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It's so nice to see you all again. Now that the hurricanes have left me alone, I can get back to business. There's a lot of catching up to do this week, so don't waste any time reading my introduction.
On the positive front, there have been some major attraction rumors going around. Apparently the guns will be returning to the Jungle Cruise, but that's only the beginning of the changes at that attraction. The subs have also been checked very carefully recently for a possible return with a Finding Nemo theme. For more details, visit MiceAge.com and Disneyland Resort President Matt Ouimet's own comments in the Orange County Register.
Less positive are various rumors of cutbacks at the parks including some shops (including the Magic shop and 20th Century Music) not opening until two hours after park open and entertainment cuts at New Orleans Square including Lagniappe the mime and the tap dancer.
Discussion Board poster TP2000 describes some recent firework testing he saw after hours that may be for Disneyland's 50th show. Click here for the posts.
Taste Pilot's Grill at DCA has begun testing self-service machines for ordering. The machines accept cash or credit cards and automatically give discounts with the swiping of a Cast Member ID or Annual Pass. Then take the receipt to the counter and pick up your food. The plan is to test through the holidays to see how they hold up under peak usage.
With all the construction going on, there have been some shop changes. The Heraldry shop which was in the Castle is now at the old Villains shop (next to the Castle). And the cart where guests could learn the history of their names is now in Gepetto's near Village Haus.
On the Discussion Board poster Disnerd reports the locker prices have gone up at the Resort to $5 for a small, $6 for a medium and $7 for a large. Click here for the entire topic.
We've heard a rumor that a new touring Disney on Ice show celebrating Disneyland's 50th anniversary will be coming soon and will be in Anaheim around the time of Disneyland's 50th.
Another rumor has Tower of Terror being reprogrammed in Spring 2006 for a random drop sequence similar to that currently in Walt Disney World. But that's a ways off - anything can happen.
Unfortunately, we don't have a picture yet, but apparently the scene of the Prince kissing Sleeping Beauty from the Sleeping Beauty walk-through has been installed in one of the Emporium windows.
New atmosphere speakers will be installed at the Disneyland Resort. These all plastic speakers are hermetically sealed to prevent water, bugs, etc. from affecting sound quality. They also have better sound quality that the current speakers.
Blacksheep Uncle reports on the Discussion Boards the FastPass and stand-by queues at Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin have been switched the stand-by winds through the indoor queue. Click here for the topic.
As of September 7th the gate that allowed Paradise Pier Hotel guests to enter DCA in Paradise Pier has been closed. Paradise Pier Hotel guests can use the Grand California gate to enter in the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area.
I've heard the Pooh character breakfast at the Plaza Inn may be replaced with a Princess breakfast in October.
A post on the MouseHub discussion board reports the track inside Space Mountain (which has been down for refurb for some time and will be well into next year) is now complete. Click here for details.
Christopher Radko will be onhand to release and sign his "Haunted Mansion Holiday" ornament on October 1st from 1:00p to 3:00p at La Boutique de Noel in New Orleans Square. Click here for all the details.
Disneyland will celebration the 10th anniversary of the Indiana Jones Adventure with a special event held on March 3rd. No further information is currently available, but at this link you can sign up to receive email updates.
A Disney Fall Pass is available exclusively at Albertson's grocery stores for $89. Here are the details:
Buy a Fridge Pack or 24-pack of
any Coca-Cola product and spend a minimum $25 purchase with your Preferred
Savings Card and receive a coupon to purchase a Disney Fall Pass for $89.
Unlimited admission to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure park. Unlimited admission 9/8/04-11/24/04 and 11/29/04-12/16/04. Blockout days apply.
*Purchase qualifying product through October 18, 2004.
*Disney Fall Pass coupon valid through December 16, 2004.
*Valid proof of Southern California Residency within zip codes 90000-93599 required.
*Restrictions apply, see store for details.
Scrapbooking demonstrations are now available at World of Disney. From Disneyland.com:
Bring the Magic of Disney Home! World of Disney® located in the Downtown Disney® District is now hosting Scrap Booking demonstrations Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn how to add that Disney touch to your scrap books as you capture memories of your family and friends that will surely last a lifetime.
Upcoming Pin Trading Nights at the Paradise Pier Hotel Pacific Ballroom: Sep 26 (5-8), October 29 (7-10), November 21 (5-8) and December 17 (7-10).
According to a source, while the upcoming Disney film National Treasure is in theaters, a copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Resort.