News slows to a trickle as the summer heats up and crowds continue to hit the parks. While most refurbishment projects are done for the season, Disneyland’s massive 14-acre Star Wars expansion project continues in full force. We’ll catch you up on the latest Star Wars construction this week and a few odds-n-ends around Disneyland and Downtown Disney.
Before we get started, there’s not much I can say or do here but acknowledge the horrific events that have shaken the Orlando LGBTQ community and state that I, a gay male, stand in support with the Orlando LGBTQ community and its advocates. May those affected by the senseless hate and terror in Orlando find the strength, resources and unity they need to heal during this time. If you live in the Orlando area and would like to donate blood, visit oneblood.org for more information. Want to do more? Contact your local lawmakers to speak up about the need for stricter gun control in America — an issue that is long overdue for serious change.
We continue our huge glowing away celebration today with another week of giveaways! June marks the end of Dateline Disneyland and to celebrate, we’re giving back to all of you with our Dateline Disneyland Farewell Season Giveaway! We had nearly 2,400 giveaway entries last week! We’re thrilled that all of you are celebrating our 8 year run with us before we glow away — Winners will be notified soon! And even if you entered last week, you can still enter again in this week’s giveaway, so don’t miss out! Find out what you can win and how to enter in today’s blog!
Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at Mouseaddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!
Get a closer look! Don’t forget that you can always click on any photo in Dateline Disneyland for a closer look with a larger, higher resolution version of the image!
Let’s get started!
|Welcome to Disneyland!|
|Dateline Disneyland Farewell Season|
|Dateline Disneyland is glowing away!
After more than eight years of Dateline Disneyland, we simply can’t glow on like this! But to thank all of you for your readership and support over the years, we’re celebrating the end of the blog by giving back to you! As we wrap up Dateline Disneyland in June, we’re giving out spectacular prizes from our friends at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground, Courtyard Marriot Anaheim Hotel & Waterpark, Progress City Press, POP! Comics & Culture Emporium, and TouringPlans.com!
Find out what you can win and how to enter below!
Enjoy a 2-night getaway at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel or the Courtyard Marriot Anaheim Hotel!
One (1) Grand Prize Winner will enjoy a two-night stay at the Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Hotel & Waterpark — the HoJo Anaheim’s beautiful new sister property. Located next to the HoJo Anaheim, the Courtyard Marriot Anaheim Hotel is only a short five minute walk to Disneyland’s front gate. The new Courtyard Marriott features an array of amazing amenities including rooms that sleep six and boast over 530 square feet of space with WiFi and Netflix streaming! Guests can enjoy Starbucks Coffee in the lobby, great dining, and the elevated Surfside Waterpark — a watery oasis that features six water slides, a 400-gallon drench bucket, swimming pool, kid’s pool, and dazzling views of Disneyland’s nightly fireworks!
Explore Disney history with the Progress City Primer!
Win Disney comics from POP! Comics & Culture Emporium!
Win a year subscription to TouringPlans.com!
Thank you for your support over the last eight years!
|The Frontier Awakens|
Disneyland’s new Star Wars project will be unprecedented in terms of scale for the park, dedicating 14 acres to a single property with massive new facades, rock work, and massive E-Ticket attractions that dwarf even Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones Adventure. Below, a map showing how the new land is expected to impact Disneyland’s landscape once completed in late 2018.
Disney has finally covered up the open viewpoint at the back of the Hungry Bear Restaurant, so it will be harder to see the construction of the River’s new backside in the coming months… Our best bet now is finding open knotholes in construction walls…
A look at the work from Big Thudner Trail.
|This & That|
|Relax in luxury at Courtyard Marriott Anaheim
Presented by the Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Hotel & Waterpark
Across the street from the iconic HoJo Anaheim is the HoJo’s new sister property, the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance. While the HoJo provides quirky retro flare, the Courtyard is everything you’ve come to expect from a contemporary resort-style hotel.
The rooms at the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance are super roomy and perfectly suited to accommodate you and your family. Pictured below is the standard but spacious 532-square foot guest room with two queen sized beds, twin bunk beds, a refrigerator, microwave, 47-inch HD TV with Netflix, central air conditioning, and a breakfast nook for four. The beds are super comfy, a perfect retreat after a long day in the theme parks.
Visiting Disneyland with little ones? Every Courtyard room comes complete with twin bunk beds — your room accommodates every traveler in your party!
Every Courtyard room includes a mini-fridge, a microwave and a Keurig coffee maker. Enjoy your coffee or snacks in your room’s breakfast nook next to the balcony window or grab it as you head out on your way to Disneyland.
Families can spread out and get ready quickly at the Courtyard Marriott with a large double vanity sink, illuminated makeup mirror, a shower/tub combo with a separate standalone shower. Bathrooms come with high quality Paul Mitchell brand soaps and shampoos in case you forgot to pack your own. No more waiting all morning for everybody to get ready — getting ready is a breeze in this huge, family-friendly bathroom!
Guests staying in waterpark view rooms enjoy stunning views of the Courtyard’s spectacular waterpark along with wonderful views of Disneyland, including the iconic Space Mountain! Check back next week as we take a closer look at the Courtyard’s impressive waterpark!
Enjoy retro fun just steps away from Disneyland at
Howard Johnson Hotel & Water Playground
A short walk from the park, HoJo Anaheim is conveniently located next to Matterhorn Mountain at Disneyland with nearby dining, freeway access, FREE parking and FREE Wi-Fi. For more information on HoJo Anaheim, room rates, or to book your stay today, visit HoJoAnaheim.com/MiceChat
Save with MiceChat & Passholder Discounts Every Day!
The HoJo Anaheim is now offering daily discounts for MiceChat members and even DEEPER discounts for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders! For more information visit the HoJo Anaheim Innsider Boards which features an up-to-date listing of available nights, or call (714) 776-6120 and ask for In-House Reservations to book. If your date isn’t listed, the HoJo Anaheim still offers rooms for 20% off their best available rate if you call (714) 776-6120.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
June 13-19, 2016
|Disneyland Park||California Adventure|
|Mon.-Fri.: 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 12 am
Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
|Daily: 8 am – 9 pm|
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
The free Mouseaddict app for iPhone and iPad features more than five dozen categories of searchable resort information, weather forecasts, park and show schedules, the latest news and articles from MiceChat, and more. Download free on the App Store or at mouseaddict.com.
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
|OK, that wraps up this short but sweet summer edition of Dateline Disneyland! Be sure to enter-to-win in our Farewell Season Giveaway!
Special thanks to our Dateline Disneylanders!
Mark D., Bruno, Casey, Hastin Z.!
Don’t miss our sister blog, Dateline Disney World – a fantastic weekly photo blog covering Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida!
Thanks for reading. See you at Disneyland!
|FTC-Mandated Disclosure: Promotional consideration for this edition of Dateline Disneyland was provided by the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel & Water Playground.|