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    PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE!

    Another update... Enjoy

    WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!


    MIDWAY MANIA PROGRESS
    Darkbeer has been covering Midway/Toy Story Mania progress so well that I haven't really been checking up on it. Here are a couple pictures from a different perspective than Darkbeer's...









    Over at Disneyland... We rode the train around the park and then to New Orleans Square/Frontierland Station to check out...

    PIRATE'S LAIR CONSTRUCTION





    Other have reported it, but The Burning Cabin is safe, and it's actually getting some well-deserved TLC. It has an all-new roof, and hopefully will be on fire again soon.
    Apologies for the blur - its the best I could do while on the moving train:




    Rebuilding the stairs on the Island.


















    Re-doing some sprinklers in the planters near Splash Mountain:


    Transporting some lighting techs (?) over to the Island:






    People were watching activity on the Island (some with binoculars) up from the Fantasmic! control tower:


    Whats interesting is that around 10:30pm on Easter Sunday (4/8), some of the CMs in black came out and brought the Fantasmic! lighting tower closest to the Haunted Mansion up from ground. A CM was notifying on-lookers that they were just doing some testing, but we hung around for a while and didn't see any lights coming on. Perhaps they waited until after park closing to do the light testing, but why then did they raise the tower so early?

    (The following three pictures were taken April 8)







    ED GRIER'S DIRTY PHOTO-OP
    We ran into Ed Grier in the hub doing some dirty work - sweeping. He wasn't wearing the appropriate custodial costume, but blended in with his white dress shirt and black pants.



    He's a nice guy. He asked what my favorite attraction was, and after I quickly offered the Haunted Mansion he asked if I liked Haunted Mansion Holiday. I said it wasn't my favorite, but it was okay. I prefer the original Mansion, I told him. "You're a purist, aren't you?" he asked. I admitted I was at least a little, and then he said "So what did you think about Rockin' Space Mountain?" Peoplemover1 gladly pitched in and said that it was bad and we haven't ridden it since it opened. To this, Ed didn't have a reply. He was responsive to our comments, but he didn't seem like he knew how to reply to negative criticism. He then changed subject to the Submarine Voyage. He asked if we were excited it was coming back, and naturally we said yes. He said the technology was amazing and that he's very impressed with what is being created in the Lagoon. Peoplemover1 asked if there would be any chance of AP Previews, and he said they're working on trying to plan a couple preview days. He said the Subs are a complicated attraction, and they're working on getting people trained on how to operate them properly with the new show and that hopefully they'd be able to offer a few AP preview days.

    Anyway, after the chit-chat, I asked for a picture and then we headed our seperate ways. Overall, I left the encounter very impressed with him. He seemed down-to-earth enough, mentioning his family and wife in particular when I told him I had to go home to do some homework and that I was an art student after he asked if we would be sticking around for the fireworks. Apparently, his wife was an art major.

    Then after all of this, it hit me. Peoplemover1 pointed out that someone was following him around with a camera, but it wasn't another fan like me - it was a Disney employee- probably a PhotoPass CM. After noticing this, we continued to follow as Ed and the photographer headed towards Fantasyland, posing along the way, sweeping up trash.

    This wasn't Ed's noble attempt at garnering CM Matt-like respect from the online fan community and the frontline CMs that he was schmoozing with. This was just for some glitzy photos of him doing some dirty work. I'm willing to bet these snazzy Custodial CM Ed photos will pop up in the next Cast TV episode or CM guide.





    It's a shame. It seems like Ed's frontline duties aren't because he genuinely cares about the Cast or Guest experience - but because the press shots will be absolutely stunning with him, dustpan in tow, and the Matterhorn rising majestically behind.

    Dirty photo op, indeed.



    NEW WEDDING & CHRISTMAS MERCH
    Some new wedding merch and Christmas merch are available at the Westward Ho! Trading Company in Frontierland. Mickey and Minnie sure look happy in their wedding duds, but with Disney allowing gay marriages now on-property where's the Donald-Goofy figurines?













    And there's a Minnie Mother's Day 2007 plush now available:



    DISNEYLAND AFTER DARK
    A couple of shots of Disneyland after dark (all of these were taken April 8)...

    The way the Matterhorn lights up is amazing during the fireworks:


    That photo was taken during the Indy portion of the show, of course. After hitting the standard color-correct option in Photoshop, this is what turns out - and I think the colors are as equally interesting, if not moreso:






    The new window on Main Street:




    Alright, that's it for this update. Hope you enjoyed it

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    awesome, thats so sad to see from ed....






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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    I just want to go to Tom Sawyer Island and take a few things for my house. Things I know will be trashed like old cans, or the exit sign that looks handpainted. So sad!

    Great photos!!!!!!!

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Great pics MG! Love the night shots.
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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Who is to say that the cameras WEREN'T his idea. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. To actually BE in the park is an improvement as of late. Could have been even more tacky, could of been a Presidential type photo op with a picture perfect backdrop in the background covering the actual backdrop (a la Bush in front of Mount Rushmore).

    But he's asking about the attractions getting the response from the guests, you can't capture THAT in a photograph. And it was nice, try to find that in other people of power.
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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    BTW the Matterhorn with the dark blue sky... A GREAT PIC!!!
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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    what a complete tool this guy is.
    Be controversial

    Be outspoken

    Be outrageous

    Just don't be boring

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Quote Originally Posted by demento57 View Post
    Who is to say that the cameras WEREN'T his idea. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. To actually BE in the park is an improvement as of late. Could have been even more tacky, could of been a Presidential type photo op with a picture perfect backdrop in the background covering the actual backdrop (a la Bush in front of Mount Rushmore).

    But he's asking about the attractions getting the response from the guests, you can't capture THAT in a photograph. And it was nice, try to find that in other people of power.
    I agree, and I gave him credit for being a nice guy and down-to-earth. My conversation with him was very pleasant and he was very gracious.

    But why the need for a photographer? So he can put his "I'm a CM like you" pictures all over Cast guides and on Cast TV and in other internal publications? Yawn. I hope the photographer wasn't his idea, and that he genuinely wants to be out there with the public and front line CMs. I hope that I'm wrong and that he genuinely does care and that this whole photographer thing is just a big misunderstanding on my part.

    But I'm certainly not going to hold my breath.

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    What a shmuck trying to garner some press from pretending he cares. At least is out and sees the park with his own eyes. God I miss MATT!!!

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMickey View Post
    God I miss MATT!!!
    Don't we all

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Thanks for sharing love the Ed shots


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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    and then he said "So what did you think about Rockin' Space Mountain?" Peoplemover1 gladly pitched in and said that it was bad and we haven't ridden it since it opened.

    "ridden it since it opened" as in you have not rode it at all since it opened?

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    ROFL! I love the little pink and blue hardhats!

    I agree. The Matterhorn with the blue sky is awesome.

    And your whole investigative journalism with the whole Ed thing was hilarious. Thanks!

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    wow wonderful pictures thanks for sharing, Ed looks like a nice person to talk to,
    I like the matterhorn being red its looks like a whole new world.

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    Re: PHOTO UPDATE 4/10: Ed Grier's dirty photo op, Pirate's Lair, Midway, merch, +MORE

    Interesting, there weren't any photographers around him on Friday. Nice find MG.

    Then again, unless it pops up somewhere (online, any CM stuff etc.), I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. He's been in the parks lately and that's the first time one of their own were taking pictures of him (that I've seen anyways).

    Seems like he was asking the same questions he asked me.

    Great pics as always.
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