It’s been one other busy week on the Disneyland Resort. Between the Lunar New 12 months competition, Sweethearts Nite after hours get together, and the kickoff of Magic Key Holder appreciation month, there’s been so much occurring. However, after all, it isn’t all sparkles and smiles. Many Disneyland places have been scuffling with huge crowds and staffing points, a mix which ends up in lengthy traces. There’s so much to cowl this week, so let’s get began!
Downtown Disney Reimagining
Work has already begun on the overhaul of Downtown Disney’s west finish. Starbucks, SugarBoo, and Earl of Sandwich have all now closed and development partitions have already gone up across the previous AMC complicated.
This transformation will add a mid-century look to this small nook of Downtown Disney that can function new buying and leisure. Extra particulars on the large renovations of Downtown Disney under:
Disneyland Information: Monorail & Downtown Disney Outlets Put together to Shut in Advance Renovation
Have a good time Soulfully
This yr, Disney is recognizing Black Historical past Month with the theme, “Have a good time Soulfully.” Stunning artwork is displayed across the west finish of Downtown Disney, and music and meals will likely be part of the celebration of Black heritage and tradition via the month of February.
That is simply among the paintings that’s displayed alongside the partitions surrounding the development venture. A lot of the artwork has beforehand been featured at EPCOT for the discharge of Disney/Pixar’s Soul.
However for among the most spectacular paintings, you’ll have to look down. Marcella Swett is a chalk muralist and Senior Manufacturing Artisan at Disney Dwell Leisure. She’s including chalk murals to the pathways of Downtown Disney each week throughout Black Historical past Month. Her artwork is completely stunning and shouldn’t be missed!
Moreover, Downtown Disney will host reside music with genres like R&B, reggae, funk, and jazz all through February. On Saturday afternoons, there may be additionally Gospel music to get pleasure from. And Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen could have reside jazz piano nightly.
There’s additionally some celebrating occurring inside Disneyland. The Fantasyland Theater will likely be internet hosting “Have a good time Gospel” (it was beforehand held at DCA’s Stage 17). On February 19-20 and 26-27, friends can hear distinguished Gospel singers and choirs from SoCal as they take to the stage from 3-7pm. On Februrary 19, award-winning Gospel singer, actor and dressmaker Kierra Sheard will likely be performing with a capella Gospel group “Sacred Groove.” On Feb. 26, Grammy-award winners Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music take the stage, together with “The Singers of Soul,” performing of their distinctive a capella type.
AND… for those who occur to cease by the Grand Californian Foyer, you might be in for a deal with of reside jazz on evenings Friday-Sunday! And whilst you’re there, you’ll be able to get pleasure from a collection of drinks from Black-owned corporations on the close by Hearthstone Lounge.
Magic Key Holders Month
Disney has taken the month of February to rejoice their Magic Key Holders. Key Holders can anticipate unique menu gadgets, photograph spots, collectable prints, and extra. Try an up to date article about this celebration by clicking the hyperlink under.
UPDATED INFO: Disneyland Magic Key Holder Celebration Month Particulars!
The Magic Key program obtained off to a tough begin with arduous to get park reservations. However issues have improved a bit in that regard (although weekends nonetheless replenish). How is this system going for you now? What do you want most about this system? And what would you most prefer to see modified?
Sweethearts Nite: “Social gathering within the title of affection.”
Final week, we noticed the return of particular ticketed after-hours occasions at Disneyland. The primary two nights of “Sweethearts Nite” ran, and there are nonetheless a number of days left for the love-filled get together. Nonetheless all tickets are at the moment offered out for each remaining date.The ticket worth began at $114 and parking was NOT included.
Test-in could be carried out on the previous Starcade or at a portion of the entrance gate. You may arrive as much as 3 hours early (at 5pm) and blend in with day friends at Disneyland. The park ends its traditional working day early in order that the particular occasion friends can benefit from the park to themselves. The get together runs from 8pm-12am.
This occasion contains love-themed photograph alternatives, particular occasion menu gadgets, leisure and extra. Should you’re a fan of character interactions, and need to have some enjoyable photographs, these after-hours occasions could be for you. However on the excessive price, they don’t provide rather more than that for only a 4 hour occasion (with 3 extra hours of standard park time).
Lunar New 12 months
Lunar New 12 months will quickly be coming to a detailed on February 14th. And whereas that is the smallest of the festivals lined up at DCA, we surprise if it’s time for Disney to broaden it.
There’s VERY excessive demand for almost every part this competition provides, from character meet and greets, particular meals cubicles, leisure in Paradise Gardens, and a brief procession hosted by Mulan.
This competition has stunning decorations and a few good meals, for those who can abdomen the traces to get it. Wait instances of as much as and hour and a half for meals has made for a tough eating expertise. With simply 4 cubicles, this competition clearly wants extra meals places! However cubicles are typically closed early, on account of staffing and shortages.
All through California Journey, there have been nights the place a number of fast serve stations have closed as early as 5pm on account of staffing shortages.
Whereas I’d like to see extra festivals like this all year long, lengthy traces within the market are taking away from among the enjoyment. If I had a selection in new festivals so as to add, it could undoubtedly be Mardi Gras and Flower and Backyard. What are your concepts?
The Busy Off-Season
There’s simply not an low season this yr. Whereas it’s much less crowded than Christmas, the traces stay longer than they had been through the vacation season earlier than Genie launched.
Over this previous week, there hasn’t been a lot change within the crowds. However traces have been a bit longer for some points of interest. We attribute a few of that to the present refurbishments and Lightning Lane (which has ballooned traces in every single place). Let’s check out some key places that basically inform the story of park situations.
The entrance gates to Disneyland get very busy very first thing within the morning, however that tapers off rapidly and the traces to enter the parks are possibly 5 to 10 minutes a bit of after the opening rush subsides. The traces get lengthy once more at 1pm when friends are in a position to park hop.
New Orleans Sq. is all the time busy and when a number of points of interest are down on the identical time. Mid-morning on Friday, each Indy and Jungle Cruise had been quickly unavailable on the identical time and the ensuing crush was strongly felt in pinchpoint areas of New Orleans Sq..
Conversely, Batuu wasn’t terribly busy. So for those who’re hoping to work together with some storm troopers, now could also be alternative to maintain a watch out for them.
However Toontown has been very busy. It’s a smaller closed off space with characters, and shortly to shut for a reimagining.
Toontown is scheduled to shut someday in March for a whole transform and won’t open once more till 2023. Hopefully they use the time to take away the unused trolly tracks that twist so many ankles and that strollers get caught in.
Till March sixth you’ll be able to rejoice a special day with Mickey at his home. The 90 minute expertise is a dear $350 for a gaggle of as much as 10 individuals.
Some areas of Fantasyland can get fairly congested, however visitors was persistently transferring ahead.
Lightning Lane has change into extremely popular with friends, however I seen over the previous week that the Lightning Lane traces can get pretty prolonged. Is Lightning Lane value it to you? Are you pleased with paying further per individual to face in a line that’s simply sooner transferring?
The Lightning Lane line for Large Thunder Mountain ran virtually again to the exit of the attraction. The part of the road within the photograph under was only for friends to scan in earlier than they get into the Lightning Lane line.
Tasks Across the Resort
This time of yr we all the time seen an uptick in initiatives and refurbishments across the resort. Let’s check out what’s at the moment underneath wraps.
Tarzan’s Treehouse: (September 1st-TBA). This attraction has been underneath scrims since September and there hasn’t been any info given on when the attraction will return. However with the excessive winds final week, we had been in a position to take a peek… although, we actually didn’t study something new.
Discovering Nemo Submarine Voyage: (July Twelfth-Winter 2022). Winter 2021 turned winter 2022… however nonetheless no phrase on when this one will really return. The one good factor is that the heavy refurbishment signifies that the subs are right here to remain for at the least a couple of extra years. I’m not an enormous fan of using in a tin can with people packed in like sardines, however I’ll need to journey simply to see how all of the colourful new corals look
Splash Mountain: (January Tenth-March seventh) This normal refurbishment is sort of seen to friends who’re strolling via Critter Nation.
Masonry staff could be seen engaged on the rocks out within the open.
The conveyor belts for the lifts have been eliminated. I’m trying ahead to seeing this one open again up with contemporary paint and present lighting refreshed. Over the previous yr we’ve seen darkish scenes and animatronics with torn faces or not working in any respect. We hope to see all of that fastened. The largest situation with sustaining this attraction is the shortage of entry to lighting and characters up excessive, so many issues simply can’t be repaired with out scaffolding.
Grizzly River Run: (January Twenty fourth-TBD)
Grizzly Peak is without doubt one of the most stunning, tranquil areas in California Journey, and the water journey provides a whole lot of kinetic vitality into the land. They attempt to do the refurbishment on this attraction through the chilly season… nevertheless it’s imagined to be close to 80 levels this week!
Mark Twain River Boat: (January Thirty first-February seventh, 9, Eleventh-Thirteenth, Fifteenth-Twenty fifth)
Sure, that’s a wild refurbishment schedule. However the journey needs to be open for the upcoming Sweethearts Nights.
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind: (January Thirty first-February Tenth)
Fundamental Road Arcade facade:
The Fundamental Road Arcade nonetheless stays open for buying whereas the facade is roofed for repairs and repainting. The doorways on the aspect are closed, so you have to enter from both finish.
World of Shade: (no return date but)
Fountains have been testing after hours and we’ve seen the platforms raised and lowered. We’re simply ready to see the projection towers return to the again of the lagoon. Hopefully there will likely be some excellent news quickly.
Fantasmic! (no return date but)
This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen the Fantasmic! fountain pits drained. Hopefully because of this this visitor favourite present will likely be returning quickly!
COMING SOON: There are different initiatives beginning quickly, such because the Matterhorn refurb on Feb. twenty eighth, in addition to Ariel’s Undersea Adventures beginning the identical day. We’ll preserve you within the loop as schedules get fleshed out.
This and That
And now for a couple of of the opposite tales from across the Disneyland Resort.
ESPN in Paradise Bay Park at DCA
ESPN has arrange within the Paradise Bay Park space in preparation for the Tremendous Bowl coming to California on Sunday February Thirteenth. That is the place it is possible for you to to see ESPN personalities from Feb ninth via the Thirteenth.
Tram Route Development
The current tram route development seems to be full on the tram loading/unloading space of Downtown Disney, with new sensors positioned within the contemporary pavement. Hopefully this is a sign of trams returning very quickly. There have been many sighting of trams working the route after park closing. This will likely be a really welcome reduction for friends parking at Mickey and Buddies.
You may see a sensor within the shot under:
Trams, the lengthy stroll to and from the parks, and elevated parking charges have been a sizzling button matter amongst Disneyland followers. Getting the trams working once more will go a good distance towards making the arrival and exit expertise extra gratifying for friends… in the event that they run sufficient trams to maintain traces brief.
There’s a particular Dole Whip for Valentines season on the Tropical Hideaway. The watermelon and cherry swirl with sweet coronary heart sprinkles is definitely fairly good. You may get it with only one taste as effectively for those who desire.
Photographs from across the parks:
We take pleasure in our photographs, and my favourite a part of these articles is sharing a few of my favourite park pictures from the previous week.
This hummingbird was flitting across the Hibiscus crops alongside the Splash Mountain queue. I used to be in a position to get simply shut sufficient to snap a number of pictures.
The Haunted Mansion reopened a few weeks in the past. I benefit from the vacation model, however after almost half a yr I used to be prepared for an actual Haunted Mansion expertise.
MiceChat twentieth Anniversary Disneyland Meetup
(February Thirteenth at midday – central hub of Disneyland)
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Let’s Hear From You
It’s been a busy week, and we stay up for seeing the members on the Gumball Rally and our twentieth anniversary celebration this weekend. Thanks for following together with me at “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Do you assume it’s time that Disney expands the Lunar New 12 months competition to fulfill the demand? Are you trying ahead to the redevelopment of Downtown Disney within the close to future? What ought to Disney do concerning the lengthy traces brought on by Genie/Lightning Lane? We admire listening to from you!