Disney California Adventure wraps up Cars Land as Disneyland celebrates its 58th anniversary

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

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Published on July 15, 2013 at 5:05 am with 36 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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  • WaltWaltWalt

    Great memories of the Matterhorn musicians from the 70′s…and the time the ride shut down while I had just reached the top of the mountain. I got to take the exposed elevator down the center of the mountain. They gave me a free ticket to ride again (yes they used tickets still).

  • DisWedWay

    Great picture of the ugly 1930 gas station down lights on the Big Thunder main gate sign. It used to have Dietz inspector lights as Golden Horseshoe still has. Please bring back the themed original lights Greg. The Big Thunder sign on the load building had a darker background maybe hunter green, which made it more readable. I have to check Daves photo’s.

  • SpacemanSpiff

    I attended a conference at the Anaheim Convention Center at the end of June 2012, and the exposed metal structure was very obvious as you drive onto Katella from the convention center parking lot near the Alpine Inn. At the same time, I don’t think I would have thought it was the back of Cars Land, except that I had been following the re-opening of DCA in the news, and I had seen graphics of the mountain range and how it was built.

    I agree with what someone posted earlier– that adding the scrims might be because the D23 Expo is coming to the convention center in August, and since it’s held only every two years, they didn’t have to worry about people seeing the unfinished backside of Cars Land last summer. From the photos posted in the report, my feeling is that the scrims don’t really look very good at all.

    Disney isn’t in the habit of putting up scrims to cover something for more than a few months, is it? I’m thinking about the scrims on the Main Street train station, the buildings on Main Street, the Mark Twain when it was in drydock. It’s possible that they Disney is getting ready to complete the mountain range on the backside.

    (Someone suggested in the discussion forum that Disney might be getting ready to expand with new attractions behind the mountain range, but there really isn’t any room on the side directly facing Katella Avenue.) I think it’s more likely that they want to make the visible parts of the park more attractive from the outside, like the Matterhorn, Space Mountain, the Twilight Zone Tower, or Paradise Pier.

  • DisWedWay

    Great interview with Disney Legend to be Tony Baxter. His recollections of life at WED in the early 70′s when First String WED Imagineers hired by Walt, some in their 60′s approaching 70, worked and mentored the new Second String WED Imagineers like Tony, was such a great period in WED Enterprises history, not duplicated today at WDI Imagineering. His mention of musical chairs after a big project was more true with today’s WDI Imagineering. In the WED days there was always something to keep the staff busy in refurbs, arcade games, updating models. The first Black Friday layoff during the Space Mountain design and the energy crisis, cut WED’s staff from less than 500 to just over 150, when management realized they had made a mistake and people would still go to Disneyland even if getting gas was hampered by odd and even days. Maybe Tony will talk about that strange time at WED.

  • WDWorldly

    DLR needs to improve the way the resort looks outside of the theme parks overall When first driving there years ago, someone traveling with us wondered why DCA looked like a cheap carnival from the outside…then again, 2006-era DCA, maybe that wasn’t so far off. It matters because it gives a poor impression sometimes. They need to address: the ugly backside of the Tower of Terror and Hyperion, the tacky and inadequate “Disneyland Resort” signs that greet people driving into and around the resort.

  • Larry Parker

    Thanks Andy for the updates and pictures. I am worried about what the interior of the Main Street Starbucks will look like. Will it be devoid of Main Street character, as apparently is the case with the WDW Main Street Starbucks? As much interior space as it will occupy, that would be a major downgrade of the Disneyland Main Street experience. Well, should that be the case, I intend to voice my complaint to Guest Services(as I hope others also would)with the hope that alterations would follow. Hopefully this won’t be necessary. But, for example, given the treatment of the Buena Vista Street window displays, it wouldn’t surprise me.

  • Marko50

    I hadn’t seen the Dapper Dan video till now, so I want to thank you for featuring all five Dan’s. Yes, I’m the one in the ‘chair. Unfortunately, I misplaced my mike, so had to lipsync that performance. ;-)

    So, who did I miss meeting behind the camera?

    • Marko50

      PS – Thanks for a great report, Andy!

  • TodAZ1

    The comment about the ‘cashier’ signs may be correct if the Emporium was always as uncrowded as when those pics are taken. But it’s THE most crowded place every night when the park closes and I’m positive the ‘cashier’ signs have been helpful.

    And I’m not really seeing the “desperate” angle of simply putting up a ‘Cashier’ sign above the registers.

  • paratka

    Great to see the Ellis Island Boys mentioned. They have a Facebook page w/ showtimes and days they play DCA. Always a must-see act on DCA visits!