Long-time Disneyland traditions return as California Adventure celebrates first anniversaries

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

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Published on June 17, 2013 at 5:05 am with 33 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 writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • LoveStallion

    Wonderful update, and it’s great to see some beloved traditions coming back to the park.

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  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Great update as always!

    I am totally digging that retro Disneyland Hotel sign!

  • fnord

    Wow, this month is the 50th anniversary of my first visit to Disneyland, back when Tiki Room and swiss family treehouse were brand new.
    I’m glad swing dancing is back in the park.

  • Mostly great news. Good to see Swing Dancing and the mountain climbers return to Disneyland. And I love the new Disneyland Hotel sign! But I’m baffled by what’s going on at Buena Vista Street.

    Wonderful update Andy!

  • rstar

    Yes, great update, Andy! It’s a wonderful way to start the week!

  • JCSkipr79

    The rampage Merch. has engaged in on BVS needs to be ended

  • blondiethesounds

    $5 for a piece of candy? They really have lost their minds….

    • digriz

      If you’re looking for bargains at a theme park, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  • Disneykin Kid

    The return of swing dancing was originally promised by Disney, but many fans thought it would not come back. It may have come back due to fan pressure, but in Disney’s defense, at least you can say that it was truly an option all along. I know it’s a long tradition, but if you think about theming, swing dancing belongs more in 1920s Buena Vista St rather than in between turn of the century Main St and a fairy tale castle.

    • TodAZ1

      You’re right. But since it’s been there since Walt, it’s kind of made its own tradition just where it is.

    • DisWedWay

      Disneyland Mainstreet is very 1920′s with the bulb illuminated street signage. Hope the bulbs stay as they are a part of its 20′s era charm.

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Thanks for the update. Love the hotel sign.

  • MickeyMaxx

    Thanks, Andy! Good to see the town of Rainbow Ridge being reinstalled! The new hotel sign rocks and I’m looking forward to watching the swing dancers again in their newly refurbished digs!

    • DisWedWay

      Hope they rename and correct the towns name back to Rainbow Ridge. The Big Thunder Mountain always made its rainbow of colors. Bring back the magenta that has faded from 34 years of California sunshine.

  • Rocknrachel

    Love the update! Thanks for the posts, I look forward to them every Monday!

  • eicarr

    Great update!! Everything is looking great. If I can tell what they sell inside BVS stores I might stop in them frome time to time. Until then ill walk by fast enjoying the antique exhibits

  • Internitty

    I wonder how long until DOSH says the Matterhorn climbers need hand rails…
    Love the retro signage for the Disneyland Hotel, it’s so nice to see that style of signage again.
    Does anyone know if the new The Circle Sessions release is on CD like the first one was?

  • JCSkipr79

    Check out what WDI did to the Starbucks at MKs MS and fear for the Market House people. Of course, WDI-Anaheim has more talent n class than OTown so I’m hoping it dosent end up that bad

    • DisWedWay

      Cant understand why the Market House Coffee and now Starbucks shop does not have at least one commercial floor standing or counter top Enterprise Coffee Mill, as you would have seen from after the Civil War around 1870 to the 1950′s. They have Walt’s favorite antique espresso machine over in the New Orleans restaurant, and the big coffee mills add such definition of the coffee making process.