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A nod to the past, Color Roadshow, Mermaid in Paradise, Building Cars Land, +more!

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by , 07-04-2010 at 11:35 PM
Disneyland celebrated the Fourth of July in style this weekend with patriotic bunting and banners down Main Street after getting rid of the tired "Celebrate Today!" decorations and California Adventure continues to pack them in with its new World of Color show. Meanwhile, construction continues on DCA's upcoming Little Mermaid and Cars Land attractions, amongst other additions.

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 Fishbulb, Macro & Hot Sauce 1 for their wonderful photos this week!

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Floral Mickey is back to normal after over a year of wearing a Celebrate Today! party hat.

Lookin' good!

On Main Street, patriotic bunting lines Main Street buildings and Americana banners decorate lampposts.

The new lamppost banners are an especially nice touch not only for the Independence Day holiday, but because they were obviously designed as a nod to the past.

The new banners are strikingly similar to the banners that decorated Main Street USA on July 17, 1955 — Disneyland's opening day.

Refurbishment work has wrapped up on the Disneyland First Aid facade

The fresh coat of paint looks great.

Construction continues at various Disney's California Adventure projects as World of Color brings in big crowds.

Disney continues to promote its new water show heavily and will be taking the show "on tour" by brining lights and projections to California icons in four cities across the state.

‘World of Color’ Goes Online and On Tour
Viewers around the world will join a one-of-a-kind, online phenomenon in July to experience the extraordinary magic of “World of Color,” the new after-dark spectacular presented nightly in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim. The interactive tour will feature live shows in four California cities, and the online audience will travel “virtually” to each location to watch the shows and interact with the webcast.

In each city, specially produced animation will be projected onto a familiar city landmark, using a sensational mixture of special effects, high-tech projections and one of the storytelling themes presented in “World of Color.”

The public is invited to participate online only at the “World of Color” Road Show website (, where viewers will enjoy a rich experience that includes Disney animation and music, video entertainment and a “viewer’s choice” opportunity to vote for the starring color in that evening’s show. Each city will have a broadcast location designed for media only.

This “online spectacular” is inspired by the dazzling “World of Color” show, which combines music, animation, water and a multitude of special effects in a magical celebration of Disney characters and storytelling. A new venture for the Disneyland Resort, the tour will utilize streaming online video to bring its own special magic to the World Wide Web and to iconic locations in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. Each locale will deliver a different, amazing show.

SAN FRANCISCO: In San Francisco, the unique animation will be projected onto the façade of a landmark that will be revealed online on Opening Night. The presentation is dedicated to the theme of “Love,” featuring romantic couples from Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films. The live show, presented Wednesday and Thursday, July 7 and 8, will repeat continuously from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Pacific time and will be shot from several different angles for the ongoing, live webcast. Encore webcasts (not live) of the San Francisco show will appear online from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 9-11.

SACRAMENTO: With forest and garden scenes from such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pocahontas,” “Bambi” and “Alice in Wonderland,” the online experience in Sacramento will be built around the theme of “Nature.” Presented Thursday through Sunday, July 15-18, in historic Old Sacramento, it will be webcast live from 9 to 11:30 p.m. each evening.

SAN DIEGO: The next stop will be San Diego where, appropriately enough, “Water” will be the theme of the interactive experience, featuring scenes from “The Little Mermaid,” “Finding Nemo” and others projected onto the U.S.S. Midway Museum at Navy Pier. The San Diego webcasts will be live from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 22-25.

LOS ANGELES: The final shows of the online tour will be projected onto the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles Thursday and Friday, July 29 and 30. The theme will be “Sky,” illustrated by scenes from such films as “Aladdin” and “Fantasia.” As before, the live online presentation will be repeated continuously from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Encore performances (not live) will be webcast from 9 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1. [ FULL PRESS RELEASE ]

World of Color FASTPASS is now being distributed 30 minutes earlier daily for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests, Disney announced last week. This is great customer service for Hotel guests, but is yet another speed bump the average guest has to deal with now when trying to secure tickets for the show. It's another instance where the Guest who can afford to give Disney more money gets better treatment. Disneyland isn't everybody's land anymore; it's the land of the highest bidder.
Great News for ‘World of Color’ Fans and Guests Who Stay at Disneyland Resort Hotels
Starting Sunday, July 4, the Disney California Adventure park gate at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will open at 9:00 a.m. exclusively for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests so they can get in line for Disney’s FASTPASS tickets to each evening’s performances of “World of Color.” The Disneyland Resort hotels include the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.‬ The main entrance will open, as scheduled, at 9:30 a.m. for all other day guests.

While Park hours may vary, please check for the most up-to-date schedule. The early access for Disneyland Resort Hotel guests at the Disney California Adventure park gate at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be 30 minutes earlier than the opening listed for main entrance.

The facade for the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction is progressing quickly. The large, dramatic arch on the front of the structure has been framed in, giving an idea of how lavish this building on the edge of Paradise Park will be.

Work continues on the massive Cars Land project...

The permanent connector pathway between the Hollywoodland and Flik's Fun Fair is coming along nicely as work continues on the Red Car Trolley track in front of the Tower of Terror.

The view at construction from Flik's Fun Fair:

Disneyland's summer fireworks show, Magical, has gotten its version of the fireworks attraction poster in the Disneyland entry tunnels

New Honda-sponsored signage tries to lure guests into Innoventions in Tomorrowland.

Good luck getting people in there!

Work continues on the Disneyland Hotel remodel

MiceChatter Hot Sauce 1 has a few gorgeous shots from around the parks...

For more of Hot Sauce 1's excellent photography, check out his Flickr Photostream

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Weekly Theme Park Hours
JUNE 28 - JULY 4, 2010

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

Closures and Refurbishment Schedule
Disneyland Park

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: Closed July 19 - 23
  • Star Tours: Closes July 26 for Star Tours 2 upgrades. Reopens May 2011.
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed August 30 - September 16 to install Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay
  • Main Street Vehicles: Closed September 7 - 30 for refurbishment.
  • Space Mountain: Closed September 12 - 16 to install Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin: Closed September 20 - December 16
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Closed for one day September 22.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: Closed September 27-30.

Disney's California Adventure

  • Toy Story Midway Mania!: Closed August 30 - October 10
  • 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.
  • Pizza Oom Mow Mow: Closes September 7 to begin retheme to Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. Reopens May 2011.
  • Burger Invasion: Closed for retheme to Paradise Garden Grill. Reopens May 2011.
  • 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.

From the OC Register's Around Disney blog:
State eases rules on Disney’s liquor license
The state recently eased up restrictions on Disney’s liquor license, making it simpler for the company to sell alcohol in more areas within Disney California Adventure.

The new rules allow the park to put up temporary bars and stands, such as the ones at the new nightly Glow Fest, without getting further permission from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Previously, Disney had to get approval from the state every time the park added a new bar, said Dan Hart, the Alcoholic Beverage Control district administrator who is in charge of Orange County. Now, Disney officials can put up short-term serving spots whenever they wish.

If the park decides to add a permanent bar, Disney must submit to the state an updated map showing the new location within the park, but no extra permission is required, Hart said.

Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said Disney officials sought the relaxed rules so they have options when putting on festivals or events.

“It just provides us with more flexibility,” Brown said. “It allows us to be able to do things, like Glow Fest, as opportunities arise.”
For more the full article, visit: Around Disney: State eases rules on Disney’s liquor license

More details emerge about Star Tours 2, and the ride is looking to be a promising attraction:

Star Tours 2.0 will be ever-changing journey at Disneyland and Disney World
Imagine a theme park ride that is never the same experience twice.

Riders aboard the new Star Tours attraction coming to Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios near Orlando, Fla., in 2011 will have the power to change the storyline throughout the simulator ride, resulting in a different beginning, middle and end for every journey.

Star Tours 2.0, taking place between the “Star Wars” prequels and the original trilogy, will update the 1980s simulator ride with high-definition 3-D technology and special effects.

In the new ride dubbed “The Adventures Continue,” riders on board the StarSpeeder 3000 transport ship will join a pod race on the fictional planet Tatooine; fly above the skyscrapers of Coruscant, another fictional planet; and visit other destinations in the “Star Wars” universe.

Although not yet confirmed, those other destinations may include the Wookie planet of Kashyyyk, the unfinished Death Star space station and Queen Amidala’s home planet of Naboo, according to images released by Disney and LucasFilm.
For more the full article, visit: LA Times Funland Blog: Star Tours 2.0 will be ever-changing journey at Disneyland and Disney World

Some Anaheim residents aren't happy with Disneyland's nightly fireworks. With fireworks being a tradition for over 50 years, the question is how long have these residents lived in Anaheim and are their complaints valid if they moved to the city after Disneyland opened?

For residents near Disneyland, nightly fireworks shows have lost their spark

For most people, fireworks are a special treat — loud, luminous displays to savor on Independence Day or New Year's Eve.

But for some who live near Disneyland, where fireworks blossom in the skies above Sleeping Beauty's Castle almost every night, the rockets' red glare has worn out its welcome.

Residents have added double-paned windows and extra insulation to soundproof the walls. Juanita Driskell, a retired teacher who has lived a few blocks from the Anaheim theme park for nearly three decades, is so accustomed to the fireworks that when the crackling and hissing starts around 9:30 p.m., she just cranks up the volume on the television. Her two cats hardly bat an eye.

"The good part is I don't have to leave the living room to see fireworks," Driskell said. "The bad part is that it's so loud."

And when the grandkids visit, she has free entertainment to offer, ushering them to the patio to take in the spectacle, eyes skyward.

Driskell's experience is typical of the love-hate relationship residents have with the 250 fireworks displays Disneyland stages annually.

Though many in proximity to the resort admit there is an appeal to the radiant bursts that fill the night sky on weekends, holidays and throughout the summer, those in pursuit of peace and quiet have tried for more than a decade to limit the noise and smoke.

When complaints from Disneyland's noise-weary neighbors seemed to go nowhere, they turned to environmentalism and lodged dozens of air-quality complaints. But the effort appears to have waned; regulators haven't recorded any recent air-quality complaints.

Last year, one resident sued Anaheim in federal court, saying that by holding hundreds of fireworks displays at the park each year, the city was violating federal water pollution laws. The suit was dismissed, but residents remain concerned about environmental issues.

"We're OK with fireworks on the Fourth of July and New Year's, but considering the density of the population here, you shouldn't have it every night," said Denis Fitzgerald, who filed the suit and is a member of Anaheim Homeowners for Maintaining Their Environment (HOME), a loose coalition of activists who live near the park.
For more the full press release, visit: Los Angeles Times:
For residents near Disneyland, nightly fireworks shows have lost their spark

Alrighty, that brings us to the end of this week's edition of Dateline Disneyland. I hope all of our readers in the United States had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day holiday weekend!

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  1. Disneykin Kid's Avatar
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    Ok I saw the waterfalls over the weekend. Truthfully they do look a little outdated in their design, but they are peaceful, romantic, unique and still very nice. I think it might be hard to retheme to the Frontier tower, you would have to add wooden (or wooden-looking) hand rails which may make it more dated and maybe even less safe from slip-and-fall.

    I wouldn't mind if they were taken out if they were replaced with something equally nice, definitely not a lawn. A totally rebuilt waterfall would be nice. The present falls going out from under the walkways are nice, but the design is a little dated.

    The proposed monorail water slide does NOT cut it. It looks cheap and very reminiscent of the the cheap DCA debacle. If you're going to rename the towers to Fantasy, Adventure and Frontier, you should really push the Disneyland theme.

    Why not fill up the present pool/lawn/restaurant/shops area with a big double pool? On the Fantasy tower side, where the Neverland pool is, have a Matterhorn themed water slide. The slide would start in the top of the Matterhorn and end in a pool themed to the Sub ride. Near the Frontier tower, where the shops are, have a Splash Mtn. themed water slide, one of those straight-chute slides, ending in a pool themed to Splash Mtn, Frontierland River, Pirates, or even Fantasmic. These water slides don't have to be huge, just big enough to make it mildly thrilling. Around the whole pool area could be a big lazy river themed to the Jungle Cruise, with static animal figures, (they don't even have to be audio-animatronic).

    Maybe it's too big a concept for just hotel guests, but I really hope that Disney doesn't build a stand-alone water park, especially in the strawberry field. That should be reserved for something really big, like an expanded Fantasyland Forest (WDW). If they built a huge pool/waterslide at the DL Hotel, why not open it up for a limited number of day guests? Or they can still make it small enough for just the hotel guests, just thinking...

    The remodeled towers are still just very ordinary looking, even with the new blue glass. We didn't get a great themed hotel, like the Disneyland Hotel in Paris, (which is like the Grand Floridian), so the blue towers should at least be a backdrop to something very spectacular, like a spectacularly themed pool area, not a cheap looking monorail water slide.
    Updated 07-05-2010 at 12:13 PM by Disneykin Kid
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    wonderful update. I cannot contain how impressed I am with the little mermaid show building. the SHOW BUILDING. I have some pretty high expectations for the ride itself.

    I really want to know how much thought was given in the climactic order of things to do on the honda signs. having "listening to music" listed as the 'last but not least of exciting things to do in the future' seems a little... unfuturistic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backside of Water
    wonderful update. I cannot contain how impressed I am with the little mermaid show building. the SHOW BUILDING. I have some pretty high expectations for the ride itself.

    I really want to know how much thought was given in the climactic order of things to do on the honda signs. having "listening to music" listed as the 'last but not least of exciting things to do in the future' seems a little... unfuturistic...

    Agreed, I am also wondering how the new pool slides will make any sense for the Disneyland Hotel.

  4. WheresMickey's Avatar
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    Nice update!
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    Great update, those signs for innoventions muct be working because on saturday i decided to go in there for the first time and waited two cycles to get in. Once in there it was packed no display was empty and the walking areas were unbearable at times.

    now lets hope that they tear that structure out sooner than later and build something much more interesting
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    oh and the new hotel tower looks very bland. the blue looks cool but the sides look unfinished. What were they thinking
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    Quote Originally Posted by WesternMouse
    The planets of Tatooine and Coruscant are fictional? WTH?
    Um, yeah... Star Wars isn't real.
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    I really don't have a problem with hotel guests getting first dibs on fp's to WoC. They saved for their trip and I'd be bummed if I missed it if I were them. If I really felt that it wasn't fair because they spent more money, then I'd be a hypocrit because I purchased a dining package so I was guaranteed a good spot. Also, I have an AP, so I have the luxury of going to DL or DCA whenever I want. My guess is most hotel guests don't have that luxury, which is why they're staying in a hotel.
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    Great update! And a facepalm for those NIMBYs that are complaining about the fireworks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage
    Have you been to Innoventions? It is a facility that only a Disney Marketing person could love. I say implode the whole thing now and build that E-Ticket that Imagineers have planned for that space.
    When will all the sponsors' contract end?
  11. Disney fan 24's Avatar
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    Great Update as always
  12. SorcererHero5571's Avatar
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    Yet another great update! Can't wait till Star Tours 2!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Incrediboy
    From what we know by the model, there is no Prince Eric's ship at the beginning, the transitioning "under and over the water" sequences are longer, the "Kiss the Girl" scene and "Huge Ursula in a storm" scene have switched places, and the ride is longer overall. Also, there is more singing than talking, and more animatronics instead of paper cutouts.

    Hope this helped .
    Thank you. It DOES help.
  14. J_Showtime's Avatar
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    I live near Camp Pendleton and they blow stuff up all the time! Maybe I should complain!
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    I live in West Anahiem and absolutly LOVE the fireworks and I would be pissed if they were cancelled, and just so people know, living in Anahiem doesnt mean you dont have options or are poor or need to live there to be close to work lol, Anaheim Rocks! And trust me dont bash on Anaheim residents your only hearing the opinions of a few, the majority who love Disneyland and the fireworks have nothing to say cuz their happy, so a few complain and its all over the news. If you dont like the Ocean dont move to the beach, If you dont like fireworks dont move to Anaheim!!
    Updated 07-05-2010 at 09:47 PM by DeathDealer
  16. MickeyMousePal's Avatar
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    Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters closed for 5 days that's alright with me anyways I usually go to Disneyland on the weekends.
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    I do not begrudge hotel guests having better opportunities to secure a fastpass for WoC. Enjoy.
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    If a resident has lived in the same house since before July 1955 then they probably have a right to complain about fireworks...

    If they moved in after July 1955 they should have their heads examined... Fireworks at Disneyland are not a new development, and it is obviously to me (at least) that if you elected to buy a home that close to Disneyland, then you were already aware of traffic problems, noise levels, and other common annoyances that you'd have to deal with every day.

    Either move, or quit complaining. If you decide to move, just post your house here on MiceChat and it will probably sell faster than if you used a Realtor!
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    Is it just me, or does this WOC roadshow seem overly-cheesy? I don't really know how well a massive water and light show can be projected - with justice - and shown online. Is this just another well-planned ploy to demonstrate that the show's got story? Please enlighten me since I've only seen the show online...and from viewing it online from this site, I think the show can only be justly viewed in person with poncho :P
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    Main Street look so much better at DL than here at HKDL! Thanks for the update, hopefully HKDL receives a Star Tours 2.0!
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