The spooky season is well under way at Disneyland and we aren’t just talking about pumpkins on Main Street. This week brought news that Disney will soon be rerouting the Rivers of America, as well as the Disneyland Railroad, to make extra room for the upcoming Star Wars Land. While Disney will likely do a very good job with the revised river experience, it’s still a frightening proposition for those of us fans who love the quiet escape of the Northwest corner of Disneyland’s wilderness. Today, we’ll take you on a tour of the true back woods of Disneyland. It will be at least a couple of years before we see the final result of the river redo, so let’s enjoy things the way the are while we still can.
Entering Disneyland, you’ll see that they’ve done a great job of blending Halloween with the 60th Anniversary decor.
Rivers of America
We thought now would be a good time to take a ride around the Rivers of America and give the old girl some much deserved glamour shots. So we climbed aboard the venerated Mark Twain and headed into one of the most delightful and immersive experiences in the theme park industry.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Why? Because we love it.
The big project for the short term is the reinvented Innoventions building and the associated Star Wars and Marvel additions coming to Tomorrowland later this winter. We’re looking forward to Seasons of the Force.
New Popcorn Cart
Here’s something cute . . . a new popcorn cart with an adorable inhabitant . . .
Pirates of the Caribbean returns
Pirates was down for a two week refurbishment. They likely made some enhancements which allow all rows of the boats to be loaded again. They hadn’t been loading the back row of the boats since a safety incident at Walt Disney World last year in which a guest lost the tips of two fingers he had been dangling in the water.
And now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company . . .
We’ll see you again really soon folks. Andy Castro returns with a full Disneyland update on Monday. We hope we’ve provided you with some beautiful images to tide you over (much thanks to Norman Gidney for the great shots today).
Now that you’ve had some time to think about it, how would you like Disney to handle the reworking and shortening of the river? Do you want them to keep some or all of the current show scenes and simply relocate them? Or would you like them to work new magic? The best ideas always come from you folks. Let’s hear your thoughts about how to satisfy the fans and ensure that the river remains vibrant for decades to come.