With the recent news of civil unrest in Anaheim, many potential guests are concerned, debating whether or not a visit to the happiest place on Earth is also a safe place. We answer those questions for you here, (Spoiler alert, there’s nothing to worry about) and we tell you what to expect when visiting the resort. We will also look at the progress of the Fantasy Faire village project, check on how Cars Land is holding up and get you up to speed on what’s going on in the Jungle (Cruise that is).
A lot of news has been made of the recent civil unrest in Anaheim, which stem from the shooting deaths of two men in the Anaheim area at the hands of Anaheim Police in a two day period. We are not here to get involved in the debate over the reason and circumstances behind the shootings. We’ll leave that to the general media (and any comments left condemning either the police, those who lost their lives, or the protesters will be deleted from this blog), our present concern is how these occurrences will affect Disneyland visitors and their safety.
The protests, the largest of which happened Tuesday night, with at least 600 protestors in city streets, occurred about two miles north of Disneyland in downtown Anaheim, near City Hall and the police stations.
However, as of this writing, NONE of the protests have ventured into the resort area. If you are staying at any one of the Disneyland Resort hotels, or any hotel immediately adjacent to the Disneyland Resort, you likely have nothing to worry about. The resort area, South of the 5 freeway, is filled with hotels and thousands of tourists milling back and forth right up until an hour or two after Disneyland closes for the night. North of the 5 freeway, things get a bit more dicey.
But the point is this, the resort and surrounding area is still pretty safe. Guests traveling by foot along the roads surrounding the Disneyland resort area are no more or less safe than they were a month ago. The problems are close, but the freeway acts as a sort of buffer between Disneyland and those areas.
One other thing to keep in mind is that the resort has dealt with these types of problems in the past. There are stories Imagineers have told us about staying in the Disneyland hotel during the construction of DCA and hearing shots ring out in the neighborhood just over the fence. But at the same time, a major enhancement was made to the resort area. The prostitutes, drug dealers and ugly store fronts were largely swept clean. In their place, the dramatically beautified and sanitized area you see today was created. The change has been dramatic. It wasn’t necessarily safe to walk the streets around Disneyland at night pre-DCA, but it certainly is much safer to do so today. And because of that seedy past, Disneyland well knows how to protect itself and its guests from the unwanted intrusions of the real world.
A quick look at wait times shows that Disneyland doesn’t seem to be suffering from a drop in attendance due to the protests.
Should you avoid Disneyland due to media reports of riots in Anaheim? Not in our opinion. But you might want to be a little extra vigilant when walking around the city until all this blows over.
FANTASY FAIRE VILLAGE
We now move from strife to pageantry with a view of the Fantasy Faire Village progress. Let’s see what the status is of the future home of Disneyland’s princess population.
The wait times at the Matterhorn show no signs of abating. While the wait sign below displays 45 mins, the line actually stretched further for another good 15 minutes. It would be wise not to forget the Single Rider option here.
The line actually stretched all the way around the mountain!
LONELY LIL’ BILLY
It seems that the Billy show back in the Big Thunder Ranch has never really picked up steam (or an audience). It is great to still be able to see these performers in the park, but their brand of tomfoolery is so much more effective in the intimate setting of the Golden horseshoe. It’s ironic, since their broad humor can’t seem to cover the expanse they are currently playing to. Let’s hope they get beck inside soon!
JUNGLE CRUISE NET WORTH
A mesh netting has been installed on each of the Jungle Cruise boats as a safety precaution. The ride is also scheduled to be down through Wednesday as bumpers are added which will allow the boats to be stabilized against the dock for load/unload. Jungle Cruise suffers from a higher than normal number of injury complaints, mostly due to the motion of the boat while loading and unloading.
What do you think of these nets folks? Will it help keep you from losing an iPhone, or from getting your fingers caught between the boat and the dock (once the new bumpers are installed)?
Over at the Entrance to Disney California Adventure, work has seemed to stall on the planter on the right side of the gate.
In all honesty, Cars Land seems to be holding up rather well considering the amount of traffic that flows through here. Radiator Springs Racers, when it is working, is pulling in 3 hr wait times still, a little over a month after opening, and the food locations are keeping up with the rapid pace too. But, there are just a few flies in the ointment that we have noticed.
Fancy Fake Foliage Fail – Many of the ornate decorations are starting to have problems. The beautiful tail light flowers in front of the courthouse have started to become chipped and faded. And many of the lights are already burned out. Though, considering that they are within easy arm’s reach of guests, it’s amazing that they still look presentable at all!
Luigi’s – The slow wait times on this unique attraction have been talking their toll on the beautiful queue. We have had reports of the custom, brass tire finials being vandalized or stolen. We were also witness to kids playing on the fake car lift near the queue as though it were a jungle gym.
Mater’s – Again, some of the casings on the ride vehicles are fading. It’s understandable, since there is virtually no shade on them throughout the day. The Imagineers did factor this in and gave them the pre-worn look of a junkyard native. So, let’s just say that they are becoming more authentic looking.
Honestly, they don’t look bad at all. But the seats remain painful and require some padding on the sides to keep kids from getting hurt when their heavier parents slide into them and smash them against the side of the vehicle.
A Place Of Beauty
We have to admit that Disney California Adventure has really been coming into it’s own and it’s quite common to come across some quite lovely scenes in the park.
And there you have it. Although there are some unfortunate things happening near the resort, there is no real need to be afraid or cancel a trip to the happiest place on Earth. Really. The Disneyland Resort is still very safe and the parks are in great shape. We set out to the park without hesitation and hope you’ll feel comfortable doing the same.