Saturday, February 27, 2010


Disneyland Nov. 2009

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

Disneyland Halloween 19

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

Disneyland 17

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

Disneyland Halloween 18

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

Big Thunder Railroad

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

Cruella Deville

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

New Orleans Square

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.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Walt & Mickey

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Sometimes, you really don't need many words. Or any. :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

More Matterhorn

Oops - this didn't post like it was supposed to earlier last week:


Matterhorn facts:
- This is where Tinkerbell takes off from on her nightly dash through the sky during the fireworks. In case you didn't know, that's what all the lines overhead are for. (Fun fact: I know one of the fireworks Tinkerbells. She's been doing it for at least six years now).

- There is indeed a basketball half court inside the Matterhorn.

- Walt Disney conceived the idea for the attraction when visiting Switzerland during filming of his film, Third Man on the Mountain.

- It was the first tube steel-track roller coaster in the world when it premiered in 1959.


Hook's Crocodile

Yep, little touches like these are why I'm constantly looking up at Disneyland. There are few fun weather vanes in the park. I bet you'll never guess where in the park I found this weather vane. Actually, go ahead and guess. :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Matterhorn


Somehow, and I have no idea how, I had never photographed the Matterhorn prior to my last visit. This trip though I couldn't stop noticing it. Maybe the blue of the skies made it jump out? Who knows. I'm glad I noticed this angle though. I like seeing the 1/100 scale Matterhorn loom over the relatively tiny Fantasyland village.

I don't know if people always realize that the Matterhorn is a part of Fantasyland, not Tomorrowland (it changed in the early 70s). It's right on the edge. The bobsleds of the ride take you up eight stories and then plunge you right back down in a jaw jarring fashion. Keep an eye out for the abominable snowman who has been surviving renovations since 1978.

More Matterhorn tomorrow.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wishing Star


Before my last visit, I had never noticed this sign. Appropriately, it is tucked in beside Pinocchio's Daring Adventures. According to what I've found on the internet, you used to be able to get laser engraved crystal souvenirs here. The store was only open a few months. Maybe it wasn't a popular souvenir? Anyone have more info about this shop?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Original Fantasyland Model

Fantasyland Model

One of my coolest recent discoveries in the park is the huge, original model on display in the opera house. I'll post a picture of the full model later, but for now here is a close up of Fantasyland (I've decided it's Fantasyland week by the way). Do you recognize some of the rides? Check out the little flying Dumbo elephants and the tea cups of the Mad Tea Party. You can also see the Casey, Jr. Circus Train and the beginnings of the Storybook Canal.

Also? I love how the little tables with umbrellas look like little mushrooms.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

King Arthur's Carrousel

King Arthur's Carousel

The King Arthur Carrousel in the middle of Fantasyland has one of the longest histories in the park. It was actually made in 1922, and it was used in a Canadian amusement park. Somehow or another it was discovered by Disneyland designers. The horses were refurbished and other parts were re-purposed. The carriages were taken and used as the train cars on the Casey, Jr. Circus Train.

The flag and tent style is also reminiscent of the older, medieval style of Fantasyland.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Disney Apocalypse??

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Okay, maybe not an apocalypse. Probably just zombies. Because do you notice the lack of people in this castle shot? That has never happened to me before and definitely not on a Saturday. I do realize the castle is one of the most photographed objects in the park, but I can't help myself. Especially one a day of brilliant, trademark Southern California blue skies. I could do a week of nothing but castle shots, but I don't want to give anyone "pink castle illness." What, you haven't heard of that?

As I've mentioned before, Sleeping Beauty's Castle is inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Herb Ryman was unsure of the design and rearranged it by putting the top on backwards before a meeting with Walt. Walt liked the switch, so that's the way it stayed (so my Disneyland Imagineering Field Guide says).