Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, August 1, 2014. I started my afternoon off at Disney California Adventure
Walt and Mickey, Storytellers in Carthay Circle on Buena Vista Street.
Molly catching up on the news in Carthay Circle
Still working out on the Pier
Only an 80 minute posted wait for the Racers this afternoon, the single rider line was only 15 minutes. Part of the queue received four misters/fans several weeks ago to help with the summer heat and lack of shade in that portion.
The Sheriff welcoming us to Radiator Springs
Rolling through town.
Caught a performance by the All-American College band on the Backlot Stage
A video clip of the Band performing Zero to Hero.
Over at Disneyland they have moved on to the next set of turnstiles. This is the large grouping on center right as you face the park (the far side was done a few weeks ago).
On Main Street Castle Bros is under wraps for some facade renovation. The shop is open still.
Inside the windows/doors received covers featuring pictures of the outside view.
A new guest interactive guest experience, The Adventure Trading Company, opened today. Their main base of operation is the Outfitters.
A sign out front letting you know about it.
Inside a sign that sums up the experience. You become an Adventurer. You choose an adventure and pay $5 for a publication that explains it (or a second option available for $7.50 for a beverage that comes with a juju to commemorate it). You then set off on a journey and complete the task. You return and receive a Juju to mark the event and commemorate the adventure.
Here is a closer look at three of the Jujus
A display board opposite the sign with more details.
Several Cast Members were in the store to explain the scenarios and issue you an Adventure Name. Here he is explaining about the Piranhahaha Juju. You purchase this guide then go to the Jungle Cruise to learn about being a skipper. Once completed you get the book stamped then return to get the Juju.
Next up the Tiki Bird Juju. Here you are a casting agent looking for more birds to join the show. You walk around and need to take pictures of birds to earn the Juju.
Here is a board showing the Jujus you can earn and the trait for each. You can also trade Jujus with cast members or others.
There are three Jujus that are earned by purchasing drinks. Venomade at Bengal BBQ earns you this one.
A closer look around the board.
My adventure name today as assigned by the cast member since I could not come up with one.
Walking through the Frontierland, the land for the Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush was cheap.. only 75 bits (it was 150 last Friday).
If you did not have a Western name in mind you could pick one from a stack. My unlucky draw for the day.
Billy looked lost out front of the Golden Horseshoe…guess he was waiting for his brothers?
Inside Miss Lilly was entertaining guests.
Moving on to New Orleans Square. Port Royal features new Haunted Mansion merchandise.
A new Master Gracey shirt
Temporary barriers still form a walkway by the artists.
While walking through Fantasyland there was no line again for Casey Jr so went for a ride. They were just pulling the Storybook Land boats out since the parade had ended.
Stopped by the Music of Nashville.
This afternoon Smith and Wilkes were performing.
A new sign on Main Street, on the lamp post. Because of the Castle Bros work they are routing ECVs, wheelchairs and strollers through the stores vs the temporary walkway.
The All-American College Band performing.
There goes the band…the temporary walkway slows traffic down…especially when people stop to watch the band instead of walking.
I wanted to go for a trip on the Monorail but the line/wait and my time/schedule/patience did not line up. So here is a look through the fence at the submarine lagoon.
You can see they have started to add color again. Hopefully next trip I can get an overhead shot to really show it.
If you want a specific juju from the Adventure Trading Co be sure to play early in the day as they are limited each day.
Caught a few minutes of Hard Days Night: A Tribute to the Beatles as they opened their 7:00pm set. They were marking the one year anniversary since they started performing at Disneyland.
Then back to Tomorrowland for the 7:45pm Beatles set.
A couple clips from the 7:45pm and 8:35pm sets.
Back for the 8:35pm Hard Days Night set. It features music from Sgt. Pepper.
As I arrived on Main Street for Magical they announced it may be cancelled due to winds. I looked up and the flags were blowing so I decided to head toward the car.
As I arrived at the Mickey and Friends garage Magical started as scheduled. So watched from there before heading home.
Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.