Food and Fireworks

Monday, May 4th, 2015

foodCGDo you love fireworks? It’s the highlight of many visits. But big crowds might force you to either come early to find that perfect viewing spot, or come late and stand somewhere in the back. If unlucky you’ll be watching the many phone or even tablet screens that go up from all the people around you that are trying the film it.

Want it a little bit more relaxed? How about combining it with a good meal and a viewing spot many visitors don’t think about. Here are 4 personal tips of great meals that can be combined with a firework display afterwards.

Let’s start at the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort Hotel. Right up there on the top floor, this amazing restaurant offers you a fantastic selection on American cuisine, seafood and sushi. Get yourself a nice plate of sushi, share one of the great flatbreads and then how about bison. Of course you can’t enjoy the fireworks without one of their amazing desserts. The chocolate pudding cake, with Nutella filling, or the Plant City Strawberry Cheesecake are only two of the great choices on this menu.

Feeling full? Time to go and see the fireworks. The music is piped into the restaurant so you can see the fireworks from the comfort of your seat. Or you can go to the observation deck outside. Whatever your choice is, it is an amazing and relaxing experience.


Amazing Image of the Shanghai Disney Project

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


Walt Disney Chairman CEO Robert Igor showed a first piece of artwork from the new Shanghai Disneyland project during today’s Shareholder meeting. The park is planned to open its gates in 2015 to the first visitors. Still a little time to go, but until then Disney fans can already gaze upon what might become an amazing Kingdom.

“We believe this will be one of the most spectacular Disney experiences yet – and an important part of our future. We look forward to opening the gates at the end of 2015 and welcoming the first of the millions of guests who will enjoy Shanghai Disneyland for generations to come.” R. Iger.

The image shows the center of the Disneyland park, including the Enchanted Storybook Castle, a very green central plaza, a carousel and (what looks like) the Walt and Mickey storytellers statue from Disney California Adventure. This will be an amazing project to follow, but will be even more amazing once finished.

Picture copyrights Disney.

Disneyland… every Day

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Would it not be fun to visit Disneyland on a daily basis? Both Jeff Reitz and Tonya Mickesh where thinking the same thing. The couple had lost their jobs but where given each an annual pass for Disneyland by a friend. While searching for new jobs they decided to also visit the park on a daily basis during 2012. Once they would find jobs to visits would be less. So they said, but once they did get a job both still went every day. Not an easy task as the worked during different times and sometimes had to go alone. One day even almost didn’t make it in time to set their record.

During their time at Disneyland the became know as the Daily couple and befriended with a lot of the Cast Members. After the year they also became honorary citizens of Disneyland. What a great and fun achievement. I wouldn’t mind visiting a Disney park a day. If only I lived a little closer.

Visit the link to see some great pictures from their trips.

New Harry Potter Movie

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The success of Harry Potter continues…  in a theme park near you. After all books have found their way to the big screen it come to a little surprise that Warner Brother is filming another Harry Potter movie. However, it has a little twist. It will be a mini movie especially taped for the theme parks. More specifically the Universal Studios park in Orlando, and the new, under construction, Harry Potter sections in California (2016) and Japan (2014).

One of the stars that will be featured in the new film will be Helena Bonham Carter. She will reprise her role Bellatrix Lestrange. Filming has been done at the Warner Brothers’ studios in Hetfordshire. There is nothing know about the story or the plot as they are keeping their lips tight for now. But that will not stop the rumor mill once everybody starts talking on the web on what to expect of this new movie.

Source Daily Mail UK

California Screaming Incident Video

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

There is an onride video about the backpack incident that happed on the California Dreaming online. You can see how the video shows a couple of children joking with a coin during the ride just seconds before it comes to a hold. The rides rocks fort and back for a while leaving some people in distress. Normally I would embed the video, but because of some offensive language used on this video I wanted to make sure you are warned before clicking the link to the original video location on youtube.

Evacuation on California Screamin’ Roller Coaster

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

On Friday evening 23 people where evacuated from the California Screamin’ Roller Coaster in Disney California Adventure after a rider dropped an object on the track. According to several reports the object was a riders backpack that dropped out of one of the cars. Once an object hits the track the coaster’s safety emergency brakes took action and stopped the attraction. The train was at the top of the loop when the bag dropped but was at the bottom when it came to a standstill. Firefighters needed about 25 minutes to free all the people from the coaster. Job well done by the firefighter team.

New European Home Port for Disney Cruise Ship?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Could it be that once the fourth ship is ready to set sails, one of the Disney Cruise ships might get its own home port in Europe? According to some rumors this might happen. On board of the Disney Dream is a hint on a rug or carpet that this could be the case for the Disney Magic Cruise ship. On a picture taken on the new Disney Dream you can see the ports for the 4 ships. The two new cruise ships, The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy are shown in their Florida port, while the Disney Wonder is shown in Long Beach California as its new home. This leaves a third star on the picture at Europe, possibly France. Starting as from 2012 the Disney Magic could be sailing on Europe itineraries only.

Source Screamscape

Tron and Murphy at Disneyland

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Visit Westcoaster to see the world of TRON infesting a virus into the World of Color show. At the end of the show Tron takes over and looking at these pictures guests are in for some awesome extra show elements including the Light Cycle race and Disc Battles. Make sure to brows all the pictures to see the return of a Dragon! Murphy is back and he is back with a vengeance! Fantasmic without a dragon, is that even possible? Let’s hope the dragon is now back to stay.

Let the Memories Begin

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Disney has announced their new campaign “Let the Memories Begin” via live feed from New York. Tom Staggs, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, presented the campaign via this live feed that has just ended. The campaign will feature guests that will share their Disney memories inside the park and by using other media.

from press release

Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture guests caught up in the Disney experience – a memory in the making – and as many as 500 photos will be used in each location every day, producers estimate.

The nighttime show will use the latest in high-intensity projection technology to create vivid visuals that seem to defy the architecture of the building. A new song commissioned for the show will provide an emotional context for these images of the Disney guest experience.

Small World in California and the Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World will be the canvas for the projected pictures.

The new campaign is already presented on the Disney site too.

ElecTRONica Artwork

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

To celebrate the start of TRON Legacy Disney will trow a party the way only Disney can. This fall, during night time, Disney California Adventure park will transform in a real TRON delight. The Hollywood Pictures Backlot will transform into a fantastic TRON scene straight from the movie. The events will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Disney has released some amazing artwork to show what you as a guest can expect on your visit to the virtual world of Tron.


Disney’s World of Color Live via the Web

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Does that are lucky enough to be at Disneyland on June10th will get to see the new Disney’s World of Color nightshow’s premier. Those that aren’t that lucky still have a chance to see the new show live on the web. Disney will put the show live on Ustream. Great news for all Disney fans who can’t be there or can’t wait to see it on their next visit.

The show will air live on June 10 at 8:45pm PDT. A fantastic looking preview is already available on Ustream.

Picture Copyrights Disney

Space Mountain illuminated

Friday, August 21st, 2009

As much as the experience of enjoying an attraction at a Disney theme park in perfect conditions is wonderful – well, just as much (if not even more) fans often want to enjoy the same attraction under rarer circumstances … say an indoor roller coaster that is supposed to be in the dark with all lights up… In the case of the original Disneyland, Anaheim (CA), that would be Space Mountain  which normally takes its guests on a trip to the frontiers of space in its rocket ships (unless you are about to visit the resort during the upcoming Halloween Season, when their will be a spooky overlay to be enjoyed on Space Mountain).

Interested and willing to see things you were never supposed to see? Then… (more…)

Explore Disney’s California Adventure Expansion

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

DCAwebDisney opened a new and interactive website where fans and guest can explore what is is store for the Disney’s California Adventure park. It takes guest behind the scene with videos, artwork, photo’s, interviews and lots more.

The site will be updated regularly and will include progress of the attractions and the entertainment that is part of the big change and expansion of the park.

Picture copyrights Disney.

D23 … step by step IV

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

d23-2The second issue is out and has arrived at my doorstep. (Or should I say under my car porch as that’s where the postman left it). Although not being excited about it, after not liking the first one, I do had to open it immediately. It’s Disney after all and I couldn’t wait to see it, even if I thought it would not be any better then the first issue. But,… I was going to be pleasantly surprised.

Although I am a big fan of the parks and always hope for in dept park stories and secrets and hope to see something of the parks on the cover, I must admit that I was drawn to the nice Donald Duck cover first. “Donald Duck, 75 years of Mischief, mayhem & mirth!” was the appropriate title to the cover. But it was time to look inside and see if the book could change my mind… and somehow it did. It starts straight away with an article about the new Monster Inc. Attraction in Tokyo Disneyland and was followed with a look at the Disneyland Gallery in the next article. A very promising start.


Attraction Attendance Report

Friday, April 17th, 2009

wdw-nice-castle2008 has not been the best year for the theme park around the world. Parks have seen their attendance and guest spending drop. The 2008 Attraction Attendance Report from TEA ERA shows a clear picture on 2008 and it’s, mainly losses of guests for some of the big names in the business.

In the 2008 top 20 of highest attendance in Theme Parks of North America you have the Magic Kingdom on top again. It closed the year with 17,063,000 visitors. They should be happy about that, even if that number is no improvement from last year, during these dark times of recession that isn’t the worst result. On the second place we find Disneyland with 14,721,000 visitors, a drop of 1% from the previous year. Epcot, just like the Magic Kingdom, also didn’t loose or gained any more visitors then the previous year, with a count of 10,935,000 visitors. Epcot got third place.