Disneyland celebrated the Denver Bronco‘s Super Bowl victory last week with a special parade featuring Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Meanwhile, work continues to get underway on Disneyland’s massive new Star Wars-themed expansion, as trees are cleared along the Rivers of America and backstage facilities begin relocation and demolition. Elsewhere in the Resort, refurbishments continue from Critter Country to the Disneyland Hotel.
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A couple of readers asked to see the antique orchestrion we showed you last week in Frontierland in action. Below, a video clip:
|He went to Disneyland!|
On Monday, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrated his Super Bowl 50 win with a visit to Disneyland. The quarterback was featured in the post-Super Bowl victory parade down Main Street, U.S.A., a Disney Parks tradition since the late-1980s. (Photo © Disney)
Disneyland continued their AP Days last week with the “Live the Adventure” theme. In reality, the offerings didn’t change much from the week prior, save for a a few details including a new collectible button being given out and a scavenger hunt pamphlet.
|Table Service Terrace|
The River Belle Terrace reopened last week with its new southern barbecue-style table service menu. The new BBQ menu fills the void leftover from the loss of the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, but serves up barbecue dishes at high prices without the Ranch’s all-you-can-eat service.
Blogger at Touring Plans and friend of the blog Guy Selga shared photos from his meal at River Belle Terrace last week and noted that the Pork Spare Ribs tasted just like those served at Big Thunder Ranch. For comparison, the Pork Spare Ribs entree (with four ribs and two sides) at River Belle Terrace comes in at $23 and the all-you-care-to-eat dinner at Big Thunder Ranch was about $32. Which is the better value?
My River Belle Terrace meal: the spareribs. They taste exactly like BTR BBQ pic.twitter.com/TJyKOkSvLC
— Guy Selga (@guyselga) February 12, 2016
As for the outdoor patio, most of it is currently still open. The large section between the River Belle entrance and Stage Door Cafe is open for all guests, which is great for the average guest and those picking up quick service meals from Stage Door Cafe or the Golden Horseshoe.
The small patio area between the River Belle’s entrance and the Pirates of the Caribbean queue is what’s currently reserved exclusively for River Belle guests. Diners can also sit inside the restaurant.
|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.
Inside the park, trees along the Rivers of America are behind removed. Guests can get a hazy glimpse at the removal of the wilderness through the scrims on the upper level of the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Enjoy a bit of live music on the Riverboat:
We expect the Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland tunnel to remain, but the surrounding area will be redeveloped as the Native American village moves closer to the tunnel on the Rivers of America side, and a new pathway to Star Wars Land will open up just north of the tunnel and pond.
In addition to the major Star Wars expansion, several other projects continue in both parks.
In Tomorrowland, work continues on the Autopia as it gets a fresh look for its new sponsor.
In Critter Country, Splash Mountain is closed through Feb. 18 for refurbishment.
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is still behind walls… hopefully it’ll open soon…
The Boy Wizard up in Hollywood has begun soft openings but the only new ride at Disneyland this year — and a minor ride at that — is still behind walls.
In the Esplanade, a couple of ticket booths on the Harbor Blvd. side of the plaza are closed for refurbishment.
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