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Disneyland's Matterhorn, DCA Buena Vista and Cars, SeaWorld Manta and Bubblefest

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by , 04-05-2012 at 08:05 PM

It's no surprise that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are busy places during Spring Break, but today's update also finds Knott's Berry Farm, SeaWorld and the Discovery Science Center all packed with crowds as well. We'll start off with coverage of the many projects at the Disneyland resort. Then we'll show you what's new at Knott's Berry Farm and let you know what the opening dates are for SeaWorld's fancy new family coaster, Manta. Finally, we'll pop into Bubblefest at the Discovery Science Center. You'll want to read all the way through, because we are giving away tickets for this popular bubble show in today's update. Here we go folks!


GUMBALL RALLY CLOSE TO SOLD OUT - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
The MiceChat Gumball Rally is a race to find out who can ride the most attractions at Disneyland in a single day. It's a fantastic event for Disney fans of any age and a great way to spend a day in the park with friends and family. Whether you win or lose, you are always a winner when the race takes place on your favorite rides at your favorite place on earth.

When: May 19st, 2012
Where: Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California
COST: $29.99 per person
How Do I sign up?: MiceChat Events Store Gumball Rally Sign Up
How Does the Rally Work?: Rally Information Page

But that's just a little piece of the puzzle. We'll also offer a pre-Rally pasta party on May 18th and a MiceChat Mega Meet on Sunday the 20th (save the date). T-Shirts are available for this year's event as well. If you've never heard of the Gumball Rally before, please visit the Rally Information Page HERE for more information and FAQ. A discussion thread has been created in the forums as well: MiceChat Gumball Rally Discussion.

Tickets for this year's event are nearly sold out, so don't delay, get your teams together and sign up today!




CROWDS:
As we mentioned at the beginning, the Disneyland Resort is packed to the gills with spring break crowds. So much so that they have even begun to set up auxiliary ticket windows alongside the existing ticket booths to help move the people through faster.


It's a great move on Disney's part, but a sign that the parks will be VERY busy.

CARNATION CAFE:
We peek in on the work at the reworked Carnation Cafe and find that the awning and exteriors that have become more visible.








MATTERHORN:
Well it looks like the Matterhorn's new bobsleds will have yet another side effect on the experience we used to know and love. The new single seater, six person bobsleds will no longer allow for lap sitting and sharing seats. As Al Lutz mentioned in update this means that children, who used to be able to ride with their parent, will now be required to occupy their own seat and safety restraints. Because of this, the height restriction for this attraction will go up to 42", which is even higher than Space Mountain's 40" requirement.



Matterhorn was an E-Ticket right of passage for many kids as it had one of the lowest height limits.



Despite this sour bit of news, the ride does promises to return beautifully refreshed and upgraded throughout. If the exterior paint job is any indication, we are in for a fun ride.



















BUENA VISTA STREET:
There was a lot of change on Buena Vista Street this week. Tile roofing has begun appearing on the buildings and paint work is continuing on the facades. Meanwhile, the Red Car Trolley line has added high tension wires along its route. Though purely cosmetic, these wires are made to resemble the wires that powered the namesake red car trolleys back in the day on the streets of LA. Let's have a look at Buena Vista Street.


To the left of the gate, new trees have appeared in the planters that flank the entrance. Once Buena Vista Street opens, the back entrance that guests are using now will be closed off and a similar planter will be constructed on the right side of the park entrance.











Just inside the construction walls, looking towards the entrance, we see a great deal of work still needing to be done.


The Red Car Trolley stop at the front gate.



Looking into the park, we notice the wire webbing above the street for the Red Car Trolley.


Early reviews of this look are mixed. Some like the realism and others hate the clutter (What are your thoughts?)


The facade for the Elias & Company store.


Trolley power lines in the foreground




Tiles on the roof.


The wire machine.


The Carthay Circle theater is also becoming something to really take in too.


The marquee has been painted black to resemble wrought iron


And the tiny fixtures under the awning are also intricately detailed.




Not to mention the lovely new light fixtures which have been affixed to the side of the building.


HOLLYWOOD LAND:
Over in Hollywood Land, the nightly
Tron dance party has given way to the Red Car Trolley wires along the main strip.




The only major props left for the nightly party are the ones near Monsters.






Monsters Inc.:
Speaking of Monsters, the facade is still being repainted.



CARS LAND:
Radiator Springs, and the ridge of mountains that can no longer legally be called Cadillac Ridge (Disney's lawyers were unable to secure a deal with Cadillac), are just over a month away from opening to the public. The statue of Stanley in front of the Radiator Springs courthouse has recently been covered to keep is safe during the remaining days of construction. The rest is coming along nicely.







Stanley under wraps










Al Lutz also revealed that they have begun testing beach balls on Luigi's Flying Tires along with upbeat Italian music to heighten the kinetic fun of the ride. Word is that the ride was just too slow moving and the beach balls add an element of excitement to mask that issue.


They are still working on covering up the backside of the ridge in places.







GHIRARDELLI:
No real visible changes happening on the exterior of the new Ghirardelli soda fountain. Though, it should be open along with Cars Land in June.






MERCHANDISE:
Merchandise from last week's Cars Land merchandise preview is already on the shelves. We're sure park officials were disappointed that crowds shunned the 3 day preview, but we think that was due to only advertising it on the Disney Parks Blog and placing it in the middle of a work week. Would have been great if they had extended it through a weekend.






Never the less, you can now pick up some fun Cars Land merchandise in the park whenever you want - no event required.


CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN':
The sun shades above California Screamin' are being re-tented in time for the re-launch of Disney California Adventure in June. It's just too bad that they didn't have the time or budget for a complete Victorian style queue refurbishment. Hopefully that will come in time (along with that promised and delayed redo of the Triton Carousel).







PROJECT SPUTTER:
It's been just about 2 months now and the Soarin' over California sign is still missing its key graphic. Wind blew the old one out and they haven't been able to get a replacement installed yet. The strange thing is most local sign shops could turn around an insert like that in just a matter of days.


But, honestly, it's a minor quibble in a park filled with exciting changes.



BALOON RACES:
The Balloon Races in camp snoopy are currently experiencing maintenance.




SNOOPY'S BOUNCE HOUSE:
Is Snoopy not returning to his Bounce House? He's been gone much longer than usual (since Haunt!)



IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDITIONS:
A new awning has been constructed along the back side of the log ride where the new planters are.





Looks like a potential outdoor vending location. We'll have to wait and see what this is for.


Umbrella's have been added to Charleston Circle.


They've really made this an area where you can sit and relax.




MYSTERY LODGE LAGOON:
The koi fish have finally returned to the Mystery lodge lagoon! Please folks, do NOT toss pennies into the water, it's really bad for the health of the fish.







THE GHOST TOWN PLAY LIST:
As we do every week we like to just let folks know what strange musical choices we have heard while strolling the dusty streets of Ghost Town.

This week we heard...


  • I Melt with you - Modern English
  • Feel Good Time - P!nk, William Orbit
  • Sunshine - Coko
  • What you Need - INXS
  • Till I Hear it From You - Gin Blossoms




Welcome back to SeaWorld San Diego. We’ve got a couple exciting things to cover this week.




VIVA LA MUSICA:
In May, SeaWorld will bring its second event of the year – Viva la Musica back to the park. The event features concerts from Latin artists along with great food and various experiences around the park. The event runs through three weekends in May.



ROCKY POINT PRESERVE:
Rocky Point Preserve has reopened this week after an extended refurbishment.




The biggest change is that now trainers are in the pool with the dolphins. They bring the dolphins to you so that you can interact with them.


It's an awesome change!


You can also feed the dolphins.


Here’s a look at the whole area.


REFURBS AND REFRESHMENTS:
The lagoon has been refilled; however, there is still a fence surrounding the SkyTower.


SkyTower Lagoon


The Skyride has reopened after a lengthy refurbishment. And pulling in quite a crowd.


The refurbishment at Mama Stella's is also now complete.


CROWDS, CROWDS, CROWDS:
Wait times for rides are now 60 minutes and the lines for most attractions are horrendous. Thank you Easter Bunny.






All the shows at the parks have at least four performances a day. Some have more. If you plan on visiting the park, we recommend arriving as early as possible so you can get the best seats.


MANTA:
For all the pass holders reading, SeaWorld will be having Member Previews on Thursday, May 24th and Friday, May 25th. Members will be able to ride Manta before it opens on Saturday, May 26th. We’ll have coverage of both the preview and the opening ceremony, so stay tuned!




The scaffolding around the rock structure is coming down.


A new structure is being built next to the show building.


A look at the unloading section.


Another look at the unloading section.


Because the park is so busy, SeaWorld has opened the walkway between the Manta construction and the Mission Bay Theater. Usually, this is closed and guests have to walk around the Mission Bay Theater to get to the other side.


The Manta track looms over the park guests.


A look at the fencing and show buildings.



Other Happenings
For the next two weeks, guests can stay late and enjoy “Spring Into Night”. This event brings guests two seasonal nighttime shows – Shamu Rocks! and SeaLions Tonight – as well as extended hours well into the night.


IN THE NEXT UPDATE:
Next time, we’ll be taking a look at: Animal Encounters. This attraction replaced the Budweiser Horses when Anheiser-Busch sold SeaWorld to Blackstone Group.



What's that she's holding? Come back next week to find out.




Bubblefest has returned to the Discovery Science Center and runs through April 22nd.




This year’s Bubblefest promises to be the biggest and most impressive yet, as they have turned it into an outdoor festival! There is an inflatable play zone, water spheres, and interactive science zones. You can even take a picture of yourself inside a bubble if you like for a few bucks more.





The pop up store offers fun scientific toys (like Dinosaur poop)

Leading the excitement this year is Deni Yang and the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show featuring a high-tech combination of art and science using bubbles, lights, special effects and lasers. This is a $7 up-charge. MiceChat was invited to preview the show last week before it opened to guests. What we saw was a lot of fun for the kids. Here is a preview of what you can expect to find.






Deni Yang created all manner of shapes and
bubbles during the show.


There is a special area for kids to interact with the show on the floor of the theatre.


The LED Lighting affects and bubble creations are eye-popping.










The show is filled with bubbles, lasers and colorful lights.




It's like magic

Bubblefest, the Science Center’s most popular annual event, is designed to help visitors appreciate and understand the scientific principles and mathematics of bubbles, and to let them explore the world of bubbles in a fun, hands-on environment. At the science learning stations, guests can create a bubble mini-wall, bubble domes and much more, while learning about math and science principles like surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, and geometry.

WIN TICKETS TO BUBBLEFEST!
We'll ask a trivia question. All who answer it correctly will be entered into a random drawing to win one of four family packs of tickets (there are 4 tickets in each of the 4 family packs we are giving away) to see Bubblefest on Saturday April 21st at 12:00 pm. Winners will be announced in next week's article.

If you win, you must be able to arrive at Discovery Science Center no later than 11:30 am on Saturday April 22nd to claim your tickets.


QUESTION
Finish this sentence (from the Discovery Science Center Web Site) for your chance to win.
"World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features . . ."

Enter your answer in the comments section below.

Good luck!



Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom
Six Flags sent us this picture of the ride vehicle for Lex Luthor. Obviously seats and themeing will be added.





Now that we've had our April Fools Fun we can finish our Magic Mountain update. If you didn't see our April Fools update you can check it out here: The Log Jammer Returns!!!

LOG JAMMER:
Back on the Log Jammer site as it looks today, nothing much has really changed over the past month other than some more ground clearing.






The Pump House is still there



It does look like some ground leveling was done near the old station


You can now see the old Metro tunnel that goes under the Laughing Dragon Pizza Co.


The Log Jammer sign has been removed


A look from the other side






And don't forget to take in the latest from the MiceTube. A brand new Communicore weekly has been published.



Sarah, the MiceChatter is also back.



SEASON PASS PODCAST: FEATURING MICECHAT'S DUSTYSAGE
Also, you can catch Dustysage on the latest edition of the Season Pass Podcast, as they discuss MiceChat, the Gumball Rally and a brand new MiceChat project announced for the first time. The podcast can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-season-pass-the-essential/id268430539



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Updated 04-06-2012 at 08:55 AM by Fishbulb

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  1. Trevor's Avatar
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    Great update
  2. socalengraver's Avatar
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    ...a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.
  3. mratigan's Avatar
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    World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.


    Great update
    thanks

  4. DragoHarley's Avatar
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    You asked what people thought about the trolley wires in DCA -- and I think they are ugly. I'm really disappointed they are including them...and I bet it's something that Disney will get a lot of negative comments about and will thus back down eventually and remove them. While they might be "authentic", they are an eyesore and will ruin a lot of pictures. Everything Disney does is supposed to be an idealized version of what the real world was like...and in an ideal world, we'd have those gorgeous trollies without the unsightly wires overhead.
  5. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    I think you have the date wrong. It should be Saturday the 21. I went last year thanks to MiceChat and it was a blast for the kids.

    But next Saturday i will be at the "Dark Market" at Sinister Pointe.
  6. MrTour's Avatar
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    I think if they want realism, then they will have the wires spark when the trolly goes by. My bets are that they come down or are reworked in about the same amount of time on the turn-a-round for Ariel's hair whip. But let's not make an opinion until we can see them in person as part of the bigger picture. They may actually add something to the scene.
  7. mickey7's Avatar
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    The full answer is "World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes."
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    In regard to the cable wires in Hollywood Land and BVS...I'm not a big fan of what I see of them, so far. I get it that Disney is going for an authentic look, but in this case, it just doesn't seem like it's going to work. It wouldn't surprise me if Disney eventually takes them all down within a year because of negative guest complaints.
  9. CasaFamilia's Avatar
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    The full answer is
    "...a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes."

    Outstanding Update as usual. See you at the parks soon! We are out the door and heading to DCA right now.
  10. Chadwick's Avatar
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    a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

    As far as the wires, not a huge fan. While authentic and detail oriented I think it detracts from the beauty of the area and will ruin some great photo ops along the stunning architectural elements in Buena Vista and Hollywoodland. But as it is still in progress we'll see how it ends up.
  11. SpectroMan's Avatar
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    Those cables will be down within a year or less, so let's get our pictures for posterity NOW.
  12. nursemelis374's Avatar
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    World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

    Looks awesome!
  13. DisneyanaFan's Avatar
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    The full answer is "World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes."

    My family attended the MiceAge event last year and loved it!
  14. penguinsoda's Avatar
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    As to the trolly wires.... I understand that Disney wants it to look "real" but I agree that if they are only for show, they really don't need to be there. Maybe it will be different when I get a chance to see them in person, but I foresee them being in the way of many photo ops, and not all of us want to take the time to "shop" lines out of all of our pictures.
  15. DisneyDrums's Avatar
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    Is it just me, or do the Cones look a little darker now???
  16. curtogawa's Avatar
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    A huge YES to the trolley wires! If the desired effect is to transport us to another time in history, in this case the 1920's, then the wires need to be there. This is what LA looked like when Walt saw it. I love the fact that the Imagineers are striving for detail and authenticity here (which was the problem with DCA before).
  17. Keylix's Avatar
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    Not a big fan of the trolley wires yet. the wires are on part of the parade route right? So it automatically put a height limitation on parade floats and the jumpers and stilts in the parade.. I mean, I'm sure they're high up, but still... and they may look authentic, but messy wiring hanging over head, not my fav.
  18. Fishbulb's Avatar
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    In all fairness guys Buena Vista Street is not finished. It just isn't. Yes, the wires leave me scratching my head a little, but until I see it in context, I don't think it's safe to judge.

    I am betting that in the final product they will seem to blend and become less noticeable.
  19. Squirrel Mahn's Avatar
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    Here is an answer for Bubblefest : a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.
  20. rainbowlite's Avatar
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    World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features a bubble carousel, bubbles within bubbles, smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and bubbles in all shapes and sizes.

    Thanks for the updates. I'll looking forward to going to Seaworld this summer.
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