Your wish has been granted. . . the Aladdin Musical has returned to Disney California Adventure to entrain once again with its proven mix of pop culture and production numbers. Elsewhere in the parks, the tulips are blooming and the bees are buzzing with springtime in bloom.  In Disneyland the new Mechanical Kingdoms exhibit opened up at the Disney Gallery, showing off plenty of Disney-inspired steam-punk oddities. Captain America redoes himself for an all-new meet and greet inside Innoventions.

Mechanical Kingdoms: Steam-Driven visions of a Victorian Future

The new Steam punk exhibit opened on February 22nd at The Disney Gallery in Disneyland. The exhibit is, of course, filled with original artwork of mechanized fantasy that either inspired or was inspired by Disney magic.

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Each of these figures will run you $95 a piece.

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Dave Avanzino also created a fun piece for sale.

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Deeper into the gallery, the center room displays original pieces for sale.

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Although, the furthest room remains untouched by the exhibit.

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Venturing into the Opera house lobby, there are even more pieces of art.

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There is quite a bit from Tokyo Disney Seas here.

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Overall, a lovely exhibit.

Foliage

With it being springtime at the parks we simply have to include flower and foliage photography.  We hope you don’t mind too much. 😉

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A grapefruit grows near the castle.
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The intoxicating perfume of the citrus trees in front of Tomorrowland is something you must experience.

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Little butterflies dance in the lavender.

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Space Mountain

The boundaries of space have been pushed upward (so to speak).  A third ring is being added to the top of the dome of the show building for Space Mountain.

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Captain America

Following the successful additions of Ironman and Thor to Innoventions, annual pass holders will begin seeing previews of the new Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage meet and greet as early as this Saturday.  The experience opens to regular guests on March 7th.

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The area is still dark, behind walls.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Thunder has begun cast member previews with sporadic previews being offered daily.

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What’s more, a new, atmospheric soundtrack has made its debut along Big Thunder Trail.  The soundscape is constructed of various noticeable animal sounds that seem to be just off in the forrest.  Woodpeckers, bears, eagles and other critters can be heard.

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Club 33

Work continues on Club 33 above New Orleans Square.  This week workers were roaming about the forced perspective rooftops tending to the plastic coverings.

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Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is set to return tomorrow after a month-long refurbishment. Strictly speaking from what we see on the exterior, very little appears to have been done.  Let’s hope this was more of an infrastructure refurb, that at least something was done.

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The Briar Patch still seems faded.

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SWMC

Announcing our splashiest celebration ever: The MiceChat SeaWorld 50th Anniversary Celebration is March 22nd!  Join MiceChat at SeaWorld San Diego for a day of meets, animal interactions, VIP access and more. All this plus your tickets into the park for less than the cost of a single day admission.  Click here for tickets and more details.

MiceChat Podcast #15

 Meet Robbie Sherman (son of disney legend Robert Sherman) in MiceChat Podcast #15.  Freshly uploaded and ready for your enjoyment.

Wandering over to Downtown Disney, we check on the flower fountain near the load/unload area of the tram.  It seems that the tile is being removed in favor of a more easily maintained surface.

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Starbucks

Starbucks is also coming along with an opening that could happen any day now.  It certainly is a beautiful entrance.

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That will soon say “STARBUCKS”!

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Peering in, past the glare of the large panes of glass, we can see a lit map detailing the origin of their coffees.

In addition to Splash Mountain over in Disneyland, both Soarin’ Over California and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail are set to return today.

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Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

We will return from the park this morning with fresh shots of the refurbishment just for you.

Aladdin

Speaking of returns, the popular Aladdin show returned after a rather lengthy break for upkeep and maintenance.  While a little static now, the show is still a crowd pleaser.

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California Flowers

Finally we round things out with another tip-toe through the tulips.  This and other landscaping are bursting to life as the spring season continues.

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Tulips on Buena Vista Street.

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Foliage near the winery.

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And that wraps up our column for day. We’ll be back again real soon!