MiceAge Update: Disneyland Scrooged At Last

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Published on May 21, 2013 at 4:00 am with 73 Comments

With the last few days of the spring off-season slipping away before the summer crowds arrive, the Disneyland Resort is rushing to finalize details for the upcoming 24-hour party to try and prevent the night from devolving into utter chaos and gridlock like the last overnight party did. While summer is about to get started, TDA also has their eye on this winter and beyond as several major entertainment and attraction additions are headed to the two Anaheim parks. In this update we’ll fill you in on what will be under the Christmas tree at DCA this year, what may or may not be announced at D23 Expo in August, and provide you with a full run-down on the logistics and timing for the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter for the 24th and 25th to help you decide if you want to join the fun.

There’s a lot to get to today, so poach that egg and slap it on some whole grain Irish buttered toast and let’s get to it!

SCROOGE YOU!

While we’ve detailed in previous updates how the rebirth of Disney California Adventure last June radically transformed the business model and visitation patterns for the entire Anaheim property, it bears repeating that the re-launched DCA is a full-blown runaway success that has exceeded the most optimistic projections for the re-launch. The fallout from that stunning transformation in 2012 is that Team Disney Anaheim (TDA) and WDI have been spending most of 2013 deciding how to better utilize slower areas of the park. The crowds still aren’t letting up there and tourists in particular are spending entire 10 hour days at DCA without leaving for Disneyland. Both spending and length-of-stay patterns are way up in DCA, and Burbank is thrilled with the results.

The quickest and easiest way to add capacity to succesful theme parks is to add new entertainment. Believe it or not World of Color turns three years old in a few weeks, most locals and many tourists have already seen it at least once, and TDA is finally ready to offer an alternative to the original show from 2010. So, in November an all-new holiday themed World of Color will debut for the Christmas season to reinvigorate the evening hours at DCA. The Christmas version of World of Color will be a full 23 minute rework using all new Christmas material and songs, while still featuring a few familiar themes like Princesses and the popular Pixar characters. Full scale testing of the new show will begin late this summer, and this new World of Color is tentatively planned to debut around November 8th.

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Christmas color coming?

The broader goals for the Christmas World of Color fall into three main categories; to keep tourists staying later into the evening and feeling like they got their money’s worth, and to bring the locals back to the park and keep them renewing their Annual Passes, many of which are conveniently purchased that time of year as family Christmas gifts. The third reason behind the new World of Color show is to soften the blow when the inevitable private parties begin at Disneyland during the Christmas season. We’ve explained in previous updates how the full-service Christmas offerings at Disneyland were in the crosshairs of the One Disney team based out of Orlando who want Disneyland to move to a private-party concept like that used at Disney World. Disneyland’s parties will force the Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe In Holiday Magic fireworks and snow shows to move to an extra-cost ticketed event, much like the HalloweenTime parties in October are now the only way to see the Halloween Screams fireworks and the Halloween parade.

The plan would be to offer the Soundsational Parade during the day before the parties along with the usual Remember fireworks on non-party nights, and then roll out the major Christmas entertainment only during the parties in the evenings. The good news is that much like Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy running in October, the Holiday versions of Small World and Haunted Mansion would still be available to park visitors daily without purchasing an additional ticket to an evening Christmas party. And while Disneyland closes early in December to host Christmas parties, the crowds can move over to DCA where the new Christmas World of Color show will soften the blow of being kicked out of Disneyland. Or at least that’s the hope, and if the new show is good enough that plan might actually work. Steve Davison and his WDI Creative Entertainment team will be hard at work on the show in the next few months, trying to summon up the frosty Christmas spirit during the hot Southern California summer.

While adding new entertainment to a theme park is the easiest and fastest route to increasing park capacity, the more complicated (and more expensive) route is to add new attractions. And rest assured that DCA is still on the front burner in both TDA and Burbank’s opinion with another big chunk of money slated to be released by Burbank later this year. The plan to turn the sleepy northern half of DCA’s  Hollywood Land into Monstropolis with a thrill-ride Door Coaster as the featured E Ticket attraction is still moving ahead quickly. At the same time, the other new thrill ride using the ride system once planned for a Tron-themed Lightcycle coaster on the PeopleMover track is also finishing up design work. It’s no longer “if” on these two new E Ticket attractions, it’s “when”.

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Light Cycles speeding above Tomorrowland? Thoughts?

The Tomorrowland project is the most problematic, as reworking the old PeopleMover route and its loading station in the center of the land will require several years of ugly construction. The similarity between Tomorrowland in its current state and DCA of five years ago is quite apt, since DCA had several popular attractions that were located in a lackluster environment that weren’t aesthetically pleasing or particularly inviting. Space Mountain and Star Tours are two of the most popular thrill rides in Anaheim, while Buzz Lightyear, Autopia and the Submarines offer solid attractions that offer important capacity to children or those looking for non-thrill excitement. But Tomorrowland’s aesthetic appearance is disjointed and aging poorly, and it comes up repeatedly in visitor surveys as a place that people don’t particularly enjoy.

Disneyland’s Tomorrowland is tired and worn out, and WDI and TDA acknowledge that. The goal of the Tomorrowland redo isn’t just to add a ride back to the PeopleMover track and move the Rocket Jets back up to their rightful place above the loading station, the project is also designed to reskin the existing Tomorrowland structures and create a cohesive and relevant “futuristic” environment for the 21st century.

And that’s going to take a lot of construction and hassle, right as Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary party kicks off in 2015. The discussions in TDA now center on getting the timing right for both projects, and likely beginning the work on Monstropolis first before 2015 since that will take up a quiet back corner of the park. Compared to the massive construction DCA underwent in recent years from the front of the park for Buena Vista Street and all the way along the central spine of the DCA parade route for Little Mermaid, Cars Land and the Pier remodel, the Monstropolis construction in the corner will be a cakewalk for the experienced DCA teams.

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Preliminary work on Tomorrowland could begin before the 60th Anniversary is over, but the bulk of that construction wouldn’t begin until 2016 while the Monstropolis project finishes up and debuts. But either of these two projects are far enough along that they could be announced at the Parks & Resorts keynote address at D23 Expo in August, with a few key artist renderings and models on display in the Imagineering Pavilion on the exhibit hall floor. The announcement of either Monstropolis or Tomorrowland will offer more information and more artwork to display than the last big attraction announcement at D23 Expo in 2011, when Bob Iger bizarrely announced that Avatarland was coming to Animal Kingdom, but without offering any artwork or content to discuss even several years later.

MONSTER MASH

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But before TDA can gloat over its success at D23 Expo, they’ve got to get through this weekend and the monster headache created by the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. This idea was not born in Anaheim, where it would have been shot down immediately if anyone had dared to suggest they repeat the disaster of the One More Disney Day event from 2012. Instead, the All-Nighter was dreamed up by the notoriously out of touch Disney Parks & Resorts marketing team holed up in a generic office park in Celebration, Florida. And now it’s up to the Anaheim teams to figure out how to manage it and prevent another night of gridlocked streets, backed up freeways, and near-riots at the main entrance turnstiles.

The first overnight party for Leap Year Day in February, 2012 started out mellow enough that morning. But after 5:00 P.M., when all the executives and senior managers had gone home, things began to unravel quickly. By 7:00 P.M. the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up several miles to the LA County line, and the surface streets around Disneyland had gridlocked. The Parking team hadn’t made arrangements to staff or use overflow parking at the Anaheim Convention Center or GardenWalk, and the 20,000 Disney-owned parking spaces usually at their disposal were already full. DCA closed at 8:00 P.M., while Disneyland began to fill quickly way beyond capacity. Shuttle buses carrying Cast Members in from employee parking lots were stuck in the gridlock. Several buses were literally stuck in traffic for several hours just a few blocks from Disneyland while the CM’s sat helplessly inside and plotted mutinies against the bus drivers who refused to open the doors in the middle of frozen traffic. When the turnstiles were closed just before Midnight, the crowds in the Esplanade grew restless and ornery and there were thousands of people still trying to purchase tickets and get into the park in the early morning hours. When it was all over the next morning, 105,000 people had attended the overnight party in Anaheim even though the original estimate for the day was barely 50,000.

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Will it be one more Disney nightmare?

This time, they are planning for 125,000 people to attend and DCA will be added to the mix to help soak up crowds. But the parking and transportation logistics are already stretched way beyond their limit, and there’s a frank understanding that they won’t be able to handle 125,000 people, most of whom will arrive by car. The fallout is that every parking space in Anaheim has been commandeered, and Cast Members will be parking that day at Angel Stadium and bussed in. What happens in the evening when the CM shuttle buses get stuck on a gridlocked Katella or Harbor isn’t really known, although this time the bus drivers are going to have the authority to open their doors and let the CM’s out if the bus is stuck in gridlock for more than one hour. The Anaheim Police Department and California Highway Patrol will be on alert that evening, to help assist with surface streets and monitor off-ramps.

Knowing that access to Disneyland and parking will be an extreme challenge after work lets out on Friday, if you are still planning on attending it should be noted that not much extra will be on offer in either park. Some entertainment times may change, and a few Monsters U merchandise offerings will be for sale, otherwise it’s just a long drawn out day for the Anaheim parks.

In addition, that night was already pre-sold as a DCA Grad Nite for 10,000 students before the marketing team in Florida pulled the trigger on this event without checking in with the operations teams in Anaheim. That means that Cars Land, Paradise Pier and Tower of Terror will all be closed to regular visitors at 11:00 P.M. and only wrist-banded Grads will be allowed to remain in those popular areas of DCA, pushing the overnight party envelope into just the Mad T Party, Buena Vista Street and Condor Flats sections of DCA.

Still think you want to go? Here’s the timeline of major elements of the 24 hour event from start to finish.

Thursday, May 23rd

6:00 PM – Harbor Blvd. Drop-Off Lot closed to all vehicle traffic for the remainder of the event.

7:00 PM – Fantasyland closes for Media Party for Mickey & The Magical Lamp debut.

8:00 PM – Entry Queue and Media Riser setup begins in Esplanade between both parks.

9:00 PM – Disneyland closes for the day (with Media Party in Fantasyland).

9:30 PM – Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Toy Story Parking Lot and Downtown Disney Parking Lots closed to all traffic, with all arriving vehicles directed to park in Pumbaa Parking Lot on Disney Way. No shuttle service will be offered in Pumbaa until 8:00 AM on Friday morning.

10:00 PM – Early arrivals will be queued in Harbor Blvd. Drop-Off Lot, before being moved to roped queues in the Esplanade. Monsters University “Eye” glasses given out to first few thousand people in Esplanade. Monstrous Summer buttons to be given out at turnstiles for first few thousand people through the gates in the morning.

11:00 PM – Grad Nite begins in DCA, until 3:00 AM.

Friday, May 24th

5:00 AM – Mickey & Friends Parking Structure and Toy Story Parking Lot open with tram and bus service.

5:55 AM – Small kickoff ceremony and media event in Esplanade as both parks open for the day.

6:00 AM – Both parks open for the day, with Cars Land, Tower of Terror and some Paradise Pier attractions not open yet due to delayed overnight maintenance from Grad Nite the night before.

5:00 PM – Pixar Play Parade, from Tower of Terror.

6:30 PM – Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, from It’s A Small World.

7:00 PM – Pixar Play Parade, from Paradise Pier.

9:00 PM – World of Color at DCA, Fantasmic! at Disneyland.

9:00 PM – First of four special Monsters Inc. screenings of full movie begin at MuppetVision Theater.

9:00 PM – Mad T Party opens, no alcohol served due to Grad Nite guests in attendance.

9:30 PM – Magical Fireworks Spectacular at Disneyland.

10:15 PM – World of Color at DCA.

10:30 PM – Fantasmic! at Disneyland.

10:45 PM – Cars Land, Paradise Pier & Tower of Terror closed for Grad Nite; only Grads with wristbands allowed in these areas until 3:00 AM (Radiator Springs Racers will close for the night at 2:00 AM and not reopen).

12:00 Midnight – Character Pajama Party in Toontown, dancing and Disney cartoons screened at outdoor theater, cocoa & cookies served.

12:30 AM – Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, from Town Square.

2:00 AM – Monsters U light show at Castle, Disneyland.

3:00 AM – Cars Land & Paradise Pier reopen after Grad Nite. Radiator Springs Racers, California Screamin’ and Tower of Terror all will remain closed for overnight maintenance.

5:30 AM – Mad T Party and Toontown Pajama Party closes.

5:55 AM – Farewell Announcement played in parks, set to the tune of “Now it’s time to say goodbye” song from Mickey Mouse Club.

6:00 AM – DCA and Disneyland close.

9:00 AM – DCA and Disneyland reopen for normal Saturday operation, with several major attractions delayed in opening due to overnight maintenance.

After the 24 hour party, both Disneyland and DCA kick off their first “Small World Celebration” weekend on Saturday, celebrating the culture and cuisine of Greece. It goes without saying that this new offering will likely be completely lost in the frenzy of the overnight party and media events for Mickey & The Magical Lamp. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, as this is just the first of many planned Small World Celebration weekends that will feature different countries. But the Small World Celebration is a concept cooked up by TDA’s own in-house marketing team and designed to attract locals and engage Annual Passholders. The Monstrous Summer All-Nighter is a concept from Florida and it simply steamrolled over any plans TDA had already approved and funded for Memorial Day Weekend.

The Small World Celebration idea is a good one though, and the most interesting offerings will be held far from It’s A Small World. DCA’s Paradise Gardens will offer Greek celebrity chef Argiro Barbarigou and Greek winemakers hosting live cooking demonstrations, along with authentic Greek music, dances, dress and culture on display. The Greek exhibit at Disneyland in the Small World Mall will feature the Disneyfied version of Greece, with a rare Hercules meet n’ greet as the main attraction. But those interested in genuine Greek culture will want to stop by Paradise Gardens in DCA this weekend, as sort of a small-scale Food & Wine festival. Hopefully the next Small World Celebration in Anaheim can be held on a weekend when the marketing team in Florida is on vacation.

Well, that’s what we’ve got for you today. New attractions on the way, Christmas going behind lock and key and 24 hours of insanity. We are very curious to know if you’ve been tempted by the 24 hour party and its expected crowds of 125,000. And, if you are going, what time do you plan to arrive to assure your spot in what is very likely to be Disneyland’s busiest day ever?

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  1. I am not going to the event and I’m glad I don’t have to work there during the event. At least this time, it sounds like they are trying harder to spread the crowds which might make this a forehadowing for the expo and how that will be improved. The new plans sound good, I just hope they keep the animation building. I really enjoy Tomorrowland, (even though I like New Orleans the best) but even I would like to see an attraction go back up on the people mover. Maybe it will be like The Pony Express Ride at Knotts where you lean forward to ride.
    Anyways, HEY!! Thanks for the update. I never knew about these future attractions. Also, get that podcast to print. It’s the first thing I listen to when I’m on the road.

    Take it easy and get well Al.

  2. I wish Burbank would do something more than convert the Hollywood sub-section to Monstropolis. It’s just another Pixarization of DCA that doesn’t go with anything.

    • I agree. What happened to the days when great attractions appeared, and then movies were made of the attraction years later? WDI is relying too much on existing Disney branding and not using imagination to come up with anything special and unique. As fun as the door coaster sounds, what about a modernized version of the Great Movie Ride? Or something else completely new and unique based on the golden age of Hollywood? Let the original movie follow!

      • I am with many others in calling for a re-envisioned Mystic Manor that would fit 1920s Los Angeles. It’d be perfect.

    • agreed! although i know monstropolis will be very detailed and feel like u walked right into the movie (especially with lassetter at the helm making sure every little detail is perfect), i still am very disappointed to see that this new area and ride is going to be going into that part of DCA. Monstropolis has NOTHING to do with 1940′s hollywood. I feel like disney is going back to its old ways of mishmashing concepts and themes that don’t go together. I mean, thats what made the original DCA horrible in the first place. And I know WDI is creative, so y can’t corporate trust wdi’s creativity and expertise and tap into their talent to create a thematically appropriate and ORIGINAL ride in hollywoodland? The themes are just going to clash so much, especially if disney is still interested in transforming the rest of hollywoodland into a 1940′s themed area. Its just a shame that disney feels that their brand isnt strong enough that they have to use pre existing ideas to capture audiences. What about a sort of LA noir, dick tracey type ride? It would be so perfect for the land.

      • Disney actually planned a Dick Tracy ride back in the early 90s to coincide with that Warren Betty-helmed fiasco, but they held off. Disney once had many interesting ideas.

        Developing attractions based on existing properties is not all that outlandish, but I think Disney leans on Pixar way, way too much.

        In particular, I kinda love the irony that the original DCA had a poorly executed, but decently envisioned California theme throughout. The new one has a wonderfully executed, poorly envisioned California theme.

  3. I think we’ve all expected the paid Christmas parties to make their way to the Disneyland Resort for a long time, I’m just sorry that it’s finally happened. One Disney really needs to be stopped, the question is, who has the authority to stop it?

    Disneylanders don’t want the parks to become Disney World any more than WDW fans want their parks to become Disneyland. Parks having their own character, merchandise mix and style which help give them identity and life. What works for Florida isn’t best for Disneyland’s locals.

    I don’t think that folks are nearly as excited about this 24 hour party as they were for the Leap Day promotion. I hope for their sake, I’m right. In a way, it’s a shame that Disneyland didn’t just say NO to their Florida Marketing overlords. Why on earth would they allow a one day promotion to overshadow their brand new show in Fantasyland and their Small World Festival? Both of which sound great!

    In the end, I think we all know that the Disneyland team can run circles around their Florida counterparts. Time for the Disneyland folks to stand up to Florida and tell them to stop meddling. After all, they have enough problems with their own four parks to deal with that they don’t need to screw up Disneyland too.

    • I agree. I will never pay more to see fireworks during Xmas. I have been going to Disneyland since 1955 & hate seeing the park become less.

    • Amen, brother. What Florida has to do with the running of Disneyland is beyond me. This weekend will be featured on the local nightly news just like is was for Leap Year Day — from the benefit of helicopter coverage overhead! In fact, I think the only way to get close to the parks will be via helicopter! It isn’t fair to the graduates who are unfortunate enough to have been designated that day for their party, unfair to the AP’s, unfair to the public at large, unfair to the CM’s, unfair to the Anaheim team (gee, what kind of message does it send that their long-standing plans can be overshadowed by FL decisions??); unfair to the Greek special event; and unfair to the Fantasyland Theater (last show I saw there must have been “Snow White”).

      I like the idea of getting the Rocket Jets back up in the sky where they belong, instead of in a carved-out depression at the opening of Tomorrowland.

      • It’s Ironic that I got to see the sunrise on grad night from thunder mountain after enjoying the whole night at Disneyland and now this grad night group won’t get that experience. Although Cars Land is better than nothing.

      • Florida has to run 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, an extensive transportation system, pretty much all of the challenges of running a small city and theme park. That is why they are in charge of running the theme parks. However I do think that while a consistent direction is important, it is important to sensitive to local differences with any park. As a business owner, I would want a reasonable amount of consistency with the way my business’s were run. The needs and demographics of each park, Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, and Hong Kong are different. Locals vs. more tourists.

  4. Since our AP’s have no expired we had planned on doing the Holiday parties if they came to light, so I’m actually fine with it. It’s just sad that the price keeps going up while the offerings keep going down.

    As for the 24 hour thing, good luck to everybody working or going to the event. You won’t catch me within 90 miles of that place this weekend. ;)

  5. Pay more than the $1600 annually I already pay for season passes to see a parade and fireworks and maybe some other “extras?” No thanks! Just like Halloween, as if you see my handle is my favorite time of the year, I won’t be paying extra for what should be included for what I already pay. I have a feeling this isn’t going to end well for dedicated DLer’s! I cam see the “special” annual pass including the parties being offered for a mere $1000 a year!

  6. “But the Small World Celebration is a concept cooked up by TDA’s own in-house marketing team and designed to attract locals and engage Annual Passholders.”

    Great in concept, but sucks that only Premium Passholders can get in during the event on Saturday and Sunday because of the Memorial Day weekend.

    Wow, what a cluster all of this is. Grad night scheduled with the 24 hour event, because the two coasts don’t check in with one another. A new show opens this same weekend. This Small World Celebration also happens, and a bulk of the passholders can’t even experience it.

    I’m glad my passes are expiring in a couple of months. I love Disney, but it’s time to put this relationship “on a break.” It’s like an abusive relationship that I just won’t leave.

    • This is as it should be. Disney sells the cheaper passes with blockout days to drive attendance on slower days, such as weekdays and days where no special events are scheduled.

      You can’t expect to buy the most heavily discounted admission AND still experience Disneyland on busy days or attend special events.

  7. I totally agree with dusty!! Why can’t Disneyland say “no” to Florida? Isn’t the new president supposed to be in charge of Disneyland anyway? That is what makes all the Disney parks special – the little touches that are local and unique to each park. Otherwise, why travel to the other parks? Disneyland should focus on what is does best-having that special disneyLAND magic, not “one disney” magic.

    • The new president is an old Florida lackey. Color me surprised.

      • George K was also a Florida lackey.

  8. Dusty you said everything everyone is probably to afraid to say. I think we all agree with you on all of your comments. I do not think I would attend a 24 hour day at any Park. Would be just to crazy.

  9. I had considered going, even though I consider the ‘One More Disney Day’ event to be a complete and utter debacle. But hearing all this, especially with Carsland being closed and whatnot, I’ve decided I am just not going to go. It doesn’t seem worth it, and I especially remember around 3am on OMDD there was no place to go eat where there wasn’t at least an hour wait to get in. Was ok once…might have been in another 4 years.

    I hate when Anaheim kowtows to Florida. Nothing good comes of it.

  10. WOW! So glad you put this schedule up early enough for me to cancel my hotel reservations. The whole Grad Night thing looks to derail what I had planned for the kids and me. Looks like we will be attending the Grand Opening of Wet n Wild here in Vegas instead. They are allowing Gold level passholders for this weekend only and we (of course) bought the Gold passes. On that note congrats to the Graduating class of 2013, I hope you make memories to last a lifetime!!

  11. They should just get on with Tomorrowland already! Construction walls would be an improvement over the current atmosphere . It’s embarrassing.

    Yes, nobody will mind that the Monsters Inc ride is closed because there are no big fans of the Monsters Inc. ride or movie. It’s no avengers, iron man or star wars. With the sushi bar and bland streets, the current monsters ride puts me to sleep(I zone out more than on Winnie the Pooh). It’s just the only ride in that corner of the park. Cars Land turned out popular mainly because of th cool 50′s vibe everyone loves. Expanding the dull social commentary world inside the ride would create a lackluster area that ages poorly. They should just relocate Toontown.

    • Absolutely. Put those construction walls up! Even walls would be better than the current Tomorrowland. If there is one area of Disneyland that needs immeadiate help, it’s Tomorrowland.

    • Agreed. Construction walls would be great. But it looks like they will just modify existing infrastructure as opposed to something grander, akin to the 1967 remodel. The place needs to be hacked away at pretty drastically. I wish they would do it.

      On a semi-related note, it only took Disney about a year to rebuild Tomorrowland for 1967. Why on earth does it take them so long to build stuff now? Unions? California bureaucracy? I see how quickly Universal is able to throw new, quality stuff up (I still don’t think it’s quite at the level of Disney), but Disney will spend a good 4-5 years just to build something.

  12. Thanks for the update! Sending happy thoughts and pixie dust for Al.

    I’m really looking forward to a redesign for Tomorrowland, and getting SOMETHING back on the PeopleMover track. Actually, I’m looking forward to both new attractions, and I have no problem with making new attractions based on existing movies. I mean, look at Fantasyland! Those were all movies first, rides later. If done well, making rides from movies can work just fine – they just have to do it right, instead of cutting corners.

    • Meant to also comment on the24-hour party… When I was unable to attend the Leap Day party, I decided tht if they held an all-nighter again, I would go. And now that they’ve announced it, I find that I have little enthusiasm for it. If t wasn’t the same day as a Grad Night party I’d be more likely to consider it.

  13. I wonder how they will solve the problem of the People Mover tracks that derailed the Rocket Rods. The concrete tracks are not strong enough to support a twisting and turning fast ride. Another problem is the track length isn’t very long. It will be a 90 second ride. How will anyone enjoy such a short ride?

    The twin roller coasters proposal might actually be two D-Ticket rides. I hope not.

  14. The February 24 hour “party” was a failure for Disneyland. Too many people had a miserable time. It is now legend as the worst day in the Happiest Place on Earth. Originally, I am sure most Disneyland fans wanted to be there because they did not think there was ever going to be another opportunity to be in the park a full 24 hours. But now that is seems that a 24 hour party could be scheduled at any time to market some new Disney movie, it does not have the same exclusivity or attraction.

    • “The February 24 hour “party” was a failure for Disneyland. ”

      Only for the majority. For the suits it was an unexpected sales windfall. Which is sadly the reason why it’s happening again.

  15. Any idea when we are going to hear about price increases? I’m wondering how long I can keep this up. I so wish Disney would do a Senior Pass like Knotts does.

    Glad I got my Christmas “fix” in last year thanks to the advanced warning Al gave us. I no longer stay much past 6 or 7 so I don’t think I will mind this too much. I just think its a shame and a rip off.

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