Disneyland enters its final stretch of its spring off-season before the big summer season, which will launch over the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The Memorial Day kick off to summer will also include the debut of the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” which will mark the return of large-scale musical stage productions to the Fantasyland Theater. In Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad‘s major overhaul will continue through summer into the fall, but the project is showing some notable signs of progress with the Rainbow Ridge facades starting to really take shape. In Disney California Adventure, Cars Land‘s repaving project has wrapped up with Route 66 getting a new fresh layer of slurry just in time for the busy summer months. Meanwhile, Disneyland’s series of popular Grad Nite events kicked off over the weekend and will run through late June, bringing hoards high school mix-ins to the parks during the early part of the summer season.
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|Welcome to Disneyland!|
The first of Disneyland’s annual Grad Nite events was held Thursday, May 9. The event has recently changed, giving participating high school seniors 1-Day Park Hopper tickets good for the entire day of their event. After having the parks available to them all day, Disney California Adventure for the first time ever becomes the exclusive headquarters for Grad Nite. The after-hours party in California Adventure runs from park closing until 3 a.m.
The Grad Nite events won’t do much to impact regular guests like they did in previous years when Disneyland used to close early for the private party. Instead, the parks may just seem a bit busier during the day with many schools taking advantage of the new 1-Day Park Hopper tickets that can be used all day before the after-hours party in California Adventure. Grads will be able to enjoy three different dance parties, a private World of Color showing, and select attractions during their after-hours party.
|Market House Makeover
Main Street’s Market House will remain closed through the summer while it is transformed and expanded for Disneyland’s new Starbucks location. The Market House name and turn-of-the-century general store theme will remain intact.
Meanwhile, other Disneyland refurbishments continue… In Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s major 10-month project is making progress with new details emerging on the new Rainbow Ridge facades.
|Setting the Stage
|Welcome to California Adventure|
|Repaving Radiator Springs|
|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‚Äö√Ñ√Æpurchase 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‚Äö√Ñ√Æas 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.
[center]Annual Passholder Animation Academy
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disney California Adventure
Friday, May 17, 2013[/center]
Annual Passholders can enjoy a special “Animation Academy” event this week with Disney animator Eric Goldberg where he’ll share stories on being an animator and teach attendees how to draw a character.
- Annual Passholder Animation Academy
- May 17, 2013
- Animation Academy at Disney California Adventure Park.
- 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – Each event presentation will last approximately 45 minutes.
- Passholders may register inside the Disney Animation building in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park upon Park opening (currently scheduled for 9:00 a.m.).
- All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event.
- Children under 3 years of age may attend the event as long as space is available and they receive an event wristband during the registration process.
- Registration must be completed in person at the Disney Animation building 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 register together to help ensure that everyone receives an event wristband.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their valid Annual Passport to the event Cast Member, who will check event availability. Photo ID may be required.
Sharpen your pencils and get ready for a very animated experience. Annual Passholders are invited to hear behind-the-scenes stories from iconic Disney Animator Eric Goldberg, the Supervising Animator of great characters such as Genie, Phil, Louis and Rabbit. Plus, Eric will teach Passholders how to draw some classic Disney Characters!
- Event Location
- Event Times
- Event Details
|This and That|
Over at the Grand Californian Hotel, the custom-designed carpet for the main lobby was replaced overnight last week. It had been missing for a few months now, with temporary brown carpet in its place. Nice to see the great custom carpet back.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 13-19, 2013
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]California Adventure[/B]|
|Mon.-Thurs.: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 12am
Saturday: 9am – 12midnight
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]
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