Last Week at Disneyland Resort (1/13/2013 – 1/19/2013)

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Happy Inauguration Day! As America’s President retakes the oath of office in chilly Washington, the sun is rising over Anaheim on a warm Martin Luther King Day. Unlike some Superbowl stars, Obama probably won’t end his victory celebration by shouting, “I’m going to Disneyland!” But if you are visiting the Happiest Place On Earth this week, why not honor our Republic by spending some great moments with Mr. Lincoln as you enjoy this season’s short lines in Disneyland.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Wednesday 1/16 was a 2 out of 10 at the resort, with 2.5 at Disneyland, and 1.1 at DCA.

Busiest Day: Saturday 1/19 was an 9 out of 10 at the resort, with a 9.9 at Disneyland, and 7.5 at DCA.

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

  • The Fossil store in Downtown Disney closed temporarily for remodeling.
  • As part of the the Limited Time Magic campaign, the New Orleans Bayou Bash returned on January 18, bringing Mardi Gras food and music to Disneyland on weekends through February 12.
  • Disneyland released this video of Imagineer Marty Sklar’s 2009 retirement ceremony, in which he received a coveted window on Main Street USA.
  • The Blue Sky Cellar near Cars Land reopened on 1/19 with new exhibits previewing the new Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park. Newly released concept art depicts the interior of Fantasy Faire’s Royal Hall meet and greet.
  • A new online special currently offers a 3-Day Disneyland Park Hopper for $220, a $30 savings. Tickets must be purchased online by February 27 and used by March 11.
  • This video from the Disney Parks blog celebrates this months 10-year anniversary of DCA’s Aladdin stage show.
  • Disneyland Resort is still taking photos of all guests holding multi-day tickets. This results in slow entry procedures; be prepared to arrive extra early (at least 45 minutes pre-opening) to be one of the first people into the park.

Openings, Closings, and Refurbishments

  • Construction continues on the new Princess Fantasy Faire and Fantasyland Theatre through spring 2013.
  • Big Thunder Mountain is closed 1/7 through 10/30 for a major refurbishment of the track and scenery. Due to construction, the Big Thunder Trail connecting Frontierland and Fantasyland will be closed on weekdays.
  • Big Thunder Ranch was closed 1/7 through 1/17 for holiday decor removal.
  • Haunted Mansion reopened on 1/17 after its holiday decor was removed.
  • Fantasmic! will not be performed 1/7 through 2/14.
  • The Mark Twain Riverboat is closed 1/7 through 3/28 for refurbishment.
  • The Main Street train station is closed 1/7 through 3/28, and the Primeval World portion of the ride is under refurbishment 1/7 through 1/23.
  • Grizzly River Run is closed 1/7 through 2/28 for refurbishment.
  • The Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar was closed 1/7 though 1/18 to install a new exhibit.

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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.

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