A new year has begun and it’s time to change the speed and alter the mood. We spent most of the holiday season posting pictures from Disneyland. It seemed appropriate to showcase Disney California Adventure today, especially since 2012 is going to be such a big year for DCA. I couldn’t think of a better way to energize things than stopping off at ElecTRONica to share a glimpse of an amazing light cycle. Doesn’t it feel great to have that fresh start atmosphere? I’m loving it and hope you are too. I’m really excited and hopeful for this year and all that it has in store. From a Tours Departing Daily standpoint, we have a ton of ideas to make 2012 our biggest and best year yet. We may even have some big news to share with you along the way.
It seems like forever since we’ve been to the Hollywood Tower Hotel. I shouldn’t complain though, because it’s my fault. I chicken out on the crew for this one. I love roller coasters of all shapes and size, but when it comes to dropping straight down, my stomach is not a fan. Couple that with the fact that this ride is themed so well for the creepy factor and you’ll find me suggesting other activities. I have ridden it several times and had fun, so don’t be too mislead. And I love taking pictures of it. I just need proper motivation and encouragement. Art deco anything is something you will find me staring at and drooling over for hours. That’s partly why I decided to take this one the vintage sepia/black & white direction. It felt right for the Art Deco era and I really wanted this to be reminiscent of a vintage postcard.
Ever since I saw Tron, I have been wanting to get back to ElecTRONica and Flynn’s Arcade. We finally made it over there this weekend and it couldn’t have been more perfect. When we entered the arcade it was like a scene from a movie. I knew I wanted this shot, but wasn’t sure how crowded the Tron game would be. The crowd in front of us slowly parted as we made our way to the back and I saw it. A young man standing by himself at Tron. I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario. We really enjoy taking pictures without people in them, but sometimes you need them. The feeling and emotion of some images are lost if left vacant.
If you’ve been to Disney California Adventure lately, you have seen a lot of changes happening. If you haven’t, you may not recognize it when you do! The work progresses so fast that it makes us feel like we are never at the Disneyland Resort and we try to make it every other weekend or so. I think the change I am most looking forward to is the entrance with the Hyperion standing proudly behind the gates. The whole Buena Vista Street thing for me really ties the Hollywood Pictures Backlot together with the rest of the park. I rarely ever make it over that way and I know I’m not the only one. I truly believe the changes being made will change all that. The Disney Theater was recently remodeled from the former Playhouse Disney. I am really excited by the look and personally feel that Disney is really on the right track with California Adventure.
It’s not very easy dancing with a tripod but I couldn’t help it. ElecTRONica is definitely a lot of fun and I have to admit that I much prefer it to Glow Fest. Flynn’s Arcade is amazing and the way Disney went all out to theme this party is awesome. It’s definitely a multifaceted experience that is well worth the time.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror dominates the skyline of the Disneyland Resort. Night or day it coerces attention, but night is when it really shines. With its black light glow and flickering Hollywood Tower Hotel sign, it conspicuously forebodes a disquieting fifth dimension experience. The evening I took this picture, ghostly clouds gathered in the subsequent sky. It was perfect. This is one of the many pictures I took. I invite you, if you dare, to step aboard.
I don’t make my way back to the Hollywood Picture Backlot all that often, but I always enjoy it when I do. To find these really cool props, you have to make your way to the side of the Backlot opposite the Hollywood Tower Hotel. It’s usually pretty tranquil in this area, and there’s some nice shade, which add up to make it a great place to take a break. That’s exactly what I was doing when I saw this shot.