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by , 02-05-2010 at 05:39 AM
Well, it is February, and that means lots of Holidays, especially for students, plus special events will start making the Parks busy for the next couple of months, so let's get into what's coming up so you can plan your next trip.



Are you lucky enough to get Monday the 8th off?
That's right, some folks get this Monday off, mostly schools, in honor of President Lincoln's Birthday. Others will get Friday the 12th for the same holiday. (So it is one or the other, most government workers that get President's Lincoln's Birthday off will celebrate on Friday the 12th).

And the Main Holiday in February, President's Day, is being held on Monday, February 15th this year.

Then many schools in the South West USA get a full week off, usually called Ski or Rodeo Week.

One key planning tool is checking the operating hours for the parks.

For example, Disneyland's hours for Monday the 8th is from 9 AM to 11 PM, instead of the normal 10 AM to 8 PM, and the park closes an hour later than normal on Sunday the 7th, as it is a three day weekend.

California Adventure's hours on Monday the 8th is from 9 AM to 7 PM. The folks in charge of DCA have been trying to get an earlier starting time for awhile, and this will be the first day of the earlier start. Between the fact it is the "Pay for Disneyland, get DCA for Free!" 2fer ticket season, where guests would normally have to wait until 10 AM for the park to open, along with the desire to get more guests to visit DCA first for attendance counting reasons. While Disney keeps track of many different types of attendance figures, the "traditional" policy that has been around for decades, is that if someone has a ticket valid to more than one park on the same day, it is the park that is entered first that gets the "official" count for attendance, and any other park(s) visited are counted as an re-entry on the same day. By opening the turnstiles earlier, the execs are hoping that they can get more ParkHoppers and Annual Passholders to start the day at DCA. And that is important, since they need to show that the money they are currently investing is paying off, and World of Color won't start for months, which should also help the numbers.

Now, for the weekend of February 12th, there are extra hours due to the holidays. And then the weekdays of the 16th, 17th and 18th are also expanded due to all the schools that get the full week off.

Then the schedule returns to normal for the week of February 22nd (with a early 7 PM closing on February 24th to accommodate a private party that night).

A few other points, this Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, but traditionally it has little impact on the parks, some folks go thinking the parks will be lighter than normal, but based on the past few years, it remains about the same as any other Sunday, as while some folks head off to Super Bowl Parties, others in the family look for other things to do. The biggest impact at the Disneyland Resort will be at the ESPN Zone, which tends to have lines out the door (and requires a minimum purchase per hour to have a seat and watch the game). If anything, if the current storm/rain is still around on Sunday, that will help keep down the crowds.

Sunday, February 14th is Valentine's Day, and if you want to eat at one of the table service restaurants, you should contact Disney Dining as soon as possible to make your "reservation" before they all fill up.

Also, don't forget, it is Cheer/Dance season, where many different companies that offer competitions show in in "Sunny" Southern California (or should I say, normally "sunny" as another storm is headed into the area today). Since there are so many different companies and different age ranges and styles, there is no easy way to keep track of them all. But many of them due try and work them into the "holiday" periods.
March means the "march" of the Spring Breakers
While only the operating hours for the first half of March are posted currently at Disneyland.com, we can tell that Disney will start expanding hours the week of March 8th, with Disneyland opening at 9 AM instead of the normal off-season 10 AM, so Disney is saying, a bit busier than normal, but not much.

On the other hand, the week of March 15th had Disneyland operating at the Maximum Hours, 8 AM to Midnight, while DCA gets a 9 AM to 7 PM operating day, so Disney is expecting some very large crowds starting mid-March.

Now, Peak Easter Break starts Friday, March 26th, where Disney will offer its maximum Entertainment Package, including nightly Fireworks through Sunday, April 11th.

Also, the 2fer Southern California offer last day is April 12th (for the first day of use) and usually sales pick up just before the offer expires.

Disney traditionally has expanded hours the week after Peak Easter Break, as a few schools due get that week off.

And then Disney's Food and Wine Festival starts on Friday, April 16th (and goes through Memorial Day, May 31st).

So it looks like there isn't many slow days to visit the park in the near future.
Special events for the first weekend in May
First off, is MiceChat's own Gumball Rally to be held on Saturday, May 1st. If you would like more information, check out the link below.

http://micechat.com/forums/meets-eve...your-vote.html

If you don't know what the Gumball Rally is, here is a link to the Orange County Register's story about Gumball Rally 3.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/t...ey.html?pic=10


And it happens to be the same weekend as Bats Day in the Fun Park, which will be held inside of Disneyland on Sunday, May 2nd.

http://www.batsday.net/
A couple of quick Knott's notes
As mentioned in last week's column, Pink's at Knott's Berry Farm reopened last weekend. The OC Register has some new info....

http://ocresort.freedomblogging.com/...or-good/33427/


It will hold its grand opening on Feb. 28 with a “Hot Dogs for Haiti” fundraiser, wiener dog races and dog costume contests.
If you haven't had a Pink's dog, it might a very good day to try one out and help out folks in need.

Also, the February ticket special is the "Twogether" offer, where you get 2 tickets for $50 (that's $25 per person).

http://www.knotts.com/public/admission/prices/deals.cfm

Also a fun event for FREE...


CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
February 13- 14

Over two hundred Civil War re-enactors will fill Knott's Park Pavilion area (across from Knott's Berry Farm, adjacent to Independence Hall) with the sights and sounds of an authentic Civil War training camp. Blue and Gray will come together to bring history to life with displays of authentic artillery pieces and Calvary equipment as well as demonstrations of period cooking, infantry drills and special Living History presentations throughout the day. This event is free to the public. For more information, call 714-220-5244.
Folks that live in the Denver area, good news for you!
My favorite Airport in the Disneyland Area, Long Beach Airport, just 14 miles west of Disneyland by driving down Ball Road, is getting new flights.

http://www.lbpost.com/ryan/8235


Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air will both begin providing flights from Long Beach Airport later this year, according to a press release today. Frontier will being providing non-stop flights from Long Beach to Denver this May, while Allegiant will begin providing flights sometime around August 2010.

In addition to the two new airlines, two airlines that already operate at the Long Beach Airport also requested additional flight slots. Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airlines each received one new flight slot. Cumulatively, the four airlines increased the airport to its allowable limit of 41 daily flights.
A Correction in regards to the Taxi Stand at Harbor
If you follow Disney at all, you should know that one if its most famous motto's is "Everything is ALWAYS subject to change at Disney", and the Taxi Stand is one of those things. Even though they had let employees know officially that they were going to move it last week, for some reason, the move has been delayed/canceled.



Taxi's are available at Harbor Blvd still, behind the Public Bus Stop on Harbor. If you are on the west end of Downtown Disney, you might find one in the Valet Area next to the ESPN Zone, especially in the evening hours. If not, just walk over to the Disneyland Hotel Valet Parking area, where you should always find a cab.
Selected Photos from Darkbeer.Smugmug.com




Have to love the Jolly Roger Flag on the Paradise Pier watercraft






















Starcade in Tomorrowland has reopened with a new floor, but the same old games


The Frontierland Bridge is coming along nicely. Also note, the lagoon has been resurfaced.








Work has started on the North Side of the Dreams Tower at the Disneyland Hotel. You are looking at an industrial elevator that will allow supplies to be brought in for the remodel.



And of course, to remove the old stuff. This furniture will be made available to Cast Members and the proceeds will go to charity.






That should do it for this week, hope everyone has a great weekend. Best wishes to the folks on the East Coast who have a MAJOR storm on the way and to everyone watching the big game! Sigh, my Chargers failed to make it and now the news that LaDainian Tomlinson has more than likely played his last game for San Diego. One last personal note.... I want to wish my Goddaughter, Taylor, a very happy 18th Birthday.... Yikes, I am getting old!

See you in the parks everyone!

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Updated 02-05-2010 at 06:20 AM by In the Parks

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  1. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  2. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  3. RabidAlienz's Avatar
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    Anyone hear an opening date for Captain EO yet? I'm taking that day off of work!
  4. 1TINKFAN's Avatar
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    Thanks for a Great update as always!!
  5. Rednoyz's Avatar
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    Re the DLH furnture being loaded into a truck.
    Anyone have information on when and where one can
    go purchase a couple of chairs? Thanks!
  6. dmomof4's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rednoyz
    Re the DLH furnture being loaded into a truck.
    Anyone have information on when and where one can
    go purchase a couple of chairs? Thanks!
    A lot of the furniture that gets sold off will be sold at Company D in the Property area. Its an area that only CM's (and spouses) can shop in. They have had many things in there including dishes from Club 33 and other furniture peices. :-)
  7. Sleepy505's Avatar
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    From the look of all those pics the resort looks like one big mess, and those swings at DCA should have come out with a better attraction then that, I'm sorry if I offend anyone but it's just swing's with all the characters they have you would think Disney would have thought of something more creative, it was just a cheap way of filling out space. Thanks for the Update Daarkbeer.
  8. Wendygirl's Avatar
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    As the mother of a Civil War Reenactor and a sometimes reenactor myself, I can vouch for the event at Knotts Berry Farm. It is a very good hands on educational event with more personal interaction than the battle events that are held. If you have school age children, this is an excellent history lesson for them. Sadly, it does not look like our group is participating this year though. Not sure why.
  9. MickeyMousePal's Avatar
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    Great Update
  10. Momma Mouseketeer's Avatar
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    Thanks David! So many things to look forward to!
  11. henryt93's Avatar
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    Makes sense that DCA wants people first because I know that at WDW if someone buys a park hopper, whichever park they enter first gets the most of the % of the ticket price, and then the second park, and then the third, and I think the fourth would get nothing (if I remember right). I assume the same system is in place at DLR, so it would help by boosting their profits.
  12. disney-fan-reborn's Avatar
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    [quote=Sleepy505;bt11384]From the look of all those pics the resort looks like one big mess, and those swings at DCA should have come out with a better attraction then that, I'm sorry if I offend anyone but it's just swing's with all the characters they have you would think Disney would have thought of something more creative, it was just a cheap way of filling out space. Thanks for the Update Daarkbeer.[/quote]

    C'mon people! I'm really tired of hearing about the cheap look of the swings. At least it fits the theme! Swings like this have been around for DECADES, and certainly were found on boardwalk/pier amusement parks. Give it a rest folks. It's MUCH better than the giant orange! BE GLAD FOR WHAT YOU HAVE!
  13. Oathkeeper's Avatar
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    bummer that there aren't any new games in the Starcade, there are much higher quality machines out now /=
    awesome update regardless =)
  14. michael darling's Avatar
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    The swings are great looking! I agree. I wish they'd do a BUNCH of attractions that are common, and theme them to classics. Like the 'mad mouse' becoming themed to a Goofy "how to" cartoon, and now the swing. Three Little Pigs, Mickey and the Beanstalk....so much to draw from. The old windmill was used at the Paris park, and I don't think it's running anymore...but it was a great idea! Some may think a labrynth is 'beneath' Disney, but the Alice themed one in Paris is also a great treat. More, More.
  15. cellarhound's Avatar
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    Seeing that swing attraction makes me wish they had the short for sale on iTunes, etc...
  16. Disneylandnut's Avatar
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    Sleepy, the whole concept of the Paradise Pier area is to recreate the rides of the piers that lined the California Coast in the early and middle part of the 20th Century. Some are still there and others are not. The whole makeover of DCA is to have DCA look like California did when Walt came to CA in 1929 and started his studio. This is why in 2012 or so when you enter into the park you will be taken back to that era of the Red Car and the Carthay Circle Theater.
  17. whamo's Avatar
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    Another great update from Darkbeer, very informative, all the news that fits.
  18. WhatwouldWaltDo?'s Avatar
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    it is so great to see SSS finally taking shape! Thank you for the update!
  19. Beatle_johnny's Avatar
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    Any word on Silly Strings opening? It looks great.
  20. saphron37's Avatar
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    Great Update, THANK YOU!