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Halloween Time, A Good Look at Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Hotel progress +MORE!

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by , 09-26-2011 at 03:08 AM
Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort with the return of the popular Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy attractions. Yet, the big news this week wasn't the return of the annual holiday offerings, but the updated Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar in Disney California Adventure. The preview center's new exhibit focuses on the park's new Buena Vista Street main entrance plaza, which will take guests back to an idealized version of 1920s Los Angeles. The displays give guests a sneak peek into the creative process as construction crews build the new land just on the other side of the park. Elsewhere at the Resort, work continues on California Adventure's Cars Land project as well as the Disneyland Hotel remodel.

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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Halloween Time is now in full swing at Disneyland! Crowds are light during the week, but if you can only visit on a weekend, some touring help from our friends at Touring Plans might be a good idea!



Light crowd levels continue throughout the late September off-season weekdays, but pick up on the weekends as crowds take advantage of Disneyland's popular Halloween Time offerings. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

— Fred Hazelton Statistician, TouringPlans.com


Crowd Calendar Prediction
Crowd Tips
DISNEYLAND RESORT
Mon., Sept. 26
2/10
Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
  • Partial blockouts this weekend.
  • Resort-wide crowd hit their peak on Sunday with 6-level crowds.
  • Disneyland park's lowest days will be Tuesday and Thursday, when it's a 1.1.
Tue., Sept. 27
3/10
Wed., Sept. 28
2/10
Thu., Sept. 29
2/10
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Disneyland launched its annual Halloween season last week with the usual jack-o-lantern decorations and orange bunting along Main Street, U.S.A.














The Main Street Photo Supply is behind some tarps for repainting.



Back in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch has its annual pumpkin carvers and Halloween decorations. The Big Thunder Ranch marquee is still missing, however.








The pumpkin carvers create some great Disney character jack-o-lanterns





In New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland, the Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy holiday overlays are back and popular with guests.





REFURB ROUND-UP
A look at the current refurbishments and construction projects underway at Disneyland.

TOMORROWLAND REPAVING
In Tomorrowland, the repaving work in front of Captain EO and Space Mountain has wrapped up. The gray cement that has slowly been making its way through Tomorrowland has replaced the red pavers in the area.





PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN REFURBISHMENT
Over in New Orleans Square, Pirates remains closed for a refurbishment that will stretch into November.


Work being done at the attraction's exit





FRONTIERLAND BOARDWALK
Nearby in Frontierland, the boardwalk along the west-side shops continues its refurbishment as portions around the Golden Horseshoe have been completed.







CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...




BUENA VISTA STREET
Construction continues on the major Buena Vista Street project at the front of Disney California Adventure park.




From outside the park, you can catch glimpses of gutted buildings along the former Sunshine Plaza


Inside the park, you can see more of the progress...


The former Engine Ears Toys shop




Greetings from California has been gutted




A look at the Carthay Circle Theater


You can spot newly added features from Mickey's Fun Wheel



A look toward the Carthay Circle area from the Monorail


And a view of the park's main entrance from the Monorail



A new planter has been added in front of the Condor Flats marquee. It's a nice little addition.


New palm trees at the Red Car Trolley station/pump house




A GOOD LOOK AT BUENA VISTA STREET
The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar reopened on Friday after a brief closure in which the Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure exhibits were replaced with new displays previewing the upcoming Buena Vista Street area.




The exhibit is largely dedicated to the park's new entryway, with only a small mention of Cars Land.


As you enter, three great new attraction posters for the park are on display: the Red Car Trolley, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Soarin' Over California















Buena Vista Street elevations




Red Car Trolley details











Buena Vista Street cast member costumes















Buena Vista Street shop facades and interiors










Carthay Circle Theater renderings and historical photos










Historical reference photos







A large display case has sketches, tile samples, facade models, and floor plans of various shops and dining locations along Buena Vista Street. The display gives an interesting look at what the creative process may have been like when the Imagineers were working on this project.









Also on display are the Buena Vista Street scale model and "Storytellers" Walt and Mickey statue that were on display at this year's D23 Expo.











At the back of the Cellar, the viewing room has a slick new video playing previewing Buena Vista Street.



The Cellar also gives a small sneak peek at the marquee designs coming soon to the Disneyland Hotel towers. Here, a look at the Adventure Tower's marquee:





HOLLYWOOD LAND
Back in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, walls are still up at one of the entrances to the "Hollywood Studios" portion of the land, which also serves as the hub of ElecTRONica, which is set to return from its hiatus this weekend.


The back entrance to Hollywood Studios now has a new ElecTRONica sign.



PARADISE PIER
On Paradise Pier, California Screamin is still closed for refurbishment, but the roller coaster's new loop has been installed.




New blue paint continues to replace the old teal paint





CARS LAND
Construction in Cars Land continues...














Luigi's garden is going in at the queue to the Flying Tires attraction


The Courthouse












The backside of the Cars Land mountain rage that overlooks Paradise Pier is starting to take shape now.


It's expected to look like a wind-swept sea bluff rising next to Paradise Pier when completed





iDateline
An App Review — Disney Photo a Day


Today we take a look at a new iPhone app hitting the App store. Available starting today, the Disney Photo a Day app is a project from the folks who run DisneyPhotographyBlog.com and who co-authored the great Fireworks Photography eBook we recently reviewed here in Dateline Disneyland. Do note that for the purposes of this review, Dateline Disneyland received a free copy of this app.



The new Disney Photo of the Day app from master Disney fan photographers Cory Disbrow and Adam Hansen is a nice addition to the growing list of Disney theme park apps. Somewhat refreshingly, the app doesn't try to offer news or wait time information (there are plenty of apps that do that, the best of which is—in our opinion—Touring Plans' LINES app). Instead the app simply offers really fantastic images from Disney's theme parks in a "photo-a-day" format. The photos are gorgeous and are accompanied by a short photo description. Of course, you can view photos from previous days and you can also tap to get a randomly-selected photo.



The app is quite simple, but offers high-quality daily content in a well-designed interface. The big selling point of this app is, for me, the ability to save high quality versions of the image that are suitable for use as wallpaper on your phone. An added bonus is that the photos come without pesky watermarks that would otherwise ruin a great image and be an annoyance as part of your iPhone's wallpaper. The app also has built-in sharing features that allow you to Tweet, share on Facebook, or e-mail any photo with a quick tap of the finger.



Also useful is the app's "Favorites" feature, which allows you save a list of your favorite photos that can be accessed at any time in the future. So, if you really like today's photo-of-the-day, but aren't ready to change your background from yesterday's image, then just add it to your favorites and you can come back to it later. It would be great to see this app expanded in the future; a photo tip-of-the-day would compliment the daily photo quite well, and would enhance the value of this app. Still, at an introductory price of only $1.99 it's not a bad idea to try this app out. It's less than that pumpkin spice latte you picked up on the way to work today and you'll be getting a great little taste of Disney every day on your iPhone.

For more information or to purchase the app, visit www.DisneyPhotoApp.com!




DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel remodel...


Mickey-shaped holes in the wall give guests a view of the work-in-progress





The Fantasy Tower's lobby continues to get remodeled...


The new look of the main lobby:


The Fantasia Shop




New Fantasy Tower furniture


E-Ticket Pool area






Adventure Tower entrance










THIS & THAT
Duffy's photo op on Paradise Pier got a makeover for Halloween.




Last year's popular Mickey ghost popcorn buckets are back again





The merchandise carts along the temporary entrance in DCA have been replaced with bigger display cases





And finally, the Disneyland marquee at the Harbor Blvd pedestrian entrance is behind tarps as it gets repainted.






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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP
Weekly Theme Park Hours
September 26 — October 2, 2011

Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
Monday-Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 8 pm - 7 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday-Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar

Expected Crowd Levels presented by TouringPlans.com
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure
LOW-MEDIUM 1.1—5.7 out of 10
MEDIUM 4.6—6.4 out of 10
Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

For daily crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Disneyland Monorail: Running on a shortened schedule due to Buena Vista Street construction. Monorail opens late at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monorail operates normally Saturday and Sunday.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 26 — 28 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world": Closed October 24 — November 10 to install holiday overlay.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean and Blue Bayou Restaurant: Closed through November 23 for refurbishment.

Disney California Adventure

  • Redwood Challenge Creek Trail: Closed October 3 — 28 for refurbishment.
  • California Screamin': Closed through October 14 for refurbishment and loop replacement.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! Closed October 24 — November 11 for refurbishment.
  • Sunshine Plaza: Main entrance plaza and related dining, retail and guest services are closed. Space will reopen as Buena Vista Street in 2012.
  • Red Car Trolley: Attraction set to open spring 2012.

Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

  • Fantasyland Tower lobby areas, Never Land Pool, Adventure Tower-area walkways: Areas closed for remodel and re-theming. Hotel remodel set to be completed in November 2011.



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  1. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    I've been "out of the loop" for a while. Just why was the loop replaced? Other coasters at other parks never seem to have the drastic "surgery" that Screamin' is undergoing. What was so bad that the loop had to be replaced?
  2. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazee4mm
    I've been "out of the loop" for a while. Just why was the loop replaced? Other coasters at other parks never seem to have the drastic "surgery" that Screamin' is undergoing. What was so bad that the loop had to be replaced?
    The loop had been a problem for the park almost from the beginning, requiring lots of nightly welding and repairs. It has been noted that the most expensive attraction in the resort to maintain was California Screamin' (which doesn't have any real theme elements or special effects). The new loop appears to be a bit more teardrop shaped than the previous rounded loop. My guess is that the new design will create less stress on the structure.
  3. DisneyResort's Avatar
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    Here's my prediction with Buena Vista Street when it opens. Lots of locals will be showing up dressed in 1930's - 1940's attire and they will hang out at Buena Vista Street, making it difficult to distinguish them from the [B]real [/B]Cast Members. Then Disney will have to amend their policy against anyone over the age of nine from dressing in costume to include period specific attire.
  4. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  5. bamato's Avatar
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    Excellent update! Thanks for the pictures of Blue Sky. I've been anxious to make it in there ever since the put all the new Buena Vista Street stuff in it.
  6. Internitty's Avatar
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    How bad do I want a Red Car Trolley poster!!! Thank you for all the great images from the new Blue Sky Cellar display I'll be returning all week to examine them again and again.

    Lots of locals will be showing up dressed in 1930's - 1940's attire and they will hang out at Buena Vista Street, making it difficult to distinguish them from the real Cast Members.
    I TOTALLY want to do that! I'm not local though... I do have a large suitcase though
  7. DisneylandMaster's Avatar
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    If you ask me, they should've taken this time to redo some of California Screamin' and help make it what it's supposed to be, even though they had a very short period.
  8. MickeysImagination's Avatar
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    I would like add something regarding the loops structure from Screamin'. Loops, especially the 360 deg. loops, must be replaced on a periodic basis. Typically the upper half is removed and a new piece installed, though the entrance and exit tracks from the loop will be replaced as well. My understanding of this has to do with the self-supporting structure of the loop and the repeated forces exerted on to this structure; over time the structure will become fatigued. We often do not see these changes, since quite a few of these procedures are performed during the off season when the regional parks are closed.

    As for maintenance, all parks will typically visually inspect tack joints and structural members on a daily basis. The maintenance procedures will also call for the structure to be x-rayed or some other more stringent inspection of the structure.

    -Justin
  9. TodAZ1's Avatar
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    How bad do I want a Red Car Trolley poster!!!
    Probably as much as I do!!
  10. Eric5675's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyResort
    Here's my prediction with Buena Vista Street when it opens. Lots of locals will be showing up dressed in 1930's - 1940's attire and they will hang out at Buena Vista Street, making it difficult to distinguish them from the real Cast Members. Then Disney will have to amend their policy against anyone over the age of nine from dressing in costume to include period specific attire.
    Another shot at locals. Surprised he didn't say APs. Don't you think this is absurd. I think they're coming closer to amending board policies to include locals as a stereotype. So arrogant...
  11. Disneyphenom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyResort
    Here's my prediction with Buena Vista Street when it opens. Lots of locals will be showing up dressed in 1930's - 1940's attire and they will hang out at Buena Vista Street, making it difficult to distinguish them from the real Cast Members. Then Disney will have to amend their policy against anyone over the age of nine from dressing in costume to include period specific attire.
    Yep, because that's just the sort of thing "locals" do all the time. Because up until this time, they were dressing in their Victorian finest and hanging out on Main Street, USA... just because they didn't have a place to wear their '30s era clothing.
  12. jpg391's Avatar
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    Great update.
  13. Dizzey's Avatar
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    "In New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland, the Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy holiday overlays are back and popular with guests."

    Great update. For the record though, I really hate the Nightmare Before Christmas H.M. overlay. Here's why... my family and I can only get to Disneyland around Thanksgiving or Christmas. School and summer jobs kill most other times. So for the past 5 years or so we could ONLY see the H.M. when the overlay is on. We really miss the floating Leota head, the grave digger and skinny dog, the fabulous "murderous bride attic" scene, and all the other classics. We feel that Nightmare really wasn't that great of a movie in the first place. The concept is weird. I would say "un-Disneylike," but the company has taken a broader, more profitable theme over the years.

    Anyway, we REALLY wish that Disney could run the overlay every-other-year. Wouldn't that make it more "special" for those who get to visit more frequently ? I'm sure attendence jumps when the attraction changes, but I wonder if it would jump even higher if the overlay were every-other-year? They should also consider that ridership = 0 when the attraction is down for the changes. In any case we generally skip the attraction altogether when it's N.M.B.C. Anyone else feel this way?
  14. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Great update! Love the new posters.
  15. FredSimmons's Avatar
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    Thanks, very nice update.

    Loved the detailed designs for Buena Vista at the Blue Sky preview.

    Interesting that the new statue of Walt & Mickey near the entrance to DCA seems to be facing away from those entering the park...

    The Electronica sign atop the new Hollywood gates undermines the efforts the designers obviously took to give those gates an old-fashioned Art Deco/Moderne look. Let's hope it comes down before the Buena Vista project is completed.

    I don't normally notice furniture, especially hotel furniture, but those purple chairs with uneven white spots (at the Fantasy tower) are horrific, and have to go. How on earth did that ever get past the top brass?
  16. Coheteboy's Avatar
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    Is it just me or is that new Blue Sky Cellar video really tugging on my heartstrings?!!! Golden Dreams 2?! It's supposed to be this amazing new land and it makes me want to cry when they start talking about their families! Blast it, Disney!
  17. RollingBoulder's Avatar
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    Dizzey:
    I do like NBC and enjoy the overlay, but if I had a choice, I would definitely rather ride the original version. Usually one ride per year on HMH is good enough for me (if I can get down there).

    I'm assuming that they are still working on the final details in that portion of the Fantasy Tower lobby. Some sort of wall dressing on that newly blank wall is a must.
  18. FredSimmons's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyResort
    Here's my prediction with Buena Vista Street when it opens. Lots of locals will be showing up dressed in 1930's - 1940's attire and they will hang out at Buena Vista Street, making it difficult to distinguish them from the real Cast Members. Then Disney will have to amend their policy against anyone over the age of nine from dressing in costume to include period specific attire.
    Yes, that's a constant problem at the parks. In Adventureland, the locals are always wearing pith helmets and carrying whips. They hang out in droves near the Haunted Mansion, dressed like undertakers. And many of them are now posing as Boba Fett and R2D2 in Tomorrowland. I suppose it was inevitable that the sickness would infiltrate Buena Vista Street...
  19. RollingBoulder's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredSimmons
    I don't normally notice furniture, especially hotel furniture, but those purple chairs with uneven white spots (at the Fantasy tower) are horrific, and have to go. How on earth did that ever get past the top brass?
    I actually like those chairs. I think they embody the subtle Fantasyland feel quite well.

    To each their own, I guess.
  20. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Nice cast costumes for Buena Vista St. It's been too long since I went to Disneyland Resort, when I was a "Local" at the parks, I just simply walked around, doing a few rides here and there, with ether dinner or lunch or both, maybe even purchasing a small product. I never really noticed other so-called "Locals" dressing up at the parks in period costumes.


    Timekeeper
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