There are so many vignettes at Disneyland. I don’t know about you but I often find myself creating backstories for them. I assume that’s part of the intent, to evoke a history and draw interaction from guests’ imaginations. To the Imagineers responsible for these scenes — mission accomplished. It’s crazy to stop and consider how much these parts add up to and how many there are in making the whole experience.
Flo’s Cafe doesn’t need its neon to glow. It’ll find a way in just about any light. This one is definitely worth pulling up bigger to get the full effect!
In honor of Presidents’ Day, I thought I’d share a great moment with Mr. Lincoln. Did you know that he signed legislation setting aside a valley and a grove of trees for the state of California?
It was the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove. The requirement for setting them aside was that they be preserved for public use and recreation. This would help pave the way for our national parks.
Have you seen the concept art Disney released for the rerouted Rivers of America? I’m sure you probably have. I think it’s amazing. I can’t wait for our next adventure aboard the Mark Twain or the canoes!
Happy Halloween! Halloween at the Big Thunder Ranch has been one of my favorite spots to enjoy at Disneyland this time of year. Its relaxed festive atmosphere has been the much needed respite from a busy theme park many times. The rustic and whimsical decor always left me with a smile on my face.
It still seems strange that a galaxy far far away would wage war on something so wholesome…
This is my favorite time of year. Fall colors and fall lighting make for some of the prettiest scenes you can imagine. They’re a match made in heaven, the way they enhance each other. It’s almost difficult to take a bad picture.
This pumpkin in the Halloween Tree ain’t happy. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because he’s heard the rumblings of what’s to take place in the back of Frontierland.
No more BBQ.
No more Ranch.
A (potentially) smaller River.
Right now this pumpkin is thinking “Oh-My-Gourd! Who’s running this place??? And who the hell is Spiderman??”
I can’t blame him. I grew up loving Star Wars. Spiderman was my favorite superhero. But Disneyland held a special place in my affections.
There are a million arguments to be made on both sides regarding the changes coming to Disneyland. I’ve read a lot of them and see well-made points on both sides. I think what my biggest disappointment is is that I’m starting to recognize Disneyland less and less. My experiences with things like Star Wars and Marvel hold different associations and memories than Disneyland does. The integration of these things now blurs the lines that made Disneyland unique and distinct for me.
I get it. Time passes. Culture changes. I get older and my life experiences cause me to see things differently.
What I don’t get is a company built on imagination and ingenuity obsessing over acquisition and assimilation.
I know I’m in the minority. I know Disney is going to continue making a ton of money with the decisions they’re making. I’m just feeling a lot less welcome in a place that used to feel like home and I’m inclined to agree with this unhappy pumpkin.
The answer is yes, we are still around. It feels a little weird, but it’s nice to be back.