Aladdin Returns to Disney California Adventure and Disneyland’s Mechanical Kingdoms

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Disneyland Paris, Features

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Published on February 28, 2014 at 3:00 am with 15 Comments

Your wish has been granted. . . the Aladdin Musical has returned to Disney California Adventure to entrain once again with its proven mix of pop culture and production numbers. Elsewhere in the parks, the tulips are blooming and the bees are buzzing with springtime in bloom.  In Disneyland the new Mechanical Kingdoms exhibit opened up at the Disney Gallery, showing off plenty of Disney-inspired steam-punk oddities. Captain America redoes himself for an all-new meet and greet inside Innoventions.

Mechanical Kingdoms: Steam-Driven visions of a Victorian Future

The new Steam punk exhibit opened on February 22nd at The Disney Gallery in Disneyland. The exhibit is, of course, filled with original artwork of mechanized fantasy that either inspired or was inspired by Disney magic.

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Each of these figures will run you $95 a piece.

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Dave Avanzino also created a fun piece for sale.

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Deeper into the gallery, the center room displays original pieces for sale.

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Although, the furthest room remains untouched by the exhibit.

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Venturing into the Opera house lobby, there are even more pieces of art.

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There is quite a bit from Tokyo Disney Seas here.

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Overall, a lovely exhibit.

Foliage

With it being springtime at the parks we simply have to include flower and foliage photography.  We hope you don’t mind too much. ;)

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A grapefruit grows near the castle.

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The intoxicating perfume of the citrus trees in front of Tomorrowland is something you must experience.

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Little butterflies dance in the lavender.

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Space Mountain

The boundaries of space have been pushed upward (so to speak).  A third ring is being added to the top of the dome of the show building for Space Mountain.

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Captain America

Following the successful additions of Ironman and Thor to Innoventions, annual pass holders will begin seeing previews of the new Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage meet and greet as early as this Saturday.  The experience opens to regular guests on March 7th.

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The area is still dark, behind walls.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Thunder has begun cast member previews with sporadic previews being offered daily.

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What’s more, a new, atmospheric soundtrack has made its debut along Big Thunder Trail.  The soundscape is constructed of various noticeable animal sounds that seem to be just off in the forrest.  Woodpeckers, bears, eagles and other critters can be heard.

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Club 33

Work continues on Club 33 above New Orleans Square.  This week workers were roaming about the forced perspective rooftops tending to the plastic coverings.

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Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is set to return tomorrow after a month-long refurbishment. Strictly speaking from what we see on the exterior, very little appears to have been done.  Let’s hope this was more of an infrastructure refurb, that at least something was done.

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The Briar Patch still seems faded.

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Wandering over to Downtown Disney, we check on the flower fountain near the load/unload area of the tram.  It seems that the tile is being removed in favor of a more easily maintained surface.

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Starbucks

Starbucks is also coming along with an opening that could happen any day now.  It certainly is a beautiful entrance.

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That will soon say “STARBUCKS”!

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Peering in, past the glare of the large panes of glass, we can see a lit map detailing the origin of their coffees.

In addition to Splash Mountain over in Disneyland, both Soarin’ Over California and the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail are set to return today.

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Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

We will return from the park this morning with fresh shots of the refurbishment just for you.

Aladdin

Speaking of returns, the popular Aladdin show returned after a rather lengthy break for upkeep and maintenance.  While a little static now, the show is still a crowd pleaser.

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California Flowers

Finally we round things out with another tip-toe through the tulips.  This and other landscaping are bursting to life as the spring season continues.

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Tulips on Buena Vista Street.

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Foliage near the winery.

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And that wraps up our column for day. We’ll be back again real soon!

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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15 Comments

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  1. Can’t wait for Captain America! Hopefully Guardians of the Galaxy and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren’t far behind. Hoping to see more DL exclusive Marvel merchandise throughout the park. Along with Star Wars and Indy, Marvel has my favorite Disney characters, however these IP money generating machines(as seen at ravaged Marvel toy racks at Target etc.) are shockingly absent at shops throughout the park.

    The new Space Mountain roof ring gives it a more complex and scientific look. Great improvement.

  2. Super update. The foliage is beautiful. Thank you.

    I’m wondering if anyone can guess when Disneyland will announce/advertise spring discounted package specials for stays at one of the on-premise resorts? Right now the prices for a spring stay are steep. Thank you.

  3. So glad to see the magic carpet finally flying again!

  4. Thanks for the update!

    Who is the best DCA Genie of all time? There have been at least a few great ones. It’s nice being close to the incredible pool of acting talent in L.A. That’s why Universal Hollywood gets such gifted Draculas roaming their streets.

    “Aladdin” has been great, but a decade is long enough. Bring in a 45 minute version of Julie T’s Lion King for three years, then Mary Poppins for three years, then “Aladdin” for just one year, then return to me for further instructions.

    Nice that the atmospheric sounds of Big Thunder are again adding their unnatural natural critters noises. Disney does nature so much better than God does.

    • Definitely The Lion King, Mary Poppins then Beauty and The Beast, followed by The Little Mermaid then back to Aladdin and by then there will probably be another stage adaptation to throw into the mix (as long as it’s not Toy Story)

      • ^ ^ For B & the B I want Belle to yell, “You wouldn’t let me leave the property, you abused my father, but now I’m supposed to forgive you because you’ve CHANGED?! [to the audience] Girls, I may read, but
        I am NOT
        a role model.” I don’t really want that, but while I’m ranting, here’s a Princess fun fact: the feminine Frozen princesses’ eyes are larger than their wrists.

        So, Internitty, after the LK & MP, do “Tangled” and “Mulan” for one year each–or for two years if either is excellent and popular enough.

        “Aladdin” quality shows that rotate will keep guests coming back and could be for many guests THE best thing at the Disneyland Resort. As much as I absolutely LOVED the Golden Horseshoe Revue, “Aladdin” is even better. (But still bring back the Golden Horseshoe Revue.) Have you seen the prices of popular Broadway shows? “Aladdin” is something Disney can point to when claiming the parks are a good value.

        But Internetty, we agree on Lion King and Mary Poppins, so given Disney’s close attention & obedience to Micechat, that’s a done deal.

    • I agree. I love this show. It’s one of the best attractions in DCA easily. But why not mix it up with other shows? Keep it fresh and please please finally build a real theater and street facade! Lose the corny painting and generic square building across the street too. This is lame themeing leftover from DCA 1.0.

  5. As never having been, nor ever have any aspiration to be, a guest to Club 33, I really dislike the idea of the expansion. They’ve taken away a beautiful little corner of public space and are using it to transform the club into a larger $ maker. As if the initiation price and the dinner prices weren’t enough for a more intimate and quiet restaurant, now it may transform into, let’s say a Cafe ‘Orleans, a noisy bustling eatery for the more well heeled than I, and the majority of the masses. Disguise it however they want, call it whatever they want, a rose is a rose by any other name, another marketing ploy to increase revenues. Obviously, I’m still steamed about taking away the Court of Angels.
    That being said, Thank you for the update! Always have such beautiful pictures and great coverage of the parks!

    • I agree. Move Club 33 to Beverly Hills.

    • The 1% shall be served!

  6. Great update as usual!

  7. Norman, Great update as always. You still take better pictures than I ever could. As for Club 33. I have always wanted to eat there. I have seen and heard of all the wonderful food and scenery. I agree that the expansions looks very intrusive. I also agree that they have taken over one of the most serine locations. But, shall we forget, this is a business ? Let the babies have their toys.
    On a different note. Open that damn mountain already. It has been a year and a half. All I know is Thunder Mountain better be up and running by Easter (my scheduled trip) or heads will roll.

    • Yes! Open the mountain already! My God, they built a whole park in less time, in 1954-55!!

  8. Glad the magic carpet segment is back, too.

  9. With Soarin’ opening today, will it have those new hi-def projecters? I really wanna see soarin’ in HD… Actually I also really wanna see it as Soarin’ over the World or something to that effect because now the movie is not only dated, but the modern scenes in it don’t reflect the new old-fashioned California Adventure.