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5 THINGS TO DO AT DISNEYLAND THIS WEEK:
1. Mickey and the Magical Map Show (check the Dashboard or use MagicSearch for Showtimes.
2. Try the new Big Thunder!
3. Captain America Meet and Greet in Innoventions
4. Radiator Springs Racers (get your Fastpasses at Park opening)
5. Fried Chicken at the newly reopened Plaza Inn!
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Good morning and happy Friday! This day in Disney history, December 20th, 2002: Ariel’s Grotto opens on Paradise Pier in DCA!
But did you know, it wasn’t always Ariel’s Grotto? Originally it was the Avolon Cove restaurant (it opened with the rest of DCA in Feb. of 2001) operated by Wolfgang Puck. A high scale surf and turf restaurant where you could find creatively prepared meals made from California’s freshest ingredients.
a peek at their dinner menu...
Crispy Calamari with cilantro mint aioli and spicy marinara 10.00
Iced Oysters on the Half Shell with cocktail sauce and citrus mignonette Market Price
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with avocado, watercress and cocktail sauce 15.00
Wolfgang’s Iced Seafood Sampler for Two oysters, shrimp, crab 19.00
with half lobster Market Price
Tuna Sashimi Appetizer with spicy tartare, ginger, chives, avocado, and ponzu 12.00
Grilled Beef Satay cilantro mint aioli and spicy Thai cold noodles with crushed peanuts 9.00
Spicy Tuna Roll chopped fresh tuna, chili sauce, green onion, avocado and sesame seeds 8.00
California Roll crab, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds 8.00
Soups and Salads
Garden Tomato Gazpacho with cucumber raiita, basil oil and parmesan crostini 4.00
Avalon White Clam Chowder applewood smoked bacon and fingerling potatoes 5.00
Caesar Salad with curly romaine, parmesan crostini and freshly grated Parmesan 7.00
Cobb Salad with romaine, watercress, tomatoes, eggs, green beans, smoked bacon, blue cheese
with chilled shrimp 16.00 with crab meat 18.00
Four Cheese Raviolis with tomatoes, basil and freshly grated Parmesan 14.00
Spaghettini Shrimp Pomodoro tomatoes, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil 16.00
Linguine with Clams with butter, oregano, garlic, and white wine 16.00
Penne with Chicken asparagus, blanched garlic, oven-dried tomatoes and pine nuts 15.00
Grilled Salmon with ginger tomato fondue and baby vegetables 18.00
Seared Big Eye Tuna with “Hong Kong Style” stir-fried vegetables 24.00
Grilled Mahi Mahi Teriyaki Style on wasabi potato puree 19.00
Maine Lobster steamed or grilled with bearnaise sauce Market Price
Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Half Steamed Lobster
garlic mashed potatoes and drawn butter Market Price
Veal Picatta with sizzling lemon caper butter and garlic potato puree 23.00
Grilled New York Steak Bearnaise potato puree and steamed asparagus 25.00
Grilled Chicken with double blanched garlic and French fries 16.00
Did YOU get a chance to eat here when it was the Avalon Cove?
Avalon Cove in it’s original colors:
Ariels Grotto in 2006:
While the food was wonderful, the crowds weren’t. After September 11th 2001, DCA just wasn’t getting the visitors it needed. The Avolon Cove closed and re-opened a few months later as a Disney-operated character-dining restaurant. A year later, December 20th, 2002 it was re-named what is is today, Ariel’s Grotto.
First Wolfgang Puck. Then Family Dining. Now Ariel’s Grotto.
Ariel’s Grotto is now a disney Princess celebration! Enjoy your breakfast or lunch with the princesses while you watch, get autographs, take photos and visit with the Disney Princesses circulating around the dining room and outdoor patio! But be sure to make a reservation as this restaurant books up FAST!
Have you eaten at Ariels Grotto? Is there something in particular you loved about it? Maybe something yummy you’d like to suggest to those of us who haven’t been?
Thanks so much for reading! I don’t know about you, but now I’m craving some seafood like nobodies business! ::tummy growls::
Anyway, hope you all have a fabulous Friday! Hope to see some of you out for the MW Christmas party at La Brea Bakery tonight! Don’t forget your ornaments for the ornament exchange! ;) Oh! Also, The photograph below was taken by our very own CobbPR! Isn’t it stunning?
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unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. Automated crowd prediction calendars are worthless--the UNFORECAST is where it's at!
Update for week of Monday, September 15, 2014. Park Hours: Disneyland: 10am-8pm (Monday-Wednesday), 9am-5pm (Thursday*), 9am-12am (Friday and Saturday), 8am-12am (Sunday).
Disney California Adventure: 10am-8pm (Monday-Wednesday), 9am-8pm (Thursday), 9am-10pm (Friday and Saturday), 8am-10pm (Sunday).
*Disneyland Park will close at 5pm on Thursday due to a Cast Member Service event that evening. Also that day, Mickey's Soundsational Parade has been cancelled due to the event.
Fantasmic: 9pm and 10:30pm (Friday-Sunday), Remember Dreams Come True fireworks 9:25pm (Friday-Sunday), World of Color: 8:15pm (Monday-Thursday), 9:45pm (Friday/Sunday), 9pm (Saturday).
Attraction closures: Indiana Jones (9/16-9/19), Mark Twain Riverboat (now through 11/29), Finding Nemo (now through 9/27), Golden Zephyr (9/17-9/19).
Halloween Time has now started at the parks, including with the seasonal attraction overlays such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Also, make sure to check out the many food and beverage locations that offer special offerings just for the Halloween season.
Reminder that Mickey's Halloween Party starts on Friday, September 26, in which Disneyland Park will close early for the private event.
unForcast Crowd Prediction: With it being very hot at the parks this week and with both parks closing early, expect both parks to be quiet as the resort is in "non-peak" season. As we get into the weekend, the temperature is supposed to go back to normal, which will cause the crowds to increase by Friday and Saturday.
Park Hours: Disneyland: 10am-8pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am-12am (Fri), 9am-11pm (Sat), 8am-12am (Sun). DCA: 10am-8pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am-10pm (Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat), 8am-10pm (Sun). World of Color: 8:15pm (Mon-Thurs), 9:45pm (Fri), 9pm (Sat-Sun).
Halloween Time returns this Friday! Little by little this week, we'll see Disneyland Park transform to the fall season with all of the decor and the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy (both opening on Friday). Also, the Pirates League and the Halloween Carnival both return to Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, so make sure to check out the villains hang out, the pumpkin art and seasonal food offerings.
If you're a pin trader/collector, Thursday is a big pin release date with several limited edition villain pins being released, a new Haunted Mansion Annual Passholder Exclusive pin, and a new Halloween Time pin for Disney Vacation Club members.
As announced last week, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will now host meet and greets on Buena Vista Street in DCA, starting on Sunday, September 14.
White Water Snacks in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa will be closed from September 8 through 20 for a refurbishment.
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect both parks to be quiet Monday through Thursday as we are now in the "non-peak" season, with both parks closing at 8pm. But Friday, expect the crowds to pick up in the afternoon/evening when the weekend arrives and Halloween Time has returned, plus it also being Dapper Day on Friday too. As for Saturday and Sunday, expect to be moderately busy because of it being the first weekend of Halloween Time in Disneyland Park.
Park Hours: Labor Day (Monday) DL: 8am-12am, DCA: 8am-10pm; Tuesday-Thursday- Both parks 10am-8pm; Friday-Sunday, DL: 9am-11pm, DCA: 9am-9pm. "Magical" Fireworks will be shown on Monday, Friday through Sunday at 9:25pm, Fantasmic will be shown on Monday, Friday through Sundays at 9pm and 10:30pm and World of Color will be shown daily at 9:45pm (Monday, Friday-Sunday) and 8:15pm (Tuesday-Thursday).
Attraction closures: Haunted Mansion (reopens 9/12), Jungle Cruise (Tuesday-Thursday), Big Thunder Ranch (reopens 9/12), Main Street Photo Supply (reopens 9/24)
FYI: Annual Passholder Event, "Fall Back to Fun", in Disney California Adventure Park on Tuesday night, 8pm-12am. Event is only open to AP Holders celebrating their pass anniversary between October 1 through December 5 and was invitation only. Guests of the registered AP Holders must be registered in advanced online and must have their valid AP the night of the event. Check in will be at Toll Booth 4 starting at 2pm. Registration for the event is no longer available.
Also, "Legends of Frontierland" was extended and will stick around a little longer.
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect it to be crowded on Monday as it is Labor Day and all APs are open, but it is also a work/school night, so expect the crowds to decrease by the later afternoon/night. For the rest of the week, expect it to be low to moderate crowds as most schools have started and both parks closing earlier for this short "non-peak" season. Reminder that Halloween Time at the Resort officially starts on Friday, September 12!
Park hours: DL (9am-10pm weekdays, 9am-12am weekends); DCA (9am-9pm weekdays, 9am-10pm weekends). Since the parks are closing earlier during the week, Fantasmic will only be shown Friday-Sunday, World of Color will be shown at 9pm and the "Magical!" fireworks will be shown at 9:25pm daily (weather permitting).
FYI: this is a last full week to participate in "Legends of Frontierland" in Frontierland as it concludes on Monday, September 1st. Also, the Adventure Trading Company's last day in the jungle will be Monday, August 25 and will move onto a new adventure, so make sure to catch them!
unForecast Crowd Prediction: Expect it to be quiet to moderately busy this week as many schools go back this week, but there's also still quite a few people getting their end of summer vacation in at the Resort before school starts after Labor Day for them. But, reminder that this weekend is the Disneyland Half Marathon, so expect crowds to pick up Thursday and/or Friday as runners and their families come in for this weekend's events. And make sure to keep an eye out for any road closures late Saturday night to mid Sunday morning if you are coming to the Resort this coming weekend!
July was arguably one of the slowest months of the year (some say the Sunday on Independence Day Weekend was the slowest day of the year). However, we saw crowd levels rise Sat Aug 2, and they've been steady through today (Aug 5). With the Socal passes coming good Aug 18, we should see good crowds throughout the end of the month. - Admin Aug 5, 2014 2:23PM
Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is only a few weeks away! Watch the trailer below. In the second season, we go back to 2005 to show you what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Birthday. Events from the VOYAGEERS also appear in this season--get ready!
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