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Disneyland After Dark 90s Nite - Thoughts and Opinions
DisneyDan  Friday, January 4, 2019 11:19:43 AM
Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share with you all my personal thoughts on the upcoming 90s Nite at Disneyland park at the Disneyland Resort in California.

Since Disney announced the night, and subsequently put tickets on sale - which have since sold out - there has been much speculation online about what to expect from the event. I see a lot of people posting on social media about all sorts of crazy characters that they some how expect to appear, but honestly, I think we need to just be a little realistic. I, and I am sure many of you, would rather be surprised than disappointed.

First of all, I want to make it clear that while this is an opinion piece, I am not deliberately trying to be negative - I want to be objective and point out some key factors involved here.

First of all, this event is a four hour event that cost $99 per person. That's about what the Halloween parties cost. It should be repeated again that this is a four hour event, from 9pm until 1am.

For $99 it isn't going to be all out extravagance. You have to figure that some of that money will not go towards characters. Disney has said there will be merchandise and food offerings, as well as special fireworks and themed backdrops. There will also be a collectable Indiana Jones card, a free guidemap, a free fanny pack, and a free Disney Afternoon map. These things cost money to produce, and whilst merch and food items will be at an extra cost to guests, there is no guarantee to Disney anyone will buy them - the initial outlay for these items has to come from somewhere. They won't purely rely on sheer hope that someone will buy them. So, already we have money out of our ticket price for specially produced fireworks, the free items, food offerings and merch items.

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A Walk Through the Parks, February and March 2017
DisneyDan  Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1:55:03 PM
Hello everyone,

As Jon and I spend an increasing amount of time at the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, I find it correspondingly redundant to post "trip reports", in the more traditional sense. You may have noticed that, for example, recently I posted a stand alone review of the Garden Grill, a report on meeting the stars of Cars 3, and my report on the DVC Moonlight Magic event here on Character Central, and over on Two Lost Boys, my review of Flower and Garden 2017 at Epcot. I thought that it would be nice to share the more "generic" things we saw, too, over the past two months, and so decided to make this report more of a round-up of multiple visits, rather than breaking it down into separate trip reports. We will actually be back at the parks again this week and next, and so you should expect to see a similar round-up and more specialised individual reports once I get around to doing them, too.

Let's start our February-March walk though the park with the Magic Kingdom.   [ Read More... ]
NEWS - Summer of Heroes, Beauty and the Beast, Happily Ever After, and Doc McStuffins
DisneyDan  Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:07:28 AM
Hello everyone,

Yesterday the Disney Parks Blog (DPB) made a surprise announcement about an upcoming event at the Disneyland Resort. From May 27th - the day that the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens at Disney California Adventure - until September 10th, the park will present the Summer of Heroes.

The DPB describes this new event as follows:   [ Read More... ]
Happy Birthday Beauty & the Beast, Fantasia and (Belated Birthday) Toy Story 2!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:58:50 AM
Today is the 21st anniversary of the premier of Disney's masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most successful and best loved films. It stars some of the most cherished characters and features classic songs that are truly timeless.
Happy 21st Birthday Belle, Prince Adam (Beast), Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs Potts, Chip, Babette and Gaston!

Today is also the 72nd anniversary of the release of Walt Disney's masterpiece, Fantasia. I find it hard to believe that it was 72 years ago that Mickey Mouse was immortalised as the Sorcerer's Apprentice and we were first introduced to Hyacinth Hippo, the Mushrooms, the Elephants, the Brooms and Mme Upanova for the first time! (yes, they have all been characters at the parks!)
Happy Birthday Hyacinth, the Mushrooms, the Elephants, the Brooms and Mme Upanova!

Finally, yesterday was the 13th anniversary anniversary of Toy Story 2, which saw the birth of two characters - Jessie and the especially cute and innocent Bullseye.
Happy Birthday Bullseye and Jessie!

As always, we have a special photo cavalcade, and seeing as today is a triple celebration there are a lot of pictures, so enjoy!

WDW Sept 2008 - Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

WDW Sept 2008 - Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

WDW Sept 2008 - Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

WDW Sept 2008 - Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Meeting Gaston

WDW Sept 2008 - Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Disney Magic on Parade!

Meeting Bullseye

Belle and Beast

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

A very special version of Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's FantIllusion

Hyacinth Hippo!

Mickey's Twas the Night Before Christmas show at Galaxy Palace Theater

WDW 2008 June - SpectroMagic Parade


WDW 2008 Sept - Disney Dreams Come True Parade

WDW Sept 2008 - SpectroMagic

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Fantasmic!

Meeting Sorcerer Mickey

Dancing Elephant

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Fantasmic!


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