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April 10, 2017

Disneyland Resort Updates - 4/07/17

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, April 7, 2017.

A video overview of the Star Wars / Rivers of America Construction site this afternoon from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure

An overview picture of the site.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Starting on the left with the massive show building that continues to take shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Walls going up near the circular structure. Looks like the forms are all in for the interior walls. Guessing concrete will be poured soon there if it has not been already.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

A new bridge taking shape in Critter Country where the Disneyland Railroad will pass over the walkay leading to the Star Wars area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Arriving at the parks. The annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg hunt is underway. There are 36 eggs...12 in Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. I spotted my first one as soon as I exited the tram. I will be doing some extended posts on my site with all the eggs.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Here are the prizes this year, same ones for all three quests. Maps are $5.99.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

First park today Disney California Adventure. Oswald was greeting guests near his service station.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

A Cast Member in front of the Five and Dime on Buena Vista Street showcasing the DCA Egg-Stravaganza

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Spring treats in the window of Trolley Treats

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

FastPass has been extended to Toy Story Midway Mania

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

My ticket.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

At the attraction the standby wait is posted at 45 only. Half the line board time of 90 and less than the app which said 80.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The Annual Passholder button this week features Donald.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Nick Wilde from Zootopia was out in the Bay Area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The Camp Notices board has seen better days.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The FastPass return line for Soarin' was backed up out into the walkway this afternoon.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Mickey and the Red Car News Boys cruising by.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Almost all the scaffolding from the Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! has been removed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Next stop Disneyland. Inside the Opera House Lobby in front of the Disneyland Map are several finalists in the Cast Member Environmentality Art Challenge. There were too many people to get a nice wide picture so here is a look at each sign and entry. Each team/department created an original piece of art using recycled items from the resort.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

This one actually moved

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The winner this year was from the Golden Vine Winery.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Here is a video look at the finalists for the 2017 Disney Environmentality Art Challenge.

A mother duck and ducklings out for a walk in the hub.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Out at the Big Thunder Trail some fence has been moved so you can see a little more clearly into the new walkway. Guessing it was moved so they can work on the new walkway. A tree has been brought in and is waiting to be planted.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The view as you approach Critter Country.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Looking through the fence.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The lower level of the Hungry Bear was quiet today. The signs have been moved off the wall on the left to be along the new walkway. A wall up as they restore the area that was used as the temporary walkway entrance during construction.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The new walkway has opened to reach the lower level of the Hungry Bear.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Passing over the stream that will flow through Critter Country to the river.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

The moon over Ornament Valley in Cars Land

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Flo's this evening.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

Found a spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, April 7, 2017

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.







March 7, 2017

Disneyland Resort Updates - 3/3/17

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, March 3, 2017.

These pictures take a look at some of the ongoing projects as well as my regular assortment of random pictures. Laura will have a separate post on the Red Rose Taverne and AP Days Week 4.

Starting off the day at the Mickey and Friends parking structure with an overview of the Star Wars and Rivers of America Construction.

Looks like vents have been added to the top of the marina structure as the rocks on the park side continue to take shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Forms for the ground level of the circular part of the building are being constructed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Steel continues to be erected for the large show building. Notice what appears to be a new floor taking shape on the left between the ground level and upper floor.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

A closer look at what looks to be a new floor taking shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

On the far side of the site more rock framing being installed and dirt being moved around.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Gaston and Belle were out in Fantasy Faire talking with guests.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Noticed these moisture monitors around a pine tree on the walkway to Frontierland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Approaching the construction at the end of the Big Thunder Trail. More color has been applied.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Here you can see the trestle has been painted brown (it was white when installed).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Looking through the fence.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Some renovation work happening aboard the Mark Twain.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

No signs of a cover for the projector out on the island. Just the netting which is rolled up today.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

The Columbia was in the harbor today. More rigging has been set up.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

The bowsprit of the Columbia has been re-installed.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

As you enter Critter Country you can see the trestle is taking shape.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Looking through the fence. You can clearly see the river path as it makes it turn. The small posts on the right are the concrete pads the steel guide rail for the ships will go on.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Goofy strolling near the Carthay Circle Restaurant.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

The Food and Wine Festival kicks off next weekend. The Marketplaces were set up and had their name signs. No menu signage yet.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Over at the Guardians you can see a couple new elements sticking out the top. On the backside the tarps and scaffolding are coming down.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible walking by the Hyperion.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Marketplaces line the parade route.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Poles for FastPass/MaxPass at the entrance to Toy Story.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Here you can see the wrap for the tower has been removed on the side.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

More marketplaces.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017


The Curlsurf shop opened a few weeks ago in Downtown Disney.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

On the bridge area there are some new tables and chairs.
Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

A little dark but you can see a line extending out the door for the Red Rose Taverne but not that bad compared to last week.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Over at Tomorrowland Terrace (or Galactic Grill) the lines were to the steps so just as busy as the Red Rose Taverne maybe more so.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Found a spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Prior to the start of Remember Dreams Come True they made wind announcements but the show started on time. But then come the Indiana Jones segment it stopped.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from Friday, March 3, 2017

Here is the announcement that played when the lights came back on.

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, https://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.








February 5, 2017

The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland - Again

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Main Street Electrical Parade

(Thank you to our contributing photographer Jason, of disneygeek.com, for his parade photos.)

I must admit that when Disney first announced that the Main Street Electrical Parade was returning to Disneyland this year, my reaction was along the lines of "How can I miss you when you won't go away?" After the supposed "final farewell" in 1996, it returned to Disney California Adventure (albeit as Disney's Electrical Parade) from 2001 to 2010, and now it's back on Main Street in Disneyland in 2017.

This time we've been told that it's a limited run, from January 20-June 18. It will give guests something to do in the evening, with so much of the park closed due to Star Wars Land construction and normal off-season refurbishments.

But as Lee pointed out - what's the matter with Paint the Night? Disneyland has a perfectly good modern, 21st century light parade...why bring back the antiquated 1970s-era parade?

But after seeing it during the premiere event on January 19...there's just something totally and ridiculously charming about this parade. That happy, bouncy, synthesized "Baroque Hoedown" always makes me smile. I'd forgotten that. While Paint the Night is a technological marvel, and wows me with the brilliant lights and special effects - it just doesn't make me smile and feel like a kid again the way the Main Street Electrical Parade does.

Here's the video:

This isn't quite the parade as we last saw it, though. More like Main Street Electrical Parade Light (pun intended). A couple of the parade units are missing, or shortened. Instead of the Blue Fairy or Tinker Bell, the parade leads off with the Drum float, which again says "Disneyland Presents Main Street Electrical Parade".

Main Street Electrical Parade

The Alice in Wonderland unit follows, with the spinning bees, snails, and turtles, a centipede, the Caterpillar, Alice on her mushroom.

Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade

Cinderella's unit is next, with Cinderella in her pumpkin coach, the prince with the glass slipper, and the clock tower.

Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade

Captain Hook's Pirate Ship with Peter Pan and Captain Hook aboard, is followed by Mr. Smee in a rowboat.

Main Street Electrical Parade

The Tinker Bell float, which was the new lead float in the DCA version of the parade, now follows the pirate ship. The balloon above the float was removed, and Tink stands on the front of the float rather than riding in the balloon.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Dopey drives the Mine Train float, accompanied by the other six dwarves and followed by the Diamond Mine float.

Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade

The Pleasure Island float is led by Pinocchio and the other boys. According to Show Producer John Addis, they have some new choreography. (I personally find this float rather creepy, and would have been happy if it had been one of those removed!) There was a second float to this parade unit, but it was also removed.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Elliott from Pete's Dragon (accompanied by Pete) is next. Elliott still disappears, though we didn't see him - or not see him, as the case may be. :-)

Main Street Electrical Parade

The final float is still To Honor America, accompanied by dancers in patriotic costumes.

Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade

As I mentioned, I still found it very entertaining and charming. It looked really good - didn't show its age like I expected. There were some enhancements made to the floats like newer LED lighting. John Addis told us that the drum float was re-done, though he didn't elaborate on that.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Dining packages

For the duration of the parade's run, special dining packages are available that will give guests a premium viewing experience. All packages can be reserved up to 60 days in advance either on-line or by calling. Credit card guarantee is required, and a $10/person fee will be charged in the case of no-shows, or cancellation less than 24 hours in advance.

Blue Bayou offers a three-course meal featuring starter, entree and dessert. It is $65 for adults and $25 for kids plus tax and gratuity. The viewing location is on Main Street.

Aladdin's Oasis offers a "grab and go" meal for $25.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids. The viewing location is near "it's a small world". In my experience, this package is often still available same day, and you can go to Aladdin's Oasis to purchase it on the day you wish to see the parade.

Special Parade Menu Items

There are a number of Main Street Electrical Parade-themed menu items available at dining locations around Disneyland.

Jolly Holiday Bakery has a variety of really cute treats! A Peanut Butter and Jelly Eclair

Main Street Electrical Parade PBJ Eclair

Turtle Cream Puffs

Main Street Electrical Parade Turtle Cream Puff

Cheshire Cat Shortbread

Main Street Electrical Parade Cheshire Cat Shortbread

Ladybug Macaron

Main Street Electrical Parade Ladybug Macaron

Pineapple Coconut Parfait

Main Street Electrical Parade

I believe this drum is available at The Plaza Inn.

Main Street Electrical Parade

There are also several treats available at the Candy Palace:

Main Street Electrical Parade

Special menu items are also offered at other locations, like Fantasia Whoopie Pie at Gibson Girl, Firefly Chile and Chips and a Chili Mac Bread Bowl at the Refreshment Corner, and Fried Mozzarella Sticks at Stage Door Cafe.

Merchandise

And of course there's lots of special parade-themed merchandise. T-shirts, ears, pins, and several things that glow.

Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade

Though I think these glowing Turtle Bottle Toppers might be my favorite.

Main Street Electrical Parade

The parade runs every day. One performance on days that Disneyland closes at 9:00, and two performances when the park closes at 11:00 or later. At this point neither Mickey's Soundsational Parade nor the Pixar Play Parade are back on the schedule, so the Electrical Parade is the only parade running at either park.

Disney has placed billboards around Southern California advertising the parade's return (I've seen two in the San Diego area), and I'm sure there are a lot of people who will make a special trip to Disneyland to see it between now and June 18.

Now, if I could only get the music out of my head...Oh well. There are definitely worse things, right? :-)

* I was an invited Media guest to the premiere of the Main Street Electrical Parade. My opinions are my own.







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