Disneyland Resort Photo & News Report, April 16, 2012

Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort


Crowds should be much lighter at Disneyland this week and will stay fairly light for the next few weeks. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd CalendarLines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. 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 resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

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Day
Resort Crowd Prediction
Tues, April 17, 2012
5 out of 10
Weds, April 18, 2012
5 out of 10
Thurs, April 19, 2012
out of 10
Fri, April 20, 2012
out of 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Full block outs this Saturday.
  • Tuesday will be the lightest day for crowds this week in Disneyland.
  • Disney California Adventure is a 5.8 on the Crowd Calendar on Monday.

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End of Line

After 18 months, one hiatus, and quite a few reconfigurations, ElecTRONica came to a close this past Sunday night.

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Eckert

ElecTRONica, was a night-time dance party held in the Hollywood Backlot area of California Adventure.  It began in October of 2010 as a promotion for the motion picture TRON: Legacy. Guests of ElecTRONica were entertained by a live DJ, laser lights and a 3D sneak peak of the movie. Visitors also had the opportunity to play their favorite video games from the 80′s in a replication of Flynn’s Arcade

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend

An informal contest was held each night with guests playing the Wii TRON:Evolution video game.

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Wii Game Area

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Eckert

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - End of the Line Club

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - End of the Line Club

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - End of the Line Club

 

Outer Circle Wins the TRON City Dance Crew Challenge on ElecTRONica’s Final Night

Sunday night was the final night for ElecTRONica, and while fans of the Tron themed dance party were saying ‘goodbye’ to the 18 month long event, they were also given the opportunity to vote in a dance competition.  Disney held the “TRON City Dance Crew Challenge” over the past few weeks leading up to the finals, which were held tonight.  Guests were able to vote for their favorite dance team by text message, and Disney just announced the winners of the DISC-OBALL trophy, Outer Circle.

Congratulations to all the teams.  Here is a video of Outer Circle from Thursday night’s semi-finals.

Flynn’s Arcade was one of the more popular parts of ElecTRONica.  It essentially recreated the 80’s version of the arcade, complete with neon lights, real 80’s vintage video games and music.

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Flynn's Arcade

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Flynn's Arcade

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Flynn's Arcade

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend - Flynn's Arcade

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend

End of Line…

ElecTRONica - Final Weekend

Carnation Plaza Gardens

Carnation Plaza Gardens

Disneyland to close Carnation Plaza Gardens this Month

It’s now official, Disneyland will be closing the iconic Carnation Plaza Gardens area of Main Street the night of April 30th inorder to begin its transformation into the Princess Fantasy Faire.

Princess Fantasy Faire Concept Art

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, and George Kalogridis the President of the Disneyland Resort, made the announcement at the 2011 D23 Expo. This quiet corner of Main Street, currently home to high school and community bands, Saturday night swing dancing, and guests looking for a place to rest, will be absorbed into Fantasyland. Disney described the Fantasy Faire in a blog post as an “enchanting village square that will immerse guests in the stories of their favorite princesses”.

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Carnation Plaza Gardens

Matterhorn Refurbishment

The exterior of the extensive Matterhorn Bobsled refurbishment is wrapping up.  The scaffolding is nearly gone, and the walkway between the famous mountain and the Submarine Lagoon is uncovered.

Matterhorn Refurbishment

Matterhorn Refurbishment

Matterhorn Refurbishment

Wild Weather

A huge thunderstorm rolled into the Disneyland area this past friday while I was shooting photos for this update.  The storm was so intense that parts of the resort experienced flooding.  The thunder and the lightning so close that we saw electrical disturbances with Main Street’s lighting.

Rainy Day, Castle, Hub

I decided to film the intensity of the rain, since it’s actually rare for us to encounter such weather in Southern California, and I’m glad I did!  I was able to catch flashes of lighting, very loud cracks of thunder and some of the electrical disturbances on video.  Moments after, a huge downpour caused guests to run for cover in the Esplanade.

The downpour seen in the video caused about a foot of flooding near the temporary entrance to Disney California Adventure.  The flooding was quickly corrected by an army of Cast Members.

Condor Flats Rain Flooding

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Pixar Play Parade Set to Return

Pixar Play Parade Set to ReturnThe Pixar Play Parade is returning to Disney California Adventure this summer.

On what is becoming one of the most anticipated days since Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, the Pixar Play Parade is scheduled return on June 15th; the same day Disney California Adventure relaunches with the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, the kick off of the Mad T Party and the reopening of the Matterhorn Bobsleds following a six month long refurbishment.

Buena Vista Street‘s construction sent the Pixar Play Parade into hiatus last year. Disney filled the entertainment void with a few small pop-up shows. Pixar Pals, “Monster Mayhem” and “The Incredibles: Heroes in Training” used elements from the Pixar Play Parade to entertain guests near the Hyperion Theater. Those shows will end on April 29th in anticipation for the return of the full parade.

When the Pixar Play Parade does return this summer, it will do so on the longest parade route of any Disney theme park. The route will stretch from the Hollywood Tower of Terror to Paradise Pier near Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Google Earth shows the route as just over a half a mile!

A few changes have been made to the Pixar Play Parade, including a reconfigured Omnidroid float. “Jack Jack is now repositioned, and we are introducing Violet to the parade for the first time”, Disney said in a blog post. The parade floats are also being reworked to fit under the Red Car Trolley cables, which were recently installed over Hollywood Blvd and Buena Vista Street. These exact changes are unclear, but it was most likely a factor in the repositioning of Jack Jack.

Buena Vista Street Construction Update

Buena Vista Street Construction - fiddler fifer and practical cafe

Beautiful wrought iron details

Buena Vista Street Construction

Buena Vista Street Construction

Buena Vista Street Construction

Buena Vista Street - Claribells Hand Scooped Ice Cream

The work above Claribell’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream is very detailed.  (note the rain)

Buena Vista Street - Claribells Hand Scooped Ice Cream

The Carthay Circle Theatre Marque has been unveiled.

Buena Vista Street Construction - Carthay Circle Theatre Marquee

The wrought iron arch, popcorn lighting and marquee is going to look amazing lit up at night.

Buena Vista Street - Carthay Circle Theatre Marquee

The Buena Vista Street background music was playing this past weekend.

The elephants, a reference to the movie Intolerance, which sat on either side of the Hollywood Pictures Backlot entrance (Soon to be known as Hollywood Land) since the park opened in 2001, have been removed.

Hollywood Land - Elephant Removal

All that remains for now is the base.

Hollywood Land - Elephant Removal

You can buy part of the actual gateway in a pin.

Hollywood Pictures Backlot Sign Pin

The X-1 jet has been removed from the Taste Pilots’ Grill marquee.

Taste Pilots' Grill Missing Jet

And for some strange reason, part of the sign for Soarin’ Over California is still missing. We first reported the sign missing in the January 16, 2012 Report.

Soarin' Over California Missing Sign

Cars Land

 

Cars Land Model - Blue Sky Cellar

Cars Land Construction

Cars Land Construction - Stanley Statue

The statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, has been installed and unveiled.

Cars Land Construction - Stanley Statue

The Cadillac Range lights were lit this past week.

Cars Land Construction - Cadillac Range Lights

Fillmore’s Taste-In has been lit at night as well.

The geodesic dome glows and rotates colors.

Cars Land Construction - Fillmore's Taste-In Lights

Cars Land Construction - Fillmore's Taste-In Lights

Cars Land Construction - Fillmore's Taste-In Lights

Around the Resort

Honda Contest, Mickey and Friends Tram Loading Area

Honda, “Wish List” Sweepstakes display at the Mickey and Friends tram loading area.

Honda Contest, Mickey and Friends Tram Loading Area

Honda Contest, Mickey and Friends Tram Loading Area

The entrance between the Fantasy Tower and the Convention Center at the Disneyland Hotel is closed off for work.

Disneyland Hotel - Fantasy Tower Refurbishment

Disneyland Hotel - Fantasy Tower Refurbishment

And a window has been installed in the hallway.

Disneyland Hotel - Fantasy Tower Refurbishment

Disneyland Hotel - Fantasy Tower Refurbishment

I teased out that I found a ‘Hidden Mickey’ on Buena Vista Street this past week. It was pretty much split down the middle of who wanted to see it and who didn’t.  So if you want to see the ‘Hidden Mickey’ click HERE.

That’s going to do it for this week’s update.  You can see the past updates here.

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