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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/

Main Street USA Comparison Between Disneyland Vs. Disney World

Although Main Street U.S.A at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom may look an awful lot alike in pictures, after visiting both you will notice huge differences. I will compare the two Main Streets and explain why, to me, Disneyland Main Street U.S.A. is clearly the better.

The streets in both Disneyland and WDW are said to be modeled after Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Looking at pictures of Marceline, you can tell that Disneyland was made quite a bit more like the real street. The Main Street in WDW is, on most buildings, a floor taller. Be aware, that they are not all a full story tall. The floors get smaller as they go up. This is achieved by one of Disney’s favorite tricks: Forced Perspective. Something that I have heard from several people who have been to both Disneyland and WDW, is how much smaller everything is at Disneyland. This is not a negative, as they both fit into their settings. In Disneyland’s case, the smaller scale is a positive. Disneyland’s Main Street looks much less like an old neighborhood of rich, Victorian houses, and more like the Main Street of a small town.

The biggest difference between Main Street Disneyland and Main Street WDW is the general atmosphere. Main Street… [For full post, go to our new website: http://www.familytravelescapades.com/main-street-usa-disneyland-vs-magic-kingdom/]

 

Weekly News Roundup-July 10th

July 10, 2015: Disney Weekly News Roundup
* Disneyland has promised to invest $1 billion dollars on the California parks after the Anaheim City Council approved a 30 year extension of tax wavers.

* Registration for Disney Princess Half Marathon at WDW (February 21,2016) begins on July 14, 2015.

* WDW has removed a banner from the American Experience at Epcot displaying the Confederate battle flag.

* The Bill Cosby bronze bust in the Hall of Fame in front of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was removed due to ongoing accusations from numerous women against him.

* 2015 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages can now be booked at 407-WDW-DINE or Disneworld.com/holidays.

* The Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will close for refurbishments from August 23 – September 4.

* Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members will enjoy a free event at Typhoon Lagoon, “Neighborhood Beach Blast,” on 4 evenings this summer from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: Thursday, July 23 (register July 8-16); Tuesday, July 28 (register July 10 – 21); Tuesday, August 4 (register July 15 – 28); Tuesday, August 11 (register July 17 – August 4).

* Tea Traders Cafe’ by Joffrey’s is now open at WDW Downtown Disney/Disney Springs.

* Blaze Fast-Fire Pizza has announced it’s upcoming opening in WDW Disney Springs in May 2016.

* Disney Cruise Line has been named the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise for Families by Travel + Leisure readers for the 7th time.

* Disney Cruise Line was also named the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second straight year.

* A Hans Solo Movie spin-off from Star Wars has been confirmed by Disney.

* A live-action Prince Charming Movie is said to be in the works by Disney.

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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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Disneyland Trip Report and Blog Update

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I may post some things other than Disney.

As a quick note, we just got back last Monday late from a visit to Disneyland. It was our second visit out there and I must say I will never go in the summer again! It was hot and crowded. There was still a lot of Disney Magic though!

We have both written articles about the comparison of Disney World and Disneyland and our articles were brief. I love both parks for different reasons. I feel like I am “cheating” on WDW to love Disneyland, but I can’t help it. There is a different sort of charm at Disneyland.

We stayed at The Grand Californian and loved it so if anyone is thinking of visiting, I highly recommend this as a place to stay.

The 60th anniversary celebration was going on and there were some new nighttime celebrations. The World of Color was new and re-imagined. Disneyland Forever was the new fireworks show with outstanding projections on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, The Matterhorn, Main Street U.S.A., and It’s A Small World. The projections were truly amazing. There were projections of orange groves, clips of favorite characters, etc. There was also a nighttime parade called Paint The Night that was spectacular. It looked like an amped- up Mainstreet Electrical Parade that is a staple at The Magic Kingdom.

IMG_0545IMG_1060IMG_1171In summary, I am going to continue writing for this blog. I wanted to also tell you a little bit more about our recent trip to Disneyland. If you get a chance I would suggest a visit to ; just wait for the fall.

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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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June 12, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Disney now states that MagicBand+ will not be coming to Disneyland in Anaheim anytime soon.  They say it doesn’t fit the demographics with most guests being local or staying off property.

*  The new Starbucks in Animal Kingdom will open on June18 in the prior location of Creature Comforts on Discovery Island.

*  Frozen Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios will return on July 17 featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf.

*  The animated short, ‘Frozen Fever‘ will be shown in the ABC Sound Studio at Hollywood Studios twice every hour from 10 a.m till closing starting on June 17 and running through September 7.

*  Registration for Star Wars Half Marathon will open on June 16, 2015.  The race is held on January 17, 1016 at Disneyland in California.

*  New merchandise is now available in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

*  A world class lounge from Los Angeles will be opening a sister location in 2016 at Disney Springs  in WDW to be called ‘The Edison’ .  It will feature American food, craft cocktails, live cabaret and live music.

*  Tokyo DisneySea‘s 15th anniversary will be celebrated from April 15, 2016 through March 17,2017 with “The Year of Wishes,” and will feature a new harbor show called “Crystal Wishes Journey,” an updated Big Band Beat, and a new projection show in the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta.

*  Mickey‘s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at WDW has expanded from 2 to 4 days per week.

*  Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a trailer for the film ‘Zootopia‘ which is be released next.  It looks promising!

*  A preview for ‘Frozen Ever After,” the attraction set to replace Maelstrom in the Epcot Norway pavilion has been released.  I miss Maelstrom.

*  DisneyXD will premiere ‘Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything’ on Wednesday, July 22.  Cameron Boyce of Disney Channel‘s ‘Jessie will star.