Fantasy Faire construction goes vertical as D23 celebrates 75 years of Disney Animation

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney History, Disneyland Resort

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Published on August 13, 2012 at 5:50 am with 17 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • BestBeatingHeart

    Anyone know if that $125 price for military is as of October 1st, since it was/is currently(?) $99 for three days. We’ll be back in SoCal next month and we were going to do this deal.

    • SDMouseFan

      you can still buy this years tickets at mwr through sep 28th

  • DizMiiLand

    Just a thought, but a great way to get people into the Big Thunder Ranch area could be adding one of the Country Bears theaters. I think the Critter Country (Bear Country) show would fit nicely there and bring a stream of people for also watching the Billies, and to the restaurant.

  • eicarr

    Kathy Mangum always looked so out of place in those cars Land update videos. A little too stuffy. I think Florida will be a much better fit for her. Hope they’ll pick someone cool to replace her to help Lassete and Co.r out.

    • WDW1971

      Huh? If you think she is not that good, why do you want her going to Florida? Does not make sense to me. She seems perfectly fine to me but why do you seem to want WDW to fail?

  • I have the highest regard and respect for Kathy Mangum. She is very much like Tony Baxter in her eye for what is best for the guest and for backing the right sort of projects. Her move to Florida is a VERY good sign for WDW. It means that someone high up in the company is paying attention to the plight of the Florida property and wants to sprinkle a bit of the Disneyland magic there.

    That having been said, she faces an uphill battle with the entrenched suits at WDW who do NOT want to spend the necessary money to bring those parks and resorts back to their prime condition. This will be a battle to watch folks. Will the epic forces of Disney World’s pencil pushers drain all creativity from the resort, or will Kathy and Imagineering bring new color and life to this embattled resort? We are about to find out!

    I wish Kathy lots of luck, and hope she has enough allies at Corporate to help her fend off the slings and arrows which are already being targeted at her by the WDW folks. Hopefully, WDW fans will start speaking up and speaking out about the things they DON’T like at the resort. If ever they had an opportunity to make a difference, that time is NOW!

    On another note. If those beach balls on Luigi’s survive the week, I’d be very surprised. There were put there out of desperation during previews because the ride was so boring. BUT, they are a safety hazard and slow load/unload. Unfortunately, their removal will also make it quite apparent that the ride is a creative failure. Neat idea to bring the Flying Saucers back to life, but the implementation leaves too much to be desired.

    Great update Andy and interesting photos and commentary from Destination D as well!

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update!

  • danyoung

    I don’t think the beach balls were put there because the ride was BORING. I think people didn’t know how to work their saucers, and the powers that be thought they needed something else to do. Why spend time actually making your vehicle move like it’s supposed to, when you could pick up a beach ball and throw it at some unsuspecting kid’s head? I had no trouble getting my saucer to really fly across the table. But I saw quite a few folks who still didn’t get it. They do take a bit of getting used to. But the beach balls were never the correct solution to the problem.

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  • keith – SuPeR K

    I enjoy the tires immensely without the beach balls!

  • Susan Hughes

    I hope that Kathy Magnum’s promotion to WDW isn’t an indication that Cars Land is going to be copied at DHS, and that it really is just a rumor. Please leave Cars Land unique to California.
    Besides, in my opinion all the credit for Cars Land goes to John Lassiter. The original plan was for a “car-themed” land with no Disney tie in. It was Lassiter’s idea (and power) that gave us such a great land.
    I wish Kathy Magnum the best of luck at WDW and I hope she isn’t looked upon as being a newcomer un-worthy of fitting in with the Florida posse.

  • Timekeeper

    Awesome Update. Now that I saw those bound tomes of the D23 Newsletter, I’m going to start looking for them.


  • ralzap

    Fun, thanks

  • Bronco21

    Saw on twitter the balls are gone completely now… Meh to the balls and meh to the ride in general. The balls didn’t make it that much better and i got pegged in the head a couple times which wasn’t my favorite. I don’t really have any desire to ride LFT again anyways.

  • MegaDisney

    “A partial look at the apartment is still more than Disney has ever afforded regular day guests ”

    I took the tour in 1996 or 1997 and we were shown the apartment. As a matter of fact the tour started on a private balcony attached to the apartment. Not sure when they discontinued that or if the day I took it was just a fluke.

  • [email protected]

    My God you have done it again. Great update Andy !!!

  • duanesm

    Just got back from Disneyland on Tuesday, and have to say, it was amazing.

    Cars Land is truly spectacular, and Radiator Springs Racers is the best attraction to arrive at a Disney park since “Indiana Jones and The Temple of the Forbidden Eye” in 1995. It’s just THAT good. We managed to ride the attraction four times in two days, thanks to good timing and a little planning, and some great cast members.

    We arrived at 7:30 am one morning, got in line for the attraction when it opened, and also stood in the FastPass line so we could grab those before they were gone. We also happened into Cars Land when the attraction was down for three hours on Sunday, happening to be right there when the line reopened. Thanks to some very nice cast members who saw our “just missed it” kids–two boys who were literally a hair short of the height requirement–we also got front of line passes, plus they gave us rider switch passes. We were so blessed, and headed straight to the Chamber of Commerce to sing their praises!

    The beach balls were still there when I was there this weekend, and we actually enjoyed Luigi’s Flying Tires. Our kids got the hang of flight pretty quickly, and we really enjoyed flying across the attraction while others struggled by leaning too far or not leaning enough. The beach balls were a fun distraction for my son, who enjoyed reaching as far as he could to grab one and throw to the tire where his sisters floated.

    We ate lunch in the circular tower room of the Carthay Circle Theater on Sunday, since it was the only place that would fit our party of 12. As we were leaving, we happened to run into Tony Baxter, Alan Menken, Richard Sherman, and Ed Catmull and their wives. All of them stopped to talk to us, shake hands, receive our many compliments and thanks. Gracious to a fault, we loved having a personal interaction with some true Disney legends. As I was talking with Tony, he motioned behind him and said, “Why are you talking to me? That’s ALAN MENKEN right there!” We loved it!

    DCA is truly a real “Disney” park now. The opening voice over, the “Suitcase and a Dream” show with Mickey and the Newsies, the new Buena Vista Street, Cars Land–everything made it feel absolutely “Disney” in a way it never has before. We also loved the way the “Storyteller” statue was kind of out of the way, not really noticeable, as if Walt and Mickey were just waiting to be discovered by somebody.

    Disneyland is no small shakes–it’s the perfect park, in my opinion–but it’s nice to finally see a true companion park across the esplanade. And the many touches and salutes to Walt and his films, which were weirdly absent from DCA 1.0, make it seem a more fitting place to begin your own “California Adventure.”