Creating Castles at the Disney Gallery, 4th of July entertainment, Avocado week, California crowds +MORE

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on July 02, 2012 at 1:15 am with 19 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • whamo

    I went to CA and DL on Sunday. The cable car operator told me that Radiator Springs has been down a lot in the mornings, as it was this day, causing long lines in the Fastpass line. I had a great time. I just avoided rides with long lines and took in the shows. Away from Carsland you could find walk on rides, or at least, short lines. The Creating Castles exhibit was totally beautiful. We also enjoyed the orchestra that played in Hollywood Land from Irvine, Orchard Hills, and the singers that open for Abram Lincoln. The meat loaf at the Carnation Cafe was tasty, but I heard mixed reviews of the peanut butter soda and the waiter brought my wife the wrong salad.

  • camplkc

    Thanks..great as always ;0)

  • [email protected]

    Avocado…. The perfect California summer food. It don’t get any better than that. I do hope the Food and Wine festival does return. It is a great event for DLR. Awesome update Andy. One of the only things good about Mondays. Thank you.

  • Algernon

    Fantasy Faire is not only unecessay, it is inappropriately placed outside the walls of the castle, on Main Steet. Maybe Trader Sam should have a shop next to the Arcade, and they should put a monorail station next to the trains.

    • Susan Hughes

      I totally disagree. What do all Disney Princesses have in common? A castle! There is no other place that fits as well. So it’s appropriate that the new Fantasy Faire should be right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.
      I don’t recall any of the Disney Princess movies where they go running off to It’s A Small World or Toon Town.

  • Pencotron

    I park hopped on Friday. Wait time were insanely short – why? Have the summer crowds not hit yet? I have never remembered the park being that light on guests. It reminded me of going in February or March. I’m not complaining – just hope it’s like that when I go back in August!

  • Sparky

    A friend and I did the Annual Passholder Early entry on Saturday morning. Racers was down when we first got into Cars Land and was down for awhile. We got in line for Luigi’s, which had been our intent anyway, to ride it before the line got long. Then, we did Mater’s with no wait. After that, Racers was up and running and we got in the Single Riders line which was about 10 minutes or less. After we ate breakfast at Flo’s, we got in the Single Riders line again. About 20 minutes. If you play your cards right, you can make very good use of that Early Entrance instead of spending the whole hour in line for just one attraction or in line for FastPass.

    I was extremly disappointed with the Postcard set for the new Castles exhibit. It only has TWO images (five or ten of each) in the set. This is just stupid. As a postcard collector, I want a set that has all different images with no repeats. Who is going to pay that much for postcards in a fancy tin to mail them out? The merchandise people need to get a clue.

  • SpectroMan

    The new exhibit in the Gallery was really great. I went to the merchandise release and had zero wait at 10am – I HOPE there was a line earlier because otherwise it felt almost disrespectful to the artists!

    Wait times are going to be great this summer with the APs blocked. Last Saturday the 30th was a delightful park day. All this hype about TDA “scrambling” to try to understand guest’s new touring patterns is such BS. They’re in DCA because of all the new stuff, but that’s nothing to scratch heads about. It will all even out again once the initial waves die down.

  • Coheteboy

    The World of Color Pre-Show is GREAT! They ought to have that as a post-show. The rest of World of Color will come off a little dull in comparison.

  • DisneyDrums

    Looking good in DCA. I hope I can make a trip down there for my B-day…

  • Wendygirl

    The sound system over at the Thunder Ranch Jamboree is excellent and the Billies don’t have to compete with the sounds of people ordering food! But, the stage is much too large for them. At least Billy comes down into the audience to do his teeth thing. People are slowly finding them, but that whole thing is still not drawing in crowds.

    Also, it is not ragtime music in the Golden Horseshoe now it’s the very talented Laughing Stock Company. One song is played on the piano before the show starts. no where near as many people come in to see this as they do the Billies. But it is a good show, especially the one where they are looking for a husband for Sally Mae.

  • gawama

    The Laughing Stock Company is now playing inside the Golden Horseshoe seven days a week. This is the reason for the piano on stage.

  • ghosty4

    No coverage of the mini facial at Sephora for Avocado Week? Sadness. Guess I’ll have to go check it out and report back!

  • Algernon

    Does Sally Mae come out into the audience looking for a husband? I don’t want anybody coming up to me. I want to be…invisible…

    • Wendygirl

      They do come out and pick three guys from the audience as potential husbands. There’s no where to run, there’s no where to hid LOL!!!

  • Riebi

    “Bavaria´s Black Forest” *lol*

  • Susan Hughes

    Who would have ever dreamed in their wildest imagination that Disneyland would have light crowds because everyone is heading to Disney California Adventure.

    Not as surprising, but equally “cool” is that the weekends are now a breeze because that’s when the Deluxe Annual Pass joins the other two lower passes on the Blockout list.

  • Crazee4mm

    While the lack of blocked out AP’ers does have a significant effect on the attendance, I think that the $125 One-Day Park Hopper ticket is turning a lot of people away as well. To say that the lighter than usual attendance is solely due to the lack of AP’ers is only partly correct. While purchasing single day tickets for friends I have twice seen entire families get to the ticket windows and then get hit with a total of approximately $500 for a single day at DLR. Both of these families left in disgust at what they both were calling Disney’s greediness. I was at Universal today and overheard more than a few times that Disneyland is now too expensive to go to. Needless to say, Universal was packed.