Disneyland Resort Photo Report for August 27, 2012.

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Labor Day weekend will cause a slight spike in crowds, but otherwise this week should be very bearable crowd-wise. 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 28, 2012
3 out of 10
Weds, August 29, 2012
3 out of 10
Thurs, August 30, 2012
3 out of 10
Fri, August 31, 2012
4 out of 10

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

  • Expect spikes in the crowd levels for Labor Day weekend.
  • Full blockouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Disneyland (park) is a 2.2 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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So Long Neil…

The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away this past weekend at the age of 82.

Carthay Circle Theatre and Moon - Buena Vista Street

Despite being a bit of a recluse for public events, Neil Armstrong helped to relaunch the new and improved Space Mountain at Disneyland in 2005, as seen in this Disney publicity photo.

Neil Armstrong Helps Relaunch Disneyland's Space Mountain in 2005

Princess Royal Walk

With their new home under construction, and their former location at the Fantasyland Theater being transformed back into a venue for stage shows, the princess meet and greet has moved to a section of the elevated “it’s a small world” mall.  The meet and greet is very small compared to the previous Fantasy Faire location, and surprisingly  there are no merchandise carts.

Princess Royal Walk - Disneyland

Princess Royal Walk - Disneyland

Princess Royal Walk - Disneyland

Concept art has been added to the construction wall of the Fantasy Faire, which will open next spring.

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Moving the meet and greet to the “it’s a small world” mall has freed up the Fantasyland Theater.

Construction has already begun on the stage and seating area for conversion back into a stage show venue.

Fantasyland Theater Construction - Disneyland

Fantasyland Theater Construction - Disneyland

Tarzan's Tree House

Pirates Invade New Orleans Square

The Court of Angels has been closed off for installation of the Pirates League, a makeover station.

Pirate's Leauge Installation - Disneyland

Disney is still installing the makeover station, but you can see an example of what we can expect when the location opens this fall.

Pirate's Leauge Installation - Disneyland

Pirate's Leauge Installation - Disneyland

Pirate's Leauge Installation - Disneyland

Pirate's Leauge Installation - Disneyland

Pirates League Coming to the Court of Angels at Disneyland this Fall

Disneyland is bringing the Pirates League to New Orleans Square this fall. The interactive pirate experience, which first started at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, will take up residence in the Court of Angels. Guests, ages three and up, can receive pirate makeovers, training, will learn their pirate name, and will take the official Pirates League Oath.

Pirate League packages include the “Jake and the Neverland Pirates”, “First Mate”, and “Empress” which was created for your pirate princess. Disney has not officially announced the package details for Disneyland, however they may be very similar to the Walt Disney World packages, as seen below:

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The L’Ornement Magique store is also closed and will serve as an entry point for the Pirates League.

Pirate's Leauge Installation - Disneyland

Halloween Merchandise

The Disney Showcase on Disneyland’s Main Street USA has been transformed for Halloween Time.

This is your location inside Disneyland for Halloween costumes, bags, plush and other holiday merchandise.

Disney Showcase - Main Street Disneyland

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Disneyland Halloween Merchandise

Buena Vista Street Props

The Disney Parks Blog released part one of a video series on “Finding the Perfect Props for Buena Vista Street”.

In the video, Imagineer Brandon Kleyla gives us a tour on some of the details and the thoughts behind what gives Buena Vista Street some of it’s charm.

Buena Vista Street Packard

Five and Dime - Buena Vista Street

Five and Dime - Buena Vista Street

Guests are even known to add their own “charm” to Buena Vista Street.

Daper Couple - Buena Vista Street

Downtown Disney

In Downtown Disney, work is moving along slowly on the Earl of Sandwich location, the former Compass Books Kiosk has been removed and the Downtown Disney parking lot is receiving some attention.

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

The Compass Books Kiosk, which hosted many tenants over the past 11 years, has been removed.

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich Construction - Downtown Disney

The Downtown Disney parking lot is receiving some resurfacing attention.  As of today, the south east portion of the lot is closed off, following last week’s closure of the south western section.

The closure of these sections caused a major backup of cars this past weekend and hundreds of guests attempted to park at Downtown Disney Friday night but were redirected to the parking lot’s south of the Paradise Pier Hotel.

Downtown Disney parking lot refurbishment

Around the Resort

2012 Disneyland Candlelight Processional Dates; Passholders Attend Free

The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional will be returning to Disneyland’s Town Square this December.  This year, 2012, will mark the 54th year for the time honored, holiday tradition.

The Candlelight Ceremony, one of the oldest traditions at Disneyland, includes a choir made up of Disney Cast Members, an orchestra playing classical Christmas hymns and a celebrity narrator who reads the story of the first Christmas as told by the Bible.  It is a wonderful and popular Disneyland tradition.  Over the years, the Candlelight Processional has been a tough-to-get ticket, and park guests would stand for hours in an attempt to watch the ceremony.  In response to this demand, Disneyland has announced they will hold a record 20 performances of the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional for the 2012 Holiday season.  18 of the 20 performances will be open to guests, with the first two nights being invitation-only events.  Disney has also announced that the performances scheduled for December 3-20, 2012 will be open to registered Annual Passholders free of charge.  (At the time of publication, Disney had not yet announced registration details.  We will update this article when they do).

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This week Disney also gave us a look into the Main Street Candy Palace kitchen.

Jack and Mad Hatter Cookies - DIsneyland

Candy Palace - Disneyland

Mary Poppins Penguin - Mickey's Soundsational Parade

The archway for the Refreshment Corner seating area is under refurbishment.

Refreshment Corner Arch Refurbishment

Refreshment Corner Arch Refurbishment

Pixie Hollow will also be receiving a “sparkling layer of snow and ice” as  Winter Woods from the Secret of the Wings will soon be added to Tinker Bell’s meet and greet.  Guests can still meet Tink, but will also have the opportunity to meet Periwinkle, Tinker Bell’s sister.

Pixie Hollow - Disneyland

Winter Woods, Tinker Bell and Periwinkle

MousePlanet.com is reporting that the Harbor Blvd. 15 minute parking lot will soon be closed and re-purposed.  According to the report, Disney will be eliminating the parking spots, converting the area into a drop off zone with three lanes and a taxi stand.

Disney has long had issues with vehicles being parking over the 15 minute time limit.  It was not uncommon to see an Anaheim police officer blocking off the entrance, waiting 15 minutes, then ticketing any vehicle left remaining in the lot.

Disneyland 15 minute parking

The giant beach balls, which were added to Luigi’s Flying Tires before Cars Land opened two months ago, were removed last week.  The removal comes from concerns of guests being randomly hit by the balls as well as in an attempt to speed up the notoriously slow loading and unloading times.

Luigi's Flying Tires without beach balls - Cars Land

Luigi's Flying Tires without beach balls - Cars Land

Here is a video of Luigi’s Flying Tires without the giant beach balls.

And a video showing the attraction with the beach balls.

The car air fresheners, including the much talked about turkey leg, are now available at the Radiator Springs Curio Shop

Disneyland Air Fresheners

Frankenweenie poster - Art of Aninmation

Wreck it Ralph poster - Art of Aninmation

This past weekend was also your last opportunity to ride the Haunted Mansion in its classic form.

The famous mansion closed this morning for its transformation into the Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Haunted Mansion Holiday will open on Sept 14th as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.

Haunted Mansion - Disneyland

Sneak Peek at the 2012 Disneyland Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House

We are rapidly approaching one of the most popular holiday seasons at the Disneyland Resort, Halloween Time.  Aside from the special Halloween decorations throughout the park, and the after hours Mickey’s Halloween Parties, Disneyland also transforms two attractions for the holiday season.  Haunted Mansion Holiday is the most popular of the two attraction “overlays”.  Jack Skellington takes over the mansion, as guests can experience what happens with Christmas and Halloween collide.

Each year, a real gingerbread house is built and placed on display in the attraction’s ballroom scene.  These confectionary creations are unique each year, and are an impressive and anticipated part of Halloween Time at Disneyland.  For the 2012 Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House, Brian D Sandahl, Senior Designer for Disney Entertainment Creative Development, has come up with a wildly different and intriguing design.

2012 Haunted Mansion Gingerbread House Concept

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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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