Disneyland is quickly becoming a park full of construction walls as more and more closes for refurbishment as the park gets ready for its big 60th Anniversary celebration this summer. Today, Sleeping Beauty Castle begins its refurbishment and transformation for the park’s Diamond Celebration. And that’s not all — repainting, repairs and renovations are underway in both theme parks, from “it’s a small world” to Paradise Bay as the Resort gets ready to celebrate. Meanwhile, Disneyland hosted the inaugural RunDisney Star Wars Half-Marathon over the busy holiday weekend.

Update – January 19 at 9 p.m.: We’ve made updates to closure dates for a variety of facilities including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Magic Eye Theater, and amenities at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.

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!

Let’s get started!

Welcome to Disneyland!

Disneyland is enjoying light off-season crowds throughout these slow winter weeks, a nice change of pace following the busy holiday season.

Getting Ready for the 60th

Refurbishment are now underway throughout both parks with more on the way, as Disney rolls up its sleeves and gets working on sprucing up its theme parks for Disneyland’s big 60th Anniversary celebration set to launch in May.

Stroller Refurb

Outside the main gate, the stroller rental facility is still behind tarps for some fresh paint. It’s still open for business during refurbishment.

Full Steam Ahead

The Disneyland Railroad will close for refurbishment next Monday, January 26 for a couple weeks. The trains recently got upgraded sound systems, which we’ll take a look at in next week’s update.

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

At the end of Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle will begin disappearing behind construction walls and refurbishment scrims starting today. The Castle is expected to get some fresh paint and a special overlay for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, which is set to start in May.

Some fans are hoping the Castle will finally shed what remains of its decorative gold accents leftover from the 50th Anniversary overlay. It’s been a decade since the Castle got a bright paint job that included a lot of pink, gold and glitter for the 50th and it would be nice if the 60th Anniversary brought back some of the more subdued blue and gray hues that characterized the Castle’s appearance in its first five decades.

Indeed, the decorative gold railing leftover from the 50th has now been removed and it’s pretty surprising how nice the Caste looks without it. I had become so used to it, I didn’t realize just how much it messed with the Castle’s forced perspective. It’ll be interesting to see what replaces it (hopefully nothing!).

No more gold railing!

Looks like this window will have to be fixed during the refurbishment.

These decorative gold pieces still remain… hopefully glowing away soon

The Enchanted Chamber will be closed during the Castle’s refurbishment.

Update: The Enchanted Chamber will reopen March 3.

The wonderful Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough is also expected to be closed while the Castle is being worked on.

Update: The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough will reopen March 3.

Snow White Grotto and Wishing Well will also be closed for refurbishment starting today until May 1.

Disneyland’s 60th celebration is expected to officially kick off this Memorial Day weekend in late May, with 60th offerings soft-opening by mid-May.

Off to Neverland

In Fantasyland, Peter Pan’s Flight closes February 2 for its big refurbishment and enhancement project that will bring new show enhancements and special effects to the classic Fantasyland dark ride.

Good video of the ride is hard to get with its extremely low-lighting, but below is a full ride-through from Friday morning.

What’s Getting into the Matterhorn?

Nearby, the Matterhorn Bobsleds are closed through mid-May for another big refurbishment that is also rumored to bring in some upgrades for that ride’s Abominable Snowman and ice caverns.

Waterfalls are dry during the refurbishment

it’s a small refurbishment

In the back of Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” is now mostly behind tarps and scaffolding as that attraction finally gets a much-needed facade refurbishment.

Still open for now. The ride closes January 26 through February 5 to remove the holiday overlay.

They’re Just Stairs

Over in New Orleans Square, the Royal Courtyard has reopened. The Courtyard closed in early September for a project that removed much of the overflow retail fixtures and included a complete rebuild of the stairs here.

The stairs lead up to what was originally planned to be a private apartment for Walt Disney and his family, which later became the Disney Gallery and more recently the Disneyland Dream Suite. A portion of that upstairs apartment space that isn’t utilized by the Dream Suite has now been converted into banquet space for Club 33, after the club replaced its existing banquet room with an expanded kitchen in its major expansion. The Royal Courtyard stairs will now likely act as a separate entrance to the Club 33 banquet space or emergency exit stairs. Regardless, the Courtyard’s stairs were rebuilt and upstairs passageways have been enclosed now as part of the project.

The stairs (or at least the banister) appear to be taller than they were previously, which disrupts the scale of the space a bit. Also new is a color scheme of royal blues and purples (strongly reminiscent of the now-closed Court of Angels), forgoing the far more subtle beige and light greens that characterized the space previously.

Upstairs walkways are now enclosed

Two cases of merchandise remain. Hopefully no more will be added.

Elsewhere in New Orleans Square, the L’Masquerade d’Orleans shop is closed for refurbishment.

And nearby, the Haunted Mansion reopens on Friday following the removal of its holiday overlay.

Hibernating…

Steps away from the Haunted Mansion, Critter Country is now completely closed while Splash Mountain is down for refurbishment until April 3.

Recalibrating…

Over in Tomorrowland, the Magic Eye Theater is still dark but currently scheduled to reopen January 29. No word yet if it’ll be a return of Captain EO or something else.

Update: The Magic Eye Theater is closed indefinitely now, according to internal Disney closure schedules.

Flatlined

Over in California Adventure, work is quickly getting underway in Condor Flats to remove that land’s opening-day theme and bring in the new Grizzly Peak Airfield theme.

The Taste Pilots Grill facade is now stripped. The restaurant re-opens mid-March.

Views from the Monorail show concrete getting ready to be torn out for new themed pavement and the tower with the rocket engine mister already removed and the steel tower structure disassembled and piled on the ground.

Soarin’ Over California reopens May 15.

Flying Away?

Luigi’s Flying Tires didn’t close last week as initially expected. The ride is now rumored to close in early February for its replacement attraction that will be built on top of the ride’s existing air table.

Currently, the attraction is no longer listed on any official closure/refurbishment schedules. We’ll keep an eye on this project and update you as it develops.

Refurbishment Wharf

Over on Pacific Wharf, the Bakery Tour reopens next week and expected to come with a brand new show to replace the dated show the attraction opened with starring Rosie O’Donnel and Colin Mochrie.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Wharf Cafe is still closed for refurbishment.

World of Color

Over at Paradise Pier, the bay has been mostly drained as work continues on the World of Color platform.

Much of Paradise Park is closed now to keep guests far away from the work.

Rumors point toward Disney debuting an dramatically updated show when World of Color opens in March.

Fro-Zone

Last week we showed you all of the new Frozen Fun offerings in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, except for the new Freeze the Night dance party. Below is a quick look at the former Mad T Party with its new Frozen overlay.

Iced T

The nightly Freeze the Night! dance party in Hollywood Land is probably the biggest misstep in this winter’s special Frozen Fun offerings. Obviously a rushed affair, Freeze the Night is an overlay of the preexisting Mad T Party dance party. Frozen, however, lacks any of the teen and young adult appeal that Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film had that lent itself to a nighttime dance party. With Frozen’s target demographic skewed so young and female, the dance party based on the property is nothing short of awkward in just about every way.

The rabbit hole from the Mad T Party is now just a icy portal to Freeze the Night, lit with glowing blue light.

Unlike Mad T, Freeze the Night has no live band, so the huge stage sits mostly unused throughout the night, save for occasional dance performances by a group called the “Icebreakers” and, of course, a DJ.

The Icebreakers are so awkward that it’s hard to explain what it’s even like to witness one of their performances. Forced and desperately trying to be hip. Below is a video of the group’s opening performance which kicks off the dance party every night. Don’t they look like they’re straight out of a Target ad?

The DJ spins hits from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry throughout the night.

Live ice carving demonstrations are held four times a night. Neat to watch but an odd choice as live entertainment for what’s supposed to be an energetic nighttime dance party. Ice carving isn’t exactly high-energy.

Leftover House of Cards structure from Mad T Party… projected interactive floor activities are now here

The arcade is no longer available and is blocked by a wall where Marshmallow from Frozen takes photos with guests. Marshmallow initially debuted as a puppet, with two puppeteers controlling his legs and arms. The puppeteers were quickly let go and now Marshmallow is stationary. Still a pretty cool photo opportunity, though.

Of course, you can get your Frozen-themed alcoholic beverages at a couple bars in the area…

The Course Awakens

Disneyland hosted the inaugural RunDisney Star Wars Half-Marathon over the weekend.

31-year-old Nick Arciniaga from Flagstaff, AZ came in first place at 1:08:13 in Sunday’s race.

Jennifer Berry, 34, of Denver, CO took the women’s title on Sunday, clocking in at 1:22:34.

Congrats to the winners and everybody who participated over the weekend!

Of course, any RunDisney event comes with a lot of special merchandise. Below is a sampling of what was available at the RunDisney store at the RunDisney Health Expo.

RunDisney Star Wars Dooney & Bourke bags…

New RunDisney Steamboat Willie NewBalance shoes debuted this weekend. Pretty cool!

A look at race medals from the weekend…

And look what’s coming soon…

This & That

The holiday-specific decorations have been removed in New Orleans Square, leaving behind the stuff that can double as Mardi Gras decor. Additional beads have been strung up and New Orleans Square will now be celebrating Mardi Gras through spring break.

Work continues on the former Apricot Lane Boutique location in Downtown Disney. No official announcement yet on what is moving in.

Looks like the Disneyland Hotel is getting new fall safety additions installed…


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
January 19-25, 2015
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 12 am
Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[/CENTER]
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed to remove holiday overlay. Reopens January 23.
  • Magic Eye Theatre: Closed to remove Big Hero 6 preview. Reopening date unknown.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for refurbishment, reopens May 16.
  • Snow White Grotto and Wishing Well: Closed for refurbishment. Reopens May 1.
  • Critter Country, including Splash Mountain: All Critter Country attractions, stores and restaurants are closed for refurbishment and will reopen April 3, 2015.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle: Castle will be closed for refurbishments and installation of 60th Anniversary overlay. The Enchanted Chamber gift shop and Walk-Through attraction are scheduled to reopen March 3. Castle overlay will debut by May 2015.
  • Disneyland Railroad: Closed January 26-February 12 for refurbishment.
  • “it’s a small world”: Closed January 26 through February 5 to remove holiday overlay.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Closes February 2 for refurbishment, reopening date unknown.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Bakery Tour: Closed through January 26 for refurbishment.
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!: Closed through January 29 for refurbishment.
  • Soarin’ Over California: Closed for refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens May 15.
  • Taste Pilot’s Grill: Closed refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens March 13.
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe: Closed for refurbishment. Reopens February 6
  • World of Color: Dark for refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens March 13.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed for refurbishment. Reopens March 3.
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed January 20 for refurbishment. Reopening unknown.
  • Boardwalk Bazaar, Point Mugu Tattoo, Sideshow Shirts: Closed January 26-February 12 for refurbishment.
  • Ariel’s Grotto: Closes February 2 for refurbishment, reopening date unknown.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires: Closes February 3 for conversion into new attraction. Opening unknown.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D: Dark indefinitely while theater is used for Frozen-themed show.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Closed indefinitely.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • Disneyland Hotel Monorail Pool: Closed through February 8 for refurbishment.
  • Grand Californian Hotel – Storytellers Cafe: Closed through February 6 for refurbishment.
  • Grand Californian Hotel – Mickey Pool: Closed through January 21 for refurbishment.
  • Grand Californian Hotel – Redwood Pool: Closed through February 3 for refurbishment.
  • Grand Californian Hotel – Mariposa Pool: Closed February 4-6 for refurbishment.
  • Grand Californian Hotel – Mariposa Spa: Closed February 9-11 for refurbishment.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

January 19-25

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun

  • Closures continue as Disneyland begins preparing for its 60th anniversary. This week, Sleeping Beauty Castle closes, followed by Grizzly River Run in California Adventure.
  • The NAMM show starts on Wednesday, and may create a small bump in evening crowd levels through Sunday.
  • The Haunted Mansion returns on Friday. We don’t expect the return of a familiar 60-year-old phantom, but stay tuned this spring…

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[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Disneyland was the “ideal” incubator for the worst measles outbreak in the U.S. in 15 years. (LA Times)
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger received a 35.5% raise in 2014, earning $46.5 million through salary, stock, pension options and more. (Variety)
  • Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has opted to not negotiate a new contract until he knows who will be named COO. (Variety)
  • Disneyland Resort restaurants including Steakhouse 55, Catal will be featured in OC Restaurant week, March 1-7. (Disney Parks Blog)
Alright, that wraps up today’s update. What do you think of all the refurbishments getting underway? Are you excited to see what Disneyland does for Sleeping Beauty Castle’s 60th overlay? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  • Anonymouse

    Over at Hollywood Studios in Florida then they have the Cinderella Preview. Maybe Captain E/O is getting that? (Sure, Cinderella doesnt fit Tomorrowland the way Guardians and Big Hero 6 did but where else can they show it?)

  • parker4fm

    I’m a bit surprised there’s nothing going into Blue Sky Cellar…

  • rstar

    Great job as usual, Andy & team!

    I saw a Disneyland ad with a shot from the Flying Tires and thought it was odd since it should have been closed by that time. I wonder if they wanted to edit the film before closing it? And I’m glad we have at least one courtyard left in NOS!

  • The Shadoe

    Glad to see that stupid railing gone! I remember posting maybe 8 years ago that the railing should be removed, and people jumped on my back saying “wouldn’t you feel bad if someone fell from there”?

    It truly was an ugly, unnecessary distraction. I’m glad to see someone at Disney agreed. Good riddance.

  • amyuilani

    Stunning photos as always, Andy! I like the RunDisney merch for this marathon. I think the theming is very good and the runners will embrace this the way they may shrug at other themes. The “Do or Do Not” is great for a first time runner, like my friend was this weekend. I hope she got that shirt!

  • Stevenatharlan

    I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the Castle for the 60th Anniversary. I also hope the gold paint is removed. Personally, I do not care for the Royal Courtyard remodel. The stair railing is too high and the terrible color they painted the railing just makes it stand out all the more. Does Disney really have ‘artists’ working for them any longer? Or are they all safety engineers who have no artistic flare? For those of us who always enjoyed the Park, not only for the attractions that were offered, but for the beauty/aesthetics throughout the Park – sadly I see those things slowly going away in favor of spaces that bring in money for an elitist group. I always felt Disneyland was for the ‘every day person’ who could pay for admission and be treated the ‘same’ as everyone else in the Park and feel like a king/queen for a day. Now you have to pay for levels of experiences once in the Park. Granted Club 33 has been there for years, but never ‘in your face’ or at the expense of the aesthetics of New Orleans Square. Maybe if they brought back the Disney Gallery in it’s former location, that might help make some happy. After all, who really uses the Dream Suite? Again, an elite group?

    • ayalexander

      The dream suite still hosts selected park guests to this day. About once a month they will choose a small family to stay one night. No one hears of it because Guest Relations doesn’t make a big deal of it now that Year of a Million Dreams is over.

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    Freeze the akward Night

    • sfjgarcia

      I agree. I really wanted to like it. I gave it a chance. I stayed for the opening act, participated in Cupid shuffle but it didn’t feel right. The dance area was taken over by strollers with Mom and Dad’s that seemed disinterested. The dancers are doing their best to lure in participants but the majority of the onlookers appeared like frozen statues. The conga line was out of place and the music selection is just weak. Over in what used to be the arcade area is now a play area for younger children. The live stage show is gone and no more dance battles to look at. The whole concept doesn’t work it feels forced and the participation is very low.

      • MyFriendtheAtom

        and that awful digitized ‘Wind Tunnel’ sound they play in between acts is just….

  • Larry Parker

    The Disney Run event yesterday made getting into the resort a traffic nightmare! And Disneyland was packed! Anaheim police advised me that Disney hopes to have 4 such events annually. I’d recommend against visiting on those dates.

    • dfan07

      After the Avengers 1/2 Marathon, both the Katella off-ramp and the M&F parking structure were closed, causing a traffic nightmare. It’s faster to take Orangewood to the Toy Story lot.

    • Fuzzbear

      They already have four race weekends a year — I did three of them in the last year. The schedule is on runDisney.com. It’s Tinkerbell weekend over Mother’s Day, Disneyland half marathon weekend around Labor Day-ish, Avengers in mid-November and Star Wars around MLK Day.

      The races star at bloody-hell 5:30 so they can get roads reopened sooner.

  • Whitney Thomas

    Extra great photos this week! Castle ones are very unique. I’m so happy they took that awful, totally out of theme railing off the upper deck of the castle. I agree it’s time to get rid of the gold and do something better or more retro.

    Thanks!

  • themur

    You can thank the current building code for the taller hand rails in the Royal Courtyard.

  • CADisney

    Thank you for the update! Really looking forward to the Grizzly Peak Airfield retiming to be complete. Love the monorail shots. A bit bummed so much will be closed when we visit next month, but I’m glad that Disney is investing into keeping the rides and park areas looking new.

  • 22branch

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Refurb season is OUT OF CONTROL. If you don’t want to face the crazy busy summer/holiday crowds you are stuck with going to the parks during endless reforms. All of Critter Country…really? Our family always goes during the off season because we hate the crowds and hot weather. I’m just annoyed that they basically shut down so much of the park. There needs to be a balance.

    • ayalexander

      You have to admit, its hard to balance with such a short time to work with and a milestone anniversary on its way. Most of the park was in dire need of a refresh and there was so much of it that it seems as if most of the park is behind tarps. Sorry but its necessary in order to see the park once again at its peak beauty like we did for the 50th.

    • Mortgageman

      It’s the crazy busy summer/holiday crowds that cause heavy wear and tear on the park, making many of the refurbs necessary. When the crowds finally subside in Jan-Feb, Disney has to close some of these things down and fix them up a bit.

      • Marko50

        Except it’s not. The summer crowds were not “crazy busy”. I was there enough to know. One thing I agree with Susan about.

    • Carrie317

      Or at least a price adjustment. Why should you pay the exact same price and get half the attractions??? That is insane. I agree, it is OUT OF CONTROL. We live in Orlando and my be headed to California to see family in April. Was looking forward to going to Disneyland but why would we?? Most of the stuff we want to see is closed.

      • Marko50

        Same reason as Orlando. Trade off for less crowds. Or at least that’s what it says here.

  • Nland316

    I wonder if Disney would consider rebuilding the bridge leading to the castle to fit safety regulations so they could get rid of those awful railings!

  • kurtisaurus

    So Small World is still running the holiday overlay with Christmas music and all? That must seem weird for most people this late into January. Do they still do the nighttime light show too?

    • Aladdin

      It wouldn’t make sense to have the night time Christmas light show on the facade of Small World, as the vast majority of the facade is covered by a tarp, as shown by the photos in the report.

    • Marko50

      I was there the last day of the “official” holiday season because I’d never been to the King’s Day. And the holiday music seemed weird then. Even though I listen to Christmas (and once in a while the Hanukkah Song) stream all through the year. Go figure.

  • danielz6

    22 branch and carrie I completely agree. I remember I visited last year with an out of town friend of mine, splash mountain, pirates, indy, submarines were all closed for “refurbishment” and some others that I can’t remember. I couldnt believe so many e tickets were closed at once. Since so many rides were closed I decided to see the Mickey map show and Was shocked that that was closed too. It was a busy day with long wait times for the open attractions. Now a days Im afraid the only options are visit the park when it’s packed but everything’s open, or visit when its slow but half the park has some sort of refurbishment going on.

    • Crazee4mm

      Like Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, Mickey and the Magical Map goes “dark” two days a week. You probably visited on a day when the show was scheduled to be down so the Cast Members associated with the show could have their customary two days off per week. As a consolation, Disney doesn’t schedule both stage shows to be “dark” at the same time. The two “dark” days for each show (Aladdin/Map) do not overlap so you can see at least one great stage show when you visit between Mondays and Thursdays. Both Aladdin and Magical Map run Fridays through Sundays. A quick check of the entertainment schedules for each show on Disneyland.com should give you the answer before you even enter the park(s).

      • Marko50

        Or it might have been when the Mickey and the Map performers were having their alleged contract dispute.

  • FredSimmons

    I think this kind of heavy-handed mass closure of huge portions of the park demonstrates a lack of respect for both local visitors and annual passholders. The idea seems to be that once most of the tourists disappear, and the visitors are mostly from Southern California, then it won’t really matter if they offer them a second rate (or third rate) show – at the same price that the tourists paid for access to the entire park.

    If they are going to turn the park into a eyesore construction zone and shut down large numbers of attractions, then they least they can do is offer a deeply-discounted admission price, and warn every single visitor of what they are in for. And I’m not talking about some small sign near the ticket booths listing rides that are closed. Most visitors probably don’t even read them. There should be large signs, out at the tram loading area, warning people in advance they they aren’t going to get the full Disneyland experience that they think they are paying for.

  • Tinkbelle

    I like the pink and gold on the castle. I’ll be kind of disappointed if they change the color scheme.

  • Haven

    It just occurred to me that after all the years of seeing the Rivers of America and the DCA lagoon drained for maintenance every so many years at a time, I don’t believe I have ever seen the Rivers of America at WDW or the World Showcase lagoon at EPCOT ever without water. I suppose that may be because they are somehow engineered as part of the elaborate WDW water retention system and are more like “natural” lakes? At any rate, the parks sure are ugly when these very large focal elements are naked!

    • WorldLover71

      The ROA in Florida do get drained periodically. I have a picture (sorry, not scanned) from a visit in the early 90’s. WSL at Epcot has never been drained to my knowledge. It connects to Crescent Lake which is between the Epcot resorts and the “river” between Epcot and the Studios.

  • tooncity

    Yeah, everything is closed, but hey, Tomorrowland is wide open with its outdated facades, old closed attractions. Retreads of retreads of old attractions. Closed theater, Pizza Port is much better than an attraction. Closed Arcade. And that really huge revolving building, that nobody goes into, except to see Marvel characters.
    Disney motto of the future, ”How Little Can We Do for a $100 a Day’’.
    Stay classy Disneyland!

  • ShorelineDLer

    I sure am glad the castle is getting some work. It was nice to have the castle specially decorated 10 years ago for the 50th, but it’s time for the stone work to look more like real stone work rather than how it now looks like painted stone with SPARKLES.

  • jenmurray

    What the heck are we supposed to take our annual picture in front of this year???? 🙁

    • Fuzzbear

      I was there yesterday and the wall only goes straight across the front, so you can still get a photo from an angle off to the side. They had PhotoPass photographers stationed at both sides — it’s not bad if you don’t mind it not being a head-on shot.

  • Mr. Disney

    I am so happy that the railing got removed! I do hope the castle still retains some of the palette it has right now… I like the original colors but it makes it look far too dull and somewhat boring in my opinion… I am in love from day one with the color changing/reflective tiles it currently has (Actually, the first time I saw the Castle with it’s 50th palette, I perfectly remember that I tripped and sprained my ankle because I was staring at it. I was that much in awe)

    Plus, it differentiates it from the Hong Kong version which does have the original palette…

  • Susan Hughes

    I know the resort goes through it’s yearly rehabs right after the holidays. But it’s pretty odd walking around the parks and seeing so much shut down. But even worse, CMs are the punching bags for “those” not at all happy about it. Hey, if you don’t like it, buy a pass to Universal.

  • Atomobile

    Small detail, but I like that Chewie’s number is the classic Lucas “1138” from THX-1138. It makes it into all of the Lucasfilms, but seeing it in the context of a jersey number seems a particularly fun “hidden in plain sight” easter egg.

    • sixalex

      I saw that right away! Agreed. Great E
      aster egg.

      It makes me winder about the other numbers on the runners. 1111? 1080? Do they all have hidden meaning?

  • Kimura

    Prior to the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, there was one spire atop Sleeping Beauty Castle that was not painted in gold. This was symbolic in that “Disneyland will never be completed…”

    With that symbolic spire now painted in gold, I wonder if this symbolic detail was ignored, or if it was an oversight.

  • Werner

    Thanks for the update, Andy! So glad to see that gold railing removed from the castle (although I’m still trying to get used to the drawbridge “enhancement” — boo!) Anyway, the Park looks good and am glad it’s getting a bunch of love for its 60th. By the way, can you tell me what camera/lens you use? You’ve taken some great shots!

  • gimackenzie

    As always, I marvel at the fantastic pictures. The update would be worth it on the strength of those alone!

    I am happy to see more of the 90s era derpiness being stripped from DCA. I can’t wait to see the new Grizzle Peak airfield!

    The Matterhorn refurb worries me. Please please please do not open with a cringe-worthy “surprise” featuring Elsa or that snowy little turd Olaf. Just upgrade the Yeti and the ride itself and leave it there!

    Continuing trashing of New Orleans Square gives me the sads. 🙁

  • braden

    and It’s A Small World in Disneyland closed on January 26th to February 5th for the Holiday Removal, and changes of It’s a small world Audio Recordings Music from Disneyland Paris since we listen in 1992 and used to played in Disneyland from April 1993 to September 2002, This time the Classic Disneyland Audio Recordings from the 1960’s are saying Goodbye to Disneyland for good and forever, and Welcome back the Disneyland Paris Audio Recordings will all be Restored back in the Ride System, Everything like the New Languages, French, German, and Arabic, and the Disney Characters we see them since 2009 will join in,

    GOODBYE 1960’S Version

    WELCOME BACK Disneyland Paris 1992 Version