In part 2 of the Disneyland 2013 Year in Review the Fantasyland Theater made a comeback when Mickey and the Magical Map reopened, Buena Vista Street and Cars Land celebrated their first anniversary, Disneyland celebrated 58 years of magic, Monstrous Summer saw the parks open for a 24-hour period, swing dancing returned, the Matterhorn came alive with magic, the D23 Expo returned and much more.

If you missed the Disneyland 2013 Year in Review – Part 1 or Part 2, I invite you to give them a read by clicking here!

In the Disneyland 2013 Year in Review – Part 3, Disneyland opens the first in-park Starbucks location with a complete and controversial remodel of the Main Street Market House. The Court of Angels, a beautiful and thematic part of New Orleans Square closed off to regular guests to make way for a remodel of the exclusive Club 33. Marvel’s Thor moved in next door to the Iron Man exhibit, Halloween Time and the Holidays returned with new surprises, and much more!

Join us as we conclude our photographic look back at 2013 in the Disneyland Year in Review, September – December, 2013.


September 2013

 

Starbucks and the Market House Remodel

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

The Main Street Market House reopened near the end of the summer. The Market House, themed to a turn-of-the-century general store, was closed down and expanded to facilitate the installation of the second Starbucks location at the resort. The first opened in June of 2012 on Buena Vista Street.

 

Disneyland, in a blog post, attempted to calm guest concerns that the charming Market House would retain its theme and quaint feelings despite the expansion and installation of the coffee giant. But when the Market House reopened it was clear the charm of the Market House had been lost.

 

Most of the space was now occupied by a large queue and switchback. The counter space was split into two lines and the theme was not consistent with a general store. The new appearance was more reminiscent of a country eatery. Many online criticisms compared the space to a Cracker Barrel.

 

Even throughout the busy Holiday season the massive queue remained mostly unused. The one bright star in the Market House remodel was the Book Rest. The area, which occupies the former front lobby of Disneyana, is a small nook filled with faux books, the potbelly stove and dark woods.   

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

Disneyland Market House Starbucks

Disneyland Market House Starbucks


 

End of Summer Party – Limited Time Magic

 

Limited Time Magic said goodbye to the summer season with a quirky pier sideshow filled with contortionists, jugglers and character meet and greets.  As strange as some of the entertainment was, The End of Summer Celebration actually seemed to breathe life into Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Pier. 


Saying Goodbye to the Court of Angels 

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In late September guests turned out to say goodbye to one of the most beautiful corners of New Orleans Square. The Court of Angels closed on October 7 to guests. The area is slated to become the new entrance point and lobby for the exclusive, member only, Club 33.

 

Aside from the historical damage being done to Club 33, the damage to the Court of Angels will also be significant. No longer can guests wonder into this quite corner to take a break from busy days, no longer could a family pose for their annual photograph on the beautiful winding stairs. The closure of the Court of Angels represents the fundamental problem in Disney Parks management: Historical and thematic properties of the Disney parks no longer matters in the face of expansion for profit. The Market House was an earlier example of this issue.

Read More about the importance of the Court of Angels in “A Court Like No Other”.

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Court of Angels at Disneyland

Court of Angels - New Orleans Square

Court of Angels - New Orleans Square

Court of Angels - New Orleans Square

Court of Angels - New Orleans Square

Court of Angels - New Orleans Square

 

Also in September 2013

The Dapper Day Fall Soiree was held at the Disneyland Resort.

Dapper Day - Fall 2013

Dapper Day - Fall 2013

Dapper Day - Fall 2013

Dapper Day - Fall 2013

Sunset over Cars Land


 

October 2013

 

Halloween Time Returns

Halloween Time returned to the Disneyland Resort in the Fall. The usual attraction overlay of the Haunted Mansion Holiday returned, however this past year, 2013, the attraction overlay celebrated its 13th year. 

Halloween Time - Disneyland Main Street

HalloweenTime Dapper Dans - Disneyland

Halloween Time - Disneyland Band

Halloween Time - Disneyland Band

Jack and Sally, Halloween Time at Disneyland

2013 Halloween Carnival - Goofy

2013 Halloween Carnival - Mickey and Minnie

Halloween Time Balloons

 

Also in October 2013

 

Thor: The Treasures of Asgard meet and greet was added to Innoventions. Moving in next door to the Iron Man Tech exhibit, the Thor addition once again commanded large lines within the building. Guests waited up to an hour to meet and have their photo taken with Thor.

Thor The Treasures of Asgard Meet and Greet at Innoventions in Disneyland

Thor The Treasures of Asgard Meet and Greet at Innoventions in Disneyland

Limited Time Magic Chalk Art Festival in Downtown Disney

Chalk Art Festival - Limited Time Magic - Disneyland

Chalk Art Festival - Limited Time Magic - Disneyland

Chalk Art Festival - Limited Time Magic - Disneyland

Chalk Art Festival - Limited Time Magic - Disneyland

The Court of Angels closed to guests

New Orleans Square Holiday Decorations Disneyland


 

November & December 2013

The Holidays Return to the Disneyland Resort 

Technically beginning in November, the Holidays returned to the Disneyland Resort with new surprises for 2013.

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure received their overlays, as did additions to Hollywood Land. Main Street’s massive Christmas Tree returned and the beautiful “it’s a small world” Holiday dazzled guests. 

New for 2013, an subtle overlay to the Jungle Cruise, known as the Jingle Cruise and a new version of World of Color called Winter Dreams.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

its a small world holday

its a small world holiday

its a small world Holiday

A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland 2013

Sleeping Beauty Castle Holiday Bokeh - Disneyland

Jingle Cruise

Disneyland added a attraction overlay for the 2013 Holiday Season. The Jungle Cruise received a subtle holiday re-theming. Known as the “Jingle Cruise”, it seems those “homesick Jungle Cruise skippers” decided to bring some holiday cheer to the jungle by decorating the boat hose and boats with items sent from home. Guests found hand crafted Holiday decorations and special punchlines throughout their tours.

Jingle Cruise / Jungle Cruise

Jingle Cruise / Jungle Cruise

Jingle Cruise / Jungle Cruise

Jingle Cruise Poster

¡Viva Navidad!
 

Also added to the Holiday line up for 2013, Disney California Adventure celebrated Latino culture with ¡Viva Navidad! Paradise Garden was filled with music dancing and food. Several times a day a street party, featuring the Three Caballeros entertained guests. The street party also featured Mickey and Minnie Mouse, dancers, Mexican folkorico and samba dancers. 

¡Viva Navidad! was an instant hit with guests, and will reappear again in 2014.

Viva Navidad

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

¡Viva Navidad! Torta - Disney California Adventure

Viva Navidad

 

Bye Billies

 

In November, Disneyland made the announcement that Billy Hill and the Hillbillies would be retired from their long-time Disneyland act. The Billy Hill and the Hillbillies was an extremely popular bluegrass and comedy show which began its nearly 21 year run in 1992 outside of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. 

In recent years the act had been moved from the Golden Horseshoe to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. The musicians, turning to their fans on their website, asked for guests to write to Disneyland management and to sign an online petition. But despite fan outcry, Disneyland stuck to their decision and the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies held their final Disneyland performance on January 6, 2014.

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas - Country Bears

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies Holiday / Christmas

Also at the end of 2013

Tony Baxter received his window on Main Street U.S.A.

Tony Baxter Window on Main Street at Disneyland

World of Color – Winter Dreams, a special Holiday version of the popular night-time show at Disney California Adventure, debuted.

World of Color Winter Dreams - Glow with the Show

World of Color Winter Dreams

A new Frozen meet-and-greet opened up in Fantasyland

Frozen Meet and Greet at Disneyland

Frozen Meet and Greet at Disneyland

The year wrapped up with the Holiday Season throughout the resort.

Elias & Co Department Store Santa - Buena Vista Street

Hollywood Land Holiday / Christmas Decor

Mickey Christmas Popcorn Bucket

Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers 2013

Disneyland Holiday Treats - Yule Log

A tribute to the Main Street Flower Market appeared on Center Street during the final few weeks of 2013. Sadly, the flower market was removed by the first week of 2014.

Disneyland Main Street Flower Market

Disneyland Main Street Flower Market

Disneyland Main Street Flower Market

WELCOME TO 2014!

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