Wonderland Night at the Disneyland Resort – Mad T Party

Why yes, I am still a little bitter about ElecTRONica being replaced. Yes I am biased toward all things Tron. However, I also love Alice in Wonderland, and once we stepped into California Adventure’s latest night-time party I was slightly less bitter.

We actually didn’t spend much time here since we had spent most the evening in line for Radiator Springs Racers (someone wanted to ride it at night, along with the rest of the park), we just stopped by to relax in the amazingly awesome chairs and listen to the music.

I honestly wasn’t impressed with the band that played, and we only caught a glimpse of the dance crew performing. The music the DJ played, however, was pretty much spot on. Maybe if the band had played some good dance- or rock-style covers of Disney themes instead of just “popular” songs I don’t really like in the first place… Of course I’m not the typical park visitor when it comes to music and fashion, and from what I understand this was designed to be more for younglings as well as adults.

Speaking of fashion, can we just love on these costumes for a bit?

I would buy the girl’s outfit in a heartbeat.

Don’t even get me started on how epic the DJs’ glowing bunny ears are…

Anyway, from what little time we spent at the event I rather enjoyed it. The DJ’s music was good, nice and loud like ElecTRONica was when it first opened, and the decor was fun (I love all colors bright, glowing and obnoxious). I’m also glad they kept the arcade around and the addition of the Kinects was nice.

I look forward to spending a little more time here next time we visit the resort~

By the way, as with the Frankenweenie pictures all of these were taken with my new Canon Powershot S90. I was so pleased with how it performed in this situation. Terrible noise at high ISO was always something that held my Nikon D40 back, it would get so bad I had to just suck it up and steady it as best I could to use a slow shutter speed since the noise would just ruin the picture anyway. The S90, however, did so well I could probably even bump up the ISO another level or two and use an even faster shutter speed. Loving it.

Art of Frankenweenie – Disneyland Annual Passholder Preview Event

I just love Halloween Time at Disneyland. The beautiful autumn decor, the merchandise (I snagged this new candelabra and will be back for the rest), the pumpkin-flavored chocolates at the new Ghirardelli cafe, Haunted Mansion Holiday… not to mention it falls right around my birthday so I’m almost guaranteed a visit!

This year Halloween Time also brought the Art of Frankenweenie exhibit that has been travelling the world, and annual passholders got a chance to see it before the general public.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Tim Burton, especially his stop-motion works, so getting to see the props up close was a real treat for me. Just look at all of the detail! I wish I could have gotten a good shot showing the miniature scale of these items.

Even though this was a passholder-only even that took place after California Adventure closed there was still a large crowd of people around each display. I’d like to go back sometime during the week when the crowd is thinner so I can get some good long looks at all the details.

Frankenweenie is due out on October 5th and I cannot wait.

Coming up a bit later: late night photos from Mad T Party.

By the way, all of these photos were taken with my new Canon Powershot S90. Well, we got it used, but it’s still an amazing birthday present! I hate to admit it, but I’m pretty sure it’s overall better than my Nikon D40 with its current lenses.

Photo Post – World of Color

Some creative cropping and what were fairly mediocre shots during World of Color are now slightly more interesting.

I took my tripod wanting to get some longer exposures, but we got a spot that didn’t really offer a good frame (that lighting stand is the bane of my existence). Plus the people in front of me were idiots (sorry its the truth, even in Disneyland you run into people who just don’t give a damn). So instead of risking my camera getting introduced to the cement I opted to just hold it.

I need more practice reducing handheld shake as much as possible anyway.

The Sorcerer’s Workshop, Tea Party with a View, and Paradise Pier at Night

Disney California Adventure

We had a lot of fun in the Sorcerer’s Workshop, part of the animation attraction in California Adventure. I particularly like the decor and the designs of the flip-style animation viewers. They made for some fun photos, though I wish I was better with low-light settings.

Disney California Adventure

The Tea Cups have always been one of my favorite rides in Disneyland. When I was little my mom and I would try to be the fastest spinning cup in the group, but my dad never much cared for the spinning. So, being the big guy he is, he’d always brace his knees against the wheel so we couldn’t spin it (≧▽≦) Ah memories…

Anyway, one of the things I’ve always liked were the lanterns above the cups. At night they shine multiple colors down on the ride a create a gorgeous effect on the spinning cups. During the day I’ve never really payed them much attention, but this time I happened to look up and notice a view I’d never really appreciated before.

Disneyland

Next time we go back, I’d like to try a shot like this at night.

Of course, the view from the cups is always entertaining too.

Disneyland

Kudos to my camera, which I quickly discovered is awesome at auto-focusing while spinning.

At the end of our first night we finally got the chance to catch World of Color, the nightly water show that takes place in front of Paradise Pier in California Adventure. It. Was. Amazing~ I watched the event premier online, where they streamed the entire debut show and was blown away by it. But there’s just no comparison. Oh and don’t even get me started on the special Tron: Legacy ending, with the lights projected on the rollercoaster. Talk about an epic end to the night.

We managed to get right up front for the show (which was a lot of fun, it was like being immersed in the entire thing) so I tried to get a little creative with the view. I was inspired by a Disney Blog post by photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, but knew full well I wasn’t going to produce anything that good, haha. Especially without a tripod handy, I had to get creative by using a cement lighting stand in front of the metal fencing. My arms tangled in the bars, trying not to look like I was doing something suspicious, I propped my camera up a zig-zagged strip of metal and hoped for the best.

Disney California Adventure

Hm, not bad for a first try I suppose ( ・ω・) Though not nearly at the level I’d like it be, it gives me enough hope to go back and try again.

Disney California Adventure

Long Overdue Update – Return to the Grid

Dragging my ass~

The boyfriend and I went to Disneyland for a couple days with some friends since they were having a Spring special sale on 2-day park hopper passes. It was the perfect excuse to get back down there for ElecTRONica and take a much-needed vacation.

He kind of surprised me when he was actually considering season passes… we did a lot of talking and on our second day we were getting our pictures taken for our passes! So expect lots of Disney pictures, we may even be upgrading later if ElecTRONica is going for the rest of the year~

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to update with some of the pictures I took but things just kept getting in the way, and I just kept putting it off. After looking through the pictures to upload I decided to spread out the update so I could post all of my favorite pictures without overloading a single post.

So to start off, here are some of the shots from ElecTRONica. I didn’t take nearly as many this time because we actually danced, played games, had a drink (ok only I did, and only because I wanted the cool blinking cup), and just relaxed listening to the music after two long days of endless walking.

I did have a bit of a nerd overload when I saw this though.

Disney ElecTRONica

I had to be dragged away from it, Michael was getting bored while I was nerding over every little detail.
The actual lighting wasn’t as blue, but I liked the effect.

Oddly enough the same DJ that played when we went in December was playing on this night too. The set was much different but we still enjoyed the music.

Disney ElecTRONica

I love this center lighting display. It has a very industrial club vibe, the light at the top reminds me of the portal from Tron.

Disney ElecTRONica

Disney ElecTRONica

Bonus pictures: My vacation swag.

I loooooooooooooooove this thing! I can’t believe I got ahold of one! I had no idea they even made Kevin Flynn’s white disc until I saw someone at ElecTRONica walk by with one. We popped into the toy store by the entrance and asked if they had any, the guy walked into the back noting that they’re pretty rare and they might not have one. A minute later he emerged with the last white Identity Disc in Disneyland/California Adventure. Even the girl who rang me up said people have gone nuts looking for this!

Next time we go back I’m going to get Rinzler’s and eventually Sam’s to complete the set, but this is definitely the highlight of my random toy collection!

More Disneyland pictures later, and you can visit my Flickr page or read about our first visit to ElecTRONica for more images from the epic Tron party.

Shameless Plug! If you could, please take a moment to vote for Michael and I in this little Disney contest. I’d greatly appreciate it!

In honor of the coming holidays.

 

, originally uploaded by Teknicolor Dahlia.

I took this last year when my friends randomly took me to Disneyland while we were in LA for two Dir en grey concerts (best friends ever, seriously I love them). It was the first time I ever saw the holiday decorations at Disneyland and I fell in love. I didn’t have my tripod with me, but I just had to try.

It looks better the smaller it gets, haha.

With the imminent release of Tron: Legacy (which I am going crazy for) California Adventure has been transformed into the Grid, and I’ve been wanting to get down there to see it since it started.

Well I finally have the money. So my boyfriend and I are getting a couple park hopper passes for the day and taking a trip down to Anaheim.
And then it hit me all the holiday decorations are up.

I am so freaking excited.

Can you tell I love Disneyland yet?