Disneyland Update: Celebrating Small World and Easter Egg Fun

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features, In the Parks

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Published on April 14, 2014 at 3:00 am with 31 Comments

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  1. I think it’s safe to say that the exterior Alice track alignment won’t be changing. Why else would they have carefully sawcut the edges of the concrete structure and covered up the metal bus bar?

    • you have a keen eye! they did grind the edge of the concrete. I think you’re right…

    • I keep thinking this too, that they are being way too careful not to be keeping the track as is. So the rumor of them shortening the track must not be true then.

    • I agree. That’s a lot of careful work they are doing there to preserve the existing track.

    • What I can imagine them doing is keeping the track layout as is but widening the ramp around it considerably. Then, decorate it like you’re going through a whimsical garden, expanding upon what was already there.

  2. IASW is in pretty bad shape :(

    • Looks like I timed my next Disneyland vacation pretty well. Most of the attractions should be back up and running by the end of May, beginning of June.

    • The exterior is looking great as usual. But there have been loads of interior issues. This is bad show by Disney to allow the interior to be so bad. I’m always hoping that our next ride through will be better.

      • The exterior is in terrible shape. Dingy, dirty, faded. I hope they have time to address the exterior problems before this 2nd round of refurbishment is over.

  3. I hope everybody is right about the track not changing on Alice in Wonderland. Now—for the love of God–while they are both still down for refurbishment—change the Subs back to the original Submarine Voyage and turn Tarzan’s Treehouse back into the Swiss Treehouse!!!!

    • If they did that, the subs would get no visitors and the tree house’s attendance wouldn’t be boosted any more than what it is. Why would they spend that much money to decrease each attractions attendance? I can speak for the tree house too much cause it gets low attendance as is, but at least the kids know who lives in the tree house, and the subs have gotten a huge attendance boost along with a new generation of fans, why would they revert back to a format that got outdated?

      • Given how much we are learning about how much we don’t know about what happens in the oceans right here on our own planet, the Submarines could remove the Finding Nemo overlay and turn into an extraordinary, thrilling, fascinating, informative and mind-expanding experience!

      • EC82, that is not a bad Idea! If Nemo had to go away, I would love to see a informative and conservation themed underwater exploratory experience!

      • Obviously you weren’t alive when the Submarine Voyage was around. If anything it had longer waits than Nemo and had a much wider demographic draw. If what you said were true they would have paved over Pirates and Haunted Mansion a long time ago. The fact is that they let the original Submarine Voyage get outdated and horribly run down. Any attraction regardless of theme would suffer a popularity drop under these conditions.

      • Check out the Finding Nemo DVD extras. There is a section where Marlin and Dory are commenting on a presentation given by one of the Cousteaus. Informative and fun to watch. Do something like that instead of rehashing the movie. Science and humor. Do it properly and everyone wins.

  4. Disneyland is such a pretty museum. Nothing new here folks, keep moving.

    • They may not have added a new E-Ticket in a while, but everything has been constantly changed and plussed. The matterhorn got a refreshed painting and new special effects, Star Tours got remodeled, Indy got new special effects, Thunder Mountain came back brand new and with an exciting finale, Alice is becoming the start of a new movement to revitalize the fantasyland dark rides, and the subs will return with a fresh coating of under-water paint and possibly some re-worked effects… what about Disneyland is Museum-like? Not to mention Tomorrowland will be removing the Astro Orbitor this year and later will be getting a make-over of sorts to give it a Star Wars Land theme.

  5. I was there last week for the Richard Sherman visit. It definitely was worth getting to see him in person . It was a poor choice of words using “cavalcade” in the singalong sign. Personally i found this to be a HUGE miss on Disneys part. Full Definition of CAVALCADE
    1
    a : a procession of riders or carriages
    b : a procession of vehicles or ships
    2
    : a dramatic sequence or procession : series

    Like MANY who were told it would follow the parade route we said “that was it? Along with the Disneyland band they should have had the attraction music playing along the route to get the crowd into it, possibly with cast members and characters.

    Surprised the limited release pin was not mentioned…luckily i got mine the nite before. The lines were long that morning to get the allotment of 2 pins each per guest.

    • I think I’m more confused over what a ‘Google Hangout’ is than a ‘calvacade.’

  6. Nice update and, as always, great pix!

    I love that we can whine and gripe a bit (a lot?) about the park that Walt built for us and still feel the love. There seemed to be a nice change of tone today. Thanks for making some of the refurb closure announcements fun. I can now safely imagine the pirates off at some other port, pillaging merrily, or Indy off on some mystic hunt for mythic treasure. Perhaps he teamed up with Tarzan and is gone off to some lost civilization? Anyway, the fun comments were appreciated.

    I confess. I clicked on EVERY picture to see where the eggs are hidden. Did I mention my appreciation for the GREAT PIX?

    Re: IASW – Is it just me or does it seem that the management is very reactive to scheduling events these days? I am not seeing any thing that looks like advanced planning. Do they not have calenders? Date books? Do they not see the significant anniversaries and milestones approaching? Or is it just low budgets and corporate politics? With record crowds and profits, can’t we have something a little more, dare I say? IMAGINATIVE!!! And a BIG Thank you for the GREAT interior pix! No flash photography allowed, right? ;)

    Okay. That was my whine and gripe.

    Thanks Uncle Walt for the cool park! Thanks Mice Chatters for sharing the love!

  7. Disney usually schedules refurbishments based off of the seasonal drop in ride popularity. It’s a small world’s planned closure looks last minute only because the book keepers were looking at annual ride attendance patterns rather than a milestone anniversary. It was in-park managers that heard from fans about the ill timed refurbishment schedule and they pointed it out to their superiors, whom made a quick change. Its unfortunate, but Disney’s different departments don’t actually work together, they create the illusion of working together by handling projects simultaneously, but there is no communication, by far.

  8. It is shame that POTC will be closed for my next trip in Mid May. Maybe we will get lucky and it will reopen early or not go down at all. Thanks for the update. I am disappointed that passholders could not buy the IASW pin online. Not all of us are fortunate to visit the parks whenever we feel like it. I live 6 1/2 hours away but I am a Premier Passholder.

    • Sorry about your luck, but POTC *clearly* needs a refurb. Last time I went – about a month ago – they were def trying to drown Carlos by not giving him a breath at all! Strange that he still could be heard talking…

  9. That poor little girl!!!! Someone’s parent’s were a bit TOO excited!

  10. That picture of the little girl in the stroller makes me flash back to when I was a CM in Attractions in the 90s. All too often I’d see parents leave a child who wasn’t tall enough by the greeters by himself while the parents went to ride, thinking we’d provide a free babysitting service. Imagine their shock when they found their kids had been taken by security. We had more important things to do. Honestly, is any one ride so important that you’d risk your own child?

    I’m also smelling a rat when it comes to Mickey’s Magical Map. I doubt there was really that big of a call-sick day. Something tells me there’s some sort of a dispute between management and the cast, or AGVA (performers’ union).

    • I’m a former Cast Member too and I agree, people still leave their children behind and that is just not right. You shouldn’t have a child if a ride is more important to you.

  11. That poor little girl! Her family must have been too enchanted by the Disney Magic!

  12. The IASW event was actually last Thursday, not Friday.

  13. Did anyone there last week notice notice all the animatronics missing in Pirates on Thursday?

    The singing trio was a duo
    The drunken pirate overhead holding jug was missing
    The finale… the pirate on left was missing…though you could still here him singing!

  14. I’ve been saying it for years. Submarines should be a deep ocean exploration ride. Bring in a modern version of society of adventurers and explorers as well. The ride could be part educational and part fantasy (I vote lava monster type climax), which is exactly the theme that tomorrowland is supposed to have. I think every tomorrowland ride should have a corresponding pavilion educating about the modern science of that field (e.g. space and cosmology with space mtn and buzz, ocean exploration with the subs etc), not marvel and star wars. But of course Disney is more interested in showing us a cg video underwater so they can sell more blu rays and merchandise.

  15. Interesting to note: The Pluto egg shown in the fountain next to Mansion is different that the one spotted by mopey daughter today.
    Does anyone know do they change the eggs out each day?