Fantasmic! glows with the show as construction continues at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on September 03, 2012 at 4:07 am with 31 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Crazee4mm

    I think the white elephant in the room in regards to the very thin crowds (until the passholders showed up around 5:00) is that it has become just too expensive to go to Disneyland anymore. I used to have 9 friends who all had passes. Now I have only one (and myself) who remain. I went to various parks this past weekend (Magic Mountain, Universal, and Knott’s) to get passes from them and was surprised to see that each of these parks were packed (on Saturday). After spending an hour or two inside each park I finally made my way to Disneyland. I walked onto Main Street around 3:30 and was amazed to see that Main Street was practically deserted! There was about 45 minutes to go before the parade reached that point and I couldn’t believe that there were so few people. When the parade DID come by (around 4:50 p.m.) everyone was crowded onto the Candy Palace side of the street due to the sun. The East side of the street was almost completely devoid of humanity!

    I asked a ticket booth cast member if passholders were renewing at lower levels or letting them lapse altogether. She told me that the renewal rate was not what Disney was expecting and that I should take note that the posters recruiting new passholders were, once again, up in front of the ticket booths. All I know is that I was once a member of 10 pass holding Disney fanatics and that group has dwindled to just myself and my friend Ian. Tellingly though, most of my former group now have passes to other So. Cal. parks instead. Something most of them would have never done before the price increases. It’s a hardship for me BUT I think I can renew my pass in October but if the price increases further, I’ll have to let it go. And for someone who has been a pass holder solidly since the 1990′s, it’s going to leave a very hollow feeling in my wallet by not being there.

  • Mac Daddy

    Great update Andy! I’m kicking myself for not getting tickets for the Fantasmic Glow show as that shot of the M.T. going by with the ears all lit up is AMAZING! Secondly, the pirate mess in the Court of Angels really is a travesty. Way to junk up one of the most gorgeous areas of the park, Disney!


  • Ortizmo2000

    Those shots of the Royal Courtyard are throat-gaggingly awful. The pirate trappings are perhaps the worst tackiness I’ve seen in Disneyland ever. This is temporary, right?

    One day is too long. Shabby……very shabby.

  • Gibson510

    I just think it’s sad that every inch of storefront in New Orleans Square is being converted to retail space. A beautiful, charming corner of the park is now being used so Disney can sell more packaged toys and clothing made in China at a huge markup. Sad sad sad!

  • DisneyMan

    I personally wish that the Pirates League had some guy pirates around doing the work or at least doing some guest interactions. While my daughter enjoys the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique girls, I would like more male interactions when dealing with pirates. Thoughts?

  • jjjay69

    For those that are interested. Sometime at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. The Court of Angels will no longer be there. It will be the new enterance to the Club 33..

  • brianpinsky

    Hey that me in one of the photos. It was the 11th Fantasmic photo the one of the close up crowd. The teenager on the right of the screen is my sister and she has a family friend on her lap. Me I am the one in the blue shirt on the left. The other adult we were with is behind the people in the center of the photo. The event was so much fun and the cupcakes were almost the best part. One detail he left out is that the ears did not work of on the last 50 feet of both ends of the viewing areas or for the balconey of the dream sweet. The are probaly going to fix that. If you view the video in the post you will see two things that you may miss is you were there. At the first part there is the strange ears that seem to be higher than the rest. That was some guys ears he modifed to make into ailen ears that did not sync with the show, so the set of ears on the farthest right that was not syncing the whole show was a kid in a stroller who fell alseep half way through the show. Cann’t wait for the Frankenwinnie AP event :)

  • whamo

    I hit the parks on Tuesday afternoon. River Rapids was very popular. It was a long wait, but it was worth it. That’s such a fun ride when the weather is hot. Single rider got us on Soarin lickity split. Ice cream on Buena Vista is rather bland compared to the offerings on Main Street. Starbucks was doing a lot of business, in the afternoon, while the ice cream store workers were standing around waiting for instead of on customers. The line for Star Wars was a long one, but some good guy gave us his Fastpasses because his child was too small to go to Naboo. The crowd wasn’t as light as I expected. I saw a lot of kids that should have been in school. The parade was a nice way to end the day.

  • monorail91

    Great update as always! I look forward to these every week.

    Where did you take the picture with the “E. Valiant” label? I assume somewhere Buena Vista Street or Hollywood Land, but I missed that during my trip in August! I love seeing Roger Rabbit getting represented in the parks!

  • STeph8

    Hi Andy! Thanks so so much for highlighting the DisneyRuns! I travelled from Houston, TX and successfully did the Half Marathon! While, I did not run it in an hour’s time – I did have a respectable time and had such a blast!! For any of you that have ever thought about doing a half marathon – this is the one to do! It was so much fun and at times I actually forgot that I was running! There was so much to see and experience! I was smiling the whole 13.1 miles! Thanks again for thinking of us runners!!!