...The spring-like view to the left is of the Disneyland Hub on a recent February day. (Click to enlarge.)
...There's lots of interesting Disneyland info in the new MiceAge update from Al Lutz.
One line that particularly caught my eye: "Part of the developing master plan for Disneyland, and something that is now quickly gaining support from the TDA team, includes a Disneyland Paris style arcade on the east side of Main Street USA."
I think this is a wonderful idea. The arcades in Paris serve the dual purpose of relieving congestion during parades and providing protection from inclement weather; weather is much more of a factor in Paris than Anaheim, but Anaheim has a greater need for alternate walkways than Paris. Many Disneyland veterans know how to create an "alternate exit path" by weaving through the backs of Main Street stores when the park is crowded, but an arcade would be much easier.
The Paris arcades are also visually attractive and provide interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Here's a photo of one:
...Thanks to the blogroll at Motion Picture Gems for introducing me to the Disneyland Daily Photo blog.
It contains some very nice photos and bits of trivia. Disneyland fans will want to check it out. I've added it to my Disney blogroll at the left.
...Speaking of Disneyland photos, the official Disney Parks blog has a great photo of the Sailing Ship Columbia on a dark, foggy morning.
I really enjoy the contributions of Disneyland's chief photographer to the official blog. Disney's doing a great job utilizing "new media" in this way.
...Disney recently surprised many when the company announced this year's animated film RAPUNZEL has been renamed TANGLED.
The buzz is that Disney thought a more generic title wouldn't be as likely to discourage boys from attending what they might perceive as a "princess" film.
TANGLED is due in theaters for Thanksgiving 2010.