Disneyland unveiled its new First Aid facility last week, revealing new fully-themed facades at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. The new facades replace simple, minimally-themed facades that had been up since the early 1960s with lovely brickwork, faux second-story windows, and more. Meanwhile, other refurbishments continue in Disneyland on Main Street, in New Orleans Square, and in Fantasyland as Halloween Time continues. And in Downtown Disney, Elsa and Anna from Disney’s hit Frozen have opened up shop with a new boutique for kids ages 3-15.
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Disneyland continues through was was previously its traditional fall off-season with big crowds for the annual Halloween Time festivities. Despite Halloween Time, refurbishment and construction projects continue throughout the park before the even busier holiday season gets underway in early November.
In the Main Entrance Plaza, the terrazzo compass rose between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is still behind walls.
It looks like it has been partially fixed, with the points of the compass removed altogether and filled in with plain cement. This makes sense, considering the points of the compass are the most problematic areas of the terrazzo installation, suffering from nightly pressure washings.
Hopefully this partial restoration of the terrazzo is a temporary fix until Disney can install a fountain or landscaping here, which has been in various plans over the years but never made it off the drawing board. A fountain or some sort of landscaping in the esplanade would go a long way to help the space feel a lot more welcoming.
Meanwhile, the new First Aid location at the end of Main Street opened last week. The new, expanded and slightly moved First Aid and Wish Lounge facility has fancy new fully-themed facades for the first time in six decades.
The new First Aid and Wish Lounge building is wedged between two access gates — one for Cast Members and the other leading to the new Guest Flow Corridors, which will be used to alleviate Main Street traffic on during peak attendance periods. Below, the path leading to the Cast Member entrance, between Plaza Inn and First Aid.
Is this the new “themed fencing” that will line the rest of the new Guest Flow Corridors?
The new First Aid and Wish Lounge facade looks great, though, and is a significant improvement over its predecessor.
The Wish Lounge facade pays tribute to Disneyland’s old INA Carefree Corner, which was housed in what is now the Main Street Photo Supply Co., and featured guestbooks for Disneyland guests to sign.
In Small World Mall, Frozen-themed photo ops are up. Elsa and Anna continue to meet in their indoor meet-and-greet in Fantasyland, but guests can pose for Frozen-themed photos without the princesses here.
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|Celebrating 50 Years
of Retro Fun at HoJo Anaheim
I’m a big fan of the Howard Johnson across the street from Disneyland. The folks at HoJo Anaheim run a great, affordable property and have been longtime supporters of Dateline Disneyland. Starting today, we’ll periodically be running special featurettes on the Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground here in Dateline Disneyland. To kick off this special new feature, we’re taking a look back at HoJo Anaheim’s great history as the hotel gears up for its 50th Anniversary in 2015!
A big deal when it opened in 1965, Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge was the the first HoJo property on the west coast. The hotel opened on July 16, 1965 — 10 years and one day off Disneyland’s grand opening and is still owned and operated by the original family that bought the initial 7-acre parcel. Today, the HoJo Anaheim property covers 10 acres, including a Mimi’s Cafe and the site of a new hotel under construction now, set to open 50 years after the HoJo on July 15, 2015.
The original hotel, designed by famed architect William Pereira was a friend of Roy and Walt Disney and known for his fantastic futuristic designs. His style can still be seen in the HoJo Anaheim’s unique vaulted ceilings, barrel arch roofline and charmingly futuristic lobby building. Pereira also designed the Disneyland Hotel, the Theme Building at LAX, the TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco and other iconic buildings around the world.
At opening, HoJo Anaheim featured one tower and four two-story pavilions, referred to as “casitas,” surrounding a fountain feature. Upon opening, the hotel won an architectural award for “Best Public Space.” The beautifully landscaped grounds feature Canary Island pine trees, which were planted as saplings by the owner in 1964. Today, the pine trees rise alongside the main HoJo tower.
HoJo had the very first trolly shuttle to Disneyland which quickly became an icon for 1960s and 70s-era Disneyland visitors. Well regarded by the community and travelers alike, the HoJo was the first hotel to be part of Disney’s Good Neighbor Hotel program. That long history of high standards is why, nearly 50 years later, the HoJo is still the leader in rate and occupancy among its competitors. Consistent and good management through the ages has grown and kept a very loyal following throughout the world, earning it the title of the “other Disney property” by travel agents in many countries.
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
October 13-19, 2014
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Friday: 8 am – 7 pm
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Tuesday: 8 am – 8 pm
Wed.-Thur.: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 12 am
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|OK — that wraps up this week’s edition of Dateline Disneyland. What do yo think of Disneyland’s new First Aid facility? Good or bad? Will you be shopping at Anna and Elsa’s Boutique for your little ones this holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below!
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