Disneyland refurbishments continue as the popular Halloween Time season starts to wind down and the theme parks approach the ever-popular holiday season. This week we’ll fill you in on various refurbishments in both parks including the on-going Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project, Fantasyland’s fall safety additions and new refurbishments at the Mad Tea Party and in Disney California Adventure. Also in California Adventure, the Toy Story gang has a new place to meet fans at a nice new photo backdrop now open on Paradise Pier.

You may have noticed that I’m not the regular writer of In the Parks. Norm is taking a much-deserved vacation, so I’ll be filling in for him over the next couple of weeks – but don’t worry, my regular Dateline Disneyland updates will also continue to run on Mondays. A big thank you to Disneyloon for taking the photos for today’s blog.

Guest Relations open during refurbishment

Outside of Disneyland, Guest Relations is behind walls for a facade refurbishment but is still accessible to guests.

Disneyland continues to adjust with new DAS program

Disneyland’s new Disability Access Service continues through its first couple weeks of operation now that the old Guest Assistance Card program has become part of Yesterland.

We shared details on how the new DAS program works in last week’s update and below is our quick-look at how the new system works.

Guests using the new DAS system will experience the following:

  • The card you are assigned for the day will allow you and your party to make a reservation time to return to a ride without a wait.
  • The return times you are assigned will be given to you based on current wait time.
  •  You will only be able to hold a return time for one attraction at a time.
  • You can get reservation times for any ride in the entire resort, from any kiosk in any park.  The kiosks are not location specific.
  • Any member of a DAS user’s party may obtain the return time from the kiosk, however the actual DAS user MUST ride the attraction with the rest of their party for all to ride.

There are five different locations throughout Disneyland Park that one can obtain these reservations: City Hall, Central Plaza (the hub), New Orleans Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland. In California Adventure, DAS locations can be found at the Chamber of Commerce, Carthay Circle, Cars Land and Paradise Pier.

Large queues are still set up at City Hall for guests looking to register for DAS.

Main Street refurbishments

On Main Street, the Penny Arcade and Candy Palace are still behind scrims and construction walls for refurbishment.

Some small touch-up work at the Gibson Girl was underway earlier this week.

Matterhorn and Monorails

In Fantasyland, the Matterhorn recently changed a bit operationally with a new Cast Members positioned on each side of departing Bobsleds, one checking to make sure physical seat belts are buckled and the other checking the seat belt lights on the other side are on, confirming that seat belts are latched.

New cameras have also been installed, directed at the Matterhorn Bobsleds loading area.

Nearby, work on the Monorail track over the old Motorboat Cruise continues. A new safety awning is going up, which is interesting since its going up along a portion of track that doesn’t go over Guests.

Safetyland

At Fantasy Faire, the new safety railing along the moat is now being installed.

Over in Fantasyland, the new fall safety additions continue to be revealed as work on them wraps up.

In Fantasyland, the King Arthur Carrousel refurbishment continues…

And the Mad Tea Party is now closed for refurbishment as well.

In Tomorrowland, flags have gone up around portions of Space Mountain where fall-safety changes will have to be made.

Big Thunder Refurbishment Continues…

In Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is still closed while its extended refurbishment continues…

Toys in Paradise

In Disney California Adventure, the new Toy Story meet-and-greet area on Paradise Pier has opened.

The new backdrop is built in front of what used to be the queue entrance for the Maliboomer, which was removed during the park’s major remodel.

On the other side of Paradise Bay, the Golden Zephyr is closed for refurbishment.

And the meet-and-greet gazebo near the Cove Bar is now behind construction walls for some work.

And Flik’s Flyer’s refurbishment in A Bug’s Land continues..

Starbucks in Downtown Disney

In Downtown Disney, the construction continues at the new Starbucks Coffee location going in where Anne Geddes and, more recently, BLINK by Wet Seal were previously located.

Okay, that wraps up this edition of In the Parks! Have you used Disneyland’s new DAS service? Has the system worked well for you? Are you planning on visiting your Toy Story pals at their new home on Paradise Pier soon? Let us know in the comments below!