The past week brought a fair amount of fun, pomp and pageantry to the Disneyland Resort. On Friday, the Disneyland resort celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s a small world complete with a Richard Sherman sing-along. But it left many scratching their heads. There is also a resort-wide egg hunt being held which appears to be a big hit with visitors along with the continuing springtime round up at Big Thunder Ranch. We also bring you the latest pictures and news from around the resort along with a listing of what rides are planned to be refurbished in the near future . . . it’s a big Disneyland Update.

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Addictometer Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort


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We expect significant crowds later this week…

  • Fine weather is expected all week, with nice temps, sunny days, and less than a 10% chance of rain.
  • WonderCon takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center starting Friday.
  • This is Easter weekend, which is traditionally busy.
  • Hotels are not sold out (and are offering discounts!) at the beginning of the week, but are busy toward the weekend.
  • SoCal and SoCal Select Passports are blocked all week, and Deluxe are blocked on Friday and Saturday.
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it’s a small world celebrates 50 years

This past Thursday, Disney celebrated it’s a small world celebrated 50 years of sailing the seven seas and happy tidings to all (the attraction actually opened at the World’s Fair on April 22, 1964). The event was marked by a taping of Good Morning America in front of Disneyland’s small world ride, a Google hangout with Richard Sherman (co-writer of the infectious song) and a sing-along cavalcade at two in the afternoon.

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While the Good Morning America event pretty much went off as planned, it wasn’t until later that guests became a little confused. During the Google Hangout time Richard Sherman played the piano out in front of the classic attraction and shared recollections despite the clueless visitors milling about around him trying to get to the ride entrance.

Then, crowds gathered along the parade route to see the “Sing-Along Cavalcade” that was promised at 2pm. Thought it’s clear that the majority of guests didn’t know what was going on, much less the meaning of the word “Cavalcade.” Were they aware, many probably would not have waited to simply see the Disneyland Band followed by Richard Sherman in a Main Street Vehicle leading a sing-along. In fact, one person was overheard asking, “That’s it? no fireworks or anything?”

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Many of the guests may not have known what was going on, but we are ALWAYS thrilled to see Richard Sherman.

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In all fairness, what was delivered was exactly what was promised. This was simply a sing-along down the parade route. But many people huffed off, disappointed. Yikes!

The good news is that management has listened to the concern about the attraction being scheduled for refurbishment on the actual 50th anniversary, and have changed the dates.  The attraction is NOW scheduled to go down on April 23rd, the day after the actual 50th anniversary of the ride. It will be closed to finish up the Cal/OSHA work through May 22nd.

We took a ride on the attraction and have pics and video for you below.

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A new water effect has been installed in the India section.

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In the sea of strollers outside it’s a small world people leave the darndest things…

Just after taking the pic above, the parent came to get their child.  We were just about to find the nearest cast member to report a lost child. It’s true that many guests check their common sense at the front gate.

Disneyland Egg-Straveganza

Last year’s popular DCA Easter Egg Hunt has expanded into Disneyland this year, guests pay $5 a pop to log their findings throughout the park. Once completed, a small prize is promised. This is actually a wonderful little game that enhances the experience in the park. What’s more, folks that choose not to play can still stroll through the park, spotting the eggs at their own leisure.

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Pictured here are the map and two of the prizes that players win after completing the hunt.
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The line to purchase the maps inside Disney Showcase stretched into the Magic Shop next door.

MC TIP Aside from Disney Showcase, here are two other spots in the park to purchase the Easter Egg Maps.

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You can pick the maps up at Fairy Tale Treasures in the Fantasy Faire Village and at Pooh Corner in Critter Country.


SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!! 

Below, we invite you to check out the pictures of all the eggs in Disneyland Park. We found them all, but we don’t want to spoil the game for you. We’ll show you a closeup of each of the eggs below. Try to figure out where it is located. To find the answer, click on the picture to see the larger view of where it is located.

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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Here we share the recent pics from the submarine Lagoon.

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is coming along nicely here as they appear to be prepping larger foundations for the exterior portion of the track at Alice in Wonderland.  Will they be demolishing the exterior track and changing the path?  We aren’t sure just yet.

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Mickey and the Magical Map Closures Continue

The problems with Mickey and the Magical Map that we told you about last week continue. On Sunday, all shows were canceled for “technical difficulties.”  That darn map is persnickety.  But, it appears that the real reason the show was down was that too many performers called out sick again, prompting the cancelation of all shows.  It is rumored that the show itself is scheduled to go down for refurbishment on April 28, lasting until May 17th.  At the same time, recasting for the show is currently underway.

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Refurbishment Round Up
Let’s re-cap what is scheduled refurbishments.

Space Mountain

While Space Mountain is getting an exterior cleansing, the attraction is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment May 12, 2014 to June 26, 2014.

it’s a small world

Closed for refurbishment April 23, 2014 to May 22, 2014.

Gadget’s Go Coaster

Closed for refurbishment April 21, 2014 to May 15, 2014.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye

Indy will be excavating deep inside the Temple of the forbidden eye until May 8, 2014

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Tarzan’s Treehouse

Tarzan will take a break from vine swinging for a week soon.  The treehouse will be closed for refurbishment April 21, 2014 to April 22, 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean

Avast me hearties!  The pirates will be setting’ sail soon for other ports.  The attraction will be down from April 28, 2014 to May 22, 2014.

King Arthur’s Carousel

Closed for refurbishment April 28, 2014 to May 1, 2014

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Ongoing and Upcoming Scheduled Refurbishments at DCA

Grizzly River Run

Strangely, this water ride is scheduled to be Closed for refurbishment April 21, 2014 to June 19, 2014. Many online have questioned why this wasn’t handled during the winter months.

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

The interactive play area, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail went down for refurbishment on January 6, 2014 and is scheduled to reopen April 20, 2014

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The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

This Paradise Pier dark ride is now closed for refurbishment and is scheduled to resurface on May 9, 2014.

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It’s Tough to be a Bug

The “naturalistic underground setting” of the Bug’s Life Theater is currently Closed for refurbishment March 31, 2014 to April 18, 2014.  But when it reopens, it will feature an extended preview of the upcoming Maleficent film from Disney pictures.

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Boudin Bakery

The exterior refurbishment of the Boudin Bakery is nearly complete and it looks great.  They have made an effort to differentiate the various buildings from one another and the look is very interesting.

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DCA Easter Egg Hunt

Disney California Adventure is also running an Easter Egg Hunt.  It is pretty much a repeat of last year though.  In order to play, guests can pick up their map for $5.00 in Elias and Company on Buena Vista Street.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!! 

Below are some of the Easter Eggs in the DCA Egg Hunt. If you would like to play along, try to figure out where the egg is located. To find the answer click on the picture to see where to see the wider view.

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That closes todays In the Parks, Monday edition.  Andy will be back in just two weeks with Dateline Disneyland.   Don’t forget to check us out on Friday, when we bring you more news from the parks in Southern California!

 

  • FerretAfros

    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?

    • Lobot

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

    • BradyNBradleysMom

      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.

    • Omnispace

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

    • Sparky

      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.

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    IASW is in pretty bad shape 🙁

    • Barbaraann

      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.

    • bayouguy

      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.

  • Algernon

    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!!!!

    • ayalexander

      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?

      • EC82

        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!

      • ayalexander

        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!

      • Seawolf

        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.

      • MRaymond

        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.

  • tooncity

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

    • ayalexander

      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.

  • dizneydomenic

    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
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    a : a procession of riders or carriages
    b : a procession of vehicles or ships
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    : 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.

    • TodAZ1

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

  • sixalex

    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!

  • ayalexander

    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.

  • Skimbob

    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.

    • Marko50

      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…

  • XxBellaThornxX

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

  • amyuilani

    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).

    • ayalexander

      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.

  • 4th Gen Disney Fan

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

  • I Bet Churros

    The IASW event was actually last Thursday, not Friday.

  • dizneydomenic

    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!

  • danielz6

    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.

  • KENfromOC

    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?