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Planning a Visit to Disneyland!Planning a Visit to Disneyland!
July 30, 2015
We're going to Disneyland (for the first time) this summer! Those words are just as magical to my family as any other, even though we are Florida residents and spend a lot of time at Walt Disney World.

Sure, there are some duplicate attractions, but there is a lot we haven't experienced, which means we can't wait to hit the turnstiles! We want to make the most of this special visit to the West Coast, so we are preparing to be theme-park commandos -- visitors who have a touring plan to make the most of their limited time on vacation at a Disney theme park.

As a veteran of the Orlando parks, I was prepared to research which Disney hotels have the best pools for the kids and jump on the dining reservations at 180 days out from our visit. But, guess what? It's a whole different vacation plan out in California; my years of planning here in Orlando don't overlap much with how things are done in Anaheim. It's been a learning experience for me. With the D23 Expo in Anaheim on the horizon, I thought other Walt Disney World veterans might be planning a first-time visit to Disneyland, too, so I'd like to share what knowledge I've gained.

 

We Were There! For Disneyland's 60th!We Were There! For Disneyland's 60th!
July 21, 2015
Disneyland celebrated its 60th birthday on Friday, July 17, 2015. Jason of disneygeek.com and AllEars.Net's Laura Gilbreath, along with thousands of other Disneyland fans, were there to help celebrate.

 

Happy 60th Disneyland!Happy 60th Disneyland!
July 17, 2015
Disneyland marked its 60th anniversary officially on July 17, 2015! Sixty years ago, Walt Disney dedicated his dream project: Disneyland - a land beyond the boundaries of the motion pictures with which he'd made his reputation, a park where families and guests of all ages could be immersed in worlds of fantasy and adventure.

As part of its Diamond Celebration, the Disneyland Resort honored 60 years of that dream by announcing "Million Dollar Dazzle" at a ceremony at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the Million Dollar Dazzle Crew will surprise one or more local nonprofits that exemplify Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' Better Together philosophy with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million. Girl Scouts of Orange County was surprised with the first gift. The funds will support the organization's Comadres outreach program that helps the Girl Scout experience transcend language and cultural barriers for girls in low-income neighborhoods.

 

A Day in DisneylandA Day in Disneyland
July 09, 2015
Laura and Lee visited Disneyland on Friday, July 3, hoping to see the All-American College Band and some of the 4th of July festivities.

 

Peter Pan's Flight ReopensPeter Pan's Flight Reopens
July 09, 2015
Guest photographer Jason of disneygeek.com shares photos from his recent trip to Disneyland, including pictures of the recently refurbished Peter Pan's Flight and the US Air Force Honor Guard.

 

A Look at the Grand Californian and Downtown Disney DistrictA Look at the Grand Californian and Downtown Disney District
June 30, 2015
Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip on Friday, June 26, 2015. This picture set takes a look around the Grand Californian and Downtown Disney District.

 

"Disneyland Forever" from a New Viewpoint"Disneyland Forever" from a New Viewpoint
June 30, 2015
Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the Disneyland Resort parks on Friday, June 26, 2015 -- he takes a look at Disneyland Forever as viewed from the Small World Mall area.

 

Latest Photo Update from Disneyland ResortLatest Photo Update from Disneyland Resort
June 19, 2015
Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the Disneyland parks

 

Paint the Night - Disneylands New Parade VIDEOPaint the Night - Disneylands New Parade VIDEO
June 19, 2015
Paint the Night is Disneyland's new nighttime parade. It brings the electrical parade into the 21st century with 1.5 million LED lights, all under computer control. The parade features floats, Disney characters, imaginative costumes, animation, light and choreography, and a bouncy soundtrack that might stay in your head for a while. Don't say I didn't warn you.

 

Fantasmic! and World of Color Dining Packages Fantasmic! and World of Color Dining Packages
June 04, 2015
Laura Gilbreath shares a report on the special dining packages that offer preferred viewing for two of Disneyland Resort's new shows: World of Color - Celebrate!, and Disneyland Forever (from the Rivers of America). She also has some other thoughts on recent Disneyland Dining.

 

Disneyland Kicks Off 60th Anniversary CelebrationDisneyland Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Celebration
May 22, 2015
The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration begins Friday, May 22, 2015, celebrating 60 years of Disney magic with three new nighttime spectaculars, dazzling decor and an exciting sweepstakes that will award authentic diamonds and one-of-a-kind prizes to some lucky guests.

Nighttime will glitter as never before with three, sensational shows that expand the 60-year tradition of innovative and immersive storytelling: the brilliant, high-energy "Paint the Night" parade and "Disneyland Forever" fireworks spectacular at Disneyland Park, and the all-new "World of Color - Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" at Disney California Adventure Park. In "World of Color - Celebrate!," Mickey Mouse and award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris will tell the story of Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth with film, animation, music and spectacular fountains.

        Related Links:
         -- Disneyland Forever: Disney in the Sky with Diamonds!
         -- RECAP Disneyland's 60th Kick off AllEarsNet TV #38
         -- Paint the Night In-depth Blog
         -- Up All Night at Disneyland's 24 Hour Party
         -- VIDEO: Paint the Night - Disneyland's New Parade
         -- VIDEO: Disneyland Forever Fireworks from Main Street
         -- VIDEO: Disneyland Forever Fireworks from Fantasmic Viewing Area
         -- Mad Tea Party Returns for Summer 2015

 

World of Color Celebrate VIDEOWorld of Color Celebrate VIDEO
May 21, 2015
A brand new World of Color show debuted last night at Disney California Adventure called Celebrate. It is a tribute to Walt Disney and Disneyland.

 

New Nighttime Spectaculars Plus Disneyland's MagicNew Nighttime Spectaculars Plus Disneyland's Magic
May 21, 2015
Three new nighttime spectaculars will dazzle guests as the Disneyland Resort launches its Diamond Celebration Friday, May 22, 2015. The fun and festivities will begin with a 24-hour party that kicks off the summer travel season.

 

World of Color Celebrate ReportWorld of Color Celebrate Report
May 21, 2015
Our team is in Disneyland checking out everything new for the 60th anniversary. Here is Laura's take on the new World of Color - Celebrate

 

Disneyland Resort Photo Update: May 8, 2015Disneyland Resort Photo Update: May 8, 2015
May 16, 2015
Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the Disneyland parks on Friday, May 8, 2015.

 

Southern California's Moreno Shatters Tinker Bell Half Marathon Record at Disneyland Resort Southern California's Moreno Shatters Tinker Bell Half Marathon Record at Disneyland Resort
May 12, 2015

 

Disneyland Photo Update 4/24/15Disneyland Photo Update 4/24/15
April 29, 2015
It has been nearly a month since my last visit to the Disneyland Resort. I paid a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland and the Tokyo Disney Resort for two weeks. During my absence a couple projects wrapped up, some new ones began, and others moving toward the finish line. Most of the work is set to be completed for the kickoff of the 60th Anniversary and the Summer Season on May 22.

This picture set takes a look at some of the ongoing and recently completed projects around the resort.

 

Diamond Anniversary Preview Part 1Diamond Anniversary Preview Part 1
April 27, 2015
Disneyland's Diamond Anniversary Celebration begins in a little over a month, and preparations are well under way. I attended a Media Preview on April 14, where we got a sneak peek at some of the merchandise and food items that will be available, as well as some additional information on the new entertainment offerings - and of course a few surprises!

 

New Attraction Magic, Interactive Street Entertainment, Unique Dining - 60 Years at DisneylandNew Attraction Magic, Interactive Street Entertainment, Unique Dining - 60 Years at Disneyland
April 16, 2015
The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will touch every aspect of the guest experience, beginning May 22, 2015. As guests enjoy the spectacular, new shows highlighting the celebration, they'll also encounter brilliant decor, special entertainment throughout the parks and countless opportunities to amplify the Diamond Celebration fun with food, beverage and souvenir offerings.

 

Time Running Out on Frozen Fun - Special Resident OffersTime Running Out on Frozen Fun - Special Resident Offers
April 16, 2015
Special Offers and Limited-Time Experiences Make Spring a Perfect Time to Play at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks