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October 11, 2011

Disneyland Resort Photo Update

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us this photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, 10/8/11.

The Annual CHOC Walk in the Park fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County is next weekend and there are banners up around Downtown Disney for the event

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The ticket booth posters/ads have been swapped out. Annual Passes have returned and Aulani retired

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The Emporium project is complete.

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A look around the newly-finished Emporium interior

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No visible process on the camera shop work

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In Frontierland the re-planking and other projects are done

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Pirates is moving along, now the exterior around the front and Dream Suite are covered up

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The character Meet and Greet area in Critter Country has been redone and recently reopened

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The Adventureland restrooms are still closed as work continues there.

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From the hub you can just barely make out the top of the Carthay in the distance. Also noticed that the Cadillac Range does not block out the Hilton from this point of view (loop to the left of the train station).

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Over at DCA most of the merchandise carts are now this new type throughout the park

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A check in at the Cars Land work from the Fun Wheel

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Flo's is moving along slowly. Notice the worker inside.

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The entrance arch from the Wharf looks to have the majority of the concrete work done, painting should start soon. On the right you can see the mesh for the rock face that faces the Pier.

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More trees have been moved in around Maters so getting good shots of the area is a real challenge now. You can barely make out a couple of workers in behind the trees
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No visible progress on the Cozy Cones

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The building behind the cones is really taking shape and behind that you can see the frame for what looks to be a backstage gate

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The Carthay Circle Theater is looking great

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The exterior of the courthouse is ready for its covering

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The repainting of California Screamin' looks to be done - it is scheduled to re-open on Friday, October 15.

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This is taken from the Wharf and shows how the rock will turn the corner, curious how the transition will look

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From the Blue Sky Cellar area there are so many trees now pictures are tough to come by from this height

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The steel is up for the shops on the West side of Buena Vista street, hard to get a good picture

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Here you can see the new footprint is larger than the original

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Lamp posts, parade light stands, signage, a wigwag and more have been installed around the pump house

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The walls are down on the Backlot (and ElecTRONica has returned in the evenings)

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Another of the new merchandise kiosks, the Turkey Leg stand did not return to this corner

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Back to the pump house. Notice the canopy, it says Information, so wonder if a line board will be there or just CMs like the old DCA info booth

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The Halloween cups

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Some pumpkins from the Halloween Round-up

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Calling All Drummers is performed four times a day starting at noon

Random Toontown shot

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A long wait for Minnie

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Captain Hook reporting for his shift at the Villains Meet and Greet along the small world mall.

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The Oktoberfest area in Downtown Disney.

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Time to check out the Disneyland Hotel progress. The walls out front have been shifted around. Only the columns and fountain area area are behind them now.

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When you walk in the front door there is a water station and Disneyland Painting now

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The portion of the lobby against the front window is walled off

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So the check in area is really narrow right now (notice the character out interacting with guests)

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An interesting shot of the new and old, they have just the center elevator area to finish, both sides are done

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A not-so-hidden Mickey

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Wonder if the old photos will return, I really enjoyed seeing the old celebrity and Walt shots.

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Looking through a window in the wall you can see the pool deck has been poured

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Work is slowly moving along here

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A wider view of the area as the work enters its final stages

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Mickey and Minnie out performing on Main Street with the Straw Hatters

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And Chip and Dale were with the Hook and Ladder Company

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Main Street was alive with activity

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Jack Skellington was out in New Orleans Square

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A real cat along the Rivers of America

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The Cadillac Range at dusk

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Here you can just barely make out the foundation work for Sarge's going on

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The new trees get in the way of the panoramic shot I usually take from near the
Blue Sky Cellar

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A band at Oktoberfest

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On the stage near ESPN was a group called Paint in Motion. Here are some shots of the artwork, can you name the two rock celebrities

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A random shot of the pumpkin on Main Street

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To close with a couple of random World of Color shots. I had a Fastpass for Blue but showed up 5 minutes before show time so was in the back of the section, which was not bad except for all the kids on shoulders in the way.

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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


August 12, 2007

Attraction Comparison: Splash Mountain

Continuing my series of attraction comparisons...I decided to stick with the mountains, and compare the Splash Mountain attractions at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (MK) and Disneyland (DL).

Both are located in about the same area of the park - though at MK this area is in Frontierland, and at DL it's in Critter Country. Since it's inspired by characters from Song of the South, placing it in Frontierland seems a bit odd - I think DL's Critter Country is a better fit....though since MK doesn't have that, I guess Frontierland works better than Adventureland or Liberty Square!

DL's Splash Mountain opened first, in July 1989, while MK's attraction opened in October 1992. The distinctive outline of Chickapin Hill is quite visible in both parks. One other thing both attractions have in common is a VERY long queue that winds around and around and back and forth and inside and around some more. Before Fastpass (which both attractions have) I've stood in those lines and wound around and around...

(Below: MK's Splash Mountain, DL's Splash Mountain)

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Upon reaching the loading area you'll notice differences in the "log" vehicles. In DL's there are six "seats" (riders actually straddle a bench) per log - the last seat is larger and can accommodate a parent and child). At MK there are four rows of two seats so people can sit side-by-side - it's a lot more comfortable. Though the MK logs always seem to have a musty/mildewy smell - yuck.

(Below: MK's logs, DL's logs)

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The layouts of the ride are similar - each culminating in the drop down Chickapin Hill at the end - but the scenes inside the ride are pretty different. I really prefer MK's Splash Mountain - it actually has a much more coherent storyline about Brer Rabbit leaving home in search of adventure, and outwitting Brer Fox and Brer Bear before deciding that home isn't so bad after all. I've never quite figured out what the storyline is at DL - or if there even *is* one...mostly it just seems to move from scene to scene, each featuring many audio-animatronic characters recycled from the America Sings attraction (which I loved - pop goes the weasel!).

Anyway...I think the MK version is a lot bigger and brighter, and I love the jumping fountains in the cavern. You see a lot more of Brer Rabbit, too - I think he makes two or three more appearances at the MK than he does at DL. Though one thing I prefer about DL's version - as you begin the final ascent to the "Laughing Place", the tone changes, and the mood becomes ominous as Mama Mole sings: "What can poor Brer Rabbit do, to keep from becoming rabbit stew", and then Mama Rabbit joins in with: "Stay away from the Laughin' Place, you must beware, the fox is there". And then there's the two vultures perched overhead who also have less than encouraging things to say. It sure enhances the whole "I have a bad feeling about this" atmosphere.

While both attractions have the potential to get you pretty wet, in general I find I stay drier at DL - especially if I ask to sit in the back of the log (which I always do). And I make sure never to sit on the right side of the log at MK, because that's the wetter side. :-)

Everybody has a Laughin' Place - what's yours?

Laura

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