Thursday, October 25, 2007

Disneyland feels effects of fire

You've undoubtedly heard about the recent Southern California fires, whether it's through television or the countless newspaper articles in the past week. The destroyed homes, evacuation centers, and raging flames have all had their share of press coverage, but what about our beloved Disneyland?

Well, there's no need to worry - the park is perfectly safe from the fires. However, side effects of fire, such as poor air quality, have taken over Disneyland and left guests running to their hotel rooms for safety.

The fires rage on. Associated Press, 2007.

Additionally, fireworks and some live performances in the park have been canceled. This is purely for safety reasons, and the park hours are still at normal times.

Even with the fear of a fire spreading to the park over, many guests have decided to skip the trip to Disneyland. A user on said the park was "dead" and the line for Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, typically a two hour wait, was a mere 30 minutes.

If you are heading to Disneyland within the next few days, plan on bringing plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and chapstick, along with a mask if needed. And most importantly, leave the park if you're feeling sick from the smoky air.

On a different note, the Walt Disney Company announced today that they will donate $2,000,000 to "aid towards relief efforts for victims of the wildfires sweeping the area."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Dreams really do come true

A drawing depicting the newly announced apartment. Disney, 2007.

Ever wanted to stay in Walter Disney's apartment? Well, now you've got a chance to spend a night in the closest thing to: A brand new apartment in New Orleans Square, taking up what used to be the Disney Gallery.

Back in August, the famed attraction closed suddenly, leaving fans everywhere wondering what would become of the large building. In a recent announcement, Disney has confirmed that an apartment for the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway will fill its place.

Described as an "elegant in-Park apartment," the Disneyland Dream Suite will open to guests starting January 31, 2008. A different winner will be selected most days until December 31, 2008, and will be allowed to invite up to five guests to spend the night with them in the undoubtedly gorgeous apartment. There will even be a private balcony where you can observe fellow guests and watch the fireworks at night.

If you're interested, a complete list of Rules & Regulations is available on Disney's official website. I know I would treasure a stay in what will surely be a piece of Disney history!