Monday, June 6, 2011

Disneyland Summer 2011 Checklist.

OK we're now heading into the second week of June and the Disneyland Resort is hitting its summer stride with "Soundsational Summer".  Here's the summer rundown.

In Disneyland:

Now Open

The refurbished Splash Mountain (closed for about 6 months). Supposedly faster loading and unloading of the logs. We'll see,

Mickey's SoundSational Parade is getting great reviews and marked improvement over the previous forgettable parade effort.

Star Tours - again, the reviews are beyond fantastic but get a fastpass early or be prepared to wait (hours).

Not Open:

Well everything is open but the Matterhorn Boblsleds will be down a significant amount of time over the summer. The biggest block of dates is July 11 - Sept 1. Maybe the new sleds are going to be installed.

In Disney California Adventure:

Now Open

The Little Mermaid dark ride. Reviews are mixed. A step above the typical dark ride but not a huge step.  Some complain that its a little bright in there to get the true effect of being in an underwater adventure. Wait time is running about 1 hour. No fastpass available.

Two gift shops and and the return of the Corn Dog Castle near the Little Mermaid show building have also opened.

Not Open:

Goofy's Sky School - the re-themed Mulholland Madness is set to fly July 1.

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and The Garden Grill restaurants are also set to open July 1 as Paradise Pier completes its transformation. A new beer garden will also be part of this expanded dining area.

The new DCA Front Entrance - no date given for getting the turnstiles re-opened but July 1 seems to be reasonable.

Still to come in 2012:  Carsland,  Carthay Circle Theater (restaurant and lounge), Buena Vista St.,and  Red Car Trolleys.

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