Disneyland‘s winter off-season is now in full swing but despite numerous attractions being closed for refurbishment or construction, crowds continue to hit the parks to see Disneyland’s ongoing 60th Anniversary celebration. Among the closures is, of course, the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad which will undergo major changes as part of the park’s huge 14-acre Star Wars-themed expansion gets underway. The River and Railroad closures will stretch well into 2017 but other projects around the parks now in progress will wrap up throughout the spring, including work at the Jungle Cruise, Autopia, and Soarin’.
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Disneyland’s Star Wars Land expansion will get serious this week as construction walls go up today, closing Big Thunder Trail. Scrims and walls have already gone up at the Hungry Bear Restaurant, blocking views of the Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad locomotives are already parked for the next year and a half.
Last week we showed you the new Disneyland Railroad photo-ops that will be in place while the Railroad is closed to accommodate Star Wars construction.
The train parked at Main Street Station has been shortened and the Lilly Belle has been brought out. Railroad conductors can open the Lilly Belle Presidential Car for you to peek into but unfortunately guests cannot enter. Windows are open, however, and you can still get an up-close look.
A similar railroad experience can be found at the New Orleans Square Station. Last week we noted the ability to step inside the caboose at the New Orleans Square station but that was no longer an option this week. It seems as though this experience is still being adjusted before construction gets underway.
On the Rivers of America, the Columbia remains docked at the Frontier Landing. The ship is open for exploration while the Mark Twain Riverboat is in dry dock at Fowler’s Harbor getting some TLC.
Big Thunder Trail is now closed, starting today as work gets underway on removing Big Thunder Ranch, the Jamboree area, and carving out new paths and walkways that will lead to the new Star Wars land.
In addition to the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America, several other attractions in both parks closed over the weekend.
In Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” is still celebrating the holidays while the Haunted Mansion sheds its holiday overlay.
Autopia’s big refurbishment project is underway as it prepares to welcome Honda as its new sponsor.
In Adventureland, the Jungle Cruise remains closed. The Skipper School we showed you last week is still taking place in front of the construction but with additional props and concept art on the wall.
In Disney California Adventure, no changes to be seen at the Hyperion as the new Frozen musical begins to move in.
Cars Land is getting ready to open the new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction. The ride’s new marquee signage has been installed outside and banners are going up on lampposts surrounding the ride.
Soarin’ Over California remains dark while programming for the new “Soarin’ Over the World” ride takes place inside.
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 18-24, 2016
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|Monday: 8 am – 11 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 8 am – 11 pm
Friday: 9 am – 11 pm< Saturday: 8 am – 11 pm< Sunday: 9 am – 11 pm
|Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm
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