DLR UPdate 21 - Disney Elite

DLR UPdate 21


Presenting the 411 to help you plan your UP coming trip to the Disneyland Resort




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  • Casey Jr. Circus Train <Fantasyland/attraction> closed 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 Mar 23rd through Apr 8th.

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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  • 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!




Follow the Red-Bricked Road

Disneyland took down the construction walls around the hub (Plaza), revealing the new look we can expect along the entire length of Main Street U.S.A..  Disney is adding  bricks around the Horse Drawn Trolley track to help prevent guests, strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers from stumbling into the tracks. This project was in the works for over 20 years.  

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Disney has left the original park survey marker on this end of Main Street. It’s a bit of history preserved when they could easily have replaced it with the more a modern marker.  It also appears that Disney is reusing the storm drain covering for the track.  

During the construction, Disney took the time to widen the Parade/Firework Crossings curb dips to allow more guests to flow through the narrow walkway.


'Comin' Down the Track

Disney is partnering with Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner train service for two special offers this spring.

The first offer is a kids ride free, offering a free child's ticket for each full price adult ticket purchased. The offer is only good for trips to and from the Anaheim station, and the child must be age 2 to 12. Infants (under 2) ride free, but children and infants must travel with an adult who is at least 18 years of age. Book through the Amtrak website and use promo code V231.

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Once you've booked your train travel, you can use your reservation number to save an extra 5 percent off the SoCal Resident ticket offer, available now through May 24th. You must buy the discounted Disneyland tickets online before you arrive, as the offer is not valid at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths.

The Pacific Surfliner runs from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, with 27 stops in between. Disneyland is serviced by the Anaheim Regional Transit Intermodal Center (ARTIC), located off highway 57 near Angel Stadium. From ARTIC, passengers may take the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) to the Disneyland Resort; this transfer is included in the Amtrak ticket.

While a train ride (and transfer) may not be faster of cheaper than driving straight to Disneyland for a day, this offer is great for the 2 and 3 day tickets in the SoCal Resident offer.  SoCal Resident tickets expire May 24th, 2018, and are blocked out Mar 23rd through Apr 8th, 2018.

Visit pacificsurfliner.com/Disney  for complete details regarding the kids-ride-free and 5 percent discount offers


Mickey gets more friends

Over at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, lots of changes are happening real quick. Disney is prepping to once again move the tram route, this time it’s to make way for a brand new parking structure set to take over the current Pinocchio lot.  Disney is currently using the two closest zones to the security to load and unload guests but zones 3 and 4 are only being used for unloading.  As a result, the security tents have been pushed back and away from the tram route to be able to handle the loading at Tram Zones 1 and 2.  

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Inside the structure, work continues quickly to add a tram zone on the bottom level.  Also at the structure, it looks like Disney is starting to install motion sensors on overhead lighting so that the lights can dim and save energy when the level is not in use.

As a reminder all electric chargers are now on the second level, and all over-sized vehicles must now park in the Toy Story parking lot south of the resort.


A Whole New World

The resort closed the Western and Center doors of the World of Disney shop as it prepares to receive its first major refurb since the shop opened in 2001. The construction makes this always busy store feel even more cramped than normal. I would avoid World of Disney if possible during the construction, especially during the busy evening hours.  

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Across the way from the World of Disney, construction is underway as Naples prepares for its expansion. The concept art shows a sleeker space with a less whimsical touches.  A mid-centruy open design which will better match the design of Splitsville as well as the UPcoming Disney Plaza Hotel.  Based on the art it looks a new glass outer wall will be built above a planter box. A remodel of Napolini, Naples’s quick service counter looks to be on the way as well.  Also, a new outdoor Terrazza Bar patio is expected.  

Right now over at Wonderground, a whole section of the shop is now dedicated to Jim Shore. This may be a result of the closed-off section inside World of Disney as Wonderground makes up for the lack of collectible space inside the store during construction.

Also, the Disney Home Store opened this week!  Inside the Home store, Disney has brought together all the different home goods items around the resort into one store.  Looking for cookware? They got it. You want those Rose cups? They have those. You desire Disney pet gear? Here to with Nightmare Before Christmas throw blankets.


Rey in the house

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Rey is coming in May to the Lightside meet-and-greet. Chewbacca will get one halfof the queue/area and Rey will get the other half.  


Be a Warrior

Last week Disney opened a preview of the upcoming movie, A Wrinkle in Time. Posters lining Hollywood Boulevard and the queue feature Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine; the movie releases March 9th.  

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Long Live the King!

Fresh of his record breaking opening weekend the King of Wakanda has appeared in the streets of Hollywood Land!  You can have an audience in Stage 17 throughout the day. Thor and Loki are still meeting with fans on a daily basis at the stage across from Monsters Inc..

The line for the Black Panther meet-and and greet at times reaches two hours. However, another photo opportunity is available right outside Stage 17. Members of the Dora Milaje, the Royal Guard of Wakanda, escort the Black Panther to and from the meet and greet venue, and remain on guard outside after T'Challa enters the exhibit. Along with an armored Avengers vehicle, these fierce warriors offer a unique photo opportunity.

Disney has not said how long thess "limited time experience" will run, so it's a good idea to catch this as soon as possible. Meet and greet hours vary by day, and unfortunately do not appear on the resort website or smartphone app. I recommended that guests arrive at the venue around 10:00 a.m. to get in line for the first appearance.

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