Disneyland celebrated the Easter holiday last week with several Easter-themed offerings including meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny at Disneyland and an egg hunt in Disney California Adventure. The “Spring Fling” Easter-themed offerings were around for only a week as part of Disney’s Limited Time Magic promotion and included appearances by rarer characters including Roger Rabbit and Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s “UP.” Meanwhile, refurbishments continued in Disneyland as Iron Man gets ready to move into Tomorrowland‘s Innoventions later this spring. It might be April Fool’s Day but we’ve got a no foolin’ update for you today to kick off your week.
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|Tues., Apr. 2||Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
|Wed., Apr. 3||8 /10|
|Thu., Apr. 4||7 /10|
|Fri., Apr. 5||8/10|
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|Limited Time Magic|
at Disneyland Resort
March 25 — 31, 2013
Disneyland Resort theme parks had a few Easter-themed offerings last week as part of it “Spring Fling” Limited Time Magic offering. In Town Square, Disneyland offered meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny as well as a very short “Bunny Hop” interactive show.
The entire “Bunny Hop” was a rather short affair. It featured no musical soundtrack beyond the a cappella harmonies of the Dapper Dans. Mickey, Minnie and the Easter Bunny rolled through Town Square aboard a minimally-decorated float followed by several Disney bunnies including the rarely-seen Roger Rabbit.
Participating groups fell into two groups – some participated in learning the bunny hop while others took the opportunity to get quick photos with their favorite bunnies such as Brer Rabbit, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, the White Rabbit and Roger Rabbit.
And in just a few short minutes the whole affair headed backstage and disappeared. It was very short and came off as being a very hastily-put together show with shoddy planning. A lot of guests lined up early for the Bunny Hop Sunday afternoon only to get mixed information from Cast Members about where the show would happen and only to find out that it was an interactive street show so lining up early for a good section of Main Street curb to sit and watch from wasn’t really necessary. Still, it was good to see characters like Roger Rabbit and the Easter Bunny out.
Overall, the Wilderness Explorer egg hunt was a simple idea but could be challenging at times for those participating. The Egg Hunt was a lot more fun and lasted longer than Disneyland’s chaotic Bunny Hop offering. It was also free, which is an improvement over the previous week’s Vinylmation Egg Hunt at California Adventure, which cost $4.95 to participate. Still, the Vinylmation egg hunt came with a set of Vinylmation keychains but those were only worth the cost if you’re a Vinylmation fan.
Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
April 4, 2013
Disneyland Annual Passholders can screen “Dumbo” at the Main Street Opera House on April 4.
- Film Screening: Walt Disney’s Dumbo
- Thursday, April 4, 2013
- Opera House, Main Street U.S.A. – Disneyland Park
- 5:00 p.m. (Film run time: approximately 64 minutes)
- Wristband distribution for the event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the day of event.
- 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, as space is very limited for this screening.
- 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.
Let your imagination soar at this special Annual Passholder screening of the classic animated film, Walt Disney’s Dumbo. Relive the enchanting tale of the circus elephant with enormous ears who learns to achieve his full potential. Attendees will also receive a souvenir Dumbo-themed bucket – perfect for snacks, while supplies last.
- Event Location
- Screening Time
- Event Registration and Wristband Distribution
|A Marvelous Future|
Innoventions has been a broken concept since it opened at Disneyland. Even if it’s temporary, hopefully the Iron Man exhibit can breathe some new life into this huge and terribly misused bit of Disneyland real estate.
Other displays like the Healthy U, originally sponsored by St. Joseph Hospital, are still in place but have been stripped down and don’t even appear on the official Innoventions exhibit listing on the Disneyland.com website.
Below is Disney’s description of the upcoming Iron Man exhibit:
Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries will give Disneyland park guests the chance to see Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor, featuring Iron Man suits Mark I-VII – the same suits featured in “Iron Man 3.” And you will even be able to virtually “suit up,” yourself! Through simulation technology, guests will be able to see what it’s like to operate the latest pieces of the Mark 42 Iron Man armor, even getting the chance to test out its infamous repulsor blasts.
Meanwhile, work continues on some refurbishment and construction projects around Disneyland. Over in Fantasyland, the Fantasyland Theater continues to get ready for its upcoming stage show, “Mickey and the Magical Map” opening in May.
|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 4th, 2013.
- Where: Disneyland Resort (both parks) in Anaheim, California.
- Cost: Approx. $27.50 per person.
- How Do I Sign Up?: Eventzilla Gumball Rally Registration Page
- How Does the Rally Work?: Details on the Rally Information Page.
|Welcome to California Adventure|
Just for fun… a quick on-ride video of the swings:
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
April 1 — 7, 2013
|Disneyland Park||Disney California Adventure|
|Daily: 8 am – 12 midnight||Daily: 8 am – 10 pm|
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7.3—9.8 out of 10
4.1—9.1 out of 10
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