Earth Day and More Ride Closures at the Disneyland Resort

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features, In the Parks

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Published on April 25, 2014 at 3:00 am with 52 Comments

Who knew that so much could happen in a single off-season week at Disneyland? To begin with, Earth Day took place Tuesday, April 22nd and was celebrated, to a degree, in Downtown Disney.  Moving into the parks we see that it’s a small world was open for its 50th anniversary as well.  We also check on the many, many refurbishment projects taking place inside the berm.  Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye are all down, with Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and the King Arthur Carousel on the way. In Disney California Adventure, the Redwood Creek Challenge trail has reopened after a lengthy refurbishment and Grizzly River Run closed for some upkeep. C’mon folks, let’s get In The Parks.

Disneyland is truly an American original. It has the best opening act in any theme park and perfectly sets up a comfortable world of fantasy and adventure.

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One Adventureland

Despite the lovely set-up we see that the Disney Merchandise department is further pushing the One Disney initiative.  We chanced upon the Adventureland Bazaar and found a full display of merchandise that could be found, literally, in any Disney theme park.  What are they thinking?

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WDW Adventureland’s logo is emblazoned on wine glasses.

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Animal Kingdom mugs are there to buy too.

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DISNEY Adventureland

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The Walt Disney World logo for the Jungle Cruise.

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Are these from the Polynesian?

 

Again, what is the point of visiting the different Disney Parks if the experience and keepsakes are the same wherever you go? At least they aren’t displaying Jack Skellington merchandise here.

Club 33

Here we see the Club 33 progress coming along nicely.  The rooftops are under tarps and things are well underway. They’ve been shooting for a late June reopening. Do you think they’ll make it?

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That’s a lot of people!

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Rivers of America

While taking a ride on the lovely Mark Twain we noticed a few things might need a little work.

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This little Indian boy lost his loyal dog a while ago. Let’s hope Rover returns soon.

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Alice in Wonderland

The classic Alice in Wonderland continues with refurbishment through July 3rd, with a 4th of July reopening.  Reinforcements are being installed on the existing exterior structure.

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It sure doesn’t look like the old track is coming down. You can see that they are building cross supports now for what is likely some sort of exit platform.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Here is our weekly look at the Submarine Lagoon, where nothing much is going on.

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Refurbishment Round Up

Now, for the updated list of scheduled refurbishments.

Pirates of the Caribbean - This is your last weekend to get a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean as it will be going down for needed refurbishment from April 28, 2014 to May 22, 2014.

Space Mountain - Space Mountain is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment May 12, 2014 to June 26, 2014.

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it’s a small world - Closed for refurbishment April 23, 2014 to May 22, 2014.

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Mark Twain Riverboat - Closed for refurbishment April 28, 2014 to April 29, 2014

Gadget’s Go Coaster - Closed for refurbishment April 21, 2014 to May 15, 2014.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye - Indy will be excavating deep inside the Temple of the forbidden eye until May 8, 2014.

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Tarzan’s Treehouse - Tarzan took a break from vine swinging. The treehouse was closed for refurbishment April 21, 2014 to April 22, 2014

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King Arthur Carousel - Closed for refurbishment April 28, 2014 to May 1, 2014

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On April 21st, Disney marked Earth Day by celebrating with a few exhibits and activities in front of the AMC theater and ESPN Zone.

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The trash art was rather interesting.

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It seems that Disney Annual Passes CAN be put to use after they expire.

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The Wyland foundation had folks contributing to a mural with their own paintings.

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Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

The interactive play area, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail finally reopened after a nearly 5-month refurbishment.  We expected to see notable improvements, but we were a little let down.

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Of course, we didn’t think the area would change substantially in layout or features.  But after 5 months all that appears to have been done were some rebuilt stairs and replaced wooden railings.

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Refreshed signs.

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new staked stone and french drain.

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These steps look great!

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Did these scuffs happen in the two days that the area had reopened?

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Four months of refurbishment and this is what the outcome is?  Hmmmm.

Boudin Bakery

The aging and refurbishment of the Boudin bakery facility continues.  While it is taking a while, the work is actually very nice.

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New signs have been added as a bit of place-making.

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DCA Refurbishment Round up

Here are the refurbishments happening in Disney California Adventure right now.

The Little Mermaid - The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure will be under refurbishment through May 9th.  It will reopen on May 10th.

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Grizzly River Run - The massive, Grizzly River Run attraction will be down through June 19th, reopening June 20th.

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That pretty much sums up what happened last week and what will be happening this week at the Disneyland Resort.  Andy Castro will return Monday Morning with a fresh Dateline Disneyland for you all to enjoy. He’s been off for a few weeks working on some major projects for school, so please check in and wish him a warm welcome home. And we’ll see you again real soon, In the Parks.

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • TeeKaeBee

    Could someone give me an idea as to what kind of merch the Adventureland trashcans are? The custodian in me is coming out, wishing to procure one, but I’m not ever sure how to begin to look for one online!

  • pattimarie

    does anyone else notice the hypocrisy of the snarky complainers complaining about the snarky people who complain about one park merchandise, etc.??? if you have a point you want to make about what you do, or do not, like about something, the only non hypocritical response is to just state your idea and not complain about the complaints of others, or criticize their right to have a critical idea.

    i for one have always appreciated the honest tone of these articles. keep it up! i also love having 25 pictures of the same thing–your pictures are great here at “in the parks” and “dateline disney”, and i find looking at the various projects’ progress week after week like visiting the parks.

    if you want only positive news on the parks, visit the official disney sites. this site does not need to be a copy of those sites.

  • Ravjay12

    Probably getting stuff done on inside. makes no sense to get stuff done in lagoon if its just going to sit there for a long time.