Disneyland celebrates Independence Week as Big Thunder Mountain continues refurbishment

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Dateline Disneyland, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort

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Published on July 08, 2013 at 5:05 am with 36 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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  • eicarr

    Man does that TIKI merchandise look good!!

    Glad the wait time is down for Luigi’s Tires. However, the 45min. wait for Midway Madness is still way to long for one of the most boring lines at the resort. I love that ride, but skip it most of the time due to its miserable line.

    Parks are looking wonderful, great report!

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update, Andy.

    Tickets for the Halloween Party go on sale for AP holders today. Here’s a link to a sloppy thread with a couple of numbers missing, but that might be a useful starting point for some of you.


  • danielz6

    Wow no hot food at a CAFE? Should change the name to Fiddler fifer and Practical 7/11 then.

    • Disneymike

      Yep, the cheapening continues…….

  • BestBeatingHeart

    Looks like someone got a new ND Filter… great shots.

  • Disneymike

    If Disney is getting rid of the hot sandwiches, it just shows that the cheapening continues….

  • WheresMickey

    Nice update!

  • Happiestcruiser

    I was a really big fan of the roast beef and cheddar sandwich. This cheapening of the experience really disturbs me. I know it takes longer to make a hot sandwich than it does to package a cold sandwich, but it makes it far more likely that I will cross the Esplanade, enter Disneyland and grab a much nicer (and hotter) bite to eat at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café! Almost $10 for a cold sandwich is crazy when — like Andy said — this is about the same price as the hot sandwiches were!

    I worry that enough people will “grab-n-go” these cold sandwiches — just because they are hungry and it is the easiest place in the area to get a bite to eat — that Disney will consider the change successful. Depressing!

    Thanks for the update Andy!

    • sjdimon

      But if Disney considers that the change is successful, then isn’t it likely that they will do the same thing at the Jolly Holiday Bakery? I sure hope not…but that seems to me that it follows the recent pattern of how things are done at the parks .

    • Marko50

      I was in the FF&P Cafe Tuesday. I went there for some dinner and found out about the changes. Big disappointment. Seems like I wasn’t alone in feeling that way – almost all the tables were empty. I meant to stop by the Chamber of Commerce to let them know of my feelings, but I forgot. I plan to make up for my forgetfulness this Tuesday.

  • bayouguy

    Loved the pictures, as always. Too bad about the test menu at Fiddler, Fifer, Practical Cafe. We really don’t want to grab and go, but would prefer to sit a relax during our meals, even if it meant standing in a line to order our food and drinks. We’ll wait patiently for the return of the regular menu items.

  • Disneylandfan85

    I just got back from a trip to Disneyland (Big Thunder being closed was a great disappointment to me, because it’s one of my most favorite rides). The highlight was the Mark Twain, because I was invited to go up inside the wheelhouse and man the craft! I blew the whistle and rang the bell and everything! It was fun!

  • Big D

    Question about FF&P, I never got anything there other then coffee, so did you get the sandwiches in a separate area from the coffee? If so, then this sucks, but if if it was the same line, then I think this is a great change and something they should have done from the beginning. Someone standing in line for their Starbucks doesn’t want to wait behind people ordering lunch, so the grab and go makes sense. There are plenty of other places in the park to eat, but only one place to get good coffee, so as long as it keeps the Starbucks line moving quickly, then I’m a fan.

    • Disneymike

      So, because someone needs a Starbucks means that people who want to eat a hot sandwich can go take a flying hike? I feel the complete opposite, if someone NEEDS a Starbucks, go hit one up on Harbor blvd.
      “Someone standing in line for their Starbucks doesn’t want to wait behind people ordering lunch”
      The same could be said for someone standing in line for lunch, we don’t want to wait behind someone ordering a coffee.

      • Big D

        But there are at least 15 different places at DCA you can go to in order to get lunch, and there is only one place at DCA you can go to in order to get half-way decent coffee.

      • Disneymike

        So? Should Starbucks junkies get preferential treatment over someone who wants a Salami Royale sandwich?

      • Big D

        [QUOTE]So? Should Starbucks junkies get preferential treatment over someone who wants a Salami Royale sandwich?[/QUOTE]

        Hi Disneymike, it wouldn’t let me reply directly to your quote, so I had to post this here instead:

        I would hope that Disney would offer those sandwiches somewhere else as they have done in the past when they closed down or modified a restaurant. I would be disappointed if a unique food offering were removed altogether specifically because of Starbucks even though I personally have never been interested in that particular food item. But honestly, I think that making sure that Starbucks orders have a separate area with separate lines is best for both groups. Someone who shows up for coffee at 11:30AM won’t get stuck behind a bunch of people ordering lunch, but conversely someone showing up at 2:30PM for lunch won’t get stuck behind a large group of people getting their afternoon coffee. I definitely want the food to be available, I just think that they need to be two totally separate things.

      • Big D

        Oh, I guess the reply worked out after all. Okay, ignore the first part then!

  • What a shame about the loss of the hot food at FF&P. The new Starbucks at the Magic Kingdom in Florida serves Starbucks items only. My guess is that they are trying to get us accustomed to the same thing here so they can do the same at Disneyland’s Main Street Starbucks when it opens later this year.

    I can go to a Starbucks on nearly every corner in America. While I don’t mind having one inside Disneyland (in fact, I’m looking forward to it) I would like it to be unique and offer more of a Disney quality experience. I REALLY hope they rethink the offerings.

  • SiRocket

    another unhappy customer due to the removal of the hot food items… wasted my time walking from one end of the park to the cafe…

  • ex-wdi

    Those albums are available on Google Play as well, sometimes for less money.

  • martinjbell1986

    Great Update!

  • Rick Wright

    I also think the Mark Twain trip on the Rivers of America is highly underrated. For me, it represents a trip back in time to the original Disneyland. Think of the many musical stars of the day that played on that ship, including Louis Armstrong!

    The fireworks photos are awesome, but my favorite is the GRR waterfall.

    Thanks Andy!