The Disneyland Resort survived the 4th of July with ease as low crowd levels made the holiday weekend an absolute dream for those with access to the park. Meanwhile, a brand new type of interactive park experience launched this week with mixed reviews. Legends of Frontierland, a new interactive game, began on Wednesday in the saloon and pathways of Frontierland. While interesting, there did seem to be a few kinks to work out. Meanwhile refurbishment of the front gates of Disneyland continues as another bank of turnstiles goes behind construction walls. There is finally some visible work on the arcade/alley that is being constructed behind the eastern side of Main Street, U.S.A. The new First Aid station has opened its doors where the old locker location was. Plus, we’ve got construction shots from around the park for you.
Main Gate Work
As the western side of the entry turnstiles finished refurbishment, the eastern set, near the stroller rentals was surrounded with walls. This minor refurbishment should be completed in just a few weeks.
The newly refurbished gates on the western side of the gate are fully operational.
Main Street Arcade
Inside the park work has begun on the much needed arcade along the eastern side of Main Street. This will allow for more foot traffic along the back side of the street while parades and other things are happening along the main corridor. The irony is that the foot traffic will still need to wait for a break in the parade floats since this is the side of the street where the parade steps off.
In conjunction with the construction, the First Aid station has been moved to Center Street, where the old Main Street Lockers once stood.
On the far end of Main Street, the old First Aid station and Make-A-Wish lounge are now behind walls.
Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush
A new interactive game, Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush, began play in Frontierland on Wednesday. Billed as a new way to create your own story, Legends has players pick a side between Rainbow Ridge and the Frontierland citizens in a land war with gold at the heart of the matter.
The Disney Parks Blog states…
Create Your Character: You can be whoever you want to be in the Wild West of Frontierland. You can be a peacekeeper, an outlaw, a miner … it’s all up to you! You will even be able to create a new name for your character. Whenever you enter Frontierland, that’s who you will be!
Choose a Side: Rumors of gold have led to a struggle for land. Which side will you take … joining the peaceful Frontierland citizens or the opportunistic Rainbow Ridge townsfolk?
Players are essentially sent to run errands, solve riddles, and carry out games and tasks to collect currency to help buy land.
While the first day suffered its share of kinks, the game seemed to be fun for those who played. You can read our full review from Monorail Man here. The sad casualty of the game moving into the Golden Horseshoe is that the popular Laughing Stock Co. was asked to leave. Their final performance was on July 8th.
Over at Space Mountain the work continues on opening up the exit area for the attraction. Construction walls are still up at the moment. There is even a set of walls inside the Starcade. Interesting.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
We see some nice progress happening over at the Finding Nemo Submarine voyage. The finite details are finally being addressed on the intricate coral in the lagoon.
Next up, we get to see a few of the new overhead walk ways that have been constructed for the expanded Club 33. Access is still very limited in New Orleans Square as teams of artists and construction workers play ‘Beat the Clock’ to meet the July 16th opening date.
The alley near Cafe Orleans that led to the Court of Angels is walled off. Above, a new access walkway connects the Grand Salon (the name for the old Club 33 dining room) to the Salon Nouveau.
King Arthur’s Carousel
The King Arthur Carousel got its canopy back. Shade has been restored.
Shots from the Park
Closing this update we share a few shots from the park. Summer is here and the park is finally beginning to operate at full steam again, save for the submarines and Club 33. It’s a beautiful time to enjoy the park.
Are you looking for something really fun to do this weekend? Join us at the ESPN Zone on Sunday morning for a look back in history at Pacific Ocean Park. Chris Merritt, author of Knott’s Preserved, has penned a new book with co-author Dominic Priore about the long lost park on the pier.
That about wraps things up for this edition of ITP in DIsneyland. Check back with us next week as we cover Universal Studios Hollywood and fill you in on the multiple projects happening there. Till next time, see you In The Parks!