Disney Dream's Remy Dining Room; Knott's Ephemera Collection; Chinese New Year in LA
by, 02-11-2011 at 09:23 PM
Is it Saturday already? That must mean it's time for another Weekend Update!
Denise nbodyhome Preskitt is first up with more photos of the Disney Dream cruise ship. Her photos of the Remy dining room are amazing. It was a busy week in Central Florida and Denise was there to document the activities. Believe it or not, we have photos of the Stanley Cup, Shag in Downtown Disney Florida, the Chilean miners plus Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rogers!
For those of you who are enjoying RegionsBeyond's vintage post card collection, we have a surprise. This week we get to see a portion of his Knott's Berry Farm ephemera collection. Anybody up for a chicken dinner?
Finally we have another fun report from techskip and Tink. This time they took the kids on a train adventure to Union Station and visited Chinatown Los Angeles during the Chinese New Year celebration. Is this a cute family or what?
Denise nbodyhome Preskitt shares more photos of the Disney Dream cruise ship plus a Walt Disney World update
Remy is the new French-inspired restaurant that has gotten wonderful reviews on the Disney Dream. I haven't dined there, but we took some photos and video (the price is $75.00 per person plus anything extra for wine/alcohol):
Last week, SHAG paid a visit for his first signing ever at Walt Disney World:
I took this video of the Dapper Dans singing "Grim Grinning Ghosts" behind SHAG, it makes me smile each time I watch it!
That same day, the Chilean Miners were visiting and had a parade honoring them on Main Street:
The Stanley Cup was on display when we went to a Tampa Bay Lightning game on Super Bowl Sunday:
And the day after the Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers quarterback and MVP Aaron Rogers visited Walt Disney World! Due to weather, it looked like it might not happen - but fortunately he was able to make it (and then head to New York for the David Letterman show that night). We waited for a couple of hours, which started out as 80 degree weather and in one blast of wind, plummeted to maybe 65 degrees!
Aaron Rodgers with Mickey Mouse:
Aaron Rodgers after he "cuts the cheese" with Mickey and Minnie flanking him:
And a few more photos of Aaron Rogers in the Rose Garden:
And our Aaron Rodgers video:
Follow Denise's trips around Walt Disney World and beyond at her website: mousesteps.com.
RegionsBeyond branches out a bit and shares some Knott's ephemera
As it is well known by now I have a decent sized collection of old Disneyland material, felt should branch out a bit and share some pieces from the old days of Knott's Berry Farm, Disney's stalwart neighbor for the 55 years (and then some) of it's existence.
First up, a fold-out souvenir postcard from the early years designed as a "introduction" to guests:
Some pages from the "Ghost Town Gazette" (Issue Two, Volume One) talking about the beginnings of Knott's Berry Place (as it was then called)
A later guidebook, offering information about the famous Chicken Dinner Restaurant and attractions:
I enjoy old materials like this just as much as my Disneyland collection, and hope you all did too...more Knott's odds and ends for the future as is desired. Thanks for reading!
Techskip and Tink visit the Chinese New Year celebration
Join us as techskip and Tink set out on a train trip which took them to the Los Angeles Chinese New Year's parade. Southern California is blessed with a pretty decent train and light rail system, just perfect for a day trip like this. No parking worries, no problems with traffic, and giant picture windows to keep the kids entertained along the way.
You can check out tech's full trip report, containing many more photos, and an extensive description of the adventure at his trip report at the link below:
LOS ANGELES CHINATOWN GEARS UP FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR—THE LARGEST FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR FOR THE DISTRICT
(Los Angeles) – The New Year marks the most important time of year throughout most of Asia and this tradition of ringing in the New Year is also celebrated in the U.S. with lots of fanfare and celebration. There’s no better place to experience this unique time of year than in Los Angeles’ Chinatown District.
The festival begins with a Midnight Ceremony to usher in the New Year at Thien Hau Temple on Feb. 2, 2011 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The temple is located at 750 Yale Street, Los Angeles, 90012. Thousands will gather to make offerings to the deities, set off firecrackers to awaken the spirits, and burn incense to usher in good fortune for the New Year. Participants include lion dancers, Buddhist and Taoist monks, the heads of family associations, and many others from the Southern California Chinese community.
The festivities kick into full swing the weekend of Feb. 5th & 6th, 2011. On Saturday, Feb. 5th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the 112th Annual Golden Dragon Parade returns with colorful splendor as over 100 floats, marching bands, performers, dignitaries in cars, and costumed organizations with Chinatown roots parade through Chinatown. The parade can be viewed from both Broadway and Hills streets.
The entire weekend of Feb. 5th & 6th offers attendees a chance to participate in plenty of activities, do some shopping and eat to their hearts content. Central Plaza in Chinatown will host some of the best performers outside of Cirque du Soleil—from acrobats, lion dancers, contortionists to performance troupes never seen before in Southern California. Also in Central Plaza is the LA Craft Experience market which showcases over 40 unique vendors from Los Angeles selling original art, fashion, gifts, toys, collectibles, home accessories and much more. West Plaza will offer cultural workshops suitable for adults and children of all age groups as well as a Ping Pong Tourney for casual and avid players. A prize schedule determines giveaways for Ping Pong tournament participants. Artisans will be stationed at both plazas for face painting by Tai Ling Wong, dough sculpture demonstrations by Chris Lee and as well as others.
Attendees should prepare to eat their hearts out during the weekend-long event. Most Chinatown restaurants and merchants will be open that weekend and are serving up favorite Chinese delicacies. Some of Los Angeles’ favorite gourmet food trucks will also be in attendance to serve unique food truck cuisine.
Los Angeles Union Station is a major passenger rail terminal and transit station in Los Angeles, California. Located in the northeast corner of Downtown Los Angeles, Union Station is a hub for national Amtrak and Amtrak California passenger trains, Metrolink commuter trains, the Metro Red, Purple and Gold Lines, and several bus services.
Opened in May 1939, Union Station is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States with its massive and ornate waiting room and adjacent ticket concourse.
In 1926, a measure was placed on the ballot giving Los Angeles voters the choice between the construction of a vast network of elevated railways or the construction of a much smaller Union Station to consolidate different railroad terminals. The election would take on racial connotations and become a defining moment in the development of Los Angeles. The proposed Union Station was located in the heart of what was Los Angeles' original Chinatown. Reflecting the prejudice of the era, the conservative Los Angeles Times, a lead opponent of elevated railways, argued in editorials that Union Station would not be built in the “midst of Chinatown” but rather would “forever do away with Chinatown and its environs.” Voters narrowly approved demolishing much of Chinatown to build Union Station by a narrow 51 to 48 percent.
The station originally served the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Southern Pacific Railroad, and Union Pacific Railroad, as well as the Pacific Electric Railway and Los Angeles Railway (LARy). It saw heavy use during World War II, but later saw declining patronage due to the growing popularity of air travel and automobiles. Union Station is once again heavily visited, due to the number of rail and bus connections available at the station.
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