Welcome to the Weekend Update for August 2, 2008!
by, 08-01-2008 at 08:04 PM
Recipe for a Weekend Update
A dash of Walt Disney World
A cup of Disneyland
A large package of Haunted Mansion
Season generously with the Orange County Fair.
Stir vigorously and bring to a boil. Simmer for two or three hours.
Walt Disney World
Weekend Update reader Ryan Hidalgo sent us these beautiful WDW shots:
The juxtaposition of the full moon against Spaceship Earth was intriguing.
Of course, I LOVE that the wand is gone too!
Spaceship Earth right before a storm on July 19th.
Foreboding but beautiful.
This shot of the Dreamfinder ship was taken in the little Epcot 25th Anniversary Gallery
in the underused Innoventions West building (behind the Fountain View Ice Cream Shop).
I always enjoy the old Swan Boat landing and Rose Garden at Magic Kingdom.
You get to the bottom of that path and the sound of the crowds just melts away.
Wishes is my favorite nighttime show.
One of our regular contributors Jack hollywood1939 Wixom returns to the Weekend Update with a new feature. Each week he will take us on a photo tour of a different attraction at the Disneyland Resort.
During the day...
...and at night.
The Fastpass queue archway.
Front lawn area.
The back parts including the pet cemetery.
The hallway to the loading area.
Weekend Update contributor Denise nbodyhome Preskitt recently spent a few weeks in the Disneyland area and shares these photos with us:
Disneyland and environs
Some photos around Disneyland.
New Orleans Square from Club 33.
I also went to the Reagan Library. I find it a wonderful, peaceful place. This was my second visit.
Me at Burbank Studios.
More of Denise's photos can be viewed at her website: mousesteps.com.
TDLFAN's back this week and brings us up-to-date with news from Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Tokyo Disney Resort's 25th anniversary celebration continues this summer season with it's 2nd Stage, which debuted on July 7th, 2008. TDR gave itself several new presents to celebrate this fun anniversary season such as the ultra luxurious Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and several new additions to the already crowded entertainment and attraction lineup at Tokyo Disneyland Park. Here are just a few samples of what's new and what's hot at Tokyo Disney Resort right now!
Guests arrive at the newly opened Tokyo Disneyland Resort, and are greeted by a very regal doorman.
The TDL Hotel's main entrance features a lovely Fantasia Mickey fountain (note brooms on either side of Mickey) which is also surrounded by a Fantasia topiary garden (not pictured here).
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel's front desk.
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel's Convention Hallway, which is themed to Cinderella.
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel's Grand Lobby featuring a Peter Pan's theme.
Look up!! You will see the lavish chandeliers hanging from the stained glass ceilings above.
Tinkerbell sits pretty on top of the Lobby centerpiece fountain. (Note the Peter Pan artwork on the wall).
The elegant lounge and bar in the hotel's Lobby. The huge windows
afford a lovely view of the hotel courtyard and the TDR Line Station.
Over at the TDL Hotel's Gift Shop, the Hotel-specific Mickey and Minnie plushes are one of the shoppers' favorite item.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is also found at the TDL Hotel and can be
accessed from the outside of the Hotel's courtyard.
Inside the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a young girl is transformed into a Disney Princess...for a nominal fee of course.
Entering the fairest of them all Disneyland parks. The floral Mickey at TDL features new flowers
and color motif for the park's 2nd stage of the 25th anniversary.
Stitch has crashed the Tiki Room, now presenting the new show "Aloha E Como Mai".
Over in Tomorrowland, progress continues at the new "Monters Inc. Ride and Go seek!"
attraction opening in 2009. The Monsters Inc logo has been installed on the
building and palm trees have been added around the building's yet to be unveiled front facade.
Hey, where have we seen this bench before? The Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse bench has now taken up
residence at TDL as well (in addition to the Magic Kingdom at WDW). It can be found at World Bazaar's
left side as you enter the park, and was a gift from the Walt Disney Company
to OLC for 25th years of dreams and magic come true at Tokyo Disneyland.
Donald does his thing during TDL's "Cool the Heat" summer show.
"Cool the Heat" basically soaks the audience below.
"Starlight Dreams" is TDL's newest night time extravaganza on the castle stage
and it starts with Fantasia's Sorcerer Mickey, using his magic to make water
fly around Cinderella Castle with the help of some pixie dust!!
(Note Mickey at the castle's upper balcony).
Mickey Mouse uses the Magical Key to unlock the dreams of TDL's 25th anniversary.
Maleficent crashes the show as the Disney characters watch in horror.
Mickey fights hard with columns of water to undo the fiery terror Maleficent
has created all over the stage and castle.
Mickey and friends restore the magic of Tokyo Disneyland and celebrate with
a beautiful finale and one heck of a night time show at Tokyo Disneyland!!!
Note the lovely rainbow over the stage!
sir clinksalot takes us to the Orange County Fair this week. Looks like it has a lot in common with the San Diego County Fair. Fried junk food, anyone?
Orange County Fair
Costa Mesa, California
The Orange County Fair, also known as the OC Fair, is a twenty-one day long event which takes place every summer at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. The fair first took place in the year 1890 and consisted of some minor exhibits in Santa Ana and a horse race. From 1889 to 1894 the fair was run by the "Orange County Community Fair Corporation," but was then taken over by the "Orange County Fair Association, Inc." Early fairs mainly consisted of horse races and livestock shows, but around 1900 new attractions were added and the fair become a yearly occurrence. At that time the fair was located in Santa Ana, except for a brief period after World War I, when it was moved to Huntington Beach. Starting in 1916 the fair was managed by the "Orange County Farm Bureau." An Orange County Fair Board was elected in 1925, and the fair was moved to Anaheim with the addition of a rodeo and carnival. Following World War II the "32nd District Agricultural Association" was formed by the state of California, and it took on the task of running the fair. The state purchased land from the Santa Ana Army Air Base and set some of it aside for use as a new fairgrounds. In 1949 the fair became a five day long event and was relocated to the old army base, which quickly became the permanent location. The city of Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953 with the fair residing in its boundaries—it has been the home of the fair ever since.*
This display is made entirely of sand.
World's Largest Barbeque.
Llama, Llama, Llama.
Is this where they get the term "goatee"?
Have you ever seen a rooster that looked more like a rooster than this rooster?
Fried food galore.
The pig races were a big hit - standing room only!
Other exciting midway rides.
Disneyland should change the front of Haunted Mansion to this.
sir clinksalot posted more photos in the form of a trip report titled "The Boys go to the OC Fair" that can be read here. The official website of the OC Fair is here.
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
A very special thank you to our wonderful guest photographer Ryan Hidalgo for sharing his vision with us.
This Week's Editor - Rixter
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