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Raising prices, Bye-bye Malibu & Mullholland, Cropped out, TRON-fest, Hotel work MORE

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by , 08-09-2010 at 02:02 AM
As the doldrums of summer hit Disneyland park, it's a constant flurry of activity at Disney California Adventure as construction continues on major projects. The work won't be slowing down anytime soon; in fact, it'll ramp up even more this fall as projects get underway in September and October that will change the landscape of the park with the removal of attractions the park opened with in 2001, such as the Maliboomer thrill ride and the Bountiful Valley Farm area. Meanwhile, many of the Disneyland Hotel guest amenities are now closed to make way for some controversial changes. Even with so much construction going on and areas and attractions in both parks closed, Disney is still raising admission prices.

If you're interested in finding out more information on any of the construction projects you see featured in today's update don't hesitate to click on any image with a MiceChat Project Tracker watermark. These photos will link you to construction timelines and on-going discussion on featured construction projects at the Resort.

Thanks to Fishbulb and Macro for their help with photos this week.

It's another busy week—let's jump in!


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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Disneyland announced its annual price increases on Tuesday of last week and put them into effect on Thursday. The price hikes affect tickets and Annual Passes across the board, raising one-day, one-park tickets by $4 for adults and $6 for children and Premium Annual Passports by $15. The new ticket prices also included the introduction of a new ticket; a two-day, one-park option that works like the annual Southern California 2fer ticket, allowing access to one park per day for two days.


The OC Register's Around Disney blog discussed the ticket price changes on Tuesday:

Disneyland raises ticket, parking prices
Visitors will pay $76 to visit a single Disneyland Resort park — either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure — for one day. That is $4 more than the current price.

Disneyland last raised single-day ticket prices a year ago, but the company has already hiked annual pass and parking fees once in the past year. In January, Disney hiked the cost for annual passes. Parking prices went up in October.

Disneyland increased prices for a one-day, one-park ticket by $3 in August 2009. Starting Thursday, visitors will pay $10 more than they did three years ago and $35 more than a decade ago, when there was only the Disneyland park. California Adventure opened in 2001.

This year’s $4 hike is on par with annual changes over the past decade: Disney has boosted prices between $2 and $7 annually over that time.

“We continuously monitor the marketplace to ensure pricing that reflects a strong entertainment value,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, in a prepared statement. “When you compare a Disney park to a concert or professional sporting event, we offer a great value and a full day of world-class entertainment.”
[ FULL ARTICLE ]


The full list of Resort admission prices can be found below:
Disneyland Resort Theme Park Admission
Ticket
Adult Price
Child Price
One-Day, One-Park Ticket
$76 ($4 increase)
$68 ($6 increase)
Two-Day, One-Park Ticket
NEW TICKET OPTION
$151
$136
One-Day ParkHopper
$101 ($4 increase)
$91 ($4 increase)
Two-Day ParkHopper
$161 ($10 increase)
$146 ($15 increase)
Three-Day ParkHopper
$206 ($2 increase)
$185 ($11 increase)
Four-Day ParkHopper
$231 ($2 increase)
$199 ($5 increase)
Five-Day ParkHopper
$251 ($2 increase)
$219 ($5 increase)
Six-Day ParkHopper
$256 ($2 increase)
$230 ($6 increase)
Disneyland Resort Annual Passports
Passport Level
Price
Price change
Premiere (Disneyland Resort & Walt Disney World Resort)
$700
No change
Premium
$459
$15 increase
Deluxe
$329
$30 increase
Southern California
$239
$30 increase
Southern California Select
$184
$20 increase
Disneyland Resort Parking
Automobiles
$15
$1 increase


While tourists might not be pleased to shell out the extra cash for a day or two at Disneyland, industry analysts seem keen on the price hike, noting that it could indicate a strong earnings report coming from Disney, a good thing for investors:

Analyst: Disney park price increase is good sign
The Walt Disney Co.'s decision to raise park ticket prices this week bodes well for its upcoming earnings report, an analyst said Thursday.

Price increases for Disneyland and Disney World range from 3.7 percent to 9.6 percent, said Tony Wible of Janney Capital Markets. For instance, the price of a one-day, one-park adult ticket to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is rising to $82 from $79, starting Thursday.

That indicates that park revenues are holding up, despite building economic pressure and no discounting, Wible wrote in a morning report. Wible believes this suggests that Disney will report stronger-than-expected earnings for its fiscal third quarter next Tuesday. [ FULL ARTICLE ]


ALICE IN SAFETYLAND
Disneyland's Alice in Wonderland ride is still closed while safety handrails are installed on the ride's elevated outdoor portion of track. The new handrails look pretty generic with Alice-style leaf cutouts attached.


Hopefully this is just a quick fix until something more appropriate can be installed.









NOT GLOWING AWAY
Over in California Adventure, the popular Glow Fest nighttime dance party will be sticking around past its initial summer run, but will recieve a new name and be re-dressed to fit a TRON theme.


Al Lutz reported on the Glow Fest makeover in his August 3 MiceAge column:
Mathmagicland: Tron-tini
Disneyland’s Entertainment Department, a notorious bunch with more than a twinge of show business attitude, was still furious over the outside contractors that DCA Vice President Mary Niven tapped to quickly design and operate Glow Fest this summer season. As regular readers know, Glow Fest turned out to be the sleeper hit of the summer with both the customer survey statistics and the overflowing cash registers at the glowtini bars, and that left Disneyland’s Entertainment Department quietly seething (or loudly complaining, depending on the day of the week). The result is that the Entertainment Department, suddenly missing a major parade and with a bruised ego, has now been allowed to stage an all-new version of Glow Fest beginning this fall.

The new version of this nighttime street party, to be designed and staffed entirely in-house by the Entertainment Department, currently has the working title “ElecTRONica”. The theme will play up the new TRON movie to be released this Christmas, and some of the same folks from the Studios who pulled off some of the TRON marketing stunts at recent ComicCon events down in San Diego have been consulted for the DCA version. Several elements of the popular Glow Fest will be re-used, like the street team dancers, the go-go girls, and the very successful cocktail bars set up in the middle of the street. ElecTRONica will also use the old Millionaire building in the back of the Hollywood section, to house a TRON themed video arcade. Disneyland’s Entertainment Department is working feverishly on this one, as they want to ensure that their version of this street party is more successful than the outside contractor’s version was, if only to convince the TDA executives to never again use an outside group to provide in-park entertainment. (And those divas have been busy online too, making sure everyone knows what they're doing.)

You would think Disneyland’s Entertainment Department would have been thrilled just to debut the very fancy and lavishly funded new Soundsational parade early in 2011, as that parade is truly the worthy successor to the beloved Parade of Dreams from the 50th celebration. But those outside contractors operating Glow Fest each night were truly a thorn in their side, and the Entertainment Department is simply not going to be able to rest until they are off property at the end of August. Celebrate A Street Party will have its final run this fall, and then close on November 11th to make way for the Christmas Fantasy Parade that starts the following day. Celebrate won’t come back this winter, and there will be a brief lull in the parade schedule for Disneyland until Soundsational can begin in late winter. World of Color is being budgeted for at least one show per night, seven days a week for Fiscal Year 2011, so weeknight showings this January should pick up the slack with no parade at Disneyland until late winter. [ FULL ARTICLE ]

The former Who Wants to be a Millionaire soundstage is expected to become a version of Flynn's Arcade from the film:


And Disney has posted audition information for an August 11 casting call for "contemporary dancers" for the upcoming event on its Disney Auditions web site:

Dancers for New Nighttime Event!
For: Disneyland Resort
Audition City: N. Hollywood, CA
Location: Screenland Studios
Looking For: Dancers Wednesday, August 11, 2010
02:00 PM
Time zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Disney Parks Talent Casting is seeking strong contemporary/hip hop dancers for a new nighttime celebration at the Disneyland Resort. Dancers will perform on stages outside in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and main entrance areas at Disney California Adventure park. Seeking performers of all ethnicities. [ LINK ]


CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
Construction continues at various Disney California Adventure projects...


MALIBOOMER
Disney confirmed the closure dates of the Maliboomer and Mullholland Madness last week via a Disney Parks Blog post. We've had the close dates of these two attractions listed for some time now in our Disney California Adventure Project Tracker, but it is nice to finally have official word from Disney to confirm.


The Maliboomer is now set to close permanently on September 7 following its final day of operation on September 6.


What's interesting is that Disney isn't hiding the reason behind removing the ride, and essentially told Fresno's ABC 30 that the ride was being removed simply for thematic purposes. It's somewhat refreshing to see Disney almost candid on the topic of creating proper theme in DCA.
Disneyland confirms thrill ride to be removed
The Maliboomer tower, which shoots riders 180 feet up in the air in four seconds and then drops them, is being removed next month.

A park spokesperson says the ride doesn't fit in with the new vision for the Paradise Pier area that is currently under renovation. The new architectural theme is "a return to the romance and charm of California's oceanfront playgrounds of the early 1900s."

If you want to ride the Maliboomer again before it's taken down, you'd better act fast. The last day of operation will be September 6. [ FULL ARTICLE ]





Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs was spotted over the weekend getting a final ride on the Maliboomer with his family. Despite his party being ushered onto the attraction from the exit gates by a Disney tour guide, it's nice to see Staggs enjoying the park without posing for an official photo op. Staggs, pictured above at the exit gate in the orange polo.



MULLHOLLAND MADNESS
Not far from the Maliboomer, the tacky Mullholland Madness roller coaster's last day of operation is October 11 before it closes to be re-themed as Goofy's Sky School.





THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE
Construction continues on Ariel's Undersea Adventure, the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction:





























BOUNTIFUL VALLEY FARM
California Adventure's agriculture-themed area, the Bountiful Valley Farm, will move to Yesterland on September 7. The area, which was already downsized once in 2002 when Flik's Fun Fair opened and the area became part of A Bug's Land, will become part of Cars Land. The current buildings will be demolished and the space will be used for the Cars Land's main entrance as well as one of its attractions, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.


The Farmers Market and Sam Andreas Shakes food locations will close permanently





CARS LAND
Meanwhile, Cars Land is already well underway outside the park walls in the former Timon Parking Lot.










Radiator Springs building facades are starting to go up!






Rock work continues to take shape...


And progress can be seen at the large show building for the upcoming Radiator Springs Racers E-Ticket ride



RED CAR TROLLEY
Work continues on the Red Car Trolley track and the new connector path between Flik's Fun Fair and the Hollywood Pictures Backlot









CLOSED FOR REMODELING
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the recently-closed Lost Bar, arcade and dining locations are all getting gutted before the structures are torn down to make way for new amenities. Signage is already down at the Lost Bar...






Croc's Bits & Bites signage is down as well




The game arcade is empty


And the old remote-control jungle boats are gone and the pond is being drained






The Jungle Cruise boathouse has been removed





Over at the Wonder Tower, work continues on the remodel.













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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP

Weekly Theme Park Hours
AUGUST 9 — 15, 2010


Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 11 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Alice in Wonderland: Closed to install safety rails on elevated outdoor portion of ride track. Reopen date unknown, but expected within a "few weeks," according to Disney.
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed August 30 - September 16 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
  • Main Street Vehicles: Closed September 7 - 30 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain: Closed September 12 - 16 to install Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed September 20 - December 16
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed for one day September 22.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 27-30.
  • Star Tours: Closed Star Tours 2 revamp. Reopens May 2011.

Disney California Adventure

  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed August 30 - October 10 to install safety gates in load station.
  • Bountiful Valley Farm area: Closes permanently September 7 for Cars Land construction.
  • Maliboomer: Closes permanently September 7 for removal.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closes September 7 to begin retheme to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Reopens May 2011.
  • Mullholland Madness: Closes October 12 to begin re-theme. Reopens May 2011 as Goofy's Sky School.
  • Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.

Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Arcade (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently July 30 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • Jungle Cruise Remote Control Boats (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently July 31 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • The Lost Bar (Disneyland Hotel) Closed permanently August 1 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel
  • Croc's Bits & Bites (Disneyland Hotel): Closed permanently August 1 as part of Disneyland Hotel remodel




D23 TO HOST MEMBER SHOPPING DAY AT IMAGINEERING
D23 MEMBERS INVITED TO MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE FOR "FRIENDS AND FAMILY" TRADING DAY!
Date: Saturday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What: D23 Members and their guests are invited to meet Marty Sklar and enjoy pin and Vinylmation trading, music and fun on a special Saturday shopping day at Walt Disney Imagineering's exclusive employee store, Mickey's of Glendale. (Due to the proprietary nature of our work, no photography or videotaping is allowed at Walt Disney Imagineering without prior approval.)

Who: D23 Members with valid D23 membership cards can bring up to one (1) guest each.

Where: Mickey's of Glendale and the WDI Campus is located at 1401 Flower Street, Glendale, CA 91201. Entry available through the security gate off of the 1401 Flower visitor parking lot.

ACTIVITIES
Book Signing with Marty Sklar
Marty Sklar will sign the new book Walt Disney Imagineering — A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
For the full article, visit: D23: MICKEY'S OF GLENDALE "FRIENDS AND FAMILY" TRADING DAY!



TONY BAXTER AND OTHERS TALK TECHNOLOGY AT DISNEYLAND
Here's an interesting read from Today's Facility Manager about technology trends and the Disneyland Resort:
Technology Trends: The Mechanics Behind The Magic
From its televised preview back in 1955 to its recurring backdrop as the opening to The Wonderful World of Disney (which ran on the ABC network until 2008), Disneyland has been in the public eye for more than a half a century. During that time, this theme park—the only one designed and built under the direction of Walt Disney himself—has hosted the largest cumulative number of guests compared to any other place of its kind. It has also been the testing ground for some of the most innovative technology, due to the work of the talented engineers (or “Imagineers” as they’re referred to in Disney lingo), facilities people, and business partners who have contributed to the aesthetically sensitive evolution of this iconic site.

So how do the members of this team collaborate on key decisions that keep Disneyland on the cutting edge? That story is shared through this roundtable interview with key personnel involved in the “The Happiest Place On Earth”—from conception to operation to maintenance.

Roundtable Participants
Tony Baxter, senior vice president of creative development, Walt Disney Imagineering
Mike Colotti, vice president of brand management and marketing communications, OSRAM SYLVANIA
Frank Dela Vara, director of environmental affairs and conservation, Disneyland Resort
Rich Langhorst, vice president, facilities and operations services, Disneyland Resort
Doug McIntyre, director of show development and production, Disney Creative Entertainments
Kent Sheranian, principal lighting designer, Walt Disney Imagineering
Jeff Vahle, senior vice president, facilities and operations services, Disney Parks and Resorts

Q. Disneyland is the first destination of its kind in terms of scale and scope. Has it helped or hurt being in this position as a “Walt” park (a property designed and built under Disney’s direction)? Are there more rules? And do you have certain criteria you use to introduce concepts and keep things fresh?

Baxter: When Walt created this park, he put it in California because he was in California. And due to proximity, there’s a synergy between the film studio and Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), and Disneyland operations that allows us to come back and forth and experiment. That’s how Walt wanted it. If something new was launched one afternoon, he could come down here, check it out under the lighting at night, sleep in his apartment (which is still maintained on Main Street), and then go back up to the studio in the morning.

As a result, we have many rides and attractions here at Disneyland that are not in any of the other parks: the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Alice in Wonderland, Storybook Land Canal Boats. There’s also a charm and tightness and a wealth of things to do at Disneyland. It’s ultra rich.

Sheranian: And attractions are updated all of the time.

Baxter: Our challenge, when we add things, is to make them appear naturally. The worst thing we could do is make it look like an intrusion on the environment, considering it has been so richly thought out and lovingly cared for over the past 55 years.

Most of our rides and attractions happen indoors so we can control that environment and deliver the optimum experience to guests. But on the outside, we have to create something that’s always attractive, looks new, and fits into a particular atmosphere.

Does it not only fit into Disneyland, but then does it fit in the logical subset of Fantasyland or Adventureland? These are things we ask ourselves a lot stronger in California, because there is that level we have to uphold not only for ourselves but also for a very discriminating audience.

Sheranian: Our clientele here at this park is extremely discriminating. We get much more critical issues written up on the Internet for our part, because guests come and visit Disneyland multiple times in a year.

McIntyre: The reality of the theme park business here at Disneyland is that we need new products, attractions, and entertainment experiences to give our guests reasons to come back. A ride has an approximate five year development cycle and can cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars. Smaller special events can be turned around faster.
For the full article, visit: Today's Facility Manager: Technology Trends — The Mechanics Behind The Magic





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  1. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
  2. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Nice update!
  3. toemblem's Avatar
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    The new ticket prices also included the introduction of a new ticket; a two-day, one-park option that works like the annual Southern California 2fer ticket, allowing access to one park per day for two days.
    That is an interesting option but it looks to only be a 1$ savings.
  4. cap10hook72's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update! I'm afraid some parts of the update have left me feeling quite sad...

    I'm going to miss Bountiful Valley Farms. I always thought the area could be a great place to showcase California's beautiful and bountiful farmlands and its produce, but sadly it is not to be! Though I enjoy it as stands is now, I was sincerely hoping the area was going to get some love and attention during Phase 2 of the DCA renovation. I will miss the Farmers Market restaurant (yummy fries and wraps!) and the Sam Andreas Shakes, both had great food options. I'm really bummed it's leaving...

    And what is going on at Alice in Wonderland??? What are those tarp-like covers for? Ugh, this safety-rail issue is getting ugly, quite literally.

    And sayonara Maliboomer, you will not be missed.
  5. DisWedWay's Avatar
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    Looking back through my collection of postcards from famouse California Waterside Parks, and other out of state destinations, I see a familiar site. That would be the Skyway Buckets overhead. Since DCA is turning back the clock to better times, maybe the Skyway should reappear???
  6. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    Bet the missing arcade games from the Disneyland Hotel renovation turn up in the "new" Flynn's Arcade when it opens at DCA.
  7. Jolly Green Giant's Avatar
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    Its been fun reading these Dateline updates over the last couple years as the DCA construction grinds on. I've almost forgot what Paradise Pier looked like when it first opened.

    It would be interesting to see a before/after photo comparison of the different areas of PP once construction is completed.
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    The update was wonderful. Good time for summer reading.
    1. Mulholland Madness was fun, abeit a bit tacky.
    2. Any major finds from draining the hotel ponds?
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    Am I the only one bothered how the Entertainment department is constantly referred to as being divas because they're upset over the outside contractors for Glowfest? If your company hired an outside contractor to temporarily do your job, wouldn't you be pretty upset?
  10. 10/6's Avatar
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    I love reading these roundtables. Although when pulling up the full article I chuckled to read "Snow White's Castle on Main Street". HAHAHA!
  11. Awe_inspired's Avatar
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    Another superb update. I can't see removing Maliboomer to just replace it with a sitting area.
    http://tinyurl.com/newboomer has no romance nor charm?
  12. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Great update! It would be great to get a hold of one of those RC Jungle Cruise boats from the hotel.
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    So who here thinks ElecTRONica is going to be the DL Entertainment division trying just a bit too hard to top Glowfest?
  14. pinkertonfloyd's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirbilicious
    Am I the only one bothered how the Entertainment department is constantly referred to as being divas because they're upset over the outside contractors for Glowfest? If your company hired an outside contractor to temporarily do your job, wouldn't you be pretty upset?
    Agreed, and personally, I didn't like GlowFest... it didn't have the Disney feel to it (and I personally could tell it was being run by non-disney employees). I'm personally looking forward to see what Entertainment will do with it. I thought it had potential, but it was too much of a non-Disney "Rave" like atmosphere (and putting Pixar Videos "remixed" doesn't magically turn it into a Disney experience).

    I think the reviews go well because I watched the pollsters, and they seemed to be only asking a certain type of person who was hanging around (basically teens-early 20's), they never seemed to ask the "passerby" or anyone above 30 for their opinion). This I think is making the numbers go a bit higher, in fact one of the nights I was there, it was nearly a Ghost-Town in Glow Fest, while the rest of the park was quite busy.
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    But, the main question I have is where can I get a Corn Dog in DCA once Bountiful Valley Farm closes. The dogs were moved there when the Corn Dog Castle closed. I really hope they find a new home, they're yummy!
  16. DisWedWay's Avatar
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    I just checked Mammoth Mountains Ski Resort lift ticket prices. An Adult 1 day ticket is $87.00 (age 19 to 64)
    A Child 1 day lift ticket is $68.00 (age 13 to18)
    Seniors (65 and above) are $43.00 for 1 day
    Kids (7 to 12) are $43.00 a day also
    So you can see how this compares to Disneyland's 1 day tickets which usually follow the ski lift ticket prices and yearly adjustments.
  17. Disneyland4Eva's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by cap10hook72
    Thanks for the update! I'm afraid some parts of the update have left me feeling quite sad...

    I'm going to miss Bountiful Valley Farms. I always thought the area could be a great place to showcase California's beautiful and bountiful farmlands and its produce, but sadly it is not to be! Though I enjoy it as stands is now, I was sincerely hoping the area was going to get some love and attention during Phase 2 of the DCA renovation. I will miss the Farmers Market restaurant (yummy fries and wraps!) and the Sam Andreas Shakes, both had great food options. I'm really bummed it's leaving...

    And what is going on at Alice in Wonderland??? What are those tarp-like covers for? Ugh, this safety-rail issue is getting ugly, quite literally.

    And sayonara Maliboomer, you will not be missed.
    I agree!BFV was a small area I always enjoyed looking around at and enjoying Sam Andreas Shakes as well as the Market Place.I think that was one of the problems initially with DCA is that in the BFV,Grizzly Peak and SF areas they didn't allow themselves room to grow or expand in those particular areas.I thought at least a Living with our Land Boat Ride(CA Agriculture)and a fun Home On The Range themed indoor/outdoor walk thru Barn petting zoo would have been a good idea in BFV.Yah never really liked the Mailboomer either though I thought it fit thematically in this first version of PP.Maybe not in the updated one though.
  18. BassBone's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkertonfloyd
    Agreed, and personally, I didn't like GlowFest... it didn't have the Disney feel to it (and I personally could tell it was being run by non-disney employees). I'm personally looking forward to see what Entertainment will do with it. I thought it had potential, but it was too much of a non-Disney "Rave" like atmosphere (and putting Pixar Videos "remixed" doesn't magically turn it into a Disney experience).

    I think the reviews go well because I watched the pollsters, and they seemed to be only asking a certain type of person who was hanging around (basically teens-early 20's), they never seemed to ask the "passerby" or anyone above 30 for their opinion). This I think is making the numbers go a bit higher, in fact one of the nights I was there, it was nearly a Ghost-Town in Glow Fest, while the rest of the park was quite busy.
    I was there on Friday and Glowfest was packed to the gills. It was nearly impossible to walk down the sidewalks and there were huge crowds dancing in the street. I think it depends on the time of evening and the day of the week.
  19. toonaspie's Avatar
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    Whoa! I never realized before how close in proximity Mullohand Madness is to the Grand Californian. That's certaintly not a pleasant area of the hotel to have a room in if you need an afternoon nap.
  20. michael darling's Avatar
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    Wonder how much Lost Bar signage and Jungle Cruise House and boats will go for.....unless that dude from Finding KraftLand snatches them up.

    We watched the Silly Symphony Swings all those months, thru its changes. But I never read how the guests enjoyed the new experience. Unless its the same old swings. I don't recall reading about what music is played...although I saw a photo of the lightning effects at night. Are folks liking it?
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