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I was born in 1992 the same year Disneyland Paris was born. I am a true Disney freak, I have collected a room full of Disney Parks memorabilia and I am now studying landscape architecture at Cal Poly SLO, which should come in handy since I want to become an Imagineer. I made this site to share the amazing qualities of The Walt Disney Company for the world's enjoyment.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Casey Jr. Circus Train:
The Casey Jr. Circus Train is an opening day attraction of Disneyland on July 17, 1955 and is themed after Walt Disney's 1941 film Dumbo. The ride is located at the back of Fantasyland behind Dumbo The Flying Elephant and is the sister attraction of Storybook Land Canal Boats, (which opened a week later) and while on the ride you see the miniature villages but at a faster pace.
When Walt Disney was in the planning stages of his park he wanted a roller coaster ride based on Casey Jr. going down a Rock Candy Mountain, but due to lack of money and technology at the time (since steel coasters were not yet invented) The ride was change to how it is today. Below is some concept art of the attraction.
There were no miniature villages when the ride first opened there was just dirt with some common weeds   growing in it (as seen in the model below) but when Storybook Canal Boats opened the attraction gained it's beauty. Most of the train cars that you sit on are the leftover seats from King Arthur Carrousel when they added more horses to it and removed the seats.
The host of the ride is the Ring Master from the movie and throughout the ride you listen to Dumbo's Casey Jr. Song. The train consist of seven cars and the ride duration is 3:30 minutes. The attractions top speed is 14 mph and it has one lift hill. The attraction has two trains but usually one works a day. Below are some pictures and a video of the ride.

Casey Jr. Le Petit Train Du Cirque:
Disneyland Paris's version of the attraction is called Casey Jr. Le Petit Du Cirque and is almost the same as Disneyland's but also different. This version of the ride is not a railroad but actually a powered roller coaster without a lift hill. Also this version goes around their Storybook Land but it gives some better views of the miniature villages that you can not see on the canal boats for example you go around the Beast's castle pretty closely.
The attraction has three trains and the ride duration is 2:30 minutes. The ride opened in 1994 two years after Disneyland Paris opened. Below are pictures and a video of this attraction.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Disney's Port Orleans Resort

    Disney's Port Orleans is a complex of two hotels called "Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter" and "Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside" located in Downtown Disney of the Walt Disney World Resort.
 Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter:
The French Quarter hotel was themed and designed to look like the actual French Quarter down in Louisiana and it opened on May 17, 1991 as Disney's Port Orleans Resort. The hotel had 432 guest rooms separated between three buildings. The hotel later expanded to 1,008 rooms and added 7 three story tall buildings holding 144 rooms each.
The French Quarter has one food court called the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory as seen below.
If you love true New Orleans style Jazz then go to the Scat Cat's Club which on select nights features awesome sounding Jazz for your enjoyment. 
By the pool there a a bar called Mardi Grogs. the pool at this hotel is called Doubloon Lagoon that holds 225,000 gallons of water and it has a water slide that looks like a sea serpent as seen blow.
Below are more pictures of Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter.  

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside:
Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside is themed to look like the mansions around the southern part of the Mississippi River. The second hotel opened on February 2, 1992 as "Disney's Dixie Landings Resort". This hotel has two sections to stay in "Alligator Bayou" which has a southern rustic theme and "Magnolia Bend" which is themed to look like plantations. Together this hotel has 2,048 rooms to stay at.
Both of the hotels share a restaurant called the Boatwright's Dining Hall which serves southern style cuisine. Boatwright's Dining Hall is flanked by River Roost lounge with a sing-along ragtime piano comedy show on select nights. Up the hall is the Riverside Mill Food Court featuring a working cotton press. There is also a pool bar called Muddy Rivers on Ol' Man Island that sells alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
At the Riverside hotel there is a 3 1/2 acre area called Ol' Man that has a 158,000 gallon swimming pool with a rustic saw-mill themed water slide and a hot tub in it. The island has a playground for young children to play at and if you want to do some fishing then you can at the Fishin' Hole where they have poles and bate to rent. If you want something more quite there are three other pools located around the hotel.
As of April 1, 2001 the two resorts joined to make the one "Disney's Port Orleans Resort". Also the river that the resort is on is called the Sassagoula River and one can rent boats at the Riverside area to putts around on the water.