I don’t have a ton for Disneyland–I already posted most of the main stuff on our separate Star Wars Land March 2017 Construction Update and Red Rose Taverne Review. There are a lot of refurbishments ongoing throughout Disneyland, but aside from Pirates of the Caribbean and a couple of projects, it’s mostly just the Rivers of America stuff.
As you can see in the photo above, active work is being done to the Columbia. This is likely in preparation for Fantasmic 2.0. Unless plans have changed, the major addition here is a Pirates of the Caribbean scene, which will replace the Peter Pan scene, and use projection mapping to turn the Columbia into the Black Pearl. I’m not sure how I feel about a live action film in Fantasmic, but that effect should be awesome if they can pull it off.
Per Matthew Gottula on Twitter (a reliable source who has been spot-on with other Disneyland entertainment changes), other changes include costuming refreshes, and Pinocchio being replaced by Aladdin and Snow White being replaced by Tangled. I can get behind both of those changes. He also reports that there will be no Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar added. PHEW on all counts.
The finished product will ultimately be determinative, but the more I think about it, the more I can get behind the Pirates of the Caribbean addition. The Peter Pan segment has always felt ‘separate’ from the rest of the show, and so long as Cap’n Jack isn’t out on a floating platform twirling Aurora around, it could work. In any case, Fantasmic was due for a refresh–I’m looking forward to it.
I’m also looking forward to the rest of the Rivers of America attractions reopening. Slow-moving transportation is my jam.
Despite the crowds, wait times have been relatively moderate until the evening rush hits.
DCA Food & Wine has been in soft opening the last 2 days and officially debuts tomorrow.
It’s unlikely we’ll be reporting on it beyond this. I’ve felt ripped off by the food components of the last two special events. Portions keep getting smaller as prices go up. Events like this are very “bloggable,” but I’m not going to condone this. Sorry (not really).
On the other hand, I will condone this. They’re also a bit overpriced, but these banana corn dogs are shockingly delicious. I’m not even kidding.
What did we do to deserve this?
Part of me feels like this exterior looks better than the concept art. Oh, it’s not finished yet? My mistake.
Eisner: “No matter what you do, you want be able to top the infamy of Superstar Limo.”
Iger: “Hold my beer…”
Grizzly River Run reopens from refurbishment towards the end of the month. (Note the DCA 1.0 logo on the construction wall.)
Despite the attraction being closed, the gift shop is still open. Grizzly River Run is a sleeper-hit for attraction merchandise, with some of my favorite designs. (I love this hat.)
Disneyland Resort is firing on all cylinders when it comes to merchandise right now. (I’d say the same for Walt Disney World.) Two best resorts in the world for merchandise, in my opinion.
In Downtown Disney, there have been a lot of tenant changes in the last 6 months or so, almost all for the positive. I’d still like to see an In-N-Out, but the lines would be insane, I’m sure. (And no one would ever eat another burger in the parks again.)
Work has started on Splitsville; this is the former House of Blues plot, which has moved to Anaheim GardenWalk.
I think Splitsville is a fantastic addition to Downtown Disney. I didn’t hid my disinterest in the district’s current lineup in our Downtown Disney at Disneyland Tips post, but things are definitely on the upswing.
Sprinkles is relatively common in SoCal, but it’s still a good addition to Downtown Disney.
Poor photo, but here’s a wall with (part of) the Main Street Electrical Parade featuring Griffith Observatory–my favorite place in Los Angeles–on it.
Finally, a teaser for our next hotel review. We found the Best Western Courtesy Inn to be shockingly good. I mean, it’s still a budget hotel, but definitely better than expected in terms of value for money.
That wraps it up for our Disneyland Spring 2017 Update. I’m still hoping to see/photograph Main Street Electrical Parade during its run at Disneyland, but I really don’t like the idea of waiting even 2 hours for that parade. I am more keen on seeing my favorite castle-park fireworks show of all-time, Remember… Dreams Come True. Either way, expect these updates to become more frequent as things start to heat up at Disneyland with Star Wars Land going vertical, the Rivers of America reopening, and Fantasmic 2.0 (or whatever it’ll be called) debuting. Oh yeah, and I guess there’s Guardians of the Galaxy: MISSION Build-A-Warehouse, Fortress-Like Power Plant Kinda Oil Rig-Looking Monstrosity in Disney California Adventure. It might (not) come as a surprise, but I’m equally as excited for that to open as I was for the new menu at Planet Hollywood Observatory…
Have you experienced the crowds at Disneyland this spring? Did you camp out for a Main Street Electrical Parade spot? How long did you wait? Are you excited for Guardians of the Galaxy: MISSION Build-A-Warehouse, Fortress-Like Power Plant Kinda Oil Rig-Looking Monstrosity? Excited for Fantasmic 2.0? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts about the construction or Disneyland crowds in the comments!