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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  • This week sees the return of Critter Country and the closure of Innoventions. Expect a rush of Spring Breakers beating the heat on Splash Mountain!
  • We expect Easter weekend to be very busy – even though most Annual Passports are blocked now for the Spring Break season, the crowds keep coming. Although our projection shows the daily average, you can expect higher crowds during peak hours.
  • Wondercon takes place this weekend, and you can expect con-goers to swell the crowds somewhat Friday and Saturday.
  • Keep an eye on the future with extended Tomorrowplan crowd estimates, only in the Mouseaddict app.

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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.

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The two turrets up front evoke the pop-o-matic bubble from Milton Bradley’s Trouble®

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.

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Below are day and night concepts for the castle overlay.

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Someday, Mickey, all this will belong to the shareholders.

 

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The metal toppers are a bit awkward in appearance at the moment.

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Andy mentioned these projection towers last week. Very nicely done here.

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The floppy application doesn’t quite match up to the existing dimensions of the roof, leaving the seams fully exposed.
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Just so you know, that is F Tower 6.
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The Silver bands resemble rhinestone duct tape at the moment.
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Seriously folks, the cuts on the silver bands look like an afterthought to the angles of the roof tops.

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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.

EGG-Straveganza

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.

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Your prize is any one of these little egg creations.

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Spring

It wouldn’t be an In The Parks update without shots of the spring foliage, so here goes.

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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.

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Matterhorn Bobsleds

Something exciting is getting into the Matterhorn according to rumors and we are really missing this classic Disneyland ride.

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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.

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Dust Mountain

The future is still dirty. There seems to be no hope in sight as the mountain just gets grungier by the week.

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Innoventions

Meanwhile, the lower level of Innoventions lays dormant in preparation for the installation of the rumored 60th anniversary exhibit.

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Critter Country

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.

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A new roof was added to one of the lift hills.

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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.

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There’s a lot of rock-work going on in this area.

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Grizzly Peak Airfield to the left, Buena Vista Street to the right.

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.

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Grizzly River Rapids

The popular raft ride, Grizzly River Rapids is helping keep the Spring Break crowds cool and refreshed.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
 
[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: Expected to reopen April 10 with preview for Disney’s “Tomorrowland.”
  • Innoventions: Closes March 31. Rumored to reopen in May with new exhibit for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • Soarin’ Over California: Closed for refurbishment and enhancements. Reopens May 15.
  • 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 through March 26 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.
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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