Sleeping Beauty Castle emerged from refurbishment last week, revealing a refreshed paint scheme that toned down some of the more saturated tones leftover from Disneyland‘s 50th Anniversary overlay. The Castle’s new look will get sparkly diamond decorations in May as part of Disneyland’s big 60th Anniversary celebration. Meanwhile, work continues throughout both theme parks as they get ready for the Diamond Celebration, with new blue and silver paint for resort signage, a restored (and then slightly burnt) facade for “it’s a small world,” and the re-imagined Condor Flats area in Disney California Adventure.
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|Getting Ready to Dazzle|
The parks continue to get ready for the big 60th Anniversary before it kicks off in late-May.
Disneyland is currently in the process of repainting its big resort marquee signs around the Resort in new blue-and-silver color schemes. The new paint jobs are some of the first visible signs of the new 60th anniversary aesthetic, which will be hitting the Resort in full force this summer.
The big Downtown Disney signs on Disneyland Drive are the first to get the treatment, with the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure marquees at the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure beginning to emerge with similar new paint jobs now.
Inside Disneyland, Main Street’s Fortuosity Shop is closed for refurbishment.
Not all of the 50th overlay has disappeared, though. The Castle is still far more pink than it had historically been prior to 2005, with a lot more gold leaf and other gold accents like the ones seen below:
In Fantasyland, work continues on Peter Pan’s Flight, with no visible progress from outside….
The refurbishment isn’t the only news in the small world, however. On Saturday night, a small fire broke out behind the far west edge of the facade. The blaze was quickly put out and is believed to be a result of fireworks fallout and luckily didn’t damage the iconic attraction or its facade, aside from a small bit of smoke damage.
The local ABC 7 report on the fire:
Work continues in Critter Country, which is expected to reopen early April.
In Tomorrowland, a couple small areas are walled off at the entrance to the land…
Starcade is still walled off for work, but no official word yet on what will move in here. With a “Tomorrowland” movie preview expected to go into the Magic Eye Theater, more “Tomorrowland” would fit in perfectly in the closed Starcade.
Over at California Adventure, work continues on remodeling Condor Flats into the new Grizzly Peak Airfield.
Paradise Bay has now been refilled with water as World of Color’s refurbishment and enhancement comes to an end. Expect the traditional World of Color show to return next weekend, with the “World of Color — Celebrate!” show for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary to debut in May.
The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is set to reopen this week (tomorrow), with Grizzly River Run’s refurbishment wrapping up later this month.
In Cars Land, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is once again running at full capacity after half of the ride was closed in our previous update.
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, a look at the installation of new fall safety additions.
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
March 2-8, 2015
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|Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
|Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 10 am
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|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
March 1 – 8
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