Observations From Disneyland: January 27, 2014

DSC01758Hi, and welcome to another Observations post. Before I jump into my trip on January 27, I want to look back at the prior night. I mentioned previously that Fantasmic! is currently down for refurbishment, and because of that the Mark Twain Riverboat is running later than usual. Not only do you get to take some fantastic nighttime rides on the Mark Twain, but you can also view the fireworks from the boat when it is docked. It’s a great place to catch the fireworks and avoid the insanity of Main Street during fireworks time. And, I mean, come on, you’re on a giant steam boat watching fireworks. How cool is that?

DSC01760So if you see a Disney blogger sitting quietly on the Mark Twain at night, it’s probably me.

More pictures after the jump:

DSC01765Back to January 27, I started the day like all Disney fans should: by taking a ride on the Monorail! On Monday I started my monthly process of updating our vast Disney dining menu database. Being the only Disneyland researcher, it is my responsibility to keep hundreds of menu items updated. Luckily for you, I won’t bore you with any of that in this post. Instead you get to look at pretty pictures.

DSC01772Passing the main entrance of DCA.

DSC01777The Monorail offers up some great views of the park.

DSC01782The exterior of Space Mountain isn’t looking so hot right now. The dome has been getting dirtier each week, and now it’s at the point where it looks kind of disgusting. The scaffolding at the top of of the mountain started appearing last Friday, so hopefully that means some work will be done soon.

DSC01796Over on  the west side of the park, the Sailing Ship Columbia is slowly starting to emerge from its refurbishment. It will reopen on February 15.

DSC01800The always entertaining Bootstrappers perform in New Orleans Square. These guys are great; it’s just too bad that most people miss them because they don’t perform on weekends.

DSC01809Princess Tiana taking a stroll through New Orleans Square.

DSC01811Splash Mountain is closed for about a month for refurbishment. I didn’t think they were going to do anything major, but it sounds like there’s a lot of work going on inside. At various points around the mountain you can hear heavy equipment running inside the ride.

DSC01812It looks like they’re prepping for some work on the exterior.

DSC01849What did I eat today? I decided to keep it light and eat one of these Oreo caramel apples (it’s healthy because it’s fruit!).

DSC01857Just kidding! In reality I ate a chicken bowl from Lucky Fortune Cookery in DCA. I think this is one of the most underrated quick service restaurants in both parks. The meals are made fresh, taste great, and even though the price has gone up in the past year, I still feel like I’m getting a good value for my money.

That’s all for this time!

Guy Selga Jr.

Hi, I'm Guy Selga. Researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com. Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. I proudly represent TouringPlans on the west coast. Twitter: @guyselga

6 thoughts on “Observations From Disneyland: January 27, 2014

  • January 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Lucky Fortune Cookery may not be high quality food, but it satisfies my cravings for Asian food. The food is always hot and tasty. The portions sizes are decent for the price.

    • January 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      I like it, and it’s a good option when the Pacific Wharf Cafe line is too long and you don’t want to eat the awful Mexican food.

  • January 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Guy, great observations! Sorry I didn’t run into you yesterday! I was in the park for my 50th birthday, but am now back at work.

    • January 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Happy birthday!

  • January 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Just wondering how good the view is of the fireworks on the riverboat. We are traveling next week with my mother-in-law and she is not a crowd person but she also has never seen the fireworks. I think the boat is a great option but how much would we miss. Can you still see tinkerbell fly. My daughter and I will probably try it on Friday night while everyone else goes to the PBR and then see for Sunday when everyone is in the park.
    Thanks for the info. Looking forward to our trip and getting out of Cold Canada

    • January 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      It’s a great view of the actual fireworks but you will miss most of the Main Street experience. You’ll catch a brief glimpse of Tinker Bell when she flies from the Matterhorn but most of the time the view of her will be blocked by trees. Also, the audio for the show is not projected from any speakers near the Mark Twain so you’ll only be able to hear that from a distance.

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