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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Work continues at 20th Century Music and on the China Closet facade

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)

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Passholder Perks

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.

Below, the scavenger hunt pamphlet given out for last week’s “Live the Adventure!” theme.

A look at last week’s “Main Street to Mickey Mouse” pamphlet:

A look at the offerings in Disney California Adventure’s Stage 17.

Cartoon screenings

Come to Disneyland to color

Free recipe cards

Free water and popcorn

AP Pin preview

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?

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.

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Relocating Backstage

The Circle D Ranch and stables look like the first major backstage facility to glow away as part of the Star Wars expansion construction.

Rivers of America

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.

Tractors on the riverbanks.

Meanwhile, the Mark Twain Riverboat is ramping up its entertainment offerings while the River is closed.

Princess Tiana, Louis the Alligator and Dr. Facilier from Princess and the Frog can be found wandering the Riverboat throughout the day. Dr. Facilier was on deck when we visited.

Tables and chairs have been added to the lower level as well as in front of the stage on the second level.

The tables and chairs on the second level provide great seating for the Strawhatters, who now perform throughout the day on the Mark Twain’s second-level stage.

It is an absolute treat to enjoy some live music on the Twain. This is a not-to-be-missed experience!

Enjoy a bit of live music on the Riverboat:

Back on Big Thunder Trail, a peek past Big Thunder Mountain shows that work has begin clearing out Big Thunder Ranch and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

The stage and awning structure are still in place but it looks like the area around is being cleared so the rest can be dismantled and removed next.

Walls and CAUTION tape can be seen through the foliage on the hillside near the area where the abandoned mine tunnel from Nature’s Wonderland is.

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.

Refurbishment Round-Up

In addition to the major Star Wars expansion, several other projects continue in both parks.

Honk for Honda

In Tomorrowland, work continues on the Autopia as it gets a fresh look for its new sponsor.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dry

In Critter Country, Splash Mountain is closed through Feb. 18 for refurbishment.

Rollickin’ Along…

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.

Nearby, the Blue Sky Cellar is still getting some exterior work done.

Beyond the Berm

In the Esplanade, a couple of ticket booths on the Harbor Blvd. side of the plaza are closed for refurbishment.

Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the E-Ticket Pool is still closed for refurbishment.

Goofy’s Kitchen has reopened following its refurbishment

And the new tram fueling facility in the Pinocchio lot looks to be near completion.


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
February 15-21, 2016
Disneyland Park California Adventure
Monday: 8 am – 12 am
Tue.-Thu.: 9 am – 10 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 8 am – 12 am
Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm
Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 9 am – 9 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Closure and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park
  • Splash Mountain: Closed through February 18 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed February 29-March 3 for refurbishment.
  • 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!
  • Jungle Cruise: Closed January 11-May 5 to remove holiday overlay and for extended refurbishment.
  • Autopia: Closed January 11-April 28 for refurbishment.
Disney California Adventure
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters: New attraction opens early 2016.
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed through March 13 for refurbishment.
  • 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.
  • World of Color: Closed January 19-February 1 for refurbishment.
Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels
  • E-Ticket Pool, Disneyland Hotel: Closed for refurbishment.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen, Disneyland Hotel: Closed for refurbishment.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

February 15-21

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun

  • Expect another hot week with 90s to start, a cool-down in the middle, heating up by the weekend.
  • Small chance of rain later this week. Don’t let it ruin your fun!
  • Not only is it hot, it’s also President’s day so expect higher than usual crowds for a Monday.
  • Grizzly River Run is closed this week. Find other ways to cool off using our “cool zones” category.

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