Disneyland has decorated construction walls along the Rivers of America with posters honoring the park’s history as construction gets underway on the major 14-acre Star Wars project. With Star Wars popularity at an all-time high, the massive expansion project has been placed on the fast track and Harrison Ford will help unveil new details on the new land in an upcoming special on Disneyland’s ongoing 60th Anniversary Celebration. Meanwhile, refurbishments continue in both parks as tons of new merchandise hit store shelves.
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Disneyland’s new Star Wars project will be unprecedented in terms of scale for the park, dedicating 14 acres to a single property with massive new facades, rock work, and massive E-Ticket attractions that dwarf even Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones Adventure. Below, a map showing how the new land is expected to impact Disneyland’s landscape once completed in late 2018.
In Critter Country, views of the River recently disappeared behind construction walls and now classic Disneyland attraction posters decorate the walls.
MiceChat forum member TFN5459 recently sparked debate when they noticed the Nature’s Wonderland poster (the only extinct attraction poster on the construction walls) had swapped “via the Mine Train Thru Rainbow Caverns” with “via the Disneyland Railroad.” Could the edit to the original poster be hinting at something Disney has yet to announce?
With the Hungry Bear’s downstairs dining area completely enclosed in construction walls, Disney has added posters with the backstory of the Rivers of America, along with the Mark Twain’s attraction poster and travel posters depicting the River’s different regions.
It’s great to see signage like this and the Rivers of America signage at the Hungry Bear paying tribute to the park’s rich history as it undergoes controversial changes. Hopefully it’s a sincere indication that the changes to the River and Frontierland are being taken seriously and with care.
Nearby, construction walls have expanded on Big Thunder Trail, blocking views of the old Mine Train thru Nature’s Wonderland tunnel, preventing views of construction from around the wall.
Our friend Foxxy from the excellent Passport to Dreams Old and New blog recorded this point-of-view video of the old Mine Train tunnel and lake, just days before the walls expanded, blocking the view.
In addition to the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America, several other attractions in both parks closed over the weekend.
Disney recently announced the “Frozen” show in Fantasy Faire’s Royal Theatre will soon glow away. The “Frozen” show will end its run when the “Beauty and the Beast” show returns later this spring.
The bridge to Adventureland reopened last week after a brief refurbishment.
In Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” is closed to remove its holiday overlay. While the ride is down, some repaving around the queue is underway.
In Tomorrowland, Autopia remains closed through late April for refurbishment as it prepares to welcome its new sponsor, Honda.
In Disney California Adventure, the repeatedly-delayed Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction is still behind walls.
Across from Cars Land’s main entrance, the Blue Sky Cellar continues to get some work done. The facility, which has been closed since Disney California Adventure’s successful relaunch in 2012, will play host to Annual Passholder events this month.
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