Disneyland made headlines Sunday evening after a small fire broke out backstage. Luckily, the blaze was quickly put out by the local fire department and the park operations continued uninterrupted. Meanwhile, projects continue around the parks. In New Orleans Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, big refurbishment and expansion projects continue at Club 33, Space Mountain and Alice in Wonderland. With those projects set set to wrap up next month and more in the works for later this year, there’s plenty of progress to see and we’ve got all the photos and info to fill you in today.

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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Turnstile refurbishments continue in front of Disneyland

Disneyland caught headlines Sunday evening when a fire broke out backstage just before 5 p.m. The news broke on Twitter from guest Twitpics and quickly confirmed by traditional news media.

Thankfully the fire was quickly extinguished by the Anaheim Fire Department and the park continued operations, unaffected with no injuries to report.

A look at wait times Sunday afternoon, a couple hours before the fire broke out.

In Frontierland, the Golden Horseshoe may soon be seeing a new act. Disney blogger Dave Koenig recently reported the Laughing Stock Company will have its last show July 8. Disney has yet to confirm but rumors suggest a new interactive show, similar to the one play-tested last summer, will replace the Laughing Stock.

Over at Disney California Adventure, the park will debut a new “Disney California Story Tour” starting July 17. The three-hour walking tour includes a look inside the private 1901 Lounge at Carthay Circle Theater, three attractions and a private lunch. Tickets are $109 per guest, with discounts available for AAA, Disney Vacation Club members, and Annual Passholders.

Disney’s copy for the tour includes:

Explore California’s vibrant history in the early 1900’s and how this exciting backdrop served to influence daring dreamers like Walt Disney. The story is set in Disney California Adventure, where Guests will discover the stories behind the new icons, attractions, landmarks, and experience California as Walt once did!
This tour includes an exclusive look into the members-only 1901 Lounge, three innovative & interactive attraction experiences, a collectable pin and a private lunch on Buena Vista Street!

Some wait times Sunday afternoon.

In Hollywood Land, the Tower of Terror was running once again after some technical difficulties forced an unplanned closure last weekend.

No love for the Flying Tires…

Nearby, the Maleficent 3D preview has left the Bug’s Life Theater and the regular show is back in.

Temporary signage for now.

Kingdom Construction

[center]Fenced In[/center]
Back on Main Street, no changes yet on stage for the new Guest Flow Corridors. A mixup with park maps showing First Aid in the former Main Street Lockers location has required a temporary sign to be put in place to direct guests to the exiting First Aid, which has not yet closed and relocated for construction/expansion.

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Over in New Orleans Square, the Club 33 expansion continues as it moves toward its mid-July reopening.

Rooftop views of the coinciding fall safety construction…

Back on the ground…

Scaffolding down from the front of Cafe Orleans but no restaurant signage.

Orleans Street is still closed off while the new bridge overhead continues construction.

Refurbishments on the nearby French Market facades has wrapped up though. Looks good.

[center]Alice in Blunderland[/center]
In Fantasyland, the outdoor portion of the Alice in Wonderland track continues to progress as the ride gets closer to its July 4th reopening. The the temporary railing has mostly been removed and track is all painted now, with some decorative elements still being added.

More sketched in…

The ride’s marquee is behind tarps now

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Work in the Submarine Lagoon has really picked up now, with repainting seemingly underway in parts…

[center]Space Junk[/center]
Space Mountain is still only partially cleaned as it continues its refurbishment that will run through July 3.

There’s a lot of scaffolding up around the sides of the outdoor queue areas.

At the ride’s exit…

[center]See ya later, Trashcans![/center]
Below Space Mountain, Captain EO is now closed as the Magic Eye Theater prepares to host a 3D preview of Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The posters are still up for now…

…but the marquee has been removed entirely.

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Over in DCA, Grizzly River Run has reopened after its refurbishment.

This and That

Over at the Pacific Wharf, some new props have been added to the recently re-done facades to help them look a little more lived-in. Looks great.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
Junse 23 — 29, 2014
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Daily: 8 am – 12 am Daily: 8 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [B]Captain EO/Magic Eye Theater:[/B] Reopens July 4 with new “Guardians of the Galaxy” 3D preview.
  • [B]Space Mountain:[/B] Closed through July 3 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Reopens July 4, 2014 with new show enhancements and safety enhancements on outdoor track.
  • Club 33: Reopens July 18 with refurbished facilities and new jazz club-themed lounge area.
  • [B]Matterhorn Bobsleds:[/B] Closed August 25-November 13 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage:[/B] Reopens September 27, 2014.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Grizzly River Run:[/B] Closed through June 19, 2014 for refurbishment.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Listed as reopening July 1, 2014 on Cast Member document.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • Napa Rose Restaurant: Closed for kitchen renovation starting in early August.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

June 23 — 29, 2014


  • Hotel rooms are in short supply during the week, but you may still find rooms for the weekend.
  • If you’re a SoCal Passholder, this is your last week this summer to use your pass — blockouts begin Friday, and with the demise of blockout tickets you’ll be paying full price through mid-August.
  • The SCVA Volleyball Tournament continues, and will run through the end of the month. Expect a small bump in crowds when the boys are off the sand.
  • For next week’s crowd projections, check out the new Tomorrowplan feature in the Mouseaddict app.

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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
Alright, that wraps up today’s update. Were you in the park when the backstage fire broke out? What do you think of the new Disney California Story Tour coming to DCA this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

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