Welcome To The Disneyland Resort!
| DCA Main Entrance | Carthay Circle Theater & Behind Construction Walls | Cars Land | Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure | Goofy’s Sky School, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill |
Disneyland Resort Crowd Predictions are brought to you each week by TouringPlans.com, using a scale of 1 to 10, the information they provide will help you better plan your trip to the Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort.
Another busy spring week at the Disneyland Resort; expect things to only get worse as we approach the Easter holiday. We had researchers submitting wait times in the parks every day of the week, and were aided by our fabulous Disneyland Lines App users. Last year, here’s what our statistical team measured for the upcoming week (note that last year this was the week after Easter Weekend, one of the busiest times of year):
|Monday, Apr. 11, 2010||9 / 10||9.1 / 10||8.9 / 10|
|Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2010||9 / 10||7.5 / 10||8.9 / 10|
|Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2010||9 / 10||7.6 / 10||8.9 / 10|
|Thursday, Apr. 14, 2010||8 / 10||7.2 / 10||8.8 / 10|
|Friday, Apr. 15, 2010||9 / 10||8.1 / 10||9.5 / 10|
|Saturday, Apr. 16, 2010||10 / 10||9.0 / 10||9.6 / 10|
|Sunday, Apr. 17, 2010||10 / 10||9.1 / 10||9.5 / 10|
Crowds increase from last week as we approach the busy Easter Week. Expect crowds of Crowd Level 9 or higher most of the week:
- Both weekend days will be incredibly busy, with full Annual Pass blockouts on Saturday and crowds measuring a full 10 out of 10 on the Crowd Calendar both Saturday and Sunday.
- The best day, relatively speaking, to visit Disneyland and DCA will be Thursday.
- Most of the week, DCA will be busier than Disneyland, with the exception of Monday.
Star Tours & Star Trader
The new paint job around Star Tours was unveiled last week.
This week we are getting our first look at the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue sign as well as the newly painted facade of the Star Trader retail store.
Snow White’s Grotto
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Snow White’s Grotto. The history behind this area is very neat.
On April 9, 1961, Walt Disney dedicated the Snow White Grotto, a tranquil spot in Disneyland park you won’t want to miss. Located at the eastern end of the moat around Sleeping Beauty Castle, its quaint wishing well has launched millions of wishes into the world. Do you know the the story behind this serene locale, and how it began with a problem of proportions?
The white, marble figurines depicting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs arrived anonymously from Italy as a gift for Walt Disney. They were exquisite, but every statue was roughly the same height. How would Snow White, the princess, project her royal presence if she was no taller than Dopey?
Walt Disney was determined to find a way to include the figurines within Disneyland park. As the story goes, Disney designer John Hench was perplexed when Walt first gave him the figurines to display. Then he found an ingenious and elegant solution. The major elements of the scene were scaled to create the illusion of distance and height and Snow White was placed at the top of the diorama, where she stands majestically above the scene. This created a forced perspective. Viewed from the adjacent footbridge, Snow White appears perfectly proportioned in relation to her friends.
Hench did such a magical job creating the scene that three other Disney Parks have since incorporated the montage – disproportion and all – in their Castle forecourts.
The soundtrack at Snow White Grotto includes chiming bells, woodland creatures and the voice of Snow White from the original movie. In 1983, as part of the New Fantasyland opening, Adriana Castelotti recreated her performance of “I’m Wishing” from the Oscar-winning 1937 film. Snow White sings throughout the day in the Grotto and even this feature has a magical quality as listeners hear the voice of the princess float out over the waterfall, then echo back from the Wishing Well.
Throughout the years, guests have tossed pennies and small coins into the well, along with their wishes. They may not realize that making their own wish also grants a wish. For decades, the money collected in the Wishing Well has been donated to children’s charities. Inscribed on the well is the sentiment: “Your wishes will help children everywhere.”
One of the most magical parts of Disneyland is running into celebrities; Disney celebrities of course.
Ariel was found walking between Snow White’s Castle and Carnation Plaza Gardens
Disney California Adventure
The new California Adventure main entrance is taking shape. The three rounded off levels are now visible.
The most exciting news continues to be the Carthay Circle Theater, and this week we have a peak behind the construction walls as well!
The steal and mesh that makes up Cadillac Range is almost filled in. We may only get one more look at the internal structure of the Cars Land backdrop.
Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
Most of the work over at the Little Mermaid attraction has moved to exterior details, the landscaping and walkway around the building as well as the interior work. With a little less than 9 weeks before it opens to the general guests, the attraction has moved in the final testing stages! Recently John Lasseter reportedly rode the attraction and was so impressed with the effects, he asked for the attraction to be slowed down so that guests could spend more time enjoying it.
Goofy’s Sky School, Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill
A new (to the area) lemonade stand has appeared just outside of the Golden Zephyr. Not a very good fit for this area.
Blink, the “denim experts” pop-up store has opened at Downtown Disney.
While renovation continues on the last tower at the Disneyland Hotel, the central area remains under heavy construction as well.
The gentle sound of saws, equipment and hammers is amplified by the way these three hotel towers and convention center are placed. The area is very loud and I can’t help but feel for the guests who were trying to relax by the pool while listening to all this racket. I’m sure some just opted to return to their overpriced hotel room instead.
Around the Resort
Even though Friday was forecasted for rain, it was a beautiful day. It remained cold, but clear, blue skies made for some very nice pictures around the Resort.