Disney California Adventure rolled out the red carpet over the weekend for the World Premiere of Disney’s new action-adventure film, The Lone Ranger. Saturday’s star-studded event included the likes of film stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, along with a number of other stars and hundreds of guests who purchased tickets to the event, benefiting the American Indian College Fund. Over 3,000 fans lined up along the 1,500-foot-long red carpet that ran down Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Boulevard to catch glimpses of their favorite stars. Meanwhile, Disneyland’s historic Enchanted Tiki Room celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday as refurbishments and construction projects continued around the park.

A huge thanks today to Chris Perley and MiceChat’s Legally Brunette for contributing photos from the The Lone Ranger world premiere in today’s update.

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There’s a lot to cover today, so let’s get started!


Welcome to California Adventure

Disney California Adventure rolled out the red carpet over the weekend for the star-studded premiere of Disney’s new film, The Lone Ranger.

Red Carpet Ranger

Park guests last week were met with the set-up required to host a big movie premiere in a theme park, but unlike the construction needed for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie premieres at Disneyland in recent years, the impact at California Adventure was rather minimal.

The locomotive used in the film was on stage over the weekend for the premiere, giving guests the opportunity to check out a rather large prop from the film up-close and have their photo snapped with it.

Flat screen TVs played the film trailer on a loop for park guests

Tickets for the premiere were available to the public at the high price of $1,000 per person, however, all proceeds went to the American Indian College Fund. Premiere guests entered through California Adventure main entrance, right onto Buena Vista Street’s red carpet.

The $1,000 per-person tickets were accompanied with a simple Subway sandwich for dinner and a Lone Ranger-branded tote bag and a $10 Subway gift card. The underwhelming swag for the $1,000 tickets might have been more disappointing if all of the ticket proceeds weren’t being donated.

Disney broadcast the two-hour red carpet event live on YouTube. If you missed it live, you can watch a replay of the event below:

Guests who lined up along the red carpet were able to see various celebrity arrivals

William Fichtner

Johnny Knoxville

Dominic Monaghan

Joey Lawrence

Verne Troyer

Orlando Jones

Andy Garcia

Audrina Patridge

Disneyland’s 2013 All-American College Band made an appearance

Guests in traditional Native American dress

Saginaw Grant

Blessing by the Los Angeles basin’s Gabrielino Tribe

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Director Gore Verbinski

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer

Mr. Depp

For more photos from the premiere, visit Chris Perley’s Facebook page.

Beyond the premiere, Disneyland shops including the Pioneer Merchantile in Frontierland, are now stocked with a variety of merchandise offerings from the new film.

Kids’ costume

Welcome to Disneyland!

Over in Disneyland, some refurbishment and construction projects continue as Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Refurbishment Round-Up

New work is underway in the Disney Gallery and Main Street Opera House lobby, with rumors that new gallery space will be added to the Main Street Opera House lobby. It’s unclear what exactly will happen, but rumors point toward moving some of the Disney Gallery exhibit space into the Opera House lobby to allow for expanded retail space inside the Gallery. In any case, a new show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Enchanted Tiki Room is expected to open soon.

The back room of the Disney Gallery is currently closed to prepare for the new exhibit.

In the Opera House lobby…

Curtains block a good potion of the lobby, including the space that previously featured the Sleeping Beauty Castle and Splash Mountain scale models.

Further down Main Street, the Market House expansion continues, absorbing the space previously home to the Disneyana collectibles shop. The expansion and Market House remodel is underway to allow for the introduction of Starbucks to Disneyland.

Disney fans in Florida are now enjoying their first taste of Starbucks at Disney with last week’s opening of their remodeled Main Street Bakery featuring Starbucks. Our sister blog Dateline Disney World has photos and a review and a look at how Starbucks may be implemented on Disneyland’s Main Street, which will be a smaller space than California Adventure’s Practical Cafe.

More of the recent exposed safety handrails up on top of park buildings have received themed cover-ups, but others remain in plain view. Below, safety railings are still up on the top of the Main Street Photo Supply:

At Sleeping Beauty Castle, some safety railings are up on the backside of the Castle

Back in Mickey’s Toon Town, the safety railings have been hidden by painted walls that blend in with the facades and Toon Town hills.

Over in Frontierland, tarps have come down at Tom and Huck’s Treehouse on Tom Sawyer Island after some recent safety enhancements. The treehouse still has walls surrounding it and remains closed to guests.

In Frontierland, the Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment project continues and the newly-rebuilt town of Rainbow Ridge is starting to get paint and signage applied.

Scaffolding is up around significant portions of the mountain for repainting

The El Dorado Hotel has its signage painted on now…

50 Years of Enchantment

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Sunday. The show, while remaining a timeless Disney experience, is most notable for introducing the world to Walt Disney’s groundbreaking Audio-Animatronics technology. Annual Passholders and park guests packed the attraction throughout the day on Sunday, a fitting way to honor the Disneyland classic.

Disney will celebrate the attraction’s milestone this weekend with a special merchandise event with commemorative art and collectibles.

Limited Time Magic

[center]Enchanted Tiki Room – 50th Anniversary Souvenir
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
Now through June 27, 2013
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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

    Dates
    June 23 – 27, 2013

    Location
    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.

Below is the special brochure Disney is giving out to Annual Passholders:

[center]Bring Home a Lone Ranger Boot Mug
at Disneyland Park
Available now while supplies last
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You can get a special “Lone Ranger” boot mug when you buy a root beer float at the Golden Horseshoe as part of Disneyland’s latest Limited Time Magic offering. The boot mugs will be available while supplies last. Below is Disney’s official blurb on the offering:

Celebrate the release of The Lone Ranger by kicking up some sizzling summer fun at Disneyland Park! Find your way to Frontierland and beat the heat at Golden Horseshoe, where you can buy a boot-shaped souvenir mug, “branded” with the Lone Ranger’s logo. Fill your “boot” with a frosty root beer slush, or enjoy other offerings in the spirit of Disney’s latest adventure film, including the “Masked Ranger Favorite”‚Äîa deluxe Angus cheeseburger with bacon, onion rings and all the fixin’s. You won’t want to miss this delicious offer, available for a limited time, thanks to a little Limited Time Magic!

[center]Independence Day Celebration
at Disneyland Resort
July 1 – 7, 2013
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Disneyland has been offering its Independence Day fireworks and special “World of Color” pre-show for a the first four days of July each year for a few years now, but this year it’ll be offered for a full week and marketed as part of the Limited Time Magic promotion. In any case, expect to catch Disneyland’s special Fourth of July fireworks show in place of the regular “Magical” show nightly July 1-7. The fireworks show will be a shortened version of the full holiday show, except for on July 4 when the full show will be presented. At World of Color, a special patriotic pre-show with fireworks will be presented July 1-7. Below is Disney’s information on the Fourth of July offerings:

At Disneyland, we’re saluting our nation‚Äö√Ñ√¥s birth in a big way with “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” The Disneyland Resort fireworks spectacular will be held each night at 9:30 p.m. during Independence Week.

Every evening, you can also wear a pair of illuminated Mouse Ears and Glow with the Show” during performances of “Celebrate America!” at Disneyland park and the patriotic pre-show to World of Color at Disney California Adventure park.

And at the Disneyland Resort, you can enjoy Red, White and Blue Mason Jar Desserts at Carnation Cafe, and Patriotic Cotton Candy, Apple Pie Pockets or 4th of July Cupcakes, in shops all along Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park.

All-American

Last week we showed you a couple returning traditions at Disneyland and this weekend another long-time tradition returned for its annual summer run. The 2013 All-American College Band made their debut on Thursday and the group, under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy. The band will perform five days every week at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure through the summer season.

Below, a video of the band’s Disney theme park music medley:

This and That

To help with the process, Disneyland now is now placing signs at exit turnstiles to ensure guests needing a hand stamp offer their left hand to Cast Members giving stamps.

Meanwhile, the billboards on the backside of California Adventure’s Hollywood Land sound stages are in dire need of updating or removal. The billboards are visible from the Harbor Blvd. guest transportation hub as well as the main entrance esplanade, so plenty of folks see these advertisements every day. Unfortunately, it’s been over a year now since they’ve been updated. The Timothy Green billboard is advertising a movie that came out last August!

Similarly, billboards seen from the main entrance esplanade are promoting Disney/Pixar’s Brave, which hit theaters a year ago!


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
June 24 – 30, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Daily:
8am – 12am
Daily:
8am – 10pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
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[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
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  • [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.
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[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
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[center]Headline Roundup
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OK – That wraps up this week’s special Lone Ranger edition of Dateline Disneyland. Did you line up along the red carpet on Saturday or did you watch the events from home? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • eicarr

    It’s crazy that they took advantage of fans to fork over thousands to further bribe Native American groups into silence for Depp playing Tonto. While I have issues with a college fund that excludes youth based on the color of their skin, I guess I voted by not buying a $1000 ticket. Looks like a cool movie though and I hope it does well. Lone Ranger merch in Frontierland is refreshing and much needed. Hoping for a Big Thunder appearance.

    With DCA such a short drive from Disney archives, more movie memorabilia would go a long way in the dead backlot corner of the park(and tired animation exhibit).

    • mondo

      What is your source of Disney bribing Native Americans?

      • Niko Linni

        Of course, don’t you know? If someone does something for charity, there’s obviously an ulterior motive — so I guess this time the excuse that people are spreading is “bribing” Native Americans for the supposedly very offensive role Depp played.

  • MrTour

    I don’t understand the need to paint Big Thunder Mountain. As with the Timber Mountain Log Ride, the faded look actually looked truer to nature and a parched desert!

    • Uncle Bob

      Paint is the first and arguably most important layer of protection against the elements and an absolutely critical aspect of preventative maintenance. Paint is an absolute necessity if you don’t want to see the concrete start to crack and eventually destroy the structure of the whole mountain.

  • Susan Hughes

    Johhny Depp, being the big Disney fan that he is, was hanging out in the Radiator Springs Racers break room. I guess deep down he wants to be a Disney Cast Member.

    • yellowrocket

      That’s so cool of him!

  • zugzug15

    the big question on my mind is…. does the train actually function as a train?

    • gtsouthard

      I would assume after what i saw with the iron man exhibit, that no it does not. at least its full size lol

      Hard for me to get with disney selling those tonto hats. Little racist to me.,

  • Baloo

    the big question on everyones mind is, is the train real or just a non movable prop

  • StevenW

    Those Indian outfits are really tacky. A throwback to the old days.

    • SLUSHIE

      I sure hope your talking about those ones for sale in the shops.

  • DisneyMomma74

    I noticed the outdated signage on my trip a few weeks ago. I think it is a shame that they have not updated these. Very un-Disney like!

  • xboxtravis7992

    I still can’t figure out if Lone Ranger will be a great film or a horrible one. I hope it is a good film, or else the $200 dollars I already plopped down on the film’s Lego sets will seem a little silly.

  • Rocknrachel

    I guess I just wonder how you forget to update those billboards? Seems like a fairly easy fix. I guess in reality, I’d rather just see them removed altogether.

    Thanks again for the update!

  • SpacemanSpiff

    Thanks for another great update, Andy.

    I wanted to ask you–some people were commenting on the Mice Chat discussion boards that the souvenir brochures for the Tiki Room anniversary were just color photocopies, and not very good quality.

    In your opinion, would it be worth the drive to Anaheim during the week to obtain one of those brochures? I’m a fan of all things Disneyland, but the Tiki Room doesn’t hold a special place in my heart like some other attractions.

    I AM looking forward to the upcoming exhibit in the Disney Gallery. I was dismayed to see the models of the Paris and Anaheim castles were gone a few weeks ago, but the Cast Member told me I would be impressed by the new Tiki Room exhibit, which should be there for about six months after it opens.

    • I picked up my copy yesterday and thought it looked really good. Photo copy or otherwise, they looked good to me and everyone in my party thought it was a really nice touch.

      • SpacemanSpiff

        Thank you, Dusty!

    • The print quality of the brochures doesn’t look bad. You have to remember that what we’re getting is modern-day high-resolution copies of old 1960s-era art work that looks to have been originally created by screen printing. So with that in mind, the copies look about as nice as one would expect from a high-resolution scan and print rather than a high-quality art print. I do wish the paper the brochure was printed on was a little heavier, though. That said, it’s 100% free for Annual Passholders and it’s a nice little bonus if you can get to the park quickly or were already planning to visit. You can get a closer look at the brochure by clicking the images of it you see in the today’s blog.

      -Andy

      • SpacemanSpiff

        Thank you, Andy!

        Your explanation/description clinched the deal for me. I’m planning to make the trip tomorrow before work. Hopefully the brochures have not run out at that point.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Thanks for the great update. I was thinking of how Tom Sawyer’s island has changed. In Walt Disney’s time, there was a small cabin with a water wheel. It was very picturesque.

    I looked at the new picture after the modifications the state mandated and with all the changes that were done for Fantasmic years ago. The small cabin at the end of the island is now an ugly mess of fencing and boxes. It used to be a great place to take a picture of the island. Now it looks like the 19th century person in that cabin is worried that someone is going to attack him. It looks like a fortress. I don’t care that guests don’t have access to the end of the island, but guests still have to look at it.

    • DisWedWay

      I’m very happy that Tokyo Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island, that was a flip and a flop of Disneylands, remains as it originally was done in 1983, 30 years ago, and is so well maintained. I hope they don’t loose it and Rivers of America to a Cars Land, which would be a shame. Happy 30TH Anniversary TDL, as the original WED Team get together soon to celebrate your success and theirs.

  • DisWedWay

    I wonder if the engine 1543 from the Lone Ranger will become a Disneyland movie prop when they expand Fronteirland?

  • QuiGonJ

    No mention of the Passholder Screenings of Lone Ranger yesterday? I went for the Tiki Room thing and decided to go across the way, and DCA held two FREE screenings at noon and 4 PM for Annual Passholders. Before the film, everyone was handed a Lone Ranger mask and a Lone Ranger button.

    I am happy to say the film was much better than I expected based on the trailers. If you don’t like Johnny Depp, then well, he’s Johnny Depp, but since I like the Pirates movies just fine, I thought the Lone Ranger movie was a lot of fun.

    • Carmatts

      I saw it too and was pleastly surprised. On one hand it has a Pirates 2 as a western feel to it, but I felt it was well done.

  • Tinkbelle

    Oh how I wish they would announce an earlier opening date for BTMRR. This refurb seems to last forever. I was hoping to ride it in September.

  • Armadillo4

    The All-American College Band is one of my favorite things about Disneyland in the summer. In past years, they’ve performed 5 days a week, not daily–with dark days Sunday and Monday. I’m no official source, but guest services or another park rep should be able to confirm their off days.

    • Thanks for pointing out that error. You’re right – the All-American College Band performs five days per week – the information has been corrected in the original post.

      Thanks!
      -Andy

  • heysi

    I can only imagine a personal injury attorney is archiving all the handrail photos, because if one person gets hurt where there ISN’T a handrail…then its off to the races for the lawsuit. Possibly the worst mistake Disney has ever made is to acknowledge the safety shortfalls of the park. They could have corrected all the issues privately and before there was ever any government oversight. Disney’s grandfathered-in ability to deal with “slip-and-fall” issues will be gone forever. Not that they should ever be immune from having a safe park, but I just bet this opens up the flood gates of dumb lawsuits.

    • StevenW

      So Disney should do nothing? The problem was Disney DID do nothing until the government found Disney to be ignoring the problem. Disney could not escape their grandfathered ability to leave things alone. There is an alternative to the handrails. Supply wire harnesses.

      There are no actual lawsuits. What are you talking about? The government can and will fine Disney for their safety deficiencies. That’s the problem.

  • DG2

    Those safety railings MUST GO AWAY !! Disneyland has done just fine for nearly 60 years without them. Come on Disney sic your legal team on OSHA and get rid of those aweful eyesores. Please.