DLR Updates: Attraction Closures for August through October 2013

The Disneyland Resort has recently updated its list of upcoming refurbishments for the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, the highlights of which we are passing on below:

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  • Big Thunder Mountain is scheduled to remain closed until October 31
  • Starcade upper floor is scheduled to remain closed until January 2014
  • Mad Tea Party is scheduled to close on August 19 and re-open on August 30
  • Haunted Mansion is scheduled to close on August 26 and re-open on September 13, presumably with its traditional Nightmare Before Christmas overlay

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‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Screening and Panel for Disneyland Passholders

The Disneyland Resort has announced it will be hosting a 25th Anniversary screening and panel for Who Framed Roger Rabbit for its Annual Passholders at the AMC Theatre located in its Downtown Disney district on Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 pm PT.

The panel will be moderated by associate producer Don Hahn and is expected to include Director of Special Projects at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dave Bossert, Visual Effects Animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit.

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Disney Increases Ticket Prices at Theme Parks; Charges More for Magic Kingdom

Effective tomorrow, June 2, 2013, your Disney Parks vacation is likely to get a bit more expensive, particularly if you haven’t yet purchased tickets. That’s because — as it should come as little surprise — the theme parks are once again raising the price of its admission.

Different this year, however, is that for a single day ticket, admission to the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort is now more expensive than at its other three parks, at $95 per adult as opposed to $90 for the latter.

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‘Toy Story: Story Theater’ Film Festival Contest Offers D23 Expo Vacation Prize

Toy Story: Story TheaterHey Howdy Hey! Disney Education is calling on children (aged 3-12) from the US to come up with their best original story featuring Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story pals and produce it with the Toy Story: Story Theater app ($2.99) for the chance to send their family to this year’s Disney D23 Expo, being held right near the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.

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‘The Circle Sessions (Piano Performances from Carthay Circle)’ to be Released June 4

The Circle Sessions (Piano Performances from Carthay Circle)On June 4, Walt Disney Records will digitally release The Circle Sessions (Piano Performances from Carthay Circle), a new soundtrack that highlights some of the music that can be found at the Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort.

This is the second title from the popular restaurant whose background music consists of Disney favorites with styles that transition seamlessly as diners move between seating areas. The first title, The Circle Sessions (The Music of Carthay Circle) was released online last year after being available in the park.

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Disney Animator Eric Goldberg to Present ‘Animation Academy’ to Disneyland Passholders

Advertised as one of its Limited Time Magic events exclusively for Passholders, the Disneyland Resort has announced that it will be offering annual passholders to attend a special presentation of the Animation Academy, located at the Animation Building at Disney California Adventure, hosted by animator Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as Genie, Phil, Louis and Rabbit.

Goldberg will offer four presentations to passholders for free on May 17, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Registration is required to receive a wristband for admission and can be obtained on May 17 at the Animation Building beginning at official park opening.

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Starbucks Locations at Disney Parks Update

Yesterday, the official Disney Parks blog offered some new details on the Disneyland location of Starbucks, as the Market House is slated to close next month to begin the conversion for the parks’ Starbucks location, opening this fall — an exact closure date has not yet been announced. This will finalize plans for the Disneyland Resort where the first location has already been thriving at Disney California Adventure at the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café.

On the east coast, we’ve been keeping tabs on the development as plans for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot have already been announced and — in the case of the former — are well underway.

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Dave Smith to Offer Presentations to Disneyland Passholders on March 22

The Disneyland Resort has announced that Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus, Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith will offer two special sessions for annual passholders at the the Disneyland theme park on March 22, 2013, titled ‘Disneyland: The Way We Were.”

The event promises to take guests on a ‘photographic journey through the attractions, shops, restaurants and other pieces of Disneyland history.’

The events will take place at 5 and 7 pm at the Main Street USA Opera House. Wristband distribution will begin at 11:30 am on March 22 at the Opera House.

For more information, visit the official event page.

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‘Fantasy Faire’ Imagineer Presentation and Q&A for Disneyland Annual Passholders

Disneyland Fantasy Faire PanelThe Disneyland Resort has announced it will be offering its annual passholders the opportunity to attend a free behind-the-scenes look at the creation of its newest attraction, the Fantasy Faire. The event will include a presentation and Q&A session with Show Director Christopher Utley and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Michel den Dulk.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 pm in the Main Street USA Opera House. Required wristbands will be distributed at the Opera House beginning at 11:30 am that day. All attendees must be a current passholder at the time of the event.

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Shanghai Disneyland Model Photo Released (Hi-Res); Resort Slated to Open End of 2015

Shanghai Disneyland ModelEarlier today at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, chairman and chief executive officer Robert A. Iger unveiled the first image of a model of Shanghai Disney Resort, featuring the resort’s theme park, Shanghai Disneyland.

“With Shanghai Disneyland, we’re creating a one-of-a-kind destination that is authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese,” said Iger. “We believe this will be one of the most spectacular Disney experiences yet – and an important part of our future. We look forward to opening the gates at the end of 2015 and welcoming the first of the millions of guests who will enjoy Shanghai Disneyland for generations to come.”

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