Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 28, 2014.
Friday was a busy day at the Disneyland Resort. Spring Break season is upon us and the parks were very busy thanks to that and pleasant weather. Then to cap off the evening a magnitude 5.1 earthquake with an epicenter less than 10 miles from the park occurred just after 9:00pm. No damage or injuries reported as far as I have seen.
Long lines at the security tents this afternoon.
The Downtown Disney fountain is out from behind walls. It was leaking: water was outside the fountain area.
Once inside the parks the crowd seemed to thin out a bit in Town Square and with a little timing you could get a shot like this making it look rather empty. Notice all the Main Street vehicles out today. Two horseless carriages, the bus, and fire truck in this picture. Also a horse drawn street car was making the rounds.
The Disneyland Band was performing in Town Square.
Disneyland has new guide maps this week. They feature Big Thunder and Mickey's Fun Wheel on the covers.
New picture spot signs were being installed this afternoon.
They now feature a sample picture again. Here is the one for the Matterhorn.
A check of the Alice in Wonderland progress. Not much visible from this angle. Looks more or less the same.
Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree for the Springtime Roundup.
I will skip most of the decorations around the Jamboree this week since I posted pictures last week, so go back to the 3/21 update if you want to see more.
Egg Painters are present this year.
Some of the eggs on display.
More traditional painting.
Mickey and Minnie in their springtime outfits
The springtime dancers came out for a performance.
They stopped for a group picture.
A video clip of the Springtime dancers in action.
The Easter Bunny was on hand for pictures and autographs and had no wait while I was there.
The bunnies making their entrance for the Bunny Hop.
Pluto somehow got into the Bunny act.
A video clip of the Bunny Hop performances.
The food carts for the Springtime Roundup
Some of the items.
Big Thunder had a lot of guests around and was using an extended queue. Standby wait was posted as 60 minutes and Fastpass return was 10:30pm and this was before 4pm.
Not much visible progress in the sub lagoon. Here is a look from the Monorail.
A check of the Alice in Wonderland work from the Monorail.
Next I made my way over to Disney California Adventure. Goofy passing by on Buena Vista Street.
Work on the Wharf continues. This week the tarps were down, guessing due to the winds.
The Picture Spot sign in Ornament Valley has been moved and now has a sample photo on it too.
The Ghirardelli sample today was a milk chocolate with a white chocolate imprint.
The structure nearest the turkey leg stand on the pier was behind walls. Guessing they are going to be repainting and fixing some of the wood damage.
The coaster front from the Toy Story Meet and Greet has been removed.
The Ellis Island Boys performing at the Paradise Garden Bandstand.
Interesting they did not put walls on the back side.
The Tweedles were roaming the crowd at the Mad T Party.
Stopped by the Disneyana store on Main Street. Here is an interesting item. A check signed by Walt Disney. It was from 1965 and for $10,000 made out to the IRS for estimated taxes. The framed set was priced at $5,500.
Main Street was busy as to be expected on a Friday night during Spring Break season, this was around 8:30pm
The plan was to watch the 9:00pm Fantasmic show. So I found a spot near the Tom Sawyer Island raft exit. Here is an action shot of King Louie as he passed by.
As the Columbia started its pass an earthquake struck. The epicenter was approx 8 miles from Disneyland. The show was stopped as soon as the shaking stopped. Here is a picture of the Columbia slowly finishing its pass after the quake. I posted my thoughts and more info on the earthquake in a separate blog posting on my site.
The show was cancelled and so were the fireworks. Which led to some very crowded walkways as everyone had the same idea...time to leave.
A look at Main Street around 9:45pm. It seems a majority of guests decided it was time to call it a night.
It was around 10pm when I reached the garage. The escalators and elevators were all offline still. You had to hike the steps or escalator to reach your level.
The third floor.
I stopped for a quick photo and video from the bridge before continuing on to my car. Cars on the exit ramps were moving slowly but were moving.
Looking the other direction they still had the exit set up like a normal night with cars merging to use the overpass. By the time I got down there (half an hour or so later) you were locked into your lane more or less no merging.
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 Hong Kong Disneyland - Part 2.
The next post in this blog is Hong Kong Disneyland - Part 3.