Disneyland Resort Photo Report for August 13, 2012.

Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort


High summer crowd levels continue this week at Disneyland Resort. 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, August 14, 2012
9 out of 10
Weds, August 15, 2012
9 out of 10
Thurs, August 16, 2012
9 out of 10
Fri, August 17, 2012
9 out of 10

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

  • Southern California Annual Passports are now blocked out through August 19.
  • Full blockouts on Saturday.
  • Disneyland (park) is a 7.9 on Thursday.
  • Due to its incredibly low capacity, consider riding Luigi’s Flying Tires standby right after starting your day by grabbing a FASTPASS for Radiator Springs Racers.

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Cars Land from Pacific Warf

Heat Wave

 One of the largest news stories this past week, and for the coming week, is the heat wave that we are currently experiencing.

For the Southern California area to have more than a week of record temperatures into the 90’s and 100’s, coupled with higher than normal humidity, is a rare event.  The Los Angeles and Orange County areas routinely see what we loving refer to as “Heat Waves” this time of year, but this particular heat wave has been very long and has found Disneyland Guests looking for ways to cool down and still make the most out of their vacations and trips to the resort.

The lines have been long and the Fastpasses in demand for Grizzly River Run and Splash Mountain.

Grizzly River Run - Disney California Adventure

One of our most popular articles during the summer months, and especially this past week, is our Disneyland “Beat the Heat” tips.

Beat The Heat at the Disneyland Resort

It’s summertime at the Disneyland Resort and even though Southern California is known for it’s mild and great year round weather, we are known to have “heat waves” that can routinely spike into the 100′s in Orange County.  This coupled with the coastal humidity can raise the heat index to a dangerous level for some, especially when you spend all day outside in an amusement park.  The concrete can radiate, the buildings and trees can block breezes and the soda and candy can exacerbate dehydration which could quickly ruin your trip to the happiest place on earth.  However, even in these circumstances you can still enjoy your time at The Disneyland Resort with just a few tips and a bit of planning.
  • Hydrate! The most important thing you can do for yourself.  Only Water is effective with this tip.  Any restaurant will provide a guest with a free cup of ice.  You can then fill with water at any drinking fountain or the filling stations listed below.
  • Avoid Caffeine:  Caffeine (Coffee, Soda) Can actually dehydrate you more.  No alcohol either.
  • Clothing:  Loose fitting, light-colored clothing is the best
  • Sunscreen:  Wear Sunscreen, especially for the kids.  Don’t forget to reapply
  • Take Breaks:  Take breaks in air-conditioned buildings and stores
  • Avoid the Afternoon:  If you can, take the afternoon hours to have lunch in-doors, relax in a hotel lobby or if a guest, return to your room until it cools down a bit.
  • Swim:  Even though your still outdoors, if your a guest at a Hotel with a pool return to cool off during the day. (all three of the Disneyland hotels have pools).
  • Cool Down:Each Park has water play areas that can provide some temporary relief to high temperatures.
    • Tomorrowland (Disneyland), Enjoy the cool mist of the “moonliner” between Red Rocket’s Pizza Port and Innoventions
    • ToonTown (Disneyland), Misting umbrellas across from the Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin ride
    • BugsLand (California Adventure), Princess Dot Puddle Park
    • Condor Flats (California Adventure), Cool mist from the “Cool Your Jets” rocket next to Soari’n Over California
    • Paradise Park (California Adventure), Water Play Area Fountain
  • Water Rides:  Water rides are a fun way to cool down, however lines can exceed 60 minutes routinely on hot days, get you fast pass early.
    • If your willing to ride without the rest of your party, you can obtain a “single rider” pass from the cast member at the entrance to the attraction and be placed in the fast pass queue.  These are available for both Grizzly River Run & Splash Mountain.
    • Use a free locker at Grizzly River Run.  Worried about your gear getting drenched while on this great water ride at Disney California Adventure?  You can get 2 hours free at the near by lockers.  Swipe your debit or credit card and return to claim your gear before the 2 hours are up and you will not be charged.

Grizzly River Run - Disney California Adventure

Fantasy Faire

The new Princess Fantasy Faire construction is beginning to move along.  The previous Fantasy Faire, at the Fantasyland Theatre, closed this past weekend and the princess’ have moved into a temporary location along the “it’s a small world” mall.

Disney also released some of the WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering) Fantasy Faire concept art this week, and put them on display in the Opera House.

Fantasy Faire Concept Art - Disneyland Opera House

Fantasy Faire Concept Art - Disneyland Opera House

Fantasy Faire Concept Art - Disneyland Opera House

Fantasy Faire Concept Art - Disneyland Opera House

Fantasy Faire Concept Art - Disneyland Opera House

Fantasy Faire Concept Art - Disneyland Opera House


Royal Hall Interior Concept Art - Fantasy Faire - Disneyland

Royal Hall Exterior Concept Art - Fantasy Faire - Disneyland.jpegFantasy Faire Concept Art

A large crane has moved into the Fantasy Faire and steel framing has appeared.

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

On the backside, the exterior of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is receiving some work.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique External Refurb - Fantasyland - Disneyland

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique External Refurb - Fantasyland - Disneyland

Alice in Wonderland

A few years ago, Cal OSHA (California Occupational Safety and Health Administration) expressed some “concerns” about the exterior safety of the Alice in Wonderland attraction.  According to Cal OSHA, the lack of  railings on the outdoor, elevated section of the attraction posed a possible safety hazard in the event of an evacuation.  Despite having no similar incidents on the 50 year old attraction, Disney was forced to close it and install the ugly solution you see below in the photos.

Alice in Wonderland has remained covered by these ugly tarps, which mask the scaffolding beneath them, for the past two years.  During this past weekend’s Destination D event at the Disneyland Hotel, Imagineer Tony Baxter referred to the situation with the following quote: “We all know about the mess out front and I’ve heard we got the approval to go in and clean it up”. (link)

Alice in Wonderland Temporary Safety Rails and Tarps

Alice in Wonderland Temporary Safety Rails and Tarps

Alice in Wonderland Temporary Safety Rails and Tarps

Alice in Wonderland Temporary Safety Rails and Tarps

Around the Resort

Fantasmic!

Glow with the Show Coming to Fantasmic! at Disneyland and an AP Event to See It!

The Disneyland Resort is expanding the use of the new “Glow with the Show” technology to include Fantasmic!  ”Glow with the Show” first debuted as an enhancement to the World of Color this past June at Disney California Adventure.

The special Glow with the Show Mickey Ear Hats utilize infrared technology which allows Disney to control the light up ears of each hat.  The result is a sea of glowing lights which change color and flash in unison causing waves of colors to flow through the crowd.  The technology is impressive, when the majority of the crowd is wearing the specialized hats.

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Disneyland has updated the popular “A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour which will now include a very rare treat, a peak at Walt’s personal apartment above the firehouse.

Walt's Apartment - Disneyland

Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: The New ‘Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps’ Tour

From: The Disney Parks Blog

If you love Disneyland history, I’ve got a tour for you. The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Tour replaces the current “A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour beginning September 9, and is available to book right now. Traveling through Disneyland park, you will learn about the challenges, excitement, inspiration, and fun that went into creating Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom as well as the story of the life of Walt Disney himself.

The newly re-launched tour includes an exclusive look into Walt Disney’s private apartment, a peek into the lobby of the exclusive, members-only Club 33, a private lunch on Main Street U.S.A., two classic attraction experiences and a collectible pin.

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The third edition is now available of the Buena Vista Street Bugle

Buena Vista Street Bugle Volume 1, Issue 3

Elysian Arcade - Buena Vista Street -Disney California Adventure

Elysian Arcade Penny Press - Buena Vista Street -Disney California Adventure

Disney has also released photos and a video from the traveling “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition”, which we told about last month, and will be on display at Disney California Adventure for this Halloween.

The Art of Frankenweenie

The construction walls have been bumped out further around the Earl of Sandwich location in Downtown Disney.

Still no word on an opening date.

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

The former Compass Books kiosk, which has played host to many short term tenants, is being removed.

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

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

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