Disneyland‘s off-season continues with winter refurbishments continuing in both theme parks. In Disneyland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has debuted a gorgeous and dramatic new lighting package as that attraction wraps up its year-long refurbishment. Nearby, New Orleans Square is transitioning to Mardi Gras season despite major Club 33 construction covering many buildings in the area. Meanwhile, Disneyland hosted runDisney‘s popular Tinker Bell Half Marathon events over the busy holiday weekend.
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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MiceChat is celebrating its anniversary this year with another weekend of great events with special guests from the Walt Disney’s Birthplace project, Imagineer Tim Delaney, Disney blogger Jeff Heimbuch and more! Don’t miss out!
Join the folks at the Save Walt Disney’s Birthplace project as we explore what it was like in 1901 when Walt was born and what Walt’s early years in Chicago would have been like. The event will be filled with very special guests, presentations, dinner, drinks, meet and greets and even an opportunity to bid on some unique items with all proceeds going to support the wonderful project to save the home Walt Disney was born in. Space is strictly limited to 70 guests. Tickets available soon!
Celebrated Imagineer Tim Delaney will lead us on a journey through the building of the most beautiful Magic Kingdom of them all, Disneyland Paris. Learn about the challenges, creative opportunities, and wonderful stories that make this park so unique in the universe of Disney theme parks. This will be a breakfast event at the ESPN Zone (bacon, bacon, bacon) with a 90 minute audio/visual presentation and an opportunity to meet a true creative genius. Event is limited to 125 guests and will sell out quickly. Tickets available soon!
Put your Disney skills to the test as Fishbulb presents one of his famous eye spy/scavenger hunt events. This is a two hour event which will be free to enter (you’ll just need park admission). There will be fun prizes sponsored by Fairy Godmother Travel and this is always a great way to meet fellow MicePals and have a great time in the park.
Meet Jeff Heimbuch and learn more about the epic Communicore Weekly Musical project. This event will be presented in the same location as the Game Show. Two great events, one great location.
The game show has become a MiceChat anniversary tradition. Why? Because Monorail Man isn’t just a Disney nerd but a game show nerd as well. And what excuse do we need to have a good time and win prizes? The show lasts for about an hour and prizes will be given throughout.
|End of the Season|
Elsewhere in New Orleans Square, the Christmas garland and lights have been taken down while other decorations remain up and additional beads and Mardi Gras-style decorations go up in preparation for the annual Mardi Gras-themed New Orleans Bayou Bash celebration.
With Fantasmic closing all river traffic around sundown on most nights, the Mark Twain typically doesn’t run in the evening and I can’t tell you how great it is to take an evening trip down the Rivers of America aboard the Twain.
Below, enjoy a full video of an evening cruise along the Mark Twain Riverboat along the Rivers of America
[center]Lighting up the Wilderness[/center]
Meanwhile, Big Thunder Mountain continues to wrap up its major year-long refurbishment project that included a complete track replacement, ride vehicle replacement, reconstruction of the mining town of Rainbow Ridge, updates to show scenes and partial mountain repainting.
In Tomorrowland, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is now completely behind walls for a refurbishment that is officially set to stretch into late 2014 but rumored to be a permanent closure of the attraction.
In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is still filthy after a safety incident halted all exterior cleanings of the structure since a contract worker fell from the building in late 2012, resulting in hefty fines from Cal/OSHA.
Temporary railings are now up along the base of Space Mountain while new permanent railing appears to be installed. Once the permanent railing goes up, hopefully the mountain will be able to be properly cleaned.
Oxnard, California resident Melissa Hernandez came in first at the Tinker Bell Half-Marathon in 1:25:40. Congratulations, Melissa!
|This and That|
And finally, the MiceChat Podcast has a new episode out where hosts Dustysage and Doug Barnes are joined by special guests Joseph Kleiman, Robert Coker and Jeff Heimbuch to recap 2013 and take a peek in the crystal ball to see what’s coming in 2014. Check it out below!
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 20-26, 2014
|[B]Disneyland Park[/B]||[B]California Adventure[/B]|
|Monday: 8 am – 11 pm
Tues.-Thurs.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
|Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tues.-Thurs.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|Alright, that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. What do you think of Big Thunder’s new nighttime lighting? Join the discussion and let us know in the comments section below!
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