Buena Vista Street gets cleaned up as Halloween Time haunts Disneyland

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

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Published on September 17, 2012 at 2:06 am with 26 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • michael darling

    Captain Hook should not pose like that. (nice update!)

  • jcruise86

    I think that this weeks update contained some of the best update photography I’ve ever seen. (THANK YOU!) In in uplifting way, it seemed unnecessarily excellent, and made me think, “What motivated this artist to create such beautiful images?” Maybe I’m appreciating this because I was there yesterday and failed to view most of the exact same things in the same way on a hot day.

    For those of you going in the next three weeks
    (I don’t know when it ends, but I think the movie opens about that time)
    the brief presentation of scenes from “Frankenweenie” in the Muppets theater was surprisingly entertaining to us.

    And we showed up at about 8:40am in DCA on Sunday and got in the invigoratingly fast moving FP line for RSR staffed by a team of motivated CMs. We got FPs for 1:25pm, so RCR is now outgrowing its new attraction mania. Everything on it seemed to be working well too. I love how you race past tall rock work that didn’t have to be so impressive. I felt a bit of the magic I’ve felt in the HM’s ballroom scene, delighted that I can’t take it all in.

  • indianajack

    So frustrating that the French Market removed the two best items on the menu: the Salmon Creole and Four-Cheese Pasta. For those who don’t eat meat, they were the two best non-sit-down restaurant hot meals in the parks. Argghhh… they went and “improved” something that didn’t need to be improved. Why do they do that? Hey Disney, please leave the fish dish next time. Sheesh….

  • brem

    Pictures are great this week. I am very excited about all of the Halloween overlays! Can’t wait to see them in less than 3 weeks.

  • Algernon

    With so much closed for refurbishment, they should be charging half price for entry. Why should those people pay the same as others do when everything is open?

    • judearmstrong

      Pure economics, the park needs the money to refurbish attractions and so forth. If they did lower park admission, never going to happen, it would tell the consumer that they would be giving you an inferior product, which Disney does not sell. Yes there are attractions that will not be offered for extended periods of time but that does not discount the rest of the park. Guest don’t solely come to ride Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, etc., they come for the experience of the park and resort. Things break and need constant maintenance, thats why this sort of things is done in the off season, so as to have the least amount of impact for guest during peak season.

      • Susan Hughes

        They would never lower prices because of refurbishments. I was there this morning and it was a mob scene…for both parks…waiting to get in. The lines for Disneyland and DCA intersected each other in the entrance plaza. Lower their prices? Not when people still flood the place no matter what.

  • SpectroMan

    Great news on the decluttering of the windows, and the new themed drink cups look awesome. Hope the same is coming for napkins, etc.
    The new Jack coffin popcorn box is adorable too – see it at the New Orleans popcorn stand near the fountain.

    • AvanteGardens

      Watch out fot the jack coffin popcorn, I dont think thats butter on top.

  • pumpkinmickey

    Themed large soda cups are beginning to be phased in Florida

  • nojarama

    Wait… what?!!! RIP four-cheese pasta… you were my favorite food coma at Café Orleans. They don’t really serve anything else vegetarian that I’d eat, so I guess I’ll have to find a new place to eat dinner at the happiest place on earth now. 🙁

  • majestros23

    Super Cool!!! Lots of good stuff… If i walk thru the animation building, i’ll be sure to wear a turtleneck and barret..

  • faerla

    Grrr. No more four-cheese pasta? At least they could have replaced it with another vegetarian option! I’ve been so excited at the increased veggie-friendly offerings at the park, disappointed to lose a good one, especially since on my last visit, my absolute favorite fried green tomato sandwich at the Hungry Bear had slipped way, way downhill.

  • bummerkit

    Does it seem like the Earl of Sandwich has been under construction for a REALLY long time to anyone else?

    • theswillmerchant

      Yes. Yes it does. Especially considering that when it was first announced it was planned to open in “late spring”. I peeked in when I was there last week and the inside doesn’t look like it will be ready anytime soon. I think they will be lucky to open it by winter at this rate.

      • Susan Hughes

        I walked by Earl of Sandwich this morning and it doesn’t look remotely close to opening. I don’t blame Disney for this. It’s the sandwich franchise that’s stalling on the project.

  • whitestrat

    I’m glad to see the BVS windows getting somewhat back to normal.

    I honestly don’t think there is any need to put any of the DCA stuff in the windows at all. I don’t think people walk past a window and think, “Hmm, no, I don’t need my pocket watch repaired, but I do need to find that schlocky t-shirt I saw that woman wearing…..must be another shop” 🙂

  • redrocker

    Something I noticed about a month ago was that Pooh Corner didn’t have the triple chocolate brownie anymore. I went to get it and I didn’t see it. They had a generic Mickey ears brownie that Ive seen all over the park. Major disappointment. That the only reason to walk over there that far and now, sadness. I haven t checked if its back or not.

    • AvanteGardens


    • AvanteGardens

      Im pretty sure those brownies were Selmas brand (relabled for Disney of course). Check out their website you can order a bunch to enjoy when your not in the park.

  • Badger

    As usual Dateline Disneyland provides a much needed Disneyland fix for those of us who are reduced to voyeuristic trips to their favorite place on earth.

    I have to join in with the others who are lamenting the loss of the four cheese pasta and salmon creole — easily two of the best dishes served at Disneyland.

  • Timekeeper

    Nice Update. See, the merchandise is not as obtrusive as before.


  • Susan Hughes

    I’m glad to see the Radiator Springs Racers Fast Pass terminals taken out. That location for Fast Passes was never practical. Even if in a year or two the crowds die down, it’s still not a good location.
    It’s much better to utilize the terminals for It’s Tough To Be A Bug. It keeps the Fast Pass crowds away from the ride…and Cars Land in general.
    And let’s face it, from the day it opened, there was never a need for Fast Passes for It’s Tough To Be A Bug. So it’s finally time for them to get some use out of them.

  • troyer

    Thanks Andy for being vigilant regarding the cheapening of the Buena Vista window displays, as well as the guest paper cups/napkins. It seems since the 80’s a culture of greed over quality /appreciation of Walt’s genius has permeated corporate Disney. The Penny Arcade being another recent example, and apparently the removal of the Tomorrowland subs to follow shortly. Thanks for your watchful eye and I urge everyone to register their complaints at Guest Services at your next visit regarding any cheap and greedy changes whenever they occur. For starters there’s cheapening of the Buena Vista window displays, the Penny Arcade, and imminent removal of the Tomorrowland subs. If no one complains, no doubt greed will trump quality in the future. These greedy corporate bean counters have NO appreciation for the Disney Magic beyond its money making potential. Sickening, isn’t it?

  • mondo

    did the grave of Sparky in the pet cemetery replace anything?

  • brianpinsky

    Here is my list of thoughts (no particular order):

    I would not give up on having the windows change back just yet.

    Just wait for crowdes to come up, I garentee there will be Fastpass for when the real holidays start.

    Why do they keep referbishing the Mad Hatter? Did they not just do it last year?

    I am glad there is actual progress for Earl of Sandwich, If this restaurant was inside one of the parks it woud have been done with it months ago. Just saying…

    Is there any new makeover for our Tomorrowland in the rumor mill because it is needed desperatly.

    The park cups and bags may or may not be anything at the moment, I could be that they did not print enough until the new term. The only way we can see is in January after the holidays besides this summer they launched in some of the retail locations merchandise those popcorn boxes and cups. They would not take them away if they are merchandising it.

    Also you have failed to cover the almost complete construction backstage near the TDA Parking structure…Just saying

    Also maybe you can look into the deal Disney has with the new transportation termail ARTIC. Could there be a monorail expantion in DLR future?

    Also you failed to mentioned the AP Frankenwinnie event that no one was at….

    Keep up the good work. I use you to help me keep OSM map up to date because I do go alot but not every week.