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DLR UPdate 8



  • River Belle Terrace <eatery/Frontierland> closed through Nov 20th.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat <attraction/Frontierland> closed through Nov 16th.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia <attraction/Frontierland> closed Nov 27th to 30th.


  • Haunted Mansion <attraction/New Orleans Square> closed Jan 8th to remove the holiday overlay. Reopening date TBA.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Goofy's Sky School <attraction/Paradise Pier> closed through Dec 20th.


  • California Screamin' - closes Jan 8th as part of the Pixar Pier re-theme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Mickey's Fun Wheel – closes Jan 8th as part of the Pixar Pier re-theme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Ariel's Grotto – closes Jan 8th as part of the Pixar Pier re-theme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Cove Bar – closes Jan 8th as part of the Pixar Pier re-theme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Games of the Boardwalk – closes Jan 8th as part of the Pixar Pier re-theme. No reopening date is available at this time.
  • Sideshow Shirts – closes January 8, 2018 as part of the Pixar Pier re-theme. 

Downtown Disney

  • Ridemakerz – Reduced operating hours.

Crowd impacting Events


  • Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: Nov 10th through Jan 7th, 2018.
  • Candlelight Procession/Ceremony – Dec 2nd and 3rd, with two events nightly.


  • Pixar Fest – Apr 13th.

  • Dapper Day Spring Soiree – Apr 22nd. 
  • 2018 Grad Nights: May 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th; Jun 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th.

Happiest NEWS on Earth!

Legionnaires Disease in Anaheim

Two cooling towers at Disneyland park remain closed waiting on results of lab work, after nine cases of Legionnaires' disease were diagnosed in Anaheim, 5 of the patients visited the resort in September. Reports indicate the one death involved had other medical complications.  Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) alerted Disney to the outbreak in October, and the company discovered the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease were present in two water cooling towers at the resort. The disease is not spread from person-to-person contact, but from inhaling the legionella bacteria. Cooling towers used in air conditioning systems have been linked in other Legionnaires' outbreaks.

Candy Cane

Disneyland candy canes were one of the best kept holiday secrets for die-hard resort fan, until they took to Facebook. It was a Food Network special that really made these hand crafted from scratch treats famous. Disney expanded the offering to Trolley Treats in 2014, and doubled the number of days they are available.  Whether it's the deceptively simple recipe (the candy canes made in-park contain no preservatives) or just the charm of watching candy makers cook, pull, and shape the canes, guest will for go the readily available pre-made canes and wait hours to get one fresh from the kitchen. Candy makers work in a hot, humid room to produce up to three batches a day, guarding against stray grains of sugar that can cause a batch to crystallize and be ruined.  When cool, the candy is placed in a plastic sleeves and protected in bubble wrap. Disney issues wristbands at Candy Palace and Trolley Treats on candy cane days. Plan to get there at park opening to snag one. Each color-coded wristband corresponds to a batch. If you don't want to watch the candies being made, Cast Members will tell you when to come back to claim your treat. In all cases, you must return by the time specified by the location, after which unclaimed candy canes are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. No discounts apply, and there is a limit of two candy canes per person. The official dates for 2017 are:

Disneyland: Candy Palace – Nov 24th, 29th; Dec 1st, 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 24th.  

Disney's California Adventure: Trolley Treats – Nov 25th, 28th; Dec 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 25th

AP Sip and Savor

Disney's California Adventure's Festival of Holidays has returned with over 60 different food and drink selections! Though none of the Marketplaces offer a discount, APs can purchase a "Sip and Savor Pass" for $45.00.  The pass allows eight tasting portions of select food and beverage items from 11 participating Festival Marketplace booths.  All food items and non-alcoholic beverages from those stalls are included, with the single exception of a non-alcoholic ginger beer.  The pass is a plastic card with eight tabs strung on a lanyard printed with an AP logo. Purchase the pass at the AP Corner at Sonoma Terrace. The average price of the items you can purchase with this pass is $5.70, just over $45 for eight items. However, sales tax is not applied to the price of the lanyard, but is to the food items, so you also get an 8 percent advantage when you use the.  If you use all eight tabs to purchase one each of the eight most expensive items at the Festival, at best you save $17.50 (plus tax) compared to paying cash.  However, every $4.50 dessert or beverage you buy with a tab eats into that savings. Disney has designed a series of one inch buttons with the AP logo in varying color combinations. You receive one of the buttons each time you redeem a tab, and so can collect a series of eight when you redeem the whole pass.

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