Wreck-It Ralph comes to Tomorrowland as Christmas hits Disneyland

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

Published on October 29, 2012 at 5:05 am with 25 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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  • mratigan

    cant wait for Earl of Sandwich

    • jcruise86

      Then why aren’t you in line with at this very moment, you fair weather EoS fan?

  • Great job Andy. It’s sad to see the watch artists go. I do understand the economics of it, since you don’t want an artist sitting around all day if no one is buying his wares. We do hear that the 5 artists will be reassigned to other artistic endeavors in the parks. So that’s encouraging. It will be interesting to see what they do with the shop as the watch inventory dries up. But you are absolutely right that not everything in a theme park should be there solely to make money. There’s been a dramatic shift in the way the park is run since the days of Walt, when the whole thing was a show.

    Was at the park on Sunday and the fake castle snow and Christmas decorations are jarring and distracting. Lots of comments from regular guests about how early Christmas is coming these days. It’s really a shame.

    Looking forward to seeing what they do with Cars Land this Christmas and can’t wait for the new Earl of Sandwich!

  • troyer

    Thanks Andy for the update. Your appraisal of the blind profit motive overseeing Disneyland is right on.(Penny Arcade/Clock Shop/Etc.)The trend, as you put it, seems to be to slowly “chip away”at any and every area where profits aren’t maximized. And you are about the sole voice regarding this unfortunate trend on Miceage, Al Lutz unfortunately having almost become part of corporate Disney in ingratiating himself with management so as to allow him the privilege of continuing to obtain inside information about the Parks. But for any of us who care about the detail, magic and genius of Walt’s creation, please let your displeasure be known at the offending location itself, Guest Services, or at the Disney website. Otherwise, plan on more and more of the unique Disney magic to be lost to corporate greed. Sickening…

    • jcruise86

      Cool! So Al is now insufficiently revolutionary and radicals like Troyer are now at the vanguard of overthrowing Disney’s capitalist pigs!

      (Watch) workers of the (Disney) World, Unite!

  • jcruise86

    Where the skies really that blue? (S. CA transplants alone will appreciate my asking that question.)

    Thanks for the update, Andy!

    The Earl of Sandwich, reportedly the world’s greatest fast food restaurant in Lake Buena Vista, will open it’s newest trunk on Nov. 2. Remember that next week’s updates by both Andy or Norm MUST be entirely about the opening of the Earl of Sandwich. Norm, I hope Tom Hanks stops by the EARL OF SANDWICH while he is filming at Disneyland on November 6 & 7, and if he does you could then include Mr. Hanks (or Mr. Banks) in your all-EARL update. Perhaps shots of Hanks & co. filming the Walt Disney movie would be a separate article, and perhaps this article could conclude with the author having dinner in the Earl of Sandwich.

    I was happily shocked that Disney found other work for the watch shop artists. That kind of thinking and effort could, over time if Disney started doing that regularly, make employees feel loyal to Disney. This would help them attract and retain better workers, which would improve guests’ satisfaction. (I’ll stop now because this paragraph contains a lot of new thinking for any Disney executives who might stumble upon it.)

    Well, honestly, I’m now rushing off to Anaheim to be the first in line to have an Earl of Sandiwch sandwich when it opens in four days on Friday, Nov. 2. It’s rumored (on Sandwichat.com) that the the first three people in line will get a large soft drink for the price of a medium!

    See you at the EARL OF SANDWICH, which opens this Friday, on November 2, 2012.

    • jcruise86

      D’oh! Norm/Fishbulb, Your Nov. 2 all-Earl update will be BEFORE Tom Hanks impersonates Walt on Nov. 6 & 7, so your Nov. 2 update won’t need any Earlless words. Whew!

    • jcruise86

      P.S. Am I the only one will be an Earl of Sand-witch this Halloween?

  • eicarr

    If I pay big $$ for a 5 day pass I want to be able to get in the shortest line, and not have to hunt down gates 15 and 16. I hope they hurry up with the finger scanners. The cutting by people with strollers was a major issue the last time I was there. They just kept on bypassing the line and heading straight up to the gate where they were let in. I know they want to remove all the turnstiles so strollers can pass through, so I guess this is a test.

    I hope Tom Hanks goes to the JOLLY HOLIDAY BAKERY to have a sandwich. There he can eat one of their awesome sandwiches while looking right out at the castle, matterhorn and smile as fun forms of main street transportation goes by.

  • pineapplewhipaddict

    The news about the watches disheartens me. I always planned to get one for myself when I had enough money…if the economy wasn’t so bad I’m sure sales for the watches would be better.

  • GreatAndoski

    Does anyone know what’s happening to Billy Hill & the Hillbillies after Wednesday? They’re completely absent from the Disneyland.com calendar as of November 1st. My hope is (and has been) that they’ll return to the Horseshoe, but even if they’re still stranded back at the Jamboree, it’s odd that there aren’t showtimes listed yet.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update.

  • Wreckless Abrandon

    I get the economic reasons for the watch artists leaving, but it does sadden me that it’s going away. Watches are one of the few pieces of jewelry that I would actually wear. It’s form with function as I’m usually all about function before form. A phone can’t be brought out surfing without a case, can’t be used while rock climbing really… and using a watch is just much quicker to look at for my purposes.

    Can’t wait for the actual Wreck It Ralph movie to come out! I’m hoping it’s not just a bunch of fan service with a generic story and mediocre writing!

  • waymire01

    A big thumbs up to wheelchair access gates.. while not wheelchair bound my husband has to use an electric scooter whenever we are faced with long days and too much walking on our trips due to a permanent back injury.. and it was a very large pain in the butt to try to get into the old turnstyles as they had to take care of his ticket etc and then reroute him through a passdoor off to the side, which meant bothering everyone else in line while they made room for him to back up, turn around, and make his way over there. Unfortunately not everyone was as understanding and gracious about the inconvenience as they could have been.

    So sad to hear about the watches. I fully intended to buy one on our last trip.. but due to finances had to choose between it and a set of artist drawn character portraits.. and I chose the portraits. These beautiful “hands on” pieces of art and craftsmanship, not just the watches but all of the wonderful and unique items, are one of our favorite parts of Disney.. such a shame to let that experience go. I can’t imagine that simply cutting back on staff and keeping at least one artist would have been impossible. What’s next, the glass blowers? I certainly hope not.

  • SoCalFan

    Too bad to hear about the Artist watch program but it’s a sign of the times. Watches are no longer used as a practical accessory for telling time (we can all thank cell phones for that) and are more of a high-end, throwback fashion accessory now. I totally understand reason the program is leaving but sad nonetheless. Kudos to Disney for keeping these artist employed though.

    Just an idea but, wouldn’t it be awesome if the watch program was replaced by Artist cell phone case program. It doesn’t fit in as well as a watch program but I think it could be an awesome, unique, and relevant replacement. I would totally pay to get a custom, artist print/sketch for an iPhone case. Just an idea but I think Disney could make some serious money with that while still keeping the uniqueness of an artist made object

    • JMazz

      This is actuallllly a brilliant idea. I hope some Disney excecutive is reading this or the “100th monkey effect” happens. I too would buy these… and show it off!

  • ghosty4

    When I read that they were discontinuing the “personalized watches” I thought that literally meant they weren’t going to put a character of choice and the person’s name on the watch artwork anymore! I didn’t think it meant they were discontinuing the Artist watch program completely! That’s so disappointing!

  • ghosty4

    Aslo, Vanellope looks super creepy and not cute at all! 🙁

  • disneyohno

    Good riddance!! its insane at how much they charge for the “personalized watches”!!

    • second blue teacup

      It’s a custom-made piece of jewelry, hand drawn by a skilled artist.

      In any artistic field, custom work costs. I only wish that I had pulled the trigger on our last visit. 🙁

    • Wreckless Abrandon

      Considering it’s one of a kind, it’s worth the price compared to a mass produced Disneyparks watch that you can get at both DLR and WDW. It’s custom made just for you.

      I take it you’ve never had anything made by hand just for you?

  • Bubba B

    I wasn’t even sure what that artist did. I had no idea they made watches. That shop has been a mess since they tried to make it another Vault type store.

  • RatherBeAtDLand

    Please, for the love of god, don’t make an all Earl of Sandwich update. A review is fine and welcomed. But some of us really want all the Disneyland news, and some of us really don’t care that much about the Earl of Sandwich shop. It’s a sandwich shop for Pete’s sake. I’ll try it when I go to Disneyland.

    Thanks for the great update (as always), Andy! I love the Wreck-It Ralph meet and greet!

  • darkamor

    We get the good (Xmas Decor @ both Disneyland & Disney California Adventure getting put up – Earl of Sandwich almost open in Downtown Disney – needed refurbs getting done); as well as the bad (ending deluxe to the Theme Park specialty shops to make more space to sell cheap crap quality goods to the masses), with Tomorrowland’s StarCade finally getting utilized (Wreck It Ralph meet & greet looks like a lot of fun) ….

    Some necessary steps I’m sure Walt Disney would expect being done at his Theme Park, but other steps that would leave him spining in his grave yelling “Nooooooooooooooooooo!” …..

    C J

  • ralzap

    Let the Holidays begin. My mom will love the christmas overlay. Happy holidays everyone.