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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  • heysi

    Having been away from the resort for about 5 years, it was nice to be back in the parks again this past saturday. I was amazed at the quality of the upkeep at Disneyland, the park hasn’t looked that good in my lifetime. And having been an AP before and just after the opening of DCA version 1.0, I can say that that park is finally something to brag to eastcoast relatives about. Carsland is more stunning in person than any of the fantastic pictures on here can capture, and let me tell you, those pictures are really amazing on their own. I felt like I was actually in a different place than what used to feel like the old parking lot. The amount of immersion is simply over the top. Buena Vista Street deserves high marks as well by being “another place, another time”, just like Main Street. I found myself wanting to explore more of the street rather than run past the tacky street mall that used to be there. Its because of these wonderful changes that we avoided going into Hollywoodland as we knew that area is the black eye of the park. Lets hope that phase 2 includes some love for that area of the park as well as some real high class rides.

    • jcruise86

      Good post, except that I like much of the Hollywood area, especially the whole animation building and the Muppets & Hyperion theaters. And we like Monsters, Inc. & my daughter likes the afternoon dance party & Alice’s party at night. When she was 2-4 she loved Playhouse Disney. Tomorrowland is where Disney needs to work. Move out the rocks and move back the Astro-Orbiter. Re-open or remove the Peoplemover track.

  • Timekeeper

    Love the new additions, glad that Disney didn’t choose to name the food cart in Fantasyland Faire, “Maurice’s Twisted Treats”, the new food looks good for not only “Maurice’s Treats”, but the temporary promotions too. Great Update!


  • CCS

    Thank you for the great photos, as usual. I agree that the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge should have been left alone and would be glad if they return it to the original plain concrete-looking structure that it is in reality. Can you imagine if they’d tried to paint the Golden Gate Bridge blue while it was in residence for 11 years? What should be repainted and/or rethought all together are the big arches at the entrance to Hollywoodland. They used to have giant elephants on top, but those have been removed. There has got to be a much better color scheme that that garish rust and gold. It clashes badly with the tasteful Carthay Theater and Elias & Disney Co.

    • Asterix

      What CCS said.

      They should have resisted the urge to add that color to the bridge, but you win some, you lose some.

    • Freddie Freelance

      If they’d painted the Golden Gate blue it would be the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge! Well, kinda:


  • MrOCT31

    I have no problem having to come back during the hour the fastpass is designated for, however I wish then, I was allowed to get more than the one fastpass I’m allowed to now in a particular time window. If I were able to have all the passes I want and then knowing what times I should be at whatever ride, I could plan out my day at the park knowing where I need to be and when I need to be there!

  • DisneyDrums

    New FASTPASS rules start…. on my mom’s birthday! This is insane.

  • Freddie Freelance

    I hope the Imagineers are planning to perform some kind of aging or muting on the roofs of the PFF; some of these are just a little too Kandy Kolored Twee in their color palates for the shingles:



    I know these are taken at different times of day, the first earlier in the day and the second in late afternoon, but I think the second looks a [i]little[/i] better with the Golden Hour light muting the colors.