Disneyland and California Adventure Busy but Manageable

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Cars Land, Disney Parks, Features, In the Parks

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Published on July 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm with 8 Comments

Cars Land is open and well into normal operations, it’s time to slow down and take in the scenery at the Disneyland Resort.  Earl of Sandwich is moving into Downtown Disney and should be open by the end of the Summer, The Penny Arcade has gotten sweeter, and Fantasy Fair Village is still quite a ways away.  Meanwhile, DCA is handling the crowds like a pro, while Disneyland crowds are manageable, Cars Land wait times have settled into their routine for the foreseeable future, and, we start to focus on the many enjoyable things at the Disneyland Resort beyond Cars Land.

EARL OF SANDWICH
Earl of Sandwich is coming later this summer. It may not look like much is happening here, but some work is now being done in front of the location.

PENNY CANDY ARCADE

No, it’s still an arcade, well kind of. Let’s be honest here, this is no longer an arcade. It’s a candy store featuring arcade-like items for theme. The original purpose for the space has transitioned from entertainment to nearly full on retail. In fact, a large painted glass sign above the entrance declaring “CANDY” has now been hung just inside the front door.


They have even dressed the store with more sweet items.

WAIT TIMES
As indicated by the wait time board, crowds have been manageable at Disneyland.

It’s the best summer in years to visit Disneyland folks!

FANTASY FAIRE VILLAGE
Here are current shots from the Fantasy Faire Village project to the left of the castle.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on at Disney California Adventure.

BUG’S LAND
They are finished with the mural disguising the It’s Tough to be a Bug theater.

It’s a bit of an odd mural that doesn’t look as polished as most of the DCA work this year. Not bad, just not great.

CARS LAND

The wait times for all three rides have settled into what we expect their average wait times will be for the rest of the summer.  Now that most Annual Passholders have visited Cars Land, we how that on their repeat visits, they will really take the time to soak up the little details that make this area worth more than one visit.

Mater’s is usually a 15 to 20 minute wait.

Luigi’s runs 75 to 90 minutes (when it isn’t closed)

And the Radiator Spring Racers hits 2+ hours quite quickly in the mornings and stays very busy all day.

When the line gets long enough, guests must wait in an overflow area that is mostly shadeless.  Hopefully they will come up with a solution soon.


Gotta get to the finish line.

There are lots of wonderful (and sometimes funny) little details in Cars Land. For instance, notice The Oil Pan. This is a facade that is on the right hand side of the street, just before turning the corner to Radiator Springs Racers.


Adult Drip Pans, hysterical.

We’ll be bringning you lots more from Cars Land and around the Disneyland Resort in the coming weeks as we enjoy the new more manageable crowd conditions throughout the resort.

That’s not all!  We also have an update from Knott’s Berry Farm coming your way right now at the link below.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • mratigan

    Thanks

  • KENfromOC

    When going through Cars Land you notice a lot of facades (indeed – wonderful detail), but with nothing within. The Oil Pan being one, and of course the large fire station at the end of the street being another and so on…
    Does anyone know if these will eventually become something? Just wondering…thanks!

  • Algernon

    It might be the best summer to visit Disneyland, but I can’t say when, or even if I’ll ever be back. Too expensive, too many bogus changes.

    • The “Expensive” element is certainly starting to make a dent. When I bring up the subject of Disneyland at work (and most of the folks are not passholders), The subject nearly always becomes “Disneyland is too expensive”.

      It will be interesting to see what next summer is like (when nothing major is opening). That will be a better example of how the price increase is impacting crowds.

      • Algernon

        A “Disneyland Only” annual pass, for half the price, would be nice (since DCA can now stand on its own). My relatives will be coming out this summer (family of four) and they won’t be going there this year, either. Too expensive.

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update, Norm!

    It seems like a great time to visit Disneyland, if you can plan to navigate the crowds.

    Sad that the historical arcade machines have been replaced with unhealthy merchandise. Paul Pressler would might like this “improvement” $$.

    For the extra-long Radiator Springs Racers lines, Disney should add ten or so cool mist machines, and a couple of free sunscreen dispensers. (They had them a a water park Kevin Yee visited.) And add a few temporary, portable water fountains. That’s the kind of thing they do at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Free hot chocolate on rainy winter days & free pretzels for us while we were waiting in line for Transformers while it briefly went down.)

    • Fantasmic4

      While that sounds quite dreamy, I don’t see Disney giving anything out free. If anything on a hot summer day they will put up heaters and sell you water and a mister fan for $25.

  • sweeper

    At what point will they phase out Annual Passes for the summer? If I knew everybody in the parks in July were full paying guests, I would be willing to pay. I just hate having to share the place with people who know the system or just clog up walkways. Premium Annual Passes should be $1,500 per person. That would help!