A quiet week at the Disneyland Resort allows us to stroll and bring you a photo-filled update from both parks. Yes, Club 33 has opened. But now that it is all squared away, for the most part, construction walls no longer impact regular park guests. There are minor projects happening around Disneyland Park including work at the front gate and the construction of the Main Street Arcade backstage. The park continues to sparkle as it prepares for the 60th anniversary next year. We have some shots from around the park including a photo spread of of the bright and colorful Soundsational Parade. Refurbs are tapering off but there are still a few things on the boards for now including downtime for Peter Pan’s Flight, the Sailing Ship Columbia, and a possible return for Captain EO. In Disney California Adventure, the Planes franchise has invaded Condor Flats and the gazebo project on the pier continues. Let’s get started.
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Work on the eastern side of the front gate continues. There are no major changes expected here. The refurbishment should finish up just in time for the pumpkins for Halloween Time to be installed.
Main Street Arcade
We see that the access path that will run along the back side Main Street is still under construction. This new passage will allow guests to make their way in or out of the park during busy periods such as parade or fireworks.
Refurb Round Up
The current refurb schedule shows quite a few short refurbs.
Peter Pan’s Flight – Closed for refurbishment July 28, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Sailing Ship Columbia - Closed for refurbishment August 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
The Haunted Mansion – Closed for refurbishment August 25, 2014 to September 11, 2014
Captain EO – Closed for refurbishment August 16, 2014 to August 17, 2014
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – Closed for refurbishment January 5, 2014 to September 26, 2014
Premiering on May 27th 2011, Steve Davison’s Soundsational Parade is still going strong and entertaining guests. Let’s take a minute to enjoy some pics from this colorful, infectious parade.
Legends of Frontierland
This week a few new things were added to the wildly successful Legends of Frontierland game in Frontierland. To begin with, a new themed drink stand was installed offering drinks that will somehow “help” players along in the game.
In a minor snafu, a “carnival” was attempted in Frontierland within the framework of the game. Cast Members encouraged players to bring various items into the park. The idea was to play a variety of little games with these objects in order to collect the currency of the game, otherwise known as “Bits”.
As guests showed up to the front gates of the park with various things they were encouraged to bring for the game, they were turned away at the security tents. What the players of the game were left with was some ring toss and
pin tape the tail on the donkey.
The point of the whole incident is that the cast members who are tasked with engaging the guests playing the game are really giving it their all. It would just be a good idea if they got the cooperation from management before asking guests to take the game into new directions. It must be said that despite this little hiccup, people still played the game and and really seem to love it.
We’d like to give some kudos to Disneyland for how they handled an incident involving the Columbia. The boat stopped suddenly, stranding people on its sun-drenched deck. After getting the boat back to the dock, First Aid was on hand to take care of any passengers that may have gotten too much heat or sun. As the stranded guests disembarked, Cast Members were there to hand them ice-cold bottles of water. THAT is Disney customer service.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
The Submarine Voyage continues its refurbishment as portions of the track are replaced and the rock work around the tunnels into the show building are refurbished.
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Disney California Adventure is a pretty quiet place lately. With all of the news coming out of Disneyland, with its refurbs and anniversaries and all, the other park has been holding its own. Let’s take in some of the scenery.
Planes Invade DCA Again
Condor Flats has been invaded once again by the Planes franchise. Planes: Fire and Rescue graphics were added to the Grizzly Peak billboard at the far end of the land.
Closer to Soarin’, a flex merchandise space was set up.
Paradise Pier Structure
Yes, the Paradise Pier gazebo refurbishment is STILL going on. We are all for doing the job right instead of just doing the job. But the extreme length of time it’s taking to fix this is a little crazy.
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We’ll see you soon, In The Parks!