Saturday, October 31, 2009

Giant candy corn

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This huge pieces of candy can be found in the plaza between Disneyland and California Adventures. I wonder how long it would take to eat that ear of candy corn.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Walk through Sleeping Beauty's Castle

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And they called her Aurora


I always thought it was incredibly unfair that one couldn't actually get inside Sleeping Beauty's castle. I just knew that behind the cast door there were secret passageways and elegant rooms. I doubt that is the case, but maybe! They did at least open some of the castle indoors. Or re-open. From 1957-2001, a walk-through was open. Appropriately, it tells Sleeping Beauty's story with storybook pages, dioramas, and holograms. The walk-through that is now open closely resembles the version that was there from 1957-1970s. It has a wonderful retro feel and reminds of a Sleeping Beauty picture book that I've had since I was in elementary school. It is definitely worth taking 10 minutes of your Disney day to check out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Time at Disneyland

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At the entrance of Disneyland Resort


If you haven't been to Disneyland for Halloween time yet, you've got a few more days before all the pumpkins go away! Have I mentioned Disneyland is rocking during Halloween time?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Haunted Mansion Holiday presents

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Nightmare Before Christmas wrapping paper

After one of our first trips on the holiday version of the Haunted Mansion, we decided to attempt to recreate the Nightmare Before Christmas presents viewed throughout the ride. With help of some photo references, my boyfriend drew the images in freehand. We had a lot of designs. He also sculpted the skeleton head. The paper was a little heavier than wrapping paper. It was good that the paper was sturdy because a lot of people wanted to keep their boxes. I topped the boxes with a skull, some berries, and some grapevine stems. Photos of these presents in the Haunted Mansion Holiday ride can be seen at Daveland Web

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jack takes over the Haunted Mansion

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It's my favorite time of year at Disneyland for a number of reasons. The Haunted Mansion makeover is definitely one of them. I'm a big Nightmare Before Christmas fan, so I try to get on as many times as I can. Though the rest of the Halloween decorations come down October 31st, this hybrid stays up throughout the holidays. The lines are longer than normal for the holiday version, so grabbing a Fast Pass is a necessity. However, it's not a bad line to be stuck in - especially at night. The pumpkin patch in the back of the mansion is particularly cool. Everything has a little Skellington touch. Even the popcorn stand closest to the mansion. Keep your nose out for the smell of gingerbread when hovering over the dance hall!

Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, I've heard there's a secret pet cemetery about. Supposedly you can just ask a cast member to show it to you, but that seems too easy. Has anyone viewed these hidden resting grounds?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween time - carved pumpkins

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Back in the Big Thunder Ranch, Disneyland Resort has a dedicated crew (not sure how many people) carving up pumpkins into Disney characters. Now to be honest, I usually avoid Big Thunder Ranch. The petting zoo smells...like a petting zoo and lots of kids are underfoot in this area of the park. During Halloween time though, I stop in every trip to see what they've got carved. If you get there at the right time, you can watch the pumpkin artist in action. I found this carving of Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast to be quite charming!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Welcome!

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Sleeping Beauty's Castle


I definitely don't go to Disneyland every day, but I visit regularly. When I visit I take lots of photos, and I want a place to share them and people to share them with. I know a lot of photos will be the same ones that everyone else takes when they visit the park, but hopefully, I'll bring something new around once in a while. I'll offer tips or some neat history when I can.

Thanks for stopping by!