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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Up Periscope!

For those of you that have not heard about it, Periscope is a cool app that lets you stream live video to your Twitter followers. Since Mallory and I both tweet for The Disneyland Gazette, we have experimented with it at the Parks - sometimes it works great and other times, not so much.

On May 5th, Mallory and I met at DCA for a quick dinner and drink at the Cove Bar. While we were waiting, we decided to try Periscope.


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Thanks to Mallory, I have a few photos to share with you.


This is the menu showing the drinks we ordered.


Great view of the setting sun.



Here you see Mallory's pizza.


Here are my Tri-Tip Sliders. Very yummy!



One last view of the lagoon before we head over to Disneyland.


Remember that I said Periscope works sometimes and others not so much? Well, we tried using Periscope while walking over to Disneyland and while no one complained about the video quality, when we reviewed it, we found that it was fuzzy. That bothered me quite a bit because I had intentions of sharing that video here with you guys. I'm still going to share it but don't watch it because it will make you dizzy. Just close you eyes and listen to the sounds of Disneyland.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Avengers!

I love that new Marvel movies come out around Mother's Day! My son got VIP tickets to the El Capitan in Hollywood and we went to see The Avengers. MAN!! That movie was incredible!

Here is a video I took on Periscope for a live Twitter stream. I thought you might want a glimpse of the area if you've never been.

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Guess what? Thor was posing for pics!

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After the movie, we went down to the basement to check out the displays!





It was a great way to spend Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Diningland - SMOKEJUMPERS GRILL

Mallory and I went to the new SmokeJumpers Grill to record a segment of Diningland.


We tried to do a live stream using Periscope but alas, we were not able to get a strong enough signal. However, all is not lost because here are a few pictures from that afternoon.


Here's one more look at the entrance.


While the building remains basically the same, it does have a new paint job. The interior decorations have COMPLETELY changed, reflecting the history of California firefighting with an emphasis on Smoke Jumpers. If for some reason you don't know what Smoke Jumpers are, I'll tell you. They are VERY brave firefighters that literally jump our of planes into the fires, blindly jumping into smoke!



The fixins' bar is still there!


Mallory had the cheeseburger and fries.


I opted for the grilled chicken sandwich with a side of coleslaw. No, the onion rings are not mine!
 

The onion rings were for my friend, Erik, but he graciously let me have a couple, LOL! Eric and Jack are a couple of friends I've known for several years and they were in town for the Star Wars Celebration. They patiently sat and listened to Mallory and I record our Diningland segment when inspiration struck (light a bolt of lightening) and I decided to turn our segment into Diningland - The Star Wars Discussion, LOL! I hope you enjoyed these pics and I hope you check out the podcast. This particular issue will be coming out in the next couple of days. You can find it either on iTunes or the Gazette website - just click on the Podcast tab.

Follow us on Periscope because someday we will be able to do a live stream from the Parks! Look for thedlgazette.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nothing in particular but all Disney

You are at the Parks, taking pictures left and right with your smart phone when all of a sudden your phone powers down. You've run out of juice. What do you do? You run over to the charging lockers, that's what you do! There are a few in the locker room on Main Street and also on Buena Vista Street at DCA. They are big enough to hold your phone, camera and even an iPad or Android tablet.

This happened to me not too long ago and my portable charger was at home so I took this as the perfect opportunity to try out the charging lockers. For $2, I got the use of a locker for one hour and my phone was completely charged up at the end of the hour! Not bad, not bad at all.



You have a great day at the Parks and head over to your car only to find that you've locked your keys inside. What do you do? I'm taking a wild guess here but if you happen to be in the Simba parking lot, you might be able to get some help. I noticed this "assistance" station as I was walking through the parking lot. Mind you, I'm guessing but I think it's to help guests with car problems. Any thoughts?




When you are walking through Disneyland at night, have you ever stopped to watch the mini water show near Pixie Hollow? It's worth checking out!




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Live Experiment

Last week I learned about an app called Meerkat which connects to your Twitter account and lets you stream live video to your followers. I immediately contacted my fellow Gazette staffers and told them that I would love to try out this new technology at Disneyland!

Sunday morning I got up early and tweeted out to those that follow the Gazette, informing them of my plans to do a live video stream at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. I got ready and off to the Park I want. I was excited! This was something really new and neato keen and I mentally crossed my fingers hoping that all would go well.

As with any new technology there were a couple of glitches but all in all, it went well and those watching the live stream were enjoying it immensely. A few times, the video portion blanked out but they could still hear what was going on in the Park along with my commentary. As one of those video glitches was happening, I chucked to myself and commented that I now had a pretty good idea of how Walt felt on opening day when things went wrong with the live broadcast!

Meerkat lets you save your video to your phone so naturally I did because my intention was to share those videos here on my blog. Here's where things get strange - so strange that I may not be able to adequately explain the glitch that I discovered once I was home reviewing the videos.

The videos are shown backwards. No, not as in people walking backwards but the last images streamed now show up first. The audio plays back correctly so you will hear me commenting on something yet you won't see it until much later. Are you confused yet? Heck, it's taken me three days to figure out how I was going to explain this to you!

Taking this "weirdness" into account, I'm sure you Disneyland fans will still enjoy the videos.











Sunday, March 22, 2015

Razzle Dazzle for your EARS

Mouse ears, that is. Don't know what I'm talking about? Fear not for I am about to explain... Oh and for those of you that care about such things, I will be capitalizing the word Mouse out of respect and admiration for the MAIN MOUSE -  you know who I'm talking about.

The Gazette staff was recently contacted by a family that listens to the podcast. They asked if we would be willing to test out a product that they make and I volunteered to check it out and do a review. The company is called Covears - very clever! They make a variety of fabric covers that slip over your Mouse ears and you instantly have a new look!

The Covears arrived looking like this...very neat packaging if you ask me!



Normally, I use the headband type of Mouse ears as seen below. (Hmmm, they've seen better days...guess it's time for some new ears!)



My plan was to slip the Covears on but the sequins made the task impossible so I pulled out my Halloween ears. Granted, I seriously doubt that anyone would want to change the look of a themed set of ears but you never know. Anyway, this is what the end result looked like with the yellow and white polka dot Covears.


Right away, I knew I had to get to the Park and try these on a plain set of Mouse ears! Here we see the yellow....


And here are some snazzy animal print Covears!



Don't they look ADORABLE? I kept an eye out for anyone wearing regular Mouse ears because I planned to ask them what they thought of these however, everyone I saw wearing ears that day was wearing the headband type. I was a bit bummed about that.

Check out Covears online - they have a beautiful website and you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Damper Day

UPDATE:  Well, sort of...
Art, if you are reading this, by all means save a copy of your photo!

Sorry folks, I needed to address a comment I got and had no other way to reply to the gentleman! Now let's get on with our story.

No, that wasn't a typo...

I went to Disneyland for Dapper Day but it was so darn wet (not that I'm complaining) and I felt bad for everyone who had gotten dressed up to go to the Park. I took a couple of pictures but was so paranoid about getting my camera wet that I gave up and just enjoyed the Park!

I pulled out my phone to take a photo, not realizing I had it set on video so here you see 2 seconds of a very wet Main Street!

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Let's walk together, shall we?


And then, just as I shut off the camera... What's this? Pushing water with push brooms?

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My friends and I decided to meet at Rancho del Zocalo for lunch. (Here's a link to the menu.) As we paid for our meals, the rain started POURING down. As you may know, the seating at Zocalo is mostly out in the patio. Well there were plenty of seats but no one wanted to sit in the rain. I can't say that I blame them - who wants wet food?

That's when a charming young lady saved the day by letting us invade her space and share her table! Her name is Kelly and not only was she pleasant, she was friendly and made everyone feel comfortable. I asked if I could photograph her after we ate and she said yes!


She was kind enough to remove the poncho and brave the cold so I could take a photo of her in her lovely outfit.


You know me...I'm always taking pictures of anything just because it catches my eye.


My friends Alicia and Kimberly came to visit because they wanted to be part of Dapper Day.




We left Zocalo and were headed to Pirates when I spotted this lady. She looked so cool; she was perfectly dressed for Dapper Day.


Once we were in line for Pirates, I spotted this couple behind us in line. I tried taking their picture but it came out too dark so once we were off the ride, I waited for them to emerge and then pounced, LOL!


By this time we were cold, cold, cold and one of us had very wet feet so we headed to the Grand Californian to have a drink in the bar. For medicinal purposes, of course.

But first....we made a quick stop in Frontierland. While my friends were in the pin store, I did some people watching.


Looking around as I always do, I started noticing little details so out came the camera...

This light fixture was directly overhead and unfortunately, you can't tell just how big
it really is.


We were seated next to a small fireplace and it was quite cozy. Then I noticed the "hood" above the fireplace was copper. Pretty cool!




We had a nice time enjoying our drink and then it was time for me to go. I wish I could have taken more pictures but there's always next time...

Oh and just in case you were wondering, at Zocalo, I had the Burrito Guadalajara - won't order it again. It was so bland and not worth the price. I should have gotten the mole because that is always good. Go figure!