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Astro Orbitor continues to emerge, DCA Little Mermaid Construction, Up Merchandise, +

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by , 05-31-2009 at 10:34 PM
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Welcome to the June 1st Dateline Disneyland. I am your substitute columnist, Fishbulb. Our Beloved Andy Castro is out enjoying some much deserved time off in WDW.

This week we feature more progress in Tomorrowland with the Astro Orbitor receiving more pieces and the fountain in the Tomorrowland 'quad' area seeing verticle progress. We then move over to Disneyland Lite, or DCA to view the progress in Paradise Pier's lagoon for the World of Color show and a peek at Little Mermaid construction.

And don't forget to read through to the very end to see shots of the winners from this past weekend's amazing Gumball Rally!

Ready? Let's begin.

Astro Orbitor continues to get's it's futuristic patina applied as the former Cosmic Waves area is refurbished and we begin to see vertical progress surrounding the ball.

Up Merchandise has emerged in the Crystal Arcade on Main Street...

Peter Pan continues it's refurb as the planting area just inside the Castle courtyard gets some TLC as well...


We now move over to DCA to check up on the progress over there. The old Golden Dreams theater and the adjoined restrooms have all gone behind brightly colored, Little Mermaid themed walls. This has turned the stretch of walkway from the Trattoria to Golden Zephyr into an endless blue corridor.
Construction behind the theater has already begun in order to make room for the large show building being planned.
The Fountain in the former Christmas Tree pointe planter is seeing progress. The left side of the area has now emerged from behind the construction walls and construction will now start on the opposite side for the matching planters.

Paradise Lagoon continues to progress nicely. The viewing area for World of Color is beginning to smooth out...

The structures in the lagoon have been painted black.

Here's a few shots from around the resort from this week...

Disneyland Resort theme parks will begin closing early on week days to accommodate Grad Night events in early June. Please plan your visit accordingly. For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Theme Park Calendar

Disneyland Park
Monday - Wednesday: 8 am - 11pm
Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
Disneyland Park
Astro Oribtor: Closed through June 12.
Peter Pan's Flight: Closed through June 7.
Snow White's Scary Adventures: Closed June 8 through July 3
Pinocchio's Daring Journey: Closed July 20 through August 14.
The Enchanted Cottage: Closed through July 29 through November 17.
Fantasmic! Returns June 12.
Remember... Dreams Come True - A Fireworks Spectacular: Final performance May 31, 2009. Returns fall 2009.
Magical - A Fireworks Spectacular: Debuts June 11, 2009.
Pixie Hollow queue and pond: Opens with enhancements June 12.
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years/Main Street Opera House: Closed. Reopens as The Disneyland Story: Featuring Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln December 17, 2009.
Disney's California Adventure Park
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Adventure: Golden Dreams theater scheduled for demolition and new attraction construction scheduled to begin in May 2009.
Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling June 1, 2009 through June 2011.
The Lucky Fortune Cookery: Unused food service location is being converted into larger Mexican-style food dining facility. Opens June 18.
Orange Stinger: Closes July 27 to be rethemed as Silly Symphony Swings. Reopens April 28, 2010.
Paradise Bay: Drained for construction of upcoming Disney's World of Color show.
Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
Golden State Park and Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger amphitheater for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new amphitheater will open December 2009.

Lastly a BIG Congratulations to this years winners of the Gumball Rally and a huge thanks to the staff for a wonderful event. This was MiceChat's biggest Rally ever with nearly 300 people in attendance.

FIRST PLACE - Kids Incorporated
188 points out of 200 possible

SECOND PLACE - Without a clue
176 points out of 200 possible

THIRD PLACE - 3 meffalumps and 1 Woozle
174 points out of 200 possible

The Doombuggies - Best Logo

BBC - Spirit Award

I would like to thank all of the teams for playing in this years rally. Sure, there were "winners" but if your team had fun that was the grand prize. We'd also like to give a shout out to Howard Johnson Anaheim for providing such an awesome place to have the after party!!!

Read the OC Register Gumball Rally coverage along with a photo slide show and results.

Next week your regular columnist, Andy Castro, will be back with his stunning photography and trademark meticulous reporting.

Till then, See you in the parks!


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Updated 05-31-2009 at 10:42 PM by Dateline Disneyland

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  1. Cadensmama07's Avatar
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    Great report!!! Congrats to everyone!!!
  2. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
  3. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update Fishy!
  4. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Great update, those Little Mermaid walls are exciting! Thanks for filling in for me this week, Fishbulb! And congrats to the Gumball Rally winners!

    - Andy
  5. Nancy Carey's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update, your pictures are amazing, and I appreciated the explanations.
  6. Mac Daddy's Avatar
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    Great job filling in for Andy, Fishbulb! Your photos at the end are stunning. I think that at times it's easy to think of you as someone who just takes snapshots of Micechat Meets, but you really are an amazing photographer.
  7. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Wonderful update Fishy! Thank you for filling in and keeping us all up to date.
  8. Kritter's Avatar
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    amazing update!
  9. pratt55's Avatar
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    Wonderful pictures Fishy. The rose is my favorite.
  10. Dustysage's Avatar
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  11. LAZ-E's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update. The new Astro Orbiter paint job looks a little like GlaDOS from Portal.
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    Does anyone know what the name of this plant is?
  14. 1TINKFAN's Avatar
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    Great updates! And congratulations to the Gumball Rally winners! I wasnt planning on being there this weekend but went anyways on Saturday and I smiled whenever I saw teams running past that were participating in the Rally!! It looked like alot of fun!
  15. Fishbulb's Avatar
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    That flower is called a Mandevilla

    Mandevilla - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  16. WOKcreative's Avatar
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    Great update! Thanx
  17. Uncle Bob's Avatar
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    I like the new landscaping in Christmas tree point. Nice update.
  18. MickeyMousePal's Avatar
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    Great Update Fishy.
  19. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  20. dlandjimmy's Avatar
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    Nice update Fishbulb! That picture of the 'horn and the flowers is epic. Love that shot!
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