Disneyland debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade Friday afternoon. The one-float offering features Princess Anna, Olaf and Queen Elsa on an icy, snow-covered parade float but Frozen fans might want to lower their expectations before heading to Disneyland to see the new offering. Meanwhile, work continues in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square as the major Club 33 expansion continues to bring notable changes to the area. Over in Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is seeing some major work get underway in its lagoon as Space Mountain finally gets cleaned up.

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.

Let’s get started!


Welcome to Disneyland!

The refurbishment list keeps getting smaller the further we get into summer

The bank of entry turnstiles closest to Downtown Disney are behind walls now for refurbishment.

Nearby, the Newsstand remains open

Inside Disneyland, the park looks great as the park kicks into full summer mode this week with daily 8am-midnight operating hours (8am-10pm for California Adventure).

Lots of patriotic floral throughout Town Square

A look at Disneyland wait times early Sunday afternoon

Meanwhile, at Disney California Adventure, the gorgeous Buena Vista Street and guest-favorite Cars Land turned two years old on Sunday. Buena Vista Street is a personal favorite — I fall in love with Buena Vista Street all over again every time I enter the park. Congrats on two years, Disney — now what’s next?

The Red Car Trolley is perfect.

On display in the Trolley Treats candy kitchen window…

A look at Disney California Adventure wait times Sunday afternoon

Let it… No.

Back in Disneyland, the park debuted its new Frozen-themed pre-parade on Friday. The new pre-parade is Disney’s effort to ease demand for the popular characters by giving guests the opportunity to see them without having to wait over two hours for their meet-and-greet.

If the float looks familiar it’s because it is. The float is the Mickey and Minnie ice skating float from Disneyland’s popular (and aging) A Christmas Fantasy Parade. It has a new paint job now, some new icy trees, and a new platform for Queen Elsa.

The new pre-parade looks fine, but considering this float is a direct response to the huge, unexpected demand for “Frozen” in the parks (the meet-and-greet in Fantasyland consistently has a 2+ hour wait time, open to close), it’s too bad that Disney passed on the opportunity to create something really nice for its biggest animated film ever. Instead, Disney opted to simply redress an existing float from the park’s 20-year-old Christmas parade and send it down the parade route seven months after the film’s release.

Wouldn’t a new Frozen float added to Mickey’s Soundsational (designed by Soundational designers Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily) be great?

Expect this float to appear as-is in the A Chrismtas Fantasy parade this holiday season.

If you’re hoping to see the new pre-parade on your visit, be aware that as of now, Disney is only running it once per day before the 4:00 pm parade (first parade). It does not run before the second parade.

Below, video of the pre-parade’s debut performance.

Kingdom Construction

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Meanwhile, on Main Street, no visible progress yet on the new Main Street guest flow corridors. The First Aid and Wish Lounge facilities will be temporarily relocating soon due to the construction, with First Aid moving to the Main Street Lockers location. This change is already illustrated on park maps but, as of this writing, has yet to actually go into effect.

This space will soon be reopening as temporary home of First Aid. No locker rentals are available in Disneyland during guest flow corridor construction.

The existing First Aid and Wish Lounge locations will be slightly relocated and expanded as part of this project.

Hopefully they’ll get nicer facades in the process.

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In New Orleans Square, construction continues on the major Club 33 expansion which is absorbing the Court of Angels area, which was previously open to all park guests, as well as the second level space above the French Market Restaurant.

In addition to extensive Club 33 work, there’s quite a bit of construction on the rooftops of New Orleans Square, which appears to be new permanent Cal/OSHA fall safety additions. Much like other fall safety additions, they seem a bit excessive, but at least these look like some of the park’s better-integrated fall safety additions.

Views of rooftop construction from Tarzan’s Treehouse

Work continued inside Club 33 even on Sunday as Disney races toward Club 33’s July 18 reopening date.

The new bridge between the main Club 33 dining room and the new “La Salon Nouveau” lounge above French Market continues to take shape behind the tarps.

Some scaffolding and taps have come down from other areas of the French Market, though

No more artist props on the balcony here, but the facade appears to have received fresh paint.

Scaffolding and tarps are down on the patio-side of the French Market as well.

You can spot new stained glass in the upper parts of the windows

Looks like extra safety railing has been added behind the balcony’s wrought iron.

Correction: The extra railing behind the wrought iron is not new. Thanks to reader ayalexander for the correction. — Andy

A closer look at the new stained glass

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Over at Alice in Wonerland, progress on the new fall safety additions on the outdoor track appears to have slowed down a bit this week as the ride moves closer to its official July 4 reopening date.

The new rock work extension has been filled in

Looks awkward

The wall extension looks more permanent now

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Work in the Submarine Lagoon has picked up, with scaffolding and a wood structure going up around the sub track. Disney announced last week this attraction will reopen September 27.

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Space Mountain remains closed for refurbishment until July 4 but the mountain which has gone without exterior maintenance since an incident in November 2012 in which a hired contractor fell from the mountain and suffered some broken bones. The incident, along with Alice in Wonderland‘s temporary Cal/OSHA safety additions in 2010, are what prompted the systematic addition of fall safety equipment in every corner of the theme parks.

The new top ring on Space Mountain was added for fall safety earlier this year and now, with the attraction closed for refurbishment, the exterior is finally getting cleaned up.

Yes, it’s really supposed to be white.

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Beneath Space Mountain, Captain EO’s final day will be tomorrow, Tuesday, June 17. The show will go dark to make way for a 3D preview of Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Disney says Captain EO will return, but has yet to announce a return date. We wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to a permanent closure of Captain EO, which Disney has been looking to close/replace for some time now. The 3D Guardians of the Galaxy preview is set to open July 4.

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Over in DCA, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror went down Friday due to technical difficulties with the elevator ride vehicles. As of Sunday afternoon the attraction was still not operational. Instead of simply closing the doors, Cast Members offered guests the opportunity to go inside to tour the lobby and library areas at their leisure — a nice gesture.

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On Paradise Pier, the wood rot repairs seem to have just stopped with no visible progress.

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Meanwhile, water is now returning to Grizzly River Run as the ride prepares to reopen later this week following its refurbishment.

Merch Madness

A few noteworthy books available at Disneyana, including the recent reprint of John Canemaker’s great Mary Blair art book.

And a new Space Mountain graphic novel available in Tomorrowland.

Farm (Re)fresh

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend Knott’s Berry Farm’s grand reopening festivities for its classic Calico Mine Ride and family-friendly Camp Snoopy area. I covered the reopening festivities in detail for MiceChat’s In The Parks blogs, but I wanted to mention it again here in this column. Knott’s is a much smaller operation than Disneyland but the park is doing really great things right now thanks to great leadership by General Manager Raffi Kaprelyan and Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet, who may be familiar to Disneyland fans as the President of Disneyland Resort during its 50th Anniversary. The Calico Mine Ride is fresh out from a major six-month restoration and enhancement project that has completely transformed the attraction from a dated relic from a bygone era of theme park design to a spectacular, state-of-the-art wonder that features dozens of new animatronic figures, beautiful new show lighting and great new special effects throughout. The newly reimagined Calico Mine Ride, in a addition to the recent reimagined Log Ride and completely restored Ghost Town, really makes Knott’s a must-visit for theme park fans.

Below, video of the newly re-imagined Calico Mine Ride:

In addition to restoring and revitalizing its Mine Ride, Knott’s also re-invested in its Camp Snoopy area, revitalizing the area with a fresh, cohesive High Sierras theme throughout. The cohesive theming brought along some great placemaking for the area as well as three new kid-friendly rides. The result is very charming and breathes new life in this area of the park just in time for its 30th anniversary.

If you’re a local who hasn’t visited Knott’s in a while or planning a Disneyland vacation, now is a great time to consider visiting. With adult tickets as low as $40, Knott’s is an affordable side-trip from Disneyland and you might just be surprised at how much the little park has to offer. For full coverage of the Calico Mine Ride reopening, click here. For full coverage of the refreshed Camp Snoopy, click here.

This and That

In Downtown Disney, you can still catch one of this summer’s “Hawaiian Nights” presented by DOLE and Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii on Friday nights through mid-July. The special event is small, with a flat Aulani photo-op, some special menu items at select Downtown Disney restaurants and some live entertainment which is actually quite good.

Remaining Hawaiian Nights this summer are: June 20, 27, and July 11. The event is located in the plaza area between House of Blues and the WonderGround Gallery.


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
Junse 16 — 22, 2014
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Daily: 8 am – 12 am Daily: 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]
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  • [B]Captain EO/Magic Eye Theater:[/B] Closed June 18 through July 3.
  • [B]Space Mountain:[/B] Closed through July 3 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.
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  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed through June 19, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Listed as reopening July 1, 2014 on Cast Member document.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • Napa Rose Restaurant: Closed for kitchen renovation starting in early August.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

June 16 — 22, 2014

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  • These projections represent the average of the crowds all day rather than the peak. You can expect higher crowd levels in the early evening hours. Mornings and early afternoon are a good time to visit.
  • If you’re a fan of that 1980s nostalgia, Tuesday is your last day to see Captain EO. The All American College Band begins its annual appearances on Thursday, and Grizzly River Run returns on Friday.
  • This year’s final Grad Nites are Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The SCVA Volleyball Tournament begins Friday, and will run through the end of the month. Expect a small bump in crowds when the boys are off the sand.
  • For next week’s crowd projections, check out the new Tomorrowplan feature in the Mouseaddict app.

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  • FerretAfros

    If Anna and Elsa are expected to use that float during the Christmas parade, is there any indication of what will happen to Mickey and Minnie? I would imagine they would still have a place in the parade, right?

    • Two options for this question.

      1. Mickey and Minnie wont be in the parade.
      2. Mickey and Minnie get a new float or walk, or even replace someone else that isnt as popular in the parade.

      • angle

        Ah, but there is a “two birds with one stone” third option: Mickey and Minnie on the float, cosplaying Anna and Elsa.

  • eicarr

    I’m anti timeshare scams, however I wouldn’t mind a sales pitch if they put a Aulani sponsored show in the Teherian Terrace.

    I hope Frozen, Melificant, tangled, Marvel, Lucasfilm and PIXAR can start slowly replacing Aladin, Lion King and Pocahatus. Disney needs to “let go” of the over reliance on Eisner era cartoons. They’ve outstayed their welcome and new billion dollar franchises would be a big draw.

    Knotts currently has much cooler stuff being built. Hope DL starts 4 year construction on a new attraction soon.

  • Conconhead

    That wig. That Elsa wig. Oh my god. It’s hideous. Really. I mean, that’s a horrible piece of hair work. I’ve seen kids at Halloween costume stores wearing better wigs. I’ve seen guys at SPORTING EVENTS wearing better wigs.

    • dlpostcardguy

      It’s from the Paula Dean wig collection.

    • ChrisNJ

      Seriously – is it the wig/costume department getting lazy or were there budget cuts there?

  • Susan Hughes

    Don’t blame Disney for the things they need to do for Frozen. Blame the out of control, out of their friggin minds, PSYCHO fans of the film. I’ve been reading that The Evil Queen, The Fairy Godmother and the Brave meet and greet’s demises are the result of this. And that Mad Hatter, Alice and Peter Pan will make spotty appearances.
    Adding longer hours for Frozen’s meet and greet, the addition of the pre-parade, and adding them to Ariel’s Grotto dining means up to at least 8 more girls are needed to play those characters. And it looks like…”Princess Minnie”…might be a regular at Fantasy Faire because of the shortage?
    I can’t understand the public’s insanity over a film which is average at best. And I don’t blame the little kids. It’s the grown ups who have lost it. At most meet and greets, the kids meet the characters and the parents stay back and watch. But at Frozen it’s different the parents are about 2 feet away from the characters. And they won’t leave!!! That’s why the wait time is so long.

    • FixitKronk

      Spent Father’s Day at the parks with my 6 year old. Thank goodness he’s a boy- a couple times he did the Jedi training and then he was over it. I couldn’t believe the lines to meet the frozen cast. It seamed like EVeRY girl was dressed as one of the sisters and parents and grandparents were going in to take pictures too. It’s baffling that such a mediocre cartoon has generated this response.
      My question to dusty or anyone that may work in casting- is it that hard to find beautiful Orange County girls that want to play Anna and Elsa? Seams like there should be multiple meet and greets open in the park this summer. Although I suppose these long lines are making the wait at other attractions shorter! 🙂
      PS-
      I disagree with the comment earlier that new Pixar theaming should replace older characters. Don’t forget whose paying the $ to come to the resort over and over again. It’s adults who feal nostalgic about the charcters they grew up with. And even though I did read comics growing up, I don’t know if I can ever really consider the marvel universe as disney.
      You should put a poll up on the site asking that.

      • grrandram

        “Frozen” was not a cartoon. it’s an animated feature. The Marvel Universe is the Marvel Universe. Disney just owns the company. You don’t have to see Marvel as Disney.

        also,
        It seems like every girl… Seams are in clothing, fabric or furniture..
        theming
        Don’t forget who’s paying…
        It’s adults who feel.

    • Marko50

      I loved Frozen. As did many, many other adults. When I saw it, the movie got a standing ovation (and no, it wasn’t just the audience getting up to leave). For that matter, “Get A Horse” also got a (deserved) standing o.

      In case you haven’t noticed, Susan Hughes and FixitKronk, you two are definitely in the minority. Opinions are like…well, lots of things, but mine is that Frozen had fantastic animation.

      And the reason there isn’t multiple m&g’s for Elsa and Anna? Bad show. They can’t be in two places at the same time. They even close some m&g’s when the characters are in the parade.

  • DisneyLover66

    Oh definitely, “Frozen” deserves a worthy float! I want to see Sven and Christoph, too! Would love to see a permanent “Frozen” float.

    I agree with you, Andy, about Buena Vista Street! I love it. There’s something about being in Carsland, too. Very cool. We saw Carsland for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it “wowed” me.

    For me, there’s just something special about Disneyland, DCA, Carsland, and Downtown Disney in general, and that’s why I really enjoy your pictures and updates. I wish I lived closer to the parks.

  • OprylandUSA

    I sorta love that that they’ve stopped the work on the wood rot issue in Paradise Pier – sorta biting their thumb to MiceChat.

    • lightofdarkness

      I’ve been thinking for weeks now that based off the visible damage, it’s likely been assessed as needing a full demo not mere repair. I see it being stalled all summer and removal beginning September 2nd.

      • ayalexander

        but, the problem is with wood rot… the actual structure is made of steel that is encased in wood. Demo wouldn’t be necessary unless they have another idea planned for the area all-together (like another hot foods cart or something)

  • randlev

    Is anyone else saddened by the possibility of the Club 33 Expansion covering up the mast and sails of the ship “in the harbor” just behind New Orleans Square? Considering Micechat’s attention to detail and story I’m surprised they haven’t covered it. You can normally see them above the rooftops from the bridge above the Pirates entrance, but I’m afraid that one of my favorite extra details is going to be lost…

    • Ravjay12

      That is one of my favorite details as well. Too bad they couldn’t do a whole background of those masts like in Herb Ryman’s original painting.

      I’m really disappointed about the walk thru section backstage on Main Street. Really missed a good opportunity there to make something really nice and functional. Disneyland Paris’ Main Street Arcades are spectacular and its a shame that Disney is more interested in investing in Club 33’s expansion instead of Main Street.

      As far as the Frozen thing, they should really build more meet and greets for those characters! Doesn’t make sense to have them roll by and not able to meet them. Really frustrating to have to wait half a day to see some characters.

    • We haven’t covered the removal of the masts because they’re still there and still visible! 🙂

      Thanks for reading!
      -Andy

  • Big D

    Man Anna and Elsa on the float look horrible. I’ve never seen any face characters where neither girl looks even remotely like their character. Clearly they took two girls who were other face characters and figured they were “close enough”. The photo that I’ve seen of the meet & greet those girls actually look very much like their namessake. I don’t mind them redressing a float if it’s only a pre-parade (spend the money on cleaning Space Mountain instead) but the characters need to look like the characters.

    • Jabroniville

      I don’t think they looked THAT bad- it’s not like any human being can match any of the proportions of the huge-eyed, tiny-mouthed Anna & Elsa anyways. All of the Anna’s I’ve seen have been rather long-faced, and only a few Elsas have been round-faced as well. Considering how many of these girls they likely need, I don’t begrudge them for having a few that don’t fit exacting physical requirements.

    • MrsMonroe

      im gonna disagree, Elsa was alright but the Anna i saw the other day was HOT and perfect for the role but to each her own or in your case his haha

  • Gene Cowan

    Hi, gang – the correct Mouseaddict crowd projections for June 16-22 are:
    Monday: 4
    Tuesday: 5
    Wednesday: 5
    Thursday: 6
    Friday: 6
    Saturday: 5
    Sunday: 4

  • ayalexander

    You wrote that they may have added new safety railing above the French Market. That’s not safety railing, if you look closely, that is a support structure for the retractable cloth awnings above the seating area. That metal structure has been up there for decades, but no one ever noticed it. I first noticed it back when i used to work at French Market in 2009, my co-workers took me up there to get a better look. Since the shade awnings weigh a lot, they couldn’t be fastened to the existing railing (built in 1966), so decades ago when they added the shade structure, they had to build that heavy duty railing to support it. (take note that you can see angular supports on the metal that preventing it from bowing outward)

    • Thanks for the correction ayalexander! I looked back at old photos and you’re definitely right – those railings aren’t new. Thanks for filling us in on what they’re used for.

      Thanks for reading!
      -Andy

      • ayalexander

        YAY I helped! 😀

  • danielz6

    Susan I agree, Frozen was average at best, although better than brave which was pathetic. I think it’s because the standard for animated films just isn’t that high right now as it was like say in the 90s. It certainly doesn’t compare to sleeping beauty, mermaid lion king or the other greats.

    • Haven

      I STILL have never seen the infamous “Frozen” ever since Disney denied it’s 3-D release on Blu-ray to their devoted 3-D purchasers (like me). So they can meet and greet and wait in line for hours for all I care, I’d rather ride Big Thunder a few times! So in a nutshell, I agree, what’s the fuss? Seems to have a Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games following….oh well.

      • danielz6

        Haven, If youre a girl under the age of 12 you’ll probably love it. If you’re something else you’ll probably find it somewhere around average. There is no villain, the music is simple pop not the traditional beautiful symphonic soundtrack that Disney puts out with its fairy tales, the story is just about 2 Sisters and their relationship, not exactly scintillating stuff. To give you an idea I think it was on par with tangled.

    • Susan Hughes

      I agree danielz6. Frozen may be the biggest money-making animated film of all time, but I wouldn’t put it in the same category as the bona-fide Disney classics…and Pixar classics too.

      • BlahBlahson

        Frozen is a solid film. It’s marketing perfection that has made it so popular, but it’s a solid film too. I think it’s pure personal judgement call whether Tangled, Princess and Frog or Frozen is best.

  • Ppanfreak11

    Wow, so much going on. My first question is what are they doing to the entry turnstiles? I pray to God that it is not a sneaky beginning of introducing the Magic Band joke to DLR. Just the thought of it makes me cringe. Do what they will in WDW, but leave Disneyland out of that mess. Just my opinion.
    Additionally, Frozen is cute, but wayyyyy over rated. Super excited Space Mtn is FINALLY getting a bath. (Started looking more like space junk.) Also, in regard to the expansion of Club 33. With and all the construction mess, (and loss of Court of Angles), to all the regular guests of the park, it is sad that it will only be enjoyed by the select few who are member of The Club.
    Lastly, I LOVE my Disneyland / DCA home. Love the Disney fan-base family and Love MiceChat!!!

  • Cory Gross

    Oh man, I am terribly jealous of the opportunity to just tour the lobby and library of the Tower of Terror at leisure. For me, that theming is 90% of what makes the drop ride endurable!

    Also, I must get that book on Sleeping Beauty! Looks right up my alley!

  • Imagineer45

    This Club 33 refurbishment is getting a bit out of hand. It has now pretty much taken over New Orleans Square, and it isn’t even for all guests! I am just waiting for Blue Sky Caller to open and have Avatar Land inside because nothing new is lined up for DLR. It, maybe it will have the Main Street Flow Corridors showing! That would be even funnier.

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    is anyone doing a Capt EO party tomorrow?

  • StrikeYerColors

    Lol at Angle’s idea. Fabulous.

    I think that expectations were a little high for the pre-parade. Every other preparade I have seen (with a face character) was just a ride-by and wave. Enchanted and Prince Caspian had horses and just the one character. The Ratatouille and Bolt preparade a were a teeny but more exciting (the hamster in the ball popping up!). But here I am surprised by a few things. With the float they used, I expected them to be skating. Then I thought about it and that would make casting even more difficult, I am sure, plus skaters might mean a higher budget for the skill that the parade just isn’t being given (goodbye forever, pearly band). 2nd and 3rd, I think they could have easily improved it by mic’ing the characters (a la PoD Alice and Ariel, or Mrs Claus) and/or by mixing more than one song into the music used (Let it Go is obviously huge but the other songs are memorable to fans, mix well into the music, and listening to just one song over and over for the length of time that it plays in the parade area is grating; no matter where you sit you hear it cycle like 15 times!). I feel like the preparade was about what I expected but that a few little tweaks would have made it have more interest for these rabid fans. Hope they aren’t scared to tweak it now that it has debuted because as it stands, it is seriously annoying and boring even though I really liked the film.

    • Susan Hughes

      You have to remember the ONLY reason this pre-parade float was put together…to give the insane, out of their minds guests a chance to SEE the characters without having to wait for hours in line at their meet and greet. It’s in no way meant to help promote the movie or blu ray because it obviously doesn’t need it. All the other pre-parade floats Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have done were specifically to promote the movie/blu ray release.
      So Elsa and Anna could have come out in a garbage truck and it still would have served it’s purpose…to let the fanatics get a chance to see them. That’s also why their meet and greet has gone from 11am – 5pm to park opening until 8:30. That’s why they’re being added to Ariel’s Grotto dining.

      • Marko50

        You certainly have a flair for the obvious.

  • StrikeYerColors

    On another note, thanks for the info about merchandise that you post! I had no idea that the Mary Blair art book had been reprinted; I was quite sad they didn’t do it when her gallery exhibit was up! I have been wanting that book for years and was scared I missed my chance to aquire it any way other than hand-me-down from another gracious owner. There must have been lots of demand for it to reprint.

    I am also looking forward to my next visit to Knott’s. Ghost town was my favorite as a kid, so it is good to see all the love it has gotten. I hope that I get to see it soon; I haven’t been since going to Haunt over five years ago. What a shame for a local!

  • Disney Analyst

    I think it’s great they were able to use a perfectly good float and spruce it up a bit, which would otherwise just be sitting there… Why not recycle? It’s good for everyone, and it totally works and fits the Frozen theme. It’s a cute little pre parade.

    • ayalexander

      here here! -just kidding, but I do agree with you Disney Analyst. For me, half the charm of Disney is getting the “where’s Waldo” moment of discovering something re-purposed for the parks.

  • Jabroniville

    The guide at my Keys To the Kingdom tour told us all that Disney LOVES to recycle old things, so remaking an old float with some new stuff is par for the course. The float looks alright- nothing mind-blowing, though, especially considering they had seven months to do it.

  • Klutch

    Contrary to some comments above, what we adults think of “Frozen” is really irrellevant. I know a lot of parents with little girls and they all tell me their girls are absolutely ENTHRALLED with Frozen. They watch the movie again and again and again. They listen to the sound track non-stop in the car. They want the Elsa and Anna dresses. They want Frozen murals painted on their bedroom walls. It’s endless.

    Seems to me little girls just can’t get enough of a movie with strong female characters and songs they never get tired of hearing. They probably don’t know why they like this movie so much. They just know they love it.

    The line to see Elsa and Anna is only two hours long at Disneyland? A friend of mine was at Magic Kingdom recently where the line was FIVE hours long! Any young woman who can play an Anna or Elsa face character has a very long career ahead.

    • Susan Hughes

      It’s not just the little kids. It’s the grown ups who are out of their friggin minds over this movie. All you have to do is spend some time in the Frozen meet and greet to see what I mean.
      At the other character meet and greets, the parents stay back and take pictures and watch as their kids interact with the characters. BUT…at Frozen the parents are right in their faces, about a foot away. It’s insane!
      And the endless “individual” photos are the main reason the meet and greet wait time is 2-4 hours. Every single person in each group (kids and adults) take individual photos with each character…separately. Then they start all over with individual photos with both characters. Then when the Photopass card is scanned and the CMs are saying “Thanks for coming bye”, they start all over again with endless variations of more photos.
      And this isn’t an isolated incident. It happens with almost EVERY group that comes in there. What is wrong with everybody?! Has all intelligent thought flown out the window when it comes to fan reaction to this movie?

      • Marko50

        “It happens with almost EVERY group that comes in there.”

        And you would know this how? Are you a cast member? Do you stalk the meet & greet?

      • Susan Hughes

        Yes.

  • Jor

    Did anybody else notice the new themed exit signs in the Tiki Room that were put in this past week, replacing the standard glowing green signs that had always been in there?

  • FixitKronk

    Question for the fantastic staff at mice chat.
    Have you ever attempted to get Patrick Warburton on a pod cast or a meet and greet event? Besides providing the voice for Kronk in the underrated movie emperors new groove, he also voices one of the droids in the star tours que and is the pilot in the soaring que. Seams like a funny guy that would have some good stories to tell.