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Mickey makes his mark, Bibbidi Boutique opens, Food & Wine, new merch, +MORE!

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by , 04-19-2009 at 10:31 PM
Welcome to Dateline Disneyland! Mickey Mouse made his big debut last week on Paradise Pier as his face was installed on the front of the former Sun Wheel. We'll take a look at that along with the opening of the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland, which officially opened its salon portion on Friday. We'll also take a look at some new Blue Sky Cellar merchandise and a new line of Earth-friendly "Love the Land" merchandise.

Of course, there's a lot of Disney's California Adventure Project Tracker photos in this week's update, so feel free to click on any Project Tracker photo where you'll all of the dates and info on DCA's major remodel and expansion.

Alright, let's get to the update!

UPDATED 4/20 - 2pm:
MiceChat member Fishbulb got up early this morning to get photos of the airlift of the new dragon mechanism for Fantasmic! being taken to Tom Sawyer Island. Fantasmic! is currently on hiatus as the show gets new upgrades and enhancements including a brand new bigger and better dragon for the show's dramatic climax. For more photos and to join in on-going discussion check out the thread on MiceChat: Fantasmic gets a new Dragon (PICS)

Alright, back to our main column.
— Andy

First up this week is the opening of the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland. The retail portion of this new pricey Princess makeover salon and store opened on April 4, which we had photos of in our 4/6 update.

The new salon will cost parents a pretty penny for a temporary makeover for their little princesses.

Disneyland's official press release details price points for the new salon:

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Magical Makeovers Reign As Young Princesses (and Knights) Get The Royal Treatment At Disneyland Resort
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Beginning April 17, aspiring young princesses (and knights) will be treated to the full fairy-tale treatment at the Disneyland Resort as they celebrate a pixie-dusted makeover at the all-new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, located in the Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard.

WHAT: When young girls make their royal entrance at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, they will be greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training, who magically transforms them into the princesses of their dreams. All cares are left at the door as the Fairy Godmother-in-training takes care of everything — from hair and makeup to accessories fit for royalty. There’s a special experience for knights-in-training, too. After their transformation, princesses and knights will enjoy an enchanted day at the Disneyland Resort.

PACKAGES FOR PRINCESSES: Girls can choose from three different hair styles – Fairytale Princess, Disney Diva or Pop Princess – in three magical makeover packages:
  • Coach Package: includes hairstyle, shimmering make-up, princess sash, princess bag and body jewels ($44.95, plus tax).
  • Crown Package: includes hairstyle, shimmering makeup, princess sash, princess bag, body jewels and nail polish ($49.95, plus tax).
  • Castle Package: includes hairstyle, shimmering makeup, princess sash, princess bag, body jewels, nail polish, choice of princess costume complete with wand and shoes, as well as portrait package courtesy of Disney’s PhotoPass Service. Girls receiving the Castle Package can choose to be dressed as Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Tinkerbell or Ariel as a bride (starting at $195.85 plus tax).

FOR YOUNG KNIGHTS: Also available at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a magical experience for boys that transforms them into gallant young knights. The “Knight” look includes a hairstyle fit for daring adventure, a Prince Philip shield and a sword for fun and heroism ($12.95 plus tax).

AGE REQUIREMENT: Three years and older; must be accompanied by an adult age 18 years or older.

LOCATION AND HOURS: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located next to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park. Operating hours vary with Park hours and theme park admission is required.

RESERVE A ROYAL TIME: Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 714-781-STYLE. For details, go to or

FOR TWEENS: Coming this summer, Studio Disney 365 in Downtown Disney will bring out the inner rock star in tweens and transform them into glamourous celebrities — just like some of their favorite Disnsey Channel stars. The star treatment may also include a photo session with the “paparazzi” or a freestyle dance moment with the other new “stars.”

The back entrance to the store (which is now in salon territory) is closed up now, with signage redirecting guests to the main entrance in the Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard.

Over at the Celebration Roundup and Barbecue, Disney has responded to the tepid crowd response to the new BBQ restaurant, and addressed the high cost of the dining location.

Adult prices are still at the $28.99 price, but kids prices have been dropped $6 down to $12.99 from $18.99. It looks like the price drop might be working, the dinner rush actually made its way back to the Barbecue on Saturday.

Disney's California Food and Wine Festival kicks off April 24, but the park is already decked out in banners for the event that runs through June 7.

Disney's website for Food and Wine has daily schedules of complimentary events and a map of event locations around DCA.

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Over at Disney's California Adventure (DCA) Mickey's made his debut on Paradise Pier Ferris wheel.

The new Mickey face is charming enough, but is Mickey's giant smiling face and other Disney characters going to do much to help fix Paradise Pier's problems?

D23 had a photo of workers installing the new Mickey face and a quick blurb about the new pie-eyed Mickey on the Fun Wheel:

Facelift for Mickey's Fun Wheel
Opening early May, Mickey's Fun Wheel (previously known as the Sun Wheel) is the 150-foot-diameter Ferris wheel inspired by Coney Island's famous "Wonder Wheel." Located on the Paradise Pier boardwalk, Mickey's Fun Wheel sits high above the water's edge and is dominated by the smiling face of its namesake, Mickey Mouse. Though the attraction itself has not changed (Guests can still choose between boarding a standard or swinging gondola), the gondolas present colorful images of the Fab Five: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and Pluto. At the entrance to the queue, Guests are now greeted by a smaller version of the image on the wheel.

Work continues on the huge new World of Color night time water show.



The Greetings! From California store at DCA is now selling a small selection of Blue Sky Cellar merchandise featuring Sorcerer Mickey and the new DCA "Fun Map"

T-Shirt: $20, Plus size: $22

Hat: $19.95

Magnet: $6.50

Charm Keychain: $8

Disney has been rolling out organic, enviro-conscious t-shirts for a while now, but now both parks have displays with the new shirts and a line of "Love the Land" products to coincide with Earth Day and the release of Disneynature's "Earth" film. From the website:

Go Green! Celebrate Earth Day in Style!
In honor of Earth Day our teams have worked hard to use recycled and re-usable items to enhance the displays in our locations. Below are a few images of some of the newest displays and fun facts regarding the recycled items.

Downtown Disney District - World of Disney Store:
Tree Fun Facts:
  • The trunk and branches of the tree are made mostly using copper tubing, reclaimed from various places around the Resort. The leaves are created by using 51 Disneylandˊ maps and 51 Annual Passport brochures with 40' of detonation wire from the nightly presentation of "Remember ... Dreams Come True" Fireworks Spectacular. Hidden in the limbs of the tree include a piece of electrical channel from one of the attractions in Fantasyland, one brass heat lamp from a New Orleans Square restaurant, one .25" slice of the track from the Disneylandˊ steam trains track, one horseshoe from Circle D, 6" of twisted brass tubing from one of the carousel horses at King Arthur Carrousel, one gas pump nozzle from Transportation Services, three water valves, 18" of brass chain from various queue lines, two circular saw blades from the Mill Shop, two decorative finial caps from fencing found in New Orleans Square, six iron rosettes from fencing found at "it's a small world", two roller coaster gears from California Screamin', a brass coffee machine filter from a New Orleans Square restaurant and fifteen various pipes and elbow joints from Resort plumbing and irrigation.
  • The globe is a re-purposed clear acrylic dome, that was once used as a small scale sample of the large castle snow globes which are currently displayed in the World of Disney® Store & Emporium. Acrylic paint was sponged on the inside, 1.5 lbs of sawdust was utilized from our Disneyland® Resort Mill Shop and 3.5 lbs of shredded Disney Photopass cards were used to create the continents.
  • The back pads were made of the following: 54 square feet of recycled packaging paper, six square feet of giami paper, 2 Mickey head-shaped logos painted in watercolor on 4' of recycled cardboard and "Love the Land" letters which were cut out of recycled cardboard and painted with acrylic paint
  • The Disneynature Earth posters were printed with uv cured ink.

Disney Vault 28
  • The Men's shirt is made of 132 Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse main entrance passports and is held together by 798 aluminum chain links. The sandals are of 14 main entrance passports, 8 layers of corrugated cardboard and 14" of computer ribbon.
  • Our ladies dress has been created from 122 main entrance passports and is held together with 3' of detonation wire from the Disneyland® Resort fireworks show. The purse was created from 24 main entrance passports and the unique flower attached on the purse was created from 10 picnic Disney Photopass cards. The sandals were made from 12 main entrance passports, 8 layers of corrugated cardboard and 14" of computer ribbon.
  • The Disney Nature Earth posters were printed with soy based ink.
  • Display Glass Risers were created from pounds of recycled crushed glass from the bottom of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction.

Disney's California Adventure park - Greetings From California
  • The back pads were made of the following: 44 square feet of recycled packaging paper, 4 square feet of giami paper, 1 Mickey Mouse head-shaped logo painted in watercolor on 2' of recycled cardboard and "Love the Land" letters which were cut out of recycled cardboard and painted with acrylic paint.
  • Several recycled items were also used to make the geometric shaped risers including 12 linear feet of cardboard tubing, 18 square feet of scrap plywood and masonite, 8 Disneyland® Resort Annual Passport brochures, 42 Disneyland® Resort Main Entrance tickets, 27 square feet of linoleum tiles from backstage areas, 6 reclaimed drywall screws.
  • In addition, the Disneynature Earth posters were printed with uv cured ink

Disneyland park - Adventureland Bazaar
Adventureland Bazaar also has received a tree made up of materials similar in nature to that of World of Disney, with the following exceptions, 50' of copper tubing from Disneyland Resort kitchen facilities, 3 impellers from water pumps around the Disneyland Resort, Prop horn from Disneyland New Orleans Christmas decor, Fire system heads from Disneyland Resort backstage areas, 1 iron flower from the Tinker Bell arbor at the World of Disney, two iron leaves, from area railing, found in New Orleans Square, bullet casings from the Jungle Cruise, a propeller from the Jungle Cruise attraction and a pressure gauge from the weld shop. The leaves on the tree are made from 750 Pirates of the Caribbean bookmarks held together by 40' of detonation wire from the Disneyland Resort fireworks show.

Notebook: $11.95 / Hat: $22.95

Folder: $5.95

Notepad: $5.95

Sticky notes: $5.95

Reusable Lunch Tote: $12.95

Pins: $8.95

Pins: $8.95

Pencils and pens: $4.95 each

Earth-friendly, soy and cotton animal plush: $17.95

Women's Organic Kermit shirt: $32

Kermit tote: $44

Women's Organic Mickey tree tee: $32

Men's One World, One Mickey Tee: $26.95 - Plus size: $28.95

Men's Be A Conservation Nut tee: $26.95

We showed you construction walls around the Central Plaza popcorn cart area a couple weeks ago. The walls were down last week, but it somehow missed making it in the update last week. The popcorn cart is still in the hub, but has moved over few feet to the southwestern edge of the center of the plaza, freeing up space for parade and fireworks crowds.

The former Club Libby Lu in Downtown Disney has construction walls around it now as it is transformed into the upcoming Studio Disney 365, a Disney-branded makeover shop for tweens.

We'll finish out the photo portion of the column with some shots from around the park. Remember, you can click on any of these to get full-res downloads at the photo's Flickr page.

THEME PARK HOURS 4/20 - 4/26
For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 10 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm

Disneyland Park
  • Remember... Dreams Come True Fireworks Spectacular: Performances nightly through spring season. Show is expected to end permanently following the 2009 peak spring season. A new show will replace Remember this summer.
  • Astro Oribtor: Closed through June 12.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed April 27 - May 1.
  • Peter Pan's Flight: Closed May 4 - June 7.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant: Closed May 4 - 15.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed May 18 - 20.
  • Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years/Main Street Opera House: Closed. Reopens as The Disneyland Story: Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln September 26, 2009.

Disney's California Adventure Park
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel: Closed for remodeling. Re-opens May 8, 2009.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed May 18 - 22.
  • King Triton's Carousel: Closed through May 20.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure: Golden Dreams theater scheduled for demolition and new attraction construction scheduled to begin in May 2009.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling June 1, 2009 through June 2011, reopen date likely to change.
  • The Lucky Fortune Cookery: Unused food service location is being converted into larger Mexican-style food dining facility. Opens June 14.
  • Paradise Bay: Drained for construction of upcoming Disney's World of Color show.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
  • Golden State Park and Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger amphitheater for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new amphitheater will open December 2009.

The 2008 Themed Entertainment Association/Economics Research Associates theme park attendance report was released last week.

The report notes lower attendance at destination theme parks in 2008 with expectations of a declining trend in attendance through 2009 with a possible recovery in late 2009 or early 2010:

"Overall, the numbers and the economy are pointing to lower attendance in 2009. “The decline looks as though it will last the majority of 2009 with some possibility of recovery by the end of the year or early 2010,” observes Edward Shaw, ERA Senior Associate.

Here's a look at the Top 20 Amusement/Theme Parks in North America in 2008:
2008 TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report
1. MAGIC KINGDOM | 17,063,000 | 0% change
2. DISNEYLAND | 14,721,000 | -1.0% change
3. EPCOT | 10,935,000 | 0% change
4. DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS | 9,608,000 | 1.0%
5. DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM | 9,540,000 | 0.5%
6. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA | 6,231,000 | 0.5%
7. SEAWORLD FLORIDA | 5,926,000 | -2.9%
8. DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE | 5,566,000 | -2.0%
9. ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE | 5,297,000 | -2.4%
10. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD | 4,583,000 | -2.5%
11. BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY | 4,410,000 | -2.0%
12. SEAWORLD CALIFORNIA | 4,147,000 | -2.7%
13. KNOTT'S BERRY FARM | 3,565,000 | -1.8%
14. CANADA'S WONDERLAND | 3,380,000 | 4.0%
15. CEDAR POINT | 3,198,000 | 2.5%
16. KINGS ILAND | 3,126,000 | 2.5%
17. BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE | 3,094,000 | -2.0%
18. HERSHEY PARK | 2,842,000 | -4.4%
19. SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE | 2,761,000 | 1.5%
20. SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA | 2,669,000 | 1.5%

The proposed mag-lev train going from Las Vegas to Anaheim has sparked criticism from opponents for being wasteful spending and for passing through a town known for its famous brothel.

Train wouldn’t send passengers straight from Disneyland to brothels
Some lawmakers and conservative pundits have criticized plans to spend money from Barack Obama’s 2009 budget package on a magnetic levitation train from Anaheim to Las Vegas, calling the proposed line a “Red Light Express.”

Though the proposed train would pass through a Nevada town in which prostitution is legal, the train would not necessarily take passengers from the gates of Disneyland directly to brothels outside Las Vegas.

Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle has been a staunch advocate of the plan to build the multi-billion-dollar rail line, saying it would bring even more tourism dollars into the city.

He’s proposed a massive inter-modal transportation center, called ARTIC, south of the Honda Center. It would integrate the proposed mag lev line, another high-speed train to Los Angeles and San Francisco, Metrolink service and bus lines.

But U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. went on Fox News and criticized the plan as wasteful spending — claiming that the proposed train would drop passengers off at the doors of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a notorious legal brothel in the small town of Mound House, NV.

The Bunny Ranch is featured in the late-night HBO reality mini-series “Cat House,” making it perhaps the most famous brothel in the U.S. [ . . . ]

The hub would be within the city of Las Vegas, according to the proposal. Prostitution is actually not legal within that city.

Disneyland Annual Passholders now get discount at GardenWalk shops
The nearby Anaheim GardenWalk outdoor mall has rolled out new discounts for Disneyland Annual Passholders.

Anaheim GardenWalk Blooms With Special Offers for Passholders
Fresh Produce: 25% off total purchase
Goodies USA: 10% off
G-Stage: 10% off
Harley-Davidson of Anaheim: 10% off
Lux/Aveda Salon & Spa: $5.00 off any $50.00 or more Aveda purchase
Madison & Co. Fine Jewelers: 15% off
Momotree: 10% off all regularly priced items
OC Cellular Accessories: 30% off all phone accessories
O'Neill: 10% off
Rami Accessories: 15% off
Retrospect: 10% off
Runway 5: 15% off
Tommy Bahama: Free gift with any purchase
White House/Black Market: 10% off (cannot be combined with any promotional offer)

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: 10% off (excludes alcohol and merchandise)
California Pizza Kitchen: 20% off total bill (excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity)
Cinnabon: 10% off
Fuzziwig's Candy Factory: 10% off
Johnny Rockets: 20% off total bill
Marble Slab Creamery: 10% off
McCormick & Schmicks: 10% off food (not applicable on previously discounted items)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: 15% off store-made products; 10% off all other purchases
San Sai Japanese Grill: 10% off
Sertino's Coffee Café: 10% off entire bill

300 Anaheim: $5.00 games + complimentary shoe rentals (excludes Friday through Saturdays and holidays)
CinemaFusion™ 14 Theatre: $2.00 off all evening admission (excludes special events)

Alright, that's it for this week's Dateline Disneyland. Thanks of course for reading, and be sure to discuss the update in the comment section below.

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Updated 04-20-2009 at 01:21 PM by Dateline Disneyland (Added Fantasmic! dragon photos)



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  1. MarkTwain's Avatar
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    Sweet! First post

    That "Just A Dream Away" merch might be the first time Disneyland has merchandised a renovation.
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    Good job!
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  4. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
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    Excellent update, Andy! THANK YOU! Great pictures!

    I actually like the Mickey head in the Fun Wheel!
    I thought it might feel like the hand and wand that loomed over the EPCOT globe, but Mickey's face doesn't look too big within the giant wheel.

    Regarding the Celebration BBQ, you wrote, kid's "prices have been dropped $6 down to $12.99 from $18.99. It looks like the price drop might be working, the dinner rush actually made its way back to the Barbecue on Saturday." Was your photo from Saturday night? It didn't appear to be very full in the picture.
    Also, one would expect that even the Celebration BBQ could fill up during a spring break Saturday night, so Disney might still want to consider lowering the $36 adult price.
    Updated 04-20-2009 at 05:13 AM by jcruise86
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    Gotta love the green products, cant wait for the Earth movie
  7. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  8. sir clinksalot's Avatar
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    Great stuff Andy. I'm glad to see they lowered the price for the BBQ somewhat, although it doesn't help me.
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    Okay, time to sound like a prude.

    The idea of six year old girls running around with eyeliner on creeps me out. I get that little girls love makeovers, but taking the ritual from the privacy of a sleep over and placing it in a public environment feels inappropriate to me.
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    U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz is OBVIOUSLY a complete idiot. The Moonlight Bunny Ranch is indeed located in Moundhouse, NV. Moundhouse is located just outside Carson City, NV near Lake Tahoe which is hundreds of miles away (about 8 hour drive) from Las Vegas.

    These guys will say anything to stop something...yet trash just spews from their mouths. Sad that people elected these guys...
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    I LOVE it!!!

    The Earth Day merchandise it great - Kudos Disney!

    Good to hear that pricing changes to the Celebration Barbecue is starting to make a difference. If they lowered the Adult price a bit and added chicken and BBQ Beef sandwich options (at a lower price) they could pack the place. It LOOKS great - people just can't afford it.

    Anyone else as surprised as I am that the Theme Park attendance for the top 20 parks was as solid as reported by TEA?

    Thank you and great job as always Andy! You are awesome!


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    Trent Franks is worse than a complete idiot, he's a liar. He can't be that stupid that he doesn't know that the Bunny Ranch is nowhere near Vegas but he figures that most of Fox's audience won't know his deception and he's probably right.
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    Thanks for another great update Andy. It is always so complete I can't image all the time you must put into it. Hats off to you and a giant Thank-You.

    As for the BBQ prices, it has been my expereince that the minds of the Disney company will charge us as much as possible for whatever they are selling, be it merch. food or entrance tix. Most of the time they are right on. We may complain but few fail to get out the credit cards. Of course we have the ultimate power. Don't spend on items you think are over priced. If the location doesn't make money then before long it will be long gone. Just another post for Yesterland.

    We must feel that we are getting value for our money or we wouldn't show up in the masses that we do. My love for the park and most things Disney keeps me spending nearly $800 a year just so my wife and I can walk through the gate whenever we want. That's a lot of beer I miss out on.
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    Great stuff Thanks Andy!
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    Was the Disney blurb about the boutique a copy+paste, because if so, how did they misspell their own companies name?

    "Coming this summer, Studio Disney 365 in Downtown Disney will bring out the inner rock star in tweens and transform them into glamourous celebrities — just like some of their favorite Disnsey Channel stars"
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    Interesting note about those "green" pins: The cards are embedded with seeds so you can plant them and grow some plants.
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    Great Dateline Andy!!!
    Awesome around the park pictures and info!! thanks for all your hard work!!!

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    Castro wrote: "The new Mickey face is charming enough, but is Mickey's giant smiling face and other Disney characters going to do much to help fix Paradise Pier's problems?"

    Even taking in the Fun Wheel alone, the change will help Paradise Pier overall. But once you take all the changes coming as an aggregate; the layers, the detail, the new quality of immersive theming will DEFINITELY help and improve the Pier IMMENSELY.
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    I love Mickey's Fun Wheel and think it has already dramatically changed the look of Paradise Pier. I can't wait to ride it at the end of May

    Many kudos to Disney on their "green" efforts. Every little thing we can do toward bettering our earth helps.
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    great pics, what in DCA is open?
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