Disneyland Photo Report for June 17, 2014
Welcome back to the Disneyland Resort.
In the week’s since our last Photo Report, Disneyland has moved forward with some refurbishment projects including Alice in Wonderland and Space Mountain. The official reopening date for the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, which we have had on our attraction closures page for some time now, was announced as well.
Some changes are coming to the Golden Horseshoe and Captain EO is closing, with some indicators that it may be gone for good.
The debut of the Frozen pre-parade is making the headlines this week and with not much else happening this summer, the Disneyland Resort is turning on the cruise control and entering the third summer since the debut of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street.
A Stroll Down Main Street
The Main Street lockers remain closed. A temporary first aid will be set up in this location as Disneyland builds a backstage express walkway for use on crowded days.
This past weekend, Disneyland debuted the only special form of ‘summer entertainment’ for 2014 with the Frozen pre-parade. The one float, which departs from “it’s a small world” down the parade route approximately 10 minutes before the first showing of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, carries Anna, Elsa and Olaf. The float is a redressing of the Mickey and Minnie ice skating float from the Holiday parade, A Christmas Fantasy Parade.
Currently the float is only seen once a day, which came as a surprise to most guests as Disneyland management hyped the event as a “pre-parade”. While still technically a pre-parade, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is currently showing twice daily through the summer months and it was assumed by many that the Frozen float would appear before each showing. Over the debut weekend guests lining up for the 6:30 p.m. performance were disappointed when the characters from Disney’s most popular animated movie of all time didn’t show. It’s not clear why the float only appears once, but the most popular theory has to do with the impact to the Royal Reception meet and greet. Guests complained after waiting in two-hour lines only to either be told to wait longer or were only greeted by one of the two characters.
June 17, 2014 may be your last opportunity to see Captain EO at Disneyland. The tribute to the late Michael Jackson is set to close on June 18th and reopen on July 4th as a preview for the upcoming Marvel release, Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney said in a blog post that Captain EO is “expected to return at a later date”, but many feel that this could mark the end for Captain EO.
In fact, on June 17th, Tokyo Disney announced the permanent closure of their Captain EO Tribute is set for June 30, 2014.
Laughing Stock Co. & the Golden Horseshoe
According to MousePlanet.com, the Laughing Stock Co. will be vacating the Golden Horseshoe in early July to make way for a new “interactive show”. Earlier this year, the long running and popular variety show, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, also left Disneyland. Readers who have been with us for a while will remember last summer when Walt Disney Imagineering “play tested” a new experience inside the Golden Horseshoe. See photos in the August, 26, 2013 Disneyland Update. We may be seeing something similar in the next month take up residence in the Golden Horseshoe.
I would love to see a return of the Golden Horseshoe Revue, but I’m fairly sure that is not going to happen.
Alice in Wonderland, Refurbishment Update
Work to widen and install safety rails on the external vine at Alice in Wonderland continues. The attraction is set to re-open on July 4, 2014.
Space Mountain, Refurbishment Update
Space Mountain is now closed for refurbishment through July 3rd. It will re-open on Independence Day. It’s great to finally see the exterior being cleaned!
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Refurbishment Update
Disneyland officially announced the reopening date for the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The underwater attraction will reopen on September 27, 2014. In the past few weeks more scaffolding has appeared in the lagoon and around the submarines.
New Orleans Square & Club 33 Expansion Update
Some of the scaffolding and covers surrounding New Orleans Square have come down. The work is part of the Club 33 expansion which saw the closure of the Court of Angels to regular park guests.
New windows, paint and stained glass are visible.
The inner streets of New Orleans Square remained closed off. In the photo below, a new bridge is being constructed above Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror closed unexpectedly over most of the weekend, but was open once again on Monday with a 70 minute wait time in the mid-afternoon.
ESPN Zone is hosting viewings of the 2014 FIFA World Cup from Brazil. The store has merchandise for various countries, a replica of the World Cup is on display for photo opportunities, and a large bracket is displayed in a front window.