Expanding the Caribbean, Cars Land progress, Disneyland Hotel lobby, Holidays, +MORE
The big Thanksgiving holiday crowds have passed and Disneyland enters a brief period of relatively light weekday crowds before winter break crowds hit the Resort later this month. This weekend will also see bigger crowds, especially in the evenings at Disneyland as the park hosts its extremely popular Candlelight Processional event. Back in New Orleans Square, the Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened after a lengthy refurbishment and brings some minor changes that will help with the guest experience for those visiting the attraction in a wheelchair. Over at Disney California Adventure, progress continues to be made at the 12-acre Cars Land project, including last week's installation of a new windmill prop. Meanwhile, the Disneyland Hotel's Fantasy Tower continues to move closer to completion with the main entrance area emerging from construction walls and the lobby area getting new art and carpet.
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We hope all of our American readers had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Let's see what's new at Disneyland!
Inside Dateline Disneyland
- Welcome to Disneyland!
Touring Plans crowd forecast
- Expanding the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean reopens
- California Construction
A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
- Disneyland Hotel remodel
Fantasy Tower progress
- This & That
Holiday photos from Disneyland
- Weekly News and Information Round-Up
Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments, Disney Parks Cyber Monday deals.
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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
Over a year later, the "World of Color" signs at the Main Entrance Plaza security checkpoints have been removed.
The next two weeks are historically the slowest of the holiday season, so plan your trip soon to avoid crowds. 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. With holiday crowds on the horizon, 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., Nov. 28 3/10 Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
- Partial AP blockouts Saturday and Sunday.
- Disney California Adventure's low day will be Monday, when it's a 1.6.
- Disneyland park's lowest day will be Tuesday, when it's a 1.9.
Tue., Nov. 29 2/10 Wed., Nov. 30 3/10 Thu., Dec. 1 3/10 Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.
Inside Disneyland, set-up for the upcoming Candlelight Processional is underway.
Keeping with tradition, Candlelight is set to take place the first weekend of December and this year Disney has announced a very special but very expensive one-of-a-kind Candlelight package. The Disney Parks Blog announced details for the event early last week.
Over-the-Top, Dream-Come-True Holiday Experience at the Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Candlelight Experience
December 4–5, 2011, $1,250* per person based on double occupancy, includes:
- One-night stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011; valet parking for one vehicle included.
- An evening of holiday elegance beginning with a private reception and dinner at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
- Reserved seating for the 8 p.m. performance of Candlelight on December 4.
- Exclusive 2011 Candlelight mementos.
- A sunrise breakfast at The Plaza Inn, one of Walt Disney’s favorite dining locations, on his 110th birthday, December 5. Breakfast will be followed by a pre-opening walk through Disneyland park.
- A visit to several locations in the park with Disney Legends and Creative Staff as they share their stories about Walt Disney, Disneyland park and the magic of the holiday season. Guest speakers currently scheduled include Dave Smith, Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and David Caranci. Speakers are subject to change.
- A visit to Walt Disney’s private apartment above the firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.
- Reserved viewing of “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade.
- Theme park entrance for both days.
To reserve this special opportunity, call 866-309-9683. Full payment is required at time of booking, and bookings must be made by November 25, 2011. You must be at least 18 years old to RSVP for this event, but your guests may be younger. Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in. [ FULL STORY ]
EXPANDING THE CARIBBEAN
Pirates of the Caribbean reopened over the weekend to big crowds.
Holiday crowds and pent-up demand resulted in long lines for the reopened attraction
The stairs leading up to the Disneyland Dream Suite have been re-tiled.
The entire attraction has been cleaned up and properly refurbished, but the most notable change is perhaps the attraction's unload area, which has been reconfigured and expanded to allow for a more streamlined wheelchair and ECV queue and load/unload process.
Work continues on the remainder of California Adventure's $1 billion-dollar remodel and expansion...
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BUENA VISTA STREET
Work continues on California Adventure's new Buena Vista Street entrance complex...
The future home of Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream and the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
Future home of Elias & Co. Department Store
A look at upcoming Buena Vista Street shops and public areas that guests will see on their right hand side immediately after entering the park.
On the other side of the street, the future home of Oswald's Gas & Oil.
The Carthay Circle Theater
Construction progress continues to be made every week at Cars Land...
The new windmill that will be part of the Fillmore's Taste-In area at the entrance to Cars Land recently arrived.
The Cozy Cones are starting to get skinned...
DISNEYLAND HOTEL REMODEL
The Disneyland Hotel main entrance area has reopened as it gets some finishing touches.
The new valet key room
The fountains are now turned on
Inside, classic Fantasyland concept art has begun replacing the temporary art work that was previously found throughout the lobby area
The former Donald's Sundries shop has been renamed to match the Fantasyland theme
Great new Mary Blair-inspired carpet has replaced the placeholder carpet in the Fantasy Tower's lobby areas
Mary Blair "it's a small world"-style carpet and the lobby Christmas tree
THIS & THAT
Another look at some of Disneyland's holiday trimmings
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WEEKLY NEWS AND INFORMATION ROUND-UP Weekly Theme Park HoursNovember 28—December 4, 2011
Disneyland Park Disney California Adventure Monday-Wednesday: 9 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday-Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday-Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday-Sunday: 10 am - 9 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 HIGH 1.9—7.0 out of 10 MEDIUM-HIGH 1.6—6.1 out of 10
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.
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café: Opens January 2012 in location of the former Plaza Pavilion.
- Blue Ribbon Bakery, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Palace: Food service locations and shops close January 2012 for major restaurant and shopping expansion projects affecting current spaces.
Disney California Adventure
- Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
- Cars Land: New 12-acre land in former Timon Parking Lot opens summer 2012.
Downtown Disney & Hotels of the Disneyland Resort
- Fantasy Tower lobby areas: Areas closed for remodel and re-theming. Hotel remodel set to be completed in November 2011.
Disney Parks offers Cyber Monday discounts online
From the Disney Parks Blog:
‘Tis the Season to Save at Disney Parks
When you visit DisneyParks.com/Store on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) you’ll be treated to even more savings on Disney Parks favorites!
Cyber Monday Specials include:
- 10% off $50
- 15% off $75
- 20% off $100
- 25% off $125 plus free shipping on your order
- Plus, special surprise savings throughout the site
In keeping with the theme of giving that is synonymous with the holiday season, DisneyParks.com/Store will be offering special discounts and promotions all season long. Want to stay up to date on all the holiday offers coming this year from the Disney Parks online store? Sign up for our mobile text messaging program which will send all of the holiday offers from DisneyParks.com/Store directly to your mobile device! To sign up, all you need to do is text SHOP to 37275. Happy Shopping and Saving!
Full story: Disney Parks Blog: ‘Tis the Season to Save at Disney Parks
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