Lot’s of fun news for you today from the Disneyland Resort. It seems the Dapper Dans have learned a few new tunes and are singing Boy Bands hits from the likes of One Direction, N’Synch and more. it’s a small world and Grizzly River Run have both returned from refurb, along with the ongoing refurbishments of the Mark Twain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Silly Symphony Swings.  But first, don’t forget to get your team registered for MiceChat’s upcoming Gumball Rally on May the 4th.


Get your racing shoes on and grab your tickets for this years Gumball Rally! What’s a Gumball Rally? The Rally is a race to find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is even better than it sounds. You’ll be riding attractions and figuring out the best path through the park based upon the challenges we place in front of you. In the end, it’s a ton of fun for geeks and theme park fans alike.

Grab your tickets now for the May 4th event


Town Square is beginning to really shine as the spring blossoms come forth and the characters step out.

Also, to celebrate the Diamond Edition of Peter Pan’s release on Blu-ray, Disneyland held a special event for pass holders.  For the entire day, AP’ers could reserve a spot to watch a screening of the beloved film.  Then, after the 8pm park closing, Passholders were invited to enjoy Fantasyland until 10pm.  A nice perk.

Passholders that wanted to join the fun were asked to check in throughout the day, at the Opera house.

Further explanation of why there isn’t a Dateline Disneyworld Today, Cory was enjoying the West Coast Parks.

Where’s Cory? Can you find him?


As part of Disneyland’s Limited Time Magic promotion, the Dapper Dans are singing hits from the boy bands. Calling themselves  “The original boy band,” the Dapper Dans sing a medley of “Bye Bye Bye” by ‘N Sync, “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction and “Rock Your Body” from Justin Timberlake.  Watch the video and let us know what you think.


More progress can be observed at the Fantasy Faire Village this week as final details are added before previews and soft openings begin this coming week.

A worker perched on a ladder gives an idea of the scale of certain rooftops.
Cast Members receiving training.

Shiny Brass railing along the left bank of the castle. Beyond that, endless queues that await.

On Wednesday, the Figaro animatronic was installed.

what do you think about Disneyland’s newest feline friend?


Big Thunder’s renovation rumbles along.  The crane is still a fixture of the Frontierland skyline at the moment.


The canopy of King Arthur’s Carousel is still in need of a little TLC.  It is becoming downright ugly.  Rusty colored memories indeed.

it’s a small world

According to the Disneyland Website, it’s a small world should be up and running today.

But the flume still hadn’t been cleaned on Wednesday.


It seems that an electrical problem has delayed any further progress at the moment in the Fantasyland Theatre.  This would explain why no rigging has been installed, nor have we seen any developments for several weeks.


Goofy’s house will be under refurbishment for  the next week for an exterior freshening.  It will return on March 8th.


Mark Twain is also  down, but nearly ready for a return.  However in checking Disneyland’s website, no return date has yet been announced. Hmmmmm.



Stop by Ghirardelli now to get your discount holiday peppermint bark!   Also the Easter candy is on the shelves now and pretty reasonably priced.


Grizzly is scheduled for a return today, Friday March 1st.  The shots taken yesterday show that the waterways were filled with water, although not circulating.


And, of course, Silly Symphony Swings is still in pieces and under refurbishment.  Painting has also been happening on the surrounding structure.

That should do it for this week folks.  Enjoy the return of it’s a small world and Grizzly, and we will see you soon, In The Parks.

  • Trumpet

    Great Update Norman

    The Figaro animatronic looks good, should compliment the area well.

    I wondered where Cory was. At least he gets a break, visituing the contrast of management.

    Finally, the Dapper Dans singing modern songs is wrong (Disney cannot do anything hip) but it will create attention for younger guests. And raise eyebrows of older guests.

    Thanks Again Norman


  • ParkerMonroe

    I miss Corey’s Floridian update! But I look forward to reading what he has to say about Disneyland (and seeing his fabulous pictures). Safe travels!

  • Disneymike

    The Dapper Dan’s singing Rock your Body? Oh Lord……….
    Yeah, that’s the image Disney needs to be pushing to kids 🙁

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update, Norm!

  • TCadillac

    “what do you think about Disneyland’s newest feline friend?”

    Even though I will probably never step foot in there in my lifetime, he looks awesome.

  • eicarr

    While I fear all those people in line may give Fantasy Faire bad energy, I’ll have to enter/exit Fantasyland at least once a trip through there to soak up and enjoy all that detailing. I hope there is nearby shady benches.

    I’m for ANYTHING they try to keep 2013 guests entertained on Main Street. With even little attractions like the penny arcade disappearing, anything is great to have guests stop and enjoy themselves in a land that is used by guests primarily as a shopping mall to rush past most of the day.

  • a-mad

    I’m perplexed about the Silly Symphony Swings refurbishment.. wasn’t it installed just a couple of years ago? Did they ever take down the Orange Stinger for a refurbishment during the 8+ years it ran before they converted it to the new ride? We also have a wave swinger at our local park, and perhaps they take it down during the off-season and we don’t know it… but as far as I know its been running for 30+ years without any issues.

    I’m wondering if there are other problems we’re not aware of?

    • HollywoodF1

      The ride has a frame-off restoration every 3-years. DCA has logged more hours on this machine than any that the manufacturer has ever built, so its maintenance cycle is regular and diligent.

  • DisneyDrums

    Love the update.

  • Wendygirl

    I saw the Dapper Dans to the boy band thing live yesterday, twice. It really wasn’t all that bad. They did their normal thing for most of the time and saved this stuff for the end. I had bad thoughts about this when I first heard about it but must say I was pleasantly surprised. They do not take themselves or this music seriously. It was played for comedy and went over very well with the mixed crowd of old and young alike. Seeing the “older” Dan’s trying to be hip was funny (and they knew it and played to that). I’m an older woman who wasn’t into all this boy band stuff when it was happening but this I liked. And one week only, I can live with that 🙂

  • RodeToad

    Great photos!

    I was able to see the big-pink Princess Fantasy Fair “Royal Theatre” sign in person this week –

    For me, in both photos and in person. the problem is it looks a little cheap and tacky compared to the rest of the beautiful detailed surroundings of the Fair. It isn’t even clear what material it is supposed to be (I am assuming tent material? It doesn’t look like it, it has a plastic quality that looks like…well…plastic?). Some added texture of some kind would go along way to make it look like it belongs with the rest of the fair and the rest of Fantasyland. It makes one wonder (sarcastically) if they got a “2 for 1 Sale” with a sign they needed in Florida?

  • yoyoflamingo

    Thank you for the update, as usual!

    I like the idea of Figaro, but for some reason his sleeping pose looks awkward; I wish there was a more realistic pose they could have given him, or that maybe this isn’t the final pose?

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      Have you seen cats sleep? They sleep in all sorts of awkward poses. 😉

    • AvidTurtleTalker

      I think the pose that he’s currently in allows people to see both his whole body and his face while sleeping.

  • Dizzey

    Regarding the Dapper Boys – I kind of liked it. Since I don’t listen to boy bands at all, I just approached the whole thing as a barbershop quartet singing songs. The harmonies were awesome, as usual, and the melodies weren’t all that bad either. C’mon folks, keep an open mind. Tradition is great, but a little fun once in a while is OK too. Think of how the skippers in Jungle Cruise or the Genie in Aladdin poke us with some contemporary fun once in a while…

  • Kateyandstitch

    I liked the Dappers mixing it up! (Backstreet Boys sing “Everybody (Backstreets Back)” It’s not Justin Timberlake) I think its fun, and you could tell the guys were having fun messing around. I like that its not permanent, and I think its nice to hear more current music mixed with the songs they normally perform.

    • mysteriouspnai

      I noticed this too! I was confused for a second. but thanks for confirming my suspicion that the song was different 🙂

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Ok watching that video of the Dapper Dans…. wow. What an embarrassment. It was kind of amusing how they tried to play it up but Disney really needs to stop trying to do “hip & edgy” things because 99% of the time they fail. JUST. STOP. IT.

    • HollywoodF1

      Then don’t stop and watch. We loved it, and not everything is for everyone.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Great update!

    I want to see Figaro animation before evaluating if he fits there. I think for kids, they will love it. I find it interesting that they choice Figaro, from a Disney movie without a princess, for a princess meet and greet.

  • Saskiwi

    I think if you check with any 10-20 year old youll find boys bands are definitely not “hip and edgy”- for the most part they are selling a pretty safe, slightly naughty-boy image that preteen girls and their mothers can agree on. And most boys hate them… so basically, I think their songs pretty much fit the Dapper Dans repertoire perfectly- kinda dorky, kinda cute, guys are never gonna love them and they are NEVER gonna be hip and edgy..I say go for it!

  • MSVRider

    Here are my thoughts on the Dapper Dans doing Boy Band songs as part of Limited Time Magic…

    I do not think this was an attempt to make the Dapper Dans hip and edgy. I think it was something that they thought people would find amusing. And, frankly, I did. I didn’t think I would, but I liked the arrangements. I don’t think anybody ever thought these songs would replace what they normally sing.

    In fact, if anything, I found it difficult to find them actually perform the Boy Band songs. The first time I watched them, on the Horse-Drawn Streetcar, they didn’t sing any of the songs. Then, I was in front of the Firehouse an hour later where, again, they didn’t sing any Boy Band songs. We were told to come back an hour later. So, it took me three performances to actually see them perform the songs.

    This is the part I found irritating because, if this is the big advertised “Limited Time Magic” thing, I would have hoped they would have performed them at each set. In fact, on the schedule, it give times for the “Limited Time Magic” performances. Yet, I had to almost wait 2 hours to hear them perform the songs I was told to be sure to catch…and, I went specifically to check this out.

    Every cast member I came across either didn’t know where they’d be, gave me wrong information or said that it was “impossible” to know where the Dans would be for each performance. On any given day, I think it’s fine for the Dans to move around, but, for this being a highly advertised “Limited Time Magic” thing, I think there could have been way better organization. I noticed several people wandering around trying to catch them and scratching their heads.

  • RumRunner31

    The Dapper Dans sing “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys, not “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake. Easy mix up as the BSB song contains the lyric “rock your body” a well. Either way I was surprised that with all the other slightly-more-Disney-Park-approriate BSB songs they went with THAT one.

  • mysteriouspnai

    I enjoyed the first two songs the Dapper Dans sang (I think What Makes You Beautiful sounds really well in this style!), but Bye Bye Bye just didn’t seem to sound right. Anyone else think this?

  • Aladdin

    One thing I see good about some of these extra pieces of entertainment we are getting (from what Disney’s broken marketing labeling machine calls “Limited Time Magic”) is that we get to see a few blue sky ideas that otherwise may have never see the light of day!

    It’s like that noodle test, you throw one on the wall and see if it sticks. Maybe Disney might just get a noodle to stick on the wall \

    – Just too bad it doesn’t sound like it worked for the Golden Horseshoe Review ~ BUT what if they try to bring it back retooled this summer with the Can Can Dancers and some of the Wally Boag’s Humor rather than Lillie Belle who flirted with some spouses!?!??!!?

  • Trevor

    I know it isn’t 100% period appropriate but for some reason the video of the Dapper Dans brought a smile to my face. As long as it is a temporary little extra and played for fun like it was, then props to the guys in charge for thinking outside the box and trying to do something new.

    As for the “hip and edgy” comments, I find that to be a mindset that might not be true forever. Disney failed miserably at being “hip and edgy” with DCA 1.0, but don’t start to think that that makes it impossible.

    What we are starting to see from Disney (on the West Coast) is a lot of big projects that have huge appeal to Disney fans of all types. I think the quality shows that they still know what they are doing and that more great stuff can be expected.