Author Archive: HydroGuy

I live in Colorado and have four sons in college and high school. By day I am a mechanical engineer. I have visited the Disney resorts in Paris and Tokyo. I grew up near Disneyland and started going there before I can remember.

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2011 Theme Park Attendance Report

2011 Theme Park Attendance Report

| July 1, 2012 | Reply

Every year the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) publishes a report on attendance at theme parks worldwide. This year the report is published in conjunction with AECOM. The report for 2011 came out recently. Here is a link to the full 2011 report.

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Behind the Scenes at Disney World: The Backstage Magic Tour

Behind the Scenes at Disney World: The Backstage Magic Tour

| May 2, 2011 | 3 Replies

Over Spring Break I took about eight hours out of my trip to Walt Disney World to go on the Backstage Magic Tour. This tour took us behind the scenes of all four theme parks plus two important areas outside the parks: Central Shops and the Horticulture (plants and flowers) area. For me the highlights were [...]

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The Most Overlooked Attraction at Disney California Adventure

The Most Overlooked Attraction at Disney California Adventure

| April 15, 2011 | 2 Replies

In 2005, we stumbled across the Disney Animation building at Disney California Adventure (DCA) in its Hollywood Pictures Backlot area. This attraction is easy to miss as you hurry down the street to ride Tower of Terror or catch the next Aladdin show, and is easily the most overlooked and under-appreciated attraction at all of [...]

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Mulholland Madness becomes Goofy’s Sky School

Mulholland Madness becomes Goofy’s Sky School

| October 13, 2010 | 3 Replies

Yesterday, Disney closed the Mulholland Madness ride at Disney California Adventure. Mulholland Madness was one of the original rides created when the park opened in 2001 and, like the Maliboomer, represents to many the initial failed concept for the park. Rather than dismantling the ride, Disney has decided to transform it into “Goofy’s Sky School”. It [...]

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A Tale of Two Tails…Tigger Tails, That Is

A Tale of Two Tails…Tigger Tails, That Is

| October 2, 2010 | 1 Reply

Deceptively delicious. That was my family’s conclusion after our first encounter with Tigger Tails in July. Perhaps only Disney fans can understand each other’s emotional attachments (some would say obsessions) to various aspects of the Disney parks. In recent months a quiet controversy has been brewing over Tigger Tails at Disneyland’s Pooh Corner. And this has left [...]

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Halloween Has Arrived at Disneyland

Halloween Has Arrived at Disneyland

| September 23, 2010 | Reply

The first day of Autumn is behind us and Halloween Time has come to Disneyland! On Friday September 17, Disneyland changed gears into Halloween mode. In recent years Halloween Time did not arrive until late September, but this year Disneyland made the move early. Opening weekend of Halloween Time had some gorgeous Southern California weather, [...]

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Disney Lowering the Boom on Maliboomer

Disney Lowering the Boom on Maliboomer

| September 8, 2010 | Reply

On Monday, September 6, 2010 the Maliboomer launched its last rider up into the skies above Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. On September 7 the Maliboomer closed as part of the re-theming of the Paradise Pier section of the park. Why is Disney demolishing this perfectly good ride?

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