Disney made a big announcement this past week, Monstrous Summerwill kick off this Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour “all-nighter” at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort as well as the Magic Kingdom park in Florida. Along with the 24-hour operating hours, Memorial Day Weekend will also see the launch of a new stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map and the special food event, OPA! A Celebration of Greece.
Construction moves forward on the Main Street Starbucks location, the Blue Bayou received an updated menu and Limited Time Magic announces a small merchandise launch for the unofficial Star Wars day, “May the Fourth Be With You“.

Main Street Magic Shop

Main Street Magic Shop

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

Crowds ease up for a bit this week but will be followed by a busy weekend. 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.

Day

Resort Crowd Prediction

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

out of

10

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2

out of 10

Thursday, May 2, 2013

2

out of 10

Friday, May 3, 2013

7

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.
  • Thursday 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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Disney Announces Monstrous Summer

Monstrous Summer

Disney made a Monstrous announcement this week.

Celebrate A Monstrous Summer with a 24 hour party at the Disneyland Resort

Disneyland will once again remain open for a 24 hour period this May as part of the Limited Time Magic “Monstrous Summer”  promotion! Disneyland ran a similar promotion in February 2012 for leap year, dubbed “One More Disney Day“, but this time the promotion will also include Disney California Adventure park.

The name, “Monstrous Summer” is a reference to this summer’s Disney – Pixar release of Monsters University.

Guests can kick off “Monstrous Summer” on Memorial Weekend starting May 24, 2013. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park will open at 6:00 a.m. and remain open until May 25, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

The announcement was made during a media event at EPCOT using some impressive projection mapping technology on Spaceship Earth.

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Monstrous SummerMonstrous Summer

Both parks will have special entertainment during their 24-hour marathon opening.

At Disneyland and California Adventure park, guests can party in Tomorrowland with “Monsters University” and “TLT (Tomorrowland Terrace) Monstrous” Dance Club, which will include Star Wars characters. Mickey’s ToonTown at Disneyland will host a late-night Pajama Party. Guests will find live bands and dancing at the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire and special Monsters University photo opportunities at Disney California Adventure park.

Below is a photo of the backdrop which will be used for the Monsters University “Dorm” photo meet and greet location.

Monsters University MerchandiseMonsters University Meet and Greet at Disney California AdventureConcept art for the Monsters University Pixar Play Parade Float

Merchandise has already been set up across from where the photo meet and greet will be located in Hollywood Land.

Read More about the 24-hour “all-nighter” and how it may compare to “One More Disney Day”.

Monsters University MerchandiseMonsters University Merchandise

Blue Bayou Menu Refresh

Over in New Orleans Square, the unique Blue Bayou Restaurant received a menu refresh. Some of the current items received a tweak  while a few new items were added as well.

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Below you can find the new Lunch and Dinner menus.

Click them to view larger.

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Main Street Starbucks

Construction is moving forward with the Main Street Starbucks location, however most of it is inside and not visible.

This week, Disney placed signs outside of the now closed Market House and Disneyana locations redirecting guests to other locations where they can find similar food and merchandise.

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“May the Fourth Be With You”

Disney announced a small Limited Time Magic event for the unofficial Star Wars day, “May the 4th (be with you)”. It appears Walt Disney World is going to receive the best of this promotion with a dance party and characters riding Star Tours – The Adventures Continue randomly with guests. Here at Disneyland, we have only be promised special tee shirts and pins bearing the slogans “May the Fourth Be With You” and “Revenge of the Fifth”. These items will only be available on May 4, 2013.

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Mickey and the Magical Map

Disney gave the media a small preview of the upcoming Fantasyland Theater stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map. For a complete breakdown and a first look at some of the show elements, head over to my column on MousePlanet.

Mickey and the Magical Map

Around the Resort

Walls were placed around the New Orleans Square fountain, near the Haunted Mansion, earlier this week. By the weekend the walls were down. I’m not completely sure what work was done here, but it appears large pool was either cleaned or resurfaced.

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The Limited Time Magic “Earth Day” tart from last week

Earth Day Tart

Work continues on the “it’s a small world” mall parade lighting and old Light Magic towers.

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The old golden color scheme is out, in favor of a new green.

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The Mickey and Friends, Downtown Disney tram drop off area received a bit of tweak last week. A van drop off and pick up area was added between the two trams.

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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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