Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Oscar-winning 1988 animated/live-action film that inspired Disneyland's Toontown attractions, is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. A special screening is being held in the movie's honor tonight at Disneyland's Downtown Disney AMC 12 theater, and all Annual Passholders are invited to attend for free.
Wristbands are being distributed on a first come/first served basis at the theater beginning at 12 noon today for tonight's 7pm presentation. The evening will begin with a screening for the film, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Don Hahn (Associate Producer of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and scheduled to include Dave Bossert (Visual Effects Animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Charles Fleischer (voice of “Roger Rabbit”).
All attendees must recieve their own wristband, and a valid Annual Pass (any level, blackouts do not apply) is required for everyone age 3 and over. See Disneyland's website here for all the details.
Ever since Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter proved by Butterbeer sales how insanely profitable themed snacks can be, Disney has been introducing its own specialty foods tied to different park areas. Many of these new offerings have met with mixed responses, with frozen fruit slushies topped by flavored foam proving less universally popular than their Potter equivalents.
Ask the average tourist which top attractions they are planning their Disneyland Resort visit around, and she’ll probably name-check modern marvels like Radiator Springs Racers or vintage E-tickets like Space Mountain. Tom Sawyer Island, on the other hand, isn’t the kind of headliner anyone heads towards at rope drop. Yet Frontierland’s immersive playground environment is essential enough to the Disney theme park formula that a version appears in each of the first three Magic Kingdom parks (Anaheim, Orlando, and Tokyo), with Adventureland-based close cousins constructed in Paris and Hong Kong.
Lately, two of the Islands have been the subject of intense Internet scrutiny. The “escape tunnel” leading from the fort on Walt Disney World’s TSI was recently unceremoniously sealed off, leading to speculation that this popular feature might be permanently off-limits. And rumors are circulating that Tokyo Disneyland’s entire Rivers of America region, including Tom Sawyer Island, could be replaced with a copy of DCA’s Cars Land.
Hello to all the scrapbookers out there! A few weeks ago, in my blog post about keeping the magic alive after your vacation ends, I referenced how hard it used to be to get Disney-specific scrapbooking supplies. During the first few years that scrapbooking became such a huge industry, Disney was slow to jump in. There was a real lack of official cute stuff, and Disney created a lack of unofficial cute stuff. Disney used to govern their copyright so strictly that it even policed eBay to make sure no one was creating and selling Disney-themed scrapbooking supplies. One quick search on eBay today, however, seems to indicate there are either a lot of people on eBay who do not fear the mouse, or Disney doesn’t care anymore. So let’s enjoy! And preserve some beautiful memories.
1. On Property Stores – Disney now sells a lot of supplies onsite. The World of Disney store on either coast has big selections, but you can find supplies in many other stores as well. They even carry a selection of supplies in the small stores onboard the cruise ships. There are stickers, paper, punches, and albums by the ton. Even the pickiest of scrapbookers can find something.
2. Non-Traditional Supplies – This won’t come as news to most scrapbookers, but save everything! Everything! Disney can make anything cute, even a napkin. Save (preferably unused) napkins, park maps, Mickey confetti, anything that’s flat or close to flat. If you’re not sure if it’s acid free, buy some acid free spray and you’re good to go.
For those who are unaware, Father’s Day is coming (so be sure to get your father figure something great now…oh…reminds me…I need to go shopping!) Disneyland Resort will be celebrating dad over at Disney California Adventure for this week’s Limited Time Magic event.
Guests should head to Paradise Pier, where they will have the opportunity to meet both Mr. Incredible and Frozone from The Incredibles.
This event will take place from June 10 – 16. Make sure to pick up a Times Guide for exact times and location.
I’m happy to announce our newly revamped YouTube channel! On it you will find Disney Dining Reviews, Hotel Room Tours, Attraction Ride Throughs, and other fun and informative videos. Our YouTube channel allows us to bring you even more high quality content. We will be updating the channel with new videos multiple times a week from Walt Disney World and Disneyland, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube so you don’t miss anything!
From June 3 – 9, park guests may take park in Mickey’s Compass Quest. Once you have seen the brand new stage show and joined Mickey on his magical journey, grab a special map and follow the show inspired clues all around the park.
From there, when you have uncovered the hidden markers and completed the challenge, you’ll get to take home a special reward.
Instead of a room with a view, we’re going to talk restaurants with a view! I think most of us need to slow down when we’re at Disney. It’s too easy to get caught up in the rush to Cars Land, the rush to get to the parks in the morning, the rush to eat, the rush to do most anything! I know when my husband gets ahead of me in the mornings because I’ve stopped to take pictures and turns to see masses of people passing him while he waits, it stresses him out. There may even be an occasional dirty look when I catch up. Maybe. If you find, like us, you’re having a hard time slowing down, meals are the perfect time to catch your breath. Everybody has to eat right? And what better way to relax and take it slow than eating at a restaurant with a great view. Here are 10 of them!
1.Chef’s Counterat Napa Rose– While many of the tables at Napa Rose in the Grand Californian have a neat view of a small section of Disney California Adventure, the views at the Chef’s Counter are the best there are. When you’re sitting at the Chef’s Counter you are just a counter away from the working kitchen. And working they are. Stunning dishes are prepared right before your eyes. They go out at a furious pace. I recently was able to experience the Chef’s Counter firsthand, and I was amazed at the experience as the chef answered our questions, gave us made-to-order entrees, and told us everything he was doing. It’s an incredible experience and one I’d recommend everyone try at least once.
2.Blue Bayou – Some would say you only eat here for the view and not the food, but I’ve never had a bad meal at Blue Bayou in Disneyland. A dark meal, sure, but not bad! The general darkness of the dining table area is all part of the atmosphere. Diners are literally just a few feet away from the Pirates of the Caribbean boats floating by. You feel like you are dining on someone’s back porch in Louisiana, and a beautiful back porch at that. There are lanterns overhead, fireflies, weeping willows and more. The atmosphere and views are just wonderful. It’s a don’t-miss restaurant for me.