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Disneyland Photo and News Report for April 8, 2013.

The Disneyland Resort is on the mend from yet another Spring Break. The resort didn’t seem as slammed as in years past, but that doesn’t mean the crowds wont be in full effect this week – just look at those Touring Plans crowd predictions below! The combined effect of all the annual passholder blackouts being lifted (most holders were blacked out over the past two weeks) and the new Limited Time Magic event, Long Lost Friend Week starting today, the AP evening crowds may definitely be in effect.

There wasn’t a whole lot of news this week, so lets take a photographic tour of the resort. In this photo update we’ll also check in on the progress of the Mark Twain refurbishment, find some new “tweaks” in Fantasy Faire and visit Critter Country and the Rivers of America where things are much more…visible.

Carthay Circle

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


A busy month of April continues at the Disneyland Resort. 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 9, 2013
7 out of 10
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
8 out of 10
Thursday, April 11, 2013
7 out of 10
Friday, April 12, 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 8 out of 10.
  • No Annual Pass blackouts are in effect Monday through Thursday.
  • Tuesday 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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Meet Rare Characters at Disneyland During Long Lost Friends Week

As part of Limited Time Magic at the Disneyland Resort, guests will have the opportunity to meet rarely seen Disney characters as part of ‘Long Lost Friends Week’. A few weeks ago, Disney held an online vote asking fans which characters they wanted to see make special appearances at Disneyland. Choices included Pocahontas, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, Robin Hood, Flik and Princess Atta and more.

Disneyland will host Long Lost Friends Week from April 8 – 14, 2013 at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland. Guests can have the chance to meet with Esmeralda, Clopin and Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre DamePocahontas, John Smith, Meeko and Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas; Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin HoodScrooge McDuckand Ludwing Von Drake and the Three Little Pigs. There may even be other special, unannounced visits during Long Lost Friends Week.

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Carthay Circle

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Fantasy Faire

A few minor changes have happened over in the Fantasy Faire.

The railings for the bridge closest to the Royal Theatre have received a bit of gold accenting.

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Also some cleverly placed Flynn Rider “Wanted” posters have been posted.

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Despite this being the last weekend of Spring Break, the queue at the Fantasy Faire never seemed to extended out of the shaded portion. The line remained around 20-30 minutes.

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire

Mark Twain

The Mark Twain Riverboat has been closed and under refurbishment for the past few months and is scheduled to reopen on April 17, 2013.

The sternwheeler is looking very good, as the work has been slowly emerging while docked in Fowler’s Harbor

Mark Twain Refurbishment

Mark Twain Refurbishment

Mark Twain Refurbishment

Mark Twain Refurbishment

Mark Twain Refurbishment

Mark Twain Refurbishment

Critter County & the Rivers of America

The trees surrounding Critter Country and the Rivers of America have received a major trimming – and when I say major I mean it. I literally stopped in my tracks as I walked around the corner.

The area seems extremely open now, after years of growth have been removed. You can see details from locations where previously they were blocked. But it’s not all good, some details you shouldn’t see are visible too.

From the Hungry Bear Restaurant the dramatic change is quite visible.

Critter Country

Previously you could not see to the Pooh Corner shop, now it’s clearly visible.

Critter Country

Of course this also means certain things, which should remain hidden from view no longer are.

Critter Country

When you get down into Critter Country the place feels huge and open, unlike the 100 acre wood it is suppose to represent.

Critter Country

Critter Country

Fort Wilderness is clearly visible from across the river in Critter Country.

Personally I love seeing this icon so clearly, but it’s also a sad reminder of what once was.

Fort Wilderness

Fort Wilderness

Rivers of America /  Cannoes and Train

Rivers of America /  Columbia

Disneyland Ducks

Splash Mountain

Around the Resort

I have to give thanks to Andy Castro at Dateline Disneyland for mentioning this one on Twitter this past week.

A very unique, Dumbo popcorn bucket has appeared on Disneyland Main Street USA.

Main Street Popcorn Cart

Dumbo Popcorn Bucket

Dumbo Popcorn Bucket

Dumbo at Disneyland

Progress continues on the Fantasyland Theater renovations and the installation of the new stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map.

Elements of the stage props are now clearly visible from over the construction walls.

Mickey and the Magical Map Construction

Mickey and the Magical Map Construction

Mickey and the Magical Map Construction

The reinstallation of the ‘Corner Cafe’ archway, near Coke / Refreshment Corner appears to be complete. The arch disappeared about six months ago, and has been reinstalled over the past few weeks. However the arch is only about half of it’s original size.

Coke Corner Arch

Coke Corner Arch

Coke Corner Arch

The new – ridiculously huge – Cozy Cone hats have appeared. The hats are part of Limited Time Magic and are available at Sarge’s Surplus in Cars Land.

Cozy Cone Hats

Cozy Cone Hats

Grizzly River Run

Muppet Vision 3D has reopened following the removal of the 4D preview for OZ: The Great and Powerful.

Muppet Vision 3D

Muppet Vision 3D

Muppet Vision 3D

Spring Break crowds at Muppet Vision

Muppet Vision 3D

Muppet Vision 3D

Out in Downtown Disney, the main stage refurbishment has been completed.

… and the bent spire is still…. bent

Downtown Disney Sign

Downtown Disney Stage

Downtown Disney Stage

The Downtown Disney AMC Theater is getting ready for the Iron Man 3 release.

Downtown Disney AMC / Iron Man 3

Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries Coming to Innoventions at Disneyland

Disney announced a new exhibit for Disneyland’s Innoventions this morning based on Iron Man.

Readers will remember that a week ago we posted a hint at a new exhibit coming very soon to Innoventions on our Tumblr feed. An Iron Man exhibit has been long rumored to either replace or be installed inside Disneyland’s Innoventions.

From the Park’s Blog:

Attention Iron Man fans! To celebrate the upcoming release of “Iron Man 3,” opening in theaters May 3, an exciting new exhibit is coming to Innoventions at Disneyland park in California – featuring actual set pieces from the film!

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Disneyland Emporium

Rancho Del Zocalo Fountain

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

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