Adventurous new beginnings at the Disneyland Resort

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on June 18, 2012 at 3:11 am with 30 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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  • Norman Gidney

    Thanks for the update Andy! It was a whirlwind week and you covered it like a pro.

  • TacAlert

    Those new bobsleds look VERY uncomfortable. I am 6′ 3″ and not looking forward to it. Was this another oversight by DL or could they have made them larger?

    • brem

      I agree! I can’t wait to have my knees next to my chin next time I ride the Matterhorn.

      Any word on why this oversight occured?

    • dland_lover

      I’m 6’3.5″ and although it takes a second longer than everyone else to sit down and get up, it’s pretty much fine. My knees bumped the seat in front of me, sitting in the back seats (which wasn’t that great), but in the front seats there’s no legroom issues for me whatsoever. Of course, I’m fairly evenly proportioned, so it may be different if you have longer legs. Overall, though- they’re ok. With the exception that I could only seem to sit square on my tailbone, due to the angle of the seat back.

  • WheresMickey

    Great article!

  • Irving

    Fantastic!!…simply a fantastic update of all the events of this past week! Great job Andy an all the miceage team!

  • DisneyLanders

    This was a long wait! Our family is so looking forward to experiencing the new DCA first hand. At the Carsland opening, why wasn’t Owen Wilson there?

  • scarymouse

    Nice job Andy,Can’t wait to enjoy everything ! Agree with everyone about the tighter space on the Matterhorn, not good! They must of had Drawf imagineers on the project,no disrespect intended.

    • dland_lover

      Well…. dwarf is a perfectly acceptable term. It’s scientific, actually. It’s the “M” word that does not garner any favor.

      But on the subject of leg room- it was ok for me. Definitely less than before, but still manageable.

  • TodAZ1

    Favorite line from the L.A. Times article:
    “With up to 100,000 visitors expected at the two-park resort on those days, Disney California Adventure could be forced to shut its gates and direct fans to Disneyland.” Disneyland? An over flow for DCA?? LOL!! My, how times have changed! Great to see, though! Well done, Disney! And welcome back, DCA!! Bigger and better than ever!!


    At 6’1″ tall and 330 lbs, I doubt I will be able to ride the Matterhorn anymore. When I visited last December after an absence of several years, I found that the new ride vehicles for Space Mountain and Splash Mountain are now much smaller, too, since their respective redesigns. Don’t the Imagineers know that Americans are getting larger, not smaller?? I think they should have at least 1 ride vehicle on these attractions that is available for larger guests…I’d be willing to wait longer for it to come around, as I’m sure many others would. Shall we get a petition going? 🙂

  • Mike2D

    I have to say, I’m 6’7” tall and 180 lbs, and I rode the Matterhorn this weekend in total comfort. The cars look cramped, but there are holes on the sides in-between the seats you can stick your legs through, and it gave me more than enough leg room. If your a tall person like me and you get the front row, a cast member told me (who was also over 6 feet) that you can cross your legs in the front and still sit in comfort. I actually felt more comfortable in these new sleds than the old ones.

    The people who will have problems riding are going to be heavier people, as it can be difficult to get in and out of the bobsleds. The new bobsleds don’t really have seats, but instead a flat cushioned bottoms and it does take a little effort to pull yourself out at the end of the ride. So there are definite pros and cons to the new bobsleds, but as someone who worried I would never be able to ride the Matterhorn again, I was pleasantly surprised and found the experience to be much improved.

    • dland_lover

      I agree whole-heartedly (and had the same experience myself). 🙂

    • Bronco21

      6’7″ 180? Feed that boy something stat! Lol jk I’m 6′ 3″ 200 and I was super worried about the Matterhorn sleds (my favorite ride) but this has eased my worries! Thanks!

      • Mike2D

        Lol Bronco, yeah I get that a lot about my weight 🙂 Glad I could ease your worries about the ride.

  • SoCalFan

    GREAT update! Beautiful pictures and wonderful coverage of all the happeings. This is the BEST Dateline Disneyland to date! Great job, thanks.

  • Susan Hughes

    Never in my wildest imagination could I have thought that I would need to go to Disneyland to take a break from the crowds. I’m so happy for the sad little theme park that everyone criticized for years. That’s no longer the case. It’s one of the premiere “second gate” Disney parks in the world now.

  • renderman7

    great to see no walls around DCA.

    cant wait to see it at the end of the year.

    Also i dont like the new micechat, the look is ok, its clean and all, but i hate that the artilces are split with no real way of linking from one to the next, and i hate that stupid grey bar on the side that says follow and promotes all those social media things.. why cant i get rid of it

  • Timekeeper

    The Quality in the new entrance plaza screams better beyond Disneysea and I like the new Trolley cartoon character on the Red Car Trolley Cupcakes! 🙂


  • Tinkbelle

    They had a 20’s band playing outside the Carthay?? I’m so JEALOUS!! I would have loved to have seen that. That is the kind of live entertainment I had hoped they would have inside the restaurant.

    I do feel awful for the men in those bobsleds – that looks miserable.

    Great update as always.

  • CrystalKnapp

    Didn’t they redo some of the inside of the Matterhorn as well? I’d like to see some of that. In all honesty, I grew up on Disney World, so I’ve never really had the emotional connection to the ride that so many others appear to have. Being under five feet tall, I don’t mind the new seating at all. 🙂

    I can’t wait to get back to DCA! I’m waiting for a slower time of year to even attempt going (I’m not patient enough for huge crowds at six hour lines!)

  • CrystalKnapp

    And just a technical issue… That darn “follow” thing in the corner of the screen makes it a nightmare to access this page on a smart phone.

  • disneyprincess

    i am fangirling SO HARD right now. can’t wait to see it!!

  • Tomorrowland4Ever

    I’d have to agree with the other posters here, I don’t like the new format. I really don’t like the “follow” bar when using my smartphone. I’ve stopped reading this website on my phone. Al, here’s something to complain about.

  • victoriaskitten

    I find the new format not as easy to navigate as it was before. Due to this I don’t check in daily anymore. I am however very greatful to everyone who works so hard to give me such a wonderful place to keep up with all things Disney. They do a fantastic job!

  • Tomorrowland4Ever

    Sorry for the rough comment. Andy, I do love your articles though.

  • Barbossa

    Harry Potter’s new day job in the Muggle world: [img][/img]

    PS: I’m not a fan of the new layout either. Hard to navigate and the site seems more cluttered now than it was before. I come on here on Mondays to see a fresh new post, only to find stuff repeated.

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