Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort!
This week we take a look around the new Disneyana shop, now located in the former Bank of Main Street building. Disneyana was moved in preparation for the opening of the first ever Disneyland Main Street Starbucks location, set to open this fall. With the movement of Disneyana, also came the relocation of Disney Gallery. Now a only shell of it’s former self, the Disney Gallery has basically been moved into a corner of the Opera House lobby. Most guests just walk right past the awesome new Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms – 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room exhibit. Although Disney does draw attention to the display with some banners and a poster outside of the Main Street USA Opera House.
Disneyland also celebrated Independence Day this past week with special fireworks, foods and character meet and greets. Disney invited military bands to perform throughout the week at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park. On July 4th, The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band played for the traditional Disneyland Flag Retreat Ceremony. Below you’ll find photos from the July 5th performance of The Jazz Ensemble of the Air National Guard Band – Patriots in Blue.
We also take a look at the progress being made at the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment, find the new Buena Vista Street Bugle newspaper and take a peak at this upcoming week’s new Limited Time Magic events!
Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms – Celebrating 50 Years of Enchantment
The Disney Gallery, now in a new location, has been completely reworked for a new exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The exhibit features original concept art for the first version, initially intended to be a restaurant, and the development of the attraction itself. The original Barker Bird animatronic is on display and some great pieces of merchandise from the special 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event are for sale in the new Disneyana.
Herb Ryman concept artwork for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.
Originally, the Tiki Room was created to be a restaurant but once Walt saw just how impressive the new Animatronic technology was, he decided to rework the restaurant into an attraction. At the time, the name “The Tiki Room” was already being used by a restaurant on the east coast, therefore the Disneyland version was reworked slightly and became the “Enchanted Tiki Room”.
The original Barker Bird anamtronic, originally placed outside near the attraction’s entrance, was set up to entice guests to enter Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. He was removed not too long after after it was realized that his presence was causing congestion in the walkways near Adventureland’s main entrance. Guests who are familiar with this location today will know exactly why it was cause for concern as it can be one of the worst bottlenecks at the park.
Some of the artwork on display is available for purchase at an Art on Demand kiosk. The artwork is also available in Disney California Adventure park at Off the Page and at Downtown Disney at the World of Disney.
Artist Shag’s original painting is available for purchase for a cool $18,000 … any takers?
Got $18,000 ?
The New Disneyana Opens
The previous Disneyana collectibles store closed earlier this year to make way for the first Disneyland park Starbucks location. At that time, it was announced that Disneyana and the Disney Gallery, which has been moved into the former Bank of Main Street location a few years earlier, would be reworked to share the same space. It’s now known that the Disney Gallery has been mostly pushed out to the Opera House lobby.
Disneyana is known for a great collection of collectibles and artwork, and the new location is no exception.
Some great merchandise from the special 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event is available for purchase at the new Disneyana. They include Tiki god statues, serving bowls, shirts and more.
The middle room of the new Disneyana is a bit of a mix of the collectibles shop and the nearby Disney Gallery exhibit. Some of the artwork on the walls ties into both and the collectibles in the center of the room can be found for purchase in the front room of Disneyana. This is also where guests will find the print on demand kiosk.
The rear room contains more artwork as well as the custom Disney Art animator desk.
Happy Independence Day America!
Disneyland celebrated July 4th, Independence Day in America, with special Military Bands, character meet-and-greets, foods and of course fireworks.
Multiple Military Bands played throughout the week at the Disneyland Resort. On Friday, July 5th, the Air National Guard, Band of the Southwest, Patriots in Blue played for a very grateful crowed at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.
This Week’s Limited Time Magic Events
Disneyland has made a few announcements for this upcoming week’s Limited Time Magic events.
- Monday, July 8 – Saturday, July 14: Enjoy the Magic of Matterhorn Mountain. Happy Hans and his son Erik will play signature Alpine melodies along the slopes of Disneyland’s Matterhorn Mountain. Special Matterhorn Macaroons will also be available at Edelwiess Snacks.
If you happen to miss Happy Hans and his son’s Alpine melodies, make sure to catch the Matterhorn Mountain climbers! Here’s a few photographs of them as seen from Fantasyland!
Around the Resort
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad continues with it’s 10-month long refurbishment. This past week scaffolding could been seen around the lower portions of the mountain range. Also early Monday morning, Disney released a few photos from inside the refurbishment walls. They show some of the work going into restoring the town of Rainbow Ridge, a left over portion of the classic Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction.
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
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