With work happening from Critter Country to Condor Flats, off-season refurbishments, construction and enhancements projects continue throughout the Disneyland Resort. In Disneyland, Disney has confirmed Innoventions will close at the end of March but remains silent on plans for the Tomorrowland attraction. Is the rumored Disneyland 60th Anniversary exhibit moving in? Meanwhile, work continues in Disney California Adventure on transforming Condor Flats into the new period-appropriate Grizzly Peak Airfield. And if you’re looking forward to Disney’s live-action remake of its classic animated hit “Cinderella,” Disneyland has plenty of merchandise to hold you over until the film hits theaters this weekend.

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We’ve got another full week of refurbishment and construction news to get to, so let’s get started…

Welcome to Disneyland!

Disneyland guests enjoyed beautiful warm spring temperatures over the weekend following some recent chilly weather.

Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure is gorgeous in the spring.



Getting Ready to Dazzle

The parks continue to get ready for the big 60th Anniversary before it kicks off in late-May.

Full Steam Ahead

The Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad has returned from a quick refurbishment that saw a lot of its show fixed up.

Main Street Makeovers

On Main Street, the Fortuosity Shop reopened after a brief refurbishment.

New Main Street shop-themed bags

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

The lighting and projection boxes around Sleeping Beauty Castle have disappeared, likely to be replaced with upgraded equipment for the new show for the park’s 60th Anniversary Celebration.

Nearby, scaffolding has come down from Snow White Grotto, revealing a refreshed grotto with lovely new landscaping.

The main water fall hadn’t yet been turned back over the weekend.

Fixing Up Fantasyland

Meanwhile, inside Fantasyland, Peter Pan’s Flight is still closed for refurbishment and big show enhancements

Looks like the Frozen meet-and-greet overlay here is finally starting to be removed. The Olaf audio-animatronics figure is now gone along with the “Frozen” sign.

What will move into this space next?

In the back of Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” continues its facade refurbishment…
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Smoke damage from the recent fire can still be seen.

Meanwhile, the Matterhorn is remains closed for refurbishment and show enhancements.

Hibernating

Over in Critter Country, work continues on various refurbishment projects in that land, including Splash Mountain, the Briar Patch gift shop and the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Looks like the Briar Patch shop expansion is wrapping up.

The Hungry Bear from the Rivers of America

Recalibrating

Last week Disney confirmed rumors that Tomorrowland’s Innoventions would close March 31. The closure is consistent with rumors first posted in a January MiceChat Editor’s Note about the attraction closing to install a new historical exhibit for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary in the building’s lower level (in place of the recently evicted Innoventions Dream Home) and upgrading the existing Marvel exhibits. Still, Disney’s refusal to elaborate on plans for the space led to online speculation of what might be moving in, with the OC Register wondering if Star Wars or a bigger Marvel attraction might be in the works.

Whatever happens with Innoventions, hopefully we’ll see a better crowd flow and entry/exit situation for the building. Maybe it’s time to try using the lower-level entrances again?

No word on if the popular Marvel characters will be relocated during the attraction’s downtime.

A look at what’s left of the Dream Home…

Outside in Tomorrowland, no movement to be seen at the Magic Eye Theater or Starcade…

Coming in for a Landing

Over at California Adventure, the former Condor Flats continues its transformation into the new Grizzly Peak Airfield.

Views from the Monorail, which recently got its spiel updated to note the Imagineers working on “new natural wonders” for this area.

More new trees

Work of Color

World of Color is expected to reopen this week after its major refurbishment and enhancement project. Don’t expect the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” show just yet — the regular show will run until the new show debuts for Disneyland’s 60th in May.

Dry Run

Grizzly River Run is still closed through next week.

Nearby, the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has reopened and looks great after its refurbishment.

Deflated

No progress to be seen from a guest’s perspective at Luigi’s Flying Tires…

Hotel Happenings

Work continues on new fall safety additions at the Disneyland Hotel…

And in Downtown Disney… is Starbucks moving in? No official word yet from Disney on what’s coming to the space previously occupied by Apricot Lane Boutique.

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“Top 25 Hotels For Families – U.S.”

HoJo Anaheim is a six-time winner of this award,
with the most recent for 2015 and just awarded in January!

    Featured on this list in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2015, no other Anaheim hotel has won as many awards from TripAdvisor as the HoJo — and none closer to the park entrance! HoJo has been a top 5 hotel on TripAdvisor’s daily sort of top Anaheim hotels since it launched in 2000! HoJo wins not because of the water playground (although it helps), but because of its excellent service level. With 4,780 reviews, HoJo has over double the amount of submitted reviews than its closest competitor on the daily sort! Hotel guests willingly share their stories of HoJo’s high level of service.

Travel + Leisure Magazine’s
“Most Comfortable Hotel Beds” in the U.S.

HoJo Anaheim’s beds ranked number 9 out of 20 in 2015!

    Beds are one of the most – if not THE most – important aspect of a hotel, wouldn’t you agree? HoJo might not be a luxury-brand hotel but they stepped it up to provide top quality mattresses and bedding — and it worked!

Holiday With Kids Magazine
“Top 10 Family Resorts” in the U.S.

HoJo Anaheim came in at #2 in this Aussie magazine’s annual ranking

    Sandwiched between Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii and the Nickelodean Suites in Florida, the HoJo sits as a top pick for the Australian market — and has for decades. Why Australia (and New Zealand)? Guests from Australia seem to feel more comfortable in a “resort” setting over the “tower hotel in a parking lot” that makes up most of the Anaheim Resort hotel offerings. Aussies enjoy HoJo’s long list of amenities and resort-like features, including landscaped walkways, gardens, separate buildings, acreage, kid-safe grounds, pools that are not in a parking lot or on a roof, and interior corridors. Add in HoJo’s excellent customer service and the Aussies won’t go anywhere else.

Eat, Play & Stay TV series featured hotel

HoJo is the only Anaheim hotel recommended by this Australian travel program

    This Aussie television travel program has covered over 1,000 hotels and resorts around the world but the only one they’ve featured in Anaheim is the HoJo!


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Merch Madness

Finally, a look at some new merchandise on the shelves to co-incide with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella remake.

A few new, non-Cinderella items you can pick up include…

The great Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride t-shirt that was originally only available for a limited time online is now available in World of Disney

At Disneyana, Mouseketeer Bobby Burgess’s new book is available.

This great new Jeremy Fulton piece and other work based on Disneyland and its attractions are available now in Disneyana.

Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
March 9-16, 2015
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thu.: 9 am – 10 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thu.: 9 am – 9 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 10 am
[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]
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for refurbishment, reopens May 16.
  • Critter Country, including Splash Mountain: All Critter Country attractions, stores and restaurants are closed for refurbishment and will reopen April 3, 2015.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Closed for refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens May 8.
  • Magic Eye Theatre: Closed indefinitely.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Soarin’ Over California: Closed for refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens May 15.
  • Taste Pilot’s Grill: Closed refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens March 13.
  • World of Color: Dark for refurbishment and to upgrade infrastructure for new show. Reopens March 13.
  • Grizzly River Run: Closed for refurbishment. Reopens March 20.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires: Closed starting February 17 for re-Imagineering into new attraction. Reopening not yet announced.
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!: Dark while theater is used for “Cinderella” sneak peek.
  • 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]
    None.
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

March 9 – 16

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  • World of Color returns on Friday!
  • Southern California is going to heat up later this week. Be prepared for temps in the 90s this weekend with a shady hat, plenty of water, and languid journeys through the Bayou and the Caribbean.
  • The Spring Break season begins this weekend, and to help you plan we’ve expanded our Tomorrowplan crowd projections through April. Activate now to look into the future. Only in the Mouseaddict app.

The free Mouseaddict app for iPhone and iPad features more than five dozen categories of searchable resort information, weather forecasts, park and show schedules, the latest news and articles from MiceChat, and more. Download free on the App Store or at mouseaddict.com.

[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Extensive collection of Disneyland memorabilia fetches $1.7 million in two-day auction. (LA Times)
  • Downtown Disney restaurants celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with special takes on the classic corned beef dinner. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Take a look at new artwork that will be coming to novelty items for Disneyland’s 60th. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Disneyland debuts new “Decades” line of art that will be featured on merchandise celebrating the park’s 60th Anniversary. (Disney Parks Blog)
OK – That’s all for this week’s update! What do you think will move into Innoventions? Let us know in the comments section below! A quick programming note before we end for the week: Dateline Disneyland will be taking the next week off while I am out of state for a conference. Keep an eye out for a special edition of In the Parks while Dateline Disneyland is on break!

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[B]- Andy[/B]




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