Trip Diaries Day Six: 5:50am

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

With crowded parks during the holidays the only thing to do is get up early if you want to avoid the big queue lines. So the alarm was set for 5:50am and although this sounds a little tough, it wasn’t too hard to get out of bed when you know it’s to have some fun. Well, it didn’t take us to long to see it was worth it. We got to the Magic Kingdom at 7:00am and where ready to hit some rides with the low crowds that had the same idea. (for those thinking we are a little crazy getting up at the crack of dawn)

Before the clock hit 9:00am we got to do a whole collection of rides. We’ve seen Pooh, Snow White and even Peter Pan without a person in the queue. Beats those 2 hours queues in the middle of the busy day. We rode the Speedway, did some shooting with Buzz, had a ride on Space Mountain, took a rocket ride at the Astro Orbitor and got a little wet on Splash Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain was closed (101), so we could not add that one to this run, but we added Pirates of the Caribbean to the mix before 9am.

How’s that for your first two hours in the park. And we didn’t even have to run or get into a sweat to get them done. Getting up this early does make you a little hungry earlier in the day so before we would continue it was time for a cup of coffee and a cookie. Once we enjoyed those it was time for some more rides at the Magic Kingdom. One of my favourites was next as we rode the TTA before heading over to the Laugh Floor. It’s a funny show!

Once we left the monsters behind we could see that the crowds where coming in. No time to lose as we headed to the Haunted Mansion. I needed to see the new queue area and enjoy the ride before queues would get out of hands. Still not too bad as the queue at HM was low. I even let people pass while I enjoyed some of the interactive fun before entering my beloved house for some Disney scares.

After that it was time for an early lunch and some 20% discount shopping. The discount came from a ticket you get when you buy food in the park. It gives you a 20% discount as long as you shop before 12:00pm. It’s also a good trap as we did buy some stuff we might have not if we didn’t have the discount. Once we got our shopping done we left the park. The crowds had build up so bad, queues would be well into the hour for the popular rides. Getting there that early was well worth it.

I also got to see some of the stuff they are building at the new Fantasyland. This is going to be amazing. Can’t wait to return for that in the future.

Once out of the park we grabbed a taxi and headed over to the city Celebration. I always wanted to see it and finally got to do it. The town centre is nice, but smaller as I thought it would be. We had some time for a drink and some ice cream and to take a couple of pictures, but stayed shorter as anticipated. The houses look nice and it might be a nice place to live, but a long visit should not be planned as there isn’t much to do. So back to Old Key West for some swimming, a little rest and to get ready for dinner.

We had reservations for the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We got there a little early so we could have a look around at the resort. It looks nice but for some reason not the place where I would want to stay. A little to busy for us. Doesn’t look like you can relax when staying there. (I could be wrong) The restaurant is always nice, although my 12 year old son’s food was too spicy and he could not enjoy it. I guess that’s the risqué when going from children’s menu to adults menu. The icing on the cake however is watching the fireworks from the top of the building. The best place to see it without the big crowds. Personally I am not a fan of Wishes and I will not stay in the park for it, but I am happy I could end the day seeing it from the Contemporary’s rooftop.

Paris or Disneyland Paris

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

That’s been the question on my mind when I was in Paris this weekend. We had a trip planned to Paris without a visit to Disneyland. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower was big priority, also a visit on top of the Arce du Triomphe was on the list. A visit to  Montmartre, a walk next to the river Seine and a stroll down Champs-Élysées was also on the program. I could even visit a couple of comic book stores at the Latin Quarter. But I couldn’t help myself, Disneyland Paris was so close and it was on my mind. Toy Story Playland just opened and I would not go and visit it? How could I do this… Well, it looks like I couldn’t. Come Sunday I was on the RER and hopped over to visit my beloved park.

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Toy Story Playland Coverage

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Make sure to visit our Disneyland Resort Paris project DLP.Info to see what is going on behind the blue fences of the new Toy Story Playland in the Walt Disney Studios in Paris. You’re invited to see the finished work of the area and the new rides. All the info and a lot of great pictures of the area and the attractions. (Thanks to Dirk and the great work on the reports).

Toy Story 3 Sets Box Office Record

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It’s no big surprise for this weekends box office. As expected To Story 3 would take the lead. Not only would it take the lead but it would set some records too. This sequel can now call itself the biggest Pixar opening, surpassing The Incredibles $70.5 million opening weekend record. Toy Story 3 estimated opening weekend gross is set to $109 million. This includes the IMAX 3D theaters too where it shattered the previous record for animated feature with a total of $8.4 million. The previous record was for Monsters vs. Aliens with $5.1 million.

Toy story is also Disney’s 4th movie to enter the$100+ million domestic opening weekends of all time top 10 list. This was the third movie to open over 100 million this year. Other movies that did the same in 2010 are the amazing and wonderful Alice in Wonderland and, to proof that it’s not always good movies to enter these records, so did the terrible Iron Man II (the first one was so good).

Meeting Woody and the Crew

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Are you ready for Toy Story 3? So are the movie theaters! This weekend I encountered Woody in full size Lego at my local movie theater. This Lego figure looked impressive, would fit well in a Toy Story fans house. I wonder if they would miss one of them. I say ‘miss one’ as there where 2 of these full size Lego statues in the hall.

He wasn’t the only Tot Story figure there. There where stand ups with the whole gang, over sized movie posters and even big floor mats. They really want you to go and see this movie. But we Disney/Pixar fans don’t need this kind of convincing. We will be ready for the June 18 release.

First Man on the Moon was Buzz Lightyear

Monday, March 15th, 2010

According to the English newspaper Sunday Telegraph, 10% of the British children believe that the first man on the moon was Buzz Lightyear and not Neil Armstrong. Buzz isn’t the only name mention in this questionnaire. Others are Sir Richard Branson, American cyclists Lance Armstrong and Luke Skywalker…

The article doesn’t state how many children did get it right. It would have been interesting to know.

Well at least Buzz is an astronaut, he could have been the first! Maybe Buzz should put Mars on top of his to do list!

Picture copyright Disney

Toy Fair, Toy Story… Toys

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The New York Toy Fair has started and you can already find some great reports online with pictures of all the new and great toys. If you want to know how a presentation on a Toy Fair looks like visit the “Gearlog, A Guide By Geeks, For Geeks”  site and you’ll be invited to see the Disney presentation of they new Toy Story Toys in their pictures update. John Lasseter was at the event, posing with his Lego Head that was on display on the table, before talking about the new Toy Story Toys that will hit the shelves.

Their will be a Barbie toy as well as a Lots-O-Huggin Bear. This bear will be the first plush in the Toy Story Toys range and will responce to voice and hugs as well as smell of strawberries.

Picture from Gearlog, A Guide By Geeks, For Geeks.

No Toy Gets Left Behind

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Can’t wait to see the Toys get into action again for the third time? Just download the 3rd trailer for Toy Story 3 and enjoy a preview of the action you can expect as from June 18, 2010. Woody and Buzz will be back with more adventures, more fun and even more toys.

The trailer looks like it will be another fun ride, not something to take for granted with sequels. However Pixar doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. It already proofed it with Toy Story 2 and now it looks like to repeat itself with the third in the series.

Enjoy the Preview trailer 3!

Picture Copyrights Disney.

Pixar Collectables for Haiti

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Want to help the people who lost everything in the disastrous earthquake in Haiti. You can do so and own a nice piece of Pixar memorabilia at the same time.

Lee Unkrich, who is currently directing Toy Story III, has set up a special auction page in cooperation with Ebay where he is selling some amazing Pixar items to help the once in need. There are Signed items including a Tom Hanks Woody Doll, original crew items and a lot more.

You can find the auction behind the link! You can also add Lee Unkrich’s twitter page where he will keep everybody informed on the auction.

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Toy Story 3 Trailer

Monday, October 12th, 2009

ToyStory3Trailer“No Toy Gets Left Behind”, is the fun subtitle to the third Toy Story Movie. The new Pixar is set to open on June 18, 2010. Still a long time before we can enjoy the third part of a great series. Until that day all we Disney/Pixar fans can do is enjoy the new trailer of the movie that just went online.

Not sure what to expect yet, but Buzz as a Spanish dancer made me laugh. Enjoy the trailer in HD here!

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Disneyland Resort Paris B’Day trip – Day 1

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I can’t explain why I feel like it was, but it felt that this trip was the best so far… I just loved every minute of it. Could have been the great weather (finally after this terrible and could winter), could have been the company (well, that’s a given as I was their with my family) or was their another reason. I might not know why I felt like that on this trip, all I now is that it was great.

thecastle-again2-sIt started out fantastic with a super deal we found on Expedia.com (sounds a bit like an advertisement now) for the Marriott. I never expected to ever stay their but the deal was to sweet to let it pass. Now I am happy we did. The accommodations are great, big spacious rooms, 2 bathrooms, big living room and a kitchen with everything you need (if you wanted to cook for yourself). We loved and if another deal like that would pop up we would go again. However, even if we thought it was a great place, it is advised to visit this only when you have your own form of transportation. There is a shuttle bus but on the low season day it was packed to full capacity and I have heard from people staying their you can sometimes wait for 1 hour before you can catch another one. It is said the shuttle only goes out every 40 minutes, but in high season that might just not be enough.

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Lego Movies

Monday, February 16th, 2009

lego-trademarkThe Lego Group and Disney Consumer Products announced they would start producing Lego and Lego Duplo sets based on Disney movies. They have signed a multi year agreement and will start the cooperation with sets from Toy Story, Cars and the live action movie Prince of Persia.

Lego has always been great toys, not only for children as I am sure many adults (and I do know some) collect them to. Especially Star Wars has been a favorite of many older “children”. The new range might not convince the more mature fan, but many younger once will be drawn to them. I can see Cars doing particularly well. There is always a lot of Cars toys to be found in many shops. Proofing they are still very popular, even if it isn’t the latest Disney/Pixar production. The new Lego Car set will have the same popularity for sure.

To read the full Press release follow the link: Disney and LEGO Group Announce Strategic Licensing Relationship.

Me, I only wish they would make Lego based on Disney attractions!… I would buy them all.

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Impact on the Mouse

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Mickey Mouse has a big impact on American history, an impact that goes far beyond American boundaries. Just look at the theme parks around the world, the movies playing in thousand theaters and the millions of toys in the shops. Even if you don’t have a Disney holiday, most likely you will still encounter some sort of Disney on your trip (or near your home). You can also ask what cartoon character is the most known in the world; I am pretty confident that Mickey Mouse will make it on the top spot as most well known cartoon character. Mickey (and his friends) are everywhere, even making an impact on our daily lives.

But what about the impact on Mickey Mouse and Disney from the outside? It’s a question that popped up in my head, more specifically the impact of today and in the (near) future! Let’s have a look at some possible theories (I think) that has have impact on the mouse and that might form the future look of Disney. Let’s do so starting with the biggest influence at the moment; PIXAR!

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999.999

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Another great Disneyland Resort Paris with lots of magic has come to its end (it always to early to go home, whatever Disney park you are visiting at the moment). My good friend Andrea invited my to accompany him and I could not say no to that. 2 Disney nuts at Disney equals a lot of fun.

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Disneyland Resort Paris Stop Over

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

spacem-clickmagique1.jpgAs you might guess, seeing this entry, we are back from our holiday, including the Disneyland Resort Paris stop over. It was an evening and a full day, but enough for some extra magic before a relaxing sea side holiday. As we arrived late we didn’t do any rides but just enjoyed ourselves in the shops. Didn’t really buy a lot this time; just 1 limited pin for me and 1 limited pin for my son. I guess I never spend so little on Disney stuff as I did on this trip. But I didn’t see a lot of new stuff.

The second day was a lot of fun. First of all early to the studios to ride Crush. My son loved the new coaster while my wife screamed for most of the ride. After leaving the ride she said she would never ride it again…. Cars was next, and here my son said he would not ride it again but for whole other reasons. I think Cars is a nice ride, but I guess my son is at the age that it has to be thrill rides.

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