3/10/08 - Monday in the Parks - News, Photos and Tips
by, 03-10-2008 at 03:20 AM
Well, Spring Break season has arrived at the Parks, and so have the crowds.
As part of the overall plan by Disney to try and have as much open as possible for the busy Spring Break period, this weekend had the return of the Jungle Cruise and Fantasmic!LEGOLAND to open a new area today
Also, the return of the Fred Gurley locomotive to the Disneyland Railroad.
This week (officially on Friday), but more than likely in soft opening this week, is a new Playhouse Disney show and the new Pixar Play Parade at DCA. So if you are at the park, it doesn't hurt to keep an eye out for both shows.
And as always, Soft Openings are basically dress rehearsals, and subject to cancellation without notice.
Also planned for Friday, March 15th is the reopening of the pathway that connects California Screamin' to the Sun Wheel. Toy Story Mania! will not be open, but much of the refurb walls will be removed and there will be improved traffic flow for the Spring Break season.
LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California opens its newest area, "Land of Adventure" today.Mark VII Monorail Testing has started
The main attraction in the land is "Lost Kingdom Adventure", which is a Dark Ride with laser blasters.
Brady MacDonald, of the LA Times, got a chance to ride the attraction early, and has a video of the ride up at the Los Angeles Times Travel site.
In good news, it looks like they figured out the problem with Mark VII Monorail Red, and have begun to do testing at night after closing.Bob Gurr gets a Main Street Window
But still don't expect to ride the Mark VII in the near future. Spring Break schedules will offer less time for testing after closing, and the ride needs to be thoroughly tested before the State inspectors (DOSH) will approve the ride for park guest use.
But hopefully they can get the testing done and have the new monorail operating normally in a few weeks.
Speaking of Monorails, Disney Legend Bob Gurr (designer of the original Disneyland Monorails) was the latest person to be given the honor of a personalized window on Main Street, located above the Disney Clothiers, Ltd. shop last Friday morning.Year of a Million Dreams Happy Meal Promotion coming to McDonalds
The top half of the window states:
While the lower half of the window:Leading the Race to the Future
Meteor Cycle Co.
Our vehicles pass the test of time
Fast Faultless and Fadless
Starting this Friday, March 15th, McDonalds will feature "Pirates and Princesses" toys as part of their Happy Meals. You can see the individual toys at the link below.Anaheim City Council makes the SOAR Initiative law
Interesting to note, the nationwide promotion only mentions Walt Disney World instead of the "Disney Parks" name.
A few lucky folks will win a trip to attend a Pirate and Princess event at Walt Disney World in Florida when they open up their Happy Meal Toy.
Last Tuesday, by a 3-2 vote, the City Council decided to agree to make the SOAR Initiative law, which will save the city about $250,000 in election expenses. This is good news for the Walt Disney Company, who was expected to donate about $1 million to SOAR to cover campaign costs.
But, there is a chance that it isn't over, as a well known local activist, who has fought Disney in the past has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission. You can read the complaint over at the Orange County Register.
If this complaint is approved by the Fair Political Practices Commission, which the Anaheim City Attorney doesn't think holds any weight, then the City would more than likely have to have another vote, and wouldn't have enough votes for the measure to pass, which would force the City to place the measure on the next ballot, which would be the November 2008 election.
This might be bad news for Council-member Lorri Galloway, as she is running for reelection, and having the SOAR initiative on the same ballot would bring many voters to the polls that disagreed with how she backed SunCal in the initial zoning change that started the need for the SOAR Campaign.
Also, there are still 2 lawsuits that have not been settled in the courts, the first one is a claim that SunCal filed against the mobile home land owners, the Frank Family Partnership in its actions to terminate the land purchase agreement.
The second lawsuit was filed by the Frank Family against SunCal, claiming they failed to make agreed to payments that were part of the original land deal.
So the story isn't dead yet.
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