Construction continues on the major Club 33 expansion in Disneyland but most guests facing the project’s significant impact on the streets of New Orleans Square won’t event be able to enjoy the final product when the club reopens later this year. Still, New Orleans Square’s La Masquerade d’Orleans shop will mercifully lose its designation as a pin tradition location and be stocked with themed merchandise starting later this summer. Meanwhile, refurbishments in Tomorrowland continue and Fantasyland‘s Alice in Wonderland project continues, with enhancements being added inside while fall safety changes take place outside. We also take a look at a new attraction in Downtown Anaheim, just two miles away from the park, that could be a good lunch or dinner option for Disneyland visitors.
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Still no visible progress on the new Victorian-themed corridors behind Main Street that will open this fall to help ease crowd flow.
In Disneyland, New Orleans Square remains a construction zone until later this summer as work continues on the expanded Club 33.
Orleans Street is still closed for now, but the streets of New Orleans Square will at least partially reopen later this month and the La Mascarade d’Orleans will reopen with a new selection of French-themed curios and jazz CDs. It makes sense to remove the pin trading from this store and update it with nicer, more upscale merchandise as it will directly face Club 33′s new main entrance. (Club 33′s new main entrance will be taking over the former Christmas ornament store, L’Ornament Magique.)
The thing was removed when this shop changed from the Le Bat en Rouge villains and Nightmare Before Christmas shop to an overflow Pirates of the Caribbean shop in 2006 when Jack Sparrow was added to the Pirates ride. The Le Bat en Rouge shop moved down the street and was a dedicated Nightmare Before Christmas shop until recently.
The Port Orleans shop has gone through several changes since, including a trendy girls’ Disney clothing shop. With the recent surge of Haunted Mansion merchandise (and more on the way), the shop is now a half-Nightmare and half-Haunted Mansion shop, but the its name is still Port Orleans. Le Bat en Rouge down the street now stocks the trendy girls’ clothing.
In Fantasyland, work continues on the new, expanded outdoor portion of the ride track at the Alice in Wonderland dark ride.
In Tomorrowland, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is still dry as its refurbishment continues…
Space Mountain is closed for refurbishment, set to reopen July 4.
Another round of Captain EO closure rumors recently sprung up, this time with a June 17th closure date. If you’re an EO fan, you may want to save the world one last time…
The 3D theater won’t be closed for good — rumor has it that we’ll be Marveling at a different part of the Galaxy by the Fourth of July.
Update 6/9/14 1:30 p.m.: Disney confirmed the rumors and announced Captain EO would temporarily close to make way for a 3D preview for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. Although Disney says Captain EO will return, no return date was released. The Guardians of the Galaxy sneak preview is officially set to open July 4.
Over in Disney California Adventure, still no real progress at the structure on Paradise Pier.
Meanwhile, Grizzly River Run will reopen late next week following its refurbishment.
Further back in Downtown Disney, the WonderGround Gallery debuted a really great new SHAG painting over the weekend. In addition to the pricey canvas prints, smaller prints, magnets, postcards and mugs are available.
In Condor Flats, a new line of Soarin’ merchandise is available. Of course, it was designed to sell at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, so it’s all just branded as “Soarin’” and not “Soarin’ Over California.”
Outside of berm and not far from Disneyland, Downtown Anaheim recently reopened its old Sunkist packing facility as part of its major multi-year downtown revitalization. The Anaheim Packing House has been transformed into a big “food hall,” with multiple dining locations open and more on the way.
The Anaheim Packing House amounts to what is basically a trendy food mall but it’s a delightful, bright space with great food options, a great sense of community, and free WiFi — and it’s all only just ~2 miles from Disneyland. If you’re a local, this is a great spot to stop for a meal before or after a park visit. If you’re visiting Anaheim for a multi-day Disneyland vacation, I highly recommend taking a break from the parks for lunch here one afternoon — the Anaheim Packing House opens at 10:30 a.m. daily.
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|Alright, that wraps up this week’s update. What do you think of this summer’s ongoing refurbishment and construction projects? Will you take a break from the parks and check out the Anaheim Packing District? Let us know in the comments section below!
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