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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. MickeyMousePal's Avatar
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    First, great Update!
    I can't wait to see Captain EO on Tuesday.
    Updated 02-22-2010 at 01:32 AM by MickeyMousePal
  2. lighttragic's Avatar
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    Great update!!! I really wish I could be at disneyland on tuesday , cant wait for the report and reviews!!! It will be interesting to see if the motion base floor works!
  3. Ian P's Avatar
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    It is really exciting to see the track being laid for Radiator Springs Racers. I can see that they have one of the side by side tracks in place, looks like the other track is starting to be laid as well. It will be interesting to see how this progresses and quite a bit of the ride is outside, meaning some exciting testing shots next year.
  4. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
  5. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    Always love the updates!!! It's funny to see the Radiator Springs Racers track being laid before there is even a show building. You would think that the track would get in the way of construction crews as they build around it. I will be at the reboot of Captain Eo bright and early on Tuesday! We fans were vocal and Disney responded! I will call in sick and show my support for this great film, the great performer(s), and to DLR for listening. Thanks to all involved who made this film and to all those involved in bringing it back...temporarily.
  6. Ian P's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazee4mm
    Always love the updates!!! It's funny to see the Radiator Springs Racers track being laid before there is even a show building. You would think that the track would get in the way of construction crews as they build around it. I will be at the reboot of Captain Eo bright and early on Tuesday! We fans were vocal and Disney responded! I will call in sick and show my support for this great film, the great performer(s), and to DLR for listening. Thanks to all involved who made this film and to all those involved in bringing it back...temporarily.
    The section of track that you can see is outside the show building so should not be to affected by construction.
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    Very good! With all the mess going on, it's easy to forget that park visitors don't see much of this, with all the walls. I've never been to DCA, and from some shots, it appears that you can see buildings and hotels from outside the park? So it is not as immersive as Disneyland? And seeing the bottom portions of the two boats.....being flat, do they float and are guided by the rail, or are they heavy and 'drive' along the rail? So many questions! haha.
    I still think of Elijah Woods, everytime I see the Mad Hatter facing forward, grinning. Doesn't look like Johnny at all in that photo.
    And finally, who's castle is that from Storybook Canal...Cinderella's?
  8. indianajack's Avatar
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    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.
  9. Harrison's Avatar
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    Another great update, and I can't wait to be at the Resort on Tuesday, bring on the 8 hour car drive and the fast food along the way. I'm looking forward to it, I need the vacation.
  10. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  11. ReverendGonzo's Avatar
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    Awesome Update! My son Is super stoked about the Radiator Springs Racers and loves seeing the progress.
  12. jaxbistro's Avatar
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    Another great update.

    I'm sure this topic has been brought up numerous times before, but I must have missed the discussions, so apologies if this is an old rehash, but I just watched the 'Disneyland USA' dvd with the original opening and am planning my WDW trip in Oct. and it donned on me that the Tomorrowlands have absolutely nothing to do with the future of anything anymore. It's all space-stuff. Anyone think it's finally time to rename Tomorrowland to something more relevant to the actual rides that are in place?

    Discuss.
  13. ttrocc7007's Avatar
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    All those millions and millions of dollars still being poured into DCA, and the best these designers, architects and imagineers can come up with for the old stroller rental store front is THAT?
  14. cositaluvsmickey's Avatar
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    Love it!!! I love how radiator springs is coming along nicely...as usual what an awesome report..
  15. wulfblat's Avatar
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    Thanks for a great update -- and thanks to the photographers too!

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    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.
    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v647/dustysage/FridayVisions/2010/02-20-10/IMG_5789.jpg[/IMG]

    It almost looks like part of a miniature golf course now.
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    That concrete lip can easily be completely hidden and made to fit with the Frontierland theme with creative plantings. Unfortunately the current selection of plants in the ground are woefully inadequate for the task.
  16. Beej1975's Avatar
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    You do have the map, don't you Captain EO???
  17. saphron37's Avatar
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    Great update
  18. disneymademoiselle's Avatar
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    Wow, that beach towel is absolutely terrifying! I'll be haunted by that image the rest of the day.

    Great update this week. Thanks for making Mondays a little easier to handle
  19. ExCandyMaker's Avatar
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    That concrete lip at the entrance of Frontierland is the definition of bad show in my opinion. Looks like a shopping mall.
  20. jdotcole's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wulfblat
    That concrete lip can easily be completely hidden and made to fit with the Frontierland theme with creative plantings. Unfortunately the current selection of plants in the ground are woefully inadequate for the task.
    With any luck those plants will grow or more is on the way and they just figure that the "off-season" is the right time to let things grow naturally.

    Also, does anyone have any idea what was found when they drained the Rivers of America this year? If I'm not mistaken, last time they found a handle of alcohol and a toaster.
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