Disneyland kicks off 2013 with new projects and Limited Time Magic

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

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Published on January 07, 2013 at 5:05 am with 22 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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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    The Fantsayland Changes are looking good and I can’t wait to see them in person.

    BTMRR should give the ride a fresh look. I am looking forward to riding it when it is completed later this year.

    Thanks Again Andy, and happy new year


  • Malin

    One thing you should take into account with the Starbucks location and its size vs the DCA location is that Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe also sells bakery goods and hot sandwich’s. While Starbucks may or may not include a few food items. The main food items will still be at Jolly Holiday Cafe. So the new Market House location will be selling the drinks only. Which might factor in on why it doesn’t need such a large retail space like the Fiddler Cafe.

  • WheresMickey

    Great update!

  • WesternMouse

    Whoaa! Did you say that Glow with the Show people get better seats? So if I spend another $100 for my family of 5 to where the new ears then we’ll see the show front and center and if I don’t we’re stuck somewhere on the side?

    Ummm, not sure that I like that.

  • We visited the Three Kings Festival on Sunday. It was neat, but simple. An ODV cart, dancers, face painting, and character meet and greet. It’s nice to see these little pop up festivals and it’s a great use of the Festival Arena.

  • Algernon

    Ah, Big Thunder back with safety railings no doubt, just like Casey Jr., the Matterhorn, and soon, Alice in Wonderland. Welcome to Coney Island, as they slowly dismatle the old Disneyland and replace it with a generic Frankenstein of the same name.
    1. Twin Falls — gone.
    2. Peoplemover — gone.
    3. Swiss Treehouse — ruined.
    4. Submarines–ruined.
    5. Skyway — gone.
    6. Mine Train — gone
    6. Jungle Cruise — safety nets; safety railings everywhere else.
    I could go on and on. Enjoy your visit to Coney Island. Maybe you’ll even see a Marvel character there.
    As for me, I won’t be back…

    • jcruise86

      I think the Disneyland resort is currently in great shape, thought I’d like Tomorrowland improved and the employees treated MUCH better. It’s Disney World I’m more worried about.

    • Marko50

      Actually, it seems like you have gone on and on. Enjoy your visits on your 3-D screen and please let the rest of us enjoy.

  • jcruise86

    Outstanding update, Andy!


    There were some excellent photos this week that you should save to a special folder in case Micechat puts out an internet “Fishbulb & Andy at Disneyland” ebook.

  • Tiny Mermaid

    Re: the premium seating for Glow with the Show ears: It seems to be the way going forward that guests able to shell out extra cash get a more magical experience. What a shame.

  • Tinkbelle

    Wow, whoever goes in January or February is going to feel like half the park is closed for refurbishment!

    Why did they paint the curb in front of Carthay? It doesn’t look right to me.

    Thank you for the nice update, Andy.

  • eicarr

    Thanks!! everything looks great. Toontown theater theming would seem to fit the area more for the mickey show, but I guess it works. The food nutrition signs help.. I would have thought the baked chicken with vegetables would be healthier than the pasta… go figure.

    The glow-with-the-show viewing area is a good idea since I see no value in buying/wearing them otherwise since the wearers can’t enjoy them themselves. And finally, the wear and tear on the tractor pull actually blends in nicely with the theme.

  • Tinkbelle

    Are people with glow with the show hats allowed to have other members of their party with them that don’t own ear hats? Or do they have to watch the show alone if they want a spot in the reserved area?

  • bayouguy

    Thus the Christmas/Holiday letdown begins.

  • Tom319

    Can’t wait to see “Mickey and the Magical Map”. It kind of sounds like Fantasmic!

  • Ukulele Guy

    I think the wear on Junkyard Jamboree actually serves the purposefully run down feel of the attraction. One of those unintentional things that enhances the theme.

    • diva98ri

      seems the are already refurbing it and it’s less then a year old. Tents went up this week on half the ride.

  • kat3010

    Great update. Thanks! Good questions too.

  • Hawaii Disney Fan

    Funny how people are annoyed about buying GWTS ears to get better seating, but won’t flinch to pay for a dinner package that costs more. At least with the ears you get multiple usage and multiple VIP seating, but with the dining it’s a one shot deal. Id rather get the ears.

  • SpectroMan

    Wow – I just realized what the “limited time” feature for Oct is going to be: an expanded Dia de los Muertos celebration at Big Thunder Ranch!

  • QPerth

    Terrific update, and Happy New Year to you all! Thanks for keeping us all in the loop, it’s truly appreciated. -Q

  • Awe_inspired

    “Get a closer look at today’s update! Click on any photo in today’s column for a large, high-resolution version of the image. ”

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!