The first time I visited what was then known as Disney’s California Adventure was in the spring of 2001. I was in high school, and the park was shiny and new. Having only opened a couple months prior, it was basically untouched. Part of that was due to a woeful lack of attendance. My visit took place on a Friday evening in what would have been spring break for some families, and even then I remember looking around and thinking, “Damn, this place is a ghost town.”
Danny and me, on our most recent visit to Disney California Adventure
Disney’s California Adventure was not the park that SoCal locals wanted, and it was not the park they were promised by Disney. In the late ’80s, Disney shopped the idea of another park not just to Anaheim, but to neighboring cities as well. Long Beach was in heavy consideration for a park called Port Disney. Eventually, the city of Anaheim won out by offering sweetheart tax breaks and large investments from the city in exchange for what should have been a $3.1B theme park. In 1995, the company’s plans for a second California theme park called WestCOT, first announced in 1991, finally fell through. But the idea of a second park remained. In 1996, Disney struck a deal with the city of Anaheim that would keep them from collecting and paying to the city a “gate tax” on theme park admission for the next 20 years with the promise of a second theme park. However, the new plans for a $1.4B park called Disney’s California Adventure were lackluster compared to the pie-in-the-sky WestCOT. Continue reading →
On our recent visit to Disneyland, we had breakfast at the River Belle Terrace in Frontierland. This “fast casual” dining spot currently serves breakfast and lunch, but will soon be transitioning into a table service restaurant and dropping breakfast in favor of dinner. I thought I should post about our breakfast there while it’s still relevant. If you don’t get to experience breakfast at the River Belle Terrace, though, fret not. You’re not missing anything, and the new table-service conversion will likely be for the best. Continue reading →
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Walt’s park, we thank the cast members for creating magic every day. Danny Kaye gave a lovely tribute to the “family” that is the Disneyland cast during the 1980 TV special, Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary. Today, his parting words still ring true.
I recently started a photography project that has me publishing one photo per day on my personal Tumblr. Today, I’m catching up on some personal projects in our home office. This is one of my favorite places to be as I find it both cozy and stimulating. These Alice in Wonderland plush that sit beside me are my photo inspiration for today.
I never intentionally picked themed pieces for this room, but I’m definitely attracted to the colorful and whimsical. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books, and the 1951 Alice in Wonderland is my favorite Disney animated feature. The chair that these little guys sit on is more than a little Mad Tea Party, which is probably at least part of what attracted me to it. The same goes for our bookcases, which I backed with flamingo wallpaper.
Do you have any Disney touches in your home, be they subtle allusions or overt splashes like mine?
We here at Hyperion Papers would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the soldiers who are serving, have served or have fallen in service to the United States of America and elsewhere in the world on this Veteran’s/Remembrance Day. Continue reading →
This week’s entry into the Hyperion Papers beer review series is courtesy of The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival booth’s very own Kona Brewing Co. in the form of their Castaway India Pale Ale. But first, a little bit about the brewery itself. Continue reading →
Editor’s note: As we prepare for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, we’re sampling some of the beverages that will be offered at this year’s festival at home. Our main focus will be on the beers more commonly found in the western United States, as they may not be as familiar to the Walt Disney World fans on the East Coast.
Shiner as the brewery is colloquially known actually is produced by the Spoetzl Brewery out of Shiner, TX. Their Shiner Bock is pretty much the official beer of Texas. It’s as ubiquitous as any beer is with pretty much any region in the country. This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival has included their Wild Hare Pale Ale in the offerings at the the Craft Beers kiosk. Continue reading →
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That is, it’s planning season for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The Festival Marketplace menus were announced yesterday, and we want to take a look at what’s new, what’s returning, and what’s off the menu for 2014. We’ll also share our opinions, because such things surely must matter.
Culinary Demonstration with Chef Phillip Ponticelli: Pan-Seared Florida Shrimp with Tomato Egg Fettuccini and Tomato Basil Water
A few years ago, I endeavored to watch all of Walt Disney’s 75 Silly Symphonies cartoons in chronological order of release. It was a fun and enriching project for me, and I came out of it with several favorites. Among them was Funny Little Bunnies (1934). I thought watching it again today would be a great way to celebrate Easter.
Funny Little Bunnies (1934)
This is a cartoon that inspires mixed reviews from animation fans. Some say that it’s saccharine and devoid of plot, while others say that it is, in fact, a very subtle political cartoon exploring Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Whether you think it’s either of those things, I hope you can delight in the animation and cartoon humor. I particularly love the patterned cans of paint.