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Welcome to the (Long Weekend) Weekend Update for May 24, 2008

Rating: 5 votes, 5.00 average.
by , 05-23-2008 at 07:57 PM

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us and Disney parks all over the world are starting to fill up with throngs of happy travelers. I thought we would celebrate the long weekend with a long Weekend Update! I know that it takes longer to load these big Updates, but I try hard to make the delay worthwhile. I promise that your wait time for the Update will be shorter than the wait times at a lot of theme park rides this weekend! Be sure to stick with us until the very end as sir clinksalot takes us to the sweetest theme park in the world. Ready or not, here we go!

As promised, we're lucky to have reports from two of the Disney parks in Asia, courtesy of our own TDLFAN.

Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel gate.

Main Entrance to Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

TDL Hotel pool area is themed to Peter Pan. The black rock is Skull Rock from Peter Pan. Note how close the pool is to the TDL park entrance.

Not-so-hidden Mickeys everywhere!

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel's courtyard.

Cirque logo has been applied to the Cirque du Soleil Theater front entrance.

New and bigger Disney Cruiser buses are now making the rounds at the Resort.

TDL's 25th.

Mickey and the Gang.

A mouse and his garden.

New covered area in Tomorrowland.

New color scheme on buildings in Tomorrowland's west side.

Lovely spring flowers.

Walkway to Fantasyland.

Tree residue artwork by the Custodial Team at TDL

Anniversary Castle at night.

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel at night, as seen from World Bazaar.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Disneyland just unveiled "It's a Small World" and has begun previews of "Talk with Crush" which will be a temporary addition to the park's former location where the Mickey Mouse Home was located at on Main Street USA. And you heard this here first... there may be a 2nd haunted maze/house coming to HKDL's Adventureland in the Fall of 2008 for Halloween days in addition to the one done last year on Main Street. But in the meantime... enjoy these photos from the newest and happiest Cruise that ever sailed! - TDLFAN

This lovely archway greets guests as they arrive at HKDL Resort.

Lovely HKDL fountain... A TDLFAN favorite spot.

Flower Mickey at Main Street Station.

Grab your maps and showtimes and let's go!

Main Street USA

Dr. Honeydew and his assistant Beeker rolling down Main Street USA.

Bubbles at Centennial Hall, which is HKDL's toy store of choice.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Arriving at It's A Small World. This is your cue to start singing that dreaded song!

New It's A Small World attraction poster at HKDL features Hong Kong skyline and lovely colors.

HKDL's It's A Small World

Indoor queue.

Welcome to the North Pole... with Bambi alongside playful walruses and Eskimos.


Chinese Dragon Dance is a new scene in the expanded Asia section of IASW.

Ariel, Flounder and other friends come out to sing and dance in the "Islands" section of HKDL's IASW.

The finale features new pastel colors and color-changing reflective panels, plus new LED lighting that changes colors constantly, giving the finale a splash of colors.
Very nice ride. TDLFAN gives it an "A". [Or should we say "E"? - Ed.]

Guests prepare to enjoy a talk with Crush.

High School Musical (the nicest version of this show that TDLFAN has seen so far) takes over the Castle Forecourt area of HKDL.

Our day at HKDL ends in grand style with Disney in the Stars fireworks spectacular.

Special thanks to TDLFAN for bringing us these great photos from halfway around the globe!

Coming back to the USA, we have photos from MiceChatter aimster, who spent some time in Orlando.

Pop Century Hotel
Walt Disney World

aimster wants this car!

Coolest golf cart EVER!

Fenced off unfinished Legendary Years building.

One of four bunnies we saw along the lake.

Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World

Cirque du Soleil faux tent.

I ate here for lunch. I love the BBQ chicken salad at the Express.

And finally, here's a photo of aimster with Prince Caspian. (That's Wonderpup in the middle).
For more photos of aimster's trip, visit her thread HERE.

T Shirt Shoppe
Various Disney Theme Park Shops

With the help of aimster and TDLFAN, we present some of the designs you will see at Disney parks this summer.

Walt Disney World

We really enjoyed this week's submission from SummerInFL:

Prince Caspian was doing Meet and Greets at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Jedi Academy - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Wedding Pavilian at the Grand Floridian Hotel.

The volcano pool at The Polynesian Hotel.

These standees are in the back of the Kodak Center on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.

The Evil Queen in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Ursula - Disney Dreams Come True Parade - Magic Kingdom.

Playful bunny at the Grand Floridian Hotel.

Here are some shots that Denise nbodyhome Preskitt shared with us this week. More of Denise's photography can be viewed at

Animal Kingdom Lodge construction

Caribbean Beach Resort pool construction.

Workers at the Canada Pavilion - Epcot World Showcase

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

From the Teddy Bear and Doll Show

Baby ducks at the Pop Century

Hershey, Pennsylvania

sir clinksalot treats us to photos and video of what is arguably the sweetest theme park in the world!

Hersheypark was opened in 1907 as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company, an American confectionery company. Later, the company decided to open the park to the public. Today the park has over 110 acres (450,000 m) and over 60 rides and attractions. It is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Hersheypark admission also includes entry into ZOOAMERICA, an adjacent zoo. Also adjacent is Hershey's Chocolate World, a visitors' center that is open to the public and that contains shops, restaurants, and a chocolate-themed ride. Both Chocolate World and ZOOAMERICA are accessible from outside the park boundaries, with Chocolate World offering admission for free.*

The Hersheypark website can be visited HERE.

Even the street lights are a little sweeter.

No trip to Hershey is complete without a trip to Chocolate World.

RollerCOWster - but you can't ride!

The Hershey Wheel

Lightning Racer, Hershey's Dueling/Racing wooden coaster.

Storm Runner - it's twisty!

Finally this weekend, enjoy sir clinksalot's video of Hersheypark.

Each week, we provide you with Disney details which we challenge you to identify. Where in the universe can you find these little beauties?

Eye Spy #1

Eye Spy #2

Eye Spy Answers from last week:

Window above Town Center Fashions at Tokyo Disneyland's World Bazaar.

Ornamental lighting rod above Disneyland Paris' "Peter Pan's Flight" attraction building.

[We have had a couple of requests to identify which park the EyeSpy photos are located in. I can tell you that a lively debate is currently going on among our photographers on this very subject. We'll keep you posted -Ed.]

And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:

Jack Hollywood 1939 Wixom
Denise nbodyhome Preskitt
sir clinksalot
A very special thank you to our wonderful guest photographer aimster for sharing her vision with us.
This Week's Editor - Rixter

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Updated 05-24-2008 at 05:05 AM by Weekend Update



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  1. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Wonderful job everyone! Loved all the pictures and it was such a surprise to see Hershey Park. I never expected it to look so nice.
  2. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    I don't think I have ever seen Aimster look any happier at WDW, than in the company of Prince Caspian....
    (You GO! girl)
  3. orbitalpunk's Avatar
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    Thank ya!
  4. Armadillo4's Avatar
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    Another great Weekend Update! A giant THANKS to all who contributed to this visual feast for the eyes. I especially loved seeing the HKDL photos. And I agree with Aimster, I soooo want that Corvette Stingray.
  5. Nancy Carey's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update, Rixter! I can't get over how gorgeous TDL is, the DL Hotel is unreal.
  6. WorldLover71's Avatar
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    Does anyone else see a slight resemblance between the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and the concept paintings for the never-built Persian Hotel at WDW? I see it in the color scheme and the central dome.
  7. stitchon's Avatar
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    Please please PLEASE tell me that Mine shirt is here in Disneyland too! I love the Finding Nemo Seagulls!
  8. DocPaddock's Avatar
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    Um...Why is Crush supposed to be inside the submarine?!? Did someone overlook this in the design or am I just missing something?
  9. SusieP.'s Avatar
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    Every week I tell my husband that I might just die if I don't get to go to Tokyo. The pictures are so beautiful!
  10. WDI33's Avatar
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    Anyone notice that the castle on the Monorail t-shirt is Sleeping Beauty Castle? Usually Disneyland gets stuck with WDW images on it's merchandise... Overall, cute new shirts!
  11. airick75's Avatar
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    Hope they have the "Por favor..." shirt at Disneyland - they should - that's SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE on the shirt!!!
  12. MaryAnn in Wndrlnd's Avatar
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    Eye spy #1 is the mural in the DCA Hollywood Pictures Backlot across from MuppetVision 3D. I spent four hours sitting in front of that mural for the Gumball Rally!
  13. kirbilicious's Avatar
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    I never expected to see pictures from Hershey on here! it's always nice to see your home park get some credit.
  14. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Eye spy 2 is the mail box outside the back side of the castle at DL.
  15. Rixter's Avatar
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    Eye spy #1 is the mural in the DCA Hollywood Pictures Backlot across from MuppetVision 3D. I spent four hours sitting in front of that mural for the Gumball Rally!
  16. Zeus's Avatar
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    That's just great! Tokyo looks empty!
  17. Top Chef Remy's Avatar
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    I love the tree residue art from TDL!
  18. dennis-in-ct's Avatar
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    Great photos!! Thanks for the update.

    The TDR hotel is stunning. What a wonderful transformation to the entrance area of that park.

    And the tree residue is hysterical. I have heard they do fun snow formations as well. Those custodians are a crafty bunch.
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    Great update - love the variety of photos! You're right TDLFAN, you can't notice the characters as much. I can't wait to see more.

    Turtle Talk looks like that at HKDL because it's from the traveling bus. They dismantled it and shipped it off to HKDL.

    And yes, I've noticed the merchandise differences that have been noted above. I found it interesting they picked Sleeping Beauty Castle and then wrote Walt Disney World at the bottom. Stitchon, I have not seen the Mine, Mine, Mine shirt at Disneyland (yet,) but you could probably get it if you called the merchandise number for WDW.
  20. aimster's Avatar
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    I don't think I have ever seen Aimster look any happier at WDW, than in the company of Prince Caspian....
    (You GO! girl)
    LMAO! You haven't seen me around Tigger yet, have you?
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