Photo TR: Going back-back to Cali again!

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Photo TR: Going back-back to Cali again!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:27 am

Following up on last year's trip report, I was fortunate enough to return to California this year to spend several days at the Disneyland Resort and to cover the D23 Expo. With my new camera, I ended up taking over 5000 photos during my week long visit, but I've whittled that number down significantly of those to share here. I'll provide write-ups where appropriate (like for the D23 stuff) as I get to it, but in the meantime, enjoy these photos as they come!


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I figured it would be appropriate to have the first photo be of the most major addition to the Disneyland Resort on the horizon...
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While I'm not a Cars fan myself, this does look pretty impressive!
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The Blue Sky Cellar remains as one of my favorite places to relax at California Adventure.
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Our first dinner at the resort was a World of Color dinner package at the Wine Country Trattoria. After last Summer's visit, I had to get the amazing lamb shank again!
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The dessert tray was also more impressive than it was last year with macaroon lollipops and chocolate tartlets.
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Intamin ride... Intamin ride... Intamin ride...
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While I miss the Sun Wheel, I really do love the LED lighting package that the Fun Wheel received in its overhaul.

(That's light emitting diodes for those of you who don't know... -BZ)
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Since my last visit, Pizza Oom Mow Mow and the S.S. Rustworthy had been removed to make way for the Paradise Gardens restaurants. This is seriously a major improvement!
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Oh, and now there's beer!
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I never really noticed how nice the Jumpin' Jellies' lighting package was, but it fits surprisingly well into the new Paradise Gardens section of Paradise Pier.
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Last time I was here, Mulholland Madness was still open.
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The Goofy overlay works thematically, but I was a little disappointed by how much was really unchanged. At the end of the day, it is still a mess of metal, but the blue paint makes it a little less tough on the eyes.
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Much like the Barnstormer was at the Magic Kingdom, the new station's theme surrounds a barn (or in this case, a farm where Goofy used to crop dust) that Goofy has turned into a flight school.
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The man himself!
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The queue has been filled with gags and details that tell the story of the refurbished attraction.
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For the love of Larry!
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The bulletin board is filled with tie-in gags to other attractions and characters in the Disney family.
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There was blood on the saddle... Blood on the ground...
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"If you're planning to learn to fly at Goofy's Sky School you should

stop"
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Hy Flyer.
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This poster will be sold soon at the Disneyland Resort.
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The ride's cars have been slightly retimed to add a propeller to the front and a "student decal" to the back.
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The transfer track has been rethemed, which is a nice touch.
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Along the course of the track are instructional billboards that tell you how to perform a certain maneuver...
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The lift is still very fast for a wild mouse.
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Easy enough!
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This display actually has moving features.
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Watch the POV to learn how I flew the Goofy way...
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Something seems to be missing here...
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That being said, the removal of the Maliboomer has brought some fantastic balance to view of Paradise Pier.
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The Fun Wheel has really grown on me in the last two years.
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Over at Disneyland, our first stop was the original Enchanted Tiki Room.
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Still full from my dinner at the Trattoria, I didn't get dole whip. Sadly enough, I never did get to go back and have some during the trip.
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If only we could bring dole whips into the Walt Disney World version of the Tiki Room...
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I think I'm experiencing deja vu.
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The following morning started with a ride on a newer favorite of mine, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

Guess why this pipe is significant.
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Not our chariot today...
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I'm a nerd.
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But I love rides as detailed as this!
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Dive!
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Oh no!

(A hint of things to come!)
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:38 pm

(Continued)
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I was glad to see that Mr. Grouper hadn't moved from his spot since last year. In my absence, he even evolved to gain a blow hole!
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This diver is searching for the remainder of the Bryan and Adam Show Deep South episodes. He hasn't had any luck yet.
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Hey Tiki Tiki, you've got something on your nose.
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Notice the fish in the clam?
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And scared fish is still here too!
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This ride's got crabs.
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Seriously one of my favorite attractions in the park.
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We must be in Tomorrowland... They've recreated the layout of the Rocket Rods!
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Hello Beautiful!
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She's sick today.
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If I haven't said it before, I am a huge fan of Disneyland's version of Fantasyland.
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And while I'm not a Disney fairytale kind of person, Alice in Wonderland (along with Pinocchio's Daring Journey) is one of my favorite rides in the area.
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When the Queen of Hearts gets angry, the whole room shakes.
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And the two-floored aspect of the ride is also a major plus!
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Much like the remnants of the Rocket Rods, the remaining pieces of the Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland has fascinated me.
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I think it is extremely clever to reuse old thematic elements of old rides in the development of new attractions and areas.
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The River Belle Terrace offers a great breakfast for those looking for fresh pancakes but are on a cheap budget.
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We'll need electron beams and crystal prisms, gyroscopes and magnetism...
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Give me a moment to stare...
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I love Walt Disney World's ride for the layout and raving soundtrack, but I really do have a soft spot for this Space Mountain.
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Star Port 75 is in the family too.
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What a fantastic station!
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Not as nice as Tokyo's but pretty cool on its own!
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During last Summer's trip, I saw the Captain EO Tribute ten times. I love the show anywhere I see it, but Disneyland's rediculously-bouncing program makes this one far more enjoyable.
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The show is no longer sponsored by Kodak.
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I'm thrilled to be here!

Mind you, Bryan is probably going to strangle me for putting on my "flight glasses" before we left the terminal.
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Forgive me.
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The return of Star Tours has brought a surge of crowds into Tomorrowland...
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Time for some more nerdom.
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The fastpass machines are Gonk Droids!!!
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Anyone want to arrange a walking tour of the track for me? Please!
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Welcome home! You've arrived!
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I didn't realize this until I took this photo, but the new marquee for Walt Disney World's Enchanted Tiki Room is based on this one!
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Hiya Andrew!
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Time for another one of my favorites!
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Unlike the Aurebesh in the Star Tours queue, you can basically figure out what the glyphs here are saying without having a decoder.
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If only... If only... *sighs*
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Naturally, I pulled the rope.
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Sallah's my boy!
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Shouldn't he be considered a contributing to the Time Institute? He did provide the foundation for the Time Rover!
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Noted!
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Oozing with detail...
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Hello Tokyo DisneySea!
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Now I'm really home!
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Every nook and cranny in New Orleans Square has a new detail to discover!
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Like Fortune Red for example...
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He uses his grimy finger to guide you...
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Along the path...
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To find your treasure!
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Fortune Red is one of several fortune tellers found inside of Disneyland.
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Re: Photo TR: Going back-back to Cali again!

Postby QueerRudie » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:44 pm

OK: Memo to me- Wedgie is in order for the -total- geeiness of your Disneyism here... BUT.... I'll refrain due to the quality of teh StarPort 77 Porn in this TR.

(And I -really- did think I over-geeked on my last DL trip. I've been proven painfully wrong...)

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Postby DerekRx » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:34 pm

So far I'm pleased, though am highly disappointed in your lack of Dole Whip. There is always room for Dole Whip, ALWAYS!
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Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:55 am

DerekRx wrote:So far I'm pleased, though am highly disappointed in your lack of Dole Whip. There is always room for Dole Whip, ALWAYS!
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Re: Photo TR: Going back-back to Cali again!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:01 am

(Continued)
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One of my favorites at the resort... I even got one of my friends to give it a second chance, which he enjoyed much more than his first experience.
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It's all about the "Mocoddity."
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...Or stroller parking.
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Get it?
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Oh the detail!
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I seriously have a craving to go walk around Port Orleans French Quarter now.
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There's just a certain charm to this section of the park...
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Details around every corner.
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Another favorite atmospheric stop for me is the Court des Anges.
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Mademoiselle Sally McWhirter teaches music lessons upstairs, and sometimes you can hear her.
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Recently brought back, the shop isn't my cup of tea, but I think it is a nice touch to bring back a formerly closed option.
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Robb and Kevin, I bow in your general direction.
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The Phantom turns the popcorn in New Orleans Square...
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On to another classic...
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It just works so freaking well!
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Is this haunted room actually stretching? No... It's actually sinking! (Kind of like Horizons.)
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These possessed portraits made their way into Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion a few years ago, but these can be found in the loading queue for Disneyland's version.
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It will never get old.
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Happy Birfday!
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And a ghost will follow us home!
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Picturesque.
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This always takes a little getting used to.
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As does this.
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There was definitely blood on the saddle. Definitely blood on the ground.
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Nights in white satin, never reaching the end,
Letters I've written, never meaning to send.
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Beauty I'd always missed with these eyes before.
Just what the truth is, I can't say anymore.
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'Cos I love you, yes I love you, oh how I love you.
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If Disney could do it, why couldn't Hard Rock Park?
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Moving on...
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Confused? Me too.
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Tears will definitely be the chaser for your wine.
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Bryan, you have officially lost the ongoing goat hunt.
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And I also win for the mini-horse hunt.
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As a promo for the new (and fantastic) Soundsational parade, the drummers from the beginning of the show perform on their own over by it's a small world.
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And do cool things like this.
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And this.
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And the boy band pose.
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And the "Here's looking at you, kid."
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Somehow I was shanghai'd into touring an Aulani preview model... I'll have photos to show for it.
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Time for one of the coolest nonsensical attractions out there.
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I get it!
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I'll let you figure these out.
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If only we could get these in Orlando...
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Screw Ball.
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"Weesa gonna die!"
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Somebody's getting followed by a fan...
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But she finds time to pose for a photo, and then promptly resume her flight.
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Time for the goods!
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Le Special de Monte Cristo is what I'm here for.
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Well... That and the atmosphere!
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:38 am

(Continued)
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Gumbo and all you can drink Mint Juleps? I'm in heaven!
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My friend ordered the Jambalaya, which was delicious.
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And for me, the Monte Cristo with the signature Blue Bayou potatoes.
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The "Let the Memories Begin" ad in the Esplanade rotates to show guests memories as they happened.
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I'm going-going, back-back, to... Orlando???
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This is going to take some getting used to.
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Yep.
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EnginEars Toys had closed a few days prior to our arrival and by the time we left the entire building's facade was ripped off (I have photos).
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The Carthay Circle Theater will be home to two new bars/restaurants, one of which will be dedicated to members of the new Carthay Circle Club, the park's answer to Club 33.
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Just the week before, the Golden Zephyr had been torn out with the engine sent off to a nearby railroad museum.
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After being shut off for several years, the rotating effect for the marquee for Condor Flats has finally been restored.
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Again looking back, I realize I didn't even ride Soarin' this time around.
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On to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot (or eventually Hollywoodland).
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In preparation for the debut of Disney Junior Live on Stage!, the building's facade was updated to reflect a more 1920's-esque design, and the theater gained a new moniker as the Disney Theater.
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I've been Recognized!
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I definitely considered buying number five.
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Works for me!
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Again, works for me!
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I was the only one in the group I was with that enjoyed this preview, but being a fan of the film (I will admit, I watched it on the flight to LAX), I was happy to see a well edited sizzle reel on the big screen.
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The backlot's fountain has been masked by a massive DJ booth complete with a fantastic lighting package.
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The Monster's Inc facade remains unaltered, although it looks very different during elecTRONica.
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I thought this was a clever use of an otherwise-closed location.
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I'll be back.
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They even updated the Studio's sign to keep with the theme of elecTRONica.
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I'm glowing on the inside.
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Food Truck Fancy fulfilled!
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The backside of the elecTRONica projector screen is well masked.
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And there is plenty of merchandise to be sold...
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In preparation for the arrival of the Buena Vista Street Red Car Trolleys, the sign for the Hollywood Pictures Backlot (and elecTRONica) was removed.
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Good news Disneylanders! You have cake pops now too!
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I thought this was clever...
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The lack of lazy eye is upsetting.
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What's all this Mary Blair artwork of, you ask?
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*facepalm*
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Welcome to Hawaii! Prepare for some Paul Rudd quotes!
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"I'm going to give you a Hawaiian name... Peepyopee!"
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"Okay Monster Man!"
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"You sound like you're from Lahn-dahn!"
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"Come on out. Oh, the weather outside is weather... "
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Surfing Instructor: If you get bitten by a shark, you're not just gonna give up surfing, are you?
Peter Bretter: Yeah, probably.
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Surfing Instructor: I once saw him beat a guy up with a starfish!
Peter Bretter: That's ridiculous.
Surfing Instructor: That guy was me.
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"Too slow. Do less."
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The Disneyland Hotel is currently in the process of a major overhaul. This pool recently re-opened with this fantastic looking slide complex.
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The retro-ness is overwhelming.
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Also recently opened was the Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's... But I'll get to that later!
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These towers are almost down with their respective refurbishments.
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We were also shown a renovated room in the Frontier Tower of the Disneyland Hotel. The beds' headboard has lights in it!
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I guess I did get to ride Soarin' after all...
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In the lobby of the Frontier Tower is a huge scale model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the surrounding area.
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Postby DJeXeL » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:51 am

^That model is amazing. Did you check out the Big Thunder Suite?
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Postby Nibbler » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:09 pm

In celebration of Star Tours, I say this..

"I find your lack of dole whip disturbing"

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Postby 805Andrew » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:59 pm

Nice pics to a set of parks of been to many times. I enjoy getting an outside CA perspective to these CA parks. Looks like DCA and the Cali Disney Resort will be great in a year and in coming years. Looking forward to it.
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