Disneyland‘s busy holiday season officially comes to an end today after a huge New Year’s Eve celebration in both parks followed by a festive Three Kings Day celebration and the final holiday crowds visiting the parks over the weekend. Disneyland now begins 2014, but the year may shape up to be another quiet one for the Resort as it continues to rest on the rewards of Disney California Adventure‘s hugely successful 2012 expansion. Today we take a final look at the various holiday offerings, recap the New Year’s Eve festivities, and take a look at what we can expect from Disneyland in 2014.

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Welcome 2014

Huge holiday crowds hit Disneyland on Tuesday to ring in the New Year. Guests packed Disneyland throughout the day with Disneyland’s midnight fireworks being the big draw.

Disneyland saw huge crowds all day. A look at early afternoon New Year’s Eve wait times

Setup for New Year’s Eve festivities in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Long wait times throughout the park at all attractions

Indiana Jones

Pirates of the Caribbean

Extended queue for Pirates stretched across New Orleans Square

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Extended Haunted Mansion queue

Lots of stroller parking along the Rivers of America

…in Tomorrowland as well…

Would you wait 45 minutes for the Astro Orbiter?

Two hours for Space Mountain

Small World Mall dance party setup

While Disneyland was packed full, the story was very different in Disney California Adventure with crowds far more manageable. Overall, crowds in California Adventure felt like a moderate summer afternoon.

Setup for New Year’s Eve swing party in Carthay Circle

DCA afternoon wait times on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve band stage in Cars Land

Not bad for NYE

Only a 5 minute wait for Junkyard Jamboree on New Year’s Eve

DCA was just as pleasant in the evening, with live music throughout the park including the great swing party in Carthay Circle.

And the park rang in 2014 with its annual fountains and fireworks show on Paradise Bay

Video of the full New Year’s Eve World of Color Countdown to Midnight show:

After midnight, Disneyland remained open until 2am with Sleeping Beauty Castle looking festive until the morning hours.

End of the Season

Today, Monday, January 6 marks the final day of Disneyland’s 2013 holiday season.

Your last chance to enjoy some holiday cheer is today!

Santa dons his post-Christmas smoking jacket now that he can relax a big following Christmas

On Main Street, the recently-added flower market was recently scaled back, likely due to the heavy post-Christmas holiday crowds.

Most of the flower market was removed completely. Hopefully it’ll return soon with spring floral now that the holidays and holiday crowds are gone.

Just a bit of the flower market remains

The photo-op covering the defunct ice cream window remains in place

Last chance to enjoy seasonal attractions like the Haunted Mansion Holiday and the Jingle Jangle Jamboree are today. Haunted Mansion will reopen January 18 following the removal of its holiday overlay.

Today is also the last day to see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies perform at Disneyland. Disney announced in November that the park would retire the popular live act. Billy and the gang have been performing at the park for over 20 years and fans are expected to pack their final shows today to say good-bye.

Pluto waits for the Hillbillies…

The Jingle Cruise will remain open for another week, closing on January 13 for three days to remove its holiday overlay.

“it’s a small world” Holiday will remain for now, closing on January 21 to remove its holiday overlay.

The Frozen meet-and-greet, new for the holiday season, will likely stick around with the film continuing to do extremely well at theaters.

The small meet-and-greet in Fantasyland continues to pull really impressive wait times

In California Adventure, the popular Buena Vista Street and Cars Land holiday offerings will end today.

Bye-bye, Cars Land Christmas

Today also marks the end of Paradise Garden’s successful Viva Navidad celebration. In addition to the regular Viva Navidad line-up, the cultural holiday celebration added Three Kings Day treats, decorations, face painting over the weekend. Three Kings Day ends today along with the rest of Viva Navidad.

The Three Kings Day decorations originally made for the celebration in Disneyland’s Frontierland have moved to Paradise Garden this year.

Three Kings Day crowns at the free crafts station

Free Three Kings Day face painting

Your last chance to enjoy the Viva Navidad celebration is today – if you have the opportunity, don’t miss it – it’s truly fantastic.

How can you not love this?

The surprisingly great Viva Navidad Street Party also ends today.

On the Horizon

Disney has yet to announce any major new projects for 2014 but some changes are coming to the park this year and as it approaches its 60th anniversary in 2015.

[center]Dive, Dive![/center]
First up, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is now closed to begin what has officially been announced as a major refurbishment for the attraction. Disney announced the attraction will reopen in the fall, but rumors from the MiceAge Update say that the attraction, the Resort’s most expensive ride to operate, is quietly being shuttered by Disney to cut costs.

The attraction wasn’t set to close until Sunday, but was shuttered a day early after having to close due to technical difficulties Saturday afternoon. We’ll be keeping an eye on the Submarine Lagoon for you all throughout the year to see what happens to this historic attraction.

Below, take a final video ride-through of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage from Saturday morning before it unexpectedly closed early.

The attraction closed Saturday afternoon after technical issues

In New Orleans Square, work on the Club 33 expansion has been underway since the Court of Angels closed in October but now the Club is completely closed as it begins its full remodel and expansion project.

Sunday was the final day of operation for Club 33 and the official end of its original main entrance as well as the Club’s Trophy Room, which will become a new kitchen for the restaurant.

When it reopens this July, the Club’s new main entrance will be through the doors of what was previously the L’Ornament Magique shop and the new main lobby will be the Court of Angels.

Scaffolding and tarps cover the construction that is widening the upstairs bridge that connects the existing Club above Cafe Orleans with the space for the new Club 33 jazz lounge, which is being built in the space above the French Market.

[center]Fixing up Fantasyland[/center]
In Fantasyland, the old Skyway Chalet is rumored to be on the chopping block. The structure has sat unused since the Skyway’s closure in 1994 and Walt Disney Imagineering has decided to let go of the structure, which is not ADA-compliant and slipping further into disrepair. It’s a shame, as the structure could be a really lovely character meet-and-greet location with the proper upgrades and modifications to bring it up-to-date. The plan, however, is to dismantle it as soon as the last of the holiday crowds leave Disneyland, and with that, the old Fantasyland Skyway Chalet will slip into Yesterland.

Elsewhere in Fantasyland, another notable change will be coming soon over at the Alice in Wonderland dark ride. The classic Fantasyland ride suddenly closed in summer of 2010 after a Cal/OSHA inspector pointed out the outdoor portion of the ride track lacked proper handrails for Disney employees and maintenance workers. Disney voluntarily closed the ride and installed a temporary scaffolding and handrail fix for the ride, turning the once open and charming outdoor portion of the ride into an eyesore of scaffolding and tarps.

The attraction has operated with the temporary safety fixes like this since 2010 and after rumored fixes and expected closures, the ride is now expected to close in early February to install a permanent fix which is rumored to include a complete dismantling of the existing outdoor track and the construction of a new track that will be shorter, no longer winding, take up a smaller footprint and, most importantly, be Cal/OSHA-compliant.

It’ll be great to see a permanent fix come for this, which would be going on four years of being covered in tarps and temporary scaffolding this summer, it’s just unfortunate that the permanent fix comes at the cost of trimming the track so its shorter and decidedly less fun.

A video of the current ride experience

Throughout the rest of Fantasyland, the other classic dark rides rumors have suggested that Disneyland had planned to close each of the classic dark rides, starting with Alice, to dramatically upgrade and enhance the classics for the park’s 60th anniversary. Those rumored plans have been reportedly put on hold as even more rumors say that Disney has halted all major projects in response to problems with its major MyMagic+ project in Florida.

Currently, only Alice in Wonderland is officially scheduled to close anytime soon, but hopefully the rest of the dark rides get their updates and upgrades in time for Disneyland’s big 60th anniversary.

[center]Wildest Reopening in the Wilderness[/center]
Around the same time that Alice in Wonderland closes in February, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is expected to begin soft openings in Frontierland. The E-Ticket closed in January of 2013 and remained closed for the entire year after last-minute changes and safety additions forced Disney to delay its scheduled October reopening to February 2014.

Trains are now routinely testing on the Big Thunder track

Murmurs online say that the ride will reopen without the moving boulders in the ride’s earthquake scene.

[center]Say ‘Cheese’[/center]
This year Nikon will begin its new role as the Official Camera of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, replacing longtime film sponsor Kodak. Kodak left Disney last year after filing for bankruptcy and choosing not to renew its contract with Disney. Nikon is expected to bring new cameras to Disney’s PhotoPass photographers and bring back the various sponsored “Photo Spots” around the park, among other things. Hopefully Nikon will take over Kodak’s old photo supply and information booth in Fantasyland that Kodak left empty. The information booth is an old Fantasyland ticket booth and has sat unused and ignored since Kodak left, hopefully Nikon can move in and this little piece of Disneyland history can be saved.

[center]See Ya Later, Trashcans[/center]
Back in Tomorrowland, rumors are circulating once again that the Captain EO Tribute may quietly close in the coming days. The show returned to Disneyland in February 2010 as a tribute to Michael Jackson following the star’s death in 2009. In September, fans of the show worried Disneyland was preparing to permanently close it when it was scheduled to close for a three-month refurbishment. The September “refurbishment” was canceled and the show remained open through the end of the year but now rumors are circulating once again that the show could close at any moment as a cost-savings move by Disney until they’re ready to announce a permanent replacement for the 3D theater (rumors suggest a new Star Wars show here). In any case, if you’re a fan of Captain EO, you may want to catch a showing just in case it does glow away soon.

In Downtown Disney, the final new Starbucks location for the Disneyland Resort will open in the space formerly occupied by Anne Geddes and later by BLINK by Wet Seal. The new Starbucks location is set to open this winter, which could mean anytime between now and March, and will be the third Starbucks location added on property since 2012.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 6-12, 2014
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Monday: 9 am – 10 pm
Tues.-Thurs.: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 midnight
Sat.-Sun.: 9 am – 11 pm
Monday: 9 am – 9 pm
Tues.-Thurs: 9 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 9 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through February 2014.
  • [B]Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage:[/B] Closed through September 26, 2014 for major refurbishment.
  • [B]Fantasmic!:[/B] Dark through February 13, 2014 for major refurbishment.
  • [B]Sailing Ship Columbia:[/B] Closed through February 14, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Haunted Mansion:[/B] Closed January 7-17, 2014 for removal of holiday overlay.
  • [B]Jungle Cruise:[/B] Closed January 13-16, 2014 for holiday overlay removal.
  • [B]”it’s a small world”:[/B] Closed January 21-February 7 for holiday overlay removal.
  • [B]Splash Mountain:[/B] Closed January 21-28 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Disneyland Monorail:[/B] Closed one day, January 22, 2014.
  • [B]Pirates of the Caribbean:[/B] Closed January 27 through February 13, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Closed February 3 through June 5, 2014 for enhancements and redesign of outdoor portion of ride track.
  • [B]Disneyland Railroad:[/B] Closed February 24 through March 7 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Space Mountain:[/B] Closed March 3 through May 22 for refurbishment.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Redwood Creek Challenge Trail:[/B] Closed January 6 through February 27, 2014.
  • [B]World of Color:[/B] Dark January 7-16, 2014.
  • [B]Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular:[/B] Dark January 21-February 20, 2014.
  • [B]Mickey’s Fun Wheel:[/B] Closed February 3-6 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Soarin’ Over California:[/B] Closed February 18-June 5, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train:[/B] Closed March 3-6, 2014.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • Starbucks Coffee: New Starbucks store under construction in former BLINK by Wet Seal location. Opens this winter.
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]

January 6 – 12


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  • Hotels are wide open this week.
  • This week sees a large number of attraction closures as the short off-season begins, including long refurbs for Submarine Voyage and Alice in Wonderland. In addition, evening shows like World of Color and Fantasmic! are dark.
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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Take a look at some great new merchandise items coming to Disney theme parks in 2014. (Disney Parks Blog)
Alright, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. Hope you all had a happy New Year’s Eve celebration and best wishes for 2014!

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