Halloween Time is still in full swing at Disneyland but that isn’t stopping the holidays from moving in early. The first signs of the holidays are now popping up around both theme parks, with thousands of lights going up at “it’s a small world,” giant Christmas decorations being strung up in A Bug’s Land and stores now fully stocked with holiday merchandise. Meanwhile, off-season refurbishments continue on Main Street, U.S.A. as fall-protection additions go up in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. In Disney California Adventure, a new photo-op for Toy Story characters has opened up on Paradise Pier.
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Inside Disneyland, the new Disability Access Service is now in full effect. The extended queue outside of Disneyland’s City Hall has been removed and it seems much of the long lines that Disneyland saw in its first few days of DAS’ operation are now gone as park regulars have now converted their GAC cards into DAS cards.
Last week we shared the locations of the various DAS kiosk locations in Disneyland but we showed the wrong kiosk for the New Orleans Square location. Last week we showed you the kiosk for Haunted Mansion Holiday, but don’t make the same mistake we did – below is the actual DAS kiosk for this area of the park, located between the Haunted Mansion exit and the Harbour Galley food location.
On Main Street, refurbishments continue as the busy Halloween Time season enters its final stretch before the insanely popular holiday season gets ready to kick off. The Main Street Magic marquee is still gone while it gets some work.
Over in the old Motorboat Cruise area, new safety awning is going up along a portion of Monorail track that crosses over the water here. This sort of awning is usually only installed along Monorail track that goes over guest walkways.
The string of recent fall-safety additions have been in response to a series of fines from Cal/OSHA in April 2013. The fines, which were the result of a November 2012 incident in which a contract worker fell while cleaning the exterior of Space Mountain, could have cost Disney over $200,000 if they weren’t addressed properly. Disney briefly closed Space Mountain and two other rides voluntarily in “an abundance of caution” in April and has since been making significant fall safety changes around the park.
In Cars Land, the telephone posts on the south side of Route 66 have gone up. These temporary posts blend as extra telephone posts but work functionally as support posts for the garland that is strung up down Route 66.
Cars Land isn’t the only place you can find holiday merchandise. World of Disney and shops in the parks and hotels are now stocked with the full selection of holiday items. Below is just a sampling of the selection.
|Toys in Paradise|
|Limited Time Magic|
[center]Celebrate Oktoberfest at Bayside Brews
in Disney California Adventure
Through October 31, 2013[/center]
For the next two weeks you can celebrate Oktoberfest in California Adventure with Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer or Hofbrau Munchen Beer and special food offerings.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in style at the Disneyland Resort, courtesy of a little Limited Time Magic! For 2 weeks, you’re invited to don your finest lederhosen and join the fun at Disney California Adventure Park where Bayside Brews is kicking off the festivities with a special menu. From best to ‘wurst, savor the flavors from a host of special offerings, including bratwurst sausage, served in a Boursin-garlic brioche with hickory-smoked bacon and sauerkraut, and accompanied by potato chips or apple slices; a Bavarian Pretzel with your choice of mustard; and gingerbread bundt cake. Plus, be sure to top off your stein with a tasty Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer or Hofbrau Munchen Beer.
[center]Begin the New Year Glowing with the Show
at Disneyland Resort
Starting October 21, 2013 while supplies last[/center]
Starting this week you can get a free set of stickers to celebrate the new year when you buy a pair of Glow with the Show ears.
Celebrate a magical transition from this year to next with a vibrant set of vinyl ear clings for your Glow with the Show Ears! As part of Limited Time Magic, head to the Disneyland Resort where you can find all-new Ear Hat accoutrements‚Äîa special gift with the purchase of a pair of Glow with the Show Ears. Each comes complete with 2 sets of stickers, one giving a “bon voyage” to 2013, while the other welcomes 2014 with open arms. You won’t want to miss this magical chance to enhance your light-up experience like never before‚Äîwhether you’re watching along as part of the show or ringing in the New Year elsewhere in the Disney Parks!
[center]Disney Animation Presentation
A Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disney California Adventure
Thursday, October 24, 2013[/center]
Passholders can attend a presentation with Walt Disney Animation Studios Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects Dave Bossert.
- Disney Animation Presentation
- Passholders may register inside the Disney Animation building in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park on the day of the event upon Park opening (currently scheduled for 10:00 AM).
- Registration and distribution of event wristbands will continue while event wristband supplies last.
- All participating Guests (ages 3 and older) must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event.
- Children under 3 years of age may attend the event as long as space is available and they receive an event wristband during the registration process.
- Registration must be completed in person at the Disney Animation building on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
- It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives an event wristband.
- All participating Annual Passholders must present their valid Annual Passport to the event Cast Member, who will check event availability. Photo ID may be required.
Get ready for some animated storytelling as Walt Disney Animation Studios Producer, Creative Director and Head of Special Projects Dave Bossert shares behind-the-scenes stories about Disney animation‚Äîwith a close-up look at the new Disney Animated App‚Äîat this special event.
Dates & Time
Thursday, October 24, 2013
3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ‚Äì Each event presentation will last approximately 45 minutes.
Animation Academy in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park
|This and That|
This design seems to play on the popular notion that the classic “it’s a small world” is annoying, tedious or difficult to get through, which is a shame. Disney should be celebrating their iconic attractions, not making jokes at their expense. The great PsychoSocial Disney Culture blog discussed the issue in a recent post.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
October 21 – 27, 2013
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]California Adventure[/B]|
8 am – 6 pm
10 am – 8 pm
8 am – 6 pm
10 am – 8 pm
8 am – 7 pm
9 am – 12 am
8 am – 8 pm
10 am – 8 pm
8 am – 8 pm
10 am – 8 pm
8 am – 12 am
9 am – 10 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
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