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Golden Dreams gone for good, World of Color work, BBQ prices, Kitson Kids, + more

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by , 07-26-2009 at 07:55 PM
Welcome back for the July 27 edition of Dateline Disneyland. This week we'll check in on the on-going construction in Disney's California Adventure including the complete removal of the Golden Dreams Theater. In Disneyland, the Bank of Main Street is behind tarps as it begins its conversion into the new Disney Gallery, and Big Thunder Barbeque finally reduces prices after a overly pricey launch. And finally, Downtown Disney has some new tenants.

Of course, you can always click on the Project Tracker images for the latest news, information, and on-going discussion on the various projects around the Resort.

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The Bank of Main Street in Town Square is now completely behind tarps as it begins its conversion into the new Disney Gallery.

The Disney Visa Rewards kiosk is still open, however.

In Fantasyland, Pinocchio's Daring Journey is now closed for refurbishment. The dark ride is set to reopen mid-August.

The Big Thunder Barbeque and Roundup has slashed prices in hopes to attract more people. Finally, the cost is more reasonable, and Disney is finally advertising the restaurant is an "all-you-care-to-enjoy" establishment.

Of course, prices still aren't listed - guests must ask a host or hostess for price points. But adults cost $19.99 for lunch, and $24.99 for dinner. Children cost $9.99. Dessert has been removed from the base cost, but can be added for extra. Also removed are the characters and constant live entertainment from the venue. Disney's gotta make up for the price decrease somewhere, right?

Construction continues on the massive California Adventure remodel and expansion. This week saw the completion of the Golden Dreams Theater removal, including the adjoining San Francisco Street restroom building.

The Theater is completely gone now to make way for the future Little Mermaid dark ride.

From San Francisco Street:

The entire restroom building has been removed.

Across from the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda, which will soon be integrated into the upcoming Little Mermaid facade, the new Paradise Park sculpture continues to take shape behind construction walls.

The viewing area is continues to come along...

The Orange Stinger continues to be dismantled from within. The Orange peel should start to come down beginning this week.

The new World of Color utility box between the Orange Stinger and Golden Zephyr continues to get detailing added to the rock work.

The new Kitson Kids has opened in the former location of Starabillias, in Downtown Disney.

The store is a bit chaotic, with shelves lined with merchandise in almost no apparent order.

Lots of pricey kids clothing and toys here.

Paparazzi photos of celebrities with Kitson shopping bags are featured on the store's walls.

And nearby, the former Compass Books magazine stand is now a paint-it-yourself pottery kiosk. It'll cost you $19.30 to paint any ceramic item on the shelf, according to the OC Register's Around Disney blog.

And to finish up our photo update, some photos from around the park.

For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Sunday 10 am - 9 pm
Disneyland Park
  • Pinocchio's Daring Journey: Closed July 20 through August 14.
  • The Enchanted Cottage: Closed July 29 through November 17.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train: Closed August 31 through November 20.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats: Closed August 31 through November 20.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 8 through September 10.
  • Space Mountain: Closed September 8 through September 24 to install "Ghost Galaxy" Halloween overlay.
  • Minnie's House: Closes September 9
  • The Haunted Mansion: Closed September 10 through September 24 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
  • Gadget's Go Coaster: Closed September 19 through October 26
  • The Disney Gallery: Opens September 26, 2009 in the Bank of Main Street
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed September 28 through October 2.
  • 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
  • Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
  • Cocina Cucomonga: Food service location closed June 18, when new location opened. Original location reopens with new Asian-style menu September 14.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • 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.

The RV park that was previously caught up in the big SunCal development drama within the last couple years is now being looked at for proposed shopping and dining and a remodeled RV park.

Eateries, store could go on Disney-area RV park site
New restaurants, a pharmacy and renovated RV park are planned for a Disney-area site once entangled in a debate about whether housing should go near theme parks.
A new owner recently paid $10 million for the 11-acre site at Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road where Anaheim RV Village now sits.

The owner, Mother Colony Group, plans to spruce up the RV park, said Dudley Frank, the managing partner. Walgreens has expressed interest in the corner site and Frank hopes to lure one or two restaurants, like Applebee’s and Chili’s Grill and Bar.

In early 2008, plans to build condominiums on the site fell apart after a Disney-led group protested against any new homes in the area, saying the zone should be reserved for tourism purposes. The protest was instigated by SunCal’s proposal to build homes, including affordable units, where two nearby mobile home parks sit, but all similar proposals were also shot down.

Frank also owns the two mobile home parks that SunCal intended to develop.

“He thought it was an excellent opportunity for the future,” Don Nourse, of CB Richard Ellis and who represented Frank, said of the RV park. “He believes in Anaheim. That was the right price at the right time.”

For the full article, visit Around Disney: Eateries, store could go on Disney-area RV park site

The D23 folks have posted the transcript of the World of Color/Blue Sky Cellar press preview, which gives some hints and new information on the upcoming 25-minute nighttime water show.

07.21.09 - As the creative team behind the upcoming innovative water spectacular World of Color at Disney's California Adventure gears up for the attraction's spring 2010 opening, D23 caught up with Steven Davison, vice president, Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment; Chuck Davis, technical producer for World of Color; Bob Weis, executive vice president, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering; and Sayre Wiseman, director, Show Production, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, to get an inside look at this exciting upcoming water spectacular.

Q: What is the main "Wow" factor for this show? And how is this going to be different from Fantasmic!?
Steven Davison: I think a lot of it is going to be how water becomes a character and that's the hardest thing to show in a creative presentation — how water becomes a living actor and will create things for you. It's the philosophy I used when we did all our firework shows — even when you see a firework and you hear music and you see a certain color and you see a certain effect, it triggers your mind to think about, in our case, a Disney property like Cinderella is blue and beautiful silver, and you are hearing "So This is Love." It instantly brings that back and this show is going to do that same thing in very different way where water becomes a living ballet of dancers, and at times it will form shapes in the grid that will evoke certain things. At times it mixes with media. But it does it on a very, very big scale and in a very imaginative way. That's why I keep saying it's not a movie, that we don't want it to just be a movie screen. We can literally project anywhere on anything that has a living water in it. Sometimes it's just beautiful droplets, and a lot of it is about really inspiring people's imagination. When you watch it, we will literally pull you into the show. The soundtrack is nearly completed, and it is stunning. It has so much emotion and depth and from the very first moment, it will pull you in and should encapsulate you to the end. It won't let you go until the very last effect, which we won't tell you what it is right now! So that's what I think the big difference is. Fantasmic! utilizes people and sets and things. We are going to do it all organically in a very different way that it comes and disappears. And when it comes up, it kind of just takes you in, and it becomes an environment. The environment is all encompassing when you are out there.
Sayre Wiseman: One thing that is unique about World of Color is that the audience is actually less than 25 feet away from the first fountain and those fountains go 40 feet in the air. So you have a sense of connection so it's not like you're watching something in the distance. You're actually very close to the effect.

Q: What are the best sight lines around the lagoon to view the show?
Sayre: The deepest part of the fountain structure is right there in the center of the viewing area. Our viewing count actually goes from the bridge all the way past the viewing area to the Zephyr. So that's really where the show is at its best. We did a CGI test and the show also looks incredible from the back by Paradise Pier. It's different and you see the production in a different way, but it's really unique back there as well. I know it looks a little bit skewed to the left in the plans but it's actually designed to be that way.

Q: Is the technology used over at Pixie Hollow at night, especially the technology used under water, borrowed from this attraction or is that something completely different?
Chuck Davis: It's different technology at a substantially different scale. The pool at Pixie Hollow is about 20 inches deep and over here we are 14 feet deep. Their fountains don't go very high and ours go 200 feet. So it's really a question of scale, and I think that the work that was done to produce World of Color was based on that scale. So we are pushing the industry for underwater lighting, for LED lighting, for fountains, for flames and all of that. We are pushing that forward substantially in size and scale.

Q: How many of the fire cannons are there in World of Color and how and are they all mounted on swivel devices?
Chuck: There are 36 canons of varying sizes and 12 of them are mounted on swivels.

Q: It seems like you've built World of Color so that you can revamp the show down the road as Disney adds movies and new content. Is that accurate?
Steven: Yes. Incredibly, we made everything very software receivable, so that when… [a new movie] comes out, we can seamlessly put it into the show very quickly. We are going to have World of Color keep changing over time. So if you come throughout the year, we will be putting new things into it as we go on. We're also going to do specialty shows. We will do a holiday show and probably a Halloween show. World of Color is as endless as your imagination. We have some great ideas for Christmas that will surprise everybody that will totally do new things.
For the full article, visit D23: INSIDE DCA'S WORLD OF COLOR

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  1. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!

    Where will the Golden Dreams mural end up? John Stamos' back yard?
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    Im still waiting for the new Dragon to be fixed for Fantasmic....I think its funny to see the new Dragon all over the park and no Dragon......I cant wait to see the new halloween themed space mountain........
  4. StrikeYerColors's Avatar
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    great update, as per usual! i just love "dateline disneyland" and "in the parks", you guys!
  5. Moonwalker's Avatar
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    Thank you for the update Andy, pictures are superb as always. Excellent report!

    I wonder why the mural was not taken down at the same time as the theater? Also I wonder what did they do with the Whoopi Goldberg statues?
  6. Experiment 626's Avatar
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    WOW! I never went into the theater when it was open,sucks Im never gonna get the chance now! :-(
  7. MickeyMaxx's Avatar
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    Thanks, Andy! Dateline Disneyland makes me look forward to Monday each week. An invaluable account of the park goings-on!
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    I hope the Golden Dreams mural is preserved, I love the artwork on it.
    Awesome update on the World of Color show! Every time I hear more about it, I get more excited about eventually seeing it XD
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    The Big Thunder Barbeque and Roundup!
    Now it sound like a place to "EAT",I think the price is
    more reasonable also
    ....except they still should list the price.......
    and Disney be better off doing so!
    Thanks ANDY,Good report!
  10. lighttragic's Avatar
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    great update.
  11. DLFreak71's Avatar
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    You didn't miss much by not going in the Dreams Theatre. I tried to watch it twice and fell asleep both times. Yes, very excited about the price drop over in Thunder BBQ area.
    Update and pics were great. Being in AZ it allows me to see what's going on and I appreciate it very very much.
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    WOW! Big Thunder Ranch BBQ $24.99 Disneyland sure seems to keep raising there prices even $94.00 for a 1 day park hopper ticket. California Adventure is in pieces
    I'm sure Walt Disney is looking down with a frown and saying Happiest place on earth, more like most expensive amusement park on earth. Now do not get me wrong my Micechat buddies My family and I love Disneyland but it just becoming non affordable for many famlies who live out of state and to rent Hotels.
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