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Captain EO is ready to launch, DCA construction, Alice in Wonderland merch, +MORE

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by , 02-21-2010 at 06:34 PM
Greetings and welcome to the February 22nd edition of Dateline Disneyland! It's a big week at the parks as Disneyland prepares to open "Captain EO Tribute" tomorrow morning. Team Disney is expecting a big turn out for the return of Michael Jackson's 17-minute 1980s intergalactic musical. Meanwhile, the big Rivers of America refurbishment continues in Frontierland, and Disney's California Adventure remains a mess of construction walls for the foreseeable future as the park continues its $1 billion remodel and expansion through 2012.

Our photos this week once again come from the amazing Mac Daddy and Matt "2DieFR" Gottula.

For more information on any of the construction projects featured in today's update, just look for a Project Tracker water mark and click that photo for more information on the project and to join the on-going discussion.


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WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND!
The old Disneyland Stroller Shop is out from behind construction walls.


It's been completely walled off now and only offers a couple benches and awkward lighting for guests.



Despite being February, crowds haven't taken a break from the parks, and with Captain EO preparing to reopen tomorrow and local interest high, crowds likely won't die down anytime soon.


Off-season? What off-season?




(RE)LAUNCHING CAPTAIN EO
Work continued throughout the week in Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater as Walt Disney Imagineering worked overtime to get Captain EO ready for his February reopening. Cast Member testing took place throughout last week and Cast Members stationed outside the queue let Guests know the show was not yet open to the public.




On Friday, MiceAge's Al Lutz reported in his Editor's Note that Captain EO was set to open on Tuesday. Shortly after the news broke on MiceAge, Disney's PR team officially announced the same news on the DisneyParks Blog.


The OC Register's Around Disney blog later reported that Disney will set up a special queue outside Disneyland's main gate for Guests coming to see the first showing of Captain EO on Tuesday morning.

Capt. EO returns Tuesday to Disneyland
Michael Jackson’s “Captain EO” returns to Disneyland Tuesday, Disney announced this afternoon.

The first showing of the 3D film starring the late King of Pop is set for 10 a.m. It will be shown every 20 minutes in what used to be known as The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland.

“It will really be interesting to see how people react,” said Michele Himmelberg, a Disney spokeswoman. “This is really our tribute to bring it back and let our fans enjoy it.”

The park opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Outside the park gates, there will be a special line where movie-goers can line up.

“We do expect that there will be a good number of people that want to come out,” Himmelberg said.





Old Imagination Institute signage from "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" still lingers around the theatre.






RIVERS OF REFURBISHMENT
As Captain EO Tribute gets ready to take guests back to 1986, work continues on the Rivers of America refurbishment in Frontierland.
























CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION
Construction continues throughout California Adventure as the park undergoes a multi-year $1 billion remodel and expansion.

DISNEY'S WORLD OF COLOR & PARADISE PARK



























THE LITTLE MERMAID & CARS LAND







The OC Register's Around Disney Blog posted a video previewing the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction

Previewing The Little Mermaid attraction
at California Adventure

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Over in the former Timon Parking Lot, more track has been laid for the upcoming Radiator Springs Racers ride in Cars Land.





SILLY SYMPHONY SWINGS
& GOLDEN ZEPHYR REFURBISHMENT

Work continues on the new boardwalk queue beneath Silly Symphony Swings









Meanwhile, scaffolding has gone up around the Golden Zephyr while its closed for a refurbishment and paint job.











THIS AND THAT
The waterway beneath the Frontierland bridge has been refilled.


The new cement embankment is nice and clean, but doesn't look like anything like a realistic muddy shore that you'd find in the American frontier.


It almost looks like part of a miniature golf course now.



Pooh Corner in Critter Country has completed its refurbishment.







Over in California Adventure, the Bug's Land mural needs some TLC





A makeshift kids activity area has been set up under the old Burger Invasion dining location in Paradise Pier.


Here, kids can build a toy roller coaster instead of riding the cheap and tacky Mullholland Madness coaster just steps away.


Who wants the whiplash from Mullholland Madness anyway?




A new line of merchandise for the new Alice in Wonderland film has hit shelves around the Resort.













Some Downtown Disney facades are getting refurbished.











And work continues at the Disneyland Hotel








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AROUND THE PARK
And we'll wrap up the photo section of today's update with some shots from around the park...












DISNEYLAND WEEKLY HOURS AND INFO
THEME PARK HOURS FEBRUARY 22 — 28
For a complete listing of theme park hours, please visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
Disneyland Park
Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight

Disney's California Adventure Park
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm


CURRENT ATTRACTION CLOSURES & REFURBISHMENTS
Disneyland Park
  • Captain EO Tribute Opens Tuesday, February 23, 2010.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds: Closed through March 11 for refurbishment. Closed again April 12 - 16, April 19 - 23
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.
  • Little Red Wagon: Popular Main Street corn dog cart will be closed through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Disneyland Monorail: Closed April 19 and 20.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Closed April 26 through May 16.
  • Rivers of America: Closed 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 through May 6
    • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed through May 6
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Closed through May 6
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Closed through May 14

  • King Arthur Carrousel: Closed May 8-10.


Disney's California Adventure Park
  • S.S. rustworthy: Closed February 23-24.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! Closed for one day, March 8.
  • Golden Zephyr: Closed through April 2 for refurbishment.
  • Princess Dot's Puddle Park: Closed April 12-16, April 19-23 for refurbishment.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed April 12 - May 20 for refurbishment.
  • Award Wieners: Closed through April 18.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Closed through April 26.
  • Silly Symphony Swings: Orange Stinger is now closed for retheming. Reopens as the Silly Symphony Swings late April.
  • 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.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts Spring 2010.
  • Paradise Park: Former Golden State Amphitheater area is closed and a 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.



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FIRE BREAKS OUT AT DISNEYLAND HOTEL CONSTRUCTION SITE
A brief fire broke out in the Disneyland Hotel's Dream Tower's construction area on Tuesday, but was quickly extinguished by a team of Disneyland and Anaheim firefighters.

Fire put out at Disneyland hotel
Firefighters quickly doused a fire that broke out this afternoon at a construction site at the Dream Tower of the Disneyland Hotel, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 1:31 p.m. at 1717 S. Disneyland Dr., which is near the hotel, after heavy smoke was seen billowing from the third floor of the tower, said Anaheim fire spokeswoman Maria Sabol.

The fire was out in about five minutes with the help of about 21 firefighters from Anaheim and Disneyland, Sabol said.

The fire broke out when a blue plastic sheet ignited after welders – using torches – were working on an outside elevator of the 12-story building, Sabol said. The tower – one of three at the hotel — is being remodeled and was vacant.
For the full article, visit: OC Register: Fire put out at Disneyland hotel








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Updated 02-22-2010 at 11:25 AM by Dateline Disneyland (Added column banner)

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  1. GrimGrinningGhost's Avatar
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    And now some pictures from around the park...

    construction wall

    construction wall

    construction wall

    - i know its a blessing and a curse -

    Thanks for the great update!
  2. filmfreak11's Avatar
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    "Shortly after the news broke on MiceAge, Disney's PR team officially announced the same news on the DisneyParks Blog."

    This is as reliable as every other news network claiming to be "#1". Heavy Sigh. Why must you falsely pat yourself on the back?

    And the "makeshift kids activity area [that] has been set up under the old Burger Invasion dining location in Paradise Pier" looks like they are with the Y.E.S. program. (Youth Education Series). This is not a regular offering to DCA guests but for schools participating in an extensive field trip in the park.

    "Here, kids can build a toy roller coaster instead of riding the cheap and tacky Mullholland Madness coaster just steps away". Looks to me they are learning physics of roller coaster design.

    Another swing and a miss!
  3. MoonRakerSCM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by indianajack
    Great update with lots of info, thanks!

    Actually I don't believe MC broke the EO show opening info; I got that nugget from another site first.
    Very true, It was first broken on MI. This was pointed out to MC on the forum but they silenced the user and deleted the post. Yet they still make this claim on their update even knowing it is false.

    Quote Originally Posted by filmfreak11
    Why must you falsely pat yourself on the back?
    At least a couple people enjoy acknowledging the truth. Good job guys!
  4. brassplayer's Avatar
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    While I appreciate the pointer to the Little Mermaid preview video, could you please refrain from linking to anything that autoplays? Thanks.
  5. RedHandedJill's Avatar
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    Never fails to make my day. Superbly fantastic update!
  6. whamo's Avatar
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    The update was very informative; it's good to see radiator springs start to develop, it's even better to see Captain EO returning, and Ariel's new ride information was the best. It's a drag that we'll have to wait until May for the Mark Twain to resume operation. I haven't felt this way, this much anticipation, for Disneyland, since 1955, when Walt was pumping the park before it opened.
  7. MasterGracey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by brassplayer
    While I appreciate the pointer to the Little Mermaid preview video, could you please refrain from linking to anything that autoplays? Thanks.
    Sorry about that. We hate auto-playing videos as well. Oddly enough, when we realized there might be an issue with the video auto-playing, we testing it on a couple other computers and over four different machines and two different browsers, the video only auto-played on one computer using Firefox.

    So, I apologize again for that. We tried our best

    - Andy
    Dateline Disneyland
  8. coasterfreak's Avatar
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    This is so exciting! Track pieces for Radiator Springs Racers have finally been put on!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    Has the pond under the new Frontierland bridge been fully filled? Looks a little low. Might just be the cement bank between the water and plants that is giving the illusion of a less than full pond. While I do not claim "bad show", plants need time to grow and I do believe that this project has not fully been realized. It would be nice to see plants covering the cement down to the waters' edge but, to stay on a positive note, I think the new bridge looks nice (and sturdy) and it was great to see the pond cleaned up and redone as part of the bridge project. The pond was looking a bit neglected and the water was very "scummy" before. No complaints here!

    I too, think of Elijah Wood everytime I see Mr. Depp's face from "Alice...". Glad to see, in print, just what I have been thinking from the beginning but have been too embarrassed to admit publicly. Thought it was just me. Thankfully, no.
    Updated 02-22-2010 at 08:06 PM by Crazee4mm (clarity)
  10. bayouguy's Avatar
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    I wasn't much of an EO fan, but I must admit, I am excited about its return. The attraction brings back some very good memories of how I used to remember Tomorrowland and also Disneyland.
    So, just wondering, what will replace Captain EO?
  11. BassBone's Avatar
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    Hey, Mullholland Madness may be cheap and tacky, but it's still a fun ride.
  12. RCT3's Avatar
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    Those kids building marble rolelrcoasters is most likely not a new activity set up for everyone. I went on a trip a few years ago for school where we learned about the physics of rolelrcoasters for an hour or two and then we got to spend the rest of the day in the park. One of the things we did was EXACTLY like this. Only, we did it in the San Francisco building (which at that time was just empty), which is now the loaction of the bathrooms. So, most likely this is just the new loaction.

    :)
  13. Backside of Water's Avatar
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    Wow. the little mermaid concept art and models are really impressive. everyone else heard that too right? the part about "and we're underwater so we need to make her HAIR MOVE? " this is going to be amazing
  14. aduecey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCT3
    Those kids building marble rolelrcoasters is most likely not a new activity set up for everyone. I went on a trip a few years ago for school where we learned about the physics of rolelrcoasters for an hour or two and then we got to spend the rest of the day in the park.
    That has to be the longest two hours of a kids life pretending to be interested in a marble rollercoaster while being surrounded by the real things!
  15. vivian's Avatar
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    Loved the Alice merchanise, however the Johnny Depp towel is freaky. Thanks for this really great update.
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