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July 25, 2013
Haunted Mansion Closed Sign

Haunted Mansion Refurbishment

This year the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland will be closing for refurbishment on August 26, 2013 for it's annual seasonal changeover. Disney closes this popular attraction to turn it into the Haunted Mansion Holiday through the Christmas season.

Disney adds characters from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare before Christmas" into the the ride. This year it's extra special since this is the 20th Anniversary of the movie.

To get ready for the celebration, you can buy t-shirts at the Emporium on Main Street. Also be sure to check out some of the stores in New Orleans Square for additional Haunted Mansion merchandise.

The ride will be open on Friday the 13th of September, which seems like a perfect time to visit the Haunted Mansion!

If you should be at Disneyland when the Haunted Mansion is closed for the Refurbishment, you can use the opportunity to take some pictures of the Haunted Mansion. It's very hard to take pictures of the attraction with no one in the picture, and this will be a good opportunity.

July 1, 2010

Latitude and Longitude

Couple of trivial Latitude and Longitude for Trivia Users:

DisneyWorld Haunted Mansion:
Latitude, Longitude
28.420448,-81.583137

DisneyLand Haunted Mansion:
Latitude, Longitude
33.811731,-117.922059

September 28, 2009

Using the X-Shot

I recently purchase the X-Shot for our trip to LA and Las Vegas. Here are some notes:

  • I suggest packing the X-Shot in a suitcase, I don't think airline security will allow it on the airline.
  • There was no problem bringing the X-Shot to Disneyland. Several Cast members saw me using it and didn't say anything. Some online post suggest that Disney doesn't like people bringing tripod into Disneyland, but that was not the case with the X-Shot.
  • In Disneyland, you can use the XShot to take some good pictures of the parade.
  • The X-Shot works really well with the Fuji FinePix e900 digital camera with the 2 second delay.
  • The X-Shot fit perfectly into my video camera bag and was very easy to use when the opportunity to use it came in handy.

Try the X-Shot on your next trip!

September 9, 2009

Travel Book

I have been busy working on my booklet for a nice vacation to California and Nevada. There's a few remaining item that I would like to get in the book before it gets compiled in the next 24 hours.

Creating a personalize travel book is a way that I like to get ready for a vacation. I design this book to be a reference guide to our trip. I look for things such as the best restaurant to eat, driving directions to attractions and stores, and so much more. Usually the book doesn't get compiled until a few days before the trip, so that all the information is fresh.

Remaining Items for the California Portion of the trip:

August 7, 2009
Disneyland Haunted Mansion Picture

Haunted Mansion turns 40

Hard to believe that Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion is turning 40 years old, actually its the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland that turns 40.

Many people don't know that the Disneyland opened its doors the Haunted Mansion was still being developed. Walt Disney was undecided on how to implement the Haunted Mansion as a ride. The Imagineers did a great job creating a memorable ride.

If your a Haunted Mansion fan you should check out Extinct Attractions, they have a really good walk through DVD. 

I am looking forward to visiting the Haunted Mansion next month and seeing other sites in Southern California such as, Mann's Chinese Theater, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This should be a fun trip!

July 25, 2009
Small Photo of Disneyland

Disneyland 2009

Are you planning on going to Disneyland on September 15, 2009? Please let me know!

May 26, 2009

Disneyland Haunted Mansion

Microsoft Live has a great birds eye view of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.

January 13, 2005

Disney Animal Kingdom

This morning we visited Disney's Animal Kingdom.

This park does involve a lot of walking and this was the first park where I noticed a lot of visitors using electric wheelchairs. Some of the attractions were walk around attractions.

Kilimanjaro Safaris
This attraction is to mimic the African safari. I was pretty surprise that there were a lot of animals walking around near the safari vehicle. The driver does not stop to allow people to take photos, they instead slow down to allow people to focus and center the animals.

DINOSAUR
This ride is almost a duplicate of the Indy Ride at Disneyland. If that is your favorite ride then you'll sure to enjoy this one.

January 11, 2005

Universal Studios Florida

Today we visited Universal Studios in Florida. This is about 5 miles from the Marriott's Cypress Harbour Club Resort where I am staying.

Universal charges $9 to park in their parking lot, compared to $8 charged by Walt Disney.

There are a couple of popular rides in this park that should be early morning targets or at least use the Express Plus option.

  1. Revenge of the Mummy
  2. Men in Black - Alien Attack
  3. Back to the Future
Also there isn't much information on the internet on some of the landmarks around the park. One of the houses on Park Ave is the Cosby Show house. I am unsure which one, but I'll check my notes from my previous trip to see what other landmarks are around the New York lot.

January 10, 2005

Disney MGM Studios

Today we visited the Disney MGM Studios in Orlando Florida.

Unlike Disney, early morning guests are escorted to the two popular park rides, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. This morning it appeared to be a split decision between the two rides. As the day went on, the Aerosmith ride had a longer wait time than the Tower of Terror.

There are two rides to avoid: Sounds Dangerous and The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour.

Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carry
You are brought into a sound studio with all sorts of special effects. A brief introduction by one of the Cast Members, and then you are told to put on the headphones that are located to the seat next to you. Then a seven minute sound clip is played, much of which is done in total darkness. At the end of the clip, you take the headphones off and leave the sound studio to another room with some activities center.

That's the whole ride. No explanation on how the effects were done, no lab demonstrations. Very poorly done!

The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour
This starts off with a brief demonstration on some of the special effects in Pearl Harbor. Then you walk through a room full of props, but no one explains what movie they were in. Afterwards you are put on a tram and look at about 15 items in the "bone yard" and then experience a canyon explosion. However, you never get to see any of the "Backlot."

I know that there are some TV studio homes on the lot, such as Golden Girls and Empty Nest. I saw these a few years ago. Very disappointing ride and should be renamed to Studio Fx's or something similar.