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Disneyland Resort Photo Trip Report, April 2015 - including Springtime Roundup and much more!
DisneyDan  Monday, April 13, 2015 10:54:46 AM
Hello everyone,

At the start of April Jon and I spent nine full days in the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland Resort in California.

I'm going to break this report down into themed areas of the parks, as we did so much in nine days, it's actually easier to group things together to ensure I don't forget, or even repeat anything.

You should be warned that this report is very photo-heavy, so if you have a slow connection you may want to save it for later.

On Main Street USA in Disneyland park, we met Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Chip 'n' Dale, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. We also ran into Cruella de Vil. We also saw Ariel, and ran into Mulan, who we didn't meet as she was just leaving when we saw her.

Character fun on Main Street USA

Character fun on Main Street USA

Character fun on Main Street USA

Character fun on Main Street USA

Character fun on Main Street USA

Character fun on Main Street USA

Character fun on Main Street USA

Daisy Duck

Ariel

Cruella de Vil

At Refreshment Corner, we met Mary Poppins and Bert, and Alice and the Mad Hatter.

Mary and Bert

Alice and the Mad Hatter

We had breakfast at the Plaza Inn, which is always very magical and filled with lots of characters. The cast members at the Plaza Inn are some of the nicest people we know.

The Tsums adventures in Disneyland

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

The Tsums adventures in Disneyland

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

Disneyland is renowned for the sheer volume of live entertainment it hosts, and this trip we decided to try to see as much of it as we could, since we don't always get chance on shorter trips. What I love about entertainment at Disneyland is that quite often the characters will appear in the performances, which really adds something special. We saw the Disneyland Band, Hook and Ladder Co., the Straw Hatters the Dapper Dans, the Ragtime Pianist, Musical Chairs and the Pearly Band. I don't have my pictures of the Disneyland Band edited yet, so there won't be any below.

The Pearly Band

Ragtime Robert

Musical Chairs

The Straw Hatters

The Straw Hatters

The Straw Hatters

The Dapper Dans

Hook and Ladder Co.

Hook and Ladder Co.

Hook and Ladder Co.

On our first day in the park, Disney novelist Ridley Pearson was signing books at Disneyana in Town Square. Ridley is best known for his
Peter and the Starcatcher series and Kingdom Keepers series.

Meeting Ridley Pearson

Wandering up Main Street USA

Wandering up Main Street USA

In Adventureland, Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie flew in on their magic carpet from Agrabah to greet us near the Oasis.

Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie

Over at the Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Springtime Roundup was in full swing, and like all the seasonal events that Disneyland host there, it was a very colourful, very entertaining and of course, filled with characters! The characters have a distinct spring/bunny theme to them for spring, and up until Easter Sunday, Mr Easter Bunny was there too. As well as the characters and live entertainment, incredibly skilled artisans were hard at work painting beautiful Disney themed Easter Eggs. I cannot express enough how awesome all of their work is. I tried to capture as many of the eggs as I could, but there were just so many, and they kept producing new ones daily while we were there!

Big Thunder Mountain

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Springtime Roundup fun at Big Thunder Ranch

Woody and Jessie were near the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, but are not part of the Springtime Roundup.

Woody

Jessie

Frontierland is home to other, regular entertainment too, so we took the time to see Farley the Fiddler and The Laughing Stock Co.

Laughing Stock Co.

Farley the Fiddler

We also took part in the Easter Egg Hunt, and managed to find all the hidden character eggs, some of which I'll share below (I won't tell their exact locations though!).

Easter Egg Hunt

Chip Easter Egg

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

In New Orleans Square we met Princess Tiana and watched the Royal Street Bachelors, the Bootstrappers and Jambalaya Jazz. I don't have my photos of the Royal Street Bachelors edited, so they won't be pictured below.

Jambalaya Jazz

Tiana

The Bootstrappers

We ate at Cafe Orleans twice during our trip. If you have never eaten there before, you must have the three cheese Monte Cristo sandwish. Words and pictures cannot even describe how amazing it is!

Dinner at Cafe Orleans

Haunted Mansion

At Snow White's Grotto near Sleeping Beauty Castle, we met the Queen and Princess Aurora. Near the Matterhorn Peter Pan was flying around, and Captain Hook was hiding out near Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Character fun in Fantasyland

Princess Aurora

Character fun in Fantasyland

Character fun in Fantasyland

Wandering through Fantasyland

At Royal Hall Jasmine, Snow White, Cinderella and Belle were greeting loyal subjects.

Meeting the Princesses in Fantasyland

Meeting the Princesses in Fantasyland

Meeting the Princesses in Fantasyland

Meeting the Princesses

Outside the Royal Hall, Merida and Rapunzel were greeting, but we only got to meet Merida.

Meeting the Princesses in Fantasyland

At Pixie Hollow, Tinker Bell, Silvermist and Rosetta had flown in from Neverland.

Meeting the Fairies in Pixie Hollow

Meeting the Fairies in Pixie Hollow

Meeting the Fairies in Pixie Hollow

Fantasyland is home to two shows at present; Mickey and the Magical Map and the Frozen storytelling. We watched both on this trip. The Frozen one is relatively new, and although I enjoyed it, I think I prefer both the original Beauty and the Beast and Tangled shows. Mickey and the Magical Map is not a show we usually watch because of the time is takes up, and it's not one our favourites, but seeing as we had nine days in the park, we managed to fit it in.

Frozen at the Royal Theatre

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Mickey and the Magical Map

Sleeping Beauty Castle was getting ready for its 60th anniversary coming up very soon, and we got to see a work-in-progress of the decorations being installed for the big day.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

In Toontown we met Pluto, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse.

Minnie Mouse

Meeting Pluto

Goofy

Mickey Mouse

In Tomorrowland we met Captain America and Thor days before their location closed (Innoventions is supposedly being transformed into something new).

Meeting Captain America

Meeting Thor

We also watched the Jedi Training Academy.

Jedi Training Academy

Finally for Disneyland park, we watched Mickey's Soundsational parade (including the Frozen pre-parade) and the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks. We didn't watch Fantasmic! this trip, as to be honest, it's a nightmare to try to watch. The crowds, the FastPass system and the less than ideal viewing areas unfortunately make for a less than leisurely experience.

Frozen Pre-Parade

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Soundsational

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks

Now let's cross the Esplanade and see what adventures we had at Disney California Adventure.

Wandering through the Esplanade

On Buena Vista Street we met Mickey Mouse, Chip 'n' Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Phi Phi Francis, Officer Calvin Blue, Molly the Messenger and Donna the Dog Lady. We watched the Five and Dime show and the Red Car News Boys. For some reason I don't know what happened to my photos of Molly the Messenger, so I can't share her below.

Officer Calvin Blue and Donna the Dog Lady

Pluto

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Goofy

Mickey Mouse

Chip 'n' Dale

Phi Phi the Photographer

Five and Dime

Red Car Newsboys

Just like at Disneyland, California Adventure had an Easter Egg hunt, which we of course took part in.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

In Hollywood Land we met Jake, Princess Sofia, Doc McStuffins, Stitch, Sulley and the Incredibles. We also saw Daisy Duck out, but didn't get to meet her there.

Hollywood Land

Doc McStuffins

Jake

Sulley

Daisy Duck

Stitch

The Tsums adventures in Disneyland

Meeting The Incredibles

At Olaf's Snow Fest we of course met Olaf, and inside the Animation building we visited Anna and Elsa.

The Tsums adventures in Disneyland

Olaf

At night, Freeze the Night takes over Hollywood Land, and so we stayed to watch some of the main show, watch the ice carver and of course take photos.

Frozen Fun - Freeze the Night

Frozen Fun - Freeze the Night

Freeze the Night ice carver

Frozen Fun - Freeze the Night

We did watch the Frozen sing-along, but I don't have photos this time as I decided to video it instead. Jon has photos, but he hasn't got around to editing them yet. Inside Olaf's Snow Fest there are two entertainment troupes that perform throughout the day, so we watched both of them. The first picture is of Kikka and the Frolicking Fjords, and the second two photos are of Astrid and the Troubadours.

The Frolicking Fjords

The Troubadours

The Troubadours

In A Bug's Land Flik was greeting his fan. It's always nice to see him in the park.

Meeting Flik

At Pacific Wharf we stopped to watch the very talented Mariachi Divas perform.

Mariachi Divas

On Paradise Pier we met Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, and Donald Duck. We also stood to watch Operation: Playtime! one day.

Buzz Lightyear

Jessie

Woody

Meeting Donald Duck

Operation: Playtime!

In Cars Land we met Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and Red. We also wanted to watch DJ's Dance and Drive, which features the little blue car, DJ, but for some reason every day during our trip he seemed to have a mechanical problem that needed Luigi and Guido's attention, so he didn't put on his show.

Red

Tow Mater

Lightning McQueen

In Grizzly Peak we watched the Wilderness Explorer Ceremony, met Dug and Russell and stood to listen to the Happy Camper.

Wilderness Explorer Ceremony

Wilderness Explorer Ceremony

Wilderness Explorer Ceremony

Dug

The Happy Camper

Finally for California Adventure, we watched the PIXAR Play Parade and World of Color. World of Color, like Fantasmic! at Disneyland park, is not something we watch often as it is usually a huge hassle. However, we hadn't seen it in a long time, so we made the effort on our last evening. I like World of Color, but I still hold fast to my opinion that Disney Dreams! at Disneyland Paris is the best nighttime spectacular ever developed.

PIXAR Play Parade

PIXAR Play Parade

PIXAR Play Parade

PIXAR Play Parade

PIXAR Play Parade

World of Color

World of Color

While we we on our trip we also had the amazing opportunity to visit the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. I have decided I will write a separate report about our experience there, so look out for that over the coming days. During our trip, we also had some of our little furry Tsum Tsum friends with us. They had a grand adventure of their own, which I shared in a special blog post on our sister website, Tsum Tsum Central.

Well, that's it for this trip. We had an amazing time, as always, and look forward to hopefully returning later in the year!

Have a great week everyone,

Dan.
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