Disneyland gets ready for springtime fun as refurbishments continue throughout the park

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on March 24, 2014 at 5:05 am with 22 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 wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • Ravjay12

    Great update Andy! Is Astro Orbiter getting moved somewhere else? I think the removal of it and the people mover track will really open up that area and ease the congestion a bit. Park looks great! Looks like another successful Spring Break is about to happen.

  • DisneyLover66

    Matterhorn Bobsleds aren’t scheduled to be down on the Disneyland website. Are you sure they’re going down? Excellent update and photos, as always!

  • jcruise86

    Thanks or yet another outstanding update, Andy!

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Why is It’s Tough to be a Bug! becoming a movie preview location? I thought they used the Muppets theater for that.

    • Internitty

      Muppet Theatre is promoting the new Muppet movie, in a way

  • gtsouthard

    final flight on astro orbiter? Me thinks this website presumes FFFAAARRR too much lately.

  • garyman

    Great Update as always. Would be nice if you could a few photos of people enjoying the rides. This is what makes Disney so fun watching other people as well.

    • Marko50


  • BrerBear

    Great update Andy,

    FYI… If you head over to the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel you can get a glimpse of the available Club 33 merchandise. It is on display for purchase (for members only) as the club continues it’s refurbishment. It is located in the display window of the gift shop inside the hotel. Enjoy!

  • dizneydomenic

    Remove the rock work in front of tomorrowland? YAY couldnt be soon enough for me!.I hate that rock…poor location and created one bad bottleneck!

  • scarymouse

    I am wondering if the orbiter will relocate to the area above by the query to space mountain or the old helipad and that the new ring up on top will be the new helipad.I read this somewhere but can’t remember where. Anyone else heard this? Love the update, great photos!

  • Disneykin Kid

    We miss the Billies, when they moved to the Festival area, it seemed like it was because they could play to a bigger audience, but they were always at their best in the Golden Horseshoe. I understand that they’re getting older, but they still drew big crowds. We got our Knott’s passes so we could see them.

  • Skimbob

    There is a whole lot of refurbishing going on at once. Do they usally have this much down? They probably ca’t work on the subs because they are all tied up working on other projects. Thanks for the update. We will be there in a few weeks.

  • oo_nrb

    “Final flight” on the Astro Orbitor? That’s a little premature, don’t you think?

  • Tiny Mermaid

    I think Hopper’s face in the above photo says it all: replacing the fantastic It’s Tough to Be a Bug with a Maleficent preview, even temporarily, is laaaaaame.

    Great update, Andy!

  • mondo

    Thumbs up for putting this quote in. “Disney CEO Bob Iger promised the Subs would return during last week’s Disney shareholders meeting, dispelling rumors that the Subs would be closed forever to make way for new Star Wars attractions”

    Astro Orbitor or a new version should go on a rebuild/reinforced platform where Rocket Jets used to be. Don’t put it on the Space Mt’s patio.It will block it and ruin the view.

  • Nola ron

    I hope the Astro Orbitor goes away. And take the rocks as well, and the People Mover Tracks. More room. As for the subs, believe it when I see it.

  • Sleepy505

    Great 411 Andy, Wow spring crowds and all the closures it makes me feel good that our trip is in Fall. I have been there through all seasons and I find to be at best just because of weather and big crowds. Big Thunder Mountain looks exciting hopefully by our visit the crowds have settled and all these closures have reopened. It’s sad to see how It’s a small world facade couldn’t get some kind of make over during it’s 50th anniversary, our last year visit I did notice it could have used a lot of touching up and just by looking at the photos it hasn’t changed much. Astro Orbitor wow it’s hard to believe that going in to the park and making that right turn it won’t be there any more sad to see it go.

  • Baloo

    If they use projections inside the bugs theater for the preview, it might be quite interesting. The highly detailed theater could be made to look like vines growing around you

  • Timekeeper

    I see listed under the Headline Roundup, on the second item:
    “Disney announced dates for its next D23 Expo, returning to Anaheim August 14-16, 2015. Tickets go on sale August 14, 2013. (Disney Parks Blog)” Unless some model time machines are available for sale, Disney couldn’t have gotten back in time to 2013, as they were already preparing for their 2013 D23 Expo. (Side note: time travel and parallel dimensions seems to be featured a lot this time of year in the movies.) But I can’t blame you, as I presume you’re still busy with moving.

    On a related note back to your blog post, I’m glad that the new additions for Space Mountain are looking great and don’t seem to detract much of the exterior and surrounding complex (except for the dirt and grime.) Through, what’s up with the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail still being closed? Are they installing more safety bars or are they installing a loop? 😀


  • gboiler1

    Oh no, say it ain’t so…hope the Matterhorn isn’t down this summer! I was hoping my daughter would/will be able to ride it for the first time and the refurb reference has it out for our trip time.
    Bummer if it is.

    • Country Bear

      It does seem odd that they are refurbishing a ride that was just massively refurbished in the last couple years. The only good thing to hopefully come from this suspect refurb would be to replace those awful bobsleds that some “bobsled scientist” created for the last refurb. They are the most painful seats for anyone who is more than 4 feet tall! I welcome the refurb if that’s what they are going to fix. If not, then I think they are simply closing a ride to save money on operations and maintenance (you know, like the subs). Please prove my cynicism wrong Disney.