Strong winds and high temperatures hit the parks over the last week as guests continued to maneuver the on-going construction and refurbishment projects around the parks. Today we take a look at the continued work on Disneyland‘s Club 33 expansion, Alice in Wonderland safety upgrades, and the fantastic new color scheme and place-making at Disney California Adventure‘s Pacific Wharf. We also take a look at more new merchandise and take a side trip to the 2014 Fullerton Railroad Days where the Disneyland Railroad’s Ernest S. Marsh locomotive was on display and open for tours.

Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!

Get a closer look at today’s update! Click on any photo in today’s blog to see a larger, high-resolution version.

We’ve got a full update today, so let’s get started!


Welcome to Disneyland!

Strong winds knocked out power to 18,000 customers across Southern California last week and caused Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to close some attractions for safety.

Horse-drawn carriages on Main Street were closed on Wednesday due to winds, along with Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Golden Zephyr, Silly Symphony Swings and the Sun Wheel in Disney California Adventure.

By Friday the winds had died down but the heat had climbed to the 90s.

Disneyland wait times Friday afternoon weren’t terrible. Did the heat help keep folks away?

California Adventure wait times Friday afternoon

Kingdom Closures

[center]Plaza Inn[/center]
Plaza Inn’s refurbishment continues through next week, reopening by the weekend.

Would be nice to see the old “What Would You Celebrate?” campaign signage changed out.

[center]Temple of the Forbidden Refurbishment[/center]
Indiana Jones Adventure is set to reopen by the end of this week following a much-needed refurbishment.

[center]Yo Ho…[/center]
In New Orleans Square, Pirates of the Caribbean is now closed through May 22 for refurbishment. The Blue Bayou Restaurant remains open during the ride’s closure.

[center]Members Only[/center]
Meanwhile, the Club 33 expansion project continues throughout New Orleans Square.

The windows and doorway at the Le Bat en Rouge shop closest to the original Club 33 entrance have now been closed and blacked out as work on the Club 33 project seeps into the shop’s space.

Walls inside the shop block off a small corner.

The old Court of Angels entrance

Nice cardboard

On the backside of the French Market..

[center]Alice in Blunderland[/center]
Work on retrofitting the old “vine” portion of the Alice in Wonderland ride track with Cal/OSHA-approved safety upgrades is really starting to move along with major new steel additions.

[center]“it’s a Cal/OSHA world”[/center]
“it’s a small world” remains closed through May 22 for its own Cal/OSHA safety enhancements.

Nearby, Mickey and the Magical Map is dark while the Fantasyland Theater is closed for work.

No showings today.

[center]Toon-Ups[/center]
In Mickey’s Toon Town, the fountains are still dry and behind construction walls along with Gadget’s Go Coaster.

Gadget’s Go Coaster behind walls

The Go Coaster’s refurbishment means the waterway around Donald’s Boat is dry.

[center]Out to Dry[/center]
In Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is still closed through the fall for an extended refurbishment.

[center]Refurbishment Wharf[/center]
In Disney California Adventure, the Pacific Wharf placemaking project is just about done with all of the newly-repainted facades uncovered and scaffolding up just around the Boudin Bakery’s grain silo.

I really love the Wharf’s new color scheme and the new faux business logos added to the building. It really compliments the work they did in the Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier and Hollywood Land when those areas got cosmetic makeovers as part of the larger California Adventure remodel project.

Love the new details like this.

It’s really great to see little placemaking and minor retheming projects like this take place around the park when areas go down for refurbishment. Kudos to Disney for continuing with these efforts, it looks great and really does make a difference.

[center]The Little Refurbishment[/center]
Nearby, The Little Mermaid dark ride will reopen by the end of the week with some show enhancements.

Across the bay, the gazebo structure near Toy Story Midway Mania is still behind walls while Disney works to replace sections of rotted wood.

[center]Dry Run[/center]
Meanwhile, Grizzly River Run is closed for its ongoing refurbishment which will run through mid-June. If you’re looking to beat the recent heat with a water ride, Splash Mountain will be your only option for a while.

More Merchandise

Nearby at Rushin’ River Outfitters, some nice new Grizzly River Run items hit store shelves recently. I really like the t-shirt design, which is available for men and women.

Hoodie

Longsleeve shirt

On Buena Vista Street, the Atwater Ink and Paint shop has a new line of ceramic mugs and plastic plates (not microwave safe and dishwasher safe on top rack only) that are based on Disney candy/treats.

Candy Cauldron is a reference specific to Walt Disney World.

Nearby, Clarabelle’s Ice Cream has lost its unique Red Car Trolley ice cream dish for a strange “kitchen sink”-style ice cream dish modeled after Mickey Mouse’s pants. Apparently this same dish is now being used at locations at Walt Disney World, so sorry if you wanted that souvenir Red Car – Disney’s more interested in saving a few bucks by cutting the location-specific dishes and using the same one at locations on both coasts.

Back in Disneyland, a few more new items in the retro and Adventureland lines that we showed you last week are now in stores.

I really love this new glassware.

New Enchanted Tiki Room bamboo coasters are available as part of the new Adventureland line. $12.95/set of four

Throw blanket

Pillow

If the retro or Adventureland lines don’t catch your eye, maybe the new black-and-white chalkboard line will.

Looks like this was designed for the Be Our Guest Restaurant fans at Walt Disney World…

New patriotic Mickey and Duffy plush are also available now

The popularity of Frozen remains strong and along with Olaf caramel apples, new Olaf marshmallow treats are now available at Candy Palace and Trolley Treats. And yes, they’re as terrifying in person as they look in the photo below.

This month’s gourmet candy apple is now available – it’s covered in peanut butter cups.

Fullerton Railroad Days

Over the weekend just a few miles up Harbor Boulevard from Disneyland, the Southern California Railway Association held its annual Railroad Days event at the Downtown Fullerton train station. The two-day event had numerous model trains on display as well as tours of Disneyland Railroad’s Ernest S. Marsh Locomotive #4, opportunities to have your photo taken on the Kalamazoo handcar, and an up-close look at the now-retired boiler for Disneyland’s Engine #2.

The event is small but always a fun outing for Disneyland and train fans alike.

You could climb up into the cab, take a look inside, ring the bell and pull the steam whistle. A really fun and unique experience.

The Kalamazoo handcar, which is usually on display at Main Street Station. Guests could climb on the handcar and take a photo as part of Railroad Days.

This year the now-retired boiler for engine #2 was on display and Disneyland Railroad engineers explained how the whole thing worked to interested guests.

The Carolwood Pacific organization had a booth, promoting the wonderful Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park.

Scale model of Walt’s Barn

Some swag for sale.

A big draw of Railroad Days includes lots of working model trains on display.

LEGO trains

This and That

Back in Disneyland, the Main Street Photo Supply has received its new Nikon signage, now that the camera company has taken over the photography sponsorship of U.S. Disney parks.

Inside, most Kodak references have been removed, but a couple remain for sharp-eyed guests.

The signage has been updated at Buena Vista Street’s Kingswell Camera Shop as well

And finally, don’t miss the latest MiceChat podcast, where the MiceChat team takes a walk through Disneyland. Enjoy!


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 5 — May 11, 2014
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 9 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 12 am
Sunday: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
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[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [B]Indiana Jones Adventure:[/B] Closed through May 8, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Plaza Inn Restaurant:[/B] Closed through May 15, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Gadget’s Go Coaster:[/B] Closed through May 15, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]”it’s a small world”:[/B] Closed through May 22 for fall safety equipment installation
  • [B]Pirates of the Caribbean:[/B] Closed April 28 through May 22, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Space Mountain:[/B] Closed May 12 through June 26 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Closed through July 3, 2014 for enhancements and safety redesign of outdoor portion of ride track.
  • [B]Matterhorn Bobsleds:[/B] Closed August 25-November 13 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage:[/B] Closed through September 26, 2014 for major refurbishment.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure:[/B] Closed through May 9, 2014 for refurbishment and rumored enhancements.
  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed through June 19, 2014 for refurbishment.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
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[center]
A weekly look at projected crowd levels at the Disneyland Resort.[/center]

May 5-11, 2014

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  • We’re over the peak of attraction closures, and they’ll start reopening slowly now. Indy and the Little Mermaid return in time for Mother’s Day this weekend.
  • Hotel rooms are sold out at the beginning of the week but there’s still some high-end hotel rooms left for the weekend. (Peak summer prices are now in effect!)
  • This week looks to be in the sunny 70s and 80s, but get ready for 90s by the end of the weekend.
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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Disney announced an additional $800 million investment in its Shanghai Disney project, promising it will go toward additional attractions for the park and isn’t prompted by cost overruns. (New York Times)
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  • Conconhead

    I wish they’d move the train stuff into the park. My nephew is a huge train fanatic like many 2 year olds and he’d love to watch the model trains run.

    • masterman626

      If you live in the area you might want to check the railroad garden at the Pomona Fairplex. It’s about a football field in length of model trains, I’m 24 now and can still remember some of the first times I saw it as a kid.

  • MrTour

    When and why did they retire the train?

    • MickeysImagination

      The locomotive was not retired, just its boiler. The boiler on display was the Ripley’s. The E.P.Ripley (Engine #2) went through a major refurbishment a few years back. If my memory is serving me correctly, I believe it was before the 50th (2004-2005). Boilers will not last forever, even with the best of care. Right now the C.K. Holliday (Engine #1) is supposed to be out for refurbishment.

      -Justin

      • TFN5459

        Yes, the Ripley’s refurbishment was handled by Benson Mountain in 1989 (was also the first of the engines to be rebuilt) and that was when she got her current boiler. The CK Holliday is currently out for her refurbishment near Fresno, CA and they’re hoping to have it done prior to the 60th Anniversary next year.

    • ayalexander

      They didn’t retire the Ernest S. Marsh. They simply brought it to the railroad event as a goodwill gesture. It will return to service in Disneyland within a matter of days.

  • Stormy

    That Fantasyland martini glass is now on my souvenir list! I was feeling pretty smug thinking that I wouldn’t be buying much on my August trip since I’d bought pretty much all I’d ‘coveted’ during my February trip. Sigh, then they started releasing new and adorable stuff!

  • RPerez3

    Thanks for this latest update. The pictures are really spectacular. Loved the Fullerton Train Days information. A somewhat “insider” comment on Nikon. I am happy to see this update to The Parks. Hoping maybe there is perk for me “wink, wink”. I am surprised by the Logo. I completely understand how the logo would/should fit the themeing, however, Nikon is VERY specific, as I imagine most companies would be when using their logo, but they are VERY specific with the logo in every aspect. Nice to see that they can work to go outside the box.

  • Nodak

    So is anything open in the parks? JK.. but lots of great rides are down

  • Blu923

    Great update! I just have one issue with it: you called Mickey’s Fun a Wheel the Sun Wheel. lol!

  • Algernon

    I wonder who will be on the Club 33 souvenir martini glasses, assuming anybody can afford one. Perhaps they should rename the Court of Angels the Court of Devils, and replace the statue of Walt Disney with one of a banker or a lawyer holding a briefcase. If I seem slightly (more) negative than usual, it’s because I just had a sudden revelation that when they remodel the Peter Pan Ride, they might add elements from their cheap, crummy, recent knockoff attempts to it, trying to promote the latest movie, like they did to the Swiss Treehouse. And I’m sure that whoever was behind turning the Submarine Voyage into a crummy underwater cartoon show for four year olds is at this very moment lobbying to have a new rap version of the Alice in Wonderland song playing when one waits in line, when it reopens. Forgive me for thinking such thoughts, but it helps keep me from being as shocked as I was when I saw what they did to Tomorrowland and the Subs. By the way, didn’t Maleficent have bat wings, and not wings with feathers?

    • ayalexander

      I have an idea for you. Why don’t they just go back in time, seal the park in plastic wrap and tupperware to preserve it for you. Better yet, why not retire the park as it was and charge admission to the newly opened Disneyland Resort Museum of dated park history? Dude, I read all your comments. Disneyland changes. It changed for the guests. You have to let it go. Disneyland was not built to cater only to the nastalgic, it was built so it can change with the times and with the interest of the guests. You have to let things change. Let go of the past and write constructive comments on what MODERN things you may like to see in the park. Its ok to want the park to showcase something you wish to see, Disney looks at these comments, but they are not going to revert back to retired attractions. They did that Luigis tires, and now look. That was a mistake. (No Frozen pun intended), but let it go. Here’s the facts about the subs, They are costly, inefficient, and unnecessary even by today’s Nemo standards… they just simply were not meant to withstand the test of time. And Swiss Treehouse…who knows the Robinson family anymore? Except for people that grew up decades ago. Kids don’t care. I worked at Disneyland right across from the treehouse and the number one thing i heard from guests was that the kids loved the Tarzan Treehouse and that parents were happy they managed to save the treehouse from demolition years ago. I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just saying that you hold a lot of resentment and it will only fester inside of you unless you let things change. Sorry Algernon.

      • fravitmonk

        I’m pretty sure that guy is troll.

      • CaptainAction

        Why can’t they seal Disneyland in plastic wrap? They sealed WDW in plastic wrap.

        Epcot is a salute to the 80’s. No E Ticket in 9 years.

        AK has had 1 E Ticket in 10 years with a broken centerpiece (can’t blame WDW for the strobe light cause it would just cost too much to fix and WDW doesn’t have any money). Maybe Avatar (crowd looks confused..did he say Avatar? Why Avatar?) will open before 2020 but I read they’ve already pulled the boat ride due to more cutting of budgets. Rumor or true? So, we’re down to small scale “Soarin”, light up plants, and mess hall with stores.

        DS has the same Indiana jokes, word for word, since it opened. No E Ticket since Rockin’ Roller 15 years ago. (Some may count Toy Story as E Ticket. I don’t just like folks don’t count Despicable Me or Buzz).

        MK last E Ticket was Splash Mountain, over 20 years ago!?! WDW has added 2 c Tickets and restaurants and stores since Splash but also tore out an attraction because WDW is landlocked you know (the old wives tales about Walt buying 43 square miles of land turned out to be only 430 acres I heard).

        You may owe Algernon an apology.

        To be fair, Disneyland and CA have added several E Tickets and improvements but then they closed half the attractions to help pay the bills.

        Apparentaly Disney Parks are really struggling with lack of cash flow. Maybe they need to raise prices?

      • ayalexander

        CaptainAction, you are very skeptical of Disney Parks as well, but you did hit the mark on a familiar subject I’ve been arguing with for years: WDW and its lack of new offerings and E-ticket attractions. I was very angry to hear they pulled funding on Avatarland and mothballed the water ride and reduced the size of the flight ride. That was just a very poor decision, Avatarland is a chance for a WDW park to redeem itself as offering kinetic entertainment in the form of squeezing more rides into the parks…but no…lets charge people the same price for the same idea but give them half an attraction. -Anyway…I’m not apoligizing to Algernon, he needs to grow up.

      • CaptainAction

        Point taken.

    • I know there is very little sacred anymore, but I have to believe (hope) that Pan will only get a scene and graphics update and improve the ride system. Updating the storyline would almost be blasphemy. Also improve that damn lighting. I can’t see half of the ride, it is too damn dark.

  • martinjbell1986

    Great update!

  • ayalexander

    The Boudin Bakery silo isn’t for grain. Its a real working flour silo. They put the flour in there in it is fed through a tube pressurized with air, and sent into the bakery’s mixer when needed. I used to work in the Boudin Bakery and used to watch them fill the silo like once a month. At one point the air pressure valves failed and you could hear a loud hiss at the top of the silo, I had to call it in; other cast members of the wharf area were concerned cause they didn’t know it was a real flour silo.

  • ChrisNJ

    Thanks for reporting on Fullerton Railroad Days – looks like it was a great event.

  • billyjobobb

    Isn’t it great that you can use the same pics of the subs from week to week.

    No need to go to the park and take new pics, since they aren’t doing anything to them.

    • sean317

      Or the same set of scaffolding in front of the tunnel entrance.

  • ShannonA

    These updates are great. I am a little confused. I have seen articles stating that Space Mountain would be open this coming weekend.
    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/04/business/la-fi-0506-space-mountain-open-20130504
    The Disneyland map says it is closed to the 3rd of July. At the end of this article it is listed as closed till the 26th of June, Yet it isn’t mentioned in this update.
    Having a hard time figure out when the ride is truly to open again.

    • ShannonA

      Some reason I thought it closed in April.

      • smartlabelprint

        The official Disneyland calendar shows space mountain closing may 27.

    • Tiny Mermaid

      You’re right — Space Mountain isn’t listed on Disneyland’s site as being closed May 12. As I’m going to be there 11-13, that’s great news to me!

  • sonnyk155

    Have you eve done a piece on the sign and banner people? There are signs for everything. A sign for the ride. A sign for when the ride is down. Signs apologizing for the refurbs. Where is this all done? How? By whom? The new signs on the side of the Boudin Bakery bldg, where does that design come from? Tell us all about it, please. If you don’t, you’re yella.

  • DisneyLover66

    Thank you for including photos from the Fullerton Railroad. Great update, as always. Cool merchandise photos, and I especially loved your first several photos.

  • Tinkbelle

    I’m really surprised they don’t have a New Orleans set for the dinnerware. I’m sure it would be one of the most popular sets with Pirates and Haunted Mansion on it.

    I bet the sweaty masses would have appreciated Grizzly River Run being open this week. Strange planning, Disney.

  • OprylandUSA

    “Looks like this was designed for the Be Our Guest Restaurant fans at Walt Disney World”
    seriously?

  • Did I miss something ? Sum Wheel ? I could have sworn that the name was changed to Mickey’s Fun Wheel. Hmmm ?