It was an exciting couple of days at Disneyland.  This week the Carnation Cafe opened after a very long refurbishment and we went to try it out on opening day for you. Tough work, right?!  Next up, we have news about the Matterhorn and the changes they have made to the queue and loading area (plus ride video!).  Finally we look at what can be seen at the Fantasy Faire Village too.  The star this week is California Adventure, so don’t forget to catch our coverage of that too (link at the end of this article). We’ll have a Six Flags update for you over the weekend, so be sure to stop by the site when you’ve recovered from all this Disneyland Resort news.


The new Carnation Cafe opened its doors on Wednesday after a 6 month refurbishment that overhauled the entire northwest corner of Main Street. Stepping into the familiar corner arch that once led to the Blue Ribbon Bakery, you find yourself in front of the new check in desk. Guests are no longer asked to line up around the perimeter of the outdoor seating area by the bathrooms. In fact, the old check in gazebo has been turned into seating.

The old check in gazebo

The lamps are beautiful

A new copper awning covers a row of tables.

Once Checked in, if there is a wait, you are given a pager and encouraged to roam around Main Street to shop or take in the atmosphere. This is a HUGE improvement over being told to stand in an unshaded queue in the hot sun. Yes, there is a small amount of indoor seating for those who want to wait at the restaurant, but now you also have the option to roam around and return when paged!

So with the ability to roam, the time really flies by.

You never know who you might bump into on Main Street

Soon enough, I was paged and seated in the interior dining room. The staff greeted me with smiles and engaging demeanor and my waiter approached the table to take my drink order. I decided on one of the more basic items on the menu, the Main Street Hamburger. I was given the option of fruit or fries, I chose the seasoned fries. I did ask for my burger well done, so it is reasonable that it take a little extra time. But there seemed to be a problem as it was easily 20 minutes before the order made it to the table. Not that big of a deal though as the restaurant is new. My server was hyper attentive and made sure to fill my iced tea and engage me in discussions, so I really have no complaints.

Chef Oscar even came by to say hello. He’s a true Disneyland original and a fan favorite.

The inside dining room is huge.

My Main Street Burger with seasoned fries.

The burger itself was of average taste. The size of the burger was actually perfect, however there was nothing that really made it memorable for me. What makes it a Main Street Burger is the fact that you are eating it on Main Street. The fries had a nice seasoning on them with real zing, but arrived at my table a little lifeless. Not mush, just not crispy. Overall, the meal was acceptable. The price point was reasonable, considering I was inside Disneyland. I came away filled, but not stuffed. I look forward to returning and trying something a little more exciting from the menu. The decor is top notch, the staff wonderful, and the food didn’t scare me away.


The Matterhorn is not scheduled to open until Friday June 15th.  However, all of the walls are came down earlier in the week. By Thursday afternoon DOSH was on site inspecting as the bobsleds rolled through the motions and maintenance furiously fixed the mechanisms for the locking seat belts in each bobsled.

They have now added a single rider entrance to the attraction.  With the seating configuration changing to 3/3 there would most likely be a lot of empty seats left over if they didn’t over single rider.

By last night around 7pm, Disney quietly opened the Matterhorn to the first few guests it has had in six months.  Would there be digital projections?  How about an onboard soundtrack?  And was there a new Harold?

No.  None of the above.  Nearly everything is exactly the same as it was before aside from one small detail.  Make that very small.

You need to either go on a diet or cut your legs off at the knee to fit into the brand new bobsleds.  These suckers are tiny.  I am 5’5″ and an average sized guest.  but I hardly had the leg room that I would have needed to remain comfortable.

Yeah, those are my Converse being crunched up against the front end of the bobsled.

While the ride itself seems refreshed and new, there is hardly anything noticeably different.  We do have to say that these new bobsleds might be fine for the average guest, but for the large or tall they will be murder.  You will be begging for Harold to take you our of your misery.

Here is a video from our friend Andy Castro at Dateline Disneyland of the entire ride.

The work is getting a bit more serious at the Fantasy Faire Construction site.  The iconic, red and white canopy of the old Carnation stage has been removed and more of the facades in the background have been stripped.

The vocal group, Voices of Liberty, which is known for its performances at Epcot’s American Adventure, made their debut performance today at Main Street’s Opera House.

ANDY CASTRO from Dateline Disneyland has more in depth coverage and video of the Voices of Liberty performance HERE


The BIG BIG BIG news of the week is the official reopening of Disney California Adventure. Plus, last night, they previewed the new “Glow with the show” enhancement which puts the guests in the middle of the action with interactive glowing ear hats. We have photos and video at the link: Disney California Adventure Relaunches and Glow With The Show 

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  • dsnygrl13

    Gerat update.
    Is it my imagination, or has Minnie gotten taller?

  • brem

    Thanks for the update. Can’t wait to see it all in October.

  • I can’t wait to ride the Matterhorn again!

    And the Voices of Liberty are a fantastic addition to the park. I really hope they stick around after the summer (at least on the weekends and busy periods).

  • scarymouse

    Love it! Great update….pagers long time overdue lets see them at Bleu Bayou too!

  • peagreen

    I’ve heard that the new bobsleds were supposed to make the ride on the ‘Horn smoother. Was there a noticable difference in the smoothness of the ride?

    • Seemed much more painful to me than the old sleds. I’m not a fan of the new seats.

  • DarthBrian

    I need to try the Fried Pickles at Carnation Cafe. Sounds yummy.

    And yeah, those pages are a great idea. They need those for Cafe Orleans and the Blue Bayou too.

    • DarthBrian

      pages = pagers

      Why do we not have an edit button on our posts anymore?

  • MickeysImagination

    The Matterhorn needs no soundtrack, no fancy projections and I am glad to see the Imagineer’s did not mess with perfection. The interior scenes look nice and clean.

    • JMazz

      Thx for posting this. I too, agree that it really didn’t need much more than a clean up. Looks wonderful!

  • NettyVal09

    Great the only time being short comes in handy! I am 5’2 so this should diffidently work out!

  • George Taylor


    I have finally seen Norm’s shoes and I can scratch off another item from my bucket list.

    Great update…

  • whamo

    I just got back from a long morning at California Adventure, June 15, 2012. After an early AM drive that took me an hour I arrived at the Mickey Parking Structure. I parked, and to my dismay discovered the tram was not working. So I walked to California Adventure. There I had to make a big circle around the empty space between D.L. and C.A.P. to get a wrist band. Then I got in line, and waited for 3 hours with a couple thousand other Disney Geeks. Overhead the Goodyear blimp cruised back and forth with digital messages like “Welcome Good Morning America” and “Newsboys to appear at California Adventure” and so forth. The line began to move near 8:30AM. The overnight campers, the really hardcore, got in 1/2 hour earlier than the rest of us. They had to wait on Buena Vista Street for awhile, like Magic Morning in DL, anyways, so they had no huge advantage over us. A huge digital screen broadcast the CEO’s welcome, which included Mickey Mouse and the dancing and singing of the Newsboys. While we were waiting we got videoed by a Sacramento television station. Their cute announcer was shaking her hips between takes and having a jolly good time. The people next to me posed for a photo with a news announcer from Channel 5.
    Finally, I was in the park, and I strolled down the street. It was the old California Adventure, but different, and I also walked through a gauntlet of Disney executives welcoming everyone to the park. There must have been 50 of them. I’d seen a lot of the new park attractions and avenues on the net, but it’s not the same as seeing it in person. It was all very exciting. Young people were giving each other high fives and hooting at the drop of a hat. I moved with the crowd toward Carsland, and got in the Fastpass line for Radiator Springs, the main attraction of Cars Land. After that I walked into Flo’s Cafe, and had a Tamale breakfast, watching the Radiator Springs ride out the window of the 50’s diner. It feels like you’re deep in the desert as you watch the cars zip through the canyons. My next goal was to get a “I Was There” Carsland special edition pin. They sold those over in the Animation Academy. There was a long line for that, too. This was a bit irritating because a lot of the stores were empty with clerks standing around during the first opening hour. After I got my pin I shopped for a present for my wife. By then everything and everywhere was teeming with people. It was hard to move around. I checked out a half dozen stores, found a present for my wife, and decided to drive home. I don’t like crowds when they get sardine packed, and CAP was almost there. On the tram back to the parking structure a lady told me she’d been the first one on the Radiator Springs Ride. Cool, but she’d been waiting in line since 5PM the previous day. That’s 14 hours of waiting for the park to open. She said they took her photograph. Unlike my usual self, I remained humble, and didn’t tell her I’d been the first to ride Mr. Toad on opening day in 1955, and the first kid in Fantasyland on the same day. Driving home, I was glad I made it to the opening. It was fun. It made me feel like a 3 year-old all over again.

  • flatfnder

    What??? No more pot pies at the Carnation Cafe!!!! I am bummed big time for that was my favorite meal at the resort. At least the loaded baked potato soup remains!

  • Timekeeper

    Sad that the bobsleds are too small for tall people, like me. 🙁 But great update nonetheless, with Carnation Cafe reopening and the voices of liberty performing.


  • fasspasser1

    Disappointed about the Bobsleds (I’m 6’2″) Talk about cutting corners! (or front space)…
    After looking at the menu at Carnation, I’ll try the food there. (I always go to the Plaza inn for the chicken dinner.

  • slim22

    Great Update. I rode the Matterhorn, and I am close to 6’5 it was horrible my knees were almost in my chest. It was great seeing you Fishy! Keep up the great work.

  • weeble

    i love the all the improvements and refurbs, especially the Carnation Cafe. The loaded baked potato soup is one of the few things that make my husband actually want to visit Disneyland!

  • Awe_inspired

    Thanks Norman! Fun to read!

  • Shipperson

    Well, I think it stinks that they are removing Carnation Plaza Stage. I loved to watch the band play there and the people dance! Loved seeing the All American College Band play there, hear that great singer that was there with them and now it is gone! Now you have to go to Downtown Disney to watch the bands play, with no seating!!! That stage was there from the beginning!!! Why couldn’t they leave the princess thing where it was! Disney greed strikes again!

    • Howdy Shipperson. They aren’t removing the stage, they are just retheming the area. When complete, there will still be a stage. However, if will feature princesses by day and still host swing dancing on select nights.