Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
As part of Limited Time Magic Downtown Disney is hosting a chalk art festival this weekend. I had intended to visit later and got sidetracked. So not many pictures.. but here is a sample.
Work on the Downtown Disney Starbucks is moving along.
First stop today, DCA. The view from a very windy Fun Wheel this morning looking toward Disneyland.
A backdrop for a meet and greet in the Maliboomer Park area, looks to be for Toy Story characters, it matches the Midway Mania facade down the boardwalk.
The Pacific Wharf facade work looks to be complete.
The Blue Sky Cellar is closed now as they prepare a new exhibit. The Fantasy Faire banners are gone.
Several weeks ago the Carthay Circle Restaurant started a new tour. This tour happens daily at 10:30am and is free. I was finally in the park in the morning and made a point to give it a try today. You do not need to sign up, just hang around the sign around 10:30 and a cast member will greet you and start the tour.
Our host for the tour. Our group as about 10 guests. We started in the lobby with a history of the Carthay and description of some of the pictures on the wall.
I am going to skip the details.. since I was taking pictures and not notes or video.. We then went into the main lounge.
(Laura says: I also took this tour recently, so I'll fill in some of the details. The tour is advertised as 15 minutes, but with larger groups and/or more questions it might take longer - mine was 30 minutes but there were also almost 20 people.)
This painting is a replica of the curtain from the original Carthay Circle Theater.
Laura: The original curtain still exists, but is too large (and fragile) to display.
A look around the main dining room.
Look closely at the table.. notice anything?
Can you make out what the wood has in it... a hidden Evil Queen from Snow White
Laura: All of the outside corner tables in the main dining room have that design embedded.
This large table is in a private dining room off the main one, you can reserve it for your party, there is a min. fee to use the room.
Laura: It's called the Premier Room. The table will seat up to 12 people There are two smaller private rooms with tables for 4-6: The Hollywood Room and The Buena Vista Room.
The table has a fun hidden tribute.. the base is inspired by Snow White's wishing well. (Yes, I had to go down on the floor for the picture.. you know you would have too).
One last look at the main dining room on the way out.
Walked through Elias & Co.. they now have signs up between the rooms telling you what merchandise is in it.
Also signs for Big Top Toys.
Next stop Disneyland.. Main Street USA
Spent a few minutes checking out the newly opened Market House. It now features Starbucks coffee. The main room is mostly a queue with a large counter in the back.
Some of the old props remain, such as the party line phones.
The old Disneyana store is now the Book Rest, and it contains a handful of tables.
The old stove found a place in the new store too.
There is no door to the Book Rest from Main Street you have to go through the Market House...but the windows give a nice view of Main Street.
A look at some of the bakery options
Facade work on Main Street and due to the high winds the tarps are down so you can see the work.
The Halloween Popcorn bucket selection this year includes Mickey as the Hat Box Ghost.
Looking back down Main Street USA.
The work on Snow White's Grotto is complete.
The walls are down on the walkway from the Fantay Faire to Frontierland, but barriers still up. Looks like the wall was redone.
Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree and the Halloween Carnival. Pirates League was not open this afternoon.
A look at some of the pumpkin creations at the Halloween Carnival. Seems like a lot more use of color than we've seen in previous years.
Donald playing follow the leader with a group of kids.
In Fantasyland the Carrousel work continues, but the tarps were down due to the wind.
The Court of Angels is still open, though.
The Haunted Mansion
Continuing the celebration of its 13th season.. each scene now has something to do with 13..
For example 13 dog bones.
The 13 doors on the advent calendar. Each week they are opening one. So far 3 are open.
In the graveyard 13 snowflakes scattered around.
For the final scene the question mark has been replaced with a 13.
Cut through the shops.. some Halloween Treats.
Time for the Flag Retreat. The Dapper Dans in their Halloween finest.
Captain EO is still running.
Thor is moving into Innoventions.
Stopped by the Royal Swing Big Band Ball at Fantasy Faire for a set. Swing dancing returned early in the summer to the former Plaza Gardens stage. It is now branded at the Royal Swing Big Band Ball but the concept is the same. On most Saturday nights the theater floor is cleared and a band brought in to play for those who want to dance or those who just enjoy the festivities.
Tonight Swingtown was performing.
Some chalk art on the way out.
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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