Summer at Disneyland is now in full swing, with most attractions open and the parks open late every night. Summer typically means a ramp up in crowd levels and a slow-down on major construction and refurbishment projects. At Disneyland, the only two projects underway at the on-going Starbucks Coffee construction in Main Street’s Market House general store and the major 10-month Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment. At Disney California Adventure, no major news to speak of, save for some additional changes to the window displays along Buena Vista Street. Meanwhile, some small offerings from the fledgling Limited Time Magic promotion continue in both parks…

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Welcome to Disneyland!

Summer is in full swing at Disneyland. With the park looking great and temperatures not too high yet, it’s a great time to visit the parks.

You can still spot some railings up along Main Street USA after recent safety changes.

A look at wait times mid-day on Saturday — With all Annual Passports blocked out (except for Premium), crowds were very pleasant.

Disney’s PhotoPass photographers have now taken to carrying around big, cheap frames and have guests hold up when posing for photos.

It’s weird and is kind of tacky, but it seems like guests tend to enjoy it.

Personally, if I were posing for a photo in front of the Matterhorn, I wouldn’t think a big blue frame would be needed to make the picture more interesting…

Refurbishment Round-Up

Work continues inside the Market House as the space is expanded and remodeled for the addition of Disneyland’s new Starbucks location. Not much progress can be seen from outside, though…

Over in Frontierland, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment continues toward its late-October reopening.

Welcome to California Adventure

Not much to report on at California Adventure as summer crowds continue to pour in to see the new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, both of which will celebrate their first anniversary on Saturday!

Buena Vista Street is still as gorgeous as ever, except, of course, for the various window displays along the street.

The windows at the Los Feliz Five and Dime and Julius Katz shops saw more changes last week, with new mannequins added.

Child mannequins were added at the Five and Dime but with the mannequins looking absolutely miserable, it’ll be a small miracle if they boost t-shirt sales for Disney.

Does this look like a kid happy to be at Disneyland?

The other window, which was originally filled with great custom-made Buena Vista All-Stars jerseys and other props, now features a boy mannequin that looks just as upset as his female counterpart.

You’d probably look like this if you were trapped in these clutter-filled windows, too.

Over at Julius Katz and Sons, some of the remaining original props have been removed, others rearranged and a new mannequin has been added.

Does he make you want to buy one of those Red Car Trolley shirts? Note the adhesive left on the wall behind the mannequin where a tin sign featuring the Red Car Trolley attraction poster was hastily stuck up overnight but fell before park opening.

I’d like to know if the mannequins are really helping boost t-shirt sales, cause all they’re doing to the windows is adding clutter and making them look worse than before.

Over at the Carthay Circle Theater, the new awnings on the outdoor dining terraces look finished and ready for guest use

Limited Time Magic

[center]Embark on Mickey’s Compass Quest
at Disneyland Park
June 3 – 9, 2013
Last week Disneyland offered “Mickey’s Compass Quest,” an interactive in-park scavenger hunt that guests could participate in after watching the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show at the Fantasyland Theatre.

The Quest was a simple multiple-choice scavenger hunt around the park where guests had to find hidden compasses near or inside specific attractions. You scratched off the correct answer on your Compass Quest map for each compass location question. Upon completion, guests got a sticker at the information booth in the Central Plaza.

Hidden compasses blended in with their surroundings and were themed to each of their locations. Below, the Enchanted Tiki Room compass

At the French Market in New Orleans Square:

At the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

At the Fantasyland Rapunzel meet-and-greet

The sticker given out for completing the quest:

[center]Give Dad an Incredible Father’s Day
at Disney California Adventure
June 10 – 16, 2013
Limited Time Magic will honor Father’s Day this weekend by repackaging the regular meet-and-greet with characters from The Incredibles. Mr. Incredible and Frozone will move to Paradise Pier for the week and appear at a special meet-and-greet location there, rather than roaming around in Hollywood Land as they usually do. Below is Disney’s official blurb:

This Father’s Day, show dad he’s incredible with a gift he won’t soon forget‚Äîas part of Limited Time Magic at Disney California Adventure Park, head to Paradise Pier, where a duo of “supers” from Disney‚Ä¢Pixar’s The Incredibles will be posing for pictures. Stop by for a chance to meet Mr. Incredible or Frozone, and see how these larger-than-life Disney Characters stack up against the fatherly hero in your family!

[center]Mickey and the Magical Map: Show and Presentation
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
June 11, 2013
Annual Passholders can attend a special showing of the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” show and a behind-the-scenes presentation on the creation of the show. Event details below:

Celebrate the opening of the new magical, musical show, Mickey and the Magical Map. Annual Passholders are invited to attend special, Passholder performances of this thrilling production. After the performance there will be a special behind-the-magic presentation by some of the creative team responsible for the production.

    Mickey and the Magical Map: Show & Presentation

    May 28, June 4 & 11, 2013

    Show & Presentation Location
    Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park

    Show Time
    5:40 p.m.

    Event Information

      • All participating Annual Passholders (ages 3 and older) must present their active Annual Passport for event admission to the event Cast Member at the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland Park, who will validate and scan the Passport and check event availability. Photo ID may be required.
      • Each participating Annual Passholder may bring up to three (3) guests, and such guests need not be Passholders themselves. Children under 3 years of age may attend the event as a guest of an active Passholder.
      • All members of your party must enter the theater together.

[center]Enchanted Tiki Room – 50th Anniversary Souvenir
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
June 23 – 27, 2013
To celebrate the Enchanted Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary, Annual Passholders can receive a special reproduction of a vintage brochure for the Tiki Room. Details below:

Celebrate 50 years of the iconic Audio-Animatronic attraction the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park! In honor of this milestone, Annual Passholders can receive a special recreation of the 1963 Enchanted Tiki Room brochure, available while supplies last, which includes the original graphics, copy and even a special message from Walt Disney. This Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic giveaway is truly for the birds.

    Enchanted Tiki Room – 50th Anniversary Souvenir

    June 23 – 27, 2013

    Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland

    Giveaway Time
    During regular Disneyland park operating hours.

    Brochure Distribution Information

      • All Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the days of the giveaway.
      • All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member at the Enchanted Tiki Room.
      • Annual Passholders are limited to one souvenir brochure per day.
      • Subject to availability, and offer valid while supplies last. A limited amount of souvenir brochures will be printed.

This and That

In Downtown Disney, banners have gone up to promote Disney’s upcoming “The Lone Ranger,” which will have its premiere in California Adventure later this month.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
June 10 – 16, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
8am – 12am
8am – 10pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through October 30.
  • [b]Market House:[/b] Closed for conversion and expansion for new Starbucks location. Opens fall 2013.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close in 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • The Themed Entertainment Association released their 2012 Global Attractions Attendance Report (.pdf link) last week, showing Disneyland slighly slipping in annual attendace as California Adventure jumped a whopping 22.6%
  • Southern California’s NBC4 had a special report, revealing disabled tour guides for hire at Disneyland
  • The 2013 D23 Expo’s silent auction will include various theme park and company artifacts such as a pair of retired Matterhorn Bobsleds ride vehicles
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger recently spoke on a panel and on the topic of Shanghai Disneyland noted that Disney has done extensive research to make sure the new park will resonate with Chinese guests but that “…We‚Äôll keep our fingers crossed that we‚Äôve done it right.”
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