Sunday, 31 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Monday, 25 May 2009
Most of you will know that the original Disney park, Disneyland, started out using Ticket Books. You would buy a Ticket Book, and each ride admittance would correspond to a different lettered ticket. Of course, it's where 'E-Ticket' attractions originate - they were the best of the best, so to speak.
Tokyo Disneyland was the last of the Theme Parks to abandon the Ticket Book - I think it was 1996/1997 that they last had the ticket books.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
But one site I would like to point you to is the fantastic Videblog - it has some great pictures. And most recently highlighted upon our favourite Disneyland Paris, back when it was called EuroDisney. Unfortunately I was never lucky enough to visit when it was called EuroDisney, so we can all relive the past through the posts part one and part two!
Monday, 18 May 2009
I have to confess that there have been some times I am sitting down, knowing I should be updating DF'82, but I don't. I just want to sit, and drift away into my thoughts...I apologise for this - I hope you all know how much I love this blog and aim to update it as much as I can. But I thought that this evening, whilst I am sitting here needing to recharge my batteries after a long day and weekend, I would take you to my laughing place.
Well, almost! It's one of my favourite places in Walt Disney World - it reminds me of home, of the days I spent working in the Magical Place on Earth. It reminds me of music drifting along the streets, fireworks going off in the distance, and - bizarrely enough - tea. Welcome to Princess Fee's Peaceful Spot: The United Kingdom Gardens.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
- Remember to bring a sweater, light rainwear and to wear comfortable shoes
- Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times
- Reduce waiting time by making use of the FASTPASS service
- Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult
- Make sure you have your entrance ticket with you if you leave either Disney Park so you can get in again
- Check on closing times
- Pick up an Entertainment Programme from City Hall in Disneyland Park or Studio Services in Walt Disney Studios Park
- Life is easier if you use a credit card.... Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort Paris hotel can ask for a chargecard that can be used within the Resort.
- Visit the tourist office next to the RER station if you are thinking about touring outside the Resort
- Since 1 January 2008, smoking in public places has been banned in France. Eating and drinking are not allowed inside attractions and in queuing areas. A picnic area located between Guest Parking and the Disney Parks Entrance is intended for guests bringing their own food.
- No pets, except guide dogs, are allowed to enter the Parks. They may be left at the Animal Care Centre near the car park on production of a certificate of health or verification of vaccination.
- Do not leave personal belongings unattended
- No flash or movie photography is permitted inside the attractions
Saturday, 9 May 2009
- Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
- Hansel & Gretel
- The Little Mermaid
- Peter and the Wolf
- Fantasia's "Night on Bald Mountain"
- Sword in the Stone
- Beauty & The Beast
- Return to Oz
Friday, 8 May 2009
Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World
I got this book a few months ago, but didn't have the chance to get into it. So, I took it into work with me (yes, even in these trying times Royalty have to work!) and finished it as soon as I started it. It's a fabulous book, and even more interesting for me as an ex-cast member! But for any fans of Walt Disney World, and want to know more information, this book is definitely a must read.
Disneyland Resort Paris - AA Essential Guides
I am lucky enough to be going to Disneyland Resort Paris next month and bought this book to help me prepare. There aren't very many Paris-based books, and this is the 2009 edition, so it's the most up-to-date book I could get!
The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland
As part of my aim to get the Coast-to-Coast medal by participating on different half-marathons on either American coast, I will be visiting Disneyland in September. So I thought I would get a book that will help me appreciate it even more! This book will be fantastic, as I love all the other Field Guide titles. I cannot wait for Disney's Hollywood Studios Field Guide to come out, especially after listening to Lou's WDW Radio Show Podcast this week.
The Haunted Mansion: From The Magic Kingdom to the Movies
This has been on my 'Wish List' forever, but I noticed Amazon had stopped selling it here in the UK. So I rushed to the marketplace and managed to grab a copy. The only reason I had put off buying it for so long was because I wasn't as impressed with the film as I thought I would have been. But after this book, I think I will give the film another try!
Disney On Broadway
Lovely Disney Dave gave me this book recently, and it looks like it will be a really interesting read. I love Disney Musicals - and I cannot wait to get the Little Mermaid on Broadway book - so this one will no doubt really interest me.
The Alchemy of Animation
I have had this book since it was out, but haven't had a chance to sit down and read it. I cannot wait to, though, because the book looks truly beautiful (and I have heard so many good things about it).
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
As you can see from the map and descriptions, Fantasyland here in Tokyo has many of the same Dark Rides as its Disney counterparts throughout the world.
Although there are a couple of noticeable differences. One fantastic difference is the Winnie The Pooh ride, Pooh's Hunny Hunt. If you haven't heard about this ride, it features a fantastic trackless track, really making the guest feel like they are bouncing along like Tigger! The trackless-ness is created using a Local Positioning System. This is one of the most popular rides here at Tokyo Disneyland, but through the magic of You Tube, we can experience it without the wait!
Also here in Tokyo Disneyland is the Mickey Mouse Revue, an audio-animatronic attraction that used to reside in Florida. This attraction was moved piece by piece and translated for a Japanese audience, because back in 1983 Disney couldn't justify building an exact copy.
And do you remember how I said The Haunted Mansion was in Fantasyland? Well, here it is! I think it's great that it is in a different land in almost every "Magic Kingdom" throughout the world.
Thank you to Disney Dave for the pics, except 'it's a small world' which is from Wikipedia
Saturday, 2 May 2009
A new attraction newly opened this past April is the Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek ride! In this ride, guests are given torches and have to find Boo who is giggling and hiding all over Monstropolis!
Star Tours is also in this land, as you can see, and is the same attraction but in Japanese. We also have the infamous Autopia of Tokyo Disneyland: Grand Circuit Raceway! Here the ride is sponsored by Bridgeston and has remained relatively unchanged since the park was opened 25 years ago.
Friday, 1 May 2009
It's one of my favourite parks, and I felt that we should take a break from our tour of Tokyo Disneyland to celebrate this monumental occasion! DisneyWorldTrivia.com's Page-A-Day calendar has a nice piece about the opening of the Studios, including how it would also be a working Animation Studio too. I remember being able to go on the Backlot tour and actually see animated films being worked on. How cool was that?
In honour of this occasion, let's have a look at the dedication plaque that now stands in the epicenter of Disney's Hollywood Studios:
The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood - not a place on the map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine...a Hollywood that never was - and always will be
Happy Birthday, Disney-MGM-Hollywood Studios! Here's to another 20 - and 20 more! And all of you at the Studio 20 event today - enjoy!