Thor arrives at Disneyland as Halloween Time comes to an end

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

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Published on October 28, 2013 at 5:05 am with 32 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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  • eicarr

    All the cool MARVEL stuff is exciting. Glad to see they’re making an attempt at a new and affluent demographic. Hope they sell merch and prop replicas in innovations too. They need a comic book shop badly in DL with bundled discount back issues to try to gain new regular comic buyers.

    • Susan Hughes

      I guess the rumors were true. Innoventions is slowly being turned into a Marvel exhibit.

      • DisWedWay

        Hope to see Marvels Godzilla there making a striking appearance.

  • Larry Parker

    Still sickening to see that the Court of Angels is now closed to the public forever..

    • Algernon

      To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land…except for the elitist Club 33 and the VIP Railcar, where you have to know somebody or be rich to go inside.

      • judearmstrong

        Club 33 yes. For the Lily Belle, all you have to do is ask and if its on the line that day you can ride

      • ccinsf

        They should change the name to ‘Club 1%’.

  • psmap85

    Going this Saturday, any idea if they are filming the Christmas Parade. What is it like during the filming?

    • Sparky

      Available information currently points to the weekend of November 8 – 10 for the filming this year. They typically film the parade portion on Saturday morning, and sometimes includes a performance by a Disney Channel starlet on a float. They sometimes film guest musical artists in front of the Castle later in the day. Main Street can be very congested and challenging to pass through during the parade filming obviously. The rest of the park is usually normal except for other areas that may be used for filming. This can all change if bad weather messes with the filming. Friday is usually rehearsal for the Dance the Magic dancers, but they may film some minor things around the parks, and on Sunday as well. Last year they came back a few weeks later to do a segment in DCA with Sophie Grace and Rosie, Ellen’s little darlings. I ran across them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have them back to do something in Fantasy Faire this year.

  • whamo

    California Adventure got crowded around 11AM Sunday.

  • Susan Hughes

    Radiator Springs Racers is still super popular long after Cars Land opened last year. It’s going to be quite the “Piss-fest” when guests show up November 4-7 and see that the ride is closed. Better have Guest Relations prepare for the moaning and groaning.

  • SpectroMan

    I think the fake grass is completely appropriate where it is. Roadside motels of the 50’s often used astroturf, and the area is too small/hard to mow anyway. Plus, it saves water and water damage on the light fixtures.

    • Disneymike

      Yep, I highly doubt it is temporary seeing as how easy it is to lay real sod down as opposed to going to the length of installing artificial turf.

    • Imagineer2B

      I agree. I’m totally cool with the faux grass. It looks fine!

  • amyuilani

    4 layers of turret? Just how idiot-proof are they trying to be? I get the fall protection requirements, and I can appreciate how they’re getting it to blend in with the castle, but 4 layers is just ridiculous. If you’re so clumsy and accident-prone that 4 layers won’t protect you, then keep your ass on the ground.

    • Westsider

      You should see and hear how the Safety Department executives slap each other on the back and kiss each other’s behinds when the latest safety fall-protection project gets completed. There is a small industry in TDA of people who puff up their own careers over this stuff, and they pretend that is why Disneyland exists; to find old buildings they can idiot-proof for the 21st century at any cost. And since it is all done under the proud banner of “SAFETY!”, no senior executive would dare limit their funding and no junior manager would dare criticize them.

      Meanwhile, their annual performance review glows red hot with the buzzy phrasing on how many triple-safe railing systems they installed on 50 year old buildings.

  • churrocharlie

    I actually think the astro-turf kinda goes with the theme and date of the cozy cones.

    • LoveStallion

      Agreed. It makes it all 60s chic.

  • bayouguy

    Still no star atop the Matterhorn.

  • CaliforniaAdventurer

    Why are they building an awning under the monorail? And especially if they are considering re routing it through the park.

  • CaliforniaAdventurer

    Regarding THOR and IRON MAN, are they going to keep the Carousel building as a bunch of Marvel Meet and Greets now?

    • DisWedWay

      The Man from Atlantis could come from the waters of Finding Nemo for a Marvel’ouse appearance. Does Disney consider him still to be a Marvel character in their band of hero’s?

      • TodAZ1

        Marvel has Namor, the Sub-Mariner as their under water character.

  • Big D

    Wow, lots of great information today. Thanks Andy!

    1. I know that part of having the most amazing Christmas decorations in the world means you have to install them way early, but it really would be nice if they could find a way to wait until 11/01. Having said that, I really think the Christmas decorations in New Orleans Square are very underrated and they are definitely something I look forward to every year.

    2. So they’re going to turn Innoventions into a Marvel meet-and-greet? Well, I didn’t go there before and I won’t be going there now, so I guess it doesn’t affect me at all, but it still feels out of place to me in Tomorrowland.

    3. Did I miss it, or is the advance screening of Thor free for passholders? That’s an amazing perk! I’m not personally interested in it, but I know there are a LOT of Marvel fans that would pay quite a bit to be able to see the next big Marvel movie a few days early. It’s very admirable of Disney to offer this. Someone at Disney still cares (don’t let Bob know!).

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Great report!

    I love the pumpkins. I hate the fences. Well, I guess we will just put a 5 foot fence around all vegetation. I guess that is progress.

  • danyoung

    Thanks as always for the excellent update, Andy. You might want to revisit the title of the report, however. Unless it’s Hulk talking, there’s a big grammar issue there. . .

    • sixalex

      I just spoke with the Hulk and he said, “Puny Grammar Nazi! Hulk see no problem. Thor comes Disneyland. Hulk say right! grrrr…Smash danyoung for no use proper capitalization in name!”

      The phone emitted a high pitched squeal and the line went dead.

  • garyman

    Great Update as always,
    Was there last Saturday, the busiest I have ever seen it. I have been going for many years.
    Pirates was a 40+ minute wait, HM was close to 70, Indiana was 65, Space was 90.

    With Big Thunder and Small World Closed only added to the wait times.

    The no FP on HM is a good idea the line does move more quickly. The remaining FPs are nice to have as it helps one get on a ride as it was intended while doing other things in the park.

    Roger Rabbit is now tied to the main system again. You cannot have more than 1 active FP per ride at any given time. These new rules allow the Standby Lines to move faster with fewer FP returners later in the day. Making it more fair to all visitors to the park.

    I also like the new DAS system, It appears the bugs are being worked out for the better.

  • michael darling

    It’s been YEARS ince I’ve been to D-Land…and I have NEVER seen a photo of that little house with thatched roof next to the teacups. It is perfect! I don’t ever remember seeing it in person. Disneyland has fantastic details. You guys are fortunate.

    Now, as for Frozen…..I’ve seen several scenes and trailers, and that little snowman is neither funny OR cute. Don’t know much about the film or premise, but if the scenes I’ve seen are some of his best, it didn’t create much of an eagerness for ME to get a ticket. Just an opinion. I’ve been wrong before.

  • QPerth

    What a great update Andy, the marvelous photos from around Fantasyland are gorgeous.

    Dateline Disneyland, In the Parks, and Dateline Disneyworld are highlights of my blog reading week, and they are certainly the best weekly Disney Parks updates on the net, consistently bringing us terrific pictorial updates which is great for those of us so far away from the Parks. These updates have taught me MUCH about the Parks and their design and running, and given me a greater appreciation of them and their design. To you and the wonderful team at Micechat, Thank You!

  • DisWedWay

    As they are also redoing all of Big Thunders themed lighting, I hope they remove the 1930 goose neck gas station lights from over the entrance sign and put the kerosene Dietz Inspector lanterns back as they were for over 20 years since 1979. The same gas station lights are on the Grizzly entrance, but thats a more current a story theme.

  • ecowfer13

    I got to go to the Thor Meet and Greet and the movie screening on Sunday. It was by far the busiest day of the three available, as the wristbands were all distributed by 10:00 am, whereas on the other two days they lasted until at least noon. The displays for Thor were a little cheesy, but it’s a movie prop display, so there’s not a lot to do with it. The entry to the Asgardian throne room was dressed well, but the “tour guide” was still learning her lines, and stumbled once or twice. There’s some cheesy effects leading to the doors opening, then you see Thor. I’m 6’6″ tall, and I was at least two inches taller than he was. At least Thor had a sense of humor about things, as there were several people in my group wearing comic related items, and he acknowledged their “wearing the colors” of the characters he “knew”.

    It was a fun experience, and definitely something they need to consider for Captain America when that comes out in April.

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