Spring break is here as Disneyland is busy gearing up for its huge 60th Anniversary summer. At Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle is starting to get its sparkly diamond overlay installed, bringing a new shimmering blue roof to the iconic building. Elsewhere in the park, refurbishments continue from Critter Country to “it’s a small world,” as Disney works hard on getting the park in tip-top shape for its big Diamond Celebration. Over in Disney California Adventure, the first section of the new Grizzly Peak Airfield has been unveiled with Smokejumpers Grill, formerly home to Taste Pilots Grill. Meanwhile, Disneyland is celebrating Easter with the Springtime Roundup in Big Thunder Ranch, featuring your favorite Disney bunnies, egg decorating, live entertainment and more.
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|Welcome to Disneyland!|
|Getting Ready to Dazzle|
The parks continue to get ready for the big 60th Anniversary before it kicks off in late-May.
At the end of Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle has started getting its first layer of diamonds as part of its big overlay for the 60th anniversary.
Similar to the Castle’s holiday snow overlay, the entire building is getting a faux roof installed on top of its existing roof. The faux roof is made up of mirrored tiles with a layer of decorative “gems” applied on top. From Main Street and the hub, the new roof look good — shiny, bright and perfectly festive for a 60th anniversary celebration.
We recently showed you that the lighting boxes used for fireworks shows were recently removed. Over the weekend the replacement for these missing lighting boxes appeared, just a few steps away from where the old boxes sat…
In Fantasyland, Peter Pan’s Flight is still closed for refurbishment and show enhancements.
The exterior of the old Geppetto’s Toy Shop is no longer decorated as a Frozen meet-and-greet and is now just sitting unused. Will Rapunzel return here or will the space become a gift shop once again?
Critter Country is still closed but its refurbishment wraps up early April. Water is back in Splash Mountain as that attraction gets ready to reopen after a big refurbishment that addressed some serious termite damage.
In Tomorrowland, Innoventions is set to close March 31 and a rumored exhibit for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary is rumored to go in.
Over in Disney California Adventure, the old Condor Flats area continues its transformation into the new Grizzly Peak Airfield. The first phase of that remodel opened over the weekend with the opening of Smokejumpers Grill, formerly known as Taste Pilot’s Grill.
Inside, the restaurant is painted in warmer, earthy tones, offsetting the coldness of the industrial structure. Props throughout have been replaced with period appropriate 1950s-era National Parks-style decor, with a backstory that pays tribute to the fictional forest firefighters: the Bearpaw Basin Smokejumpers.
The props and theming throughout is a huge improvement over the hip and modern Taste Pilot’s Grill that opened with the park in 2001. You could spend a good amount of time checking it all out — and it’s all great.
Bravo to the team at Imagineering behind this transformation. It’s a wonder what can be done by stripping away the tackiness from 2001 and layering in a lot of new, wonderful period-appropriate props. The place looks great and I hope a new menu moves in sometime soon — this restaurant is finally deserving of a great menu.
Views from the Monorail
Over in the main Grizzly Peak area, Grizzly River Run is open again following its winter refurbishment.
In Paradise Bay, World of Color has returned but the platform is still up during the daytime while work continues on the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” show, debuting as part of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebration in May.
In Cars Land, Luigi’s Flying Tires remains closed as work on its replacement attraction gets underway
And in the Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, don’t miss baby goats Bernard and Bianca!
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