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Date Nites at Disneyland: Enjoying time in New Orleans Square’s quiet quaint corners

Date Nites at Disneyland: Enjoying time in New Orleans Square’s quiet quaint corners

What area of Disneyland begs to be strolled in more than New Orleans Square does? Narrow street mazes, filigreed shops, and delectable treats make it a perfect place for memorable wooing. And jazz!

Down in New Orleans

Begin your New Orleans Square date night with a bit of wisdom dispensed from Fortune Red, the prophesying pirate bust. He’s wedged into a petite alcove near Le Bat en Rouge, which is also worth a poke in, and he gives his futurecasts with uncanny accuracy for a mere fifty cents. Make sure you’ve got change (or get some from the Royal Street Veranda if you indulge in a hot cup of gumbo while you wander).

Yer source fer date night antics be a clever one, she be.

Next stop in at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie. This little shop is filled with heady scents, faceted glass, and amber light but few people, especially in the evening hours. As a perfumerie, it is one of hardly any remaining shops at Disneyland that offers unique merchandise (translation: go there while you can, because, like its namesake and the recently departed Mascarade d’Orleans, it’s probably on the chopping block). Choose a scent for your date to try, and try one of their choice in return. While you’re breathing in the bergamot, admire the handiwork on the mirrors that surround the store. Lillian Disney commissioned Glendra von Kessel to paint them by hand.

Extra credit if you sneak a purchase away from your date’s notice and give it as a gift later!

When you’re both smelling wonderful, sit together for a portrait by one of the artists across from the Blue Bayou. Adorable. And while your likenesses are being captured for posterity, consider taking a moment of silence to honor the wonder that was: may the publicly-enjoyable Court of Angels rest in peace knowing it will nevermore be bothered by pesky families taking yearly Christmas portraits or annoying couples stealing sweet kisses or the winded elderly resting quietly away from crowds.

*single tear


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Luigi’s Flying Tires at Disney’s California Adventure drives off into sunset to become all new ride in early 2016

Luigi’s Flying Tires at Disney’s California Adventure drives off into sunset to become all new ride in early 2016

Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure will soon see a new experience as Luigi’s Flying Tires drives off into the sunset to be re-imagined as a new dancing car ride. The last day of operations for Luigi’s Flying Tires will be February 16 and we will see the new, yet to be named, ride open in early 2016. The Disney Parks Blog just released some new artwork showcasing the new Cars Land ride that will feature both a new ride system and ride vehicles in that same great 1950-style.

Here’s how the attraction looked when it grand opened:




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Cinderella’s carriage used in the production of Disney’s new live-action movie is now on display on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will be on display in the Walt Disney World park through April 11th, 2015.

Photopass photographers are there to assist with taking photos of guests posing on the blue carpet, just feet away from the golden carriage.



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French Disney fan Gregory Noacco previously released a fantastic CG recreation of the original Star Tours ride online. Sadly, he had to remove it per Disney’s wishes.

But now Noacco has returned with an equally excellent new CG rendering of a classic Disneyland Paris ride, Space Mountain – From The Earth To The Moon. He calls this tribute Discovery Mountain: Origins, showing off a past version of the attraction that you can’t ride in the park anymore, exactly in this way – in honor of its 20th anniversary.

The impressive creation is available to watch in both 2D and 3D formats in the videos below:


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ParkSpotting at Epcot: A few finds on a trip around the World Showcase – with a bit of Frozen

ParkSpotting at Epcot: A few finds on a trip around the World Showcase – with a bit of Frozen

Welcome back to another edition of ParkSpotting. Today I will take you on a trip “around the world” at our favorite local park Epcot. Since the holiday season is over and done with and we are still a couple of weeks away from the Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot is in a bit of a lull but I’m sure we can find something fun to look at.

Duffy is back in his traditional sailor outfit instead of his Christmas one.

Lets start with some Disney food news. The little Promenade stand, located right before Canada, has a very revolving menu and has just changed from having some holiday specialties to a more generic menu. I can’t really say I visit World Showcase for a hot dog but the Gourmet Hot Cocoa with toasted marshmallow syrup does sound good and would go perfectly with a cronut.

Hot dog doesn’t really scream international culture, does it?

In the Canada Pavilion I found some cute new details like these totem pole animals in the DVC booth. I really appreciate that if Disney is going to put DVC booths everywhere that they at least theme them appropriately.

Not sure if this is just for decor or maybe something cooler?

These Canadian cast members happily modeled their new costumes that they say was a huge improvement over the last ones they had. I think they look pretty smashing.

You can never go wrong with a tartan skirt.

The Canadian Lumberjacks show replaced the much loved Off Kilter band and so far it seems like they are having a bit of an identity crisis with trying to figure out what the show is actually supposed to be. As you can see in the picture they have not amassed a huge following of Disney fans.

Their latest show now feature a water element and log rolling. Haven’t had the pleasure yet to view this show but never having seen Canadian log rolling before I guess I have to put this on my to do list.

Log water rolling, intriguing!


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