Happy Halloween! Disneyland will host its final Mickey’s Halloween Party of 2012 on Halloween this Wednesday night, but guests trick-or-treating in the park will find much of it already decorated for the next big holiday season. The overlap of Halloween and Christmas decorations may be jarring, but preparation for the holiday season is well underway as is set to officially launch on November 12. As snow appeared on Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland welcomed the stars of Disney’s upcoming animated film “Wreck-It Ralph” to Tomorrowland‘s Starcade. The character meet-and-greet puts brings guests face-to-face with Ralph and his friend Vanellope and allows fans of the film to play the “Fix-It Felix” video game from the film. Meanwhile, Main Street is losing another bit of tradition as hand-painted watches fade into history and Downtown Disney prepares to open its newest restaurant.
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Expect Disney California Adventure to see after-dark crowd levels jump Monday and Wednesday nights as Disneyland hosts its final two hard-ticket Halloween parties of the season. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With holiday crowds on the horizon, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
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|Thu., Nov. 1||1 /10|
|Fri., Nov. 2||5 /10|
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The parks are also testing out a separate entry gate for guest with four-and-five-day tickets, where they are required to show ID along with their tickets. It’s an effort to cut down on ticket fraud where multi-day tickets with extra days leftover are being sold on the secondary market, which is against Disney’s non-transferable ticket policy.
The Fortuosity Shop was the home of Disneyland’s custom watch program. In fact, the store was previously known as New Century Timepieces until Disney downsized the presence of the watch program and reopened the space as the half-hearted “curios”-based Fortuosity Shop in 2008. The clock from its days as a dedicated watch store remains on the facade.
Saturday was the last day custom art and watches were made at the shop. Remaining watches in stock will continue to be sold at the location for the time being, but working artists will no longer be present in the store.
With cell phones increasingly replacing watches, it’s understandable this offering is being discontinued in the parks. That’s not to say the loss is unfortunate, however. These sort of themed offerings beyond the basic t-shirts and plush are important to the overall Disneyland experience. Unique offerings like the watch shop, silhouette studio and Penny Arcade are part of the character and DNA of Main Street, U.S.A. Unfortunately, this DNA continues to be chipped away at in favor of expanding retail space for generic souvenirs or candy.
There are undoubtedly some who will read this and reply that Disney is a business and businesses are designed to make money. This is true, but Disney theme parks weren’t always designed with the intention of turning a profit in every corner. There was a time when Disney didn’t view their theme parks as profit centers, but rather “entertainment centers” that turned a profit if the experience was right. The interest now isn’t so much if the experience is right but if every profit is hitting its maximum potential in every available inch of retail space.
The silver lining here is that artists aren’t gone entirely from Main Street. The Disney Gallery will continue to feature live sketch artists in the Gallery’s studio space and some of the watch artists will move to this space. The remaining watch artists will relocate to Burbank where they’ll paint animation cell reproductions found in the parks.
Rumor was that the facility was being repainted in more appropriate colors for the filming of the upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks” film, which will take place in the park November 6 and 7. While the refurbishment took place and filming is scheduled, it now looks like the two were possibly unrelated as the color scheme isn’t any closer to its 1960s colors.
The overlay looks largely the same as previous years so far, with perhaps more glitter shimmering in the faux snow. We don’t expect any changes, but it would be nice if the icicle lights on the Castle got an aesthetic upgrade this year…
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Earl of Sandwich is getting its finishing touches applied as the new Downtown Disney sandwich shop gets ready for its grand opening, now set for this Friday, November 2
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
October 29—November 4, 2012
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]Disney California Adventure[/B]|
|Monday: 8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 8 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 midnight
Saturday: 9 am – 12 midnight
Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
Monday-Wednesday: 8 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 9 pm
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visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
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[B]1.1—7.8[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[B]3.2—6.6[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
|[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
[B]For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
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|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|Alright, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. What do you think of Disneyland discontinuing its custom watch program? Is it a non-issue or a sad loss for Main Street, U.S.A.? Let us know in the comments section below!
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