While Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is proving to be a financial success for the resort, something even bigger is just around the bend.  At the moment, there are several projects underway at the resort and plenty more fixes that could be made to make the upcoming holidays really sparkle. Today, we’ll take you on a journey and show you all of the ongoing projects inside the parks as well as a few things we have noticed that deserve some attention.

CITY HALL
The facade at City Hall continues to received the TLC it deserves. As is now the practice in photogenic areas of the park, a painted scrim covers the building to help obscure the construction and provide a familiar look to the project.

FANTASY FAIRE VILLAGE
At the future home of Disneyland’s top princesses, more steel framing has become visible. The variety of facades and rooftops shows promise of a varied and detailed final product.

CASEY JR CIRCUS TRAIN AND STORYBOOKLAND CANAL BOATS
Here are the latest photos from the Casey Jr, Storybookland complex.

PIRATE’S LEAGUE
So the Pirate’s league has been open for some time now in New Orleans Square.  This is Disney’s attempt to draw little boys into the dress up market as the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique has been a real hit and cash cow for the park.  Let’s look at the prices.


How much is a Jake and the Neverland Pirates figure?

$26.95


Well, what if you just want a costume for the young boy?

For $64.95 your son can be a pirate.  Swords are extra of course.

The little girls can get away with only paying $55 for their pirate princess outfits

The prices here are steep.  It’s no surprise that we often find this location nearly empty, with cast members standing around killing time.

TOONTOWN
We really wish that we had more positive things to say about Toon Town.  But the fact is that the place needs some work.  There are some lingering issues that persist that need to get some attention.

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
This just in, Bennie the cab is still missing.

Minnie’s House
Over at Minnie’s house, the crews are taking care of a bit of yard work and irrigation behind the fences.

The hills are still peeling.

Chip n’ Dales Treehouse
Shortly after opening,  the ball pit near the Chip and Dales Treehouse was shuttered.  But now without  good reason, as it developed into a sort of petri dish and dumping ground dipper related contents (to say it nicely).  But the space sits empty to this day, collecting leaves and dust.  Couldn’t this spot have been redeveloped and reworked?  If nothing else, they could at least seal off the wall or create a little meet and greet space. Instead, it just looks vacant and sad. What would you MiceChatters do with this location if you were in charge?

Still empty after all these years.

Five and Dime
Continuing the theme of dilapidation, we visit the Five and Dime retail location, the Gag-O-Matic glove conveyors are still stationary.  This clever bit of decoration used to add a kinetic, cartoonish feel to the store, but has been left broken down for years now.  Won’t this ever be fixed? Or is this just another example of the long decline of ToonTown in general?

FANTASYLAND THEATRE
The theatre, once home to the Princess Fantasy Faire, continues to be transformed into a performance space again.  At the same time, the exterior of the restrooms nearby are getting some work done too.

Note that the Princess Fantasy Faire sign is still visible and has yet to be removed.

REDD ROCKETT’S PIZZA PORT
The Pizza Port has come out from under refurbishment and the paint job looks fine, if a tad unnecessary.  Instead of the prior red tones we now find a gradient in shades of orange.

The sign is all sparkly and new.

Looking closer, we do see painted, chipped plywood inside the sponge-painted circle inserts.  Cheap.

Sadly, the interior is looking dated and the menu as boring as ever. This was once a favorite spot of ours, but the food has been on a steady decline for years and the inefficient scramble-serve system never really worked in this location (and your food is always cold by the time you are done waiting in line to pay). What do you think folks, is it time for Pizza Port to receive a refresh?

it’s a small world
Just a heads up, it’s a small world will be closing Monday, October 22 for the annual Small World Holiday overlay.

The little anamatronic children of the world are waiting for you to visit them one more time before they don their holiday apparel

 

 

 

CARTHAY
Construction hedges have suddenly appeared in front of the Carthay Circle theater. We were told that there were crews out looking at the Terazzo floor entrance and taking measurements.  Are repairs on the way?

We have to admit that we really like the look of the hedge walls instead of ugly plywood construction walls. A classy move by Disney.

CARS LAND
New telephone polls have appeared on the right hand side of the street in Cars Land.  The rumor is that it is in preparation for elaborate new Christmas decorations that are coming to Cars Land just after Halloween.

Ramone’s Body Shop
As Al Lutz reported, work is going full steam to expand the wildly successful Ramone’s Body Shop retail location in Cars Land.  The space originally planed for fast pass distribution for Radiator Springs Racers never opened with the land and is now being reworked for store expansion.  Meanwhile, the line for Guest Assistance return times is now just outside in front of the Lube-O-Rama and Oil Pan facade.

Store expansion taking place just behind these garage doors.

And that’s what’s new at the Disneyland Resort this week. The heat has finally broken and the weather has been much cooler, but has also brought some rain to the resort. In spite of numerous refurbishment projects, now is a lovely time to visit the parks.