Strong winds and high temperatures hit the parks over the last week as guests continued to maneuver the on-going construction and refurbishment projects around the parks. Today we take a look at the continued work on Disneyland‘s Club 33 expansion, Alice in Wonderland safety upgrades, and the fantastic new color scheme and place-making at Disney California Adventure‘s Pacific Wharf. We also take a look at more new merchandise and take a side trip to the 2014 Fullerton Railroad Days where the Disneyland Railroad’s Ernest S. Marsh locomotive was on display and open for tours.
Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!
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Strong winds knocked out power to 18,000 customers across Southern California last week and caused Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to close some attractions for safety.
Plaza Inn’s refurbishment continues through next week, reopening by the weekend.
Indiana Jones Adventure is set to reopen by the end of this week following a much-needed refurbishment.
In New Orleans Square, Pirates of the Caribbean is now closed through May 22 for refurbishment. The Blue Bayou Restaurant remains open during the ride’s closure.
Meanwhile, the Club 33 expansion project continues throughout New Orleans Square.
Work on retrofitting the old “vine” portion of the Alice in Wonderland ride track with Cal/OSHA-approved safety upgrades is really starting to move along with major new steel additions.
“it’s a small world” remains closed through May 22 for its own Cal/OSHA safety enhancements.
In Mickey’s Toon Town, the fountains are still dry and behind construction walls along with Gadget’s Go Coaster.
In Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is still closed through the fall for an extended refurbishment.
In Disney California Adventure, the Pacific Wharf placemaking project is just about done with all of the newly-repainted facades uncovered and scaffolding up just around the Boudin Bakery’s grain silo.
I really love the Wharf’s new color scheme and the new faux business logos added to the building. It really compliments the work they did in the Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier and Hollywood Land when those areas got cosmetic makeovers as part of the larger California Adventure remodel project.
It’s really great to see little placemaking and minor retheming projects like this take place around the park when areas go down for refurbishment. Kudos to Disney for continuing with these efforts, it looks great and really does make a difference.
Nearby, The Little Mermaid dark ride will reopen by the end of the week with some show enhancements.
Meanwhile, Grizzly River Run is closed for its ongoing refurbishment which will run through mid-June. If you’re looking to beat the recent heat with a water ride, Splash Mountain will be your only option for a while.
On Buena Vista Street, the Atwater Ink and Paint shop has a new line of ceramic mugs and plastic plates (not microwave safe and dishwasher safe on top rack only) that are based on Disney candy/treats.
Nearby, Clarabelle’s Ice Cream has lost its unique Red Car Trolley ice cream dish for a strange “kitchen sink”-style ice cream dish modeled after Mickey Mouse’s pants. Apparently this same dish is now being used at locations at Walt Disney World, so sorry if you wanted that souvenir Red Car – Disney’s more interested in saving a few bucks by cutting the location-specific dishes and using the same one at locations on both coasts.
Back in Disneyland, a few more new items in the retro and Adventureland lines that we showed you last week are now in stores.
The popularity of Frozen remains strong and along with Olaf caramel apples, new Olaf marshmallow treats are now available at Candy Palace and Trolley Treats. And yes, they’re as terrifying in person as they look in the photo below.
|Fullerton Railroad Days|
Over the weekend just a few miles up Harbor Boulevard from Disneyland, the Southern California Railway Association held its annual Railroad Days event at the Downtown Fullerton train station. The two-day event had numerous model trains on display as well as tours of Disneyland Railroad’s Ernest S. Marsh Locomotive #4, opportunities to have your photo taken on the Kalamazoo handcar, and an up-close look at the now-retired boiler for Disneyland’s Engine #2.
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 5 — May 11, 2014
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Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 12 am
Sunday: 8 am – 12 am
|Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
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