Welcome To The Disneyland Resort
A lot happened this week at the Disneyland Resort. In the week leading up to the launch of Soundsational Summer and the official opening of Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Disneyland launched a new parade, opened a new restaurant, bar and by the time you read this, a new pool.
This report will be less photo heavy than one than I usually bring you, but fear not, I will be giving my camera a major workout this upcoming week.
Speaking of this next week, let see what the crowd predictions are from TouringPlans.com
|The TouringPlans.com Crowd Calendar reflects how long you will wait in line for attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The numbers are based on wait times for all days on record. When a day is predicated as a 1 out of 10, it doesn’t mean that the parks are empty, just that when compared to other days these wait times are in the bottom 10%. We had researchers submitting wait times in the parks every day of the week, and were aided by our fabulous Disneyland Lines App users. Here’s what our statistical team measured for the upcoming week:
Once past the Memorial Day weekend, wait times lessen:
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
A few days ago, Disneyland officially debuted their new parade. Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is the big budget, high energy Disneyland parade that the park has been lacking for years. The crowd reactions and guest surveys are coming in strong and it appears that Disneyland has some major hits on their hands, and that usually translates into high crowd levels.
A collection of pictures just can’t capture this parade’s energy and sound.
Consider this a Spoiler Alert! Don’t watch the video unless you want to see & hear the whole parade.
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s bar has opened up.
Tangarora Terrace is pitched as a “casual island dining” experience. The layout reminds me of Whitewater Snacks at the Grand Californian Hotel.
Both are next to the pool areas and serve as a great way to grab lunch, dinner or snacks while relaxing at the hotels.
Unique to Tangarora Terrace is the touch screen ordering kiosks.
Most of the seating is outdoors.
The patio area is very well themed to the ‘island experience’ and is surrounded by tiki torches and lanterns.
Trader Sams is located around the corner
The entire area has received a huge upgrade in terms of aesthetics and landscaping. It’s all very fresh and will help to bring the Disneyland Hotel up to high standards that is expected of a Disney owned hotel.
The Monorail inspired pool slides are set to open this weekend.
Here is the splash down pool
Plenty of out door seating, a Jacuzzi and cabanas are available.
The entrance to the area has a 1950’s style monorail inspired gate.
The other slide is built more for speed and uses a water filled area of the slide as the stopping point.
Disneyland is famous for the details. From the 1950’s style steel beams to the Monorail pilon replicas.
The Monorail pool slide is only the beginning of the pool renovations at the Disneyland Hotel.
Also coming to the Disneyland Hotel pool area will be a new D-Ticket themed pool. Guests will have fun finding the subtle D-Tickets in the pool, which are reminiscent of the ticket books that were used in the early days of Disneyland. This will be followed in late 2011 by an E-Ticket themed pool, in the area which previously featured the Never Land pool.
The new pool space will also include Mickey and Minnie themed spas located at opposite ends of the pool area. Also, when the pool area is completed, six new cabanas will be available, featuring flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, safes, phones and ceiling fans.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
Across from Trader Sam’s and the new pool area is an outdoor seating and fireside.
The former location of the Bonita waterfalls
You would never know that this area was once home to huge waterfalls and a koi pond.
Next door in the (soon to be re-named) Frontierland Tower, Disney has set up a replica of the WDI Big Thunder Mountain Railroad model.
The detail in this model is very impressive and is worth the trip over to the hotel.
Star Tours & Little Mermaid Launch Day News
Speaking of details, we have some of the information you have been asking about regarding the opening of Star Tours and Little Mermaid. Disneyland will be holding a media event for the opening of Star Tours on the morning of June 3rd. Because of this event, the attraction itself will not open until 10am. Disney is planing to set up bleachers out on Main Street and in front of Star Tours for the ceremonies. A few days ago on the Star Tours Facebook Page Disney teased that the Star Tours dedication ceremony will have a live web cast. Disney did the same thing for the dedication ceremony at Walt Disney World last week. No details have yet been announced. Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Tom Staggs and Disneyland Resort President, George Kalorgridis will be on hand for the event along with “special treats”. George Lucas appeared for the Walt Disney World launch, so it is perceivable that he could make an appearance for Disneyland’s launch as well. As far as opening day goes, Disney is preparing for a five hour wait for Star Tours. This is just their ‘worst case senario’ estimates, but it does have contingency plans for a queue that could stretch down Main Street USA and across other areas of the park.
Over at DCA a stage will also be set up in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. However the media event will take place a day earlier on June 2nd. Again Tom Staggs and George Kalorgridis are expected to appear along with the voice of the Little Mermaid, Jodi Benson. Just like last year after the launch of World of Color, Disney will use the event to give the media a taste of “what’s next”, only this time over at Cars Land. The media guests and some cast members will be taken behind the construction fences into Cars Land to showcase some of the attractions and shops that are currently under construction. Hawaiian dancers will also be used to help draw attention the new Hawaiian Aulani resort and Fantasy Cruise Ship and the whole event will wrap up with a pool party at the new Disneyland Hotel pool area on June 3rd.
If you are an annual passholder and you will be available this Tuesday and Wednesday (31st and 1st) then you can take advantage of open annual passholder previews for Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
Disneyland is sending out emails to “be among the first to experience the Little Mermaid attraction” at Disney California Adventure Park. The Passholder previews will be held on May 31 and June 1st.
Unlike the previews for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, there is no need to sign up for this preview, just show your annual passport at the entrance to the attraction. Disneyland is using this opportunity to also allow Annual Passholders to preview and purchase special merchandise from the new Embarcadero Gifts store, which will be located directly across from the attraction.
With the big media events, the Disneyland Hotel Refurbishments, Little Mermaid, Star Tours and Soundsational Parade, this next week will be very busy one at the resort. I’m actually happy now that Goofy’s Sky School, Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill have been pushed back until July!