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October 7, 2014

Disneyland's Halloween Time 2014

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Disneyland's Halloween Time 2014

It's Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort! This is one of my favorite times of year at Disneyland. It's nice to see some significant effort put into a season other than Christmas.

Jason has already provided a lot of great photos of Halloween Time and the decorations in this Halloween Time blog, so I'm going to give more of an overview of what's available, and my experiences this year.

Friday was my first visit to Halloween Time this year in conjunction with a media event. There's going to be some video later in this blog.

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My arrival at the resort was decidedly non-magical. I usually park in the Mickey & Friends parking structure, but when I approached it from Disneyland Drive, there was an Anaheim police officer diverting those entering from Disneyland Drive away from the parking structure. However, traffic that was coming south on interstate 5, which has an off-ramp that goes directly to the garage, was still allowed to park there.

And then I got quite a tour. Past the three Disney hotels I made a left turn onto the perimeter road that goes behind DCA. I'm quite familiar with this road because I've run on it a lot, but I'd never driven it before. We crossed Harbor and were on Disney Way. I'd expected to be routed to the Toy Story lot, but instead they had us park in the Anaheim Gardenwalk parking garage. There were Disney parking attendants set up with temporary parking booth machines, and the lines moved slowly. I don't know if my Annual Pass didn't scan or if the guy was having connectivity issues with the remote setup or what, but I sat there at least 5 minutes while he tried to figure that out. And maybe that was distracting to him because he neglected to tell me to keep the parking receipt handy because I would need it when I left. Once inside the garage there wasn't anyone really effectively directing the parking so it was rather chaotic.

It was really poorly organized and a huge waste of time. It was over 30 minutes from the time I was diverted until I was parked. At least the shuttle service from the parking garage to the park entrance was fairly efficient. There were plenty of buses lined up to take all of us who'd had to park over there.

I later talked to a Disney parking attendant who said that it's more efficient for those coming from Orange County and south to park in Toy Story, and for those coming from Los Angeles and north to park in Mickey & Friends. One of the things I prefer about Mickey & Friends is that I will probably get to park my car inside so it doesn't get so hot. There is NO shade whatsoever in the Toy Story lot. Just a lot of black asphalt. But apparently if you come from the south you no longer are allowed that particular perk.

Fortunately, despite the rocky start, my day got better. It's always great to walk down Main Street and see all of the Halloween decor that makes up the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, including all of the carved pumpkins placed above the shops and buildings.

Disneyland's Halloween Time 2014

Disneyland's Halloween Time 2014

This video piece will tell you a bit more about some of the special events going on at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during Halloween Time. Disney's media relations people have come up with some really creative interview opportunities for members of the media in the past, but this one might be my favorite. You might even say I had a ball!

The Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree has a lot of activities going on. It's THE place to go if you want to get photos of the Disney characters wearing their Halloween costumes. But the characters wander around and interact with guests, and don't stand in one place for meet-and-greets. That makes it a bit more of a challenge, but they will pose for photos - just be patient. This area is usually not too crowded (especially at its 10:00 opening time), so it's a good place to go for character interaction.

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Pirate's League has returned to the Jamboree for the season, so there are opportunities for boys and girls (both young and not-so-young) to get a pirate makeover.

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There are ring toss (even Donald was playing) and wheel of fortune games, as well as crafts available, also.

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The Pumpkin Carvers are busy carving (and painting) pumpkins. There are different creations on display throughout the Halloween Time run.

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And the popular Conjure a Villain tent has returned. Guests are taken inside the tent in groups of 20 or so. There's some special effects, and a Disney villain appears, and poses for photos with the guests. There's usually a wait for this activity, and this year there's some entertainment for those who are waiting, such as a fortune teller.

No Billy Hill and the Hillbillies this year, but a magic act takes the stage for multiple performances each day.

One of the highlights of Halloween Time for me every year is Haunted Mansion Holiday, where Jack Skellington and the HalloweenTown gang have done their own extreme makeover of the Haunted Mansion.

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I had the opportunity to speak with the Pumpkin King:

As Jack said, there's a new gingerbread house this year. This photo gives you some idea:

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There were also some other changes this year. The singing jack-o-lanterns in the graveyard scene have been re-animated (pun intended) to make them look more three-dimensional and add additional depth, as though we are looking inside the pumpkin mouths. At the end of the ride, when we take the escalator back up to the "living world", "Little Sally" has now been animated: her eyes blink and her mouth moves as she tells us to "Hurry back".

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Another attraction that receives a Halloween makeover is Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. A spooky spine-tingling soundtrack combines with startling images of the "space ghost" that has taken over the attraction. There's scary eyeballs watching you and skeletal arms reaching for you. The images can definitely be unnerving, and this attraction is not recommended for children. But I find it to be an even greater adrenaline rush than the "regular" Space Mountain.

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Mickey's Halloween Party is a special hard-ticket Halloween event held at Disneyland on select nights in September and October. Guests of all ages may dress in costumer and enjoy a variety of events throughout the park, including trick-or-treating, dance parties, and character meet-and-greets. Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade and the Halloween Screams fireworks show are available exclusively to party guests.

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I haven't been to this event in several years, but I enjoyed the parties that I attended. I think Halloween Screams is one of Disneyland's best fireworks shows. It originally was shown on all nights of the Halloween season but once the Halloween party moved from DCA to Disneyland it became a Halloween party exclusive. While I understand that approach it doesn't mean I like it.

It wouldn't be Halloween without some special Halloween treats, right? I spoke to Chef Christina Orejel about some of the offerings that are available this year, including the new Pumpkin Twists.

One of my favorites that is back again this year is the Pumpkin Beignets. These can be found at the Mint Julep Bar. Three for $4.19 and six for $7.19. We waited 15 minutes in line to order these, and another 15 minutes before they were ready. But they were SO good! Hot and crispy, with all of that wonderful pumpkin spice flavor.

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There's also the usual pumpkin muffins, cupcakes, miniature pies and tarts at various locations around the resort. I tried a pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese filling, though it reminded me more of carrot cake. The pumpkin streusel muffins I enjoyed last year are back though I haven't tried one yet.

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There are other seasonal treats that don't contain pumpkin, such as the Mickey bat cookies and an Ursula chocolate cupcake.

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And there's a special pumpkin-shaped loaf of sourdough bread available at DCA.

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Most of the counter service and table service restaurants are offering a different seasonal entree or treat, too. For example: Anti-Vampire Chicken Pizza at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, Mac and Cheese pizza at Red Rockett's, Monster's U Burger at Tomorrowland Terrace, brownie and marshmallow skewer at Bengal BBQ, and Shrimp Po Boy at the French Market. I tried the Pork Tamale and Enchilada combo at Rancho del Zocalo. The tamale was pretty good, but the enchiladas were a bit rubbery. (It normally comes with rice and beans, but I asked for lettuce and salsa instead.)

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Halloween merchandise is available at locations all around the resort. There's quite a variety of Haunted Mansion and Nightmare Before Christmas items.

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While there's a lot happening at Disneyland, there's very little Halloween presence at DCA. The Mad T Party Band has some Halloween costuming and music, and there are some Halloween food items available, but that's about the extent of it. I miss the Candy Corn Acres display that used to be in Sunshine Plaza, and the decrepit Halloween decorations that were in the lobby of the Tower of Terror. I keep hoping that some year they will do some Halloween decorating in Cars Land - I'm interested in seeing how the cars celebrate Halloween!

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If you haven't visited Disneyland during Halloween Time I highly recommend it - it really offers guests some different experiences.

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October 13, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 10, 2014.

This weekend is the Annual CHOC Walk in the Park. Banners line Downtown Disney for the event.

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Anna and Elsa have opened a Boutique at the former Studio 365 location since my last visit.

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A quick walk through.

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It appears all the elements of the original store are still there, just a Frozen make-over.

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Plus some new Frozen artwork on the walls and a new color scheme

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Big Hero 6 banners up near the AMC Theaters

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Looks like they just redid the compass in the esplanade. It appears to be more concrete now, but a little hard to tell from the angle/distance/speed.

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The Finding Nemo Submarines have returned to normal operation.

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The ride experience seemed the same to me.

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Only noticeable change was the colored sea plants that were replaced.

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Inside the projections looked about the same to me. If they changed anything I missed it.

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Here is a video clip of a portion of the attraction.

A video clip featuring a Monorail passing by, a sub cruising by, as well as the sea gulls.

The scaffolding is down from the Small World facade work.

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Christmas light installation has begun on the facade.

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A photo op for the Halloween party already set up and seemingly randomly placed in the middle of Toontown.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Carnival to check out the latest pumpkin creations. First up Oswald.

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Ariel from the Little Mermaid

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Baymax pumpkin accompanied by Hiro from Big Hero 6

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The latest creation taking shape...Mr. Smee

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Chip and Dale bumped into me.

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The Mark Twain is still in dry dock.

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The work on this bridge leading to the Pooh attraction has wrapped up.

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The Laughing Stock Co is back inside the Golden Horseshoe.

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More signs of Christmas... lights in the bushes near the Castle.

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Safety railings have been installed along the walkway leading to the Castle since my last visit.

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The workmanship of the installation was spotty. Here you can see it does not sit flush and the wall below was cracked.

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A nightly event at the Big Thunder Ranch is the running of the goats as they head from the pen backstage. Here is a clip from Friday...it was more of a fast walk this evening instead of a run.

Mr Smee was finished and on display.

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Monsters University dance party at the Tomorrowland Terrace was being set up while I ate.

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More party preparations near Innoventions

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The new First Aid and Wish Lounge facades are done.

The gate leads to the new walkway which will be a backstage bypass for Main Street. The other end will be by the parade gate near the Mad Hatter.

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Coke Corner is under wraps for some renovation work. It is still open this is just facade work.

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As is the Gibson Girl

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Projection and lighting effects on the castle as the Halloween Party music played.

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Looking toward Town Square.

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I joined the large mass of guests heading to Disney California Adventure since Disneyland was now closed to regular guests. Almost every turnstile was set up as an entrance and the lines still stretched around the construction/center compass.

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The stairs area of the winery were behind walls for some renovation work.

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Halloween Cotton Candy (well the bag at least) for sale in Paradise Pier.

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On the way out passed by the new Boutique.

The windows were a little easier to see after dark.

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Surprised there were no lights on any of the signs.

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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.



October 23, 2014

ScareLA: A Showcase of Fright

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So, now that Halloween is creeping up on us once again, it's time to take a look back at the ScareLA convention that was held this year for the celebration of the season.

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The weekend started off with a presentation commemorating the Haunted Mansion's 45th anniversary, with Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Alice Davis, hosted by DoomBuggies.com's Jeff Baham.

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As a part of their show schedule, ScareLA also hosted the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, performing "Chilling Tales of the Haunted Mansion--Live" in the form of an old radio show.


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Some names familiar to the Disney community presented a history of "90 Years of the Anaheim Halloween Parade"--artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily.

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The Anaheim Halloween Parade will be held this month at 6pm, October 25th. If you are interested in either volunteering or just spectating at the parade, information on the schedule and the route can be found at http://anaheimhalloweenparade.org/ I attended last year, and while it was an impressive event then, it looks like they're working hard to make it even better for this year.

Garner Holt, of Garner Holt Productions, Inc., spoke about his personal journey from childhood to leading animatronic expert, in "Garner Holt: I Was A Teenage Haunter."

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He also showed slides of some of the work he's done for theme parks all over the world, including this one for the Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare overlay in Tokyo Disneyland.

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Some of the bigger draws were the presentations by Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios on their plans for the Halloween season, however there were also a variety of smaller talks on topics like the use of future technology in fear experiences, and Halloween at the Magic Castle.

Along with the regular panels and presentations, there were also activities and storytelling for kids, such as actress Amber Benson reading "The 13 Nights of Halloween."

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And, of course, like any convention, there was an extensive exhibitor's floor, where a wide variety of macabre vendors plyed their wares.

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As an added attraction, the floor had several mini-demos from various upcoming Haunted Attractions, such as "The Hellevator from the Field of Screams Haunted Stadium," and "Fear Station's Freakshow of Fears."

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Like any good convention, there was far more offered than anyone could experience in one weekend. Simultaneous to the panel presentations, they also offered a wide range of hands-on classes on topics such as pumpkin carving, costuming, and Halloween party planning. A film screening program ran throughout the show, and a "Ghostly Gala" separate ticket party kept conventioneers entertained on into the night.

Things to note for next year:

--Lines just to get in were considerable, particularly on Saturday, and many people were turned away from the Haunted Mansion panel because the room filled to occupancy. Get there early if there's something happening first thing that you really want to see.
--If there are presentations that you have your heart set on, consider purchasing the upgraded "Fear Freak"/"Scare Students" tickets. Those guests got priority entrance before the general admission guests, and in some cases almost filled the rooms by themselves.
--If, like me, you prefer your Halloween experiences on the "not-so-scary" side, maybe take a good look at what you want to see here. This was, in some aspects, a trade show for the whole spectrum of Halloween, from the cute Haunted Mansion ghosts and bats, to chain-saw murderers and ghouls that would prowl the exhibitor's floor periodically shrieking at people for startlement purposes. Be prepared to turn from admiring a display of cartoon monsters, to gaping at an operating room tableau with bloodied instruments and flayed open bodies. ScareLA has a ton of fascinating offerings for those interested in all things Halloween and horror, but it may not be for everyone.

Information on ScareLA can be found at their website: http://scarela.com/ They are also on twitter as @ScareLosAngeles.

October 28, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 24, 2014.

As the tram passed by the backstage area of Disneyland through the fence you can see the sections of the Christmas tree are out and ready to be tested then assembled.

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This World of Disney entrance is still Halloween merchandise but garland and other decorations are up in the windows and in the store.

A large portion of the World of Disney now features Christmas merchandise.

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A look around since it was not crowded (seems the near 90 degree temps outside and the fact that it is a week before Halloween meant there was no rush for the Christmas merchandise).

A Grumpy shirt I do not remember from years past.

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The 2014 Happy Holidays design on a t-shirt.

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A classic/vintage Disneyland Christmas shirt.

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The Frozen sisters made it onto the storybook, but surprisingly not a lot of the other merchandise I saw.

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The 2014 Disneyland Resort ornament. It features several attractions. This side the Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room

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An interesting selection on the ornament...Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion, and Maleficent representing Fantasmic.

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Another display of Christmas merchandise.

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Houseware items.

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Another Villains stocking.

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The work in the center of the Esplanade has wrapped up since my last trip.

The compass is still there and features all its wear but around it now is plain concrete so the sections that were most damaged are gone.

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Oswald greeted me on Buena Vista Street

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Next stop Cars Land. The poles on the right side of Route 66 are installed for the Christmas decorations.

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Sarge's has some Christmas items

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The Curio store has some Christmas merchandise. A Seasons Speedings shirt.

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Lightning Dashing through the snow

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And the back of another sweatshirt.

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Stopped by Ramone's. There was one rack of Christmas items.

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Red out waiting for guests as Lightning cruised by.

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Stop by the Tower Hotel Store. Christmas is taking over here too.

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Halloween decorations are still up throughout, though.

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Seasons Screamings...

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Next up Elias & Co. Big Hero 6 merchandise is available here. A couple of displays.

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Out on Buena Vista Street, new eye bolts for the garland and wreaths that will be installed soon.

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Over to Disneyland...Last visit I did not get any good pictures of the newly finished planter near City Hall.

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The curb work was wrapped up last visit but again it was dark so I did not get pictures. Here are some. In preparation for the new walkway they have taken out much of the curb from the corner back to the Mad Hatter and made it a ramp.

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The annual snowfall has occurred as Sleeping Beauty Castle prepares for the holidays.

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The scaffolding is down but walls still up along Main Street as the current phase of refurbishments wrap up.

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Down the block Refreshment Corner is still behind scaffolding.

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Some daytime shots of the new First Aid and Wish Lounge facades. Last visit it was dark when I stopped by.

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When holidays collide. Pumpkins around the hub and snow on the castle.

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Random Minnie picture with a snowy Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.

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The rest of the castle ice/lighting is not installed. It looks nice and clean still.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Halloween Carnival to check out the latest pumpkin creations. A Can Can Dancer.

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Artist Mickey pumpkin

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Goofy made out of pumpkins

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Yoda pumpkin

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The next creation taking shape... Jiminy Cricket

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Shoe string fries were at the Village Haus today. So much better than the regular fries they have had.

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Small World is closed for its Holiday overlay.

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Toontown had some of the walkway blocked off, on the left will be the entrance for the pre-party.

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Stopped back by the Ranch right before it closed. the Jiminy Cricket pumpkin had been completed.

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The Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland is now Christmas.

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The train depot has received its garland.

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Most of the New Orleans Square decorations were up.

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The wires are up but nothing strung across the walkway yet.

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A projected/light alien figure near the Matterhorn/Pixie Hollow

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Space Mountain and Big Hero 6 as the sun has almost set for the evening. No Ghost Galaxy lighting. Is that reserved just for the party now?

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Another display of Big Hero 6 merchandise, this one in the Star Trader.

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For the Halloween Party the Big Thunder Trail becomes spooky with lighting and sound effects. Here are a couple video clips along the trail and then one of the Rivers of America as the fog was starting up for the evening. This was right before 7:00pm and the park closing for day guests like me.

The Rivers of America were being covered in fog for the party.

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The fog effect looked much better in person than my pictures... it was 7:00pm and the CMs started asking for wrist bands and asking guests to head toward the exits. So I could not really play around to try and get a good picture.

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One last Castle picture from the hub.

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Christmas has taken over the center section of the Emporium.

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Over to Buena Vista Street. Christmas merchandise in Julius Katz & Sons

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A Big Hero 6 display in the Character Close-up of the Animation Building in Hollywood Land

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An original Britni Brault Maleficent Sculpture for $2,000 in Off the Page.

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Watched World of Color from the standby area. Here is a picture from the Pirates fire sequence.

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To close: the World of Disney windows have Christmas overlays.

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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.



October 29, 2014

Marvel Event: Phase III Revealed

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On a random Tuesday morning in October, Marvel invited both fans and media to the El Capitan Theatre for an unspecified presentation.

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As we waited for the multitudes of fans to file in, organist Rob Richards entertained us with tunes including the theme to "Star Trek." "Avengers" writer/director Joss Whedon and "Captain America: Winter Soldier" directors Anthony and Joe Russo were also in the audience.

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Finally, the show started with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige taking the stage and introducing the recently released trailer to the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Feige then proceeded to display a timeline for Marvel Studios, extending forward through May of 2019, and filled it in with all the movies they have planned for release throughout the years.

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Some of the highlights:

--"Captain America 3," May 6, 2015
--"Dr. Strange," November 4, 2016
--"Guardians of the Galaxy 2," May 5, 2017
--"Thor: Ragnarok," July 28, 2017
--"Black Panther," November 3, 2017
--"Captain Marvel" (Carol Danvers version,) July 6, 2018
--"Inhumans," November 2, 2018
--"Avengers: Infinity War Part 1," May 4, 2018
--"Avengers: Infinity War Part 2," May 3, 2019
--Video clip from "Infinity War" revealed Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet (finally.)
--Video clip from "Age of Ultron" showed a short scene between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers chopping wood and arguing the different sides of morality vs. expediency (as they do.)
--"Captain America 3," originally posted as "Serpent Society," then revealed as a fake-out for "Civil War."
--"Civil War" will follow the big Avengers comic book event, which reflected the world's real-life concerns with terrorism versus privacy. The storyline has the government requiring all superheros to forgo secret identities and submit to registration, with Stark and Rogers facing off on each side of the issue.
--Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans appear on stage to amiably continue the apparent conflict.

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--Chadwick Boseman is introduced as the new Black Panther.

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After the presentation, Feige held a brief Q&A about some of the topics brought up earlier:

In all, an impressive line up looks to be in store, from a studio with a phenomenal track record to date.

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October 31, 2014

Big Hero 6: Press Conference with the Cast

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"I fail to see how flying makes me a better Healthcare Companion."
"I fail to see how you fail to see that it's awesome."
--Baymax and Hiro Hamada, "Big Hero 6"

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Coming up swiftly on release date is Walt Disney Animation Studio's latest offering "Big Hero 6."

In preparation for opening, the studio held a screening and press conference with the film's voice cast, directors, and producer, along with the producer for "Feast," the animated short preceding "Big Hero 6" in theaters.

(No photos or video were allowed during the course of the roundtable discussions. Audio selections from the Q&A follow.)

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WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT ALL THE INTERVIEWS. PLAY AUDIO AT YOUR OWN RISK

First up were the lead voices of "Big Hero 6," Ryan (Hiro Hamada) Potter, and Scott (Baymax) Adsit.

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Next was "Feast" Producer Kristina Reed.

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Directors Chris Williams and Don Hall then joined us, along with Producer Roy Conli.

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Finally, the rest of the main voice cast came in. First, the girls--Genesis (Honey Lemon) Rodriguez, paired with Jamie (Go Go Tomago) Chung...

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...And then the boys, Damon (Wasabi) Wayans Jr., paired with T.J. (Fred) Miller.

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"Big Hero 6," rated PG, will be released in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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