Disneyland Resort Photo Report for January 16, 2012.
Welcome Back to the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort has moved into the post-holiday season, and even though you can still ride ‘it’s a small world” holiday for the next week, the holiday decorations are slowly coming down around the parks. With the ‘off season’ comes reduced crowd sizes, reduced hours and refurbishments. The Matterhorn Bobsleds has closed for it’s massive 5 month refurbishment, Jack is moving out of the Haunted Mansion, and quite a few other areas of the resort now have walls and closed signs out front.
But this week also came some very big news. Disney California Adventure took the spotlight over the week with news that ElecTRONica was going to be replaced by a psychedelic dance party featuring live bands and a Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland theme. Along with the Mad T Party announcement also came the announcement of a new street show, ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline’ will come to Condor Flats next month and we got a sneak peak at some the merchandise that will be available this summer on Buena Vista Street.
But before we get into the photo’s and news for this past week, let’s check in with Touring Plans!
With the exception of MLK Day, crowd levels should be light this week. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, 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 Crowd Calendar.
Resort Crowd Prediction
|Tues, Jan 17, 2012||
3 out of 10
|Weds, Jan 18, 2012||
3 out of 10
|Thurs, Jan 19, 2012||
3 out of 10
|Fri, Jan 20, 2012||
5 out of 10
Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:
- Partial block outs this weekend.
- Wednesday and Thursday Disneyland will be a 1.9.
- Crowds in both parks drop off considerably after MLK Day on Monday.
With the “Let the Memories Begin” promotion coming to an end, the large retro Disneyland sign has been removed. The esplanade has been returned to an open space once again. As nice as the retro styling of the sign was, it is very nice to have the area open again.
ElecTRONica gone Mad!
On Wednesday came news that ElecTRONica’s days were definitely numbered. After having been extended several times, Disney has decided to continue with the night time dance parties and move them into the third such iteration with one themed after Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The ‘Mad T Party’, will be a “psychedelic soiree… filled with surprises and new takes on some familiar characters from the world of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ “.
The night time dance parties started the summer of 2010 with “Glow Fest” which was designed to run opposite of the newly premiered World of Color show. Glow Fest proved to be the sleeper hit of the summer, attracting thousands of guests and selling pricy themed alcoholic drinks. Glow Fest was replaced by the currently running ElecTRONica which was designed to help promote the movie TRON:Legacy.
Both Glow Fest and ElecTRONica were big hits, but one of the biggest complaints surrounded the appearance of the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, soon to be Hollywoodland, area of Disney California Adventure. During the day the wiring, screens, and lighting trusses were very visible and out of place for an area that is moving towards a 1930′s theme.
Let’s hope that the ‘Mad T Party’ will be pushed off of Hollywood Blvd and back towards the area where the main stage is now. I really do not want to see psychedelic decorations with the new Red Car Trolley driving by!
Judging by the concept art, the ‘Mad T Party’ will not be centered around a DJ Club setting such as ElecTRONica, but around a main stage with live bands.
Perhaps the stage where the “Disney Dance Crew” occasionally preforms will be used.
It’s the end of the line for the ‘End of Line Club’.
The ‘End of Line Club’ will be replaced by the ‘House of Cards’.
Flynn’s Arcade is also destined for ‘Yesteryear’, although a video gaming experience will remain.
Read More About the Mad T Party announcement below