This weekend’s Labor Day holiday weekend will bring Disneyland’s traditional summer season to an end. The theme parks have already begun transitioning into the short fall off-season while preparing for the the popular Halloween Time while will kick off in mid-September. Disney is taking the brief slow period to take care of some refurbishment projects around the park, continue on major projects at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and at the new Main Street Starbucks location as well as play test a new interactive experience in Frontierland‘s Golden Horseshoe. Disney also brought out some rare, but popular, characters for meet-and-greets last week during the return of Limited Time Magic‘s “Long Lost Friends Week.”
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Last week Disney released a piece of concept art for the new Market House and updated a small display in Disney California Adventure’s Blue Sky Cellar with a few more small sneak peeks at the upcoming Starbucks location.
The space formerly occupied by the front room of the Disneyana art shop will become “The Book Rest” which will be a seating area for the Starbucks shop, themed as a quiet turn-of-the-century bookshop.
Back in New Orleans Square, MiceChat recently reported on big changes coming to Disneyland’s private Club 33 later this year which are expected to bring some notable changes to the fan-favorite Court of Angels.
On Friday, Disney blogger Dave Koenig expanded more on the news, explaining how the main entrance for the radically re-worked Club 33 will be relocated to the Court of Angels. The relocating of the Club entrance could mean that the Court of Angels becomes off-limits to the public, functioning instead as the new lobby for Club 33.
While a majority of average Disneyland guests probably won’t notice if the Court of Angels is accessible or not, closing the courtyard off from the public so that Disney can milk more profit from Club 33 members is a point that shouldn’t go unnoticed. The Court of Angels is one of the last remaining quiet corners of the park that you can escape to, soak up the atmosphere and regroup in after racing from ride to ride. These quiet corners are important to the fabric and texture of Disneyland and especially important to making themed areas like New Orleans Square feel believable and lived-in. These hidden corners of Disneyland really are more important to the guest experience than you might realize.
When I visited on Friday, the experience presented itself as a sort of on-going improv theater experience with various citizens of Frontierland interacting with guests. Cast Members were telling guests that the Golden Horseshoe was throwing a retirement party for the Frontierland Sheriff.
Various Frontierland characters interacted with each other and the whole thing felt very organic and improvisational. Guests were able to interact as they pleased but guests just there to eat lunch weren’t forced to participate.
What I experienced on Friday was only a portion of what Imagineering is currently testing in the Golden Horseshoe. Fellow MiceChat blogger Jeff Heimbuch filled me in on his experience from Sunday afternoon, which was an entire interactive game that took place in the saloon. Jeff will have a full recap of his experience here on MiceChat later this week.
It’s interesting to see this sort of experience being tested here. What I experienced on Friday was fun and added an nice energy to the Golden Horseshoe without being grating or disruptive to those just trying to enjoy their lunch. It’ll be interesting to see what comes from this play test, whether it be more like the improv-type experience that I encountered on Friday or the interactive game that Jeff experienced on Sunday.
The Disney Visa newsletter recently revealed (.PDF download) that Haunted Mansion Holiday will receive some additions this year to celebrate its 13th anniversary, including an update to the Stretching Room and a fly-by appearance by Jack Skellington’s ghost dog Zero. Haunted Mansion Holiday officially opens on Friday, September 13.
Are you excited about Halloween? MiceChat is as well and we’re happy to announce our 2013 MiceChat Nights of Horror event at Knott’s Scary Farm, just down the road from Disneyland. For just $99.99 you can join us for an amazing night at Knott’s Haunt with behind-the-scenes tours, an all-you-can-eat buffet, early entry, front-of-line passes and more! If you’re a Halloween fan, you don’t want to miss out on this! Tickets are now on sale!
- Join MiceChat at Knott’s Scary Farm!
- Admission into Knott’s Scary Farm
- Backstage tour of the new Gunslinger’s Grave maze before the event
- All you can eat Private Pre-scare Boofet dinner
- Early entry into Haunt
- Front of the line access to all mazes (excluding Trapped)
- Special limited quantity Skeleton Key pass that unlocks hidden rooms in 5 different mazes. Extra Haunt!
- Priority Seating for The Hanging and Elvira’s Sinema Séance
- Special guests, prizes and more!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Come, if you dare, into the fog-shrouded streets of Ghost Town for the 7th annual MiceChat Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt 2013. Leave the real world and enter a spooky dream-land of frightening fun with hundreds of your MiceChat friends. For the latest news on Knott’s Haunt, check out today’s In The Parks blog right here on MiceChat!
Scare up all of this fun for only $99.99*!
* PLEASE NOTE – Trapped Maze tickets tickets are available at an additional cost and on an extremely limited basis.
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[center]Reunite with Long Lost Friends Week
at Disneyland Park
August 19 – 25, 2013[/center]
For last week’s Limited Time Magic, Disney reprised its popular “Long Lost Friends Week,” bringing out a bunch of rare characters for fans to meet with back in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.
[center]Attend an End of Summer Party at the Pier
at Disney California Adventure
August 26 to September 2, 2013[/center]
Disney is celebrating the end-of-summer for this week’s Limited Time Magic with special summer “parties” on Paradise Pier. Below is Disney’s information on the summer parties:
The sun might be setting on summer, but before it does, Limited Time Magic wants you in attendance for a celebration at the shore! Just as August comes to a close, take a jovial stroll down to Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park where you can find a most vibrant atmosphere, one bustling with fantastic boardwalk-style variety acts. Then, discover some of your favorite Disney Characters, each one perfectly appointed for a day at the beach. It’s only going down for a limited time, so grab your friends and family, and join all the fun under the sun at the End of Summer Party at the Pier!
[center]Unleash the Villains on Friday the 13th
at Disneyland Park
Friday, September 13, 2013[/center]
Disneyland will stay open until 1 a.m. on Friday the 13th with 13 Disney villains meeting with fans around the park in the evening to celebrate. Below is the information Disney has released so far on the event.
Coming Friday, September 13, get ready to experience the most spine-tingling bit of Limited Time Magic yet at the Disneyland Resort! From 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM‚Äîa.k.a. the 13th hour‚Äîthe Disney Villains will be waiting for your arrival as they make their way to various areas of Disneyland Park. Come along for this devilishly delicious affair, on a night jam-packed with 13 dastardly Disney baddies and a host of fiendish festivities. It’s a one-time event you won’t soon forget‚Ä¶ even if you try! And be on the lookout for further announcements and more details as the date of the event draws closer, only at Disney Parks!
[center]The Sword in the Stone Screening
for Annual Passholders
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
August 30, 2013[/center]
Passholders can attend a special screening of Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
- Screening for Annual Passholders
- Registration and wristband distribution for the event will begin at 12:00 PM on the day of the event at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House (home to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) in Disneyland Park
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member to check event availability and to register and receive an event wristband. Photo ID may be required.
- 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.
- This is an all-ages event. However, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Children under 3 may attend the movie screening as long as there is space available and they receive an event wristband during the registration process.
- It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives an event wristband.
- For assistance, you may contact the Annual Passport Member Services team at (714) 781-PASS (7277).
Passholders can rediscover the humor and magic in The Sword in the Stone at a Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic event that celebrates the 50th anniversary of this classic animated film‚Äî‚Äînow available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
Date & Times
Friday, August 30, 2013
5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
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.
Main Street Opera House in Disneyland.
|Welcome to California Adventure|
The Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe is still missing its hot sandwiches and soups menu as it continues testing how well a menu of cold sandwiches and salads does with park guests.
And the new Official Album of the Disneyland Resort has been flying off the shelves. On Thursday night the two-disc set was sold out in both parks but by Friday more had arrived and could be found in Off the Page in Hollywood Land.
If you’re looking for the new CD set ($24.99), you may have to hunt it down by looking in several stores across both parks. If you don’t mind not having the physical copy and would rather save a few bucks by buying digital, you can buy it on Amazon and iTunes now. The new official album for Walt Disney World is also available.
|This and That|
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
August 26 – September 1, 2013
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9am – 10pm
9am – 12midnight
9am – 11pm
9am – 10pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
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|[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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