In The Parks: Disneyland Resorts Flowers, Wait Times, and Construction

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Published on April 05, 2013 at 3:59 am with 23 Comments

What a colorful we have for you today from the Disneyland Resort.  The park is, of course, in the middle of a very busy Spring Break season. But it is the onslaught of blossoms and spring colors which has the park looking simply beautiful.  If you need to get anything at Disneyana, now is the time, we’ll tell you the sad news.  We can also see more Rainbow Ridge at Big Thunder Mountain, There is progress inside the Innoventions building, and Muppet Vision 3D has re-opened in Disney California Adventure.  Let’s take a little stroll . . .

The Spring Break crowds have slowed just a bit from last week’s massive numbers.  Yes, it’s still crowded.  Just not quite as bad.

Sitting quietly and just listening to the Disneyland band in Town Square is something to put on your bucket list.

DISNEYANA

As mentioned at the beginning, Disneyana will be no more after April 13th.  Market House will be closed as well and expanded.  When  re-opening in the fall, it will feature Starbucks beverages, just like the Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street.


The Disneyana store will move down to the front of Main Street and share the space currently held by the Disney Gallery.

CROWDS

While the crowds at Disneyland have lessened, they are by no means gone.  Here are pics from this past Tuesday.

While the entire inside queue was packed at Autpoia, there was still a mass of people waiting to enter.

It better be EXTRA wild with a wait like that.

While Pinocchio did not have a posted wait time, the estimation would be 30-40.

The same was true at Snow White’s Scary Adventures. No posted wait time, but the line filled the enclosed queue and stretched out to the pathway.

This was actually a fairly normal wait time.

Tomorrowland, in particular had pockets of clogged pathways.

Something we thought was rather ingenious, they used the strollers to actually help divide traffic in New Orleans Square.

 

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INNOVENTIONS

In contrast, even on the busiest of days, Innoventions still only has a 5 minute wait to get in.  Of course, the new Iron Man exhibit (which is still under construction and will not be open until April 13th) will likely change that.

Walls near the entry door have been pushed out, expanded to accommodate construction of the new exhibit.

Sarah the MiceChatter takes a look at the upcoming Innoventions exhibit in her latest video:

 

BIG THUNDER REFURB

Big Thunder Mountain rolls along on its refurbishment schedule too.  Rainbow Ridge is nearly all framed and built out.  The next step, is detail, paint and texturing.

Along the backside of the attraction, one can catch glimpses of the construction throughout the ride.

 

Glamorous construction trash.

DISNEYLAND BEAUTY

Disneyland is simply a beautiful park.  But, we have said it before, it is, arguably, the most beautiful in the spring.

The Casey Jr. Circus Train rides the outer rim of Storybook Land atop a hill of candy colored petunias.

The flowers cradle the yellow shrubbery that spells out “Storybook Land.”

Near the entrance to the Casey Jr. Circus Train, the seasonal flowerbead is ablaze with orange marigolds and purple petunia.

In Frontierland the bow of the Sailing Ship Columbia peers into the horizon as the canopy of green foliage lazes in the background.

At the hub of the park, brilliant pink flowers surround the Partners statue.

PINK TREES AT THE HUB

Speaking of the hub, we thought we would spend a bit of time here. Every year about this time, so many people flood us with emails asking, “What on earth are those lovely pink trees?”  Lets take some time to really look at them.

Planted in March of 2004, these Pau d’Arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) replaced the 8 original olive trees that resided in that spot.   The olive trees, said to have been close to 125 years old, were removed to allow better viewing of the hub-centric 50th anniversary fireworks that were being developed at the time. Tony Baxter was able to save a few of the trees and personally paid to move them to his house. Smart man!

Native to South America the Pau d’Arco tend to bloom for about a month during the spring.  The dazzling, bright pink trumpet blossoms are punctuated at the center with a warm yellow color.

A detail of the bark, you can also see the twinkling lights wired throughout the branches.

Below, a bed of Pansies, Marigolds, and Petunia surround the trunk.

As the blooms on the trees cycle, they begin to wilt and fall off.  Subsequently the pink flowers coat the ground and surrounding flowerbeds with a carpet of color.

What a truly magical landscaping decision.  We look forward to this time of year.

Gumball Rally info – click HERE

The Gumball Rally is a race to see how many attractions you can experience at the Disneyland Resort in a single day.  The event is a little over a month away, so you still have time to grab a ticket.  The date for the Rally is May 4th.

How is it played?
Simple.  Form a team of people numbering 2, 3, or 4 players.  Sign up on the Gumball Rally info page.

It is best to come up with a really clever team name too.  This intimidates your competitors. ;-)

Event ticket include breakfast, a game packet, and an award party where we entertain you, give away prizes and then crown the winning teams. (Theme park tickets are NOT included – you’ll need to park hop this year).

We will give each team a booklet that contains one question for each attraction included in the race.  This year, many of the attractions in both parks will be included in the game.  The questions are not trivia. The intention of the questions is only to verify that you rode the attraction.  The questions are simple enough to answer, but very hard to guess, unless you are riding to find the specific thing we are asking for in the question. A few of the questions really keep you on your toes (we’ve got to make it fun).  At the end of the day, you will turn your packets in at the designated finish line and then trot off to go grab dinner and head to the awards party at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Resort.

Nearly every participant come back with huge smiles on their faces – worn out from a wild day at the parks, but with a sense of accomplishment. This is a strenuous activity. 12 hours in the parks and 16 hours of total event time. But WOW is it worth it. The perfect day with friends and family at the happiest place on earth.

WE HAVE ROOM FOR JUST 8 MORE TEAMS! DON’T DELAY, REGISTER TODAY!

 

We begin our journey inside Disney California Adventure this week by examining some of the new merchandise offerings in Buena Vista Street.  Do any of these strike your fancy?

For $34.95 you too can have Disney characters throwing out Facebook references.

$34.95

Then, of course we have the latest in Spring Break attire.

these basic shirts are a bit more grounded in reality ranging from $24.95-$29.95

 This collection of vintage style T-shirts get a little expensive at

The retro-chic shirts are actually pretty nice, albeit a tad expensive.

$34.95

$34.95

$34.95

$34.95

$59.95

The pullovers and sweaters are where things get crazy.

$59.95 for this basic sweater.

$59.95 for this one too. Ouch.

We know Disney isn’t a charity or non-profit organization but wow!  You would think that the prices could be just a little more reasonable on some of these items.

MUPPET-VISION 3D

And finally we have the return of the sadly ignored Muppet-Vision 3D attraction.  While it is still an entertaining little show, it has simply past its time and seems like a relic compared to the much shorter movie attractions of today. No matter what Disney does, the crowds just don’t show up to these 3D movie attractions in DCA (Tough to be a Bug suffers the same issue).

The Oz standee is gone

Inside, the prop house waiting area seems less cluttered too.

Still sponsored by Kodak. ;)

DCA CROWDS TOO

Disney California Adventure was also pretty packed this week, with the average wait times hovering around 40 minutes per ride.

Monsters Inc. had a 45 minute wait and needed to use it’s usually empty overflow queue.

Tower’s fast passes were nearly all gone by 11 am and had a 60 minute wait.

Tip, if you wait longer than 5 minutes for the chew chew train in Bugs Land, you’ve waited too long. It’s an attraction which, though cute, suffers from being far too short.

 

Screamin’ was at about 90 minutes

Toy Story had 45 minutes.

For a thrill, Fun wheel riders had to wait 15 extra minutes as the non-swinging gondolas only had a 45 minute wait.

Little Mermaid commanded a 35 minute wait.

That about wraps things up for our In the Parks update from the Disneyland Resort.  If you haven’t done so take a listen to our latest MiceChat podcast here.

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About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • eicarr

    Iron Man is a clever counterbalance to the new princess area.

    The DCA 3D shows are WDW quality and aren’t acceptable to repeating DL guests. I love all the space the 3D theaters saved in the backlot and near Cars Land. With all the 3D screens in my home town, bulldozers like at captain EO seem like the only option.

    • Rockwell3564

      I find it very interesting that 3D show don’t work well in Disneyland. Majority of them are very popular in Florida.

      • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

        In FL you have a lot of guests who just want to sit down and get out of the heat. Disneyland has far more locals who aren’t as likely to repeat a movie attraction.

      • SoarinMatt

        If you think about it, the 3-D shows don’t do well at Disneyland primarily because California guests tend to be local where as the Florida guests are tourists. When a local guest visits the parks all the time, they tend to avoid attractions that have less actual thrill.

  • Eric Davis

    Great update!

  • renderman7

    i would love to see captain EO go and be replaced by the jedi training academy.

    imagine having the city of corosaunt behind the kids as they play.

    plus it has the added benefit of giving the outdoor seating back to people actually eating there, and removes the blocker of people standing and watching in the middle of the walk ways

    as for muppets and bugs, i think bugs is dead. the movie was not the hit like cars or toy story. muppets could be revived if they did a new film, but thats probably asking for too much. maybe replace muppet with philharmagic or something like that..

  • Susan Hughes

    I feel sorry for the Imagineers of the new Fantasy Faire. It will be a long time before they can take a promotional photo of the area because of the Big Thunder Mountain “Crane of Death” in the background which ruins any type of photo of the place.

    • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

      But the close up shots look great.

    • ayalexander

      Imagineering also consists of amazing graphics engineers, I’m sure some of them have heard of photoshop ;)

    • Internitty

      Photoshop people ;)

  • CandyPandora

    Long lines for Little Mermaid and Monsters Inc.? Has the world gone mad?!?!

  • Gregg Condon

    Great update!!!!

    The shirts, LOVE the Retro-Chic, the Vintage and the Spring Break ones. The Facebook ones … REALLY BAD!!!

  • red014

    I find it a tad odd that they chose the late 70′s/early 80′s timeframe for the DL retro shirts. That seems to fit EPCOT because it opened in the 80′s and, for the longest time, future world had that 80′s vibe to it. Although I don’t know how well 50′s polka dot dresses and bowling shirts would sell with DL logos on them…

    • Timekeeper

      Well, I think the 50′s Polka Dot dresses and bowling shirts, plus the Dinner Jackets and Dinner dresses might work better in DL. I agree 1970′s/1980′s vibe would work better with Epcot and the Magic Kingdom in general than Disneyland’s (though only with America Sings, Space Mountain, BTMRR, the Fantasyland expansion of 1983, Captain EO, Star Tours and Splash Mountain, not counting the Videopolis venue, the Shows/parades and Promotionals from 1980′s.)

      -Timekeeper

    • Zorro825

      I would totally rock a 50′s style Disneyland bowling shirt!

    • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

      These shirts were actually designed for WDW, where they sport the 1971 date and WDW logos of the 70′s. Just brought the red one home for Fishbulb after a business trip a few weeks ago. I was surprised to see them show up at Disneyland as they don’t really fit the time period with that 1955 date on them. If they used some of the Disneyland attractions from the 70′s or Videopolis, then it would be perfect.

  • ayalexander

    I’m craving a Boizen Apple-Berry Freeze… Well, I’m off to Princess Fantasy Faire! :)

  • Tinkbelle

    Beautiful flower pictures, too bad the park is so busy or I would make a trip just to see the spring flowers. 45 min. for Monster’s Inc? 35 min. for Mermaid? 90 min. for Screamin’? No thanks.

  • dmomof4

    The pink trees are the best ever this year. But unfortunately you got the name wrong…they are actually Tabebuia Impetigenosa.
    Also the olive trees that were removed..some were placed in the park…one near Carnation Gardens, a couple in frontier land and one at the hotel

  • QPerth

    Norman what a gorgeous update, thanks so much for sharing it with us all. The Spring gardens and flowers look amazing, and the information you shared with us about the stunning pink trees is terrific! The gardens of Disney Parks are truly an attraction in their own right, hence the term ‘Park’ after all. I’m often inspired with what they do in their landscaping and planting for my own tiny courtyard garden, and of course Ihavent the official Disneyland Rose growing here, in Australia its (also) known as the Lil’ Romeo, and it is STUNNING.

    The retro shirts are cool! The ugly shirts and Facebook reference ones and pullovers and NOT cool. Hideousness. No class.

    Yay for Muppet Vision 3D being back!! I really feel Disney dropped their synergy ball with their Muppet attractions, merch, films and other new possibilities (same for TRON, but don’t get me started). They are timeless charactersm super smart and funny with terrific films, yet Disney doesn’t do much with them! Get a new tv show going for younger kids (who will then want Merch from mum or dad!!!), who here didn’t love the Muppet Babies cartoon! Update MptVis3D, and make some new attractions, one for youngers kids, and one for the older audience. The possibilities are endless Disney!!! #sheesh

    Thanks for the update, can’t wait to read next weeks! -Q

  • tcsnwhite

    Can we men have Disney clothing that is NOT Grumpy/Donald/Goofy/Mickey?

    Those Disney villain hoodies are cool…but again, only for females. When is Disney merchandising ever going to get that men will wear other characters if the designs are well done… hell, look at contemporary fashion. Men’s clothing isn’t so “inside the box” anymore…get with it.

  • whamo

    Love Sarah’s update. Love those spring flowers. Hate those crowds.

  • Internitty

    The retro shirts are awesome, I don’t mind paying those prices at all, I think they’re fine for theme park merchandise