Pilots of the Mark Twain Riverboat agree they have one of the best views of Disneyland park. I’ve traveled on the original attraction countless times, but this was my first visit to the wheelhouse. Also known as the pilothouse, the pane windows offer a 360-degree view of the Rivers of America. I was especially impressed to see the pristine captain’s quarters on the way up and loved the photo of Walt hanging on the wall.
If you have the opportunity to visit the wheelhouse for this bird’s eye view, be sure to sign the guest book!
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One of my earliest memories of Halloween was listening to the “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” on vinyl. Every year my mother played this album (both sides) while we were getting ready for trick-or-treating. It was such a thrill to hear narrator Laura Olsher telling me I was a “bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing.”
The audio clip below is a compilation of some of my favorite sound effects from the iconic Disneyland album – listen if you dare.
As Greg posted last week, the entire album is available for download on iTunes. I’m so excited to share this tradition with my kids this Halloween, no record-flipping required!
Other songs with spirit in the set include: “Candy Crony Baby (Coney Island Baby),” “This Is Halloween,” “Main Street Trick or Treat (Sidewalks of New York),” “Cruella De Ville,” “Let’s Go Trick or Treating (Let Me Call You Sweetheart),” “Way Down Upon the Lovely Graveyard (Way Down Upon the Suwannee River),” “Good Ol’ Halloween Time (Good Ol’ Summer Time).”
Fifty-five years ago today the Omnibus first made its way down Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park. To celebrate, I chose the double-decker as the first vehicle in a new series where our cameras capture a unique point of view (POV) of the Disneyland Resort. Five cameras traveled aboard the Omnibus to tape the entire trip from the Main Street Train Station to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again.
Next up in the series, our cameras board the E.P. Ripley for a trip around Disneyland park on the Disneyland Railroad.
Last December I had so much fun taping guests trying on winter hats that I thought I should do it again showcasing some of our summer hats. These caps are a great way to stay in the shade on a hot day at the Disneyland Resort and can all be found at The Mad Hatter shop on Main Street, U.S.A.
I have posted several videos for this series featuring Disneyland park so I thought it was time to move over to Disney California Adventure park. Grizzly River Run was a natural choice and Grizzly Peak created a beautiful backdrop to the morning sunrise. It’s a calm contrast to the excitement the attraction hosts during the day. Enjoy!
Last week, in the middle of the night, some new characters arrived at “it’s a small world” in Disneyland park. The topiary engineering team started around 1 a.m. in the nursery and carefully transported a deer grown from Pyracantha coccinea (botanical name); Firethorn (common name) and a lion grown from Podocarpus macrophyllus maki (botanical name); Shrubby Yew Pine (common name). The entire process took about 5 hours, but you can see it here in less than one minute.
Here are some fun facts I learned from the talented topiary team:
The deer and the lion took about one year to grow starting with 15-gallon shrubs. Other topiaries can take up to five years to be “show” ready.
The topiary engineers go through a training program and apprenticeship so they can master the technique of maintaining these iconic figures.
There are currently 25 character topiaries at the Disneyland Resort and hundreds of geometric and spiraled shaped topiaries.
The plants are pruned every 2 weeks in the warm season and 1 month in the cool season. All the character topiaries are pruned by hand with the use of sheep sheers and lightweight hedge sheers. Aside from pruning, the team also continues to remove old ties and add new ties that are in place for directional “training” of limbs. A large topiary such the elephant can take 3-4 hours to prune, while a small topiary such as the ostriches only take about 30 minutes.
Our topiary engineers have been known to give a pet name to each character topiary – including the deer and lion in the video above, who are called Divo the Deer and King Leon.
Some days I feel like Cinderella and other days I feel more like Ursula but there is one sure way to find out what character you are most like anytime at The Beast’s Library in Disney California Adventure park. During a hot summer day the Animation Building, home to The Beast’s Library, is a great spot to enjoy and rediscover your inner beauty or, if you’re having that kind of day, your inner Beast.
I am proud to say I was most like Mulan. What character do you think you are most like?