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April 4, 2015

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

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Lee and I hadn't been to Disneyland in a while to just walk around and enjoy the parks. I wanted to do the Egg-stravaganza (which we missed last year) so we went on Sunday morning. I wrote a separate blog on the Egg-stravaganza, which you can read HERE.

For whatever reason, Disney has been forcing those who come from the south to park in the Toy Story lot, even if we try to go to Mickey and Friends. There are ways around it, but rather than fight it, I just drove straight to the Toy Story lot this time. It's not as busy or as big, so it's faster to get parked and walk to the bus stop, but it takes longer to ride the bus to the parks because the route is on the regular streets with traffic and stop lights and pedestrians. The Mickey and Friends tram route is on a private road. Still, all things considered, it's probably a wash as to which one allows you to get to the parks quicker. My main objection to Toy Story is that it's a regular open parking lot, so the car sits out in the sun all day. In the parking garage it's more than likely going to be in the shade.

Anyway...we arrived at the parks about 9:30 and went straight to Disneyland, since it was going to be more crowded as the day went on. It was a really lovely day in Anaheim! I know those of you on the east coast probably don't want to hear this, but we have had an unseasonably warm March in southern California - with temperatures in the 90s on multiple days. Including just a few days ago. The forecast called for it to be 84 in Anaheim on Sunday, but I don't think it got above 78 while we were there. It was really a great day to be there.

A lot of work has been done on Sleeping Beauty Castle to prepare it for the upcoming Diamond Anniversary celebration, and it looks very pretty - very sparkly when you look at it from the right angle.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

In Fantasyland I noticed that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has the new Cinderella dress in the window. Very pretty. Though I didn't see any little girls wearing that dress on Sunday - still LOTS of Elsas and a few Annas.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

We had not been to Storybook Land since scenes from "Frozen" were added to it late last year. We rode in the caboose of Casey Jr. Circus Train - I hadn't been in that car before. We were facing backward, so that gave us a slightly different perspective! We didn't have as good a view of the new scenes as we would have if we'd been on the water on the Storybook Land Canal Boats, but we still got a look at the town of Arendelle.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

One our way into the park we'd gotten a Fastpass for Star Tours so we rode that. The line got stopped for a while when we were near the wise-cracking droid with the infrared scanner. It was really interesting since he detected that the line wasn't moving and made appropriate comments about that!

Once we boarded our Star Speeder I was all set to go to Hoth again, because we ALWAYS get Hoth, but we went pod racing this time! I think that's my favorite. The sequence that we almost never get is Kashykk. We had that one the very first time we rode it, and only once or twice since then. I know this version of Star Tours is several years old now, but it's still a great ride!

I'd read that Innoventions will be closing soon (though Disneyland still doesn't have it listed on their refurbishment calendar), so I asked a cast member there, who told me that yes, March 31 is the final day, and as of April 1 it will be closed for about 8 months. No information on what will be done, though. I'd like to see something Marvel-related go in there. In the meantime I hope they will find an alternate meet and greet location for Captain America and Thor!

The Tomorrowland Theater will be featuring a sneak peek of the new Tomorrowland movie - looks like that will open around April 10 and run through May 22 when the movie opens in theaters.

The construction walls were still up at Critter Country, but it will have re-opened by the time you read this, except for the Hungry Bear Restaurant, which doesn't open until April 3.

It's spring, and that always means baby ducks at Disneyland! We spotted a mama and her ducklings in the water along the path to Big Thunder Ranch.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

It's time for the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Jason did a pretty comprehensive blog on this, which you can read HERE. But Lee and I still popped in to take a look for ourselves.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

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There were two baby goats in the petting corral - they were getting lots of attention, and were pretty unfazed by it.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Jessie was even taking a peek at the activities in the corral!

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Back in the Jamboree area the Puyallup High School Symphony Band was performing on-stage. They were on their last number when we arrived - didn't recognize the piece, but they were pretty good. They had a good-sized audience.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

The egg painters had still been hard at work.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

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Springtime Fun at Disneyland

There were several character greeting areas set up, though only Rabbit (from Winnie-the-Pooh) and the Easter Bunny were out. This is still a great area if you want to see the characters. The lines weren't long at all, and the characters spend a lot of time with guests.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Pluto came out a little later. Love the bunny ears. :-)

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

It would have been fun to buy one of the cookie decorating kits and decorate a cookie, but it was lunchtime and we were hungry.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

We had lunch at Rancho del Zocalo. Several Disneyland locations have special food offerings right now. Zocalo has a Street Taco special, with chicken, beef, and carnitas tacos, along with rice and beans. I ordered that, though I gave Lee the beef taco. The carnitas and chicken tacos were good, though there was too much of the green stuff on top - I think it was jalapeno, but it was too strong for me, so I scraped most of it off.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Lee ordered his favorite Carne Asada and Cheese Enchilada plate. The carne asada is normally medium rare, but they sliced it and cooked it a little longer for him, and he said it was really good. He also liked my beef taco. (I had some of his cheese enchilada.)

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

While we were eating, Lee noticed one of the Disneyland cats asleep on the roof. :-) I have just recently discovered that the Cats of Disneyland have their own Facebook page. It's fairly entertaining, with posts like: "I'm working on figuring out how to climb the new mini-towers in front of the castle in a single bound" and: "I wonder if the ASIMO robot has a new gig lined up now that Innoventions is closing. He could be my butler..."

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Though we didn't try these, here are two of the other limited time foods available at Disneyland:

Linguica and Pineapple skewer from Bengal Barbecue

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Cookies and Cream Funnel Cake from Stage Door Cafe

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

After lunch we went over to Disney California Adventure. Frozen Fun is still going strong in Hollywood. There was still a line to go into Olaf's Snow Fest, and there was a 70-minute wait to meet Olaf! Olaf's Snow Fest ends on April 30 and Freeze the Night ends on May 15, but the "Frozen" singalong and the Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet have been extended, at least through the summer.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

We wandered through the Off the Page shop next to the Animation Building. This ornament made me laugh. "Rat, schmat!" :-)

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Luigi's Flying Tires is closed, but there were cast members in front of the entrance who had a bean bag toss game set up. They were encouraging guests to play. There didn't seem to be any kind of prize, though.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

DCA was not as busy as Disneyland. The standby line for Radiator Springs Racers was less than an hour. We rode it using the single rider line, and were on in less than 5 minutes - neither of us won our race, though. Oh well. The landscaping in Ornament Valley is really well-done - and at this time a year a lot of it is blooming, like this cactus.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland


The Cove Bar was busy; even at 1:30 in the afternoon there were people waiting to get in. This area used to be pretty dead, but not any more.

But we went to the Sonoma Terrace and Lee ordered a beer. While we were sitting there it occurred to me how much I miss the Food and Wine Festival. The terrace was one of the areas they used for wine tastings and other events. I was really hoping that after all the major construction was done that Disney would bring it back...

The Al Fresco Tasting Terrace is somewhat Food and Wine'ish, but it still doesn't open until 2:00 - and there was a line of people waiting for it to open. We didn't go up there this time, though.

Before we left the park we wandered over to Smokejumpers Grill. With the construction wall still up, it's like the end of the world there! Soarin' over California is due to re-open on May 15, so the walls should be coming down sometime before that.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

Jason wrote a blog with lots of photos on Smokejumpers Grill so I'm not going to talk about it here. The menu is pretty much the same as the old Taste Pilot's Grill menu - burgers, a salad, and a chicken sandwich. No more ribs, though. We didn't eat here, so I can't offer any opinion on the food. They have a veggie burger (in addition to the chicken sandwich), so maybe I'll try it sometime.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

There are some pretty odd photos inside...this does not look like a comfortable sleeping position to me - I wondered if these are firemen who are just trying to catch a little sleep in any way they can.

Springtime Fun at Disneyland

We made our way back to the Toy Story lot after that and headed home. We had an excellent day even if it seems like we didn't do very much. Considering how nice the weather was and that it's Spring Break I was surprised the parks weren't more crowded, but it was great for us.



April 7, 2015

Welcome back to WonderCon!

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Convention season is once again upon us, starting off as usual with WonderCon, held at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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This was actually an interesting year for WonderCon, as Anaheim will be playing host to a glut of conventions this year, ranging from Star Wars Celebrations later this month, to the D23 Expo in August.

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(These line corrals for the Arena look familiar? If they don't now, they surely will by the end of summer.)

Possibly because of all the different events going on, there was a decrease in the usual film/television representation that usually takes place here. Marvel passed on having a booth, as they are also reputed to be doing for San Diego Comic-Con this year, presumably saving their content for Expo. All this gave the convention something of an "old-school" feel--a throwback to when comic conventions were actually about comics and celebrating fandom, rather than movie promotion and star appearances.

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Panels ran in a variety of interest tracks, such as costuming, writing, gaming, art, pop culture, and fandom.

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Disney/ABC Writing Program finalist Brandon Easton ran one such panel on tips from established writers on breaking into Comics and scriptwriting. Their main advice: Finish what you start--even failed projects teach more than unfinished ones.

One panel Disney did bring was "Big Hero 6: The Art of the Story," in which Story Artists Brian Kesinger and Normand Lemay described the developmental process for Big Hero 6 and showed some deleted scenes in storyboard format (no recording was allowed.)

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Chris Hardwick ("The Nerdist") had a talk about his multi-media network, and announced that he would be hosting an 29-hour Avengers viewing marathon at the El Capitan in advance of the release of the next Avengers film, "Age of Ultron." Limited tickets available at https://elcapitantheatre.com/event/1139/showtimes/2015-04-20

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In addition to the presentations and discussions, there was, as always, an extensive Exhibitor's Floor, which was actually navigable thanks to a lack of the huge artery-clogging booths the big studios and networks usually run.

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A wide range of Disney-themed merchandise was available, representing all its different franchises:

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...As well as an enormous amount of cosplay. The close proximity to Disneyland seemed to encourage even more people to take the opportunity to show their #DisneySide.

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In all, although the con felt smaller this year without the big star presence it has had in the past, it also felt more individualized with an emphasis on inspiring and educating people to best express their own creativity, whether through art or film production or novels--a nice change from the more passive pop culture consumption that's usually represented. At the end of the convention, it was announced that WonderCon will be moving from Anaheim to the Los Angeles Convention Center for 2016, which likely will please some people by resulting in a bigger, broader experience, but will disappoint those looking to easily combine WonderCon with a simultaneous trip to Disneyland.


April 13, 2015

Trip Planning for a runDisney Race Weekend

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In response to one of my recent half marathon blogs, Kristyn sent this comment:

Enjoy your RunDisney posts. I am looking for recommendations on two topics if you can help me, Laura. I am doing my first event this fall at Wine and Dine. Can you do a blog on how you prepare for a nighttime race as most of us are used to the early morning runs. Also, not sure if it has ever been covered, but how to plan on where to stay and how to get to to packet pickup and the event if you don't have a rental car. Would love some advice on how to plan for a RunDisney trip. Thanks.

I'm hoping there are others of you that are interested in this information, too. So here are some of my thoughts on how to plan a trip for a runDisney race.


7-9 months in advance

Choose a race weekend and a race or races.

The first decision you have to make is which race weekend you're going to attend, and which events are you going to participate in. This could be influenced by a number of factors, including work/school schedules, potential weather conditions, and race theme.

As I write this, runDisney offers seven different race weekends in Florida and California, with most race weekends including 5K, 10K, and half marathon races. (There's no 10K for Wine and Dine Weekend; and WDW Marathon Weekend also features the WDW Marathon, which is the granddaddy of them all!)

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So, what's it going to be? Decisions, decisions. WDW Marathon Weekend in early January offers all four race distances, in addition to the Goofy Challenge and the Dopey Challenge. This is also the largest runDisney race weekend and has the most participants.

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Is The Force with you? Then you might want to choose Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, which is also in January, a week after Marathon Weekend. There are 5K, 10K, and half marathon races, as well as the Rebel Challenge, where runners do both the 10K and the half marathon. Races at Disneyland have smaller fields since the resort is smaller - this tends to make for a more pleasant race experience, but it also means they often sell out faster.

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Are you looking for a "Girls' Getaway"? Then you might be interested in Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World or Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland. Both of these race weekends are women-focused. That doesn't mean that men are not allowed, but in the last few years women have outnumbered men by about 11:1 in the half marathons. Both race weekends offer 5K, 10K, and half marathon races, as well as a 10K/half marathon challenge. Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place at the end of February.

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This year Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend has been moved from January to Mother's Day Weekend in May. We'll see how that works out - many of us (myself included) think that's a poor choice for a race weekend, especially one focused on women. Getting up really early to run a half marathon is not the kind of pampering that most moms are looking for on Mother's Day!

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Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is held over Labor Day weekend, and also offers 5K, 10K, and half marathon races, and includes the Dumbo Double Dare 10K/half marathon challenge. It's pretty warm in Anaheim at this time of year, but a race weekend is a great excuse to visit Disneyland, if you haven't been out here before. The City of Anaheim really comes out in support of this one, with lots of high school bands, cheerleaders, Boy and Girl Scouts, and community dance groups. And then there's the classic cars!

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Do you want to run a race and party afterward? Then the WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon might be for you. This is my favorite WDW race: it's at night, it's a different course that goes through three theme parks, and there's an after-race party in Epcot until 4:00 a.m. The Food and Wine Festival food booths are open, as well as some attractions, and there's also special entertainment. The race weekend takes place in early November. There's no 10K for this one, just the 5K (which takes place the same day as the half marathon - but early in the morning), and the half marathon. But the 5K is also slightly different, since it's held at Animal Kingdom and not at Epcot like the others. This half is also a smaller field than the other WDW races.

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If you want to bring out your inner super hero, then how about the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland? In addition to having the longest name, this is the last runDisney event of the year, and takes place the week after Wine and Dine. There are 5K, 10K (new this year), and half marathon races. With the introduction of the 10K, there's the new Infinity Gauntlet Challenge. Weather-wise, this is a terrific time for a race in California.* In addition, the parks are fully decorated for the holidays. making it a special time of year for a visit to the Disneyland Resort.

*Last year's wind event during the half marathon was an anomaly.

Now that you've decided on a race...

Race registration opens 7-9 months in advance, (you can visit the runDisney web site to sign up for a reminder email) and many of the races sell out quickly (sometimes in under 30 minutes!). I highly recommend that you be prepared to register the minute that race registration opens (typically at 12:00 eastern time) so that you don't get shut out. The 10Ks and race challenges are usually the earliest to sell out, because they allow fewer participants. If you are an Annual Pass Holder or DVC member, there will be a pre-registration opportunity about two weeks before regular registration opens. A limited number of registrations are available during this time, and they also tend to go quickly. The good news is that if you qualify for this you get two shots at registering, and if you don't get in via pre-registration, you can try again during open registration. (In the past pre-registration was also available to Disney Visa card holders, but I do not know if this is still the case.)

RunDisney uses active.com as their registration site. If you don't already have an active.com account, then it's a good idea to set one up in advance. It doesn't help with pre-registration, but during open registration it will speed the process if you have an active.com account you can log into.


So you're registered...what's next?

Time to make some additional decisions about the race weekend. Are you going to turn it into a vacation, and add on some days before and/or after the race? Where are you going to stay? How are you going to get around? Some of these considerations are slightly different depending on whether the race is at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, so I'll address them separately.

Since most of us travel to WDW or Disneyland we want to spend some extra time there apart from the races to give some added value to the trip. I personally recommend adding more of the time on after the race and not before. You'll still want to arrive at least a day or two before the race so that you have time to visit the Race Expo and pick up your race bib and shirt, etc., but once the race is over it's nice to have some time to relax and enjoy the parks.

At Walt Disney World, if you are staying on-site at a WDW resort, then race transportation and where to stay are kind of all rolled together. For each race weekend, there are multiple Walt Disney World resorts that are designated "host resorts". Race transportation is provided for runners staying at these hotels - this includes free transportation to/from the Expo in addition to transportation to/from the races. So, between using Disney's Magical Express for airport transportation and normal Disney transportation to the parks, then if you're staying at a host resort you probably don't need a rental car. For Marathon and Princess weekends, all WDW resorts are considered host resorts and offer race transportation. For Wine and Dine, the resort choices are more limited. You can visit the runDisney web site and go to Travel->Walt Disney World and then select the race weekend you are interested in for more information on the host resorts.

At Disneyland everything is much more compact, so from any of the Disney hotels and from many of the hotels in the surrounding area you simply walk to/from any race weekend events. The Expos are held in the convention center at the Disneyland Hotel, and the races all start/end near either the Disneyland Hotel or the Paradise Pier Hotel. (This makes the race morning logistics a WHOLE lot easier than at WDW - no bus ride required!). There are some designated host hotels that are further away which do offer Expo and race transportation, so that's also an option.

One thing to keep in mind is that there's no "Magical Express" equivalent at Disneyland, though there are a number of reputable shuttle services that provide airport transportation to all area hotels. You'll have to pay for it, but balance that off against the price of a car rental. Also, most hotels (including the Disney hotels) charge a fee for parking, so that's another thing to keep in mind. The two most popular airports to fly into are John Wayne (SNA) and Los Angeles International (LAX). SNA is a whole lot closer to Disneyland, but doesn't have as many flights. Long Beach (LGB) is another airport option, but it's very small, and few airlines fly there.

There are only three Disney-owned hotels at Disneyland, and they are all high-end, so Disney depends on their "Good Neighbor" hotels to provide the more moderate and budget-priced options. You won't get the Disney theming, but the accommodations are just fine, especially if your biggest requirement is a place to sleep and shower.

And did I mention that a lot of them are walking distance to the race events and the parks? :-) i can not stress enough what a huge benefit that is when running a race at Disneyland. You can find some additional information, including links to the hotel web sites, on our Good Neighbor Hotel FAQ


2-7 months in advance

Train for your race(s). I'm not going to say too much about this, since everyone has their own strategy, and what works best for them. But I will address Kristyn's question about Wine and Dine, and how to prepare for a nighttime race: I personally don't do anything differently in my training. I typically run one evening a week, but the first time I ran Wine and Dine I wasn't doing that, and it didn't make a difference in my performance. I think that if you've done your training, then your body knows what it needs to do, and time of day doesn't matter. If anything, I find it a little easier to run at night because it's dark and I don't have the sun beating down on me.

This is also the time period where you'll be able to submit your "Proof of Time". This is a race result from some other race you've participated in during the past couple of years, which runDisney will use in determining your placement in a start corral. This is done via a web page. You can use another runDisney race, but most of us don't have our best times in a runDisney race. :-) You'll need to have the race information, including the name of the race, date, location, distance, your time, AND a URL where runDisney can find the race results. If you run a different race and get a better time, you can go in and modify it. But you will not be able to modify your proof of time within about 3 months of the Disney race date - the cutoff date will be posted on the page. You are not required to submit a proof of time, but if you don't have one runDisney will assign you to one of the later corrals.

For WDW races, starting 6 months in advance you can make your Priority Seating arrangements for dining. So if it's important to you to eat a particular kind of food - or at a particular place - before a race, it's something to consider far in advance. And of course there's probably other restaurants you'd like to enjoy after the race - we often have a celebratory dinner at one of our favorite restaurants on Sunday night of race weekend.


60 days in advance

At Disneyland it's time to make your Priority Seating, though this isn't nearly as critical as it is at WDW. The exceptions would be for a special dining package, such as Fantasmic! viewing, or if you're booking for a large party.

For WDW you can make your Fastpass+ selections, if you are staying at a WDW resort.


1-4 weeks in advance

Race waivers will be available on the runDisney web site. You must complete a race waiver and present photo id to pick up your bib at the race Expo. While there are print stations at the Expo, it's a lot easier and faster if you print the waiver in advance and bring it with you. This is also how you find out your bib number, and you can determine your corral placement from that - otherwise you'll have to wait until you pick up your bib, as the corral will be printed on that.

Make a packing list. Don't forget things like gels, running belts, and throwaway clothes. If you use a particular nutrition product bring it with you - don't count on being able to purchase it at the Expo. If you're planning to run in costume, make sure you list all of the pieces. If you can do a test run in the costume to make sure it's going to work that's great, but I'm sure most of us (myself included) don't do that.


The week before

Obsessively stalk the weather channel. Ok, maybe that's just me. :-) But honestly, you want to know what to expect so that you can bring the appropriate clothing, both for running and park touring. And be aware that the weather can change drastically, even a day or two before the race (though this is more often an issue in Florida than California). Predicted starting temps in the 60s can suddenly turn into the 40s (or 30s!), or 50s can turn into high 60s, with finishing temps in the 80s. And rain is always a possibility. I've had experience with all of those, and they all have their own challenges. If it's chilly, the worst part is all the waiting around before the race. In that case, those little chemical hand warmer packets and some cheap throwaway gloves will go a long way to keeping you more comfortable. I ALWAYS pack a LARGE trash bag in my suitcase - it comes down past my knees and really helps me retain body heat while waiting.
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Race Weekend

Yay! You've made it to your destination, with your running gear and waiver in hand. Next up is the race Expo. If you want first chance at the race merchandise, then you need to arrive EARLY on the day the Expo opens and be prepared to wait in line. This is the one situation where it's easier if you have a car since the buses don't start running until 30 minutes or so before the Expo starts. Also, remember that bib pickup and merchandise are in separate areas - you can choose to go to merchandise first and later pick up your bib or vice versa. If you don't want to wait in a lot of lines and are willing to take your chances on merchandise, then I would suggest visiting the Expo sometime after 2:00 in the afternoon. I've never encountered much in the way of lines at that point in time.
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Be a little cautious about trying the samples that are available at the Expo. That energy bar might contain some ingredient that doesn't agree with you - and stomach issues are not something you want to deal with on race day.


The day before the race

It's really difficult to stay off your feet when you're at Disney, but it's a good idea the day before a race, especially if you're running the marathon. Even with a half marathon, being on your feet for hours the day before will tire you out to some extent. We try to do some limited touring in the morning, and then take an extended break back in our room in the afternoon, before venturing out in the early evening for dinner. And you should be drinking water throughout the day - not drowning yourself, but if you're running a half or the marathon then you want to be well-hydrated.

When you're out and about, pick up whatever it is you're going to want to eat in the few hours before the race. This might be a bagel or a banana, or yogurt - or maybe it's an energy bar that you brought with you. Your choices the morning of the race will be very limited, so if you already have what you need that's one less thing to worry about in the morning.

Planning for a runDisney Race Weekend

When it comes to dinner the night before, just about everyone has their own idea of what works best for them. Some want pasta, others pizza, and some swear by Chinese food. At this point, you should have done enough long training runs to know what you need to fuel yourself for the next day. You definitely do NOT want to gorge yourself the night before, but you should eat a good dinner, with some carbs and protein. I like chicken and rice, with some vegetables or a salad, though my go-to meal the night before a Disneyland half marathon is four cheese ravioli from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.

For the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, since it's a night race, we do things slightly differently. We still do some touring in the morning, and then we'll try to have our big meal of the day around 1:00-2:00 in the afternoon. And by "big meal", I don't mean gorging on an all-you-can-eat buffet - I mean your largest meal of that particular day. I recommend something similar to what you would eat for dinner the night before a morning race. Then around 6:00 have a light (and I do mean light) meal or snack.

In the couple of hours before the race, whether it's in the morning or the evening, you'll want to have something to eat. Again, from your training, you should be familiar with what works for you. You may want to eat in your room, or you may want to take something with you to the start area.

The Disney resorts usually have some kind of quick service option that's open very early on race mornings where you can get coffee and light fare such as fruit and bagels. At Disneyland several locations in Downtown Disney are open early on half marathon mornings, like Starbucks and Jamba Juice.


Race Day

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And...you've made it to race day! Get out to the start line and have a great time on the course!


What about the rest of you? What are your suggestion on planning for a runDisney trip?

Learn more about runDisney from Laura on this episode of AllEarsNet TV



April 22, 2015

Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead at Star Wars Celebration

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Star Wars Celebration, the traveling four-day convention produced by Lucasfilm and dedicated to all things Star Wars, was held in Anaheim from April 16-19, 2015.

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Among its incredible myriad Star Wars offerings, it had an extensive look at the popular new addition to the Star Wars mythology, the animated Disney XD series "Star Wars Rebels."

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In front of a packed Arena, the cast of "Star Wars Rebels" joined Executive Producer Simon Kinberg and Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni to talk about some of the new and surprising developments we can expect as a result of last season's events.

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Among other news, Darth Vader will return to menace the crew of the Ghost this next season, voiced again by James Earl Jones.

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Old "Clone Wars" friends Captain Rex, Wolffe and Gregor (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) and Ahsoka Tano (voiced by http://www.heruniverse.com/ Ashley Epstein) will also be putting in appearances to aid the fledgling rebellion.

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Afterwards, Filoni, Kinberg, Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Kanan,") Steve Blum ("Zeb,") Vanessa Marshall ("Hera,") Taylor Gray ("Ezra,") and Tiya Sircar ("Sabine") convened for a press conference.

Later that evening, anyone lucky enough to get in (the line for the screening was capped some two hours before start time) was treated to a sneak preview of the two-part season 2 premiere.

Skewing slightly darker and older than the brighter, more entry-level first season, the second season of "Star Wars Rebels" looks to be on a cinematic parity with even some of the feature film offerings, and should be on the viewing schedule of any Star Wars fan.

The next day, the last of the "Star Wars Rebels" panels took place with Filoni, Associate Producer/Co-Creator Carrie Beck, and Series Writer/Co-Executive Producer Henry Gilroy talking about the origins and inspirations for the series.

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Some points raised: The concept of the team that went around helping people who could find them was modeled after "The A-Team;" and they used all new characters, in part, so that the audience couldn't predict when this story would end and "New Hope" begin.

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If this was all the upcoming Star Wars news, it would still have been brighter prospects than the franchise has seen in awhile, but Star Wars Celebration Anaheim had just begun...

April 23, 2015

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Preview - Part 1

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Disneyland's Diamond Anniversary Celebration begins in a little over a month, and preparations are well under way. I attended a Media Preview on April 14, where we got a sneak peek at some of the merchandise and food items that will be available, as well as some additional information on the new entertainment offerings - and of course a few surprises!

Here's what I found most interesting:

Several Disneyland attractions will receive some special enhancements for the 60th anniversary.

  • The Hat Box Ghost will be returning to the Haunted Mansion. This mysterious figure was there when the Mansion originally opened in 1969, but "dematerialized" just a few days later. I know a lot of Haunted Mansion fans are very excited about this.
  • Peter Pan's Flight will re-open with a new nursery scene and other pixie-dusted enhancements.
  • The Matterhorn's Abominable Snowman will be featured in a new scene with some lost treasure, and will be more animated.

New Guest Participation Opportunities

  • The Disneyland Band along with the Disney characters, will lead a March-Along down Main Street, ending in a Sing-along in Town Square.
  • The Dapper Dans will also host a sing-along.
  • For those who would rather move than sing, The Straw Hatters will feature a Dance-along.
  • There will also be some additional entertainment at Disney California Adventure, where Mickey and the Red Car Trolley News Boys will add a new song, and the Mad T Party returns in the nighttime.

Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes

Starting on May 22, daily and weekly prizes will be awarded to Disneyland guests. Throughout the sweepstakes prizes might include real 1- and 2-carat diamonds, private tours, a replica of Cinderella's glass slipper or a stay in the Dream Suite.

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For those who remember the Year of a Million Dreams, this sounds somewhat similar. There will be some opportunity for those not at Disneyland to enter the Sweepstakes - information will be on Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

Here's some additional details on what's going to be happening.


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There will be special beverages and foods available during the celebration. We began by sampling a few of the specialty beverages that will be available around the resort. There will be 14 different ones, and each will be available at only one location, though a few locations will offer more than one beverage. Most of them use Odwalla Lemonade as a base, though there are several with an iced tea base. They are also flavored with different syrups, and most have a whipped cream or foam on top. For an additional fee they are available with glow cubes and/or in a souvenir sipper.

The Monstro Blue Lemonade will be available at Village Haus in Fantasyland. It's cotton-candy flavored, and I expected it to be way too sweet, but it isn't, and I liked it.

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Lucky Fortune Tea will be available at Lucky Fortune Cookery in DCA. This is unsweetened iced tea with mango and passion fruit, with a mango/passion fruit foam on top. I was surprised that this one actually was a little too sweet for me.

There's also Party Wave Lemonade, one of two that will be available at the PCH Grill at the Paradise Pier Hotel. I didn't try this one, but it's lemonade with coconut and banana topped with Sprite foam and a baked banana slice.

My favorite was the Frozen Pomegranate Silver Sparkler. Slushy pomegranate lemonade topped with lemon-lime fruit foam and edible silver sparkles. This is one of two that will be available at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland.

There are also special cupcakes that we will find in Jolly Holiday Bakery and Fiddler Fifer, and Practical Cafe in DCA.

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Those at Jolly Holiday will be lemon-flavored, and those from Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical will be orange-flavored. I believe they will both have the cherry filling pictured here (this is the lemon-flavored cupcake).

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Most of what we experienced is the area that Disney has set up for Cast Previews of the Diamond Anniversary. This included an introductory video featuring Disneyland President Michael Colglazier.

The next room was a merchandise preview area. There are over 500 different items available for the celebration. And a lot of it has a lot of sparkle.

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Miscellaneous logo shirts, glasses, etc.

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Jacket, sweatshirt, fleece throw, hat, phone cases...

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China, ornaments, Vinylmation, photo and autograph books.

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Balloon popcorn buckets - red, blue, and purple.

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There's going to be a mine train popcorn bucket, also.

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New souvenir sippers - oil can replicas in Cars Land, and an exclusive for the 24-hour event, as well as a premium stein.

Pins, lanyards, coin sets

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Dooney and Burke bags, of course!

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As well as attraction-inspired handbags.

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Mickey and Minnie posed for us in their special 60th anniversary attire.

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In part 2 I'll have some additional details on the new nighttime entertainment.


April 27, 2015

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" Press Junket

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"Avengers...Time to work for a living."
--Tony Stark

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So, excluding those currently undergoing life in a hermitage, most of the movie-going public is likely aware that the new and upcoming addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

As part of the media blitz for the movie's opening, the extensive cast, along with Writer/Director Joss Whedon and Producer Kevin Feige stopped by the Walt Disney Studios for a brief press conference.

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(Audio from the Q&A follows. WARNING: SPOILERS THROUGHOUT THE INTERVIEW. PLAY AUDIO/READ FURTHER AT YOUR OWN RISK)

(In the interests of making this a family-friendly blog, one word has been clipped from one of Robert Downey Jr.'s responses.)

Some notes from the panel:

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Scarlett Johansson

--Biggest challenge for Whedon: Making sure everyone in the cast ("there are like...47 of them...") got their moments and fit together into the same narrative.

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--Whedon's starting point for creating a sequel to "The Avengers" was to think of the smallest moments he hadn't covered yet: "How can I get inside their hearts; how can they be funny?"

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Elizabeth Olsen

--Make sure you open your press conferences with a question for RDJ.

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James Spader, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Hemsworth

---James Spader on his experience with motion-capture: "I really don't have any idea what was happening...it all happened very quickly. I was really just trying to hold on and stay on the train that was moving very very quickly..."

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---Chris Hemsworth's favorite superhero growing up was Superman, on the basis of it being the only superhero film available to him then. James Spader had no comic books growing up.

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--Jeremy Renner on Hawkeye's development: "I speak in this movie, which is awesome."

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--Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow's development: "...She had this moment of false hope where she kind of felt like she had put in the work and there should be some sort of personal payoff...she realizes that her calling is a greater one...that is what is most heroic about her..."

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Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, and Cobie Smulders

--Mark Ruffalo on creating Bruce Banner a character distinct from the Hulk: "I was helped out by the fact that I'm GREEN and HUGE, that helped me with the distinction between the two characters so I can't take full credit for that."

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Aaron Taylor Johnson and Kevin Feige

--Whedon used to be in love with a woman named Betty.

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--"Veronica" is the opposite of "Betty."


"Avengers: Age of Ultron," rated PG-13, will be released in theaters May 1, 2015.

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Preview - Part 2

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Disneyland Diamond Anniversary

On April 14 I attended a Media event at Disneyland to preview the upcoming Disneyland Diamond Anniversary. In Part 1 I described some of the merchandise that will be available and the specialty beverages we sampled, and our visit from Mickey and Minnie. From that point on we were not allowed to take any photos.

After Mickey and Minnie left, Steve Davison, Executive, Parades and Spectaculars, came on-stage to tell us more about the three new nighttime events. I've been fortunate to see him a number of times, like this one, where he has acted out parts of the shows he is describing. After watching him I feel as though I've seen the show, and I have to admit that sometimes I enjoy his version more than the real thing. :-) He brings so much energy and enthusiasm to it, as well as giving us insight into why they make some of the choices of music and characters and scenes. I wish REAL Disney fans had the opportunity to see him, because I think it would mean a lot more to knowledgeable fans than it does to executives and mainstream media.

World of Color - Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney is a brand new show, not a re-tooling of the original. It will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse. Mickey is all-new hand-drawn animation by Dave Bossert's Feature Animation group. According to Davison, Mickey is a "fun" character, and has a love-hate relationship with the World of Color fountains.

There will be lots of lights and lasers, and Mickey's Fun Wheel has received a new projection surface that will be used as a storytelling device. A lot of clips of Walt Disney will be used to tell his story in his own words.

The show has five different segments. The Opening will include a new musical number called "Celebrate."

"A Celebration of Mickey" will feature Mickey Mouse through the years, including "Steamboat Willie", "Plane Crazy", "The Band Concert", Mickey Mouse shorts, and "Fantasia."

"Golden Age of Animation" encompasses Walt Disney Animation as well as Pixar.

"Dream of Disneyland" is just that - Walt Disney's dream of Disneyland, including footage from Disneyland's opening day.

A montage of Walt Disney is featured in the Finale, including the reminder that Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination left.

As Davison told us, the idea is to "meet the man and celebrate Walt".

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Disneyland Foreveris an "immersive fireworks spectacular" where projections will complement the fireworks. In addition to specialty shells, there will be projections on surfaces all over the park, including Main Street, USA, the castle, the Matterhorn, "it's a small world", and the water projection screens on the Rivers of America. While the imagery will be similar, there will still be slight differences in it depending on the location, and the idea is to encourage repeat guests to view it from different locations.

The show opens with images of Walt Disney in the Anaheim orange groves, and features a new song called "Live the Magic". Tinker Bell will fly around the castle, and an animated Peter Pan interacts with her.

The "Clouds" portion features projections of chimney sweeps dancing on rooftops and includes a new "Step in Time" chant by Dick Van Dyke. Images of kites segue to the lantern celebration from Tangled accompanied by "At Last I See the Light."

In "Enchanted Places" there will be images of honeycombs and heffalumps and woozles.

The "Jungle" segment features music from The Lion King and Jungle Book, including "Circle of Life" and "I Wanna Be Like You". Davison described a sunrise in pyrotechnics and we saw a simulation of the projections on Main Street with the animals coming to meet Simba - it looked really good.

"I Wanna Be Like You" is a jazzy number ending in a rainstorm, which makes use of a new full color laser on the castle and appropriately introduces the next segment.

"Sea" brings in watery images and elements, featuring "Under the Sea". Then Nemo swims through the air to the "Mt. Wannahockaloogie" chant from Finding Nemo as the Matterhorn becomes a fiery volcano. The "volcano" blows up and ash turns to snow...

The Matterhorn transforms into Elsa's ice palace in this "first finale", and it will probably snow on Main Street...

In the Finale the orange groves return, along with Tinker Bell and Peter Pan and a reprise of "Live the Magic". The new closing song by Richard Sherman, "Kiss Goodnight", is performed by Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins on Broadway). Searchlights will create the effect of diamonds in the sky.

I think it's going to be interesting to see how the projections look in real life. The simulations have presented more of a wide-angle view where it looks like we are seeing most of the length of Main Street, but I don't think that's how guest will be able to see it.

Paint the Night is the new, modern technology electrical parade. It was conceived as a "way over the top spectacle" and contains over 1.5 million LED lights. Davison said they actually had to tone down the lights - it was too bright.

The parade units feature dancers in imaginative illuminated costumes. The lights on the costumes change as the dancers interact with each other and possibly with the audience, also. All of the floats have secondary lights that paint the audience.

The parade leads off with the "Fiber Fairies", followed by the first unit. Tinker Bell floats in air as she gathers pixie dust into some kind of pixie dust vortex. The large electrical parade drum is behind.

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Monsters, Inc follows, with the brilliantly blue Sulley and glowing green Mike. Doors spin around and open and close, revealing whatever might be on the other side.

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Cars Road Jam is next, with the "Cars Crew" dancers, Lightning McQueen, DJ, and Mack the truck. Mack is 54' long, with 25,000 3D lights in a volumetric display. We had the opportunity to see a preview of this segment, seen below.

After the preview, Mack sat in front of us for about 20 minutes during a Q&A session. I found it fascinating to watch the light display and all of the images. I think it's really a shame that during the parade people won't get to really see it, because it goes by so fast and there are so many other things going on.

The next unit is The Little Mermaid, with electric jellyfish and coral fish. The float features King Triton and Ariel, as well as Nemo and Marlin.

"Candlelight Dreams" features Belle in a beautiful illuminated ballgown, with a large rose behind her. This unit will also include Rapunzel and Cinderella, multiple candelabras, court dancers and "dove dancers".

"Frozen Fractals", a representation of Elsa's ice palace, will be the tallest float in the parade. Anna and Elsa will be on board, accompanied by ice crystal dancers.

Lasso dancers with poi balls precede "Toy Story Electric Rodeo". The float features Slinky Dog with his coils represented by spinning illuminated disks. Buzz and Woody will ride the float, and Jessie will walk alongside.

"Mickey's Lightastic Finale" is the final parade. Disney characters will ride on-board individually controlled and lighted spheres followed by "double pinwheel dancers". The float features Sorcerer Mickey using his magical paintbrush to "paint the night".

The parade will be about 15 minutes long. On busy nights it will run twice: both before and after the fireworks. There is no performance stop - it will be continuously in motion. There will be an app that somehow allows guests to interact with the parade, but there were no other details on that. It's very similar to the version that's currently running at Hong Kong Disneyland, but there are some new elements, including the drum and the "Frozen" float.

Music that will be included in the parade includes "When Can I See You Again" from Wreck-it Ralph, "Route 66", "Under the Sea", and "You've Got a Friend in Me." And yes, the "Baroque Hoedown" will return, in a more modern synthpop arrangement. In the clip above, you will hear the new version, starting about 50 seconds in, as well as "When Can I See You Again".

All these shows begin when the Disneyland 60th Anniversary celebration kicks off on May 22. I know a number of you have asked how long these shows will be around. Disney has been coy about identifying an ending date, saying only that it will be "a long celebration", but has confirmed that all of the shows will be running at least through the holiday season and into 2016. And in fact the new World of Color and firework shows will be running in place of the holiday offerings of World of Color - Winter Dreams and Believe...In Holiday Magic. The "A Christmas Fantasy" parade will return for the holiday season as the daytime parade, replacing Soundsational.

AllEars will be covering the premieres of all of these shows, and we will have lots of additional information and photos and video at that time.



Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 24, 2015.

It has been nearly a month since my last visit to the Disneyland Resort. I paid a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland and the Tokyo Disney Resort for two weeks. During my absence a couple projects wrapped up, some new ones began, and others moving toward the finish line. Most of the work is set to be completed for the kickoff of the 60th Anniversary and the Summer Season on May 22.

Thispicture set takes a look at some of the ongoing and recently completed projects around the resort. I have separate posts on the Tomorrowland film sneak peek as well as Sleeping Beauty Castle or you can view my full picture set on my site. Arriving on the Mickey and Friends tram, the back side of Naples is under wraps for some refurbishment.

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The Friday closures at the parks.

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The Downtown Disney sign is still under wraps.

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The porch area on Main Street is behind walls for some work.

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In Tomorrowland the facade for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is under wraps. The attraction remains open.

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A temporary wait time sign on the wall. The attraction was just reopening when I walked by.

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Innoventions is currently closed.

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The entrance sign on Harbor Blvd is under wraps and being repainted.

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The Mad T Party is being reinstalled as Freeze the Night has ended its run in the Hollywood Land area.

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The rest of the Frozen Fun continues for a couple more weeks.

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Most of the concrete in front of Soarin' and the planters are in. A large watch tower has replaced the steel structure that used to be there.

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Several trees in the area now too look great. Looks like they are ready to pour the concrete for the primary walkway.

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A couple of large steel beams backstage near Indy (which is closed for renovation).

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A new cooling tower has been installed backstage in Tomorrowland replacing the several older ones.

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Out by Small World two of the towers are under wraps for some renovation work.

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Most of the Small World facade work is complete.

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The area where the small fire was several weeks ago is still being worked on.

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Heading into Toontown, the gazebo in the middle of Toontown is being worked on.

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The facade of Pinocchio is being worked on.

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Mickey was out for pictures in the Springtime Roundup at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

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For the Bunny Hop only one rabbit showed up. Pluto and Minnie joined in mid song.

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Critter Country has reopened since my last visit.

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The Hungry Bear Restaurant had cast members with menus at the entrance.

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Looks like the safety railing on this bridge was redone during the renovation work.

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The Briar Patch received a new roof.

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Some work going on outside Mlle Antoniettes Parfumerie

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The facade for Le Bat en Rouge is being worked on, but the store is open.

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Indiana Jones is currently closed for renovation.

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The roof of Tropical Imports has been cleared. The extended queue, props, and signage are all gone. Wonder what is coming... more queue space? Level queue space? A return of the band stage?

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Some filming going on in front of the Castle now.

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Tom Bergeron was taping a segment. I could not tell which of his shows it was for.

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No signs of 60th decorations on the Carthay yet.

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Work continues on the rock work at the entrance to the Grizzly Peak Airfield area.

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Frozen Fun is coming to an end soon. Freeze the Night is closed and the area is walled off as they transition back to the Mad T Party.

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Mad T Party props are up.

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No visible progress in Cars Land.

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The Bay Area is under wraps for some facade renovation.

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At the Grand Californian the one pool that was closed looks about ready to reopen.

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The Downtown Disney entrance arch near ESPN is now blue.

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Wood paneled trashcans at the Disneyland Hotel.

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The fall protection work at the Disneyland Hotel seems to have stalled...that looks about the same as it did on my last visit.

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A new Disney Vacation Club store front/office has opened in Downtown Disney.

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Back to Disneyland. On Main Street plenty of snow machines are visible. So looks like year round snow is coming for the new offerings.

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Spotted a projector on the roof for the new fireworks show.

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Spotted some scaffolding up on the side of City Hall on the way out.

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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.



April 29, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 24, 2015.

A Tomorrowland movie sneak peek poster as you enter the park.

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A Sneak Peek of the upcoming Tomorrowland film has moved into the theater.

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The trashcans right around the theater have the logo for the film on them.

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The entrance area for the theater features a look at how the World's Fair was brought to the film with concept art and other pieces.

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A look at the World's Fair Exhibit in the waiting area. It shows the original reference material and how it was interpreted for the film. The film shows the World's Fair through the lens of a persons' memory so it may not be 100% accurate because of his memory.

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While waiting for the next film the LCD screens show concept art and eventually a video.

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Walked into the theater and found a seat. As usual no pictures or video allowed during the preview. The preview shows an extended sequence from the World's Fair and then some other clips/trailer sequences from the film.

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The back portion of the Starcade features an exhibit on the movie.

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The one wall features concept art from the film and videos talking about the movie.

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There are four other main display cases with props from the film in the space.

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Hall of Invention showcase

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Spacesuits

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Monitor Console

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Doubling back to the large wall and a closer look at some of the artwork on it.

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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.



April 30, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photos - Sleeping Beauty Castle 60th Anniversary preparations (4/24/15)

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 24, 2015.

This posting will feature a look at Sleeping Beauty Castle as it prepares for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration that officially starts May 22, 2015. Most of the overlay is now complete. Just finishing details are yet to come, such as the logo for the 60th.

Approaching the castle from the hub.

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The East (Tomorrowland) side.

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New projector/light housing have been installed and these are larger (higher) than before.

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The Fantasyland side of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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The West/Frontierland side

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The two boxes on the west side have returned and are higher than the old ones (just as the one on the east side)

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Too bad the sky was not blue today...

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Sleeping Beauty Castle with regular lighting. Once the celebration begins there will be special lighting on/from the castle.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15


Hope you enjoyed this look at Sleeping Beauty Castle at 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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