Disneyland Photo Report for April 14, 2014
Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort!
It’s been a while since we published a Disneyland Photo Report, but we’re back this week with a huge update! Spring is in full swing. Spring break continues to bring in large crowds throughout the week and especially on the weekends. Roger Rabbit is making appearances at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree for Springtime Roundup, “it’s a small world” celebrated its 50th anniversary with Richard Sherman and a classic store on Main Street has been turned into a pin shop.
We also check in on the Space Mountain work, the Submarine Voyage and Alice in Wonderland refurbishments, and the major Club 33 work happening throughout New Orleans Square. A row of buildings over at Disney California Adventure are receiving a makeover as another eyesore from the original park theme heads off to yesterland!
“it’s a small world”
The classic Disneyland and New York World’s Fair attraction, “it’s a small world” celebrated 50 years this past week with some help from Disney Legend and song writer, Richard Sherman. The attraction has been closed since the holiday overlay was removed in January. The refurbishment extension was to address potential worker “safety” concerns. “it’s a small world” reopened for the celebration and will remain open until April 23rd when it closes again until late May.
The 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” was celebrated live on Good Morning America. The celebration included all five of Disney’s theme parks across the world. When the celebration reached Disneyland, still in the early morning hours, viewers were treated to a choir of Cast Members sining. The celebration ended with fireworks.
Below you’ll find a video of the “it’s a small world” Good Morning America Broadcast.
I was remaining hopeful that the national broadcast of the “it’s a small world” anniversary would include a refurbishment of the attraction’s exterior. Of course, with the televised segments occurring in the early morning hours the blackened and filthily sections of the facade were not noticeable. Hopefully it will receive some attention when “it’s a small world” closes again later this month.
The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree is celebrating Spring with the Springtime Roundup. These celebrations have become the norm for this location inside Disneyland a feature the standard crafts, special treats and Performing Arts stage shows. For the Springtime Roundup, Disneyland has brought in special rabbit meet and greets which include Roger Rabbit! Also guests can view some very detailed easter eggs.
Springtime Roundup is daily from 10:30am – 5:30pm and continues through April 20, 2014.
The Easter Eggs are very unique and highly detailed.
Roger Rabbit joins other famous Disney rabbits, the Easter Bunny as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Roger Rabbit made some very limited appearances on Main Street last year (2013) for the Springtime Roundup ‘Bunny Hop’ and the popularity of that seems to have prompted Disney to bring him back for this year’s event. Roger is a very rare character and this is a great opportunity to meet him!
Disney brought back the Egg-Stravaganza this year. Last year (2013) the in-park Easter Egg hunt was only available at Disney California Adventure and EPCOT, but for 2014 it has been expanded to include Disneyland as well.
I have included photos of two of the eggs at Disneyland below.
Club 33 Expansion and the Impact on New Orleans Square
It’s been a while since I visited New Orleans Square for a Disneyland Photo Report. Up until this past winter it was extremely rare for me to visit Disneyland without making New Orleans Square a part of the trip, but since the Club 33 expansion began I’ve had to stay away. It’s quite depressing. The inner streets remain covered and on Sunday (the day these photos were taken) the streets were filled with the sounds of saws, hammers and the smells of fumes. I would truly like to see the inner streets just closed off for the construction, but that would mean closing three shops as well and apparently Disney isn’t interested in doing that.
I guess I wouldn’t be so critical of this inconvenience if it was for the ‘greater good’, but the reality remains: A huge majority of Disneyland guests will never visit Club 33, making the construction and the loss of the Court of Angels is just salt in the wound.
A look at the rooftops of New Orleans Square
Even though the inner streets of New Orleans Square are in disarray, there are still some great spots that are remaining untouched.
Disneyland is seeing a few major refurbishments. Space Mountain’s addition seems to be complete and hopefully we’ll see the exterior either cleaned or painted soon. Alice in Wonderland is in the process of receiving a worker-safe ‘vine’ and the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage remains dry.
There is definitely some work happening at the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, but most of it isn’t visible just yet.
Alice in Wonderland is closed through at least this summer. The attraction is finally receiving an update to the outdoor ‘vine’ which was covered in tarps and scaffolding in April of 2010.
20th Century Music Company
“New Sounds for a New Century”
The 20th Century Music Company on Main Street USA at Disneyland is no longer selling music, books and DVD’s. It has become (yet another) dedicated pin store. Apparently Disney Pins are still a big seller. Disneyland has a dedicated pin store in Frontierland, Tomorrowland and New Orleans Square, but apparently they needed another. It could also be that the CD music sales were so bad in the face of digital downloads that the store needed to be repurposed. Whatever be the reason, the 20th Century Music Company is no longer selling … music.
The music props remain
Most of the CD music and books have been moved to “Off the Page” in Disney California Adventure and “World of Disney” in Downtown Disney
I found a great “it’s a small world” book and CD at Off the Page.
Cannery Row on Pacific Wharf
Out with the old, in with the new. Disney California Adventure continues to receive updated ‘placemaking’ throughout the park. The park may have been relaunched with the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street nearly two years ago, but its is great to see the continued improvement on the failed theming of DCA 1.0.
Cannery Row and Pacific Wharf is emerging from tarps and scaffolding to show off a new, brighter paint scheme which also includes new ‘advertising’. The update is a major change to how it appeared for the past 13 years and it is also in stark contrast to the neighboring Cocina Cucamonga building. I’m very hopeful that this type of treatment will be given to the weathered exterior of Cocina Cucamonga next.
I’ve included a before photo of Cannery Row from our archives to give you some comparison.
Below is a before photo of the one seen above. The photo was shot for the January 8, 2012 Disneyland Photo Report. It shows the huge change happening here!
Hopefully Cocina Cucamonga is next!
The new Pacific Wharf paint scheme reminds me of last year’s update to Grizzly River Run.
I mentioned it a few weeks ago, but now the fountain at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land is in need of attention. The chemicals in the water have faded the fake astroturf and the fountain has seized up again and is no longer functioning. The bases around the Cones themselves are being used as benches and are looking quite filthily as well. Cars Land has been open for nearly two years and we may see parts begin to close for refurbishments soon. Hopefully in the Fall.
“It’s Tough to be a Bug” is closed through April 18th when it reopens to play an extended trailer for Maleficent, opening in theaters on May 30, 2014.
The latest trailer for Maleficent:
Below are a few new Spring Break tee shirts available throughout the resort. I found these a the Emporium on Main Street USA.
It’s rare that I personally find a tee shirt at Disneyland, but this one is pretty good.