Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye

In this Ride Review we are looking at one of the most popular rides at the Disneyland Resort….

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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”

2014 CA Season Pass prices.

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.

Throwback Thursday–Adventure Through Inner Space

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.

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Uncreated Disney

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”

Special Saturday – Dapper Day 2013!

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! 

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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.

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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!

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For more information about dapper day, visit Dapperday.com.

– Jenna Lui 

 

Disney and Vekoma: A Match Made in Heaven

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”

A Game in a Ride

2682136884_6a75f60782_zIn 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”

Goofy’s Sky School Vs. Mulholland Madness

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.mullholand 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.cars cali adv

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”.  goofy

 

Tomorrow Tuesday-Monster’s Inc. Swinging Coaster

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.

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Matterhorn Bobsleds Refurbishment Review

In 1959, The Matterhorn Bobsleds opened, as the first true steel coaster.  Nearly 55 years later in January of 2012, the ride closed for a 6 month refurbishment project.  The theming was refurbished on the outside of the mountain, adding new, more realistic snow by adding glass to the white paint mix to make the “snow” glisten in the sun, and there were some repairs as well new theming was added to the inside of the mountain.  The ride vehicles were changed from possible lap sitting bobsleds to a newer and more comfortable single seating only cars, similar to the cars in Space Mountain in Disney World in Orlando. Continue reading “Matterhorn Bobsleds Refurbishment Review”

Tomorrow Tuesday–Tron Light Cycle Coaster

All new plans have recently leaked that Disneyland will attempt to build a Tron Light Cycle Coaster.  This came after hearing that Disney Shanghai would open a Tron light cycle coaster in early 2014 and is already under construction.  Both rides are predicted to be modified Vekoma motorbike launch coasters similar to the ones in Happy World China or Flamingo Land in England.  It hasn’t been announced yet, but it is rumored that the coaster may follow parts of the old People Mover track.

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California Adventure

Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, along with Downtown Disney and the Disney Grand Californian Hotel.  The park was opened to show the history and lifestyle of California.  The ride did very poorly for the first year, and some of their original attractions, such as Superstar Limo were closed, due to poor attendance.  In 2002, a Bug’s land opened, to make a more kid friendly area to the park.  In 2004, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was added to the park, after its huge success in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.  In 2006, Superstar Limo was replaced Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. Continue reading “California Adventure”

Disney and Lucasfilms: Back at it Again

In June of 2011, Star Tours, the classic Disneyland ride that opened in 1987 but closed in 2010 reopened as Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.  This ride featured many new technological advancements such as HD and 3D videos, new animatronic characters, and interactive and changing ride experiences.  Now Disney and Lucasfilms are at it again to update this ride for the new Disney Star Wars film slated to open in 2015.

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You’ll Marvel Over this Idea

Since the release of The Avengers in May of 2012, many people have pondered if Disney plans to open up a Marvel themed park, or area in a Disney park.  Disney executives have stated that although there is basically no chance of this opening in Florida, there will be possibilities of this park opening in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, or Paris.  The reason for no Marvel Florida is due to the fact that Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure already has a Marvel themed area.  Walt Disney Imagineers have a model made up of the park, and it is planned to contain thrill and entertainment experiences for people between the ages of 15-45 years of age.

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It is planned to be over an 100 acre area, alongside both Disneyland and California Adventure near the Toy Story Parking Lot.  It would be the third park added to the Disneyland Resort, and would have a separate gate and admission fee.  Disney decided to open this park after their huge success of their California Adventure relaunch.  The park would feature a Vekoma Motorbike Coaster (similar to Velocity in Flamingo Land England),

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a Vekoma Family Inverted Coaster (similar Freedom Flyer in Florida),

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a Gerstlauer Eurofighter (similar to Speed: No Limits from England),

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a Motion Simulator ride, and a water ride.

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How to be a Disney VIP

Disneyland VIP tours allow Disneyland visitors to explore the entire park care free.  A Disney “Ambassador” customizing a tour of the park using their personal Disney knowledge and insight.

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It also provides access to special seating for shows, parades, and in restaurants.  The tour must be booked between 6 months and 90 days in advance.  Prices are $175 an hour for a regular VIP tour and $295 an hour for a premium tour with a minimum time of 6 hours.  The tour also includes free valet parking at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel lot, free, speedy entrance to the park, as well as shortened ride lines for the premium tour (all VIP tours have unlimited fast passes, unlike the normal ticket which provides 1 fast pass every hour).  The price covers the tour for up to 10 people.  There are also multiple Disney tours that do not classify as Disney VIP, but to offer great experiences.  The welcome to Disneyland tour is an ideal 2 and a half hour tour that offers tips and fun facts to both Disneyland and California Adventure.  Tour guests will receive priority seating at either a live stage show or parade, as well as a reservation at a select restaurant at the park.  On leaving the tour, you will also receive 2 flash passes to any ride that offers flash pass, as well as a special treat before leaving.  It costs $25 a person, but doesn’t include admission.  A Walk In Walt Disney’s Footsteps tour is a 3 and a half tour and lets visitors experience the park through Walt’s eyes. This tour shows a look into Walt Disney’s private apartment at the second floor of the main street fire station, a peek into the lobby of the exclusive Club 33, and a private lunch on Main Street.  It also comes with an a collectable pin.  The tour is $109 a person.  The Discover the Magic Tour is a complete three hour scavenger hunt throughout the park, where participants learn to outsmart Disney villains to find treasure.  All participants leave with a special gift.  This tour costs $59 per person.  The park also offers specialty tours around Halloween and Christmas time.

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