5/19/08 - Monday in the Parks - News, Photos and Tips
by, 05-19-2008 at 03:32 AM
UPDATE - Monday at 5:30 PM PDT - New Monorail Information and the Innoventions Dream Home AP Previews
Good Morning, in case you missed it, there was a special Friday edition of "Monday in the Parks", basically offering some new photos of the Mark VII Monorail Red, including some interior shots. So if you missed it, check it out, as there are many other photos from around the Disneyland Resort Area, including hotel updates.
FYI, the new Monorail Red is still having issues, including sensor problems, and the fact that the temperature inside the cabins is too high. There is no Air Conditioning in the main cabins due to weight issues, and the new windows are just not allowing enough air flow, even with fans built into each cabin. Hopefully they can figure out the problems in the next few days.
UPDATE - Sonya Smith at the Orange County Register has gotten Disney to go on record in regards to the Mark VII Monorail Red.
This week is "Premiere" week for Southern California Theme Parks.
Disney Spokesman John McClintock said today that the new train is still undergoing tests and adjustments. That includes the doors and air conditioning. He said both are working, but just not yet to Disney’s satisfaction.
McClintock said there is no date yet planned for the monorail’s public opening. When asked if the monorail might make it out for this Memorial Day weekend, he said that is “not at all likely.”
Lots of media attention will happen this week, as the SoCal parks open their Summer attractions to try and draw attendance to its individual parks.
This morning is the official opening of "The Simpsons Ride" at Universal Studios Hollywood.
There are plenty of good reviews of the attraction. The First one is from Kevin Yee here at MiceAge, which rode the Orlando version of the attraction. It is exactly the same version as the Hollywood version.
Brady MacDonald at the Los Angeles Times had a chance to ride the Hollywood version a few day ago, and has this to say...
But the Simpsons Ride really delivers. It's got the comic verve of the TV show, the same audacity, the raciness, the irony and self-referential asides, the inside jokes, and, since this is the part that really counts, it just plain flat out entertains. It's funny. I won't say it's a riot every second, but there are so many jokes, many do work. The pace is frenetic and fast, both in terms of on-screen action (and thus car movements) as well as fast action for the jokes and sight gags.
Thursday is a VERY busy day, as THREE attractions will open. Six Flags Magic Mountain will have open "X2", their new attraction (OK, a major refurb), Knott's Berry Farm with its new "tween" coaster, Pony Express, and Disneyland Park with the Indiana Jones shows in the Adventureland area.
Your average theme park visitor and serious “Simpsons” fan will find the attraction worth riding again and again. Your jaded been-there, seen-that theme park junkie (and devoted “Back to the Future” fan) will bemoan what could have been and what used to be — and still come back for more.
As mentioned last week here at "Monday in the Parks", Knott's is auctioning off the first public rides, today is the LAST day to bid. Here is the link to last week's article, in case you want to be one of the first riders on Pony Express..
Six Flags Magic Mountain will officially open "X2" on Saturday, May 24th, and you can be one of the first that ride by camping out on Friday night, May 23rd. The cost is $50, which includes the overnight campout, early entry into the park (aka "ERT", which stands for Exclusive Ride Time), Parking and breakfast.
More info can be found at this link...
I did this a couple of years ago as part of Tatsu opening at the park. Here is a photo album of the folks that slept overnight at the park back in 2006.
Also, coming up this week is the scheduled opening of the new Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier.
SeaWorld San Diego opens its Sesame Street "Bay of Play" kids area on Saturday, May 24th.
Also, don't forget, that most Water Parks in the Southern California area are opening up this weekend. Knott's Soak City Palm Springs opened up a few weekends ago, and has had increased atendance, but with the current heat, it clearly makes sense.
Here is one quote that will get your attention...
That would make most folks head to Soak City!!!
Q: What's your idea of a perfect day?
A: For Palm Springs, it's a dry, 108-degree day.
And while not scheduled to open until June 17th, Toy Story Mania! has started "unscheduled" Cast Member previews, and the buzz has been very positive.
Don't forget, if you are a Disneyland Annual Passholder, you still have a few days to sign up for a chance at a Sneak Peak. You need to register by May 30th at...
UPDATE - Innoventions Dream Home Previews are now scheduled
Now also listed at the Disneyland AP website...
So it looks like the Dream Home will open to the public on June 17th, with the AP previews being held during times that Innoventions is not normally open to guests.
Get a Sneak Peek at the New Innoventions Dream Home
Be among the first people to see the future! Attend special times for Annual Passholders inside the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland at Disneyland® Park.
Discover a 5,000-square-foot home of the future inhabited by the dynamic Elias family and learn how the technology of today — and the technology of tomorrow — seamlessly interconnects within the home, the surrounding community and the whole world.
Help the Elias family celebrate their son's recent soccer victory and plan their upcoming trip to China for the World Championship.
Explore this beautiful Taylor Morrison Home and sample the benefits of a digital lifestyle provided by Microsoft, HP and Lifeware.
Visit the adjacent party tent and explore new technology in a fun, hands-on environment.
Located inside Innoventions.
All Disneyland® Resort Annual Passholders are invited to the Innoventions Dream Home on the following dates and times:
June 17, 2008 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
June 18, 2008 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
June 19, 2008 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
June 20, 2008 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
June 21, 2008 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
June 22, 2008 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Blockout Dates apply. Entry based on first-come, first-serve basis. Special times may include long wait periods, are subject to temporary closures without notice and may be cancelled at any time. All participants must show their valid Annual Passport to enter the Innoventions Dream Home. Entry is non-transferable, may not be sold and is not guaranteed.
A few photos from Darkbeer.Smugmug.com
While Friday, May 16th was the major photo day, as mentioned above, here are a few photos from Sunday...
Cold Stone Creamery, located right across the street from the Disneyland Pedestrian Entrance is VERY close to opening up, maybe this upcoming weekend.
Not much change at "it's a small world"
Having fun at Innoventions.
Innoventions is still is featuring VMK, even though the website will close down Wednesday evening.
OK, that should do it this week, and yes, come back on Memorial Day, as we plan to have an update EVERY Monday! (and more if needed, like last Friday!)
And expect a very special update on Monday June 2nd, looking at a lot of the new attractions in Southern California area.