Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort.
The last few weeks of the year are approaching and we are about enter some of the most crowded times for park attendance. This is the final week of the year that most of the Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder population can visit without purchasing a $70 blackout ticket and as a result, higher crowds are being predicted by Touring Plans.

Disneyland Main Entrance

Expect heavy crowds leading up to one of Disneyland Resort’s busiest weekend. If you need tips for visiting during the holidays, check out our Disney Holiday eBooks! TouringPlans.com can also help you navigate the crowds with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines App with access to current and estimated wait times, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now is 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, December 18, 2012

8

out of

10

Weds, December 19, 2012

8

out of 10

Thurs, December 20, 2012

8

out of 10

Fri, December 21, 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:

  • Thursday is the best day to visit DCA.
  • Partial Annual Pass blackouts on Friday, and full blackouts on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Crowd levels are a 10 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 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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Once again our nation has been rocked by senseless violence and flags, including those at Disneyland, were lowered out of respect for the victims and families.

Disneyland Flag Half Staff

I’m a bit behind with photos this week as I attempt to play catch up.

The Market House at Disneyland is slated to close after the first of the year for a conversion into the second Starbucks location at the Disneyland Resort and the first for Disneyland park.

The entire layout of the Market House may very well be effected and a Cast Member informed me that the remodel will include reclaiming the space now being used to display artwork in the adjacent Disneyana store. Even though this is strictly a rumor at this point, it makes sense. Those who have visited the Starbucks location on Buena Vista Street are well aware of just how crowded the location can be, and the Market House as it sits now is not well laid out to handle that size of a crowd.

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Also in the news, Kodak will be pulling their sponsorship from the Disneyland Resort early next month. The sponsorship is one of the few original which can still be seen at the resort and is a result of Kodak’s bankruptcy filing earlier this year.

The Kodak sponsorships are found at the Main Street Photo Supply, a film kiosk in Fantasyland and photo spots throughout the parks.

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The photo kiosk in Fantasyland is an actual ticket booth which was once used when Disneyland was on a individual attraction ticket system. The booth is a true piece of Disneyland history and its future has been the topic of conversation since the announcement. The OC Register reported this week that the booth will remain with the Kodak brand removed.

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The picture spots will likely remain, but with the Kodak brand removed as well.

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Disney has officially announced the lengthy Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment. The attraction will close January 7, 2013 to receive new ride vehicles, track replacement and paint. MousePlanet is reporting that the attraction will reopen in late October 2013.

Big Thunder Sign

Some work progress is visible on the new structure being constructed at the Fantasyland Theater. The theater, which has been a princess meet-and-greet for the past few years, should reopen with a new stage show next summer.

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Some new Cars Land inspired Department 56 Christmas figurines are for sale at Ramone’s House of Body Art.

Cars Land Christmas MerchandiseCars Land Christmas MerchandiseLightning McQueen - Cars LandRadiator Winter CuriosCars Land Holiday DecorFlo's V8 CafeCars Land Holiday DecorLittle Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea AdventureLittle Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea AdventureEntrance a bugs landGrizzly River RunPacific WarfHoliday Pluto - Buena Vista Street

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

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