The curse of the idol Mara was transformed with new magic at Disneyland‘s Indiana Jones Adventure ride last week. The ride’s enhancements brought new state-of-the-art projection technology along with a controversial new voice for the double-dealing deity to the popular thrill ride. Not far from the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Frontierland‘s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad continues its major refurbishment project with new delays rumored to have set back the ride’s reopening an extra four months. Elsewhere in the Resort, construction continued on the new Starbucks Coffee location on Main Street, U.S.A. as Disney announced two new locations for Downtown Disney.
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|Welcome to Disneyland!|
Disneyland’s busy summer season is quickly coming to an end as we approach the traditional end of the season on Labor Day. The Labor Day holiday might still be two weeks out but Disneyland has begun to slowly reduce operating hours and new refurbishments are quietly starting to spring up as summer vacation ends and kids head back to school.
In Town Square, Halloween has begun to move in at the Disney Showcase shop. Showcase is one of several shops aroudn the Resort (including The Emporium, Julius Katz and Sons and World of Disney) where Halloween merchandise and decorations has already hit the shelves.
Below, enjoy a trip down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard the Omnibus from Friday afternoon.
I could be wrong, but it looks like the old Swift Birthday Cake Room (which had been used as gallery space for Disneyana) is now gone. This isn’t a loss that will affect any guests, but it is a loss for early park history fans.
At Sleeping Beauty Castle, tarps have gone up along portions of the Fantasyland roofline. Looks like it could either be regular refurbishment work or in relation to the recent Cal/OSHA fall safety requirement changes that we’ve seen elsewhere around the park.
Over in the new Fantasy Faire, the hillside behind the queue for the Royal Hall has received some new black fall safety railings. They aren’t the nicest looking things, but I guess extra railings like this are the new normal around the parks.
Over in Frontierland, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment continues and has reportedly hit delays that have forced Disney to push back its opening from this October to February 2014. Hopefully such a lengthy delay won’t be the reality, but it currently looks like it certainly could be the reality.
Meanwhile, Big Thunder Trail was still closed Friday but it does look like the repaving project is just about finished. From what can be seen from the upper deck of the Mark Twain Riverboat, the new themed pavement looks great.
|Projections of the Forbidden Eye|
The big news last week was, of course, the debut of new special effects at Indiana Jones Adventure. The new special effects in the ride’s “Hall of Promise” scene were announced on the Disney Parks Blog after MiceChat’s In The Parks blog broke news about the new additions in their August 9 edition.
The new effects affect the “Hall of Promise” scene and bring new projections as well as a new voice to the idol Mara. The projections are a nice new addition that comes in three flavors, based on which of the three “rooms” you enter ‚Äî Chamber Earthy Riches, Observatory of the Future or Fountain of Eternal Youth. The new voice, however, has certainly not gone unnoticed by fans. I will say that while the voice is not good, a lot of the more subtle treatment gets lost in online videos and it does sound a little better in person. Still, I’d agree with the general consensus that the original voice was far superior.
Below, video of the new scene from us and MiceChat’s In The Parks blog:
|To Infinity… and Innoventions|
|Limited Time Magic|
[center]Reunite with Long Lost Friends Week
at Disneyland Park
August 19 – 25, 2013[/center]
Disney is bringing back Long Lost Friends Week for Limited Time Magic. Based on the votes Disney got from fans on the Disney Parks Blog, some of the characters that will be appearing are: Hercules and Megara (“Hercules”), Merlin (“The Sword in the Stone”) and Tarzan, Jane and Terk (“Tarzan”).
[center]Long Lost Friends Return – Annual Passholder Character Greetings
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
August 19 – 25, 2013[/center]
Passholders can get early access to Long Lost Friends character meet-and-greets during this week’s return of Long Lost Friends Week.
- Annual Passholder Character Greetings
- All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of event participation. Children under 3 years of age are permitted to attend the event as long as space is available.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland Park. Photo ID may be required.
- The event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for 30 minutes each day.
- Space is limited. Admission to the area will be granted subject to capacity, scheduled park events and other restrictions.
- Participation does not include early Disneyland Park entry or parking.
Get reacquainted with some long lost friends as rarely seen Disney Characters visit Disneyland Park. Annual Passholders can enjoy special Character Greetings‚Äî30 minutes before regular park Guests are admitted to the Character Greeting area in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree‚Äîthanks to this Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic opportunity.
Dates & Times
August 19 – 25, 2013
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Please note that Annual Passholders may be admitted to the Character Greeting area at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at 10:30 a.m. — 30 minutes prior to regular Guest admittance, which is at 11:00 a.m.
Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland at Disneyland
|Welcome to California Adventure|
|Coffee and Cartoons|
Last week, Disney announced that Downtown Disney will be getting two new Starbucks locations this winter. The main location will be a full coffee shop, which will go in where the recently-closed BLINK by Wet Seal store was.
|This and That|
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
August 5 – 11, 2013
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]California Adventure[/B]|
8am – 11pm
8am – 10pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]
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A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
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