Disney California Adventure‘s new Cars Land area is getting some major work done as its version of Route 66 gets repaved less than a year after opening. The repaving work was needed after the incredibly popular area saw heavy foot traffic over the last year of operation. Meanwhile, Disneyland continues with some off-season refurbishment projects as it prepares to launch another busy summer season with the debut of its new “Mickey and the Magical Map” musical stage show in Fantasyland. The new show will begin Cast Member previews in just two weeks before its public debut Memorial Day Weekend. Meanwhile, folks elsewhere in Orange County got a taste of Disneyland with the special opportunity to get an up-close look at the Disneyland Railroad’s Ernest S. Marsh Locomotive #4 and the Kalamazoo Handcar over the weekend. The locomotive and handcar were featured as part of the 2013 Railroad Days in Fullerton, a great annual event hosted by the Southern California Railway Plaza Association.
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|Market House Makeover
|Kodak Fades Away|
Meanwhile, Disney has finally started removing Kodak logos from the park. The Kodak sponsorship logo signage at the Main Street Photo Supply and the Kingswell Camera Shop in California Adventure has been removed.
Speaking of New Orleans Square Station, word spread recently that DOSH has now put new restrictions on the Disneyland Railroad Conductors. As per DOSH’s regulations, Cast cannot stand on objects over 30 inches from the ground without adequate fall protection, so this means the Disneyland steam trains can no longer take water from the water tower at the New Orleans Square Station because in order to do so, Cast Members would have to stand on the tender deck, which exceeds the 30-inch limit. Never mind that Cast Members have been doing just this for over 55 years!
Disneyland’s steam trains are now refilling in Tomorrowland using a water hose at Tomorrowland Station. These 30-inch fall safety restrictions are affecting the Disneyland Railroad in additional ways, as reported by Disneyland Railroad historian Steve DeGaetano at the Burnsland message boards.
But in Tomorrowland, Space Mountain has reopened after being closed for three weeks and costing Disney $234,850 in DOSH fines related to an incident in which a contract worker cleaning the mountain was injured.
One aspect of Disney’s Monstrous Summer All-Nighter event that Disney has been shy of mentioning in its press materials is that the Disneyland event co-incides with one of the summer’s popular Grad Nite events.
This is going to mean even bigger crowds as thousands of graduating high school seniors share the parks with regular Disneyland guests visiting for the 24 hour party. In recent years, Disney has given Grad Nite attendees mix-in tickets, allowing them to mix-in with regular park guests during the day at Disneyland before Grads are required to head over to California Adventure for their private, grad-only party later in the evening. With both parks open for 24-hours for regular guests May 24, Grads and Guests will effectively be competing for space and popular attractions at DCA throughout the night. To ensure that the Grad Nite attendees don’t feel totally ripped off, Disney will be making big portions of Disney California Adventure Grad-only zones; a plan they’ve quietly announced on the official Grad Nite Facebook page:
Seniors we have exciting news to share about Grad Nite taking place on May 24th.
Disneyland Resort will kick off its “Monstrous Summer” season with a special event that will keep Disneyland Park and portions of Disney California Adventure open for 24-hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. Rest assured that our May 24th Grad Nite will be even more special and we wanted to be sure you knew about the important changes and enhancements being made to ensure that your special celebration is unforgettable.
While some “Monstrous Summer” activities will take place in parts of Disney California Adventure during Grad Nite, your party will still be private. Much of Disney California Adventure becomes Grad Central, including Cars Land and Paradise Pier, where you can enjoy exclusive use of select portions of the park and experience our world-famous attractions including Radiator Springs Racers and Tower of Terror. Be prepared to be wowed too, because we‚Äôre adding even more entertainment that will only be offered for the May 24th Grad Nite.
Another exclusive benefit: with Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure both opening earlier on the 24th, your senior class can “park hop” as early as 6:00 a.m. and as late as 9:00 p.m. After that the party continues at Disney California Adventure until 3:00 a.m. at the Grad Nite Private Party.
It’ll be interesting to see how the already-busy Grad Nite event mixes with what is expected to be a huge two-park 24 hour party for the Monstrous Summer event. If you’re planning on attending, be sure to bring a lot of patience with you.
|Setting the Stage
Over in Fantasyland, the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” musical stage show at the Fantasyland Theater is getting closer to opening, with Cast Member previews set for the days leading up to the public debut of the show Memorial Day weekend.
Sound, lighting and the stage’s new huge LED screen were being tested over the weekend. Gests in the area could, at times, hear bits of the show’s new theme song “Journey into Imagination” coming from behind construction walls (it sounds pretty good!)
Below, a behind-the-scenes video from Disney showing King Louie and crew rehearsing the “Jungle Book” portion of the show. Note King Louie’s articulated mouth.
Signage is still up for the old menu. No word yet if the popular baked potatoes that were previously featured here will remain at the Harbour Galley in New Orleans Square or if they’ll quietly disappear in the coming weeks.
|Welcome to California Adventure|
In California Adventure, the Big Top Toys window on Buena Vista Street removed its terrible, poorly-Photoshopped carboard cutout of the plush circus “audience,” built up the bleachers another level and added more actual plush to the display. It’s a mess. This window is so tacky and cheap that Disney should really be embarrassed by it.
|Repaving Radiator Springs|
Over in Cars Land, the incredibly high volume of foot traffic that new area has received over the last year has necessitated an early repaving of Route 66.
|Limited Time Magic|
[center]Glow with the “Magical” Show
at Disneyland Resort
Available Select Nights through May 19, 2013[/center]
Disneyland’s current Limited Time Magic offering is special “Glow with the Show” performances of the park’s “Magical” fireworks show. Guests watching the show with their “Glow with the Show” ear hats can view the show from a special reserved viewing area.
Below is Disney’s information:
This May, come glow with a “Magical” new show at Disneyland Park‚Äîpurchase your very own light-up interactive ear hat and engage with shows and attractions across Disneyland Resort like never before, including “Magical,” Disneyland Park’s newest fireworks spectacular. But that’s not all‚Äîas part of Limited Time Magic, discover a “Magical” fireworks viewing area along Main Street, U.S.A., reserved just for you when you’re wearing your “Glow with the Show” ears. Space is limited and will be first come, first served on the following dates: May 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 2013.
|Disneyland goes to Fullerton Railroad Days|
Over the weekend the 2013 Railroad Days was held at the Fullerton Transportation Center, just a short 15-minute drive from Disneyland. The event, put together by the Southern California Railway Plaza Association and included Disneyland as one of its featured participants.
|This and That|
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 6-12, 2013
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|Mon.-Thurs.: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 11pm
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]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|Alright, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. Are you still planning on attending the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter with Grad Nite mix-ins? Were you able to check out the Fullerton Railroad Days over the weekend? Let us know in the comments section below!
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