Sunday, March 21, 2010

A hiatus of sorts

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

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

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

Disneyland

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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Astro Orbiters

Disneyland

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

Tomorrowland shuttle

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

Tomorrowland

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 Francisco...in 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

Adventureland

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

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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

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

Overhead

Adventureland

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

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

Adventureland

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

Adventureland

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!