2/08: Toy Story Mania!, Valentine's Day merch, and odds and ends around the parks.
by, 02-08-2008 at 12:37 AM
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The display windows at the World of Disney store have ditched their Year of a Million Dreams-themed designs and now sport a really cool new "hand drawn" theme.
In each window, an larger-than-life Mickey hand is drawing things on his animation table, and it is magically becoming 3D as he draws. This window shows Mickey drawing Disneyland's own Sleeping Beauty Castle.
In this window, Mickey is drawing his own home
Here, Minnie's house
And in this window, he's creating Tink's world of Disney Fairies.
INCREASINGLY OBNOXIOUS DREAMS
But while some Dreams decor goes away for some better-designed offerings, other Dreams decorations continue to pop up. Last week you saw the new decorations installed at the security tents... well, if these decorations weren't in-your-face enough, they now feature DreamSparkles, adding another layer to their obnoxiousness.
All of the security tents have these decorations.
Each one with a different "WhereSpeak" phrase.
Don't get me wrong. I think it's great that Disneyland is trying to get the message out there that the Year of a Million Dreams is going on. But I think the recent decor is a mis-guided effort. People still aren't getting a clear message on what, exactly, the campaign is. All they're seeing is a bunch of clouds and pixie dust and the Year of a Million Dreams logo. But still no clear-cut message on what the promotion is all about!
The Harbor Blvd pedestrian entrance marquee also got more DreamDecor as well, including DreamSparkles and a Tink figure similar to the one in the new Floral Mickey.
That's not Sleeping Beauty Castle!
TOY STORY MANIA!
Toy Story Mania work continues. New trees were recently added in front of the facade. This addition is another look at a change in DCA's creative design. Trees, save for palms, were almost unheard of on Paradise Pier prior to Toy Story Mania!, and the lack of shade is definitely a harsh reality during Anaheim's hot summer months.
New lighting fixtures are another step up from Paradise Pier's original design aesthetic.
VALENTINE'S DAY AND NEW DREAMS MERCH
Need a last-minute Valentine's Day gift for your someone special? Disneyland has a couple Valentine's Day themed offerings.
Plush - $10
Magnetic Photo Frame - $6
Chocolates - $2.75 / Sucker - $2.25
Mickeys and Hearts bracelet - $6
There are a few new Year of a Million Dreams merch offerings as well.
Men's t-shirt (with a strange red blur in the clouds) - $20
Magnet - $6
Light-up frame - $12
Shotglass/Toothpick holder - $6
Keychain - $10
Valentine's Day fudge - $10
The fudge is made in the park along with the hand-made heart-shaped candy canes
THIS AND THAT
A brief refurbishment of the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor ended this week.
It is now re-open for business
Work on the re-built Fort Wilderness continues.
[Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael]
The place still looks underwhelming.
[Photo: David "Darkbeer" Michael]
And the outside of Space Mountain is still a mess
I thought they got rid of the 1998 paint scheme?
And finally, a Cold Stone Creamery is opening up across the street from the Harbor Blvd pedestrian entrance.
It'll be built into the Park Vue Inn.
Alright, that's it for this week's Dateline Disneyland. Thanks again for reading, and be sure to leave your comments below.
See you at the parks!