Six of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure’s attractions have been closed/are going to temporarily close for some refurbishments.
Pirates of the Caribbean, Blue Bayou restaurant, and California Screamin’ are all closed at the moment. Pirates and Blue Bayou closed back in September and will be closed until November 23 after lots of routine maintenance.
Over in California Adventure, the California Screamin’ rollercoaster is currently closed for routine maintenance. The only looping coaster in either of the parks is scheduled to reopen on October 15. The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, which was recently re-themed to “Up”, is closed through October 28 for routine maintenance.
A couple of attractions are on the schedule to close soon: it’s a small world and the it’s tough to be a bug! attraction. it’s a small world will be receiving its holiday overlay. It is scheduled to close October 24 and is scheduled to reopen November 10. it’s tough to be a bug! will be down for some routine maintenance October 24 to November 11.
It’s been strange seeing Pirates and Blue Bayou closed for such a long period of time. I’ve definitely missed seeing Captain Jack. I’ve had no motivation to really visit California Adventure since Screamin’ has been closed. (Plus it doesn’t help that it’s a maze to get into the park.) I’m glad the time has come for it’s a small world to receive its holiday overlay because our writer Patrick has never been to Disneyland during Christmastime, and it’s the only time of year I can stand going on the ride. (Sorry, Patrick — I KNOW you hate it but you’re going to have to endure it because it’s the Christmas version.)
What do you think of all of these closings — are they cutting out any beloved attractions during your visit? Are they making the other attractions more crowded? Or do you just not care? I want to know what you think. Let me know in the comments below.
October 4 marked the release of Rick Riordan’s new book The Son of Neptune in the Heroes of Olympus series. To celebrate its release, Riordan is traveling across the country — and up north — to seven libraries for special events. These libraries entered a contest and were chosen as the winners.
The winning libraries are:
o Tuesday, October 4: Books-A-Million (Columbia, SC)
o Wednesday, October 5: Penguin Bookshop (Pittsburgh, PA)
o Thursday, October 6: Indigo (Toronto, Canada)
o Friday, October 7: Barnes & Noble (Burlington, MA)
o Saturday, October 8: A Whale of a Tale/Mission Viejo Library (Mission Viejo, CA)
o Sunday, October 9: Tumwater Timberland Library (Olympia, WA)
o Monday, October 10: BookPeople (Austin, TX)
Be sure to pick up a copy of The Son of Neptune in stores now.
Disney Publishing held events Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, for New York Times Best-selling author Rick Riordan’s new novel The Son of Neptune, the second book in his Heroes of Olympus series. The toga parties were held at Greeley Square in New York City and The Grove in Los Angeles, CA.
Riordan was present at both events, as well as some of the Greek gods. At the Los Angeles event, Vincent Martella, voice of Phineas from Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb was present.
The Los Angeles event kicked off with a welcome by Zeus, who introduced the other gods, as well as Martella and finally Riordan. The audience full of young readers cheered with excitement as one of their favorite authors took the stage.
Zeus informed everyone that a booth was set up for everyone to dress in the proper attire — togas — as well as a photo area with a chariot to capture the memories. Later, a trivia and costume contest would take place for event attendees. But first, the audience received a special advanced reading from Neptune. The gods took turns reading portions of Chapter 28 from the new novel. Following the reading, Riordan answered fans’ questions during a Q&A session. During the Q&A session, Riordan announced he is working on the third book in The Kane Chronicles series with an expected May 2012 release, keeping quiet about the title.
During the trivia and costume contests, Riordan signed copies of his books for the fans.
Riordan is best known for the Percy Jackson series. The Son of Neptune hit shelves Tuesday, October 4.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced New York Times Best-selling author Rick Riordan, best known for the Percy Jackson novels, will be writing a new series based on Norse mythology. The first novel will be released in fall 2015.
Riordan’s latest novel The Son of Neptune was released Tuesday, October 4. The Son of Neptune is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series.
A man from Anaheim will be spending some time in jail after pleading guilty to importing $2 million worth of fake Disney pins from China that he had planned to sell online.
Robert Edward Smyrak, 52, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the sale of counterfeit goods and felony manufacturing. Smyrak was also given three years probation and was ordered to pay restitution. The amount Smyrak must pay Disney will be determined during a scheduled hearing for November 16.
The co-defendant, Larry James Allred, 57, still faces trademark counterfeit charges, including felony manufacturing and sale of counterfeit goods. Allred is also facing sentencing enhancements for two prior convictions — one conviction of rape in 1975 and multiple kidnapping and rape convictions in 1978. Allred remains in custody under $1 million bail, and has his next court date on October 12.
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