Halloween Time has started to creep in across the Disneyland Resort as the summer season comes to a close. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue as well, with work underway on Main Street, in Tomorrowland and at the Grand Californian Hotel. And out in Downtown Disney, Anna and Elsa from Frozen are taking over the Studio Disney 365 girls’ boutique and giving it an icy makeover.
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|Welcome to Disneyland!|
Summer is winding down now as we head into the next big season of the year — Halloween! Disneyland’s popular Halloween Time will kick off September 12. With summer winding down, Annual Passholders are once again unblocked and the parks are feeling busier now than they did all summer. A look at wait times Friday afternoon.
With Halloween Time starting in just three short weeks, the first signs of the season are now showing up along Main Street, USA and throughout the rest of the park. Below, Disney Showcase is behind tarps for a facade refurbishment, but inside the shop is all decked out for Halloween.
Back in Disneyland, refurbishment projects on Main Street USA are underway, with more on their way. At the main entrance, the final section of turnstiles are still being refreshed.
Not much to see in New Orleans Square this week – seems like the project is pretty much done, despite the insistence from some to “wait and see.”
In Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will reopen in late September after a lengthy closure/refurbishment project. Get ready to see water start coming back to the lagoon soon!
The Grand Californian Hotel’s exterior refurbishment continues on the side facing California Adventure’s Grizzly Peak area.
In Adventureland and Frontierland, the summer engagements of the Legends of Frontierland and Adventure Trading Co. will wrap up this week. There’s no official word yet on whether Disney will be rolling out more games anytime soon, but we have a feeling more are on their way.
In Adventureland, some of the Jujus are now out of stock. On Friday, at least the Eye of Mara and Venomade snake jujus were unavailable. Now is your last chance to get some Juju, but be warned – supplies are rapidly diminishing and once they’re gone, they’re gone!
In Downtown Disney, the Studio Disney 365 shop closed today to begin its transformation into a new “Frozen”-themed store.
The shop will be renamed Elsa and Anna’s Boutique and will still offer special costumes, hair and makeup makeovers, just now with a “Frozen” twist.
|ALS Ice Bucket Challenge|
Last week Knott’s Berry Farm challenged MiceChat to the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge and my editor Dusty Sage took the plunge for the entire team.
As you can see in the video below, Dusty took the challenge and donated to ALSA and passed the baton to the Anabella Hotel, ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney, and me!
I responded to Dusty’s challenge via Twitter and, because of the California drought, opted to simply donate to the ALS Association and I challenge all of you to donate as well. It’s a very worthy cause and I encourage all of you to visit the ALS Association’s website, learn about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and donate whatever you can today to help find a cure.
— Dateline Disneyland (@DatelineDisney) August 24, 2014
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
August 25-31, 2014
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|Mon.-Thu.: 9 am – 10 pm
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Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm
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|Alright, that wraps up this week’s blog. Are you excited for Halloween Time or is it just too early for jack-o-lanterns? Let us know in the comments section below!
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