Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/21/2012 – 10/27/2012)

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Halloween still has a few days left before it’s officially here, but that hasn’t stopped the Disneyland Resort from starting to install Christmas decor earlier than ever. Try not to suffer too much seasonal dissonance while strolling around the resort!

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Monday 10/22 was a 2 out 10 at the resort, with crowds at 1.3 out of 10 at Disneyland, and 1.2 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 10/27 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with a 7.6 out of 10 in Disneyland, and 4.5 at DCA.

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Special Events

  • The Stanley Cup was spotted at Disneyland on 10/22 to celebrate the LA Kings’ recent NHL hockey championship victory.
  • Celebrity narrators, starting and ending with actor Dennis Haysbert, were announced for the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony in Town Square on December 1-20.
  • Holders of 4 and 5 day tickets are now being asked to enter Disneyland Resort parks through specially marked turnstiles and show ID, in an effort to reduced resale fraud.

Openings, Closings, and Refurbishments

  • Indiana Jones Adventure is closed through 12/7/12 for a much needed refurbishment.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats and Casey Jr. Circus Train are closed through 11/15/12.
  • it’s a small world is closed now through 11/8 to install the holiday overlay.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at DCA is closed through 11/8 for refurbishment.
  • Construction continues through 2013 on the new Princess Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland Theatre.
  • The Tomorrowland Starcade is now hosting a temporary Wreck-It Ralph meet & greet, which opened on 10/26.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D retuned to its theater at DCA during the daytime; a Frankenweenie 4D trailer is screened in the theater in the evenings (end date unknown).
  • Decorative tile in front of Carthay Circle in DCA is currently being replaced; the restaurant remains open.
  • In Cars Land, the garage that was originally intended as the FASTPASS distribution center for Radiator Springs Racers is being repurposed as an extension of Ramone’s gift shop.
  • Construction is concluding on Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney, which is scheduled to open on November 2.
  • The aritists painting custom watches on Main Street have sadly been discontinued at both Disneyland and WDW.
  • The upcoming motion picture Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, will be filming at Disneyland on November 6-7.

Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

One thought on “Last Week at Disneyland Resort (10/21/2012 – 10/27/2012)

  • October 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Regarding the 4 & 5 day ticket holder item…We were there when this started last week. The first day there were no signs at all indicating this change. The next day there were signs directing DL traffic to gates 15 & 16 and DCA traffic to gates 53 & 54. The DCA gates are NOT marked overhead like the DL ones and gates 53 & 54 are on the far left end of the DCA entrance. You also must make sure that you sign your 4 or 5 day ticket and the cast member will ask for ID. You will also have to show your ID again for re-entry. While I understand the reason why Disney is doing this, they need to dedicate more gates for this process. If you have a 4 or 5 day ticket, get there at least 40 minutes before gates open as the line will be LONG when the gates open.

    Also, the charge for ice skating is $15 plus $3 for hockey skate rental (I didn’t see any figure skates available) or $2 for double blade toddler skates. There were not many people on the rink last week but it looks like fun.


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