Halloween Time is beginning to appear across the Disneyland Resort in the form of special foods, merchandise, and decorations. The Haunted Mansion is now closed and is beginning to take on the now familiar holiday look. The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage lagoon has been refiled and the Duffy meet and greet at Disney California Adventure has been removed in favor of a new classic character.
Also this week, Disneyland management has changed the way guests line up for Frozen Royal Reception meet and greet. A new reservation system has replaced the standby line entirely.
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Halloween Time is beginning to show up all around the Disneyland Resort. Guests along the Mickey and Friends tram route are now meet with the annual display of Disney halloween characters.
The Disney Showcase shop on Main Street U.S.A. has become Halloween headquarters once again. The shop now carries a complete line of Halloween Time merchandise including decorations, bags, display items and costumes.
The complete collection of Haunted Mansion merchandise is also available
Over in New Orleans Square, the outside of the Haunted Mansion has been taken over by Jack Skellington. Haunted Mansion Holiday opens when Halloween Time kicks off on September 12th.
Speakers for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are being installed
Frozen Royal Reception Standby Line Eliminated
Beginning this week, Disneyland debuted a modified FASTPASS system for the extremely popular meet and greet where it was not uncommon for guests to wait hours to meet with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.
The standby line has been eliminated completely. Guests must now obtain a return time, essentially a FASTPASS, from Cast Members at the meet and greet. The Cast Member will then scan the guest’s admission ticket, or annual passport, and issue them a 20-minute return window. Distribution of the return tickets begins at park opening and concludes when that day’s supply has been exhausted. If guests are unable to obtain a return ticket before that day’s supply is distributed then they will not be able to enter the Frozen ‘Royal Reception’. There is no standby line option available.
CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE LINE FOR THE FROZEN ROYAL RECEPTION MEET AND GREET AT DISNEYLAND
GUESTS LINED UP TO RECEIVE RETURN TIMES FOR THE FROZEN ROYAL RECEPTION AT DISNEYLAND
GUESTS IN THE RETURN LINE FOR THE FROZEN ROYAL RECEPTION MEET AND GREET AT DISNEYLAND
CAST MEMBERS SCANNING GUEST ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE FROZEN ROYAL RECEPTION MEET AND GREET AT DISNEYLAND
Around the Resort
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Meet and Greet Announced, Duffy the Disney Bear Removed
Early last week Disney announced the welcome addition of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. But it’s what they didn’t say that was most interesting. The Duffy the Disney Bear meet and greet was quietly removed from in front of Treasures in Paradise. The meet and greet was added several years ago in what can now be called a failed attempt to bring the popular character to the United States. Duffy is extremely popular in Japan.
Guests can still purchase a Duffy bear plush inside Treasures in Paradise, but the amount of merchandise dedicated to the bear has been drastically scaled back.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will be a wonderful addition to Buena Vista Street, in fact he was welcomed with cheers during a recent Annual Passholder event.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Refilled
The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage lagoon was refiled over the past two weeks. Despite rumors claiming the attraction would close for good, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is scheduled for a September 27th reopening.
Disney Showcase, Main Street Magic Shop and Photo Supply Co. Facade Work
The Main Street USA facade work has moved to the corners of the Disney Showcase, Magic Shop and Main Street Music Company and the Main Street Photo Co.
A very large shade tree has been removed on the patio of the Jolly Holiday Bakery. Guy Selga also recently pointed out on Twitter that the same thing happened in front of the Jungle Cruise.
This is just upsetting. Someone has recently felt it necessary to tag graffiti into the White Rabbit bronze statue in the hub. It’s been like this for at least a week and I’m being told this is not an easy fix.
The Mark Twain Riverboat closed on September 5th for an extended refurbishment. Unfortunately we do not have a reopening date to share with you as of yet. Keep an eye on our Disneyland Attraction Closure Page for more information.
Disney increased food pricing across the Disneyland Resort this past week and at one location a major change was made. At Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta the great flatbread pizzas were replace with “featured pizza”, basically the same bad stuff that the Pizza Port serves in Tomorrowland.
The “Featured Pizza” sells for $7.99, the same price as the cheese flat bread. Personally I would gladly pay the dollar more for the better pizza with toppings such as BBQ chicken, and portobello mushroom and spinach.
“Featured Pizza” has replaced the great flatbread pizzas at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta.
The new menu reflects the change
A look at the old menu and flat bread pizzas.
Special thanks to Jason from DisneyGeek.com for providing the photos of the Flatbread Pizzas
Some of the work on the exterior of the Grand Californian suites and Napa Rose patio has concluded
This is new to me, although I’m being told it was changed a few weeks back. The Argyle Building window in HollywoodLand has been updated.