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Disneyland Photo and News Report for May 13, 2013.

Grad Nite celebrations have begun, resulting in slight heavier crowds during the afternoon hours. Disneyland announced a new show for the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, Mickey and the Magical Map and the Fantasyland Theater makeover is nearly complete, we check in on the lengthy Big Thunder Railroad refurbishment, find yet another safety enhancement closure, see some Cars Land Neon and try to resist looking behind the new Pop-up, Tune-up tent…

Mickey's Fun Wheel

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

Enjoy mid-sized crowds for the next couple of weeks leading up to Memorial Day 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.

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Resort Crowd Prediction
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
5 out of 10
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
5 out of 10
Thursday, May 16, 2013
5 out of 10
Friday, May 17, 2013
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.
  • Grad Nights run Wednesday through Saturday this week.
  • 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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Buena Vista Street, Elias and Company

Buena Vista Street, Mortimer's Market

Buena Vista Street, Mortimer's Market

Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland

‘Woody’s All-American Roundup’ Coming to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Rodeo Games

Last week we found a interesting casting call on the Disney Auditions web site which showed that Disneyland was developing a new stage show for the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. The casting call was seeking “guitar-playing, singing cowboys (tenor/baritone) with comedic acting skills for stage performances and one on one guest interactions for a new show at Disneyland”.

Today, Disney announced a new summer show for the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree called ‘Woody’s All-American Roundup’. Described as a “flag-wavin’ patriotic celebration of the Old West”, Woody’s All-American Roundup will feature Sheriff Woody and Jessie from the Toy Story movies, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in their western outfits.

Cowboy Mickey and Minnie Mouse


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Mickey and Minni Mouse in their western outfits at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, and Woody and Jessie are quite often found in this quiet corner of Frontierland as well. But aside from the usual meet-and-greets, Woody’s All-American Roundup will offer rodeo games, crafts, foods, and a talent show featuring Woody’s skill with the lasso and Jessie’s slingshot tricks.

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies will remain at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, performing “Red, White and Bluegrass!” between each talent roundup show.

Woody’s All-American Roundup starts June 14, 2013.

To be honest, I don’t go back to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree too often, so I’m not sure just how long these ‘games’ have been set up. But they could be the “rodeo games” Disney is referring to.

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Rodeo Games

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Rodeo Games

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Rodeo Games

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree / Rodeo Games

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