Disneyland Photo Report – May 28, 2013
Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland kicked off the Monstrous Summer this past weekend with a barrage of events. First, Friday night with the 24-hour “All-Nighter”. Both Disneyland, and most of, Disney California Adventure park remained open for a continuous 24 hours. Then on Saturday, Disneyland held the Greek food and music celebration, OPA! A Celebration of Greece. And on the same day, Disneyland debuted a new stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map.
Around the Resort, both Main Street and Buena Vista Street have received patriotic buntings and decorations for Memorial Day and the upcoming Independence Day holiday and the New Orleans Square train station has reopened with a new wheel chair accessibility ramp.
But first a word from Touring Plans on this week’s Disneyland crowd predictions:
Enjoy these next couple of weeks of mid-level crowds before the busy Summer season begins. 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 28, 2013||
9 out of 10
|Wednesday, May 29, 2013||
6 out of 10
|Thursday, May 30, 2013||
6 out of 10
|Friday, May 31, 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.
- Grad Nights run Wednesday through Friday this week.
- Friday 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.
See Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days.
Do more. Wait less.
For the second time in less than two years, Disneyland remained open for a 24 hour period. The first in recent years being 2012’s One More Disney Day. For Monstrous Summer, Disney California Adventure park also remained open, with the exception of the Grad Nite exclusive Cars Land and Paradise Pier between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
The parks opened at 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning and remained open until 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. A small gathering of guests began to line up the night before in the Harbor Blvd drop-off zone. The first guest in line told me she arrived at 5:30 p.m.! After park closing Thursday, the guests were allowed into the Esplanade. The number of guests camping out was far fewer than for the 2012 One More Disney Day. One of the over-nighters told informed me via Instagram that there appeared to only be around 200 guests in line at 3:00 a.m., three hours before park opening.
Sleeping Beauty Castle brightly lit by film crew lights in the early morning hours of the Monstrous Summer 24-hour “All-Nighter”.
Also in the early morning hours, Disney set up a large screen resembling a vintage television in Toontown. Guests pulled up bean bags to watch classic Goofy shorts.
Karaoke near the Gag Warehouse in Toontown
In the final 30 minutes of the 24-hour event, Cast Members and managers lined Disneyland’s Main Street and California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street to send guests off.
Memorial Day on Main Street and Buena Vista Street
Patriotic bunting and flags have been installed along Main Street and Buena Vista Street for the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.
OPA! A Celebration of Greece
The three day event, which some compared to a mini food and wine festival, was held at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure over the Memorial Day weekend. OPA! A Celebration of Greece included special music, dancing, food and tradition. Guests had the opportunity to sample traditional Greek food, taste wine, meet with Hercules at the Olympic training center and view traditional Greek line dancing.
At Disneyland, guests found the OPA! celebration near “it’s a small world”. A Greek-inspired pizza was also available at Red Rockett’s Pizza Port in Tomorrowland.
At Disney California Adventure, OPA! A Celebration of Greece was located in Paradise Garden.
In Paradise Garden, guests attended wine tasting and education seminars for $3 (plus tax).
Around The Resort
Mickey and the Magical Map opened this past weekend to guests.
Also, Disneyland Annual Passholders have the opportunity to attend special performances over the next three Tuesdays.
The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment continues through October 2013.
The New Orleans Square train station has reopened after a more accessible wheel chair ramp was installed.
The previous ramp was little more than a sloped walkway, and a steep one at that. The new ramp has a much more gradual incline and looks great with brick work and brass railings.
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
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