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A Grand Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdoms of the World: Part 4 - The Kingdom of Dreams and Magic
DisneyDan  Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:02:20 PM
Hello everyone,

Welcome to part four of my grand circle tour of the Magic Kingdoms of the world. In this part we will take an in-depth look at Fantasyland. In case you missed the previous three parts of this tour, you can find them here:


This article features many photos, so be prepared if you are on a slower internet connection. This is going to be the longest of any of the parts in this tour, since Fantasyland at all the parks contains the highest number of attractions and other experiences, compared to any other land.
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NEWS: Disneyland Announces Diamond Anniversary Celebrations
DisneyDan  Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:55:47 AM
Hello everyone,

Last night, at a special media event, the Disneyland Resort announced what to expect for the Disneyland Diamond Anniversary, which will all begin on May 22nd this year. The Disney Parks Blog provided all of the following information.



Sparkling Decor

As part of the celebration, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure park will glisten and gleam, each with its own diamond medallion featuring the letter 'D.' The entire resort will sparkle with Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration décor and festive banners in shades of Disneyland blue. Also bearing the diamond anniversary theme, creative merchandise and food items will be designed to complement the celebration. We’ll have more to share on those special items soon.




"Disneyland Forever" Fireworks

"Disneyland Forever" shows just how magical the Magic Kingdom can be, in a sky-high celebration featuring sparkling pyrotechnics, immersive projections, and other effects that transform Disneyland park right before your eyes!
"Disneyland Forever" envelops you in an enthralling, breathtaking journey like never before, leveraging the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects. Main Street, U.S.A., and several other Disneyland park locations become a magical canvas taking us into a world of dreams, from flying above the London skyline from Peter Pan to a dance with King Louie in The Jungle Book.
"Disneyland Forever" also features two original songs, the theme "Live the Magic" and the inspiring closing song "Kiss Goodnight," written by Disney Legend Richard Sherman.
Walt Disney once said, 'Disneyland will never be completed, as long as there is imagination left in the world." As "Disneyland Forever" caps off each evening of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, we discover Walt’s inspiring words still hold true today. Disneyland will continue to be home to all our dreams and adventures… forever!



"Paint the Night" Parade

The "Paint the Night" parade brings some of the most innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and energetic performances ever presented at Disneyland Resort. This new, state-of-the-art nighttime parade floods Main Street, U.S.A., with stunning color, fun surprises and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights.
Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust and “Paint the Night” in Disney dreams, bringing to light beloved characters and stories from Monsters, Inc., Cars, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Frozen and more.





"World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney"

"World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" illuminates the night in a contemporary and moving celebration of Walt and his dream of Disneyland, showing that anything is possible if we never give up on our dreams.
Mickey Mouse will take guests on a fun-filled and inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney, exploring his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments and the dream of Disneyland park.
Both epic and intimate in scope, "World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and the Happiest Place on Earth in a first-of-its-kind spectacular, presented on the magic canvas of World of Color with compelling animated imagery, live-action footage, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

As more news becomes available, we'll post it here, as always!

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
Disneyland Resort Photo Trip Report, January 2015 - including "Frozen Fun" and "Disney Viva Navidad"
DisneyDan  Friday, January 9, 2015 7:13:03 PM
Hello everyone,

Last weekend we were in Disneyland to see the end of their holiday offerings and the start of Frozen Fun.

This post is photo heavy so be warned if you have a slow connection speed!

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Advent Calendar - 17th December 2014
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:01:37 PM
Hello everyone,

It's the 17th December, which means it's time to open the seventeenth door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

Here we go!...

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A Grand Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdoms of the World: Part 3 - The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:01:07 PM
Hello everyone,

First of all I must apologise for the large gap between this post and the previous one in this series. We have had a huge amount of things happen in real life, and writing a large post like this unfortunately had to go on the back burner for a while. However, we are here now, and I am excited to finally present to you the third installment of our “Grand Circle Tour”, this time for Frontierland (and all its equivalents). In case you missed the previous parts, here they are again:

  • Part 1 - Main Street USA
  • Part 2 - Adventureland


  • In this edition I will be including Critter Country, Grizzly Gulch and Liberty Square at the various parks around the world. The reason for this is that they all share a common theme of the frontier and wilderness, and also because otherwise there would be nothing else to compare them to (for example, since there is only one Grizzly Gulch, that wouldn’t make for a very interesting article!).

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    Advent Calendar - 16th December 2014
    DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:23:54 PM
    Hello everyone,

    It's the 16th December, which means it's time to open the sixteenth door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

    Here we go!...

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    Advent Calendar - 15th December 2014
    DisneyDan  Monday, December 15, 2014 5:36:05 PM
    Hello everyone,

    It's the 15th December, which means it's time to open the fifteenth door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

    Here we go!...

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    Advent Calendar - 3rd December 2014
    DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:02:18 AM
    Hello everyone,

    It's the 3rd December, which means it's time to open the third door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

    Here we go!...

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    Holidays at the Disneyland Resort - an overview of the upcoming season
    DisneyDan  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 4:26:18 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Christmas season is nearly upon us which means that the Disney Parks are gearing up for another spectacular season of holiday magic and wonder!
    I thought we could take a look at what the Disneyland Resort in California has to offer this holiday season. Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort will run from 13th November 2014 until 6th January 2015 inclusive this season.

    We shall start with Disneyland Park.

    At Disneyland Park you immediately find yourself in a winter wonderland as you step onto Main Street USA and discover their huge Christmas Tree and all the garlands, leading to the beautifully snow topped Sleeping Beauty Castle.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas in Town Square

    Wandering down Main Street

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Walking up Main Street USA

    Sleeping Beauty Castle

    Walt's apartment gets a Christmas Tree in its window for the holidays, too.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas at Disneyland

    Whilst on Main Street, you should stand and listen to the Dickens Yuletide Band play some classic Christmas tunes.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Dickens Yuletide Band



    You should also stop by Town Square to give a warm hug to all your favourite Disney pals as they celebrate the season in their cute festive clothes!

    Meeting Chip and Dale

    Character fun on Main Street

    Character fun on Main Street

    Character fun on Main Street

    Character fun on Main Street USA

    Meeting Donald Duck

    As you head off of Central Plaza and into Adventureland you should take a cruise on the rivers of the world, aboard the Jingle Cruise! (Note that this is not yet confirmed on the Disneyland Resort website for this year).

    Wandering thru Adventureland

    Heading out of Adventureland and into New Orleans Square, visit Jack Skellington and all his creepy friends from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas at the Haunted Mansion Holiday. This epic holiday overlay features exclusive scenes and awesome effects. This attraction is extremely popular though, so be sure to get a FastPass or be there early (FastPasses aren’t normally available for Haunted Mansion, but during the holidays they are due to the popularity of this overlay).

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Wandering through New Orleans Square

    DL Oct 2011 - Haunted Mansion Holiday

    Haunted Mansion Holiday

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Taking the Holiday Time at Disneyland Park Tour

    If taking a ride through the worlds of Christmas and Halloween collided wasn’t enough, you can also meet Jack Skellington and Sally Stitches near the Haunted Mansion.

    Jack and Sally

    From New Orleans Square, wander down to Critter Country where you can meet Winnie the Pooh and friends in their festive clothes.

    Meeting the 100 Acre Wood pals

    Meeting the 100 Acre Wood pals

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Meeting Winnie the Pooh

    In Frontierland you should definitely visit the Jingle Jangle Jamboree where you can meet Santa Claus himself (Santa only meets until Christmas Eve)! Some of your other favourite Disney pals might just show up too!

    Having fun at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Character fun at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Playing Reindeer Games with Reindeer Pluto

    Meeting Mrs Claus

    Having fun at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Character fun at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Having fun at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree



    Fantasyland’s classic attraction “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday for the festive season, and is decked out with an incredible display of colour changing lights, which look awesome at night! Inside, the attraction celebrates holidays from around the world with festive costumes and scenes.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - "it's a small world holiday"

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - it's a small world holiday

    "it's a small world" Holiday

    "it's a small world" Holiday

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - "it's a small world holiday"

    The must-see event at Disneyland Park is of course 'A Christmas Fantasy Parade'. Filled with all the most magical sights and sounds of Christmas, as well as the Disney characters, this parade is truly fantastic.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    A Christmas Fantasy Parade

    As night falls watch in awe as Sleeping Beauty Castle Becomes Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, a wondrous snow capped ice palace.

    Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

    To top it all, the skies high above Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle become an array of colour in the “Believe… In Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular.

    Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks

    Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks

    As well as all these exciting happenings, don’t forget to check out the beautiful decorations around the park, and of course watch snow fall on Main Street USA!

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Wandering through New Orleans Square

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Wandering through New Orleans Square

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas in Toon Town

    Of course, no day at Disneyland during Christmas would be complete without some treats!

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Treats at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Lunch at Plaza Inn

    Sweet treats at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

    Be sure to try some of the world famous Disneyland candy canes, too! These are very popular, and tickets are usually distributed first thing in the morning. (Note that the candy canes may also be made at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure - check on the day of your visit.)

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Handmade Candy Canes

    Now let us take a look into Disney California Adventure’s holiday offerings.

    Disneyland Jan 2013 - Disney California Adventure

    Buena Vista Street celebrates a classic Christmas of days gone by, with period decoration and their splendid Christmas Tree.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas on Buena Vista Street

    The Buena Vista Street Christmas Tree

    While on Buena Vista Street why not stop and listen to the Community Bell Ringers as they celebrate the holidays with some seasonal sounds?

    Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

    The Elias and Co. department store is the home to Santa Claus up until Christmas Eve.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas on Buena Vista Street

    Meeting Santa Claus

    One of Santa's Elves

    Also, you can catch Mickey and friends, and the Citizens of Buena Vista Street, in their period costumes which have been given a Christmas twist.

    Meeting Mickey Mouse

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas on Buena Vista Street

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas on Buena Vista Street

    Meeting Pluto

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Meeting Donna the Dog Lady

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Molly the Messenger delivers Holiday packages

    At Paradise Pier, in previous years you were able to meet Duffy and Donald in cute Christmas outfits. It is not known yet if they will return this year, but I’ll share some of our photos nonetheless. It could be that other characters take their place.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Meeting Duffy

    Meeting Donald Duck

    Cars Land resident Tow Mater also joins the festivities, wearing a giant Santa hat!

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas in Cars Land

    As night falls on Buena Vista Street, the Community Bell Ringers, the Citizens of Buena Vista Street and the Disney characters all come together for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting



    Over in Paradise Bay, the magical World of Color becomes “World of Color - Winter Dreams”, a seasonal holiday version of this now classic nighttime spectacular.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - World of Color

    Just like at Disneyland Park, don’t forget to check out all the decorations throughout the park.

    Wandering thru Cars Land

    Wandering thru Bugs Land

    Christmas in Cars Land

    Christmas in Paradise Pier

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas in Cars Land

    You should also try some delicious treats, available from Trolley Treats Candy.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas on Buena Vista Street

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Taking the Holiday Time at Disneyland Park Tour

    In previous years Disney California Adventure has also featured a special screening of Prep and Landing at the Muppet’s theatre, and a holiday version of the Phineas and Ferb show. There is currently no confirmation of either of these though, and they are not listed on the Disneyland website. However, I’ll share some photo below for reference.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party Holiday Edition

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party Holiday Edition

    Prep 'n' Landing 4D

    Disney California Adventure also celebrates Navidad, however we have no photos of this currently, sadly (we shall soon though!).

    At the Disney hotels you can also meet Santa Claus at select times, up until Christmas Eve.

    Meeting Santa

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas in Disney's Grand Californian

    In previous years on Christmas Eve, Mickey and friends have appeared on Main Street in their cute PJs ready for bed as they anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. They usually appear for very limited set times in the evening of Christmas Eve only, so be sure to look out for them!

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Eve in Town Square

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Eve in Town Square

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Eve in Town Square

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Eve in Town Square

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Eve in Town Square

    For New Year’s Eve the parks put on special entertainment offerings, including mind blowing fireworks at the turn of the year. We were at Disney California Adventure for New Year two years ago, so I will share some of our photos and video from that, however, be aware this year’s offerings may differ.

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - New Year's Eve Entertainment

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - New Year's Eve Entertainment

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - New Year's Eve Entertainment

    Disneyland Dec 2012 - Happy New Year!





    Will you be visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season? What are you looking forward to the most?

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    Dan.

    All information in this article is subject to change or cancellation at any time, without prior notice by Disney. We offer this information purely as a guide to some of the things that may be experienced during Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort.
    A Grand Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdoms of the World: Part 2 - The Rhythms of the Jungle
    DisneyDan  Wednesday, September 3, 2014 11:19:49 AM
    Hello everyone,

    In part 1 of our grand circle tour of the world's Magic Kingdoms, we toured Main Street USA and World Bazaar.
    In this second part we are going to adventure into the depths of Adventureland. For reasons that will become clear later, I'll also be including New Orleans Square in this tour.

    Before we begin, I just want to clarify the usage of certain names in this article. Some of you may dislike the fact I refer to each park by its location, but please bear in mind that when referring to “Disneyland”, there are actually four parks that carry that name in one way or another, and while I could type “Tokyo Disneyland”, for example, each time, it would be very time consuming. So, to avoid confusion, for the most part I will simply refer to each park by their physical location, to avoid any confusion (for example, Paris, for Disneyland Paris).

    Throughout this tour you will also discover that not everywhere has a comparable experience in the other Magic Kingdom style parks, but in fact sometimes lie in other parks. Although we are comparing Adventureland overall, you will find that I throw in other parks too, where necessary, in order to show the comparable experiences.

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