I started out the last weekend Update Weekend with a photo of the Magic Kingdom’s “Celebrate America” fireworks during the Fourth of July Week Limited Time Magic at Walt Disney World. This week, we’re starting out with a photo Sarah captured at Disney’s Hollywood Studios shot from the end of Sunset Boulevard on the Fourth of July. Recently, Sarah has been sticking mostly to iPhoneography (and sometimes her Sony RX-100), but since we had no photos of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios fireworks before this year, I bribed her into setting up a tripod and using our new Nikon D3200 and Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens to photograph the show, while I shot it from Echo Lake. Truth be told, I like her shots better!
We still have some dining reviews and a review of Saratoga Springs from that trip, as well as a number of fireworks photos, and more from Monstrous Summer at Disneyland in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. In addition to presenting news, announcements, etc., in these Weekend Update blog posts, I’ll try to share a few new photos each week in them.
As mentioned last week, Undercover Tourist, which we highly recommend here, has provided us with 2 Walt Disney World 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets for giveaway!
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So far, we’ve posted our first night in Tokyo DisneySea and the mad dash the next morning. This includes our first impressions of Tower of Terror, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. We’ve also posted our thoughts on some of the “interesting” snacks we’ve tried and lunch in Venice (…the Venice in DisneySea). This week comes the rest of our first day in DisneySea and our first day in Tokyo Disneyland!
The big news this week was Disneyland’s 58th Anniversary. It’s hard for me to fathom that Disneyland has been an American institution for 58 consecutive years. How many elements of our culture can that be said for–let alone physical locations? I can think of a few brands, but no other physical locations that are not now relics of the past or are based in nature.
Regardless of what we may think of the individual decisions made by Disney management over the course of Disneyland’s history, or what its “best years” have been, I think it’s hard to argue that it has done an excellent job staying relevant to generations of Americans. Although I know it will look radically different at its 75th or 100th anniversary, I look forward to seeing what the future holds. Although we didn’t have a chance to be in Disneyland for its 58th Anniversary, Disneyland Live shares photos from Disneyland’s special day!
No other significant news this week. Disney announced their Christmas in July Limited Time Magic, but that’s more like a joke than it is “news.” Here are some of our favorite posts from around the web this week…