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Tribute to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

This week I read that this is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I was stunned when I initially read this and still am. There are so many great memories associated with this attraction that I am deeply saddened by Disney’s decision. For me and my family there are many happy memories associated with the lights. Disney says they are discontinuing the lights because they are going to construct Star Wars Land and Pixar Place. I believe there is room at Disney World to have both the lights and these new additions.

The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

If you have never attended the Dancing Lights in person and only seen photos or Youtube videos of the attraction, I can say that like many things photos or videos don’t it justice. The Festival is a multi-sensorial experience of light, sound, smell, and even touch. There are over 5 million lights. There is Christmas music playing and many times the lights are flashing in perfect synchronization with the music. The lights decorate every square inch of the Streets of America in Hollywood Studios.

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A Stroll Through Disney’s California Adventure

Disney’s California Adventure, along with Disneyland Resort, are the two parks making up Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  It has not always been very popular, but with the addition of Cars Land and the re-imagining of Grizzly Peak, it is much improved and gaining popularity.  For those better acquainted with Walt Disney World in Florida, there are parts of Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, but it definitely has its own personality.  Here is a brief pictorial stroll through Disney’s California Adventure.  Enjoy!

Buena Vista Street

Open entering the park, you are on Buena Vista Street which is themed on 1930s Hollywood and includes a replica of the Carthay (To continue reading, check out our new site…)http://www.familytravelescapades.com/a-stroll-through-disneys-california-adventure/

10 Reasons to Run the Space Coast Maratheon

"2015 Space Coast Marathon"

The Space Coast Marathon is held after Thanksgiving each year on the Atlantic coast of Florida in the beautiful town of Cocoa.  It is Florida’s longest, continually running, annual marathon.  The name and space theming stem from it’s proximity to Cape Canaveral and NASA.  The Space Coast Marathon is a well ran, friendly, mid-sized race with great scenery and the extra space themed fun factor.  Here are the top 10 reasons why you should register to run the Space Coast Marathon.

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  1. "Space Coast Marathon near Disney"

    Location:  1 hour from Orlando Theme Parks.  Cocoa Village is an easy 1 hour drive from Walt Disney.. [For full post go to our new and better site: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/space_coast_marathon/

3-Day Disney Dream Cruise

This is an overview of the 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream. I am going to give you a bit of general information about the Dream, then give the 3-night itinerary, and the ports of call. I will also give an overview of the dining and entertainment on board the ship and finish with transportation options to get to the ship.

The Disney Dream was the 3rd ship Disney introduced into its fleet in 2011. There are 14 passenger decks onboard ship with a passenger capacity of 4,000 and a crew of 1,458. The ship is opulent with an art deco design. There are a total of 1,250 staterooms; with some having a veranda, some an ocean view, and some an inside “view” (Disney does provide a view of the ocean in the room with a state-of-the-art “magic porthole” .) To read more, click here and continue on our new website!http://www.familytravelescapades.com/overview-3-day-disney-dream-cruise/

Photos from Recent Disneyland Trip

This post is just to illustrate how beautiful Disneyland is and how the 60th anniversary decoration of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is. I will also show some of the better photos of the three night time entertainment venues: Disneyland Forever, World of Color, and Paint the Night. I have already written about these, but more photos is never a bad thing. More to come later!IMG_4149 IMG_3960 IMG_4025 IMG_1061 IMG_0462 IMG_1060 IMG_1171 IMG_1177

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5 Ways Disneyland Is Better Than Disney World

We just returned from our second trip to Disneyland. I love Disney World and will always consider that “home” but there are some ways in which Disneyland is “better” in my opinion. This list of 5 is not inclusive, but is the 5 most obvious to me. I would urge any Disney fan to visit Disneyland and Disney World and judge for yourselves.

1)The Events On Main Streetimage

Main Street at Disneyland is an attraction in itself. There are horse-drawn trolleys, double-decker buses, and other vehicles transporting people from the entrance to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. There is something charming and peaceful about riding on a horse-drawn carriage to the castle and watching the people and the stores pass by. The same is true for the other modes of transport, but not quite as much. We rode a trolley once and the Dapper Dans of Disneyland (an old-fashioned barbershop quartet) jumped on and serenaded us during the ride. You can’t beat that!

There are also many character meet and greets that you never see at Disney World and characters such as Cruella DeVille tend to walk through frequently. Overall there is a lot more emphasis on the characters; especially the more classic characters.imageimage

2)Fantasylandimage

While Fantasyland at Disneyland isn’t better as a whole, there are many unique rides that make it an exciting experience for a huge Disney fan. They don’t have “new fantasyland” like Walt Disney World which is a negative, but the presence of the extra and old classic rides makes it a thrill. Such rides as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White’s Scary Adventure, Casey Jr. Train, and The Canal Boats makes this a worthy visit for a Fantasyland fan.image

3)Close Proximity of Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and Resort Hotelsimage

There is something to be said for walking across from one park to the other in 2 minutes. Also Downtown Disney isn’t a bus ride away, but is literally connected to the Disney Parks. The 3 official Disney Resort Hotels are also within an easy walk, with The Grand California Hotel being actually connected to the California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney.

4)More intimate feel at Disneylandimage

The castle and the heights of the buildings are smaller and everything is closer together so it feels more cozy and intimate. At first I saw this as a negative, but after a couple of hours I felt the intimate setting was a positive.

5)Much more seating at Disneyland

For some this may not matter, but for someone like me who has back problems this is a huge asset. The first time we visited I couldn’t believe all of the benches everywhere. It is hard to find a seat at Magic Kingdom, but at Disneyland there are benches lining the area around the central courtyard when you first enter and also around Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, as well as other areas in both parks. This makes it more restful and gives you a nice place to sit and eat a snack. You can also hear the Disneyland Band or just watch the horse-drawn carriage go by as well as watch other things going on around the entrance and the castle.

In summary, I love Walt Disney World and do feel it is really a home away from home. There are many things better about Disney World, but I wanted to point out some of the things that I think might just make a visit worth it for you.

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