Iron Man lands in Tomorrowland as Long Lost Friends bring Limited Time Magic to Disneyland

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

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Published on April 15, 2013 at 5:05 am with 35 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.

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  • Coheteboy

    Also, Droid Factory was added this week in Star Trader, originally a WDW exclusive.

    • http://datelinedisneyland.com Andy Castro

      We didn’t have photos of the Droid Factory, but we did include a link to the Disney Parks Blog announcement in the Headline Roundup at the end of today’s column.

      Thanks for reading
      -Andy

  • Coheteboy

    The Iron Man poster you posted is an AP exclusive for the preview night. A standard Iron Man 3 poster was given from Saturday onward.

  • TDSTOM

    What I can’t get over is why a retail shop would change their windows to reflect the products they’re trying to sell.

    Who does that?

    Thomas

  • KCmike

    Thank goodness Billy Hill and the Hillbillies are back in the Golden Horseshoe! All is right again.

  • dazyhill

    Iron Man was fun. I am not sure if it was worth 35 minutes to get in and another 20 to do the interactive game, but it was great being there with fellow Iron Man fans. Cool movie poster too!
    I am so upset that the prop books are gone! :( Saturday was the first time I had been to the parks since last June’s preview. The displays were still being built but I could see even then that the windows were going to be special.
    Why have WDI spend all that time and money for those displays and then destroy them?

  • Drew Thedaker

    The Iron Man area is really cool, and i have plans to keep the upper floor as is. But i have new plans for the lower floor. My plan is to return the Carousel of Progress back to Disneyland, but our host would be Mr. Tom Morrow. We would see him welcoming us to the show and singing the tune as we proceed through the original acts of the show, with a edited Act 4 removing referances to Progress city. If it is possible, we can get GE to sponcer the show once more.
    If GE refuses, then the show removes referances to GE. And at the unload area, Tom Morrow invites you to Innoventions for a preview of the future. If it works, we could soon see Innoventions closing for refurbishment. So how do you like the idea?

  • whydoyoucare

    Looks like disney is on the ball for screwing things up as of late, I applaud them. & that pic of the monte cristo bites look like crap, worst food i’ve eaten there which ultimately resulted in giving me food poisoning. The sandwich is Way over exaggerated. Even the patron next to us said it was too much for him & his significant other.

    Way to go disney yet you decide to go full blown & making more profit yet overlook things that are simply considered nick nack by their standards as they money to blow.

  • ChrisNJ

    A paper airplane contest? I gotta get to DCA to experience that! Yeah, I get it was a last minute thing, but really? Can’t one of the worlds best entertainment companies come up with something a little better for situations like these? Maybe have a back-up plan for sudden attraction closures?

  • Sleepy505

    Great Job as always Andy, $234,850 in fines ouch… oh well. It’s sad to see the this has guests making paper airplanes, terrible. As far as Tomorrow land it looks like yester land something has has to be done it’s my least favorite part of the park at one time it was my favorite.

  • Big D

    So, as someone who used to work at Disneyland and now works in sales, I think I can figure out what’s going on with the windows in Buena Vista Street. So here is my story of what probably happened:

    First of all, there are three different departments. There is imagineering, who designed the props, merchandising, who orders and decides what merchandise goes in what store, and BVS guest services, who run the stores. These three departments are not allowed to have any interaction with each other whatsoever. The executive vice president in charge of merchandise sales sets an arbitrary sales goal based on nothing that is impossible to achieve. After the first quarter of being open (Jul – Sep), the stores don’t meet their sales goals. They are given a pass for that quarter only, because they can say that guests were running past BVS to get to Cars Land. After the 2nd quarter (Oct – Dec) of not meeting their sales goals, the managers of each store in BVS that is not meeting it’s sales goal is put on an “Action Plan.” (in January) This basically means that they have to submit a plan as to how they are going to increase sales, and it has to be something that is different from what they did the previous quarter. Now, the important thing is that the managers have no control over what merchandise they sell, and they are absolutely not allowed to say that the reason their sales aren’t what they should be is either 1) the merchandise they are trying to sell is boring, or 2) the sales goals are unrealistic. So they have to come up with something like putting more merchandise near the cash registers for guests to purchase while they are waiting in line, or opening the doors that were being kept closed for environmental reasons so that guests don’t think they are closed. One manager of one store submits his or her action plan and says that they are going to display merchandise that the store actually sells in the window, because guests keep coming into the store trying to buy the fake merchandise that is in the window. (This may be true to a small extent, but the manager exaggerates it for the action plan). The 1st quarter of this year (Jan – Mar) passes and the stores still don’t meet their sales goals. The VP calls another conference call of all the managers that are not meeting their goals and says that he now has a “Best Practice” to share with all of the managers, and that is they all have to put merch in their windows. So any stores that are meeting their sales goals don’t have to do this, but the stores that aren’t meeting their goals are now required to do this. It doesn’t matter that this hasn’t been proven to actually increase sales at BVS yet, the only thing that matters is that they’re doing something that is different from what they did last quarter. So, in early April, every manager of every store that is not meeting it’s sales goal is required by an executive who does not work in imagineering or merchandising to clear out their window and display merchandise that is actually for sale in the store. Now that summer is coming up, the parks will get more crowded, and the sales will go up naturally, and many stores that didn’t meet their sales goals in the first quarter will meet them in the 2nd quarter. This will be attributed solely to the fact that they changed their window displays, and as of the 3rd quarter (early July) every merchandise store in each park that has any kind of fake window display will now be required to display actual merchandise in their window. This will become a standing “best practice”, and the executive will get a nice bonus. The managers of the actual BVS stores will transfer the heck out of there and onto Main Street or somewhere that actually has consistently good sales year round, and by this time next year there will be no one working in the BVS shops that even knew that there was a time when the stores had their displays of fake merchandise from the 1920′s.

  • james woods

    I completely agree the windows used to be awesome and now they are not awesome at all. However, maybe they got too many guests asking for stuff they didn’t sell and then the guests would complain about it? Some people are really dumb and maybe they thought they could get those gloves for 10 cents. Then again, the stuff in Main Street windows aren’t for sale and they’ve kept them all these years. BVS retail managers should put it all back the way it used to be. It’s gross now.