Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland’

Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Closing for Extended Refurbishment

by on December 16, 2013

Disneyland Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage refurbishment

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If you are a fan of directionally challenged CGI clownfish, you better swim over to Disneyland in the next few weeks. The Orange Country Register reported, and the Disney Parks Blog confirmed, that Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction will close on January 6 for an extensive refurbishment expected to last until late 2014.

During the downtime, Disney says that the Tomorrowland lagoon will be drained and the coral rockwork will be made more colorful. The subs, which were (in their original non-Nemo incarnation) added in 1959 as one of Disneyland’s first E-ticket attractions, have limited carrying capacity and are notoriously expensive to maintain. Here’s hoping that the submarines do return by the end of next year, and that this isn’t the first step towards the attraction fading into Yesterland.

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Disneyland Handmade Candy Canes Available Now through Christmas

by on November 30, 2013

Disneyland handmade candy canes available through Christmas 2013

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A popular Anaheim tradition returns to the resort on the day after Thanksgiving, as fresh handmade candy canes are again available at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure through Christmas Day. Availability alternates between Disneyland’s Candy Palace (Fridays and Tuesdays) and Disney California Adventure’s Trolley Treats (Mondays and Saturdays) and is strictly limited to about 120 canes per day.

The complete handmade candy cane schedule is as follows:

  • At Disneyland’s Candy Palace: November 29; December 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20.
  • At DCA’s, Trolly Treats: November 30; December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21.
  • On Christmas week only, the schedule is Candy Palace on Sunday & Tuesday (Dec 22 & 24) and Trolly Treats on Monday & Wednesday (Dec 23 & 25).

Fresh handmade candy canes sell out quickly, so if you want one you’ll need to secure a wristband at park opening and pick up your candy before 4pm. Candy canes cost $13 each, and no discounts are offered. For more details, check out the full report on the Disney Food Blog.

Are you planning to line up at dawn for one of these delicious holiday treats? Or are you unable to tell the difference between handmade candy canes and the standard store-bought ones? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Limited Time Magic Events For November 24 – December 1

by on November 22, 2013

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Thanksgiving week is here, and for this week’s Limited Time Magic offerings, both coasts are delighting guests with special treats to help celebrate the holiday.

Over at Walt Disney World, guests are invited to grab delicious pumpkin delicacies at various locations throughout the resort. At the Magic Kingdom, Tony’s Town Square, Sleepy Hollow, and the Main Street Bakery (via Starbucks options) will offer wonderful pumpkin treats. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests can pick up pumpkin cupcakes throughout the park. In Sunshine Seasons found in the Land Pavilion in Epcot, guests can dine on pumpkin muffins, as well as pumpkin cheesecake. Finally, on Thanksgiving Day at Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests are invited to enjoy a full Thanksgiving buffet for both lunch and dinner.

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Nikon Becomes The Official Camera For Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on November 19, 2013

Nikon MickeyToday, it was announced that Nikon will become the official camera of both of the North American Disney theme parks – Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. This multi year alliance will bring together a global leader in imaging and the world’s leading family vacation destinations, with a commitment to help guests capture every moment of their vacation.

As part of the agreement, Nikon will have dedicated picture spots that are set up throughout all four Walt Disney World theme parks and both of the Disneyland Resort parks. Nikon will also be integrated into Disney PhotoPass, where photographers will use Nikon gear to get the perfect family shot. In addition, Disney’s Fine Art Photographers, who photography Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, and Adventures By Disney Guides will use Nikon cameras to capture those precious images.

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Limited Time Magic Events For November 15 – 24

by on November 15, 2013

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland are inviting guests to get in touch with the Holiday Season during the newest round of Limited Time Magic offerings.

Starting at Walt Disney World, from now until January 4, guests can enjoy two delightful “presents” that are happening at the Magic Kingdom. First, you are invited to take in a showing of the Holly Jolly Trolley Show where the Citizens of Main Street perform great Holiday classics. That evening, enjoy the Celebrate the Magic Castle Projection show, which includes a special holiday finale and a brand new sequence inspired by the upcoming movie, Frozen.

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At Disneyland, guests can get into the festive spirit by “Glowing With The Show” during the new World of Color – Winter Dreams show that’s showing at Disney California Adventure. Guests who wear their Glow With The Show ears can experience the dazzling new show from a special viewing area available to Guests with valid World of Color FASTPASS tickets! The viewing area is on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is very limited.

Oh, what fun there is to have at the Disney Parks this Holiday Season!

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Tickets almost sold out for Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Gingerbread House Workshops at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

by on November 12, 2013

Ralph Brennan Jazz Kitchen Gingerbread House Workshops 2013

Tickets went on sale yesterday (November 11, 2013) for this year’s Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Gingerbread House Workshops at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney, and seats are already almost completely sold out. Spots for the December 15 and 21 worshops are gone, but you can still purchase tickets for the first session on December 14.

Here’s how Ralph Brennan’s describes this popular seasonal activity:

The workshop kicks off with the induction of all participants as ‘chefs for the day’ with artfully self-designed chef’s hats. Next, Chef Darrin Finkel leads an interactive demonstration on the proper assembly of gingerbread houses. Next, the good stuff…Decorating your gingerbread house with several handfuls of Holiday candy personally procured by Santa’s elves. Finally, in the spirit of the season and in recognition of the participants’ hard work, Santa will pay a surprise visit and hand out commemorative gifts to all attendees.

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Disneyland’s Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Retire on January 6

by on November 8, 2013

Billy hill and the hillbillies retire

Enjoy the antics of Bill Hill and the Hillbillies while you still can

Brace yourselves for tragic news, Disneyland fans: the Disney Parks blog announced yesterday that Frontierland’s beloved Billy Hill and the Hillbillies retire permanently on January 6, 2014. The Billys have been performing at the Disneyland Resort for over twenty years, and their comic fiddling has long been one of the resort’s favorite entertainments among TouringPlans readers and staff (including this author).

The Billys’ usual home has been The Golden Horseshoe, but they will conclude their Disneyland run at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, where they will relocate to for their final holiday season starting tomorrow (Friday 11/8/13). Their last in-park performances will occur on January 6, and there is no official word on what may replace it beyond a vague statement about “a variety of entertainment offerings during our many seasonal and special celebrations.”

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Limited Time Magic for November 4 – 8

by on November 1, 2013

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Looks like it’s time for more Limited Time Magic tours, as both coasts will have exclusive experiences available next week.

At Walt Disney World, guests will get to take a backstage tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While here, they will get to experience the grounds through either a zookeeper or veterinarian’s eyes. The tour will get to visit the Animal Programs area to see where the animals actually live. They will also get to see the Animal Health area, where they will visit the fantastic medical center.

Tours start at 1 p.m., with one tour each day. Twenty five guests will be able to participate. Guests will have until 2:59 p.m Eastern Time today to sign up and may do so via the Disney Parks Blog.

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©Disney

Over at Disneyland, guests are invited to take a tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite. Here, you will be invited to explore the suite found directly above Pirates of the Caribbean. This area was originally planned for Walt Disney, himself, until his untimely passing in 1966. It was finally brought to life in 2008.

Update: One tour will take place daily with 25 participants chosen. Guests may sign up at the Disney Parks Blog. Entries for this tour must be received by 2:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Disneyland Annual Passholder Event with Dave Bossert on Oct 24

by on October 19, 2013

Disney animation producer Dave Bossert

The Walt Disney feature animators who originally occupied the Magic of Disney Animation attraction at WDW’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios park were furloughed well over a decade ago. But, for one next week at least, a member of Disney’s animation team will appear at the sister attraction across the country.

On Thursday, October 24, Annual Passholders can attend a free session with Dave Bossert, Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects for for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Bossert will tell behind-the-scenes tales and give “a close-up look at the new Disney Animated app.”

The 45-minute presentations will be held at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm at the Disney Animation attraction in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land. Required registration must be done in person at the attraction on the day of the event, staring at park open. As always, a valid annual pass is required, and space is limited.

 

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Disneyland’s Tomorrowland: A Whale of a Tale

by on October 17, 2013

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The Disneyland Story

From the publisher of The Unofficial Guide books comes The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey, the story of how Walt Disney’s greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Here is a brief excerpt:

Walt was desperately trying to fill space in Tomorrowland, and an employee suggested that he bring some of the sets and props from the popular 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea down to the park. Ken Anderson was pulled away from his work in Fantasyland in the last two weeks before the park opening to work on the show. He said, “I was up all night with two other studio artists just before opening day painting the giant squid. Walt was supposed to be at a party his wife, Lillian, was giving for some VIPs at the park, but he was too nervous about everything being ready on time to stay there. He went around from ride to ride and exhibit to exhibit, checking work, helping out. He even came into where we were painting the squid, put on a mask, and did a little painting himself.” John Hench also joined in.

The walk-through display opened on August 5, 1955. Guests entered the exhibit through a 40-foot mural of the Nautilus and the giant squid. Originally, costumed guides would have provided a tour but that idea was scrapped in favor of a prerecorded narration track voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft (possibly best-known for Tony the Tiger’s, “They’re grrrreat!” for Frosted Flakes). As the guests entered the exhibit, the movie’s theme song, “Whale of a Tale” played in the background while they peered through portholes to see a model of the Nautilus in its final resting place. The guest’s point of view was from the stern window of a sunken ship with treasure chests spilled out in the sand in the foreground and the upper deck of the submarine in the distance.

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