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

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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… 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!!)

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. Nice article!

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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?

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

  9. 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…

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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 :)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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