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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20th Century Music is closed for refurbishment

Esmeralda recently received new fortune cards. The new fortunes cleverly reference attractions and areas of Disneyland.

Below, a look at a few of the new cards. (Click to enlarge)

China Closet is missing a door while it gets some work done. The shop remains open.




The Frontier Awakens

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.

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Rivers of America

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?

Signage lets guests know the Hungry Bear restrooms are open during construction

The construction walls along the walkway to the Hungry Bear’s lower level have been replaced with higher walls

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.

Upstairs, you can kind of see through the scrims that enclose the dining areas.

Over at the Frontier Landing, new signage with historical information on the Mark Twain Riverboat has been added.

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.

Big Thunder Trail

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.

You can catch glimpses of the work near Big Thunder Mountain…

Refurbishment Round-Up

In addition to the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America, several other attractions in both parks closed over the weekend.

Defrosting

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.

Detour to Adventure

The bridge to Adventureland reopened last week after a brief refurbishment.

Nearby, Jungle Cruise remains closed until early May.

End of Season

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.

Honk for Honda

In Tomorrowland, Autopia remains closed through late April for refurbishment as it prepares to welcome its new sponsor, Honda.

Some of the rock work in Autopia’s off-roading area is now a darker brown

Rollickin’ Along…

In Disney California Adventure, the repeatedly-delayed Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction is still behind walls.

No official announcement date has been announced and training for attraction Cast Members has been scheduled and canceled multiple times.

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.

Merch Madness

Around the parks, new merchandise continues to hit the shelves. New seasonal holiday plush are available now.

Easter

St. Patrick’s Day

In the China Closet, new Alice in Wonderland-themed garden items are available just in time for the spring.

New wind chime

Hummingbird feeder

New line of blue Mickey paisley/pattern merchandise

New apron

More of the new 28 & Main line for men has made its way to California.

Leather wallet

Duffel bag

Carry-on bag

The huge line of 2016 merchandise is also available now…


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
February 1-7, 2016
Disneyland Park California Adventure
Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
Monday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Wed.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Closure and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park
  • Disneyland Railroad: Closed for over a year starting January 11 while the Railroad path is rerouted for Star Wars Land.
  • Rivers of America: All River traffic and attractions are closed for over a year starting on January 11 while Star Wars Land construction reduces and reroutes the northern portion of the River. The extended closure includes:
    • Mark Twain Riverboat
    • Sailing Ship Columbia
    • Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
    • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
    • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
    • Fantasmic!
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday: Closed January 11-21 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Jungle Cruise: Closed January 11-May 5 to remove holiday overlay and for extended refurbishment.
  • Autopia: Closed January 11-April 28 for refurbishment.
  • “it’s a small world”: Closed January 25-February 4 to remove holiday overlay.
Disney California Adventure
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters: New attraction opens early 2016.
  • Soarin’ Over California: Closed January 25-28, February 1-4 to install new Soarin’ Over the World attraction.
  • Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular: Closed permanently starting January 11. A “Frozen”-inspired musical stage show will take its place.
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed January 11-14 for refurbishment.
  • World of Color: Closed January 19-February 1 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Closed indefinitely.
Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels
    None.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

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  • We expect a sunny week at the parks, with temperatures into the high 70s by the weekend — so expect crowds to tick up a bit. However, there are a lot of empty hotel rooms this week.
  • Enjoy the return of “it’s a small world” on Tuesday, and the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration starting Saturday at California Adventure’s Paradise Garden.
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Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.
  • Harrison Ford will unveil new details about Disneyland’s Star Wars expansion during “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” (EW)
  • Disneyland recently relocated its oldest building, the Pope House, to a new backstage location. (OC Register)
  • Disneyland honored the real-life hero behind Disney’s “The Finest Hours” recently in the park. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • ACT Anaheim honored as Disneyland’s latest Million Dollar Dazzle recipient. (OC Register)
  • An armed man with a Quran was recently arrested at Disneyland Paris. (New York Times)
  • China’s poor air quality may result in ban on Shanghai Disneyland’s fireworks shows. (Shanghaist)
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