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Rainy days, Mr. Lincoln moves in, Candy canes, California construction, +MORE

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by , 12-13-2009 at 04:26 PM
Welcome to the Dateline Disneyland for December 14th! Rain washed away the crowds this weekend at the Disneyland Resort theme parks and slowed construction at California Adventure. Meanwhile, a gourmet cupcake store has taken over the former Compass Books magazine stand in Downtown Disney and Disney's new D Street high-end fashion and Vinylmation store gets ready to open up in the former Illuminations storefront. And inside Disneyland, the new marquee for "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" has gone up at the Main Street Opera House as the revamped show prepares to open later this week.

More information and ongoing discussion on many of the various construction projects featured in today's update can be found in the Project Tracker threads on MiceChat. Simply click on a photo with a Project Tracker watermark and you'll be linked up to the latest news and discussion on the various projects underway at the Resort.

I'd like to thank our photographers this week who headed into the parks with their cameras ready despite the wet weather — Mac Daddy and David "Darkbeer" Michael.

Okay - let's get started!


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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND
A new Honda giveaway promotion is set up at the edge of Downtown Disney, across from the Main Entrance Plaza security tents.





Inside Disneyland, the new marquee for The Disneyland Story Presenting 'Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln' has gone up at the Main Street Opera House. The Opera House lobby (including The Disneyland Story exhibit) is now completely closed to guests as it prepares for Mr. Lincoln's opening later this week.



Rainy weather cut back on typically heavy seasonal crowds this weekend at the Resort. Disneyland was practically a ghost town during the rain.






Without the big bottlenecked crowds, Adventureland is almost unrecognizable.

















CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
A current look at the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion at Disney's California Adventure park.

WORLD OF COLOR & PARADISE PARK VIEWING AREA
New ficus trees have been planted around the Paradise Park lighthouse structure.



































SILLY SYMPHONY SWINGS





THE LITTLE MERMAID AND CARS LAND
The Little Mermaid ...






Cars Land ...






CUPCAKES & COLLECTIBLES
In Downtown Disney, The Cupcake Store has taken over the former Compass Books newsstand, which was most recently a paint-your-own pottery kiosk. We'll see how long The Cupcake Store lasts in this apparently difficult retail location.




Over in the former Illuminations storefront, Disney is preparing to open D Street, a male-friendly counterpart to Disney Vault 28, selling high-end clothing along with a large focus on Vinylmation collectibles. The OC Register's Around Disney blog has more information on the new store:


Edgy Disney store opening in Downtown Disney
D Street is set to take over the spot where Illuminations candle store was before it closed in April, said Michelle Harker, a marketer for Disneyland merchandising.

The new store’s opening is set for Tuesday, followed with special events and trunk shows the rest of the week. D Street also will be a flagship store for Vinylmation figures — vinyl collectible toys decorated with specialized art.

The store is designed to have industrial-type space showcasing Disney-inspired art by local and underground artists, as well as other designer clothes, pop-culture novelties and collectibles, according to a Disney newsletter. Some clothes will come from Disney Couture, Mighty Fine, Harajuku Lovers, Ed Hardy and Junk Food.

The store also will be home to the artwork of California artist, Noah, who is planning a special event Dec. 19.

Some of the higher-end designer items that used to be at the Vault 28 store will move to D Street, Harker said.

D Street will feature more men’s clothing and male-geared products. [ FULL ARTICLE ]

The store officially opens tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15, and will host designer trunk shows throughout the week and a special event with artist Noah on Saturday.





THIS AND THAT
Disneyland's traditional home made candy canes continue to be a big draw this holiday season, with small batches being made only several times throughout the holiday season.


For more information on when Disneyland's candy canes will be available, call the Disneyland Candy Kitchen at (714) 781-0112.












DISNEYLAND WEEKLY HOURS AND INFO
THEME PARK HOURS DECEMBER 7 — 13
For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Wednesday: 9 am - 11 pm
Thursday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm



CURRENT ATTRACTION CLOSURES & REFURBISHMENTS
Disneyland Park
  • Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years/Main Street Opera House: Closed. Reopens as The Disneyland Story: Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln December 17, 2009.
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed January 4 - 14 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Big Thunder Ranch: Closed January 4 - 12 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Main Street Cinema: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
  • Starcade: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
  • Le Petit Chalet Gifts: Closed January 4 through February 10 for refurbishment.
  • Corn Dog Wagon: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Rivers of America: Closed January 4 through May 6 for a major refurbishment. The closure of the river will result in the necessary closure of the following attractions:
    • Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Closed January 4 - May 6
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Closed January 4 - May 14


Disney's California Adventure Park
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed January 4 - 8 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed January 11 through February 19 for refurbishment.
  • It's Tough To Be A Bug!: Closed January 20 - 21.
  • Francis' Lady Bug Boogie: Closed January 25 through February 4.
  • Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Paradise Bay: Refilled, but still busy with work on 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 viewing area for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new viewing area is scheduled to open February 2010 as Paradise Park.




DISNEY PLANS TO SCALE BACK THEME PARK DISCOUNTING IN 2010
The Orlando Sentinel reported last week on Disney CEO Bob Iger's plans to cut back on the big discounts Disney has been offering on theme park and hotel travel packages that became more prominent and aggressive during the recent economic downturn.

Iger: Disney will dial back on park discounts in latter part of 2010
The top executive at the Walt Disney Co. said this morning that he expects his company’s theme parks will scale back discounting during the second half of 2010, though he acknowledged that “we don’t know when we will essentially be able to turn it off.”

Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger noted that the promotions Disney’s parks are currently offering – including another buy-four-get-seven hotel-night offer at Walt Disney World – are slightly smaller than deals they offered earlier this year, when the global recession was at its worst.

“We’ll be able to continue to dial that back over the latter part of 2010,” Iger told financial analysts at the UBC Media and Telecommunications Conference in New York.

Since the beginning of this year, Disney has been using a series of deep discounts at its theme-park resorts – on hotel rooms, food, tickets and more – to keep attendance afloat amid an overall slump in travel and tourism. While the company has relied on promotions to prop up attendance during previous downturns, it has not before used them for such an extended period of time.
For the full article, visit: Orlando Sentinel — Iger: Disney will dial back on park discounts in latter part of 2010




DISNEYLAND HOTEL WORKERS WALK OUT IN PROTEST
As Bob Iger prepares to cut back on discounting Disney Destinations, hotel workers at the Disneyland Resort continue to protest their on-going union battle for an acceptable benefits package. The protests have resulted in another employee walk-out last week at the Paradise Pier and Disneyland Hotels. Salaried managers had to fill in for more than 100 union Cast Members who walked off the job, according the OC Register's Around Disney blog:

100-plus Disney hotel workers walk off job
At least 100 Disney hotel workers walked off the job this morning to protest what they described as unfair workloads, the latest flare-up in a two-year labor dispute.

Resort managers filled in as a crowd of housekeepers and other hotel workers protested outside the Paradise Pier hotel. Workers also walked off of the job at the Disneyland hotel.

A spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort, Suzi Brown, said hotel visitors would not see a change in service during the walkout. She said Disney has “literally thousands” of management employees trained to step in and cover the workload if something like this happens.

The hotel employees’ union, Unite Here 11, said the work stoppage involved some 200 hotel workers. Brown put the number closer to 100 and said a few dozen other workers who were not scheduled to work had also come to join the protest.

The walkout lasted about three hours. The workers were back on the job by 11 a.m.
This was the second walkout this week. On Sunday, about 75 Disney hotel workers staged an impromptu walkout for about four hours, then returned to work.
For the full article, visit: Around Disney: 100-plus Disney hotel workers walk off job




It's that time of the year!
The holidays are here and time is running out to get gifts for those on your list. But don't worry — there's still time to get gifts for your Disney friends and family.

We've put together a list of some of the best books, CDs, and DVD releases for the Disneyland fans on your list for your holiday shopping convenience! Go ahead and pick up the 40th Anniversary edition of Jason Surrell's definitive Haunted Mansion — From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies book for your favorite Haunted Mansion fan. Got a Disney thrill seeker on your list? The Disney Mountains — Imagineering at its Peak is an excellent book detailing Disney's thrilling mountain attractions from concept to completion. Or if quality family time is on your wish list this holiday, get The Magic Kingdom Game or the amazing and nostalgic Zorro TV series in collectible Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets for the family to enjoy together. And if you still haven't picked up a copy of the Walt Disney and the 1964 World's Fair CD box set that you've been eyeing, then now is the time. It's a must-have for any Disneyland fan!

Not only will you be getting some holiday shopping finished up, but you'll be supporting Dateline Disneyland through your safe and easy Amazon.com purchases.

Happy Holidays!





Okay — that should wrap up this week's edition of Dateline Disneyland. Thanks, as always for reading and be sure to discuss the update in the comments section below. Also - thanks again to our photographers this week — David "Darkbeer" Michael and Mac Daddy — without them, we wouldn't be here today.

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  1. 4Apples4Disney's Avatar
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    Great update as usual!
  2. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Beautiful update Andy! The park is simply stunning in the rain!
  3. llama5492's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  4. lighttragic's Avatar
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    Rainy days remind me of when I was a kid and we use to go to DL and it was just empty we would hit up every attraction a few times over... What time were the nighttime pictures taken? was it after closing or still during park hours?
  5. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
  6. whamo's Avatar
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    Boffo! It's your best update of the year comes last! A near-empty Disneyland is a rare sight these days. I had trouble trying to enter the Honda contest online. There's no entry-form, just instructions to nowhere. And I brought two new Hondas this year!
  7. Melonballer's Avatar
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    Great stuff. I like the pictures from the Candy Shop. Watching the Disneyland Guy Fieri show on Food Network gave me more appreciation for those canes. And look a picture of the CM who made them with Guy. Neat
  8. michael darling's Avatar
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    You always deliver. Thanks!
    Disneyland looks very slippery when wet. Surprised you don't see more folks falling down.
  9. jcruise86's Avatar
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    We were there on Saturday, Dec. 12th.
    Disneyland with light rain that keeps crowds away is wonderful,
    but I learned that Disneyland under almost non-stop heavy rain is (for me) depressing.

    The rain was so heavy at one point (about 10-10:30a.m.) that only two people went on Dumbo. The other elephants were all empty.
  10. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  11. ttrocc7007's Avatar
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    Really the park was most beautiful after dark, with all the lovely lights being reflected of the clean dark paving. The place was as much a Southern California 'Winter Wonderland' as we get! Some beautiful pics up there! Thanks!
  12. Cactushugr's Avatar
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    $15 for the cupcakes?? I can get Sprinkles for $5, can't I? Unless they feed four people, that's a fail. :{ That kiosk has such issues.

    Great update, as usual, thanks! I was supposed to go yesterday but we had some scheduling issues. At least I always have you guys!
  13. lilamyb83's Avatar
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    "$15 for the cupcakes??"

    That sign says $4.95, not $14.95. And $4.95 for a "gourmet" cupcake is really not a bad price. There are places up here in Northern CA (where I live) that charge anywhere from $8-$12 for a "gourmet" cupcake.
  14. Eagleman's Avatar
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    Great Report Andy
    And

    Mac Daddy /or David "Darkbeer" /or Andy -?=Thank You for the Christmas Desk Top! cool!
    Updated 12-14-2009 at 09:22 AM by Eagleman
  15. Cactushugr's Avatar
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    OK, whoa, cool your motor, I read the sign wrong, and obviously I know that ($5 for Sprinkles, eh), so if they truly are "gourmet", I'm sure I would buy one rather than the occasional churro. $12: eek.
  16. cositaluvsmickey's Avatar
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    Nice report Andy
  17. Athlonacon's Avatar
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    That was hilarious about Adventureland being unrecognizable without the bottlenecked crowds! It's absolutely true! I think it looks incredibly well themed and beautiful when you can actually see it. I haven't actually "seen" it (in any meaningful way) in decades.

    As for the hotel walkouts, I'm not really sure now is the best time to propose a walkout. Granted, I'm not aware of any of the details, but unless you had big money before the recession, you are working extra hard nowadays, period. It's the price we pay to have Wall Street run our country and there are millions of Americans that would break Disney's door down to take their places at the hotel. It's different when the auto manufacturers walk out because they have skills that are very difficult to replace in a short amount of time, but I'm not sure it's really that hard to make a bed and clean a bathroom. I mean, I'm not trying to be cute here, I'm just not seeing how these people are entitled to special treatment for low-level labor.

    Bob Iger really is turning out to be as cheap as Michael Eisner. Dick Cook is gone, replaced by a much more penny-pinching counterpart; Tom Staggs takes over as Disney's theme parks manager, a clear "cost cutting" move if ever I saw one; and now he wants to elminate the one thing that makes Disneyland actually affordable to non-AP locals. More of the same it seems, Roy Disney should have fought a little harder 5 years ago.
  18. Eagleman's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlonacon
    That was hilarious about Adventureland being unrecognizable without the bottlenecked crowds! It's absolutely true! I think it looks incredibly well themed and beautiful when you can actually see it. I haven't actually "seen" it (in any meaningful way) in decades.

    As for the hotel walkouts, I'm not really sure now is the best time to propose a walkout. Granted, I'm not aware of any of the details, but unless you had big money before the recession, you are working extra hard nowadays, period. It's the price we pay to have Wall Street run our country and there are millions of Americans that would break Disney's door down to take their places at the hotel. It's different when the auto manufacturers walk out because they have skills that are very difficult to replace in a short amount of time, but I'm not sure it's really that hard to make a bed and clean a bathroom. I mean, I'm not trying to be cute here, I'm just not seeing how these people are entitled to special treatment for low-level labor.

    Bob Iger really is turning out to be as cheap as Michael Eisner. Dick Cook is gone, replaced by a much more penny-pinching counterpart; Tom Staggs takes over as Disney's theme parks manager, a clear "cost cutting" move if ever I saw one; and now he wants to elminate the one thing that makes Disneyland actually affordable to non-AP locals. More of the same it seems, Roy Disney should have fought a little harder 5 years ago.
    I most agreed with your post!
  19. disney-fan-reborn's Avatar
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    GREAT update!

    From the looks of the night picture of the tree on Main Street, it seems that the rain had let up and it was starting to dry out some.

    As for the union workers walking out....I'm so tired of hearing about these whinny people! Initially I thought they walked out indefinitely, and I was thingking, "Oh, can't handle the Holiday workload. Want some Christmas time off do ya?" But, as I read further, I got even MORE mad! A 3-4 hour walk-out/protest? Give me a break!!! If I, not being in a union, walked out for 3-4 hours, I would be fired on the spot! With the economy the way it is, I'm sure there are a lot of jobless people out there that are pissed off by the complaining these people are doing! I used to work in the hotel business as a chef. I know the amount of work housekeeping has to do. The housekeepers in this union need to shut up and DO THEIR WORK! Heaven forbid they have to clean up a little extra dust from the remodeling going on. "Overworked"...PLEASE! Be glad you have a job people!!!
  20. RedHandedJill's Avatar
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    Spectacular update and pictures. I have to completely agree the Advetureland looks unrecognizable so empty. Now THAT'S my kind of Adventureland!
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