Disneyland continues through the winter off-season with refurbishments, construction

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

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Published on January 28, 2013 at 5:39 am with 30 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

    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