Disneyland Photo Report for September 30, 2013
Main Street Market House Starbucks Opens
Disneyland reopened their premiere coffee location this past week on Main Street USA.
For the past 15 months guests of California Adventure have been able to get their Starbucks fix on Buena Vista Street at Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café. The Starbucks there was the first to open at a Disney theme park, and has sense become one of the most popular for the coffee giant.
In the case of the Disneyland location, the Market House was selected for the massive expansion, as was the neighboring Disneyana collectables shop. Instead of keeping with the Main Street USA turn-of-the-century theme, the Market House seems to have a more country feel, although in a modernized way. Upon entry guests find a large queue, which will undoubtably come in useful during the busy holiday season. Guests also find an assortment of bottled beverages and juices. Besides the usual generic Disney pastries and fruit yogurt cups, some of the popular Starbucks breakfast sandwiches are also available. Sadly missing from the menu is a selection of fresh sandwiches or other food items. It’s clear the Market House is primarily a coffee shop, which has been created for speedy Starbucks service.
There are essentially two counters which split the main line. On each side a Cast Member waits to take orders at one of three registers. From there guests move down the bar to receive their drink orders. In this spot Disney has staged an army of baristas to fill drink orders with multiple espresso machines, coffee pots and blenders. Each side also carries a separate theme. One a more farm industrial look and the other a country kitchen.
A back corner of the Market House offers very minimal seating, but it’s the Book Rest where guests will find a quite nook that is dripping with details. What use to be the front space to Disneyana, the Book Rest is a seating area filled with book shelves, dark woods, dim lighting and nicknacks. It is here where guests will find the potbelly stove, which now glows with warm illumination. The walls and shelves are filled with framed art, bookends and clocks.
Below you’ll find a few before and after photos, note just how much larger the new Market House is!
AFTER: MARKET HOUSE
BEFORE: MARKET HOUSE
The Book Rest
On what was first reported by MousePlanet as what would be the final day for Disneyland guests to freely have access to the Court of Angels, a steady stream of guests came through the gates on Saturday to view, take photos and visit with other fans who appreciate the New Orleans Square location. The Court of Angels, a tucked away location deep inside New Orleans Square, will soon become the new entrance for the exclusive Club 33. Guests continued to visit and document the area with photographs well into the night, as Disneyland Security graciously allowed the small crowd to remain until Main Street officially closed at 1 a.m. – a full hour after park closing.
However the closing date was inaccurate, as on Sunday morning the Court of Angels remained open. Disney had never official confirmed the closing date, and has only confirmed to Club 33 members that the Court of Angels will indeed become part of the club.
It’s only a matter of time before the Court of Angels does close but I, as I’m sure the others who enjoyed Saturday evening, are happy that we were able to spend a final evening saying goodbye to a piece of Disneyland history that Walt himself touched.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Reopening Pushed Back
Disneyland has pushed back the re-opening date for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The popular attraction closed on January 7, 2013, and was originally slated to open 10 months later on October 31, 2013. Now Disney is saying that Big Thunder will not reopen until “Winter of 2014”. They were quick to clarify that “winter” referred to January – March as opposed to November – December of 2014.
During the refurbishment, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is receiving all new track, ride vehicles as well as other upgrades. Although Disney has not stated publicly the reason for the attraction’s delay in opening, it is highly suggested that safety concerns from Cal/ OSHA and, or DOSH may be to blame.
In the announcement, Disney did release a photo of one of the new ride vehicles.
Here’s a on-board ride video shot only days before Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s January 2013 closure.
Around the Resort
The new Marvel addition to Innoventions, The Thor Encounter, is currently under construction and is expected to open in November.
Landscape work is still progressing around the Enchanted Tiki Room – we’ll keep and eye on this in the coming weeks.
Some new shop signage has sprung up on Buena Vista Street inside Elias & Company and Big Top Toys.
A large vinyl decal has been placed above each of the door way arches into Big Top Toys from both Elias & Company and Five and Dime.
These signs are very eye catching, which is probably the point here, and are cheep in appearance. I feel Disney could have done better with this one.
There are also directional signs inside Elias & Company for the “Women’s Dept.”, “Men’s Dept.” and “Youth Dept.”
These are actual signs, raised and in an art deco style. Much better done than the Big Top Toys decal.
New safety flags have been placed throughout the entire queue at Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land.
The new Halloween edition of the Buena Vista Street Bugle is out!
I love that Disney California Adventure is continuing in the publication of the Bugle!
Are you ready to show your Disney Side?
Replacing the nearly four year old “Let the Memories Begin” campaign, Disney will now begin to ask its visitors to show their Disney side by sharing their memories on various social media platforms.
“Everyone has a Disney side”, the campaign boasts. “It’s side of you that says ‘yes’ more often, laughs louder and lives life to the fullest. It’s the side of you that embraces fun and comes out to play the moment you step through the gates at Disney Parks”.
Disney has also launched a companion website at http://DisneySide.com where visitors can view photos and a video of others showing their DisneySide. The site also offers easy access to vacation planning tools.
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That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.
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