Weekly Disneyland Photo Update for July 2, 2012

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I’m Guy, Touring Plan’s newest researcher and blogger. I’m a lifelong Southern California resident and Disneyland local, so I’m very happy to join the team and help make Touring Plans for Disneyland even bigger and better. One of my duties is to bring you all weekly photo updates so you can stay up-to-date with all the construction and changes that happen at the Disneyland Resort.

This week at Disneyland was relatively quiet as the resort gets ready for big holiday crowds. In this week’s update I’ll take a look at some construction updates, 4th of July decorations, the new exhibit at the Disney Gallery, and some other miscellaneous happenings around the Disneyland Resort.

The biggest news of the week is the opening of the new exhibit at the Disney Gallery. “Crowning Achievements: Creating Castles for Magical Kingdoms,” which is dedicated to the iconic castles of the Disney theme parks. It replaces the “Trains of Disney” exhibit. Keep in mind that exhibits in the Disney Gallery are changed regularly, typically every six to eight months.

The inside of the gallery is decorated with dozens of pieces of original art used during the creation of Disney castles.

The center of the gallery has an impressive model of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant from Disneyland Paris.

The gallery has several portraits on display of un-built castles, like this one from Hong Kong Disneyland. Reproductions of the artwork on display in the main gallery can be purchased in one of the on-demand kiosks located in the gallery gift shop.

There are also several pieces of original art that can be purchased.

The gallery gift shop has many items for sale featuring the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella castles.

The Voices of Liberty have been imported from Epcot. They perform in front of and inside the Disneyland Opera House. The current schedule includes seven performances per day, with no performances on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

This poster has temporarily replaced the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction poster in front of the Opera House. Notice The Voices of Liberty are advertised as a limited engagement. Currently they are scheduled to perform through September 16, but I talked to several members of the group, and they are hopeful that Disney will extend the show to a later date.

Construction continues on the new Princess Fantasy Faire. As you can see, the top of the former Carnation Plaza Gardens is now completely removed.

A banner near Big Thunder Mountain advertises the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. The Festival Arena (located behind Big Thunder Ranch) is home to crafts, character meet and greets, and performances of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.

Billie Hill and the Hillbillies typically perform inside the Golden Horseshoe, but they have been relocated to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree for the summer. I highly recommend their show; it’s very entertaining! It’s also worth noting that this area is perfect if you want to meet characters. Most people pass by Big Thunder Ranch and don’t realize there are character meet and greet opportunities. I’ve observed multiple days where characters have been present with little to no wait.

  The Big Thunder Ranch BBQ has been decorated for the 4th of July holiday.

The Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue (see lunch and dinner menus) comes with a hefty price ($35.99 for adults), but it usually has plenty of open tables even on busy days and offers an entertaining show and all you can eat BBQ!

Moving on to Disney California Adventure. Work on the It’s Tough to be a Bug show building is starting again.

Last week, the old Bountiful Vally Farms mural on the front of It’s Tough to be a Bug was repainted from a farmland and a mountain range to large blades of grass. Now it appears that the repainting process has started on the plain show building behind the grass mural. The attraction is remaining open during the painting process, and its operating schedule is unchanged.

The temporary-looking outdoor vending and merchandise carts near Goofy’s Sky School have been replaced with nice looking permanent carts.

Seemingly out of nowhere, on Saturday a temporary cart offering Annual Passport renewals was added to the walkway near the entrance of Cars Land. These carts are usually found at the main ticket booths on extremely busy days to take the load off of the regular ticket booths.

The WonderGround Gallery is now open in Downtown Disney. If you have $595 extra dollars laying around you may want to stop by and pick up a custom Lightning McQueen vinyl statue!

One of the bag check tents in the Disneyland esplanade had an extended cover installed last week. So far this is the only bag check tent to receive the extended cover.

Construction continues at the future home of Earl of Sandwich. Its opening date was originally announced as “early summer,” but this is looking highly unlikely. The inside of the building has hardly any visible progress so far, and the planned covered outdoor seating area hasn’t begun construction.

That’s it for this week. Do you have something you want me to cover in the weekly photo update? Leave a comment in the section below!

 

 

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Posted on July 2, 2012

10 Responses to “Weekly Disneyland Photo Update for July 2, 2012”

  • by Pineapplewhip on July 2, 2012, at 11:55 am EDT

    I love this! I love seeing every little detail when we cannot be there. Thanks for the photos.

  • Welcome aboard, Guy! I’m a Premier Pass holding DL local. I look forward to details about my home resort!

  • Love seeing information and photos on Disneyland! Thanks!!

  • I love the new exhibit on the castles! I hope it’s still there when I visit in Jan. Too bad that beautiful castle for Hong Kong was never built.

  • Guy,

    I wanted to thank you for including captions under all of your photos. Most of the the time when I look at pictures, I have several unanswered questions. Your captions answered my questions and are a great addition. I look forward to seeing more of your photos and posts.

    Thanks again,

    Andrea

    • by GuySelgaJr on July 4, 2012, at 1:26 am EDT

      Thank you for the kind words. I will always try to be as descriptive as possible with my photo updates, but if I do leave something out feel free to ask!

  • Great post, love all the photos and updates! Looking forward to your future posts Guy!

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