Changes continue in New Orleans Square as summer heats up at Disneyland

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

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Published on June 09, 2014 at 4:08 am with 46 Comments

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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 for the update with all the excellent photos, Andy!

    I’ll check out the Anaheim Packing House soon.

    • I stopped by the Packing House on my way home from work. It looked like an interesting place to have a beer, but I’d instead drive south on Harbor to one of Yelp
      s Top 100 eateries in America:

      Sabroso! Mexican Grill in a strip mall near a Chuck E Cheese
      at 13129 Harbor Blvd in Garden Grove.

      Then for desert go to the even higher ranked Cream Pan in Tustin for strawberry croissants.

      They’re both worth the drive.

      • Cream Pan in Tustin ,so good !

  2. Well, most of those “land-specific items” aren’t really “land-specific”. They just say “Radiator Springs”. They could easily be used at WDW’s Art of Animation resort or DLP’s Studio park – and I see nothing wrong with it.

  3. They should theme the store selling villain/Haunted Mansion stuff as a voodoo shop.

    The Captain America balloon is a good sign they’re not ignoring popular Disney megahits like THOR and Frozen for tired/overused Eisner era characters. I wish they were playing a Guardians of the Galaxy previews in EO now to get an entire summer’s worth of visitors excited about guardians. The old Starcade should be packed with Marval merchandise and comic books.

    Everything is looking great at Disneyland(aside from no new attractions being built).

  4. I’m a little softer on the Jack, Sally and Maleficent masks now that I know they are supposed to be Mardi Gras float pieces. After we decided to stay at Port Orleans French Quarter for our honeymoon, I started doing research on New Orleans and, sure enough, that’s what Mardi Gras floats and masks and things look like. I figure I can let that slide ;) They ought to rename the store though, at least.

    • I think so, kinda. A better representation would be the pieces you see in from the train just before you arrive in New Orleans Square here at DL.

  5. My family and I were just at Disneyland/DCA from June 2 through the 6. We had a spectacular time as always, but the crowds were unbearable at times, especially in Disneyland. We’ve been doing a yearly vacation to Disneyland since 2007, and this year the crowds were very noticeably larger.

    Excellent pictures and update, as always! Next time I’m there I will definitely check out the Anaheim Packing District. It looks like a great place to grab a bite.

    • Agreed on the crowds. Gotten to the point that even with AP’s, the thought of going is not all that enticing like it once was. This will likely be the last year of AP’s for us…which quite honestly is kinda what Disney wants, a thinning of the herd at the So Cal AP level.

    • Afternoon crowds have become so Intence I cringe at the thought of being there. Tried a wed afternoon and it felt like Saturday.
      Got up at 630 Sunday morning and took my son till around 2 pm and it was great lines only 5-15 min even for big thunder. Looks like well have to enjoy it this way till fall and that’s a shame cause I really do love adventure land and frontier land at dusk.

  6. So to me it looks like on Alice they might be extending the rock wall all the way around the outside track as the fall protection? I guess it might give the feeling of coming out of the rabit hole if it’s themed right or has some special effects of some sort. Hopfully the veiw will still be good for taller guests.

    • No I don’t think the wall will extend the length of the vine, if it did, they would have already installed permanent metal stilts along the sides of the path to act as the skeleton of the wall. The current “railing” you see isn’t permanently welded, its temporarily welded.

      • Oh, Fall protection while they build fall protection I guess. I’ve always thought that a “wall” of leaves and vines that match the existing leaves wouldn’t be too difficult to build and still have it blend in nicely.

      • PirateLover, someone on micechat had a great idea which was have the railing be the leaves and vines with some connections being “spiderwebs” like in the movie.

      • Last year Disneyland lost it’s #2 spot in the world as most visited theme park. Tokyo Disneyland dropped them to #3. I wonder how much farther they’ll drop as they thin out the crowds, specifically the APs.

  7. I hate that Nightmare before Christmas/Maleficent thing. May as well just put up a plastic Woody and Jessie in Frontierland and a plastic Snow White in Fantasyland.

    • Nobody should be surprised it’s out there. I’m guessing 99% of the reason they put it back out is because of the Maleficent movie. it is ugly, works at Halloween for the overlay timing though.

  8. Nice to finally see alot of work going on in the sub lagoon. We took the monorail in last Thursday and it was filled with workers.

    Really interested to see how Alice will turn out and how they will handle the fall protection railing. I’m guessing what’s up there now is temporary and they’ll somehow work “themed railing” into the mix at some point.

    Gotta believe that the exterior cleaning of Space Mountain will be the last thing they do with the refurb. Why do it now when it will just get dirty again before it opens?

    • On http://mintcrocodile.blogspot.com/ there are a few pics of the subs with alot of workers and pile of seaweed and the first part of the track looks cleaned up.

  9. Main Street looks too overgrown with trees. They should go back to the way it looked a long time ago.

    • Well the last time Main Street had overgrown trees was in the early to mid 90′s Those trees were almost two stories tall and they still looked beautiful. Walt did say: “Trees have no scale”

    • Algernon: you crack me up.

    • That is a bit of a nitpick, but then I went back to the top and looked at the picture and your right it does make the castle look small.

  10. I have to say, I really like the chalkboard wait sign. I think it fits the theme really well, and gives a bit more personality than numbers on a wheel or an electronic board. I wish they actually had more of these around–chalk is very in theme in Adventureland, Frontierland and Main Street!

    • I like it too. It definitely fits more thematically in the area.

  11. Yes the Packing House was a delight. Been waiting on that one for a lllooonnnggg time.

    The parks look real enticing as well. So vibrant and inviting. Cannot wait to visit soon now that school is winding to a close this week.

  12. Anyone know if they sold out of the deluxe prints for “Morning in the Magic Kingdom” or the five deluxe prints re-released from the 50th?

  13. no more capt EO?

    • It’s so dated. I have zero issues with it being closed though I wish they’d put something new in there.

      • Not only is Captain EO decades out of place, it doesn’t even include an up-to-date facial version of Michael Jackson. That 3D show is a joke and should have never come back.

  14. Okay okay… let me get this straight… they built a THIRD overhead bridge in New Orleans Square?? Between the perfumery and the crystal shop? That is a MAJOR alteration to New Orleans Square that wasn’t mentioned in the previous Dateline Disneyland articles. I don’t know how I feel about a third overhead bridge…maybe it will make NOS more intimate… or maybe more visually congested (which could be good, could be bad) I don’t know.

  15. Great update Andy – Did you happen to see how much those Soarin luggage tags were? Very cool! Thanks

    • @kenfromoc, they are $12.95