Disneyland celebrates its 58th anniversary with characters and fireworks

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on July 22, 2013 at 5:05 am with 24 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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  • tonyrr1

    Great update… LOVE the Haunted Mansion items (wish I lived closer). Hope they put more than 10 minutes of forethought into any commemorative events for the 60th. The flash mob concept seems to be a bit long in the tooth…

    (Yay me… first comment!!)

  • Prof. Emelius

    That sign on the Market House, stating that is is reopening in the fall, is worded very poorly. It looks like someone working in the sign department missed a few English classes in High School. I am very surprised. Disney’s sign department is normally meticulous when it comes to such things.

    • daveyjones

      really? there’s nothing grammatically wrong with it:

      Coming This Fall to the Market House
      Fancy Refreshments and Treats

      So Grab Your Practically Perfect
      Coffee and Treats
      at Jolly Holiday
      <—Bakery Cafe

      typographically, it's lovely and well themed to 'classic main street' graphics from walt's era (55–65). the only gripe i'd have is stylistic—the word 'treats' is repeated.

  • WheresMickey

    Nice article!

  • disneychrista

    About time that DCA have beer from Mendocino Brewing, they were the first brewpub in California, since Prohibition.

  • bayouguy

    Great update. Me and my family had a pleasant time at Disneyland on Saturday. The weather made the day. By evening, there was a nice chill in the air, almost felt like a nice late autumn evening.

  • SpinCycle85

    Enjoyed the article and I’m glad to see a crowd estimate feature again. 🙂

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update, Andy!

    We went yesterday and can report seeing Dusty and Norm in Critter Country! (Or whatever that land is called.) I wish they ran Disneyland.

    On a whole, the Disneyland Resort looked great! The Aladdin carpet above was thrilling when viewed from the lower balcony. Hope that’s safe!

    We liked RSR, Mater’s ride & Luigi’s Tires, and I learned that the front row of California Screamin’ is not only more scenic, but also much smoother than the back of the train, which is also smooth for a big coaster, btw. On Pirates I prefer to sit on the back row–the CM’s don’t seem to mind this request.

    In the part in DCA’s Animation building where you can sing and speak words that come out of the characters’ mouths, it’s also fun to put other words into their mouths than the suggested ones.

    At least four of the audio-animatronics at the top and center of Splash Mountain’s riverboat (in the Zip A Dee Doo Dah scene) have gone Yeti on us. When will they be fixed? At least the AAs at our local Chuck E. Cheese all work.

    And while I’m ranting, the Big Thunder BBQ was at its worst for us. The service was VERY slow (“May we please have some food?”–15-20 minutes after the waiter first came by. It’s not like they cook it for individual tables, except for the desserts.) I had to ask twice for one ice tea refill. ) And the chicken and ribs were both overcooked. The chicken was dry and hard on the outside, though there was some OK meat inside the larger pieces. Even the entertainers seemed listless, and it was in the 70s, so hot summer weather cannot be blamed. EVERY restaurant has off meals, so I hope this was just an exception, but we probably won’t be back there for a long time.

    One bread bowl line in DCA moved faster than the other three or four lines combined. The energetic, excellent, middle-aged woman who worked there should be cloned.

    Splash Mtn’s AAs and the BBQ were two flaws at a resort that was otherwise in outstanding shape. We had a GREAT day!

    Does the jumping fish across the path west of Big Thunder ever jump any more?

  • Big D

    Man the park always looks SO good right after it rains!

  • Meville

    X-mas in July? Really? As much as I like to see omre Muppets in the park, I feel like someone has run out of ideas.

    Also, there are many other Muppet offereings that could work just as well…

  • Wendygirl

    I love the idea of Christmas in July. I think it’s clever and glad they came up with it. I am going today wearing a Christmas shirt and hat to see my favorite Muppet movie. I’m also going to have a Peppermint Mocha or sundae and get a gingerbread man. Yes – I’m crazy 🙂

  • Tinkbelle

    That is the most crowded I’ve seen the park reported on a rainy day!

    I don’t think the Christmas in July offerings are that great. A mini Christmas parade, some Christmas music (maybe the Dapper Dans or Billy Hill and the HiIlbillies) and snow after the summer fireworks would have been awesome Christmas in July offerings.

    • Tinkbelle

      Few more thoughts:

      They could play the Christmas loop on Main St. and decorate just the lamp posts and have Mickey and Minnie out in their Christmas attire. All of those things would be easy and cheap ways to bring magic to Christmas in July.

      • Wendygirl

        After being there yesterday, I have to agree they could have plussed this up more. Music on Main St., main characters out in their Christmas outfits, that kind of thing. I’m sure a lot of their Christmas decorations and parade stuff is in storage so I can see them not doing that. Billies doing Christmas would have been nice but just wouldn’t fit with that stupid Woody thing they (management) are pushing this Summer. My other disappointment was only CM’s working a shop that was selling Christmas treats knew what I was talking about. The rest didn’t even know what the Limited Time thing was this week! But I did love Muppet Christmas Carol and my Iced Peppermint Mocha 🙂

  • martinjbell1986

    I agree, I think they’ve run out of ideas for Limited Time Magic. I’d rather them spend their budget on stay’s in the Dream Suite or free tours of Walt’s appartment than what they’ve had lately.

  • martinjbell1986

    Also if you’ve never been, the Carthay Circle Theater is a great place to eat and the atmosphere and decor is amazing. But if I’m going to spend that kind of money on dinner I think I’d still pick the Blue Bayou over it.

  • Gibson510

    Love love love the new beer offerings in CA Adventure! Cant wait to try them!

  • StrikeYerColors

    Hope this weather hold up longer; I am loving it!

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update, it’s always such a treat to come and read this column!

  • Larry Parker

    I snuck a peek inside the new Main Street Starbucks location. All I could see was the ceiling, which is totally stripped bare with exposed wires. So it looks like it has a ways to go yet. I’m worried the final product will lack the intimate character of Main Street, as happened in Disney World. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

  • QPerth

    Thanks Andy for another wonderful update for a truly beautiful resort.

    I couldn’t get more than 15seconds into that video of awful song they played at the Birthday celebration, terrible mix of what should be a gorgeous song, and that grating yelling voice with ridiculous commands. No thanks.

    I think the Christmas in July Limited Time Magic was yet another cop-out in a badly thought out campaign. So many opportunities for wonderful character interactions. Christmas loops, snow on Main Street. And even the Disneyland Birthday celebration could have been much bigger for the LTMagic occasion. So many missed opportunities.

    Great to see the Crazy Cones fountain working again finally. I wonder what the issue was? Glad they could get it sorted in the end. And wow, some of that Cars merch is VERY well done! And the books are a beyond awesome touch! If I was there, I totally would have got one for my dad, he loves that kind of stuff! Well done Merch team with that stuff. Not so much with a lot of other areas, including Buena Vista Street.

    Looking forward to the next update, thanks again and have a great week! -Q.

    • Marko50

      Try the video again. That awful song is just the first part of it.

  • huskydawg

    The new burger at White Water Snacks has been there for almost a year now. I remember having one last August. When I went there earlier this month I noticed that the burger had been added to the permanent menu.

    I have to agree with the review. It is very greasy… but very tasty. The carnitas is very juicy and the guacamole gives it an extra kick of flavor.

    White Water Snacks is my favorite place to eat in the whole resort.

  • DobbysCloset

    The human loved the pix of souvenirs but neither of us were impressed by the menus except for the photo of the burger. Bring on the beef. Bring on the pork. Bring on the grease — ay, chihuahua!