Welcome back to Dateline Disneyland! It's been a busy week at the Disneyland Resort with the opening of the new "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," a couple new offerings in Downtown Disney, and on-going work on the various projects in Disney's California Adventure. As the Resort buzzes with activity is also quietly observing last week's death of Roy E. Disney with Disney flags at half-staff.
More information and ongoing discussion on many of the various construction projects featured in today's update can be found in the Project Tracker threads on MiceChat. Simply click on a photo with a Project Tracker watermark and you'll be linked up to the latest news and discussion on the various projects underway at the Resort.
There's a lot to get to this week, so let's get started!
WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND
A promo display for the Honda car giveaway at the Mickey and Friends tram stop could use some attention.
It's pretty scuffed up, and the snow bases for the trees are broken and chipped.
In the Main Entrance Plaza, work continues on the new stroller and wheelchair rental building.
On Wednesday Disney lost Roy E. Disney, son of Roy O. Disney and nephew to Walt Disney. Roy's death followed a year-long battle with stomach cancer and Disney CEO Bob Iger ordered Disney theme parks to observe Roy's death by lowering Disney flags to half-staff.
Roy E. Disney, Key Figure in Revitalizing The Walt Disney Company, Disney’s Animation Legacy, Dies at Age 79
Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old. Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney’s animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 – 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company’s board of directors, and chairman of the Studio’s Animation Department. In recent years, he held the title of director emeritus and consultant for the Company.
As head of Disney Animation, Disney helped to guide the Studio to a new golden age of animation with an unprecedented string of artistic and box office successes that included “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” He personally executive produced “Fantasia/2000,” a sequel to the 1940 Disney classic, and served in a similar capacity on a number of recent animated shorts, including the 2004 Oscar®-nominated “Destino,” based on storyboards and original art by the iconic artist Salvador Dali. In the area of live-action films, Disney and his wife, Leslie DeMeuse Disney, most recently executive produced the 2008 feature documentary, “Morning Light,” which followed a group of young sailors as they competed in the grueling Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
His philanthropic activities included sponsorship of the Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, part of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, is scheduled to open in spring, 2010.
Commenting on the announcement, Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said, “On behalf of everyone at Disney, we are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Roy E. Disney. He was much more than a valued 56-year Company veteran – Roy’s true passion and focus were preserving and building upon the amazing legacy of Disney animation that was started by his father and uncle. Roy’s commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney’s past, present and future.”
WELCOME BACK ABE
The Main Street Opera House reopened late last week with the latest version of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln."
The impressive Capitol Building scale model is back on display.
The beautiful new "Mr. Lincoln" lobby is full of art work by Imagineering legends created for the show.
Photos are strictly prohibited inside the theater, but Disney released a couple publicity photos of the new show. The new 15-minute presentation is heavy on nostalgia, utilizing vintage paintings from Disney legends and the original audio from voice actor Royal Dano. It will be interesting to see how this show, which is heavy on patriotism, but low on thrills will favor with current audiences. On opening weekend, theaters were only half-full.
The DisneyParks Blog posted video footage of the new Lincoln Audio-Animatronics figure being programmed. 27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="437" height="265" id="viddler">
Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Wednesday: 10 am - 9 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
CURRENT ATTRACTION CLOSURES & REFURBISHMENTS
Haunted Mansion: Closed January 4 - 14 to remove holiday overlay.
Big Thunder Ranch: Closed January 4 - 12 to remove holiday overlay.
Main Street Cinema: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
Starcade: Closed January 4 through February 1 for refurbishment.
Le Petit Chalet Gifts: Closed January 4 through February 10 for refurbishment.
Corn Dog Wagon: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
Tomorrowland Terrace: Closed January 4 through May 4 for refurbishment.
Rivers of America: Closed January 4 through May 6 for a major refurbishment. The closure of the river will result in the necessary closure of the following attractions:
Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed January 4 - May 6
Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed January 4 - May 6
Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Closed January 4 - May 6
Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Closed January 4 - May 14
Disney's California Adventure Park
Grizzly River Run: Closed January 4 - 8 for refurbishment.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed January 11 through February 19 for refurbishment.
It's Tough To Be A Bug!: Closed January 20 - 21.
Francis' Lady Bug Boogie: Closed January 25 through February 4.
Orange Stinger: Closed for retheming. Reopens Spring 2010
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. Expected to be refilled mid-October 2009.
Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
Golden State Park and Amphitheater: Closed. New, larger viewing area for Disney's World of Color viewing under construction in same location. The new viewing area is scheduled to open February 2010 as Paradise Park.
CAPTAIN EO RETURN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
Disney finally announced the long-rumored return of Captain EO on their DisneyParks Blog last week:
Captain EO Returns to Disneyland Resort
Twenty-three years ago, at the height of his phenomenal entertainment career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney to create “Captain EO,” a groundbreaking 17-minute 3D film experience.
We are excited to confirm that the classic musical spectacular that thrilled Disneyland park guests from 1986 – 1997, will return for an exclusive, limited engagement at Disneyland park beginning in February 2010!
The attraction’s return to Tomorrowland will provide new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 3D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see “The King of Pop” in a rare performance created for the big-screen, just one more time.
“Honey I Shrunk The Audience” will be closing sometime in the next few weeks to make way for the Captain’s return.
'ITS A SMALL WORLD' TO GET NEW MARQUEE
As part of Sylvania's new sponsorship of Disneyland's iconic "it's a small world" attraction, the attraction will get a new illuminated marquee in early 2010:
Sylvania Sponsors Disney's 'Small World'
Sylvania is sponsoring the "It's a small world" attraction at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. The deal, which includes the attraction's first-ever illuminated marquee, is part of a 12-year agreement between The Walt Disney Company and Siemens.
The agreement includes marketing and promotional rights, attraction sponsorships and a promotional presence that features Siemens products and services at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Siemens also is the sponsor of the Epcot icon, SpaceShip Earth.
"The deal between Disney and Sylvania's parent company, Siemens, brings together the world's leading family entertainment company with a premiere global technology and infrastructure company," Mike Colotti, vice president of brand management and marketing communications for Sylvania, tells Marketing Daily. "In addition to marketing and promotional campaigns, our companies work together to develop and integrate Sylvania lighting technologies into Disney attractions and throughout its resorts."
The illuminated marquee -- the only change to the attraction -- will brighten the overall experience for guests, and is slated for installation in early 2010. The design is a visual celebration of what the attraction represents -- the happy spirit of children everywhere, according to Sylvania.
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