Observations From Disneyland: January 13, 2014

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DSC01654I started off Monday with a ride on the Greatest Disney Attraction of All Time, the Omnibus! You can see the crowds on Main Street were thin; that’s because Disneyland is currently enjoying a bit of an off season. Unfortunately, the light crowds won’t last long, because the Tinker Bell Half Marathon is coming up this weekend.

DSC01656Riding on the top level of the Omnibus gives you some great views of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

More pictures and observations after the jump:

DSC01651Before I go on, the tram route for the Mickey & Friends parking structure is currently being repaved and is only open for one way traffic. Expect big delays when taking the trams, especially in the mornings and at park closing. A tram cast member told me construction should be done by Friday.

IMG_0473Speaking of the tram route, the welcome billboards got some new signs.

DSC01652Anyway, enough of that! Back to the good stuff. A bird’s eye view of the horse-drawn streetcar.

DSC01653The Disneyland Band playing in Town Square for their daily noon concert.

DSC01665Low wait times around 1 PM. They stayed this way for most of the day. We predicted a 4 out of 10 on our Crowd Calendar.

DSC01657Fantasmic is down for refurbishment right now. This gives you a chance to see into the pits that house the water fountains, pipes, and various things that are used in the show.

DSC01659It looks like Sailing Ship Columbia is getting a lot of TLC during its refurbishment.

DSC01660It also got a really nice refurbishment sign!

DSC01663Speaking of refurbishments, this is what most of New Orleans Square looks like, thanks to the Club 33 expansion.

DSC01661French Market is now completely covered in scaffolding and construction walls. The top floor of this building will be the location of Club 33’s new jazz club.

foodWhat did I eat for lunch today? Rancho del Zocalo… Why did I eat at one of my least favorite restaurants? It added Tres Leches Cake to the menu a few months ago, and I never got around to trying it. So I figured now was the time. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away. And at $5.49, I didn’t feel like it was a good value.

IMG_0488Some of the Big Thunder Mountain construction walls were removed! You can actually see a little bit of the mountain!

IMG_0523As one attraction’s construction walls start to come down, another one gets covered in them.

IMG_0522Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is going to be closed for most of the year, but for now there is no visible work going on in the lagoon.

DSC01647Fast forward to sundown, and the horse-drawn streetcar was still running! This was a very rare chance to ride this attraction at night, as it only runs on a the few nights of the year with no nighttime parade on the schedule. I uploaded a nighttime ride video from last week. Check it out on our YouTube page!

DSC01650Speaking of nighttime rides, the Mark Twain also runs late on nights with no Fantasmic! There’s nothing like taking quiet ride along the Rivers of America at night.

DSC01640I’ll close out this post with a few new merchandise items on sale in World of Disney.

DSC01642Yes, those are Spaceship Earth mugs for sale in the Disneyland Resort, 3000 miles away from Epcot. I like to think that the person in charge of stocking the shelves has no idea what Epcot is and ordered hundreds of these things for Disneyland.

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

2 thoughts on “Observations From Disneyland: January 13, 2014

  • January 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for the update! I love your west coast posts! 🙂

  • January 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Love the pictures. My husband and I arrive on January 31st for our very visit to the Disneyland Resort. Can you tell me if the planned refurbishment of Pirates of the Carribean is still scheduled to begin on 1/27? When I view the main Park refurbishment schedule, it is no longer listed, but when I view the individual attractions page and pull up the hours the ride is open during our trip, it says “no times available”.


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