Disneyland kicked off its annual Mardi Gras celebration over the weekend with the return of the New Orleans Bayou Bash! celebration. The Mardi Gras-themed live entertainment and food offerings in New Orleans Square return on weekends through mid-February this year as part of the 2013 “Limited Time Magic” promotion. Meanwhile, the Disneyland Resort hosted over 14,000 runners that turned out this weekend for the third annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon. The race, geared toward women, drew big crowds to the theme parks as well, boosting the holiday weekend crowds as Disneyland continues various refurbishment and construction projects in both parks.
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|Tues., Jan. 22||Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
|Wed., Jan. 23||5 /10|
|Thu., Jan. 24||4 /10|
|Fri., Jan. 25||5 /10|
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No more snow on Sleeping Beauty Castle
Lots of new detail continues to emerge from this area, which promises to be a very aesthetically-pleasing addition to the park.
Back in Fantasyland, work continues on getting the Fantasyland Theater facility ready to host the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show opening this summer.
Nearby, “it’s a small world” holiday’s last day is today before it closes to remove its holiday overlay.
Over at Big Thunder Ranch, the ranch gate that had been cut down last year has finally been replaced.
The old gate was made from real logs, but the new one is fake. Not a big deal, but a small bummer to see more real wood and texture removed from Frontierland.
|Limited Time Magic:
New Orleans Bayou Bash!
and A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue
Disneyland kicked off its annual New Orleans Bayou Bash! celebration this weekend. While the Mardi Gras-themed Bayou Bash offering isn’t new to the park, it is being promoted as being part of Disney’s 2013 “Limited Time Magic” promotion. Still, even if Bayou Bash! would have returned with or without “Limited Time Magic,” it’s nice to have this sort high quality offering instead of the recent sad “Winter Wonderland” offering at Walt Disney World.
New Orleans Bayou Bash!
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 18-21, January 25-27, February 1-3, February 8-12
Below, a video clip of some of the New Orleans Bayou Bash! entertainment:
A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue
Thursday through Monday, now through February 4
11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:15 pm
Annual Passholder Dinner Show Dates:
Thursdays through Mondays, January 10 through February 4, 2013
$35 per Passholder, per show
Call (714) 781-PASS (7277) and select option 0
Starter: Corn chips in a souvenir Golden Horseshoe boot mug
Entrees: Black forest ham and roast beef sandwiches
Sides: Golden raisin and carrot salad, Yukon golden potato salad, Very Berry fruit salad
Children’s Menu: 2 PB&J sandwiches with sides
Vegetarian Option: Vegetable and cheese sandwiches with sides
Beverages: Mint Julep, water, coffee
Dessert: Walt & Lilly’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Cake
Coming up next for Limited Time Magic, Disneyland’s Lunar New Year celebration will return and move to Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure. The celebration will feature colorful performances from dancers, musicians, and martial artists as well as appearances from Mulan, Mushu, Mickey and Minnie.
Happy Lunar New Year Celebration
at Disney California Adventure
10 am — 5 pm, February 8 — 11
Over 21,000 runners turned out for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend of events and 14,000 of them participated in Sunday’s Half Marathon.
The Half Marathon title went to Angela Escay, who crossed the finish line with a time of 1:24:10.
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The change, neither good or bad, is rather inexplicable. It adds a bit of color to Buena Vista Street, but isn’t exactly accurate; the bridge is based off the real Glendale-Hyperion Bridge in Los Angeles which never featured a color scheme like this.
Over in Cars Land, the temporary poles that were installed for holiday decorations down Route 66 have been removed.
|Blue Sky Cellar goes to Fantasyland|
For a full tour of the exhibit, click here.
|This & That|
Over in Grizzly Peak, Grizzly River Run continues its refurbishment.
Back in Disneyland, the Wreck-It Ralph meet-and-greet has been removed and all of the Starcade’s arcade games have been removed as well. The back portion of the arcade is now behind construction walls.
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 21 — 27, 2013
|Disneyland Park||Disney California Adventure|
|Monday: 8 am – 11 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
Monday 8 am – 10 pm
Tuesday-Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday-Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 9 pm
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
3.0—8.4 out of 10
2.9—8.3 out of 10
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
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A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
OK, that’s it for this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. Thank you for reading! Did you check out New Orleans Bayou Bash! this weekend or run in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon? Let us know in the comments section below.
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