Disneyland Resort – Big Thunder Mountain Railings

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Published on December 20, 2013 at 3:00 am with 13 Comments

To all who come to this happy site – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here fans relive fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge of finding a solution for Tomorrowland. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created this fan community… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Today we visit the park while it’s in the thick of the holiday celebrations that it has become famous for.  There isn’t too much breaking news. But we do check up on a few projects here and there.  One of them is, of course, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the new safety railing along the track that is visible so far.  Next we have a look at Haunted Mansion Holiday’s Gingerbread crescendo as the last door on the advent calendar is opened. New Orleans is also becoming more cluttered with scaffolds as the 6 month refurbishment of Club 33 prepares to begin. Plus, we’ll take a visit to Disney California Adventure for their Mary Poppins Limited Time Magic offering.

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Crowds

As is always the case, crowds have descended upon the resort in huge numbers.  By noon on Tuesday, Adventureland was already stocked with a stroller traffic divider, Indiana Jones had a 40 minute wait before breaking down, and Space was commanding a 40 minute stand-by.  Of course, the lines and traffic continue to pick up through the day and peak during fireworks.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railings

This week we finally caught a first look at the new safety railings that are being installed along the track for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  They pretty much look like the queue railings, unnoticeable unless pointed out.

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The first sign of railings

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New Orleans Square

As the week progressed, we saw more scaffolding collect in New Orleans Square.  This is in anticipation of the extensive Club 33 refurbishment.  Regardless, This area of the park still shines bright during the holidays.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday

Back at the mansion, the final door on the Gingerbread house in the ballroom scene has been opened.  Surprise, it’s another Jack Skellington face.

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We can’t wait for the presents in the attic to open.

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Space Mountain

Soon enough the dome of Space Mountain will be gleaming once more.  Fall protection is being installed as we speak and cleaning should begin shortly. It couldn’t come too soon. Even a distance shot, such as the one below, clearly shows the dirt and stains.

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This week, Limited Time magic strikes in Hollywood Land to celebrate the release of the new Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” in theaters December 20 as well as the Mary Poppins 50th anniversary DVD, which is now available on Blu-ray. Posters are available at Disney California Adventure park near Disney Animation in Hollywood Land.

There is also a photo opportunity with Mary Poppins and Bert at the same location at Disney California Adventure. The folks at this location are wonderful in their parts and they employ some fun interaction.

Enjoy next week’s “Limited Time Magic” celebration of Mary Poppins from December 16-22 at Disney Parks – it’ll be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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¡Viva Navidad!

We noticed, this week, that a few minor changes have been made to the offerings in ¡Viva Navidad!  On Tuesday, the crafts area was turned over for extra dining space.

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They have also added some festive table coverings to some tables.

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It’s still an awesome place to see and interact with the Three Caballeros.

 

And, if you haven’t yet, you simply HAVE to see the ¡Viva Navidad! street party that runs daily.  Simply amazing stuff.

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That’s it for this week from the Disneyland Resort.  While Christmas and New Years Eve will take up the next two weeks, we will still be delivering the latest news from the Disneyland Resort. So, if you’ve got a few moment, don’t forget to check back on MiceChat all week long.  Happy Holidays and we will see you again soon, In The Parks.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • eicarr

    The safety upgrades are great. The bonus is that if a cast member has an accident in WDW, lawyers can point to the upgrades at DL to get a major settlement for injured WDW cast members.

    • judearmstrong

      ha! so true

    • red barchetta

      Can you justify why the company neglected these essential upgrades for 60-years then?

  • judearmstrong

    why not just install a sprinkler system to clean off the dome, if you did that you wouldnt have to have CM’s or outside contractotrs to pay?

    • bkroz

      Would your car look clean if you just turned the sprinkler on it? ;P

      • lightofdarkness

        Using a crspotless or mr clean autodry or something like that would absolutely work if they installed it along all the ridges. They could even make it a show! The waters of space, daily at noon!

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    It was a pretty good Christmas for Disneyland this year. I really loved the new enhancements to Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Jingle Cruise was a sincere and appreciated addition, even if it wasn’t a home run. Viva Navidad was fabulous. The new World of Color Winter Dreams was even better than the regular WoC. And the parks generally looked merry and bright. It’s really hard to beat Disneyland for Christmas value.

    • martinjbell1986

      I’d have to agree with everything you just said. I can’t think of a better place to be around Christmas than Disneyland. Our family had a wonderful time earlier this month in the parks. The new World of Color lights and additions will also be great for the regualr show when the holidays are over.

  • Somes

    My family and I joined the masses and weathered the weather to enjoy the final day of festivities for us “non” deluxe or premium pass holders until after Christmas Break. It is one of our family’s traditions to head to the resort after the last day of school to take it all in and begin this time off with our family…never a disappointment.

    Used the new GAC and was easily accessible. Also, had our wheelchair taken by mistake – another provided for quickly. CMs were quite sympathetic and apologetic as they handled our visit to the highest expectation!

    Had a great adventure when Indy had to reset, just as we reached the boulder. What a treat to see a little of the “magic” and then for another round (of course) as the ride was intended. My kids thought it was a “pretty cool” experience.

    While we will be a little disappointed to not visit over the break, we understand that this will be a time for visitors, families that make a rare visit, and those with upgraded passes. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and will see you mid-January! Until then, thanks to all of you for the updates. See you on the web!

  • MsMandy

    Can I just say that I ADORE that cast member who plays Burt. He is a real joy and delight.

    He’s been doing it for at least a few years, no? I’m sure they use other Burts, but he’s the one I always see (even in your pictures, Norm!) and makes me just smile. He’s dreamy! *eye flutter*

    Thanks as always for proving us with these updates and photos. Busy times at DLR and for the holidays in general.

    Look forward to 2014 where I can take my daughter for her first birthday at Disneyland on the 11th of January!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      MsMandy, I think you mean you adore the cast member “who is friends with Burt”. That is, of course, really Burt and Mary Poppins in the parks. Some really great cast members are “friends” of these characters…but those characters are the real deal. Let’s not spoil that for any kiddos who could be reading this site.

  • Disneyland2055

    It is great that Big Thunder Mountain is getting closer to opening. I wonder though. Will the goat actually get a safety rating too, cause PETA might be all over that. 8)

    • DisWedWay

      I’m surprised the goat has lasted 34 years with the family of Skunks constantly spraying in his direction. When will we see some baby Tortoises on the 2nd lift, as the Rainbow Ridge variety must be about 50 years old now? Is the new security fence able to keep little Huckleberry’s and Corn Nubbins from falling through center?