Monstrous Summer to scare up 24-hour party at Disneyland as ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ prepares to debut

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

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Published on April 29, 2013 at 5:05 am with 24 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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  • Thank you Andy. I like what they’ll be doing with the Monsters photo op. It’s a simple but effective way to carve out a niche for the film.

    The stage for Mickey and the Magical Map looks interesting with that led backdrop.

  • Tiny Mermaid

    Aaargh. I know I’ll get flack for this, but it irks me to no end to see typos in Disneyland signage (Please visit Disneyana in “it’s” new location). It happens more frequently than it should, which is a bummer to see, especially considering the time and effort it must take to make such nice signs.

    Thanks for the update, Andy. Good stuff, as usual!

    • Mr Ness

      Yeah, I noticed that right away. Considering the number of people who must have seen the sign between design and printing, it’s always surprising to me that these kinds of things slip through.

    • TacAlert

      Good catch. Didn’t see that. No flack from me. “Your write”. They should have caught that.

  • StevenW

    Its odd to see Monsters University merchandise when school is almost over. The dorm room stuff is nice, but the kids are packing and heading home.

  • WheresMickey

    Nice update!

  • eicarr

    I guess they chose to theme it after Monsters Inc to keep crowds managible at the parks. Crowds would be too large if it was… say an IRON MAN themed event with local stars, more props or nightlong fastpass premier night screenings at the Hyperion theater,muppets 3D, bugs life, Lincoln, fantasyland theater, who wants to be a millionaire, and AMC theaters. The cash registers couldn’t hold all that comic con geek money from expensive premier night party Marvel merchandise.

    The Stanley’s Oasis shirt is cool! Wish there was a men’s style.

    • The Stanley’s Oasis t-shirt pictured here is a men’s cut. 🙂


  • Athlonacon

    I know it’s hard to judge scale in photos, but where’s all the food from the Blue Bayou!? I mean I know you’re paying for the atmosphere, but if I paid $40 for a few bites of food I would honestly be really, really angry since it doesn’t warn you about the portions (or lack thereof).

    • trebor13

      I don’t know about the photos, but any time I eat at the Blue Bayou, I’m rarely able to finish everything. And I’m not a light eater.

    • Westsider

      The last thing 21st century Americans have to worry about is food portion sizes. There’s enough food on the plates at the Blue Bayou.

  • faerla

    Ugh, I’m so disappointed that the awful portobello mushroom dish is the only vegetarian option at Blue Bayou. I love the ambiance of that restaurant, but the way they cook that mushroom is reminiscent of dunking a spare tire in vinegar. Chewy, soggy, and just gross. I mean, look at the photo! That doesn’t look tasty! I’m sure it’s a popular item, but I’ll bet it’s by default since vegetarians get that or nothing.

    Great update, Andy!

  • TodAZ1

    “Lube O Rama???” Wow. Really??

    • sixalex

      Right up there with Miss Piston. I also like the Butte Gas t-shirts that are available.

  • Rex Dopey24

    wow disney is trying to be hip and edgy and cool these days lol.sad they lost the old disney way.

  • Dizzey

    Dang – Space Mountain still closed and I have a trip planned in a couple of weeks! I suppose that the fixes needed are substantial, but it seems like it should go pretty quickly in an attraction that’s totally dark. They don’t have to make the modifications look good… just paint them black! Oh well, I guess I’m just getting crabby because it’s going to effect my visit…

  • SoCalFan

    Love all the Cars Land-specific merchandise they have continually been rolling out. Merchandise seems to be getting better and more diverse there, which is great, but I too am saddened to not seeing this throughout both parks. To there credit, there seems to be hints of them trying, like all the great and plentiul Cars Land stuff, the recently released Haunted Mansion stuff, and even places like Tower of Terror gift store where there is a lot of attraction specific, a lot of DCA Tower specific, merchandise. That kind of stuff needs to be everywhere! BVS could really benefit on some neat ’20s inspired merchandise, especially since Gatsby movie is coming out and will sure to be a hit this summer, most inconically that Jazz Age style.

    • It would be great to see more effort with other land and attraction-specific merchandise offerings. It’s a shame we are only really seeing it with Cars Land, but I can’t say I’m particularly surprised.

      Thanks for reading!


      • sixalex

        There is a line of Haunted Mansion themed merchandise that I am enjoying. Tomb, Sweet Tomb is a lot of fun and dark humor. It is still not the broader “land” of New Orleans, but it is attraction specific. Tower of Terror has always had nicely themed merchandise as well.

        Cars Land does seem to be excelling in the product line however.

  • Ing5

    Blue Bayou’s Portobello Mushroom concoction should be spelled “Maque Choux”.

  • SpectroMan

    Holy moly, one lunch entree under 30 bucks at BB? LOLOL! Won’t be eating there anytime soon, if ever. I used to split a Monte Cristo and order an extra salad with my partner and we’d be at $35 with tip. Oh well, everything good goes away.

    With the painting of the IASW light towers, you’d think they’d finally get to painting the Light Magic towers to match the ride’s facade. Does that bother anyone else?

  • QPerth

    Great update, thanks for bringing it to us! The Monsters Inc Dorm photo op looks great, a simple and clever use of the area.

  • Haven

    Looks like I have been priced out of the Blue Bayou now for lunch as well as dinner. Maybe I’ll put that 33 bucks towards the Lube O Rama shirt?

  • Awe_inspired

    Thank you Andy. The photos of the Canned Fruits and Vegetables storefront is awesome! I love how you can see the reflection of Main Street in the windows. Also, the photo taken from the back of the paddle-wheeler is beautiful. In all of the photos that I’ve seen from Disneyland, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that shot! Again, thanks for a great article and for the “clickable” photos. They really help to see detail.