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December 6, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 12/03/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, December 3, 2016 .

A look at the Star Wars Construction site this crisp morning (it was about 50 degrees out).

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A video look around the site. For a more detailed set of photos check out my full picture set on disneygeek.com



Work continues on re-configuring the Mickey and Friends Tram Stop to move security screening out here.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, December 3, 2016

Canopies and rigging are being set up on a portion of the former Pinocchio lot.

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Saturday was a Candy Cane day at Trolley Treats. So guests rushed to get in line for wristbands to buy handmade candy canes. They are $12.99 each this year and wristbands are distributed on a first come first serve basis. The line is on the right.

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The Bugs have reclaimed their theater for the time being. The Moana preview has concluded.

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At Disneyland Town Square was set up for the Candlelight Processional that evening.

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First attraction of the day for me, the Jingle Cruise. Wait time was only a couple minutes.

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Doughnuts are available for purchase at the Coffee stand in the hub.

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Those are chocolate chip cookies on top

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Peanut butter cups on top of these.

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A look at the new rock formations taking shape along the Rivers of America.Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Saturday, December 3, 2016

Moana was greeting guests near the Oasis. Hard to get a picture without waiting in line.

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Mickey was in front of the fire house.

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Back at Trolley Treats the first batch of Candy Canes were being worked on.

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For the holidays a new song has been added to the rotation at Luigi's. Jingle Bells. Here is a video clip of it.

A look at the Tower of Terror as it becomes Guardians of the Galaxy Breakout.

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A line of guests for the Visa photo this morning.

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Award Wieners has a new menu.

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Caught the 12:05 performance of the Holiday Toy Drummers. Video of the Holiday Toy Drummers show.

Princess Elena of Avalor Meet and Greet.

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The Three Caballeros

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Disney Viva Navidad! time.

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RAISE performing at the Pacific Wharf Stage as part of Disney Festival of Holidays They perform a variety of songs. Here is a clip from their Lion King Medley.

Grand Californian Gingerbread Houses for sale.

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Stopped by Storytellers and was greeted by a friendly face.

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A gingerbread house inside Storytellers Cafe.

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The main lobby Christmas tree at the Grand Californian.

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A large gingerbread replica of the hotel is on display in the lobby.

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A video clip of the fireplace in the gingerbread hotel.

The back side.

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In Downtown Disney the Pandora signage is now up.

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Back to Disneyland.

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Candlelight preparations were in high gear with less than 3 hours till show time.

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My plan was to go watch the 3:15 parade and then find a spot but the first rows were already filled so I went to sit for Candlelight 2.5 hours before the show. Time for the Flag Retreat. Due to the Candlelight they just played a recording.

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At about 5:25 Nancy started the orchestra for the procession.

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The start of the procession entering Town Square at 5:30pm, then the cermony got underway.

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Here are some video clips from the Candlelight.

The guest narrator this year was Ginnifer Goodwin

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A young girl performing a solo, I missed her name and only invited guests get programs.

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Silent Night sung by Drew Tablak

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Main Street USA after the performance.

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A video clip of Main Street.

Looking back.

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On the weekend they are having a Holiday Celebration on the Rivers of America. It features the Jambalaya Jazz performing.The finale features snow fall during White Christmas.

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Guests gathered in the snow.

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A couple video clips of the Jambalaya Jazz performing at Rivers of America Holiday Celebration.

The Royal Swing Big Band Ball at the Royal Theatre

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A couple video clips from the end of Main Street and walking down Main Street during the Candlelight, notice the audio is piped into the area.

Returned to DCA to close out my evening. A video of Luigi's Jingle Bells at night.

At night the Grizzly Bear Holiday sweater lights up.

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A video clip of the sweater in action.



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Show time for World of Color - Season of Light.

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Mele Kalikimaka Segment

Goofy decorating segment is a highlight of the show.

That wraps up my long day at the Disneyland Resort.

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.






November 29, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 11/23/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his pre-Thanksgiving trip to the parks on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

There is now a preferred parking option at Disneyland. They had the first 20 spots of the 4 or 5 rows closest the escalators blocked off on each floor.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 23, 2016
The preferred parking area on the roof. Only one car in it when I arrived.

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Looks like they are prepared for a busy weekend, a sign up, guessing to inform guests of the parks at capacity. It just said welcome on Wednesday.

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Holiday popcorn bucket.

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A photo spot for Moana is set up in the courtyard between the Oasis and Jingle Cruise Exit.

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The Toy Soldiers were in A Christmas Fantasy Parade today. They were just about to wrap up their march when I arrived in Town Square.

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Santa has moved into Redwood Creek

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And his elves have decorated the area.

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A map showing the holiday activities.

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Santa is in the small theater, so getting a clear picture of him without waiting in line was a challenge.

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A photo op along the trail.

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Thought this was a nice detail -- carrots and a landing strip on the roof for the reindeer.

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Jingle Bridge

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Decorations on the Fly With the Reindeer.

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The Camp Notices board features pictures of the elves.

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I spent a couple hours of my visit walking around the Festival of Holidays and taking in the entertainment. I found the Stilt Circus performers near a Bugs Land.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Country Bears are part of the Festival with a Meet and Greet. Wendell out greeting guests when I walked by.

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Liverlips coming out to join him. It is great seeing the bears out. Too bad they do not perform anymore in Anaheim. I had to go to Tokyo to see their Christmas show! (Which, by the way, is great -- the Country Bears sing Christmas songs in Japanese!)

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Mostly Kosher is one of seven groups performing as part of Festival of Holidays on Friday. They were at the Sonoma Terrace

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RAISE is performing at the Pacific Wharf Stage during Festival of Holidays.

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Blue13 Dance Company is performing in Paradise Park.

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Here's Princess Elena arriving.

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A couple video clips of Princess Elena's Musical Grand Arrival.



Near the finale, kids are invited up to be part of the show.

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After eating, I found a spot for Viva Navidad!

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The show is the same as last year... which is great!

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One change is the updated Mickey and Minnie characters this year.

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Minnie Mouse

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Blue13 Dance Company was out again as I walked by.

I made it to Buena Vista Street in time for the Tree Lighting. Do not blink or you miss the lighting this year. It clocked in well under a minute and was disappointing compared to the production number of the past few years.

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A video of the Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting (which happens at 4:55pm nightly).

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Stopped by for a second Viva Navidad! -- this time under the lights with a better view.

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Video clip from the finale of Viva Navidad!

Paint the Night has returned for a holiday run.

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Here's a video clip of the Toy Story section of Paint the Night.

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Looking back toward Town Square.

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The Partners Statue and Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Ready for the Winter Castle Transformation. After the transformation the snow is lit.

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Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle Transformation happens twice nightly. At 7:30 and 8:30. Here is a video of the 7:30pm transformation.

Small World Holiday lit up for the holidays.

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On most quarter hours after the clock sequence a short projection show occurs. Here is a video of this year's (seems the same as last year).

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Back to Main Street USA

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A video of the second transformation of Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle.

Believe in Holiday Magic has returned this year.

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This year, projections on the castle were used throughout the show.

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I closed out my evening with World of Color - Season Of Light. Laura Gilbreath did a post on the new show, but thought I would include some video clips:

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Feliz Navidad segment.



Video of the finale number for World of Color Season of Light.

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.




November 21, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 11/19/16

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

A quick check of the Star Wars Construction from the Mickey and Friends parking structure, for a more in depth look check out my full picture set.


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The backstage marina is moving along. Notice the white trestle structure on the right, that marks where the Disneyland Railroad will cross over the walkway that leads in from Frontierland.


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You can see the rock work wire mesh now sticking up above the dirt. Assuming the smoke is from welders working on it this morning.


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Work is moving along in the former section of the Pinocchio Parking lot. They are re-configuring the Mickey and Friends Tram Stop to move security out here.The current cross walk to reach the Pinocchio lot and walk to the parks.


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Under wraps is the new tram way, it was poured recently.


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The planters and barriers have been removed from the load/unload stop closest to the elevator.
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Work underway in the Downtown Disney valet area. Assuming preparations for the new security check point.


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Fencing up between Earl of Sandwich and ESPN. Assuming for the security checkpoint in this area. No ice rink or winter village this year.


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The Christmas tree is in front of the DVC area. AMC has Moana banners up.


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Sprinkles has arrived at Downtown Disney. It opened last week.


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A sign up for Pandora on the construction wall now.


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One for the new Curl shop too.


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Tickets for the rest of my group as we prepare to start our day.


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First stop this morning Disney California Adventure. The bear by GRR is in the holiday spirit.


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Christmas decorations on Paradise Pier.

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Holiday Treats at Trolley Treats.


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Cards advertising the candy canes.


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The back side has the dates for this season.


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Next stop Disneyland, marking my 4th park on 2 continents since Thursday, I returned home from Tokyo on Friday. Main Street USA Christmas tree.


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Jingle Cruise, our first stop here.


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The boats have been renamed for the season.


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From Critter Country, a check of the Star Wars work. The steel supports are taking shape. The rock work should be going in soon.


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Pin trading on the Mark Twain dock.


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Approaching the end of the Big Thunder Trail. Through the trees you can just barely make out the new trestle.


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Scaffolding is down from the rock formation.


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This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the holiday version. There are a half dozen hidden 20s throughout. We found a handful on our trip through.


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Can you spot the 20?


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In the gift shop there is a portable charging dispenser now.


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Time for a Christmas Fantasy Parade.


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Snow Person
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Gingerbread men


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Goofy baking


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Made my way back to DCA. The Country Bears were wrapping up a photo op as I walked up the parade route.


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Almost all of the Tower of Terror is now surrounded by scaffolding.


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Holiday Toy Drummers performing near the Boudin Bakery as part of the Festival of Holidays. Laura has a blog on the festival.

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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.







November 8, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 11/4/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos and video clips from his latest trip to the parks on Friday, November 4, 2016.

A video overview of the Star Wars construction site from the Mickey and Friends parking structure.

An overview of the site.

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Footers are in for the wall to the left of the Fantasyland entrance tunnel.

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The Fantasmic! marina looks to be enclosed now.

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

The new path from Critter Country to Star Wars is slowly taking shape. Dirt has been removed from behind the large retaining wall behind Critter Country.

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

Footers for the foundation of the show building are also taking shape.

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

Moving on to the Tram stop work: The closest section of the Pinocchio lot is now fenced off and equipment looks ready to start. Also, the crosswalk has been moved closer to the structure right now.

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A closer look at the removed hedges and security barriers:

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World of Color Season of Light billboards are at the tram stop now.

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Halloween was still present on the tram route.

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Over the entrance gates, though, Halloween is gone, but Christmas has yet to arrive.

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Christmas has arrived at the Train Station, note that there's no train out front this week. The traditional Christmas decorations are up on the Train Station.

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Town Square is looking festive.

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The tree has yet to be installed.

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Snow has fallen on Sleeping Beauty Castle. Nice to see it back this year.

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A look around the hub:

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The Partners Statue with Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Frontierland has been decorated, too.

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Approaching the end of the Big Thunder Trail... The rockwork is taking shape along the trail.

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New Orleans Square has been decorated.

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Critter Country decorations are up, too.

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Taking a look at the Star Wars work from Critter Country, it looks like the first trestle is taking shape as well as "toothpicks" for the rockwork support structure.

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Winnie the Pooh was out near what will be Santa's meet-and-greet in a week.

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The trestle over Critter Country is under wraps and looks like it is being rebuilt/renovated.

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Scaffolding in Toontown has moved to the Five and Dime.

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The Toons have decorated already. The fire truck is back and looks good as new.

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Mickey's House:

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"it's a small world" is closed while the holiday show is being installed. It reopens November 10.

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Hyperspace Mountain has returned.

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The Dapper Dans performing on Main Street USA:

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Next stop, Disney California Adventure! Buena Vista Street is partially decorated. No tree yet and the window displays are not done.

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Disney Festival of Holidays is taking over DCA starting Thursday, November 10.

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The marketplaces that were used in the Food and Wine Festival have returned.

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Menus are not posted yet, just names for the locations (I have pictures of all of them in my full set if you wanted to see them)

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Work continues in the Hollywood Studios area:

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Scaffolding continues to go up on the Tower of Terror. There was a posted wait time of 90 minutes this afternoon.

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A side view of the Tower of Terror. Looks like scaffolding is up on three of the four sides so far. Just this side to go:

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Cars Land holiday decorations are almost all up, too.

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Paradise Park is ready for the new World of Color show, Season of Light, which starts this Thursday. The fountains were warming up for the regular show this evening.

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There are actually more marketplaces for the holiday than the Food and Wine event had. Here is one in front of the Little Mermaid.

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A couple more marketplaces near the Zephyr.

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New boxes/barges with equipment are out in Paradise Bay for the new World of Color show.

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There's been a tweak to the Toy Story queue -- a new entrance point. Rumor is that FastPass is coming to this attraction. If that's true, this change to the queue to accommodate it makes sense.

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A small stage set up in the Wharf area:

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And another marketplace near Grizzly Rapids Run.

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Santa will be in Redwood Creek this year.

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Back in Disneyland park, Frontierland lights were on this evening.

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I found a spot under the lights on Main Street for Soundsational.

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Noted a few things on my way out of the parks.

Tupua performing in Downtown Disney tonight.

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Route 66 after dark.

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A lot of activity going on in the Pinocchio lot this evening. They were removing the asphalt and other debris from near the parking structure.

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They are enlarging an opening into the Mickey and Friends parking structure on the first floor.

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And finally, the Fantasy in the Sky finale from the structure.

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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.


October 24, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 10/21/16

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

This set features a look around both parks and Downtown Disney. As always visit disneygeek.com for the full set.

First up a video clip of the Star Wars Construction site from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.

In the center of the site you can see the two entrance tunnels and other structures taking shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

A new wall taking shape along the new backstage roadway. The path for the new road is between that wall and the tramway fence.

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A closer look at the tunnel toward Fantasyland. Looks like they are extending the walls to the left. You can see the footer and some re-bar.

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In the lot closest to the structure work continues on the foundation and basement for one of the show buildings.

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The rock work on the point of the island looks to be moving along.

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New landscaping is going in along the tram way.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Christmas tree has arrived onsite and will be assembled in the coming days for an early November trip to Main Street USA

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

In Town Square the cannon has been placed in its new location.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Disney Showcase has switched over to Christmas merchandise now.

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There was one rack of Halloween left.

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The hub trees have received their Christmas lights.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Star Wars from the Big Thunder Trail. A steel support structure for the rock work.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Work continues on the Fantasmic stage area. Notice the projector under the netting. Looks like some projection mapping testing was going on.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

No real visible progress on the Columbia.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Main Street USA at 2:34pm.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The facade work on Peter Pan has wrapped up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Lights continue to be installed on Small World in preparation for the Holidays. The attraction closes Monday, October 24 for the holiday installation.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The scaffolding is down from Roger Rabbit.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Work has moved up the block now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Toon Town fire truck must be on a call... (backstage for renovation).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Nemo seagulls were MIA today.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Mickey leading Soundsational through the hub.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Critter Country is closed. A sign on the main walkway. It was closed just before the bridge by Splash Mountain.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The display in the Main Street Opera House has been updated with Star Wars concept art.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Time for the Flag Retreat.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Work continues on removing the Mad Tea Party set. Wonder if the statue will return?

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Doctor Strange has moved into the Sunset Showcase Theater.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

A narrow path by Monsters right now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Now that AP Days have concluded it's all clear around Stage 12 now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The FastPass machines for Frozen are gone. I read they have switched to only busy days. Most days are now standby for all. Also interesting only 3 shows listed on the marquee today.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Tower of Terror continues to be surrounded by scaffolding. The attraction is operating at 2/3 capacity (one shaft is down for renovation work) as it limps towards a full closure in January.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Bugs have decorated for Christmas already.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The Moana sneak peek has moved into the Bugs Theater.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The poles on the right side of Route 66 have been installed for the Christmas decorations.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Work has wrapped up on the Rushin River Outfitters.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

In the lobby of the Grand Californian is a Halloween display.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Some stats/info on the display.

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A closer look at the display.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Walked through Downtown Disney. Something Silver is behind walls.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

No visible progress on removal of the House of Blues building.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

A fun polka band performing on the main stage in celebration of Oktoberfest.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Here are several clips from their set. It was nearly 50 minutes long.

A seating area, lights and three trucks were set up in the park area near ESPN.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Work continues on the new store near Jamba Juice.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

The World of Disney entrance near Starbucks is under wraps.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

"Scareolers" performing between La Brea and World of Disney.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Several video clips of the Scareolers performing.

Tower of Terror, a sign for the Late Check Out

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

Wait times were up this evening.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

A Doctor Strange costume in the lobby of the Sunset Showcase Theater, which is hosting a preview of the film.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 21, 2016

A selection of Moana merchandise in Elias and Company.

Here are a couple items.

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Crews working into the night on the Star Wars project.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, October 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.







October 4, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 9/30/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Since Laura was in the parks to cover Halloween Time and the Halloween Party I will focus on some other aspects from the day. First up a check of the Star Wars Construction. This week just a quick video clip overview site (for a more in dept photo look visit my site).



Along the Mickey and Friends Tramway landscape work is underway.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


A lot of rocks have been brought in on both sides.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016



Here you can get an idea of where they are heading with the look.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016



In Disneyland's Town Square the cannons have been removed and the ground leveled where they were.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016



Looks like they are being relocated to the planter nearby


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016



This weekend is Gay Days and there are some specialty items available at select locations. This is at Tomorrowland Terrace.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


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Over in DCA the arches for the Mad T Party have been removed.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016



AP Days continue near Stage 12. The offerings are the same as my previous visit, buttons, water, coloring, and a photo op are the highlights.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


Buttons..


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A closer look at the button.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


The Hollywood Tower Hotel sign and other facade elements have been removed from the Tower of Terror. Scaffolding is going up around the building as it begins the transformation to the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


Where the sign and some other elements were attached.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


The Bugs Land 60th photo op is gone.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


APDays in Paradise Gardens featured a Run Disney table this week. Big discounts for the upcoming Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend events in November.


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Stickers were also available for a new iPhone app.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


This week's activity guide and button for AP Days


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Gay Days offerings at Clarabelle's on Buena Vista Street


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Back to Disneyland. Town Square pumpkins...


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


The Village Haus was closed already for Halloween party prep (it was 4:18pm only and the party kicked off at 7pm).


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


At 7pm when the party started I made my way out of the park.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


DCA was very crowded thanks to Disneyland now being closed to day guests. This is the end of the line for Smoke Jumpers. (Restroom lines were also out the door)


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


The line for Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta was out the door and down the walkway. I am at the end of it. Cast members were at the exits to guide you to the line. It looked worse than it was. It was under 15 minutes from this point until we were seated and eating.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


Paradise Pier was very crowded. The standby area for World of Color was moved out and marked by tape. But with the near gridlock in the walkways, it was a mess to walk through.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


5 minutes until World of Color. The version of the World of Color show from early 2015 has returned - minus the Brave segment.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 2016


The projections looked great tonight. The animation clips were really crisp. The projectors that were put in for World of Color - Celebrate! make a big difference. Other elements that were added for Celebrate! that were incorporated into the older version of the show were lights on California Screamin' and air/smoke blasts in the viewing area.


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A video clip of the Pirates segment.



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A fall hidden Mickey on the walkway...


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 30, 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.







September 22, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 9/16/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Since Laura posted a look at Halloween Time and the APDays last week I am going to skip those pictures from my trip. They are in my full picture set if you are interested.

To start off with this week, here's a quick video clip taking a look around the Star Wars construction site from the Mickey and Friends parking structure.



The retaining wall on the far side of the site nearest Toontown has continued to take shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

A section of wall on the bend in the River as I continue to pan toward Critter Country.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

In the distance you can see another wall taking shape as they excavate dirt from the former Skyway hill.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

The center of the site.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

The hole in the area nearest the parking structure continues to grow. Notice the top of the shovel just barely visible.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

A closer look where the new walkway will be. Hard to make out anything yet from this distance/angle.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
Some work in the Pinocchio lot. The hedge has been removed and looks like an extra lane has been added to the tram area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

As you ride the tram to the park, almost the entire length on the park side it appears work is going on. They cleaned out all the ground cover and have markers in the ground.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

The World of Disney entrance closest to Starbucks is covered for some renovation work.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
The Diamond Days signage is gone.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
DCA banners are back in the Esplanade. Too bad they did not go with HalloweenTime ones.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

The diamond anniversary decorations in both parks are almost all gone. Here's a look at the DCA entrance.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
The floral Mickey is now diamondless. No fall/Halloween look this year on Mickey. But around him there is orange.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Work continues on the Market House. Most of Center Street is now scaffolding free.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Not a lot of visible progress on the Columbia.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
Star Wars construction as you walk through Critter Country. You can clearly see the new wall that is along the Rivers of America bank.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Looking through the fence to give a better perspective of distance and where the wall is.

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Work on the Tom Sawyer Island raft dock.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Work on the island dock looks to be wrapping up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Walking toward the end of the Big Thunder Trail you can see the bridge that has been constructed and start to get a feel for how the walkway will line up. Assuming the train will pass over that.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Looks like they have started to add elements to the wall so they can work on the rock work.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
Mary Poppins and the Pearly Band performing in front of the castle



Season of the Force has concluded so the signage is now switched over to Tomorrowland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Same with the banners. The background music was still Star Wars though.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Some walls up around the Buzz entrance sign. The attraction was open as was the FastPass area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
Storm Troopers still roam Tomorrowland. He said he was watching me.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
The Galactic Grill signage is still up

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
The Toontown entrance is being worked on. I like how the print has the Halloween decorations on it.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Walls up around the Miss Daisy.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Some walls up on the far side of Toontown too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

At the Haunted Mansion the FastPass entry has been reconfigured. The merge point is in the bac, this cut out some queue space for the standby line.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

The bridge work in Critter Country has wrapped up and the joints are redone.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Over to Disney California Adventure. First impressions of the Backlot is of an abandon area..

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Nothing in the theater right now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

All the equipment has been removed from the rigging with power cords just hanging there. It looks to be in mid removal still.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Same goes for the rigging near Stage 12 (that line is for the AP Days)
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

A look at the Tower of Terror. It closes in January to be switched from Twilight Zone to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Stopped by Tower Gifts There are some merchandise choices to mark the occasion.
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Annual Passholder shirts

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Some work outside of Rushin River Outfitters in the Grizzly Recreation Area.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

As the sun was setting it reflected off the Tower of Terror, note the diamond decorations are now removed from the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016
Elvis, Scot Bruce, was at Tomorrowland Terrace.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Space Mountain was lit up bright white. It also appeared Ghost Galaxy Projections were on (look at the left side) The Ghost Galaxy audio was playing.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 16, 2016

Here is a brief video clip. Also note Star Wars background music still played in Tomorrowland.




A quick trip through the Haunted Mansion Holiday, a couple of video clips including the gingerbread house and new Sally figure.




Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks have returned on non-Halloween Party weekend nights this fall. Here is a video of the full show from Friday night.

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






September 6, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 9/02/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, September 2, 2016. Since it's been just a week since his last visit, he focused primarily on the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, along with a few scattered updates.

But first -- another video clip of the Star Wars Construction site.


Now onto this weekend's Disneyland Half Marathon and other runDisney races. The 5K race was Friday and featured a Country Bear theme. Saturday was a 10K, followed by the Half Marathon on Sunday.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

The Expo was held in the Convention Center as usual. It was fairly busy/crowded this afternoon.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Disney Vacation Club was in the center of the hall.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Some Disney-inspired shoes were for sale.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

And Honda had a car on display.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

ABC also had a booth and was hosting screenings of some new television shows.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

They had a castle photo op in the lobby.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

This was the line to enter the merchandise store. It only wrapped back on itself once, and took about five minutes to work through.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

A look around the store.

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An assortment of generic running merchandise, as well as race-specific items.

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The main location for runDisney was set up in one of the lounge areas.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

One display rack had medals from this race weekend as well as medals for the the upcoming Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, to be held later this month.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

The 5K medal:


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Some of the Disneyland Paris medals:

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A second rack had medals for the upcoming domestic races:

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Leaving the Expo, I headed over to the Downtown Disney District. In the LEGO store, the Cinderella Castle set is on display. It sells for $350.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Caught the a cappella group Vocal Trip performing.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

The walkway in front of Naples is now blocked off and is outdoor seating.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Over in the parks, the specially themed Haunted Mansion Holiday opens next Friday. Exterior decorations are being finalized.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

The Market House work on the side facing the street has wrapped up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

The walls are down from the west side of the Main Street Train Station.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Halloween Party ad as you exit the park.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

The Opera House windows have their pumpkins out. No other Halloween decorations were out yet..

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

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Soon all the blue will be gone... when the 60th Anniversary celebrations conclude on Monday.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Walls are up on the east side of the train station now.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Tinker Bell leading the way in Paint the Night. The Monsters Inc. float was not part of the parade tonight.

This parade goes on hiatus after Monday until the Holiday season.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

Found a spot for Disneyland Forever.

The final show is scheduled for Monday.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 2016

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One last shot of the 60th Celebration, since I'm assuming this will be gone my next visit.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 2, 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.





August 29, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 8/26/16

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


A quick video look at the Star Wars Construction site from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure.



An overview of the site


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


Closer to Fantasyland the retaining wall is slowly taking shape with more wood being inserted between the steel i-beams.


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

In the distance notice trucks working on the old Skyway hill. In the center of the site it looks like a maze of walls right now as the retaining walls, Fantasmic marina, and river all continue to take shape.


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


Excavation work for what looks to be one of the show buildings is underway.
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World of Disney rolled out Halloween merchandise.


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Some renovation work on the west side of the Main Street Train Station

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Main Street USA this picture perfect afternoon.


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


Work continues on the Market House


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

The Shooting Exposition has re-opened.


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No real visible changes jumped out to me.


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


The Columbia has moved again since my last visit. It is no longer docked on the island. The dock is still out, though.


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


The Columbia is back in the harbor. Note the top of the masts and a fair amount of rigging is gone.


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

The Haunted Mansion is closed for the annual transformation as Jack decks the halls.


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

Walls now extend all the way to the Hungry Bear ramp. You cannot access the lower level from this area.


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

You now enter using a temporary walkway that is over the small stream area. You enter to the right of the Winnie the Pooh entrance.


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


Looking toward the Haunted Mansion from the top of Tarzan's Treehouse

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

Gaston was admiring his reflection in the windows of Fantasyland

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

Exterior renovation work is underway on Peter Pan. .


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


Captain Hook was out at the old motor boat dock.


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

Halloween merchandise is out on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.

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


Stopped by the Disneyland Flag Retreat and this evening they were honoring members of the 9th & 10th Cavalry, the Buffalo Soldiers, who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. Several members were on hand as well as other veterans for the ceremony.


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


The Disneyland Band has resumed the Flag Retreat duties now that the College Band has ended its season.


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After the ceremony members of the Disneyland Security Honor Detail came back out to present the Buffalo Soldiers with Challenge Coins.


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Then they all gathered for group pictures.


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Hopped back to DCA for a sunset race on Radiator Springs Racers

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Tower Gifts has Halloween Merchandise too.

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


The Pete's Dragon preview has ended so nothing is showing in the Sunset Showcase Theater.


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Goofy trying to hitch a ride with 5 & Dime


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Elias & Co Halloween window.


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Some Halloween Merchandise in the Five and Dime


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This little sorcerer making his way up Main Street USA drew a lot of attention.


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

Decided to continue the nautical theme this visit was taking on and go for a Jungle Cruise. (Plus it was only a two boat wait).


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

Found another cruise to take.. .Small World was only a 5 minute wait.


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


Tomorrowland was not bad for a Friday night at 8:15pm


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Found a spot for Paint the Night near Coke Corner.

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


Mike on the back of the float


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







August 15, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 8/12/16

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


Some work on the upper floor exit ramp at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure


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


A couple pictures to check of the Star Wars progress this visit.


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


A video clip taking a look around the site before we get into the pictures.




More footers and walls as the entrance ways to Star Wars, the Rivers of America and the train path are taking shape.


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

First Park Today is Disney California Adventure. Passing through Ornament Valley. The Racers had a posted 60 min standby time today.

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

The tractors were not tipping today.


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


Next up decided to go for a spin on Luigis. It was about a 10 min wait from entering the queue until I was in my car. My dance partner for today was Rosa.


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

Tower of Terror from Flik's Fun Fair


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

A Red Car passing by the Hollywood Tower Hotel.


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


The Frozen pop up store has moved closer to the Hyperion queue.


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


Nothing has gone in its old location.


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

Today marked the last day for the 2016 All-American College Band.


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


A couple clips from the All-American College Band Backlot stage performance.



Next stop Disneyland. The Frontierland Shootin Exposition is closed for renovation.


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


Interesting the Columbia has been moved from the harbor to the far side of the island (the east side, the Big Thunder side).

To do this means they had to move the Mark Twain forward past the harbor toward Splash Mountain then back the Columbia around and then back the Mark Twain up, since the back half of the river does not exist yet.

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

Most of the scaffolding is gone from the front of the island.


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


The Mark Twain in port.


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


Fowler's Harbor is empty today. Note the construction walls are still up.

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


Looking up river from the Canoe Dock in Critter Country.


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

Tarps up between the Pooh queue and Hungry Bear as some work is being done in the stream area.


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

The Ernest S. Marsh has replaced the E.P. Ripley in the New Orleans Square Station this week.


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

The Market House and some of Center Street have exterior renovation going on (Starbucks is still open)

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

Time for the nightly Flag Retreat Ceremony


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


Due to a technical glitch the volume of the pre-recordings was too low so they called an audible and one of the Dapper Dans read those parts.


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


The All-American College Band


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


Passing by the Matterhorn


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

The band arriving for their final castle set.


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


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

The band on the move on Main Street USA


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


Going Down the Bayou


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


The All-American College Band highlighting their percussion section during Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid.


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


A clip of the percussion section solo.




Time for the final Train Station set of the 2016 All-American College Band.


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


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


A young fan of the band is honored.


A video of the finale to the Train Station set.




Tomorrowland Terrace now hosts bands again on weekend nights. Between sets the stage is left up.

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


Tonight the stage features Tomasina


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



The All-American College Band marching into place for their finale set of the season, the 8:15pm pre-parade.


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

The band performing Let it Go on Main Street USA


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


Their final stop in front of the Train Station features Star Wars to conclude their season.


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


I made my way over to Disney California Adventure. Found a spot for World of Color - Celebrate, opted to go with a Standby spot vs using my Yellow FastPass


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


The center screen projections were really clear this evening.


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


One set of Glow with the Show (Made With Magic) Ears in my view today. I saw maybe a handful scattered throughout the audience.


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The fire jet to kick off the Star Tours / Star Wars segment.


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


Walt and Mickey on the way out.


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


There was no line for Disneyland so instead of leaving I headed in to find a spot for Disneyland Forever. Found an OK spot for Disneyland forever with literally 1 minute to spare, this was taken at 9:29pm.

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


Show time.


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


No projections on the South portion of Main Street tonight. From Center Street to Town Square was dark (both sides of the street).


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


Here you can see the difference in the portion with projection vs without.


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







August 1, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 7/29/16

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, July 29, 2016.

An overview of the Star Wars Themed Land construction at Disneyland.

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

Here is a video look around the site.




The wall nearest Fantasyland has had a coating applied to it.

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

The walls along the Big Thunder trail have been coated too and are being extended.

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

A lot of activity toward Critter Country this visit.

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

Some columns on the wall structure and looks like dirt is being put in between the wall and columns.

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

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

A closer look at the far side of the site where they are stalling large steel i-beams. They bore a hole then lower the beam in and fill the hole with concrete. Guessing this will be the support steel for rockwork.

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

In the center of the site a lot of footers taking shape for the retaining walls for the river, rock work and the backstage Fantasmic marina.

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

A retaining wall near what appears to be the new tip of the island.

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

Most of the pipes that were staged here are now installed. More I-beams are on site now.

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

A closer look at what appears to be the curve of the river with the forms on the left and outhouse on the right.

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

The new Starbucks in Downtown Disney is open.

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


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

Most outdoor vending carts now feature a small podium with a cash register, this one in Paradise Pier.

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

The Tower of Terror from Sunset Blvd.

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

The old Mad T Party props are now gone.

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

Over to Disneyland, a look through the fence at the end of the Big Thunder Trail shows the new wall along the old walkway.

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

Pocahontas was out meeting guests along the trail.

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

Some scaffolding has come down on Tom Sawyer Island revealing a new color scheme.

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

A check of the work from near the canoe dock in Critter Country.

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

In New Orleans Square some renovation work going on at the Train Station. You can still visit the train during the work.

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


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

Time for the nightly Flag Retreat.

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

The old workshop near the Village Haus is now called the Royal Reception and it appears to be a check-in area for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I did not venture inside.

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

A check of the former Skyway area. The walkways have been removed and new plants and trees brought in.

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

Casey Jr. had no wait so went for a ride.

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

Casey Jr traveling over Storybook Land

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

Another example of an outdoor vending podium

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

The Toontown Depot is behind walls for some renovation work.

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

Walls up under the monorail.

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

Jambalaya Jazz performing on the Rivers of America

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

Time for Paint the Night.

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

Disneyland Forever fireworks were cancelled so instead a couple minute projection/light/laser finale.

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


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







July 11, 2016

Disneyland Resort Updates - 7/8/16

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



An overview of the Star Wars site from the Parking Structure.



A wall is taking shape on the far side of the site, near Fantasyland.


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


The mound is where the Skyway building once stood.


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


Another wall is taking shape along the former Big Thunder Trail.


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


A closer look at the far wall. a crew is working on the rebar that will be in the wall.


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


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



Here you can see the conduit coming in from the left into the junction/access box.


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



A new fence along Disneyland Drive is taking shape right behind the existing one.

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


Pipes are onsite waiting to be installed. Assuming there is a trench along the fence line where the new road will be going and these will be buried there. But you cannot really see from this angle.


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


A lot of conduit and piping is run to this area near the center of the site.


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

A small structure taking shape. Guessing it is one of the two utility buildings that there are permits for.

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


Stopped by Oswalds. Ortensia is now on several pieces of merchandise.


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



There is some new Oswald merchandise too.


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


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



The fountains were on this afternoon. Seems like it has been a long time since I saw them in action.


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


Ghirardelli was back to handing out minis as the freebie today..


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


A preview for Pete's Dragon has moved into the Sunset Showcase (formerly Muppets) Theater. It runs every 20 minutes (top of the hour, 20 and 40). Nice to know there is a schedule, but it is not published. The cast members out front were telling guests this.


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


At the Studio Store a couple pieces of merchandise for the film.


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


Elliot is $19.99


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


The seating in the Animation Building has changed to six hard benches in the center of the room.


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


Nick was out when I walked back by. They seemed to be looking for Judy.


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


Headed into the preview next. The preshow room appeared untouched. The theater was open to go and sit down and wait for the next show. I had about 5 minutes to wait. Inside they were projecting a forest on the screens above the doors and had a 3D placeholder on the screen for the film until it started.


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


Next stop Disneyland.


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

Out on Tom Sawyer Island most structures are now surrounded by scaffolding. This is the pirate ship.


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


Making my way to the end of the Big Thunder Trail. You can see the new wall taking shape through the trees.


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



A look through the fence. You can see the walls going up right along the walkway. Assuming these will be rock work along the Big Thunder trail.


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

Dance the Magic was at the parks this weekend for their summer program. Before Soundsational they filled the parade route with dancers. This year their music was from the Jungle Book.


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


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



It was about a 5 minute stream of dancers. Here are a couple video clips of Dance the Magic passing by.



Scaffolding up around the cabin.


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

Interesting to see scaffolding up around the tree house. I saw rumors it may be removed. But seems it is staying in some form.


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

Looking through the fence by the Canoes.


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


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



The far seating area of the Hungry Bear was closed off again this week.


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


No scaffolding on the fort though.


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


Several Disneyland security cast members showed up for the flag retreat today.


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


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


Walking by Autopia, the new green car really stands out.


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

It looks like most if not all of the cars sport the new colors now.


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



Walked through the Star Wars Launch Bay to see what was going on. It was really quiet. Only a 5 minute wait for one of the meet and greets. The upstairs is still closed with no signs of any work going on.

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


Sleeping Beauty Castle

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

Sleeping Beauty Castle


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

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


A small crowd along the Rivers of America enjoying the Jambalaya Jazz. They now perform four sets on the river (6:20, 7:45, 8:55 and 10:25 on Friday).



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



The light tower does look bare right now with a majority of the equipment removed. This is the center Fantasmic tower.

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

A couple video clips of the All-American College Band performing Let it Go.




In the Paint the Night parade Jessie was MIA...her cowgirls were all there, though.


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


Disneyland Forever Finale


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 8, 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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".

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

After their performance I headed for Tomorrowland.

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

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.

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

They then move to the hub and perform Uptown Funk.



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

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

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

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

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

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

A couple of set pieces on the stage.

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

A few more families join the dancing.

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

The DJ was working to try and engage the guests.

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

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

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


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

The food truck is open. Here is the menu.

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

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

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

A closer look at the tables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This was around 6:40pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hawaii

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

Samoa

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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

A look through the fence from near the canoe dock.

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

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.

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

Looking to the left they are still sorting and clearing.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

You can now buy Mickey popcorn buckets with prepackaged popcorn.

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

One seagull is MIA this week.

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

Paid a visit to the skyway building.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

The Monorail is closed for renovation.

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

The House of Blues closes the end of the month.

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LittleMissMatched is gone and Chapel Hats has moved in.

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

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.

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

From the Hungry Bear.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

The animation building was busy this afternoon.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Disneyland Park Tickets, still 60th Anniversary.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Mrs. Incredible warming up/stretching with the recruits.

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

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.

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

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.

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



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

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

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

The current park map and inside ads.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


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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.



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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".


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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


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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.

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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

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Information Booth (Near Disneyland Park Gates)

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World of Disney (Inside)

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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...

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

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


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

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.


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

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

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


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

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.

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

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


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

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.

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

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

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


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

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.

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

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.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


A photo op nearby.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Another photo op.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The final attraction is the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop.


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


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


A look at the parachutes.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


A photo op near the queue.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


The Slinky Dog queue area.


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


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


Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


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.


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


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


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



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


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

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


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



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

Splash Mountain is closed for annual renovation work.


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



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.


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



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)


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

A check of the Autopia renovation progress


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



Louis was on the Mark Twain this afternoon.

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



More tables on the mid deck by the band stand area.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 12, 2016

Stopped by the Opera House to visit President Lincoln. Today would have been his 207th birthday.


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


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


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.


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



Some of the items I picked up this week.


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



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.


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



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

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

The posters at the Animation building feature Zootopia now.


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



As you enter there is a cityscape poster


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



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


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


Class of 2016 merchandise is out in the Five & Dime


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



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.


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



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

Each week will feature a different theme.

The button for this week.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, February 5, 2016


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


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


To the left free popcorn and water.


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


A look at what you can pick up.


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


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.


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


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


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


Today Jiminy Cricket was out for pictures.


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



A preview of upcoming pins.


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



There were also tables for coloring.


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


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


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





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


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


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



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


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



Chinese brush painting and calligraphy


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


New Year Wishes


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


Lantern arts and crafts


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



Several carts with food for the event.


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



Mulan and Mushu were greeting guests.


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



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


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


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



A video clip of the Dragon Dance.



A video clip of the ribbon dance.



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


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



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


Mickey and Minnie were out greeting guests.


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


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




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


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



The Blue Sky Cellar is also hosting AP Days.


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


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



Some AP Days signage as you enter.


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


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


Tables for coloring near the video loop.


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


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


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



They had recipe cards here too.


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



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.


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Wrapped up my evening with Paint the Night.
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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.








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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

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.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015

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.
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The closure list is substantial.
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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.

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You could get up close to the train for pictures. There were cast members around to answer questions about the trains.

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One car available for pictures.

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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.

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Crossed paths with the Evil Queen in Fantasyland
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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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Approaching the hub they were rehearsing for this evening.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A photo op as you exit the attraction.

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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.

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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.

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There were several interactive kiosks to color too.

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Daisy on the dance floor.

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A brief video of the scene inside Club Disney.


There were also two snack carts selling drinks and food.

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

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


Storm Troopers on patrol.

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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.

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

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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.

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We choose Chewbacca.

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There is a section featuring Star Wars video games.

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And other random characters roaming around a Cantina area.

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

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

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

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Inside more Star Wars merchandise.

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The Jedi Training is now the Trials of the Temple.

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015


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.

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


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.

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


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


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


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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.


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A video clip of the band performing in Town Square.



Ghosts are present throughout Main Street USA.


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A video/pan around Main Street USA.



A look at some of the ghosts on Main Street USA, this family in Town Square.


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This trio near City Hall


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This one near the dentist office in Town Square.


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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Fall 2015


Overhead are more ghosts and pumpkins on the balconies, windows and rooftops.


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Even the light poles are transformed for the season.


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Main Street transportation has picked up a few hitchhiking ghosts too. A bellhop on this car.


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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.


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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.


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And when she is not there Stitch is.


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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.

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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.


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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015



The large character pumpkins have returned over the park entrance/exits.


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The floral Mickey has been switched for the season.


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A lot of the blue for the Diamond Celebration is gone and Halloween orange has replaced it.


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Goofy was out in his Halloween Costume greeting guests.

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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).


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A look around Town Square.


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Halloween meets Diamond Days on Main Street USA
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Stopped to listen to the Dapper Dans of Disneyland perform a Halloween set.



A look back toward Town Square


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The pumpkins have returned to the hub as usual.


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Pioneer Mercantile has some fall/Halloween props out.


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The Halloween Tree has returned in Frontierland.


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Zocalo Park is celebrating Dia De Los Muertos.


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The Zero popcorn buckets are back this year.


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Jack and Sally walking through New Orleans Square
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A posted 30 minute wait. Turned out to be just over 20 but thanks to the 95 degree weather it felt much longer.


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Today was the first day for Haunted Mansion Holiday.


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The gingerbread house this year is a house of cards.


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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.


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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.


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This will be the last Halloween for the ranch.



The Scare-Dy-Crow Shack is back.


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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.


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Poison Apple Mugs are available in several locations around the parks.


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Halloween popcorn buckets


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Tomorrowland Terrace has a burger combo for the holiday.


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Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy has returned.


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Halloween caramel apples


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Halloween treats at Trolley Treats

on Buena Vista Street
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Some Halloween chocolate at Ghirardelli.


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The Diamond Mad T Party was going on...no Halloween this year or at least not yet).


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Back to Disneyland.


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Found a spot for Paint the Night.


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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 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.
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A closer view


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The other side of the coin.


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Disneyland security and first responder cast members were part of the procession for the flag retreat to mark Patriot Day.


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The honor guard arriving.


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Cast members and guests watching the Flag Retreat


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The group that marched in was positioned on the steps of the train station.


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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, September 11, 2015
The flags were at half staff to commemorate 9/11


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A video of the flags being lowered.




After being lowered and folded the flags are marched backstage.

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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.

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A couple of attractions down during this brief off season time between summer and Halloween.

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First stop Disney California Adventure. Some work going on as you enter Paradise Pier.

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Looks like they are working on the joint between the pavement and boardwalk. This is the open side of the walkway.

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More work going on, again at the transition point.


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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.

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Back on the ground some barriers up at the Toy Story Meet and Greet

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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.

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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".

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A look at the backdrop.

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How the effect is created..

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Next stop Disneyland. The third Emporium Enchanted Window was unveiled a few weeks ago featuring the Princess and the Frog.

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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.

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A look at the work between Fantasy Faire and Frontierland... no visible progress

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Some work going on along the walkway along the Rivers of America

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The Haunted Mansion is closed for the Holiday transformation until September 11th.


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Le Bat en Rouge was closed.

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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.

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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.
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Video clips of the Disneyland Band Main Street performances.

More Halloween in the windows as I headed to Town Square.

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Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, August 28, 2015

The Disneyland Band performs at the Nightly Flag Retreat.

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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.

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No visible progress on the Starcade

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A clip of the Dapper Dans performing.



Some Halloween merchandise.

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Halloween Pins are now available.

Notice they are generic DisneyParks not Disneyland.
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Star Wars Halloween pins

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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.

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A couple video clips from their show.


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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...

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The Lion King

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The Matterhorn during the Nemo segment

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A video clip of the Let it Go segment during Disneyland Forever


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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.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/08/15

Looks like all the pavement is in.

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

Props were being installed this afternoon

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The blue carpet will be here leading to the theater.

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Where the press line will be.

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

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

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Outside work still continues on the fall protection.

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

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

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

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

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The Carthay Circle Restaurant has started to receive diamonds too.

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Work continues on the facades in the Bay Area.

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

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

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More diamonds, this time the Elias & Co windows

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

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

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The facade of Pinocchio is still being worked on too.

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The Mark Twain now has 60th banners.

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

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The Fantasyland side of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Soundsational passing through the hub.

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

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No real visible progress above Tropical Imports

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

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

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

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



May 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Tinker Bell and some fairies lead the parade.

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Behind Tink you can see the Monsters Inc float.

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

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

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Mike is on the back of the float.

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Next up the Cars crew is rolling into view.

Lightning leads the way Mack is behind him.

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Disney Paint the Night Parade in Hong Kong Disneyland


Next up we head under the sea with the Little Mermaid

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Next up the Ballroom/Princess unit.

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

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Trailing behind a series of candelabras.

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A rose performer.

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

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

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


The ground and audience were being painted with lights.

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

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

The parade on Main Street USA


Hope you enjoyed this "preview" of Disney Paint the Night. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Trip Report I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.



April 30, 2015

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

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

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

Approaching the castle from the hub.

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The East (Tomorrowland) side.

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

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The Fantasyland side of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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The West/Frontierland side

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

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Too bad the sky was not blue today...

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

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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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - Tomorrowland Sneak Peek

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Most of the Small World facade work is complete.

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

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

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The facade of Pinocchio is being worked on.

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

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

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Critter Country has reopened since my last visit.

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

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

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The Briar Patch received a new roof.

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Some work going on outside Mlle Antoniettes Parfumerie

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

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Indiana Jones is currently closed for renovation.

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

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Some filming going on in front of the Castle now.

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

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No signs of 60th decorations on the Carthay yet.

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

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

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Mad T Party props are up.

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No visible progress in Cars Land.

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The Bay Area is under wraps for some facade renovation.

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

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The Downtown Disney entrance arch near ESPN is now blue.

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Wood paneled trashcans at the Disneyland Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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



March 31, 2015

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 3/27/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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The Merlin egg we saw in progress last week.

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The Hatbox Ghost

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An in progress egg of Sleeping Beauty

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

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Passing through the Candy Palace

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

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The redemption area.

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At Clarabelles.

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The Spring Buena Vista Bugle is now on newsstands.

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

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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.

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The show building mural is showing some wear.

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Spotted a butterfly in the garden area.

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

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Work continues on this store at Downtown Disney

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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.

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

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

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An ice chair at Freeze the Night

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The Spring Break shirts

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A look at Sleeping Beauty Castle this evening

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



March 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

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

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.

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Looking into Condor Flats.

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

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

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

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.

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Grizzly River Run is closed for annual refurbishment

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

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Renovation Project Updates: Disneyland Resort 1/23/15

The bakery sign lit up this evening.

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The entrance/exit

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The car headlights are on at night.

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.

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

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

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

 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

 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.

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

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This was more etching than carving...

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

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She finished the first ice sculpture.

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A check of the temperature with some help by Marshmallow

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Some snowfall

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

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Any guesses what this will be?

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Jumping ahead here is the finished product OLAF!

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 Freeze the Night - Disney California Adventure

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

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Video of the Let it Go performance.

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


November 30, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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

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

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

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

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Main Street transportation rounding the hub.

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.

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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Haunted Mansion Holiday time.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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

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

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

Baymax floating up from the front row.

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

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

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As you exited everyone received an Annual Passholder ornament.

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

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.

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Viva Navidad! Street Party

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

The tree in Whitewater Snacks

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They now have Coke Freestyle machines in Whitewater.

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Elf Mickey Stein available for the holidays.

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The tree in the lobby of the Grand Californian

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

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The gingerbread house looks like the hotel.

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There are seven hidden Mickeys.

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The back side of the creation.

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

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The menu.

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

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

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Deer out front of the hotel.

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The tree in the lobby of the Paradise Pier Hotel

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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

The E-Ticket pool was closed this evening.

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A tree outside Goofy's Kitchen

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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The Winter Village in Downtown Disney.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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The snow finale...

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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

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Goofy showed up to take some pictures in Town Square.

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

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

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


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


Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/26/14

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



November 24, 2014

Big Hero 6 - Jason's 1st Impressions

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

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


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

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

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

Big Hero 6 - Jason's 1st Impressions


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

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

Big Hero 6 - Jason's 1st Impressions


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

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


Winston from Disney's Feast

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

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


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November 22, 2014

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

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

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

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.

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A couple clips from their performance.

One more clip from their performance.

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Viva Navidad offerings

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Goofy was out for pictures when I walked by.

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The 2014 logo on merchandise.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

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.

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

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

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.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

The Christmas tree in Town Square lit up.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

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

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

The outdoor decorations found their way into Africa.

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The lions enjoying the reindeer.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

Olaf was stationed near his ice rink

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 11/14/14

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

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



November 12, 2014

30 Years of Disney Television Animation

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com shares this report.

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation


30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

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

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

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

Bill -- Pinocchio and the Absent-Minded Professor

Swampy -- Mary Poppins

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

30 years of Disney Television Animation

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

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

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

October 28, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

A Grumpy shirt I do not remember from years past.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The 2014 Happy Holidays design on a t-shirt.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

A classic/vintage Disneyland Christmas shirt.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Another display of Christmas merchandise.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Houseware items.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Another Villains stocking.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Oswald greeted me on Buena Vista Street

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Sarge's has some Christmas items

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Lightning Dashing through the snow

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

And the back of another sweatshirt.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Red out waiting for guests as Lightning cruised by.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Halloween decorations are still up throughout, though.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Seasons Screamings...

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Down the block Refreshment Corner is still behind scaffolding.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Artist Mickey pumpkin

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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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Small World is closed for its Holiday overlay.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland is now Christmas.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

The train depot has received its garland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Most of the New Orleans Square decorations were up.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14


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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

One last Castle picture from the hub.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Christmas has taken over the center section of the Emporium.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/24/14


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



October 13, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

A quick walk through.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Big Hero 6 banners up near the AMC Theaters

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The Finding Nemo Submarines have returned to normal operation.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The ride experience seemed the same to me.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

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

The scaffolding is down from the Small World facade work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Christmas light installation has begun on the facade.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Ariel from the Little Mermaid

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Baymax pumpkin accompanied by Hiro from Big Hero 6

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The latest creation taking shape...Mr. Smee

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Chip and Dale bumped into me.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The Mark Twain is still in dry dock.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The Laughing Stock Co is back inside the Golden Horseshoe.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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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.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Mr Smee was finished and on display.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

More party preparations near Innoventions

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

The new First Aid and Wish Lounge facades are done.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

As is the Gibson Girl

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Looking toward Town Square.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

On the way out passed by the new Boutique.

The windows were a little easier to see after dark.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14

Surprised there were no lights on any of the signs.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/10/14


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



September 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

Looking back at the Zorro parking structure lobby/elevators.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The wall opposite the desk features microbots.

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

Some awards on display from previous films.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The left side of the hallway features Big Hero 6.

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

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

On the right side "Feast".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More props in the area

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

Thought this was great...even newspaper stands.

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

There was a 3D printer creating microbot models.

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

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

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

Baymax was nearby for pictures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 28, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

A Red Car in the Carthay Circle Stop

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Scaffolding still up near White Water snacks

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The Ellis Island Boys entertaining the lunch crowd at Paradise Gardens

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The railing near the Wharf could use some work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Next stop Cars Land.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Only a 65 min wait posted for the Racers.

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

My car won by a nose.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

The HalloweenTime offering at Schmoozies.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

Made my way over to Disneyland.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/26/14

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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A guest helps out.

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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.

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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.

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The doorway is now blocked with a display rack.

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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.

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

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Here is a quick video of the scene.

I made my way out to Downtown Disney.

Disney Studio 365 has closed.

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.

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


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



September 21, 2014

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

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

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

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.

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Some Halloween Treats at Trolley Treats

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

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

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

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

In their place smaller ones have been planted.

Same on the other side near the entrance

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The area looks much more open now.

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

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

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No visible progress on this project.

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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen

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

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

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A special performance later today.

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

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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.

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

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Farley and Billy were providing the music.

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The Stage Door Cafe was closed for renovation.

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Walked through the French Market.

The Halloween Time offering.

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

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The walkway by Fowlers Harbour is open this week.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/19/14

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

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The Hungry Bear Halloween Time offerings

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The Jolly Holiday Bakery Halloween Time offering.

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The Dapper Dans

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

Sleeping Beauty Castle

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

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Taste Pilots Halloween Time offerings

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Small World is undergoing some facade work.

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Roger Rabbit has returned atop the fountain in Toontown.

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Dumbo only had a 10-minute wait posted.

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

They reopen the 27th, only 2 more weeks.

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

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

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.

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Dapper Day guests

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Only a 13-minute wait for Tower of Terror

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

Only 45 min standby for the Racers

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

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Pumpkin shaped bread at the Pacific Wharf Cafe.

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

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Some work in the seating area of the Wharf

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

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The Duffy photo area in Paradise Pier has been removed.

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.

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Instead just individual slices, like the Pizza Port

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

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The Grand Californian exterior work is complete.

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.

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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.

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The Ghost Galaxy sign.

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The closed sign for the Magic Eye theater.

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

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

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

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

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

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.