Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, January 11, 2013.
Arriving at the Disneyland Resort. Most of the Christmas decorations and signage have been removed from around the resort. At the Mickey and Friends Tram stop the billboards have been swapped back.
As well as the Downtown Disney banners.
The off season has arrived and projects are underway around the park. The first is the Main Street Train Station. Out front of the entrance there are now Cast Members stationed. This part of an effort to cut down on ticket renting.
The Main Street side of the train station.
Stepping onto Main Street.. what a different feel than last week. The crowds plus Christmas are all gone.
The waits around 1:15pm - much shorter than they have been.
A quick look at the Fantasy Faire work as I head to Frontierland.
Some work going on right inside Frontierland too, the shops are all open, just exterior work.
My first destination. Stopped by the Golden Horseshoe to get a reservation for a show this afternoon. I have posted my Golden Horseshoe pictures in a separate blog posting plus some video from the show.
Big Thunder is closed through the Fall for a major renovation projection. The Big Thunder Trail was closed today and a crane was onsite.
Jessie was out for pictures near Rancho del Zocalo and no line!
The Columbia was making the rounds on the Rivers of America today because the Mark Twain is in dry dock for some work.
The Mark Twain.
Fantasmic is also not running right now and they are working on the center fountain area.
I do enjoy the off season. You can actually see and enjoy the park in a different light.
The Haunted Mansion is closed as they are transforming it back to the regular show.
A notice about the Main Street station work.
A couple wreaths up still at the New Orleans station.
Some decorations are still up in New Orleans Square.
But other sections are back to normal.
No real visible work going on yet at Big Thunder.
There is a tunnel set up under the scaffolding to connecting Adventureland to Frontierland.
Circling back to the hub, Sleeping Beauty Castle still has snow, all the other decorations have been removed.
A closer look at the Fantasy Faire work.
The other side of the Big Thunder Trail is closed off just past the restrooms in Fantasyland today.
The tea cup for photos has returned.
Some work going on in the planters along the Small World Mall, looked like painting and grounds keeping work.
The control booth building looks about finished from this vantage point.
Did a quick walk through Toontown, Christmas is gone from there too.
The Kodak information booth by Small World was closed and empty today.
A look inside (as many of you know Kodak did not renew their sponsorship with Disney so they are leaving the parks). The booth is supposed to be re-purposed and staying.
Chip out for a stroll in Town Square.
Now over to DCA for a quick tour.
Buena Vista Street has returned to normal.
Except for the Buena Vista Street Bugle which still had the holiday edition on news stands.
In Cars Land the decorations are gone but the poles on the right side of the street are still up.
The Blue Sky Cellar is closed as a new exhibit on the Fantasy Faire is installed.
The demonstration tire outside of Luigis is gone.
Heading out to the Pier.
Duffy was hanging around looking for guests to take pictures with.
Donald was out for pictures too and had a small line.
GRR is closed for its annual work too.
Elias & Co has returned to its regular merchandise.
Had a few minutes before being let into the Golden Horseshoe and thought the typo on the park time schedule was great... really limited time Magic with Disneyland only open for an hour today!
The current Disneyland map, notice the back cover now features PhotoPass, Kodak is gone.
The current DCA map, same story. The maps themselves looked the same..
Woody was out for pictures near Big Thunder Mountain.
I posted pictures and video in their own blog posting of the Golden Horseshoe show, but here are a couple....
Video of the Can Can
Heading toward Small World Holiday. It runs for a couple more weeks still.
Soundsational has returned.
Elvis, Scot Bruce, was performing at the Tomorrowland Terrace this evening.
Given the cold weather (temps were in the 40s by now I think) there was a healthy crowd.
A look down Route 66 this evening.
DJ's Dance and Drive has been simplified.. it now is just a dance party. DJ plays a handful of songs and everyone dances.
A video clip of what I mean...
Stopped by the Mad T Party. Christmas has been removed from there too.
That wraps up this trip to the parks. I headed back to Disneyland for the Remember fireworks but it was cancelled due to wind.
Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.
The previous post in this blog was Peter Pan: Now Playing at the El Capitan Theatre.
The next post in this blog is 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon - Part 1.