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DLR UPdate 20




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  • Storybook Land Canal Boats  <Fantasyland/attraction> closed through Feb15th for refurbishment.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train <Fantasyland/attraction> closes through Mar 1st for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Vehicles – closed through Mar 15th for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain <Critter Country/attraction> closed for refurbishment through Mar 18th.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant <Fantasyland/attraction> closed for refurbishment through Mar 18th.


Disney's California Adventure

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  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – closed for refurbishment. Reopens March 10.
  • Cove Bar – closed as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. The location will temporarily reopen in April during Spring Break.

The following attractions closed Jan 8th as part of the Pixar Pier retheme. No reopening date is available at this time, and most of the locations will have new names when they return:

  • Games of the Boardwalk
  • California Screamin'
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel
  • Boardwalk Bazaar
  • Sideshow Shirts
  • Treasures in Paradise
  • Point Magu Tattoo
  • Don Tomas Turkey Legs
  • Hot Dog Hut
  • Ariel's Grotto
  • Cove Bar
  • Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company
  • King Triton's Carousel (closes March 2)


Crowd Impacting Events

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  • Lunar New Year Festival at Disney California Adventure – through Feb 18th.
  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival – Mar 2nd through Apr 12th.
  • Pixar Fest begins – Apr 13th. Debut of the new "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" fireworks show.
  • Mini Gay Days at Disneyland – Mar 3rdevent website.
  • Dapper Day Spring Soiree –  Apr 22ndevent website..
  • 2018 Grad Nites: May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th; Jun 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th.
  • CHOC Walk – Aug 26th.


Happiest NEWS on Earth!



What Price Happiness

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As of today the Disneyland Resort has raised some ticket prices.  Annual passes increased in price yesterday, by as much as $150.  That pushes a Signature Plus pass to the thousand bucks range.

One-day admission during peak season increases by $11, to $135. I now costs more to spend a day at Disneyland than at the Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown stated in a written statement:

“We know how important making memories at Disney theme parks is to our guests and we will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives them a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit.

Disneyland Resort annual passports saw price increases of as much as 18%. The price of the most expensive annual passport, the Premier Passport valid at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort, jumped 10% to $1,579 per year.

In addition to the published ticket price increase, Disney also quietly eliminated the renewal discount offered to annual passholders who renewed their passport before it expired. That discount was up to $60 depending on the level of pass, and its elimination represents something of a double-whammy for current passholders. A Signature Plus passholder who renewed last week paid $989 with the renewal discount. Today, that same passholder will pay the full $1,149 to renew their pass, or $160 more. The Signature pass is now $200 more for current passholders, between the $150 rate increase and the loss of the $50 renewal discount.

This price increase was not unexpected, and falls exactly one year after the domestic Disney theme parks last raised prices. However, Disney officials have said this is not the last change visitors will see this year. Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown also wrote:

“We will be reshaping our Annual Pass program to better manage the guest experience throughout the year, which will help all Disneyland Resort guests have a great visit, particularly as we look forward to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.” 

It should be no surprise that Disneyland is looking at ways to manage crowds around the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and that will have to include a way to manage the crush of Annual Passholders eager to get a first look at the land. While Disney did not provide any specifics about how they may further change the AP program, some language and display options on the Disneyland website may give a hint at what's to come.

The pass comparison grid on the Disneyland website separately lists admission to Disneyland, admission to Disney California Adventure, and the ability to visit both parks on the same day. While all of the passes offered currently include all three benefits, the way this is presented implies that there may be a time when a certain pass type does not include admission to one park or the other, or does not include park hopper benefits.

The blockout days for the Signature passport are described as including the December holidays, "and other peak days." This language is not new – it's been part of the description since the Signature pass debuted – but the blockouts have been limited to December so far. We expect that to change when Disney releases the blockout dates for May 2019 the month in which Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. It's a good bet that the opening week(s) and month(s) will be deemed peak days, and blocked out to most passholders.

It's also possible that Disney could impose different blockout dates for each of the theme parks, a practice already used by Universal Studios Orlando to manage passholder access to its three parks.

Disney will release details, and likely another AP price hike,before the official opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.


Score a Turkey and sushi in DTD

That beautiful new mid-century building in the middle of Downtown Disney is Splitsville.  The building may look at of place currently but fits right in with the design of the Disney Plaza Hotel due to break ground soon.  My favorite part of the local is the great outdoor patio complete with fire-pit and a small stage for live music.  I am not a bowler but I appreciate the small groupongs of lanes spread throughout.  
The open air kitchen serves an interesting combination of comfort food, pizza, and sushi.  
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Mickey Mouse Pancakes Return!

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Breakfast service has moved from Rancho Del Zocalo in Frontierland to Red Rose Tavern in Fantasyland.  The new french inspired menu is ambitious but for those that prefer it simple there are selctions form the old breakfast menu at River Belle Terrace!

Paint the Night Gets Incredible

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“Paint the Night” returns April 13th in DCA! The parade will feature a new float inspired by the Pixar film the Incredibles 2. Dynamic and innovative visual technology will also bring Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack to life, showcasing their powers in surprising ways!



Ready, Get Set, Open!

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June 23rd is now the official opening day of Pixar Pier.  This dat is more than 2 months after the beginning of Pixar-Fest in April.  The exciting re-theming work is at a fast currently for the attractions, shops, and restaurants.  King Tritons Carousel, and Midway Mania remain open 
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A Magical Entrance
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