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Entertainment at Disneyland

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Yesterday a friend and I went to watch The Pixarmonic Orchestra in California Adventure because today will be their last day of shows. Although I’ve walked by this band during their performances, I’ve never actually stopped to watch them play their set. Now that they’re leaving I do admit I regret not seeing them before.

As the band played Pixar songs, performed their antics and got me singing along to great songs I began to realize how fun this show was and how sad that the next day would be their last day.

Whenever I visit the park with friends, we always do the main stuff: Ride the mountain attractions, ride the iconic attractions and watch the main entertainment which would be the pyro/projection show, the parade and Fantasmic. As much as I enjoy those things and the park, I will admit it becomes to be a little stale.

Watching the orchestra at the Pixar Promenade felt different. Not just because I had never seen it before but there were small moments that I’m sure never happen at every show. With such a small audience and small stage, the performance felt very lively and fresh.

If you frequent the parks here’s some advice: attend the smaller shows. Big Thunder Mountain will always be there, Fantasmic will be going on at least twice a week.

A Surprise on the Pooh Attraction

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For this blog post I wanted to share one of my hidden-ish gems at Disneyland. Seeing as its anniversary is coming up on the 9th, I’d like to share this little tid-bit with you all.

I love going to the parks with friends and asking them their favorite things to do; never know when someone will share something new. A while ago I had asked a friend what was something interesting they liked to see in Disneyland.

“I like to see the mounted heads on the Pooh ride.” Before correcting him that he meant the Pooh attraction, I realized what he’d said and asked for an explanation.

Before the Winnie the Pooh attraction in Critter Country it was the Country Bear Jamboree, essentially being a bear country band. Animatronics of the animals were used on the attraction in which they played instruments.

After the attraction closed on Sept. 9, 2001 and reopened two years later with a new theme, the animatronic heads can be found hidden, mounted on a wall inside the Pooh attraction. The heads are lifelike in size and cartoonish in expression but CREEPY when seeing hanging over you.

I recommend everyone stopping by and having a look for yourself. To see them you’ll have to look back at above the opening of the wall as you exit Pooh nightmare-dream show room.