Disneyland Resort Photo Report for August 6, 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 Calendar, Lines – 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.
Resort Crowd Prediction
|Tues, August 7, 2012||
10 out of 10
|Weds, August 8, 2012||
10 out of 10
|Thurs, August 9, 2012||
10 out of 10
|Fri, August 10, 2012||
10 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.
The World Famous Jungle Cruise
Disney installed a few safety features, signage and re-trained all the attraction Cast Members following an unscheduled week long closure of the Jungle Cruise. The attraction re-opened a few days earlier than expected to a longer than normal 25 minute wait time this past Sunday, which saw half of the upstairs portion of the queue utilized.
Following, what can only be speculated as incidences of guests getting their hands stuck between the boat dock and the Jungle Cruise boats, Disney installed safety netting around the boat’s lower railings, signage warning guests about the “gap”, rubber bumpers, and implemented a new loading and unloading procedures. Update: We have since learned that the installations were due to a complaint filed with California State Occupational Safety and Health after a 5 year old girl fell between the dock and the boat.
The photo below shows the new “bumper” on the side of the Jungle Cruise Boat as well as the new “safety” net.
Bumpers have also been installed along the dock, creating a gap to protect stray hands from getting pinched.
In the past, the dock side Cast Members would literally hold the boat to the dock and assist guests in boarding.
Similar to how the Mark Twain is secured to the dock, the boats are now tethered to the dock and the throttle is increased forward, creating tension. The bumpers now create a protective “gap” (which guests have been warned of with the sign you’ll see below).
Oh and the “Keep your hands in, if they get suck between the dock and the boat that may scratch up our dock” jokes are now out.
Increasing the forward throttle keeps the boat tightly tethered during loading and unloading.
Aside from these nets being a bit awkward, at least until we get use to them, they do create a bit of an obstacle for younger guests. I noticed moms placing smaller children on their laps so that they can see over the new nets. This may be okay if you only have one child, but if you had two younger ones, it may prove to be a problem.
Watch out for the “safety gap”
As I said last week, I am not aware of any specific issues, but it does seem reactionary to an attraction which has operated without these new safety additions since Disneyland opened more than 57 years ago.