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by , 05-14-2012 at 12:49 AM
The Disneyland Resort is entering the final stretch of its huge five-year expansion of Disney California Adventure and various remodeling and expansion projects in both theme parks and in Downtown Disney. At Disneyland, the finishing touches are being applied to the Matterhorn Bobsleds as that project gets ready to emerge from a major five-month refurbishment project. Nearby, the former Carnation Plaza Gardens is undergoing demolition as it begins its conversion into the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area. At Disney California Adventure, the park's new signature dining location, the Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street is now taking reservations as additional finishing touches continue to be applied throughout the new entrance plaza. In Cars Land, Disney has unveiled new restaurant menus along with the first TV commercial for the all-new 12-acre land. Meanwhile, work continues on various Downtown Disney projects, including construction on the new WonderGround Gallery next to the popular D-Street store.

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Thu., May 17
Fri., May 18
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A small ceremony early Thursday morning finally honored Disney Legend and Imagineer Alice Davis with her own window on Main Street, U.S.A. Alice is best known for her costuming work on classic Disneyland attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and "it's a small world." Her new window that makes reference to her as the "Seamstress to the Stars" is located next to window dedicated to her late husband and fellow Imagineer Marc Davis. Congratulations, Alice!

More on Thursday's ceremony from the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
Disney costume designer gets Disneyland window
Every time she visited the park, Disney designer Alice Davis looked up at the Disneyland window dedicated her late husband, Marc, and noticed that the window next to it was empty.

She wanted it for herself.

On Thursday morning, Alice Davis, 83, got her wish when Disney unveiled a window in her honor, right next to that of her husband that sits above the Disneyana shop along Main Street, U.S.A. Marc Davis’ window was added in 1992.

“It’s something I will enjoy forever and ever,” Alice Davis said.

With the window, Davis received one of the highest honors bestowed to individuals by the Disneyland Resort. Roughly 75 windows are part of the five-decade tradition started by Walt Disney to honor those who have made an impact on Disneyland.

The windows dovetail into the Anytown, U.S.A feel. Davis’ window, for example, says:
“Small World costumer Alice Davis
“Seamstress to the Stars.”

Davis designed many park costumes, including many of the 150 or so dolls in the “it’s a small world” ride and those of the animatronic characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

She was married to Marc Davis, an animator of movie characters, including Maleficent in “Sleeping Beauty” and Tinker Bell in “Peter Pan.” He later moved on to drawing concepts for park attractions. Marc Davis recruited Alice to design a costume for character Briar Rose that he could draw for “Sleeping Beauty.”

“That costume was exactly what he was looking for — and so was Alice,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a speech at Thursday’s dedication ceremony.
Alice Davis’ favorite costume is that of the Pirates of the Caribbean’s redhead. She had to mold the costume to create the torso with corsets and tough plastic that would stay put as the animatronic figure moved.

Video highlights of the ceremony from Disney:

Across the street from Alice Davis' new window on Main Street, work progresses at the Carnation Cafe remodel and expansion project.

The Cafe's greeter podium has returned behind construction walls.

Views from the Omnibus:

A new structure along the side of the cafe patio has gone up. Perhaps a shade structure for the outdoor queue that often forms for guests waiting to be seated?

At the end of Main Street, the Carnation Plaza Gardens continues the early stages of its transformation into the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area.

Views of construction from the upper deck of the Omnibus

On the other side of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn continues to finish up its major refurbishment project. All of the mountain's waterfalls are now running again and the entire mountain looks fantastic.

Good news for Matterhorn fans, last week Disney announced the return of the Matterhorn mountain climbers starting June 15.

Disney also recently gave a look behind-the-scenes at the Matterhorn's major repainting project that was recently completed. Take a look:

In Frontierland, the Shootin' Exposition's refurbishment continues...

A look at the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion efforts at Disney California Adventure

A look at Buena Vista Street's continued progress...

Looks like another painted sign is going up

Oswald's Filling Station

Oswald's neon

The hand-painted Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe sign is up

The Carthay Circle Restaurant, DCA's new premiere dining location, is now taking reservations
Reservations Open for Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure Park
The exciting new Carthay Circle Restaurant opens Friday, June 15, at Disney California Adventure park, with reservations [now] open.

Recalling the grandeur of the original Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, where “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in 1937, the Spanish Colonia Revival-style restaurant is a warm setting to showcase contemporary Southern California cuisine – seasonal, artisanal ingredients; locally sourced produce, seafood and meats; hand-crafted cocktails, and California craft beers and wines.

Award-winning Executive Chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose brings his second concept to the Disneyland Resort, this time focusing on seasonal products and the diverse flavors found in Southern California. His protégé, Gloria Tae, also from Napa Rose, will be at the helm of the kitchen, while Chef Andrew will split his time as executive chef between Napa Rose and Carthay Circle Restaurant. “The culinary team is a group of true artists with passion and confidence for creating delicious food,” says Sutton.

Southern California’s cultural diversity is the foundation for the global flavors. For lunch, there are delectable tastes such as crispy firecracker duck wings finished with soy, lime and Sriracha chili sauce; sautéed northern halibut with roasted red bell pepper, caperberry and orange relish; and Angus flank steak cobb salad with Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, bacon, avocado and arugula with Cabernet essence.

The dinner menu showcases entrées like Colorado rack of lamb with fried zucchini blossoms, fennel puree and summer succotash; grilled Jamaican jerked kingfish with a tropical salsa of pineapple, mango, black beans and lime; and strawberry-lemon roasted organic chicken salad with jicama, haricot verts, upland cress (greens) and buttermilk-lemon vinaigrette.

You’ll want to save room for seasonal desserts, including toasted lemon pound cake with fresh marinated blueberries, lemon curd cream and Tahitian vanilla chantilly, and “Peaches In All Their Glory” with peach and white chocolate cannolis with fresh grilled peaches and peach sorbet. (But we think the best-seller just might be the fried banana split Monte Cristo sundae with raspberry and chocolate fudge ice creams, toffee nuts and warm caramel rum bananas.)
The 256-seat restaurant (200 inside, 56 on a terrace) on the second floor of the building is open daily for lunch and dinner. Diners at Carthay Circle Restaurant can also enjoy reserved center stage viewing at the World of Color nighttime spectacular. To request reservations, call 714-781-DINE, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., or email reservation requests to [email protected].

The food at the new Carthay Circle Restaurant sounds (and looks) incredible! Firecracker Duck Wings:

Halibut Ceviche

Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll

Carthay Circle Restaurant's Angus flank steak cobb salad

Grilled Jamaican jerked kingfish

More on the new dining options coming to the remodeled and expanded Disney California Adventure:
New Menus, Favorite Eats At Expanded Disney California Adventure Park
“If Main Street, U.S.A., is the romanticized version of Walt Disney’s hometown, Buena Vista Street is the next chapter of Walt’s life when he came to California,” says Ray Spencer of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). “It’s an extension of where we started at Disneyland park . . . and now our guests can step across the plaza and get the rest of the story.”

A big part of that story was the premier of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, and that landmark building is the inspiration for the spectacular Carthay Circle Theatre that anchors Buena Vista Street. This new landmark for Disney California Adventure park becomes one of the premier dining locations at Disneyland Resort, the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

The upstairs Carthay Circle Restaurant and downstairs Carthay Circle Lounge recall the grandeur of the original theater’s 1920s Spanish Revival architecture with custom tiles, plaster arches, custom woodwork and other historic touches. The cuisine is the star of this production with artisan ingredients, locally sourced produce and seafood and meats from throughout Southern California. Executive Chef Andrew Sutton from Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa created the restaurant’s seasonal menu, and Chef Gloria Tae, also from Napa Rose, is at the helm in the kitchen.

“The culinary team is a group of true artists with passion and confidence for creating delicious food,” says Sutton.

Located on the second floor, the 256-seat restaurant (200 inside, 56 on the terrace) is open daily for lunch and dinner.

On the ground floor, the 68-seat Carthay Circle Lounge features cocktails from the 1920s with tableside service for signature beverages including martinis and classic punches. “The focus in the lounge is appetizers and tapas – international tastes that celebrate the diversity and heritage of Los Angeles in the 1920s and ’30s,” says restaurant manager and sommelier Joy Cushing.
Hours for both the restaurant and lounge are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

More Eats on Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street also offers three spots for quick bites: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe; Mortimer’s Market and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream.

The 178-seat Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (134 inside, 44 outside) offers Starbucks coffee drinks; signature sandwiches such as a turkey Rueben, paneer and roasted vegetable and salami with olive tapenade, and roast beef and cheddar, as well as savory soups including vegetarian cream spinach, chicken tortilla, classic chicken noodle and cheesy enchilada. Sweet rolls, pastries and breakfast sandwiches are on the morning menu along with specialty coffees.

Mortimer’s Market will offer whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks. (According to Disney legend, Mortimer Mouse is the name Walt Disney gave his new creation in 1928. He later changed it to Mickey.)

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream features Dreyer’s ice cream, including bars dipped in milk or dark chocolate that guests can finish with sprinkles, pop rocks and other fun toppings. Hot fudge and strawberry sundaes and other frozen delights round out the sweet offerings.

A Culinary Journey Through Cars Land
With a nod to landmark diners along America’s historic Route 66, guests will feel as if they have stepped into the town of Radiator Springs at Cars Land, with a contemporary spin on classic tastes from the 1950s.

“We started working nearly four years ago on the concepts,” says Disneyland Chef Chris Maggetti. “For Cars Land, we’ve developed fast-casual restaurants with lots of fun tastes, from dill pickle popcorn to chili and cheese – we call it chili cone queso – in an edible bread cone.”
Cars Land has three spots for guest to fuel up: Flo’s V8 Cafe, Cozy Cone Motel and Fillmore’s Taste-In. Each location has a story, of course.

Flo’s V8 Cafe is inspired by timeless roadside diners and boasts “the finest fuel in the 50 states.” To cater to the growing number of Route 66 visitors and race fans coming to Radiator Springs, Flo expanded her place by adding a “showroom” dining area, the story goes.

“The showroom is part of the 300-seat dining room that looks out directly over the Radiator Springs Racers attraction,” says Chef Sean Layne, area chef for Cars Land. Layne developed the restaurant’s signature vegetarian dish, a veggie-tater casserole that’s sure to be a hit with guests.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu for Flo’s will change often, with the centerpiece of the restaurant an on-stage rotisserie where guests will see meats grilling, such as New York strip loin, citrus-marinated turkey breast and pork loin flavored with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce. Breakfast specials include brioche French toast with salted caramel and bananas and chicken tamales with scrambled eggs. Craft beers from Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg, Calif., and California wines also are on the menu.

House-made pies are the recipes of Disneyland Pastry Chef Jean-Marc Viallet. The single-serving pies come in strawberry-rhubarb, Apple-Cheddar, chocolate mud, cherry and blueberry-peach, to name a few.

Cozy Cone Motel is inspired by the quirky “wigwam” motels along Route 66 with each of five teepees offering tasty cone-themed treats. Cone Number 1 offers churro bites with cinnamon-chocolate sauce, cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa and Ramone’s Pear of Dice Soda made with dessert pear syrup, mojito syrup and Sprite. Cone Number 2 features soft-serve ice cream and “route” beer floats. Cone Number 3 offers savory bites all served in edible bread cones, such as a bacon-scrambled egg cone for breakfast, chicken verde or chili “cone” queso for lunch and dinner. Cone Number 4 is pretzel bites with cheesy sauce and Red’s Apple Freeze, a fat-free, frozen concoction with apple juice, toasted marshmallow syrup and passion fruit-mango foam. Cone Number 5 features two flavored popcorns daily, such as dill pickle and sweet & spicy.

Fillmore’s Taste-In is home to resident hippie, Fillmore, where “natural fuels” are on the shelves in his tie-dyed geodesic dome, including whole and cut fruits, bottled water and juices, and soft drinks. [ FULL PRESS RELEASE ]

New umbrellas have been placed on restaurant's upper dining terrace

The former Sunshine Plaza Candy Shoppe facade is behind tarps. It'll be the entrance to the Elias and Co. Department Store's jewelry shop.

Views of North Buena Vista Street from the Monorail:

Hand-painted signage on buildings as you face toward South Buena Vista Street about the Monorail


Tarps have gone up on the facade of Taste Pilot's Grill following the recent removal of the jet that was the centerpiece of the front of the building.

Tarps have gone up around the pedestals that once featured the "Intolerance" elephants that marked the entrance to the Hollywood Pictures Backlot.

More of the extensive Mad T Party set-up continues to appear throughout Hollywood Land's "Hollywood Studios" back area

The Mad T Party's "rabbit hole" entrance portal...

New props on the stage for the Mad T Party band

Disney shared more information on Mad T Party's entertainment offerings:
Sharing the Splendiful Sounds of the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park
Ladies and gentlemen, moms and dads, boys and girls, and Hatters of all ages! T-Time is coming soon to Disney California Adventure park! The party is almost ready – the decorations are going up and, the invitations have been sent and, of course, we are preparing the most wondiferous music your ears have ever heard! It’s almost time to let the Futterwacken begin!

But first, let me share with you a little about the music …

Our Mad T Party band will rock out each night, their playlist overfizzing with a multitude of party favorites, both old and new. In fact, the Mad Hatter has put together a list of songs – from Bruno Mars to the Beatles … from Maroon 5 to Prince … and from Gwen Stefani to Lady Gaga! These are songs that invite you to “Just Dance“… “Raise Your Glass”…“Go Crazy”…and show off your “Moves Like Jagger!”

You won’t want to miss the fantabulous Mad T Party band as they invite everyone to join in for the most fuminous T-Time ever!!

But that’s not all! Whenever the band is offstage, some of the most popular DJs around will kick up the party with their own special brand of musical magic!

Throughout the summer, taking on the role of the “White Rabbit DJ” will be Jason Jass, Michael Paul, Adam Auburn, Mi$$y B, David Bullock and Wendy Walker!!

These talented DJs will serve up the maddest mixes of muchness … the most popular tunes … the latest dance hits … and the best beamish beats that will make you bonkers … but, I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are!

Drink Me Bar:

House of Cards bar and Mad Arcade

Over at the Hyperion Theater, the stairs have finished their repainting

Finally, some progress can be seen at the upcoming Ghirardelli Soda Fountain.

The new brick facade is now partially revealed.

A quick look at Cars Land...

The first TV spot for Cars Land has hit the air. Take a look below:

Along with the new TV spot, Disney also launched a new interactive Cars Land website:

The site,, takes you on a virtual drive down Route 66 where you can make stops along the way and learn about the various offerings in Cars Land.

Dedicated pages for attractions and restaurants offer sneak peeks at the new attractions and restaurants with fantastic photos.

Luigi's Flying Tires:

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree:

Flo's V8 Cafe:

The lines on the street have been painted

Disney recently shared a video showing car designer Chip Foose and his team applying the finishing touches at Ramone's House of Body Art in Cars Land:

Note the fences at the Cozy Cone Motel

Work continues on the La Brea Bakery remodel in Downtown Disney:

Catal's Uva Bar is still behind walls while it get refurbished.

With the temporary LEGO Store vacated, work is underway on the new WonderGround Gallery:

Back at Disneyland, a new wheelchair/ECV entrance has been testing for a couple weeks now at the gate next to the stroller/wheelchair rental building.

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree continues to settle in as the new home of Disney Performing Arts with character meet-and-greets and other activities to help draw crowds (which seem to have trouble materializing)

Country Bears!

Quilt-making demonstrations

Rumor has it that Monorail Orange will get a Cars Land wrap this summer. The back window is currently being tested for it.

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 14 — 20, 2012

Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday-Thursday: 9 am - 10 pm
Friday: 8 am - 11 pm
8 am - 12 midnight
10 am - 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Expected Crowd Levels presented by
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
LOW-MEDIUM 2.2—5.5 out of 10
LOW-MEDIUM 2.0—6.3 out of 10
Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

For daily crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for major refurbishment including the addition of new ride vehicles through June 14.
  • Carnation Cafe, Blue Ribbon Bakery: Food service locations are closed for major restaurant.

Disney California Adventure
  • ElecTRONica: Tron-themed nighttime dance parties ended April 16. The new Mad T Party evening dance party will begin June 15.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and Soda Fountain: New Ghirardelli chocolate shop and soda fountain will open in the space formerly occupied by the Mission Tortilla Factory. New dining location opens late-spring 2012.
  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
  • Cars Land: New 12-acre land opens summer 2012.
  • Disney California Adventure: Entire park will be closed to the public to apply finishing touches and for a media event on June 14, 2012.

Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • La Brea Bakery & Cafe: Quick-service cafe portion closed. Reopens spring 2012 with significant modifications.
  • Island Charters: Downtown Disney retail location closed permanently. It will reopen as WonderGround Gallery on June 9, 2012.
  • Compass Books and Cafe: Book store and cafe closed permanently March 31. Earl of Sandwich dining location to open in space late-spring 2012.

New Disneyland tour explores the gardens of Disneyland
An interesting new tour option takes guests behind-the-seeds of Disneyland's plants, trees and gardens.
Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Cultivating the Magic
With the Cultivating the Magic Guided Tour, you will learn about the landscapes and gardens that have transformed 260 acres of orange groves into Disneyland park. It’s not just pointing out plants – you discover how horticulture is used to tell a story and how it helped achieve Walt Disney’s vision for his original Magic Kingdom.

On your tour, you will also experience select Disneyland park attractions in a whole new way and learn about the historical significance of trees that you may have walked past dozens of times in past visits to the park.

Here are some things you should know about the Cultivating the Magic Guided Tour:
  • The tour is approximately approximately two hours long.
  • Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
  • The tour leaves from Disneyland park Tour Gardens (left of City Hall) on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 10 a.m.
  • All guests who participate receive a collectable souvenir pin and exclusive seed packet.
  • Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at
Full Story: Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: Cultivating the Magic

Disneyland breaks attendance records in early 2012
The popular 24-hour Leap Day event and spring break crowds helped break Disneyland attendance records. From the OC Register:
Disneyland marks attendance record in early 2012
Disneyland broke an attendance record for the first three months of the year, with boosts from the popular 24-hour Leap Day party and spring break, Disney reported today.

Jay Rasulo, Walt Disney Co.’s chief financial officer, made the announcement during a conference call with investors about the company’s earnings.

Overall, U.S. Disney parks experienced a 7 percent jump in attendance in the second fiscal quarter, which ran from Jan. 1 to March 31. That included record attendance at Disneyland for that calendar period, Rasulo said. He did not elaborate on specific figures.

The quarter included a rare 24-hour party at Disneyland on Leap Day. The Disneyland party was so popular that freeways and streets clogged for miles as fans headed to the park. Disneyland closed gates for new entrants for part of the night. See pictures of Leap Day by clicking on the photo. Also, some of the bustling spring break season fell during March.

U.S. Disney hotels saw a spurt in business, too: Overnight stays increased by 2 percent, resulting in 82 percent of rooms filled. Hotel visitors spent 7 percent more than in previous years as Disney hiked prices and cut back on discounts.

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is seeing an increase in international travel, while domestic visitors stayed flat, Rasulo said.

Bob Iger, Disney’s chief executive officer, noted that upcoming events will help with attendance in Anaheim: Cars Land and other features open in Disney California Adventure on June 15. A years-long makeover, coming to completion, is widely reported as costing $1 billion.

California Adventure’s expansion means that the park can “stand on its own,” Iger said. Together with Disneyland, it will “finally enable them to become the destination resort we envisioned. …

“We’ve not announced any plans to increase our hotel inventory there, but we do have the ability to do so by expanding existing hotels and building a new hotel,” Iger said. “If we have an opportunity, we certainly will take advantage of it.”

Disney is “ramping up” efforts to add Marvel elements in its parks, including in California, Iger said. Currently, Disney parks have strong sales of Marvel products, especially with the recent popularity of “The Avengers” movie.
Full Story: Disneyland marks attendance record in early 2012

Cast Members raise money for charity with rubber duck race
Disneyland's fourth annual "Rubber Duck Derby" sent 500 rubber ducks through "it's a small world" for charity. More from the OC Register:
Rubber ducks race through Disneyland
The rubber ducks were off on a race around the world – around the canal of Disneyland’s It’s a Small World, anyway.

It was the fourth annual Rubber Duck Derby, an employee fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“A couple of years ago, the Fantasyland management team thought that it would be fun for the cast members and (it) would be a good fundraiser,” said Tamarah Robb, a guest-services manager who organized this year’s derby.

Nearly 500 rubber ducks were purchased for $5 and, after expenses, more than $1,700 was raised.

On Wednesday morning, before Disneyland opened up for the day, the boats were taken from the attraction’s canal for the 15-minute race. About 200 Disney employees stopped by for the contest.

The first-place finisher received a trophy with a rubber duck. So did the winners of other categories such as most creative, the duck that best resembled a Disney character, and best villain.

The winning duck was “Brenda,” owned by Vanessa Valdavia, who works on the attractions in Fantasyland.
Full Story: Rubber ducks race through Disneyland

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtogawa
    In agreement with lionheartkc. I love what they're doing to DCA but I hope Disney won't ever make the claim that DCA can compete with DisneySeas. As an OC native, I've lived at Disneyland, visited WDW several times . . . and then I visited DisneySeas. Oh man, my jaw literally dropped as I kept making 360 turns wherever I walked.

    But let's be fair . . . the Oriental Land Company owns DisneySeas, not Disney (they license it's theme from the Disney company) and the OLC invested 4 billion in US dollars into that park. So it's not fair to actually compare DisneySeas to DCA. So let's enjoy what we have in Anaheim and hope that Burbank will continue to upgrade our parks!
    Well, having a franchise outdo Disney is not a FAIR example. Disney dropped the ball and was shamed when the OLC franchise outdid them to such an extent. Disney should NEVER be outdone - BY ANYONE
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    Tokyo Disney Seas is a "Great" example of what Disney's then WDI Design Team could produce as they did at Euro Disneyland. It's really about Disney outdoing Disney, who ever own's it.
    Updated 05-15-2012 at 10:27 AM by DisWedWay
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    Awesome! Thank you! This is truly something I look forward to every week, thanks for all the hard work.
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    I'm so glad they kept Chip Foose to do the design work for Ramone's.

    The redo of DCA is really nice, but to put it on the same level of DisneySea??...let's not get crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan Hughes
    Beginning with (in my opinion) a very cheap and temporary looking Glow Fest, Disney did a little better with ElecTRONica. But it still looked like a temporary setup. Mad T Party is finally starting to have the look of a permanent attraction at DCA. And I think it's safe to say, that area of the park will always be some sort of night time rave party.
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    Toho's Godzilla was actually marketed as a Marvel Character at one time. I still have the Marvel comic book with him. With Toho's connection to Tokyo Disney Resort, I wonder if we will see him coming out of the waters of TDS?
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