Wednesday Photo Challenge Answer: Fixin’ To Do Some FANTASMIC!

Every Wednesday we test your DLR knowledge with a photograph taken somewhere in the Disneyland Resort.  Usually I wait a day and give you the answer on Thursday, but seeing as this Thursday is Thanksgiving and I’ll be up early in the morning, then driving to Las Vegas to my in-laws, then cooking the dinner, then eating it and then passing out full of Turkey and other foodie goodness, I’ll just give you the answer now. Here’s tis:

The Sailing ship Columbia is taken out of service because Captain Hook and his pirates commandeer it to perform in Fantasmic!. It’s pretty cool.

First they make sure everyone who sat in front of The Rivers of America are still awake by firing a concussive blast from a cannon (which always gives me a start, even when I know it’s coming).

Hook, Smee, Peter Pan, Wendy, and pirates are running around the deck in this little fight/stunt sequence as the ship makes its pass.

Following the ship is that crocodile the wants to finish off what he started with Capt. Hook’s hand, with the sound of a ticking clock emanating from its tail.

The Steam Ship Mark Twain is also pulled to the sideline to perform in the Fantasmic! finale, piloted by a black and white Mickey Mouse, dressed in attire from Steamboat Willie.

About 50 Disney characters dance on the ship in a ribbon routine. The sequence is accompanied by searchlights, fountains, and pyrotechnics. Pretty awesome stuff. 

We had more guesses than usual this time, and everyone was right! Lol!

Ashley Hodgson

Lacey Axemaker (We love you too.)

Teresa Hale

LilLeopard (Twitter)

Alison Hodgson

Lillian Tadamichi

We’ll have a new one for you next week, so when you’re in the Disneyland Resort (Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and all of the Disney hotels), keep your eyes peeled and take in everything.

Wednesday Photo Challenge 11-23-11

Every Wednesday I will post a photo and issue a challenge for our readers to answer a question about it. So far we only have a handful of players and someone has always guessed right.

What, are the rest of you chicken? It doesn’t hurt to guess.

No one’s gonna laugh at you if you get it wrong.

Okay, peep this:

It’s night time at Disneyland. The sailing ship Columbia and the Steamboat Mark Twain are both hiding in a dark corner of The Rivers of America. Why?

If you know the answer to this one, or think you know the answer, drop me a line.

You can do this by:

Leaving a comment here (certanly the simplest way)

Send me a direct message on Twitter (@disgeekpaul)

or drop me an e-mail: [email protected]

I’ll keep your answers hidden so that more people can guess, therefore YOU will be able to see your answer, but no one else will. I need to keep it going as long as I can and give everyone a fair shot at it.

Tomorrow morning I’ll post the names of players who guessed correctly and reveal a new photo with the correct answer.

Have a great magical, and happy Humpday!

24 Days of MouseVent Begins 12/1/11

Press Release: 24 Days of MouseVent Begins 12/1/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2011

MouseVent Celebrates Disney Magic For a Second Year

MouseVent is an unofficial audio advent calendar kicks of 24 days of Christmas magic December 1st, 2011.

Orlando, Florida, November 17, 2011 – MouseVent, an audio Advent calendar, will begin it’s second year of spreading holiday greetings from the Disney fan community for 24 days beginning December 1, 2011. The project is created for the Disney fan community, by the Disney fan community to spread Christmas cheer.

Organizer Alan Hooper wanted to bring the Disney community worldwide for a type of Christmas party. “At a time of festivities I often wondered if it would be possible to bring a wide range of podcasters, musicians and authors together into one place. Individually everyone does a great job in their own field, but it is in only a few small circles that the podcasters join together or help each other out. I set out to create a project that brought established / professional Disney podcasters to the same table as novice brand new ones,” says Hooper. “Last year we saw podcasters rip up their format to create a theatrical production to be different. And Disney employed musician create submissions direct for the MouseVent Project. MouseVent isn’t a commercial venture, everyone that takes part in it receives no financial gain or do I. Again this was to create an even playing field for everyone. Everyone who takes part donates their time and effort and in return receives an acknowledgement in the project. This is another aspect of the project that pushed me along, to find where the Disney Fan community linked together.”

MouseVent a project is created from audio by 24 contributors compiled and published by Alan Hooper. Hooper has worked on developing Disney related fan sites for over a decade. Disney-Links.com, Hiddendlrp.com and HiddenWDW.com are just some of his projects. Hooper’s connection with podcasting came 2 years ago when at a Disney Fan convention in the UK. Hooper says, “I got talking with a couple of fellow Disney fans that did a podcast. After a few hours of chatting we decided to give it a go. Together Chris, Steve and myself host Your MouseCast, a Disney Podcast from a British view point. Then October 27th, 2011 came and I had this idea for an audio advent calendar. Luckily last year was a success and everyone joined in.”

The Calendar is available online at www.mousevent.com. Each day, starting December 1st, will display information and details about each days contributor. Disney aficionados can also subscribe via iTunes by searching for ‘MouseVent2011′. If you device doesn’t sync with iTunes you can also subscribe via our RSS feed at http://mousevent2011.podbean.com/feed/ and via Stitcher Smart Radio (Stitcher streams audio to mobile devices) check out their app.

LINKS:
Visit http://www.mousevent.com/
Follow MouseVent on Twitter account – @MouseVent
“Like” MouseVent on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/mousevent

 

 

 

Episode 26 – After the Jump

Following our interview on WDW Tiki Room, Daniel and Paul keep the Disneyland Vs. Walt Disney World debate going!  Plus Main Street Newsstand and Tip of the Week that is sweet!

News
Disneyland
Christmas is HERE. Christmas has officially started. So now is the time to see It’s a small world Holiday, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and the return of Believe In Holiday Magic Fireworks spectacular.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining
http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/destinations/mouseplanet/post/2011/11/Disneyland-Resort-Update/564947/1

Toon Town Christmas Trees look like crap! WTF? (Disney actually released a PRESS RELEASE about these trees!!)
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mickey-mouse-gets-a-toon-themed-tree-for-the-holidays-as-disneyland-resort-celebrates-the-season-beginning-nov-14-2011-11-07

really?

Really?

REALLY?

Pics from MiceChat.

The Magic, Memories, and You now features a Holiday Version. So Check that out.

The Harbor Blvd. Archway is GONE

“All Aboard… A Grand Circle Tour of the Trains of Disney.” Is now open at the Disney Gallery

DCA
The new Carthay Circle Redline “Stop” and info center was unveiled this week. This is also known as the PUMP HOUSE! I found out what this is. It’s just a small little building to hide the pump to the fountain that will be in the center of Buena Vista Street. There is a little info booth there as well.

James Cameron was snooping around DLR.
http://www.diszine.com/content/james-cameron-visits-the-disneyland-resort-for-avatar-land-inspiration

Phineas and Ferb Dance party show gets a little christmas makeover.

Feature – A fun article to talk about
5 Things Disneyland has over Disneyworld
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2011/11/five_things_disneyland_has_ove.php

Tip of the Week
Candy cane time again

If your holiday tradition includes a trip to Disneyland for one of its famous fresh-made candy canes, here are the dates and details you’ll need to start making plans for 2011. The first batch of fresh candy canes will be made at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A. on November 30. The candy cane schedule usually begins the day after Thanksgiving, but with an early holiday this year the park seems to be waiting a week, but adding an extra day in December. The full schedule is:
Wednesday, November 30
Friday, December 2
Tuesday, December 6
Friday, December 9
Monday, December 12
Friday, December 16
Wednesday, December 21

Last year the candy canes cost $9.95 each, and were limited to two per person. We expect pricing and limits to be similar this year. Disneyland usually makes two—sometimes three—batches a day, but the number of candy canes in each batch can vary based in temperature and humidity. The typical batch yields fewer than 90 canes. If Disneyland follows the normal operating pattern, tickets will be distributed at the Candy Palace at park opening each day, with the first batch of candy canes usually available to purchase about one hour after the official park opening time. The second and third batches are usually ready 90-minutes to two hours apart.

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Deck the Halls at the Disneyland Resort – VIDEO

Awesome video from the DPB!  This shows the Disneyland Resort behind the scenes setting up Christmas! Check it out!

Wednesday Photo Challenge Answer: Aladdin’s Oasis

Every Wednesday we test your DLR knowledge with a photograph taken somewhere in the Disneyland Resort.  Here’s the answer:

The peacock sits at the apex of the archway to Aladdin’s Oasis.

I considered this to be an easy challenge. We got a lot of close-but-incorrect answers. To be honest if I wsn’t the guy issuing the challenge I wouldn’t have known.

Many guesses were in the ballpark, guessing attractions and decor in Adventureland, but only one hit the bullseye:

Alison Hodgson 

And to those who gave it a shot, thank you so much for participating!

We’ll have a new one for you next week, so when you’re in the Disneyland Resort (Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and all of the Disney hotels), keep your eyes peeled and take in everything.

Wednesday Photo Challenge 11-9-11

Every Wednesday I will post a photo and issue a challenge for our readers to answer a question about it. So far we only have a handful of players and someone has always guessed right.

What, are the rest of you chicken? It doesn’t hurt to guess.

No one’s gonna laugh at you if you get it wrong.

Days in the Park stumps me every time, no one’s laughed at me yet! Give it a try. :)

This Wednesday’s Challenge is this:

Where in the Disneyland Resort does this peacock hang out? 

If you know the answer to this one, or think you know the answer, drop me a line.

You can do this by:

Leaving a comment here (certanly the simplest way)

Send me a direct message on Twitter (@disgeekpaul)

or drop me an e-mail: [email protected]

I’ll keep your answers hidden so that more people can guess, therefore YOU will be able to see your answer, but no one else will. I need to keep it going as long as I can and give everyone a fair shot at it.

Tomorrow morning I’ll post the names of players who guessed correctly and reveal a new photo with the correct answer.

Have a great magical, and happy Humpday!

The Wizarding World Makes MORE Magic at Disneyland

I’m not what one would call a dedicated Disney Blogger. Daniel and I— we’re Podcasters. Speaking for myself, I don’t follow events, or news, or pretty much anything. It’s not that I am not interested. I’m just lazy.

So, knowing about events and stuff, all of the to-dos at the Disneyland Resort… That’s all Daniel and Tommy— and thank goodness for both of them.

Me? I just go to Disneyland.

Well… Today my wife, her sisters and I went to Disneyland. We just went. Why? We have Annual Passes, it was raining and we figured the crowds would be light. It was all the reason one with an Annual Pass needs, really. Not that we need one.

Crowds were light, but stuff was happening.

So MANY people were dressed for Christmas. It’s November 6th, so I’m I’m thinking that this must have been a really crappy year for a lot of people. So many are rushing to Christmas time as if cheer is a long lost cousin or something.

When we reached the hub, we came to discover that Disney was taping a part of their Christmas Day Parade for television.

That’s cool… I guess. But it bugged me, because there was NO way to approach the castle.

The circular hub with the “Partners” statue was barricaded with benches, roped off and guarded by people who couldn’t have been cast members judging by how snippy they were about keeping us out of there.

I live down the street from Studio City. My family has been part of the Universal company one way or another for most of my life, so seeing all of that taping junk all around did not impress me as much as it annoyed me, but I get it.

If there was a family from Iowa, or pretty much anywhere besides L.A. and New York it may have been a new and interesting experience. Still, now guests from out of town can’t get awesome pics with the castle, and to get to Fantasyland one had to go around rather than through the castle.

Passing through the gates of Sleeping Beauty castle into Fantasyland is a magical moment for those of us who don’t often get to visit the park. Now that wasn’t going to happen for a lot of people, which sucks.

The good news is that it was a somewhat rainy and very cold day, so there wasn’t a lot of people to disappoint.

I was there to get photos of the new Christmas décor—and the castle? That’s kind of important. That’s the shot to get, really. One could see the castle, but I don’t need pictures of a lot of recording equipment in my shots (though I did get some), and on TV I’m sure the set won’t be nearly as impressive as it was to stand in front of it, but it was quite impressive.

These two celebrities, who I have no idea who they are and can’t remember their names, were singing a Christmas Carol in front of a crowd (they were pretty good). There were lights, way up, on elevated platforms. Cameras were everywhere.

The only star I recognized was Nick Cannon. And yeah, okay, it was kinda neat to see these guys sing halfway through a song and be told to start over… three times. It WAS Christmassy, though that Christmassy feeling was kind of dampened when I heard someone mention that Nick Cannon was going to be Santa Claus in the parade.

What?

No kid is EVER going to believe that Nick Cannon is Santa! He’s WAY too young!

But moving right along…

Something else was happening at Disneyland today—something cooler—something flying far underneath my lazy radar (on broomsticks, no less) and had I not experienced it, this thing would have come and gone and I would have never known.

As my party and I travel through the park, doing our thing, taking our pictures, eating our soup bowls, riding attractions— I see these young people wearing a Hogwarts School robe, one has a maroon and mustard striped scarf proudly proclaiming herself as a student in Gryffindor House.

I’m thinking, “Cute, but wrong theme park, guys.”

But, me being me, I snap a candid shot. I think it’s cool. Maybe I’ll use the picture on Facebook somehow, you know, make some wisecrack that Universal Orlando is like several thousand miles southeast of here.

But then I see another. And another.

I see students from Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff (“The party house!”, one of them told me) hanging out together.

Then I see teachers, and Death Eaters.

There was a man who looked just like Malfoy, who was examining his Muggle flight glasses for Star Tours as if they were as foreign to him as, I don’t know, being nice, was to the actual Malfoy.

Pretty soon, I’m taking more pictures of Harry Potter enthusiasts than of the park!

For the record, I found the densest concentration of them in Tomorrowland—you know how technology amazes folks from the Wizarding World. They were probably astounded by seeing how we get stuff done without magic.

Then I saw a couple dressed like Professor Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange.

Now I know something’s up.

But what can it be?

There has to be something going on at the park today that, once again, I knew nothing about.

Later when I asked TommyPix about this, hopeful that he took some pictures for this article to supplement my own, he said he knew about it, but had forgotten it was this day. Riiight…

I suspect that I, the lazy, lucky-if-I-visit-the-park-three-times-in-a-month DisGeek, scooped the once-a-week-in-the-park DisGeek.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. ;)

Anyway, as the day moved on there were more, and more, and more of them filling the park. Wizards and Witches were everywhere I looked.

At the time my theory was that there was some kind of Harry Potter event happening—something you had to be part of some inner-circle or blog community to know (like us DisGeeks).  I credit this to the fact that the threat of rain and the cold temperature (and football) kept most pass holders at home.

But these Harry Potter guys? Nothing was going to keep them from having their day in the park, so Wizards were starting to outnumber Muggles at some point.

And the outfits got crazier and crazier.

I never expected something like this, and this kept me in the park much longer than I usually stay, just to see all of the different costumes. and while I must say most of them were pretty much the same deal—robe, tie, scarf—some with wands, some without—there were some outfits that were over-the-top and others that were simply insane.

I’m loving this so much, that I stopped getting on rides! My wife and two sisters in-law were leaving me outside to have their fun— but my bottom line is I’ve been on all of these rides a zillion times.

This Harry Potter business, I’ve never seen before and I have to people-watch. Not just how the Hogwart’s kids and the Death Eaters were dressed, but how Muggles were reacting to their presence.

Most of us were delighted, some mildly amused but, believe it or not, jerks come to Disneyland too.

On one occasion, a group of these Potter players walked past me and my party, and some bald, goateed, cretin said, loud enough to be heard by everybody including the wizards, that the Harry Potter fans were nerds, losers, pathetic. They don’t have lives and they shouldn’t have been let in the park.

Whatever.

That guy should have gone to Six Flags. Disneyland is for dreamers, not haters.

From what I observed, I can say with great confidence that they all have lives, and life is good.

It became my mission to get to the bottom of this. I must figure out what’s going on.

But I’m shy, and wizards are secretive to say the least (or so I thought). I listen in on conversations, I ask other Muggles, I even asked a Cast Member. No one knew.

I really am not the type to approach people at random. I usually look for a reason to talk to someone I don’t know (unless it’s a CM).

So I step to a group of witches (that’s what female Hogwart’s students are called in the Wizarding World, so take it easy), wanting to know what the situation here is. My reason was, I had to get their pictures for this Disney blog. Pretty clever, don’t you think?

So I ask to take their picture. They all enthusiastically agree, on the condition that I take all of their pictures, with all of their cameras.

Now, any one who listens to the Podcast knows how much I hate being approached by people to take pictures. Unless you’re a giant-sized jerk you must say yes. It’s the only thing to do, and with all of the photo equipment I carry around with me, I am often the guy to ask .

But I’m asking them and I’m no hypocrite. I was also starving for info about what was going on here, right? And it’s probably not a good idea to get on the wrong side of a bunch of witches. So I did as they commanded with great pleasure. I took two shots with my camera and two shots with each of theirs.

Look at how many of them are there and do the math. Yeah, I was there awhile, but it was worth it! My wife had to poke me on the shoulder, rather hard, to get me to stop talking to them as I remember it. :)

And can you imagine that all I had to do to find out the deal here was to walk up to them and ask, “what’s going on here?”

These lovely Hogwart’s kids, each of them very gracious and energetic, laid out the whole deal for me:

They told me that today was “The 5th annual (unofficial) Harry Potter Day” (http://potteratthepark.blogspot.com/).

This event draws Harry Potter fans from all over the place.

Now I was receiving a lot of information in a flood of words, so if I got some details wrong, I hope they forgive me, and better yet, correct me.

Along with the Hogwarts cosplay, there is a scavenger hunt, where the winning team wins “The House Cup” (which these ladies insisted they were going to win).

There are other activities, which I have no idea what they are, as I think they are announced at some meeting which I didn’t attend, seeing as I’m a Muggle.

But mostly it’s a place to meet up, make friends and share their love of Harry Potter. What’s cooler than that?

Anyway, once I got these girls to strike a pose for me, and experienced how nice they all are, I had no trouble approching other groups.

People reading this blog… some of us don’t have ready and easy access to the DLR. A lot of us go all the time. Some of us go once a week, and more.

Events like this, especially when it sneaks up on us like it did to me, takes a rather ordinary, average, and I daresay humdrum visit to the park, and makes it far more delightful and interesting than it would have been otherwise.

Had I known about this event, I would have marked it on my calendar. I LOVE stumbling across something like this at the resort. I love to see people embrace their fandom for a movie, or series of books, T.V. shows and show their love for it.

If anybody has a problem with people in costumes at Disneyland…<shrug> I don’t know. Whatever.

To see them, disregarding the temperature, unintimidated by the threat of a rainstorm, having their day, by hook or by crook, warmed my heart on a cold day.

You can get more information about Harry Potter day at: http://potteratthepark.blogspot.com/, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @HarryPotterDay.

I’ll be keeping an eye on them, and maybe next year, I’ll bust out a wand and join the fun. What would you say about a six-foot-two, 200 pound House Elf wearing nothing but a pillow case?

~Paul

Mouseketeer Night at Carnation Plaza Gardens – VIDEO

Last Saturday was Mouseketeer Night at Carnation Plaza Gardens.  Tommy was there to capture the action!

Episode 25 – This Episode Contains Lead

This episode Daniel reviews, “In Service to the Mouse” by Jack Lindquist.  Daniel and Paul also discuss the latest happenings at the Disneyland Resort plus Tommy has our Tip of the Week!

News

New Ticket and Hotel Deals at the Disneyland Resort

Talking Mickey testing at WDW

An INSDIE look at Buena Vista Street

Wall-E Perfect replacement for Captin Eo

John Lasseter Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Google Doodle Honors 100th Birthday of Mary Blair

LEAD in Disneyland?

Cars Ride Testing

Xmas Decorations already going up at disneyland – Castle has snow on it. Netting for xmas lights on tress around the hub area, lights are being installed on IASW, ornaments and other decorations appearing at NOS.

REFERBS
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.

“it’s a small world”: Closed through November 10 to install holiday overlay.

Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed through November 23 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

It’s Tough to be a Bug! Closed through November 11 for refurbishment.

Toy Story Midway Mania! Closed November 15 — 17 for refurbishment.

Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.

Feature: Book Review

In Service to the Mouse by Jack Lindquist

Tip of the Week w/ Tommy Pix

WiFi Leaks at DCA

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