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Happy Birthday Weekend Update: Disneyland, Disney World, Tokyo Disney, Whistler, BC

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by , 02-20-2009 at 11:11 PM

Weekend Update is celebrating one year of columns today. While I haven't been the editor since day one, I have been a reader since the beginning. I never grow tired of grabbing a cup of coffee on Saturday morning and taking a vicarious trip around the world, courtesy of our great MiceChat crew.

This week we have a bunch of Disney park reports. Fishbulb shares a great set of Disneyland photos, some of them taken at night and in the rain. It's always fun to see photos of the park without many guests – an all too rare sight these days.

TDLFAN is back with photos of the Tokyo Disney Resort supplemented with photos from MiceChatter lighttragic. Denise nbodyhome Preskitt brings us some photos from Walt Disney World including shots of the new Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party.

Put your long johns on for our next segment. CaptPhoebus shares photos of his ski week in Whistler, British Columbia. Then we take a trip back in time to the Disneyland of yore, courtesy of darkfairycthulu's vintage postcard images.

This week we'll start out with Fishbulb's images from Disneyland:

Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California

TDLFAN goes back to TDR on Valentine's Day to continue celebrating the Grand Finale of the 25th anniversary.

Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo, Japan

Sweet Love 2008 is the theme to TDL's Valentine's Day 2009 merchandise here on the Grand Emporium window.

The Band Plays on...

"Dreams Within" plays on the Castle Stage.

Pluto is put in charge of guarding the Magic Key that unlocks the treasures of dreams... whatever.

Maleficent's Goonies steal the magic key from Pluto and friends.

Pluto cries uncontrollably because HE FAILED badly at protecting the key and Mickey will be upset at him and put him on a leash forever.

All Disney friends come out to comfort Pluto in his darkest hour.

Even Mickey tells Pluto everything will be "ok".

Everyone joins in in the Happy Ending, including the magic key.

Arriving at TDS at dusk..

No matter how many times you walk thru this ares as you enter TDS, you will always get goosebumps when you see that magnificent volcano up ahead.

Tower of Terror and Sakura restaurant at American Waterfront.

SS Columbia at dusk.

Lovely and elegant TDS Miracosta Hotel.

The Miracosta lobby dome.

The Lobby below the dome.

The grand Miracosta indoor pool.

SS Columbia at night.

The showgirls at TDS are so so pretty!!

Finishing Valentine's Day in style.. with the special Valentine's Dinner set menu at Zambini Bros Restaurant. Can you see the hidden Mickey?

Here's a photo of the first Tokyo Disneyland MiceChat meet, held on Valentine's Day:

From left: TDLFAN, Mr. Ichigopara, JoeInJpn, Ichigopara, and ChrisFL.

MiceChatter lighttragic visited the Tokyo Disney Resort and sent these photos from his trip.


Mickey Mouse Review


Mark Twain with Big Thunder in the background

Hotel Mira Costa

Gondola loading dock

lighttragic has started a couple of threads in MiceChat's Tokyo Disney Resort section. You can read his Tokyo Disneyland trip report HERE and his Tokyo DisneySea trip report HERE.

Here are some photos from around the Disney world of nbobyhome.

The Walt Disney World marching band:

The Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade:

The new Pinocchio area near City Hall (to promote the new DVD release:

The Contemporary Resort Bay Lake Tower:

The MK castle from the Contemporary:

Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party (I love this new parade!)

Visit Denise's website,, for more Walt Disney World photos. Check out her great coverage of The American Idol Experience grand opening event.

MiceChatter CaptPhoebus is on a fantastic vacation that includes a ski week in Whistler, British Columbia and then he's going on to London and Paris. Here are a few photos from his ski trip.

Vancouver, B.C.

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is a Canadian resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia, Canada, approximately 78 miles north of Vancouver. Incorporated as the Resort Municipality of Whistler, it has a permanent population of approximately 9,965, plus a larger but rotating "transient" population of workers, typically younger people from beyond BC, notably from Australia and Japan.

Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and mountain biking at Whistler-Blackcomb. Its pedestrian village has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler will host most of the alpine, nordic and sliding events.

Whistler Blackcomb, a mountain resort already renowned for daring innovation, has announced its boldest move yet with the construction of the Peak to Peak Gondola, for completion December 2008. The two mountains will be united by a gondola that will set world records for length and height while providing an unmatched experience for winter and summer resort guests.

The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will travel 4.4 kilometres in just 11 minutes, transporting winter and summer guests from Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, giving them unprecedented access to both mountains’ expansive and unique high alpine terrain and spectacular vistas.

“The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola will create a dramatically enhanced experience that no other mountain resort in North America, possibly the world, can offer,” says Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb’s Chief Operating Officer. “This link will effectively double, or more, the options for accessing the highest quality and greatest variety of terrain on any one day, from anywhere on the mountains. We are going to completely revolutionize our guests’ experience.”

We'll have some more photos from CaptPhoebus next week.

Here's a great collection of vintage Disneyland postcard images from darkfairycthulu.

Check out more great vintage postcards at!

Looking for up-to-date reports from Disneyland
including photos, gossip, park schedules and more?

Visit these MiceChat columns each week:

Andy Castro's Dateline Disneyland

David DarkBeer Michael's In the Parks

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
Abominable Snowman
A very special thank you to our wonderful guest photographer lighttragic for sharing his vision with us and darkfairycthulu for the great vintage postcard images.
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Updated 02-22-2009 at 12:18 PM by Weekend Update



  1. aussiedave's Avatar
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    great update!!! such beautiful photo's of Disneyland in the rain!!!
  2. TheDisneyMagic's Avatar
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    Great update, I do love reading these every weekend.

    Tokyo Disney Resort is looking gorgeous as always.
  3. SouthHrbrBlvd's Avatar
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    Great update!!! Old postcards are awesome!

  4. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Happy anniversary Weekend Update!

    I ALWAYS look forward to the treats you all have in store for us in these updates.

    Huge thanks and congratulations to the entire team.
  5. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great photos!

    Happy Anniversary!

    Nice photos Fishbulb!
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    I went on YouTube to catch the *Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party* held at WDW and I wasn't impressed with it. I can only hope that our version here at Disneyland will be MUCH better.
  7. cositaluvsmickey's Avatar
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    That was a great update. This is my first time seeing it and it was just awesome. I really those wonderful pictures of winter canada. And those postcards, those are priceless. I espically like the organ player from HM. That was a pretty good shot of him.
  8. Rixter's Avatar
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    TDLFAN has posted a review of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party:

    This is the part where the parade becomes a huge fun show, similar to DCA/DHS' Block Party Bash, but with out the pull out "scream!" signs. The performers and characters do a song and dance routine that is contagious enough to get guests involved. I did see many people around having fun, dancing, smiling and basically sharing great moments together. That was true Disney magic here for me. Then... when it could not get better.. SURPRISE!....
  9. LadyKoel's Avatar
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    Tokyo Disney Resort looks incredible! I've never been there or WDW and hope to someday soon! Thank you for the beautiful pics!!!
  10. william's Avatar
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    Great shots Fishbulb! And great shots Vancouver and Whistler were i live!
  11. Kritter's Avatar
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    great update!
  12. HighLeveller's Avatar
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    Nice HDR photos
  13. Disney Liz's Avatar
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    Terrific update as usual and those postcards are awesome!
  14. Disney Analyst's Avatar
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    So cool to see some place so close to me on here *cough Canada BC couch*
  15. Marko50's Avatar
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    Those pix of Canada make me want to go there. And I HATE snow!
  16. aduecey's Avatar
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    I love rainy days at DL! It's like you have the park all to your self! It's a day best spent on indoor attractions though
  17. GrimGrinningGhost's Avatar
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    Fantastic update - kudos to Fishbulb for some of the nicest shots of DL I've seen - especially loved the close up of the gate entrance to HM!
  18. PhantomBlot's Avatar
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    I forget, is Fishbulb on Flickr? Or is there any other way to turn those lovely photos into properly sized wallpapers?
  19. sandypolo's Avatar
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    Wonderful photos. True carmera artists! If you don't mind me asking, what setting and filters did you use for those fantastic night shots of The Haunted Mansion? Did you use a tripod? Excellent shots and great composition!
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    Thanks for the great shots everyone! And happy birthday weekend update!