Monday, May 25, 2015

60th Anniversary Trip, Pt. 9



After my short siesta back at the hotel, I returned to the treat of being able to see Soundsational, one of my favorite parades of all time at Disneyland. And I am really not a parade person!



I love the styling of the floats (great job Kevin & Jody!) as well as the musical arrangements.



I especially like the jazzy arrangements for the Aladdin and Little Mermaid sections.



Let's zoom in for a closeup of Ariel, shall we?



The Three Caballeros make an appearance in this parade as well.





Naturally Donald Duck is on TOP of the float above his two compadres.



The parade ends with a rowsing "Step in Time" arrangement from "Mary Poppins."





After catching the parade I headed over to the Riverbelle Terrace where I had made my Fantasmic! dinner reservations; the Blue Bayou was sold out. On the way I stopped to photograph the rushing waterfall at the Tarzan Treehouse:



The dinner destination!



A great view of the Treehouse from my table inside:



Light fixtures…I need a 12-step program.





Dinner started off with a garden salad:



followed by a seasoned chicken breast with vegetables:



and an apple dessert. All in all it was very tasty and the service at the Riverbelle was attentive.



My next destination was Mickey's Toontown. On the way, I noticed the Peter Pan Crocodile from Fantastmic! lurking in the Rivers of America:





I arrived in Toontown just as the sun was beginning to set.



The Mickey fountain looked beautiful with the setting sun behind it.



Oh how I wish the Jolly Trolley was unfettered and able to run again.



Last one today shows the Chip 'n Dale Treehouse:



More Toontown at night in my next installment!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

60th Anniversary Trip, Pt. 8



Part Eight…yes, I am dragging this trip out post-by-post! Today's installment focuses on the Little Mermaid attraction at Disney California Adventure. It's an enjoyable ride that rarely has a wait and is filled with all your favorite tunes from the movie.



And yet for me, it's a bit of a snoozer. I know I know…it's great for kids. Not every attraction has to be an "E" ticket.



Still, Peter Pan in Fantasyland is for kids and it packs a wallop, which is exactly what this attraction is missing.



See…even Ariel is falling asleep in her own attraction.



The effects, which have been fine-tuned a few times since the attraction's 2011 opening, are on point.



The splashy "Under the Sea" room feels like it should be the big finale, even though the song occurs early in the movie.







When the attraction opened, Ariel's up-do was the biggest squawk among the discussion boards, earning her the nickname of "Dole-Whip Ariel." Her locks have since been tamed.





Here's where the attraction picks up a bit…



I love this little scene with Ursula.



And yet I feel it could have been so much more. Scary can be good. Doesn't everyone love to have the crap scared out of them?



It makes the happy ending that much more fun.



This is what happens to those who don't drink the Disney Kool-Aid.



I feel a happy ending coming soon…



Brought to you by the stork:



The weird phallic water emitting from the fish is still there:



Ariel is now ready to be on "The Voice."



The big finale, which is not as memorable as "Under the Sea."







I love this little homage to author Hans Christian Anderssn at the end of the ride:



We headed back to Disneyland after visting Ariel. Here's the revamped Town Square overflow corridor:



A nice little nod to some of the Main Street vehicles:



Looking forward to a photo opp at the Snow White Wishing Well I was disappointed that it looked like it had been abandoned. Hopefully it has been cleaned up.



It seemed like it was time to head out of the park and take a little siesta back at the hotel. Boarding the Monorail in Tomorrowland, it was apparent that Disney was pushing their new George Looney movie, "Tomorrowland." Oops…I mean Clooney.



The movie's logo can be found throughout Tomorrowland.



If the movie is a hit, that might convince execs to pour some money (and hopefully creativity) into the forgotten land.



Workers were busy getting Downtown Disney ready for the movie's premiere:



I hope all who are at the Park today and having a blast with the Diamond Celebration kickoff!

Next up: Toon Town at night!

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