Disney’s latest sci-fi adventure, “Tomorrowland” takes the park back to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair for a sneak preview in the Magic Eye Theater. The Brad Bird-directed film hits theaters in May and Disneyland guests can get an extended sneak preview of the film and check out production art and film props from the upcoming movie in the land of the same name. Meanwhile, Disneyland continues to get ready for its big 60th Anniversary with refurbishment and enhancement projects as the park exits the busy Spring Break season.

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Welcome to Disneyland!

Spring break crowds have mostly headed home and Disneyland is enjoying a few brief weeks of off-season crowds before the launch of its big 60th Anniversary celebration and the official kick-off to summer in late-May.

A look at wait times Friday afternoon

Over at Disney California Adventure…

No Diamond Celebration decorations on Carthay Circle Theater yet

A look at some manageable wait times Friday afternoon

Tomorrow lands in Disneyland

Back in Disneyland, the new extended sneak preview of Disney’s upcoming “Tomorrowland” film has opened in the Magic Eye Theater. The entire exterior and preshow area have been painted in silvers, whites and blues, finally bringing this part of Tomorrowland out of the brown ages of Tomorrowland 1998.

The theater’s covered preshow area prominently features production artwork of World’s Fair graphics and signage that were created and reproduced for the film.

Futuristic city silhouette on the wall

“Tomorrowland” movies posters

Lots of 1964 New York World’s Fair art work that was recreated for the film decorates the walls of the preshow area.

Reference photo and graphics samples

Graphics recreations for filming.

It’s A Small World!

Concept art and production stills from the “it’s a small world” scene from the film…

The Hall of Invention, a creation for the film

The Dinoland billboard may be referencing Sinclair’s Dinoland, a feature of the New York World’s Fair and also the Disney-designed Ford Magic Skyway attraction.

Graphics for Greyhound Buses and Bel-Gem Waffles, seen during the New York World’s Fair scenes…

Inside the theater you see all of these great New York World’s Fair graphics in action in the extended preview of “Tomorrowland.” The scene shown gives a glimpse into the backstory of Frank, our hero, and how he got involved with the secret Tomorrowland society during his visit to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The extended scene wraps up with a traditional movie trailer-style series of clips, encouraging you to go see “Tomorrowland” when it hits theaters May 22.

Next door, guests exiting the Magic Eye Theater can enjoy am exclusive behind-the-scenes exhibit of production art and props from the film in the Starcade. Don’t worry – the front half of the Starcade remains closed — the exhibit is in the back.

Two screens in the exhibit feature clips of filmmakers Damon Lindleof and Brad Bird talking about different aspects of making the movie, including being inspired by Disneyland!

A window display showcases the mysterious “1952” box that the filmmakers claim to have “found” in the Disney Archives, which contained various items that inspired the making of “Tomorrowland.”

The back of the exhibit features displays of various props from the film.

Hall of Invention props, which you’ll see during the sneak preview in the Magic Eye Theater.

I really enjoyed the “Tomorrowland” preview and exhibit at Disneyland. I was skeptical of this film, particularly with early marketing aspects including the “1952” box, which flirted with fabricating false company history for no good reason. The preview and exhibit have me interested, though, and I look forward to seeing this one in theaters in May.

Disney released a video discussing the connections between “Tomorrowland” and Walt Disney’s own work.

Getting Ready to Dazzle

The parks continue to get ready for the big 60th Anniversary before it kicks off in late-May. Disney continues to release small snippets of information related to the upcoming 60th Anniversary celebration. Below are some recent 60th Anniversary headlines, photos and videos.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Meanwhile, a few new refurbishment projects have popped up around the park as Disneyland continues to get ready for its big 60th Anniversary Celebration in late-May. The old Wizard of Bras porch is now behind walls for some work.

America’s Funniest Videos filmed a big 25th Anniversary episode in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle over the weekend…

The tarp on the castle covered up lights for filming

Besides filming set-up, the Castle looks just about ready for the 60th. All its missing is its big “60” decoration, which will probably be added just before the 60th kick-off in May.

Walls are down inside the Castle tunnel

Looks like the work was to modify this doorway, which was previously recessed.

A look back at filming set-up.

By evening, Twitter was lighting up with pictures of the really fantastic lighting Sleeping Beauty Castle got for the America’s Funniest Videos taping.

Fixing Up Fantasyland

Meanwhile, walls are still up at Peter Pan’s Flight while the attraction gets some major new show enhancements.

And exterior refurbishment work continues at Pinocchio’s Daring Journey.

We showed you “it’s a small world’s” completed facade refurbishment last week but now the clock tower is once again operating. It all looks really fantastic.

Work continues on the portion of Small World affected by the small fireworks-related fire at the end of February.

Work is now underway on some parade lighting towers along Small World Promenade

Nearby, the Matterhorn is still closed while the Abominable Snowman gets some major upgrades.

True-Life Refurbishment

In Adventureland, Tarzan’s Treehouse is closed for refurbishment work.


In Tomorrowland, Innoventions is still behind walls and Disney has yet to officially announce what’s happening in the building. Will the rumored 60th Anniversary exhibit be announced soon?

Elsewhere in Tomorrowland, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is now getting a facade refurbishment.

Coming in for a Landing

Over in California Adventure, Condor Flats continues to disappear in Grizzly Peak’s new lush forest theming.

Views from the Monorail


In Hollywood Land, Frozen Fun will soon be wrapping up.

The first to go is the horribly underwhelming Freeze the Night dance party. Work is now underway in transforming that lackluster offering back into an enhanced version of the popular Mad T Party.

The Frozen-themed overlay here is quickly being removed.

Oversized playing cards are being added back here

Freeze the Night’s blue-and-white lights still need to be swapped out.

Meanwhile, the rest of Frozen Fun continues… The next offering that will close will be Olaf’s Snow Fest on April 30.

Olaf will then be relocated to a yet-to-be-announced alternate location.

Disney has yet to announce an official end date for the Frozen Sing-Along show, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, and the Frozen meet-and-greet inside the Disney Animation pavilion. Of course, these offerings could, and depending on guest demand, may just continue to be offered indefinitely.

Will Muppet*Vision 3D return? Disneyland has yet to give an official release date, but when the attraction first closed for Frozen Fun, the park’s social media team insisted to worried fans the show would return at a later date:

…but by late-March the tone had changed a bit.

We’ll see what happens as the Frozen Fun promotion comes to an end in the coming weeks. Will some of it linger or will Hollywood Land return to normal?

Downtown Changes

In Downtown Disney, the Disney Vacation Club sales center is now open.

Work continues in the rest of the building here, but no official word yet on what is brewing here.

Some repainting at Naples

The Downtown Disney marquee continues to get its blue-and-silver repaint for the 60th.

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
April 20-26, 2015
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thur.: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 8 am – 12 am
Saturday: 9 am – 12 am
Sunday: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thur.: 9 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed May 4-8 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain: Closed May 6 for refurbishment.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed April 20-May 1 for refurbishment.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed for refurbishment, reopens May 16.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Closed through May 20 for refurbishment and enhancements.
  • Magic Eye Theatre and Starcade: Reopens April 17 with preview and exhibit for Disney’s “Tomorrowland.”
  • Innoventions: Closed. 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 for re-Imagineering into new attraction. Reopening not yet announced.
  • 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]
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

April 20-26


  • Light rain is forecast throughout the week – however, we do not see this affecting attendance.
  • Hotels are plentiful and many are running specials before the height of the summer tourist season kicks in.
  • Look even further into the future with Tomorrowplan continuous crowd projections 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]
  • New BB-8 Star Wars droid will appear at Disney theme parks. (NY Times)
  • Disney debuts new allergy-friendly menus at Disneyland, Walt Disney World. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • Disney’s stock saw $2 billion in value added after the debut of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. (Market watch)
  • The Disneyland-linked measles outbreak may soon be over in California. (ABC 7)
  • A West Virginia woman is suing Disney, claiming the company implanted her with a chip. (West Virginia Record)
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