Disneyland Preview — Week of August 5

first_imgShare This!Happy Friday!  Yet another good-looking summer week at Disneyland is upon us!  Read on for more details in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesPhoto: DisneyAs the summer winds down, Disney is ratcheting back its special events, so there’s not that much to report for the upcoming week.  With that said, for those of you that are staying at Disney hotels, Disney is running a special promotion where Disney’s California Adventure will stay open one hour later to give you more time to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.  Think of it as an attraction-specific evening Extra Magic Hour, which happens on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Is this going to save you a ton of time? Not really, primarily because there will be plenty of people in line by the time of regular park closing hours to ensure a healthy wait for this very popular attraction. With that said, particularly if you’re showing up to experience the attraction towards the end of the extra time, you can expect to have fewer people to compete against, and therefore a relatively shorter wait.Also, the Summer of Heroes continues at Disney’s California Adventure. As always, you should read Derek Burgan’s write-up on the event if you’ve not been before to get the most out of it.CrowdsWe’re at that time where Disneyland crowds are slowly starting to trickle down as summer comes to a close. Part of that, however, is that for the next couple of weeks, two groups of Annual Passholders are completely blocked out. So this is, in a sense, the relative clam before the storm, as you can expect to see an increase in crowds once the blockout dates are lifted in a couple of weeks. Here’s what this week looks like — Monday and Tuesday should be the busiest days, but you’re still dealing with summer crowds regardless:Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherIt’s Southern California, so the weather is predicted to be, umm, nice.  Mid-80s all week, with no serious chance of rain anywhere in the forecast:Weather data via www.weather.comAs always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches; check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsDisneyland continues its full slate of shows this week to go with the large crowds, although this week sees a decline in the World of Color showings. World of Color will be showing twice every night at Disney’s California Adventure on the weekends, but it will only be shown once during the week, at 9:00pm each night. The Main Street Electrical Parade will have two showings a night at Disneyland Park, and the Remember…Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular will take place over Sleeping Beauty Castle every night as well. Additionally, both parks will run their afternoon/early evening parades once each day, and Fantasmic! will run twice a night at Disneyland Park. Detailed show schedules, including smaller-scale performances like the Disneyland Band, can be found here.Admission and HoursAnnual Passholder blockouts and park hours continue as they have the last couple of weeks. If you have a Southern California or Southern California Select Annual Passport, you’re unfortunately blocked out this entire week (and through August 20, in fact). If you have a Deluxe Annual Passport, only Saturday the 5th is blocked out. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak cost on Saturday and Sunday ($124 adult/$118 child) and Regular ($110 adult/$104 child) the remainder of the week.Disneyland Park will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at midnight every day this week, and Disney’s California Adventure will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Wednesday sees DCA open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday has hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the  Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsGood news! Everything you would expect to be open is currently open! Character Close-Up at Disney’s California Adventure is still being replaced by Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame (as it has for several years now), but everything else is open for business.Looking ahead, the Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run on August 21, 2017, and both Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion will temporarily go down from August 28 (Haunted Mansion) and August 21 (Space Mountain) through September 15, 2017 for the installment of their holiday overlays. Additionally, Big Thunder Mountain has a short refurbishment coming up from August 14-18. Keep those dates in mind if those attractions are an important part of your trip!As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike! Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

South Africa’s adventure diversity

first_imgNight-time miracle Also, the cultural/historical/political dynamic that is prevalent in this land was fascinating to observe. The apartheid era ended only about 15 years ago and the Asian, black and white people are apparently still feeling each other out, so to speak. On our sojourn, we were delighted at how beautiful and varied the South African landscape is. From rolling green hills, fertile lands, soaring mountain ranges, plunging canyons, near jungle environments, Indian Ocean-side paradises, semi-desert regions, big city settings, and a non-stop montage of small African villages, it was one unexpected surprise after another. The lesson here is that there is more to South Africa than the great game parks. Pay a visit to the Drakensberg Mountain Range and other parts of this wonderful land and I guarantee that you won’t regret it. 15 January 2009 We came back sunburnt, cut, scraped, sore – and thoroughly satisfied, as the end result of adventure tourism should be! Our tour guide took us on a 16-kilometre hike as part of our time spent in the Drakensberg Mountains. It was a challenging experience, to be sure, as my bad knee swelled up like a grapefruit during the course of this adventure, as a result of all the climbing and descending. It was the big game parks and the country’s post-apartheid era of change that initially drew us to this land. But it was our observation that there is a relative sense of peace and security here that is missing in many other parts of Africa. Just me and South Africa in the middle of the night. The Barrier of Spears Still, the mountain vistas, the alpine meadows, the plethora of local flowers, plants and insects, a cascading waterfall, examples of Bushman rock art, and the curious mountain antelope and noisy baboons made for a memorable day. It was a breathtaking, emotional moment and it ended up being one of the highlights of a fantastic 18-day tour of this beautiful country. William Lindsay of Vancouver teaches at the University of British Columbia. The Lindsays’ tour was hosted by Drifters Adventure Tours. Particularly beautiful and memorable was the Drakensberg Mountain Range, a world heritage site in the northeast corner of the country. Called “The Barrier of Spears,” this impenetrable-looking wall of mountains looks like a cross between the Grand Canyon and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Drakensberg is a favourite vacation spot for many South Africans and they take justifiable pride in it. As well, visiting the famous Paul Kruger National Park and the historic and political black township of Soweto were certainly everything advertised and expected. The big game animals that Africa is famous for were a thrill to see. I awoke and walked outside my mountain cabin to a night-time miracle of sight and sound so spectacular it took my breath away: a three-quarters full moon lighting up the alpine landscape, the nearby mountain range a mixture of moon-tinged clarity and shadowy quarters, moonlit clouds reaching over a part of the range like a ghostly waterfall, croaking frogs and chirping insects adding a background harmony of natural sound, the Southern Cross and Orion constellations standing out in the midst of a starry belt above, with the lights of a faraway African settlement providing an earthly contrast. Cultural/historical/political dynamic However, it was a middle-of-the night event that caused my visit here to rise to the level of the sublime. Our family completed a wonderful tour of South Africa this past December. Our 18-day adventure tour took us from Johannesburg to Cape Town and interesting points in between, with a set of international travel companions from three continents. This article was first published in The Vancouver Sun. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

vKernel Helps Troubleshoot Sluggish VM Deployments

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Are your VMs not performing up to snuff? Then it might be time to take a look at a new version 3.5 of vKernel’s vOperations Suite (vOps). It is now available and comes chock full of features to help you diagnose your virtual infrastructure problems. The suite has four separate modules for analyzing performance, looking at capacity issues, a general VM optimizer and a reporting tool. It installs as a single agentless virtual appliance that collects information directly from VMware’s vCenter, and then has a centralized dashboard so you can keep track of everything. For example, you can figure out which of your ESX hosts have the most spare capacity, whether any of your VMs are running out of virtual memory or need additional virtual CPUs to handle their workload, and how many actual VMs you are currently running. Related Posts Tags:#cloud#Virtualization Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… New to v3.5 are enhanced reports that can be shared, better support for more complex VM infrastructures, better “what-if” analyses, and improved analytics. Pricing starts at $299 per socket for a single module, with the entire four-module suite available at $649 per socket. You can download a free 30-day trial at the company’s site. Subsets of the features for the VMware product (which requires at least ESX 2.5) are also available for HyperV installations. last_img read more

Philly 360° Playlist: Singer/Songwriter Guordan Banks’ New Single “Good At What You Do”

first_imgGuordan Banks(M. Edlow for GPTMC/Philly 360°) Dreamchasers signee Guordan Banks is back with a new single entitled “Good at What You Do” from his highly-anticipated EP, I Wanna Sing for Oprah. The talented writer serenaded his way onto the Philly 360° playlist with his clever lyrics and undeniable melodies. In this smooth mid-tempo track, Banks sings of the woman with enough appeal to make him forget about all the “Rihannas, Teyannas, and Ciaras” of the world. The synth-driven track was produced by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias. Banks is slowly teasing fans with great records from his upcoming release. It was first his Meek Mill assisted “Where Are We,” then “We Might Die” which featured a stunning visual shot by Spike Jordan. Though there hasn’t been a release date announced yet, we know many are hoping it will be sooner than later. First garnering attention as a songwriter with credits boasting Keyshia Cole, Vivian Green, John Legend and more, Banks stepped out into his own solo artistry once signed with Philly’s own Meek Mill. He was the featured artist on Mill’s “Used to Be” from Dreamchasers 2 which had over 2 million downloads in one day on mixtape website, Dat Piff. From working with top artists in the game like 50 Cent to performing around the country, it seems that Banks could easily be a part of the artists that lead the frontier of R&B music within the next few years. He shows his diversity as an artist by being able to exhibit his vocal ability while staying relevant with catchy hooks and concepts. Check out the latest single “Good at What You Do” below and let us know what you think about it! Remember Philly supports Philly, so encourage your local artists.last_img read more

German globetrotter starts hand-made adventure vehicles workshop in Maharashtra

first_imgMan and the machine: Guido Bothe with the HammerWhat does the Hindi word “chinkara” have in common with German’s “schnell”? Everything, to 47-year-old German expatriate Guido Bothe.Resident of Alibag and the mastermind of Chinkara Motors, run in partnership with wife Shama, Bothe produces hand-made adventure vehicles. His most famous is,Man and the machine: Guido Bothe with the HammerWhat does the Hindi word “chinkara” have in common with German’s “schnell”? Everything, to 47-year-old German expatriate Guido Bothe.Resident of Alibag and the mastermind of Chinkara Motors, run in partnership with wife Shama, Bothe produces hand-made adventure vehicles. His most famous is modelled after the smallest Asiatic gazelle, “sleek, graceful, nimble and very quick”.The Chinkara 1.8 S Roadster – the S stands for schnell, or “fast” in German – made its debut at the Mumbai Auto Show 2003, receiving much acclaim as India’s first indigenous sports car. The vehicle comes customised and takes three-and-a-half months to complete.Bothe’s most recent creation is the Hammer, which made its first appearance at Delhi’s DefExpo ’06 in February. The vehicle looks like a 1960s Corvette Stingray, with a machine-gun mount on the back and armoured in hand-fitted layers of Kevlar and ceramic. It weighs 1,100 kg and is equipped with a 130 hp engine.Bothe predicts that the Hammer has a “huge” potential market among border patrols, special task forces, forest departments and antipoaching squads. “Like a hammer, you get in, hit your target fast, then get out fast,” he explains.It is not a high turnover business. Bothe and his 11-man team of welders, moulders, mechanics and fitters have custom-built 11 of the Chinkara Roadsters since 2003; it will take at least 50 of them to be sold for the company to even break even on its investment.Each Chinkara Roadster costs between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 7 lakh and Bothe admits his consumer base isn’t large. But he isn’t worried. “Success in numbers is minuscule,” he says, insisting that Chinkara is in business for the long haul to “look at the fun-factor of vehicles”, especially since a growing number of people consider cars as “not just a means of transport”.advertisementShama handles the administrative responsibilities-besides, being an Indian she technically owns the company- while Bothe attends to the workshop, re-engineering and finishing auto parts into the works of his imagination. Since the company’s inception, Chinkara has expanded its product line to include all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and speedboats.In his youth, Bothe had travelled the world, experimenting with extreme sports and at 36, he took a holiday in Maharashtra where he met Shama while sailing with her cousin. “When I went back (to Germany), it was like being in the wrong movie,” he says.”People were white and grey. I had such a good time in India, I decided to move here and stay with the good times.”last_img read more

Public Education Campaign to Boost Productivity

first_imgA public education campaign, aimed at sensitizing Jamaicans about the importance of productivity to national development, is among measures to be undertaken by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, as it seeks to boost the levels of output in the public and private sectors.According to portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, there is a lack of contribution and commitment of all “able-bodied’ citizens,” which is affecting the ability to build a strong and resilient productivity culture in the country.“We have to build the awareness level in the country, and everyone has to be on board because we won’t get the results we want if everyone is not in full understanding of what productivity is all about, and what it means to the growth and development of the country, as well as the individual,” he stated.“We are working to have a scenario created where businesses will become more productive, so that their goods can become more competitive both in the local and overseas markets. This will give them more economic clout, and they will be able to expand their businesses, and employ more persons, which will enhance economic growth,” he noted further.Minister Kellier was speaking at a Think Tank held on May 21 at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) head office in Kingston.He stated that as part of the effort to boost productivity, the Government has increased the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) budget by approximately 27 per cent for this fiscal year.The increased allocation, Mr. Kellier said, will allow the centre to be more actively involved in what the Ministry has dubbed “the productivity revolution”.The Minister stressed that productivity is the one key element that can move the country forward and realize the Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica “the place of choice, to live, work, raise families, and do business”.Contact: Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more