June gloom takes on new meaning this week as Disneyland’s Main Street Cinema becomes a temporary (?) shop. But it’s not all bad news, three of Tomorrowland’s top attractions turned 60 years old on Friday. Hard to believe they are all still operating and known the world over. Galaxy’s Edge is still settling in, but Disney has just under two weeks left to get ready for Star Wars-geddon, when reservations are no longer required.
Matterhorn, Monorail and Subs 60th
Friday the 14th was the 60th anniversary for three classic Disneyland attractions: The Monorail, The Submarine Voyage and the Matterhorn. I popped into the park at opening to ride all three:
A small photo op was set up next to the Matterhorn Fastpass distribution.
The Matterhorn has seen some changes over the years. The addition of tandem bobsleds, letting the Abominable Snowmen loose in new ice caves, and most recently the creation of a new queue and Fastpass.
While painful to ride, the Matterhorn looks great for a 60 year old attraction.
Across the way, the Subs aren’t in as great of shape. Projections in the caves are dim and in some cases out of focus. and the bodies of the subs are rusting away. But, overall, this is still a unique attraction which delivers a spot of liquid magic in an expanse of concrete.
A pair of limited edition pins celebrated the anniversary. One was open to all, the the other was for passholders.
Main Street Cinema Crime Scene
A disturbing test is being conducted in the Main Street Cinema. For now, the turnstiles have been removed and merchandise tables have been added. If the test is a success, you can expected to see another piece of Disneyland history fade away.
A hastily set up cocktail table displays merchandise, while a cardboard sign on an easel points guests to take a look at what’s new . . . only its the same old merchandise you can find everywhere throughout the resort.
Tilly does not appear to be happy about this.
Turnstyles have been removed.
We have an idea . . . rather than adding merchandise racks to this space, add chairs and benches and allow guests a restful and air-conditioned spot to escape the summer heat.
What are your thoughts on the Main Street Cinema? While rarely busy, should Disney turn it into a shop or use the opportunity to make the space more comfortable for guests to sit and enjoy the films?
Perhaps even adding the award-winning “Get a Horse” 3D film to the closed screen.
Still Pleasant . . .
Those non-existent crowds we’ve shared for the last couple of weeks are no more. Traffic is picking up! But, it’s still rather nice. Waits of 45 minutes for the major E-Tickets and 5 to 20 minutes for the smaller rides isn’t bad.
Saturday noon times above and dinner time below:
Pirate’s of the Caribbean is always a good barometer of how crowded the park is. . .
No one on the bridge and empty switchback outside of the courtyard. That’s the best you can hope for in summertime.
Lunchtime and plenty of tables at River Belle Terrace.
Cast Admission Unblocked
We know the crowd levels are below what was expected because Disney has suddenly unblocked Castmember admission to Disneyland.
Marvel Land Progress
With Star Wars land open, the next big new land will be Marvel in Disney California Adventure.
Vertical construction around the old Bug’s Life Theater:
Disney is now seeking aerialists for the new land. We’d love to see some web-slingers bounding from building to building when this land opens.
However, in the old Bug’s Land, it’s still mostly just dirt.
Pixar Pier is about to get a new (old) attraction. The Emotional Whirlwind has been testing. It won’t be long now.
Jolly Holiday New Sweets
Every once in a while, I like to treat myself to a pastry from Jolly Holiday (who am I kidding, I always like to treat myself with a pastry). Lots of new things here. Goofy macaron, brownies, bundt cakes, poundcake cupcake, key lime pie, cheesecake, and the return of the Dolewhip Doughnut.
Toy Story Treats
There are some limited time treats coming June 21 to The Golden Horseshoe as well:
- Bonnie’s Root Boot Float: Sprite with Blue Cotton Candy Ice Cream, and colorful Cotton Candy.
- Carnival Cake: House-made fried funnel topped with all the fixin’s of Fruity Cereal and Milk, Whipped Cream and Raspberry sauce.
- Loop-de-Loop: Horseshoe sundae loaded with churned vanilla ice cream, strawberry and raspberry sauce and fruity cereal churro.
There were a few new things that caught our eye this week. Well, you can’t miss them really . . .
Harvey Designer Ears
First in the designer ears series has been released. For $80, you can have a pair of ears that looks like this:
And of course there’s a matching bag:
Or, you could get the regular patriotic ears:
Imagination Pink/Magic Mirror
Disney doesn’t want you to miss out on these next two items . . . they set up a table outside the Clothiers shop and a balloon tower to catch your attention.
And the shiny Magic Mirror line:
Toy Story Everywhere
You’ll find new Toy Story merchandise all over the place.
In Pixar Pier, the characters are given a lot of space.
Forky seems to be the breakout character.
Forky belongs to Bonnie.
And just outside the shop, there’s a Forky photo op next to Lamplight Lounge.
Bo Peep is featured as well. It’s all about the “Action Staff.”
Keep an eye out for the Bo Peep walk-around character (possibly the creepiest looking character in the resort).
This and That
Some Star Wars banners have popped up in the Esplanade.
Clever optical illusion Mickey and Minnie topiary have been installed outside Ballast Point.
In the new-to-me department, you can build a Gauntlet in the Guardians gift shop.
If you didn’t make it to the park for the opening day of Galaxy’s Edge, there’s still a lot of the merchandise available throughout the resort.
Just remember the costume policy. You can’t wear the long robes in the park.
Pixar Pals Parking & Bridge
The new pedestrian bridge, which stretches from the parking structure toward Downtown Disney, was installed overnight on Friday. The structure itself looks just about done. The lighting, directional signs, digital parking indicators and landscaping are all ready to go.
Red, White & Disneyland
Independence Day is just around the corner and both Main Street and Buena Vista Street are decked out in red, white, and blue.
The windows on Main Street have some vintage patriotic decorations.
And there’s plenty of patriotic wear as well:
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Well folks, we’d love to hear your thoughts below. Is turning the Main Street Cinema into another shop a good idea? How much longer can attractions like the Monorail and Submarines last?