops in the Festival Arena, each with a separate queue. There were 10 sets of characters rotating every 30 minutes.

Long Lost Friends Week

At the beginning of each session there was usually a character procession, where the new sets of characters came out and were introduced before going to their meet areas.

Long Lost Friends Week

There was a Disney Photopass photographer at each area. They would also take a photo with your camera. In the interest of moving people through they requested only one photo/camera per group. They also requested no autographs - instead they handed out autograph cards at each station. As you can see in the photo below, the autographs were on one side, and the name of the movie was on the other side. I was very happy that they did this - it really made the lines move a lot faster, and gave the characters an opportunity to interact with the guests instead of signing autographs.

Long Lost Friends Week

Friar Tuck, Robin Hood, Prince John, and Sheriff of Nottingham. Ooh de lally!

Long Lost Friends Week

They alternated with The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.

Long Lost Friends Week

The characters seemed to be having a good time playing off each other.

Long Lost Friends Week

Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig von Drake.

Long Lost Friends Week

Mulan (disguised as the warrior Ping) and Mushu. She was especially good about suggesting various poses for the photos.

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Frollo, Esmeralda and Clopin.

Long Lost Friends Week

The most popular group was Wendy, Peter Pan, Mr. Smee and Captain Hook. They took quite a bit of time with each set of guests. The pirates were gleeful when I said I wanted to pose with them.

Long Lost Friends Week

Governor Ratcliffe, John Smith, Pocahontas and Meeko.

Long Lost Friends Week

Jane Porter and Terk. (What about Tarzan? I think Tarzan would have been VERY popular...)

Long Lost Friends Week

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. I don't think I'd ever seen these three except in a parade. They were very sweet.

Long Lost Friends Week

Lilo and Stitch were obviously having a lot of fun. Stitch was getting into all kinds of mischief - like tying their handler's pigtails in a knot.

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At one point Lilo had to leave, so Stitch did a number of poses for us while we were waiting.

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There were some special food offerings available, like these Monte Cristo Bites.

Long Lost Friends Week

Though there were park-wide announcements throughout the day describing the event, those I talked to in line around me were annual passholders who knew about it in advance rather than day guests. It was consistently busy but not over-crowded when I was there. I thought it was a very nice event and the guests and the characters seemed to be enjoying themselves and the opportunity for more personal interaction.

Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries @ Disneyland Innoventions

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 12, 2013.

A new exhibit opened at Innoventions this weekend. Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries. This exhibit is being listed as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion. On Friday there was a Disneyland Annual Passholder Preview event where you were able to see the exhibit and then Tomorrowland remained open for two hours after park closing. To attend you just had to have a valid Disneyland Annual Passport and show up to get a wristband for the event. Distribution started at 1:00pm at Innoventions. I arrived a little after 1pm and the line wrapped around the first floor and stretched down the old entrance and out into Tomorrowland.

Iron Man Tech

The line moved rather quickly as they had cast members scanning passes, then a second group putting wristbands on and then you walked by a table and were given an Iron Man 3 poster.

Iron Man Tech

Here is the poster.

Iron Man Tech

Innoventions has received some new banners for the Iron Man Tech.

Iron Man Tech

Iron Man Tech

Iron Man Tech

The event started at 6:00pm. I arrived about quarter to 6:00 and the line was the longest line I can remember seeing for Innoventions. It filled the upper level, ramp, and down into Tomorrowland eventually.

Iron Man Tech

The entrance to Innoventions received some Iron Man signage too.

Iron Man Tech

The line stretched into Tomorrowland.

Iron Man Tech

The line took about 45 minutes to get through. Once inside the former Honda/Segway area houses this exhibit. There are two parts, the first is Tony Stark's Hall of Armor featuring the Mark I through VII suits and the 42 suit.

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The Mark I through VII suits.

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The second area of the exhibit is the Suit Up experience where you can virtually try out an Iron Man Suit.

Iron Man Tech

Some more props in the queue for the experience.

Iron Man Tech

After working through the queue you are directed to one of two stations and are fitted with your suit and given a chance to test it out. Here is a video clip of a guest going through some of the experience.


Iron Man Tech

A closer look at the screen during a test run.

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Iron Man Tech

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After the experience you exit through a walkway lined with images from the film.

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Iron Man Tech


Hope you enjoyed this look at the Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries at Innoventions. 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.



April 29, 2013

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas at Walt Disney World

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from Walt Disney World.

I had a great opportunity my last morning at Walt Disney World. The Imagineers were conducting a public "play test" of A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. This is a new interactive experience that will be opening in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom in the near future. The testing started earlier in the morning and I managed to make it there about 11:45am and was one of the last groups through, they shut down around noon. The adventure begins at the Enlistment Quarters, the old Crows Nest.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

The only signs it was open for the play test was an open door.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

On the other side a cast member was out to answer questions and he also gave the introduction to the game.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

We were shown inside by the cast member and he explained what we were about to embark on.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

He then issued us a talisman that would be our key to unlock the game.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

We then could go to one of the three kiosks to start our adventure.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

You put the talisman on the symbol and the video begins to play your first clue and it tells you which quest you will be embarking on.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

There were five maps out. Since this was a play test they stressed what we were seeing may not be the final set of maps or content on the maps.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Our quest was the Guardian's Curse. Here is a look a the map.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

The introduction text on the map.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

The map. We were told to head for the compass first.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Before heading off a look around the room.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Overhead...

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

The wall behind you (assuming you are facing the kiosks).

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Our first stop was the compass. This is located across from Pirates. When you put the talisman on the symbol the compass springs to life and points to where you will be heading next (there is narration too). We were directed across the plaza to the parrot for further instructions.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Approaching the parrot symbol, it is on the gun handle which is on the crate. The parrot itself is in the shadow on the left in this picture.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

A video clip of the parrot in action.

Next up for us was the bulls-eye. This stop is located down near the Swiss Family Tree House.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

A couple video clips of the cannon fire and treasure unveiling and our final clue.


Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Our final stop, the captain's hat. Located where the mini Jungle Cruise boats once sailed.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Video of the finale to our quest. After this played an Imagineer approached us, thanked us and asked for feedback.

They shut down the test at noon which was about the time we wrapped up our quest. So I did not have a chance to try any of the others or learn more. Here is a look at a couple of the other maps. Again note they stressed these are still works in progress.

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Play Testing A Pirate's Adventure

Hope you enjoyed this look at a play test of the upcoming Pirates Adventure. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full updates 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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