Posts Tagged ‘Main Street’

Top Five Ways to End Your Day at Disneyland Park

by on April 25, 2013

Fireworks Over Sleeping Beauty CastleIn recent weeks, I’ve shared some my favorite ways to begin my day at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, as well as top picks for finishing a DCA visit, and even places to pause at mid-day¬†around the Resort.

Today, I’m concluding this series with a look at the best options for ending your evening at Disneyland Park. While Disneyland is magical at any time of day, there is something particularly special about those final hours before closing at the original Magic Kingdom. Any one of the following activities (or combination thereof) should guarantee a fitting finale to your day at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Fireworks and Fantasmic!

No one does explosive spectaculars better than Disney, and there is no better one-two punch among theme park pageants than Disneyland’s fireworks and Fantasmic! Whether the show is Remeber…Dreams Come True, Magical, or one of the special seasonal displays, Disneyland’s pyrotechnics are not-to-be-missed. And Disneyland’s Fantasmic! is the ultimate assemblage of animated characters, action stunts, and enormous animatronics. On nights when both shows are performed,first watch the fireworks from the hub near Frontierland, the head immediately towards the river for a seat. Alternatively, stake out a spot early for Fantasmic and you’ll still have a fine view of the overhead sky bursts (though not effects on the castle or Tinker Bell’s flight).

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“Making of Fantasy Faire” Presentation for Disneyland Passholders on March 14

by on March 11, 2013

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The brand-new Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park doesn’t open to the public until tomorrow (March 12), but annual Passholders like our own Guy Selga Jr. have already been inside the princess-centric expansion adjacent to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

If you’re a Passholder who can’t get enough of Fantasy Faire, a free presentation and panel discussion will be held on Thursday, March 14, in Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House. Show Director Christopher Utley and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Michel den Dulk will share “fascinating” details on the new mini-land’s design and construction, and answer audience questions.

Registration for Thursday’s 6pm show begins that morning at 11:30am at the Opera House, and must be done in person by all participating Passholders. Space is limited, so arrive early to register if you’re intent on attending.

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Peter Pan Passholder Event at Disneyland this Wednesday

by on February 25, 2013

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Are you a Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder?

Do you love the Disney animated classic Peter Pan?

Would you like to spend a couple extra hours in Fantasyland this week?

If your answer to the following questions is “all of the above,” head over to Disneyland on Wednesday night (February 27, 2013) for the latest Limited Time Magic event. For one night only, Passholders can see a special screening of Peter Pan at the Main Street Opera House, in honor of the film’s recent Blu-ray release.

As an added bonus, select Fantasyland attractions will be open to participating Passholders for 2 additional hours past the park’s public 8pm closing time. Be warned, however, that my recent experience with extended Passholder hours at Disney California Adventure did not result in light crowds and short queues; in fact, it was exactly the opposite.

Film screening start at 11am on Wednesday. Passholders may register for the event in person at the Opera House beginning at 10am on the day of the event; online and advance registration is not offered. See here for details on the event direct from Disney.

 

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (8/19/2012 -8/25/2012)

by on August 27, 2012

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The masses of annual Passholders that were anticipated to invade the Anaheim attractions after blackout dates were lifted last week didn't quite materialize. So if you've been avoiding Disneyland all summer, now is a great time to visit as preparations begin for the Halloween season.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Friday 8/17 was a 5 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 4.7 and Disneyland Park at only 3.1.

Busiest Day: Sunday 8/19 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 8.9 and Disneyland Park at 5.7.

Subscribe to the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar for details on predicted crowds for the next 30 days.

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Clock comes back

by on August 15, 2008

The clock on City Hall in the Magic Kingdom has returned after being gone for months for a refurbishment.

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Glass Blowing begins at Magic Kingdom

by on March 25, 2008

As we previously reported, the new Crystal Arts store on Main Street USA has begun to stretch down the side street and included an area for glass blowing demonstrations in the rear.


We were luckey enough to be some of the first guests to experience this new feature which brings some much needed charm and theme to the area.


Glass artisan Mark Haller is one of two artisans who staff the location. He gives a knowledgeable presentation about the artform and glass in general. It’s entertaining and enlightening.



The production of a piece takes about 30minutes on average and the piece produced can be purchased immediately – though it must cool down overnight in a special oven.


For the showing we experienced, Mark created a lovely emerald green and gold vase in front of a sizable congregation of fascinated park guests.


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Glass-Blowing comes to Magic Kingdom

by on December 28, 2007

The glass shop on Main Street USA will soon have a new glass-blowing show area.


Two massive kilns were recently installed and unveiled in the rear of the store, which now extends far down the length of the once-abandoned side street.


The whole area is well themed and the on-stage production area looks to provide a fascinating look at the process of glass blowing.


Demonstrations are expected to begin in January of 2008.


The store also offers an expanded selection of decorative offerings from high-end vases and glass work to laser-personalized glass pierces as well as swords and armor.

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Art of Disney replaces Main Street Cinema

by on November 24, 2007

The new Art of Disney store has opened replacing the Main street Cinema, though keeping the cinema theme.


Mickey Mouse cartoons play in the rear of the small space while a statue of Steamboat Willie at the helm acts as the central focus.


The entrance is flanked with movie-style posters with Disney characters enticing guests to enter.


Offerings within are very similar to other Art of Disney stores around Walt Disney World.

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Main Street Expands offerings

by on November 24, 2007

The new crystal shop on Main Street USA has expanded, reopening some of the long-shuttered retail space on the east side street.


The store now offers merchandise similar in style and theme to the now-defunct shop that was inside Cinderella Castle before the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique was installed, including large swords and armor.


The new space still has refurbishment walls up in the rear, the way the original area of the store did when it opened, implying it may grow even further and recover more of the abandoned alley.


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Back into Center Street?

by on July 10, 2007

Permits have been filed for the Arribas Bros shop in the Market House location on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. The location will expand into the adjacent, and currently defunct, toy shop on Center Street. This area of Mainstreet has long been empty though electric upgrades were made in the past to the empty shops to prep them for reopening.

Center Street intersects Main Street between the Market House and Uptown Jewelers. Across the main path, Center Street used to continue in another alcove that was removed when the Emporium store rennovated and engulfed the space.

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