#Disneyland60 – Disneyland Forever!

'DISNEYLAND FOREVER' SPARKLES IN THE NIGHT SKY -- 'Disneyland Forever,' a new fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort, illuminates the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. 'Disneyland Forever' transports guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

‘DISNEYLAND FOREVER’ SPARKLES IN THE NIGHT SKY — ‘Disneyland Forever,’ a new fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort, illuminates the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. ‘Disneyland Forever’ transports guests into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films through traditional pyrotechnics, innovative projection mapping technology and surprising special effects. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Hello my friends, and welcome to our the next post about some of the things that we are looking forward to at Disneyland.  Today, we’re taking a look at Disneyland Forever, the new fireworks show! Some of you may know that I wasn’t always a fan of fireworks — the noises especially would really bother me, and also my daughter Sophie.  However, now that we have incorporated simple ear plugs into our list of things we take to Disney, watching fireworks is really a lot of fun!

The Disneyland Forever fireworks show isn’t just fireworks, though.  It’s special effects, it’s projections onto the screen, it’s all of that and more!  I can’t wait until we get to see it!  On Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th, the show will be performed at 9:30PM, so we’ll be sure to watch it one of those nights.  Since we are going to be Periscoping some of the events on the 17th, look for us to do this as well, and enjoy!  Are you going to be at Disneyland this year?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

My Dreams of being at Disneyland for it’s 60th Birthday!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Last night, at a special media event, Disneyland Resort announced the plans for the 60th anniversary of Walt’s wonderful park, Disneyland.  I’ve already been thinking about what a great trip that would be to be able to visit Disneyland this year and celebrate that wonderful anniversary.  As you may remember, we were fortunate enough to travel to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for the 40th anniversary of that park back in 2011 (here are posts about that trip here and here) — and this would be another bucket list item we could mark off of our list.

With my friend Sheila and her family, who are local to the area, I can imagine that the trip will be a great memory for Sheila, who has grown up visiting Disneyland all her life.  Already I’m dreaming of some of the things that I’d like to do on that day:

  1. In true Disney style, I want to ride the Disneyland Railroad all the way around the park.
  2. I want to visit each of the original, opening day attractions that are still open today.  Can you name them? :)
  3. I want to ride it’s a small world, and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the Storybook Land Canal Boats, and Casey Jr. Circus Train.
  4. I want to see how Big Thunder Mountain compares to the Walt Disney World version.
  5. I want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.
  6. I want to enjoy the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia.
  7. I want to take in the Enchanted Tiki Room show, as well as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!
  8. I want to ride Jungle Cruise and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
  9. I want to walk through Mickey and Minnie’s houses.
  10. Most of all, I want to imagine Disneyland as it was when Walt walked those paths. I want to imagine walking down Main Street, U.S.A., and having Walt Disney hold out his hand to shake mine.  I want to imagine how life could have been so very different if Walt had not smoked, and had not passed away as early as he did…

What do you want to do for the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland?  Do you have plans on attending?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

Walt Disney’s Influence!

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The influence of Walt Disney has been seen all across the world, as you all know.  Disneyland opened in 1955.  The Magic Kingdom followed in 1971.  There are Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and soon even Shanghai!  Then there is all of the Disney Cruise Line ports of call!

All of us that are Disney fans know that the influence of Walt has been phenomenal, and the Disney name is one that is known across the globe.  In fact, Mickey Mouse has even been seen in space!

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when my friend Bonnie at work showed me a book she found when she was studying abroad.  I looked at it, and I was instantly fascinated!  It was Beauty and the Beast as we all know and love — but the typeface was in Cyrillic, the official language of Russia!

I immediately stopped what I was doing and asked if I could look at it.  The artwork is incredible; it may be that there is even more artwork in the Russian version of the book then there is in the American version!

At this point in my life, I shouldn’t really be surprised at the worldwide influence that Walt Disney has had on all of us.  Greatness such as his only comes once in a lifetime I think, and once it is exposed for part of us to experience, it is only natural that it be shared across the globe.

My friend Bonnie also purchased the Russian version of The Jungle Book, and she is going to let me take a look at it also!  As she explained it, in Russia, when you see something you realize is special, you have to get it right then because the market in Russia is so vastly different from that in the United States.  There won’t be 20 or 30 copies of something when you are looking to purchase — the one you see is likely the only one they have, so jump at the chance!  As for this book, the price tag indicated it was either 9500 Rubles, or maybe it is 95.00 Rubles, so either about $300 or $3.  I’ll get clarification from Bonnie tomorrow!  Still, at either price, this is a piece of Disney that you don’t see very often!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the exploration of how broad an influence Walt Disney has had on all of the world!  Thanks for stopping by!

The influence of Walt Disney!

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Special thanks to my friend Bonnie for sharing this with me!

The influence of Walt Disney has been seen all across the world, as you all know.  Disneyland opened in 1955.  The Magic Kingdom followed in 1971.  There are Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and soon even Shanghai!  Then there is all of the Disney Cruise Line ports of call, including even Galveston, Texas, where my friend Brenda is enjoying a cruise right now!

All of us that are Disney fans know that the influence of Walt has been phenomenal, and the Disney name is one that is known across the globe.  In fact, Mickey Mouse has even been seen in space!

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when my friend Bonnie at work showed me a book she found when she was studying abroad.  I looked at it, and I was instantly fascinated!  It was Beauty and the Beast as we all know and love — but the typeface was in Cyrillic, the official language of Russia!

I immediately stopped what I was doing and asked if I could look at it.  The artwork is incredible; it may be that there is even more artwork in the Russian version of the book then there is in the American version!

At this point in my life, I shouldn’t really be surprised at the worldwide influence that Walt Disney has had on all of us.  Greatness such as his only comes once in a lifetime I think, and once it is exposed for part of us to experience, it is only natural that it be shared across the globe.

My friend Bonnie also purchased the Russian version of The Jungle Book, and she is going to let me take a look at it also!  As she explained it, in Russia, when you see something you realize is special, you have to get it right then because the market in Russia is so vastly different from that in the United States.  There won’t be 20 or 30 copies of something when you are looking to purchase — the one you see is likely the only one they have, so jump at the chance!  As for this book, the price tag indicated it was either 9500 Rubles, or maybe it is 95.00 Rubles, so either about $300 or $3.  I’ll get clarification from Bonnie tomorrow!  Still, at either price, a piece of Disney that you don’t see very often!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey into the exploration of how broad an influence Walt Disney has had on all of the world!  Thanks for stopping by!

Characters In Flight to Reopen!

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Exciting news for those of you that, like me, wish that Characters in Flight was open at Downtown Disney!  Word is out that they are working on the attraction, have installed a new balloon, and are currently in testing!  No word on when it will open, but I am excited to know that it will be reopening again in the future!  I was going to ride it when we were down in June, but it was closed that day, and then it was closed because of the accident in Hong Kong, so there was no way of knowing if it would open up again.

I heard about this from my friend Denny, who saw it over at WDWMagic.  You can check out their article there.  While you are waiting for the attraction to open again, take a look at some of the pictures my wife took when she rode the balloon in 2010!  Enjoy!