Halloween Time scares up fun treats at Disneyland as Thor moves into Tomorrowland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on September 23, 2013 at 5:05 am with 26 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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  • notlemc

    Great update! I like how you gave great insights on what is happening in the park, but also took the time to focus on the seasonal food offerings. It’s great to see DLR providing a variety of fall foods and treats for customers to go along with their Halloweentime promotion.

  • eicarr

    I hope they keep the Muffuletta(as a grab-n-go for under $10 though). More tastes of New Orleans would be welcomed.

    Great to see ANY MARVEL. Shocking how little their biggest box office hits are used to improve attendance. They’re instead concentrating on less popular Disney 3D cartoons/toy infomercials.

    • poohmeg

      I want to see a picture of the muffuletta – for that price, I’m picturing one the size of the kind they do at Jason’s Deli (don’t know if they have those near Disneyland, but their muffuletta is about the size of a hubcap) :)

      • Tiny Mermaid

        I too want to see a picture of the muffaletta. Now that the Salami Royale is gone from the Practical Cafe at DCA, I need a new sandwich.

      • DobbysCloset

        Dobby also would like to see a muffuletta…he’s not sure from the name whether it really is something to eat or whether it’s something that eats little dogs! But I think he’s got Muffuletta confused with Heffalump.

    • LoveStallion

      I agree that they have been slow to introduce Marvel into the parks, but I imagine Disney is treading lightly here. Pixar is a much more natural fit for Disney properties, and Disney’s association with Lucasfilm goes back decades, so we don’t think much of Star Wars characters and attractions being in the parks. I imagine there’s somewhat of an internal struggle on how to smoothly introduce Marvel characters and have the public regard them as as much a part of the Disney family as any other unit.

      Having a Thor attraction, for example, would potentially seem as jarring as the random ads for ABC series that adorn the backside of some of the DCA buildings. It’ll all seem natural in time, but it’s not something that naturally lends itself to quick action.

      Besides, until there is some sort of Incredible attraction (long, long overdue), I shall scoff at Burbank. Scoff!

    • Big D

      They used to have a muffuletta at the Cafe Orleans that I would get all the time. I really liked it, but I guess it wasn’t too popular because when they redid Cafe Orleans and turned it into a sit-down restaurant they got rid of it.

  • Irving

    Great update as every Monday! It is good to see the roof of that little turret replaced. Also, isn’t there a tree missing at the Tiki Room Exit?. If I am not mistaken, it is incredible the life that this sole tree injects to the area.

    • Westsider

      The original tree had to be removed, it was becoming too large and the Safety Department tagged it for removal, which is why the walls are up.

      • Irving

        Wow!, Pretty interesting. I hope they replace it with a very decent one, and still get that same feel. I don’t know why, but it is really a different feel in the area without that tree.

        Thanks Westsider!

  • renderman7

    I read this with less than 6 hours until i board a plane in australia to fly to disneyland.. how exciting getting one last dateline in :D

  • daveyjones

    “…it’s kind of disappointing to see Disney’s big Marvel acquisition so-far translate to cheap photo-ops in Disneyland and Monorail wraps at Walt Disney World.”

    i disagree. i think they are taking it slow intentionally, and easing people into the idea of marvel being in the parks. i for one, however, will never quite accept it, no matter at what pace.

    • LoveStallion

      You just said in two lines what took me many paragraphs. Kudos to you.

    • Big D

      I agree that they are taking it slow and I like that approach, but I can accept it the same as I can accept Star Wars or Indiana Jones. A good ride is a good ride whether it’s totally original or based off of a movie franchise. I’m just happy that they’re not shoving it down our throats, especially considering the price that Disney paid to acquire those properties.

  • Algernon

    Main Street would be better with cement sidewalks (like it used to have) instead of paving stones. It looks and feels like you’re in a mall. What American Main Street, turn of the last century, ever had paving stone sidewalks? It would be brighter and cheerier, too. I also think they should bring back the slurry seal pavement in the rest of the park. Paving stones and etched concrete give the ground detail, drawing a persons view downward, when it should be outward. It gives the ground graphic weight. I feel the ground should be featureless, like Walt Disney had it, making the world of Disneyland appear more dreamlike.

    • TodAZ1

      Theming doesn’t just apply to what you can see. It also involves what you can smell, taste, hear and, yes, feel. Even without seeing the pathway under your feet, you can feel a different texture, signifying the transition from one land to another. That’s Imagineering 101, dude.

      • Algernon

        Too bad Walt Disney never took Imagineering 101. I’ll take his version of Disneyland over the current one, any day. But that’s just me…

  • zeitzeuge

    Great update! We were just there for 4 days last weekend and the report made me miss DL even more. Luckily we’ll be back in 70 days. Not that I’m keeping a daily count or anything. :)

  • LoveStallion

    I had an epiphany over the weekend. It’s too late now, but how great would it have been if the Big Thunder rehab was to extend the track undearneath the walkway and over for a little action along the Rivers of America? I enjoy the quiet peace of the area, as well as the old tunnels and track from the Rainbow Caverns train, as they add terrific atmosphere to the area, but it would have been gnarly.

    Disney overlords, put me in place of this Animal Kingdom transplant. I will lead you into the black and wow the public with my amazingness.

  • DobbysCloset

    I am going back to read and enjoy this entire column, but I scanned to the bottom for more mention of Thor. Or better yet, a picture. Keep your delightful confectionary; my idea of eye candy is a heavily-muscled Nordic Warrior. Sounds like a Meet-&-Greet to rival Mickey and the first good reason I have had in fifty years to visit the building.

    • http://datelinedisneyland.com Andy Castro

      Thor isn’t out for photos yet, but don’t worry – we will have photos for you as soon as he arrives from Asgard!

      -Andy

  • BradyNBradleysMom

    I don’t know how I feel about Marvel characters being in Disneyland; it feels strange.

    I have no problem at all with Indiana Jones being in Adventureland…because to me he is just one of many explorers and adventurers that could be in that land.

    Star Wars to me is “space”…and Tomorrowland has become the “space” land, so I guess that fits there. Tomorrowland is such a hod-podge of random things though.

    Marvel doesn’t feel “space” to me as much as “superhero”. I can twist the meaning of Tomorrowland to include anything related to “space”…but I just can’t make the leap to “superhero”.

    I’d love to see them save Marvel for a third park…make it all thrilling rides and coasters and things not offered in the two California parks. Have it be all Marvel and Star Wars and even Avatar. Make it designed for 20-somethings and teenagers.

  • Tinkbelle

    Hey Andy,

    We kept an eye out for you on our trip this weekend – problem is, we have no idea what you look like! We saw a guy on Friday night with a tripod on Main St. that had grayish hair and a mustache. Was that you? :) Would love to be able to stop and say ‘Hi’.

    By the way, the canoes are not on the refurb/closed schedule, but I didn’t see them running at all this weekend. Any idea what is going on there?

  • TodAZ1

    The skeleton head candy apples are the coolest!!! :)

  • bayouguy

    Good update. Picked up my spirits. Too much GAC news over the weekend.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Under the refurbishment schedule, Micechat is saying February of 2014. However, the Disneyland website lists it as open on November 1st. I know this has been on the boards, but we really could use some clarification! Great update and pictures too.