Friday, February 27, 2009

Lost Electrical Parade - Part 2

In my last post, we took a look at the retired "A Bug's Life" unit from Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade. Today, we will look at two more floats that were also replaced in 2007. In the photos above and below, we have Cinderella riding in her pumpkin coach. The legs of the horses all moved in a slow galloping motion. This really was a beautiful float.

The next three photos show the Fairy Godmother's float. The lights on this float were constantly changing and the Fairy Godmother was always moving. For me, it was a very difficult float to photograph. I never did get a really good picture of it....hence the blurriness of all three photos.

You can see in the photo above, that this float actually preceded Cinderella's coach in the parade.

Neither Cinderella, or the Fairy Godmother were eliminated from the parade. Their individual floats were retired, but a new float was designed for the two of them to share. That new float can be seen by clicking here .

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lost Electrical Parade - Part 1

Sometime after posting about Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade back in September of last year, I realized that I had left out one float. That float (seen above) is from the "Toy Story" unit of the parade and follows the Buzz Lightyear float.

In that same set of posts, I had mentioned that since Tokyo brought back their Electrical Parade in 2001, they had already made some changes to it. One of those changes took place in 2007, when the current Monsters Inc. , Nemo and Crush floats took the place of the former "A Bugs Life" unit. Here for the first time at Meet the World, are those floats from the "A Bugs Life" unit.

Below, are Francis the Ladybug, and Tuck and Roll. Note the praying mantis (Manny?) driving the circus wagon and the moth/butterfly on the back (Gypsy?) There was also a parade performer in a walking stick costume following behind the wagon, but he never photographed very least not with my camera.

Next, we have Flick and Princess Atta.

I truly miss these floats, but at least they were replaced with something equally as good. I wish that would happen more often in Anaheim when something gets replaced. Light Magic was NOT an equal trade for the Electrical Parade. Pooh is not as good as Country Bear Jamboree. The New Tomorrowland of 1998 was.....well that was just wrong all the way around. Oh, but I digress. It would have been nice though, if Anaheim could have inherited these retired floats for their Electrical Parade, seeing as how it hasn't had a new float added in decades.

My next post will have more floats from Tokyo's Electrical Parade that have already been retired and replaced.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adventure Thru Inner....Jungle Cruise

Where the heck is this.....has the Jungle Cruise boat house been added to Storybook Land?

Are these the same miniature people from inside the old "Adventure Thru Inner Space" microscope?

This boat is approaching "Schweitzer Falls"......

Wait....that sign says "Diswaytada Falls".....and why is there a suspension bridge attached to it? Is this some kind of alternate universe Disneyland where Tom Sawyer Island and the Jungle Cruise have been merged into one attraction?

I don't remember this scene from the Jungle Cruise.

These are actually Jungle Cruise-themed remote control boats, complete with the original striped awnings! I stumbled across these the other day at the Disneyland Hotel. I had not walked around the hotel grounds since they had been reconfigured almost 10 years ago. But after seeing this photo of the old hotel waterfalls over at Vintage Disneyland Tickets and this one of the Dancing Waters Show remnants at Daveland, I was motivated to head over to the hotel on a lunch break and check them out. Needless to say, I was very surprised to find these boats. Has anyone else posted about these? I hadn't heard anything about them. It's a nice little touch to have them be themed to the Jungle Cruise, and I guess it kind of replaces the remote control boats that used to be in the former "marina" section of the hotel. Remember those? They even had a miniature Queen Mary that was added about the same time that Disney took over it's management. I believe I have a photo of that somewhere around I'll have to go digging for it!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This and That

Today I present a sampler of pics from Tokyo Disneyland. These include a bathroom, two and a half trashcans, and six telephones.

The photo below is of a bathroom entrance that is located underneath the queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Nice themeing!

Next, we have a set of trash cans. One of these is for general trash, one is for recyclables, and the thing in the middle is a sink for dumping your drinks before throwing the containers away. This is EXTREMELY helpful for the cast members that actually have to dump the trash. If you have ever had to do this yourself, or ever watched someone do this, you would know that when the bags are taken out of the cans, they are usually leaking from everyone throwing liquids into the trash and then holes being punctured through the plastic bags by other objects like plastic forks, knives, etc. It is not a pretty job. Although I never worked custodial on a permanent basis, I did have to change some trash bags on several occasions during my employment at Knott's Berry Farm. The smelly "liquid garbage" would usually run right out of the bag onto your shoe or pant leg and just really make your day. Unfortunately for the cast members of Tokyo Disneyland, there aren't too many of these special trash cans within the park, but I have noticed at least a couple others. This one is in Tomorrowland.

Below, is a row of telephones from Tomorrowland. I love the little domes over these. I don't know if they are plastic or glass, but they look even cooler when they are lit up at night. I have actually used the payphones in the Tokyo Disney Parks, but I don't think I have ever seen anyone else using them. I'm guessing that as cellphone use has increased over the years, payphone use has decreased just like here in the U.S.

These next two are also from Tomorrowland and are located underneath the Star Jets Platform.

Here are the same two phones at night...sorry for the slight blurriness. You can tell I really like these phones because I've included three different photos of them!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Got Water? - Tokyo DisneySea

In my last post, we took a look at some of the drinking fountains found in Tokyo Disneyland. Today, we will take a close-up look at a few drinking fountains from Tokyo DisneySea.

Above, we have a pair from the Mermaid Lagoon section of the park. Note the starfish clinging to the bases.

Below, is a drinking fountain from the American Waterfront area.

Next, is a fountain that is located across from the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction in the Mysterious Island section of the park.

This one is from Port Discovery.

And last up today, is a fountain from the Lost River Delta section of the park. This is located in the queue of the Indiana Jones attraction.
I hope everyone enjoyed seeing these themed drinking fountains from the Tokyo Disney Parks!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Got Water? - Tokyo Disneyland

Okay, I know to be grammatically correct, the question should be, "Do you have water?" Someone needs to tell that to the California Milk Processor Board! Well anyway, today we are back in Tokyo Disneyland and taking a look at drinking fountains that are themed to either the lands they are in, or the attractions that they are near. The ones pictured above can be found in Toontown, next to Chip 'N Dale's Treehouse.

Next, we have one that is located at the exit to the Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland.

The drinking fountain below is located within the queue of the Pooh's Hunny Hunt attraction in Fantasyland.

This one is from Westernland and can be found just across from the Mark Twain landing.

Last up today, we have a drinking fountain from inside the Pan Galactic Pizza Port in Tomorrowland.

Not all of the drinking fountains in Tokyo Disneyland have this much themeing, but seeing these made me stop and wonder.....does Disneyland in Anaheim have ANY themed drinking fountains? I can't think of any. I would like to hear from the experts out there!

In my next post, we will take a look at themed drinking fountains from Tokyo DisneySea.