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March 6, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/21/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 21, 2014.

A small kiosk by the Mickey and Friends Tram stop with Cast Members to answer questions.

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Taking the Monorail into the park. A look into the drained sub lagoon. Preparations for the work to get underway as some platforms/scaffolding are up.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/21/14

Over at Space Mountain there were several workers on the outside of the building. A couple working on the new structure on the top.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Big Thunder had trains cycling once again.

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So far this year there seems to be no real off season. The park had a healthy crowd on Friday afternoon.

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The Tiki Room display is gone from the gallery. Saturday a new steampunk-inspired one opens.

The main gallery area in the Opera House lobby was behind a curtain and you could hear them working behind it installing the exhibit. But the small display with the benches to the left in this pic gave a preview.

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Inside several props/items from the Disney Channel movie Girl vs Monster.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/21/14


Next up DCA..

Aladdin has returned to the Hyperion.

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Had to hike up to the balcony. The other two sections were full already when I arrived.

My view.

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Show time... some pictures from the show...

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Don't you trust me?

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Genie Time

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Lucky Bird

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A Whole New World

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Red making his way down Cross Street in Radiator Springs (Cars Land)

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A couple random Cars Land pictures.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/21/14

Elvis, Scot Bruce, was at the Tomorrowland Terrace (the food counters were closed tonight, but the entertainment still went on). FYI - Saturday the Beatles Tribute Band A Hard Day's Night is on the schedule.

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Walked through Innoventions. You cannot see much in the soon-to-open Captain America area.

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Watched Remember from the Pirates Bridge. Most of the show was obscured thanks to the large trees.. the lasers during the Star Tours segment.

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Time for Fantasmic. There was a problem with one of the new fountains so two of the new heads were off in the center.

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The fountain in front of La Brea Bakery is behind walls for some work.

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Starbucks is moving along. The sign is up this week.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/21/14



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.



March 9, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 7, 2014. This posting features a quick look at the Disney Gallery and Disneyana store exhibit entitled Mechanical Kingdoms
that opened last weekend.

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First up a look at sampling of the merchandise in the Disneyana store. Mickeys Main Street Car - $95

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The Nautilus - a metal techplate ($295)

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A better picture of some of the ornaments

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The Disney Gallery area (for those not familiar with it, this area is in the Opera House lobby, in the far right you can see the door leading to Main Street).

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Overhead several banners.

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Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms

Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms

Now a look at some of the artwork featured on the walls. Almost all of them are available through the art on demand system.

World of Motion Show Scene - Epcot - Marc Davis (1979)

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Le Visionarium Time Keeper Study - Disneyland Paris - Terry Izumi (1990)

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Discovery Bay Concept Proposed Attraction - Disneyland - Joe Rohde (1984)

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Show Scene - Tokyo DisneySea - Dan Goozee (1994)

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Adventure Thru Inner Space Pre-Show Concept - Disneyland - Herb Ryman (1966)

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Discovery Island Overview - Disneyland Paris - Tim Delaney (1987)

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Discovery Bay Concept Rendering - Disneyland - Tony Baxter (1974)

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Journey Into Imagination Dream Machine Concept - Epcot - Joe Denton (1982)

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Rivers of America Show Scene - Disneyland Paris - Bryan Jowers (2000)

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Port Discover SRV Model - Tokyo DisneySea - Tim Whidden and Jim Arbaugh

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Nautilus Model - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Aquatopia Ride Vehicle Model - Tokyo DisneySea - Tim Whidden and Jim Arbaugh

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Port Discover Sunfish Submarine Model - Tokyo DisneySea - Gary Moyer

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Returning to the Disneyana gallery to look at the artwork there. They had many variations of these available for purchase.

Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms

Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms

Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms

Disneyland Resort Photos - Disney Gallery - Mechanical Kingdoms


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Mechanical Kingdoms exhibit at the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this exhibit 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.



March 11, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/07/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 7, 2014.

The Starbucks in Downtown Disney opened on Monday. Today the walls are down and they are finishing up the patio seating area.

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First stop Disneyland. Cinderella was out greeting guests in her cool weather dress. It was only in the 70s today...

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The Disneyland Railroad was closed today for some work.

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Work on the Space Mountain addition continues..

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Marvel's takeover of Innoventions continues. Captain America now has a meet and greet inside. Outside new banners.

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And new signage around the entrance area.
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Captain America has taken over the former nanoscience area. The wait was over an hour, which was much more than my patience to get a picture of Captain America and he is not visible from the queue/outside.

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Iron Man had some guests but it was not crowded.

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Thor had a wait just under half an hour according to a CM.

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The walls around the sub lagoon received some artwork since my last visit.

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Behind the walls looks like scaffolding is up and preparations are underway to paint the fleet.

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No visible progress out in the lagoon.

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Alice in Wonderland closes Monday to finally fix the exterior portion of the track and remove the temporary walkway/rail structures.

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You never know who you will pass as you walk the parks... Captain Hook strolling through Fantasyland.

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The walls are down around Big Thunder.

So nice to walk the Big Thunder trail without the walls up.

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Trains were cycling as they prepared to open for Cast Member previews.

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There were signs and lines of cast members and their friends/families waiting to experience the attraction.

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Decided to venture out to the island since I had not been there for quite a while.

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Fort Wilderness.. still very sad to walk around this area and the abandon fort. Interesting to note that every time I seem to run into some guest talking about past experiences and what a shame it is that it is off limits/closed now.

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The trails leading up to the treehouse are blocked off.

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New Orleans Square from the island stage.

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Splash Mountain has reopened from its annual downtime.

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Class of 2014 merchandise

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Now over to Disney California Adventure - The Bakery building is under wraps for some renovation work. It remains open as does the tour during the work.

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I grabbed a table at Flo's and ate dinner. The view from my table.

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The setting sun lit up this rock work nicely.

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Stopped by Muppet Vision 3D. Some posters in the queue for the upcoming film.

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Several most posters as you head inside.

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Constantine interrupts the preshow now, there are a couple blimps then a brief speech by him.

Time for Fantasmic! and a side view of the new fountains.

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They use them as light effects in a few spots too.

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Tick-Tock was back this week.

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A video clip of the fountains during the Princess Medley.

Closed out my time in the parks with Remember Dreams Come True Fireworks from Main Street.

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Starbucks all lit up as I was leaving.

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Noticed this new walkway/path set up on the third floor of the Mickey and Friends garage near the handicap parking spots.

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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.



March 16, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from a screening of the Muppets Most Wanted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

The El Capitan is Disney's theater in the heart of Hollywood. It hosts many Hollywood premieres including the Muppets Most Wanted as well as Captain America this past week. It is on Hollywood Blvd. across the street from the Hollywood & Highland complex that includes the Dolby Theater (where the academy awards were) and the Chinese Theater.

The Muppets will be taking over the theater from March 21 to April 17 for the Muppets Most Wanted. Before every movie there will be a live stage show with Kermit & Miss Piggy. There are props and costumes from the film on display in the lower lounge. Below are some pictures from my trip showing the outside of the theater, as well as some of the display inside. After the pictures I have included some of my first impressions of the film.

Here is a picture from across Hollywood Blvd.

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The Muppets on the main marquee

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A Muppets billboard nearby.

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Passed by Mickey's star on the Walk of Fame on the way over.

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Also walked by the Chinese Theater on the way. Here is a picture similar to the ones you are able to take in Orlando nowadays.

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A random picture of the hand and footprints in the cement before I moved on.

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From across the street a better view of the building.

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The Studio Store features a lot of Muppet merchandise right now.

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The Disneyland star is right at the entrance to the store.

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Ghirardelli has taken over since my last visit, the Disney soda fountain is gone.

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Some of the Muppet Merchandise.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


Oops. I should have mentioned up front.. this trip I only had my cell phone with me so indoor pictures were a challenge. A Muppet World Tour poster.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


Since I showed Mickey Mouse I needed to include Donald Duck

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And the reason for my trip -- the Muppets.

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Time to head into the theater.

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As soon as you enter the theater Miss Piggy's Wedding Gown is on display. This is a Vivienne Westwood Original worn in the Muppets Most Wanted film and part of Miss Piggy's Couture Collection.

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The lower lounge featured props and costumes from the Muppets Most Wanted.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


The centerpiece of the exhibit was this Yamaha Grand Piano that was used in a photo shoot for the film. It was custom wrapped in green vinyl and features signatures of the cast and filmmakers from the premiere night.

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A closer look at the signatures.

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A clip of the Piano in action

Sam Eagle's badge

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Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


Animal's drum set

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Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


The crown from the gulag

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The Key and Locket that are needed for the Crown Jewels heist. If you go to this theater, I recommend seeing the props after the film -- they make a lot more sense than if you see them beforehand (which is when I saw them).

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

A large portion of the display are Miss Piggy's Couture Collection gowns that she loaned the theatre.

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First up the Flamingo Flamenco!

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Three Legends! No Waiting! Vivienne Westwood design worn during Something So Right.

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Ariel has nothing on Moi!

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(I did not get a legible picture of the sign for this one thanks to my cell phone!)

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Worn in the opening of the film, the Showstopping Sequel Starter!

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Found a seat and the organist rose to the stage and performed a medley of Disney songs for about half an hour.

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Time for the film to begin and the camera to go away....

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


Party Central - a short featuring the gang from Monsters University is shown before the film. It was great to see this again (I first saw it last year at the D23 Expo). Just as fun the second time.

If you have seen any of the promotional material for the Muppets Most Wanted you are given the basic story line. The World's Number One Criminal - Constantine -- escapes from a Russian gulag and assumes Kermit's identity. He uses the Muppets World Tour as a cover for his crime caper. Sam Eagle and Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) from Interpol are in pursuit.

If you are a fan of the Muppets you will enjoy the film. I thought the movie opened strong with a show stopping "We're Doing a Sequel" number and plenty of Statler and Waldorf moments (whom I really enjoy).

Here is the We're Doing a Sequel Trailer:

Beaker, one of my favorite Muppets, plays a minor role, only a couple of times on screen, but very key. The rest of the film had some fun and entertaining moments but it did not have the big bang like the opening and seemed to drag a bit in the middle. If you are looking to spend some time with the Muppets then you will enjoy the film, but if you are expecting something more you may walk out disappointed. "Muppets Most Wanted" does not have the same feel/heart as the 2011 "The Muppets" film did.

Be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks and other travels.


March 23, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Started off walking across the Pinocchio lot to Downtown Disney.

They are working on the facades in Downtown Disney. A half dozen or so lifts were out this afternoon.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Starbucks has opened and had a good crowd inside. I took a quick look inside, saw the masses of people, and kept on walking.

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The fountain is still behind walls, but was being tested this afternoon.

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The Straw Hatters were performing on Main Street as I entered Town Square.

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Main Street was alive with activity. In addition to the spring break crowds I saw two buses, two street cars, the fire engine, and a horseless carriage making the rounds this afternoon.

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Looking back down Main Street USA

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Partners this afternoon.

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The work on the top of Space Mountain is wrapping up. The new additions blend in well.

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They were painting this afternoon.

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A check in on the submarine lagoon from the Monorail.

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Alice in Wonderland went down for renovation since my last visit. They are moving quickly on the demo work. The temporary walkways are gone and they have started to take apart the ride path.

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From ground level you can see how they cut away some of the concrete for the ride path already.

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The line for the Frozen Royal Reception was long as usual. Today it was long enough you could go to the gift shop, buy the movie, and watch the entire film while waiting in line.

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The Springtime Roundup officially starts next week but this week most of the props and signage were up.

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Big Thunder has officially reopened and the couple times I passed by the stand by wait was 70-80 minutes.

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The height check bar, 40 inches is threshold.

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The queue filled the Zocalo Park area.

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A quick look at Rainbow Ridge from the side.

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New Orleans Square was busy.. the Pirates queue was extended out toward the DVC kiosk and wrapped back onto the bridge.

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Indiana Jones is close for some work.

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Frozen is front and center in many of the stores.

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Moving to Disney California Adventure...

The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is still closed.

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The Little Mermaid is closed for renovations.

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Thought this was great. One of the cast members was reading to a group of kids. It was a Little Mermaid book of course.

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Work continues on the Pacific Wharf facade (the Bakery tour and Pacific Wharf Cafe remain open during the work).

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Goofy conducting the fountains for the Instant Concert...Just Add Water.

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A rack of Easter merchandise.

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The Pier had a good size crowd moving around.

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As I was eating DJ drove by on Cross Street.

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Radiator Spring Racers had a posted wait of 90 minutes. The single rider line was backed up and using most of its queue too.

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The fountain at the Cozy Cone was not working properly again.. it was coming up short so the wheel was not spinning.

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The Lone Ranger sign is gone now from the Hyperion facade.

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Monsters had a posted wait of 30 minutes.

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I did not spot any Muppets Most Wanted merchandise. Everything looked to be the same. I did see the sound track in Off the Page.

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Off the Page also has some Marvel artwork now.

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Walked through Ghirardelli. Some Easter/spring offerings.

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Also a new type of free sample today. It was a dark chocolate middle with milk chocolate around it.

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Spotted this sign near the entrance to Maters. I also saw one of these by Star Tours, but too many guests to get a clear picture.

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Captain America merchandise in Elias & Co.

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More Frozen merchandise in Elias & Co.

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Back to Disneyland...walked through Innoventions and took some pictures of the Captain America queue now that it was empty (they close the line at 4pm and it was approaching 8 when I walked by).

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Closed out my evening with Fantasmic! and then Remember.

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Watched Remember then headed for home. No signs of Tinker Bell this evening.

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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.



March 27, 2014

CTN animation eXpo: An In-Depth Look at the Art and Business of Animation

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For those with a deep interest in the field of Animation, either as entertainment or as a profession, one event that should be on your radar is the CTN (Creative Talent Network) Animation Expo held annually in Burbank.

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For those like myself, with a recreational interest in animation, the eXpo offers a variety of panels and discussions with some of the top animators working today. At last year's convention, I was able to see, among other things, a presentation on the making of Frozen; a group interview of veteran Disney animators Mark Henn, Bert Klein, Tony DeRosa; and an interview/Q&A with past Disney animator Andreas Deja.

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There was also a showing of the Ted Thomas documentary "Growing Up With the Nine Old Men," that was included in the recent Diamond edition re-release of Peter Pan, along with a Q&A (moderated by Andreas Deja) and dvd signing afterwards.

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This was, of course, only a tiny amount of what's available to be seen at the eXpo--at any given time there are not only the larger presentations, but smaller live demonstrations and workshops.

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A large area is also designated for exhibitors, selling anything from art supplies, to art itself.

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The main focus of the eXpo is on up-and-coming animators however, so to that end there was a myriad of studio booths recruiting animators and affording them opportunities to network and make professional connections.

While there was certainly more activity presented than any one person could take in, it was at times a little logistically difficult to navigate secondary to the large numbers of attendants. The hotel parking was pretty limited, requiring the overflow to drive around looking for street parking or park in the airport lot across the street. Most of the demos and drawing models were placed around the lobby corridors making it difficult to pass through to the next area.

The main difficulty I found was just trying to get into the panels as the lines were fairly formidable for the larger talks, and the rooms relatively small. You can circumvent the lines by way of either purchasing a VIP ticket for the weekend or picking up a "fastpass" which are available for select presentations in limited quantities.

While a lot of the weekend's content may seem a little technical for the average animation enthusiast, there is probably not another meeting that puts such a focus on animation talent or provides potential animators with as many career opportunities. If you already harbor a vested interest in this field, I strongly encourage you to check out this year's eXpo.

Information on the 2014 CTN animation eXpo can be found at http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/. It will be held at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center, from November 21-23. Early Bird registration is now open.


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