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    Touring Plans crowd forecast
  • <a href="#DD2">Cones and Candy</a>
    Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Penny Arcade and Candy Palace reopen after major remodeling projects
  • <a href="#DD3">Magic Kingdom Makeovers</a>
    Carnation Cafe expansion, Carnation Plaza Gardens closes, Frontierland Shootin' Exposition and Matterhorn refurbishments
  • <a href="#DD4">Joining the Jamboree</a>
    Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree opens
  • <a href="#DD5">California Construction</a>
    A look at the on-going construction at Disney California Adventure...
    • <a href="#DD5-1">Buena Vista Street</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-2">Hollywood Land</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-3">Paradise Pier</a>
    • <a href="#DD5-4">Cars Land</a>
  • <a href="#DD6">Downtown Changes</a>
    Downtown Disney remodels and changes
  • <a href="#DD7">Railroad Days</a>
    A bit of Disneyland at the Fullerton Railroad Days
  • <a href="#DD8">This and That</a>
    New Orleans Square refurbishments, Fantasmic! work, Flik's Fun Fair touch ups, more
  • <a href="#DDNEWS">Weekly News and Information Round-Up</a>
    Weekly theme park hours, closures and refurbishments
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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
</td></tr></tbody></table></center>Spring break crowds will start to ease up mid-week. Our friends at Touring Plans their crowd forecast to help you plan you visit.


<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>It will be another lightly crowded week at Disneyland with a slight spike over the weekend. Now is the time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds certain to flock to Disneyland once Disney California Adventure reboots. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_s ource=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Crowd Calendar</a>, <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-app?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_source =dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Lines - Mobile Wait Times App</a> that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/touring-plans?utm_campaign=ads&utm_medium=website&utm_sour ce=dateline&utm_content=r1&property_id=2">Touring Plans</a> detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. With holiday crowds on the horizon, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our <a href="http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar?utm_campaign=ads&amp;utm_medium=website&a mp;utm_source=dateline&amp;utm_content=r1&amp;prop erty_id=2">Crowd Calendar.</a>

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</td><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="" valign="top" rowspan="4">Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
  • Full block outs this Saturday.
  • Grad Nights start this week.
  • Disney California Adventure is a 1.7 on the Crowd Calendar on Monday.
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<center><a name="DD2"></a><table style="border: medium none;" border="0" width="100%" style="border: 1 solid black"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#e1e1e1" width="100%"></td></tr></tbody></table></center>Last week three shops reopened along Main Street as part of the major remodeling project that took over nearly half of the street's west side. First up, the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor reopened after a remodel that opened up its floorspace to allow for more queue for this popular ice cream location.




A look inside shows the large new queue space.


Nice new queue handrails




The passageway between the Gibson Girl and the former Blue Ribbon Bakery is closed off while construction in that space continues.


The ordering and cash wrap has been pushed further back, condensing the on-stage sundae kitchen behind the counter.


Great woodwork throughout the new Gibson Girl parlor


The menu (click for larger size)


The seating area that was located next to the old serving counter is been removed, along with the glass elephant. A new waffle cone display kitchen fills some of the space here.





Seating area with a view of Main Street, U.S.A.


Exit sign



New lighting fixtures









Next door, the Penny Arcade has reopened.


The majority of the arcade games that survived this remodel have been grouped up at the entrance to the space, which now, more than ever, functions primarily as overflow retail space for the Candy Palace.


Not many games were left when the Penny Arcade closed for this remodel, and not many of those returned.








The central cash wrap and candy display case have been reworked




You could previously walk into the Gibson Girl from a passageway here. With the space on the other side of the wall now home to the Gibson Girl's waffle cone irons, this is now a big wall of candy.


The organ is back, but you can no longer choose which song you want to hear and bins full of popcorn now sit in front, making the organ nothing more than a fancy display case for pre-packaged popcorn.


There are some nice details to find here...





Next door to the Penny Arcade, the Candy Palace is now open as well with a completely new interior.


The Candy Palace's door puts you into a slightly cramped corridor between Penny Arcade display racks and the Candy Palace's new, expanded onstage candy kitchen.






Nice new lighting fixtures overhead


Further inside the Candy Palace, the central candy display case and cash registers have been broken up and pushed against the walls. This change will definitely help with crowd flow in the store.




New cash register and display cases




Some great work done here in this remodel.


Gorgeous new lighting fixtures throughout the Candy Palace




Bottled sodas and energy drinks now available


The old indoor Coke Corner seating area has been lost in this project -- with the nearby Jolly Holiday Bakery patio offering plenty of seating for diners, the indoor dining area has now become retail space for the Candy Palace




Exit sign



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Nearby the newly remodeled shops, the Carnation Cafe continues its expansion project.


At the end of Main Street, the Carnation Plaza Gardens is now closed as it begins its transformation into the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area.








With Carnation Plaza's companion restroom closed, the long-unused Aladdin's Oasis has reopened its companion restroom for the time being.


No, there isn't a show here folks, only a toilet.




Construction walls block off the old theater area and guide guests directly to the companion restroom.



Over in Frontierland, the Shootin' Exposition is closed and the front of the Westward Ho Trading Company is covered for refurbishment.


The store is still open







Meanwhile, the Matterhorn continues its six-month refurbishment that is set to officially wrap up in mid-June.


The OC Register's Around Disney blog had some details and a great infographic (check out the full article for the graphic) on the Matterhorn's refurbishment last week:
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Matterhorn getting most extensive rehab ever[ LINK ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>












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JOINING THE JAMBOREE
</td></tr></tbody></table></center> With the Carnation Plaza Gardens closed, Disney has opened up the former Festival Arena in Big Thunder Ranch to host the visiting performing arts groups. The Festival Arena has a large footprint and to fill the space, Disney has also added character meet-and-greets, coloring tables and visiting artisan booths.




Visiting performing arts groups have a bigger stage now that they've been evicted from Carnation Plaza.


Character meet-and-greets




Horace Horsecollar


Clara Cluck


California Carvers Guild was visiting







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CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
A look at the on-going $1 billion remodel and expansion efforts at Disney California Adventure
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</td></tr></tbody></table></center> More details emerge along Buena Vista Street as we get closer to its June 15th grand opening.


New streetlights peek over construction walls


Oswald's Filling Station




Los Feliz Five and Dime






The Condor Flats radar marquee has been completely removed.


Rumor is that John Lasseter called for its removal as a last-minute change in the park's remodeling efforts. Just last August, the sign finished a refurbishment that included fixing the rotating mechanism that had been non-functional for years. Below is our video from August 7, 2011 of the refurbished sign.
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Now that the sign is gone, the time-lapse camera filming Buena Vista Street construction that was attached to the sign has been relocated.


The Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe:






Nice! Hand-painted sign



Annual Passholders can enter-to-win a spot at the California Adventure Annual Passholder preview on June 11. Details:
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Enter for the Chance to Preview the Newly Re-imagined Disney California Adventure Park on June 11, 2012[ LINK ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>


Carthay Circle Theater:


Last week, Disney gave a sneak peek at the interior of the new Carthay Circle Restaurant:







As part of the new Carthay Circle Theater, Disney officially announced that the building will house a private lounge, exclusive to Club 33 members and their guests. "1901," named after Walt Disney's birth year, will be a hidden club on the upper level of the theater.




With the official announcement of 1901, Disney also announced that it would be opening Club 33 to new members for the first time in 15 years. 100 people on the Club's waiting list will finally be allowed to join and with their new membership will come access to California Adventure's new club on Buena Vista Street.

<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>club33interest@disneyland.com. [ LINK ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>


Nice new wrought-iron handrails along the Carthay's upper level.






A peek through construction walls offers a glimpse at Trolley Treats.






New lights along the Hyperion Bridge



Elias and Co. Department Store.





A look at north Buena Vista Street from the Monorail:


...And South Buena Vista Street:
An advertisement for "Lyric Hotel" that can be seen from the Monorail:








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The stage is dressed to look like a table and chairs from Wonderland




The backside of the stage


Drink Me bar:




House of Cards bar








They painted the floor leading up to the Mad Arcade black






The ElecTRONica wrap has been removed from the studio catering truck



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PARADISE PIER
</td></tr></tbody></table></center> On Paradise Pier, the Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure underwent some quick changes last week.


Last week, the OC Register's Around Disney blog shared details on the Little Mermaid changes as the attraction closed.
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>[ LINK ] </blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>

The animation in the attraction has been updated to reflect a more classic, hand-drawn look




Ariel's new hair-do in the "Under the Sea" scene gets rid of her hair that earned her the nickname "soft serve" with Cast Members working the attraction.


It's great to see Disney come back in and make changes to a major attraction like this less than a year after opening. The CGI animation was one of my biggest pet peeves with the ride, and I'm happy to see they've made adjustments there.



Below, we have video clip of the attraction's recent changes:
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Complete attraction ride-through with recent changes:
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Complete attraction ride-through pre-changes:
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People going in to test Luigi's Flying Tires




New signs up in the queue area for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree




Nearby in A Bug's Land, tarps have gone up around the old FASTPASS distribution area for "It's Tough to be a Bug!" -- FASTPASS machines are returning here and will be the location for Radiator Springs Racers during its launch season.


MiceAge's Al Lutz had more information in his recent column:

<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Don't bypass the FastPass[ FULL STORY ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>






You can spot folks test-riding the Flying Tires


New trees in at the Cars Land entrance in Pacific Wharf


A video from Disney on the plant life in Cars Land:
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Radiator Springs Racers testing




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A new interactive play zone for kids


Build-your-own LEGO race car and test it out


Woody and Buzz


Beauty and the Beast


Inside, the space is a lot more open and clean. It looks great.


The gang from Aladdin




Kids' play zone


Another play zone upstairs






With the LEGO Store reopened, its temporary location has now closed and will begin its conversion into the new WonderGround Gallery, a Disney home goods and art store.



Nearby, Catal's Uva Bar continues its refurbishment.




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RAILROAD DAYS
</td></tr></tbody></table></center> Over the weekend, Disneyland leant its Lilly Belle parlor car and Kalamazoo hand car to the Fullerton Railroad Days. Along with the Lilly Belle and hand car, the folks from the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society brought the newly restored Combine car that was retired from the Disneyland Railroad in the 1970s. The event offered the very rare chance to see the two cars on display together and get to walk through both of them.










Inside the Combine car:





...and the Lilly Belle:







Also a rare treat: getting to take a photo on the Kalamazoo hand car that is usually on display (and off-limits to guests) in front of Main Street Station at Disneyland.




More on Fullerton Railroad Days, from the OC Register:
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Railroad Days returns Saturday to Fullerton[ LINK ]</blockquote></blockquote></blockquote>


Carolwood Pacific Historical Society's booth:





Model trains:




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THIS AND THAT
</td></tr></tbody></table></center> Back at Disneyland, the Tomorrowland Terrace menu boards have received a makeover







In New Orleans Square, the Le Masquerade d'Orleans facade is getting some work






Closed:



Over on the Rivers of America:





And back in California Adventure, the Flik's Fun Fair tunnel has completed its repaint:





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Thursday 9 am - 10 pm
Friday 8 am - 11 pm
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Monday-Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday-Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
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Expected Crowd Levels presented by TouringPlans.com
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Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
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  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for major refurbishment including the addition of new ride vehicles through June 14.
  • Carnation Cafe, Blue Ribbon Bakery: Food service locations are closed for major restaurant.

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Disney California Adventure
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  • ElecTRONica: Tron-themed nighttime dance parties ended April 16. The new Mad T Party evening dance party will begin June 15.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and Soda Fountain: New Ghirardelli chocolate shop and soda fountain will open in the space formerly occupied by the Mission Tortilla Factory. New dining location opens late-spring 2012.
  • Buena Vista Street: Re-themed main entrance including new Red Car Trolley attraction are under construction through summer 2012.
  • Cars Land: New 12-acre land opens summer 2012.
  • Disney California Adventure: Entire park will be closed to the public to apply finishing touches and for a media event on June 14, 2012.

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  • La Brea Bakery & Cafe: Quick-service cafe portion closed. Reopens spring 2012 with significant modifications.
  • Island Charters: Downtown Disney retail location closed permanently. It will reopen as WonderGround Gallery on June 9, 2012.
  • Compass Books and Cafe: Book store and cafe closed permanently March 31. Earl of Sandwich dining location to open in space late-spring 2012.

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<center><table style="border: 0pt solid black;" bgcolor="#d6d4ac" cellpadding="5" width="99%"><tbody><tr><td style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#263778" width="100%">Walt Disney World tests "NextGen" FASTPASS system
Information on Disney World's new FASTPASS+ system from Inside The Magic:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Walt Disney World tests the Fastpass of the future, offering RFID enabled ride access and advance reservationsFull Story: Walt Disney World tests the Fastpass of the future, offering RFID enabled ride access and advance reservations</td></tr></tbody></table></center>

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Information on this year's Mother's Day dining options at Disneyland:</td></tr><tr><td cellpadding="5" style="border: medium none;" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" width="75%"><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>dine@disneyland.com.
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