Tuesday, March 16, 2010

D23 1 Year Anniversary Event, Pt. 3

Before getting to the meat of the event, here are a few more shots of Disneyland at night without guests. This was the main reason of why I attended the D23 Anniversary party; anymore, it is very difficult to relax and enjoy the park without it being crammed to capacity with guests.

The interiors do look a little sad without any activity:

Of course I had to get Indian Joe; the blue glow from the Shooting Gallery looks great!

Few probably notice the horseshoe tracks and other Frontierland touches that grace the walkways:

Unfortunately the Frontierland Gates had the tarps on either side as the waterway beneath the bridge was being worked on.

Last one for today shows the Carnation Gardens sign in Central Plaza:

AVAILABLE TODAY: “The Princess and the Frog.” And for those of you hungry for beignets after you watch it, here's a recipe to help you whip up a batch of your own (reprinted from the book DISNEY’S THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG TIANA’S COOKBOOK RECIPES FOR KIDS, copyright 2009 Disney Enterprises):

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegetable oil, for frying
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

1. In a medium bowl, combine 23/4 cups of the f lour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture from Step 1.

3. Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface. Place the dough on it and pat it into a large 1/2 -inch-thick square. Dust the top with more flour if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 21/2 -inch squares.

4. Now it’s time to fry the beignets—be sure to ask an adult to help you! Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stovetop until the temperature reaches 325° on a deep-fat thermometer. Check the temperature every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down, or off.

5. Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time into the hot oil. Fry them for 3 minutes, turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioners’ sugar, and enjoy!

Yield: Makes 14-16 beignets.

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Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

More splendid night photos - yummy!

Did you lay down on the ground in Frontierland for the Shooting Gallery Shot??? Talk about dedication!

Not to get ahead of your posts, but I thought the D23 party was restricted to Fantasyland and part of Tomorrowland, or was that just where the open attractions where? Oh man I bet that was a fun night!

Daveland said...

Tim - There was a small window of time between the park closing to the public and the D23 event beginning that I was able to take these shots.

Katella Gate said...

Talk about RARE images. People-free, twilight, all lights on...

steve p brad said...

Dave -
Found your blog a couple weeks ago and am really enjoying the shots. I am on the east coast and have actually spent a decent amount of time in Disney World- including my honeymoon. I was wondering if you or any of the regulars know of a similar site dedicated to the Florida park?

Keep up the great shots!

david said...

you're lucky that you got to take these pictures devoid of crowds and people. i'm guessing that the d23 members get to stick around after the park closes? are the rides still operating after the park closes for the d23 event?

Daveland said...

David - Luck plus $75 in D23 membership dues, and $65 for the event. Fantasyland was open (except for the Matterhorn) as well as Captain EO and the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland.