Monday, December 28, 2009

Just a tiny break

Darn that scheduling thing, I had a note to go up on 12/26, but it didn't post. I'm taking an eensy break until 1/1! I'm compiling some research to go with all my photos of the park. See you guys soon!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

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Lights over New Orleans Square


Here's wishing you all a lovely Disney holiday!

Disneyland has decorations up until January 3rd.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

King of the Christmas party

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This wreath hangs in the front of New Orleans Square. The jester gets to overlook it all, and every year I am amazed that it doesn't fall down.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Decorations on Main Street

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Here are the tops of Main Street USA all decked out. You can see the giant tree lit up in the background.

Main Street USA decoration facts:
- 7,410 total feet of ribbon is used to make 812 bows. That’s 1.4 miles of ribbon!
- 79,000 ornaments all throughout Main Street.
- 2,015 feet of garland
- 10,395 lights make everything sparkle and just a little bit brighter.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Main Street Christmas Tree

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They don't kid around with Christmas trees!

I'm dashing off to Disneyland for the evening right now, but I will definitely look up information and facts about this giant tree when I return tonight. Assuming I'm not crashing from all the sugar anyway. :)

Edit: Okay, here's a few facts:
- there 2,000 ornaments on the Christmas tree- it's 60' tall and weighs 13 tons.
- the tree has 60,000 lights
- the lighting and the electrical alone weigh over 5,000 pounds
- up until a few years ago, they somehow carted down a real tree from Northern California. They are now using an artificial tree to be more "green"

Monday, December 21, 2009

Soft lights

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Just a few more days of Christmas decorations, I promise. I'll only post until Christmas Day, not until when Disneyland takes them down.

This wreath and light are tucked over by Fantasyland. I sat by this wreath while contemplating the very long line for It's a Small World. I decided to pass on the ride and get hot chocolate instead.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Giant snowflakes

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These giant blue snowflakes sit atop the entrace gate. They are among the first Christmas decorations you'll see (other than a few in Downtown Disney). They set the tone. I really wouldn't mind have some of those fake caps of snow to put around the house this time of the year. I guess that isn't impossible considering I live with a propmaker.

I haven't got a shot of this at night yet, but I'm going to the park for a birthday celebration Tuesday night and will try to grab one!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Honey Pot Tree in Pooh's Corner

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If you remember, my favorite place to get treats is Pooh's Corner over in Critter Country. This tree is tucked away in a corner. The bulbs are covered in honey. Bows, hunny pots, and pine cones complete the decorations.

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's a Small World Wreath

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Lots of different wreaths adorn the area around It's a Small World. There are lots of colors and themes.

I'm beginning to feel pangs of sympathy for the people that have to take all these decorations down.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

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Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is one of just a couple of rides in Toontown. Because of it's popularity, it actually has a Fast Pass. As you might guess, it's based on the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. You board a cartoon cab and race through scenes from the movie. The line for the ride is entertaining too. As entertaining as lines can be. Lots of props and fun scenes from the movie.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Tree in Toontown

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I can't resist close-ups of ornaments on Christmas trees and wreaths. This brightly decorated tree can be found in Toontown!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Goofy's Playhouse

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Another area in Toontown for the kiddies to crawl around, play, and most importantly, get exhausted!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Donald Duck's Boat

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Since Christmas is approaching at a frightening pace, I will be sharing lots of Disneyland's Christmas decorations until then. It is the holidays, and I also have lot of photos of the decorations. :)

Even though I am a fan of pink and purple, I think I like the colors of Donald Duck's decorations better. He has a boat in Toontown; it's called The Miss Daisy. You can climb a rope ladder, scale a staircase, or just take photos from the outside like I did.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Minnie's Christmas Tree

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Is anyone surprised that the tree outside Minnie's house in Toontown is pink and purple?

Nah, I didn't think so.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sandy Claws

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The Christmas formula


Jack Skellington spent many hours figuring out just how Christmas worked and what it was about. He didn't get it quite right, as is evident by the "Sandy Claws" note. This giant list is rolled down the front of the Haunted Mansion for the holiday.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Mickey's Toontown

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The decorated hills of Toontown


Mickey's Toontown is stylized, a fake town based on a cartoon town seen in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Spend just a little time in this back area of the park, and you'll begin to think that the hills are real. They have that kind of effect. You can visit Mickey's house, Minnie's house, and Donald's boats. There are few rides back here that are fun to check out. Everything is decked out for the holidays!

Keep an eye on time if you want to visit this area of the park; it usually closes early because of fireworks.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jack Sparrow, Captain

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Cap'n Jack Sparrow


The appearance of Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean flicks was what brought Pirate's Lair into existence. This painting of Jack was also added to the wall in the queue area for the ride. This is one of the very few photos I have of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride because I haven't quite got manual settings down and there is no way I'm going to take flash photos and blind the other passengers.

Animatronic Jack Sparrows were added throughout the ride right about the time "Dead Man's Chest" came out. Somewhere on the net there is a video of Johnny Depp riding through to see the additions, and his reaction to the animatronic version of himself is quite funny.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Treasure!!

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I really wouldn't mind having some of that treasure!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Welcome to Pirate's Lair

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Okay, this might have been the more appropriate photo to post first. Ah well.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bones and treasure

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Of course there have to be skeletons and treasure on a place called Pirate's Lair...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pirate's Lair

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Shipwrecked


In 2007, Tom Sawyer's Island became the Pirate's Lair. You still get to it by raft, though a rowboat may be more appropriate. Of course, it doesn't transport as many people though. ;) Many of the new elements of course, reflect the new Pirates of the Caribbean characters. You can visit the Dead Man's Grotto, Smuggler's Cove, and a Shipwreck among other destinations.

"Many a pirate's boot has trod upon this slip of land. And many's the adventure begun here. Keep your wits about you in your travels on the island, for there's treasure and danger here in equal measure. X Marks the spot you seek. Good luck, matey!"
—— Explorer's Map of Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Friday, December 4, 2009

Just a lamp

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They might just be lamp posts, but look up at them anyway. You never know what you'll see...

(I just realized this didn't actually publish yesterday).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Even fairies sleep

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Tinkerbell's bed

Of course Tinkerbell has a tiny, adorable bed. What else would you expect? I found this gem by looking up in the Tinkerbell store. I can't remember if it's open any longer though. It was tucked into the side of Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Fantasyland, but I think it's been incorporated into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (yeah, that's actually the name).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Balcony over Rancho del Zocalo

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You know one tip that should be included in my list?

Look up. In Frontierland, you'll find charming balconies like this one over the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant (you can probably tell - we eat there a lot). In New Orleans Square the balconies showcase rocking chairs and sometimes, folks will throw beads at you. In the stores even, there are often lovely displays around the top few feet of the walls. Keep your eyes peeled, they barely leave an inch untouched at Disneyland. I'll post some of my "looking up" finds over the rest of the week.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Over New Orleans Square - Daytime View

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And this is what the decoratiosn look like during the daylight hours...