Disneyland Photo Report for August 18, 2014.
All photos were captured on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort!
We are nearing the end of the summer season at the Disneyland Resort. School districts are about to head back into session, and some already have! The weather is still warm and the crowds, at least over this past weekend, have been staying moderate. But that’s all about to change. Annual Passholder Blockouts ended as of this past Monday for the SoCal and SoCal Select holders. The park conditions will change as those who have been blocked out for most of the summer return.
The Haunted Mansion celebrated it’s 45th anniversary this past week and Disneyland has made some very nice merchandise available at Disneyana, some of which is going very quickly. Also in this Disneyland Photo Report we take a look at the Adventure Trading Company before it closes down, the final section of the New Orleans Square / Club 33 project has been unveiled, and more from Buena Vista Street, Condor Flats and Cars Land.
Also if you haven’t heard, I have begun to make some prints available for purchase. They have proven to be quite popular in the past several weeks, especially the Court of Angels photograph. I am planing to make a few more available in the coming weeks, including some great Halloween Time selections! You can view the current selection from New Orleans Square below.
A Morning on Buena Vista Street
I love mornings on Buena Vista Street. While everyone is rushing through to get a Radiator Springs Racers Fastpass it’s nice to take it slow and enjoy the details and atmosphere of this amazing section of Disney California Adventure.
On Sunday Radiator Springs Racers didn’t open until two hours past park opening. This lead to a lot of upset guests. But the crowd levels remained low and most attractions were able to keep a low wait time until noon.
For many factors including blockouts, Sunday mornings have been quite pleasant at the Disneyland Resort. Below, a nearly empty Cars Land several hours after park opening.
I’m not sure how new these are, but Ramone’s has a line of neon sign inspired apparel for sale.
The Cozy Cone Motel fountain and fake turf continue to be a problem. The additives in the water are bleaching the fake turf, which was installed back in October 2013. To make matters worse the fountain is constantly seizing from what appears to be hard water. This has been an on-going problem since Cars Land open in June 2012. I really hope Disney addresses this in with a permanent solution soon, it looks horrible.
Over at Disneyland, just before the gates opened for rope drop.
Haunted Mansion Celebrates 45 Years
The Haunted Mansion celebrated 45 years this past week and in celebration, Disneyland has made special merchandise available. The items range from shirts and other apparel to art.
The small cart across from the Haunted Mansion’s exit has a few shirts commemorating the 45th anniversary.
The following items can be found at Disneyana on Main Street.
A large replica of the Haunted Mansion’s stretching room gargoyles sells for just under $3,000!
Adventure Trading Company
The Adventure Trading Company, one of two in-park games currently being tested by WDI, is nearing the end of it’s run. In fact, both the Adventure Trading Company and Legends of Frontierland will come to a close by the end of August.
Better get your Juju now!
New Orleans Square / Club 33 Construction Completely Unveiled
For the past month we’ve seen, and debated the highly controversial Club 33 refurbishment and its impact on New Orleans Square. This past week the final section still covered by construction walls was unveiled, and it contains another overlapped addition.
The new east door to Mille. Antoniette’s Parfumerie was unveiled this past week. The door frame actually looks nice, some good detailing went into it’s design and it matches the existing windows well. From the angle seen below the door seems to fit well.
As you looks straight on you notice the overlap of the existing window frame. The pillars on each side of the door are obviously supports for the new bridge. This once again demonstrates how the outward look of New Orleans Square took a back seat to the function and theming of the new Club 33.
Around the Resort
The refurbishment walls have moved to another bank of turnstiles at Disneyland’s main entrance. The rumor is the refurbishments are being done to provide them with the capability of using FastPass+ in the future. It should be stressed that this is a rumor at this point, however it is quite plausible.
The planet murals at the Space Mountain exit have been painted over with a new blue and silver scheme. It looks much nicer and is constant with blue and silver paint scheme seen throughout Tomorrowland since 2005.
Part of the planet mural still exists near the pay phones.
Halloween Merchandise is beginning to show up across the Disneyland Resort.