Welcome to the Disneyland Resort

It’s Summer Time at the Disneyland Resort, and with most schools already dismissed for the summer break, crowds are beginning to show up!

 

Cinderella Castle at Disneyland

 

Main Street USA on a Monday afternoon!

Busy Summer Day on Main Street USA

Busy Summer Day on Main Street USA

 

Now might be a good time to take a few bucks and invest in a Touring Plans subscription.  Their iPhone app and web site really helps me and my friends plan our days at the parks.

Last week saw slightly higher crowd levels than anticipated, a possible harbinger of the busy summer to come at Disneyland Resort. Because of this, now more than ever it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted crowd numbers generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. 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!

Date Overall Disneyland DCA
Monday, June 20, 2011 5 / 10 4.8 / 10 5.1 / 10
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5 / 10 4.9 / 10 5.3 / 10
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6 / 10 5.1 / 10 4.7 / 10
Thursday, June 23, 2011 4 / 10 4.2 / 10 4.2 / 10

Expect the possibility of continued heavier than normal crowds, for this time of year, in both parks due to the new summer offerings:

  • Thursday should have relatively low crowds.
  • Crowds next weekend will be high; these high crowds will not let up anytime soon.
  • There will be full AP blockouts on Saturday.

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Main Street Emporium

The main room inside the Main Street Emporium is closed off for refurbishment

Emporium Refurbishment

Although the shops around the interior remain open.

Emporium Refurbishment

Emporium Refurbishment

Emporium Refurbishment

Cars 2 Merchandise has appeared in the Emporium

Cars 2 Merchandise at Disneyland

Cars 2 Merchandise at Disneyland

California Adventure Main Entrance

The main entrance at Disney California Adventure park has emerged from beneath tarps and scaffolding to reveal a beautiful new entrance for the park.

California Adventure's New Entrance

California Adventure's New Entrance

California Adventure's New Entrance

The color scheme is very fresh and the clean art deco inspired curves and lines show the direction for the new California Adventure

California Adventure's New Entrance

California Adventure's New Entrance

California Adventure's New Entrance

 

So what inspired this beautiful entrance?  Disney Hollywood Studios?  Nope!

The History Behind California Adventure’s New Entrance

Disney California Adventure Park is going through an extensive refurbishment and reconstruction.  As part of the reconstruction, California Adventure will receive a new entrance.

Thankfully, along with new attractions and buildings, the new California Adventure will receive a proper entrance.  The new area that will greet guests will be named Buena Vista Street.  Similar to what Main Street USA is to Disneyland, Buena Vista Street will be a replica of 1930′s Los Angeles; the time frame that Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles to start his career as an animator.  This area will be very elaborate and up to the standards of Disney. At the time of the writing of this article, this area is still the old plain buildings of Sunshine Plaza, however, the concept art is already exciting Disney park fans as well as the construction that is now visible in the area.

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California Adventure's New Entrance

Buena Vista Street

The ‘pump house’ for DCA’s new hub fountain is beginning to take shape

Buena Vista Street; Pump House Construction

Workers are applying the exterior to the building.

Buena Vista Street; Pump House Construction

Work is slowly progressing on the Carthay Circle Theater

Carthay Circle Theater Construction

Carthay Circle Theater Construction

Carthay Circle Theater Construction

Carthay Circle Theater Construction

The evolving DCA skyline…as seen from the Disneyland Main Street train station.

(Front to back: Monorail Beam, New DCA Entrance, Soon to be removed Golden Gate Monorail bridge, Carthay Circle Theater frame, Cars Land Cadillac Range)

Carthay Circle Theater Construction

The tracks Red Car Trolly tracks are now visible

Carthay Circle Theater Construction

As we told you last week, the major walkway that connects the front of the park to the back has been blocked off.

Construction Picking Up At California Adventure

The major pathway between the front entrance to Bugs Land and the Grizzly River Run waterfall, which leads to the Paradise Pier, and Pacific Warf areas has been walled off.  Guests are now being directed though the Hollywood Pictures Back lot and Bugs Land or around Condor Flatts and the Golden State area to access the rear of the park.

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The area near the entrance of the park

Buena Vista Street Construction

The back side near the entrance to Bugs Land

Buena Vista Street Construction

Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

The sign has been installed over the Paradise Garden Grill.

Paradise Garden Grill

Paradise Garden Grill

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

The seating area is recessed with a good amount of trees and shade.  Something that California Adventure has been lacking since it’s opening in 2001

Boardwalk Restaurants

Roofing tiles now have a pattern

Boardwalk Restaurants

Speaking of landscaping, the entire area is starting to receive the royal treatment from Disney’s Horticulture Department, and it is looking great!

Boardwalk Restaurants

Cypress trees have been installed near Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

Boardwalk Restaurants

Palm Trees on either side of the archway

Boardwalk Restaurants

Bayside Brews is looking near completion.

Bayside Brews

A food case is now visible on the counter.  I’m sure this will be the place to get a turkey leg, pretzel or churro to go along with a cold brew.

Bayside Brews

Goofy’s Sky School

Over at Goofy’s Sky School, testing is continuing and cast member previews have begun.  The overlaid roller coaster is set to open in 10 days.

Goofy's Sky School

The “How to Turn” sign has been turned on.  The large Goofy banks back and forth while the smaller birds spin.

Goofy's Sky School

Goofy's Sky School

Cars Land

Details are becoming visible as construction seems to be picking up in Cars Land.

Cars Land Construction

Luigi’s Casa Della Tires

Cars Land Construction

Concrete being poured by use of this boom near Radiator Springs Racers.

Cars Land Construction

Cars Land Construction

Flo’s V8 Cafe

Cars Land Construction

Cars Land Construction

Cars Land Construction

Pacific Warf/ Cars Land Entrance

Cars Land Construction

Sally’s Cozy Cone’s in the foreground, new pads in the back right.  The gate seen on the back left will be a third entrance to Cars Land and will lead to Bugs Land between Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train and Francis’s Ladybug Boogie

Cars Land Construction

Radiator Springs Curio Shop

Cars Land Construction

Cars Land Construction

Cars Land Construction

Construction has picked up near the main entrance to Cars Land

Cars Land Construction

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Cars Land Construction

Around The Resort

The Matterhorn Bobsleds re-opened earlier this week to close again today (6-20).  It’s a scheduled refurbishment, and a strange one at that.  The Matterhorn closed June 13-17 and then again June 20-24.

It will have a more lengthy closure from July 11 – Sept 1st.

For more information on park hours, show times and closures visit http://info.dlandlive.com

Matterhorn

A subtle change to the Annual Passport payment options was initially overlooked when the price increase took effect last week.

AP Payments For All California Residents

In some good news that came out of last week’s ticket price increase, now ALL California residents can take advantage of the Annual Pass payment plan.  Prior to the June 12th price hike only Southern California residents (zip codes 90000-93599) could take advantage of the payment plan.

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Plaza Pavillion

All signage for the Mission Tortilla Factory have been removed and the windows have been blacked out. Disney is rumored to be in talks with the iconic San Francisco chocolatier Ghirardelli to fill the space.

Mission Tortilla Factory

New Characters Coming To California Adventure

Disney has officially announced the replacement of the ‘Brother Bear’ overlay of the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at California Adventure with the addition of Russell and Dug from the movie “UP”.

 

The Brother Bear makeover of 2004 will finally be removed this week.

Downtown Disney Star Tours Posters

The Fantasy Tower’s blue windows have reached the top floor.

Fantasy Tower Construction, Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel Flag

You read that right, Fantasy Tower.  The Disneyland Hotel towers have been officially renamed.

The Magic is now the Fantasy, Dreams now Adventure and Wonder now Frontier.

Disneyland Hotel Signs

Although not all the signs are reflecting the change as of yet.

Disneyland Hotel Signs

Mine...Mine...Mine...

Other News

 

New Video Game Takes You On A Virtual Trip To Disneyland

The next time you want to take a trip to Disneyland just flip on your Xbox Kinect!  Kinect Disneyland Adventures allows users to explore Disneyland, go on adventures based on attractions, engage in quests and even interact with Disney characters.  Using the Kinect camera you’ll be able to hug a princess, high five Mickey Mouse and even collect autographs, no controller required!

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D23 Expo Returns to Anaheim this August

After nearly two years, the D23 Expo will be returning to the Anaheim Convention Center this August 19 – 21st bringing “celebrity appearances, eye-popping pavilions, fascinating presentations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences”.  Here are some of the highlights of the event.

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In news surrounding Disneyland, former Disneyland Resort president Matt Ouimet has been hired to oversee Cedar Fair, the company that owns Knott’s Berry Farm.  I have a great respect for Mr. Ouimet and the work he did to pull Disneyland out from the dust and neglect of the previous administrations to make the Resort shine for the 50th anniversary in 2005.  A lot of his work can still be seen around the resort and Disneyland is a better place because of the short time he spent in Anaheim.  This could potentially signal a major change in the condition of Knott’s Berry Farm and we at OC Attractions will be watching with intrigue.

Cedar Fair Names Former Disney Executive Matthew A. Ouimet President of the Company

— Ouimet brings deep amusement park and resort industry experience and a rich understanding of financial, operational and brand management to this leadership role– Ouimet will succeed CEO Dick Kinzel on January 3, 2012, as part of Company’s CEO succession planning process

SANDUSKY, Ohio, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) today announcedthatMatthew A. Ouimet has been named president of the Company, effective immediately. Ouimet, 53, will succeed Dick Kinzel, 70, as chief executive officer, who will retire upon the expiration of his contract on January 3, 2012. Today’s action is in line withCedar Fair’s previously announced CEO succession planning process.

Ouimet is a 20 year veteran of the amusement park and hospitality industry, of which 17 years were spent with the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”).  During his tenure with the global entertainment conglomerate, he had the opportunity to work in a wide range of business lines with increasing levels of responsibility. Highlights of his tenure at Disney include serving as:

  • Senior vice president, finance and business development, and chief financial officer of the Disney Development Company, in which he was responsible for the financial management of Disney’s resort, theme park and corporate real estate projects in California, Florida and France;
  • Executive general manager of Disney Vacation Club, where, through expanded marketing and sales initiatives, Disney established itself as a major competitor in the timeshare industry;
  • President of Disney Cruise Line, where his team built the most successful family cruise product in the industry;
  • President of the Disneyland Resort, where he and his team developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan that resulted in significantly improved and sustained performance for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary and beyond.

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