Disneyland‘s Fantasy Faire continues to get its finishing touches applied as it approaches its grand opening in early March. The new princess meet-and-greet area will provide a much-needed home for several of Disneyland’s popular princess characters, but how will the expansion of Fantasyland alter the landscape of Disneyland’s turn of the 20th century-styled Central Plaza? Meanwhile, refurbishments in both parks continue to progress and wrap up as the parks prepare for the busy spring break season. And Disney’s Limited Time Magic promotion continued last week with a special week-long tribute to Presidents’ Day by the Voices of Liberty in the Main Street Opera House.
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Crowds return to pleasant off-season levels this week. Our friends at Touring Plans have their crowd forecast below:
The parks are entering the last couple of weeks before the busy Spring Break Season. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!
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, TouringPlans.com
|Tues., Feb. 26||Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
|Wed., Feb. 27||2 /10|
|Thu., Feb. 28||2 /10|
|Fri., March 1||6/10|
|Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.See Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
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Walls have gone up around the entrance to Refreshment Corner’s outdoor patio, likely to prepare for the reinstallation of the archway that was removed back at the end of last August.
|The Gumball Rally Strikes Back!
MAY 4, 2013
Can you conquer every attraction at Disneyland in a single day? MiceChat’s famous Gumball Rally returns this spring to put you to the test — Tickets on sale now!
- When: May 4st, 2013.
- Where: Disneyland Resort (both parks) in Anaheim, California.
- Cost: Approx. $27.50 per person. 10% discount available through February 28 with promo code: early. MiceChat Gold Memebers can get a 15% discount.
- How Do I Sign Up?: Eventzilla Gumball Rally Registration Page
- How Does the Rally Work?: Details on the Rally Information Page.
Work continues on the new Fantasy Faire area on the edge of the Central Plaza. The princess meet-and-greet area is set to officially open March 12, but begun Cast Member soft openings over the weekend and could go into public soft openings by this weekend.
|Limited Time Magic|
at Disneyland Park
February 18-19 and 22-24, 2013
Last week, Disneyland’s Voices of Liberty performed a special Presidents’ Day version of their patriotic a cappella show at the Main Street Opera House.
Below, a video clip from the Presidents’ Day-themed show that included quotes and special tributes to the U.S. Presidents.
at Disneyland Park
February 25 – March 3, 2013
This week, Disney will continue with the musical Limited Time Magic with a cringe-worthy remake of the Dapper Dans. The classic Dapper Dans will perform a medley of popular songs from boy bands including One Direction, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. Disney released a promotional video of their “Original Boy Band” singing boy band songs:
Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic
at Disneyland Park
February 27, 2013
Disneyland is hosting another Annual Passholder movie screening as part of its Limited Time Magic offerings. This time, however, the event will allow attendees to enjoy Fantasyland and its attractions for two hours after park closing.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House in Disneyland Park
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Fantasyland After Hours Times
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Fantasyland After Hours Attractions:
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- King Arthur Carousel
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Alice in Wonderland
- Mad Tea Party
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
Event Registration and Wristband Distribution
- At 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event, Annual Passholders may begin registering at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House in Disneyland Park.
- All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event.
- Registration and check-in must be completed in person at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
- It is recommended that all members of your party check-in together.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member, who will check event availability. Photo ID may be required.
at Disney California Adventure
Through March 31, 2013
Continuing this week is the eight-minute sneak preview of Disney’s upcoming movie, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” The 4D preview is open throughout the day and utilizes the Muppet*Vision 3D Theater, so don’t expect to see the Muppets until April.
|Touring a New Kingdom|
The two ended their jaunt through Fantasyland with a ride on Alice in Wonderland, hopefully discussing a solution for the ride’s outdoor portion, which has been covered in temporary safety scaffolding since July 2010.
Here’s hoping a permanent fix comes soon for Alice. It’s been nearly three years since the temporary scaffolding went up. Hopefully we don’t continue to see temporary fixes like those Colglazier oversaw at his previous home park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with the Tree of Life nets and continued issues with Expedition Everest’s yeti.
|Welcome to California Adventure|
For the most part, the bridge looks about the same as it did when Buena Vista Street first opened just last summer. The bridge now features some white accents, contrasting with the beige that covers the rest of the structure.
|This and That|
We spotted these great location-specific plastic souvenir cups at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street. A Cast Member said they’ve had them for a while now, so they aren’t new, but I thought they were worth pointing out.
In New Orleans Square, a fantastic new line of Haunted Mansion merchandise is slowly being rolled out at the Port Royal shop. I hear more of this great line is on its way and I’m excited. It’s fantastic to see new nicely-designed attraction-specific merchandise in the parks! A great four-piece coaster set:
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
February 25 — March 3, 2013
|Disneyland Park||Disney California Adventure|
|Monday-Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 midnight
Saturday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
Monday-Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm
Friday 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
2.3—7.6 out of 10
1.1—2.9 out of 10
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
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A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
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