The Rivers of America lit up with a colorful glow last week as Disneyland premiered the new “Glow with the Show” addition to the popular Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular. Fantasmic’s “Glow with the Show” premiere was a special event for Disneyland’s Annual Passholders who brought their own ears to light up the Rivers of America with Mickey Mouse. Meanwhile, construction on Disneyland’s new Fantasy Faire continues as the Fantasyland Theater prepares for a new show. And Halloween Time continues to creep in around the park, with Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion preparing for their seasonal overlays and the new Pirates League now open to guests in New Orleans Square.
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|Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.|
Our friends at MouseInfo reported last week that Disneyland’s Voices of Liberty a capella group would be extending their limited engagement through the holiday season. Originally, the group’s final performances were scheduled for labor day weekend.
Below, see our video of the Voices of Liberty from their debut earlier this summer:
The Coke Corner archway has been completely removed. To be honest, I walked by this area twice before realizing it was missing. It’s sad to see the arch go, as it supported the Main Street theme and helped establish the dining area, but if you aren’t specifically looking for it you probably won’t realize it’s gone.
Rumor is that the refurbishments will include the installation of new safety railing to the bridges and areas of track that pose a danger to Cast Members when inspecting the attraction or to Guests during evacuations.
Below, take a ride on the Casey Jr. Circus Train from the backwards-facing caboose seat, as Guests saw it this weekend, just before its closure.
On Tuesday, Annual Passholders were invited to the premiere of Fantasmic’s first “Glow with the Show” performance. First introduced in June at Disney California Adventure, the light-up Glow with the Show ear hats interact with the popular “World of Color” show, the Mad T Party event and the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. Now, the ear hats work in Disneyland at the park’s Fantasmic! nighttime water-and-light show.
From 10 p.m. until Midnight, Passholders were invited to enjoy operating attractions and shops in Adventureland, Frontierland and New Orleans Square. Passholders could also enjoy special menu items at several restaurants throughout the area.
As for “Glow with the Show,” it proved to be a successful addition to Fantasmic!; adding an additional layer to the show. The view of the audience during the show is really a lot of fun, enhanced by the way in which the river wraps around this area of the park.
While the free event for Annual Passholders is a nice gesture, every viewing of Fantasmic! with the new “Glow with the Show” addition won’t be this spectacular for regular guests. Much like with World of Color, “Glow with the Show” only really succeeds when the majority of the audience is wearing the light-up ears, otherwise the effect is lost.
Take a look at our video of Fantasmic! “Glow with the Show” below:
Nearby the Rivers of America, in New Orleans Square, the new Pirates League pirate-themed makeover boutique has opened in the typically-quiet Court of Angels. Guests looking to “join the crew” enter the Pirates League through the old Le’ Ornament Magique storefront.
Still, it would be nice if Disney stopped converting the quiet corners of New Orleans Square into retail space. We already lost the Royal Courtyard between the Port Royal and Pieces of Eight gift shops a few years ago to overflow Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise displays.
Speaking of Halloween Time, Space Mountain in Tomorrowland will close briefly next week to install the Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay, but projectors and sound equipment for the Halloween overlay are already going up outside the attraction.
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|Under the Seaweed|
Ariel is now flanked on either side by extra seaweed. The addition of the seaweed is likely to better obscure the mechanism that holds up the Audio-Animatronics figure as well as block the view of her new hair, which looks strange from side angles.
Below, video of the re-worked scene.
On Sunday, Disneyland hosted its seventh annual Disneyland Half-Marathon. The event was sold out, drawing. over 17,000 registered runners
Jimmy Grabow, from Running Springs, CA, won the race, clocking in at 1:05:29.
Cindy Lynch won the women’s title at finishing with a time of 1:24:45. Congrats to all those who participated.
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I was disappointed to see this delayed opening schedule continue this weekend, during a busy Labor Day weekend. As one of the first places guests can walk into upon entering Disneyland, the Disney Gallery should be open for business as soon as park gates open. Guests shouldn’t be greeted by closed doors when entering Disneyland. That’s just bad show.
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
September 3-9, 2012
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|Monday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday: 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm
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|Alright, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. What do you think of the addition of “Glow with the Show” at Fantasmic? Do you think it’s as good as World of Color’s “Glow with the Show”? Do you even like the “Glow with the Show” ear hats? Let us know in the comments section below!
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