People tend to think of Disneyland and a static place tied to their childhood memories of magic, joy, and laughter. The reality is Disneyland is always changing, shifting, and updating to meet the needs of the park and its guests (the cynical would insert profits here as well). Two rather large changes are happening this week that will provide new experiences next time you visit.
First, the Carnation Cafe is getting back its indoor seating. That means the Main Street Blue Ribbon Bakery had to go. But the park still needs a place to pick up some quick breakfast and lunch food. The answer? Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, a Mary Poppins themed restaurant which will take over the old Plaza Pavilion. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this the first time the Mary Poppins theme has been used in the park outside a parade or meet and greet?
The Jolly Holiday Bakery Café features a menu of sandwiches, salads, bakery items and specialty beverages. The café is decorated with whimsical touches from the film throughout the building and outdoor seating area, including the above stained-glass image on an entry window. The menu at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café includes an Angus roast beef salad with blue cheese; a Caprese sandwich with tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella, basil, butter lettuce and garlic aioli on toasted focaccia bread; and a selection of soups. Bakery items include a cupcake of the day, flourless chocolate cake, fruit tarts and Mickey-shaped desserts.
The other large change involves one attraction going down for refurbishment for up to half the year. Yes, the Matterhorn Bobsleds is getting some major work done once again. This time they’ll also be returning the seating to individual seats (as it was at opening and as Space Mountain is in Orlando). That means no more lap seating but will also reduce the capacity from a max of 8 bobsledders per run down to 6. So expect lines to lengthen accordingly after the fix. The last day to sit all snug and hold on to your loved one is Sunday the 8th of January. Someone take some pictures for me.
What do you think of these changes to the park?
(Photo courtesy Paul Hiffmeyer / Disneyland)