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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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 outdoor patio is still open while they work on the arch.

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Construction Kingdom

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.

Never mind that whole section of Fantasyland behind the turn of the century horse-drawn trolley…

Popcorn lighting is up along the new, and very loud, Royal Theatre

Nice details throughout the area

The new owl newel post is in place

The Figaro animatronic, which had been in place but covered with plastic last week, was missing again this weekend.

The new Clopin’s Music Box has also been installed

Refurbishment Round-Up

Frontierland’s Pioneer Mercantile is still in the process of getting some work done. The store is still open during its facade refurbishment

Nearby, Big Thunder Mountain continues its 10-month overhaul.

Big Thunder Ranch’s Brawny sponsorship signage was replaced with shiny new metal versions.

It definitely gets your attention…

Over on the Rivers of America, the Mark Twain’s refurbishment continues through the end of next month.

The gold leaf on the Riverboat’s smokestacks has been redone. The gold was originally added for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary.

In Fantasyland, “it’s a small world’s” refurbishment should be winding down, with the attraction set to reopen by the weekend.

Meanwhile, lighting towers along Small World Mall continue to get repainted to a new greenish-blue color.

Looks nice

A tower still sports its old gold color scheme.

Limited Time Magic

[center]Voices of Liberty: Presidential Celebration
at Disneyland Park
February 18-19 and 22-24, 2013
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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.

Only a small addition to the Voices of Liberty poster outside of the Opera House indicated the special Limited Time Magic offering.

Below, a video clip from the Presidents’ Day-themed show that included quotes and special tributes to the U.S. Presidents.

[center]Dapper Dans – The “Original Boy Band”
at Disneyland Park
February 25 – March 3, 2013
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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:

[center]Peter Pan Screening & Fantasyland After Hours
Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic
at Disneyland Park
February 27, 2013
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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.

Date
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Screening Location
Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House in Disneyland Park

Screening Times
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.

Full event information

[center]Can’t make it to the screening? You can watch the film at home with the Peter Pan Diamond Edition Blu Ray:
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[center]Oz: The Great and Powerful Sneak Peek
at Disney California Adventure
Through March 31, 2013
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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.

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” hits theaters March 8. The sneak preview at California Adventure will run through March 31.

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Award Wieners is also offering a couple special menu items in conjunction with the Oz: The Great and Powerful sneak preview.

Touring a New Kingdom

On Friday, we spotted Disneyland Resort’s new president Michael Colglazier touring Fantasyland with Tom Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering.

We spotted the two taking a look at various Fantasyland landmarks including the Matterhorn Bobsleds and “it’s a small world”

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

At California Adventure, the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge on Buena Vista Street is sporting what appears to be its final take on a series of recent repaints.

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.

Looks like the previous mottled reddish-brown color is functioning as an undercoat to give the bridge a bit more depth? It seems like a lot of trouble for not much of a difference.

The white accents are a little distracting

Meanwhile, California Adventure’s off-season continues with a couple of on-going refurbishments. On Paradise Pier, the Silly Symphony Swings are still dismantled.

Grizzly River Run should reopen by the end of next week as it wraps up its refurbishment

Water slowly coming back in…

This and That

New paper foodservice products are slowly being rolled out. Popcorn boxes and coffee cups are now sporting a new design.

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.

It’s great to see a souvenir cup that’s location-specific and isn’t covered with character designs. Now, if only they had glass versions available — they’d be great for entertaining with at home!

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:

A great new photo frame:

Work continues on the Fossil store’s remodel in Downtown Disney

And work continues on the Downtown Disney stage upgrades

The temporary stage is still in place

Finally, the grassy area where the Tinker Bell ice skating rink had been installed has been relandscaped and is open again at the end of Downtown Disney near the Disneyland Hotel.


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
February 25 — March 3, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]Disney California Adventure[/B]
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
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
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[center]Expected Crowd Levels[/center] [center]presented by TouringPlans.com[/center]
[CENTER][B]Disneyland Park[/B][/CENTER] [CENTER][B]Disney California Adventure[/B][/CENTER]
[CENTER][B]LOW-MED[/B]
[B]2.3—7.6[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER][B]LOW[/B]
[B]1.1—2.9[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

[B]For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
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[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Mark Twain Riverboat:[/b] Closed through March 28.
  • [b]Disneyland Railroad — Main Street Station:[/b] Closed through March 28.
  • [b]Autopia:[/b] Closed for refurbishment February 26-28.
  • [b]Disneyland Monorail:[/b] Closed for refurbishment February 26-28.
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through October 30.
  • [b]”it’s a small world”:[/b] Closed January 22, 2013 through February 28 to remove holiday overlay.
  • [b]Goofy’s Playhouse:[/b] Closed February 25 – March 7 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close in 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
  • [B]Fantasy Faire:[/B] New princess-themed meet-and-greet area in former Carnation Plaza Gardens is under construction and expected to open in March 12, 2013.
  • [B]Fantasyland Theater presenting Mickey and the Magical Map:[/B] Fantasyland Theater closed August 12, 2012. Princesses have relocated to Small World Promenade allowing the Fantasyland Theater to close and prepare for the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” show scheduled to open Summer 2013.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed through February 28 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Disney Junior — Live on Stage!:[/B] Closed through March 21 to install new show.
  • [B]Muppet*Vision 3D:[/B] Show on haitus while “Oz: The Great and Powerful” sneak peek plays in theatre through March 31.
  • [B]Silly Symphony Swings:[/B] Closed through March 14 for refurbishment.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • [B]Fossil:[/B] Store closed for remodel. Reopens spring 2013.
  • [B]Downtown Disney Stage:[/B] Closed for enhancements. Temporary stage available for performances and events during main stage construction.
[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • OC Register: Cars Land success prompts Disneyland to discontinue annual 2-for-1 ticket deal for locals.
  • OC Register: Disneyland gave guests Fastpass tickets, dining vouchers after short circuit strands Monorail riders 45 minutes.
  • ABC 10 News: A video showing guests provoking Disney character to misbehave could be used as evidence in recent discrimination case.
  • CBS Los Angeles: A Long Island teen recently died of a mysterious illness during a school trip to Disneyland.
  • Disney Parks Blog: Disney is rolling out a new line of cosmetics and beauty products at its theme parks called “Beautifully Disney.”
  • Disneyland.com: Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can enjoy 20% off at Earl of Sandwich on Mondays and Tuesdays through February and March.
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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    It is a shame that the Dapper Dans ae singing modern songs. However, the younger audience will listen as they know these songs.

    Hopefully, Alice will be fixed soon.

    Finally, the Hub rea has always been a mixmatch of land theme due to bbeing the entrance to the different world. Despite having loud colours, the castle has been their for nearly 60 years and there have been no complaibnts. Lets see what other Micechatters have to say.

    Thanks Again Andy

    Trumpet

    • chesirecat

      Agree. The castle “works” with Main Street, and I think the trolley looks great going by Fantasy Faire, which I think has a lot of great details and “festive colors”, which is appropriate. After all, this will be a high traffic area with the princess meet and greets there, so it makes sense for it to be visible from the hub as guests will be looking for it. The purple color is actually appropriate because purple is a “royal color”, and they couldn’t go with pink because that would clash with the castle. Looks better than the faire theme that has been applied to the carousel for years.

      I like that it isn’t hidden from view because it goes well with the castle and you get a sense of the castle actually being at the center of a village. Because we’re talking Fantasyland here, not so decaying medieval village in Europe, it makes sense to use a wonderful palette of pastel colors that are celebratory and festive. This is why the special shingles, which I think look great.

      I love it that they are going to have an animatronic Figaro swatting a bird, awesome. They really went all out, and the details look great.

      I don’t understand the criticism of Fantasy Faire as it it so much better than what was there and looks even better than some of the facades in Fantasyland. I hope they eventually demolish the Fantasyland Theatre, and expand Fantasyland in the same style as Fantasy Faire as they did a great job. Obviously, they built Fantasy Faire to last decades by adding some many details and high quality craftsmanship.

    • DobbysCloset

      Oh dear, it’s just for one night (unless folks love it)!

      There are tween girls visiting the park who are too old to dress as Princesses but who will carry away this memory forever! There was a time when a Monkees medley would have captured my heart.

    • Westsider

      Fantasy Faire looks fantastic, and such a HUGE improvement over the abandoned Plaza Gardens in replaces.

      If the horse-drawn trolley bothers you when it rolls past Fantasy Faire, then also be prepared to pivot another 300 degrees and say…

      – Never mind the 1850’s frontier log fort behind the turn-of-the-century horse drawn trolley
      – Never mind the Polynesian tiki torches, thatched roofs and African elephant tusks behind the turn-of-the-century horse drawn trolley
      -Never mind the soaring metallic spires of the Space Age topped by glowing corporate logos for the Bell System and Monsanto with the fab PeopleMover trains gliding overhead (1967-1990 edition)
      -Never mind the flags of all 50 states, some that hadn’t been created yet in 1905, alongside the mid century mod circular clock and the giant plastic house of the future behind the turn-of-the-century horse drawn trolley (1955-1966 edition)
      -Never mind the giant, snowy Swiss mountain with jaunty Euro mountain climbers behind the turn-of-the-century horse drawn trolley (1959-2013 edition, mountain climbers seasonal)

      The Hub has always been a mish-mash of themes and architecture and frenzy. Fantasy Faire is gorgeous and will be wildly popular. The Plaza Gardens area will finally be put to good use for a wider range of parkgoers for the entire operating day.

      And I walked through Fantasy Faire on Saturday morning on the first CM Preview. It’s stunningly detailed and just dripping with charm and expensive fixtures. It is the equal of Imagineering excellence to Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. The era of cheap or value-engineered park installations is over.

  • JCSkipr79

    Fitzgerald touring Michael around is SCARY. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s trying to assimilate Michael, “We NEED TV SCREENS ALL OVER!” Tony should be leading the new DLR Pres. around. Not THAT no talent pretender. Good to see Michael actually going on rides.

  • indianajack

    Not feeling at all the new green color scheme on the Small World thruway lighting. The old gold and white was much classier and fitting with Small World.

    Thanks for the update as always.

  • eicarr

    I NEED one of those haunted mansion picture frames YESTERDAY. I love my Cars Land souvenir cups I use at home for rootbeer floats all the time and am glad they’ll have more cups to get next time I’m there. I still wish Disneyland could have its own name on paper products, “Disney Parks” just doesn’t carry the magic of reminding me I’m in the greatest park on earth… Disneyland.

    The sight of Fantasy Faire with a horse traveling by is a welcomed distraction from the Tomorrowland embarrassment. While Main Street’s improvements are never ending, the only new TL improvements I remember, besides an awesome Star Tours 2, is a time share booth to take advantage of guests and new advertising booths at innovations. I’m glad the ornate Fantasy Faire will distract from the abandoned Peoplemoover track that tarnishes an entire land.

  • WheresMickey

    Nice update!

  • DisW

    The various colors used for the rooftop shingles of Fantasy Faire clash and look horrible. Did the designers study authentic European locales for their project? If so, then I didn’t realize classical Europe contained structures that were so oddly tacky. And the chimneys definitely don’t look even somewhat authentic, unless the designers were going for a cartoon type of style.

    When Disney does something right, it’s often so well done I couldn’t second guess them if my life depended upon it. But with some of the basic architectural elements of FF, my sense is that even Stevie Wonder is going to pause and be able to detect something is off.

    • ayalexander

      You do realize that Fantasy Fair is part of FANTASYLAND and not based off of a realistic realm, right? I mean, do you really think you’ll walk into Fantasy Fair and meet and greet with France’s King Louis XIV?? No, you meet with Ariel, the former mermaid! Plus, Fantasy Fair is not Europe, its Fantasyland. Yes, the architecture was designed to be similar, but in no way was it designed to be exact. That’s the point.

      • DisW

        But when Fantasyland was redone in the 1980s, I don’t recall its design features being as off or as inappropriately designed — if at all — as is the case with Fantasy Faire. There’s no excuse for the poor artistic choices evident in FF, including the cheap-looking shiny vinyl (again: noticeably shiny vinyl) skirt that hangs from the top of the “tent.” Or the use of tiles/shingles that outline the blue shingles on top of some structures, and whose red color is reminiscent of the look of tiles on top of a Spanish-style building. That is a simple case of poor design choices and work.

        If people in the company believe the Hyperion bridge over Buena Vista Street in DCA, and its colors, needs to be tinkered with, then they better feel ten times that way about Fantasy Faire.

  • Internitty

    I liked the gold and white for Small World too, it blended nicely with the actual facade and looked like it belonged.

    I think the main problem with the Princess Fantasy Faire at the hub is the garish pink big top where Princess Dumbo will live, if the pink was toned down and trees and fencing put in place to soften the transition it would blend really nicely, alternatively let’s have a good old turn of the century circus under the tent 🙂

    • Internitty

      I want glass versions of the Gibson Girl cups too :):)

  • DisneylandTraveler

    Let me get this straight. Iger and Lasseter removed the X-1 plane from the front of the Taste Pilots Grill because it interfered with the views from Buena Vista Street but are good with a garish medieval village at the end of Main St where horse drawn carriages, fire engines, and double decker buses pass by right in front. I get it….. No I don’t….

    • ayalexander

      Well the X-1 plane was positioned in a very comic way… Disneyland was meant to be one giant fantasy realm… California adventure was meant to appear more realistic at first glance. and a plane bursting out of a hangar and frozen in place does not look appear realistic at first glance. At first glance, it looks like a failed comic attempt at whimsy… that’s why it was removed.

  • JCSkipr79

    But Lasseter dosen’t care about DL Park unless it’s Pixar. And it’s totally insulting having Fitz give Michael a tour of…A TONY BAXTER CREATED ATTRACTION. I bet Fitz can’t wait to get in some Johnny Depp TV screens in there!

    • ayalexander

      lol Tony Baxter did not build Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland opened to guests in 1956, just a year after Disneyland opened. I don’t believe Tony was even an Ice Cream scooper back then.

  • chesirecat

    Thank you for the pictures.

    I think that Fantasy Faire looks great, the bright colors are part of the Faire theme. Just look in Fantasyland and you will see that the Carousel has had a “temporary Faire” theme for years, not an ugly wooden box-type medieval theme, which would disappear into the trees and look grungy. There are a lot of pastel colors, but I think it really works given the purpose of this area, and it will look great for years to come.

    The trolley doesn’t look bad at all with Fantasy Faire in the background, quite the opposite, the Hub also hosts views of Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland as the trolley goes around.

    The reddish brown paint job is not functioning as an overcoat, but they painted the BVS using a palette of a couple of beige-like colors and a white. If you can see the top coat they put on last week, then they didn’t use enough primer for this new coat (you can’t they did a good job). And the tops of the “towers” are painted red, which wasn’t what the original bridge looked like. Most decidedly not the original paint scheme which was a basic off-white like Carthay, and really, really surprised that the author thinks this is close to the original as there are so many changes in paint scheme.

  • chesirecat

    Remember that before Fantasy Faire, there was the Carnation Plaza Gardens which looked horribly dated, and it didn’t work with the castle, now with Fantasy Faire I think you get a sense that the castle is the center of a village, with Tony Baxter’s Fantasyland on the north side, and Fantasy Faire off the side. Obviously some of the shingles look worn and have shades of brown, and others have a bit more color, it all works as this is the “celebratory” faire part of Fantasyland, remember the concept art with the may pole and confetti, looks spot on to me. Looks better than the new Fantasyland in WDW to my eyes, and it really pluses the whole Hub area and provides some placemaking for the castle.

  • bayouguy

    I think the theming of the Fantasy Faire won’t cause too much commotion in the long run. It’ll soon blend in. And I’m very certain every American Main Street has a castle, a Matterhorn Mountain and a Rocket Jets. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

    • Imagineer2B

      Hahahaha. I completely agree. The hub area is a transition into many lands which can all be seen from the hub. I’m thrilled with the quality and attention to detail. While the details may not be period or locale accurate or specific, that is fine…this is FANTASTY Faire after all. I understand that the color of the new “tent” can be a little jarring but I think we are just reacting to change. Give it a couple months and we’ll be on to the next project.

      • RodeToad

        Lol I completely agree well!
        The hub is where many lands come together, be it an old west fort or a medieval castle.

        And the bridge….
        I respect Andy’s opinion about the bridge; I just disagree. I saw room for improvement, and obviously others did as well. I think the new paint job looks great. For me, this falls under the category of “Plussing” that is a time honored tradition that goes back to Walt, and I am excited they found money in a budget to continue that tradition, and that this is something that they should be commended for doing. I would would hate to see the day where “the little things” no longer matter, because they are criticized that it was a waste of money.

  • dznycat

    Would be nice if they would get rid of that horrible bright PINK color. It looks cheap compared to the rest of the area. I think they could have made the Fantasy Faire over on the side to bridge the gap from tea cups to small world. Let’s be real that has been dead land since the phantom boat days. How nice if they would have used some of that space.

  • DobbysCloset

    For all of those who are commenting on the color I would like to recommend a fabulous book, very difficult to read, that talks about how humans perceive color and how different times and cultures “saw” color. “Through the Language Glass” by Guy Deutscher. Because I have to reserve judgement based on the reality, not the virtual representations.

    Thank you so much for the tour! Money is being spent everywhere and it looks like we’re expecting a wonderful summer crowd! Finally a photo for dogs (Dobby would gladly take Toto’s place for a munch on the Yellow Brick Roll — wish my computer had Smell-o-vision.)

    Having mice chatting is such a better way to open my day than yahoo new PTSD Triggering home page…

    What I would like to see is A) a Brawny Face Character. I have always wanted to meet that guy. I’ve bought paper towels from him for years… Surely it would be easy to find some out-of-work model to stand there and smile… B) themed attendants for the Princesses to provide protection as well as role models for little boys. Isn’t there supposed to be a knight in shining armor lurking in the shrubbery? Revive “Sword in the Stone” maybe? I sure wish Narnia had stuck…

    Also, you mentioned the theater being “loud.” I do not think Walt would have liked the idea of blasting sound at children at decibel levels that would damage their eardrums and make them cry. I am very sensitive to sound myself and no longer enjoy most movie theaters — keep the sound appropriate for all ages unless otherwise noted.

    • ayalexander

      In Walt’s time everything was quiet, today everything is loud. Things must compete with today’s standards. Yeah children cry but old people pout when they can’t hear.

  • EC82

    Main Street was designed to evoke the memory of turn of the century America, when towns had bandstands for weekend fun. The new Fantasy Faire is designed to evoke the memory of more Princess merchandise sales to line the company’s coffers.

    Am I the only one, by the way, who can only think of that awful Hunchback of Notre Dame area when I see these garishly colored buildings?

    Why not just turn all of Main Street into the “forecourt” of the castle?

    The whole thing is awful. It’s gone from a lovely quiet gem to another merchandise/meet and greet area.

    I’m all for change if it’s done right. This is change done badly.

  • Bfscott77

    I have to say, the re-paint of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge was well done and worth the effort! The first paint job was all one color and flat – good enough to get it done for the opening of Buena Vista Street last year. Good to see that Disney isn’t done perfecting the park. It is touches like the repaint that shows me that on-going great care will be put into DCA!! I can not WAIT to see what Disney does with the rest of DCA one day (here’s looking at you Paradise Pier and Hollywoodland – among other areas)

  • Susan Hughes

    I’ll be checking out the new Fantasyland CM viewings this week. I hope the big Thunder Mountain yellow crane is out of view when it officially opens. That would ruin all the promo shots for sure.
    As for the Dapper Dans, I would much rather hear them do The Beach Boys. I think they would sound amazing recreating their harmonies.

    • Internitty

      Don’t worry too much about the crane in the promo shots, as a graphic designer myself I can assure you Photoshop is a wonderful thing 😉

  • jjmaneja

    I just came back today after a nice 3-day stay at the parks. I loved both of the Limited Time Magic offerings, especially the Voices of Liberty. As a 25yo guy whose Disney fanaticism is still quite this, this was a surprisingly amazing offering.

    I also love that they brought back the “Remember…Dreams Come True” fireworks show. It was a great way to end off my last visit with my first ever annual pass.

    The one thing that really caught me by surprise was the Dapper Day, because I started to keep track of this blog and Disney Parks exactly one year ago, but I have not heard of this day until I walk into the park and realize how many of the guests were looking unusually Dapper. I would have loved to participated if I had known about it. Is there a calendar available of popular annual events that I should know about if I am to reach the next level of fandom?

    • Marko50

      I think that Dapper Day is another unofficial celebration much like Bat Day or Gay Days. Don’t think there is an unofficial calendar existing, but I could be wrong.

  • ewo1992

    I fail to see how fantasy fair is invading Main Street. I thought Main Street and the hub were two completely different things.

  • Kritter

    Since Cast Members were just having a sneak peak at what the Fantasy Faire is about it was more of an educational tour of what will be there while being directed by Tour Guides. Cast Previews begin this weekend.

  • Marko50

    Just a note – the weekday hours seem to have been transposed; the Disneyland site lists Mon-Fri as 10AM – 8PM (both parks).

    • Marko50

      Um, make that Mon-Thur.

  • danyoung

    Thanks for the great update. But I have to disagree about the Dans – I see nothing cringe-worthy about the Dans singing popular music, as long as it’s in their barbershop quartet style. It makes for a very fun mash-up, and I think it will be very popular!