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July 6, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

I started off my Holiday weekend at the Disneyland Resort. First stop DCA.

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There is a new summer edition of the Buena Vista Bugle on newstands.

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They no longer have Cast Members at each Fastpass machine for World of Color. You are on your own to put your ticket in and get your Fastpass. There was one CM nearby to answer questions.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

The Lone Ranger Train is in the Transportation Plaza on the East side of the Esplanade

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

Disneyana has moved into the former Gallery Location in the Bank of Main Street.

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The Disney Gallery has moved next door into a small portion of the Opera House Lobby. I will take an extended look around both in a separate posting in a few days.

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In Town Square a photo location has been set up for Independence Week, part of the Limited Time Magic Promotion

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The horses are celebrating the 4th too.

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Woody was just wrapping up his show as I arrived in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

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Time for the Billies

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You can assemble hats to celebrate at the Roundup.

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Next stop the Golden Horseshoe. They had stacks of the Frontierland Express on the counter, this one page publication is an ad for the Lone Ranger.

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A check on Rainbow Ridge

The facades look just about complete.

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Lone Ranger merchandise in Frontierland.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

This hat is $30 if you were curious.

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Made it over to the Big Thunder Jamboree a few minutes into the 3:25pm set of the College Band.

A video clip of the Band performing on the Sunny Side of the Street featuring the trombone section.



Chip and Dale roaming around.
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Next up a visit to the Disney Gallery, which is now housed in the lobby of the Opera House, where the Disneyland Story/Models were. (A more detailed look in a future blog post)

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A sample of the art work on the wall.

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The Barker Bird used to be out front of the attraction.
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The artist station is now in the back room in what is now called the Disneyana store.

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Some of the Tiki Room merchandise that is available.

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Refreshment Corner had a new menu item for Independence Week. It is a pulled pork hot dog with slaw for $7.79 (thought it should have been $7.76 to be more patriotic).

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As did Plaza Inn

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The College Band arriving for their 5:05 set

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I had not noticed before but there is no longer a drinking fountain on the west side of the train station. Guessing it was removed during the last rehab.

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The College Band arriving for the nightly Flag Retreat

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The Dapper Dans sporting their Red, White, and Blue costumes for the 4th.

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A couple of clips from the Flag Retreat.

Heading over to DCA for a quick walk through. No waits to hop between parks right now.

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Award Wieners has Monsters University items.

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Another temporary store has been set up on the corner, this time for Disney Junior.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13


This was something I had not seen.. adults and kids all over the rail along Cross Street, occasionally you see a kid. Why? Is it that hard to stand up or is the view that much better from a foot closer? And where are the cast members to get them back on the proper side of the rail?

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For Independence Week Mickey is decked out in red, white and blue.

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Time for the 7:15pm set of the All American College Band.
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Meet the members of the 2013 All-American College Band.

Arrived on Route 66 in time to watch the neon come on for the evening.

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The Wharf Cafe had bread to mark the holiday.. these appear to be liberty bells with 1776 on them.

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Video of the Fourth of July preshow for the World of Color. It appeared to be the same as the last couple of years and due to the light breeze in our face meant we got smoke and some mist and not very good pictures.


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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13


This years show featured Glow with the Show but unfortunately only one set near me and they were on a child so I could not get pictures/video of the ears with the show going on.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

Caught the first 10 minutes or so of World of Color before making my way to Disneyland.

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Back to Main Street USA and the Independence Week photo location.

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Video of the Disneys Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, 2013 edition.


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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.



July 9, 2013

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Disneyana has moved into the former Gallery Location in the Bank of Main Street and the Gallery has moved next door to a portion of the Opera House Lobby. The Gallery now had an exhibit for the Tiki Room's 50th anniversary.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


The Disney Gallery has moved next door into a small portion of the Opera House Lobby.

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

The Gallery Features an exhibit called Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms for the Tiki Room's 50th anniversary.

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Now time to look at the display...first up the Stars of the Show.

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

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Next up Inside A Magical Garden

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by Rolly Crump

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From Disneyland by Rolly Crump

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

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From Tokyo Disneyland by Larry Nikolai

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From Tokyo Disneyland, artist unknown

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From Tokyo Disneyland by Larry Nikolai

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by John Hench

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From Walt Disney World by Dorothea Redmond

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From Walt Disney World by Dorothea Redmond

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

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From Disneyland by Herb Ryman

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The Barker Bird used to be out front of the attraction.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


Moving over to Disneyana now. Display cases take up the center of the middle room.

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A quick look around at some of the artwork.

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

The artist station is now in the back room.

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Some of the artwork.

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


Tiki Room Anniversary merchandise.

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

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Inside the vault.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

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.



July 15, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13

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

As you entered Disneyland today they were still passing out free Monsters University buttons.

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A wall up around one of the windows on the Market house as the Starbucks conversion rolls along.

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Mary Poppins and Bert with the Pearly band.

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The Jolly Trolley has been removed from Toontown, hopefully for some touch-up work and not forever.

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Saw a couple of these signs scattered around and a lot of groups of kids that looked like dancers. No initial indication of what it was, but I found out later on...

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Waiting for Happy Hans and his son to start their set. Once they did I learned quickly the audio is not played out where I was.. I had to move near the Alice in Wonderland attraction and restrooms.

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Happy Hans and his son Erik were performing this week as part of the Limited Time Magic Promotion. Here is the first of a handful of video clips.


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Polka Time!


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Time for some yodeling..

The finale featured "It's a small world."


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Moving over to Frontierland a check in on Rainbow Ridge.

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Headed over to Disney California Adventure next. The Red Car Trolley was not stopping at the front of the park.

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The News Boys performing in Carthay Circle.

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Yellow squares to lead you to Dancin' with Disney.

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Inside still a light crowd.. so if you are looking for air conditioning, character interaction, and a place to let the kids run keep this in mind from 1-5pm daily.

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Tower of Terror was a walk-on this afternoon.

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Empty cartons on Flik's Flyers

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The fountain at the Cozy Cone has returned to operation after what seems like several months of work.

A video clip of it in action.

The line was posted at 90 minutes for the Racers and the extended queue was not even set up.

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The truck/jeep that was parked out near GRR is now gone. Wonder if it is gone for good or just work? Seems like it should be gone for good given how they have modified the props.

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In the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street they now have some grab and go items in the coolers.

A salad.

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A roast beef sandwich for $9.29. There's also a turkey sandwich for the same price.

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The Lone Ranger Train has moved on.

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Back to Disneyland - stopped by Disneyana.. a look in the vault.

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The College Band performing at the Flag Retreat which was at 5pm instead of 6pm today.

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The Billies were performing on the main stage at Woody's All American Roundup

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Mickey came out as they were performing and he danced with this princess for a while since there was no real crowd around him.

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A check of the Big Thunder paint progress.

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The Dance the Magic group was doing a pre-parade performance before the 6:30pm Soundsational parade. This is the same group that does the large performances for the Christmas Parades and other events.

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I was in Town Square then noticed the group kept on going...

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A series of video clips of the Dance the Magic! performance.

I relocated to the hub for a better picture. I managed to beat the front of the group down the street.

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They just kept on coming.. notice the bright green group in the back.

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That green group is now at the end of the street and they still filled the rest of the street.

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You can finally see the end (the rope in the background).

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Disney had several cameras along the route too, here is one on a pole.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle this afternoon.

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Time for the 7:15pm All American College Band set.

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Their finale is an Earth, Wind, and Fire medley. Here is a video from Friday.

Heading back to DCA.

Well guess all caps TODAY does not mean all day today.. the Red Car Trolley was stopping at the front of the park now.

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Lone Ranger items in Big Top Toys.

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Ornament Valley this evening.

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Thought the shadow here looked interesting.

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A couple pictures of Magical from Carthay Circle and Buena Vista Street.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13

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.



July 28, 2013

Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story

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A new upcoming online video series from Disney Interactive Video will be debuting at the D23 Expo next month: Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story. Here to explain a little about it is Matt Wyatt, Director of Creative / Producer at Disney Online Originals.

On my visit to the studios, Matt and the rest of the Creative Team showed us some of the planning and storyboard materials in use during the making of this stop-motion animated story, and exhibited some of the different sets being filmed. Displaying the careful detail they've built into the world mythology of the Vinylmation existence, the whole physical Vinylmation plane is constructed to superimpose exactly on a map of Disneyland.

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In another room, we were shown the process of developing a shot from the storyboards...

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...To the set construction...

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...To the scene direction and cinematography.

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The dialogue-free story involves vinylmations of all sizes, from the giants to the miniatures who distill the vinylmation paint from the flowers.

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Even some of the Park Starz get cameos.

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The fairly new branch of the Disney company works on something of a limited budget. Margie Gilmore, VP of Disney Online Originals, described their daily challenge as one of producing Disney quality with a shoestring budget. Some of the sets were built with materials scavenged off of the outside of the studio building.

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Gilmore observed that the film was being created using "passion, hard work, and dumpster diving."

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To make the look consistent with the Vinylmation world, Regino Roy, Co-Director / Co-Creator / Production Designer for the series showed us how even the trains were designed to mimic the vinylmation monorails

Here then, is the newly-released trailer.


Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story - Teaser on Disney Video

So knowing relatively little about the whole project (or even Vinylmation as a whole,) I think I was expecting something along the lines of a series of Vinylmation commercials. What you get instead with Blank, is a gentle, sometimes poignant tale of self-actualization, similar in some ways to Wall-E, in which characters strive to make connections and reconcile the differences between what they are and what their society requires them to be. The fact that the main characters have no facial features or voices would seem to render them completely without expression, and yet their point of views are always very clear. The art design and soundtrack are impressively attractive and imply a much higher production budget than what the studio says it enjoys.

Even if you're not much of a Vinylmation fan, I think Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story is worth a viewing. If you are a fan, it's a no-brainer. The first three episodes will be shown at the D23 Expo this year, with another nine three-minute episodes to follow.

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July 29, 2013

San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Sleep and Food Are For The Weak

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Comic-Con time again, and you know what that means--the traditional escalator shot of the sign.

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This year, my con experience started off with Disney Infinity's preview event. Here, con-goers could take a turn playing the big upcoming Disney Infinity video game, enjoy snacks, and even get character sketches drawn by Disney artists.

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D23 members were given special access on Thursday, the first day of the con.

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Later in the con, Dan Povenmire and Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh, creators and executive producers of 'Phineas and Ferb' stopped by the Disney Infinity space to announce that Phineas and Agent P would be part of the 2nd wave of figures developed for Disney Infinity, and give out a handful of hand-painted figures.

Out on the Exhibitor's Floor, ABC's Once Upon A Time (OUAT) was represented with a pirate ship complete with tiny screening area inside, and huge lines outside.

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The people managing the lines were, however, fairly familiar to viewers of the show.

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Inside the ship, a short trailer showing scenes from the last season was played, after which we were given some small gifts extracted out of one of the Evil Queen's heart-vault-drawers.

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I believe there were four different pins given out altogether, and if you managed to collect all four, you could get a VIP pass to the OUAT panel later that weekend. Given the length of time required to navigate the line however, it was a daunting task.

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From the sounds of it, this may be the same pirate ship OUAT will be bringing to D23's Expo in a few weeks.

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As two of the latest Disney acquisitions, Star Wars and Marvel were out in as much force as you'd imagine.

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Want to get your car wrapped with stormtroopers? You can get that!

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Want sunglasses with light-up lightsaber earpieces? You can get that too!

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Over at the Her Universe booth, Star Wars Weekend veteran Ashley Eckstein was working hard moving merchandise...

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...but hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for an Imagineer in your booth, such as Jason Surrell.

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Meanwhile over at the Marvel booth, displays rotated in and out constantly to promote their huge slate of upcoming films.

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Of the many panels Marvel offered this year, one I enjoyed (of the few I was able to get into,) was on the Avengers TV spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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All the major cast plus several of the writers and creator Joss Whedon were there to answer questions and set up a surprise showing of the complete pilot episode.

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Full of action and Joss Whedon's trademark humor, if the Comic-Con audience was any judge, it should be a huge success. [It is probably also true that if the Comic-Con audience was any judge, Firefly would still be on the air. Caveat Emptor.]

And of course the cosplay. So. Much. Cosplay.

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The main difficulty is getting a good look at all the amazing costumes people concoct for themselves amidst all the constantly moving crowds.

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So it was one more year of one of the largest, most hectic fan gathering in the world. As fun as it is, however, after a weekend of existing off of no sleep and one carefully rationed bag of M&Ms I grabbed at a screening, it's usually a comfort to get back to normal life, away from all the fantastical, chaotic elements that have no basis in reality...

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...oops.


July 30, 2013

Let Disneyland Entertain You!

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I think a lot of people go to Disneyland for the rides and the attractions, and never realize all of the entertainment options that are also available! Lee and I, along with Jason (disneygeek) spent a summer day at Disneyland recently where instead of running from attraction to attraction, we went from live show to live show, and managed to fill an entire day. And we had a great time.

Upon arriving in Disneyland's Town Square, Lee and I immediately caught the end of one of the Dapper Dans' shows. It was the week of the Limited Time Magic offering "Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands". We had happened to be in Florida when they did it earlier this year, and saw it there - it was fun to see it on the west coast this time. It was the same medley, but the California Dans are a little younger than the Florida Dans. :-) You can tell they have great fun doing it.

It was lunchtime, so we stopped in at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. I ordered the Jolly Holiday Salad - Blend of Lettuce, with Spiced Pecans, Feta, Red & Yellow Tomatoes and Craisins Dried Cranberries. Served with Raspberry Vinaigrette. It came with an asiago cheese breadstick. Really a nice salad, and I enjoyed it.

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Lee tried the Hot Angus Roast Beef Sandwich on Toasted Onion Roll - Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Aioli and White Cheddar. He said it was very good with a lot of roast beef. And those kettle-style potato chips are evilly good.

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Lee hadn't actually been to Fantasy Faire, and there was a show about to start in the Royal Theater. The seats were full, but for this one I think the viewing is better if you stand at the back. Jason caught up with us there and we saw a performance of Tangled, which was a lot of fun. There are some pretty funny throwaway lines. It stars those medieval vaudevillians Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, playing a multitude of roles, as well as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider portraying themselves. And let's not forget Sir Samuel on the piano!

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And they all lived "happily ever after at the end" - well, except Mother Gothel.

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As I said, Lee hadn't been to Fantasy Faire, so we took a little time to watch Figaro and the bird, and to play with Clopin's Music Box. (Though I really wonder how many guests have no idea what that is, since they have never seen Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame.)

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I hadn't noticed the familiar figures in the crowd background, like Belle and the transformed Beast, Smee, Gaston, Peter Pan, Gepetto, Alice, Sneezy...

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It was a very nice afternoon at Disneyland - not too hot, and really not very crowded. We had some time until our next "entertainment" event so we wandered around a little, and watched the climbers on the Matterhorn.

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We saw the Dapper Dans perform a full set and then hot-footed it over to the Fantasyland Theatre to see Mickey and the Magical Map, which Lee had not yet seen. I was surprised that the theater wasn't more full - we arrived about 5 minutes before show time and walked right in and had good seats in the center section, about 2/3 up. So the moral of the story is: don't give up on seeing the show even if you arrive at the theater very close to show time.

It's a good show, but when I first saw it I was disappointed because even though most of the music is from less mainstream Disney movies, it still seemed all too familiar to me. It finally occurred to me that it's because some of the more unusual selections (like Hawaiian Roller Coaster from Lilo and Stitch, I Wanna Be Like You from the Jungle Book, and Reflection from Mulan) are featured in the Disney Wishes show on the Fantasy, which I had seen recently. I'm sure the majority of guests don't have that "problem". :-)

The huge map is really interesting to watch, and having a live trumpet player on-stage during "I Wanna Be Like You" is a great touch.

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Once the show ended it was time to rush over to The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree to watch the Disneyland All-American College Band. We missed the beginning of their set, but saw most of it. These kids are SO talented!

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The Jamboree area is pretty quiet, and it's a great place to go to relax a a little bit. In addition to the College Band, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies and Woody's All-American Round-up also perform there throughout the day. Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie and Chip and Dale are there, and often have a lot of time to interact with guests - we've seen them coloring with the kids, and this time watched Mickey play peek-a-boo with a baby.

And Dale was looking for someone. :-)

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We had some time before the next show we were going to attend, and were ready for a snack. Lee and I had chicken, beef, and veggie skewers from Bengal BBQ, and Jason got a hamburger from Village Haus.

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They had opened up the seating area at Aladdin's Oasis (between the Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise), so we met and ate there. That was another uncrowded and peaceful area!

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In New Orleans Square we listened to the Jambalaya Jazz Band. We're always amazed at how many people will walk up to live performers, take a photo, and then immediately walk away. What's the point of taking a photo of something you didn't even experience?

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These guys have obviously seen it all, and they were having fun playing their music and calling out to the passing guests wearing birthday buttons, and throwing beads to some of the guests - mostly kids, but I got a set for the first time ever.

As we walked, a group of (female) cast members caught Lee's attention - but it was because they were all wearing a different Disney-themed tie! Everything from classic Mickey head to Pooh characters, to Mickey Mariachi and even a Haunted Mansion theme.

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The All-American College Band performs their third set each day in front of the castle. There's a lot of choreography and it's really fun to watch. Below is their Disney movie medley performance.

We had a break in the Disneyland entertainment schedule so we made a quick trip over to DCA. It was too late for the shows on Buena Vista Street as well as Dancin' With Disney, but we had a nice wander through the park. The Golden Zephyr was running for a change, and it was a walk-on, so we did that. There's a nice view of Cars Land from there.

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At the Paradise Garden Bandstand we caught the tail end of a performance by Sligo Rags, a Celtic music group.

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At Paradise Garden Grill, one of the Greek weekend items is still available.

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We found some Lone Ranger merchandise - Lee tried on the Tonto hat. :-)

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There was a very scenic moonrise over the Cadillac Range - you can see it in the "v" of the middle fin.

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Back in Hollywood there's a Monsters University Meet and Greet area - I liked this lettermen's jacket hanging on the dorm balcony.

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The Mad T Party had already started, and we saw the aerialists.

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Here's a video Jason took of them a few weeks ago:

The last "entertainment" event for Lee and me was the College Band's final set, where they perform on the street and the steps in front of the Main Street train station. This year they are performing a Michael Jackson medley:

Jason headed back to DCA, while Lee and I went for dinner at Rancho del Zocalo. I had the Citrus Fire-Grilled Chicken, though I requested shredded lettuce with mine instead of rice and beans (they asked if I wanted sauteed vegetables instead). The chicken was very tasty and not dry.

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Lee ordered the Carne Asada & Red Chile Enchilada Platter - he opted for the sauteed vegetables with his and enjoyed everything.

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As you can see, we managed to fill our time very nicely JUST with live entertainment - and we didn't have a lot of to kill in between the various acts.

Jason continued with his park day after we left, so here's the rest of his day...

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The neon coming on in Cars Land.

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Luigi's sign

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DJ rolling out for his Dance Party.

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Walked back through the Mad T Party as the band was performing.

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A random Cars Land picture as I was heading to World of Color

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World of Color

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Made it to Main Street just as the music was coming up and lights out for Magical.

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A group of cast members standing in the middle of the tram stop waving to trams.

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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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