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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.

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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 15, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 7/12/13

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

As you entered Disneyland today they were still passing out free Monsters University buttons.

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A wall up around one of the windows on the Market house as the Starbucks conversion rolls along.

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Mary Poppins and Bert with the Pearly band.

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The Jolly Trolley has been removed from Toontown, hopefully for some touch-up work and not forever.

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Saw a couple of these signs scattered around and a lot of groups of kids that looked like dancers. No initial indication of what it was, but I found out later on...

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Waiting for Happy Hans and his son to start their set. Once they did I learned quickly the audio is not played out where I was.. I had to move near the Alice in Wonderland attraction and restrooms.

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Happy Hans and his son Erik were performing this week as part of the Limited Time Magic Promotion. Here is the first of a handful of video clips.


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Polka Time!


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Time for some yodeling..

The finale featured "It's a small world."


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Moving over to Frontierland a check in on Rainbow Ridge.

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Headed over to Disney California Adventure next. The Red Car Trolley was not stopping at the front of the park.

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The News Boys performing in Carthay Circle.

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Yellow squares to lead you to Dancin' with Disney.

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Inside still a light crowd.. so if you are looking for air conditioning, character interaction, and a place to let the kids run keep this in mind from 1-5pm daily.

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Tower of Terror was a walk-on this afternoon.

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Empty cartons on Flik's Flyers

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The fountain at the Cozy Cone has returned to operation after what seems like several months of work.

A video clip of it in action.

The line was posted at 90 minutes for the Racers and the extended queue was not even set up.

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The truck/jeep that was parked out near GRR is now gone. Wonder if it is gone for good or just work? Seems like it should be gone for good given how they have modified the props.

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In the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street they now have some grab and go items in the coolers.

A salad.

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A roast beef sandwich for $9.29. There's also a turkey sandwich for the same price.

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The Lone Ranger Train has moved on.

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Back to Disneyland - stopped by Disneyana.. a look in the vault.

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The College Band performing at the Flag Retreat which was at 5pm instead of 6pm today.

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The Billies were performing on the main stage at Woody's All American Roundup

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Mickey came out as they were performing and he danced with this princess for a while since there was no real crowd around him.

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A check of the Big Thunder paint progress.

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The Dance the Magic group was doing a pre-parade performance before the 6:30pm Soundsational parade. This is the same group that does the large performances for the Christmas Parades and other events.

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I was in Town Square then noticed the group kept on going...

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A series of video clips of the Dance the Magic! performance.

I relocated to the hub for a better picture. I managed to beat the front of the group down the street.

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They just kept on coming.. notice the bright green group in the back.

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That green group is now at the end of the street and they still filled the rest of the street.

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You can finally see the end (the rope in the background).

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Disney had several cameras along the route too, here is one on a pole.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle this afternoon.

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Time for the 7:15pm All American College Band set.

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Their finale is an Earth, Wind, and Fire medley. Here is a video from Friday.

Heading back to DCA.

Well guess all caps TODAY does not mean all day today.. the Red Car Trolley was stopping at the front of the park now.

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Lone Ranger items in Big Top Toys.

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Ornament Valley this evening.

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Thought the shadow here looked interesting.

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A couple pictures of Magical from Carthay Circle and Buena Vista Street.

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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 26, 2013

How I Spent My Monstrous Summer Day

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by Jason, Jeanine, and Laura

We thought we would collect up some of the photos we took and tweets we sent out during Disneyland's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter and share them here.

(We must give credit where credit is due, and tell you that Jeanine is the only one who made it through all 24 hours of the event. She should get something for that...a good night's sleep at the very least!)

Our day began well before 6:00 a.m., as we all made our way to the Esplanade to await park opening.

Early arrivals received these "monstrous" glasses.

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We were (pleasantly) surprised that there weren't too many people, and it really wasn't crazy at all. Both Disneyland and DCA were going to be open for 24 hours, so people were lining up at the gates on both sides.

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Mike and Sulley made a couple of announcements and then did a countdown - there were bursts of fireworks over both park entrances.

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Inside Disneyland there was a gauntlet of characters and cast members waiting to greet guests as they entered the park.

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Everyone received a button when they went through the turnstiles.

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@disneygeekcom: A look at the Time Guide for today's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter page 1

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There was special event merchandise (of course). We saw lots of people wearing the shirts.

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Special mouse ears.

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Hour 1: We went over to DCA. The news boys were handing out Buena Vista Bugles.

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Each park had a photo-op sign with a clock on it.

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Radiator Springs Racers wasn't open yet, but they were running cars on the track.

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Hour 2: There's a Monsters University meet and greet in Hollywood Land - themed like a college dorm.

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Hour 3: Cast members at the entrance to Cars Land had bags of the "Cars" buttons they distribute there, and were entertaining guests as they asked trivia questions (though everyone eventually was given a button whether they answered correctly or not).

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@disneygeekcom:There was a free screening of Monsters University this morning at AMC in Downtown Disney

@Just Jeanine: Just saw Monsters University! Two thumbs way up!

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While Jeanine and Jason were at the screening Laura wandered around the two parks.

Hour 5: Back at Paradise Gardens they are preparing for the OPA! celebration of Greece this weekend (most of the events will take place over in Disneyland).

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There are new "monster-sized" 32 oz drink mugs ($7.79).

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Many dining locations had special food items for the day. Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta featured this Mac & Cheese flatbread pizza.

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There were also various treats at locations like Trolley Treats, the Candy Palace, and Pooh Corner.

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The Monsters sign in Disneyland's Town Square at 11:40.

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Hour 6: Disneyland was still not crowded - very short line for a meet and greet with Jessie.

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Hour 7: Disneyland wait times. Kind of quiet for a Friday afternoon.

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Hour 8: We all met up again to go to the Annual Passholder Preview of Mickey and the Magical Map - there were three that afternoon.

@disneygeekcom: Waiting for Mickey and the Magical Map annual passholder preview

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Hour 9: At Plaza Inn the special food offering was Fried Chicken and Waffles - Mickey waffles!

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Back over at DCA we used our Radiator Springs Racers fastpasses.

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@disneygeekcom: Sulley out for pictures by his dorm

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Hour 10: Lucky Fortune Cookery's Monstrous All-Nighter special was chicken and vegetable potstickers.

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Hour 11: Time for the Pixar Play Parade. It now leads off with a Monsters University pep rally.

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Sulley with the Fear Tech mascot - Archie the Scare Pig.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 13 of #disney24 Genie: "Take your time Al--the park's open 24hrs."

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Hour 14: @disneygeekcom: Main Street is nice and crowded now

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@disneygeekcom: One last look at the #Disneyland wait board before heading out.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 15 of #disney24 Crowded, but nothing a mint julep and Fantasmic! can't ameliorate.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 17 of #disney24 Swing is back in style at the Carnation Garden Plaza.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 19 of #disney24 Cartoons in Toontown! #justgothappier @ Mickey's Toontown

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@JustJeanine: Hour #21 of #disney24 I'm not dead yet.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 22 of #Disney24 Have the whole boat to myself.

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@JustJeanine: Hour 23 of #disney24 Almost there... #justgothappier @ Peter Pan's Flight

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@JustJeanine: Hour 24 of #disney24 All Good Things Must End... @ Sleeping Beauty Castle

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@JustJeanine: Now's the time to say goodbye... #disney24 #justgothappier @ Disneyland Railroad, Main St. Station

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And that's how we spent our Monstrous Summer Day.

The End.

May 21, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 5/17/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, May 17, 2013.

D23 Expo banners now line Disneyland Drive

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The fountain at the Mickey and Friends Tram stop in Downtown Disney has fences around it.

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First stop today, DCA, to pick up a wristband for the Limited Time Magic Annual Passholder event this afternoon. Animator Eric Goldberg will be featured in a "Master Class" of the Animation Academy.

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After getting my wristband I then headed over to Disneyland. A look toward the Castle on Main Street USA

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Walked through Innoventions, Iron Man Tech is still drawing a fair number of guests. We were held at the entrance for a couple of minutes as they were spacing people out before allowing you to enter the building.

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A couple of ducks out for a stroll.

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The new Fantasyland Theatre signage is up, only a week until the new show officially opens. Interesting the main sign is generic and not show specific.

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Off to the side one for the upcoming show.

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Troubadour Tavern has reopened.

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The menu, the baked potatoes have not returned. (The updated menu on AllEars is HERE)

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From the Mark Twain you can see Rainbow Ridge is moving along and looking great.

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The paving/planter project in New Orleans Square continues, so the train station is not available.

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On Main Street the porch area is being worked on and behind walls.

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The painting project of the Market House/Disneyana facades looks to be wrapping up.

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The door across the street still looks the same.

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Over to the Hollywood Backlot in DCA. No visible progress on the Monsters University dorm overlay to this facade.

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I made my way to the Animation building for the 4pm session with Eric Goldberg.

A brief introduction by a host.

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Then Eric took the stage for his presentation and drawing lesson. Right after I took this picture a cast member came by and informed us that no photos were allowed. So I was then able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the presentation. Unfortunately it means no pictures to share. The event was open to all Annual Passholders, you just had to visit the Animation Building during the day to get a wristband then return for the event at the time you received (they ran sessions at 3,4,5 and 6). Eric took the stage and gave a 25-minute or so presentation on some of his work showing some early tests and sharing stories about some of the characters he worked on. He discussed Abu, Iago, the Genie, Phil, and Louis. He also showed some tests he did for Wreck-It Ralph of Sour Ball and King Candy. After his presentation he conducted a very quick set of tutorials on how to draw Pinocchio and Phil for us (a later session did the Genie and Goofy/Pluto). They then selected a handful of guests to join him on stage and showcase their work. The entire session ran about 45 minutes. I would have enjoyed more stories instead of the drawing lesson, especially since I cannot draw and he was going so fast most could not really keep up.

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Moving on to Cars Land. I saw/heard that they re-striped Route 66 again last week.

Thought maybe the plan was to better blend in the sides.

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But it does not appear so...or if it was it does not look much better.

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A couple small blooms and several look ready to pop in the cactus garden.

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A fun stroller cruising through the parks.

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At the bandstand outside Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta The Ellis Island Boys were performing (oops on the focus... grabbed the tree vs them).

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Some of the 2013 Grad Merchandise.

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For you Duffy Fans a look at the window/selection on the Pier.

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At the Carthay Circle Restaurant both outdoor seating areas are closed. Looks like they are building a structure to cover the patios.

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Back to Disneyland, Tomorrowland was a mass of people as usual on Friday night.

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1st Anniversary Pins for Buena Vista Street and Cars Land were in the Little Green Men Store.

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Out in Toontown the Goofy Water fountains have finally returned and the lights and sound effects were working. I think I first noticed the fountains gone back in October so it has been a long process.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Back to DCA. Grad Nite was starting to take over Cars Land with signs and barriers going up.

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Tower was up to 90 minutes and a large number of guests in the area.

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Random Monsters University merchandise in Elias and Co.

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The lobby carpet in the Grand Californian has returned, the temp solid color carpet is gone.

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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.

April 8, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

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

The spring break season is wrapping up this weekend and the parks were fairly crowded but not insane. Upon entering the park spotted a new popcorn bucket offering, you can now purchase Dumbo buckets for $12. The two carts on Main Street and the one in the Small World Mall had them.

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The Big Thunder project continues to roll along. You can see some holes cut into the mountain now.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Rainbow Ridge has really taken shape. The plywood is up.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Spring has arrived at the Big Thunder Ranch and Jamboree.

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The Jamboree was quiet since it was between performances.

Some Rodeo Games are now out. Next week it will not be so peaceful out here since Long Lost Friends week will be using the Jamboree for character Meet and Greets as part of the Limited Time Magic Promotion.

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The photo backdrop has been decked out for Spring too.

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Cowboy Mickey was roaming around (as was Minnie). If you are looking for quiet character photos try stopping by the Ranch. More times than not it is not crowded and characters are roaming around looking for guest interaction.

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Vending carts have encircled the old Kodak Information kiosk near Small World.

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Walked back toward the hub by way of Tomorrowland, not much happening there, just guests everywhere. Here is a peaceful garden shot near the entrance.

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Noticed there was no stroller parking set up along the hub. So guess Fantasy Faire is holding its own ok now. The wait at the Royal Hall was posted at 60 minutes.

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Coke Corner/Refreshment Corner now has a new arch and sign (it says Corner Cafe on it).

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One last look at Town Square and Main Street before heading over to DCA.

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At DCA the Spring Issue of the Buena Vista Bugle is on news stands. Be sure to pick up a copy if you are in the park, its a fun read!

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The Oz preview is gone from the Hollywood Backlot and the Muppets have returned to their theater.

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Fastpasses gone for the day and 65 minute wait. The Spring Break crowds do enjoy Tower.

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Out in Cars Land there is a Limited Time Magic offering, Cozy Cone Hats ($24.95) available at Sarge's Surplus.

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If you really want to go crazy buy both hats and make a "Flying Tires" game out of it.

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Had to share at least one picture of Ornament Valley this afternoon

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DJ rolling out for a Dance Party.

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Goofy walking out for an Instant Concert.

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The swings have returned and the line was using the extended queue underneath.

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Walked through the Grand Californian, noticed they still have the plain carpet. Wonder if the other carpet is ever coming back.

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Spring break! Life guards in warm clothes... the temps topped out about 70 today with a breeze. It was cooler by this point of the afternoon. The pools themselves had a fair number of guests in them.

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Out in Downtown Disney the work has wrapped up and a new, more permanent stage is set up near ESPN.

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Downtown Disney had a lot of guests roaming around.

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The window ads at the Grand Californian on the way to Downtown Disney have been updated recently. One is DVC, another D23, and then this one Carthay Circle/Napa Rose.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13

Walked through the World of Disney on my way back to the parks. Some Spring Break shirts.

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Due to the later sunsets the Mad T Party kicks off in the daylight now.

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Returned to Disneyland for Mickey's Soundsational Parade

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 4/05/13


Elvis, Scot Bruce, was performing at Tomorrowland Terrace.

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Some scaffolding up on the exterior of the Alice in Wonderland building. Looked like facade work.

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Buena Vista Street. The Carthay with Mickey in front.

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The Mad T Party is more impressive at night. The lights make a big difference.

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Tower of Terror was up to an 80-minute wait now.

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Finally seeing Remember...Dreams Come True (been trying to see it since it returned in January but between cancellations, fog, and other distractions I have missed it till tonight). I made it to Main Street with only about a minute to spare, thanks to only four turnstiles being open to enter Disneyland.

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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 17, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/15/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 15, 2013.

To kick off the President's Day weekend I spent Friday afternoon/evening at the Disneyland Resort. It was one of those winter days where you are reminded how nice Southern California is, the temperature crept up to the low 80s and there was a pleasant breeze most of the day. The crowds at the parks were on the heavy side due to the holiday weekend and great weather.

True Love Week was in full swing around the Resort still as part of the Limited Time Magic campaign. This included the return of some Valentine decorations to Town Square.

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As well as a photo meet and gree with Mickey and Minnie (who were alternating with Donald and Daisy) with a heart backdrop.

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At the point in Town Square was a large heart to take pictures around. Thought it was fun a picture catching a glimpse of Dale through the crowd in the background...

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The castle had some banners for True Love Week.

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The Fantasy Faire project is racing along toward the announced opening date of March 12th. They were working well into the evening in the area.

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The waits around the park were on the high side, 40 minutes for the Jungle Cruise this afternoon.

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There are now signs up at all Fastpass distribution areas reminding you that you are to return during the window on the ticket. Cast members are starting to enforce the end time which is a new practice for Disneyland, WDW started doing this last year.

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The Bayou Bash is over and New Orleans Square is back to normal.

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The Billies have returned to the Golden Horseshoe and the menu has returned to normal too (minus the cheese sticks).

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One of the Big Thunder Ranch residents was out near the Big Thunder entrance.

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The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area had performing arts groups today. Plus a couple of Country Bears roaming around.

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The Mad Tea Party has returned. Anyone ride yet? Did they change the resistance again?

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For True Love Week Princes were escorting their Princesses at the Meet and Greet area along "small world" way. Here are several pictures of the royal couples.

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Belle has a new gown now, check out my 2/1 update for pictures of the old one if you do not remember it.

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Near by... Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters...

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Some flowers and other props for True Love Week in Snow White's Grotto.

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The Opera House was being turned into a Cinema for the evening for an Annual Passholder screening of Lady and the Tramp, because of these showings Great Moments ran its last show at 3:00pm.

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To celebrate Presidents weekend I had to stop by and watch Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

There were a fair number of tourists in the showing I attended. The Cast Member doing the introduction to conclude his spiel said now reach below your seat to find your 3D glasses and more than half the audience bent over to look for them!

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Made my way to DCA.

They announced an Annual Passholder Preview for the Oz sneak peek this evening. It was on the AP website and there were signs in the park.

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The Hyperion Bridge paint scheme is continuing to evolve. Not sure where it is going...

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Disney Junior is currently closed for an update.

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Oz has taken over the Muppet theater. A photo op out front.

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Walked by the Racers and noticed the Fastpass return line was backed up. Only a 90 minute standby wait.

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The Lunar New Year menu was still available in the Pacific Wharf Cafe

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I walked back to Cars Land to eat.. here was the view from my table.. a great vista to relax and eat.

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The DCA Fastpass machines also received signs.

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The Silly Symphony Swings are being worked on. The ride mechanism looks like it has been removed. I could not go on the Fun Wheel for pics unfortunately.

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The refurbishment of Grizzly River Run is slowly moving along.

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The cupcakes in the Cafe on Buena Vista Street.

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A couple special offerings at Award Wieners for the Oz preview.

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On the way into the screening they gave everyone bubbles. I heard there were buttons too but somehow missed those.

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Time for the clip which ran about 8 minutes.

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For True Love Week there was a brief (2 minute) castle projection/light show. Here is a video of the event. The castle lighting effects looked better in person but you can get a feel for it and the projections with this video.

Stills of the event.

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Fantasmic returned this evening. I managed to find two sets of Glow Ears to stand behind and see how they interact with the show. As I looked around the audience I saw maybe a handful of them only.

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Since the Mark Twain is out of service the characters all take to the stage for the finale.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/15/13

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



February 7, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, February 1, 2013.

I arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after lunch and opted to walk to the parks through Downtown Disney. Over at the Disneyland Hotel the walls that were around the end of the Fantasy Tower are all gone and the area cleaned up.

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They are still working on the park area where the ice rink was.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

Some work going on in Downtown Disney near ESPN Zone.

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Looks like they are laying or replacing some piping/conduit maybe.

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A temporary stage set up closer to where the ice rink was due to the work going on where the stage usually is.

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No real visible progress on the Fossil store.

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Waiting to get into Disneyland. The lines were moving rather slowly this afternoon and were backed up beyond the Monorail beam.

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The waits around 1:35pm, not bad at all with the longest posted being 25 minutes only.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

A quick look over at the Fantasy Faire as it races toward its announced opening date of March 12th. Laura recently had the opportunity to go behind the walls so check her posting for unobstructed pictures or you can visit my full update to see my regular assortment of pictures.

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No real visible progress here.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13


This was the last weekend for the Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue as part of the Limited Time Magic. There were no tickets for later shows of the Revue but was able to walk right in on Standby for the 2:00pm show.

If you would like to see pictures and video be sure to check out my update from January 11th for an extensive look at the show.

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This time around I just took a couple pictures and enjoyed the show.

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One video clip of Miss Lilly talking about Walt and the history of the Golden Horseshoe then the Can Can!


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Not much visible progress from this angle at Big Thunder.

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The Cowboy Roundup was just concluding as I entered the Jamboree.

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The Billies took the stage a few minutes later.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

Moving on to New Orleans Square now. The Bayou Bash has a few more weekends left in its run.

The traditional jazz band making its way through New Orleans, I posted pictures and video in the January 18th update if you would like to see more.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

They were working on the Mark Twain into the evening, you could hear the saws after dark as they redo the wood work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

Splash Mountain is down for its annual work.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

Went for a cruise aboard the Columbia. Here is a look toward Big Thunder. They have a lot of equipment/tools out for the project. No signs of work going on this afternoon though.

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Noticed a time lapse camera set up looking toward the mountain (just to the left of center frame here). Demo work has begun on Rainbow Ridge, in the background you can see the front is gone from one of the facades.

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Two of the three Fantasmic light/fountain platforms are being worked on. This is the center one.

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This is the one near the Tom Sawyer Island dock (the left most platform when looking at the stage).

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Looking back.

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Wait times are going up. This was at 3:42pm

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Now over to Disney California Adventure. Both sides of Maters were running today.

The one side has a new surface now.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

A patch of concrete has been replaced along the parade route.

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Over at Fillmores beads have returned.

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Flo's V8 Cafe was closed due to the work.

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Lightning making his way through Radiator Springs.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

Work continues on GRR as they replace more of the wood along the flume.

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For World of Color they had you entering through the front side of the area today.

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The bridge received some new logs too.

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On my way back to Disneyland passed Chip and Dale.

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In Fantasyland the Mad Tea Party is closed for some work.

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I was this close to getting a great pictures with several princesses... just a few seconds too slow getting to the area..

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I did get some individual pictures..

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Small World is closed as the Holiday show is removed.

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No real visible progress on the Fantasyland Theater either.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle this evening.

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Cafe Orleans is closed for some work, but still plenty of guests in the seating area.

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Stopped to catch Soundsational in Town Square.

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This evening there were three cast members watching the new concrete.

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A look down Route 66 this evening.

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Two of the three screens as you enter the Blue Sky Cellar had a short loop of Fantasy Faire work now, last visit they still had the old loops playing.

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A look at the new loop (I know the quality is terrible... but you can get the drift of what is being shown, the quality is my fault not with the capture).

Wonder if this video will be altered with Tony Baxter leaving WDI.

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These Never Tire benches looked new to me. There were three out by the Flying Tires viewing area.

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Current movie posters in the seating area for Award Wieners.

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Caught World of Color, was in the yellow section I think (there was no real crowd so the far side was open to all).

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Just noticed (guessing it changed a while ago) the reserved sections instead of saying preferred or a color now say the dining location on them.

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On the way out noticed they had encircled the tram parking area with large plastic barriers.

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Guess they do not want guests walking through there anymore.

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 2/01/13

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



January 25, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

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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 skyline has changed a bit, a large tower crane is visible over the trees. This is being used for the Big Thunder work.

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The train station has received an image on the scaffolding tarps, much nicer to look at!

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The park side.

Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

Main Street USA this afternoon. The snow has melted on the castle (Speaking of melting.. it was pushing 80 degrees out this afternoon and was a picture perfect day).

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The menu at the Stage Door Cafe has changed. The chicken nuggets and corn dogs are gone (the two things I liked!).

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The Big Thunder Trail has re-opened.

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The trail to Fantasyland is narrow due to the work on Big Thunder Mountain.

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A look through a crack in the fence.. you can see the base of the crane.

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Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

The Fantasy Faire progress. It's scheduled to open in March.

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Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree has re-opened, featuring Billy Hill and the Hillbillies and character meet and greets.

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Current food and beverage offerings.

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Time to head across the Esplanade to DCA. The Hyperion Bridge has been repainted. It now has colored panels. Before it was a solid color.

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Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

The new Buena Vista Street Bugle is out.

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Over at Mater's one side has a tent over it. They are working on resurfacing it.

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The original surface has taken a beating already and they are installing a new surface that should last longer.

Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

A look down Route 66. The telephone poles on the right side of the street that were used for Christmas decorations have been removed.

Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

Work on Grizzly River Rrun continues. Here they are rebuilding the railings.

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A section that has not been torn down.

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I was there during the Health and Fitness Expo that was part of Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. Here is some of the merchandise for this years race.

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A look at some of the race medals that were on display at the Run Disney booth.

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Jeff Galloway was on hand to answer questions, sign books, and pose for pictures.

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The other news of the expo was the new runDisney shoes by New Balance. They are available only at runDisney Expos (starting WDW marathon weekend) and are $125 plus tax.

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The Men's shoe features Mickey.

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And the Women's Minnie

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Disneyland Resort Photo January Update


In Downtown Disney the ice skating rink is gone, just a couple of buildings remain from it.

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The Fossil store is being remodeled.

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Heading back to Disneyland. The lights on the scaffolding give a different look..

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Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and Mickey and Minnie were hanging out, as well as a handful of other cast members and only a couple of guests.

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Last chance to see Small World Holiday this season.

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Crossed paths with Soundsational as I headed to Tomorrowland.

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Wreck-It Ralph has left the Starcade. Construction walls are up.

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Was able to just walk right onto the Haunted Mansion.

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Madam Leota was not floating yet.

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Back to DCA... the bridge at night.

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Passed through Radiator Springs on my way to World of Color (yeah I took the long way)

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Arrived a couple minutes before show time and was able to find an ok Standby spot for World of Color

Disneyland Resort Photo January Update

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 12, 2013

The Golden Horseshoe: Magically Back for a Limited Time

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Disneyland's Year of Limited Time Magic continues this week with the start of "A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue."

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While the show plays gratis throughout the day, the last show of the evening at 6:30pm currently plays only to Annual Passholders who have purchased a ticket in advance. The price is $35, and includes a box dinner, mint juleps, a souvenir mug, a CD, and the chance to not have to make a mad Pamplona bull run rush over to the podium for tickets in the morning.

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Seating is at shared tables--if you're not there with a party of four or more, you should probably be prepared to make new friends. Possibly close ones, if you end up at one of the packed-in tables in the center of the bottom floor.

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Last night being the opening evening, even Disneyland President/soon-to-be WDW President George Kalogridis was in attendance.

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The food was actually better than it had initially sounded to me--roast beef and ham sliders, with sides of potato salad, carrot salad, and berries, in trays similar to the ones used for the World of Color picnics. The sandwiches were pretty filling with condiments of honey mustard and horseradish sauce (packed in fairly tricky-to-open containers--I saw at least one commit suicide from the balcony in front of me) and the various salads gave a nice variety of flavors.

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But let's be real: The main reason you're going is for the souvenir boot mug filled with Fritos. Oh, they may tell you those are generic "corn chips," but you and I both know the Frito Kid had Klondike mine those Fritos just for us, as in the days of Frontierland yore: http://angryjim.com/fritokid/

The show's MC is Miss Lily, taking over from Slue-Foot Sue, and it's basically twenty minutes of fairly rambunctious song and dance, along with a lengthy segment where Miss Lily roams the floor searching for a fella. If you are the sort of audience member that prefers to watch without participation, maybe don't sit in the front or on the aisles.

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I think the only quibble anyone had about the show was wanting it to be longer--the original show, which can be found on YouTube, seemed more like 45 minutes. All of the Wally Boag material was cut, which seems like a missed opportunity, given that we were able to see one of Boag's successors in the show do a bit last year at the True Legends of the Golden Horseshoe tribute (I blogged about it here: http://land.allears.net/blogs/lauragilbreath/2011/09/ready_true_legends_of_the_gold_1.html )

Here, in an inexpertly shot video by me, are some of the highlights of this charming show:

As the show ended, they handed out small cakes with a photo of Walt and Lillian's 30th Anniversary party at the Golden Horseshoe printed on the top.

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Then, for an extra surprise, they also gave out CD copies of the old LP "Slue-Foot Sue's Golden Horseshoe Review," printed complete with original album art.

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The show itself (understandably, given it was the first day for it) seemed a little technically rough--some of the audio seemed occasionally hard to make out from where I was sitting and some of the performers were placed so as to block some of the stage view from the sides--but nothing that probably won't be ironed out after the first week. While initially, I had thought that $35 seemed a little pricey for a sandwich, I really thought that this particular AP event had enough special touches that it was very worthwhile.

With the recent high increases in the costs of the Disneyland annual passes, and the frankly underwhelming recent local discount offer, bringing back a nostalgic favorite like the Golden Horseshoe really goes a long way towards combating the creeping feeling that money, more than magic, is the main concern of the park.

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Walking out of the park after closing, with a mint julep in one hand, and a bootful of Fritos in the other? Well, perhaps you still can find some happiness in this harsh world...and magic, too--even if it's only for a limited time.

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The twenty minute show plays multiple times throughout the park's operating hours, and same-day reservations can be made in person, at the Saloon.

January 6, 2013

Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 1/4/13

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 4, 2013 as the New Year kicks off with Limited Time Magic events and the Christmas season comes to an end on January 6. We start off on Main Street USA for one last look at the Christmas decorations.

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Over at the new Fantasy Faire the cover for the dance floor is going on.

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Heading into Fantasyland. The new cover seems to go right along with the one on the Carrousel.

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Along the Big Thunder Trail the previous signage is back, including the Country Bears.

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This weekend the first Limited Time Magic event is happening at Disneyland, Dia De Reyes, Three Kings Day Celebration in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

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The time schedule for the day.

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A couple of posters explaining the celebration. (For more details, see Jeanine's blog)

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The Christmas banners and signage are gone. But some elements like the rope snowflakes remain.

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To the right the pin cart.

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Where Santa used to be is a meet and greet. The Three Caballeros were rotating with Mickey and Minnie.

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The Three Caballeros posing for pictures.

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A clip of the Divas performing the Mickey Mouse Club March, which wrapped up their set.

The food carts received new signage for the celebration too.

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The menu.

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A look at the food.

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Several times a day Mickey, Minnie, and the Fiesta Dancers lead a brief Street Party.

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Video of the Fiesta Street Party.

After the Street Party they head over to the photo area.

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Some of the dancers are by the Three Kings for pictures.

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A look at the displays around the three kings.

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The tables also received coverings for the event.

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Heading over the far side now.

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For coloring.

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In between character sets the photo area empties quickly.

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Throughout the day various community groups perform as part of Disney Performing Arts. Here is a dance company from Paramount California.

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A clip of the group performing.


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Moving on down the Big Thunder Trail.

Big Thunder closes Monday for a 9 month overhaul that will include new track, paint and trains.

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It would be great if one of the Limited Time Magic events this year featured more of the Country Bears!

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Speaking of events next week on January 10 the Golden Horseshoe one kicks off. Should be fun!

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Over to Disney California Adventure. While walking toward the Pier saw The Phineas and Ferb Dance Party, Holiday Edition is still going on.

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Was walking by the Pier and saw Duffy out.

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And Donald nearby.

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Was taking this picture of the Little Mermaid building when an Instant Concert Just Add Water started.
A quick video in case you were curious what it looked like from this side of the Bay.


The Carthay Circle this afternoon.

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Santa has moved back to the North Pole.

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Christmas merchandise remains in Elias & Co.

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Decided to try something different and walk through down Route 66 as the lights came on...due to the crowds I could not keep up with them, but in this video you get the drift of how they come on.


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Missed the tree lighting since the Cars lights came on so late.

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Noticed most of the doors were propped open along Buena Vista Street this evening.

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The waits around 5:10pm. Much longer than earlier in the day. Even Splash Mountain was over an hour.

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Headed back to the ranch. The new sign is up, the old sign looked liked it was damaged several months ago and removed.

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Stopped by the Three Kings Celebration for one last round of pictures.

Another dance group was out performing, I missed their name though.

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A video clip of the group performing.


The Three Kings - Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.

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Stopped by the Mad Hatter and a couple of the Disney Couture Ear Hats, the "Ear Hats" for January, are out. Here is one.

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Here is the January hat that is available for purchase.

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A Wintertime Enchantment moment taken looking down Main Street.

Stopped by the Mad T Party at DCA. Snow is still falling but was limited to one song in the middle of the set.

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Walking back through Cars Land to get to the Pier.

Had to stop for a picture of Ornament Valley and heard this Cars-inspired Holiday song.. Blowing Horns (Jingle Bells).

Buena Vista Street on my way out...one last look at the tree.

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Over to Disneyland. A look at the Main Street Tree during the snow fall after Believe In Holiday Magic.

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That wraps up this update and the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort for me.

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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.



January 4, 2013

Dia de los Reyes Magos at the Disneyland Resort

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From January 4-6, 2013, Disneyland Resort will be celebrating the Latin American holiday "Dia de los Reyes Magos", or Three Kings day.

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In case you lack familiarity with the holiday, Disney describes it thusly:
"Dia de Reyes, also known as Three Kings Day, is a festive holiday celebrated on January 6. From generation to generation, the people of Spain, Mexico, Central America, and Puerto Rico have enjoyed a rich cultural tradition of celebrating this popular holiday. Iconic symbols, time-honored traditions, scenic displays and children's activities play an important part in this festive occasion within the Hispanic cultures."

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"According to tradition, the Three Kings or los Reyes Magos (Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar) traveled by camel to follow the star of Bethlehem, bringing precious gifts with them. In many Latin American countries, children leave their shoes outside and fill them with hay for the animals, hoping to find surprises and gifts the next day from the Three Kings. Rosca de Reyes (Kings Cake) is a crown-shaped, lightly sweetened bread decorated with jewel-like candied fruit and is a traditional Three Kings Day holiday treat."

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Children's activities will be ongoing, with bilingual hosts participating in face-painting, coloring, and crown decorating, all taking place in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

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Live entertainment will be presented, including the Mariachi Divas and a variety of local folklorico ballet troupes and musicians.

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Opportunities will be presented for guests to meet and greet Mickey and Minnie in "Fiesta" costumes, as well as The Three Caballeros, Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito.

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AllEars' own Laura Gilbreath was on hand to chat with Claudia Erdogan and Andrae Gill from Global Marketing about a variety of topics, including the Three Kings celebration and the year-long Limited Time Magic campaign.

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She also spoke with Chef Martha who made one of the Buñuelo desserts that will be served at Rancho del Zocalo, and spoke about the other special holiday food offerings. (Laura tried it afterward and said it was delicious.)

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So if you're interested in celebrating this holiday with the Three Kings and the Three Caballeros, come on down to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland this weekend--Limited Time Magic only!

Related Links:

-- Disneyland Announces Three Kings Weekend Celebration

-- Why Walt Disney World Should Adapt Disneyland's Three Kings Celebration

-- Los Tres Reyes Mexican Storytellers in Epcot at Walt Disney World

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