Halloween Time wrapped up at Disneyland on Friday with a final sold out Mickey’s Halloween Party and theme parks that were caught between two holidays as Christmas decorations continue to go up. Main Street, U.S.A.‘s new Guest Flow Corridors seem to be wrapping up construction as the new gateway for the eastern corridor was unveiled over the weekend. Meanwhile, more Haunted Mansion, Big Hero 6, and holiday merchandise continues to hit store shelves as 2014 prepares to come to an end.

Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!

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We’re back after a week off. Thanks to Norm and the In the Parks team for filling in with a Disneyland update while I was away! Let’s get started!

Welcome to Disneyland!

Disneyland’s popular Halloween Time has now ended its run for the year as Disneyland now really kicks into high gear getting the holiday festivities ready for launch on November 13.

A look at the final pumpkins of the season from Big Thunder Ranch’s great little Halloween Carnival.

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Meanwhile, Christmas is covering both parks pretty quickly…

Snow continues to fall on Sleeping Beauty Castle

Over at “it’s a small world,” work continues on installing the ride’s popular holiday overlay.

The clock face has its Santa hat now.

Lights are up along the entire facade

The last remaining scrims from the “Memories, Magic and You!” projection show have finally been removed. It was a small thing, but they were very dirty and the facade looks much better without them.

In New Orleans Square, more Christmas decorations have gone up including the giant Mardi Gras mask over Royal Street.

Meanwhile, Critter Country is now fully decked out for the holidays

And back in Mickey’s Toon Town, Halloween bunting is still up on the underpass the the land and on the gazebo in front of Toon Town Town Hall, but much of the rest of the land is now ready for the holidays.

Halloween

Holidays

At Disney California Adventure, A Bug’s Land is ready for the holidays now with oversized ornaments and Christmas lights…

Note, a lot of trees and large growth was recently removed at the entrance to Flik’s Fun Fair

Cars Land is getting ready for the holidays with extra posts along Route 66 to support overhead garland.

And for the first time this year, Paradise Pier has lovely new garland strung up along Midway Mania and the games and shops of the boardwalk.

Construction Kingdom

[center]Main Street Makeovers[/center]
The new bypass corridors behind Main Street, U.S.A. aren’t yet open to the public, but on Friday the new facade for the East Corridor’s Town Square entry point was revealed.

The new facade is a modified version of the original facade that had been in place for decades.

It’s probably no mistake that the facade to the corridors for mass guest egress is themed to a livery for farm animals.

The same Cast Member access gate is still in place.

New lighting fixtures

Themed signage.

A little stained glass window from the original facade was retained. Nice touch.

Half-way down Main Street, signage has returned to the Main Street locker facility although it hasn’t reopened just yet…

Across the street, the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor facade refurbishment has wrapped up.

Not all permanent signage has returned yet…

At the end of Main Street, Refreshment Corner’s facade refurbishment has also wrapped up and looks great.

Not all signage has returned yet

The gold leaf hasn’t been applied yet.

The Coke Corner piano is still over at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe porch for now…

[center]Royal Remodel[/center]
In New Orleans Square, the work in the Royal Courtyard continues…

[center]Riverboat Refurbishment[/center]
The Mark Twain Riverboat’s refurbishment continues…

[center]Pierfecting…[/center]
In Disney California Adventure, Paradise Pier’s shade structures have emerged from their lengthy refurbishment project…

New bases were added at the bottom of the support posts.

New boardwalk

Merch Madness

In New Orleans Square, even more new Haunted Mansion merchandise has debuted at Port Royal.

Lots of new Beautifully Disney items…

In Tomorrowland, more Big Hero 6 merchandise is now available

And of course, lots of additional new holiday merchandise…

Hanukkah merchandise

And finally, a few interesting non-holiday items…

Really?

Enhancing HoJo’s retro fun
with new Disney magic

The last time we visited the Howard Johnson in our new featurette series on the classic Anaheim hotel, we filled you in on some of the hotel’s rich history. Designed by famous architect William L. Pereira (who also designed the Disneyland Hotel, LAX Theme Building and much more), Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge was a wonderful mid-century modern respite for weary theme park visitors. Today, nearly 50 years later, it continues to be a leader in rates and occupancy among its competitors.

The Howard Johnson Anaheim continues to be a leader in the Anaheim Resort area for a variety of reasons—including great service and reasonable rates—but part of the HoJo’s allure is credited to its fantastically retro mid-century modern architecture and retro-style guest rooms. While the rooms today aren’t quite as “retro” as the circa 1960s rooms pictured above, they’ve got a lot of flare to complement their modern comforts and amenities. As the team at the Howard Johnson prepares for the hotel’s big 50th Anniversary in July 2015, work is now underway to give the rooms a bit of an update with new fixtures and gorgeous prints of classic Disneyland concept art and attraction posters.

Above, the Fantasyland rooms are bright and fun with a lush green accent wall and gorgeous prints of “it’s a small world” concept art by Disney Legend Mary Blair. Below, a bunk bed family suite features a great Adventureland theme with a bold red accent wall and Jungle Cruise concept art above the queen bed.

New lamps and bamboo-style mirrors enhance the retro Adventureland theme as a wonderful print of the classic Enchanted Tiki Room attraction poster greets you as you enter the room. Currently, Standard and Deluxe category rooms are now completely refreshed at the HoJo Anaheim, with the remaining rooms in the main tower getting the full refresh treatment now. And the retro refresh doesn’t just stop at the guest rooms! Before the end of the year, work will get underway on completely remodeling room corridors and elevators in the main two towers. Fresh blue tones on the walls, new furniture and carpet, and bright, modern lighting fixtures will bring more light and cheer into the tower common areas and hallways!

The rooms may not be quite as retro as that fabulous wood paneling and orange window curtain from the Howard Johnson’s early days (look at those lighting fixtures!), but the rooms today feature plenty of great retro flare while being fresh and bright for modern tastes. The new Disney art and thematic touches really round out the experience, making your Disneyland vacation complete, from your hotel to the theme parks!


Enjoy retro fun just steps away from Disneyland at
Howard Johnson Hotel & Water Playground

A short walk from the park, HoJo Anaheim is conveniently located next to Matterhorn Mountain at Disneyland with nearby dining, freeway access, FREE parking and FREE Wi-Fi. For more information on HoJo Anaheim, room rates, or to book your stay today, visit HoJoAnaheim.com/MiceChat

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
November 3-9, 2014
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thur.: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 am
Sat.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thur.: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Sat.-Sun.: 8 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[/CENTER]
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • “it’s a small world”: Closed through November 6 to install holiday overlay.
  • Plaza Inn Restaurant: Closed through November 6 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Ranch: Closed November 1—6 to remove Halloween overlay and install holiday overlay.
  • Space Mountain: Closed November 3 to remove Halloween overlay.
  • Jungle Cruise: Closed November 3-13 to for refurbishment and to install Jingle Cruise overlay.
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey: Closed November 12-13 for refurbishment.
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures: Closed November 12-13 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Mark Twain Riverboat:[/B] Reopens November 29, 2014.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Circus Train: Closed December 1-18 for refurbishment.
  • Fantasyland Fruit Cart: Reopening unknown.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed January 5-May 13 for refurbishment.
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed January 12-22 to remove holiday overlay.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Closed January 12-February 5 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain: Closed January 12-April 2 for refurbishment.
  • Snow White Grotto and Wishing Well: Closed January 12-April 30 for refurbishment.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Closed January 12-May 7.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Bakery Tour: Closed October 21-January 16 for refurbishment.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush: Closed October 28-29 for refurbishment.
  • Goofy’s Sky School: Closed December 1 for refurbishment.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed December 8-11 for refurbishment.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Closed January 5-8 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin’ Over California: Closed January 6-May 14 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color: Dark January 7-March 12 for refurbishment.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires: Closed January 12-December 1, 2015 for conversion to new attraction.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Closed indefinitely.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
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Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

November 3-9

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  • Off-season is almost a thing of the past — this year, there are only 4 days between Halloween Time and Holiday Time, which unofficially begins on Friday.
  • Remember that our crowd estimates are an average of what we expect for the day, but you can expect higher spikes at some points during the day — especially after 3pm. Don’t forget to use the built-in crowd map in Mouseaddict to see where crowds are gathering in real time.
  • As the holidays approach, use the Tomorrowplan feature in Mouseaddict to plan your trip weeks in advance and avoid the highest crowds.

The free Mouseaddict app for iPhone and iPad features more than five dozen categories of searchable resort information, weather forecasts, park and show schedules, the latest news and articles from MiceChat, and more. Download free on the App Store or at mouseaddict.com.

[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
Alright, that wraps up this week’s Dateline Disneyland. What do you think of the new Guest Flow Corridor gateway facade and are you ready for the holidays at Disneyland? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Thanks for reading. See you at Disneyland!
[B]- Andy[/B]

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  • Lobot

    The new “Livery Service & Stable” facade is so weak!!! Have they completely lost their touch over at WDI? It’s just a big missed opportunity I think.

    • mathdance

      I disagree. If you look at the before and after pictures, it’s actually an improvement. Though the ovals and arches in the lattice work were a prettier shape and form, they couldn’t remain because they closed off the area. Before, it had no clear sense of place. What were we supposed to imagine was that inexplicable porch with the hideous shading tarps above was anyway. Now it adds to the illusion of the whole place being an inhabited, historical, working city.

    • martinjbell1986

      I actually like it….Kinda how I’d picture the entrance to Circle D Ranch

    • Kennyland

      I think The livery stable façade looks great. They did a better job with this compared to the poorly executed Emporium extension that was done in the 1990’s.

    • Monoautorail

      I don’t think it is by any means fantasic, but it’s OK. It’s as good as the new First Aid and the giant wall behind the photo shop. I wasn’t expecting to be blown away and have not been. It is better than what was there before, I suppose. It has some of the same awkwardness, though.

    • mark

      If you look at photos of Disneyland in the early years, this new area is a tribute of sorts to that era. I think it is great the Imagineers are looking at the park’s history for inspiration in keeping with the original theme of Main Street U.S.A.

    • HollywoodF1

      If you think of Main Street as part of a real town, you understand that it needs services. A business like the livery is not going to pay for an A-location; they’re going to pick less expensive rent in an unused corner of town. And a livery is not going to look fancy. In fact, no fancy business is going to pick that spot. A humble livery stable is the perfect business for this location, and it looks the part.

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    some of those shirts are bae tho

  • Larry Parker

    The Refreshment Corner’s facade refurbishment is great. Now, if only that attention to detail were used to upgrade the new cheap NOS Club 33 exteriors and cheap plastic doors to the Court of Angels to the level of the rest of NOS…

  • Skimbob

    Great update. I am already in the Christmas mood. I am looking forward to the Avenger’s weekend.

  • thedustycoyote

    A Bug’s Land doesn’t look right, at all. Did they remove some of the foliage from inside the land as well? Hopefully its replaced, or maybe its just the first step to A Bug’s Land’s demise…

    The livery stable looks great though!

    • Marko50

      I hope not. It’s a great place to get refreshed (soaked) during hot weather without the waits of Splash Mountain or the rafts.

  • disneydempster

    The Livery Stable facade looks fantastic, much better themeing than I was expecting. Chrsitmas is my favorite season can’t wait to see everything in place.

    • PinocchioGuy

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Oathkeeper

    I love some of those holiday “sweater” tshirts! Hope they’re available to buy online 🙂

  • johntodd

    I loved the retro Christmas shirt when we were there a couple of weeks ago. Wish they made them for a big man!

  • Lakerfan3224

    You forgot to mention in your update that Muppetvision closed yesterday for the rumored Frozen attraction.

    • We’ve had an Editor’s Note on the front page of the site since Thursday about the Muppet closure. It was updated this morning:

      “MuppetVision at DCA has closed to begin a seven week transformation into the Frozen stage show opening with the rest of the Frozen offerings that should debut on Saturday, December 20th. TDA is in no rush to announce their Frozen plans, and they’re now planning to wait until after Thanksgiving before they say anything. But the Frozen related closures around Hollywood Land will soon be very noticeable.”

  • mycroft16

    If Livery is actually an honest to goodness joke at park guests being a herd, then it is both true and hilarious.

    More likely it is simply thematically accurate. A town like Marceline at the turn of the century still had dirt roads and the primary mode of transportation was horses (source: actual photos of Marceline’s Kansas Ave circa 1909). Fort Collins, CO was the same way at that time.

    Both towns would have had stables throughout town where people could keep their horses or have shoes, etc fixed. Likely these would have been on the block behind Main Street, out of sight but close by the businesses. Especially businesses like stores that would have delivery wagons and such.

    So creating a backstage passage way behind Main Street it makes sense to theme it to a stable as this is where one would likely be.

    Looking at photos of 1900s livery yards, this one is vastly overthemed.

    Personally, I like it, and any subtle joke, intentional or not, will bring a smile to my face every time I see it.

  • Ppanfreak11

    Thank you for another amazing Dateline. Always enjoy the updates and fab photos.

  • LoveStallion

    Please. Add. Disclaimers. For. Native. Advertising.

    • The FTC-Mandated disclosure is always featured at the end of every edition of Dateline Disneyland and the new featurettes, which feature different formatting than the rest of the blog, are immediately followed by a traditional ad that says “Dateline Disneyland is proudly sponsored by Howard Johnson Anaheim.” It’s very clearly ad content.

      -Andy
      Dateline Disneyland

      • LoveStallion

        I respectfully disagree that the formatting is different from the rest of the article. You use the same HTML formatting to introduce the HJ section as you do other subsections of the article. Were I reading through that without seeing the ad that follows, I would just assume you’re covering some relevant hotel, like you would any other new Disney hotel.

        If all of your articles feature the “proudly sponsored” disclaimer (which they do – I completely give you your due for that), then how is doing the same thing in the articles with native advertising really going to be a differentiator in the eyes of the lay reader?

        It’s a bit of a bait and switch because you know that if you lead off with, “And now a word from our sponsor,” people won’t care about that content. By framing it as an actual story, you lend it credibility, but it’s still just advertising seamlessly mixed in with other, more critical content. It doesn’t gel and I think it’s a practice unbecoming of Dateline Disneyland.

  • SpectroMan

    Thanks for the awesome retro HoJo’s room pictures! I’d pay more to stay in those rooms than the new ones!

    I wonder if they have an agreement with Disney to use the attraction poster art like that…I think it’s great, but surprising in a facility not owned by Disney.

  • Fuzzbear

    That Darth Vader ugly Christmas sweater is genius. Just take my money already.

  • RodeToad

    The Livery Stable isn’t bad, but the tall (presumably potted) bushes on the second floor balcony stand out in a bad way – they are a contemporary item at best, and look like cheap-theming at worst – I hope they are temporary, and something more theme appropriate is installed.

  • dbtCreative

    On Sunday Oct 25 the west bypass corridor was open during the evening parade for outgoing traffic. It was pretty interesting, they had large retractable and/or portable panels in place, but we could still see into the back area of the Jungle Cruise.