Disneyland announced that its long-anticipated Starbucks Coffee location will begin construction next month in Main Street, U.S.A.‘s Market House. The project will take over the Disneyana art and collectibles shop next door, bringing some notable changes to Main Street. Meanwhile, work continues on a major new stage show in the recently-vacated Fantasyland Theater and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad‘s major 10-month refurbishment project. Both parks will celebrate the Easter holiday this week with Limited Time Magic‘s “Spring Fling” offerings including Easter egg hunts and meet-and-greets with the Easter bunny.

Get a closer look at today’s update! Click on any photo in today’s column for a large, high-resolution version of the image.

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Main Street Station at Disneyland is open again following full refurbishment.

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Unfortunately, the beige tarp has returned to the top to Main Street Station to hide the parade lighting on top of the building. Not a big deal, but the building does look better without the beige cover.

Starbucks Shuffle

Disney officially announced that the Market House will finally close in April to begin work on retrofitting the space for Disneyland’s new Starbucks location.

Disneyland has notified Cast Members working at the location that the Market House’s final day will be April 14.

Disney Social Media and Print Manager Erin Glover confirmed on the Disney Parks Blog that the expanded Market House will retain the potbelly stove, checkerboards and party line telephones.

What won’t survive the transition to Starbucks is the traditional free coffee refills. Perhaps this tradition could move over to the Jolly Holiday Bakery, but there’s been no word on this other than the Starbucks location will not offer free brewed coffee refills.

The announcement also included the news that the Market House would reclaim the space next door currently occupied by the Disneyana art and collectibles shop.

Disneyana just reopened after a full refurbishment last February, but the space will now close next month to become space for Starbucks.

The Disney Parks Blog post noted that Disneyana will be folded into the current Disney Gallery in Town Square. Cast Members, however, were told the Disney Gallery will be renamed as Disneyana during the transition and the gallery space currently reserved for Walt Disney Imagineering exhibits will be converted into Disneyana retail space.

We will see what happens, but what is certain is that Disneyana as we know it will cease to exist. This is a sad loss for a lot of park fans, but I’m not too upset over it. Ever since the Disney Gallery relocated to Town Square, Disneyana became redundant and a lot of its retail space was given over to Vinylmation, Marie Osmond’s dolls and duplicate merchandise and art that you could find at the Disney Gallery and at California Adventure’s Off the Page and Downtown Disney’s World of Disney store.

This may be your last chance to enjoy one of Main Street’s unique architectural details — a circular room originally designed for Swift, an opening-day park sponsor what originally sponsored the Market House. The room was designed to house a giant birthday cake display for Swift’s 100th Anniversary and became a circular art gallery of sorts when the space became part of Disneyana in the 1980s.

Soon, the Starbucks version of the Market House will occupy nearly a half a block on Main Street.

Back in Town Square, expect changes later this spring at the Disney Gallery.

A look at Fantasy Faire

At the end of Main Street, Fantasy Faire continues to welcome guests as it continues through its first month of welcoming guests.

You might notice that the rooftops at Fantasy Faire appear to be fading already, not only a month old. Not to worry, the state of the rooftops look worse than they actually are — the clear coat has yet to fully cure and once it does the rooftops should look good as new again.

Meanwhile, wait times for princesses continue to balance out — wait times on Sunday morning around 11:00 am were a manageable 15 minutes.

Refurbishment Round-Up

At the Refreshment Corner, the archway is starting to be reinstalled.

Big Thunder Mountain’s 10-month refurbishment continues…

The Mark Twain Riverboat’s refurbishment project continues as well…

In Fantasyland, the Fantasyland Theater continues to get ready for the new Mickey and the Magical Map show.

Stage lighting has gone in…

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!

Welcome to California Adventure

At Disney California Adventure, the Carthay Circle Restaurant has rolled out its spring menu.

    SPRING LUNCH MENU

      Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits Stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeño served with Apricot Honey Butter — 12
    STARTERS Designed to share.

      Fire Cracker Duck Wings Soy, Lime and Sriracha Chili Sauce — 14
      Crispy Portobello Mushroom Gorditas Poblano Chile, Queso Fresco, and Pepitas — 11
      Warm Artichokes Tart Redwood Hills Goat Milk Cheddar, Baby Spinach and a Blood Orange Vinaigrette — 15
      Pacific Ono Ceviche Avocado, Tomatillo-Cilantro Essence, and Crisp Plantain Chips — 16
      Ginger Pork Satay Green Papaya Slaw and Mango Raita — 16
      Seasonal Soup — Thai Lemongrass Squash Broth accented with Ginger, Coconut and Cilantro Glazed Chicken — 11
    GARDEN SALADS

      Simple Green Salad Warm Brie and Dried Apricot Conserve — 11
      Roasted Beef Salad Tender Green Beans, Celery Root, Arugula, Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Reserve Sherry Orange Vinaigrette — 12
      Honey Crisp Apple Salad California Endive, Candied Pecans, Applewood Bacon and Cider Vinaigrette — 12
    ENTREE SALADS

      Grilled Angus Flank Steak COBB Salad Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Bacon, Avocado and Arugula with Cabernet Essence — 22
      Roasted Organic Chicken Ruby Red Grapefruit Salad Asian Greens, Savoy Cabbage, Scallions, tossed in Grapefruit Mustard Vinaigrette — 18
    NOODLES

      Udon Noodle Bowl Red Thai Curry Broth, Shrimp and Mussels, Shiitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Daikon, Mint, Cashews, and fresh Coriander — 20
      Cavatelli Pasta with Tuscan-style Braised Lamb Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Grana Padana Cheese in a Rich Lamb Jus — 23
      Short Rib Raviolis Sauteed in Sage Brown Butter Portobello Mushrooms, Sprouts and Butternut Squash — 27
    FINS AND SHELLS

      Weekly Bulletin Braised in a Roasted Tomato Jalapeño Broth, Green Lentils and Citrus Relish — 30
      Tiger Prawns on a Broth of Fingerline Potatoes, Leeks, Applewood Bacon and Thyme — 28
      Sauteed Skuna Bay Salmon Hot Saffron Couscous, Dried Cranberry and Lemon Vinaigrette — 30
    SANDWICHES AND MEATS

      8 oz. Angus Burger Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper Bacon, and Grilled Onions served with French Fries and House-made Pickles — 22
      Kobe Beef Cheek Sliders Horseradish Sour Cream, Red Bell Pepper Marmalade, and Crispy Onions — 19
      Grilled Quail Spanish Barbacoa Style Roasted Cauliflower, Soria Chorizo, Hazelnut, Mint and Toasted Orange Peek — 29
      Pan-Roasted Lamb Rolltini Chibatta Parmesan Stuffing, Baby Artichokes, Leeks, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Roasted Garlic Cloves — 27

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    SPRING DINNER MENU

      Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits Stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeño served with Apricot Honey Butter — 12
    STARTERS Designed to share.

      Fire Cracker Duck Wings Soy, Lime and Sriracha Chili Sauce — 14
      Crispy Portobello Mushroom Gorditas Poblano Chile, Queso Fresco, and Pepitas — 11
      Warm Artichokes Tart Redwood Hills Goat Milk Cheddar, Baby Spinach and a Blood Orange Vinaigrette — 15
      Pacific Ono Ceviche Avocado, Tomatillo-Cilantro Essence, and Crisp Plantain Chips — 16
      Ginger Pork Satay Green Papaya Slaw and Mango Raita — 16
      Seasonal Soup — Thai Lemongrass Squash Broth accented with Ginger, Coconut and Cilantro Glazed Chicken — 11
    GARDEN SALADS

      Simple Green Salad Warm Brie and Dried Apricot Conserve — 11
      Roasted Beef Salad Tender Green Beans, Celery Root, Arugula, Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Reserve Sherry Orange Vinaigrette — 12
      Honey Crisp Apple Salad California Endive, Candied Pecans, Applewood Bacon and Cider Vinaigrette — 12
    NOODLES

      Vegetarian Mushroom Risotto California Coastal Mushrooms, Truffle Butter and Roasted Carrot Coulis — 34
      Cavatelli Pasta with Tuscan-style Braised Lamb Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Grana Padana Cheese in a Rich Lamb Jus — 23
      Short Rib Raviolis Sauteed in Sage Brown Butter Portobello Mushrooms, Sprouts and Butternut Squash — 27
    FINS AND SHELLS

      Tiger Prawns on a Broth of Fingerline Potatoes, Leeks, Applewood Bacon and Thyme — 28
      Sauteed Skuna Bay Salmon Hot Saffron Couscous, Dried Cranberry and Lemon Vinaigrette — 30
    MEATS

      Grilled Quail Spanish Barbacoa Style Roasted Cauliflower, Soria Chorizo, Hazelnut, Mint and Toasted Orange Peek — 29
      Santa Maria Braised Pork Pot Roast Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes and Dried Cherry Zinfandel Sauce — 33
      Grilled Angus Rib-eye Sauteed Mushroom Ragu, with Red Flame Grapes and Blue Cheese — 44
      Colorado Rack of Lamb Chop and Braised Lamb Osso Bucco Garlic, Rosemary and Root Vegetables — 38
    CARTHAY CIRCLE TASTING MENU

      First Course
      Miniature Soup and Salad SamplingSnow Crab Claw Tempura Blood Orange, Fennel Salad and Avocado Vinaigrette
      &
      Red Bell Pepper Crab Broth with Dungeness Crab, Jalapeño and Lime
      Entree Choice of One
      Petit Beef Filet Mignon Braised Kobe Beef Cheeks, Fingerling Potatoes, Watercress and Zinfandel Essence
      Or
      Sautéed Wild Petrale Sole Steamed Asparagus, Roasted Mushrooms and a Tangerine Almond Grape Brown Butter
      Dessert
      Vairhona and Cordillera Chocolate Tart with Raspberries and Brown Sugar Chantilly
      Three Course Prize Fixe Menu — 60
      add Flight of Wines — 35

In Hollywood Land, Disney Junior — Live on Stage debuted its new show featuring characters from Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First.

MiceChat’s In the Parks blog had more photos and thoughts on the reworked show last week.

On Paradise Pier, Silly Symphony Swings is still down for refurbishment.

Limited Time Magic

[center]Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt
at Disney California Adventure
March 18 — 24, 2013
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Last week, Disney California Adventure hosted a Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt that guests could participate in for about $5. The egg hunt consisted of a map with stickers that guests had to place based on large “eggs” hidden around the park. Once the sticker map was completed, you could redeem it for a set of two Vinylmation keychains at Elias and Co. While the prize wasn’t anything special, it seemed like a popular event and it looked like a lot of guests took a trip through the park to find the eggs.

Some of the hidden character eggs:

Guests randomly chose their prize — one of a number of different character Vinylmation keychains — at Elias and Co.

[center]Disneyland: The Way We Were with Dave Smith
Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
March 22, 2013
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Disneyland Annual Passholders were invited to enjoy a slideshow presentation with Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus, Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith. The presentation, at the Main Street Opera House, took a historical look back at the park with rare color construction photos and slides of the park in its early days. Essentially, it was the same presentation that Dave Smith has offered at D23 events in the past, only this time it was offered for free to packed theaters of Annual Passholders.

It’s always good to hear from folks like Dave Smith who have been involved in either designing early Disneyland or documenting its history.

Fantasyland construction

The Golden Horseshoe

Some photos of early Disneyland:

[center]Spring Fling
at Disneyland Resort
March 25 — 31, 2013
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Disneyland Resort theme parks will host Spring Fling this week, the latest in Disney’s “Limited Time Magic” offerings. Spring Fling will carry on the Easter theme from last week’s Vinylmation Easter Egg hunt, with the Easter Bunny out for meet-and-greets at Disneyland and a Wilderness Explorer-themed Easter Egg hunt at Disney California Adventure. Details from Disney below:

    Spring Fling at Disneyland Resort
    Festivities at Disneyland Park
    Things get hoppin’ at Disneyland Park when a floppy-eared friend arrives! Visit Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. to meet the Easter Bunny and pose for photos.

    Be sure to watch for a special bunny hop dance on Main Street, U.S.A. starring the Easter Bunny and some Disney friends, including the Dapper Dans, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

    Easter Egg Hunt at Disney California Adventure Park
    Festivities continue at Disney California Adventure Park* with the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt. Russell and Dug have hidden oversized Easter eggs throughout Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Track them down, follow the clues and solve the puzzle to earn your very own Spring Egg-tivity Badge! — Annual Passholders can participate in the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt one hour before regular park guests.

[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 preview of Disney’s new movie, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” “Oz” is in theaters now. The 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.


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
March 25 — 31, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]Disney California Adventure[/B]
Monday-Friday: 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Daily: 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]HIGH[/B]
[B]7.9—9.8[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER][B]HIGH[/B]
[B]6.4—8.7[/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]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through October 30.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close in 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
  • [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]Silly Symphony Swings:[/B] Closed through March 31 for refurbishment
  • [B]Muppet*Vision 3D:[/B] Show on haitus while “Oz: The Great and Powerful” sneak peek plays in theatre through March 31.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • [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]
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