Disneyland celebrates its 57th birthday and U.S.A. Olympic Volleyball teams on parade

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

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Published on July 23, 2012 at 1:43 am with 25 Comments

About Andy Castro

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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  • Timekeeper

    Great Update, I have got to DCA some time; as for Alice, I hope what they have planned will not be intrusive to the rest of the area. As for the new bumps, they should have actually added seat benches like what they have over by main entrance of Tomorrowland.


  • jtamura69

    Thanks for another great update! I think those bumps on the handrails are a bad idea, it just looks like an accident waiting to happen. Aren’t the handrails there for holding so that someone doesn’t slip or fall? I can just see it now, someone slips, tries to grab the handrail and rips their hand on those bumps.

  • FriendlyMouse

    This Sunday was just too hot and humid in the parks. We left and went to dinner in seal beach and then made our way back in the evening when the parks were a bit cooler.

    I finally picked up the limited edition cars land CD from Ramones. It is nice to have the Mater songs from his Junkyard Jamboree and the full ride music for the Radiator Springs Racers.

    I like the bumps on the rails since you can still lean against them. The segway issue is a big one. Several people use the strollers, wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs as battering rams to get themselves through the crowds. With the the segway it is based on balance, what happens if they bump into someone while they are moving forward and lean back or to the side and ram into people that are in close proximity? Would Disney have their own segways where they can limit it’s speed.

  • silentcmh

    Any further details on Indy closing? Lots of people wondering about that on the forums (including me!)

  • TrueBlue

    Great report! Nice to see the rousing send-off for the volleyball teams.

    Regarding the Segway lawsuit, it should be noted that the 9th Circuit did not require Disney to allow the Segway, but simply returned the case to the trial court for further consideration. The risks posed by two-wheeled vehicles are obvious, but the claimant maintains this is the only way she can enjoy the park. However, she’s had at least three other lawsuits seeking access for a wheelchair or power chair and never claimed she needed to use a Segway. There are also likely “reasonable accommodations” available that do not involve a Segway, such as a lifting powerchair or those “mall cop” Segway wannabes. By the way, Judge Kozinski is based in Pasadena, not San Francisco.

  • Sleepy505

    Great update as always, As far as the handrails it just looks bad, when you are at the park all day and want to just relax and lean against one and your in line for 45 minutes it gives you some comfort to relieve the pressure from standing in line all day..

    The Segway really don’t they see that the park is always packed as is, Disneyland has always been very good with people that have a disability, but that is taking it to a hole new level, there is plenty of wheel chair access through the parks Segways seem to be more of a danger to people who walk around also getting your foot ran over by one would not be that plesent.

  • laurabhil

    Thanks for a great update again :) would love to come here some time soon :) woop woooop :D Tour America also has got a lot of information and some very interesting updates. Check their website for more!

  • WonderingAlice

    So glad to see they’re finally taking care of Alice. Is there an estimated completion date for the refurb? “Multi-month” doesn’t bode too well for our once-a-year visit in December, but one can always hope! :-)

  • victoriaskitten

    I hate to say it but the bumps on the rails won’t stop a child from hanging on them it will just be a new challenge. When I used to have to stand I would lean on the rails to rest my hips in a long line. Sad, what is the reason for this new ugly addition anyway?