Happy Earth Day! Disneyland‘s Market House coffee shop closed last week to make room for the park’s upcoming Starbucks location. Building on the success of the hugely successful Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe at Disney California Adventure, the classic Market House at Disneyland will expand into the Disneyana art shop, ensuring the cafe has space to handle big crowds when it reopens this fall. The space will retain its turn-of-the-century Main Street aesthetic but will serve the full selection of Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, which should be a notable improvement over the shop’s previous menu. In Frontierland, the Mark Twain Riverboat has reopened following an extended refurbishment as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad continues through its major 10-month overhaul. Over at the Fantasyland Theater, the new Mickey and the Magical Map show continues to come together behind construction walls as it nears its late-May opening.

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Welcome to Disneyland!

Guests entering Disneyland last week were met with heightened security following the Boston Marathon bombing.

Flags at the Resort were at half-mast by order of President Obama in honor of the victims of the Boston tragedy.

Starting Starbucks

At Disneyland, work is now underway to bring Starbucks to Main Street’s Market House coffee shop.

The windows at the Market House and Disneyana are blacked out during construction

Facade repainting and repairs were taking place Friday morning.

With Disneyana now closed to become space for the expanded Market House, some key Disneyana offerings have been relocated to the relatively small Disney Gallery art shop space.

Popular items like big figs and collectible figurines are now available at the Disney Gallery.

The Thomas Kinkade prints are now available at the Disney Gallery as well.

A artist sketch station has been moved to the Gallery shop space, replacing the big display of the Robert Olszewski Main Street, USA miniatures.

The Olszewski miniatures are still available, but displayed in a more efficient way.

Nearby, the Main Street Opera House is closed through May 2, with work in the exit lobby underway. A curtain up at the Mad Hatter hat shop blocks the Opera House exit lobby.

The exit lobby had been used in the past as a “pop-up” Disney Gallery when the Gallery was transitioning from New Orleans Square to Main Street a few years ago. Could we see the exit lobby become overflow Gallery retail space once again now that Disneyana has closed?

Refurbishment Round-Up

In Frontierland, the Mark Twain Riverboat has emerged from its refurbishment looking beautiful.

Nearby, the 10-month Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment project continues…

In Fantasyland, the Fantasyland Theater’s new “Mickey and the Magical Map” show continues to come together behind construction walls. The new stage show is set to open later next month.

The Le Petit Chalet gift shop near the Matterhorn is now closed for refurbishment.

DOSH Downtime

The DOSH-related closures we told you about last week continued with Space Mountain closed through the weekend. Space Mountain isn’t set to reopen until April 24, but that date has been in flux and could change.

The Matterhorn Bobsleds are open again along with Soarin’ Over California at California Adventure.

Limited Time Magic

[center]“Dig Up” A Delicious Earth Week
at Disneyland Resort
April 22 — 28, 2013
Disney’s Limited Time Magic promotion continues to limp along. This week, Disneyland will offer a special “Worm and Dirt Tart” for Earth Day. That’s it — just a dessert to buy this week. Below is Disney’s description:

Let your taste buds get down and “dirty” during Earth Week at Disneyland Resort! For one week only, “dig in” to the “Worm and Dirt Tart,” a delightfully playful dessert offered as part of Limited Time Magic. You can find the confection at Plaza Inn and French Market at Disneyland Park, or in Wine Country Trattoria inside Disney California Adventure. But buy one while they last‚Äîthis is one Earth Week celebration your taste buds won’t want to miss!

[center]Celebrating Earth Day Movie Screenings
Limited Time Annual Passholder Event
at Disney California Adventure
April 22, 2013
For Earth Day, Annual Passholders can attend a free double-feature screening of nature-themed movies. The screening will be hosted by the Disneyland Resort Horticulture team. Below is Disney’s information on the event:

    Celebrating Earth Day: Annual Passholder Movie Screenings
    Show your Earth Day spirit at these Annual Passholder exclusive double feature screenings of the nature-themed films Bear Country and The Ranger’s Guide to Nature. The screenings will be hosted by the Disneyland Resort Horticulture team, who will give a special presentation.

    About the films:
    Bear Country
    This Oscar®-winning film follows the life of black bears from one winter to another while exploring the family dynamics and habits of this majestic animal.

    The Ranger’s Guide to Nature
    Through animation and live-action, ranger J. Audobon Woodlore takes Donald Duck and his nephews on a musical tour of the wonders of the natural world in this delightful television special.


    • April 22, 2013
      Event Location

    • Stage 17 in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park.
      Event Time

    • 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.
      Event Registration and Wristband Distribution

    • Registration and wristband distribution for the event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event in front of Stage 17 (located between Muppet*Vision 3D and Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!) in Disney California Adventure Park.
    • This is an all-ages event, however, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event.
    • Registration must be completed in person in front of Stage 17 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 to help ensure that everyone receives a wristband.
    • 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.
Welcome to California Adventure

The restrooms in Condor Flats are currently closed for refurbishment.

This and That

Back in Disneyland, the Tomorrowland Star Trader now features a “Droid Factory” build-your-own-droid kiosk.

There are 71 different pieces to create the 3-3/4 inch droid figures. A single droid will cost you $12.95 and a double droid pack costs $19.95.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
April 22 — 28, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thurs.: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday: 9am – 12am
Sunday: 8am – 11pm
Mon.-Thurs.: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Sunday: 8am – 10pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln:[/b] Closed through May 2, 2013.
  • [b]Space Mountain:[/b] Closed through April 24 following recent DOSH citations.
  • [b]Matterhorn Bobsleds:[/b] Closed April 16-26 for “testing.”
  • [b]Mark Twain Riverboat:[/b] Closed through April 17.
  • [b]Main Street Opera House:[/b] Closed through May 2 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Jungle Cruise:[/b] Closed April 29 through May 1 for refurbishment.
  • [b]Goofy’s Playhouse:[/b] Closed May 6-8 for soft play material replacement.
  • [b]Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes:[/b] Closed May 8-9.
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through October 30.
  • [b]Market House:[/b] Closed for conversion and expansion for new Starbucks location. Opens fall 2013.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close in 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
  • [B]Fantasyland Theater presenting Mickey and the Magical Map:[/B] New stage show to debut May 2013.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • A Los Angeles-based contractor fined $60,995 by DOSH in last fall’s Space Mountain injury, which recently prompted the attraction’s closure.
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