Friday, June 11, 2010

Simba & Nala

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Disneyland likes to pick the lovey dovey song scenes for their window displays apparently. I haven't seen The Lion King in a long time, but this looks like a moment from "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sailing Off for the Peter Pan ride

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As you wait in line for the Peter Pan, and trust me, you will always be waiting for at least a few minutes, be sure to check out this great pirate ship painting at the entrance. You can get glimpses of it between loading.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Whole New World

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Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney flicks. Probably so because it was one of my little sister's favorite, and we watched it over and over. She really wanted a genie of her very own. She was convinced she could just keep it in her pocket.

This magic carpet ride moment is captured from the film in one of the windows on Main Street. I think you can even somehow meet Aladdin & Jasmine at Aladdin's Oasis in Adventureland. I'm sure one of the cast members will let you know how you can get in.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Jack & Sally


I usually see the same dressed up characters when I go to Disneyland - Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts, Alice - and I am okay with that, but it's nice to see different ones. Around Halloween time last year, they trotted out all the villains and also Jack & Sally from a Nightmare Before Christmas. I wish I could have got a better photo of them, but I just caught a glance out of the corner of my eye as they swept past. Their costumes were lovely, and I could tell that the Sally had the walk down to a tee (if you haven't seen the movie, and I recommend that you do, Sally walks like a giant doll, kind of stuttering and not too fluid).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Figurehead of the Sailing Ship Columbia


Back in the 16th-19th centuries, it became commonplace to have a figurehead on the galleons of the times. One reason was to have a visual way to identify the ship in a not so literate kind of society. The figurehead about is found on the Sailing Ship Columbia; it cruises around the Rivers of America.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Storybook Land Canal Boats

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As you float through Storybook Land, you'll see many miniatures. I spend most of this ride squeaking in delight at the tiny houses. I especially squee about Prince Eric's seaside castle.

Monday, May 10, 2010

World of Color Preview

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Here's another preview of the World of Color show premiering next month at California Adventures. It debuts on June 11. They been testing ideas and designing the show since 2007. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but not any time close to the opening date.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cruella De Vil

How could you not be endeared to a face like that? I'm always tickled to see Cruella De Vil make an appearance. After a short, but fun visit, I noticed a crowd outside the Disneyland fire department. The band was playing and Cruella De Vil was helping... or interrupting, not positive which. I had to stop and watch and take a few photos. She blends fun and snarkiness perfectly for the surrounding kids. They don't know quite what to make of her and therefore, are not afraid. At least when I'm around, I'm sure she's unintentionally made a kid cry at some point.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

World of Color

A big new feature is coming to California Adventure.  In an effort to get more folks over to the less popular park, they are building a new water fountain spectacular.  I quote: "Designed by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, this show is planned to have 1200 fountain nozzles with 1200 individually controlled underwater LEDs, one for each nozzle, and is scheduled to include lasers, lights, and fire with a water spray backdrop screen."  It opens on June 10, not sure if I'll be in line that day, but I'll definitely check it out this summer.  I'll be posting more of the preview photos soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dole Whip Float

I think I've mentioned the delightful Dole Whip Float before.  It is one of my most favorite things about Disneyland, and if it were not for distance, I would be popping into the park just for one of these.  To me, they are that good.  You can buy your very own in only one place in the park.  Right outside the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland, there is a little hut cranking out hundreds of these a day.  There is always a line, and especially so on a long day.  Sometimes you can enter the waiting area for the Enchanted Tiki Room and get faster service from the other side of the hut, but not always.

You can get pineapple spears, pineapple juice, a Dole Whip - pinapple soft serve, or the amazing Dole Whip Float - pineapple soft serve over pineapple juice.  It is entirely perfect on a warm day at the park.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A hiatus of sorts

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I don't know how you daily photo bloggers do it. Every single day is a lot of posting. I've extended myself a bit beyond my capability with this blog. I'm going to be taking a break, I'm not sure if it will be permanent or not. For one thing, my photo supply is dwindling as I haven't been able to get to the park lately. I also want to put more time and work into my other two blogs and focus my energy on keeping them going. I think I will still post photos here, but I don't think I can do it every day.

Thank you for reading and looking at my photos, and I hope to figure something out soon.

I'll have to change the title to Disneyland When-I-Feel-Like-Posting Photo. :)

In the skies of Tomorrowland


Far over Tomorrowland the bright colors of the future shine. Apparently a ride used to be on this platform, which would be way too high for my taste!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Buzz Lightyear


He does have quite the chiseled jaw, doesn't he?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Astro Orbiters


This is one of a few rides at Disneyland that my stomach and nerves cannot take. This ride goes up and in circles. For added fun, you can make it go up and down while you are going around, but not if you're in my rocket.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Star Tours

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You can find Star Wars even in Disneyland. Disneyland proposed the idea to George Lucas in 1986. The partnership between Disney and Lucas started with the opening of Captain EO. Disney imagineers bout military flight simulators and designed the ride structure. When the ride opened in 1987, throngs of Star Wars fans came to the park in costume and Disneyland stayed open for a 60 hour marathon.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shuttle into the future

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The Imagineers were and are always making things better. I think this was an idea for the shuttle maybe for Star Tours?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tomrrowland Orbits


This sculpture at the entrance to Tomorrowland has always reminded me of an orrery though I'm not sure if it was intended to be so.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pacific Wharf Cafe

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Sometimes, it is just all about the food. This was a white cheddar bacon soup served during a food and wine festival at the park. Mmm.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Pacific Wharf

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The Pacific Wharf in California Adventure is based on Monterey's Cannery Row area, supposedly especially as depicted in John Steinbeck's novels. Has anyone else read Cannery Row? I don't think anything Disney developed could quite be the same as that book. Disney doesn't normally do gritty like that.

Anyway. The wharf does resemble San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. I do like this area of the park for two reasons: the food and the textures and rust on all the buildings.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Paradise Pier

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Paradise Pier is themed after a boardwalk with games and all the accompanying rides. Unfortunately most boardwalk type rides - ferris wheels, roller coasters, and the like - make me nauseous. I like to walk through and gander though.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fantasia Mickey

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Though California Adventure is mostly about well, California, Mickey and company are still around. This snazzy statue happens to be in one of the best rides in the place, the Monsters Inc. ride.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Entrance to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot

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The entrance to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot is guarded, so to speak, by two ceramic elephant sculptures on tall columns. It's a tribute to a set constructed for the 1916 film Intolerance. The Kodak Theatre (where the Oscars are hosted) also have elephant sculptures atop columns.

It's Hollywood, just nod and smile.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

San Anaheim

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In California Adventure, you can visit the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Tall facades reach into the sky, everything from a scary hotel to fake San Francisco building fronts. It's supposed to remind one of the boulevards and studio lots in the ever-glamorous Hollywood.

Monday, March 8, 2010

California Adventures

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Across the entrance plaza to Disneyland, you'll find Disney's redheaded stepchild, California Adventure.

I can illustrate my feelings about the place with one word - even with the pass that lets me into both parks whenever I wish, I only go over to California Adventure about one in every ten visits. And then it's usually just for a ride or two or to visit a shop I really like or to see the Main Street Electrical Parade during the holidays. I've never spent an entire day there and don't see much reason too.

Still, it does have its charms. We'll be visiting here the rest of the week.

It does have its charms. Some

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Enchanted Tiki Room


Speaking of the Enchanted Tiki Room, here's a glimpse of more of it. When this attraction opened in 1963, it was the first to feature audio-animatronics. For first time parkgoers, I think it's a must see. It's charming. And here's a pleaser for the adults, there is a single stall restroom inside the tiki room area.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Adventureland Guardians


These stand just beside the Enchanted Tiki and more importantly, the place to get Dole Whip Floats. :D

Friday, March 5, 2010

Balcony in Adventureland


This balcony is just by the Adventureland entrance, across from Aladdin's Oasis. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to sneak up on these balconies and sit for a while above all the crowds?

Thursday, March 4, 2010



Tarzan's Treehouse at the end of the Adventureland - I wish guests were allowed to go all the way to the top.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lights in Adventureland


Okay, I sure like these lights too. Not sure what the inside of the glass is lined with, but they have a delightful glow at night.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Aladdin's Oasis


Aladdin's Oasis in Adventureland used to be the location of a storytelling show. Character cast members told the story of Aladdin and a meet and greet was featured after the story. It closed in 2008 though. Nowadays, I see the occasional line outside but I have no idea what goes on there. I do know there is a small sitting area to the right that's a relatively quiet place to duck into though.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The World Famous Jungle Cruise


A ride on the Jungle Cruise is a must while visiting the park, just keep your fingers crossed that you get one of the extra funny cruise guides.

So I'll keep putting up pictures this week, but I might be lacking in words... busy time at the office. Enjoy the photos at least!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


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Snacks, for me, are a big part of going to Disneyland. I try to devour as much as I can everytime...without making myself ill. It's a fine line. These are some of the many available treats at Pooh's Corner.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Honeycomb Ride Vehicle

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For your ride through the Hundred Acre Wood, you'll jump into a honeycomb adorned with this little bee of sorts.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hunny for Pooh

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If you've watched any Winnie the Pooh cartoons you'll know that he likes his hunny. He can't be kept from it. As you exit the ride, keep an eye out for all the hunny pots and an ear out for the buzzing of bees.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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The idea for a Winnie the Pooh ride bounced around for a while before it landed in Critter Country and opened in 2003. The site used to be occupied by the Country Bear Jamboree. If you ever want to hop right onto a ride, I can tell you I've stood in line for longer than two minutes for this one.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mickey in a tree

Mickey in Tree

For as many balloons that they must sell at Disneyland, this is a site I rarely see. Once in a while, I'll see them floating off into the distance. But when they get stuck in the trees, the staff must remove them fast. I'm sure there's a whole balloon removal team ready to rush out with ladders and special tools at a moment's notice.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lights in Critter Country

Lights in Critter Country

I know I've said that certain lights are my favorites more than once, but these really are. You can find these beauties over in Critter Country by the Fast Pass distriubtion area for a Splash Mountain. I happened to catch them at twilight on my last visit.

Sunday, February 21, 2010



These lanterns hang from the awning of the Pioneer Mercantile. I wouldn't mind having a few of them to hang from the tree in the backyard. Disneyland should have a store that just sells replicas of its decorations.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Indian Joe


Indian Joe has been standing guard outside this shop, currently the Westward Ho Trading Company, for some time. You'll notice there is a similar figure on Main Street USA. Daveland blog has some great details on this sculpture.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Golden Horseshoe

Golden Horseshoe

I've never been inside the Golden Horseshoe, so I can't tell you about the show. I can tell you the outside of the building is snazzy. I've read that the interior of the saloon was designed by Harper Goff, the same person who designed a saloon set for the movie "Calamity Jane" starring Doris Day.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Shooting Exposition


The Frontierland Shootin' Exposition used to use metal pellets for the shooting guns; however, the metal pellets would chip the paint off the sets and targets, so the shooting arcade was repainted every night. Now, the shooting arcade uses lasers to determine the accuracy of the shooters.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia


One of the grand boats that makes its way around the Rivers of America is the Sailing Ship Columbia. Please take a ride on it if you have the opportunity. It's a nice relaxing cruise; you can sit above deck or walk below deck and check out the mini floating museum of sorts. You can get a small glimpse of what life was like. These are the captain's quarters.

Imagineers wanted to create a faithful replica of the actual ship Columbia, but sadly, there were no copies of the plans for the original vessel. Instead, they tracked down plans for the HMS Bounty and used those for reference in re-creating this vessel. It was made in a shipyard in Long Beach and made its Disneyland debut in 1958.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened in 1979. This one in Disneyland is modeled after Bryce Canyon while the one in Disney World is based on Monument Valley. This big mountain is 104' tall and covers two acres. Lots of gold-mining decorations dot the surrounding area. I confess I've only been on this a couple of times because it is very jolty and often closed when I stroll past it in the evenings. Which makes me a little nervous. ;) I have a thing with roller coasters, even tame ones.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Trip to Frontierland


Frontierland was one of the five original themed lands at Disneyland's opening. Initially, the land did not contain many attractions. It was centered around open expanses of wilderness which could be traversed by guests via stagecoach, pack mules and walking trails. It's come a long way, and now it includes attractions such as:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
Frontierland Shooting Exposition
Mark Twain Riverboat
Sailing Ship Columbia
Big Thunder Ranch

The Bonanza Outfitters is a great store right on the corner of Frontierland and Adventureland. Besides being gigantic, it is a great place to duck into and use as a shortcut after the Fantasmic and firework crowds.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cruella De Vil

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Trust me, this is a much better song to have stuck in your head than "it's a small world."

We all know her. The villain from 101 Dalmations who wants to turn the pretty spotted skin into a luxurious coat. The horror! How does one play a villain like this at the happiest place on Earth? Let me tell you how. Like the actress in the above picture.

She has the character down. She's mean but in more of teasing, biting way instead of make your children cry why. For example, as I took this photo, two teenagers had just said, "Hey Cruella." She replied with a snarling, "What do you want?" and waved her fake cigarette.

Not a bad gig. Though those shoes don't look super comfy.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tattooing & Banjo Lessons


Now if only you could actually go into all these neat sounding places in Disneyland. Harper Goff worked as an Imagineer for Disney films and parks. This window is tucked into Adventureland instead of Main Street.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sleeping Beauty Castle Model

Sleeping Beauty Castle Model

This makes the little girl in me (okay, and the adult one too) sooo happy. You can view this model in the opera house on Main Street U.S.A. I don't collect any specific Disney toys, but if I were going to buy something, it would be a model of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. And maybe the electrical parade.

And apparently, they used to be widely available from Robert Olszewski.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rivers of America Construction

Rivers of America construction

I heard the Rivers of America was empty and the boats were sitting idle. I wanted to climb up Tarzan's Treehouse to get a better view, but alas. The day I visited it was closed because of the rain the previous week. Darn. So I just stood on my tippy toes on the bridge trying to get a peek. For me, as many others, construction and a peek of the real world at Disneyland is just fascinating. I'm not sure if they're just refurbishing or maybe taking out Fantasmic (we can only hope). We'll see what happens when it re-opens!

You can view more photos of the construction (as well as a million other cool Disneyland things) at Daveland blog.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Moody Chandelier

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You know that I like to look at the lamps of Disneyland by now, right? Well I do. I am always looking for new ones to photograph, and there are practically endless possibilities. I finally photographed a few of my favorites on the last visit, but I'll share that soon.

Anyway, this beauty can be found in the front half of the Pieces of Eight store in New Orleans Square. Pirates of the Caribbean conveniently dumps you out right beside this very cool store. You can find of course, all things pirate from hats to fake gold to candy in treasure sheets to Jack Sparrow wigs. Then in the front part of the store, you can find tons of Nightmare Before Christmas themed items. They have a pair of really cute Jack Skellington pajamas that I've been eyeing. Maybe on the next visit.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alice & The Queen of Hearts

Queen & Alice

Let's take a break from themed land visits for the week. We'll just hop around the park instead. I have never seen Alice in Wonderland characters around as much as I have in the past month or so. I can only imagine it is at least partially due to the pending movie release. I would love to see recreations of the characters from the Tim Burton flick walking around, but I am pretty sure they want to preserve the animated versions for park visitors. The Mad Hatter was about with these two as well, and they were quite funny to watch. Those cast members sure know how to interact with each other.

The poor Queen though. That get-up looks terribly uncomfortable.