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October 20, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 18, 2013.

We start off on Main Street USA today. The Penny Arcade and Candy Palace renovation work is ongoing.

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Inside the windows/doors are covered.

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Some of the Halloween treats.

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Christmas preparations are underway around both parks. The lights are up in the trees around the hub.

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The fall protection wall work on the left side of the Castle is complete.

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Tiana greeting guests on the way into Fantasy Faire

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A railing has been added on top of the new wall on the trail between Frontierland and Fatntasy Faire. I was disappointed to see the seating/ledge is gone. So it means no place to sit and relax anymore.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Cast Members by the exit of Pirates to issue return times to guests as part of the new Disability Access Service Card (DAS) system. (Please see AllEars' Special Needs Overview page for additional information.)

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The Court of Angels is walled off as work is underway to convert it for Club 33 use. Another part of Disneyland is now off limits to regular guests.

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The L'Ornament Magique is also closed and will be the new Club entrance from what I have read.

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Some renovation work further down the street.

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A Limited Time Magic Cookie option at several New Orleans Square locations, including Mint Julep Bar and the snack cart near Haunted Mansion.

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A podium near the entrance to the Haunted Mansion to request a DAS return time and ask questions.

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The Hungry Bear has a holiday special going on.

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Another Guest Relations DAS kiosk near the Harbor Galley.

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Jack was out for pictures near the Rivers of America.

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Next stop the Halloween Carnival.

Pluto playing the ring toss/hat toss game.

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Some of the latest pumpkin creations/artwork.

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The new castle walls/fall protection projects look to be done.

A new turret on the roof.

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A new turret.

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The carrousel is completely under wraps now as the work continues. It is scheduled to return to service in early November.
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Random Toad Hall pictures as I walked by.

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Another Guest Relations podium, this time in Fantasyland.

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The Mad Tea Party is closed for renovation.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The facade for Small World is receiving its holiday lights. It will be closing soon for the annual transformation.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Some work on the monorail beamway, they are adding the overhang under the track. Interesting since this is over the old motorboat area and is not guest accessible.

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The Monorail is still operating during the project.

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Another new DAS kiosk, this one in Tomorrowland. The pin trading tables that were in the area are now gone.

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Christmas has arrived. As you exit the park two of the racks are full of Christmas items now.

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Over to DCA. The Fall/Halloween Buena Vista Bugle is on News Stands.

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They are renovating the main lobby of the Animation Building, so it is blocked off. The Animation Academy and Turtle talk are still accessible from side doors.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

Flik's Flyers are behind walls for some work.

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Christmas ornaments at the entrance to Flik's Fun Fair

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At the Cozy Cone they were setting up a Pop Up Tune Up for a quick pit stop for Lightning.

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Along Route 66 the second set of poles for the Christmas decorations have been installed (on the left in this picture).

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Bayside Brews is the site of a current Oktoberfest Limited Time Magic Promotion. They offer bratwurst sausage, a Bavarian pretzel and gingerbread bundt cake. In addition to the regular beer selections, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest and Hofbrau Munchen beer are also available.

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And some light decorations/signage.

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Continuing on, the Maliboomer Park area has a new Meet and Greet. Here Woody is heading off, but working the line on his way by.

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Jessie was out for photos at the new location.

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Another new guest relations podium.

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Walls up around the Paradise Pier meet and greet. Guessing they are preparing it for the Christmas overlay

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Caught some of the Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airlines show since it is slated to end its run soon.

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Back to Disneyland and the Halloween Carnival.

Heimlich is completed now.

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Billy Hill and the Haunted Hillbillies.

A special Disneyland verse to I Have Been Everywhere.

Since it was Friday there were preparations for the Mickey's Halloween Party that night. The Columbia is a backdrop for a photo op during the Halloween parties.

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Setting up a trick or treat trail along the Rivers of America

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Some random Haunted Mansion Holiday pictures.. the line was posted at 45 minutes.

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Just after 6:30pm there was a brief lighting moment for the Mansion. It takes places every night about dusk.

Another photo backdrop for the party, this one in New Orleans Square.

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The trail looks just about ready for guests.

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I made another pass through the Big Thunder trail area.

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Villains out on Main Street for the party.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/18/13

The park closed to non-Halloween party guests at 7:00. Since I was not attending the party I made my way over to DCA (along with a large number of other guests).

Christmas lights and Santa Flik at the entrance to the Fun Fair, plus a fuzzy full moon.

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Passed through the Mad T Party

They ended the set with This is Halloween.

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Here is a video from a few weeks ago if you missed it.

The park was crowded thanks to Disneyland closing early. The Little Mermaid was using its extended queue.

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The new Meet and Greet location on the Pier. The characters are long gone, but it is lit up and available for pictures.

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A closer look at the center one.. notice Slinky Dog on one coaster and the little Green Aliens on the other (behind Rex).

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After this I circled the Pier, caught the opening of World of Color and then walked by the Mad T Party before heading for home.

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



October 8, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 10/05/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

As part of Limited Time Magic Downtown Disney is hosting a chalk art festival this weekend. I had intended to visit later and got sidetracked. So not many pictures.. but here is a sample.

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Work on the Downtown Disney Starbucks is moving along.

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First stop today, DCA. The view from a very windy Fun Wheel this morning looking toward Disneyland.

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A backdrop for a meet and greet in the Maliboomer Park area, looks to be for Toy Story characters, it matches the Midway Mania facade down the boardwalk.

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The Pacific Wharf facade work looks to be complete.

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The Blue Sky Cellar is closed now as they prepare a new exhibit. The Fantasy Faire banners are gone.

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Several weeks ago the Carthay Circle Restaurant started a new tour. This tour happens daily at 10:30am and is free. I was finally in the park in the morning and made a point to give it a try today. You do not need to sign up, just hang around the sign around 10:30 and a cast member will greet you and start the tour.

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Our host for the tour. Our group as about 10 guests.We started in the lobby with a history of the Carthay and description of some of the pictures on the wall.

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I am going to skip the details.. since I was taking pictures and not notes or video.. We then went into the main lounge.

(Laura says: I also took this tour recently, so I'll fill in some of the details. The tour is advertised as 15 minutes, but with larger groups and/or more questions it might take longer - mine was 30 minutes but there were also almost 20 people.)

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This painting is a replica of the curtain from the original Carthay Circle Theater.

Laura: The original curtain still exists, but is too large (and fragile) to display.

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A look around the main dining room.

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Look closely at the table.. notice anything?

Can you make out what the wood has in it... a hidden Evil Queen from Snow White

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Laura: All of the outside corner tables in the main dining room have that design embedded.

This large table is in a private dining room off the main one, you can reserve it for your party, there is a min. fee to use the room.

Laura: It's called the Premier Room. The table will seat up to 12 people There are two smaller private rooms with tables for 4-6: The Hollywood Room and The Buena Vista Room.

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The table has a fun hidden tribute.. the base is inspired by Snow White's wishing well. (Yes, I had to go down on the floor for the picture.. you know you would have too).

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One last look at the main dining room on the way out.

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Walked through Elias & Co.. they now have signs up between the rooms telling you what merchandise is in it.

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Also signs for Big Top Toys.

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Next stop Disneyland.. Main Street USA
Spent a few minutes checking out the newly opened Market House. It now features Starbucks coffee. The main room is mostly a queue with a large counter in the back.

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Some of the old props remain, such as the party line phones.

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The old Disneyana store is now the Book Rest, and it contains a handful of tables.

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The old stove found a place in the new store too.

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There is no door to the Book Rest from Main Street you have to go through the Market House...but the windows give a nice view of Main Street.

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A look at some of the bakery options

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Facade work on Main Street and due to the high winds the tarps are down so you can see the work.

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The Halloween Popcorn bucket selection this year includes Mickey as the Hat Box Ghost.

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Looking back down Main Street USA.

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The work on Snow White's Grotto is complete.

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The walls are down on the walkway from the Fantay Faire to Frontierland, but barriers still up. Looks like the wall was redone.

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and the Halloween Carnival. Pirates League was not open this afternoon.

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A look at some of the pumpkin creations at the Halloween Carnival. Seems like a lot more use of color than we've seen in previous years.

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Donald playing follow the leader with a group of kids.

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In Fantasyland the Carrousel work continues, but the tarps were down due to the wind.

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The Court of Angels is still open, though.

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The Haunted Mansion

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Continuing the celebration of its 13th season.. each scene now has something to do with 13..

For example 13 dog bones.

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13 Candles

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The 13 doors on the advent calendar. Each week they are opening one. So far 3 are open.

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In the graveyard 13 snowflakes scattered around.

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For the final scene the question mark has been replaced with a 13.

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Cut through the shops.. some Halloween Treats.

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Time for the Flag Retreat. The Dapper Dans in their Halloween finest.

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Captain EO is still running.

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Thor is moving into Innoventions.

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Stopped by the Royal Swing Big Band Ball at Fantasy Faire for a set. Swing dancing returned early in the summer to the former Plaza Gardens stage. It is now branded at the Royal Swing Big Band Ball but the concept is the same. On most Saturday nights the theater floor is cleared and a band brought in to play for those who want to dance or those who just enjoy the festivities.

Tonight Swingtown was performing.

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Some chalk art on the way out.

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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 18, 2013

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains - 9/13/13

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One of this year's Limited Time Magic offerings has been on the calendar for a long time - the September Friday the 13th Unleash the Villains event. Though until the week before there weren't any details on what was going to be included.

Out here on the west coast the event was held at Disneyland, where it coincided with the opening of the yearly Halloween Time celebration. Jason and I have more on Halloween Time in a previous blog - this one will be on the Villains event, with photos and comments from Jason, Jeanine, and me.

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Most of the Villains event took place from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., so there wasn't a lot going on during the day, except for watching some of the preparations. The event descriptions from the Times Guide:

Party Like a Villain - Take to the floor and dance beneath the stars with the Disney Villains - who have come out to celebrate Friday the 13th as only they can! Our DJ spins an amazing mix of music, and special meet and greet locations are available to pose for photos with your favorite Villains!
Main Street USA - Town Square 8:00 pm to 1:00 am

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Unleash the Villains Dance Party - The "creepiest creeps" come out to play at our special New Orleans dance club - the Train Station in New Orleans Square! Each hour, a variety of the vilest Disney Villains make an ominous arrival into the party!
New Orleans Square Train Station 9:45 pm to 1:00 am

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I was disappointed that there wasn't anything happening during the day, since I couldn't stay for the evening events.

There were some special menu items available for the day, in addition to extra menu items that have been added for Halloween Time. The French Market had these Fiery Meatloaf Sliders - Meatloaf with Tomato Jam and Apple Slaw served with Handmade Cajun Chips and Grapes. $12.49

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There were also Spooky Kooky Gingerbread Cookies (gingerbread zombies) available at Harbour Galley, Royal Street Verandah and Mint Julep Bar (though I think these will be around for the Halloween season). I tried one, and it was very tasty.

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There are other seasonal offerings, like pumpkin beignets, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, but I covered those in the Halloween Time blog.

In preparation for the evening events, the Disneyland Railroad closed at 5:00 p.m., since the Villains Dance Party was being held at the New Orleans Square Train Station. It was nice to see the Lilly Belle at the station.

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At Town Square, the street was closed in front of the train station, so the second performance of the Soundsational Parade was re-routed and went straight up Main Street rather than around Town Square. We saw the parade of techs bringing out the dance floor, though. :-)

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There was a queue for entry to the dance floor set up inside the turnstiles - no one in it at 5:00, though.

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There was a special Villains Unleashed t-shirt for the event. Another Limited Time Magic offering is Villains headbands for Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Ursula and the Evil Queen (pictured below). (Thank you to Gary and Debbie for allowing me to model their purchases).

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I wonder when Disney is ever going to learn...the t-shirt didn't go on sale until 6:00 pm and was only available in two locations: the Royal Courtyard at the exit to Pirates, and the Tower Gift Store in Disney California Adventure.

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The line in Disneyland was huge, and stretched all the way back to Indiana Jones in Adventureland.

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The line in DCA wasn't bad - it was contained within the gift shop, and there were also more registers available there so it moved faster.

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But if you don't mind waiting for it, the t-shirts are available on-line for a limited time:
Disneyland T-shirt

Walt Disney World T-shirt

By 7:00, traffic in the area was getting to the gridlock state. :-( I left at 7:45 - the lines at the turnstiles to get into Disneyland were long, and from the parking garage all I could see were red taillights on all of the roads and ramps approaching the area.

Jason went back into Disneyland to experience some of the evening events, so I'm going to turn this over to him now.

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I returned to Disneyland around 7:15 or so. Town Square had a lot of guests. Some waiting for the dance floor, some for the character meet and greet, and some just lost or trying to get into or out of the park.

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The dance floor ready to go.

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The backdrop for the meet and greet.

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Time for the Party Like a Villain dance party.

A video clip of the opening.

The dance floor was filled quickly by the waiting queue of guests.

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There were dancers on hand too.

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Looking behind me.. a good number of guests filled Town Square to see what was going on. But once they realized the characters were not dancing many left.

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Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

A video 360 of the scene.

A projection on the trees

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A video from near the Mad Hatter


The mass of guests on Main Street.

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The New Orleans Train Station was set up for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party that was to begin at 9:45pm It was about 9:15 when I walked by and they were still doing final setup.

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Disneyland Unleashes the Villains


They had another train pulled up to the other side. So you had an engine on one side and the Lilly Belle (tail end of a train) on the other.

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At this point I decided to head for Main Street to watch Remember then head for home. I had an early wake up call on Saturday and planned to leave the parks by 10pm. On the way out the esplanade was packed. The lines to enter Disneyland stretched to the center where the compass is.

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A little hard to see in this picture but Disneyland Drive was jammed on the left in this picture.

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Jeanine made it back to the Unleash the Villains Dance Party and shares a few photos.

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The dance party was very crowded - there was a huge line to get onto the dance floor which had been placed on top of the train tracks.

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At the front they had two stages for characters with Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters on one side and Frollo, Hades, and the Red Queen on the other.

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By then the special food was sold out and it was too crowded to ride any of the attractions in the area.

Disneyland Unleashes the Villains

On the whole, it seemed like a nice effort on their part, but if I started seeing tweets from people saying it was traffic-y next time, I don't know that I would go unless they were offering up something more in the way of special entertainment.

September 10, 2013

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2013 - The Rest of the Weekend

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Believe it or not, we did things OTHER than run for the three+ days we were in Anaheim over Labor Day weekend. :-) Here's some highlights.

We stayed at the DVC Villas at the Grand Californian. At first I wasn't too thrilled with our room location...here's a view from outside the elevator lobby of the DVC wing. See the door that's just past the lobby? That was our door. I was concerned that it would be noisy, being so close to the elevator, but we never heard any noise from the hallway. It was on the ground floor, so we didn't have a view, but it was ok, and it was VERY convenient to not have to take the elevator to get to our room.

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The Grand Cal's entrance to DCA is very convenient - we entered that way even when going to Disneyland because it was shorter than going out through Downtown Disney. Be aware that before 11:00 or so this entrance is for the exclusive use of Disneyland Resort hotel guests, and you must present a valid room key from one of the three hotels in order to enter. We saw them turning people away on Saturday morning.

We spent some time enjoying attractions in the parks on Saturday after the 10K and on Monday morning.

It was very warm, so on Saturday morning we went on several rides that had mostly indoor queues! Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye underwent a refurb earlier this year - we hadn't been on it since it re-opened. There's some new lighting effects, especially in the first room with the face of Mara (which of course you aren't supposed to look at!). But we noticed different lighting in other places, too, like on the snake heads and the skeletons. We also went on Pirates of the Caribbean and Buzz Lightyear AstroBlasters. Over in DCA we saw the Aladdin show, which featured one of the funniest Genies I've ever seen - lots of zingers including a mention of Miley Cyrus and twerking.

That evening we went back to DCA for dinner and then walked onto Voyage of the Little Mermaid and had a very short wait for Luigi's Flying Tires. I wasn't very impressed with the flying tires the first time I tried it, but it takes a little practice to learn how to fly the tires, and after that it's a lot more fun. We try to find some clear space where we can get a pretty good run going and bounce off the walls. :-) We saw a beautiful sunset over Radiator Springs.

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We met a few of our fellow Team AllEars members back at the Mad T Party - that version of Wonderland looked a lot different from the one we had run through that morning! :-) In addition to the band we saw a dance group and the aerialists. But we didn't stay late since we had to get up and run the half marathon the next day!

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Sunday night after dinner we saw World of Color. We didn't have Fastpasses for it so we watched it from the area under Silly Symphony Swings. You can't see much of the projections from there, but it's a very interesting perspective of the fountains. You get a much better look at everything that they can do and how the lighting works. And it got REALLY hot when they turned on the flame fountains!

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Monday morning we went to DCA for Magic Morning and rode Radiator Springs Racers, Toy Story Midway Mania (which we WALKED onto), and California Screamin'. Then we went over to Disneyland with our teammate Eddie and his daughter, because I wanted to get a photo of us riding Dumbo wearing our Dumbo medals. We also went on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the Carrousel, made a wish at Snow White's Wishing Well, had breakfast at River Belle Terrace, and sailed on the Jungle Cruise - all by 10:10 in the morning!

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For Limited Time Magic the only thing we experienced was the special caramel apple that is being offered in September...and it really WAS special! An apple dipped in caramel and then covered with crushed English toffee and drizzled with chocolate. Oh. My. It was sooooo good! Even Lee really liked it, and he's not really into sweet things. They are available at Trolley Treats, the Candy Palace, and Marceline's. I wish I'd gotten another one - you can be assured that I will be getting one on my next trip! I hope they will keep this one around. Or maybe I hope that they don't so I won't be tempted!

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And a mini food blog...

Friday evening we ate at Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel. I had the Crispy Tofu Salad, which I really like except for all of the red and green peppers, which I pulled out and gave to Lee. The tofu is coated with panko and fried - it actually had more of the consistency of fried mozzarella, and it was really, really good.

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Lee had the Kahlua Pork Flatbread, and enjoyed that.

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Saturday morning after we'd raced and showered we walked over to Disneyland and had breakfast at River Belle Terrace. It's a buffeteria and not table service, but I think they do a nice breakfast there. We sat outside, which is usually a nice setting close to the Rivers of America, but it was a little bit steamy that morning. Speaking of steamy...I had the Steamboat - three pancakes, scrambled eggs, and choice of sausage or bacon. It was more than I could eat - Lee ate most of my pancakes.

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Lee had the Mark Twain - scrambled eggs, potatoes, biscuit, and choice of bacon or sausage. He said the potatoes were especially good. (We went back to River Belle on Monday morning and we both had the Mark Twain - I don't like the peppers in the potatoes, but I'd rather have the biscuit than the pancakes.)

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Our usual dinner spot the night before a Disneyland race is Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, and we didn't see any reason to change that. It wasn't as busy as it often is before a race, though we still had to wait a short time for our food. We both had our favorite Four Cheese Ravioli with pesto sauce. I brought my own bread, since they don't serve it there.

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After the race on Sunday went to Storyteller's Cafe at the Grand Californian for the breakfast buffet, as we usually do. It's always very busy on race morning, but it was really slammed and way, way overbooked on Sunday. I had a reservation and we STILL waited over 40 minutes to be seated! The buffet line was also very long - you really didn't want to go through it more than once. It's a character meal - Kenai and Meeko came to see us, but Chip and Brer Fox completely bypassed us. It was not a very good experience, especially given the cost, so this is probably the last time we'll do that.

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Sunday evening we had dinner with our friends Mike and Joelle at Napa Rose. As an appetizer we split the Signature Pizzetta, which was basically a Margherita pizza (really good).

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Lee and Joelle split the Truffled Mac and Cheese. I had a bite - it was very rich, and they enjoyed it.

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2013

Mike and Joelle are vegetarian, and they each received a Vegetable Stack, customized with the types of veggies that they liked. They said it was very good.

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I had the Dove Breast, which was good, though I think the accompanying vegetables were my favorite part.

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Lee ordered the Short Ribs, which he said were tender and delicious.

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We were a little too full for dessert, but they brought us three scoops of the Honey Peach Sorbet to celebrate my upcoming birthday. I would have called this ice cream and not sorbet, but it was very good, especially the marinated chopped peaches that came with it. It was a very nice dinner with wonderful dining companions and an excellent server.

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Looking back I'd have to say the highlight of my food experiences for the weekend was the English Toffee Caramel Apple. :-)

And that does it for our Disneyland Half Marathon weekend. We came, we ate, we ran - not necessarily in that order. Thanks for reading!

July 30, 2013

Let Disneyland Entertain You!

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I think a lot of people go to Disneyland for the rides and the attractions, and never realize all of the entertainment options that are also available! Lee and I, along with Jason (disneygeek) spent a summer day at Disneyland recently where instead of running from attraction to attraction, we went from live show to live show, and managed to fill an entire day. And we had a great time.

Upon arriving in Disneyland's Town Square, Lee and I immediately caught the end of one of the Dapper Dans' shows. It was the week of the Limited Time Magic offering "Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands". We had happened to be in Florida when they did it earlier this year, and saw it there - it was fun to see it on the west coast this time. It was the same medley, but the California Dans are a little younger than the Florida Dans. :-) You can tell they have great fun doing it.

It was lunchtime, so we stopped in at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. I ordered the Jolly Holiday Salad - Blend of Lettuce, with Spiced Pecans, Feta, Red & Yellow Tomatoes and Craisins Dried Cranberries. Served with Raspberry Vinaigrette. It came with an asiago cheese breadstick. Really a nice salad, and I enjoyed it.

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Lee tried the Hot Angus Roast Beef Sandwich on Toasted Onion Roll - Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Aioli and White Cheddar. He said it was very good with a lot of roast beef. And those kettle-style potato chips are evilly good.

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Lee hadn't actually been to Fantasy Faire, and there was a show about to start in the Royal Theater. The seats were full, but for this one I think the viewing is better if you stand at the back. Jason caught up with us there and we saw a performance of Tangled, which was a lot of fun. There are some pretty funny throwaway lines. It stars those medieval vaudevillians Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, playing a multitude of roles, as well as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider portraying themselves. And let's not forget Sir Samuel on the piano!

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And they all lived "happily ever after at the end" - well, except Mother Gothel.

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As I said, Lee hadn't been to Fantasy Faire, so we took a little time to watch Figaro and the bird, and to play with Clopin's Music Box. (Though I really wonder how many guests have no idea what that is, since they have never seen Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame.)

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I hadn't noticed the familiar figures in the crowd background, like Belle and the transformed Beast, Smee, Gaston, Peter Pan, Gepetto, Alice, Sneezy...

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It was a very nice afternoon at Disneyland - not too hot, and really not very crowded. We had some time until our next "entertainment" event so we wandered around a little, and watched the climbers on the Matterhorn.

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We saw the Dapper Dans perform a full set and then hot-footed it over to the Fantasyland Theatre to see Mickey and the Magical Map, which Lee had not yet seen. I was surprised that the theater wasn't more full - we arrived about 5 minutes before show time and walked right in and had good seats in the center section, about 2/3 up. So the moral of the story is: don't give up on seeing the show even if you arrive at the theater very close to show time.

It's a good show, but when I first saw it I was disappointed because even though most of the music is from less mainstream Disney movies, it still seemed all too familiar to me. It finally occurred to me that it's because some of the more unusual selections (like Hawaiian Roller Coaster from Lilo and Stitch, I Wanna Be Like You from the Jungle Book, and Reflection from Mulan) are featured in the Disney Wishes show on the Fantasy, which I had seen recently. I'm sure the majority of guests don't have that "problem". :-)

The huge map is really interesting to watch, and having a live trumpet player on-stage during "I Wanna Be Like You" is a great touch.

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Once the show ended it was time to rush over to The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree to watch the Disneyland All-American College Band. We missed the beginning of their set, but saw most of it. These kids are SO talented!

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The Jamboree area is pretty quiet, and it's a great place to go to relax a a little bit. In addition to the College Band, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies and Woody's All-American Round-up also perform there throughout the day. Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie and Chip and Dale are there, and often have a lot of time to interact with guests - we've seen them coloring with the kids, and this time watched Mickey play peek-a-boo with a baby.

And Dale was looking for someone. :-)

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We had some time before the next show we were going to attend, and were ready for a snack. Lee and I had chicken, beef, and veggie skewers from Bengal BBQ, and Jason got a hamburger from Village Haus.

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They had opened up the seating area at Aladdin's Oasis (between the Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise), so we met and ate there. That was another uncrowded and peaceful area!

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In New Orleans Square we listened to the Jambalaya Jazz Band. We're always amazed at how many people will walk up to live performers, take a photo, and then immediately walk away. What's the point of taking a photo of something you didn't even experience?

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These guys have obviously seen it all, and they were having fun playing their music and calling out to the passing guests wearing birthday buttons, and throwing beads to some of the guests - mostly kids, but I got a set for the first time ever.

As we walked, a group of (female) cast members caught Lee's attention - but it was because they were all wearing a different Disney-themed tie! Everything from classic Mickey head to Pooh characters, to Mickey Mariachi and even a Haunted Mansion theme.

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The All-American College Band performs their third set each day in front of the castle. There's a lot of choreography and it's really fun to watch. Below is their Disney movie medley performance.

We had a break in the Disneyland entertainment schedule so we made a quick trip over to DCA. It was too late for the shows on Buena Vista Street as well as Dancin' With Disney, but we had a nice wander through the park. The Golden Zephyr was running for a change, and it was a walk-on, so we did that. There's a nice view of Cars Land from there.

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At the Paradise Garden Bandstand we caught the tail end of a performance by Sligo Rags, a Celtic music group.

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At Paradise Garden Grill, one of the Greek weekend items is still available.

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We found some Lone Ranger merchandise - Lee tried on the Tonto hat. :-)

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There was a very scenic moonrise over the Cadillac Range - you can see it in the "v" of the middle fin.

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Back in Hollywood there's a Monsters University Meet and Greet area - I liked this lettermen's jacket hanging on the dorm balcony.

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The Mad T Party had already started, and we saw the aerialists.

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Here's a video Jason took of them a few weeks ago:

The last "entertainment" event for Lee and me was the College Band's final set, where they perform on the street and the steps in front of the Main Street train station. This year they are performing a Michael Jackson medley:

Jason headed back to DCA, while Lee and I went for dinner at Rancho del Zocalo. I had the Citrus Fire-Grilled Chicken, though I requested shredded lettuce with mine instead of rice and beans (they asked if I wanted sauteed vegetables instead). The chicken was very tasty and not dry.

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Lee ordered the Carne Asada & Red Chile Enchilada Platter - he opted for the sauteed vegetables with his and enjoyed everything.

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As you can see, we managed to fill our time very nicely JUST with live entertainment - and we didn't have a lot of to kill in between the various acts.

Jason continued with his park day after we left, so here's the rest of his day...

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The neon coming on in Cars Land.

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Luigi's sign

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DJ rolling out for his Dance Party.

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Walked back through the Mad T Party as the band was performing.

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A random Cars Land picture as I was heading to World of Color

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World of Color

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Made it to Main Street just as the music was coming up and lights out for Magical.

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A group of cast members standing in the middle of the tram stop waving to trams.

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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, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/03/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

I started off my Holiday weekend at the Disneyland Resort. First stop DCA.

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There is a new summer edition of the Buena Vista Bugle on newstands.

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They no longer have Cast Members at each Fastpass machine for World of Color. You are on your own to put your ticket in and get your Fastpass. There was one CM nearby to answer questions.

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The Lone Ranger Train is in the Transportation Plaza on the East side of the Esplanade

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Disneyana has moved into the former Gallery Location in the Bank of Main Street.

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The Disney Gallery has moved next door into a small portion of the Opera House Lobby. I will take an extended look around both in a separate posting in a few days.

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In Town Square a photo location has been set up for Independence Week, part of the Limited Time Magic Promotion

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The horses are celebrating the 4th too.

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Woody was just wrapping up his show as I arrived in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

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Time for the Billies

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You can assemble hats to celebrate at the Roundup.

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Next stop the Golden Horseshoe. They had stacks of the Frontierland Express on the counter, this one page publication is an ad for the Lone Ranger.

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A check on Rainbow Ridge

The facades look just about complete.

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Lone Ranger merchandise in Frontierland.

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This hat is $30 if you were curious.

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Made it over to the Big Thunder Jamboree a few minutes into the 3:25pm set of the College Band.

A video clip of the Band performing on the Sunny Side of the Street featuring the trombone section.



Chip and Dale roaming around.
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Next up a visit to the Disney Gallery, which is now housed in the lobby of the Opera House, where the Disneyland Story/Models were. (A more detailed look in a future blog post)

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A sample of the art work on the wall.

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The Barker Bird used to be out front of the attraction.
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The artist station is now in the back room in what is now called the Disneyana store.

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Some of the Tiki Room merchandise that is available.

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Refreshment Corner had a new menu item for Independence Week. It is a pulled pork hot dog with slaw for $7.79 (thought it should have been $7.76 to be more patriotic).

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As did Plaza Inn

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The College Band arriving for their 5:05 set

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I had not noticed before but there is no longer a drinking fountain on the west side of the train station. Guessing it was removed during the last rehab.

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The College Band arriving for the nightly Flag Retreat

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The Dapper Dans sporting their Red, White, and Blue costumes for the 4th.

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A couple of clips from the Flag Retreat.

Heading over to DCA for a quick walk through. No waits to hop between parks right now.

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Award Wieners has Monsters University items.

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Another temporary store has been set up on the corner, this time for Disney Junior.

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This was something I had not seen.. adults and kids all over the rail along Cross Street, occasionally you see a kid. Why? Is it that hard to stand up or is the view that much better from a foot closer? And where are the cast members to get them back on the proper side of the rail?

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For Independence Week Mickey is decked out in red, white and blue.

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Time for the 7:15pm set of the All American College Band.
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Meet the members of the 2013 All-American College Band.

Arrived on Route 66 in time to watch the neon come on for the evening.

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The Wharf Cafe had bread to mark the holiday.. these appear to be liberty bells with 1776 on them.

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Video of the Fourth of July preshow for the World of Color. It appeared to be the same as the last couple of years and due to the light breeze in our face meant we got smoke and some mist and not very good pictures.


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This years show featured Glow with the Show but unfortunately only one set near me and they were on a child so I could not get pictures/video of the ears with the show going on.

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Caught the first 10 minutes or so of World of Color before making my way to Disneyland.

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Back to Main Street USA and the Independence Week photo location.

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Video of the Disneys Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, 2013 edition.


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



June 18, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, June 14, 2013.

It has been three weeks since my last visit to the Resort due to a trip to Alaska I was on. So here is a look at what was going on as summer gets underway as well as some of the ongoing projects.

The Disneyland Hotel has received a new sign at the entrance on Magic Way. Cast Members were still putting the finishing touches on the landscaping this afternoon.

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In Downtown Disney there is an exhibit for the WiiU video game console.

Inside each cube you could try out the game.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13


While I was gone ticket prices increased. Parking also went up a dollar to $16 for a car.

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Both parks received new guide map covers and ad pages. Here is a look at Disneyland's:

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And DCA's:

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Main Street USA is all red, white and blue.

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Climbers have returned to the Matterhorn for the summer.

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The Jamboree area has gone all American for the summer too with Woody's All-American Roundup.

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The format of the area is much the same with some games, picture spots, coloring area, food, pins, and the stage.

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The food carts have a nice stand around them.

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The menu.

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Some of the items for sale

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Friday the stage was being used by the Billies and by a small show called Woodys Talent Roundup.

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

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Video of the Billies patriotic medley.

Cowboy Mickey and Minnie coming out for pictures, they changed with Goofy.

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The Billies performing the Battle of New Orleans.

For the finale the Toy Story gang joins the Billies.

Shortly after the Billies there was a short character show called Woodys Talent Roundup. Since there were no signs or postings most of the audience had disappeared before it started.

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A video clip from the Talent Roundup.


One of the photo backdrops.

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The stage coach is also set up as a photo backdrop.

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Out in the ranch area the goats are in the patriotic spirit too.

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The Big Thunder project is moving along. Scaffolding is up on some of the mountain now.

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Rainbow Ridge is moving along.

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The hills of Toontown have a new ridge. They have hidden the safety rails that were put up on the roof recently.

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The Orbitron has seen better days..

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Today was Flag Day so I stopped for the nightly Flag Retreat.

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In the Main Street Opera House Lobby the Disneyland Story section is behind curtains. Is a new exhibit coming or just some work on the current one?

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The Disney Gallery is receiving a new exhibit.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

The sun shades on the upper level of the Carthay appear to be completed.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 6/14/13

At DCA, Dancing with Disney has returned to Hollywood Land, but closed at 5pm so I did not make it inside.

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A safety chain has been added around the bikes at the Monsters U meet and greet since my last visit. I like the eyes on the poles.

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The Cozy Cone Fountain is slowly coming back together but not operational yet.

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Sarge's this afternoon.

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The Racers turn one year old as does the rest of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. Hard to believe it's been a year already.

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Out in the Pier the flowers were in bloom.

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The 300th Army Band getting ready to perform. They were at Downtown Disney to celebrate the Army's birthday today (#238). They started over 30 minutes late though - so much for punctuality. I thought it was poor no one announced the new start time. First up was a jazz group.

Next up was a group called the Classics (I did not stay around for the third portion of the band).

Return to DCA. Noticed they had the side door of the Carthay Circle open. This leads to the check in counter and then to the lounge.

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For Father's Day there is an Incredibles Limited Time Magic event going on. From 10am to 6pm you can have your picture taken in front of this backdrop.

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Stopped by the Mad T Party for a while. There are new songs in the set for the summer.

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Walked through Cars Land.

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Found a spot for World of Color which turned three this past week.

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I did not catch it till it was too late, but there is a new act at the Mad T Party.. an aerialist. Maybe next trip...

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



April 16, 2013

Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries @ Disneyland Innoventions

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 12, 2013.

A new exhibit opened at Innoventions this weekend. Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries. This exhibit is being listed as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion. On Friday there was a Disneyland Annual Passholder Preview event where you were able to see the exhibit and then Tomorrowland remained open for two hours after park closing. To attend you just had to have a valid Disneyland Annual Passport and show up to get a wristband for the event. Distribution started at 1:00pm at Innoventions. I arrived a little after 1pm and the line wrapped around the first floor and stretched down the old entrance and out into Tomorrowland.

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The line moved rather quickly as they had cast members scanning passes, then a second group putting wristbands on and then you walked by a table and were given an Iron Man 3 poster.

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Here is the poster.

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Innoventions has received some new banners for the Iron Man Tech.

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The event started at 6:00pm. I arrived about quarter to 6:00 and the line was the longest line I can remember seeing for Innoventions. It filled the upper level, ramp, and down into Tomorrowland eventually.

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The entrance to Innoventions received some Iron Man signage too.

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The line stretched into Tomorrowland.

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The line took about 45 minutes to get through. Once inside the former Honda/Segway area houses this exhibit. There are two parts, the first is Tony Stark's Hall of Armor featuring the Mark I through VII suits and the 42 suit.

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The Mark I through VII suits.

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The second area of the exhibit is the Suit Up experience where you can virtually try out an Iron Man Suit.

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Some more props in the queue for the experience.

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After working through the queue you are directed to one of two stations and are fitted with your suit and given a chance to test it out. Here is a video clip of a guest going through some of the experience.


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A closer look at the screen during a test run.

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After the experience you exit through a walkway lined with images from the film.

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Hope you enjoyed this look at the Iron Man Tech presented by Stark Industries at Innoventions. 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.



Long Lost Friends Week - Disneyland Limited Time Magic

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Long Lost Friends Week

Disney's Limited Time Magic offering at Disneyland for the week of April 8-14 was Long Lost Friends Week. Prior to the event guests were able to participate in an online poll to select the characters that would appear at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. It included characters from both classic and more contemporary Disney animated cartoons and features.

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Disneyland has done these sorts of character events in the past, and this followed the same sort of format. There were five backdrops in the Festival Arena, each with a separate queue. There were 10 sets of characters rotating every 30 minutes.

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At the beginning of each session there was usually a character procession, where the new sets of characters came out and were introduced before going to their meet areas.

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There was a Disney Photopass photographer at each area. They would also take a photo with your camera. In the interest of moving people through they requested only one photo/camera per group. They also requested no autographs - instead they handed out autograph cards at each station. As you can see in the photo below, the autographs were on one side, and the name of the movie was on the other side. I was very happy that they did this - it really made the lines move a lot faster, and gave the characters an opportunity to interact with the guests instead of signing autographs.

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Friar Tuck, Robin Hood, Prince John, and Sheriff of Nottingham. Ooh de lally!

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They alternated with The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.

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The characters seemed to be having a good time playing off each other.

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Scrooge McDuck and Ludwig von Drake.

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Mulan (disguised as the warrior Ping) and Mushu. She was especially good about suggesting various poses for the photos.

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Frollo, Esmeralda and Clopin.

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The most popular group was Wendy, Peter Pan, Mr. Smee and Captain Hook. They took quite a bit of time with each set of guests. The pirates were gleeful when I said I wanted to pose with them.

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Governor Ratcliffe, John Smith, Pocahontas and Meeko.

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Jane Porter and Terk. (What about Tarzan? I think Tarzan would have been VERY popular...)

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Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. I don't think I'd ever seen these three except in a parade. They were very sweet.

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Lilo and Stitch were obviously having a lot of fun. Stitch was getting into all kinds of mischief - like tying their handler's pigtails in a knot.

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At one point Lilo had to leave, so Stitch did a number of poses for us while we were waiting.

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There were some special food offerings available, like these Monte Cristo Bites.

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Though there were park-wide announcements throughout the day describing the event, those I talked to in line around me were annual passholders who knew about it in advance rather than day guests. It was consistently busy but not over-crowded when I was there. I thought it was a very nice event and the guests and the characters seemed to be enjoying themselves and the opportunity for more personal interaction.

February 24, 2013

Disneyland Limited Time Magic - Presidents Week

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos of Disneyland's Presidents Week Limited Time Magic, featuring the Voices of Liberty.

This week, I stopped by the Main Street Opera House, where the Voices of Liberty were performing in honor of Presidents Day, as part of this week's Limited Time Magic.

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The Voices of Liberty's special show for the week included presidential quotes, highlights and some different songs than their normal set.

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The Voices of Liberty opening number God Bless the USA.

Another clip, This is My Country.


The Voices of Liberty Finale, Golden Dream.


This video is of the entire show (except for a few seconds in the middle where my camera paused).


On the way out, I saw one of the Limited Time Magic ear headbands in the Mad Hatter.

Disneyland Limited Time Magic - Presidents Week


Later in the day, I stopped by the Opera House for one more concert from the Voices of Liberty.

Interesting note. They performed the same set, but several of them switched parts for the performance.

Disneyland Limited Time Magic - Presidents Week

Disneyland Limited Time Magic - Presidents Week


See more of my photo highlights from this week's visit to the Disneyland Resort later this week!

January 25, 2013

Disneyland Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks in late January, 2013.

The New Orleans Bayou Bash has returned as part of Limited Time Magic on weekends through February 12.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

The festivities are the same as last year. There is a Mardi Gras Celebration.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

And a Traditional Jazz Band.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Time for the Traditional New Orleans Jazz Band plus Goofy!

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Video clips of the Jazz Band performance. This year only Goofy, last year Minnie and Mickey joined in.


Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

For the celebration special menu offerings around New Orleans Square.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash


No characters were out when I walked by, but I heard they were alternating Princess Tina and Mickey/Minnie in Mardi Gras attire.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

The Blue Bayou offerings.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash


A couple carts set up in the park near the Train Station.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

The Harbour Galley also has some special food offerings.

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash


Time for Princess Tiana's Mardi Gras Celebration!

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

Limited Time Magic - New Orleans Bayou Bash

A video clip from the show, it appeared to be the same as last year.

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