Welcome to the all new IN THE PARKS weekly updates.  With this entry we give you an idea of what is going on inside Disneyland Park.  The Matterhorn is still down, but walls could come down any day now.  While on Main Street, the Carnation Cafe is nearing completion and a projected opening date of June 13th.  Finally we look behind the fences at Fantasy Faire Village to see what’s left.  It’s a small Disneyland update but there is more In The Parks goodness and links to the other topics below!


We also have a brand new look for our weekly In The Parks column. Rather than bringing you one big long article every week, we are going to be delivering lots of smaller stories which are easier for you to read and share on mobile devices and to your favorite social networks. We’ll still bring you the same amount of content we always have, it will just be much easier to find and share than ever before. We hope you enjoy!

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The Matterhorn is nearly ready to reopen and the walls could be coming down any day now. The rumors of a soft opening persist, but the official reopening is set for June 15th.

Show elements like the beautiful waterfalls are all functional and cars are testing regularly.

The new single seat  bobsleds are red, blue, or teal in body color and look fantastic.


More paint screens have gone up and obscure our view of the progress thus far. there is an impressive amount of copper being used to create the canopy in the outdoor portion of the restaurant. The scheduled opening for this location is June 13th . . . tick tock tick tock, that’s less than a week away. They’d better hurry!

Look real close and you can barely see through the scrim.


Let’s stroll past the construction site of the new Fantasy Faire Village area. This will be the new meet and greet and show area for the princesses (located just off the central hub to the west side of the castle. Facade work has begun on what used to be the old western buildings leading to Frontierland. This project will be completed sometime in 2013.

Lots of demolition going on right now. We’ll keep you up to date as this project continues.

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Bob Gurr Luncheon and Book Signing Event – June 30th

One of our all time favorite Disney Imagineers is Bob Gurr, father of the Monorail, Autopia, Matterhorn, and just about every Disney attraction with wheels. He’s a true legend and an all around nice guy. And lucky for us, there is a limited opportunity for you to grab a copy of his new book and join him for lunch at the Anabella Hotel (just behind DCA and next to the Anaheim Convention Center) on June 30th.

Secure your spot and your book today (HERE)

We’ve just learned that the limited collectors edition (the red edition) of Bob’s book, Design Just For Fun, has now sold out! BUT we’ve got 100 copies of that edition waiting for those who attend this event!!! These are the last 100 red collectors edition copies available.Bob plans to share some wonderful tales, answer attendee questions, and meet with everyone to sign their book!

Bob Gurr + Lunch + Fantastic Stories + Last Copies Of An Amazing Book = A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity!


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  • Emmanuel_4

    Great Update!!!!

  • Barbossa

    This new layout is going to take some getting used to. Miss the long article format.

  • indianajack

    I miss the long format as well, or is this just a shorter update than usual? The latter is fine, but if there’s supposed to be more than coverage of DL today in In The Parks then I’m missing it.

  • TheClaw

    They didn’t have my well established Friday morning routine in mind when they changed to the tiny “snippet” article format. 🙁

  • bobados

    Sorry but I hate the new format. Please go back to the longer article. Lots of little things is horrible.

  • disneyland255

    Some box crept up while reading this article and it blocked the rest of the article. I HIIT the x and it wouldn’t close.

  • Caspian

    First, thanks for the site. You guys are doing a great job.

    Please lose the follow bar on the side. It is covering a large percentage of the screen and it won’t go away.

    If you’re interested:



  • Geezer

    Another vote for the single article format…… I’ve always enjoyed finding interesting and surprising info on parks whose buttons I probably won’t hit now. The pop-ups will have me rush to leave your site as soon as I finish only the most important short articles.

  • TodAZ1

    I like the new format. When I read this forum on Fridays, I read the Disney parts and literally fly past all the rest. I’m not interested in Knotts or Sea World or Universal or Six Flags.

    Count me as a fan! Think I’ll click that DCA button now! 🙂

  • dizneedoll

    I totally agree with you. I don’t like this new format either. I really liked the old way, I thought it was very easy to navigate and neatly organized. This just seems like a jumbled up mess. No offense to anyone…I love the columns…just don’t like the new layout.

  • DLFan1995

    You need to have the date more prominent at the top of each article, like you have on the Index page.

    And, If you could put a major link, like the http://micechat.com/459-disney-california-adventure/ you have on the In-The-Parks page, at the end of the previous article, then those who start with one article can just continue without having to go back to the In-The-Parks page..

  • DLFan1995

    The comments need an EDIT option.

  • Susan Hughes

    Better be careful when you stick your camera under the construction door to take a pic of the Fantasy Faire project. I got busted by a Custodian who made me delete the photo.

  • MrsMonroe

    poor Carnation Plaza Gardens

  • danyoung

    Loving the new format. I can’t get enough DL and DCA news, and don’t give a flip about Universal or Legoland. This way I get to pick just the news I’m interested in. Nice improvement!