Starbucks moves into the Market House as refurbishment projects continue at Disneyland

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

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Published on April 22, 2013 at 5:05 am with 26 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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  1. Very informative. You leave no stone unturned. Love it.

  2. Strange that the sign in Condor Flats directs people toward The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s “Under Water” Adventure, when the name is actually Ariel’s “Undersea” Adventure

    • HA! I didn’t even notice that. Good catch!!

    • Great catch on the typo! The boys in the Sign Shop only print up what the local Area Manager approves for the sign going in to their area, so this one was management’s fault.

  3. Since George left, I’ve noticed an increasing number of ride effects that don’t work, most glaringly on Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain. Has anyone else noticed this?

    • Can anyone say “Disney’s Animal Kingdom”……….

    • Interesting and (for Disneyland fans) important question.

      I hope Michael C. isn’t like Thomas Staggs where he seems to be more concerned about how he looks than he does with how the parks look and work.

      I do expect George K. to improve WDW because he gets that the Disney is in the details.
      If only former Disneyland Resort head Matt Ouimet weren’t working on that park five miles to the west.

      So let’s watch the details (while still appreciating what’s excellent–like the new Tangled show in the nice new Fantasyland area.)

      Here’s a thread where you can contrast the new leaders of WDW, George K., and the Disneyland, Michael C.
      http://micechat.com/forums/walt-disney-world-resort/177778-george-k-wdw-vs-michael-c-d-land-resort-leader-scorecard.html

      Limited Magic should be “VERY Ltd. Magic” or “Hidden Magic” when they just offer worms in desserts and some movies shown on a day when I have to work.

  4. For the Walt Disney World fans screaming “Bloody Murder” over Starbucks coming to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando…chill out! Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe over at Disney California Adventure is the perfect example of how to subtlety incorporate a brand name product into the Disney theming.
    Many times people have stopped me on Buena Vista Street asking where the Starbucks is, and I tell them they’re right next to it. It’s hard to notice from the outside and the inside. The only tell tale sign it’s a Starbucks is the menu.

  5. I also heard that DOSH got to the Disneyland Railroad and told them they can no longer get water for the trains at New Orleans because it forces the fireman to climb on the tender and reach for the water. Trains are now required to get water in Tommorrowland forcing a longer wait there. What’s next to be changed?

    • I have heard that too. Such a shame. I wonder how long before DOSH bans tender rides.

  6. I went on BTMRR when it had its soft opening in 1979, and I swear it was a much faster ride then (my lap bar also flew open mid ride!). I hope it is speeded back up when it returns!

    • Go to Disneyland Paris and ride Big Thunder which goes almost as fast, if not more than Discovery Mountain’s 47mph. They say it’s top speed is 40 mph, but I know its faster in the underwater going and returning tunnels from test that were done. Disneyland’s top speed is 28mph.

  7. Nice update, Didn’t realize Disneyland is being rebuilt,that’s quite a list. Nice to see two “nones” for DCA and Downtown. But I bet it will look real spiffy when they are done! And I’m wondering who made the inspectors for DOSH mad ? Someone upset somebody……hmm.

  8. Saturday morning, when my friend and I came out of the Haunted Mansion after riding it, we saw that they had closed down while we were inside. I joked to him that DOSH inspectors must have deemed it unsafe for the ghosts and shut it down!

  9. Looking good. Real shame DOSH had to be such jerks and close down extremely popular rides like Space Mt, Matterhorn, and Soarin’ (probably others as well.) But… I guess some people are just like that…. really sucks.

    • If a CM were injured unnecessarily I’d criticize Disney even more loudly than you’re criticizing the gvn’t for stepping. The reason the gov. feels a need to get involved is because safety was less important than profits to the post-Wells Michael Eisner and his Smithers, Paul Pressler. (See deaths from the Columbia docking and Big Thunder.)

      And today almost all of the leaders are their spawn: RISC (Rasulo, Iger, Staggs, & Croften.) Roy Disney sort of kicked out Eisner, but failed to clean house of his followers. There were some true believers who’ve snuck in. (Lasseter–thanks to the late Steve Jobs, Matt Ouimet and MAYBE George K., though word is out if he truly values CMs as extended family.)

      With Al Lutz on a semi-hiatus, I suggest that MIceage/Micechat do what it takes to bring the best Disney parks journalist, David Koenig (Robert Niles, you’re outstanding too!), to this website where he’ll have a bigger audience.

      • Space Mountain is shut down because the evac platforms and stairwells don’t meet a 30 inch dropoff standard without double railings and/or a safety harness. Those stairwells were built pre-Eisner in 1977 when Walt’s son-in-law Ron Miller was in charge of the Company. Using your logic, it was Ron Miller and his Walt-era standards that put profits before Cast safety.

        The Disneyland Railroad can’t make water stops at New Orleans Square now because the engineer has to stand atop a platform that doesn’t meet the double handrail and/or safety harness standard. Engineers have been climbing up on top of the tender to get water there dozens of times per day since 1955. Using your logic, every Disney executive since Walt and Roy Disney in 1955 were putting profits before Cast safety every day the Disneyland Railroad operated.

        I can bash management as easy as the next guy while I’m waiting for the KCML shuttle. But on this one, it’s just bloated Sacramento bureaucrats trying to find the tiniest of “safety” issues on Disney property to prove to someone that they are worth our tax dollars.

      • Good post, Westsider. If I could delete my second sentence I would.

  10. These “limited time magic” promotions just seem too small and not published soon enough make a iota of difference to the park. It just comes off as a lame attempt to provide something attractive to the parks. It is time to put this sad promotion to bed and move on to something that will really attract new guests, such as a new attraction, new fireworks show, or a new parade (In that order).

  11. I wonder if Starbucks will give out free refills as they do at my Von’s and Pavillion Markets. On certain days, if I purchased a large Starbucks Coffee, I can return in a noted number of hours and get a refill free. The number of hours requires you to stay in the store shopping longer than normal to get your free refill however. Bring a book and you can sit and wait at the dinning area, or read Mice Age on your lap top while you wait.

    • That would be no trouble at Disneyland, as there is so much to do and see, and set your watch and then come back later for that free Fast Pass Starbucks refill. My friends always give me Starbucks Gift Cards. I wonder if they will be good at Disneyland??

  12. Wonderful update Andy, thanks so much!
    I’m never failed to be impressed by the stunning Buena Vista Street pictures. Just gorgeous!

  13. They should fix the banged up queue in Space Mountain since it’s closed anyways.

  14. What happened to the scale rating of how crowded it would be for the week? I miss it… :’(

  15. Great update.

    I don’t understand why Matterhorn is on the refurb list though since it was open all weekend.

    I ran into Michael yesterday and he posed for a picture with my family. Later I was kicking myself that I didn’t address any of my concerns with him. He seemed like a nice guy.