With Disney, things change all the time. Imagineers and management are kept in a constant state of flux by competing ideas and changing conditions in the park. It’s an ongoing test and adjust to get the show just right. Today, we look at some developments with the newer attractions while, and peek into what is just around the corner. One thing is for sure, you can never say you’ve seen it all, because things are sure to change before you have.

Expect delays for the next few days when visiting Downtown Disney. About one quarter of the parking lot is currently being resurfaced.

EARL OF SANDWICH:
The highly anticipated sandwich shop is still under construction and moving very slowly.  The location, which was originally supposed to open in early Summer, has obviously been delayed.  Let’s wish them luck.  Those sandwiches are good and we are looking for some affordable options in the resort area!

Late last night construction crews began tear down the old Compass Magazines location.
A special thank you to Club 33 for the photos.

It was reported that the Disneyland Resort is experiencing record crowds.  You wouldn’t know it by entering Disneyland park though.  Wait times this past Wednesday were lower than we have seen them in a long time.

Crowds or no, it is still wonderful to see the little touches enduring and entertaining guests just for the sake of entertainment.

Mountain climbers scale the icy slopes of Matterhorn Mountain several times a day.

FANTASY FAIRE VILLAGE
Vertical work continues on the Fantasy Faire Village with a new, separate structure appearing in the center of the construction site.

Half a duck is better than none. 😉

 

CANDLELIGHT FOR 20 NIGHTS!
If you thought that the Candlelight Processional was crowded and difficult to deal with in the past, wait until you get a load of what the park has cooked up for this holiday season.  Starting December 1st and going nightly through the 20th, Disneyland will present the choral extravaganza, Candlelight, twice each evening.  That’s 20 nights and 40 performances!

The show is performed in Town Square, which is the busy little area at the base of the Main Street Train Station at the pinch point of the entry/exit of the park. With the already insane crowd levels that descend upon the resort during the holidays, this is sure to place even more pressure on the bottleneck at the front of the park. One weekend we can deal with, but 20 nights?

Town Square will likely end up becoming a mad house for the month of December.

While Candlelight has traditionally been performed on the Train Station stairs to a small crowd in Town Square, there was a period where the Fantasyland Theater was used instead. Although the Fantasyland location may not be as historic, it may very well offer a better viewing experience for guests and far superior crowd control. Let’s hope Disneyland has a VERY good plan for this 20 night extravaganza

The first two nights, December 1-2, will be invitation-only events; however, performances from December 3-20 will apparently be open to Annual Passholders and guests booking special, yet-to-be-announced dining packages. At Disney World, the dining packages cost between $32.99 and $55.99 for a lunch package and$49.99 and $66.99 for a dinner package. While Disneyland and Disney World pricing don’t always match up, this should give us an idea of where they are likely headed.

 

Disney California Adventure is rolling along towards the close of their inaugural Summer as a full fledged Disney park.

It’s the little details that charm.  For instance, have you ever gone up to see who lives in the buildings just above this stoop?  Go check out the mailboxes for a hint.

It's none other than Eddie Valiant, of the Valiant and Valiant Detective Agency (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Wait times really seemed to mellow this week.

FRANKENWEENIE AT ART OF ANIMATION BUILDING
To coincide with the new Fall release, Frankenweenie, The Animation building will host a new exhibit featuring sets, props and figures from the film.

Inside, you can take a class to learn how to draw your favorite character. This handy schdeule will help you plan when to return. Is your favorite on the list?

 

LUIGI’S FLYING TIRES
Luigi’s Flying Tires is an attraction that can’t seem to catch a break. During its test and adjust period with cast members, it was discovered that simply floating around very slowly on a thin sheet of air wasn’t as fun as they hoped it would be.  Months before the big grand opening on June 15th of this year, new music was recorded to play while riders floated about.  In addition, massive beach balls were tossed out into the ride floor.  The hope was that, between the zippy Italian ballads and the bouncy beach balls,  the attraction would really take off.
Last week, we reported that most of beach balls that once filled the ride floor had been removed and guests were instructed not to pick them up or touch them during load/unload.  This week, we see that they have completely removed them altogether, as Dusty predicted.

Wait times hovered in the 50 minute range on Wednesday afternoon.

What do you folks think about this attraction. Is it worth a 50 minute + wait? Does it move too slow for you? Does it lack a sense of purpose?

We hear that Disney is working on some new interactive elements to bump up the fun factor. Let’s hope they get this worked out soon.

RADIATOR SPRINGS RACERS
We have good news and bad news to report from Radiator Springs Racers.  The good news is that they seem to be tirelessly working on the show effects, refining and fixing them.  The tractor tipping scene is now back up and running and Luigi’s tire effect is working just fine now.

The bad news is that they are beginning to now have problems with the expensive foliage that has been used in and around the stunning rock work on the exterior of the attraction.  A similar problem cropped up during the first few years of Grizzly River Rapids with many trees having to be replaced after opening.    The trees in the beginning of Radiator Springs Racers, which are surrounded by artificial rock work are beginning to slowly fade. Heat and chemicals from the vast amounts of paint on the mountain are likely the cause. This will lessen over time, but it’s going to be expensive for the resort to stay on top of this issue.

Looking closely at the trees, you can clearly see they are in distress.

It looks as if these trees may have to be replaced soon.

These were very expensive trees to put in and I’m sure Disney is doing everything they can to try and save them.

Over near the finish line a few more of the lower trees are suffering a similar problem.

That should do it from the Disneyland resort this week. Will the trees at Radiator Springs Racers make it to the finish line too soon?  Will there be more adjustments to Luigi’s?  How will Disney handle the crowds at Candlelight?  Will the new exhibit in the Animation building be a much needed hit in Hollywood Land? We’ll be sure to let you know.  Thank  you so much for reading and please let us know what you think about recent events in the parks. It’s certainly been an interesting week!