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Disneyland Resort / DCA - Los Feliz Five & Dime
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:22 PM »
Los Feliz Five & Dime



The Los Feliz Five & Dime is a large shop featuring a variety of Disney merchandise.



Walt and Roy Disney once lived and worked in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, thus the tie-in to the shop's name.



Decorating the exterior are signs with clever references to Walt's past.



This is a reference to the Holly Vermont Realty Company with whom the Disneys shared an office with in the Kingswell Building.



A clever play on words, this sign refers to Ub Iwerks, who worked with Walt in the very early days and was responsible for designing Mickey Mouse.



Nothing clever about this sign. It's just the name of the street.:P



Los Feliz is themed as a vintage five and dime store.



Vintage displays can be seen all throughout the store, typical of what you'd find in a dime store circa 1920.



























The shop carries a large assortment of Disney-themed merchandise.



A large section of the shop is devoted to hats and caps, and offers custom embroidery.






Embroidery machines.









Also on hand are mugs,



key chains,



trading pins,



and pet supplies. Don't you want to dress up your dog like Minnie Mouse?

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Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Skyfari
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:32 PM »
Skyfari



The Skyfari is an aerial tram that takes guests on a one-way trip from Discovery Outpost to the very back of the park... the area called the Northern Frontier. Or, of course, you can do the opposite and ride the sky tram from the back to the front of the park. The ride was built in 1969 at a price of $2 million dollars, and was very much needed as it was such a trek to get to the back end of the park by foot.



The entrance station in the Discovery Outpost section is built at the base of a small lagoon.



The lagoon is home to the South American Black-necked Swan.



A variety of brightly colored birds are painted on each gondola.



The gondola leaves the station on its air born trip to the far side of the park.






The Skyfari gives guests a great aerial view of the park. This is looking down at Front Street.



Below is the Front Street Cafe & Cantina, with the tip of the Reptile House in view at the very bottom of the screen.



Soaring over the treetops to a height of 190 ft.



The ride offers some great views of the surrounding Balboa Park. This is the California Tower and the Olde Globe Theatre below.



Passing over the Treehouse.



The Treehouse is an impressive structure housing eateries including an upscale, waitress-service restaurant.



The newest addition to the zoo's skyline is the Bashor Bridge, which spans from the Treehouse to the Elephant Odyssey section.



Now take a ride yourself on the San Diego Zoo's Skyfari.

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Southern California Attractions / Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:29 PM »
Ghost Town



The idea for Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town began in 1940 when Walter Knott decided to build an entire Western ghost town to entertain guests waiting to dine at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The ghost town would also pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents who came to California from Texas by covered wagon in 1868.



This windmill greets guests first entering the park.



A close-up of the dancers who spin around atop the windmill.



Remnants of an old west jail provide a great photo spot.



The Information building.



The FunPIX Photo shop.



Another popular photo spot is Old Betsy.



Besty the Borax Engine land many of the props and artifacts scattered around the Ghost Town, are authentic antiques and machinery that Walter Knott acquired while scouring through old towns throughout California and Arizona. Many of the Ghost Town's buildings were either brought to the farm or built as reproductions modeled after real life buildings found in Calico, California and other authentic old ghost towns.



The Old Windmill was brought to the park in 1940, and actually came from England.



An authentic water pump, I presume.



A stone used in an actual drill contest from 1905, held in Tonopah, Nevada.






Near the front of the town is Hangman's Tree.



During the 1950's the park actually staged hangings of a bandit or outlaw paying the price for robbing the train or the stagecoach. There are no "public hanging shows" today, although Knott's puts on a Halloween Hanging show at a different location during their Knott's Scary Farm Nights.



Deadwood Dick's tombstones can be found on Ghost Town's main street. More tombstones with humorous epitaphs can be found in the graveyard.



This appears to be an old steam roller, although I've not been able to find anything about its history.






You can share this bench with Handsome Brady and Whiskey Bill, two concrete characters created by Claude Bell in 1947. Bell was responsible for creating most of the life-sized statues found throughout the Ghost Town.



This Catawampus is leftover from Jungle Island, in the old Lagoon area across the street. It is one of the last remaining "Wood-imals" created by Forrest Morrow using branches and tree trunks. Jungle Island and the lagoon are now gone, replaced by Knott's Soak City water park.

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Community Chat / Which SGW member do you miss?
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:59 PM »
We've lost a lot of great members over the years. What member do you miss the most and why?
(And if you're reading this, what can we do to get you back?;))

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Community Chat / SGW October Poll (Please vote)
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:56 PM »
Do you frequently look at the front page to see view the Recent Posts list? Vote in the poll. Feel free to post any comments you have as well.

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Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Hummingbird Aviary
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:08 PM »
Hummingbird Aviary



One of the often missed exhibits at the zoo is the Hummingbird Aviary. It's a modest little exhibit that is off the beaten path. But it's a favorite spot for photographers as it offers a challenge to capture these tiny and elusive birds.






Upon entering the aviary, you'll notice the dense growth of tropical plants, making it even harder to find the birds hiding here.



Colorful signage gives a little info on the "Amazing Hummingbirds".



A small waterfall spills into a little stream at the base of the exhibit.



In truth, there are only two species of hummingbird in the aviary. The rest are tanagers and other small birds. Costa's Hummingbird is from the U.S. I'm not entirely sure which species this one is, as it resembles Anna's Hummingbird, the other species here.



I'm pretty sure this is the female Anna's Hummingbird, which is found in a range from Arizona to British Columbia, Canada.



This is the more colorful male Anna's Hummingbird.



Blue-necked Tanager, ranges from central Colombia to northern Peru.






Golden-collared Manakin, ranges from Panama to Colombia.






Golden-fronted Leafbird, found in southeast Asia.



Rufous-crowned Tanager, found in Brazil, Peru, and Colombia.



Swallow Tanager, from northern South America.



Turquoise Tanager, found in the Guianas.



Violaceous Euphonia, from eastern South America. How's that for a name?



This special treat of fresh, yummy bugs is always available to the birds.



Besides the birds, tropical plant and flower lovers will find a lot to look at here.
























A few native species will occasionally find their way into the enclosure.



Outside the aviary, are a pair of bird enclosures. One is the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, from Ecuador and Colombia.



The other is the Guianan Toucanet, from the forests of Venezuela to Brazil.


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Community Chat / SGW Halloween Theme
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:03 PM »
This year, we will not be automatically changing the forums to the Halloween theme. The new responsive, mobile theme is the forum's default theme, and there is no Halloween version. So changing the theme to the old Halloween theme for all members would cause problems for those who use mobile devices to view the forums.

But fear not, you can change to the Halloween theme manually. Simply go to the front page of the forums and you can choose the Halloween theme via the theme changer at the top of the left column. You can switch themes any time you like via the theme changer. The Halloween theme will be offered only through the end of October. It will be removed from the list, and you'll need to switch to the theme of your choice. Or you can keep the Halloween theme year round if you don't make the change. But once you do switch to another theme after October, you won't have the option to go back to the Halloween theme.

Also, I encourage all members to give their avatars a Halloween "costume" for the season.

Happy Halloween  :witch-smiley:

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Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Main Street Shops (Magic Shop)
« on: October 03, 2018, 03:46 PM »
Carriage Place Clothing Co.



The Carriage Place Clothing Company is probably considered to be more of an extension to the Emporium than a separate shop of its own.



The Carriage Place opened its doors in 1993 as part of an expansion to the Emporium.



Before that, this was home to the Main Street Storage Lockers.



This string of storefronts replaced the old locker building.



The store offers a large selection of Disney apparel, earning its title as "Clothiers of Distinction".



This handsome, ornate sign hangs inside the shop.






Obligatory chandelier photo.



You'll find a large selection of Mickey Mouse themed apparel.



Not to be left out, Minnie gets her own section.



The display window at night.



The Carriage Place and Emporium.

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Disneyland Resort / DCA - Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:40 PM »
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe



Rarely do I add a lot of commentary to these articles. I show some photos and add some tidbits of info. But I must be honest here and state that I don't know what they were thinking when they designed this shop. First of all is the name...Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. It just rolls off the tongue. Who's going to even remember that?



The name actually comes from the Disney short, "The Three Little Pigs". There was the Fiddler Pig, the Fifer Pig, and the Practical Pig. Really? I'm not sure how many people are going to get that connection, and there are absolutely no references to the little pigs anywhere inside the restaurant.



And I'd hardly call this a bakery. Plain and simple, it's a Starbucks with a few extras. And I'm not a proponent to Starbucks' invasion into the theme park industry.



It's a nice, albeit somewhat unremarkable-looking building, with Starbucks signs and logos plastered all over it.



The architecture is Spanish Colonial with touch of Art Deco.



There's a nice, shaded patio for dining outside the cafe.



The establishment is big and airy inside, with a theme that doesn't fit the name nor even seems remotely "Disney".



The fictional back story is that a trio of singers known as the Silver Lake Sisters, opened the cafe.



Each sister plays a musical instrument, in the same way the Three Little Pigs played an instrument. Thus the tie-in. :wacko:



Posters and photos of the Silver Lake Sisters are spewed all over the walls.









Starbucks coffee is the main staple of the menu. There is a fairly nice breakfast menu, though. But if you want anything else, its mostly pre-prepared sandwiches, salads, and the like.






There are some nice touches to the decor, like these stained glass mosaics over the service counter.



Stained glass instruments decorating the booth dividers is a really nice touch.



Vintage coffee displays are nice.









You can also purchase Disney/Starbucks drinkware. (For exorbitant prices.)



The menu is standard Starbucks fare.






The breakfast menu does look decent, although I've not tried anything myself.



So there's my somewhat jaded review of the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. I hope I have not offended any Starbucks lovers, musicians, or little pigs.


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Legoland California Resort / Legoland - Southern California
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:22 PM »
Southern California



The Southern California exhibit recreates famous landmarks and areas throughout Southern California, including this fictional Mini Legoland amusement park and mini golf.



The entrance to Lego Miniland.



The "Friends" ferris wheel dominates the amusement area. Honestly, I think they could do something better with this part. The Southern California exhibit changes every few years and this is not one of their more impressive displays.



An RV park and race track in the background.



The harbor area of the exhibit is based on the Oceanside Harbor, one city to the north of Legoland's home town of Carlsbad.



I immediately recognized this string of shops and lighthouse as I visited the real spot many times when I lived in Oceanside.



Back side of the harbor shops.



Tiki Bar



A typical So. California beach and surf shop.



This looks like a coast guard patrol boat.



Boat Filling Station



The pier is loosely modeled after the actual Oceanside Pier.



A pair of whales in the harbor.



Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. (Been there many times.  ;))



This Legowood sign is a take off on the famous Hollywood sign as we move up to the Hollywood/L.A. section of the exhibit.



The famous Mann's Chinese Theatre.



The Hollywood Bowl. Accompanying this exhibit is an original musical "symphony" written by Danish composer Steen Gjerulff.



The Griffith Park Observatory in the Hollywood hills above Los Angeles.





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Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Main Street Hub
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:19 PM »
Main Street Hub



The Hub, also known as the Plaza Hub or Central Plaza, is situated at the end of Main Street. It is the approximate center of the park, and like spokes on a wheel, pathways lead from the center of the hub into each of the various realms of the park.



In the center of the Hub is a round park, landscaped with trees and flowers, and lined with park benches. It's a great place to sit and people watch. The Main Street vehicles board here for trips back to Town Square. And this is a prime location to watch the parades and nighttime fireworks shows.



You'll find functional, old fashioned mailboxes here. Mail is picked up here by the staff and sent to the Anaheim post office for delivery. In this day and age of cell phones and email, I wonder just how often these actually get used.



In the center of the park is the Partners Statue, depicting Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Designed by Blaine Gibson and first unveiled in 1993, this is a prime photo spot, especially with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.



The plaque below the statue.



The Partners Statue was rededicated in 2001 on Walt's 100th birthday.



Surrounding the statue are eight pedestals with small statuettes of many of the most famous Disney characters. Here's Chip and Dale.



Donald Duck



Dumbo



Goofy



Minnie Mouse



Pinocchio with Jiminy



Pluto



White Rabbit

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Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Galapagos Tortoises
« on: September 25, 2018, 01:30 PM »
Galapagos Tortoises



The biggest exhibit in Reptile Mesa is the Galapagos Tortoises.



A bronze tortoise on display makes for a great photo spot for park guests.



A map of the Galapagos Islands, the only place in the world where the Galapagos Tortoises are found.



An impressive cactus garden borders the exhibit.



An informative sign about the Galapagos Tortoise.



The San Diego Zoo has done a great deal for this endangered species.



Signs tell of the plight of the tortoises and the zoo's role in helping these gentle giants to thrive again in the wild.






Zoo trainers and specialists make sure the tortoises are healthy and eating properly.












This guy looks a little grumpy today.



The tortoise is engaged in one of its favorite pastimes...eating. I can't mention its other favorite pastime, which it engages in frequently, as this is a family website. ;)



Meal Time



Somebody please pass the napkins.



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Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Emporium
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:09 PM »
Emporium



The biggest, and most well-known shop in all of Disneyland is the Emporium. With its prominent spot on Main Street and over 4,000 square feet of souvenirs, gifts, hats, clothing, jewelry, and much more, it is most shopped store in the park.



The Emporium has been around since opening day in 1955. And every new Disney park built since with a Main Street has included its own version of the Emporium.



One of the Emporium's annex buildings.






Elias Disney, Walt's father, gets his own window here.






The main entrance into the Emporium.









Several balconies up near the ceiling present vintage scenes using figures and old-fashioned artifacts.









Antique displays and vintage wall paintings, like this tromp l'oeil, can be seen all around the store.












Even the cashier signs are finely crafted with detailed, ornate woodwork.



"I want to swing on the chandelier, on the chandelier..."



The store offers a huge variety of mugs.






T-Shirts












Hats



Dish towels



Kitchen stuff












Disney Trading Pins



Nighttime


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To celebrate this spooky time of the year, create a Halloween scene in Planet Coaster in the form of a postcard. It can be theme park related, or simply a landscape or scene that best captures the Halloween spirit. You may use Photoshop or any image editing software to add a title or border, add spooky effects, or anything else. Submit your entries in this thread beginning October 1st through October 15th. Winners will be chosen by community vote via a poll that will be up from Oct. 16th - Oct. 21st. Winners will be announced on the 22nd, and displayed on the SGW front page as well as SGW social media pages.

Members aren't limited to only one entry. A maximum of two entries per member will be accepted in the Planet Coaster competition. You may also enter the RCT3 version of the competition, which is posted on the RCT Community Board. There will be a separate vote to choose the RCT3 winner. You may also enter up to 2 entries in that competition in addition to the Planet Coaster competition.
Good luck and have fun.  :smiley_Halloween:


Feel free to post any questions you may have here.

Rules Clarification
The entry cannot be a screenshot from an existing theme park you've made in the past. It must be an original creation. The deadline is Oct 15th. Anyone who has submitted an entry that does not meet these specifications is welcome to re-submit an entry. All entries that do not meet these specifications will be disqualified.



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RCT Community Board / SGW Halloween Competition 2018 (Time to Vote)
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:50 PM »



To celebrate this spooky time of the year, create a Halloween scene in RCT3 in the form of a postcard. It can be theme park related, or simply a landscape or scene that best captures the Halloween spirit. You may use Photoshop or any image editing software to add a title or border, add spooky effects, or anything else. Submit your entries in this thread beginning October 1st through October 15th. Winners will be chosen by community vote via a poll that will be up from Oct. 16th - Oct. 21st. Winners will be announced on the 22nd, and displayed on the SGW front page as well as SGW social media pages.

Members aren't limited to only one entry. A maximum of two entries per member will be accepted in the RCT3 competition. You may also enter the Planet Coaster version of the competition, which is posted on the PC Community Board. There will be a separate vote to choose the Planet Coaster  winner. You may also enter up to 2 entries in that competition in addition to the RCT3 competition.
Good luck and have fun.  :smiley_Halloween:


Feel free to post any questions you may have here.

Rules Clarification
The entry cannot be a screenshot from an existing theme park you've made in the past. It must be an original creation. The deadline is Oct 15th. Anyone who has submitted an entry that does not meet these specifications is welcome to re-submit an entry. All entries that do not meet these specifications will be disqualified.

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Disneyland Resort / Disney California Adventure - Trolly Treats
« on: September 19, 2018, 05:00 PM »
Trolly Treats






Trolly Treats is a candy shop that offers everything from chocolates & fudge, to caramel apples, toffee, flavored popcorn, and many other delights to tempt your sweet tooth.



A beautiful and ornate bas relief of honey bears tops the entrance to the shop.






Trolly Treats perfectly captures the feel and charm of an old-fashioned candy store.



Lion King treats



Popcorn in many flavors.



More popcorn



Lots of lollipops.



Display cases show off some especially mouth-watering treats available here.






Did I mention they sell lots of candy here?



Chocolates



Colorful stained glass lollipops add some nice touches to the decor.



You can view the candy makers at work from windows outside on the street.



Colorful display windows lit up at night.



From inside the shop, you can see the back of Big Rock Candy Mountain.



Big Rock Candy Mountain was originally designed as an addition to Casey Jr. Circus Train in Fantasyland, across the way at Disneyland. But it never came to be.



As a homage to that idea, Rock Candy Mountain was designed to be a window display at Trolly Treats.



Here it is, on display outside the shop.



A working trolley traverses the tracks around and through the candy mountain.



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Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Reptile Mesa
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:21 PM »
Reptile Mesa



Reptile Mesa is behind the Reptile House in the Discovery Outpost section, and features some of the larger reptiles housed at the zoo. I'm not even sure if the zoo calls this area Reptile Mesa anymore, but that is what it was called in the early days before the zoo began to give new names to the various areas based on the types of animals and habitats on display there.



A pair of European Pond Turtles, found in ponds, lakes, and streams from Europe to Iran.



Marginated Tortoise, from Greece. So what is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Turtles are aquatic, living in the water and land. Tortoises are strictly land dwellers.



The Scheltopusik, found in Greece and the Ukraine, is not a snake. It's a legless lizard!



Radiated Tortoise, from southern Madagascar.



Yellow-throated Plated Lizard, found in southern Africa.



Western Great Plated Lizard, from the Central African Republic to Somalia.



Southern Leopard Tortoise, from eastern and southern Africa.



Brown Tortoise, from southern Asia.



Anegada Ground Iguana, from Anegada Island in the Caribbean.



Cuban Iguana, found in the dry, coastal areas of Cuba.



Black-throated Monitor, from eastern Africa.



A pair of Black-throated Monitors getting "friendly".



African Spurred Tortoise, found all across Africa.



A fossil replica of a crocodile from the Jurassic period.



The skeleton of a Gharial, a descendant of the prehistoric croc.



Gharial sign



At quick glance, there doesn't appear to be much to see in this lagoon. Upon closer inspection, you'll find numerous aquatic turtles and several Gharials lounging around on the banks.



This must be a popular turtle hangout.



Malaysian Giant Turtle, from Indonesia and Malaysia.



Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle, from India.



River Terrapin, found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.



A pair of Gharials, sunning themselves on the bank.



The Gharial is from India and Nepal. Luckily they are fish-eaters, and not turtle-eaters.



A Gharial taking a swim.



Gharial and friend.

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Disneyland Resort / DCA - Paradise Gardens Park (Seaside Souvenirs)
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:36 PM »
Paradise Gardens Park



Paradise Gardens Park is a land in the midst of an identity crisis. It used to be a part of Paradise Pier. But when the land was refurbished and became Pixar Pier, the leftover parts that didn't fit that theme became known as Paradise Gardens. So just what exactly is the theme of this land? I'm really not sure. It's got two attractions based on the Little Mermaid, a Goofy-themed roller coaster, a vintage swing ride, and a large food court featuring Italian and Mexican food. It still has that "seaside attraction" theme running through it, and there's hardly any barrier between it and Pixar Pier. So the area still feels like one big land. But this is a leftover problem from when the park first opened. It featured so many mini lands, and they all seemed to blend into one another. You never knew when you were leaving one land and entering another.



The Paradise Park lighthouse lit up at night.



The Churro stand definitely has that old-fashioned seaside look.



Whatever the theme, it's still looks pretty all lit up at night.

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Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:43 PM »
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough



Two years after Disneyland's grand opening, the inside of Sleeping Beauty Castle was opened up to the guests.



Inside, guests traverse narrow passageways and staircases, as they pass dioramas depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. Surprisingly, the animated movie wasn't to be released for another two years. But great care was made to ensure that the dioramas  would match the art and style of the movie.



The walkthrough would be updated twice over its lifetime. Once, in 1977, the look of the art was changed throughout the exhibit. But then in 2001, the attraction was closed, apparently permanently, due to handicapped accessibility issues with the narrow walkways and stairs.



But in 2008, the attraction re-opened with a ground-floor viewing room for guests with disabilities. This allowed guests to once again access the colorful dioramas, which had been refurbished with new artwork, animation, music and sound effects.



Guests who are unable to access the narrow hallways and stairs can now view the entire experience in the viewing room.



This display case inside the viewing room showcases beautiful works of art and characters from the story of Sleeping Beauty.



The Three Fairies



Colorful illustrated books with their ornate calligraphy, tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, as guests delve deeper into the castle.



There are ten, colorful, low-lit dioramas that tell the story of Sleeping Beauty...some animated and with special lighting effects.






Burning the spinning wheels.






Aurora pricks her finger.






The kingdom is put to sleep.






Aurora, asleep in the tower.



A spooky chandelier hangs from the ceiling.



The Corridor of Goons is actually the walkway that crosses over the main castle entrance to Fantasyland below.



Goon 1



Goon 2






Maleficent...boo!



Maleficent summons demons to stop Prince Phillip from reaching the castle.






Maleficent turns herself into a mighty dragon.



Love concurs all.



~THE END~



And now you can take a tour of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough from the comfort of your own home.


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Disneyland Resort / Disneyland - Disney Gallery
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:29 PM »
Disney Gallery



The Disney Gallery hosts seasonal exhibits showcasing works of art that depict many of the  attractions and icons from Disney parks around the world. It originally opened in 1987, in the space above the Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square. In 2009, it moved to Main Street and took up residence in the old Bank of America building. And then recently, it was booted out of that space to make room for the new Disneyana Shop. It now resides in a corner of the Opera House lobby and has been down-sized quite a bit to fit in the much smaller space.



The current exhibit is "Disney's Steam Trains", which focuses on the trains of the Disneyland Railroad, and the history of Walt's passion for trains in general.



The Disney Gallery now shares the Opera House lobby with the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show.



The exhibit features prints and renderings of the Disneyland trains, as well as memorabilia shown in the two display cases.



Many say that it was Walt's passion for railroads that was the catalyst for his creation of Disneyland.



The Disneyland Railroad is comprised of 5 different locomotives. Two were custom built by WED Enterprises, and the other three were authentic locomotives that were refurbished for the park.



This is an artist's rendering of the Fred Gurley locomotive, drawn by Sam McKim.









Various framed prints of the Disney trains, from the various Disney parks are showcased on the walls of the gallery.



These locomotives are from the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.



Locomotives from the Paris and Tokyo parks.



The trains of Disneyland.






Vintage postcards and a menu from the Disneyland Hotel.



This thread will continue to be updated as the exhibits change over time.

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Disneyland Resort / Downtown Disney - Shops & Fast Food (Sunglass Icon)
« on: September 10, 2018, 05:14 PM »

Downtown Disney is the shopping and dining district at the Disneyland Resort. At the  present, is it undergoing major changes and construction. Several major shops and restaurants have been vacated due to these changes, including the Rainforest Cafe, AMC Theaters, and ESPN Zone. New shops and restaurants have already begun to appear.

This thread will feature some of the retail shops and fast food spots. These too may not be permanent, as Downtown Disney is always changing. I expect this thread to be updated frequently as these changes take place. The major stores and restaurants in the district will get their own threads.


Sephora



Sephora is a multinational chain of personal care and beauty stores founded in Paris in 1969. Featuring nearly 300 brands, along with its own private label, Sephora offers beauty products including cosmetics, skincare, body, fragrance, nail color, and haircare.



Sephora has been a mainstay at Disney Downtown for many years, so I expect it to stick around for quite awhile. It's a huge store with aisles and aisles of beauty products.



Gotta love those chandeliers.









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Virginia's Gift Shop






Located outside the park in the Marketplace section, is Virginia's Gift...the oldest souvenir shop at the park.



Back in 1938, Virginia, Walter Knott's oldest daughter, set up a small gift shop with a few items on a card table at the north end of the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The shop eventually got its own building, where it sold a large selection of trinkets and treasures, like costume jewelry, perfumes, ceramics, glass items, figurines, and mementos from the Old West.



The shop has come a long way since then. Virginia's Gift Shop is now one of the largest shops in the park.



A colorful fountain can be found at the back entrance to the shop.






There are several large and colorful display windows showcasing the vast amount of gifts and merchandise available within.






In 2015, the whole shop was completely remodeled. The old stained ceilings and floors were well overdo for a refurb, and the kitschy items that the shop was filled with needed to be replaced with more respectable (and more sellable) souvenirs. Part of the remodel included these park timeline murals.



A pair of timeline murals show how Knott's has grown and changed since it was just a little berry stand back in 1923.



Another mural shows many off the park's attractions featured over the years.



A map of the park as it looked in the 1970s.



A painting of a farm worker carrying a crate of boysenberries. (This could be one of the Knott's daughters.)



Another painting of the original berry fields.



Knott's famous preserves are for sale here.



Sitting in the center of the store is this life-size bear, although its relevance escapes me.



Ghost Town souvenirs



Peanuts t-shirts



Snoopy souvenirs



Tie dye is back in style.



You can still find a bit of the kitsch leftover from the old shop.



Big Foot is here to represent the park's Big Foot Rapids ride.



Big Foot souvenirs



A locomotive filled with souvenirs.



TY plush toys


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Disneyland Resort / Disney California Adventure - Atwater Ink & Paint
« on: September 09, 2018, 04:14 PM »
Atwater Ink & Paint



Atwater Ink & Paint is located on Buena Vista Street, next door to Julius Katz & Sons.



Atwater refers to the Atwater Village district of Los Angeles, a regular hangout of animators in the early days of the Walt Disney Studio.



2719 is the street number of the Walt Disney Studio when it was on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles.



“Ink & Paint” was the name of the Disney animation department that once hand-traced the outlines and hand-painted the colors for all Disney films and cartoons.



Upstairs is the Atwater School of Art & Animation.



Although, the fictional backstory of this shop is that it sells art supplies, in reality, the shop sells mugs, kitchenware, trading pins, and other Disney souvenirs.









The shop has a large selection of mugs.



...A very large selection.



This display mixes the "art supply" theme with the mugs.



Disney-themed dish towels.



Trading pins are big at the Disney parks, and you'll find a nice selection here.

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Legoland California Resort / Legoland Resort Hotel - Shops & Food
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:47 AM »
Lego Store






The Lego Store is located right off the hotel lobby, next to the registration desk.



This little gift shop offers a small selection of Legoland souvenirs.



In addition, you find various sundries for hotel guest, like batteries, skin car products, and toiletries.



Soft drinks, bottled water, other assorted drinks and sun glasses.



T-Shirts



More to come...

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Southern California Attractions / San Diego Zoo - Reptile Walk
« on: September 08, 2018, 05:34 PM »
Reptile Walk



The Reptile Walk opened in 2012 and features three new reptile areas for turtles, amphibians, and Southern California's native reptile and amphibian populations.



A short walk through a densely landscaped area takes us to the exhibits.



The first on our agenda is the Amphibian Exhibit.



There are quite a few different species of exotic frogs and amphibians here. The hard part is sometimes finding them, as they love to hide within the foliage in their tanks.



Informative signage can be seen above the enclosures.



We'll begin with the Black-breasted Leaf Turtle, from southeast Asia. I'm not sure what he's doing here, as turtles are reptiles. I suppose "friends of amphibians" are allowed in this exhibit as well. ;)



Black-legged Poison Frog, from the forests of Colombia.



A whole bunch of Black-legged Poison Frogs.



Bornean Eared Frog, from Borneo.



Bumble Bee Poison Frog, from the rain forests of northern South America.



Dyeing Poison Frog, found in the rain forests of the Guianas to Brazil.



Green and Black Poison Frog, found in the forests from Nicaragua to northern Columbia.



Kaiser Newt, found in Iran's Zagros Mountains.



Milky Tree Frog, from northern South America.



A Milky Tree Frog chillin'.



Mossy Frog, found in northern Vietnam.



Panamanian Golden Frog, from southeastern Panama.



Sambava Tomato Frog, from eastern Madagascar.



Splash Black Poison Frog, from the rain forests of Brazil.



A pair of Splendid Tree Frogs, from the northwestern coast of Australia.



Next, the Southern California Species exhibit...

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Nairobi Village



The Nairobi Village is the heart of the Safari Park, featuring the picturesque Mombasa Lagoon, fishing village, animal exhibits, and a host of Africa-themed eateries.



The clock tower rises above Nairobi Village.






The misters come on during the hot summer months along the covered walkways that take guests through the center of the village.



The remnants of an old tree trunk, ravaged by termites I presume.



The Common Warthog, from Africa.



Remember that beauty is only skin deep.



Crested Guineafowl, found in east Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania.



Palm-nut Vulture, found in forests of Gambia to Kenya.



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Legoland California Resort / Legoland - Ferndale
« on: September 05, 2018, 01:22 PM »
Ferndale


This historic landmark town is a representation of the ways things were 100 years ago.



Ferndale is located in Humboldt County, 265 miles north of San Francisco. It is situated on the edge of the Coast Redwood forest, and known for its dozens of well-preserved Victorian storefronts and homes. This is a photo of downtown Ferndale.



And this is downtown Ferndale in Legoland.



Lumber and farming are among its major industries.









Cycling is a major pastime.



The rodeo has come to town.



Ferndale suburbia



The town was established in 1852 by European and Canadian immigrants. The population of Ferndale is 1382, as of its last census.



Ferndale's Church of the Assumption.

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Disneyland Resort / Disney California Adventure - Julius Katz & Sons
« on: September 03, 2018, 02:28 PM »
Julius Katz & Sons



As we head underneath the Hyperion Bridge, on the right side of the street is Julius Katz & Sons.


All the Buena Vista St. shops have fictional backstories, and this one begins with Julius Katz, who opened up a small radio and watch repair shop. This window display shows Julius Katz, at work.



As the story continues, Julius Katz's sons soon joined him and expanded the business.



Disney historians will be interested to know that Julius Katz actually refers to Julius the Cat, an animated cat who accompanied the live-action Alice character in Disney’s silent “Alice in Cartoonland” shorts of the 1920s. (Julius is the one holding the cake.)



Inside, you'll find a large selection of merchandise comprised mostly of home décor, kitchen gadgets, dinnerware, towels & aprons, and seasonal items and gifts.



Antique radios and time pieces are on display...leftovers from the radio repair days.






The check out counter.



Antique telephones on display behind the counter.



In contrast, there's a huge selection of iPhone covers to choose from.



A Penny Souvenir machine.



Kitchenware



Disney towels



Little Mermaid themed merchandise.









I'm always fascinated by the vast array of chandelier styles found in Disney shops and restaurants.

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Southern California Attractions / S.D. Zoo Safari Park - Nairobi Nursery
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:14 AM »
Nairobi Nursery






The Nairobi Nursery is a small yard where the young antelopes, gazelles, and other hoofed animals are cared for until they are old enough to be out on their own in the wide open safari section of the park.



This antelope seems a bit old to be here. It may be recovering from some illness, or perhaps it's the nursemaid on duty. ;)



Addra Gazelle, from northern Africa.



East African Sitatunga is on the right. The little one that looks like Bambi is an African Southern Steenbok.



From left to right...Grant's Gazelle, from east Africa, and a Nile Lechwe, from Africa as well.



This "Who's Who" sign is helpful in identifying the animals.

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Disneyland Resort / Disneyland Resort: Questions, Tips, or Advice?
« on: September 02, 2018, 01:41 PM »
If you're planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort and have any questions or need some tips or advice, post here, as I know the resort like the back of my hand. Even if you're not planning a trip, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

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