Last chances approaching for Carnation Gardens, Test Track, and Snow White
Written by Robert NilesGet ready to say good-bye to the Carnation Plaza Gardens stage at Disneyland Park. We've known since D23 last summer that Disney would be closing the performance stage to make room for the new installation of the park's Fantasy Faire princess meet and greet, which is moving over from the old Videopolis/Fantasyland theater next year. But we didn't have an official closing date for Carnation Plaza Gardens until now - it's April 30.
Published: April 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM
That means there will be just three more Saturday swing dance parties at the stage, before the weekly event is moved to the westside stage in Downtown Disney. Some Disney fans on Twitter are upset with the end of this tradition, but I think it's a smart crowd-balancing move. Disneyland isn't the only thing in the resort anymore, and with the crowds choking the park most evenings, something's got to give. I'm happy that Disney's keeping the dance event on property, and I'd be happier if Disney used the move into Downtown Disney as an excuse to start offering more evening dance events there, as Orlando's Downtown Disney often does.
I'm more concerned with what will happen to the Magic Music Days student musical performances that have happened on that stage. While I believe the dance parties will find success in Downtown Disney, performing in the outdoor mall doesn't have the same allure for young music students as performing inside Disneyland. Disney's youth music pages still list Carnation Plaza Gardens as a performance venue, and I haven't yet heard if another venue inside the park will be taking its place.
We've got a couple other Disney closings approaching, too. This Sunday, April 15, is the final day to ride Test Track at Epcot before that ride goes down for an extended redesign and refurbishment. Expect to see the new version this fall.
And on May 31, Snow White's Scary Adventures come to a close in the Magic Kingdom for the final time, as that ride closes permanently to make way for a new princess meet and greet. Snow White and the Dwarfs will return in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride in Fantasyland sometime in 2013. If you want to ride the original Scary Adventures ride after May 31, Disney fans will have to make the trip to Anaheim.
Back in Anaheim, Disney announced today that you now can make dining reservations for Disneyland Resort table service restaurants via email, in addition to by phone. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the restaurant you'd like to book, the date and time, and the size of your party. Include your name and phone number, too. If the table's available, Disney will send you a confirmation. If you'd prefer an immediate response, though, go with the phone: 714-781-DINE.
Disney also notes that it's not yet taking reservations for the new Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure, so don't even try. Remember that California Adventure will be closed all day on June 14, in preparation for the debut of Cars Land and the new Buena Vista Street entry plaza, including the Carthay Circle, the next day.
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