The California Food and Wine Festival has begun and the Games of the Boardwalk are now open, so I think it’s time for one of my photo reports from the Disneyland Resort:
I have never seen the entrance to Mickey and Friends this busy!
This entrance to Mickey and Friends was busy also
Food and Wine banners in Downtown Disney
Earth banners at the AMC Theatre
There are Up banners near the AMC Theatres instead of Food and Wine ones
Earth is also being promoted at Disney Vault 28
Looks like Disney Vault 28 is still celebrating Annual Passholder appreciation days
Nothing seems to be going on around Department 56
Club Libby Lu on the other hand is in the middle of being transformed into Disney Studio 365
The California Food and Wine Festival has begun
I’m guessing the Brothers and Sisters show on ABC has something to do with wine?
A lot of signs over here
The Lounge at the Golden Vine Winery is once again open
Bountiful Valley Farm Food and Wine information stand
Food and Wine Festival map
For the Food and Wine Festival, there are special items at each counter service restaurant in DCA. This is the special item at Bountiful Valley Farmer’s Market
The Bountiful Vallery Farm Food and Wine stage
The International Festival Wine Walk
The Bakery Tour recently re-opened after a refurbishment. Nothing much looks to have changed
Sunday’s schedule for the Festival
The California Festival Wine Walk
The special item for Cocina Cucamonga
And the special item for Pacific Wharf Cafe
The Pacific Wharf Food and Wine stage
No visible progress over at the former Lucky Fortune Cookery
A decked out Pacific Wharf Bridge
Hard to tell the progress in the Paradise Pier lagoon with all the stuff now in there!
Wow, Mickey’s Fun Wheel looks really amazing!
The sunburst looks to be complete
And now for my first look at the amazing new Games of the Boardwalk
The point pricing
My Play Card
The first game is Goofy About Fishin’
Awesome lighting fixtures
The prizes for Goofy About Fishin’
Everyone Wins! YEY!
The second game is Dumbo Bucket Brigade
The prizes for Dumbo Bucket Brigade
The third game is Casey at the Bat
The prizes for Casey at the Bat
The final, and my personal favorite game is Bullseye Stallion Stampede
The prizes for Bullseye Stallion Stampede
What an ugly transition!
The stores should hopefully be re-done this fall
The Games of the Boardwalk and Toy Story Midway Mania look great next to each other!
The prizes that I won at the Games of the Boardwalk
A look at the new designs for the gondolas on Mickey’s Fun Wheel
I’m really starting to like Paradise Pier now!
Planks stacked up near Mickey’s Fun Wheel
World of Color construction
The special Food and Wine menu item at Pizza Oom Mow Mow
Dinosaur Jack’s Sunglass Shack closes forever on May 26th, due to bulldozed as part of the DCA makeover
PhotoPass CMs are now stationed outside so guests can get their final picture with Dinosaur Jack
Dinosaur Jack himself
Corn Dog Castle also closes for its re-theme on June 1st
As does Souvenir 66
The longest line I’ve ever seen for the Golden Zephyr!
It’s just so darn beautiful!
A strange set of construction walls next to the former Golden Dreams exit. It’s most likely prep work for The Little Mermaid attraction
A sign pointing to Ariel’s Grotto through all the construction walls
A Food and Wine demonstration area I believe
The special Food and Wine menu item at Taste Pilot’s Grill
A long line later for that demonstration area in the Golden Vine Winery
My father participated in the Festival Beer Walk
You got to pick 5 out of 12 different beers they had available to taste
The only remaining sign from the former Lucky Fortune Cookery
Looks like people like beer!
Another look at the Pacific Wharf Food and Wine stage
I wonder what this structure will end up being? Part of the restroom?
The Sunshine Plaza Food and Wine stage
The Festival Gift Shop
A look at some of the merchandise
A nice print
Pins for the Festival
The Festival Welcome Center
I don’t know what the Disney Vacation Club has to do with Food and Wine?
Ew, Windows computers!
Engine-Ear Toys gets no love :(
Robert Irvine from the Food Network’s “Dinner Impossible” was appearing at the festival for its opening weekend
Reminding you as you leave DCA that the Food and Wine Festival continues all the way through June 7th
Now over to Disneyland… A random small construction wall in Town Square
Something here looks very, very different…
They are ripping pieces off the Astro Orbitor, most likely to be repainted, but no one knows for sure exactly what is going to happen
The top section is completely gone
Pixie Hollow’s usual queue area is still walled off
It was announced last Friday that as part of Disneyland’s summer promotion, “Summer Nightastic”, that they are adding LED lighting effects that will keep Pixie Hollow open later than the previous norm of 5:00pm
I actually like this queue set-up more than the usual one, as it is much more shaded
I haven’t done any character photos since January, so I thought it was time for some
The lovely Fawn
And Tinker Bell herself
“Love The Land” merchandise in the Fortuosity Store
My father purchased this year’s Food and Wine hat
A long line of people waiting to get into Disneyland
“Celebrate! A Street Party” backstage from the Disneyland Railroad just before show-time
Monorail Blue is back in service once again
The line for the Monorail was quite long at the Tomorrowland Station. It looked even longer at Downtown Disney!
Monorail Orange also making the rounds
For my first ride on Monorail Orange, I got to ride up front with the driver!
They were doing casting for ABC’s “Supernanny” in Downtown Disney
A lot of traffic on Disneyland Drive
Illuminations should be closing any day now
1 piece of “Love the Land” merchandise in the small store at the Disneyland Hotel
By the time I left the Resort, Mickey and Friends was closed to capacity. They really need to fix these problems!
And we end this photo report off with this year’s Food and Wine Festival Booklet
Be sure to stay tuned to the DLNT Image Galleries for bigger versions of these and many other photos!