Grab your rose gold colored glasses and let’s take a look at the many current projects at Disneyland. Before the new droids roll off the assembly line next year, lots of little changes will be made to the park to support the expected increase in crowds (read more from David Koenig HERE). Among those enhancements will be the Tropical Hideaway, which will take over Aladdin’s Oasis. We’ve already seen crowd flow projects in Adventureland and Tomorrowland as well as stroller parking projects to free up walkways. Let’s explore what’s happening inside the berm today and we’ll show you the tremendous amount of projects happening elsewhere in the resort later this week.


“Welcome to our Tropical Hideaway you lucky people you” . . . Aladdin’s Oasis in Adventureland is about to get a tiki revival. But don’t get too excited. While this update will make better use of the nearly derelict food service location, it won’t be the full-service restaurant and show as we had hoped for. This isn’t Tahitian Terrace. What the Tropical Hideaway will be is a market area with seating. A place to grab a snack and relax.  Better than nothing and helps create an out of the way nook in the otherwise crowded Adventureland.

THE TROPICAL HIDEAWAY IN ADVENTURELAND AT DISNEYLAND PARK (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The former Aladdin’s Oasis will soon be transformed into The Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland at Disneyland park. The one-of-a-kind destination will be a popular rest stop for Adventureland locals and weary explorers alike, where guests will be able to enjoy an exotic traders’ market, featuring all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the tropics. (Disneyland Resort)

From the concept art, you can see that they intend to open up the space to both Jungle Cruise and Adventureland. With as tight and crowded as Adventureland usually feels, this will be a welcome escape. . . even if we would rather have a dinner show here.

Since Aladdin’s Oasis has been closed longer than it was opened, many folks may never have seen the detailed patio. Let’s take a look around.

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Rose Golden Dreams

Disneyland has struck gold . . . ROSE GOLD that is . . .

Eureka! Rose gold ears can now be found throughout the resort.
This vein of rose gold (ears) was found at a kiosk just across from the DL-side entrance to WOD.
The Mother Lode! At the Emporium, they don’t even bother putting them on shelves. These rolling racks sell out so fast that they don’t even bother.

Because Rose Gold ears aren’t enough . . . Meet Rose Gold Churros:

A rose gold churro can be yours for the low, low price of $5.25. Apparently rose gold tastes like strawberry.

The Great Walls of Disneyland

Good news! The walls are beginning to recede.  Both the Hub and Town Square are now unwrapped.  New walls have gone up near the Trolley gate.

But the Great Wall of Disneyland still stretches from Town Square all the way to the Hub.

The walls don’t stop at the end of Main Street. They can be found near Casey Jr., Dumbo, and It’s a Small World too.

Dumbo will return with an enhanced and relocated queue.

Look out! Pink Elephants!

Casey Jr. is also closed for some tiny improvements.

Just down the road at it’s a small world, there’s an interesting project taking place. The parade gate is moving just a bit South to accommodate a larger queue and stroller parking for the attraction. The ride remains open even though it make not look like it.

New tracks and bricks

The unwrapped trolley tracks are now visible around the Hub and Town Square. The new tracks and bricks themselves look pretty good.

I always thought I would never get stranger looks from people than when I would take pictures of Disneyland trash cans. It turns out I was wrong.
The bricks and tracks have a bit of an aged look to them.

The only strangeness is the multiple types of brick next to each other when you see the new trolley bricks next to the bricks in the Hub and Town Square.

Separated by the blacktop of Main Street it all looks great. It’s just when you see the different brick types next to each other that it becomes visual dissonance.  

Splash-less Mountain

Splash is getting a lengthy refurbishment. Disney hasn’t released a reopening date yet.

As long as they fix the animatronics and lighting I’ll be happy.


Around the parks

Now that we’ve got the bigger news items out of the way, let’s have some fun!

Have you ever ridden Buzz Lightyear with an eye on the details rather than just trying to shoot the targets? There’s a lot of fun stuff in there.

Spring flowers are also popping up all over Disneyland.

I still think Pirates is one of the best attractions ever built.

On Saturday the lights on both skeletons in the first scene after the second drop were not working.

And one of the hardest attractions to take good photos . . .

Haunted Mansion has so many amazing details.

And the attraction you ride when there isn’t a line . . . Pooh . . .

The look you get when you open your credit card bill after a trip to Disney.

The beautiful pink Pau d’Arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) trees are in full bloom behind Walt and Mickey in Disneyland’s central hub.

Have a great week!

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