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Friday, August 22, 2014

Disneyland Secrets - Main Street

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Just in case you are planning at trip to the Magic Kingdom, videos like these should help to get you in the mood. Going to Disneyland or Disney World really requires a lot of planning by someone - either by you, or someone you are travelling with, or perhaps a travel agent of some kind.

Did you know that Main Street is modelled after Fort Collins, Colorado?

That the gas lamps along Main Street actually work and have come in handy now and then during power outages?

Do you know why there are no right-angle corners in the park?

Lots of interesting stuff you'd never know otherwise in this video.



Also, here is a kind of dated primer on tips to consider when planning a trip. The FastPass thing is old hat, but some of the other ideas are practical if you have never been there. The specifics may be dated, but not the ideas behind them - there are ways to make your trip more efficient, but you have to hunt them down in advance.

I have, and rainy days are actually the best time to show up at the park. They are not something to overcome, they are to be welcomed! There's nobody there and most of the best rides are inside anyway. Just bring an umbrella and a slicker or something and you'll have one of your greatest days ever there!




Friday, July 18, 2014

Disneyland VIP Tour - If You Really Want To Splurge

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The VIP Tours

And now, we talk about something completely different. This is not an elitist site, but people should know their options. What's interesting is that folks will willingly book events like what we're discussing here who you would never suspect to be the target customers. Ordinary folks with ordinary occupations leading ordinary lives will leap at the chance to be special with their kids for a day. Hey, they deserve it too, and something like this can be even more special for folks who don't usually fly First Class.

What are we talking about? One of the little-known services at Disneyland is the VIP Tour. It's not very well known because you really do have to be a VIP in the classic sense for a day to afford it.

Everything here applies equally to Orlando, Florida's Disney World with its own unique attractions, but we'll focus this post just on Disneyland for simplicity.

So, this is not for everyone. Unless you, too, are a true VIP with cash to burn, this may just be a voyeuristic post along the lines of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." If you go "Is he kidding?" then this is not for you, and that's ok.

Let's put it this way: if you know what Club 33 is and eat there when you visit, then this definitely is for you. But then, if that's your situation, you probably know all about this already anyway.

Anyone, though, may have an actual use for this depending on their priorities in life.

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Want your own little princess to meet and greet with Elsa and Anna without waiting four hours on line? Your VIP tour guide should be able to work it, request it in advance and be a little flexible on when during the day it happens.

Anyway, here's the deal: for a special fee, you receive a guided tour of anything you want to see at the Park, with hardly any waits on any rides and courteous treatment everywhere. You are waited on hand and foot by a clean-cut guide who likely is just out of college. Want a coke? Just wave your hand, it appears after the tour guide makes a call. Want to get the "best" view of the Magic Castle at the "best" time of day from the "best" angle? Presto! They know.

Now, the details.

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Disneyland Plaids

Disneyland tour guides ("plaids") have been there since Walt Disney personally instituted the tour guide program back in 1958. This was a way to get people used to the idea of a theme park when there weren't any other theme parks. Bright idea!

Somewhere along the way, Disney instituted the VIP tour. When you sign up, the tour guide who will conduct you through the park calls you and arranges as much as possible according to your specific needs beforehand. You receive special access to the FastPass line and (as in the old days when you accompanied a disabled guest, something they no longer do) you usually skip the lines completely. The tour guide accompanies you on the ride unless they have to check on your other upcoming events for the day.

Yes, that's right - Disneyland with no lines. Any time you want to book it.

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The Disneyland Pet Cemetary

You also receive preferential treatment for the fireworks, World of Color, and the parades. The tour guide sets up a table for you at whatever Disneyland restaurant you want whenever they're open, and it will be the best table they can muster in the joint. In practical terms, that may mean an unobstructed view of the Magic Castle during lunch and dinner. The Disneyland Pet Cemetary, normally tough to see, is on the itinerary if you want, with explanations as detailed or cursory as you want. If you're curious about something in particular - what's under Splash Mountain? - your guide will probably figure out a way to give you a peek, maybe on the sly, if it's at all feasible. They're your chum-for-the-day-who's-got-connections.

You can ride the Lilly Belle.

Don't know what the Lilly Belle is? Well, you will if you take the VIP tour and ask to ride it.

Who am I kidding, folks on here are usually more knowledgeable about these Disney things than I am! Some of you folks should get doctorates in Disneyland!

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All day long, the tour guide will charm you with stories about the park and anecdotes and so forth. They always name-drop, you know, "Well, when Brad and Angelina came with the kids last month," that sort of thing. The plaids see and know everything.

Why would you book a VIP Tour? Well, you may be trying to impress that special someone, be it the girl you met at the beach or that client who is on the hook about giving your firm a large order and has their kids with them for the week. Or, perhaps your own kids are a nightmare at parks and you can't wait on line all day with them. Perhaps you simply can't wait on lines under any circumstances in the hot sun for whatever reason - this is the way to enjoy the park regardless. Perhaps it will be a one-time thing, or maybe that's just how you roll. Whatever, it's your call.

As an example of how this actually impacts real people, some folks will book the Princess Makeover at Harrods in London, England for their own little princesses for obscene amounts, and they take the Tube to get there. Look, it's your money and you're entitled to spend it however you want. And the unlikeliest people do.

The cost is high. I mean, obviously! This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for ordinary people - if you're at the "if you have to ask the price, then it's too much" level, then it's something you might consider for all your Disneyland vacations.

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Oh, the cost? It is usually roughly $315/355 an hour with a six-hour minimum, depending upon the season. It can go up to $500 an hour if you want to meet Santa Claus on Christmas morning, that sort of thing, it's all about supply and demand. The cost is higher during Peak Season (say, June or July or Christmas week), but then, it's worth more to skip the lines and get all the extras when the park is packed during those times, too. You also pamper your tour guide a bit during the day, with a $20/person tip and little food treats along the way if they accept (they usually don't), including dinner for them if you want to offer it (completely your option, if you had a good time you undoubtedly will). It's just customary to do that, and really, if you're spending that much, don't be a piker with the tour guide. Have a little class. It will make the whole day better, trust me.

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Eat breakfast with Minnie and Mickey

So, round figures, $2500 including extras for a day that will last a lifetime in your (and your child's) memory. Is that too much? Only you can decide. People can and do spend a whole heck of a lot more for much, much less. The personal photos alone will be priceless treasures.

For information, call Disneyland at (714) 300-7710 and Disney World at (407) 560-4033 up to three months in advance. Call at least a month in advance if it's a peak season just to make sure you get in your reservation, you can call closer to your actual trip date during the off-season. They probably have additional people they can call themselves to give the tours on an overflow basis, so don't despair if you simply forgot and you're leaving next weekend. Don't put it off too long, though, it's easier on everyone and you have a better chance of getting the little "extras" that might take a little time for the tour guide to arrange if you plan ahead.

Official policies:

Know Before You Go 
View important information including reservations, Guest restrictions and cancellation policies. 
Our VIP Tours are very special and therefore limited in availability. We recommend booking at least 72 hours in advance to ensure your spot. You may reserve your VIP Tour up to 90 days prior. 
All VIP Tours have a minimum duration of 6 continuous hours. Your party may include up to 10 people. Parties larger than 10 will require more than one VIP Tour Guide and an additional fee.  
To avoid a cancellation fee equal to 2 hours at the booked rate per Guide, please provide at least 48 hours’ notice. 
Pricing and information are subject to change without notice.

Cost:

VIP Tour Pricing 
The cost of Disney’s VIP Premium Tour Service varies between $315 and $500 per hour depending on the season.

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Inside the Lilly Belle












Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen!

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Here's a heads up: "Frozen" is now on ice!



Disney on Ice is touring with its new show: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen!

"Frozen," of course, is perfect for an ice show. After all, the princesses skate in the movie itself. All the little princesses out here will just love to see this show.

"Frozen" is the most popular animated feature film of all time for a reason. Every little girl loves Princesses Elsa and Anna. You really can't go wrong with a family trip to see Disney on Ice Presents Frozen!

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There just so happens to be a contest you can enter on Facebook to win a trip to see this as of the time of this posting. Click here to enter. There's no indication when the contest will end. Even if that contest is over when you click on it, you can Like Disney on Ice on Facebook and keep up on current offers.

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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! will be touring this fall of 2014. For instance, some of the first tour dates in 2014 will be:

Orlando, Florida  September 4-7
Providence RI     September 10-14
Richmond VA     September 18-22
Hampton VA       September 24-28

The tour will continue long after September 2014. Check Ticketmaster for local times and venues near you.


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From Disney's youtube page:

Take a sneak peek at the newest Disney On Ice production, Disney On Ice presents Frozen!
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The Academy Award winning movie is LIVE and coming to your town with dazzling special effects, astonishing skating and inspiring songs like "Let It Go." Join Elsa and Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and many more of your favorite Disney characters for this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Every Disney Castle!


Here is every Disney castle from the animated feature films, all 22 of them. From "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "Frozen," every princess Disney movie has had to have a castle.

From the looks of Disney's upcoming schedule of animated feature film releases, we are unlikely to see any new castles - if ever. The age of Disney castle building may well be over. However, never count on anything like that when it comes to Disney, castles have been as much a part of Disney films as Mickey Mouse.

If you can name every one of these castles - just the film they are from, not the actual name of the castle like "Arendelle" or whatever, you'd have to be a wizard to be able to do that - then you are a true Disney fanatic and need to reward yourself by going to Walt Disney World.


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Angelina Jolie Pictures as Maleficent

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Angelina Jolie as "Maleficent"

Angelina Jolie did such a wonderful job breathing life into the character of "Maleficent" that it only seemed right to collect pictures of her performance together in one place. Here we have brought together the various posters, promotional shots and advertisements that feature Jolie in the title role, along with a few extras.

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While Princess Aurora, Prince Philip and the King and Queen are all important characters, not to mention the good fairies, Maleficent truly dominates the film. Angelina Jolie looks great with the Goth look that she is given, and she handles the stunts and other scenes with aplomb.

Anyone who hasn't seen "Maleficent" should either go out and see it while it is still playing, or definitely pick up the DVD/Blu-ray that will be coming out in early October 2014. The soundtrack already is out and is worth a listen as well.

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Angelina Jolie filming an aerial shot

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The soundtrack album

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A classic shot that compares nicely with similar shots of Eleanor Audley, who voiced Maleficent in the original "Sleeping Beauty"

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2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More "Frozen" at Walt Disney World

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Princesses Elsa and Anna

Walt Disney World is gearing up its "Frozen" attractions.

Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista in central Florida will add to the "Frozen" craze by offering a daily character procession, sing-alongs and a nightly party based on the most successful animated movie of all time.

Disney recently announced that "Frozen Summer Live" — a character-driven procession down the park's Hollywood Boulevard with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff — will begin July 5, 2014 and run through Sept. 1, 2014 each day at 11 a.m.

There's also a new sing-along show, a dance party, "Frozen"-themed fireworks, a polar playground, ice skating rink and ice carving demonstrations.

That's not to mention the daily meet-and-greets by the princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall. That has become one of the park's most popular attractions, with waits up to four or more hours.

If this keeps up, they are going to have to re-name the Park "Frozen World."

"Frozen" tells the story of how Anna and Elsa overcome Elsa's terrible power to turn everything into ice and snow. It's become the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, raking in $1.2 billion in box office earnings worldwide.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Stay at the Disney Art of Animation Resort

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This is a terrific time to visit Walt Disney World! The "Frozen" princesses meet and greet their subjects at Princess Fairytale Hall in New Fantasyland and appear in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, plus there are new attractions such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The new MagicBand system also smooths everything and avoids a lot of running around and inconvenience.

There's also the Disney Art of Animation Resort, which is perfect for kids of all ages. It's been open for a while, but this is a fun video about Walt Disney World in Orlando. This new resort (it's been open for about a year) is of special interest to animation fans. This resort features four wings, each with a theme that corresponds to a different classic Pixar/Disney animated feature film.
Just imagine how much fun it would be to be staying at the "Finding Nemo" wing when the sequel "Finding Dory" comes out!

Each suite accomodates up to six family members. There are statues of the characters and special pools to swim and and so on. It looks like you might not even want to leave the hotel and see the Park itself!

People who have stayed there have loved it. There are lots of little extras when you stay at a Disney resort and not a hotel in Orlando, too. The MagicBand ties you into everything at a Disney Resort and makes the whole trip run smoother than ever.

Watch the video, it has all the facts. It looks like great fun!