On a recent trip to the happiest place on Earth, I noticed that a ton of kids were running around the park with their own toy PDAs. The geek in me was elated, but I wanted to get down to the facts: why were these toys so popular, and what did they do? I found my answer at one of the many gift shops that dot the Disneyland landscape — Mickey's Personal Disney Assistant ($10) was not only a fun, high-tech toy, but it served a pretty helpful purpose as well.The Micky PDA includes a FastPass alarm (so you know when to head back to take your place in line), a character autograph tracker, a customized trip diary, a space for vacation-related phone numbers, addresses, and hotel info, and best of all — a park scavenger hunt for both Disneyland and Disney World to keep the kids on the lookout for items all around the park. Not only is this PDA perfect for getting your kids prepped for the tech world we live in today, but it will keep them occupied and involved in your family vacay. Give your kids a job — have them monitor how long they have to wait to get on the Indiana Jones ride, or help them find different characters to mark off their autograph list. It's the perfect tech toy to tote along on your trip to Disneyland this Summer, and although I haven't been able to track down a Mickey PDA online, there's plenty to go around inside Disneyland. I may have to get one for myself!
The good thing about living in California is that Disneyland is only a few hours' drive away. I recently turned a long weekend into a Disney getaway and found out just how geeky the park is really getting. Besides bringing back the 3D version of Captain EO, Tomorrowland is boasting a new augmented reality mirror to help the kids see into the future of technology and try on a few new outfits (without entering a dressing room) while they're at it. Now, this demo was totally directed at the little ones, but us grownup geeks were pretty taken by how seamlessly the virtual clothes moved on the Disney cast member in the AR mirror. See what I mean in the video below!
Captain EO was introduced to Disneyland parkgoers back in 1986. I remember it being one of the highlights of my Disneyland trips over the years and was pretty bummed when it was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! Thankfully, I can now relive my childhood, since Michael Jackson and Captain EO are back in action!Beginning today, the original 17-minute 3D musical is back on the screen in its "Tomorrowland" home at Disneyland. Catch Michael Jackson and Anjelica Huston in this updated version (and throw down for some merch), which boasts a new 70mm print of the film (verses its original 35mm) and better sound quality thanks to some renovations to the theater. You'll still be sporting those red and blue 3D glasses instead of the fancy ones you got while seeing Avatar, but who cares? — it's Michael Jackson in 3D!
I'm taking advantage of Memorial Day weekend by heading down to sunny LA. I'll be soaking up the rays on the beach, swimming, and heading to Disneyland! Yes, it's kinda corny, but lots of fun if you go with the right company. Can you help me put together an outfit for my Disney day? Comfort and coolness are musts.
Now, you can build outfits by creating a list of clothing items. We have everything you need to build outfits, and you can use your Fab Find bookmarks, too. This is an even better way to put together an entire outfit when you are completing your Fab Finding missions.
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Are you the type of woman who likes to flash the cameras taking souvenir photos at theme parks? Well, you can now let your
freak flash flag fly — at Disneyland, at least.
This week, Disney announced that it is ceasing its decade-old practice of scanning for bare breasts on the Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, and California Screamin' rides. Here's more from the happiest place on earth:
Disney confirmed Tuesday that it has reassigned employees at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure who watched for breast-baring riders because "actual inappropriate behaviors by guests are rare."
Riders are photographed on the attractions and can then buy souvenir copies. Some have exposed their breasts in hopes that the picture would make it onto a photo preview screen at the ride's exit.
OK, now I gotta ask: Have any of you ever flashed a camera while on a theme park ride? You can comment anonymously if you're modest — though I doubt you're that modest.
Can you imagine a land where you would go to McDonald's to purchase fuel for your car? Well that world might not be too far off. As of last week, all of the trains at Disneyland's Los Angeles theme park run on a biodiesel oil made from discarded cooking oil. Not only is the park saving money by reusing already purchased oil, but they are demonstrating how large corporations can make an effort to go green.
Disneyland's five railroad trains are ridden by an estimated 6.6 million people each year using up about 200,000 gallons of fuel. The resort will generate enough cooking oil to provide half of this fuel. Disney's executive chef, Chris Hustesen, loves the idea and hopes the switch will "make more guests hungry for our fries."
Considering that I always reuse my cooking oil, I admire Disneyland's resourcefulness and commitment to being eco-friendly. I can't help but wonder if other companies will follow their lead. What do you think of the news? Do you recycle old frying oil?
Is there a Britney in all of us? These days, it seems like everyone's vying to pick up where the pop princess left off. Since girlfriend's flub at the 2007 VMAs, countless wannabes are coming out of the woodwork. You all loved Mr. Bedroom Eyes, the piano-playing lounge singer. I'm still digging the Disneyland Fanny Pack Princess. And now there's Loco Loverboy here, who takes shameless Internet self-promotion to a whole new (cuckoo!) level. Who's your favorite poser?
Ten bucks that this little rascal was caught blowing spit balls at this lady (naturally) and Pluto's chasing him down to defend her honor. I love how the kid's mom gets involved. And by "involved," I'm referring to her pushing the poor pooch to the ground. Disneyland needs its own reality show.
Please tell me this isn't really Mainstreet, USA. If it is, we're all doomed. From the canary yellow hat/shirt combo, to the geometrical bike shorts, to the black fanny pack (will those things ever die?), to the curiously in sync sideline dancing-- it's all a bit much. And by much, I don't mean "magical."