• Disneyland
    DbM Details: Holiday Hub Pumpkins

    Surrounding the Walt and Mickey statue “Friends” at Disneyland’s Hub you will find seven different carved holiday pumpkins themed to each land. Let’s take a slow walk around and see what Disney character was chosen for each land. Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! Tweet

  • Dining Reviews
    Dining Review: Plaza Inn Character Breakfast

    Review by Mark Hickson: One of my favorite places to eat at Disneyland is the Plaza Inn at the park’s Hub. Their chicken dinners are total comfort food and I have always enjoyed lunches there too. Today I’m going to be brave and try the $30.00 (for adults and $15 for kids) Character Breakfast! It […]

  • Disneyland
    DbM Details: The Bronze Statues at Disneyland’s Hub

    Almost every Disneyland guest has had their picture taken in front of Disney Imagineer and animator Blaine Gibson’s “Partners” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at the Hub. But many don’t notice the ring of eight bronze statuettes surrounding the “Partners” statue of some of Disney’s most beloved animated characters. Here you will find Donald […]

  • Dining Reviews
    Dining Review: Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

    Review by Mark Hickson: The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café is on the hub at Disneyland and features sandwiches, salads, soups, assorted pastries, muffins and cookies. With a Mary Poppins theme, the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café is relatively new, taking the place of the classic Plaza Pavillion restaurant back in 2012. I have enjoyed their cupcakes and coffee before but […]

  • Magic Kingdom
    Invasion of the Magic Kingdom Tadpoles

    Editor: In all my years of visiting the Magic Kingdom I have never, ever, seen tadpoles in the moat around the hub. To my great surprise, on April 10th, I spied not one… but hundreds of giant tadpoles, just days away from leaving the protected waters surrounding the hub to become giant frogs or toads […]

  • Disneyland
    Photo of the Year: 2012

    It sure was hard choosing the best of this years “Photo of the Week.” I think you’ll agree “A Morning Welcome” truly captures the spirit of Walt Disney for all. It sure feels like spring in this great shot by Michaela Hansen at Tours Departing Daily of Walt and Mickey at Disneyland’s Hub. Sometimes when I look at […]

  • Dining Reviews
    Total Comfort Food at the Plaza Inn

    Well, here it is, the world famous Plaza Inn Chicken Dinner. I can’t think of any dish still served in the park that reminds me more of my days-past visiting Disneyland. The only other, memory inducing meal was the Blue Bayou’s Monte Cristo sandwich, that for some unknown stupid reason, is off the menu. The […]

  • Photo of the Week

    This outstanding photo called “An Evening at the Hub” by Michaela Hansen is both soft and rich at the same time. P.S. Happy second anniversary of Tours Departing Daily. You guys are great! Tweet

  • DbM Scuttlebutt

    Tokyo Disneyland has announced that it’s 30th Anniversary celebration will start on April 15, 2013. It will be called “The Happiness Year” Star Wars Weekends returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios from May 18th to June 10th.  Soarin’ Closed Indefinitely at Disney World & Disney California Adventure for “urgent maintenance” it seems two jerks in Florida got out of their restraints […]

  • Snow White Wishing Well and Grotto

    On this day in 1961 Walt Disney dedicated the Snow White Wishing Well and Grotto. Next to the Sleeping Beauty Castle, guests can make wishes and drop their coins down the well to benefit children’s charities around the world. It has a charming audio tract from the Snow White movie called “I’m Wishing.” The grotto includes marble statuettes […]

  • Photo of the Week

    It sure feels like spring in this great shot by Michaela Hansen at Tours Departing Daily of Walt and Mickey at Disneyland’s Hub. Sometimes when I look at this statue it feels like Walt is directing use to keep moving forward into the future. Other times it looks like he is proudly saying to Mickey, “Look what I […]

  • View from the Hub 1959

    This shot taken from the top of the Matterhorn had to be around it’s opening in June 1959. A crane can be seen just inside the picture by the House of the Future. Was it being used in the mountain’s construction? I also noticed a large group of people at the Plaza Gardens but hardly anyone […]

  • Fantasy Faire – A Good Thing?

    Carnation Plaza Gardens at Disneyland is transforming into Fantasy Faire, a storybook village square where guests of all ages step into a fairytale realm to meet the heroes and heroines of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. At least that is what the press release says. I tend to be […]