Disneyland Resort celebrates Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day as rules get strict on Fastpass

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

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Published on February 11, 2013 at 5:05 am with 28 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 writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    It is nice that the San Francisco is used for the Lunar New Year. Maybe, the area could have some links to the real life China Town all year round…

    It is nice to see the refurbishments continue ready for the Summer. The Fantasy Faire is looking good. Hopefully, it is squashing any comments that it is not a worthy successor to the Carnation Plaza Gardens.

    Thanks Again Andy


  • mratigan

    Thanks Andy
    I wasnt excited about the fantasy fair, but know I am. I like the Reds Apple Freeze at DCA so i hope i like the Boysen Apple Freeze.
    great update

  • Tapdawg

    Is it seriously a 10 out of 10 this weekend?!? I’ll be going in the morning on Saturday, anyone know how long in the am it will usually be not so crowded? I’m going to take some photos and areas without crowds would be a plus, any suggestions?

    • Westsider

      It’s Presidents Day Weekend; always a HUGE weekend for the Resort.

      You’ll want to get there 30 minutes before park opening to be amongst the first in for park pics without crowds. They often “cheat the gate” on very busy days and let people in to Main Street early. If your ticket package has an Early Entry day, take advantage of that too.

  • whamo

    Tapdawg, The crowd was 10 out of 10 on Sunday, for sure. This has been the most crowded year at Disneyland and California Adventure I can remember. I waited 1/2 hour to ride Carb springs in the single rider line. The last time I went I only waited 5 minutes. I like the AP thing on Thursday nights. That might we worth a special trip. The Bayou Bash and the Chinese New Year presentations were cool, although the alligator dancing and blowing a trumpet is a bit corny. That show works better on the Mark Twain by a mile-and-a-half. That was a great show, and they should bring it back. Big props to the Cathay Theater chef! I took my wife there to celebrate Valentine’s Day, early, and the food was fantastic.

  • WheresMickey

    NIce update!

  • Mickey777

    The Royal Theatre looks like something out of MK’s original Fantasyland doesn’t it?

  • eicarr

    I welcome any improvements to atmosphere, including changing the bridge color like they changed the dull mono color of The Palace of Fine Arts in the San Francisco area. Depressing prison like color schemes do not work in DCA at that scale.

    With new detailing, I’m now fine with the Fantasy Faire theater sign.

    I’m starting to feel like all the time effort and budget behind these limited events might be better spent elsewhere when they’ll be nothing to show for that effort at the end of the year(or to take crowds off the paths during peak season).

  • jcruise86

    The Golden Horseshoe Review is NOT “back to normal” now.

    For most of that theater’s history it has hosted the excellent Golden Horseshoe Review. LAST MONTH the Golden Horseshoe was “back to normal”–Walt Disney’s normal.

    Excellent update, Andy! THANK YOU!

    I particularly liked the Asian New Year coverage. I don’t think the Vietnamese or Chinese celebrations will spread to Americans of other national origins because of the part about cleaning the home, but the shorter Korean version might have a shot. From the update, Disney seems to have knocked this out of the park. I just hope it’s not a separate admission in ten years. :)

    Disney will need extra staff in City Hall once they start enforcing Fastpass times. Imagine the moronic adults whining about how they were just one second late. I wish Disney could secretly film them an post the “Top Ten complainers in February So Far” on Youtube. That could go viral on and be a fitting retribution.

    Despite (or because of) all the construction and despite Tomorrowland, the Disneyland resort is in a golden age.

    I just hope Staggs doesn’t say, “OK, Disneyland is good enough for now. Now we can pretty much ignore Anaheim for twelve years except for one Everest caliber E-ticket in Tomorrowland (Star Wars OR Marvel).” Yes, Walt Disney World could use three Harry Potter/Carsland (but not not a cloned Carsland) quality lands ASAP, but not at the expense of Anaheim.

    • jcruise86

      D’oh! REVUE, not Review.

    • DannyeF

      Top 10 complainers! I love it!!

  • OriginalMousekteer

    Good news about Splash reopening. I got the skinny from some friends in New Orleans attractions about the rumored delay that has been going around. It turns out it was a practical joke that took on a life of its own. One of the working leads posted news of a supposed delay in the back room at Pirates as a joke aimed at the Splash regulars who were populating Pirates during the rehab. It got repeated as fact and spread before the joke was revealed and proved harder to correct than it was to disseminate. Oooopsie!

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update! Two things: 1. The bridge in DCA should return to it’s original color..looked much better that way. 2. I had no idea they actually dismantle SSS the entire way..wow!

  • Chernabog

    Now with the new fastpass return times, APers meeting up at different times won’t be able to ride together using Fastpass anymore (unless someone got one earlier and doesn’t want to ride). Plus if you get one and decide to go to the other park, you’ll have to rush back across the esplanade if you want to use it.

    *sigh* Between that and the price jumps, I’m pretty happy with not renewing. Now I’ll spend $150 this year on a parkhopper and food, instead of my usual $1000+.

  • MarkILIS

    The Lunar New Year Celebration does not end today. It has been extended through Wednesday.


  • Imagineer2B

    After over a year of enjoying the Micechat posts I’ve decided to dive in and officially register and comment. Dateline Disneyland is always a great way to kick off a Monday. I’m really pleased to see some life brought into the San Francisco street part of the park. This area of DCA always feels quiet especially since the facades are not usable (except for the Little Mermaid shop addition). I think that a Chinatown type overlay could be a great addition, perhaps we move the restrooms and open up the storefronts in DCA 3.0? I will say that while I was very hesitant to embrace Fantasy Faire I think that the area looks great and it seems to be a nice transition next to the castle. I’m looking forward to seeing the Valentine’s offerings this week!

    • jcruise86

      Welcome, Imagineer2B!

  • sixalex

    I do love Mondays! Micechat and Dateline Disneyland make the weekend too long!

    We have been unable to attend the parks for nearly a month due to family health issues. These updates keep me in touch. Even though it is a bit like torture to see what I am missing, I still feel connected.

    The pictures are a great way to track “immediate history” and I love to take a few and save them to my computer. Well, more than a few. Between the Dateline updates over the last five years, other people’s blogs, including the amazing Tours Departing Daily group, Tom Bricker, and my own obsessive documenting of Disney Details, I have a continuing slide show that can run for days without repeating. Almost like being there all the time!

    Thanks to everyone.

    P.S. Please note that I DO NOT use anyone’s photos for profit. I do keep photo credit attached to the photos. These are for my own personal enjoyment only. I plan, someday, to add my own amateur efforts to a blog for others to download and enjoy. Sharing is good!

  • ayalexander

    great update, I love the pictures posted her on the chinese lunar new year celebration, -especially of Mickey dressed in his best! He’s so adorable!