Seasonal rain washed out what could have been big crowds visiting the Anaheim area for various convention and special events. Despite the rain, Disneyland refurbishments and construction projects continue through the winter months. Guests visiting the parks will be greeted with construction walls as both parks undergo various refurbishment projects big and small as well as construction on the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area next to Sleeping Beauty Castle. Meanwhile, Disney’s various Limited Time Magic offerings including New Orleans Bayou Bash! and the very popular Golden Horseshoe Revue continue to entertain weekend guests.

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Main Street Station’s refurbishment project continues…

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Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

— Fred Hazelton, Statistician,

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Crowd Prediction
Crowd Tips
Tues., Jan. 29 [center]2 /10[/center] Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Sunday is a 8 out of 10.
  • There are no Annual Pass blackouts in effect this Monday through Friday.
  • Thursday is the best day to visit Disneyland.
  • Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually “sell out” within the first hour of DCA’s regular park hours.
Wed., Jan. 30 2 /10
Thu., Jan. 31 2 /10
Fri., Feb. 1 5 /10
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Construction Kingdom

Construction on the upcoming Fantasy Faire, which we previewed for you last week with our tour of the new Blue Sky Cellar exhibit, continues next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Lots of nice detail work continues to emerge throughout the area…

Back in Fantasyland, not much progress can be seen yet at the upcoming “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show coming to the Fantasyland Theater.

New flag

Nearby, “it’s a small world” is now closed while its holiday overlay is removed.

The flume is dry

Some holiday garland and Christmas lights are still up for now…

Christmas lights are already down on most of the facade, though

In Frontierland, the Pioneer Mercantile is still getting some refurbishment work done…

Nearby, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s major 10-month refurbishment project continues…

A new “Happiest Horses on Earth” sign on the construction walls details Disneyland’s equine history.

Along the Rivers of America, the Fantasmic and Mark Twain Riverboat refurbishment projects continue…

Another Fantasmic! pit has been dredged in front of the Tom Sawyer Island raft dock.

Because of this, Tom Sawyer Island is currently closed.

A few steps down the river, the Mark Twain Riverboat is still in dry dock as it continues its restoration project

And nearby, Splash Mountain is now closed for its off-season refurbishment.

Limited Time Magic:
New Orleans Bayou Bash!,
A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue,
and Lunar New Year Celebration

Disney’s Limited Time Magic promotion continues this week with two offerings. The very popular Salute to the Golden Horseshoe show will run for its final weekend this week. Hopefully the show proved popular enough to warrant Disney adding a permanent version of the show to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.

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

6:30 p.m.

$35 per Passholder, per show

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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

Continuing for a couple more weekends, Disneyland’s New Orleans Bayou Bash will continue to bring its fun Mardi Gras offerings to New Orleans Square…

New Orleans Bayou Bash!
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
February 1-3, February 8-12

Next up 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

Disneyland also released information on special food items that will be available as part of the celebration, including potstickers and ginger milk tea.

Welcome to California Adventure

Disney has announced that Annual Passholders can enjoy California Adventure for up to two hours after regular park closing on Thursday nights throughout February.

Below, some information on the special extended hours for Passholders. For complete information, click here.

Annual Passholder Extended Hours

  • February 7, February 14, February 21 and February 28, 2013

For 2 hours after regular park closing

Check-In and Wristbands
Check-in begins at 12:00 noon on the day of the event only, and must be completed in person.
Wristbands are required for access to attractions during Annual Passholder Extended Hours.
Wristbands are valid only for that day’s event and are subject to availability.
Passholders with wristbands may enter the event until thirty (30) minutes prior to the end of the event.

The off-season has brought along lighter crowds and some seasonal refurbishments to California Adventure as well. Grizzly River Run remains closed through the end of February for its refurbishment.

New logs going in

In Cars Land, work has wrapped up on one half of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree’s resurfacing project.

The new floor treatment is perhaps a bit more plain than the original version, but hopefully it’ll last a little longer.

The other side of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (closest to the parade route), should go under the tents this week for its resurfacing.

This & That

A few new interesting merchandise offerings have recently popped up in various shops in the parks…

New Mickey’s Fun Wheel attraction poster t-shirt and hoodie

A new retro ceramic tumbler

Some interesting new magnets…

Oswald’s in California Adventure continues to get location-specific merchandise, which is really nice to see.

Oswald’s trading pin:

The popular Oswald ear hats are now in constant supply here

And finally, as part of Limited Time Magic, Disney has some specialty ear hats available only for a limited time.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 28 — February 3, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]Disney California Adventure[/B]
Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Theme Park Calendar
[center]Expected Crowd Levels[/center] [center]presented by[/center]
[CENTER][B]Disneyland Park[/B][/CENTER] [CENTER][B]Disney California Adventure[/B][/CENTER]
[B]1.8—6.6[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[B]2.7—8.3[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

[B]For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island:[/b] Closed through February 7 due to Fantasmic! refurbishment.
  • [b]Fantasmic!:[/b] Dark through February 14 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Mark Twain Riverboat:[/b] Closed through March 28.
  • [b]Disneyland Railroad — Main Street Station:[/b] Closed through March 28.
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through October 30.
  • [b]Splash Mountain:[/b] Closed January 22 through February 14 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes:[/b] Closed January 22-23
  • [b]”it’s a small world”:[/b] Closed January 22, 2013 through February 28 to remove holiday overlay.
  • [b]Mad Tea Party:[/b] Closed January 28 through February 14 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Goofy’s Playhouse:[/b] Closed February 25 – March 7 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close in 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
  • [B]Fantasy Faire:[/B] New princess-themed meet-and-greet area in former Carnation Plaza Gardens is under construction and expected to open in early 2013.
  • [B]Fantasyland Theater presenting Mickey and the Magical Map:[/B] Fantasyland Theater closed August 12. Princesses have relocated to Small World Promenade allowing the Fantasyland Theater to close and prepare for the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” show scheduled to open this summer.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Disney Junior — Live on Stage!:[/B] Closed through March 21 to install new show.
  • [B]Muppet*Vision 3D:[/B] Closed through February 15.
  • [B]Silly Symphony Swings:[/B] Closed February 4 through March 31 for refurbishment.
  • [B]World of Color:[/B] Closed January 28-31, 2013 and February 4-7 for refurbishment.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Walt Disney World’s “MyMagic+” RFID-based vacation reservation system is coming under scrutiny by the U.S. Congress.
  • Will Disney allow the controversial new “Escape from Tomorrow” film that drew attention at Sundance to be released?
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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    I love all of the refurbishment work going on at the moment in the parks.

    The Limited Time Magic events at the moment is better that what is happening at WDW.

    Thanks Again Andy


  • Jafar00

    Thanks for making Monday mornings a little brighter, Andy! Love the new Merch. Will definitely be picking up some magnets and postcards when I visit in late Feb. I wish they would make postcards/magnets out of the book cover art from the BVS windows.

  • rstar

    Thanks Andy! Great work! I was there Thursday morning at opening with a light rain. I got tickets for the Golden Horseshoe, and some great shots of Disneyland with no people in them. I love rainy off-season days! And the show was great!

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update, Andy!

    I like two of the cards in the box set, but I don’t want the Goofy coaster card or the Arial ride cards. Wish they had the red street car poster and a Radiator Spring Racer & Luigi’s Tires cards instead.

    We had an excellent visit to the parks on Saturday. Some of the details are on this thread:

    My only negative comments were the filthy rainbow you fly over in Neverland on the Peter Pan ride,
    the weird first half of “A Whole New World” during the Aladdin show when we can’t see Aladdin and Jasmine, but mostly just watch two guys in camel costumes trying nobly but unsuccessfully to distract the audience from the big gap left from the flying carpet scene.

    • jcruise86

      Grrrr. Unable to fix embarrassing typos in post above. 🙂

    • jcruise86

      Sorry for my typos above. I did edit some out of my brief trip report.

      • Algernon

        Don’t worry about the typos. They happen from time to time, especially when you’re in a hurry.

  • Mickey777

    LOL @ the Orange Bird magnet showing up in DCA

    • SpectroMan

      My sentiments exactly. It’s almost as if they WANT the West Coast to stop bothering flying to WDW, since we can get their merchandise here.

  • eicarr

    The Fantasy Faire wood detailing is amazing!!! I thought the quality level was going to be that of the new Fantasyland theater gate(thick unrealisticly bending wooden beams that look like paintd concrete).

    I wish the actual cups etc. said Disneyland too instead of the soulless “Disney Parks.”

    Great update! I wish I was there for the short lines.

  • MarkILIS

    The printed schedule at DCA says there’s some sort of Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year (it mentions both, one in print and the other in a graphic) dance troupe appearing tomorrow (Tuesday, 1/29) at Pacific Wharf. Do you think that’s accurate or possibly was intended for the next week’s schedule?

    • The Lunar New Year dance troupe will be performing Tuesday, 1/29 in addition to over the weekend during the Lunar New Year Celebration.

  • GhostHostJeff

    Although I LOVE refurbishments, that seems like a lot of attractions down at once, at least major attractions.

  • buckaroo234

    You missed one thing on the refurb schedule, although its not really a big refurb but Tower of Terror is reduced capacity during monday thru thursday for the next 3 weeks, and has been for the past 2

  • michael darling

    Tempting to say that the new Fantasy Faire area has the level of detail that the NEW Fantasyland has….but then I remember: Disneyland’s entire Fantasyland has this top notch look. Amazing how fast they are getting it together.

  • airick75

    Thanks for putting some pictures of new merchandise. I know some people seem to despise merchandise as crass commercialism, but I’m a bit of a collector, and I really enjoy it. And then I know it’s time to make another trip to Dland or find some other creative way to come up with some of these items! (I already picked up the ceramic cup a few weeks ago – it was hidden on a bottom shelf in the Emporium, but I considered it a pretty good find!) I would be all for a weekly merchandise update (hear that, Al?).

  • Spongeocto4

    Thank you for the update!

  • FredSimmons

    That’s one of my few problems with Disneyland. There never seems to be a perfect time to visit.

    If you go in the Summer, it’s insanely crowded, the lines are long, the waits are forever, and the restaurants are crowded. But almost all of the rides are open and all of the parades, shows, fireworks, street entertainment, etc. is in full swing.

    If you go on a weekday in off-season to avoid crowds, you get a wonderfully uncrowded park, short lines, almost no waits, easy access to restaurants, etc. But it seems like half of the attractions are either closed or behind walls for refurbishment. And most of the events, parades, shows, etc. that help make the park exciting, aren’t even scheduled.

    Management acts almost as if the park is closed this time of year, and they can afford to go about maintenance, as if the guests who DO show up don’t really count and can settle for half of the usual Disneyland experience.

    I wouldn’t mind management’s attitude if they offered half-price tickets during the off-season, in recognition of the difference in value. But to charge full price and then give visitors less value in return isn’t exactly honest. As a local (and former AP), I know what to expect, of course. But I pity the poor tourists who arrive for a once-in-a-lifetime Disneyland visit, only to be forced to settle for only part of the usual Disneyland experience.

    • ayalexander

      if they charge half price this season, people who are planning they’re vacations will know about it and try to come in an off season, only to spend a fortune flying out to Cal. with their family from whatever state/country they are from and find half the rides under refurbishement, and no shows. People will see this season as more of a deal then find out the hard way that the park isn’t in full swing. Its better to have a few people dissapointed, then to have people disappointed year-round. Plus, most people that visit in the off-season are local’s because foreigners know of California’s summer weather, and locals know (after 57 yrs) that Disneyland is mostly under refurb around this time.

  • Eric Davis

    Great update as always!

  • brianpinsky

    Did I spot an Orange Bid?

  • LangenFox

    I favorite time of the season to visit the park. Minimal crowds, lovely weather, and lots of refurbishment and construction.

  • rwsmith

    I had a great time at the parks last Saturday, but there was a lot of major rides down and that was a bummer.

  • pineapplewhipaddict

    Hi Andy! Thanks for the update!

    I just wanted to say that while some of those sets of ears may only be for limited-time magic, I’ve seen most of them in World of Disney from several months ago.

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  • Jay Allen

    Wonder when they’ll put animatronic bears on Grizzly Rapids.

  • Chee

    Thanks Andy, Great update, I look forward to them every week.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Fantastic as always!

  • darkamor

    Everything receiving maintenance during the slower season @ Disneyland is something that WDW should be implementing, also (& hopefully it will once George K. takes over as WDW’s President) ….

    I had no idea that Main Street Station was down for Maintenance (I hope it comes back looking vibrant inside and out) ….

    I look forward to just about everything glimpsed in pictures, except for the Princess Fantasy Faire (which I predict will become a stroller parking lot of a nuisance) ….

    RIP Carnation Plaza (RIP Live Swing Music / Swing Dancing) 🙁

    C J