Park Updates

So there’s a lot going on at the parks now, including some changes.

The Haunted Mansion is now down for its holiday overlay to become the Nightmare Before Christmas. This ride has been a pain in my side for a while now, because I can’t go on it with Theo and I’m generally at the park with Theo, so I haven’t covered it yet. And now I’ll have to cover the Nightmare Before Christmas version. My life is so hard *sigh*.

The beach balls have been taken out of Luigi’s Flying Tires. While this is significantly less festive, I think it’s an improvement, since people got so focused on the balls they kind of never went anywhere. Disney also pulled out about 20 pounds from the bottom of each tire. Originally the tire had a handle that spun the tire in a circle, except people mistakenly thought the handle would drive the tire rather than leaning. Oops. So they took the handle out, but kept the mechanism in place that made it happened. This has now been removed, resulting in lighter tires, and the lighter a tire is, the faster it is. I haven’t been able to test out the new configuration, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know about it.

Farewell, oversized beach balls


Over at The Restaurant That Can’t Decide What It Wants To Be Called, the archway proclaiming it to be the Corner Cafe has been removed. I haven’t seen the change in person yet, but I know it’s gone.

Goodbye, confusing sign


Indiana Jones Adventure is going down for a refurb. It needs it.

The Candlelight Processional, which has traditionally taken place over two days with four performances, is now schedule to run for 20 days this year. I have no idea how they are going to pull it off but frankly, I’m a little nervous.

The Princess Fantasy Faire is no more, as is the Carnation Plaza Gardens. The former Gardens is becoming the new Princess Fantasy Faire and it looks pretty cool. The old Princess Fantasy Faire is going back to its original incarnation as a theater. I think is is an improvement all the way around.

I think you should follow Rays of Disneyland. It’s a cool chatty Disneyland blog that I like checking in with.

4 responses to “Park Updates

  1. Traci September 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Great updates. I heard Thunder Mountain was going down for a year. Heard anything about that?

    • Shelby September 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      No official word from Disney as far as the length of the refurb, but word on the street is that it will be down for a year or so to get the same treatment/overhaul that Space Mountain got a few years ago. Also, anecdotal reports from interactions with Cast Members is that the refurb will start in January but the Cast Members won’t give out a length date. That said, it IS a rumor and all of the discussions on the interwebz are stemming from that single source. So we’ll see!

  2. Everyday Girl September 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Great blog! I check in all the time and have been reading for almost a year. It’s great to get my Disney fix by reading about all the little details here. 🙂 Keep up the great work!!

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