Who knew that so much could happen in a single off-season week at Disneyland? To begin with, Earth Day took place Tuesday, April 22nd and was celebrated, to a degree, in Downtown Disney. Moving into the parks we see that it’s a small world was open for its 50th anniversary as well. We also check on the many, many refurbishment projects taking place inside the berm. Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye are all down, with Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and the King Arthur Carousel on the way. In Disney California Adventure, the Redwood Creek Challenge trail has reopened after a lengthy refurbishment and Grizzly River Run closed for some upkeep. C’mon folks, let’s get In The Parks.
Disneyland is truly an American original. It has the best opening act in any theme park and perfectly sets up a comfortable world of fantasy and adventure.
Despite the lovely set-up we see that the Disney Merchandise department is further pushing the One Disney initiative. We chanced upon the Adventureland Bazaar and found a full display of merchandise that could be found, literally, in any Disney theme park. What are they thinking?
Again, what is the point of visiting the different Disney Parks if the experience and keepsakes are the same wherever you go? At least they aren’t displaying Jack Skellington merchandise here.
Here we see the Club 33 progress coming along nicely. The rooftops are under tarps and things are well underway. They’ve been shooting for a late June reopening. Do you think they’ll make it?
Rivers of America
While taking a ride on the lovely Mark Twain we noticed a few things might need a little work.
This little Indian boy lost his loyal dog a while ago. Let’s hope Rover returns soon.
Alice in Wonderland
The classic Alice in Wonderland continues with refurbishment through July 3rd, with a 4th of July reopening. Reinforcements are being installed on the existing exterior structure.
It sure doesn’t look like the old track is coming down. You can see that they are building cross supports now for what is likely some sort of exit platform.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Here is our weekly look at the Submarine Lagoon, where nothing much is going on.
Refurbishment Round Up
Now, for the updated list of scheduled refurbishments.
Pirates of the Caribbean - This is your last weekend to get a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean as it will be going down for needed refurbishment from April 28, 2014 to May 22, 2014.
Space Mountain - Space Mountain 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.
Mark Twain Riverboat - Closed for refurbishment April 28, 2014 to April 29, 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.
Tarzan’s Treehouse - Tarzan took a break from vine swinging. The treehouse was closed for refurbishment April 21, 2014 to April 22, 2014
King Arthur Carousel - Closed for refurbishment April 28, 2014 to May 1, 2014
ALL NEW MICECHAT PODCAST
Doug Barnes, David Yeh and Dusty Sage bring you a unique and refreshing MiceChat Podcast today. They leave the studio and head out on a field trip to Disneyland! Along the way we discuss what’s going on in the park, history, Imagineering and more. We also run into lots of MiceChat readers and get their thoughts on a day in the Happiest Place On Earth. We wrap things up with a discussion on which Disney resort has the most rides . . . Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Join the conversation and enjoy the show:
On April 21st, Disney marked Earth Day by celebrating with a few exhibits and activities in front of the AMC theater and ESPN Zone.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
The interactive play area, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail finally reopened after a nearly 5-month refurbishment. We expected to see notable improvements, but we were a little let down.
Of course, we didn’t think the area would change substantially in layout or features. But after 5 months all that appears to have been done were some rebuilt stairs and replaced wooden railings.
Four months of refurbishment and this is what the outcome is? Hmmmm.
The aging and refurbishment of the Boudin bakery facility continues. While it is taking a while, the work is actually very nice.
DCA Refurbishment Round up
Here are the refurbishments happening in Disney California Adventure right now.
The Little Mermaid - The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will be under refurbishment through May 9th. It will reopen on May 10th.
Grizzly River Run - The massive, Grizzly River Run attraction will be down through June 19th, reopening June 20th.
That pretty much sums up what happened last week and what will be happening this week at the Disneyland Resort. Andy Castro will return Monday Morning with a fresh Dateline Disneyland for you all to enjoy. He’s been off for a few weeks working on some major projects for school, so please check in and wish him a warm welcome home. And we’ll see you again real soon, In the Parks.