Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

June 1986 – February 1996, April 2004 – January 2016 LOCATION Frontierland – Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue drew in visitors wandering between Fantasyland and Frontierland, on the trail circling Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Today, this space is part of the entryway into Star Wars Land. EXPERIENCE Details: Service Type – table service (buffet style) Seating […] Read more…

Lands After Dark: Hollywood Land

Lands After Dark: Hollywood Land

Hollywood Land is pretty busy during the daytime, but it gets a whole new vibe at night. The neon lights reflect off the street and trolley tracks, and the land suddenly feels like the famous umbrella scene from Singing In the Rain. It’s quiet, but vibrant, and there’s an extra dose of that old Hollywood feeling on […] Read more…

Ask The Duchess – Vol. 19

Welcome to Ask The Duchess Vol. 19, a monthly Q&A post covering a variety of resort-related topics. Ask The Duchess answers questions submitted by readers. If you have a question you’d like answered, send me a message here! 1. I am a mug collector. Where should I go? (submitted by Susanna) A lot of gift shops have mugs with different theming, but […] Read more…

Resort Updates - May 2017

Resort Updates – May 2017

Oh boy. If ever there were a month for which I did NOT want to do a recap, it would be this one. Disneyland drama comes in waves, and this month’s wave flooded the beach. So let’s take a deep breath, and try to sort out the chaos of May 2017. If you stick with […] Read more…

Club Buzz

Club Buzz

Source: Lost World June 2001 – October 2006 LOCATION Tomorrowland – Club Buzz occupied the outdoor stage in Tomorrowland, sitting in the center plaza. Today, the Jedi Training Academy uses this stage, as well as periodic nighttime performances by various local bands. BACKGROUND When Toy Story 2 became smash hit in 1999, Disneyland saw an […] Read more…

Buena Vista Street Popcorn Cart

Buena Vista Street Popcorn Cart

Disneyland’s popcorn carts are typically not noteworthy; they’re mobile stations too packed with snacks and drinks to have much room for theming. But on Buena Vista Street, there’s a special popcorn cart. It draws attention, with its shiny exterior and unusual appearance… This strange popcorn cart actually fits perfectly with its surroundings if you know […] Read more…

Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie

Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie

May 2011 – present LOCATION New Orleans Square – The Parfumerie occupies a small corner of Orleans Street. If you walk along the Square’s front walkway, toward Critter Country, you’ll find the Parfumerie on your left, between Café Orleans and the French Market. EXPERIENCE Details: Merchandise – perfumes Price Range – expensive, you’ll be hard […] Read more…

Muppet*Vision 3D

 Source: WDW Info February 2001 – November 2014 LOCATION Hollywood Land – The Muppets ruled Hollywood Land’s “Sunset Theater”, tucked in the back lot. Visitors arriving from Buena Vista Street (or its predecessor, Sunshine Plaza) would find the show on the left-hand side of Hollywood Land, around the corner from Award Wieners. Today, this theater […] Read more…

Lands in Pictures: Critter Country

Lands In Pictures: Critter Country

Critter Country is a tiny little land in the corner of Disneyland, but it’s jam packed with magic. There’s so much more to it than just Splash Mountain! Want to channel your inner Disney princess and walk among magical cottages, surrounded by woodland creature friends? Critter Country comes pretty close. Take a seat on a lantern-lit patio […] Read more…

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