Photo Credit: Disney
Recently, friends asked me about my summer and one of the highlights I mentioned was being invited as part of the media to cover Disney’s California Adventure Park Grand Re-opening , including two new themed lands: Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. You just have to see it to believe it.
When visiting Disneyland Park, with Cinderella’s Castle and rides from Pirates of the Caribbean to Star Wars, it’s very clear that the park was created so that Main Street USA is the grand entrance and centerpiece that sets the stage for a great park experience. Similarly, with the recent Disneyland Resort expansion, guests enter California Adventure Park on Buena Vista Street, the striking anchor of this new park. The shops, period costumes and architecture of Buena Vista Street were inspired by the history and experiences of “ Los Angeles in the 1920’s similar to what Walt Disney experienced when he came to America”.
Part of the excitement of our family adventures to Disneyland is going online to plan our trip. Our kids love helping to collaborate so we can fit in all of their favorite Disney experiences in the trip. The Disneyland mobile apps are also helpful for us to get information on the go.
When I received this press release about a new Disney Parks app for the iPad, I was excited for a new mobile opportunity to experience and get information about Disneyland. Disney Explorer is a free app for the iPad that offers a mobile experience of the sights and sounds of Disneyland. The app offers the ability to “tap beautiful images, animation and interactive touch points that represent experiences inside Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, Downtown Disney District and all three hotels of the Disneyland Resort. ” I can’t wait to try it – but showing it to my boys will make it harder for us to wait until our next trip to Disneyland.
Discover the Sights and Sounds of Disneyland Resort with ‘Disneyland Explorer’ – a Disney Parks App for iPad
Take a Spin Around The Happiest App on Earth!
My family moved to California when I was 11 years old and one of our first vacations was a trip to Disneyland. I can still see my brother having the time of his life at age 6 on “It’s a Small World”. Fast forward (more than) a few years and my own fond childhood memories are now complimented by new memories together with my three boys and husband together at our recent visit to today’s Disneyland.
As a parent, I found some creative strategies (included in the middle of this post) to make sure we all had the chance to enjoy our favorite rides on our recent visit. As a blogger, I enjoyed attending the Disneyland media events and learning the “behind the scenes” tricks, meeting Imagineers, previewing what Disneyland has planned for the holidays and learning about whats coming up for 2011.
First I had a chance to connect with Kimberley Clayton Blaine, the producer of MommytoMommyTV (an online show I am thrilled to have hosted). We met a Daisy Duck, discussed some our favorite Disneyland rides and admired her beautiful red bow and red shoes:
Disney w/TechMama and Kimberley!
One of the beautiful backgrounds for our video was the “It’s a Small World” Holiday. Just after the video ended, we enjoyed watching digital imaging in action as images were displayed on the facade of the attraction. There are additional holiday decorations in place in Disneyland through Jan. 2. Here are some of the highlights:
“It’s a Small World” Holiday: