Disneyland explores the Realms of Fantasy and gets ready for 2013

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

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Published on December 17, 2012 at 5:05 am with 31 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 writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Klutch

    I think the point is that an improv show is fine at a home party or at a small club with little or no cover charge. But for people dropping almost $100 to get through the gate, and with the soaring cost of Annual Passes, an Improv show really isn’t appropriate. But hey, if people like it, they like it.

    I am reminded of the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” show that was quickly shuttered when a bit of research revealed the audiences were the same Annual Passholders day after day just trying to win the prizes.

    • Disney Analyst

      But my question is, you are paying $100 dollars for VARIETY. For a Variety of entertainment offerings. so I guess I wonder how you can justify this “100 dollar” argument. I would understand if all you got for that $100 dollars was an improv show, but you get an ENTIRE PARK, filled with different offerings for everyone. How can an improv show, a surely unique, repeatable offering, be a bad thing? It may not be for everyone, but there is DEFINITELY a market for it. How well did “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” air for! I mean, come on.

      • My point, which I should have perhaps articulated better, is that an attraction like “Imagine That!” could set a precedence for what future theme park attractions are/should be. Newer attractions are already moving this direction and the trend is far more pronounced at Walt Disney World. More and more Disney is moving away from animatronic-centric and sepcial effect-heavy rides/experiences for attractions that they can tout as cutting-edge for their level of interactivity, but in reality cost much less to develop, maintain and operate. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and the new Enchanted Tales with Belle are good examples of this. While the Belle meet-and-greet features animatronics, the overall facility has very low capacity and is a lot cheaper to run than a very intricate ride-through experience like Indiana Jones Adventure or Pirates of the Caribbean.

      • Klutch

        I’m all for variety. But I don’t like a variety of low-end offerings.

        Sure, “Who’s Line is it Anyway” was a good show. But it had some amazing talent. I doubt Disney would be willing to pay for anything more than a few Theater majors from the local Community Colleges.

  • indyjones

    I guess I’m in the minority here when I say I’m looking forward to seeing the “Imagine That” show. If you have good improv actors(which is the key and is NOT easy), this type of show can be the most consistently surprising and funny, and it’s different every time so you can go again and again without it getting monotonous. The addition of the live artists helping create the scenes is also a very difficult thing to do.

    As for Thunder Mountain, I was terribly disappointed with the Matterhorn refurb. With little exception it seems things were actually worse inside the mountain than when they started. While the outside looks good, there were so many missed opportunities to plus the ride.
    While I doubt we will see any plussing on Thunder Mountain, we can always hope so I will hold judgement until it’s complete.

  • SuburbanGiant

    I noticed that the hat guy in Pirates now has hats again! I don’t know if it had already been posted, but I know that they’ve been missing for a few weeks…

  • scarymouse

    Nice update, I am interested what will the NEW THUNDERMOUNTAIN will be like, I hope there are more splash mountain type of interactions thru out.The game show half hour show sounds interesting, but I don’t think I would shell out 100 bucks to participate.

  • disneylandfan8

    So glad to see all the photos of Rainbow Ridge, especially if the rumors are true.

    Have all the names of the 5th anniversary winners been published here?

    Thank you again for a great update!

  • AB Born

    Taking out Rainbow Ridge would be like taking out the lurching snake on Indy. It’s part of the ride and part of the show.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update

  • LittleSquirt

    I actually wish they kept Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland. I would much rather ride that then BTMR. Why would they tear down such a classic?

    • danielz6

      They tore down such a classic because during the 70′s there was a big push to introduce thrill rides into the park as competition was increasing from places like Magic Mountain down the road. This is why space mountain was added this time as well.

      Don’t worry folks, disneyandmore reports that rainbow ridge will stay, so most likely it will. It doesn’t make any sense for disneyland to remove it any ways.

  • SpectroMan

    No surprise on the test for yet another audience participation show. I, for one pay for a ticket to BE entertained, not to entertain myself. I don’t know where along the path of Disney execs was it determined that guests want to be a part of making their own magic during the day instead of coming to see Disney’s.

  • darkamor

    Although its been speculated that we could lose the repurposed buildings from the Rainbow Ridge era (I shoulder at the thought), I can only imagine these structures need a lot of tlc (something Fort Wilderness on Tom Sawyer Island deserved, but never received no thanks to Eisner) in order to remain at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad …

    I also shudder at the thought of new ride carts on par with the Matterhorn (& so will my chiropractor, as the Matterhorn sleds are very uncomfortable!), but would welcome a better queue area (one that increases rider capacity without having to struggle to get through a narrow opening up a set of stairs) – especially with regards for handicapped access ….

    I love Big Thunder Mountain, but the Audio Animatronic Animals need lots of tlc (note to Team Disney Anaheim, these types of engineering feats need constant maintenance vs. neglect!) ….

    Everything else about this post (well done, Andy) left a smile on me face (yeah even I wasn’t frowning about Downtown Disney – I got my Starbucks Latte & it was mmm mmm good) .and I wish everyone a Happy Holidays …

    C J