Changes underway in Cars Land as Gay Days brings thousands to Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Cars Land, Dateline Disneyland, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on October 08, 2012 at 5:09 am with 28 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Redd Rockett


    As always, thank you for your update this week.

    A comment about the Fantasy Faire project that bothers me a little bit:

    One of the original buildings just to the right of the old Carnation Plaza dance floor is a two story wooden building with a big square window on the second floor facing the hub. The progress photo posted today shows a steel frame structure going up around it. The fact that Disney has chosen to box in this old structure rather than tear it down may be revealing something about their design approach to this new area……

    1. The design team charged with changing over this area may have been told they had to work within a specified budget so rather than starting with a clean slate, they were forced to work around the existing structures. I think this may be the case, after all they aren’t tearing down the circular dance floor cover either.

    2. The City of Anaheim and the State of California may drive new higher property tax requirements on a new structure. Remodeling the old one with this sloppy boxed-in approach may be a way around it.

    Either way, I’m disappointed that the imagineers appear to have been given some severe limitations on what they were going to be allowed to do. This is not good construction practice and Disney should always be striving for the best possible show first and not settle for sloppy work like this.


    • Ravjay12

      It’s actually part of Rancho Del Zocallo Mexican restaurant structure and restrooms pass thru. The wooden building above is just a facade with no purpose. To tear it down they probably would have had to rip into the restrooms. The structure itself isn’t as old as the stage. They built it in the late 90′s? They could’ve just repainted the old facade there if they wanted to be cheap. They are building out the rest of it to house the meet and greets. From the models and concept drawings it looks like its going to be well themed. This was probably the best way to change it without tearing into a perfectly good restaurant.

  • Tinkbelle

    I was thinking the same thing, bummerkit.

    We missed Dateline Disneyland last week, Andy! Glad you are back. It may be time to update the refurb schedule, though.

  • TodAZ1

    They’re going to sell balloons anyway. They’re going to sell t-shirts anyway. And cookies. And antennae toppers. The fact that they were mindful enough to know their guests and cater to them is awesome.

    I love it!!!

    I also love the Oswald t-shirt!!

  • Tinkbelle

    Yeah, they will sell those things anyway, but I think they knew they would sell much MORE of those things if they catered to the large group of visitors who were there celebrating something.

    The red balloons were pretty.

    • TodAZ1

      It’s along the same lines of selling Christmas items at Christmas. Halloween at Halloween. I mean, would anyone buy a 4th of July t-shirt at Thanksgiving? Probably not.

      • Tinkbelle

        I agree with you. Just because they do the candlelight ceremonies or sell Christmas stuff, does not mean they support Christianity or at least not over other religions. They do things to make money. People who are in the parks to celebrate Halloween may be more likely to buy a treat or merchandise if it is Halloween themed etc. It is knowing your customer and marketing. They take advantage of special events and occasions to make money. If they know there is going to be a large influx of a people celebrating something it makes sense to market to them.

  • Timekeeper

    On Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port, I have to wonder why they picked various shades of yellow? (Is it because it’s shades of cheese, pasta and Alfredo sauce?) Also, great update.


  • ayalexander

    I don’t like the paint job of Pizza Port… it resembles the old copper tones of the “New Tomorrowland 1998″. You’d think they’d go with shades of blue, white and silver like the rest of tomorrowland…
    Disney may be making profit on those things for Gay Days, but like someone else said, they are going to sell those things anyway and think about what Walt would say: “Its what the guests want”

  • troyer

    Thanks for the update Andy. I missed not seeing it last week.

  • Nathan Parrish

    Completely agree with your assessment of WDW. I have the opposite perspective in that I have been going to WDW since the 1970′s and my first trip to Disneyland wasn’t until 2002, but feel the exact same way.