Disneyland – Miscellaneous Observations

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Just some notes and observations on some things going on or upcoming at the Disneyland Resort. As I posted in my recent blog entry, the new Celebrate! A Street Party opened on March 27. This not a traditional parade – it’s more of a traveling dance party with three performance stops, so getting a good … Continue reading "Disneyland – Miscellaneous Observations"
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Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 4 — Star Tours, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Autopia

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Star Tours Star Tours is the one attraction in Discoveryland that deviates from the overall theme of the area. Instead of looking like the future as seen through the eyes of early visionaries, this ride’s exterior features architecture more in line with a 20th century view of the future. Or maybe in the case of … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 4 — Star Tours, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Autopia"
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Celebrate! A Street Party Opens at Disneyland

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Lee and I saw the opening performance of the new “parade”: Celebrate! A Street Party at Disneyland on Friday afternoon. According to Disney: “A cast of dancers, DJs and Disney characters invite guests to join the celebration as they take to the street for a high-energy street party featuring lively music, colorful costumes, confetti and … Continue reading "Celebrate! A Street Party Opens at Disneyland"
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Don’t Rock the Boat

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If there’s one attraction at Disneyland that is overlooked more than the rest, it’s the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. I’ve only done it once but I’d do it again. If you don’t have any upper arm strength, you will after you paddle yourself around Rivers of America. That’s right my friends, YOU have to paddle. … Continue reading "Don’t Rock the Boat"
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Grand Californian Villas Hard Hat Tour

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On Thursday I had the opportunity to take a “Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour” of the DVC Grand Californian Villas. These villas are still under construction – they are scheduled to open late this fall – November according to some of the literature we were given. Our tour began with a continental breakfast and an … Continue reading "Grand Californian Villas Hard Hat Tour"
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Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 3 — Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Les Mystéres du Nautilus

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Space Mountain: Mission 2 Once again, I have to say that Disneyland Paris takes first prize when comparing one of its attractions to its overseas cousins. Space Mountain is easily the most beautiful of the five futuristic peaks and it definitely offers the most thrilling ride. This attraction was inspired by Jules Verne’s book “From … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 3 — Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Les Mystéres du Nautilus"
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Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 2 — Orbitron and Videopolis

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One of the first attractions you see when entering Discoveryland is “Orbitron – Machines Volantes” (Flying Machines). This is a simple, yet visually appealing attraction. Twelve 2-passenger rocket ships circle a stylized orrery. (An orrery is a mechanical apparatus that displays the relative positions and motions of the moon and the planets as they orbit … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 2 — Orbitron and Videopolis"
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My Disneyland Birthday Extravaganza: The Big Day

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As I briefly mentioned last week, a cast member at Paradise Pier Hotel made my day, my birthday. It also marked the first time I dined at Club 33 and rode in the Lily Belle car on the train. My actual birthday, March 6th, was filled with friends and fun. Come, let me show you. … Continue reading "My Disneyland Birthday Extravaganza: The Big Day"
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Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 1 — Entrance, Le Visionarium, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

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When I was a kid, Tomorrowland at Disneyland, California was my favorite land. For me, Walt’s vision of the future was fantastic. Space-aged architecture and vast amounts of concrete created an exciting world for an impressionable mind. In the early years, I could pilot a flying saucer, ride in a monorail, and visit the House … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 1 — Entrance, Le Visionarium, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast"
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Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 5 — “it’s a small world”

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Like so many other attractions at Disneyland Paris, I think their version of “it’s a small world” is superior to all the rest. Let’s start with the exterior of the attraction. The first IASW (“it’s a small world”) was in California. (Yes, I know, it was actually at the New York World’s Fair, but I’m … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 5 — “it’s a small world”"
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