Unforgetable Disneyland

Disneyland
Disneyland

“The thing will get more beautiful year after year. And it will get better as I find out what the public likes; I can’t do that with a picture it’s finished and unchangeable before I find out whether the public likes it or not.” – Walt Disney on Disneyland.

Walt Disney found different reasons to build his seventeen million dollar Magic Kingdom in Anaheim in 1955. The idea had originally stemmed from his dissatisfaction with Los Angeles amusement parks in the late 1930s. While his two young daughters would ride the merry-go-round Walt would look at the tawdry surroundings and wonder why the place couldn’t be better. Also he was receiving letters from people who wished to take tours of the Disney Studio- what would they see, guys bent over drawing boards? Walt had flirted with the idea of a small park across the street from the studio, and then put it aside bowing to opposition from the city of Burbank, plus financial setbacks largely due to the initial failures of Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi. On a personal note in 1948 Walt built his own personal miniature railroad in his backyard. The one-eighth scale Carolwood Pacific was a fun hobby that allowed Walt to escape business pressures, but his wife Lillian wasn’t thrilled with her grown husband spending long days riding on a choo choo train through her begonias. Disneyland would eventually provide him with a bigger train to ride in without the spousal disapproval. But perhaps most important to Walt, Disneyland gave him a unique opportunity for a never-ending project.

For a perfectionist like Walt Disney filmmaking was often a frustrating experience. Even when one Walt’s pictures did well he sometimes lamented that they could have been better if he hadn’t faced a deadline or had a chance for a do over. After the short cartoon The Three Little Pigs (1933) became an enormous hit Walt had been pressured by bankers and distributers into making sequels, which had not been nearly as successful. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) had made eight million dollars at a time when movies cost 25 cents for adults and a dime for kids, yet Walt fretted about a scene where the prince seemed to shimmy and years later complained about not being able to improve on it. Other features that Walt personally loved such as So Dear to My Heart (1946) and Pollyanna (1960) did not do well at the box office. Walt had taken a shot at an ongoing task with Fantasia in 1940, the multi-segmented classical music cartoon could have theoretically, if Disney had his way, played forever with new sequences replacing others every few months. But Fantasia bombed at the box office in it’s first release and plunged Walt into debt. As Walt’s enthusiasm for pictures diminished, the idea of Disneyland took on a greater allure. Continue reading “Unforgetable Disneyland”

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Niagara Falls, Canada

No longer your grandmother’s fondest-recalled honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls Canada has something modern and unique to offer to every visitor, from the savvy single to the travelling couple. Ontario Travel makes your next trip nothing short of spectacular, with access to travel accommodations and activity planning and recommendations in one place.

With so much to do on a trip to Niagara Falls Canada, you may not know where to start.

Whether you’re taking a romantic getaway weekend, or planning a honeymoon, there are plenty of things to do on a trip to Niagara Falls! Spend an afternoon wandering through Clifton Hill, visiting Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, testing your nerves in the Haunted House, checking out the Guinness World Records museum, or grabbing a bite to eat. Explore the whimsy and beauty of Niagara Falls Canada while holding hands on a trip through the Butterfly Conservatory, or marvel at the amazing avian population at Bird Kingdom. Finish off your day in Niagara Falls with a few hours at one of the several indoor water parks!

Make New Memories on a Trip to Niagara Falls

You can’t visit without really seeing the falls! Hop aboard the Maid of the Mist for an unforgettably close view, or take a Journey Behind The Falls for a different perspective. Don’t forget to take photos of yourselves as you’re experiencing one of the best couple’s getaway locations in the world. Take an exhilarating helicopter ride to get stunning aerial views, or get the most thrilling version on a high-speed Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour. The hour long adrenaline rush offers visitors the ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ option, just in case you weren’t planning to get soaked! And you’ve just got to include a romantic meal at the Skylon Revolving Dining Room, 775 feet above the falls. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without it!

Gourmet restaurants, exciting nightlife, or nightly shows guarantee you won’t be heading to bed early! Take a tour of Ontario wineries just a few minutes away in Niagara-On-The-Lake, or practice your swing on one of over 40 Ontario golf courses in the area. Indulge in a couples spa treatment and leave your worries behind. Feeling a bit more daring? Take your chances at one of two top-notch casinos, or at the Fort Erie Racetrack. Marineland offers visitors the chance to see marine life with the fun of an amusement midway. There truly is something for everyone on a trip to Niagara Falls.

Artistic Side of Kuala Lumpur

Aesthetics is part of any culture; and in Kuala Lumpur, it plays a great role in honing the beautiful heritage of the city. Though we are already in the modern age, art is not just displayed in the architectural designs of shopping malls, offices and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. With the existence of art museums in the city, tourists can discover what traditional art is all about.

The National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery

For a better understanding of the aesthetic background of Malaysia, one has to pay a visit to the Craft Complex in Jalan Conlay. It is museum which displays a very wide array of Malaysia crafts, portraying the very rich heritage of the nation.

Known as the Kompleks Budaya Kraf to the locals, this museum features exclusive Malaysian handcrafts including silk kaftans, bathrobes, silverware, pewterware, glassware, pottery and more.

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is located in an area which boasts lush gardens. It is divided into four main blocks: Craft Museum, where the exhibits are showcased for viewing; the Craft Village, where craft demonstrations and interactive sessions take place; the Artists’ Colony, where the artworks of renowned Malaysian artists are displayed; and the Karyaneka Craft Boutique, where visitors may buy keepsakes and souvenirs.

The museum is indeed a landmark and it plays a great role in honing the aesthetical value of Kuala Lumpur. It is managed by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation which is a statutory body of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

Another interesting destination to provide Kuala Lumpur accommodation – in an aesthetic sense – is the National Art Gallery.

The National Art Gallery is an art museum which aim is to defy the fact that not many appreciate art as not many understand the meaning sent out by the pieces of artworks created by artists. Through the establishment of the museum, people are expected to learn how to love aesthetics and be aware of the preservation, development, exploration and experimentation of Malaysian Art.

The National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, or the Balai Seni Lukis Negara, is located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, overlooking the Railway Station. It was established in 1958 and operations started with only 4 donated artworks on display.

But now, it features more than 2500 artworks which include ceramics from the early 1900’s; Chinese ink paintings from 1964; drawings and water colour arts dating from the 1950s to the 1980s; and antique wall fixtures.

The National Art Gallery is divided into five sections: Creative Gallery, Workshop, Resource Center, Auditorium, and the Administrative Center. It is housed on a building constructed on 1932, which features a very unique architectural design. One striking feature of the facade is its roof which displays a combination of tinted glasses and metal.

Daytime Activities in Las Vegas

You probably know Las Vegas primarily for its active nightlife. But when you’re planing a trip to sin city, you’ll undoubtedly want to fill your days with fun activities as well. (You may be very tired after a night out, but it would be such as waste to just sleep all day in Vegas!)

This article will go over a variety of things you can do during the day for very little cost. Many of them are actually free of charge.

Before we get started, though, it’s important to stress the value of forming a clear daily plan, instead of just rolling with the punches and indulging in whatever catches your eye. You need to remember that in Las Vegas, the pricey things to do will be much more obvious and in your face. If you want to save money, you will have a work a little harder to find the discounts. But they are there, so don’t get discouraged! With that said, here are some recommendations of cheap daytime activities

1. Take a trip to a museum.

There are plenty of museums in Las Vegas that have free admission, so you can check out a really cool piece of history without spending a dime. For example, you could try the Neon Museum or the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History. Another fun option is the Pinball Hall of Fame, which offers a really cool look into the history of pinball machines. There are hundreds of machines at the museum for you to check out!

2. Take a Walk on the Strip

This might not sound like a real activity, but taking a leisurely stroll down the Vegas strip is one of the most entertaining ways to spend a few daylight hours. Taking in all the sights and sounds of all the hot spots on the strip is a very fun experience, and it has a different character during the day. The best part of this is that you clearly won’t have to pay anything to take a walk in public!

3. Check Out Free Attractions at Hotels

The major hotels on the strip all offer very cool attractions that you can check out for free, which can be a great way to spend an hour or two during your day. The Bellagio has a Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; the MGM Grand has a Lion Habitat; Caesar’s Palace offers an impressive fountain; and Mandalay Bay has a Shark Reef. (Other hotels have other attractions.)

This article has presented just a couple ideas for how to spend your daytime hours in Las Vegas without spending much money, if any at all. But there are also plenty other activities you can do, including traveling to Las Vegas Chinatown or hiking at the Red Rocks Canyon.

And all in all, if you have an active night planned, don’t feel too bad about sneaking in an hour or two of sleep; just don’t nap the entire day away!

Nagano Ski Resorts

Nagano Ski Resorts
Nagano Ski Resorts

Many couples and families like to plan a bit adventurous and unique holidays which include taking part in different sports activities. This is the reason why many are looking for ski resorts which not only offer skiing opportunities but all the luxury and comfort of a perfect holiday package.

Japan is one country which has always been a popular tourist destination because of its breath taking landscape, ancient heritages and cultural activities. However, one more attraction can be added to this list, i.e., the country is also attracting tourists as a beautiful skiing destination.

While die-hard skiing fans would prefer European or North American countries for its natural snowfall, Japan wins bonus points due to its unbelievable snow conditions, high quality and beautifully maintained resorts, friendly and polite manners of local peoples, hot spring baths, tasty cuisines and many more. Hence, no wonder that winter Olympics had been held twice in this country. When it comes to some popular skiing destinations, Nagano Ski resorts definitely deserve special mention.

What attracts ski lovers to Japan is that it guarantees powder snowfall throughout the season. There are resorts which ensure a snowfall of over 14 meters per season and a continuous vertical drop of 1,000m. You can select terrains as per your skiing expertise. There are options for adventurous skier as well as first timers. Nagano Ski resorts are famous for grand scales, amazingly breath taking panoramic views, number of ski terrains and awesome powder quality snow.

There are tour operators who will plan for you the perfect package covering all popular skiing destinations in Japan. Spots will be recommended depending on your skiing experience. Those who are first time skiers just interested in enjoying the experience of snow boarding can do so, while those who are looking for some true adventure with the best powder snow in the world can opt for packages accordingly. After a day’s skiing, you can enjoy hot spring bath and relax with your drinks and then end the day with a sumptuous dinner. Apart from great skiing experience, you can explore the place too and experience a completely different culture, lifestyle and landscape, e.g. Nagano Ski resorts have a lot of other tourist attractions like temples, botanical gardens, museums and art galleries and public parks. You can even take a walk down the village road to explore the place in your own way.

By going with an experienced tour operator you can get tailor made packages at reasonable rates. They will inform you about best ski resorts and the right season to visit. Further, you will be guided throughout the tour by an English speaking guide. This is the reason why ski lovers as well as general tourists from different countries are heading for Japan ski destinations to spend a very different and eventful winter. However, do make a thorough enquiry before finalizing your trip. Know if the tour planner will offer any special discount on a seasonal basis.