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Disneyland Paris June 2014 Trip Report and Photo Round-Up
DisneyDan  Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:48:59 AM
Hello everyone,

Last weekend I was very lucky to be able to spend an unexpected, last minute trip at Disneyland Paris to once again enjoy all their Spring offerings.

While I never do trip reports, I thought it would be nice to just showcase some of my experiences in a photo round-up.

Instead of jumping from thing to thing, I'm going to group items into categories, such as meals, meeting characters, shows etc. So these aren't necessarily chronological.

Be warned! This is a very photo heavy post!

First up, Disney Magic on Parade. For some reason, the day we watched the parade Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Duffy, the Clubs Card and the White Rabbit were missing. The Peter Pan ship was also out because of being refurbished, however the characters were walking on the ground. The floating wizards that are usually before Mickey and Friends were behind, for some reason.

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

I was very happy that I got to watch Disney's Spring Promenade a couple more times before it ends (today in fact is its last day this year). I am in love with this parade/show, and am obsessed with the music, especially the "Let's Go Fly a Kite" sequence!

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Along similar Spring lines, we saw the Welcome to Spring show once, which I was happy about. I am so glad that this show will be staying through the summer (obviously with a different title!). It brings much needed life and energy to Main Street, like similar shows at the US parks.

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

We also watched Disney's Stars 'n' Cars. I have to say that having known this parade from Walt Disney World more than a decade ago, and also knowing what it was like when it first came to Paris (where it was vastly different in concept to WDW), it is not too surprising that it is coming to an end.

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Sticking with Stars 'n' Cars, we stayed for both sets of the lunchtime Stars 'n' Cars greetings one day. Here's who we managed to see.

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

I think we did exceptionally well meeting everyone that we did in two sets!

Other characters we met in Walt Disney Studios were Buzz and Spider-Man. We also saw Mickey at Toon Plaza, but didn't go to meet him.

Meeting Spider-Man

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear

Mickey Mouse

At Disneyland Park, there were a lot of characters out and about over the few days I was there. Here's who I saw, including the special Spring greeting characters (Minnie and Duffy in special outfits, and Russell).

Minnie and Duffy dressed for Spring

Meeting Suzy and Perla

Genie

Goofy

Stitch

Queen of Hearts

Tweedle Dee

Tweedle Dum

Baloo

Meeting Chip 'n' Dale

Russell

Eeyore

Pluto

Tigger

Minnie Mouse

I also know that while I was there Scrooge, Donald and Daisy made an appearance in Fantasyland, Pluto in Frontierland, Tigger and Eeyore in Central Plaza, and King Louie and Mr Smee were in Adventureland. Those I know for sure, anyone else I can't attest to. Of course, as well as all of those, the Princesses were in the Pavilion, Meet Mickey was open as always, and Rapunzel was at the Spring location in Casey's Corner. I didn't get chance to meet any of those either, but thought it'd be good to mention.

On one of the days, the Auberge Royalty walked past me, and as well as Suzy and Perla there was the following.

Royalty walks past

Royalty walks past

Royalty walks past

I was privileged enough to stay in the Golden Forest Club in the Sequoia Lodge during my trip, and each morning had breakfast with the characters in the Golden Forest Lounge. Here's the Golden Forest Lounge (including the tea time items), my room and my breakfast greetings.

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge

My room at the Sequoia Lodge

My room at the Sequoia Lodge

On my way from the Sequoia Lodge to the parks each morning I checked in the Hotel New York and the Disneyland Hotel. All regular characters the whole time, except one character at the New York one morning gave me a pleasant surprise!...

Launchpad McQuack

Launchpad McQuack

To break this post up a bit, here are some general park shots I took.

Spring in Town Square

Russell and Carl

Waiting for Disney Dreams!

Poster

Poster

Poster

New Ratatouille merchandise

New Ratatouille merchandise

Spring on Main Street USA

Princess Pavilion

The new entrance to Crush's Coaster

New Ratatouille merchandise

Spring on Main Street USA

Around the Studios

Horse-Drawn Streetcar

Wandering around Fantasyland

Wandering around Fantasyland

Spring on Main Street USA

Spring on Main Street USA

Spring in Central Plaza

Wandering around Fantasyland

Wandering thru Discoveryland

Wandering around Fantasyland

Spring in Central Plaza

Spring in Central Plaza

Spring in Central Plaza

Wandering thru Discoveryland

We ate dinner at Inventions two nights. The characters were almost identical both nights, so I won't post each occasion I met the same character, but instead just a photo of each different character between the two meals.

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

We also had lunch one afternoon at Restaurant des Stars at the Studios, which has now lost the Ratatouille theme, since the new area is opening imminently. Oddly enough there were some carvings that I thought were interesting.

Carving

Carving

Carving

Carving

Carving

We attended the Sunday Brunch at Inventions too. The theme this week was sports, but had an overriding feel of basketball only...

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Finally, we saw the Magical Moment at the Disneyland Hotel on Sunday, after the Brunch.

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

We experienced some attractions and other shows too (Animagique, Cinemagique, Armageddon, Swiss Family Treehouse, Phantom Manor, Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few), watched Dreams! from Central Plaza and walked around, a lot!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Dan.
Walt Disney World Easter 2013 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Monday, April 8, 2013 6:44:36 AM
Hello everyone,

If you had been following our Twitter last week, you will know that we spent 5 days in WDW over the Easter period.
Of course, going to WDW is nothing new for us (!), and so I don't usually post a review or trip report these days, but, there were a lot of new things on this trip that we hadn't experienced before, so I thought I would cover them in a short photo report (as opposed to a full trip report), so that you can all see some of our adventures.
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Disneyland Resort Christmas 2012 Trip Report - Part Two
DisneyDan  Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:00:09 AM
Hello everyone,

Sorry this has taken me a bit longer than I had anticipated, but of course life gets in the way! Anyway, here we are at part two of my Christmas trip report!
You can check out part one here, which was all about Disneyland Park.

Before we move on to the hotels and Disney California Adventure, there are a few additional things that I wanted to mention for Disneyland.

We were sad that this year Disneyland had axed the reindeer that used to feature at the ranch. In the past they had featured at Santa's Reindeer Round-up, which this year became the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. Overall this was a positive move, as the characters were still on Main Street, and Santa was still at the ranch, but additionally there were more Christmas characters at the ranch too. Besides losing the reindeer, Santa used to also appear after Christmas in a "post-Christmas" outfit, since Christmas is over. This year though, they decided that Santa would not appear. Instead, what they did was change Mickey and Minnie's outfits for after Christmas. Before Christmas they wore traditional, almost Victorian wear, after Christmas they sported neat Santa and Mrs Claus outfits. So, overall not a bad change. No Santa, but some really cute outfits.
One really annoying thing we discovered also, is that Disneyland are REALLY fussy about the weather. We travel a lot to all the parks, especially Florida and Paris, and the rain, and even snow in DLP, doesn't seem to affect things too much unless it's really serious. At DL though, the second there was the slightest inkling of some small drops from the sky, that was it. Ranch closed, characters cancelled. I am all for safety, but honestly, if you had seen the way they over reacted, it was ridiculous.

Similarly on the Santa situation, Santa at DCA disappeared after Christmas too, and did not return like in the past (we'll come to him shortly though).

While we're still at Disneyland, although not Christmas related, we did get to meet Ralph and Vanellope from the new Wreck-It-Ralph movie, which was neat.

Ralph

Vanellope

We also, for the first time, had dinner at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. We had intended to eat here in the past, but for one reason or another, it had never happened.
I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The live entertainment were good, and while they normally have a band there, they were especially festive for the season. Oh, and make sure you order the dessert! (I think it was called a S'mores Bake, or something)...

Dinner at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

Dinner at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Something randomly that I thought of also, regarding "snow". At Walt Disney World, during the Christmas parade when it is travelling down Main Street, it snows. At Disneyland Paris, during the Christmas Cavalcade, and at intervals throughout the day, everyday, it snows. So, I don't understand why Disneyland only snowed at night during the Castle Lighting or the Christmas fireworks. I realise this shouldn't bug me too much, but would it have killed them to have it snow when Santa was heading down Main Street atop his sleigh? Just a thought.

One last thing before we head to the hotels, Downtown Disney and finally DCA, is about some things we heard while in DL. On many - far TOO many - occasions this trip we heard things like "because Florida say no", "because Florida don't allow it", and so on. It seems that gradually WDW are trying to somehow cripple everything that DL do. Every time we asked why something had changed, why something wasn't as nice or good any more, why something had to be cancelled - you name it - the answer was that Florida didn't like it. Maybe now that Meg Crofton is being inched out the door, things might change a little, but only time will tell.
The other thing we heard a few times is that to everyone's great sadness, it might appear that this would be the last real year for Christmas season as we know it in DL. Once again Florida want their way, and Christmas sounds like it might be ticketed, like it is at the Magic Kingdom. That would be a heavy loss indeed. I am glad we went this past year to experience it fully, before the magic is sold out to hard ticket events.

Ok, so that's enough about Disneyland, now we shall take a stroll through Downtown Disney and the resort hotels, before heading into DCA!

For the new Tinker Bell movie about the winter, and because it is winter, Downtown Disney featured an ice skating rink for the Christmas period. Other than that, and some regular decorations, there wasn't too much in the way of Christmas offerings at DTD, not that we saw at least.

At the resort hotels, before Christmas Day they had Santa greeting in the evenings in their main lobbies. We managed to meet Santa at the Grand Californian and DL Hotel, but not the Paradise Pier.
The hotels looked pretty with their large Christmas trees in their lobbies, and the restaurants had gingerbread houses made by the in-house chefs.

Meeting Santa

Meeting Santa

Christmas at Goofy's Kitchen

Ok, so we shall step in to Disney California Adventure now, and discover their festive line-up.

It was DCA's first Christmas with it's shiny new look. Buena Vista Street, Cars Land and all the other things that they had re-launched earlier in 2012 got another chance to shine with the decor and lights of Christmas.

The decorations on BVS and Cars Land were really nice, and felt appropriate and not too overdone. The rest of the park didn't have too many decorations, but here and there were some small things, that just added a nice touch.

Christmas in Cars Land

Wandering down Buena Vista Street

Wandering down Buena Vista Street

Wandering down Buena Vista Street

Wandering thru Cars Land

Wandering thru Bugs Land

Wandering thru Cars Land

Christmas on Buena Vista Street

There was some new entertainment offerings for Christmas too, including the really talented Community Bell Ringers.
The other regular park bands played seasonal tunes, too, and the Phineas and Ferb mini-show had a small Christmas overlay.
Of course there were all the normal things that you would expect for the holidays, such as treats and merchandise. Some of the DCA Christmas merchandise was actually really nice.

Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

Over at Hollywood Land, they had switched the Muppets 3D movie for the new Prep and Landing short film. We got to see it twice, which was good as we got to sit in the warm, and see a decent Disney movie in 3D for free!

Prep and Landing

One other main thing that they did, oddly though only on select days, was the Holiday Tree Lighting in Carthay Circle.
This little show in front of the large Christmas tree involved the characters, Citizens of Buena Vista Street and the Bell Ringers coming together and lighting the tree.

The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

Christmas on Buena Vista Street

It was a pretty touch, but for some reason they didn't do it every night, and it ended on Christmas Eve, which is weird since they call the entire season Holiday Time (note the lack of actually being Christmas), and their "Holiday Time" runs until 6th January. The least they could have done is lit the tree on Christmas Day itself, but nope, it ended on Christmas Eve. Odd.

Now we come to characters at DCA for the Holidays.
On Buena Vista Street, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale all had festive alterations to their BVS outfits. Milly/Molly the Messenger, Phi Phi the Photographer and Donna the Dog Lady got a few small additions too.

Character fun on Buena Vista Street

Character fun on Buena Vista Street

Character fun on Buena Vista Street

Character fun on Buena Vista Street

Character fun on Buena Vista Street

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Over in Cars Land Tow Mater had a large Santa hat on (but not McQueen though), and at Paradise Pier Donald and Duffy had Christmas clothes too.

Donald Duck

Duffy

Christmas Mater

Of course no Christmas would be complete without Santa, and he was available up until Christmas Eve at Elias and Co, in a traditional America department store setting, along with some Elf helpers.

Meeting Santa

One of Santa's Elves

Lastly we come to New Year's Eve. We had decided that our best option would probably be to stay over at DCA because, honestly, we had experienced Disneyland on busy days, and that was bad enough. Add New Year into the equation and you get a whole other level of insanity! DCA provides larger open areas, wider walkways and generally less intensity of craziness than DL park (generally, not always!).
We actually ended up making the right decision, because really, honestly, compared to what DL Park had been the few days leading up to New Year, DCA was a BREEZE. We were pleasantly surprised how quiet it was. We wandered around and checked out the special New Year entertainment, which consisted of three bands. One country rock in Cars Land, and two jazz (one on BVS and the other in Paradise Pier). I'm not a fan of jazz and found them quite dull, especially the one on BVS, but that's just me.

Kelly and the Radiator Springs Rockers

Boringness

Wandering thru Paradise Pier

I think that overall the bands and entertainment for New Year's Eve could have been a bit better, but the best was yet to come!
For the turn of the year there was a breathtaking spectacular on Paradise Bay, with lasers, fireworks, fountains, music and an energy that really brought the park to a roaring climax, before they followed it up with a full presentation of World of Color.

New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks

World of Color

Over at Disneyland they would never been able to achieve what they did at DCA simply because of the setting, surroundings and size. DL wouldn't have the fountains, and probably no-where near as many lasers, if any (has anyone ever seen lasers used in DL for spectaculars? Let me know!).
If we are ever back at DLR for New Year we would definitely chose DCA again. I can't imagine at the end of the night how horrendous the crowds must have been. Getting out of DCA was relatively easy. DL was at capacity, and we know from previous experience - on a non-New Year's event - that even if it gets remotely crowded the park grinds to a miserable halt. We made the right choice for sure!

Well, that concludes this report. We really enjoyed Christmas ("Holiday Time") at Disneyland Resort, and definitely recommend it. We just hope that they continue to add things to the season, and they manage to stave off Florida's advances regarding the ticketed Christmas!

Dan.
Disneyland July 2012 Photo Trip Report Part 2
PeterPanFan  Sunday, September 2, 2012 8:21:32 AM
Sorry for the delay in posting part 2 of my Disneyland Photo Trip Report; however, I have been busy working on enhancements for the next version of the website as well as some other things... but without further ado here is part 2 :)   [ Read More... ]
Disneyland July 2012 Photo Trip Report Part 1
PeterPanFan  Monday, August 20, 2012 11:08:30 AM

Hi all, 

Dan is much more of a writer than I am so I don't normally do trip reports; however, in the past I have done "Photo Trip Reports" that are 95% pictures with some comments mixed in.  I thought I would do one for our Disneyland Trip since there was a lot of new stuff.  This will probably be the longest part as I have a lot more pictures from the 1st day (even though we didn't arrive until 1pm) than the other days. 

The "Magic Kingdom" park at a resort is almost always our first stop on a trip unless there is a really good reason for it not to be.  This trip with all the new stuff in DCA there definitely was a reason to go to DCA first and that is what we did! 

I never hated Sunshine Plaza and I was sad to see some of its elements go away; however, after seeing Buena Vista Street all I can say is "WOW! What an improvement". I really love the look and feel of Buena Vista Street and think they did an excellent job. I saw pictures of many aspects of Buena Vista Street before we arrived and I had thought some of them (Carthay Circle Theatre) didn't look that impressive; however, everything makes a MUCH better impression in person.  [ Read More... ]

Disney Cruise Line Trip Report Part Four!
DisneyDan  Sunday, April 1, 2012 3:13:37 AM
Hi all,
Welcome to the fourth part of my Disney Cruise Trip Report.
Day 5 was our first port of call, the Dutch owned St Maarten.
The ship docked early in the morning just before breakfast and we were allowed to debark any time after about 8am (if I remember correctly).
So, after breakfast we made our way down to the tender lobby on deck one.

Heading down to debark

To debark the ship you need your Key to the World card, and they also recommend ID, but all 3 days we were in ports we were never asked for additional ID.  [ Read More... ]
Disney Cruise Line Trip Report Part Three!
DisneyDan  Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:20:28 PM
Hi all!

Welcome to the third part of my Disney Cruise Trip Report!

If you missed them, you can find part one here, and part two here.

Ok, so let's go straight into it, with a few negative things to begin with, then of course all the character awesomeness of day 3 (and believe me, it was GREAT!)...  [ Read More... ]
Disney Cruise Line Trip Report Part Two!
DisneyDan  Sunday, March 11, 2012 1:01:49 PM
Hi all,

Welcome to part two of my Disney Cruise trip report!

On day 2 of our Disney Cruse we started off with a buffet breakfast at Topsiders. As I mentioned in my previous report, Topsiders is very busy and chaotic, and probably my least favourite place to dine. It is strange because we got the impression from various things, that some people didn't actually attend their rotation restaurants a lot of the time, which seems a complete waste of money to us. The cruise costs enough, and the other dining offering are far superior, so why eat there?

Goofy's Galley, Deck 9

Anyway, after breakfast we decided to hunt characters. Easier said than done!
Here we hit our second major drawback of the cruise experience - the other one that would prevent us from immediately returning (the other was the no pictures in the shows, you may recall from part one).  [ Read More... ]
Disney Cruise Line Trip Report Part One!
DisneyDan  Friday, March 9, 2012 11:18:32 AM
Hi all,

Welcome to this first part of my Disney Cruise trip report! In this report we'll be going through the embarkation process and first days' events aboard the ship.

As you all know, Jon and I travel frequently to all the parks around the world, but until this trip had yet to experience a Disney Cruise.
I can't say for sure why we hadn't done one sooner, but life has many things that it brings our way, and we can't be everywhere at once, sadly!

To begin with, for your reference, we sailed on the Disney Magic, on the 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida.

We had two full days and a morning in Walt Disney World before hand, and a day and a half afterwards. Of course, we travel to WDW often so I won't bore you with all the details, except we had an amazing time as always, and got to see our favourite characters, shows and parades.  [ Read More... ]
Disneyland Paris Christmas and New Year Photo Report - Part Two
DisneyDan  Saturday, January 7, 2012 9:23:56 AM
Hi all,
Welcome to part two of my photo trip report from our two trips to Disneyland Paris for Christmas and New Year.
Let us take a look now at the other really neat things that we did this Holiday Season!   [ Read More... ]
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