Tokyo Disneyland; New Zealand; Knott's Berry Farm; Vintage Post Cards
by, 04-09-2010 at 07:57 PM
Around the world we go again this week with the Weekend Update. ichigopara sent us a photo update for the Tokyo Disneyland Resort this week. I think you'll also enjoy the "out and about" photos that she added to her update. I am really enjoying these peeks at everyday life in Tokyo.
After begging forgiveness from Ian Parkinson, I will be finishing up his New Zealand photo series over the next few weeks. This week he takes us to Mount Manganui and Rotorua. As always, Ian's photos are postcard perfect!
We have some Knott's Berry Farm photos this week from CoasterMatt. Matt always manages to find stunning images in this grand old amusement park.
Finally, we go on a nostalgic trip to Fort Wilderness courtey of DisneylandPostcards.net.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Ichigopara brings us a Tokyo update including the Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Spring is a very busy time for everyone but here is a quick look at what's going on at Tokyo Disney Resort.
The new ticket center is open!
Easter is a very fun event!
The Disneyland Hotel has added a new street organ for atmosphere that was introduced on the 1st of the month.
Some decorations at the Disneyland Hotel
Wonderful Egg cocktail at the Dreamer's Lounge
At the cafe attached to the Sherwood Garden Restaurant they had really nice cafe sweets themed to Easter!
You could choose a design when you purchased a dessert!
I love the mad hatter hat design!!
Did not have so much time to be in the parks this week. I will take photo's of the parade and Spring Carnival at TDS next week.
Do you ever wonder how they make the cover art for DisneyFan magazine? At Ikspiari they had the magazine and the artwork for the cover on display.
At Tokyo station I ran cross the Meiji chocolate designed kiosk I had been meaning to see!! I was so excited! They have a giant souvenir Meiji chocolate bar you can buy!
I also checked out the Lisa & Gaspard and Penelope exhibit in Ginza!
Hope you all are enjoying spring!
Ian Parkinson's New Zealand
Mount Maunganui is a town in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, located on a peninsula to the north of the neighboring city Tauranga, which Mount Maunganui fought fiercely during the 1950s to retain independence from, then failed with the completion of the harbour bridge in 1988. It is also the name of the extinct volcanic cone which rises above the town (which is now officially known by its Māori name Mauao). According to Maori legend, this hill was a pononga [slave] to a mountain called Otanewainuku. It is colloquially known in New Zealand simply as The Mount. The town itself is located on top of a sand bar that connects Mauao to the mainland, a geographical formation known as a tombolo. Because of this formation, the residents of Mount Maunganui are lucky enough to have both a harbor beach (Pilot Bay) and an ocean beach with great surf, within a short distance.
Rotorua (from Māori: Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, "The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe") is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand.
Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. The city is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the city lies.
Knott's Berry Farm by Coaster Matt
CoasterMatt was kind enough to share some photos he took at Knott's Berry Farm a while back. He has a real talent for capturing some very special shots.
Calico Mine Train waterfall.
Stalactites inside the Mine Train ride.
Timber Mountain Log Ride.
Waterfalls along the way.
Bird Cage Theater.
Camp Snoopy Clock.
Camp Snoopy Waterfall.
Gun and Knife Shop.
Judge Roy Bean's Hitchin' Post.
Our journey to the past his week, is to a childhood favorite of many
MiceChatters, Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island.
As always, many thanks to Ken Eslick of the Disneyland Postcard Reference Guide, who kindly allows us to borrow cards from his wonderful collection to show you folks. Please give Ken's site a look. There are few things more fun for a fan of Vintage Disneyland, than the treasures you will discover browsing his extensive collection.
All images, © The Walt Disney Company.
Werner Weiss of Yesterland.com describes what it was like, back in the day, with these words from the Tom Sawyer Island brochure from 1956.
At the far end of Wilderness Road stands Fort Wilderness—the outpost of civilization. The time is the War of 1812…the United States flag has only 15 stars.
Within the gates there is a Canteen and Trading Post—stocked with pelts, guns, knives, and Indian craft.
In the Regimental Hdqrs., Davy Crockett and George Russell, U.S. Army Scouts, can be seen reporting to Maj. General Andrew Jackson during the Cherokee Indian Campaign.
From the parapets and block houses can be seen the vast untamed American wilderness…the deer, moose, bear and wildlife of the primitive forest.
Beyond the stockade are tepees…hostile Indians on the warpath. A settler’s cabin burns in the distance…mute evidence of a treacherous attack.Werner has a great article and photos on Fort Wilderness at the Yesterland site.
The entrance to Frontierland.
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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:
Denise nbodyhome Preskitt (mousesteps.com)
Ian Parkinson and Richard Williams
Jack Hollywood 1939 Wixom
Ken Eslick (DisneylandPostcards.net)
Special thanks to CoasterMatt for sharing his beautiful photos.
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