Here we go again on the crazy merry-go-round that is the Weekend Update. Each week we strive to surprise!

This week, Fishbulb gives us a rare peek at the Cinderella Castle Royal Suite, also known as the Dream Suite. The furnishings in this place are over the top. Then ichigopara takes us to the Cape Cod Cook-off Restaurant in Tokyo DisneySeas to give us a final look at Donald's Boat Builders Show. Across the sea at Florida's Magic Kingdom, the Muppets have been enlisted to help with the Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade which precedes the afternoon parade. nbodyhome shares photos and video from this pre-parade show.

SummerInFL has a bit of Oddlando for us to view this week. She visited Titanic - The Experience and documented her trip for us. Finally this week, sir clinksalot visits Oatman, Arizona to see the world famous, uh, uh, burros. You're not going to believe this, but he sent us photos of his wife and son playing with their vegetables.

Welcome to the Worldwide Weekend Update!






Fishbulb takes us on a tour of the Cinderella Castle Royal Suite


A Tour of the Cinderella Castle Royal Suite (aka Dream Suite)




The only windows in the Dream suite


The elevator in the breezeway


Flying buttresses in the breezeway


Visitors enter a small lobby where this desk is and...


ride in this elevator up to the third floor to a similar foyer where the door to the Dream suite is.


Entering the Dream suite this is your view. The place is VERY small













Directly to the left of the door is the bathroom






Starry bath




Shower stall



Going back through the bed area and around the "fireplace" we come to the Living area where the only windows in the whole suite are




The windows we saw from outside


The flat screen tv





ichigopara pays a last visit to Donald's Boat Builders


This week was the last showing of Donald's Boat Builders at TDS.

While dining in the "Donald's Boat Builders" section of the Cape Cod Cook-Off restaurant, you may enjoy continuous shows alternating between classic Disney cartoon shorts, live performances and a character show featuring Donald Duck and friends.
Tokyo Disneyland Website














The room was packed with people who waited all day to see the last showings. We arrived around 2pm and were able to get in but not everyone was so lucky.







Goodbye Donald's Boat Builders!

They have already walled off that side of the restaurant to get ready for the new show.


Other than that the parks have been very empty because it is the slow season and very cold!

A very short wait for Duffy!

See you next time!





The Muppets invade the Magic Kingdom's 3:00 parade by Denise "nbodyhome" Preskitt

Walt Disney World now has a Muppets pre-parade before the 3:00 parade. When I first heard about it, I thought it'd be mostly Muppets. It's actually called the "Disney's Honorary VoluntEARS Calvalcade", and features performers, honorary volunteers and Kermit, Miss Piggy and Sweetums. It's a cute addition to the parade, and I love the Muppets.



















































In this photo taken on another day, you can see Kermits string better:



I took this video in Frontierland on opening day as well (before we raced to Main Street for the above photos):

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR59akdjT1Q]YouTube - The Muppets Pre-Parade Celebrating Volunteering at the Magic Kingdom - Opening Day 01/08/2010[/ame]


And we had some very cold, freezing weather for the last couple of weeks. Many plants and trees at Disney were damaged:







Be sure to visit Denise's website: mousesteps.com.





SummerInFL visits Oddlando's


Outside the theme parks Orlando isn't necessarily known for quality attractions. Oddlando is a favorite term used, even by us, so you can imagine my surprise when my family discovered a wonderfully professional, informative and amazingly interractive exhibit featuring the tragic and romantic story of the Titanic.

Titanic: The Experience

Fully costumed character's lead you from room to room telling the story of the ship herself and that fateful night.

Each room is filled with different artifacts and recreations from the time period, including newspaper responses to the tragedy.

You start outside on the dock, the voices of busy travelers filling the air.

As we were of course 1st class passengers, we were allowed onto the boat through a different entryway than the 3rd class.

While everyone is getting settled the wire is busy sending messages back home to loved ones talking about the ship and the massive enormity of it.

The recreations of each room were just beautiful and really captured what it felt like to be on the Titanic herself.







This dish was actually recovered from the bottom of the ocean, you can see the photo of the piece in the above photo.







My favorite, as I'm sure it would be for most people, is the recreation of the staircase, from the floor to the ceiling.











A tour would not be complete without visiting every area of the ship. It was at this point that we were joined by a 3rd class passenger who offered to show us the 3rd class accommodations and the boiler room below.

Contrary to popular opinion while there were gates to keep the lower class passengers from venturing up to the 1st class/2nd class areas, there was a back staircase that was only closed off by a rope and a sign, giving them access to the upper areas of the ship. Unfortunately most weren't aware of that staircase.

Storage on the lower decks carried all manner of items for the 1st class passengers to be used when they reached New York City.



The boilers had to be constantly fed coal by workers who had to endure unbearable heat conditions.



Our tour progressed to captain's deck above, where the story was told that included the call to the captain, the lookout without binoculars and the hitting of the iceberg.

As passengers aboard were oblivious to the trouble brewing below, most were confused when everyone was called up on deck.
In the room above you could hear the voices of those on deck and the arctic chill in the air really put you there that fateful night as our guide tells us of the events that unfolded.

As the story came to a close he asked us all to pull out our tickets and at the bottom contained a name of someone who was aboard the ship with brief description of who they were. He then told us to find their names on the walls and those that held their name in bold survived and those with an outline of their name perished.

In the next room he called for volunteers to put their hand against the ice for 15 seconds, most of the children made it but then he said, "You've just experienced what the temperature was like the night the Titanic went down."

It was there that he concluded his portion of the ship tour but the next room contained present information regarding the shipwreck and the dives down to her.

They even had a model of what she looks like on the ocean floor currently.

As the exhibit focused mainly on the ship herself, they did include a section that covered all the movies that have been made about her. With various props and costumes, it was a really great collection of movie memorabilia.

From the ring that was given to Rose (Kate Winslet) in the most recent film.

To the costume worn by Leonardo Dicaprio.

It was there that our tour guide asked if we had any questions. One thing to mention is he didn't have to stay but given the inquisitive nature of our group he just answered question after question. He was incredibly knowledgeable and you could really tell that he loves what he does. I honestly believe that our experience was enhanced because of the way he told the story and brought us along.

I was a fan of this tragic story even before the movies made it popular, to be able to get hear the stories and see the items that the ship contained was a real pleasure for me. If you have been entranced by this tragedy like I have, this exhibit is something you shouldn't pass up on your visit to Florida.





sir clinkaslot travels the historic Route 66 to Oatman, Arizona

Welcome to Oatman, AZ!


Oatman is a former mining town in the Black Mountains of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Located at an elevation of 2700 ft/896m, it began as a tent camp soon after two prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in 1915, though the area had been already settled for a number of years. Oatman's population grew to more than 3,500 in the course of a year.

Oatman has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years thanks to burgeoning worldwide interest in Route 66 and the explosive growth of the nearby gaming town of Laughlin, Nevada, which promotes visits to the town. Wild burros freely roam the town and can be hand-fed carrots and "burro chow," both readily available in practically every store in town. Though normally gentle, the burros are in fact wild and signs posted throughout Oatman advise visitors to exercise caution. The burros are descended from pack animals turned loose by early prospectors, and are protected by the US Department of the Interior. Weekends in Oatman can see anything from classic car rallies to mock "Wild West" shootouts right down the middle of old 66. Independence Day celebrations include a contest where participants attempt to cook an egg on the sidewalk with the aid of solar devices. Along with the rest of Arizona's US 66 towns, Oatman is fiercely proud of its Route 66 heritage and replicas of 66's black-on-white US highway shield are posted all over the town. Route 66 souvenirs abound and many tourists have pasted autographed one-dollar bills on the walls and ceiling of the Oatman Hotel's bar and restaurant. Estimates of the number of bills run into the thousands.



Mountains surround the town on all sides

The main (okay ONLY) street in Oatman. This is actually Route 66.

The Glory Hole of Route 66

The town is quite popular with travelers and motorcyclists

You will find many interesting names for shops and restaurants, like the Classy Coyote

Yellowhammer's Place

Olive Oatman's

Jackass Junction

And of course, the Classy ***

One of the main attractions in Oatman are the burros who wander around the town. Many of the stores offer carrots to feed them for only $1.




Belle demonstrates the proper way to feed a Burro

As you can see, the Burro's don't care about you driving your car around


While Oatman was interesting, I wouldn't make any kind of special trip there. If you are in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area it's worth the 30 minute drive to see a bit of the history of Route 66.






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And that brings us to the end of another week. Our photographers have just enough time to reload their cameras before we see you all again next weekend. Thank you to all of our wonderful readers, and as always, a huge thank you to our amazing team of global photographers, spies, and gossips:


Denise nbodyhome Preskitt (mousesteps.com)
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