Independence Day is upon us and that calls for fireworks, concerts and plenty of red, white and blue. However, don’t expect quite the same amount of entertainment as in years past. Disneyland Resort has scaled back their patriotic offerings for 2017. While Disneyland will be offering their “Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at 9:30pm through July 4th, there won’t be anything at DCA other than a special preshow before World of Color on July 4th. And, while Military Band Concerts have been scheduled for locations across the resort, they’ll only be there through today (July 3rd). Odd that they weren’t scheduled for the actual holiday on the 4th.
There’s a lot to see at Disneyland right now and we’ve got a huge update for you today: PC Pirates, reshuffled Adventureland, river construction, Tomorrowland curiosity, and even some new doughnuts . . .
River Attraction Collector Cards
Free trading cards celebrating the reopening of the Rivers of America are now available in Critter Country, New Orleans Sq, Adventureland and Frontierland. Collect all 6 to form a map of Tom Sawyer Island. The cards can be found at Pieces of Eight, Port Royal, frozen lemonade stand, Briar Parch, Hungry Bear, River Belle Terrace, Bonanza and the fruit stand across from Jungle Cruise.
Here’s what the cards look like on the front:
And here’s the map you can piece together if you collect all 6 cards:
Tons of new foliage has been planted at the back of the river, mostly obscuring the rocks.
While they are only testing at the moment, it’s wonderful to see the trains out on the rails again.
While the new MaxPass has yet to roll out in the park, the scanners and paper ticket process is now in full use throughout the resort.
One of the worst bottlenecks in Disneyland on a busy day is Adventureland. To help keep traffic flowing, a major reshuffling of shops and stroller parking took place in June. That project has now wrapped up. Adventureland now has indoor seating for Bengal Barbecue where the Indy Shop used to be. The fruit and water stand which was near the exit of Jungle Cruise has moved across the way and it its place is the new stroller parking. Prior, strollers were parked right in the middle of the walkway. So all this movement was done to get strollers out of your way.
There are a few new things on the menu for a limited time. Ahi Poke Spring Roll, Hummus Trio, and a Jungle Julep (A tropical slush with grape, orange, pineapple and lemon) are available at Bengal BBQ.
One the shops were cleared of their fixtures and merchandise, tables were brought in. There’s now room for guests to sit in comfort in Adventureland.
Worry not, Shrunken Head Ned survived the reshuffling.
On the Jungle Cruise side, the old fruit stand is now the Stroller Parking and the large planter has been removed from the Jungle Cruise exit area.
Season of the Force is long gone, but several of its elements remain. Path of the Jedi continues to play to an empty house.
Similarly, Star Wars Launch Bay (the old Innovations) is also an lightly attended spot.
Meanwhile, the Monorails are back in full operation, but don’t look like they are in tip top shape.
Dusty took a ride on the rails yesterday and shared his journey:
The fence at the entry to Frontierland (which looks like a fort) is under refurbishment. The props along the top of the fence have been removed while the logs are replaced.
The big news of last week is that Pirates will soon revise the “Auction” scene to remove reference to the bride auction. Instead, Red and the Auctioneer will be selling off plundered treasure.
The Readhead will take on an expanded role in the new version of this scene and it appears that she’s become a pirate as well.
This and That
When was the last time you visited the Firehouse on Main Street?
Inspired to challenge my low light photography skills, I also took a little visit to Haunted Mansion to see what I could scare up.
New Doughnut Flavors are released every Friday. Here are the current batch. Gummy Bear, Chocolate Chip (as in potato chip and chocolate glaze), and Bacon Caramel.
And that’s our Disneyland update for this week. We’ll have DCA and Star Wars Land construction for you tomorrow. Our big thanks to DsnyDebbie and Dusty Sage for their help this week. We love bringing the parks to your desktop and hope you take a few moments to comment on your observations below.
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