The new year has begun and changes are a’plenty at the Disneyland Resort.  Yesterday saw the return of a beloved show  to Frontierland in the form of the Salute to the Disneyland Golden Horseshoe Revue.  Meanwhile Cast Members have begun taking pictures of multi-day ticket holders at the front gate in an attempt to curb misuse.  That’s not all, a massive executive shakeup has George Kalogridis leaving the Disneyland nest for Disney World and the park head of Animal Kingdom moving into the Disneyland President role. Meanwhile, Disneyland Resort presses forward on refurbishments all over the place with more on the way.


Billed as part of the poorly named “Limited Time Magic” campaign, a “Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” opened at Disneyland on Thursday of this week. The show is free to see, but you’ll need to make a reservation at the podium just outside the front door of the saloon, just like in the old days.  Knowing that this would be popular, we ran from the front gate at opening to make sure we’d secure a spot. It worked, and we’ve got the glorious photos for you below.

You are given a reservation at the podium.
The show was being taped on Thursday.
The excitement builds

Inside the saloon the mood was of eager anticipation and nostalgia as guests were invited indoors. Sharply dressed Cast Members invited the audience to order their food at the bar prior to showtime so that the presentation could get underway on time.

Chili, chicken salad, Golden Cristo Nuggets (yum), and Can Can Delight. Yes please.

After a few minor delays, the show began. The performers gamely engaged the crowd and sang, “Hello Everybody”

Hello everybody, welcome to the Horseshoe . . .
There’s even a live band!

If you’re looking for Pecos Bill or Slue Foot Sue, you won’t find them. Instead, we have a new, voluptuous proprietor named Miss Lilly.

Again, this isn’t the original show, but rather a salute. While not a recreation, they really try to hit all of the right notes. Yes, along with the aforementioned opener they also sing “Belly Up to the Bar.” We even get to see the Can Can!

Lilly vamps a patron.

They really seem intent on reminding guests of the nostalgia and historical nature of the performance. During one stretch of dialogue, Lilly talked to the audience about Walt Disney himself, how he hand picked each of the sets of bull horns lining the room, where he liked to sit for the show, and things like that. While it was a nice nod, it clarified that this was no attempt to recreate, but rather to remember a beloved show. The performance moves quickly at a rather short 20 minutes. But they are probably going to have to pad the short running time, especially for those paying for the special evening dinner packages available through the passholder hotline. (those folks are surely going to expect a show with more substance). Regardless, the show was polished, raucous, and a heck of a lot of fun.

View our video here and let us know what you think?

Would you like to see this show remain after its “Limited Time Magic?”


The illegal Disneyland ticket rental business has been going strong. Though one can imagine why it would be popular when a one-day parkhopper tickets now cost an absurd $125, but you can rent a parkhopper ticket for just $85 per day.  Originally, Disney demanded that guests sign their tickets to prevent tickets from being rented or resold.  That did little to prevent the provlem.  Then they began printing names on the tickets and asking to see photo id’s.

But recently, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been upping the defense and the park has been testing taking photos of each guest which will then show on the turnstile screen. They’ve also tried stationing an extra castmembers at the gates to check ID. However, at peak hours, the wait times have ballooned to over 45 minutes at times. Annual passes and one day park hopper tickets can glide through without a problem, since they don’t need extra screening. But watch those gates and choose your line wisely. We hope that Disney figures out a faster way of dealing with this issue quickly.

Guests with 2, 3, and 4 day parkhopper tickets are being told that they must have their picture taken and their ticket scanned by these Cast Members before reaching the turnstiles.

With one little handheld device, the Cast Members scan the multi-day tickets, then take a picture of the guest.  Immediately, just a few feet away, their picture instantly comes up on the screen as their ticket is scanned.  Then, viola!  that one barcode is forever associated with that one guest.  No more rental ability.

Disneyland has every right to fight these ticket brokers and their perseverance and ingenuity is to be commended.  But as long as they continue to price their tickets at sky high rates, the problem will only continue.  These brokers are not stupid, they’ll figure out another way around the system and the game will continue.

Our advice to anyone visiting the parks is to simply avoid the whole mess and abide by Disney park rules. If you are using a ticket broker trying to sell you a used ticket, just say NO. Buy your ticket from Disney online, at the gate, or from participating resort hotels and you will avoid the nightmare of having to ask for your money back from a ticket broker.


Last week we erroneously reported that it’s a small world would be down for conversion back to the regular attraction.  As it turns out, it’s a small world Holiday will remain open until Monday, January 21st.  Following the reopening of Haunted Mansion (which is down for removal of its holiday overlay) small world will go down on Tuesday, January 22nd.  Keep in mind that Splash Mountain is scheduled to go down for refurbishment on the 22nd as well (until Feb 15th), along with Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer’s Island and the Explorer Canoes.  The Mark Twain Steamboat is also enjoying some attention in drydock as it has its deck replaced again.  No date has been posted on the Disneyland website for its return.

Haunted Mansion Holiday is closed and will return as the classic Haunted Mansion on Friday, January 18th.

The exterior has already been stripped of its Hallowee/Christmas decor.
With just a few holdouts left on the hill.

Another unlisted refurbishment is the Main Street Train Station.

This is your view when entering the park


The Fantasy Faire Village continues its construction with new Shingles beginning to appear on some of the roof tops and the ornate spires of the main dance floor peaking out.

The Disney World style shingle treatment is becoming visible on the rooftop to the left.

The new castle wall and turret in the back mimic the colors of the castle.


The holiday season is slowly receding into history.  The icy treatment on the castle is realistically fading away day by day.

pic taken Wednesday, January 9th
But there is still some winter theme to be found

Around the other parts of the park, garland and bunting are becoming a thing of the past and refurb walls are springing up.

For now you can still cross from Frontierland into Adventureland here.


As we stated in last weeks update, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is now down for major refurbishment which will last most of this year.  In an attempt to make the refurbishment a little easier for work crews, Big Thunder Trail is scheduled to remain closed during week days.

Do you think we can still get a Fastpass?
You’ll have to walk around through Fantasyland.
Teams were already walking the track and surveying the work ahead.

In Fantasyland you can only get as far as the restrooms before having to make a u-turn.



The Chrsitmas season is slowly disappearing from Disney California Adventure as well.  At the same time it is taking a queue from its older sibling across the esplanade and using this time for refurbishments after a summer of record attendance.

Garland still up in Buena Vista Street as of Wednesday, January 9th.
Decorations inside the stores are coming down in phases. This is where Santa and the Twas the Night Before Christmas displays were located.

Muppet Vision 3D has reopened but there are still traces of the Prep and Landing elves around:

Posters from the Prep and Landing 4D show were still on display earlier this week.
The Prep and Landing archway is gone.

Cars Land is completely back to normal without a hint of holiday left to be seen.


Speaking of the refurbishments, Grizzly is down for an extended refurbishment.  While we expect this refurb to finish up sometime in the late Spring, Disney has not listed a return date for this attraction on its website.

Serious conversations going on. 😉
Grizzly Trail is closed for now too.


While the bits and pieces of the old Cars Land exhibit are removed, the Blue Sky Cellar is set to reopen on Saturday, January 19th. The new exhibit will feature models and artwork of the new Fantasy Faire Village being constructed in Disneyland.


A quick note, the tire in front of Luigi’s has been moved indoors. They’ve also increased warnings about not stepping on the inflatable tire when entering and exiting the attraction. A problem since the ride first started previews. Eventually this will need to be changed as guests continue to trip when entering and exiting the tires.


Michael Colglazier, the new president of the Disneyland Resort.

Please join us in welcoming Michael Colglazier as President of the Disneyland Resort. He’s slowly been working his way up the ranks of the Disney parks, with his most recent stint running the Animal Kingdom park under the leadership of Meg Crofton.

So far, we’ve only heard good things about Michael. With all of the projects already in the works for the Disneyland Resort, and with the intense scrutiny from the fan community, we don’t expect any problems. Though we’ll be the first to tell you if things start to slide.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish George Kalogridis good luck on his new assignment as President of the Walt Disney World Resort. He’s got his work cut out for him. The Parks, hotels and Downtown Disney all need an extreme amount of attention. He’s going to be busy! But, after all he’s been able to accomplish at Disneyland, we are more confident in WDW’s future than we’ve been since before the Paul Pressler era. We fully expect Disney World to undergo the same sort of rebirth that DCA has had under George. Farewell George, you’ll be missed.

That rounds out our big week of news for the Disneyland resort.  Have you had a chance to see the Salute to The Golden Horseshoe Revue?  What did you think of it?  Is that something that should return on a permanent basis?  Are you excited for the new Princess Meet and Greet at Disneyland or will you be avoiding the area? And if you had one thing to ask the new Resort President of the Disneyland Resort,  Michael Colglazier, what would it be?  We’d love to hear your comments below.

  • Trumpet

    Great Update Norman

    The Fantasy Faire is looking good. a nice amount of detail

    Thanks Again Norman


  • eicarr

    The level of detail in the Fantasyland expansion is opening me up to this new corner I once dismissed as a pre-teen girl princess meet-and-greet area. If anything I’ll enjoy walking through that side entrance to Fantasyland.

    They need to fix the multi-day pass situation before summer. I wish they would offer discounted passes for California like they do in Florida, but they only have it for certain zip codes, forcing me to deal with this multi-day pass nightmare. I have to pay a premium for longer lines.

  • Barbaraann

    The photo of the front of Disneyland Park breaks my heart. I don’t get to Disneyland too many days in a year’s time. I know that things need sprucing up, and I accept that. However, I will miss looking up and seeing the clock in front of the park when I arrive. Not to see that Disneyland sign, with the population amount will sure seem strange.

    Thanks for informing me, because it will be less of a shock now when I see it in person.

  • Sparky

    Can’t wait to see the Golden Horseshoe Revue Salute. I really hope they keep it around longer than a few short weeks. Miss Lilly was the character who was the proprietress of the Golden Horseshoe in the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree show. I’ll be doing a Golden Horseshoe Salute of my own, utilizing some rare video that I have, for the Disneyana Fan Club chapter that I belong to at our next meeting.

  • soundhound

    Wow – the Big Thunder mountain makes such a _wonderful_ backdrop for the Fantasy Faire….

    I thought Disney was finished with having inappropriate sight-lines when they tore down the old DCA…

    • wave789

      Oh, was Big Thunder Mountain not visible from Carnation Plaza Gardens? 😉

  • flayrah

    ‘Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Review’. The less said the better IMO. It’s nice they have a live band.

  • Malin

    I’d love to see the Diamond Horseshoe return. Hoping this limited run will be a success and send a clear message back to Disney that we wat more.

    Now that photo’s are being taken I’m not sure how anyone can beat that system. It’s a good idea and everyone should be made to pay full price. It’s interesting to note during my last stay I had one of the old 6 Day Park Hoppers. And not once was I asked to show any orm of ID the entire time I was at the Resort.

  • dizneydomenic

    As far as the golden-horseshoe revue ..YES! (To this day i can’t figure out why they ever closed it…it was such a fun show) The new show seems to be a combination of revue and jamboree versions. I notice it does have a smaller cast AND is definitely too short. I hope they keep it and the public lets it be known they want it to stay. I luckily have on VHS the complete jamboree version… Thank you so much for posting the video.

    The more i see the fantasy fare pictures the more i think it will meld nicely between main st, the castle and just curious how the walkway by restrooms between the fare and frontierland will be handled

    I hope the new president keeps up the momentum with Disneyland. Am i the only one who seems to view Disneyland as the true park….especially since just before the 50th to now. Seems like since 2004 ALL the detail and momentous amounts of artistry and PR has been to Disneyland.Resort. ( I know alot had to do with the DCA fix.) I’ve been to WDW…yes its grander on scale and concept…. What sets Disneyland apart is many of the same attractions there are spread out to different parks…that’s where Disneyland slams a home-run. Its compact (even with DCA) which makes for so much more fun with less walking and time wasted going from attraction to attraction and park to park. Hence why i haven’t gone to WDW since 2000 and continue to go to Disneyland 3 times a year…mind you i live in northern California…its an 8 hour drive down) Even at 50 years of age its still my favorite place to go and recharge!

    • danielz6

      You’re absolutely right …there’s just no place like Disneyland…especially in terms of shear numbers of attracttions to experience, and the Parks always look immaculate thanks to the constant refurbs as this article discusses. The only thing better than or equal to disneyland is Tokyo Disneyland, but that’s way too far to visit every year!

  • Princess Victoria

    I believe Miss Lilly is the same actress who played the character of the same name in the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree shortly after the Revue closed in ’86.

  • DisneyDrums

    I have to mention something here. What are they going to do with those poles on the right side of Route 66? Keep them up, or take them down?

  • stitch1085

    With all of these attractions being closed how can Disney, in good conscience, charge full price for the parks? Maybe they should implement the varying ticket prices sooner rather than later. I know I would be miffed if I had to pay full price for several closed attractions and walls up everywhere while a person paying the same price later in the year gets all attractions open and no walls up.

    • jcruise86

      There’s still far more then enough entertainment for a full day of fun.

    • Marko50

      Not only that, but it’s a tradeoff between closed attractions and long lines.

    • danielz6

      exactly right…even if some rides are down you can still do much more on a days visit in Jan or Feb than you’ll ever be able to do on a day In July or August when everything is in A mode. In fact I’d wager that in Jan or Feb you could easily experience twice the amount of attractions as you can during the busier days. Lines that are 5 -10 minutes these days can easily be 20-60 minutes on busy days.

  • lnsemsf

    Here is the info you’re missing on the refurbs you mentioned above.

    Jan. 7 – March 28, 2013: Main Street Train Station will be closed for refurbishment.

    Jan. 7 – Feb. 4, April. 8-11, 22- 25, April. 19 – May 2, 6 – 9, 13 – 16, 20 – 23, 2013: Tom Sawyer’s Island Cider Mill will be closed; however the Island will remain open.

    Jan. 7 – March 28, 2013: Mark Twain Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment.

    Jan. 7 – March 28, 2013: Pioneer Mercantile will be closed for refurbishment.

    Jan. 22-23, 2013: Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes will be closed for refurbishment.

    Hope they help all who read this article.

    • lnsemsf

      Oh, and It’s a Small World is closed through Feb 28th, not Feb 15th.

      • AB Born

        What about Grizzly River Run?

  • Algernon

    They should definitely charge less when there are refurbishments going on.

    I loved the Golden Horseshoe. I hope it will be back, with special “non-vamp” seats for those of us who don’t want to be in the limelight.

    • churrocharlie

      They are chraging less, visit the Disneyland website and look to see that ticket prices are less right now.

  • WheresMickey

    great update!

  • martinjbell1986

    I don’t think they need to lower prices at all just because of refurbishments. There is always at least one ride or attraction down at all times during the year. That’s why we have the nicer looking resort here in CA. You just have to check sites like this one or the Disneyland website to make sure that the rides that are going to be down are ones that aren’t going to ruin your trip by being closed. Most people it seems just plan trips without doing any research first. If your favorite ride does happen to be down for your stay, just upgrade your tickets to the annual pass and come again.

  • bearride

    From your video of the Golden Horseshoe it’s more a salute to the Jamboree than the review. But, it’s wonderful to see it again!

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I guess what confuses me is the “salute” to the Golden Horseshoe Review. Old timers who wanted to experience the older show cannot be too happy. I thought it might bring in people who were curious about the older show. I think that it is not the same will only disappoint. Then there is the short time of the show. With it only 20 minutes and combining that with a dinner package, I know people are going to feel cheated. I think Disney is only confused about the goal here. In doing something that might make people feel good about Disney respecting its heritage, it instead seems only have a bait and switch approach to this “Limited time magic” It really should be called “limited magic” period.

  • Tinkd

    Great update! I think Miss Lilly is a must for the Golden Horse Shoe. Don’t care for the title limited magic, should have been magical times, timeless magic etc… Also I think it’s already been reported, but they will be removing the fast pass for Big Thunder all together. Thanx for the update.

  • mondo

    When I worked admission at another park, Season Pass was required to have your picture taken. Guests would buy the tickets and then go to the outside photo place to get their picture taken and received their card. Then get in line to the park. Other times guests can get their card
    inside the park but need to get it at any time during their first day. The ticket becomes invalid ( or at least the guest need to go to GS)if the ticket is scanned twice before become a card. Does DL have a Season/Annual Pass Photo location. Maybe Parkhopper should move there and guests need to get their picture taken the same day.

    • Internitty

      I worked at a park where they put your picture on the actual annual pass just like a drivers license, worked well. My passport works in a similar fashion

  • diva98ri

    We asked a cast member on Weds 1/9/13 about Grizzly river and we were told they close down every year in January to clean up the pipes and water. We were told it should reopen in march. It sucks that sooo much is currently down in the first few months of the year. Hopefully the limited time magic will make up for the lack of other things.
    Still lingering decorations of Christmas in the New Orleans area. Golden Horseshoe show was good. I may post video and pictures soon.

    • danielz6

      Does anyone even want to ride GRR now with the temperature in the 50s and low 60s?!

  • lnsemsf

    Jan. 7 – Feb. 28, 2013: Grizzly River Run will be closed for refurbishment.

    So yes, it opens up on March 1st.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Excellent update! Thank you for all the hard work to make these happen!

  • whamo

    I loved the video of the Golden Horseshoe Review.

  • Disneyfan121

    I have to say that “Limited Time Magic” is a great name for the campaign

  • Disneylandfan85

    I’m not sure if I’m going back in the summer or not, since Big Thunder will still be shut down then and won’t reopen until fall (tentatively October 30). It’s one of my absolute favorites.

    As for Michael, if I had one thing to ask of him, it would be to re-re-re-update Tomorrowland. He can start by doing SOMETHING with the Peoplemover track. If they can’t bring back the ride, then get rid of it, but don’t just leave them up there indefinitely.