Happy Birthday Disneyland!

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim California opened its doors to a crowd of anxious people ready to explore the wonders of this new land!

The park has been through a whirlwind of changes over the past 63 years.

It’s such a historic place and Disney lovers like myself enjoy the nostalgia of it all. I’m hoping to make it out there next year for the D23 Expo and will absolutely spend a few days enjoying all Disneyland has to offer!

Keeping it old-school in memory of all that Disney has brought us over the years, I’m leaving you with a happy birthday wish from the first Disney princess ever!

Tower of Terror Is On Its Way Out

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Ok, time to be completely honest. Walt Disney World is my soul animal, yes, everything about it I love love love. But sadly, I am inherently petrified of most rides and have not attempted to ride such classics as Splash Mount, Space Mountain, or… you guessed it… the Tower of Terror.

Does that make me any less of a Disney parks fan? No way! I’m grieving the loss of this iconic horror ride just like all the fanatics because it’s just that – an icon! The Tower of Terror is one of those rides that taunts you as you walk by, and it’s a lot of fun to watch the brave riders take the plunge, even from the safety of the ground below. And when you go to Disneyland, the ride pops out above the fences and you can see it from the street! Seriously. The ride has made an impression on me very strongly.

Now, I really enjoyed the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and I understand that it’s new and exciting and can agree that it should have a super cool ride in its honor. Although I don’t think the film deserves it more than some others (just saying), Disney is responding to something I’m sure, and today I can say confidentially that the good folks at Disney have no plans of changing there minds.

That’s because on Monday, the infamous sign which reads “The Hollywood Tower Hotel” was removed from the front of the Tower of Terror building.

The Disneyland Resort removed the sign on the top of the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure Monday night. The sign said "The Hollywood Tower Hotel." This is being done in preparation for the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission Breakout version for the ride that will open in 2017. The ride closes Jan. 2. Photo taken in Anaheim on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Disneyland Resort removed the sign on the top of the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure Monday night. The sign said “The Hollywood Tower Hotel.” This is being done in preparation for the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission Breakout version for the ride that will open in 2017. The ride closes Jan. 2. Photo taken in Anaheim on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The final ride will take place in early January, and then, the attraction will be transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT

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You can read some of the initial responses here.

So what do you think? Is the ride a favorite, must-do-every-time sort of ride for you? Are you a scaredy-cat like me who just happens to be ridiculously sentimental? Or, are you super-psyched for the new ride? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!

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Mickey’s New Look at Disneyland!

Mickey Mouse is strutting his stuff and looking newer and fresher with an updated appearance that was revealed at the end of Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration! Check out that fresh face and big, animated eyes! I love it!

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At Inside the Magic’s page, they have a great clip of the “new” Mickey Mouse as he trots down Main Street and meets with his adoring fans. Check it out below. I wonder if he will make the trip over to Disney World so that I can get a picture with him next time I get down to Florida. Or maybe I’ll just need to go back to Disneyland for trip #4 – no complaints there!

Just hearing the sounds of the Magic Kingdom makes me so nostalgic. It’s always a bittersweet journey to scan through the thousands and thousands of Disney park videos, both professional and amateur ones. *sigh*

Spring: Day 2. Nor’easter…..

Whhhhhy! For those of you not stuck up here, let me give you a quick weather report. This morning as I left for the office I had to shovel snow off my car… yes, SNOW! The plows and salt trucks are out, and snow is dropping like it’s the middle of January. We’ll get 8″-12″ by tonight. Oh, and did I mention that since yesterday, it is officially spring?

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Well, you know, there is a silver lining I suppose. I’ll be in glorious Florida next week! Yippee!

And the best part is, my father and I are taking a half day to visit Epcot! Woo hoo!!!

I’ll keep that happy thought with me as I trudge through the snow banks to my car this evening…

 

Fun Fact Friday! #179

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While Disneyland is celebrating it’s 60th Diamond Anniversary this year, we should not forget to mention that there is another theme park celebrating a milestone year. This park is way on the other side of the world, in Hong Kong!

Yep. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opening on September 12, 2005 and is the newest park, joining 6 others around the world!

So happy 10th Anniversary to you. While Disneyland is currently going diamonds in Anaheim, Hong Kong can celebrate with beautiful aluminum or fun and chic tin. OK, I know, that’s a stretch. Regardless, this beautiful park deserves a shout out!

WELCOME TO HONG KONG DISNEYLAND -- Mickey Mouse welcomes guests from around the world to the newest Disney vacation destination, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.  Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is DisneyÕs first theme park and resort in China, and Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the 11th Disney theme park worldwide.  Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opens Sept. 12, 2005.  (David Roark, photographer)

Disney’s Christmas Dilemma

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Ah, Disney. You giveth, and you taketh away. For 20-years, folks (not including myself, regrettably) have enjoyed the splendor and amusement that is the Osborne Family Lights every holiday season. The would come from all over, like they usually do, and stare in awe at the beauty of the transformed Hollywood Studios as it was magically lit. Thankfully, enough people snapped photos of this event so that those of us who couldn’t attend could still bask in its glory – through a computer screen.

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When Disney announced that this would be the last year that the Osborne Family Lights would be up, an “unexpected” thing happened. I don’t buy that it was really unexpected, as this article from the Theme Park Tourist implies. But, I will agree, judging by the comments and record-breaking numbers that are apparently happening down there in Orlando, that Disney may be feeling overwhelmed.

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But mainly I am letting you all know that if you are planning to see the lights, you should definitely read the article for some helpful information – especially regarding transportation.

Have any of you ever been? Are any of you planning on venturing down this year, or already have? Let me know!