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In the Parks - Disneyland's River Returns, Talking Mickey, Making Mother Happy

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by , 05-06-2010 at 08:04 PM

Happy Mother's Day weekend! Looks like the weather is shaping up to be just perfect to take mom out for a weekend getaway. We've done our best to list some options for you. We have also been busy, taking pictures and assembling news from Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and dozens of So Cal attractions. Along the way, we'll find out about the new Rivers of America at Disneyland, a super-advanced next generation (though slightly creepy) Mickey Mouse meet-and-greet, construction progress at local parks and much, much more! Let's jump right in to the fun:

The crowds at Disneyland have been quiet this week, but expect the parks to pull in good numbers for Mothers Day this weekend. But crowds or not, construction was at a fever pitch all week. As anticipation grows on a number of key projects in both parks, the Rivers of America is once again flowing with water, and should be ready to welcome explorers again this weekend. As early as Saturday morning, rafts will once again shuttle would be Huckleberry's, Becky's, and swaggering pirates to Tom Sawyer's sort-of pirate-ish Island. While the River is back, its E-Ticket neighbor, Big thunder, is down for some refurbishment.

Over in DCA, Phase two of the Red Car Trolley line has forced the closure of the back pathway from Bug's land to Hollywood Pictures Backlot and to the Tower of Terror's Fast Pass machines. World of color gets ready to make its debut and The Little Mermaid and Carsland have gone vertical and are really starting to take shape.
There is a lot to see and a bit to hear today, especially for those of you who love Mickey Mouse.

Talk to me Mickey!

Disney is testing a new technology in theme park walk around characters. A few lucky guests have been able to interact with a talking Mickey Mouse (complete with moving mouth and eyes). The concept is both awesome and creepy at the same time. Perhaps only because we are so accustomed to Mickey, Minnie, and the other theme park plastic heads having non-moving faces and no verbal abilities. There is no doubt that this will be a huge advance for the character department and that a whole new generation of kids will grow up thinking that Mickey is a real live character. You've come a long way Mickey!

Please be aware that this is ONLY A TEST and that you are not likely to encounter the new Mickey in the park at this time. But, it is nearly a sure thing that characters of all sorts will soon be chatting up your 5 year old.

water is slowly returning to the Rivers of America and some
river traffic will be operating by this Saturday

The water is very clear right now

The Tom Sawyer Raft dock is nearly complete

Towards the back of the island a small foot bridge allows
the workers to remove any last minute items

Water pours back into the river

Around the back side of the island

Mike Fink's new digs. The eagles nest has been moved to the banks on the opposite side of the island.

Across from the Indian Chief...

new explorer scouts

Wildlife returns to the river

Fishbulb put together this map of the new river elements based upon the photos of new elements he's been able to spy and some assistance from Al Lutz.

Disney's California Adventure:

Red Car Trolley:

The curb work at the front of Hollywood Pictures Backlot is nearing completion.

The temporary path leading from Bug's land to Hollywood Pictures Backlot is receiving some Red Car track as well as a more permanent and better themed transition between the lands

Looking towards the back side of the Animation Building

The Little Mermaid:

Silly Symphony Swings:

Does it feel like the Silly Symphony Swings are taking forever to complete? My grandmother always said "Watched water doesn't boil." As soon a we turn our heads, this one should be done.

World Of Color:

Work continues on World of Color's Fountains, meanwhile a the planters in the area display their own glorious world of living color. What a change a year makes!

Bay Watch


Toy Story 3 merchandise has shown up in the park.

SeaWorld San Diego ‘Viva La Musica’
is spicing up the San Diego bay with a festival of Latin music, food and fun. International headlining artists are live in concert at Shamu Stadium. Music is just part of the recipe as you'll enjoy fire-roasted elotes, tacos de carne asada and more. Then top off your day with a Fireworks Fiesta finale. Saturday, May 01, 2010 to Sunday, May 23, 2010

More info here

Buy your 2010 Knott's Season Pass now for only $64.99
* (Regular,- ages 12-61) and just $59.99 for Junior or Senior. No blackout dates! Or upgrade to a Gold Pass which includes Knott's Berry Farm and all 3 Soak City locations for only $25 more. Or go for the Platinum Pass for $160* (Regular) and $90* (Junior and Senior) which includes admission to Knott's Berry Farm, all 3 Soak City Water Parks, parking and all Cedar Fair Parks! The Season Pass Price is for a limited time only. Prices will go up.

Season Pass Holder Exclusive Bring a Friend Days
Got a Season Pass? Got a friend? Bring them both on Mother's Day or Father's Day and they'll get a ticket for just $9.99! One friend offer per pass.

Special Savings
! Show your AAA membership card and save 30% on Knott’s Berry Farm Regular admission tickets & save 25% on Regular admission tickets at Knott's Soak City water parks! (offer does not apply to Junior or Senior tickets or to Special Ticketed Events, i.e., Halloween Haunt or New Year's Eve) – Plus get 10% off at select shopping locations in the Knott’s MarketPlace.

Pony Express is back up and running. The attraction is a smooth and interesting experience but entirely too short.

Big Foot Rapids has really grown up and has really become quite the beautiful forested ride. Take a look on your next trip.

Montezuma's Revenge is currently down for Maintenance

Camp Snoopy:

Over in Camp Snoopy lights are beginning to be strung up for this Summer's
“Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular," which will launch at the end of this month.

The lights will be synchronized to music

Hmmmm. We aren't quite sure how we feel about this one or how haphazardly the lights seem to have been strung. I'm sure it will look fine at night, but it sure looks bad during the day.

Ghost Town:

This week we focus on The sheriff's office and the restored
Sad Eyed Joe attraction.

Inside the Sheriff's station the audio is working
again depicting a poker game.

Back behind the Sheriff's station in the Jailhouse...

Guests can visit and talk to the world Famous Sad-Eyed Joe.
He tried to smile but this was the best he could do.

We can't help but love the Catawampus

Calico Mine Train:

People don't realize that Walt Disney actually had a
hand in the development of the Calico Mine Train attraction.

It's immersive set pieces and clever layout are what helps make this attraction a timeless classic

Learn more about Knott's fascinating history in the new book Knott's Preserved
[ame=""]Knott's Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott's Berry Farm[/ame]

Hopper Ticket - buy one day and get 5 consecutive days admission to LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Parking is not included. First visit must occur on or before May 20th, 2010. Ticket(s) expire on May 27th, 2010

Universal Studios Hollywood is undergoing major refurbishment and renewal. The "Starway" to the lower lot is getting a complete overhaul. Work continues on the Transformers ride and the King Kong 360º attraction scheduled to open on the tram tour this Summer. And the VIP Tour experience has gotten some delicious enhancements.

The Transformers show building has now been shrouded in plastic to
keep any debris from drifting into the guest areas

VIP Experience:
Guests who take part in the VIP Experience will enjoy a new summer lunch menu starting this weekend. The new menu features such things as lobster mac and cheese, gnocchi, and osso bucco. The VIP Experience includes a privately guided Studio Tour (with stops to explore the Property Department, Sound department, and walking on sets on the back lot including the War of the Worlds massive airplane crash set), Gourmet private lunch, and escorted priority entry and seating at shows and attractions. Advanced reservations are required. for more info.

Shaggy and Scooby seem to have the munchies

The Starway is going under a quick but extensive refurb. The refurb will not shut down the Starway and will be done in sections. The Starway is getting a fresh coat of paint as well as a new sound system and lighting package. No word if the Access Hollywood segments are getting the boot. The painting has already begun and the stairs are the first areas to get touched up

The work should be done by the summer season.

Construction projects:

A new special effects show is being constructed in
the former Creature From the Black Lagoon theater (Which, of course, means that Creature is NOT returning as some would have liked).

Hot Topic is gone baby, gone! No news on what might be on the way.

Rolling up the red carpet at closing time.

Don't forget Mom! This Sunday is Mother's Day. We've got you covered with plenty of ideas that would please nearly any Mom (even mine)
Mother's Day Brunch:
ESPN Zone Downtown Disney: Mom’s get a free $10 game card when they purchase and entrée, sandwich or salad May 7-9. Bring your kids or picture of kids as proof of motherhood.

Mother’s Day at Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar
Sunday May 9, 2010 10:30am- 3pm
Mother’s day
3-course menu $40 adults; children under 12 $12.95
Reservations 714 774 4442
Downtown Disney® District
1580 Disneyland Way, Anaheim

Aquarium of the Pacific
Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat your mom to a beautiful brunch at the Aquarium. Enjoy tasty food, entertainment, and fun activities for the kids. The entire Aquarium will be open to enjoy. Make this a special Mother’s Day to remember. $48/adult; $28/child (ages 3-11) Includes Aquarium admission. Sun, May 9, 10:30 am - 1 pm - Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Throw Mama On The Train!
Sun, May 9, 11 am - 3 pm
Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
364 Main Street, Fillmore
Relax on a 2 1/2 hour scenic ride through the beautiful Heritage Valley as you enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day Lunch. Let Fillmore & Western Railway do all the cooking and cleaning while you sit back and enjoy a wonderful meal. No Cooking...No Mess...No Fuss
Reservations required, call (800) 773-8724. Tickets: Adults/$47, Children 4-12/$26, Children 2-3/$22

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Autry in Griffith Park with a delicious buffet brunch in our cafe, unlimited champagne, one free gift in the museum store, and admission to the museum, including Home Lands: How Women Made the West. $29.00 plus tax per adult. Reduced rates for children.

Mother's Day Mimosa Brunch
Sun, May 9 - 10:30am - 2:30 pm - The Oak Room
1035 Swarthmore, Pacific Palisades (310) 454-3337
Special 3-Course, Bottomless Mimosas. $35 Per Person (children's menu available). Mention this ad for 10% DISCOUNT on Mom's Meal. Call Sharon at (310) 454-3337.

Elegant Mother's Day Champagne Brunch
Sunday, May 9 - 10am-3pm, Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel - 11461 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood
Includes a Spa Gift for Mom & 'Build a Bear' for Children*. Executive chef Olivier Rousselle will unveil his most extravagant buffet of the year. Enjoy live jazz al fresco with your favorite Mom. Adults $50 • Seniors $40 • Children 10 and under $25. Children under 3 are complimentary. RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED ~ 310-691-7584

Celebrate Mother's Day at The Godmother of Malibu
16th Annual Mother's Day Champagne Brunch
Sun, May 9 - 11:00 am - Reservations Only...One Seating Only
23847 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu / (310) 456-3254
Pamper mom this year with a full champagne brunch featuring a delicious menu, all served in a beautiful setting at The Godmother of Malibu. Follow link below to view the full brunch menu.

Rose Garden Tour - Laguna Hils/San Juan Capistrano
Saturday May 8, 2010
10 am - 4 pm
This is our 20th Year Commemorative Tour! You will tour five exceptional gardens (and one home) in San Juan Capistrano, Capistrano Beach, and San Clemente. This is a truly rare opportunity to view these beautiful, published, private gardens up close. This also makes a wonderful pre-Mother's Day event! Come and share the beauty! Visit their website to sign up for the tour. $20.00 RSSM

Mother's Day at Renaissance ClubSport - Aliso Viejo
Teacups of Love with Mom
May 8, 2010
2-4 pm
Mothers and daughters will create wonderful memories together, while sipping afternoon tea, sharing delicious finger sandwiches and choosing delectable pastries. Enjoy an elegant atmosphere, while dining and creating your own spring floral hats. These moments will be captured forever by our staff photographer.

Registration deadline is May 6. Members: $35 per pair/$10 each additional daughter Non-Members: $45 per pair/$15 each additional daughter

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch
Sunday, May 9
11 am & 1 pm
Show Mom you love her! Treat her to an elegant and relaxing champagne brunch, right here! We'll help you pamper Mom with featured wines and a scrumptious selection of brunch items. Registration deadline is May 7. Reservations are recommended. Members: 10% OFF all pricing Non-Members: $39.95/$17.95, ages 4-12/FREE, ages 3 & under Seniors: $32.95, ages 65 & up
Renaissance ClubSport
50 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo

Mother's Day Coastal Champagne Catamaran Cruise
Dana Point
May 9, 2010
10 am - 12 pm
Join us for a two-hour Mother's Day Coastal Cruise aboard the newest edition to our fleet, the 63' Ocean Adventures catamaran. This holiday trip will depart Dana Point Harbor and cruise up the coastline to Laguna Beach. Champagne, fresh seasonal fruit, juices, pastries and muffins will be served. Adults - $39, Kids (3-12) - $29, 2 and under are FREE!
Dana Wharf Sportfishing / Dana Point Harbor
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point

Things to do on Mothers Day in the Los Angeles metro areas:

Los Angeles Farmers Market - Have breakfast or lunch at the original 1934 Los Angeles Farmers Market. Shopping at the specialty shops and then head next door to the Grove to check out the upscale stores and take in a movie.

Temecula Valley Wine Tasting - Many of the wineries are having special Mothers Day events including brunches and concerts. Temecula is about an 90 minute drive form Los Angeles.

Santa Catalina Island Take Mom on a trip to Catalina and she will have a very special day. Lots of things to do and see plus some really great restaurants in Avalon.

Crystal Cove Beach One of the few places left in Orange County where you can walk for miles along the coastline and see it in its natural state. Have lunch at the Beachcomber Cafe on the beach at Crystal Cove.

Griffith Observatory
Here is a treat for Mom and the kids plus its free. Great views on a clear day, lots of hands on things to do for kids, and there is even a Cafe at the End of the Universe (operated by Wolfgang Puck) for lunch.

Point Dume Nature Preserve
one of the best views you will find anywhere along the Southern California coast. On a clear day you can see the Malibu coast and Santa Monica beyond. Take Mom on a Sunday drive to this wonderful place.

J. Paul Getty Museum
The beautiful gardens and spectacular architecture will dazzle Mom and make a memorable Mothers Day. There is a full service restaurant with views of the Santa Monica Mountains for Mothers day lunch. Admission is free to Getty Museum. parking is ten dollars.

Things to do on Mothers Day San Diego

Julian Historic Gold Town
Julian is famous apple pies and apple orchards. Located In the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego this 1870s gold rush town is about a two hour drive from San Diego. Getting there is half the fun on this Mothers Day Drive.

Quail Botanical Gardens
Lush gardens located on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas. Features rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rain forest and California native plants. Kids Seeds will enjoy the Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden. The lookout tower has a great view of the coast.

Keys Creek Lavender Farm
The lavender fields are nestled in a serene valley described as "at the end of nowhere", provide a picturesque setting for Mothers Day. Birds chirping, babbling brooks and row upon row of lavender and rosemary.

Hotel del Coronado
Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch buffet is available in the oceanfront Ballroom and in the magnificent Crown Room from 9am – 3pm. The elegant buffet will feature a variety of culinary delights, live entertainment and a rose for each mom.

Hornblower Cruises San Diego Bay
Breathtaking views of the San Diego harbor. Come aboard a Hornblower Cruise and create the perfect gift for mom… excellent cuisine, superb service and a luxury cruise with some of the most beautiful views in the country.

Mother's Day Sleepover San Diego Zoo
Mothers are given a first class ticket to meet Zoo animals from around the world. A buffet dinner with wine will be served, while a musician playing classical guitar entertains you. The following morning, you’ll awaken to a champagne mimosa delivered to you. After a hot breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to take an early morning walk to visit an animal behind the scenes before ending your whirlwind around-the-world tour.

Wine Tasting Mothers Day
Many of the local wineries in Temecula and Escondido are having Mother's Day Celebration with brunches, live entertainment and of course wine tasting. Take a drive out to Southern California's wine country and make this Mothers day a special one.

15th Annual Taste of Anaheim Five thousand people are expected to attend this premier food, wine and music experience and will sample foods from over 50 fine restaurants from Anaheim and surrounding areas. Some of this year's delectable tastes will come from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, Bubba Gumps, McCormick & Schmick's Grille, Rainforest Café, Naples Ristorante, Tortilla Jo's, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, Mr. Stox Restaurant, and Alcatraz Brewing Co. just to name a few! May 13th, the Anaheim Gardenwalk will be the beautiful backdrop for the 15th Annual Taste of Anaheim. General admission tickets will be $35 pre-sale and $40 day of event. 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Goodguys 4th Orange County Get Together Car Show

Two days revved up with thousands of American-made or -powered hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. Plus vendors, exhibitors, the Street Challenge AutoCross, HDTV's "West Coast Customs Showcase" sponsored by AutoLoc, and more contests and demonstrations.

Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival. Over 100 dancers, entertainment, vendors, activities for kids and amazing costumes welcome you to this annual festival at Orange County's Great Park. Styled after the Grand Bazaar in Instanbul, the vendor showcase provides the foods and flavors of a far away land. Time: Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Sand Canyon & Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Cost: $10 adult.

Jazz Festival: Features Hiroshima, Charlie Hunter, Christian Scott, and many more.Saturday night includes fireworks show. Description: Two-day combo tickets: General $55; Student $35; Children under 12, free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: CSU Bakersfield 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield CA, 93311. Call: General Information (661) 322-5200.

Koroneburg Old World Festival. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; $12 Military with valid ID; Children under 5 Free.

's Cane's Crossing Renaissance Faire
May 8th and 9th, 2010 we will be celebrating another year of Auburn's very own Renaissance Faire. Designed as a replica of a merry olde English town in the late 1500's, the townsfolk of Cain's Crossing are jubilant upon the arrival of Queen Elizabeth on her progress through the area. Beautiful Cain's Crossing is set along a trade-route where peoples from countries near and far gather to offer food and drink and wares to the visitors who come to enjoy the merriment of this festive occasion. For the price of admission, you are encouraged to immerse yourself in the stark simplicity of the times; dressing of the period, speaking the olde English, and lending your good cheer to the pageantry. Hark, be bold!

Wings of Freedom Tour 2010

May 7, 2010 – May 11, 2010 The Ultimate Living History Experience! Explore these majestic bomber aircraft inside and out. Feel the engines power up and take to the skies in an amazing 30-Minute Flight Experience! Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 yrs and younger. WWII Veterans get into the ground tours at no charge. "Flight Experiences" are a tax-deductible donation of $425 in the B-17 or B-24. Get some "stick time" in the world's greatest fighter! P-51 Mustang Flights are $2200 for a half hour or $3200 for a full hour (dual control). Check our web site for schedule confirmation. No reservations needed for walk-through tours. Flights are scheduled before and after walk-though tours. Walk-through tour times: 5/7 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 5/8 - 5/10 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 5/11 10AM-12PM. For directions and tour times visit our web site, click on Wings of Freedom tour, then the Long Beach stop. For flight reservations or questions call: 978/562-9182 or go to The Collings Foundation - Stow, MA

Aquarium of the Pacific

Scuba Show

The Diving Event of the Year...76,000 square feet of exhibit space will host over 200 exhibitors featuring new and revolutionary dive gear, dive travel representatives and scuba experts. This is the largest consumer dive expo in the US. Tickets: $12Sat, May 15 and Sun, May 16, 10 am - Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Stroll & Savor

A "taste of Belmont Shore", Stroll & Savor is one of the most popular events on 2nd St. Savor delicious cuisine from over 30 restaurants and specialty food merchants. Stroll E. 2nd St. and dance to live music. Ticket books of 12 available for $10 the week of the event at Hide & Seek Boutique, La Strada, Mail Boxes Etc. & We Olive.Wed, May 19 and Thu, May 20, 5:30 - 9 pm - Belmont Shore, 2nd Street, Long Beach

See Leonardo for Free
Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture:
Inspiration and Invention
admission to the Getty Center is FREE. No tickets or reservations are required for general admission. For visitor information, see information on planning a visit or call (310) 440-7300. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for performances, lectures, seminars, and courses.

is a solar-powered celebration of music, the environment, animals and humanity. We’re helping people learn what they can do for the Earth and its inhabitants. The WorldFest 2010 Earth Day Festival will be held at the beautiful outdoor setting of Woodley Park in Lake Balboa, CA. We welcome our attendees to a magnificent day filled with entertainment, education and enlightenment. The combination of great music, empowering speakers, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare non-profits, kids' activities and a delicious food court make for an earth-friendly experience that is sure to be inspiring and enjoyable for all. Tickets: $7
Sun, May 16, 10:30 am - Woodley Park, 6340 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys,
The Original renaissance pleasure faire
the Original renaissance pleasure faire down in Irwindale is still running for a couple more weekends.

here's a link to the website:
The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Sunset Beach Art Festival - This annual event is a local favorite. Held on the greenbelt (North & South Pacific), the event begins at 10 a.m. and goes till late afternoon. Cost: Free admission. Arts, crafts, a fundraiser raffle, live music and some vendor booths with soda and hot dogs are available.

11th Annual Rotary Club of Kern River Car Show
. The Rotary Club of the Kern River Valley 11th Annual Car Show down by the river in Kernville. Art walk, 50's & 60's music, Raffle Prizes, Vendors! Art Walk & Free Pet Parade @ 12noon. Open to all 1975 or older cars, trucks, street rods, stock or custom and Cars of Special Interest. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Time: 9am to 4pm Location: Riverside Park Kern River Drive, Kernville CA, 93238. Cost: No charge to spectators.

Long Beach
Bicycle Festival & Long Beach Bicycle Grand Prix
Competitive Pro and Amateur cycling is set to take over the streets of Downtown Long Beach for a three-day event, May 7 - 9, 2010. The second annual Long Beach Bicycle Festival will consist of anything and everything bicycle-related: from vendors to fashion shows, from fixed gear demonstrations and movies to Pro Men’s, Women’s, and amateur criterium road races. The event celebrates “Bike Long Beach,” an innovative plan to make Long Beach "the most cycling friendly urban city in the United States." The festival is sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates, the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, Wokano Asian Restaurant & Lounge, and other corporate sponsors. Bicycle Festival: The all-day revelry will include vendor booths with bicycle equipment and manufacturers, safety and information booths, expo booths featuring local non-profits and advocacy groups, and delicious fare from your local Pine Avenue restaurants. A BMX and flatland demonstration show and half-pipe competition will run Saturday afternoon. Live music from local bands will keep the street scene hoppin’.

Tractor & Car Show and Strawberry Festival

Great Family Fun at the Tractor & Car Show and Strawberry Festival. Great Food and Live Entertainment, Tractor and Horse Rides, Strawberry Picking Patch, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Raffle, Trophies and more! Register your Customs, Antiques, Classics, Muscle, Street Rods, Special, Interest, and Motorcycles, below. Great place to shop for Mother's Day! All spectators admission FREE Parking $3.Sat, May 8, 10 am - 3 pm - The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 South University Dr, Pomona

3rd Annual National Train Day

Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more.$6 Parking available at E. Cesar Chavez and N. Vignes St in the MTA Lot
Sat, May 8, 11 am - 4 pm - Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles

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    AWESOME!! Those flowers in paradise park are fantastic! And uh, FIRST ONE!!
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    Thanks for the Knott's update. Love that the old stuff is coming back. The light festival sounds interesting.

    Always love those over-the-walls shots that CaptPhoebus gets too!
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    ROA looks glad that the water is coming back. Hubby designed the Paradise Park area to look like it had it's own "World of Color" looks awesome! So glad you all enjoy it!
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    The river is looking great. Can't wait to see it all going again. (Love that temp bridge going across!) Should be much better now, with the new themed sections, landscaping, AA's, ...
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    Thanks for the update. Regarding the talking Mickey; I saw something similar in Vancouver during the Olympics. At the Coca-Cola pavilion, they had a polar bear mascot greeting guests. His eys blinked. His ears moved, and he smiled. He didn't talk, so the Mickey costume is the latest. The Coke bear was actually quite big; picture Big Bird but a bear.
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    The Baywatch guy is cute hahaha!
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    Great Update!
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    Great update! Happy Mothers Day to all the mom out there!
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    The talking Mickey is definitely a little creepy. I really love the concept and think it's done very, very well, but a silent Mickey involves the same things that makes silent film so incredible. It takes a lot of pantomime and physical talent to be able to convey thoughts and words using nothing but your hands and body, let alone with a big rubber suit. I do really love the Talking Mickey, but at the same time, I feel like we'll lose a lot of the incredibly talented silent artists, just like film lost a lot when it went to sound (and in some cases still hasn't even recovered)
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    I've always thought the characters were a bit creepy because their faces are frozen. Animation is movement which is expression which is conveyed most effectively with the face which is creepy when it never moves. We don't seek out any much beyond meals when the boy was younger, but even I am tired of the much used "cover face with hands" move.
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    Great update! Just a quick note "Hot Topic" at Citywalk is actually moving back to its old location across the way. The old site was being expanded and it should be reopening soon.
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    Thanks for the update!

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    Great Update, It makes me miss the parks already, Great Photos guys, great reporting, cant wait until next week
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    Beautiful pictures of ROA, it's great to see it with water in it again . Thanks for the great update on all the activities and things going on in California, wow, so much to do!
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    Very nice update! Thanks. I think it'll be awesome when they officially bring the talking characters into the parks. It'll bring more of an emotional/magical experience for the kids with the talking characters. In other words, it will become more real to them.
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    Mr. Toadally awsome update. I will be at DL/DCA for a whole week the end of May. Can't wait
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    Fantastic update! So much going on all over the place! I love that WE have all the info here!
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    Perhaps the Calico Mine Train would be timeless if they updated it/refurbished it...
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    The talking Mickey, it's about time!!! I remember seeing costumed characters with moving mouths and blinking eyelids at Universal Hollywood's Fievel American Tail show, and that was like 15-20 years ago?!?! At that time I remember thinking how great it would be to have the talking characters at Disneyland, and how Uni had bested Disney in that department.

    Now with the talking Mickey, you can start to complete the illusion that the characters really live at Disneyland, except it won't really be complete until every single costumed character can talk. I heard that they said the Mickey won't be permanent until years from now? I have a feeling the excitement from guests will change that quickly.

    Talking characters are really the next logical step after AA figures, and I'm amazed it took them so long. 3D Toy Story Mania? Nice, but I'm more amazed by this talking Mickey, and I hope they put their efforts into improving it even more.
    Updated 05-07-2010 at 07:32 PM by Disneykin Kid
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    Great update! Rivers of America to see the water flowing it's starting to look like Disneyland again. Mickey WOW! if all the characters would be like that, their would even be more of a spark of magic in the parks.

    As for those pic's of Knott's, man the sherrif's office brings back many memories strolling through the park.
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