Holiday crowds hit Disneyland as the parks celebrate Valentine’s Day, Gospel and more

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

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Published on February 17, 2014 at 5:05 am with 50 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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  • steven1972

    Selfishly excited about the reduced refurbishment schedule, since more of the attractions will now be open during our visit, March 8-15. This our first first visit since Feb 2002, and cant wait to see all the changes to DCA, and experience it all with our 3 kids who havent been except as toddlers, so will be their first memorable trip to Disney…….

    • steven1972

      Just secretly hoping there will be a soft opening for Big Thunder Mountain during our stay!!!! Praying to the Disney Gods…..LOL

    • ReallyRussell

      DCA has changed DRAMATICALLY since your last visit. You won’t recognize it as you enter what with the new buildings, music, and CROWDS. We used to go over to DCA for some respite from the mob at Disneyland. Now both parks a packed with people. Be prepared to stand in long lines even for Fastpass tickets. This is now the California Adventure they should have built in the first place.

    • danielz6

      Wow you’re really going to enjoy it! It’s finally worthy of the Disney name. Make sure you visit carsland night time. It’s so much better at night.

  • Lakerfan3224

    Indiana jones and pirates are both getting enhancements?

    • Sorry, no. They will be closed on the listed dates for refurbishment but not necessarily for enhancements. The original list included a couple extraneous lines of text and has since been updated.

      Thanks for reading,

  • Idaho Mouse

    Andy, what beautiful spring pictures today. Makes one want to get out of the snow & cold & get a way to the Park. Always enjoy your Monday update as a way to escape & relax. Thanks again & enjoy your new home..

    • Thanks Idaho Mouse! Stay warm!

      Thanks for reading,

  • ReallyRussell

    I haven’t been to Disneyland for almost a year now but I’m pretty sure that Pirates and Indy don’t have outdoor portions of their ride track to refurbish as is described in your Refurbishment Schedule. Could it be that Pirates and Indy will be bursting from their show buildings out into the California sunshine?!!

    • Haha, you are correct – those rides do not have outdoor ride portions. The original refurbishment list had some extraneous text and has since been fixed.

      Thanks for reading,

  • M69

    Thanks for another great update! The park is always beautiful this time of year. Surprised by how muchis or will be closed and for how long. (Looks like the refurbishment schedule portion below main article has a technical glitch this morning, as outdoor portions of ride track appears for attractions that do not have such.)

  • Big D

    Wow, somehow I thought the subs were yellow even under the water. You’d think I would have known better having worked there, but I guess the effect was that convincing!

    • DobbysCloset

      Amazing what the imagination can do! I guess I extrapolated from the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine to Disney’s Submarines and assumed they were yellow all over! I am now pretending I never went back to look at that photo so that they can stay yellow…

  • MikeK

    Will the scaffolding and railing come down after the Space Mountain exterior is cleaned and/or repainted?

    • Instidude

      It sure looks like most of that handrail and everything else is temporary for the cleaning. I give DL credit for doing what they can to hide this mandated mess, but that’s what happens when you have a state OSHA regulatory body that is exceeding the requirements of the federal regulations.

  • DisneyLover66

    Super update and awesome pictures, as always! Loved the picture of the colorful flowers with Carthy Circle Restaurant in the background. Thank you so much.

  • SilverMouse

    WOW, Disney did a masterful job on the Tiki Juice Bar expansion/refurbishment….I don’t even notice the fall safety equipment installation!!!!

    • Country Bear

      Well done!

    • Country Bear

      Well said!

  • SusieP.

    Oh, the empty sub lagoon pictures break my heart. 🙁

    • second blue teacup

      …and they make me hopeful.

      Come on, bulldozers! Autopia, Nemo, and Innoventions, GO!

      • Country Bear

        Well if the B.S. story about the subs being refurbed is correct, then your dream will likely not come true.
        However, if they did in fact close it to raze it for a Star Wars attraction, then we should see Autopia and Innoventions closing soon as well. Based on the Captain America placement however, I think that is not likely to happen.

      • TodAZ1

        ALL of the Marvel character meet n greets are very mobile. And I don’t think anyone at Disney has ever said they were permanent additions to Tomorrowland or Innoventions. Just meet n greets like any other character.

    • DobbysCloset

      I am trying to ease my anxiety by taking this chance to take a good look at the artwork on the lagoon bed and imagining what it looked like underwater.

  • amyuilani

    I think they should cover the Subs with a tarp that looks like the filled lagoon. A drained lagoon just looks so sad.

    • jenmurray

      So agree 🙁

  • Great photos, as always. As for a conversation we had a couple weeks ago, I think the tilt works in most of your photos because it usually enhances the composition in some way. That could be by better-positioning a leading line, giving the photo a needed sense of motion, etc. They don’t come across as scenes where you thought, “gee, this photo will be boring–I should add some tilt to make it artsy.” That may not make any sense, but that’s my explanation…

    It’ll be ‘interesting’ to see the end result outside Space Mountain. Thus far it looks awful.

    • DobbysCloset

      Some times the tilt makes me dizzy but that could be because I was riding Tea Cups…

  • Skimbob

    Who knows maybe the Court of Angels will be the outdoor part of POTC instead of being the new entrance to Club 33. LOL.

    As for the subs I don’t think there is any easy way to cover the lagoon but it would be nicer than the empty lagoon and the ugly construction walls. I still think the birds should be active even though you can’t see them.

  • Timekeeper

    The refurbishment dates look alright, but I noticed some additions for King Arthur Carousel, POTC and IJA “…for enhancements and redesign of outdoor portion of ride track.” So does this mean those three are getting a loop? 😀 (No offense mind you, you’re busy with the move.)


    • Disney is really trying hard to get the thrill-seekers in the park! Indeed, there was some stray text in the refurbishment schedule and I’ve now cleaned it up.

      Thanks for reading!

  • sixalex

    Dear Andy,

    Thanks for the refurbishment of the stray text in the refurbishment schedule. Made the column feel like I was actually at the park! 😉

    As to Tom Bricker’s comments regarding the tilt composition trick, I agree. When it is done constantly it can be really annoying. When it is done as needed, as I believe you do, it really adds an element of motion and completeness to what can otherwise be a static shot.

    In life, as we move about, we often tilt our heads this way and that. The brain takes the images from the eyes and corrects all the little angles and such, giving us the illusion of steadiness. The reality is we are whipping our heads around a lot. Tilting the camera is actually a rather natural thing to do vision-wise. Upside-down? Let’s not go there!

    And who am I to disagree with the illustrious Mr. Bricker? Anyone who is a Disney fan needs to find Tom’s photography and soak in the stunning art he creates.

    Many thanks to you both for keeping me “in the parks” with your photographic skills and generosity.

  • Tinkbelle

    That apple looks delicious and your flower pictures are sublime. I enjoy the tilt, for what it’s worth!

  • itsxxdomoxxkun

    Dapper Day is Sunday, not Saturday!

  • Larry Parker

    At Disneyland today(2/17)I was told by a cast member at the Monorail Station above the subs that he has seen, IN WRITING, that the subs WILL return-that the refurbishment is for real!

    • Country Bear

      The best way to sell a story is to tell a story. I imagine that’s what Disney is doing internally so no-one will be the wiser. I hope what he heard is true but I am skeptical at this point.

    • TodAZ1

      Even if it’s in writing, I’m more than positive the Cast Member would see, in writing, Disney’s plan to close the Subs forever. If that’s what they choose to do.

      Just because the CM saw something in writing NOW in no way forces Disney to close the subs at a later date. And it really depends on what he saw, doesn’t it? Was it the official refurb schedule that Disney posts on the DL website?

      • TodAZ1

        I mean to say, “in no way forces Disney to keep the Subs open and not announce the closure at a later date.”

  • danielz6

    Wow Andy, the pic of carthay Theater and the pink blossoms may be the most beautiful I’ve yet to see of the theater.

  • dizneydomenic

    Seems silly to ax the subs after all the money spent on it…Now Innoventions…needs a new attraction..big waste of valuable space (i still say keep the building put in a new show)

  • Algernon

    Great pictures. Postcard quality!

  • 4Apples4Disney

    Great update Andy! Thank you so much for your wonderful columns. It’s truly something I look forward to every week!

  • DobbysCloset

    Thank you, Andy, for your report. I am so hoping that Innoventions can morph into something for boys like the Pink Greeting Palace is for little girls. Imagine the marvelous murals and comics that could be themed on the outside of the building.

    The treats look exquisitely delicious and I appreciate being able to view them in full color close-up from a safe distance. The Gospel concert is why I want to stay in Southern Cal for weeks on end with an AP. And I love the pictures that seem to be taken from a Peter Pan Perspective, giving a Pan-oramic view.

  • 3rdshiftCM

    So does the Subs being left out in the open a good thing meaning the park isn’t trying to hide there existence or is it a bad thing meaning they just aren’t concerned with their upkeep being left out in the elements for the next 9 months?

    I hope it’s a sign of good things happening in the caves and that the Subs would have been in the way if stored inside.

    • Will G

      I don’t want to weigh in on the “will it/won’t it?” debate on the subs re-opening, but I don’t think the subs will suffer much from being left in the “elements”
      They cruise around and sit in water most of the time. I think they’re already acclimated. They might fade in the sun, but one year out of the water shouldn’t destroy them. They aren’t parade floats. They’re marine vehicles.


  • Country Bear

    Does anyone know why Space Mountain seems to have a temporary delay in opening in the morning? I’ve noticed this sign on the Attraction Wait Times Board a number of times here on MieChat. Just seems a bit odd.

  • TodAZ1

    Looking at the HoJo webcam, the tarp and scaffolding are now down from Space Mountain. Just the oval metal part is left. Wasn’t that way this morning.

  • jenmurray

    So no POTC, Indiana, and possibly no Small World for Gumball?

  • HollywoodF1

    Those who can’t tell the difference in the Tiki Juice Bar didn’t look closely enough. They now have twice the number of nozzles for the Dole Whip, and another cash register. According to the CM’s at that location, they can do a whole lot more volume now with those bottlenecks addressed.

  • 17goingon3

    Gorgeous photos in this update! Exciting stuff!