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 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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  • LoveStallion

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

  • jcruise86


  • 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.

  • TodAZ1

    Great update!

    Totally agree with you about Buena Vista store displays. But I do have to take issue with this one comment. “One display features a few vintage Mickey Mouse toys, ignoring the story of Buena Vista Street (hint: there probably shouldn’t by Mickey Mouse toys yet, since Walt and Mickey just hopped off the train).” Not altogether true. The Emporium in Disneyland used to be famous for their animated window displays, showcasing the latest animated feature from the Disney Studios. And, certainly, none of those were around at the turn of the century.

  • TodAZ1

    OH, and I love the new Disneyland Hotel sign too! 🙂

  • DisWedWay

    I’m really happy to see the crowd of Swing Dancers return to Mainstreet’s newest rethemed Royal Swing BBB Club. New Orleans Square has it’s Royal Street with Club 33, and Mainstreet now has it’s Royal Swing Club. I’m sure Walt is happy about it.

    • DisWedWay

      Will the Royal Bachelors play here sometimes?

  • WorldFair

    Someone should go over to Stage 17 and tell Stitch that he’s needed over at the Fantasyland Theater.

  • sean317

    My “prediction” for what will happen at Disneyland / Disney California Adventure for rehab (in the coming few years):

    1) Close down Toontown. Open new area based on the new Oz movie that just came out (possibly using some of Frontierland).
    2) A new ride in the Innoventions building based on the Iron Man movie (since they just had an exhibit there.. just a thought).
    3) I also think Captain EO is going away. Hopefully to be replaced with a new Star Wars based attraction (this is just a “wish” on my part, but I do not think Tomorrowland will be re-named “Star Wars Land”, like so many think).
    4) A possible revamped Fantasyland (since I hear Alice In Wonderland was suppose to be at least closed by now for refurbishment) & just in time for the anniversary special.

    1) Close down the Muppets 3D & replace with Monsters Inc. 3D.
    2) Close down that entire area where the existing Monsters Inc. ride is at. Open area new area called Monsters University with a new e-ticket ride (possibly the new flying door ride everyone is talking about).
    3) Possibly replacing Roger Rabbit near Bugs Land or Hollywood Land (I think it would fit nicely there).

    That’s all I got for now. Any thoughts?

  • SpectroMan

    The new Hotel sign is great, but it does look cheaply made compared to it’s predecessor. Oh well. Now, all we need is some orangey-red neon atop at least one of the towers again – though I know that’s never going to happen.

    While I agree 100% that touching the Buena Vista St. shopfronts was entirely unnecessary and a HUGE waste of money, I don’t think it’s entirely “misguided” as the author repeats often. I think there’s a genuine strategy at play to increase sales (hate to tell them, but DCA 1.0’s entrance never had strong retail sales either; that’s better left for Main St) by placing more actual items that can be bought in the front windows as opposed to just nice retro props.
    The placement of the baseball collection farther back in the store tells me that they’re trying to honor WDI’s original vision, but once the customer is in the door it doesn’t matter what’s displayed up high, so it would then be okay to show non-sellable merchandise; just not in the front windows.

    At least that’s my theory.

  • Park Hopper

    I rode Splash Mountain on Saturday and was dismayed to see no fewer than 4 figures broken on the showboat finale. They were just frozen in place. I haven’t seen anything this bad since the Pressler/Harris era. Used to be show this bad would have shut down the attraction, until it could be fixed.

    I also rode the Matterhorn and almost laughed when I saw that one of the yetis on the right track was broken. I wonder if broken yetis are Michael Colglazer’s trade mark.

    If they’re skimping on AA figure maintenance, makes me wonder what else they’re skimping on. Last time show quality got this bad, it wasn’t long before people started dying from poor maintenance on the ride systems. Let’s hope they get their act together before that happens.

  • mickeyandme67

    You really do a crazy-good job at this.

  • Tiny Mermaid

    Haven’t researched this, but I wonder if there were disappointed guests who’d asked to buy the vintage-looking items originally featured in the BVS shop windows. Perhaps replacing the cool, not-for-sale stuff (vintage books) with cheaper-looking merchandise (t-shirts) was a quick-fix way to stem guest disappointment and save cast members the hassle of having to explain that the items were props and not a sample of what’s for sale.

    Of course, a much more satisfying solution (to those of us bummed out by the current windows) would have been for the park to actually offer the better-looking merch instead of hiding it in plain sight above people’s heads inside the stores.

  • almandot

    When will they be installing safety rails for the Matterhorn climbers?

  • Swellpixiegirl

    I’m wondering if perhaps the custom props that were in the windows were moved to save them from damage from sunlight?

  • Rongo

    I hope I’m not standing next to one of those high shelves piled with neatly stacked stuff when the next earthquake hits.