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World of Color opens June 11, Little Mermaid construction, Food & Wine, +MORE

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by , 04-25-2010 at 12:38 PM
Disney's big news this week was the official announcement of the June 11th World of Color debut date, but for dedicated fans the announcement was already old news and the real news was the continued progress at other projects around Disney's California Adventure. In Paradise Pier, the steel framework for the new Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure attraction at California Adventure is going up surprisingly fast and visible progress on detail work at the Silly Symphony Swings can be seen. Over in Cars Land, more steel framework for the Radiator Springs Racers rockwork is going up behind the Pacific Wharf area, and in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot new construction walls are up for more Red Car Trolley track construciton. Yet, despite all the construction, the fifth annual Disney's California Food and Wine Festival continues on with its array of cooking demonstrations, wine walks, seminars, and premium dining experiences. Over at Disneyland, crews are working hard to get the major Rivers of America refurbishment completed to meet its May 6 deadline.

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.

Thanks to MonstersGoBoo!, Hot Sauce 1, CaptPhoebus and Fishbulb for contributing photos this week. Let's get started!

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Crews are working hard as they enter the last leg of the Rivers of America refurbishment. The River is set to reopen May 7, with most related attractions reopening along with it.

The Mark Twain won't reopen until May 14.

The Food and Wine Festival continues at Disney's California Adventure. Throughout the park, dining locations are offering special Festival-inspired menu items.

Available at Award Wieners:

Available at Bountiful Valley Farmer's Market:

Available at Lucky Fortune Cookery:

Available at Pacific Wharf Bakery:

Available at Cocina Cucamonga:

Available at Pizza Oom Mow Mow:

Available at Taste Pilot's Grill:

In the Pacific Wharf, a new Festival Artisans area has crafts, art, and other items for sale from third-party vendors:


Construction continues at various Disney's California Adventure projects as the new World of Color show prepares to open...

On Tuesday, Disney officially announced that the new "World of Color" nighttime water spectacular will debut June 11 as part of the Summer Nightastic promotion. If this news sounds familiar to you, it's because Disney announced in mid-March that Summer Nightastic! would return June 11 with "World of Color" headlining this year's offerings. Fans latched on to the news and deduced that "World of Color" would debut on June 11 with the rest of Summer Nightastic!, and we reported the date here in our March 22 column. Apparently Disney didn't have their DisneyParks Blog entry and video announcement ready and told the Orange County Register that a debut date had yet to be determined. More than a month later, Disney finally announced the June 11 debut date on Tuesday with a press release, a DisneyParks Blog entry, and a video announcement from Disney Imagineer Steve Davison.

Lights, Water, Animation! ‘World of Color’ Water Spectacular Debuts June 11 at Disney’s California Adventure Park
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 20, 2010) – Lights, water, music, fire and animation will come together like never before on June 11 when “World of Color” makes its dazzling debut at Disney’s California Adventure theme park. The show is choreographed with revolutionary technology that creates a playful, nighttime spectacular and a new way for guests to experience Disney stories – from the charming to the adventurous.

Presented on Paradise Bay in Disney’s California Adventure park, “World of Color” is a major milestone in the multi-year expansion of the park. The show combines nearly 1,200 powerful fountains, popular Disney music and an all-new kaleidoscope of audio and visual effects, including both classic and new animation projected on massive screens of water. “World of Color” floods the senses and takes the audience on an imaginative, emotional journey into the colorful worlds of Disney classics, such as “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid,” along with Disney•Pixar films including “Toy Story” and “WALL-E.”

“What’s great about ‘World of Color’ is there’s something for everybody,” said Steve Davison of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.

“World of Color”will take water-infused entertainment to a new level of artistry. Disney’s newest production features an unprecedented infrastructure of water effects, larger-than-life projections, lasers, fire, fog, surround sound and moving fountains that can shoot spouts from 30 feet to 200 feet high. Technical wizardry integrates all the media with one of the biggest show control systems ever built; more than 18,000 active points of control are precisely managed by a single system.

“World of Color” debuts this year as part of “Summer Nightastic!” – a lineup of exciting, after-dark entertainment that will illuminate the night at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks. “Summer Nightastic!” will run from June 11 through Aug.29, while “World of Color” will continue entertaining guests year-round at Paradise Bay.

At Disneyland park, “Fantasmic!” ignites the night with thrills, life-like creatures including a fire-breathing dragon, and spine-tingling adventures for Sorcerer Mickey. In the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle, “Magical” sparks to life with a dazzling firework spectacular in which colorful, choreographed pyrotechnics burst and soar to a soundtrack of Disney songs. “Magical” features both Tinker Bell and Dumbo in flight over the castle.

Guests filing out of Paradise Pier at park closing can sometimes catch a glimpse of World of Color fountain testing...

And Guests staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel are treated to great views of late-night testing of the new water show

Some new details are emerging as work progresses on the Silly Symphony Swings project...

Scaffolding on the elevator tower has come down

Vertical construction on the Little Mermaid is progressing quickly.

A look at Cars Land construction...

Cars Land steelwork can be seen rising behind the Pacific Wharf area

Work on the new Red Car Trolley tracks presses on in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot

The main entrance to the Tower of Terror is completely walled off now while crews install the new Red Car Trolley track in front of the attraction. Fastpass service is closed during construction.

While the attraction's main entrance is closed, a temporary entrance at the Tower of Terror garden gate, near the attraction's exit gift shop, is open.

The temporary alternate entrance from Tower of Terror to A Bug's Land is closed during construction. A more permanent path is planned.

Construction continues on the Dreams Tower of the Disneyland Hotel as the hotel undergoes its multi-year remodeling project.

We'll finish up the photo section of today's update with some beautiful photos from around the parks from MiceChatter Hot Sauce 1. More of Hot Sauce's photo can be seen at his wonderful Flickr Photostream.

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
APRIL 26 - MAY 2, 2010
Disneyland Park
Disney's California Adventure
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park
  • Little Red Wagon: Popular Main Street corn dog cart will be closed through May 4 for refurbishment.
  • Rivers of America: Opens May 7 following a major refurbishment. The closure of the river will result in the necessary closure of the following attractions:
    • Sailing Ship Columbia: Open May 7
    • Mark Twain Riverboat: Open May 14
    • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes: Open May 8
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: Open May 7
  • King Arthur Carrousel: Closed May 8 - 10.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Closed through May 16.
  • Splash Mountain: Closed May 17 - 27.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.
Disney's California Adventure
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Reopens April 27.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: Closed through May 20 for refurbishment.
  • Silly Symphony Swings: Opens May 29.
  • Disney's World of Color Nighttime Spectacular: New show under construction. Debuts June 11.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure: Under construction. Opens Spring 2011.
  • Souvenir 66 and Corn Dog Castle: Store and dining location closed for remodeling through May 2011.
  • Red Car Trolley: Track under construction in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. Attraction set to open spring 2012.

Disney and the OC Register had features on the environmentally-friendly ways the parks are run and the activities the park offered Wednesday on Earth Day.

Kids help release 140,000 bugs at Disney

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The ladybugs shinnied up children’s arms, climbed into their hair and dropped into some shirts.

For Earth Day on Thursday, children and horticulturists are releasing 140,000 ladybugs throughout the Disneyland Resort to help keep the plants healthy.

At about 9 a.m., 100 third graders from Peter Marshall Elementary School in Anaheim began the daylong process by taking compostable cups filled with 100 ladybugs each and dumping them into gardens at Disney’s California Adventure.

“It was really fun letting ladybugs crawl all over you,” said Makeilah Shea, 8.

The bug release is part of the 12-year-old integrated pest-management program at the Disneyland Resort, which routinely uses beneficial bugs to prevent other critters from destroying plants.

Throughout the year, the resort casts out about 1 million bugs, eggs and larvae to fend off harmful insects. The process is done monthly, said John Schrimsher, the resort’s operations manager for horticulture.

Some students said they didn’t know how ladybugs could help the environment until Disney officials taught them.

“You should always help the flowers, help the plants and help the animals get free and stuff,” Makeilah said.

During the presentation, children in red ponchos with spots and antennas marched out with characters from the “A Bug’s Life” movie to put the bugs into the plant beds.

Some had to shake cups and wipe ladybugs off of their arms to get them into the plants. Some bugs fell on the pathway.

“Pick them up and put them in the garden. Save them! Save them! Save them!” ordered teacher Kim Le.

One bug wouldn’t get off of Guadalupe Alfaro, 8, at first, but then it flew away.

“Ladybugs like me,” she said.

Disney uses ladybugs to eat aphids, harmful to the resort’s plants, Schrimsher said. During their lifetime, ladybugs can eat between 4,000 and 5,000 aphids.

As part of the pest-management program, horticulturalists also use predatory mites and green lacewings. They also spray plants with water, keep dust off of plants and use soap and oils to prevent the spread of dangerous insects. A last resort is using pesticides and insecticides, Schrimsher said.

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For the full article, visit: OC Register: Kids help release 140,000 bugs at Disney

From the OC Register:

Disneyland gives free passes to stuck travelers
The Disneyland Resort is giving free theme-park tickets to tourists who are stranded in the area because of canceled flights tied to the erupting volcano in Iceland.

Travelers can get free tickets to Disneyland Resort parks on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday only, said Betsy Sanchez, a resort spokeswoman.

Disneyland Resort quietly began offering the passes to people who requested them in the past few days after their Europe-bound flights were canceled. Disney hotel visitors also received discounts on extra nights.

Visitors must provide documentation, such as canceled airline tickets, expired boarding passes and identification, to qualify for free tickets. Walt Disney World also is granting free tickets to stuck travelers in Florida. Read the story about Walt Disney World’s offer.

As of midday Tuesday, two groups of tourists to California — or less than 20 people — had asked for help from the Disney, Sanchez said. The resort runs two parks — Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.
For the full article, visit: Around Disney: Disneyland gives free passes to stuck travelers

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Updated 04-26-2010 at 10:03 AM by Dateline Disneyland (Changed column banner, fixed Rivers of America refurbishment dates)

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    Great update!!! I can't wait for WOC!!!!!
  2. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Wonderful update Andy!!!

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  3. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update!
  4. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Excellent update! Finally an official preview video of WoC. Looks great!
  5. Disney fan 24's Avatar
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    Excellent, can't wait for nexts week's
  6. Crazee4mm's Avatar
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    Just waiting for those passholder previews of WoC!!! I check MiceChat every day to see if Disney has made an announcement on just how they are going to award preview tickets. I have watched the WoC structure take shape bi-weekly since the water was drained. I am as excited to see this show open as I have ever been for any attraction premiere. Everything I have heard/seen points to a spectacular show. I will be following this with the same gusto that I followed the nightly non-appearances of "Murphy" for last summer's "Nightastic" promotion. Just like last summer, it should be any day now, any day now...
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    WOW. I am not a fan of water displays....I always preferred fireworks. But this.....this youtube video is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Those colors are so vibrant, I could easily see being hypnotized just by their movement and beauty. And the animation is the clearest I've ever seen, projected on water. And it's just a video. Glad Dumbo is to be back. I loved seeing the video of him last summer...emotional highpoint of the show.
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    p.s. The photos by Hot Sauce 1 are brilliant! Love the Storybook Canal shot....looks like something from Europe. You'd never guess there were thousands of people and rides just out of shot....
  9. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Great update!
  10. MatterhornJ's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update.
  11. Joshnyah's Avatar
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    Great work this week guys, great photos
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    Do we have any idea when Fantasmic will return? Are the bringing that back on June 11th also or possibly earlier?
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    Great update, Andy!

    A couple of questions/observations...

    Is it just me or does the structure they're building for the Little Mermaid attraction look too small to house such a large E-ticket dark ride? Maybe the pictures don't do it justice with regard to size?

    Also, I thought that Radiator Springs Racers was going to be dual track where the cars race each other at the end? I only see one track? Was the dual track racing concept scrapped? Or, once again, am I just not seeing something correctly in the pictures?

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    Great job on the updates! The WOC looks great and looks like it might be awesome when it opens.
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    I think Fantasmic is returning on June 11th also, diztrips. I think TDA is hoping that'll alleviate crowds from World of Color in DCA. It is very possible that in June, you could sit anywhere you like for Fantasmic!
    Maybe this has been answered before, but are the new menu items pictured for anyone to purchase, or are they only for Food & Wine Festival patrons? They sound yummy!
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    WOC does look very nice and colorful, but I don't see much that would be considered "ground breaking". Plus, I fear how much the winds will affect the viewing area and areas surrounding the lagoon, once the waters' misty spray is blown around.. I personally would not like to sit there getting drenched by the water spray effect.
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    Completely stoked for WOC. The colors look absolutely divine!
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    @Diztrips: I've read somewhere that Fantasmic returns on Fri 05/28.
  19. cablubber's Avatar
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    Great Update! Thanks! WOC is gonna be awesome!
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    Great update as always! WOC is looking awesometastic!!
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