It has been a while since we provided a full Disneyland Photo Report. The Disneyland Resort hasn’t changed much in the past several weeks. The Holidays are in full swing, and the crowds are beginning to build – as they always do leading up to Christmas day and the new year.
Main Street Flower Market
Just this past week the Center Street Flower Market was recreated on Main Street U.S.A. Center Street is comprised of the cross street between the Market House and the Disney Clothiers on the east side, and between the Carnation Café and the Fortuosity Shop on the west side. For many decades the Main Street Flower Market featured beautiful, and always perfect, silk flowers. The Flower Market disappeared sometime in the 80’s – as best as I can remember. Guests can now once again see beautiful flowers on carts along Center Street East. These arrangements are not for sale, they just provide great atmospheric and historical elements to Main Street U.S.A. It is not clear if the Main Street Flower Market will remain past the Holiday season; I truly hope to see it stick around. It should be rather simple to exchange the arrangements for each of the seasons.
Here are some photos of the Main Street Flower Market from this past weekend.
A few weeks ago, Mouse Planet’s David Koeing reported that after decaying away for the past 19 years, Disney now has plans to remove the Fantasyland Skyway station from Disneyland.
The Skyway carried guests high above Fantasyland, through the Matterhorn and into Tomorrowland from 1956 until its closure in 1994. And since its closure, Fantasyland Skyway station has been sitting dormant among ever overgrowing plants and trees.
According to Koeing’s article, Disney is will be removing the chalet following this Christmas season. Imagineering has no plans for the structure, and as you can see in some of the photos below, it is literally falling apart in some areas.
You can still see the beauty and detail that went into the construction of Disneyland structures from this era. The Chalet was most likely updated for the 1983 construction of ‘new’ Fantasyland, and fits with the alpine village theme seen in the area. The scroll work and artistic paintings are unique and quintessentially “Disney”. It is a shame that the building will be destroyed and not be repurposed. Although its position on the hill may make it a nightmare for modern ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) compliance.
Big Thunder Refurbishment
The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Refurbishment continues to move forward. For the past few weeks the new ride vehicles have been slowly making their way around the new track. Disney pushed the opening date back from October 2013 to the “Winter of 2014” this past August. An exact date has not yet been set for reopening, however Disney did clarify that “winter” referred to the first few months of 2014.
The XBox exhibit in Innoventions has been upgraded with the new XBox One. There are several consoles set up for traditional game play, and a few more along the wall where guests can play Kinect style games. A few XBox 360 consoles also remain to showcase Disney Infinity.
Elf Days at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
For Limited Time Magic, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure is featuring “Elf Days”, a scavenger hunt and elf “training ground”. From December 9 – 15th guests can participate in games, receive their official elf name, learn a secret handshake and take a photo flying in Santa’s sleigh
Around the Resort
Below are a few photos from Around the Disneyland Resort. They include the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers (video), Five and Dime, Candy Canes being hand made on Buena Vista Street, a look at some of the holiday treats available and more.
Downtown Disney Starbucks progress
The Downtown Disney Starbucks location remains under construction, and appears to still have a lot of work to go. Large metal beams are now visible over what will be the entrance and patio areas. Also visible is a back-lit world map along an interior wall. This third Starbucks location is set to open sometime this winter. A forth location, a kiosk, will open around the same time also in Downtown Disney.
The kiosk shown under construction below is said to be for Sunglasses Icon; at least according to a store employee. The kiosk is located across from the La Brea Bakery and the World of Disney store.
That’s going to do it for this week. Make sure you visit our Disneyland Photography page for more photography and photo updates from the Disneyland Resort. Also our News page for news and information on Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more around Orange County.