Category Archives: Disney California Adventure

Interview: Alyja Kalinich (Costume designer for Disney theme parks)

Alyja holds dolls wearing her costumes she designed for a parade. These were sold in Tokyo Disneyland.
Alyja holds dolls wearing her costumes she designed for a parade. These were sold in Tokyo Disneyland.

I just posted my interview with Alyja Kalinich on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Alyja talks about her time designing costumes and overdressings for Disney’s many parades and shows at Disney theme parks here and abroad.  CLICK HERE for the interview and lots of photos.

Interview: Gary Krueger (Disney photographer)

Classic Disneyland postcard photographed by Gary Krueger
Classic Disneyland postcard
photographed by Gary Krueger

I just posted my interview with Gary Krueger on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Gary talks about his times photographing Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney movie premieres and much more – and you’ll see lots of postcards of Gary’s photography!  CLICK HERE for the interview and postcards

Save up to 20% on premium rooms at Disneyland Resort Hotels this fall

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You can stay in the middle of the magic and save up to 20% on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disneyland Hotel, and up to 10% at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on select Sunday-Thursday nights this fall. Enjoy the holidays at  Disneyland Resort with these special rates.*

With Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District just steps away, you can enjoy convenient access to all the fun! Plus, you can take advantage of exclusive benefits, including early access to the Theme Parks and Disney Character wake-up calls.

Book with me before November 16, 2016 for a vacation between October 23 –  December 22, 2016, and I’ll get you that discount and help plan your magical vacation!

 

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 10/23/16 to 12/22/16. Book from 9/7/16 through 11/16/16, with travel completed by 12/23/16. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms. Offer excludes select Concierge rooms and suites, except Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions.

Save up to 25% on Premium Rooms at Disneyland Hotels in 2016… snow kidding!

25% off Disneyland Hotel and Grand California premium rooms!
25% off Disneyland Hotel and Grand California premium rooms!

Save up to 25%* on Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and Disneyland® Hotel, or up to 10% at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel on select Sunday-Thursday nights Aug. 14-Sept. 29, 2016 when you book July 19-Sept. 15, 2016.

Contact me for more details

iNSIDE Disney Parks – Episode 1

 

Here is the premiere episode of Disney’s official “iNSIDE Disney Parks!” This first-of-its-kind video series will feature the best of everything happening at Disney Parks right now for you and your family! With the latest Disney news and top stories worldwide, it’s an official insider’s look at what’s happening now and in the future – with a touch of nostalgia.

Warning: This just may make you want to book a Disney vacation. 🙂 And if it does, contact me to help customize it especially for you! As always, my services are free.

In this episode:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests can enjoy a plethora of new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Fickley Baker takes us behind the scenes as the Tree of Life prepares for nighttime awakenings.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure park – Luigi turns the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor. Erin Glover goes for a spin with blog author Michelle Harker for a special look at the attraction.

Neel Sethi visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” Neel Sethi spent some time talking about the film and enjoying the park.

Timelapse of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From our “Vault” segment, check out the construction of the tree from ground up.

New Star Wars-Themed Experiences This Summer – There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Shawn Slater, Sr. Creative Entertainment manager and blog author, shared details and more during this episode.

 

New at Disney Parks this summer!
New at Disney Parks this summer!

Snapshot Sunday: Monsters, Inc. at Disney California Adventure

Snapshot Sunday: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! in Disney California Adventure - shot with a Sony RX100 IV
Snapshot Sunday: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! in Disney California Adventure – shot with a Sony RX100 IV

Today’s photo is a scene from the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! attraction in Disney California Adventure. Disney sure has seemed to have perfected the art of making you feel like you’re in the middle of one of their animated films, and the Monster’s Inc. attraction is chock full of beautiful scenes!

Shooting in dark rides is a challenge. Using a flash is not only frowned upon by Disney but it would totally wipe out the carefully chosen lighting of the scene. Just look at how the characters pop out in this scene, thanks to the lighting. I wanted to capture the characters, but it was also important to capture the doors which are much more dimly lit.

I chose an ISO of 3200 which I thought was the lowest I could go. The difference between 3200 and 6400 can be quite noticeable with this camera, and although you would see a bit of grain if you blow this up to poster size, it’s relatively low for such a high ISO. In rides, I almost always want to use the lowest aperture simply because it gives me the chance to use a higher shutter speed which works well when you’re moving on a ride. The first time I went through this I tried a shutter of 1/125 and this scene was just too dark for that.  Although I was in a moving vehicle, I know the characters weren’t moving much so I took a gamble and tried a bunch in this scene at 1/60  and this one came out really well.

Give it a try, and if you get any monstrously good photos, share them with me!

Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.

New stage musical “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” opens May 27, 2016, at Disney California Adventure Park

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” will open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016.
“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” will open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” the new musical adaptation based on Disney’s blockbuster animated film, will officially open at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park on May 27, 2016. This hot new show will immerse you into the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and unique theatrical surprises.

With “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” coming this summer, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to one of our other “Frozen” favorites, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.” Fans of the sing-along will want to catch it one last time, before it melts away forever on April 17, 2016.

Contact me for a free quote to stay at the Disneyland Resort to enjoy this new production as well at Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration!

Hotels of the Disneyland Resort: VIDEO

Whether you choose to indulge in the luxury of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, surround yourself with magic at the Disneyland Hotel, or soak up the laid-back beach atmosphere of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, you’ll be treated to Disney’s legendary quality and service from the moment your arrive, including the Extra Magic Hour in the parks. The hardest thing you’ll need to do is decide which of these three amazing hotels to choose!

Disneyland Hotel
Disneyland Hotel
Paradise Pier Hotel
Paradise Pier Hotel
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

And don’t forget that you can save up to 20% on Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Disneyland Hotel on select nights through March 31, 2016. Contact me for details.