This morning, Disney California Adventure‘s major five-year expansion and remodeling efforts officially came to an end when Disney’s CEO Bob Iger rededicated the park at a grand reopening ceremony in front of the new Carthay Circle Theatre. Crowds of excited fans camped out overnight in the Disneyland Resort‘s Main Entrance Plaza, waiting to get their first glimpse at the newly re-imagined park and the moments following the splashy rededication ceremony were marked by thousands of excited guests rushing through Buena Vista Street toward the all-new 12-acre Cars Land. We’ve got a quick recap of today’s reopening here in this special edition of Dateline Disneyland.
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Disney California Adventure held it’s grand reopening ceremony this morning, capping off an extensive five-year remodeling and expansion effort culminating with the massive Cars Land and Buena Vista Street projects. The ceremony was held on a special stage in front of the new Carthay Circle Theatre at the end of the beautiful new Buena Vista Street main entrance plaza.
Disney Parks Chariman Tom Staggs shared his thoughts on today’s grand reopening on the Disney Parks Blog:
Today, we celebrate a defining moment in the history of the Disneyland Resort: the Grand Reopening of Disney California Adventure park.
Cars Land and Buena Vista Street are the culmination of a five-year journey that has infused the park with more of our guests’ favorite characters and stories, more attractions and entertainment and more of the creative touches that make a Disney Parks experience truly unique.
These new areas are examples of what we do best — transporting guests to magical times and places where our characters and stories truly come to life. From the rockwork of the Ornament Valley Mountain Range to the hand-laid tile mosaics of the Carthay Circle Theatre, the level of artistry, craftsmanship and attention to detail is spectacular.
As you have seen here on the Disney Parks Blog over the last three days, the Disneyland Resort has hosted tons of media, celebrities and invited guests from around the world to give them an in-depth look at the transformation.
Today also marks the completion of an extraordinary period of expansion across the entire Disneyland Resort. Since 2007, we’ve completed major projects at both the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and have added more than 20 new attractions and shows.
At Disney California Adventure park alone, “World of Color,” Toy Story Mania!, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and Silly Symphony Swings have already proven to be extremely popular, and now Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree are exciting additions that give guests even more entertainment options.
I’d like to thank all of the Imagineers, cast members, artists, designers, builders and craftspeople who worked so tirelessly and collaboratively to make this remarkable transformation possible. I’d also like to thank all of you — our loyal guests — who have believed in our dream for Disney California Adventure park and supported us every step of the way. [ LINK ]
The first guests enter Cars Land
Below, Disney has released a video of highlights from the opening day events
And a look at the five-year journey that brought us this incredible revamped, expaned and greatly improved theme park
|That’s all for our special edition recap of California Adventure’s grand re-opening. We will be back on Monday with our regular edition of Dateline Disneyland with an in-depth look at this week’s special events, premieres and grand openings! Be sure to check back then!Thank you for reading and please be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below! Don’t forget to visit our great sponsors over at Touring Plans when planning your next visit to Disneyland!
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