Disneyland refurbishments continue as Route 66 gets repaved in Cars Land

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

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Published on May 13, 2013 at 5:05 am with 22 Comments

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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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  1. Thanks for the great update!

    Poor Duffy, I’m kinda rooting for that underdog/Eeyore now. As a stuffed animal he looks far nicer for a kid to hug than the typical Disney ones. And any non-movie tie-in is kinda refreshing.

    • I agree. At first though, I was hesitant about an unknown bear added to the mix. A non-movie tie-in is great!

      Is Starbucks still going to arrive in Disneyland? I seriously wish it wouldn’t invade like it has in DCA. My point is, I feel like Disney should be providing experiences that we can’t get outside of the parks. Sure, they have Coca-Cola, Ghirardelli, and Dryers among other things, but those aren’t as common in a shop form. Starbucks? Every corner. Ghirardelli? You’d be lucky to find one in your town. Coke? It’s not a shop in DLR. I know it won’t have much effect at all, but I’ll stick to Starbucks outside of the parks.

      • You probably haven’t been to the Refreshment Corner, Hosted by Coca-Cola on the end of Main Street USA. That location has been sponsored by Coke since 1955, and even has the famous Coca-Cola Tiffany lamps hanging at the entrance. And of course, Coca-Cola has been using the word “Refreshment” in its advertising since World War II and practically has that word copyrighted.

        You probably also didn’t see the Country Bear Jamboree, Presented by Pepsi-Cola where the MC Henry said “You’ve got a lot to live, and the Country Bears have a lot to give” which was a direct line from Pepsi’s national marketing campaign in the 1960′s and early 1970′s with the jingle “You’ve got a lot to live, and Pepsi’s got a lot to give!”.

        Or the Golden Horseshoe show also sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, with the giant Pepsi logo on the curtains of the Golden Horseshoe stage. Here’s the fabulous Betty Taylor, the Horseshoe hostess for 25 years in front of the giant Pepsi-Cola curtain at the Horseshoe. Just say “Pepsi, please!” http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v470/bananaphone5000/GORILLA3/7-17-68_GHR_12.jpg

        Or what about the original coffee shop on Main Street, the Hills Brothers

  2. Duffy is adorable. Go Duffy!!! :-)

  3. Has DOSH reviewed and approved the repaving and painting of Route 66 yet?

    • That’s a good question. I’m sure they wouldn’t want anyone tripping over the markings.

      • Well something strange is going on with those markings. They’ve been paved/painted over black again. Perhaps they need to invent a white paint that’s slip proof when wet.

  4. It seems to be an especially long remodeling job to convert space for Starbucks.

    • Right? Especially without any real exterior modifications.

  5. Great column Andy! Beautiful photos.

    Was at the resort on Sunday and everything was in full bloom, just in time for Mother’s Day. Absolutely beautiful gardens. I sure do wish that the Disneyland Resort would do a Flower and Garden Festival like they do at Epcot.

    • That sounds like a fabulous idea, Dusty!

    • Wouldn’t that be nice…will pass it on…

  6. This DOSH thing is getting out of hand.

  7. Thanks for the update!

  8. Good to see GCH getting some love. When we were there last fall the furniture was looking pretty shabby. The rockers by the fireplace were scuffed up and the cushions were looking worn, as were the cushions on other chairs throughout the lobby. Anyone know if they’ve replaced the worn out furniture and cushions?

  9. Mickey is looking a bit odd, I guess that’s what happens when you talk LOL.

  10. Why is the dotted line in cars land white? It’s not a one way is it? Shouldn’t it be yellow?

    • That’s the way roads were marked in the 1950′s and 1960′s. Yellow came in later. :)

  11. Great update!

    Currently at the resort. Today, the markings on the street in Cars Land have disappeared.

    • Pixar’s recon team probably didn’t like the way they turned out. John Lassetter has the ability to make TDA jump if he says jump.

  12. As always Andy, my deepest thanks for a wonderful update. Bringing us the details and changes that us far away folks can’t see in person.
    That Buena Vista Street Mickey in the Newsboys show is the cutest! He is wearing the BEST outfit!

  13. I’m going to my grad night on June 12th. Can you go a little more in depth for Grad Night or maybe even go to one to show crowd sizes and what not? I’d be so grateful!