There may be another week of Halloween Time left but Disneyland is wasting no time stringing up the Christmas lights and garland. Sleeping Beauty Castle is already covered in snow while New Orleans Square is covered in garland, lights, and beads for the holidays. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue on Main Street while work on the new Guest Flow Corridors wrap up in time for big end-of-year crowds. Inside park gift shops, there’s lot of new Haunted Mansion, Big Hero 6, and holiday merchandise to break the bank.
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Halloween Time may still be here for about another week, but Disneyland is wasting no time getting ready for the holidays. Sleeping Beauty Castle is now getting its annual snow cover while the trees in the central plaza have been covered in Christmas lights…
In the Main Entrance Plaza, the compass rose refurbishment has finished up. Unfortunately, the refurbishment didn’t involve a restoration of the terrazzo compass rose, but a removal of the compass points, which were then replaced with plain cement.
The plain cement doesn’t look great. Hopefully this is just a short-term, cost-effective solution until Disney can put in something else. Perhaps Disney is finally getting serious about Imagineering’s long-planned fountain and landscaping project for the esplanade?
Is this new blue-and-white wall a glimpse at some of the new “themed fencing” that will line the Guest Flow Corridors?
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Disney recently released their updated refurbishment calendar, which you can see in full at the end of today’s blog. Needless to say, both parks will see quite a lot of work underway as the Resort gears up for its big 60th anniversary celebration, set to kick off in mid-May 2015. While many closures will be routine refurbishments, there are some notable extended refurbishments scheduled that could bring significant upgrades and changes to the parks. In Disneyland, Peter Pan’s Flight will close for a five-month overhaul, starting January 12 and reopening May 7. Expect some new upgrades and show enhancements here in line with what Disney recently did at the nearby Alice in Wonderland attraction.
Meanwhile, the Matterhorn Bobsleds will close a couple days before Peter Pan does for a five-month refurbishment. If only they’d do something to fix the unbearably uncomfortable “new” ride vehicles. Additionally, Splash Mountain and Snow White Grotto will both close in January for refurbishments that run into April.
The show, originally presented as part of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2005, are expected to glow away forever after next weekend’s performances. Disneyland’s traditional holiday fireworks show will be offered throughout the holiday season but “Remember…” won’t make its usual return in January.
Instead, Disneyland is expected to run its classic “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks show work gets underway on upgrading the larger fireworks system and infrastructure. The upgrades are to prepare for the new show for the 60th Anniversary, debuting in May.
“Remember… Dreams Come True” was groundbreaking when it debuted in 2005, introducing numerous new shells, a new launch system, and an impressive new flight system and path for Tinker Bell. The infrastructure installed in 2005 for “Remember” has made shows like “Magical” and the popular “Halloween Screams” shows possible.
With its still-amazing “E-Tickets in the Sky” portion, narration by Julie Andrews, and lots of nostalgia, it’s sad to see such a great show that still holds up go. Here’s hoping the new 60th Anniversary show will be just as good or better.
In Disney California Adventure, the Bakery Tour is now closed for an overhaul and rumored update until mid-January. In January, World of Color will go dark for a refurbishment and rumored programming of a new show until March. Meanwhile, Soarin’ Over California will close January 6 and won’t reopen until mid-May for a major refurbishment that includes rumors of a place-making project that will improve the theming at the attraction and throughout Condor Flats. The ride may also receive the long-rumored “Soarin’ Over the World” film, replacing the original California fly-over.
The biggest closure, however, is in Cars Land. The newest area of the park is now expected to see one of its original attractions glow away forever to make way for a new attraction that will hopefully rate higher on guest satisfaction surveys and actually be fun.
The troubled Luigi’s Flying Tires ride, a revival of Disneyland’s defunct Flying Saucers concept, never really managed to really work. The result has been dwindling rider counts, making the ride a walk-on on many days.
While Disney hasn’t actually confirmed plans to replace the Flying Tires, the attraction is now scheduled to close January 7 through December 1, 2015, which lends credibility to the rumors of a new flat ride of dancing and spinning cars using a trackless ride system replacing the tires.
Of course, there’s quite a selection of other holiday items, including the traditional Victorian-style Mickey and Minnie line, the Nutcracker-themed items, and lots of other styles of ornaments and decorations.
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
October 25—November 2, 2014
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|Monday: 8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 8 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 12 am
Sunday: 8 am – 11 pm
|Monday: 8 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 8 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 12 am
Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 9 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
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|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
October 25—November 2
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