With the busy holiday season over Disneyland has now jumped into the winter off-season by taking care of refurbishment and construction projects around the parks. At Disneyland, the exclusive Club 33 has taken over New Orleans Square with construction walls as it begins its major expansion and renovation project. Meanwhile, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is wrapping up its year-long refurbishment project as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage closes to begin a major refurbishment that might end up being that ride’s end. Disneyland fans also goodbye to favorites Billy Hill the Hillbillies, who performed their final show at the park following over 20 years of entertaining Disneyland guests.

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 to Disneyland!

The holidays are over at Disneyland and the Resort is now entering its brief winter off-season period.

The end of the holidays means a new marketing campaign for the Resort, which is now using the slogan “Keeps Getting Happier,” a continuation of the “Just Got Happier” slogan introduced summer 2012 for the Disney California Adventure re-launch.

Banners in Downtown Disney continue with the new marketing campaign

Note the new “Keeps Getting Happier” slogan

In Downtown Disney, the new Starbucks location continues construction as it moves toward its grand opening later this winter.

End of the Season

The holidays have mostly disappeared from the parks, with only some leftover decorations here and there still waiting to be removed and packed up.

No more Christmas tree

Spring color can now be found in park flower beds.

Hanging floral baskets returning in Town Square…

No more Christmas garland across Main Street but Sleeping Beauty Castle is still covered in snow for the time being…

Further down Main Street, what was left of the charming flower market that took over Center Street during the holidays has now been completely removed. I have my fingers crossed that it’ll return with spring flowers but we’ll see what happens…

Nothing left

No more flowers here

At the end of Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle is in the process of having its winter overlay removed. The snow is still in place, but garland and icicle lights have all been (mostly) removed.

Some icicle lights are still waiting to be removed.

Back in Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” will continue to celebrate the holidays through next Monday.

Elsewhere, holiday overlays are gone or currently in the process of being removed. The Jungle Cruise is back to normal…

But the Haunted Mansion is closed while Jack Skellington moves out

No more trash can on the Mansion roof until the fall

Over at California Adventure, the park is pretty much back to normal following the holidays.

Buena Vista Street window displays returned to normal and some even got additional mannequins added.

This window is seriously so embarrassing. It’s a shame the period-appropriate windows that Imagineering put together for the park were thrown out in an effort to sell more merchandise.

More mannequins were added in just about all of the Elias and Co. windows.

They aren’t exactly great additions…

No more Buena Vista Street Christmas tree

Spring floral in the park…

Over at Paradise Gardens, the spectacular Viva Navidad celebration has ended for the year and the regular menu of Mediterranean skewers has returned to Paradise Garden Grill (one of the best counter service meals in the parks).

Out in Downtown Disney, the Winter Village and ice skating rink just wrapped up its final weekend.

Refurbishmentland

With the holiday season done and over with, Disneyland has transitioned into full refurbishment mode with lighter crowds and shorter operating days during the winter off-season.

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Perhaps the most significant project currently underway at Disneyland is the major Club 33 expansion. Of course, the vast majority of park guests will never step foot inside the exclusive club in New Orleans Square, but most guests will have to navigate through the maze of construction walls while the private club is expanded and remodeled over the next several months.

The front of Cafe Orleans is now partially behind walls. The space immediately above Cafe Orleans is the Club’s main dining room.

Work continues above the Pirates of the Caribbean exit

The Club’s expansion and remodeling project includes the widening of enclosed bridges that cross over the walkways of New Orleans Square, connecting the Club’s various upstairs spaces. Passing through this tunnel leads you toward the now-closed Court of Angels and New Orleans Square bathrooms.

Here, the closed Court of Angels is directly in front. Through the left tunnel would be the Pirates of the Caribbean exit, Blue Bayou Restaurant and original Club 33 entrance door. To the right would lead you to the New Orleans Square restrooms and train station.

If you want to go to the restrooms or train station, however, you’ll have to go all the way around the building as the route is now a dead-end due to construction. You can, of course, still access the pin store here.

Confusing signage tries to redirect you around the building to the restrooms, but most guests end up asking the Cast at Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie where to go.

No, this sign isn’t pointing you into the perfume shop

On the other side of the building, the restrooms could become more of a traffic jam than usual due to the construction walls and dead-end situation back here.

The French Market is also behind more walls now

[center]River Refurbishments[/center]
Nearby, the Sailing Ship Columbia is in dry dock at Fowler’s Harbor for refurbishment.

On the river, Fantasmic is dark until Valentine’s Day due to refurbishment,

With Fantasmic dark, the Mark Twain is able to stay open late into the evening, presenting a rare opportunity for evening cruises. If you’re in the park anytime soon, take advantage of this great evening experience!

[center]Wildest Refurbishment in the Wilderness[/center]
Nearby, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is now expected to reopen by the end of the month after a year-long refurbishment project.

Some of Big Thunder’s walls were recently removed along Big Thunder Trail

[center]Skyway to Yesterland[/center]
In Fantasyland, the old Skyway Chalet is still in place but rumor is that it will be permanently removed soon.

[center]Dive, Dive…?[/center]
Over in Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is now closed and behind construction walls. Disney has announced the ride is closed for an extended refurbishment that will run through the fall, but rumor is that Disneyland has closed the ride (the most expensive to operate) to save money while they wait to see if they’ll get the final green light to go ahead with a Star Wars-themed redevelopment of the area occupied by the Sub Lagoon. So far, it there doesn’t appear to be much movement in the lagoon but we’ll keep an eye on the lagoon to see if a refurbishment does get underway.

It probably doesn’t mean anything, but note there’s no reopening date noted on signage (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad walls have had a reopening date posted)

Access for the Monorail platform exit stairs and accessible elevator

The loading station is behind walls now

Wouldn’t it be a shame to lose this gorgeous view and historic attraction just so Disney can cash in on more Star Wars?

Take a final ride on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage with our video ride-through below:

[center]A Great, Big Marvelous Tomorrow[/center]
Last week Disney announced that a new Captain America meet-and-greet will open this spring in Disneyland. While Disney was short with details, the expectation is that Captain America will join his fellow Avengers inside Tomorrowland’s Innoventions.

Inside, it seems like a no-brainer that Captain America will replace the strange Nanooze Labs exhibit that poorly tries to educate guests on the latest developments in nanotechnology.

Computer screens with information and interactive games

Interactive games

Free Nanooze magazines are available – the latest issue from 2012.

This space will definitely be far more effectively used by Captain America this spring.

[center]California Closures[/center]
It isn’t actually under refurbishment, but over at California Adventure, the terrazzo floor outside of the Carthay Circle Theater could use some work. This same terrazzo was ripped out and replaced just four months after the park’s grand reopening in 2012. Why do they keep having problems with it?

Lots of chipping and damage

Cracked

Hopefully this can be properly addressed at some point. The Carthay terrazzo is beautiful and considering it isn’t very old, should still be in great condition.

Back in Paradise Bay, World of Color is dark until later this week to remove its “Winter Dreams” additions.

And the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in the Grizzly Peak area is closed for refurbishment.

Bye-bye Billies

On Monday, January 6, fan-favorites Billy Hill and the Hillbillies ended their 20+ career at Disneyland with a 45-minute show, performed to a standing room only crowd.

The band’s regular 20-minute set stretched for nearly 45-minutes for their final performance, which was a combination of the group’s holiday show and favorites from their regular set.

Throughout the holiday season, the Billies ended their holiday show by bringing out the Country Bears for a sing-a-long. The final performance drew huge boos from the crowd when Billy Hill suggested it was already time to bring out the bears — the crowd reaction turned into laughter when Billy Hill joked they accidentally turned 3,000 people against the beloved Country Bears.

Below, highlights from Billy Hill and the Hillbilly’s 45-minute farewell set.

If you don’t want to say goodbye forever to Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, the band has already found a new home at Knott’s Berry Farm. They’ve posted their current performance schedule on their website at KirkWallandtheHillbillies.com.

If a highlight reel isn’t enough for you, below is the full show:

With the holiday season over and the Hillbillies now gone, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree has introduced a new entertainment offering called the Frontierland Troupe. The Frontierland Troupe includes meet-and-greets with rare Disney characters and live music, magic tricks, rodeo tricks and other walk-around entertainment.

A smaller stage has been set up for the pianist, but pay no attention to the big stage in the background….

Snacks and drinks

Smart move on Disney’s part to bring back the rare character meet-and-greets, which proved to be a big hit during last year’s Limited Time Magic promotion. Kinfolk:

Nature Lovers:

Outlaws:

The main stage sits empty unless there’s a visiting Performing Arts group


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 13-19, 2014
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Monday: 10 am – 7 pm
Tues.-Thurs.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 12 midnight
Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
Mon.-Thurs.: 10 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
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[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
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  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through January 31, 2013.
  • [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.
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A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]

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  • Hotels are solidly booked at the end of this week, with most reporting near-capacity levels for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Martin Luther King Day weekend. Who said there is an off-season at Disneyland?
  • Jingle Cruise closes this week to remove the holiday overlay, and this weekend sees the return of Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and World of Color.
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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Disneyland’s 2-day Southern California resident ticket returns for $129 through May 2014. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Disney/ABC TV group’s Adam Sanderson has been named new head of D23 and Walt Disney Archives. (D23)
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum and Cartoon Brew both fact-checked recent allegations from actress Meryl Streep that Walt Disney was racist, anti-Semitic and a “gender bigot.”
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  • Internitty

    “Keeps Getting Happier” how? With the loss of The Court of Angels, The Billies and The Subs exactly how is it getting better? This is an incredibly sad time for DLR and may become sadder if this Star Wars-ization goes ahead. I am a huge fan of the original cuts of the original films and have great hopes for episode 7 and would love to see some more Star Wars related attractions but turning Tomorrowland into Star Wars Land is as bad an idea as the prequels.

    • Algernon

      I agree. That’s why I’m getting an $84 Universal Studios annual pass instead of going to Coney Island–I mean Disneyland, this year.

      • jcruise86

        Check out the Costco 5 visits deal. You may find that that will be more than enough till Harry Potter opens.

        I also recommend eating at Karl Strauss in Universal City Walk. We’ve had a couple of bad overpriced meals inside the park, though Mel’s has dependable burgers, if your heart is willing.

  • eicarr

    Bring on the Star Wars and MARVEL ASAP!!! Low capacity rides, awkward abandoned spaces and tracks and a car ride found at every local park make for a HUGE blank canvas to incorporate Disney’s most popular and profitable charicters. Bring on the Marvel, Star Wars, crowds and buckets of cash!!! Dead TL is an embarrassment that could turn into the biggest draw in the park’s history.

    Knotts has a better western area, so I can’t wait to see the Billies there. With the new log ride and Calico train refurbishments… Knotts is firing on all cylinders again.

    I’ll take cracked Terazzo over the inevitable cement replacement anyday. Gives it a little charicter.

  • Oregonmom2

    Is there a reason that Disneyland didn’t renew their contract wth Billy Hill and the Hillbllies?? They were there for 20 year and were always packed with people at the shows? Is there something behind the scenes that happened? So sad that they are gone 🙁

    • LoveStallion

      Chances are there is some sort of gag clause in their contract, but I hope that MiceChat will be able to unearth something once the moratorium expires.

    • It came completely out of the blue to the guys. Essentially, they found out just before it was announced in the Disney Parks Blog.

      On the operations side, it is a combination of cost savings and wanting to change things up.

      As the 60th plans get finalized, we may see the Golden Horseshoe Review return to Disneyland. The Billies weren’t likely to survive into the 60th even if they had made it through one more year on the budget due to the expense of trying to run both the Review and the Billies show at the same time.

      In some ways, they are better off now at Knott’s Berry Farm, which is perfectly themed for their show. And they help Knott’s by bringing in some formerly loyal Disney fans (which they’ve already done). It’s sort of a win/win situation.

      I’m very sorry to see them leave Disneyland, but think they’ve got a great new home. And I’m looking forward to seeing what Disney ends up doing with Frontierland entertainment over this next year.

    • tardistrekkie

      According to a guy who would occasionally sub in with the Hillbillies, the issue was with them being hillbillies in frontier land, which is supposed to be about cowboys. In other words, they couldn’t make the Hillbillies story line fit in Frontier Land. This may be in conjunction with the possible return of the Golden Horseshoe Review for the 60th. (Take from this what you will, as it is not an official explanation, but rather what he told me in December)

  • MrOCT31

    Well they need to do something with yesterdayland! Way to much wasted space and rides that need to be updated, autopia, EO and Innoventions, being 3 of the biggest wastes of space there are in the park at the moment and a people mover track and the old rockets home that need to have something put back in to use this also very wasted space.

    Was at the parks Friday and we really liked the evil step sisters and step mothers characters! The cast members seem to be having a really good time and interacting well with the crowd, was good fun!

    • Internitty

      I think the problem with Autopia in the minds of people is they forget how much the kids love it. I’ve worked in theme parks myself and to see how excited kids get when they think they are driving a real car is an absolute joy. Autopia is unique among these types of rides because of its length. I personally like Autopia on behalf of the kids. I think what I would like to see is Autopia moved to DCA which seems to be more kid friendly in the amount of attractions aimed directly at them.

      • Marko50

        Which is possibly the best arguement for leaving it in DL.

  • Princess Victoria

    Are the holiday decorations removed from Cars Land?

    • Marko50

      When I was there Saturday, I noticed the Christmas trees were still up in Flo’s. The trolleys also still had garland on them, but those were the only things I noticed.

  • amyuilani

    As someone who could care less about Star Wars, I agree that taking over that much of Tomorrowland with that theme will be overkill. If they had taken over just Innoventions, I think that would have been enough.

    How do they decide what characters to put out there? Do they just go with whatever costumes are the cleanest? I agree that it’s a treat to see Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters, but they don’t really go with that area. And how often do people recognize the Robin Hood characters these days?

    • Tarakeet

      Well, my five-year-old is SO EXCITED that he might get to meet Robin Hood! He’s been watching the movie over and over, since it’s become available on Netflix for streaming. I hope the characters aren’t going to rotate, but will still be there in a couple of weeks when we go. I’m really enjoying seeing my kids fall in love with some of the older movies on Netflix (even though we own them all on DVD).

  • Big D

    This is the first time since I gave it up that I miss having my AP. I LOVE doing night cruises on the Mark Twain. I’d be down there tonight if I still had it. Too bad…

  • martinjbell1986

    About a year and a half ago I received a survey from Disney Parks about a possible Star Wars Land. It was very extensive and asked opinions on characters to rides and attractions. I’m sure whatever they add will partially be from results of that and other surveys that people have responded to.

  • Jungle Trekkie

    “Wouldn’t it be a shame to lose this gorgeous view and historic attraction just so Disney can cash in on more Star Wars?”

    The subs are almost 60 years old. I love them, but I would love to experience a 21st century “Star Wars” attraction, especially a speeder bike race, more than an occasional nostalgic sub ride, so no, it would not be a shame.

    • Golden

      Agree completely. It would be a shame to lose the lagoon view, which is lovely. But I wouldn’t find it a shame to lose the submarine ride at all. The Finding Nemo reskin was a complete flop, for me (and I loved the movie). Other than the lagoon, the only thing I’d miss are the seagulls on their buoy. I won’t miss Autopia, I won’t miss Innoventions – what a huge chunk of space which could be far better utilised.

      I honestly don’t understand the world view around here, which seems to be completely contrary to Walt’s ‘constant progress’ view of the world.

      I would like to see them endeavour to fix the lagoon so that it can hold water without its significant leakage issues, and incorporate it into their redesign (on the edge of the endor forest? It could work…) But it seems pretty unlikely, and I would sacrifice it for what sounds like it could be a significant move away from the concrete jungle that Tomorrowland is today.

  • Tinkbelle

    Wow, DLR is a MESS right now.

    • Internitty

      Who couldn’t see it coming when Michael Colglazier was put in charge? Admittedly not all his fault, he is probably just Meg Crofton’s scape goat and he is residing over the MM+ cut backs insanity but honestly who didn’t see this day coming.

    • Golden

      Having come off a widely successful complete reskin of DCA, Disneyland are enthused enough to put grand scale plans for taking on large scale projects for the most neglected areas of both parks – Hollywood Backlot, Tomorrowland and the back side of Frontierland.

      And yet DLR is a mess – why? Because they are thinking of demolishing an expensive, low capacity ride with a massive area footprint, because they close a courtyard, and because they don’t renew the contract for one musical act.

      I’ve no particular love for the subs, admittedly, but I loved the Billies and the Court of Angels was my favourite spot in the entire park. But I just can’t see how DLR is a mess (the mymagic thing is, but it aint at DLR yet).

      But hey, I remember people saying the same about Eisner’s leadership as he upgraded Fantasyland significantly, brought in attractions like Splash Mountain, Star Tours and Indiana Jones, and gave us an entire new gate, albeit a subpar one. People have been saying this day has arrived since Walt was gone, basically – and in that time I’ve constantly seen my experience improve and the number of days I want to spend per visit go up, while at the same time my desire to go to Knotts and Universal Studios has gone down.

      25 years ago, the park was good for a couple of days of fun but was far from being what it is today. 15 years ago, I’d spend about equal time in Knotts and Disneyland. Now, I spend no time in Knotts at all, and three times as much time at DLR to fit everything in. And I come back more often.

      • Tinkbelle

        That is not what I was referring to when I said it was a mess. I was actually talking about the number of walls and scaffolding that are up right now along with shuttered attractions. It is maintenance season (and holiday removal time) at DLR and it is a mess. I don’t agree with many of the decisions being made at DLR right now, but that was not what I was referring to.

      • Internitty

        DLR is a mess, in the other way Tinkbelle did not mean, because they are pumping good money after bad to prop up a bad project in WDW. I admit I like the subs and will miss them but their fate is out of my hands as it is everyone who isn’t in charge of Disneyland or bound to bad decisions because of the One Disney policy, HOWEVER, to leave a large area like the submarine lagoon empty for goodness knows how many years to come is bad show and to do it while they keep hiking prices up is just showing a complete lack of respect for the guests.

      • Golden

        Fair point tinkbelle, from that perspective you are completely right.

  • flayrah

    Great news that Kirk and the ‘Billies are now at Knott’s. We will definitely be going to Knott’s more now. I wonder where they’re performing? If you are happy Knott’s signed the group, please send the park a ‘thank you’.

  • CheshireGrin

    I am sad to see the Hillbillies leave – we live in another state and only get to Disneyland every year or two, and we only have time and money for Disneyland, so I guess we won’t be seeing them! 🙁
    I am wondering if you get your information for what rides will be closed somewhere besides the Disneyland website? They do not have Pirates listed as being closed in Feb (when we will be visiting…) My family will be so sad if it is!

  • KCmike

    Good riddance Winter Dreams…I hope you don’t make a return engagement.

  • Sleepy505

    Last year my family and I Invited friends from over here in New Mexico and let me say my family and I been going for 22 years straight and this was the worst vacation ever visiting Disney not because of Disney at all but because of the people we took. Let me start by saying they stole are discount tickets and gave them to their sons friends and all they did was complain about everything from cost to the rides what a night mare really it had frustrated me so much I didn’t want anything to do with Disney but looking at Micechat and Billy and the Hillbillies makes me happy to be a Disney family and I will try my best to keep going every year I just learned a few bad apples can’t spoil a whole tree, Thank you Micechat for keeping my Disney Spirits up.

  • Law of Tickles

    Is Tom Sawyer Island still shut down/having problems because of all the OSHA stuff? If so, couldn’t they put all the Big Thunder Ranch/Craft Fair Stuff there and actually use that giant stage for a Woody or Pocahontas movie or show?? Something that would eat a lot of guests? Just a thought.

  • Mousekagal

    If they want to add Star Wars, ok, but keep it somewhat limited and keep the main part of Tomorrowland to being ” Tomorrowland ” ! If most it changed to Star Wars it would be like most of fantasyland being all about just Peter Pan ! Boring !! If they must use the space for Autopia for SW then how about reinventing Autopia to the People Mover Track ?! It would save the ride and make it futuristic at the same time. Flying cars while adding a model -T in there every few cars or so as a nod to the absent minded professor ! Definately not the same engineering as the rocket rods but smaller 4 person cars ! Sounds crazy maybe but I’m sure it could be figured some how. Sounded fun anyway
    For the Skyway chalet, something simple but maybe not in the exact area.
    Fantasyland could use another eatery in the surrounding area besides the Village Haus. How about a Lady and the Tramp ristorante ! Pasta is cheap and pet merchandise attached could provide what seems to be hard to find in the park anyhow. I’d love to buy Pluto or Lady and the Tramp themed or replicated collars, bowls, leashes, etc for my pup !

  • Mousekagal

    Just watched bits of the “Billies” last performance and was of course truly sad. If Disneyland wants to put in a new show, ok ! I’m all for new or renewed experiences ! The thing is, is that people aren’t going to miss the “Billies” as much as they are going to miss the guys themselves ! Kirk Wall was the single most talented person at Disneyland and they let him go !! Put in another show or alternate but keep the talent ! He made my visit worth so much more than just being another attraction !

  • Skimbob

    Change can be a good thing. Look at Cars Land. I will miss the seagulls amd maybe they can incorporate them somehow in the area. 🙂 What I am upset about is Club 33 and the loss of one of the most quiet and well themed areas of the park. The Court was awesome and the whole New Orleans Square area had charm. impersonally would have dumped Club 33 and done something else that fit within the current area.

    I used the Magic Band for the first time this last weekend and it does have some great advantages. My only problem with it was it would not open my resort room door which was a bit of a problem. luckily I had a room key as well so I dodn’t have to run back to the front desk all the time. There are still unresolved issues with it but it will eventually get there.