- River Belle Terrace <eatery/Frontierland> closed. Reopening Nov 21st.
- Indiana Jones Adventure <attraction/Adventureland> closed Nov 6th to 9th.
- "it's a small world" <attraction/Fantasyland> closed through Nov 9th to install the holiday overlay. Which opens Nov 10th.
- Space Mountain <attraction/Tomorrowland> closed Nov 1st to remove Ghost Galaxy. Reopens Nov 2nd.
- Haunted Mansion <attraction/New Orleans Square> closed Jan 8th, 2018 to remove holiday overlay. Reopen date TBA.
Disney California Adventure
- Goofy's Sky School <attraction/Paradise Pier> closed. Reopening Dec 19th.
- "it's tough to be a bug" <theater/bug's land> closed Nov 2nd reopen Nov 10th to host a preview of "Coco"
- Ridemakerz – Reduced operating hours. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays and Wednesdays.
Crowd Impacting Events
- Dapper Day/Fall Outing – Nov 5th. event website.
- Super Heroes Half Marathon – Nov 9th through 12th. This event adds to the Veteran's Day weekend crowds. Registration is still open for some events via the runDisney website. It is worth remembering this is also the first weekend of the holidays at DLR.
- Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: Nov 10th through Jan 7th, 2018.
- Candlelight Procession/Ceremony – Dec 2nd and 3rd, with two events nightly.
- Dapper Day/Spring Soiree – Apr 22nd. event website.
- Grad Nites: May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th; Jun 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th.
Happiest News on Earth!
Dias De Los Muertos
Tortilla Jo's is celebrating the Mexican holiday all week with a special menu, activities and entertainment. A three-course pre-fix menu is available for $32, and includes appetizer, entree and dessert. On Thursday, enjoy performances by the award-winning and my personal favorite Mariachis Divas, face painting, photo opportunity and complimentary tequila tasting. Reserve online, or call 714-781-DINE (3463)
Ready, Set, Stop!
As previously reported, runDisney announced that races at the DLR would be on hiatus beginning in 2018. The already pre-sold 2018 Star Wars – The Light Side Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon were cancelled, with refunds issued to runners who had already registered.
In a social media posts this week, runDisney has confirmed that events will not return to SoCal in 2019. The 2018-2019 schedule lists four race weekends in Walt Disney World, the 3rd year of a Disneyland Paris event, and the return of the summertime virtual race series. There are no Disneyland races scheduled.
In the past runDisney's race year started with Disneyland's Half Marathon on Labor Day weekend, and finished with the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend over Mother's Day. With the publication of the 2018-19 schedule, the first opportunity for a West Coast race could be the 2020 Disneyland Half Marathon.
The last race currently scheduled for DLR is next month's Super Heroes Weekend. Registration is still open for the Half Marathon event, though runDisney has added a $12 "late registration" fee to the $185 event price, and warns that corral placement is based on availability, and shirt sizes are not guaranteed.
The Dapper Day Fall Outing to Disneyland is Sunday, November 5th. This popular event is a great time for people watching, and grows larger every year. The scheduled events take place on Sunday, but the Dapper Days Expo runs Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 7:00 p.m. and we are likely to spot well-dressed guests all weekend.
Tickets to the Dapper Day Expo are $10.00, and includes admission on both days, plus admittance to a series of workshops on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or online.
This "limited-time event," includes a new fireworks show called "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular." This show will use the projectors installed for the 60th anniversary "Disneyland Forever" fireworks show, painting images on Main Street, U.S.A., "it's a small world," and The Rivers of America. The spectacular will also have a flyover of Sleeping Beauty Castle by Buzz Lightyear!
The Pixar Play Parade will move across the Esplanade to Disneyland for the promotion, with three new units. The Paint the Night parade will return to the Disneyland Resort on April 13th, but stepping off in DCA.
Also in Disney California Adventure, the Sunset Showcase Theater in the Back-lot will play Pixar shorts on a rotating basis.
There is no mention in the most recent announcements of the Pixar Pier re-theme of the Paradise Pier which was announced at the 2017 D23 Expo.
Eastern Gateway Closed
Disney has confirmed that the Eastern Gateway project has been scrapped. Originally announced in 2016, the Eastern Gateway would have created a main entrance to the resort, with a 6,800-space Lion King parking structure and a new transportation hub for buses and shuttles. Visitors would pass through a new centralized security checkpoint and onto to a pedestrian bridge taking them right over Harbor Blvd..
In preparation for the project, Disney purchased and announced plans to demolish the Carousel Inn & Suites, with that land to become the walkway.
The plan drew complaints and threats of legal action from a coalition of hotels and restaurants along Harbor Blvd, who feared Disney's new bridge would have a negative impact on their businesses. Though the concept of the bridge over Harbor was approved in the 1992 Disneyland Resort Specific Plan that governs development in this section of Anaheim.
With the pending opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019, and the resorts parking challenges becoming urgent, the company has decided to go back to Plan A, and expand the Mickey and Friends structure which had already been approved as part of the original plan.
Disney says it still intends to demolish the Carousel Inn & Suites in the next few weeks, but has no plans for the land at this time.
Plan A Expansion Moves Forward
The Mickey and Friends parking structure will gain a 6500 space neighbor, built on what is currently the Pinocchio lot. The two parking structures will share the existing Mickey and Friends vehicle entrance, with new access lanes leading to the new structure and toll plaza. The new structure will have its own set of elevators and escalators, leading to a redesigned security checkpoint and tram loading area.
A fourth hotel for the Disneyland Resort was first announced in 2016, when Disney filed plans to construct the 700-room resort along the northern edge of the current Downtown Disney parking lot. Disney said at the time that the property would break ground in 2018, and open in 2021.
The size and timeline for the new hotel hasn't changed, but the location most certainly has. Disney now plans to build the hotel at the western edge of Downtown Disney, on land currently occupied by the ESPN Zone, Rain-forest Cafe, and the complex housing the AMC Theater, Earl of Sandwich restaurant, the Walt Disney Travel Co., Alamo Car Rental, and the second Downtown Disney Starbucks. Construction will begin in the summer of 2018 and the property is still slated to open in 2021. Operators of the affected businesses notified their employees of the pending closures shortly before Disney made its announcement last week. Given that the first floor of the new property is retail and food service space, opportunities exist to negotiate possible relocation with each operating partner individually.
Concept art of the Disney Plaza Hotel shows it will take up some of the existing Disneyland Hotel vehicle entrance and parking, as well as a smaller portion of the Downtown Disney parking lot.