Saturday, December 24, 2011

“It’s A Small World” Holiday

Here are the photos from It’s A Small World Holiday at Disneyland Park.
Once Again, I only got the outside. Not the Inside!!
Photos by disneybychris.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Haunted Mansion Holiday

We Wish You A Scary Christmas and a Haunted New Year!
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park is celebrating the Holiday Season. Halloween-style that is.
Every year from late September to Early January, it’s The Haunted Mansion Holiday starring Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Photos by disneybychris.
Note To Readers: I only have photos for the outside. I didn’t get the inside because flash photography is not allowed inside the attraction. Thank You!

Friday, December 16, 2011

(C.A.T.) Chris's Attraction Trivia: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Did you know that Disney's Hollywood Studios was originally named "Disney-MGM Studios"?

They used that name when the park opened in 1989 at Walt Disney World in Florida. In December 2007/January 2008, they changed the name of it to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chris's Tip Time: Disney's Hollywood Studios in the Morning

After Disney's Hollywood Studios open, Immediately get fastpasses for the new version of Star Tours. Once you go your fastpass, go to either Rock N Roller Coaster or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  The waiting time for both attractions are 10 to 15 Minutes long.

After you ride on both of them, you check and see if it's time to use your fastpass.

If it is, go back to Star Tours and use your fastpasses right away.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Disneyland Candlelight 2011

On the first weekend of December on a cold evening during winter time, Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland Park in California hosted it’s annual Candlelight Event. This Holiday event includes a Celebrity who tells “The Christmas Story”. It also featured an orchestra with trumpeters playing on the roof of the Main Street Station, and over 1,000 choir singers. Along with a human Christmas tree.
Photos by disneybychris.
Choir, Orchestra, and Trumpeters performing holiday music.

Behold, the Human Christmas Tree.

Celebrity Narrator: Gary Sinise from Epcot’s Mission: SPACE!!!

Finale: Silent Night with Soloists.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

What’s happening during the holiday season at Walt Disney World in Florida?
They have the following:
Holiday Candlelight Around the World at Epcot
Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It’s The Holiday Season at Disneyland

What’s Happening at Disneyland during the Holiday Season?
At Disneyland in California, they have the following:
It’s A Small World” Holiday
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Believe in Holiday Magic Fireworks
Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle at Nighttime
Haunted Mansion Holiday (Starring Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Candlelight Weekend featuring A Celebrity Guest Host
and much much more!
Check back later for more information.
Also, Check back to see what’s happening at Walt Disney World during the Holiday Season!
Season’s Greetings!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

C.A.T. (Chris’s Attraction Trivia): The Haunted Mansion # 2

Trivia # 1: The Ghosts in The Haunted Mansion were created by a combination of Audio-Animatronics and an old illusion from the 1800s called Pepper’s Ghost. That’s how the Ghosts look realistic to the guests riding the attraction.
Trivia # 2: The names on the tombstones in the Graveyard outside the mansion were named after the People that did the work for this “SCARY” attraction.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

C.A.T. (Chris’s Attraction Trivia): The Haunted Mansion # 1

Did you know there are a couple of famous Voice Overs in The Haunted Mansion?
Paul Frees as The Ghost Host.
Paul was best known as Ludwig Von Drake and as Boris from Rocky and Bullwinkle. He was the narrator of the 1959 Academy Award nominated short Donald in MathMagic Land.
He also did narrations for other attractions including Adventure Through Inner Space and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
Thurl Ravenscroft aka Tony the Tiger as One of the Singing Busts.
Thurl was the voice of the Narrator of the Mark Twain Riverboat, Fritz the Bird from Enchanted Tiki Room, and as one of the singing pirates in Pirates Of The Caribbean. 
Candy Candido as The Ghost Prisoner in the Graveyard.
Most recognizable as the voice of The Indian Chief in the 1953 Disney Film, Peter Pan and as the voice of Fidget in The Great Mouse Detective in 1986.
Eleanor Audley as Madame Leota.
Best Known as the voice of The Evil Stepmother in Cinderella and as Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty.
And also,
Kat Cressida as The Black Widow Bride.
This is the new character that was added in 2007 at both Disneyland Park and Florida’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Kat was remembered  for her work on television for both Cartoon Network and NBC Sports.
Here’s the pictures of the Black Widow Bride.
Photos by disneybychris.

Now, All of you are wondering,
How did Disney Imagineers create these Ghosts for The Haunted Mansion?
All will be revealed when you check back.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Haunted Mansion (Part Two)

The Haunted Mansion opened at Disneyland Park in 1969 and at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in 1971. 
This was one of the most popular attractions created by WED Enterprises.
Here are some photos of the mansion.
Photos by disneybychris.
At Disneyland in California

“Hurry Back” for more tips and trivia info for The Haunted Mansion.
“There’s No Turning Back Now.”

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Haunted Mansion (Part One)

Halloween is just around the corner. The scary Disney Attraction to see is none other than the legendary Haunted Mansion. 
In 1957, Walt Disney was telling his guests on his Disneyland series on ABC what new attractions are coming to Disneyland Park. He said that The Haunted Mansion is one of them. His plan was to put it on Main Street U.S.A.  Instead, he decided to put it in New Orleans Square. 
The Original Idea for this attraction was to make it as a walk-through attraction to include images from Fantasia’s Night on Bald Mountain sequence, The Ichabod Crane sequence from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and the very popular Mickey, Donald, and Goofy short, Lonesome Ghosts.
The one rumor about the early concept of this attraction is it was supposed to be a home for Walt Disney and his family.
The Building was completed at Disneyland Park in 1963.  The project was on hold because Walt was busy working on attractions for the New York World’s Fair. While that was happening, Walt assigned Imagineer Marc Davis to finish The Haunted Mansion.
When the members of WED Enterprises created the Omni-Mover vehicles for Adventure through Inner Space, they said it’s the answer for what primary vehicle to use for The Haunted Mansion. They call it the “Doom Buggy”.   
“Hurry Back” for Part Two.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chris’s Tip Time: Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland

Once you enter the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, walk over to Fantasyland and get your Fastpass ticket for Mickey’s PhilharMagic. After receiving your ticket, you can ride on either Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and/or It’s a Small World. In addition, you can walk next door to Liberty Square and ride on The Haunted Mansion.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary

40 years ago today, Walt Disney World opened in the state of Florida. The only park that opened on that day was the Magic Kingdom. The only resorts that opened at that time were Fort Wilderness, Contemporary and Polynesian resorts.

Check Back for more Tips and Trivia information about the Attractions at Walt Disney World.

birthday cake

Monday, September 12, 2011

25 Years of Captain EO

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Captain EO. It’s a 3-D musical starring Michael Jackson aka The King of Pop. The show is back at both Epcot in Florida and at Disneyland in California. It was created by Frances Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Michael Eisner and Kodak approved the project. The film also featured Academy Award Winning Actress Anjelica Huston. On September 12, 1986, it first premiered at Epcot.  Six days later on September 18th, it premiered at Disneyland.
The show featured two of Jackson’s songs: “We Are Here To Change The World” and “Another Part Of Me”.
The Attraction was closed in the mid-1990s and replaced by Honey, I Shrunk The Audience.
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson passed away. In Memory of Michael, Robert Iger and other Disney executives decided to get rid of Honey I Shrunk The Audience for the return of Captain EO.
That’s Right. The captain is back to change the world again.

Photos by disneybychris.

At Epcot in Florida

At Disneyland in California


Saturday, September 10, 2011

It’s Time for C.A.T. (Chris’s Attraction Trivia): Star Tours

Photo by disneybychris.
This is Captain REX- the original pilot for Star Tours. Do you know that his voice was performed by Paul Reubens. Paul is well-known to everybody as Pee-Wee Herman. In addition, he’s the voice of Lock, a character in the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas and in the 2001 Disneyland Holiday attraction, The Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Star Tours Photos-Disneyland

Here are the images from the new version of Star Tours at Disneyland.
Photos by disneybychris.
Note to readers: some images may not be clear because flash photography is not allowed on this attraction.

R2-D2 with C-3PO and the Starspeeder 1000.

Star Tours Ad on the big screen in queue area.

Luggage Checking Droids.

Does this attraction include Easter Eggs?
Check Back and Find Out!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It’s Time for C.A.T. (Chris’s Attraction Trivia): Partners

DID YOU KNOW that The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida was created by Blaine Gibson? Blaine was the guy behind the creation of “Partners”, which is the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse located in front of all of the Disney Castles across the Earth.
“Partners” at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California
Photo by disneybychris on August 14, 2011.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chris’s Tip Time: Your Morning at Disneyland

Once Disneyland Park opens, rush over to Star Tours in Tomorrowland and get Fastpass tickets before they magically disappear. The new version of Star Tours is the new number one attraction at Disneyland. Then, go to Adventureland and see Indiana Jones Adventure before the line gets longer. This is another popular attraction.

Please Note: Star Tours images will be posted soon.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What Attractions Opened on Opening Day?

All of you were asking me:  Which attractions opened on July 17, 1955-The opening day of Disneyland?
Well, here’s the answer.
They are:
Main Street, U.S.A.
-Disneyland Railroad
-Main Street Cinema
-Penny Arcade
-Main Street Vehicles (Horseless Carriage, Fire Wagon, Fire Truck, etc.)
-Main Street Shooting Gallery
- Mike Fink Keel Boats
- Golden Horseshoe Stage
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Stage Coach
- Mule Pack
- Circle Vision (A Tour of the West)
- Monsanto Hall of Chemistry
- Flight to the Moon
- Halley’s Comet aka Clock of the World
- Tomorrowland Autopia 
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Jungle Cruise
- Sleeping Beauty Castle
- King Arthur’s Carrousel
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey Mouse Club Circus
- Mickey Mouse Club/Fantasyland Theater
- Canal Boats of the World
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Snow White’s Adventures
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy 56th Birthday, Disneyland

On Sunday July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened to the public and it was telecast live on ABC. The telecast was hosted by Art Linkletter, Bob Cummings, and Ronald Reagan.  The first five lands opened on that day were: Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, and the Happiest Kingdom of them all, Fantasyland. Some big celebrities back then were at the opening of the park.
They were: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Alan Young, Danny Thomas, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra. 
On my next blog,  I will reveal which attractions opened on the park’s opening day. birthday cake

Friday, July 15, 2011


Hello Everyone! Welcome to Disney by Chris. Your new home for various updates on the Disney Parks. In the next couple of weeks, keep visiting this site because I (Chris) will upload images from my trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Images include new attractions including the new updated version of Star Tours.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coming Soon!

Please pardon our pixie dust!

Disney by Chris will be here soon!

Thank You!

Monday, July 11, 2011


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

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