AS BIG AS SLEEPING BEAUTY'S CASTLE: While there are numerous small 'n sweet things to be found at Disneyland -- the pennies at the bottom of the wishing well in Snow White's Grotto, the cards delivered by the fortune telling machine at the Penny Arcade, the jewels inside Pirates of the Caribbean, the stars twinkling inside Space Mountain -- it is a destination that famously thinks big. Sleeping Beauty's Castle is stare-up-in-wonder big, as is the Matterhorn. And that final drop at Splash Mountain? Imagineers were not thinking small when they designed that one. And keeping with the go-bigger tradition is D23 Expo, the every-two-years Disney fan convention that will again alight, just a short walk from the world's most famous theme park, at the Anaheim Convention Center in August.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: This is the three-day weekend when movie stars of upcoming properties make cameos -- Johnny Depp has, in the past, and just about every other recent movie headliner -- and reveals and/or peeks are made at projects in the works. The "Silly Symphonies" will get a special concert, complete with live orchestra, if you want to take an animated trip back to the '30s. Pixar aficionados are out in force, and "Star Wars" mavens, too, and those who dig the history of Walt Disney's dream visit the archive exhibit, which shall include "(m)ore than 300 classic and contemporary objects celebrating the 60th anniversary of Walt's first theme park." Ah yes, it is also the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, so prepare for much merch and lots of love given to that.
ADVANCE TICKETS... at a discounted price have been available, but not for much longer. That all wraps on June 30, so if you want to score your adult one-day general admission for sixty seven dollars, rather than seventy four dollars, best do that before July kicks in. After all, if you've been sewing your Rapunzel costume or Captain Jack Sparrow outfit for the last few weeks, you want to make sure you have your ticket firmly in hand (and put the extra few bucks you've saved towards something needed for your look -- more hair flowers or beads, perhaps). Need ticket info for the Aug. 14-16 expo, Mouseketeers? The parade is this way.