Disneyland Photo and News Report, April 22, 2013
Not a whole lot of news this week at the Disneyland Resort. A new Limited Time Magic Annual Passholder exclusive event has been announced. The Mark Twain has returned to service after spending a few months receiving a major refurbishment. The classic stern wheeler looks amazing with clean fresh paint, polished brass and a new decking. Over on Main Street USA, the Market House and Disneyana have closed and construction has begun on the Disneyland Starbucks location.
But first a word from Touring Plans on this week’s Disneyland crowd predictions:
A busy month continues but crowds will start to let up for a bit next week. 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
|Tuesday, April 1, 2013||
7 out of 10
|Wednesday, April 2, 2013||
7 out of 10
|Thursday, April 3, 2013||
7 out of 10
|Friday, April 4, 2013||
6 out of 10
Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
- Saturday resort crowd level is a 7 out of 10.
- No Annual Pass blackouts are in effect Monday through Friday.
- Wednesday is the best day to visit Disney California Adventure
- Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually “sell out” within the first hour of DCA’s regular park hours.
See Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
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Market House and Disneyana Close; Starbucks Construction Begins
As we have been reporting over the past few months, the Market House and the Disneyana collectables store on Disneyland’s Main Street USA have closed to make way for the first Disneyland park Starbucks location. The first location opened this past summer on Buena Vista Street in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café.
Although the inclusion of Starbucks coffee at Walt’s original park has been met with sharp criticism and concern by a majority of the Disney fan community, it should be noted (a again repeated) that the Market House will retain the turn of the century general store appearance it has now, much the same way Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café fits the 1930’s Buena Vista Street surroundings.
But unlike the Buena Vista Street Starbucks, the Disneyland Main Street location is taking up residence in an existing part of Disneyland, and is also taking over the Disneyana location. It is apparent by the long lines across the esplanade that Disneyland needs a much larger location to serve the Seattle based brew than the original Market House could ever handle, which is the main reason why the new Market House will be so large.
When the construction is complete, Disneyana will share space with the Disney Gallery, currently located in the Bank of Main Street near the park’s main entrance. The Market House will simply serve Starbucks coffee and will not have the normal appearance of your neighborhood’s strip mall retail store.
The Market House and Disneyana closed this past week so that construction could begin on the first Disneyland Starbucks location.
Mark Twain reopens following refurbishment
Over the past few months, the stern wheeler the Mark Twain Riverboat has been in dock receiving an extensive refurbishment. The iconic Disneyland boat received fresh paint, refinished woodworking a new deck and polished brass. She has never looked so good!
The Mark Twain’s handrails look like new.
The new decking looks fresh and very clean, much the way she must have appeared on opening day.
The new floor drain covers…a very nice touch!
Even though these sights from the Rivers of America have been visible from the deck of the Sailing Ship Columbia during the Mark Twain’s refurbishment, there’s nothing like seeing them from the classic riverboat.
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
The massive Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment continues through October 2013. From the polished upper deck of the Mark Twain we can get a glimpse of the work going on…including newly installed track.
The buildings in the rear are the reconstructed section of Rainbow Ridge. The classic mining town which dates back to the 1956 Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction.
Looks like we can expect a time lapse video on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months.
New track is visible in some spots.
Around the Resort
Let’s take a quick trip around the Disneyland Resort….
This past week, all of the flags at the Disneyland Resort were at half mast out of respect for the bombing victims and the city of Boston.
Last week Disney was cited by DOSH for numerous safety and workplace violations relating to maintenance working conditions for the Space Mountain attraction. Also, last Friday Disneyland voluntarily closed the Matterhorn and Soarin’ Over California to review the current policies.
By the following day, the Matterhorn Bobsleds had reopened, however Soarin’ and Space remained closed.
Space Mountain will remain closed, for the foreseeable future, as Disneyland addresses the situation. Soarin’ Over California reopened this past weekend and DOSH preformed a surprise inspection of California Screamin’ – which also resulted in a several hour shut down over the weekend.
If you want to read more about the DOSH citations and closures, head over to my column on MousePlanet where we have covered it in much greater detail.
A “closed for refurbishment” sign and Cast Members have been stationed outside of Space Mountain
California Screamin’ remained closed for most of Friday as DOSH inspected some of Disneyland policies.
After remaining closed for nearly a week, Soarin’ Over California has reopened.
The Condor Flats restrooms are closed for refurbishment
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
See You At Disneyland!
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