Protestors upset with recent Anaheim Police-involved shootings marched at Disneyland‘s doorstep this weekend in an effort to call attention to their cause. The protests prompted increased police presence around Disneyland’s Harbor Boulevard pedestrian entrance but the peaceful demonstrations never escalated and Resort guests were largely unaffected. Meanwhile, Disneyland is preparing to soon close the Fantasyland Theater and temporarily relocate the princess meet-and-greets currently housed in the venue while a permanent home for the princesses is constructed next to Sleeping Beauty Castle. In California Adventure, big crowds continue to hit the new Cars Land area.

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Outside Disneyland’s main gate, Harbor Boulevard saw groups of protestors, and at times a very visible police presence in response to recent community outcry over two fatal shootings by Anaheim Police.

The OC Register had details on the protestors at the Disneyland Resort:

50 Protesters gather outside Disneyland
Visitors to Disneyland are used to spectacle, but tourists at the park’s main entrance on Saturday saw something unusual: Protesters with signs criticizing the Anaheim Police Department.

The protesters, whose numbers grew to about 50 by late afternoon, came to take issue with the recent spate of fatal officer-involved shootings in Anaheim. City officials have called for state and federal investigations into the incidents.

Protesters carried signs, chanted anti-police slogans and engaged in conversations with any Disneyland Resort visitors curious enough to approach them.

Motorists driving by on Harbor Boulevard occasionally honked their horns and raised their fists in solidarity. Otherwise, it was a peaceful protest that had started out with members of the media who were covering the gathering nearly outnumbering the dozen or so protesters who had arrived around noon.

A silent “peace walk” is scheduled for noon Sunday, starting and ending at Anaheim City Hall. A posting on Facebook under the heading “WE are Anaheim, SOMOS Anaheim” asks those who come to wear white shirts and bring “positive signs” along with “a Positive and Pacifist mind-set.”

Many of the protesters at Disneyland were from Los Angeles, and were part of Mexica Movement, an indigenous rights group that considers “Hispanic” and “Latino” as pejorative, “Eurocentric” labels.

Others came from Anaheim, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and other parts of Orange County, and said they had participated in the protests earlier in the week that had turned ugly. Some of them brought their children and grandchildren.

Gabriela Hernandez of Costa Mesa, a 32-year-old social worker who counsels families, had witnessed the beginning of the violence Tuesday night near Anaheim City Hall. She left when things began to get out of hand. On Saturday, she stood with her two daughters, 11 and 12, holding signs as part of the protest outside Disneyland.

Hernandez said she wants people to know that the protesters include hard-working professionals like her who are not interested in violence but want to see justice done.

“This has been ongoing,” Hernandez said of what she called police brutality allegations and “bad apples” in the Anaheim Police Department. “This is nothing recent.” [ FULL STORY ]

While the community outcry here is worthy of discussion, the protesting at Disneyland and signage suggesting Disney is responsible for the Anaheim Police Department seems unfair. It probably isn’t appropriate to protest at Disneyland’s doorstep for a matter that Disney has no involvement in.

Despite the protestors, the Disneyland Resort remained largely unaffected by weekend protestors. The Resort remains busy and as safe as it has been all summer and we encourage you to not let the recent protests interrupt your vacation plans. We were at the Resort throughout the weekend and experienced very little protestor impact. If you are concerned, avoid the Resort’s Harbor Boulevard pedestrian entry point.

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Back inside Disneyland, work continues on the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area in the former Carnation Plaza Gardens.

Still not much visible progress can be seen

Back in Fantasyland, the current Princess Fantasy Faire meet-and-greet in the Fantasyland Theater is now set to close as early as August 12 to begin its conversion back into a proper theater.

With the Fantasy Faire in the Central Plaza not yet open, the closure of the Princess Fantasy Faire in the Fantasyland Theater is coming earlier than expected. The princesses won’t be evicted without a place to go; instead, they’ll relocate to $42,000 temporary homes along Small World Promenade until their new Fantasy Faire village area opens early next year.

New show expected in Disneyland Fantasyland
Disneyland is making plans to produce a new show in Fantasyland after nearly seven years without a theatrical production.

The Princess Fantasy Faire, a meet-and-greet, is set move out of the Fantasyland Theater and re-open next year in a new location that is under construction.

The new faire will run where the Carnation Plaza Gardens used to be at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. near Sleeping Beauty Castle. Jon Storbeck, vice president of Disneyland, said that Disney officials plan to bring in a “brand new show” and that they were working on a “concept” for the theater.

Disney has yet to announce details of the replacement show.

[ . . . ] Disney declined to confirm that closing date. “There’s no announcement at this time,” said Kevin Rafferty Jr., a Disneyland Resort spokesman, in a statement.

The princesses are expected to move near by the “it’s a small world” ride.
This week, the city issued a building permit for the construction of “Fantasy Princess meet and greet structures” for the mall near “it’s a small world.” The cost is $42,000. [ FULL STORY ]

It’ll be great to see this facility be used for a real stage show once again.

There’s always a long line here

Of course a large retail space is present.

Lots of high-priced princess costumes

Face painting, too

Princesses will relocate here

You can currently meet Merida from “Brave” in a small portion of this area

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The Jungle Cruise is currently closed and will reopen Wednesday after installing new safety bumpers to jungle boats to help close the gap between the boats and the dock where guests load.

Details from the OC Register:

Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise closes for week
Disneyland is making it easier to hop aboard the Jungle Cruise [ . . . ].

The popular attraction is closing for a week to undergo a project that will shrink the over-the-water gap between the dock and the boats where visitors board and leave the ride, said Kevin Rafferty Jr., a Disneyland Resort spokesman.

Bumpers will be added to the boats.

The ride is closed Thursday through Wednesday.

“The (refurbishment) is a safety enhancement that is meant to allow our guests to enter and exit the vehicles with greater ease,” Rafferty said.

Disney did not say if anything prompted the refurbishment.

Over 2009 and 2010, the state investigated 10 reports of injuries or medical problems suffered on the Jungle Cruise. It was one of 10 rides with 10 or more reports at Orange County theme parks those years. [ FULL STORY ]

Nearby at Aladdin’s Oasis, a sign has been posted to help encourage guest traffic to the empty space that is currently being used as overflow guest seating and a small character meet-and-greet.

The space that formerly housed the Tahitian Terrace restaurant and Aladdin’s Oasis theater show sits largely unused and while it’s nice to have it open to guests this summer, it would be nice to see a new restaurant or at least a new show here.

Shortest meet-and-greet lines you’ll see in the park.

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At Disney California Adventure, no visible progress has been made at finishing the western side of California Adventure’s main entrance that was formerly the temporary entrance path for the park during construction.

The dedication plaque at the base of the Buena Vista Street flagpole has been replaced.

Below, a look at the plaque as it appeared on California Adventure’s June 15th grand re-opening:

Buena Vista Street’s new Red Car Trolley continues to operate regularly during park hours but the trolley wigwag crossing signals have been mostly been non-functional so far this summer.

I’m at the park often multiple times every week and have only seen the wigwag operating once at Buena Vista Street station. Functionally-speaking, the wigwags appear to be largely unreliable and a detail that most guests don’t get to see.

It seems Disney is working on the problem and trying to get the wigwags working. Below, we caught the Carthay Circle Station wigwag working Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the Buena Vista Street Station wigwag was still not functional.

A look at wait times mid-day Sunday.

Crowds were present in full-force this weekend in Cars Land.

Radiator Springs Racers overflow queue spilled onto Cross Street Sunday afternoon

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In Downtown Disney, work continues on the Earl of Sandwich restaurant.

In front of the new Earl of Sandwich restaurant, the old Compass Books Newsstand will soon be removed, according to the Orange County Register:

Downtown Disney kiosk set for removal
The Downtown Disney kiosk has sold cupcakes and magazines to T-shirts and make-your-own art. But soon the kiosk will be gone.

A permanent, white kiosk between the ESPN Zone and the former Compass Book Store and Café, is scheduled to be taken out in the next few weeks.

Melissa Britt, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said the kiosk will be removed “to allow for better guest flow.”

Crews are constructing an Earl of Sandwich restaurant inside the former Compass Books, which closed March 31. The sandwich shop is set to open later this summer.

Earl of Sandwich, with ties to the inventor of the sandwich, has a strong following in other locations and is expected to draw crowds.

The kiosk had been used by Compass Books to sell mostly magazines and convenience items to tourists.

But in recent years, a myriad of businesses have rolled in and out of the kiosk, including the Surf N Rags T-shirt stop. [ FULL STORY ]

The Surf ‘n Rags t-shirt shop that most recently occupied the old newsstand has been relocated to a new kiosk neat Apricot Lane

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  • [B]Jungle Cruise:[/B] Closed to install safety bumpers to jungle dock. Closed through August 1.
  • [B]Princess Fantasy Faire at the Fantasyland Theater:[/B] Princesses will relocate to Small World Promenade in August allowing the Fantasyland Theater to close and prepare for a new show.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Closes early September to install permanent safety rails to outdoor portion of ride track.
  • [B]Fantasy Faire:[/B] New princess-themed meet-and-greet area in former Carnation Plaza Gardens is under construction and expected to open in early 2013.
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Famous fried chicken restaurant moves to Disneyland area
From the OC Regsiter’s Fast Food Maven blog:
[b]Roscoe’s House of Chicken coming to O.C.[/b]
Legendary Los Angeles restaurant, Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles, is planning to open its first Orange County location.

The restaurant, about a half-mile from Disneyland, is taking over the closed Chubby’s Diner space at 2110 S. Harbor Blvd. near Orangewood Avenue.

I’ve been chasing rumors of this news for a few weeks but haven’t been able to confirm the deal until today.

The chain, famous for its Harlem-inspired chicken and waffles, mac n’ cheese and hot water cornbread, recently sealed a deal to buy the 5,000-square-foot building.

Once it opens, it will be Roscoe’s largest restaurant, said Mohammad Jalilian, a construction manager at Roscoe’s.

By sheer luck, I ran into Jalilian when I drove to the location this morning. He said he “just put up the coming soon” sign Tuesday.

Once Roscoe’s gets its building permits from the city, he said the restaurant should open in three months.

“It will be themed as a Southern plantation,” Jalilian said of the chain’s first Orange County location.

[b]Full story: OC Register: Roscoe’s House of Chicken coming to O.C.[/b]
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  • SLUSHIE

    I’m glad to see this article is a bit more accepting of the protesters and being respectful, unlike some of the comments I read in the forum.

    I understand them being outside Disneyland on a visibility basis, but saying Disney has control over the police is stupid. Sure they can call on them when they need some traffic control or when protesters are on their doorstep, but I don’t think can tell police to go around shooting people. I don’t think even the police department does that, this is all on the officers who did the deed.

    • ducktalesfan5555

      I guess I’m one of those “disrespectful” commenters that SLUSHIE is refering to in the forum regarding the protesters. I’ll respect them more if they stop using divisive rhetoric (calling Anaheim’s finest pigs and racist, The Mickey-Nazi sign, etc.) and are actually residents of Anaheim. After hearing that the protesters have close ties with Occupy: LA, Anonymous, and race-baiting groups, my respect for them just diminished.

    • unclemike

      I’ll respect them as soon as they figure out that plurals have no apostrophes.

  • eicarr

    Great article/photos. Boy, there is a lot of excitement here by writers about the new sandwich chain outside the parks with multiple weekly updates. If it was a Taco Bell…

    I was all excited about the wig-wag during my trip 2 weeks ago, but forgot to look for it and didn’t even see it (working or not) due to either it’s placement or too much cool new stuff to look at. Would have gone in Aladin’s oasis with something from the Bengle BBQ, but Aladin’s was closed when I went, so I guess it is only certain days.

    Great cause with the protestors. I might join in if I was down there, but my time in the parks is always short enough as it is. Tying it to Disney though only hurts support from many.

  • mratigan

    Thanks andy
    Why did the replace the DCA plaque

    • Timekeeper

      Ditto, I saw no difference or change in lettering other than that the layout is more related to the plaque; and it’s a nice change, as the previous one looked like a sticker, which might have brought up bad memories of old DCA.

      Timekeeper

  • fandelraton

    In fact, I was a the park last night leaning against the wig wag waiting to reunite with my friends an the wig wag goes off before the read trolley arrives to the mini stop to load/unload passengers. It works for a few seconds and then it stops.

  • orli113

    Thanks for mentioning the protesters. I had heard about it from my brother because he is doing the Disneyland College Program and their apartments are about a block away from City Hall. Everyone was moved from the apartments this weekend because of more protests scheduled. I’m glad that Disney took their safety into consideration.

    As for the trolley wig wags, I know that the one at the Buena Vista stop has worked before. I remember seeing it move as the trolley was almost to the station. I think it was only a couple of weeks ago when I saw it.

  • ahecht

    Is Disneyland Spokesman Kevin Rafferty, Jr. related to Imagineer Kevin Rafferty?

  • Wreckless Abrandon

    I’m all for people standing up for what they believe in, but the protesters are sadly in the wrong by associating Disney with the Police for this controversy.

    On a happier note, great info about the parks as usual!

  • Gosh, where to begin…. Well first thank you Andy. So happy to see the Princess’s evicted. I always thought that that area could be used for something with a larger customer appeal. The protestors ? well, they are wrong. True, Disneyland Resorts account for over 50% of Anaheims annual budgets (includng law enforcement). But to have a picture of a Mickey Mouse appear as a Nazi SS is ridiculous. Almost 40% of Anaheim residence have a tie either direcly or indirectly to DLR. Local, County, and State Governments will not allow anything to jeopardize the relationship with that CashCow.

  • TodAZ1

    If I live to be 1000, I’ll never understand protestors at Disneyland.

    You have a good cause, you’re going about it absolutely the right way (civilly, non-violent, providing information when asked) and then some yahoo makes a poster with Mickey as a Nazi. And the people running this protest allow it??

    All my respect for the protestors just went right out the window.

  • danyoung

    It’s hard to respect a protestor who doesn’t know how to correctly use an apostrophe . . .

  • Susan Hughes

    One of the local tv journalists noted last week that he recognized many of the protesters as being from the Occupy L.A. movement.
    First of all, it was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of when the protesters said Disneyland ran the Anaheim Police. So this leads me to speculate as to who is running the protests. Are they upset Anaheim residents, or the rag tag remnants of Occupy L.A. knowing that hitting a high value target such as Disneyland will garner more media air time.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update

  • HeeHee

    Wish they would have moved the princess meet and greet to that area and NOT to Plaza Gardens! Think about it, they could have constructed little house/castles for each princess without much ado, that area serves almost zero purpose! Ugh! Was this area never thought of for that? Anyway, thank you for a great update!

    • Susan Hughes

      I’ve seen old videos where the Small World Plaza was actually used as a Princess meet and greet area. They would have a ceremony with trumpets and the Princesses would arrive one by one on horse drawn carriages. So it’s not like they haven’t used it before.
      Also, for the past few years the Princesses have been going out to the castle several times a day. It isn’t mentioned in the daily show guide, so it’s a pleasant surprise for park guests.

  • Mountain Man

    Interesting update and glad you included the protest info. The shot with the sign showing Mickey as a Nazi goon is a little shocking. Typical off-target rhetoric that makes a point about Disney as a corporation but I fail to see a connection with the police shootings. Out of control police response is a common problem throughout the country. When Seattle cops were responsible for repeated acts of brutality and violence nobody protested Starbucks or picketed outside Microsoft. Ridiculous.

    • Susan Hughes

      I totally agree. The protesters have a warped sense of logic when they protest Disneyland for something completely unrelated to the parks or the resort. That’s why I don’t think genuine Anaheim residents are behind the protest. The ones running the show are from L.A. looking for some tv time.

  • ghosty4

    Could you stop using the phrase, “not much visible progress can be seen” when updating about a project that has well over six months before completion? That would be great.

  • Victor Brunswick

    What’s really creepy about some of the protesters is that they’re often the very same Anarchists who seem to pop up wherever the world leaders or the IMF have a summit meeting. Many look like that don’t even have jobs but they seem to be able to afford to travel around the country, and even around the world, to protest and riot. If not them SOMEBODY is footing the bill for their plane or bus tickets and putting them up somewhere because it ain’t cheap.

  • Timekeeper

    Great Update as Always. I think it’s a bit soon for the Princess’s to move out, but then again, if they want to start up a new christmas show just in time of their regular holiday offerings I have not trouble with that. They should start building those (hopefully) temporary meet’n’greets in the Small World Mall. Also, how is the attendance with Billy Hill and Hillbillys in their new location?

    Timekeeper

  • darkamor

    wow – what an awesome update (& while the theme used by the Protesters borrowing Disney Characters wasn’t necessary, what was necessary is letting the public know that the City of Anaheim needs to take care of a Police Dept problem a.s.a.p. – learn from Los Angeles’ mistakes unless you want a full scale riot) …. Downtown Disney sure looks empty (to me), I hope new Shops will replace those that are gone. As for Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles? I’ve been going to the Long Beach location for many years (mmmm mmmm good food & the live jazz is a plus) & feel this will be a welcome addition to Downtown Disney !!

    C J

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