Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Trip Report: What's New

Rather than drive to Anaheim at the crack of dawn for the CHOC walk, I decided to go up the afternoon before, spend a leisurely day at the park, and get a good night's rest at the conveniently located Anabella Hotel. Beautiful grounds, clean rooms, tasteful decor, and just blocks from The Disneyland Resort, I cannot recommend it highly enough! On top of that, the staff is extremely courteous and friendly.

Now that we've covered my lodging, let's get down to the good stuff. Best surprise of all was that the Carnation Plaza Gardens were still there.

I did my best to capture as many of the small details as possible; hopefully I'll still have an opportunity to do a shoot at night when the dance floor is full.

How about that terrazzo floor?

Or the mirror ball?

In Adventureland, the rocks outside of the restrooms have taken on a very strange shade of green. Not sure that I really care for this; it seems to be a little artificial looking to fit into the Adventureland theme. It would seem that the ability to create authentic looking lands is not quite what it used to; I would add in Fort Wilderness and other aspects of Tom Sawyer Island that have been redone over the years. Instead of rustic and hand-hewn, they seem very manufactured and pristine.

Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square is still under the tarps getting spruced up.

If anything is going on at The Plaza Pavilion or the new Jolly Holiday Bakery, it must be on the inside.

Detouring over to the Disneyland Hotel, I was happy to note that the geyser was steaming AND shooting up as scheduled!

Construction continues on the pool at the hotel as well—even on the weekend!

Great E-Ticket detail on the pool tile:

Across the way at California Adventure, Buena Vista Street is still in the early phase of construction:

Lighting, signage, and other small details are beginning to emerge in the Carthay Circle portion of Buena Vista Street:

Just two of Cars Land:

And that is it for today's post. More photos to come later this week from my recent Disneyland/DCA trips.

In celebration of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" being released today on Blu-ray & DVD this week, here is a slideshow of concept art, character sketches, and more

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Major Pepperidge said...

That E-ticket detail on the pool is awesome!

Meanwhile, Kim Irvine strikes again with those green rocks.

JG said...

I agree, the theming is becoming more and more abstract, and that's not good.

The rocks in Cars Land are not so weird, why the green color? makes no sense.

Thank you for the pictures!


Chiana_Chat said...

Ack! Orange and Teal! It's a palatte that's being overused in recent times, including movies - what's it doing on a terra cotta planter (seriously?) and fake rocks in Adventureland? Come on Disney.

Thanks for the lovely Carnation Gardens pics Dave. They're sweet.

And thanks for the tip on a good hotel there. Anabella Hotel. If I can go down there I'll consider it (and tell 'em Dave sent me hehe).