Disney California Adventure celebrates the Lunar New Year as Hollywood comes to “it’s a small world”

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on February 03, 2014 at 5:05 am with 40 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • FerretAfros

    Remember in 2004, when installing the new white roof to Space Mountain, how Disney said that it was made from a special material that would essentially clean itself in the rain? So much for that one!

    The Lunar New Year stuff looks like a lot of fun. I’m a little surprised that DLR hasn’t tied the annual celebration to the various characters more, like at HKDL. This year would have been a great time to bring out Horace and Bullseye again

    • jedzz

      Almost the entire state of California is going through a massive drought right now. There hasn’t been much rain to speak of.

    • DobbysCloset

      I can’t imagine even Monsanto could make a material that could self-clean in the midst of SouCal pollution.

      Didn’t you love the illustrations for “What year are you?” Only it looked like the word “Rat” was missing!?!

  • Dhawkins1

    The Chinese New Year celebration looks fun. I was just sad to see some details were overlooked. In the parade, consumed performers had normal sneakers on. Disney should have had matching shoes. I hope this isn’t a trend.

    • DobbysCloset

      I think it will get better every year.

      It fulfills one of Walt’s intentions for his park — education. I think the community wants a more vibrant & diverse presence in DLR and the merchandising opportunity is tremendous.

      If we can’t have merchandise themed to “lands,” at least the holiday stuff can be special.

  • LoveStallion

    Come on, Micechat, I want some insider info on the constant Big Thunder delays.

  • eicarr

    Still waiting for Agents of SHIELD to join the others at Innoventions. Would love to see Lola or walk into a section of the plane. A great place for an interactive computer exhibit! Disney’s best TV series needs to be celebrated in the park just like Davy Crockett was.

    • Internitty

      Good point, Agents of SHIELD should definitely be represented. They could turn Innoventions into a reproduction of SHIELD Headquarters then integrate all the current exhibits as well as the new ones, turn it into something really worth visiting.

  • SFDave

    The movie Tomorrowland has George Clooney, Tim McGraw, and Hugh Laurie from House. They filmed late last year at the Carousel Of Progress at MK.

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      Yep they did last November. I just happened to be in the park that day and got a bunch of photos in 60s period costumes hanging around outside as they waited to go in Carousel of Progress for some interior shots. None of the main stars of the film were there though.

      • Amy VandenBoogert

        Photos of the extras I mean.

  • EC82

    With Marvel in Innoventions, Disney again proves that you can’t go broke underestimating the taste of the American people. I never thought Innoventions was well-done, but it was thematically and creatively better than a movie ad.

    Leave it to Disney, too, to have a movie crew come in and make “it’s a small world” look better with those shades. Sad, though, that filming a movie takes precedence over guest satisfaction — Big Thunder, subs and Small World are all down, but as always Disney charges full price for a less-than-ideal visit.

    • Internitty

      Small World was already down to remove the holiday overlay so a few more days to film isn’t such a big deal in the big scheme of things, however, with so many major attractions down at once, I wouldn’t go near DLR until at least May.

    • DobbysCloset

      I was nearly brought to tears by this report. For me, Asian New Year would have been my focus. A real movie crew would have been interesting all by itself.

      Big Thunder, Subs, Small World AND Splash are down, as well as Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train.because this is the down time of the year. There is a lot more to loving Disneyland than thrill rides.

    • sixalex

      Disneyland IS a bunch of movie ads. Always was, probably always will be. I’m personally okay with that.

      As for Innoventions, who was even going there? So outdated and static. Give me an interactive movie ad any day. Especially for the excellent Marvel franchise.

      I do agree with you about the number of closures. If I were a guest that had traveled from the Midwest to escape the cold and see Disneyland for the first time, I would feel extremely let down. “Full price for a less than ideal visit” indeed.

    • Not My Real Name

      One of the earliest exhibits in the park were sets from “20 Thousand Leagues Beneath the Sea,” so Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are just the latest versions.

  • jibbly

    I know these dates are always changing, but the Disney website is now showing May 12 – June 26 for the Space Mountain refurb.

  • DisneyLover66

    Once again, THANK YOU for the fabulous pictures and commentary. I loved the Lunar New Year photos. Loved the food and menu pictures, too. Uva is one of my favorite places to eat, so I liked seeing what’s on their menu right now. I really look forward to your updates and photos. When my kids get home from school today I have some really cool Disney photos to show them thanks to you.

  • Big D

    Man that churro cart is huge! Did you talk to the CM to see if they changed the oven or added something? In the picture they look as big as a pretzel cart, which has a bigger oven.

    Happy year of the horse!

  • cjkelson

    I’m so bummed I’ll be going to Disneyland in two weeks and Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Soarin will all be down, so lame, there aren’t very many other adult rides to stay entertained if you’re an adult or a teenager.

    • DobbysCloset

      Go ride the roller coaster a few times and get the need out of your system. Do the shooting & scoring rides. Enjoy shorter lines.

  • Erik Olson

    As much as I love my trusty D50, the term “Nikon Picture Spot” will never have the right ring to it!

    • DobbysCloset

      At least both words have two syllables and a “k” sound. I have a pocket L20 which confuses me just fine. I am sad to lose Kodak as a cultural icon but film is too obsolete even for a Luddite like me, but Nikons have always been fine cameras and it will be all right.

      • Susan Hughes

        It should be noted that Disney’s Photopass Photographers are still using the old (and beat up) D90s. They were supposed to be on the new D7100s in January, but as of now, still no new cameras have been spotted in the parks.

  • rwsmith

    Spent Friday and Saturday at the DLR and thanks to refurbishments and breakdowns a light crowd seemed busy. Especially at Disneyland.

  • DobbysCloset

    What a wonderful report; thanks so much.

    At first I thought I was riding Alice in Wonderland because the pictures of the flowers were all angled, but it also could have been that I’d not had my coffee or that I’d smoked the wrong side of the mushroom.

    Having a special celebration like Chinese New Year involving the local community is what keeps the dream of having DLR as a neighborhood resource alive. Looking forward to enjoying times like this in the future brought tears to my eyes.

    The Mickey logo is tattoo-worthy; are there Mickeys in the artwork for the horse that these old eyes missed? And Lilo and Stitch, being from Hawaii, would have enjoyed the party. Anyone see them?

    That Starbucks will be open by June, goilly, ubetcha.

  • tooncity


    No new E-ticket attraction in over 20 years. If they started today, it would still take them 5 years to build one. Yet the only thing they can do with Marvel is post reused exhibits from trade shows and the San Diego Comic Con.

    Stay classy Disney.

    • Internitty

      Have a look at the Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland, if that is the best they can do then the other Disney Parks are better off without any Marvel rides for a while yet.

  • Dizzey

    Kudos to DL for installing the electric car chargers! It’s the perfect place to recharge, since charging generally takes a few hours and guests are easily in the parks that long. That should encourage EV owners from further out to bring their cars to DL (which will help save energy otherwise needed to pump millions of gallons of water through Splash and Grizzley 😉

    Too bad they need to put up signs to get people into the New Orleans shops. Maybe other people like me are boycotting these shops ever since they decided to absorb one of my favorite quiet spots for exclusive use of the 1% crowd. (I know – get over it already).

    • sixalex

      I’m all for change and adaptation, but, yeah, I’m gonna hold a grudge over the loss of the Court of Angels.

      • Internitty

        Me too, because it shows the contempt Disney management currently have for regular, not wealthy guests, while still shaking them by the ankles to get every last cent out of our pockets.

    • Internitty

      It would be nice to see the if the EV chargers are the solar powered ones (which do switch back when necessary), with the amount of sunshine SOCAL has each year it would be nice to see.

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update as usual! It’s amazing that an existing attraction BTMRR, is refurbed for over a year…and Disneyland was built in a year. Not sure that’s a great sign of things today.

    • Internitty

      That is such a good point

  • ralzap

    Thanks for the pictures and updates!!!!

  • Haven

    I find the remark about Club 33 construction that “there is not much to see from the ground” amusing, since for 99% of Disneyland guests, there will be nothing to see once it is finished either!

  • manifest

    It feels like forever since Disney has done anything even remotely exciting…

  • Gullywhumper

    I like the retro benches.

  • billyjobobb

    Yeah! Another meet and greet!

    Can’t get enough of those!

  • bummerkit

    I’m curious why on the “what year are you” signs, the label for the year of the rat was left off. odd.