2012 — The Year in Review: Disneyland changes with the times

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

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Published on December 24, 2012 at 5:38 am with 13 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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  • Carnation Dave

    Great “year in review” review. WOW it has been a busy year. Nice improvements and more on the way. Thanks for the weekly updates and Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

  • Trumpet

    Great Review Andy

    I can’t believe what was happening 12 months ago, and I was so excited for DCA to re-open. I was looking forward to visiting and now I can’t wait to see the redevelopment of BTMR.

    Thanks for a great year of coverage and hears to the new year and all of the changes that are made.


  • CandyPandora

    I loved this look back… Thanks!

  • KENfromOC

    Yes… The Earl of Sandwich was definitely THE highlight of 2012. I forget what happened in California Adventure… does anyone remember? I was too busy eating at the Earl!

  • DisneyDrums

    So I guess DCA will be part 2. I’ll be waiting.

  • Algernon

    So, does this mean there is no more piano player on Main Street? A little more atmosphere now joins the Penny Arcade, Peoplemover, Skyway, Submarine Voyage in the ashes of history…? Welcome to the mall, with a couple of rides thrown in.

    The Matterhorn looked better with the stone bridges and no safety railings. The Casey Jr. looked better, too. And the Jungle Cruise was better. The ENTIRE place used to be better.

    The tide of destruction continues.

    Don’t forget to turn Mickey into a rapper. Got to keep up with the “times.”

    • tcsnwhite

      The piano player is back at Coke Corner, as always. It was just a temporary move during the construction earlier in the year.

      DL is actually quite fine…in greater shape and looking better than it has in years. After not visiting for nearly 4 years, this year’s visit showed that the two parks now stand on their own, the smaller refurb projects have kept the park looking fresher and better than ever, especially those done to vintage classic attractions. Crowd flow is getting better, especially with the recent new layouts in all the shops. A few safety enhancements have done nothing to change the overall experience of the attractions you’ve listed.

      The sky is not falling. But have fun watching it alone.

  • eicarr

    I think DL did major learning with minor projects this year.

    I LOVE the new Jolly Holiday and its magical location. I laugh at the people in line for the sandwich chain at the disney strip mall.

    The Leap Day Traffic fiasco seemed to be a quick lesson for big events and blindlessly following the One Disney stuff made for a different set of parks with a different kind of visitor.

    While a few losses like the Penny Arcade and the Carnation Plaza are a little hard to let go of, look at WDW that canned Snow White and Mr. Toad for an up-charge restaurant and mini roller coaster.

    And maybe they learned from my park entry records this year that the lack of new Disneyland attractions helped make DCA the place to be and hang out this year. I used to spend 2 days at disneyland to one day at DCA. This year it was 1 1/2 to 1 1/2. The princess stuff going in at DL might mean more time at DCA on my next trip. They GOTTA fix the empty/broken Tomorrowland ASAP… Its dragging down DL.

  • troyer

    Thanks Andy for more outstanding work-your attention to detail and excellence reminds me of the original Disney magic. Keep it up!

  • Malin

    Looking at the Year in Review brings home just how much of an incredible year it’s been. A few minor negatives but mostly great improvements which will continue to be enjoyed for years to come. While I’m not expecting 2013 to be quite the same scale. Certainly a few things to look forward too. Including Big Thunder Mountain’s Refurbshment, Fantasy Faire, More Starbucks…

    Thanks for the amazing job you’ve done in covering 2012 at the Disneyland Park.

  • whamo

    I loved the Bayou Bash more than anything else last year. And what a year it was!

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Another great update. Thanks for bringing all the news and photos throughout 2012!!

  • fish biscuits

    I’m still mourning the changes at the Penny Arcade and think it’s a major loss, but most of the other improvements have been great. Although I hadn’t realized that the watch-painters were gone. The Jolly Holiday Bakery is lovely though. Thanks for the updates all year!