Greetings Micechaters! Just got back from Disneyland and thought I’d put up my first trip report!
I’ll start off with Club 33. As you might know, the Club has been limiting the number of guests that members can make reservations for, as some members have been (tongue in cheek) overexercising this privilege by making reservations for hundreds. The result is that it is now easier to make reservations for members, and the dining rooms look like ghost towns during what is normally a busy time of year.
Nobody home. The Chandelier in the middle is the original one Walt bought, the other two are exact replicas.
Make sure that prime cut of meat is well done.
Is all this desert buffet for me? Well I guess since there aren't that many guests up here . . .
Here’s the two-way mirror built into a china cabinet that Walt planned on using, (with the microphones hidden in the chandeliers) to spy on guests.
A bouquet of flowers hides the key hole for the panel behind the two way mirror. Walt would have simply close the doors to the trophy room and open up the panel and covertly watch the guests. I should have brought a screwdriver and told the manager that I probably get it open, who knows what's hidden in there? Walt's secret plans for a villain's theme park?
You might not think that Walt ever dined at Club 33, but in fact, according to Jack Lindquist’s new book, In Service to the Mouse: A Memoir, Walt entertained the Anaheim City council at Club 33 before it was officially opened. Being able to see and hear what the City Council thought of the park when Walt wasn't in the room certainly would have been valuable information for the company. Maybe Walt's encounter with the Anaheim City Council prompted him to order the installation of the two-way mirror and microphones in the chandeliers. Prior to Club 33, the Red Wagon Inn was used for business dinners.
Picture of Walt eating breakfast at Club 33 inside of Club 33.
What this, an exit in the dining room?
Where does it go?
Oh, I see, near where they do the portraits. Good thing to have if Cafe Orlean’s kitchen catches on fire.
As some of you might know, the twinkle lights at the entrance to Disneyland in front of the flower bed Mickey Mouse have been changed to LED blinkers, instead of the classic 258 blinkers used on trees in the hub. Similar LED blinkers can be found on Peter Pan’s park on Storybook land Canal boat.
I think this change is for the better, as the LED twinkle lights produce a more subtle effect for the smaller entrance/photo area in front of the Mickey Mouse planter, whereas the 258 blinkers, which are used in the hub, trees on Small World Plaza, on the rose archway on Storybook Land Canal Boats, and on Small World, (and elsewhere) are more plainly visible from a long distance. Though the LED twinkle lights on the tree on the left are bunched up in the middle of tree and need to be spread out more.
Being incandescent blinkers, the 258's use more energy than LED, but are easy to setup, I've got a similar setup in the trees in my front yard. Though I wish they could do something to hide the black low voltage wires which standout against the white bark.
Below is a picture of exposed wiring on a spotlight in a flower bed in front of Peter Pan’s flight. Normally the blue wire nuts would be enclosed inside of a junction box. If these lights use low voltage, it is not that big of a deal, though if this is regular line voltage, a guest could be electrocuted if they fiddle with this during a rain storm. I first noticed this last spring.
Sadly, this lamp at Peter Pan has been missing a pane of glass for months.
The railings near the Disney Gallery on Main Street needed some paint years ago as they are now rusting away.
I asked a castmember at Oswald’s Filling Station about Oswald ears and was told that they will be coming, “maybe in November.”
We also were fortunate to do the tour of Walt's Firehouse apartment. One interesting tidbit was Walt's shower which had four showerheads, the CM tourguide said that this was because Walt wanted to plus everything, but I think it was because of Walt's polo injury. Sadly, photos were not allowed, and the plaid giving the tour didn't look like she wanted any argument. I will say I got a chill up my spine when I heard the sounds of the Jungle Cruise from the patio.
We had a great time at the resort, but of course, couldn’t avoid the saddest sign in the park on the way out,
Hope you enjoyed the pictures!