The days of deciding to throw up a theme park one day and start construction the next are over at the Walt Disney Company. Like me, they are logical and methodical, with their decisions reasoned out and planned weeks, months, and decades in advance.
It’s heating up here at the Disneyland Resort and Disney management is scrambling to get Grizzly River Run back in working order for the busy summer season. Let’s see where things are at.
Grizzly River Run Entrance
Every conceivable entrance to Grizzly River Run is blocked by signs, scrims, tarps, and walls. The area still looks beautiful though, so make sure to stroll by and admire it anyway.
Grizzly River Trail is blocked off for refurbishment at DCA.
The entrance to Grizzly River Run is closed for refurbishment at DCA.
Construction workers toil during open park hours at Grizzly River Run DCA
The exit to Grizzly River Run is closed for refurbishment as well at DCA.
Load Station, Starting Channel, and Lift Ramp
The starting channel and load ramp for Grizzly River Run are dry-as-a-bone as construction workers scurry to and fro. Just about the only water in this area is a retention pond next to the water wheel by the load ramp.
Take a look at the rockwork and logs along the channel edge. You can really see how the textures on these themed surfaces stop just below the water level.
A construction worker over the starting channel at Grizzly River Run, DCA.
You can really see where the theme ends on the underside of the rocks at the channel edges. Grizzly River Run, DCA
Construction worker standing in the empty starting channel near the load platform for Grizzly River Run, DCA.
A construction worker near the lift ramp for Grizzly River Run DCA.
Zoomed view of a construction worker near the lift ramp for Grizzly River Run DCA.
Splash-down & Exit Channels
Standing near Condor Flats, you can get a good view of the empty splash-down ramp and exit channel for Grizzly River Run. Make sure to check out the edge theming here as well. Also, a little further down the exit channel you can see a pipe in the floor that causes the ‘geyser eruption’ and gets you soaking wet at the end of the attraction.
The geysers are running dry at Grizzly River Run DCA.
Empty channel at Grizzly River Run DCA
Dry channels at Grizzly River Run DCA
Zoomed view of construction supplies piled on the Condor Flats side of Grizzly River Run, DCA.
Even the splash-down channel site empty at Grizzly River Run, DCA.
Construction supplies piled on the Condor Flats side of Grizzly River Run, DCA.
Thanks for riding along with me on this construction update for Grizzly River Run. Stay tuned for more detailed reports on the rest of the Disneyland Resort and check out my other recent post about construction on New Orleans Square.
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This trip is brings us to days 35 and 36 at the Disneyland Resort since first purchasing annual passports in 2010. It also marks our third total trip to the DLR with my parents and our last visit in 2012.
We spent two nights at the Paradise Pier Hotel, which was nice but would’ve been more convenient if they still had that private gate into Disney California Adventure (more about this on a future Monday MapDay post). Also, we just got a new digital video camcorder, so we’ll have a few videos to go along with this trip.
In another first for us, and while still out in BTR, we saw the ‘4 o’clock running-of-the-goats.’ This was really cute and something we’re looking forward to seeing again.
We took my parents on their first wheelhouse ride on the Mark Twain and also their first Omnibus ride. They got to sit up front with the driver and since we were the only ones on the bus for the trip around the hub to the main entrance, we got to have our own private tour of Main Street, USA.
In big family news, we finally got my Mom to ride It’s A Small World for the first time in thirty years. Before I was born, she got stuck on it for several hours (with the music playing ) and has always avoided the place. The entire ride was decked out in its holiday theme and she actually seemed to enjoy it. Maybe she’ll try the regular IASW next time she visits (but I wouldn’t count on it).
Over in DCA, we all got to see the new Carsland decorated for the holdiays for the first time and it looked great. They seasonal decorating team really did a great job of incorporating the Christmas into the mega-theming of the area.
This is the third bump picture and that honey pot is really starting to disappear! Jamie is 22 weeks pregnant and we’ve settled on the name John Alexander Blasingame, but we’re going to call him Jack for ‘short.’
The whole family is excited about our upcoming arrival and getting ready to spoil their first grandchild.
Disney Food Update
The first morning of our trip, we all ate breakfast at the Storytellers Cafe. After being attacked by a bear, I had my usual eggs benedict, Jamie and Mom had the banana-stuffed french toast, and Dad had steak and eggs.
Later in the day, we ate lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. They had changed the menu somewhat, but we started off with the same Jalapeño Cheese Balls all of us liked last time. My Mother and I both dined on had lamb, her the Lamb Rolls and I Cavatelli Pasta with Lamb, both of which were excellent. Jamie had Chicken Meatball Pasta and Dad had Short Rib Ravioli’s. It’s nice they keep introducing new dishes, but it makes the selection process a lot longer.
Jamie didn’t consume quite as many pickles this trip, but she did chow-down on one while watching the Dapper Dan’s. Also, since there were more of us this trip, I finally managed to get a plate of Plaza Inn fried chicken all to myself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t eat everything, so the first time will probably the last time.
That’s all for now. I’ll be adding videos and other content later. Be on the lookout for our next trip report. We’ll see ya’ real soon!
This trip to the Disneyland Resort marks days 33 and 34 since we first bought annual passports. As you can see, compared to our last visit, Jamie’s baby bump is quite more pronounced.
This next picture is taken from the normal spot near Pooh’s Corner. I put the other picture first because the lighting isn’t very good in this one. However, you can still see how the honey pot is starting to disappear.
We discovered the Hungry Bear Restaurant on this trip and Jamie has fallen in love with their chili-cheesburger. Nestled among the quiet pines in a corner of Critter Country, we had walked past the Hungry Bear on many occasions, but now find it a shady place to sit and eat. The patio downstairs is a great place to relax in the shade and watch the ships float by on the Rivers of America.
This visit marks days 31 and 32 at the Disneyland Resort since we’ve had annual passports. It’s also our first visit since we found out Jamie was pregnant! We decided to take a picture of her standing in the same spot on each consecutive visit, so we can look back on them and see her belly grow.
You can see plenty of that honey pot now, but she’s only about two months along, so expect to see the pot disappear in trips to come. Picking a Pooh-centric photo spot was intentional because we’ve decided to decorate the nursery in a Winnie the Pooh theme. It works for boys or girls. More on that later as we get more baby stuff.
Welcome to the Mouse Monthly blog. Someone recently asked us if we knew all of Disneyland’s secrets. Well no, not yet- but we’re working on it.
Hello, we’re Jamie and Alex Blasingame and we love all things Disney. We live and work in Southern California and since first becoming annual passport holders for the Disneyland Resort a year ago, we’ve been over fifteen times. Initially, we felt the need to pack in as much as possible on each visit, but now we take a much more leisurely pace and notice more and more interesting details each time we go. We’ve picked up numerous books on Disneyland and read them to each other between trips. Then the next time we go back we have fun pointing out new details we’ve learned, such as the history and significance of the shop windows on Main Street, USA.
On our drive home from the park, we always talk about new experiences we’ve had and ideas to ‘plus’ the parks, as Walt would put it. So we’re having a blog to talk about all of that and all things Disney. Stay tuned for more and we’ll see ya’ real soon!’