Disneyland Resort Photo Update for May 5, 2014
Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort
Prices Going Up
It will now cost you a bit more to enjoy your favorite snack or beer at one of the many Disneyland and Disney California Adventure outdoor vending locations. Management raised prices of most items this past week, including popcorn, churros, turkey legs, bottled sodas, water and beer.
For now admission and ticket prices remain unchanged, but some say this could easily point to an impending increase in ticket prices. Disneyland is also on track for it’s next admission increase. The last three years have seen increases in the months of May and June.
Out With the Old, In With The New – Nikon replaces Kodak
This isn’t new news, but an ongoing topic. A couple years back Kodak pulled it’s decades long sponsorship from Disneyland. The move came following a bankruptcy declaration and since then we’ve slowly seen Kodak disappear from the maps and signage. Nikon signed a multi-year deal in Kodak’s place and a few months ago we began to see Nikon signs replace the classic “photo spot” signage. This week Nikon signs have appeared at both the Kingswell Camera Shop on Buena Vista Street and the Main Street Photo Supply at Disneyland.
Disney kept the stained glass look of the sign, but for some reason the ‘Nikon’ just seems out of place. ‘Kodak’ was much more classic and fit in well on the turn-of-the-century Main Street U.S.A.
Here’s a photo to compare with. Here is how the sign appeared with ‘Kodak’ as the sponsor.
Here Disney just covered the ‘Kodak’ branding with a piece of white paper …
… oops, missed one.
Refurbishment & Attraction Closure Updates
Alice in Wonderland continues with safety upgrades to the external vine. This week, extensions were visible along the track which will most likely be used to widen the vine and provide an area for safer maintenance and walk-offs during breakdowns.
My hope is that the widening and work being done will be made to transition seamlessly into the original design.
The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage remains closed through late 2014. Not much external work is visible, however work is being performed on the internal show elements.
Back in Mickey’s Toontown, both fountains are walled off for work and Gadget’s Go Coaster is receiving a refurbishment now through May 15, 2014. It would be great to see all the queue elements operational on Gadget’s Go Coaster once again, I can’t remember the last time I saw them all in working order.
Pirates of the Caribbean is now closed for a refurbishment, it is currently scheduled for a May 23rd reopening – just in time for the big ‘Disney Side 24-hour Event’.
“it’s a small world” also remains closed through May 22nd.
Indiana Jones Adventure remains closed through late May
Across the Esplanade at Disney California Adventure, Grizzly River Run is closed through June 19th. Such a shame considering we hit record high temperatures this past week and we are headed into the hot summer season.
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is scheduled to reopen on Friday, May 9th
A great new improvement to Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure has been unveiled. The building which houses the Boudin Bakery has been completely repainted with a new scheme. We’ve been watching this over the past few weeks, but this week nearly all of the building was unveiled.
This is a great improvement and the contrast between this side of Pacific Wharf and the side containing the Cocina Cucamonga is staggering.
Hopefully this side is next!
Around the Resort
This week guests began to notice artwork depicting the famed Haunted Mansion ‘Hatbox Ghost’ with the title “materializing August 2014”. Some immediately jumped to the conclusion that maybe the fabled animatronic would make an appearance for the Haunted Mansion’s 45th anniversary later this year.
After talking with some of the artists at Disneyana, they have confirmed that the ‘Hatbox Ghost’ is indeed going to materialize for the Haunted Mansion’s 45th anniversary, but in the form of a hand-painted cell for the Ink and Paint program. In fact, these images hang over the artist’s work area.
A mocked up ‘Hatbox Ghost’ was on display at the 2013 D23 Expo. The Imagineers on hand assured guests that it was not in development, but simply to demonstrate the technology to guests … boy do they love to tease us.
Space Mountain, despite the top ‘ring’ seemingly now complete, remains filthy. Hopefully it will get either a good cleaning or a fresh white paint job during the upcoming closure. Space Mountain is currently scheduled for a May 12 – June 26th closure.
A new treat is available at Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street. Goofy’s Glaciers is basically a cherry flavored Slurpee and may prove a good way to cool down this summer.
You don’t see the Soarin’ Over California queue misters on too often; it was well into the 100’s a few days this past week.
Bob Hoskins, the actor who played Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this past week. The designers of Buena Vista Street actually worked his character subtly into the details of the environment. His character’s name, along with some others, appears on a mailbox. I went to pay it a visit and take a few photographs and was surprised to see the names were damaged by water and are almost faded beyond recognition.
I’m not even going to discuss the new Club 33 logo …