It was a slower week for Disneyland Resort news, but there is still plenty for us to share with you. We have exclusive news for you on the reopening of Space Mountain which should make Gumball Rally teams very happy. While the Opera House continues a brief refurbishment, Disneyana and Market House are in process of consolidation into a single Starbucks location on Main Street, U.S.A.. Big Thunder is thankfully losing the big yellow crane that has towered above it for the past few months. And we check up on Disney California Adventure, where we learn that Cars Land has that sinking feeling. Literally.
The Disneyland Story, presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, is set to return this morning, Friday May 3rd. While no real changes are expected, the show should look fresh and new.
The Disneyana Market House closure is making way for a newly expanded Starbucks location. Exterior work is being done right now. Disney has papered up every window to keep the project as secret as possible. (SPOILER ALERT) No free refills.
SPACE MOUNTAIN – CLEARED FOR LAUNCH
The safety closure of Space Mountain will soon come to an end. In exclusive news sent to us last night, we have learned that state mandated changes to the attraction have been completed. The new stairwell inside the Space Mountain dome, required to meet DOSH requirements, has been finished. New training procedures for the Attractions and Facilities CM’s on how to use the new stairwell begins on Friday (May 3rd). With that, Space Mountain should be ready to reopen this weekend, three weeks after the attraction closure madness began in Anaheim. Thank goodness.
FINDING NEMO SUBMARINE VOYAGE
On the other side of Tomorrowland, the Nemo subs have been on again/off again for the past two weeks due to a “fire” in one of the subs. Apparently these problems stem from the aging batteries in the fleet of updated submersibles. All of the subs were refurbished at the same time and it would stand to reason that the other batteries might not be too far behind in needing to be replaced. Disneyland is being proactive about safety and replacement, so it reasons that they’ll replace all of the batteries and get the attraction back up to full speed quickly.
BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
This week, the iconic, yellow eyesore towering over the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad site was dismantled. Track installation has been completed and now the project will move forward with painting of the repaired rock work and scene refreshing.
In the meantime Rainbow ridge continues its reconstruction.
Some repairs were made to the foundation of the station, along the outer queue. New stacked rock can be seen here.
It appears that the far reaches of Frontierland are disappearing along the back waters of the Rivers of America. With the return of the Mark Twain, guests can easily travel along at a higher elevation, up on the third floor deck. This vantage point, allows one to be at eye level with the berm that Walt Disney built around the park to enclose Disneyland and keep the real world out. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal under normal circumstances. But as the older, larger trees die off and are removed, Disney has not been replacing them as they should. That, coupled with recent tree trimming make the backstage areas, make backstage, and even the Mickey and Friends parking structure, totally visible.
MICECHAT PODCAST #7
The MiceChat Podcast is back with a very special episode featuring lots of great news and surprises.
Animatronics super genius, Garner Holt, stops by to discuss his involvement with new projects opening at Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm. We’ll take a look at Mystic Manor, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Universal’s 25 year Evolution Plan, Disneyland ride closures and much more. Plus, find out the scoop on where Al Lutz has been hiding.
As we enter Disney California Adventure today, we see that the Storyteller statue is behind make-shift shrubbery for maintenance.
The art on the walls of the Animation building entrance just can’t seem to catch a break. Scuffed, scratched or graffitied, there is more touch up work going on near “once upon a time”. Making reparation particularly difficult is the cloudy blue pattern of the wall color. Shame that this can’t be fixed in a more elegant way.
The restrooms across from Soarin’ Over California are still under refurbishment. The closest restrooms from here are either Buena Vista Street or the ones near The Little Mermaid.
A strange new paving project has begun in Cars Land. Starting at the threshold of Cars Land and stretching all the way down to the courthouse, the outer perimeter of the street has been removed and replaced.
The resident Pixar team is a setup that exists only at the Disneyland Resort, even though Pixar attractions have been built at all of the other Disney resorts. The team routinely inspects the Pixar-based attractions in Anaheim to make sure they are looking their best. We are pretty lucky to have such a team keeping up on things here. Let’s just hope that if Cars Land ends up in Florida, that they get a similar team.
And that should cover things for this week from the Disneyland Resort. We would like to wish the teams of this weekend’s MiceChat Gumball Rally good luck! Play hard, be good sports, and may you roll on to victory! May the 4th be with you.