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Home of the Future, Fair of the Past. Welcome to the Weekend Update for June 28th.

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by , 06-27-2008 at 07:57 PM

It's county fair time in many parts of the country, and MickeyMaxx takes us on a photo tour of one of the largest county fairs in California. Before we get to that though, special guest photographer PEZZ Lightyear shares a sneak peek at the Innoventions Dream Home at Disneyland, staffer SummerInFL continues to show us her perspective on the west coast parks, plus a "walk around the world" with nbodyhome.

This week we'll start on the West Coast:

Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California

MiceChatter PEZZ Lightyear attended an early morning Annual Passholder sneak preview of the new Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland at Disneyland and shares these photos with us.

You can read the official Disney press release HERE.

Read the entire trip report HERE.

SummerInFL is back in Florida now but continues to share her fantastic images from her Disneyland Resort trip.

Storybook Land:

Around Disneyland:

Downtown Disney:

Disney's California Adventure:

The shelves of Main Street Disneyland:

Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida

Denise nbodyhome Preskitt continues her "walk around the world" and we're so lucky that she shares the images with us.

Denise documents her WDW walks on her website:

On the walk from Disney's Hollywood Studios to the Boardwalk:

Looking at the Boardwalk Resort from the Yacht Club/Beach Club beach.

Contemporary Resort

The re-opened Contemporary Grounds coffee bar.

Construction on the new tower at Contemporary Resort.

Animal Kingdom Villas

Work in progress at the Boardwalk Resort.

T-Rex Construction

San Diego County Fair
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California

MiceChatter MickeyMaxx and your editor, Rixter, made a trip to the San Diego County Fair this week. A trip to the fair had been one of our annual rituals, but our busy schedule has prevented a pilgrimage to the fair for about five years. Many of our old favorites can still be found at the fair: the photographic exhibit and competition; the home and garden exhibits; the huge halls filled with hucksters selling waterless cookware, eversharp knives and hyper-absorbent sponge cloths; the fun zone. The one thing that has changed significantly is the food offerings. The fair has always been known for the offbeat food that is served, but the booths from which the food is sold are bigger, louder and crazier than I remember them from a few years ago.

Herewith is MickeyMaxx's photographic tour of the San Diego County Fair.

The queue to enter is as long as any seen at a theme park! What's the hang-up?

Oh, I see...metal detectors!

Summer of Sports is this year's theme.

"Mom in a machine"



You can read the complete trip report with all of the photos HERE.

The San Diego County Fair is a county fair held every summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. The fair is a major draw for San Diego County residents; in recent years, attendance figures have risen above a million annually, reaching a record all-time attendance of 1,265,997 in 2007. The fair began in 1880 as an agricultural fair. The location moved from place to place for several years until finally settling on the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 1936. In 1954, the fair's name changed to the Southern California Exposition and San Diego County Fair. In 1970, this was shortened to the Southern California Exposition. The fair was again renamed in 1984 to the Del Mar Fair. Food also is a feature of the fair, with more than 100 food booths. There are many fair classics as well as other interesting delicacies for people to try, including beef sundaes, fried Twinkies, and apple fries. Something new is added every year, such as fried cola in 2007.*

The San Diego County Fair continues daily through July 4th. The official website can be found HERE.


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

This is EPCOT's Mission Space logo, but we are not in Florida... where can this logo be found?

Eye Spy Answer from last week:

Fowler's Harbor - Disneyland

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 PEZZ Lightyear for sharing his vision with us.
This Week's Editor - Rixter

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Updated 06-28-2008 at 02:58 AM by Weekend Update



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  1. whamo's Avatar
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    I just got home after 3 days in the park. The "Home of the Future" should open MONDAY according to the DISNEY STAFF scheduled to work that day. I saw the guys working on it, noticed a "digital book" on a table. I saw the new Indiana Jones play, melodramatic. The fun is actually outside, as Jones and a pirate chases Jones and fights. Jones talked to my wife as he ran by. I loved the new talking potato head. One lady, at the potato head shopin CA, was loading up on potato head add-ons, without the potato. She said you can get them cheaper at Target. The line was so long for Toy Story ride I took a pass, all 3 days. BIG TIP! If you like music, check out the ALL AMERICAN BAND, check the daily schdedule for times and venues, as they move around. They play big band jazz. The piano and horn section excel. The "special guest" showboated, but also had some good riffs. At the end of the last day, we saw WALL-E, the movie. First act is good, first sequence, second act drags, but the third act is good. I don't think it will be a big hit, but it should do okay.
  2. Limoman's Avatar
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    Wow a deep fried Twinkie and a deep fried white castle...I wonder if they would deep fry my Crestor for me???
  3. MTdizzle94's Avatar
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    Where are those shelves?
  4. pratt55's Avatar
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    I loved the fair pictures.
  5. a-goofy's Avatar
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    Deep fried Twinkies are AWESOME!! I had one at a music festival last summer. Thanks for another great report!
  6. VeganPrincess's Avatar
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    I don't know if I've ever seen so much unhealthy food
  7. Aladdin's Avatar
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    Krispy Kreme Chicken sandwich BLECH!!!!
  8. vfire's Avatar
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    I got queasy looking at all that deep fried food, ick...
    Oh, and it rains in Florida, another reason that DLR is better.
  9. Craigroy8287's Avatar
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    Great update and pics. I can't wait for the Los Angeles county fair to come back. I love the deep fried avocados with ranch dressing. They are the best. Last year my cousin had the Krispy Kreme doughnut chicken sandwich. It was not bad. My girlfriend loves the deep fried Oreos.
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    The river ride with the little girl... Absolutely hilarious!
  11. SummerInFL's Avatar
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    The shelves are in the left hand side of Main Street (facing the castle), right before you exit to Carnation Cafe. (I hope I remember the name of that cafe correctly.) LOL

    Love the corn dog pics, they keep making me hungry. LOL
  12. RocketRodRider88's Avatar
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    I seriously love the San Diego County Fair. I went twice already and I'm going again to see Boston while I go on the rides. Better bring sunblock!
  13. Top Chef Remy's Avatar
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    I'm not a big fried food eater, but I will not lie, I am curious about the deep fried avocado. Tried Twinkies in Vegas (they are okay) prefer Oreos. The rest of the food pics I felt sick looking at. Love the park pictures especially the shelves on Main Street. So often I forget to look up!
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    Great Trip Report.Hopefully StorybookLand will be opened the next time I show at Disneyland. As well as Casey Jr. They were both closed and I would like to ride them atleast once. Wow at the food. Alot of grease. However, I would love the Ribs. But, wow tons and tons of food.
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    thank you for the pics of the del mar fair!! used to live down there, but moved and haven't been able to go back.... they're awesome! need to try the spam, avocados, and the twinkie. those look good!
  16. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    I loved the Fair Pictures. I think I put on 10 pounds just looking at all that fried food stuff. And speaking of.. my favorite picture is the one of the food stand named "STUFFIES" with big rainbow unbrellas out front. Made me miss hanging out with the Micechatters at WDW during Gay Days...
    Good job everyone...
  17. Melonballer's Avatar
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    I have a great idea, deep fried toothpaste! Brush your teeth while eating deep fried batter.
  18. tell no tales's Avatar
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    AS an Australian, I had a laugh at the battered potatoes. Never seen one here.

    My guilty pleasure at the Royal Show (equivalent to a State Fair) is a dagwood dog. AQ Battered and deep fried hotdog sausage on a stick. Guaranteed to add 10 pounds.
  19. Zorro825's Avatar
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    Wow, all the fried food makes my heart hurt. Quick question though: Where is that painting of Walt located?
  20. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    I believe the painting is located inside Club 33.
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