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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|Getting Ready to Dazzle|
The parks continue to get ready for the big 60th Anniversary before it kicks off in late-May.
The Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad has returned from a quick refurbishment that saw a lot of its show fixed up.
On Main Street, the Fortuosity Shop reopened after a brief refurbishment.
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.
Meanwhile, inside Fantasyland, Peter Pan’s Flight is still closed for refurbishment and big show enhancements
In the back of Fantasyland, “it’s a small world” continues its facade refurbishment…
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.
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.
Over at California Adventure, the former Condor Flats continues its transformation into the new Grizzly Peak Airfield.
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.
Grizzly River Run is still closed through next week.
No progress to be seen from a guest’s perspective at Luigi’s Flying Tires…
Work continues on new fall safety additions at the Disneyland Hotel…
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
March 9-16, 2015
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|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]
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|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
March 9 – 16
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A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|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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