Disney California Adventure‘s new 12-acre Cars Land is getting a final finishing touch over a year after opening but guests inside the park won’t be seeing it. The massive Cars Land mountain range is in the process of getting a printed wrap to cover up its unfinished backside which can be seen outside of the park along Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue. The wrap is covering up the largely exposed steel framework for the mountain range, which was only partially obscured by a decorative zig-zag design before the new land opened last June. Meanwhile, Disneyland will celebrate its 58th anniversary this week while projects in the park including a major refurbishment for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the construction of Starbucks on Main Street, U.S.A. continue.
We’re excited to welcome our friends from Mouseaddict to Dateline Disneyland! Starting this week, you’ll be able to find weekly crowd forecasts and tips for visiting right here in Dateline Disneyland from our friends at Mouseaddict!
|Welcome to Disneyland!|
We’re happy to announce a new feature to Dateline Disneyland this week. Our friends over at the Mouseaddict app for iPhone and iPad are now offering daily crowd levels for the Disneyland Resort and we’re happy to be teaming up with them to bring crowd forecasts back to the blog to help you plan your weekly visit to the parks! In addition to crowd forecasts, attraction wait times, theme park information and interactive park maps, Mouseaddict also offers the latest MiceChat columns for quick reading on-the-go — all for FREE, right on your iOS device!
If you’re surprised by Mouseaddict’s medium crowd level rating for the weekend, you shouldn’t be. With Annual Passport block outs in full effect, Fridays and Saturdays this summer are often two of the least busy days at the parks. Below, a look at wait times midday Friday.
|Limited Time Magic|
at Disneyland Park
July 8-14, 2013
Last week’s Limited Time Magic was actually a fun addition to Disneyland ‚Äî and probably something that should be offered on a regular basis. The Matterhorn Mountain climbers were joined by Alpine musicians ‚Äî Happy Hans and Erik.
Below, a video clip of Happy Hans and his son Erik performing on the Matterhorn.
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
July 16, 2013
Disneyland will finish its three-week celebration of its 58th anniversary with its final presentation by Disney artist Stacia Martin. The event is Annual Passholder-exclusive and this week’s final presentation will focus on Main Street, USA and Disneyland in 1955.
Celebrate 58 years of the “Happiest Place on Earth” with 3 special presentations highlighting the original lands of Disneyland Park. Passholders are invited to join Disney artist Stacia Martin for this series that features videos and slides of historic photographs spanning over 5 decades of Disneyland Park.
- Anniversary Tributes to the Original Lands
- Passholders may begin registration at 12:00 noon at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House (home to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) in Disneyland Park.
- All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Guests under the age of 3 do not need an Annual Pass, but will need a wristband to attend.
- Registration must be completed in person at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
- It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives a wristband.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member, who will check event availability. Photo ID may be required.
Schedule of Presentations
Week 1 – July 2, 2013: Adventureland & Frontierland
Week 2 – July 9, 2013: Fantasyland & Tomorrowland
Week 3 – July 16, 2013: Main Street, U.S.A. & Disneyland in 1955
Main Street Opera House in Disneyland
5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Event Registration and Wristband Distribution
Unfortunately, all forms of photography were banned from the actual presentation, but Disney artist Stacia Martin once again delivered a fantastic presentation covering the early history of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.
at Disneyland Park
July 15-21, 2013
Apparently out of ideas, Disneyland is reviving the Dapper Dans’ boy bands show, which was first offered at the end of February for Limited Time Magic. In true Disney Parks fashion, the obvious idea to do something small to honor Disneyland’s 58th Anniversary this week (special rare footage in the Main Street Cinema, a special photo-op, a historical exhibit, a daily rededication ceremony, really – anything) was passed up to have the Dapper Dans sing boy band songs on Main Street again. Happy birthday Disneyland!
Below, video from the first run of this so-called “Limited Time Magic” below:
|Coming Ashore Soon|
Disney has announced that The Pirates League will return to Disneyland again in mid-September. The pirate-themed kids makeover experience was located in New Orleans Square’s charming Court of Angels last year. While the location this year has yet to be confirmed, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t use the Court of Angels again.
If the Pirates League does set up shop here once again, August will be your last chance to enjoy a quiet moment in the beautiful Court of Angels until 2014. Following the closure of the Pirates League after Halloween, the space will be converted into a seasonal holiday ornament shop. The ornament shop will remain in place until the holiday season is over in early January.
|Welcome to California Adventure|
Back in the Paradise Garden area, we learned that the Paradise Garden Grill is still serving the beef gyro platter that had been featured during the Opa! A Celebration of Greece event back at the end of May.
Still, even with the high price, the food here is great and a worthwhile choice while at California Adventure. The beef gyro platter isn’t the best gyro I’ve ever had, but it was flavorful and filling. I’m not a fan of tabouli, so I was happy when the Cast Member allowed me to substitute for the rice instead.
Not only can you get a great meal at Paradise Garden Grill or the adjacent Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, but the outdoor Paradise Garden dining area really makes these two restaurants some of the best quick service options in the whole resort. The outdoor dining area, complete with bandstand, puts it on-par with the fantastic French Market restaurant in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square.
Below, a video clip of the Ellis Island Boys at Paradise Garden.
|Wrapping up Cars Land|
While views of the Cadillac Range have been stunning since the land opened last year, the backside of Cars Land has been less impressive for those seeing the backside of the new mountain range from outside the park, along Harbor Blvd. and Katella Ave.
That’s now changing, and those driving or walking along Katella Avenue, behind Disney California Adventure, will now see that the backside of the mountain range is getting wrapped up with printed scrims.
The unfinished backside of the Cars Land mountain range looms over the defunct Katella Ave. pedestrian entrance. The old Katella Ave. pedestrian entrance used to drop guests off in the former Timon Parking Lot, not too far from the tram loading area. The pedestrian entrance, along with the Timon Lot, closed to make way for Cars Land but the Disneyland marquee remains in place, directly across from the Anaheim Convention Center.
|Talkin’ with Tony|
The folks over at the Season Pass Podcast, which is now part of MiceChat’s MicePod podcast network, just released an amazing interview with Disney Imagineer (and soon-to-be Disney Legend) Tony Baxter in their latest episode. You don’t want to miss this!
|This and That|
Back in Disneyland, the Main Street Emporium has spent the last several months adding small changes here and there to help guests find what they need. The store emerged from a major remodeling project in October 2011 that moved most of its cash wraps from a central location to locations around the store perimeter.
In recent months, new directional signage has been added at the entrances to the store, highlighting the various departments and directing guests where to go for the items they’re looking for. Now, new “CASHIER” signs have been added at the various cashier locations. The Emporium is Disneyland’s biggest store, but it isn’t exactly difficult to find a place to check out at and these signs look a little unnecessary, making this move look a little desperate on Disney’s part.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
July 15 – 21, 2013
|Disneyland Park||California Adventure|
8am – 12am
8am – 10pm
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
|Alright, that’s all for this week’s Dateline Disneyland. What do you think about the new wrap for the backside of Cars Land? Are you planning on visiting Disneyland for its 58th anniversary on Wednesday? Let us know in the comments section below!
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