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.
|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.
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.
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.”
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.
- Disneyland Diamond Days Sweepstakes to Give Away Dazzling Prizes During Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration — Disneyland will give away prizes to Resort guests throughout the 60th Anniversary celebration including real diamonds, stays in the Disneyland Dream Suite, Cinderella glass slippers, and more.
- A Taste of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration — Special cupcakes and drinks are among the special 60th Anniversary food offerings that will be available starting in late-May.
- Mickey Mouse and Friends to Wear Sparkling New Ensembles for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration — Disney recently unveiled Mickey and Minnie’s new costumes for the 60th Anniversary celebration.
- Closer Look at Nighttime Entertainment and More Coming for Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration — Disney recently hosted a 60th Anniversary media preview the offered a closer look at the new fireworks and nighttime parade coming to Disneyland.
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.
By evening, Twitter was lighting up with pictures of the really fantastic lighting Sleeping Beauty Castle got for the America’s Funniest Videos taping.
Here's a shot of the castle lighting tonight for the AFV filming. Looks pretty cool in person. pic.twitter.com/Ijy93QA7i6
— Joshua W. (@joshua_w) April 18, 2015
Another view of sleeping Beauty rainbow castle pic.twitter.com/1GAWjtSYXA
— Fiyero88 (@Fiyero88) April 18, 2015
Meanwhile, walls are still up at Peter Pan’s Flight while the attraction gets some major new show enhancements.
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.
Nearby, the Matterhorn is still closed while the Abominable Snowman gets some major upgrades.
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?
Over in California Adventure, Condor Flats continues to disappear in Grizzly Peak’s new lush forest theming.
In Hollywood Land, Frozen Fun will soon be wrapping up.
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:
@TouringPlans Muppet*Vision 3D is expected to return at some point in the future.
— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) February 13, 2015
…but by late-March the tone had changed a bit.
@robjyeo We currently do not have a return date for this attraction.
— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) March 25, 2015
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?
@jenndarling4u Hi Jenn! At this time, Muppet Vision 3D is currently unavailable at this time at Disney California Adventure Park.
— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) April 3, 2015
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|Weekly Theme Park Hours
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