Friday, 29 January 2016

Podcast of the Week

Podcast of the Week

The Disney Dream Girls


I've listened to The Disney Dream Girls since the start

& I've heard them grow into one of the most polished podcasts out there

They report on Disney Land, Walt Disney World, Disney Land Paris & anything Disney related.

This weeks episode goes from one end of the spectrum to the other

With heart felt memories of the passing of David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Brian Bedford then the light hearted Disney version of The Price is Right.

 

The girls really know their stuff but aren't afraid to hold their hands up either when they don't know something. This podcast has a family feel to it & the close knit community that has grown around it is absolutely brilliant.

 

Disney Dream Girls can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast & Pocketcasts to name just a few. If in doubt just search Disney Dream Girls in your app of choice

 

Please enjoy this weeks episode below

 

 

How Will The Wizarding World of Harry Potter West Effect Disneyland?

With the eminent opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, it has got me thinking about how it could effect Disneyland.

 Having seen the massive popularity of first, Hogmeade and then Diagon Alley, at Universal Studios Orlando, that took USO to a whole new level, stealing some custom from not just Walt Disney World, but Sea World and Busch Gardens, Do you think something similar could happen on the West Coast?

For me this is a completely different proposition, both in location and in type of them park.
Let's start with the theme parks themselves. USH is very much still a working studio that is limited by space as to what attractions they have. Where as USO has two theme parks that has the two different Harry Potter areas split between them, USH do not have that luxury. Due to its positioning Hollywood is on two different levels, an Upper Lot (which is where you will find Hogsmeade, among other attractions like Shrek 4D and the Waterworld Stunt Show) and the Lower Lot that currently houses Jurassic Park, The Mummy and Transformers as the well as the Coup De Force, The Studio Tram Tour.

While Harry Potter will have a major influence on one day visitors I don't see the rest of the park attracting multi day attendees with the lack of variance in attractions.

In addition to that, I think the main bulk of attendees of Disneyland are annual pass holders and also the history of the park attracts a lot of people more than what the park actually is. It is Walt's park and people go to see what Walt built.

The other thing is the location of the two parks, where as in Orlando they are only a few miles apart, Disneyland and Universal Studios are actually in different cities, Disneyland in Anaheim and USH in Los Angeles. They aren't the easiest to travel between and and takes a good hour or so to do the journey.



The one thing that I think will work in Universal's favour at the moment is the fact a huge chunk of Disneyland is now a construction site, as they make room for Star Wars Land.



Overall though I think WWOHP won't have anywhere near as much on California as it has in Florida. Maybe in the short term Universal might see a large bump in attendance, but in the long run I can't see it taking too much custom away from Disneyland.

What do you think?




Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Soapdish's Blog Soapbox #2

Dear Friend/ Listener,

On this weeks show I discussed Disney Stores and what I have seen happen recently and my opinion of the state of affairs.

I am now going to share with you the PM I sent and their response back. I will also share with you my reply which they didn't respond to.

Hello. I messaged you abourt the closure of the Romford store. Gutted really. Will you re-open as I think the lease is at an end, or is it goodbye?

13 JANUARY 18:56
Thank you for your enquiry, Nic.

We constantly evaluate our Disney Stores to ensure we’re in the right sites to be able to provide Magical experiences for our Guests. As a result, we are creating new Disney destinations with various retail partners but also closing some existing Stores including the Romford Store. You will continue to be able to shop in our other Disney Stores and online at www.disneystore.co.uk.

To keep up to date with exciting information on Store relocations and new product collections, please sign up to our newsletter, by clicking ‘Register’ on www.disneystore.co.uk.

I host a Disney Podcast. My "fear" is all these stores shutting. You're not opening anything new and I get that with partners like Hasbro you can sell your products anywhere. But Disney Stores are magical places. I always wanted to work for Disney when I grew up because of the cast members. That never happened. But still, now I have friends whom are cast members, excellent at their jobs and I am sure they sell more products to people then if they had just bought the same toy from Argos, Toys R US, Clintons... (Other retailers are available). Especially now, as a parent a trip to the Disney store is an amazing experience that helps fill the gaps In Between trips to parks

Now, I will address two things. Firstly, I have dropped the "K" from my name. My name is Nicholas and there is no K there, so i felt I was cheating the world of a letter I am not entitled too.

Secondly, friends of the show Martin (@keiko315) and also @drunkatdlp was discussing this independently on twitter after we recorded the show, but before it dropped. great minds eh!

They informed me that the last of the eight they previously had in the West Country closed Feb 2015. This is the ones we were aware of such as Brighton and now Romford. He did say that the stores had been running at a loss, but my god if Disney closed everything they had running at a lost, we would see Disneyland Paris gone tomorrow. And there is no way the stores were loosing this much money.

When the show first started 4 years ago this week actually, we started a petition for Disney Stores to sell more items aimed at the adult market. I'd argue things are better, but we cannot claim that victory. However, I urge you if you care, email them. Ideally, post on their Facebook Wall, write to them on Twitter. The more public it is the better the response. And shop there when you can. We have lost enough already. I don't want them to close anymore.


BECAUSE THAT MAKES ME MAD!



Sunday, 24 January 2016

dAdS4E13 In which our heroes talk "A Tale of Half a Park"


dAdS4E13 In which our heroes talk "A Tale of Half a Park"
What's left of Hollywood Studios 
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Sponsoring Dis After Dark

Sponsoring Dis After Dark

We are looking for someone, anyone to come in & pick up the cost of hosting the podcast on Libsyn.  This is currently $15 a month.  We don't really want any less as this is what it costs us to "host" the show. If you did want to pay extra, it would be invested in things like better Mic's for the host and software, but none of this money will be given out. This is just for the show to run as best as it can.

What can we offer in return?  

  • Firstly we'd like to give some air time to our sponsor, every show we will do a spoken advert  among ourselves, in the middle of the episode with a famous tenuous link from Nic.
  • We will also mention our Sponsor in the intro & end of each episode
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We're going to be honest here & tell you our podcast pulls in between 500 & 2500 downloads per episode.  Downloads do tend to be seasonal & levels are on the way up after a lull at Christmas. The   episodes don't go away, the shows stay online so the adverts stay online too.


Download Figures for last few months
Figures are on the increase after Christmas lull



The Sponsor will even be offered a chance to be a guest on the show.  So if you have a book to sell, a Villa in Florida to rent or even a rival podcast, we'll take your money.  

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Disney BOOZING

The Santa Monica



Dis After Dark’s Top Disney Beverages… 

If you want to know all the best beverags, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic that you can find in all US Disney parks, you’ve come to the right place – we love our drink here! Guess we better since our podcast is set in a pub…


The following will give you a list of each of these drinks with short descriptions and the place where you can exactly find them. Enjoy your preferred Disney drink with this handy guide and let us know in the comments how many of these 50 you have tried!



1. PB&J Soda – this is a sparkling mixture of delicious soda drink that actually looks like your favorite grape soda although it has a twist of delicious peanut butter included. Check this novelty beverage glass at Carnation Café, Disneyland Park!

2. Boysen Apple Chill/Freeze – if you want the latest treat in Fantasy Faire, Disneyland Park, this apple flavored drink is the best option. The perfectly blended icy apple mix also contains passion fruit and wild berry toppings for a delicious treat!

3. Dole Whip – this is not your ordinary float available on both coasts. The classic blend offers a novelty beverage glass of pineapple-flavored drink with whip float on top! A Disney MUST DO!

4. Root-Beer Float – if you want to enjoy a good sip of your root beer flavored float, you can check out Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor located in Disneyland Park. During parade time, this is absolutely the choice of many guests since it has the smoothest root beer in the house!

5. Caramel Macchiato – looking for the best caffeinated caramel blend in a Disney Park? Then you can visit Jolly Holiday Bakery Café for a delicious goodness of caramel macchiato. Dick Van Dyke approves! (Well probably…)

6. Rose-Petal Soda – for ladies non-alcoholic drinks, the rose soda available at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is the ultimate choice. It offers completely different soda drink with a twist of sugar-glazed, edible rose petal from a local source. Now did Al Murray say “glass of rose for the lady” or “glass of rosé for the lady”?

7. Ramone’s Pear – this is actually a dice soda with desert pear blended into iced mojito. You can have this novelty drink at the Cozy Cone Motel located in California Adventure Park.

8. Mango Madness – when you happen to visit Schmoozies at the Disney California Adventure Park, don’t miss your chance to taste their specialty. The Mango Madness will give you a novelty cup filled with low-fat yogurt, bananas, peaches, orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, and mangoes bits and juices!

9. Quake Shake – dining at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop? Be sure to enjoy a full-chocolate blend of Quake Shake that also boasts vanilla iced cream and peanut butter. You can also choose from their 6 various versions with peanut butter as the main ingredient. DE-licious!!

10. Twisted Cheshire Blends – if you’re in Disney’s California Adventure particularly at the Mad T Party, there’s no way not to try their twisted Cheshire drinks. They are perfectly blended with the finest flavors such as mandarin orange juices to give you the best sweet treats ever!

11. Louisiana Lemonade – you can find this at the Mint Julep Bar for your favorite raspberry and mango puree blended with sprite and lemonade. This is particularly popular among restaurant diners at Disneyland Park. Try it with a glow-stick at Blue Bayou and watch the pirate ships sail by…

12. Wild Berry Lemonade – for those who are looking for a delicious treat of wild berry lemonade, they can find it at Carthay Circle. This is an excellent choice for refreshing drinks with an unforgettable tasty flavour!

13. Pomegranate Limeade – if you’re simply looking for a flavored vodka drink, check out Cozy Cone’s Pomegranate Limeade. It’s filled with delicious goodness of pomegranate fruit mixed in an icy vodka glass.

14. Citrus Swirl – this can be found at the Tiki Room with finely sweetened citrus and yummy float. Satisfy your craving for sweet treats with the Citrus Swirl and you will definitely want for more!

15. Chimay Blue – served in Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest. This is described as the “dark Belgian” strong beer perfectly brewed by the popular Trappist Monks with dried and spiced fruit along with bits of light caramel. It was also the VERY FIRST alcoholic beverage to be served in the Magic Kingdom… Walt’s frozen head will be spinning!!

16. California Screamin’ – at the famous Cover Bar, you will find great options for your all-time favorite cocktail drinks including the Tower of Terror. There are so many cocktails to choose from when you visit this bar.

17. The Santa Monica – Found at the California Grill’s bar at the Contemporary Resort, this cocktail is this writer’s absolute favorite. A mixture of Hendrick’s gin and strawberry cider – lush! The color of the drink is to be enjoyed at sunset where as the Florida sun sets over the busy flat horizon the color of the drink is meant to be reminiscent of the sun setting at Santa Monica Beach. You HAVE to try this, go make an ADR now…

18. Zombie – offered by Cover Bar, this is a sweet and super boozy cocktail drink with camouflage colors with the perfect ingredients of grenadine, orange juice, pineapple, blue curacao, coconut rum, and dark/light rum. A perfect drink to have while chilling out at Disney’s California Adventure. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson “some say” that the drink is a secret, but it isn’t, go find it…

19. Gin and Tonic – order your favorite gin and tonic at Carthay Circle mixed with mint cardamom, star anise, tonic, and Hendricks. This novelty beverage drink will surely lighten up your day at Disney’s California Adventure.

20. Scotch Mist – this drink is actually the favorite drink of Walt Disney. It’s a black and white scotch ultimately served with ice and lemon peel. You can get it at Carthay Circle in Disney’s California Adventure or just ask any bartender worth his/her weight in any of the WDW Resort bars to make it especially for you.

21. Coffee Cocktails – if you want to avoid the booze, you can have a good drink at the Napa Rose lounge. They offer wide range of cocktails including the spirit-forward ones with rye blends.

22. Tiki Cocktails – the famous Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland or Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at WDW will surely sum up your drinking experience. They have perfect mixes of aged rums, cinnamon, Falernum, and tropical juices to match your taste. Try to order the ones that set off the various cool animatronics or special effects. My favorite is the Krakatoa Punch with volcano glass, and always remember it is served with… “THREE SHOTS OF RUM!”

23. Sazerac – when chilling out at the Napa Rose, don’t forget to experience their special Sazerac. It has rye and cognac blend for the finest cocktail experience during your Disneyland park adventure!

24. Carthay Manhattan - obviously, this is offered only at the Carthay Circle that is very popular among Disney drinkers. The ice sphere will surely revive your taste buds and drinking experience with well-balanced cocktail drinks.

25. Fun-Wheel Cocktail – at the Cover Bar, you need to taste their Fun-Wheel cocktail drink and be the judge. It’s essentially blended with x rated vodka and lemon foam for an ultimate Adios MF novelty beverage in Disneyland!


There's usually lots of different wine to try at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - what an apt name!



26. Karl Strauss beer – if you’re in Downtown Disney at DLR and happen to visit Karl Strauss’ beer truck, don’t miss a good sip of their beer blends to excite your buds. They have the perfect brews of booze that you need while touring around Disneyland.

27. Snake Bite – Ah, the British university students’ staple, we’ve all got drunk on these right? Well incase you need a hit of that weird combo of cider and beer you can find it at Epcot’s Rose and Crown, ahem, Dis After Dark’s US branch.

28. Schweitzer Slush – This new Magic Kingdom beverage can be found at the brand new Skipper Canteen. This appley glass of amazingness contains frozen boba balls (like fish eggs) that are all severed in a souvenir copper tankard (if stocks are available!!)

29. LeFou’s brew – Seriously you NEED to try this, but only a sip, as anything more than a sip can induce a sugar induced rush that lasts about 7 days – who needs alcohol?   It can be found within Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasy Land expansion.

30. Alfresco Tasting Terrace – Ok so this one is a restaurant in California Adventure BUT it serves wine made by Walt Disney’s Daughter Diane Disney Miller, who sadly passed away a few years ago, but is still made by her immediate family. Plus, the place also serves wine made by current Disney legend and all-round great guy, John Lasseter. But there’s more, it also features wine made by former Disney TV Executive Richard Frank and another by Disney’s Davy Crockett star Fess Parker. You need to at least try one of each, rude not to eh?

31. Cool-headed Monkey – A drink served in a monkey’s head, what’s not to love? You can find this beauty at the newly opened Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs. Weirdly, at the time of writing, this appears to be the only drink with a novelty glass actually in stock.

32. The Four Provinces – 4 pints of beer, yes please! Containing: Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, and Kilkenny beers. Available from Ragland Road at Disney Springs.

33. Lapu Lapu – You can find this rum-tastic cocktail from the Polynesian Village’s Tambu Lounge. Served in an actual hollowed out pineapple, you can sit back and watch the queue for Ohana’s grow and grow.

34. Maelstrom Margarita – Maelstrom is gone, ‘Frozen’ is here – stop mourning! But you can still find some hints of Epcot’s past from La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion with a nod to deceased rides past. All hail Frozen and it’s glorious new regime!!

35. Burnt Orange – Ever walked over to Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort? No? Well other the great rooms and amenities, there is Todd English’s bluezoo – which is a great local away from the heavy crowds that serves some amazing cocktails. This crème brulee of beverages is a fantastic fusion brew that you need to seek out!

36. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup – Available from Epcot’s Le Cellier all year round or in cups during the Food and Wine Festival. Us Brits invented the Cup-a-Soup!! But we’re good, you can keep this invention!! But we’ll keep this soup…

37. Big Island Iced Tea – Available from various locations around WDW, including Typhoon Lagoon, this iced tea is no old ladies drink, it’s a posh vodka and coke: lush.

38. La Fin du Monde Ale – Heady, cloudy and packs a punch – like any true lumberjack, get your serving at the Canada Pavilion in Epcot.  "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...."

39. Blue Milk “Mmmm, milk that is blue you require now”. The must do non-alcoholic drink of choice for all Star Wars fanatics, I mean fans. Available in what’s left of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this washing powder looking beverage is actually nicer than it looks, and nearly makes the $100 a day park ticket seem worthwhile! 

40. Old Fashioned – No its not what you think, it’s a strong whiskey based cocktail available from Belle Vue Lounge at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. 

41. Bay Lake Sunset – Okay so you need to wangle a DVC membership to try this one from the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Towers, but if you can get up there, you should try this classy cocktail. This silky smooth mixture of coconuts, pineapples, rum and vodka will get you drunk without even knowing it; just mind your step right up there! 

42. Avocado Margarita – Yes finally for you Whole Foods freaks out there, there’s now a healthy* cocktail for you! Located at the La Cava del Tequila in Epcot, this drink mixes tequila with actual avocadoes. (* = Just because it has avocado in it, it does not mean it is healthier than any other drinks.) 

43. Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake – Find this Disney Hollywood Studios mainstay from the 50’s Prime Time Café and hey, it’s a second reason to go to the Studios right now! 

44. Grand Marnier Slush – Whilst in Epcot you need to head over to Les Vins des Chefs de France and try a Slush-Puppie with punch. Did America get Slush-puppies in the 80s too? 

45. Chocolate Martini – A chocoholics’ perfect drink, booze and chocolate. Find this no-brainer concoction within the Ale and Compass in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. 

46. Cotton Candy Martini – Talking of concoctions, what would you get if you combined cotton candy and rum? Well you don’t need Dr. Frankenstein to figure this one out; you just need to pop down to the T-Rex Restaurant at Disney Springs. 

47. Kenyan Press Pot Coffee - Found at Jiko, buried within the depths of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, this is the best coffee on property right now. 

48. Starbucks You Are Here Mugs – Buy one, stick some tea/coffee in it and dunk some biscuits in. Yes I said biscuits, not cookies. 

 49. Plum Wine – Try it, you won’t be disappointed, then go have lunch in Teppan Edo in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion. 

50. Butterbeer – Wait, what now? 


Disneyland's Louisiana Lemonade



 “Time gentleman please” shouts the Landlord, that’s it for now, be sure to check back for other great insights or listen to our podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/dis-after-dark-disney-podcast/ 


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And we didn't even mention the infamous Glowtini once, oh wait, darn....

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Podcast Of The Week

Podcast of the Week

The Unexplained

With

Howard Hughes

 

I discovered & fell in love with this show way back in December 2009, it was an episode about John Lennon & his Potential pact with the Devil. Please click on the link to be directed to iTunes. I was hooked, Howard Hughes, the host is a scouser with a voice a lot of you will instinctively recognise do to his many gigs on TV & News reading on London Radio. I have yet to miss an episode since 2009 & look forward to his show every week.

The Unexplained website has links to all shows or you can find Howard on iTunes Podcast app, Stitcher Radio app, Overcast or Pocketcasts apps.

The episode I'm sharing for you to enjoy, is the astonishing David Icke. His opinions & views on the current state of the world will blow your socks clean off & is compulsive listening.

 

http://theunexplained.tv/paranormal-podcasts/edition-236-david-icke-special
http://theunexplained.tv/paranormal-podcasts/edition-236-david-icke-special

Please visit Howard's site by clicking on David Icke here

Please Enjoy & Thankyou Howard for all that you do.

 

Monday, 18 January 2016

The Best Buffet on Property

The best buffet on property has got to be Trails End Restaurant.


This is the best value for buffets on property and there is plenty of down home fixings to cover any cravings you might have. This restaurant is located in the Fort Wilderness resort next to the Hoop de doo revue. They serve a breakfast and dinner buffet and a lunch a la carte. In fact you can find a lot of the very same foods that they serve at the Hoop de do revue without having to go to the show, not that the show is bad but sometimes you can't make it to the show. They serve drinks in mason jars and have steal plates. There is plenty of mouth watering food to choose from. They have an array of salads to choose from. They also have homemade hearty cowboy chili and soup, plus thick cornbread with sweet butter and biscuits. The meat selection is very satisfying. They have a carving station, to-die-for crispy fried chicken, succulent bbq ribs, pizza, cheesy mac and cheese, creamy home style mashed potatoes, baked beans and an array of desserts including cobbler, plus I heard tale that you can even ask for strawberry shortcake which is the same they serve next door at the Hoop de doo. I've even order to go meals, which they accept the dinning plan and use a table service. When I order to go it was very easy. I order at the kiosk and they handed me a pager and I waited for my pager to go off and then once I received my food headed to the picnic table on the gorgeous wrap around front porch. I ate while people watching and listening to the southern music that enhanced the entire experience. If your looking to have a good meal full of fun for your family, then try Trails End restaurant, you will be very satisfied.


Value 10
Service 8
Food Selection 8 (great selection but doesn't have as many options as some other buffets)
DisAfterDark Grand Total: 26





Celebrating Change at California Adventure

As we move into 2016, we are just mere weeks away from Disney California Adventure's 15th Anniversary. What came before this current iteration of the park is a long and varied story which I am going to look at.

The land was purchased back in the 1950's, as the original park in California was being planned. It wasn't until Walt Disney World was a multi park resort that it was decided a second park in California could be risked.

The original plan was to build a West Coast version of Epcot, know as Westcot.



Due to financial issues with the opening of Euro Disneyland in 1992, the Westcot project was scrapped in 1995. But this wasn't the end of the plans. That summer, the current CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner, called a meeting to discuss re-starting the developement of a second park. It was decided at that meeting that the second park would be themed to it's home state of California

Alongside the building of the theme park, The Grand Californian Hotel was built alongside refurbishments for The Disneyland Hotel and The Disneyland Pacific Hotel. Another major project started to coincide with the work was the building of the shopping and entertainment district, Downtown Disney.



When the park opened on February 8th 2001, the park was expected to be filled to capacity . This did not happen. Early reviews of the park were poor, a lack of innovative rides and attractions, mainly off the shelf rather than Imagineer created. The only really creative ride was Soarin' Over California.


Entrance figures dwindled over it's first year, sitting at 5 million visitors compared to the Disneyland Park having over 12 million visitors.

One of the other main criticisms was a lack of attractions aimed at children, as well as a lack of a nighttime spectacular. With in the first year, The Electrical Parade moved over, alongside the opening of Who Wants to be a Millionaire- Play It



Several attractions also closed including Superstar Limo and more new attractions opened. Disney's LUMINaria was shown in Paradise Bay during the Holiday season of 2001. This was followed in 2002 with the opening of Flik's Fun Fair in the Fall.



Then in May 2004, a brand new e-ticket attraction arrived and it was set to become a fan favourite, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.


It wasn't until January 2006 that another major attraction was added, moving into the building Superstar Limo vacated was Monsters, Inc: Mike and Sulley To The Rescue!



It was at this point that the current Walt Disney Company board including new CEO, Bob Iger, realised the park just wasn't cutting it comapred to their other parks. At one stage the board considered combining both California Adventure and Disneyland Park into just one park, but costs would have amounted to it exactly the same as remodelling California Adventure into something new.

In October 2007, a $1.1 billion refurb was announced for California Adventure, focusing on a more heightened version of California rather than a more modern version that had previously been in place.

In December of that year work began on the refurbishment, but this work would take over five years to complete. Toy Story Mania was the first addition, finding it's home in Paradise Pier, opening in June 2008.



Paradise Pier would get the bulk of the early work, with The Sun Wheel being re-themed to Mickey's Fun Wheel, The Orange Stinger was replaced by The Silly Symphony Swings and World of Colour would make it's debut, all by June 2010.



The next things to change where the removal of the Maliboomer and the addition of The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

The last change in Paradise Pier was the re-theming of Mulholland Madness, a kiddy coaster, becoming Goofy's Sky School.


The next project was the closure of the entrance, the removal of the California sign and Golden Gate Bridge to make way for an exact replica of the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios.





Next came the area situated behind the entrance, formerly Sunshine Plaza, that was a bit of a spoof of California, to be replaced by the 1920's California theme in the form of Buena Vista Street.



And finally came the last project, the biggest ever build outside of a new park. Based on Pixar's Cars, came Cars Land. A build of a complete land based on one property saw the introduction of Radiator Springs.

Set in 12 acres of land, it would consist of three attractions, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, an attraction similar to the Mad Tea Party. Luigi's Flying Tyres, based on the old Disneyland ride The Flying Saucers (a favourite of John Lasseter , the director of Cars, who had a huge hand in designing Cars Land) but which closed in February 2014 to be replaced by Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters . Then the big one, Radiator Springs Racers, an attraction which took a large chunk of inspiration from Test Track at Epcot.



Not only did it consist of three new attractions but we also saw three new dining experiences, including Flo's V8 Cafe, and three new shops.


It wasn't just the usual things that you came to expect from Disney, but the whole immersive experience, the whole town sprang (!!) up including the Ornament Valley Range of mountains from the film
 At last the Park was complete once more, a re-dedication took place on 15th June 2012, and saw attendance soar by 23%, making attendances across the two parks a far more even affair.

As you can see, California Adventure has a lot of history for a park that is only just about to hit 15 years old, but it is now in a place, that it sits alongside the other parks across the world, at a standard we expect from Disney.

As Hollywood Studios heads in to a period of the same type of turmoil that California Adventure went through, including a land that will dwarf Cars Land, Disney have proved before that this sort of work can be done and done well.

The near future of that park may look bleak, but looking at California Adventure you can see a possible Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow for Hollywood Studios