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In The Parks - Disneyland Enhancements, Fried Everything, Neon Dreams

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by , 07-29-2010 at 09:00 PM


July comes to a close but Summer still has plenty of fun left! This week, we look at Disneyland's Snow White ride which has been enhanced with some fantastic new effects. There are also several ride closures and lots of great construction updates from California Adventure. Next we take you to Universal Studios for a Tour and various construction projects in preparation for Halloween. We take a side trip to the Orange County Fair where the beat still goes on regardless of how much fried food is eaten. And we wrap things up this week with the original glow fest, the Neon Cruise of the Museum of Neon Art in Downtown LA. There are so many great photos to get to today, we'd better get the show rolling . . .



A week of changes as Disneyland closes two popular attractions and pluses another.




This past Monday was the last operating day of Star Tours 1.0. Crowds gathered to take one last ride to Endor and pushed wait times up to what the aged attraction hadn't seen since its debut in 1987. A small group of D23 members got to be the last group of people to take an ill fated flight to the home of the Ewoks.

D23 held a very special event MiceChat was among the lucky few to be able to take the last flight to Endor after park closing.










Commemorative Badges were handed out to mark the occasion


Steven Clark and Tony Baxter greet the lucky travelers


you can read more about the final flight and see photos here.

By the next morning the attraction was closed up tight.




Pay no attention to the magic behind the curtains

Snow White's Scary Adventures:

Al Lutz had reported a couple months ago that new effects were on their way to the Snow White dark ride. He was right. This past Tuesday, the switch was finally flipped and the results are pretty spectacular. If you do not want any spoilers just scroll down to the next subheading.











No Changes are apparent on the ride until after the Dwarfs Mine when you enter the Evil Queen's castle. The room with the magic mirror is brighter and more golden . The frame of the mirror adorned with jewels and a gold trim.


"Mirror Mirror on the wall..."

As the queen transforms a spell casts over the room and the colorful room magically disintegrates to a decrepit dungeon much like the ones that you will encounter in the following scene. It's an amazing effect along the lines of the transformation they pull off during the holidays on the facade of it's a small world. It literally changes the total appearance of the room simply with precise digital projections.


"With this Disguise I'll fool them all!!!"
Notice the swirly glow inside the mirror

The other big change brings to life the previously anticlimactic final scene with the dwarfs pursuing the witch uphill in a storm. Projections now animate the rain pouring on the rocks, the lightning in the sky and the swirling clouds in the distance. It really enhances the scene, and indeed the entire attraction.


Much brighter now and more animated

GOOD JOB DISNEY!!! This is the type of thing that keeps visitors returning. If the line this past Wednesday was any indication, the changes have certainly improved guest satisfaction.

While Toad, Pan and Pinocchio all had their usual wait times, Snow White's queue was uncharacteristically packed and stretched out into the Fantasyland walkways!



Snow white's filled queue


Alice in Wonderland:

The ride is still closed and may be for some time as the OSHA mandated rails are designed, agreed upon and installed along the outside portion of the track.




A tarp now hides the work area





Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage:

The seagulls and their buoy perch are still backstage being repaired

These sub are Mine! Mine! Mine!

MiceChat Haunts Walt Disney World
- October 22-29, 2010 -
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FREE Dining - Food and Wine Festival - Halloween Festivities - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Special Tours and Events



Join us this October for a Walt Disney World trip so fun it's scary. We've got a lot of exciting things lined up for you: Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Halloween festivities, Harry Potter, free dining and more! We also have a Universal horror night trip planned for those who really want to scream - the rest of us will visit Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Sound like fun? Come join us! More info HERE: MiceChat WDW Grand Gathering



Disney California Adventure is Cruising along through the Summer with both a successful new water show and a surprisingly popular night time glow party. But that won't distract us from what you really want to see . . . the construction!


Carsland:
Initial vehicle testing for the new Carsland's ride was completed last week. The test track that we reported on was quickly dismantled recently and work has begun on the actual track. In particular, the climactic race sequence during which cars will race side by side.


















Red Car Trolley:


the new gates leading to backstage along the new HPB/Buglsand walkway





More of the lovely new brickwork has been laid


Near the Tower Fast Pass Machines




The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure:

The Facade to the show building is nearly completely closed in now.



























Club Lucky Party at Glow Fest at Disneyland:
Sunday August 2nd

MOMMA & CLUB LUCKY invite you to join them this Sunday night, as we invite a mob to come out and enjoy Disney's California Adventure GLOW FEST together! Great dance music, go-go dancers, a glowing street... and bars serving glowing cocktails everywhere!

In addition to Glow Fest, all are invited to join them for a showing of Aladdin, a viewing of the amazing new WORLD of COLOR, followed by a party at the LAST night of THE LOST BAR at the Disneyland Hotel! Here is a run down...

7:05 PM - DISNEY'S ALADDIN
(Hollywood Pictures Backlot: Hyperion Theatre)
Catch this show in what WAS its FINAL SEASON;
Arrive early for best seating!


9:00 PM - GLOW FEST 8:30-11PM
(Hollywood Pictures Backlot: Hollywood Blvd)
Light up your night and come to Glow Fest, a new summer street party that features live music, performers and interactive fun! Dance under the lights and find vendors selling snacks, beverages and specialty drinks.


11:15 PM- WORLD OF COLOR
The World of Color nighttime water spectacular weaves water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination. More than 1,000 jets of water form incredible shapes in time to the music as Disney characters come to life on a shimmering veil of mist.
NOTE: you NEED a Fast Pass to see the World Of Color. You can get these when the park opens at the Grizzly River Run. You can't choose the show time you want, but ask the attendant. They should be able to give an idea of when to get your FAST PASS for the 11:15 show.

Try to get tickets for the YELLOW ZONE.
You wil probably need to get them in the
early afternoon... (3-4pm)

12:00 Midnight - LOST BAR
(Disneyland Hotel)
End the night with cocktails and fun at the final night of The Lost Bar, near the pools at the Disneyland Hotel. They will be closing for the last time on this night, so do NOT miss it!



Knott’s joins with sister Cedar Fair Parks to honor the beloved Peanuts Gang who turn 60 this Summer!


BUENA PARK, Calif. (Summer 2010) – Though they don’t look a day over 6, believe it or not Snoopy and the Peanut’s Gang turn 60 this year! To celebrate, Knott’s Berry Farm, will join with sister Cedar Fair Parks across the country to honor the cherished cartoon characters July 31 - August 8 with special activities, a stage show, and a donations drive for the Irvine Animal Care Center.

To celebrate this milestone birthday, Knott’s Berry Farm is creating a special “Birthday Zone” for kids and their families. Upon entering the “Birthday Zone” all children 11 and under will receive an “invitation” that they will present at each party station. Planned activities include a Pin the Tail on Snoopy Game, an Ice Cream Cone Toss Game, Chalk Drawing Area and a Giant Birthday Card that everyone can sign. After visiting each station, kids will receive a coupon for a free chocolate chip cookie – Snoopy’s favorite snack!


The celebration continues into the evening when Camp Snoopy comes alive with “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” a continuous light show filled with Peanuts’ three dimensional figures, themed music, sound effects, voice-overs and colorful projections of the Peanuts’ characters. In “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” guests will see their favorite characters in scenes that personify them – Lucy’s dream of being a Hollywood starlet, Schroeder’s musical genius, even Woodstock gets into the act as he and Snoopy go on a camping adventure.


Knott’s Berry Farm became associated with Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters back in 1983 when they created Camp Snoopy, a six acre land completely themed to the Peanuts characters. Camp Snoopy features over 30 rides and attractions and was the first area in an amusement park dedicated solely to kids under 12.


For hours on the day you plan to visit call (714) 220-5200 or check the Knott’s Berry Farm
website at www.knotts.com, where you can also save time and money with Knott’s Print@Home tickets.
The Irvine Animal Care Center is the largest pro-humane animal shelter in Orange County receiving nearly 4,000 animals each year. Bring in a “present” to Snoopy’s party at Knott's and receive regular admission into Knott’s for only $34.99 and a child’s ticket (ages 3-11) for only $21.99. Among the items needed are dog/cat food, dog treats, animal toys, towels, blankets and much more. For a complete list of needed items, visit Knott's Mobile and go to “Special Events.” Representatives from the Irvine Animal Care Center and pets in need of adoption will be making an appearance at Knott’s on Saturday, July 31 to kick off the event.



This year's MiceChat Haunt meets will be more fun than ever. Knott's Berry farm is very generously working with MiceChat to deliver the best, most horrifying, nights of gruesome pleasure possible to haunt goers. This year, we offer two nights of crazy, horrifying fun with an eye popping look behind the screams to see how the haunt comes together every year. This year we will also be able to offer direct ticket sales through MiceChat online for the Knott's events when they become available. Pricing for the Knott's nights will be announced very very soon. We will make sure that it is affordable and worth your money. Haunt Meet Information Discussion on MiceChat HERE

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Friday October 1st,
Knott's Scary Farm - Fourth Annual MiceChat Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Maze Meet.

PreScare Buffet and early entry into Haunt, The Hanging, The Famous MiceChat Maze Death March.
On October 1st join the Web's largest Haunt Meet for a night of fun in the fog shrouded nightmare of Knott's Scary Farm. The night will start off at 4:30pm by enjoying the Pre-Scare buffet and then gaining early entry into the event. This is followed by rides on the two most popular attractions, Log ride and Mine Train, viewing of the first showing of The Hanging, then the world famous Maze Death March.
Haunt Meet Information Discussion on MiceChat HERE
Saturday October 9th
Knott's Scary Farm - Behind the screams tour and Haunt Shows.
PreScare Buffet, Tour behind the scenes of one of this years mazes, Panel discussion with Haunt Creators and Monsters, early entry into Haunt, Show run including VIP seating to shows.
Return to the Haunt to get a behind the screams look at how the haunt is put together. Tour a maze with show creators before the event and then enjoy the Pre Scare Dinner Buffet while Haunt designers and Monsters talk about what it takes to bring the largest Halloween Party in the World to life. Once the party begins, receive early entry to the event and VIP seating to the shows of Haunt. Haunt Meet Information Discussion on MiceChat HERE


The Orange County Fair is on from now to the 13th of August. Some of our MiceChat friends recently took a trip to the fair to take in the sites, sounds and food that this annual event promises. Yes we get an encore look at the deep fried butter too.


Centennial Barn and farm:

Here is a look at the animals and produce presented this year at the fair.






This is the kind of scarecrow that makes it hard to sleep at night










FOOD!!!:

The fair is all about food. Grilled, smoked, frozen, iced, fresh and FRIED. the victuals at the fair are as big a draw as the rides, shows and exhibits.


The BBQ Truck








Chocolate bacon. Turns out it tastes pretty good. Think chocolate chip pancakes with a side of bacon and you got it.










They can, but would you want it?


The moment we've all been waiting for...




Fried butter!!! Served inside little churro bites and sweetened with some whipped cream. This ranks in the top 10 things to eat to induce death.


JustJohn was brave enough to try. Mmmmmmm Cloggy goodness. John's last words before clutching his chest was Yummmmmmm.

Other stuff:


A Chucky collection? There's something for everyone at the fair.


There is even a log ride here


Blow-up Al points to the Al's Brain attraction




Elephant rides are available too!

Ice Museum:

There is actually a pretty cool new exhibit at the fair. An actual ice museum.















2010 Orange County Fair Info
Days & Hours (Open Wednesday-Sunday)
Wednesday-Friday Noon-Midnight
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-Midnight

Prices - Admission: (
Children under 6 are free everyday. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LISTING OF DISCOUNTS AND PROMOTIONS)
Single Day
: General $10, Senior (60+) $7, Child (6-12) $5. No fees for customers who use Ticketmaster's online TicketFast (print-at-home) option!
Group Sales (15+)
: General $8, Senior (60+) $5, Child (6-12) $3. (Mail or fax order form by July 2.)
Super Pass
: General $30, Senior (60+) $25, Child (6-12) $20.
HEROES GET IN FREE
Free daily admission for active duty military with I.D. Valid all day July 16-August 15.

Jul 30, 2010

Journey Unauthorized - A tribute to Journey

In the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!


"Led Zeppelin Live!" featuring Heartbreaker

In the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!


Jul 31, 2010
Sublime with Rome

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Concert Series at the OC Fair


Aug 1, 2010
Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez

In the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!


Ratt/Dokken

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Concert Series at the OC Fair

Aug 4, 2010
Maloof Money Cup (Aug 4th-Aug 8th)
Action Sports Arena Entertainment


Purple Reign - The Prince Tribute Show

In the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!

Sammy Hagar and The Wabos

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series at the OC Fair

Aug 5, 2010
B-52s/ DJ Richard Blade

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Concert Series at the OC Fair

Wild Child - A Jim Morrison Celebration

In the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar! (Second show added!)

Aug 6, 2010
Mark Wood & The Parrot Head Band

A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet in the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!

Styx

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Concert Series at the OC Fair

Aug 7, 2010
Sweet & Tender Hooligans

The Ultimate Tribute to Morrissey and The Smith in the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!

The Fab Four Sgt. Pepper’s Experience

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Concert Series at the OC Fair

Aug 8, 2010
Blondie

2010 Pacific Amphitheatre Concert Series at the OC Fair

Jumping Jack Flash

The World’s Greatest Rolling Stones Live Concert Re-creation in the Fair's newest entertainment complex: The Hangar!


Jul 22, 2010
Kids Day at the 2010 OC Fair

Kids are free on Thursdays at the 2010 OC Fair!

Jul 23, 2010
Seniors Day at the 2010 OC Fair

Discount admission for guests 60 and older every Friday at the 2010 OC Fair!
Prices - Parking: General $7, Preferred $12.

Entertainment guide (CLICK HERE FOR FULL LISTING)


After years of not even bothering to think about Universal, we have been really fixated on this place this Summer. Everything here suddenly seems so alive, fresh, and the customer service in the parks is better than it has ever been.

Citywalk:

The construction walls in front of the new Johnny Rocket's location have finally come down. Looks great and will be open soon.




Malt now please!


Main Gate:

A few tips on entering Universal Studios:


Universal Main entrance
-After making it through bag check select a ticket booth that is furthest away from the red carpet. Crowds tend to gravitate to the first line they see and are not aware that all of the other booths might be open.

-If you are purchasing your ticket with a debit or credit card and do not have any special coupons or discounts with you, you can avoid the ticket booth lines and buy your tickets at the express ticket booth kiosks to the left and right of the main ticket booths. If you buy your tickets at these kiosks, you don't have to wait in the long lines. You just go around the ticket booths and up to the turnstiles.


This is the ticket booth to the left of the entrance. It is outside of the bag check perimeter. The express kiosk to the right of the entrance is inside the bag check boundaries.


-A tip for getting the most out of your day. The park is least crowded in the early morning and towards the closing hours. As a result, it's best to get there right at opening, hit the tram tour first, then Simpson's, then everything in the lower lot. Then, Ssend the middle part of the day taking in the shows and repeat any of the rides you wanted to do again later before closing.

Upper Lot:

One of the bronze statue character in the entry fountain has come to life. Can you tell which one he is?





Studio Tour:

GREAT NEWS!!! The Producers and Union Local 399 (Studio Transportation) reached an agreement this past week. This means that the looming strike that we warned you could cripple the studio tour will not happen. Summer tours will go on uninterrupted and wait times will remain relatively reasonable.




King Kong 360º 3D continues to wow guests. It appears to be a success.


A shot of the large panoramic screens on departure.


The worst kept secret on the tour, the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 set, is well on its way to completion.


Halloween Horror Nights:

Construction on the various mazes continues. Although nothing official about the mazes has been announced yet, we can only hope that the AMAZING Halloween: The life and crimes of Michael Myers will return this year.

Terror Tram:


The pathways involved in the Terror Tram experience are being readied for construction.





Lower Lot:






Upper Lot:



Last Friday Construction began in the maze that will be going in behind Shrek 4-D


Just to the left of the Shrek 4-D turnstiles will be the entrance
to a new maze behind the curtain.

Old Wild West Stunt Show Arena:


progress on the mazes continues




For the first time we are meeting to journey into Universal's Halloween Horror nights for the thrills and chills Hollywood style. This year there will be 5 mazes at Universal Halloween Horror nights including the Terror Tram. Add to that the shows and attractions there and you have a full night of fun. Haunt Meet Information Thread On MiceChat HERE

Saturday October 2nd
Universal Studios First Annual
Halloween Horror Nights Meet
Universal Death March and Tram Ride of Doom
On October 2nd join us for the first ever MiceChat Universal Halloween Horror Nights meet. The night starts in Citywalk for a bite of food, then we venture into the world of horror films come to life. The night starts with the Terror Tram and then the Universal Maze Death March. This will be followed by a trip to a few of the shows Universal has to offer and they are great! Haunt Meet Information Discussion on MiceChat HERE

Character Meet and Greets:



"I am Homer Simpson"





Curious George


Woody Woodpecker


Beetlejuice


Frankenstein and his Bride


One of the Desperate Housewives on a break


Crash Bandicoot. Is this character still popular?


Transformers:










We have several fun things to share in this section. You'll want to read all the way through to the bottom.

Museum of Neon Art:

This one was a total and wonderful surprise. A few months ago, we met authors Christopher Merritt and Eric Lynxwiler at the Knott's Preserved event. When we later read that
Lynxwiler was hosting nighttime tours of historical LA buildings and old neon signs, we just had to join the fun. And what a fantastic experience!



One of the lesser known museums of Downtown L.A. is the Museum of Neon Art. This museum features some truly unique examples of the art of neon and signage. Everything from the 40's to modern design is celebrated here as tubes of glass come alive with color and vibrancy to create a dazzling interactive experience.















At the heart of the museum is curator Eric
Lynxwiler. You may remember him from his book Knott's Preserved. Well, turns out that the Museum of Neon Art, or MONA for short, offers evening tours around the Los Angeles area two Saturdays a month to see some of the best examples of Neon in use in the city today.




Chinatown's green gate

The tour is conducted by
Lynxwiler himself and begins at dusk from the front steps of the museum. After a lovely wine reception inside the Museum of Neon Art, guests board the upper level of a double-decker bus for the tour of lights. The route zig zags throughout the streets of L.A. while Lynxwiler points out all of the historically significant, audacious, and little known facts about the city of Angels, peppering it with witty repartee.


Lynxwiler in front of MONA






Lynxwiler on the tour


Hop Louie is a fabulously kitschy pit stop along the way in Chinatown




You've never really seen Chinatown until you have seen it at night.

On the tour, you will see City Hall, Chinatown, skid row, Little Tokyo, Wilshire Blvd, Hollywood Blvd, West Hollywood, Los Angeles's Broadway theatre district, The Cal trans building and a million other places it seems. There are plenty of chances to eat, drink and take a breather along the way too as there are two intermission pit stops.


Canter's Deli is one of the tour stops. A delicious one.





If you think you know L.A. you may be very surprised by the torrent of history and stories that come at you during the trip. Funny, insightful and with a rich respect for the City of Los Angeles, the Neon Cruise, presented by the Museum of Neon Art, is a cruise worth taking. Experience LA in a whole new light.






From Neon, we make out way to more summer fare:

Mid-State Fair
. Keith Urban, Kenny Loggins, Jeff Dunham and Country Rodeo Finals plus many acts, entertainment, carnival rides and more. Wine, olive oil, and winemaking competitions showcase the finest Central Coast foods and talents. Time: Noon to Midnight daily. Cost: $8 general admission. Location: Paso Robles Event Center (California Mid-State Fairground) near Highways 101 & 46 West, Paso Robles, CA.


California
State Fair. Runs through Aug. 1. Location: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA bigfun.org

Cinderella, the musical
. Cabrillo Musical Theater production includes actress Sally Struthers. Cost: $29-59. Location: Fred Kavli Theatre -Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks,

Rose Bowl Flea Market. Rose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place is billed as the flea market of the stars. With over 2500 vendors, this decades-long tradition of outdoor shopping is a whopping success that continues to delight all ages. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $8 - 20; Free for kids under 12 with an adult; Free Parking. Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA. rgcshows.com

MUZEO , Anaheim CA.
See Baby T Rex from WALKING With DINOSAURS
August 8
Dinosaurs once again roam the earth as they roar into Southern California for the extraordinary theatrical production, Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular. To celebrate this exciting event MUZEO and Walking With Dinosaurs present Dino Day on Sunday, August 8th! Come to MUZEO and meet the biggest, littlest star of Walking With Dinosaurs, Baby T Rex, appearing at 12PM and 2PM sharp. Children can enjoy a dinosaur egg hunt for prizes including tickets to Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular ($79 value) roaring into town at the Honda Center, September 1 – 5 and the Staples Center September 9-12. Face painting, tattoos, a live reptile display and Radio Disney add to the family fun!

Frog Black Out
August 21 – see the frogs after dark
Saturday, August 21, MUZEO guests are invited to Frog BLACKOUT. Guests can bring their flashlights and explore the habitats of over 100 live frogs in darkness from 6 PM to 8 PM. This special event encourages all ages to get up-close-and-personal with the nocturnal world of the frogs and watch these fascinating creatures go about their more active night lives. The MUZEO zoo keeper will be leading guided tours at 6:15 and 7:15 PM. Tickets purchased on August 21 during normal business hours of 10 AM to 5 PM can use the same ticket to return that evening. The MUZEO will be closed from 5 PM to 6 PM for the frogs to acclimate to the dark then re-open at 6 PM for the safari adventure.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
will be presented at MUZEO through September 12, 2010. Children must be accompanied by an adult while at MUZEO. General Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for children ages 4 to 12, and children 3 and under are free. No discounted tickets will be accepted for this event.

MUZEO is located at 241 South Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim, CA. Normal operating hours are 10AM to 5PM daily. Free parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 714-95-MUZEO (956-8936) or visit www.MUZEO.org.




Concerts in the Park
. Free Friday night concert in Downtown Paso Robles City Park Bandstand, Paso Robles, CA. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. pasoroblesdowntown.org


Jazz by the Bay
. Free concert. Friday night Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Gabrielson Park, Anchor Street and Bridgeway, Sausalito, California 94965. ci.sausalito.ca.us

Lavender Festival. 4th annual Lavender Festival at Green Acres Lavender Farm includes green themes, vendors, musical entertainment, locally grown and locally made products, and a beautiful farm setting to enjoy the day. Cost: Free admission. Location: Green Acres Lavender Farm, 8865 San Gabriel Rd., Atascadero, CA

The Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival
. The 18th Annual art festival attracts thousands of discriminating shoppers and collectors in an open-air celebration of clay and glass artistry. 175 artists. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

US Open of Surfing (and Beach Games) Huntington Beach USA - Welcome you sand lovers! US Open of Surfing & Beach Games isn't just surfing. It's music, sand, limbo, spray on tattoos, freebies, cute guy & girl poster signings and a whole lotta xtreme sports.

Free concerts in the park in Garden Grove.
Free Summer Concerts in the Park | City of Garden Grove



Thank you all so much for joining us for In The Parks this week. It takes a whole lot of people and hours and theme park and fair tickets to bring these updates to you and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do putting them together. Have a WONDERFUL weekend, enjoy the neon and fried butter and come back and see us again real soon.


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Updated 07-30-2010 at 08:33 AM by In the Parks

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  1. Tragic's Avatar
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    Huge update, very nice
  2. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tragic
    Huge update, very nice
    LOL. It would have been even bigger, but we hit our picture limit of 150 images and had to trim 11 photos out of the update!
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    They can, but would you want it?

    Um, NOT if that guy wiping his nose is going to make them! Just another reason NOT to eat carnival food!
  4. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update, Universal Rocks!
  5. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Great update! Not sure if I'd eat that fair food though...
  6. JerrodDRagon's Avatar
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    The Museum of Neon Art sounds pretty cool, might have to check it out on a weekend.
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    That scarecrow is wearing a nurse's shawl (like from the 1930's) and a stethoscope. What the?

    Hope the new effects in Snow White can be done in Florida! Amazing! If fact, riding it last week at WDW, I noticed that 2 dwarfs are missing from the uphill chase seen. There were only 5 when we rode. Has this always been? I can always recall all 7.

    As always, thanks for the updates and photos.....
  8. Zoe Necrosis's Avatar
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    "Admiral, there's something covering the Alice in Wonderland ride...."
    "IT'S A TARP!"

    Excellent, extensive report...

    But what is Club Lucky? I ask, knowing it'll probably be something I should already be aware of.
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    Why do we keep calling the new railings at Alice OSHA mandated? Everything I've read indicates that Disney did this on its own, and that OSHA knew nothing about the closedown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung
    Why do we keep calling the new railings at Alice OSHA mandated? Everything I've read indicates that Disney did this on its own, and that OSHA knew nothing about the closedown.
    Because OSHA has been telling Disney for years to fix this problem and didn't. And when an OSHA inspector spotted another violation of their concern the ride was immeadiately shut down in the middle of an operating day. If it was something that Disney had just been planning to do out of the kindness of their hearts, it would have been scheduled and happened at the end or beginning of a business day - not in the middle of one.

    You'll be hearing much more about this story very soon. Safety should always be the key concern and Disney had years to correct this error - but chose not to . . . until forced to do so.
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    Jeez, is the OC Fair ever gonna get any new rides? Their midway has been pretty stale for at least the last five years.
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    Wow, the MONA is mentioned here.
    That's right next to where I live.
    If anyone visits the MONA, wave at the San Fernando building.
    That's where I live.
    Great update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Necrosis

    But what is Club Lucky? I ask, knowing it'll probably be something I should already be aware of.
    Club Lucky is an alternative club headlined by drag superstar (and MiceChatter) Momma: Club LUCKY House of Blues: O.C.'s Best Gay nightclub

    Momma contact us and asked that we include the info since the club will be hosting an outing to DCA. And who are we to turn down a DIVA?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JesterMn
    Jeez, is the OC Fair ever gonna get any new rides? Their midway has been pretty stale for at least the last five years.
    I love the OC Fair, but I won't ride the carnival attractions. For me, it is all about the food, hall of crap, animals, farm, and crafts. If I want to go to a carnival, I'll visit DCA (at least the rides there look safe!).
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    If you can trim off some pictures, could you add a couple more daylight hours to see all of the stuff?
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    OC Fair rides are provided by RCS, who are very well respected within the amusement industry. I'd feel safer on their equipment than anything at DCA.
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    for anyone who is going to the California State Fair up here in Sacramento, I just found out that they're selling Dole whips/floats in the kids' midway area! Going to get one Sunday..
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    I like that the OC fair is happening, but I don't know about next year...


    Timekeeper
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    Regarding the Alice in Wonderland situation: Is the problem that there are no handrails for maintenance purposes or that there are no handrails at all? What I mean is, do the handrails have to be a permanent fixture or just when they're doing work on that raised part?

    If they're just needed temporarily for working on that section, they should be able to make rails that can collapse into the track while the cars are going by and then raised when needed. If permanent rails are needed, they should be able to theme them so that they don't take away from the ride's immersion while still being practical.

    I may just be saying what everyone knows; I just can't figure out why this has become more of a massive undertaking than it seems to be on the surface.
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    I'm wondering if part of the reason why the Snow White ride has such long lines is not only becaues of the enhanced effects, but that all the people that would usually go to Alice in Wonderland go to SW as a substitute. When Alice comes back, would SW still have the long lines?
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