Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

Southern California’s Top Five Dark Ride Illusions

by on September 17, 2013

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Recently, Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure was unexpectedly upgraded with digital projection mapping effects that bring the opening scene’s Mara statue to life in a dynamic new way. The “plussing” of the attraction was somewhat controversial online due to the replacement of the original accompanying audio track (which was never voiced by James Earl Jones, contrary to urban legend), but the Internet buzz shouldn’t overshadow how welcome it is that Imagineering is still improving an eighteen year old E-Ticket.

That brings up the importance of the special effect, or “illusion,” in the art of the dark ride. (For the purposes of this post, “dark ride” refers to attractions where guests travel in a vehicle through a series of largely indoor environments that feature scenery and visual effects.) Dark rides predate Disneyland but were perfected by the Mouse; while a few competitors can now go toe-to-toe with Disney’s attractions in the awe-inspiring technology department, the Anaheim resort still houses the world’s greatest collection of ride-through theatrical illusions, featuring some “wow” moments that still draw gasps generations after their invention.

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Disneyland Now Accepting Guest Artwork For Inclusion In “World of Color Winter Dreams”

by on September 15, 2013

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Have you always wanted to see your own artistic creation on display inside a Disneyland Resort theme park? There’s no shortcut to becoming a full-fledged Imagineer, but you can make a creative contribution to the new winter-themed edition of World of Color debuting inside Disney California Adventure this holiday season.

Disney recently announced a call for guests to submit their family’s seasonal holiday cards, which will be digitally scanned and incorporated into new projections for World of Color — Winter Dreams, as the limited-time variation of DCA’s nighttime fountain show will be known. See here for details on the artwork requirement and submission rules; all cards must be postmarked or delivered in person to the Anaheim Downtown Disney’s World of Disney store by September 20, 2013.

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Disneyland Resort Half-Marathon Weekend Traffic Alert

by on August 30, 2013

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If you are into the wonderful world of collecting runDisney medals, you undoubtedly already know that this weekend is not only Labor Day, but also the sold-out Half-Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. But even if the only Disney running you do is to Peter Pan at rope drop, you should be aware of the athletic activities in case you were planning on an early morning visit to the Anaheim parks in the next few days.

Race-related activities kicks off this morning with the Disneyland Health & Fitness Expo, which continues until 5pm Saturday at the Disneyland Hotel. On Saturday (8/31) the 5k Family Fun Run and 10k race start at 5:15am and 6:15am, respectively, with Kids Races held in Downtown Disney at 10am. Finally, the Pasta in the Park party takes over a corner of Disneyland at 6pm (separate ticket required, sold-out).

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Unauthorized Disney Parks movie “Escape From Tomorrow” Finally Coming to Theatres

by on August 21, 2013

We here at Touring Plans are obviously enamored of most things Disney, but even the most ardent Mickey admirer must admit that an extended on-property stay at one of the Mouse’s resorts can start to feel like a surreal David Lynch-like nightmare. That experience is apparently universal enough to inspire Escape From Tomorrow, a black & white independent sci-fi/horror film that was shot inside Walt Disney World and Disneyland attractions without Disney’s participation or permission.

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Carthay Circle World of Color Dining Package Changes (and Annual Passholder Offer)

by on August 11, 2013

Disney California Adventure’s World of Color nighttime spectacular is one of the most popular productions at the Disneyland Resort, and having a meal a the park’s upscale Carthay Circle Restaurant has been the best way to secure “Center Stage” VIP viewing area tickets to the show. Recently, Disney has made a major change to the way World of Color Fastpasses are distributed to Carthay Circle diners.

Previously, anyone eating at Carthay Circle for lunch or dinner would receive a WoC ticket at no extra charge, as long each person ordered an entree along with an appetizer or dessert. Recently, a “fixed price” 3-course menu was introduced for WoC diners, and the original 2-course option has now been eliminated.

Currently, in order to receive WoC passes, Carthay Circle customers must order from a limited 3-course lunch menu ($39 adults, $22 children) or dinner menu ($59 adults, $24 children). You can see the available meal options by following the above links; notable, the popular duck wings and cheese biscuits are not offered on the WoC menus.

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Disneyland’s Long-Lost Hatbox Ghost Reappears at D23

by on August 9, 2013

Disneyland’s original Hatbox Ghost (photo courtesy Doombuggies)

There haven’t been any blockbuster surprise announcements out of this weekend’s D23 Disney fan expo yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gems to discover inside the Anaheim Convention Center. The “Journey into Imagineering” pavilion, hidden behind a facade recreating WDI Glendale offices, holds one of D23’s most ghoulish delights — a modern Audio Animatronic reincarnating a favorite attraction’s most infamous former resident.

The Hatbox Ghost was one of the original inhabitants of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, but was removed from the ride’s attic scene shortly after opening because of technical problems with his disappearing head effect (not, as the urban legend claims, because he scared a guest to death). Lost to theme-park lore for decades, he’s seen a merchandise revival in recent years, but this is the first time Imagineering has revealed an operating animatronic — based on the same AA100 architecture as PoTC’s Auctioneer and Mr. Lincoln — of the fabled figure.

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Disney Infinity Annual Passholder Preview Tomorrow at Disneyland’s Innoventions

by on August 5, 2013

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Are you ready to take your home video game console to infinity…and beyond? Disney Infinity, this seasons’s most eagerly awaited videogame release, promises to integrate “sandbox” style open-world gameplay with Skylanders-style physical toys, creating a universe where characters as diverse as Jack Sparrow and Jack Skellington can virtually coexist.

The game and its associated figurines go on sale to the public on August 18, but Disneyland Annual Passholders can get an early preview tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8/6/2013). From 5pm to 10pm, APs get exclusive access to the Xbox 360 area of Tomorrowland’s Innoventions attraction, which will be devoted to Disney Infinity for the next few months. You’ll also get to meet members of the game’s development team, and maybe find a few other surprises.

No advance registration is required for this Limited Time Magic event, but space is limited so you will need to show your valid AP at the attraction entrance.

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AVP Beach Volleyball Championships This Weekend at Disneyland Downtown Disney

by on August 1, 2013

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Nothing says “summer” like a little beach volleyball. But if you can’t make it to the beach this weekend, the Disneyland Resort is bringing the beach to Anaheim. Now through Sunday, August 4, Downtown Disney is hosting the “Summer Celebration” Sand Volleyball Tournament and Pro Exhibition in a championship-sized sand court constructed near the AMC Theaters and Earl of Sandwich.

On Friday and Saturday (8/2 & 8/3) VolleyOC will play the final championship games of their tournament at Downtown Disney. On Sunday (8/4), Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) players (including Ed Ratledge, Pedro Brazao, Mark Williams and Matt Olson) and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rich Lambourne will sign autographs and play a pro exhibition.

Admission to Downtown Disney is free; regular parking rates apply.

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August Art Events Coming to Disneyland’s WonderGround Art Gallery

by on July 29, 2013

Art by Matt Spangler

Attention all deep-pocketed devotees of collectible Disney artwork: several exclusive new merchandise events are coming next months to the Disneyland Resort’s WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney.

All of the above appearances are from 1pm to 4pm. In addition, the monthly Pop Fusion event (August 24, 11am to 1pm) will feature Sean D’Anconia, John Coulter, Sam Carter and Noah. The WonderGround Gallery is always free and open to the public.

inside the park, artist Katie Kelly debuts her new “Movie Time with Mickey” series on August 17&18 from 10am to 4pm at Disneyland’s new Disneyana shop (formerly the Disney Gallery). Park admission is required.

 

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Free Cars Screening with Planes Preview for Disneyland Annual Passholders

by on July 29, 2013

If you are a Disneyland Annual Passholder who just can’t get enough of Radiator Springs Racers over at Disney California Adventure, head across the Esplanade this Wednesday night (7/31/2013) for a free screening of Pixar’s original Cars film. In addition to a full-length presentation of the original film, attendees at Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House will also enjoy a short preview of the upcoming Planes spinoff.

Screenings are at 5pm and 8pm, and wristbands for the limited seats will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis beginning at noon. A valid annual pass is required; read here for more details.

If you will be at Disneyland and aren’t interested in the screening, be aware that Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln will close early on Wednesday for the event.

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