Summer comes to an end as Halloween continues to creep in at Disneyland

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

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Published on September 02, 2013 at 4:11 am with 38 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 writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • LoveStallion

    Incredible sunset at the RoA pics. What sort of gear do you use?

    Great update, and I’ll be bummed if we lose the Court of Angels. I’m getting pretty burned out on Disney’s unending quest to raise stock value at all costs. I thought Iger would be a good thing for the company, but I think all he’s really done of positive note is mend fences with (and purchase) Pixar. The Marvel and Lucasfilm acquisitions could prove fruitful, but until I see the results, I will leave them out of the discussion.

  • Larry Parker

    Regarding closing of the Court of Angels in New Orleans Square, here’s the email link to Disney where guests can voice their concerns(as I just did, and I encourage others to do likewise):

  • ralzap

    Court of Angels is what sets a theme park from an amusement park. Disney Co. you decide! $$$$$$$$. I have already have to cut my travel to your park. Soon I will not be able to go at all.

  • animatronic

    What are the Oswald sundae ears made of? If they’re bananas – this guy is on board!

    • Tinkbelle

      Yes, they are bananas. It is a yummy treat. But it has been there since at least last April when I had it.

  • GhostHostJeff

    I hope Disney doesn’t do anything with the Court of Angels. This is one of the last little spots in Disneyland that, like you said, you can truly discover and enjoy. Disneyland is already full of retail shops, why do we need that space for any sort of retail during the Christmas season? Club 33 has done just fine with its small entrance tucked away next to the Blue Bayou. I’m all for Disney adding to the experience for all who come, but to take something away for pure profit and for an “elite” few is ridiculous and not the Disney I know.

    On the other hand, the Starbucks is a plus in my book. I think it blends in very well from the outside, and I will be getting a coffee there on my next visit!

    Thanks for another great update.

  • Soulquarian

    Ugh, safety nets along Big Thunder Trail are an eyesore in the pictures! I really hope it’s not as bad in person! This safety kick is getting so out of hand so fast!

  • BrerDan

    Sorry, this Starbucks naysayer isn’t going to stop :) I never doubted that Disney would do a pretty nice job with theming to fit the Starbucks location into Main Street. My concern–which does appear to be justified–was with the transformation of a lovely series of intimate experiences into one large, cavernous hall. This is what happened across the way, and I still mourn the loss of the Gibson Girl glass elephant, prominent penny arcade machines, and more. I used to enjoy wandering through that section of Main Street and adored the connected series of small rooms. Yes, Starbucks is popular and necessitates a bigger space, but that’s part of why I wish it weren’t coming. I also really, really will miss the free refills. I would use those as a good reason to sit and take a little break throughout the day. Finally, I personally prefer the previously offered flavor coffee to Starbucks.

    Can I recognize that Disney has probably done the best they could once they made the decision to put it there? Maybe…but that doesn’t mean I agree with the decision in the first place. I think the creation of more cavernous cue line spaces and the loss of the inner rooms results in a loss of the “quiet discovery” that was so eloquently described relative to the Court of Angels. I think the same argument applies here. In both cases there is some logic behind the changes, in both cases there is likely going to be a pleasant enough final product, and in both cases there is something lost for the average park goer that she or he may not even realized they’ve lost.

  • Susie63

    When can we expect “official” word on the extended refurb of BTMRR?

  • Crazee4mm

    Did they have to install temporary hand railings for the workers who were installing the permenant ones? This is getting crazy. Why aren’t the other theme parks being forced to “baby” and “Idiot proof” their parks? The day is coming when Disney installs a giant Erecter Set type of elevator in front of the castle so that their workers don’t run the risk of tripping on the stairs inside while climbing. Nice to know that my AP price jumped so dramatically so that they could afford to install tons of unnecessary railings, netting, and “protective” measures so that the dumb-as-dirt guests and cast members can’t possibly come to any harm…regardless of how much they try.

  • mybelleprncess

    Thanks for the update,hoping the Court of Angels stays like everyone else here. The ROA picture is really nice.

  • LazyJG

    I agree that the Court of Angels is a major loss to Disneyland lovers but where were you all when the unique Carnations Plaza Gardens and the Swing Dance area that Walt himself danced on was ruined forever to help sell more princesses

  • QPerth

    Oh Andy, those pictures of the dusk sky over the castle and Rivers of America are just breathtaking. Literally. Wow.

    A wonderful update, thanks so much, the Parks are really looking gorgeous from where I am sitting!