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Mickey’s Halloween Par-tay

You know, one of the few perks of being a blogger is the fact that sometimes, you get some fantastic swag, and even though many people wouldn’t necessarily consider tickets to Disneyland swag, I do. I’d take an experience at Disneyland over cereal or detergent samples any day, even if I got free cereal or detergent every month.

I was lucky enough to be invited to Mickey’s Halloween Party, this year happening at Disneyland proper rather than California Adventure, where it has been held for the past few years.

Being the traditionalist that I am, I was very happy to be at Disneyland. One of my very favorite rides at this time of year is of course the Haunted Mansion, all done up Jack Skellington style. Seriously, I could go on that ride ten times in a row and not get tired of it, or probably see everything.

I’m sure you’re thinking, but is there candy? Why yes, Virginia, there is candy! Good candy, too. Throughout the park they have trick or treating “trails” where you are able to pick up mucho sugar at stations placed about fifty or so feet apart. I have to say I preferred this to stations scattered around the park, because then you had a lot more flexibility in manuvering around. And I’m all about the manuvering, you know.

Then it was on to view the fireworks show, which has Jack Skellington, Zero, and Disney villains. It’s one of the best I’ve seen from Disney, and I’ve seen an ungodly amount of firework shows there. Although note to lady holding your (admittedly cool) balloon- don’t be surprised when someone asks you to lower it during the show, as we are all looking up to see the fireworks, not your (admittedly cool) balloon. And don’t act all put out about it, either. Sheesh.

I don’t know what it is about Disneyland and the holidays. My inner Martha Stewart, which is usually quite repressed, takes such joy in the decorations. She certainly doesn’t have anything to be impressed about at home, so she has to get her fix in at Disney.

A big hit with the men the particular night we were there were these very cool skull necklaces. When you are in the dark, it looks like a huge disembodied, talking skull is coming at you. They are only fifteen bucks, use regular batteries, and can also be used as a window decoration. Win! And of course, I bought one.

My family had a wonderful time at Mickey’s Halloween Party. You will too. I promise.

And if you happen to be a person who does not like Disney, then stay home, drink your haterade, and leave the fun to the rest of us.

Happy 55th Birthday Disneyland!

July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened.  A park that I firmly believe put Orange County on the map for the rest of the country.  I was lucky enough to have worked there for several years and be part of the dream of a man who was not only forward thinking, but had more imagination in his little finger than most will in their entire lives.

Yes. That's me on the left standing next to Alice.

Yes, that's me on the left with Alice.

Thank you Walt for taking a chance and giving me a place to work play with my friends and get paid.  Without Disneyland, I would not have moved to Orange County.  I would not have most of my best friends.  I would not be a nurse.  I would not have met my wife.

Has Disneyland changed your life for the better?  Worse?  Please share!

Glow Fest!

With all the hype surrounding World of Color at Disney California Adventure, one might not even notice the gaudy redheaded developmentally disabled stepchild of nighttime entertainment known as Glow Fest. What is Glow Fest you ask? Well, I’ll answer your question with a question: What’s green and purple and inane all over? Why Glow Fest of course.

More specifically Glow Fest is a Day-Glo… er… Night-Glo “party” with tribal world music and bright colors best enhanced by overpriced theme park liquor. Something tells me this masterpiece of in-park entertainment is intended to “entertain” bored visitors as they wait to see World of Color rather than actually stand on its own two legs as actual entertainment. I suppose they had to do something; after all when you have eleventybillion visitors waiting around to see a show in a half-empty cut rate theme park you better come up with some way to keep them from rioting. If you spend enough time in DCA numbing your senses, you’d be surprised at what you might attempt to do in an effort to feel something (anything) again.

Have you been to Glow Fest? If so… do share!

Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular

World of Color it aint, but it looks like Knott’s is importing a lights show from some of its east coast cousins at Cedar Fair. The web site bills it as follows:

When darkness falls over Knott’s Berry Farm, Camp Snoopy will come alive with a continuous light show filled with Peanuts’ three dimensional figures, themed music, sound effects, voice-overs and colorful projections of the Peanuts’ characters. In “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” you will see your favorite characters in scenes that personify them – Lucy’s dream of being a Hollywood starlet, Schroeder’s musical genius, even Woodstock gets into the act as he and Snoopy go on a camping adventure.

I suppose it might be stupid, but there is a certain quaintness to Knott’s Berry Farm’s entertainment offerings. Sure they’re hokey but I can’t help but be amused and entertained by them anyway. It’s like those damn pardoned turkeys on display in Anaheim every Thanksgiving; I know they’re lame but I still want to go see them anyway. So, I’m sure before too long the Missus and I will saunter on over to the Farm to check it out.

Have any of you seen Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular? Care to tell us what we’re missing?

World Of Color Is Finally Coming!

Any of you who have seen Fantasmic at Disneyland know that it is a spectacular site to behold.  A show doesn’t pack in audiences like that, for as long as it has, without being amazing.  And amazing it is.  But coming June 11, 2010 (So much for Spring 2010, eh?) is a new show to Disney’s California Adventure, World Of Color.  And rumor has it, that it may well be better than Fan.  (Go ahead, throw you’re rotten fruit my way, but I stand by that.)

I realize this sounds like I’m advertising for them, but I assure you I am no longer an employee and I am not receiving any kick-backs for this.  Heck, I don’t even have an Annual Pass anymore due to budget constraints!

My main reason is simply that I am and have been SUPER excited for this show.  I have seen video footage of the progress as well as watched it first-hand from the park.  It is a HUGE undertaking that I really think will pay off. If you want more info, check out the Disney Parks Blogs.  There’s more video footage on there as well from previous posts.

Now….who will sign me into cast previews?!?!  Any takers?!?!  Anyone?  Bueller?

Captain EO is back! February 23!!

So long, bad times.......Hello, good times!

That’s right kids.  The rumors were all true.  While it was originally thought that Captain EO would return for the special Halloween celebration Disneyland had in 2009, there simply wasn’t enough time to do it up right.  According to the Disney Parks Blog the official date for it’s return is this Tuesday February 23!!!  Also, according to the blog site, there will be a special Captain EO announcement on the Disneyland Twitter account next week.  So if you have Twitter, follow them to see what it is!

I was lucky enough to be in the first audience to see the movie since 1997 last week when they were doing some special cast member testing.  It sounds great and was so fun to watch in 3D again.  I think this will be a huge success due to fans who remember it from their younger days and also for the new generation who have never seen it before.  Also, be ready for a few new surprises that didn’t exist in the original run. :-)

Anyone going opening day??  Maybe we can have a good old fashion IRL (In Real Life) meetup!

Letter From a Disney Hater

While my poor infant daughter who has a cold attempts to nap despite having a stuffed-up nose, I came across this article in the LA Times.

And this perplexing letter:

What I expected: Magic.

What I found: It is a run-down amusement park. It feels nothing like the Disney resort in Orlando, Fla. I realize this park is older, but it is carny-like, even the newish California Adventure. I was looking forward to visiting Disneyland because of my affinity for Disney World and was sadly disappointed. There wasn’t any magic.

Tanya King, Los Angeles

Tanya! I am confuzled!

If you are from Los Angeles, how is it that you have visited Disney World before Disneyland? Are you a recent transplant?

And “carny-like?” As in old, dirty rides being manned by questionable men with even more questionable dental and/or bodily hygiene?

I wonder if she would think the Parthenon is unkempt and in need of some paint.

Tuesday is Fasting Day for Disney Workers

Listen, I am a pro-union person.  I believe that working people usually benefit from having a collective bargaining unit that pits them against management.  Because if anyone thinks that management is keeping the best interests of workers in mind, they are absolutely delusional.

But.

I think that Disney hotel workers and their Unite Here Local 11 are asking for an awful lot in some pretty lean times.  Very few people in this country are getting free healthcare, and I’m not understanding why they think they should, too. 

 My husband is being “asked” to take furlough days, and our healthcare costs (such as co-pays and prescription benefits) have recently risen.  However, we’re thankful that he even has a job, and excellent healthcare benefits to go with it.

I think a hunger strike is a bit drastic, and it hurts me to say it, but Local 11 needs to stop having their members working without a contract and sign up for the same benefits that all other Disney employees have.

FREE Disneyland 2fer Tickets!!!!

Are you on Twitter yet??  If not, now might be a good time to make an account, and if you are, you need to follow @Disneyland.  Not only do they let you know about deals around the resort and provide fun facts now and again, but at 12pm today they will be having their “first ticket giveaway” on Twitter!  I take “first ticket giveaway” to mean there will be others too.  So hurry up and add them and check in around noon for your chance to win.  I know I will cause my Annual Pass expires this month!

So hurry, cause it’s FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Quick! While It’s Safe!

Alright kiddies.  Today officially marks the end of the holiday festivities at the Disneyland Resort.  It’s now officially safe to go back to the park.  Oh sure, it’s a little chilly out (yes I consider 75 degrees chilly), and no there won’t be any pretty decorations.  But the next 2 months will be the best possible time to go have some fun at the parks.  January and February mark the 2 months where the park is EMPTY!  I mean, get there at 10am, ride all the rides in both parks and leave by 4pm, empty.  It’s the greatest!!!  All the tourists are back home shoveling snow so their kids can get back to school.  Monday through Friday, all the local kids with annual passes are back in school also.

Over the last few years, Disney has utilized this time for their “two-fer” deal as a way to get locals to go to the park in such an abandoned time.  And it does work.  The parks are definitely more full then they used to be at this time.  But if you can avoid weekends, you’re set.  Sure, there may be some rides that are closed for rehab and some of the shows and parades won’t be running, but I promise it will be worth it.

*Notice- If Disney does have the two-fer deal again this year, be sure to avoid the parks for those last 3 or so weekends before the deal expires.  I remember the first time Calif. Adventure reached park capacity was the last weekend the first “two-fer” took place.  And that was because Disneyland had already reached capacity earlier in the day.  All the people who wait until the last minute to use their second ticket rush to the parks before it expires.

*Also-It’s confirmed Captain EO will be returning in February sometime.  I’m sure we’ll have more information to give you later, but I would be weary of the park at that time as I’m sure it will be packed.  But of course I’ll be there with bells on to see it all over again! :-)

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