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Excellent (California) Adventure II
A Three Day Diary of the Disney's California Adventure Press Event, as written by One Tired Chick at Midnight.
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We knew that today was going to be non-stop, but I wasn’t prepared for 16 solid hours. You really get a feel for how large the resort is when you walk from the Hollywood Pictures Backlot to the Mickey and Friends parking structure... and back.
We started at a 7:45 a.m. dedication for the Soarin’ Over California attraction. A fly over by a "Curtiss Jennie" biplane kicked off the ceremony. Jeanne Yeager and Dick Rutan were present (below with Paul Pressler center), and each spoke a little about the history of aviation in California. Another fly over, this time by a pair of B-6 fighters marked the conclusion of the ceremony, and we were invited to join the Inaugural flight of the attraction. We had a brief window after this dedication, so we decided to stop for breakfast at Taste Pilots Grill.
Our next stop was the dedication of the ABC Soap Opera Bistro (shown below). 15 stars from four ABC daytime dramas were there to add mementos from their shows to the Bistros collection. Linda Dano from One Life to Live was the hostess. ABC television had held a contest on their local morning show, and the winners were invited to attend the dedication.
Another small break, and then it was time for the dedication of Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D (below). This was the most humorous ceremony, and was filled with sly pokes at Disney. Kermit remarked that it was incredible that Disneyland had taken their parking lot and turned it into an entire state. Of course, he continued, California had taken a state and turned it into a parking lot.
After the Muppet dedication, we stopped for lunch at Hollywood and Dine. While we were eating, several of the media hosts were sent text messages over their pagers. Because of some glitch, the message simply said "Kermit". After a little investigation, we discovered that the message was supposed to advise that Kermit and his friends were going to be available for interviews later in the afternoon. Jim and Michelle just HAD to talk with Kermit, so we headed to the Animation Building to make an appointment.
It was starting to get cold, so we walked back to our hotel to change into warmer clothes. Then it was back to the Hyperion theater for a press conference (below). Cynthia Harris, Paul Pressler, Michael Eisner, Bob Iger Marty Sklar and Barry Braverman fielded questions for about an hour. No earth shaking announcements were revealed, of course.
We were then treated a sneak performance of the newly-reworked "Steps in Time" production. Again, I need to see this show a few times before I can decide which version I prefer. They managed to shoehorn most of the previous songs into a storyline, which helped the performance to flow better. However, the loss of three singers, one who is replaced by a pre-teen boy, is regrettable.
Jim and Michelle needed to go meet a frog, and I needed to go meet my husband Tony, so we split up until the next event. Our final dedication of the evening was for "Golden Dreams", and featured an appearance by Whoopi Goldberg (below). A choir of over 100 joined singer Heather Hedley in a performance of "Just One Dream", the closing song from "Golden Dreams."
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