Coming Soon – The Lands of Disneyland!

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Sleeping Beauty Castle beckons you at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.

 

Much like we did with the Lands of the Magic Kingdom, and the Countries of Epcot World Showcase, we are getting ready to start a new series where we will explore all the different Lands of Disneyland!  If you have never been to Disneyland before, this series will help you to see all of the great things that you can experience in Disneyland, and perhaps help you realize that there is so much to experience there that you will want to plan your own trip out west.  If you have been to Disneyland, hopefully this series will serve to remind you of all of the great things that you did experience, so that you can relive those memories over and over again.

As you may know, we are also working on our series about the Pavilions of Epcot Future World, so there is no set timetable for this, but despite that, please know that these posts will be exciting moments for me and my family to relive that dream trip we took back in June of 2013.  I hope you’ll join us and walk the same paths that we walked as we all remember Walt in the park that he created!

Here are the lands that we’ll be learning more about in the coming days and weeks:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Adventureland
  • New Orleans Square
  • Frontierland
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland
  • Critter Country
  • Mickey’s Toontown

Stay tuned, we’ll be starting with Main Street, U.S.A., which you will learn has some distinct similarities to Main Street, U.S.A. in Walt Disney World, but also has significant differences too!

Paradise Pier in Pictures

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When we arrived at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa for our stay during our trip to Disneyland, I had no idea that we were going to get the view that we got! When our room was ready and we went to it, after looking at all of the incredible detailing in the room itself (look for a more detailed post about that later) we were amazed by the view of Paradise Pier from our balcony, which you can see in the picture above. In addition to that view, I thought you would like to see some other pictures I’ve taken from the balcony. These were all taken with my iPhone, so please forgive the quality. Thanks!

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Thanks everyone for following along with us! I hope that you are all well, and that these posts get you excited about your own Disney vacations to come! When is your next trip to a Disney Park? Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Disneyland Bound – It’s all about Walt Disney!

Walt Disney walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle

Walt Disney walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle

My friends, when you read this, my wife, daughter and I will be at the airport waiting to board our plane for our trip to Disneyland!  It has been a long time coming, with a lot of planning, detail work, and research to determine the best things to explore at the parks, but it has been well worth the effort.

However, despite all of the great attractions, dining locations, parades, shows, and other awesome things that Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks have, what really matters the most to me about this trip is seeing the park that Walt Disney himself graced oh so many years ago.

My prediction about our trip is that we will have an incredible time seeing new things, meeting new friends that we already know from our blogs, and so forth — but for me, I think witnessing the history that Disneyland brings to the table each and every day will be the highlight of my trip!

Looking at the apartment that Walt Disney actually lived in some; seeing the park bench where he watched his girls go around the carousel at Griffith Park; walking some of the same paths that Walt Disney himself walked — all of these are things that I think I will get the most thrill over.

I did some research of my own, and turned up a few pictures you might like to get another look at.  The first, of course, is that timeless picture of Walt Disney walking through Sleeping Beauty Castle at the top of this post.  Here are the other two, I hope you enjoy them!

Walt Disney on Opening Day of Disneyland, July 17, 1955!

Walt Disney on Opening Day of Disneyland, July 17, 1955!

Walt Disney explaining some of the planning that is going into his new "Disneyland" park!

Walt Disney explaining some of the planning that is going into his new “Disneyland” park!

If you missed any of the posts I did on my 100 Days to Disneyland series, I invite you to take a look at them and read about your favorites!  Just click on the link, and then click on the articles that interest you the most!  As always, thank you for stopping by and making My Dreams of Disney a part of your Disney Fix.  It means a great deal to me that you do so!

1 Day til Disneyland – World of Color!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

This is it!  Day 1 in our countdown to Disneyland!  Our final post before our trip, and today, we are taking a look at the incredible World of Color!  Located over at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure, the World of Color show is a technological marvel featuring incredible music, stunning graphics, and water!  I was lucky enough to be able to watch the premier of the World of Color over the internet when it debuted for celebrities and media back on June 10, 2010.

Seeing it on my laptop or computer screen, like I do now, is nothing compared to watching it live, and I absolutely can’t wait for that to happen! There are two ways that I plan to see it — three, if you ask Sophie.  The first way, of course, is by taking it in at the park.  To do so, you will need to get a FastPass ticket at the kiosks over by Grizzly River Run.

A second way to view the show is to watch it from the balcony at the Grand Californian.  I have done some research, though, and everyone says that the first way to watch the show should be live in the park.  After that, I have heard that watching it from the balcony gives a different perspective that is fun to witness.

If you were to ask Sophie, she would say that she wants to watch World of Color from Mickey’s Fun Wheel — but unfortunately, the Fun Wheel is one of the attractions that closes for the show.

If you have not seen the video yet, feel free to check this video out, and enjoy!

2 Days til Disneyland – Fantasmic!

 

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You know, in the category of “What is the number two seed for our countdown to Disneyland?” I never thought I would be writing Fantasmic on the list.  It boggles my mind that I have done so.  The truth is, I’ve never even seen Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  So why did I put it at number two on our list?

I think that this selection is more of a case of putting the popular show here because, like in the NCAA Tournament, the number two seed almost always wins, and I have heard a lot about Fantasmic that makes me think we will watch it during our trip to Disneyland.

I know I’ve seen at least one comment on the internet that reported that Fantasmic is actually better at Disneyland then it is at Hollywood Studios.  Part of the reason we’ve never done it at DHS is because the lines are absolutely insane to try and get a seat for.

Fantasmic over at Disneyland Park is located by the Rivers of America in Frontierland, as you can see by looking at the map below:

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I’ve heard that Fantasmic is better here than at Hollywood Studios — what do you all think?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!