Spring break winds down as construction projects continue at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

040813-2-Banner

Published on April 08, 2013 at 5:05 am with 31 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

Browse Archived Articles by

31 Comments

Comments for Spring break winds down as construction projects continue at Disneyland are now closed.

  1. Great update!! I wanna see a photo of someone with the cone hat on. I’m buying that cool ov oil mug.

    However, if people can’t figure out where radiator springs racers is, it’s Darwinism in action and shorter lines for me. They wouldn’t put distracting signs in front of pirates pointing to splash mountain.

    • I want the oil mug too, especially if it’s a tin mug like it looks :)

  2. As usual I love all the new merchandise, thank you for including pictures of it, that’s one of the things I particularly like about your reports Andy.

    I hope they are starting the rail replacement with the walls at Alice In Wonderland.

    I am so totally bummed about the AMC Imax theatre, I would have thought being in DLR they would have wanted to go the whole hog not a watered down version.

    Thank you always for your wonderful reports, I look forward to them each week :)

    • To be fair, I’m not sure how much say Disney had in it. IMAX has been systematicall watering down their brand over the last several years by replacing most of their 70mm film theaters with the lower-resolution digital LIEMAX theaters, and I don’t think they’ve installed a new 70mm theater in years. Even if Disney had wanted one it would have likely been a hard sell to get IMAX to pony up for the more expensive, higher quality set up that they’ve steadily stopped supporting.

      I love IMAX movies, but it’s really sad to see the way the company is unilaterally going for the cheaper, lower quality experience and still expecting customers to be okay with paying the premium price.

      • Agreed. I end up driving to Irvine for movies that were filmed in IMAX… and any documentaries, I end up my USC! I can’t support LieMAX… it’s just wrong.

      • Lol! “LIEMax” = that’s the perfect name. I agree.

        I’ve been had now by LieMax on both coasts, and it was a very poor experience each time, compared to a “real” IMAX theatre. I hope awareness continues to grow, as it has been, so people aren’t duped into paying for one thing and getting something else. There needs to a “national LieMax map” !

      • Thanks for mentioning the LieMAX screen. So many people don’t realize that hardly any of the “IMAX” screens at their local AMC are not true IMAX. 70mm, 15 perf film projection is IMAX. Seeing the Dark Knight Rises in that format vs the Digital IMAX was a huge difference. As for a national map:

        https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202716790624888865459.000469b6c5915161c3667

      • I meant to write hardly any of the IMAX screens at their local AMC are true IMAX.

      • Thanks Swill Merchant for pointing out that map – that’s awesome

      • Yes I was conned by paying for an IMAX movie that wasn’t IMAX in your country just 3 weeks ago.Where I here you ask ? Why at Universals Citywalk in Orlando

  3. We saw a kid with that cone hat on yesterday. It’s huge and looks ridiculous. I’m sure that some folks will love it. But I can’t imagine wearing it.

    Great update Andy. Even though it was crowded yesterday, the parks were still enjoyable. I was able to experience 7 attractions (including Radiator Springs Racers) in the 7 hours I was at the resort.

    I’m going to miss Disneyana! I wonder if they will be removing one or both of the gallery rooms at the current Disney Gallery to make way for the Disneyana merchandise.

  4. Mansion shirts are great! This will enhance the current new Mansion product. Where in NoS are they selling these?

  5. I see in the refurbishment section that the Matterhorn will be closed for “testing” Sure hope they are going to bring back the old sleds !

    • I wish they would find a way to make the sleds go faster. It seems very lackluster with the new sleds… I’ll be honest, I used to love the attraction, but now it’s not as fun and I don’t take my time to even go anymore.

  6. Nice update! I got word from a source at the park that they are rebuilding all the trains for Thunder, including engine no. 2

  7. Another terrific update, a highlight of my Monday’s that’s for sure.

    I’m quite impressed by the Carsland new merch, some nice caps and mugs there. Any progress in the desecration of the BVS merch windows?
    Thanks again, until next week!
    -Q

  8. I look forward to Mondays because that’s update day. Sunday morning was a joy. The traffic to Disneyland was light. Rode the 1901 motorcar to the Hub, visited the Princess Fair for the first time, where I learned Snow White had been looking for me (imagine), and was surprised how much I enjoyed the replacement for my beloved Carnation Plaza. After a very peaceful breakfast with the wife outside the Riverbelle Terrace, we walked on POC and HM. The herds didn’t fill up the park until about noon. Usually they stream in around ten AM. Thanks to Micechat we parked at Woody’s instead of the Mickey’s Parking monolith. It was a good tip.

  9. While I like the idea of a cooler to grab drinks, the money wasted on paying a cast member just to watchdog the thing seems pretty silly to me. For a company obsessed with margins, this seems like an unnecessary expense.

  10. Nice update.

    Nice to see the “Curb Feeler” hats aren’t the Trucker hats that do absolutely no good for us bald guys. Too bad I don’t really like that particular design. It’d be nice if they’d offer some of the other Cars Land hat designs in something other than a trucker hat.

  11. Love the new Cars and Mansion merch. Hopefully they’ll keep it to specific locations and it won’t become ubiquitous. Keep it up TDA!

    Thanks for the great update Andy!

  12. 10 days of Matterhorn “testing”? That couldn’t be to install padding, could it? *false hope*

  13. Nice update, Love the new Mansion shirts. Everything is nice and bright and colorful,even with the crowds, wait times aren’t that horrible.

  14. Love the Mansion shirts, need to get me a few.
    And is it wrong in saying Esmerelda looks pretty hot? ;)

  15. Sweet work Andy, great job.