California entertainment, Cars Land crowds, Matterhorn climbers +MORE

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

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Published on June 25, 2012 at 6:23 am with 44 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 writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  1. Thanks

  2. Great report!

  3. Love the new daytime water show. It just shows that not everything has to be “Hip and Edgy” to appeal to a large demographic. In fact, I’d say the Hip and Edgy stuff appeals to a MUCH smaller demo than the water show.

  4. good report, the park looks awesome and have to agree with the signage for the dancing with Disney. the signs look pretty tacky although somehoe they fit with the crazy props for Mad T Party.

    i wish they would have found another way of introducing all those rare characters but it seems to be working at the moment with families. Parents were relaxing and kids were having fun.

    i do have to disagree with the comment of the carnival games that they place out in Paradise Pier. Although they may seem tacky to some the games were very popular with the toddlers. They had children lining up to toss rings and they were pleasantly surprised and excited that they got Disney stickers for their accomplishment. I do think that since the ring toss is the most popular though that they should get rid of the cards with letters though. That one looks tacky since they spread out those large letter all over the walkway.

  5. Don’t know why the ‘game squad’ is being all that criticized. Sure, it’s not totally period specific, but the game squad is usually out in Disneyland too, usually before parades to keep kids entertained. It’s not like it’s a major atmosphere entertainment offering being prominently marketed to $80+ spending day guests on their times guides (at least I don’t think so) as a major thing. It’s a little set of games for kids to pass the time…

  6. Awesome update, thanks! Can’t wait to get over to DCA and check everything out.

    Does anybody know what they’re going to do with the Chevron “executive lounge” now that Chevron is gone? Seems like they could do some kind of Club 33 tie-in to it.

  7. Does anyone have more info on Earl of Sandiwch? I was looking forward to eating it on my upcoming trip to Disney July 16-20th. But now I’m getting seriously worried that it won’t be ready in three weeks. What the heck is going on? They’ve been talking about Earl of Sandwich for weeks now. Get your act together Earl of Sandwich!

    • I would like to know how that’s coming along too, there aren’t any Downtown Disney pics this week although there is a header so maybe something wasn’t added by mistake?

      • Or maybe my computer didn’t load all the pictures as I see them now ;)

    • Originally, they said EOS was going to open in late-spring. That obviously didn’t happen. Now, it says summer. When I was there on the 15th I went by and the interior was pretty stripped down with some new framing going up. It definitely didn’t look like something that would be ready within the next month or so. I’m really looking forward to it opening though. I love the one at DTD in Disney World.

  8. Where to start this week is the question,

    “A five-decade rite of passage for millions of high school seniors will come to an end early Saturday when Disneyland finishes hosting its final, private Grad Nite party.”

    This is so sad and is so obviously TDA saying we spent 1.1 billion and like it or not you’re going there, DCA has a long way to go before it’s worthy of taking over Disneyland’s traditions and I personally think this is a sad state of affairs.

    Nice to see Aladdin’s Oasis being used, I guess since where the fantasy faire is going was used by most guests in the same way it is a nice touch but I couldn’t agree with you more Andy when you say “a revival of the Tahitian Terrace restaurant would be spectacular”, I would so love to see that happen.

    Brady MacDonald’s Los Angeles Times review had some interesting comments to make that would be interesting for Micechatters to ponder, Brady says “The next logical area to attack is the newly dubbed Hollywood Land, which has a pair of studio soundstages sitting empty” it would be so nice to see the soundstages house a couple of new rides but what would be interesting to see brought to life? “The Rocketeer had to have bought his jacket somewhere, right? Elias and Co. must have been that place.” HEY what about something based on The Rocketeer, now I know a lot of people will say it was a one off film that didn’t do that well but the styling is perfect and the Rocketeer continues to enjoy success in comicbooks and is perfect video game fodder in this age of stunning game graphics (as opposed to the original video game) It’s just a thought and has to be better than Dancin With Disney …argh!

    This disturbs me “Grizzly River Run, lacking both Disney DNA and audio-animatronics, takes up a precious five acres of land and serves as a constant reminder of the old park, making the rapids ride and its iconic peak a prime target for renovation or removal.” Grizzly River Run is heaps of fun and the mountain is iconic, how can anyone even contemplate removing them and as for having no Disney DNA he obviously hasn’t seen Brother Bear or any of the Disney Wildlife films and did I mention it’s HEAPS OF FUN!!! However he is right that the area needs a makeover, I hope the Imagineers can come up with some great ideas to keep that area viable, it’s nice to have an area like that just like Disneyland has Adventureland and Frontier Land (Jungle Cruise didn’t start with Disney DNA (as Brady despicts the DBA) btw) “while Redwood Creek Challenge Trail might be leveled in favor of a new E-Ticket ride.” that would be a good idea.

    “Like a doughnut hole in the middle of the park, the Pacific Wharf food court, the unused San Francisco city block and under-utilized Golden Vine Winery seem orphaned from any land, time period or storyline.” Well duh ;) I’m sure they have plans already for this area.

    “That leaves a bug’s land, a 2002 Band-Aid intended as a quick fix…. we’re still left with the most pathetic collection of kiddie rides ever assembled in a Disney park: the bumper cars don’t bump, the teacup ride ends before it gets going and the caterpillar train feels like the beginning of a dark ride that doesn’t exist….like any set of off-the-shelf carnival rides, bug’s land can and should be folded up overnight and shipped to the next county fair or church picnic where it belongs.” I like Bugs land I think the theatre is fun, might be time to update the show though and rather than packing up “the catapillar ride” wouldn’t it be nice if the Imagineers actually DID turn it into a dark ride, there is still the kids ride problem and dark rides can be fun.

    Sorry to go on and on I just thought there was plenty to comment on today :)

    • FWIW, there is plenty of “Disney DNA” for the jungle Cruise. The ride was inspired by the true life adventure series of live action nature films being produced then. Those films were a huge part of the Disney brand. Brother Bear….was not.

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      https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDisneylandReport?feature=mhee

  9. Wow! So I have been a MiceChat/MiceAge lurker/member for almost 5-6 years, and I have to say, this has been one of the BEST Monday morning articles, possibly EVER! After watching the band play in front of the castle and Goofy’s water show, it took me almost 40 minutes to read through everything.

    I love the direction of MiceChat/MiceAge and their articles. Keep up the great work! I read you guys every morning with my coffee, and it is the best way to stay connected to everything at the park.

  10. Excellent column, but one correction…

    The car DJ actually appeared in the first Cars movie, not Cars 2. Other than that, it was an awesome column, and the photographs really helped to make me feel like I was actually there!!!

    • Thanks for the correction! I’ve fixed the mistake in the original post. :)

      -Andy

  11. So far, I’ve read numerous articles about how packed DCA was and how great it looks. But I have not once read of a guest uttering the magic words, “This place is great! I love it here! I’m coming back!” which makes me wonder about the new DCA’s actual staying power, once all the hype has died down.

    Perhaps somebody who has been there can shed a little light…

    • The place was great. I LOVED IT!!

      Seriously though, I went the evening it opened and I nearly cried. I was speechless. I simply am so grateful to Disney for exorcising the sunshine plaza demon. Carsland was amazing, and I’m not even a particularly big fan of the film. You must go.

      You can view our trip reports at:

      https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDisneylandReport?feature=mhee

  12. That daytime water show with Goofy is great and really takes me back to those classic Goofy cartoons! 2 Things that came to mind however:
    1) Goofy looks like he’s in some small, awkward cage. It would look way cooler if there was a podium or some sort of real, themed space for him to do his thing.
    2) Goofy looks weird without a hat! I think a nice, classy top hat might fit well. OR maybe he enters with a classy top hat but takes it off while conducting (maybe it’s improper to wear a hat while conducting?? not sure).
    Anywho.. I think the show is a nice addition!

  13. Thanks for the update Andy. I am so happy to be moving back to the OC very soon. Premium pass here I come. For all that Disney has done to get DCA up to par with its older sibbling, it seems that they still have not learned from their earlier mistakes. I would rather see an open grassy area for just relaxing, than a loud, cheesey, on the fly production of noise and lights. lets hope that they see the light.

  14. Thank you for all of the well executed photos and articles regarding the new Disney California Adventure park!

    I am hopeful that “phase two” will come into play within the next year or two. Hollywood Land needs new and more rides (where Mad “T” Party is now) and new building facade / remodeling to the Hyperion Theater. And yes, in my opinion “It’s A Bug’s Land” needs to be either stongly upgraded or removed and replaced with a different themed enviroment. And I stongly believe that Grizzly Peak area all needs to be “plussed” and improved in a big way. Buena Vista street and Cars Land are terriffic, but it will not be enough for me to go back and visit as much as Disneyland.

    I look forward to seeing an improved quality of entertainment (hopefully soon), too in California Adventure because this department needs different people / talent running it. There are only so many ideas that can be bounced around before your going around in circles. And it shows…=(

  15. Isn’t it Hans Christian Andersen? Not Anderson.

    Great looking covers and jacket though. I would buy themepark merchandise if it was anything like that, in stead of overpriced plastic kiddie stuff.

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