Disneyland’s Castle continues to get bedazzled in preparation for the 60th anniversary Diamond Jubilee celebration. While still a work in progress, there is some cause for concern. It’s not all bad, mind you, but there are some things which may make you wince. We then breeze through the park to look at the other projects such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Peter Pan’s Flight, Splash Mountain and Critter Country, along with Innoventions. That’s not to mention Disney California Adventure and the return of Grizzly River Run, the Grizzly Peak Airfield, and all of the other lovely shots from around the resort. Andy Castro and Dateline Disneyland will be back next Monday, but we hope you enjoy today’s substitute article from Norman Gidney.
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Spring, one of the most beautiful times at the Disneyland resort as the foliage bursts to life and the sunshine makes the colors pop.
Castle Bling a Ding Ding
The Castle continues its transformation from drab, pink and blue to bedazzled beauty in preparation for the 60th Anniversary Celebrations. Still in a very rough state, far from completion, the craftsmanship leaves plenty to be desired at the moment. Unfinished edges leave exposed seams between the original roof and the sparkly applique being applied. Then there are the bizarre translucent diamond turrets prominently displayed front and center. Again, all of this criticism should be taken with a wait-and-see attitude, as it is simply not finished yet.
In person the overlay actually looks interesting, if not pretty. The gleaming blues and teals on the shingles have a depth of color that is mesmerizing. At nearly any angle the castle glints and gleams with migraine-inducing beams of concentrated sunlight.
Below are day and night concepts for the castle overlay.
There is every likelihood that this overlay will be pulled together with a little bit of polish and trim work. Let’s hope that it all looks better when complete.
Spring Break is in full swing at the resort. That brings with it the Easter Egg-straveganza egg hunt. Get your maps at Elias and Company in Disney California Adventure or at the Disney Showcase inside Disneyland for $4.95.
Your prize is any one of these little egg creations.
It wouldn’t be an In The Parks update without shots of the spring foliage, so here goes.
Peter Pan’s Flight
The classic Peter Pan’s Flight continues its refurbishment in preparation for the 60th. We have heard reports from inside that what is happening in this beloved dark ride is nothing short of wondrous. Fingers crossed folks.
Something exciting is getting into the Matterhorn according to rumors and we are really missing this classic Disneyland ride.
it’s a small world
More of the façade for it’s a small world has been revealed. The work here is lovely with sparking gold spires and ivory white panels. Nice job here.
The future is still dirty. There seems to be no hope in sight as the mountain just gets grungier by the week.
Meanwhile, the lower level of Innoventions lays dormant in preparation for the installation of the rumored 60th anniversary exhibit.
The ledges and cliffs of Splash Mountain have received new sod and have been all trimmed up and cleaned in preparation for a planned April 3rd opening. Water has returned to the ride and the logs have been placed back into the flume.
Meanwhile, in Disney California Adventure, the Grizzly Peak Airfield is still being built and landscaped. Despite the construction surrounding it, the new Smoke Jumper’s Grill offers guests a tasty sneak peek of what’s to come to the area. We really like what we see here so far.
From the Monorail, you can get a look at what is happening behind the walls. So much greenery and place making. We can’t wait to see this area when complete.
Grizzly River Rapids
The popular raft ride, Grizzly River Rapids is helping keep the Spring Break crowds cool and refreshed.
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|That should do it folks! Things are coming along for this summer and the big 60th Anniversary celebration. Let’s hope that the castle project comes together and let’s the centerpiece of the park shine as the symbol for the park throughout the jubilee. See you In The Parks!A very special thank you to all of Dateline’s Patreon supporters for their monthly support keeping Dateline Disneyland alive, especially our special top-tier supporters.
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