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Welcome to the Weekend Update for August 2, 2008!

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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.

Serves thousands.

Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida

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.

Haunted Mansion

During the day...

...and at night.

The Fastpass queue archway.

Front lawn area.

The back parts including the pet cemetery.

The lobby.

The hallway to the loading area.

The conservatory.

Seance circle.

The Ballroom.

The attic.

The graveyard.

The end.

Weekend Update contributor Denise nbodyhome Preskitt recently spent a few weeks in the Disneyland area and shares these photos with us:

Disneyland and environs
Southern California

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:

TDLFAN's back this week and brings us up-to-date with news from Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Tokyo, Japan

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.

Millenium Barn.

World's Largest Barbeque.

Llama, Llama, Llama.

Is this where they get the term "goatee"?

Centennial Farm.

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!

Crazy Coaster.

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
sir clinksalot
A very special thank you to our wonderful guest photographer Ryan Hidalgo for sharing his vision with us.
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  1. PortieOwner's Avatar
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    Love the photos of the county fair. Who would know that the Orange County Fair was that good?
  2. toemblem's Avatar
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    Great pictures all around but I especially enjoyed those pictures inside of the mansion. I don't believe that I have seen such clear ones before. For some reason that bride really gives me the creeps.
  3. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great pictures! I love the HM pictures!
  4. Disneykin Kid's Avatar
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    This is a great welcome addition to the week. Most other websites don't publish on Saturday, so that makes it even sweeter. I especially love the pics of other places/attractions. We're all theme park lovers, after all, so it's great to see what other places do.
  5. RenMan's Avatar
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    LOL! Can you imagine an HM overlay to make it look like a Carney ride from Coney Island? Boy, would that generate a lot of guest response!
  6. in2puck's Avatar
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    Is it wrong that I REAAALLLLY want to try one of those
    Krispy Kreme chicken sandwiches!?
  7. JohnnyQuest's Avatar
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    I went to the OC Fair this week. My favorite parts were the sticks:

    Grilled Corn on a stick
    Hand-Dipped Foot-Long Corndog (on a stick)
    Cheesecake on a stick
    and later,
    Deep Fried Snickers Bar (and yes, it was on a freakin' STICK!)

    However, you should avoid the soup-on-a-stick, as it's not a good value.
    (Get it? 'Cause it's just a wet stick...)

    - Johnny
  8. Dustysage's Avatar
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    I really enjoyed the fair this week. Of course it helps to go with fun people!

    Is anyone else just floored by the beautiful new hotel at Tokyo Disneyland? I just can't get over how perfect it is. Amazing.

    And a big Thank You to Ryan Hidalgo for sharing his pictures of WDW.

    If anyone would like to share their theme park/tourist pictures with us, please let me know. We'd love to see them!

  9. Craigroy8287's Avatar
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    Great update and pics. The Hotel in Tokyo is amazing. I went to the fair this past week as well. I had a deep fried pop tart from that same stand. LOL. It was so so delicious. I could eat 10 of them easy.
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    Thanks for the update.

    Personally I don't like the new Tokyo Disneyland Hotel... it's too much of a megablock with Victorian theming, which don't go together at all. I think it would look a lot better if its mass was separated out a bit more "organically"... kind of like the TSM building at DCA. (But obviously much larger). The interiors are certainly beautiful, though.
  11. disney-fan-reborn's Avatar
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    FANTASTIC PICS!!! I want to go to TDR!

    Where the heck are all the people in that night shot of DLR? What time was that taken and when during the year was that?
  12. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    Anyone interested in seeing the Tokyo Disneyland pictures from "Tiki Room with Stitch" that did NOT make this weekend update.. feel free to visit the thread in the Tokyo Disneyland section... here:
  13. gawama's Avatar
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    Great update and photos as usual, thanks!
  14. nbodyhome's Avatar
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    The night shot was taken a little over a week ago. It was sometime before 1, but I'm not sure the exact time (from the Main Street clock, it looks like it might have been 12:50 or so). I was taking night shots on the way out of the park.

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    Great update and pictures. My arteries were clogging just looking at the pics of all the fried delicacies at the Fair...yum!
  16. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    More photos from the new Tokyo Disneyland Hotel available here:
  17. danyoung's Avatar
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    Great photo update, especially the pics from Tokyo. TDLFAN, how does the new castle show compare to DL's Fantasmic!?
  18. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    The "Starlight Dreams" show is not intended to be another "Fantasmic!" but it draws elements from it. I posted my review of the show here:
  19. dlpostcardguy's Avatar
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    All of the photos are wonderful! Thanks. I'm curious - for the Haunted Mansion photos what settings were used to get such great shots without flash? Were these taken during a walk through of the attraction? They turned out great!
  20. BC_DisneyGeek's Avatar
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    Great photos all around. I really like the shot of the carriage in front of the mansion and the Mark Twain shots through the fencing - always nice to see something that has been photographed thousands of times from a new perspective.

    The TDL hotel and shows look amazing. I really am overdue for a return visit.
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