The story of our contorted tree starts with a trip to Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris back in the Summer of 2019 . Nat and I spent a day there during our visit and we were both struck by the trees and foliage that the Imagineers planted and nurtured around their Haunted Mansion. The queue is outdoor like at WDW, but it winds through a garden full of weeping and contorted trees and shrubs. It gives off quite a look - one of decay, dying and ill-looking horticulture. Based on that trip, I included the idea of buying a 'contorted tree' on my 2020 to-do list . #13 on the list was to buy a weeping or contorted tree . I suppose that I could have crossed that off my list when I bought the tiniest of tiny contorted trees online this Spring with my small Cortorted Hortsmann Recursive Larch . But, I couldn't stop at one contorted tree. So, when we were doing a "drive through" nursery run to the Growing Place during the early stages of Covid quarantine and s
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Last Summer, we visited Disneyland Paris and one of the things that both Natalie and I were struck by was the landscaping outside of Phantom Manor . They had these trees that were all curly and the foliage looked like it was dying and twisted. A little bit of digging when we got home turned up that the trees that we were seeing were most likely Harry Lauder's Walkingstick . It was then that I started to think about contorted trees as a thing - and (potentially) a thing for our own yard. I mentioned in this post about a contorted Larch tree that I thought it was interesting to consider adding to our yard. I've been giving a lot of thought to the types of trees we should be adding - and have posted about most of them. Getting a contorted tree was tops on my list for this season. Well...on a recent Sunday, we took a drive out to The Growing Place in Aurora where they had their nursery set up as a 'drive through'. You stay in your car and drive through the
In my mind, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris is a hybrid of the two US park castles. It has the 'feel' of the OG Sleeping Beauty Castle but it is built at the scale and style of Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World in Orlando. But there's something different about the castle that is, kinda awesome. There's something called "La Tanière du Dragon". According to the Disneyland Paris Parks page : Tip-toe through the dark dungeon "La Tanière du Dragon" underneath Sleeping Beauty Castle, where a monstrous prisoner lurks. Once the ruler of the skies, this defeated dragon lies chained against jagged rocks. It may be dozing, but tread carefully, as one false move will lead to a hot, rumbling surprise. Here's that 'prisoner': This was a really neat experience that we just kind of wandered in to as we wandered on some of the park paths near the castle. I remember being inside here, seeing the dragon and looking a
There are a ton of familiar details at Disneyland Park. The hub layout. The castle...that is kind of a combination of Disneyland's castle at Disney World's scale. But, I noticed one little detail that is different. They don't two-finger point. This is a photo I took of this Cast Member who was directing people around Disneyland Park. I was sitting at a restaurant waiting for Nat and was able to watch this guy tell people where to go and what-have-you. After seeing him one-finger point for about five minutes, I had to snap a photo. What's the two-finger point? From Travel + Leisure : Disney is all about the details. Sure, every Disney fan knows that the rides, snacks, and the parks themselves are meticulously designed and maintained so visitors can be delighted at every turn, but did you know that this very thoughtful mentality also extends to the park’s staff as well? Take, for example, the fact that Disney park employees are banned from ever pointi
We spent most of our time at Disneyland Paris trying to take in some experiences that felt familiar (walking down MainStreet, etc) and some that are unique to the Paris parks. One of those unique experiences that we took in during our visit was a ride through the Phantom Manor in the Frontierland section of Disneyland Park. Phantom Manor is the close cousin of one of our favorites: Haunted Mansion. AllEars.net has a nice feature on Phantom Manor . From that AllEars piece (go read the whole thing here ): Phantom Manor is Disneyland Paris’ version of the Haunted Mansion. It is neither better than nor inferior to its cousins around the world. It’s simply different. And these differences make it very intriguing for those of us familiar with the original version. Phantom Manor has a more complete storyline than the Haunted Mansion. It goes something like this. Henry Ravenswood made his fortune in the Big Thunder Mountain gold rush. With his money he built an elegant Victori
There are these lovely little entrance plaques at some Disney parks that feature a quote from Walt Disney at the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim. As you walk through the entrance tunnels, you can look up/over and see these and smile and remember that the whole thing was in one dude's mind. Pretty amazing. I posted the one at the Magic Kingdom in Florida here on the blog back in 2016. This one, in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris is a bit different. First, the dual language thing, of course. But also the phrases are different. Magic Kingdom : ...and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. Disneyland Park: ...and enter worlds of history, discovery and ageless fantasy.
I've posted some Disney Parks maps on the blog here over the years. Mostly for posterity sake and because the parks have been doing a nice job of tailoring the maps to specific windows in time. Most recently, I shared this Tokyo DisneySea map and guide that celebrates the 35th anniversary of that overall park. And earlier this year, I posted a holiday-themed parks map from Disney California Adventure and a similarly-holiday-themed one from Disneyland . And here's one from a Halloween-time Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party . Today's post shows off a map (or as they call it a "Guide to the 2 Disney Parks" at Disneyland Paris. The cover shows the dates of January 7th --> June 28th of this year and features some legacy Disney Parks characters (Mickey the Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear) and the two new, shiny objects: Marvel (Spiderman) and Star Wars (Darth Vader). Inside, there's a double-sided map. First for Disneyland Park - which i