Disneyland News Update: Radiator Springs Racers Flaw and Treasures of the Disney Archives

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on July 16, 2012 at 12:30 am with 48 Comments

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Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  1. Great update Andy. thank you!

    Does it seem like Earl of Sandwich is taking forever?

    • What it seems like are a bunch of people for some unknown reason getting all excited about what looks to be just another sandwich shop serving (by the pictures on their web site) sandwiches filled with “chopped and formed” fake turkey and roast beef! Maybe it’s becuase I’m from the Bay Area and was raised on great REAL deli snadwiches and hofbraus where they actually carve turkey, etc. from – wow — a real turkey! I am so tied of the crap you get at Subway, Jersey Mike’s, etc.! I’ve lived in OC for more than halp my life, but I still can’t understand how people down here don’t get great food! Maybe this will be a tiny bit better, but I doubt it. (Even their “sides” look awful!) Maybe Kenin Yee can comment on this since he’s been to the one in WDW..because I honestly don’t get it!

      • They claim to make the world’s greatest hot sandwich. That may be a bit of a stretch, but they make a most excellent one. They are not a deli or hofbrau, but what they do exceptionally well, is serve up a unique, hearty, and delicious sandwich at a very fair price. We’ve had them dozens of times in Orlando on our trips from So.Cal. Always the same quality and service. Every side and dessert we have had was excellent. If I didn’t know better, I would suspect they stole my late Aunt Ruth’s potato salad recipe! ;) There are now two locations in Las Vegas, and we just ate there last week at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. Identical product, even the same price of $5.99.

        As to the ingredients used, on their web site, they say “The Angus beef is slow roasted in-house and freshly carved”. They don’t make such claims for the other meats, so that would be anybody’s guess, but even though they don’t cure or slice their own bacon, my “Best BLT” sandwich last week, was hands down the best BLT I’ve ever had!

      • I’m not sure why we would have to check with Kevin Yee. There are many, many of us who travel to Orlando once or twice per year. The overwhelming consensus among my MiceChat friends is that the Earl of Sandwich should be on the “must do” list for a trip to Orlando. I may not have the cultured palate of a former Bay Area resident, but the Earl of Sandwich menu tastes absolutely great to this Southern California native and I can’t wait to visit the new location in Anaheim.

      • Hey, Rick, I resemble that remark!
        Anyhow, KENfromOC, I have been to Earl of Sandwich in Orlando once because many have spoken so highly of it. My first impressions were (1) it was incredibly busy, (2) the prices for the sandwiches were low, but the sides/addons were inflated, (3) they toast a lot of their sandwiches (sorta like Quiznos?), (4) the sides looked scary processed etc, and being so expensive, I didn’t try one myself. (5) Finally, I was satisfied with my sandwich. There was no “oh-my” moment like I would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant, but what do you want from a $5 sandwich? I still have many more things to try there, and I will be visiting the one at DLR for sure to make sure I have formed a proper opinion. :)

      • I’ve eaten at the WDW location as well as the one in Tampa (at the international Plaza mall) many times and it’s one of my favorite sandwich places. Good food that’s made to order and a good value. They also have good salads. At the Tampa location, after 5pm, you get a free baked potato with your sandwich or salad to make it a “proper” dinner. Wish they’d do that at the WDW location too.

  2. Thanks andy

  3. Great Update!!!!

  4. Thanks for the update. The Regan exhibit makes me wish D23 had brought that display to the last Expo…

    • There is some cool merchandise in the gift shop at the Reagan Library for this D23 Disney Archives event.

  5. Great update!

  6. Hope they bring all the materials from the Regan Exhibit to One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios.

    • That would be nice. I got a little teary seeing the Mickey AA from the Mickey Mouse Revue. I’m fortunate to have seen that show before it was sent to Tokyo Disneyland.

  7. What a great update today…Thank You Andy, I look forward to each Monday when I get off work & can catch up on all that has happened in the past week. I hope to be able to make it down to the exhibit at the Regan Library. It looks amazing. Have a great week!

  8. The Disney Archive looks really interesting.

    I noticed that Peter Pan has as long a wait time as Indiana Jones. You can tell by the list of wait times that the more the rides have been tampered with and moved away from Walt Disney’s original vision, the shorter the wait times have become. The Nemo go-underwater-to-watch-a-bad-cartoon subs are only a 30 minute wait—and they load slow. And the Johnny Depp Pirates, with the out-of-place projection against the mist, is only a five minute wait. At that rate, I guess they’ll be replacing it with Whoopi Goldberg’s Super-Star Canal Boats Through Hollywood, in due time.

    I wonder if people even notice the railings installed on the Matterhorn, and the redone rockwork; not to mention the railings on Alice in Wonderland? Don’t they realize they don’t have to pay $87 for that? They can see all the carnival railings they want at the OC Fair, for only $8.

    • Pirates is always a short wait and almost always has been. It has one of the highest capacities that is why the short wait. Peter Pan also has a very low capacity. Just because Pirates has a lower wait time does not necessarily mean less people are going on it then say Peter Pan.

    • Pirates of the Caribbean eats people almost as quickly as the Haunted Mansion hence the short line. The rockwork on the Matterhorn is gorgeous. The railings are an unfortunate necessity, thanks to our overly litigious society. Peter Pan has a dismal capacity, that’s why it has a long line. Also, it’s not that good a ride, honestly. It’s boring and short.

  9. Andy, excellent update, with one error: those who want to see just the Disney exhibit can bypass the museum. My seven-year-old and I spent Saturday, July 14, at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley because of this “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit.

    Here are a few notes:

    1. I recommend a trip to Simi Valley for this and the rest of this presidential library!

    2. We were in the Disney exhibit for just about one hour. My daughter surprised me by liking the Reagan museum much more than the Disney displays. The “permanent” Reagan museum has been re-done and seems more energetic and far more interactive than it was before. We spent over five hours at the Reagan part of the Reagan Library and my seven-year-old and I were never bored.

    2. There are two places for lunch, the “pub” near Air Force One, and Reagan’s Country Cafe. We ate at the latter and the turkey reuben sandwich I had there may have been my favorite sandwich of all time. Make sure to take a lunch break.

    3. I ordered our tickets before we got there, and these same Disney tickets included admission to the Reagan museum. The lines were not bad at all, and the times we signed up for to enter the Disney exhibit were not enforced. The Disney displays are in the back of the Reagan museum, but you may bypass the presidential displays and go there directly. But don’t miss the presidential displays. My pre-second grader enjoyed filming herself in a scene with Reagan, moving a metal ball through a labyrinth past holes that represented things that could go wrong when planning a presidential visit, crawling through an escape “tunnel” from East Berlin, and playing video games projected from above about how a middle-class family could prosper in the 1980s.

    4. Outstanding staff!

    5. There is a small art exhibit of art by a former Soviet Union citizen who had been held in a USSR gulag. This was an interesting exhibit to balance the Disney displays.

    6. The enormous room that holds an Air Force One used by Reagan has amazing views! (Any plane a current president flies in is defined as “Air Force One.”)

    7. We read a short biography for children, “Who is Ronald Reagan?” from Barnes & Noble over the three days before we went, which increased my daughter’s interest. (Next up: “Who is Barack Obama?”)

    8. The Disney exhibit was as much about the company as about Walt Disney himself, and a display of costumes from recent films seemed out of place, but it was well-done & interesting so I didn’t care. (My kid, however, objected.) A Hall of Presidents display and some letters from Presidents to Walt were right at home.

    9. There is some nice gardening surrounding the buildings. What a beautiful place!

  10. Visited the Reagan Library this weekend and it’s a beautiful place. Talk about REMOTE! Ugh! It’s not even on the east end of Simi but far, far to the west. Regardless, it was nice to see the place at least once despite the glazed over, Stepford-like employees. The merchandise is quite nice and the salespeople are helpful.

    KenfromOC – Earl isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, it’s just exciting to many because it represents good-tasting food on Disney property at an affordable price. I, for one, am disappointed that they went with a concept already in use at WDW as I would have preferred a CA original..but this will do well, even in it’s oft-overlooked location.

  11. Here’s hoping D23 will bring this exibit to the Smithsonian after April 2013. I remember the there was a fantastic ,yet much smaller, Jim Henson exibit that came thru a few years ago. Great stuff.

  12. The Walt Disney Archives exhibit looks great and I have had food there before at the Reagan Library, and it was pretty good. I hope I can get back there to snag the exhibit catalog.

    Timekeeper

  13. “You can tell by the list of wait times that the more the rides have been tampered with and moved away from Walt Disney’s original vision, the shorter the wait times have become.”

    You can tell all that from a wait time bulletin board?? Wow. And here I thought it was just telling guests how long you have to wait in the “stand by” line to ride an attraction.

  14. Someone is incredibly mistaken about the “rain flaw” at Test Track and RSR. There is absolutely no rain flaw, aside from the following:

    1. It’s beneficial to not get the vehicles soaked. To some degree they are water resistant, but they do not seal out water. When vehicles move at high speeds through rain or rain pours down in sheets at angles, water can seep into very expensive and custom electronics and damage them. Obviously something they’d like to avoid and it’s impossible to design the cars to be completely water proof.

    2. Even at 45MPH, riding Test Track or RSR in the rain can be quite painful. Guests complain. They claim it hurts and that they had no idea they were going to get wet, despite the obvious connection that the ride has an outdoors portion, and Disney can’t control Mother Nature.

    2b. One of the “hold zones” is right outside the entrance to the show portion of the ride at RSR. When I rode once, we were stopped there for 3 minutes, completely exposed to the elements. Luckily, our weather that day was beautiful. But if it’s pouring, guests could be stuck in that area for long amounts of time, drenching them.

    Aside from those items, there is no “rain flaw”. The ride is still new and water could inappropriately flag prox sensors, possibly disturb turn tables, or wreak other general havoc, but nothing specific about the system itself is prone to “breaking down” automatically during any sort of rain. It’s 95% guest service and safety, and 5% new [outdoor-exposed] ride and not unique to RSR.

    • I rode Test Track in the rain the last time I was at Epcot. A downburst had started while we were on the inside portion of the ride, and we were very surprised to find the pouring rain as the doors opened for the high-speed loop. As we were pulling into the station, we could hear the ride operator saying to those in line, “As you can see, Test Track has now become a water ride!” Since my young niece and nephew were still screaming with delight, and the station was emptying as most of the crowd was opting for FastPass return tickets after the storm passed, the ride operator asked if we wanted to go around again — so we did. The ride continued to operate during the 30 minute rain.

  15. Uhhhh. Racers were down because of a blown generator.