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The blog of Swedish artist Johanna Öst.

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California 2013: Disneyland day three

May 2, 2013 in Disney parks, Travels and My photos

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Finally, here are the photos from our last day at Disneyland, which was spent at both parks.

I haven’t had the energy and time to read and reply to all the wonderful blog comments I’ve gotten since I got back from our trip, I’m sorry if you’ve felt ignored! But now I’ve read them all, so do check back if you’ve been waiting for a reply!

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California 2013: Disneyland day two

Apr 24, 2013 in Disney parks, Travels and My photos

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The second day at Disneyland Resort we went to California Adventure. I was pretty excited about it since they have changed lots of stuff since I was last there. I was mostly excited about seeing Buena Vista Street, which is supposed to be like a Los Angeles street in the 1920s, lots of beautiful art deco architecture!

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East Sussex and Paris vacation, day five

Jul 20, 2011 in Disney parks and Travels

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On the last day we went to Disneyland Paris. We’ve been there once before in 2006. It was the first Disney park we visited so I thought it might be fun to revisit one more time.

I didn’t have very high expectations, but I was still pretty disappointed. It’s a beautiful park (though not as well maintained as the US parks) with the undoubtedly best looking castle of any Disney park, and the best themed Tomorrowland (called Discoveryland). They even have a “live” dragon! Another highlight was the loading area of Pirates of the Caribbean which was beautiful, although you could see the ceiling clearly.

However, the mood at Disneyland Paris is so vastly different from the American parks that I adore. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what it is, but it feels like there’s a general un-enthusiasm in both guests and employees.

I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing but people just seem ruder. I was stepped on and bumped into so many times in the queues without any apologies. Then there’s the smoking everywhere. People pretty much smoke all the way up to the indoor portion of a queue or when they enter the actual ride, leading to cigarette butts all over the place. Cigarette smoke never fails to give me a headache so I spent a lot of time trying to hold my breath.

I think the best ride was definitely Big Thunder Mountain, which is somewhat different but still very similar to the Disneyland and Disney World versions. Space Mountain was both good and bad. It felt faster and more “extreme” than the Disneyland version which I love (the Disney World version is really boring in comparison), but the seats were terrible in that you continuously bumped your head into the headrest so hard that we both came out with headaches and decided not to go again. The music was also very faint and boring compared to the Disneyland version.

I’d say if you’re a Disney park enthusiast it’s definitely worth going once to check out the theming and the differences from the other parks, but otherwise I can’t say I recommend it. I do remember it as being more enjoyable the first time I visited, but I don’t know if that’s selective memory, if it actually has become worse, or if my visits to the US parks have set my standards too high.

If you want to see more photos from our trip check out Henrik’s flickr. He was the photographer for pretty much all the photos except the ones he’s in.

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Disneyland 2010

Oct 23, 2010 in Disney parks and Travels

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I just finished sorting through all the photos from our Disneyland/LA trip, so here’s the first batch, the Disneyland photos!

Disneyland was great as usual but a little different with Halloween versions of a few rides. The “Ghost Galaxy” version of Space Mountain was pretty good, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion Holiday, although I am a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

We stayed at the Candy Cane Inn which was really great and very close to the parks, we only took the shuttle once and I actually think walking was quicker.

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