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You could win a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California to see Lady Antebellum perform live when you enter the Lady Antebellum Golden Flyaway Sweepstakes! One of country music’s hottest bands, Lady Antebellum, will be performing at Disneyland Park’s Golden Horseshoe Theater later this month. Lady Antebellum is giving one lucky fan the chance to see them perform live at this exclusive concert event, plus a vacation package at the Disneyland Resort!
One Grand Prize Winner will receive the following valued at $3,910:
- A three-night resort stay for four at the Disneyland Resort
- Round trip coach-class air transportation for four people on Southwest Airlines
Beginning with arrivals on Sept. 30, 2012, Guests staying at a Disneyland® Resort Hotel can take advantage of Extra Magic Hour* — early entry to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure® Park — every day of their stay (with valid Theme Park ticket and active hotel-room key card).
Extra Magic Hour will allow registered Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure Park on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, before that Park opens to the general public.
Thanks Lisa from Disney ala carte
- ‘The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition’ Coming to Disneyland California Adventure Park September 14 (chipandco.com)
The Matterhorn Bobsleds opened at Disneyland Park in 1959, becoming the first tubular steel track roller coaster in the world and setting the standard for future designs to follow. The attraction was overhauled in 1978, at which time the ride vehicles were replaced and minor enhancements were made. However, no major construction has been done since.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds are currently under a scheduled six-month refurbishment. The repairs mark the first time since its construction in 1959 that the entire mountain has been covered in scaffolding. While the outside is completely covered, Disney allowed Guests a rare peak behind the tarps.
Watch that video again. This time pause at about the 1:13 mark. Did you see that? It’s the long-rumored basketball goal! Much lore has been told about this notorious net. One of the tallest tales states that a basketball court was installed to satisfy building codes for a structure of such height and size. In reality, it was simply a makeshift hoop where workers passed idle time. Nevertheless, yes, it really is there! Enjoy this slight glimpse, though. The only folks likely to see it in person are mountain climbers, repairmen and Tinker Bell.
The Bobsleds will reopen June 15, 2012, featuring new three-rider cars—six riders per train—a new loading station to accommodate single riders and Guests with disabilities, a shimmering paint job and a refreshed interior.
- Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule March 2012 (chipandco.com)
- Inside the Matterhorn with New Ride Vehicles and a Basketball Court? (thedisneyblog.com)
Today, for the first time ever, both Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park are staying open for 24 hours for an extra day of magic called “One More Disney Day.” And to kick things off, Disney created a special splitscreen video for Disney Parks Blog readers called, “A Tale of Two Parks.” It’s 24 hours of memories at both parks for Leap Day.
Watch it and then let us know what you’d do with “One More Disney Day” in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #disney24.
- One More Disney Day at the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule (chipandco.com)
- Sorcerer Radio Preview 2/27/12 – LIVE at WDW and DLR for One More Disney Day PLUS Don Hahn (chipandco.com)
So you’ve been to Walt Disney World, and now you’ve decided you want to make a trip to the place where the magic began. Disneyland is as special and magical as can be, and it is also VERY different from Walt Disney World.
Here are some things to expect when you head to Disneyland:
Booking your trip: Things are different in Disneyland, the Dining Plan is actually meal vouchers (purchased at a discount rate then redeemed at participating restaurants), and their Advance Dining Reservations can only be booked via phone up to 60 days in advance (versus 180 days with WDW). They do have vacation packages, where you can book hotel/tickets/meal plan all together, which is similar to how Walt Disney World package vacations work.
Hotel Choices: There are only 3 “on property” hotels at Disneyland – The Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and they aren’t grouped into “value/moderate/deluxe” classifications like at Disney World. However, Disney Land does give more lodging options with their “Good Neighbor Hotels”, which are hotels Disney recommends and are close to the resort, and these are listed by types (economy/moderate/superior/suites) to help you pick which one works best for you and your travel companions
Park Size: This was the first thing I noticed upon arriving at Disneyland – its so much smaller than Disney World! The Walt Disney World Resort sits on roughly 25,000 acres while Disneyland’s parks and resorts occupy just 430 acres. Instead of a huge parking lot like at WDW, you park in a tall parking garage at Disneyland, and instead of huge intricate indoor line queues, your wait times for rides at Disneyland takes place mostly outdoors (which might be in part due to the fact that California weather tends to be a lot less rainy/icky than Florida weather, but i’m sure its partly a size issue too!). It doesn’t really feel cramped or small, but there definitely was a limit on the amount of space Walt had to work with when building Disneyland – which was why he purchased so much land for the building of WDW – to make sure any and all ideas would have space to flourish in the future!
Theme Parks: There are 2 theme parks at Disneyland, the Disneyland Park (which is similar in layout and theming as it’s Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Counterpart), and Disney’s California Advanture, which opened in 2001 and is divided into 6 districts, each of which represents various aspects of Californian culture and landmarks
Authenticity: Disneyland was where it all started, it was Walt’s ideas that created it, and he was there to see them executed and was there for the opening day of the park, to see all his hard work come to life in amazing ways. Sadly, he passed away before Walt Disney World opened, so while many of his ideas were brought to life in Florida as well, Disneyland is truly ‘the real deal’ when it comes to the man behind the mouse – Walt Disney.
Oh yeah, and one more difference – the castles! At Disney World, you stand at the base of Main Street USA and see Cinderella’s Castle tall and looming in the distance (and soon you will see the Beast’s Castle too, once they complete the Fantasyland expansion!), and in Disneyland, your view down Main Street is of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
There may be a lot of differences between the two Resorts, and it is these differences that give each park a unique guest experience. But at the end of the day, both places were created by Walt Disney, a man who knew how to create a truly special place for those of all ages to go to enjoy themselves and feel like kids again. The magic is abundant in both places, and no matter whether you decide the World or the Land is more your speed, you will have a great time!
- DisneyWORLD vs. DisneyLAND – what’s the difference? (livinginagrownupworld.wordpress.com)
- Getting a Postcard from the Main Mouse (chipandco.com)