Published on February 24, 2014 at 5:05 am with 33 Comments
Disneyland guests arrived in style over the weekend as part of the increasingly popular Dapper Day events that encourage guests to visit the parks in their Sunday’s best. Meanwhile, The Disney Gallery unveiled its latest exhibit on Saturday, exploring Disney’s steampunk-style attractions and experiences around the world. Elsewhere around the parks, refurbishments, Cal/OSHA additions, and construction projects continue through the surprisingly busy warm winter off-season.
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It’s another busy week at Disneyland, so let’s get started.
Welcome to Disneyland!
The parks saw big crowds over the weekend, boosted by the increasingly popular Dapper Day events.
On Saturday, the Disney Gallery’s latest exhibit opened. “Mechanical Kingdoms: Steam-Driven Visions of a Victorian Future” explores the various attractions, areas and concepts for Disney theme parks, many based on Jules Verne works, that feature a certain steampunk-style flair.
The Disney Gallery exhibit, located in a portion of the Main Street Opera House lobby, features reproductions of Walt Disney Imagineering art work along with props and models from Imagineering, the Walt Disney Archives and The Disney Channel.
Attraction poster banners hang from the ceiling.
EPCOT Center’s beloved World of Motion
Disneyland Paris’ Space Mountain and Disneyland’s unrealized Discovery Bay
Lots of great stuff on the walls!
Adventure Thru Innerspace!
A recent piece – a concept for a show scene along the Rivers of America that would have been added during the major overhaul that happened a few years ago
Ride vehicle model for Tokyo DisneySea’s Journey to the Center of the Earth
Ride vehicle model for Tokyo DisneySea’s Aquatopia
Next door, the Disneyana shop is full of new steampunk-style art by commissioned Disney artists.
Off-season refurbishments and construction projects continue throughout the parks…
Work continues on the major Club 33 expansion in New Orleans Square…
Work around the Club’s new entrance.
Splash Mountain is still dry through the end of the month for refurbishment.
Reopening the Wilderness
Tickets for Cast Member test-and-adjust previews of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad have been distributed and Cast Members and their guests will be cycling through the redone attraction starting the second weekend of March. Look out for possible soft openings soon after.
“it’s a Cal/OSHA world”
Work continues inside “it’s a small world” on the installation of new Cal/OSHA-approved safety railing and equipment.
Out to Dry
Tomorrowland’s Submarine Lagoon is dry and the Subs are set to be closed until later this fall. Rumor is that they may not reopen at all, but as of now, Disney’s official line is that the Subs will reopen by the end of September.
Meanwhile, construction on the new Captain America meet-and-greet continues inside Innoventions.
Atop Space Mountain, construction on the new safety addition continues, making the structure super safe and Cal/OSHA approved for maintenance workers.
Adding a new ring to the mountain’s structure isn’t ideal, but at least the mountain will soon be clean again.
At the entrance of Tomorowland, rumors are circulating that the Astro Orbiter may soon glow away as the first step in Tomorrowland’s forthcoming Star Wars-themed aesthetic retheme.
If you want a final ride on the Astro Orbiter you may want to get it in before the end of March…
Over in Disney California Adventure, the Aladdin musical has reopened. Soarin’ Over California will close for a few days this week and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will also open later this week.
The spring Dapper Day events took place over the weekend, with events at the Grand Californian Hotel on Saturday and the day in the parks on Sunday. New this year was the Dapper Day Boutique in the Grand Californian Hotel, with over 20 LA-based vintage and contemporary fashion retailers.
On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees hit the parks in their finest.
This and That
In Downtown Disney, the giant poppy fountain near the Mickey and Friends tram stop is behind walls for refurbishment.
And construction continues on the new Starbucks…
New circular signage up for Starbucks – just no logo yet.
A few St. Patrick’s Day-themed merchandise offerings available now in select shops.
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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours February 24-March 2, 2014
Mon.-Thur.: 10 am – 8 pm Friday: 9 am – 12 am Sat.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thur.: 10 am – 8 pm Friday: 9 am – 10 pm Sat.-Sun.: 8 am – 10 pm
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
Annual Passholders can continue to enjoy classic Disney movie screenings and sing-alongs at Disneyland on select evenings in February — Two more were just added to the schedule for this week. (Disneyland.com)
Walt Disney World raised prices again on Sunday, bringing the one-day admission for Magic Kingdom to $99 for adults and children 10 and up. Will Disneyland follow suit and just how expensive is too expensive? (Orlando Sentinel)
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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.