Crowd patterns at the Disneyland Resort are finally leveling out. That sucking sound we heard at the opening of DCA11 years ago has stopped, and the distribution of crowds is leveling out across the entire resort, making even busy days more enjoyable for all.

 Guests in line for DCA

 Guests in line for Disneyland

Disney Gallery has a new exhibit, “Crowning Achievements, Creating Castles for Magical Kingdoms.” While not as intriguing as the previous exhibits, it is still worth visiting and an entertaining look at the Disney Castles worldwide, real and never realized.

The back room features a scale model of perhaps the most beautiful of all the Disney theme park castles, Disneyland Paris.

One of the more fascinating blue sky ideas was the futuristic, Jules Verne style castle which was never built.

We love this painting of Maleficent’s castle

A very welcome use of the big area at Big Thunder Ranch has come in the form of the Big Thunder Jamboree. Carrying the story of the ranch a little further, Miss Chris (the character who runs the Big Thunder BBQ) has opened up the back of the ranch for some good old fashioned fun. There are character meet and greets, coloring, and pin trading. As a highlight, Billy HIll and the Hillbillies perform throughout the day, with the Cowboy Round up taking over mid day.

A noise making station. The young ones will love this.


 Pin trading.

 The Cowboy Round up

Again, we are really happy to see this space being utilized for something other than corporate events. We just need you to help us spread the word so more folks know it’s back there!

Here is what the site of the upcoming Fantasy Faire Village looks like currently.

On a recent visit to the park, we noted that the climbers were really getting into the act during the show. They were literally jumping and cavorting up the mountain, putting more than the usual flare into the show, lending it a sense of thrill. We are so happy to see those guys back!

It’s been a while since we checked in on Splash Mountain. On our last trip, we found several of the key animatronics broken or turned off. On our recent visit to the park, the ride was looking pretty good. However, Brer Rabbit on the railroad car and one of the vultures still aren’t working.

We don’t want to make mountains out of molehills and we love to lavish praise where it is due. Aside from the problematic animatronic above the flume and the silent vulture, which now seem to require an act of congress to repair, every other animatornic was working.

They turned the light back on, but he still doesn’t move.

One vulture remains silent.

It’s the truth, it’s actual – everything in the big finale was moving

Yep, even Mr. Bluebird was satisfactual.

So, while we would still like to see this ride at 100%, we must say that we had a zip a-dee doo dah time.


Just inside Disney California Adventure, the last remaining construction walls and hedge walls remain to the right of the entrance as they build a new planter. It is the last visible construction project in the park.

The stores along Buena Vista Street have now gotten into the new habit of keeping their doors open to attract guests.

The new Buena Vista Bugle is out.

Work continues on the redressing of the It’s Tough to be a Bug show building. The new mural blends much more with the surroundings it is in. But practical, dimensional blades of grass or few more of the clovers they installed in Flik’s Fun Faire would have really sold the idea.

With all of the talk of the newest E-ticket’s frequent breakdowns, it is still performing remarkably well for a complicated new attraction. It goes down every once in a while, but nearly all new rides do. Just keep this in mind when visiting Cars Land.

2 hour standby, 65 minute single rider wait.

We have an additional column for you today from the Discovery Science Center and their brand new animal exhibit.  Also, please check back this weekend for full coverage of the grand opening of the new Lex Luthor Drop of Doom ride at Magic Mountain!

Coverage here

  • Emmanuel_4

    Great Update!!!!

  • Internitty

    It’s good that the crowds are balancing out, I only hope that TDA get stuck into DCA’s phase two and don’t think they can stop because the crowds are up. It amazes me that they still haven’t fixed those 2 animatronics in Splash Mountain I hope it’s not a symptom. I’m also surprised how slowly work is progressing in the Princess Fantasy Faire, I know it’ll be finished on time but you would think with no other projects going on they’s want to complete it asap and have it open for the next big rush.

    The castle exhibition is really cool how much would I love to see the Jules Verne style castle finally built, does DCA need a Jules Verne inspired area?

    Thank you for the update, just out of curiosity how is Earl of Sandwich coming along?

  • jcruise86

    Thank you for the excellent update, Mr. Gidney! I appreciate your watchful eye on Splash Mtn. and for increasingly my enthusiasm about returning to the Disneyland Resort with info about the climbers, the round up and the castle display!

    And as Internitty asked, any Earl of Sandwich opening date update?
    Will they list the fat and calorie info for their potentially delicious & (possibly?) reasonably priced sandwiches?

    • jcruise86

      “[I]ncreasingly” in my post should be “increasing.”

  • Susan Hughes

    It upsets me when families with small children hop in the Single Rider line and the kids start crying when they have to be separated. For small kids, it’s scary to suddenly be alone in a crowded and noisy atmosphere like RSR surrounded by strangers. Hardly makes the ride any fun at all.

  • jcruise86

    Good post, Susan Hughes!

    To Miceage: please allow us to again edit our comment posts. I tried to add brackets around an “i” to shows that I had capitalized it, but the system didn’t record the brackets. I know minor, but still a little irritating, and it makes me want to comment less on articles. Maybe that’s what you’re going for. 🙂

    • Timekeeper

      Send your problem over to the forums section under “The Forums”
      Here’s the link: Or send a message to a Moderator.


  • Malin

    I am so glad you brought up the AA’s on Splash. Since I have notice them myself this week. Hope it gets fixed soon.

  • SpectroMan

    I believe the issue with the Splash vulture is a new one mandated by OSHA that requires some ridiculous amount of scaffolding to reach that figure vs. the old way of probably crawling to it or using a ladder. Therefore, he can’t be reached until the ride closes for another full rehab 🙁

  • xalesa

    I can’t wait to visit the parks next Friday and check out the new DCA for myself. Thanks for another great Friday read! My day is now complete.

  • Algernon

    Nice update. I like the smooth pavement in the Big Thunder Ranch and Bug’s Land area photos. That’s how it should be throughout the parks.

  • Gullywhumper

    Eleven days and I’ll be back at Disneyland!!!!!!! Haven’t been in 6 months! Had to cut back to save money for my April trip to Disneyland Paris. Thanks Fishy for all the great updates, without MiceAge and MiceChat I’d be in SERIOUS Disneyland withdrawal!

  • Timekeeper

    Great Update!


  • Orange Co Native

    I really hate to be a wet blanket, but DCA still needs a lot of work to bring it up to level of the original Disneyland. I wasn’t impressed and neither were all of the other adults in our group. I think there will be a drop off of attendance again once a lot of people have had their glimpse of the new and improved DCA. In about a year as people who did see the new and improved DCA decide that $87.00 is better spent at the original Disneyland. DCA does not have the number of attractions. It lacks imaginative attractions. The surroundings are less appealing to the eye and it comes across as a bland and a lot of concrete. Is it worth $87.00 when I can go to Disneyland instead? No it is not worth it in my opinion. What is offered at DCA, the admission price should actually be around $20.00. The value is not there at DCA to charge $87.00.

    Buena Vista Street is a step in the right direction in terms creating a theme. However, the atmosphere is still completely lacking. Disneyland has a charm to it. DCA seems like a bunch of buildings that have been put up. I know for myself and my family, given the choice, we will spend our time and admission price on the original Disneyland.

    • Quentin

      One less person in front of me in line when I go. 😀

    • Susan Hughes

      “Wet Blanket” is right!

  • Quitterdan

    I’m so excited to see Cars land, we leave in 2 weeks! Thanks for another great update!

  • pattimarie

    disagree with “wet blanket”. dca will never be disneyland for those of us whose first visit was when there was only a disneyland. when i first walked into dca after it originally opened, i wanted so bad to feel the magic, and i didn’t. but for today’s kids, i think dca will now be memorable, and will now seem magical. i think buena vista street and carsland seem like real places–the way main street, frontierland, and fantasyland always have. carsland, the ariel ride, and hopefully a few more things in the future will relate to movies they can see at home. there’s also not that much distance between the 2 parks–as there is at wdw–so really you can enjoy both in the same day, or a short visit. the kids i’ve seen in carsland really seem happy to be there, and there’s just a different atmosphere in dca than there was in the past. i think it will last. i do agree that there is just too much concrete. buena vista street has more flowers, fountains, and places to sit now, but there still needs to be a more park like feel in other lands. otherwise–great job!!!