Disneyland Photo Report for September 2, 2013
Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Half-Marathon weekend took place this past weekend, which included a new 10K race and the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge to those who completed both the 10K and the half marathon! More than 25,000 runners took place in the various races throughout the weekend, 17,500 ran in the Disneyland Half Marathon alone. 5,000 of them took on the Dumbo Double Dare, running a total of 19.3 miles in just two days! Every state in America was represented along with 15 other countries including Canada, Mexico and Japan.
This year’s winner, Jimmy Grabow (1:07:41) was also the winner of last year’s race. Stephanie Dinius, (1:15:47) of Palo Alto, California, took the women’s title this year.
Inside the parks, WDI (Walt Disney Imagineering) continues to tweak the new “Hall of Promise” effects which were installed two weeks ago on the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Whether it be from the outcry of fans to change the Mara voice back to the original, or be that WDI realized it just didn’t sound right, the voice of the temple idol has been altered again, this time sounding much more like the original. Below you’ll find video of the original and the latest changes.
The Harbour Galley quick service food location has received an updated menu, and Limited Time Magic helps us party the summer away on Paradise Pier. Also, the Haunted Mansion has closed for the installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, we visit the Court of Angels (Court des Anges) for some night photography, get an update on the Main Street USA Starbucks construction and more!
The Many Voices of Mara
A few weeks ago we brought you video and photography of the updated special effects at the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland. Mara, the temple idol, received an updated voice and special effects. The updated projection effects on Mara gave the idol personality; for the first time eyes and pupils were present. These projection effects were generally well received, however the voice changes were not. The original changes produced a voice which was much sharper in tone and lacked both the classic and commanding tone that we have all come to enjoy.
However, this past week, Disney again made changes to the voice, this time sounding much closer to the original. The projection effects remain in place.
The updated voice is much closer to the the original, and sets the tone for a dramatic adventure through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. You can see more video and read more about these changes at: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Receives Updated Effects.
End of Summer Party at the Pier – Limited Time Magic
Disney sent summer off with a Limited Time Magic promotion on Paradise Pier. The “Party at the Pier” consisted of sideshow jugglers, ridding unicycles and walking on stilts, as well as some favorite Disney characters dressed for a trip to the beach! The event took place in the evenings and comes to an end today, September 2.
Dining at the Harbour
The Harbour Galley, a small quick service walk up location across from the Haunted Mansion exit, received an updated menu this past week. Additions include a classic lobster roll and shrimp salad. The broccoli and cheddar cheese soup, clam chowder remain on the menu. Here’s a quick excerpt from the Disney Parks Blog:
The baked potatoes get a little makeover: the broccoli-cheese spud goes away, replaced by one topped with shrimp salad. And the barbecued chicken potato gets a dollop of creamy cole slaw – a perfect foil to the sweet barbecue sauce. No changes to the popular bacon-cheese-sour cream version.
With two soups, two salads, the lobster roll and three versions of baked potatoes, plus fresh fruit for dessert, Harbour Galley’s menu makes it easy to choose a favorite. and there’s a little something for everyone (plus a Kids’ Power Pack with yogurt, fruit, veggies, crackers and milk or water).
One thing to note here, the soda prices (photo below) reflect a .20 cent increase at this location. The posted price of $3.19 is up from $2.99, which can currently still be seen across the resort. This may be an indication of an impending price increase. Thank you, Guy Selga for pointing this out!
Harbor Galley charges $3.19 for sodas now. Rest of the quick service locations is $2.99. So I’m guessing $3.19 will soon be everywhere
— Guy Selga (@guyselga) August 31, 2013
A Court Like No Other
I continue to spend a lot of time in the Court of Angels (Court des Anges). The beautiful, and highly detailed corner of New Orleans Square is rumored to become part of a new entrance for Club 33 following this month. Here’s a quick excerpt I wrote about the Court of Angels on my Flickr page:
I’m sure you’ll be seeing more and more photographs of this Disneyland gem in the coming weeks.
If the rumors hold true, Disneyland will repurpose the Court of Angels (Court Des Anges) as a new main entrance for Club 33.
Most Disney Photographers know of this small, treasured space tucked away inside New Orleans Square. I have personally spent a lot of time in this corner of the park, but in recent weeks, I have made it a priority to spend even more time here. A few nights ago I made a trip specifically to capture some nighttime photographs – a lot of them. I spent about two hours in the Court of Angels enjoying the atmosphere. But what I enjoyed the most was listening to guests reactions when they wondered past; looked in and gasped as they ventured through the small arched gateway.
Although it’s only rumored at this time, (coming from very reliable sources) loosing yet another quite corner of New Orleans Square seems contradictory to what Disneyland is all about. But recent history also shows us that management will not hesitate to shutter guests out of these spaces to create exclusive areas. They did it with the Disney Gallery and the Royal Courtyard, and it appears this final quiet corner of New Orleans Square is next.
For now, I’m enjoying one of my most favorite and treasured sections of New Orleans Square in one of the most detailed and beautiful places at Disneyland.
It’s a sad thought to contemplate, but these managerial decisions which result in guests loosing access to treasured and historical locations throughout this particular section of the park is tragic. Management is clearly favoring the exclusive guest over the day guest, for whom admission prices continue to rise each year at a staggering rate. The Disney Gallery, once intended on becoming a private apartment for Walt Disney himself, was closed off to the regular day guest in 2007 to become an exclusive, in-park suite. Very few have since seen New Orleans Square from the balcony, or have ventured into the beautiful courtyard that’s hidden on the second level above Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact, some of you reading this may not even have known this area exists, and this remains a key reason why the Court of Angels should be assessable to day guests of Disneyland.
I do want to stress that at the time of this article’s publication, the closing of the Court of Angels to become an entrance for the exclusive Club 33 is a rumor, and is coming from very reliable sources. Disney has not yet announced these plans, nor do I expect them to do so before closing it off to guests.
Tom Bricker, a fellow Disney blogger and photographer discussed the topic of why The Court of Angels is Important to Disneyland on his blog, and honestly, I couldn’t put words to this topic as clearly as he has.
This past week, I made a trip specifically to capture some night photos of this Disneyland gem – just incase the rumors hold true.
Around the Resort
The Haunted Mansion is now closed through September 13, 2013 for the installation of the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.
More Halloween decor and merchandise are showing up all around the parks.
The Haunted Mansion merchandise, which only a few months ago was becoming very difficult to find, has sprung up all over the resort. Most likely because of the fast approaching Halloween Time, the Haunted Mansion specific merchandise can now be found on Buena Vista Street at Julius Katz & Son and on Main Street USA at the China Closet.
Disney and Starbucks continues to tweak the appearance of the logo and signage for the new Market House on Main Street USA. Last week we brought you photos of the first appearance of a Starbucks sign on Main Street, this week the company’s older logo (which also appears on Buena Vista Street) has been placed on two of the shop’s windows. Interesting here, one of the long “Starbucks” signs, which appeared on the green stripe to the right of the door, has been removed. Disney and Starbucks are clearly still deciding the best way to display the coffee giant’s logo on the turn-of-the-centry Main Street U.S.A.
I’m not sure how long these have been here, but some original 1940 promotional plush from Disney’s Pinocchio are on display inside the Carthay Circle Restaurant lounge.
I’ll leave you with some photos from an amazing sunset that we had Sunday night …
That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
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