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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. Incrediboy's Avatar
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    Fantastic Update! The TLM is looking more beautiful every day. How do you get those pictures of the HPB and bug's land transition from so high up? Where did you take those pictures
  2. goofypirate's Avatar
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    Probably the stairs into the Hyperion Theater.
  3. Melonballer's Avatar
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    If you can't stand the noise, don't live near Disneyland. I am sure if you want to move you can find some Disney fanatic who would love to live there.
  4. cablubber's Avatar
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    Very nice update this week! Thanks a lot! I don't really care for the whole thing going on with this new ease on the liquor license. It's making it seem like things like Glow Fest are acceptable in DCA when they really shouldn't be. And Star Tours 2 should be awesome!
  5. RLS Legacy's Avatar
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    Great article - amusing the LA Times felt compelled to remind its readers twice that Star Wars planets are fictional. Do they include that disclaimer when they print political speeches?
  6. Fairy Godmother Travel's Avatar
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    Star Tours sounds GREAT! Love the pictures, thanks for the update.
  7. Mickey_Moose's Avatar
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    Fireworks complaint - well it never ceases to amaze me how people move into an area knowing full well what is there and then complain about it years afterwards. We have a similar issue near where I live with some residents complaining about the noise from the nearby airport - you move next door to an airport, you have to expect some noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey_Moose
    Fireworks complaint - well it never ceases to amaze me how people move into an area knowing full well what is there and then complain about it years afterwards. We have a similar issue near where I live with some residents complaining about the noise from the nearby airport - you move next door to an airport, you have to expect some noise.
    My sentiments exactly. Disneyland was there first! Before Disneyland there were orange groves and a couple of houses (that Disney bought outright). These people moved in right next to Disneyland, not the other way around!
  9. knittingknerd's Avatar
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    As a Disney freak who works nights though I can see how this would be bothersome. And some people have to live in Anaheim, maybe due to financial circumstances or it's close to where they work, and they shouldn't have to be subjected to all night explosions. Also I heard the dust caused by said fireworks close to Disneyland is really yucky.
  10. Koutesu's Avatar
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    Really, Anaheim residents! You don't hear any of us complaining you surrounded Disneyland! If the residents really dislike it that much, then they should just consider moving. They'll probably find something else to complain about somewhere else (like the mountains trap smog right over their new house or the freeway they chose to live right next to is noisy during rush hour or the sun is too bright because they chose a western exposure).
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    Play music? Really???????
  12. Young at Heart's Avatar
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    To be somewhat fair to longtime residents of Anaheim....Disney does a LOT more fireworks than they used to. Way back when (like, 10 years ago or so) there were only nightly fireworks in the summer. Now they are virtually year round, with some breaks during the week in January, February, part of May and maybe part of September. Add in Fantasmic! - even though most of the pyro is low, there is probably some noise impact from the louder shells.

    But Disney HAS tried hard to minimize the impacts with the new launch system, and they are very careful in other ways too. I can really see both sides on this one.

    We are dealing with a similar situation in my neighborhood. The local high school built a new, improved sports complex about 5 years ago. Now two and sometimes three high schools in the district use it plus the local middle schools too, and instead of having noise, lights and traffic once every other week in fall there are events two nights a week all during football season and increased impacts during the rest of the year, too. Yes, we knew the high school was there when we moved in, but the situation has gotten a lot worse and the HS pretty much ignores any issues we try and bring up with them.

    Fortunately I grew up under the landing pattern of LAX so I can sleep through almost anything. My husband is a light sleeper, though and if the games go late it keeps him up.
    Updated 07-05-2010 at 08:07 AM by Young at Heart
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    Why always so negative about Inoventions?
  14. Emmanuel_4's Avatar
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    Great Update
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    Quote Originally Posted by TacAlert
    Why always so negative about Inoventions?
    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.
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    How much of The Little Mermaid ride will be like the Ride that Never Was on the Mermaid DVD?
  17. Golden Goofy's Avatar
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    Great update! TLM looks better and better each week. Can't wait for it to open!

    And seriously, if Anaheim residents don't like the fireworks, MOVE. It's not like Disneyland's fireworks are a new thing or unpublicized. People are always looking for something stupid to complain about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stamphead
    How much of The Little Mermaid ride will be like the Ride that Never Was on the Mermaid DVD?
    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 .
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    Both Mermaid and Star Tours 2 in 2011, wow, how's the Marketing Dept. going to handle that? Honda Innovention signs - to me they look a little too subtle. Fireworks - I agree the residents should maybe accept the noise, but I wonder about the chemicals released into the atmosphere...
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    The planets of Tatooine and Coruscant are fictional? WTH?
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