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.

Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!

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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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  • 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)
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  • FerretAfros

    Interesting that they’re closing the Jungle Cruise for 3 days to remove the holiday overlay. Wasn’t it all installed during overnight hours? I wonder if there is some other work planed for that time too

    • judearmstrong

      there isn’t too much you can do in 3 days. Maybe some maintenance on some annomatronics but thats about it. It will mostly be cleaning and maybe a little painting

    • MrTeeLee

      Hopefully get the waterfall working again. Was dry and not working on the 2nd.

    • DisWedWay

      They need to repaint the 27 foot Python snake but that will take longer than 3 days.

  • Instidude

    I’m thinking that Cal-OSHA is working hard to ruin the theme park business in the state!

  • amyuilani

    It’s too bad that the Skyway load station couldn’t be some easter egg-like spot that you have to notice something cool in, like the queen above snow white.

    • billyjobobb

      every time I go I make it a point to see it and point it out to whoever is with me.

  • heysi

    I’m thinking that some people on here don’t see that the safety rails are being added to improve worker AND guest safety! Every single update has derogatory comments about the railings being put in. Has any of the railings been left out where guests could see them?? Maybe at first but people, this is Disneyland. They have done so much to make them blend in with the rest of the theming. So quit whining.

    • Baloo

      I don’t think its whining about the rails being installed but about the drastic changes that some have caused to the overall look of some areas especially when the park has run for over 50+ years ok without major incidents but all of a sudden.

    • MiceChat believes strongly in worker and guest safety. However, we also think that many of the recent changes are overreaching and mostly unnecessary. Rides and attractions which have operated safely for over 50 years are suddenly being forced to add railings in places that really don’t need them. Do YOU Have a big ugly railing on the roof of your house? Nearly every building at Disney is getting them.

      • Disneylandguest

        “Do YOU Have a big ugly railing on the roof of your house? Nearly every building at Disney is getting them.”

        You’re wrong. Did you forget that the Fantastyland attractions recently got extensions that are themed to be castle walls? They are not ugly railings at all, and no one even notices them.
        Plus, the whole “Alice” situation was a temporary solution.

        Also, don’t give me that “mostly unnecessary” nonsense. You know very well that whenever a cast member has gotten injured (especially from height heights) in the past, miceage has always gone the “Shame on the park for not having safe conditions” route.

      • Disneylandguy55

        Wow, you think you want to not attack people who posted on your site, Dusty.

      • Country Bear

        Always nice to see posts from Disneyland management.

      • heysi

        We seem to be forgetting our Disneyland history. There are hundreds of accidents at Disneyland every year and while only a few have been “Major incidents”, they do create an issue for the park as a company (something people fail to remember every single day on here) and I’m sure the money spent on the team of lawyers they have hired just for the “slip & fall’ crowd would look like the budget for a Pirates film. A few railings and a bit of theming cost much less than lawyers and lawsuits. While the railings look unattractive when first put up, nearly all of them have been themed over as time has gone on. Theming over a railing on an existing building isn’t a simple matter of slapping on some paint and plaster. The area available for the railing might not even be within existing conditions. We’re talking about buildings that have been up since before most of the CAL/OSHA regulations were written so all of that has to be accounted for. And once the railing is installed, it requires a field visit to see where the railing is visible and come up with a solution to cover that railing with appropriate theming that blends in so that the “average” park visitor won’t notice it. This isn’t a one day fix, its a multi-week undertaking that requires approvals by the city and other agencies (also something that requires lawyers and lots of extra money). The “temporary” scaffolds around Alice are an example of how difficult this “simple” solution is for Imagineers. They’ve had years to come up with something that is safe and attractive and a perfect fix is just not available.

        Sometimes you people sound like the neighbor that complains when someone plants a new tree and complains that it looks out of place or scrawny. Fast forward a few years and the tree has grown and become part of the overall landscape, blending in nicely with the neighborhood. Give the park some credit. They’ve never left a scrawny tree out forever. Oh sure, I’ll admit that there are a few eyesores around the park (America Sings Building, to name just one) but the people that design the Magic see these eyesores and want to do what they can to improve them. Try to take more than a passing glance at this issue and you’ll realize that this is all in the parks best interest and a few years from now you won’t even notice the “hidden” railings. Instead you’ll be upset over a popcorn cart that the park had repainted in a new color.

    • Internitty

      I smell a marketing intern

      • heysi

        You would be mistaken. Just a Disneyland fan. But one with reasonable expectations and less prone to hysterics.

  • bayouguy

    So, when will my magic + be fired? And all the clueless folks who worked on that?
    Happy New Year to all. Seems like a long way for the next holiday festivities.

    • Internitty

      It makes such good business sense to pull money from your best performing property to prop up a billion dollar money pit. Why can’t the board see how they are wasting money on the MM+ project at the expense of projects that would have brought millions of return and new guests to both DLR and WDW AND it has been stated that Disneyland itself might not even get MM+ in the end because of the completely different guest demographic.

  • wonderpeep

    I really love the Nemo subs, hope they keep them. The lagoon is a priceless scenic element in the park!

    • Baloo

      I don’t mind if they remove the subs but it would be nice if they found a way of incorporating the outside part of the lagoon to waterever new is built

      • renderman7

        I personally want the subs to go, and i would like to see them shrink the lagoon, just a bit and build a new show building where the current underground one is, they could then put the nemo ride from epcot in there instead.

        that being said i doubt it would happen, seems like the closure might have been planned for the star wars expansions that may or may not go ahead..

    • Internitty

      I love the subs too.
      It’s great for adults who have enjoyed the subs as kids to want them gone, who gives a darn about all the kids to come who would have loved them too.

  • johntodd

    I think the fake flowers really -were- for sale, but nobody bought any of them, so they closed the flower stand.

    That’s what-I- think. 😉

  • Algernon

    The leaves at the end of Alice in Wonderland were the best part of the ride. My little niece and nephew used to love feeling like they were about to go off the edge. And I really hate all the safety railings and paving stones. That’s why I will be purchasing the Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses when they come later out this year. Hopefully, I will be able to visit a past version of Disneyland, before the Nemo Subs, safety railings, and paving stones. It will be good to ride on the Peoplemover and Skyway again, just like I was there. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before somebody recreates past versions of Disneyland for every year it has been open, complete with the people of that time walking around all around you—as they slowly destroy the current Disneyland, bit by bit, turning it into an extravagant Coney Island.

    • Indy Fan 1

      No it is NOT.

  • Klutch

    I’m wondering who in Sacramento Disney ticked off. Are other California parks, like Knott’s and Universal, being overrun with unnecessary railings everywhere?

    Thanks for the update!

    • TacAlert

      NO. Disneyland is doing this voluntarily. Hence why Miceage always says Alice in Wonderland was closed volutarily.

      There is no one making them do this.

      • Klutch

        Actually, Disney is not installing handrails all over the park voluntarily. They are doing so because Cal/OSHA is making them do it. Just wondering if it’s only Disney Cal/OSHA is dogging.

    • Internitty

      I thought after the third new set of safety rails, disgruntled ex employee

  • tooncity

    Once again Disney Corporate has returned to the tone-deafness era of Pressler. Running the park for wall street instead of the customers who are paying a $100 a head. Disneyland makes tons of money, with a small, small percentage of that being re-invested.

    Time to make them hear you folks. Let your Passes expire without renewing. Stop taking your out of state relatives to the park on the holidays. Just stop going folks. Most people go to the park out of their loyalty to the past. I get it. But if you love the park, make them hear you. You’ll live, you can take some time off until they get the message.

    • Disneylandguest

      The subs will reopen. Absolutely no reason to think otherwise at this point.

      As a matter of fact, Disneyland photographer MintCrocodile recently gave very logical reasoning for why he feels that the ride WILL reopen;


      Here is what he says;

      “I believe that the Submarine Voyage will go down for a refurbishment that will unfortunately take almost a year to complete.

      A few have mentioned that Disney has done if before in the past. They would state an attraction will be going down for a refurbishment (Rocket Rods) or a parade (Light Magic) will get some retooling, only to have them never return. But you see, Rocket Rods and Light Magic pretty much got a bad rap from the start. And with the constant issues they had, those in charge (like Michael Eisner, Paul Pressler, and Cynthia Harris) didn’t want to admit their mistakes. So what did they do to save themselves the embarrassment of publicly getting rid of something? Why just say they are going to get refurbished and fine tuned. That way, as time goes on, Disneyland will distract the Guests with something else so that they forget about Light Magic and Rocket Rods.

      But now it’s a different time with different people running the Parks. With an attraction that’s been in operation for nearly 6 1/2 years, if they were going to get rid of it, I think they would just come out and say “with the changing times of today and the needs to serve our Guests with better experiences, the Submarine Voyage will be closing yadda yadda yadda.”…you know, the typical canned reasoning Disney PR always gives. And knowing Disney, if a “beloved” attraction is about to go away forever, they will try and milk it as much as they can with merchandise and any other PR stunt they can throw at it.”

      • Country Bear

        I think Disney could resolve this issue with a simple statement from John Lassiter. Have John publicly say that the subs are going down for some much needed renovation and will be back up again in the fall of 2014. That would shut everyone up because Disney wouldn’t dare publicly make a liar out of John Lassiter.

        Simple fix to shut us all up about this issue once and for all. Great PR move for Disney as well, as they are certainly taking a beating over this one.

    • Disneylandguest

      “Most people go to the park out of their loyalty to the past.”

      No, not necessarily. I’m sure that many people still go because they still enjoy the place and they just don’t agree with your opinion.

    • Indy Fan 1

      So the Walt Disney Company isn’t allowed to make a profit? This is a capitalist country and they have the right to. If they aren’t then it’s called communism.

      • tooncity

        Nobody said that. Disney please make lots of money. But IF people are complaining about he park and what the COMPANY is doing to the park. Then vote with your wallet. Don’t go. It’s OLD and Dated and they’re closing even more rides. Cramming more and more people into the park. Pressler oops Bob Iger hasn’t have built anything of significance in Disneyland for 20 years. Disneyland is a CASH COW, that the Company uses to pay for their idiotic mistakes. Disneyland really is just a rip off. You can love it, but it’s overpriced.

        Same goes for Walt Dated World.

  • Greater Kundah

    Has anybody else noticed that the Wait Times board no longer has the Finding Nemo Subs on it? It’s been gone for quite some time (I checked back and it was still there in a Dateline Disneyland update in September) but didn’t notice it until yesterday and thought it curious considering Big Thunder is still on there but has been closed for refurbishment for a year now and Nemo is “scheduled” to reopen this fall.

    • Country Bear

      Good point.

  • renderman7

    i think will all the extra safety installs it would be cheaper and better if they build all the uniforms for maintenance people out of bubble wrap..

    also, I honest did not know that the skyway building was even there.. its a shame that something from disneylands history is being removed..but perhaps the building is to old to repair. I would love to see that space taken up by a nice meet and greet location for classic characters..

  • garyman

    According to Disney Website BTRR is off the refurb schedule on 2-1-2014.

    Great Update as always

  • mondo

    “Murmurs online say that the ride (BTMRR) will reopen without the moving boulders in the ride’s earthquake scene”
    What is the reason?

    I thought the original Submarine Voyage was very expensive to operate with low capacity. Why did they bring it back and then a few years later close Nemo Subs down when it would have the same problems? Did they really thought it would be different this time around? Anyways, I believe/hope it is only a long, needed refurb and will reopen. Even if it needs to be seasonal.

  • Disneylandguest

    There is a misconception that there are no animatronics or real figures in the Nemo sub ride. FALSE. There ARE actual figures and animatronics on the Nemo Submarine Voyage. They are the following (in order);

    -sea bass
    -scuba diver
    -giant clams
    -sea turtles (including a figure of Squirt) with a figure of Nemo
    -Angler fish
    -jelly fish

    So, for those people who claim that there are no animatronics of figures on the Nemo Submarine Voyage, you don’t know what you are talking about.

  • BrerDan

    Regarding the boulders in Big Thunder Mountain being removed, I’m guessing they;ll replace them with more effective digital projections. The last time I rode Big Thunder, the boulders were already stationary and they had added a minor digital projection a while back. With the “tech” behind the boulders perhaps being a bit dated, and the accident in Paris (about a year ago boulders actually fell on guests, who were injured), I could see them replacing the boulders with enhanced projections. For me, it’s a shame, as I love the old-fashioned approaches to setting a scene, but it makes sense.

  • themur

    We now get to read about rumored changes to rumors…….priceless!

  • Country Bear

    Thanks for the great update Andy.

    As I looked through the list of planned closures and “refurbishments” it seems to me that there are an awful lot of E Tickets on that list at the same time. I am not used to visiting the Disneyland Resort in the spring months, but doesn’t it seem odd that there would be THAT many major attractions closed at the same time? Puts the value of visiting at this time into question as I assume the gate price doesn’t drop for this?

    Just looking for some feedback on that point.


    • Internitty

      I was thinking that too, I wouldn’t go near the resort as a tourist until at least September

  • mickEblu

    I always find it interesting when I see comments that say Disneyland hasn’t added anything new in in a long time. If you look at Disneyland itself then yes, nothing really significant since Indiana Jones. However, I believe you have to look at the resort as a whole and notice they built a brand new park!