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Dreams, Screams, and Turkey Hawks - Oh My!

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by , 03-08-2008 at 01:33 AM


Lots of special treats for you this weekend. We have more pictures from Disneyland's Dream Suite (courtesy of Fishbulb), some rare photos of Disneyland's Space Mountain with the lights on, construction photos from Florida, and a few interesting shots of Universal Studios Japan. We have more pictures that usual today, so we may take a while to fully load

Disneyland

Congratulations! You just won a stay at Disneyland's Dream Suite (well, at least a stay of a few minutes). When you win a real stay at the Dream Suite, you'll be locked in after park closing - but the Imagineers have packed the suite with opulent furnishing and magic touches. Many of the special effects are difficult to photograph, but Fishbulb did a great job of catching many of them for you.


A map drawn by Fishbulb of the suite layout


The Main entrance to the Dream suite


Front door


The new elevator to the left of the POTC show building.



The "Legacy" Hallway


Legacy Hallway


Legacy Hallway floor


One of two doors that the Concierge CM's have into guest quarters leading from the Legacy Hallway to the Conservatory Hallway. This area used to be part of the courtyard.

Off of the Conservatory Hallway is the Master Bedroom


The Master Bedroom themed to Adventureland.

The Magic Moment in this room is activated by a button on the wall. Apparently the lights dim, a starfield appears on the cieling and mermaids swim around in the lagoon painting above the bed. When asked if we could see it the tour guide siad that the effect was so "delicate" that the imagineers set it so that it could only play 3 times in the evening.


The Master Bathrooms already famous tiled ceiling bathtub with stained glass window


with the touch of a button music swells, lights dim and a starfield appears in the tiles


note the hidden mickey occasionally appearing off to the right side


The Main Street themed Master bedroom Walk-in Closet

Back out into the hallway we were led into the Main Living room area themed to New Orleans Square


You can see, on the opposite wall, two murals of the real landmarks that inspired Disneyland's Castle. This is where guests used to enter the Disney Gallery.


A back painted lamp comes alive with color when switched on.


A Close up of the Living Room Chandelier

Hitting the Magic Moment button in this room sets off a random effect....


We watched as the grandfather clock chimed a tune and...


The mirror above the fireplace features a rear projection of the Disneyland Castle and a shimmering star.


The screen to the "Fireplace" with a projected fire similar to the fireplace effect in the Beast's Library in the animation building. We were told that every so often fireworks would go off within the fire.

Entering through a pair of double doors we entered the area that was once the sales area for the Disney Gallery. It is now a Frontierland Themed Bedroom


Leaving the Living room...


Entering the Frontierland themed bedroom


complete with Cinderella stove


The Frontierland Chandelier


The Bathroom adjoined to the Frontierland Bedroom. This is where the Gallery counter used to be


The wall adjacent to the beds leads to the bathroom. The Mirror on the wall to the right is actually a television complete with a Playstation 3


We then exited the bedroom to the Balcony.


The choice seats for Fantasmic

We exited through a door into what was explained to us as a storage room. It basically looked like the Disney Gallery abandoned.

Exiting this room we then wento out the the courtyard






Lanterns dangle above


The fake tree conceals the firefly effects hidden in it's branches


The fountain remains




Looking into the archway that we used to enter the courtyard




Looking back at the patio from the stained glass window in the Legacy Hallway


I'm sure you'll all join me in thanking Fishbulb for sharing the shots above with us. And if you haven't gotten your fill of the Dream Suite, head on over to www.miceage.com and read Sue Kruse's two part Dream Suite extravanganza.

We have one more bit of Disneyland confection this week - MiceChatter, "Mightt," sent in these amazing shots taken on a chance shutdown of Disneyland's Space Mountain. Thanks for thinking of us Mightt, these are really fun pictures:



(Photo by Mightt)


Space in full light (Photo by Mightt)


(Photo by Mightt)


Universal Studios, Japan
TDLFAN takes a detour and goes to Universal Studios Japan... for a few minutes.


Universal Studios Japan main entrance - Universal is celebrating the "Dream Year"
remind you of anyone else? (Photo by TDLFAN)



Courtyard (Photo by TDLFAN)


Universal Studios Japan's Hollywood Boulevard, where such famous characters like
Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willie meet guests. (Photo by TDLFAN)


New Streetacular premiering on March 18th, 2008. "Fantastic World" (Photo by TDLFAN)


Universal CityWalk Osaka has become a NO SMOKING area.
You must put out your cigarretes before proceeding into CityWalk.
(Photo by TDLFAN)

Walt Disney World, Florida
Denise "nbodyhome"
Preskitt of www.mousesteps.com takes us on a tour of Contemporary Resort and Downtown Disney's T-Rex construction projects as well as a few fun bonus shots taken along the way.


Turkey vultures coming in for a landing at the Contemporary Resort (Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)



Contemporary construction
(Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)


Monorail glides by the Contemporary project (Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)


Another view at the Contemporary
(Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)



T-Rex is going up fast at Downtown Disney - Think Rainforest Cafe with an attitude
(Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)



More walkway space has been freed up at the T-Rex site (Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)



Real wildlife at the resort (Photo by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt)



Eye Spy
Calling all Disney Know-It-Alls! Where in the Disney Universe can you find these little beauties?

Eye Spy #1 - You might enjoy starting here


Eye Spy #2 - Would you like a pineapple with that water feature?

Answers for last week's Eye Spy:



Eye Spy #1 - Where in the World?
ANSWER: Goofy's Barnstormers at WDW's Magic Kingdom


Eye Spy #2 - A long long time ago in a cave far far away
ANSWER: Found at Hong Kong Disneyland in the cave behind Adventureland's waterfall, immediately after entering Adventureland's gate. Mickey is on the cave wall towards the end of the cave and approximately one foot above floor level. You need to look down to see. Along with Mickey, there are other representations of animals and human hands on the cave walls... Check it out on your next visit to HKDL (Thanks to TDLFAN for finding this gem)

You won a virtual dream this week and thanks to all the wonderful images that our photographers catch for you every week, you'll always be the winner of the MiceChat weekend update.
Special thanks to this week's team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:
  • Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt of www.mousesteps.com
  • TDLFan
  • Fishbulb
  • And your Editor - Dustysage
We hope to see you all again next week as we once again bring you the world. If you have amazing theme park shots of your own that you would like to see featured on the Weekend Update, please send a message to [email protected], if we can use it, we will contact you.


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Updated 03-09-2008 at 09:22 PM by Weekend Update

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  1. Terrytiger's Avatar
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    Eye Spy #1 - You will find that in Disneyland atop the Tour Garden building next to City Hall.
  2. Terrytiger's Avatar
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    Eye Spy #1 - You will find that in Disneyland atop the Tour Garden building next to City Hall.
  3. csaribay's Avatar
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    Eye Spy #2 is the kid's water feature at Disney's Polynesian Resort.
  4. Wendygirl's Avatar
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    Thank you for the map layout of the Dream Suite. That really helps me to put all these reports and photos in perspective
  5. StrikeYerColors's Avatar
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    i figured out the tour guide station eye spy too!

    ps, the living room is themed to NOS, not mainstreet. the dressing room attached to the fantasyland bathroom is themed to mainstreet and is shown in the picture above the living room picture, however.
  6. nemofinder22's Avatar
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    Thanks for thanother great update! and Fishbulb Thank You so much for a lay out of the suite I could'nt seem to peice it together before it.
  7. akfandisney's Avatar
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    Eye spy #1
    you can see from tour guide cortyard on top the buliding part of City hall or Tour guide Station in Disneyland Ca,
  8. Chernabog's Avatar
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    Ha!! I spotted a Hidden Al (Lutz) and a Hidden Sue (Kruse)!
  9. cticket's Avatar
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    great pictures of space mountain!
  10. 's Avatar
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    Great pictures and update! Yay... the Polynesian! Now I want to go play on the beach.
  11. InnerSpace's Avatar
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    MiceChat hates Space Mountain with the lights on, though!
  12. Weekend Update's Avatar
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    I hope you are just joking InnerSpace. It doesn't really make sense for you to paint all of MiceChat as liking or hating anything. This is a huge community with as many tastes and points of view as you can imagine.

    Personally, I love getting to see attractions in a new light. Getting walked off Space or Splash is sort of a treat to someone who has been to the parks a million times. And I've got to say that the interior of the new Space Mountain is really impressive compared to the more rickety looking old one.
  13. Monkey joe's Avatar
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    TDLFAN USJ trip report?
  14. Big D's Avatar
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    Thank you so much for posting the pictures of Space Mountain with the lights on!!! I was a CM back in 98 when the "New" (crappy) Tomorrowland opened, and as part of the promotion they let the CM's ride it once in complete darkness and then once again with all the lights on. After Space Mountain was closed for a year and they rebuilt everything, I went on it again and I was super dissapointed that it was the exact same, but now I see the HUGE difference and why it was down for so long! It looks so stable and secure and like nothing is going to go wrong now, where as before it looked nothing like this, there were no steel walls or secure anything, it was barely safer than a wooden coaster. Talk about night and day! (okay, bad pun, but you get what I mean)
  15. headkaes's Avatar
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    Great pics across the board!

    The shots in Space Mountain are great! It seems even more space-age with the lights on. Did anyone else realize it was so huge in there?
  16. Dustysage's Avatar
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    You all can thank MiceChatter "Mightt" for those great Space Mountain shots. We encourage any of you who have great shots to share to contact me. If we can use your photos, we'll add them to the Weekend Update - just like the Space Mountain pictures above.



    -Dusty
  17. WillyWonka's Avatar
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    Like or hate the dream suite idea, but Disney still really know how to decorate.
  18. Craigroy8287's Avatar
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    Great Pics. I have been inside of Space Mountain when the ride was down. It's scary with the lights on. I would love to stay in the dream suite. That bath tub with all the lights is amazing.