Disneyland gets ready for Candlelight as the busy holiday season continues

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

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Published on December 02, 2013 at 5:40 am with 47 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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  • LoveStallion

    Bummer about the Skyway station. It’s quite the architectural delight. I wish they could find something to do with it, but, as you said, ADA stuff would come into play, and Disney doesn’t exactly appear to be in the mood to splurge on anything of late.

    It’s a minor loss, but it’s also one of the oldest structures in the park and it brought character to the area. It could have EASILY served as the entrance to a new dark ride built in the backstage areas behind the station.

    • sinatra12

      I think if they spent some money to add an elevator or wheelchair ramp, and do the maintenance required to restore it, they could use it for some sort of character meet and greet, or a quiet area

  • ahecht

    Your crowd calendar seems a bit off. Touringplans.com has Mon-Thu as 1 out of 10.

    • LLCMC

      Agreed. It appears they have last week’s calendar up (Thanksgiving week). It’s incomprehensible that this Tuesday would “break” the gauge. :) While the holidays raise attendance on weekends, weekdays when school is still in session will be pretty low until the “winter vacation”

      • http://datelinedisneyland.com Andy Castro

        Sorry for the error, we have updated the original post with this week’s crowd forecast.

        Thanks for reading!
        -Andy

    • Rongo

      Oops! Looks like last week’s projections were accidentally posted again. Our Mouseaddict projections for this week are:

      Monday: 4
      Tuesday: 2
      Wednesday: 2
      Thursday: 2
      Friday: 6
      Saturday: 8
      Sunday: 8

      Our apologies, and we hope to have the correct information posted in this edition of Dateline Disneyland shortly.

  • Malin

    I’m happy to see the Skyway Station leave. I know a few Disneyland fans will be saddened by its removal but I’m not one of them.

  • judearmstrong

    For the average guest, you don’t even know the Skyway Station is there. Aside from being such a neat ride and being able to see over Disneyland and a faster way to get across the park I will always remember being at the bottom steps and watching tinker bell fly straight into the mattress with my brother, sister and mom and dad. And taking my friends, who didnt believe me, to see her land. I’ll be sad to see it go but it hasnt been used in almost 20 years, aside from storage, they arent bringing the buckets back so, I guess it is time to move one. Just dont turn into a corn dog cart or a stand to sell trinkets, thats all I ask

    • napamaninsocal

      It wasn’t a faster way to get across to TL. My mom, who was afraid of heights, would walk across the park and beat us every time.

  • Larry Parker

    They(arrogant, non-art appreciative, corporate bean-counters)could have made the Skyway Station a charming coffee/snack cafe. The view onto the gardens below is beautiful. But with no artistic appreciation and profit the paramount objective above all else, their decision to demolish the beautiful building with the beautiful view is understandable-unfortunately.

  • stevek

    The log jam of strollers outside the Jingle Cruise is crazy. Disney completely over marketed the product and the final quality is pretty meh in my opinion.

    Can’t say I’m overly disappointed to see the Skyway station being torn down. It was pretty clear that nothing was going to be done with it so it really made sense to tear it down before it fell down. Bigger question is if they can do anything with that property. Maybe expand Casey Jr? Likely will just stay as a green, undeveloped area which quite honestly is ok with me.

  • Zoe Necrosis

    I have to side with ahecht there – or at least I hope we’re both right in thinking this will not be a jam-packed week, as I’ve planned the family trip for Tuesday. I mean, they don’t open until 9and close at 8pm; not typical signs of a very popular week…

  • Oathkeeper

    I personally am really sad to see it go – I was too young to ever remember riding the skyway, but I have always had a fascination for that building and thought how cool it was that this piece of Disneyland history was tucked away among those trees. I only wish I could have gotten a closer look at the building myself, there is some really pretty artwork on there and I have never seen what the full version of that rhyme that goes along the top is. It would have been a perfect place to move the Tangled meet n greet to :(

    • stevek

      Good location, likely not ADA compliant which would potentially be a big problem.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I, too, remember the skyway fondly. I am amazed that the building is in such good shape. I remember going up those stairs many times and it was my favorite way to get to Tomorrowland. I took the skyway to Tomorrowland many more times than the skyway to Fantasyland. It is sad to see it go. I guess we just have to expect Disneyland to decline over the years.

  • Kenny B

    That sucks about the skyway station, I only rode the WDW one, and have only been to DL once…… But this saddens me.

    BTW — Whatever happened to the former Disney accountant, who was writing articles? We all enjoyed his posts, and I think he never even finished his story……

  • bayouguy

    Thanksgiving weekend really didn’t seem very busy. It was nicely decorated and managable for us.

  • redrocker

    I can see them using the skyway area as a new smoking area..completely away from guests traffic. and there is no room behind it for a dark ride in the backstage area. Theres a fairly brand new kitchen and talent break room just behind it and road access. Its small enough as it is back there

    • Marko50

      I would think that even a smoking area would have to be ADA compliant, but that’s just a guess.

  • ScottOlsen

    I wonder how I was actually able to view parades at Disneyland in the past without all that studio lighting??

    • stevek

      The fancier studio lighting in the article is actually temporary for Candlelight.

  • TodAZ1

    If Disneyland and DCA are only open from 9 am to 8 pm til Wednesday and 9 am to 9 pm on Thursday, how busy could they be? That’s almost off season hours.

  • Dizzey

    It used to be a fun “look to the past” to see the Skyway building. I told my kids about the old cable ride a few times while showing them the building and challenging them to imagine it, but it makes sense to take it down. It’s probably fairly rotted at this point. Worse to lose the Court of Angels, in my opinion.

    Side story – Disney must not like the negative press about this latter issue… I was in the park last week and held my camera up to see over the cheesy plywood gate at COA. I was immediately jumped on by a cast member telling me that that was not allowed. He wasn’t very nice about it, either. Very un-Disney. Sheesh. Soured me even further to the whole thing and made me think about the nearly $1000 I spent in park hopper tickets for the family. Overall it’s still the Happiest Place on Earth, but this guy must not have got the full training. It’s just a construction photo for Pete’s sake… the kind of thing I’ve seen here on MiceChat all the time. Fully cover the opening if it’s such a big deal.

    • stevek

      I think most people, including the owners of this site and many of the various site photographers, will tell you that it’s a no-no to take pics over a fence. My guess is that the guy has had a billion peeps trying to take pics and is pretty tired of telling everyone no…or he was just being a bit jerky about it.