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With the big media events and grand openings of Little Mermaid, Star Tours and some of the hotel expansions behind us, we begin to look forward to a very busy summer.  Already the crowds are showing up in droves and most schools have yet to let out for the summer break.  Star Tours is consistently maintaining a wait of at least 120 minutes, while Mermaid tends to hold steady at 75 minutes.  As we near the halfway mark of June we are looking forward to July and the opening of Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill, Bayside Brews and Goofy’s Sky School.

 

The heaviest summer crowds haven’t hit Disneyland yet, but waits for Star Tours continued to push or exceed three hours at times. 

Because choosing the least crowded days to visit, but not having a good plan of attack for avoiding crowd concentrations is like ordering Diet Coke with three Big Macs, we highly recommend that you follow a Touring Plan. You can now access these Touring Plans on the go with our Lines Mobile Wait Times app!

Here’s how the actual wait time submissions that our Lines users and data team observed in the parks compared to what our professional statisticians predicted on the Crowd Calendar.

Date Predicted Observed
Monday, June 6, 2011 6 / 10 6 / 10
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 6 / 10 7 / 10
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 4 / 10 5 / 10
Thursday, June 9, 2011 4 / 10 3 / 10
Friday, June 10, 2011 6 / 10 7 / 10
Saturday, June 11, 2011 7 / 10 5 / 10

Expect the possibility of heavier than normal crowds in both parks specifically for the new summer offerings that opened recently, as the rest of the parks remain somewhat moderate before the heaviest portion of summer hits:

  • Thursday should have relatively low crowds.
  • Expect a busy Father’s Day.
  • There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.

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The big story this week was Disney’s sudden increase in park admission at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort.  The increase has become an annual event, however this years increase was sudden and came only 10 months after the last increase.  It’s obvious that Disney’s goal is to cash in on the new attractions at both Disneyland and California Adventure even more as the summer crowds will descend upon the resort to experience those new adventures that Disney, the media, and blogs, have been touting for the past year.  I got a whirl wind of responses on both Facebook and Twitter, as well as many great comments on the blog.

Disneyland Prices Going Up…Again!

For the second time in less than a year, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are increasing ticket prices.  Disneyland also added 1-park-per-day tickets to the 3, 4, 5 & 6 day tickets. Going into effect in two days (June 12, 2011) the increase represents as significant jump in prices, one as much as $80. Because the last increase took effect in August of 2010, this is the second increase in 10 months!

Read the entire article and see a full breakdown of the price increase here —>

The price increase took effect on Sunday, June 12th, and that morning the new prices could be seen on the ticket booths.

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Along with the increase in prices, Disneyland is also pushing purchases of Annual Passports.  The same “Score” poster can be seen on every ticket booth.  Notice the push to make “Monthly Payments”, as this is the only way most guests can ‘barley’ afford an AP anymore.

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Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Star Tours continues to see lines that are consistently above 120 minutes.  Fastpass doesn’t last very long either with all available Fastpasses typically being distributed by noon.

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Cast Members are desperately trying to keep keep traffic flowing around the entrance to Tomorrowland with one way traffic patters, but the area is a huge bottleneck.  With the Astro Orbitor in the middle and the lines for both Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters on the opposite sides, the area is reduced to a confusing crawl.

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California Adventure Entrance

The new Pan Pacific Auditorium inspired entrance to California Adventure is looking better everyday.  The entrance should be ready to take guests through the new shinny turnstiles by the end of August when all of Buena Vista Street will be closed off and guests will be directed behind Soarin’ Over California to enter the park.

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Buena Vista Street

Speaking of Buena Vista Street, construction on the Carthay Theater is moving along…slowly.

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The major pathway between the Carthay Circle Theater and this ‘pump house’, along where the Grizzly River Run waterfall is, will be closed off starting Monday, June 13th.  Guests accessing areas of the park beyond the entrance will need to go though Bugs Land from the rear entrance, near the Tower of Terror or by using the Condor Flatts, Golden State area near Soarin’ Over California.  For more detailed information on the construction at DCA go to our construction page at http://ocattractions.net/dca

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Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill

The new ‘Victorian’ inspired colors and architecture in this area are bright and fresh.  A huge improvement over the drab stucco, rusty ship and space ship hamburgers that were once here.

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The former P.T. Flea’s shop, in its new location.

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The railings along the main walkway are very nice, and the upper railings show a flower detail.  Nice touch!

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The southern arch is receiving detail work.

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Bayside Brews appears complete from the outside, the coverings are new this week.

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The north side of Bayside Brews is now visible; the details seen on this little building are a very welcome sight.  It reminds me of the details you would see on Disneyland’s Main Street USA.

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Goofy’s Sky School

Last week we showed off the new exterior sign (seen below) and the newly revealed queue, this week we noticed that the testing of the attraction has moved from empty cars to full cars…full of cast members.

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If you look close enough you’ll see what the new Goofy’s Sky School cast member costumes look like! (click the photo to enlarge it)

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The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

One week into the official launch of Little Mermaid and the attraction is still seeing long lines.  It seems that 75 minutes is around average for this dark ride.  Expect to see a lot of children, it’s a great family attraction!

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Guests of the hotels can get a Fast Pass for themselves and their guests at their hotel.  This is a great benefit as the attraction does not have Fast Pass for anyone else.

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A look at some of the merchandise across the way at Embarcadero Gifts

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Cars Land

Route 66

The new major focus of our trips to DCA (and soon the Blue Sky Cellar) will be Cars Land.  We have learned a lot about the new land during last week’s “What’s Next” media event and we can’t wait to watch the new land grow over the next year with you!

 

“Cars Land represents some of the largest growth in the history of Disney Parks.” – Tom Staggs

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The rock work is the largest Disney has ever created.

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This arch will be the ‘gateway’ between Cars Land and the Pacific Warf.

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The ‘four corners’ area of the main street will have a blinking light and the entire area will be lit with neon at night!

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Sally’s Cozy Cone’s

There will be five cones, with Sally’s office in the front.  Unlike in the movie where the cones are ‘motel/ garage rooms for cars’, here in Cars Land it will be a snack food location.  The Disney pun department has worked out a few food names such as, ‘Pop-Cone’ and ‘Chilli-Cone-Carne’.

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Radiator Springs Curio Shop

A souvenir shop for pins and small merchandise.  The imagineers actually went on a ‘Route 66’ road trip to visit real curio shops to help further the experience from the film.

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Flo’s V8 Cafe

A dining location where the food was inspired by actual Route 66 diners.  The restaurant will feature savory comfort foods such as, macaroni & cheese, sandwiches and pie.  Guests will learn that Flo was part of a singing group called the ‘Motorama Girls’.  The interior of her restaurant is now decorated with her gold records, group posters as well as Doc ‘Fabulous’ Hudson Hornet memorabilia.

Flo’s V8 Cafe is fashioned after a large air filter and is seen in the foreground of the picture below.

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Ramone’s House of Body Art

A merchandise location, next door to Flo’s V8 Cafe

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Luigi’s Casa Della Tires

The attraction will house the queue for Luigi’s Flying Tires.  Luigi and Guido will take you out back and attach an air compressor to the storage yard, and soon you’ll be floating on air.

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The building just beyond Flo’s V8 Cafe (with the tires on the roof).

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The large concrete pad seen behind the building will house the attraction.

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Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Mater will be singing songs during the entire ride.  The songs will be original, specifically for the attraction.

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Radiator Springs Racers

Radiator Springs Racers is 6 acres of hand sculpted rock, half of the 12 acres that makes up Cars Land

It’s impossible to see from this location, but the rock just to the right of this photo looks like a giant wheel-well.  This is an area where they will tell the story of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs.  This area is said to be the original settling point of Radiator Springs. This area will be part of the line for Radiator Springs Racers and will be a “shaded water filled area” called “Stanley’s Oasis”.  You’ll see Stanley’s original repair shop and a bottle house that he built with the old oil bottles, the original road-side attraction for Radiator Springs.

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The attraction starts off with a country ride, similar to Lightning and Sally’s drive in the movie.  You’ll get a great view of Cars Land and the waterfall, after the sheriff pulls you over, Mater invites you to do some tractor tipp’n, and eventually Lightning invites you to a race!

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Around The Resort

The walls around the entrance to Hollywood Pictures Blacklot / HollywoodLand have been removed and the tracks for the Red Car Trolly have been extended.

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Also in the Hollywood Backlot area, Disneyland announced that ElecTRONica would be extended, again.  Now you can party like it’s 1985 though Spring of 2012!

ElecTRONica Extended…Again

In news that was not a big shocker to this blogger, Disneyland announced Thursday that the Tron themed night time dance party at California Adventure Park will run though Spring of 2012.  ElecTRONica was recently extended though Labor Day, but the popular event which features acts such as Laserman, guest DJ’s, food and light up beverages has been extended once again.  This latest extention means that ElecTRONica will last almost a year and half by the end of it’s run.

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The signs along the wall of Ariel’s Grotto have finally been updated to reflect the new attractions.

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The Moonliner in Tomorrowland is receiving new paint.

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Tables for Red Rocket’s Pizza Port have been set up next to the exit/ entrance of innoventions

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Famous Car Designer To Appear At Disney Gallery

Chip Foose, a hot rod shop owner, automotive designer and former star of the reality TV seriesOverhaulin’ has help to create unique paintings combining the world of “Cars” and Disneyland.

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The Disneyland Hotel Towers will officially be renamed this week.  The Magic to the Fantasy, The Dreams to the Adventure and the Wonder to the Frontier.

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The Neverland / E-Ticket pool construction

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Sanuk has opened in Downtown Disney.

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Apricot Lane Celebrates Grand Opening This Wednesday (June 15th)

From  9 am to 10 am, Apricot Lane will host an Annual Passholder Exclusive Shopping Hour, along with Photos on their “Apri-Carpet” and more.  Then at 10:30 am they will cut the “clothes” – Apricot Lane’s own take on a ribbon cutting featuring our hand made style ribbon of jeans, scarves and more!

Read More —>

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See You At Disneyland!

 

  • If you want a closer look at the Goofy’s Sky School costumes, just head over to Golden Zephyr and Jumpin’ Jellyfish. They’ve been wearing them for 3 weeks now. No need to take a pic from Fun Wheel. The only difference is that the GSS costumes will reverse the vest and wear green, not yellow.

  • If you want a closer look at the Goofy’s Sky School costumes, just head over to Golden Zephyr and Jumpin’ Jellyfish. They’ve been wearing them for 3 weeks now. No need to take a pic from Fun Wheel. The only difference is that the GSS costumes will reverse the vest and wear green, not yellow.

  • Andrew

    Im not sure if this is a dumb question or not…  I was wondering if the monorail will likely be closed during the removal of the golden gate bridge….or if that will probably be a quick overnight project like the Hollywood backlot sign?  As far as cars land goes…I keep reading of a waterfall…is that located on the rockwork u cant see that has its back to california screamin?