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

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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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  1. 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.

  2. OH, and I love the new Disneyland Hotel sign too! :)

  3. 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.

    • Will the Royal Bachelors play here sometimes?

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

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

    Disneyland:
    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.

    DCA:
    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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. You really do a crazy-good job at this.

  9. 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.

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

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

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