Oh yeah! We’re back with yet another Disney Quiz! Disney’s California Adventure it is this time! Enjoy, and try again if you get any wrong!
Oh yeah! We’re back with yet another Disney Quiz! Disney’s California Adventure it is this time! Enjoy, and try again if you get any wrong!
Although there are many fine dining experiences at Disneyland, there are very few on the level of Blue Bayou. This is not only because of its fancy decor and unbelievably amazing steak and seafood, but also because it is actually located inside the ride The Pirates of the Caribbean. Let your eyes adjust to the perpetual twilight of this truly unique setting where the bayou is, literally, by you! Enjoy your meal as jealous onlookers on board the ride can smell the cooking of your delicious meal. Overhead strings of colorful balloon lanterns cast an enchanting glow, dotting the darkness from which crickets chirp, frogs croak and fireflies wink while providing an ambiance like no other. Since its opening in 1967, Blue Bayou has been a must-do for many a visitor to the Disneyland Resort. Once you’ve gotten an eyeful of your delightful surroundings, turn your attention toward getting your belly full! Naturally, at Blue Bayou, the menu is inspired by the Cajun, Creole and French influences of Louisiana.
They welcome you to the Bayou with a Cajun-inspired salad or a cup of our delicious New Orleans gumbo, included with your entrée. Then choose from such signature dishes as the pan-seared Tesoro Island chicken with Boursin cheese mashed potatoes or the Royal Street seafood jambalaya. During lunch, they feature the Buccaneer’s boneless beef short ribs in a Cabernet reduction—while at dinner, the broiled filet mignon and succulent lamb chops entrees, and the surf-and-turf combo is extra-deluxe. Little ones are also well provided for with roasted beef strip loin, cheesy macaroni and healthy Mickey Check meals of seared salmon or chicken breast. Full men eat no dessert, so save room! They aren’t not telling tales when they say that savoring a piece of Key lime pie tart or crème brulée in this magical establishment full of Disney history is an experience you won’t soon forget.
During Coaster King’s last visit to Disneyland this past June, we feasted on this restaurants broiled filet mignon, and let us tell you, it is no joke. This gives a whole new meaning to fine dining in a theme park. Along with the filet mignon came a bowl of there house gumbo that tasted “straight out of Louisiana!” We finished of the meal with a cup of their light and airy chocolate mouse (served for a birthday, we are unsure if this item actually appears on the menu). This restaurant is definately the finest dining experience at any theme park in the state of California, or possibly the world. Be sure to get a reservation, because they will stop taking walk in diners later in the day, but be sure not to miss out on Blue Bayou.
In this special you’ll see the 3 major winter events in CA Theme-parks. The 3 biggest ones are Knott’s Merry Farm, Holiday on the Park (SFDK), and Holidays at Disneyland Resort. Below you’ll find a description of each!
Cars Land is a themed area of Disney’s California Adventure, inspired by the 2006 film, Cars. The 12-acre area, built as part of Disney California Adventure Park’s $1.1 billion expansion project, opened on June 15, 2012, and contains three rides as well as shops and restaurants, all situated in a replica of Radiator Springs, the fictional town in which most of the film’s events take place. Most of the present-day site of Cars Land had been used as the Timon parking lot since 2001; the lot had been designated as future growth space for Disney California Adventure when it was originally designed in the 1990s, and was partially built over with Tower of Terror and the Flik’s Fun Fair section of A Bug’s Land. A small portion of Cars Land was built over the site of the Bountiful Valley Farm, one of the park’s original attractions. Designs for a possible “Carland” appeared in the “Dreaming” section of the Walt Disney Company’s 2006 Annual Report, released on December 12, 2006, 6 months after Cars was released in theaters. The concept art depicted a racing simulator ride but provided no specifics; Disney’s CEO stated at the time that the concept art depicted projects at various stages of development, and that some of the projects depicted may not even get built. The area holds a multitude of new rides, restaurants, and Shops. They will all be listed with a brief description here.
Ramone’s House of Body Art: A building themed as a car parts and paint shop, that sells mainly clothing and a few Cars themed souvenirs.
Sarge’s Surplus Hut: A hangar style building that is themed to be owner by the former military vehicle Sarge, that also sells Car’s themed souvenirs.
Radiator Springs Curios: A large shop in Car’s Land themed similar to an indoor flea market holding all sorts of Cars and Disney souvenirs.
Cozy Cone Motel: A restaurant inside a giant traffic cone serving all there dishes in traffic cones known as cone-coctions.
Flo’s V8 Cafe: A 1950’s diner inside an old gas station specializing in rotisserie chicken plates, house made pies, and mouth watering milkshakes.
Fillmore’s Taste In: An open air fruit stand selling, whole and pre sliced fruits as well as snacks like chips and drinks.
Radiator Springs Racers: A half dark half thrill ride, first taking you through the world of Cars, then finishing it off with a race between your vehicle and another, using the same technology as Test Track at EPCOT in Orlando.
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: A combination whip and teacup ride in which riders board wagons that spin while also being pulled and whipped around by baby tractors, all conducted by everyone’s favorite tow truck.
Luigi’s Flying Tires: An updated version of The Flying Saucer ride in Tomorrowland, this ride has riders board giant tires that float off the ground and try and bump other tires while only steering with their body weight.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is an accelerated drop ride featured at Disney Parks in Florida, California, Paris and Tokyo. All but the Tokyo version are based upon the television show The Twilight Zone, and take place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel. The Tokyo version, which features an original story line not derived from The Twilight Zone, due to the tv show being not very popular in Japan, takes place in the fictional Hotel High-tower. The three Twilight Zone-based versions and the unique Tokyo version all place riders in a vehicle themed to an old hotel service elevator, and present riders with a fictional back story in which people mysteriously disappeared from a hotel elevator under the influence of some supernatural element many years earlier. The original version of the attraction opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July 1994, and was the basis of the 1997 made-for-television movie Tower of Terror. Several years later, Disney began plans Continue reading “Tower of Tower @ Disney’s California Adventure”
There are lots of interesting facts about Disneyland, do you think you knowit all? Let’s see!
Below you’ll find all our Fun Fact Friday facts! Come back weekly, since we post a new fact every single Friday!
Although many believe that Walt Disney may have began placing Hidden Mickeys in rides since the beginning, the first public sighting of a Hidden Mickey was published in 1989 in The Eyes and Ears of Disney, which was a weekly Disney employee magazine. Continue reading “Hidden Mickeys”
For many years, Disneyland and other Disney parks around the world have offered Handicapped Passes for people who have physical impairments or injuries, which allows them and their group to skip the strenuous walking of the line, and go right to the handicapped loading areas.
For this Ride Review, we’re looking at the fan-favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean!
Pirates of the Caribbean was the final ride in Disneyland that Walt Disney worked on himself (although it opened 3 months after he died), and boy has it been a success. Since it opened in 1967, 3 adaptations of the ride have been opened at other Disney parks around the world, 4 full motion picture films with a 5th in production, and it has created millions of smiles throughout the years. The ride was originally designed to be a walk through wax museum of pirates but the idea adapted into a dark boat ride as animitronic technology evolved. The ride is housed in an 1850’s style french quarter New Orleans building which houses the above ground part of the ride and the restaurant Blue Bayou on the first floor, and one of the Walt Disney Dream Suite on the 2nd floor. Continue reading “Disney Wednesday–Pirates of the Caribbean”
In this Ride Review we are looking at one of the most popular rides at the Disneyland Resort….
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye at the Adventureland section of Disneyland, has been a crowd pleaser since it opened in 1995. It is also a quite controversial rides, due to the fact that is is one of the first thrilling dark rides, meaning an indoor, non roller coaster ride that submerses riders into a story. The story of this ride takes place in 1936, and is shown through a series of news reels throughout the line. The Temple of the Forbidden eye has been excavated after almost 2000 year of being covered by the earth. The idol that guards the temple, named Mara, offers anyone who excavated it one of 3 gifts, riches, eternal life, or the ability to see the future. The only catch is that you cannot gaze into the eyes of Mara, due to the fact that it will kill you. It is explained that even though everyone is very excited about this, he has lost much of his funding, so a returning character from the Indy films named Sallah, has been giving guided tours for money. Many tourists return with great gifts, but other don’t return at all. About 1 week ago, Indy ventured into the temple to find them and has yet to return. Sallah continues to conduct tours to find Dr. Jones. Continue reading “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye”
For today’s Tomorrow Tuesday we are looking ahead, and we are showing you all the Season Pass prices for the major CA Theme Parks. Please note that these are the regular passes! For more detailed info go to our Quick Links page, or our Current Ticket Prices page, or click on the name of the park below.
Although Adventure Though Inner Space closed almost 30 years ago, it continues to be regarded as fan favorite for anyone who go to ride it. The ride opened in 1967 and closed in 1985, and stood where Star Tours stands today. The rides basis was that you were being shrunk down to a size smaller than an atom, known as the inner space. From the line, riders could be viewed entering the Monsanto Mighty Microscope on one side, and could be viewed through a tube exiting in miniature form. Riders enter their “atom mobiles” and are greeted by the voice of a scientist who claims to be the first to take the adventure into inner space, and that due to how small riders would be shrinking, they could only communicate through his thought waves (the voice). Riders entered the microscope and began to shake back and forth. Once their vision returns, they see giant snowflakes, which continue to grow as the riders “shrink”, until they can see the entire crystalline structure of it completely covering their frame of vision. Riders then head straight for the snowflake, but instead of crashing into it, they go right through the lattice structure. As riders continue to shrink, the water molecules begin to appear, vibrating in a fixed position. They appear to look like mickey mouse ears, which are believed to be the idea behind hidden mickeys. Next riders approach to enter one of the oxygen atoms in the water molecule, to be greeted by a strobe effect that are described by the scientist as the electrons of the atom. The riders finally see the nucleus of the atom, discovering what the scientist calls the center of the infinite universe inside a snowflake. Upon exiting the atom, riders see the mickey shaped molecules swirling rapidly, and are told by the panicked voice of the scientist that tells them that the snowflake is melting. Luckily, the atoms get smaller and smaller, and the scientists informs you that you are returning to normal size, as you can see his eye examining you from the other end of the microscope, thus marking the completion of the ride. Although this ride may seem like a snoozer by today’s standards, it still remains a favorite of many Disneyland veterans. We would love to hear if one of you ever got to experience this ride and what you thought, so please leave us a comment.
Disneyland has been the place where dreams come true since it opened in 1955. Although the park has changed since it opened more than fifty years ago, it remains to be one of California’s family favorite parks. Although Walt Disney passed away his wonderful ideas lived on and were created by the Disney Imagineers. Although Disney could be claimed to be perfect by many, many people don’t know how many of those wonderful ideas were though up and never created. The following is a list of Disneyland attractions never created, and we’d love to hear your feedback of your favorites. Continue reading “Uncreated Disney”
A friend of ours is a big Disney fan, and is a Disneyland Resort pass holder. She went to Dapper Day 2013 at the Disney Land Resort, and offered to write a little review on it!
Dapper Day at Disney
Dapper: neat and trim in appearance; very spruce and stylish.
Dapper Day at Disneyland, September 6th, 2013, was indeed very stylish and quite dapper. It didn’t draw a crowd to the usual summer rush, but just enough to get on and off rides within a 30 minute wait! This public event was so amazing, people everywhere were clothed in head to toe suits and lovely dresses, from the 20’s era, to the late 50’s. The park itself is even dressed for the occasion! Disneyland has in itself, old-timey buildings- the perfect setting to take vintage-like photos. Plus, California Adventure’s entrance is based on the hay-day of Hollywood, so looking the part of an old-time Californian was just the icing on the cake. Seeing others dresses this way as well, really puts you through time, it did feel like I had traveled back in time, without the help of a Delorian, or TAR-DIS.
Seeing, and being a part of Dapper Day is an experience I’m happy to be a part of, and hope to do this again next year in February. The people were extremely friendly, and looking pretty neat too! If given the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event, don’t pass it up!
For more information about dapper day, visit Dapperday.com.
– Jenna Lui
When Disneyland built their first Vekoma coaster, no one would have guessed this would be a relationship that would last for a while. This coaster was the Gadget Go coaster, a Vekoma 207 meter Junior Coaster, which doesn’t even reach 30 ft or 25 miles per hour. It opened in 1993 as the first roller coaster in the Mickey’s Toon Town section of the park. Since then, Vekoma has built another coaster for Disneyland, 3 for the 3 parks in Orlando, 4 for the 2 parks in France,1 for Disneyland Tokyo, and 2 for Hong Kong Disney. All of the following listed are Disney Vekoma coasters: Continue reading “Disney and Vekoma: A Match Made in Heaven”
In 2005, the Disneyland resort opened Buzz Lightyear: Astro Blasters in Tomorrow Land in Disneyland. It replaced the 360 degree dome theater that housed the show America the Beautiful, as well as the line from Rocket Rods. The line queue explains that evil Emperor Zurg is stealing the power source (batteries) from the little green men’s ships. Buzz Lightyear asks the people in line who are referred to a Star Command, to help him stop the evil emperor. Riders board their Ominover “space vehicles” which hold both 2 laser pistols and a joystick. Continue reading “A Game in a Ride”
When Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, it contained 2 roller coasters: the Intamin looping launch coaster California Screamin’, and the lesser known Mack wild mouse coaster known as Mulholland Madness.
This ride was named for the famed but always traffic filled Mulholland drive in Los Angeles, themed with traffic signs and billboards around parts of the track. The ride vehicles featured paint jobs of old style California surf woodies, 50’s style flamin’ hot rods, or highway patrol cars.
The ride also featured a sign at the end of the ride stating it was the rental car return area. Unfortunately, withing the rides first month of operation, it experienced three accidents, causing the ride to be closed for repairs more than it was open. The media also weren’t big fans of the ride calling it a “off the shelf carnival ride with weak themeing”. The Los Angeles Times even went as far as stating that “the ride was a joke when compared to Disney’s other coasters”. The ride closed along with many other rides in the park for renovation in October of 2010. It reopened on July 1st, 2011 as Goofy’s Sky School, based off of the original Disney cartoon sketch “Goofy’s Gliders”. Unfortunately people haven’t been pleased with this renovation either calling it “a waste of time that equals the original and is embarrassing to be called a renovation”.
Recently after Disney spoke of there announcements to build a Tron light cycle coaster, of which our last tomorrow Tuesday was about, Disney made a second announcement to build a new ride based of the doors scene of Monsters Inc. This ride would be located in California Adventure towards the back of the park near the dark ride Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. It has also been announced that there will be a whole new Monstropolis themed area there. This would take the place of the theater housing Muppet Vision 3D, and the empty stage 17 building that once held the Who Wants to be a Millionaire experience.