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The Disneyland Resort Photo Report for May 21, 2013
We have entered the final week before the big Memorial Day Weekend events of Monstrous Summer, the 24-hour All-Nighter and OPA! A Celebration of Greece. Disney California Adventure held a special AP event where Disney Animator Eric Goldberg gave some drawing lessons, and shared some behind the scenes stories on some of the projects he has worked on. The Fantasyland Theatre’s new sign has been installed and Mickey and the Magical Map Cast Member and Media Previews will take place this week prior to Saturday’s premiere. Disneyland made a big announcement regarding the return of the “Jump, Jive and Boogie” Swing Dancing to the park and we take a trip around the resort.
But first a word from Touring Plans on this week’s Disneyland crowd predictions:
Mid level crowds leading up to a busy All-Nighter on Friday night. 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, May 21, 2013||
5 out of 10
|Wednesday, May 22, 2013||
5 out of 10
|Thursday, May 23, 2013||
5 out of 10
|Friday, May 24, 2013||
10 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 9 out of 10.
- Grad Nights run Wednesday through Friday this week.
- Monday 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.
Do more. Wait less.
The Fantasyland Theatre is complete, and the final preparations for Mickey and the Magical Map have been made.
This week, the show and the newly refurbished theatre will play host to various Cast Member and media previews before its big debut on Saturday, May 25.
The Fantasyland Theatre signs have been installed and Troubadour Tavern has reopened.
Swing Dancing Returning to Disneyland park
Disneyland made a big announcement in a small way this past week.
At the end of a Disney Parks Blog post highlighting events for the Monstrous Summer 24-hour all-nighter Disney said,
“…beginning June 15 the “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party” will return to the Royal Theatre for select nights during the summer”
Just over a year ago, the “Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party” was moved out to Downtown Disney at the start of the construction to transform the historic Carnation Plaza Gardens into the Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet location. From the beginning, Disney maintained that the popular swing dancing would return when Fantasy Faire reopened earlier this year, only to official say “we’re looking into it” when asked at the grand opening. Now it appears Disneyland will finally allow the tradition to continue.
The swing dances will be held in the Royal Theatre.
Carthay Circle Restaurant
The Carthay Circle Restaurant outdoor terraces are receiving new awnings. Previously the restaurant used umbrellas to shelter diners, however they proved to be inadequate. The structural supports can now be seen partially installed on both terraces.
It will be interesting to see just how they alter the appearance of the historical replica.
Eric Goldberg visits Disney California Adventure
Disney animator Eric Goldberg visited the Disneyland Resort this past Friday. The Annual Passholder event provided attendees with a very unique opportunity – to hear behind the scenes stories and see early animation tests for Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog and more. To end the 45 minute class, Goldberg lead a short art session.
Around the Resort
Work is being done on the Cozy Cone fountain in Cars Land
New commemorative pins have arrived, including the limited edition Buena Vista Street and Cars Land first anniversary pins.
The pins are nice, but for some strange reason, the Buena Vista Street pin uses the old Disney’s California Adventure logo.
Work continues on the Tom Sawyer Island / Fantasmic! stage and tree house; both the stage area and the tree house remain closed to guests, the Island is open.
The New Orleans Train Station remains closed this week.
A victim of the recent pre-emptive “safety upgrades”, the Frontierland Station water tower is no longer being used to fill the trains, instead a hose has been placed on the ground.
This is just sad.
Known to most Disney fans as “Space Junk”, the Observatron has literally begun to fall apart. It’s not clear why this contraption was even created for the 1998 Tomorrowland makeover and up until recently the Observatron continued to spin to music. But a few months ago, we began to notice that, despite the music still playing periodically, the Observatron was no longer coming alive. Now it appears that it is falling apart.
One of the “satellite dishes” has been missing for a few weeks.
Everyone’s favorite Main Street porch is closed for refurbishment.
Lone Ranger LEGO sets are now available at the Downtown Disney LEGO Imagination Station
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
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