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Disneyland Unveils Its Celebrations For This Summer’s 60th Anniversary

The party gets started on May 22

On July 17, 2015, the Disneyland Resort will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary but before the summer rolls around, the theme park is planning to get the party started early. Last night, at Disneyland, the Disney powers that be officially unveiled plans for the forthcoming 60th anniversary celebration that will begin on May 22, ahead of the park’s official anniversary in July. Three major attractions were announced last night. First, both the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks will be decked out in new decorations to highlight the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Second, a new immersive fireworks show called Disneyland Forever will debut that will include more than just fireworks overhead, intended to put guests IN the show. Third, a new nighttime parade called Paint the Night will be introduced in the park that will light up the night with state of the art floats, costumes and special effects utilizing 1.5 million LED lights. Disneyland‘s 60th is going to be a massive celebration. Click below to learn more. More »

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Basking In The Afterglow

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After my very busy morning yesterday running the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland, you’d think all I’d want to do is rest and relax for the remainder of the day. Nope. That’s not what I did. After a quick shower, I packed up my stuff, checked out of my hotel and met up with my friends at the parks for a good ol’ Sunday Funday. I may have been walking around a bit slower but I had a lot of fun with friends — old and new. I even ran into a friend from my teaching days in Grosse Pointe, MI all those years ago. It was another great Sunday for me. More »

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May The Course Be With You

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Today has already been a very fun day … and it’s not even noon yet. After I spent the day completely wrecked yesterday after I ran the Star Wars 10K (dunno why, I just keep sleeping and eating and sleeping all day), I woke up refreshed and ready to run the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon … which would complete the Rebel Challenge of running the 10K and the Half Marathon back to back. I got to take some fun photos along the way, I got to see NEW backstage/behind the scenes areas of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (the course was much different from previous races) and I was met by a group of my dear Sons of Anakin SC friends at the finish line … which has made today the best day ever! More »

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Running Back To You

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Lots to update today … last night, at long last — after many, many years of waiting — I finally got to see Vanessa Williams live in concert. I’ve been a fan of Vanessa since the early 90s and have always wanted to see her in concert. Because I’m staying in Anaheim, CA this weekend for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, I have a room here for the weekend. So after I ran the Star Wars 5K in the morning, I had to drive north all the way into the valley to see Vanessa in concert at California State University Northridge. THEN I had to drive all the way back down to Anaheim so that I could run the Star Wars 10K this morning. So busy but so fun. More »

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Racing Toward A Fun ‘Star Wars’ Weekend

So, this weekend is going to be a crazy fun one for me. It’s the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure and, as you may know, I signed up to run the inaugural Star Wars 5K, Star Wars 10K and Star Wars Half Marathon (running the 10K and the half makes me eligible for The Rebel Challenge race as well). Yesterday evening, I made my way to Anaheim to pick up my race materials for the weekend, grab some food, check in to my hotel and then attend the Wookie Welcome Party inside Disneyland to get the weekend started right. More »

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Dapper Date

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Altho I haven’t been having the best weekend of my life, I really wanted to keep a dinner date that I had with my Sons of Anakin friends at Disneyland last night so … I got myself all dressed up and made my way down to Anaheim for our fancy anniversary dinner. Altho the actual anniversary of our club was last week, some of our members were out of town until this week so we set yesterday as the date for our dinner. We decided to treat ourselves to a fancy dinner at the schmancy Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disney California Adventure and had a really nice time together. More »

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Día De Reyes

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Altho I just spent a really fun day with friends at Disneyland on Sunday, I had to return to the theme park yesterday to partake in the annual Dia de Reyes celebration that they do for guests because I’ve never experienced the celebration before in my life. Growing up in the Midwest, I missed out on a lot of culturally Mexican celebrations that I am now exposed to living here in Southern California. For some time now, I’ve heard about Dia de Reyes but I’ve never partaken in any of the celebrations before. I figure if Disneyland throws a party for the holiday, it might be worth checking out. I met up with my friend Elena at the park last night so that we could attend the parade/party together and we ended up having a blast together. More »

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The First Visit Of 2015

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Yesterday was another trademark Sunday Funday for me and my friends in Anaheim — my first of the new year. Altho some of the more eager friends of mine have already been to Disney one or more times since January 1, yesterday was my first opportunity to get down to the theme parks for some fun. As I mentioned yesterday, Saturday was the one year anniversary of the founding of my Disneyland social club Sons of Anakin so it was nice to be the parks with my friends kicking off our second year of existence. Needless today, we had a blast … as we tend do on any given Sunday. More »

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The Last Sunday Funday Of 2014

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Yesterday was the last Sunday of 2014 and, therefore, it was the last Sunday that I was able to spend with my friends at Disneyland. This year, as you are well aware, was the year that my Disneyland attendance number went WAY UP after I joined the Sons of Anakin social club. Since May, I’ve spent almost every Sunday with my friends at Dland and I had the time of my life. Altho some of our members are off on vacation or couldn’t make it to the parks yesterday, a nice core group of us got together to spend one last day of 2014 going on rides, playing in the snow and generally having as much fun as possible. It was another great Sunday Funday for the record books. More »

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Christina Aguilera Allegedly Called Mickey Mouse An ‘A**hole’ On A Recent Visit To Disneyland

Xtina reportedly said, "Do you know who I am?"

A couple of weeks ago, former pop star Christina Aguilera paid a visit to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA to celebrate her birthday with family and friends and caused a bit of a stir in the process. When she visited, I heard quite a few reports that Xtina was fairly rude to fans who approached her asking for a photo but considering she was at the park with her friends, I didn’t really think it was worth mentioning because she was trying to celebrate her birthday, not take photos with a bunch of fans. Today we learn more about Xtina‘s visit to the Happiest Place on Earth as new details emerge from that fateful day. Apparently, Xtina threw a massive diva fit when she couldn’t get a photo with Mickey Mouse … calling him an “asshole” because the person in the costume had to leave before Xtina and her group could get a photo. Sources who witnessed the tantrum reveal that Xtina even tried to use the “Do you know who I am?” line while she screamed at the costumed Disney cast member. Truth be told, considering the other things I heard about her behavior that day, I totally believe every word of this account. More »

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