Disneyland and Disney California Adventure both enjoyed light crowds this week during one of the resort’s last “slow” periods of the season. During this winter hibernation, there are many projects that are quietly tinkered away on throughout the resort, mainly inside the original berm. Disneyland alone is enjoying several projects, including the 10 month refurbishment of Big Thunder Mountain.  This week we caught crews removing the old track. They aren’t wasting any time.  We also have wonderful pictures of what will be headed your way during the Lunar New Year Limited Time Magic campaign.

by now, we hope you have noticed the banners, emails and multiple messages about our HUGE MiceAge 10th Anniversary Celebration at Disneyland THIS weekend.  If you haven’t, we have a full listing of the fun activities going on inside the park for all who would like to join us. This is a great opportunity for you to thank Al Lutz for bringing us so much Disney news over the years and for you to meet your fellow readers.  Just click the times guide below for a printable version of the schedule.


Enjoy an adventure that will take you into the details of DCA. We promise to have you seeing the park in a whole new way!  The Mini MiceQuest is a FREE event and open to all that care to join us.  You could win any number of prizes including tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and a 2 night stay at the Anabella Hotel.

Another wonderful, FREE event is  GAME SHOW MAGIC.  Presented by Monorail Man at the Grand Californian’s Hearthstone Lounge Fireplace Patio. This interactive event is awash with trivia, fun, and great prizes including Free tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood and a 2 night stay at the Carousel Inn and Suites!

For our FULL SCHEDULE of meets and events on Saturday February 2nd and Sunday February 3rd, Please CLICK HERE.


Now, on to the update!

As mentioned before, this is what can be considered a slow time for Disneyland.


The new Princess meet and greet area, Fantasy Faire Village, continues to progress at a surprisingly fast pace.  Details continue to be slathered on this once maligned project and the fan community seems to be warming up to the idea of a little more fantasy closer to the hub.

The dark water system is once again circulating, removing the pungent smell that permeated the areas near the water.
Debuting this week was the marquee for the new Royal Theatre.
Granted, it isn’t done yet.
Does it look a little WDW to you?
Other parts of the Village seem much more detailed.


A very minor resurfacing project took place during the week on the left tunnel.


Big Thunder Mountain is almost one month through its 10 month refurbishment and no time is being wasted.  Demolition is complete inside the ride itself in the areas needing it (except for the rumored changes to Rainbow Ridge, and the in progress removal of track).

Out in front of the attraction, construction walls continue to be themed and decorated.

No station work is visible just yet.

Equipment and temporary workstations are all in place behind the walls.
Nothing happening at Rainbow Ridge just yet.
Old track was removed over the past week.

How long before we see commemorative pins featuring bits of the old track?



The table is cleared and there’s no tea being poured at the Mad Tea Party, which is down for refurbishment until Feb 15th.

So strange to see all the cups gone from the turntables.


it’s a small world

The classic it’s a small world attraction is still having its jingle bells removed after a long run of the holiday version of the ride. Refurbishment is also likely happening as the ride will reopen on Friday, March 1st.

No more Santa hat.

Brand new belts at the station.


The Mark Twain Riverboat is still in dry dock refurbishment through March 28th.  This is an extensive refurbishment that is covering the entire vessel from top to bottom.  Here are some pictures of the current status.



Disneyland will celebrate True Love Week, which will run from February 11 – 17.  The park will be decorated with heart shaped signs and romantic decor. At night, Sleeping Beauty Castle will swim in projections of hearts and flowers.

A giant “floral” heart will be installed in Town Square.


In addition, flowers and doves will be added to Snow White’s Wishing Well near Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Special merchandise including pins, plush, Vinylmations, special Mickey ears, and apparel will be available for purchase.

Food will also play a major part in the celebration.  Themed chocolate cupcakes with raspberry mousse and dark chocolate frosting will be available for purchase at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café and Pacific Wharf Café in Disney California Adventure, and Disneyland Hotel Coffee House. Prix fixe menus will be available at Blue Bayou and Café Orleans in Disneyland, Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel or Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.

For the duration of True Love Week, the Princes will be joining the Princesses at the Princess Royal Walk.

Male companionship for one week only! 😉



Jumping over to Disney California Adventurem, we see that they are vastly expanding the Lunar New Year offerings in Pacific Wharf.  Some of it is already set to enjoy even though the event hasn’t officially begun. Lunar New Year officially runs from February 8 until Feb 11, 2013 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m in the Pacific Wharf area of DCA.


Rounding things out, we see whats floating about at the Grizzly River Run attraction which continues its refurbishment until March.

And there you have it.  There are many refurbishments happening throughout the resort, but, with the off season attendance, it is a great time to visit.  Remember, if you are free this weekend, join us at the resort to celebrate our spectacular 10 year milestone.  See you In the Parks!