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June 19, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 6/17/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 17, 2016.

An overview of the Star Wars site from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.

Now a pan across the site from left to right.

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The large mound of dirt is shrinking as trucks haul it away.

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The Skyway building is now gone this week. Almost all the demolition work is done and major clearing. They have now started to build.

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Soarin' Around the World premiered today here (as well as in Epcot; Shanghai opened yesterday). Only change outside I noticed is the "Around the World" replaced "California".

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FastPass logo has been updated. Not surprisingly they were almost gone for the day at 1:35pm.

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Since the wait was posted at 75 minutes and looked slightly shorter I decided to get in line at 1:38pm.

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FastPass distribution ended around 1:50pm and they closed it up while I stood in line waiting. They made an announcement of technical difficulties and they would be down to one theater. Which doubled the wait time.

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Almost to the front door at 2:36pm, an hour in. They were letting less than 10 standby guests into each cycle. So we were moving very slowly. The FastPass return line stretched out toward the entrance of Smokejumpers Grill (it turned the corner and I could not see the end).

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Finally made it inside the door at 2:58pm I saw no changes to the interior queue. Background music seemed the same loop too.

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Watching the pre-flight video at 3:33pm. Instead of clouds and cities the new one has a map that features the locations.

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The safety video is the same, just no over California in it. I was seated and ready for my flight at 3:38pm

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On my way up the exit at 3:45pm. So it was 127 minutes from when I entered the queue till I exited the building.

My first impressions - The clarity of the new film is impressive and the scenic locations are amazing. Though I felt they went to the computer graphics well too many times. The locations themselves are visually stunning and in almost all cases did not need the "enhancements". Sometimes they seemed to dominate and distract from the amazing sights. I also found the transitions between scenes to be annoying - the abrupt motion and sound versus a peaceful transition bothered me. I would have liked to have seen them show a little more restraint and pick/choose where to use the effects more.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 17, 2016

The Silly Symphony Swings are back in operation.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 17, 2016

Frozen Live at the Hyperion is up to four shows daily now.

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Next stop Disneyland. Surprised there was nothing going on for Finding Dory. First stop for me was the Big Thunder Trail. A second fence with mesh has gone up blocking the nice clear view we had of the Star Wars construction.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 17, 2016

There was a small crack left with no fence, so here are a couple quick pics. The forms look to be up near the old Big Thunder Trail, wonder if it is for a retaining wall or structure that will be the visual barrier for the new walkway.

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The hole in the fence here is still available (this week at least).

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The 2016 All-American College Band started their summer in the park on Thursday. Here is Ron at the nightly Flag Retreat.

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The All-American College Band performing a Disneyland Attraction Medley during their 6:15pm The Castle Set



The band moves to Main Street to perform music from the Incredibles

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As they move toward Town Square they play Gonna Take You There from Princess and the Frog.



They stop again near the Emporium and perform Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid.

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After their performance I headed for Tomorrowland.

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Autopia was down for some reason.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 17, 2016

Time for the 7:15pm All-American College Band set at the Train Station in Town Square. The set opens with "Bubbles was a Cheerleader."



Meet the 2016 All-American College Band.



The set features a Jungle Book medley this year.



The band plays a pre-parade starting at 8:15pm near Small World with their Disney Movie Medley.

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They then move to the hub and perform Uptown Funk.



The band stops on Main Street and performs Let it Go.

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The last stop for pre-parade is Town Square and they performed a Star Wars Medley.



Since I was in Town Square I found a spot for Paint the Night

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 17, 2016

I closed out my evening with Disneyland Forever

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 17, 2016

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







June 16, 2016

Disneyland Resort - Jammin' on the Backlot & Polynesian Nights - 6/10/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 10, 2016.

This posting will focus on two of the summer evening entertainment options. For a look at other happenings on Friday visit the full picture set on my site.

Jammin' on the Backlot has taken over for the Mad T Party this summer. It kicked off at 6pm and runs until park closing.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 10, 2016

The benches are turned to watch the DJ and dance party. Not much happening on the dance floor right now. Just a couple kids out there. This was around 6:15pm

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The DJ for the evening on stage. She was playing a mix of music including current tracks and some Disney ones on occasion.

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A couple of set pieces on the stage.

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A few more families join the dancing.

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The DJ was working to try and engage the guests.

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The decorations are minimal for this event compared to previous events like the Mad T Party and ElecTRONica.

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The food truck is open. Here is the menu.

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Picnic tables to sit at in the former House of Cards stage area.

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A closer look at the tables

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The former House of Cards Bar is un-named with covered menus, but it was open in the evening.

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Here is the menu. Guessing this will change after Grad Nite season concludes.

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The face painting area has returned, this was open throughout the day too.

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The Backlot Stage does not appear to be in use for the party.

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This was around 6:40pm

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In Downtown Disney this summer each night has a musical theme. Fridays are Polynesian nights..

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Tupua has returned again and the show is nearly identical to previous years. You travel the South Pacific through music and dance.

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Hawaii

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Samoa

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I returned to California Adventure and took another walk through the Backlot. This was just before 8pm

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A few more guests around the dance floor vs a earlier.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 10, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, June 10, 2016

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.








May 31, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates Including Star Wars Land Construction - 5/27/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 27, 2016.

In this post I will take a look at the Star Wars construction and some other random pictures as I walked the park. It will be "Frozen-Free" for the most part because Laura and Jeanine will be covering that new attraction in depth. If you want to see the view from the balcony you can check out my full picture set.

I started off checking out the Star Wars construction progress. They have done a lot more clearing since I was last at the park. Looking to the right, the berm is gone and the concrete that the backstage buildings were on is now gone, too. No berm or other obstructions.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

In the foreground it looks like a hole is being dug on the left. With the trees you really could not see.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Interesting to note that the tunnel is still there, but the dirt around it is now gone.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

The skyway building is still standing.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

What appears to be a path with dirt built up on both sides is taking shape in the middle of the site. Maybe it is one of the entrances where the train will pass overhead.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Going to the far right of the site now -- In the distance is the Hungry Bear. In the middle is where the berm ends now. To the right, equipment breaking up and removing concrete from the former backstage support buildings.

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A couple video clips taken from the parking structure of the construction.

One last wide shot of the site before heading to the parks.

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Frozen billboards at the Mickey and Friends Tram Stop

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Donald was out on Buena Vista Street. I do not recall seeing this costume before.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Moving over to Disneyland... Donald and Minnie were greeting guests near the entrance.

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At the Main Street Train Station they have opened the cab of the Ernest S. Marsh so you can go inside and take pictures.

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Time for the nightly Flag Retreat, a good way to mark the Memorial Day weekend.

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Taking a look at the Star Wars construction from the end of the Big Thunder Trail.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened. This area was very congested because the bridge is closed (due to treehouse work).

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Walking up the trail to Critter Country. The parking structure is clearly visible giving a reverse angle on my opening pictures.

You can see the berm is gone and you can see clear through to the tramway fence.

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A look through the fence from near the canoe dock.

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That is the Hungry Bear dining area screen on the left.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

From the second story of the Hungry Bear you can see what appears to be the new path for the river taking shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

A better look at what appears to be the new river path.

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Looking to the left they are still sorting and clearing.

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A couple video clips of the work from inside the park.

There are quite a few promotions going on right now. The Hungry Bear registers are looking really cluttered.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

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A Disneyland cat was making the rounds of the Hungry Bear dining area as I ate. It was begging for food from guests.

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The Bootstrappers were performing as I walked through New Orleans Square. Here are some clips.

As I mentioned earlier the Pirates bridge is closed due to treehouse work.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

The reason the bridge is closed -- the scaffolding takes up the walkway.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

The Space Mountain Restrooms have reopened.

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You can now buy Mickey popcorn buckets with prepackaged popcorn.

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One seagull is MIA this week.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Paid a visit to the skyway building.

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Finally found one of the new cans. I spotted two, both near the corn dog truck.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

I returned to Disney California Adventure. The challenge trail is closed in the evenings now.

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The swings are being re-assembled.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

One AP promotion this summer is a refillable popcorn bucket. It's $15 for the bucket and $1 for each refill.

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Noticed the screen was not over Mickey tonight on the Fun Wheel, so there were no projections there during World of Color.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Instead they had them on the Screamin' loop.

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I opted to watch Disneyland Forever from the parking structure to avoid some of the congestion. This is from the Finding Nemo segment. With the trees gone you get an OK view.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 27, 2016

Finally, here are the new park guides for the summer.

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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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.

May 16, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 5/13/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Since Laura covered the re-opened and new attractions I will use this post to check in on the projects around the resort. This trip marked my 13th trip of the year, appropriately enough on Friday the 13th.

Let us start off with a check of the Star Wars construction. They have removed more backstage buildings since my last visit and it appears they have now done the initial demo work on all the buildings and the fence line/perimeter of the project is set. Here you can see the far end of it stretches all the way to the Winnie the Pooh show building.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 13, 2016

A short video overview of the site taken from the Mickey and Friends parking structure.





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Looking toward where the Big Thunder Ranch used to be. In the distance you can see the old Fantasyland Skyway building.

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There were several large earth movers cruising the site adding to the large mound of dirt on the former Circle D site.

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Another video clip of the site.

A large mound of dirt has been created on the former ranch site using the old berm and river banks dirt.

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Working on clearing the plants and other debris from the berm near Critter Country.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 13, 2016

A second Starbucks is slated to open this summer, it is being painted now.

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The Monorail is closed for renovation.

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The House of Blues closes the end of the month.

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LittleMissMatched is gone and Chapel Hats has moved in.

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The closure list for today.

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Pirates is closed and rumor is FastPass is returning.

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From the bridge near Splash Mountain. In the distance you can see the parking structure where I took the earlier pictures.

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Looking through the fence.

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From the Hungry Bear.

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A video clip of the Star Wars work from the Hungry Bear.



Star Wars work from the Big Thunder Trail.

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A video clip from the Big Thunder Trail of the Star Wars work.



Big Thunder this afternoon.

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The Super Hero HQ sign has been removed.

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The Paradise Garden Grill closed several weeks ago, internet reporting is due to budget cutbacks around the resort.

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The swings are closed for renovation.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 13, 2016

Grizzly River Run is closed for renovation too. No signs of work going on, though.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 13, 2016

The Rambler had the tailgate open today.

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There was audio coming from the car too. Here is a video clip so you can hear the music playing.

Gone Hollywood has become a Star Wars and Marvel store.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, May 13, 2016

A look around. On the right when you enter is Marvel.

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On the left Star Wars

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The Pixar Play Parade rolling by

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The Studio Store in Hollywood Land now features some Alice & Dory merchandise.

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Zootopia has been removed from the Animation Building.

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The animation building was busy this afternoon.

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Soarin' will receive a new film on June 17th featuring global sights. In preparation for this the signage now sports the new logo and many California references have been removed over the past several months.

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Walked through Elias and Company. A lot of Finding Dory merchandise is available now.

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Back to Disneyland. The restrooms at the Space Mountain exit are closed for renovation.

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Watched Paint the Night from Main Street.

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Found a spot for Disneyland Forever

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Showtime

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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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







April 26, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 4/21/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Starting off my trip at the Mickey and Friends garage with an overview of the Star Wars construction site.



Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

This week several large earth movers are onsite and working to transform the landscape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

The old berm is disappearing. The earth around this tunnel is gone and very little of the tunnel is still around.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

The cabin and tree are no longer on the riverbank. Assuming they have been moved somewhere waiting for their new home.

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Disneyland Park Tickets, still 60th Anniversary.

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Walking through Adventureland you could hear the Jungle Cruise boats cycling and some of the effects. The countdown to re-opening continues.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Toontown Hills renovation work has wrapped up.

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The Matterhorn is closed during the week for some renovation work. Walls up on the west side.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

A new finish line sign at the Autopia is visible over the wall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Monorail is closed for renovation.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

Work continues on Autopia

The scaffolding is down but the new entrance sign has not been installed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

Next stop Disney California Adventure. The Food & Wine Festival continues. During the week the Marketplaces are open and the lines on Thursday afternoon were very mild.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is hosting the top 10 finalists for the Environmentality Art competition. The art projects were on display in the lower area around the shake-a-log.

Each entry had a card next to it indicating the team that created it, where they worked, and info about the creation.

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The Silly Symphony Swings are closed for renovation and the mechanism is currently removed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

In Cars Land cactus is blooming.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Kelloggs truck from the Backlot was parked near the Bakery/Child Car Station in the Wharf today. I forgot to check the Backlot to see what was in its former spot. It is is back to almost near where it started in DCA.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016



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The Incredibles Heros In Training is back and being performed twice daily in Paradise Pier. The show appears to be basically the same as the last time it ran.

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Mrs. Incredible warming up/stretching with the recruits.

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Mr. Incredible bring the weights out.

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I did not record any video on Thursday. Here is a look at the show from 2011.

The AP button and recipe for this week at the Food & Wine Festival.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

Walls up around the Muppet Theater as the Frozen Sing along moves out. A preview of the upcoming Alice film is moving in.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Thursday, April 21, 2016

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







April 13, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 4/10/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Laura covered the Food & Wine Festival in a separate post so I have included some general park update pictures from the visit. My day started off with a calm drive through Los Angeles, but came to a stand still waiting to enter the parking structure at 8:05am.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

An overview of the Star Wars construction site on this cloudy morning. The backstage buildings on the left have been cleared.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Here is a pan across the site from left to right.

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In the foreground the buildings that were removed this past week. The green fences mark a road connecting the two parts of backstage right now.

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No visible progress on the rest of the LCD screens for the ticket booths. The project appears to have stalled.

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The current park map and inside ads.

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Only 26 days until the Jungle Cruise returns (scheduled to re-open on May 6) and this skipper was excited.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Trees now obstructed most of the parking structure. I am assuming these are the ones they saved from the berm/island.

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The views up river are getting more limited. Here is one of the few left from near the Canoes.

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Critter Country was empty and I was waiting for the rest of my group so took a look at the critter benches.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Decided to take a hike up the tree house to see what can be seen. A clear view backstage beyond Big Thunder.

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Looking up river the other direction you can see the trees right behind the screen and the bare berm beyond.

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Moving on to the far end of the Big Thunder Trail.

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More cleanup/removal in the Ranch area but not much else visible through the fence.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Scaffolding still up on the hills of Toontown as the final details are replaced.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Autopia refurbishment continues. The blue matches the Monorail station.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Super Hero HQ signage is still up even though the area is closed and the meet and greet has moved to DCA.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

The skies were turning darker on us...there was a 10-30% chance of rain in the forecast.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Lilly Belle was not out today. Guessing with the rain they moved it back to the round house.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Stopped by Off the Page in Disney California Adventure. There is a rack of vinyl records now. They had some film sound tracks and these.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Captain America and Spider-Man are on Sunset Blvd, where the Monsters University space was. There was a healthy line and no good angle to get them without waiting.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

A look at some of the props.

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Captain America heading off, to the left you can see Spider-Man

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Spider-Man

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Laura went to a seminar/tasting, I stopped by the Lifestyle stage and Jenn Fujikawa was talking about Food & Fandom: The Recipes of Star Wars. As she talked and answered questions a slide show of some of her creations played in the background.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

Something new to me...today they had all the popcorn flavors available at the Cozy Cone and you could pick what you wanted instead of just the two for the day.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

By Disney Jr they were passing out free buttons.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

To close out some brighter views from the parking structure.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Sunday, April 10, 2016

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







March 22, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 3/18/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 18, 2016 taking a look at some of the ongoing projects around the parks.

Starting off at the Mickey and Friends parking structure taking a look at the Star Wars themed land clearing.

What used to be the berm with trees is now just dirt that is starting to be moved around.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016
The rock work from the old mine train has been saved but everything else appears to be gone.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

The trees are cleared and you can see right into the park and the top of the cabin.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

Up close from the queue there is no problem though. It is peak season because of spring break -- which means $119 for a one-day/one-park ticket.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

First stop today, Disneyland. Scaffolding up behind the cofferdam.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

A closer look at the scaffolding and the cleared berm beyond it. The parking structure is much clearer in this picture.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

The northern section of the Rivers of America is now dry. They have boxed up the trees that will be saved.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


Looking back at the cofferdam


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016



Looking toward New Orleans Square.

That mass of guests is the queue for Pirates.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

The Big Thunder trail and beyond it the cleared land for Star Wars.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

Frozen has been retired and the Royal Theatre has Beauty and the Beast and Tangled once again.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

Painting continues in Toontown



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New balloons for springtime feature Thumper.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

Kylo Ren is part of the finale to the Jedi Training
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Autopia repainting continues. Much of the scaffolding has been removed.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


The Super Hero HQ is set to close April 2.



Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

Walt and Mickey on this spring afternoon


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


The braille map of the park has been updated. Luigis is now on it.

And Soarin' no longer is "Over California".


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

Work continues on the rumored DVC kiosk near the Blue Sky Cellar.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


a sneak peek for The Jungle Book has moved into the Bugs' Life Theater


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016



Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters is officially open. There was a 40-minute wait posted today.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


The cousins doing the Mambo. For more on the Rollickin' Roadsters here is my report from the AP Preview a few weeks ago.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


The Studio Store signage has returned.

Replacing the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post. The merchandise is still almost all Frozen though.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016
Grizzly River Run has returned to operation... of course it was down when I walked by.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016


The walls are down and the decking replaced here... the benches have yet to return though.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016
Paradise Pier as the sun is setting with spring blooms.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 18, 2016

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







March 10, 2016

Disneyland Resort - 2016 Egg-Stravaganza

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 4, 2016.

This post will focus on the annual Egg-Stravaganza. For a first look at Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters check out my other post here on AllEars.net or check out my full picture set on disneygeek.com for a more complete look at my visit.

*** Note there are spoilers in this post so if you do not want to know the location of some of the eggs do not read or scroll any further... on the other hand if you want to see the location of all 36 eggs visit my full picture set ***

The 2016 Egg-Stravaganza at the Disneyland Resort started on March 2 and runs through March 27 (or supplies run out).  This year they have expanded to three hunts, one at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney.  So you can search for up to 36 eggs hidden around the resort. You purchase your map & stickers, for $5.95 plus tax (no discounts apply). Then you set off to find the eggs hidden around the park and identify which character egg is in which location. At any point, even before you've done any hunting, you can redeem your map for one of six prize eggs to take home.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The six prizes you can choose from.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The Disneyland map.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

I will include a sample of the eggs from each hunt below. The 20th Century Music Company (Inside)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

China Closet (Inside)

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Bonanza Outfitters (Inside)

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King Arthur Carrousel

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Pinocchio's Daring Journey

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The Disney California Adventure map. The redemption location for Disney California Adventure is in Elias & Company.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Hollywood Land (Water Tower)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Hollywood Land (Truck)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

A Bugs Land (Entrance)

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Grizzly River Run (Artist Camp) -- I would call it near the DVC kiosk.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Chamber of Commerce

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Downtown Disney is new this year. The redemption location is just inside the center door of World of Disney opposite the Mickey and Friends Tram drop off.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The prizes are the same.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The Downtown Disney Map

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Information Booth (Near Disneyland Park Gates)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

World of Disney (Inside)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Marcelines Confectionery (Inside)

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From here you can see two...

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016



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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







March 7, 2016

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters Annual Passholder Preview

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsterswas conducting an Annual Passholder preview today, it officially opens on Monday March 7th. Below is a first look at the attraction featuring several videos and pictures. For the full set including more of Luigi's plus a check of the ongoing projects and other happens at the Disneyland Resort visit disneygeek.com

I enjoyed the original Flying Tires attraction. It was flawed in the sense that it did not move as freely or easily as envisioned but with a minimal wait it was still fun. The new Rollickin' Roadsters were much more fun to watch and the five different songs and dance routines added variety to the experience. The colors and details of the cars make it visually interesting too. The on ride experience is very passive and not as smooth as you may anticipate, because of these two reasons I thought the Flying Tires were more fun to ride.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The line was long. The mass of guests filled the area in front of the attraction and went down Cross Street. The end of the line was near the exit. Earlier in the day it had stretched to Flik's Fun Fair.

I got in line at 1:21pm and this was my view....A new banner for the new attraction. All the Festival of the Flying Tires signage has been swapped out. The other signage stayed as it was.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The line ahead of me...

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I reached the queue entrance which had a posted wait of 60 minutes from there at 1:31pm.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Cast members were in the queue scanning annual passes. Every rider needed one today. The attraction has a 32 inch height requirement to ride.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Another set of cast members were scanning passes again and handing out key chains

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

Inside the queue looks the same. These posters all looked the same to me.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

This is a new one for the dancing tires...vs flying tires.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

I think this is new. There seemed to be several Carsoli references that I think are new.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016


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Exited the queue building and had a good look at the cars at 2:20pm, about an hour after entering the line.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

A video clip of the dancing cars from this angle. There are five different songs - this one is "Rollicking Night and Day".

The large sign is updated to feature the cousins vs the Festival of the Flying Tires.


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2:40pm...Waiting to board as the group ahead of us gets ready to start.

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A wide angle video of the full sequence. It is about a minute and a half of ride time.

A second camera, a tighter shot of the same sequence.

Time to board. I wanted the red car...but I paused for a picture and someone passed me for it (I did not see a sheet with the car names, I know they each have one).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

I ended up with this one instead.

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The seats are hard plastic as you would expect and there is a single seat belt. No doors.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

A Point of View video of my first dance - to Cousin Rosa singing "Mambo Italiano". It was 2:44pm so I'd had about an 80 minute wait.

A look back as I exited. My car getting ready for the next dance.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

I then moved around to the viewing area on Cross Street to watch a couple of dances. A video of a full sequence from this angle.

One more license plate picture before moving on. I needed to get pictures of several dozen eggs and construction before sunset.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

You can read the attraction page on AllEars.Net HERE.

The new Rollickin' Roadsters merchandise was available in Ramone's.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

I stopped back by in the evening, after sunset. The wait had grown as more Annual Passholders arrived after work and school.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

The stroller area was converted into an extended queue.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016


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The attraction was down when I first showed up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

They were moving cars around one by one. It was a very slow process to watch.

Here is a video clip of a car being brought out.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016

They then did a full cycle. Here is a look at the cars dancing with no guests.

A second camera for a slightly different view.

Then the attraction reopened.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 4, 2016



Hope you enjoyed this first look at Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters 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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







February 29, 2016

Disneyland Resort - A Walk Around the Parks 2/26/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 26, 2016.

Trees are being removed from the berm. You can see more clearly into the park now from the parking structure.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

A closer picture of the berm.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

This is the last week of APDays. Today the feature was the Plausible Impossible.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Steam Trains have taken over the Gallery Space.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The exhibit has the same format and footprint as other recent ones.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

A look at the Train exhibit. The first display features the Disneyland Locomotives. This is on the same wall as the Steve Martin video (which is still playing). Surprised they did not cover or swap out the title bar on the top.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

One of the display cases features original tickets for the Santa Fe & Disneyland RR.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

This wall featured a look at Walt and his trains.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Next the trains of Paris (top) and Tokyo (bottom).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The Lilly Belle has her own display.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The last section featured Walt Disney World.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Limited edition ear hats. The complete purchase price goes to Make A Wish Foundation. They were available at several locations around the parks and World of Disney.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Up river you can see the start of the cofferdam. The white bags spanning the river near the base of Splash Mountain.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Informational signs up around the original Frontierland Station across from the New Orleans Square Station. The signs are printed on both sides and cast members said the plan is to move the crates out and open that area for guests too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Explaining how telegraphs work.

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A cast member showed me the back side...so this is standing in the original station waiting area looking toward the track.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

An illustration of the training boiler showing the components of the boiler.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The Jambalaya Jazz were on the mid-deck performing.

There was an LCD replaying the opening day telecast when I walked by.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Looking up the river you can see the other cofferdam

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The hills are green again in Toontown.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Signs up at the PhotoPass locations for the Share Your Ears promotion.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Ran into Mary and Bert

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The same sign that is on the gallery is also on Main Street Station.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Inside the station are several displays featuring the same pictures as the ones in the gallery.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The back of the board has attraction posters from around the world.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

A board featuring Walt and his railroads (same as the gallery).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Week 4 of APDays was going on. Here is a quick look in the Blue Sky Cellar. They had recipe cards from all 4 weeks as well as left over buttons from earlier weeks.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The full set of buttons.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

For those who track chocolate, Ghirardelli was handing out regular squares of caramel on Friday, not minis.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

No visible progress at Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters as testing is still going on. It officially opens on March 7th with previews leading up to that.

Disney released some fun facts as well as a video. I posted those along with a brief history of Disney trackless systems and my thoughts

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Cast Members out front passing out buttons.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

Award Wieners has Zootopia offerings now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

At the Disneyland Hotel, some of the pool area is still closed for renovation but looks close to reopening.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

The pools around the slides were open but the slides were not this evening, they had closed for the day already.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

A rack of Zootopia merchandise in Big Top Toys

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Olaf was MIA today in Paint the Night.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 26, 2016

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 22, 2016

Disneyland Resort - A Walk Around the Parks 2/19/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 19, 2016.

The Circle D Ranch buildings have been leveled and removed in preparation for the Star Wars Project.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

A closer look into the park you can see the trees down on the berm.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The walls are down and the new support facility in the Pinocchio lot looks complete.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Work underway at the ticket booths. Looks like new digital displays are going to replace the traditional signs.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Annual Passholder (AP) Days was wrapping up week three. This week's theme: Fantasy and Fun. The Opera House was hosting a Silly Symphonies show.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

This week featured PhotoPass vs an activity like the previous two.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Valentine's Day decorations were still up in Town Square.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The flags were at half-staff for Antonin Scalia

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The Rivers of America. All was quiet.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Splash Mountain is back after a brief refurbishment this year.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

A look through the Hungry Bear scrim (the reason for the blurry view). Looks like more clearing along the river bank.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Next stop New Orleans Square Station. The hand cart has moved.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The other big change since my last visit is the addition of the training boiler to explain how steam power works.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The view into the former ranch area from near the Big Thunder exit.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The rockwork at the entrance is all still intact. Wonder if that is all staying put?

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

A walk through Toontown. Notice the bright red on the right..

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

While the work is going on Car Toon Spin is open, but there is no FastPass.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The hills of Toontown have turned yellow as they repaint them.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

In Tomorrowland the Autopia queue is still surrounded by scaffolding.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The Straw Hatters in Town Square.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Several characters joined them for a dance party.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

A couple of video clips of the Straw Hatters performing and characters dancing.

Stage 17 was celebrating APDays today too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

A photo backdrop with the logo for this week.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

This week Roger Rabbit was meeting guests.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Doc McStuffins on Hollywood Blvd.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

No real visible progress at Luigi's.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The Blue Sky Cellar was hosting AP Days also. Interesting that they were using the exit as the entrance this afternoon.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Inside they were distributing this week's handouts, as well as leftovers from the first two weeks.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

The three buttons from AP Days so far.

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Some of the wine barrels feature logos for AP Days

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Grizzly River Run is closed for annual refurbishment.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Easter cookies at Trolley Treats.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

I returned to the Opera House to watch the presentation. A couple of signs at the entrance.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Plenty of water and popcorn for all and you could eat in the theater.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

Time for the show. It opened with a brief video about AP Days and then went to the Disneyland TV show giving the story of the Silly Symphonies.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016

It was announced last week that the Diamond Mad T Party will end its run March 30.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 19, 2016


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 18, 2016

Disneyland Paris - Toy Story Playland

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com.

This posting takes a look at the Toy Story Playland area inside the Walt Disney Studios Park. This area opened in August 2010, a little over a year before its cousin in Hong Kong Disneyland. The two playlands share the same three attractions and have a similar layout. The Paris version seemed more compact and almost jammed into the park where as the Hong Kong one felt more open and a more natural layout. Hong Kong was also larger featuring a gift shop and snack location that Paris did not.


Approaching one of the two entrances to Toy Story Play Land.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


If you approach from another walkway this is how the entrance looks.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The other entrance is from the Ratatouille area. Here you pass under a bridge and through a barrel.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Looking back.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Monkeys overhead as you enter from the Ratatouille area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Near the entrance a photo spot.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Rex is another photo spot near this entrance.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Looking into the land. To the left is Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin. To the right is RC Racer and beyond that the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


First up a look at Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin. This is the same attraction as in Hong Kong. It was closed most of the days of my trip, only open the weekend due to renovation.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The entrance to Slinky Dog.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The RC Racer attraction is across the walkway.


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A photo op nearby.


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Another photo op.


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The final attraction is the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop.


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A look at the parachutes.


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A photo op near the queue.


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The Slinky Dog queue area.


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To close out a look into the land from the Buzz Lightyear entrance side.


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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

Hope you enjoyed this look at Toy Story Playland inside the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.






February 16, 2016

Disneyland Resort - 2/12/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 12, 2016.





Annual Passholder Days continued this week with the theme: "Live the Adventure." The opera house feature today was Disneyland 61 / Olympic Elk.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 12, 2016

Some Valentine's Day decorations are back in Town Square this week.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 12, 2016


The Music Company has re-opened after a couple week closure for renovation.


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Inside no major changes jumped out at me, looked to be a regular renovation.


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The display shelf along the wall has been removed or is not back yet.


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A check of the Star Wars project this week, looking up river trees are starting to disappear.


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Splash Mountain is closed for annual renovation work.


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Moving around to the area just past the Big Thunder Exit.

Through the trees you can see they have cleared most of the ranch area and you can see right through to the Jamboree stage now.


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Several of the trees have bloomed thanks to the warm weather lately they think it is spring (it felt like summer on Friday with temps well into the 80s)


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A check of the Autopia renovation progress


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Louis was on the Mark Twain this afternoon.

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More tables on the mid deck by the band stand area.
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Stopped by the Opera House to visit President Lincoln. Today would have been his 207th birthday.


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The Blue Sky Cellar is hosting the AP Days for week two. There were still items left from last week and they were passing them out.


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Some of the items I picked up this week.


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The activity for this week is a "Treasure Hunt". The map shows photos, with clues, of various things around both parks. On the back is a "clue page", with letters corresponding to each answer. There are more clues than photos. The correct letters will spell a phrase. No prize - just the satisfaction of completing it successfully.


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Cookies and Cream Churro and regular Churros at Cozy Cone #1 in Cars Land

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The posters at the Animation building feature Zootopia now.


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As you enter there is a cityscape poster


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A segment from the song "Try Everything" is now inserted into the lobby film loop. Between Let it Go and Cars.




A Valentine's Day message in Trolley Treats


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Class of 2016 merchandise is out in the Five & Dime


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Out in Toontown scaffolding has gone up around the perimeter of the Downtown area. All the attractions and stores are open. No FastPass for Car Toon Spin though.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 12, 2016


Found a spot on Main Street for Paint the Night.


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Video clip of the Cars group.




Video clip of the Jellyfish




Video clip of the princess group making its way toward Town Square.




I wrapped up my visit with Disneyland Forever

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 12, 2016

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, 2016

Disneyland Resort - 2/05/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 5, 2016. The big news this week is the Lunar New Year Celebration and APDays. As always you can view the full picture and video set on disneygeek.com


Before starting the pictures wanted thought I should note that Disney California Adventure turns 15 this week. The park officially opened on February 8, 2001. Here are some video clips I took from the Annual Passholder preview that was held on Feb 3, 2001 if you are interested.






For the month of February the Disneyland Resort is celebrating AP Days with special Annual Passholder Events throughout. Here are signs at the entrance of Disney Califronia Adventure.
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Each week will feature a different theme.

The button for this week.
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Inside Stage 17 a backdrop for this week's theme.


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To the left free popcorn and water.


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A look at what you can pick up.


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The snow is gone but the rest of the Frozen set is still in place. In the front of the room was a meet and greet.


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Plenty of chairs to sit in and relax. My understanding is they show videos from time to time. I did not see a schedule.


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Today Jiminy Cricket was out for pictures.


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A preview of upcoming pins.


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There were also tables for coloring.


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Setting off into the park. Walked through Cars Land, no visible progress on Luigi's.


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Lunar New Year is being celebrated in Paradise Gardens. This is the year of the Monkey.


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As you enter the area boards with some traditions and history of the celebration for different cultures.


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Chinese brush painting and calligraphy


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New Year Wishes


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Lantern arts and crafts


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Several carts with food for the event.


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Mulan and Mushu were greeting guests.


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The Happy Lunar New Year Processional occurs four times a day and features several performers and Mulan & Mushu.


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A video clip of the Dragon Dance.



A video clip of the ribbon dance.



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Video of the full Happy Lunar New Year Processional and performance.


Mickey and Minnie were out greeting guests.


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Seaside Souvenirs had t-shirts and envelopes for the celebration.


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The Blue Sky Cellar is also hosting AP Days.


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Some AP Days signage as you enter.


Inside the boards are still the same with the addition of an AP Days banner overhead.


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Tables for coloring near the video loop.


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Two sets of electrical outlets to plug devices into for charging.


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They had recipe cards here too.


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Buzz Lightyear was out on Paradise Pier
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Screamin' was down again this week as I walked by.


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AP Days are being celebrated here with evening screenings in the Opera House.



Today Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair


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The River Belle Terrace is closed for renovation and they are switching to table service. It reopens Wednesday.

They had the menu posted.

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The Rivers of America look about the same.


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The construction barriers leading up to the Hungry Bear Restaurant now feature Country Bear Artwork and some greenery.


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Woody was out in Frontierland.


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Work on the Autopia continues.


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More Autopia repainting and repair.


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Small World has returned to operation with its regular show.


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I stopped by the Toontown Train Station. They have removed the rail from there leading off toward Frontierland.Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 5, 2016
Noticed fences have been installed on top of the block wall in the queue for the Haunted Mansion.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 5, 2016

Wrapped up my evening with Paint the Night.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 5, 2016

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, 2016

Disneyland Resort - 1/29/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 29, 2016. In this set of pictures I focus on the closures and ongoing projects around the parks.
The support facility in the Pinocchio lot is nearing completion. Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016
A quick look at the future Star Wars site. Not a lot of visible progress yet.
Equipment is being brought in and fences are up around some of the site. Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016
First stop today, Disneyland. Minnie Rocks the Dots display inside Disney Clothiers Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016
Not much has changed on the Rivers of America since my last trip. With the exception of the Mark Twain & Columbia switching places. Looking up river you can see some ribbons tied on the trees. Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016
The construction wall in Critter Country stretches from the Hungry Bear all the way to the outdoor vending location/ the trail that leads to the small eating area for the Galley. It now features some attraction posters.

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The wall on the lower level of the Hungry Bear features the Rivers of America. Including the overall story, Mark Twain, and then the rivers it represents.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

Barn doors have been installed on the tunnel by the Hungry Bear.

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The current wait is only 3 months for the Jungle Cruise.

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Time for the Land Cruise... during which the skippers recreate the Jungle Cruise experience with 100% less water and boats.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

Their recreation of the lost safari scene

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Here is a video of the experience.




Made my way to the New Orleans Square Train Station. New since my last visit you can now cross the tracks to the original Frontierland Station.

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It was fun to be able to see the original station up close.

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The hand cart has been brought to the area for display too. Cast Members say more is hopefully coming soon.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016


Next up made my way over to the Mark Twain which was in port in Frontierland.

A couple of signs with historical photos and information on the Mark Twain have been added to the queue area. This sign features entertainment and special guests.

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Princess Tiana was onboard for pictures

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Tables and chairs have been brought on board on the lower and mid decks and chairs on the upper deck.

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Looking up river.. you really cannot see any changes yet.

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Walls are set up on the Big Thunder trail past the Big Thunder Exit area and the cave, but before the pond and tunnel area.

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A sign to warn you of the dead end ahead and how to find your way to Fantasyland.

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A sign in Fantasyland to help you find Frontierland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

The gates are closed just past the restrooms to block off the Big Thunder trail on the Fantasyland side.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

Small World is closed to have the holiday overlay removed and for some renovation work.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

The Autopia is closed for renovation too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

Walked through the Star Wars Launch Bay. Only a 20 minute wait for Kylo Ren, for comparison 30 minutes for Chewbacca and 25 for Spider-man

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Closures are not just for attractions, the 20th Century Music Company on Main Street is also closed

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Made my way across the Esplanade to DCA.. which turns 15 on Feb 8th.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016


Thought you may be interested.. here is a video clip of the Esplanade and Entrance to Disney's California Adventure I shot back in January 2001 a few weeks before the park opened.

Some work on the back wall of the Blue Sky Cellar

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016


Zootopia has moved into the Bugs Theater. Some banners on the parade route in the area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016


Continuing my tour of closed attractions. World of Color is currently dark.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016


Red rolling out for pictures, no real visible signs of progress at Luigis, maybe a few new banners peaking over the wall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

The new attraction is listed in the park guidemap now.

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And is on the map.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

New editions of the Buena Vista Bugle are available.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

A display and cash register has been added to the cafe to sell Starbucks merchandise.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

Breaking the trend of the day... Soarin' was open today. It is only open weekends right now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

Stopped by the Silver Spur Supplies in Frontierland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016

In the back of the store is a music box / jukebox. It costs a quarter for a song.

A video clip of the music box in action.


The Haunted Mansion has returned since my last visit the return times and wait times did not line up with my day this trip so I will try to visit next trip.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 29, 2016



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 31, 2016

Disneyland Paris - Bistrot Chez Remy

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will be sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com. This posting takes a look around Bistrot Chez Remy where I had lunch at the Walt Disney Studios Park.


The entrance to Remys. We had made a reservation earlier in the morning before leaving the hotel but it was really not needed as the walk-ups were getting seated about as quickly as we were.


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The waiting area has several awards he has won over the years.

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As you enter the dining area you are shrunk to rat size...notice the floor pattern enlarging as you shrink.

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A look around one of the front dining rooms, out those windows is the main square of the area.

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One of the other dining rooms. The back of this room has windows to the attraction unload area.

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The chairs are bottle caps and corks.

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The view from our booth.

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The napkin at my seat.

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We were on a meal plan which required us to order from the prix fixe menu, which included starter, entree, and dessert. For those not on the dining plan the price was 39,99 Euros. The starter was a mixed leaf salad with cheese, grated beetroot and chives, and a sesame & soy sauce vinaigrette. The Coke I had to drink was not included in the prix fixe menu, but was included in the meal plan. No refill, though.

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For my main course I had a grilled steak, ratatouille and French fries.

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If you ask for ketchup this is what is brought to you.

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Thoughts: Since we were on a meal plan (the Plus plan) we were limited to the prix fixe menu and no changes. I ordered the beef which came with fries so I was good to go. The food was not bad...it was not great and was on the pricey side but it was lunch and filled me up. Compared to the other dining choices in the Studios park I thought this was a good meal and the environment was fun to see and eat in. I am not sure I would opt to go there and pay - for the same price there are other places with better meals. But if I were on a plan again and looking for variety I would probably go back.

Hope you enjoyed this look at Bistrot Chez Remy. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.






January 28, 2016

Disneyland Paris - Ratatouille Area of Walt Disney Studios Park

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will be sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com. This posting takes a look at the Ratatouille area of the Walt Disney Studios Park.

The Ratatouille: L' Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort in the summer of 2014. The area consists of the attraction, FastPass Distribution, a gift shop, and Bistrot Chez Remy restaurant. The attraction features trackless ride vehicles that take you on a nearly 5-minute journey as you are shrunk down to Remy's size and experience a chase through a bistro with Remy utilizing 3D projections and larger than life sets & props. The ride system is similar to Tokyo's Winnie the Pooh attraction and Hong Kong's Mystic Manor.

Prior to going to Paris I had seen several videos of the attraction and done some reading on it. The pictures and video you see really do not do the attraction justice. The immersive feeling and movement of the vehicles are key components and just do not translate to the internet that well. I was impressed with the experience and it was by far the best attraction at the park and one of my favorites from the entire resort. Below are some pictures of the area. I will be sharing a follow-up post with a look at Chez Remy where I had lunch on day.

Approaching the Ratatouille area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

To the right as you approach is the gift shop.

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Next to the gift shop is the FastPass distribution area.

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FastPass machines

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The entrance to the attraction. It features FastPass, Single Rider and Standby.

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A good portion of the standby queue is outside.

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A couple of the posters along the queue area.

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As you enter the building the cast chefs are highlighted.

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The interior queue takes you along the rooftops of Paris (well there is a set that you work your way around).

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You work your way to one of two load areas each with several vehicles to board. Notice you are rat size at this point, see the wall in the background.

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You board a trackless ratmobile for the adventure.

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On your journey you go through a handful of projection rooms and a couple over-sized sets. My pictures did not do it any justice because of the 3D projections so I am only going to include this one of the finale.

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You exit near Remy's restaurant. I will have another post on dining there. Here is a look at the central courtyard.

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The Fountain in the middle of the area.

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Through this tunnel is Toy Story Playland.

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A wide shot shows some of the Playland beyond.

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Some props nearby. Notice the poles.

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The manhole cover.

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One last look at the area on a rainy afternoon.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

Hope you enjoyed this look at the Ratatouille area of the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







January 27, 2016

Disneyland Paris - La Magie Disney en Parade! (Disney Magic on Parade!)

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort last fall as part of his 2015 "Disney World Tour". I will be sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com.

This posting takes a look La Magie Disney en Parade! (Disney Magic on Parade!) which was the daily parade during my visit. It occurred each afternoon at 5:30pm.


Sleeping Beauty Castle with a crowd gathered along the parade route.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Looking toward Main Street

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Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather lead the way with the Blue Fairy and the Fairy Godmother on the first float.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

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Cinderella and her Prince following along behind.

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Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen

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The Alice in Wonderland characters were in the next grouping.

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Characters from Pinocchio are on the back of the Alice float.

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Toy Story gang

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On the back of the Toy Story unit is Winnie the Pooh

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Lion King

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On the back of the Lion King is the Jungle Book.

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Peter Pan is next.

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Mary Poppins is on the back of the Peter Pan float

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The finale float features an assortment of characters.

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Mickey and Minnie on the front

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Goofy, Donald, Chip and Dale were all onboard too.

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Tinker Bell on the back of the last float.

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Coming behind the parade to clean the streets.

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A video of the full parade.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the Disneyland Paris Disney Magic on Parade!. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







January 18, 2016

Disneyland Resort - 1/15/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 15, 2016.

What appears to be utility work going on along the tram load/unload area for the Mickey and Friends garage.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016

Out in the Pinocchio lot work continues on the support facility.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The billboards at the tram stop feature the cars characters. no slogans.. really surprised no Cars Land logo on it.. just characters.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


At the Disneyland Hotel the swimming pools are closed and being renovated. They were jack hammering this afternoon.

The Monorail slide and pool area is open but the other two are closed.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016



The closure list is substantial.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016
With the railroad closed for the next year+ they have trains pulled into Main Street and New Orleans Stations. The EP Ripley with the Lilly Belle were on Main Street.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016
You could get up close to the train for pictures. There were cast members around to answer questions about the trains.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


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One car available for pictures.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The Lilly Belle. It was closed but cast members were opening the door to get a look in from time to time.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The area in front of the castle was roped off as they were preparing for a taping this evening for the upcoming Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special on ABC.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The Royal Theatre has reopened. Frozen is now performed only in the morning then Tangled in the afternoon.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016

Crossed paths with the Evil Queen in Fantasyland
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016
The Big Thunder Trail is open through the weekend then slated to close for Star Wars work.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The park maps show it closed now. Also note they photo spot is moved down the trail.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016
No signs of work on the Ranch Area yet.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


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Some repainting of the Fantasmic light tower housing covers.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The Columbia was in port and open to walk through and take pictures. No visible progress on the River this week.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The Mark Twain is in the dry dock at Fowler's Harbor

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016
Continuing up river.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016

No visible changes here yet either.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Walls and mesh are up at the Hungry Bear. It is open for business.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The lower level has a brand new custom made wall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Upstairs the mesh has a forest print on it. Not too bad.. but I would have rather watched the construction :)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The side facing away from the River features bears.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016

The rail and ties have been removed from the visible area after the trestle assuming they removed them all the way around toward Toontown.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The Haunted Mansion is closed for removal of the holiday overlay.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The New Orleans Square station is open with the Ernest S Marsh parked there.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The Jungle Cruise is closed for removal of the Holiday overlay as well as some dock work for the next several months.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Thought this was really cool. An attraction poster saying it is closed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


The wall features concept art.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Next door they now sell Paint the Night meals since Fantasmic is dark for the next year+.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Approaching the hub they were rehearsing for this evening.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


This taped off and roped off area was for dinner package guests. I believe the grab and go guests were in the Small World Mall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016

A couple of clips from Paint the Night.


Several of the units were short performers today. For example, only four yo-yo cowgirls with Jessie tonight instead of six.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016

Around 8pm Elton John took the stage and performed Circle of Life a couple of times and his new song Wonderful Crazy Night.



I had to shoot through a sea of cameras, arms, and people... so the pics are not the best..

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Here are a couple video clips from the performances of Circle of Life (he sang it several times).


Next up his new song which was accompanied by Fireworks and will be the finale for the TV show.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


Some clips of Elton John performing his new song with fireworks.


Over at Disney California Adventure Aladdin is gone and the Hyperion is advertising the upcoming Frozen show.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016


In Cars Land a new sign for Luigis.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 15, 2016



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, 2016

Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios Changes

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos.

In early December I wrapped up my 2015 Disney Parks World Tour back where it all began for me at Walt Disney World. During 2015 I was able to visit all 11 Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Orlando. It had been a year since my last trip to WDW and as I walked around I looked for changes as I always tend to do. I have put together a series of posts for AllEars.net of some of the changes that stuck out to me as I roamed the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As always if you want to see my full picture & video sets and read my thoughts & observations visit my site disneygeek.com.

This post takes a look at Disney's Hollywood Studios which can best be described as a park in transition. Over the past year quite a few attractions have closed around the park as it prepares for a new Toy Story Playland and Star Wars area to be built.

One removal was greeted with applause from most Disney geeks, myself included. The giant blue sorcerer's hat that has been obstructing the Chinese Theater for over the last decade was removed. There was a stage for a dance party set up in December in the area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Speaking of the party here are a few pictures at night.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The Genie was one of several characters that rotated through the crowd.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has taken over sponsorship of the Great Movie Ride.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


As you journey through the movies there is a new pre-recorded track that goes along with the cast member spiel. At the finale a new introduction and the film clips were updated and arranged differently.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A photo op as you exit the attraction.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Nearby the American Idol Experience is gone and the theater is now called the Hyperion and features the Frozen Sing-Along.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Inside the Brown Derby a gingerbread creation this year for Christmas.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


In the far corner of the park, accessed through a gate by Rock n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the new Sunset Showcase. While I was there it featured Club Disney. Max was greeting guests.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Inside a dance floor dominates the room with seating around it. A DJ plays music and hosts the club. Projection and lighting effects occur around the room.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


There were several interactive kiosks to color too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Daisy on the dance floor.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A brief video of the scene inside Club Disney.


There were also two snack carts selling drinks and food.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The Star Wars Launch Bay has taken over the former Animation Building.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Storm Troopers on patrol.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Video of the Storm Troopers.


Inside the Launch Bay you can opt to watch a film featuring interviews with many involved in making the upcoming films. And see props and models from the films.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


As you head down the hallway a crawl to introduce you to the Launch Bay.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


More props on display in the queues for characters. You can choose the light side to meet Chewbacca or the Dark side and Darth Vader.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


We choose Chewbacca.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


There is a section featuring Star Wars video games.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


And other random characters roaming around a Cantina area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


You close out your visit with merchandise in the Launch Bay Cargo area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The ABC Sound Studio features a Star Wars film now too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The former AFI Showcase building & former Wandering Oaken Trading Post now houses Watto's Grotto

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Inside more Star Wars merchandise.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The Jedi Training is now the Trials of the Temple.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The Backlot Express features Star Wars food. Here is some of the menu.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Last but not least this year was the last for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Disney announced their retirement to make way for the new Star Wars project.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of some of the changes I noticed at Disney's Hollywood Studios since my last trip in 2014. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full picture sets I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.






January 11, 2016

Disneyland Resort - 1/8/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 8, 2016.

For this picture set I will focus on some "last visits". The full picture set is on my site as always. On January 10th quite a few attractions around the Disneyland Resort will be closing. Some forever, some for annual renovation, some seasonal transformations and others for modifications. At Disneyland preparations for the new Star Wars area are kicking off. The Big Thunder Ranch & BBQ area will close forever. The Rivers of America area attractions and entertainment will be closed for over the next year as the river is modified. This means the Columbia, Mark Twain, Canoes, Tom Sawyer Island, Fantasmic! & Disneyland Railroad. The Jungle Cruise is closing for several months for dock modifications. Haunted Mansion Holiday and Small World Holiday will be closed for a few weeks each to convert back to the classic attractions. Autopia is going down for some work as a new sponsor is taking over. Over at Disney California Adventure Aladdin is ending its run to make way for a new Frozen show. Soarin' is closed for some work. Grizzly River Run is closing for off-season renovation. Also World of Color goes dark for some work. There are other projects too. All work is subject to change and if you are planning a visit check the refurbishment lists for the latest information.


I start off my tour of soon-to-be-closed attractions with a cruise on the Columbia.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Some video clips from my trip aboard the Columbia.


The Island was also popular today, look at the line going off to the left in this picture.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


If all is to be believed this view will change substantially the next time I am able to see it from a boat.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


The canoes were operating and busy too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Heading below decks on the Columbia.

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Next up a cruise on the Mark Twain. I opted to stay on the lower deck to get some eye level pictures of the show scenes.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


The Ernest S. Marsh chugging along the banks of the River.

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


A large crowd waiting to board.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Next up the Disneyland Railroad.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


I am really going to miss this view. Curious what they have in store for the new route.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Primeval World.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016

My understanding is this will be changing too thanks to Star Wars.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


A last visit to the ranch.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


There was a good size crowd for the "Running of the Goats" event.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Farley the Fiddler provided music and Woody and Jessie joined him after the running.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Here are some clips of the running of the goats and after.


Here is a second camera (cell phone) of the full event.


A last look at the cabin before exiting the ranch.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


The old rock formations from the Mine Train attraction.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


At Disney California Adventure Aladdin is ending its long run this weekend too. FastPasses were gone earlier in the day and the standby line was incredibly long. This mass of guests houses the line. It stretches from the theater, wraps around a little there then comes down Sunset to the House of Cards area and wraps around by the bar and food truck. The end of the line was near the air hockey tables when I was there. Cast Members were saying this was standby for the 6:20pm show (I was there as they were closing the doors for the 4:45pm show).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


I took one more final cruise on the Mark Twain. The last one of the evening at 5:45pm which meant it was a rare after dark cruise.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Going to miss this view for the next year or so.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Fantasmic! will be dark for the year too because of the River work. So I took in the 9pm showing from a standby location.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, January 8, 2016


A couple of cell phone video clips from Fantasmic!

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 10, 2016

Walt Disney World - Epcot Changes

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos. In early December I wrapped up my 2015 Disney Parks World Tour back where it all began for me at Walt Disney World. During 2015 I was able to visit all 11 Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Orlando. It had been a year since my last trip to WDW and as I walked around I looked for changes as I always tend to do. I have put together a series of posts for AllEars.net of some of the changes that stuck out to me as I roamed the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As always if you want to see my full picture & video sets and read my thoughts & observations visit my site disneygeek.com.

This posting takes a look at Epcot.


Starting off in Future World. The American Music Machine performed on the Fountain Stage during the Christmas season alternating sets with Joyful.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Colortopia opened inside Innoventions, while much of Innoventions West and a portion of the East is behind walls now.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A new seating area between Innoventions west and Imagination.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


In World Showcase a new sign on the Mexico Pyramid stating what should be obvious.. no climbing.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A closer look.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The Gran Fiesta tour has a new sign out front.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Inside the Three Caballeros have been added. These are the original figures from the Mickey Mouse Revue at the Magic Kingdom. They replaced the animated versions during the finale of the attraction.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Next door in Norway construction continues on the Frozen Meet and Greet


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


And on the Frozen attraction.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Inside the American Adventure lobby the Capitol gingerbread was joined this year by the Washington Monument.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A new effect to kick off the Holiday tag on Illuminations: Reflections of Earth


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Here is a video clip of the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth finale and Holiday tag this year.



Monorail Black features an overlay for Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Video of Monorail Black pulling into the TTC



Epcot Center Drive has construction going between Buena Vista Drive and the edge of the property.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of some of the changes I noticed at Epcot since my last trip in 2014. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full picture sets I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







January 7, 2016

Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom Area Changes

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos. In early December I wrapped up my 2015 Disney Parks World Tour back where it all began for me at Walt Disney World. During 2015 I was able to visit all 11 Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Orlando. It had been a year since my last trip to WDW and as I walked around I looked for changes as I always tend to do. I have put together a series of posts for AllEars.net of some of the changes that stuck out to me as I roamed the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As always if you want to see my full picture & video sets and read my thoughts & observations visit my site disneygeek.com.

This post takes a look around the Magic Kingdom and some of the Magic Kingdom Resort projects.


The big change at the Magic Kingdom since last December is the completion of the hub expansion. Here is a view through one of the viewing areas toward the Castle.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The viewing areas a used as FastPass+ for Wishes each evening. During the day they are open to sit in.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


One of the new walkways looking toward Main Street from Adventureland. Notice anything missing? There are no benches or places to sit, nor is there any shade really.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Another view of the Castle from the walkway leading to Adventureland.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


On the Tomorrowland (east) side the rose walk and old swan boat dock have been removed and a forest put in their place. It does make for a nice picture of the Castle in the woods but I miss the walkway.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Four new turrets have been added too. Here you can see them lit up for the evening. They house equipment for the Castle stage.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Up closer to the Castle work continues on the walkways. The west (left) ramp was open but temporary railings. The other side was walled off still.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


In Adventureland the Skipper Canteen opened during my trip. I did not eat there but did take a quick look around.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The outside waiting area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The inside waiting area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The first dining room, viewed from the waiting area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Across the Seven Seas lagoon the lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort has been completed (it was behind curtains last December).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Work is underway at the Oasis Pool (the quiet pool near the DVC section of the resort)


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The Disney Vacation Club Bungalows are available now too.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


At the Wilderness Lodge there is construction going on for Disney Vacation Club expansion. Here is a look along Bay Lake at the blocked off area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The other side of the hotel between the existing DVC rooms and Bay Lake is being cleared.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


From the Monorail you can see the path cleared along the lake to the lodge.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Last note there are some new buses in the fleet now. They feature larger text.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


As well as a destination on the back of the bus.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of some of the changes I noticed in the Magic Kingdom area since my last trip in 2014. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full picture sets I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







January 6, 2016

Walt Disney World - Disney Springs Changes

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos. In early December I wrapped up my 2015 Disney Parks World Tour back where it all began for me: Walt Disney World. During 2015 I was able to visit all 11 Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Orlando. It had been a year since my last trip to WDW and as I walked around I looked for changes as I always tend to do. I have put together a series of posts for AllEars.net of some of the changes that stuck out to me as I roamed the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As always if you want to see my full picture & video sets and read my thoughts & observations visit my site disneygeek.com.

In this post we take a look around Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney. The area is still very much under construction with almost all the remaining projects slated to be completed and open in in 2016.


The entrance sign by the Disney bus stop features a map of what is currently open.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A closer look at the map. The footprint is more or less the same as Downtown Disney with the addition of a new causeway to cut across the lake. The major growth will come when the rest of the Landing and Town Center open in 2016.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Not all the signage appears to be done. The entrance arch is MIA.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The causeway is open this year. Last December when I was here it wasn't quite finished. It does make the Landing and West side an easier walk.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Behind the Lego store you can see the Town Center rising.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A closer look at one of the buildings.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Muppet topiary from Epcot was near the Lego Store.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Landing is mostly open now featuring new shops and dining choices. This replaces most of Pleasure Island.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Chapel Hats


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Boathouse is a restaurant, bar, and mini boat museum.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Christmas decorations out front of the Boathouse


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Amphicar rides are available for a price.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Behind the restaurant is a bar and several seating areas to relax and enjoy your drink and look at the boats.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


They have boats of varying sizes and types on display.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


We ate dinner at the Boathouse and had a great meal. This is the Florida Sunshine Cake - Yellow cake, orange cream cheese icing, toasted almonds. They say this slice serves four. We had 5 and took two large containers with us. The price is $40. The cake is 30lbs and yields 5 slices so this was a 6 pound slice of cake.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A Candle tree set up for the season next door.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A different angle look at the Town Center construction from near the entrance to Morimoto Asia


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Morimoto Asia


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


More of the landing. Nice to walk around with no walls in this area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Ganachery opened soon after we left.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Apex Sunglass Hut


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Art of Shaving


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


When you reach the top of the hill you run into the walls which look just like last year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A restroom. Even though there is a lot of construction still going on in the area the Landing was decorated for Christmas.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Looking toward the West Side


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


D-Street was still around, it was renamed a few days after we left.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Christmas decorations on the West Side


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Super Hero Headquarters recently opened on the West Side


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A look inside.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Also new since last year the United World Soccer store.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Orange Garage is fully operational (it was only partially open last year).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A reindeer out front of the garage.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Looking back toward the Landing. The STK Steakhouse is on the right and the Edison on the left of the bridge.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The new bus stops near Planet Hollywood are taking shape.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A new pedestrian bridge spans Buena Vista Drive (there are two more of these on the Hotel Blvd corner now too).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The state of the Edison (on the side of the former Adventurers Club)


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A wider shot of the bus stop and Town Center work.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


The Town Center building moving toward completion in 2016.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A second parking garage is being constructed.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


New structures in front of Planet Hollywood (which is slated to close for renovation and renaming in early 2016).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Buena Vista Drive looking toward the hotels (east)


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Looking toward Epcot, west more or less. The ramp and overpass are for the parking structure which is on the right in this shot.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Looking back at the parking structure.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


As you enter the parking structure a sign tells you how many spaces are open on each floor.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Each space in the garage has a sensor indicating if it is occupied or available (see the overhead light that is green in this shot).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A three kings sign in Disney Springs


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Since last year the World of Disney has been expanded and reorganized.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Displays seem more spread out now. This is the queue for one of the checkout areas.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


A new entrance has also been added, this one features Dumbo and Chip & Dale.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs


Twenty Eight & Main has replaced the sports store in the Co-op.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Disney Springs

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of some of the changes I noticed at Diseny Springs since my last trip in 2014. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full picture sets I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







January 5, 2016

Walt Disney World - Animal Kingdom Changes

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos.

In early December I wrapped up my 2015 Disney Parks World Tour back where it all began for me: at Walt Disney World. During 2015 I was able to visit all 11 Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Orlando.

It had been a year since my last trip to WDW and as I walked around I looked for changes as I always tend to do. I have put together a series of posts for AllEars.net of some of the changes that stuck out to me as I roamed the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As always if you want to see my full picture & video sets and read my thoughts & observations visit my site disneygeek.com. This first set of photos covers Animal Kingdom.


Let us start off as you enter Discovery Island. The entrance area has been renovated to be more open with the removal of the wait time area, kiosks, and planters. Ongoing pavement replacement was still happening while I was there.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


At the Tree of Life many of the trails are still closed but the roots have been extended with some new animals.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


To the right as you enter Discovery Island is a new store, the Riverside Depot.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A look inside the Riverside Depot


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


As with most Disney Stores Star Wars has taken over. Same is true here in Animal Kingdom.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


A new animal experience called Winged Encounter takes place several times a day. It features a flock of parrots flying in as cast members talk about them - and then they fly away.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015



Elsewhere on Discovery Island a new stage across from Flame Tree BBQ.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Pizzafari now serves a new type of pizza and has reduced seating due to construction of the new Tiffins restaurant on the back side of the location.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Behind this wall featuring Avatar artwork you can see the restaurant construction behind Pizzafari.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


There seemed to be more Christmas decorations in Harambe this year. Here is a wreath as you cross the bridge.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Harambe has grown since last December with the addition of the Harambe Market


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


On the Kilimanjaro Safari some new animals. First up a young giraffe


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


And white rhino


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


African Painted Dogs have been added too.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015



In Asia a new food location has opened, the Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks, in the former Expedition Everest FastPass distribution space.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The location features two sets of counters.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


The bar half


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


And snack half


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Work continues on the Rivers of Light viewing area and show installation. The show is scheduled to debut in Spring 2016.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Some fountain testing was going on during my visit.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015



The biggest project is Pandora - The World of Avatar that is being constructed in the former Camp Minnie Mickey area. No official opening date has been announced yet but a 2017 date is expected. Here is one of the large show buildings seen from a bus entering the park.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


As you enter the park you can see the floating mountains and other rock work taking shape.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


One last picture of a sign featuring the 2016 marketing slogan...Unforgettable Happens Here...


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of some of the changes I noticed at Disney's Animal Kingdom since my last trip in 2014. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full picture sets I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.






December 23, 2015

Disneyland Resort - 12/18/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, December 18, 2015.


The tram/vehicle support facility is moving along in the Pinocchio lot.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



The signs in the garage and at the tram stop have been updated to have the new security policies on them and not just the selfie stick ban like before.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



The big news story this week is the addition of metal detectors. There were several at all entrances to the resort and guests were randomly being selected to walk through them.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

As you entered Cast Members were passing out commemorative pins for Star Wars: the Force Awakens.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



The last Emporium window has been unveiled. It features Aladdin. I have a separate post here on AllEars.net looking at the window.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

I went for a cruise on Small World Holiday to start my day and we were stuck for about 15 minutes in the US scene right before the finale. For the first 5 minutes the music played then they muted it for us. Here is a video clip with the music on.



Here is a video clip with the music muted.. so you could hear the dolls' movement.





I caught the Dapper Dans performing at Refreshment Corner.


The Hook and Ladder Co was out so stopped for their set too since I was in no hurry.



A couple video clips from the Hook & Ladder performance including Cruella de Vil and Chip & Dale.





At Disney California Adventure, for the final weeks of Aladdin they are offering FastPass using these mobile units to distribute them.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

No visible progress on Luigi's from ground level. Thought they may open for the holiday rush.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Tough to Be A Bug has returned as the Good Dinosaur preview has ended.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

The Cove Bar expansion appears to be just about ready to open.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015




From across the water way near the Screamin launch.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

While walking through Grizzly Recreation Area noticed the Christmas decorations were lit up today. They were not my last trip.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Work continues on the restroom facade.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Arrived back in Disneyland as the 3:15pm parade was making its way through Town Square. So traffic was bottled up.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Walked through the Launch Bay, nothing was going on. Waits for Star Wars characters were 30 minutes, Spider-Man upstairs 20 minutes.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


They did give me a Aurebesh Decoder upon entering.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



There's a new version of the Jedi Training Academy: Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. The Jedi Master and recruits prepare.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


The temple rises.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


Darth Vader comes out to try to convince them to join the dark side.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


Seventh Sister from Star Wars Rebels joins in. Darth Maul is no longer part of the show.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

After the Jedi Training the Tomorrowland Terrace dance floor is roped off and not in use the last 7 hours of the Disneyland operating day.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Time for a night cruise on the Mark Twain. Our Captain working the spot light.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Main Street after the 5:45pm Paint the Night Parade, a large number of guests were exiting after the parade (the crowd on the left).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



The lights in the trees look great this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Next stop Grizzly Peak Recreation area. I was really disappointed with how these pictures came out. The jars look substantially better in person and my pictures do not do them justice at all.



Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



The lights were on for the Cove Bar expansion this evening.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

The Tweedles were MIA tonight at the Mad T Party.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


A Star Wars window in World of Disney.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


The D-Street window features Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

The AMC theater has extra security now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



As does the Monorail entrance.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


D-Street features mostly Star Wars merchandise now. Surprised they did not rename it like they did the one in Orlando to Galactic Outpost.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015


A quick look inside.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



There was some Vinylmation and other merchandise toward the back.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015



A group of Carolers performing, several video clips from their performance. They opened with Star Wars and the set included Frozen. In between those Christmas carols.


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 22, 2015

Disneyland Resort - 12/18/15 - Aladdin Emporium Window

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, December 18, 2015.

The final new Emporium window on Main Street USA has been unveiled and it features a scene from Aladdin. The scene starts off with the magic lamp.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Aladdin approaches the lamp.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Jafar watches from the entrance to the cave.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Abu reaching for a jewel and Carpet trying to stop him as Aladdin rubs the lamp and the magic is released.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
The Genie appears
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Abu gets his jewel.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, December 18, 2015
Video of the full sequence of the new Aladdin window.

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 19, 2015

Disneyland Resort - Super Hero HQ

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks featuring a look at the Super Hero HQ in the Tomorrowland Expo Center (formerly Innoventions). This space re-opened on Monday 11/16 and is located on the upper floor. The ground floor is the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

Looking at the central core from near the VAULT area. To the right is the gift shop to my left is Iron Man and Thor. Behind me the VAULT with Spider-Man.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
The V.A.U.L.T. is currently hosting Spider-Man. It was about half an hour to meet him this afternoon..
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
Interesting the props are from Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy though. Hints of future meet and greets?
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
A look around the gift shop which is in the former ASIMO space.   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

D-Tech On Demand smart phone cases are available.
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
I found this sign very interesting. Notice the characters it highlights. Hints of things to come? None of these are currently meeting...right now it is Thor and Spider-Man.

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015



Moving on..



Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015  

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015  

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  

Looks like more to come...a sign but nothing in the space.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015


The Microsoft video game area is still here. Some new signage and colors.

  

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015



Iron Man area remains just as it was before  

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015


The Thor exhibits and meet and greet are still the same.  

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015



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, 2015

Disneyland Resort - 11/25/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

To kick off my Thanksgiving weekend I spent the afternoon/evening at the Disneyland Resort enjoying some of the entertainment Disneyland Park has to offer this time of year. As always to see the full picture set visit my site.



First up A Christmas Fantasy Parade as I entered the park. Also notice the lights for the Candlelight Processional are up, the Candlelight is December 5 & 6 this year.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Dickens Yuletide Band performing on Main Street USA


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015



Video of most of the Dickens Yuletide Band performance.


  
Had the fortunate timing to take a raft back to the Mainland with the Bootstrappers.

  


A video of the tree lighting moment in Town Square which happened just past 5pm.


The Dapper Dans of Disneyland performing a Christmas set.

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The opening announcement for Paint the Night which started at 5:45pm this evening.

  



Paint the Night - Monsters, Inc


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015



Paint the Night - Cars - Mack making his way toward Town Square.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Paint the Night - Olaf

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Ready for the first Disneyland Forever showing of the evening. It started at 6:30pm

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Disneyland Forever opening.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dancing on the garland...

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Under the Sea...

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Snow fall during Disneyland Forever.. not quite the traditional White Christmas but better than none...

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Looking back at the crowd as the spot lights were on while a Kiss Good Night played.
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Christmas lights in the trees were on after the show.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sleeping Beauty Castle after Disneyland Forever

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I stopped by Tomorrowland to see the lights for Star Wars Season of the Force.. it is not really a show.. more just spotlights that were on while Star Wars music played.
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  
A video clip of the lights. As you can see not a lot of movement this evening.




Made my way out to Small World to see the quarter hour projection show.




Stopped to watch most of Fantasmic from a stand by location in New Orleans Square.
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Back to Main Street, 5 minutes until the second Disneyland Forever this evening. All week the Disneyland Resort is experimenting and running two fireworks show nightly in an effort to reduce gridlock in the park at night.
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Plenty of space around me just before show time.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Round two of Disneyland Forever at 9:30pm

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

One last snow picture to wrap up the trip.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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 22, 2015

Disneyland Resort Hotels Christmas Decorations

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

This subset of pictures will focus on the three Disney Hotels and a couple Downtown Disney pictures, to view the full set visit disneygeek.com.

I started off my tour at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. The lobby is decorated the same as the past several years.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
The Gingerbread house is returning this year and is still under construction..
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
Another look at the tree this year.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
A closer look at the tree.   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015
Out front the trees have lights as usual.   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Next stop the Paradise Pier Hotel across Disneyland Drive.   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Entering the lobby.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015   
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
I continued on to the Disneyland Hotel stopping first at the Frontier Tower.

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  

The Tangaroa Terrace tree

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  

Made my way to the main lobby in the Fantasy Tower. Christmas trees flank the gift shop

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  

Outside lights in the planters as usual behind Mickey and Minnie.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
The gingerbread inspired Sleeping Beauty Castle is back at the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel lobby.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  

There are two trees in the reception area, here is the one furthest from the main door (they looked identical).
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015



In Downtown Disney the Winter Village and Olaf's Ice Rink have returned.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Skating session times and costs.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  

A Good Dinosaur photo op is set up adjacent to the Rainforest Cafe across from ESPN.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015



A Ghirardelli store has opened next door to the Disney Vacation Club offices (across from Rain Forest).
  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015

  
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, November 20, 2015


Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour from 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 18, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, November 14, 2015. These pictures take a look at what's new around both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this holiday season. For a more in depth look at all of the decorations and holiday festivities visit my full picture set on disneygeek.com

Arriving at the Disneyland Resort the parking toll booth wreaths have blue bows.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


A Ghirardelli store has opened in Downtown Disney. This is only a temporary location.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


A look inside, it was not open for the day since it was only 8:30am when I walked by.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Grizzly Peak Airfield has received some decorations this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Notice the wind sock.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The large trees by the fire tower have been decorated too.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The lamp posts along the walkway to Grizzly River Run have decorations this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Over at Disneyland on the Jingle Cruise the African Veldt has more props this year including snowflakes, and plastic snowmen.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Mint Julep Window has candy cane beignets this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Santa has been relocated to Critter Country taking over the Winnie the Pooh Meet and Greet Location.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Winnie and Piglet are around in snow form.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Santa in his new location.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


On Main Street USA the garland and wreaths all have blue ribbon and other diamond touches. Also no garland over the street this year or snow on Sleeping Beauty Castle.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Main Street Christmas Tree has blue ribbon and seemed like more blue ornaments this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


In "A Christmas Fantasy" parade the Green Army Men have taken over the Toy Factory float. The Pinocchio characters are no longer in the parade.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure has new decorations this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


On the bridge leading into the area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


In the water a decorated buoy.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Pacific Wharf Cafe


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


A closer look at the bread garland.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Lucky Fortune Cookery


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, November 14, 2015

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 6, 2015

Disneyland Paris - Villains

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com. This posting takes a look at some opportunities to meet the Disney Villains.



The Disney Villains take over the Castle Stage for a show called Its Good to Be Bad with the Disney Villains!

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Dr. Facilier takes the stage to start the event.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

The other Villains join him on stage for a song before going meet guests.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Here is a video of the show.



After the show the Villains are available for Photos. Here is the old hag looking at a picture of herself.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Captain Hook

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Dr. Facilier

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Cruella DeVil

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Jafar

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Maleficient meets guests in Fantasyland at La Cour de Malefique

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

The backdrop for Maleficent are these brambles and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Notice the dragon shape...

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Halloween


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


November 5, 2015

Disneyland Paris - Frontierland Halloween Festivities

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com. this posting takes a look at the Halloween festivities in Frontierland.
As you enter through Fort Comstock there are fall decorations around.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
A closer look at the lights.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Looking into Frontierland from the upper story of the fort.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
The Lucky Nugget is decorated.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
A closer look at the pumpkin people.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
On the other side opposite the Lucky Nugget in front of Tobias Norton & Sons
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Looking back from near the river.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Throughout the day a band entertains in the area.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
A video clip of the band performing.

Jack Skellington is also out at Le Cimetiere de Jack along the river bank.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Pumpkin carving takes place in Frontierland too.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
The Cottonwood Creek Ranch is open for the season too.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
It features La boite a citrouilles de Mickey (Mickey's box of pumpkins) Meet and Greet.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
If you visit any of the characters you got an activity booklet and a treat (for free). Plus your picture taken with PhotoPass.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Goofy and Pluto were also roaming the ranch area.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Frontierland Halloween
Hope you enjoyed this look at Halloween in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



November 3, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/30/15

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 30, 2015.


Arriving at the Disneyland Resort. Visible progress is slow on the work in the Pinocchio Parking lot.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Most of the Winter Village is in place in Downtown Disney and the Christmas tree is up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015


I took Monorail Red to the park. Passing by the front entrance to Disneyland. It is still decorated for Halloween. Other areas of the park have moved on to Christmas already.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The Tomorrowland Terrace Stage is being renovated for the new Jedi Training Academy opening in a couple weeks. The top of the band stand has been removed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The Star Wars Launch Bay sign is now up, the attraction opens on November 16th.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Looks like the Marvel sign will be installed any day now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The Mark Twain was boarding when I walked by so I decided to go for a cruise and shoot a point of view video from the bow of the ship of the cruise. Here is the result.


Christmas has arrived in New Orleans Square.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015


A new walkway has been installed spanning from the second floor of New Orleans Square near the Club 33 Jazz Lounge to the Train Station near the exit/wheelchair ramp. It appears to be temporary with some minor theming elements on it. My best guess is this will be used by cast members during the upcoming railroad closure.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall plants in the hub with the Matterhorn in the background.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Next stop Disney California Adventure. The car is still MIA from Oswald's.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Cars Land is ready for Christmas decorations. The poles on the right side of Route 66 have been installed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015


Christmas merchandise out at Sarge's.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The word "Flying" has been removed from Luigi's so the windows now just say Tires.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

ShellieMay has arrived and is for sale along with Duffy. Wonder if that means Gelatoni will be arriving at some point.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Treasures in Paradise has an interesting assortment of merchandise... Duffy, princess, Star Wars and Christmas are the big sections.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Star Wars Christmas "sweater" t-shirts.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The Good Dinosaur merchandise

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Donald passed by as I was walking the Pier.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

From the Fun Wheel you can see the work on the Cove Bar expansion, well if I would have actually allowed the camera to focus you could...
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

A car was visible at Luigis.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Flik is ready for Christmas

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Monorail Orange passing by the front entrance as the sun was setting.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The Haunted Mansion Holiday was a popular draw as always. The queue filled the Magnolia Park area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Small World is closed for the holiday makeover. It returns next week.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Heading into Toontown. The entrance is still set up for Halloween with one more party to go on Halloween night.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

But inside Christmas is taking over.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015



Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Jingle Cruise shirts are available in Adventureland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

The Star Wars Launch Bay sign after dark.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Disneyland waits at 8:15pm. Notice the 2 hr wait for Haunted Mansion and Ghost Galaxy.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

Critter Country has some Christmas decorations up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

I closed out my evening with Fantasmic! which will be closed next year due to Star Wars land construction.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 30, 2015

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 1, 2015

Disneyland Paris - Mickey's Halloween Celebration

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com.

This posting takes a look at La Celebration Halloween de Mickey (Mickey's Halloween Celebration) that runs three times a day on the parade route.


Daisy leads the way.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Donald and his nephews are on the first float.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Scrooge McDuck is on the back of the float.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Performers in between floats.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The Winnie the Pooh group.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Scarecrow dancers

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The second float features Clarabelle, Horace and the Three Little Pigs.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The final float has Mickey and Minnie on the front.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Chip, Dale and Clarice are on the back.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Here is a video of the full parade including the pre-parade announcement.


A clip of the parade coming up Main Street USA.

Hope you enjoyed this look at Mickey's Halloween Celebration parade at Disneyland Paris. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







October 28, 2015

Disneyland Paris - Main Street USA Halloween Pictures

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com spent 10 days at the Disneyland Paris resort. I will sharing a series of posts from the trip here on AllEars.net and have a full set of pictures, videos, thoughts and observations linked to my 2015 Paris Trip Summary Page on disneygeek.com. this posting takes a look at Main Street USA in Disneyland Park and some of the Halloween decorations.


The Main Street USA train station, even though closed for renovation, has Halloween decorations as you enter the park.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


A video clip of the area at night.



Stepping into Town Square you are met with decorations and on this morning a band dressed for the occasion.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


A video clip of the band performing in Town Square.



Ghosts are present throughout Main Street USA.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


A video/pan around Main Street USA.



A look at some of the ghosts on Main Street USA, this family in Town Square.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


This trio near City Hall


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


This one near the dentist office in Town Square.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Overhead are more ghosts and pumpkins on the balconies, windows and rooftops.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Even the light poles are transformed for the season.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Main Street transportation has picked up a few hitchhiking ghosts too. A bellhop on this car.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The horse-drawn streetcar is decked out for the season. Here is a video of it and a look around the hub.



In the hub are character-inspired pumpkins.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Another video of a horse-drawn street car passing by.



There are also a couple of character meet and greet locations. The Halloween Costume Corner near Casey's has Minnie Mouse part of the day.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


And when she is not there Stitch is.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

Hope you enjoyed this look at Halloween on Main Street USA at Disneyland Paris. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full set of Disneyland Paris pictures/videos I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







October 20, 2015

Disneyland Photo Update - Toy Story Emporium Window

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 16, 2015, taking a look at the latest Emporium window to be unveiled. This one features Toy Story and is the fourth with the others being Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Princess & the Frog. This is part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. There are still two more windows to go.

There are two sequences in the window. One features Andy playing with Buzz and Woody and the other toys watching.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 16, 2015

Then once Andy leaves the toys start to play and Buzz/Jessie dance.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 16, 2015
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 16, 2015
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 16, 2015
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A video of the full sequence of the window showing Andy playing and then the toys coming alive.
The video below features a closer look around taken early in the day when the reflection/glare was a problem with for a wider picture.



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, 2015

Disneyland Photo Update - Halloween Time from 9/11

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 11, 2015 with a first look at Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. For more pictures from this trip be sure to check out my full picture set on disneygeek.com


Halloween Time has arrived from now through November 1st. Here are the Mickey and Friends tram stop billboards.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


The same characters/decorations are along the tramway as recent years.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The large character pumpkins have returned over the park entrance/exits.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The floral Mickey has been switched for the season.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


A lot of the blue for the Diamond Celebration is gone and Halloween orange has replaced it.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Goofy was out in his Halloween Costume greeting guests.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Mickey was also out greeting guests in his Halloween Costume this afternoon (by evening they were back to their 60th outfits).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



A look around Town Square.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Halloween meets Diamond Days on Main Street USA
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Stopped to listen to the Dapper Dans of Disneyland perform a Halloween set.



A look back toward Town Square


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The pumpkins have returned to the hub as usual.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Pioneer Mercantile has some fall/Halloween props out.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The Halloween Tree has returned in Frontierland.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Zocalo Park is celebrating Dia De Los Muertos.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The Zero popcorn buckets are back this year.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Jack and Sally walking through New Orleans Square
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


A posted 30 minute wait. Turned out to be just over 20 but thanks to the 95 degree weather it felt much longer.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Today was the first day for Haunted Mansion Holiday.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015




Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The gingerbread house this year is a house of cards.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



I missed the Monkey bride this first trip through...it is in a cage to the right before you leave the attic.



The Hatbox Ghost is there and there are a few holiday props around him.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Here is a full video of my second ride through.



Crossed paths with the Bootstrappers in New Orleans Square.




The Big Thunder Ranch has the Halloween Round-up starting today.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


This will be the last Halloween for the ranch.



The Scare-Dy-Crow Shack is back.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The Jamboree is not in use this year. So no carnival, pumpkin carving or characters.



The BBQ area has switched to the Halloween Time event too.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Poison Apple Mugs are available in several locations around the parks.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Halloween popcorn buckets


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Tomorrowland Terrace has a burger combo for the holiday.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy has returned.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Halloween caramel apples


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Halloween treats at Trolley Treats

on Buena Vista Street
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Some Halloween chocolate at Ghirardelli.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The Diamond Mad T Party was going on...no Halloween this year or at least not yet).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Back to Disneyland.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Found a spot for Paint the Night.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



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 16, 2015

Disneyland Patriot Day Flag Retreat & Challenge Coin Presentation

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 11, 2015, with a look at the Patriot Day Flag Retreat Ceremony.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World have a nightly flag retreat ceremony as the Town Square flag is lowered for the evening. At Disneyland this show varies, but most nights features the Disneyland Band, Dapper Dans, and a security honor guard. They honor those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Throughout the year the ceremony is used to mark other occasions too such as Veterans Day or, in this case, Patriot Day.

Signage for the nightly Flag Retreat which will honor Patriot Day today, notice the America Sings characters on the sign.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Before the Ceremony, Ernie, a Disneyland Security Cast Member, presented a challenge coin to a veteran. Here he is showing the coin.

This tradition was started earlier this year. Here is a Disneyland News Release about the addition.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


A closer view


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


The other side of the coin.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Disneyland security and first responder cast members were part of the procession for the flag retreat to mark Patriot Day.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


The honor guard arriving.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Cast members and guests watching the Flag Retreat


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


The group that marched in was positioned on the steps of the train station.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015
The flags were at half staff to commemorate 9/11


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


A video of the flags being lowered.




After being lowered and folded the flags are marched backstage.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



Hope you enjoyed this highlight from my visit to 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 31, 2015

Photo Update from Disneyland Resort 8/28

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, August 28, 2015.

It has been a while since I posted a look at the projects and changes around the parks on AllEars.net so here is a look at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure then some Disneyland Forever pictures from in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle to close out the set.

Arriving at the Tram stop in Downtown Disney, the Aladdin Home Video release and Inside Out are being advertised.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A couple of attractions down during this brief off season time between summer and Halloween.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

First stop Disney California Adventure. Some work going on as you enter Paradise Pier.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Looks like they are working on the joint between the pavement and boardwalk. This is the open side of the walkway.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

More work going on, again at the transition point.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Went for a spin on the Fun Wheel to see if you could see anything. From this angle you cannot really tell anything about the progress on Luigi's in Cars Land.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Back on the ground some barriers up at the Toy Story Meet and Greet

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Guess the fountains in Paradise Park are not going to return. You would think if they were the 100 degree weather is the perfect time to run them.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

The sixth and final Disneyland 60 Diamond Photo Spot opened since my last visit. It is near the entrance to Flik's Fun Faire in "a bugs land".

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A look at the backdrop.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

How the effect is created..

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Next stop Disneyland. The third Emporium Enchanted Window was unveiled a few weeks ago featuring the Princess and the Frog.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A couple video clips of the Princess and the Frog window. This visit the audio was working.

Halloween is creeping into the windows along Main Street.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A look at the work between Fantasy Faire and Frontierland... no visible progress

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Some work going on along the walkway along the Rivers of America

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

The Haunted Mansion is closed for the Holiday transformation until September 11th.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Le Bat en Rouge was closed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

During the D23 Expo a few weeks ago the house of Patrick Begorra the Little Man of Disneyland magically re-appeared at Disneyland. It is located at the base of the tree that supports the sign for the Indiana Jones Adventure.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015



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The Disneyland Band performs on Main Street USA at 4:10pm as a pre-parade for Soundsational. Today they stopped here and performed their attraction medley.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Video clips of the Disneyland Band Main Street performances.

More Halloween in the windows as I headed to Town Square.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

The Disneyland Band performs at the Nightly Flag Retreat.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A video clip of the band performing the Armed Forces Medley at the Flag Retreat.

Tomorrowland... work on the Star Wars Launch Bay & Marvel meet and greets continues. No signage up, I thought they might have a coming soon sign.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

No visible progress on the Starcade

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A clip of the Dapper Dans performing.



Some Halloween merchandise.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Halloween Pins are now available.

Notice they are generic DisneyParks not Disneyland.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

Star Wars Halloween pins

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

No Summer or Hawaiian Nights promotion in Downtown Disney like last year when there were signs up...this year, though, the same group is back performing. This time on the main stage by ESPN.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A couple video clips from their show.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

I returned to Disneyland at this point and found a spot for Disneyland Forever in front of the Castle about 7:50pm. As the Paint the Night Introduction plays Sleeping Beauty Castle puts on a small show with lights. Here is a video clip of it.

Show time. Here is a video clip from the opening of Disneyland Forever.




Tangled...

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


The Lion King

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

The Matterhorn during the Nemo segment

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


A video clip of the Let it Go segment during Disneyland Forever


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

A clip of the Finale to Disneyland Forever

A couple video clips of the Live the Magic and Kiss Good Night exit/post show.



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 3, 2015

Photo Update from Disneyland Resort 7/31 - Entertainment!

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, July 31, 2015.

I spent a "lazy summer" afternoon/evening at the Disneyland Resort. As I wandered around the parks I stopped to enjoy a variety of live entertainment. Here is a look at the various groups I saw on Friday. I have the full picture set from the trip on my site, disneygeek.com

First up the Straw Hatters were performing in the hub near the line board.

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The Boot Strappers performing in New Orleans Square.

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The Disneyland Band marching through the hub playing the theme from Indiana Jones

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The Disneyland Band performing their Western set in Frontierland (guess Western plus Princess and the Frog)

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Lightning rolling through Radiator Springs (while not a performing group decided to include him and Olaf below).
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The All-American College Band has a few weeks left in its run. I stopped by to watch the 3:00pm set.

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No signs of guests by Olaf so I wandered over. Olaf no longer requires a FastPass. They stopped distribution recently. There was no one around so I stopped by to say hi and grab a couple pictures.

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The Dapper Dans of Disneyland wrapping up a performance.

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The Pearly Band posing for a picture during their performance in Fantasyland.

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At the French Market in New Orleans Square

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Stopped by Town Square for the nightly Flag Retreat featuring the All-American College Band and the Dapper Dans this evening.

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A Mariachi Band performing in Frontierland.

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A video clip of the Mariachi band.

Because of the filming the College Band audible and performed on Main Street instead of in front of the Castle

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This weekend is the 45th anniversary reunion weekend for the band. There were some alums enjoying the performances.

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Tomasina performing at the Tomorrowland Terrace

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The All American College Band performing in Town Square.

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Ron enlisted several alums for the Stevie Wonder medley.

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The Alums were treated to a seat in the middle of the parade route to watch the pre-parade at 8:15pm.

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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 6, 2015

Photo Update from Disneyland Resort 7/3 - U.S. Air Force Honor Guard & Peter Pan's Flight Return

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, July 3, 2015.

In this posting I will take a quick look at the recently reopened Peter Pan's Flight attraction and then the rest of the post will be of the United States Air Force Honor Guard that was performing for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

For my full set of pictures and video visit my site. Laura will have a post with food and her pictures from the day, soon.

I arrived at Disneyland prior to opening due to light traffic. The hope was to experience Peter Pan, which had reopened earlier this week, with a minimal wait. I was in the hub and only a few guests back of the rope as the park opened. Here is a video featuring the opening announcement then what happened at rope drop as a large number of guests ran and walked quickly toward Fantasyland and I was in the middle of the crowd.

The scene as I inched through the Castle and into Fantasyland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015


A posted 70 minute wait time.. this was 8:08am

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The queue was moving at a normal pace and looked like we on pace for a 40 minute or so wait then something happened and they cycled through and emptied all the boats, shut down briefly, then restarted the attraction which introduced a 15 minute or so delay. As we approached the load/unload area a look at the murals and ships.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015

8:58am - Just about to board.

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A video of my first ride through the updated Peter Pan's Flight attraction. It was just after 9am when I returned to Fantasyland and was ready to move onto my next attraction of the morning so just under an hour wait.

Overall I thought the upgrades were a nice refresh of the attraction. They were not as noteworthy or impressive to me as the Alice in Wonderland ones.

This weekend to celebrate the 4th of July Disneyland hosted several military groups. The first being the United States Air Force Honor Guard. This group performed three shows at Disney California Adventure then twice over at Disneyland Thursday through Sunday. Here they are arriving for the 11:30am performance on Friday..

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A video of most of the United States Air Force Honor Guard performance.


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Several clips from their performance taken with my SLR camera

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I also attended the 3:15pm performance in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. The United States Air Force Honor Guard approaching.

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015


Video clips of the United States Air Force Honor Guard performing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

They wrapped up their day with a pre-parade march and performance before Mickey's Soundsational Parade. The group gathered with Mickey & Minnie for a picture before the march.

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Time for the pre-parade

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 3, 2015

They stopped on Main Street for an abbreviated performance.

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A video clip of the United States Air Force Honor Guard marching by.

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, 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.

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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/08/15

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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/08/15

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/08/15

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/08/15

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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Disney Paint the Night Parade in Hong Kong Disneyland

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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15


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



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

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Most of the Small World facade work is complete.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

The facade of Pinocchio is being worked on.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Critter Country has reopened since my last visit.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

The Briar Patch received a new roof.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Some work going on outside Mlle Antoniettes Parfumerie

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Indiana Jones is currently closed for renovation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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?

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Some filming going on in front of the Castle now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

No signs of 60th decorations on the Carthay yet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Mad T Party props are up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

No visible progress in Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

The Bay Area is under wraps for some facade renovation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

The Downtown Disney entrance arch near ESPN is now blue.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

Wood paneled trashcans at the Disneyland Hotel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/24/15


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 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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The Merlin egg we saw in progress last week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

The Hatbox Ghost

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

An in progress egg of Sleeping Beauty

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The West side of the moat.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The Haunted Mansion opened a day early.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

Work on the Briar Patch facade

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The Hungry Bear has scaffolding and work going on.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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).

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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

A look at the two sides of the tumbler

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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).

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

Looking into Condor Flats.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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?

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The same Bakery Tour sign over this doorway.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

Grizzly River Run is closed for annual refurbishment

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The bakery sign lit up this evening.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The entrance/exit

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The car headlights are on at night.

Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

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.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Entering the Frozen Fun area of Hollywood Land

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Freeze the Night begins with a DJ.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

A dance team called the Ice Breakers takes the stage

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Our hosts for the evening.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

Snow projection effects on Monsters Inc.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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.

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

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

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure
The dance floor was tracking your footprints.
 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Next to him is a play/game area.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Stage 12 has ice/snow projections

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

The House of Ice had a steady line.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

This was more etching than carving...

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

She finished the first ice sculpture.

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

A check of the temperature with some help by Marshmallow

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Some snowfall

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Any guesses what this will be?

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

Jumping ahead here is the finished product OLAF!

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Main Street transportation rounding the hub.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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 :-)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Haunted Mansion Holiday time.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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).

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

As you exited everyone received an Annual Passholder ornament.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

The tree in Whitewater Snacks

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

They now have Coke Freestyle machines in Whitewater.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Elf Mickey Stein available for the holidays.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The tree in the lobby of the Grand Californian

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The gingerbread house looks like the hotel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

There are seven hidden Mickeys.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The back side of the creation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The menu.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Deer out front of the hotel.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The tree in the lobby of the Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

A tree outside Goofy's Kitchen

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The Winter Village in Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

The snow finale...

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Goofy showed up to take some pictures in Town Square.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Time for the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Viva Navidad offerings

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Goofy was out for pictures when I walked by.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

The 2014 logo on merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Olaf was stationed near his ice rink

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

A Grumpy shirt I do not remember from years past.

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The 2014 Happy Holidays design on a t-shirt.

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A classic/vintage Disneyland Christmas shirt.

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

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

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

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Another display of Christmas merchandise.

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Houseware items.

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Another Villains stocking.

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

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

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Oswald greeted me on Buena Vista Street

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

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Sarge's has some Christmas items

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

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Lightning Dashing through the snow

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And the back of another sweatshirt.

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

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Red out waiting for guests as Lightning cruised by.

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

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Halloween decorations are still up throughout, though.

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Seasons Screamings...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Down the block Refreshment Corner is still behind scaffolding.

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

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

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

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

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

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Artist Mickey pumpkin

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Goofy made out of pumpkins

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Yoda pumpkin

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The next creation taking shape... Jiminy Cricket

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

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Small World is closed for its Holiday overlay.

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

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

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The Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland is now Christmas.

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The train depot has received its garland.

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Most of the New Orleans Square decorations were up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One last Castle picture from the hub.

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Christmas has taken over the center section of the Emporium.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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A quick walk through.

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

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

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Big Hero 6 banners up near the AMC Theaters

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

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The Finding Nemo Submarines have returned to normal operation.

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The ride experience seemed the same to me.

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

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

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

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

The scaffolding is down from the Small World facade work.

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Christmas light installation has begun on the facade.

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

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

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Ariel from the Little Mermaid

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Baymax pumpkin accompanied by Hiro from Big Hero 6

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The latest creation taking shape...Mr. Smee

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Chip and Dale bumped into me.

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The Mark Twain is still in dry dock.

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

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The Laughing Stock Co is back inside the Golden Horseshoe.

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

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

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

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

Mr Smee was finished and on display.

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

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More party preparations near Innoventions

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The new First Aid and Wish Lounge facades are done.

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

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

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As is the Gibson Girl

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

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Looking toward Town Square.

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

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

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

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On the way out passed by the new Boutique.

The windows were a little easier to see after dark.

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Surprised there were no lights on any of the signs.

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



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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The Legends of Frontierland wraps up on Saturday.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A look at the current selection of Haunted Mansion merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The doorway is now blocked with a display rack.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A Haunted Mansion bride doll.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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??)

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Maleficent making her way to the center photo location.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Here is a quick video of the scene.

I made my way out to Downtown Disney.

Disney Studio 365 has closed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Some Halloween Treats at Trolley Treats

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

In their place smaller ones have been planted.

Same on the other side near the entrance

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

The area looks much more open now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Only a 35 minute stand by wait this afternoon.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

We lost in the final turn - - Radiator Springs Racers

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

No visible progress on this project.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

No signs of the seagulls yet.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

A special performance later today.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

An Emporium Window highlighting Frozen merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

A piece of paper posted on the map today.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Farley and Billy were providing the music.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

The Stage Door Cafe was closed for renovation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Walked through the French Market.

The Halloween Time offering.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

The walkway by Fowlers Harbour is open this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

The Hungry Bear Halloween Time offerings

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

The Jolly Holiday Bakery Halloween Time offering.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

The Dapper Dans

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Taste Pilots Halloween Time offerings

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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 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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

First stop Disneyland.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

The Castle Bros. sign has returned.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

The bridge has been rebuilt since my last visit.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Small World is undergoing some facade work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Roger Rabbit has returned atop the fountain in Toontown.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Dumbo only had a 10-minute wait posted.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Dapper Day guests

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Only a 13-minute wait for Tower of Terror

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Only 45 min standby for the Racers

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Pumpkin shaped bread at the Pacific Wharf Cafe.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Some work in the seating area of the Wharf

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

The Duffy photo area in Paradise Pier has been removed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta no longer serves flatbreads.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

Instead just individual slices, like the Pizza Port

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

The Grand Californian exterior work is complete.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

The Ghost Galaxy sign.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

The closed sign for the Magic Eye theater.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/12/14

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 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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

The large pumpkin Mickey in town square has returned

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

9/12/14 - Halloween Time


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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

The Pirates League is present again.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

A favorite of mine...the pumpkin carvers.

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

The Scare-Dy-Crow Shack

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

The Ray Bradbury Halloween Tree is back in Frontierland.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

Bengal BBQ Halloween Time Treat

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

Bengal BBQ Halloween Time Treat

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Halloween popcorn buckets.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

Time for the Mask-arade again.

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

9/12/14 - Halloween Time

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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Big Hero Six
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
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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
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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.

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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.

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Wasabi

Voice: Damon Wayans , Jr.

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

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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

Stopped by the Music of Nashville.

This afternoon Smith and Wilkes were performing.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 8/01/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/25/14


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.

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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 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.

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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/11/14


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.



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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update 6-20-14

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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Elsa

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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.