Observations From Disneyland and Disney California Adventure: April 30, 2014

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IMG_8438Take a look at the Disneyland side of that unavailable attractions list. That’s a lot of rides down for refurbishment. It’s not like the list is made up of second tier attractions, there are some major rides closed. More importantly some huge people eaters are down, like Pirates of the Caribbean and “It’s a Small World.” Because of these closures, Disneyland has seen some higher than usual wait times thanks to several rides being closed that would normally soak up thousands of people per hour.

DSC02112In other news the churro carts around Disneyland Resort have raised their price to $4.00 per a churro.

More pictures after the jump:

DSC02110Grizzly River Run is also closed over in DCA. Disney was unlucky with the timing on this one, the ride had been operating normally through the winter season but is now closed for the next two weeks while temperatures are between 90 and 100 degrees.

DSC02104I’ve seen a lot of work being done on the ride’s flume. So far I’ve seen workers pressure washing the rocks, doing track work, and working non the attraction’s lift hill. So of course the picture I choose to show you all is one of absolutely nothing happening. Oops!

DSC02111Southern California was hit by some heavy winds today. This meant that DCA’s  Silly Symphony Swings, Golden Zephyr, and Jumpin’ Jellyfish did not operate at all. Another thing I noticed was all umbrellas throughout the resort were folded down and locked shut with plastic ties. I overheard a cast member telling another guests that they are not allowed to have the umbrellas open during strong winds because they may blow away and hurt someone.

DSC02103I don’t know if it was due to the wind/heat or a technical problem but the News Boys did not perform their regular show during the day. They did ride to the front of the park and back in the Red Car Trolley while singing “California Here We Come.”

DSC02107I stopped by the Animation Academy to escape the heat for a bit.

DSC02108Jack Skellington, as drawn by the friendly cast member…

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And Jack Skellington drawn by yours truly.

IMG_8403Meanwhile over in Disneyland, some fantastic retro-inspired merchandise has hit some of the stores. These glasses were seen in China Closet on Main Street. There are four different glasses featuring retro Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland artwork.

IMG_8401More glassware!

IMG_8402Even more retro-inspired glassware. Basically if you’re in to this kind of merchandise you should head to Disneyland sooner rather than later because cast members tell me this entire line is quite popular and moving fast.

IMG_8430I also spotted this fantastic Adventureland pillow marked  at $25.

DSC01946Anyway enough with the merchandise. I didn’t get a chance to visit my dinosaur friends last week on their 50th birthday so I had to take a ride through the Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World. Everything in both these dioramas still looks great!

DSC01945That’s it for this time. See you next week.

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Posted on May 3, 2014

5 Responses to “Observations From Disneyland and Disney California Adventure: April 30, 2014”

  • Those top 4 closed attractions are also the ones a guy who has only ever been to WDW would want to do. I guess a trip to Disneyland isn’t in the cards this summer. Maybe a cruise instead.

  • Wow, a lot of things were broken down at DCA and Disneyland. Great post!

  • by MICHAEL LAWRENCE on May 6, 2014, at 2:03 pm EDT

    I have recently retired and decided to take my grand children and family to Disneyland california I spent over $4500 .00 getting us to the park Air fares hotel 4day passes etc We were shocked at the number of rides CLOSED but continued on to Peter Pan which broke down after we stood in line for 30 Min on to Mark twain the ship only to be told that the ship would not sail until after lunch with all these break downs the line ups for the remaining rides were Horrendos We were extremly disappointed In our Disney experience not to mention the out of pocket expense

  • I agree, that is ALOT of refurbishments/closures for this Spring time of year…we are going the end of next week to take my 19 year old niece who is visiting from Texas. Sadly Thr Grizzly River Run (one of the favorites) is down and so is Priates (another fave)…Small World would have been nice but I guess you can’t win em all. Happy to know that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is back up and running after a year of refurbishment….Michael Lawrence I feel really awful about your disappointing family trip

  • It was crazy in the.line ups. We picked that week based on touring plans crowd calendar. Oh well, we still had a blast and the line ups in California were very minimal. The heat that week is what really did us in!