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Saturday
Nov292008

Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough

November 26, 2008

After seven long years the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough reopens! FindingMickey.com was at the park to attend the grand reopening. The line was a bit long, so we waited a few hours after opening to stand in line. I apologize there are only a few pictures because my P&S camera is very bad at low light photography (maybe Santa will bring me a new camera for Christmas).

Pretty view from the queue!

sleeping beauty castle

About 15-20 mins later we reach the entrance!

sleeping beauty castle

Once inside the line was backed-up. We head up a flight of stairs to the main chamber.

corridor of goons

The dioramas I remember from my childhood have been replaced with 3-D scenes transformed by special lighting effects and sound!

sleeping beauty

Along the way are illustrated story books telling the story of Sleeping Beauty, a throwback from the original walkthough.

true love's kiss

A short video of a scene featuring the evil Maleficent!

FIN ºoº

Friday
Nov282008

Disney's Dreaming Tree

What to get the Disney fan who has everything this Christmas?

AmericanForests.org presents their Historic Tree Program providing offspring from famous and historic trees. All of their trees are authentic, direct descendants of trees that shaded the lives of famous people or events.

Raised on a farm in Marceline, Missouri, Walt Disney spent hours beneath an old cottonwood tree, studying the mice and bugs. He called it his "Dreaming Tree" and later said that his "belly botany" inspired Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket characters. During a 43-year Hollywood career, which spanned the development of the motion picture, Walter Elias Disney firmly established himself as a legend: his name represents imagination, optimism and self-made success in the American Tradition.

Now you can own your very own Disney Dreaming Tree Cottonwood! BUY HERE

This story was brought to my attention by plantsofdisneyland.com - a wonderful website all about the plants in the Disneyland resort!

Thursday
Nov272008

NEWS: National Thanksgiving Turkey "Going to Disneyland!"

26 November 2008

National Thanksgiving Turkey “Going to Disneyland!” To Celebrate Presidential Pardon

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) – The National Thanksgiving Turkey will really have something to celebrate following today’s traditional Presidential pardon ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. “Pumpkin” and his alternate “Pecan” are going to Disneyland! It starts with a police escort to Dulles International Airport. Then the birds will “fly” First-Class on United Airlines Flight Turkey-1 to their new home at Disneyland Resort in Southern California. The turkey’s special Thanksgiving Day celebration is a preview of things to come in 2009, as Disney Parks asks guests, “What Will You Celebrate?” and invites them to mark life’s special moments with a Disney visit. The trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles will mark the fourth consecutive year that the National Thanksgiving Turkey has celebrated his pardon at a Disney Resort. Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Paul Hill of Ellsworth, Iowa, Pumpkin, a 20-week-old, 45-pound tom turkey, will be the grand marshal in a special Thanksgiving Day parade down Main Street U.S.A. Following the parade, Pumpkin and his alternate Pecan will find a home at Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, where they’ll remain throughout the holidays and the rest of their lives. Americans nationwide will be able to share the celebration as the turkey enjoys his new Disneyland home. See photos of the National Thanksgiving Turkey and watch video of this year's White House pardon at www.disneyparks.com on Nov. 26 and 27. And, for the first time, watch the turkey LIVE from Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. PST (3 p.m.-7 p.m. EST). Go to www.disneyparks.com, listen for the turkey's gobble, and then click on the turkey face to access "Turkey Cam" LIVE from Disneyland. “My family and I celebrate the honor of presenting the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the President of the United States,” said Chairman Hill of the turkey federation. “We’ll also be celebrating the special privilege of flying to Disneyland where the turkey will be the grand marshal in the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day parade.” Added Captain Vince Kramer of United Turkey-1 and Assistant Chief Pilot for United’s Airbus 320 Fleet, “United is proud to fly our special, feathered guests and to help them achieve every turkey’s dream of flight. It is a rare treat for turkeys to reach 30,000 feet, and we look forward to getting them to Los Angeles and landing safely and on-time.” U.S. President Harry S Truman was the first Commander-in-Chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year’s presentation marks the 61st anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive White House administrations. The 2008 National Thanksgiving Turkey was raised under Chairman Hill’s supervision on a farm in West Liberty, Iowa. The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities which increase demand for its members’ products, as well as enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious turkey products.

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Wednesday
Nov262008

NEWS: Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough Reopens

25 November 2008

Walkthrough Attraction In Sleeping Beauty Castle Reopens In Time For Thanksgiving Holiday At Disneyland

The interior of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, long closed to guests, will "reawaken" in time for Thanksgiving. A vibrant new version of the classic walkthrough attraction features colorful scenes of Aurora, her gallant prince, the evil Maleficent and other characters from the beloved fairy tale film.
 
The attraction is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, kicking off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

This revived Sleeping Beauty Castle "show" differs from the window-display dioramas which could be seen in the castle during the 1980s and '90s. It takes its inspiration from the unique style of the original Disneyland castle walkthrough attraction of 1957, co-designed by animation art director and color stylist Eyvind Earle, who was credited with giving the motion picture "Sleeping Beauty" its distinctive and colorful look of storybook illustrations in medieval style. 

Enhanced with new scenes and special-effects magic, the re-Imagineered attraction employs technology not available in the 1950s to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, including the magic of good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and the more sinister spells of the evil Maleficent.

For the first time, guests who are unable to climb stairs or navigate the passageways of the Castle will be able to experience the walkthrough "virtually" in a special room on the ground floor of the Castle

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Sunday
Nov162008

More Updates!

We've been working feverishly to get up many, many new hidden Mickeys! We've reorganized the navigation bar into sections (Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney) for easier browsing. Two new hidden Mickey checklists are available for Disney's California Adventure and the resort hotels! We hope you enjoy these changes and additions!

Happy Holidays! ºoº