D23 Expo – Making of Toy Story Midway Mania

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One of the best sessions I attended at the Expo was The Making of Toy Story Midway Mania. It covered the creation of the attraction from idea through design, construction, and the final result. Really fascinating. There were four panelists who spoke: Kevin Rafferty, Robert Coltrin, and Lori Coltrin (who were quick to point out … Continue reading "D23 Expo – Making of Toy Story Midway Mania"
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New Wing Opens at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

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On Wednesday morning, September 23, the new wing of the Grand Californian Resort and Spa opened, just a little over two years after Disney announced the expansion of the resort. Speaking at the Grand Opening ceremony were Disneyland Resort President Ed Grier, Disney Vacation Club President Jim Lewis and Anaheim City Manager Tom Wood. The … Continue reading "New Wing Opens at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa"
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Change Yer ISO or Walk the Plank

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Located in the shadows of a pathway that’ll lead you to an outdoor cash register between Le Bat en Rouge and Pieces of Eight in New Orleans Square, Disneyland, Fortune Red awaits. Hand over your coins and he’ll acknowledge your existence and entertain you with some piratical music before dispensing advice in the form a … Continue reading "Change Yer ISO or Walk the Plank"
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This is Halloween, This is Halloween…

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Disney’s Halloween Time returns to the Disneyland Resort from September 25 – November 1. It’s festive and frightfully good fun! My friend Kristin really loved this last year – she thought it was better than the Christmas holidays! There are a couple of new things this year: Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy – the Space Mountain … Continue reading "This is Halloween, This is Halloween…"
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D23 Expo

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I attended the September D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center, along with a few thousand other Disney nuts! I shared some of the fun with Deb Wills and Deb Koma in the middle of the Disney magic. I rented a booth to highlight my Hidden Mickeys website. Each day, I displayed different photos of … Continue reading "D23 Expo"
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Rock the Night Away

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Who doesn’t love a live concert! Something that Disneyland does extremely well is to bring in local bands to perform in Tomorrowland. They all cover popular songs that you’ve heard on the radio since the dawn of rock ‘n roll. Each band has their own set of fans and you’ll find them along with everyone … Continue reading "Rock the Night Away"
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Recap of D23 Expo Day 2

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by Debra Martin Koma AllEars® Senior Editor Well, Day 2 of the D23 Expo was quite a day, if not as hectic as Day 1. I started the day with a session that was supposed to feature authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, talking about the books that they write for Disney’s subsidiary Hyperion — … Continue reading "Recap of D23 Expo Day 2"
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Since 1960

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In a world where companies have a high employee turnover rate it’s refreshing to find someone who’s been working at his/her job for decades. Meet Disneyland Cast Member, Rich, who’s been a friendly face in the park since 1960. The day I met Rich he was stationed at Casey Jr. Circus Train. It was his … Continue reading "Since 1960"
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Recap of D23 Expo Day 1

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by Debra Martin Koma AllEars® Senior Editor I’m taking just a few minutes here to give you a quick recap of the events of yesterday, September 10, the first day of the first-ever D23 Expo, AKA the Ultimate Disney Fan Experience. Wow, is it ever! Someone described yesterday to me as like drinking out of … Continue reading "Recap of D23 Expo Day 1"
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The Rest of Half Marathon Weekend – the Parks

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a.k.a. What we did when we *weren’t* running (or sleeping!). We were both surprised at how relatively uncrowded the parks were on Saturday. DCA was VERY quiet – even though it was a hot day the standby line for Grizzly River Run was only about 30 minutes, and Toy Story Mania was about the same. … Continue reading "The Rest of Half Marathon Weekend – the Parks"
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