Updated ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Will Return to Disneyland Later This Year

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Photo © Disney Disney Gallery Will Find a New Home In the Current ‘Bank of Main Street’ Hiatus for ‘Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years’ Begins March 16 as Main Street Opera House Prepares For ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Homecoming ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 25, 2009) – A longtime favorite of Disneyland guests will return … Continue reading "Updated ‘Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln’ Will Return to Disneyland Later This Year"
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Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 1 — General Area

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Just like Frontierland, Adventureland is set back from The Hub. Because of this, it is much less intrusive in this otherwise Victorian area. I’ve also mentioned that the transition between lands is remarkably seamless at Disneyland Paris. Here is a picture taken from Fantasyland, looking through a portal to Adventureland. If you study the photo … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 1 — General Area"
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Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 4 — Phantom Manor

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Phantom Manor is Disneyland Paris’ version of the Haunted Mansion. It is neither better than nor inferior to its cousins around the world. It’s simply different. And these differences make it very intriguing for those of us familiar with the original version. Phantom Manor has a more complete storyline than the Haunted Mansion. It goes … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 4 — Phantom Manor"
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“it’s a small world” – Ride-through with Imagineer Kim Irvine

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The day before “it’s a small world” reopened at Disneyland, I had the opportunity to go on a ride-through of the attraction with Imagineer Kim Irvine, art director for the “small world” project. What follows is a transcript of Ms. Irvine’s comments while we were going through the attraction. (Ms. Irvine was asked what changes … Continue reading "“it’s a small world” – Ride-through with Imagineer Kim Irvine"
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Five and Dime

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The good olde days are back in Mickey’s Toontown where you can shop at the Five & Dime. Merchandise may change but generally you’ll find household items, candy, snacks, and stationery. Mickey’s Toontown is full of vibrant primary colors which give it a sunshine day kind of feeling. Disneyland, Anaheim, California
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Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 3 — Big Thunder Mountain and the Riverboats

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Big Thunder Mountain As with all Disney attractions, your journey on Big Thunder Mountain starts with the queue – and in this case, a very detailed queue. The line twists and turns around rusting mining equipment, amusing signs, and dilapidated buildings. Periodically, a mine train rolls by. Eventually you reach the boarding area and your … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 3 — Big Thunder Mountain and the Riverboats"
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Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 2 — The Outskirts of Town

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Frontierland can be divided into two sections, the town of Thunder Mesa, and the more rural, backwoods section. In my previous blog I discussed Thunder Mesa. Here I will talk about the outskirts of town. Let’s start with the Pocahontas Indian Village. This is a children’s play area with a Native American theme. Kids can … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 2 — The Outskirts of Town"
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Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 1 — Thunder Mesa

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Frontierland – Part 1 – Thunder Mesa Moving clockwise from the end of Main Street, Frontierland is the first land you come to. You enter the Wild West by walking through Fort Comstock. But before you do, be sure to check out the Native American encampment just outside its gates. A nearby babbling brook and … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 1 — Thunder Mesa"
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Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2009

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Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2009, one of my favorite annual events, will be back in 2009 with a longer run and an expanded slate of “Signature” events. This year’s Festival is six weeks long, from April 24-June 7, with events held daily. There will be over 600 complimentary demonstrations – everything from cooking … Continue reading "Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2009"
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Disneyland Paris – The Hub and Sleeping Beauty Castle

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One thing that’s a little different about the Disneyland Paris’ Hub is the lands that radiate from it are set further back than at other Magic Kingdoms. In other words, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Discoveryland really aren’t all that visible from The Hub. This allows the area to maintain its Victorian theming without contrasting architectures intruding … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – The Hub and Sleeping Beauty Castle"
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