Disney California Adventure turns 15 today and Disney will commemorate the occasion with a special ceremony at the opening of the park this morning. Meanwhile, the park celebrated the Lunar New Year over the weekend and treated Annual Passholders to special events and activities over the week as part of the Resort’s AP Days. Over at Disneyland, construction on the new Star Wars expansion is slowly getting underway, both in the park and in backstage areas. In Frontierland, Disneyland’s traditional breakfast at River Belle Terrace has migrated over to Rancho del Zocalo, as the River Belle prepares to roll out table service later this week.
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In Frontierland, an old orchestrion, formerly on display in Main Street Station has moved into the back of Silver Spur Supplies. It’s been refurbished and is working in top-notch condition. A real little hidden gem.
Meanwhile, Disney California Adventure turns 15 today. Disney will be marking the occasion this morning at park opening with a “special moment.”
Join us for a special moment near Carthay Circle Theater tomorrow at rope drop as we celebrate a magical milestone! pic.twitter.com/RhQHyWEV1D
— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) February 8, 2016
The park, which initially struggled to find an audience, underwent a multi-year $1 billion re-imagining and expansion project that finished in 2012. That revitalization project, which included Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, helped turned the park around and is now seen as a successful and worthy counterpart to Disneyland.
|Happy Lunar New Year!|
Disney California Adventure hosted its annual Happy Lunar New Year Celebration in Paradise Garden over the weekend. This is such a great cultural offering and I’m always happy to see it return every year. If only Disney expanded it to run for a couple weekends.
Last week Disneyland launched AP Days, a month of special activities, movie screenings, and events for Annual Passholders that will run through the end of February. At Disneyland, Annual Passholders can enjoy daily screenings of vintage Disney programs in the Main Street Opera House starting at 5 p.m.
At Disney California Adventure, Stage 17 features screenings of cartoon shorts, activities, character meet-and-greets, and free popcorn and water. The venue was closed on Sunday but Cast Members said it was expected to reopen today, Monday, February 8.
River Belle’s menu board announces the change and has a preview of the restaurant’s new southern barbecue menu on display. (Click for larger version)
We tried the chilaquiles, which were just okay. The crunch that comes from the tortilla chips in traditional chilaquiles isn’t found here as the layered chips is pre-made and served from a steam tray. It still packs enough flavor for Disney Mexican food, though.
|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.
In order to get construction underway, Disneyland is working on clearing out backstage facilities which will be bulldozed as the land they sit on will eventually become home to Star Wars Land.
Inside the park, not much has changed from the guest perspective. The Rivers of America remain closed but none of it has been drained yet.
At New Orleans Square station, tables have been added to the queue area with Railroad information available for reading and coloring available for kids.
In addition to the major Star Wars expansion, several other projects continue in both parks.
Jungle Cruise remains closed through early May.
In Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” has reopened with is traditional show.
Autopia’s refurbishment and repainting project continues in Tomorrowland as the attraction gets ready to welcome its new sponsor when it reopens in late-April.
In Cars Land, there’s no visible progress at delayed Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction. Pre-recorded safety spiels could be heard from behind construction walls on Sunday but no other progress could be seen.
Temporary lighting is up in Cars Land and along Paradise Bay as Disney prepares to film segments for its upcoming “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” TV special, which airs later this month and will feature actor Josh Gad along with numerous other celebrities.
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the E-Ticket Pool is closed for resurfacing.
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