Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Disney Gallery Train Exhibit

Before I posted about the Mary Blair exhibit in the Disney Gallery, and that was awesome. However, right up Kevin and Theo’s alley is their current exhibit–railroads.

Walt loved trains. Loved them. You’ve probably seen the picture of him leaning outside of a Disneyland Railroad steam engine waving at the camera.

Well if you haven’t, go look it up. I’m not going to do it for you.

Anyway, he also had his very own garden railroad at home.

And this is one of the cars

One day we’re going to have a garden railroad too. Because it’s awesome.

This is the plaque that accompanies the above car.

No, I can't read it either. Sorry.

Here’s some art of Walt riding a miniature train with Mickey Mouse.

I want one.

The Disneyland Rail Road is an attraction that circles the park and goes through the Grand Canyon diorama, which I love. It’s one of Theo’s favorite rides in the park. I also took a picture of this sign, that says in effect, “Walt wasn’t the only one who liked trains!”

Nope, can't read this one either.

The Disney Gallery room was pretty cool. Theo liked the moving railroad

Because he's that kind of guy

There’s also one of those ceiling trains. Do those have a name? Probably, but I don’t know what it is. Anyway, I totally want one of these too. I’d even bust holes in my walls to make it go around the whole house, however impractical it seems.

Quick trivia: Where else in the park can you find one of these?

There are also some of Walt’s personal train memorabilia

We tried on Theo's conductor's hat this morning but it's too small

Many people forget that Casey Jr. is also a train. The concept art for that is pretty awesome, and also on display.

Casey Jr. comin' round the track...

And there also used to be a mine train

This picture makes it look really big

There’s also another train in the park–do you know what it is?







Haunted Mansion Holiday…Fastpass

Well, yeah, My Year With The Mouse missed the Haunted Mansion Holiday. And you’d think I’d have little excuse because that goes up for Halloween and stays through Christmas, but it’s also a popular attraction, and the time I went on it this year I was with a friend and therefore enjoying the moment rather than documenting it for posterity.

And really, MYWTM has never been much for posterity.

Anyway, so we headed back to the park for our last week of Holiday decorations post-holiday post-blockout, and I thought hey, I’ll just ride Haunted Mansion Holiday by myself because Theo will likely be too freaked to go on it. So I separated from my pack and went over. Yeah, um, it was crowded. And they did have the Fastpass open, but the return time was after the expiration of our *cough cough* Downtown Disney parking ticket.

So, I took pictures of the Fastpass.

Now first let me say that the HM only uses Fastpass for HM Holiday. And it’s pretty darned cool.

Oh, also? The lighting was awesome.

HMH is by far the best themed Fastpass distribution.

By the way, Fastpass is the system where instead of just waiting in line for a ride, you enter you park ticket and get a timed ticket and when your time is up, you go through a shorter line.

Anyway, first you walk down an eerie path

It's eerier without the flash

The area itself fits very nicely into the Haunted Mansion zeitgeist, being all shaded by vines and stuff

It's even cooler at night. When these pictures were taken.

Now many of the Fastpass areas do have some generalized theming, the Haunted Mansion Holiday has quite meticulous theming.

A distribution machine

Incidentally, the spell check of WordPress doesn’t consider “theming” to be a word. Obviously it has never been to Disneyland. Anwyay,


The little statue garden sits off to the side of the Haunted Mansion itself, and if I were a decent photographer you’d see how lovely it is.

Unfortunately, you’re stuck with me.

And that, in a nutshell, is the Haunted Mansion Holiday Fastpass distribution area. Honestly, it’s worth taking a peek back there anyway, just because it’s so cool.

Believe…In Holiday Magic

There’s nothing better than a cell phone video with crackling sound, right? Good, because I’ve got one for you. It’s the holiday fireworks. We were standing facing Small World. This would have been a better place to film from if I’d avoided the big light post but you know, we do what we can.

I’ll just give you a hint in case you don’t want to stick around for the whole long thing. The fireworks themselves actually start at about :34. My favorite part falls at around 8:49 to the end.


A Few Updates

I’ll be going to the park on Wednesday, so look for All! New! Material! Thursday and so on. That said, I’m going to be in Vermont from the 8th to the 18th, so I’m going to try to pre-schedule some entries and such, but I can’t promise new content every day.

Second, Disney announced its One More Disney Day promotion. In honor of Leap Year, Disneyland (and Magic Kingdom at the Mouse-in-Law) will be open for 24 hours on February 29th. I’ll be honest–I don’t know if I’m even going to shoot for it. I mean, seriously, I’m 38 years old, and that’s pushing it for Space Mountain at 3am. But we’ll see.

Most excitingly is the One More Disney Day contest. You can win a trip to Disneyland or the Mouse-in-Law! And I know you’ll pick Disneyland by the sheer force of superior churros! You can enter once a day through Leap Year here:

Good times, my friends. Good times.

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