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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  • Joshnyah

    Very informative. You leave no stone unturned. Love it.

  • FerretAfros

    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

    • Jeff Heimbuch

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

    • Westsider

      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.

  • Park Hopper

    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?

    • Disneymike

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

    • jcruise86

      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.

      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.

  • Susan Hughes

    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.

  • disneyfn

    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?

    • Melonballer

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

  • MrTour

    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!

    • DisWedWay

      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.

  • scarymouse

    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.

  • Sparky

    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!

  • DisneyDrums

    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.

    • jcruise86

      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.

      • Westsider

        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.

      • jcruise86

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

  • JiminyCricketFan

    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).

  • DisWedWay

    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.

    • DisWedWay

      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??

  • QPerth

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

  • AB Born

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

  • Brer Mole

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

  • Tinkbelle

    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.

  • Oregonmom2

    Totally going to get a droid with Mickey hat!