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Day One Disneyland, Toy Story 3 Mania, Silly Swings, Little Mermaid takes shape, MORE

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by , 05-23-2010 at 10:43 PM
As World of Color gets closer to lighting up Paradise Bay this summer, the new Silly Symphony Swings are already doing their part to brighten the pier with newly installed decorative popcorn lighting. The Swings aren't open yet, but as they move closer to re-opening with Mickey Mouse instead of a giant orange peel, other projects around Disney's California Adventure continue to progress. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure continues to see noticeable progress, and new Red Car Trolley track is being laid in the Tower of Terror plaza. Over at Disneyland, the Disney Gallery has unveiled the new "Day One Disneyland" celebrating and showcasing original concepts for Disneyland. Elsewhere in the park, the Mark Twain Riverboat has reopened, and in Downtown Disney work continues on the Ridemakerz expansion.

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 Macro for extra help with some California Adventure photos this week.

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Disneyland continues to replace old attraction posters in the entry tunnels with new posters. The new Mark VII Monorail poster has officially been added to the tunnel, and the old Indiana Jones Adventure poster has finally been added to the tunnel for the first time since the attraction opened in 1995.

The Disney Gallery on Main Street unveiled "Day One Disneyland" on Saturday. The exhibit is split into two parts — the main part of the exhibit focuses on original concept art for Disneyland by Disney Legends like Marc Davis and Herb Ryman. The other half of the exhibit showcases new art by artists and some former Imagineers celebrating Disneyland's 55th anniversary.

Signage for the exhibit takes on an clever opening-day ticket book motif.

Saturday's opening of the exhibit also included an artist signing event.

The artists who created the new pieces on display were set up in the Main Street Opera House lobby for the signing event on Saturday morning.

The back room of the Gallery features the central exhibit of the show — the WED-era Imagineering concept art for Disneyland. The show zeroes in on concepts for attractions and areas of the park that were present on opening day in 1955.

Display cases showcase vintage photographs of the park in its early years.

Construction continues at various Disney's California Adventure projects as the countdown begins on the new World of Color

Disney has sent out invites to press for the June 10 media premiere of World of Color and its looking like public soft openings for the new show are unlikely to actually happen. As of now, unless you're invited media or win a spot in one of the Los Angeles area's radio station World of Color parties, the first chance you'll get to see World of Color is on June 11 with everybody else.

With no soft openings, it'll be interesting to see how the opening-day crowd control experience will be. Disneyland is put through the crowd control test every day across the park through the summer and winter seasons with nightly fireworks two performances of Fantasmic!, but California Adventure has never had a show with crowd expectations as big as World of Color. Can the lessons learned at Disneyland be applied successfully at DCA this summer when World of Color opens?

Disney recently released two photos previewing a couple scenes from the upcoming show.


The Lion King:

The show itself should prove to be interesting as well. Not only is Disney betting a lot of money on a water and light show — but the show's content is reportedly being skewed to the younger sect of Disney fans, despite the show's intentionally nostalgic name. Chuck Oberleitner at recently reported on Bob Iger's role in changing the direction of the new show. It's an interesting read, and I suggest clicking through to the full article after you finish today's update.
The World Is a Carousel of…Youth?
Walt Disney Company Big Cheese Bob Iger, perhaps best known during his first half decade at the wheel of Steamboat Disney as a hands-off kind of guy who tends to let the Mouse’s executives and creative types make their own decisions, is jumping into the fray more frequently, at least according to the New York Times.

[ . . . ] “It skewed way too old,” said a Disney Company insider who asked not to be named.

Specifically, Iger objected to the use of the theme song from the 1961 Disney television series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, which opened each week with a 35-second, full orchestra and choral rendition of The Wonderful World of Color written by studio composers and lyricists Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

Both the show and the song are the namesake and inspiration for the new multimillion-dollar “Bellagio fountains…on steroids,” World of Color lagoon show due to make its long awaited debut June 11.

According to sources familiar with Iger’s reaction, Disney’s CEO was not happy that the first major attraction of the $1.1 billion Disney’s California Adventure renovation program appeared targeted squarely at that once beloved and now largely ignored demographic known as Baby Boomers.

The Mouse House Big Cheese did not want nostalgia to be the main theme of the Disneyland Resort’s newest “high-tech” nighttime spectacular. Reportedly, he wanted the nearly 50-year-old classic recording of the song excised from the show if a newer, more contemporary arrangement of the tune could not be produced. [ FULL ARTICLE ]

The Paradise Park trellises were rumored to be going away, but so far they've stuck around. With the vines being trained up the trellis, it doesn't seem like the trellises will be leaving anytime soon.

With scaffolding down around the Silly Symphony Swings, work continues to put the finishing touches on the attraction before it opens at the end of this week.

The new lower observation level of the Swings is beautifully designed and a much welcome addition, but it's a pity the covered observation deck isn't a wooden boardwalk.

A closer look at the decorative light posts in the area that we showed you last week:

Formerly part of the S.S. rustworthy, this area near the Swings looks significantly better after losing the tacky S.S. rustworthy props and theming.

At night, the Swings are already lighting up their corner of Paradise Pier with bright new popcorn lighting lining the observation deck roof and swing structure.

It really looks great.

Much better than the Orange Stinger!

Construction on the Little Mermaid building continues.

The San Francisco Street-side of the Mermaid building is beginning to show some character with facade archways being framed in.

Cars Land steel framework is pretty noticeable around the park now.

The Red Car Trolley track installation in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, in front of the Tower of Terror is progressing nicely.

Toy Story 3 characters officially joined the cast of Toy Story Midway Mania! on Saturday as the new Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts game replaced the similar Bo Peep's Ba-a-a-loon Pop game.

The new Dino Darts game poster replaced Bo Peep's game poster in the queue.

And with Rex now hosting his own game, Buttercup the unicorn has joined Hamm at his game.

Inside the game, Toy Story 3 characters make guest appearances in the opening pie toss practice round. Due to the 3D nature of the attraction, some on-ride photos will appear blurry.

The Dino Darts game is a fun replacement for Bo Peep's game, but is the same game concept — a balloon pop. It's definitely not worth a special trip out to the parks to see the game, but is an extra bonus to check out when you head down this summer to check out World of Color.

Dolly and Mr. Pricklepants from Toy Story 3 make appearances at the final score tally

Also new to the game, the top score screens now includes the "Best In Vehicle" score.

Previously just a blank wall, game posters now line the wall as you head back to the load/unload station. A nice touch.

Toy Story 3 merchandise is now available in the Midway Mercantile shop as you exit the attraction.

Losto is a hugger!

The final week of the annual Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure is here. Here's a look at the schedule:

Work continues on the new arbor patio roof at the Wine Country Trattoria

Back in Disneyland, the seagull buoy in the Submarine Lagoon has gone missing.

In New Orleans Square, the Club 33 facade refurbishment continues.

A portion of the facade has been uncovered

Splash Mountain is closed for a brief refurbishment.

The Mark Twain Riverboat is open again after its major refurbishment

Out in Downtown Disney, the Ridemakerz expansion continues

And the Jamba Juice remodel has completed and the store is now open.

And we'll finish up today's photo update with a few shots around the Rivers of America...

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
MAY 24 - 30, 2010

Disneyland Park
Disney's California Adventure
Monday - Wednesday: 9 am - 10 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 12 midnight
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm
For a complete listing of theme park hours, visit the Theme Park Calendar

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Fantasmic!: Closed through May 27
  • Splash Mountain: Closed through May 27.
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures: Closed May 18 - 20.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed June 1 and 2.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Restaurant closed through July 2 for refurbishment. Stage will remain open for shows and performances during restaurant closure.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar: Closed to install new Little Mermaid attraction exhibit June 3 - 9.
  • Wine Country Trattoria: Closed through June 9 for refurbishment.
  • 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 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — Disney's FASTPASS Distribution: Distribution area closed and Fastpass service not offered through August 15 for nearby construction related to upcoming Red Car Trolley attraction.
  • 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.

The Grand Californian Hotel briefly evacuated Wednesday morning after a small fire broke out at the hotel's Storyteller's Cafe.
Actor sees nude people in Disney evacuation
A T.V. star and former teen heartthrob was among the 1,000 people who evacuated Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel after a brief oven fire on Wednesday.

But what John Stamos saw outside didn’t fit with Disney’s family friendly image.

Stamos, who starred on “ER” and “Full House,” wrote on his @JohnStamos Twitter account about the incident: “fire evacuation from my fav hotel Grand Californian @ Disney – saw nakedness I shouldn’t have seen.”

Despite Stamos’ report, hotel managers didn’t see any naked people running out. “Everyone who was observed was clothed,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.

No one was injured in the incident at about 8:39 a.m. Wednesday, said Maria Sabol, an Anaheim Fire Department spokesman.

A fire broke out in a pizza oven in the hotel’s Storytellers Cafe, where French toast was being prepared, Sabol said. The heat prompted a sprinkler to go off, spraying water into the oven and creating smoke and steam, Brown said.

About 1,000 hotel guests and employees were evacuated from the restaurant and that wing of the hotel, leaving through the lobby to the valet drop-off area, Brown said. Firefighters searched all the floors.

Hotel guests and employees were let back in the building, except for the restaurant, about 20 minutes after the evacuation, said Brown, the Disneyland Resort spokeswoman. The restaurant reopened about 10 a.m.
For more the full article, visit: Around Disney: Actor sees nude people in Disney evacuation

Disney announced the return of its Summer Fun Pass ticket special for Southern California Residents last week. Around Disney has the details:

Disneyland offers three-day deal for local residents

For the second year, Southern California residents can get a discount on three days worth of tickets for Disneyland Resort parks over the summer, Disney announced Wednesday.

The summer pass costs $108 for three separate visits to a Disney park, or $36 a day. That’s half the price of a regular, single-park day pass for an adult.

Disneyland Resort has two parks — Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure.

Residents have 45 days to use all three tickets — each good for one park per day. Passes can be upgraded to park hoppers — allowing visitors to go to both parks on a single day — for an extra $21. The period is from June 11 to Aug. 29.

Last year, the passes cost $99 — $9 cheaper than this year.
For the full article, visit: Around Disney: Disneyland offers three-day deal for local residents

Again from the Around Disney blog:
Baseball All-Star parade coming to Disneyland

Major League Baseball’s All-Star parade will conclude with a stretch down Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland [ . . . ].

The parade is set for 11:30 a.m. July 13. The public part of the parade will go down South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, then continue inside Disneyland for park visitors.
For the full article, visit: Around Disney: Baseball All-Star parade coming to Disneyland

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  1. Kritter's Avatar
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    Great update as usual!
  2. Barbossa's Avatar
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    Thanks for the update!
  3. Disney fan 24's Avatar
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    Great Update as always, can't wait for next week's
  4. michael darling's Avatar
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    So, those large white plastic spheres in the water raise up and become planets, lit from within? Nice. Perhaps I'm last to get that.
    Just as I was thinking..'wonder how great the swings look at night'....boom: there's a few photos. Looks great!
    As always, a very good update.
  5. mark's Avatar
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    Really wonderful update! Thanks!
  6. Fairy Godmother Travel's Avatar
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    Great update! Love the pictures in the Disney Gallery!
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    In regards to the Silly Symphony Swings, I am quite pleased with them! True, they are just inconceivably better than the Orange Stinger. However... As nice as it looks, is it too wrong of me to say I'm not blown away? I was fully expecting some more design elements on the lower deck, for example: fun classic-Disney-murals where those blank green-walls are. Ah well, I shouldn't get picky, they really look great. I love the lamp-post details, and at night it looks fantastic. It is certainly a welcome addition!

    Now, correct if wrong, but aren't the swings suppose to open this week?

    All of this progress is making me excited for more! It is a step in the right direction.

    Another question... What is suppose to happen to the San Francisco street? Especially with it basically losing its western side, with the east side soon disappear? I sure hope so. That could be used for better purposes, like to transition the guest from Grizzly River RRun to the Little Mermaid attraction.
  8. a-net-fan's Avatar
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    Great Update.

    So does anybody know if any part of the original World of Color score will be used in the show????? Am I correct it opens with part of the original and then goes into a "modern" rendition of the song??

    I would also be interested in hearing the thoughts of others who read the entire article that was written about Iger and his negative impression of the original show and what you think about his decisions. Im certainly not a Baby Boomer but I like the old Walt Era Disney shows and films. I dont expect everything Disney to be nostalgic and reflect on Walts era but I think its important to not purposly run from it either. A show like this one will be at its best when all earas of the company and its creator are represented.
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    Nice update!
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    Why are they going to get rid of the trellis'? I think will be quite pretty when the foliage grows over them. Is it a viewing problem for World of Color? Silly Swings looks quite wonderful. I bet they will eventually put art work on the green walls as time progresses. Have they added anymore 1950's national park theme to the GRR. I like what they have done so far.
    Thanks for the great pictures and update. I was hoping to see some night shots of Silly Swings. It looks really cool.

    It's my birthday today. I was excited all day yesterday to drink tea and read the Dateline report on my birthday. Does that make me a Disney geek?
  11. dmomof4's Avatar
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    Regarding the trellis'..they are still supposed to come out...actually very suprised why they haven't yet. But if you knew how well the departments in the resort didn't communicate with each other...then you wouldn't be surprised.

    Great update and pictures!
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    [QUOTE=Hildy;bt12785]Why are they going to get rid of the trellis'? I think will be quite pretty when the foliage grows over them. Is it a viewing problem for World of Color? QUOTE]

    yeah..WDI thinks it will block guests views...
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    Excellent update, I love The Mondays! Iger is not a good Disney CEO, he just doesn't get what makes Disney special. If it didn't happen in the last 15 minutes, Iger doesn't care about it. Eisner, despite his MANY faults, truly understood how Disney took elements from the past, present and future and combined them into one powerful and emotional presentation.

    Disney has a vault and history that many executives would kill to have. There's almost 100 years of *extremely* nostalgic and heartstring-pulling material available, and yet Iger is more obsessed with Hannah Montana and Pixar to even put 5 minutes of classic Disney material on Disney Channel, let alone in a show who's namesake demands that it include a nod to the past.

    If the song is taken out, we might as well re-name it the World of Pixar show because it's going to have FAR more Pixar than classic Disney, I can pretty much guarantee that.
  14. cablubber's Avatar
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    A great update as always!
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    i hope that the departments continue to have communication issues and the trellis stay. I have stood in front of them and the visual intrusion is not as huge as most think it is. The plants also have flowers in them now and they look beautiful
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    Fantastic update, as usual

    The Swings look fantastic and really light up Paradise Pier! Much better than the Orange Stinger.

    And why would Iger want to aim WoC towards a younger audience when most youger folks don't know what "World of Color" is referring to? Makes no sense to me, but it'll be a good show either way I guess.
  17. ThE8rLvr's Avatar
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    I know others have said it, but I must chime in as well. I the love Dateline Disneyland updates!! I truely look forward to reading them each and every monday!!

    Thanks once again!!
  18. heysi's Avatar
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    Does anyone else think that the roof of the Little Mermaid ride would make a great location for World Of Color seating?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heysi
    Does anyone else think that the roof of the Little Mermaid ride would make a great location for World Of Color seating?
    No. The reason: because in the concept art for TLM, the design did not feature a second story for the building (now, of course, they could change the building design, like they did for SSS. but that is speculation right now.)

    Great update! I wonder when they are to start changing the Burger Invasion/Pizza conplex?

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    wow, the Rivers look amazing after that referbish
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