Introducing the Weekly Disneyland Resort Maintenance Report (3/10/19) – A Lot of Dead Lights, Immobile Mater, and More

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Welcome to a new, weekly WDWNT.com and DisneylandNewsToday.com feature – the Disneyland Resort Maintenance Report. In this weekly report, the goal is to create a comprehensive list of broken effects, damaged props, and more at the Disneyland Resort theme parks, hotels, and the Downtown Disney district.

This list was asked for by hundreds of you following the attention that our Florida version of the report has recieved.

Surely, someone will comment that an article like this is mostly negative in nature. While that is true, based on the current financial success of the Disney Company and the continuous rise in ticket prices, why should any guest settle for a list this long? I’ll admit, I lived in the dark for a long time, sometimes thinking my memories of extraordinarily clean paths and immaculate rides were just nostalgic visions of something that never existed. My recent trips to the Tokyo Disney Resort were an eye-opening experience. In the over 20 days I’ve spent there in the last year, I noticed that broken audio-animatronics and effects, dirty paths, and such simply just don’t exist. Over time, Disneyland Resort has cut budgets or changed policies related to custodial, maintenance, and such to the point where it has become an inferior product to some Disney resorts around the world.

This post comes from a place of love. We love Disneyland and we want to see it looking as good as it can. We also realize that WDWNT.com has a tremendous reach, read by millions of park guests each month, and even thousands of cast members. We even know, for a fact, that many high-ranking Disney executives like to check out our stories from time to time to stay in the loop, so we figured a post like this might help everyone out. Perhaps the maintenance woes at Disneyland need some attention and we can provide the spark that lights the fire that reverses any decline.

It’s also important to note that the goal is to see this list shrink and we’ll tell you every week when anything listed below actually gets repaired. A “fixed” section will be added to the report starting next week. This isn’t about knocking the job anyone is doing, it’s about getting things to where they should be. It should also be noted that this list is currently incomplete. These are only attractions and areas visited between March 1st and 5th, 2019.

Needs Repair

Disneyland

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

  • The tiki god Ngendei didn’t move left and right while trying to “hang on” to the earth in the Tiki Garden pre-show.

The Jungle Cruise

  • The 1st crocodile doesn’t move.
  • The elephant taking a bath is not sitting in a running waterfall.
  • The elephant taking a bath is not spraying upwards as it is supposed to.
  • The piranha scene is not functioning as it is supposed to, a lot of the mechanism is visible.
  • Trader Sam’s arm did not raise towards guests.

The Indiana Jones Adventure

  • Projection on the doors into the various chambers is not aligned properly.
  • The snake animatronic was replaced last year, but the new figure has way more limited movement than the original figure had.
  • The smoke/fog in the large pit in the center of the temple is off, so when the flames erupt, you can see a lot of wiring and such that you aren’t supposed to see.
  • The dark hallway before the rats scene is too bright, you can see pipes and such on the walls.
  • The rat projection wasn’t really visible.
  • The final Indiana Jones figure standing next to the boulder did not have a functioning mouth.

Pirates of the Caribbean

  • The magnifying glass and the pirate skull in bed in the Captain’s Quarters are not aligned correctly.
  • The helmet that gets struck by a stray bullet did not jump in the scene just before the lift hill, heading back to the entrance and loading area.

The Haunted Mansion

  • The ghost blowing out the candles in the ballroom scene stayed illuminated, rather than appearing and disappearing.
  • There’s a weird light spill on the scrim over the cats in the graveyard scene.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • The first jumping Tigger didn’t fully jump out

Mickey’s Toontown

  • No smoke or lights functioned when the TNT trigger ignited the fireworks on the upper level.
  • The Jolly Trolley is showing tremendous signs of wear.
  • The land in general is showing tremendous signs of wear, from chopped paint, to staining and more.
  • Some of the green hills behind the land are in need of paint.

Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin

  • The second set of electric tubes over guests in the Power House did not illuminate. They are purple as opposed to red like the others.
  • The Dip did not spray from the truck operated by the weasel.
  • The Roger Rabbit audio-animatronic’s mouth did not move.

“it’s a small world

  • The spinning gold accent on the far right of the facade isn’t spinning.
  • The boat filled with children at the beginning of the ride wasn’t moving.
  • The tightrope bicycle didn’t move.
  • The Irish dancing boy is missing.
  • The carousel fo flying carpets does not spin.
  • Two of the ceiling butterflies in the Polynesian section are not raising and lowering.
  • Two of the fireworks over the Hollywood Bowl are not functioning properly.
  • The children around the maypole in the finale scene does not spin.
  • The final girl dangling from a balloon in the finale scene does not raise and lower.

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

  • The lighting inside is horrendous. It is nearly pitch-black in several scenes.
  • The Donkey mirror effect was not properly aligned.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

  • The large bass towards the center of the lagoon does not move at all.
  • There is a large set of sliding fingerprint marks on the glass out in the ride (that separates the water from the dry show scene) in the final scene before the sub is eaten by a whale.

Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters

  • The Buzz Lightyear audio-animatronic is broken and behind a curtain.
  • The ride vehicles are in terrible shape. So much paint is own off of every car.
  • Some moving props triggered by hitting targets either do not respond or respond slower than they used to.
Buzz is taking a shower…

Pizza Planet

  • The window decals featuring the Aliens are all peeling.

 

Disney California Adventure

Radiator Springs Racers

  • The first Mater audio-animatronic doesn’t move.
  • The 3rd tractor used to blow smoke towards guests when making the “gas” noises.
  • The curtains in the Luigi’s tire change scene don’t fully open to reveal the entire mirror and both sets of tires on your car.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

  • The first Ariel animatronic has something wrong with her mouth, as ion she was given a “fat lip”.

The Incredicoaster

  • The lights all around the coaster track are burnt out, as are many in the loop circle with the Pixar Pier logo.
  • There is visible rust on the tracks and supports in many places.

Silly Symphony Swings

  • A ton of lights on the ride structure are burnt out.

Downtown Disney

  • Nearly half of the light on the entrance sign from the theme parks are burnt out.

How To Do Your Part

To report broken effects, damaged props, or anything else out of the ordinary, please submit photographic or video evidence of the malfunction or disrepair to [email protected] or through WDWNT’s social media avenues (Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram) or Disneyland News Today’s social avenues (Twitter or Instagram) with the hashtag #DLNTfix. You can also submit proof that anything listed above has been repaired. The entire purpose of this weekly post is to get Disneyland looking how it is supposed to look, so we are hoping to see this list shrink rather than grow over time.

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]