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2/01: Dream Suite, Toy Story Mania!, Grand Californian, more merchandise, +MORE

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by , 01-31-2008 at 10:32 PM
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The entra plaza security tents have gotten new Year of a Million Dreams decorations.


Over 15 months into the promotion, and Disney is still rolling out new decorations. Wouldn't it have been more effective to have the campaign planned out accordingly and have everything rolled out around the same time?





SUITE DREAMS
The Disneyland Dream Suite is officially finished and is now being given away to winning families visiting the Resort as part of the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway. Most of us have already been up in the space at some point during the last 20 years when it was the Disney Gallery - but the space looks very different now. The new Suite has sparked some heated discussion on the MiceChat boards, some members think the place is tacky, while others find the Suite to be just right.

Disney released some publicity photos of the new Dream Suite, showcasing the lush furnishings, fancy lighting effects, and luxury accommodations.

You can also see some alternate views of the Suite and some more information at LA Times columnist Brady McDonald's Funland theme park blog.



Entry parlor


Adventureland-themed master bedroom


The Adventureland room features dazzling lighting effects featuring a starry night sky, projected "waterfalls," and visions of Peter Pan, Hook's pirate ship, and mermaids.


The Frontierland-themed room comes complete with a model train that magically begins chugging around the room, bringing the small vignettes to life as it passes by.


This is one of the master bathrooms, which features a Fantasyland theme


The gothic arches framing the bathtub are reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty Castle, and the stained glass depicts Aurora.


The bayou-themed central courtyard features overhead Chinese lanterns.




And the balcony gives the well-known and incredible views of New Orleans Square, Tom Sawyer Island, and Frontierland.




HAPPY HAUNTS
The Haunted Mansion has is once again open after removing the attraction's annual holiday overlay.




The show is mostly unchanged, save for a few lighting enhancements and a couple returned lines of Ghost Host narration. The most noticeable enhancement is the addition of the new designs to the speed ramps throughout the attraction.



TOY STORY MANIA!


Ceiling fans have been installed at the load/unload areas of Toy Story Mania!











GRAND CALIFORNIAN EXPANSION
Construction on the Grand Californian expansion continues.










MORE RETRO WEAR & ART ON DEMAND
Retro men's shirt - $22


Kid's shirt (front and back) $19


Kid's hoodie - $34


Stationary set - $8


Photo clutch - $14


Women's shirt - $28


Women's Pajamas - $36


Retro pins - $8.95







This new line of women's tees have been released - $28 each




A couple new women's jackets:



Two new Print-On-Demand kiosks have been added to the Disneyana shop on Main Street. Kiosks like this used to be featured at the Disney Gallery, however, these kiosks no longer feature the wide selection of Disneyland concept art that the Disney Gallery kiosks did. Instead, a smaller selection of attraction posters and various character art is available.

Unlike the Disney Gallery, where you picked up your framed pieces the same day, the return time is longer; around two to three weeks. Because of this, Disney ships your orders to you.


The sign says "The Art of Disney Theme Parks," but in reality, you'll find very little of that here.






The framing selection is smaller here, too



And finally, the floral Mickey's lighting feature at the entrance to the park has been slightly altered. Previously, the display featured several varying lighting patterns, but it now sticks to the main sequence. Also, a couple LEDs around Tink are now continuously on so that she is lit throughout the evening.



Okay, that's it for this week's Dateline Disneyland. Thanks for reading, and be sure to share your comments below!

See you at the parks!

- Andy

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Updated 02-01-2008 at 01:14 AM by Dateline Disneyland

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  1. nemofinder22's Avatar
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    Wow that is a great shot of HM! Keep up the great work!
  2. peoplemover1's Avatar
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    Great DD this week. I too love the HM shot!

    I'm so glad to see the flying ghosts are back in the Ballroom!!!

  3. okerry's Avatar
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    Those are the ugliest clothes I have ever seen anywhere.

    I'm just sayin'.
  4. danyoung's Avatar
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    Hey, I like the retro look. But then I'm a retro kinda guy . . .
  5. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by okerry
    Those are the ugliest clothes I have ever seen anywhere.

    I'm just sayin'.
    I think a couple of the retro designs are okay. The faded retro men's shirt is decent. But its true that for a long time, Disneyland hasn't had any well-designed clothing options...
  6. Todd R's Avatar
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    Gotta admit I love the Dream Suite. But what do they do with you at night. Do they post a guard outside of the suite so you don't go around DISNEYLAND after its closed?
  7. MrTaste's Avatar
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    there will be a special concierge to take you on any after hours rambling through the park you might like to do.
  8. Dustysage's Avatar
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    I really like the Dream Suite as well. Thanks for the fantastic report MG. Amazing as always!

    -Dusty
  9. Nancy Carey's Avatar
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    The dream suite looks cool. I especially like the train, it looks super cute. Thanks for sharing.
  10. whamo's Avatar
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    Thank you for the photographs. I love the Disney T-shirts.
  11. mojavewolfpup's Avatar
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    attention all space mountain wreckers/moaners/complainers:

    it's finally getting some painting done. outside top concourse tree planter boxes are getting white paint applied, inside walls on the queue line closest to the unload area are being painted also.

    as for me (not that anyone listens here) I just spent 6 1/2 hours of my shift cleaning all the walls in the "battery/ship charging area" (whatever that blue room is with all the chasing lights in the lifting areas) all the way up to the giant asteroid. cleaning them of what you may ask? Spit, and lots of it.

    Please note: the walls are not for spitting on. kinda ironic to see so much complaining about how trashed space mountain is, when it's most likely the very complainers moaning about it doing the trashing.

    *shakes head* sad to see it so torn up. bet $5 I go in tonight again and it looks like a spit bomb heaven. not talking about spit wads, literal spit all over the place. it's not gum or grease or dripping water, definitely spit.

    It's as much of the guests responsibility for keeping rides fresh and new as the worker bees who descend upon the park into every nook and cranny after you go back to your warm bed....
  12. TweedlDum9's Avatar
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    Lest we forget all the garish neon-colored flourishes and ugly fairy wings, the "Where Dreams Come True" campaign WAS completely thought-out and originally installed a year ago.

    The Disneyland teams pushed back against corporate to get the ugly crap taken out and the new blue & silver "Year of a Million Dreams" decor was designed in-house.

    Yes, the new bag check banners do have some of the original WDCT lines on them, but they're designed to match the Disneyland-specific YOMD decor.
  13. travelmom's Avatar
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    Thank you!
    Beautiful pics
  14. s8ntmark's Avatar
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    Ill bet the Print on Demand will go back to its old turn around time when the Disney Gallery reopens at the Plaza Pavilion.
  15. tigersmsk's Avatar
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    Great report. I'm into the men's retro shirt. Personally I think the Dream Suite looks pretty cool. How many people can u get in there?
  16. Disneymooner's Avatar
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    I LOVE that Peace, Love, Mickey shirt!!! Please somebody tell me I can get one online somewhere??
  17. StrikeYerColors's Avatar
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    uh oh, i think i might have to buy those pajamas. i saw them last week, and now i'm reminded of them here! pretty cute.

    great update!
  18. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mohavewolfpup
    as for me (not that anyone listens here) I just spent 6 1/2 hours of my shift cleaning all the walls in the "battery/ship charging area" (whatever that blue room is with all the chasing lights in the lifting areas) all the way up to the giant asteroid. cleaning them of what you may ask? Spit, and lots of it.

    Please note: the walls are not for spitting on. kinda ironic to see so much complaining about how trashed space mountain is, when it's most likely the very complainers moaning about it doing the trashing.
    Yes, I spit in and vandalize the place just so I can take photos of it.

    That's absolutely absurd.

    It sounds like while I moan about the lack up upkeep at Space Mountain, someone else is moaning about their job.


    Quote Originally Posted by Disneymooner
    I LOVE that Peace, Love, Mickey shirt!!! Please somebody tell me I can get one online somewhere??
    You can call Disneyland DelivEars and order it over the phone: 1-800-362-4533.
  19. mojavewolfpup's Avatar
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    [QUOTE]Yes, I spit in and vandalize the place just so I can take photos of it.

    That's absolutely absurd.

    It sounds like while I [I]moan[/I] about the lack up upkeep at Space Mountain, someone else is [I]moaning[/I] about their job[/QUOTE]

    here's a tip: hire into night custodial and you'll quickly see why barely any crap gets done around the place. the moment someone trys to do something to improve the upkeep of the place, leads (fancy term for middle management slag, the classic company killer) swoop in and crush it. so do managers.

    current battle right now is the floor scrubbing of bathrooms to remove all the ground in dirt and other stuff in the tile grout. left alone, it blackens and starts stinking bad, but what do the people in the trenches know? nothing of course :thumbdown

    night custodial has a high turn over for a reason. discard the idiots who think they can work a night job and party at the block at orange and wherever else current crappy modern music bands play, that leaves those who want to clean the park efficiently but quickly get kicked in the teeth and alienated for any initative taken.

    Next time the lights come on in space mountain while riding around, really take a look around at all the massive dust buildup in it. I'd be rushing for a vacuum cleaner to get started on it, but then i'll be blasted for it being not part of our department detail. Hmm, the department that is supposed to do tasks like that won't do it, so who is going to do it..... :???:
  20. moldtester's Avatar
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    Excellent job on pictures
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