WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND
I don't remember these yellow dots and stars on the Castle banners before.
The birds aren't liking Stitch very much... AROUND THE ISLAND
Imagineers only have about 25 days to wrap up Tom Sawyer Island work, and its visible that construction is in high gear.
Here's a look at the Island from the Columbia as it set sail on Saturday while there was still enough light outside for some decent pictures.
Some of these photos were lightened for better viewing.
The burning cabin is almost done. Show lighting is already turned on nightly in the area, and theres a new horse standing next to the cabin. I didn't get a photo of it, but you can see it between trees and tarp as you're passing the left side of the cabin. You can hear the horse whinnying as you pass by. I'm not sure, but it may be the same recording that is heard at the Haunted Mansion's hearse with the ghost horse.
You can't see anything in this video (taken Friday evening), but you can hear the horse whinnying. The video also didn't pick it up, but the showlighting is on, as I said before, and behind the tarp you could see the cabin really well. Inside the cabin windows, lantern light flickered. So with that said, I don't think the cabin will be burning as others have reported. It looks like it will just be a settler's cabin, but not a burning settler's cabin. Oh well, you can't win 'em all. At least the cabin wasn't just removed completely! FOOD & WINE WEEKENDS
I love the Food & Wine Festival. It's the best thing to happen to DCA in a loooonnggg time. The complimentary events are great, informative, fun, and best of all - you get to sample the chef's amazing creations. I highly suggest checking them out. But get there early - people start lining up for these things as early as 45 minutes of an hour before the event time. Those in line get cards or tickets that they have to present for admission to the event. But if you don't get an admission ticket, stick around... at the Wharf Demonstration Kitchen you can look on from outside of the seating area, and they usually give samples (if there are extras) of what the chef made to people watching from beyond the fenced off viewing area.
The Pacific Wharf Stage (Not to be confused with the Wharf Demonstration Kitchen) hosts beer tasting and education seminars:
If you like beer, go check this out. It's free, and you get free beer with it. Awesome!
We watched two culinary demonstrations at the Wharf Demonstration Kitchen on Sunday: Oh, so Risotto
and Magnificent Mushrooms
. The Risotto demo was lead by Chef Chris, a Disneyland Resort Concept Chef. We got to the queue a bit late and weren't able to snag a seat, but watched from our spot in line for the following demonstration, Magnificent Mushrooms.
Oh, So Risotto:
Magnificent Mushrooms was lead by Chef Jay Garcia, a DCA Area Chef. Chef Jay was also chef at Club 33 for eight years before moving over to DCA. He did an exceptional job at his presentation.
The demonstrations are introduced by Sue. She also gets questions from the audience answered during presentations, and also interjects her own questions to help clarify any possible questions the audience may be having if the chef isn't clear or forgetting to explain things.
Each guest of a Kitchen Demonstration is given a ThinkPad and pencil for notes, utinsels to eat the sample with, and a complimentary bottle of Dasani.
I forgot the names of these mushrooms, but they were passed around so we could smell them.
The amazing Musroom Ragu... CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD HIGHER RESOLUTION CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD HIGHER RESOLUTION CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD HIGHER RESOLUTION CLICK IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD HIGHER RESOLUTION DISNEYLAND AFTER DARK
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