Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, August 16, 2013, including the new Mara effect at Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, and the final performance of the 2013 Disneyland All-American College Band.
Arrived at the Disneyland Resort just after lunch and decided to walk to the parks from the Mickey and Friends parking garage.
I had not been this way in the daylight so here are a couple pictures of the expanded walkway near the gate on Magic Way for pedestrians.
I still think it is humorous they use the temporary signage vs the permanent sign that was installed. I cannot believe they have not replaced or fixed that sign yet.
Along the walkway saw several of these signs. Wonder if there was something going on or just a lot of lost guests recently?
The Waffle-inator we saw at the D23 Expo has moved to Downtown Disney for this weekend.
Due to this the valet parking area was closed. There was no real crowd this afternoon.
The Blink store has closed and walls are up. I believe this will be the recently announced Downtown Disney Starbucks location. Lets see if that can survive in the location. I think this space has had among the highest turnover.
Halloween is creeping up in the stores. Here is a display in World of Disney.
There was a 5-10 minute single rider wait so went for a spin on the Racers.
Thought this was odd.. temps were in the mid 80s and it was the middle of the afternoon and this stand in Bugs Land was closed.
No wait for Tower...guests were walking right in.
The All-American College Band wrapped up its summer run today. Here is a clip from their Backlot set.
The Rivers of America this afternoon.
Big Thunder is still moving along. I did not make it onto the Mark Twain this trip so no views over the walls.
Scaffolding lines the rooftops in Fantasyland as they work on hiding the safety railings.
I made my way out to the Ranch area.
The All-American College Band.
A clip from their set.
This past week Disneyland added a new effect to Indiana Jones.. they now have projections and a new voice in the first room where you encounter Mara...so I paid the temple a visit. Here is a picture from the queue.
A couple of clips of the changes.. first up a wide angle pass then a tighter shot that did not come out that well.
The food cart near the Tiki Room exit/Oasis entrance was not out today.
The College Band heading to the Castle for their 5:05pm set.
Since it was their last day they had some props for the Monsters Inc number.
This video is from earlier in the summer performing If I Didn't Have You from Monsters University.
I ate dinner along the Rivers of America since it was a pleasant evening. Here was the view from my table.
Time for the flag retreat in Town Square.
Walked around Toontown.
Soundsational making its way through Fantasyland.
Noticed this bobsled looks like it has a new undercarriage.
For comparison another one parked nearby.
Only two seagulls out today.
At Tomorrowland Terrace you can now get your Kids Power Pack in an R2D2 bucket (the popcorn buckets) for $5 more.
The regular meal is $5.99.
No real visible progress on the Market House/Starbucks project.
Mickey and Minnie strolling through Town Square on their way to take photos with guests.
Time for the All American College Band's finale set.
Since I enjoyed the set this time around... no new video but here is one of their opening if you missed it or were curious about the band. They open with their theme song: "Bubbles was a Cheerleader."
Meet the members of the band (this is a video clip from a previous visit).
Another previous video clip.. this is of their Michael Jackson Medley.
Ron brought their choreographer out to thank her.
Before the start of the last song the band swarmed Ron.
A video clip of the finale to their season and the end of their Earth, Wind, and Fire medley.
The Emporium has Halloween merchandise out.
Moving across the street to the Disney Showcase, it is all Halloween.
The Mad T Party was not crowded at all. No walkways or CMs out to keep traffic flowing since there was no need. The Mad T Party Band was performing when I walked by.
The Drink Me bar was not open this evening.
Mr. Potato Head was behind his curtain when I passed by Toy Story (which had a 40 minute wait).
Waiting for World of Color. Decided to watch from under the Silly Symphony Swings.
This is one of the best views of the fountains with minimal wait. But you unfortunately miss a lot of the show since you cannot see the projections and many of the effects do not look correct from this angle.
One last fire shot from the Pirates sequence to end this trip to the Disneyland Resort.
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.
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