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June 23, 2015

Inside Out Pre-parade at Disney California Adventure

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos of the Disney/Pixar Inside Out pre-parade at Disney California Adventure. The pre-parade started on Friday to coincide with the release of the film. For more from Friday, June 19, 2015 visit the full picture set on my site. I will have a separate posting on the 2015 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band here on Allears.net.


The Pre-Parade made the times guide. Here is how it is listed.

Inside Out Pre-parade

Inside Out pre-parade as it started its first run through the park. This is stepping off at the Parade Gate in Hollywood Land.

Inside Out Pre-parade

Inside Out Pre-parade

All five emotions are on the float. Sadness in front, Joy at the controls, Anger up above, Disgust and Fear are on the back.

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Sadness rides on the front of the float.

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Anger on the top.

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Joy at the controls

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Disgust on the back of the float

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Fear was clinging to a post on the other side, so I could not get a good picture

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Inside Out Pre-parade

Inside Out Pre-parade

I walked through Bugs Land and out to the parade route to get some video of the pre-parade.

Video of the Inside Out Pre-parade. I kept the long lead time so you could hear the dialog track, if you want to see just the float skip ahead a couple of minutes.

To mark the release of the film, Award Wieners in Hollywood Land has some special Inside Out items.

Inside Out Pre-parade

Inside Out Pre-parade

Hope you enjoyed this look at Inside Out 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.


June 22, 2015

2015 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos of the 2015 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band from Friday, June 19, 2015.

The 2015 All-American College Band started their season yesterday. Their first performance today is at the Hollywood Backlot Stage at 3:00pm. Since it was their second day in the park they performed some of their other set music and not a Jazz set today.

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One USC member of the band this year...Emma, the sax player in the middle of the picture - FIGHT ON!

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This is out of order.. but before listening to them play thought it would be good to Introduce the Band. Here are some clips featuring the introductions.

A video clip of the All-American College Band performing Gonna Take You There from Princess and the Frog.

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The 2015 All-American College Band performing at the nightly Flag Retreat at 5:15pm

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The All-American College Band performing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at 6:15pm

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2015 Disneyland All-American College Band - A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

2015 Disneyland All-American College Band - Disneyland Attraction Medley

The band made their way up the street after two songs at the Castle. First stop was near the Arcade and featured the Incredibles.

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Their last stop was near Town Square and featured Under the Sea

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The 2015 All-American College Band next set was at 7:15pm in Town Square.

The band kicking off their set with Bubbles was a Cheerleader. A toddler showed up to help get things started.

The band performs the Stevie Wonder tribute this year instead of Michael Jackson

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The 2015 All-American College Band concluding their set with the Earth, Wind and Fire tribute

The 2015 All-American College Band at their first stop of their pre-parade performances. This one features the Disney Movie Medley,

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

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A couple clips from this performance.

The band moves down the parade route and stops just short of the Fantasyland walkway and performs Let it Go.

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The band stops at the head of Main Street in the hub and performs. Thanks to the Paint the Night crowds it is a challenge to follow the band for the pre-parade.

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Their last stop is near the Cinema.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures & video of the All-American College Band. 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.



May 14, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/08/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Friday marked two weeks until the 60th Anniversary kicks off at the Disneyland Resort. This picture set features a look at the decorations that are showing up around the parks and hotels. Also this weekend was the Tinker Bell Half Marathon & the premiere of the Tomorrowland film in Downtown Disney.

Frozen Fun billboards are still up at the Mickey and Friends Tram stop. The 60th ones should be up soon.

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The ticket booths have received some signage for the 60th.

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The Downtown Disney sign repainting and renovation is complete.

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Because of the Tomorrowland movie premiere & after party on Saturday, Tomorrowland will be closing early for day guests.

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60th decorations are showing up on the entrance and train station (the flags and banners)

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The lamp posts have received their decorations.

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Main Street is decked out in a lot of blue for the occasion.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle looks more or less the same as last visit. The final items have not been installed.

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The scaffolding is down around Buzz, but the work is not complete yet. It sports a new color scheme matching the character and not really Tomorrowland.

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The entrance sign received a new look too.

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The Monorails featured wraps/ads for the Tomorrowland film.

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A check of the Mad T Party installation progress as we pass over Hollywood Land.

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Unfortunately I was stuck shooting through a window so not the clearest of pictures. But you can see Grizzly Peak Airfield is nearing completion. It is scheduled to open next Friday.

Humphreys replaced the Fly n Buy shop.

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Looks like all the pavement is in.

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The AMC Theater will be hosting the Tomorrowland Premiere Saturday afternoon/evening.

Props were being installed this afternoon

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The blue carpet will be here leading to the theater.

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Where the press line will be.

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Next stop the Disneyland Hotel. 60th Anniversary signage as you enter the lobby.

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This weekend was the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Laura will be covering it in depth since she ran in the races. I will skip the Expo pictures in this set.

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Outside work still continues on the fall protection.

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The Paradise Pier Hotel has a sign up for the 60th anniversary

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New 60th banners on the driveway entrance to the Paradise Pier Hotel.

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Some of the windows on Buena Vista Street have received diamonds. (the glare was not helpful this afternoon)

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A closer look in the window of the Atwater Ink & Paint store

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The Carthay Circle Restaurant has started to receive diamonds too.

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Work continues on the facades in the Bay Area.

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Most of the Frozen Fun has ended. The Snow Fest has closed and the signage removed.

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You can still meet Olaf, but he is outside now.

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More diamonds, this time the Elias & Co windows

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Interesting...noticed some marking around the hub on the ground. Looks like they will be drilling new holes for more crowd control ropes.

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Peter Pan is still behind walls and the project was pushed to a July 1 opening date now.

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The facade of Pinocchio is still being worked on too.

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The Mark Twain now has 60th banners.

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The Haunted Mansion remained closed. It reopens Saturday with the new Hat Box Ghost... was hoping for a soft opening Friday.

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The Fantasyland side of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Soundsational passing through the hub.

No drum for the Chip/Dale/Goofy/Pluto they were just dancing along the parade route.

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No real visible progress above Tropical Imports

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Pizza Port has a promotion going on for the Avengers with special food items and a print available. Laura will be doing a food blog, she tried some of the treats.

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A lamp post on Main Street with 60th Anniversary decorations.

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Over at Disney California Adventure, on Buena Vista Street, the Julius Katz window features some diamonds now too.

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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.



May 8, 2015

Disney Paint the Night Parade in Hong Kong Disneyland a preview for Disneyland 60th

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us this "preview" of Disney Paint the Night Parade.

The Disneyland 60th Anniversary kicks off on May 22nd with a new parade, new shows, entertainment and more.The new parade will be Paint the Night which will roll through Disneyland each evening. Though some elements will be new, it will be very similar to the Disney Paint the Night parade that premiered in Hong Kong last year. I was at Hong Kong Disneyland in April and saw the parade then. I watched the parade near its start in Fantasyland and then rushed to Main Street to catch it a second time. Here are some pictures and video clips from it that can act as a preview of what is coming to Anaheim. The Anaheim version will not have a show stop and will feature a couple extra floats: a tribute to the large drum from the original Electrical parade and a Frozen-themed float.

I have a trip summary page on my site from my time at Hong Kong Disneyland and then Tokyo Disney Resort featuring additional picture sets and videos.

Here is a full video of Paint the Night in case you want to listen to the audio while clicking through the pictures.


Tinker Bell and some fairies lead the parade.

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Behind Tink you can see the Monsters Inc float.

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Moving on these guys on stilts lead the way for the Monsters Inc team

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Sulley on the front of the float with giant doors that have video on them behind him.

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Mike is on the back of the float.

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Next up the Cars crew is rolling into view.

Lightning leads the way Mack is behind him.

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Disney Paint the Night Parade in Hong Kong Disneyland


Next up we head under the sea with the Little Mermaid

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Next up the Ballroom/Princess unit.

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Belle is on the float representing the princesses. Behind her two large screens with video.

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Trailing behind a series of candelabras.

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A rose performer.

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Toy Story is next. Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Slinky Dog lead the way.

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The Fab 4 (Goofy, Donald, Minnie and Mickey) are the final group.

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They stopped for a show stop in front of me (note in Anaheim there will be no show stop). A video clip of their show stop including some guest interaction.


The ground and audience were being painted with lights.

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Sorcerer Mickey is the finale. Not sure what his float is besides a lot of lights though.

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After Mickey passed by I pushed through the crowd and rushed to Main Street to catch the parade again. Thanks to the show stop I was able to catch it and get to Town Square before the stop ended. So I could get a second viewing and some more video.

The parade on Main Street USA


Hope you enjoyed this "preview" of Disney Paint the Night. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Trip Report 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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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.



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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

Monitor Console

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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 27, 2015

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.



March 31, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 27, 2015.

The side of the Soarin' building facing Downtown Disney is being repainted.

Here you can see the second coat is being applied and what the final color will be.

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The annual Egg-stravaganza kicked off today at both parks (plus Epcot in WDW).

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The way it works is you purchase your map and then set off to find the various eggs and match the character sticker to the location you find.

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Here is the kit you get.. a map, sticker, and then a prize egg. In this example it is Tinkerbell.

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You can redeem your map at any point and pick your prize.

Under each egg is a character. The one you pick is the one you get. To keep this post spoiler free I will not include any pictures of the eggs or locations here (I do have a separate picture set on my site with them if you wanted to see).

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Dale came running by while I was walking through Town Square.

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Work continues on decorating Sleeping Beauty Castle for the 60th Anniversary.

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I think this confirms the new items will be lit at night. Notice the light bars under the jeweled roof section.

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Two turrets have what appears to be a plastic diamond on them.

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The Big Hero 6 signage is all gone as the theater prepares for the sneak peek of the Tomorrowland movie.

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A check of the Grizzly Peak Airfield from the Monorail. A large crane is in place to install trees.

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Time to check out the latest egg creations at the Springtime Roundup in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

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A closer look at a couple of the eggs. Bunny Olaf and snow babies.

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The Merlin egg we saw in progress last week.

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The Hatbox Ghost

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An in progress egg of Sleeping Beauty

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The Hungry Bear is just about ready to reopen along with the rest of Critter Country.

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Passing through the Candy Palace

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

DCA maps for the Egg-stravaganza are available in Elias & Co and that is also the redemption point.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The redemption area.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

At Clarabelles.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The Spring Buena Vista Bugle is now on newsstands.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The rock work at the entrance to Grizzly Peak Airfield is taking shape.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The Cinderella preview has ended and the regular "It's Tough to Be a Bug" film has returned. The cast members were enticing guests to enter by saying plenty of ice cold air conditioning inside.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The show building mural is showing some wear.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Spotted a butterfly in the garden area.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The pool closest to Storytellers is walled off at the Grand Californian for some work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Work continues on this store at Downtown Disney

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Looks like they split the space. No indication of what is going in on the left side. But the right has a Disney Vacation Club sign.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Work continues very slowly on the fall protection at the Disneyland Hotel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Work on the Downtown Disney entrance arch is still going on.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

An ice chair at Freeze the Night

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The Spring Break shirts

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

A look at Sleeping Beauty Castle this evening

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



March 24, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Starting off on Buena Vista Street this trip. Trolley Treats has some Cinderella inspired offerings.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Grizzly River Run has returned to operation after its annual refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Part of the Bay Area is under refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

The entrance arch to Paradise Pier is being refurbished.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Over at Disneyland, work continues on Sleeping Beauty Castle. The turrets are in various stages of decorations. They are overlaying the blink/diamonds on top of the existing structure. Much like they do with the snow each holiday season.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Here you can see some of the shinier 60th and some areas that have yet to be covered.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Over on the east side the new tower

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

A closer look at the new tower

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

A closer look at the overlay.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15
Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

The tower on the west side

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

The rest of the Frozen snow has been removed from Fantasyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Passing over Grizzly Peak Airfield onboard the Monorail.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Most of the scaffolding is down from Small World.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Back to Disney California Adventure. In Paradise Pier where the Maliboomer used to be they have closed the smoking area.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

A sign directing smokers to Grizzly Peak.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Now that Smokejumpers Grill has opened the menu at Paradise Garden Grill menu has returned to Mediterranean specialties.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Fountains warming up for their performance this evening.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Freeze the Night had started for the evening and due to the time change kicks off in the daylight now.

Marshmallow out for pictures.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Some Cinderella merchandise in Elias & Co

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

A few items based on the new live action film

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Back to Disneyland. The Primeval World has returned to the Disneyland Railroad.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

World of Color returned last week. The show is the regular one and will be until May when the new 60th Anniversary Celebrate! show starts.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15

A video clip of the Pocahontas segment from this viewpoint.


The back screens looked sharper. Not sure if it was my position, wind, or new equipment. My guess is a combination of all three.
Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/20/15


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



March 23, 2015

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 20, 2015 featuring a look at the Springtime Roundup at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

In the center is a food stand as is the norm now.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Checking out the Chuck Wagon Delights for spring.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


I missed their name, but a trio provides the music for the Roundup.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Mr Easter Bunny arriving for the Bunny Hop

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


The highlight of the event for me is the egg artwork. Here is a look at some of the early creations this year.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

R2D2

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Hard at work creating the next egg.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


A choir from South Dakota performed.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Pluto was dressed as a rabbit for the roundup.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Mickey and Minnie

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


The White Rabbit from Alice

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


There is also an arts and crafts area to create your own bunny ears.

Disneyland Springtime Roundup @ Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Springtime Roundup 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.



March 22, 2015

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos taking a quick look at the he Smokejumpers Grill which opened on Friday March 20, 2015.

I have an extended look plus my full pictures set on my site. This dining location replaced the Taste Pilot's Grill. The full project Grizzly Peak Airfield conversion from Condor Flats is not scheduled to be completed until summer. They will be opening pieces as they are finished.

Approaching the new grill from Carthay Circle.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Heading toward the front door.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A menu preview posted outside.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

The board on the opposite side of the entrance (this would be the left side as you enter)

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A closer look at what is posted.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Heading inside. Looking toward the ordering area. The configuration is the same as before, just new props, paint, etc... so seating is to the left and right. Cash registers and food pickup straight ahead.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Looking to the left some of the props above the seating area and on the wall.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

The menu is more or less the same. Some new names and a couple tweaks but your standard burgers and chicken remain.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Thought the True Life Adventure movie posters were great.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

The seating area to the right of the registers

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

The Bearpaw Basin patches and logos are throughout

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

The outdoor dining on the Soarin' side is still being worked on. So the door and windows are covered.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Walking outside. This is where the engine used to be.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

I walked by again after dark to see the lights and get some more detailed shots of the interior.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure


A closer look at some of the props around the dining spaces.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

I thought the model planes were a great touch.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

A closer look at the boards in the back of the seating area.

A 1st look at Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure

Hope you enjoyed this first look at the new Smokejumpers Grill in Disney California Adventure. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



March 8, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 6, 2015.

In this picture set I take a look around the resort at many of the ongoing and recently completed projects.

The posted closure list by the security tents.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Since my last visit prices have gone up. Here are the current Disneyland Resort posted options/rates.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

First stop for me Disneyland. The Big Hero 6 poster as you enter has been removed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

It was a great spring afternoon with many of the trees and flowers in bloom on Main Street (temperatures were in the upper 80s when I arrived and cooled down to the low 70s/upper 60 when I left).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

The scaffolding has been taken down and Sleeping Beauty Castle is now a lighter shade of pink and much of the gold added for the 50th has been removed or repainted to silver.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

The silver trim used to be gold

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

The light/projector housings around the Castle moat have been removed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Scaffolding still up in the grotto area.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Moving around to the Fantasyland side.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Another wall set up in the extended queue for Buzz near Pixie Hollow.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Work continues on the Small World facade. Some of the tarps were down. Not sure if it was wind-related or because they are done.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

A closer look

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

This is where the small fire was last week. You can sort of see some of the facade looks a little charred but hard to tell from this angle.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

In Fantasyland Olaf is MIA... did he learn what happens in Summer?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Splash Mountain is still closed and has scaffolding over the drop this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15


The new roof for the Hungry Bear is being installed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

A new wood fence has been installed along the Briar Patch.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

The Fortuosity Shop clock is back on Main Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Over to Disney California Adventure...

Work continues on Grizzly Peak Airfield. A look from Carthay Circle. Some new trees have been planted.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15


The former Taste Pilots Grill has a new wood/worn look and a new wood overhang is visible.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Water has returned to Paradise Bay since my last trip. World of Color returns next Friday, March 12.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

As of now they have not done anything to the roof or Downtown Disney side of Soarin'. Scaffolding is still covering the park side of the building.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

A look down at the submerged World of Color platform from the Fun Wheel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

From this angle no visible progress on the Flying Tires replacement

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Redwood Creek Challenge has reopened.

I took a very quick look around. No big changes jumped out to me. Just some new railings, paint, etc.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15


Grizzly River Run remains closed for annual refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Storytellers Cafe at the Grand Californian has reopened since my last trip. Looking through the windows no major changes jumped out to me.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

A look at the Grizzly Peak Airfield work. Taste Pilots is now brown and green and trees are being planted.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

More concrete has been removed. So all that is left is some right up next to the buildings. All the rest is being replaced. The restroom building is now brown and green to match Taste Pilots and blend in with the Grizzly Peak feel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

In Downtown Disney, the Winter Village and ice rink are all gone.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

They are repainting the entrance sign near ESPN.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

Work continues on the Fantasy Tower of the Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

The Monorail slide refurbishment at the Disneyland Hotel is complete. Monorail blue is gone, it is now yellow. So we have Red and Yellow (I commented in my tweet on this that there must be a USC fan at Imagineering!)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15

To close out this picture set, Sleeping Beauty Castle after dark.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/06/15


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.



February 9, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/6/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 6, 2015.

A look at the posted closure list as you go through security. It is not correct, the Flying Tires are still open.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Valentine's Day decorations are up in Town Square.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Inside the Market House they are sold out of the You Are Here mugs. The cast members said the next shipment is due in after Valentine's day.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Walt and Mickey are surrounded by tulips this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

The scaffolding around Sleeping Beauty Castle as it is prepared for the 60th anniversary now features a print of the original concept drawing Herb Ryman created.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

The walkway on the East side, by the grotto, has reopened.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

The Fantasyland side of the Castle features a photo print.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Peter Pan is closed for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

A check on the Condor Flats -> Grizzly Peak Airfield work from the Monorail

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

"it's a small world" has reopened after a quick removal of the holiday overlay. The facade work continues though.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Some pictures from my cruise through. Nothing really jumped out at me as being changed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Not much visible change as you pass Critter Country on the Mark Twain.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

The Disneyland Railroad is still closed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

La Mascarade d'Orleans has reopened. The store now features Pandora jewelry.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15
Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Next stop DCA. Not a lot of visible progress on the entrance to Condor Flats/Grizzly Airfield.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

The Pacific Wharf Cafe has reopened. The former entrance is now exit only (no door handles on the outside to stop you from using it).

The tables that were against the building are relocated and that is now the queue to enter.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Once you step inside there are two queues that wrap around to the registers.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Crossed paths with Lightning on my way into Cars Land

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Scaffolding up in Paradise Bay

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Ariel's Grotto is closed for refurbishment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Dug out for pictures near Grizzly River Run.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Disney officially announced that the Flying Tires will be closing Feb 16th and will be replaced with a new attraction.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Here is a video of most of the flight (I cut out 30 seconds or so where I was not really moving due to being stuck and needing to turn around).

Passed through the gift shop at the Tower of Terror (note the attraction wait was 65 minutes). There was a full wall of Minnie merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Some Tower of Terror specific merchandise

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

The back of the women's shirt

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Fight On Mickey!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Sleeping Beauty Castle after dark.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks was partially obstructed due to the wind blowing the smoke back on the show.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/06/15


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.



February 3, 2015

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 30, 2015. In this posting I am going to take a look at the ongoing projects around both parks. I will have a separate posting for a couple of the new offerings at Disney California Adventure that opened this past week (the Boudin Bakery Tour & Cinderella Sneak Peek). As always you can view my full pictures update on my site disneygeek.com.


The attraction closure sign is going to need to be expanded... it is almost full.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Scaffolding is going up around Sleeping Beauty Castle in preparation for all of the work to prepare it for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration that starts in May.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

With the scaffolding secure they have refilled the moat.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

A recent addition/replacement on the walkway to Tomorrowland.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

The Starcade is closed for some renovation work. Interesting they removed the Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet before the closure.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

A check of the Condor Flats work from the Monorail. Quite a few holes dug this week.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Looking toward Carthay Circle. Notice the rock work on the right is being removed.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

"it's a small world" attraction is now closed for the holiday overlay removal and the facade work continues too.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

The Toontown Train Depot is closed (the entire Railroad is closed right now)

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

The Fantasyland side of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Landscaping being replaced on the Mountain. Not a lot of other visible work from this vantage point aboard the Mark Twain.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

All is quiet in Critter Country. More scaffolding awaiting set up in the truck parked near the Hungry Bear entrance.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

More scaffolding has gone up all around the Hungry Bear and some tarps too.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Over to Disney California Adventure.The Condor Flats entrance area. They have started to work on the rock work.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

The Soarin' sign has been removed from the attraction building.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Work continues on the World of Color platform to ready it for the new show coming in May.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15


Looks like some new squares have been installed (and cleared) on the platform.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Some new signs letting you know Grizzly River Run is closed.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Not much visible progress

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Walking through the Grand Californian. Storytellers Cafe is closed for renovations through February 6. During this time breakfast is available at Napa Rose, and there's a dinner buffet in the Trillium Banquet Room in the Convention Center

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

At the Disneyland Hotel, work continues on what looks to be fall protection enhancements overhead.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

The Monorail Slides and E-Ticket pool are closed for renovation.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15

I will close with a look at Sleeping Beauty Castle after dark.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/30/15


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.



February 2, 2015

Cinderella Sneak Peek -& Boudin Bakery Tour Reopens

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 30, 2015. In this posting a look at the recent additions to Disney California Adventure. First up a look at the exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Cinderella film. The movie opens in theaters on March 12. Then a look at the newly reopened Boudin Bakery Tour in the Pacific Wharf. I have a separate posting looking at the renovation projects around both parks and the hotels. Or you can visit my full picture set on my site disneygeek.com

As you walk down the parade route in Disney California Adventure there are banners directing you to the Cinderella Sneak Peek in the "Bugs Life" theater.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

The sign reminds me of the Maleficent sign.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

The waiting area inside has nothing about the film...well I guess the background music may have been from it...but I do not recall now what was playing. It was not the regular Bugs music.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

The preview itself is in 2D and just under 10 minutes. It features the transformation scene and a couple montages of other clips. No video, pictures, or recording allowed during the screening.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

In the Pacific Wharf the Boudin Bakery Tour re-opened this past week. (Laura adds: I went through this area Wednesday evening so will add some of my comments.)

Cinderella Sneak Peek

You can now enter through either the traditional entrance or the exit. If you use the regular entrance there is still a cast member passing out bread samples. (Laura adds: The tour also makes more sense if you use the regular entrance since it starts at the beginning of the bread-making process.)

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Stepping inside it is much more open now. It's a self-guided tour now so the large door is gone and you can see right into the bakery.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

The original introduction video with Colin Mochrie and Rosie O'Donnell remains. (Laura adds: The other videos inside have been removed and replaced with signs.)

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Here is a look at the video.

There are informational displays to read along the way, which replaced the videos.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Time to head into the bakery area.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

An interactive Q&A has been added to the Mother Dough area (as well as new signage throughout). (Laura adds: I played with this when I went through. It's all true/false questions. Who knew there was so much sourdough bread trivia?)

Cinderella Sneak Peek

The bakery itself looks the same. The screens are removed and some new signage are the main changes that stood out.

Cinderella Sneak Peek
Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

The wall opposite the bakery.

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Some limited indoor seating has been added along the wall too. So you can eat and watch them bake. (Laura adds: I predict that these tables will be very popular, especially on cool days. They were empty when I was there since the Pacific Wharf Cafe is currently closed for refurbishment.)

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Cinderella Sneak Peek

Looking back before walking out.

Cinderella Sneak Peek


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.



January 26, 2015

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Since this is the off season once again I focus on the refurbishments going on around the parks in this post, the full picture set includes my usual assortment of pictures as I roamed the parks. You can definitely tell it is off season by the list of closures, and more are on the way.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

No scaffolding yet, but the castle walkway is blocked and moat is drained. Soon this will be covered.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

A couple signs with some info about the Castle on them.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The current state of the moat. A little water still in it.

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The West side of the moat.

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The back side of the Castle is walled off and the east/Tomorrowland walkway is closed too.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

Peter Pan closes soon for some renovation work. Here is a video from Friday (as always the dark ride videos really do not do them justice)

Next up a trip aboard the Monorail to check out Condor Flats. All the concrete near Taste Pilot's Grill has been removed.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

And a lot of the concrete in front of Soarin' is gone too.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The trees behind the billboard are gone. But as of now looks like the billboard is staying.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The Apricot Lane Boutique in Downtown Disney is closed...forgot to mention that last week when I walked by.

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The white tarps now have a photo of the "small world" Facade on them and the clock tower is covered. The attraction is open this weekend but closes Monday for the holiday removal.

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Jumping over to New Orleans Square, the La Masquerade store is currently closed for some work.

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The Haunted Mansion opened a day early.

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My pictures of the new window at the exit to the attic in the Haunted Mansion came out poorly. This is the best of the bunch with some Photoshop enhancement. You can see what looks like a bat matching the queue design in the window. It appears to be very temporary to me.

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Went for a cruise aboard the Mark Twain. A look into Critter Country, which is closed, the barriers mark a walkway for cast members to go through the construction areas.

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Work on the Briar Patch facade

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The Hungry Bear has scaffolding and work going on.

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The Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet is gone and some arcade games are back in the Starcade. (I think this happened several weeks ago but I had not walked down this way).

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Stopped by the Market House, there are now Disney Parks/Starbucks tumblers and mugs available.

A look at the two sides of the tumbler

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The You Are Here Collection mug. They are specific to each park. (No Downtown Disney - that has the generic California mug as of last check).

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Over at DCA here is the Starbucks mug available on Buena Vista Street at the Cafe

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The rockwork at the entrance to Condor Flats has been marked...demolition is coming soon it looks like.

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Looking into Condor Flats.

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The Bugs Theater is closed for refurbishment too. So right now there are no 3D films with all three theaters closed or re-purposed. No word yet on what is going on with Bugs or Magic Eye but best bet is more film previews are coming. I would like to see something for the 60th.

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The walls are down and new signs, awnings, and a car at the Bakery Tour.

Can anyone tell the year of the old Ford parked out front?

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The old entrance (I say that because unclear if this is an entrance/exit or both now).

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The same Bakery Tour sign over this doorway.

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Grizzly River Run is closed for annual refurbishment

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Most of the water is now gone from Paradise Bay and they are cleaning it and working on the World of Color fountains.

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The bakery sign lit up this evening.

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The entrance/exit

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The car headlights are on at night.

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The audio on the Disneyland Railroad has been upgraded. Here is a video clip passing through the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas.


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.



January 13, 2015

Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 9. 2015.

In this posting I will take a look at the "Freeze the Night," which is part of the Frozen Fun that runs through April 30. Freeze the Night event that takes place each evening in the Hollywood Land Backlot area. I have separate postings from this trip on the Frozen Fun area and Royal Theatre Show in the Fantasy Faire, plus my regular park updates. As always you can see the full picture set on my site disneygeek.com.

On Buena Vista Street the Frozen Fun photo op at night.

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Entering the Frozen Fun area of Hollywood Land

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Freeze the Night begins with a DJ.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

A dance team called the Ice Breakers takes the stage

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Our hosts for the evening.

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A video clip of the opening of Freeze the Night on Friday.

Snow projection effects on Monsters Inc.

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To the right of the Monsters Inc area where the House of Cards Dance Floor was for the Mad T Party is an interactive dance floor and beyond that Marshallow was out for pictures.

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 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure
 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Here is a closer look at some of the dance floor projections.

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The dance floor was tracking your footprints.
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Marshmallow out for pictures at Freeze the Night

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

To help you judge the scale, note the adults in the background and a young Elsa posing with him.

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Next to him is a play/game area.

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Stage 12 has ice/snow projections

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The House of Ice had a steady line.

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Ice Carving took place on the Hollywood Backlot Stage. Here is the first creation of the evening underway.

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This was more etching than carving...

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She then went to work on the back side doing some more serious carving.

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She finished the first ice sculpture.

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A check of the temperature with some help by Marshmallow

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Some snowfall

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Ice creation number two underway. Elsa was etched into one side first. Then she went to work on the back side again.

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Any guesses what this will be?

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Jumping ahead here is the finished product OLAF!

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 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

A picture of the Freeze the Night Let It Go performance.

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Video of the Let it Go performance.

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.


November 30, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

I started off my long holiday weekend spending the afternoon/evening at the Disneyland Resort. First stop today, Disney California Adventure. On Buena Vista Street Oswald joined the Community Bell Ringers. I arrived as they were wrapping up the last song.

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After retrieving a FastPass for World of Color I headed for Disneyland.

Every Wednesday until July there is an Annual Passholder promotion called Wednesdays with Walt where they have a presentation and screening in the Opera House several times in the evening.

This week they are showing Classic Disney Holiday animated shorts. I picked up a wristband for the 5pm showing.

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Main Street transportation rounding the hub.

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First stop for me the Jingle Cruise. A posted half hour wait and it took about that this week. A snowman in the queue.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The Mark Twain has returned to service and looks like new again.

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A look around the Mark Twain. No substantial changes jumped out at me. Just a lot of new paint and touch up work. The boat looks great.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

New signage for the souvenir sippers...now Fantasmic! vs Halloween Time. Not sure why you would want a glow cube in a sipper :-)

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Haunted Mansion Holiday time.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Anna and Olaf passing by in A Christmas Fantasy Parade (I was on my way to Small World Holiday).

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The curtains appear to be gone for good so you can now get pictures of Baymax and Hiro without waiting in the long line, if you are quick or the groups slow.

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The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing at the nightly Flag Retreat in Town Square.

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Lights set up for the Candlelight Ceremony in a little over a week.

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Next I headed to the Main Street Opera house for Wednesday with Walt. This was my first of the series since I usually cannot make it down to the park on a Wednesday.

Baymax floating up from the front row.

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Stacia Martin introduced the four shorts which were Mickey's Good Deed, Winter Storage, Santa's Workshop and Donald's Snowball Fight.

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At the end she gave away a drawing that she had made to one lucky guest.

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As you exited everyone received an Annual Passholder ornament.

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Fun to see the Elias and Co windows on Buena Vista Street after just seeing the short they were inspired by (Santa's Workshop).

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The hub cap tree has been removed from near the court house. I read it had some wind damage.

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Viva Navidad! Street Party

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Time to visit the three hotels and see their Christmas decorations...first up the Grand Californian.

The tree in Whitewater Snacks

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They now have Coke Freestyle machines in Whitewater.

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Elf Mickey Stein available for the holidays.

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The tree in the lobby of the Grand Californian

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This year there is a large gingerbread house in the lobby. It's 7-1/2 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Here are some other stats on it.

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The gingerbread house looks like the hotel.

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There are seven hidden Mickeys.

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The back side of the creation.

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A snack and drink location was set up near the gingerbread house.

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The menu.

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A quick video clip of the tree and lobby while I waited for a photo to upload.

The trees out front of the hotel have their Christmas lights.

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Deer out front of the hotel.

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The tree in the lobby of the Paradise Pier Hotel

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Walked over to the Disneyland Hotel next. This is the Frontier Tower Lobby.

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As I was walking toward Trader Sam's a pair of live musicians there were wrapping up with a Hawaiian Christmas song. Here is a clip of it.

The E-Ticket pool was closed this evening.

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A tree outside Goofy's Kitchen

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Santa's meet-and-greet area near the convention center is all ready for Santa.

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The "gingerbread" Castle is back at the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel.

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Olaf's Ice Rink was open for business at the Downtown Disney Winter Village.

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The Winter Village in Downtown Disney.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

This is the last weekend for the Mad T Party. So stopped by for one last performance from the band.

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The snow finale...

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Arrived on Main Street as the 8:30 Wintertime Enchantment moment was happening.

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Goofy showed up to take some pictures in Town Square.

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Found a spot for Believe in Holiday Magic....Disney warned then cancelled the show. The announcement said due to winds at upper elevations. I did not see anything moving. So had to settle for just snowfall.

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Arrived in Paradise Pier about 20 minutes before World of Color was to begin and found spot in the blue section using my FastPass.

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Since I was in a good spot again decided to re-record the Do You Want to Build a Snowman opening with the SLR camera. So here it is. Interesting that it featured images from some of the holiday animated shorts I had seen earlier.


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Here is the Frozen Medley then finale of World of Color Winter Dreams.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



November 24, 2014

Big Hero 6 - Jason's 1st Impressions

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com shares his first impressions of Disney's latest animated feature, Big Hero 6.

Los Angeles Premiere Of Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Big Hero 6" - Red Carpet


HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, actors Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph, Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios John Lasseter, actors Genesis Rodriguez, T.J. Miller, Director Chris Williams, Katie Lowes, Damon Wayans Jr. and Head of Disney Animation Andrew Millstein, attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Big Hero 6" at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Disney has another solid film on their hands. While quite different than Frozen you will still find an engaging story as well as interesting and entertaining characters.

Big Hero 6 is about the relationship between a boy, Hiro, and his robot Baymax, and the adventures that ensue as Hiro, Baymax and their four friends (Go Go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and Fred) work to solve a mystery of what is brewing in San Fransokyo. At its core is a story of personal loss and working through it. To learn more about the who, what, and where check out my introduction/tutorial on the film here.

Big Hero 6 - Jason's 1st Impressions


"BIG HERO 6" Pictured (L-R): Baymax & Hiro. 2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

I was really surprised by the film. I thought the story twists made for unexpected storyline and unanticipated depth to the film. I think Roy Conli (Producer) described it succinctly - “It’s a Disney movie with Marvel DNA”. It is not a stereotypical comic book/action film, but instead a Disney take on it. It stands alone somewhere between the Marvel films and Pixar’s Incredibles and a traditional Disney animated film. It is hard to pigeonhole/define this film.

Big Hero 6 - Jason's 1st Impressions


"BIG HERO 6" Pictured: Baymax. 2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Big Hero 6 is visually detailed. The film continues the Disney heritage of creating ground breaking tools for animation dating back to the early days of the Studios when they experimented with such aspects of film making as synchronized sound and the multi-plane camera. The new creations for Big Hero 6 were a new rendering engine called Hyperion which allowed for more realistic handling of light as well as Denizen which revolutionized how crowds were created and animated. For a computer geek like me it is really impressive the level of detail, lighting, and movement in this film. The number of action scenes, sets, and San Fransokyo itself are amazing to look at. It is very easy to sit back and enjoy the film and forget that everything you are seeing was created by artists and programmers in a computer. But for us geeks we like to really dig into this and the work the team put out with Big Hero 6 is impressive.


Winston from Disney's Feast

Two tips for viewing Big Hero 6. Be sure to be seated on time so you can catch the short that precedes the film. It is entitled Feast and is really enjoyable. I have seen the short twice now, once in 2D and once in 3D and I thought the 3D added some extra fun/dimension to it and worked very well with the style of Feast. You can read my first impressions of it here. And secondly as has become a tradition in many films recently be sure to stay all the way through the credits, especially if you are a Marvel fan. There is a bonus tag at the end that is a great closing note for the film.

In conclusion I would highly recommend Big Hero 6. I was entertained and I think Big Hero 6 appeals to a wide audience and age spectrum. Do not write it off as a traditional comic film or just another Disney animated film: there is more to it. Disney continues its tradition of creating dialog and scenes that work for both kids and adults at the same time. And a bonus for parents this time around...it is not a musical so you will not be hearing the songs sung by kids endlessly. Keep in mind it is a different kind of film from Frozen...it is not a fairytale so I think comparing the two is a little apples to oranges and is not entirely fair.


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November 22, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14, Part 2

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 14, 2014, the first weekend for all of the holiday decorations and activities at Disneyland.

Returning to Disney California Adventure. The window of Off the Page.

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Inside the Animation building the Character Close-up area is closed. Internet rumor is the Frozen sisters will be moving in here.

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Time for the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers.

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A couple clips from their performance.

One more clip from their performance.

Viva Navidad! has returned to Paradise Gardens. The Street Party was in full swing when I arrived in the area.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Viva Navidad offerings

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Goofy was out for pictures when I walked by.

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The 2014 logo on merchandise.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

This Route 66 sign along the parade route seems new to me. It is hung like the snow flakes.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Time for the lights and neon to come on along Route 66. This week Winter Wonderland was played.

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This evening Santa Mater rolled by as the event was happening.

The setting sun and new Route 66 sign, notice the snow flake lights in the background.

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The citizens of Buena Vista Street gathering for the tree lighting.
The event was the same as the last couple years.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Here is a video from last year of the Tree Lighting.

The Christmas tree in Town Square lit up.

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade making its way up the parade route.

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If you were interested here is a look at this section from the old Very Merry Christmas Parade. I recorded this in December 1993.

As expected the jungle does not have a lot of lights...so the pictures are not very good.

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The villagers had the generator they found going so their lights were on.

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The projection show from last year has returned to Small World Holiday.

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I returned to Main Street for Sleeping Beauty Castle Wintertime Enchantment. Here is a video I took last year of the show. It appeared to be the same this year.


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Some Hanukkah items for sale.

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Over to Buena Vista Street and Trolley Treats. Holiday cookies.

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A look around Carthay Circle this evening.


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The Mad T Party Band was performing when I arrived. They are concluding their sets with holiday/snow songs and snow fall.

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The Mad T Party Band finale from 2012 leading to snow fall.

Snow Flakes lead the way to Paradise Pier.

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Time for the 2014 edition of World of Color Winter Dreams.

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It now features more Frozen. Included is Do you want to build a snowman?

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Here is a video clip of the opening.

Olaf is still the host.

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There seemed to be more of Tinker Bell and her friends in the video this year.

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A clip from the middle of the show.

Big Hero 6 made the clips package this year. Here are Baymax and Hiro.

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In Summer has a new finale

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Santa Mater

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Here is a video clip of the new Frozen additions and it runs through the finale.


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After the finale for the exit music they use a studio recording of Glow (the song that opened the show last year)

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A brief clip as I was exiting the park.


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.



November 21, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14, Part 1

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 14, 2014, the first weekend for all of the holiday decorations and activities at Disneyland.

There is a lot going on, so this update has been split into two parts.

I arrived at the Disneyland Resort before park opening Friday and spent a full day, staying until after World of Color, so I clocked in around 14 hours at the parks.

First stop today Disney California Adventure. I was in the park just after 8:30am, it did not open until 9:00am so had some time to roam around Buena Vista Street.

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Walked through Condor Flats. Soarin' was open, with a 10 minute posted wait, no signs of a line yet and the area was nice and quiet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Picked up a FastPass for World of Color Winter Dreams then made my way over to Disneyland. The Christmas tree and garland are both up this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Main Street was alive with activity. Cars, people, horses all moving about.

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The sky looked threatening.. it drizzled on the drive to the park, but no rain the entire day.

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A video of my ride through Snow White's Scary Adventures.

Next up Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Passed through Frontierland on my way to Adventureland.

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The Jingle Cruise has returned for its second year.

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Signs up in the queue explaining the reason for all the jingle in the attraction.

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Looking up river this year there are more decorations. Here you can see garlands in the jungle.

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Here is a video of our trip.

A couple pictures from the trip, the tiger has gotten into some of the shipment.

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More of the lost shipment down near the elephant bathing pool.

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The family of baboons found the hats and boots.

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Down in the camp the gorillas were trying to bake some holiday treats

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The African Elephants managed to decorate themselves a little.

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The outdoor decorations found their way into Africa.

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The lions enjoying the reindeer.

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The villagers found Christmas lights.

And a generator.

As well as some Christmas sweaters.

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Trader Sam ready to celebrate the new year.

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Went for a cruise on Small World Holiday. Here is the Europe room.

A video clip of the Latin America room - Feliz Navidad

Hiro and Baymax are now greeting guests in the Starcade.

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Mickey and the gang arriving in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Some of the characters boarded the fire truck for a ride to Town Square.

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The Big Thunder Ranch is hosting the Jingle Jangle Jamboree again this year.

Here are a couple video clips of the new melodrama: The Plight Before Christmas.


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Mrs. Claus Tasty Treats menu

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Mickey in his holiday gear.

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Santa was back in his seat meeting guests.

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Chip in his gingerbread outfit.

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Dale in his matching outfit.

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Pluto pulled up a bench to color for a while.

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Stopped for lunch at the Stage Door Cafe and picked a table with a great view of the Rivers of America.

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Jack and Sally out for pictures.

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A walk through Critter Country to check out the Christmas decorations.

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The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing on Main Street USA.

The Town Square Christmas tree

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Mickey signing autographs in Town Square in his holiday sweater.

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Walked through Downtown Disney.

The winter village is set up in front of the AMC as well as Earl of Sandwich.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

The Christmas tree sits in the middle of the ice rink again this year.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Olaf was stationed near his ice rink

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

The hat near the Disneyland Hotel received a new color scheme recently.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

This weekend is the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. This is the finish line.

The 5K was Saturday morning and Sunday is the half marathon. Laura will have a full report from the race festivities so I will skip them in this posting.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Part 2 features photos from Viva Navidad and some of the nighttime activities, like World of Color Winter Dreams, and Sleeping Beauty Castle Winter Enchantment.

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.



November 12, 2014

30 Years of Disney Television Animation

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com shares this report.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

On Wednesday, November 5, I had the opportunity to attend an event on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank to celebrate 30 years of Disney Television Animation. The event was hosted by Disney D23 and the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) and held in the main theater on the lot.

30 years of Disney Television Animation


30 years of Disney Television Animation

The event started off with this sizzle reel looking at Disney Television Animation over the years.

This was followed by a brief welcome and introduction by Eric Coleman (Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation) before the panel took the stage. After the panel we were given a sneak peek at some upcoming series from Disney Television Animation to close out the evening.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

The panel was moderated by Jeffrey Epstein from Disney D23 and consisted of (going left to right in the pictures):

  • Paul Rudish - Executive Producer, "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts
  • Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh - Co-Creators/Executive Producers, "Phineas and Ferb"
  • Jymn Magon - Writer, "DuckTales," "Darkwing Duck"
  • Bill Farmer - Disney Legend, voice of Goofy
  • Mark McCorkle - Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers, "Kim Possible"
  • Rob LaDuca - Executive Producer, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," Storyboard Artist, "The Adventures of the Gummi Bears"
  • Bob Schooley- Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers, "Kim Possible"

30 years of Disney Television Animation

The first series discussed was the Gummy Bears. This series grew out of a brainstorming session at Michael Eisner's house shortly after he became CEO. They were at Eisner's house and his sons were eating breakfast. They saw the candy the boys were eating and Michael Eisner turned to the team and said they should make a show out of it. So they team went to work to try and figure out a series.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

In the development process they looked to films like Pinocchio and Snow White for inspiration.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

Originally the "big" Disney characters were off limits for Television animation. For example, it took a major act to have Donald Duck in one scene to kick off the Duck Tales series.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

As the discussion continued there was a common thread running between many of the panelists at their connections to Star Wars. For example, Rob LaDuca worked on visual effects for Return of the Jedi, Paul Rudish talked about working on the Clone Wars and how it was an opportunity to visit the dreams of his 7-year-old self. Jymn Magon spoke about an early collaboration Disney had with George Lucas to do the story records for the Star Wars films and his role in that process. Dan Povenmire shared how he was the first kid in line for Star Wars at the Mobile, Alabama theater where he grew up. He also shared a story about the creative spark for the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars cross-over. He was in a creative meeting for the show and received word of the Disney - Lucas deal and instantly the cross-over popped to mind and was asked about.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

Dan Povenmire spoke about the challenges to bring Mickey Mouse back to television through the series of shorts. He wanted to pick up where Mickey left off back in the 1930s with the fun, more open character.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

The "overnight success" of Phineas and Ferb took 13 years of pitching before Disney picked them up. They wanted to make a show for each other and not just for kids.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

Bill spoke about the honor to be Goofy over the years and how Goof Troop was his first series. He was able to explore and define a side of Goofy that the shorts did not. When he voices Goofy for shorts he plays up the "dippy dog" side more.

After an initial pass at through the panel Jeffrey asked if they would do an improv skit for the audience of what would happen if Dr. Doofenshmirtz wanted to create a Goofinator. Here is a video clip of Jeffrey setting up the scene and Dan and Bill performing.

The panel concluded with a couple questions open to all. First up, their favorite/most memorable/film.

Dan -- Jungle book and he spoke about the importance of songs. Saying no one remembers the dialog but everyone leaves the theater with the songs stuck in their heads forever.

Bill -- Pinocchio and the Absent-Minded Professor

Swampy -- Mary Poppins

They were asked what's the most important aspect of creating a television series. The panel agreed that it is character. You have to have well-defined and thought-out characters. Once you have that, you create the world for them to inhabit and the stories will flow from there.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

Eric Coleman took the stage to speak about some upcoming series. We were shown the opening credits and the first several minutes of two series that are slated to premiere in 2015 on Disney XD: "Star vs.The Forces of Evil" and "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero". The premise for the first series is Star is a princess and not quite ready to fulfil her royal duties so her parents sent her to earth to grow into the role and protect her. Penn Zero is about a boy who is a regular child/student by day but after school teams up with his sidekick Sashi to battle an evil part-time villain and save the world.

Then we were given an advance look at an upcoming Mickey Mouse short titled "Clogged" featuring Minnie Mouse. To close out the evening Emily Hart (Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Junior) shared a first look at early animation for Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard." This series is about Simba's son Kion, who assembles a group to protect the Pride Lands.

Hope you enjoyed this report. Be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from Disney as well as on my site http://disneygeek.com

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The 2014 Happy Holidays design on a t-shirt.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

A classic/vintage Disneyland Christmas shirt.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Another display of Christmas merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Houseware items.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Another Villains stocking.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Oswald greeted me on Buena Vista Street

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Sarge's has some Christmas items

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Lightning Dashing through the snow

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

And the back of another sweatshirt.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Red out waiting for guests as Lightning cruised by.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Halloween decorations are still up throughout, though.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Seasons Screamings...

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Down the block Refreshment Corner is still behind scaffolding.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Artist Mickey pumpkin

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Goofy made out of pumpkins

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Yoda pumpkin

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The next creation taking shape... Jiminy Cricket

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Small World is closed for its Holiday overlay.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland is now Christmas.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14
Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The train depot has received its garland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Most of the New Orleans Square decorations were up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14


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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

One last Castle picture from the hub.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Christmas has taken over the center section of the Emporium.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

A quick walk through.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Big Hero 6 banners up near the AMC Theaters

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The Finding Nemo Submarines have returned to normal operation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The ride experience seemed the same to me.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Christmas light installation has begun on the facade.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Ariel from the Little Mermaid

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Baymax pumpkin accompanied by Hiro from Big Hero 6

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The latest creation taking shape...Mr. Smee

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Chip and Dale bumped into me.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The Mark Twain is still in dry dock.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The Laughing Stock Co is back inside the Golden Horseshoe.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

More party preparations near Innoventions

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

As is the Gibson Girl

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Looking toward Town Square.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

On the way out passed by the new Boutique.

The windows were a little easier to see after dark.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Surprised there were no lights on any of the signs.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



September 29, 2014

A Look Around the Roy E Disney Building - Walt Disney Animation Studios

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I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Walt Disney Animation Studio to learn about Big Hero 6. This was the end of July and they were on the final stretch of Animation for the film. We were given access and a tour of the studio in addition to the information sessions. This is the fourth and final post in the series. This post features a pictorial look around the Roy E Disney Animation Building on the Disney Studio Lot in Burbank, CA. Most of the pictures in this update were taken the day of the event by a Disney photographer, I did post a couple of my own to fill in a couple gaps. I will be leaving out a majority of the session pictures that were used in my previous posts.

We start off the tour with my parking space. It was in the Zorro parking structure with a view of the water tower. To the left through the trees you can just barely make out the Michael Eisner Building (the Dwarf building).

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour

Looking back at the Zorro parking structure lobby/elevators.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Zorro Garage

Crossed Buena Vista Street (the original not DCA version) and made my way up to the Roy E Disney building.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour

As is the tradition the upcoming film has taken over the lobby and much of the common space of the building. As soon as you enter this graphic is on the wall.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Lobby

Made my way to the reception/security desk to check in. Baymax is watching...

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Lobby

The wall opposite the desk features microbots.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Lobby

Some awards on display from previous films.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Lobby

First stop this morning the main theater on the first floor for a presentation and screening of "Feast" then an introduction to Big Hero 6 before heading upstairs.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Lobby

Normally photography is heavily restricted in the building - there are signs like this throughout - but we were able to take pictures and were provided with pictures of several areas.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour

Big Hero 6 has taken over the main walkway in the center of the second floor of the building. The current productions are housed on this floor as well as the Caffeine Patch which is a common meeting area in the middle of the floor.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

The left side of the hallway features Big Hero 6.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

On the right side "Feast".

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Feast

Further down the hall on the right is the Caffeine Patch. This is a common gathering spot for the building and a hub for casual meetings, conversations, etc. It features tables, chairs, couches, TVs - places to sit and talk. Nearby (to the right out of this shot) are some notable offices, John Lasseter's and Ed Catmull's to name a couple. The area had a Big Hero 6 overlay.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

It also acted as the central spot for our day with groups departing from here and lunch being served here.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

Here is the actual coffee counter...with its San Fransokyo makeover.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

More props in the area

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

Thought this was great...even newspaper stands.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

There was a 3D printer creating microbot models.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Caffeine Patch

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - MicroBots

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - MicroBots

Baymax was nearby for pictures.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Baymax

Turning down a central corridor near the production pods there is a display featuring "Feast".

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Feast

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Feast

Artwork featuring the cast of Big Hero 6 in their regular close and super hero gear was on the opposite wall.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour

The floor houses two active production pods. This is the one for Big Hero 6. Inside are the offices for the film's leadership team. The second pod was the next Disney Animation Studio release, Zootopia. No photos allowed down there.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Pod

We spent time shuttling between story rooms and screening rooms on the second and third floors the rest of the day. I included some pictures of the inside of these sessions in part 3 of my Big Hero 6 posts if you were curious. To close with a look at the past. Olaf and a Fix-It Felix video game were in one of the Hallways.

Roy E Disney - Walt Disney Animation Studios - Big Hero 6 Day Tour - Olaf and Fix It Felix

September 28, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Today is the first Mickey's Halloween Party of the season.

The Party is sold out tonight. Also work continues on the compass area in the Esplanade.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

First stop DCA. Oswald had a line today. He was also meeting further in the corner this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A Red Car in the Carthay Circle Stop

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Scaffolding still up near White Water snacks

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The Ellis Island Boys entertaining the lunch crowd at Paradise Gardens

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The railing near the Wharf could use some work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Next stop Cars Land.

The extended queue for Radiator Springs Racers is set up but not in use.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Only a 65 min wait posted for the Racers.

I opted for the single rider and waited about 15 minutes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

My car won by a nose.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The wait for the Flying tires was 2 cycles...missed it by 1 group.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The HalloweenTime offering at Schmoozies.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Made my way over to Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Today no second line of CMs at the entrance. The one who scanned your ticket also had the hand scanner.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A Big Hero 6 Sneak Peek poster has taken over the Guardians of the Galaxy spot (and Captain EO before that) as you pass under the train tracks to enter the park.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A temporary ramp while some curb work is underway in front of the Mad Hatter.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

There were groups of people doing some sort of scavenger hunt/quiz game. Thought it said SHIELD on it, but hard to see. Anyone know more about it?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The Photo Supply Co signage is back. It was open but I somehow did not make it inside...next trip.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

First stop for me the Big Hero 6 preview in the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The signs along the walkway in

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

As we walked in they gave us each a kite (only about a quarter of our audience got them).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Time for the preview, it was shown in 3D and used some of the theater effects.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A crowd near the subs...turned out to be more of the scavenger hunt group. No signs of a soft opening. They officially open Saturday the 27th so I was hoping for a soft opening.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

No signs of the sea gulls and the water falls were off. Also this sub paused for several minutes before heading inside.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Work continues on the Small World facade.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Time to check out the latest pumpkin creations at the Halloween Carnival in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. First up Winnie the Pooh.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The Pearly Band from Mary Poppins.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Alice and the White Rabbit.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Olaf was painted onto a pumpkin this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The Maleficent pumpkin we saw them painting last week is complete.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A different magician again this week. Three Fridays, three different magicians.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A guest helps out.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Officer Chip keeping things in order.

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The sign along the Big Thunder Trail has been updated/replaced. No more Haunted Hillbillies and now the Magic show is listed.

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The Legends of Frontierland wraps up on Saturday.

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Jack and Sally arriving for pictures near the Haunted Mansion (they were meeting outside the Fastpass distribution area).

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A look at the current selection of Haunted Mansion merchandise.

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The doorway is now blocked with a display rack.

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A Haunted Mansion bride doll.

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The exterior renovation work on the Silver Spur Supplies facade is done.

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Next up some disappointing pictures to share. The seating areas along the walkway to the castle have been removed. The internet word is these are more safety enhancements to reduce the risk of a guest falling into the moat. (which I did not know was a common occurrence in the 59 year history of the park??)

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The next phase of the safety enhancements is the installation of a higher railing. They have started to drill the holes for it.

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Seems they should have repainted all the stone so the new would not be so obvious.

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Walked around to grab some last pictures before the extended railings go in.

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A photo location for the Halloween Party set up in the Small World Mall. Looks like the Frozen cast will be outside for the party. There was a steady stream of guests going over/under the ropes for pictures with the empty set.

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The Monsters University Dance Party being set up at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

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Some of the costumes the party guests wore were quite elaborate.

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Main Street USA with day guests leaving and party guests arriving.

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Come 7pm the lights and music come on and the party is underway. The park is closed for day guests like me, but you can stay on Main Street for an extra hour of shopping.

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Maleficent making her way to the center photo location.

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Main Street was packed (as is the norm on party nights)

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Here is a quick video of the scene.

I made my way out to Downtown Disney.

Disney Studio 365 has closed.

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A new Anna & Elsa Boutique will be opening in its place.

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Long lines for anything that served food at DCA since Disneyland was closed. Seems guests spend all their time until 7pm at Disneyland then came to DCA and decided it was time to eat.

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The waterwheel at GRR was moving again. I had not seen it in motion since the last renovation.


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.



September 21, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Some work going on along the tram way near the structure. Was not affecting service this afternoon.

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At the Downtown Disney stop they have finished the repaving and all four stops were available today.

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Oswald now greets guests on Buena Vista Street throughout the day.

There were only a couple groups in line so I stopped by to say hi.

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Some Halloween Treats at Trolley Treats

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Officer Calvin Blue escorting Donna the Dog Lady down Buena Vista Street.

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The Fall Edition of the Buena Vista Bugle is hot off the presses this week.

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Was walking down the parade route and noticed the Racers FastPass sign still showed availability...cannot remember ever getting one after lunch on a regular day.

A rare afternoon Racers FastPass

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Continuing on Flik's lost its Fun.. well its sign at least. Also notice on the left the large trees are gone.

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In their place smaller ones have been planted.

Same on the other side near the entrance

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The area looks much more open now.

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The Cozy Cone Halloween Time special item. A pumpkin twist.

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Only a 35 minute stand by wait this afternoon.

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We lost in the final turn - - Radiator Springs Racers

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Work continues in the Wharf dining area. The walls have moved to the left from last week.

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No visible progress on this project.

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At the Fly 'n Buy shop the Planes merchandise has moved inside. So the outside area is empty again.

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The center of the Esplanade is walled off. Looks like they are working on the compass in the middle.

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The fence and curb around this planter near City Hall have been removed.

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It appears they enlarged the planter and redid the sprinkler lines (assuming that the dirt here shows the old planter edge)

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The Photo Supply store scaffolding is removed and the facade painting looks to be wrapping up. It is still closed.

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The work near the walkway to the Castle is still ongoing.

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Wonder if this is the final state of the bridge work. Thought maybe the shields would return.

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In the Space Mountain exit area they have added some panels to the area.

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The subs return to service next week. For now though the area was peaceful to walk through.

No signs of the seagulls yet.

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Somehow I did not look up last week...Some Halloween decorations as you enter Toontown.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree to check out the latest pumpkin creations. This cast member made both the Hatbox Ghost and Small World pumpkins. She was working on Maleficent.

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Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen

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This week a different magician (I missed his name) He did more sleight of hand tricks plus some traditional like a rabbit out of the hat or one with baby chickens.

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Anna and Elsa passing by while I was eating... wrong lens and setting on the camera though.

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A special performance later today.

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The Disneyland Band arriving for the nightly Flag Retreat ceremony. They are wearing their Halloween orange uniforms.

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An Emporium Window highlighting Frozen merchandise.

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It was announced today that the Legends of Frontierland will be ending its run on September 27th.

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A piece of paper posted on the map today.

Some announcements about the Legends of Frontierland listing some of the activities today.

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It was just after 5pm and the Hoedown was underway as I passed the Golden Horseshoe Miss Lilly was out dancing with guests.

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Farley and Billy were providing the music.

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The Stage Door Cafe was closed for renovation.

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Walked through the French Market.

The Halloween Time offering.

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The Popcorn Cart in New Orleans Square has a Zero Doghouse popcorn bucket this year.

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The walkway by Fowlers Harbour is open this week.

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The entrance to the Winnie the Pooh queue is surrounded by scaffolding.

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The Hungry Bear Halloween Time offerings

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The Jolly Holiday Bakery Halloween Time offering.

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The Dapper Dans

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The West Point Brass performing their "theme song" the Magnificent Seven. They played it at every stop.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Main Street was busy as usual as the sun was setting.

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Taste Pilots Halloween Time offerings

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Stopped by the final set of the night of the Mad T Party Band.

During Halloween Time each set they add a little more to their costume and makeup leading to the final set and a Thriller Finale.

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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.



September 17, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Along with your parking receipt on Friday you were given a button featuring Elsa from Once Upon a Time.

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The first load/unload are at the Mickey & Friends tram stop in Downtown Disney was fenced off. A repaving project is wrapping up.

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Downtown Disney banners. One side has Cars Land, the other side Halloween Time. Speaking of Halloween Time it started Friday. I posted a separate set of pictures from Friday with those pictures.

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First stop Disneyland.

More scaffolding and wraps up on Main Street. So most of the East side of the block is under wraps.

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The Castle Bros. sign has returned.

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The Photo Supply Co exterior is being renovated. Both the exterior and the interior of this store (the others just the exterior).

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A large tree has been removed from between Coke Corner and Jolly Holiday. It has been replaced with a smaller one. (on the right).

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Some work going on as you walk toward the castle. Looks like the seating areas are being redone.

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The bridge has been rebuilt since my last visit.

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The Frozen queue was small, they have started a new ticketing system. Tickets with return times are distributed to minimize your wait. These are gone close to park opening and were long gone when I arrived.

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The outdoor vending carts are gone while some work is going on near the old Skyway station in Fantasyland.

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Big Thunder was quiet this afternoon, only a 10-minute wait posted.

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Friday was Dapper Day so there were groups of Dapper guests everywhere. Here are some strolling through Frontierland.

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The Mark Twain is in dry dock for several weeks of work.

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They have the walkway blocked off as you approach Fowlers Harbour. Guessing this is a staging area for the Mark Twain work?

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The cost to grab a bite to eat at Disneyland has gone up at most locations. For exmple, the Harbour Galley Menu, prices up between 40 cents to a dollar compared to May 30th.

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The Royal Courtyard is blocked off. They have removed the merchandise location as well as the stairs. Here you can see the outline of where the stairs were.

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A large tree was removed and replaced with a smaller one to the left of the Jungle Cruise entrance.

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Umbrellas were in style with many of the Dapper Day guests.

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Small World is undergoing some facade work.

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Roger Rabbit has returned atop the fountain in Toontown.

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Dumbo only had a 10-minute wait posted.

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Most of the walls are down from around the Sub Lagoon and there were subs cycling when I walked by.

They reopen the 27th, only 2 more weeks.

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Plaza Inn, interesting the fried chicken stayed the same but Pot Roast and Pasta both went up compared to the May 30th menu.

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The Sherman Brothers have replaced Miley Cyrus on the Spirit of Celebration area at the exit to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

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Over to Buena Vista Street. Plenty of Dapper Day guests here too. A large line by Oswalds. Speaking of Oswald he started appearing in the park on Sunday.

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Dapper Day guests

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Only a 13-minute wait for Tower of Terror

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Cars Land was fairly quiet too. The Flying Tires and Junkyard Jamboree were walk-ons.

Only 45 min standby for the Racers

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Stopped by Ghirardelli. Some Halloween candy for sale (they were still passing out caramel minis)

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Pumpkin shaped bread at the Pacific Wharf Cafe.

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Gluten free dessert options plus Halloween Time seasonal Bread Pudding (for more of the seasonal offerings check out my separate Halloween Time section).

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Some work in the seating area of the Wharf

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Paradise Park was full of guests, it was a Dapper meet of some sort.

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The Duffy photo area in Paradise Pier has been removed.

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Looks like the digital download test is complete at Screamin'.

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Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta no longer serves flatbreads.

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Instead just individual slices, like the Pizza Port

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If you have the urge to buy a character tail they now sell them in several stores..

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The Grand Californian exterior work is complete.

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Some of the rafts coming down Grizzly River Run were really spinning on Friday, like the first one in this short clip, but others like the second not so much.

The Corn Dog Wagon prices are up too.

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Elvis, Scot Bruce, performing at the Tomorrowland Terrace this evening.

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The lights were on in the sub lagoon and a couple subs moving around.

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Guardians of the Galaxy was lit up even though it was closed. No projections or audio on Ghost Galaxy when I was there.

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The Ghost Galaxy sign.

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The closed sign for the Magic Eye theater.

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Fantasmic - No dragon this evening. Just Maleficent on her tower.

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And with the Mark Twain in dry dock the characters were all the stage for the finale.

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Made it to Main Street for Remember Dreams Come True which is running on weekends until the holidays.

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The tram stop paving project. Guessing new concrete under the plastic

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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.



September 15, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 12, 2014 featuring a first look at HalloweenTime.

Halloween Time kicked off at the Disneyland Resort today. In this picture set I feature the Halloween related pictures. There will be an additional update with other photos.

The Mickey and Friends Tram Stop features Halloween Time Billboards

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Some Downtown Disney Banners feature Halloween (the reverse side Cars Land).

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The entrance turnstile work is complete and the character pumpkins are out in their usual places.

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Main Street is home to the pumpkin festival. The red, white and blue of summer is gone and orange, yellow and pumpkins now on the buildings. These are atop the Mad Hatter shop.

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The large pumpkin Mickey in town square has returned

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As I walked up Main Street took pictures of the pumpkins on the buildings.

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A travel mug is available at several locations. This one in Coke Corner.

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Approaching the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, it is decked out for Halloween as usual.

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The Halloween Carnival takes place daily in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area. Here is the schedule.

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The Pirates League is present again.

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A favorite of mine...the pumpkin carvers.

Since it was the first day not a lot done yet...but a couple.

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Elvis Stitch carved into this pumpkin.

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Characters were roaming around as usual. Here Minnie is signing a picture for a guest.

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Halloween Crafts have returned so you can color a mask to use in the parade.

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The Games of Fun have returned. This year Cast a Spell ring toss and Wheel of Fortune.

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Carnival Treats is between the games and tent.

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The menu. The only Halloween themed item is the Candy Corn Cotton Candy.

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Pirates League is available in the Jamboree area during Halloween Time. There were plenty of cast members waiting for guests. None stopped by while I was in the area.

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There was a Disney film crew and photographer on hand. Guessing we will see a Parks Blog posting soon.

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The Scare-Dy-Crow Shack

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Frontierland is celebrating Dia De Los Muertos in Zocalo Park again.

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The Ray Bradbury Halloween Tree is back in Frontierland.

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There are several locations with special offerings for Halloween Time. Here is a Maleficent Dragon Sipper.

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The Haunted Mansion Holiday reopened today. It had a posted 40 min wait, so just some exterior pictures as I walked by. No FastPass on Friday (and guessing none this year)

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At the Royal St. Veranda. Their Halloween Time offerings.

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Bengal BBQ Halloween Time Treat

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Bengal BBQ Halloween Time Treat

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Halloween popcorn buckets.

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Back to the Halloween Carnival. Conjure a Villain is back again and had a long line just like the previous years. This year a fortune teller/mind reader was out to entertain those waiting.

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Donald dressed up as a pumpkin.

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Show time. A jester takes the stage to introduce the mask-arade

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Time for the mask-arade.

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Here is a video of Mickey's Mask-arade

Next up a Magician takes the stage to perform. Here is a clip of his rope trick routine

A clip of a levitation illusion.

A clip of his finale trick.


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A random ghost on the loose...it bumped right into me.

Then went on to scare/chase this cast member.

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Goofy in his Halloween Costume.

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Mickey was helping some guests color.

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Thought this was funny. A guest was taking a picture of Mickey and Minnie photo-bombed in the background.

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Time for the Mask-arade again.

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Noticed this sign near the entrance. It was re-used from last year. Still lists the Haunted Hillbillies.

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Paid a visit to the Haunted Mansion Holiday that opened today.

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Here is a video I took last year (this trip through I just did stills). It was the same this year.

A quick look at the gingerbread house.. it opens to reveal a gingerbread man inside.

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Entering the graveyard.

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Tomorrowland Terrace Halloween Time special.. a Monster U Style burger

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Next stop Buena Vista Street. Some Halloween inspired treats at Trolley Treats.

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Popcorn bucket offerings on Buena Vista Street.

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Out at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta a Halloween Time offering.

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Note it is now a slice of pizza. The flatbreads are gone.

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The Mad T Party is decked out for Halloween again.

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Pizza Port has a Halloween Time offering.

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The Monster Mac and Cheese Pizza.

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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.



September 8, 2014

Big Hero Six Part 2

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I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Walt Disney Animation Studio to learn about Big Hero 6. I have previously posted Part I featuring a look at “Feast” the new short that will be accompanying Big Hero 6, as well as Part II, which featured a primer on Big Hero 6. In this third installment I want to share some of the interesting factoids/notes I took away from the experience.

I spent the day in the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, the Sorcerer hat building located on the Disney lot in Burbank, CA. This is the home of the Disney Animation Studios. Pictured above is the main lobby. Big Hero 6 has taken over the walls as you enter the building and around the first floor lobby. Below are two more pictures from the first floor.

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The morning started off in the theater on the first floor.

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After the Feast presentation I covered in a previous posting, the producer Roy Conli and directors Don Hall and Chris Williams (pictured below) introduced us to the film and characters. We were shown several clips and scenes in various stages of completion to illustrate what they were presenting. In total we saw maybe 20 minutes, they were careful not to reveal too much of the plot or key aspects. It was almost an extended teaser. Much of what was discussed was covered in my overview blog posting already.

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The bulk of the day consisted of five sessions looking at different aspects of putting the film together -- think DVD/Blu-ray bonus material but live, interactive and extended. The sessions took place in screening and story rooms on the second floor and third floors of the building.

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Session 1: Capturing a Character - The Animation of Big Hero 6

Description: Head of Animation Zach Parrish (“Wreck-It Ralph”) and members of his team, including legendary Disney animator Mark Henn (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Frozen”) highlight the enormous scope of the film’s animation, from creating the biggest action sequences in Disney Animation history to richly nuanced character performances in CG.

My Notes:

  • The film utilized 85 animators
  • 5 animation supervisors
  • Their new software allowed for crowd/background characters to be much more dynamic, more variation, and produced more efficiently. There were 701 unique characters created, 1,324 animation cycles, 632,124 retargeted cycles
  • 7 action sequences more than any other Disney animated feature film
  • Baymax walk modeled on a baby penguin
  • The style of animation for Baymax was called unimating because the goal was to simplify his movements
  • Basic steps involved in animation are layout, animation pre-viz, live test, blocking pass, animate -- gather notes and repeat as necessary for each step
  • They demonstrated a way that they collect notes on the film. In real time someone can draw over the frames/scenes being screened and these notes are saved and able to be recalled later.

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Session 2: Visual Effects

Description: On “Big Hero 6,” the visual effects artists were challenged to take this high-octane, action-packed adventure to the next level, all while creating new techniques along the way. From Wasabi’s fighting blades to Fred’s fire breathing suit, Head of Effects Michael Kaschalk and Effects Production Supervisor Nathan Curtis present the complex and varied challenges to bringing action to life.

My Notes:

  • A large portion of this presentation was devoted to one of the key effects of the film, Microbots. These tiny reconfigurable robots are Hiro's invention and play a major role. To create them and get them to move and create objects was a monumental task. In several scenes there are 20 million microbots in the shot.
  • Big Hero 6 used a new rendered developed for the Disney Animation Studios called Hyperion
  • As the films become more complex the need for Visual Effects continues to grow. The team at Disney Animation Studios has grown too. For comparison:
    • 13 Tangled
    • 31 Wreck-It Ralph
    • 35 Frozen
    • 40 Big Hero 6
  • Part of the job of the visual effects team is to explore the science of the effects they are trying to create to understand how it is really happening so they can better model/recreate it for the films. To do this they took research trips to research labs at Universities including CMU, MIT and Harvard
  • The Visual Effects team collaborates with the other teams working on the film and they even embed a member with the animation team to help ensure a constant flow of information between the two.

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Session 3: Meet the Directors and Producer

Description: Directors Chris Williams (“Bolt”) & Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and producer Roy Conli (“Tangled”, “Treasure Planet”) answer your questions about “Big Hero 6”!

  • Collaboration is the word of the day. With two directors managing a large team it was essential to creating the final product.
  • One of the interesting things they learned on their research trip to Tokyo was how it keeps reinventing itself. The city keeps tearing down and rebuilding as needed. A building older than 30 years seemed really old.
  • The film was set in the near future so it would be familiar but still able to push the boundaries.

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Session 4: Production Design (Jin Kim, Lorelay Bove, Shiyoon Kim, Kyle Odermatt)

Description: Join Production Designer Paul Felix and members of the visual development team as they walk through the artistic design choices and research that went into the creation of San Fransokyo and the unique character designs of “Big Hero 6.

  • Lorelay Bove (Visual Development Artist) spoke about the first explorations they did for the film, including a set of Travel posters for San Fransokyo 3 years ago
  • Baymax is an inflatable robot, inspired by some they saw on a research trip to CMU top learn about soft robotics
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  • Shiyoon Kim talked about how a lot of Hiro is based on his childhood and people he knew
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  • Costume Color overview
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  • The walked us through a sample of how a research photo can inspire a building in the film. In this case Aunt Cass's Cafe. In the series of images below you will see a photograph of a building in San Francisco, a first exploration of what it could look like in the film, then a frame from the film.
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Session 5: Script & Story

Description: “Big Hero 6” Screenwriter Robert Baird and Head of Story Paul Briggs show how script and storyboards work together to bring a Disney animated feature film to the screen.

  • The take-away from this presentation is how long and difficult the process is to nail down the story and create the script for a film. The process begins by creating storyboard for the various sequences of the film and stringing them together. These boards can be very elaborate. Big Hero 6 had approximating 30 sequences and each took approx. 1,000 drawings to convey.
  • As the boards and story take shape there are screenings along the way to check on the progress, gather feedback, etc.. typically there are about 8 major screenings over the several years of development.
  • The first screening occurs approximately a year into development and is usually a complete disaster. Things that you think are working well fall flat, the audience is lost, etc.. almost everything thrown out and reworked.
  • With each screening the story starts to solidify and progress. In general it really does not start to come together until the 4th screening

Note: All images on this posting are provided by Disney

September 7, 2014

Big Hero Six Part 1

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Big Hero 6 Introduction

I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Walt Disney Animation Studio to learn about "Big Hero 6". This post is part two of three. The first post looked at the short, “Feast”, that will accompany the film. In this piece I wanted to share an introduction/primer to the Who, What, Where, and When of "Big Hero 6". In the third and final part I will share some factoids and interesting pieces of information I learned while at the preview day about what it took to bring Big Hero 6 to the screen.


What:

“Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation Studios 54th feature film, to be released November 7, 2014. It is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”) and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Big Hero 6 is inspired by a Marvel comic with the same name, about a robotics genius named Hiro Hamada, who learns how to harness his skills. Through a series of events, Hiro, Baymax his robot, and four of their friends, find themselves in the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in San Fransokyo. Hiro transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes to solve the mystery.
Here is the official trailer that was released on July 15, 2014




Where/When:
Big Hero 6 takes place in San Fransokyo in the not-too-distant future. As the name suggests, San Fransokyo is a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo. Here is some first-look footage Disney released back in May 2013


To illustrate the blending of the two cities here is a piece of concept art showing a bridge in San Fransokyo
Big Hero 6
Who (Meet the Cast):

Hiro Hamada

Voice: Ryan Potter
Notes: 14-year-old robotics prodigy, inspired to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology by his older brother Tadashi
Big Hero 6 - Hiro Hamada

Baymax

Voice:
Scott Adsit

Notes: An inflatable robot designed to be a personal healthcare companion conceived and built by Tadashi. His goal/purpose is to help people.

Big Hero 6 - Baymax
Fred

Voice: T.J. Miller

Notes: A laid-back sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book fanboy

Big Hero 6 - Fred
Go Go Tomago

Voice: Jamie Chung

Notes:
An adrenaline junkie who is tough, athletic, very loyal, and not much of a conversationalist. Her character was inspired by bicycle messengers.


Honey Lemon

Voice: Genesis Rodriguez

Notes: An optimistic chemistry whiz with a unique fashion sense and can-do attitutde.

Big Hero 6 - Honey Lemon



Wasabi

Voice: Damon Wayans , Jr.

Notes: Is committed to precision, super smart, and has martial arts skills.

Big Hero 6 - Wasabi

Other Characters

Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) - Hiro and Tadashi's aunt and guardian. She owns a bakery and coffee shop in San Fransokyo.

Tadashi Hamada (Daniel Henney) - Hiro’s older brother and guide. He created Baymax and looks out for his younger brother.

Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell) - Heads up the robotics program at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk) - An illustrious alum of San Fransokyo Institute of Technology who is the owner of the biggest technology company in the world.


"Big Hero 6" opening in theaters on November 7, 2014. Check back soon for Part III of my day at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will feature some information I learned on the making of the film. If you missed part I, a look at the short, "Feast", that will preced the film, you may want to check that out. I will not be reviewing the film in any of the three parts because this was an early preview. We saw less than 30 minutes of footage and it was incomplete, out of sequence, and only enough to give a flavor for the film and for the rest of the day.

August 25, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/22/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, August 22, 2014.

The walls are down at the end of the Mickey and Friends Tram stop area.

The area at the far end (guess that is the South end, opposite the structure) is now used for the loading of the accessible shuttle so you no longer have to cross into the Pinocchio lot to use it.

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There are plenty of signs up now too

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First stop Buena Vista Street. Trolley Treats had a message up for everyone heading back to school.

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Goofy was conducting a concert when I arrived in Paradise Pier.

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The renovation work on the far side of the Pier has spread and now both food kiosks are behind scrims.

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Stopped by Radiator Springs Racers for some tractor tipping and a race since the single rider line was short, only about 10 minutes.

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Next store at Luigi's there was no real line. We waited one cycle.

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Halloween Merchandise in Off the Page

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Frozen and Marvel prints make for an interesting combination on the wall.

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The first three issues of the Figment comic book were available for purchase.

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Several Frozen books and not sure why a Marvel comic was on the same rack.

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The Marc Davis book is available.

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Random flower shot.. took it because it is close to USC colors.. FIGHTON!

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Walking toward Disneyland. The same section of turnstiles is being worked on as last week (the second from the left).

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The Disneyana store is celebrating 45 years of the Haunted Mansion with a selection of Ghostly Materials.

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Inside the vault..

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The Disney Gallery in the Opera House Lobby was not swapped out.. it still features the Mechanical Kingdom. Was hoping for a Haunted Mansion exhibit.

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The shops from the Disney Showcase around through the Music Shop are under wraps for exterior renovation.

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Snow Machines have been installed in the hub. Seems really early for Christmas already.

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The scaffolding is down from around the subs as they move toward opening in about 5 weeks.

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A better look at the subs.

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Walking through Frontierland, this sign was up at the Legends of Frontierland Trading Post.

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Inside the Golden Horseshoe Miss Lilly was performing.

Toward the end of the show they honored several Legends of Frontierland. (Guests who made an impact today in the game).

The Pirates wait time sign looked more detailed than I remembered it.. is this relatively new or have I just managed to not pay attention to it?

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Plenty of Haunted Mansion 45th anniversary merchandise was still on the shelves.

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Went for one last ride inside the Mansion. It closes Monday for the switchover to the Nightmare Before Christmas which will run from mid September through early January.

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Next stop Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.. the line was just barely outside, less than 10 minutes.

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A fairly rare sight.. an empty queue for Mr. Toad.

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I attempted to get a video of the experience... my camera did not do well.. so be warned this does not do the attraction justice.

Sleeping Beauty Castle with the Matterhorn in the background.

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Hmm.. last week Halloween props were out front. This week nothing. Wonder if they caused traffic issues with the Legends of Frontierland going on? Anyone know the story?

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Haunted Mansion fans.. I need some help. What is the owl reference?

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A pumpkin Mrs. Potts in the window.

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Down the street more Halloween/fall props are in the windows.

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The Fortuosity Shop birds have returned for the fall.

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Onto the Emporium windows.

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Plenty of Halloween, Haunted Mansion, and Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise in the Emporium now too.

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The Fire House on Main Street USA

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Disney Studio 365 will be closing September 2nd and will be transformed into Elsa & Anna's Boutique which will open mid-September.

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The front display is already Frozen merchandise.

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Since the store was not busy here is a quick look around.

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A look at some treats at Marceline's Confectionery.

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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.



August 11, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/08/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on .

First stop today Disneyland. Cruella de Vil with the Hook and Ladder Company in Town Square.

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Plenty of Frozen inspired treats now at the Candy Palace

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Goofy Glaciers have moved into the far corner. Currently four flavors to choose from.

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From the Monorail you can see the section the section of the entrance that is being renovation. This is the third of four sections to be worked on.

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The submarine lagoon from the Monorail. The subs are scheduled to return in 7 weeks, September 27th.

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On Main Street the work continues on Castle Bros, but this week the walls have been pushed back so there is a narrow sidewalk available. Last week you had to go out in the street.

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The 2014 All-American College Band only has one week left. Here they are performing on the Hollywood Backlot Stage

A couple of clips of the All-American College Band performing on the Hollywood Backlot Stage.

Meet the 2014 All-American College Band as they play a medley of Disney music on the Hollywood Backlot Stage

Back to Disneyland for the 3:25pm Castle set of the All-American College Band. The band is marching down Main Street after their performance.

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The Club 33 window continues to evolve in New Orleans Square.

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The last section of scaffolding has been removed from New Orleans Square.

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Paused at a quiet spot in Critter Country to send a couple of tweets.

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Pinocchio on the Village Haus window.

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The nightly Flag Retreat in Town Square

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Over to DCA and a look at the Grand Californian renovation project.

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The Napa Rose, which is closed during the renovation project

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The Hearthstone Lounge renovation is complete and it has reopened.

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At the World of Disney Halloween has taken over one of the doorways opposite the tram stop already.

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The displays on the wall have been swapped to Halloween too.

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The 2014 All-American College Band arriving to perform before Soundsational

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Today a group of band alumni were on hand enjoying the performances.

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The Frozen pre-parade float making its way up the parade route.

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The construction walls in the back of Star Trader are gone. No real changes stood out to me.

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The rest of the walls are gone from the exit area of Space Mountain are gone too. It is substantially brighter now.

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The All-American College Band performing in Town Square at the Train Station.

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A full moon was rising behind the band this evening.

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Walking over to the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure

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The Mad Hatter and Alice performing.

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The Disney Showcase on Main Street USA has an assortment of Halloween merchandise available too.

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A Halloween Countdown Calendar

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Found a spot along the Rivers of America for Fantasmic.

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Then returned to Main Street for Magical to end my visit.

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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.



August 5, 2014

Disney's Upcoming short "Feast"

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Feast

I was able to attend an event at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank and spend the day in the Roy E Disney Animation Building (the one with the sorcerer hat pictured above). We started the day off with a screening of "Feast". This will be the short accompanying "Big Hero 6" in theaters starting November 7, 2014.

Feast

The film shows the evolution of one man's (James) romance with a woman (Kirby) through the eyes of their dog (Winston) in a series of short scenes covering several years in the 6 minutes of the film. The short's director Patrick Osborne chose a different path to sharing this story. He based the shots on a technique that was inspired by his use of the 1 Second Everyday app. This application takes a second of video and then stitches it together to create a film of your experiences. Patrick used it to catalog his life by looking at the meals he ate each day. This led to the basic structure of "Feast". As the title, "Feast", implies food and meal situations are a key component. They are the setting and activity that the film revolves around.

Feast

"Feast" is the first short of a new program within Walt Disney Animation Studios to pitch and create shorts. As part of this program anyone at the Studios is invited to pitch to the studio's creative brain trust, made up of the studio's directors, story leads and John Lasseter. The team then picks the one to go into development. This is Patrick Osborne's first time as director but not the first short he has worked on. He was the head of Animation on "Paperman". He was also the co-head of animation on "Big Hero 6" prior to departing to direct this short.

In addition to this new program Patrick talked about the process to bring the short to the big screen, including the compressed time frame, about 18 months, and the many hats the director of a short wears while ushering it through the development process. He said that as soon as it was given the green light he was tossed into story development and they flushed out the story, taking his initial concept and visuals and turning it into the first treatment. Then they established the look of the film. The team started with traditional drawings then migrated to CG tests to achieve the look he wanted. Next up was shot production. One aspect that he highlighted here that interested me is the use of current technology - as they review the dailies they can annotate directly onto the frames as they are meeting. No more need for interpretation and writing it all down and you can leave visual notes/drawings as well as text directly on each frame/sequence you want to reference. The software handles everything and when he or the animators returned to their desks they could call up the footage and notes.

I found "Feast" to be very entertaining. In the span of six minutes with very little screen time devoted to the human characters, you will be taken on a roller coaster ride of human emotion and relationships as seen from Winston's perspective. The short's style and format goes in a different direction than traditional animation with the look, feel, shot selection and pacing giving it a unique feel that works well. Be sure to arrive on time for Big Hero 6 so you do not miss "Feast". It's worth seeing.


August 4, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, August 1, 2014. I started my afternoon off at Disney California Adventure

Walt and Mickey, Storytellers in Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street.

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Molly catching up on the news in Carthay Circle

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Still working out on the Pier

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Only an 80 minute posted wait for the Racers this afternoon, the single rider line was only 15 minutes. Part of the queue received four misters/fans several weeks ago to help with the summer heat and lack of shade in that portion.

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The Sheriff welcoming us to Radiator Springs

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Rolling through town.

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Caught a performance by the All-American College band on the Backlot Stage

A video clip of the Band performing Zero to Hero.

Over at Disneyland they have moved on to the next set of turnstiles. This is the large grouping on center right as you face the park (the far side was done a few weeks ago).

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On Main Street Castle Bros is under wraps for some facade renovation. The shop is open still.

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Inside the windows/doors received covers featuring pictures of the outside view.

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A new guest interactive guest experience, The Adventure Trading Company, opened today. Their main base of operation is the Outfitters.

A sign out front letting you know about it.

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Inside a sign that sums up the experience. You become an Adventurer. You choose an adventure and pay $5 for a publication that explains it (or a second option available for $7.50 for a beverage that comes with a juju to commemorate it). You then set off on a journey and complete the task. You return and receive a Juju to mark the event and commemorate the adventure.

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Here is a closer look at three of the Jujus

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A display board opposite the sign with more details.

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Several Cast Members were in the store to explain the scenarios and issue you an Adventure Name. Here he is explaining about the Piranhahaha Juju. You purchase this guide then go to the Jungle Cruise to learn about being a skipper. Once completed you get the book stamped then return to get the Juju.

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Next up the Tiki Bird Juju. Here you are a casting agent looking for more birds to join the show. You walk around and need to take pictures of birds to earn the Juju.

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Here is a board showing the Jujus you can earn and the trait for each. You can also trade Jujus with cast members or others.

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There are three Jujus that are earned by purchasing drinks. Venomade at Bengal BBQ earns you this one.

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A closer look around the board.

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My adventure name today as assigned by the cast member since I could not come up with one.

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Walking through the Frontierland, the land for the Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush was cheap.. only 75 bits (it was 150 last Friday).

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If you did not have a Western name in mind you could pick one from a stack. My unlucky draw for the day.

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Billy looked lost out front of the Golden Horseshoe...guess he was waiting for his brothers?

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Inside Miss Lilly was entertaining guests.

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Moving on to New Orleans Square. Port Royal features new Haunted Mansion merchandise.

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A new Master Gracey shirt

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Temporary barriers still form a walkway by the artists.

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While walking through Fantasyland there was no line again for Casey Jr so went for a ride. They were just pulling the Storybook Land boats out since the parade had ended.

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Stopped by the Music of Nashville.

This afternoon Smith and Wilkes were performing.

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A new sign on Main Street, on the lamp post. Because of the Castle Bros work they are routing ECVs, wheelchairs and strollers through the stores vs the temporary walkway.

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The All-American College Band performing.

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There goes the band...the temporary walkway slows traffic down...especially when people stop to watch the band instead of walking.

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I wanted to go for a trip on the Monorail but the line/wait and my time/schedule/patience did not line up. So here is a look through the fence at the submarine lagoon.

You can see they have started to add color again. Hopefully next trip I can get an overhead shot to really show it.

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If you want a specific juju from the Adventure Trading Co be sure to play early in the day as they are limited each day.

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Caught a few minutes of Hard Days Night: A Tribute to the Beatles as they opened their 7:00pm set. They were marking the one year anniversary since they started performing at Disneyland.

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Then back to Tomorrowland for the 7:45pm Beatles set.

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A couple clips from the 7:45pm and 8:35pm sets.

Back for the 8:35pm Hard Days Night set. It features music from Sgt. Pepper.

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As I arrived on Main Street for Magical they announced it may be cancelled due to winds. I looked up and the flags were blowing so I decided to head toward the car.

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As I arrived at the Mickey and Friends garage Magical started as scheduled. So watched from there before heading home.

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Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 28, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, July 25, 2014.

A wall up at the far end of the Mickey and Friends tram stop. As we drove around it was hard to tell what is going on. Maybe some paver work.

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First stop today, DCA. Notice the light pole is still missing out front.

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Walked through Condor Flats. On the GRR/Planes Billboard, the lattice work on the bottom left that was broken is now fixed.

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Further along the trail they were setting up scaffolding on the side of the Grand Californian that is closest to GRR.

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The covered area on the right is still behind walls and tarps. This project is taking quite a while.

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Ornament Valley - Cars Land. They were just filling the queue as I walked by. The Racers had been closed for an extended period, over an hour a cast member said.

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Walked through Ramone's. Some of the new pin-striped merchandise is on the shelves.

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The far set of turnstiles has emerged from behind the scaffolding looking as good as new.

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The normally peaceful stroll up Main Street was very loud today with what I am guessing is construction noise. It drowned out the background music and most of the other audio.

No water today in the hub.

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Made my way to Adventureland to see if any of the elements for the upcoming game are installed yet.

The outdoor vending cart is gone from this area. Wonder if something to do with the game will be going here?

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Some work going on by the Adventureland Traders

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Curious how the game will work with the already usually congested walkway.

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The work on the New Orleans Square roof tops looks to be complete.

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The price of land has gone up in Frontierland for the Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush game, a 50% increase over last week when I walked by.

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After eating at the Village Haus walked out and saw no line for Casey Jr. So hopped on for a ride.

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Sat in the Caboose facing backwards, also had my choice of a private animal car Here is a video of the trip.

Some stills from the trip.

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Interesting... the third character at the Royal Hall is just listed as a "Royal Friend". Curious who is rotating through there. I did not have time to explore this pass by.

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Merida was out in the courtyard greeting guests. Her meet and greet area was temporarily closed due to the parade about to start.

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Back to Frontierland.

Stopped by the Golden Horseshoe to see a performance by Miss Lilly & LB.

Spotted a former member of Billy Hill and the Hill Billies out roaming around.

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Made my way up the Big Thunder Trail to the Music of Nashville to catch the final set of the day.

This week there was a different band performing: Smith and Wilkes, but one of the lead vocalists from last week remained.

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A wide shot of the venue for this set. I was surprised by the small crowd. I would have thought a later set would be more crowded.

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Here are a couple clips from this performance of the Music of Nashville.


This week the Frozen pre-parade was listed on the times guide.

It ran before both Soundsational Parades. Her eare pictures as it made its way through Fantasyland before the 6:30pm Soundsational.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14


Soundsational making its way toward the hub.

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Noticed many of the props that were on the display cases are gone. Hopefully this is temporary. It smelled like wood in there, so maybe they were rebuilding/working on the display cases/racks.

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Walked through the Mad T Party

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Ariel was not moving/dancing in the Under the Sea scene this time by.

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We stopped for several minutes in front of Ursula. So here is a video clip of her performance, including an announcement that we were delayed..

The Hearthstone Lounge at the Grand Californian is being renovated. While it is closed there is a temporary lounge set up with some tables outside.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 23, 2014

Legends of Frontierland: The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com and Disneyland blogger Laura Gilbreath spent some time Friday, July 18, 2014 exploring the Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! at Disneyland.

Laura writes:
Legends of Frontierland is a new interactive guest experience at Disneyland this summer.From the information pamphlet:

"You are invited to play an immersive game in which you can create your own persona and frontier story.Start out as a friend of Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge and work your way up to become a legend."

As it was explained to us, the citizens of Rainbow Ridge are down on their luck - the gold mines are played out and their water has dried up.They've now got their eyes on the more prosperous Frontierland, and are trying to take it over, and the folk of Frontierland are trying to prevent that.

There's no charge to play and no age restrictions.The object seems to be to perform various tasks to earn "bits" so you can buy land. The bits look like wooden poker chips - each chip is 5 bits.You can exchange 50 bits(10 chips) for a gold nugget.With 100 bits you can purchase land for either Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

There's a land map at the entrance to Frontierland that shows the territory and who owns what.Here is the land map as we started the adventure.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

You begin at the Trading Post where a cast member attempts to explain the game, and you decide if you want to play for Frontierland or Rainbow Ridge.You are given a map, a colored name tag,and a western name.If you don't have a name in mind the CM will help you choose.We chose to play for Frontierland, and our names were Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason.Here's the inside of the map:

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Jason writes: Our first stop was the Telegraph Station to see what was going on, since one of the easiest/most obvious ways to earn bits is by delivering telegrams.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Laura writes: There were several incoming telegrams at the time, but there was sometimes a line of people waiting for telegrams so they could have something to do.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Jason writes: Our first quest.. find Runaway Roseanna and deliver this telegram.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

We started looking in the stores.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Having had no luck finding Runaway Roseanna, seems she ran away.. another cast member (missed her name) offered us some jobs to do to earn bits. She took us over to the Leather Shop where there were horses that needed to be ridden so Laura took the reins.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason
She then set off to ride around Frontierland.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason
She stopped long enough for a couple pictures before taking a second lap.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

There are some props you can purchase to use in the game.. mustaches, hats, and other disguises.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

A new outdoor vending cart along the Rivers of America. LB Enterprises, part of the Legends of Frontierland has opened a business selling various elixirs.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Laura struck up a conversation with LB and tried to convince him to join the Frontierland side.. no luck.

Laura writes: We were told that you could potentially earn quite a few bits for converting someone.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Jason writes: Each elixir has a song too.. here is LB performing the Charm song.

Stopped by the Golden Horseshoe.

Laura writes: There's a talent agency at the Golden Horseshoe, which has a "Talent Wanted" ad on the map, so it's supposed to be a way to earn bits.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

The only "Talent" thing we saw was people drawing.If that's the talent they are looking for then I'm out of luck, since I can barely draw stick figures.There were some pretty nice drawings!

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Another way to earn bits is by playing cards.NOT poker, though.:-)They were in between card games, so I don't know how this works, either.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Jason writes: We returned to Frontierland after taking a detour to the Music of Nashville and finally found Runaway Roseanna.Laura showed her the telegram and convinced her to switch back to Frontierland from the Rainbow Ridge side.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Returned it to the Telegraph Office to earn 5 bits.

Laura writes: The Telegraph Office was staffed by Rainbow Ridgers, who were not at all impressed that I had converted Roseanna, so I didn't get any extra bits from them.But a fellow Frontierlander gave me an additional 5 bits.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Jason writes: As part of this event there are live performances inside the Golden Horseshoe again.This week the stage show was listed on the times guide.11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00. Miss Violet was performing this show.

Laura writes: The show was pretty short, and featured just a piano player and a singer.Not much to it - so don't go thinking it's the classic Golden Horseshoe show of the past.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Laura writes: There are some special menu items at the Golden Horseshoe: "Outlaw Style" chili fries, chili bread bowl, or chicken salad, and root beer with different flavors added.None of it sounded very good to me, though.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

Laura's thoughts: The game seemed popular, and there were quite a few guests playing - I saw a lot of yellow and orange name tags in that area.And there were a LOT of cast members involved exclusively in the game.

I found it very unstructured and it was not clear to me what we needed to do to play.It's not like Kim Possible or Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom where there are specific places to go and things to do.For this one you have to be willing to engage with cast members and other guests - it's not something to really do on your own.

The telegrams were the only activity that seemed pretty straightforward, but as I mentioned earlier, there were usually people waiting for a telegram to come in just so they would have something to do.

Other activities that people seemed to be doing were "capturing" outlaws who were on WANTED posters, and challenging someone to a "Rock, Paper Scissors" duel.I couldn't tell if you got some or all of their bits if you won.There was a jail - I don't know if the loser went to jail, or if there was some other reason someone got put in jail.Did I mention that this whole thing wasn't very clear?

But some people were apparently getting it because there was a lot of land purchased between when we first started playing around 1:45, and when we last went through the area around 4:30.The game ends at 6:00...it looked like Frontierland was going to hang on as the winners of that day's land war.

The Adventures of Lasso Laura and Jiminy Jason

So...I thought it was an interesting idea, but the execution isn't quite what it should be.I might try again on a future visit and see if it's any different.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush 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.comAlso be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 21, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Downtown Disney Summer Celebration continues this weekend with a Sand Volleyball tournament and exhibition. There was a youth tournament going on when I walked by.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

In addition to Volleyball there is a shave ice truck by the court.

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Also a DJ on hand throughout the event.

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A couple of booths set up nearby selling merchandise.

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I took the monorail to the parks. Thought this picture with the clouds came out well.

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Passing over the sub lagoon.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

The Tiki Juice Bar has a new bowl you can purchase your Dole Whip in, and the souvenir sipper is also back in stock. I caught up to Laura who was roaming the parks today while she was finishing up a Dole Whip.

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The Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush and the Music of Nashville received top billing on the Times Guide this week.

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Made our way out to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree for the Music of Nashville which premiered today and will be playing Fri, Sat, and Sun for the rest of the summer.

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Upon entering you were given a card with the cast of the show on it.

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Laura joined the cast (well cut outs of the cast) for a photo.

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The food location is moved further back and to the side now.

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In addition to food it sells the Season 1 DVD set, too.

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The food offerings.

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Found a seat for the show. Plenty of seats still. Before the band took the stage an MC to introduce the show (both the one we were about to see and the TV show). She was giving away prizes, Season 1 DVDs.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

Show time. The Kelly Rae Band takes the stage to perform music from the show as well as some other country songs. The audience was encouraged to get up and dance.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

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A couple clips from the performance. The Kelly Rea Band performing the Music of Nashville.

A wider shot of the Jamboree configuration for the show.

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The All-American College Band performing on Main Street USA. Today a Disneyland film crew was recording their performances.

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Made my way out to New Orleans Square to see it in the day time.

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The new bridge/walkway over the Pirates exit.

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The expanded bridge over Royal Street

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The old Club 33 entrance still has its signage.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

The new gates that block off the Court of Angels, there is a seam where the gates come together and you can see inside. The stairs survived but have safety enhancements (railings, lights). Also new statues at the base.

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The new Club 33 entrance. It is a little more obvious now.

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The new intercom features the Club's new logo.

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Over the door.

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Noticed there are now curtains on the now larger hallways overhead. They were all open this afternoon.

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The other archway entrance to the Court of Angels. FYI this felt like plastic.

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No work has been done to clean up where the balconies were cut for the new overhead walkway/bridge on this side yet.

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A closer look.

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On the other side some work is underway to finish it off.

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A closer look

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/18/14

Splash Mountain turned 25 this week. To mark the occasion Disneyland Annual Passholders could stop by for a free commemorative poster.

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A queue set up to distribute the posters.

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A closer look at the poster.

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Time for the 6:00pm All-American College Band pre-parade.

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Walked through Toontown. No changes.. Roger is still missing from the fountain.

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And nothing done to the Five and Dime

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The 7:15pm All-American College Band set.

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Made my way over to Disney California Adventure for the first time today. Carthay Circle this evening.

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A seasonal smoothie at Schmoozies.

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The Mad T Party was in full swing and the Mad T Party band was on the stage as I walked by.

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Firewall Falls and Willy's Butte in Ornament Valley, Cars Land

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Paradise Pier was busy with guests waiting for World of Color, here is Mickey's Fun Wheel.

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Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 13, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, July 11, 2014.

First stop today Disney California Adventure

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The area outside the Fly n Buy in Condor Flats now has Planes: Fire & Rescue merchandise.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14


Went for a trip under the sea. It was only a couple minute wait.

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Walls are still up as they continue to work on the wood out on the Pier (I did not hike around today).

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A 5 min wait for the Flying Tires so went for a spin.

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The Red Car News Boys arriving for their show.

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A video clip of the Soarin' preflight video now featuring a special appearance by the crew from Planes Fire & Rescue. (I missed the very beginning thanks to the slow loading CMs)

Walls up on the far right (east) side of the Disneyland entrance. Assuming it's the same type of renovation that was done on the west side recently.

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Guardians of the Galaxy poster has replaced Captain EO as you enter Main Street.

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A quick look at the Disneyland times guide. Note the 59th Anniversary Celebration will be at 10am on Thursday. Also Legends of Frontierland gets top billing.

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Walls and scaffolding are up as work gets underway for the new walkway on the east side of Main Street USA.

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The new/temporary First Aid location is now open. This is the former locker location at Center Street.

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Walls up at old First Aid and Wish Lounge location.

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A new interactive experience has taken up residence in Frontierland. It is called the Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! I did not participate in the activities on Friday. The group I was with was not interested in it, not even the 7 year old with us. Maybe next week Laura will give it a try. I did a very quick walk around and snapped some pictures of the primary areas. First stop when you enter Frontierland is the Trading Post. Here you pick up the game map/rules, your name badge and come back to to purchase land.

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A look at the current land situation.

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The telegraph station is where messages are sent and received.

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In the center of Frontierland is a jail, which was empty when I passed by. There was a recent jail break and some Rainbow Ridge players were hiding from the law.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

Inside the Golden Horseshoe there are some activities as well as entertainment and food offerings.

A high stakes card game going on at one of the tables.

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Some special items added to the menu for the game.

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A video clip of the opening of the show featuring Miss Lilly and a piano player (missed his name).

Another clip from their show.


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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

Took in a showing of Mickey and the Magical Map

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The current dessert offerings at Tomorrowland Terrace (no shoe string fries this week.. so wonder if that means they are not returning).

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Storm Trooper mugs are still available.

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Dance the Magic performed a pre-parade. It featured several hundred dancers who filled Main Street and danced down the parade route.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

Some video clips of the Dance the Magic performance. The groups were from around the world. We saw at least one from Australia.

The tree growing near the Alice in Wonderland Restrooms

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Took a quick walk through New Orleans Square as the sun was setting. Most of the scaffolding and tarps are removed. The walls are still up and you cannot pass through though.

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A look into the hallway. Guessing the work is not complete and the windows will receive some sort of covering. It seemed really odd to look right into Club 33.

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La Mascarade d'Orleans has reopened.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

The pins are gone and more unique/land specific merchandise now fills the store.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

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If you visit be sure to look up.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

The French Market with the super moon rising behind it. Above you can see into Club 33.

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A grand piano near this window.

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Made my way to Main Street for Magical to wrap up my evening. Tonight both Tinkerbell and Dumbo participated in the show. The last several viewings one or both were not there.

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On the way out noticed a sign for the First Aid location I missed earlier.

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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.



June 23, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/20/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 20, 2014, featuring the Disneyland All-American College Band, who just began their summer performances on Thursday.

Laura Gilbreath was also at the parks that day and will be adding some of her comments along with Jason's photos.

Laura: My Disneyland day started a little earlier than Jason's - I arrived about 11:00 and met up with Nicole and Brad, friends from Team AllEars. They had been at the resort for several days and had done all the rides, and were interested in seeing some of the more overlooked attractions or out-of-the-way things they might have missed.

We went into DCA first and saw the Red Car News Boys. (The photo below is one Jason took later in the day.) This is a fun little show - I really enjoy the music and choreography - and it's great fun to see a "young" Mickey Mouse! One amusing incident during this show - an older lady actually boarded the trolley, totally oblivious that there was a show going on, and thought it was going to take her up the street. She was quickly, but politely, escorted off the trolley.

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One disadvantage of the new "animated" character heads - it's now possible to get photos of the characters with a less-than-flattering expression... :-)

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Our next event was Instant Concert...Just Add Water. Goofy "conducts" the World of Color fountains - which can get a bit out of control. :-) The concerts are not very long, but I find them fun, and very under-appreciated by most of the park guests. As you can see below we had a beautiful day - lovely blue sky.

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We headed over to Disneyland after that. The park was surprisingly not busy - really very pleasant to wander around. We got Fastpasses for Big Thunder Mtn Railroad with a return time that was about 90 minutes away. Jason's photo below illustrates the wait times - nothing over an hour, not even Splash Mountain!

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In Fantasy Faire we enjoyed the antics of those minstrels of merriment Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, as they presented the hair-raising tale of Rapunzel. I showed Nicole and Brad some of the fun little touches in that area like Clopin's Music Box and the sleeping Figaro.

I hadn't seen Mickey and the Magical Map in a while, and Brad and Nicole had never seen it. I hadn't seen it since Stitch was added to the Hawaiian Roller Coast Ride number. (I never understood why Stitch and/or Lilo wasn't included in the first place.) This is a fun show - I don't understand why the attendance isn't better. The theater was less than half full.

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It was time to use our Thunder Mountain Fastpasses. This is the first time I'd really had a chance to see the changes - when I rode it with an Imagineer last month, there were bright lights shining on me so I really couldn't see much of the interior at all. It's not that much different - the same ride with updated technology. And that's not a bad thing - it's still a really fun roller coaster! Brad and Nicole said they like this one at Disneyland more than the one at Magic Kingdom. The biggest change was to the "earthquake" scene - instead of an earthquake, now it's a a bunch of dynamite charges about to go off. (That reminded me of Grizzly Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland.) I understand that the smoke effect has been troublesome - it was sort of working. I noticed that there seemed to be a bit more vegetation, and it looked more natural.

We met up with Jason after that - here's what he'd been doing before that.

Arriving at the Disneyland Resort.

Quite a bit is closed in Tomorrowland today.

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First stop DCA.

Buena Vista Street was relatively calm this afternoon.

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Some DCA waits around 1:18pm. Note FastPasses for World of Color are gone for the day already.

Laura: I was very surprised that there was only one World of Color show - it was a Friday night!

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Grizzly River Run has returned from its annual renovation.

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There seemed to be a little spin in the drop. Nothing like when it first opened but seemed like more than it had before (anyone ride yet?)

A quick look out to Paradise Pier. I did not have time to circle around. But on a quick glance all looked status quo.

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Out on the Wharf some minor plussing going on. They have added some props. Notice the nets, clothes, etc..

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A random picture as I passed through. Nothing of note going on this afternoon.

Laura: It really was a very quiet day in both parks.

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Tower of Terror was back in operation today. And with no Grad Nite only a 25 min wait.

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Showtime for the 2014 All-American College Band. Today was their second day in the park. They will be performing Tuesday through Saturday from now through early August. This set was their Jazz set. It included the Trolley Song, Friend Like Me from Aladdin, and a Count Basie song.

Laura: We didn't make it to the jazz set, but I only knew about it because Jason told me - it was NOT listed on DCA's Entertainment Times Guide. The band's Disneyland appearances are on the DL Guide - why don't they do the same for DCA?

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Pluto was out with Goofy on Buena Vista Street.

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Main Street USA

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It was calm this warm afternoon (highs were in the mid 80s but the sun sure felt warmer)

Laura: It was a great day - I didn't think it was too uncomfortably warm even in the sun. But I was wearing shorts and Jason was wearing jeans.

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The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing in the Good Old Summer Time on Main Street USA (I posted a quick Instagram video)

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Captain EO is closed as they prepare the theater for a Guardians of the Galaxy preview, it will start 4th of July. The Captain EO sign has been removed.

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A check of the sub lagoon.

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The green is filling in as you pass over Tomorrowland.

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Time to check Alice in Wonderland. They were working on the concrete surface as I passed by on the Monorail.

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Leaves and a walkway down below. The attraction re-opens July 4th.

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Another look at the sub lagoon , note this was taken from the opposite side of the monorail through the tinted window.

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Was passing through Fantasyland and it was not too crowded. Thought this was a nice shot with the Matterhorn behind Peter Pan's Flight.

Laura: I love this photo! Amazing to see this few people in a Fantasyland photo on a summer afternoon. (OK, so technically it wasn't "summer" until the next day, but close enough!)

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Time for the 3:25pm All-American College Band Castle Set. This time they only played two songs. They opened with this, A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes then closed with the attraction medley. No introductions either.

Laura: This was only the band's second day of performing for guests in the park. I thought they were a lot more comfortable and engaged with the audience than the group they had last year on THEIR second day - these kids looked like they were having a ball. Great fun to watch, and sooooo talented! Yes, there were a few rough edges still - but just give them a few more weeks! I look forward to seeing them again in July.


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After their set they marched down Main Street and performed.
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Near Town Square they stopped and played Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid. A video clip of the end of the song.

The Frozen pre-parade making its way onto Main Street USA. Note: it only runs before the 4:00pm Soundsational Parade.

Laura: I'd been warned that this was rather underwhelming...and it was. The float played an instrumental version of "Let it Go", but the characters didn't sing. I understand that, but it would have been really nice if they had miked Anna and Elsa so that they could speak to the audience. I think that would make it a much more personal experience for the guests. Olaf spoke, but it was just canned lines. Anyway...I found this to be poorly executed.

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Olaf

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Anna

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Here is a video clip I took last week of the Frozen pre-parade.


Back to Disneyland, Partners Statue this evening.

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The BBQ has switched to the All-American Roundup and Barbecue for the summer.

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The Jamboree area was closed, no listing in the time guide either. Guessing it is switching over to the All-American Roundup again.

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Disneyland Waits at 5:00pm

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The All American College Band marching down Main Street USA to Town Square for the nightly Flag Retreat.

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Work is nearing completion on the rooftops of New Orleans Square.

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Looking toward Frontierland from the Pirates Bridge

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New Orleans Square. Less than a month until Club 33 is to reopen, and assuming that means everything else will be done around then too.

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You could see some lights on in Club 33 but not much else.

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The All-American College Band performs on the parade route at 6:00pm. This year they stop in a couple locations but there is a lot more movement. So if you want to watch them you have to keep moving too.

Here is some video of their Tower of Power medley. I apologize in advance as some of the camera work is pretty bad since I was moving through the crowd to try and keep up with them.

A clip of the All-American College Band performing Goin Down the Bayou

Before the hub they stopped and performed Let it Go from Frozen. Here is a video clip.

As the All-American Band passed Fantasyland and entered the Small World Mall area they performed Celebration.

They stopped near its a Small World and performed a Disney movie medley.

Toad Hall and the Matterhorn

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Random Frontierland picture.

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Time for the 7:15 Train Station set of the All-American College Band.

Meet this year's band. They did introductions in a quicker fashion this year. Also they skipped the drum line for some reason.

This set included Bubbles was a Cheerleader, Michael Jackson Medley, Let It Go, and Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute.

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All American College Band - Let it Go

Laura: I thought it was interesting that they performed Let it Go twice - along the parade route and at the train station. I'll bet they get tired of that song pretty quickly...

A clip from the Earth, Wind, and Fire Finale

Arrived on Route 66 right before the lights were to come on for the evening.

Laura: We wanted to see the lighting, so we dragged Jason over there with us. :-) The Times Guide just says "dusk", which is not very helpful. DJ was performing at 8:00, so the lighting didn't take place until after he had finished.

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Oops.. someone lost three balloons and they are in the telephone lines.

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Laura: Jason took this photo of Brad, Nicole and me in Cars Land after the lighting. I had to leave soon after that, so this was the last thing we did together. I had a very nice day - I don't have to ride a lot of rides to have a good time at Disneyland.

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Disneyland waits as of 8:21pm Peter Pan is the longest at 45 minutes.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Hard Days Night A Beatles Tribute was performing at Tomorrowland Terrace. Here are some pictures from their 8:35pm set which featured Sgt. Pepper

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A video clip from the performance.


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If you were curious Darth Vader popcorn buckets are still available.

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Thought the choice of Disneyland Fantasyland and WDW Monorail System on the same glass was odd.

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No signs of Tinkerbell or Dumbo during Magical tonight.

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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.



June 18, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/13/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 13, 2014.

First stop today Disney California Adventure.

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The park is coming up on 2 years since the re-dedication and opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street this weekend.

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A message from Maleficent at Trolley Treats

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The awning is back at the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

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Grizzly River Run reopens next week. This week some water in the flume. No signs of activity.

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Entering Cars Land from the Wharf.

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A posted 10 minute wait for the Flying Tires (I took a look and it was less than that so decided to go for a spin). Turned out to be only a one cycle wait. So only a couple minutes.

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Tower of Terror was not operating when I walked by.

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New park maps are out. Disneyland features Splash Mountain instead of Big Thunder. Disney California Adventure has World of Color with glow with the show ears.

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The All American College Band is listed. They start their season Thursday. I plan to see them Friday so look for pictures and video next week.

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Sulley the horse
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Walking out toward Alice in Wonderland.

The new wall extension looks to be complete. It was confirmed this week that the attraction will reopen for 4th of July.

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The rock extension is taking shape.

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It was announced this week that the subs will return September 27th. Out in the lagoon scaffolding is up and they have started to work on refinishing.

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A look at the Alice work from the Monorail. Should be interesting what type of railings will be going up on the extension.

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As we pulled into the monorail station I turned around and took a couple pictures through the window (that is why it is tinted). But you can see the scaffolding around the track.

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Space Mountain is being cleaned. Look at the difference (on the right you can see some areas that have not been yet).

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Ran into a couple Storm Troopers as I walked through Tomorrowland

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I passed through the SpringTime RoundUp in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. The White Rabbit was roaming around.

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The covers are back on the queue for the Carrousel.

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Today before th 4:00pm Mickey's Soundsational Parade a new Frozen pre-parade debuted featuring Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf. Here it is stepping off for its first run.

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Here is a video of the Frozen pre-parade making its way down Main Street USA.

The float making its way around Town Square.

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The far west (left as you enter) gates to Disneyland (Gates 1-6) are being worked on.

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Returning to DCA. A look at the vineyard crop this year.

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The awnings are back on Ghirardelli too.

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Passing by the Oil Pan in Cars Land.

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5 & Dime passing by on their way to perform

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Returning to Disneyland. A look into the artist area in the Disneyana Store at some upcoming artwork.

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No Frozen pre-parade for the 6:30 Soundsational.

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Downtown Disney was once again celebrating summer with Hawaiian Nights. This week an Aulani photo op was set up near House of Blues/Build-A-Bear.

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Tupua was back again this week performing more music and dances from the South Pacific.

Here are some clips from their performance.


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The banners on the light posts in the area near the AMC have been changed to Planes Fire & Rescue

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Out at the ESPN Zone a large bracket for the World Cup.

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On the large screen they had the Kings hockey game.

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Back to Buena Vista Street.

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After a walk through DCA it was back to Disneyland.

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Splash Mountain

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Walked up and found a spot for Fantasmic right before how time.

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Maleficent in dragon form.

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Made my way to Main Street for Magical

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Tinkerbell flying by the castle (note Dumbo did not fly this evening).

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Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.


June 9, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/06/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 6, 2014.

First stop this afternoon, Disneyland and no wait to enter.

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In Adventureland, a new temporary wait time sign for the Jungle Cruise.

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Walked through New Orleans Square. The Club 33 project is scheduled to be wrapping up in less than a month. Not much visible progress due to the tarps obstructing the view.

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Walked around the Rivers of America to the Big Thunder Ranch. At the Springtime Roundup only two characters out this pass by. Thumper (seen here) and Brer Rabbit.

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Went for a trip on the Monorail. A look down at the sub lagoon work. Not a lot of visible progress in this area. Note today marked the 55th anniversary since the attraction opened. Too bad you cannot experience it to mark the occasion. It is slated to be closed through Fall (no official date of reopening has been announced yet that I know of).

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A check of Alice in Wonderland from the Monorail, less than a month until it is scheduled to return for the 4th of July holiday weekend..

Looks like the concrete extension is done and the track protection is off.

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Stopped by Captain EO since it is closing soon for some work.

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Some Marvel merchandise is now available in the Starcade

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Tomorrowland horticulture with the Matterhorn looming in the background.

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A check of the Alice in Wonderland work from the ground.

The underside of the extension has concrete (or whatever material it is) now.

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A closer look.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Walked through Fantasy Faire. Only two princesses inside this afternoon and no wait at all (posted at 5 minutes but they were letting you walk right in).

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Beauty and the Beast was being performed at the Royal Theatre

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4:00pm means Mickey's Soundsational Parade is stepping off by Small World. Next week the Frozen pre-parade float is scheduled to make its debut.

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On my way back through Fantasyland noticed the canopy for the queue is MIA.

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Made my way over to Disney California Adventure. The summer issue of the Buena Vista Bugle is now available.

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The awnings at the FFP Cafe are still gone.

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Was walking through Flo's V-8 Cafe in Cars Land and noticed this sign. Is this a new menu offering or just a new sign.. I do not remember it (nor the sign).

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Stopped by the Animation Building in Hollywood Land. Planes Fire & Rescue ad in the Animation Building. Interesting that Frozen is still there and not Big Hero 6.

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A Red Car on Hollywood Blvd in front of the Animation Building.

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Stopped by the World of Disney in Downtown Disney. The collection room which used to be Villains has been redone.

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Cash registers are on one side only now and the display cases are gone. I did not see a new one with watches, jewelry, etc.. but I did not explore the store that much.

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Downtown Disney has a summer celebration going on. It kicked off last week (June 1) and runs through September 6th. Here are a couple special offerings at Catal.

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Rainforest Cafe offerings.

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The Disneyland Hotel pool's vintage sign above the monorail water slide.

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Seems like they are having problems with the Tangaroa Terrace. Saw several of these signs around the area trying to direct guests there.

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As part of the Summer Celebration on many Friday nights they will be celebrating Hawaii. This evening there was a group called Tupua performing songs and dances from the south pacific including Samoa, Tahiti, and Hawaii. I missed the start of the performance. There were no showtimes posted that I could see.

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Of course an audience participation song.

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A video clip of the finale to their performance.

Some treats on display at the Marceline Confectionery

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Build-a-Bear supporting the LA Kings

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At the end of their set they announced the next one was at 8pm so I circled back to catch the beginning. Almost showtime.

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The opening and a couple of clips from the Summer Celebration show being presented by Disney Aulani and Downtown Disney.


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Made my way to the Tomorrowland Terrace for the 8:35pm set of the Suburban Legends (notice the Captain EO shirt). They performed a fun set that included: Colors of the Wind, Kiss the Girl, Beauty and the Beast, Duck Tales, Sweet Caroline, and Gummy Bears.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle, Magical was cancelled this evening due to winds.

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So I headed for Disney California Adventure and found a spot just before showtime for World of Color under the Silly Symphony Swings. It offers a great view of the fountains...

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...but the audio is terrible (tonight the background music was still playing) and the projections are not really visible and what you can make out is backward.

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But you can see the fire clearly.

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After World of Color the park was closed to day guests and Grad Nite was taking over. Their party started at 10pm in Hollywood Land and Cars Land and would take over more of the park once the World of Color guests leave.

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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.



June 2, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/30/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Monorail Blue passed by while at the tram stop then it stopped near the entrance to Disneyland for several minutes. It eventually started up again and made its way to Disneyland.

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No lines to get into the parks right now. It was just after 1pm.

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Today was a Grad Nite evening.

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Because of Grad Nite they were closing Hollywood Land before the rest of the park.

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Walking up Buena Vista Street

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Some new Soarin' Merchandise has hit store shelves. A new t-shirt - $24.95.

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The back...

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Grizzly River Run is closed still (scheduled to reopen June 19th)

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Stopped by the Little Mermaid, Ariel's Undersea Adventure, since it was a walk on. Here is a full ride recording (you can call it the extended edition since we stopped twice).

A look out to Paradise Pier

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Sligo Rags performing at the Paradise Garden Bandstand

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This past week the Operation: Playtime! - Featuring the Green Army Men performed their 10,000th show.

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Mariachi Divas performing in the Pacific Wharf area

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Still working in the Wharf area.

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Entering Cars Land from the Wharf.

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My timing this year for the cactus blooming, I am either a couple days too early or too late. Last year I seemed to hit quite a few in bloom.

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Mater at the Cozy Cone

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Looking up Route 66 in Cars Land

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There was a back-up at the Tower of Terror FastPass return line.

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Some treats in Trolley Treats

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Tinker Bell is Patriotic for the summer.

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Some relatively new World of Color merchandise in Los Feliz

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Time to visit Disneyland. Noticed one of the light units was up, it appeared to be stuck and stayed up all day/evening.

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Main Street USA

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In Tomorrowland. The guest relations kiosk has moved...

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Across the way and into a corner. Maybe to get out of the sun?

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Space Mountain is closed until July. No signs of work on the exterior.

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A check of Alice in Wonderland from the ground as work continues on the exterior track.

Preparations for the underside cover.

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Roger Rabbit was out again at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Springtime Roundup and no wait at all when I walked by.

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A family of geese along the Big Thunder Trail

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Work continues on the New Orleans Square rooftops.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Mickey and the Magical Map in the Fantasyland Theatre

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Time to check in on Alice in Wonderland work. Looks like they poured the concrete for the new, extended, walkway.

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Decided to catch Soundsational

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The Storm Trooper mugs are available at Tomorrowland Terrace

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About 80 minutes until showtime and the Rivers of America waterfront has a good crowd for Fantasmic!

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Back in DCA Grad Nite had started to take over the park. Dance areas were being set up.

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Lightning rolling along Route 66

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Another Dance area in the Wharf

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Went for a second trip under the sea since some of the group had not ridden it since it reopened.

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A posted wait of 105 minutes for Tower of Terror, thanks to Grad Nite

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The Mad T Party was also going to be used. Interesting they had a DJ stand on the dance floor and not using the main stage location.

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The Mad T Party Band

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Closing out the evening with Magical from Buena Vista Street.

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A Mickey Balloon found its way into my frame, dead center, for the finale.

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Traffic backed up on Disneyland Drive.

Magic Way was closed and all cars coming into Downtown Disney were being directed down the street. Guessing the Simba lot.

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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.



May 25, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/23/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 23, 2014. To kick off the holiday weekend and the summerseason Disneyland Resort (as well as Walt Disney World) were hosting Rock Your Disney Side. Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the Magic Kingdom in WDW were open 24 hours, from 6am Friday until 6am Saturday. I attended the middle third of the day more or less. I arrived at the parks around 1pm and left around 10pm. Laura was at Disneyland in the morning and left around the time I arrived. Jeanine arrived right before I left and stayed overnight.

Due to the parking and traffic problems the Disneyland Resort suffers from during these types of events Disney was taking an aggressive approach to parking. When I exited the freeway just after noon the Ball Road bypass was closed as was the Mickey and Friends garage. They were directing traffic to the Simba lot. I decided this was a bad idea since I knew I was leaving early and did not want to get stuck in possible gridlock. So I opted to go around to the Toy Story lot. Getting into the lot easy but then they kept directing me further. I ended up in the far corner of the Katella Cast Member lot, beyond the Bambi section against the far fence. Below is a picture looking from my car back toward the convention center. It took approximately 30 minutes from the time I exited the freeway until I was walking to the bus. The bus transportation to the park was quick and efficient and within a couple of minutes I was at the security checkpoint. Leaving was a different story. It took me over 30 minutes from Main Street USA until I reached my car. All in all it was not a pleasant parking experience today. I understand the need to prevent grid lock in the evening when the crowds arrive but to penalize those guests who show up earlier in the day does not seem like the right thing to do.

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Since my last visit ticket prices have gone up. Here are the current rates.

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A large sand Olaf was created near the center of the Esplanade. Josh Gad was on hand in the morning to open the parks.

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First stop Disneyland.As you entered the park you were given a button and card promoting Maleficent.

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The time guides for the day.

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The lockers are closed as they start to work on a new walkway backstage to help with the crowds on Main Street.

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Main Street has its traditional summer overlay of red, white and blue.

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For the 24hr event there were quite a few food offerings. The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor featured this Black and White Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Walked through the Candy Palace.

Hero and Villain Cupcakes

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Plenty of Maleficent treats.

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The other big promotion today was this large 32oz mug. A majority of the dining locations and carts featured it.

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Two large screens flanked the castle today. They were showing guest Twitter and Instagram pictures.

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Darth Vader popcorn buckets were available from the cart in Tomorrowland.

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No Captain EO showings today. Instead Marvel has taken over with movie screenings with showings of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, etc.

The show times for the day. They were showing standard versions of the films, no 3D.

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A Star Tours photo op near Innoventions. Assuming at some point characters will be out. For now just a static backdrop.

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More mugs...this time Storm Trooper.

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A look down at the sub lagoon from the Monorail. These looked slightly brighter to me, maybe some painting going on? Or just the light/my memory..

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Work on Alice in Wonderland is progressing. The extended walkways are taking shape.

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A check on Alice from ground level, you can see the old and then new extension.

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Small World had to use its extended queue.

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In Toontown, the fountains are out from behind walls. This one is missing Roger though.

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Mickey's fountain.

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The Go Coaster is back in operation too.

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Goofy in front of his house.

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Stopped by the Springtime Roundup. It was quiet as usual.

Roger Rabbit showed up while I was there (also Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Brer Bear, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, and Baloo were available for pictures while I was there)

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The Stage Door Cafe offerings.

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Pirates has reopened and had a 25 minute wait and a lot of guests moving around.

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The Harbor Galley had a special soup today.

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Hungry Bear had a hot dog for the day.

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The Mint Julep Bar had punch.

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The walkway through New Orleans Square was blocked off again.

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This time it was also blocked off near the perfume shop.

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With Pirates open and the other two access points blocked this there was a traffic jam. You could access the two stores through this tunnel but everything else was walled off.

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In Frontierland the Trading Co has reopened.

Took a quick look inside and it looked more or less the same.

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A turtle near the Frontierland entrance just hanging out watching the crowd.

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This was a common sight throughout the park. Guests laying around or sitting anywhere they could find an electrical outlet.

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Due to there being no early Soundsational today the Main Street vehicles were running still. I counted 7 (2 buses, 2 trolleys, 2 horseless carriages, 1 fire truck) circling around.

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A photo op for the 24hr event in Town Square (same as last year, just a different banner)

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Time to head over to Disney California Adventure.

With the media equipment cleaned up you can now get closer to Olaf.

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Buena Vista Street was decked out in red, white and blue too.

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A special edition of the Buena Vista Bugle was on news stands today. It was only a single page (front and back).

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Clarabelle's featured a special hand dipped bar today.

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Award Wieners featured Maleficent items

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The Muppets film was not being shown today, instead a Frozen sing-along had taken over.

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Buena Vista Street also had a photo op with clocks.

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Taste Pilots Grill special offering.

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The person next to me ordered one.. so here is a picture of what it actually looked like.

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Noticed the fries at Taste Pilots were skinnier than they have been. More on par with say McDonalds size. They tasted better to me too. Still not as good as the old shoe string fries at Award Wieners or even the waffle fries at Taste Pilots but a step up from what they had been serving.

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A large clock to stand in front of and have your picture taken. You supplied the hands.

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The Wharf renovations have moved on to the part of the building that spans the walkway.

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Pacific Wharf Cafe featured a chowder for the day.

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Captain America shield shaped bread.

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A stage set up on the Wharf for a dance party later tonight.

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Flo's offering was a sandwich

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Time for the nightly Flag Retreat. Tonight it just featured the Dapper Dans, no live band.

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There were commemorative mouse ears available today. This is the back.

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More merchandise for the day.

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There was also a pin (on the right)

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On the castle stage throughout the day an MC would come out to promote the DisneySide hashtag and events.

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Here is a video clip to give a sample of what was going on.

Caught a showing of Mickey and the Magical Map.

The show seemed more or less the same to me, no changes jumped out to me.

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Went for a cruise on "it's a small world" which just re-opened. No substantial changes visible, most of the work was done backstage.

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Looks like the prairie dogs are not returning.

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Back to Disney California AdventureGRR is still closed for renovation.

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Another photo backdrop, this time in Paradise Gardens.

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The Paradise Garden Grill offering.

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And Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

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Here is the Mac & Cheese Flatbread.

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Through a Twitter promotion Disney announced tickets to meet Maleficent to promote the film. They were distributing them at the Blue Sky Cellar.

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Times were from 8pm till 2am. When I was there they were giving out ones for the block after midnight.

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Hollywood Blvd.

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In case you do not want a turkey leg but really like the shape they offered a crisped rice treat version today.

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Maleficent merchandise in Elias & Co.

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Maleficent treats being created at Trolley Treats

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In Clarabelle's they were setting up ice water

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Back to Disneyland. The park was much more crowded but still not holiday crowded...more like summer.

Passing by the Castle.

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Food lines were getting bad. Here is the Pizza Port line.

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Caught Magical to wrap up my evening.

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As I left the lines to enter Disneyland were really long. Well beyond the Monorail beam, almost to the center of the Esplanade.

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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.



May 11, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/09/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Arriving at the Disneyland Resort for the afternoon/evening.

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Goofy with the Hook and Ladder Co. in Town Square

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A look up Main Street USA

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The Plaza Inn is closed for renovation.

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No real visible progress on the subs. An Imagineer walking around this afternoon.

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A check of the Alice in Wonderland renovations. More steel for the outside track walkway extensions.

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Nikon signage is up at the Photo Supply Co now.

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Over to Disney California Adventure. Work continues on the Pacific Wharf renovations.

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The side facing the parade route looks complete.

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The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure was in a soft opening phase today, slated to officially re-open Saturday. It had been closed for several weeks for renovations.

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Several fish have been added as you head under the sea.

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Most of the fish have received a new paint scheme and use black lighting. They look substantially better to me.

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This is most noticeable in the Under the Sea scene.

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Some video from Friday May 9, 2014

For comparison here is a video from May 2012 - after a first round of renovations

And a video from my first ride through during a soft opening in May 2011

Another look at the recently completed Wharf renovations.

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Walked through Cars Land. Only an 80 minute wait for the Racers this afternoon.

Willy's Butte - Ornament Valley

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Doc McStuffins on Hollywood Blvd.

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Nikon signage at Kingswell Camera

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Noticed the moon was visible to the left of the Matterhorn.

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I used to think 120 minutes to meet the Frozen sisters was crazy but after being at WDW and seeing the 200+ and at one point 305 minutes waits there this seems like nothing!

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Work continues in New Orleans Square.

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Guests already claiming their spots for Fantasmic. Only 4 hours before the show. A great compliment to this show that turns 22 on May 13th.

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Pirates is closed for renovations.

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Indy has returned. I heard no changes so I opted to stay away today.

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Small World is still closed.

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Mickey & the Magical Map is also dark right now.

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In Toontown work on the fountains.

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Notice something missing here? The lights on either side of the sign are gone.

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The other fountain by the houses is also being worked on.

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Goofy goofing around in front of his house.

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The Go Coaster is also closed for work.

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The lake the Miss Daisy is in is drained and shows signs of some needed TLC.

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A look at the Go Coaster. Looks like they are just repainting.

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More of the "Land" merchandise that is available in shops around the park. The photos below were taken in the China Closet on Main Street. Here are some glasses.

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Attraction poster coasters.

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Plates.

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Decided to stick around and watch Soundsational before returning to DCA.

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Lightning rolling down Cross Street.

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Willy's Butte

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The Westward Ho Trading Co was closed for renovation. Guess that is why the pins moved to the music store?

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Fantasmic! time to celebrate its upcoming anniversary.

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Then it was back to Main Street for the Magical fireworks that returned last week.

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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 28, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/25/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Friday and Saturday there was a Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest in Downtown Disney. They were just getting started as I walked by. A flyer about the event.

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I took the Monorail into the park. No real visible progress on the subs.

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Over at Alice looks like the track layout is staying the same. The wood appeared to be giving a rough idea of where the new extensions/walkways will go out to.

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Small World is closed again as work continues on the safety retrofitting inside.

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Oops.. showed up just as Magical Map was letting out.

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Alice from ground level. Here you can see the new metal supports for the extension that are being installed.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch. The Springtime Roundup has lost its Easter decorations and most of the bunnies.

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Brer Rabbit was out for pictures.

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Thumper was too.

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Baloo making his way out for pictures after the rabbits left.

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Mickey also arrived

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Most of the photo areas were empty during my short time in the area.

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Walked through New Orleans Square.. not much is different looks about the same as it has for months with scaffolding and tarps up throughout.

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Decided to walk through the Treehouse. Adventureland from above.

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Rivers of America river front.

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From the treehouse you can see some roof work going on in New Orleans Square. Looks to be fall protection related.

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Some new merchandise in the Adventureland Bazaar that is at least land specific (but not park specific.. meaning WDW vs Disneyland).

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Salt and Pepper shakers.

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In Disney California Adventure a Maleficent sneak peak has taken over the "it's tough to be a bug" theater.

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A warning about the show.

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Inside, the bug movie posters are gone. No posters for Maleficent, though. In the theater the new projector was really clear and the film quality was great.

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At Ghirardelli they were passing out free samples of the mini squares. For comparison the new on the left and traditional squares on the right.

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Grizzly River Run was closed for renovations. Seems odd they did not do this during the cold months and instead are doing it now leading into summer.

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Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has finally reopened. Well, most of it has reopened.

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It appears to be about the same, no major changes. Just some new paint, railings, and nets from what I could tell.

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I said most has reopened because on the upper areas the net walkways were all closed off still.

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Preparing for World of Color on Paradise Bay as some darker clouds pass by overhead.

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More of the scaffolding around the Wharf has been removed.

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Walked through Cars Land. Fillmore's this evening.

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Ornament Valley, thought this shot came out well considering it's free hand and no processing.

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Stopped back by to see the sign after dark.

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Walked through Atwater Ink & Paint and spotted more trashcan salt and pepper shakers.

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Stopped for Fantasmic!

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Oops the dragon's fire/breath did not ignite tonight.

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My evening ended with Fantasmic. The fireworks show was cancelled and it started to rain as I reached Main Street.

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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 17, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/11/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 11, 2014.

We start off on Main Street USA. The 20th Century Music Company on Main Street now sells very little music. Pins have taken over the store.

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A look inside.

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There is one small shelf of books.

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And one wall of music and home video.

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From April 10-20 there is an Egg-Stravaganza going on at both parks. Featuring Eggs-perience maps and an egg hunt. The maps are $4.95 plus tax and you go off to find the 12 eggs around the park then redeem your map for an egg to take home. This update is spoiler free in case you are planning a visit to search for the eggs. I posted a spoiler filled picture set if you want to see where all 24 eggs (12 from each park) are located.

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Small World has reopened for a few weeks during the busy spring break season and to celebrate its 50th anniversary since opening on 4/22/1964 at the Worlds Fair in New York. Disney parks celebrated the occasion on Thursday 4/10 and Jeanine was there for AllEars.

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Storybook Land.

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Stopped by the Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch to check out the latest Egg Creations. Here are some of them - The Tweedles and Elsa.

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Thought the Tiki Room egg was fun. Anna and Olaf to round out the Frozen collection.

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Thought the cane for Lotso was a great touch.

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Two of the artists at work.

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Time for the Bunny Hop.

Roger Rabbit was part of the gang this week.

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If you want to see more pictures and video of the Bunny Hop check out my last update.

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The Big Thunder waits have returned to normal, at least this afternoon.

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They were expecting a large crowd, the extended queue was set up.

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Some special menu items at the Golden Horseshoe to mark the return of Big Thunder.

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The Lone Ranger boot is still available.

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Pirates was only a 15 minute wait, and the extended queue was ready but not needed right now.

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Pizza Port has a new offering.

A slice of pizza, cookie, drink and art print for $30.00 plus tax.

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The cookie.

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A look at the pizza.

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Not much visible progress in the sub lagoon.

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Sure looks like they are planning on saving the existing ride path. Seems if they were going to remove it they would have by now.

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A new spring issue of the Buena Vista Bugle is on news stands.

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The DCA egg-stravaganza maps are in the children's section of Elias & Co.

The DCA map. Again I will not be posting pictures of the eggs in this photo update.

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The possible prizes. With each map you get one egg.

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Clarabelle's no longer offers the trolley sundae, instead it's a triple scope sundae served in a Mickey inspired sink.

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The scaffolding on this side of the Wharf is down.

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The side of the building facing the parade route is still being worked on.

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Rushin' River now has personalized leather accessories and a sign to make sure you know.

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Went for a cruise on Small World

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In the gift shop a commemorative t-shirt was on sale, all proceeds went to UNICEF this weekend.

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A 50th anniversary popcorn bucket.

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The Primeval World Diorama is also celebrating its 50th anniversary since debuted at the New York World Fair

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Walked through Downtown Disney later in the evening. Ridemakerz has a Captain America Camaro.

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Maleficent banners in Downtown Disney to promote the upcoming film.

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Caught Remember from the Mickey and Friends harage. This is the stretching room sequence.

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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 6, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/28/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Friday was a busy day at the Disneyland Resort. Spring Break season is upon us and the parks were very busy thanks to that and pleasant weather. Then to cap off the evening a magnitude 5.1 earthquake with an epicenter less than 10 miles from the park occurred just after 9:00pm. No damage or injuries reported as far as I have seen.

Long lines at the security tents this afternoon.

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The Downtown Disney fountain is out from behind walls. It was leaking: water was outside the fountain area.

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Once inside the parks the crowd seemed to thin out a bit in Town Square and with a little timing you could get a shot like this making it look rather empty. Notice all the Main Street vehicles out today. Two horseless carriages, the bus, and fire truck in this picture. Also a horse drawn street car was making the rounds.

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The Disneyland Band was performing in Town Square.

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Disneyland has new guide maps this week. They feature Big Thunder and Mickey's Fun Wheel on the covers.

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New picture spot signs were being installed this afternoon.

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They now feature a sample picture again. Here is the one for the Matterhorn.

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A check of the Alice in Wonderland progress. Not much visible from this angle. Looks more or less the same.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree for the Springtime Roundup.

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I will skip most of the decorations around the Jamboree this week since I posted pictures last week, so go back to the 3/21 update if you want to see more.

Egg Painters are present this year.

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Some of the eggs on display.

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More traditional painting.

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More of the recent egg creations in a display near where they were painting.
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Mickey and Minnie in their springtime outfits

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The springtime dancers came out for a performance.

They stopped for a group picture.

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A video clip of the Springtime dancers in action.

The Easter Bunny was on hand for pictures and autographs and had no wait while I was there.

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The bunnies making their entrance for the Bunny Hop.

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Pluto somehow got into the Bunny act.

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A video clip of the Bunny Hop performances.


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The food carts for the Springtime Roundup

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The menu.

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Some of the items.

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Big Thunder had a lot of guests around and was using an extended queue. Standby wait was posted as 60 minutes and Fastpass return was 10:30pm and this was before 4pm.

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Not much visible progress in the sub lagoon. Here is a look from the Monorail.

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A check of the Alice in Wonderland work from the Monorail.

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Next I made my way over to Disney California Adventure. Goofy passing by on Buena Vista Street.

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Work on the Wharf continues. This week the tarps were down, guessing due to the winds.

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The Picture Spot sign in Ornament Valley has been moved and now has a sample photo on it too.

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The Ghirardelli sample today was a milk chocolate with a white chocolate imprint.

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The structure nearest the turkey leg stand on the pier was behind walls. Guessing they are going to be repainting and fixing some of the wood damage.

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The coaster front from the Toy Story Meet and Greet has been removed.

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The Ellis Island Boys performing at the Paradise Garden Bandstand.

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Interesting they did not put walls on the back side.

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The Tweedles were roaming the crowd at the Mad T Party.

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Stopped by the Disneyana store on Main Street. Here is an interesting item. A check signed by Walt Disney. It was from 1965 and for $10,000 made out to the IRS for estimated taxes. The framed set was priced at $5,500.

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Main Street was busy as to be expected on a Friday night during Spring Break season, this was around 8:30pm

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The plan was to watch the 9:00pm Fantasmic show. So I found a spot near the Tom Sawyer Island raft exit. Here is an action shot of King Louie as he passed by.

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As the Columbia started its pass an earthquake struck. The epicenter was approx 8 miles from Disneyland. The show was stopped as soon as the shaking stopped. Here is a picture of the Columbia slowly finishing its pass after the quake. I posted my thoughts and more info on the earthquake in a separate blog posting on my site.

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The show was cancelled and so were the fireworks. Which led to some very crowded walkways as everyone had the same idea...time to leave.

A look at Main Street around 9:45pm. It seems a majority of guests decided it was time to call it a night.

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It was around 10pm when I reached the garage. The escalators and elevators were all offline still. You had to hike the steps or escalator to reach your level.

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The third floor.

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I stopped for a quick photo and video from the bridge before continuing on to my car. Cars on the exit ramps were moving slowly but were moving.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/28/14

Looking the other direction they still had the exit set up like a normal night with cars merging to use the overpass. By the time I got down there (half an hour or so later) you were locked into your lane more or less no merging.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/28/14


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



March 23, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Started off walking across the Pinocchio lot to Downtown Disney.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Looking back down Main Street USA

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Partners this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

They were painting this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

A check in on the submarine lagoon from the Monorail.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

The height check bar, 40 inches is threshold.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

The queue filled the Zocalo Park area.

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A quick look at Rainbow Ridge from the side.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Indiana Jones is close for some work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Frozen is front and center in many of the stores.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Moving to Disney California Adventure...

The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is still closed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

The Little Mermaid is closed for renovations.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

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

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

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A rack of Easter merchandise.

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The Pier had a good size crowd moving around.

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As I was eating DJ drove by on Cross Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Monsters had a posted wait of 30 minutes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Off the Page also has some Marvel artwork now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Walked through Ghirardelli. Some Easter/spring offerings.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Captain America merchandise in Elias & Co.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

More Frozen merchandise in Elias & Co.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

Closed out my evening with Fantasmic! and then Remember.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/21/14


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



March 16, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

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

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

Here is a picture from across Hollywood Blvd.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

The Muppets on the main marquee

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

A Muppets billboard nearby.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

From across the street a better view of the building.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Some of the Muppet Merchandise.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


Since I showed Mickey Mouse I needed to include Donald Duck

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

And the reason for my trip -- the Muppets.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Time to head into the theater.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

A closer look at the signatures.

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

A clip of the Piano in action

Sam Eagle's badge

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


Animal's drum set

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


The crown from the gulag

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

First up the Flamingo Flamenco!

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Ariel has nothing on Moi!

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening

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

Muppets Most Wanted - El Capitan Screening


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

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

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

Here is the We're Doing a Sequel Trailer:

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

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


February 16, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 14, 2014.

A check of the Downtown Disney Starbucks. The facade is moving along. Glass and wood have been added to parts of it.

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First stop today, Disneyland.

Four planters around Town Square had valentine decorations.

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The scaffolding is gone from this corner and the facades look great.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

My idea of ideal snow.. just look at it and not have to live in it. Today was a picture perfect Southern California day with temps in the mid 80s when I arrived and not a hint of a cloud in the sky.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

The Dole Whip stand has reopened and its lines were long as usual. They have increased capacity of the small stand and even with 5 cast members, two machines and two registers the lines on both sides were substantial still stretching all the way to the Tiki Room exit steps.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Walked through New Orleans Square.

No visible progress thanks to all the scrims on the scaffolding.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14


The walkway to the restrooms has reopened.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Splash Mountain shows no visible signs of progress or change.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Wow, a 15 min wait for Winnie the Pooh.. I was expecting it to be a ghost town out in Critter Country with Splash closed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

No real visible progress over at Big Thunder.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

They are still in a testing phase and trains have been running intermittently for several weeks - one was stopped on the lift hill. No official word on when it will re-open.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Another train waiting to come on the track.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

New Orleans Square was busy with the Pirates queue stretching out toward Cafe Orleans and then back over the bridge and wrapping around to the entrance finally.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

The Columbia looks ready to return to action tonight in Fantasmic!

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14


Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and the lines for the characters were very short as has been the case each time I have stopped by.

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Since there was no one in line the characters and cast members were dancing along to the music and just enjoying themselves.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Small World is closed for renovations still, nothing appears to be going on with the exterior.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Looks like some railing painting going on here.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

A new sign in front of the subs, saying they will return this Fall.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

The water has been drained from the lagoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

A couple of quick pics of the drained lagoon as the Monorail passed overhead.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

A couple more Space Mountain pics.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14


The Disney Gallery will be recieving a new exhibit featuring steampunk artwork opening 2/22.

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In honor of President Lincoln's Birthday caught a showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

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Nikon signage is up at most of the Picture Spots now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Arrived on Main Street as the Band was making its way to the Flag Retreat, so I followed along.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Headed across the Esplanade to DCA and Buena Vista Street. Trolley Treats had an assortment of Valentine's day items as you walked in.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

A new edition of the Buena Vista Bugle is on news stands now.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

The Pacific Wharf Cafe had bread shaped as bears and hearts for Valentines day.

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Arrived on Route 66 as the neon was coming on for the evening.

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Red pulled into the Cozy Cone for pictures. I do not recall ever seeing him here.. usually he is down near Cross Street or out by the Flying Tires.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Thursday, 2/13, marked 10 years since they first lit up the sign on the Tower of Terror.

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The Mad T Party Band was performing as I walked by.

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There was a full moon Friday, here it is over the Cozy Cone, someday I will learn how to get better pictures that do not make it look like a bright light. It looked much more impressive in person.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Spent some time walking around Big Thunder (they were cycling trains this evening).

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Big Thunder with the moon lingering behind it.

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That blur is a train going by..

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Watched Remember from along the Rivers of America. The show was at 8:40, before Fantasmic.

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They still do some minor lighting effects.. some strobes, fog, and lights for the Haunted Mansion segment.

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A great view of one of the pinwheels from where I was.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/14/14

Fantasmic! re-opened tonight (2/14) after its winter refurbishment. Some new fountains in the World of Color style were added. The plan was to take some video of the opening then stills later on. The show was stopped because the water screens did not come on. It was then cancelled. Here is some video of the opening featuring the new fountains and you can see the projectors come on but no screens at the end.


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.



February 4, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 31, 2014.

A quick look at the Starbucks progress in Downtown Disney before heading to the parks.

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First stop today, DCA.

Noticed the billboard in Condor Flats is back to normal. The Planes characters are gone.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

The Redwood Creek area is still closed for work. Through the trees you could see some scaffolding and workers, but nothing clearly or interesting.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Goofy strolling out to conduct the Instant Concert in Paradise Bay

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Only an hour wait for the Racers this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Lightning cruising Route 66 on his way to the Cozy Cone.

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The fountain at the Cozy Cone was not working correctly again. The water was coming up short so the wheel was not turning.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Route 66, the poles for the Christmas lights have been removed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

The photo spot near the backside of GRR has a Nikon sign now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14


The Olaf chocolate art is gone and Let it Go is featured at Trolley Treats

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

No visible progress on Main Street, thanks to the scrim.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

A Nikon picture spot sign.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Small World is closed for the removal of the holiday overlay. And this coming week they are going to be using it as a set for the upcoming Brad Bird Tomorrowland film. They are using it as a stand in for the 1964 World Fair. The entrance area is being transformed to match and large blue backdrops placed so they can add the correct background in post production. The filming is slated for the middle of next week. And the attraction is to reopen next weekend.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14


Looks like they are finally going to do some exterior work on the mountain and hopefully clean it too.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14


The sub lagoon looked about the same as it did two weeks ago, no real visible change.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14


Inside Innoventions walls are up where Captain America will be greeting guests. He is replacing the nano exhibit to the right when you enter (between Ironman and Asimo).

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Sleeping Beauty Castle, the snow has all "melted" away.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

The scaffolding from the masts of the Columbia has been removed as the project enters the final stretch.

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The Rivers of America are back to normal, the Fantasmic fountain work has concluded.
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A closer look at the Columbia.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Splash Mountain is closed for some work too.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

New Orleans Square is still mostly walls and scaffolding.

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From the train another perspective at the film preparations.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14


Acorn gifts in the Grand California now features Club 33 merchandise, available to members only. I found it odd to put this in the large display window.

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A look at the World of Disney Windows. First up Cars Land.

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Tower of Terror/Disney California Adventure World of Disney Window animation

World of Disney - Tomorrowland window

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World of Disney - Fantasyland window

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Main Street USA from the train station (Soundsational was just about to start that is why there is a crowd).

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Hard Days Night a Tribute to the Beatles were performing on the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage this evening. Here are some pictures from their first two sets.

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A couple video clips from the performances.


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I closed out my evening with the Remember fireworks before heading home.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



February 2, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 31, 2014.

This weekend the Disneyland Resort is celebrating the Lunar New Year, year of the horse. Festivities take place at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure from 11am to 5pm Fri-Sun. Downtown Disney also has events going on from 5pm-9pm.

Approaching Pardise Gardens.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

The decorations lined the parade route, the entire length of the gardens area.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Mulan's Chinese New Year Procession featured a horse

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

And of course Mulan and Mushu

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

After the procession guest performing groups took to the street. First up was one from the Korean Dance Institute.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

The horse was out for photos for a while after each procession.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Bayside Brews had a couple special items for the event.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

There was also an outdoor vending cart decked out for the occasion.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

The cart's offerings.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

The Pork Bao

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Year of the Horse Shaped Sourdough Bread

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Some of the performers from the procession were out interacting with guests.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Mulan and Mushu were in a meet and greet location.

Mickey and Minnie rotated with them at the location (also I read Chip and Dale did too, but I did not see them).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year


Signs to help you find what year you were born in.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year


The Bandstand stage featured guest performing groups throughout the day.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

A video clip of a drum solo.

There seemed to be a fair amount of custom signage and decorations for the event this year.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

One small area of the merchandise stand near the Corn Dog Castle featured some items for Lunar New Year.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Some boards describing how some of the cultures celebrate the event.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

An area set up for New Year Wishes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

In the back of the area were tables with Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

There was an arts and crafts area too. The line for the meet and greet wrapped around it (it starts on the left, goes up to the area, then off to the right near Goofy's Sky School and doubles back).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

A guest performing group doing a traditional Lion Dance.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

A video clip of the Lion Dance.

A video clip of the Mulan Procession.

Downtown Disney was also celebrating Lunar New Year. There were special menu offerings at some of the restaurants.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

The main stage was to feature guest performing groups for Lunar New Year this evening.

First up is Dance Impressions Productions.

A video clip of the introduction and Dragon Dance.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

A ribbon dance.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year


Video clips of a couple of groups of young kids dancing at the Lunar New Year Celebration in Downtown Disney.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year


Another group.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year

A lion dance


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/31/14 - Lunar New Year


Hope you enjoyed this highlight look at the Lunar New Year Celebration 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.



January 5, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 3, 2014.


A check in on Starbucks in Downtown Disney. It is moving along. The signs say a winter opening, no idea what that translates into.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

The construction I saw last visit by La Brea Bakery/World of Disney was a new sunglass icon kiosk.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

My first stop today, DCA. Passed by the Red Car on Buena Vista Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Condor Flats had a fair amount of guests walking around this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Wow! The line was out the door for Taste Pilots (it was about 1pm).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Noticed the Planes merchandise that was outside is now gone.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

But the Planes crew is still on the billboard.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Paradise Gardens is celebrating Dia De Reyes (Three Kings Day) this weekend in addition to Vivia Navidad! Jeanine has a posting on this event so I am going to only include a couple pictures and leave the description and detail for her.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Caught the 1:30 Viva Navidad! Street Party

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

A video clip from the finale.

Made another pass through the area. Goofy was out for pictures.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Mariachi Espectacular was performing on the Bandstand.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

A video clip of Mariachi Espectacular

I walked around the Pier then. Buzz was out for photos.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

The Pier walkway looked really crowded thanks to the Screamin' overflow queue taking up the right hand side. It was a 55 minute wait.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

The Christmas tree inside Ariel's Grotto. The lighting was a challenge.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Walked through Cars Land. Only 165 minutes wait for the Radiator Springs Racers.

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Passed by Mater's Junkyard Jamboree which only had a 20 minute wait.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Five and Dime performing in Carthay Circle. Notice Dime has a new dress, she has had it for several weeks now but this is my first time catching them in a while.

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A Dickens Yuletide Band performing as I entered Disneyland this afternoon.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Benches, ropes, and arrows to help with crowd flow in Frontierland.

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The canoes were open this afternoon

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Some of the construction wall for Big Thunder has been removed near the smoking area. Now you can see some of the mountain and landscaping.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

The Jingle Jangle Jamboree was not too crowded this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Instead Santa was walking around in his less formal gear.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13


I came to watch Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies one last time. They end their Disneyland run on Monday the 6th. I am going to miss them.

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A video of their big sing a long featuring the Country Bears to close the set.

A new churro cart in Fantasyland. There was a line so I could not get a good picture.. will try again next visit.

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Olaf entertaining guests in line, the wait for the Frozen Royal Reception was posted at 120 minutes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Small World Holiday had a posted wait of 60 minutes

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

In Toontown Roger Rabbit was over an hour wait.

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A look at the crowd in Toontown.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

The Finding Nemo subs go down for renovation next week for most of 2014. Or if some internet rumors are to be believed maybe forever?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

The Flower Market on Center Street has been reduced to just this archway.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Guessing this was done to ease traffic flow in and out of the locker area and for an overflow queue for Starbucks. Curious if the full display will return next week when the crowds leave.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13


The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing on Main Street.

A couple pictures from the lights coming on in Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Here is a video of the lighting from a previous trip.

Back to Buena Vista Street

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Santa has left Elias & Co and his meet and greet area is gone.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Returned to Disneyland for A Christmas Fantasy Parade.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

A video clip of the Winter Wonderland segment featuring cross country skiers this year.


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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Swing dancing going on in Downtown Disney this evening.

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Stopped by the Winter Village in Downtown Disney

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Back to Disneyland for the 7:30 Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle Wintertime Enchantment Moment.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13


Next up Small World and its quarter hour projection show.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Here is a video from a previous trip of the show if you missed it.

Someone asked me what happens with Olaf at night when the Frozen Royal Reception was closed. They actually have a sleep sequence for him. No lighting really, just snoring and some movement.

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A video clip of Olaf sleeping.

Back to DCA for the 8:45pm World of Color Winter Dreams. Watched from a Standby Area. A couple random pictures from the show.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Then it was back to Disneyland to close out my evening with Believe in Holiday Magic.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/04/13



Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



December 10, 2013

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

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Disneyland's tradition of the Candlelight Processional, featuring a massed choir performing Christmas music, began in 1958. Unlike Epcot, it is only performed on two nights, typically the first weekend of December, making it more of a challenge to see. (Last year it was performed on 20 nights, but they did not repeat that this year.) Some people arrive at park opening to stake out their spots for the processional at 5:30 in the evening!

The risers for the choir are set up at the Main Street train station with a stage for the orchestra and narrator.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013
Chairs are placed in Town Square and on Main Street.
Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

Lee and I had the opportunity to see the processional on Sunday as guests of Disneyland Public Relations. Most of the photos below are Jason's. He saw it on Saturday night and his photos are better than mine. :-)

It had been a long time since I'd seen the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland - like many of you I am much more familiar with the one at Epcot. The Disneyland version is quite different: there are some aspects I like about it and some where I prefer Epcot's version. But either way, it's still a beautiful and moving experience.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

The massed choir is composed of Disneyland cast members and a number of other vocal groups such as high school and church choirs, mostly from southern California. We did not receive a program, so I don't have any of the names, unfortunately.

The choir proceeds down Main Street, singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem", "The First Noel", and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" as they enter and fill in the risers.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

Unlike Epcot, there are no Voices of Liberty at Disneyland. A couple of the songs featured male and female soloists, but otherwise we heard the choir singing - and I really liked that. At Epcot I think the Voices of Liberty overshadow the beautiful sound of the massed choir.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

There were also performances by a hand bell choir and a guitar soloist. The guitar solo during "Silent Night" was quite poignant.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

Several of the songs are different than those performed at Epcot: "The Candlelight Carol", "Sing Noel", and "The First Noel". Even those that are the same generally have very different arrangements, like "Joy to the World", and "We Three Kings". I missed one of my favorite Epcot songs: "Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy" and I also preferred the Epcot version of "Joy to the World". But I really liked "The Candlelight Carol".

The celebrity narrators were Blair Underwood on Saturday and Kurt Russell on Sunday. The passages they read from the Bible were somewhat different than I've heard at Epcot. I must say that I think the song selection at Epcot complements the scripture passages better than at Disneyland. For example, even though "The First Noel" describes events after the birth of Jesus, the song followed the reading of the angel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary. Unfortunately most of them were like that and it seemed a little disjointed to me.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

One of Lee's favorite parts of the Candlelight Processional is the herald trumpets - and they were featured often. Their placement on top of the train station was very effective.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013

It was a wonderful show - it brings home "the reason for the season" in a way that you don't see very much these days. It's unfortunate that it's so difficult to see at Disneyland, though maybe that makes the experience all the more meaningful.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional 2013


Disclaimer: Laura Gilbreath was an invited media guest. Her opinions are her own.



December 1, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13 - Disneyland Resort

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Firststop today, Disney California Adventure. I walked down Buena Vista Street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

In Paradise Gardens as part of Viva Navidad! Mariachi Espectacular performing at the Bandstand.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13


The arts and crafts area was not busy this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Goofy was at the meet and greet location.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Time for the Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

The Red Car News Boys have added a couple Christmas songs to their show. Here is a video of the finale and then the News Boys driving down Buena Vista Street.


Next stop, Disneyland. In Town Square preparations for the Candlelight Ceremony are underway. This year the performances are December 7 & 8th only.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Went for a cruise on Holiday "it's a small world".

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Caught a performance of Mickey and the Magical Map. They have made some tweaks to the show. The most obvious is Stitch is now part of the Hawaiian Roller Coaster segment.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Then for the finale Mickey has a new outfit since he is no longer an apprentice.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

A video clip from the finale.

Santa Mickey at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

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Pluto

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Santa Goofy.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Minnie in a holiday dress

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Enjoyed a performance of Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies. Here is a video of a Hillbilly Guitar Lesson.

The Winter edition of the Buena Vista Bugle was hot off the presses Wednesday and hit news stands in the afternoon/evening.

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A closer look at the paper.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Walked through Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

The Pacific Wharf Cafe has holiday treats.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

And of course Turkey shaped sourdough bread

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Spotted a light up Olaf on the way to Disneyland. ($15)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

XBoxOne has taken over Disney Infinity in Innoventions, there were a handful of XBox 360s in the corner with Disney Infinity still.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Elvis, Scot Bruce, was at the Tomorrowland Terrace and had a packed dance floor.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Caught a Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting moment on Main Street on my way to DCA.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Arrived a few minutes before Winter Dreams started and found a spot in the stand by area. I focused on the projections on Screamin.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Then I went and got in line to use my Fastpass for the second showing. The view this time was a little better.. this is from the Blue section.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Wish they had a rule you were not allowed to hold anything above your head... kids, iPads, cameras...

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

What are the odds.. a kid up on shoulders right in the center of my picture.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13

The wind was blowing a great direction and the snow flakes were floating over the show.

A couple were blown up by the water which was fun to see to (I did not get a good picture of that though).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/27/13


A snowflake lifting off. This would have been a great shot if it the snow flake would have been rotated some..

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Video of Winter Dreams finale from the premiere night.


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.



November 25, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13 - Disneyland Resort

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 22, 2013.

There was a steady drizzle as I arrived at the Mickey and Friends parking structure this afternoon.

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Starbucks in Downtown Disney is moving along. Some new steel is visible around the entrance.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

An Annual Passholder viewing of Winter Dreams tonight.

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Even though it was raining off and on a decent crowd at the park.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Soarin' was a walk-on as I walked by.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

They had two lines for Winter Dreams Fastpasses. On the left Annual Passholders for the 9pm show, on the right anyone else for the 10:15pm show.

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After you received your Fastpass you were given an ornament.

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The ornament featured Winter Dreams on one side.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

And Frozen on the other. Wish it said 2013 too somewhere.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Today was radio day and they lined the parade route in front of the Little Mermaid.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Carthay Circle on this rainy afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Some new decorations this year line Hollywood Blvd.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

The flags were at half staff. Not sure if it was still in memorial of Diane Disney Miller or if it was for the anniversary of JFK.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13


The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13


Chip & Dale on Buena Vista Street.

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Over to Disneyland...Sleeping Beauty Castle, unobstructed.. the past few visits there have been stages set up in front blocking access

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Fantasy Faire received some garland and wreaths for the season.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Oops.. hard to hold the camera steady and an umbrella.. but here are two cast members passing out Jingle Cruise posters near the exit to the attraction.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Jingle Cruise ride-through


A Tiki Souvenir Sipper available at the Dole Whip stand.

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Heading into the Big Thunder Ranch area, near the BBQ area.

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Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies - the Country Bears Join the finale.

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Due to the weather Santa and Mrs. Claus were in the Cabin vs the Jamboree area.

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A couple of clips of Olaf in action at the Frozen Meet and Greet in Fantasyland.

Dumbo has re-opened - it was operational last week I just did not make it over to get any pictures. Looks like just some general paintings, cleaning. Hard to tell with the rain though.

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The Mad Tea Party is closed due to the rain.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Back to DCA, Elias & Co window.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Time for the Tree Lighting. The citizens, bell ringers, and characters all assemble at the tree.

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Video of the tree lighting.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Oops the lower portion of the tree on the Pier was not lit fully.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13


Time for the Street Party at Viva Navidad!

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Video of the Street Party from last week in case you missed it.

Santa and his reindeer on Hollywood Blvd.

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The Mad T Party Band Performing.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

A video clip from the holiday finale to the 6pm set - the T Party Band's version of "Sleigh Ride".

Another look at some of the new decorations on Hollywood Blvd this year.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13


I had a little under an hour before the Wintertime Enchantement Castle Lighting so decided to do a very quick tour of the hotels.. The Grand Californian Hotel lobby decorations are up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Next up the Paradise Pier Hotel

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The Frontier Tower of the Disneyland Hotel

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Tangaroa Terrace

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A Marine Corps Ball going on in the main ballroom.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

I could not remember (and have not looked it up yet) but are these lights hanging down new this year?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

As you enter the Fantasy Tower Lobby there is a gingerbread Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Olaf's Ice Rink in the Winter Village at Downtown Disney

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

A quick look at the shops at the rink. I did not have time to go in and get closer pictures this trip.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13


Back to Disneyland in time for the Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting of Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Video of the event.. these happen 2-3 times a night leading up to the snow fall. Usually around 7:30 and 8:30 and I think there is one in the 5:15 or 5:30 time frame.


Back to DCA...The tree in the Elysian Arcade opposite the Kingswell Camera Shop area

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13


A holiday special at Clarabelle's

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Carthay Circle this evening.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

There is a new game to entertain you while waiting for World of Color.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

You log onto the free wi-fi network and reach the website to play. The game is like Simon Says.. you watch the wheel then mimic the pattern on your device. The winner is based on accuracy and time and you get to control the lights on the wheel for a few moments then. The user interface to play.

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Video of the game in action.

The 5 minute announcement for World of Color - Winter Dreams.

Show time. Note the Honor Choir is technically a preshow so it started about 3 minutes to the top of the hour.

The show reached this section of Glow, near the end, and the sound cut and video froze, they restarted after about ten minutes and the show froze in the same spot then they cancelled it.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Here is video clip from last week of Glow (for more pictures & video check out my site or Jeanine's posting here on Allears).

Since there were no fireworks (due to weather) they ran another Wintertime Enchantment Holiday Lighting segment then the White Christmas snowfall

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/22/13

Here is a video from 2011 of what happens if you are curious.


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.



November 13, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, November 8, 2013.

This posting takes a look at Disney California Adventure.

Time to visit DCA.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Buena Vista Street is all decorated and alive with Holiday cheer.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Too bad they did not switch out the Big Top Toys window.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

The Buena Vista Street tree.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Santa is back in Elias and Co. Of course he was taking a break when I walked by.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure


The Animation Building lobby is still closed.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Noticed Olaf made the schedule of characters you can learn to draw at the Animation Academy.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Is this Santa and reindeer new? I did not remember them.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure


The Flyers are still being worked on.

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The entrance to Fliks

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Some holiday merchandise in Cars Land.

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure


Waiting for the lights to come on.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Time for the lights to come on.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

This year I just enjoyed the show, but here is a video from last year to give you a sampling of the event.

Then I walked quickly to Buena Vista Street for the tree lighting. Since I was late I was not in a good spot.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Here is a video from last year, this year is the same more or less.


11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Was curious if the Mad T Party added any Christmas songs to the set, they had not yet.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Passed through Cars Land again.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

The blue cones are back again this season.

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Santa Mater making his way to the Cozy Cone

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

The Wharf lights

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Paradise Park was nice and quiet.. only one World of Color at 9:45pm tonight and it was approaching 7.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Several large boxes are in the planters around the park for the upcoming World of Color Winter Dreams show that premieres Thursday.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Paradise Garden will be celebrating Viva Navidad this holiday season.

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

The Paradise Grill has a new menu for the season, Greek is out, Mexican is in.

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta also has special offerings.

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure


Screamin has received new lights for World of Color Winter Dreams, bringing back memories of Luminaria. This time around the lights look more substantial though.

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And they took the time to make them blend in.

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure


Some Holiday shirts at Sideshow Shirts

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Back from its renovation.

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

Stopped by Sarges

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And Flos

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Missed Santa again.

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Walked through Elias and Company.

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11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure

11/08/13 - Disney California Adventure


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 20, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 18, 2013.

We start off on Main Street USA today. The Penny Arcade and Candy Palace renovation work is ongoing.

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Inside the windows/doors are covered.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Some of the Halloween treats.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Christmas preparations are underway around both parks. The lights are up in the trees around the hub.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The fall protection wall work on the left side of the Castle is complete.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Tiana greeting guests on the way into Fantasy Faire

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

A railing has been added on top of the new wall on the trail between Frontierland and Fatntasy Faire. I was disappointed to see the seating/ledge is gone. So it means no place to sit and relax anymore.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Cast Members by the exit of Pirates to issue return times to guests as part of the new Disability Access Service Card (DAS) system. (Please see AllEars' Special Needs Overview page for additional information.)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The Court of Angels is walled off as work is underway to convert it for Club 33 use. Another part of Disneyland is now off limits to regular guests.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The L'Ornament Magique is also closed and will be the new Club entrance from what I have read.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Some renovation work further down the street.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

A Limited Time Magic Cookie option at several New Orleans Square locations, including Mint Julep Bar and the snack cart near Haunted Mansion.

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A podium near the entrance to the Haunted Mansion to request a DAS return time and ask questions.

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The Hungry Bear has a holiday special going on.

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Another Guest Relations DAS kiosk near the Harbor Galley.

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Jack was out for pictures near the Rivers of America.

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Next stop the Halloween Carnival.

Pluto playing the ring toss/hat toss game.

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Some of the latest pumpkin creations/artwork.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13


The new castle walls/fall protection projects look to be done.

A new turret on the roof.

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A new turret.

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The carrousel is completely under wraps now as the work continues. It is scheduled to return to service in early November.
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Random Toad Hall pictures as I walked by.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Another Guest Relations podium, this time in Fantasyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The Mad Tea Party is closed for renovation.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The facade for Small World is receiving its holiday lights. It will be closing soon for the annual transformation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Some work on the monorail beamway, they are adding the overhang under the track. Interesting since this is over the old motorboat area and is not guest accessible.

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The Monorail is still operating during the project.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13


Another new DAS kiosk, this one in Tomorrowland. The pin trading tables that were in the area are now gone.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Christmas has arrived. As you exit the park two of the racks are full of Christmas items now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Over to DCA. The Fall/Halloween Buena Vista Bugle is on News Stands.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

They are renovating the main lobby of the Animation Building, so it is blocked off. The Animation Academy and Turtle talk are still accessible from side doors.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Flik's Flyers are behind walls for some work.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Christmas ornaments at the entrance to Flik's Fun Fair

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At the Cozy Cone they were setting up a Pop Up Tune Up for a quick pit stop for Lightning.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13


Along Route 66 the second set of poles for the Christmas decorations have been installed (on the left in this picture).

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Bayside Brews is the site of a current Oktoberfest Limited Time Magic Promotion. They offer bratwurst sausage, a Bavarian pretzel and gingerbread bundt cake. In addition to the regular beer selections, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest and Hofbrau Munchen beer are also available.

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And some light decorations/signage.

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Continuing on, the Maliboomer Park area has a new Meet and Greet. Here Woody is heading off, but working the line on his way by.

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Jessie was out for photos at the new location.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Another new guest relations podium.

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Walls up around the Paradise Pier meet and greet. Guessing they are preparing it for the Christmas overlay

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Caught some of the Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airlines show since it is slated to end its run soon.

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Back to Disneyland and the Halloween Carnival.

Heimlich is completed now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies.

A special Disneyland verse to I Have Been Everywhere.

Since it was Friday there were preparations for the Mickey's Halloween Party that night. The Columbia is a backdrop for a photo op during the Halloween parties.

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Setting up a trick or treat trail along the Rivers of America

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Some random Haunted Mansion Holiday pictures.. the line was posted at 45 minutes.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Just after 6:30pm there was a brief lighting moment for the Mansion. It takes places every night about dusk.

Another photo backdrop for the party, this one in New Orleans Square.

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The trail looks just about ready for guests.

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I made another pass through the Big Thunder trail area.

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Villains out on Main Street for the party.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The park closed to non-Halloween party guests at 7:00. Since I was not attending the party I made my way over to DCA (along with a large number of other guests).

Christmas lights and Santa Flik at the entrance to the Fun Fair, plus a fuzzy full moon.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Passed through the Mad T Party

They ended the set with This is Halloween.

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Here is a video from a few weeks ago if you missed it.

The park was crowded thanks to Disneyland closing early. The Little Mermaid was using its extended queue.

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The new Meet and Greet location on the Pier. The characters are long gone, but it is lit up and available for pictures.

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A closer look at the center one.. notice Slinky Dog on one coaster and the little Green Aliens on the other (behind Rex).

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After this I circled the Pier, caught the opening of World of Color and then walked by the Mad T Party before heading for home.

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 8, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

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

As part of Limited Time Magic Downtown Disney is hosting a chalk art festival this weekend. I had intended to visit later and got sidetracked. So not many pictures.. but here is a sample.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

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Work on the Downtown Disney Starbucks is moving along.

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First stop today, DCA. The view from a very windy Fun Wheel this morning looking toward Disneyland.

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A backdrop for a meet and greet in the Maliboomer Park area, looks to be for Toy Story characters, it matches the Midway Mania facade down the boardwalk.

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The Pacific Wharf facade work looks to be complete.

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The Blue Sky Cellar is closed now as they prepare a new exhibit. The Fantasy Faire banners are gone.

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Several weeks ago the Carthay Circle Restaurant started a new tour. This tour happens daily at 10:30am and is free. I was finally in the park in the morning and made a point to give it a try today. You do not need to sign up, just hang around the sign around 10:30 and a cast member will greet you and start the tour.

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Our host for the tour. Our group as about 10 guests.We started in the lobby with a history of the Carthay and description of some of the pictures on the wall.

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I am going to skip the details.. since I was taking pictures and not notes or video.. We then went into the main lounge.

(Laura says: I also took this tour recently, so I'll fill in some of the details. The tour is advertised as 15 minutes, but with larger groups and/or more questions it might take longer - mine was 30 minutes but there were also almost 20 people.)

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This painting is a replica of the curtain from the original Carthay Circle Theater.

Laura: The original curtain still exists, but is too large (and fragile) to display.

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A look around the main dining room.

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Look closely at the table.. notice anything?

Can you make out what the wood has in it... a hidden Evil Queen from Snow White

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Laura: All of the outside corner tables in the main dining room have that design embedded.

This large table is in a private dining room off the main one, you can reserve it for your party, there is a min. fee to use the room.

Laura: It's called the Premier Room. The table will seat up to 12 people There are two smaller private rooms with tables for 4-6: The Hollywood Room and The Buena Vista Room.

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The table has a fun hidden tribute.. the base is inspired by Snow White's wishing well. (Yes, I had to go down on the floor for the picture.. you know you would have too).

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One last look at the main dining room on the way out.

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Walked through Elias & Co.. they now have signs up between the rooms telling you what merchandise is in it.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

Also signs for Big Top Toys.

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Next stop Disneyland.. Main Street USA
Spent a few minutes checking out the newly opened Market House. It now features Starbucks coffee. The main room is mostly a queue with a large counter in the back.

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Some of the old props remain, such as the party line phones.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

The old Disneyana store is now the Book Rest, and it contains a handful of tables.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

The old stove found a place in the new store too.

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There is no door to the Book Rest from Main Street you have to go through the Market House...but the windows give a nice view of Main Street.

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A look at some of the bakery options

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

Facade work on Main Street and due to the high winds the tarps are down so you can see the work.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13


The Halloween Popcorn bucket selection this year includes Mickey as the Hat Box Ghost.

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Looking back down Main Street USA.

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The work on Snow White's Grotto is complete.

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The walls are down on the walkway from the Fantay Faire to Frontierland, but barriers still up. Looks like the wall was redone.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and the Halloween Carnival. Pirates League was not open this afternoon.

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A look at some of the pumpkin creations at the Halloween Carnival. Seems like a lot more use of color than we've seen in previous years.

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Donald playing follow the leader with a group of kids.

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In Fantasyland the Carrousel work continues, but the tarps were down due to the wind.

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The Court of Angels is still open, though.

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The Haunted Mansion

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Continuing the celebration of its 13th season.. each scene now has something to do with 13..

For example 13 dog bones.

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13 Candles

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The 13 doors on the advent calendar. Each week they are opening one. So far 3 are open.

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In the graveyard 13 snowflakes scattered around.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13


For the final scene the question mark has been replaced with a 13.

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Cut through the shops.. some Halloween Treats.

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Time for the Flag Retreat. The Dapper Dans in their Halloween finest.

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Captain EO is still running.

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Thor is moving into Innoventions.

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Stopped by the Royal Swing Big Band Ball at Fantasy Faire for a set. Swing dancing returned early in the summer to the former Plaza Gardens stage. It is now branded at the Royal Swing Big Band Ball but the concept is the same. On most Saturday nights the theater floor is cleared and a band brought in to play for those who want to dance or those who just enjoy the festivities.

Tonight Swingtown was performing.

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Some chalk art on the way out.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



September 18, 2013

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains - 9/13/13

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One of this year's Limited Time Magic offerings has been on the calendar for a long time - the September Friday the 13th Unleash the Villains event. Though until the week before there weren't any details on what was going to be included.

Out here on the west coast the event was held at Disneyland, where it coincided with the opening of the yearly Halloween Time celebration. Jason and I have more on Halloween Time in a previous blog - this one will be on the Villains event, with photos and comments from Jason, Jeanine, and me.

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Most of the Villains event took place from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., so there wasn't a lot going on during the day, except for watching some of the preparations. The event descriptions from the Times Guide:

Party Like a Villain - Take to the floor and dance beneath the stars with the Disney Villains - who have come out to celebrate Friday the 13th as only they can! Our DJ spins an amazing mix of music, and special meet and greet locations are available to pose for photos with your favorite Villains!
Main Street USA - Town Square 8:00 pm to 1:00 am

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Unleash the Villains Dance Party - The "creepiest creeps" come out to play at our special New Orleans dance club - the Train Station in New Orleans Square! Each hour, a variety of the vilest Disney Villains make an ominous arrival into the party!
New Orleans Square Train Station 9:45 pm to 1:00 am

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

I was disappointed that there wasn't anything happening during the day, since I couldn't stay for the evening events.

There were some special menu items available for the day, in addition to extra menu items that have been added for Halloween Time. The French Market had these Fiery Meatloaf Sliders - Meatloaf with Tomato Jam and Apple Slaw served with Handmade Cajun Chips and Grapes. $12.49

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

There were also Spooky Kooky Gingerbread Cookies (gingerbread zombies) available at Harbour Galley, Royal Street Verandah and Mint Julep Bar (though I think these will be around for the Halloween season). I tried one, and it was very tasty.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

There are other seasonal offerings, like pumpkin beignets, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, but I covered those in the Halloween Time blog.

In preparation for the evening events, the Disneyland Railroad closed at 5:00 p.m., since the Villains Dance Party was being held at the New Orleans Square Train Station. It was nice to see the Lilly Belle at the station.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

At Town Square, the street was closed in front of the train station, so the second performance of the Soundsational Parade was re-routed and went straight up Main Street rather than around Town Square. We saw the parade of techs bringing out the dance floor, though. :-)

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

There was a queue for entry to the dance floor set up inside the turnstiles - no one in it at 5:00, though.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

There was a special Villains Unleashed t-shirt for the event. Another Limited Time Magic offering is Villains headbands for Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Ursula and the Evil Queen (pictured below). (Thank you to Gary and Debbie for allowing me to model their purchases).

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

I wonder when Disney is ever going to learn...the t-shirt didn't go on sale until 6:00 pm and was only available in two locations: the Royal Courtyard at the exit to Pirates, and the Tower Gift Store in Disney California Adventure.

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The line in Disneyland was huge, and stretched all the way back to Indiana Jones in Adventureland.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

The line in DCA wasn't bad - it was contained within the gift shop, and there were also more registers available there so it moved faster.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

But if you don't mind waiting for it, the t-shirts are available on-line for a limited time:
Disneyland T-shirt

Walt Disney World T-shirt

By 7:00, traffic in the area was getting to the gridlock state. :-( I left at 7:45 - the lines at the turnstiles to get into Disneyland were long, and from the parking garage all I could see were red taillights on all of the roads and ramps approaching the area.

Jason went back into Disneyland to experience some of the evening events, so I'm going to turn this over to him now.

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I returned to Disneyland around 7:15 or so. Town Square had a lot of guests. Some waiting for the dance floor, some for the character meet and greet, and some just lost or trying to get into or out of the park.

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The dance floor ready to go.

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The backdrop for the meet and greet.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

Time for the Party Like a Villain dance party.

A video clip of the opening.

The dance floor was filled quickly by the waiting queue of guests.

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There were dancers on hand too.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

Looking behind me.. a good number of guests filled Town Square to see what was going on. But once they realized the characters were not dancing many left.

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Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

A video 360 of the scene.

A projection on the trees

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A video from near the Mad Hatter


The mass of guests on Main Street.

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The New Orleans Train Station was set up for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party that was to begin at 9:45pm It was about 9:15 when I walked by and they were still doing final setup.

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Disneyland Unleashes the Villains


They had another train pulled up to the other side. So you had an engine on one side and the Lilly Belle (tail end of a train) on the other.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

At this point I decided to head for Main Street to watch Remember then head for home. I had an early wake up call on Saturday and planned to leave the parks by 10pm. On the way out the esplanade was packed. The lines to enter Disneyland stretched to the center where the compass is.

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A little hard to see in this picture but Disneyland Drive was jammed on the left in this picture.

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Jeanine made it back to the Unleash the Villains Dance Party and shares a few photos.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

The dance party was very crowded - there was a huge line to get onto the dance floor which had been placed on top of the train tracks.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

At the front they had two stages for characters with Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters on one side and Frollo, Hades, and the Red Queen on the other.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

By then the special food was sold out and it was too crowded to ride any of the attractions in the area.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

On the whole, it seemed like a nice effort on their part, but if I started seeing tweets from people saying it was traffic-y next time, I don't know that I would go unless they were offering up something more in the way of special entertainment.

September 17, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/13/13 (Halloween Time)

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Laura Gilbreath and Jason of disneygeek.com visited the parks on Friday, September 13, the first day of this year's Halloween Time celebration.

This post takes a look at the decorations, the holiday attractions, the Halloween Carnival, and some of the food offerings. There is a separate blog featuring the Unleash the Villains event.

The Disneyland entrance featured the usual giant character pumpkins.

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Main Street is always festive with colorful Halloween banners.

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There are jack o'lanterns everywhere - those on the Mad Hatter even wear hats.

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The giant Mickey pumpkin has returned to Town Square.

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There is a holiday photo backdrop at the Character Meet and Greet near the Mad Hatter.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update

Laura says: Since it was the first day of Halloween Time and Unleash the Villains day I wore my "Sinister Cats" t-shirt, and got lots of compliments on it. But no one (including me) could name the pink cat pictured on the lower left side next to Lucifer. I've since done some research and think I know who it is...do any of you know?

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Onto Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree which features the Halloween Carnival.

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The Pirate's League is back this year for a limited time, but has been moved from its small quarters in New Orleans Square to a larger area in the Jamboree. The available packages are Jake and the Never Land Pirates, $29.95, and the First Mate or Empress, $34.95. On the first day it was not very busy, and there appeared to be more adult pirates than kids!

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There are free carnival games for kids (and adults).

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The Cast a Spell game.

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The characters in their Halloween costumes were out wandering around interacting with guests rather than standing in designated meet and greet spots, though they were still posing for photos and signing autographs.

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Chip keeping the peace at the merchandise cart with a gun he borrowed from the display.

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In the Conjure a Villain tent was a villain meet and greet. The line for this experience was fairly long.

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Laura says: I did this earlier in the day when I arrived, and it was about a 20-minute wait to go into the tent. They took groups of about 25 into the tent, where we said some magic words to conjure our villain - Captain Hook for us. Then we formed another line to meet him, so we had to wait again. I was disappointed in this, since there was only one villain, and twice the wait. But at least the tent was air-conditioned.

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There's a craft area - sometimes the characters will sit down and color with the kids.

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There are masks to color which can also be used in the Mask-arade, held almost every hour.

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The pumpkin carvers have returned though they are in the Jamboree rather than next to the shack near the Ranch entrance. There weren't too many pumpkins since they had just started.

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Olaf from Frozen.

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The outdoor vending cart is pushed to the side since the carvers took their normal spot.

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The menu.

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Candy corn cotton candy. Can you say "sugar overload?"

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The Haunted Hillbillies lead the Mask-arade, joined by some of the Disney characters and guests.

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The area around the stage featured a variety of decorations.

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A rope spider web.

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The Billies performing the Devil Went Down to Georgia. They also did Ghost Riders in the Sky.

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The scarecrows are back in the Scare-Dy-Crow Shack

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The goats in the petting corral were dressed up.

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A cast member with a cockatoo was near the entrance/exit to the ranch area. She (the bird) said hello to us.

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Dia de Los Muertos displays in Zocalo park.

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There are also a couple of stations where they do face-painting.

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It's the 13th season for Haunted Mansion Holiday. They were not offering Fastpasses, so we waited in the 25-minute line, which filled the entire queue and spilled out into New Orleans Square.

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Jack Skellington was nearby posing for pictures.

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Celebrating 13 Frightfully Fun Seasons - and opening on Friday the 13 no less!

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The most visible change this year is the stretching room. There is now a projection effect in place of the giant Jack head. Here is a video of it.. does not do it justice but will give you an idea.

Zero now makes an appearance in each of the portraits in the hall of portraits and flies from one to another.

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In the ballroom, a large gingerbread house celebrates the 13th season by counting down to Halloween.

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Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy has also returned for the season.

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Laura rode this and says she didn't notice any differences on the ride, though the lighting in the launch bay seems different.

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Around the two parks are a number of special Halloween treats. Harbour Galley featured this pumpkin cheesecake.

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The Mint Julep Bar offers pumpkin beignets, pumpkin lattes, and zombie gingerbread cookies (the cookies are available in other locations around the park, also).

Laura says: I tried the beignets and the cookie. The beignets were not bad, though I prefer the gingerbread ones they have at Christmas. The cookie was good - soft and spicy.

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The French Market was decorated with man-eating wreaths.

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They are offering a Muffuletta sandwich for the season, served with handmade Cajun chips and fruit. $13.29

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And a "coffin cake" dessert.

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In Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure there are a variety of Halloween treats.

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Laura says: Schmoozies and Pacific Wharf Cafe offer a pumpkin muffin. I tried this and it was very good - it even has roasted pumpkin seeds on the top.

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Pacific Wharf Cafe has several other offerings, also, including a pumpkin-shaped loaf of sourdough bread and some desserts. This year Minnie is featured on the holiday demitasse cup.

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In Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta there's an anti-vampire flatbread.

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With chives or without...

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They've added some Halloween touches to the decorations at the Mad T Party.

Laura says: Other than the T Party DCA doesn't show much Halloween "spirit". I miss Candy Corn Acres.

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There's a variety of Halloween merchandise available in stores all over both parks.

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Not Halloween related but something new that we experienced: At Soarin' Over California some of the Planes characters make appearances in the pre-flight video shown in the boarding area before the safety spiel. Here is a video of it to wrap up this update.


Hope you enjoyed this look at HalloweenTime at the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update Jason posted on his site, http://disneygeek.com



August 19, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, August 16, 2013, including the new Mara effect at Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, and the final performance of the 2013 Disneyland All-American College Band.

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after lunch and decided to walk to the parks from the Mickey and Friends parking garage.

I had not been this way in the daylight so here are a couple pictures of the expanded walkway near the gate on Magic Way for pedestrians.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

I still think it is humorous they use the temporary signage vs the permanent sign that was installed. I cannot believe they have not replaced or fixed that sign yet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Along the walkway saw several of these signs. Wonder if there was something going on or just a lot of lost guests recently?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

The Waffle-inator we saw at the D23 Expo has moved to Downtown Disney for this weekend.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Due to this the valet parking area was closed. There was no real crowd this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13


The Blink store has closed and walls are up. I believe this will be the recently announced Downtown Disney Starbucks location. Lets see if that can survive in the location. I think this space has had among the highest turnover.

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Halloween is creeping up in the stores. Here is a display in World of Disney.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

There was a 5-10 minute single rider wait so went for a spin on the Racers.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13


Thought this was odd.. temps were in the mid 80s and it was the middle of the afternoon and this stand in Bugs Land was closed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

No wait for Tower...guests were walking right in.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

The All-American College Band wrapped up its summer run today. Here is a clip from their Backlot set.

The Rivers of America this afternoon.

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Big Thunder is still moving along. I did not make it onto the Mark Twain this trip so no views over the walls.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Scaffolding lines the rooftops in Fantasyland as they work on hiding the safety railings.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13


I made my way out to the Ranch area.

The All-American College Band.

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A clip from their set.

Happy Trails...

This past week Disneyland added a new effect to Indiana Jones.. they now have projections and a new voice in the first room where you encounter Mara...so I paid the temple a visit. Here is a picture from the queue.

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A couple of clips of the changes.. first up a wide angle pass then a tighter shot that did not come out that well.

The food cart near the Tiki Room exit/Oasis entrance was not out today.

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The College Band heading to the Castle for their 5:05pm set.

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Since it was their last day they had some props for the Monsters Inc number.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

This video is from earlier in the summer performing If I Didn't Have You from Monsters University.


I ate dinner along the Rivers of America since it was a pleasant evening. Here was the view from my table.

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Time for the flag retreat in Town Square.

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Walked around Toontown.

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Soundsational making its way through Fantasyland.

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Noticed this bobsled looks like it has a new undercarriage.

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For comparison another one parked nearby.

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Only two seagulls out today.

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At Tomorrowland Terrace you can now get your Kids Power Pack in an R2D2 bucket (the popcorn buckets) for $5 more.

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The regular meal is $5.99.

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No real visible progress on the Market House/Starbucks project.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Mickey and Minnie strolling through Town Square on their way to take photos with guests.

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Time for the All American College Band's finale set.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Since I enjoyed the set this time around... no new video but here is one of their opening if you missed it or were curious about the band. They open with their theme song: "Bubbles was a Cheerleader."

Meet the members of the band (this is a video clip from a previous visit).

Another previous video clip.. this is of their Michael Jackson Medley.

Ron brought their choreographer out to thank her.

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Before the start of the last song the band swarmed Ron.

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A video clip of the finale to their season and the end of their Earth, Wind, and Fire medley.

The Emporium has Halloween merchandise out.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13


Moving across the street to the Disney Showcase, it is all Halloween.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13


The Mad T Party was not crowded at all. No walkways or CMs out to keep traffic flowing since there was no need. The Mad T Party Band was performing when I walked by.

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The Drink Me bar was not open this evening.

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Mr. Potato Head was behind his curtain when I passed by Toy Story (which had a 40 minute wait).

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Waiting for World of Color. Decided to watch from under the Silly Symphony Swings.

This is one of the best views of the fountains with minimal wait. But you unfortunately miss a lot of the show since you cannot see the projections and many of the effects do not look correct from this angle.

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One last fire shot from the Pirates sequence to end this trip to the Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/16/13

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 15, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13

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

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

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

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Mary Poppins and Bert with the Pearly band.

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

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

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

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


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Polka Time!


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Time for some yodeling..

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


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Moving over to Frontierland a check in on Rainbow Ridge.

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

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The News Boys performing in Carthay Circle.

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Yellow squares to lead you to Dancin' with Disney.

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

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Tower of Terror was a walk-on this afternoon.

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Empty cartons on Flik's Flyers

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

A video clip of it in action.

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

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

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

A salad.

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

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The Lone Ranger Train has moved on.

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13


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

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

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

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A check of the Big Thunder paint progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sleeping Beauty Castle this afternoon.

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

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

Heading back to DCA.

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

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Lone Ranger items in Big Top Toys.

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Ornament Valley this evening.

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Thought the shadow here looked interesting.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 9, 2013

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

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

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

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


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

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

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

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


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

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Marc Davis

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Next up Inside A Magical Garden

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From Disneyland by Marc Davis

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From Disneyland by Rolly Crump

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Rolly Crump

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From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Tokyo Disneyland by Larry Nikolai

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Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Tokyo Disneyland, artist unknown

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Tokyo Disneyland by Larry Nikolai

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Marc Davis

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by John Hench

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From Walt Disney World by Dorothea Redmond

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Walt Disney World by Dorothea Redmond

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Colin Campbell

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

From Disneyland by Herb Ryman

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

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

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


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

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

A quick look around at some of the artwork.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

The artist station is now in the back room.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Some of the artwork.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


Tiki Room Anniversary merchandise.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms


Inside the vault.

Disney Gallery - Tiki Tiki Tiki Realms

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



July 6, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13


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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

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The horses are celebrating the 4th too.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

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Time for the Billies

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You can assemble hats to celebrate at the Roundup.

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

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A check on Rainbow Ridge

The facades look just about complete.

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Lone Ranger merchandise in Frontierland.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

This hat is $30 if you were curious.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

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



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

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A sample of the art work on the wall.

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

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Some of the Tiki Room merchandise that is available.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13


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

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As did Plaza Inn

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The College Band arriving for their 5:05 set

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

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The College Band arriving for the nightly Flag Retreat

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

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A couple of clips from the Flag Retreat.

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

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Award Wieners has Monsters University items.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13


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

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

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

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13


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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13



Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



June 22, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 21, 2013.

Arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after lunch. First stop DCA where final preparations are underway for the Lone Ranger Premiere which takes place Saturday evening. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by this. (For Saturday guests will be diverted to the walkway behind Soarin' to enter and exit the park).

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There will be a red carpet stretching from the front of the park, down Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Blvd to the Hyperion where the stars will watch the premiere.

The Backlot will close at 2:00pm on Saturday..

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

A look behind the curtain.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

Hollywood Blvd has the backdrops as well as some bleachers in between. Guessing those will be for fans.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

A large steam train engine that was used in the Lone Ranger filming.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

Everyone was commenting on the hidden Mickey inside the cab..

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

Dancin' with Disney returned last week to Stage 17 (between Muppets and Monsters, Inc.). This week I stopped inside to see what had changed from last year.

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Inside a stage is in the center - some songs had a "featured character" who danced on the stage.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

There were 8 characters out in this grouping.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

It's a great opportunity for kids to get some one-on-one time with some of the characters, who are out on the dance floor with the guests. It's an air-conditioned space, with some padded benches around the perimeter - parents can sit and watch while their kids burn off some excess energy. There seemed to be more people enjoying it than last year, but it still wasn't crowded at all.

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The second group I saw featured 7 characters.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13


The 2013 Disneyland All-American College Band started their summer performances on Thursday, so this was their second day in the park. At this point they perform their first set each day at the Backlot Stage in DCA. Here is a video of their opening number: The Trolley Song from Meet Me in St. Louis.


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Aladdin has gone dark for as they prepare for the Lone Ranger Premiere inside. The signage on the facades has been swapped out for the Premiere.

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Next stop Cars Land. They are still working on the Cozy Cone fountain.

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Wow you can see some of Route 66 this afternoon! Thanks to the Pixar Play Parade going by and drawing some guests off the street.

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Over to Disneyland. Stopped by the Disney Gallery on Main Street. They had some artwork to celebrate the Enchanted Tiki Room's 50th anniversary.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

The back room of the Gallery is still closed and will be for another week from what I read. I hear they are adding some items from the old Disneyana store back there. The exhibit portion of the gallery will move to the Opera House Lobby next door.

The display case and bench that used to be in the center room of the gallery has moved to where the ticket display case in the Opera house lobby.

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The Main Street Cone signage and menus are gone.. wonder if this location will be repurposed into something else soon?

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It was very quiet in the Jamboree area. The Cast Members near the photo area out-numbered the guests. Cowboy Mickey was able to spend a lot of time with guests. This is another quiet place to go and hang out with some of the characters.

We arrived just in time to see a horse race!

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No one coloring this afternoon.

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But in only a few minutes the Band will bring the place to life. Their second set of the day is at the Jamboree.

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The 2013 All-American College Band opened with a patriotic medley.


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Strike up the band!

One more clip of the band performing.

Time for a voyage on the Mark Twain to check in on the work at Big Thunder Mountain. Rainbow Ridge looks just about done.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13


Plenty of scaffolding up around this rock work.

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Ate at the Village Haus and noticed new ketchup packets... looks like they changed the type they are using in the parks now. It contains sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.

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Next up the All-American College Band in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle (these kids really get around!)

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To celebrate Monsters University the band performs a song from Monsters Inc - If I Didn't Have You

They close their set with the Disneyland Attraction Medley..

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Since The Enchanted Tiki Room celebrates its 50th Anniversary Sunday we had to stop by to sing with the birdies...

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13


Time for the nightly flag retreat which features the All-American College Band during the summer.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released 25 years ago, June 21, 1988... was going to give the attraction a spin to mark the occasion but the line was longer than the time I had.

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The Matterhorn this afternoon.

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Had to wait for a break in Soundsational so I could cross

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Elvis, Scot Bruce, was at Tomorrowland Terrace

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Time for the All-American College Band's final performance of the day - Town Square set at 7:15.

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The band opens with their theme song.. Bubbles was a Cheerleader.


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This year the Michael Jackson Medley returns instead of Stevie Wonder.


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On the way out of the park noticed these new signs on the turnstiles to help people know what to do to get their hand stamped. It really did not seem to speed things up at all.

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Heading to DCA to close out my evening.

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Stopped by Route 66 to watch the neon come to life. Notice the Full Moon.

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Showtime... if you are in the park and have a moment near sunset I would recommend stopping by to watch the lights turn on it.. its a fun moment.

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Stopped by the Mad T Party.

The Tweedles MC'ing at the House of Cards Stage

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The Who R U act has been retired and a new aerial act has taken its place on the House of Cards Stage (I missed their name). Here is a video of the performance.

Pictures from the performance.. this act started last week but I missed it.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/21/13


On the way out a few last pictures of the train.

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The Carthay Circle with a the full moon

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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.



June 18, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 14, 2013.

It has been three weeks since my last visit to the Resort due to a trip to Alaska I was on. So here is a look at what was going on as summer gets underway as well as some of the ongoing projects.

The Disneyland Hotel has received a new sign at the entrance on Magic Way. Cast Members were still putting the finishing touches on the landscaping this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

In Downtown Disney there is an exhibit for the WiiU video game console.

Inside each cube you could try out the game.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13


While I was gone ticket prices increased. Parking also went up a dollar to $16 for a car.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Both parks received new guide map covers and ad pages. Here is a look at Disneyland's:

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And DCA's:

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Main Street USA is all red, white and blue.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Climbers have returned to the Matterhorn for the summer.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The Jamboree area has gone all American for the summer too with Woody's All-American Roundup.

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The format of the area is much the same with some games, picture spots, coloring area, food, pins, and the stage.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The food carts have a nice stand around them.

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The menu.

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Some of the items for sale

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Friday the stage was being used by the Billies and by a small show called Woodys Talent Roundup.

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

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Video of the Billies patriotic medley.

Cowboy Mickey and Minnie coming out for pictures, they changed with Goofy.

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The Billies performing the Battle of New Orleans.

For the finale the Toy Story gang joins the Billies.

Shortly after the Billies there was a short character show called Woodys Talent Roundup. Since there were no signs or postings most of the audience had disappeared before it started.

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A video clip from the Talent Roundup.


One of the photo backdrops.

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The stage coach is also set up as a photo backdrop.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Out in the ranch area the goats are in the patriotic spirit too.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The Big Thunder project is moving along. Scaffolding is up on some of the mountain now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Rainbow Ridge is moving along.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The hills of Toontown have a new ridge. They have hidden the safety rails that were put up on the roof recently.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The Orbitron has seen better days..

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13


Today was Flag Day so I stopped for the nightly Flag Retreat.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

In the Main Street Opera House Lobby the Disneyland Story section is behind curtains. Is a new exhibit coming or just some work on the current one?

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The Disney Gallery is receiving a new exhibit.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The sun shades on the upper level of the Carthay appear to be completed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

At DCA, Dancing with Disney has returned to Hollywood Land, but closed at 5pm so I did not make it inside.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

A safety chain has been added around the bikes at the Monsters U meet and greet since my last visit. I like the eyes on the poles.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The Cozy Cone Fountain is slowly coming back together but not operational yet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Sarge's this afternoon.

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The Racers turn one year old as does the rest of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Hard to believe it's been a year already.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Out in the Pier the flowers were in bloom.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The 300th Army Band getting ready to perform. They were at Downtown Disney to celebrate the Army's birthday today (#238). They started over 30 minutes late though - so much for punctuality. I thought it was poor no one announced the new start time. First up was a jazz group.

Next up was a group called the Classics (I did not stay around for the third portion of the band).

Return to DCA. Noticed they had the side door of the Carthay Circle open. This leads to the check in counter and then to the lounge.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

For Father's Day there is an Incredibles Limited Time Magic event going on. From 10am to 6pm you can have your picture taken in front of this backdrop.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Stopped by the Mad T Party for a while. There are new songs in the set for the summer.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Walked through Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

Found a spot for World of Color which turned three this past week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

I did not catch it till it was too late, but there is a new act at the Mad T Party.. an aerialist. Maybe next trip...

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13



Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



May 26, 2013

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day
by Jason, Jeanine, and Laura

We thought we would collect up some of the photos we took and tweets we sent out during Disneyland's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter and share them here.

(We must give credit where credit is due, and tell you that Jeanine is the only one who made it through all 24 hours of the event. She should get something for that...a good night's sleep at the very least!)

Our day began well before 6:00 a.m., as we all made our way to the Esplanade to await park opening.

Early arrivals received these "monstrous" glasses.

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We were (pleasantly) surprised that there weren't too many people, and it really wasn't crazy at all. Both Disneyland and DCA were going to be open for 24 hours, so people were lining up at the gates on both sides.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day
How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Mike and Sulley made a couple of announcements and then did a countdown - there were bursts of fireworks over both park entrances.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Inside Disneyland there was a gauntlet of characters and cast members waiting to greet guests as they entered the park.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Everyone received a button when they went through the turnstiles.

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@disneygeekcom: A look at the Time Guide for today's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter page 1

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There was special event merchandise (of course). We saw lots of people wearing the shirts.

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Special mouse ears.

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Hour 1: We went over to DCA. The news boys were handing out Buena Vista Bugles.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Each park had a photo-op sign with a clock on it.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Radiator Springs Racers wasn't open yet, but they were running cars on the track.

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Hour 2: There's a Monsters University meet and greet in Hollywood Land - themed like a college dorm.

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Hour 3: Cast members at the entrance to Cars Land had bags of the "Cars" buttons they distribute there, and were entertaining guests as they asked trivia questions (though everyone eventually was given a button whether they answered correctly or not).

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@disneygeekcom:There was a free screening of Monsters University this morning at AMC in Downtown Disney

@Just Jeanine: Just saw Monsters University! Two thumbs way up!

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

While Jeanine and Jason were at the screening Laura wandered around the two parks.

Hour 5: Back at Paradise Gardens they are preparing for the OPA! celebration of Greece this weekend (most of the events will take place over in Disneyland).

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

There are new "monster-sized" 32 oz drink mugs ($7.79).

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Many dining locations had special food items for the day. Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta featured this Mac & Cheese flatbread pizza.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

There were also various treats at locations like Trolley Treats, the Candy Palace, and Pooh Corner.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day
How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

The Monsters sign in Disneyland's Town Square at 11:40.

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Hour 6: Disneyland was still not crowded - very short line for a meet and greet with Jessie.

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Hour 7: Disneyland wait times. Kind of quiet for a Friday afternoon.

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Hour 8: We all met up again to go to the Annual Passholder Preview of Mickey and the Magical Map - there were three that afternoon.

@disneygeekcom: Waiting for Mickey and the Magical Map annual passholder preview

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Hour 9: At Plaza Inn the special food offering was Fried Chicken and Waffles - Mickey waffles!

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Back over at DCA we used our Radiator Springs Racers fastpasses.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

@disneygeekcom: Sulley out for pictures by his dorm

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Hour 10: Lucky Fortune Cookery's Monstrous All-Nighter special was chicken and vegetable potstickers.

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Hour 11: Time for the Pixar Play Parade. It now leads off with a Monsters University pep rally.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

Sulley with the Fear Tech mascot - Archie the Scare Pig.

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day
How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

@JustJeanine: Hour 13 of #disney24 Genie: "Take your time Al--the park's open 24hrs."

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Hour 14: @disneygeekcom: Main Street is nice and crowded now

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@disneygeekcom: One last look at the #Disneyland wait board before heading out.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 15 of #disney24 Crowded, but nothing a mint julep and Fantasmic! can't ameliorate.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 17 of #disney24 Swing is back in style at the Carnation Garden Plaza.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 19 of #disney24 Cartoons in Toontown! #justgothappier @ Mickey's Toontown

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@JustJeanine: Hour #21 of #disney24 I'm not dead yet.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 22 of #Disney24 Have the whole boat to myself.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 23 of #disney24 Almost there... #justgothappier @ Peter Pan's Flight

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@JustJeanine: Hour 24 of #disney24 All Good Things Must End... @ Sleeping Beauty Castle

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@JustJeanine: Now's the time to say goodbye... #disney24 #justgothappier @ Disneyland Railroad, Main St. Station

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And that's how we spent our Monstrous Summer Day.

The End.

May 21, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 17, 2013.

D23 Expo banners now line Disneyland Drive

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The fountain at the Mickey and Friends Tram stop in Downtown Disney has fences around it.

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First stop today, DCA, to pick up a wristband for the Limited Time Magic Annual Passholder event this afternoon. Animator Eric Goldberg will be featured in a "Master Class" of the Animation Academy.

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After getting my wristband I then headed over to Disneyland. A look toward the Castle on Main Street USA

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Walked through Innoventions, Iron Man Tech is still drawing a fair number of guests. We were held at the entrance for a couple of minutes as they were spacing people out before allowing you to enter the building.

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A couple of ducks out for a stroll.

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The new Fantasyland Theatre signage is up, only a week until the new show officially opens. Interesting the main sign is generic and not show specific.

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Off to the side one for the upcoming show.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

Troubadour Tavern has reopened.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

The menu, the baked potatoes have not returned. (The updated menu on AllEars is HERE)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

From the Mark Twain you can see Rainbow Ridge is moving along and looking great.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

The paving/planter project in New Orleans Square continues, so the train station is not available.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13


On Main Street the porch area is being worked on and behind walls.

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The painting project of the Market House/Disneyana facades looks to be wrapping up.

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The door across the street still looks the same.

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Over to the Hollywood Backlot in DCA. No visible progress on the Monsters University dorm overlay to this facade.

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I made my way to the Animation building for the 4pm session with Eric Goldberg.

A brief introduction by a host.

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Then Eric took the stage for his presentation and drawing lesson. Right after I took this picture a cast member came by and informed us that no photos were allowed. So I was then able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the presentation. Unfortunately it means no pictures to share. The event was open to all Annual Passholders, you just had to visit the Animation Building during the day to get a wristband then return for the event at the time you received (they ran sessions at 3,4,5 and 6). Eric took the stage and gave a 25-minute or so presentation on some of his work showing some early tests and sharing stories about some of the characters he worked on. He discussed Abu, Iago, the Genie, Phil, and Louis. He also showed some tests he did for Wreck-It Ralph of Sour Ball and King Candy. After his presentation he conducted a very quick set of tutorials on how to draw Pinocchio and Phil for us (a later session did the Genie and Goofy/Pluto). They then selected a handful of guests to join him on stage and showcase their work. The entire session ran about 45 minutes. I would have enjoyed more stories instead of the drawing lesson, especially since I cannot draw and he was going so fast most could not really keep up.

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Moving on to Cars Land. I saw/heard that they re-striped Route 66 again last week.

Thought maybe the plan was to better blend in the sides.

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But it does not appear so...or if it was it does not look much better.

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A couple small blooms and several look ready to pop in the cactus garden.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13


A fun stroller cruising through the parks.

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At the bandstand outside Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta The Ellis Island Boys were performing (oops on the focus... grabbed the tree vs them).

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Some of the 2013 Grad Merchandise.

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For you Duffy Fans a look at the window/selection on the Pier.

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At the Carthay Circle Restaurant both outdoor seating areas are closed. Looks like they are building a structure to cover the patios.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

Back to Disneyland, Tomorrowland was a mass of people as usual on Friday night.

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1st Anniversary Pins for Buena Vista Street and Cars Land were in the Little Green Men Store.

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Out in Toontown the Goofy Water fountains have finally returned and the lights and sound effects were working. I think I first noticed the fountains gone back in October so it has been a long process.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Back to DCA. Grad Nite was starting to take over Cars Land with signs and barriers going up.

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Tower was up to 90 minutes and a large number of guests in the area.

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Random Monsters University merchandise in Elias and Co.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

The lobby carpet in the Grand Californian has returned, the temp solid color carpet is gone.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



May 17, 2013

Be Our Guest - Lunch

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his recent trip to Walt Disney World.

This was my first visit to the New Fantasyland portion of the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. For lunch we tried the Be Our Guest restaurant with Deb Wills. Here are some pictures from this experience. For lunch Be Our Guest is a "Fast Casual" location. The menu pricing and choices are close to your regular counter service locations. You order via self serve kiosks, then the food is brought to your table for you.

Approaching the Be Our Guest restaurant. To the left is the check in area for dinner, the rest of the time a cast member is there to answer questions and provide you a preview of the menu if you ask.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Approaching the castle.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch


The front doors.

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Off to the left there is a side door and this is on the wall.

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Inside the entrance lobby.

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To the left are the restrooms.

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A quick peak inside the men's room..

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To the right the hall of armor which leads to the room where you place your orders.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch


The screens in the middle display music in the morning and during dinner, during lunch time they highlight menu items.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch


In front of you is the Ballroom. I stopped by early in the morning and they had the lobby open so you could look into the room.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch


One of the beverage stations off to the side.

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Turning around you can see the main doors that are closed and off to the right is where I entered from.

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Looking out you can see Cinderella Castle in the distance. Also note no line! This was taken before 9am.

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We returned for lunch around 11am.. the line filled the entire bridge. We waited about twenty minutes from entering the line till we were in the dining room. They had a relatively short lunch window of 10:30am till 2:30pm.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch


If you listen carefully you can hear the suits of armor snoring and making other sounds, here is a brief video clip as we passed by with the line.

A look at one of the menus that were on the center displays.

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You make your way to the library where you order. Here is a picture of one of the kiosks.

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The system is fairly intuitive and easy to use. Once you have ordered and paid you then head out to the dining room to find your seat.

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You have three choices. The first room you encounter is the large Ballroom.

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Off to the left is the West Wing, which is a smaller and darker room.

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It features the enchanted rose.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

The third room, which is to the right from the Ballroom is the Rose Gallery. The center piece here is a large music box. This is the room we ate in.

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Ringing the room are several paintings featuring moments from the film.

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Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Be Our Guest - Lunch

The detail work around the room is great.

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Be sure to look down too.

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The view from my seat.

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A quick video clip of the music box, unfortunately the camera picked up the background noise more than than the music.

Stopped by the soda fountain to pick up my beverage. Notice how even its details match.

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Your meals are brought out to you by Cast Members on these carts. Now a look at our lunches...

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Potato Leek Soup $4.49

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French Onion Soup $4.99

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Carved Turkey Sandwich - served on a warm baguette with Dijon mayonnaise and Pomme Frites $10.99

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Croque Monsieur - Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites. $10.99

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Quinoa Salad - with green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers and tomatoes $9.99

Be Our Guest - Lunch

Grilled Steak Sandwich - with garlic butter spr