Disneyland Resort Photo Report for February 11, 2013
Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort kicked off the latest event for Limited Time Magic this past week. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, a traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese celebration, is currently being celebrated at Disney California Adventure park. Special foods, crafts, entertainment and characters are available near the San Francisco inspired street and the Pacific Wharf inside California Adventure.

Disneyland park hasn’t seen very much change since last week’s update, so I invite you to view the state of the current refurbishments in the February 4th Disneyland Update.

Lunar New Year at Disneyland

Lunar New Year at Disneyland

But first a word from Touring Plans on this week’s Disneyland crowd predictions:

One last week of nice crowds before the busy President’s Day holiday. 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.


Resort Crowd Prediction

Tuesday, January 12, 2013


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Wednesday, January 13, 2013


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Thursday, January 14, 2013


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Friday, January 15, 2013


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

  • Saturday and Sunday are a 10 out of 10.
  • There are no Annual Pass blackouts in effect this Monday through Friday.
  • Wednesday is the best day to visit Disneyland
  • Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually “sell out” within the first hour of DCA’s regular park hours.

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California Adventure turns 12

Disney California Adventure park quietly turned 12 this past week. The original dedication date of February 8, 2001 hasn’t been celebrated much in the past few years – typically just passing by without much fan fare or acknowledgment from Disney management. This past Friday came and went without much attention to the significance of the date. Disney did however take to social media to acknowledge the anniversary. The in park twitter account, DCAToday, gave away twelve cupcakes (one for each year since the park opened) to the first twelve guests who found them in the Animation Building, but not much else took place.

It just begs the question, will California Adventure’s anniversary quietly shift to the re-dedication date of June 15?

California Adventure Dedication PlaqueParadise Pier SunburstPacific Wharf Sign

Happy Lunar New Year

The next event for Limited Time Magic at the Disneyland Resort kicked off this past week and continues through February 13, 2013.

The Lunar New Year Celebration contains special foods, characters and entertainment.

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Phans55, a Vietnamese bistro, has set up food booths in Downtown Disney.

Lunar New Year 2013

Around the Resort

The Silly Symphony Swings have been completely removed during a refurbishment. The wave swing attraction is currently scheduled to reopen February 14, 2013.

Silly Symphony Swings RefurbishmentSilly Symphony Swings Refurbishment

It looks like the Disneyland Resort is about to follow in the foot steps of Walt Disney World and begin to enforce FASTPASS return times. Signs started to appear this past week in the various FASTPASS distribution areas asking guests to return within their one hour window. Similar signs were installed at Walt Disney World just prior to their enforcement change. According to Cast Members, FASTPASS return times will be enforced started February 18, 2013.

Tower of Terror FASTPASS Return Sign

Disney management is once again making changes on Buena Vista Street. A few weeks ago management decided to paint the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge a two-toned color. This past week the post seen below was repainted from the darker color back to the lighter color. As of Friday only this one section of this single post was painted in this way. This leaves the question, has management decided to repaint the bridge back to the original color, or are they again experimenting with Buena Vista Street.

Buena Vista Street Bridge PaintBuena Vista Street Bridge Paint

The AMC Theater in Downtown Disney is celebrating Valentines Day with special screenings of Somewhere in Time (Feb 10 – 14)and Gone with the Wind (Feb 15 – 17).

AMC Valentines Day Movies

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

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