Opa!, All-Nighters and Magical Maps: Your Guide to a Monstrous Summer Memorial Day Weekend

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on May 20, 2013 at 5:05 am with 20 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • ScottOlsen

    You’re right about those carts in the middle of Main Street. I’m sure there are better places to put them.

  • rstar

    Great update! Thanks! And yes, I really hate those outdoor vending carts on Main Street!

  • Geezer

    Thanks for the look back at the Fantasyland Theatre. My Son and I had passes from ’87 to ’95 and frequently attended many of the shows in your video…..great memories.

  • kevdo

    The article says there will be no daytime seating in the Fantasy Faire Theater on days when swing dancing happens at night? Is that correct? It doesn’t seem like it would take too long to move those benches out during the time when the band is setting up on the stage.

    • tardistrekkie

      As I read the sentence, it means that they will move the benches, which they use for the princess shows, to make room on the dance floor in the evenings. So they will still be there during the daytime.

  • napamaninsocal

    On Saturday I saw the Haunted Mansion merch in the store on Main Street inbetween the photopass shop and the crystal shop.

  • brianpinsky

    Its going to be a busy weekend!

  • WesternMouse

    I want that HM pillow!

  • jcruise86

    We had a nice day at Disneyland yesterday. The line of cars to get into the Mickey & Friends parking lot was longer and slower than I’ve ever seen it, but we were able to quickly avoid it and get to the Toy Story lot, which was fast and convenient.

    The Beauty & the Beast show at the Royal Theatre was even better than when it opened. Outstanding Mr. Smythe & Mr. Jones, and the three women who warmed up the audience were all funny & hard-working.

    We normally avoid the princess scene, but since there was no line early in the day, we went in and met them in the Fantasy Faire area. As usual, I said that we didn’t want any photos and that my daughter (7) just wanted to meet them. We were happily surprised at how funny they were. Characters almost always seem to like a chance to NOT pose for the photos and spend more time talking in character instead.

    In the afternoon we rode the monorail to the AMC theaters in Downtown Disney and saw the new “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Excellent!) in 3D Imax. There are bigger Imax screens, but this was still impressive, though it was a little too loud.

    On the monorail ride back we got to sit in the front, which was awesome.

    As we walking through Main Street to leave the park, some parents with a sleeping four-year-old wheeled him up to Mickey & Minnie who posed for some photos with the sleeping kid. He’ll be surprised when he sees them.

    We walked to the Garden Walk for the first time since it opened. We had a tasty dinner at Bubba Gump’s (I with more restaurants had their red license plate system to instantly get a waiter over), but walking through that mostly abandoned mall was depressing.

    • jcruise86

      Sorry my comment turned into a mini-trip report!

      One of the typos: I meant to write “wish” instead of “with.”

    • Jayce

      Yeah it took me 45 minutes just to get though that line to get in, the problem was they didn’t have all the lanes open and so many people made a beeline to the last couple on the left and all that traffic following them had to merge back in. They need to cone off the closed lanes right at the beginning of the lanes not mid way though when many cars (plus the ones stuck on the bridge still trying to get over it) are trying to merge into one of the payment lanes that is open. I went to city hall and gave them .02 about that 😛

  • AB Born

    Disney Park blog mentioned that RSR will close at 3am.. So the last time the public can ride will be 10pm.

  • Big D

    As a former cast member from Outdoor Vending I guess I come at this from a different perspective, but how on earth is that tacky? As the crowds start to fill up the sidewalks waiting for the parade there is no where else for the carts to go but the middle of the street. There is a super high demand for them from the people sitting on the sidewalks because when it gets really crowded the people can’t get to the regular carts. When I used to do the cotton candy carts in front of the Lion King Parade, Hercules Parade, and Mulan Parades, I would always sell out of cotton candy before I made it all the way down the parade route and those people at the end were always out of luck. The only problem is that they shouldn’t have carts themed specifically to Fantasyland (see the first picture) because any cart on the parade route is going to have to go through both Fantasyland and Main Street. They’re all suppose to be the white carts with the red stripes (see the second picture), which sort of fits both lands. Do you have a problem with all of the glow carts that park themselves all up and down the parade routes at night?

  • David Mercury

    Has DOSH signed off on the swing dancing? You could pull a muscle doing that!

  • brian11811

    I wouldn’t wish another 24 hours of Disney on anyone. Oh the HUMANITY!

  • Kritter

    Seems like I’m the only one who doesn’t care about the Swing Dancing.

    • Internitty

      If you’re starting a club count me in too 😉

  • Internitty

    I hope they’re going to paint over the Disneyana sign now it’s going to be Starbucks.

    The baked potatoes at Troubadour Tavern were my favourite treat there, I am so sad they’re gone 🙁 The atmosphere there was part of the potato experience but I guess I can get used to eating them elsewhere 😉

    The mobile vending carts are really tacky, I agree.

    How good is the new Haunted Mansion merchandise, I wish I could get to Disneyland soon to buy some but unfortunately the trip has to wait, thank you for including pictures so we can at least see how cool it is.

  • SiRocket

    love love love the baked potatoooooooes at harbour galley, the gf and I ate there during the last showing of fantasmic on friday may 10th… super quiet and nice 🙂 and tasty!

  • Zeathos51

    Now that I’ve seen the picture, I know who Eric Goldberg is because I remember talking to him at the D23 expo. Great guy.